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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 four, started today in St. Paul,
the capital of Minnesota State, making its long awaited debut in the USA.  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. Red Bull began sponsoring ice-cross downhill
events in 2001and put on events in Duluth, MN, USA in 2003 and 2004. The first official world
Championships were held in 2010 in Sweden. In 2012 World Championship series will also take
place Feb. 3/4 Valkenburg (NED), Feb. 17/18 Are (SWE), March 16/17 Quebec (CAN). Finland's Arttu
Pihlainen is the defending champion.
Four of the all-time best ice cross downhill racers took part in a race of legends in St Paul on
Wednesday, January 11 to kick off 2012 Red Bull Crashed Ice season opener.
Jasper Felder (Sweden), the favorite of the sport, who won seven races out of 16 in his career
and retired at the end of the 2011 season, was able to break away from his three rivals: Christian
Papillon (CAN/ 7 career races), Claudio Caluori (SUI/4) and American Charlie Wasley (5).
On the first competition day at National Shootout, 97 U.S. racers on hockey skates plunged, one at
a time, down the refrigerated ice chute from the steps of the Cathedral of St. Paul down Cathedral
Hill. The start is set on 8-meter high platform from which the racers get onto an icy track of 405
meters filled with double jumps, steep curves and other spine-rattling bumps dropping about 40
meters vertically from start to finish. It is the fastest sport on skates in the world, where speeds
can reach 65 km per hour, and falls are not uncommon, that is why the competitors a required to
wear full hockey or motocross protective gear.
On Friday afternoon, January 13, international racers from 19 countries, including Finland, Canada,
Russia, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Netherlands, will hit the course one at a time in
International Shootout. The fastest 128 athletes (64 U.S. and 64 international) will advance to
Friday night’s elimination rounds. They will race down the course four at a time with the top two
advancing from each heat into the finals scheduled for Saturday evening.
By Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada from St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A.

21948 runners aged 14 - 84 from 50 U.S. states and 54 countries crossed on October 31, 2010 the finish
line of
Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) in Washington DC, celebrating by their self-transcendence the
35th anniversary of the U.S. capital’s running holiday and the 2500 anniversary of the first marathon.
The main achievement of the organizers’ team –marines from Marine Corps Base Quantico, who hold 9
more running competitions annually from March to November- is the fact that Marine Corps Marathon,
having no prize purse, is currently the 4th largest marathon in the United States and the 8th largest in
the world by the number of finishes, and is proud to carry the title of “The People’s Marathon.”
In different years 26.2 miles of MCM course were conquered by Former Senator John Edwards (3:30:18,
1983г.), Mayor of Washington DC Adrian Fenty (3:37:20, 2008г.), Talk Show Host Oprah Winfrey (4:29:15,
1994), Former Governor of Arizona Mike Huckabee (4:37:29, 2005г.), Former Vice President Al Gore (4:54:
25, 1997г.), actor and Talk Show Host Andy Baldwin (3:20:28, 1998), and a couple of dozens of other well-
known politicians, public officials, celebrities and showmen. MCM -2010 became the 21st marathon over
the past 8 years for the assistant of President Obama and Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu, 44, who
completed it in 4:44:49.  
The first MCM was held in 1976 and started his history setting the U.S. record by the number of
participants in inaugural marathon – 1175.
Despite general growth of prices, the marathon entry fee of $90.00 and 10 km entry fee of $45.00 did not
change in 2011, as well as the number of prizes (437) for the marathon and 10 km finishers.  
The main prize Middendorf Trophy is named after J. William Middendorf, one of the encouragers and
organizers of Marine Corps Marathon who purchased and donated to MCM all remaining limited
editions of Felix De Weldon Marine Corps War Memorial statue to be used as trophies.  They are
presented to the top three male and three female finishers. In 2010 Middendorf Trophy was awarded to
the winners: U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Jacob Bradosky – 2:23:30  and  Janet Cherobon from Kenya – 2:39:
19, runner-up Ronald Kurui – 2:23:41 and third place winner Marine Corps 1st Lt. Sean Barrett - 2:24:08;
in women’s division – second place winner Navy Lt. Gina Slaby – 2:46:58, and third finisher Tezata
Desalgn from Turky - 2:48:35.  
MCM course closes in 7 hours after the last runner takes off the start line, and all participants must
cover the distance within this time-limit. The prize “Penguin Award” established in 2007 goes to the last
official finisher. In 2010 it was given to Maria Cornista of Virginia Beach, VA.
Only 4 runners – Groundpounders - completed all 35 MCMs: Mel Williams, 71 (PB 2:34:49 in MCM 1982),
in 2010 crossed in 4:01:33; Al Richmond, 70 (PB 3:16:21 МСМ-1979 и 1982) -5:23:59 in МСМ-2010; retired
Marine Corps Colonel Will Brown, 63 (PB 3:14:37) -5:26:07 in MCM-2010; Matt Jaffe, 69 (PB 3:01:50 МСМ-
1982) - 6:19:55 in MCM-2010.
Working for more than 10 years as journalists (contributors for AIMS, IAAF, Running Times…..) and
translators with organizing teams and race directors of the largest marathons in the world  and the U.S.
A. (by the number of finishes) – New York, London, Berlin, Chicago…., we understand  how hard it is to
find and suggest to the participants something really new. However, Rick Nealis, retired Marine Corps
Major (PB 3:09:50 in МСМ-1983), head of the organizing team for 18 years, managed to do it. No wonder,
that in November 2010 Road Race Management named Rick Nealis Race Director of the Year.  
Celebrating the 35th anniversary of MCM the organizers gave a chance to all registered runners to
receive one of 35 special “super-sized” goody bags containing different presents from sponsors:
airline tickets from JetBlue Airways, a pair Brooks running shoes, $25 Visa card, gift card from Silver
Dinner, flash drive from Hyatt Regency Washington, two passes to Madame Tussauds D.C., Camelback
water bottle, and many others. Such presents were given away to the first 20 marathoners in line at the
Expo opening ceremony and bib pick-up at 8:30 AM on October 29.
The Expo gathered more than 200 companies presenting the newest running apparel and gear, training
and nutritional products, food samples, training and medical technologies, necessary to runners, their
support teams and spectators, and gave start to other unique events of the three-day running holiday
in the U.S. capital.  
Expo visitors had a chance during two days to meet with 11 specialists in running industry and get
answers to their questions at MCM Speaker Series from: industry experts, medical doctors, elite
runners, MCM organizers. Judging by the number of questions, visitors were most of all attracted by
the meeting with Olympic Marathoner Ryan Hall, the fastest American marathoner on the road today (PB
2:06:17, London 2008), and with Dimitri Kyriakides, official representative of the city of Marathon,
Greece. Kyriakides, Navy Architect-Marine Engineer, is the contributive author to the book “Running
with Pheidippides” and to Emmy-winning documentary “Stylianos Kyriakides – the Journey of the
Worrior” about his father – winner of Boston Marathon in 1946. Dimitri is also one of the establishers of
the Museum of Marathon Run in the city of Marathon.
11 thousand runners, who chose the 35th MCM for their marathon debut, were invited to attend “MCM
First Timers Opening Night” on Friday, October 29 at Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill. The program
included a special welcome and instructional video, MCM expert Bar to answer questions and provide
course details, entertainment and giveaways. Each first timer received a commemorative pin to
celebrate their participation.
The next day, Saturday, 9 AM, more than 700 members of MCM Running Club ran 1.5 miles together with
MCM Race Director Rick Nealis. MCM Running Club unites athletes who ran not less than 5 MCMs. In
the evening before the marathon, also in Hyatt Regency, Pasta Party was held in the format of traditional
Army formal “dining-in.” The main events of the night was the presence of four-time Emmy Award
winner, commentator on TV, at three IAAF World Athletics Championships and six summer Olympic
Games Larry Rowson, and the performance Broomall String Band, celebrating its 80th anniversary.    
The MCM start line is uniquely situated between the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, which
allows easy access by metro which opens at 5 in the morning.
Opening ceremonies of the 35th MCM started at 7 AM, an hour before the start, with the Broomall String
Band colorful performance and concluded with the national anthem and flyover of CH-53 Sea Stallion, a
heavy-lift transport helicopter, originally developed for the U.S. Marine Corps and F/A-18 Hornet, a
supersonic multirole fighter jet, which has been aerial demonstration aircraft for the U.S. Navy’s Flight
demonstration Squadron the Blue Angels since 1986. Marathon start was given by the historical 105 mm
howitzer which saw action in European and Pacific theatres during World War II         
Almost flat course with just two 100-160 feet assents on the first 10 miles allows to see the best sites in
Arlington and Washington DC: The National Mall with numerous museums, monuments, memorials –
Jefferson, Washington, Lincoln, Korean War, Vietnam Veteran and Marine Corps War Memorials - The
Capitol, the White House, scenic embankments of the Potomac River, Georgetown, famous for its
University and residences of American presidents and senators.
The sounds of hard rock, salsa music, pulsating Brazilian drums, classic rock, jazz, funk and popular
dance music from 23 orchestras playing on the course between miles 3-25 did not leave a chance to
even least prepared runners to feel any doubt in their ability to reach the finish line. And at 2km before
the finish line any of MCM and 10 km runners could bang the gong, announcing their readiness to make
the last decisive movement to the finish and victory over themselves.   
There were 12 water points throughout the course with POWERade and water and 3 Food Stations. First
on mile 10 suggested oranges, second on the half-point served energy bars Cliff shots, and third on
mile 19 - Jelly Belly Sports Beans, containing electrolytes, carbohydrates, and vitamins B and C to
sustain and replenish energy during intense exercise. Medical assistance and control was maintained
by Navy and civilian medical volunteers at 9 medical stations along the course and in two big tents near
the finish line. After finishing, from 9 AM till 4 PM, all runners could get free massage, sandwiches,
fruits, ice-cream and beer from Michelob Ultra in the zone of Finish Festival   
Women’s MCM course record 2:37:00 set in 1990 belongs to Sergeant of the Soviet Army Olga Makarova
from St. Petersburg, Russia. However, among 843 foreigners from 54 countries who took the start of the
35th MCM, there was no one from Russia. We hope that this article will help to change this situation and
runners from Russia and other countries of Eastern Europe will come to future Marine Corps
Marathons. If having read our article about this unique event you decided to find time and money to
become a part of it, contact us and we shall try to help you. More photos from MCM-2010 you can find in
our photo gallery on international professional photo site
in “event” section.
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Sergey Porada & Yelena Kurdyumova from Washington DC, USA  
CISM 5th Military World Games
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Gisele De Jesus from Brazil crossing the marathon finish line in 2:53:33
Beach Volleyball, game for the 3rd&4th places between Brazilian (right) &
US female teams
Marathon winner among women Kum Ok Kim of North Korea on the podium.
Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championships U.S.A.
January 12-14,2012
Sailing competitions
SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, January 24-26, 2013
3rd final day, Saturday January 26.

At the final heat of the second stage of Ice Cross Downhill World Championship
2012-2013 U.S. athlete, resident of Lakeview, Minnesota Cameron Naasz made a
bold attempt to win the first-ever victory in the history of the sport  for the United
States hearing wild roaring support from almost a hundred and fifteen thousand
spectators who gathered near the Cathedral of Saint Paul. He jumping out to the
front of three other finalists and held his lead through the first half of the course
in tough competition. But the Croxall brothers from Canada rushed to the front on
the final quarter of the track and carried away the dream from Naasz  and
thousands of American fans. Kyle again finished first and his brother Scott -
second. However, taking the third place, Naasz confirmed his high-ranking
position in the world in this sport after Niagara Falls stage and gave hope for
further brilliant performances to all other U.S. athletes and fans.
“Tonight was unbelievable – I wish I had taken a few more strides on the final
run,” said Naasz. “But feeling the energy of the crowd was amazing, and now I’m
more focused than ever on doing whatever I can to take the next step and win a
Two other Americans supported national ambitions in the sport by getting into
quarter finals. Isaac Tigh demonstrated confident manner of performance and only
an incidental collision during the quarter finals
stopped him on his movement to top spot. One more national athlete, Ohio native,
Adam Green got into quarterfinals and demonstrated promising performance and
reminded of his potential to take high ranking position in this sport  
“I was really proud of our guys overall,” said Charlie Wasley, coach of Team USA.
“Cam was even better than most people know – he was pretty banged up by the
last race and still had a real shot to take it all. It was great to see him on the
podium, but he has the potential to win races, if not the series. This night is going
to elevate the confidence of our athletes, and I really feel we’re closer than ever
to a win.”
After the finish of the challenge the organizers suggested to the participants to
get more adrenalin in one of night clubs in the north of St. Paul. Many athletes
were delighted with the opportunity to take a picture against the background of
the list of their names on the Boards Fame of Red Bull Crashed Ice
Championships decorating the walls of Myth Night Club.  
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada from St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Marathon pack on the course of the 5th CISM Military World Games
Mercy Njoroge, 3000 m steeplechase winner on the way to her victory.
Red Bull Crashed Ice World Camps, January 25, 2013

The morning of the second competition day started from the training session of 64
international athletes. Then after a short brake International shootout run started in which
each athlete ran in two heats. Best 32 qualified to participate in final competitions of the
3rd day – Saturday, January 26. And other 32 international athletes, who took places from
33 to 64, after a short brake together with 32 best American athletes, selected the previous
day, participated in elimination round which narrowed their number to 32 again.

Evening competitions were marked by brand new this year Team Challenge done in head-
to-head knockout format.  Simultaneous start of 6 athletes from two teams in each heat
flared up the competitors and fans. 34 teams with 3 athletes in each took part in this
thrilling challenge to earn additional points and boost their collective rankings. The win
went to Canadian team “Living the Dream” – Scott Croxall, Adam Horst, Travis Nagata.
Second place was taken by Swiss team “Swatch Proteam” – Killan Braun, Jim De Paoli,
Kim Muller, and third by “Mountain Rockers” – Martin Niefnecker from Germany and Derek
Wedge with Reto Maeder from Switzerland.

Red Bull Crashed Ice World Champs, January 24, 2013

The competition as usual will be held over a three-day period. Today, January 24, 2013, on
the first day, training sessions were held, and the competition started with the national
shootout of 93 U.S. athletes, best 32 of which will continue competing tomorrow Friday
evening at 3 pm at elimination round.

Man-made ice track this year differs from that of last year. Start ramp became taller by 18
feet and reached 48 feet giving higher starting speed. The track this year has got less
number of sharp, 90-degree turns and is technically easier than last year, but average
speed became higher. However the track is still full of demanding, tricky turns, canals and
chutes. One of the most challenging obstacles on the course is equalizer called
“Hangman Hill” which threw on the ice or put on the knees many experienced athletes. It
is the largest wall ride in the event’s history of 16 feet tall. Ideally, racers want to be near
top speed and in front of the pack when they reach the incline on this obstacle.     

On the first day of the competitions it was clear that St. Paul stage will become one of the
coldest in the history of Championships with day temperatures running at 3F. Such low
temperature caused problems to the organizers and technical personnel with the ice
which became fragile and cracked under the skates. After morning training session of U.S.
athletes deep cracks appeared on the track which required treatment for several hours,
and national shootout was moved down to the evening.
This year 24 nations are represented at Ice Cross Downhill World Championship.
However, the absence of national federations puts the brakes on the development of this
thrilling extreme sport and on the construction of professional tracks for year-round
practice of national and international athletes.  
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada from St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Keila Kosta, Brazil, long jump winner of the 5th CISM Military World Games
Track and Field Events
Saturday July 23, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Track-and-field competitions of the 5th CISM Military World Games which gathered
six thousand military athletes from 88 countries, finished today. Founded in 1948,
the International Military Sports Council (CISM) holds Military World Games every
four years, one year before the Olympic Games to promote the Olympic spirit free of
political, religious and racial prejudice. City Government considers the Games a
preparation stage for Rio de Janeiro before summer Olympics of 2016 which it will

The first event of track-and field program was the marathon held on July 17 as a
part of Caixa Rio de Janeiro Marathon, annual city event. The first three runners to
cross the finish line were 36-year old French military athlete Patrick Tambwe Ngoie -
2:18:17, civilian Erick Kipromo Kimaio from Kenya - 2:18:27, and another French
military runner Rachid Ghanmoumi, 33 - 2:18:43.

In women’s division the first two finishers were military athletes - 22-year old Kum
Ok Kim from North Korea -2:35:22, and Yanan Wei from China - 2:36:19. Third came
civilian runner from Kenya Thabita Kibet - 2:36:52, and the forth – military runner
from Namibia Johames Helario - 2:37:15. Despite the light breeze blowing on the
course, laid along the edge of Ipanema and Copacabana, most famous Atlantic
beaches of Rio, humidity and temperature above 25C seemed exhausting to the

The main track-and-field program started on July 19 and had only one final in
women’s 3000m steeplechase. The winner, Kenyan athlete Mercy Njoroge (PB 9:
16.94), who qualified for World Championships in Korea the week before, finished
in 9:36.92. “I was not planning to run faster and set records. I only wanted to bring
victory to my team,”- said Njoroge.

On Wednesday, July 20, two women’s finals  – 800 and 10000 meters,  and three
men’s finals – javelin throw, 400 m with hurdles, and high jump were held. The
winner in high jump Barshin Mutaz (PB 2:35) from Qatar set the new world record of
CISM – 2:29, which is 1 cm better than the previous record. He could continue
jumping higher but this was not his purpose – “there are several competitions
ahead and the soonest and most important is Diamond League. I must save my
energy for them.” – said Mutaz.

The next day, July 21, six men’s finals – triple jump, shot put, 400m, 10000 m, 110m
with hurdles, 100m, and three women’s finals  - triple jump, 4x400m relay, 100 m –
were held, and four CISM world records were improved. 20-year old Fami Seun
Ogunode from Qatar won men’s 100 m finals  with 10:07 result, having  improved
CISM record by 0.03 seconds. In semi-final on the same day in women‘s 100m new
record of CISM was set by Brazilian Ana Silva - 11.28, which is by 0.13 second  
better than the previous record. In two more semi-finals CISM records were broken.

Brazilian Geisa Coutinho finished in 400m with new CISM record 52.03, improving
the previous record by 0.46 second. Ekaterina Poplavskaya from Belarus won
100m with hurdles with 13.22, improving the old CISM record by 0.01. Triple jump
was won by Italian Simona La Mantia – 14.19m.

On the morning of the next day, July 22, the record in women’s 100 m with hurdles
was again improved by another athlete from Belarus  Alina Talai – 12.95. On the
same day one more CISM record, set the day before, was beaten: Geisa Coutinho
improved her time in 400 m and crossed the finish line in 51:08. In men’s 200m
semifinal Fami Seun Ogunode crossed in 20.56 repeating CISM record of Italian
athlete Alessandro Cavallaro set in 2007.

Excellent performance in female hammer throw was made by China’s Wanxiu
Shang – 74.29 m, who improved her own CISM record established in 2007 by more
than two meters. Zhenwei Yu from China won gold in long jump – 8m 5 cm, and
Marcin Lewandowski from Poland was the first on 800 m – 1:45.77. Simon Ayeko
from Uganda prevailed in 3000m steeplechase showing the time of 8:29:39.
The final competition day Saturday July 23 was marked by the record set by Fami
Seun Ogunode on 200 m distance, who first repeated it and then improved it by 0.41
second - 20.46.
Men’s 5000 m was won by Mark Kiptoo from Kenya with 13:06.17 which became
CISM record. Pawel Wojciechowski  from Poland impressed by remarkable pole
vault at 5m 81cm, having improved his personal best by 11 cm and set new CISM
Encouraged by spectators, Brazilian Ana Silva continued beating CISM records by
finishing 200m in 23.01.
The last of the 14 CISM records was 43.73 finish time in women’s 4x100 relay
achieved by Brazilian quartet – Ana Silva, Geisa Coutinho , Vanda Gomes and
Franciela Krasucki - who sent spectators into long  rejoicing over the success of
their compatriots.   
Keila Costa from Brazil, who has got seasonal best of 6m 67cm in long jump won
with the result 6m 41 cm.

Yelena Kurdyumova and Sergey Porada for RUNGLOBALMEDIA from Brazil

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Minnesota                                                Watch professional film
Somerset Amphitheater
July 20-21, 2013
Tough Mudder Minnesota is one the series of adventurous events held
worldwide. Tough Mudder events are 10-12 mile obstacle courses on
rugged terrain designed by British Special Forces to test strength,
stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. Tough Mudder is the premier
adventure challenge series in the world. Over 700,000  participants
worldwide to date raised more than $5 million for the Wounded Warrior
Project .
On Saturday July 20, 2013, about 10,500 participants started from
Somerset Amphitheater in Wisconsin, and 1,500 spectators cheered them
on the course. 25 start waves were released with 15 minute intervals from
8 AM to 2 PM. Sunday gathered about 2,500 participants and 500
spectators.Six start waves were released with 20 minute iintervals from 9
AM to 10:40 AM.
Having started on Saturday together with the third wave of participants
and gone through a dozen of miles with them we saw Tough Mudders are
team players and that the spirit of camaraderie and mutual help
prevailed on the course. While running on the course with Tough
Mudders we were taking photos and shooting the film of overcoming all
19 muddy military-like objects. The idea of self-transcendence and
overcoming mud-mile united people of walks of life. It amazes how
easily and cheerfully men and women in bright, clean, quality sportswear
and carnival costumes get the first “kiss of mud” and then wash it off in
deep tub of water with ice called “arctic enema.” Then during several
hours they dive into mud, swim in dirty water, walk through muddy
ponds, climb wooden wall (Plunge Bath) and jump from 15+ foot
platform into the muddy waters below.
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Girma Bedada and Kelly Calway claim titles in Marine Corps
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.10 km –MCM satellite race, run from the National Mall to the finish at the Marine
Corps War Memorial, set participation record with 7,576 finishers. Before the start of
“The People’s Marathon” 11-member skydiving team, including a     U.S. Marine Wounded
Warrior, made   fantastic skydive, parachuting 7,800 square-foot American flag, which was
seen within about four miles of the start line.

Maggie Q (Margaret Denise Quigley) U.S. actress, humanitarian and international
spokeswoman, made a special appearance taking the center stage at MCM start line, and
served as a Honorary starter for “The People’s Marathon.” Known for her starring role in
The CW Network and Warner Bros. Television’s hit drama series, “Nikita” (season
premiere Friday, Nov. 22, 2013), Maggie also stars in the highly anticipated 2014 futuristic
film, “Divergent.” Her previous filmography includes “Balls of Fury,” with Christopher
Walken and George Lopez, “Live Free or Die Hard,” with Bruce Willis, "Mission:
Impossible 3,” with Tom Cruise and “Around the World in 80 Days,” with Jackie Chan.
Maggie was born to a military family. Her father served 20 years of active duty in the Air
Force and then made a military career switch joining the U.S. Army, and her mother is
originally from Vietnam. While in the Army, Maggie’s father spent five years serving in
Men’s Race.
Girma Bedada from Ethiopia (PB 2:13:44, set in Sevilla Marathon -2008) won the marathon
crossing with 2:21:31, while runner-up, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Patrick Fernandez, finished
second in 2:21:51. Burkeville, VA resident Richard Morris came third with 2:41:01.
Women’s race.
The women’s race was dominated by Army, Navy and Air Force runners. It was won by 29-
year old Army Capt. Kelly Calway, Colorado resident, who crossed in 2:42:15 and became
the seventh fastest woman to complete the MCM. She set her personal best 2:37:10
finishing 25th in 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston. Runner-up, Navy Lt. Gina
Slaby (PB 2:39:35 set in 2011 Twin Cities Marathon) finished in 2:48:03, while Senior
Airman Emily Shertzer of Jonestown, PA finished third with a close 2:48:07.
Course records belonging to
Jeff Scuffins - 2:14:01 (1987) and Olga Markova (Russia) -2:37:00 (1990) stayed unbeaten.

The guests of MCM weekend, runners and their families have got unique opportunity to
learn more about the U.S. Marines and their history by visiting National Museum of the
Marine Corps, located in Virginia, 36 miles south of Washington DC. It was opened on
November 10, 2006 in time to celebrate 231 years of U.S. Marines Corps history. In
addition to central Leatherneck Gallery, visitors will discover seven more permanent
galleries. The museum now occupies about 120,000 square feet, and another 80,000 plus
square feet will be added in the years ahead with more exhibitions.  

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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.

Young Austrian Marco Dallago raced to the victory in the second Red
Bull Crashed Ice race of the season in Saint Paul, USA, on Saturday night.
For the past two freezing-cold winters, Saint Paul has hosted ice cross
downhill competition, with a huge crowd of more than 100,000 people
converging on the Cathedral of Saint Paul to watch the high-speed race
that gathered skaters from all over the world, competing in four-man
heats on the 400-metre-long ice track full of different obstacles.
Cameron Naasz, native of Minnesota, appeared in ice cross downhill in
2013 with a series of runs that almost brought him the title and the likes
of Minnesotans.    
The favorite of 100 thousand crowd of fans Naasz took the lead from the
start in the four-man final heat on the 430-metre-long track, but Marco
Dallago from Austria took over half way through and a crucial stumble at
the Wallride reduced to Naasz's chances of claiming victory. Dallago won
the competition, the second was already well known in Minnesota
Canadian Scott Croxall, and  Naasz claimed the third step on the podium  
in his home race.
Fellow American Andrew Bergeson's first final appearance meant it was
still a night to remember for the US, not least for the tens of thousands
of spectators who witnessed a spectacular night of ice cross downhill
under the lights in front of the Cathedral of Saint Paul.
Afterwards, Dallago referred his victory, his second straight win in the
Ice Cross Downhill World Championship, to the support which he and his
brother, Luca, received during the summer of intense training. "We
practiced so much this summer – it's not just my victory, it's a victory for
everyone who's supported us." “We train hard in summer, going for
runs, riding bicycle and doing all possible work out to keep us fit and
ready for winter season.
With a third visit to the capital of Minnesota the sport of ice cross
downhill continues to grow in popularity with the US fans, drawing
special interest to spectacular team competitions. It is the way to
athletes to earn additional World Series points and boost their collective
rankings. Done in head-to-head knockout format, the Team Challenge
creates thrilling, dramatic, breathtaking ice race which you won’t want to
In teams competition, after a series of heats, the win went to Couch
Garden Crew, led by Marco Dallago  together with John Fisher from
Canada and Andreas Wirnstl from Germany. Second came Living the
Dream composed of two other famous brothers Scott and Kyle Croxall  
and Adam Horst, all from Canada. The third place was won by Prestige
worldwide – Reed Whiting (USA), Tristan Dugerdil and Pacome Schmitt
from France.
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Crazy Canucks from Canada claimed the title in team competition of Moscow stage of Ice
Cross Downhill World Championship. Second place was won by Swatch Proteam from
Switzerland, third – by Team’ Merica from the U.S.A. Fourth place was claimed by Team
Quebec from Canada too.

In individual competition of the third stage Cameron Naasz, 24-year-old  Ice Cross Downhill
athlete from Minnesota, U.S.A. claimed the victory, overcoming Austria’s Marco Dallago in a
thrilling battle in front of huge crowed of spectators. Kim Muller from Switzerland finished
third after Dallago, Dean Moriarity from Canada – fourth.
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American Cameron Naasz grew up in Lakeville, Minnesota, and attended Saint Cloud State
University to graduate in public relations. His mother owned a skate shop and at the young
age of five, Naasz started playing hockey. He was the first American to win one of the stages
of Ice Cross Downhill World Championship. It happened in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2013.
In 2014, on the previous stage in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Naasz finished third. After three
stages Naasz is on the second position with 1,960 points after Marco Dallago, who won two
previous stages and has got 2,800 points.

Andrey Lavrov was the best among Russian athletes, finishing sixth in Moscow. Despite the
absence of the national federations, the popularity of Ice Cross Downhill sport is growing in
Russia and other countries.
Follow on the link…  More than 200 athletes from different
regions of Russia took part in qualification competitions. The finals in Moscow drew 18,000
of spectators.
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Course record falls at Grandma’s Marathon.
Saturday, June 21, 2014, Duluth, Minnesota, USA.

