Melaku Belachew danced on the finish line after breaking the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon men’s record last year – and we could get to see some more of his moves on Sunday if all goes according to plan for the Ethiopian. “I feel good now, I will win this – again!” he finished the 2017 race in 2:10:31, said as he gave a thumbs-up sign. Belachew was feeling confident. “Yes, I will do it, I will break my course record,” he added. “I think everything will be OK, I am in good condition.” (Sat 20) ⚡AMP
Nitendra Singh Rawat said today he was aiming to better his own mark of 2016 when going one-on-one against Gopi Thonakal, who became the first ever male from the country to win the Asian championship title last November in China. "I want to create my own new course record. I have been training in Ooty, at a height of 2300 metres, for the last one month and am targeting the 2 hours, 13 minutes mark," said Rawat who clocked an impressive 2:15:18 when winning the marathon at the last SAF Games. (Sat 20) ⚡AMP
BMW has not been involved in Formula 1, the top level of motorsport, for some time now. However, its involvement in running seems to be established for the long run. Is that not a paradox for an automobile manufacturer? And is it being done primarily for image reasons?
Running and the automobile industry are not mutually exclusive. Quite the opposite. Discipline, endurance and readiness to perform are the mark of successful runners; they must intelligently make use of their energy reserves. (Sat 20) ⚡AMP
Twin sisters Anna and Lisa Hahner were accused of treating the Olympic marathon like a 'fun run' when they finished the Rio Olympic marathon holding hands. Both have had some set backs after the games but they continue to think positive. When Lisa was in South Africa for a marathon a runner told her "A marathon is like a rose. It is a beautiful flower but it also has many thorns." Lisa said after her race, "A rose is beautiful because there are thorns. On race day everything must work together." (Sat 20) ⚡AMP
We ranked the fifty states, along with D.C. and Puerto Rico, according to the longest average distance per run. The data below reflects Strava stats between October 2016 and October 2017. Wyoming average distance 5.56 Montana average distance 5.46 Vermont average distance 5.43 New York average distance 5.39 Illinois average distance 5.38 (Sat 20) ⚡AMP
Biohacking is a broad strategy for improving physical and mental performance through the use of supplements, meditation, superfoods and other approaches like fasting or exposure to cold that are designed to enhance our body's natural abilities. In that way, we're "hacking" our own biology in an effort to make us mentally and physically superior. Is Biohacking Right for You? (Sat 20) ⚡AMP
Four cities have declared their intent to submit bids to host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon: Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Orlando, Florida all have officially declared their intent to bid to host the Olympic Trials. Final bids for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon are due March 19. The USATF Board of Directors will make the final site selection this Spring. (Sat 20) ⚡AMP
Nick Symmonds posted this on twitter today. He has been a world class track runner and decided to run one marathon. That was his plan until he just missed breaking three hours in Honolulu. He wrote,
"I will race the Eugene Marathon, finishing at one of my favorite places in the world, Hayward Field. My goal is to break 3 hours and, if successful, it will likely be the last race I ever run. I hope to see you all there for one last party!" (Fri 19) ⚡AMP
The 2018 USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held March 16-18 at Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland. The on-time entry deadline is February 15. You must be a 2018 USATF member to enter the Championships. If you do not have a 2018 membership, please complete a membership application first. You must also meet the eligibility requirements which are outlined on their site. Photo shows entries in the 75 to 99 mile in 2017. (Fri 19) ⚡AMP
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 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 runners. (Fri 19) ⚡AMP
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 three times and set the course record of 2:19:31. It will be her first start in one of the world’s richest marathon since her last victory in the UAE in 2015. (Fri 19) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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.
(Thu 18) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMPEpic Running Adventures
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..."
(Tue 16) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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."
(Mon 15) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
"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."
(Mon 15) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
"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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
“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) ⚡AMP
“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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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,”
(Sun 14) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMP