It was the biggest shock in the 63-year history of the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards. But as Sir Mo Farah’s name was read out, and the crowd rose to its feet in stunned appreciation, it was clear no one was more dumbstruck than the man himself. First his eyes widened. Then he covered his mouth in joyous exhilaration. It would have been no surprise if an expletive had tumbled out, although that would have required his jaw to start functioning again first. (Mon 18)
Ethiopian running icon Kenenisa Bekele fell short of his target of running a 25km personal best at the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K but he still dominated the race in the Indian city after breaking away from his rivals just after 18 kilometres before coming home in 1:13:48. (Mon 18)
Peter Kimeli Some lived up to expectations at the Shenzhen Marathon, winning the race in 2:14:49. While the men’s race was won by the pre-race favourite, Kyrgyzstan’s Viktoria Poliudina defeated some of the more favoured athletes in the women’s race to win in 2:33:25, her third personal best of the year.
TRAINING TIP: It is that time of the year when many runners have to deal with cold weather. The tendency is to put on too many layers of clothes. Layers is the way to go but if you can, warm up inside and get your blood flowing. If you can manage to break a sweat before you head out the door, you won’t be as chilly on your run. Outside is always the best. Much better than doing your run on a treadmill. However, there are times that the treadmill is the best option. (Sun 17)
WHY DO WE RUN: Dean Karnazes says - “Running is cleansing for the soul. Some days I come home feeling overwhelmed by the heaviness of everyday living. Then I go running and everything changes. The problems are still the same, but the way I look at them is different, lighter.” Dean is an ultra Marathoner and author. In 2005 he ran 350 miles in 8 hours 44 minutes without sleep. (Sun 17)
Taiwanese long-distance runner Hsieh Chien-ho set a national record for the women's half marathon on Sunday, clocking 1:15:05 as part of the Taipei Marathon, missing the entry standard for the World Half Marathon Championships 2018 by five seconds.
The 30-year-old runner clinched the gold medal in the half marathon with more than 27,000 entrants taking part in the marathon and half marathon events, including 3,200 from 51 countries and regions. (Sun 17)
Mick Iacofano from Median, Ohio won the Jacksonville Marathon on Saturday in 2:18:39. The 23-year-old won his first attempt in near course-record time at the 35th annual Ameris Bank Marathon with his father joining him for a rare two-generation top-10 finish. “I started feeling really good and confident about my time coming into this week,” said Iacofano, whose time was just four minutes off Jerry Lawson’s course record of 2:14:33 from 1992. Michael Iacofano, Mick's father placed 7th. (Sun 17)
Sharlet Gilbert (66) from Richmond CA does all sorts of races and does them well. She was first in her age-group at the New York City Marathon, Boston and second at Big Sur. She better her time at Pikes Peak by over an hour. Last night she was honored for her first place finish for 2017 Double Racing Leader Board. Double Racing is a two stage race created by MBR founder Bob Anderson. Dawyne Spencer won the Male division. Both are running the Christmas Double Road Race (15k - 10+5) today. (Sat 16)
Many of the most successful athletes from this month’s European Cross Country Championships in Slovakia will test themselves against a United States team in the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh XCountry on January 13 in Edinburgh. In the absence of the now biennial World Cross Country Championships in 2018, the event is the biggest cross-country meeting of the winter. (Fri 15)
Bob Podkaminer, a veteran international race official, said USA Track & Field added a new rule: "A fellow competitor can help you stand up, but no one can help you make forward progress," said Podkaminer by phone from his home in Northern California. "When you are in distress, then it is no longer sport. That's one of the reasons why this particular rule came into effect. The well-being of an athlete is paramount. That's why I think it's a good thing that happened [at the Dallas Marathon]." (Fri 15)
MBR UNIQUE RACES: Running and travelling can be the perfect partners – whether that’s an early morning exploratory jog on a business trip or a dedicated holiday built around a multi-stage race. New routes, scenery and challenges can help enliven one’s love of running, while seeing the world on foot offers an enhanced perspective. (Fri 15)
The Miami Marathon is a big-city race with a super-relaxed party vibe. It’s the perfect escape from a Canadian winter. In cities like Boston, Chicago and even New York, the streets are eerily quiet on the eve of a marathon. Thousands of locals and visiting runners opt to lay low, eat a quick pasta dinner and get to bed early. This is not the case the night before the Miami Marathon. (Fri 15)
Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan says she “felt such a sense of validation” after winning her first major championship at the New York City Marathon in November. “It took seven years, if not a lifetime, to achieve that one moment,” Flanagan said. Flanagan was back in Boston Tuesday. She is the headliner on John Hancock’s elite American team for the 2018 Boston Marathon; arguably, the best American field assembled since Hancock became the race’s principal sponsor in 1986. (Fri 15)
