Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Erin Donohue: I [ Heart ] NJ

The new Frank Gagliano-helmed NJNYTC has been putting each of its members under the spotlight with a series of athlete blogs, and last week it was Erin Donohue who came up to bat. The New Jersey native and Olympian took the opportunity to put on for her state, extolling its wealth of facilities, its accessibility for travel to anywhere on the professional circuit and, well, its ability to toughen one up:

[...] Most major championships and big IAAF circuit races are held in large cities, which are hot, humid and have poor air-quality.  Living down-wind of Philadelphia prepares me perfectly for these conditions – there’s no amount of heat, humidity or oil refinery by-product that my lungs can’t handle.

It’s good to see someone who is so proud of New Jersey be able to make light of it a little bit, too. And, it’s even better to see an avowed skeptic of social media — such as Ms. Donohue — willing to still play along and give us a peak at her personality!

Read Erin’s full blog about how great it is to live, work, and play in the Garden State here.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Chepkurui Wins Bolder Boulder, Keitany Impresses in Hengelo

Although Haron Keitany is already a distinguished international performer, he is a relatively new addition to the KIMbia roster — but he has very quickly shown why we are so proud to have him in our family. On Sunday in Hengelo, the man they call “Land Cruiser” clocked 3:31.86 to take second place behind Mohammed Shaween, a mere four-hundredths away from the win. Left in his wake were thirteen men, including a sub-3:30 rising star in Silas Kiplagat, and the reigning Olympic Champion (steeple), Brimin Kipruto. The time is Keitany’s third-fastest all time, and was just a few tenths away from Nixon Chepseba’s world lead.

One day later, Lineth Chepkurui won Bolder Boulder by over four seconds, claiming an enjoyable victory in the town where she sets up shop for her US season, each year. Along with runner-up Mamitu Deska, Chepkurui broke away from the rest of the field in the third mile, only securing her win over the Ethiopian — and two-time defending champion — with a final kick. Read the full article

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Bumbalough Sets Personal Best for 6th at Occidental

At the USATF High Performance meeting at Occidental College, it was Andrew Bumbalough raising his game the most, among KIMbia athletes. Running 3:37.15 for 6th place in a very quality field, Bumbalough was barely a half-second out of first, and bettered his previous personal best, set in New York two years ago. In the same race, teammate Evan Jager continued a rapid return from nearly a year away from racing, running what he called a “really, really stupid” race — but still improving two-seconds from his performance at Stanford and getting to within almost half a second of his PB. His final time was 3:38.80.

Delilah DiCrescenzo made an injury-delayed 2011 debut and impressed with a very solid steeple, clocking 9:50.12 and placing 4th. The mark is her fastest season-opener ever, her 4th fastest steeple ever, and has her ranked 4th in the United States this season.

Next on the agenda for KIMbia track athletes are Diamond League meets in Eugene and New York.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

KIMbia Looking for Occidental Success This Weekend

Outside Los Angeles, KIMbia athletes will be tuning up for pending Diamond League starts and the fast-approaching US Championships, in Saturday’s USATF High Performance meet at Occidental College. Delilah DiCrescenzo — fresh off her graduation from Columbia’s Masters program — will open up her 2011 campaign with a 3000m steeple. Andrew Bumbalough, Evan Jager and Matt Tegenkamp will compete in a stacked 1500m that includes teammate (and reigning national champion) Lopez Lomong, Olympic silver medalist Nick Willis, Leo Manzano, and Andrew Wheating. Tegenkamp will have the distinct pleasure of stepping way down in distance from the 10,000m he last ran, out at Stanford. Bumbalough and Jager ran 3:39 and 3:40, respectively.

DiCrescenzo will kick things off for the KIMbia delegation, with a gun time of 8:00pm Pacific. The men will start 55-minutes later, to wrap up the evening.

Full start lists can be seen here.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Lineth Chepkurui and Daraja Make Bay Area Headlines

As defending Bay to Breakers Champion, Lineth Chepkurui had all eyes on her Sunday in San Francisco. But by using her credentials to help raise awareness for the Daraja Academy — an all-scholarship girls’ secondary school in Kenya, that was fundraising at Bay to Breakers — Chepkurui and Daraja became a compelling human interest story that got the attention of local media in all mediums, in the days leading up to the race.   The following is a compilation of some of the press mentioning the partnership:

San Francisco Examiner: Lineth Chepkurui fights injury to prevail again at Zazzle Bay to Breakers

San Francisco Sentinel: 2010 Race Winner and Other Bay Area Supporters Run for Kenyan Girls Education

San Jose Mercury News: Dogged determination marks 100th Bay to Breakers run

KGONewstalkAM810: Live Coverage of Bay to Breakers [Lineth Interview begins around 48:00]

A veteran of post-race, post-victory interviews, Lineth also had the chance to make a special in-studio appearance on KCBS, Saturday morning:

Asked why it was important to support girls in their education, Lineth replied:

“They’re so vulnerable. In Africa, they’re getting early marriage if they’re not taken care of. You know, our culture, in Africa, the girls chose not to be educated in the old culture. And that’s why we’re [now] taking much concern on girls.”

Photos from pre-race press conference, and in the KCBS studio with local student Paige Whistler and Daraja Academy co-founder Jason Doherty, both courtesy of Daraja Academy / Carr Educational Foundation. A full gallery of photos can be found on Daraja’s Facebook page, linked here.

Check back later this week, as we share an exchange of notes between Lineth and the Daraja student with whom she was paired — her “little sister” — in this partnership.

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