The two-time Olympian and second-fastest marathoner in Canadian history was forced to cut his yearly training regime to half of its regular volume, as he dealt with a peculiar ailment. A Hamilton resident and New Balance athlete, he had been chasing Jerome Drayton’s elusive Canadian marathon record of 2:10:09 for quite some time and, with a personal best of 2:10:28, a record-breaking attempt in 2017 was in no way far-fetched. But, not even the elite are impervious to injury. (01/08/2018) ⚡AMP
Horace Ashenfelter III, won a gold medal in a stunning upset at the 1952 Olympics, died on Saturday in West Orange, N.J. He was 94. At the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, Ashenfelter, then an FBI agent, surpassed heavily-favored Soviet runner Vladimir Kazantsev in the final lap, claiming the gold medal and setting a world record with a time of 8:45.4. That year, he received the Sullivan Award as the USA's outstanding amateur athlete and represented the U.S. again at the 1956 Olympics. (01/08/2018) ⚡AMP
World 1500m silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot and fellow Kenyan Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi took top honours at the 41st Antrim International Cross Country in Greenmount on Saturday. On a day of calm and mild weather conditions at Greenmount's College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise, Cheruiyot improved upon his third-place finish from 2016. The Kenyan 1500m champion produced an excellent display to win by milliseconds from Ethiopia’s Mogos Tuemay. (01/08/2018) ⚡AMP
MBR FAST FACT: The French ultramarathon runner Serge Girard (Born 1953) holds the world record for the longest distance run in 365 days. He ran every day for a year, crossed a total of 25 countries and covered a total distance of 16,783 miles. In 2005/2006 he ran from Paris to Tokyo (19,097K) in 262 days. In 1997 he ran from Los Angeles to New York City (2.856 miles) in 52 days, 23 hours and 20 minutes. (01/07/2018) ⚡AMP
28-year-old Nick Hilton from Tucson, Arizona won the 25th Annual Walt Disney World Marathon in a time of 2:17:52. Hilton becames the first American to win the race since 2004, ending a streak held by the Brazilian runners.
Hilton is also only the fourth American to ever win the marathon.
“I feel amazing,” says Hilton. “The marathon has been a mixed bag for me and this means a lot to me." Brazilian Giovanna Martins, 35, was first female to finish. Her time was 2:47:22.
Israel's Girmaw Amare was crowned as national champion after winning the 41st Sea of Galilee Tiberias marathon today in a time of 2:15.30 hours, an improvement of 1:50 minutes from his personal best and the sixth-best result ever recorded by an Israeli. Amare’s result is especially impressive as he ran by himself for almost half of the marathon. He was on pace to break the national record until around the 35th kilometer, but running alone eventually took its toll. 4,000 runners took part. (01/07/2018) ⚡AMP
Ethiopia’s Fatuma Sado overcame heavy rain and a stomach problem in the latter sages to win the Xiamen International Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, this morning (2:26:41).
Sado, the 2013 winner and defending champion Meseret Mengistu were both considered the favorites in the women's race.
However, the 27-year-old reigning champion, who was also the fastest entrant (2:23:25) from her victory at the 2015 Paris Marathon, dropped out of the leading group soon after the start.
MBR FAST FACT: Canada’s Jacqueline Gareau led the women's 1980 Boston Marathon field for most of the race, only to find another runner, Rosie Ruiz, wearing the traditional victor's laurels when she crossed the finish line. Ruiz was later disqualified after it was determined she hadn't run the entire race, and Gareau was awarded the victory one week later. At the 2005 Boston Marathon Gareau was allowed to "break the tape" in a special ceremony. Her 1980 time was 2:34:28, fastest to that point. (01/06/2018) ⚡AMP
Switzer celebrates her 71st birthday today in Wellington, New Zealand, where she winters with her husband, runner and author Roger Robinson. She was a pioneer female marathoner in the 1960s, a sub-elite racer (with a personal best of 2:51) in the mid-1970s, and a tireless worldwide promoter of women’s running through the Avon global running circuit. 9 months ago, she became the first woman to complete marathons 50 years apart. In 1967, she famously finished the Boston Marathon in 4:20. (01/06/2018) ⚡AMP
The elite field that has been put together for Boston is the best ever. But this is only part of the story. The big story is the thousands who qualified to run one of the world’s most exciting Marathon. “The crowd support in Boston is simply amazing,” says MBR founder Bob Anderson. “You feel like a rock star the whole way.” Bob Anderson ran Boston in 2013 at age 65. He finished in 3:32:17. “I have only run 11 marathons and this was the first time I never hit the wall,” he said. (01/06/2018) ⚡AMP
MBR TRAINING TIP: When running on snow or ice you’re going to need something on your feet to prevent slipping.
