World half-marathon record-holder Zersenay Tadese will run his first half marathon in almost two years at the 72nd Kagawa Marugame International Half Marathon on Sunday Feb 4.
Tadese, a five-time world half marathon champion, set the world record of 58:23 back in 2010. While his last sub-60-minute half marathon was back in 2015, the Eritrean’s recent performances suggest he will still be competitive on Sunday.
The 35-year-old clocked 1:00:31 in his last half marathon, in Istanbul in April 2016.
Becca Pizzi won her fourth marathon in four days today on the continent of Asis in the country of Dubai, almost eclipsing the 4-hour mark with a time of 4:00:01. Tomorrow, she will run her fifth marathon on the continent of Europe in Lisbon, Portugal. For the men
Gary Thornton (IRL) won his fourth marathon in 3:04:29. This has to be a tough point of the competition. There were 35 men and 11 women finishers. (02/02/2018) ⚡AMP
Former Chicago marathon champion Florence Kiplagat of Kenya will not defend her Barcelona Half Marathon title on Feb 11.
Kiplagat, who broke the world record in Barcelona in 2014 and 2015, has not fully recovered from her muscular crump injury.
"I have been in rehabilitation to get the muscular crump injury healed. I have started light training," she said. In 2015, Kiplagat set a new world record of 1:05:09 in Barcelona by shaving three seconds off her previous world record of 1:05.12.The world record has since been improved by Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei to 1:04:51 in Valencia.
Ricky Flynn and Shawanna White have been chosen South Carolina Long Distance Runners of the year by USA Track and Field for 2017. Also chosen were outstanding masters competitors Eric Ashton and Sarah Allers. While putting his main focus for the year on triathlons, Ricky Flynn still managed to compete in many of the state’s top road races winning 8 of 14 events. The best victories for the 30-year-old Greenville athlete came at the GHS Half Marathon in 1:06:57 and 30:51 at the Wine 10K. (02/02/2018) ⚡AMP
The USATF Cross Country Championships is this Saturday in Tallahassee, Florida, with 10K races for both men and women. There's no world cross country championship to qualify for this year but a national title is on the line. Both the men’s and women’s field look very strong. Jordan Hasay and Galen Ruff are scheduled to run however neither have run cross country in over five years. Racing on the road is a lot different than cross country. Update - Jordan twitted Friday night that she won't be running because of a hard week of marathon training for Boston. (02/02/2018) ⚡AMP
Eamonn Coghlan won the prestigious Wannamaker Mile at the Millrose Games seven times throughout his career. Eamonn is one of the greatest indoor milers in history. His prowess on the tiny ovals of the day earned him the nickname “Chairman of the Boards,” as many tracks in that era were temporary structures made of plywood. His then-world record of 3:49.78 was the fastest mile ever run on U.S. soil until 2007. After competitive retirement, he continued to race and became the first man over 40 years old to run a sub-four-minute mile. The Millrose Games are this weekend. (02/02/2018) ⚡AMP
After a four-decade marathon of sorts, one of the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic's most revered competitors has turned in his racing bib.
