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." (12/08/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/08/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/08/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/07/2017) ⚡AMP
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 (12/07/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/07/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/07/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/06/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/06/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/06/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/06/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/06/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/05/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/05/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/05/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/04/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/04/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/04/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/04/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/03/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/01/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/01/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/01/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/01/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/01/2017) ⚡AMP
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.” (11/30/2017) ⚡AMP
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 (11/30/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (11/30/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (11/30/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (11/30/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (11/29/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (11/29/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (11/29/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (11/29/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (11/28/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (11/28/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (11/28/2017) ⚡AMP
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) (11/28/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (11/28/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (11/28/2017) ⚡AMP
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." (11/28/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (11/28/2017) ⚡AMP