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. (01/05/2018) ⚡AMP
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. (01/05/2018) ⚡AMP
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. (01/05/2018) ⚡AMP
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. (01/05/2018) ⚡AMP
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. (01/04/2018) ⚡AMP
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. (01/04/2018) ⚡AMP
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. (01/04/2018) ⚡AMP
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. (01/04/2018) ⚡AMP
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.” (01/04/2018) ⚡AMP
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. (01/03/2018) ⚡AMP
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. (01/03/2018) ⚡AMP
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
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. (01/03/2018) ⚡AMP
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. (01/03/2018) ⚡AMP
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. (01/02/2018) ⚡AMP
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. (01/02/2018) ⚡AMP
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. (01/02/2018) ⚡AMP
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. (01/02/2018) ⚡AMP
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. (01/02/2018) ⚡AMP
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.” (01/02/2018) ⚡AMP
"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. (01/02/2018) ⚡AMP
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. (01/01/2018) ⚡AMP
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. (01/01/2018) ⚡AMP
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. (12/31/2017) ⚡AMP
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! (12/31/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/31/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/31/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/31/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/30/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/29/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/29/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/28/2017) ⚡AMP
“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. (12/27/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/27/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/27/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/27/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/26/2017) ⚡AMP
"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. (12/26/2017) ⚡AMP
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." (12/26/2017) ⚡AMP
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." (12/26/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/25/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/25/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/24/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/24/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/24/2017) ⚡AMP
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.
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. (12/23/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/23/2017) ⚡AMP
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. (12/23/2017) ⚡AMP