DID YOU KNOW: Peanut butter offers a great deal of health benefits. It may be calorie dense—200 calories per 2 tablespoons—but it’s much needed for runners. Plus, indulging in this spread can help control hunger without leading to weight gain. Peanut butter is full of fat, protein, and fiber, and it gives you a slow, sustained release of energy. It does contain fat, but it is overwhelmingly the preferred unsaturated fat, which makes peanut butter good for your heart too.
WISDOM FROM HIGDON: In the aftermath of a marathon, there usually is a period of well-deserved euphoria following a peak performance. Then…reality sets back in, and we need to get back to the Real World... Training for the marathon, or any other running race, is not easy. It's hard work. It takes discipline. But it's also a lot of fun. It takes training to reach a peak performance. from Hal Higdon (Lifetime runner, coach and writer) (01/24/2018) ⚡AMP
Robert Owens at 66, has completed a dozen Ironman races, along with other grueling physical competitions such as SEALFIT (a 50-hour Navy SEAL hell week for civilians) and a recent endurance event in Greece that involved running 238 miles in eight days. In a few days he will embark on perhaps the most insane trial yet: the World Marathon Challenge, where he will run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. (01/24/2018) ⚡AMP
A WORD OF ADVICE: Treadmills generally provide a more cushioned running surface than the roads outside and many runners continue on them even through summer. Treadmill running can help prevent impact injuries, and can be useful when bad weather or darkness prevents comfortable running outdoors. from Hal Higdon (Hal has contributed to Runner's World for longer than any other writer, an article by him having appeared in that publication's second issue in 1966.) (01/24/2018) ⚡AMP
"The 2024 Olympic Games in Paris would be a fitting time to see the return of cross country to the Olympic programme,” said IAAF President Sebastian Coe, who attended and participated in Sunday’s Cross de Italica in Seville.
Organisers of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2019 to be held in Aarhus, Denmark scheduled for 30 March 2019, says they have already promised initiatives to help guide the Championships into new territory. More news about the course will be announced soon.
Cross country running should move towards a more extreme, edgier style to attract new audiences as well as a new breed of cross country runner to the discipline.
That was one of the main recommendations made by the IAAF Cross Country Committee at its meeting on Saturday (20) in Seville.
Meeting on the eve of the Cross de Italica in Seville, one of the world’s premiere cross country races, attendees also discussed the formation of a competitive but more compact international series. (01/24/2018) ⚡AMP
Allie Kieffer is one of the most-adored runners of 2018. The American distance runner from Buffalo, New York opened the year on an even higher note than what she finished it on. After placing 5th towards the end of 2017 at the New York City Marathon, she got herself published in SELF magazine addressing body image issues in the sport. Soon after that, Kieffer landed a sponsorship with women’s athletic-wear brand Oiselle. She recently won the Doha Half-Marathon. She is now in Iten Kenya training. (01/24/2018) ⚡AMP
Alex Nichols is in Hong Kong! He’s starting his 2018 racing season off early with the Vibram Hong Kong 100k. Alex Nichols of Colorado Springs was second (and top American) at Western States and third at the highly competitive Grand Trail des Templiers in France. He also won the Black Canyon 100K. "The guy puts his head down and puts in one solid performance after the next, all without any hype," says Meghan Hicks (I Run Far website) (01/24/2018) ⚡AMP
Organisers of the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon have confirmed that Tirunesh Dibaba and defending champion Daniel Wanjiru will return to the race on 22 April. Dibaba has twice appeared in London before and has improved with each performance. She made her marathon debut in London in 2014, finishing third in 2:20:35 before returning last year and coming second behind Mary Keitany in an Ethiopian record of 2:17:56, putting her third on the world all-time list behind Paula Radcliffe and Keitany. (01/24/2018) ⚡AMP
Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon director, has been running in a lot of road races lately in preparation for the World Marathon Challenge. “I haven’t participated in this many races in such a short period of time in 20 years,” says Dave. McGillivray and 54 other participants will fly by charter to run marathons in Novo, Antarctica; Cape Town, South Africa; Perth, Australia; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Madrid; Barranquilla, Colombia; and Miami beginning Jan. 30 and ending Feb. 5 (01/23/2018) ⚡AMPRace Directors
Mary Unsworth lowered the masters Canadian indoor 5000m record for the 40-44 age group by more than two minutes at the Toronto Track and Field Centre on Sunday. She completed the 25-lap event at York University in 17:07:11, crushing the previous mark of 19:23:64, set by Michelle Clark in 2016. Mary ran her final 1000m in 3:15:04 which is 16:15 5K pace. (01/23/2018) ⚡AMP
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler will allow the Portland Marathon to hold a race in 2018, his office just confirmed. "We are proceeding in 2018 according to the status quo," he said. In 2017, the Oregon Dept of Justice opened an investigation into the nonprofit's corporate structure and financial relationships with other businesses owned by two Portland Marathon's two board members. In 2017, fights with the city over course layout and policing led to a delay in the marathon getting a permit to operate. (01/23/2018) ⚡AMP
The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has announced its selection of races to be deemed as Championship Races of 2018. Among those, the Christie Clinic Illinois Half Marathon in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, was chosen as the Half Marathon Championship Race.
