The 29th edition of the Marrakech International Marathon and Half Marathon, scheduled for January 28, will bring together more than 8,500 professional and amateur participants, including nearly 50 Top Runners, organizers said on Tuesday. More than 55 countries will be represented at this sporting event, said Marathon director Mohamed Knidri during a press briefing in Casablanca. This edition will be marked by a strong participation of French, English, Italian and German athletes. (Fri 19)
Two of the world’s leading marathon runners Aselefech Mergia and Mare Dibaba will go head-to-head in the women’s event when the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon gets underway on January 26. Mergia, is the greatest female runner in the history of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon having won 3 times and set the course record of 2:19:31. It will be her first start in the world’s richest marathon since her last victory in the UAE in 2015. (Fri 19)
new research from the University of Oregon suggests: Overdressing for training runs is a viable way to acclimate to hot-weather running, the researchers concluded. The study, published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, found that running in excess clothing in cool conditions approximated the stress of running in minimal clothing in extremely hot conditions. The subjects in the new study were well-trained distance runners, making this research more applicable to most runners. (Fri 19)
Defending Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon champions Melaku Belachew and Gulume Tollesa are aiming to win back-to-back titles. The Ethiopian duo were unexpected winners in close races 12 months ago, but on Sunday they will line up for the race with the added weight of expectation. Belachew will be joined by fellow Kenyans Robert Kwambai and Joseph Aperumoi, who have set respective PBs of 2:08:14 and 2:08:26 within the past three months, 2016 Hong Kong winner Mike Mutai. (Fri 19)
Ethiopia’s Solomon Deksisa leads a strong men's field for the Tata Mumbai Marathon, while Bornes Kitur will defend her title. Deksisa, whose best of 2:06:22 is more than two minutes quicker than the course record, is the fastest man in the field. The 23-year-old ran that time when finishing second at the 2016 Rotterdam Marathon and after a third-place finish at the Toronto Marathon last October, he will be bidding for his first marathon victory in Mumbai. (Fri 19)
Short-distance specialist Zero Yu Hin-wa knows this weekend’s race is another chance to impress the national team coaches. For many, the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon is meant to be a bit of fun or a personal challenge. But for short-distance specialist Zero Yu Hin-wa, the pressure is on in front of watchful eyes. "my aim is to run 1:08:00 or 1:09:00. There’s time to improve and I want to be a Hong Kong representative at this distance,” he says.
The Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) has set sights on bringing the next generation of runners to the starting line. This year, the MCMO will engage in the Next Generation Inspiration Initiative, promoting a love of running among youth age 17 and under. “This effort is intended to grow the next generation of runners,” says MCM Director Rick Nealis. “This year's events will offer runners age 17-and-under a 40 percent discount off registration.” (Thu 18)
The Tata Mumbai Marathon is one of the top ten marathons in the world, will be held Sunday January 21 and is one of the richest races in India with a prize pool of $405,000. (Thu 18)
Organisers of the Kagawa Marugame Half Marathon have revealed the entry list for the race. World record-holder Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea heads the men’s entries, while two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya is the top name in the women’s field. Five-time world half marathon champion Tadese, who set the world record of 58:23 back in 2010, will be competing in Marugame for the first time in his long and distinguished career. (Thu 18)
An Australian study has found regular running can protect bone marrow from the effects of ageing.
The Deakin University study found runners who run at least 30 miles a week – displayed bone marrow eight years "younger" than those who did not perform regular exercise.
As a person ages, their bone marrow converts from a "red" blood cell-producing marrow to a "yellow" fatty marrow, which can negatively affect blood and bone metabolism, and contribute to conditions like osteoporosis and diabetes. (Wed 17)
World champions Mo Farah of Great Britain, South African Caster Semenya and Allyson Felix of the US are among the nominees for the 2018 Laureus world sportsman and sportswoman of the year awards. Other athletics stars among to receive nominations include Australia's 100m hurdles world champion Sally Pearson and 100m gold medallist Justin Gatlin of the US, both in the World comeback of the year category. (Wed 17)
Athletics Kenya has named a strong team for the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018. Two-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor will defend his title. Who is also twice a world cross-country champion, won in Copenhagen in 2014 and Cardiff in 2016. Joyciline Jepkosgei heads the women’s team. Jepkosgei was one of the sensations of the 2017, setting world records at 10km, 15km and 20km en route to her 1:04:51 world half marathon record in Prague. (Wed 17)
Moncton, N.B.’s Rochelle Johnston warmed up for the Bermuda Marathon, which she won, by racing the event weekend’s mile and 10K in the two days leading up to the 42K. In addition to winning the marathon in 3:17:58, Johnston won the Bermuda Triangle Challenge for the lowest cumulative time across the mile, 10K and marathon distances. The 3 races went off on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, in that order. She covered the one-mile in 6:03, for the win, and the 10K in 49:11 for a weekend racing distance (Wed 17)
Eilish McColgan has began 2018 with victory and a new 10k PB. The Scottish runner won the 10k at the Ooredoo event in Doha in a personal best time of 31.53 minutes. It was a dominant performance from the 27-year-old who finished more than eight minutes ahead of her nearest rival. Fellow Brits Rosie Brookes (4th), Michelle Grainger (7th) and Nicola Milan (9th) ensured there would be four UK runners in the top 10. (Wed 17)
The World Marathon Challenge is a logistical and physical challenge to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.
Competitors must run the standard 42.2 km marathon distance in Antarctica, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South America and North America within seven days. The clock starts when the first marathon begins in Antarctica January 30. Fastest Average Marathon Times: (Men) Michael Wardian (USA) 2:45:57 (Women) Becca Pizzi (USA) 3:55:11. Wardian's 19:21:36 is the world best. (Tue 16)
She's already run around the planet in world-record time. So what does Becca Pizzi do for an encore? Do it again!
The Massachusetts marathoner, who won the 2016 World Marathon Challenge will attempt to become the only person to twice complete the odyssey, which begins in Antarctica on Jan 30 and ends in Miami on Feb 5.
What was the biggest challenge? "Antarctica is the most intimidating. The wind is fierce. The sun is blinding. There are crevices you can fall through. It's bitterly cold..."
As reigning IAAF World Championship marathon gold medallist and Boston Marathon champion, Geoffrey Kirui is currently riding high as one of the planet’s leading endurance stars. Yet it was very nearly a talent that remained undiscovered due to his initial distaste for the sport. His father, Ronald Chepkwony, had been a respectable 5000m and 10,000m runner on the domestic scene, but Kirui, his eldest of seven children, had no immediate desire to follow in his dad’s footsteps. (Tue 16)
The month-long runner entry application for the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon is now open at tcsnycmarathon.org for both guaranteed and non-guaranteed entries and will remain open through February 15. The race, which is the premier event of New York Road Runners and the largest marathon in the world, will take place on Sunday, November 4. (Tue 16)
New Brunswick runner Shelley Doucet will surely be in celebration mode this week. The avid trail, ultra and road runner just re-set her province’s women’s half-marathon record over the weekend. Doucet showed up to the start line of the Houston Half-Marathon that was packed with speedy Canadian competition and ran 1:17:10. That result beats Patty Blanchard’s previous New Brunswick record of 1:17:11. (Tue 16)
On Jan. 16 the organizers of the Osaka International Women's Marathon announced that invited elites Reia Iwade (Dome) and Hisami Ishii (Yamada Denki) have withdrawn from the Jan. 28 race with injuries. Iwade has developed discomfort in the rear of her right thigh, while Ishii has sustained a stress fracture in the left side of her pelvis. (Tue 16)
Every time Sarah Attar runs a personal best, which she did Sunday in Houston with a 1:26:47 in the half marathon, she also sets a national record.
Attar is the only elite female runner to represent Saudia Arabia and, as a 19-year-old in London in 2012, she became famous for becoming one of the first two women to represent the country in the Olympics. "There was a lot of backlash at the time," she said. But, when she crossed the finish line, "I had a standing ovation of, like, 80,000 people."
Bernard Lagat runs 1:02:00 for Masters American Record. Bernard retired from elite track & field on September 3, 2016, with a 3000 meters at ISTAF Berlin. Lagat spent much time each year training in Germany, and he decided that it would be a fitting way to end his athletics career. Bernard Lagat went out fast and furious and his 1:02:00 was impressive, a 32 second improvement on his PR. Looks like he could run under the World Masters record of 1:01:19! (Mon 15)
"Norwegian Sondre Moen believes Mo Farah will break his recently set European marathon record in London this April," he told Athletics Weekly.
"The 26-year-old clocked 2:05:48 at the Fukuoka Marathon at the start of December, completing an improvement of more than seven minutes on his pre-2017 best. Moen’s sharp improvement as someone who has not broken 28 minutes for 10,000m and set a Norwegian record of 2:10:07 last April has raised suspicions, but he is taking that in his stride."
With most of the country in the throes of winter, nearly 18,000 runners took the streets of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe this weekend to participate in the 15th year running of the Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon. a former champion for the half marathon, Stephanie Bruce, took another victory in a time of 1:12:31 while Elvin Kibet was right behind finishing one second after in 1:12:32. Maggie Callahan rounded out the podium with her third-place time of 1:17:22. (Mon 15)
An impressive 1,171 ran through London's Victoria Park in the 5k, 10k and half marathon races promoted by … RunThrough. Victoria Park is London's oldest park, having been used for more than 170 years as a place for recreation, sports and play and relaxation. It was opened in 1845 and this much loved green lung is colloquially known as Vicky Park or the People's Park. (Mon 15)
With registration numbers nearing 7000 participants, this field is expected to be the largest in the race’s history. The race will feature a competitive elite field, benefit Girlstart, and highlight thousands of runners racing for their half marathon PR. “We’re thrilled to host a record-breaking number of runners at 3M Half Marathon, especially those running towards a half marathon PR on the streets of Austin,” said Stacy Keese, co-owner of High Five Events. (Mon 15)
Northern Ireland’s Stephen Scullion (Clonliffe Harriers) slashed well over one minute off his previous personal best when recording an excellent 1:03:16 for 29th place at the Houston Half Marathon in America today (Sunday 14th January 2018). Stephen’s new personal best is well inside Athletics Ireland’s qualifying standard of 1:05:00 for this year’s World Half Marathon Championships in Spain. The race was won by Jake Robertson (New Zealand) in 1:00:01 (1st place). (Mon 15)
Three runners have died over the past six years but organizers brand pre-race screening too costly and impractical. Officials promised runners are in safe hands when they start in the Standard Chartered Marathon next Sunday but the most important thing is still to “listen to your body”, a top official said. “There will be more medical staff along the route than last year and the number of first aid stations and automated external defibrillators (AED) will also increase,”
The women’s half marathon was both fast and deep on Sunday in Houston. Before Mary Wacera shattered the event record for the Aramco Houston Half Marathon by running 1:06:29 in 2016 for the fastest half marathon ever on U.S. soil, the event record was 1:08:26. In today’s race, a remarkable seven women bettered that time, with Aga’s 1:06:39 now ranking as the second fastest ever run in this country.
Caroline Chepkoech of Kenya was runner-up in 1:06:48, the fourth-fastest time in race history, with the next five women all breaking into the top 10 all-time here. (Sun 14)
Houston Half Marathon, Molly Huddle breaks Deena Kastor's previous 🇺🇸 record in 1:07:25 this morning in Houston. She went out with the leaders and pulled it off. The race was won by Ethiopia’s Ruti Aga, the 2017 Berlin Marathon runnerup, in 66:39. Molly said, “It means a lot. To be in the company of Deena Kastor, who had such a great marathon career, gives me a lot of confidence, and that’s a really special feeling. Deena has really set the bar high for us.” (Sun 14)
"We had such a miserable January (last year) in Portland," says Flanagan.
“Being from Boston, I'm used to roads being sanded. I was trying to get my training in outdoors and be tough...
Shalane slipped and threw out her lower back.
"My first major injury," she says.
Flanagan was away from training for 10 weeks.
