Twitter Patter from the ING New York City Marathon

September 16, 2013 at 10:30am EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

Several pro athletes are among the runners training in the flooded Boulder, CO, area for the ING New York City Marathon on November 3. Jason Hartmann (@JasonRHartmann), the top American finisher for the past two years in the Boston Marathon, offered this Twitter comment on Saturday:

“Crazy doing a tempo and having national guard helicopters flying over you while doing it. #ingnycm”

And Jeff Eggleston (@jde66leston), who finished 13th in the IAAF World Championships marathon this summer, tweeted this on Thursday:

“A new lake has formed at North Boulder Park #boulderflood” pic.twitter.com/vWThAktjrB

Eggleston told today’s Runner’s World Online that despite debris and some flooding in his neighborhood he was able to run a 1-mile loop around his block on Thursday afternoon, but that none of the major running trails in the area was usable. The Boulder Creek Path, one of the most popular running and biking routes in the region, was reportedly under as much as seven feet of water, and nearby residents were evacuated.

On Sunday, Julie Culley (@julieculley), who will be making her marathon debut in New York, finished 12th in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, in 1:16:28 and tweeted afterward:

“Coach said he wanted me to learn how to fight through the pain of the last few miles of @INGNYCMarathon #thathurt #lessonlearned #hardweek”

Meanwhile, Janet Bawcom (@JanetRuns)—an eight-time U.S. road champion at distances from 10K to 25K—had a more peaceful training run this weekend up in Flagstaff, AZ:

“Saw bow hunters, mushroom hunters, bird watchers, and deer on my long run but had #HartPrairieRoad all to myself.”  pic.twitter.com/djb4qP73S5

While Amy Hastings (@HastyHastings), who competed at 10,000 meters in the recent IAAF World Championships, faced a feline-induced training hitch:

“I’m never getting my roller back.” pic.twitter.com/FEuWkaFRdc