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More Nike Athletes Speak Out on Weight 'Obsession'

Amy Yoder Begley says she was told she had 'the biggest butt on the starting line'

(Newser) - Nike says it had no prior knowledge of elite runner Mary Cain's claims that she developed osteoporosis, broke five bones, missed her period for three years, and began having suicidal thoughts as Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar pushed her to lose weight, per the Guardian . But it says it... More »

'Triathlete' Suspect Flees by Foot, Bike, and Water

But Gary Francis Molloy was eventually caught

(Newser) - Can't catch this guy—until you can. That might be the lesson after Gary Francis Molloy fled Florida sheriff's deputies last week by biking, running, and swimming, MSN reports. It began when a deputy spotted identified the cyclist in Lane Hill on Oct. 24 as a wanted felony... More »

He Just Did What No Runner Has Ever Done Before

'I am the happiest man,' says Eliud Kipchoge, the first person to run marathon in under 2 hours

(Newser) - With 20 seconds to spare, Eliud Kipchoge has just done what elite marathon runners have tried to do for years. "I am the happiest man," the Kenyan athlete said Saturday in Austria after completing Vienna's Prater Park marathon in less than two hours—1 hour, 59 minutes,... More »

Athletes With 'Courage' Talked. Now, a Coaching Legend Banned

Alberto Salazar booted from track and field for 4 years over Nike-bankrolled doping experiments

(Newser) - Alberto Salazar was so excited in 2011 about the performance-enhancing supplement L-carnitine that he sent an email to none other than Lance Armstrong. "Lance, call me asap!" Salazar wrote. "We have tested it, and it's amazing." Salazar was prepping to infuse the supplement into his... More »

'One in a Million': Runner Killed by Lightning Near Finish Line

Organizers say storm blew in without warning

(Newser) - A 33-year-old distance runner in Kansas was less than a quarter mile from the finish line in a 31-mile ultramarathon when he was killed by lightning. Carolyn Robinson, director of the FlatRock trail race, says Thomas Stanley was struck around 2:15pm Saturday after a small storm blew in "... More »

Runner Who Missed Drug Tests Wins 100 at Worlds

Christian Coleman of the US becomes the sixth-fastest man in history

(Newser) - Christian Coleman of the US won the world championship gold medal in the men's 100 meters Saturday in Qatar, three weeks after avoiding a ban for missed drug tests, the AP reports. Coleman started well and extended his lead down the stretch to win in 9.76 seconds. Defending... More »

Record Run at LA Marathon Was Actually 'Impossible'

Frank Meza, 70, disqualified for cheating

(Newser) - It was a record-setting run—until it wasn't. Frank Meza, a 70-year-old who logged an impressive time of 2:53:10 at the Los Angeles Marathon in March, has been disqualified after cameras caught him violating a couple of rules, per the Los Angeles Times . As pointed out by... More »

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 »

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