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Facing Impossible Odds, 'Brave Gabe' Forged On

Gabe Grunewald showed 'bottomless courage' in cancer battle

(Newser) - She was an inspiration in the running community, as well as a friend to Chip Gaines and the best thing that ever happened to Justin Grunewald. Appropriately, then, it was the latter who announced the death of Gabriele "Gabe" Grunewald on Instagram on Tuesday. "I will never be... More »

It's a Brutal Race, and She Won It in Eye-Popping Way

Jasmin Paris broke the previous record by 12 hours, while pumping breast milk

(Newser) - Winning a 268-mile race is incredible, but incredible may not be a strong enough word when it comes to the way in which ultrarunner Jasmin Paris did it. The female runner bested all her competitors, male and female alike, completing the UK's "grueling" Montane Spine Race on Wednesday... More »

A Few Cheaters Is Normal. This Race Had 258

Some face lifetime bans after Sunday's half marathon in Shenzhen

(Newser) - More than 250 half-marathon runners are facing bans in China for what organizers describe as blatant cheating in a race in Shenzhen. Some 237 participants in Sunday's race face two-year bans after traffic cameras spotted them taking shortcuts. One video shows runners making a U-turn through a treed area... More »

He Created the Death Race. Now, a New Extreme Offering

Meet Andy Weinberg, founder of the Endurance Society

(Newser) - More than 1 million people clamor their way through a Spartan obstacle race each year. Andy Weinberg has moved on to a more extreme kind of challenge. He's the co-founder of Spartan but no longer a part of it following a legal battle between him and co-founder Joe De... More »

America's 2nd-Oldest Race Is Grueling and a Little Odd

John Branch runs California's Dipsea trail race

(Newser) - When it comes to metaphors, John Branch has the perfect one to describe the annual Dipsea trail-running race: "It is like unloading a zoo’s worth of animals in reverse order of mobility and releasing the cheetahs at the end." That's just one quirk of the 7.... More »

First Man to Run Mile in Under 4 Minutes Dies

Britain's Sir Roger Bannister broke the barrier in 1954

(Newser) - Britain's Roger Bannister, the first runner to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile, has died at age 88. Bannister's family said in a statement that he died peacefully on Saturday in Oxford. On a windy late afternoon in Oxford on May 6, 1954, Bannister ran four laps... More »

A New Clue Pops Up in Strange Case of Sherri Papini

Surveillance video shows formerly missing mom running near church shortly before she was found

(Newser) - A new clue in the case of Sherri Papini has emerged. A surveillance video shows the formerly missing California woman sprinting near a Jehovah's Witness church in Yolo County early on Thanksgiving last year, shortly before she was found by a trucker on an Interstate 5 ramp, per the... More »

Ultrarunner Smashes Appalachian Trail Record

He completed the 2,190-mile trek in 45 days, beating the prior record by 9 days

(Newser) - After making the final sprint up Maine’s Mount Katahdin in 37 sleepless, rain-soaked hours, Joe McConaughy now boasts the record for fastest time to complete the Appalachian Trail. McConaughy averaged about 48 miles per day to complete the 2,190-miles trek from Springer Mountain, Ga., to the top of... More »

Running in Packs Now Banned in Sierra Leone

Authorities say groups are running 'with a hint of menace'

(Newser) - For decades, young people have taken to the streets in cities across Sierra Leone to jog and exercise socially—some groups in silent focus, others singing and clapping along the way. But the cultural pastime is now banned, with authorities citing "with dismay" that these groups are joined by... More »

New Barefoot Running Record Set by Vermont Man

Teage O'Connor ran 62 miles in 7 hours and 13 minutes

(Newser) - A Vermont runner set out to smash a world record before the birth of his first child—and he did so with flying colors. According to NBC 5 , Teage O'Connor took the title of fastest runner sans footwear in the 100K category by completing the 62 miles on a... 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 »

Reveal About Usain Bolt's Stride Upends Sprinting Science

Jamaican runner has an uneven stride, perhaps due to scoliosis

(Newser) - You'd think a smooth, even gait would ensure the fastest running speeds for elite athletes—but researchers who studied the world's fastest man have found that, at least in his case, symmetry doesn't matter. Per the New York Times , scientists from Southern Methodist University in Dallas released... More »

You Are Probably Tying Your Shoes Incorrectly

Physicists explore why knots unravel, confirm square knot better than 'granny'

(Newser) - For such an age-old problem, it's gotten surprisingly little scientific study. But now physicists at Berkeley think they've figured out why the knots of our shoelaces come untied, reports the BBC . Through slow-motion video , they found that it's a complex combination of stomping (your foot hitting the... 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 »

Man Takes Day Off Running for 1st Time in More Than 52 Years

Ron Hill ran at least a mile for 19,032 straight days

(Newser) - Last Saturday, Ron Hill took a break for the first time in 19,032 days, the Telegraph reports. According to the BBC , the 78-year-old had run at least a mile every day since Dec. 20, 1964—a streak of 52 years and 39 days. Hill kept the streak alive while... More »

Surprise: Running May Actually Make Knees Healthier

Study finds running lessens risk factors associated with knee inflammation

(Newser) - "It flies in the face of intuition," Matt Seeley tells UPI . Seeley is the co-author of a study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology that may upend what we thought we knew about running's effect on knees. Conventional wisdom says running is hard on the... More »

Don't Bother Running If You're Looking to Lose Fat

It's 'the worst way to get fit': columnist

(Newser) - Looking to get moving? Change up your sedentary lifestyle? Burn off your belly fat? Think twice before starting a running routine. "While any movement is usually better than none, running fails almost every test of a worthy exercise," writes Nick English at Vice in a piece calling running... More »

Guy Crushes Coast-to-Coast Running Record

He ran from San Francisco to Manhattan in 42 days

(Newser) - Philippides , who? Pete Kostelnick has just made the Greek legend's marathon race look like a quaint sprint. Keeping an average pace of 73 miles per day, the Nebraska ultrarunner, 29, landed at New York City Hall on Monday having raced 3,100 miles from San Francisco in just... More »

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 »

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