martedì 14 aprile 2015



Korir wins Paris in 2:05.48PARIS (FRA, Apr 12): Mark Korir and Meseret Mengistu were the winners of the 39th Schneider...
Posted by RunBlogRun on Domenica 12 aprile 2015

                                         OFFICIAL PRESS NEWS

Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris 2015 :

 41,342 competitors: a new participation record

 Key points
1. A new participation record
2. Mark Korir and Meseret Mengistu victorious
3. Paris, the capital of running
 4. Podiums
5. First stage of the registration process for 2016 opens on April 15
6. Next up in the ASO running calendar…

 1. A new participation record The start of the 39th edition of the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris was given at 8:45 am under sunny skies. A record-breaking 41,342 athletes left the start line of the most popular sports event in France. To put this into perspective, there were 40,783 participants in 2014 and 39,967 in 2013. Just before the start of the elite field, Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo stepped onto the podium on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées to say a few words: "Way to go, everyone. Paris is yours. It is the most beautiful city in the world, and you make it even more beautiful." Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris director Édouard Cassignol added: "Never before have there been so many of you at the start. 18,000 of you came from abroad to share in this celebration. Enjoy the smiles of the 3,000 volunteers who will be at your side every step of the race."

 2. Mark Korir and Meseret Mengistu victorious Kenyan Mark Korir clocked a time of 2 h 05′49″ to claim victory on Avenue Foch and succeed Kenenisa Bekele as the winner of the race. The 30-year-old runner improved his personal best mark by a significant margin and took his first major event in the international calendar. Korir had already finished second in last month's Semi-Marathon de Paris. "I've got much better", he chirped at the finish. "I really love Paris!" Kenyan Luka Kanda and Ethiopian Seboka Tola claimed the remaining steps on the men's podium. The French contingent also shone, with Abdellatif Meftah (2 h 11′13″) taking eleventh place and Yohan Durand posting an impressive performance (2 h 14′00″) to finish thirteenth in his debut marathon. The ladies' race went down to the wire, with 28-year-old Ethiopian Meseret Mengistu (2 h 23′26″) beating fellow countrywoman Amane Gobena (2 h 23′30″) and Kenyan Visiline Jepresho trailing in third place. Julien Casoli's victory in the disabled sports category also turned heads, with the Frenchman clinching his second win in the Parisian event after his triumph in the 2012 Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris.

 3. Paris, the capital of running The opportunity to run 42.195 km through the most beautiful city in the world is becoming irresistible to an increasing number of foreign runners every year: 150 nationalities were present on the start line. The average age remains stable at 41, but the percentage of women continues to grow and now stands at 25% (versus 21% in 2014). The Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris is not just about visiting the French capital's landmarks, but also about the plethora of shows and activities lining the streets. Hundreds of amateur musicians of all genres roused the competitors, showing why Paris has the best beats of any marathon in the world. Loads of families — together with groups of fans and Parisians coming out to enjoy the show — thronged the pavements to energise the athletes. No fewer than 250,000 spectators turned out to cheer on the biggest field in France.

 4. The podiums of the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris Men 1. Mark Korir (Kenya) 2 h 05′49″ 2. Luka Kanda (Kenya) 2 h 07′20″ 3. Seboka Tola (Ethiopia) 2 h 07′33″ Women 1. Meseret Mengistu (Ethiopia) 2 h 23′26″ 2. Amane Gobena (Ethiopia) 2 h 23′30″ 3. Visiline Jepkesho (Kenya) 2 h 24′44″ Disabled athletes 1. Julien Casoli (France) 1 h 31′06″ 2. Jordi Madera (Spain) 1 h 31′11″ 3. Joshua George (United States) 1 h 33′52″

 5. First stage of the registration process for 2016 opens on April 15 Runners who are already itching to sign up for the 2016 Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris and make sure they get a place for the 40th edition will be able to do so when the first wave of the registration process opens on Wednesday, April 15, at 8 am. Registration will be processed via the ASO Challenges platform ( at the best available rates, with a second wave launched in September at the standard rates if there are still places left.

 6. Next up in the ASO running calendar… The 10 km L'Équipe will see 20,000 athletes of all levels tackle the basic distance of road racing in the heart of Paris on June 14. Run In Lyon (October 4) and new event Run In Reims (October 11) will continue and close the Run In trilogy, which began on March 15 with Run In Marseille. The idea behind these events, which feature a 10 km race, a half marathon and a marathon, is to combine a great sporting event with the heritage of a city. The 40th edition of the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon will take place on April 3, 2015.
Un video pubblicato da Alberto Stretti (@albertostretti) in data:

Un video pubblicato da Alberto Stretti (@albertostretti) in data:

martedì 7 aprile 2015


Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris:
Everything you need to know about the elite field

No fewer than nine sub-2:07 runners on the start line!