"I've never been away from running for that long a time. It gave me more motivation to come back strong. The mental and physical break allowed me to bring even more to the table.” (Sun 14)
America’s Sam Chelanga placed 6th with a 27-second personal best of 60:37 at the Houston Half Marathon Sunday. He’s now #4 on the all-time U.S. list, behind only Ryan Hall, Leonard Korir, and Dathan Ritzenhein. Chelanga’s training partner Haron Lagat made an even bigger breakthrough to finish 10th in 61:01. Running in his first half in 10 years, the 34-year-old Lagat, who was previously best known as a steeplechaser ran 61:01 for 10th, a four-minute PR good for #9 on the all-time U.S. list. (Sun 14)
Wyoming’s Brent Weigner posted this on his Facebook page yesterday. “ I finished country 150 and marathon 317. I placed 5th overall and my time was 5:17:11.... Some of the runners at the start represented the Country Marathon Club...
I was first and last in the 60-69 age group. Old man still running.” This marathon was held in the country of Turks and Caicos Island. Brent has run more marathons and beyond in more countries than anyone in the world. 2018 is his 50th year doing this! (Sun 14)
“A sincere CONGRATULATIONS to @MollyHuddle for breaking my American record in the half-marathon today in #HoustonHalfMarathon. Held for 12 yrs and I couldn't dream of passing the torch to a more deserving athlete.” (Posted today on Twitter) and Molly’s reply: “Thanks @DeenaKastor - you never cease to inspire us all! #theOG.” Two classy runners! (Sun 14)
“I wonder why some runners (me included) are actually offended when someone asks us “how far did you jog today? “. I cannot even write on my Strava log that I jogged even when my pace is over ten minutes per mile. I am a lifetime runner. I have been running since 1962 and have never jogged a mile in my life. I run every day and currently 20 miles per week” says MBR and RW founder Bob Anderson. He has run at least 80,000 miles since 1962 and has jogged zero miles. “It is only a word but...” (Sun 14)
The 2:08:30 winning time at the Houston Marathon this morning is the second fastest on US soil over the last 12 months. The only Marathon winning time Faster was run in Honolulu 2:08:27. Experts predicted times for the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Half Marathon would be fast due to the cold weather.
Bazu Worku from Ethiopia won the men's division of Chevron Houston Marathon at 2:08:30. It's his third win in the Bayou City, having taken first place in 2013 and 2014 as well. (Sun 14)
Cool temperatures and a crisp breeze greeted runners as they set off on the 46 annual Chevron Houston Marathon and Half Marathon.
The race kicked off at 7 a.m this morning. The marathon has been held since 1972, and while it's traditionally taken place in January for the majority of its history, the very first and second races took place in late December, just before New Year. (Sun 14)
American records could fall here on Sunday when Jordan Hasay and Molly Huddle do battle at the 17th Aramco Houston Half-Marathon, the first important road race in the United States this year. Both Hasay, 26, and Huddle, 33, will use Sunday’s race primarily to test the progress of their training for the upcoming Boston Marathon on April 16, but they also hope to run fast. Both women are capable of breaking Deena Kastor’s American half-marathon record of 1:07:34 set in Berlin, Germany, in 2002. (Sat 13)
Ultrarunner Kelly Agnew who previously placed first in past events 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 editions, was disqualified after he was spotted “registering laps without running the complete loop of the course.” According to race officials, Agnew circled “back at the start/finish staging area after completing a lap, spending over seven minutes in a portable restroom and then “completing” the lap and going on for his next without actually running the mile plus loop. (Sat 13)
Hearst, which owns 24 daily newspapers and five dozen weeklies takes over Rodale, owner of magazines like Runners World, Women’s Health and Men’s Health, for less than $225 million it was announced Tuesday. Notably absent from the announcement was Betty Wong-Ortiz, who had been installed as Runner’s World‘s first female editor-in-chief back in June, at the time succeeding longtime editor David Willey. A Hearst spokeswoman, however, confirmed on Friday that Wong-Ortiz will remain editor-in-chief. (Sat 13)
Mamitu Daska, and Abebech Afework Bekele had to drop out, both from Ethiopia, for medical and visa issues, respectively. Ethiopian women have won the Chevron Houston Marathon 11 years in a row, going back to Dire Tune in 2007, With them out, another Ethopian, Biruktayit Degefa, becomes the favorite on Sunday. (Sat 13)
Mo Farah was the star attraction at the Ooredoo Doha Half Marathon, and while he warmed up for the race, he did not start because of a tight achilles. Alex Kibet of Kenya got the win in 1:01:53 in his absence. Allie Kieffer, the surprise 5th place finisher at the 2017 TCS NYC marathon, who just signed a contract with Oiselle, showed she is in great form with a win in 1:10:40, lowering her PR from 1:14:13, (Fri 12)
Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa will be targeting a record third triumph on Sunday. The Olympic marathon silver medallist came close to achieving a hat-trick of titles last year, but was just beaten on the line by USA’s Leonard Korir. Korir won’t defend his title, but Lilesa – who set the course record of 59:22 in 2012 – still faces a formidable field which contains five other men with sub-60-minute PBs. (Fri 12)
The second-fastest marathoners in Canadian history and the 2016 Olympic 10th-place finisher have been added to the 2018 Boston Marathon professional field. Reid Coolsaet and Krista DuChene, 2:10:28 and 2:28:32 marathoners, along with Eric Gillis will contest the world’s most famous road race on April 16. The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announcement was made on Thursday. The Canadian trio, none of who were selected for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. (Fri 12)
Japan's Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) and Kentaro Nakamoto (Yasukawa Denki) will run the 2018 Boston Marathon as part of the John Hancock Elite Athlete Team. Kawauchi holds world records for everything from most career sub-2:12 marathons to most sub-2:20, while Nakamoto is Japan's best championships marathoner of modern times with four top 10 finishes at the Olympics and World Championships. (Fri 12)
Historically male cross country races have always been longer than their female counterparts.
Why are women being kept from enjoying as much mud and hills as males?
Maud Hodson, a member of East London Runners certainly thinks that both genders should race over the same distance – and she is not alone.
“Every year the same debate arises and it’s sending out a status to our next generation of runners that there isn’t equal status, that the men’s race is the main event,” says Maud. (Thu 11)
Sol Cal man Loren Zitomersky is planning to run the Boston Marathon backwards.
When he qualified for Boston, he decided to go big.
He opened up the Guinness Book of World Records searching for one that seemed attainable.
He didn't want to dress as a frog so he decided to run backwards. The current record for running backwards was slower than his running forward so he's giving it a shot. The record he is going after was set April 9, 2017 in Hanover Germany. Markus Jurgens ran 3:38:27 backwards. (Thu 11)
Chip Gaines, who stars in the hit show Fixer Upper, has a new project for improvement: himself. Gaines, 43, wants to run a marathon. And he has enlisted a famous runner for help. Gabriele Grunewald was in New York for treatment for a recurrence of cancer. She has inspired thousands by continuing to train and race through her treatments and by sharing the highs and lows with her fans on social media. "After hearing Gabe's story...I didn't have any excuse not to give this a shot." (Thu 11)
Six Boston Marathon champions and 17 top U.S. runners will challenge an exceptional men’s and women’s international field that includes 23 Olympians. Altogether, the John Hancock Elite Athlete team has won 14 Olympic and IAAF World Championships Marathon medals, as well as more than 100 global marathons including 17 Abbott World Marathon Majors. The field’s success in strategic and tactical championship style racing will prove critical as they run the world’s most historic marathon. (Thu 11)
The 2018 TCS New York City Marathon application will be open from January 15 to February 15, 2018, with the drawing to follow on February 28, 2018. During the application window, runners can apply for the drawing or claim their guaranteed entry. You can guarantee your entry to the race right now by registering to run with NYRR Team for Kids. Team for Kids runners receive guaranteed entry to the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon. (Thu 11)
The 2017 NYC marathon champion will run both a 3000 meters and 5000 meters this indoor season, as she prepares for the 2018 BAA Boston Marathon. Per our friend, and fellow member of SlapCentral, Paul Merca, noted that Shalane is racing over 3000 meters at the UW Indoor Preview. The UW Indoor Preview always has some amazing races. Paul noted that Lopez Lomong racing the mile and Andy Bumbalough is racing the 3000 meters. Shalane Flanagan is head lining one of the most impressive American fields. (Thu 11)
Switzer, who is most famously known for being the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with an official bib, recently turned 71 and she has her heart set on running another marathon in 2018 – and it’s a big one, she will be training for and running the London Marathon. She has made her whole career about bettering the lives of other women. Her organization 261 Fearless is an initiative that seeks to empower women and give them the confidence to take control of their lives through running. (Wed 10)
71-year-old Van Rose coaches at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Shawnee, Kansas. He's in his 50th year coaching cross country teams that have won a combined 34 state titles. At one point his boys cross country team won 14 straight cross country titles. He helped guide senior Molly Born to Nike Cross Nationals in 2016. He says, "Running isn't painful, pain is hitting your finger with a hammer. Running is uncomfortable. It's not painful." Rose not only coaches but runs himself. (Wed 10)
It wasn’t until the final blocks of the California International Marathon in December, when she heard her husband, Michael, screaming from a corner—You’re going to do it!—that Molly Friel fully believed she was about to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. After all, she had a few things working against her. She had been training through some high hamstring pain, which had curtailed a few of her workouts. She ran 2:43:57 beating the standard by 1:03. (Wed 10)
The first and only blind person to run across America, Jason Romero, has released a book (Running Into The Dark) about his 59.5 day and 3,063 mile run from Los Angeles to New York which took place from March 25 – May 23, 2016. Jason took on the challenge of a lifetime after hitting rock bottom – being divorced, unemployed and spiraling into a deep depression when a degenerative eye condition rendered him blind with limited light perception. (Wed 10)
MBR FAST FACTS: Yuki Kawauchi is in a category of his own. As of January 1, he has run the most sub-2:20 marathons of anyone, ever—76. He’s also run the most sub-2:12 marathons of anyone, ever—25. Kawauchi has run more sub-2:10 marathons since 2011 than the whole USA put together. Kawauchi’s best time for 2017—2:09:18—was two seconds faster than the fastest marathon of the year by any U.S. man, which would be Galen Rupp (2:09:20 in Chicago). Rupp ran two marathons in 2017. Kawauchi ran 12. (Tue 9)
Runners need to be prepared for some cold weather on the morning of the Chevron Houston Marathon this coming weekend.
High pressure building across our region will send a blast of cold air across southeast Texas. Here's the latest forecast for Sunday's marathon. When it starts, temps will be below freezing, and feels like temps will be in the low 20s. Make sure you're prepared for the cold weather. The secret is to wear layers so you can take some off as it warms up.
