U.S. Boston Marathon Contenders Show Promise in Tuneup Races

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Leonard Korir won the men’s race but was not quick enough to catch Huddle for the $5,000 “equalizer bonus.” The women’s field starts six minutes ahead of the men and the performance incentive is awarded to the person who finishes first. With $12,000 she earned for the win, Huddle took home $17,000 for the day. 

“I was just running and thinking they could catch me at the end,” Huddle told News4Jax.com. “You go in there with a mile to go and you still have to push. I know they time our last mile. I said, ‘Let’s try to make it fast.’”

The results show Huddle’s last mile (which is downhill) was 4:48.

Huddle, who was third at the 2016 New York City Marathon, and Hasay, who was third at the Chicago and Boston marathons last year, also raced in January at the Houston Half Marathon, where Huddle set the American record in 1:07:25 and Hasay finished in 1:08:38. The duo is part of a stellar U.S. women’s contingent competing on April 16 in Boston, which includes Olympians Shalane Flanagan and Desiree Linden, as well as U.S. marathon champion Sara Hall and Kellyn Taylor, who was sixth at the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials.

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Galen Rupp, 31, who is Hasay’s teammate at the Oregon Project in Portland, raced in Italy at the Rome Half Marathon and finished with a personal best time of 59:47. The time was just off Ryan Hall’s American record of 59:43, but the Rome course was not record-eligible anyway, due to its point-to-point route. (Records must be set on courses where the start and finish lines are no farther apart than 50 percent of the total race distance.)

“Last year I ran a half marathon in 1:02 and then I went on to win [the] Chicago [Marathon],” Rupp said, according to the International Association of Athletics Federations. “For this reason I am happy as today’s race shows that I am in good shape.”

Rupp, who placed second in Boston last year, is racing on Marathon Monday again this year. Other Americans scheduled to compete on the men’s side include Olympians Dathan Ritzenhein and Abdi Abdirahman, who will tune up on Sunday at the NYC Half.

Source: https://www.runnersworld.com/boston-marathon/boston-marathon-contenders-run-fast-in-tuneup-races

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