27 Best Moments for Women In 2017 decided by the editors of Cosmopolitan magazine. "Record breaking box office runs, historical firsts, and other big moments for women in a tumultuous year." Their 19th pick was when Shalane Flanagan won the New York City Marathon. As they said, it was an extremely feel-good moment. When she won in 2:26:53, she became the first American to win the race since 1977. (Thu 14)
Gary Patton of the United States became the first runner older than 70 to break 5:30 for an indoor mile on Dec. 7. The then 71-year-old covered 1,609m in 5:29.81 to break a 30-year-old record, according to the World Masters Athletics record book, at the New York Road Runners’ Night at the Races. For comparison, the men’s outdoor mile world record for M70 is 5:19.75, according to the World Masters Athletics records. (Thu 14)
Sabra Harvey had a very good 2017. The 68-year-old packed her schedule with a series of road races that made her a quadruple national champion, winning her age group and overall age-graded title in every USATF Masters championship event she entered: the mile, 5K, 10K, and 15K. One of her best times for the year was her 19:50 5K. (Thu 14)
High Five Events, one of the largest privately owned event production companies in the United States, announces the continuation of the Austin-Oita Sister City Committee (AOSCC) elite runner exchange for the 2018 Austin Marathon. Daichi Tanaka and Junko Sakamoto will represent Japan and compete in the Austin Marathon on Feb. 18, 2018. (Thu 14)
Sir Mo Farah will be running the Ooredoo Doha Half Marathon January 12 in Qatar's capital city, Doha. It will be his first race under his new coach, Gary Lough, who coached women´s marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe.
This will also be an important step towards the London Marathon in April 2018 where Farah will do battle with the Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge. "I am looking forward to the event to test myself on the fast and flat run along Doha´s Corniche," says Farah.
MBR UNIQUE RACES: The Big Five Marathon is a marathon race situated on the savannahs of South Africa. The race gets its name from the famous animals of Africa referred to as The Big Five Game: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. The course of The Big Five Marathon runs through the private game reserve Entabeni in the Limpopo Province, situated between Johannesburg and the Kruger National Park. The Big Five Marathon was started in 2005, and has been held annually since then. (Wed 13)
MBR FAST FACT: Jock Simple was just doing his duty at the 1967 Boston Marathon. He organized the Boston Marathon for more than 30 years, and he had a passion for running and following the rules. "Jock was all about running and following the rules" says Bob Anderson Founder of Runner World. Kathrine Switzer crossed the finish line of the 1967 Boston Marathon, it was remarkable because she was a woman — the first to run the race as an official entry. Roberto Gibb ran unofficially in 1966. (Wed 13)
Betty McHugh wasted little time breaking an age group marathon world record shortly after her 90th birthday. The Canadian ran 6:47:31 at the 2017 Honolulu Marathon, taking more than two hours off Mavis Lindgren's previous record of 8:53:08 set in 1997. The Honolulu Marathon has long been BJ's favorite race, and has become a family affair (pictured). She was joined by her son Brent, grandson David and grand-daughter Ava. Betty has set more than 30 world records over the last 25 years. (Wed 13)
Patrick Rizzo, four times Olympic trials qualifier! Colorado Springs runner is “The Runner Box” Colorado Runner of the Month. After running 2:17 at CIM Pat said, "The race was planned to be a “get back on my feet” race after a catastrophic 2015-16 racing. I knew I was really fit and my coach, Gary Staines, had reassured me as much. Still the plan was just to go out and run conservatively to get the standard out of the way and have a positive marathon finish again." (Wed 13)
We're taking a bold approach to 2018, starting with early registration. Make your own bold move -- commit to running Minnesota’s signature marathon on Sunday, October 7. Registration is open for the 37th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. The 26.2 mile race runs from downtown Minneapolis to the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul. For a limited time, registration for the marathon is only $110. (Wed 13)
Tennessee track legend, national champion and seven-time All-American Kathy Bryant died Friday at the age of 55. She was a four-time All-American in track and three-time All-American in cross country. Bryant was a member of the 1981 Tennessee women's track and field team that won the AIAW Outdoor National Championship. She earned All-America honors in the 5,000 meters, finishing sixth at the national championships with 16:31. After leaving Tennessee, she ran track professionally. (Wed 13)
MBR UNIQUE RACES: First run in 1905, the Dipsea is the oldest trail race in America. It is run every year on the second Sunday in June. The scenic 7.4 mile course from Mill Valley California to Stinson Beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful courses in the world. The stairs and steep trails make it a grueling and treacherous race. (Tue 12)
Jessie Haynes at Western States 100 about to cross the American River. It is that time of the year when the ultra and trail running aficionados go crazy at the prospect of another Western States Endurance Run (WSER) – the oldest 100-mile race in the USA and the one with the legendary story of Gordy Ainsleigh and a lame horse.
