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Favorite Cheptegei Claims 10,000M WJC Gold for Uganda

July 23, 2014 by Chris Lotsbom

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Eugene, OR, July 22, 2014 -- Uganda's Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei fulfilled his role as favorite in the men's 10,000m here at the IAAF World Junior Championships, earning the first gold medal of the meet at historic Hayward Field. Entering the contest as the only man to have run under 28:00, Cheptegei ran confidently over the race's second half, pushing the pace and ultimately prevailing in Read More

Categories: Pro Athlete

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

New Jersey Man Running 250 Miles to Boston for Charity

April 14, 2014 by NYRR staff

Sometimes, all it takes is a “zany stunt” to get people inspired.

So says Larry Grogin, a chiropractor from Franklin Lakes, NJ, who left on Sunday, April 13, for a really, really long workout—even by his standards. The 28-time Ironman participant is running 250 miles to Boston, where he’ll then compete next Monday in Beantown’s famed marathon.

Grogin clearly has a thing for distance.  Last fall, the veteran marathoner took part in a 24-hour race, and he Read More

Categories: Marathon News

2014 London Marathon: Mo Farah’s Debut, Record Possibilities, and More

April 11, 2014 by NYRR staff

There’s no shortage of subplots going into the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon, as arguably the strongest field in event history prepares to race through the English capital on Sunday, April 13.

For starters, there’s the possibility of a new world record. Ethiopian distance great Haile Gebrselassie will serve as pacemaker, and he’s slated to take six of this year’s elite competitors to the 13.1-mile mark at nearly world record pace.

Gebrselassie set two world marathon records Read More

Categories: Marathon News

2014 Pyongyang Marathon Welcomes 200 Amateurs from Outside North Korea

April 09, 2014 by NYRR staff

On Sunday, April 13, as some of the world’s best marathoners take to the streets of England’s capital for the Virgin Money London Marathon, a smaller group of amateurs will take advantage of policy changes in North Korea and make their way through Pyongyang for the Mangyongdae prize International Marathon.

Popularly known as the Pyongyang Marathon, the race is now in its 27th year, and for the first time, government officials have opened registration to non-elite Read More

Categories: Marathon News

Kenenisa Bekele Wins Paris Marathon in Course-Record Time

April 07, 2014 by NYRR staff

On Sunday, April 6, one week after Kenya’s Leonard Patrick Komon lit up the streets of Berlin and notched the world’s fastest-ever half-marathon debut, Kenenisa Bekele came within 48 seconds of doing likewise over 26.2 miles.

Bekele’s time of 2:05:03 wasn’t quite enough to top the marathon debut record, but it was plenty for the 31-year-old Ethiopian to win the 2014 Paris Marathon. He also set a new course record, trimming eight seconds from the previous Read More

Categories: Marathon News