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Vincent Kiplagat wins 2010 Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasia
Photo from organizers ©
October 7, 2011, Chicago
Liliya Shobukhova and Moses Mosop are ready to win Chicago Marathon on Sunday.
The interview with the favorites of the upcoming race did not leave any doubts that despite hot weather (expected 20 – 25C at the finish
line) they are ready to win with new records.
Defending champion Shobukhova spent the last three weeks training in Kislovodsk (Russia), in the mountains, and thinking of running
out of 2:20 to improve her personal best and the record of Russia in the marathon. Lililya is ready to the competition with Japanese
runner Kayoko Fukushi who is also planning to finish with 2:19. “I don’t look at the rivals. I shall run on my own schedule, as usual”- said
Liliya. If she wins, as she is planning, the prize money will be a good addition to her new restaurant business which she is going to
launch in Beloretsk (Russia). This is one of ski resorts in Russia which was already tested by Russian Prime Minister V.Putin and other
influential Russian fans of downhill skiing. “Recently we got 16 acres of land and in the spring of 2012 we shall start realization of this
project”- said Liliya.
Moses Mosop also spent last weeks training in Kenya at high elevation, and despite the Achilles tendon problem he feels physically
able to run faster than 2:04.
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada from Chigago
October 9, 2011, Chicago, USA.
Mosop and Shobukhova finish with record times in Chicago
Marathon 2011
Both favorites of the IAAF Golden Label Race - Chicago Marathon – supported their
statements done to us before the race. On a warm sunny morning (64 F at the start at 7:30
am, and 70F at finish) Moses Mosop (Kenya) won with the new course record 2:05:37, and
Liliya Shobukhova (Russia) crossed first in 2:18:20 setting new personal best time, record of
Russia and the second best women’s time in the marathon history after Paula Radcliffe.
Liliya is the only three-time consecutive winner of Chicago Marathon (2009 – 2011) in its 34-
year history. The time she showed today is the best for a 33-year old female runner ever.
The previous record belonged to Deena Kastor, USA (2:19:36). All this gives grounds to
consider Shobukhova the obvious leader of Olympic London Marathon in 2012. “My main
nearest target is the Golden Olympic medal in the marathon at London Olympics 2012”- Said
Liliya after winning Chicago Marathon. She twice ran 5km race at Olympic Games and was
the 13th in Athens and the 6th in Beijing. Her marathon debut at 2009 London Marathon was
a successful one, placing third in 2:24:24. She ran her second marathon ever in Chicago the
same year, and won it with 2:25:56. He experience on the track enabled her to run the last
2,2 km in 6 minutes 36 seconds which became the fastest known final marathon split in
history for women.
“Excellent weather, cooler than in 2010, and very good work of pacemakers, and I give
myself 10 points out of 10 possible.” Liliya said after the finish, speaking about her victory.
On the 15th mile she took the lead of the women’s race, leaving behind the huge marathon
field of 45 thousand men and women to reach the finish line first among women and the
13th overall. “I was planning to finish with 2:19, and my today’s result became a pleasant
surprise to me. Having been a track athlete in the past taught me endurance and speed and
it gives me additional benefits in the marathon. After Olympic Games 2008 I decided to try
myself in half marathon. Having won Rock-en-Roll half Marathon in Philadelphia I decided to
run full marathon the following year (2009).”- commented Shobukhova
Planning 2:19 for Liliya in Chicago, her coach instructed her to start the first half fast. “I
think it is the right thing to do. There mustn’t be any fear of starting fast, and then continue
running fast further. I was able do it thanks to the big work I did before, preparing to this
marathon,” said Liliya. “I don’t know yet how to run 2:15. I first must run out of 2:18 to
understand this.” - she answered to the questions about her ability to beat the world record
of Paula Radcliffe. –“My trainings will remain the same. Winter is very cold at home, in
Beloretsk (Russia). That’s why I train in winter in Kislovodsk (South Russia), and in summer
at home, and in fall, starting from September, I again go to warmer places for training. I was
training for this marathon 3 months and now I shall rest for two weeks from running in
Florida.” Orlando is her favorite place where she took her husband and 8-year old daughter
Anna after two previous victories in Chicago Marathon.  
New Chicago Marathon course record holder Moses Mosop, nicknamed by his friends
“Engine Kubwa” (Big engine), understood on the fifth mile that he was going to win and was
running for the result. He is also a specialist in shorter distances on the track and in cross-
country. He was the 3rd on 10.000 m at the IAAF World Championship in 2005 and the 2nd in
2007 at the IAAF Cross Country Championship. Having decided to try himself in half-
marathon he debited in Stramilano half marathon and won it with 59:20 in 2010. He continued
his brilliant débuts with 2:03:06 in Boston, finishing the 2nd, almost 3 minutes faster than the
course record set the year before. Mutai’s winning time 2:03:02 was 4 seconds faster than
his, and ultimately the times would be considered world “bests,” not “records” due to the
net elevation loss of Boston course, which exceeds the IAAF limit for record certification.  
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada from Chicago, USA.
Full report to follow later
Official results:
1.        Moses Mosop (Kenya) – 2:05:37
2.        Wesley Korir (Kenya) – 2:06:15
3.        Bernard Kipyego (Kenya) – 2:06:29
4.        Bekana Daba (Ethiopia) – 2:07:59
5.        Ryan Hall (U.S.A.) – 2:08:04
6.        Evans Cheruiyot (Kenya) – 2:10:29
1.        Liliya Shobukhova (Russia) – 2:18:20
2.        Ejegayehu Dibaba (Ethiopia) – 2:22:09
3.        Kayoko Fukushi (Japan) – 2:24:38
4.        Belainesh Zemedku Gebre (Ethiopia) – 2:26:17
5.        Christelle Daunay (France) – 2:26:41
6.        Claire Hallissey (GBR) – 2:29:27

All photos by Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada
NEWS from events
October 13, 2011
Defending champions and record holders Kiplagat and Kasim
return to Istanbul –PREVIEW
Istanbul, Turkey – Course record holders Vincent Kiplagat from Kenya and Ashu
Kasim from Ethiopia are returning to defend their titles at 33rd Intercontinental
Istanbul Eurasia Marathon on Sunday (16).
Organisers have attracted a strong elite field of 16 Ethiopians and five Kenyans
to his IAAF Silver Label Road Race, several of whom have season bests faster
than Istanbul’s current course records. If the weather cooperates the targets
will be Kiplagat’s 2:10:39 and Kasim’s 2:27:25 both set last year.
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada for the IAAF
Moses Mosop (Kenya) crosses the finish line of
Chicago Marathon 2011
(Runglobalmedia ©)
Liliya Shobukhova (Russia) crosses the finish line
of Chicago Marathon 2011
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Liliya Shobukhova. Happy smile after crossing the finish
line of Chicago Marathon 2011
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Liliya Shobukhova with her husband and daughter after finishing
Chicago Marathon 2011.
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Monday, 17 October 2011
Kiplagat defends in cold and rainy Istanbul
17 October 2011 - Kenyan Vincent Kiplagat successfully defended his title at
the 33rd Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasia Marathon on Sunday (16) clocking 2:
10:58, while Alemitu Abera from Ethiopia claimed the women’s race in 2:27:56.
The Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasia Marathon is an IAAF Silver Label Road
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada for the IAAF
Vincent wins 2011 Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasia Marathon
Photo from organizers ©
Moses Mosop after his victorious finish in Chicago
Marathon 2011
(Runglobalmedia ©)
Friday October 21, 2011
Kimaiyo leads Kenyan challenge in Chuncheon title –
Chuncheon, South Korea – A large field of 19,512 marathon runners and 3514 participants
in the 10km from 29 countries will toe the start line of the 65th Chosunilbo Chuncheon
International Marathon this Sunday (23).
Beautiful sunny weather is expected with 13-15C at marathon start at 9 am, and going up to
18C in the afternoon. The organizers attracted a large field of 120 elite men, including 25
from other countries, and a 26 all domestic elite women’s line-up.
Chosunilbo Chuncheon International Marathon is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada for the IAAF
Kenya’s Hillary Kimaiyo wins the 23rd LALA International Marathon
in Torreon, Mexico in 2:08:17
(photo from organisers) ©
Ejegayehu Dibaba
(Ethiopia) after finishing
second in Chicago
Marathon 2011
2:07:03 course record for Kenya's Stanley Biwott in Chuncheon,
South Korea
(photo from Chuncheon organisers) ©
Sunday, 23 October 2011
2:07:03 course record in Chuncheon for Biwott
In a fast and close race, Kenyan Stanley Biwott won the Chosunilbo Chuncheon International
Marathon on Sunday (23), clocking a course record 2:07:03. Eritrea’s Yared Asmeron was second in 2:
07:27, also under the previous course record at this IAAF Silver Label Road Race.

