Happy May! With the warming weather and longer days, it’s a great time to start enjoying those beautiful outdoor runs we’ve been putting on hold. Marathon and race season is picking back up and we’ve got lots of great highlights and news from last month’s events. Here’s our roundup of notable events from the month of April.
Tara Welling and Christo Landry win the 2016 Half Marathon Champions.
On Saturday, April 30th in Columbus, OH, Tara Welling (1:10:25) and Christo Landry (1:02:52) won the USA Half Marathon Championship. With a finish time of 1:10:25, Tara broke her personal best by nearly a full three minutes and earned her second consecutive USATF Running Circuit Title. Christo, who had been leading the pack throughout the race with competitors Abdi Abdirahman and Scott Fauble jumped ahead at mile 10 by dramatically increasing his pace to an impressive 4:30 mile pace.
Michael Slagowski Becomes 9th US HS Runner to Break 4 Minute Mile.
On Friday, April 29th in Portland, OR, Michael Slagowski (18) breaks the 4 minute mile barrier and ran a 3:59:53 at the Jesuit Twilight Relays. Michael is the 9th US High School Runner ever to break the 4 minute mile barrier, and is the 4th in the last year.
Jemima Sumgong of Kenya wins the Women’s London Marathon Crown.
On April 24th in London, England, Jemima Sumgong (31) takes the Women’s London Marathon crown witha finish time of 2:22:58. Despite taking a nasty fall and hitting her head on the asphalt when the back of her heal clipped at a water station at the 22 mile marker, Sumgong gets up and fights her way to cross the finish line 1st, 5 seconds ahead of Ethiopian Tigist Tuft. The men’s race was won in impressive fashions with Eliud Kipchoge, 31, of Kenya winning the men’s race in 2:03:04 which is the second fastest marathon time ever run and only 7 seconds off of the world record.
85 Year Old Runner Ed Whitlock Breaks (Another) World Record for Half Marathon Finish Times.
On April 24th in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada 85 year old Ed Whitlock, who impressively hold more than 80 age group world records at distances ranging from 1,500 meters to the marathon, breaks another record setting the men’s 85 and older world record in the half marathon in a time of 1:50:47; that’s 8:27 per mile.
Ethiopia Takes the Crown for Both Men’s and Women’s at The Boston Marathon
Despite unusually warm and windy conditions in Boston, MA, on April 18th, Atsede Baysa and Lemi Berhanu Hayle of Ethiopia win the Boston Marathon Women’s and Men’s at 2:29:19 and 2:12:49 respectively. The top American women was Neely Spence Gracey of Superior, CO finishing 9th overall (2:35:00) and the top American man was Zachary Hine of Dallas, TX finishing 10th overall (2:21:37).
New World Records Set for Indoor Marathon Around NYC Armory
On April 9th in New York, NY Allie Kieffer (2:44:43) of New York, NY and Malcolm Richards of San Francisco, CA (2:21:55) set indoor marathon world records for running 210 laps around the around the NYC Armory indoor track.
In Lumo News…
Lindsey Scherf Finishes 8th in the Lilac Bloomsday Run
Last Sunday (5/1), our very own Lindsey Scherf travelled to Spokane, WA to race the 40th annual Lilac Bloomsday 12k Run where she placed 8th overall in the Women’s and came in as the 2nd American to finish at a impressive time of 40:59. Her next race is on May 13th in Grand Rapids, MI for the US 20k Championship Race. Good luck, Lindsey!
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