PEACHTREE ROAD RACE TO HOST USA MEN'S 10 KM CHAMPIONSHIP
The 40th edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday, July 4, has been chosen to host the USA Men's 10 km road racing championship, the Atlanta Track Club announced earlier this week. This championship was last hosted by the Peachtree in 2007. "The USA Running Circuit does a great job showcasing and promoting U.S. running talent, and we are excited to host the top American men's distance runners this Fourth of July at the AJC Peachtree Road Race," said Atlanta Track Club's executive director Tracey Russell. A separate USA purse of $30,000 will be on offer ($10,000 to the USA winner), part of a total prize money purse of over $110,000. This championship was hosted last year by the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10-K in Richmond, Va. Three-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman has won the last two titles.
ING NEW YORK CITY MARATHON APPLICATION PROCESS OPENS TOMORROW
The process to obtain the most sought after entry in all of road racing begins tomorrow when the New York Road Runners make applications for the 40th edition of the ING New York City Marathon available on-line. According to NYRR president and CEO, Mary Wittenberg, runners can get into the event's lottery pool of applicants by visiting http://www.ingnycmarathon.org beginning at noon EST on Thursday, Feb. 19. "First timers and long timers alike won't want to miss the 40th edition." said Wittenberg. Applications for the lottery from individuals with a U.S. address will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2009, and results will be posted in mid-June. A record 105,000 people applied for entry last year. It is also possible to obtain guaranteed entry based on individual performances or other factors. Visit http://www.nycmarathon.org/entrantinfo/qualifying_standards.php to find out full details.
EUROPEAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS OPEN TWO WEEKS FROM FRIDAY
The European Indoor Championships opens two weeks from Friday in Torino, Italy at the Oval Lingotto. The oval was built for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games and was used to host the speed skating events. Reconfigured for athletics, the arena can hold 6600 spectators, plus media, athletes, officials and sponsors. The Oval will be used for the first time for athletics this weekend for the Italian Indoor Championships on Feb. 21 and 22. Tickets are still available at http://www.listicket.it. The European Indoor Championships are the largest athletics meeting to be held since the Beijing Olympics.
SIX TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR YOKOHAMA WOMEN'S EKIDEN
Sunday's Yokohama International Women's Ekiden will be the 27th and final edition of the 42.195 km, six-stage road relay in Japan. Teams from China, Kenya, Romania, Russia and the USA will compete against home country Japan. Olympic Marathon gold medalist Constantina Dita leads the Romanian team and is the best-known athlete in the event. The Russian team appears the strongest, with track stars Maria Konovalova and Inga Abitova (fifth and sixth, respectively in the Beijing Olympics 10,000m), leading their squad. The Japanese team is also very solid with 1500m national record holder Yuriko Kobayashi running the opening leg, and marathon stars Yoko Shibui and Yuri Kano running the final two legs. American Deena Kastor, the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist in the marathon, was expexted to compete, but has decided not to run, according to her manager Ray Flynn. Kastor is slowly improving her strength and fitness after shattering a bone in her foot during last August's Olympic Marathon.