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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

Jared Campbell Is First and Only Finisher of 100-Mile Barkley Marathons

April 04, 2014 by NYRR staff

Forty runners started. One finished. No wonder they call it “the race that eats its young.”

The name of this grueling event is the Barkley Marathons, and each year since it was founded in the mid-1980s, it’s attracted the hardest of hardcore runners to Morgan County, TN.

The Barkley course leads participants on a 100-mile journey up and down the steep and treacherous inclines of Frozen Head State Park, and this year’s winner, Jared Campbell, crossed the Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Kirui Both Dreams and Works for Greatness

April 04, 2014 by Joe Battaglia

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Prague, April 4, 2014 -- When Peter Kirui won the New York City Half Marathon in 2012, it appeared to be a harbinger of something great coming on the immediate horizon in road racing's longer, ultimate distance.

To date that has not happened.

Kirui's four marathon starts since then have yielded a DNF in Rotterdam and a 10th in Amsterdam in Read More

Categories: Pro Athlete

70-Year-Old Colorado Veteran Is Running Across America for Charity

April 02, 2014 by NYRR staff

There are easier ways to reach Virginia Beach, VA, than the route Jim Shiew is taking.

But the 70-year-old resident of Buena Vista, CO, isn’t interested in comfort. He’s running across America to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation—a Florida nonprofit near and dear to the veteran’s heart—and he’s willing to endure some hardships along the way.

The worse part thus far, Shiew recently told the local Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Leonard Patrick Komon Wins Berlin Half-Marathon, Sets Record for Fastest-Ever Debut

March 31, 2014 by NYRR staff

How do you say, “The first time’s a charm” in German? Ask Leonard Patrick Komon, who thrilled fans in Berlin on Sunday, March 30, by running the fastest half-marathon debut of all time.

Komon’s time of 59:14 was short of the world record he’d been gunning for, but it was just enough for the 26-year-old Kenyan to win the Berlin Half-Marathon. 

En route to breaking the tape, Komon had to contend with a strong headwind and a Read More

Categories: Half Marathon News

Kenyans Dominate World Half Marathon Championships

March 29, 2014 by David Monti

KENYANS DOMINATE IAAF WORLD HALF-MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS

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COPENHAGEN, March 29, 2014 -- Athletes from Kenya dominated the 22nd edition of the IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships here, taking individual golds for both men and women, winning the women's team title by an overwhelming margin, and taking the silver medal in the men's team competition. Today's race, held in ideal running conditions, also saw the first mass-participation event held Read More

Categories: Pro Athlete

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