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Bittersweet half marathon win for White
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Local lad Tom White took out the Koroit to Warrnambool Half Marathon yesterday in honour of a close mate. Nineteen-year-old White, who crossed the finish line in one hour, 13 minutes, 32 seconds, said the loss of school friend Bill Browne in July made the win “bittersweet”.

“During school he was always encouraging me,” White said.

“He believed in me so it was good to do this race for him and for my family.

“I took a few weeks off after we got the news about Bill but I’m glad to be back running.”

White finished ahead of more than 160 competitors.

“I’m rapt with today,” he said.

“I looked at my watch with a kilometre to go and was confident of getting in with a good time. My family were at the finishing line egging me on which kept me motivated towards the end and even locals cheering me on along the way made such a difference.”

White said he has been clocking up 100 kilometres a week in training runs leading up to the race.
Ryan Betz Race Report 6 MINNESOTA
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Minnesota was my next stop and when I got there, I saw that Minneapolis is a very modern city.

This was another 13.1 series run which are usually very well organized. Though there were only 2000 runners in the half marathon race. On the day of the race the weather was perfect. It was about 68 degrees and in the shade. I finished in about 1:44 having to stop to go to the bathroom in the middle.

I really liked the pacers in the race so I knew about how far i was to finish. I also felt a much better confidence now that I have been running every day on the cross country team. Unfortunately High School rules do not allow me to run any sanctioned half marathons during the season. This means I will have to put my Half Marathon program on hold for a few months.

Maybe I can finally relax for a couple months in good old Indiana.

Race Report written by Ryan Betz

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Half marathon winners set records
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PARKERSBURG - Four course records fell on Saturday at the 24th annual News and Sentinel Half Marathon and Two Mile Race.

Saying he had some unfinished business in Parkersburg, 25-year-old Julius Kogo of Kenya blistered the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 2 minutes and 8.78 seconds to win the $3,000 first prize.

Julius Kogo eclipsed the course record previously held by Steve Kogo of Kenya in 1990 (1:02:25).

The Kogos aren't related. In fact, Julius Kogo said he didn't know Steve Kogo, who won here in 1989 and 1990. Julius Kogo had run here a year ago but lost any chance he had to win the race when he took a wrong turn on the course.
Kenyan couple win Rio half marathon
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RIO DE JANEIRO — Kenyan couple Joshua Kiprugut Kemei and Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa swept the Rio de Janeiro International Half Marathon on Sunday.


Kemei, who is married to Kirwa, dominated the men's race. He completed the 21.1-kilometer (13.1-mile) course along Rio's beaches in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 3 seconds. He was runner-up last year.


Brazil's Franck Caldeira crossed the line 11 seconds behind Kemei and countryman Damiao Ancelmo was third in 1:04:22.


Kirwa pulled away in the final 500 meters (yards) to win her second consecutive Rio half marathon in 1:14:37, 12 seconds ahead of Alene Amare of Ethiopia.


Kirwa won Sao Paulo's half marathon in 2008.



Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon Race Report
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Getting out of the house on race morning is never easy, especially if it involves a 4:30 a.m. wakeup call. My body is simply not meant to function at that hour. Forget eating. Forget crapping. Ain’t gonna happen until my normal wake up time of about 6:30 a.m.




We hit the road at 5:00 a.m. for the two hour drive up to Georgetown, CO. Not an hour into the drive I feel the urge. We pull over at Loaf ‘n Jug. I’m sure you know why they call it that – duh -for all the people like me who stop there, don’t buy anything and pinch off a loaf. The jug part? I do have jugs, although it would be more fair to call them 5 oz bottles.

We made it to the start with time to spare. It was 45 degrees. Summertime in the Colorado mountains. Did the pre-run ritual of waiting in the porta potty line. Seemed every single person in front of me was in there at least 10 minutes. Since it doesn’t take that long to pee, I could only guess what was going on in there. The smell confirmed it.


AFC Half Marathon Race Report
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Another weekend, another race. Like I said in a previous post, I have had a race every other weekend since July 4th; I think I’m in need of a break. The good news is that it doesn’t look like I will have any races for the next couple of weeks, which is good. So the America’s Finest City (AFC) Half Marathon is the 3rd race in the Half Marathon Triple Crown. It wasn’t as tough as the La Jolla Half Marathon, but I wasn’t able to beat my PR that I got when I ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon either. Here are the results: 1:32:08, 32/425 Age Group, 188/6646 Overall. As I was driving home from this race, I was trying to figure out how I felt about my overall performance. The time is technically my 2nd best half marathon time, it’s just looking at my splits, I felt like I could have gotten a lot closer (or even beaten) my PR, even with the dreaded ‘6th Avenue Hill’ at mile 11.5. This race felt very similar to my first half marathon. I ran it a little too hard at the beginning and ran out of gas toward the last few miles. However this time, it was more like the last 2-3, rather than 5-6, which is a definite improvement. But now that I have had time to reflect (and sleep!), I realize that it was a very solid effort, nothing to be sad about, then again it feels like I say that about all of my races. I heard that this race a couple of years ago was terrible because of the heat. I couldn’t have asked for better race conditions today, you could even say it was perfect racing weather! It was also well organized and I got my ridiculously big Triple Crown medal, really not much to complain about.


Race Report: Bronx Half Marathon
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When I wrote my last post, I still wasn't sure if I'd be running the half today. I was still feeling sluggish and very congested. I woke up Saturday morning feeling a heck of a lot better. Mrs. Ansky noticed too and asked if I was thinking about running. The scales were definitely tipping more in favor of running but I still wasn't sure if my body could handle it. Then I remembered something that Diane tweeted at me Friday. She said running does not always have to be about training and racing and that it's OK to run just for fun without the pressure of training for a goal race. So by the time Shabbat ended, I decided that I would run, not race the Bronx Half Marathon. I would go up there with 2 goals 1) to finish and 2) to have fun.

What I enjoyed most about this race was being able to run through a neighborhood I wouldn't necessarily frequent. The course was strange in the sense that it was a series of out and backs on Mosholu Parkway and Grand Concourse. The miles on the Grand Concourse almost ate me up. I think at one point I even said to myself "this isn't fun anymore." I was feeling fine, nothing hurt, I hadn't coughed up a lung, it was just something about the Grand Concourse rubbed me the wrong way. At mile 11, I saw Erika and we ran the last 2 miles together. I crossed the line in 1:56:11 (8:56/mile) and I felt great. I ran for the sake of running. I had no time goals, no training plan to follow, I was simply there to run 13.1 miles in the Bronx on in incredibly beautiful summer morning.

Mission Accomplished!

Report written by Ansky from New York

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12-Year Old to Run Half-Marathon to Raise Money for Kids with Cancer
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Alexander Abramson doesn’t know when to quit. A student at Rohr Middle School in North Miami Beach, he consistently won awards for learning the most Mishnayot and reading the most books in a year. His passions are not all intellectual, however—he also holds a Junior Black Belt from Moti Horenstein’s Mixed Martial Arts Academy. Now he is embarking on a new challenge: to run a half-marathon for kids with cancer.

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