BOSTON (USA): The Boston Athletic association will organize the second annual B.A.A. Invitational Mile they day before 114th Boston Marathon. The mile will feature both elite and high school races with defending champion Darren Brown, American Garrett Heath and Britton Andy Baddeley leading the field. Also in the race are Mexican Juan Luis Barrios and Brits Mark Draper and Ricky Stevenson. American Olympian Erin Donohue (4:26.48 PB) leads the women‘s field and will be challenged by Sara Hall, Roisin McGettigan, Serbian Marina Muncan and American Morgan Uceny. The course records are 4:11.6 from Darren Brown and 4:38.6 by Anna Willard. Writes RRW.
CAPE TOWN (RSA): Kenyan John Wachira has announced his return to the Two Oceans Marathon, an South Africa’s second largest ultramarathon to be held on Saturday. Wachira won last year’s edition of the event and will be joined by eight other runners of last year’s top ten finishers. Also in the race is Marco Mambo of Zimbabwe who is aiming at a historic fourth win. In the women’s race the twins Nurgalieva are again favorite for victory, in 2009 the twins crossed the finish line hand in hand. Among the favorites in the men’s half marathon race are Lungisa Mdedelwa, Coolboy Ngamole and Tshamano Setone. Track standout René Kalmer is the athlete to watch in the women’s half marathon race, with foreign visitors Mamorallo Tjoka and Thabita Tsatsa as her main rivals. The top prize in the ultramarathon is R150,000 (USD 20,250) for both men and women, with a bonus of R50,000 (USD 6750) for breaking the course records (3:03:44 for men and 3:30:36 for women). First prize in the half-marathon is R20,000 (USD 2700). Close to 9000 runners are expected for the 56km race and 11600 entries have been confirmed for the accompanying half marathon. Writes Race Results Weekly.
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