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Marathon News Service

5 Things You Should Know About Me: Ben St. Lawrence

May 09, 2012 at 10:00am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

As a high school runner in his native Australia, Ben St. Lawrence was national caliber. As a collegian … well, as a collegian, St. Lawrence decided to take a year off from running and enjoy his college social life. The year turned into two, then three. His weight ballooned as he worked in a bar six nights a week and then partied hard on the side for good measure. It took a trip to the Read More

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Olympic Trio in Empire State of Mind

May 10, 2012 at 05:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

With the city spread out below—far below—on a day clear enough to see the Statue of Liberty, all three members of the men’s 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon team stood on the 86th-floor observation deck of the Empire State Building early this afternoon, a trio of iconic American runners visiting the most iconic American skyscraper.

“Oh, man, it’s a huge honor to be part of this [Olympic] team and to be up here,” said Ryan Hall, who Read More

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Four Late Surprises in UAE Healthy Kidney 10K

May 11, 2012 at 01:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

The UAE Healthy Kidney 10K, which will start at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow on West Drive near West 62nd Street, will feature all three members of the men’s 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon team, a 2012 Australian Olympian at 10,000 meters, an assault on the U.S. 10K master’s record, and the professional debut of Iona’s Leonard Korir just hours before he attends his college graduation.

It is also expected to include at least four athletes with impressive credentials Read More

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UAE Healthy Kidney 10K in the News

May 16, 2012 at 10:30am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Last Saturday, Leonard Korir put a new twist on “doubling” and Abdi Abdirahman just went about being Abdi.

Korir, the two-time NCAA Champion at Iona College, lined up in Central Park at 8 a.m. to compete in the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K. After finishing second in his professional debut—and earning $12,500 for his efforts—the 25-year-old Kenyan posed for photos with his family, met with the media, and then raced back to his hotel to shower, change, Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes

Jon Rankin Finds His Way

May 07, 2012 at 08:30am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Editor's Note: After publication of this article, Jon Rankin withdrew from the race.

You might think that a 1500-meter runner who calls his blog “Chasing Jon Rankin” is referring to his rivals.

In reality, he’s referring to himself.

A 2005 graduate of UCLA, Rankin finished sixth at 1500 meters in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, just three-quarters of a second from earning a spot on the Olympic team. He thought he might have reached the finish line of not Read More

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