George McConnell, an 87-year-old retired postal worker who has participated in all 40 previous PGDC races, has chosen not to compete this year. Susan Harmeling, executive director of the event, made the announcement Thursday at the Gasparilla's annual "Kick-Off Luncheon." This year 27,500 people had registered for at least one of the races. (02/02/2018) ⚡AMP
Galway City Harriers Athlete Gary Thornton has won three marathons in three days at the World Marathon Challenge
which sees competitors run seven marathons in seven days around the world. Gary won the Antarctic Intercontinental Marathon in a time of 2.58.39 followed by Capetown Africa the next day in a time of 3:06.55 and Perth Australia the following day in 2:59:55. The fourth marathon is today in Dubai. (02/02/2018) ⚡AMPEpic Running Adventures
Since 1958, the Road Runners Club of America, the oldest and largest organization dedicated to the promotion of distance running, have gathered in different cities around the country for the RRCA National Convention. This year's Convention will be held April 5-8, 2018 in Arlington, VA. The event concludes on Sunday April 8 with the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile and 5K race, which serves as the 2018 RRCA National 10 Mile Championship Event. Olympians Meb Keflezighi and Deena Kastor will be the keynote speakers at the luncheon. (02/02/2018) ⚡AMP
This will be first time Gatorade will name finalists in girls cross country since it began naming a Runner of the Year in the 2007-2008 season. Gatorade has not released a definitive date for naming the eventual winner, but a spokesperson told MileSplit the organization is aiming to announce the winner sometime the week of Feb. 5-9. That brings us to our nominees: Katelyn Tuohy, North Rockland (NY);
Claudia Lane, Malibu (CA);
Katelynne Hart, Glenbard West (IL) (02/02/2018) ⚡AMP
Robin Hornberger, a teacher in the Cincinnati, Ohio Area is planning on running 12 marathons in 2018 to raise $500,000 for charity. “I wish people didn’t automatically think they cannot be a runner because their first attempt at running did not go well. My first run was pitiful,” she said. “It’s amazing how quickly your fitness can improve.
Running can also be enjoyable and a confidence booster...it doesn’t have to be hard and difficult ... it also allows me to know my city a lot better. I love living in Cincinnati a lot more than before I became a runner,” she says. (02/02/2018) ⚡AMP
Tony Collier was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer when he was 60 in May 2017. He was never prompted to get tested for prostate cancer. He never had any symptoms.
“I’m a keen runner. After completing the Paris marathon in April, as part of my training for the Comrades ultra-marathon, I had pain in my groin which wouldn’t go away...When I found out I was devastated, even more so when I was told the cancer was terminal."
The doctor informed him that it will be a lot tougher to run. However, he is still running 3-4 times a week and plans on running the London marathon in April to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK. (02/01/2018) ⚡AMP
“I will not be going for the world record but I intend to run a fast race. Should the world record fall then be it, but I am not focused on it at the moment,” Eliud Kipchoge told a reporter Thursday in Eldoret.
He ran 2:03:05 in 2016 in London, the course record, to make himself the second fastest marathon runner and was just eight seconds shy of the world record set by compatriot Dennis Kimetto (2:02:57) in Berlin in 2014.
Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele, who ran 2:03:03 in 2016 in Berlin, will be running in London on April 22 together with defending champion Daniel Wanjiru, two-time world marathon champion Abel Kirui, Mo Farah and Stanley Biwott. (02/01/2018) ⚡AMP
Dean Karnazes Twitted this an hour ago: "How long does it take the average person to finish a marathon? Answer: Average people don't finish marathons." If you didn't know: TIME magazine named Dean Karnazes as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.. Men's Fitness hailed him as one of the fittest men on the planet. (02/01/2018) ⚡AMP
As many as 9,000 runners are expected to turn out this weekend at King Harbor for the 40th annual installment of the Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday 10k/5k, a run/walk with sweeping ocean views that has been a hit since it debuted on Jan. 21, 1979. The day also will feature a costume contest, a children’s 1k run, a 10k baby buggy, live music, food and beverages. A health and fitness expo will take place Saturday and Sunday at Seaside Lagoon. (02/01/2018) ⚡AMP
The City of Edinburg is ready to welcome thousands of runners this weekend for the #1 Road Race in the State of Texas. Known as the Gateway to the Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, Tex., is a city of approximately 81,000 people on the north shore of the Rio Grande River across from Mexico. This weekend (Feb 3) more than 7,000 will be running the All-America 10K, Fun Run and Miracle Mile Races. They look after runners too. The prize purse is $30,000. (02/01/2018) ⚡AMP
Becca Pizzi with running legend and Boston Marathon race director, Dave McGillivray, at the finish line of the Perth Australia marathon, crossing off their third of seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. Dave McGillvray finished 10th in 4:28:08. America's Becca Pizzi continue to dominate the women's field winning in 4:02:13. Gary Thornton (IRL) continues to lead the men winning this marathon in 2:59:55, over 40 minutes ahead of second place. (02/01/2018) ⚡AMP
Feb. 3 marks the date of the world’s longest-running and most prestigious indoor track and field event in the world. The 111th Millrose Games, organized by the New York Road Runners, the hosts of the New York City Marathon, take place at the Armory in New York City, which features a 200m banked track. One of the featured event is the Wanamaker Mile. Lawi Lalang (Arizona) holds the collegiate record posting 3:52.88. Josh Kerr (New Mexico) and Robert Domanic (Ole Miss) will be chasing that time. (02/01/2018) ⚡AMP
New research shows the average time for an Australian marathon runner is on a steady decline, with researchers stating the result is "highly correlated" with an overall decline in the population's physical health. Former competitive runner and Danish statistician Jens Jakob Andersen analysed all available finishing times from marathons run in Australia between 2000 and 2016: a total of 183,061 finishers from 154 races.
He found average marathon times got slower going from 3:33:59 to 4:08:15 for men and 3:56:38 to 4:32:38 for women. "We found that all levels of runners were slowing down," Andersen said (02/01/2018) ⚡AMP
On February 3rd and 4th in Huntsville, Texas Tejas Trails will host the USA Track & Field (USATF) 100 Mile Trail Championships and 26th running of the Rocky Raccoon 100 mile. Race Director Chris McWatters, “this race just gets cooler and cooler each year! I think it’s largely due to the combo of how many of the top performing open and masters runners show up...”
Rocky Raccoon is the fastest 100 mile trail run for men in North America, as well as the oldest running 100 miler in Texas having been first run in 1993 with 29 finishers. (01/31/2018) ⚡AMP
In a world where many championship-bound endurance runners enjoy the benefits of full-time training, sponsorship and plenty of rest and recovery between hard sessions, Welsh stars Caryl Jones and Dewi Griffiths could not be more different.
With both confirmed on the Welsh Commonwealth Games team – Griffiths is set to double up with the 5000m and the 10,000m, and Jones the marathon – they have earned their tickets to the Gold Coast off the back of 5.30am starts in the milking parlour and long hours in the lambing sheds, juggling high mileage training with farming. (01/31/2018) ⚡AMP
The New York Road Runners-organized half-marathon famously requires fast-acting registration as the race has sold out in minutes in recent years. In 2016, the Brooklyn Half sold out in 52 minutes. In 2017, it took exactly half that amount of time for the registration to close, a staggering 26 minutes. The official 2018 figure, per the NYRR, took two hours and 17 minutes for upwards of 27,500 runners to register for the May 19 half marathon. (01/31/2018) ⚡AMP
The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is one of the few marathons in the world that got an IAAF Label after just two editions. This is a rare feat. The event had over 50,000 runners at the first edition and over 73,000 in the second. "This is something you rarely find in any part of the world," said an IAAF Official. They are expecting over 100,000 participants at this year's event Feb 10. They also offer a world-class prize purse totally $440,000 ($50,000 each to the marathon winners.) (01/31/2018) ⚡AMP
Midnight this evening (31 January) is the final point in which you can take advantage of the standard individual entry for the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon. It is also the last day in which you will be able to get your number personalised with your name in time for race day on Sunday 8 April. As ever, demand has been high for the 26.2 mile event and it is anticipated that the race will match the 8,500 runners it attracted in 2017. Regarded as one of the friendliest marathons in the UK. (01/31/2018) ⚡AMP
More than 4000 runners are expected to participate in the 5th annual race through the historic city, from the waterfront to the Castel dell’Ovo, the Teatro San Carlo to the Piazza del Plebiscito, the course will lead you through the most fascinating areas of Naples Italy, set in one of the most picturesque views of the Mediterranean. A strong elite field are aiming for sub 60 minute performances. (01/31/2018) ⚡AMP
Doug Richards is planning an unusual 70th birthday celebration this year. He will mark the occasion on the southernmost continent in the last leg of his global running venture. On March 16th 2018, "I hope to fulfil a lifelong ambition of running at least a half marathon on every one of the Earth's seven continents, before my 70th birthday later this year." The race will take place on King George Island in the Antarctic. It will be a tough challenge even getting there. Doug has run over 100 half and 30 full marathons. (01/31/2018) ⚡AMP
Gary Thornton (IRL) wins Africa Intercontinental Marathon (Cape Town) in 3:06:55 today. It’s his second marathon in 24 hours as part of the 2018 World Marathon Challenge. The temperature today was degrees 72 Fahrenheit , which is 70 degrees warmer than the windchill temperatures in Antarctica yesterday. Becca Pizzi wins second consecutive marathon in 4:11:15. She is the returning 2016 champion!
