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
Organisers of the Kagawa Marugame Half Marathon have revealed the entry list for the race. World record-holder Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea heads the men’s entries, while two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya is the top name in the women’s field. Five-time world half marathon champion Tadese, who set the world record of 58:23 back in 2010, will be competing in Marugame for the first time in his long and distinguished career. (01/18/2018) ⚡AMP
An Australian study has found regular running can protect bone marrow from the effects of ageing.
The Deakin University study found runners who run at least 30 miles a week – displayed bone marrow eight years "younger" than those who did not perform regular exercise.
As a person ages, their bone marrow converts from a "red" blood cell-producing marrow to a "yellow" fatty marrow, which can negatively affect blood and bone metabolism, and contribute to conditions like osteoporosis and diabetes. (01/17/2018) ⚡AMP
World champions Mo Farah of Great Britain, South African Caster Semenya and Allyson Felix of the US are among the nominees for the 2018 Laureus world sportsman and sportswoman of the year awards. Other athletics stars among to receive nominations include Australia's 100m hurdles world champion Sally Pearson and 100m gold medallist Justin Gatlin of the US, both in the World comeback of the year category. (01/17/2018) ⚡AMP
Moncton, N.B.’s Rochelle Johnston warmed up for the Bermuda Marathon, which she won, by racing the event weekend’s mile and 10K in the two days leading up to the 42K. In addition to winning the marathon in 3:17:58, Johnston won the Bermuda Triangle Challenge for the lowest cumulative time across the mile, 10K and marathon distances. The 3 races went off on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, in that order. She covered the one-mile in 6:03, for the win, and the 10K in 49:11 for a weekend racing distance (01/17/2018) ⚡AMP
Athletics Kenya has named a strong team for the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018. Two-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor will defend his title. Who is also twice a world cross-country champion, won in Copenhagen in 2014 and Cardiff in 2016. Joyciline Jepkosgei heads the women’s team. Jepkosgei was one of the sensations of the 2017, setting world records at 10km, 15km and 20km en route to her 1:04:51 world half marathon record in Prague. (01/17/2018) ⚡AMP
Eilish McColgan has began 2018 with victory and a new 10k PB. The Scottish runner won the 10k at the Ooredoo event in Doha in a personal best time of 31.53 minutes. It was a dominant performance from the 27-year-old who finished more than eight minutes ahead of her nearest rival. Fellow Brits Rosie Brookes (4th), Michelle Grainger (7th) and Nicola Milan (9th) ensured there would be four UK runners in the top 10. (01/17/2018) ⚡AMP
The World Marathon Challenge is a logistical and physical challenge to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.
Competitors must run the standard 42.2 km marathon distance in Antarctica, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South America and North America within seven days. The clock starts when the first marathon begins in Antarctica January 30. Fastest Average Marathon Times: (Men) Michael Wardian (USA) 2:45:57 (Women) Becca Pizzi (USA) 3:55:11. Wardian's 19:21:36 is the world best. (01/16/2018) ⚡AMPEpic Running Adventures
She's already run around the planet in world-record time. So what does Becca Pizzi do for an encore? Do it again!
The Massachusetts marathoner, who won the 2016 World Marathon Challenge will attempt to become the only person to twice complete the odyssey, which begins in Antarctica on Jan 30 and ends in Miami on Feb 5.
What was the biggest challenge? "Antarctica is the most intimidating. The wind is fierce. The sun is blinding. There are crevices you can fall through. It's bitterly cold..."
As reigning IAAF World Championship marathon gold medallist and Boston Marathon champion, Geoffrey Kirui is currently riding high as one of the planet’s leading endurance stars. Yet it was very nearly a talent that remained undiscovered due to his initial distaste for the sport. His father, Ronald Chepkwony, had been a respectable 5000m and 10,000m runner on the domestic scene, but Kirui, his eldest of seven children, had no immediate desire to follow in his dad’s footsteps. (01/16/2018) ⚡AMP
The month-long runner entry application for the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon is now open at tcsnycmarathon.org for both guaranteed and non-guaranteed entries and will remain open through February 15. The race, which is the premier event of New York Road Runners and the largest marathon in the world, will take place on Sunday, November 4. (01/16/2018) ⚡AMP
New Brunswick runner Shelley Doucet will surely be in celebration mode this week. The avid trail, ultra and road runner just re-set her province’s women’s half-marathon record over the weekend. Doucet showed up to the start line of the Houston Half-Marathon that was packed with speedy Canadian competition and ran 1:17:10. That result beats Patty Blanchard’s previous New Brunswick record of 1:17:11. (01/16/2018) ⚡AMP
On Jan. 16 the organizers of the Osaka International Women's Marathon announced that invited elites Reia Iwade (Dome) and Hisami Ishii (Yamada Denki) have withdrawn from the Jan. 28 race with injuries. Iwade has developed discomfort in the rear of her right thigh, while Ishii has sustained a stress fracture in the left side of her pelvis. (01/16/2018) ⚡AMP