Dominic Andoro, 26, from Kenya broke course record of Grandma’s Marathon crossing
in 2:09:06, shaving 31 seconds off the previous record of 2:09:37, which was set by
Dick Beardsley in 1981 and remained unshaken for 33 years. The weather was even
colder than usual, with 10C at the start, fog and drizzle.
Dick Beardsley watched the whole race: “They (the pack)passed the first mile in 4:59
and continued with 5 minute pace. To beat the record they had to keep 5 minute pace,
so it was close. On mile 19.5 I understood: Dominic is the winner. He was throwing a
surge. There were 8 runners with him and blew them away immediately.He threw 4:39 –
4:41 per mile. I saw many guys of his level can’t do this, and they back it off. But he
never backed it off.
He looked so good! He went up hill on 22nd mile but it was like he was going downhill.
This hill didn’t faze him. And when he went downhill it was as if he was flying. I saw
many races and many runners over the years. This guy has perfect stride. His arms
carriage is a perfect tight, he comes to the middle of his body but
he never crosses and never loses his energy. I am really happy for the guy. He did all
by himself like I did in 1981. After he broke off he was absolutely alone and kept
looking at his watch to see how he was going. ”
Dick said that he was happy that his record which stood for 33 years was finally
improved: “Today was a perfect day to run. Magical day. There wasn’t probably people
on the course today who saw how I set the record, probably their grandchildren were
watching this race. I am very happy for Duluth, it’s like my second home town, and I am
glad my record was broken. Someone new must carry the torch for a while. I am happy
for Grandma’s Marathon. It will remind everyone that it has good fast course,
good running conditions and people will come here to win and show good time. New
Race Director John Carlson started his first year with the new course record.”   

In the women’s race Pasca Cheruiyot, 27 (marital name Myers), original Kenyan,
claimed the title with 2:33:45 shaving 39 seconds from her personal best, set at last
year Grandma’s Marathon and climbing from the fifth place to the first. “I set my
mind to believe that I can do it. This race was better mentally for me than the previous
year Grandma’s, I felt more confidence. I didn’t push and ran on my own scheme. On
the eight mile I passed one of the leaders, on the 14th the second, and on the 21st
mile I passed the leader and continued alone, running with the guys. I didn’t have
much competition from the rest of the women in this race.”     
The start of Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon was given 1 hour and a half earlier than in
Grandma’s Marathon in even colder conditions with 8C at the start, fog and drizzle.
Course record
1:01:17 set by Mo Trafeh during US Half Marathon Championships stayed unbeaten this
time. Julius Koskei, 32 (PR 1:01: 18 Philadelphia, 2004) from Kenya won the race
crossing in 1:03:36, his seasonal best. Koskei attempted to complete full Grandma’s
marathon in 2013 but didn’t finish and decided that he would be more successful in
half marathon, already knowing the course and race conditions. He broke off from the
pack after 7th mile. “I didn’t push very much, but knew that they were close behind. It
was a little bit harder going up several hills, but I felt my rivals had the same
difficulties.”- said Kosgei.
In women’s’ half marathon Cynthia Cherotich Limo, 24,
also from Kenya took the title, finishing with 1:09:50,  falling only 4 seconds behind
course record set by Cara Goucher (1:09:46) set
in 2012 during US Half Marathon Championships.
Almost 18,500 Runners from 50 US states and 44 countries registered for the events of
38th Grandma’s Marathon- 5km, half marathon and full marathon. 7308 runners started
in Garry Bjorklund half Marathon, and 6,229 in Grandma’s marathon.

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Ex-recordholder Dick Beardsley(left) and new
record holder Domenic Ondoro.
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October 12, 2014 – Chicago. Over 41 thousand runners started in Chicago         
Marathon on a sunny cool windy morning with  6C at 7:30 am start, which
gradually warmed up to 9C by the time of elite finish.
Kenyan runners Elude Kipchoga, 30 and Rita Jeptoo, 33 won Chicago Marathon
crossing in 2:04:11 and 2:24:35 accordingly.
Men’s race
This year 10 men took part in the division of the prize purse:
6 from Kenya - Elude Kipchoga, 30 (PB 2:04:05 Berlin 2013), Sammy Kitwara, 28
(PB 2:05:16,Chicago 2013), Dickson Chumba, 28 (PB 2:05:42, Tokyo 2014),
Bernard Koech,26 (PB 2:04:53, Dubai 2013), Lani Rutto, 25 (PB 2:10:01, Frankfurt
2013), Wesley Korir, 31 (PB 2:06:13, Chicago 2012)
2 from Ethiopia – Kenenisa Bekele, 31 (PB 2:05:04, Paris 2014) and Ghirmay
Ghebreslassie, 19, (pacemaker, marathon debutant),
1 from Japan – Koji Kobayashi, 25 (PB 2:08:51, Tokyo 2014), and 1 from the U.S.A.
– Bobby Curtis, 30 (PB 2:13:24, Fukuoka 2013).
A big pack of 6 Kenyan runners, Bernard Koech, Sammy Kitwara, Elude
Kipchoge, Lani Rutto, Dickson Chumba, Wesley Korir, and 3 Ethiopian -
Kenenisa Bekele, Tadese Tola, Feyisa Lilesa,  led by two pacemakers (one from
Kenya- Geoffrey Kirui, and another from Ethiopia- Ghirmay Ghebreslassie) took
the charge of the race and passed through the first 5 km in 14 min. 43 sec.  
The same pack took 10km mark in 29:30, 15 km - in 44:16. Nothing much changed
on 20km mark which was passed in 59:02 and half point – 1:02:11. On 25km mark
Korir fell out of the hunt. The rest crossed 30 km mark in 1:28:46-49. By 35 km
mark Kitwara, Chumba and Kipchoge made a surge to the front and passed it in
1:43:21. The rest followed at 50 meters and more behind, stretching along
course. 40 km mark was passed in the order they finished with Kipchoge
leading with 1:57:53. Runner-up was 30 m behind and the third – 40m behind.
The best among U.S. runners was Bobby Curtis who finished 9th with personal
best 2:11:20.
By Sergey Porada and Yelena Kurdyumova from Chicago, USA.
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1.        Elude Kipchoge KEN 2:04:11
2.        Sammy Kitwara KEN 2:04:28
3.        Dickson Chumba KEN 2:04:32
4.        Kenenisa Bekele ETH 2:05:51
5.        Bernard Koech KEN 2:08:30
Rita Japtoo                                                                                                 Elude Kipchoga
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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 Cross Downhill World Championships returned to
Minnesota to kick off 2015 season from Cathedral of Saint Paul
on Cathedral Hill.
A custom built 1,410 ft urban ice track starting from 48ft start ramp is
riddled with sharp turns, big-air jumps, step-ups, drop-offs, obstacles
and gaps. In downhill battle athletes can reach speeds of more than
40 MPH.
As in previous 3 years, Mayor of St. Paul Chris Coleman tested the
track on Wednesday morning January 21, before the start of athletes'
trainings. This year two City top officials - Councilmember Chris
Tolbert and Director of St. Paul's Office of Financial Services Todd
Hurley, and Minnesota State Representative Leon Lillie joined Mayor
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This year a record number of 140.000 spectators gathered on Cathedral Hill, in front of
the Cathedral of Saint Paul on Saturday night, January 24. Kyle Croxall, the 2012 world
champion, powered his way to victory. A new Canadian star, Dean Moriarity, finished
second and American Dan Witty was third.
"I had such a rough season last season, but I got my hat-trick of wins in Saint Paul
here today," said Croxall, who was victorious at the same venue in 2012 and 2013.
"I've worked my butt off in the off-season and I'm happy to be here and to win."
Croxall set some personal records this year. It was his third win in St. Paul, and he
repeated the record of 7 wins at different stages set by Jasper Felder from Sweden.
Dean Moriarity, one of the "speed twins" from Montreal and second-place finisher at
Riders Cup event in Afton Alps, proved he is making fast progress by earning another
second place in Saint Paul. Local rider Dan Witty from New Prague, Minnesota, for the
first time got on ice cross downhill podium, pushing back to the fourth place local
favorite Cameron Naasz, who finished third overall in 2014.
"I had a rough season last year, so I worked hard in the off-season to get my legs
going again," said Croxall. "It's a tough course here with a lot of skating."
Austria's Marco Dallago, the defending world champion and last year's Saint Paul
winner, failed to get through the semi-finals giving the biggest shock of the evening.
He will now have to work hard in remaining three Riders Cup races and three Red Bull
Crashed Ice competitions to earn world championship points to get back out on top
this year.
This year Riders Cup competition was held for the first time in Afton Alps, Hastings,
Minnesota, USA, before the first stage of Ice Downhill World Championships in St.
Paul. Riders Cup is designed to make the sport of ice cross downhill more accessible
to athletes worldwide. It doubles the number of events this year to eight and allows
athletes to earn World Championship points at four additional events, which can
make up to 25 percent of points awarded at four major Red Bull Crashed Ice stages.
January 18: Riders Cup Hustings, MN, (USA)
January 31: Riders Cup Wagrain (AUT)
February 14: Riders Cup Jyvaskyla (FIN)
March 7: Riders Cup Sherbrooke, QC (CAN)
In 2015, for the first time there was a full women's competition in St. Paul in which 20
athletes participated, which qualified at one of the four pre-event qualifiers, Afton
Alps Rider's Cup or Holiday Online Wildcard.
On Thursday, January 22, qualification competitions for US athletes
was held - National Shoot Out Run. All 100 U.S. athletes got 2 runs but
only the top 32 moved on to Elimination round on Friday evening.
On Friday January 23 female athletes competed and the top 16
advanced to finals.
International Shoot Out Run was also held on Friday. 100 international
athletes got 2 runs and the pool was narrowed down to 64. Top 32
moved onto the finals on Saturday, while the remaining 32
international athletes, who took places from 33 to 64, competed
against 32 U.S. athletes later on Friday in Elimination Round.
On Friday, also, Team Competition qualifiers and Team Finals were
held. Team competition was won by international team "Prestige
Worldwide" -Reed Whiting (USA), Tristan Dugerdil (FRA), Pacome
Schmitt (FRA), Dylan Moriarity (CAN). Second to finish also was
international team "Ice Crew" - Fabian Mels (GER), Andrey Lavrov
(RUS), Mark Taru (EST), Coleton Haywood (CAN). Third and fourth
places went to national teams: Team Finland and Team Murica,
In the women's finals, Salla Kyhala, of Finland, dominated the field to claim the top of
the podium, with Canadians Jacqueline Legere and Tamara Kajah in second and third,
The athletes' next chances to earn Ice Cross Downhill World Championship points will
be the Riders Cup race in Wagrain/Kleinarl, Austria, on January 31, and Red Bull
Crashed Ice in Helsinki, Finland, on February 7, 2015.

Results: 1. Kyle Croxall (CAN), 2. Dean Moriarity (CAN), 3. Dan Witty (USA), 4. Cameron
Naasz (USA), 5. Marco Dallago (AUT), 6. Dylan Moriarity (CAN), 7. Tristan Dugerdil (FRA),
8. Pacôme Schmitt (FRA), 9. Scott Croxall (CAN), 10. Reed Whiting (USA)
World Championship: 1. Kyle Croxall (CAN), 2. Dean Moriarity (CAN), 3. Cameron Naasz
(USA), 4. Dan Witty (USA), 5. Marco Dallago (AUT), 6. Dylan Moriarity (CAN), 7. Scott
Croxall (CAN), 8. Tristan Dugerdil (FRA), 9. Pacôme Schmitt (FRA), 10. Derek Wedge
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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, USA.

The weather which has been rainy and cold for the last 5 years
continued the new tradition this year as well.
Though it was dry early in the morning, closer to the marathon
start time at 7:45 a.m. it started raining again. However it was
calm and warmer this year:13 C, no wind, compared to 8 C,
cold and fog of the previous year.

Men’s race
Elisha Barno, 29 from Kenya took the charge of the pack
of 10 runners. By the 10thK mark the pack stretched on
20 meters. Barno was leading and went through the mark
in 30:34. His training partner, last year’s Grandma’s
Marathon winner and record holder (2:09:06) Dominic
Ondoro, 27, followed some10 meters behind. They passed the
half point in 1:04:50 and 20 mile mark in 1:39:35 in the same
manner, Ondoro closely watching Barno. However,
by the 25th mile-marker Barno managed to build up a 200-meter
gap with his co-runner, who later complained of cramp-like pain in
the side, which prevented him from keeping up his friend. Barno
finished with 2:10:36 and Ondoro came second with 2:11:17.

Women’s race.
The winner of the women’s race Jane Kibii,30,original Kenyan,
who has lived and trained for 2 years in Sacramento, California,
was very cold at the start:
“I was cold and my shoes were soaked through. I never warmed
up through the whole race. I am used to warmer temperatures.”

Her main rival, Grandma’s Marathon 2013 winner and course
record holder (2:26:32) Sarah Kiptoo,25,  took a very fast start
and led the race unchallenged up to the 25th mile.
Kibii said: “Starting from the 20’th mile I got bad pain
in the hamstring, probably because of cold, but I told
myself not to listen to it, reached a group of men who set the
right pace and kept running with them. I didn’t see Sarah until
about 3 miles were left before the finish line. Spectators told me
that I am running second and can catch up with Sarah soon.
This gave me more adrenalin and I accelerated.”  
On the 25th mile Kibii was already running 30 meters behind
Kiptoo, overcoming severe hamstring pain, but determined to win.
She took bold serge to the front and crossed in 2:32:06,
setting her personal best.
Kiptoo came 60 meters behind, finishing third in 2:32:19.
Another runner, Lindsey Scherf from the USA interfered into this
duel, finishing second with personal best 2:32:19.

Half Marathon  
25th annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon started an hour and
a half before Grandma’s Marathon on the same course,
with 10 C at the start line and calm wind conditions. Kenyan
Macdonard Ondara, 30, took the charge of a 4-runner pack from
the gun. They ran together changing the lead all through the
race. Eventually, Patrick Bivot, native of Kenya, came first with
1:03:09, and Ondara crossed together with Ben Payne, showing
the same time - 1:03:10. For Payne from the USA it was his
personal best.