You can buy a pair of micro-spikes, which strap onto the bottom of your running shoes, or you can turn an older pair of running shoes into “screw shoes” by screwing some sheet metal screws with hex heads into the bottom of your shoes,either ¼”, ½”, or ⅜” screws.
You could also consider swapping your road-running shoes for trail shoes, which has better traction on slippery terrain.
MBR FAST FACT: Joggling is the term used for running while juggling. In October 2016, 44-year-old Michal Kapral ran the Chicago Marathon while juggling, managing to do so without dropping any balls, and finishing with a time of 2 hours and 55 minutes. It was his eighth joggling marathon and first time completing one without a single drop. The Canadian competed in the 3,000m steeplechase in high school and now is training to complete a steeplechase while juggling. (01/06/2018) ⚡AMP
Robbie Simpson enjoyed a busy festive period, taking part in races both abroad and on home soil. On Hogmanay the Banchory athlete, who is to represent Scotland in the marathon at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April, was racing through the streets of Paris against world-class opposition in the Corrida Internationale De Houilles 10km. After flying home on New Year’s Day he took part in the icy roads and farm tracks around the Aberdeenshire village of Lumphanan. (01/05/2018) ⚡AMP
Outside Magazine published an article ranking U.S. states by the number of runs recorded on Strava. Predictably, the two most populous states, California and Texas, took the top two spots on the list. There were some surprises—Colorado, only 21st in population, came in at number four—but, for the most part, a state’s place on the list correlated pretty closely with its number of inhabitants. (01/05/2018) ⚡AMP
On Thursday afternoon, two-time Olympian and three-time NCAA champion Andrew Wheating announced his retirement from professional track and field with a Facebook post. The post opens with “Dear Professional Running” which is much like how Nike took out a full page ad in newspapers to publish Michael Jordan’s retirement. Wheating was the MJ or Kobe of professional running but he was a special talent. (01/05/2018) ⚡AMP
Defending champion Meseret Mengistu and 2013 winner Fatuma Sado of Ethiopia will both chasing a second title at the 16th edition of the Xiamen International Marathon. The 27-year-old Mengistu is the fastest woman on paper with a personal best of 2:23:25 achieved when she won the 2015 Paris Marathon. She has won four out of the five marathon races she completed since 2014, including victories in Cape Town in 2014 and in Beijing in 2016. (01/05/2018) ⚡AMP
30-year-old Allie Kieffer was one of the major surprises at the 2017 NYC Marathon, breaking 2:30 for the first time and finishing fifth overall. Her 2:29:39 was a staggering improvement. In January last year, she ran her first marathon in Miami, which she won in 2:55:30 despite not preparing specifically for the race. Three months later, she completed an unusual challenge at The Armory, breaking the world record for the indoor marathon. and reeling off 211 laps of the 200-meter track in 2:44:44. (01/04/2018) ⚡AMP
Hugh Brasher, Event Director for The Big Half, said: “London Marathon Events is proud to host the British Half Marathon Championships at The Big Half. This new event features a fantastic route through our great capital city, which is truly fitting for a national championship.” Sir Mo Farah and Callum Hawkins, Britain’s top two distance runners, are already confirmed for the event and further names will be added to the elite field shortly. (01/04/2018) ⚡AMP
Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya will focus on winning in London Marathon and not setting a world record. The Kenyan missed out on breaking his compatriot Dennis Kimetto's 2:02:57 mark in Berlin last September owing to heavy rains and winds, but promised to return stronger and try to break the record in future. But he has ruled out trying to go for the record in a star studded London Marathon in April, but instead will focus on winning the race. (01/04/2018) ⚡AMP
