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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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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 »

Kenyan Lel Claims Second NYC Marathon

Emerges from crowded men's pack; Radcliffe of UK is women's winner

(Newser) - Martin Lel of Kenya narrowly beat out Abderrahim Goumri of Morocco to take first place in this year's New York City Men's Marathon. This was Lel's second NY victory, having also won in 2003. Lel and Goumri also battled to the finish in this year's London Marathon, when Lel beat... More »

Marathon Mom Ran Through Pregnancy

British distance runner Radcliffe kept training with baby onboard

(Newser) - Paula Radcliffe, holder of the best women’s marathon time ever, will run the New York City Marathon Thursday, her first since giving birth last year. But pregnancy never slowed down Radcliffe, who kept running up until the day before her daughter was born. “As far as I know,... More »

US Marathon Runner Dies in Olympic Trials

Ryan Shay collapsed 5 miles into the race

(Newser) - Four-time US long-distance champion Ryan Shay died today during Olympic marathon trials in New York City, the AP reports. Shay, 28, collapsed about 5 miles into the 26.2-mile race and could not be revived. The cause of death remains unclear. “It cuts a knife through everybody's hearts,”... More »

Ignoring the iPod Race Ban

Rules say no to portable audio, but many will still plug in and tune out

(Newser) - Running purists have applauded a ruling from USA Track & Field restricting portable audio devices during races. Other competitors say music motivates them, which is why you'll still see plenty of iPods and headphones during Sunday's New York City Marathon, reports The New York Times. "If they want to... More »

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