Marathon News Service

Uceny on Kenya: "It Makes You Realize"

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

By most measures, Kenya is a long way from Indiana. But not by every measure.

“Training in Kenya just makes you realize that you don’t need to have extraordinary means to be a good athlete,” said Morgan Uceny, who spent many of her summers in Plymouth, IN, helping her bricklayer father or washing buses for her mother, an assistant in the school transportation department. “All you need is a pair of decent trainers, some natural talent, Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes

Lagat’s Target for NYC Half: Under 61 Minutes

February 20, 2013 at 12:45pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Two years ago, Bernard Lagat sat at home in Tucson, AZ, watching fellow track stars Mo Farah and Galen Rupp make their half-marathon debuts.

“They were moving,” Lagat recalled yesterday at a luncheon, “and I’m thinking to myself, ‘You know what, every time I do my tempo run I just feel like I’m putting it all out there and still making maybe 4:50-something [-minute miles]. But these guys are going faster than that, and they look Read More

Categories: NYC Half, Pro Athletes

Bernard Lagat to Run NYC Half on March 17

February 19, 2013 at 11:30am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Bernard Lagat, a two-time Olympic medalist at 1500 meters, will make his 13.1-mile debut at the NYC Half on March 17, New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg announced today.

“I’m excited to be running a half-marathon,” said Lagat, 38, who re-claimed his U.S. indoor two-mile record at Saturday’s Millrose Games with his winning time of 8:09.49. “It’s a big step up in distance, but I think I’ll be well prepared. Of course, there’s Read More

Categories: NYC Half, Pro Athletes

A Record-Wrecking Night at the Millrose Games

February 17, 2013 at 03:15pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

The previous national indoor record for the girls’ high school mile last for 41 years.

The most recent one lasted for three weeks.

Tonight at the 106th Millrose Games, Mary Cain returned to the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory and took up right where she left off, finishing second in the women’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile in 4:28.25 to break her own mark of 4:32.78, set here on January 26 at the New Balance Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes

Collegiate Trio Eager to Face One Another in NYRR Wanamaker Mile

February 15, 2013 at 04:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Abbey D’Agostino, Jordan Hasay, and Emma Coburn are three of the biggest NCAA stars in the country, but—coming from the East Coast, the West Coast, and smack in the middle—they can recall only one race in which they’ve all competed.

“They both kicked my butt,” said Coburn, of the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships, in which Hasay finished second, D’Agostino placed third, and Coburn came in 20th.

Don’t feel too sorry for Coburn, however: Later that year, Read More

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