Many of us will begin 2018 by setting goals for the year ahead – why not add a marathon with great PB potential to that list? Edinburgh Marathon (27 May) is one of the biggest and best the UK has to offer - standard entries, which are set to sell out for the 10th successive year close at midnight on Sunday 7 January. The flat and fast course makes Edinburgh perfect for a PB. That, teamed with picturesque views and friendly Scottish support, makes Edinburgh a great marathon choice. (01/04/2018) ⚡AMP
The NYRR has confirmed that they are cancelling Joe Kleinerman 10K race coming up this weekend in Central Park. They posted, “Due to the severe weather forecast today and for the weekend we are cancelling all NYRR Open Runs today through Sunday, as well as Saturday’s Joe Kleinerman 10K.” MBR Founder, Bob Anderson just returned from there and says, “The weather conditions in NYC make it very challenging to run. I had to wear six layers just to do a couple of miles in Central Park.” (01/04/2018) ⚡AMP
The Little Rock Marathon has unveiled its 2018 finisher medals. The marathon has long been known for its epic race bling, and the race has certainly kept up the tradition for its 16th year. For 2018, the marathon medal measures 8.5 inches tall and weighs 2.5 pounds. Besides the medal "our mission is provide a premier event open to athletes of all abilities, while promoting a healthy lifestyle through running/walking and raising money for Little Rock Parks & Recreation." Race date 3/4/18.
MBR PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Japan's Yuki Kawauchi was one of just three runners in the Marshfield Road Runner's 37th New Year's Day Marathon. He was attempting to break the world record of 75 sub 2:20 marathons he co-held with Doug Kurtis. He hit the half way point in 1:10:29. The temperature was 4 degrees. “When I saw the time I thought it’s not happening today,” said Kawauchi. But he does not give up and he kept pushing to finish in 2:18:59 on the certified course. From New England Runner. (01/03/2018) ⚡AMP
Every year, 19 million Americans participate in some kind of organized road race—five times the number of people who play in basketball leagues—but most aren’t competing to win anything. Some 28 million more run regularly but don’t race. “When people run, they’re doing it for themselves,” says Brooks CEO Jim Weber. This running-as-lifestyle philosophy has propelled Brooks from being a forgettable brand that 17 years ago was on the brink of a second bankruptcy to a $500 million company. (01/03/2018) ⚡AMP
Aoyama Gakuin’s Takaya Hashima celebrates as he crosses the finish line of the Tokyo-Hakone Intercollegiate Ekiden on Wednesday in Tokyo to secure the team’s fourth straight overall title. Hakone Ekiden, which is officially called Tokyo-Hakone Round-Trip College Ekiden Race, is one of the most prominent university ekiden (relay marathon) races of the year held between Tokyo and Hakone in Japan
Northern Ireland’s Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) recorded a brilliant 29:06 (14th place), a new 10k road personal best, at the San Silvestre Vallecana 10k road race in Madrid (Spain) on New Year’s Eve. He competed at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, finishing the marathon in 32nd position, in a time of 2.16.24. He was the first Irishman home. His time was the third fastest by an Irish runner at an Olympic Games. (01/03/2018) ⚡AMP
This London Big Half should be an interesting race! With Mo Farah and Daniel Wanjiru lining up, the battle is set for a fast and furious race. Looking forward to this one!. The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru will take on British favorites Sir Mo Farah and Callum Hawkins in a mouth-watering elite men's race. The Kenyan, who claimed the biggest win of his career at the London Marathon last April, will return to the streets. This time for the Half. (01/03/2018) ⚡AMP
On January 6 through the 7th in Bandera, Texas the Tejas Trails organization will host its 8th USA Track & Field trail running championships and 16th running of the Bandera 100k.
