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T.J. Martell Foundation and the NYC Marathon

T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer Research Named an Official Charity Partner of the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon Set for Sunday, November 3, 2019

The T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer was named an Official Charity Partner of the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon, it was announced today. The race will take place on Sunday, November 3, 2019.  

“The T.J. Martell Foundation is thrilled to be named an official charity partner of the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon,” said Laura Heatherly, CEO. “The TCS New York City Marathon provides a unique platform for thousands of dedicated runners to pursue their goals while raising awareness for causes that are close to their hearts. We are proud to support our team on their journey to the iconic finish line as they raise important for our cancer research programs.”

The T.J. Martell Foundation kicked off its Team T.J. Martell at the 2018 Hamptons Marathon and Half, where a team of 10 runners raised over $48,000 for cancer research programs at flagship hospitals across the country.

“New York Road Runners is honored to have the T.J. Martell Foundation joining us as an official charity partner for the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon,” said Christine Burke, vice president of runner products and strategic partnerships for NYRR. “Taking on the five boroughs of New York City while raising funds and awareness for important causes is truly inspiring. We are proud to support the efforts of the T.J. Martell Foundation’s team, and all of our charity runners, and wish them the best of luck as they begin their journey to the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon.”

Since its inception in 2006, the TCS New York City Marathon official charity partner program has raised $310 million, including $40 million at the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon. For more information on the official charity partner program, please visit: https://www.tcsnycmarathon.org/plan-your-race/run-for-charity

About the T.J. Martell Foundation

The T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s leading foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding treatments and cures for cancer. The Foundation was founded in 1975 by music industry executive Tony Martell and his colleagues in loving memory of his son T.J., who died of leukemia. The Foundation has provided more than $280 million for research at flagship hospitals in the United States. For more information, please visit www.tjmartell.org.

About the TCS New York City Marathon

The TCS New York City Marathon is the largest marathon in the world and the signature event of New York Road Runners (NYRR), the world’s premier community running organization. The race is held annually on the first Sunday of November and includes over 50,000 runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to runners of all ages and abilities, including 10,000 charity runners. Participants from over 125 countries tour the diverse neighborhoods of New York City’s five boroughs—Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan. Race morning also features the Rising New York Road Runners Youth Invitational at the TCS New York City Marathon, a race within Central Park that ends at the marathon finish line. More than one million spectators and 10,000 volunteers line the city’s streets in support of the runners, while millions more watch the globally televised broadcast. The race is a founding member of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, which features the world’s top marathons—Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York.Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, is the premier partner of NYRR and the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon. The 49th running of the TCS New York City Marathon is set for November 3, 2019. To learn more, visit www.tcsnycmarathon.org  or follow them on Instagram.

Sports Tours International Spring Marathons

Sports Tours International Invites Runners to Back-to-Back April 2019 Marathons in Rome and Paris

Two European capitals are gearing up for April 2019 when hordes of marathoners create their own spectacles while running through the ancient streets first of Rome and a few days later of Paris.

In 2018, the two cities combined hosted some 56,000 runners who took up the challenge of cobblestone streets and promenades flanked by some of the world’s most remarkable antiquities and architecture.

Sports Tours International, the pros at securing hotel packages and entry into prestigious running and cycling events around the globe, again this spring has lined up hotels (breakfasts included) convenient to the marathons and the services of its seasoned reps who will pamper and prep runners in advance of these events.

Rome Marathon 2019 is first up on Sunday, April 7. Every year 16,000 runners from over 130 countries come to Rome to explore ancient ruins such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum during the Maratona di Roma weekend. Runners may obtain in advance a three-night (April 6-8) plan that includes overnight accommodations for three nights at the four-star Mercure Centro Colosseo, daily breakfasts, local assistance and a pasta party with beverages. The per person rate is from £529. Sports Tours International can also book entry into the marathon from now through Feb. 28 at £75 and from March 1-25 at £85. For details see here.

After running in the Eternal City, marathoners have until April 12 to get to the City of Lights for Paris Marathon 2019 on April 14. Sports Tours International stands ready to arrange accommodation in other places along the way. In Paris itself packages are available for two, three or four nights with two hotel options from £219 per person. With accommodation and daily breakfast come running rep services and guaranteed entry into the race. An early booking entry fee available for a limited time is £75 per entry. Staff service on the Paris Marathon includes a Marathon race briefing, daily hotel visits, an escorted trip to the Marathon Expo on Friday and Saturday and an escorted trip to the Marathon start.

