New York City Marathon

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Big Surprise for Strangers Who Helped Stranded Wheelchair Racer

Woman they assisted during NYC Marathon was Paralympic gold medalist Zou Lihong

(Newser) - In a New York minute, a Paralympic athlete's distressing experience turned into an inspiring one thanks to a smartphone app and the kindness of strangers. The New York Times reports on the plight of Zou Lihong, a Chinese wheelchair racer who beat US favorite Tatyana McFadden to win gold... More »

Kenya's Keitany Wins 3rd Straight NYC Marathon

(Newser) - Mary Keitany ran away with her third New York City Marathon in a row, reports the AP , with the 34-year-old Kenyan logging an unofficial time Sunday of 2 hours, 24 minutes, 26 seconds to become the first woman to string together three straight victories since the 1980s. And she did... More »

Chris Reeve’s Son Is Running NYC Marathon for Dad's Cause

Will Reeve is raising money for his parents' foundation

(Newser) - If anyone should breeze through the New York City Marathon on Sunday, it's Superman's kid, right? And yet Will Reeve sounds a little anxious about running his first 26.2-miler, with the only son of Christopher and Dana Reeve telling the New York Post that he's said... More »

Man Who Vanished After Finishing NYC Marathon Found on Subway

Gianclaudio Marengo is safe

(Newser) - A recovering heroin addict from Italy last seen after crossing the finish line at Sunday's New York City Marathon was found Tuesday aboard a subway train, police said. Gianclaudio Marengo, 30, was still wearing his racing attire of a turquoise shirt and black shorts when an off-duty police officer... More »

Kenyans Sweep NYC Marathon as US Woman Shatters Record

As American Tatyana McFadden shatters women's wheelchair record

(Newser) - Kenya's Stanley Biwott and Mary Keitany have swept the titles at the New York City Marathon. Keitany became the first woman to repeat since Paula Radcliffe in 2008. Biwott won his first major marathon title after finishing second in London last year. He finished in 2 hours, 10 minutes,... More »

Why It's Easy to Gain Weight Training for a Marathon

Running to lose weight turns out to backfire

(Newser) - Melissa Dahl's week includes running six miles on Thursday, five on Friday, and 20 on Saturday. She's training for the New York City Marathon on Nov. 1, 2015, and as she writes for New York , she's discovered—for the second time, mind you—that there's no... More »

Kenyans Romp at NYC Marathon

Jemima Sumgong 3 seconds behind, tying closest women's finish

(Newser) - Mary Keitany of Kenya has won the women's title at the New York City Marathon, while Wilson Kipsang of Kenya has won the men's title giving him titles in Berlin, London, and New York in the past 13 months. Keitany overtook countrywoman Jemima Sumgong with about a half-mile... More »

Marathon Runner, 86, Dies One Day After Race

Joy Johnson finished her 25th New York City race on Sunday

(Newser) - Joy Johnson of San Jose was the oldest woman to ever complete the New York City Marathon. And yesterday, one day after finishing that marathon for the 25th time, she died at the age of 86. Johnson’s sister says the longtime runner fell on the 20th mile but was... More »

Kenyans Mutai, Jeptoo Win NYC Marathon

Geoffrey Mutai defends title from 2011 marathon

(Newser) - In a double victory for Kenya, Geoffrey Mutai has successfully defended his New York City Marathon title and Priscah Jeptoo rallied to win the women's race. Mutai set the course record the last time the NYC Marathon was held, in 2011. Today's race returned after last year's... More »

What Election? Sandy Recovery Continues

Marines head to Staten Island, Queens

(Newser) - Sure, it's Election Day tomorrow—but to plenty of families still reeling from Sandy's effects, civic duty is a secondary concern, the Washington Post reports. "Everyone’s trying to live. They got kids. How’s anybody gonna go out and vote?" says a Manhattan school lunch helper.... More »

NY Marathon Runners Deliver Goods Instead

While others complete the race at Central Park

(Newser) - Never mind the cancellation. Here comes the marathon. Thousands of runners poured into New York City's Central Park this morning to do what they had prepared so long to do—put in 26.2 miles. That's despite the abrupt announcement Friday evening that the world's largest marathon... More »

Mayor Bloomberg: NYC Marathon Is Canceled

Mounting criticism forces mayor's hand

(Newser) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg canceled the New York City Marathon today after mounting criticism that it was wrong to hold the race while the region is still recovering from Superstorm Sandy. With people in storm-ravaged areas still shivering without electricity and the death toll in New York City at more than... More »

New Yorkers Rail Against Marathon Plans

They're outraged it will still happen this Sunday

(Newser) - As New Yorkers pick up the pieces in Sandy's wake, they're tearing something else to pieces: the city's plan to hold Sunday's New York City Marathon as scheduled. Outrage has been growing since Mayor Bloomberg's green-light announcement on Wednesday. Here's why:
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Kenya's Mutai Sets NYC Marathon Record

Blows by previous mark by more than 2 minutes

(Newser) - Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya has won the New York City Marathon in a course record time of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 6 seconds today, crushing the previous mark of 2:07:43 set by Tesfaye Jifar of Ethiopia a decade earlier. The 30-year-old has established himself as the favorite at... More »

Ethiopia's Dado Wins NYC Marathon

Catches London Marathon champ Keitany with a mile left

(Newser) - Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia has won the New York City Marathon in a stunning comeback. Dado trailed London Marathon champion Mary Keitany by nearly 2 1/2 minutes at the 15-mile mark but passed her with about a mile left for her first major marathon victory. The 27-year-old Dado won in... More »

Newbies Win NYC Marathon

Gebre Gebremariam, Edna Kiplagat take men's, women's races respectively

(Newser) - Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia has won the men's title at the New York City Marathon in his debut at the distance, while Kenya's Edna Kiplagat won the women's race today for her first major marathon championship. Another Ethiopian man was the favorite, but world-record holder Haile Gebrselassie pulled out at... More »

Chilean Miner Hits NYC Marathon

Edison Pena ran every day while trapped underground

(Newser) - He trained 2,300 feet underground, running miles each day with his very life in the balance, but today rescued Chilean miner Edison Pena hit the ground running in the New York City Marathon. He began at 9:40am, and hoped to finish the 26.2-mile race in six hours.... More »

Barefoot Runners Take to NYC Marathon

More are going shoeless, though not all podiatrists like the trend

(Newser) - More runners are expected to complete in the New York City marathon barefoot this year than ever before, as the trend in shoeless distance running continues to gain in popularity, the New York Times reports. (They'll still make up a "tiny number" of the total 43,000 participants.)... More »

Running Miner Takes on NYC Marathon

Edison Peña ran 6 miles a day while trapped in mine

(Newser) - After you’ve spent 69 days trapped in a mine, what’s one teensy 26.2-mile run? Edison “The Runner” Peña has agreed to compete in the New York City Marathon, the New York Post reports, accepting an invitation from the organizers. Peña, one of the 33... More »

NYC Marathon Winner Not American Enough for Some

Eritrean-born Meb Keflezighi's victory sparks dispute

(Newser) - On Sunday Meb Keflezighi became the first American since 1982 to win the New York City Marathon...according to some. Keflezighi, an American citizen who arrived from the East African country of Eritrea at age 12, had barely crossed the finish line before a debate erupted on how American he... More »

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