mercoledì 27 agosto 2014

DIBABA IN HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH KIPLAGAT AT BUPA GREAT NORTH RUN


Tirunesh Dibaba, the Ethiopian who holds the world and Olympic 10,000m titles, will renew her keen East African rivalry with Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat when she lines up in the Bupa Great North Run on Sunday 7 September.
Kiplagat, who ran her way into the record books in Moscow last summer as the first back to back winner of the World Championship women’s marathon title, was beaten by Dibaba in a thrilling sprint finish in the 2012 Bupa Great North Run.
The tables were turned in the London Marathon in April this year, though. After Dibaba dropped a bottle at the 30k drinks station, Kiplagat pulled clear with her compatriot and namesake Florence Kiplagat, winning the 26.2 mile race in a sprint finish.
Dibaba had to settle for third place in her debut marathon but returned to winning ways in the Bupa Great Manchester Run 10k in May. The 28-year-old has not raced since then but is getting ready for what promises to be another gripping head-to-head with Kiplagat.
Dibaba has been a trailblazer in women’s distance running for more than a decade now. She became the youngest ever individual world champion when she won the global 5,000m title as an 18-year-old at the Stade de France in Paris in 2003 – earning the nickname ‘the baby faced assassin.’
The 5ft 1in phenomenon became the first woman to complete an Olympic double at 5,000m and 10,000m when she struck gold at both distances in Beijing in 2008. In all, Dibaba has won three Olympic golds (she successfully defended her 10,000m crown at London 2012) and five world track titles.
She has held the world 5,000m record, 14 minutes 11.15 seconds, since 2008 and extended her range to the marathon in London on 13 April, finishing third behind the two Kiplagats in 2 hours 20 minutes 35 seconds.
It made Dibaba the third fastest ever debutante as a women’s marathon runner, behind Britain’s Paula Radcliffe and Kenya’s Lucy Kabuu. She would have undoubtedly been faster had she not lost touch with the Kiplagats after dropping her drink bottle. “I will definitely do another marathon,” she said.
Dibaba’s form over the half marathon distance on Tyneside will be a pointer towards her prospects in a second venture over the marathon distance but she will be up against a rival seeking a place in the record books.
Only four women have won the elite women’s races at the Bupa Great North Run and the London Marathon in the same year: Liz McColgan (who was the first to achieve the feat, back in 1996), Joyce Chepchumba (1999), Paula Radcliffe (2003) and Priscah Jeptoo (2013).
There is another major threat, however, in the elite women’s field for the prestigious IAAF Gold Label event:  Mary Keitany, the 32-year-old Kenyan won the London Marathon in 2011 and 2012 and stands third on the world all-time list for the marathon. Only Britain’s Paula Radcliffe and Liliya Shobukhova of Russia have run faster than the 2 hours 18 minutes 38 seconds that Keitany clocked in the 2012 London race.
Keitany is also a former world record holder for the half marathon. The 1 hour 05 minutes 50 seconds that she recorded for 13.1 miles in the Ras Al Khaimah event in the United Arab Emirates in February 2011 stood until February of this year, when Florence Kiplagat clocked 1:05:12 in Barcelona.
The elite men’s race for the 2014 Bupa Great North Run has attracted Mo Farah, the Briton who holds the world, Olympic and European 5,000m and 10,000m titles, and Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich, the reigning world and Olympic marathon champion.
This year’s event is guaranteed to be a momentous occasion. It will be the first running event in the world to reach a landmark one million finishers.
- See more at: http://www.greatrun.org/News/article.aspx?nid=594#sthash.3xSO0Ps5.dpuf

venerdì 22 agosto 2014

1500m WOMEN STOCKHOLM DL #DNGALAN :best race of the night??



Here video of yesterday 1500m women in Stockholm DL #dngalan : in my opinion the best race of the night!!

