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Vail's NYC Blog: “I Gave It All I Had”

November 09, 2013 at 02:45pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

Ryan Vail, the top American finisher in the 2013 ING New York City Marathon, is in Patagonia by now for two weeks of what might be called active recovery: hiking.

But before Vail left he posted his entire 14-week training program on his blog, here.  His 14-week cycle topped out at 151 miles in Week 7, which included a long run of 27 miles.

The 27-year-old from Portland, OR, who was making his ING New York Read More

Samuelson’s 2:57:13 Nothing to Sneeze At

November 06, 2013 at 10:15am EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

Joan Samuelson almost didn’t run.

“I didn’t know until I went to bed Saturday that I would go to the starting line,” said Samuelson, 56, in a telephone interview on Tuesday, still congested from a cold as she bustled around her Freeport, ME, kitchen preparing dinner. [But the illness] didn’t really bother me because I didn’t dig that deep. I can’t say I raced, but I ran. I knew I couldn’t dig any deeper than I Read More

NYC Victors Call Their Wins Toughest Ever

November 04, 2013 at 03:30pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

At a press conference the morning after the 2013 ING New York City Marathon, Geoffrey Mutai was smiling. He was also rubbing his right quadriceps.

“I’ve never won a race as tough as this,” said the 32-year-old Kenyan, whose time of 2:08:24 is his slowest marathon since 2009. With no one showing any interest in surging with him into a headwind that flirted with 20 miles per hour, Mutai waited until the course did a U-turn Read More

After 26 Miles, Hug Prevails in the Final Inches

November 03, 2013 at 11:45pm EST | by NYRR staff

Marcel Hug is big in Switzerland—and he’s just big. The 27-year-old from Neuenkirch has a broad back, bulging shoulders, and incredibly muscular hands—all prerequisites at his level of wheelchair racing. Hug is the reigning IPC World Championships Marathon champion, a Paralympics silver medalist, and a winner of the BMW Berlin Marathon. He even won last weekend’s prestigious Oita Marathon in Japan, defeating many passionate Japanese competitors in their home race, 2011 New York champion Read More

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The Hype Was Believable: Mutai Dominates Again

November 03, 2013 at 05:30pm EST | by Stuart Calderwood, Marathon News Service

The pro field for this year’s ING New York City Marathon was arguably the strongest in event history. Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda is the current Olympic and World champion. Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia is a two-time London winner (including this year) and a former Chicago champion. Kenya’s Martin Lel had won New York twice in two tries. And yet none of them was the favorite.

Defending New York champion Geoffrey Mutai has never represented his country Read More