American's Becca Pizzi was the overall winner of the 2016 World Marathon Challenge. Today she won the Antarctic Intercontinental Marathon (the first of seven) in a time of 4:06:45. In second was Renee DeMarsh(USA) 4.28.10,
third Gulzhamal DeFelice (RUS/USA)4.38.03,
fourth Meghan Newcomer (USA) 4.41:14, and fifth Cara Nelson (USA) 4:50:15.
For men, Gary Thornton (IRL) won in a time of 2.58.39 today.
Gary ran an amazing sub 3 hour time. Second was Jason Cousins (GBR) 3.44.56,
third Scott Coey (AUS) 3.52.47 and in
fourth Joshua Cohen (USA) 3.55.05. (01/30/2018) ⚡AMPEpic Running Adventures
Bob Hodge is one of only a few Americans to ever win a marathon in Japan, earning the lifelong nickname "Hodgie-san." Ahead of this weekend's Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon Hodge wrote, “Japan is a fantastic place for a racer to run a marathon. Most of the top races there invite a smallish contingent of foreign runners, and I considered myself fortunate to be competing in Japan for the second time. Beppu is a beautiful place on the coastline of the southern island of Kyushu. It's known for its thermal hot springs, and bordered by volcanic mountains rising up from the coast it was a dramatic setting for this race.” (01/30/2018) ⚡AMP
Jeannie Pardy has been running for 20 years and participating in marathons for ten. She runs 30 miles a week. Now she is preparing for a race that will mark a significant milestone in her career. She is preparing to run the Tokyo Marathon on Feb. 25; when she completes it, she will be the first person in Central Newfoundland Canada to complete all the Abbott World Marathon Majors. One thing is for certain.
“I’ll run till I die – till I drop. I don’t want to give up running,” Pardy said.
It is the satisfaction of running that keeps her moving.
The Garden of the Gods Ten Mile Run is a unique race with a spectacular setting and a physically
demanding course. The course takes you into the heart
of the Garden and runners will pass the most famous rock in the area—the Balanced Rock. The Garden of the Gods Park lies between Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs, Colorado. The course elevation ranges
from 6,210′ up to 6,530. Registration for the June 10th race opens March 10th at 8am. (01/30/2018) ⚡AMP
The Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) today announced Carey Pinkowski Executive Race Director of the BofA Chicago Marathon will receive the 2017 CARA Lifetime Achievement Award on February 3, 2018. The CAAR Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the Chicago running community. Carey came to the helm of the Marathon almost three decades ago. "When I started, Chicago was not a running city. It was a challenge to get people to accept it. Marathon runners back then were thought of as extreme athletes. Now you can't drive down the lakefront without seeing people training." (01/30/2018) ⚡AMP
Alexi Pappas, a Greek-American who holds dual citizenship, is a 2016 Olympian and the Greek national record holder in the 10,000 meters with a personal best of 31:36 set at the Rio Olympics. The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announces that professional runner and Olympian Alexi Pappas will run the 2018 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on May 5, 2018. (01/30/2018) ⚡AMP
Nobert Kigen and Felix Kandie of Kenya headline a men’s pro field aiming for a sub-60 minute performance at the fifth Napoli City Half Marathon in Naples, Italy. February 4 will mark the fifth edition of the race and the second under the direction of Carlo Capalbo, a native of Napoli who serves as chairman of the IAAF Road Running Commission, and the president of the RunCzech Organization. Capalbo has made it his personal mission to bring a world-class running event to his hometown.