The venue, the Hill Country, northwest of San Antonio Texas. The Bandera 100k is one of the toughest trail runs in Texas, as well as the oldest 100km. It's beautiful, fun, and incredibly well- supported. (01/02/2018) ⚡AMP
Dave Proctor is not done, even after running more than 358K in the span of 48 hours. The feat is a 48-hour Canadian record (previous mark of 355.8K), according to Proctor, who entered the race as the 24-hour Canadian record holder. Proctor hit 358.16K with 10 minutes to go before the 48-hour mark on Saturday so his new record will likely be more than 358K. Proctor is racing at Across The Years, a multi-day event at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. (01/02/2018) ⚡AMP
Worknesh Degafa, who had run 17 times for the half marathon under 70 minutes, debuted in Dubai last year with a 2:22 marathon win and $200k for her victory. Degafa will be back in Dubai to defend her title. (01/02/2018) ⚡AMP
One thing we noticed though is, there always seemed to be more men than women at the races. So we did some research and found that the last time Loon hosted a National Championship, almost 70% of the competitors were men. We want to change that. To send a welcoming and encouraging message to the amazing women out there who might be considering giving a mountain race a try. (01/02/2018) ⚡AMP
Kenya’s Erick Kiptanui was the overwhelming winner at the men’s Madrid’s 53th San Silvestre Vallecana, an IAAF Silver Label road race, on the New Year’s Eve. Kiptanui produced the race’s third fastest ever time by clocking 27:34 while Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka stormed to a 30:55 victory in the corresponding women’s race to miss her own race record by just two seconds. (01/02/2018) ⚡AMP
With a growing hotel business of four, Kenenisa Bekele has been criticized that he spends too much time distracted from his running career.
“In your life you need to be involved in some business apart from running,” he answers. “You cannot sit down and only eat, sleep and run.
“If you invest in something and you don’t know what’s going on, you are not human. Maybe some people complain and worry I am doing business and running. For me it doesn’t matter. I have enough time to do both.” (01/02/2018) ⚡AMP
"While general exercise boosts the immune system, endurance events cause a brief dip in our immunity levels, post-event," explained physiologist Prof Neil Walsh.
"Our hunch is that the way in which our body's immune defence works during stress, like a marathon, is to some extent predictable.
Runners in one of Britain's toughest races (Snowdonia Marathon in Welsh) could help scientists answer why some will fall ill after the race - and others will not. (01/02/2018) ⚡AMP
Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi did it. He finished the Marshfield Road Runners Marathon in 2:18:59. Setting a world record for the most sub 2:20 marathons. He did this on a very cold day, like 10 degrees. He is a real champion. (01/01/2018) ⚡AMP
As the temperature in Central Park hovered above 10 degrees, runners at the NYRR Midnight Run started the countdown from 10 to mark the end of 2017 and the start of 2018. With a select group of professional athletes leading the pack of nearly 4,000 runners, Reid Buchanan became the first to complete four miles in the new year by breaking the tape in 19:08. In the women's race, Molly Seidel earned the top spot with a time of 21:24. (01/01/2018) ⚡AMP
Smart breathing can actually help you run faster and avoid getting hurt.
That's the premise of Running on Air, a new book by Budd Coates. He's a four-time qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.
Coates has developed a new breathing style that synchronizes breathing with foot strike, alternating which foot strikes the ground with each exhalation. The breathing style, called rhythmic breathing, aims to help runners run better and avoid injury. (12/31/2017) ⚡AMP
Shalane Flanagan Posted this on her Instagram page, “2017 brought me lots of tears, some sad and some happy.
I’m grateful for it all and to share it with those I love.
My wish for myself and everyone in 2018 is that we all get a moment where we are so overcome with joy and happiness that we are brought to our knees......because our dreams became reality.
Everything you want is in front of you. Go get it! (12/31/2017) ⚡AMP
In 2017, 239,069 runners took part in The Great Run 46 running events from Portsmouth to Aberdeen and in between in the UK. “Combined, our runners covered a massive 2,443,615 miles. That’s more than 98 times around the world.” The 2017 Simplyhealth Great North Run saw the largest amount of finishers in its 37-year history, with 43,127 crossing the finish line of the world’s biggest half marathon. (12/31/2017) ⚡AMP
Pacers Running store owner Chris Farley was convinced his streak was over. Every year since 1999, Farley had run a marathon or the distance of 26.2 miles in under three hours, but when he crossed the finish line on a windy morning at the Philadelphia Marathon on Nov. 19, his watch read 3:01:04. But on Friday Farley tired one more time and he did it. He completed a certified marathon course at Hains Point in 2:52:53 in front of dozens of friends and family members. His streak continues. (12/31/2017) ⚡AMP
Olympians, Canadian record holders and national cross-country champions were among those who braved the cold in southern Ontario for the Boxing Day 10-miler. A scenic course with downtown start and finish, the 10 mile event includes 6 miles of paved waterfront trail. (12/31/2017) ⚡AMP
For the men’s half marathon 2017 was the best year ever - three sub-59-minute runners and another 20+ running sub-60s.