You can download up to 500 songs to the New Garmin Forerunner 645 Music and connect it with Bluetooth headphones. Leave cash and cards at home and use Garmin Pay instead. Battery will last up to seven days on a five hour charge. And most importantly, "We’re making it easier to get the data you need to improve your form...Biomechanical measurements, such as cadence, stride length, ground contact time and balance, vertical oscillation and vertical ratio will be captured." Available in 5-8 wks. (Tue 9)
The inaugural Salinas Valley 5K will offer family members and others the opportunity to be a part of the action. Geared to both fast runners and families with children, the 5K features a scenic out-and-back route from the half-marathon finish. As runners wind through the flourishing vineyards and past fields of leafy green vegetables along the Salinas Valley Half Marathon route this coming August, another group of runners and walkers will be enjoying the final miles of the course on a newly 5k (Tue 9)
Ethiopia’s Solomon Deksisa and defending women's champion Bornes Kitur lead an impressive field announced today by organisers of the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018. With the announcement of the elite field, 4 men who have run under 2:07:00 and another 5 who have run under 2:09:00, as well as 6 women who have gone faster than 2:29:00 will be on the start line. The fastest runner in the Mumbai Marathon, is Deksisa who can boast of a best of 2:06:22, more than 2 minutes quicker than the course record. (Tue 9)
For 13,563 days in a row, Evans never missed a run. The 68-year-old, started streaking just 2 weeks after the birth of her daughter in 1980 and continued lacing up for nearly 4 decades, averaging 4 miles a day (and logging at least 1 mile daily). But on July 31, 2017, while out on a 12-mile run in preparation for the Columbus Marathon in October, Linda’s streak—and life—were cut short when a hit-and-run driver under the influence of drugs swerved off the road, hitting and killing her on impact. (Tue 9)
Wet and windy conditions prevailed today at the Harriers Pioneer 8K, the opening event of the Vancouver Island Race Series. The 39th running of the event had over 500 registrations, and was run on a new out-and-back rural course in North Saanich, B.C. For the second consecutive year, Luc Bruchet and Rachel Cliff won, defending their titles in what is historically Canada’s first notable road race of the calendar year. Bruchet, had a clean lead from the get-go as he battled the rain and head wind. (Tue 9)
Hoka One One has landed one of Canada’s greatest men’s distance runners. The shoe company signed Cam Levins, formerly the national record holder in the 10,000m, to a sponsorship deal, it was announced on Monday. He is slated to make his professional debut for Hoka One One at the 2018 Houston Half-Marathon on Jan. 14. The 2012 Olympian was scheduled to race his debut half-marathon in Toronto in October but withdrew due to injury. But then ran 1:05:07 at the Holiday Half-Marathon in Oregon. (Mon 8)
The two-time Olympian and second-fastest marathoner in Canadian history was forced to cut his yearly training regime to half of its regular volume, as he dealt with a peculiar ailment. A Hamilton resident and New Balance athlete, he had been chasing Jerome Drayton’s elusive Canadian marathon record of 2:10:09 for quite some time and, with a personal best of 2:10:28, a record-breaking attempt in 2017 was in no way far-fetched. But, not even the elite are impervious to injury. (Mon 8)
Horace Ashenfelter III, won a gold medal in a stunning upset at the 1952 Olympics, died on Saturday in West Orange, N.J. He was 94. At the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, Ashenfelter, then an FBI agent, surpassed heavily-favored Soviet runner Vladimir Kazantsev in the final lap, claiming the gold medal and setting a world record with a time of 8:45.4. That year, he received the Sullivan Award as the USA's outstanding amateur athlete and represented the U.S. again at the 1956 Olympics. (Mon 8)
World 1500m silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot and fellow Kenyan Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi took top honours at the 41st Antrim International Cross Country in Greenmount on Saturday. On a day of calm and mild weather conditions at Greenmount's College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise, Cheruiyot improved upon his third-place finish from 2016. The Kenyan 1500m champion produced an excellent display to win by milliseconds from Ethiopia’s Mogos Tuemay. (Mon 8)
Israel's Girmaw Amare was crowned as national champion after winning the 41st Sea of Galilee Tiberias marathon today in a time of 2:15.30 hours, an improvement of 1:50 minutes from his personal best and the sixth-best result ever recorded by an Israeli. Amare’s result is especially impressive as he ran by himself for almost half of the marathon. He was on pace to break the national record until around the 35th kilometer, but running alone eventually took its toll. 4,000 runners took part. (Sun 7)
28-year-old Nick Hilton from Tucson, Arizona won the 25th Annual Walt Disney World Marathon in a time of 2:17:52. Hilton becames the first American to win the race since 2004, ending a streak held by the Brazilian runners.
Hilton is also only the fourth American to ever win the marathon.
“I feel amazing,” says Hilton. “The marathon has been a mixed bag for me and this means a lot to me." Brazilian Giovanna Martins, 35, was first female to finish. Her time was 2:47:22.
MBR FAST FACT: The French ultramarathon runner Serge Girard (Born 1953) holds the world record for the longest distance run in 365 days. He ran every day for a year, crossed a total of 25 countries and covered a total distance of 16,783 miles. In 2005/2006 he ran from Paris to Tokyo (19,097K) in 262 days. In 1997 he ran from Los Angeles to New York City (2.856 miles) in 52 days, 23 hours and 20 minutes. (Sun 7)
Ethiopia’s Fatuma Sado overcame heavy rain and a stomach problem in the latter sages to win the Xiamen International Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, this morning (2:26:41).
Sado, the 2013 winner and defending champion Meseret Mengistu were both considered the favorites in the women's race.
However, the 27-year-old reigning champion, who was also the fastest entrant (2:23:25) from her victory at the 2015 Paris Marathon, dropped out of the leading group soon after the start.
MBR FAST FACT: Canada’s Jacqueline Gareau led the women's 1980 Boston Marathon field for most of the race, only to find another runner, Rosie Ruiz, wearing the traditional victor's laurels when she crossed the finish line. Ruiz was later disqualified after it was determined she hadn't run the entire race, and Gareau was awarded the victory one week later. At the 2005 Boston Marathon Gareau was allowed to "break the tape" in a special ceremony. Her 1980 time was 2:34:28, fastest to that point. (Sat 6)
Switzer celebrates her 71st birthday today in Wellington, New Zealand, where she winters with her husband, runner and author Roger Robinson. She was a pioneer female marathoner in the 1960s, a sub-elite racer (with a personal best of 2:51) in the mid-1970s, and a tireless worldwide promoter of women’s running through the Avon global running circuit. 9 months ago, she became the first woman to complete marathons 50 years apart. In 1967, she famously finished the Boston Marathon in 4:20. (Sat 6)
The elite field that has been put together for Boston is the best ever. But this is only part of the story. The big story is the thousands who qualified to run one of the world’s most exciting Marathon. “The crowd support in Boston is simply amazing,” says MBR founder Bob Anderson. “You feel like a rock star the whole way.” Bob Anderson ran Boston in 2013 at age 65. He finished in 3:32:17. “I have only run 11 marathons and this was the first time I never hit the wall,” he said. (Sat 6)
MBR TRAINING TIP: When running on snow or ice you’re going to need something on your feet to prevent slipping.
You can buy a pair of micro-spikes, which strap onto the bottom of your running shoes, or you can turn an older pair of running shoes into “screw shoes” by screwing some sheet metal screws with hex heads into the bottom of your shoes,either ¼”, ½”, or ⅜” screws.
You could also consider swapping your road-running shoes for trail shoes, which has better traction on slippery terrain.
MBR FAST FACT: Joggling is the term used for running while juggling. In October 2016, 44-year-old Michal Kapral ran the Chicago Marathon while juggling, managing to do so without dropping any balls, and finishing with a time of 2 hours and 55 minutes. It was his eighth joggling marathon and first time completing one without a single drop. The Canadian competed in the 3,000m steeplechase in high school and now is training to complete a steeplechase while juggling. (Sat 6)
Outside Magazine published an article ranking U.S. states by the number of runs recorded on Strava. Predictably, the two most populous states, California and Texas, took the top two spots on the list. There were some surprises—Colorado, only 21st in population, came in at number four—but, for the most part, a state’s place on the list correlated pretty closely with its number of inhabitants. (Fri 5)
Defending champion Meseret Mengistu and 2013 winner Fatuma Sado of Ethiopia will both chasing a second title at the 16th edition of the Xiamen International Marathon. The 27-year-old Mengistu is the fastest woman on paper with a personal best of 2:23:25 achieved when she won the 2015 Paris Marathon. She has won four out of the five marathon races she completed since 2014, including victories in Cape Town in 2014 and in Beijing in 2016. (Fri 5)
Robbie Simpson enjoyed a busy festive period, taking part in races both abroad and on home soil. On Hogmanay the Banchory athlete, who is to represent Scotland in the marathon at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April, was racing through the streets of Paris against world-class opposition in the Corrida Internationale De Houilles 10km. After flying home on New Year’s Day he took part in the icy roads and farm tracks around the Aberdeenshire village of Lumphanan. (Fri 5)
On Thursday afternoon, two-time Olympian and three-time NCAA champion Andrew Wheating announced his retirement from professional track and field with a Facebook post. The post opens with “Dear Professional Running” which is much like how Nike took out a full page ad in newspapers to publish Michael Jordan’s retirement. Wheating was the MJ or Kobe of professional running but he was a special talent. (Fri 5)
30-year-old Allie Kieffer was one of the major surprises at the 2017 NYC Marathon, breaking 2:30 for the first time and finishing fifth overall. Her 2:29:39 was a staggering improvement. In January last year, she ran her first marathon in Miami, which she won in 2:55:30 despite not preparing specifically for the race. Three months later, she completed an unusual challenge at The Armory, breaking the world record for the indoor marathon. and reeling off 211 laps of the 200-meter track in 2:44:44. (Thu 4)
Hugh Brasher, Event Director for The Big Half, said: “London Marathon Events is proud to host the British Half Marathon Championships at The Big Half. This new event features a fantastic route through our great capital city, which is truly fitting for a national championship.” Sir Mo Farah and Callum Hawkins, Britain’s top two distance runners, are already confirmed for the event and further names will be added to the elite field shortly. (Thu 4)
Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya will focus on winning in London Marathon and not setting a world record. The Kenyan missed out on breaking his compatriot Dennis Kimetto's 2:02:57 mark in Berlin last September owing to heavy rains and winds, but promised to return stronger and try to break the record in future. But he has ruled out trying to go for the record in a star studded London Marathon in April, but instead will focus on winning the race. (Thu 4)
Many of us will begin 2018 by setting goals for the year ahead – why not add a marathon with great PB potential to that list? Edinburgh Marathon (27 May) is one of the biggest and best the UK has to offer - standard entries, which are set to sell out for the 10th successive year close at midnight on Sunday 7 January. The flat and fast course makes Edinburgh perfect for a PB. That, teamed with picturesque views and friendly Scottish support, makes Edinburgh a great marathon choice. (Thu 4)
The NYRR has confirmed that they are cancelling Joe Kleinerman 10K race coming up this weekend in Central Park. They posted, “Due to the severe weather forecast today and for the weekend we are cancelling all NYRR Open Runs today through Sunday, as well as Saturday’s Joe Kleinerman 10K.” MBR Founder, Bob Anderson just returned from there and says, “The weather conditions in NYC make it very challenging to run. I had to wear six layers just to do a couple of miles in Central Park.” (Thu 4)
This London Big Half should be an interesting race! With Mo Farah and Daniel Wanjiru lining up, the battle is set for a fast and furious race. Looking forward to this one!. The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru will take on British favorites Sir Mo Farah and Callum Hawkins in a mouth-watering elite men's race. The Kenyan, who claimed the biggest win of his career at the London Marathon last April, will return to the streets. This time for the Half. (Wed 3)
The Little Rock Marathon has unveiled its 2018 finisher medals. The marathon has long been known for its epic race bling, and the race has certainly kept up the tradition for its 16th year. For 2018, the marathon medal measures 8.5 inches tall and weighs 2.5 pounds. Besides the medal "our mission is provide a premier event open to athletes of all abilities, while promoting a healthy lifestyle through running/walking and raising money for Little Rock Parks & Recreation." Race date 3/4/18.
MBR PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Japan's Yuki Kawauchi was one of just three runners in the Marshfield Road Runner's 37th New Year's Day Marathon. He was attempting to break the world record of 75 sub 2:20 marathons he co-held with Doug Kurtis. He hit the half way point in 1:10:29. The temperature was 4 degrees. “When I saw the time I thought it’s not happening today,” said Kawauchi. But he does not give up and he kept pushing to finish in 2:18:59 on the certified course. From New England Runner. (Wed 3)
Northern Ireland’s Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) recorded a brilliant 29:06 (14th place), a new 10k road personal best, at the San Silvestre Vallecana 10k road race in Madrid (Spain) on New Year’s Eve. He competed at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, finishing the marathon in 32nd position, in a time of 2.16.24. He was the first Irishman home. His time was the third fastest by an Irish runner at an Olympic Games. (Wed 3)
Aoyama Gakuin’s Takaya Hashima celebrates as he crosses the finish line of the Tokyo-Hakone Intercollegiate Ekiden on Wednesday in Tokyo to secure the team’s fourth straight overall title. Hakone Ekiden, which is officially called Tokyo-Hakone Round-Trip College Ekiden Race, is one of the most prominent university ekiden (relay marathon) races of the year held between Tokyo and Hakone in Japan
Every year, 19 million Americans participate in some kind of organized road race—five times the number of people who play in basketball leagues—but most aren’t competing to win anything. Some 28 million more run regularly but don’t race. “When people run, they’re doing it for themselves,” says Brooks CEO Jim Weber. This running-as-lifestyle philosophy has propelled Brooks from being a forgettable brand that 17 years ago was on the brink of a second bankruptcy to a $500 million company. (Wed 3)
Kenya’s Erick Kiptanui was the overwhelming winner at the men’s Madrid’s 53th San Silvestre Vallecana, an IAAF Silver Label road race, on the New Year’s Eve. Kiptanui produced the race’s third fastest ever time by clocking 27:34 while Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka stormed to a 30:55 victory in the corresponding women’s race to miss her own race record by just two seconds. (Tue 2)
On January 6 through the 7th in Bandera, Texas the Tejas Trails organization will host its 8th USA Track & Field trail running championships and 16th running of the Bandera 100k.
