In 2011, Firehiwot Dado and Buzunesh Deba ran shoulder to shoulder for miles toward the distant finish line of the ING New York City Marathon, working together to catch the speeding Mary Keitany. By the time they reached the homestretch, they'd passed Keitany and were leading the race. The final 400 meters came down a thrilling duel between the two Ethiopians that was eventually won by Dado in 2:23:15 to Deba’s 2:23:19—personal bests for both athletes. Dado returns in 2013 as the defending champion, after the cancellation last year because of Superstorm Sandy. Deba, who lives in the Bronx, returns in her quest to become the first New York resident to win the race in 39 years. Both have faced down severe, lingering injuries just to get back to the starting line.
Blue Line to Honor Boston Marathon
“Run with Ryan” if You Dare
ASICS has been taking its one-of-a-kind custom-built treadmill, set to a 4:46 mile pace, on a five-borough tour of NYC that kicked off last Thursday. Runners—strapped into a safety harness, for reasons that soon become obvious in this video—are invited to see how long they can hold the pace. From now until the ING New York City Marathon, ASICS America will donate $5 for every minute logged at Hall’s pace, up to $26,200, to a local charity.
The schedule of remaining tour stops:
Josh George in Chicago Rematch
McGrory Returns to Defend Title
And don’t forget …
Wheelchair racer Ryan Chalmers covered 3,321 miles in 71 days this summer in his “Push Across America.” Read about the journey, why he took it, and who he met along the way here.
Spain’s José Manuel “Chema” Martinez, 42, is motivated and has trained as well as he has in years, according to a tweet from pro athlete consultant David Monti. Although he has previously run the ING New York City Marathon for fun, this will be his competitive debut.
When Yolanda Caballero, 31, ran 2:26:17 in her debut at the distance at the 2011 Boston Marathon, the Colombian recorded the fastest marathon ever run by a South American woman. Not long afterward, her life took a tragic turn. Learn more about her love and loss here.
“On the Run” is Back
“On the Run” returns for Race Week of the ING New York City Marathon on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. The kick-off show will feature:
• A look back at the runners who helped Staten Island victims of Superstorm Sandy last year
• A profile of Buzunesh Deba, who will try to become the first New Yorker to win the ING New York City Marathon in decades
• And a closeup of Jon Mendes, who at 93 is the oldest runner in the race. Guests will includeworld-class steeplechaser Delilah DiCrescenzo, who will make her marathon debut on Sunday, and Robert Johnson of Letsrun.com.
Tim Hutchings, Carrie Tollefson, and Karla Bruning host the show, which will be live here at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 4:00 p.m. on Monday, and available on demand.
With Kristine Smith and Joe Battaglia
“Our races are to our sport what Wimbledon and the Australian, U.S., and French Opens are to tennis, and what the Masters, U.S., and British Opens and PGA Championship are to golf. Each race has the history, the tradition, the honor roll of legendary champions, and a special place in the eyes of all to make them stand apart from the other events.” Mary Wittenberg