The Copenhagen Half Marathon has quickly developed into one of the world’s highest quality half. This year it provided all the sub-59-minute performances as the top three – Cheroben, Okambo and Oloitiptip – ran 58:40, 59:48 and 58:51 respectively to move to third, eighth and 10th on the world all-time list. And they were followed by four more runners under one hour. (12/30/2017) ⚡AMP
MBR UNIQUE RACE: There isn’t anything complicated about running with snowshoes. You just have to remember to pick up your feet.
The challenge, as with any winter running, is keeping yourself dry - because wet clothes can kill you.Beyond the normal challenge of sweating from all the extra exertion, racing snowshoes tend to throw around a lot of snow. In loose snow, it looks like a snow squall is following you when you run. Half of it falls on you, so you should wear clothing that sheds the snow. (12/29/2017) ⚡AMP
Fred Lebow believed that running is for everyone. He fell in love with the sport on his first run around the Central Park Reservoir, and he spent the rest of his life converting millions...
In the late 1960s he joined NYRR, which was a small club. He co-founded the New York City Marathon in 1970 as a four-lap tour of Central Park. He became president of NYRR in 1972 and served in that role and as race director of the NYC Marathon for 22 years, until his untimely death from brain cancer in 1994. (12/29/2017) ⚡AMP
Bob Anderson started running in 1962. In 1963 he ran the 880 at the AAU Junior Olympics and finished first in 2:08.5. He was hooked. By 1964 he wanted to run the Boston Marathon but he didn’t know how to train. He started writing runners asking for advice. With all this info he decided to start a magazine in Oct 1965. His first issue of Distance Running News came out Jan 1966. He changed the name to Runner’s World in 1970 and built readership to over two million before selling RW in 1984. (12/28/2017) ⚡AMP
“As we cross the finish line for 2017, and begin training for 2018, Capital Road Race Management would like to thank all runners, walkers, joggers, strollers, weekend warriors, speed demons, families, friends, first-timers, seasoned veterans, PR-chasers, and true heroes for lacing up and toeing the line with us every weekend. We have treasured every mile you shared with us, and look forward to many more.” from an email sent to runners who have run at least one of their races in California. (12/27/2017) ⚡AMP
It was a good year for UK marathoners. Here are some stats: 17 men broke 2:20 and 43 men broke 2:25 (best since 1995), which is up from 15 and 38 in 2016. A 10th best of 2:17:10 was the best since 1997. 25-year-old Callum Hawkins ran the best time with 2:10:17. A good year but nothing like the 1980’s. (12/27/2017) ⚡AMP
Japan’s Yuta Shitara has the potential to run 2:06:30, based on his 1:00:17 half. Moen’s disciplined pacing at Fukuoka is a role model for Shitara. Based on Shitara’s two marathons to date there’s no sign that he intends to approach the marathon with the same maturity and professionalism as Moen, but if he did he would be Japan’s best chance of seeing its 2:06:16 national record broken. Shitara ran like no one else in Japan this year to earn the Japanese long distance man of the year title. (12/27/2017) ⚡AMP
On November 1, Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai, the frontman of successful Thai rock band Bodyslam, set out for a very long run — a 55-day, 1,361 miles jaunt around Thailand.
Since that day, he’s been running up to five times a day, spending between 12 and 18 hours on the road. Toon wasn’t running for himself. He was running to inspire the citizens of Thailand to raise more than 20 million USD for 11 local hospitals. But he didn’t meet his goal. He far exceeded it by bringing in 45 million USD. (12/27/2017) ⚡AMP
A Rio Viking put up a website featuring early covers of Distance Running News starting from the first issue published January, 1966. "I just ran across this site today by accident," says DRN/RW founder Bob Anderson. "These covers with captions brings back so many great memories. Thanks Rio for doing this." Bob Anderson started DRN with $100 and grew readership to over two million by 1980. He sold RW to Rodale Press in 1984, all before he was 37 years old. (12/26/2017) ⚡AMP