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New Zealand long-distance runner Zane Robertson has been banned from competing for eight years after testing positive for a prohibited substance and tampering with the doping control process, according to the Sports Tribunal. Robertson, who won bronze for New Zealand at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and participated in the last two Olympics, was found to have taken Erythropoietin (EPO), a banned substance, and tampered with the doping control process.
Runners looking for a new and exciting challenge can register for the ASICS World Ekiden 2021, a free virtual race which will be taking place November 10th - November 22nd AEST. Registration for the event begins October 4th and ends November 22nd at 11pm HST. This race will be inspired by the traditional Japanese Ekiden but will be 42.195 kilometres, the length of a standard marathon. Teams of six runners will be challenged to complete the marathon distance over six legs — 5km, 5km, 10km, 5km, 10km, and 7.2km — for a total of 42.195 km. Frequently asked questions about this year's ASICS World Ekiden are addressed below.
Reigning 10,000m World Champion Joshua Cheptegei will close his 2023 season with a much-anticipated marathon debut on the streets of Valencia on December 3rd.
Renowned marathoner Eliud Kipchoge has set his sights on a remarkable achievement: conquering every World Marathon Major. Among the six majors, he has triumphed in four—Tokyo, London, Berlin, and Chicago. Surprisingly, Kipchoge has recently opted out of pursuing victories in the remaining two: Boston and New York, races known for their challenging terrains and absence of pacers.
Burnie, Tasmania: And it was a good weekend for the Melbourne Track Club, as they took out both 10km titles over the famed Tassie course. In the women's event, Genevieve Gregson, fresh from making the Doha World Champs Steeplechase final, won a close race just beating home Emily Brichacek.
The best marathon runner of all time is returning to run the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON: Eliud Kipchoge has reached agreement with the organizers to compete in Germany’s most spectacular road race. The 38-year-old Kenyan superstar will be running the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON for the sixth time. The double Olympic Marathon champion from his triumphs in 2016 and 2021 has already set two world records on this fast course, running 2:01:39 in 2018 and performing even faster last year to take exactly half a minute off that time with 2:01:09. 
Women's Marathon Milly Clark has beaten home two-time Olympic finalist Eloise Wellings at the Melbourne Marathon over the weekend.   Clark, who raced the Rio Olympic Marathon in 2016, finishing 18th, now has a qualifier for next year’s world championships and Commonwealth Games. The tough Tasmanian also broke the Tasmanian marathon...
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ASICS Australia have announced the inaugural ASICS World Ekiden 2020: the ultimate team challenge that will see teams of up to six people from all over the world come together to complete a combined marathon. Inspired by a century of Japanese running culture, the race will be split into six legs of varying distances, making it perfect for runners of all abilities and experience.
New York - In a remarkable display of talent and determination, Ethiopia's Tamirat Tola, the reigning world champion from 2022, clinched a resounding victory at the 2023 TCS New York City Marathon. Tola's triumph was nothing short of extraordinary as he not only claimed the top spot but also shattered the longstanding course record, finishing in an impressive 2 hours, 4 minutes, and 58 seconds. This remarkable feat erased the previous record of 2 hours, 5 minutes, and 6 seconds, set by Geoffrey Mutai back in 2011. Tola's victory was accentuated by near-ideal running conditions on the day, with a temperature of 52 degrees, clear skies, and a gentle 2 mph breeze at the starting line.
Eliud Kipchoge will return to one of his favourite hunting grounds when he lines up once again at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON next Sunday, September 24. Kenya’s double Olympic champion has twice broken the world record there, bringing his own mark down to 2:01:09 last year. From his comments in the build-up to the race, Kipchoge is once more intending to run fast.
                   

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