With 18.000ft of climb and 22.000ft of downhill, the race has in the past been full of incredible stories. This photo gives you the feel of the race. (Tue 12)
MBR BEST 100: Tokyo Marathon will move its current date from the last Sunday of February to the first Sunday of March. The next Imperial succession is set to take place in 2019, meaning that February 23 will become the Emperor's Birthday national holiday starting in 2020. The race date is being moved to avoid any potential overlap since the finish area is in front of the Imperial Palace. There were concerns due to the large number of people in the area to celebrate the Emperor's birthday.
MRB FAST FACT: Brent Weigner, 68-year-old from Cheyenne Wyoming, has run a marathon or ultra in 148 different countries as of Dec 2 according to the Country Marathon Club that keeps track of records. In 1979 Brent ran his best marathon (2:45:50) in Boston. By 1999 he had completed a marathon on all seven continents. At least 53 of the 148 were ultras including six 150 mile stage races. He ran his first marathon June 30, 1968 in 3:53 at the Whitewater Marathon in Wisconsin. (Tue 12)
MBR PHOTO OF THE WEEK: "The Big Sur International Marathon is a point-to-point course run on scenic CA Highway 1 from Big Sur to Carmel the last Sunday each April. Towering redwoods, crashing waves, coastal mountains and verdant pastures are featured on this bucket list course. The centerpiece of the course is the iconic Bixby Bridge, located at the halfway point of the race, where you’ll be greeted by a tuxedo-ed musician playing a Yamaha Baby Grand Piano." Beautiful and challenging! (Tue 12)
Dame Dibaba talks about club running after his escape from prison in Ethiopia, the sea crossing from Libya, and the Calais camp known as the Jungle. That was more than two years ago, and since then, Dame Dibaba, a refugee from the Oromia region of Ethiopia, has been, in his words, a “ghost” in this country, albeit a ghost that runs like the wind. The current course record holder for the Beckenham parkrun (15 min 58 sec) looks stricken as he recalls the most challenging run of his life. (Tue 12)
MBR BEST 100: Bank of America Chicago Marathon will welcome thousands of runners from over 100 countries again on Oct 7, 2018. That's in 298 days but it is already sold out. You have to plan ahead to get into these world class races. Last year's race was amazing. Galen Rupp won in 2:09:20 and 60-year-old Brian Pitcher ran 2:42:44. Plus there were so many other top times. The race’s iconic course takes runners through 29 vibrant neighborhoods on an architectural and cultural tour of Chicago. (Tue 12)
MBR BEST 100: John Hancock announced its strongest U.S. Elite Team since its principal sponsorship began in 1986. The team, recruited to compete against an accomplished international field, will all be going for the coveted olive wreath on April 16, 2018. The US elite team: Shalane Flanagan, Galen Rupp, Sara Hall,Desiree Linden,Serena Burla, Shadrack Biwott, Abdi Abdirahman, Dathan Ritzenhein, Deena Kastor, Molly Muddle, Jordan Hasay, Scott Smith, Ryan Vail, Kellyn Taylor and Andrew Bumbalough. (Tue 12)
Keith Pierce, 37, of McKinney, Tex., led from start-to-finish on a brisk, sunny morning at the 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon, breaking the tape with a winning marathon time of 2:27:16. In successfully defending his title, Pierce – also the winner of the 2016 BMW Dallas Marathon – ran more than two minutes faster than his 2016 winning time in Dallas. (Tue 12)
Sara Hall confirmed today that she is going to be running the 2018 Boston Marathon. Sara Hall is a professional track athlete and the wife of Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall. She won the California International Marathon which also was the USATF National marathon championships in Sacramento on December 3rd. (Mon 11)
Boston Marathon title sponsor, John Hancock announced today that New York Marathon winner and four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan will be running the 2018 Boston Marathon. She had said she might retire after winning New York but she had also said "Boston's always in my heart." She has run Boston three times. Her best performance came in 2013 when she placed fourth. The competition is going to be tough. As already reported defending champion Edna Kiplagat will be on the starting line too. (Mon 11)
MRB FAST FACT: Jon Sutherland (67) started his running streak May 26,1969. As of today he has run at least one mile for 17,732 days (48.55 years). He established the American consecutive-days record three years ago, when he eclipsed the mark of 45 years set by his former cross-country teammate Mark Covert. “It was Mark who inspired me to begin this. I always looked up to him—and at his back during races—and he told me in 1969 that he had run every day for a year. So I thought, Why not?” (Mon 11)
MBR BEST 100: Both the men’s and women’s course records came tumbling down at the 45th Honolulu Marathon Sunday morning when Lawrence Cherono and Brigid Kosgei broke the finish line tape in Kapiolani Park in 2:08:26 and 2:22:14, respectively. Improbably, the Kenyan duo demolished the previous race records by a combined six minutes and 17 seconds, and each athlete earned $50,000 in prize money and incentive bonuses. (Mon 11)
The best running shoe is whichever one feels the best, right? But shoe companies are claiming that certain shoes—especially Nike’s $250 Zoom Vaporfly 4%— can save you energy and can actually make you faster. We finally have data to answer that question. It looks like Nike isn’t bluffing. Alex Hutchinson reports at Outside Online: Results show that runners needed less oxygen, which means they weren’t working as hard. That translates to saving energy that you can use to push yourself to go faster. (Mon 11)
Shalane Flanagan was voted the 2017 New York Road Runners Pro Performer of the Year by the public and the media after becoming the first American woman to win the TCS New York City Marathon open division in 40 years in November. The NYRR Pro Performer of the Year award recognizes the top athlete for his or her outstanding achievements at NYRR races over the entire year. (Mon 11)
B.A.A. announced its campaign for the 2018 Boston Marathon, the “Year of Service." They will celebrate the altruism that bonds country, mission, and community leading up to the Boston Marathon. Tom Grilk, CEO B.A.A. says, “Some of the more meaningful stories that embody our event come from those who have served; military, police, fire, or the dedicated volunteers that bring endless enthusiasm each year. Our theme will help showcase and celebrate the spirit that these stories symbolize.” (Mon 11)
MBR FAST FACT: On October 16, 2011, Fauja Singh became the first 100-year-old to finish a marathon, completing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 8:11:06. He still runs for pleasure and charity at age 106. Singh says running has given him purpose and a sense of peace. "Why worry about these small, small things? I don't stress. You never hear of anyone dying of happiness." (Mon 11)
Chandler Self was the first woman to cross the finish line at the 2017 Dallas Marathon, clocking 2:53:55. Self staggered, and at some points fell, throughout the final 50m of the Texas road race. High school runner Ariana Luterman, who was running in the event’s relay, aided Self over the final stages of the race and ultimately across the line. (Mon 11)
Nick Symmonds, the IAAF World Championships 800m silver medalist, ran the Honolulu marathon today. This is what he posted afterwards, "The problem with having a 3:00:35 marathon PB is I now have to run another one to break 3. Looking for a spring marathon with a very flat course. Any suggestions?" As one follower posted, "Welcome to the dark side (Kelly Calway) and Scott Olberding posted "Hate to break it to you but it doesn't stop at 3." (Sun 10)
MBR FAST FACT: Rich Karlgaard became an editorial assistant at Runner's World in 1977 after graduating from Stanford, his first real job. Rich was a track and cross-country star in school. In 1998, he was named publisher of Forbes magazine. In 2004, he wrote his first book, Life 2.0. The book made The Wall Street Journal business bestseller list. Recently Rich and RW founder Bob Anderson ran into each other in their hometown of Los Altos, CA at this little Mexican restaurant 40 years later.
MBR FAST FACT: The Fastest Marathon ever run by a United States President is 3:44:52. Former president George W Bush ran that time in 1993 at the Houston Marathon. During his time in office he ran regularly and in fact it was reported that he could run three miles at six minute pace. Bush now 70 says, “Exercise is so important that corporate America should help its employees make time. A healthy workforce is a more productive work force.” The 2018 Houston Marathon will be held January 14. (Sun 10)
24-year-old Rahma Tusa of Ethiopia won the Guangzhou Marathon today. She built up a comfortable lead after midway and trimmed more than two minutes from her personal best to wrap up the third marathon title of her career in 2:25:12.
Tusa’s winning mark also beat the course record of 2:26:46 set by Mulu Seboka back when the race was started 2012.
It was Tusa’s third marathon in 2017. She arrvied in Guangzhou with high spirits after successfully defending her title at the Rome Marathon in April. (Sun 10)
Camille Herron breaks the American Women’s Open 100KM Track Record with 7:36:39 - previously set by Ann Trason in 7:50:08 from 1991. Lots of other records set in Phoenix at Desert Solstice on Saturday Dec 9. (Sat 9)
This book is currently 7th on the NY Times best seller list. A good read from NY Marathon winner and four time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky comes a whole foods, flavor-forward cookbook that proves food can be indulgent and nourishing at the same time. Finally here’s a cookbook for runners that shows fat is essential for flavor and performance and that counting calories, obsessing over protein, and restrictive dieting does more harm than good. (Sat 9)
When Lauren Totten finished CIM last Sunday in Sacramento in 2:35:33, she and her husband Seth broke an apparent American record.
Combined, the Tottens ran the CIM in 4:55, breaking a record believed to have been set by Tim and Lindsay Tollefson in 2013 as the fastest aggregate marathon time for an American married couple in the same race on the same day. Great performances but far short of the world best which is 4:27:05 set in Paris 4/9/17.
MBR PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Eliud Kipchoge posted this photo and quote on Twitter this week. The spirit captured by this photo says it all. His spirit along with a lot of hard work is why Eliud is one of the best runners in the world. Each week MBR will be searching for an inspirational photo of the week. If you see or have taken an image that should be published, contact us at email@example.com (Fri 8)
More people than ever before tuned in last summer to watch the world’s top athletes compete for the Diamond Trophy, as 2017 saw increased viewing figures across the world. 2017 saw a total of 282 million viewers across the 14 meetings, an increase of around 60 million on the previous year. Many of those were watching in China, where 23 million more viewers tuned in compared to 2016. In Europe and the USA there was an also an increase, with nine million more Americans watching the IAAF meets.
Seven months ago, Sean English was a track and cross country star, but his dreams of running in college vanished when he was hurt helping crash victims on I-96 in Detroit. Sean and his parents watched a car full of teenagers flip over on I-96, but when they raced to help, another car hit him at the scene. Part of Sean's right leg had to be amputated. "I knew he would run again," his mother said. "I would like to do a bunch of road races, marathons, you name it," Sean said. "Anything running." (Fri 8)
12-year-old Caleb Hymans from Annandale, VA not only finished first overall at the Marine Corps Turkey Trot November 18 but set a new 10K world record for 12-year-olds. According to ARRS, Caleb’s finish time (35:34) topped his previous record by 59 seconds. His first appearance in the record books was when he set the then-5K record of 18:47 for 9-year-old males. He also ran 37:45 10K at age 11 another world best. His first race was at a Turkey Trot when he was five.
Nick Symmonds, the IAAF World Championships 800m silver medalist will compete in the Honolulu Marathon, the first marathon of his career and the longest run he has ever done. But even with minimal training by marathon standards, Symmonds, like always, is embracing the experience. (Fri 8)
Course record-holder Mulu Seboka of Ethiopia will return to the Guangzhou Marathon in a bid to regain her title from five years ago. Seboka clocked 2:26:46 to take a convincing victory at the inaugural edition of the race back in 2012 and her course record has stood untouched ever since. The 33-year-old, who set a personal best of 2:21:56 when finishing sixth in Dubai in 2015, is still seen as one of the favourites. (Fri 8)
Ted Corbitt Classic 15K is this weekend in Central Park. A distance running pioneer and the co-founder and first president of NYRR, Ted Corbitt had a unique dedication to the sport and a passion for excellence that carried over into every aspect of his life. He completed an incredible lifetime total of 223 marathons and ultramarathons. His training, which routinely included 200-mile weeks, was more than just preparation for racing. It was a lifestyle that has inspired many who came after him. (Thu 7)
Boston native Matt Damon narrates Boston: The Documentary.
Damon has long been a fan of the Boston Marathon. “Some of my most vivid childhood sports memories took form … by the side of the road near the fire station on Commonwealth Avenue in Newton." Damon said. "I’ll never forget standing there in the crowd with my brother, Kyle, as we looked for Bill Rodgers." Damon's brother and father have each run the Boston Marathon four times. The Doc is now available on Digital and on Demand Dec 19.
Does smiling while sweating make your efforts feel easier. In May, Eliud Kipchoge, Kenyan marathon runner, periodically grinned through the final miles of his fastest-ever marathon, which he completed in 2 hours 25 seconds; afterward, he said that he had hoped that the smiling would ease him to the finish line. But there has been little solid scientific evidence to support this idea. The key may be to grin sincerely near a race’s end, but in 30-second bursts, rather than continuously. NY Times (Thu 7)
Roberta Groner, a 39-year-old full-time nurse and mother of three, took nearly six minutes off her personal best to finish second in 2:30:38. It was an astonishing performance, given her experience in running until that point, at the California International Marathon on Sunday. It’s been just six years since Groner ran her first marathon, and she’s lowered her time by 42 minutes. She first ran 3:12:42 at the 2011 Chicago Marathon. Groner took a 10-year break from the sport from 1999 to 2009. (Thu 7)
Organisers of the Boston Marathon have confirmed that this year’s winners, Edna Kiplagat and Geoffrey Kirui, will defend their titles at the race on 16 April 2018. (Thu 7)
The world's strongest female field, a super-fast Norwegian and an elite field of males who yet again will chase the World Record. That is just some of the elite field wishes for the Copenhagen Half Marathon 2018. The organisers of the Copenhagen Half Marathon have a clear dream when it comes to the 2018 edition. The world's strongest female and male elite field has to be found on the starting line. In 2017 Abraham Cheroben, wining time of 58.40, barely missed the world record by 17 seconds. (Wed 6)
Country music artist and 2018 Grammy nominee, Jack Ingram will join local media personalities for the 2017 Last Relay Team Running, a contest that helps raise money for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the lead beneficiary of the 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and SMU Cox School of Business Relay, Sunday, December 10. (Wed 6)
