Marathon News Service

Molly Huddle Sets 12K World Best

November 17, 2013 at 10:45am EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

In the .US National Road Racing Championships press conference yesterday, Molly Huddle—a three-time USA 5K Champion—called the 12K title race “a great test” at handling longer distances.

Give the woman an A+. Huddle, 29, joined Shalane Flanagan in a breakaway from the gun, then surged just past 10K to win the inaugural event in 37:49, a new world best, according to the Association of Road Running Statisticians. The previous mark of 38:10 was set by Kenya’s Read More

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Cheers at Mile 24.5 in NYC Had a Nice Ring to Them

November 14, 2013 at 03:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

When Nicole Lamparello decided to run the 2013 ING New York City Marathon, Cory Terzis immediately saw his chance.

“I figured it would be a perfect opportunity to propose,” he wrote in an e-mail from Italy, where the couple is enjoying a long-planned, post-marathon vacation.

They would run the race together. Both sets of parents, plus siblings and friends, would be there to watch. Nicole’s brother, Phil, was running. The scene was set.

And then there was the Read More

Kawauchi Right Back to Work the Day After NYC

November 12, 2013 at 12:30pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

Unlike most marathoners, Yuki Kawauchi, who made the ING New York City Marathon his ninth 26.2-miler of the year, did not take it easy the day after the race.

According to Brett Larner, editor of Japan Running News, Kawauchi  woke up at 5:00 a.m. and headed out for an 18K (11.4-mile) run before leaving his hotel at 7:15 for a flight back to Tokyo—dressed in a three-piece suit and tie, because he had to head straight Read More

After NYC, Marathon May Be on Radar Screen for Willis

November 11, 2013 at 02:45pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

The plan had been to pace his friend to the 18-mile mark of the ING New York City Marathon and drop out at a spot from which he could easily jog back to his hotel.

“But I was chafing too badly, so I jumped into a cab,” said Nick Willis, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist at 1500 meters, in a telephone interview today. “I told the driver, ‘I have 10 dollars; can you get me back Read More

Top U.S. Woman in NYC Came a Long Way

November 10, 2013 at 03:15pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

It was 13 years ago that Adriana Pirtea arrived at the University of Texas-El Paso speaking but two words of English. If she answered ‘yes’ to something and got an odd look, she would think, “Ah, it must be ‘no.’”

Recruited by UTEP after a promising finish at 10,000 meters in the 2001 European U-23 Championships, Pirtea left her native Romania’s trees, lakes, and mountains, arriving in the harsher environs of El Paso after dark. She Read More