March 25, 2012 at 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Toray Education and Wellness Center, North Kingstown
March 25, 2012 at 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Toray Education and Wellness Center, North Kingstown
Photos by George Ross
Boston, USA – Reigning champions Geoffrey Mutai and Caroline Kilel will defend their titles at this year’s Boston Marathon, but will be challenged by the fastest men’s and women’s fields ever assembled for this IAAF Gold Label Road Race.
With 31 contenders setting their personal best time in the past two years, including eight men under 2:07 and ten women under 2:24, the race set for 16 April, will prove highly competitive.
Last year, Mutai ran an unmatched 2:03:02 on Boston’s certified course, without the aid of pacesetters, and then followed that accomplishment with a course record win in New York City. Although the course is considered aided for World record recognition, Mutai is nonetheless the fastest marathoner in history, and the only man to ever set course records at Boston and New York in the same year.
Top contenders challenging Mutai include last year’s third place finisher and 2010 New York City champion Gebre Gebremariam, 2010 Boston champion Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot, 2011 Amsterdam and Rotterdam winner Wilson Chebet, and 2011 Chicago second and third place finishers Wesley Korir and Bernard Kipyego.
Young talent clipping their heels include 2011 Fukuoka champion Josphat Ndambiri, 2:05 marathoner Levy Matebo, 2011 Amsterdam runner-up Laban Korir, 2012 Xiamen winner Peter Kamais, 2011 Dubai champion David Barmasai, and Half Marathon specialist Mathew Kisorio.
Americans Antonio Vega and Jason Hartmann, Kenyans Frankline Chepkwony and Dickson Chumba, and Netherlander Michel Butter are also in the elite field.
On the women’s side, the historic race in Boston has been decided over the past four years by three seconds or less. Last year Caroline Kilel turned in another close race as she traded the lead with American Desiree Davila several times down the finishing stretch of Boylston Street. Kilel ultimately triumphed by two seconds over Davila for the 2:22:36 win, before collapsing in exhaustion.
Chasing Kilel are Kenyan teammates Sharon Cherop and Caroline Rotich. Cherop and Rotich ran with Kilel through the final miles last year in Boston before finishing third and fourth respectively. They eagerly await the rematch.
A strong Ethiopian contingent will also seek the crown. Last year’s New York City winner Firehiwot Dado and runner up Buzunesh Deba team up again and joining the pair is Aselefech Mergia, the Dubai winner and newly crowned 2:19:31 national record holder. Also in the mix will be the talented Mamitu Daska, who won Frankfurt last year, setting a new course record.
The Boston-New York and Kenyan-Ethiopian rivalries should prove exciting, but working to break up the leaders will be a top Russian team: Galina Bogomolova, Alevtina Biktimirova, Nadezdha Leonteva and 2010 Boston runner-up Tatyana Pushkareva will work together to return the coveted title to Russia.
Additional talent includes 2006 Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo, Ashu Kasim, Agnes Kiprop, Georgina Rono, Diana Sigei, and Genet Getaneh.
Organisers for the IAAF
2012 Elite Boston Marathon Field:
Geoffrey Mutai, Kenya, 2:03:02 (Boston, 2011) CR, WB
Gebre Gebremariam, Ethiopia, 2:04:53 (Boston, 2011)
Levy Matebo, Kenya, 2:05:16 (Frankfurt, 2011)
Wilson Chebet, Kenya, 2:05:27 (Rotterdam, 2011)
Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot, Kenya, 2:05:52 (Boston, 2010)
Laban Korir, Kenya, 2:06:05 (Amsterdam, 2011)
Wesley Korir, Kenya, 2:06:15 (Chicago, 2011)
Bernard Kipyego, Kenya, 2:06:29 (Chicago, 2011)
David Barmasai, Kenya, 2:07:18 (Dubai, 2011)
Dickson Chumba, Kenya, 2:07:23 (Frankfurt, 2011)
Josphat Ndambiri, Kenya, 2:07:36 (Fukuoka, 2011)
Peter Kamais, Kenya, 2:07:37 (Xiamen, 2012) CR
Mathew Kisorio, Kenya, 2:10:58 (New York, 2011)
Frankline Chepkwony, Kenya, 2:10:59 (Nairobi, 2011)
Jason Hartmann, USA, 2:11:06 (Chicago, 2010)
Michel Butter, Netherlands, 2:12:59 (Amsterdam, 2011)
Antonio Vega, USA, 2:13:47 (Boston, 2010)
Aselefech Mergia, Ethiopia, 2:19:31 (Dubai, 2012) CR, NR
Galina Bogomolova, Russia, 2:20:47 (Chicago, 2006)
Mamitu Daska, Ethiopia, 2:21:59 (Frankfurt, 2011) CR
Caroline Kilel, Kenya, 2:22:36 (Boston, 2011)
Sharon Cherop, Kenya, 2:22:42 (Boston, 2011)
Ashu Kasim , Ethiopia, 2:23:09 (Xiamen, 2012)
Firehiwot Dado, Ethiopia, 2:23:15 (New York City, 2011)