The RRCA selects races for its Championship Series that are well-run, community-based events. The chosen races receive sponsorship assistance for race bibs, awards, and on-course hydration. The Illinois Marathon events are held April 26-28. (01/23/2018) ⚡AMP
When Art started running in 2001 at age 55, just to lose some weight, running a marathon was definitely not on his radar. But in the process of getting hooked on running I found myself enjoying the challenge of the marathon. Last Spring I decided to run one last marathon(Charleston)in 2018. I was not surprised there were only three of us in the Men’s 70-74 Age Group. What did surprise me was that I had finished second by just 4 seconds! A perfect ending to my last marathon. Until the next one. (01/23/2018) ⚡AMP
After the Boston Marathon released its all-star U.S. women’s lineup for the 2018 race, the first question many fans asked was: Why isn’t Amy Cragg running it, too?. Indeed, it seemed like she was among the only top U.S. women not included on the field. But the combination of the 2020 Games taking place in Japan and Cragg’s desire to get faster at the 26.2-mile distance made the Tokyo Marathon on February 25 an enticing choice for her four-year career plan. (01/23/2018) ⚡AMP
Jon Mulkeen posted an interesting insight on Twitter about the Bekele, Kipchoge and Farah match up on the roads at the London Marathon. This will be their first battle on the roads. But they have clashed before. In 2005 the three battled it out at the World Cross Country with Bekele placing first, Kipchoge fifth and Farah 37th. And once on the track at the 2009 World Championships 5000m: Bekele first, Kipchoge 5th and Farah 7th. The battle on the London's roads is historic. A triple for Bekele? (01/23/2018) ⚡AMP
Sondre Nordstad Moen has confirmed the 5th Annual Napoli City Half Marathon on February 4 in Naples, Italy. Normally held in optimal conditions with the average temperature of 50F, the course goes through the most fascinating areas of the city, set in one of the most picturesque views of the Mediterranean. Moen had an amazing 2017. At the Fukuoka Marathon he set a new European Record 2:05:48. Before he improved to number three on the European half marathon list with 59:48, in Valencia. (01/23/2018) ⚡AMP
This year’s Napa Valley Marathon is also the Road Runners Club of America National Marathon Championships.
“We are proud of our long-running relationship with the RRCA,” says Rich Benyo board chairman of Napa Valley Marathon. Joan Benoit-Samuelson, who makes her home in Maine, will be the featured keynote speaker at the NVM expo. “I’m looking forward to returning to the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon to celebrate the 40th running of the event at age 60,” Benoit-Samuelson said. (01/22/2018) ⚡AMP
Hosted in Yamhill County, participants rave about the small-town charm, incredible sunrise views, scenic course, great wines, and post-race Wine & Music Festival. Entry fees increase for the 2018 Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon on
Sunday, January 28th for the Sept 2 race.
The race starts at Stoller Family Estate, named Oregon's Best Tasting Room by USA Today, where you'll witness a beautiful sunrise over the vineyards before heading out to crush the course.
Early registration remains at $75 for the marathon and $60 for the ½ marathon until Feb. 14. The first day of February marks the beginning of the shortest month of the year with spring in sight and the first day to register for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon. Set for Sunday October 21, 2018, this will mark the 39th year for the marathon and the 13th year for the ½ Marathon. Runners and walkers can register for the event at www.columbusmarathon.com. (01/22/2018) ⚡AMP
Ethiopian double triumph as Solomon Deksisa and Amane Gobena win at the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018. It was a double triumph for the Ethiopian runners as Solomon Deksisa and Amane Gobena took the honours at the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018, winning in 2:09:34 and 2:25:49 respectively on Sunday. Deksisa, the fastest man in the field, arrived in the Indian city as the pundits' preferred choice for the men's race, based on his career best of 2:06:22 set at the 2016 Rotterdam Marathon. (01/22/2018) ⚡AMP
2017 London World Championships marathon 9th-placer Yuki Kawauchi gave local club and high school runners something to remember when he ran Sunday's Yashio Shinai Isshu Ekiden solo against 103 six-runner teams. Kawauchi spent most of the 20.0 km race in 2nd, briefly taking the lead at the end of the 3.9 km Second Stage before falling behind after a Third Stage course record run by Kotaro Minowa. Kawauchi's final time of 1:01:03 was just 35 seconds off the overall ekiden course record. (01/22/2018) ⚡AMP
Bedan Karoki is back to defend his title, having won last year in a lifetime best of 59:10. But with 15 men able to boast sub-60-minute bests – two more than last year – his task to win again will be harder than ever. No fewer than 29 men have now broken the 60-minute barrier on the sweeping loops of the RAK circuit. Of the four men who achieved the feat last year, three of them will return to Ras al-Khaimah. (01/22/2018) ⚡AMP
Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang, former marathon world record holder, has confirmed according to Japan Running News, that he will be running the 2018 Tokyo Marathon Feb 25. Last year he stormed to victory in 2:03:58, the fastest marathon time ever run in Japan. He was hoping to break the world record. We are sure he will be going after it again in Feb. (01/21/2018) ⚡AMP
Pasadena California Police Department Officer Donald Sevesind is running toward a Guinness world record for the youngest full-time police officer to complete 100 full and 100 half marathons. So far, he had completed 123 halfs and 99 fulls.