The women’s race was one-runner event. US runner
Neely Spence Gracey, 25, who moved recently to Boulder,
Colorado, took the lead from the start. She got some competition
from another US runner Megan Hogan, 27, at the beginning of
the race. Gracey went through 6,9 mile mark in 37:34, and Hogan
was about 20 meters behind. By 11.9 mark, which Gracey passed
with 1:04:52, Hogan fell about 300 meters behind. Gracey finished
in 1:11:25 again setting her personal best, the second time during
this year. Hogan came second showing 1:12:33.      
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1. Elisha Barno KENYA 2:10:36
2. Dominic Ondoro KENYA 2:11:17
3. Jordan Chipangama ZAMBIA 2:11:35
4.  Negash Duki ETHIOPIA 2:13:40
5.  Birhanu Dare Kemal ETH 2:13:42
1. Jane Kibii  KENYA 2:32:06
2. Lindsey Scherf USA 2:32:19
3. Sarah Kiptoo KENYA2:32:51

1. Shadrack Biwott USA 1:03:09
2. Macdonard Ondara KEN 1:03:10
3. Ben Payne USA  1:03:10
4. Patrick Smyth USA 1:03:20
1. Neely Spence Gracey  1:11:25
2. Megan Hogan 1:12:33
3. Leah Lacefield 1:14:44
4. Elizabeth Herndon 1:15:40
Elisha Barno winning 39th Grandma's Marathon
Jane Kibii winning 39th Grandma's Marathon
Neely Spencer Gracey after winning finish of Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon
Shadrack Bivott (right) and Ben Payne after  finishing  of Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon
preview June 21, 2015
On July 18-19, 2015 annual Twin Cities Tough Mudder will again
take place close to the capital of Minnesota St. Paul, on the grounds of Game
Unlimited Hunting Club and Sporting Clays, located at 871 County Road E
Hudson WI 54016. This is the same place where the event was held last year.
The organizers promised new, challenging obstacles.
We asked the organizers why this venue was chosen in 2014, and here is the
answer we received: “We look for venues that will challenge our participants
and provide an unforgettable experience. With two massive lakes, endless
trails, and open fields perfectly suited for obstacles, Game Unlimited gave us
the opportunityto build a course that pushed participants to their absolute
The previous, July 19-20, 2014, Twin Cities Tough Mudder hosted about 11,000
participants, including foreign countries: the UK, France,
and Australia, and most ofall from Canada. There were about 8,500 participants
from Minnesota.
At that event there were about 7,000 first-timers, 3,000 second-timers, and
nearly 1,000 third-timers, who were about 70% male and 30% female. 3,000
spectators spread overthe course during two days of the event.
Judging by the answers of participants of Twin Cities Tough
Mudder-2014 to the questions of the editors of Runglobalmedia,
the event doesn’t require significant changes or alterations in 2015 for
the return of old participants to the course and for attraction of new ones.
Below are the most typical answers of participants from Minnesota, USA
1. Which TM event did you like most and why?
Michael Trafton from team “F-it Buckets”:  I think you mean obstacles,
but I enjoyed
the Electric Shock treatment at the end. It was the best because it was super
easy to do and I never got shocked. Seemed to work out for me.
Megan Trafton from team “F-it Buckets”:  This was my first Tough Mudder run.
Christopher Kane from team "A Couple of Marines and Another Guy": I have
participated in 5 events in total. TM MN 2012, WTM 2012 (World Tough Mudder),
TM GA 2013, TM GA 2014, and TM MN 2014. For the
2 most recent TM events I did 2 laps in each. If you take out WTM. Each TM has
had their pros and cons, but I think that the best was TM GA
2013. The course was fantastic and the weather was perfect. The obstacles
were challenging enough to feel that I had a hard time completing them.
2. Why do you choose to participate in TM events?
Michael Trafton: This was our first TM. We generally do mud runs each year
(Warrior Dash, Muckfest, Mudfactor, etc) so we are pretty
competent on the logistics. Previously the Muckfest was a 5 mile run and was
the longest one we’d ever done so it was a great chance to do something even
Megan Trafton:  For the challenge and to spend time with my family and friends.
Christopher Kane: I like the personal challenges and camaraderie that come
from a TM. When you do it with friends it builds a bond of shared experience
that is only second to the bond built up when serving with individuals in the
3. What should be changed in the rules and/or organization of TM events?
Michael Trafton: I think since it’s a team activity, it should be required that you
finish with your team.
Megan Trafton: No spectator fee, don't charge for parking (the event itself is
very expensive).
Christopher Kane: I would like to see a harder degree of obstacle for some. For
example have the normal Funky Monkey obstacle and an extreme version at a
angle for the legionnaires.
4. Will you recommend you friends/relatives to take part in TM events and why?
Michael Trafton: Oh for sure. We have already started recruiting others
for next year. For many, I think the fear is that its really long and you need to be
in ultra-great
shape, and that’s not true. There were many people there that I would have
thought would never make it. Its all about determination and pushing yourself.
Megan Trafton: Yes, it was a lot of fun to cross the finish line and it was great
how everyone worked together and helped your over obstacles.
Christopher Kane: Yes, I encourage friends and family to challenge themselves
by doing a TM. Learn that ‘I can't’ should not have a place in their vocabulary.
5. What was the name of your team in TM event on July 19-20, 2014?  How many
people were there in your team except you?
Michael Trafton:  We were the “F-it Buckets”. Not sure where the name came
from or what it really means. I think there was about 15 of us or so. I am not
entirely sure what all the names were, as they are a part of a work out group
that my wife Megan Trafton goes to.
Megan Tafton: We had over 35 people on our team. Team name: F-it Buckets.
Christopher Kane: - "A Couple of Marines and Another Guy" There were 3 in my
team. I was the only local team member.

By Yelena S. Kurdyumova & Sergey A. Porada, Minnesota, U.S.A.
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The next noticeable event of National Senior
Games was
triathlon, which was held on Lake
Phalen (St. Paul) the second day of the
competitions, Sunday July 5. It consisted of 400
meters freestyle (open water) swim, 20km cycling,
and 5km road race. Absolute winner was
Boggs, 55 from West Virginia who finished in 58
min. 01 seconds. The first woman at the finish line
was Kathryn Jensen, 51 from Minnesota, with 63
min. 53 seconds.
175 athletes finished in the triathlon.
By Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada from St. Paul,
Minnesota, USA.

On July 3-15, 2015 in Minneapolis/St. Paul/Bloomington,
Minnesota , USA, National Senior Games were held. The
Games is a 19-sport biennial competition for men and women
50 years of age and over. It is one of the largest multi-sport
events in the world for seniors.
The core sports are as follows: archery, badminton, bowling,
cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, race walk 1500m/5km,
racquetball, 5km/10km road race, Shuffleboard, swimming,
table tennis, tennis, track & field, triathlon, team sports:
basketball, softball, volleyball.
The Games are held by the National Senior Games
Association (NSGA) - a non-profit organization, member of
United States Olympic Committee, dedicated to motivating
active adults to lead a healthy lifestyle through the senior
games movement. NSGA sanctions qualifying games through
51 member organizations from the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Every eight seconds a Baby Boomer turns 50, and by 2020
the U.S. population over 65 will nearly triple from 2012
numbers. This will create unprecedented challenges to health
care and aging services. It is imperative to promote healthy
and active lifestyles for seniors.
People who participate in local, state and National Senior
Games demonstrate their “Personal Best” not only in
competition, but also in their ongoing quest to remain active
and healthy. Their example challenges all ages to “Be YOUR
Personal Best!”
NSGA Member Organizations hold annual games with
qualifying competitions in the year preceding National Senior
Games. Athletes who meet specific criteria while participating
in the State Senior Games qualify to participate NSG. Since
1987 the NSGA has held 15 summer national championships
with about 10,000 athletes participation.
10km race start on July 4, 2015
The key event of the first day of competitions on Saturday, July 4, 2015 was 10km road
Joe McNamara from Williston VT, competing in age group 50-54, became absolute
winner with 36 min. 40 sec. In women’s division absolute winning time was shown by
Wanda Gau from Little Falls, Minnesota, also competing in the same age group, who
crossed in 40:36.  After several minutes of conversation with several other finishers of
10km road race, one of whom was  John Corbet, 82 from Miamisburg,Ohio, we were
assured that all finishers felt winners and were determined to challenge their biological
age. John Corbet finished second in a
ge group 80-84, crossing in 60 min. 15
Watch interview with John
Absolute winners of 10km road race
Wanda Gau and Joe McNamara
crossing the finish line.
Absolute winner of triathlon Jon Boggs crossing
the finish line
See interview with him...
Medals waiting for the winners
Triathlon first wave start
Kathryn Janson half-way to the victory in the triathlon
Kathryn Janson with her son after crossing the finish line
Quite a number of athletes participated in
several track-and-field events in a row,
and became stars of the Games, having
won several medals. Among them are:
Kay Glynn, 62 from Hastings in Iowa,
Christine Vincent, 51, from Michigan, Sue
McCarthy, 52, from Maine, Linda Cohn, 62,
from California, David Couts, 60, from

The main event of two last days of
track-and-field competitions became race
walk on 1500 m track of St. Thomas
University stadium, and 5000 m road
course along Mississippi river in Upper
Landing Park in St. Paul, MN.  
Kay Glynn warming up before tripple jump
Christine Vincent running to
victorious finish in 1500 m track
race. She won several running
Sue McCarthy with all
her medals
5000 meters road race walking start in St. Paul Upper Landing Park
Race walkers on the circle course of 5000 meter walk race on
the bank of the Mississippi river
Linda Cohn winning triple jump
Mike Krauss, 52, discuss
throw winner, age group
David Couts, 60 on the last lap of 1500 m race walk which he won in age
group 60-64
David Couts, 60, winning 5000 m race walk in age
group 60-64. Others have more laps to go.
Deena Kastor breaks American Master's Record
Tatyana McFadden Breaks Wheelchair Course Record
Professional Wheelchair Athletes Selected for 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team
October 11, 2015 – Chicago Over 40 thousand runners from more than 100 countries and all 50 US states toed
the start line of Chicago Marathon on a cool windy morning with 12 Cat 7:30 am start which warmed up to 16 C
by the time of elite finish.
Kenyan runner Dickson Chumba, 29, won Chicago Marathon crossing in 2:09:25. His countrymen Sammy
Kitwara, 28, finished as the runner-up (for the second time at Chicago Marathon) with 2:09:50, and a novice to
the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM), Sammy Ndungu, 27, was the third crossing in 2:10:06.
For the first time in more than two decades, pacesetters were not leading the race.
"I am proud of the running from our athletes today, and it was so satisfying to deliver compelling competition
without pacers," said Carey Pinkowski, executive race director of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. "I
must call out the record-breaking performances: Tatyana set a new wheelchair course record
and Deena made running look effortless when she set a new Master's record."
Florence Kiplagat,28, also from Kenya won in women's division with 2:23:33. She took her third Abbott World
Marathon Majors victory after winning at the 2011 and 2013 Berlin Marathon, Ethiopian Yebrgual Melese, 25,
came second in 2:23:43, and her countrywoman  Birhane Dibaba, 22,  was the 3rd with 2:24:24.
This result moved her into second place on the AWMM leader board.
On the 10th anniversary of her victory in Chicago, world master's half marathon record holder American Deena
Kastor (1:09:36, 2014 Philadelphia Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon) broke American Master's marathon record (2:28:
40) set by Colleen De Reuck at the 2005 Chicago Marathon. Deena Kastor finished in record time 2:27:47 and
was 7th overall female and 1st among U.S. women. Kastor now owns the second (2:21:25), fourth (2:26:53) and
seventh fastest times run by an American woman on the Chicago Marathon course.
In the women's wheelchair division, Tatyana McFadden, 26, (USA) defended her title and set a new course
record 1:41:10. This was her fifth straight victory and sixth win at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon since
her 2009 debut. Among men, Kurt Fearnley, 34, (AUS) won his fifth Chicago Marathon crossing in
1:30:46. Only photo finish determined 2nd and 3rd place winners: Marcel Hug, 29, (SUI) was placed second, and
2014 champion Joshua George, 31, (U.S.A.) - third, both finishing in 1:30:48.

                                  THE MEN'S RACE
Marathon debutant Kibet Elkanah, 29, (USA), took charge of the pack of 17 runners which stretched to 20
meters. The first three of them passed through the first 5 km mark in 15 min 30 seconds. Elkanah continued
his lead on 10 km and 15 km splits and passed through themin 30:32 and 46:00 accordingly.
Dickson Chumba, who was third in 2014 Chicago Marathon with 2:04:32 personal best, passed 15 km mark with
the same time as Elkanah. Kenyan Sammy Kitwara, 28, who was second in 2014 Chicago marathon with
2:04:28 PB, and Ethiopian Girmay Birhanu Gebru, 27, PB 2:2:05:49 in Dubai Marathon -2014, Kenyan Sammy
Ndungu, 27, (PB 2:07:04 in Otsu marathon) and Luke Puskedra, 25 (USA) followed the leaders some 5 meters
By the 20th km mark the leader changed. Kenyan Felix Kiprotich (PB 2:06:59 in Seoul International Marathon
2015) took the lead of 8-runner pack and passed 20 km in 1:01:44. Sammy Kitwara followed five meters behind
him. The others in the hunt followed some 10 meters behind Kitwara.
Nothing much changed on half point. Kiprotich continued his lead passing it in 1:05:11 in front of
10-runner pack. Ndungu, Puskedra and Elkanah followed 5 meters behind the leader, and six more runners,
including Kitwara, Gibru and Chumba legged another 5 meters behind them.
Deena Kastor after
finishing Chicago
Marathon 2015 with new
US master's marathon
See Video of her
finish   and
with Deena after the race.
2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon also served as the U.S. Paralympic Trials. The top
two American male and female finishers won their passes to the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
On the photo from left to right: Aaron Pike 7th place finisher, Joshua George (3rd place)
Tatyana McFadden, winner with a new record Chelsea McClammer, 3rd place finisher.