The Collegiate Running Association has announced the fifth-annual Collegiate Mountain Running National Championships will take place on July 8, 2018, at the Loon Mountain Race (10.62K), in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Additionally, this year’s event will host the 15th annual North American, Central American & Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championships. Named the "Most Competitive Hillclimb" by Runner's World Magazine, this ridiculously tough race will force participants to climb over 2,000 vertical feet. from Steve Taylor (01/29/2018) ⚡AMP
World record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei and London Marathon champion Mary Keitany are among the star-studded women’s field named for the RAK Half Marathon on February 9.
Four of the fastest seven women in history will line up for United Arab Emirates half marathon, with another seven sub-68 minute runners alongside them.
Kenya’s Jepkosgei set the world record for the half marathon twice in 2017 after finishing third in RAK last year and lines up alongside fellow Kenyan stars Keitany, Fancy Chemutai and Edith Chelimo.
Keitany, a three-time RAK winner, finished second last year, setting a personal best 65:13.
Michael Wardian is an American marathoner and ultra-marathon. He is not running the World Marathon Challenge this year but his record he set in 2017 is going to be hard for anyone to beat. He averaged 2:45:57 for each of the seven marathons. Additionally he ran the fastest ever time (2:31:09 average) for all the Abbott World Marathon Majors (Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, New York). He holds the world record for the fastest marathon on an indoor 200-meter track and so many more records. Michael is one astounding runner... (01/29/2018) ⚡AMPEpic Running Adventures
The 2018 World Marathon Challenge is due to start on schedule in Antarctica tomorrow, January 30th. A Boeing 757 VIP plane will fly competitors the 4,200km journey south from Cape Town to Novo on the frozen continent. (Present temperature is -2F) The race is scheduled to start at 15:00 Cape Town time. There are 56 people who paid $44,000 each to run the annual World Marathon Challenge and be flown and fed on the marathon route starting in Antarctica and finishing in Miami. (01/29/2018) ⚡AMP
An estimated 30,000 runners from around the world are expected to enter the inaugural Amazing Thailand Marathon Bangkok on February 4. The event presented by Toyota is part of a five-year agreement between Ironman, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Thailand Tri-League. There’ll be a 42.195-kilometre marathon, a 21.1km half marathon, a 10km Bangkok Bank Run and, on February 3, a 4km Family Fun Run. Also planned is a Sports and Lifestyle Expo at the Bangkok Airport. (01/29/2018) ⚡AMP
Ethiopian teenager Samuel Tefera provided the unexpected highlight of the Meeting Elite en Salle de Leure in Val de Reuil, when he broke the world U20 indoor 1500m record with a world-leading 3:36.05. Tefera, who represented Ethiopia at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 after winning their national trial race, was competing in the first indoor race of his burgeoning career. But his youth and relative inexperience proved no barrier as he comfortably beat 2012 world indoor champion and 2015 world bronze medallist Abdalaati Iguider. (01/29/2018) ⚡AMP
Mizuki Matsuda caught and passed Honami Maeda with 12 kilometres remaining of the Osaka International Women’s Marathon before going on to win in 2:22:44 on her debut at the distance. The lead pack of two pace makers, three Japanese – Mizuki Matsuda, Honami Maeda, Yuka Ando – and Ethiopian Goytatom Gebreselassie covered the first half of the race in 1:11:59. Gebreselassie fell off the pace just after half way and it soon became clear that there would be a Japanese winner. (01/29/2018) ⚡AMP
MBR PHOTO OF THE WEEK: The finish of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on Friday looked like the end of a fast 10k. Seven men all finished under 2:05. First four were within six seconds. Never before has there been so many runners run so fast in a Marathon. The group of Ethiopian Runners were on world record pace up to the 35k mark. (01/28/2018) ⚡AMP
Ethiopia's Mosinet Geremew won the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon with a course record of 2:04:00 in one of the most thrilling finishes in marathon history.
