Marathon News Service

For Sandy Rescuer, A Different Kind of Marathon

October 28, 2013 at 07:30pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

Last year, Brian Wilton spent this week sleepless and up to his chest in water, rescuing frightened residents from their homes on the devastated Jersey Shore in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

This year, the surfer, runner, and triathlete will spend the week tapering before running his first ING New York City Marathon.

Wilton, the council president of the borough of Lake Como, NJ, and a volunteer on the neighboring Belmar Water Rescue Team, was on duty Read More

From Sierra Leone to Central Park

October 28, 2013 at 01:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

Idrissa Kargbo lived in a disused Freetown hospital in his native Sierra Leone for five months this year, sleeping on a mattress tucked into one corner of a small room without furniture, his belongings piled high along the opposite wall. Even when he was able to garner food via handouts, he seldom had a place to prepare it.

 “You have to fight for yourself,” he says in a video posted on YouTube. “If you have Read More

Nick Willis Seeks Speedgolf Title on Way to NYRR 5K

October 25, 2013 at 02:30pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, on the rugged Oregon coast, is only about 20 miles south of Coos Bay, home of the late, legendary runner Steve Prefontaine.

That geographic proximity may not have been relevant until now.

Tomorrow and Sunday, Bandon Dunes will play host to the Speedgolf World Championships, in which Nick Willis—the 2008 Olympic silver medalist at 1500 meters from New Zealand and two-time winner of the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile Presented by Nissan—is among the Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes, NYRR Dash

One Fund Team to Honor, Thank Spectators

October 24, 2013 at 07:30pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

As the One Fund runners make their way through the five boroughs of the ING New York City Marathon on November 3, their thoughts will be not only on the finish line in Central Park, but also on that of the Boston Marathon last April 15.

There, three people were killed and at least 260 were injured when two bombs exploded on Boylston Street near the finish line. Almost all of the victims were spectators, who Read More

Twitter Patter from ING New York City Marathon

October 23, 2013 at 12:15pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

Any runner who puts in hundreds of training miles every month is bound to run into an adventure sooner or later, and the professionals are certainly no exception. As Alisha Williams (@alirunnerco), who trains with the American Distance Project in Colorado Springs, CO, tweeted earlier this month:

“PRd on my 4 mile easy loop after coming w/in 10 ft from a bear and cub. Thinking that my husband should hang out in a bear suit at Read More



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