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Kirui and Ayana predict fast times at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2017

Fast time will be the obvious target of all the top runners at the 13th edition of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon – and the 10th anniversary of Airtel becoming the title sponsor – with 2017 world champions Geoffrey Kirui and Almaz Ayana both looking to make a big impact on the IAAF Gold Label Road Race this coming Sunday (19 November).

Both runners dodged diplomatically around the issue of whether they would beat the existing course records at the traditional pre-race press conference on Thursday, but the pair commented that they were in excellent shape and would not on the start line in Delhi if they were not ready to run well.

The men’s course record is 59: 06 and was set by Ethiopia’s Guye Adola in 2014 while the women’s course record has been standing since 2009 and belongs to Kenya’s Mary Keitany at 1:06.54.

Kirui, who won the men’s marathon at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 this summer, told the gathered media: “If I compare myself to my last appearance here (in 2015), I’m in much better shape and my body has got stronger than before.”

The Kenyan runner was sixth in a high-quality affair two years ago, making a breakthrough that caught the attention of running fans around the world the race, and he set what remains his personal best of 59:38.

“Running the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is not going to be easy for me because some of my friends and fellow runners here have been running half marathons all the time.

“This is my second time here and I’m ready, but it entirely depends on how I am feeling Sunday. Today I’m feeling good but Sunday maybe a different day,” added Kirui.

Despite his feats over the classic marathon distance this year, which also include a win at the Boston Marathon in April, Kirui has not actually run a competitive half marathon since his outing in Delhi two years ago.

Kirui is also not the fastest man in the field, which may explain his slight reticence on Thursday, as two of his compatriots have run quicker than the course record and under 59 minutes this year. The in-form Jorum Okumbo and Alex Korio ran 58:48 and 58:51 respectively in Copenhagen in September.

Ethiopia’s reigning 10,000m world champion and world record holder Ayana will be making her debut in a half marathon on Sunday, in her first race since the world championships in August.

“After winning the world championships, I have continued my training. There aren’t many good competitions, so I trained hard for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. Even though it’s new territory, it’s running, so I will do my best,” reflected Ayana on Thursday.

“Having said that, while I will look to do well in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, my focus will remain on track events. I will see how my first half marathon goes and then decide if I want to do another,” she added.

In the women’s race, Ayana will face her compatriot Worknesh Degefa, who is not only the defending champion but also the fastest woman in the field having clocked 66:14 in Prague last year.

“I’m happy to come to India to run because the weather is quite similar to back home, so I love it here. The field is strong, Almaz is like my sister, she is my hero. I’ll be very happy for her if she wins. Almaz is very fast and strong. It will be quite difficult to keep up with her,” added the diminutive Ethiopian.

As the only IAAF Gold Label Road Race in India, the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon can rightly claim to be the nation’s top distance running event.

All the leading runners will also have in their sights first prize cheques of US$27,000 with a total prize money purse (combined men and women) of US$275,000.

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A marathon for everyone

With the sixth edition of The Wipro Chennai Marathon soon approaching, differently-abled participants tell us why they love running at this all-inclusive event.

“It’s a proud moment for us when we compete with able-bodied marathoners. Sometimes they stop, and we continue and complete the marathon. It’s our way of telling the world not to look at us with sympathy because we are just as capable,” says Shailesh Kumar, India’s fastest wheelchair half marathon runner, a title he received after the Kota Marathon in September earlier this year. He completed 21 km (half marathon) in 1 hour 45 minutes.

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/get-set-go/article20013010.ece

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Kenyan Kalalei triumphs in Athens Marathon

Samuel Kalalei won the 35th Athens Classic Marathon on Sunday as Kenyan runners dominated the gruelling, largely uphill course by sweeping the top five places in the men’s race. The 23-year-old crossed the line in two hours, 12 minutes and 17 seconds, ahead of Milton Kiplagat Rotich, who clocked 2:14.18, with Jonathan Kiptoo Yego in third at 2:16.08.
The women’s race was won by 18-year-old Ethiopian Bedaru Hirpa Badane in a time of 2:34.18.

Read more: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/athletics/kenyan-kalalei-triumphs-in-athens-marathon/articleshow/61615977.cms

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Delhi pollution: The fate of Half Marathon hangs in uncertainty

The Indian Medical Association has urged the Delhi HC to postpone the Delhi Half Marathon in the wake of “severe” air quality.

The request came in a letter by the IMA to Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and CM Kejriwal. It was based on a PIL initiated by the HC to address Delhi’s pollution problems.

The Half Marathon is currently scheduled on November 19

Read more: https://www.newsbytesapp.com/timeline/India/12847/66778/will-the-delhi-half-marathon-take-place

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India Loses A Veteran Cyclist As Ashok Khale Passes Away After Being Hit By A Vehicle

This is heart-wrenching. India just lost one of its celebrated cyclists. Ashok Khale died after succumbing to injuries after being a victim in a hit-and-run case.

The 65-year-old was found injured in Mankhurd. He was on a cycle ride from his residence in Dadar to Khopoli on November 5 when he met with an accident on the Sion-Panvel higway.

Read more at https://www.indiatimes.com/sports/india-loses-a-veteran-cyclist-as-ashok-khale-passes-away-after-being-hit-by-a-vehicle-333527.html

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PROCAM International talks about ADHM

We at Procam have been closely observing the conditions, engaging with experts and are conscious that the state of air quality is not conducive. However air conditions are not a constant and the current air quality is slated to improve over the coming week.

Our biggest responsibility is to the running community. These include; the international elite athletes, the Indian elites; thousands of amateur runners, who have spent sweat and tears over months, preparing to run on a particular date. ADHM is not a spectator sport, whose dates can be changed at short notice.

Read more at https://adhm.procamrunning.in/media-pr/press-release/statement-from-procam-international–race-promoter-adhm

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Students Will Serve As Grand Marshals At 2017 NYC Marathon

Emma Albert is a ninth grader at Beacon High School in Manhattan who dreams of doing a marathon one day.

“It doesn’t matter what limitations you have. You can do anything you put your mind to,” she said.

Albert, who’s in a wheelchair, says she’s inspired by four-time New York City Marathon wheelchair race winner Tatyana McFadden.

“Last year, after meeting her, I kept pushing myself to work harder and harder,” said Albert.

Hear then speak at http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/11/01/nyc-marathon-student-grand-marshals/

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The Wipro Chennai Marathon 2017

The Wipro Chennai Marathon is back this year will a new route and a whole new set of challenges for runners. The Wipro Chennai Marathon 2017 will host 3 race categories – The full marathon (42.195 Km), half marathon (21.1 Km) and the ever popular 10K (10 Km) race. All 3 events have the same registration fee and all runners will be given a goody bag with a running T-shirt, running bib (with timing chip), finisher’s medal and a breakfast tuck box.

There are just 9 days left to register. For more visit https://www.thewiprochennaimarathon.com/registration.php

 

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Despite Blindness, Woman Yields ‘Infectious’ Love of Running

David Francis Jr., a former professional race car driver, and Regine Sediva, a legally blind long-distance runner, were complete strangers until their passion for running brought them together.

Living the fast life on wheels, Francis turned over his helmet for a pair of running shoes after suffering a serious crash while testing a race car. Sediva, meanwhile, has had a lifelong passion for running. Both members of the Inland Empire Running Club based in Chino Hills, the duo decided to take on the Los Angeles Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon.
Read more at: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Blind-Womans-Passion-For-Running-is-Infectious-Trainer-Says-454537033.html#ixzz4xGTkwJU1

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