MBR BEST 100: Timothy Ritchie and Sara Hall executed very different race strategies but both secured 2017 USATF Marathon Championship titles at the 35th annual California International Marathon on Sunday. (Wed 6)
The organizers of the Sanyo Ladies Road Race have announced the elite fields for this year's 36th running on Dec. 23, a selection race for the women's national team for next March's World Half Marathon Championships in Spain. (Wed 6)
For Sunday's BMW Dallas Marathon, race organizers are turning back the clock. A newly designed marathon course is reminiscent of the 1984 White Rock Marathon. Special contributor Debbie Fetterman highlights the notable changes and offers her course description, five best spectator venues and five landmarks along the route. (Wed 6)
Yuta Shitara (Honda) ended 2017 on a high note, beating three-time defending champion Jeremiah Thuku Karemi (Toyota Kyushu) to win the 42nd Kumamoto Kosa 10-Miler on Sunday (Dec 3). Shitara broke the tape in 45:58, only the fourth Japanese man to go under 45 minutes. Karemi was well under last year's winning time but nowhere close to catching Shitara, finishing 2nd in 46:10 and Inoue only 2 seconds behind him. 11 runners finished under 47 minutes. Time for 88th place was 49:18. (Tue 5)
A total of 10 marathons are scheduled to be hosted across China this weekend when more than 100,000 runners are estimated to be competing according to China's athletic association. Over 400 marathons are on the scheduled in 2017, China hosted 328 marathons in 2016 with 2.8 million runners, up from 22 marathons in 2011, the country's athletic association reported. (Tue 5)
One of Thailand’s leading rock stars, “Toon” Khongmalai—who sings for the popular Thai rock band Bodyslam—has been running across Thailand, raising money for hospitals that give care to the poor. This 2,191 km, 55-day run started on November 1 at Betong, and his destination is the border town of Mae Sai, Thailand’s northernmost point on the Thai-Myanmar border. His pace is impressive, running nearly a marathon every day, and taking only one rest day for every 4 days on the move. (Tue 5)
This year, 27,000 people have entered the race, 14,000 Japanese runners and 16 of the world's fastest elite runners will compete for the grand prize. In addition to the Marathon, there are also two other races coinciding with Marathon Weekend. The Kalakaua Merrie Mile is a fun one-mile race around Waikiki on Saturday, December 9 and the Start to The Park is a new 10K race that starts at the same time and place as the full marathon and finishes 10 kilometers into the course at Kapiolani Park.
5025 participants donned in 5-piece Santa suits broke the World Record for Largest Santa Run during the Great Outdoor Provision Co. Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler presented by Bon Secours In Motion in Virginia Beach December 17, 2016. In order to count toward breaking the world record, they had to be wearing all five pieces: red pants, a red jacket, hat, black belt, and white beard. This year's event is set for Dec 16. All participants will receive the Santa Suit. (Mon 4)
Joe Gray and Dani Moreno captured the 10th annual XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch this morning. Dani Moreno of Santa Barbara, California, won the women's race in 1:39:22, a little over a minute ahead of runner up, Giselle Slotboom of the Netherlands (currently training in Salt Lake City, Utah), who finished in 1:40:30. Teyler Adelsberger from Columbia, Missouri, was third in 1:43:46. Joe Gray won in 1:18:36 nearly a minute ahead of Sage Canaday. (Mon 4)
Moen ran 2:05:48 to win the Fukuoka Marathon on Sunday. The quickest time, previously achieved by a non-African male on a record-eligible course was 2:06:05 by Ronaldo da Costa in 1998 — then a world record. Ryan Hall ran 2:04:58 at the Boston Marathon in 2011, but the course was deemed ineligible for record-keeping. Runners live for the day where everything clicks. PR's are set on those days. Norway's Moen had one of those days on Sunday. He beat his PR by four minutes and 19 seconds.
In sunny, windless and cool conditions, Sara Hall of Redding, California won the 2017 USATF Marathon title at the California International Marathon on Sunday. Hall, 34, bounced back from a 2:27:21 personal best performance at the BMW Frankfurt Marathon five weeks ago, to run away from the field here in 2:28:10, the second fastest winning time in the 35-year history of the race. (Mon 4)
Pamela Rotich’s 2:38:31 triumph at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and her Compatriot Cosmas Kimutai made it a Kenyan double – the seventh in the past eight editions – by winning the men’s race in 2:22:48 in what was his first race for three years. The race, despite starting at 4:30am, still couldn’t escape the 82 degree heat, so times were understandably affected, as is often the case in Singapore. (Mon 4)
After breaking away from pre-race favorite Bedan Karoki at 36 kilometres, Norway’s Sondre Nordstad Moen went on to win the Fukuoka Marathon on Sunday (3), clocking a European record of 2:05:48. “I was confident that I could run 2:07, and on a good day perhaps even 2:06, but I did not expect 2:05,” said Moen. Previous record (2:06:10) was set 3/20/2016 by Ozbilen of Turkey. The 26-year-old entered the race with a personal best of 2:10:07, set earlier this year at the Hannover Marathon. (Sun 3)
A winner has been selected in the IAAF’s contest for the best photograph of the year taken by a fan photographer.