More than 19,000 runners from 29 countries took off from the start line of the race’s 65th Edition at 9
a.m. on a cold, humid and misty morning and followed a course that circled scenic neighborhoods, a
large lake and autumn-colored woods. The weather remained cold and humid throughout the race,
with the thermometer reaching 11 C by 11 a.m.
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada for the IAAF
Arlington, VA, Sunday, October 30, 2011

Cool sunny morning with 6C at the start and 12C at the finish line became the
main pleasant surprise for 20,895 finishers of the 36th Marine Corps Marathon
(MCM). It was hard to believe in such forecast the day before when the rain with
strong gusty wind in the morning turned into wet snow in the evening. The smile
of the weather and the presence of three strong runners, natives of Ethiopia -
Emeru Mekonnen, 30 (PB2:12:39 in Dubai 2010), Temesgen Ilanso, 25 and
Eshetu Tilahun, 32, who, in fact, played the role of pacemakers – allowed 27-year
old 1st Lt. Charles Ware from Illinois to cross in 2:19:16, the race’s best time in
the last 14 years. A member of All-Army Marathon Team improved his personal
best by 90 seconds and was the only one among men - prize-winners to keep his
promise of projected finish time (2:20). He recently graduated from college
earning his master’s degree in divinity and is going to become an Army chaplain.
Mekonnen was planning to finish in 2:11 and beat MCM all time record 2:14:01
set by Jeff Scuffins in 1987, but finished only 7th with 2:30:51. Tilahun was
planning 2:16 result and most recently finished the Army Ten Miler in 53 minutes
as a training event for the MCM, but eventually finished 14th in this MCM with 2:
34:51. Ilanso came 10th with 2:32:59.
The second finisher Michael Wardian  -2:23:46, from Arlington, VA, completed his
6th MCM, initially planning to run it in 2:19. He set his personal best 2:17:49 at
Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, finishing 13th and was disappointed with his
result in MCM. He is a specialist in 100 km and 50 mile races and only a week ago
won the USA 50 Mile Road Championships, smashing the course record at the
Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile          Ultramarathon in Pennsylvania by almost 10
minutes with his time of 5:33:47.  
The first among the women was Teseta Dengersa, 31, Ethiopian-born resident of
Turkey, to clock 2:45:28. Having set her personal best 2:37:52 in Baltimore this
year she expected to finish in 2:36, striving to beat the course record 2:37:00 set
in 1990 by the Sergeant of Soviet Army Olga Markova (Russia). She was closely
followed by the runner up Emily Shertzer, 31, from Pennsylvania, who finished in
2:45:55, even improving her projected finish time of 2:50 and qualifying for
Olympic Trials in Houston in January 2012, as she said. This was the second
marathon for Emily, member of All-Air-Force elite running team, and national
pentathlon team in 2005-2008.  
90-year old Colonel
Jonathan Mendes, US Marine Corps(Ret.), former World War
II and Korean War bomber pilot was the oldest MCM finisher and clocked 7:02:30
completing the distance together with his grandson.   
The MCM 10K run hosted 6,873 participants that began on the National Mall in
Washington, D.C. on the same morning as the marathon. Reuben Mwei, a native
of Kenya who resides in Acworth, GA, crushed the MCM 10K all-time record
crossing in 00:30:37, beating the 2009 time of 00:32:54 set by Wyatt Boyd. Navy
Lt. Amanda Rice, 27 of North Bethesda, MD completed the second-fastest overall
MCM 10K finish time for women at 00:35:30.


Leading Results -  
1) Charles "Chad" Ware (IL), 2:19:16
2) Michael Wardian (VA), 2:23:46
3) Patrick Fernandez (VA), 2:26:37

1) Tezata Dengersa (TUR), 2:45:28
2) Emily Shertzer (PA), 2:45:55
3) Getachew Shiferaw (ETH), 2:47:30
Winners' finish   (Runglobalmedia ©)
Winner and runner-up after finish.  Runglobalmedia ©
Oldest finisher Colonel Mendes (right) with
his grandson.  
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Sunday, 6 November 2011
Kwambai beats the rain and chill in Seoul
Running in rainy and cold conditions, Kenya’s James Kipsang Kwambai won the JoongAng
Seoul Marathon on Sunday (6), clocking 2:08:50.
The 28-year-old was 37 seconds shy of the 2:08:13 course record at this IAAF Silver Label Road
Race, set by Jason Mbote in 2006. Last year’s winner, Kenyan David Kemboi Kiyeng, was
second in 2:09:21.
More than 21,000 runners from 20 countries toed the start line at 8 a.m. on the cool (14C) rainy
morning. Of those, more than 13,500 contested the Marathon, and more than 8000 embarked
on the 10Km race 20 minutes later. The rain continued throughout the race and it did not
become warmer by the finish time.
Ambitious debutant Organisers attracted a field of 13 elite men from Kenya, Ethiopia, Morocco,
France and Zimbabwe.  
From the starting gun young Moroccan Marathon debutant Chani Hafid, 25, whose Half
Marathon PB of 1:02:23 was set earlier this year in Ras Al Khaimah, took charge of the lead
pack of 16 runners. By the first 5Km marker he was leading by some 50 metres, passing the
mark in 15:37.
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada for the IAAF
James Kipsang Kwambai wins 2011 JoongAng
Seoul Marathon (Photo from organizers
All photos from this event by Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada
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January 12, 2012
St. Paul, Minnesota, hosts World Championships.
Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship, the first of the series of
its long awaited debut in the U.S.A.  St. Paul will host the first round of
completion on January 12-14, 2012, as the best athletes in the sport
of ice-cross downhill will break the ice in North America.  The sport
originated in Europe when an Austrian hockey-player went down the
bobsled run on skates...

Sergey Porada & Yelena Kurdyumova from St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.

See more in Sports and Extreme
January 13, 2012
Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship in St. Paul,
Minnesota, U.S.A. Photo report from the second day of competitions.

See more info here
All photos from this event by Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada
©All Rights Reserved
January 14, 2012. Last day, final.

Kyle Croxall from Canada became the champion of the first stage of Red Bull
Crashed Ice World Championships in ST. Paul, MN, USA having earned 1000
points. His brother Scott came third (600 points) and defending champion Arttu
Pihlainen took the second place (800 points). Despite cold winter weather a
crowd of about 80 thousand of spectators came to watch thrilling competition.
“The track was the hardest one so far. It was an insane race. We were really
fired up for the final”- said Kyle Croxall. Several other athletes, including
Russian Andrey Lavrov also determined this course as the hardest in the world
because of steep slopes fueling high speeds, and small distances between the

U.S. athlete Cameron Naasz, 22, got MINI Rookie Award, after finishing 24th
overall. This award is presented to the best new-comer in the race. The native
of nearby St. Cloud was the highest ranked of the 19 American athletes who
competed in Saturday's race. He became one of four Americans who will
participate in three more stages of World Championships in 2012.

By Yelena kurdyumova & Sergey Porada, St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Course record holder and defending champion return to Seoul -
Course record holder Sylvester Teimet of Kenya and defending champion Abderrahim
Goumri of Morocco will return to clash at the Seoul International Marathon on Sunday (18).
The Seoul International Marathon is an IAAF Golden Label Road Race.
This race has an 83-year history dating back to March 1931, when the first Dong-A race was
held. It was given its present name several decades later, but people in Korea still know it
better as a Dong-A Marathon and are going to celebrate its 83 anniversary this weekend.
This year the international elite field includes 39 men and 17 women, while the domestic elite
fields reach as high as 134 for the men and 36 for the women.......  
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada for the IAAF
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Friday, 4 November 2011
Kiyeng returns to Seoul to defend title – PREVIEW
Seoul, Korea - A large field of 21,188 runners from 20 countries will start the JoongAng Seoul
Marathon on Sunday morning (6). Of those, 13,600 will contest the Marathon and 8877 the 10km race.
The JoongAng Seoul Marathon is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race.