The Paris Marathon, attracting over 40,000 runners annually, was established in 1977 during the beginning of a craze for big city, international marathons. There are now more than 23,000 runners from abroad, making up 40 percent of the field. The 26.2-mile running and sightseeing journey begins on one of the world’s most famous streets, Les Champs Elysées. From the foot of the Arc de Triomphe the route heads towards the Place de la Concorde. From the Rue de Rivoli runners sweep through the Place de la Bastille. Then comes a glimpse of greenery in the Bois de Vincennes which has views of Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower before reaching the finish line on the Avenue Foch.

Sports Tours International’s operations executive Simon is a huge fan of this race. Find out why he loves it here.

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Sports Tours International suggests booking race packages early. For more information, available packages, space availability and reservations please visit online, email: sales@sportstoursinternational.co.uk, or call: (+44) 161 703 8161.

Sports Tours International is Europe’s leading specialist in sports travel. Since inception in 1973 they have hosted thousands of participants and spectators at major sporting events worldwide. With the tagline, Our experience will make yours, the company’s initial roots came from a devotion to running when founder Vince Regan began taking runners to the NYC Marathon. Since the early 2000s, the company now embraces international cycling events, triathlon competitions, sports training camps and corporate hospitality.

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Course Records Broken At Dubai Marathon

Getaneh Molla of Ethiopia and Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich won the 20th edition of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon today (Jan 25) with both athletes producing spectacular course records that rank among the fastest times in the history of marathon running.

In excellent weather conditions, Ethiopian Molla clocked 2:03:34, achieving the first sub-2:04 time in Dubai. He improved the former course record – set in 2018 – by 26 seconds and became the sixth fastest marathon runner ever. It is also an unofficial world debut record by the 25-year-old.

Second-placed Herpassa Negasa also ran sub-2:04 with 2:03:40, making him the eighth fastest of all time, while Asefa Mengstu completed an all-Ethiopian podium with 2:04:24 for third place. In a stunning women’s race, Kenya’s Chepngetich achieved the third fastest time in history with 2:17:08. Only Britain’s world record holder Paula Radcliffe and Kenya’s Mary Keitany have ever run faster as the 24-year-old smashed the course record by more than two minutes.

Underlining the quality of the field, Worknesh Degefa – the winner in Dubai in 2017 – broke the Ethiopian record by 15 seconds to become the fourth fastest runner ever in 2:17:41. Her compatriot Worknesh Edesa took third in 2:21:05.

Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and under the aegis of the Dubai Sports Council, the event once again underlined its status as a world-class IAAF Gold Label Marathon.

Molla smashing the course record on his marathon debut and Chepngetich’s duel with Degefa were the undoubted highlights. The Kenyan was having problems identifying her drinks’ bottles at feed stations, and regularly fell behind, which may have cost her the Kenyan/African record held by colleague Mary Keitany, the second fastest in history with 2.17.01.

Molla said he did not know what to expect from his first marathon. “I certainly didn’t expect to run 2.03,” said the new champion. “I was hoping for maybe 2.05 or 2.06 so this is a great win for me.”

While the spoils were shared between Kenya and Ethiopia in the elite Marathon, in the wheelchair category, there was a Swiss double with Marcel Hug and Sandra Graf winning in 1h:24m:09s and 1h:41m:03s respectively before the trophies were presented by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Sports Council Deputy Chairman Mattar Al Tayer and Standard Chartered UAE CEO Rola Abu Manneh.

As usual, more than 20,000 runners also took part in the associated 10km Road Race and 4km Fun Run as the Middle East’s biggest mass participation sporting event celebrated is 20th birthday in style. The event was streamed live with no rights restrictions and is available to watch on repeat at bit.ly/2019DubaiMarathon_Live.

In addition to Standard Chartered as title sponsor, the Dubai Marathon was supported by the Dubai Sports Council, adidas, Dubai Eye 103.8FM, Aquafina and Gatorade, Dubai Holding, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police and the RTA.

2019 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon

Livestream of 20th Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on Friday, January 25th!

The first time in the event’s history, the Middle East’s IAAF Gold Label race will be available worldwide as a live stream with NO geo-blocking or rights restrictions.

The live feed will also be embedded on a number of leading social media platforms, specialising in running, as well as on the official Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon website and on its newly-created YouTube channel bit.ly/DubaiMarathon2019_LIVE, which is open for subscription.