Fan photographers were invited to submit their own entries via social media.
The winning entry came from Katie Dunlop, whose photograph of Callum Hawkins at the Great Edinburgh X-Country caught the eye of the panellists. “This is amazing, thank you so much to the IAAF and the judges; I’m a bit shocked!” said Dunlop, “I always enjoy watching the Great Edinburgh XC meet."
In sixteen days this month Sawahata, 24, won three marathons, all in course record time, all under 2:42 and two in PBs, to give her a streak of fifteen marathon wins since April, 2015, undefeated after a tentative first step at the 2014 Honolulu Marathon. According to the ARRS database, it's one of greatest marathon win streaks at the elite or sub-elite level in history, male or female. (Fri 1)
The 3rd annual My Best Runs Best 100 list was released today. "There are so many good races," says MBR and Runner's World magazine founder Bob Anderson. "Our editors feel these are the world's best 100." Here are some stats: 49 marathons, 19 Half Marathons, 13 10K's, 4 ultras, 27 countries, over $10 million of prize money and even through almost all of these feature a pro race, the average runner can participant too. "These are the best, most interesting and unique races," says Anderson. (Fri 1)
The streets of Texas’ second-largest city are going to be rocking this weekend as thousands of competitors don their running shoes to take part in numerous events that comprise the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon weekend. At the front of these races, that include the 5K, 10K, half marathon, and marathon will be some fast runners including the defending champions. (Fri 1)
Kenyans Cyprian Kotut and Rebecca Chesir lead their respective fields at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon this weekend. Chesir returns to the southeast Asian island city-state to defend her title in the women's race. Running in warm conditions after an early 04:30 start, Chesir won last year's edition by more than a minute in 2:43:03. But the 25-year-old has run considerably faster several times in her career, topped by a 2:24:25 run in Vienna last April. (Fri 1)
Yemane Tsegaye of Ethiopia returns to defend his title at the 71st Fukuoka International Marathon on Sunday. Tsegaye recorded his personal best of 2:04:48 at the 2012 Rotterdam Marathon, and has a silver medal from the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 to his credit. Last December, the 32-year-old prevented Patrick Makau from winning a third successive Fukuoka title. (Fri 1)
MRB BEST 100: Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge says he will take Mo Farah's challenge at the London Marathon "very seriously".
Kipchoge, 33, won the event in 2015 and 2016, and will compete again in 2018.
Farah has run two London Marathons but April's race will be his first since switching focus from a track career in which he won four Olympic and six world titles over 5,000m and 10,000m.
"He's a tough and respectable athlete," Kipchoge told BBC Sport. "I think he will be successful immediately."
Hall finished 5th at Frankfurt Marathon, setting a personal best of 2:27:21. She has recovered exceptionally well, providing her the confidence to give the marathon (CIM) another go just 5 weeks after Frankfurt. “It’s probably my best recovery after a marathon yet,” Hall said. “I think recovery is my strength as an athlete. I don’t think I’m the most talented, but since I started in the sport I’ve always been able to train really aggressively and race often with my body absorbing it well.” (Thu 30)
Leonard Korir’s fabulous 2017 continued Sunday morning at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in India, as Korir became the second American man to run under 60:00 in the half marathon, running 59:52 for 3rd place behind Berhanu Legese (59:46) and Andamlak Belihu (59:51). He gained eligibility to represent the United States in May 2016 (Thu 30)
The California International Marathon will celebrate 35 years on December 3 with its largest field of runners, a prestigious national designation as the host of the USATF Marathon Championships and several community and participant-focused enhancements.
General marathon registration and marathon charity entries have pushed the registration total to over 11,000 runners with another 7,000 runners combined in the CIM Relay Challenge and 5k for a race weekend total of 18,000 participants. (Thu 30)
Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge will return to the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 22 2018 looking to make it a hat-trick of wins in the capital. The Kenyan superstar won in 2015 and was an agonising eight seconds away from the current world record of two hours two minutes and 57 seconds when he won again a year later. (Thu 30)
The Marblehead runner hinted at retirement, then won the New York Marathon in historic fashion. Now the question is: Will she run Boston one last time? “It would be a nice way to end her marathon career,” her husband said as he watched her greet the children in their home town. “I’ve already told her that if she wins Boston we’re moving here so she never has to pay for a drink again.” From the Boston Globe. (Thu 30)
Mo Farah is expected to compete in the marathon at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020, having previously suggested that he would not run in a Great Britain vest again. Farah, who retired from the track after the World Championships in London, was expected to concentrate on competing in big city marathons from now on. (Wed 29)
Sports trainer Ng See Chye is a seasoned running enthusiast with over 30 years of experience and more than 30 marathons under his belt. But he is expecting this year's Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) to be one of his toughest races.