The venue, the Hill Country, northwest of San Antonio Texas. The Bandera 100k is one of the toughest trail runs in Texas, as well as the oldest 100km. It's beautiful, fun, and incredibly well- supported. (Tue 2)
Worknesh Degafa, who had run 17 times for the half marathon under 70 minutes, debuted in Dubai last year with a 2:22 marathon win and $200k for her victory. Degafa will be back in Dubai to defend her title. (Tue 2)
Dave Proctor is not done, even after running more than 358K in the span of 48 hours. The feat is a 48-hour Canadian record (previous mark of 355.8K), according to Proctor, who entered the race as the 24-hour Canadian record holder. Proctor hit 358.16K with 10 minutes to go before the 48-hour mark on Saturday so his new record will likely be more than 358K. Proctor is racing at Across The Years, a multi-day event at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. (Tue 2)
One thing we noticed though is, there always seemed to be more men than women at the races. So we did some research and found that the last time Loon hosted a National Championship, almost 70% of the competitors were men. We want to change that. To send a welcoming and encouraging message to the amazing women out there who might be considering giving a mountain race a try. (Tue 2)
"While general exercise boosts the immune system, endurance events cause a brief dip in our immunity levels, post-event," explained physiologist Prof Neil Walsh.
"Our hunch is that the way in which our body's immune defence works during stress, like a marathon, is to some extent predictable.
Runners in one of Britain's toughest races (Snowdonia Marathon in Welsh) could help scientists answer why some will fall ill after the race - and others will not. (Tue 2)
With a growing hotel business of four, Kenenisa Bekele has been criticized that he spends too much time distracted from his running career.
“In your life you need to be involved in some business apart from running,” he answers. “You cannot sit down and only eat, sleep and run.
“If you invest in something and you don’t know what’s going on, you are not human. Maybe some people complain and worry I am doing business and running. For me it doesn’t matter. I have enough time to do both.” (Tue 2)
Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi did it. He finished the Marshfield Road Runners Marathon in 2:18:59. Setting a world record for the most sub 2:20 marathons. He did this on a very cold day, like 10 degrees. He is a real champion. (Mon 1)
As the temperature in Central Park hovered above 10 degrees, runners at the NYRR Midnight Run started the countdown from 10 to mark the end of 2017 and the start of 2018. With a select group of professional athletes leading the pack of nearly 4,000 runners, Reid Buchanan became the first to complete four miles in the new year by breaking the tape in 19:08. In the women's race, Molly Seidel earned the top spot with a time of 21:24. (Mon 1)
Smart breathing can actually help you run faster and avoid getting hurt.
That's the premise of Running on Air, a new book by Budd Coates. He's a four-time qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.
Coates has developed a new breathing style that synchronizes breathing with foot strike, alternating which foot strikes the ground with each exhalation. The breathing style, called rhythmic breathing, aims to help runners run better and avoid injury. (Sun 31)
Shalane Flanagan Posted this on her Instagram page, “2017 brought me lots of tears, some sad and some happy.
I’m grateful for it all and to share it with those I love.
My wish for myself and everyone in 2018 is that we all get a moment where we are so overcome with joy and happiness that we are brought to our knees......because our dreams became reality.
Everything you want is in front of you. Go get it! (Sun 31)
In 2017, 239,069 runners took part in The Great Run 46 running events from Portsmouth to Aberdeen and in between in the UK. “Combined, our runners covered a massive 2,443,615 miles. That’s more than 98 times around the world.” The 2017 Simplyhealth Great North Run saw the largest amount of finishers in its 37-year history, with 43,127 crossing the finish line of the world’s biggest half marathon. (Sun 31)
Pacers Running store owner Chris Farley was convinced his streak was over. Every year since 1999, Farley had run a marathon or the distance of 26.2 miles in under three hours, but when he crossed the finish line on a windy morning at the Philadelphia Marathon on Nov. 19, his watch read 3:01:04. But on Friday Farley tired one more time and he did it. He completed a certified marathon course at Hains Point in 2:52:53 in front of dozens of friends and family members. His streak continues. (Sun 31)
Olympians, Canadian record holders and national cross-country champions were among those who braved the cold in southern Ontario for the Boxing Day 10-miler. A scenic course with downtown start and finish, the 10 mile event includes 6 miles of paved waterfront trail. (Sun 31)
For the men’s half marathon 2017 was the best year ever - three sub-59-minute runners and another 20+ running sub-60s.
The Copenhagen Half Marathon has quickly developed into one of the world’s highest quality half. This year it provided all the sub-59-minute performances as the top three – Cheroben, Okambo and Oloitiptip – ran 58:40, 59:48 and 58:51 respectively to move to third, eighth and 10th on the world all-time list. And they were followed by four more runners under one hour. (Sat 30)
MBR UNIQUE RACE: There isn’t anything complicated about running with snowshoes. You just have to remember to pick up your feet.
The challenge, as with any winter running, is keeping yourself dry - because wet clothes can kill you.Beyond the normal challenge of sweating from all the extra exertion, racing snowshoes tend to throw around a lot of snow. In loose snow, it looks like a snow squall is following you when you run. Half of it falls on you, so you should wear clothing that sheds the snow. (Fri 29)
Fred Lebow believed that running is for everyone. He fell in love with the sport on his first run around the Central Park Reservoir, and he spent the rest of his life converting millions...
In the late 1960s he joined NYRR, which was a small club. He co-founded the New York City Marathon in 1970 as a four-lap tour of Central Park. He became president of NYRR in 1972 and served in that role and as race director of the NYC Marathon for 22 years, until his untimely death from brain cancer in 1994. (Fri 29)
Bob Anderson started running in 1962. In 1963 he ran the 880 at the AAU Junior Olympics and finished first in 2:08.5. He was hooked. By 1964 he wanted to run the Boston Marathon but he didn’t know how to train. He started writing runners asking for advice. With all this info he decided to start a magazine in Oct 1965. His first issue of Distance Running News came out Jan 1966. He changed the name to Runner’s World in 1970 and built readership to over two million before selling RW in 1984. (Thu 28)
“As we cross the finish line for 2017, and begin training for 2018, Capital Road Race Management would like to thank all runners, walkers, joggers, strollers, weekend warriors, speed demons, families, friends, first-timers, seasoned veterans, PR-chasers, and true heroes for lacing up and toeing the line with us every weekend. We have treasured every mile you shared with us, and look forward to many more.” from an email sent to runners who have run at least one of their races in California. (Wed 27)
It was a good year for UK marathoners. Here are some stats: 17 men broke 2:20 and 43 men broke 2:25 (best since 1995), which is up from 15 and 38 in 2016. A 10th best of 2:17:10 was the best since 1997. 25-year-old Callum Hawkins ran the best time with 2:10:17. A good year but nothing like the 1980’s. (Wed 27)
Japan’s Yuta Shitara has the potential to run 2:06:30, based on his 1:00:17 half. Moen’s disciplined pacing at Fukuoka is a role model for Shitara. Based on Shitara’s two marathons to date there’s no sign that he intends to approach the marathon with the same maturity and professionalism as Moen, but if he did he would be Japan’s best chance of seeing its 2:06:16 national record broken. Shitara ran like no one else in Japan this year to earn the Japanese long distance man of the year title. (Wed 27)
On November 1, Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai, the frontman of successful Thai rock band Bodyslam, set out for a very long run — a 55-day, 1,361 miles jaunt around Thailand.
Since that day, he’s been running up to five times a day, spending between 12 and 18 hours on the road. Toon wasn’t running for himself. He was running to inspire the citizens of Thailand to raise more than 20 million USD for 11 local hospitals. But he didn’t meet his goal. He far exceeded it by bringing in 45 million USD. (Wed 27)
There were a lot of fast marathon times in 2017. "The 15th fastest winning time for men was posted at the Rome Marathon," according to MBR. "Kitata an Ethiopian runner finished first in 2:07:28. Kipchoge posted the best time of the year at the Berlin Marathon. He ran 2:03:32. The fastest winning time of a marathon held on US Soil was 2:08:27. Kenyan's Cherono ran 2:08:27 at the Honolulu Marathon, 18th best winning time of the year. Only six of the top 50 winning times were run on US soil." (Tue 26)
A Rio Viking put up a website featuring early covers of Distance Running News starting from the first issue published January, 1966. "I just ran across this site today by accident," says DRN/RW founder Bob Anderson. "These covers with captions brings back so many great memories. Thanks Rio for doing this." Bob Anderson started DRN with $100 and grew readership to over two million by 1980. He sold RW to Rodale Press in 1984, all before he was 37 years old. (Tue 26)
"Three of the top ten winning marathon times were run on American soil in 2017," according to My Best Runs. "Ethiopian Dibaba ran 2:18:31 at the Chicago Marathon which was the second fastest winning time of the year. Boston's winning time of 2:21:52 ranked 7th and Honolulu's 2:22:15 ranked 10th. The best time of the year was run in London. Mary Keitany of Kenya ran 2:17:01." Lots of good times but still no one came close to Paula Radcliffe's world record time of 2:15:25. (Tue 26)
MBR TRAINING TIP: “The only way to run fast is to run fast,” says lifetime runner Bob Anderson. “Of course everything is relative. Being 70 years old, my fast is running a sub 6:45 mile. When I was younger, fast was a sub 5:15 mile. But I think this advice is for anyone wanting to run faster. Find a runable one mile paved downhill course. Do a one mile warm up and then run a mile faster than normal and let the downhill pull you along. Do this twice a week and push it more each time." (Tue 26)
Our editors and crew would like to wish you and family a Merry Christmas. “We are up here in Eugene Oregon (Track Town USA) visiting my son and family,” says Bob Anderson, MBR founder and editor. “We have already run 12 miles on the Pre’s and River Trails,” says Michael who is in charge of posting timely results and guidance. “It is always a treat to spend time and train with Michael,” says Bob. Of course this morning like always they will do a Christmas Run. (Mon 25)
MBR FAST FACT: Women were not allowed to run in Iran’s first International Marathon last year, but that did not stop Mahsa Torabi. The 43-year-old became the first woman to ever publicly finish a marathon in Iran. She did it alone, in a pink hijab with no music, little training and no blisters – just ‘a few aches’ in her feet at the end of the marathon, five hours and thirty minutes later.
And she did it, quite simply, because she always knew she could. (Mon 25)
MRB FAST FACT: On this day in 1930, Boston Marathon champion John J. Kelley was born. The only BAA running club member to have won the prestigious Patriots' Day event, Kelley also coached 1968 winner Amby Burfoot. Kelley set a course record of 2:20:05 in 1957, winning by nearly four minutes. He finished Boston 32 times, his last being in 1992 when he finished in 4:07. Johnny died in August 2011. (Sun 24)
There are many races around the world that encourages participants to run in full Santa's Suits. Pictured is the Santa Shuffle 5k Road Race held in Manchester, New Hampshire. Or as seen on Pinterest (on the link), others are dressing up in snowmen, elf's and other creativity costumes. Just another way to keep running fun and enjoyable. Merry Christmas to all our runners. And remember it is just one foot in front of the other. (Sun 24)
MBR FAST FACT: After running at least a mile a day for 19,032 days, running legend Ron Hill finally took a day off on Jan 31, 2017. Hill became the first Briton to win the Boston Marathon, setting a then-course record at 2:10:30. He also competed in the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympics, placing sixth in the 1972 marathon. He has also held world records for 10-mile, 15-mile and 25-kilometer road races. Hill has completed 115 marathons, the last of which he ran in 1996, his final Boston Marathon.
MBR FAST FACT: The third Youth Summer Olympic Games will be held October 6-18, 2018 in Buenos Aires. The first was held in Singapore in 2010. The concept came from Austrian industrial manager Johann Rosenzopf in 1998. This was in response to growing global concerns about childhood obesity and the dropping participation of youth in sport activities, especially amongst youth in developed nations. Over 200 countries and 3,600 athletes participated in 2010. These Games are for youth 14-18. (Sun 24)
Watching Shalane Flanagan win the NYC Marathon was one of the top running highlights of 2017. We are psyched to see that she is planning to race Boston in April. There hasn't been an American female winner at the Boston Marathon in almost 30 years. Kenyan and Ethiopian runners now dominate the sport. But this coming April, Shalane Flanagan has a very real chance of winning. She's only 5-foot-4 and 102 pounds. But don't be fooled -- she's has been called a pony-tailed assassin in knee socks. (Sat 23)
The half marathon has been a major area of weakness for Japanese woman in recent years, with none under 1:09 since 2013 and a sub-1:10 time almost a surprise at this point. With four women today at the Sanyo Ladies Road Race under 1:09:30, three of them young runners making the all-time Japanese top 25 in their first serious half marathons, it was a welcome positive note to end a mostly disappointing year. (Sat 23)
Bill Rodgers, former American Marathon record holder won the Boston Marathon four times, including three straight from 1978 to 1980, also won the New York Marathon four times birthday is today. He turned 70. He has run hundreds upon hundreds of road races in his life.
