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She Decided to Exit 2020 by Running—for 24 Hours

Jen A. Miller describes a day spent running, walking, sleeping in misery and joy

(Newser) - However you welcomed 2021, it almost certainly wasn't like Jen A. Miller did: by running and walking. For 24 hours. In a piece for the New York Times , Miller explains that she signed up for the Hainesport Hundred and 24 Hour Endurance Run in Hainesport Township, NJ, "because...

High School Runner's Sweet Move Is Praised

Ben Boardley of Indianapolis helps a fallen rival to the finish line

(Newser) - A classy move by a high school runner is getting some national attention. As the Indianapolis Star reports, it happened Saturday during a state cross-country meet in Terre Haute. As Ben Boardley approached the finish line, he noticed a fellow runner from another school, Faizan Khan, had fallen and was...

Boston Marathon Gives Up on the Spring

Organizers hope it will happen in fall 2021

(Newser) - This year, Boston Marathon organizers postponed the event until the fall before deciding to cancel the race for the first time in its 124-year history and replace it with a virtual event. Organizers say they hope to hold the race again in 2021, but the traditional date of the third...

Runners Should Stop Focusing on Mileage

Researchers say it presents an incomplete picture in terms of injury risk and training

(Newser) - GPS devices make it easier than ever for runners to gauge that all-important number: the number of miles clocked. But in a new paper , researchers make the case that tracking mileage by itself presents too misleading of a picture. To better prevent injury and to improve training, runners need to...

That 6-Foot Rule May Not Work for Runners

Studies suggest respiratory droplets travel much farther

(Newser) - The 6 feet of separation touted by the CDC might not be enough to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, particularly among runners. A new study described in the New York Times suggests air carries respiratory droplets up to 30 feet behind runners and up to 15 feet behind fast...

He Broke the 2-Hour Marathon 'Barrier.' How? There's No Secret

Eliud Kipchoge did what many believed couldn't be done

(Newser) - For decades, it was believed to be impossible to run a marathon in less than two hours. Then, in October, Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to do it. How? Knox Robinson spent time with Kipchoge at his rural training camp in Kenya, and in an extensive piece for GQ...

Britney Spears Causes Confusion With Running Claim

She later clarified she was joking

(Newser) - The world's fastest land mammal is the cheetah, but Britney Spears is a very close second, according to Britney Spears. The singer caused quite a bit of confusion on Instagram Wednesday when she claimed to have run the 100-meter dash in less than six seconds, smashing Usain Bolt's...

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...

'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...

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,...

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...

'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 "...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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