The first JoongAng Seoul Marathon was held in 1988 in the wake of Seoul's Summer Olympic Games,
with the intention to maintain high marathon running standards. The slightly hilly course, which has
not changed from last year, starts and finishes at Jamsil Baseball Stadium and takes runners on a
scenic tour around the Korean capital, past the Olympic Stadium and the city's main market areas,
Seoul Airport and more. ....
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada for the IAAF
Loyanae cruises 2:05:37 to shatter course record in Seoul
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Running in cool and foggy conditions, Kenyan Wilson Loyanae shattered the mens’ course
record at the 83rd Seoul International Marathon today, clocking 2:05:37.
The 26-year-old Loyanae knocked 1:12 from thisIAAF Gold Label Road Race’s previous course
mark set by countryman Sylvester Teimet in 2010.
Tadese Feyse of Ethiopia dominated the women’s race, winning by more than two minutes in 2:
Men’s race –
A pack of 20 took off from the start line at Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul lead by
Loyanae, whose personal best of 2:09:23 was set at the Gyeongju Marathon last year. He would
kep his dominance until the finish line.
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada for the IAAF
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David Kiyeng winning the 2010 Joongang Seoul Marathon  
(Photo from organizers
Abderrahim Goumri of Morocco is winning Seoul International
Marathon 2012 (Photo from organizers
Wilson Loyanae sets new course record in Seoul. (Photo from organizers ©)
36th Grandma's Marathon weekend hosts 2012 U.S.A. Half-Marathon
A little more than a month before Olympic Marathon in London, two US Olympians, Kara Goucher,
33 and Abdi Abdirahman, 35, will take part in USA Half Marathon Championships hosted by the
36th Grandma’s Marathon week-end June 16, 2012. Kara’s personal best is 2:25:53 was set in New
York Marathon-2008 and 1:08:05 in half-marathon in  Chicago – 2009. In 2012 Olympic season she
was close to repeating her personal best having finished with 2:26:06 in January in Houston
Marathon, TX, USA, and crossing in 1:09:12 in March at Half Marathon in New York. Abdi
Abdirahman set his PB 2:08:56 in Chicago Marathon 2006 and 1:01:07 in half-marathon in
Philadelphia-2006. He was only 51 seconds behind his 6-year-old  personal best having finished 2:
09:47 in Houston Marathon this year.
Evelyne Lagat and Berhanu Girma win 36th Grandma's Marathon
June 16, 2012,  Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Abdi Abdirahman, 35 (USA) and Kara Goucher (USA), 33, won U.S .Championships in half
marathon with 1:02:47 and 1:09:34 accordingly, confidently moving to their main target of the
season - London Olympic Marathon. Abdi won $12,000 plus $1250 time bonus and Kara total of
$14,000 with time bonus out of $82,000 of total prize purse of the Championships.
On a sunny cool morning, with 13C at the start, 174 participants in the U.S. Championships in
half marathon started on the scenic course of Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon in Duluth, during
Grandma’s Marathon weekend, along the shore of Lake Superior, almost flat, with a very slight
descent from the start to the finish. The men’s race started first at 6:15 a.m., and the women’s
race followed in 10 minutes.
In the men’s race Abdirahman took the lead from the gun and passed through the 10km mark
in 29:20, closely followed by Brett Gotcher, 27.  Michael Eaton, 25, Timothy Ritchie 24,  and Ian
Burrell, 27,  fell 15 seconds behind.  On 10 mile mark Gotcher was leading  with 47:52 with
Abdirahman some 5 meters behind, running together with Ian Burrell. Eaton fell some 3
seconds behind. Abdirahman restored his lead on the last 3 miles and won.
In the women’s race Kara Goucher headed the pack and went through 5km mark in 16:28
together with two young runners Lindsey Scherf, 25 and Maegan Krifchin, 24, leaving a large
pack more than 100 meters behind. On 10 km mark Goucher and Krifchin cut off from Scherf
and passed it in 33:23, building the gap with the rest of the pack. By mile 10 Goucher
accelerated and passed it alone in 53:37, leaving Krifchin some 80m behind. She finished in 1:
09:34 greeted by ovations from spectators who remembered her as Duluth resident in the
past. Kara said: “Through the whole race I was greatly supported by my family members and
former classmates, which helped me greatly. This support contributed into my result. I love
running in Duluth.” Both winners said that could run faster, but have been saving energy and
training intensively for London Olympics and are satisfied with their results.
1.        Abdi Abdirahman, (USA) - 1:02:47
2.        Brett Gotcher (USA) -1:02:50
3.        Ian Burrell (USA) - 1:02:51
1.        Kara Goucher (USA) -1:09:34
2.        Maegan Krifchin (USA) – 1:10:44
3.        Michelle Frey (USA) – 1:11:32
Jack Delehanty, 25, from Minneapolis, MN won Garry Bjorklund Half Maratrhon with 1:10:57.
“This is the first half-marathon in my life and I am happy with the result. I didn’t expect to win.
Now I am planning to take part in half-marathon U.S. Championships next year.” In women’s
division  Kelly Brinkman, 31, from Minneapolis too, MN won with 1:18:11 result. “I liked the
race very much. My dad ran it two times. The course here is faster than of my home Twin Cities
Marathon. It is not so hilly and spectators are so supporting that they poured into me energy
by their cheering, especially at the last two miles when I felt tired.”
The overall winners of the main event of this weekend – Grandma’s Marathon, – became 25-
year old Berhanu Girma from Ethiopia among men, who crossed in 2:12:25, and Kenyan
Evelyne Lagat, 31, among women – 2:33:14.  Girma lives in Addis-Abeba and trains at the
altitude of 2800 meters above the sea level. His countryman  Chala  Lemi finished second with
2:12:58. The winner among women Evelyn Lagat said: “I was running with the pack, falling
behind the leader (Mulu Seboka from Ethiopia) who was building up pace, and I didn’t think I
would have a chance to catch up with her. But on the 40th km something happened and the
leader slowed down and I took hold of her, passed, and finished first.” Mulu Seboka, in-fact,
was leading till the 40th km. “Then I felt dizzy and nauseated” – said Seboka, and had to give
way to the taker and crossed second in 2:34:54.
In masters, Ukrainian Tatyana Mezentseva, 40,  won with 2:37:05, finishing 4th overall among
women, and Russian Vyacheslav Shabunin, 42, finishing 2:18: 53 in men’s division.  
Grandma’s Marathon gathered this year almost 6 thousand runners from 41 countries, 47
states plus District of Columbia who fought for $100,000 prize purse.
Sergey Porada and Yelena Kurdyumova from Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Kara Goucher-winner of Grandmas Half Marathon
Friday, 10 August 2012
Matviychuk goes to Siberia to renew course record – Preview
Omsk, Russia – 23rd Siberian International Marathon (SIM) is scheduled for Sunday August
12 at 17:00, to start at the same time as London men’s Olympic Marathon, with Omsk time
running 6 hours ahead of Greenwich.
Siberian International Marathon is IAAF Bronze Label Road Race.
The men’s course record 2:13:02 set by Russian Eduard Tukhbatullin stays unbeaten since
1993. The women’s course record of 2:30:21 was set by Albina Ivanova, Russia, in 2002. This
year the elite field of 8 men and 8 women from Russia and 5 foreign countries will toe the
start line on a hot Sunday evening with expected 30C at 5 o’clock on Sobornaya Square in
Omsk downtown. The start will be accompanied by the bell ringing from Uspensky
Cathedral, originally built in 19th century as the main church of the city. It was then blown
up in 1935 by the Soviets and fully rebuilt and renewed services by 2007.
Three days before the race day over 900 runners were registered for the marathon and
ekiden, including 46 foreigners from 15 countries – Japan, Germany, USA, France,
Australia, etc. Total expected number of marathon and ekiden participants is over 1,500. In
two more satellite events – 10K and 6K, which also start at the same time as marathon, -
almost 10 thousand runners already confirmed their participation. The organizers foresee 3
more thousand to add up to them, since the registration is open till Sunday late afternoon.
Scenic urban marathon course makes a circle tour along the city streets and embankments
of powerful Irtysh River and brings runners to the finish at the same place as start.  Omsk,
the second largest city in Siberia with 1.5 million population will turn 300 years old in 2016.
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada for the IAAF
Sunday, 12 August 2012
Olga Mazurenok - absolute winner of Siberian International Marathon
Omsk, Russia – On a sunny hot evening, with 36C at the start, 23-year old Olga Mazurenok
from Belarus became absolute winner in 23rd edition of Siberian International Marathon
(SIM) crossing the finish line in 2:44:47, far ahead of the rest. Nikolay Grigorov, Russia, was
the first among the men with 02:49:06.
Siberian International Marathon is IAAF Bronze Label Road Race.
The race started in extremely hot weather conditions at 17:00, time chosen to coincide with
the start of the men’s London Olympic Marathon, Omsk being 6 hours ahead of London. In
previous years SIM traditionally started at 9:00 in the morning of the first Saturday of August.
Obviously, the choice of start time this year did not prove to be the best for 680 runners who
started in the marathon. As a result only 439 men and women were able to overcome 42 km
195 m. Judging by numerous negative statements in the internet of the participants and
spectators of SIM 2012 Investigative Committee of Russian Federation will have to conduct
investigation and determine which of Omsk officials and SIM organizers will be charged on
statute 118, paragraph 2 of Criminal Code of RF for causing damage to the health of dozens
of participants of competitions who were taken into the hospital. The investigation will have
to determine to the sake of whose interests – personal or corporate –the competitions were
not cancelled with the temperature of 36C at the start. The organizers were well aware
several weeks before marathon weekend that at 5pm on the day of the competitions the
forecast promised 34-35C and they could reschedule the start beforehand to early morning.
The author of destructive idea, approved by former SIM race-director Konstantin Podbelskiy,
of simultaneous start of SIM with men’s marathon at London Olympics, is Boris Prokopiev,
editor of  Russian magazine “Running and We”.
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada
Saturday, 6 October 2012
Shobukhova discusses London Olympics, Chicago Marathon and future plans
Russia's Liliya Shobukhova, 34, the holder of the second best marathon time in the world after Paula Radcliffe (GBR) is returning to the
Chicago Marathon in 2012 to claim victory for the fourth time in a row.
She is already unique in having won this race for three consecutive years. In 2011 Shobukhova finished in Chicago with 2:18:20,
shaving off 55 seconds from her national record 2:20:15, set at the Virgin London Marathon in 2011.
She has been very close to the Chicago Marathon course record of 2:17:18 set by Radcliffe in 2002. Last year Liliya set the world record
of 1:38:23 on the 30km split on the Chicago Marathon course last year. She is is also the European record holder in 5000 metres
(14:23.75), and two-time World Marathon Majors series champion.
After disagreement on training methods for her first marathon in London -2009 Liliya parted with her first coaches Tatyana and Yevgeniy
Senchenko, who trained her for 22 years. Since then their place was taken by her husband Igor, and they make together her training
plans and realize them.
On October 5, 2012, after a short 50-minute morning training in Chicago, Lilya and her coach found a slot in their tight schedule for the
conversation with us about major events in their life in the marathon and beyond...........
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada from Chicago for the EAA.
General view - road running (Getty Images) ©
Photos from organizers ©
Sunday 7 October 2012
In a fast and close race, Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede, 22 won the 35th Bank of America Chicago
Marathon, the IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday October 7, clocking a new course record
of 2:04:46. His two country-men Feyisa Lilesa and Tilahun Regassa finished the second and the
third with 2:04:52 and 2:05:28 respectively, also smashing the course record of 2:05:37 set by
Kenyan Moses Mosop in 2011. Despite much cooler weather than last year, with 4 C at the start
and 6 C at the finish, the results in the women’s field were worse than last year. Ethiopian
Atsede Bayasa crossed in 2:22:03 and Kenyan Rita Jeptoo, hit the ribbon almost completely
shoulder to shoulder with her, getting 2:22:04 result.
Defending champion, the only three times consecutive winner of Chicago Marathon, holder of
the second best marathon time in the world, Russian Liliya Shobukhova overcame the
consequences of the injury and finished fourth with 2:22:59, setting the best overall finish time
for European runners in 2012 Chicago Marathon. Shobukhova postponed till the next year the
challenge to the course record 2:17:18 set in 2002 by Britain’s Paula Radcliffe, holder of the best
women’s marathon time in the world.   
This year 45 thousand runners from 50 U.S. States and 115 countries toed the start line of the flat
and fast urban course, of which lucky 7,777number arrived from abroad, including 1858
The weather set unprecedented record of cold temperatures compared with previous years of
mid and upper 20’s C.
Women’s race   
From the start Russians Liliya Shobukhova, 34 and Maria Konovalova, 38 took the charge of 6-
runner pack, including three Ethiopian and one Kenyan runner. While defending champion
Shobukhova won three consecutive Chicago marathons, Konovalova set her 2:23:50 PB at 2010
Chicago Marathon and clocked 2:30:29 in 2012 Virgin London Marathon. Atsede Baysa, 25, from
Ethiopia (PB 2:22:04 in Paris Marathon 2010) completed Dubai Marathon this year with 2:23:13.   

Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada from Chicago
Liliya Shobukhova at the finish of Chicago
© Runglobalmedia.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Kiyeng goes to Chuncheon to challenge the course record and his
season’s best
- Preview
Chuncheon, South Korea - The large field of 19,493 marathon runners and 5,853 participants in
10km run from 32 countries, including almost 300 foreigners will hit the start line of the 66th
Chosunilbo Chuncheon International Marathon this Sunday.

It is held in a charming small city of Chuncheon with 1000 year history, on a very picturesque
autumn marathon course running past large beautiful Lake Uiam on one side and scenic autumn
colored woods covering mountains on the other side.  
Nice sunny weather is expected with 13 C at marathon start at 9 am, and going up to 17C in the
This year a large field of 77 elite men, including 20 foreigners from Kenya, Ethiopia, Zimbabve,
Russia, Moldova, Uganda is expected along with 28 domestic elite women.
Chosunilbo Chuncheon International Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.
As in the previous  two years, the start and finish line of the marathon loop course will be
located on a wide 8-lane Hoban street going past Gongjucheon Park to accommodate thousands
of mass runners and to make the last stretch of the course more flat. After recent course
change in 2010, course record was renewed twice and now belongs to Kenya’s Stanley Kipleting
Biwott - 2:07:03. The lack of tough competition in women’s field in the absence of invited
international elite runners leaves women’s course record, belonging to Korean runner Eunju
Kwon- 2:26:12, unchanged since 1997. ......

Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada for the IAAF.
David Kiyeng winning JoongAng Seoul
Marathon 2010
(JoongAng Marathon
Sunday, October 28, 2012

Chuncheon, South Korea - David Kemboi Kiyeng from Kenya
won the Chosunilbo Chuncheon International Marathon on Sunday
(28), clocking 2:10:05. His compatriot Nickson Kurgat was second at
this IAAF Gold Label Road Race in 2:10:39. The course record of 2:
07:03 set in 2011 by their countryman Stanley Biwott remained

More than 19,500 runners from 32 countries, including almost 300
foreigners took off from the start line of the race’s 66th edition at 9
a.m. on a nice sunny morning with 14 C at the start and followed
the course circling scenic neighborhoods, a large lake and autumn-
coloured woods. The weather remained nice and sunny throughout
the race, with the temperature reaching 17 C by 11 a.m.

For the men’s race, organisers attracted a field of 77 elite runners,
including 20 foreigners from Kenya, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Russia,
Moldova and Uganda. The women’s race, with a domestic elite field
only, was won by You-Jin Park in 2:41:55, well off the course record
of 2:26:12 set by Korean Eunju Kwon in 1997.
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada for IAAF
David Kemboi Kiyeng and YouJin Park win Chosunilbo Chuncheon International Marathon
David Kiyeng Chosunilbo Chuncheon
International Marathon 2012
( Marathon
You-Jin Park winning Chosunilbo
Chuncheon International  Marathon
(Marathon organizers) ©
Kara Goucher-winner of Grandmas Half Marathon
Nat'l Championships
Abdi Abdirahman winning Grandmas Half Marathon
Nat'l Championships
Seoul, South Korea – A large field of over of 15,346 runners including 160 foreigners are going
to toe the start line of JoongAng Seoul Marathon on Sunday morning November 4. The marathon
can be seen live (Korean time) on
JoongAng Seoul Marathon is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race.

