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Vegas Marathon Goes Ahead Under Tight Security

Runners spoke of defiance, strength after mass shooting

(Newser) - Las Vegas ramped up security for the annual Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, which was the first major outdoor event on the Strip since the mass shooting. The city posted snipers and used a helicopter to watch for danger as tens of thousands participated in the race. Many wore T-shirts... More »

Runner Wins Marathon After Motorcycle Leads Favorites Off Course

The 7 runners in the lead lost around 2 minutes

(Newser) - Sunday's Venice Marathon was just the second Eyob Ghebrehiwet Faniel ever ran—and yet the Eritrean-born Italian runner won the race, thanks to a wrong turn. A guide motorcycle led the pack of seven runners who were in the lead several hundred meters off course before they realized the... More »

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 »

Runner Falls 26 Seconds Short of 2-Hour Marathon

'We are human,' Kipchoge says

(Newser) - Eliud Kipchoge was 26 seconds from making history on Saturday but the Olympic champion finished just short of becoming the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours. Kipchoge ran the 26.2 mile around an oval track in an impressive 2 hours, 25 seconds, smashing Dennis... 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 »

Found: Woman Who Went Missing During Half-Marathon

Florida's Melissa Kitcher now safe after taking wrong turn that had her wandering for 12 hours

(Newser) - A Florida woman who became lost during a half-marathon trail run was found past nightfall after wandering around a 25,000-acre park for nearly 12 hours, per the AP . The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports Melissa Kitcher was in good spirits after being found Sunday evening. She says she made a wrong... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Marathon Runner Played Dead in Bear Attack

NM woman says mama bear 'was just being a bear'

(Newser) - A woman was running a marathon in a national preserve in northern New Mexico Saturday when she was attacked by a bear, wildlife officials say. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish says Karen Williams—who suffered several bites and scratches and had injuries to her head, neck, and... 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 »

Astronaut to Run Marathon in Space

Tim Peake will run along virtually with the London race

(Newser) - A British astronaut will attempt to become the first man to run a marathon in space, sort of. Tim Peake will run a digital version of next year's London Marathon on a treadmill as the International Space Station orbits the Earth, at the same time as more than 37,... 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 »

Amish Man Runs Marathon Wearing Traditional Clothes

And he did pretty great to boot, English

(Newser) - An Amish man turned heads as he whizzed by fellow runners at a recent marathon—not because of his speed but because of his unusual racing attire. Leroy Stolzfus, 22, finished the 26.2-mile Harrisburg Marathon on Nov. 8 in just over three hours and five minutes, all while wearing... More »

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