He’s not sure of the exact number. He estimates that he has logged at least 180,000 miles in a distance running career that spans 50 years. There are many races he has run 20 times or more. (Sat 23)
MBR FAST FACTS: Steve Prefonaine was the American record holder in every distance from 2,000 to 10,000 meters at the time of his death in May 1975. Pre traveled to Europe to race against the world's best. While competing in Scandinavia he was impressed by the the soft surface running trails. Alton Baker park seemed a natural location for a similar trail in Eugene, Oregon. He hoped the trail would allow him to safely train in Eugene, as well as help spread the influence of running. (Sat 23)
MBR FAST FACT: The first woman to run the mile in under five minutes was done May 29 1954 in Birmingham England. Diane Leather ran 4:59.6, just 23 days after Roger Bannister became the first ever man to run a sub 4-minute mile. Her best time came September 21, 1955 in London when she ran 4:45.0. However, it was not until 1967 that the IAAF started recognizing women's world records at this distance. Seems like the IAAF should consider these marks? (Fri 22)
MBR UNIQUE RACES: One of the most challenging races in the world is the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. Its distance of 103 miles (and elevation gain of 9,600m) around western Europe's highest mountain, taking in Switzerland, France and Italy, is widely regarded as one of the most difficult foot races on the planet. (Fri 22)
Let's Run.com awards: Galen Rupp is the obvious choice here. Paul Chelimo (U.S. champ indoors and outdoors, World Champs bronze) and Evan Jager (U.S. champ, World Champs bronze) were brilliant, but with a runner-up finish at the Boston Marathon and the first Chicago Marathon victory by an American man since 2002, Rupp had the best year of any U.S. runner. (Fri 22)
There are plenty of running opportunities across Scotland during this festive period. Lace up your new shoes and finish 2017 in style. The Ayrodynamic Turkey Trot on Boxing Day is a great opportunity to burn off the Christmas dinner in what can be a bracing run along the Ayr seafront. The 10K usually attracts a high calibre field; in last year’s event Luke Traynor led a field of 300 home in a fast time of 29:58. (Fri 22)
Brogan MacDougall, a once in a generation-calibre high school runner, earns a Golden Shoe Award for the second consecutive year.She is nearly peerless in this country (and perhaps in all of North America) as a high schooler. She’s opted to race against adults, and showed her ageless talent in April, when she won against a field of 65 athletes, most of them in college, at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia. It was her first time racing the distance on the track. She ran 9:21 for 3,000m. (Fri 22)
On November 4, Andrew Peterson crossed the finish line of the 2017 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in 2 hours, 57 minutes, and 33 seconds. At the time, Andrew had no idea that he had accomplished his three-hour time goal and qualified for the 2019 Boston Marathon. The 24-year-old Special Olympian was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which makes it difficult for him to understand the passing of time when he’s running. (Fri 22)
Japanese runner Yuki Kawauchi will be running the 2018 Boston Marathon, and hopes to improve on a world record that afternoon. On New Year’s Day, he will to attempt to break the world record for most sub-2:20 marathons ever run. Currently he is the co-record holder with American Doug Kurtis, each having run 75 marathons under 2:20. “I can think of nothing better than breaking the record in Marshfield on New Year’s Day and then improving that record in Boston on Patriots’ Day,” said Kawauchi.
MBR UNIQUE RACES: The Jungfrau-Marathon is one of the most beautiful marathon courses in the world - marvelous mountains scenery and the excellent change of the landscape between the start in Interlaken Switzerland and the finish on Kleine Scheidegg. There is no Marathon in Europe with such great dimensions. Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau the most famous mountains peaks of the Alps loom majestically over the course! The Jungfrau Marathon is one of the most popular mountain marathons. (Thu 21)
Trevor Hofbauer, 25, is doing everything he can to get better, bit by bit. He quit his job, moved across the country and lives a lifestyle calculated in a way that is geared towards running fast, and far. Canadian Running visited the 25-year-old in Guelph, Ont., where he is now based, following his win at the 2017 Canadian Marathon Championships, which marked his Marathon debut. His winning time was 2:18:06. (Thu 21)
Organisers of the Scottish Stirling Marathon have added a half marathon contest to their Sunday 29 April race day programme. Following the successful introduction of the new marathon earlier this year, the Great Run team behind the event have been working hard on an improved marathon for 2018 including a revised route. The addition of a 13.1 mile race will enhance Scottish Stirling Marathon’s status as one of the Scotland’s top events. (Thu 21)
We at Canadian Running consider the quartet – Boxing Day 10-Miler, Robbie Burns 8K, Re-Fridgee-Eighter and Around the Bay 30K – the “southern Ontario grand slam” (in reference to a grand slam in baseball which is four runs.) All four of these races offer lesser-contested distances including 10 miles (16K), 8K, 8 miles (12.8K) and 30K. If you’re able to complete three of them, it’s a triple crown. (Thu 21)
“23 years ago, sitting in a Prague pub, my friends and I first expressed thoughts about setting up a marathon here. I couldn’t possibly have know then how such a small event could flourish,” stated Carlo Capalbo, president of RunCzech. 82,883 Runners took part in RunCzech Running League races in 2017. At these events four Czech records, nine course records and five world records were set. “When I see more and more Runners finish, I think to myself, this is only the beginning,” says Carlos. (Wed 20)
Rock the Parkway is well on its way to selling out again in 2018 with 3,000 entries already! Reserve your spot before it's too late and beat the upcoming price increase on January 1st!
Rock the Parkway has become the premier half marathon in Kansas City and one of the largest and most popular half marathons in the Midwest! Voted Best Race Course in Kansas City. "I ran this half in 2012," says MBR founder Bob Anderson. "I loved everything about this race including running on Ward Parkway." (Wed 20)
MBR TOP 100: Huddle doesn’t have the marathon experience that Flanagan does, having just run one marathon. With that said, Huddle’s debut in New York in 2016, when she finished third in 2:28:13, compares similarly to Flanagan’s debut in NYC six years earlier, when she finished second in 2:28:40. With all that noted, it would foolish to count out this woman set to toe the line in Boston April 16. (Wed 20)
More than 5,000 runners will usher in 2018 at the four-mile NYRR Midnight Run in Central Park on Sunday, December 31, with a professional athlete field that includes past event champions Sarah Pagano and Daniel Winn, 2017 TCS New York City Marathon top-10 finisher Stephanie Bruce, and USATF 5K Championships runner-up Molly Seidel leading the way. Fireworks will light up the sky at the stroke of midnight. (Wed 20)
The Shiseido women's corporate team announced that 2015 Gold Coast Airport Marathon winner Risa Takenaka, 27, is retiring from competition. Her last race will be January's National Women's Ekiden. Through a company spokesperson Takenaka explained her reasons for retiring, saying, "I have had a series of injuries that have kept me from training at the level that I want to." Her best marathon time is 2:28:09 and 1:10:10 for the half. (Wed 20)
All-time Japanese #4 in the marathon at 2:21:36 in her debut earlier this year in Nagoya, Yuka Ando (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) leads the elite field for the Jan. 28 Osaka International Women's Marathon. Hoping for a comeback after an ineffectual run at the summer's London World Championships, Ando faces former under-20 Japanese record holder Reia Iwada (Dome) and debuting 10000m national champion Mizuki Matsuda (Daihatsu) as her main competition. (Wed 20)
Abbott World Marathon Majors,the collective of the world’s six greatest marathons, and partners Abbott and Wanda Group announced recently the creation of its first global age group marathon ranking system and age group world championships. The new program will launch in September 2018 and the top-ranked age group athletes will qualify to participate in the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships in the spring of 2020. The rankings will cover age groups for men and women from age 40 to 80+. (Tue 19)
MBR PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Since 1981, the Virgin Money London Marathon has grown to more than 39,000 finishers, is viewed in more than 196 countries worldwide and watched by between four and five million viewers in the UK. In 1979, after running the New York City Marathon, the late Chris Brasher questioned whether London could stage such a festival. “We have the course but do we have the heart and hospitality to welcome the world?” London is again part of World Marathon Majors series XI. (Tue 19)
Abbott World Marathon Majors today awarded the Series X women’s title to 38-year-old Edna Kiplagat (KEN). "Edna’s outstanding victory in Boston in 2017 and her second place in Chicago in 2016 make her the winner of Series X." Kiplagat will receive $500,000 for topping the leaderboard with 41 points. Abbott World Marathon Majors is a series consisting of six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world. The races take place in Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City. (Tue 19)
The major marathon season has been over for more than a month but that doesn’t mean that Japanese marathoning sensation Yuki Kawauchi will stop. He’s run four marathons in the past 40 days (he did 12 in 2017) and clocked his third-fastest of the year this past weekend with a 2:10:03 at a marathon in Hofu. That comes just two weeks after he ran 2:10:53 at the Fukuoka Marathon. From some photos from the race, you can see just how much he wanted to crack 2:10 in the last few kilometers. (Tue 19)
John Kelly of Rockville MD won the Lookout Mountain 50 miler in 7:27:44. which was this year’s Road Runners Club of America Ultramarathon Championship. Kelly loves this sport and says, “The event and the course, really typify what I love about trail and ultrarunning. It's a great, low-key community of people putting on a well-organized race on a course with incredible trails and views. And it's great knowing that the proceeds from the race are going back towards those trails.” (Tue 19)
Howard Cohen has completed the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, every year, dating back to 1975. The craziest personal moment of adversity he’s overcome in the 43 editions. In 1975, at the inaugural Ottawa Marathon, a small group of runners, including Howard Cohen, raided an ice cream bar vendor just off the race course. They had become so hypoglycemic that the urge for sugar became too strong to resist the fuel. “It was a hot day, needless to say,” he notes.
Alisa's performance at Sinister 7 Ultra inspired racers, volunteers and spectators, MacDonald received a standing ovation at the awards ceremony. During the second leg of the 100 mile race, she passed Alex Petrosky, a celebrated ultrarunner and the race’s defending champion. She figured he would catch up to her later. He didn’t. Things would get tough for MacDonald, but after nearly 19 hours, she crossed the finish line beating everyone. “I shocked a lot of people, including myself,” she said.
The Tenmaya women's corporate team announced on Dec. 19 that two-time World Championships marathoner and 2012 London Olympian Risa Shigetomo, 30, will retire from competition at the end of the season in March next year. This year Shigetomo won the Osaka Marathon for the second time in 2:24:22, earning a return trip to London for this summer's World Championships where she finished 27th in 2:36:03. (Tue 19)
John, ‘Maddog’ Wallace has run 383 marathons in 132 countries. In 2007 he started a website for himself and others who are obsessed with running marathons (or beyond) in different countries. His website is called the Country Marathon Club. To qualify for membership a runner must complete a marathon or ultra in a minimum of 30 different countries. There are no membership fees. Club and website expenses are funded by donations. John now has 109 members. (Mon 18)
Sondre Nordstad Moen is the man of the moment after his European marathon record of 2:05:48 at Fukuoka Marathon earlier this month. "It took me 10 years of dedicated training to achieve this performance. It's all about hard work for many years," Moen says. "I think Africans will by far continue to dominate the long distances, but it is possible for some non-Africans to run at the same level as they do." He spends between 150 and 200 days each year living and training in Kenya, 550 since 2009. (Mon 18)
It was the biggest shock in the 63-year history of the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards. But as Sir Mo Farah’s name was read out, and the crowd rose to its feet in stunned appreciation, it was clear no one was more dumbstruck than the man himself. First his eyes widened. Then he covered his mouth in joyous exhilaration. No wonder he was happy. King of the track, knight of the realm, one-man medal factory – and now, for this night at least, Britain’s most popular sports star. (Mon 18)
Ethiopian running icon Kenenisa Bekele fell short of his target of running a 25km personal best at the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K but he still dominated the race in the Indian city after breaking away from his rivals just after 18 kilometres before coming home in 1:13:48. Bekele had talked at Friday’s press conference about beating his best for the distance of 1:12:47. (Mon 18)
Peter Kimeli Some lived up to expectations at the Shenzhen Marathon, winning the race in 2:14:49. While the men’s race was won by the pre-race favourite, Kyrgyzstan’s Viktoria Poliudina defeated some of the more favoured athletes in the women’s race to win in 2:33:25, her third personal best of the year.