His 71-year-old father Ng Yoo Ay, also an avid runner, had been slated to run in the 10km category but is now in a coma after a road accident in September.
If you’re not taking part in one of Saturday’s races, you can support the runners by cheering them on along the route.
One place to do so: Crosstown Arts, which is hosting the “Cancer is a Drag” St. Jude Marathon spirit station from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot in front of the Cleveland Street Flea Market at 438 N. Cleveland. Bring your noisemakers and posters to cheer on the runners, and enjoy drag performances, vegan pancakes, bloody marys and more. (Wed 29)
Two of the biggest names in American long-distance running, Meb Keflezighi and Shalane Flanagan, are coming to Dallas for the 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and SMU Cox School of Business Relay, December 8-10. Throughout the weekend, four-time Olympian Keflezighi and recent New York City Marathon winner Flanagan will appear at events around the city, including the start and finish line on race day Sunday, Dec. 10. (Wed 29)
The very first Honolulu Marathon race debuted in 1973. The catalyst wasn't exactly athletic warfare or competition, but more as a way for a maverick cardiologist to show the benefits of long-distance running, primarily for his cardiac patients. 34 years later, it's the fourth biggest marathon in the world. And while there's still a laid-back vibe, the competition aspect has grown. In recent years, there has been a recent influx of world-class record-breakers and elite runners. (Wed 29)
The inaugural Antarctic Mile was completed November 25 where Paul Robinson, a world class athlete from Ireland, ran an astounding 4:17.9 mins on the snow and in temperatures of -20 C (-4 F) on Union Glacier. (Tue 28)
IAAF World Indoor Championships 2020, Following three passionate and technically high level presentations made by all three candidates, the Chinese city of Nanjing was awarded the IAAF World Indoor Championships 2020. (Tue 28)
Created in conjunction with Breaking2, Nike’s attempt to enable the first sub-two-hour marathon, the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% was designed with the goal of helping the world’s fastest marathoners run their best. The tooling features new Nike ZoomX foam that is ultra-lightweight, soft and capable of providing up to 85-
percent energy return. Shalane Flanagan wore this shoe and won the NYC marathon, the first American woman in forty years. (Tue 28)
USATF's Mountain, Ultra & Trail (MUT) Running Council announced its 2017 runners of the year. 37-year-old Max King from Bend Oregon was named Ultra Runner of the year (2017). 34-year-old Camille Herron from Warr Acres, OK was named female Ultra Road Runner of the year (2017) (Tue 28)
In 2013 Japanese runner Satoru Kasuya was a promising 2:11 marathoner. A few months later he almost died from cancer. On Sunday at the Osaka marathon he ran 2:19:50. Surviving his treatment, Kasuya was determined to make a comeback. In September, 2015 he ran his first race post-surgery, a 5000 m time trial. Five months later he ran a 2:20:38 marathon in Tokyo, following up with a 2:24:20 in Nagano this spring. On Sunday he placed 4th in 2:19:50. (Tue 28)
Britain’s two fastest half marathon runners of all time, Sir Mo Farah and Callum Hawkins, will face each other at The Big Half, London’s brand new half marathon, on Sunday March 4. Farah – the multi-Olympic and World Championship gold medallist over 5,000m and 10,000m – will begin the new road racing chapter of his career at The Big Half. Scotland’s Hawkins, who was fourth in this year’s World Championships marathon in London, will be looking for further success on the streets of London. (Tue 28)
Jerry Schumacher (Portland, Oregon), whose Bowerman Track Club athletes in 2017 won three medals at the IAAF World Championships, as well as an historic marathon victory, has been named USATF’s 2017 Nike Coach of the Year, USATF announced Monday. “Jerry has become one of the world’s greatest coaches, and the consistent success of his athletes is a testament to that fact,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “He and his athletes have helped lead the resurgence in American distance running." (Tue 28)
Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich, the 2012 Olympic and 2013 world champion, will take on Bidan Karoki and defending champion Yemane Tsegaye at the 71st annual Fukuoka Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on December 3 in Fukuoka, Japan. (Tue 28)
The Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon and 1/2 Marathon got a revamped course for 2017.
Course changes were made to accommodate downtown construction while keeping iconic and historic sites on the race path, according to a press release sent Tuesday morning.
Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, and Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, have applauded the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K events for their significant contribution to sports tourism in Jamaica within the last 16 years. (Tue 28)