Coaching Athletics Quarterly

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Innovative Partnerships, Charitable Efforts and Sponsorship Activations set the stage for most Engaging Race Weekend To-Date - LOS ANGELES (March 13, 2017) – With less than one week until the 2017 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, race organizer Conqur Endurance Group is proud to announce a variety of dynamic race weekend programming to engage runners from around the world as they take on 26.2 miles in the world-famous city of Los Angeles. 

PITTSBURGH -- The USA Track & Field Foundation Chairman Bob Greifeld and Executive Director Tom Jackovic announced today it has awarded 32 Youth Club Grants to track & field clubs throughout the country. The grants assist young male and female athletes with expenses such as travel to meets, equipment, uniforms and facility rental.

Viljoen 62.82, Simbine 20.32 - POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA, Mar 15): Olympic javelin silver medalist Sunette Viljoen opened at Speed Series meet here the season with London standard 62.82. "I’m very happy with that. I’ve put in a lot of hard work and it is all coming together now, so it is really good to qualify for the worlds at my first meeting," Viljoen said. Olympic winner at 800 m Caster Semenya debuted in the 3000 m with 9:36.29 PB.  "The distance is a bit long for me. I’m used to running under two minutes on the track, then go home.

Minneapolis/St. Paul – March 15, 2017 – Grandma’s Marathon, which will host its 41st annual weekend of running events in Duluth on June 15-17, has become a bronze sponsor of the Team USA Minnesota Distance Training Center.  As part of the sponsorship, the Grandma’s Marathon organization will also provide Team USA Minnesota with 10 entries to the sold-out Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon to use as a fundraiser.

Gatlin plans for early racing - ORLANDO (USA): Olympic and World medalist Justin Gatlin plans to compete already in April. He passed as usual the indoor season. Gatlin plans to open at Grenada Invitational in the 100 m on April 8. Then relay appearances should follow for USA. At IAAF World Relays in Nassau and Penn Relays the following weekend in Philadelphia. After that the US Champion plans to run on the circuit, also in Asia, but the races are not yet finally confirmed except of IAAF World Challenge in Kawasaki on May 21. Informs his agent Renaldo Nehemiah.

Defending champion Shuko Genemo will return to the Vienna City Marathon. The Ethiopian youngster caused a surprise when she took Austria’s most prestigious road running event with a personal best of 2:24:31 despite very strong winds in 2016. While the weather was the most difficult opponent for Genemo a year ago this time it may well be a compatriot: Meseret Mengistu is among the female athletes announced by the organisers today. The experienced Ethiopian marathon runner features a personal record of 2:23:26. The 34th Vienna City Marathon, which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, will take place on 23rd April. Including road races at other distances more than 39,000 runners have entered the event so far. Online registration and information is still available at: www.vienna-marathon.com

Crouser heads the field for Pre - EUGENE (USA): Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser leads a power-packed shot put field at the Prefontaine Classic that includes all of the world’s best. The 43rd Prefontaine Classic, part of the IAAF Diamond League will be held May 26-27, 2017 at historic Hayward Field. Confirmed also World champion Joe Kovacs, Tom Walsh of New Zealand, German top shot star David Storl and fresh European Indoor champion Konrad Bukowiecki. Also in the field Kurt Roberts and Congo´s record holder Franck Elemba.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida -- Competitive fields led to fast times and close finishes Saturday, as Olympian Leonard Korir and Jordan Hasay continued their strong 2017 campaigns with big victories at the USATF 15 km Championships in Jacksonville, Florida, hosted by the Gate River Run.

NYRR Times Square Youth Run gives 1,000 youth runners the free opportunity to run 1500 meters in one of New York City's most iconic locations right alongside the 13.1-mile course; Official partners to offer engaging activations that will enhance the race experience for runners and spectators - NEW YORK (March 13, 2017)—The streets of New York City will come alive on Sunday, March 19, as 20,000 runners of all ages and abilities from more than 90 countries around the world embark on a 13.1-mile journey through Manhattan at the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half. Simultaneously, iconic Times Square will play host to 1,000 youth participants taking on a 1500 meter out-and-back course in the third annual NYRR Times Square Youth Run. New York Road Runners’ popular half-marathon event will feature numerous sponsor activations that will engage the running community throughout race week.

Kirwa 2:21:17 PB - NAGOYA (JPN, Mar 12): Despite falling at the start, Olympic silver medallist Eunice Kirwa claimed her third title in the Nagoya Women’s Marathon in a lifetime best and course record of 2:21:17 (70:21/70:56) ahead of debutante Yuka Ando (2:21:36). Ando becomes the fastest debutante in Japanese marathon history and moves to fourth on the Japanese all-time lists behind Mizuki Noguchi (2:19:12), Yoko Shibui (2:19:41) and Naoko Takahashi (2:19:46). Japanese runners filled the next seven places with Mao Kiyota (2:23:47) and Sayaka Kuwahara (2:26:09) third and fourth respectively. Former world marathon silver medallist Valeria Straneo was a non-starter.