On 30 km mark the leader changed again. Kitwara came out of the shade and passed through 30km mark in 1:33:14.
The pack of 9 followed in the same manner switching places once in a while.
On 35th km 10-runner pack fell apart. Kitwara, Chumba and Ethiopian Abera Kuma, 25, (PB
2:05:56, Berlin 2014) passed 35km in 1: 47:52. They opened a 75-meter gap with Gibru, the
rest of contenders for the prize purse stretched on the course, legging 5-10 m behind Gibru. From this point on
Chumba made a bold surge to the finish line. He passed 40km mark in 2:02:43, leaving his nearest rival Kitwara a
100 meters behind. The rest in the hunt stretched on the course behind Kitwara, losing 140 – 165 meters to Chumba.
Chumba finished first with a 2:09:25, claiming his second victory in Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM). Kitwara
finished as the runner-up for the second time in 2:09:50, much slower than his 2:04:28 PB at 2014 Chicago Marathon.
Ndungu finished third in in 2:10:06, having won by 1 second the fight with Gebru, who finished fourth with 2:10:07.
Admirable is fast progress of 25-year-old Luke Puskedra from Oregon, USA, who finished 5th overall and 1st among
U.S. athletes with PB 2:10:24, the fastest time by an American in 2015. Less than a year ago, in November 2014 Luke
had “modest” PB 2:28:54 set in 2014 New York Marathon where he finished 36th.  In 7 Months, in June 2015 he
crossed 6th in Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN, U.S.A. with new PB 2:15:27, having shaved more than
13 minutes from the previous one.
                              THE WOMEN'S RACE
The women’s race this year became challenging and thrilling only thanks to the efforts of experienced Japanese
runner Kayoko Fukushi, 33 (PB 2:24:21, Osaka 2013), who finished fourth, only 1 second behind young Ethiopian
Berhane Dibaba (PB 2:22:30, Tokyo 2014). Fukushi took charge of the leading pack of seven from the gun and went
through 5 km point in 16 min. 32 sec. and 10n km point in 33:03. Some 5-15 meters behind her followed Florence
Kiplagat (KEN), 28 (PB 2:19:44, Berlin 2011) who set world half-marathon record 1:05:09 this year in Barcelona, Mulu
Seboka (ETH), 31 (PB 2:21:56, Dubai 2015), Melese Yebrgual (ETH), 25 (P 2:23:23, Houston 2015), Berhane Dibaba,
Amane Gobena (ETH), 29 (PB 2:23:30, Paris 2015) and Meskerem Asefa (ETH), 30 (PB 2:25:17, Houston 2013).
By the 15km mark Asefa took the charge of 7-runner pack and passes it in 49:39. On the next 5 km stretch Fukushi
took the lead again and passed through 20km point in 1:06:37 and half point in 1:10:25, leading the same 6 runners.
The pack of 5 passed through 30km in 1:41:19 and 35 km point in 1:58:44, pushed from behind by Fukushi and
Gobena. By the 40 km mark Kiplagat made a bold serge to the front and passed it in 2:15:58, leaving the nearest
taker Melese some 30 meters behind. Kiplagat went on strong to finish first in 2:23:33, moving her to fourth place
on the AWMM leaderboard with 26 points. Melese finished ten seconds behind in 2:23:43, and Dibaba outran
Fukushi only by one second to place third in 2:24:24.
By Yelena S. Kurdyumova & Sergey A Porada from Chicago
Kurt Fearnley (AUS) and Tatyana
McFadden (USA) got special prises for
winning Chicago Marathon 2015
Luke Puskedra was the first American to finish
in Chicago Marathon 2015, and 5th overall.
Press conference after Chicago Marathon with Florence Kiplagat, Yebrgual
Melese, Birhane Dibaba .
Watch and Listen
Dickson Chumba after winning
Chicago Marathon 2015
Florence Kiplagat winning
Chicago Marathon 2015
Cary Pinkowski, CEO
&President/Executive Race
Director of Bank of America
Chicago Marathon
Watch press conference of Executive Race
Director Cary Pinkowsky and Medical Director of
Chicago Marathon Dr. George Chiampas, which was
held after the finish of the race at 2:30 pm, Sunday
October 11, 2015
2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, St.
Paul, USA.

U.S. Figure Skating Announces ISU
Championship Event Selections.
SAINT PAUL, Minnesota (Jan. 24, 2016) – U.S. Figure Skating
has named its selections for the 2016 World Figure Skating
Championships, 2016 Four Continents Figure Skating
Championships and 2016 World Junior Figure Skating
Polina Edmunds
Gracie Gold
Ashley Wagner
Alternate 1 – Mirai Nagasu
Alternate 2 – Tyler Pierce
Alternate 3 – Hannah Miller
Max Aaron
Nathan Chen
Adam Rippon
Alternate 1 – Grant Hochstein
Alternate 2 – Ross Miner
Alternate 3 – Alexander Johnson
Tarah Kayne and Daniel O’Shea
Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim
Alternate 1 – Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran
Alternate 2 – Madeline Aaron and Max Settlage
Alternate 3 – Jessica Calalang and Zack Sidhu
Ice dance
Madison Chock and Evan Bates
Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue
Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani
Alternate 1 – Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus
Alternate 2 – Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean‐Luc Baker
Polina Edmunds
Gracie Gold
Mirai Nagasu
Alternate 1 – Karen Chen
Alternate 2 – Courtney Hicks
Max Aaron
Grant Hochstein
Adam Rippon
Alternate 1 – Ross Miner
Alternate 2 – Alexander Johnson
Alternate 3 – Timothy Dolensky
Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran
Tarah Kayne and Daniel O’Shea
Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim
Alternate 1 – Madeline Aaron and Max Settlage
Alternate 2 – Jessica Calalang and Zack Sidhu
Alternate 3 – Jessica Pfund and Joshua Santillan
Ice dance
Madison Chock and Evan Bates
Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue
Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani
Alternate 1 – Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus
Alternate 2 – Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean‐Luc Baker
Tyler Pierce
Bradie Tennell
Alternate 1 – Emily Chan
Alternate 2 – Vivian Le
Alternate 3 – Megan Wessenberg
Nathan Chen
Vincent Zhou
Alternate 1 – Tomoki Hiwatashi
Alternate 2 ‐ Kevin Shum
Alternate 3 – Aleksei Krasnozhon
Chelsea Liu and Brian Johnson
Joy Weinberg and Maximiliano Fernandez
Lindsay Weinstein and Jacob Simon
Alternate 1 – Gabriella Marvaldi and Cody Dolkiewicz
Alternate 2 – Jacquelyn Green and Rique Newby‐Estrella
Alternate 3 – Ai Setoyama and David‐Alexandre Paradis
Ice dance
Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter
Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons
Elliana Pogrebinsky and Alex Benoit
Alternate 1 – Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko
Alternate 2 – Julia Biechler and Damian Dodge
Alternate 3 – Chloe Rose Lewis and Logan Bye
Tarah Kayne and Danny OShea, winners of pairs competitions
Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, winners of ice dance competitions
Madison Hubbel and Zachary Donahue, ice dance
third place winners

1/28/16, US Figure Skatig announced:
Nathan Chen, the 2016 U.S. bronze medalist, underwent left hip surgery on Wednesday, Jan. 27,
2016. The surgery was performed by Dr. Catherine Robertson, assisted by Dr. Alexandra
Schwartz, at UC San Diego Health, which is a member of the United States Olympic Committee's
National Medical Network.
Chen suffered an avulsion injury to his left hip during a jump attempt in the exhibition following
the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Jan. 24 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Chen
was performing in the Skating Spectacular after having earlier won his first championship-level
Chen's rehabilitation will begin in San Diego and is tentatively scheduled to continue at the U.S.
Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Chen is expected to make a full recovery and
return to the ice with restrictions in eight to 10 weeks.
Chen, the 2015 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, was expected to compete at the 2016 ISU
World Junior Figure Skating Championships and the 2016 ISU World Figure Skating
Tomoki Hiwatashi, the 2016 U.S. junior champion, is the first alternate to the
World Junior Team and will compete March 14-20 in Debrecen, Hungary.
Grant Hochstein, who
finished fourth at the 2016 U.S. Championships, will make his World Championships debut March
28-April 3 in Boston.
Bronze medalist in 2016 US Figure Skating
Championships Nathan Chen, free skate.
16-year-old Chen showed a pair of stunning
performances at the U.S. Championships,
landing two quadruple jumps in his short
program and four in his free skate.
Silver medalist Max Aaron, free skate
Golden medalist Adam
Rippon, free skate
Bronze medalist
Ashley Wagner,
free skate
Pair competitions winners on the podium:
1.Tarah Kayne and Daniel O’Shea
2. Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim
3. Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran
4. Madeline Aaron and Max Settlage
Polina Edmunds on competing among the Ashley-Gracie rivalry: “There is always pre-competition
hype and buzz and I don't really pay attention to it. Of course, I have never had the chance to be
in this position before, so I'm really excited and happy that I'm finally here. I know that it comes
down to who skates the best on the ice and I'm glad what I put down today was my best and I was
rewarded for it.”
Watch press conference after short program with Polina Edmunds, Gracie Gold andTyler Pierce
Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim-pairs 2nd (196.80)
Press conference of US Figure Skating President Samuel Auxier and
Executive Director David Raith.
Grant Hochstein, 4th
place, free skate

The World's Fastest Sport on Skates Will Be Back in Saint Paul,
Minnesota for the Fifth Straight Season in 2015/16
The highest scoring male and female will become the World
Champions at the World Finals in Saint Paul.
Ice Cross Downhill is a combination of hockey, boarder cross,
and downhill skiing. Known to many as the fastest sport on
skates, but dictated to one goal: first to the bottom wins. It’s
challenging, fast, cold, hard, unique and action packed. Skaters
hurtle down a steep ice canal four-at-a-time through challenging
obstacles at speeds of more than 40mph (60km/h), jostling for a
position. With
only two riders going through to the next round, the competition
is fierce.
Saint Paul has long been a staple of the Red Bull Crashed Ice
global series, noted for its long and tough track that tests the
endurance of riders year over year.
A custom-built 1,200ft urban ice track will be riddled with a 90ft
vertical drop, hairpin turns, big-air jumps, step-ups, drop-offs,
obstacles and gaps. Attracting crowds of 100,000+ fans, set
against the dramatic backdrop of the Cathedral of Saint Paul, the
Ice Cross Downhill event will feature not only the men’s division
and series finals, but also the final competitions for the Women’s
and Team divisions.
In partnership with the City of Saint Paul, the event hopes to
attract spectators from all around the State of Hockey.
“I’m thrilled to have Red Bull Crashed Ice back in the capital city
for the fifth year
in a row – and to be hosting the finale, ”says Saint Paul Mayor
Chris Coleman. “Saint Paul lights up during this truly amazing
event, with more than 100,000 people flocking to downtown. The
economic impact on local businesses is staggering, bringing in
millions of dollars last year alone.”
New Season, New Format
Six Riders Cup races are on the calendar – three in North America and three in Europe –
as the high-speed sport continues to grow. The athletes will be competing for a
maximum of up to 1,000 championship points for the winners of the four Red Bull
Crashed Ice races and a maximum of up to 250 points awarded to the winners of the six
Riders Cup stops, a new feeder event created last season "by riders for riders" to open
the sport to even more competitors in more locations. Whoever wins the most points
from the three of the four Red Bull Crashed Ice events and from three of the six Riders
Cup races will be crowned Ice Cross Downhill World Champion.
Lakeville native and current second place defender Cameron Naasz will hope to score
his fourth win in the global series, and his first at home in Minnesota.
The new Women's World Championship will make its eagerly awaited debut this season,
and includes races in all Red Bull Crashed Ice and Riders Cup races. In the past, there
were individual women's races at some locations, such as in Canada and the USA.
Red Bull Crashed Ice Winners in 2015/2016
November 26-27 Quebec City, CAN Cameron Naasz (USA)
January 7-8 Munich, GER Cameron Naasz (USA)
January 28-29 Jyväskylä-Laajis, FIN Scott Croxall (CAN)

St. Paul stage highlights:
On Thursday February 25 at 9:00am – 9:30am The Mayor of Saint Paul, Chris Coleman, will
take his annual run of the course.
On Friday February 26 at 11:00am – 12:30pm:Men & Women Shoot Out Run.
All athletes get 2 runs and the pool is narrowed down to 64. The top 32 athletes move
onto the finals Saturday.
7:00pm – 8:30pm: Team Competition Finals.
The top 16 teams will battle it out to find out who the winning team is.
On Saturday February 27 at 6:30pm-9pm: Red Bull Crashed Ice Saint Paul Finals. The top
64 men and 16 women from the Shoot Out will go head to head to determine the Saint
Paul champions.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman testing the track. Runglobalmedia ©  All rights reserved
MINNESOTA, U.S.A. February 25, 2016
As in previous years St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman did annual run
of the track together with his friends. They were shown the track
and assisted by Claudio Caluori,  Red Bull Crashed Ice course
       SEE VIDEO
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, U.S.A. February 26,
Teams Competitions were held.
1   Living The Dream: Scott Croxall (Canada), Kyle
Croxall (Canada), Cameron Naasz (USA), Adam Hors
(Canada) - 3600.00
2  Team Unrl: Matt Johnson (USA), Tommy Mertz
(USA), Daniel  Bergeson (USA), Maxvell Dunne
(USA) - 3000.00
3  Couch Garden Crew: Marco Dallago (AUT), Luca
Dallago (AUT), John Fisher (CAN), Andreas Wirnstl
(GER) - 2150.00
4  Team Finland: Mikka Jouhkimainen (FIN), Paavo
Klintrup (FIN), Marcus Juola (FIN) - 1960.00
1st place winners: Living The Dream. See video of their
winning finish in the finals.
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Team Living The Dream leading in the Round of 16.
1st place winners Team Living The Dream finishing in 1/4 final.
See video of their winning finish in the finals
Team UNRL leading the race in Round of 16. Team
Chrono Aviation is behind.
See video of winning finish
in 1/2 final of Team UNRL

Cameron Naasz won his third Red Bull Crashed Ice race of the 2015/16 season
on Saturday and fourth since his victory at the 2015 final stage of world
competitions in Edmonton, Canada, last March.
In front of an enthusiastic crowd of tens of thousands of spectators who
gathered near the Saint Paul Cathedral, Naasz became world champion on the
1,200 foot-long track with its 42-meter vertical drop through all four knock-out
rounds and won the overall Ice Cross Downhill World Championship with 3,385
points for the season.
“This is such an awesome feeling. This win is for Minnesota!” said Naasz, the
first American to win the Ice Cross Downhill world championship in the 15-year
history of the sport. “It was a crazy season. The battle couldn’t have gone on
any longer. I don’t know how I did it. I knew Scott was right behind me so I didn’t
hit the brakes and went for it.” With a blazing start, Naasz had opened up a two-
meter lead after the first 50 meters and was able to stay ahead of the hard-
charging Canadian Scott Croxall all the way to the bottom – managing to edge
Croxall out on the final stretch.
In the four-man final, defending world champion Scott Croxall took second place
to move just behind Naasz into second place overall in the season with 3,150
points, while Tristan Dugerdil of France took third and rookie American Max
Dunne rounded out the pack in fourth.
In the women’s championship race, Canada’s Jacqueline Legere won an
incredible final, with the USA’s Lex Jackson following close behind. Rounding
out the field were Canadians Tamara Kajah and Myriam Trepanier. In the final
season results Leger won the overall championship, Trepanier placed second,
Jackson - third, and American Sydney O’Keefe from Team USA - fourth.  
On Friday, in team race 'Living The Dream' was successful featuring the overall
season winner and runner-up on the same team. Saint Paul was the final stop in
the 2015/16 Ice Cross Downhill World Championship.  
Results St. Paul:
Men's results Saint Paul: 1. Cameron Naasz (USA), Scott Croxall (CAN), 3. Tristan
Dugerdil (FRA), 4. Maxwell Dunne (USA) 5. Luca Dallago (AUT), 6. Kyle Croxall
(CAN), 7. Dan Witty (USA), 8. Derek Wedge(SUI), 9. Kilian Braun (SUI), 10.
Guillaume Bouvet-Morrisette (CAN).
Men's final standings: 1. Cameron Naasz (USA) 3,385 points, 2. Scott Croxall
(CAN) 3,150, 3. Dean Moriarity (CAN) 2,300, 4. Tristan Dugerdil (FRA) 1,960, 5.
Luca Dallago (AUT) 1,617, 6. Pacôme Schmitt (FRA) 1,445, 7. Maxwell Dunne (USA)
1,337, 8. Kilian Braun (SUI) 1,320, 9. Kyle Croxall (CAN) 1,220, 10.John Fisher
(CAN) 1,082.50

