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Kim Smith Has Eye on $100,000 Prize

October 05, 2012 at 02:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Going into Sunday’s 12th B.A.A. Half Marathon, the finale of the inaugural B.A.A. Distance Medley, Kim Smith has the edge over her closest rival in cumulative time, personal best, and experience at the distance.

“I feel pretty confident,” said Smith, 30, who is training to compete in the ING New York City Marathon on November 4. The men’s and women’s winners of the three-race B.A.A. series, which began with the B.A.A. 5K in April and the Read More

5 Things You Should Know About Me: Wendy Thomas

October 04, 2012 at 05:15pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

As a runner, 33-year-old Wendy Thomas may be a late bloomer, but everything’s been coming up roses since she first took to the roads five years ago. Thomas, who lives in Windsor, CO, played on her state champion volleyball in high school, and hated every minute of her one season on the track team. But after she had her first child, in 2004, she knew that getting on the treadmill would be the fastest way Read More

NYC-Bound Athletes in Tune-ups This Weekend

October 04, 2012 at 01:15pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

On perhaps the busiest day of the fall season for half-marathons in the United States, more than a dozen professional athletes will be competing in major tune-ups for the ING New York City Marathon on November 4.

In Minneapolis–St. Paul, four-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman of Tucson, AZ, headlines the field for the Medtronic TC 10 Mile, which serves as the U.S. 10-Mile Championships. Zach Hine of Lakewood, CO, and local favorite Andrew Carlson, a member Read More

Beyond the Stats: Meb and Marilson

October 03, 2012 at 10:30am EST | by Dick Patrick, NYRR News Service

As Meb Keflezighi was passing runners late in the London Olympic Marathon in August, he noticed a green singlet ahead. He figured his next target must be South African.

As he closed in, he saw the runner was from Brazil and recognized Marilson Gomes dos Santos, an old foe and friend. Keflezighi had mixed feelings. As he moved from fifth to fourth in the final half mile, he told dos Santos, “Good job, keep going.”

“I wanted Read More

Categories: Beyond the Stats

Catch Meb in Latest Episode of "NYRR On the Run"

October 03, 2012 at 09:00am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Tune in tonight at 8:00 p.m. EDT for the latest edition of NYRR On the Run, headlined by a visit with Meb Keflezighi and his family in Mammoth Lakes, CA. The ING New York City Marathon on November 4 will not only mark the 10th anniversary of Keflezighi’s first marathon—right here in New York—but will also be the fourth marathon in this calendar year for the popular 37-year-old. It’s a string that has so far Read More

Categories: Human Interest

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