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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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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Monday, March 21, 2011

Inside Punta Umbria: Flanagan Captures Second Major Medal

Four KIMbia athletes took the line at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Punta Umbria, with Lineth Chepkurui captaining her Kenyan team, Shalane Flanagan and Brent Vaughn headlining the US senior women’s and men’s teams, respectively, as the reigning national champions, and Andrew Bumbalough making his senior debut after competing in the junior race in 2006.

Shalane Flanagan affirmed her status as one of the world’s best runners, once again, taking bronze in the deepest distance race on the planet. Flanagan planted herself among the leaders from the very start, and prepared to be a part of any late-race maneuvering, even making an appearance at the front of the lead pack.  When the race broke open on the penultimate lap, the Massachusetts native lost a little ground, but battled back over the final 2k loop to pass Ethiopia’s top entrants in Meselech Melkamu and Wude Ayalew and make a play for second place. Read the full article

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Did You Know…? World Class World Cross Edition

This weekend, the world’s best distance runners will gather in Punta Umbia, Spain to contest the 39th IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Did you know that KIMbia athletes have collected NINETEEN Top 5 finishes at World Cross? Paul Koech leads the way with an impressive four, including a silver medal in 1998 that might have been gold, had the unbeatable Paul Tergat not been in the field.  (Koech also finished sixth on two occasions.)

Individual medalists include Sammy Kipketer (silver, 2000 4k), Luke Kipkosgei (silver, 2002 4k), Daniel Komen (silver, 1998 4k), and John Yuda (silver, 2002 12k). Additionally, Top-10 finishes have come from Elana Meyer (6th in 1994 and 1995) and Elva Dryer (8th in 2002 4k).

A list of Top-10 finishes by KIMbia athletes is below. Read the full article

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