Women’s results Saint Paul: 1. Jacqueline Legere (CAN), 2. Alexis Jackson (USA),
3. Tamara Kajah (CAN), 4. Myriam Trepanier (CAN), 5. Michaela Michaelson (USA).
6. Sydney O’Keefe (USA), 7. Sadie Lundquist (USA), 8. Anais Morand (SUI), 9.
Plante (CAN), 10. Emma Krieter (USA)
Women’s final standings: 1. Jaqueline Legere (CAN) 2,800 points, 2.  2,300, 3.
Alexis Jackson (USA) 2,300, 4. Elaine Topolinsky (CAN), 1,700, 5. Sydney O’Keefe
(USA) 1,500, 6. Maxie Plante (CAN) 1,450, 7. Tamara Kajah (CAN) 1,250, 8. Amanda
Trunzo (USA) 1,080, 9. Michaela Michaelson
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, U.S.A. February 27, 2016.
 By Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada.
CAMERON NAASZ (Minnesota, USA) WINS ON FASTEST ICE CROSS DOWNHILL TRACK EVER, in extremely warm weather, with 48 degrees F (9C) at the start of
the competition and 44 F (7C) at the final run.  
Minnesota native becomes first American Red Bull Crashed Ice World Champion, Scott Croxall (CAN) - second,Tristan Dugerdil (FRA) - third. In Women’s
Competition first place was won by Jacqueline Legere (CAN), Alexis Jackson (USA) became second, Tamara Kajah (CAN) -third.
Cameron Naazs leading the race.
Interview with Naazs after his win
On the podium winers in women's division of St.
Paul final stage of Red Bull Crashed Ice World
Championship. From left to right: Alexis Jackson
(USA) - 2nd, Jaqueline Legre (CAN)- 1st place and
absolute winner, Tamara Kajah (CAN) - 3rd
Jacqueline Legere (CAN) (left) and Alexis Jackson (USA) (right) in elimination round
in St. Paul
On the podium winners of St. Paul final stage of Red Bull
Crashed Ice World Championship.From left to right:
Scott Kroxall (CAN) - 2nd, Cameron Naazs (USA) - 1st
place and absolute winner, Tristan Dugerdil (FRA)- 3rd.
VIDEO OF MEN'S FINAL RUN and awards ceremony
Happy winner (1st place in St. Paul and World
Championship) Jacqueline Legere (left) and Tamara
Kajah - 3rd place in St. Paul and 7th in World
Champs, Both from Canada.
Myriam Trepanier - 2nd overall in Red
Bull Crashed Ice World Championships
(CAN) (left) and Dean Moriarity (CAN)
(right) 3d overall   in Red Bull Crashed
Ice World Championships
Myriam Trepanier - 2nd overall in Red Bull
Crashed Ice World Championships (CAN) on
the course in elimination round in St. Paul
Red Bull ice expert Claudio Caluori made
track presentation for media
VIDEO OF TRAINING conducted by Claudio Caluori
Photos and videos by Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey
Porada. Runglobalmedia  ©
 All rights reserved
Saturday, June 18, 2016, Duluth, Minnesota, USA.

Defending champion Elisha Barno, 30 and course record holder Sara Kiptoo, 26 both from Kenya won the 40th
anniversary Grandma’s Marathon, crossing in 2:11:26 and 2:33:29 accordingly.
Macdonard Ondara from Kenya and Simegn Abnet Yeshanbel from Ethiopia, won the 26th annual Garry Bjorklund
Half Marathon, held during Grandma’s Marathon weekend. Ondara crossed with 1:03:34 and Yedhanbel in 1:13:22.  
40th anniversary Grandma’s Marathon brought 9,572 runners to the start
line at 7:45 a.m., under partly cloudy skies, with warm (18C/65F) and humid weather.  
Men’s race
Defending champion Kenyan Elisha Barno, 30 (PB 2:09:45, 2013 Kosice
Peace Marathon, Slovakia) took charge of the pack of 4 runners from the start: his compatriots Weldon Kirui, 27
(PB 2:09:06, 2012 DLL Marathon, Netherlands), Kimutai Cheruiyot, 30 (PB 2:11:30 2012 Tiberias Marathon, Israel) and
Jacob Chemtai, 29 (PB 2:11:56 2014 California International Marathon), plus Ethiopian Werkuneh Seyoum Aboye, 31
(PB 2:12:53, 2014 Kunsan Marathon, Korea). They passed 10 km point in 30:13 with Barno an Kirui at front and the rest
3 some 5 meters behind, and continued to the
half point all together, which all 5 passed in 1:05:07. On mile 20 the pack thinned a bit and was led by Barno, Kerui and
Cheruiyot. The closest taker Chemtai fell 40 meters behind.
As Elisha Barno said in the interview (coming soon) he ran his own race
the way he planned it. Warm weather, humidity, head wind didn’t allow him
to push for a higher speed. On mile 25 he was left alone, and having no competition, which also didn’t help to run
faster, crossed in 2:11:26. “I am going to come to the next Grandma’s Marathon in 2017. If the weather is cooler, rainy,
but not very cold I shall be able to show better time. Weldon Kirui finished 2nd – 2:12:26 and Kimutai Cheruiyot was
third with 2:14:02.
Women’s race.
Course record holder Kenyan Sara Kiptoo (2:26:32, which she set in 2013-PB), returned to Duluth with the strong
intention to win, after she finished only third in 2015 Grandma’s Marathon. She took the charge of the race from
the start and stopped feeling any competition after the 15th kilometer. However warm and humid weather with
some head wind didn’t contribute to the faster pace. “I decided for myself from the start that it is to warm and
humid, it isn’t my weather, and I shan’t push myself to run as fast as I did when I set the course record in 2013. I
am also not in such good form today as I was in 2013. So I didn’t push and ran my own race.” (interview coming
soon). She finished comfortably with 2:33:29. Runner-up Ethiopian Serkalem Abrha managed to reduce 700-meter
gap with Kiptoo on half point to 260 meters on mile 26, and finished second in 2:34:20. Clara Santucci from the U.S.
A. finished third overall and first among U.S. women with 2:34:57.

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon  
9593 runners from 19 countries and 48 U.S. States toed the start line of Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon at 6:15 in
the morning under partly cloudy skies and at comfortable 14C (57F). The weather was really nice and calm
compared with six previous years when it was rainy and cold.
Kenyan Macdonald Ondara, 31 (PB 1:01:11 at 2007 San Jose Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, CA) took the charge of
the race and ran unchallenged after the 6th mile, finishing in1:03:34. He confessed in the interview after the finish
(coming soon) that his time could have been much faster if he had had competition. Second came Suehiro
Ishikawa, 36, from Japan (PB 1:02:23 in 2003 at Kuoto and 2:09:10 at 2013 Lake Biwa Marathon, Japan) crossing with
1:04:02. Third finisher Jordan Chimpangma, 27, from Zimbabve (PB 2:11:35 at 2015 Grandma’s Marathon and 1:02:24
at 2015 San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, CA) crossed in 1:04:50.
The ladies’ race went on the same pattern. Simegn Abnet Yeshanbel, 30 (PB 1:11:31 2016 Carlsbad, CA and 2:32:28
2014 Des Moins Marathon Iowa, USA) took the lead after the 4th mile and finished in 1:13:22. She could perform
better if the weather had been less humid and she had more competition in the race, as she said in the interview
(coming soon) after the finish. Runner-up Kenyan Hellen Jemutai, 34 (PB 1:11:27 at 2012 Shamrock Half Marathon,
Virginia, USA) crossed in 1:14:05. Kimi Reed,
28 from Springfield, MO, USA, whose PB was 1:16:26 at Rock The Parkway Half Marathon Missouri in 2015, shaved
41 seconds off it, and finished 3rd overall and first among US ladies with new personal best of 1:15:45.  

Yelena Kurdyumova and Sergey Porada from Duluth, Minnesota, USA.

Grandma’s Marathon
1.        Elisha Barno         KEN  2:11:26
2.        Weldon Kirui KEN  2:12:26
3.        Kimutai Cheruiyot KEN  2:14:02.
1.        Sara Kiptoo KEN  2:33:29
2.        Serkalem Abrha ETH 2:34:20
3.        Clara Santucci USA 2:34:57
Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon  
1.        Macdonard Ondara KEN   1:03:34
2.        Suehiro Ishikawa JAPAN        1:04:02
3.        Jordan Chimpangma ZIMBABVE  1:04:50
1.        Simegn Abnet Yeshanbel ETH 1:13:22
2.        Hellen Jemutai KEN 1:14:05
3.        Kimi Reed USA  1:15:45
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Spartan Sprint - June 25, 2016,
Welch, Minnesota, USA.
By Yelena Kurdyumova &
Sergey Poarada

Welch Village ski resort in Minnesota, USA, for
the second time hosted Spartan Sprint, which this
year attracted 3500 participants from the USA,
Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and Europe.
The course this year was 4 miles long, with uphill
start and 21 Signature Spartan Obstacles.
The weather was nice and sunny with 23 C (73 F)
at the start, going up to 30 C (86 F) by the time of
women’s elite finish.
Mike Fergusson (USA) won men’s elite race
SEE VIDEO) finishing in 51 min. 28 sec., and
Stephanie Hochman (USA) was the first among
women crossing in 1:09:07.
Women's elite start
Men elite start
Second place winner Garrett Toll, USA - 54:05
Stephanie Hochman close to the victory
Final serge to the finish line
Second among women Julie Hartjes - 1:15:37
Course record falls at Twin Cities Marathon
Sunday, October 9, 2016, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
35th Anniversary Twin Cities Marathon.
Kenyan Dominic Ondoro, 28 continued braking course
records of Minnesota Marathons.
In 2014 Andoro renewed course record of Grandma’s
Marathon, Duluth, Minnesota
(2:09:06), which for 33 years belonged to Dick Beardsley
At the anniversary Twin Cities Marathon Ondoro took
away from Phil Coppess course record of 2:10:05,
belonging to him for 31 years. Ondoro finished with new
course record 2:08:51, shaving 1 minute 14 seconds off
the previous one.
The first among women was his compatriot Jane Kibii, 31
with less impressive result 2:30:01, far from course
record 2:26:51 set by Russian runner Zinaida Semenova
in 2001, and repeated in 2004 by another Russian runner
Irina Permitina.
Second crossed Sarah Kiptoo, 27, also Kenyan, in
2:32:18. Since 2013 she is course record holder of
Grandma’s Marathon (2:26:32).
By Sergey Porada & Yelena Kurdyumova from St. Paul,
Minnesota, USA.
Domenic Ondoro on the way
to the new course record
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Red Bull Crashed Ice Series.
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, February 2, 2017.

In the afternoon on the eve of the 3rd stage of Red Bull Crashed Ice-2017 St. Paul
Mayor Chris Coleman with several friends and his son Aidan did traditional annual
run of the ice track. Strong gusty wind and low temperatures (10 F) added extreme
to the challenge. “This is my last Red Bull Crashed Ice track run as St. Paul Mayor.”
Said Coleman. In 2018 Chris Coleman is going to run for the Governor of Minnesota.
Jane Kirbii, winner among
women on the last finish
This year custom-built urban ice track is 340 meters long, has 35-meter vertical drop and 3 main
obstacles: BF Goodrich Wallride, Gopro Turn and Dino Bridge.
In 2016-2017 there will be a brand-new addition to Red Bull Crashed Ice – Junior World
Championship, which will replace team competition on Friday evenings. The idea behind this is to
give aspiring young Ice Cross Downhill athletes a chance to compete, develop and gain valuable
experience on major tracks, while also attracting new young blood into the sport.
Junior competitors must be from 16 years old up to 21 years old (exclude) before July 1st 2016, and
the best two results from junior Red Bull Crashed Ice races will be compiled to crown the 2016/2017
World Champion.    
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and his team  testing the track. Runglobalmedia ©  All rights reserved.  WATCH VIDEO
First athlete training on new track in the
evening of February 2, 2017
INTERVIEW  with St. Paul Mayor Chris
Coleman after testing the track
View of the track from the start line
Red Bull Crashed Ice Series.
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, February 4, 2017.
Dean Moriarty of Canada claimed his first ever victory since participating in the competitions in 2013.
“It’s an amazing feeling to finally win first place. I say every race that I’m going to win, but this time it actually happened,”
said Saint Paul Winner, Dean Moriarity. “The first half of the tour wasn’t my type of track, but moving into Saint Paul I felt
confident and ready, and it showed today.”
Second after Dean Moriarity was Marco Dallago from Austria, third Minnesota native Cameron Naasz, which moved
him to the top of overall world standings. Despite being loosing in the semi-finals, American Maxwell Dunne moved to
second place overall.
In the Women’s Division, Myriam Trepanier of Canada took the first place, followed by Minnesota native Sadie
Lundquist and Canada’s Tamara Kajah.
The Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship is scheduled for March 3-4, 2017 in Ottawa, Canada.

Saint Paul Race:
MEN: 1. Dean Moriarity (CAN) 2. Marco Dallago (AUT) 3. Cameron Naasz (USA)
WOMEN: 1. Myriam Trepanier (CAN) 2. Sadie Lundquist (USA) 3. Tamara Kajah (CAN)

2016/2017 Ice Cross Downhill World Championship Standings:
MEN: 1. Cameron Naasz (USA) 2350; 2. Maxwell Dunne (USA) 2160; 3. Scott Croxall (CAN) 2112.50;
4. Marco Dallago (AUT) 2033.50; 5. Dean Moriarity (CAN) 1300
WOMEN: 1. Amanda Trunzo (USA) 2300; 2. Jacqueline Legere (CAN) 1810; 3. Myriam Trepanier (CAN) 1790;
4. Sydney O’Keefe (USA) 1410; 5. Tamara Kajah (CAN) 1260
Dean Moriarity finishing first in semifinals.
Press conference with the winners. SEE VIDEO
Video Interview with Dean Moriarity
Dean was second in freestyle competition on February 3, 2017
Derek Wadge won freestyle
competition on February3, 2017
Myriam Trepanier
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The 41st Grandma’s marathon, Duluth, Minnesota,
U.S.A. Preview.
At 7:45 am, on June 17, 2017, the 41st Grandma’s Marathon will
start in Duluth, MN. According to the organizers, 8,740 runners
from 53 countries registered for full marathon. 50 U.S. States,
District of Columbia and Armed Forces are represented at in this
year’s Grandma’s Marathon.
The prize purse holds $100,000 which will be awarded to top
10 men and 10 women finishers.
Among the main specialists in dividing the prize purse in the
men’s division is defending champion Elisha Barno, 31, from
Kenya, with personal best 2:09:45 (Kosice Peace Marathon,
Slovakia, 2013). He will be coming to claim third victory in a row in
Duluth. Barno already won this year Los Angeles Marathon with
In Duluth, Barno can expect competition from his countryman
Macdonald Ondara, 32 (PB 2:13:23, 2015 California
International Marathon, Sacramento) winner of 2016 Garry
Bjorklund Half Marathon in Duluth.
Another Kenyan runner Christopher Kipyego, 43 (PB 2:11:59
Duluth 2014) can claim his share of the prize purse. He was
absolute winner of Grandma’s marathon in 2011 with 2:12:15, was
3rd overall in 2014 with 2:11:59, which made him a winner and
course record holder in master’s division.
In the women’s field the main contenders for the prizes are
Kenyans Jane Kibii and Hellen Jepkurgat and Ethiopian runner
Serkalem Abrha.
Jane Kibii, 32 (PB 2:30:01- 1st in 2016 Twin Cities Marathon).
She was second in TCM in 2015 (2:31:44) and won Grandma’s
Marathon with 2:32:06. She successfully started the season
placing second in Los Angele Marathon with 2:36:14. Her
compatriot Hellen Jepkurgat, 36, overtook her in LA winning with
Ethiopian Serkalem Abrha, 30, overtook Kibii in 2015 Twin
Cities Marathon winning with PB 2:31:39, and was second in
Grandma’s Marathon crossing second with 2:34:20
Defending champion Elisha Barno
winning 2016 Grandma's Marathon
Macdonald Ondara winning 2016 Garry Bjorklund half
marathon in Duluth
Jane Kirbii, winning 2016 Twin Cities
Marathon in St. Paul, Minnesota
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On a fresh sunny Morning, at 7:45 am at 60F (15 Celsius) 6,695
runners started in 41 Grandma’s Marathon.

However, unusual for this race absence of rain, fog, cold wind,
didn’t interfere with course records to stay. Elisha Barno, 31, from
Kenya (PB 2:09:45, Kosice, Slovakia, 2013) who already won this
year Los Angeles Marathon with 2:11:53, claimed his third victory
in a row in Grandma’s Marathon since 2015. He finished in 2:12:08
see video), far ahead (1 min 24 sec.) of runner up Geoffrey Bundi –
2:13:32. Barno said that he only wanted to win the third Grandma’s
in a row and didn’t care about his time, having to watch quite a
number of other Kenyan runners in the pack, so he didn’t hurry to
brake off them up till the 20th mile (
See video interview with
Barno). Third came Macdonard Ondara from Kenya in 2:14:42.  

In the women’s race, Hellen Jepkurgat, 36, also from Kenya, also
winner of 2017 Los Angeles Marathon (2:34:23), finished first with
2:32:09, improving her seasonal best (
see finish video).  Ethiopian
Askale Merachi, 30, finished second in 2:32.25, shaving over 3
minutes from her personal best. Third came her compatriot
Sarkelem Abrha in 2:34:08, who was the runner-up in 2016
Grandma’s Marathon.

The best among the US runners in women’s field was Lindsey
Scherf - 2:35:02, who is also a triathlon athlete.

At 6:15 am, an hour and a half earlier than Grandma’s
Marathon, 7,337 runners started in the 27th Garry
Bjorklund Half Marathon. The pack of 4 Kenyan
runners led the race till mile 19, after which Evans
Kurui, 24 (PB 1:02:08 Istanbul, Turkey), made an
effort to brake off and won with 1: 1:03:06 (
see video
finish and interview after finish). Last year runner-up
in Grandma’s Marathon Kenyan Veldon Kirui, 28,
came second with 1:03:35. Third was another
Kenyan runner Simon Chirchir, 33, crossing in 1:03:

In women’s race Biruktayit Degefa, 26 (PB 1:10:25,
Philadelphia, 2015) from Ethiopia won with 1:11:26
(see video finish and interview after finish). Second
came Kenyan Gladis Cheboi, 27,  in 1:14:20, third –
GraceKahura, 24, also from Kenya with !:14:46.

Kara Goucher, 38, USA, finished fifth among women
in Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in Duluth,
Minnesota, US, during Grandma's Marathon
weekend, June 17, 2017. It was her first race after 18-
month interval due to knee injury and surgery. Kara
is course record holder of Garry Bjorklund Half
Marathon: 1:09:45 set in 2012. "I did not have any
plans to win. It was a work-out for me after long
interval when I was recovering from the injury and
surgery. But I ran even faster than I expected."
see interview with Kara)

Yelana S. Kurdyumova & Sergey A. Porada from
Duluth, USA.
Evans Kurui winning 27th Bjorklund Half Marathon
Hellen Jepkurgat winning 2017 Grandma's Marathon.
Elisha Barno winning 2017 Grandma's Marathon third time from 2015
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Biruktayit Degefa winning 27th
Bjorklund Half Marathon
Kara Goucher finishing 27th
Bjorklund Half Marathon
Spartan Sprint, Minnesota 2017.

On Saturday, June 24, in Welch Village Ski Resort, 3rd annual Spartan
race was held in Minnesota, USA. As last year, 3100 participants
registered for the event. The first to start at 7:30 am were 109 athletes
from elite men division
(see video). In 15 minutes 25 elite women took
off from the start line (
see video). Sunny weather with light cool
breeze and the temperature of 56 F (13.5 C) at the start helped the
participants to complete successfully 3.5-mile hilly course with 21

In men’s and women’s elite division the podium was taken by the U.S.
athletes. The first to finish among elite men in 38:03 was Jordon
(see video). Runner-up Robert Thoreson crossed in 41:41
see video). Third came Adam Kastigar in 43:04. Average time in
which elite men’s pack completed the race was 1:03:34.

Sara Schwertfeger led elite women’s race soon after the start
video) and finished first in 44:09 (see video). Runner-up Lacey
Bourgois crossed in 47:53
(see video).

Megan Flanagan was third with 54:51
(see video). Average finishing time for elite women was 1:11:36.

By Sergey Poarada & Yelena Kurdyumova, from Welch, MN, USA.

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Kenya’s Dominic Ondoro and Jane Kibii win 2017 Twin Cities Marathon
October 1, 2017. St. Paul, Minnesota, USA


The race started on a cool rainy morning with 55F (13C) at the start line in Minneapolis, MN and
finished in the capital of the state St. Paul with almost no rain and wormer temperatures of about 62
degrees F (17 C).
Defending champions from Kenya – Ondoro, 29 tried to beat his own course record 2:08:51 he set last
year, but fell 2:08:51 short of it crossing the finish line 2:11:53. “I was focused on breaking the course
record,” Ondoro said in an interview at the finish line. “Next year I hope to do that.”
Ondoro won TCM for the third consecutive time and is looking forward for the fourth. He obviously has
got a special liking to Minnesota marathons where the spectators are warm and supportive towards
him. In 2014 Ondoro renewed course record of Grandma’s Marathon, Duluth, Minnesota (2:09:06),
which for 33 years belonged to Dick Beardsley (2:09:37).
Ondoro’s compatriot and longtime friend, Elisha Barno, 32 finished second behind Ondoro for the third
year in a row. He is another amazing Kenyan runner enjoying the love of Minnesota spectators,  Barno
is the only man who won Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, three consecutive times.
Ondoro and Barno ran in a seven-runner pack for most of the race. At 20-mile mark Ondoro made a
bold surge to the front and left the pack behind. Having taken the lead, he continued pushing on the
final stretch leaving runner-up Barno some 400 meters behind. He crossed the time of 2:12:10, almost
2 minutes slower than in 2016. In Barno’s opinion, Ondoro is obviously stronger in running on hilly
course, while he is successful on flat course of Grandma’s marathon where the weather tends to be
cool, rainy and often foggy during the marathon in June.  
Nelson Oyugi, 25, also from Kenya, came third in 2:14:33, followed by the fourth  Kenyan runner
Boniface Kongin, 27, whose time was 2:15:07.
Jane Kibii, 32, also Kenyan, won the race in women’s division, defending her title from 2016, finishing
in 2:30:25. She and Ondoro won $10,000 each. She said the cold, rainy and humid conditions made the
race difficult, but when the rain stopped she enjoyed the race.
Runner-up Hellen Jepkurgat, 28, also from Kenya, who won Grandma’s Marathon0-2017, finish 1 minute
25 seconds behind, crossing in 2:31:50.
It is interesting to mention that Kibii also won Grandma’s Marathon in 2015 while Jepkurgat won it this
Jane Kibii’s result in Twin Cities Marathon this year, as well as in 2016 didn’t approach the course
record of 2:26:51 set by Russian runner Zinaida Semenova in 2001, and repeated in 2004 by another
Russian runner Irina Permitina. Ethiopian Serkalem Abrha, 30, who was 4th last year moved up to the
3rd place with 2:32:35
Sarah Kiptoo, who is course record holder of Grandma’s Marathon (2:26:32) since 2013, won it again in
2016, and was second last year in TCM after Jane Kibii, finished fourth in TCM this time with 2:38:00.
A total of 6444 runners finished 2017 Twin Cities Maratho, which is about a thousand less than in 2016.
By Yelena S. Kurdyumova & Sergey A. Porada from St. Paul, MN, USA.
Dominic Ondoro         KENYA    2:11:53
Elisha Barno               KENYA    2:12:10
Nelson Oyugi              KENYA    2:14:33
Boniface Kongin        KENYA    2:15:07
Daniel Mesfun            ERITREA 2:16:55

Jane Kibii                 2:30:25  KENYA
Hellen Jepkurgat    2:32:35 KENYA
Serkalem Abrha       2:31:50 ETHIOPIA
Sarah Kiptoo            2:38:00  KENYA
Stephanie Pezzullo 2:44:41 USA
Dominic Ondoro and Alisha Barno after finishing 2017 Twin
Cities Maratho
Dominic Ondoro after finishing first in 2017 Twin Cities
Marathon for 3rd time straight
Jane Kibii winning 2017 Twin Cities Marathon
Helen Jepkurgat finishing second in 2017
Twin Cities Marathon
Red Bull Crashed Ice 2018 season kicks off in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
January 4, 2018 - Preview
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.
For the past six winters, Saint Paul has hosted the Ice Cross Downhill competition event, which
draw huge crowds of spectators to the foot of the imposing Cathedral of Saint Paul to witness
the high-speed downhill race that features skaters from all over the world.
This year the capital of Minnesota will host the first of four Red Bull Crashed Ice events on its
redesigned track. The track is 340 meters (1115 ft.) long, has sharp turns, several obstacles,
vertical walls and 35-meter (114 ft.) vertical drop. According to the officials, it is the longest
and most challenging among such tracks in the world.
Two-time world champion among men Cameron Naasz, a native of Minnesota, is set for the
perfect start of the season in his home state. He became the first man in the history of the
sport to win back-to-back world championships in 2016 and 2017.
Naasz, will be challenged by a pack of strong rivals. Former champions Scott Croxall (CAN) and Marco Dallago
(AUT) as well as Maxwell Dunne (USA), Tristan Dugerdil (FRA) and Jim De Paoli (SUI) will create fierce
competition all winter. Also, Mirko Lahti (FIN), who won last year's Junior Championship, has been training
hard in the off season and could be another challenger.
Jacqueline Legere from Canada has also been world champion among women for the past two seasons. She
will try to defend her title and win for the third consecutive time. One of her main rivals will be last year’s
runner-up Amanda Trunzo from Minnesota, USA, and Canada’s Myriam Trepanier.
Jacqueline enjoys taking part in motocross, mountain biking, wakeboarding, skydiving and soccer (to name
just a few). She also earns a living as a professional stunt performer for film and television.
The event draws over 100,000 spectators each year, and it is open and free for the public.
By Yelena S. Kurdyumova & Sergey A. Porada
From Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
St. Paul 2017 event winners. From left to right:  Marco Dallago (AUT) -2nd
place, Dean Moriarity (CAN)-1st  Cameron Naasz (USA)- 3rd
Jacqueline Legere. Saint Paul 2016
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Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. January 20, 2018
In its seventh consecutive year in Saint Paul, Red Bull Crashed Ice once again staged an unforgettable show of extreme speeds through challenging
obstacles and tricky turns of the downhill course, starting from the Cathedral of Saint Paul.
Since the end of 2017, the weather challenged Saint Paul residents with bitter frosts, temperatures varying from 0F to -14F (-18C – 26C) for as long as three
However, the week before the competitions the frost gave way to thaw and day temperatures rose to 38F (3.5 C) which is favorable for creation of ideal ice
coat on the artificial downhill track.
For the first time in its 7-year history of Red Bull Crashed Ice in Saint Paul, Chris Coleman didn’t come to try the track the day before the competitions.
However, Melvin Carter, who replaced Coleman in Saint Paul Mayor’s office preserved the tradition and tested the track on Thursday, January 18. (
video on Runglobalmedia channel)
Amanda Trunzo (left photo) and Marco Dallago win Red Bull Crashed Ice in Saint Paul, USA
On the opening night, Friday January 19, juniors (age 16-21) competed. Defending
champion Mirco Lahti of Finland confirmed his title in the Ice Cross Downhill Junior World
Championship race. He won every heat starting from the round of 32 to the quarter-finals
and semi-finals before once again claimed victory in the final run.
Novice in the Junior race, American Richie "Jo Jo" Velasquez placed second to the
delight of the big crowd of local fans.
The second final day of the competition, Saturday January 20, brought about even more
adrenalin and emotions to several thousands
of spectators who gathered at the foot of magnificent Cathedral of Saint Paul.
Crowds of spectators cheered Amanda Trunzo from Minnesota, USA, and Austria’s Marco
Dallago as they claimed victories in the Women’s and Men’s Division.
In the Women’s Amanda Trunzo from Blaine, a local favourite, who was second after all
stages of the World Championship in 2016-2017, finished first in her home state. Taking
lead from the start, Trunzo outstripped defending world champion Jacqueline Legere of
Canada on every turn and obstacle of the track and won the first of four major Red Bull
Crashed Ice races in the 10-race Ice Cross Downhill World Championship.
SEE on
Runglobalmedia channel women’s final and awards ceremony…
Amanda said that she was excited to win at home and would be looking forward to
participating in the Riders Cup in Bloomington, Minnesota on February 24.
See interview
with her on Runglobalmedia channel…
In the the Men’s Division Marco Dallago showed superb technique in mastering tricky
course in tough competition against his experienced rivals. He dashed from the fourth
position to astounding victory in the final race of the evening in a spectacular finish when
his two rivals crashed in front of him some 60 meters before the finish line, and defending
world champion Cameron Naasz was catching-up after the crash near the end of the
SEE on Runglobalmedia channel
men’s final and awards ceremony…
“I like to compete in Minnesota and I want very much to come to the Riders Cup to
Bloomington in February” said Dallago.
See interview with him on Runglobalmedia channel…  

By Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada from Saint Paul

Saint Paul Finals Results:
MEN: 1. Marco Dallago (AUT) 2. Michael Iulianello (USA) 3. Scott Croxall (CAN) 4. Cameron
Naasz (USA) 5. Paavo Klintrup (FIN) 6. Shayne Renaud (CAN) 7. Steven Cox (CAN) 8.
Pacome Schmitt (FRA) 9. Derrek Coccimiglio (CAN) 10. Daniel Bergeson (USA)

WOMEN: 1. Amanda Trunzo (USA) 2. Jacqueline Legere (CAN) 3. Veronika Windisch (AUT) 4.
Myriam Trepanier (CAN) 5. Maxie Plante (CAN)
6. Anais Morand (SUI) 7. Michaela Michaelson (USA) 8. Tamara Kajah (CAN) 9. Elaine
Topolnisky (CAN) 10. Junko Yamamoto (JPN)
From left to right: Anais Morand (SUI), Amanda Trunzo (USA), Jacqueline
Legere (CAN), Myriam Trepanier (CAN)
From Left to right: Scott Croxall (CAN), Michael Iulianello (USA), Marco
Dallago on the way to the finish line
Myriam Trepanier and Jacqueline Legere (right)
Winners of Red Bull Crashed Ice in Saint Paul- 2018. From left to right:  Michael
Iulianello (USA)-2nd, Marco Dallago (AUT)-1st, Scott Croxall (CAN)-3rd
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Minnesota Spartan Sprint 2018.
On June 9, 2018, the third year in a row, on the hills and slopes of Minnesota ski resort Welch Village Spartan Sprint Festival
was staged. According to Race Director Dylan Newman, 3200 runners from 20 US States and 4 foreign countries participated
in Spartan Sprint. Wet grass and water-soaked steep hill slope met the participants of men’s and women’s elite heats soon
after crossing the start line. By the time when the participants of these two elite races began crossing the finish line, the
course was closed because of the starting thunderstorm.
Elite men
1. Ryan Woods (39)   38:22
2. Kirk Dewindt (35)   38:30
3. Mike Ferguson (32) 38:56
4. Brakken Kraker  (31) 39:37
5. Forrest Bouge (34) 39:59
Elite women
1. Alyssa Hawley (28) 45:14
2. Kristin Saad (35) 47:58
3. Sara Schwertfeger (33) 48:28
4. Lacey Bourgois (31) 50:23
5. Kaci Monroe (33) 53:28
Winne rAlyssa Hawley
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American Kellyn Taylor sets a new course record
and Elisha Barno of Kenya claims 4th victory in
Grandma’s Marathon.
Duluth, MN, USA. June 16, 2018.

On June 16’s chilly morning, with 50°F at the start, 9,284 runners set
off in the 28th Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and 8,232 runners toed
the star line of the 42nd Grandma’s Marathon.
Men’s and women’s course records in Half Marathon stayed
unbeaten. Absolute winner, Kenyan Panuel Mkungo, 24, crossed in
Click to watch his finish and interview.  
His compatriot Monicah Ngige, 24, finished first with new personal
best 1:09:55, shaving 3 minutes from her previous PB. She was
close to improving course record of American Kara Goucher
1:09:46, set in 2012.
Click to watch her finish and interview.
Another Kenyan runner Elisha Barno, 32, won Grandma’s Marathon
for the 4th year in row with 2:10:06. This is only a minute away from
the course record of 2:09:06 set by his country man Dominic
Ondoro in 2014.
Click to see watch Barno's finish and interview.
The winner in women’s field, American Kellyn Taylor, 31, finished
with new course record 2:24:29, shaving 4 minutes 11 seconds
from her personal best set in Houston Marathon in 2015, and 2
minutes 3 seconds from the previous course record 2:26:32 set by
Kenyan Sarah Kiptoo in 2013 Grandma’s Marathon.
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watch Taylor's finish and interview.
Sergey Porada & Yelena Kurdyumova from Duluth, MN, USA.
Monicah Ngige wins half
Elisha Barno
wins Grandma's
4th time straigt
During Health & Fitness Expo new Talk Show was presented where running
legend Dick Beardsley performed his song about Grandma’s Marathon.
37th Twin Cities Marathon preview.
Saturday, October 6, 2018, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
This year TCM is hosting USATF Men’s and Women’s 10 Mile
Championships, USATF Minnesota 10 Mile Championships, RRCA
Central Region Marathon Championships. TCM is the 9th largest in the
USA. It gathers runners from 49 states, as well as from 39 foreign
countries. 67% of runners come from Minnesota.
The main favorite of this year marathon is Elisha Barno, 32, from Kenya
with personal best 2:09:32, set this year in Houston Marathon (Texas).
For 4 straight years Elisha has been winning Grandma’s Marathon in
Duluth - the oldest marathon in Minnesota. In June 2018 Elisha finished
in Duluth with 2:10:06, which is the 3rd fastest time in race history. He
knows well hilly course of TCM. In 2016, when Domenic Ondoro set
current TCM course record 2:08:51, Barno finished 2nd
with 2:10:21.  
On Friday, October 5, news conference was held, during which executive
director Virginia Brophy Achman, as in previous years, asked elite
runners her personal dull uninteresting questions and suggested media
asking elite athletes their questions after the completion of news
Watch and listen to news conference.
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Marathon news conference.  Jane Kibii, KEN (left), Tyler
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10 Mile Champs news conference.  Shadrack Kipchirchir
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Elisha Barno, Kenya and Sinke Biyadgilgn of Ethiopia win Twin Cities Marathon
Sunday, October 7, 2018, Minneapolis - Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Despite cool temperatures, with highest 51 F° (10 C°)and dry conditions on Sunday, only 7,176 out of 9,402
runners completed scenic course from Minneapolis downtown to Saint Paul and reached the finish line. Elisha
Barno, four times winner of Grandma’s Marathon, finally conquered TCM, crossing in 2:11:58, beating
countryman Boniface Kongin by 14 seconds. In the women’s division, Ethiopian Sitke Biyadgilgn finished first
with 2:33:04, six seconds ahead of runner-up countrywoman Serkalem Abrha.
Kellyn Taylor
after winning
However the most notable event of this marathon should be
considered the result 2:40:03 of 15-year-old marathon debutant  
Tierney Wolfgram from Woodbury, MN, USA, who finished 6th
among the women.
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Sitke Biyadgilgn winning 37th
Twin Cities Marathon
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Tierney Wolfgram, 15, finishing 6th the 37th
Twin Cities Marathon in 2:40:03
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Elisha Barno winning 37th Twin Cities Marathon
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June 19, 2019.
Course record holder Dominic Ondoro and 4-times winner Elisha
are back to Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN, USA.
The 43rd edition of the race is scheduled for June 22, 2019.
The duel between Kenyan runners Dominic Ondoro, 31, who set Grandma’s Marathon
course record 2:09:06 in 2014, and Elisha Barno, 33, 4-times consecutive winner of
Grandma’s Marathon from 2015 to 2018 may become the main intrigue of this race on
Saturday, June 22.
Watch and listen to the interview with Barno after winning Grandma’
s Marathon last year,
and to the interview with Dick Beardsley, whose Grandma’s Marathon record 2:09:37
set in 1981 remained unbeaten for 33 years until Ondoro in 2014 shaved 31 seconds off
it, crossing in 2:09:06.
This year, Barno already won Los Angeles Marathon with 2:11:45, while Ondoro
finished 11th with 2:14:51 in Houston Marathon, Texas.
This year, in the women’s race main contenders will be Kenya’s Sarah Kiptoo, 29, who
won 2013 Grandma’s Marathon with course record 2:26:32, set her seasonal best 2:33:
15 in 2018 Twin Cities Marathon, and her compatriot Grace Kahura, 26. She finished 4th
with personal best 2:34:02 in Grandma’s Marathon in 2018. Also to watch is American
Nell Rojas, 31, with personal best 2:31:23 set in 2018 California International Marathon
in Sacramento.   
Elisha Barno winning 2018 Granma's
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Dominic Ondoro winning 2014
Granma's Marathon with course
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Sarah Kiptoo finishing 3rd in 2018 Twin Cities
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June 22, 2019.
43rd Grandma’s Marathon weekend in Duluth, MN, USA. June 22, 2019.
7,479 runners toed the start line of the 29th Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon at 6:15 on a
fresh sunny morning, with 11C at the start. Excellent weather conditions contributed to the
dense finish of the first 10 contenders, where the difference between the winning time and the 10th
runner’s result was only 2 min. 12 seconds.
             Defending champion Panuel Mkungo, 25, from Kenya, finished with personal best 1:02.37,
improving by 13 seconds his 2018 winning time in the same race. After him, 9 Americans followed. Alan
Peterson, 27, crossed 2nd with 1:03.06, Joseph Moore, 35, came 3rd with 1:03.22, Tyler Jermann, 26,
finished 4th in 1:03.31. His wife and training partner Katy Jerman won the women’s race.
             Katy Jermann, 27, USA, felt that the weather was prompting her to improve her personal best
and she did it grabbing the win with 1:10.27 result, shaving almost 2 minutes from her previous PB. She
ran most of the race together with the men and didn’t notice much competition from the women’s field.
This time is the fifth best in the history of the event and in Minnesota. This victory was a reward for
Katy's very intensive 2019 running season: 5th in Pittsburg Half Marathon 1:12.11, 9th in Houston
Marathon 2:33.41, 12th in Cherry Blossom 10 mile race in Washington DC with 54.03.
             Second place in women’s half marathon race went to Bethany Sachtleben, 27,from Fairfax,
Virginia, USA, who crossed in 1:10.43 setting her personal best. Third came half marathon debutant
Lexi Zeis from Bolder, Colorado, USA, with 1:12:42.

At 7:45 am, in ideal weather conditions, on a cool sunny morning, 6,546 participants toed the start line
of 43rd Grandma’s Marathon to overcome 26,2 miles (42 km) of scenic point to point course along Lake
Superior. From the gun, Boniface Kongin, 29, from Kenya, headed the race and kept the lead till the
finish line which he crossed in 2:11.56.
             Four times consecutive winner of Grandma’s Marathon Elisha Barno, 33, and course record
holder Dominic Ondoro, 31, both from Kenya, experienced problems with hamstrings soon after the
start. Tolerating pain, Barno and Ondoro passed through 10km mark in 30:42 keeping attacking
position. However, on 20 km mark hamstring pain made Ondoro quit the race, and Barno quited after 28
kilometers, when it became unbearable to tolerate the pain, as he said.
             Andrew Colley, 28, from North Carolina, USA, PB 2:15:27 in 2018 California Marathon
(Sacramento, USA) was on the fifth position at half point, losing 3.5 minutes to the leader. However, by
mile 25 (40 km) he shortened the gap to 1.5 minutes and finished with the result 2:12:13, losing only 17
seconds to the winner and shaving 3 min. 14 seconds off his personal best.
             In the women’s race the pack of five – Nell Rojas, 31, and Sophie Seward, 22, both from USA,
and Kenyans Margaret Njuguna, 49, Pasca Myers, 32,  Sarah Kiptoo, 29 - kept
together till the half point which they passed in 1:15:15 with Rojas leading. However, by mile 20, the
pack fell apart leaving Rojas steadily running away. As a result, Rojas finished in 2:28:06,
runner-up Njuguna crossed in 2:33:12, third place winner Seward came in 2:33:21.
Sergey A. Porada & Yelena S. Kurdyumova from Duluth, MN, USA.
Panuek Mkungo winning 2019
Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon
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Katy Jetmann winning 2019 Garry
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Nell Rojas winning 2019 Grandma's
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Boniface Kongin winning 2019
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Andrew Colley finishing second 2019
Grandma's Marathon, 17 seconds
behind the winner
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October 6, 2019
Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Dominic Ondoro and Julia Kohnen won
2019 Twin Cities Marathon.
In ideal weather conditions, with 48F (9C) at the
start, full sun and low humidity, Kenyan Dominic
Ondoro, 31, record holder of Twin Cities Marathon
(2:08:51) for the fourth time won this race with
2:12:23 result. Second came his compatriot Denis
Chirchir in 2:13:50, third was Danny Docherty
2:15:55 from Minnesota, USA.
In women’s race Julia Kohnen, 27, MO USA, won
2:31:29, finishing more than a minute ahead of
runner-up Dakotah Lindwurm, Minnesota, USA
who crossed in 2:32:49.Third came Heather
Lieberg, MT USA crossing in 2:34:07.
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Julia Kohnen winning women's race in
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Dominic Ondoro winning 2019 Twin
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