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Married Couple Readies for 25th-Straight Boston Marathon

April 18, 2014 by NYRR staff

John Brown and his wife, Kay Pon-Brown, still remember their first Boston Marathon. It was back in 1990, and it got the couple hooked on the famed race: They’ve been back every year since.

“We were astonished by the exuberant runners and fans,” John said in a recent interview with Runner’s World. “We train hard to get a qualifying time, and then we run easier at Boston to enjoy the experience.”

Sadly, last year’s race Read More

Categories: Marathon News

For McGillivray, 2014 Boston Marathon Is More Than a Race

April 17, 2014 by Chris Lotsbom

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Boston, April 16, 2014 -- There was a moment on Wednesday morning where Boston Marathon's race director, Dave McGillivray, had to pause and let out a deep breath. Stopping--even for the briefest moment--is tough for the energetic 59-year-old, who will be directing his 14th Boston Marathon next Monday.

En route to a press conference in downtown Boston, McGillivray was speaking to fellow Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Four Reasons Why Mo Farah’s Marathon Debut Was No Disaster, According to Roger Robinson

April 16, 2014 by NYRR staff

Following Sunday’s 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon, BBC commentator and former Olympian Brendan Foster went on air and gave a less-than-glowing review of British track star Mo Farah’s 26.2-mile debut.

“I hope Mo stays on the track and defends his titles in Rio,” Foster said, according to Runner’s World. “I just think this is too much of an unknown territory for him.”

Foster isn’t alone in thinking that Farah—who finished eighth with a time of Read More

Categories: Marathon News

New Jersey Man Running 250 Miles to Boston for Charity

April 14, 2014 by NYRR staff

Sometimes, all it takes is a “zany stunt” to get people inspired.

So says Larry Grogin, a chiropractor from Franklin Lakes, NJ, who left on Sunday, April 13, for a really, really long workout—even by his standards. The 28-time Ironman participant is running 250 miles to Boston, where he’ll then compete next Monday in Beantown’s famed marathon.

Grogin clearly has a thing for distance.  Last fall, the veteran marathoner took part in a 24-hour race, and he Read More

Categories: Marathon News

2014 London Marathon: Mo Farah’s Debut, Record Possibilities, and More

April 11, 2014 by NYRR staff

There’s no shortage of subplots going into the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon, as arguably the strongest field in event history prepares to race through the English capital on Sunday, April 13.

For starters, there’s the possibility of a new world record. Ethiopian distance great Haile Gebrselassie will serve as pacemaker, and he’s slated to take six of this year’s elite competitors to the 13.1-mile mark at nearly world record pace.

Gebrselassie set two world marathon records Read More

Categories: Marathon News

2014 Pyongyang Marathon Welcomes 200 Amateurs from Outside North Korea

April 09, 2014 by NYRR staff

On Sunday, April 13, as some of the world’s best marathoners take to the streets of England’s capital for the Virgin Money London Marathon, a smaller group of amateurs will take advantage of policy changes in North Korea and make their way through Pyongyang for the Mangyongdae prize International Marathon.

Popularly known as the Pyongyang Marathon, the race is now in its 27th year, and for the first time, government officials have opened registration to non-elite Read More

Categories: Marathon News

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