The first JoongAng Seoul Marathon was held in 1988 in the wake of Seoul's Summer Olympic
Games, with the intention to maintain high marathon running standards. The slightly hilly course
starts and finishes at Jamsil Sports Complex and takes runners on a scenic tour around the
Korean capital and suburbs, past the Olympic Park, acrossTanchun andTancheon Bridges,
through the city's main market areas, and more.
MEN’s race
The men’s international elite field is composed of 16 athletes from Kenya, Ethiopia, Morocco
Tanzania and Eretria, including two pace-makers, who will be battling for the $114,500
international elite prize purse, while 77 men and 28 women from Korea will compete for $34,400
for the men’s and women’s domestic division, as in previous year.
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada for IAAF
Kwambai returns to Seoul to defend the title and break course record
November 4, 2012 - James Kipsang Kwambai won the JoongAng Seoul Marathon on Sunday (4) for the second year in a row, breaking
the course record in the process. The 29-year-old Kenyan clocked 2:05:50 to shave 2:23 from the 2:08:13 previous course mark set by
About 14,105 runners from 11 countries toed the start line at this IAAF Silver Label Road Race at 8 a.m. on the cool (10 C) morning under
overcast skies and 13,070 managed to reach the finish line. This year the weather was more favourable and the rain didn't test the
The men’s international elite field is composed of 16 athletes from Kenya, Ethiopia, Morocco Tanzania and Eritrea who battled for the
$114,500 international elite prize purse, while Korean athletes competed for $32,000 up for grabs in the men’s and women’s domestic
division, as in previous years.
From the gun pacemakers Stephen Kosgei Kibet of Kenya and Ethiopian Afewerk Mesfin began their work with Ethiopia’s Dereje
Tesfaye, 27 (PB 2:08:36, Fukuoka 2009) and Korean marathon debutant Lee Kuong-Jae, 22, following closely behind with the first 5Km
passed in 15:17. Ten meters behind they were followed by Kenyan Benjamin Kolum Kiptoo, 33 (PB 2:06:31, Paris 2011), Ethiopia’s
Gebreselassie Tsegay, 26 (PB 2:09:44 PB, Eindhoven 2009) and 34-year-old Moroccan Khalid El Boumlili (PB 2:10:35, Boston 2008).
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada for the IAAF
Kwambai defends, clocks 2:05:50 course record in Seoul
James Kipsang Kwambai wins 2012 JoongAng
Seoul Marathon
(photo from organizers)  ©
Kung-Hee Choi wins 2012 JoongAng Seoul
(photo from organizers) ©
Kung-Hee Choi finishging 2012 JoongAng
Seoul Marathon on the track of Jamsil
(photo from organizers) ©
Thursday 8 November 2012
Defending champion Alimetu Abera is returning to Istanbul-PREVIEW
Istanbul, Turkey – Course record holder Alimetu Abera from Ethiopia is returning to defend her title at
34th Vodafone Istanbul Eurasia Marathon Sunday (11).
Organizers have attracted an elite field of 19 foreigners from 10 countries to this IAAF Gold Label Road
Race, four of whom have season bests faster than Istanbul’s current course records.
Refreshing shower with 14 C at 9 a.m. start is expected with the following partly sunny dry weather
reaching 16 C by noon . If the weather doesn’t confuse the runners, they will target the course records
set by Vincent Kiplagat 2:10:39 from Kenya and Ashu Kasim from Ethiopia 2:27:25, both  in 2010.
The winners in the Marathon will each receive $50,000 and winners in 15k m race - $4,000 each.  
The organizers are expecting the field of 10428 runners, from 88 countries. 3174 registered for the
marathon, 4889 – for 15 km race, and 2365 - for 8 km run – all starting at 9:00 in the morning.
As before, the marathon connects two continents, Europe and Asia. It starts together with 15Km, and
8Km races on the Asian side, cross the Bosporus and Golden Horn Bridges, pass under the Aqueduct
and follow the Marmara Sea beach, to the finish line on the European side at the Hippodrome, one of
the oldest race tracks in the world, situated in the historical district of Sultanahmet, attracting tourist
from all over the world with its ancient monuments and mosques.....
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada for the IAAF
Alemitu Abera takes the2011 Eurasia
Marathon title in Istanbul clocking
2:27:56 (H. Emre Durmus)
Stephen Chebogut takes a big
victory in Istanbul 2012 (Istanbul
Marathon organizers)
Koren Jelela winning in Istanbul
Marathon 2012 (Istanbul
Marathon organizers)
November 11, 2012  Istanbul, Turkey
11 November 2012 - Kenyan Stephen Chebogut and Koren Jelela of Ethiopia
won their respective titles at the 34th Vodafone Istanbul Eurasia Marathon
on Sunday (11).
Chebogut clocked 2:11:05 to take a lopsided victory in the men’s contest at
this IAAF Gold Label Road Race while Jelela won a closer women’s race in 2:
Warm conditions, with 14C at the 9 am start and 17C at the finish along with
some rain and wind obviously didn’t agree with the runners. Chebogut, 28,
finished 26 outside of the 2:10:39 course record set by his countryman
Vincent Kiplagat in 2010, and Jelela, 25, crossed the line 40 seconds shy of
her compatriot Ashu Kasim’s 2:27:25 course record, also set in 2010....
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada for the IAAF
Moses Mosop
Liliya Shobukhova
SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, January 24-26, 2013 – About one hundred and fifteen thousand spectators gathered near the
Cathedral of Saint Paul on the third final day of the second stage of Ice Cross Downhill World Championship 2012-2013. On the
third day of the competitions defending champion of St. Paul Red Bull Crashed Ice 2012 Canadian Kyle Croxall confirmed the
title and ranking of the world leader. His brother Scott, who was the third last year in St. Paul, ascended on the second step of
the podium in a tough competition between 94 U.S. and 60 foreign athletes. The favorite of the fans that night was U.S. athlete
Cameron Naasz from Minnesota, who continued to strengthen his position as one of the elite Ice Cross Downhill athletes in
the world, ranking second overall after the first stage in Niagara Falls which took place on December 1, 2012.
The crowd became more and more enthusiastic chanting “USA!”USA! USA!” as Naasz  won first three heats, including
quarterfinal, steadily moving to the final.  
Naasz made a dramatic narrow escape from Canadian athlete John Fisher  to qualify for the finals by taking him by a skate as
he pushed blades in front of him on the finish line.
READ MORE HERE  Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada from St. Paul, MN, USA
Final heat of 2013 Red Bull Crashed Ice, second stage of Cross
Downhill World Championship. Photos by Yelena Kurdyumova &
Srgey Porada
Friday, April 5, 2013
Peter Nkaya and Natalia Romero return to Santiago to defend titles.
Santiago, Chile – Defending champions Peter Lemayian Nkaya, 25, of Kenya and Natalia Romero, 33, of Chile
are returning to Chilean capital to defend their titles in the 7th edition of Santiago Marathon, and to
challenge course records again, on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
A large field of more than 25,000 runners, including 2400 foreigners from 57 countries will toe the start line
of three marathon week-end events. Marathon distance attracted 4010 participants, half marathon - 10,651,
and 10 km race – 10,386. Beautiful sunny weather is expected with 13C at the start in the morning, slowly
growing up to 24-25C over six hours, by 2:30 p.m. course closing time.
Santiago Marathon is an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race.
Last year both winners were several seconds away from beating Santiago Marathon course records. Peter
Nkaya crossed in 2:12:52, 20 seconds short of beating 2:12:33 course record set by Ethiopian Alena Reta in
2010. Natalia Romero finished with 2:34:55 coming close to 2:34:42 women’s course record set by Kenyan
Hyvon Ngetich.   
MEN’s race.
The man’s international elite field is composed of 14 athletes from 7 countries. Four Kenyan runners are
expected to arrange competition: defending champion Peter Nkaya, 25, and his three countrymen. Among
them is 31-year old Hillary Kipchichir Kimaiyo with PB 2:08:13 set in Torreon Marathon, Mexico, in 2011. He
performed 2:16:24 in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2012.
Other Kenyan runners to come are Eric Nzioki, 34 (PB 2:10:34 from 2005 Zurich Marathon) who crossed with
2:12:05 in Buenos Aires marathon last year, and Julius Kipyego Keter, 24 (PB 2:11:56 in Baltimore Marathon
2008) who finished with 2:17:24 in Hong Kong Marathon 2012, completed 2012 Tijuana Half Marathon with 1:
02:40 and won 2011 Santiago Marathon with 2:13:22.
Kenyans can be well challenged by Ahmed Nasef, 38 from Morocco who set his PB of 2:10:59 at 2012
Chongging Int’l Marathon, and finished with 2:12:10 in Venice Marathon-2011.
Others to watch are:
Juan Carlos Cardona, 38, from Columbia (PB 2:13:29 in Baltimore Marathon 2010) performed with 2:15:17 in
Rotterdam Marathon; Eritrean Debesay Tsige, 32, (PB 2:13:57 in Frankfurt Marathon 2012) finished 25th in
the IAAF Half Marathon World Championships 2012 with the time of 1:04:15.
Simon Rugut Kipngetich, 28, from Uganda got 2:14:07 PB from Leiden Marathon-2009 and completed the
same race with 2:15:55 last year.
Roberto Echeverria, 37, won Santiago Marathon in 2008 setting his PB at 2:15:37.
Constantino Leon, 38, from Peru (2:17:03 PB at Chuncheon Marathon 2010) finished with 1:05:55 in 2012 Lima
Half Marathon. Another athlete from Peru Paulino Canchanya, 33, set 2:17:06 PB in Buenos Aires Marathon
WOMEN’S race    
Women’s international elite field features 12 runners from 5 countries with 5 Olympians among them, and
looks more convincing than the men’s field. The race will be most likely dominated by London Olympian Ines
Melchor, 26, from Peru. She set her personal best of 2:28:54 at London Olympic Marathon finishing the 25th.
Her compatriot Gladys Tajeda, 27, is another Olympian who also set PB of 2:32:07 finishing 43rd at London
Olympic Marathon. She crossed in Seoul International Marathon 2011 with 2:32:32 and in Lima Half Marathon
with 1:13:03 the same year. Another runner from Peru who can interfere into the contest is Judith Toribio,
31, with PB 2:34:22 from 2012 Seoul International Marathon and 1:15:33 PB from 2010 Lima half marathon. She
finished in Lima again in 2012 clocking 1:16:08.
The trio from Peru can be challenged by Columbian Olympian Erika Abril who finished 51st with PB 2:33:33 at
London Olympic Marathon in 2012, and was runner-up in Santiago marathon 2011 with 2:35:01, and by
Ethiopian Roman Gebregessese, 29, PBs 2:32:28 in Barcelona Marathon-2010 and  1:11:31 in Pune Half
Marathon 2007. She crossed with 2:34:18 in 2012 Mumbai Marathon.
Foreign competitors are going to feel formidable presence of defending champion Natalia Romero, who
won her home marathon 3 times - in 2008, 2010, 2012, and was 4th in 2011. In addition to her win with 2:34:55
PB at Santiago Marathon 2012 she finished 69th in London Olympic Marathon with 2:37:47. Her compatriot
Olympian Erika Olivera, 37 (PB 2:32:23 in Rotterdam Marathon 1999) won Santiago Marathon in 2007 and 2009
and crossed third with 2:36:27 in 2011. She finished 64th in-front of Romero in London Olympic Marathon.
Only once both Chilean runners allowed Kenyan Hyvon Ngetich to take the best of them and win 2011
Santiago Marathon with the new course record.
Among others to watch are two Kenyan runners: Truphena Jemeli Tarus, 28, with fresh PB 2:36:30 from
Jackson Marathon 2013, who finished with 2:39:25 in 2012 Guadalajara Marathon and clocked  2:37:24 in 2011
Twin Cities Marathon, and Jacqueline Kiplimo, 28 (PBs 2:36:57 in 2013 Ahmedabad Marathon and 1:12:59 in
2012 Phalaborwa); Columbian Yolanda Fernandez, 31,  with PBs 2:39:21 from Rotterdam Marathon and 1:16:
01 Miami Half Marathon, both 2008; Ethiopian Shewarge Alene, 26, PBs 2:39:50 at 2012 Ciudad de Mexico
Marathon and 1:11:23 at Guadalajara Half Marathon.
The elite field will be chasing US $89,000 prize purse. Each winner (male and female) in the marathon will get
$20,000, plus $3,500 for beating course record. A $1000 prize is promised for passing through half marathon
split point in 1:05:00 or faster, and further finishing full marathon distance among the first 5 fastest runners.  
Urban circle course starts and finishes in front of La Moneda Palace. Seven bands along the course will
cheer-up the marathon runners all through the race.

