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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

61-Year-Old Doug Kurtis Runs 200th Sub-3-Hour Marathon in Detroit

October 21, 2013 by NYRR staff

For the 200th time since 1974, Doug Kurtis has completed a marathon in less than three hours, and he couldn’t have picked a better place to do it.

The 61-year-old Motor City native hit the milestone—and broke his own record for the longest span between a runner’s first and last sub-three-hour marathon—on Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Detroit Free Press Marathon, finishing in 2:59:03.

Kurtis, a former Detroit Marathon race director and five-time qualifier for the U.S. Read More

Categories: Marathon News

Impressive Field Preps for Frankfurt Marathon

October 18, 2013 by NYRR staff

The BMW Frankfurt Marathon one of Germany’s highest-quality road races, and even by its own high standards, this year’s running promises to be memorable.

Organizers announced earlier this week that the race, set for Sunday, October 27, will bring together 21 male marathoners who’ve broken 2:10, and five of those athletes have PRs of 2:05:30 or faster.

The field is nearly as impressive on the women’s side, as eight competitors arrive with personal bests of 2:25 and Read More

Categories: Marathon News

Sam Chelanga Looking Ahead After Solid B.A.A. Half-Marathon

October 16, 2013 by Chris Lotsbom

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Boston, October 15, 2013 -- Finishing an easy cool-down run with Aaron Braun last Sunday, Sam Chelanga was all smiles. The 28-year-old had just run a personal best of 1:01:04 to take fourth at the B.A.A. Half-Marathon, earning himself $1,500. A positive performance was just what the former NCAA champion needed.

"I'm finally feeling really good," Chelanga told Race Results Weekly, grinning. "Unfortunately the day that Read More

Categories: Pro Athlete

Montreal Runner Going Barefoot to Argentina for Charity

October 16, 2013 by NYRR staff

Joseph Michael Liu has kicked off his shoes, but between now and 2015, he won’t be doing much relaxing. Far from it.

On July 2, the 32-year-old barefoot runner started a journey from his native Montreal to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost country in the Americas.

“I have the desire to do something big that can change my life and others,” Liu said a recent interview with Georgia’s LaGrange News.

To that end, Liu is Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Dennis Kimetto Smashes Chicago Marathon Record

October 14, 2013 by NYRR staff

Team Kenya had a field day on Sunday (October 13) at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, taking the top four spots in the men’s division and the top two in the women’s. And that’s not even the most impressive part.

Men’s winner Dennis Kimetto and runner-up Emmanuel Mutai both broke the course record set last year by Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede, and as they sped through the Windy City streets, leading a pack of 12 that Read More

Categories: Pro Athlete

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