Marathon News Service

Healthy Lel Hopes to Recapture Youth in NYC

November 01, 2013 at 03:30pm EST | by Joe Battaglia, Marathon News Service

Martin Lel could only smile when asked if he thought he could win Sunday’s ING New York City Marathon.

“I can’t predict anymore,” he said.

It was a telling and fitting reaction from a man many people have been trying to get a read on for years, only to be left bewildered each and every time.

With the exception of the late 2008 Olympic champion Sammy Wanjiru, over the last decade there has been no more dominant marathoner Read More

Two Provinces, Five States, 655 Miles, and Then the Marathon

November 01, 2013 at 05:15pm EST | by NYRR staff

In the days leading up to a marathon, most runners scale back their training in order to rest their bodies for the challenge of running 26.2 miles.

But at the starting line of the ING New York City Marathon on November 3, five runners will have put in a total of 655 miles in the previous week. That’s right: Each runner will have completed five marathons (131 miles) in the seven days leading up to the Read More

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After Putting Down Guns, Arile on Mission of Peace

November 01, 2013 at 09:00am EST | by Joe Battaglia, Marathon News Service

After his older brother was killed trying to defend the family livestock from poachers, Julius Arile picked up his AK-47 and joined a group of Pokot tribal warriors hell-bent on exacting revenge.

He was just 14.

The group marched through the bushy wilderness of northwestern Kenya and across the border to Uganda until they reached the target of their planned ambush under the cloak of darkness.

“When we got there, the Ugandans were sitting around their—we call it Read More

Notes: Parade of Nations Tonight Kicks Off Race Weekend

November 01, 2013 at 09:00am EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

Runners from more than 85 countries, many wearing the costumes of their native lands, will officially kick off race weekend in the Parade of Nations at tonight’s Marathon Opening Ceremonies Presented by United Airlines. Festivities begin at 5:25 p.m. in Central Park, leading to the finish line.

The parade, a lively and colorful demonstration that NYC is “where the world comes to run,” will also feature pro athletes competing in Sunday’s ING New York City Marathon Read More

Frank Litsky's Top 5 NYC Moments

November 01, 2013 at 05:45am EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

Frank Litsky, who will be honored on Friday morning by New York Road Runners with the 2013 George Hirsch Journalism Award, began as a sports copy editor at the New York Times in 1958 and left more than 50 years later as one of the most-respected track-and-field writers in the country. See the full press release here. To mark his day of honor, we asked Litsky, 87, to name his top five moments in Read More