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Results, the weekend’s event schedule and previews, and all the news headlines…

Thanksgiving has turned into a traditional road race day. It appears both the masses and the pros (and semi-pros) use it the same way: as a fun day to get out and run hard, but certainly nothing serious.

Major race results…

The Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot/5K was won by David McNeill, the Aussie formerly of Northern Arizona University, in a course-record time of 13:33. Jackie Areson of the Nike Oregon Project won on the women’s side.
Leading results
MEN
1. David McNeill (AUS) 13:33
2. Stephen Sambu (KEN/Arizona) 13:35
3. Diego Estrada (Northern Arizona) 13:38
4. Jordan McNamara (OTC Elite/Eugene) 13:49
5. Dathan Ritzenhein (Nike Oregon Project) 13:49

WOMEN
1. Jackie Areson (Nike Oregon Project) 16:02
2. Aziza Aliyu (ETH) 16:06
3. Kellyn Johnson (Team USA Arizona) 16:24
4. Hilary Stellingwerff (CAN/Speed River) 16:26
5. Annie Bersagel 16:30

Results, photos and video at Flotrack and Psyched Up Spiked Up.

The Manchester Road Race, a five-miler in Connecticut, was won by Brian Olinger and Sally Kipyego.
Leading results
MEN
1. Brian Olinger (21:35)
2. Landon Peacock (21:39)
3. Andrew Carlson (21:41)

WOMEN
1. Sally Kipyego (KEN/OTC Elite Eugene) 24:22
2. Meghan Armstrong-Peyton (Team USA Minnesota) 25:03
3. Alemtsehay Misganaw (ETH) 25:15

Story at the Hartford Courant, more at its Runnerspace page

Cincinnati’s Thanksgiving Day Race, a 10k which is the second-oldest Thanksgiving Day race in the country, was won by University of Cincinnati All-American Eric Finan.
Story at the Cincinatti Inquirer

Aussie star Craig “Buster” Mottram won the Victorian 5000m title, perhaps signifying that his injury troubles are behind him. He will run the Zatopek:10 on December 10th.

The Weekend Ahead

Quite a bit of cross-country running on the docket…

The Canadian Championships will be held on Saturday in Vancouver. The headliner is the defending champion, Cam Levins of Southern Utah University, who finished 4th at the NCAA Championships on Monday.
Meet website

The McCain Liverpool Cross Challenge, which functions as the UK selection race for the European Cross Country Championships, will be held on Saturday.
Meet website

The Skanzen 2011 Cross Country, an EAA Cross Country Permit event, will be held on Saturday in the Hungarian city of Szentendre.
Meet website

The Cross de l’Acier, an EAA Cross Country Permit event, will be held on Sunday in the French town of Leffrinckoucke.
Meet website

The International loket.nl Warandecross Tilburg, an EAA Cross Country Permit event, will be held on Sunday in the Dutch city of Tilburg.
Meet website

The Lotto CrossCup van West-Vlaanderen, an EAA Cross Country Permit event, will be held on Sunday in the Belgian city of Roeselare.
Meet website
EAA preview

The 28th Cross Internacional Valle de Llodio, an EAA Cross Country Permit event, will be held on Sunday in the Spanish town of Llodio.
Meet website

The Amora-Seixal Cross Country will be held on Sunday in the Portugese town of Amora.

Road Racing
The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, will be held on Sunday in the Indian city. Headliners are Kenyans Sammy Kitwara (58:48 in Philadelphia this fall) and Lucy Kabuu (1:07:06 at the Great North Run).
Race website
IAAF preview

The Blom Beirut Marathon, an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race, will be held on Sunday in the Lebanese capitol.
Race website

The Florence Marathon, an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race, will be held on Sunday in the Italian city.
Race website
Previews: IAAF / Competitor Magazine

The Marathon de La Rochelle Serge Vigot, an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race, will be held on Sunday in the French city of La Rochelle.
Race website

News Headlines

Runner’s World’s Racing News has all the headlines.

Pat Butcher says it is time for road running, and particularly the marathon circuit to go its own way, and leave the IAAF behind.

Rich Perelman says the IAAF gives World Champs spectators a win for 2017.

Toni Reavis says distance running has hit a wall in the USA. Peter Vigneron disagrees.

Maryland wants 8 years of operating expenses covered for men’s track and field and women’s tumbling, or they’re both cut. Deadline: June 30. In essence, it’s a done deal. This is the first time in 23 years that a BCS-conference school has eliminated a men’s track program.

Twenty things to be thankful for, ten from Adam Goucher and ten from Tracktown USA.

Your cool video of the day: Flotrack’s NCAA Cross Country highlight reel.

Watch more video of NCAA Division 1 Cross Country XC Championships 2011 on flotrack.org

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