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Week in Review: Laura Muir Wins New Balance Fifth Avenue Mile in Record Time

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Scottish runner Laura Muir wrapped up her best season as a professional runner with one of the best runs of her career at New Balance’s Fifth Avenue Mile on Sunday in New York.

Running along a 20-block section of what is known as the Museum Mile, the Fifth Avenue Mile is the largest and most prestigious highway mile in the world. However, the runners had to be careful on the wet pavement with the precipitation that fell in the hours preceding the race.

The wet surface didn’t stop Muir, who hails from Inverness, Scotland, from running as boldly as she has all season. She was a silver medalist in the 1,500m at the Tokyo Olympics last year and a bronze medalist at the 2022 World Championships in Athletics in Oregon in July, but she has also won the European and Commonwealth titles 1500m this summer. After running the first half of the race ahead of a large field of women, the 29-year-old pulled away from the peloton halfway through to win with a new race record of 4:14 ,8.

Muir planned his mid-race attack carefully with coach Andy Young. They decided to bluff the peloton halfway through the race where Muir would appear to be aiming for the $1,000 halfway bounty before she surely slowed down to her usual race pace.

More than 8,500 runners participated this year, making it the second largest field in the event’s 41-year history.

“We went out yesterday and watched it and marked where the halfway point was,” Young told Race Results Weekly. “I said, ‘if you go here (you) break ground. If you do this, it’s like a double bluff. People will think you’re going halfway. You’re going to surprise them and carry on.

Muir did just that. She quickly built up a huge lead and her main rivals soon realized she was not coming back.

“I was like, well, Laura really wants the mid-race bonus,” said American Nikki Hiltz who finished second in the women’s elite race in 4:17.4. “I thought she was just going to walk past to get the bonus, but she never looked back. I was like, ‘she’s not slowing down.’

Just before breaking the finish line with her victory well in hand, an exhausted Muir slowed her pace slightly. Had she slowed down a bit more, she might have missed Jenny Simpson’s event record of 4:16.1 set in 2019. She later said winning was her only goal.

“With the conditions, I wasn’t thinking about lap times at all,” Muir said. “I didn’t realize it was that fast; I didn’t really look at the clock when I crossed the line. I would have been disappointed, but the main thing was that I won today, and I was so happy to be able to do that.

Third place in the women’s elite race went to unsponsored 29-year-old Eleanor Fulton, who ran a stellar time of 4:18.0 to cap a season where she set personal bests in the 800m (2:00.45 ), 1,500m (4:03.03), mile (4:23.65) and 3000m (8:44.68). Jemma Reekie, another Scot who was the defending champion in the race, was fourth in 4:18.3. Adelle Tracey, who grew up in Britain but now competes for Jamaica, was fifth in 4:19.2. Also of note, Japan’s Nozomi Tanaka finished sixth in 4:19.3, the fastest time and highest placing ever by a Japanese woman in the race. A total of 20 women participated in the elite race today, and 18 of them ran in under 4.5 hours.

Hellen Obiri wins the Great North Run Half Marathon

Hellen Obiri’s preparation for her first marathon seems to be going pretty well based on the remarkable effort she put in while successfully defending her Great North Run title on Sunday. The 32-year-old Kenyan, who will compete in the New York City Marathon on November 6, won her second consecutive Great North Run women’s title in Manchester, England, with a brilliant finishing kick to win in 1:07:05. She edged compatriot Peres Jepchirchir (1:07:07), the 2020 Olympic marathon champion, as well as 2022 10,000 meters world champion Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia (1:07:10). The loss was Jepchirchir’s first loss in a half marathon since 2016.

Obiri, the two-time Olympic silver medalist who ended her career on the track with a second-place finish in the 10,000m at the World Championships in Athletics in Oregon in July, led an early breakaway group that remained intact until at the 10 km mark. Obiri, Jepchirchir and Ayana were still together in the final kilometer, but Obiri then started her sprint at the 500m mark and couldn’t be caught.

Sage Hurta third in 800m at Diamond League final

After all the big track competition this year, it’s no surprise that last week’s Diamond League final in Zurich, Switzerland was a bit of a disappointment. The competition featured many of the best athletes in the world and there were plenty of good races, but few outstanding results. Kenyan Faith Kipyegon won a tactical 1,500m (4:00.44), Femke Bol (Netherlands) won the 400m hurdles (53.03) and Jamaican sprint aces Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce (100m, 10.65) and Shericka Jackson (200m, 21.80) each won their specialty events with typical flair.