Buzunesh Deba, Ethiopia, 2:23:19 (New York City, 2011)
Rita Jeptoo, Kenya, 2:23:38 (Boston, 2006)
Agnes Kiprop, Kenya, 2:23:54 (Frankfurt, 2011)
Caroline Rotich, Kenya, 2:24:26 (Boston, 2011)
Georgina Rono, Kenya, 2:24:33 (Eindhoven, 2011) CR
Alevtina Biktimirova, Russia, 2:25:12 (Frankfurt, 2005)
Genet Getaneh, Ethiopia, 2:25:57 (Amsterdam, 2011)
Tatyana Pushkareva, Russia, 2:26:14 (Boston, 2010)
Diana Sigei, Kenya, 2:26:53 (Dubai, 2011)
Nadezdha Leonteva, Russia, 2:31:57 (Moscow, 2011)
CR = Course Record
WB = World Best
NR = National Record
The URI Athletic Department is celebrating its Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day by commemorating the achievements of local girls and women in sports. The event will be held as our women’s basketball team takes on La Salle University on Saturday, February 11th at 2:00pm. There will be a free hour long multi-‐sport clinic hosted by URI women’s varsity programs open to all children ages 12-‐and-‐under beginning at 12:00p.m. The clinic will tip-‐off at Mackal Fieldhouse with a welcome speech from URI Women’s Basketball Coach Cathy Inglese. All clinic attendees will receive a certificate of participation and a URI goodie bag as well as a ticket to the game at 2:00p.m.
WHO: All children 12 and under
WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 2012
WHERE: Mackal Fieldhouse, URI campus
WHY: 26th Annual NGWSD Registration: 11:30am Clinic: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Starts at 10:30am at the Village Inn Hotel, Narragansett, Rhode Island.
$25 for adults and $12 for youth (18 and under).
T-Shirts: T-shirts to first 300 registrants.
Awards: First/second/third place man and woman: $100/$50/$25 cash. Top three male/female in the following age categories: 13 and under, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. No duplicate awards.
The Course: USATF certified. Fast out and back course along the Narragansett sea wall. Very scenic.
A traditional cross-country style scoring system will be used, which uses place instead of time. Only runners on eligible teams will be counted in the scoring. To qualify as eligible, male teams must have at least five (5) members and female teams must have at least three (3) members.
First eligible-team finisher scores one point; second finisher, two points; third finisher, three points, and so on. On male teams, the top five (5) finishers score. On female teams the top three (3) finishers score. The score is determined by totaling the points of the scoring runners, thus the team with the lower point total is the winner. Although the non-scoring eligible-team runners do not score points, their places, if better than those of any of the opposing eligible-team runners, may serve to increase the team score of the opponents.
Non-team runners and runners on non-eligible teams do not affect the scoring.
Tie Breaker 1: Total time of scoring runners.
Tie Breaker 2: Time of first team finisher.
Post-registered runners may participate in team competition. A representative from each team will provide the race director with a team roster during the registration period. Please find roster forms at the registration table. No adjustments can be made after the registration period. Any questions should be addressed to the race director, and the race director has authority on all matters pertaining to the team competition.
Six World and Olympic Medalists Added to “Super” Fields
BOSTON (Jan 26) – Reigning double Olympic Champion Tirunesh Dibaba headlines a group of seven Olympic and World Championship medalists in the middle and long distance events who have confirmed their participation in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, organizers announced today. Other medalists announced today include Olympic and World Champion Meseret Defar and World Championship medalists Daniel Kipchirchir Komen, Silas Kiplagat, Haron Keitany and Shannon Rowbury. Tickets for the 17th annual Olympic-style event are on sale now at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.
Dibaba, from Ethiopia, is no stranger to the Reggie Lewis Center oval and is one of the most decorated female athletes in the history of the sport. In addition to two Olympic gold medals, Dibaba has a total of eight senior IAAF World Championship titles on the track and in cross country. Having won her first title at the age of 17 with what seems, at times, to be unmatched closing speed, Dibaba earned the nickname of “Baby Faced Destroyer.” Dibaba set the World Indoor 5000m Record in Boston in 2005 and again in 2007. She will run the 2 mile in Boston.