The fight for the top places at the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris should once again turn out to be an African affair this year. In 2014, Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele marked his debut on the 42.195 km distance by setting a new event record of 2 h 05’04’’. There are several athletes with the oomph to succeed him on the roads of Paris. One of them, Vincent Kipruto, has a personal best of 2 h 05’13’’. The Kenyan, who won the 2009 edition, will face stiff competition from Ethiopians Deresse Chimsa (2012 Prague Marathon champion), Seboka Tola, Raji Assefa, ChalaDechasa and Limenih Getachew.

Kipruto will not be the only Kenyan vying for the podium. Expect to see 2014 Toronto Marathon winner Laban Korir, Gilbert Kirwa, Mike Kigen and Mark Korir near the front of the race. There will be nine African runners with personal best times under 2 h 07’ on the start line of the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris on the Champs-Élysées. France's Simon Munyutu and AbdellatifMeftah will also be on the prowl for a place near the top.

The Ethiopian charge

The winner of the ladies' race is also anyone's guess. The Ethiopian brigade may have yielded to Kenya's Flomena Cheyech (2 h 22’41’’) in 2014, but they are billed as favourites to take this year's race thanks to the presence of Mulu Seboka, who won the 2014 Dubai Marathon and has a personal record of 2 h 21’56’’. Fellow countrywomen Atsede Bayisa, Amane Gobena andBruktayit Eshetu could well emerge from her shadow to cause an upset. The four girls have already run sub-2h24’ marathons. Kenya, meanwhile, will be pinning its hopes on Emily Ngetich.

On the French side, 2008 winner Martha Komu will hope to keep up with the front group. KarinePasquier, Corinne Herbreteau and Sophie Duarte will also fly the French colours. For the record, Ethiopia's Boru Tadese set the best female time at the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris in 2013: 2 h 21’04’’.

Disabled issue

Finally, in the disabled sports category, 50-year-old Frenchman Denis Lemeunier will be on the hunt for a second victory after the one he claimed in 2013, with fellow countryman Julien Casoliand the experienced 57-year-old Swiss Heinz Frei hot on his heels. Spain’s Jordi Madera Jiménez, American James Senbeta and Portugal’s Eduardo Bacalhau will also be worth keeping an eye on.

The starting signal for the 39th Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris will be given on Sunday, April 12, at 8:45 am on the Champs-Élysées.

ParisMarathon2015 Official MediaGuide

sabato 4 aprile 2015

domenica 29 marzo 2015








Lalang, Dibaba Win 30th Carlsbad 5000
•             Bernard Lagat shatters Masters world record; Oceanside’s Anne Garrett sets 80-84 age group world record
•             Greg Mitchell places first in the Masters Men’s Race; Marilyn Arsenault wins first in the Masters Women’s Race
•             Pizza Port brewed the Full Sprint IPA and the Cool Down Lager in honor of the race

CARLSBAD, Calif. – March 29, 2015 – The Carlsbad 5000, known as the “World’s Fastest 5K,” lived up to its name on Sunday. Kenya’s Lawi Lalang was the overall winner at the 30th edition on a picturesque Southern California day. With surfers enjoying the swell as a back drop, the 23-year-old cranked out an average-per-mile pace of 4 minutes, 22 seconds to break the finish-line tape at State Street and Carlsbad Village Drive in 13 minutes, 32 seconds. Lalang was a standout runner at the University of Arizona where he garnered numerous NCAA titles. Lalang prevailed over runner-up, Wilson Too (also from Kenya), by three seconds. Third place was earned by multi-Olympic and World Championship medalist Bernard Lagat who ran 13:41.

Lagat, who is 40 years old, was the top American in Sunday’s race, but also shattered the Masters world record by 14 seconds in Carlsbad. “Running this fast at 40, it not bad at all,” he said afterwards with a chuckle. “I wanted the big one [Marc Davis’ American road record of 13:24]. I was hoping to go out a bit faster, but for some reason it didn’t happen today.” Lagat said that the additional turns on the new course didn’t faze him at all. “Instead, we had a bit of wind today and it was a little hot. The course was really nice. It was excellent. The fans are everywhere and they really helped me a lot in the last quarter mile.”

The women’s race proved to be much more of a decisive affair with Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba breaking the tape in 14:48—a full 25 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Gelete Burka (15:13). Wude Yimer of Ethiopia was third in 15:18. After a relatively slow first mile, Dibaba broke away from the lead pack with her sights aimed at the 5K world record. Despite her strong efforts in the final two miles, Dibaba fell short of the world mark by two seconds, but did produce the third fastest women’s 5K performance of all-time.

“It was fast running for me today,” Dibaba said through a translator. “But I did not go out fast enough.” Dibaba, 24, is coming off an incredible indoor season this year where she clocked a 14:18.86 world record indoors. “I wasn’t looking at the times or my splits until the last minute.” The Carlsbad 5000 was only Dibaba’s second road race of her career.