The three-hour world feed will get underway in time for the start of the elite marathon at 6am (GMT02.00) with a sixteen camera production and full race graphics. There will also be other features and stories highlighted throughout the race including interviews with elite athletes, organisers, sponsors and the more unusual runners with colourful stories to tell.

Bringing all the action as it unfolds throughout the morning will be British running legend Paula Radcliffe, the current Women’s Marathon World Record Holder, and international author and award-winning athletics correspondent Pat Butcher.

2019 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon

Former champions Lemi Berhanu and Worknesh Degefa will be among the powerful elite line-up when the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon celebrates its 20th edition on the streets of the UAE on January 25.

The two Ethiopians – winners in 2015 and 2017 respectively – are key figures in the roll of honour of the Middle East’s biggest mass participation event, the only IAAF Gold Label Marathon in the region.

Lemi has performed well on the global stage but his best performances have always been on the flat and fast streets of Dubai. As well as winning the title four years ago in a time of 2h:05m:28s, he set his personal best at the event when as defending champion he finished runner-up in 2016 in 2h:04:33.

Still only 25, Lemi has also competed at World Championship level and at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Like an increasing number of elite runners, he has also prospered at the marathon distance in China, winning the Hengshui title with 2h:08m:51s in September 2018, the Xiamen Marathon in 2017 (2h:08m:27s) and the 2014 Taiyuan Marathon (2h:13m:10s).

Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and staged under the aegis of the Dubai Sports Council, the 2019 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon will welcome a number of the world’s best athletes as the marathon celebrates its 20th anniversary with elite fields in both the men and women’s races.

Among the leading elite women in the line-up, Worknesh Degefa who stunned the athletics world in 2017 by winning on her marathon debut in Dubai. The Ethiopian caused quite an upset beating a strong field of experienced marathon runners in a time of 2h:22m:36s although she was disappointed 12 months later.

Running in the defence of her crown Worknesh set a new personal best 2h:19m:53s yet failed to break into the top three as the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon once again proved its strength in depth with four women breaking the 2h:20m – the first time the feat has ever been achieved in one race.

“It’s very unusual that a runner will break the 2:20 mark and not win a marathon,” said Event Director Peter Connerton. “But that just shows how deep the quality runs in our elite fields. Last year we had seven men break 2h:05m – a unique result in marathon history – so the athletes competing in Dubai know they have to be at their very best to get among the medals.”

The elite marathon athletes will get their race underway at 6am on January 25, five minutes after the wheelchair athletes take to the course. The mass marathon field will face the starting gun at 7am with the 10km Road Race beginning at 8.30am and the 4km Fun Run at 10.30am. Runners looking to register can still do so by visiting the official website www.dubaimarathon.org.

In addition to Standard Chartered as title sponsor, the Dubai Marathon is supported by the Dubai Sports Council, adidas, Dubai Eye 103.8FM, Aquafina and Gatorade, Dubai Holding, Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality and the RTA.

REEBOK × FUSION FLEXWEAVE

REEBOK COMBINES TWO SIGNATURE RUNNING TECHNOLOGIES TO CREATE THE NEW FUSION FLEXWEAVE

 

In April, Reebok launched the latest addition in the Flexweave franchise with the FusionFlexweave. This innovative running shoe unites the flexible yet durable Flexweave material with the ultimate cushioning of Floatride technology, to create the ideal running combination for any athlete.

Reebok’s proprietary Flexweave technology uses an open figure-8 construction that interlocks unlimited strands of fibers to create a single surface construction that serves as the ideal upper for this multi-use running shoe.

The material provides the coveted balance of lightness, durability, fit and stability for quick and powerful speed workouts. It is complemented by the Floatride technology, which is embedded in the shoe’s sole to deliver a seamless integration of cushioning and responsiveness for superb comfort. When the two are combined, the end result is a durable yet comfortable running shoe that can support a variety of workouts. The Fusion Flexweave is the ideal choice for the athlete who expands their fitness regimen past the treadmill or pavement, but is ultimately a runner at their core.

Additional key features in the Fusion Flexweave include:

•   Performance Upper: Flexweave upper delivers a functional lightweight support structure with added durability

•   Multi-Directional Support: meta split outsole provides support and flexibility for multi-dimensional movement

•   Ultimate Cushioning: midsole features Floatride Technology for ultimate cushioning experience

The Fusion Flexweave is now available for $120 on Reebok.com.

