A Tale of Two Cities

Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Marathon was yesterday. Record heat caused the race to start early, and thirty-six people still ended up in the hospital.


Ryan Hall took the elite men out fast… and then he DNF’d – AGAIN. More on that later.


The elite women went out more conservatively and the pack wasn’t whittled down until the late stages of the race.

Daniel Limo won the men’s race (2:10:36) and Ogla Kimaiyo was the women’s winner (2:34:10). Jared Ward was the top American man (3rd overall in 2:12:56) and managed a PR despite the heat. Blake Russell was the top American woman (3rd overall in 2:34:57) and she looked impressive at 39 years young.

Here are the results of the top American men – all of these athletes qualified for Olympic Trials:


Here are the results of the top American women – all of these athletes qualified for Olympic Trials (Meghan Peyton also qualified for Olympic Trials):


Full results of the Los Angeles Marathon are available here.


New York City

Meanwhile, in the New York City Half Marathon, the men’s race came down to the wire. Leonard Korir, who wasn’t even listed in the media guide, outkicked Stephen Sambu to take the win (1:01:06).


In the women’s race, Molly Huddle was dominant. She became the first American to win the race and tied the event record (1:08:31). Not only that – after the race, she hinted at a marathon in 2015. Personally, I think she might be interested in running the marathon in the Rio Olympics and she’ll use a fall marathon in 2015 to try the distance on for size. She is one of the fastest women in the world, and her chance of a gold medal is much better in the marathon than in the 5,000m or 10,000m.


The top 10 women from the NYC Half Marathon are here:


The top 10 men from the NYC Half Marathon are here:


The following Americans qualified for Olympic Trials at the NYC Half Marathon:

Andrew Bumbalough
Daniel Ritzenhein
Meb Keflezighi
Brett Gotcher
Fernando Cabada
Jeffrey Eggleston
Phillip Reid
Abdi Abdirahman

Molly Huddle
Annie Bersagel
Desiree Linden
Adriana Nelson
Kristen Zaitz
Megan Hogan
Carly Seymour

Full results of the NYC Half Marathon are available here.

F*ck This. I’m Going Running: The Ryan Hall Game

Here are the results of the game:

Amy correctly predicted a Ryan Hall DNF – well done, Amy!

Nobody else predicted a Ryan DNF, so it comes down to the tiebreaker!

Sara Hall ran 2:48:02.

Kerry came super close! She only missed Sara’s time by 27 seconds. Nice job, Kerry.

Amy was actually the next closest and clearly has a knack for this! She was only off by 33 seconds. However, I’m going to share the wealth and limit Amy to one prize.

The final winner is Maggie! She was only off by 44 seconds. Well done, Maggie.

I’ll email you three to get addresses for your prizes.

Keep running!!

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6 Responses to A Tale of Two Cities

  1. FLRunnerBoy says:

    Another DNF for Ryan Hall … that man is so frustrating!!! :/

  2. klregan says:

    Oh wow! I didn’t realize I was that close. I was pretty surprised to see that Ryan Hall had another DNF.

  3. piratebobcat says:

    You forgot to mention here the top finishers of the Chain Reaction 5k held in Frisco, Texas, also held over the weekend.

  4. I really enjoy reading your reports on these races, thank you 🙂

  5. Love this run down of these races! I don’t know what Ryan Hall’s deal is, and there’s no way to tell if he’s truly injured when he DNFs, but I feel like he just gives up anytime he thinks he’s not going to place well and it makes me lose a teeny bit of respect for him, but then again, maybe the poor guy just has some bad luck. I just don’t know, because he’s seems like a good guy and I don’t want to think it if that’s the case, but I just can’t help it sometimes!

  6. Alanna says:

    That’s amazing! I can’t imagine being able to run that fast! Thanks for the report!

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