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Marathon News Service

After “Push Across America,” ING New York City Marathon is Next

October 22, 2013 at 12:30pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

The plot was hatched, as are so many, over coffee. A casual chat about people who run across America suddenly veered off course: “Do you think you could push your racing chair across the country?”

Asking the question was Roger Muller, founder of Stay-Focused, an organization that helps teenagers and young adults with disabilities gain confidence and life skills through learning to SCUBA. Answering with an immediate “yes” was Ryan Chalmers, a wheelchair racer who has Read More

After Rough Ride, Hastings Set for ING New York City Marathon Debut

October 21, 2013 at 03:15pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

For Amy Hastings, the last year has had so many starts and stops that she might as well have been on the Lexington Avenue local.

But Hastings, 29, said in a recent telephone interview that she’s nonetheless right on track for a good race in the ING New York City Marathon, where she expects to arrive “in better shape than I have been for my last two marathons. And, I’m older and wiser.”

Hastings, who finished fourth Read More

Flanagan, Jager Dish on 5K and a Lot More

October 17, 2013 at 07:45pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

Don’t tell Shalane Flanagan or Evan Jager that the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K is supposed to be just for fun.

“It’s been a motivating factor throughout my fall,” said Flanagan, who appeared with Jager on a Google+ Hangout on Thursday afternoon to talk about the race. “Seeing the names yesterday [on the pro entry list], it gave a little incentive to everything and a little more purpose to everything I do over these Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes, NYRR Dash

What "The Sports Gene" Means to You

October 17, 2013 at 09:45am EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

As a senior on the perennially successful Evanston (IL) Township High School track team, middle-distance runner David Epstein put in 85 miles a week and got slower all the time.

“I always thought I was more of a fast-twitch guy, because I always had a good vertical jump and I responded to weight training really quickly,” said Epstein, author of The Sports Gene.  “So doing lots of mileage made me worse at every distance. The coach Read More

5 Things You Should Know About Me: Alexi Pappas

October 16, 2013 at 10:00am EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

Alexi Pappas ended her Dartmouth College career in 2012 by finishing third in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Championships, a long way from how she began it: After not running during her last two years of high school, she couldn’t finish a four-mile run in practice, and as a Big Green freshman didn’t even travel with the cross-country team. After the Trials, Pappas put her two remaining seasons of eligibility to good use by Read More

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