TRAINING TIP: It is that time of the year when many runners have to deal with cold weather. The tendency is to put on too many layers of clothes. Layers is the way to go but if you can, warm up inside and get your blood flowing. If you can manage to break a sweat before you head out the door, you won’t be as chilly on your run. Outside is always the best. Much better than doing your run on a treadmill. However, there are times that the treadmill is the best option. (Sun 17)
WHY DO WE RUN: Dean Karnazes says - “Running is cleansing for the soul. Some days I come home feeling overwhelmed by the heaviness of everyday living. Then I go running and everything changes. The problems are still the same, but the way I look at them is different, lighter.” Dean is an ultra Marathoner and author. In 2005 he ran 350 miles in 8 hours 44 minutes without sleep. (Sun 17)
Taiwanese long-distance runner Hsieh Chien-ho set a national record for the women's half marathon on Sunday, clocking 1:15:05 as part of the Taipei Marathon, missing the entry standard for the World Half Marathon Championships 2018 by five seconds.
The 30-year-old runner clinched the gold medal in the half marathon with more than 27,000 entrants taking part in the marathon and half marathon events, including 3,200 from 51 countries and regions. (Sun 17)
Mick Iacofano from Median, Ohio won the Jacksonville Marathon on Saturday in 2:18:39. The 23-year-old won his first attempt in near course-record time at the 35th annual Ameris Bank Marathon with his father joining him for a rare two-generation top-10 finish. “I started feeling really good and confident about my time coming into this week,” said Iacofano, whose time was just four minutes off Jerry Lawson’s course record of 2:14:33 from 1992. Michael Iacofano, Mick's father placed 7th. (Sun 17)
Sharlet Gilbert (66) from Richmond CA does all sorts of races and does them well. She was first in her age-group at the New York City Marathon, Boston and second at Big Sur. She better her time at Pikes Peak by over an hour. Last night she was honored for her first place finish for 2017 Double Racing Leader Board. Double Racing is a two stage race created by MBR founder Bob Anderson. Dawyne Spencer won the Male division. Both are running the Christmas Double Road Race (15k - 10+5) today. (Sat 16)
Many of the most successful athletes from this month’s European Cross Country Championships in Slovakia will test themselves against a United States team in the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh XCountry on January 13 in Edinburgh. In the absence of the now biennial World Cross Country Championships in 2018, the event is the biggest cross-country meeting of the winter. (Fri 15)
Bob Podkaminer, a veteran international race official, said USA Track & Field added a new rule: "A fellow competitor can help you stand up, but no one can help you make forward progress," said Podkaminer by phone from his home in Northern California. "When you are in distress, then it is no longer sport. That's one of the reasons why this particular rule came into effect. The well-being of an athlete is paramount. That's why I think it's a good thing that happened [at the Dallas Marathon]." (Fri 15)
MBR UNIQUE RACES: Running and travelling can be the perfect partners – whether that’s an early morning exploratory jog on a business trip or a dedicated holiday built around a multi-stage race. New routes, scenery and challenges can help enliven one’s love of running, while seeing the world on foot offers an enhanced perspective. (Fri 15)
The Miami Marathon is a big-city race with a super-relaxed party vibe. It’s the perfect escape from a Canadian winter. In cities like Boston, Chicago and even New York, the streets are eerily quiet on the eve of a marathon. Thousands of locals and visiting runners opt to lay low, eat a quick pasta dinner and get to bed early. This is not the case the night before the Miami Marathon. (Fri 15)
Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan says she “felt such a sense of validation” after winning her first major championship at the New York City Marathon in November. “It took seven years, if not a lifetime, to achieve that one moment,” Flanagan said. Flanagan was back in Boston Tuesday. She is the headliner on John Hancock’s elite American team for the 2018 Boston Marathon; arguably, the best American field assembled since Hancock became the race’s principal sponsor in 1986. (Fri 15)
27 Best Moments for Women In 2017 decided by the editors of Cosmopolitan magazine. "Record breaking box office runs, historical firsts, and other big moments for women in a tumultuous year." Their 19th pick was when Shalane Flanagan won the New York City Marathon. As they said, it was an extremely feel-good moment. When she won in 2:26:53, she became the first American to win the race since 1977. (Thu 14)
Gary Patton of the United States became the first runner older than 70 to break 5:30 for an indoor mile on Dec. 7. The then 71-year-old covered 1,609m in 5:29.81 to break a 30-year-old record, according to the World Masters Athletics record book, at the New York Road Runners’ Night at the Races. For comparison, the men’s outdoor mile world record for M70 is 5:19.75, according to the World Masters Athletics records. (Thu 14)
Sabra Harvey had a very good 2017. The 68-year-old packed her schedule with a series of road races that made her a quadruple national champion, winning her age group and overall age-graded title in every USATF Masters championship event she entered: the mile, 5K, 10K, and 15K. One of her best times for the year was her 19:50 5K. (Thu 14)
High Five Events, one of the largest privately owned event production companies in the United States, announces the continuation of the Austin-Oita Sister City Committee (AOSCC) elite runner exchange for the 2018 Austin Marathon. Daichi Tanaka and Junko Sakamoto will represent Japan and compete in the Austin Marathon on Feb. 18, 2018. (Thu 14)
Sir Mo Farah will be running the Ooredoo Doha Half Marathon January 12 in Qatar's capital city, Doha. It will be his first race under his new coach, Gary Lough, who coached women´s marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe.
This will also be an important step towards the London Marathon in April 2018 where Farah will do battle with the Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge. "I am looking forward to the event to test myself on the fast and flat run along Doha´s Corniche," says Farah.
MBR UNIQUE RACES: The Big Five Marathon is a marathon race situated on the savannahs of South Africa. The race gets its name from the famous animals of Africa referred to as The Big Five Game: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. The course of The Big Five Marathon runs through the private game reserve Entabeni in the Limpopo Province, situated between Johannesburg and the Kruger National Park. The Big Five Marathon was started in 2005, and has been held annually since then. (Wed 13)
MBR FAST FACT: Jock Simple was just doing his duty at the 1967 Boston Marathon. He organized the Boston Marathon for more than 30 years, and he had a passion for running and following the rules. "Jock was all about running and following the rules" says Bob Anderson Founder of Runner World. Kathrine Switzer crossed the finish line of the 1967 Boston Marathon, it was remarkable because she was a woman — the first to run the race as an official entry. Roberto Gibb ran unofficially in 1966. (Wed 13)
Betty McHugh wasted little time breaking an age group marathon world record shortly after her 90th birthday. The Canadian ran 6:47:31 at the 2017 Honolulu Marathon, taking more than two hours off Mavis Lindgren's previous record of 8:53:08 set in 1997. The Honolulu Marathon has long been BJ's favorite race, and has become a family affair (pictured). She was joined by her son Brent, grandson David and grand-daughter Ava. Betty has set more than 30 world records over the last 25 years. (Wed 13)
Patrick Rizzo, four times Olympic trials qualifier! Colorado Springs runner is “The Runner Box” Colorado Runner of the Month. After running 2:17 at CIM Pat said, "The race was planned to be a “get back on my feet” race after a catastrophic 2015-16 racing. I knew I was really fit and my coach, Gary Staines, had reassured me as much. Still the plan was just to go out and run conservatively to get the standard out of the way and have a positive marathon finish again." (Wed 13)
We're taking a bold approach to 2018, starting with early registration. Make your own bold move -- commit to running Minnesota’s signature marathon on Sunday, October 7. Registration is open for the 37th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. The 26.2 mile race runs from downtown Minneapolis to the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul. For a limited time, registration for the marathon is only $110. (Wed 13)
Tennessee track legend, national champion and seven-time All-American Kathy Bryant died Friday at the age of 55. She was a four-time All-American in track and three-time All-American in cross country. Bryant was a member of the 1981 Tennessee women's track and field team that won the AIAW Outdoor National Championship. She earned All-America honors in the 5,000 meters, finishing sixth at the national championships with 16:31. After leaving Tennessee, she ran track professionally. (Wed 13)
MBR UNIQUE RACES: First run in 1905, the Dipsea is the oldest trail race in America. It is run every year on the second Sunday in June. The scenic 7.4 mile course from Mill Valley California to Stinson Beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful courses in the world. The stairs and steep trails make it a grueling and treacherous race. (Tue 12)
Jessie Haynes at Western States 100 about to cross the American River. It is that time of the year when the ultra and trail running aficionados go crazy at the prospect of another Western States Endurance Run (WSER) – the oldest 100-mile race in the USA and the one with the legendary story of Gordy Ainsleigh and a lame horse.
With 18.000ft of climb and 22.000ft of downhill, the race has in the past been full of incredible stories. This photo gives you the feel of the race. (Tue 12)
MBR BEST 100: Tokyo Marathon will move its current date from the last Sunday of February to the first Sunday of March. The next Imperial succession is set to take place in 2019, meaning that February 23 will become the Emperor's Birthday national holiday starting in 2020. The race date is being moved to avoid any potential overlap since the finish area is in front of the Imperial Palace. There were concerns due to the large number of people in the area to celebrate the Emperor's birthday.