By Yelena S. Kurdyumova and Sergey A. Porada for the IAAF
Peter Nkaya from Kenya at the
finish line of Cuidad De Mexico
Natalia Romero (Chile)-London
2012 Women's Marathon
Sunday, April 7, 20013
Santiago, Chile-Julius Keter, 24, and Jaqueline Kiplimo, 28,
both from Kenya, won the 7th Santiago Marathon with new
course records – 2:11:44 and 2:30:52 accordingly.
Both men’s and women’s best results are hard to be called
expected. Jaqueline Kiplimo, who finished with personal best
of 2:36:57 three months ago, on January 6, 2013, in
Ahmedabad, shaved off her PB more than 6 minutes.  
Julius Keter took 12 seconds off his personal best of 2:11:56
which he set in 2008, 4.5 years ago in Baltimore, despite the
fact that his seasonal best was rapidly getting worse during
two previous years. In 2011 he won Santiago Marathon with
seasonal best 2:13:22, and in 2012 crossed in Hong-Kong in 2:
By Yelena Kurdyumova and Sergey Porada
Julius Ketter winning Santiago
Marathon 2013
Jaqueline Kiplimo setting new
women's course record in
Santiago Marathon 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Evelyne Lagat returns to Duluth to defend her title in Grandma’s
37th Grandma’s Marathon weekend will welcome over 17,400 runners in all 5 events.
Over 7,300 registered for full marathon, over 7800 for Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon,
almost 2000 for William A. Irving 5k, and 231 for 2013 USA Half Marathon
Olympian Abdi Abdirahman, 36 (PB 1:01.07 in 2006 Philadelphia Half marathon) from
Arizona returns to Grandma’s Marathon weekend to defend the title in USA Half
Marathon Championships which he won last year with 1:02:47. He may be confronted
by Mohamed Trafeh from California (PB 1:00:39 in New York 2010) who showed 1:14:
18 on 25 km in Grand Rapids, MI this May, and crossed with 2:11:41 in Fukuoka
Marathon last year.
In women’s Half Marathon Championships several runners with fresh results close to
1:11:00 have real chances to win the national title and to claim a piece of prize purse.
Among them Adriana Nelson, 33 from Boulder, Co (PB 1:09:57 set in 2005) who
finished with 1:11:09 this March in New York; Maegan Krifchin, 25, from New York,
who set PB 1:10:56 finishing second in 2012 Half Marathon Championships in Duluth;
Desiree Davila, 29, from Michigan with 1:10:34 PB set in 2012 in Naples, FL, and 2:25:
55 shown in Houston Marathon last year.
Defending champion Evelyne Lagat, 32, original Kenyan, is coming to her fifth
Grandma’s Marathon, which she won last year with 2:33:14. She steadily moved to
this victory finishing 3rd in 2010 and 2nd in 2011 with PB 2:31:32. Yihunlish Bekele
Delelecha from Ethiopia, winner of 2011 Grandma’s Marathon with PB 2:30:39 is
coming back with 2:41:30 finishing time in Pittsburg marathon this May.
By Yelena Kurdyumova and Sergey Porada
Evelyne Lagat wins 2012 Grandma's Marathon
(Runglobalmedia ©)
Abdi Abdirahman after winning 2012 Half
marathon Championships
June 22, 2013, 9:00 a.m.
Trafeh and Nelson win U.S. Half marathon Championships
Duluth, Minnesota, USA - For the second year Grandma's Marathon
hosts U.S. Half marathon Championships. Early foggy morning, in
cool temperature of 10C, seven-times national champion Mohamed
Trafeh, 28, originally from Morocco, now U.S. citizen from California,
won U.S. Championships in Half Marathon with 1:01:17. This is his
second national champion’s title this year after winning 25k U.S.
National championships with new record of 1:14:18. Trafeh is
selected to the U.S.A. Men's Marathon Team for 2013 IAAF World
Championships in Moscow, Russia. The second at the finish line
was two-time Olympian Meb Keflezighi, 38 from Kalifornia, too, who
lost only 5 seconds to Trafeh, crossing in 1:02:22.
Adriana Nelson, 33, original Romanian, now U.S. citizen from
Boulder, Colorado, came to the finish line with 1:11:19, and became
new U.S. Half Marathon champion among women. She experienced
tough competition from runner-up Desiree Davila, 29, from
Michigan who crossed only 7 seconds behind her in 1:11:26. The
third was Kelly Brinkman from Minnesota with 1:11:33.
See complete results for all events on
Sergey Porada and Yelena Kurdyumova from Duluth, MN, USA.
Mohamed Trafeh and Adriana Nelson  
winning 2013 Half Marathon Championships
June 22, 2013, 11:00 a.m.
Sarah Kiptoo wins Grandma’s Marathon   with new
course record.
23-year old Sarah Kiptoo from Kenya smashed 10-year old women’s
course record (2:27:05) set by Fira Sultanova (Russia) in 2003 at the
age of 41. Kiptoo crossed in 2:26:32 on foggy cool morning with 12C at
the start and 9C at the finish. However, this weather seemed nice and
comfortable for the young runner from a large Kenyan family of 10
children. She took charge of the race from the gun and was never
challenged by any rivals till the finish line. Kiptoo set her amazing
personal best time having shaved more than 7 minutes off her
previous PB - 2:33:42, set in Cleveland Marathon, Ohio, in 2013. The
second finisher, her compatriot Doreen Kitaka, 29, improved her PB
by 2 minutes too, crossing in 2:30:21.
In men’s race, Dick Beardsley ‘s course record of 2:09:37, set 32 years
ago, stayed unbeaten. Ethiopian runner Bazu Worku (PB 2:05:25 at
2010 Berlin Marathon) was determined to Grandma’s course record,
having already won 2013 Houston Marathon with 2:10:17. However fog,
wind and cold on the shore of Lake Superior didn’t feel good for him.
He said through the interpreter: “I could not worm up before the start,
and after starting could not run fast enough first half of the race,
because of cold and stiff muscles. I ran in even lower temperature
before, but here, together with wind, it felt too cold.” He broke off
from the pack on the 19th mile and finished with 2:11:14, half a minute
ahead of runner-up Ernest Kebenei from Kenya, who crossed 2:11:46.
Mary Davies, 30, from Houston, Texas, won Garry Bjorklund Half
Marathon with new PB 1:11:07 which is 12 seconds faster than Adriana
Nelson’s winning time in U.S. Half Marathon Championships shown on
the same course 20 minutes earlier, the same day. In men’s race John
Klecker from Minnetonka, Minnesota crossed first in 1:09:19.
See complete results for all events on   
Yelena Kurdyumova and Sergey Porada from Duluth, MN, USA.
Sarah Kiptoo winner of 2013
Grandma's Marathon
Bazu Worku winner of 2013 Grandma's
Marathon (Runglobalmedia
Sho Matsumoto, 27, full time lawyer
from Tokyo, Japan, successfully
competed with professionals finishing
Grandma’s Marathon in 2:17:54.
Wen-Shi You, 78, originally from China,
resident of New York State, finished Garry
Bjorklund Half Marathon in 3:13:21, first in
her age group.
Moses Mosop, Chicago Marathon winner, is returning to
Windy City to claim the title.
Prewiew of 2013 race.
On September 5, 2013 elite field of Chicago Marathon 2013 was announced. The presence in the men’s
field of four athletes with personal bests faster than 2:05, set during the last two seasons, gives grounds
to expect the race with interesting tactical competition and breath-taking intrigue. They will challenge on
October 13, 2013 the course record of 2:04:38 set last year by Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede. Elite field this
year features Kenya’s Moses Mosop (PB 2:03:06 in Boston Marathon 2011), Dennis Kimetto (PB 2:04:16
debut in 2012 Berlin Marathon), Emmanuel Mutai (PB 2:04:40 at London Marathon 2011), and Ethiopia's
Ayele Abshero (PB 2:04:23 at Dubai Marathon 2012). Their seasonal bests confirm their potential to shake
Chicago’s course record again. Dennis Kimetto won in February 2013 Tokyo Marathon with course
record 2:06:50, Emmanuel Mutai finished with 2:06:33 in London Marathon 2013, Ayele Abshero also
completed London 2013 with 2:05:57. Moses Mosop, nicknamed ‘Engine Kubwa’ (Big Engine) for his
powerful running technique, has fully recovered from his Achilles injury. He won 2011 Chicago Marathon,
setting a then course record  2:05:37. In 2012 Mosop completed Rotterdam marathon in 2:05:03. In the
women's elite field the absence of Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova, two-time winner of Chicago Marathon and
Russian national record holder of 2:18:20 set in Chicago 2011, will give a chance to Ethiopia's Atsede
Baysa, last year Chicago Marathon winner with PB 2:22:03,  and Kenya's Rita Jeptoo, runner-up with PB 2:
22:04 to continue their duel started at Chicago 2012 and to compete for the champion’s title and the main
peace of women’s prize purse.
By Sergey Porada and Yelena Kurdyumova
Moses Mosop winning Chicago
Marathon 2011  (Runglobalmedia
James Kipsang Kwambai wins 2011 JoongAng