So curious to read your opinion??what do you think?

giovedì 21 agosto 2014

DNGALAN STOCKHOLM DL:ESSENTIAL TO FOLLOWS and UNOFFICIAL LIVESTREAMING

LIVESTREAMING:

LIVERESULTS

PACERS AND PACING DISTANCE EVENTS:

800m men  A

Bram Som (Hol) in 49.5-50 at 400m and then go to 500m

800m men B

Rueben Bett (Ken)  in 50-50.5 at 400m and then go to 500m

5000m men

Geoffrey Barusei (Ken) and Vincent Rono (Ken) will pace 2.34 at 1k, 5.08 at 2k, 7.42 at 3k

1500m women

Tamara Tverdostup (Ukr) in  62-63 at 400m, 2.05 at 800m and 2.37 at 1000m

3000m steeples women

Birtukan Fente (Eth) in  73/1.26/3.02 till 4.34 at 1500m



Timetable DNGALAN2014 (CET times)



mercoledì 20 agosto 2014

#DNGALAN: PRESSCONFERENCES TOP ATHLETES


Lavillenie and Bartoletta lead the jumps in Stockholm
The eleventh leg of the IAAF Diamond League arrives in Stockholm tomorrow evening after a five-week hiatus, as the DN Galan meeting welcomes the world’s finest athletes to the Swedish capital’s 1912 Olympic stadium.
Ahead of their participation in the venue which holds the world record for the arena with the most world records at 83, no less than 18 newly crowned continental champions will compete, and five of the best jump specialists from around the globe spoke to the world’s media this morning.
World indoor pole vault record holder, Renaud Lavillenie is in Stockholm fresh from his third consecutive European outdoor Championships victory in Zurich last week, and the 27-year-old Frenchman is in confident mood:
“5.80m for the gold (in Zurich) was very impressive for me, it was a good competition so I’m very happy,” he explained, “I showed I was in good shape and I want to get back at a high level for the next couple of weeks.”
On his late entry in the continental championship final, Lavillenie continued:
“During the season, I started at 5.60m and I started at 5.76m in Zurich. I don’t get nervous when I start higher, it’s more the weather conditions which make me nervous.
“This summer was very complicated with the wind. When I tried 6.01m in Zurich, I had taken a three-week break to focus on training, I was confident but the wind wasn’t good – I just need to be patient.”
The Olympic and world indoor champion revealed that he would start tomorrow’s competition at either 5.60m or 5.70m depending on the weather.
Unbeaten in his 12 competitions this summer and with a 5.92m season’s best, Lavillenie said:
“I have no problem motivating myself as I have a lot of goals – this year, they were to win Paris and the Euro’s in Zurich, and I want to go over six meters again. I love jumping so it’s no problem to stay motivated.”
Sweden’s 20-year-old Melker Svard-Jakobsson also spoke to the media and the 2011 world youth silver medallist has been in fine form following his 5.60m lifetime best in May:
“This is my first IAAF Diamond League - I feel good and I’m excited for tomorrow,” Svard-Jakobsson explained.
“I had a lot of trouble with my run-up in Zurich (where he failed to qualify for the final) so it was very hard to jump.
“My goal this year is to jump 5.70m so I hope it comes soon. We jump differently but I hope to learn a lot from Lavillenie.”
A trio of female long jumpers also attended the traditional pre-event press conference, with American duo, Tianna Bartoletta and Brittney Reese in addition to local girl, Erica Jarder in attendance.
2005 world champion, Bartoletta has an impressive 7.02m season’s best and has notched up IAAF Diamond League victories in Oslo and Glasgow this season.
The 28-year-old 2006 world indoor champion revealed:
“We’ve had a long stretch without competition so I want to get back into competition mode and I’m expecting it to be a very good competition, it’s the first of many for me on this trip.
“It’s really special to have a break in between competitions and it was nice to go back home, see my family and get in the weights room to build up the strength I lost from travelling around the circuit. It’s like pressing the restart button and I’ve come back stronger in this second half of the season.”
The 2012 4x100m Olympic champion also has a swift 11.18 100m clocking to her name this summer and she continued:
“I’m blessed to be back on the circuit, we will all step onto the runway tomorrow night and try to win – my focus is just on myself and trying to execute my plan as best I can.
“Now, I’m training with Darya Klishina (Russia’s European indoor champion), having changed coach after my last coach moved to the UK. It’s been a tough transition but I take great pride and ownership in my training now.”
Reese, meanwhile, explained the reasons behind her change in technique in 2014:
“I’ve been working on a new approach so I’m more consistent in the run-up and on the board, that’s my main goal, not to foul so much.
“I felt I wasn’t where I needed to be on the runway, I’m the queen of fouling so in a non-championships year, I’ve experimented – so far, it’s been good.
“Now, I do a four-step walk-in ahead of the run-up and now I limit my dip at take-off on the board.”
The 27-year-old Olympic champion, three-time world outdoor champion and two-time world indoor champion has a 6.92m season’s best and said of her visit to Sweden:
“I’m grateful to be here despite the weather but that doesn’t bother me. The crowd’s always great here and I’ll look to use their help tomorrow.”
Stockholm-born Jarder has this year collected European indoor bronze and a 6.67m personal best, and the 28-year-old world finalist spoke of her love of her home city:
“The Stockholm stadium is by far my favourite track and the crowd is always supportive so it’s my favourite competition,” she explained.

“I didn’t get exactly what I wanted out of Zurich, it was very hard but looking back, I’m kind of proud of myself and I’m looking forward to showing what I can do tomorrow.
Felix, Kszczot and deep women’s 1500m field set to sparkle in Stockholm
The Swedish capital of Stockholm greets the world’s finest athletes to the DN Galan meeting tomorrow evening for the eleventh stage of the IAAF Diamond League at the city’s 1912 Olympic stadium.
After a five-week break, the IAAF Diamond League arrives at the venue which holds the world record for the arena with the most world records at 83, as no less than 18 newly crowned continental champions are set to compete.
The crème de la crème of women’s 200m sprinting, women’s 1500m running and of the men’s 800m gathered in front of the world’s media earlier today to speak of their hopes for Thursday.
Three-time world champion and Olympic champion, Allyson Felix continues her return from injury and the 28-year-old American has a fine 22.34 season’s best. The winner in Oslo explained:
“It’s a lot of fun to compete here so I’m happy to be back – I have fond memories of competing here, the crowd is always amazing. There’s a great energy here so I’m excited to return.
“This year was difficult coming off an injury but I’m not pushing more than necessary in this non-championships year in order to come back in top form next summer.
“The training break went well – I got more under my belt having played catch-up all season and I hope to have made solid progress.
“The next three years are intense but my motivation and passion is still there so I’m looking forward to explore which events I’ll focus on, I’m still thoroughly enjoying myself.”
Her US team-mate, Tori Bowie, meanwhile has enjoyed a breakthrough summer with superb 10.80 100m and 22.18 clockings in addition to impressive wins in Eugene over the half-lap and Rome, New York and Monaco in the shorter sprint.
The 23-year-old revealed:
“It’s a blessing, it’s been a fun year and I’m enjoying every moment and I’m using this season to prepare for next year.
“I don’t have any plans or expectations right now, I just go out and execute – I’m still learning how to run correctly, that’s the main focus.”
Bowie – who explained that her improvement is related to switching coaches and moving to Florida – announced that she will aim to compete in the long jump, 100m and 200m in next summer’s IAAF World Championships.
17-year-old Irene Ekelund of Sweden claimed the IAAF World Junior Championships silver medal earlier this season and the world youth champion goes into the competition with a 23.26 season’s best.
“Zurich (the European Championships last week) went great, I was so very was happy with the 200m and we didn’t think we’d make the final of the 4x100m relay but we did.
“There were a lot of good girls to run against, a lot of hard competition and I just tried my best and followed their lead. I just want to run fast and have fun tomorrow night.”
The women’s 1500m is loaded with talent and four of the main protagonists met this morning to discuss the metric mile event.
Newly crowned European champion, Sifan Hassan arrives following a silver medal over 5,000m in Zurich and the 21-year-old Netherlands athlete boasts a 3:57.00 national record from her Paris victory last month in addition to a 14:59.23 personal best in May.
“I’m very happy for my 1500m and 5,000m, I’m getting better in every meeting. Meraf Bahta and I train together as our coaches are friends, I’ happy because we push each other and I’m happy for her 5,000m success in Zurich. I think it will be a very good race tomorrow,” she said.
Sweden’s world indoor and outdoor champion, Abeba Aregawi claimed the 1500m runner-up position in the continental championship and the 24-year-old European indoor champion admitted:
“Here in my home country, I’m happy to be running. I’m not running well these days so I hope to do better here.