MRB FAST FACT: Brent Weigner, 68-year-old from Cheyenne Wyoming, has run a marathon or ultra in 148 different countries as of Dec 2 according to the Country Marathon Club that keeps track of records. In 1979 Brent ran his best marathon (2:45:50) in Boston. By 1999 he had completed a marathon on all seven continents. At least 53 of the 148 were ultras including six 150 mile stage races. He ran his first marathon June 30, 1968 in 3:53 at the Whitewater Marathon in Wisconsin. (Tue 12)
MBR PHOTO OF THE WEEK: "The Big Sur International Marathon is a point-to-point course run on scenic CA Highway 1 from Big Sur to Carmel the last Sunday each April. Towering redwoods, crashing waves, coastal mountains and verdant pastures are featured on this bucket list course. The centerpiece of the course is the iconic Bixby Bridge, located at the halfway point of the race, where you’ll be greeted by a tuxedo-ed musician playing a Yamaha Baby Grand Piano." Beautiful and challenging! (Tue 12)
Dame Dibaba talks about club running after his escape from prison in Ethiopia, the sea crossing from Libya, and the Calais camp known as the Jungle. That was more than two years ago, and since then, Dame Dibaba, a refugee from the Oromia region of Ethiopia, has been, in his words, a “ghost” in this country, albeit a ghost that runs like the wind. The current course record holder for the Beckenham parkrun (15 min 58 sec) looks stricken as he recalls the most challenging run of his life. (Tue 12)
MBR BEST 100: Bank of America Chicago Marathon will welcome thousands of runners from over 100 countries again on Oct 7, 2018. That's in 298 days but it is already sold out. You have to plan ahead to get into these world class races. Last year's race was amazing. Galen Rupp won in 2:09:20 and 60-year-old Brian Pitcher ran 2:42:44. Plus there were so many other top times. The race’s iconic course takes runners through 29 vibrant neighborhoods on an architectural and cultural tour of Chicago. (Tue 12)
MBR BEST 100: John Hancock announced its strongest U.S. Elite Team since its principal sponsorship began in 1986. The team, recruited to compete against an accomplished international field, will all be going for the coveted olive wreath on April 16, 2018. The US elite team: Shalane Flanagan, Galen Rupp, Sara Hall,Desiree Linden,Serena Burla, Shadrack Biwott, Abdi Abdirahman, Dathan Ritzenhein, Deena Kastor, Molly Muddle, Jordan Hasay, Scott Smith, Ryan Vail, Kellyn Taylor and Andrew Bumbalough. (Tue 12)
Keith Pierce, 37, of McKinney, Tex., led from start-to-finish on a brisk, sunny morning at the 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon, breaking the tape with a winning marathon time of 2:27:16. In successfully defending his title, Pierce – also the winner of the 2016 BMW Dallas Marathon – ran more than two minutes faster than his 2016 winning time in Dallas. (Tue 12)
Sara Hall confirmed today that she is going to be running the 2018 Boston Marathon. Sara Hall is a professional track athlete and the wife of Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall. She won the California International Marathon which also was the USATF National marathon championships in Sacramento on December 3rd. (Mon 11)
Boston Marathon title sponsor, John Hancock announced today that New York Marathon winner and four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan will be running the 2018 Boston Marathon. She had said she might retire after winning New York but she had also said "Boston's always in my heart." She has run Boston three times. Her best performance came in 2013 when she placed fourth. The competition is going to be tough. As already reported defending champion Edna Kiplagat will be on the starting line too. (Mon 11)
MRB FAST FACT: Jon Sutherland (67) started his running streak May 26,1969. As of today he has run at least one mile for 17,732 days (48.55 years). He established the American consecutive-days record three years ago, when he eclipsed the mark of 45 years set by his former cross-country teammate Mark Covert. “It was Mark who inspired me to begin this. I always looked up to him—and at his back during races—and he told me in 1969 that he had run every day for a year. So I thought, Why not?” (Mon 11)
MBR BEST 100: Both the men’s and women’s course records came tumbling down at the 45th Honolulu Marathon Sunday morning when Lawrence Cherono and Brigid Kosgei broke the finish line tape in Kapiolani Park in 2:08:26 and 2:22:14, respectively. Improbably, the Kenyan duo demolished the previous race records by a combined six minutes and 17 seconds, and each athlete earned $50,000 in prize money and incentive bonuses. (Mon 11)
The best running shoe is whichever one feels the best, right? But shoe companies are claiming that certain shoes—especially Nike’s $250 Zoom Vaporfly 4%— can save you energy and can actually make you faster. We finally have data to answer that question. It looks like Nike isn’t bluffing. Alex Hutchinson reports at Outside Online: Results show that runners needed less oxygen, which means they weren’t working as hard. That translates to saving energy that you can use to push yourself to go faster. (Mon 11)
Shalane Flanagan was voted the 2017 New York Road Runners Pro Performer of the Year by the public and the media after becoming the first American woman to win the TCS New York City Marathon open division in 40 years in November. The NYRR Pro Performer of the Year award recognizes the top athlete for his or her outstanding achievements at NYRR races over the entire year. (Mon 11)
B.A.A. announced its campaign for the 2018 Boston Marathon, the “Year of Service." They will celebrate the altruism that bonds country, mission, and community leading up to the Boston Marathon. Tom Grilk, CEO B.A.A. says, “Some of the more meaningful stories that embody our event come from those who have served; military, police, fire, or the dedicated volunteers that bring endless enthusiasm each year. Our theme will help showcase and celebrate the spirit that these stories symbolize.” (Mon 11)
MBR FAST FACT: On October 16, 2011, Fauja Singh became the first 100-year-old to finish a marathon, completing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 8:11:06. He still runs for pleasure and charity at age 106. Singh says running has given him purpose and a sense of peace. "Why worry about these small, small things? I don't stress. You never hear of anyone dying of happiness." (Mon 11)
Chandler Self was the first woman to cross the finish line at the 2017 Dallas Marathon, clocking 2:53:55. Self staggered, and at some points fell, throughout the final 50m of the Texas road race. High school runner Ariana Luterman, who was running in the event’s relay, aided Self over the final stages of the race and ultimately across the line. (Mon 11)
Nick Symmonds, the IAAF World Championships 800m silver medalist, ran the Honolulu marathon today. This is what he posted afterwards, "The problem with having a 3:00:35 marathon PB is I now have to run another one to break 3. Looking for a spring marathon with a very flat course. Any suggestions?" As one follower posted, "Welcome to the dark side (Kelly Calway) and Scott Olberding posted "Hate to break it to you but it doesn't stop at 3." (Sun 10)
MBR FAST FACT: Rich Karlgaard became an editorial assistant at Runner's World in 1977 after graduating from Stanford, his first real job. Rich was a track and cross-country star in school. In 1998, he was named publisher of Forbes magazine. In 2004, he wrote his first book, Life 2.0. The book made The Wall Street Journal business bestseller list. Recently Rich and RW founder Bob Anderson ran into each other in their hometown of Los Altos, CA at this little Mexican restaurant 40 years later.
MBR FAST FACT: The Fastest Marathon ever run by a United States President is 3:44:52. Former president George W Bush ran that time in 1993 at the Houston Marathon. During his time in office he ran regularly and in fact it was reported that he could run three miles at six minute pace. Bush now 70 says, “Exercise is so important that corporate America should help its employees make time. A healthy workforce is a more productive work force.” The 2018 Houston Marathon will be held January 14. (Sun 10)
24-year-old Rahma Tusa of Ethiopia won the Guangzhou Marathon today. She built up a comfortable lead after midway and trimmed more than two minutes from her personal best to wrap up the third marathon title of her career in 2:25:12.
Tusa’s winning mark also beat the course record of 2:26:46 set by Mulu Seboka back when the race was started 2012.
It was Tusa’s third marathon in 2017. She arrvied in Guangzhou with high spirits after successfully defending her title at the Rome Marathon in April. (Sun 10)
Camille Herron breaks the American Women’s Open 100KM Track Record with 7:36:39 - previously set by Ann Trason in 7:50:08 from 1991. Lots of other records set in Phoenix at Desert Solstice on Saturday Dec 9. (Sat 9)
This book is currently 7th on the NY Times best seller list. A good read from NY Marathon winner and four time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky comes a whole foods, flavor-forward cookbook that proves food can be indulgent and nourishing at the same time. Finally here’s a cookbook for runners that shows fat is essential for flavor and performance and that counting calories, obsessing over protein, and restrictive dieting does more harm than good. (Sat 9)
When Lauren Totten finished CIM last Sunday in Sacramento in 2:35:33, she and her husband Seth broke an apparent American record.
Combined, the Tottens ran the CIM in 4:55, breaking a record believed to have been set by Tim and Lindsay Tollefson in 2013 as the fastest aggregate marathon time for an American married couple in the same race on the same day. Great performances but far short of the world best which is 4:27:05 set in Paris 4/9/17.
MBR PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Eliud Kipchoge posted this photo and quote on Twitter this week. The spirit captured by this photo says it all. His spirit along with a lot of hard work is why Eliud is one of the best runners in the world. Each week MBR will be searching for an inspirational photo of the week. If you see or have taken an image that should be published, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org (Fri 8)
More people than ever before tuned in last summer to watch the world’s top athletes compete for the Diamond Trophy, as 2017 saw increased viewing figures across the world. 2017 saw a total of 282 million viewers across the 14 meetings, an increase of around 60 million on the previous year. Many of those were watching in China, where 23 million more viewers tuned in compared to 2016. In Europe and the USA there was an also an increase, with nine million more Americans watching the IAAF meets.
Seven months ago, Sean English was a track and cross country star, but his dreams of running in college vanished when he was hurt helping crash victims on I-96 in Detroit. Sean and his parents watched a car full of teenagers flip over on I-96, but when they raced to help, another car hit him at the scene. Part of Sean's right leg had to be amputated. "I knew he would run again," his mother said. "I would like to do a bunch of road races, marathons, you name it," Sean said. "Anything running." (Fri 8)
12-year-old Caleb Hymans from Annandale, VA not only finished first overall at the Marine Corps Turkey Trot November 18 but set a new 10K world record for 12-year-olds. According to ARRS, Caleb’s finish time (35:34) topped his previous record by 59 seconds. His first appearance in the record books was when he set the then-5K record of 18:47 for 9-year-old males. He also ran 37:45 10K at age 11 another world best. His first race was at a Turkey Trot when he was five.
Nick Symmonds, the IAAF World Championships 800m silver medalist will compete in the Honolulu Marathon, the first marathon of his career and the longest run he has ever done. But even with minimal training by marathon standards, Symmonds, like always, is embracing the experience. (Fri 8)
Course record-holder Mulu Seboka of Ethiopia will return to the Guangzhou Marathon in a bid to regain her title from five years ago. Seboka clocked 2:26:46 to take a convincing victory at the inaugural edition of the race back in 2012 and her course record has stood untouched ever since. The 33-year-old, who set a personal best of 2:21:56 when finishing sixth in Dubai in 2015, is still seen as one of the favourites. (Fri 8)
Ted Corbitt Classic 15K is this weekend in Central Park. A distance running pioneer and the co-founder and first president of NYRR, Ted Corbitt had a unique dedication to the sport and a passion for excellence that carried over into every aspect of his life. He completed an incredible lifetime total of 223 marathons and ultramarathons. His training, which routinely included 200-mile weeks, was more than just preparation for racing. It was a lifestyle that has inspired many who came after him. (Thu 7)
Boston native Matt Damon narrates Boston: The Documentary.
Damon has long been a fan of the Boston Marathon. “Some of my most vivid childhood sports memories took form … by the side of the road near the fire station on Commonwealth Avenue in Newton." Damon said. "I’ll never forget standing there in the crowd with my brother, Kyle, as we looked for Bill Rodgers." Damon's brother and father have each run the Boston Marathon four times. The Doc is now available on Digital and on Demand Dec 19.
Does smiling while sweating make your efforts feel easier. In May, Eliud Kipchoge, Kenyan marathon runner, periodically grinned through the final miles of his fastest-ever marathon, which he completed in 2 hours 25 seconds; afterward, he said that he had hoped that the smiling would ease him to the finish line. But there has been little solid scientific evidence to support this idea. The key may be to grin sincerely near a race’s end, but in 30-second bursts, rather than continuously. NY Times (Thu 7)
Roberta Groner, a 39-year-old full-time nurse and mother of three, took nearly six minutes off her personal best to finish second in 2:30:38. It was an astonishing performance, given her experience in running until that point, at the California International Marathon on Sunday. It’s been just six years since Groner ran her first marathon, and she’s lowered her time by 42 minutes. She first ran 3:12:42 at the 2011 Chicago Marathon. Groner took a 10-year break from the sport from 1999 to 2009. (Thu 7)
Organisers of the Boston Marathon have confirmed that this year’s winners, Edna Kiplagat and Geoffrey Kirui, will defend their titles at the race on 16 April 2018. (Thu 7)
The world's strongest female field, a super-fast Norwegian and an elite field of males who yet again will chase the World Record. That is just some of the elite field wishes for the Copenhagen Half Marathon 2018. The organisers of the Copenhagen Half Marathon have a clear dream when it comes to the 2018 edition. The world's strongest female and male elite field has to be found on the starting line. In 2017 Abraham Cheroben, wining time of 58.40, barely missed the world record by 17 seconds. (Wed 6)
Country music artist and 2018 Grammy nominee, Jack Ingram will join local media personalities for the 2017 Last Relay Team Running, a contest that helps raise money for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the lead beneficiary of the 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and SMU Cox School of Business Relay, Sunday, December 10. (Wed 6)
MBR BEST 100: Timothy Ritchie and Sara Hall executed very different race strategies but both secured 2017 USATF Marathon Championship titles at the 35th annual California International Marathon on Sunday. (Wed 6)
The organizers of the Sanyo Ladies Road Race have announced the elite fields for this year's 36th running on Dec. 23, a selection race for the women's national team for next March's World Half Marathon Championships in Spain. (Wed 6)
For Sunday's BMW Dallas Marathon, race organizers are turning back the clock. A newly designed marathon course is reminiscent of the 1984 White Rock Marathon. Special contributor Debbie Fetterman highlights the notable changes and offers her course description, five best spectator venues and five landmarks along the route. (Wed 6)
Yuta Shitara (Honda) ended 2017 on a high note, beating three-time defending champion Jeremiah Thuku Karemi (Toyota Kyushu) to win the 42nd Kumamoto Kosa 10-Miler on Sunday (Dec 3). Shitara broke the tape in 45:58, only the fourth Japanese man to go under 45 minutes. Karemi was well under last year's winning time but nowhere close to catching Shitara, finishing 2nd in 46:10 and Inoue only 2 seconds behind him. 11 runners finished under 47 minutes. Time for 88th place was 49:18. (Tue 5)
A total of 10 marathons are scheduled to be hosted across China this weekend when more than 100,000 runners are estimated to be competing according to China's athletic association. Over 400 marathons are on the scheduled in 2017, China hosted 328 marathons in 2016 with 2.8 million runners, up from 22 marathons in 2011, the country's athletic association reported. (Tue 5)
One of Thailand’s leading rock stars, “Toon” Khongmalai—who sings for the popular Thai rock band Bodyslam—has been running across Thailand, raising money for hospitals that give care to the poor. This 2,191 km, 55-day run started on November 1 at Betong, and his destination is the border town of Mae Sai, Thailand’s northernmost point on the Thai-Myanmar border. His pace is impressive, running nearly a marathon every day, and taking only one rest day for every 4 days on the move. (Tue 5)
This year, 27,000 people have entered the race, 14,000 Japanese runners and 16 of the world's fastest elite runners will compete for the grand prize. In addition to the Marathon, there are also two other races coinciding with Marathon Weekend. The Kalakaua Merrie Mile is a fun one-mile race around Waikiki on Saturday, December 9 and the Start to The Park is a new 10K race that starts at the same time and place as the full marathon and finishes 10 kilometers into the course at Kapiolani Park.