The top American woman in Carlsbad was 28-year-old Sarah Brown of Solana Beach, California. Brown’s time was 15:48 and good for eighth place.

The Masters races, 40 and older, were won by Greg Mitchell, 41, McMinnville, OR, and Marilyn Arsenault, 47, Canada, in 14:58 and 17:30, respectively. Oceanside’s Anne Garrett, 80, set an age group (80-84) world record with her 28:37.

More than 10,000 runners took part in this incredibly scenic race, which takes place in the downtown district of Carlsbad. Waiting for them at the end was a massive “party by the sea” that included a beer garden for those of age to imbibe on two aptly named free beers brewed by Pizza Port, the Full Sprint IPA and the Cool Down Lager.

30th Carlsbad 5000 Results
Carlsbad, CA, Sunday, March 29, 2015

Name, Age, Country, Time, Prize
Elite Men
1.  Lawi Lalang, 23, Kenya, 13:32, $5,000
2. Wilson Too, 24, Kenya, 13:35, $3,500
3. Bernard Lagat, 40, USA, 13:41#, $7,000*
4. Sam Chelanga, 30, Kenya, 13:50, $1,000
5. Joseph Kitur, 26, Kenya, 13:53, $800
6. Diego Estrada, 25, USA, 13:56, $3700*
7. Haron Lagat, 31, Kenya, 13:59, $500
8. Ben St. Lawrence, 33, Australia, 14:11, $400
9. Dan Lowry, 25, USA, 14:13, $2800*
10. Andy Vernon, 28, Great Britain, 14:13, $200
12. Ben Bruce, 32, USA, 14:15, $1000*
15. Ethan Shaw, 25, USA, 14:29, $750*
#Masters world record (previous, 13:55, John Campbell (NZL), Edison Festival of Lights, FL, o2/16/91)

Elite Women
1.  Genzebe Dibaba, 24, Ethiopia, 14:48, $5,000
2. Gelete Burka, 30, Ethiopia, 15:13, $3,500
3. Wude Yimer, 27, Ethiopia, 15:18, $2,000
4. Susan Kuijken, 28, The Netherlands, 15:28, $1,000
5. Betsy Saina, 26, Kenya, 15:31, $800
6. Jessica O’Connell, 26, Canada, 15:36, $700
7. Miyuki Uehara, Japan, 19, 15:40, $500
8. Sarah Brown, 28, USA, 15:48, $5400*
9. Morgan Uceny, 30, USA, 15:52, $3300*
10. Juliet Bottorff, 24, USA, 15:59, $2700*
12. Deena Kastor, 42, USA, 16:05, $1000*
13. Katie Matthews, 24, USA, 16:07, $750*
16. Sarah Pagano, 23, USA, 16:39, $500*

Men’s Masters Open
1. Greg Mitchell, 41, McMinnville, OR, 14:58, $1,000
2. John Gardiner, 42, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, 15:23, $500
3. Nazario Romero, 41, Escondido, CA, 15:29, $200

Women’s Masters Open
1.  Marilyn Arsenault, 47, Canada, 17:30, $1,000
2. Julie Ertel, 42, Irvine, CA, 17:53, $500
3. Tania Fischer, 49, Santa Monica, CA, 18:06, $200

Wheelchair Men
1.  Josh George, 56, Champaign, IL, 10:34, $1,650**
2. James Senbeta, 28, Champaign, IL, 10:36, $1,150**
3. Austin Pruitt, 20, Chula Vista, CA, 12:21, $500**

Wheelchair Women
1.  Shirley Reilly, 29, Tucson, AZ, 12:17, $1,650**
2. Amanda McGrory, 28, Savoy, IL, 12:18, $1,150**
3. Cheri Madsen, 38, Union, NE, 13:47, $500**

lunedì 23 marzo 2015


Excellent...absolutely Excellent...

Yesterday in Lisbon i was very pleased to assist at LisbonHalf,one of the fastest race on this distance.
Organization totally perfect and my congrats to them.
If u have lost livestreaming of the race...dont the complete video of the race:

A race where women started before men with a solution more tactitc at the beginning while in men,Wilson Too as pacer,went out incredibly fast probably killing the hopes of gold for someone who followed him in a impressive 21.44 at 8k..
Mo Farah intelligently understood pace was too fast and choose the solution to leave this group away (with Kibet,Adola and Micah Kogo ) and coming to finish with his own pace.At 14k the maximum gap in 12sec,with lead in 39.13.
In last part Mo did his show closing slowily every km more on the head of the race before going away with Micah Kogo.
Here the official splits released by organizers for Farah:

Honestly i dont believe in 18km splits...think some mistakes otherwise 2.06 at km in that moment..

After the finish,i did this interview where Farah had spoke about the race and more on his future and road-career.

Interviews also to Rose Chelimo and Priscah Jeptoo on the women: