With seven marathons on seven continents in seven years already behind them, Stephen and Eleanor Pienaar
are ready to become the first South Africans to compete in the North Pole Marathon.
They started training for the Marathon which takes place on moving sea ice and considered one of the toughest marathons in the world, in September last year.
“We will be running on sea ice, which will be more extreme than the Antarctic Ice Marathon,” says Eleanor.
“Russian soldiers will parachute out of a plane and secure the perimeter to make sure no polar bears wander onto the course. We will be running a four-kilometre lap 10 times. We have to be in a contained area because of the polar bears and the sea ice, that can crack underfoot.
It will be completely different to the Antarctic Ice Marathon. We will be running in temperatures of minus 40 to 30 degrees.”
The North Pole Marathon will be run on April 9 this year, they will be starting their trek to the North Pole on April 1. (02/13/2018) ⚡AMPEpic Running Adventures
The Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica
kicked off Sunday and will run through Friday. The run covers a demanding 236km over six days. The course boasts a total elevation gain of more than 34,000 feet – with the race finish near the border of Panama in a small and serene fishing village that until recently was only accessible by boat. Known locally as the ‘Rainforest Run, the course runs along Costa Rica’s lush and tropical Pacific coastline. Weaving in and out of the Talamancas – a coastal mountain range spread across the southwest corner of the country. (02/13/2018) ⚡AMPEpic Running Adventures
"When it comes to making quick healthy meals, my No. 1 advice for runners is to choose nutritious and fast cooking ingredients that provide a combination of carbohydrates, good quality protein and healthy fats," says Melissa Kazan a registered dietitian. "Here are four dinner ideas that will make weeknight meals fun and tasty: 1.One-pot meals like vegetarian chili are easy to make, packed with quality carbs and fibre and make perfect leftovers. 2. You don’t have to be a master chef to whip up a fantastic meal with a slow cooker. For any runner who has little time to cook, crockpot is the way to go. 3. Load up on antioxidant rich veggies by whipping up a homemade pizza. 4. Think outside the box and try a Mexican-inspired ground meat and pasta dish." Click on link for cooking details. (02/13/2018) ⚡AMPRunner’s Diet
Kristen Zaitz is a three-time U.S. Olympic marathon trials qualifier and has a personal best time of 2:32:48. Her next marathon will be Napa...
There used to be a time when Kristen Zaitz was putting in 120 miles a week.
“I had done it for so long, at such a high level, that I was pretty burned out when I had my daughter a year ago,” said Zaitz. “The training has been super laid back and I really just wanted to come back slowly and have not much pressure on myself. Napa will be a good little eye opener for me.”
As tens of millions of Chinese converged on bus and railway stations last week, 42-year-old Pan Shancu decided to make his own way home for the Lunar New Year holiday – by running 211km (131 miles) across eastern China. He set out just before 4.15am on Thursday and arrived home at about 7am the next day. He would have got there a little sooner, but decided to stop off for a bowl of noodles a few hours from the finish line.
Pan, who owns a massage shop in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, took a little under 27 hours to complete the mammoth journey – equivalent to five regular marathons – to his hometown in Tiantai county.
“I think running is more fun than driving or taking buses, and you can appreciate the scenery along the way,” he said.
(02/13/2018) ⚡AMPChinese Running
Defending champ Ezekiel Chebii (Kenya
) returns to lead the field for the Mar. 4 Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon. Chebii is one of three men in the field with recent 2:06 times, his 2:06:07 in Amsterdam 2 years ago leading Tadesse Abraham (Switzerland) and Abera Kuma (Ethiopia
) to form a clear trio of favorites. Making up the second pack are 4 current sub-2:10 Japanese men, 2017 Gold Coast winner Takuya Noguchi, Rio Olympian Satoru Sasaki, and Sasaki's teammates Takuya Fukatsu and Fumihiro Maruyama. (02/13/2018) ⚡AMPJapan Running
The window to register for the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon
is closing, so if you haven’t committed to run this year, this week is your last chance.
Registration for the race on Nov. 4, 2018, opened on Jan. 15 and will close at 11:59 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, online.
For a guaranteed spot, eligible runners must have hit the New York Road Runners
(NYRR) time-qualifier, which is based on age, in a previous race. For example, a male runner who is between the ages of 18 and 34 must have run at least a 2:53 marathon or a 1:21 half-marathon. A female runner of the same age must have run a marathon in 3 hours and 13 minutes or a half-marathon in 1 hour and 32 minutes. (02/12/2018) ⚡AMP
post cool running photos regularly on Twitter. So cool that we just needed to learn more about them. RunItFast.com is a compilation of some of the most elite and experienced runners in the world. Run It Fast is a way of life and is subjective according to every runner. Run It Fast is about pushing yourself and limits beyond anything you’ve ever done before. For some that will mean running a single mile while for others it will be finishing their first marathon or ultra
marathon. The inspiration and creator of this club is Joshua Holmes
. He has run 205 marathons/ultras including forty 100 milers. On Friday Joshua posted on FB: The prestigious Badwater 135 mile ultra marathon invites were announced late this morning and it includes 13 Run It Fast club members of the 100 person field from around the world.
(02/12/2018) ⚡AMPEpic Running Adventures
Over the last four decades, the Napa Valley Marathon
brings thousands of runners and spectators to the Valley every year in the spring, at a time when the tourist industry is usually slow. The race helps bring attention and prestige to Napa County. The race is routinely picked as one of the best marathons by running-related media, most recently by Forbes Travel Guide, which included it in the list of “13 Top Marathons Worth Traveling For In 2018,” joining events in Tokyo, Rome, London, Boston and New York. (02/12/2018) ⚡AMP
Nat Shaffir runs 6 miles a day, 6 days a week. He started running when he met a college student who had just run a marathon. "I looked at her and said, she did a marathon? If she can do it I can do it," he said. He was 65 then and now he's 81, and later this year hopes to run his 12th marathon. When he runs, he doesn't listen to music or plan his day. He says his mind is usually in a much darker place. Shaffir gives tours at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., where he shares his own story... His family spent years in a Jewish ghetto, with barely enough food to survive, and 32 of his relatives perished in Nazi concentration camps. Shaffir, though, eventually made it to Israel, and at age 24 to America. Running, he says, gives him strength. From CBS Evening News (02/12/2018) ⚡AMPRunning Heroes
Flying Pig Marathon
Executive Director Iris Simpson Bush was inducted into the Running USA
Hall of Champions at the 2018 Running USA Industry Conference awards dinner Sunday night in Austin Texas.
Entry to the Running USA Hall of Champions is reserved for those people who with devotion, vision, and commitment built the sport and provided glory for the winners and a place to excel for everyone.” Running USA said that Bush “has not only overseen the growth of one of the premiere races in the United States, but has grown the sport of running in Ohio.”
(02/12/2018) ⚡AMPRace Directors
This summer, Brooke Greyno will be embarking on a 4,000+ mile cross country run from San Francisco to Baltimore Maryland. She is doing this through the Ulman Cancer
Fund for Young Adult’s 4K Cancer program. The mission is to raise awareness, unite communities, and inspire hope in the fight against cancer. She will be doing this by visiting cancer patients at hospitals and cancer centers, as well as raising awareness about UFC’s mission in towns she (and her team) will be stopping in during her trek across the country. (02/12/2018) ⚡AMP
It took Kayleigh Williamson six hours and 23 minutes to run and walk the Austin Half Marathon
The finish line had been dismantled when she got there, but race organizers put it up again. When Williamson crossed, followed by an entourage of police and trainers from a local chiropractor’s clinic, the 27-year-old flipped her hair in triumph. She had just become the first woman with Down syndrome to complete the 13.1-mile race. Someone put a medal around her neck, and later one of her coaches gave her a personalized belt buckle.
“I loved it,” Williamson says.
This year, she returns with two new goals in mind — to finish the half-marathon in less than six hours, and to encourage others with Down syndrome to get running.
(02/12/2018) ⚡AMPRunning Heroes
Racing an indoor 5,000m for the first time in nine years, 2016 Olympic triathlon champion Gwen Jorgensen
improved her PB over that distance by 37 seconds on Friday evening in Seattle. The Husky Classic marked her first race in more than a year and since she gave birth in mid-August 2017. The former triathlete has big goals in the next few years. In November, Jorgensen announced that she is focused on the 2020 Olympic marathon with the gold medal in mind. Emily Infeld and Gwen Jorgensen ran 15:15.52 and 15:15.64 at the Husky Classic, second and third fastest times in the world this year. (02/12/2018) ⚡AMPPeople
"These four runners listed below live and spend long seasons in Kenya at altitude, training with Africans with their custom meals, sleeping in their cots, training at 6am, fasting, and eating ugali The White Kenyans
... 1. Julien Wanders
this morning ran 60:09 at half marathon in Barcelona, a new Swiss record 2. Zane Robertson
from New Zealand ran a 59:47 Half 3. Sondre Moen
2:05:48 Marathon From Norway, European record 4. Jake Robertson
60:01 Half Marathon in Houston From New Zealand They sacrifice themselves like the Kenyans... they run like the Kenyans... It doesn't matter that their skin is not black. It's all in the training. It's the sacrifice and the quality." (02/11/2018) ⚡AMPby Gonzalo SukunzaFast Half Marathons
The death of Jon Grey, 29, has shocked the running world this weekend.. His twin brother Matt posted this on FB, “ Today will be the hardest day of my life. There is an amazing person who I love, my best friend, my inspiration. My running partner...”.Jonathon Grey
lost his battle with depression and took his own life on Saturday, February 10, his brother announced on FB. Jon made his marathon debut at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2016 and had recently lowered his personal best over 26.2 miles to 2:20:08 at the USATF Marathon Championships this past December. He had been training to run the Los Ángeles Marathon March 18. R.I.P. Jon. You will be missed. (02/11/2018) ⚡AMPRunners
It’s cold in Pyeongchang, the site of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Very cold. But that did not stop hundreds of runners from competing Saturday in the 26th annual South Korea “naked marathon.”
This is a different kind of cool runnings. In fact, it seems to be sheer madness. The temperature in Pyeongchang was 22 degrees, although it felt like 5 degrees once the wind-chill factor was taken into consideration.
And while the race was billed as “naked,” total nudity did not take place. Gloves and beanies were allowed, but competitors were not allowed to wear shirts. While the Olympic's men's downhill skiing competition was postponed due to treacherous winds, nothing stopped the runners from taking part in their winter madness. (02/11/2018) ⚡AMPUnique Events
Ethiopia’s Mule Wasihun took an overwhelming victory at the eDreams Mitja Marato Barcelona, winning the IAAF Gold Label road race comfortably in a course record of 59:44 on Sunday. The 24-year-old took 20 seconds off the previous course record set five years ago by Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge
Bahrain’s Tejitu Daba confirmed her status as pre-event favourite in the women’s race to win in 1:08:36, one second ahead of Ethiopia’s Dibabe Kuma, who took 41 seconds off her career best. Switzerland's Julien Wanders
, 21, who has been training in Kenya
finished second this morning in a Swiss record and European U23 record of 60:09! (02/11/2018) ⚡AMPFast Half Marathons
Frenchman Abraham Kiprotich has won the third edition of the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon 42km race.
while Ronny came second in time of 2:13.26 while Victor Benjamin completed the Kenyan domination coming in the third position in 2:13.29. For the women category, Ethiopia’s Guta won the race in 2:38.25 while compatriots Girma Getachew and Ayelu Hordofa were second and third in 2:38.36 and 2:38.41. Ethiopian Tanui Rodah was the 2017 winner of the category. (02/11/2018) ⚡AMP
(first American woman to win the New York City Marathon
in 40 years) posted this on her Facebook page today: "Heading to the mountains soon so I can get stronger and faster. The next 5 weeks will be the most exhausting part of my buildup for the Boston Marathon. So I acknowledge it. Embrace it. I know I will have doubts, but I tell myself daily...do the work, no excises, dreaming baby, no regrets. (02/10/2018) ⚡AMPby Shalane FlanaganWorld Class Runners
The recent World Marathon Challenge
presented a new kind of barrier for the veteran endurance athlete and Boston Marathon
director, Dave McGillivray
. Despite the enormous amount of training, Dave’s concerns were many. There was his age (63), his health (heart disease), his lingering injuries (back, knee), weather, meals, sleep deprivation, and much more. All of that came into play, he said...“The first marathon was the highlight of the trip,” he said. “Why would I ever go to Antarctica? Yet, here I was at the end of the earth, running a marathon.” While McGillivray believed he was prepared physically, the mental part was the bigger challenge. Most the marathons (seven in total in seven days) were run in places where the natives went about their days unaware of the “challenge” taking place...They got the opposite reception at the Miami International Airport. The runners’ families and friends met them with balloons and flowers. “It was like we were coming home from a war,” he said. “The only problem was we weren’t done yet. We had one more marathon left.” Dave was the 11th male finisher overall and averaged 4:37:59. (02/10/2018) ⚡AMPEpic Running Adventures
The health ministry in Japan has been seeking to introduce binding rules against indoor smoking in public spaces ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics — in line with an agreement with the International Olympic Committee
to stage “tobacco-free” games. The ministry’s plan has been diluted from its original proposal in the face of stiff opposition from within the LDP, whose tobacco-friendly lawmakers backed by the restaurant and bar industries protested that the planned measure infringes on people’s “right to smoke.” ...The health ministry estimate, smoking was blamed for illnesses such as cancer, strokes and heart attacks affecting more than one million people in Japan in 2014, including 240,000 people exposed to second hand tobacco smoke. (02/10/2018) ⚡AMPJapan Running
At least five major races fill the calendar this weekend across Japan. Potentially the biggest is the Karatsu 10-Miler, where half marathon national record holder Yuta Shitara (Honda) is slated to run in what many hope will be a shot at the antique national record. Over 30 seconds faster than the American national record, Hisatoshi Shintaku's 45:40,has stood since 1984 and survived over three decades of assaults including Shitara's 45:58 at December's Kumamoto Kosa 10-Miler. It translates to 42:34 for 15 km; at last weekend's Marugame Half Shitara went through 15 km in 42:39. Just two weeks out from a shot at the Japanese national record for the marathon in Tokyo. (02/10/2018) ⚡AMP
Great North Run
legend and popular charity fundraiser "Jarra Jim" has died at the age of 96. The Second World War veteran took up running at the age of 65 following the death of his wife Betty, and completed numerous races including 29 Great North Runs and 12 London Marathons. He raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for local charities through his selfless exploits. The charity runner was rewarded for his selfless exploits by carrying the Olympic flame through Wallsend in 2012 ahead of the London Games. (02/10/2018) ⚡AMPSenior Running
Professional trail runner Max King
has been racing trails—and winning races like the World Mountain Running Championships and World 100K Championships. Here are his five tips: 1. Hiking portions of a trail run is more than okay; it can be more efficient than trying to run a steep section. 2. Keep an upright posture, with your feet staying more beneath your hips than stretched out way in front of you. 3. Keep a short stride on uphills. A short, efficient stride will help you chip away at a long climb. 4. Accept the downhill 5. When hiking, employ one of three techniques. a) take big, fast, purposeful steps. b) put hands on knees, pushing each leg with each step c) on super-steep terrain, step onto the ball of each foot, keeping your back straight. (02/10/2018) ⚡AMPTrail Running
Legislators proposed restricting marathons and half marathons to those older than 18, claiming that running damages kids' bones and joints. Science doesn't agree. the legislation cites this 2010 study in the Journal of Athletic Training that had 11 boys and seven girls running on treadmills. During tests, researchers found that children were less able than adults to absorb shock impact while running. Hawaii’s bill seems more likely to hinder young aspiring runners than help them. Some marathons already have a minimum age requirement, presumably due to liability. The Boston Marathon requires registrants to be older than 18; at the Los Angeles Marathon, it’s 16. There’s just one problem: There’s little evidence that running long races is bad for kids’ health. (02/10/2018) ⚡AMP
narrowly missed out on breaking the world record at the RAK
Half Marathon on Friday (9) on a day when both course records fell. The sea mist that blanketed the emirate’s capital provided near perfect conditions, while record-size mass fields and enormous depth to the elite groups meant a special day was more or less guaranteed. Perfect pacing by a trio of Kenyan men laid the foundation for an epic closing struggle between Mary Keitany
and Fancy. The race came down to the contrasting figures of tiny Keitany and the long, rangy stride of the powerful Chemutai. At 20k they were inseparable. Keitany momentarily looked to be the one applying the pressure, but Chemutai shrewdly delayed her surge until the final 100m crossing the finish line in 1:04:52 with Mary 3 seconds back. The pair are now second and third on the world all-time list behind Jepkosgei. (02/09/2018) ⚡AMPFast Half Marathons
British athlete Guy Bracken
(56) ran a new 55+ world record for the indoor mile, running 4:39 tonight in London. He broke the old record of 4:42 belonging to American Nolan Shaheed. From Dave Ross (02/09/2018) ⚡AMPWorld Class Runners
Multiple NCAA champion Edward Cheserek
produced the second-fastest indoor time in history, 3:49.44, to win the mile at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston on Friday (9).
The US-based Kenyan had won two mile races already this indoor season, but neither one of those were in ideal conditions. Assisted by two pacemakers for three quarters of the race, Cheserek found the conditions to his liking at the Boston University Track Center. The 24-year-old was able to cover each of the eight laps in about 28-29 seconds before crossing the finish line in 3:49.44.
(02/09/2018) ⚡AMPWorld Class Runners
When off-duty policeman Charlie Guenigault saw three knife-wielding jihadis in suicide vests attacking another officer at London Bridge last June, his first instinct was to run away.
Faced with such terror, most of us would probably feel the same. But he didn't.
He was stabbed five times and almost died on the scene helping others.
The 26-year-old is now going to run the London Marathon
to raise fimds for the Hospital where he spent 70 days, undergoing five operations.
“I want to give something back for all the help they gave me – but also for what they did for the families and all the work they do every day,” he said.
(02/09/2018) ⚡AMPRunning Heroes
American record holder David Torrence was found dead last August in his swimming pool in Scottsdale, Ariz. Today, Scottsdale police told Deadspin that Torrence’s death has officially been ruled an accident. Torrence moved to Scottsdale to train after competing in the 2016 Olympics for Peru, and he was found at the bottom of the pool in his apartment complex on the morning of Aug. 28, 2017, at the age of 31. A cause of death was not announced at the time, and police opened an investigation to determine what happened. (02/09/2018) ⚡AMP
Two years ago the eDreams Mitja Marato Barcelona
was ‘just’ an IAAF
Bronze Label road race. After being upgraded to a Silver Label 12 months ago, this year’s event on Sunday 11 February will be held as an IAAF Gold Label road race after being upgraded again. The half-marathon in Barcelona, also known as the Mitja Marató de Barcelona, is held every March. It’s the second largest running event in Barcelona next to the Marathon.
last competed at the Kagawa Marugame International Half Marathon 2018 finishing sixth with a time of 1:11:25. Jordan Hasay
(pictured) recently finished eighth at the Houston Half Marathon finishing in 1:08:38, just behind Molly Huddle
’s American-record setting performance. The USA women's team for the IAAF Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia (Spain) March 24 are: Sara Hall, Jordan Hasay, Natosha Rogers, Elaina Tabb and Becky Wade. (02/09/2018) ⚡AMPUSA Teams
The Tokyo Marathon
medals (for the top three men and women) provided by Tanaka Holdings are made from pure gold, silver, and bronze, which are extremely rare even among medals presented at sports competitions. The medals for the 12th annual Tokyo Marathon Feb 25. 2018 overlapping design represent the runners who compete in the Marathon as well as the volunteers who support the event and the spectators who encourage the runners. The gold medal is 24k and is 200 grams. Current value of the gold alone is worth $8,476US. (02/09/2018) ⚡AMPFast Marathons
In August and September of 2017, three mothers from Kansas each received the news that no parent thinks will come their way: a child diagnosed with cancer
. While moms Portia Wright, Sandi Curry, and Michelle Masters didn’t know one another at the time, they soon learned that coping with the tears, pain, and fear of such troubling news was made easier when they were together. All within a month of one another—two of their diagnoses were called on the same day—the families’ worlds changed. The connection started because each family had the same oncologist and nurse. Read the full story on Runner’s World. (02/09/2018) ⚡AMP
National cross-country champion Leonard Korir
and 2-time world champion Bernard Lagat
will lead the US team at the IAAF Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia. At the end of last year Korir became the second-fastest US man ever for the half marathon when clocking 59:52 in Delhi. Lagat, who has won numerous global medals on the track both indoors and outdoors, recorded a PB of 1:02:00 at the recent Houston Half Marathon to secure his place on the team for Valencia. USA Men's Team: Samuel Chalanga, Diego Estrada, Leonard Korir, Bernard Lagat, Jared Ward. (02/09/2018) ⚡AMPUSA Teams
of York is the elder daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York. Prior to the birth of Princess Charlotte in 2015, Beatrice was the highest ranking female in the line of succession to the British throne. She is currently 7th in line to the throne. She is also a runner and in fact in 2010 she ran the London Marathon
and became the first British royalty to do so. In December 2017 she ran the 5 mile Olympic Park Run. Earlier in the year the 28-year-old ran the Lady Garden 5K in London's Hyde Park. (02/08/2018) ⚡AMPRunners
The plan had seemed so simple when it was hatched in their mom’s basement. But as the plane was landing in Nairobi, the scabby ground growing closer, 18-year-old Zane leaned over to his twin brother and said, “Jake, what are we going to do?”... On Jan. 14, 2018, Jake Robertson won the Houston Half Marathon
with a time of one hour and one second, beating a super-deep, world-class field and earning $20,000 along the way. His twin brother Zane had posted a stellar 59:47 half marathon in 2015. They are the fastest New Zealanders ever at that distance, and near the top of the heap on a global scale. And none of that is easy—hitting 4:35 per mile for 13.1 miles? Earning a living as a runner? Becoming an Olympian? Those are laughably lofty goals...A decade of training in Kenya
is paying off. (02/08/2018) ⚡AMPTraining
The Yukon Arctic Ultra conditions sound like that of a frozen tundra nightmare in what could be the Canadian equivalent of the Barkley Marathons. Race director Robert Pollhammer posted on Facebook on Thursday that South African Jethro De Decker was the lone runner to make it to the finish line of the 300-miler (483K). Temperatures were at or below -40 for almost the entire week that the race went on. “It was a tough year, Many of the participants of the 300-miler, were taken off course and treated for frostbite and/or hypothermia at the hospital," says Robert. For sure this is the Coldest Ultramarathon
... (02/08/2018) ⚡AMPEpic Running Adventures
Half Marathon in UAE delivered. In the women's race Fancy Chemutai
from Kenya just missed the world record by two seconds. She ran 1:04:53 just beating out Mary Keitany (1:04:55) and Caroline Kipkirui was third in 1:05:07. In the men's race Kenya's Bedan Karoki
set a new course record in 58:42, just 19 seconds off the world record. In second running his first half was Jemal Yimer from Ethiopia (59:00) and third was Alex Kibet 59:06. Seven men broke one hour. RAK indeed delivered. (02/08/2018) ⚡AMPFast Half Marathons
Half Marathon is under way. In a bid to spice up the race, the organizers have added a $100,000 US dollar bonus for anyone who breaks the world record in additional to the 50,000 dollar prize purse. (02/08/2018) ⚡AMP
On Saturday Feb 3 Ken Young passed way at the age of 76. He invented the art and science of record keeping for the sport of long distance running. He first used a computer to produce race results in 1970, and produced computer based running performance rankings by 1974. In 1980, these rankings had developed into the National Running Data Center (NRDC) which pioneered and developed road records in the United States...On a personal note by the end of 2016 Ken had run more than 141,000 miles which included 4,500 miles during high school and college. He raced about 90 marathons. But more importantly he collected running results and created running stats. Our sport will miss Ken Young! R.I.P. (02/08/2018) ⚡AMP
Belle Toren is no stranger to conflict zones. The former police officer, legal counsel and corporate director for petroleum companies lived and worked in places considered dangerous. So when she saw the opportunity to run the Marathon of Afghanistan in 2017, she didn’t hesitate for a second. The opportunity came through the travel group Untamed Borders, which organizes unique travel experiences to inaccessible parts of the world. Her target was to run the Marathon. What was really exciting 150 females also ran the 15K and 11 who did the marathon. Belle not only finished the marathon, but also went on to run a desert half marathon in Israel a few weeks later.
(02/08/2018) ⚡AMPAmazing Marathons
(79) is a competitive table tennis player including competing in the Texas state (top 4 in the 75+ age category) and US championship events and the 2017 World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand
. Not a big deal? But Snell is The Big Deal in his native New Zealand. Snell won the gold in the 800-meter run at the 1960 Rome Olympics and followed it up four years later in Tokyo with gold medals at both 800 meters and 1,500 meters. He excelled in the 800, where he set a national record in Rome and an Olympic record in Tokyo. At the time, he was the first athlete in 40 years to pull off the 800-1,500 combo at the Olympics...Running now is not in the cards with osteoarthritis in a knee. (02/08/2018) ⚡AMPOlympians
James Mersmann has a resting heart rate of 38 and has run thousands of miles in his lifetime and he’ll gear up for the Mercedes Marathon in Birmingham, AL. His passion for running all started in 1973. “Running is exhilarating and it does create a runners high only if you run enough miles and it’s also addictive,” Mersmann said. From Huntsville to Rio De Janeiro, Mersmann has run several marathons around the world, and on Sunday for the Mercedes Marathon, he’ll be the oldest runner at age 79. (02/08/2018) ⚡AMPSenior Running
Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge
is currently the undisputed world No.1 over the 26.2-mile distance. The 2-time Berlin and London Marathon
winner explains why he runs. "I started running because my neighbor, Patrick Sang (1992 Olympic and 1991 and 1993 world steeplechase silver medallist), was an athlete and I wanted to be just like him. Patrick came from the same village as I do and my mother used to be his teacher. I was so inspired by his success. To me, running is life." Eliud is running this year's London Marathon. (02/08/2018) ⚡AMPOlympians
Mumbai’s biggest running community, the Mumbai Road Runners, organized the annual awards show, the Skechers Performance 8th MRR Awards Night, on Feb 3rd. More than 500 nominations from across Mumbai were received under various categories, including best male and female runners, best debut, most improved runner, as well as the best organized race of the year. The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon was selected as the winner. Running is growing at a fast rate in India
. (02/08/2018) ⚡AMP
While many races around the country were fretting over declining registration numbers, the St. Jude Memphis Marathon was in the enviable position of seeing gains. The Dec. 2 event saw 25,000 participants, 8,000 of whom raised funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. That fundraising brought in $10.3 million this year. And perhaps more importantly, 30 percent of runners returned after running the race the year before. The life-saving care is surely a factor of success (02/08/2018) ⚡AMP
Bill Anderson (72) started his running streak on September 27, 1976 in Fort Worth Texas. He has run at least one mile everyday since then. He is currently number nine on the Official USA Active Running Streak List.
"My brother Bill has never been injured," says Bob Anderson. Asked why he has never been injured he says, "Shoes are the hidden secret to avoid injuries. I make sure they are always fresh," Bill says.
"Secondly I always run within my capacity. Thirdly, I make sure I enjoy every run. Fourth, I know myself well enough to anticipate a potential issue before it happens." (02/07/2018) ⚡AMPTraining
Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
say they're having no problems raising cash.
International Olympic Committee member John Coates, head of the IOC
, says local organizers have raised $2.9 billion in national sponsorship money. Coates called the money-raising effort "extraordinarily successful." He says Tokyo now has 47 local sponsors, and this excludes long-term IOC sponsors like Bridgestone, Panasonic and Toyota.
The sponsorship money will help fund the $5.5 billion local operating budget. The total cost of preparing the Games is about $20 billion, with the rest of the money coming from the city of Tokyo and the national government.