Seoul Marathon
(photo from organizers) ©
Course record falls in Chicago.
October 13, 2013 – Chicago. 40,230 runners started in Chicago Marathon on a sunny cool morning with 11C at the start which gradually
warmed up to 13C creating excellent running conditions.
Kenyan runners Dennis Kimetto, 29 and Emmanuel Mutai, 29 both beat Chicago Marathon course record in a hot close race crossing in
2:03:45 and 2:03:52 respectively. Their compatriot Sammy Kitwara, 28 was 3rd with 2:05:16 result. The first among US runners to cross
was Dathan Ritzenhein, 30, with 2:09:45 - fifth overall result. The women’s race was also dominated by Kenyan runners Rita Jeptoo, 32
and Jemima Sumong Jelegat, 28 finishing with winning 2:19:57 (seasonal best) and 2:20:48 runner-up respectively. Third came  Russian
Maria Konovalova, 39  with 2:22:46, setting her new personal best, and the 4th was Aliaksandra Duliba, 25 from Belarus, who also
improved her personal best and national record of Belarus by 2 min. 24 seconds finishing with 2:23:44 in her second marathon ever.
MEN’s race. The pack of 15 athletes mostly Kenyan, including Kimetto, Mutai and Kitwara crossed 5km mark in 14:45. By the next 10Km
point the pack broke into two groups following pacemakers and each other at a distance of 4-5 m. Pacemakers crossed 10 km mark in
29:20. By 20 Km point the pack pulled up to the pacemakers and crossed it in 58:39. The half-point was done in 1:01:52, which promised
improvement of course record 2:04:16 set by Tsegay Kebede last year. By the 30th km  Kimetto, Mutai and Kitwara for the first time
came out from the back and crossed the mark in 1:28:04 in the same order as they  finished, keeping an eye on each other. 40 km point
was passed in the same order : Kimetto in 1:57:18, Mutai followed 5m behind him and Kitwara fell out of the hunt lagging 200 meters
WOMEN’S race. From the gun Maria Konovalova took charge of the race and crossed 5km point in 16:54 leading the pack of 9 runners
including Rita Jeptoo and Jemima Sumgong Jelegat. The pack of 6 including Konovalova and Japtoo crossed 10 km mark in 33:50,
while Sumgong lagged some 5m behind. By the 15km point Ethiopian Alsede Baysa, 26 took the lead, followed 8-10 meters behind by
the pack of 6, including Konovalova,  Japtoo  and Sumgong. The pack consisting of Baysa, Konovalova, Japtoo and Sumgong crossed
the half point in 1:11:15. Aliaksandra Duliba stayed some 75 meters behind them. Baysa was leading on 25km mark with Konovalova,
Japtoo and Sumgong following 4-5 meters behind. Duliba still didn’t hurry to pull up to them, falling about 125 meters behind. By the
30th km mark Japtoo and Sumgong moved to the front and crossed the mark in 1:10:52, having Konovalova 75m behind and Duliba 250
m behind. Japtoo  and Sumgong passed 35 km in 1:57 building the gap with Konovalova and Duliba. By the 40’s km Japtoo took a bold
move to the front and crossed in 2:12:57 starting her finish and the rest followed in the order they finished.
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Girma Bedada and Kelly Calway claim titles in Marine
Corps Marathon.
Oct. 27, 2013, Arlington, VA, U.S.A. – 38th  Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) the
second year in a row got over 23,000 finishers. This is the record number of
finishers for the marathons without prize money, which testifies of the
excellent work of the organizing team and extreme popularity of the event. This
year the number of finishers reached 23,480 from all 50 states and 48
countries. Excellent running weather with 9C at the start helped runners to
achieve their personal goals.  
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Girma Bedada  winning Marine Corps Marathon
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On February 20 – 22, 2014 the capital of Minnesota -S. Paul for the third time was hosting the fastest worlds Ice Cross
Downhill athletes. This was the second stage of four-stage World Championship tour.  The first stage was held in
Helsinki, the capital of Finland and the third will be in Moscow, Russia, on March 8. Like in previous years, man-made ice
track, full of turns, canals and chutes, was located against the back-drop of the iconic Cathedral of St. Paul. It was
specifically designed for head-to-head battle, and once again became the most challenging course of the season. St.
Paul Mayor Chris Coleman again, like in 2013, opened the new course on sunny, unusually worm morning (34 F) of
Wednesday February 19. He did a test run down a portion of this track together with his son and several more skaters.
However the weather didn’t stay warm for long, and the next three days of practice and competitions were Minnesota
style - with hard frost, like in previous two years.  
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Red Bull Crashed Ice returns to St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
St. Paul Mayor Coleman (right) after
testing the new, 2014, course
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On March 24-26 in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A. the U.S.- Russia
Innovation Conference will take place.
The purpose of this conference is to bring together dozens of
companies, universities, research institutes from two countries
to share best practices in innovation projects, review existing
collaborations and to explore new ways to strengthen
U.S.-Russian relations through mutually beneficial trade,
investment, research and commercialization.
The conference will be attended by the Russian Ambassador
to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak, as well as scientists and
entrepreneurs from the most innovative regions and cities in
Russia, including: Tatarstan, Mordovia, Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk,
Novosibirsk , Ulyanovsk, Lipetsk, Ryazan , Kaluga, interested
in partnership in innovation projects. The home team will
feature the most innovative companies in Upper Midwest
region, such as the 3M Innovation Center, Ecolab Innovation
Center, Minnesota Nano Center at the University of Minnesota,
Medtronic, Aveda and many others.
The conference will feature plenary sessions, working groups,
exhibition. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit
leading companies, universities, research institutes Minnesota
focused on innovation projects.
For more details click here.
U.S. - Russia Innovation Conference
St. Paul, The Capitol
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Red Bull Crashed Ice returns to Moscow, Russia.
On March 6-8, 2014, on the eve of International Women’s Day, the holiday
popular in Russia and other European countries, in Moscow, capital of
Russia, the third stage of Ice Cross Downhill World Championship tour
was held. The 455 meter long track (with a 50-meter vertical drop) was
assembled on Vorobyevy Gory, hilly bank of Moskva-river, facing the
Olympic stadium, with the skyscraper of Moscow State University at the
back drop. Moscow was hosting the event for the second time. The first
time this event was held in Moscow in 2011, also on Vorobyevy Gory.
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US-Russia Innovation Conference. News.
Russian Ambassador to the U.S.A. Sergei Kislyak had to change his plans and
will not visit Minnesota during US-Russia Innovation Conference on March 24-
26, 2014, “but the conference keeps getting bigger” said Minnesota Secretary
of State Mark Ritchie, answering questions of editor-in-chief of
Runglobalmedia Sergey Porada on Monday, March 17, 2014
US-Russia Innovation Conference.
On March 24-26 US-Russia Innovation Conference took place
in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Thanks to Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Richie, who
successfully spread the word about forthcoming US-Russia
Innovation Conference, the number of participants overcame
the expected 150, and exceeded 250 registrants.
Minnesota was chosen not by chance to host the conference.
Five companies, with headquarters in greater Minneapolis and
St. Paul for many years have had an active business in the
Russian market - Cargill, Inc., Ecolab, Medtronic, Inc., Miva
LLC., Weather-Rite LLC.
Russia has become one of the fastest growing export markets
for Minnesota during the past three years. In 2013, exports
from Minnesota to Russia amounted to $110 million.
The main exports were machinery ($39 million) including
agricultural, vehicles ($22 million) including snowmobiles,
pharmaceuticals ($10 million), optic and medical instruments
($10 million), electrical machinery ($10 million), and others
