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Posted: October 20, 2016  

Athletics: This Week in Running for Week Ending October 16th

From The Analytical Distance Runner, the newsletter for the Association of Road Racing Statisticians with a focus on races, 3000m and longer, including road, track, and cross-country events. The ARRS has a website at

From Ken Young -

10 Years Ago- James Kwambai Kipsang's (KEN) 2:10:36 prevailed over a deep field at the ANA Beijing (CHN) Marathon that had 25 men under 2:20. David Mandago Kipkorir (KEN) was next at 2:10:46 and Takehisa Okino (JPN) was 3rd at 2:12:24. The women's field was even deeper with 34 women under 2:50. Wei-wei Sun (CHN) came in ten seconds ahead of Pamela Chepchumba (KEN), 2:34:41 to 2:34:51. Rong Chen (CHN) was a close 3rd at 2:34:57.

20 Years Ago- Thomas Nyariki (KEN) won the men's 10.1K at the Cross de l'Acier (FRA) over Brahim Lahlafi (MAR) by 28 seconds. Keith Cullen (ENG) was 3rd, just two seconds back of Lahlafi. Margarita Marusova (RUS) won the women's 4.5K over Laurence Duquenoy (FRA) by four seconds with Sally Barsosio (KEN) a close 3rd, another second back.

30 Years Ago- Paul McCloy (CAN) led a field that smoked the downhill Penofin (CA/USA) 10K. Seven men went under 28 minutes with McCloy at 27:48. Gerardo Alcala (MEX) also was credited with a 27:48. The following three runners were all given times of 27:49, Derrick Lakeman (USA), Bruce Bickford (USA) and Joseph Kipsang (KEN). In the women's race, Brenda Webb (USA) prevailed over Lisa Ondieki (AUS), 31:38 to 31:46. Kellie Archuletta (USA) and Lorraine Moller (NZL) followed at 32:40 and 32:52 respectively. Performances from this race are considered invalid for rankings and record purposes.

40 Years Ago- Gary Tuttle (USA) won the USA marathon championships (Crowley LA/USA) by more than five minutes over Benji Durden (USA), 2:15:15 to 2:20:23. Ron Kurrle (USA) was 3rd at 2:21:38, Lee Fidler (USA) was 5th (2:24:55), and Yankee Runner editor Rick Bayko (MA/USA) was 6th (2:25:25). Dorothy Doolittle (USA) was the first woman finisher (no championship) at 2:55:38. Ultramarathoner Sue Ellen Trapp (USA) was next at 3:10:32 and Peggy Kokernot (USA) was 3rd at 3:26:46.

50 Years Ago- Phil Weiser (USA) won the 4th edition of the Land of Lakes (MN/USA) Marathon with a 2:32:18. Pat Lanin (USA) was a distant 2nd at 2:57:29. They were the only finishers. This race changed its course and its name in 1982 and is now known as the Twin Cities Marathon. This year saw 8551 finishers.

60 Years Ago- Sandor Iharos (HUN) defeated Jozsef Kovacs (HUN) over 5000m (in Budapest), 14:01.8 to 14:05.2.

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