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10 Best US Cities for Runners

San Francisco comes in at No. 1

(Newser) - If you're a runner, you won't find a city better than San Francisco. Runner's World ranks it as the best in the country for runners, based on running routes, the running community, safety, food, and weather—because it's just not fun to run in a snowstorm.... More »

Stop Telling Women Not to Run Alone

'You can run, but you can’t escape sexism,' writer says

(Newser) - Following the recent murders of three female joggers in New York , Massachusetts , and Michigan , women have been warned: Don’t run alone. Meghan Kita calls that admonition "ridiculous" at Runner’s World . Women know they are safer in numbers, but such advice is impractical—and sexist. “Some women—... More »

Runner's Success Story Is Wild. So Is His Fight With Nike

Boris Berian hopes to raise $25K for legal fight

(Newser) - Two years ago, Boris Berian was a college dropout working at McDonald's. He now hopes to run for Team USA at the Olympics, but first he has to clear a major hurdle: a lawsuit from Nike. And he wants your help. The world champion in the indoor 800-meter is... More »

Pro Runner Inspires With Post-Pregnancy Instagram

'I can run 5:20 pace for a half marathon, but I still pee my pants'

(Newser) - Six months ago, professional runner Stephanie Rothstein Bruce gave birth to a baby boy—her second in 15 months, Self reports. Now she's rocking her stretch marks proudly as she trains with the goal of representing Team USA at the Olympics while simultaneously inspiring thousands of women on Instagram.... More »

After Runner Won't Quit, Cop Helps Her Finish Race

Woman who lost 200 pounds was determined to finish

(Newser) - The police incident commander for the Rodes City Run in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday went a long way beyond the call of duty when he saw a runner struggling around 2 miles from the finish line. After Asia Ford insisted that she was determined to finish the 10K race despite... More »

Marathoner Runs 5 Miles to Evade Cops

But police eventually find him in his daughter's closet

(Newser) - An accomplished marathon runner from Kenya apparently resorted to his first instinct when police showed up to arrest him on charges of sexual assault—he ran 5 miles, reports the New Jersey Star-Ledger . Eric Kipkemei Chirchir, 31, bolted from his place of work to his home, where police found him... More »

Female Sprinter Fights Ban—Over Her Testosterone

Sprinter Dutee Chand doesn't want to change her natural body to compete

(Newser) - Indian sprinter Dutee Chand was born with what may be a blessing and a curse: hyperandrogenism. The medical condition results in unusually high levels of testosterone—high enough, in fact, that it crosses the threshold for what determines whether one can compete against women. She is fighting the International Association... More »

Runners Cover Rocky's Route— All 31 Miles of It

They imitate unlikely montage in second film

(Newser) - In Rocky II, the boxer pulls off a rather astounding feat: He appears, in a montage, to run from South Philadelphia to train tracks seven miles northeast, then suddenly back to South Philly before heading all the way to the Schuylkill River. All told, it's a 31-mile, or 50-kilometer,... More »

Half-Marathoner Misses Turn, Wins 1st Marathon

Meredith Fitzmaurice qualifies for Boston in longest race of her life

(Newser) - That Meredith Fitzmaurice finished first among all female marathoners in an Ontario race on Sunday is a story that wouldn't typically make it past the local paper. But Fitzmaurice's story has a pretty awesome twist: She had never run more than 20 miles before and only entered the... More »

Man Runs One Mile for Every Fallen Vietnam Vet: 58K

Michael Bowen, 65, began tribute in 1982

(Newser) - Runner Michael Bowen completed a special mile yesterday—he has now run one for each of the more than 58,000 US vets who didn't come home from the Vietnam War. The 65-year-old Michigan man began the tribute in 1982 and has been running regularly ever since, despite colon... More »

Physicists Unravel Mystery of Usain Bolt's Speed

He uses astonishing power and energy to overcome drag

(Newser) - Usain Bolt is a big guy as far as sprinters go, and his 6-foot-5 frame doesn't exactly make him a model of aerodynamic perfection. But as his time of 9.58 seconds in a 100-meter race in 2009 proves, he is the fastest human on the planet. Even... More »

'Blade Runner' Pistorius Charged in Girlfriend's Murder

Said to have mistaken her for robber, but police not so sure

(Newser) - Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder after his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, was found dead in his home, Sky News reports. The South African sprinter, a 26-year-old double amputee known as the "Blade Runner," may have taken his girlfriend for a burglar when she arrived... More »

Oops ... Runner's World Busts Ryan on Marathon Claim

His time was closer to 4 hours than 3 hours

(Newser) - Both campaigns might be thumbing their noses at political fact-checkers , but Paul Ryan now knows he better stick to the facts when it comes to athletic feats. After he told a radio show last week that he once ran a marathon in under 3 hours—a very good time— Runner'... More »

Runner Speaks Out After Dead-Heat Controversy

Jeneba Tarmoh thinks 100-meter results should have been handled better

(Newser) - Jeneba Tarmoh is heartbroken over the "dead heat" controversy that kept her from a spot on the Olympic 100-meter team , she tells the New York Times . Tarmoh felt cheated after being unofficially declared the third-place winner, then not learning that the result had been changed to a tie with... More »

Marathon Runner Raises $400K After Death

Charity runner died yards from London finish line

(Newser) - A British mental health charity has received a flood of donations following the death of a runner in the final stretch of the London Marathon on Sunday. Claire Squires, a 30-year-old hairdresser, was running to raise money for the Samaritans, a group that offers emotional support to people in distress.... More »

Usain Bolt Booted as 'Bladerunner' Steals Show

Jamaican jumped the gun, while Pistorius advances in men's 400 meter

(Newser) - The fastest man on the planet was disqualified today from the event he's dominated for three years, while the most unlikely runner on the planet advanced to the semis at today's track world championships. Usain Bolt's false start in the men's 100-meter final automatically booted him... More »

Boston Marathon's Oldest Runner: 81, Cancer Survivor

Clarence Hartley beat qualifying time by 21 minutes ... then beat that time today

(Newser) - For its oldest runner, the Boston Marathon is no big deal: Clarence Hartley may be 81, but he’s fought in two wars—Korea and Vietnam—and conquered both non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and prostate cancer. He easily qualified for the race, beating his age and gender's required time of... More »

Man Runs 365 Marathons in One Year

Onetime asthma sufferer Stefaan Engels aimed to inspire

(Newser) - A Belgian runner has plowed through 365 marathons in the past year, shattering the former record of 52, the Daily Mail reports. Stefaan Engels, 49, completed his goal in Barcelona. "I wanted to inspire people by showing that if I could run a marathon a day for an entire... More »

Barefoot Runners Are More Efficient

Harvard study echoes popular trend to ditch the running shoes

(Newser) - The barefoot running trend now has a powerful academic ally in a Harvard study that sides with au naturel hoofers. Researchers compared people who had always run barefoot, those who had always worn shoes, and those who had given up footwear. The barefoot runners had a lighter stride, and used... More »

Montgomery: I Never Loved Marion Jones

But man, did we love 'roids, disgraced runner says from jail

(Newser) - The “fastest couple on earth” was as much a fairy tale as Tim Montgomery and Marion Jones’ athletic achievements, the disgraced runner says. In a jailhouse interview with the London Times, Montgomery says he never loved Jones. “Before we got together, Marion and I never spoke at practice.... More »

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