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For McGillivray, 2014 Boston Marathon Is More Than a Race

April 17, 2014 by Chris Lotsbom

(c) 2014 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

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

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

Bernard Lagat Eyes American 5K Road Record at Carlsbad 5000

March 19, 2014 by NYRR staff

Over the years, eight American 5000-meter records have been set at the Carlsbad 5000, and come Sunday, March 30, Bernard Lagat will look to make it nine.

Among “the fastest road 5Ks in the United States, if not the fastest,” according to Runner’s World, the Carlsbad 5000 is known for attracting top-flight talent. This year is no exception, and in order to break both the tape and the American 5000-meter road record, Lagat will Read More

Categories: Pro Athlete

Tessa Barrett Sets National High School Record for 5000 Meters

March 17, 2014 by NYRR staff

Passing the one-mile mark on Friday, March 14, at the New Balance Nationals Indoor in New York City, Tessa Barrett was a little concerned. Her goal had been to set a new national high school record in the 5,000 meters, but even so, her time of 5:03.4 seemed a touch fast.

“I was like, ‘Oh boy, the last two [miles] are definitely going to be uncomfortable,’” Barrett said, according to

In fact, they weren’t Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Do Cushioned Running Shoes Prevent Injury? Not According to Study

March 14, 2014 by NYRR staff

When it comes to running shoes, softer isn’t necessarily better.

That’s the word from Luxembourg, where researchers at the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory have found that shoes with cushioned midsoles are no better at preventing injury than those lacking extra padding.

As Runner’s World reports, the team followed 215 runners—most of whom cover about six miles twice a week at a 10-minute pace—over the course of five months.
Participants donned sneakers from a “renowned sports Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Pittsburgh American Development Program Offers Olympic Hopefuls Big Bonuses at Upcoming Marathon and Half-Marathon

March 12, 2014 by NYRR staff

Earlier this year, Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc., launched its American Development Program, “an initiative designed to increase exposure and racing opportunities for emerging American professional runners,” according to the official website.

With the initial announcement came talk of big prize money at the agency’s four marquee events, and with the first two less than two months away, organizers are making good on that promise.

At the 2014 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and UPMC Read More

Categories: Olympics



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