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2012 U.S. Olympians Set for NYC Half

February 27, 2013 at 10:30am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

A trio of U.S. stars, instantly recognized as simply Meb, Abdi, and Ritz, are headed for Broadway.

Meb Keflezighi, Abdi Abdirahman, and Dathan Ritzenhein headline the field for the NYC Half 2013, it was announced today by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg. All are 2012 Olympians: Keflezighi won the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and finished fourth in London; Abdirahman finished third at the Trials to make his fourth U.S. Olympic team; Read More

Categories: NYC Half, Pro Athletes

Seeking a Reservoir of Ideas For Norway’s Health

February 25, 2013 at 12:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Among the hundreds of runners circling the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park before work this morning was Jonas Gahr Stør, the Norwegian Minister of Health and Care. But even as he did three laps of the reservoir, for a total of 4.5 miles on a lovely 37-degree, sunny winter morning, Stør had work on his mind.

Earlier this month, the Norwegian Consulate in New York City had contacted New York Road Runners to ask Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Kimetto Sets Tokyo Record; $50K Donated to Sandy Relief

February 24, 2013 at 09:45am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Dennis Kimetto helped make the Tokyo Marathon’s debut in the World Marathon Majors one for the history books, winning the race in 2:06:50 to smash the course record by 33 seconds on a cold and blustery day.

The 28-year-old Kenyan, running only his second marathon, took over from compatriot James Kwambai—who had broken the race open with a surge only moments before—at the 18-mile-mark to blast uncontested to the finish, bettering the previous mark of 2:07:23 Read More

Categories: Marathon News

WMM Toughens Doping Penalties

February 22, 2013 at 02:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

The six World Marathon Majors races have toughened their penalties on athletes caught doping, and the message is this: You will pay, literally.

World Marathon Majors (WMM) members Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York have revised their elite athlete contracts to include stricter penalties, giving the events the right to suspend payment and to demand repayment of prize money, appearances fees, and performance bonuses for any athlete found in violation of a criminal offense Read More

Categories: Marathon News

Tokyo Ready for World Marathon Majors Debut

February 22, 2013 at 10:30am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Kicking off the 2013 season of the World Marathon Majors on Sunday will be the Tokyo Marathon, the first event to be added to the race series since it was launched in 2006.

The addition of Tokyo to the WMM, which already included the Boston Marathon, Virgin London Marathon, BMW Berlin Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and ING New York City Marathon, was announced last fall in New York.

The best field in the seven-year history Read More

Categories: Marathon News