Meseret Defar has set nine world records indoors, outdoors and on the roads. She won Olympic Gold in 2004 and brought home a bronze medal from Korea when she finished 3rd in the 5000m at the 2011 World Championships. “Boston, I am coming,” said Defar. “This is the one event in the world where I know that all fans want to see good distance action every year.” Defar will race in the 3000m against American Shannon Rowbury, the 2009 IAAF World Championship bronze medalist at 1500m, and the previously announced Jenny Simpson – the reigning IAAF World Champion at 1500m.
Silas Kiplagat, from Kenya, was the 2011 IAAF World Championship Silver Medalist at 1500m and the fastest man in the world in this event in 2010. Kiplagat will be contesting the 3000m against the previously announced Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia and Matthew Centrowitz of the USA, both of whom won bronze medals at last year’s IAAF World Championships at 5000m and 1500m, respectively.
In the Men’s Mile, Kenya’s Daniel Kipchirchir Komen, a two-time World Indoor Championship medalist, and his compatriot Haron Keitany, the 2010 IAAF World Championship bronze medalist at 1500m, will race the against the previously announced IAAF World Champion Mo Farah from Great Britain and American Galen Rupp.
Other previously announced athletes include Christian Cantwell, Matthew Centrowitz, Bershawn Jackson, Kirani James, David Oliver and Jenn Suhr.
The 17th-annual meet, the second stop in USA Track & Field’s Visa Championship Series, begins at 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College. Tickets and meet Information can be found on-line at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.
Saturday January 28th, 2012. 10am start.
Time to step up the distance! This scenic 10 kilometer (6.2 mile) course follows rolling wooded trails through Ryan Park in North Kingstown. Most surfaces are dry hardpack littered with leaves, but as
always, offroad racing will have a few surprises.
Open to all ages. No dogs. No strollers. Headphones strongly discouraged.
Race #3 of 5 in the SC 4th Season Race Series. Series championship points will be awarded to top 6 overall places for each gender, top 3 places for each age group, and top 4 teams. Click here for current standings.
This past weekend saw the first snow shoe race of the season in North Conway, NH, and Turtles Chris Jasparro and Scott Mason (pictured) placed 5th and 9th overall respectively.
The race was part of the Granite State Snowshoe Series
Scott wrote a comprehensive race review on his blog ….check it out!
Photo by Gianina Lindsey
After the very mild winter with a dearth of snow it has been snowing in the Granite State over the past few days and this weekend’s race – The Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble in North Conway – is a go. I expect that a lot of Turtles have been staring at their racing snowshoes while praying to the snow Gods over the past few weeks but now they will cease praying and start preparing.
For race details visit http://www.mwvskitouring.org/SnowshoeScramble/index.html
I am looking forward to more video capture for the trails
BOSTON – Mo Farah, Jenn Suhr and Morgan Uceny – all ranked #1 in the World – will compete at the 2012 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Feb. 4, organizers announced today. Tickets for the 17th-annual Olympic-style event are on sale now at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.
Mo Farah, the 2011 IAAF World Champion at 5000m and ranked #1 in the world by Track & Field News at this same distance, is one of Great Britain’s brightest hopes for gold at next summer’s Olympic Games in London. Farah, who also won silver at 10,000m at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea, owns six British national records on the track and roads, and is the reigning European Champion at 5000m and 10,000m. He was a finalist for the BBC’s popular Sports Personality of the Year award presented on December 22 in London. Last year’s 3000m race in Boston showcased Farah and Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel. The race didn’t disappoint arena ticket buyers, but Farah did suffer one of his only losses of the year as he was narrowly outkicked by Gebremeskel, 7:35.37 to 7:35.81.
Jenn Suhr, the top ranked female vaulter in the world for 2011, has dominated US women’s pole vaulting in recent years, having won 10 US titles since 2005. In 2011, she set an indoor American Record at the USA Indoor Championships, posted major victories at Samsung Diamond League events in London and Zurich, and had the highest vault in the world. Suhr, who has twice broken an American Record at the Reggie Lewis Center, said, “Ending 2011 with a World #1 Ranking was a great way to celebrate the New Year. I am already looking forward to returning to the Reggie Lewis Center, one of my favorite places to compete.”
Morgan Uceny tops the world rankings at 1500m after a 2011 campaign that included a USA Outdoor Championship title, three Samsung Diamond League victories and the fastest time of the year at 1500m. Uceny recovered from a disappointing fall in the World Championship final and recorded a victory over all of the medalists from Daegu at the Brussels Samsung Diamond League meet, a win that also allowed her to claim the overall Samsung Diamond League title for 2011. She will compete in the 1000m. The American Record for 1000m is 2:34.19 and was set by Jennifer Toomey in 2004.
The 17th-annual meet, the second stop in USA Track & Field’s Visa Championship Series, begins at 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College. Tickets and meet Information can be found on-line at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-TIX-TRAC.
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