“I’m happy it’s going good for them (her rivals) – I had a good time and now they’re coming up, I was a role model.
The USA’s 2011 world champion and 2013 world silver medallist, Jennifer Simpson registered an impressive 3:57.22 lifetime best for second place in Paris and the 27-year-old revealed:
“I’m really happy to be here, Stockholm is a special place to compete - it’s exciting to run here.
“I had time to go home and reflect on my effort in Paris and just train for four weeks – it presented a good opportunity and also a unique challenge as I was just watching the Commonwealth Games and the European and African Championships.
“It’s a high-level field so it’s difficult to choose the winner, as we all bring different strengths to the table. It will be a fun and exciting race for the spectators, the stadium record could potentially go.
“There’s a lot of momentum in the women’s 1500m this season so it’s an exciting event with a great depth of talent. It makes the sport fun as there’s no strong favourite so it’s really hard for us.”
European 5,000m champion, Meraf Bahta of Sweden clocked a 4:03.16 personal best in June, following her 14:59.49 national record in May and the 25-year-old said:
“I was happy to win the gold medal and I look forward to competing with these girls tomorrow. I’ve been training with the guys in St Moritz before coming here to get strong.
“I want to run both the 1500m and 5,000m next year, it’s a good combination for me. I also want to run under or close to four minutes.”
The men’s 800m offers a mouth-watering clash between Poland’s Adam Kszczot and Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti.
Two-time European indoor champion, Kszczot has a swift 1:44.15 season’s best and the 24-year-old world indoor runner-up is aiming for a fast race:
“I was sure I was going for gold (in Zurich) as I prepared specifically and I ran the second lap of the Polish Championships in 51 seconds on my own.
“It was great for Poland to also take the silver medal behind me, I was really surprised when I saw my big lead on the screen, I couldn’t believe it.
“Now, I will try to get my personal best, we will see what happens tomorrow. The training plan was to start the season easy and now I try to find races to go for 1:43.50 and lower.”
Souleiman – the world indoor 1500m champion and world 800m bronze medallist – has focused more on the 1500m and mile events this summer but the 21-year-old has a blistering 1:43.69 season’s best:
“I’m lucky I won the African Championships and I’m in good shape - I’m happy with my season,” he explained.
“I like to change my training between the 800m, 1500m and 3,000m – it’s like food, it depends on what I feel like.”
Sweden’s 19-year-old world junior bronze medallist, Andreas Almgren reached the semi-final stage in Zurich and set a 1:45.65 national junior record in July.
“It is a very special atmosphere here, the crowd goes crazy – it gives me goose-bumps all around my body,” Almgren recalled.
“My goal was to get the bronze medal in Zurich but I did not think I would go sub-1:46 - that was a big surprise to me. I’m just going to try to keep with the pace tomorrow night, anything’s possible.”
Rupp and Coburn the distance delight at the DN Galan
Stockholm’s 1912 Olympic stadium is set to greet the world’s finest track and field athletes to the eleventh leg of the IAAF Diamond League on Thursday evening, as the Swedish capital welcomes world-class athletics to the DN Galan meeting once again.
Following a five-week break, the IAAF Diamond League continues its season-long run as no less than 18 newly crowned continental champions are set to compete in the Stockholm stadium which holds the world record for the arena with the most world records at 83.
Long distance athlete, Galen Rupp and 3,000m steeplechase duo, Emma Coburn and Charlotta Fougberg met the world’s media this afternoon to discuss their summers so far and their aspirations for the event.
USA’s Rupp – the 28-year-old Olympic 10,000m silver medallist – clocked a fine 26:44.36 American 10,000m record in Eugene earlier this season and the world fourth placer had a 13:00.99 season’s best to his name.
“My season started out really well when I set the American record and I had solid runs in Oslo and Paris, then I went back home to get some training in so I’m excited to race in Stockholm,” Rupp explained.
“I surprised myself at Pre (in Eugene) – I knew I was in good shape and my main goal was to work on winning, I felt comfortable and relaxed and I made it a long drive for home from 800m to go. It’s all about committing and I learned a lot tactically from Paris – you can learn that in training.”
On his racing break and the recent new additions to his family, Rupp continued:
“The break worked out well, as it was a good chance to get some solid volume in and rest from competition.
“I’ve just been high-altitude training in St Moritz – I hope the race is quick but I really want to work on my tactics to win, that’s my primary goal.
“I’m definitely in shape to break the American record but it’s all about winning. I’m glad all of my races this season have been tactical as it’s like that in major championships so it’s good to prepare.
“It’s definitely a big change having two babies at home and it was the best moment of my life when they were born. You definitely need to make sacrifices but I’ve talked a lot with my wife, it’s a balancing act but my family is my first priority. There are a lot of times I have to leave them but we’ll try to make it work the best we can.”
Coburn, meanwhile is enjoying the form of her life in a superb breakthrough campaign which has seen the 23-year-old American record four lifetime bests including her latest, a 9:11.42 US record in Glasgow.
The winner in Shanghai and runner-up in Paris and Glasgow, Coburn revealed:
“Glasgow was a really fun race, I just try to run hard and it was great to get the record.
“There’s a great crowd and track here and it will be a fun race. It’s always great to get the opportunity to travel and race the best from around the world – we’re all at the top of our game and are ready to run fast so it’s always enjoyable racing them.
“I hope to run another personal best or get close to it. I underperformed when I was last here in 2012 as I was sick but I love visiting beautiful cities.
“I hope we have good conditions, I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can do. I’d love to win here or in Zurich next week – I’ve been second a few times this year.”
On her improvement in 2014, the Olympic finalist explained:
“I was injured last year and nothing’s dramatically shifted in my training this year. I’m training with Jenny Simpson (the world 1500m silver medallist) and I’ve had more fire in my belly this year.
“I’ve achieved my goals this season so it’s just about having fun now and trying to end the season on a high note.
“There are very few race scenarios that are intimidating to me now as I’ve faced them all. There’s little pressure and it’s encouraging to keep getting faster.”
Sweden’s Fougberg claimed the European silver medal last week, which followed her 9:23.96 national record in Glasgow, and the 29-year-old European Team Championships winner said:
“I was very happy with the silver medal, it’s a very big medal for me so I’ve been happy every second since the race. I was in the lead until the final barrier which was so bad but I’m still happy.
“I had some calm days and then a really good session yesterday, and it’s so nice that people are now saying nice things about me – they didn’t talk to me very much before.
“I’m really looking forward to racing in what’s almost like my home town and I’m just focusing on doing a fast race by trying to stick with Emma.”

Ayele Abshero and Marilson dos Santos confirm their participation in the TCS Amsterdam Marathon



Ayele Abshero and Marilson dos Santos confirm their participation in the TCS Amsterdam Marathon

- Course record of 2:05:36 under fire -

 

The organiser Le Champion has lured Ayele Abshero to beat the TCS Amsterdam Marathon course record. Expectations of the 23-year-old Ethiopian runner, who has a personal best of 2:04:23, are high. On Sunday 19 October, Marilson dos Santos will also run the classic distance. The experienced Brazilian marathon runner is multiple South American champion and one of the most successful long distance runners ever on this continent.

The highlight of Abshero's career was his 2012 victory in the marathon in Dubai. With a debut time of 2:04:23 in Dubai, he occupies tenth place on the all-time marathon list. He also triumphed in London. In 2013, he came third in the marathon (2:06:57) and fourth in 2014 (2:06:31). This major marathon talent has also achieved multiple successes in the Netherlands. He won this year's PWN Egmond Half Marathon. In 2008, when he was just 17, he won the Zevenheuvelenloop (Seven Hills Run) and ran his personal best (59:42) during the half marathon known as the City Pier City loop in 2011.

The number of South American participants have soared in recent years. Brazilian Dos Santos therefore represents a major asset for this event. Indeed, Brazil, with its 680 participants, is well represented at the top. Marilson is the South American record holder at the 5,000 and 10,000 metres and his personal record for 42,195 metres is 2:06:34 (London 2011). Two wins (2006 and 2008) at the New York Marathon stand out on the 37-year-old Brazilian's list of victories, and his fantastic performance at the Olympic Games in London earned him fifth place.


For the last four years, the winner of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon always crossed the finish line in under 2 hours and 6 minutes. Wilson Chebet currently holds the course record (2013, 2:05:36). He has achieved success several times in Amsterdam.

You can still register for the TCS Amsterdam Marathon until 12 noon on Thursday 21 August via www.tcsamsterdammarathon.nl. Le Champion has been forced to close registrations earlier than the previously communicated date due to the high level of interest and limited places.




martedì 19 agosto 2014

Leonard Komon to make marathon debut in 2014 De Lage Landen Marathon Eindhoven on October 12


Tuesday August 19, for immediate use

Leonard Komon to make marathon debut in Eindhoven on October 12

Leonard Komon, the 10km and 15km world record holder on the roads, will make his marathon debut at the 2014 De Lage Landen Marathon Eindhoven.

The Kenyan, now 26, has been focusing his first race over the classic distance for several months.

On March 30, he won the Vattenfall Berlin Half Marathon in 59:14, the fastest ever debut over that distance; and he has increased his mileage in preparation for his marathon outing in the Dutch city in just under eight weeks' time.

On Tuesday morning, he was driven around the Marathon Eindhoven course by the race organisers and his immediate impression was extremely positive.

"I have 2:05 and breaking the course record as my target time. I think the course is very fast, it is a nice course and if the weather is good, I hope to run a good time. Some people in my training group ran in Eindhoven last year and so I already knew a little bit about the course but it is important to see it for yourself and I can say I am very happy," said the erudite and affable Komon.

Komon's compatriot, Dickson Chumba, ran the current Marathon Eindhoven course record of 2:05:46 in 2012.

"We have still to discuss pace making in detail, and who will do it, we have eight weeks to decide that, but I think I would like to run the first half in 62:30 and that will give me the chance to run 2:05, or even faster.

"I have been very happy with my training, I have not had any injuries or any other distractions since my last race (in New York, when he finished second in 28:17 over 10km on May 10) so I am feeling quite confident I will have a good chance of achieving my targets," he added.

Komon will certainly have plenty of local support around the streets of Eindhoven after he delivered a heartfelt eulogy to the hospitality of the Dutch road running community, and the country in general.

"One of the reasons I chose Eindhoven to make my marathon debut is that I feel this is my lucky country. I have run many good races here and always been treated so well.

"I ran my 10km world record in Utrecht (26.44 in 2010), which is not very far from here, and my 15km world record was in Nijmegen (41:13, also in 2010), which is also not very far from Eindhoven.

"I feel very comfortable in this part of Holland. I am used to the conditions and the environment. I also hope this is my first step to running the marathon at the Olympics in Rio in two years time," reflected Komon.

Komon will be the biggest name on the start line of the 2014 De Lage Landen Marathon Eindhoven, but the marathon will be one of just five races in the Dutch city on 12 October.

There is also a half marathon (which incorporates the De Lage Landen Company Run), the Dela 4x10.5km marathon relay, the IAK 5km City Run and Trudo 2.5km Mini Marathon.

* For more information about the Marathon Eindhoven (in Dutch and English) the website of the event is: http://www.marathoneindhoven.nl
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Kastor, Goucher to Race Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia






Kastor, Goucher to Race Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia
• Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia will be Kara Goucher's first race back from injury
• U.S. record holder Deena Kastor seeks to set Masters World best on historic course
• Two of America's most popular marathoners join an already stellar field of athletes

PHILADELPHIA, PA – August 19, 2014 – The addition of two U.S. Olympians - Kara Goucher and Deena Kastor - to an already extensive professional lineup at the Rock n Roll Running Festival Philadelphia September 19-21 highlights the prestige of this historic race as the traditional kickoff to the fall marathon season.

On Sunday, September 21, Kastor and Goucher will toe the start line of the Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, the site of five World records, five American records, and both of the current U.S. all-comers records. The two Olympians have combined to run the five fastest half-marathon times in U.S. history.

"Having both Deena and Kara race in Philadelphia this year is truly a thrilling testament to America's greatest half-marathon, showcasing the fastest U.S. runners of all-time," said Tracy Sundlun, SVP and co-founder of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series. "While Deena has a legitimate shot to beat every non-master, she'll also be going after another record in Philadelphia chasing both her U.S. and hopefully the world masters records and Kara returning to the roads after injury. She just lights up her fellow competitors and lights up the sport, it's going to be a special weekend."

The U.S. women's record holder for the marathon (2:19:36) and half marathon (1:07:34), Kastor returns to Philadelphia for the first time since winning the 2005 race in an American record 1:07:53, which broke Joan Benoit's 21-year-old mark of 1:08:34—also set in Philadelphia.

"With a great summer of training underway, I am so excited to return to Rock n Roll Philadelphia," said Kastor.  "This race is home to my fastest half-marathon on American soil, so I look forward to using the great field assembled so that I can post a fast time."

Kastor is primed for a fast race as she recently broke the U.S. Masters half-marathon record (1:11:38) in New York earlier this year. She also set two U.S. Masters records for the 10 mile (55:13) and 20K (1:08:18) at Rock 'n' Roll Dallas in March.

Goucher, who owns three of the top five fastest half-marathon times in U.S. history, has been recovering from a sacral stress fracture suffered earlier this year and has her eyes focused on Philadelphia. She's been training in Boulder, Colo., under the watchful eye of coaches Mark Wetmore and Heather Burroughs.

"After a year and a half of frustration and heartache, I am pleased to announce my return to competitive racing at Rock 'n' Roll Philly," said Goucher. "I have wanted to run this race since I watched Adam get an Olympic Trials qualifier there in 2011. The Rock 'n' Roll Series has always been great to me and I can't think of a better place to start my comeback."

The elite athletes confirmed to race over festival weekend also includes previously announced competitors such as the most decorated 5,000m runner in American history Bernard Lagat; Geoffrey Mutai, the world's fastest marathoner; and sub-one hour half-marathon runners Cyprian Kotut and Bedan Karoki.

The Rock 'n' Roll Running Festival in Philadelphia includes two days of music-infused race courses with an inaugural Rock 'n' Roll 5k on Saturday, Sept. 20 and the historic Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon on Sunday, Sept. 21. All finishers will earn a medal in each race, however runners who participate in both Saturday and Sunday's events will earn a special Remix Challenge medal to commemorate their accomplishment.

Both events will begin at 8:00am, starting and finishing at Eakins Oval directly in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Kastor will be pacing the 8-minute per mile group on Saturday, before racing the half-marathon on Sunday. 

Sunday's half-marathon course remains flat and fast beginning on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, surrounded by stunning views of the city skyline, running through the historical Center City, past Independence Hall and along the scenic Schuylkill River. After crossing the finish line, runners will join family and friends to celebrate their accomplishment at the concert headlined by Rusted Root.

To register for the event or for more information, please visit RunRocknRoll.com/Philadelphia.   

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Deena Kastor wins 2005 event (credit Photorun.net)

About Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia
The 2014 Rock 'n' Roll Running Festival will welcome more than 20,000 participants to Philadelphia the weekend of September 19-21. The festival weekend includes two days of running, a Rock 'n' Roll 5k on Saturday and one of the world's most prestigious road races on Sunday, the Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, which is the home of five World Records, five American records and the current men's and women's U.S. all-comers' records. Both races will feature live bands and entertainment along the course, with a beer garden and concert at the finish line.

Festival weekend kicks off on Friday, September 19 with a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo at Philadelphia Convention Center, where more than 100 exhibitors will offer free samples, the latest in running apparel and a full schedule of interactive clinics. Both running events will begin at 8:00am, starting and finishing at Eakins Oval directly in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Over the 17-year history of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, charity participants have raised more than $300 million for a variety of worthy causes and nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit RunRocknRoll.com or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.

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