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The Victory Lap, 20 Years Later

August 01, 2012 at 10:00am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Twenty years ago on a hot night in Barcelona, two women circled the track in Montjuic Stadium on an Olympic victory lap that, in many ways, still goes on.

On August 7, 1992, in the women’s 10,000 meters, Ethiopia’s Derartu Tulu broke from the pack midway through the race to take the lead. Only South Africa’s Elana Meyer gave chase, and soon took over the lead. Lap after lap, Tulu hung on Meyer’s shoulder; at the Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes

NYRR Team Titles On the Line Next Week

July 27, 2012 at 12:30am EST | by Andrea Grohovsky and Abby Robertson, NYRR News Service

With runners ranging in age from14 to 85, the NYRR Team Championships are proof that, young or old, fast or not so fast, everyone counts when it comes to winning.

“The placement and time of the 10th man or woman on a team is often more important than that of the first runner,” said Bill Staab, president of West Side Runners, which will field the top-seeded men’s team in the race on August 4 in Central Read More

Categories: Human Interest

NYC Goes to the Olympics

July 26, 2012 at 12:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

New York City plays a bigger role in the 2012 Olympics than many people might think: Among their competitions at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory, the adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, and New York Road Runners races, hundreds of athletes competing at the London Games have pounded the city’s two world-class tracks or its legendary streets and parks. Here’s a quick roundup of Olympic news that Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Boomer on CF: "It Doesn't Overtake Your Life"

July 23, 2012 at 11:30am EST | by Abby Robertson, NYRR News Service

Whether throwing footballs with the New York Jets or lacing up with New York Road Runners, Boomer Esiason has always had a goal.

On Saturday, his goal was to finish Boomer’s Cystic Fibrosis Run to Breathe, a 10K race in Central Park.

After the devastation in 1993 of hearing that his 2-year-old son, Gunnar, had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system due to a build-up of mucus, Esiason Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Twitter Patter

July 24, 2012 at 11:00am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

With the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games just three days away, it’s time to catch up with some of the top middle-distance and distance Olympians on Twitter as they approach their big day. That’s no easy task, given that they tweet as fast as they run, but here’s a quick roundup from the past few days.

Bernard Lagat (5000m, USA) @Lagat1500

Going for a two-hour walk with family in #Metzingen, Germany. It’s a small and Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes