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The Ludicrous Barkley Marathons Will Break You

Fewer than 20 people have completed the race in 31 years

(Newser) - To complete Tennessee's Barkley Marathons, runners only need to average 2mph for 60 hours. Easy, right? Not so much, Esquire reports in a must-read piece that simultaneously makes the race seem like heaven and hell on Earth. The Barkley Marathons comprises five loops through Frozen Head State Park. There'... More »

Professor Nears 70 Marathons Heeding Wife's Dying Wish

She pleaded with him to be there for the kids

(Newser) - In 2003, as Christine Guetzloff was dying of ovarian cancer at the age of 34, she sat her husband down for an important conversation. "Tom, you need to do something—you're just way out of shape," she told the West Virginia State college chemistry professor. "Look... More »

Internet Sleuth Busts Cheater in Half-Marathon

Jane Seo cut the course, then biked it to get GPS data

(Newser) - Jane Seo's second-place finish at the Fort Lauderdale half-marathon Sunday was impressive, not least because race times showed she'd kept a pace of about seven minutes per mile for the first half of the race, but managed 5:25 per mile in the second. As an internet sleuth... More »

9 Celebs Who Ran Marathons

Including one who compared it to giving birth

(Newser) - Each fall, a new crop of celebrities prepares to run the New York Marathon. On Sunday, spectators and fellow runners might have caught a glimpse of Sean Astin or Tiki Barber , among others, during the 26.2 mile course, but they're hardly the first stars to attempt a marathon... More »

Man Runs Marathon Juggling the Entire Time

Not a single drop for Michal Kapral, and a time of 2:55

(Newser) - Running a marathon: a difficult feat. Running one while juggling three balls (and not dropping a single one, at any time during the run): no classification comes to mind. But Toronto's Michal Kapral, who refers to himself as a "joggler," managed to pull off exactly that at... More »

Man Runs 401 Marathons to Help Bullied LGBT Kids

Ben Smith ran 10,500 miles in 401 days while raising $315,000

(Newser) - Ben Smith overcame years of bullying, depression, and two suicide attempts, so running 401 marathons in 401 days was no sweat. “I’ve sat on my bed and tried to take my life," Smith tells BuzzFeed . "I got through that, so I feel like nothing can stop... More »

D'oh Ho Ho! Get Ready for 'Longest' TV Marathon Ever

FXX will host 'Simpsons' event with all 600 episodes over the holidays

(Newser) - Don't settle down for a long winter's nap after Thankgiving dinner is over—turn on your television for what FXX is calling the "longest marathon in TV history." Mashable reports that the network will air all 600 episodes of The Simpsons for 300 hours of Homer... More »

Twins' Memorable Marathon Doesn't Sit Well at Home

Germany's Lisa, Anna Hahner accused of seeking publicity instead of gold

(Newser) - Two German twins who finished the women's marathon at Rio hand in hand may have brought smiles to viewers' faces, but they're now taking some serious flak at home. Lisa and Anna Hahner finished 81st and 82nd in Sunday's race and say they decided to hold hands... More »

It's Unprecedented: Triplets Going to Olympics

Luik sisters of Estonia are about to make history

(Newser) - Two hundreds sets of twins have competed at the Olympics, but an Olympic historian says he's "99.9% sure" that triplets never have—in the same Olympic Games, or even separate ones. That will change next month when Estonian sisters Leila, Liina, and Lily Luik—the Trio to... More »

12-Year-Old Finishes Half-Marathon —by Mistake

LeeAdianez Rodriguez was only supposed to run a 5K

(Newser) - LeeAdianez Rodriguez, known as Lee to those close to her, was running late and just made it Sunday to the start of the 5K race she had signed up for in Rochester, NY, the Democrat and Chronicle reports. But at some point during her run, the 12-year-old started wondering why... More »

Dog Enters Half Marathon, Comes in 7th

Ludivine wows runners in Elkmont, Alabama

(Newser) - A half marathon in Alabama might have escaped media attention if not for its unlikely finisher: a hound dog named Ludivine. Owner April Hamlin says she let Ludivine out Saturday morning and only learned later that her 2 1/2-year-old dog had run the full 13.1-mile race in Elkmont, Alabama,... More »

Teen Gets Lost, Runs First Marathon

Evan Megoulas, 17, says the mistake turned out 'pretty awesome'

(Newser) - A teen completed his first marathon in Philadelphia on Sunday—by accident. Evan Megoulas, 17, of Palmyra had planned to run the half-marathon but made a wrong turn 13.1 miles into the race, reports WPVI . Worried when he didn't turn up at the half-marathon finish line, family members... 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 »

What Could Be America's Most Brutal Race Is Underway

Badwater Ultramarathon covers 135 miles, takes up to 48 hours to complete

(Newser) - Right now, as you sit in your air-conditioned living room or office goofing off online, there are 97 people pushing their bodies to the limit in what has been billed "the world's toughest foot race." The 135-mile slog known as the Badwater Ultramarathon kicked off yesterday in... More »

Civil Servant Outruns 46 Horses on Foot

Hugh Aggleton fares well in odd British race

(Newser) - A civil servant outran nearly all the horses competing against him in a British marathon yesterday. Yes, you just read that: 30-year-old civil servant Hugh Aggleton finished the Man v. Horse Marathon in central Wales at 2 hours and 30 minutes, just 10 minutes slower than the competition's fastest... More »

This 92-Year-Old Just Ran a Marathon

Harriette Thompson beats record by 46 days

(Newser) - A new record for the oldest woman to run a marathon has been set, but it may not stand for more than a year: Harriette Thompson , 92, hasn't ruled out running the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in San Diego again next year. The Charlotte, NC, resident finished in... More »

St. Louis Marathon Winner Cheated, Loses Title

Race officials say Kendall Schler didn't finish third last year, either

(Newser) - Kendall Schler was the first woman to cross the finish line in Sunday's St. Louis Marathon, but it turns out she took a short cut. Race officials have stripped her of the win after determining that she slipped onto the course late, after the final checkpoint, and cruised to... More »

Miraculous Recovery for Marine Who Drowned

He makes it across finish line at Phoenix Marathon

(Newser) - Marine Staff Sgt. James Carey needed a little help to get over the finish line at the Phoenix Marathon on Saturday—but just taking part in his fourth marathon marked an incredible achievement for a man who was pronounced dead from drowning in 2009. Carey was revived after the special... More »

Marathon Runner Crawls to Finish as Body Gives Out

Hyvon Ngetich completed the Austin Marathon through sheer will

(Newser) - Hyvon Ngetich was leading the elite women's racing group at the 23-mile mark of Sunday's Austin Marathon in Texas, but as she got closer to the finish, her body said "No more," KeyeTV reports. But the 29-year-old wasn't about to give up so close to... More »

Women Are 'Better' at Running Marathons

When it comes to pacing, at least: study

(Newser) - Men may run faster marathons than women, but women are "better" at running them, a new study finds. Specifically, women are 18.61% better than men at keeping a steady pace over the entire 26.2-mile course, the Guardian reports. Researched looked at more than 1.8 million results... More »

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