Friday, September 3, 2010

Solinsky Wraps 2010 with PB, Bizuneh is US 10-Mile Champ

Half a world apart, Chris Solinsky and Fasil Bizuneh each spent the weekend turning in strong performances in towns off the beaten path.

Solinsky wrapped up a banner 2010 campaign with a PB, running 7:34.32 for 3,000m to take 5th in Rieti, a hilltop town northeast of Rome.  Placing 5th in an outstanding field that featured Bernard Lagat and Tariku Bekele, Solinsky bettered his previous lifetime best by almost two and a half seconds.  While the American record of 7:30.84 may have been in mind, going in, Solinsky’s performance came on the heels of several days feeling under the weather, and what he described as feeling “stung” from his outstanding effort in Zurich, the week prior.  Thought Lagat snagged the headlines by lowering the American record to 7:29.00, Solinsky is already looking forward to some downtime back home in the Midwest, recovering from a landmark 2010, and recharging for a renewed effort to make 2011 an even more historic season.

Meanwhile, in the heart of the Midwest, Bizuneh snagged his first-ever US title, winning the USATF 10-Mile Championship with a time of 47:29. Read the full article

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Bizuneh Healthy, Ready to Roll in NYC

Fasil at Olympic Marathon Trials 2007Fasil Bizuneh popped his marathon PB in New York at the Olympic Marathon Trials in 2007 — that despite a go-for-broke approach in which he raced aggressively and went after a spot on the Olympic Team.  Now the Arizona State grad returns to New York to take a crack at the traditional NYC course and a very, very tough field, albeit with what he calls a “more measured approach.”  He took some time to answer a couple of pre-race questions and preview NYC.

Your marathon PB came in New York at the Olympic Trials in 2007. Although 13th place may not have been exactly what you were hoping for, you stuck your nose in that race for as long as possible and raced commendably.  How will that NYC experience affect or inform your approach to Sunday?

One of the issues that affected me at the Olympic Trials race in 2007 was and injury that I was dealing with the four weeks leading up to the race.  Fortunately my training for this year’s NYC Marathon has gone off without a hitch and I am excited for my prospects on Sunday.  With the Olympic Trials, I had an all or nothing mentality. If I couldn’t be in the Top 3, then it really didn’t matter what place I got.  For Sunday’s race, I will use a much more measured approach.  Therefore, I should cross into Manhattan at 20 miles with plenty of run left in my legs. Read the full article

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Send In Your Questions for End of the Season Q & A

Bairu Quigley and Nelson in 2009 Stanford 10kThe conclusion of the World Athletics Final means that the 2009 track and field season has come to a close for us.  We saw many terrific performances, as our thirteen athletes who hit the track turned in a total of fourteen personal best performances, and with KIMbia talents collecting six top-five finishes in the 5000m and 10,000m races at the US National Championships — including four spots on the American World Championship team.  In particular, we were proud to dominate the Men’s 5000m in Eugene, with five runners in the top nine, and to see OTC member Matt Tegenkamp join one of the most exclusive clubs in US distance running, by going under 13-minutes in the 5000m with his 12:58.56 clocking on a chilly night in Brussels.

If you have questions for any of the members of Team KIMbia about this 2009 season,  please send them to questions[AT]kimbia[DOT]net or post them in the comments below!  If you need a quick refresher on some of the performances from the season, check the athlete bio pages or our race recaps, below.  Make sure you get your questions in by the end of the day Tuesday, September 22! Read the full article

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Busy Weekend: Bolder Boulder, LA Marathon, Kenyan Armed Forces

yudaAs many American track fans caught their breath on a weekend falling between college conference and regional championship weekends, and professional track meets on each coast, KIMbia athletes still found themselves plenty busy in competition at several excellent, if less widely-covered, events.

With many KIMbia athletes making their States-side homes in Boulder, it was fitting to have so many of them run before the hometown crowd.  Each year, following an all-comers citizens’ race, the pros take to Boulder’s streets in a race scored by national affiliation, and, this year Millicent Gathoni — the defending champion — and Jane Gayunki led the Kenyan team, finishing 5th and 8th, respectively. In the men’s competition, KIMbia was represented on Team Kenya, Team USA, Team Commonwealth, and Team Colorado, with John Yuda our first finisher, notching a 3rd-place finish for Team Commonwealth.  Boulder-resident James Carney followed Yuda and was the first American finisher in 4th place. Other Top 10 finishes came from Gilbert Okari (6th) and Charles Munyeki (7th), both competing for Kenya.  Locally-based Jason Hartmann took 12th as a member of Team Colorado, and Fasil Bizuneh would represent Team USA in 15th. Read the full article

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Tim Nelson 2nd, Fasil Bizuneh 3rd at Gate River Run 15K

For the second time in just more than a month, Tim Nelson finished second at a national championship race with a thrilling last-minute sprint that almost netted him the win.

Tim at the 2009 national cross country championships.At February’s national cross country championships, Tim almost ran down a solo-running Meb Keflezighi. This morning, at the Gate River Run 15K in Jacksonville, Fla., Tim surged strongly in the last 400 meters and almost caught Anthony Famiglietti, who led from the 5K mark. Fam held on to win in 43:36, with Tim finishing 1 second back. Fasil Bizuneh was next across the line with another strong run, running 43:52 to hold off Olympian Dan Browne. James Carney rounded out a closely packed top 10 with a 44:13 run.

Elva Dryer continued her promising Boston Marathon prep with a 4th-place finish in 50:40.

Top 10 results are here.

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