Monday, April 11, 2011

Bairu and Bizuneh Victors at Shamrock Shuffle, Parkway Classic

After a months-long hiatus, Simon Bairu made his return to competition at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago. His winning time of 23:38 was one second faster than last year’s champion John Kemboi, though he enjoyed a wider margin of victory — seventeen seconds — than Kemboi’s five second gap. Said Bairu of his first race since last fall’s ING New York City Marathon, “I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off my competitive running season than to have won the 2011 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K.” Taking second behind the Regina native was high school sensation Lukas Verzbicas in 23:55.

Meanwhile, in Alexandria, VA, Fasil Bizuneh took first place at the Parkway Classic 10 Miler by posting a winning time of 49:09, fifteen seconds ahead of 2nd place. Bizuneh’s time was also eighteen seconds faster than last year’s winner.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Inside Punta Umbria: Bairu Talks World Cross

KIMbia will be well represented this weekend at the IAAF World Championships in Cross Country, with Lineth Chepkurui captaining her Kenyan team, Shalane Flanagan and Brent Vaughn leading the US senior women’s and men’s teams, respectively, as the reigning national champions, and Andrew Bumbalough bringing experience from the 2006 junior race into his senior debut.

Simon Bairu placed an impressive 12th last year, and though he is taking a year off from the event, he provides us with a first-hand look at what will be going down on the course this Sunday:

The IAAF Cross Country Championships is the greatest distance race in the world. I love the fact that you are going up against the top six runners from each country from around the world. You’ve got milers, 10k runners, and marathoners, all gunning for the hardest gold medal in distance running. It’s like our Super Bowl. Read the full article

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

2010 Highlight: Simon Bairu

Although Chris Solinsky‘s 26:59 and Shalane Flanagan’s 2nd-place finish in the NYC Marathon may have earned Jerry Schumacher 2010 Coach of the Year honors in the public’s mind, the breakout that Simon Bairu had in 2010 might be Schumacher’s finest achievement from a motivational standpoint.  After a sub-par performance in the Kim McDonald 10,000m at Stanford, Bairu got an earful from his coach, who told the Canadian star that he’d been completely out-worked by his OTC teammates that year.

Bairu took it to heart, attacked his running with renewed dedication, and reaped the rewards in 2010: a win over American Record-holder Ryan Hall in the Rock ‘N Roll Arizona Half, a 12th-place finish at World Cross, and a new half-marathon PB of 1:02:08 in Philly in September.  But the crown jewel, according to Bairu, was his return to Stanford, where he shattered the Canadian Record for 10,000m, running a 27:23.63 to knock 27-seconds off his personal best and 12 seconds off the previous national record.

What would you call the main highlight of 2010 for you?
My 2010 highlight was breaking the Canadian 10,000m record. I thought I was going to get it last year but the wheels came off in the last two miles of the race and I ended up running 27:50. This year I was much stronger and thus was able to finish strong. With the transition to the marathon, I knew 2010 would be my last real chance at the record for some time. Read the full article

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Monday, January 3, 2011

The Year in KIMbia: A Look Back at 2010

Chris Solinsky showed best among KIMbia athletes ranked by Track and Field News at the end of 2010, ending the year ranked 8th overall among all American men, and 3rd in the world for 10000m. While Solinsky’s American Record 26:59 at Stanford was the world’s second-fastest time of the year for 10000m, Wilson Kiprop got the top slot in the world rankings by virtue of his wins at the Kenyan National Championships and African Champs. Additionally, Kiprop won the World Championship in the Half Marathon this Fall: clearly a phenomenal athlete having a phenomenal season, and we are certainly very, very proud of Chris and this, his first Top-10 appearance in the T&FN World Rankings. Solinsky actually ranked 1st in the world in the event — and 5th in the 5000m — according to the IAAF’s point-system, which rates marks and head-to-head competition, with an eye toward repeated good performances. And, moreover, the Stevens Point-native ended 2010 ranked #76 in the world across all disciplines, according to the IAAF system. Not too shabby in a sport where over 6,000 male competitors earned points in professional competition. Read the full article

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

ROOKIES VS THE WORLD — Race Day: New York City

Months of work. Time for the pay-off.

Check out all things KIMbia + 2010 ING New York City Marathon.
Chat it up at #RookiesVsWorld

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