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Marathon News Service

60-and-Over Stair Climbers Ready for “Annual Physical”

February 05, 2013 at 06:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Of the 736 runners expected on the starting line Wednesday night for the 36th-annual Empire State Building Run-Up Powered by the MMRF, 11 of them are over the age of 60. One still runs ultra-marathons. Another has done the New York City Marathon for 33 consecutive years. Another has several times run two marathons in the same week.

Then there is Bill West.

“I’ve never run a 10K or a 5K or a 2K or a 1K Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Stephanie Abrams Eager to Weather a New Challenge

February 04, 2013 at 04:30pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Stephanie Abrams has worked in New York City since last summer. She visited the city as a child. And yet, the Weather Channel meteorologist has never been to the top of the iconic Empire State Building.

That will change on Wednesday night, when Abrams emerges onto the observation deck for the finish of the 36th-annual Empire State Building Run-Up Powered by the MMRF.

And does she think she’ll be able to enjoy the view after running up Read More

Categories: Celebrity Runners

Cain “Excited to See What I Can Do” in NYRR Wanamaker Mile

February 04, 2013 at 11:15am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

It didn’t take Mary Cain long to start looking ahead to the NYRR Wanamaker Mile.

“I know there’s going to be a lot of good competition,” said Cain on Saturday night, soon after obliterating the U.S. high school indoor record for two miles at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston. “I’m just excited to see what I can do if I really run hard. [Since] my last mile we’ve done a lot of working Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes

Bob Glover: 35 Years of NYRR Running Classes and Counting

January 31, 2013 at 11:30am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Just back from a tour of duty in Vietnam, young Bob Glover was looking for a job, and the YMCA in Rome, NY, was looking for an athletic director. Glover didn’t have the experience they were seeking, but he talked his way into filling the position—solely in exchange for a place to live—while the search continued.

Glover launched a pioneering exercise class that included walking and running. There was no response.

“People weren’t going out running in Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Veterans Flanagan, Ritzenhein Favored in St. Louis

January 30, 2013 at 01:45pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Shalane Flanagan, the IAAF 2011 World Cross Country Championships bronze medalist and a four-time U.S. champion (2004, 2005, 2010, 2011), and Dathan Ritzenhein, who has won the U.S. title three times (2005, 2008, 2010), are again the favorites heading into the USA Cross Country Championships in St. Louis, MO, on Saturday.

The top six men and top six women will earn the right to represent the United States at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes

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