The Pasadena half marathon held Sunday was his first race fully dressed in his police uniform. “I've been running since I was 6. Running is in my blood, it's a way of life, it keeps me in great shape, and i just love it," Sevesind said. Today was half 124. (01/21/2018) ⚡AMP
When Bonsa Dida Direba was born in 1995, Kenneth Mburu Mungara was already 21 years old. But it was experience rather than youth that won the day at the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon Sunday.
The 44-year-old Kenyan, a former barber who was only enticed to the sport in his 30s when he cut the hair of other runners, finished in 2:13:38, with Direba just five seconds back.
Ethiopia’s Gulume Tollesa defended her title with a course record of 2:29:37. (01/21/2018) ⚡AMP
Dalian Wanda, owned by billionaire Wang Jianlin is expanding. Wanda bought Ironman for about $650 million. Wanda has also assembled a portfolio of dozens of endurance races outside of Ironman. Most notably, in June it scooped up Competitor Group Inc., parent company of the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathons, which fields races in 29 markets, with 600,000 participants. Thanks to these acquisitions, now part of Wanda Sports Holding, Wanda has quietly become the dominant global company in endurance sports. (01/21/2018) ⚡AMP
The UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, part of the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend, will double as the USA Half Marathon Championships on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The prize purse totaling $85,000 is the most ever.
The top 15 finishers in the male and female open divisions will earn guaranteed prize money, including a record $15,000 each for the male and female winners. There will also be an opportunity to earn additional money through performance time and record bonuses. (01/21/2018) ⚡AMP
Katelyn Tuohy, the 15-year-old North Rockland High sophomore who won the Nike Nationals girls cross-country title last fall, ran well again today.
Running the indoor 5,000 meters at the Virginia Showcase at Liberty University, Tuohy finished first with a time of 15:37.12 to break the U.S. girls high school record. Tuohy almost beat Molly Huddle junior record of 15:36.95 from 2003. Tuohy smashed Brie Oakley's former indoor mark of 15:55.75 and Mary Cain's outdoor mark of 15:45.46 from 2013. (01/20/2018) ⚡AMP
The St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & ½ Marathon weekend will kick off on Thursday, April 26 with a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo. The musically themed road race is expected to attract more than 30,000 runners who will take on the marathon, half marathon or 5K courses, while 50 of Nashville’s best live bands perform on improved band stages along the route. After the races five-time GRAMMY© nominee Hunter Hayes taking the stage as the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series Headliner. (01/20/2018) ⚡AMP
Moon Kwong is a member of the Hong Kong Blind Sports Federation. She remembers when just getting out of the house was a hurdle in itself. Kwong who has 10 per cent vision, says it is very easy for the visually impaired to lose self-confidence, she tried to conceal her condition before taking up running.
Running her first marathon in 2009 rejuvenated Kwong. She has now completed marathons in Taiwan, South Korea and the USA.
“I was basically hiding in my flat for three years,” she said. (01/20/2018) ⚡AMP
Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele has confirmed to run the 2018 London Marathon, joining Britain's Mo Farah and Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge on the start line on Sunday 22 April, organizers said here on Saturday.
The trio of Bekele, Farah and Kipchoge have a combined total of eight Olympic gold medals.
Farah, 34, is the most decorated with four Olympic gold medals while Bekele, 35, is the 5,000m and 10,000m world record holder (26:17:53), the second fastest marathon runner in history (2:03:03). (01/20/2018) ⚡AMP
Shauney Watson, a 22 year old Scottish runner has completed the world's highest marathon at 17,000ft. It was the end result of two years of hard work for Shauney, but she admits she feared she would have to pull out of the race after falling ill just one night before. However she dragged herself to the start line and managed to complete the marathon in 9:25:32. She thinks she was the youngest to ever complete this race. "It was -17C when we started...I just dragged myself through it,"she said.
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.” (01/20/2018) ⚡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. (01/20/2018) ⚡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. (01/20/2018) ⚡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." (01/20/2018) ⚡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 (01/20/2018) ⚡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? (01/20/2018) ⚡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. (01/20/2018) ⚡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!" (01/19/2018) ⚡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. (01/19/2018) ⚡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. (01/19/2018) ⚡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. (01/19/2018) ⚡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. (01/19/2018) ⚡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. (01/19/2018) ⚡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. (01/19/2018) ⚡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.
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. (01/18/2018) ⚡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.” (01/18/2018) ⚡AMP