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.
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.



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.

Local winners, sold-out field of 25,000 and celebrity runners go by Windy City landmarks
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CHICAGO - (August 1, 2010) - On Sunday morning, greetings from Access Hollywood's Maria Menounos, cow bells clamoring, rocking bands and the cheers from thousands of spectators helped bring Patrick Rizzo, 26, of Schaumburg, Illinois over the Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon finish line in 1 hour, 6 minutes, 19 seconds. This was Patrick's first Rock 'n' Roll series win as he had placed second at the Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Half Marathon in 2009 and 2010.
Rock 'n' Roll Marathon atop city's sporting events
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In hindsight, it was a can’t-miss combination: adding a half-marathon to the already successful Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon and having both races finish at SeaWorld.

A record 29,858 runners registered for the June 6 event, and now a study shows just what economic difference the changes to San Diego’s signature marathon made.

The report, prepared by Scott Minto, director of the sports MBA program at San Diego State University, suggests that for the first time, the race generated more hotel room stays and had a larger economic effect than the Holiday Bowl, another big annual San Diego sporting event.

The marathon generated 41,766 hotel room nights and $54.2 million in economic impact, including more than $34 million in direct visitor spending, according to the study. It attracted 37,463 out-of-town visitors.

Lee Merrien wins Guernsey half marathon
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Lee Merrien was on top form to win the Guernsey half marathon on Sunday in a time of 64 minutes 54 seconds.

Visiting athlete Ben Moreau, who was just ahead of Merrien in the London Marathon, finished in second just under three minutes behind.

Bronwyn McNeill-Roger was the first woman to finish, coming home in at time of 1:22:18.

Andre Reece Sheerin was the first wheelchair athlete to finish, ending the race in 1:22.22.

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Rain fails to put dampener on half marathon
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AN "electric atmosphere" gripped Pittencrieff Park as the SignPlus Dunfermline Half Marathon got under starters orders at the weekend.

Runners refused to let the rainy weather put a dampener on proceedings as they limbered up to run in the 25th anniversary of the race.

A Scotland v England challenge match added spice and quality to the head of the field of runners as they ran over the newly designed course. Shettleston Eritrean Tsegezab Woldemichael was looking to retain his title and soon hit the front as the runners headed out along the cycle path towards Oakley and Cairneyhill.

Though chased by club colleague Tsegai Tewelde, Woldemichael opened up a 22-second gap and he was able to return home unpressed, crossing the finishing line at Pittencreiff Park in a time of 64 minutes and 47 seconds.

GB internationalist Rebecca Robinson placed 11th overall to emerge as the female winner in a time of 74 minutes and 48 seconds.

Falkirk Victoria athlete Fiona Matheson took second female, to win the Scottish championship and Scottish veteran championship, while England defeated Scotland in the challenge match.

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