The 27 year-old, who entered the race just days before, sprinted across the finish line followed by four more runners within eight seconds. In all, seven runners clocked sub 2:05.00 with six of them no slower than 2:04:15. In near perfect weather conditions, the leading group ran a very consistent pace. After a half marathon split time of 61:36, the world record of 2:02:57 was still in reach at 30k, which was passed in 1:27:35. However, after the last pacemaker dropped out, the pace fell and the athletes focused on winning the US$200,000 first prize. (01/28/2018) ⚡AMP
Brigid Kosgei showed her initial preparations are going well ahead of the London Marathon with a commanding victory at the Eldoret Discovery Cross Country on Sunday.
In her first race since demolishing the course record at the Honolulu Marathon in December in 2:22:15 with a big negative split of 1:10:25, Kosgei ran out triumphant by 10 seconds in the senior women’s 8km, crossing the finish-line in 27:31.
Kosgei will return to action next month at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon on Feb 9. (01/28/2018) ⚡AMP
More than 20,000 runners from over 80 countries hit the streets of South Florida Sunday for the Fitbit Miami Marathon.
Runners faced high winds - gusts of up to 15 mph - along the route, slowing down the times of many runners.
Kenyan runner Hillary Too, 38, was the first man (2:23:03).
“I was aiming at 2:15 this time. But the wind was so tough," Too said. "This is why I could not run 2:15. But I'd like to come next year.” Lyubov Denisova, 46, of Gainesville was first woman (2:40:54).
Roger Bannister was the first runner to run the mile in under four minutes. He ran 3:59.4 on May 6, 1954. Don Bowden (pictured) was the first American to go under four minutes. He ran 3:58.7 on June 1, 1957. According to the website LetsRun "Emmanuel Bor of the U.S. Army WCAP became the 500th American to break 4:00 in the mile, running a time (3:58.77) eerily similar to Bowden’s original mark on a bouncy, banked indoor oval at Boston University on Saturday." (01/28/2018) ⚡AMP
Manzano has made every U.S. national team for the World Championships or Olympics from 2007 to 2015. What has been some of his challenges of his career?
In 2016, he battled pneumonia and it impacted him for a long time. When you have a career as long as his, there are plenty of highs and a few lows. Could we ever see him race a 5,000m?
How did he target and approach the American record after running 3:30 at age 30?
Manzano’s style has always been to creep up and maneuver his way to the win on the last lap, does he have to change that due to his longevity? Chris Chavez at CITIUS MAG Podcast spoke with Leo recently. (01/27/2018) ⚡AMP
Georgia Cleland was a major catalyst for the shift in endurance athletes competing for reasons far beyond themselves. her father, Bruce, launched Team in Training in 1988, and utilized the New York City Marathon to raise funds for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) in honor of his daughter.
Now three decades later, the story comes full circle. Georgia completed the Walt Disney World Marathon on Jan. 7, her first marathon, to honor her father. (01/27/2018) ⚡AMP
Ice cream or frozen yogurt — which do you pick? Frozen yogurt is creamy and sweet, but healthy enough...keep in mind that fro-yo is more closely related to your favorite frosty treat than advertised — now if we stayed with plain yogurt but who does that? While a cup of soft-serve vanilla ice cream is loaded with 34 grams sugar and 102 calories, frozen yogurt trails closely behind at 36 grams sugar and 94 calories. Sugar isn't yogurt's only potential problem. Some are loaded with artery-clogging saturated fat. Check the label to make sure it has no more than 1.5 grams of saturated fat per six-ounce serving. (01/27/2018) ⚡AMP
Runner Liang Jing crossed the finish line in 9:28:35 and in first position, but has been disqualified for receiving support outside the checkpoints, which is not permitted by the race rules. Liang Jing explained that he asked for water from a hiker and understood that he had permission to swap his empty bottle with her full one, as he pushed himself to the limits. He expressed regret at this misunderstanding, apologized for his behavior, and stated that there would never be a repeat. (01/27/2018) ⚡AMP