OLYMPICS x LIVE STREAM

The Winter Olympics in South Korea may be 14 time zones removed from the Eastern Time Zone of the US — but 43% of Americans say they plan to watch NBC’s live streaming content during the Games, with only 48% saying they did not have such plans.

A big chunk of the country — 63% — say they will watch at least some coverage of the Games, which begin Friday, February 8.  That is double those who said “no” (31%) to watching any coverage.

“That is a healthy number of people turning to devices other than television,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute.   “You might call this the breakthrough year for streaming coverage making a big impact.”

FlipBelt × MIIEGO 

FlipBelt, the activewear brand behind the ultimate carry-all fitness belt, has partnered with MIIEGO to offer the latest in wireless headphone technology. With innovative designs, crystal-clear sound quality and a long lasting charge (over 11 hours) the MIIEGO headphones are outperforming the competition and are a must-have for an active lifestyle. 

  • YOU MOVE-THEY DON’T. Run. Jump. Twist. Flip around. Now you can do all of that with music in your ears! No matter the challenge – the new AL3+ FREEDOM series by MIIEGO® will let you move – because they don’t.
  • Comfort and Safety: The soft ON-EAR design and fit doesn’t isolate your ears. Rather, it gives you situational awareness, where you still receive ambient noise and signals from your surroundings. You can listen to your music and have the peace of mind that you’ll hear the traffic during your run, or work-out. The ON-EAR design also means that it doesn’t irritate the inside of your ear canal or give you sore ears. You don’t worry about earbuds constantly falling out of your ears or getting full of earwax.
  • Performance and Affordability: Outperforms most premium sport earbuds out there, more than 11 hours of guaranteed playing time. Retails $79.99 to 89.99.
  • Want to see them in action? Check out their video here.

MIIEGO AL3+Woman



The most unique in the line, the MIIEGO AL3+ Woman have been specifically designed to meet the needs and fit of women’s active lifestyles. The extremely soft and flexible headphones are wrapped in an ultra-secure neckband that has been carefully designed to fit women’s head size and even contours to ensure it will not fall out of place. The lightweight design makes it easy and comfortable to wear, even for extended periods of time. The headphones offer crystal clear playback, without compromising safety. Its ON EAR design allows ambient noise and signals to be heard, keeping its wearers aware of their surroundings. 
 
Each pair of headphones is guaranteed with a one year warranty for added peace of mind. The MIIEGO AL3+ Woman retails for $79.99 and can be viewed and purchased, along with the rest of the line at www.flipbelt.com.
 
Freedom


 Their AL3+ FREEDOM headphones are built to allow you to move freely, while they remain comfortably in place. FlipBelt knows in the midst of a hard workout music is often a motivator. The AL3+ FREEDOM allows its wearers to enjoy crisp, dynamic sound, while jumping, running, or twisting. The uniquely designed neckband is soft and flexible, making it easy for them to comfortably remain in place for an extended period of time. The headphones allow noises to flow through, keeping users aware of their surroundings, without compromising on the sound of their music. A single charge of the bluetooth headphones has an 11 hour guaranteed playing time. 
 
Each pair from the MIIEGO line is guaranteed with a one year warranty for added peace of mind. The MIIEGO AL3+ FREEDOM retails for $79.99 and can be viewed and purchased, along with the rest of the line at www.flipbelt.com.
 
Sport Earbuds


Designed with professional athlete input, FlipBelt and MIIEGO are offering the most comfortable and customizable wireless earphones available. The MIIEGOM1 Wireless Sport Earphones are created for action and sport, allowing wearers to move freely, without the hassle of annoying cables. Their anti-slip ear hooks fit comfortably and securely over its wearers ears. The earbuds are adjustable in each ear and around your neck, to ensure that you find the perfect and most comfortable fit. COMPLY, the award winning ear tips are installed to block external noise, while safely delighting your ears with a superior audio experience. Each ear bud is sealed with super-soft memory foam that is comfortable and easy on the ear canal, making wearing for long periods of time a breeze. The MIIEGO M1 can master any climate that its wearer can handle. They have been developed to withstand hot and cold environments, as well as sweat and rain, without issue. A special built in-in microphone also allows users to take and make quick phone calls without having to disturb their workout. 
 
Each pair from the MIIEGO line is guaranteed with a one year warranty for added peace of mind. The MIIEGO M1 retails for $89.99 and can be viewed and purchased, along with the rest of the line at www.flipbelt.com.