Among the American runners, Sage Hurta, a 24-year-old sophomore professional from On Athletics Club in Boulder, Colo., had the best result of the two-day meet with a third-place finish in the 800m. Hurta was just wide of the lead in the 57-second 400m split and was over the shoulder of Kenya’s Mary Moraa with 200 to go. Moraa, the 2022 Commonwealth Games champion and bronze medalist at this summer’s World Championships in Athletics in Eugene, Oregon, was nearly caught by Jamaican Natalie Goule with 100m to go but pulled away to win in 1:57.63. Goule (1:57.85) finished second while Hurta held onto third (1:58.47) in one of his best races of the year. Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi was fourth (1:58.82) while Keely Hodgkinson, a silver medalist at the Tokyo Olympics and at the World Championships in Athletics and Commonwealth Games this summer, was a distant fifth in 1:59.06.

Other Americans who ran well in the Diamond League final in Zurich included Tia Jones who took second place in the 100m hurdles (12.40), Gabby Thomas (22.38) and Tamara Clark (22 .42) who finished second and third respectively in the 200m, with Alicia Monson placing sixth in the 5,000m (14:37.22), Emma Coburn taking seventh place in the 3,000m steeplechase (9:20.00) and Heather Maclean finishing seventh in the 1,500m (4:02.90).

Taryn Rawlings establishes new PR and finishes fourth in the mile in Croatia

Middle-distance runner Taryn Rawlings quietly had a very good season on the track. The 26-year-old Adidas pro, who ran collegiately for the University of Portland, placed fourth in a fast women’s mile staged Sunday at the final gold event of the World Athletics Continental Tour in Zagreb, Croatia. The race, which was part of the Boris Hanzekovic Memorial competition, was won by Australia’s Linden Hall in 4:21.10, while Rawlings closed strong and finished with a personal best 4:24.09. Rawlings also set new personal bests in the 800m (1:59.83), 1,500m (4:05.02), 3,000m (8:42.53), 2 miles (9:41.11) and 5,000m (15:05.94 ) in 2022.

Janelle Lincks wins the Circus Series

Although she’s only been running competitive trails since 2020, Janelle Lincks has developed an impressive penchant for going up and down mountains extremely quickly. The 28-year-old Inov-8 sponsored racer of Thorton, Colo., edged out Allie McLaughlin of Colorado Springs on the 8.8-mile course at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort on Saturday to win the sixth Cirque Series race of the season. .

The grueling course sent riders from about 10,700 feet to the summit turnaround point at about 12,800 feet and back down to the base of the ski area. Repeating her 2021 victory, Lincks won the race in 1:20:07 with a margin of 36 seconds over second-placed McLaughlin (1:20:43). Third place went to Annie Dube (1:25:31).

It was the fourth win in five Cirque Series races this summer for Lincks, who also won the Professional Division Women’s Series title with 244 points over McLaughlin (94 points). Lincks also won races at Brighton, Utah, Alta, Utah and Grand Targhee, Wyoming, while taking second place behind Mac in the race at Snowbird, Utah. There is another Cirque Series race of the season on September 24 in Engelberg, Switzerland.

Look forward

It’s been a relatively calm week on the competitive front, almost like a calm before a major storm of events looming on the horizon. For elite and high-level marathon runners, it’s discount season. September 25 Berlin Marathon kicks off the fall marathon season, followed by the London Marathon (October 2) and the Chicago Marathon (October 9). The most notable road race this week is the Great Cow Harbor 10K on September 17 in Northport, New York. It’s serving as the US 10K Road Championships this year, so it’s sure to draw a quick crowd.

While there are plenty of collegiate cross-country meets this weekend, including the Sept. 16 Adidas XC Challenge hosted by NC State’s Best in Cary, North Carolina, it’s the Bill Dellinger Invitational the September 23 in Eugene, Oregon, the Roy Griak Invitational on September 24 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Cowboy Jamboree on September 24 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, which will provide the first big tests for many of the women’s Division I teams in the NCAA.

As for this weekend, the biggest races are on the trails of Colorado. The Run Rabbit Run 50 and 100 mile races September 16 and 17 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and the Pikes Peak Climb and Pikes Peak Marathon, September 17-18 in Manitou Springs, Colorado, the two have fast, elite runners, deep fields and big purses against a backdrop of tall mountains and golden aspen leaves.

Run Rabbit Run races have a whopping $75,000 prize, including a spectacular $15,000 paycheck for male and female 100-mile race winners, plus a new Run, Rabbit, Run Team Challenge of $5,000. Colorado’s Annie Hughes and Canadian Alissa St. Laurent are among the top contenders in the women’s 100 miles.The Pikes Peak Climb, a 13.3-mile run to the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak, has a stacked women’s field led by seven-time winner Kim Dobson, two-time winner Allie McLaughlin, and Maude Mathys, winner of the 2019 Pikes Peak Marathon. In the Pikes Peak Marathon, a 26.2-mile race through Pikes Peak, the top contenders are 2020 winner Brittany Charboneau and 2017 winner Kristina Mascarenas. There are $28,500 in combo prizes at Pikes Peak races, plus up to $26,000 more if price records or time bonuses are achieved.