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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

World Half in Copenhagen Represents Bold Experiment for IAAF

March 28, 2014 by David Monti

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Copenhagen, March 28, 2014 -- On a chilly fall day in Edmonton, Alberta, in 2005, the late IAAF General Secretary István Gyulai sat at a poorly attended press conference in advance of the IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships.  Gyulai, who would die just five months later after a long illness, was asked to comment on the the status of the next day's championships.  The Read More

Categories: Pro Athlete

Is There a Link Between Distance Running and Heart Problems?

March 28, 2014 by NYRR staff

When Dave McGillivray learned six months ago that he’d contracted coronary artery disease, he was shocked and embarrassed.

The surprise was because the 59-year-old Boston Marathon race director assumed that he had a healthy lifestyle. He’s finished 130 marathons and several Ironman-level triathlons, and he still runs 10 miles a day.

McGillivray was embarrassed because he always figured distance runners can eat whatever they want, as he told the Wall Street Journal, and he even Read More

Categories: Human Interest

English Grandfather Finishes Seven Marathons in Seven Days, Averages 3:22:13

March 26, 2014 by NYRR staff

Next Sunday, Steve Edwards will run the Brighton Marathon, and seven days later, on April 13, he’ll hit the streets of London for that city’s 26.2-miler. If those are the only two marathons he runs in April—and knowing him, they won’t be—he’ll have an easy month.
The 51-year-old Englishman recently completed the Enigma Week At the Knees, a weeklong event in which competitors run seven marathons in seven days. His average time was 3:22:13, and Read More

Categories: Marathon News

Deena Kastor Wins Dallas Half-Marathon, Barely Misses U.S. Masters Record (But Sets Two En Route)

March 24, 2014 by NYRR staff

Over the last six months, the weather has not been kind to Dallas road races.

Back in December, ice storms led to the cancellation of that city’s marathon, and on Sunday, March 23, at the Dallas Half-Marathon, high winds might have cost Deena Kastor a U.S. masters record over the 13.1-mile distance.

Despite what LetsRun.com reports to have been 15-mph gusts, the 41-year-old won Sunday’s race and set a new course record with a time Read More

Categories: Half Marathon News

Syracuse Students Will Honor Sister’s Birthday with 54-Mile Run for Make-A-Wish

March 21, 2014 by NYRR staff

Rob Faugno has learned a lot from his sister, Bartolina, whom he calls his inspiration. On April 11, her 18th birthday, he’ll show his gratitude with an inspiring feat of his own.

The Syracuse University student will spend that Friday running from his Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house to the one at Cornell University in Ithaca. The distance between those two New York towns is 54 miles, but the number on Rob’s mind is $50,000.

That’s how Read More

Categories: Human Interest

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