Marathon News Service

Janet Bawcom Hits the Road Again

October 15, 2013 at 12:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

Janet Bawcom, who plans to make her ING New York City Marathon debut on November 3, clocked 32:28 in finishing fourth in Monday’s Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women. Although she hadn't raced since July 4 because of injury, the time was just one second off her 2011 personal best.

“It felt a little quicker than I wanted but I felt strong, so that’s a very good sign, for sure,” said Bawcom, 35.

Known as a prolific Read More

$1M Battle is Coming Down to NYC Finish Line

October 14, 2013 at 12:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner and Sam Grotewold, Marathon News Service

Every runner in the ING New York City Marathon will have something at stake, whether reaching their goal of winning the race or just finishing it. But only four athletes will have a share of $1 million and the World Marathon Majors title on the line.

In the men’s race, Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda and late entry Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia will duke it out to claim the 2012-2013 World Marathon Majors crown for the men, Read More

NYC-Bound, Kim Smith Repeats as $100,000 B.A.A. Winner

October 13, 2013 at 01:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

In the final stages of training for the ING New York City Marathon on November 3, Kim Smith today became only the second B.A.A. Half Marathon champion to defend her title in the 13-year history of the race, winning handily and obliterating the course record with a time of 1:09:14.

In the process, the three-time Olympian from New Zealand also repeated as winner of the B.A.A. Distance Medley, in which the lowest cumulative time recorded in Read More

Chefs Lacing 'Em Up for City Harvest

October 11, 2013 at 08:00am EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

Acclaimed chefs Ivy Stark and Marc Murphy have no appetite for allowing needy people in NYC to go hungry, so they’re running the ING New York City Marathon on November 3 to stock the larder for City Harvest.

But they bring vastly different ingredients to the table.

Stark, who has completed many races—including the 2010 ING New York City Marathon, in 5:35:13—is a long-time runner.

Until a few months ago, when he heard about the City Harvest Marathon Read More

Beyond the Stats: Wesley Korir

October 10, 2013 at 03:00pm EST | by Sam Grotewold, Marathon News Service

Frequently, studies of well-trained endurance athletes will show a slightly larger-than-average heart, due to the adaptation of the organ as it regulates the larger blood volume associated with intense exercise.

There’s another way to measure the heart, though. This measurement focuses on love, and helping others, and putting the needs of your neighbors first. In this sense, Kenyan marathon runner Wesley Korir has a huge heart.

In 2003, Korir left his home near Eldoret, Kenya, to enroll Read More