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Ready, Set, Go for Keflezighi and Wozniacki as Team for Kids Ambassadors

July 31, 2014 by NYRR staff

Meb Keflezighi and Caroline Wozniacki are superstars. Both have spent years at the top of professional sports—marathon running for him, tennis for her—and both are confident of their ability to compete with the best in the world.

Today, as they announced that they’ll be running the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon on November 2, Keflezighi and Wozniacki shared another area of common ground: their commitment to children’s fitness. Both athletes will run the marathon as Read More

Categories: Marathon News

“Crash Training” Doesn’t Work, Study Suggests

February 12, 2014 by NYRR staff

Just as trying to cram an entire semester of U.S. history or organic chemistry into one night rarely leads to a good exam score, “crash training” for big races doesn’t work, a new study suggests.

As Runner's World reports, Norwegian researchers recently looked at two groups of runners: one that scheduled 24 intense workouts over a period of eight weeks, another that squeezed the same regimen into just three weeks.

Using V02 max, which measures aerobic Read More

Categories: Human Interest

2014 London Marathon to Feature Haile Gebrselassie as Pacemaker

February 17, 2014 by NYRR staff

Organizers of the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon have tapped Haile Gebrselassie—a two-time Olympic gold medalist who twice broke the world marathon record and is seen by many as the greatest distance runner of all time—to serve as pacemaker.

The Ethiopian legend will look to lead the elite pack through the first 30 kilometers at world-record speed, and given the wealth of talent at this year’s race, fans and organizers alike are hopeful someone will step Read More

Categories: Pro Athlete

RAK Half Marathon 2014 Boasts Impressive Men’s and Women’s Fields

February 11, 2014 by NYRR staff

This Valentine’s day, as lovers everywhere nosh on chocolate and little candy hearts, runners in Ras al-Khalmah hope to taste something even sweeter: world half-marathon records.
On Friday, February 14, highly impressive men’s and women’s fields take to streets of the United Arab Emirates sheikdom for the annual RAK Half Marathon, “inarguably the world’s fastest half marathon,” according to a press release posted at LetsRun.com.
Both the men’s and women’s races are wide open, Read More

Categories: Pro Athlete

Records for Cain, USA 4x800 Team at New Balance Indoor Grand Prix

February 09, 2014 by David Monti

(c) 2014 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved; used with permission

Boston, MA, February 8, 2014 -- Records in the 1000m by Mary Cain and the 4 x 800m relay by a USA all-star team were the highlights of today's 19th New Balance Indoor Grand Prix at the Reggie Lewis Track Facility at Roxbury Community College here.

Cain took charge of the women's 1000m with about 250 meters to go, breaking her own world indoor junior best Read More

Categories: Pro Athlete

Genzebe Dibaba Breaks Women’s Indoor 3000-Meter Record

February 07, 2014 by NYRR staff

Like a DJ with a bad temper, Ethiopian runner Genzebe Dibaba is smashing records left and right.

Competing on Saturday, February 1, at the XL Galan meet in Stockholm, Dibaba set a new women’s indoor 3000-meter world record, slicing more than seven seconds off the previous mark—set by fellow Ethiopian Meseret Defar in 2007—to finish in 8:16.60.

This latest record-breaking performance follows last Saturday’s IAAF Indoor Permit meeting in Karlsruhe, Germany, where Dibaba ran roughshod Read More

Categories: Pro Athlete

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