Marathon News Service

Kipyego's Delayed Comeback Begins at NYRR 5K

November 01, 2013 at 10:30pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

On August 3, 2012, Sally Kipyego became an Olympic medalist when she won silver at 10,000 meters.

On September 7, 2012, the celebration was cruelly cut short when she broke the calcaneus bone in her left heel with about 70 meters remaining in the 5000 at the Brussels Diamond League meet. The NYRR Dash to the Finish 5K will be her first race since the injury.

Or rather, injuries: In March, just as the heel was coming Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes, NYRR Dash

Is Lusapho April Ready to Follow in Mtolo’s Footsteps in NYC?

October 31, 2013 at 03:30pm EST | by Joe Battaglia, Marathon News Service

Growing up, Lusapho April was never tempted by the lure of riches that professional running could afford a promising young runner from the East Cape.

He considers himself fortunate in that regard.

Because as he prepares to compete in Sunday’s ING New York City Marathon, April knows that he represents the best of what has become an endangered species in his homeland of South Africa: the elite distance runner.

“It was never about the money for me,” April Read More

Notes: Finally, True Togetherness for Racing Couple

October 31, 2013 at 07:45am EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

The last time Ben True and his girlfriend, Sarah Groff, raced together, at the B.A.A. 5K in 2011,True won the men's race.

It was also the only time they’ve raced together. Matter of fact, it might have been one of the few times they were in the same country that year.

True and Groff (who finished sixth among women in that B.A.A. race), are seeing more of each other lately, and they'll both be on the starting Read More

NYC Wheelchair Champ Happy to Have Company

October 30, 2013 at 04:45pm EST | by Joe Battaglia, Marathon News Service

Since she was a young girl, Amanda McGrory has been a person with seemingly untapped reserves of energy to burn.

When she was diagnosed with acute transverse myelitis, a rare autoimmune disease that left her paralyzed below the navel, her mother feared that she would no longer have an outlet for that energy.

“The [wheelchair athletics] community was definitely small,” McGrory said. “It was more difficult to find out about these opportunities. I remember I came out Read More

Martinez Has Heart Set on Marathon of Joy

October 30, 2013 at 03:00pm EST | by Joe Battaglia, Marathon News Service

Fresh off competing at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, his first for the Spanish national team, José Manuel “Chema” Martinez began pursuing his dream of running in the ING New York City Marathon.

After a solid showing in a tune-up race at the Rotterdam Half-Marathon, he abruptly pulled the plug on those plans.

It’s a decision he has regretted for nearly a decade.

“Although I was a younger runner, I was very tired,” Martinez recalled. “I finished in Read More