Marathon News Service

Going Head to Head: Speed Limit on the NYC Course?

October 09, 2013 at 07:15pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

In 2011, Geoffrey Mutai won the ING New York City Marathon in 2:05:06, crushing the course record by more than 2 ½ minutes. Last week, Mutai—who will return to defend his title on November 3—told Agence France Presse that he has been inspired by training partner Wilson Kipsang’s 2:03:23 world record in the BMW Berlin Marathon last month. “I know the [NYC] course is very tough but running 2:04 can be achievable if the weather Read More

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5 Things You Should Know About Me: Lisa Stublić

October 08, 2013 at 12:45pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

When Lisa Stublić gave up her brief swimming career and took up running instead, it soon proved to be a good choice: She won her first race for Crosby (CT) High School, a 4K, by two minutes, before going on to compete at Columbia University, where she earned All-America honors in the steeplechase while studying music theory. After drifting in NYC for a couple of years, Stublić had what she calls “a quarter-life crisis” and Read More

Ted Corbitt: Hall of Fame Renaissance Man

October 07, 2013 at 01:45pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

When Dad ran road races, young Gary Corbitt would often help out by handing water to the runners, or perhaps by standing at an intersection to point them in the right direction. When other boys would have been devouring comic books, Gary was studying Long Distance Log and Track & Field News.

His father was Ted Corbitt, already a distance-running star and well down the road to becoming a legend. Not that Gary knew it at Read More

Weekend Wrapup: Vail, Kawauchi Win Half-Marathons

October 07, 2013 at 11:45am EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

Coming off a 150-mile week as he trains for his ING New York City Marathon debut on November 3, American Ryan Vail yesterday won the Rock ’n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon in 1:02:26.

“Running 4:40 to 4:50 [per mile] felt easy and that’s a really good sign heading into New York, where I’m hoping to run upper 4:50s,” Vail, 27, told after the race.

Vail later tweeted: “Solid tune-up today. Closed well off a decent Read More

Beyond the Stats: Buzunesh Deba

October 04, 2013 at 11:15am EST | by Sam Grotewold, Marathon News Service

The last time a New Yorker won the New York City Marathon, Gerald Ford had just replaced Richard Nixon in the White House, and Olivia Newton-John’s “I Honestly Love You” was the country’s number-one song.

A world away from the massive international celebration that it is today, the New York City Marathon was still a quirky fringe event on September 29, 1974, when Norbert Sander and Kathrine Switzer became the first, last, and only New York Read More