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Convincing Victories for Uceny, Willis at B.A.A. Invitational Miles

April 19, 2014 by David Monti

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Boston, April 19, 2014 -- Rounding the final turn of the three-lap course at today's B.A.A. Invitational Mile here in Back Bay, Morgan Uceny looked every bit the two-time USA 1500m champion that she is. Shoulders back, arms pumping, she smoothly accelerated over those final 70 meters to the finish line on Boylston Street, beating back credible challenges from Heather Kampf and Brie Felnagle.

"It's 2011/2012 Read More

Categories: Pro Athlete

High School Track Star Kayla Montgomery Refuses to Let M.S. Slow Her Down

March 05, 2014 by NYRR staff

Even if she weren’t one of the roughly 400,000 Americans suffering from multiple sclerosis, Kayla Montgomery might be prone to collapsing after track races.

She’s the type of runner that gives it her all, and in the three years since being diagnosed with the disease, she’s gone from being one of the slowest members of the Mount Tabor High School track squad to winning a North Carolina state title in the 3,200 meters.

Montgomery won that championship Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Blind South African Runner Hein Wagner Readies for Antarctica Marathon

March 03, 2014 by NYRR staff

In 2008, when Hein Wagner set out to run a marathon on every continent, he had to have known it wouldn’t be easy.

After all, the 41-year-old from Cape Town, South Africa, is blind, and he relies on a guide to steer him through tricky terrain.

Wagner must also have known that the South Pole, where he will head later this month for the Antarctica Marathon, would prove especially challenging.

For starters, there’s that little matter of the Read More

Categories: Marathon News

Researchers Discover Fourth Type of Footstrike, Make Life Harder for Shoe Designers

February 28, 2014 by NYRR staff

The already “complex task” of designing shoes capable of providing proper cushioning for all types of runners just got even more complex.

That’s the word from Ghent University in Belgium, where a team of researchers led by U.S. biomechanics expert Ned Frederick claim to have discovered a new type of runner: the “atypical rearfoot striker.”

Previously, scientists had separated runners into three categories: rearfoot, midfoot, and forefoot strikers. Now, it seems, not everyone prone to hitting the Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Will Stone Sets New Half-Marathon World Record for 9-Year-Olds

February 26, 2014 by NYRR staff

Thirty years ago, Will Stone wouldn’t have had the Internet to help him figure out how fast he’d need to run his local Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon in order to set a new world record.

But times have changed since 1984, when the previous record for 9-year-old athletes was set, and going into the race on Sunday, February 23, the fourth-grader from Largo, FL, knew what time he needed to beat.

The mark was 1:41:45, according to Read More

Categories: Half Marathon News

Tokyo Marathon: Japanese Men Have Big Day, Chumba and Tsegaye Set Course Records

February 24, 2014 by NYRR staff

The top five spots in the men’s and women’s races belonged to Kenyans and Ethiopians, but Japanese fans had plenty of reasons for national pride after the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday, February 23.

It was an especially noteworthy day for the Japanese men, who couldn’t stay with Kenyan winner Dickson Chumba but combined for “either the second- or third-greatest marathon in [Japanese] history, depending on your metric,” as the website Japanese Running News reports.

Although Read More

Categories: Marathon News

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