Big Races in Berlin, Toronto, New York and Palo Alto.
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This weekend was an exceptionally good weekend for racing, let’s start out west with the legendary Stanford Invite, where Runners Feed was live and tweeting updates during both the Men’s and Women’s College races. The 38th running was no disappointment as over 3000 racers (12 high school races and two college races) gave fans a full day of running entertainment. The number 3 ranked Stanford Men and number 6 ranked Stanford women dominated their home course taking home the team titles in both races. For complete results, click here.
Next we’re off to Toronto, where the 10k Canadian National Championships took place on Saturday morning. The men’s side was a preview of the highly anticipated Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and what is becoming the “Pseudo Canadian Olympic trials” as 3 guys vie for the extremely difficult Canadian Olympic Marathon Qualifying time of 2:11:29. All 3 Olympic hopefuls Reid Coolsaet, Eric Gillis and Dylan Wykes were in attendance on Saturday, but it was Reid Coolsaet who pulled off the victory beating Gillis by 7 seconds. For the women Dayna Pidhoresky got a little redemption over Megan Brown after losing to her in the Half-Marathon Championships in April. On Saturday Pidhoresky won in a time of 33:45, beating Brown by 9 seconds.
Lastly, off to Berlin where a world record was set on Sunday morning. Patrick Makau blazed through the streets of Berlin crushing the previous world record time of 2:03:59. Makau’s 2:03:38 was incredible to say the least considering he ran the final 15k by himself, dropping former world record holder Haile Gebrselassie at the 27k mark. On the Women’s side Paula Radcliffe made her highly anticipated return to the marathon after having a baby last year, but could not find her way to the top of the podium, instead Kenya’s Florence Kipligat ran away from the field with an amazing time of 2:19:44. Once again Berlin has proven to the world that it has the fastest marathon.
Speeding Tickets of the Week:
Patrick Makau or “Metronome Makau” and his 2:03:38 marathon. SO FAST!!! 4:43 miles, 26.2 times. Patrick you are the Runners Feed Speeder of the Week
Bernard Lagat was at New York Road Runners 5th Avenue mile Saturday, where he won his first 5th Ave title in 3 minutes and 50 seconds. Whew, that is fast! For that Bernard you just got yourself a Runners Feed Speeding Ticket. Take it easy out there.
Never Too Old:
For all of you who think you’re too sore to run today. Ask 95 year old Robert Matteson how he feels after his NYRR 5th Avenue Mile. His time of 17:18 brought home big cheers from the fans all along 5th Ave. Perhaps we should have a showdown between Glady Burrill and Robert Matteson!