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Strides: the news of the week


We regularly share news from the marathon world on the Marathon Intervals twitter stream; Strides is our weekly summary of those shares:

  • Coach and legend Alberto Salazar says that Mo Farah won’t be turning back on track, could run 5,000m/10,000m/marathon triple at Rio ow.ly/nCuY9
  • The field for 2014 Boston Marathon will have 9000 additional slots ow.ly/nBTs
  • Registrations are now  open for the 2014 Dubai Marathon – site of the fastest race this year ow.ly/20EQck
  • Kenyan athletes the most tested for doping by  IAAF ow.ly/nu72c

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Full Boston elite field now announced

boston-marathon-logoFollowing earlier announcements of the return of the defending champs and of the Americans in the field, the full elite field was today confirmed by the Boston Athletic Association.

Joining defending champs Wesley Korir and Sharon Cherup will be a strong elite field, headlined by 2:03:06 Boston runner Moses Mosop (recognised PB 2:05:03). Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia has also returned who finished one place behind Mosop in 2011, recording 2:04:53 on the unofficial marathon course.

Last year’s runner-up Levy Matebo has also committed to racing, while there is a number of Olympic marathoners down to run including Americans Ryan Hall and Meb Keflezghi, Australian Jeffrey Hunt, Canadian Eric Gillis and the feel good story of the London Olympic marathon, Guor Marial from South Sudan.

Marial was granted refugee status in the U.S. after fleeing Sudan during the Civil War where eight of his siblings were killed. Marial, now a U.S. resident, went to high school in Concord, New Hampshire, and college at Iowa State. After qualifying for the 2012 Olympics, but not yet having a country to run for, the International Olympic Committee honored him with entry to participate under the Olympic Flag.

Former Boston champion and former course-record-holder Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya also returns to the John Hancock Elite Athlete Team and will be joined by the 2012 Eindhoven course-record-holder Dickson Chumba, also of Kenya. Additional talent from Ethiopia includes 2011 Los Angeles champion and course-record-holder Markos Geneti, 2012 Paris and Mumbai runner-up Raji Assefa and the 2012 Hamburg and 2011 Toronto winner Shami Abdullah Dawit.


Moses Mosop finished Boston in 2011 in the second fastest time ever, 2:03:06

Men (including marathon distance PBs inc Boston)
Moses Mosop (KEN) 2:03:06
Gebregziabher Gebremariam (ETH) 2:04:53
Markos Geneti (ETH) 2:04:54
Ryan Hall (USA) 2:04:58
Levy Matebo (KEN) 2:05:16
Shami Abdullah Dawit (ETH) 2:05:42
Dickson Chumba (KEN) 2:05:46
Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot (KEN) 2:05:52
Wesley Korir (KEN) 2:06:13
Raji Assefa (ETH) 2:06:24
Abdihakem Abdirahman (USA) 2:08:56
Mebrahtom Keflezighi (USA) 2:09:08
Jeffrey Hunt (AUS) 2:11:00
Jason Hartmann (USA) 2:11:06
Eric Gillis (CAN) 2:11:28
Fernando Cabada (USA) 2:11:53
Guor Marial (RSS) 2:12:55
Robin Watson (CAN) 2:13:37
Micah Kogo (KEN) debut
Lucas Rotich (KEN) debut

Women (including PBs)
Aselefech Mergia (ETH) 2:19:31
Meseret Hailu (ETH) 2:21:09
Mamitu Daska (ETH) 2:21:59
Rita Jeptoo (KEN) 2:22:04
Sharon Cherop (KEN) 2:22:39
Madai Pérez (MEX) 2:22:59
Alemitu Abera (ETH) 2:23:14
Tetyana Gamera-Shmyrko (UKR) 2:24:32
Kara Goucher (USA) 2:24:52
Shalane Flanagan (USA) 2:25:38
Ana Dulce Félix (POR) 2:25:40
Yolanda Caballero (COL) 2:26:17
Sabrina Mockenhaupt (GER) 2:26:21
Diana Chepkemoi (KEN) 2:26:53
Karolina Jarzynska (POL) 2:27:16
Serena Burla (USA) 2:28:27
Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce (USA) 2:29:35
René Kalmer (RSA) 2:29:59
Diane Nukuri-Johnson (BDI) 2:30:13
Alissa McKaig (USA) 2:31:56

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The 2013 elite marathon schedule

Tokyo will launch the 2013 World Marathon Majors

Tokyo will launch the 2013 World Marathon Majors

The year after an Olympics is always hard to follow, but a quick glance at the marathon calendar appears to have plenty to keep the interest flowing. The highlight will be the IAAF World Championships, held in Moscow. The women’s marathon will be on the opening day of the event, Saturday 10 August while the men will be on the penultimate day, Saturday 17 August.

In terms of the first main race of the year, Dubai will unofficially start off the year on 25 January, where it is expected there will be a cluster of super fast times similar to last year. For the formal World Marathon Major schedule however it will be a debut race to start off the year with the addition of Tokyo running on 24 February.

From there the calendar can be planned out as follows:

  • Boston Marathon, 15 April
  • Virgin London Marathon, 21 April
  • Berlin Marathon, 29 September
  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon, 13 October
  • ING New York City Marathon, 3 November

The big question will be which nation will dominate the 2013 marathon year? 2011 was so clearly owned by the Kenyans but 2012 saw Ethiopia claw back some ground.

2013datesThe World Marathon Majors last year still saw a strong Kenyan dominance with Wesley Korir winning Boston, Wilson Kipsang in London and Geoffrey Mutai running the fastest time of the year in winning Berlin while Ethiopia’s Tsegay Kebede won Chicago. There was no winner for New York with the race cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy and Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich scored the upset win at the Olympics.

On the women’s front Ethiopia took three of the five majors; Aberu Kebede winning in Berlin, Atsede Baysa in Chicago and Tiki Gelana running away with the Olympic title. For Kenya it was 2011-12 World Marathon Major winner, Mary Keitany, who won last year’s London Marathon and compatriot Sharon Cherup taking the honours in Boston.

In terms of standings in the 2012-13 World Marathon Majors title, both the men’s and women’s tables are evenly balanced.

For the men Ethiopia’s Kebede and Kenya’s Kipsang lead the men’s title on 35 points each, Korir is third on 26 points and Kiprotich and Mutai round out the top five on 25 points.

On the women’s side it is defending champ Keitany in the lead on 35 points and then five tied in second place on 25 points; Kenya’s Cherop and Priscah Jeptoo and three Ethipioan’s in  Baysa, Gelana and Kebede.

The attention may not be as singularly focused as the London Olympics last year, but 2013 is shaping up to be a great year in elite international marathon running!

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Defending champs return to Boston

17heatpictwo2012 Boston Marathon defending champions Wesley Korir and Sharon Cherop have confirmed that they will attempt to defend their titles in the 117th running of the race on 15 April next year.

The two Kenyan born athletes won this years race in stiffling heat, running within themselves to beat a field of more fancied runners. For Korir the 2013 edition of the race will be his ‘A race’ for the year, a race that he acknowledges the significance of winning.

“Winning the Boston Marathon was the biggest accomplishment of my life and the win placed me in a distinguished group of champions who are legendary.

“The entire world recognizes and respects the Boston Marathon, and I am proudly a Boston Marathon champion forever,” said Korir.

boston-marathon-logoFor Cherop the appeal of the course and standard of competition made her decision to return an easy one.

“I know that there are some of the best athletes in the world competing in Boston in 2013, but I’ll be ready for the big race. The course is very hard because there are a lot of hills and you are running without pacers, but I like this course because it’s also making a natural selection among the athletes.

“I will be in Boston to try to win again and perform at my best level,” said Cherop.


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