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Jeptoo Aims for Third Boston Marathon Title

April 19, 2014 by Chris Lotsbom

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Boston, April 18, 2014 -- Becoming Boston Marathon champion has been equated to the pinnacle of long distance running. Many, including American Olympian Shalane Flanagan, believe winning the granddaddy of all road races is more prestigious than an Olympic gold medal, more fulfilling than a victory in any other World Marathon Majors event. After all, the Boston Marathon has 118 years of history, having first Read More

Categories: Pro Athlete

Tegla Loroupe and Catherine Ndereba Sign on for Kenya’s First Lady’s Half-Marathon

February 21, 2014 by NYRR staff

When Margaret Kenyatta, the wife of Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, lines up next month for the inaugural First Lady’s Half-Marathon in Nairobi, she'll be in very fast company.

That’s because former world marathon record-holders Tegla Loroupe and Catherine Ndereba—Kenyan natives seen as two of the greatest distance runners of all time—have signed on to run with the First Lady in the event, due to take place on March 9.

Of course, Kenyatta won't be chasing a spot Read More

Categories: Half Marathon News

Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat Sets New Half-Marathon World Record

February 19, 2014 by NYRR staff

At the eDreams Mitja Marato de Barcelona on Sunday, February 16, Florence Kiplagat ran her fastest-ever half-marathon—by a lot. In fact, she ran it faster than any woman has ever run the distance before.

The 26-year-old Kenyan cut more than a minute off of her previous personal best to finish in 1:05:12, shattering the previous record of 1:05:50, set by her countrywoman Mary Keitany in 2011.

From the start of the race, it was clear that Kiplagat Read More

Categories: Half Marathon News

Jamie McDonald Completes 5,000-Mile Charity Run Across Canada, Earns Praise from Prince Harry

February 14, 2014 by NYRR staff

It’s not every day you see a church filled with people in superhero outfits. Then again, it’s not every day a man returns home after running 5,000 miles across Canada.

In fact, before February 3, when Jamie McDonald of Gloucester, England, completed a coast-to-coast run across Canada that he’d begun 275 days earlier, no one had ever hoofed it across America’s neighbor to the north without support.

McDonald covered the entire distance—the equivalent of 200 marathons—dressed as Read More

Categories: Human Interest

“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



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