Friday, August 5, 2011

Kiprono Gets Ink Looking At His Beach to Beacon Breakout

It was his first race outside of Kenya. Yet, Allan Kiprono took the lead in the 2010 edition of Beach to Beacon, nonetheless. And although he was kicked-down and finished as runner-up, taking position two by one second to the World Cross Country Champion — and soon-to-be New York City Marathon Champion — still makes for a heck of a performance.

Now he’s back in Cape Elizabeth and was the subject of an outstanding profile from the Portland Press Herald:

Wearing a plaid short-sleeved button-down shirt, khaki shorts and lime green flip flops, Kiprono, 21, looked as if he’d feel at home in the Old Port, just another college-age kid on summer break.

Instead he’s a working professional about to run his eighth race of the year. He won the Bellin Run 10K in Green Bay, Wis., in June and finished second in three other major races: the Bix 7-miler in Davenport, Iowa; the Bloomsday 12K in Spokane, Wash.; and the Crescent City Classic 10K in New Orleans.

KIMbia’s Boaz Cheboiywo will also be toeing the line on Saturday. Read the full article here.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Donohue’s Continues European Success with Flanders Cup 800m

Continuing an impressive international tour, Erin Donohue traveled to Belgium last weekend to race in the Flanders Cup Meet in Ghent, Belgium.  Donohue competed in the 800m, running a solid 2:02.40 to give her a 7th-place overall finish in the meet.  She was just one second behind the winner, NJNYTC teammate Latavia Thomas.

A week prior, the New Jersey-native ran a season-best 4:07.o4 1500m, giving her second place in the Joensuu Games in Finland.  Donohue’s competition featured a mix of elite athletes from the surrounding Nordic countries as well as several international athletes. Although four seconds off her personal best, the Olympian finished just one second behind first place, capping off her excellent week in Finland, which included a massive personal best for 3000m.

Next up, Erin will take to the track at Crystal Palace for the London Diamond League meeting, where she will run the 1500m and — if her continually progressing form is any indication — have a shot at her PB of 4:03.49.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Delilah: Episode 6 — To Europe…

Delilah DiCrescenzo has put in the time and punched her ticket to Worlds. En route, she’ll have to test herself with races on the far side of the Atlantic and a training camp in small-town Holland. We take a sneak-peek inside look at the European life of the American professional track athlete, as we get ready to shift gears and cross the pond for the second half of DELILAH!

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