5025 participants donned in 5-piece Santa suits broke the World Record for Largest Santa Run during the Great Outdoor Provision Co. Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler presented by Bon Secours In Motion in Virginia Beach December 17, 2016. In order to count toward breaking the world record, they had to be wearing all five pieces: red pants, a red jacket, hat, black belt, and white beard. This year's event is set for Dec 16. All participants will receive the Santa Suit. (Mon 4)
Joe Gray and Dani Moreno captured the 10th annual XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch this morning. Dani Moreno of Santa Barbara, California, won the women's race in 1:39:22, a little over a minute ahead of runner up, Giselle Slotboom of the Netherlands (currently training in Salt Lake City, Utah), who finished in 1:40:30. Teyler Adelsberger from Columbia, Missouri, was third in 1:43:46. Joe Gray won in 1:18:36 nearly a minute ahead of Sage Canaday. (Mon 4)
Moen ran 2:05:48 to win the Fukuoka Marathon on Sunday. The quickest time, previously achieved by a non-African male on a record-eligible course was 2:06:05 by Ronaldo da Costa in 1998 — then a world record. Ryan Hall ran 2:04:58 at the Boston Marathon in 2011, but the course was deemed ineligible for record-keeping. Runners live for the day where everything clicks. PR's are set on those days. Norway's Moen had one of those days on Sunday. He beat his PR by four minutes and 19 seconds.
In sunny, windless and cool conditions, Sara Hall of Redding, California won the 2017 USATF Marathon title at the California International Marathon on Sunday. Hall, 34, bounced back from a 2:27:21 personal best performance at the BMW Frankfurt Marathon five weeks ago, to run away from the field here in 2:28:10, the second fastest winning time in the 35-year history of the race. (Mon 4)
Pamela Rotich’s 2:38:31 triumph at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and her Compatriot Cosmas Kimutai made it a Kenyan double – the seventh in the past eight editions – by winning the men’s race in 2:22:48 in what was his first race for three years. The race, despite starting at 4:30am, still couldn’t escape the 82 degree heat, so times were understandably affected, as is often the case in Singapore. (Mon 4)
After breaking away from pre-race favorite Bedan Karoki at 36 kilometres, Norway’s Sondre Nordstad Moen went on to win the Fukuoka Marathon on Sunday (3), clocking a European record of 2:05:48. “I was confident that I could run 2:07, and on a good day perhaps even 2:06, but I did not expect 2:05,” said Moen. Previous record (2:06:10) was set 3/20/2016 by Ozbilen of Turkey. The 26-year-old entered the race with a personal best of 2:10:07, set earlier this year at the Hannover Marathon. (Sun 3)
A winner has been selected in the IAAF’s contest for the best photograph of the year taken by a fan photographer.
Fan photographers were invited to submit their own entries via social media.
The winning entry came from Katie Dunlop, whose photograph of Callum Hawkins at the Great Edinburgh X-Country caught the eye of the panellists. “This is amazing, thank you so much to the IAAF and the judges; I’m a bit shocked!” said Dunlop, “I always enjoy watching the Great Edinburgh XC meet."
In sixteen days this month Sawahata, 24, won three marathons, all in course record time, all under 2:42 and two in PBs, to give her a streak of fifteen marathon wins since April, 2015, undefeated after a tentative first step at the 2014 Honolulu Marathon. According to the ARRS database, it's one of greatest marathon win streaks at the elite or sub-elite level in history, male or female. (Fri 1)
The 3rd annual My Best Runs Best 100 list was released today. "There are so many good races," says MBR and Runner's World magazine founder Bob Anderson. "Our editors feel these are the world's best 100." Here are some stats: 49 marathons, 19 Half Marathons, 13 10K's, 4 ultras, 27 countries, over $10 million of prize money and even through almost all of these feature a pro race, the average runner can participant too. "These are the best, most interesting and unique races," says Anderson. (Fri 1)
The streets of Texas’ second-largest city are going to be rocking this weekend as thousands of competitors don their running shoes to take part in numerous events that comprise the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon weekend. At the front of these races, that include the 5K, 10K, half marathon, and marathon will be some fast runners including the defending champions. (Fri 1)
Kenyans Cyprian Kotut and Rebecca Chesir lead their respective fields at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon this weekend. Chesir returns to the southeast Asian island city-state to defend her title in the women's race. Running in warm conditions after an early 04:30 start, Chesir won last year's edition by more than a minute in 2:43:03. But the 25-year-old has run considerably faster several times in her career, topped by a 2:24:25 run in Vienna last April. (Fri 1)
Yemane Tsegaye of Ethiopia returns to defend his title at the 71st Fukuoka International Marathon on Sunday. Tsegaye recorded his personal best of 2:04:48 at the 2012 Rotterdam Marathon, and has a silver medal from the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 to his credit. Last December, the 32-year-old prevented Patrick Makau from winning a third successive Fukuoka title. (Fri 1)
MRB BEST 100: Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge says he will take Mo Farah's challenge at the London Marathon "very seriously".
Kipchoge, 33, won the event in 2015 and 2016, and will compete again in 2018.
Farah has run two London Marathons but April's race will be his first since switching focus from a track career in which he won four Olympic and six world titles over 5,000m and 10,000m.
"He's a tough and respectable athlete," Kipchoge told BBC Sport. "I think he will be successful immediately."
Hall finished 5th at Frankfurt Marathon, setting a personal best of 2:27:21. She has recovered exceptionally well, providing her the confidence to give the marathon (CIM) another go just 5 weeks after Frankfurt. “It’s probably my best recovery after a marathon yet,” Hall said. “I think recovery is my strength as an athlete. I don’t think I’m the most talented, but since I started in the sport I’ve always been able to train really aggressively and race often with my body absorbing it well.” (Thu 30)
Leonard Korir’s fabulous 2017 continued Sunday morning at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in India, as Korir became the second American man to run under 60:00 in the half marathon, running 59:52 for 3rd place behind Berhanu Legese (59:46) and Andamlak Belihu (59:51). He gained eligibility to represent the United States in May 2016 (Thu 30)
The California International Marathon will celebrate 35 years on December 3 with its largest field of runners, a prestigious national designation as the host of the USATF Marathon Championships and several community and participant-focused enhancements.
General marathon registration and marathon charity entries have pushed the registration total to over 11,000 runners with another 7,000 runners combined in the CIM Relay Challenge and 5k for a race weekend total of 18,000 participants. (Thu 30)
Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge will return to the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 22 2018 looking to make it a hat-trick of wins in the capital. The Kenyan superstar won in 2015 and was an agonising eight seconds away from the current world record of two hours two minutes and 57 seconds when he won again a year later. (Thu 30)
The Marblehead runner hinted at retirement, then won the New York Marathon in historic fashion. Now the question is: Will she run Boston one last time? “It would be a nice way to end her marathon career,” her husband said as he watched her greet the children in their home town. “I’ve already told her that if she wins Boston we’re moving here so she never has to pay for a drink again.” From the Boston Globe. (Thu 30)
Mo Farah is expected to compete in the marathon at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020, having previously suggested that he would not run in a Great Britain vest again. Farah, who retired from the track after the World Championships in London, was expected to concentrate on competing in big city marathons from now on. (Wed 29)
Sports trainer Ng See Chye is a seasoned running enthusiast with over 30 years of experience and more than 30 marathons under his belt. But he is expecting this year's Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) to be one of his toughest races.
His 71-year-old father Ng Yoo Ay, also an avid runner, had been slated to run in the 10km category but is now in a coma after a road accident in September.
If you’re not taking part in one of Saturday’s races, you can support the runners by cheering them on along the route.
One place to do so: Crosstown Arts, which is hosting the “Cancer is a Drag” St. Jude Marathon spirit station from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot in front of the Cleveland Street Flea Market at 438 N. Cleveland. Bring your noisemakers and posters to cheer on the runners, and enjoy drag performances, vegan pancakes, bloody marys and more. (Wed 29)
Two of the biggest names in American long-distance running, Meb Keflezighi and Shalane Flanagan, are coming to Dallas for the 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and SMU Cox School of Business Relay, December 8-10. Throughout the weekend, four-time Olympian Keflezighi and recent New York City Marathon winner Flanagan will appear at events around the city, including the start and finish line on race day Sunday, Dec. 10. (Wed 29)
The very first Honolulu Marathon race debuted in 1973. The catalyst wasn't exactly athletic warfare or competition, but more as a way for a maverick cardiologist to show the benefits of long-distance running, primarily for his cardiac patients. 34 years later, it's the fourth biggest marathon in the world. And while there's still a laid-back vibe, the competition aspect has grown. In recent years, there has been a recent influx of world-class record-breakers and elite runners. (Wed 29)
The inaugural Antarctic Mile was completed November 25 where Paul Robinson, a world class athlete from Ireland, ran an astounding 4:17.9 mins on the snow and in temperatures of -20 C (-4 F) on Union Glacier. (Tue 28)
IAAF World Indoor Championships 2020, Following three passionate and technically high level presentations made by all three candidates, the Chinese city of Nanjing was awarded the IAAF World Indoor Championships 2020. (Tue 28)
Created in conjunction with Breaking2, Nike’s attempt to enable the first sub-two-hour marathon, the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% was designed with the goal of helping the world’s fastest marathoners run their best. The tooling features new Nike ZoomX foam that is ultra-lightweight, soft and capable of providing up to 85-
percent energy return. Shalane Flanagan wore this shoe and won the NYC marathon, the first American woman in forty years. (Tue 28)
USATF's Mountain, Ultra & Trail (MUT) Running Council announced its 2017 runners of the year. 37-year-old Max King from Bend Oregon was named Ultra Runner of the year (2017). 34-year-old Camille Herron from Warr Acres, OK was named female Ultra Road Runner of the year (2017) (Tue 28)
In 2013 Japanese runner Satoru Kasuya was a promising 2:11 marathoner. A few months later he almost died from cancer. On Sunday at the Osaka marathon he ran 2:19:50. Surviving his treatment, Kasuya was determined to make a comeback. In September, 2015 he ran his first race post-surgery, a 5000 m time trial. Five months later he ran a 2:20:38 marathon in Tokyo, following up with a 2:24:20 in Nagano this spring. On Sunday he placed 4th in 2:19:50. (Tue 28)
Britain’s two fastest half marathon runners of all time, Sir Mo Farah and Callum Hawkins, will face each other at The Big Half, London’s brand new half marathon, on Sunday March 4. Farah – the multi-Olympic and World Championship gold medallist over 5,000m and 10,000m – will begin the new road racing chapter of his career at The Big Half. Scotland’s Hawkins, who was fourth in this year’s World Championships marathon in London, will be looking for further success on the streets of London. (Tue 28)
Jerry Schumacher (Portland, Oregon), whose Bowerman Track Club athletes in 2017 won three medals at the IAAF World Championships, as well as an historic marathon victory, has been named USATF’s 2017 Nike Coach of the Year, USATF announced Monday. “Jerry has become one of the world’s greatest coaches, and the consistent success of his athletes is a testament to that fact,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “He and his athletes have helped lead the resurgence in American distance running." (Tue 28)
Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich, the 2012 Olympic and 2013 world champion, will take on Bidan Karoki and defending champion Yemane Tsegaye at the 71st annual Fukuoka Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on December 3 in Fukuoka, Japan. (Tue 28)
The Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon and 1/2 Marathon got a revamped course for 2017.
Course changes were made to accommodate downtown construction while keeping iconic and historic sites on the race path, according to a press release sent Tuesday morning.
Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, and Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, have applauded the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K events for their significant contribution to sports tourism in Jamaica within the last 16 years. (Tue 28)