($18 million), according to information provided by Jeffrey
Phillips from Minnesota Trade Office.
The conference opened on the morning of March 24th, at the
Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul. It started from three
special meetings - Business to Business, University to
University, and meeting of the leaders of non-governmental
and non-profit public organizations.
Axel Tillmann, CEO RVC-USA Inc. (left) and President of
Science Museum of Minnesota Eric Jolly at the opening  of
Business to Busness meeting on March 24, 2014.
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Course record falls at
Grandma’s Marathon.
Saturday, June 21,
2014, Duluth,
Minnesota, USA.
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CHICAGO MARATHON. October 12, 2014,
Chicago, U.S.A.
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Ex-recordholder Dick Beardsley(left) and new record
holder Domenic Ondoro.
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January 24, 2015. St. Paul,
Minnesota, U.S.A.
St. Paul welcomed Red Bull
Crashed Ice back for the fourth
year straight.
Ice Downhill World Championships
returned to Minnesota to kick off
2015 season from Cathedral of
Saint Paul on Cathedral Hill.
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Saturday, June 20, 2015, Duluth, Minnesota, USA.
Elisha Barno and Jane Kibii, both from Kenya, won the 39th Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth,
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National Senior Games July 2015, St.Paul/Minneapolis/Bloomington  See more
Deena Kastor breaks American Master's Record, finishes 1st among U.S. women and
7th overall
Tatyana McFadden Breaks Wheelchair Course Record
Professional Wheelchair Athletes Selected for 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team
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Gracie Gold, Polina Edmunds, Ashley Wagner take the
podium at 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships - St.
Paul, Minnesota, January 23.
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Gold medalist Gracie Gold with her coach Frank Carroll
(on the left)
Silver medalist Polina Edmunds
Bronze medalist Ashley Wagner
Winners on the
podium greeted by
Michelle Kwan -
two-time Olympic
medalist, five-time
World champion and
nine-time U.S.
The World's Fastest Sport on Skates Will Be Back in Saint Paul,
Minnesota for the Fifth Straight Season in 2015/16
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, U.S.A. February 27, 2016
becomes first American Red Bull Crashed Ice
World Champion.
STARS on ICE show makes a one day stop in St. Paul,
Minnesota, U.S.A.
On May 1, 2016 Xcel Energy, St. Paul Minnesota, hosted Stars on Ice Show.
In 2016, Stars on Ice celebrates its 30th season of touring, having performed
over 1500 shows around the world.
In St. Paul show 12 figure skating stars participated: Maryl Davis &Charlie White
(Olympic Gold medalists), Ashley Wagner (World Silver Medalist), Gracie Gold
(United States Champion), Maia & Alex Shibutani (World Silver Medalists),
Madison Chock and Ivan Bates (World Silver Medalists), Jeremy Abbott (United
States Champion), Adam Rippon (United States Champion), Ryan Bradley
(United States Champion), Polina Edmonds (U.S. Silver Medalist).
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Kenya’s Elisha Barno, and Sara
Kiptoo win the 40th anniversary
Grandma’s Marathon
Saturday, June 18, 2016, Duluth, Minnesota,
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US elite athletes Mike Ferguson and
Stephanie Hochman win 2016
Minnesota Spartan Sprint.
Course record falls at Twin Cities Marathon
Sunday, October 9, 2016, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
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Dominic Ondoro finishing
with new course record
Jane Kibii finishing first
among the women
Red Bull Crashed Ice Series returns to
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, February 2, 2017
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, U.S.A. February 4, 2017
scheduled for June 17,
2017.                                        --------->
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Read report and see videos
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Jordan Bouscemi and Sara Schwertfeger win Spartan Sprint
2017, Minnesota, USA.----->
Interview with Race Director Chris Tallant
HD Video presentation of “Sardinia. The Footstep of the
Photo-exhibition of 34 photos of Yelena S. Kurdyumova which was open to
public from May 16 till June 30, 2017 in Joseph Gazzuolo Fine Arts Gallery, of
North Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA, is now
closed. However, those who didn’t have a chance to visit it, now have an
opportunity to make a virtual tour of the exhibition, seeing 30-minute video
presentation by Yelena S. Kurdyumova on
Runglobalmedia channel on You
Russian-American Charter School of Russian Language
and Culture "Nasha Shkola"
moved to Brooklyn Park on June
27, 2017, and is now enrolling grades K-8 for 2017-18 school year!
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Kenya’s Dominic Ondoro and Jane Kibii win 2017 Twin Cities Marathon
October 1, 2017. St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Watch video finish: 24 men and 5 women
Red Bull Crashed Ice 2018 season kicks off in St. Paul,
Minnesota, USA.
Preview, January 4, 2017.
For the seventh year in a row, the world's best ice
cross downhill athletes will battle in Saint Paul, the
capital of Minnesota on January 19-20, 2018.
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Marco Dallago (Austria) and Amanda Trunzo (USA)Red
Bull Crashed Ice 2018  in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
January 20, 2017.
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Ryan Woods, Alyssa Hawley win 2018
Spartan Sprint Minnesota.
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Watch Interview with Race Director Dylan Newman
American Kellyn Taylor sets
a new course record and
Elisha Barno of Kenya claims
4th victory in 2018 Grandma’
s Marathon.
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Twin Cities Marathon weekend kick-off. October 5, 2018, St. Paul, USA. SEE MORE
Elisha Barno, Kenya and Sinke Biyadgilgn of Ethiopia win
Twin Cities Marathon October 7, 2018, St. Paul, USA.
Watch video of most impressive finishers of TCM
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Watch winning finish and
interview with Elisha Barno
after his 4th consecutive
victory in Grandma's
Marathon in Duluth, MN
STARS on ICE show returned for one day to St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A.
On May 3, 2019 Xcel Energy, St. Paul Minnesota, again hosted Stars on Ice Show.
In 2019, Stars on Ice celebrates its 33rd season of touring,  around the world. The St. Paul
show presented Maryl Davis &Charlie White (Olympic Gold medalists), Ashley Wagner (World
Silver Medalist), Maia & Alex Shibutani (2018 Olympic twice bronze medalists in team and
individual competitions, World Silver Medalists)
Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (US National Champions, World Silver Medalists),
Bradie Tennell (2018 Olympic Bronze medalist in team competition, 9th in individual comp.),
Mirai Nagasu (2018 Olympic Bronze medalist in team competition) who was the first American
female figure skater to land a triple axel at the Olympic Games. She participates in Stars on Ice
show despite undergoing hip surgery for trauma in September 2018.
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June 19, 2019
Course record holder Dominic Ondoro and 4-times winner Elisha Barno, both
from Kenya, are back to Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN, USA, which will
be held on Saturday, June 22.
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Dick Beardsley (left) whose record in Grandma;s
Marathon stayed unbeaten for 33 years and new record
holder Dominic Ondoro after his victorious finish in 2014
June 22, 2019.     Watch Nell Rojas winning women's race!
Boniface Kongey, Kenya and Nell Rojas, USA win the 43d Grandma’s
Marathon in Duluth
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Watch video-finish of two top men
Watch fast and beautiful finish of
three top women in Half Marathon
October 6, 2019. Dominic Ondoro, Kenya, and Julia Kohnen,
USA, won 2019 Twin Cities Marathon.
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and Extreme. Watch the film Most impressive finishers in 2019
Twin Cities Marathon
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