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Marine Corps Marathon canceled for 2nd straight year

A live, in-person staging of the Marine Corps Marathon is out again for the second straight year due to COVID-19 concerns. The race was suspended Tuesday for “security and safety precautions,” organizers said.

Runners who were hoping to compete in the annual marathon, one of the most anticipated athletic events in the nation’s capital, will have to settle for a virtual event.

“After exhausting all possibilities, the opportunity to safely operate and execute a live event is just not feasible at this time,” Rick Nealis, director of the Marine Corps Marathon Organization, said in a statement.

The virtual marathons, whether the 26-mile or 10K races, must be completed between Oct. 1 and Nov. 10 — the Marine Corps’ birthday.

“Though we had high hopes to welcome hone our running community this October, we are excited to still be able to celebrate the 46th running of ‘The People’s Marathon’ virtually,” Mr. Nealis said.

Other major marathons are going forward with live races.

More than 30,000 participants are expected to take part in the 50th running of the TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 7. The route will take runners through different neighborhoods of New York City’s five boroughs — Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan, organizers said.

Abbabiya Simbassa outkicks Augustus Maiyo to win USATF 10 Mile Championships

Abbabiya Simbassa has never won a USATF Running Circuit race, finishing 2nd in each of his past four races but he changed the tables at this year’s circuit as he out-kicked Augustus Maiyo at the sixth edition of the USATF 10 Mile Championships that was held on Sunday (12) in Washington.

Elkanah Kibet dropped from the lead group by mile four, Simbassa, Frank Lara, and Maiyo took turns leading the way. As packs formed behind the lead trio finding their own rhythms along the streets of Washington D.C., the trio continued to push the pace, passing through 10 km in 28:27.

Just past the 10 km split, Lara started to fall off the pace, leaving Simbassa and Maiyo running stride-for-stride with less than four miles to go.

In the final quarter mile, Simbassa used his superior speed to overpower Maiyo. With one final look over his shoulder, Simbassa keyed in on the finish line, raising his arms as he hit the tape, claiming his first USATF title in 46:18.

Maiyo finished strong and settled in second place 46:23, well ahead of the rest of the field and showing he’s in top form as he now turns his sights to competing in the Boston Marathon on October 11.

Reed Fischer overtook Lara in the final stages of the race, claiming third in 46:59 with Lara crossing the line in fourth in 47:13.

Shadrack Biwott showed he’s in tremendous shape as he readies for a fall marathon, claiming fifth overall in 47:35, holding off a late charge from Minnesota Distance Elite’s Joel Reichow , who placed sixth one second back in 47:36.

Veterans Kibet and Chris Derrick claimed seventh and eighth place overall in 47:39 and 47:42, while John Raneri and Noah Droddyrounded out the top ten in 47:43 and 47:47 respectively.

Four ‘Kenyans’ to headline the USATF 10-Mile Championships

Kenyan-born American long distance runner, Augustus Maiyo has been lined up among the top athletes to headline the star studded field at the 48th edition of the USATF 10-Mile Championships that will be held on 12 the September in Washington, D.C.

The 38 years-old will be running at the Boston Marathon on October 11 and will face a strong field opponent that includes Ethiopian-born American Biya Simbassa, who has fastest 10 mile personal best of 46:57, over Maiyo’s 47:05.

Three other Kenyan born athletes but now trading for USA have been included in this field, Elkanah Kibet of 47:15, Shadrack Biwott of 47:53 and Emmanuel Bor of 47:39

The four will have a fierce battle with the Four-time national champion Chris Derrick who comes to this race with the fastest personal best of 46:53. The race also includes the reigning national ten mile champion Futsum Zienasellassie who has a personal best of 46.55 which is two seconds slower that Derrick.

Other title contenders include Kiya Dandena (46:58), Girma Mecheso (47:22), and Noah Droddy (47:28).

Biwott, Droddy and Kibet are all running the TCS New York City Marathon, and Mecheso is running Boston.

This will be the third time that the Cherry Blossom will host a national championship event, and a $26,000 national championships prize money purse –plus a $10,000 national record bonus pool– will be on offer.

“It has been nearly two years since the last time the U.S. Ten Mile Championships for men was held,” observed longtime event director Phil Stewart through a media release. “I know a host of talented Americans are eager to take an important middle-distance test as most of them prepare for fall marathons, of which there are plenty, with all six Abbott World Marathon Majors events taking place over a six-week period between September 26 and November 7.”

The race will also be hosting an international elite field with separate prize money, USA athletes can “double dip” if they finish high in the overall placing, too. The overall race champions will earn $5000 (equal for men and women), and the USA champions will get the same amount. Both the international and USA Championships prize money go 10-deep, bringing the total race purse to $46,000.

Lagat writes history as he lifts the USATF 10 km Championships title

Five-time Olympian, Bernard Largat made history as he became the oldest-ever athlete to win the USATF 10Km championships, that was held on Wednesday (4) at AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta.

The 42 year-old ignored the early breakaway attempt of Augustus Maiyo of the U.S. Army team, stayed tucked in the pack after Maiyo was caught just past the 5-kilometer mark, then sat at the back of a five-man group of Haron Lagat (no relation), Lopez Lomong (the recently-crowned national 10,000m champion), Tyler Pennel, and Sam Chelanga in the final stages of the race. Lagat took advantage of this and went on to cut the tape in 28:42.

“I hung in as much as I could and waited patiently until the last minute,” Lagat said in a text message to Race Results Weekly.

Chelanga was the first to crack in the final kilometer, then Pennel, then Lomong. The taller Haron Lagat tried mightily to hang on his namesake, but the five-time Olympian’s sizzling drive to the finish left his rivals gasping behind him in Atlanta’s warm and sticky air.

“I want to come back again, and I want to win this,” Lagat said, recalling his mindset. “So I trained so hard. I decided not to race in the other race before this. My last race was in March. From March until this, there’s a lot of races I missed. But I thought it was worth the sacrifice.”

Haron Lagat got second six seconds later and was followed by Pennel in 28:49.

Chelanga and Lomong took fourth and fifth place in 28:56 and 28:57 respectively.

Langat pocketed a cool $10,000 in prize money.