Monday, May 16, 2011

Chepkurui Gets Historic Third “W” at Bay to Breakers

Lineth Chepkurui returned to the site of arguably her greatest performance — the fastest 12k every run by a woman and a dominant victory over the reigning world cross country champion, in 2010 — to notch her third Bay to Breakers victory in four years. Running 39:12 to defeat runner-up Mamitu Daska, Chepkurui became the first woman to claim three titles since the elite race began attracting a world-class (and international) field in 1985. Former champions include road-racing superstars Joan Samuelson, Grete Waitz, Tegla Loroupe, KIMbia’s Elana Meyer, and Catherine Ndereba; none have run within thirty seconds of Chepkurui’s best performance here, and none have won more than once.

A pair of KIMbia men showed well, too. Allan Kiprono ran an impressive race to place third in 34:31, just two ticks behind Boston Marathon champion Deriba Merga, and five seconds away from race winner Ridouane Harroufi. Jason Hartmann took a solid 6th in 35:28, beating Olympians Meb Keflezighi and Bolota Asmerom to be the first American across the line. After the race, Hartmann said he’s “starting to get fitter. It’s just now about the racing.”

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Chepkurui Teams with Daraja Academy at Bay to Breakers

A string of victories often follows Lineth Chepkurui wherever she races. Going to the start line for Sunday’s Bay to Breakers race, she will already have a winning effort in hand, thanks to her partnership with Kenya’s Daraja Academy. Daraja Academy is one of the only totally free schools for girls in Kenya — where the ability to pay school fees is often a difference-maker in the life of a child and the rest of his family — and the school’s founders, the Carr Educational Foundation, are fund-raising through the annual Bay Area 12k bash. Along with seventy-seven other entrants, Chepkurui will run on behalf of the school, helping raise awareness for the school, and its fundraising efforts this weekend.

Last year, Chepkurui won in a romp, building a final margin of 34-seconds over Emily Chebet — at the time, the reigning cross country world champion — and Caroline Rotich, the 2011 New York City Half Marathon champion, and running the fastest 12k time by any woman in history. Read the full article

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Stanford: Jager Talks 1500m Comeback

Evan Jager opened up the 2011 season on Sunday by sticking his nose in a very competitive 1500m race at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational. He came away with a very credible 3:40.52 in only his second full race since September of 2009. He discussed what he was thinking going into the race, and what he’s focused on, moving forward.

You said post-race that you had come in thinking you could run 3:40 and maybe dip under. Were there workouts that indicated your fitness was there, or had Jerry discussed that being something you should be able to hit? Or is it simply, I’m a pro — I need to be able to run there.
There were no workouts, really, and Jerry and I hadn’t really talked about the time at all. It was just getting out there and competing again. Yeah, just in the back of my mind, I figured, being a professional– I mean, I was able to run 3:41 in my freshman year of college, so I thought 3:40 would be a somewhat achievable goal. And also, kind of basing it off last year, coming back after being off for two months for the navicular stress reaction and opening up and running 3:38, I figured I should be able to run 3:40. Read the full article

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Stanford: Kim McDonald 10,000 Provides Fireworks Once More

Tim Nelson once again ran a PB and continued his ascension on the All-Time Top 10 list, Matt Tegenkamp made a strong debut, and Shalane Flanagan battled in an exciting women’s race as part of the Kim McDonald Memorial 10,000m races at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. KIMbia highlight performances also included Evan Jager running a 3:40.52 1500m — a mere two seconds off of his PB — in his very first race back from a fractured navicular bone in his foot last summer, and Erin Donohue hanging tough in an over-distance 5000m appearance. Donohue was also competing for the first time after an injury and clocked a 15:41.78 in her professional debut at the distance.  Joining Jager with a quality 1500m was Andrew Bumbalough, who defeated Jager to place fourth and clock 3:39.70 — just shy of his own personal best.

While the performances may not have been as explosive as last year’s American Record run-for-the-ages by Chris Solinsky, KIMbia athletes honored our namesake, Kim McDonald, in the 10,000m races that also memorialize him. Read the full article

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Stanford Week: KIMbia Entries Every Whichway

A sturdy collection of KIMbia athletes take to the track tonight at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational. Spread across a variety of events, the following contests will kick off beginning at 10:56pm EST (7:56pm PST):

1500m (7:56pm PST): Andrew Bumbalough, Evan Jager
5000m (8:41pm PST): Rebecca Donaghue, Erin Donohue
10,000m (9:18pm PST): Shalane Flanagan, Lineth Chepkurui
10,000m (9:55pm PST): Jason Hartmann, Sean Quigley, Tim Nelson, Matt Tegenkamp, Chris Solinsky (pace)

While we’re excited to see a number of stories play out — for example, Evan Jager and Rebecca Donaghue return to track action after prolonged injury-enforced lay-offs — track fans have been salivating, in particular, over the Kim McDonald 10,000m races on both the men’s and the women’s side. Read the full article

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