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A Major Sporting Event Is Canceled for 2020

The New York City Marathon takes a year off

(Newser) - Long-distance runners, bad news: The New York City Marathon just got canceled for 2020. Event organizers and the mayor's office said Wednesday it's just too dangerous to assemble some 50,000 runners in the middle of a pandemic, TMZ reports. They cited "coronavirus-related health and safety concerns... More »

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... More »

Man Runs a Marathon in This Very Small Backyard

James Campbell had an interesting 32nd birthday

(Newser) - Being stuck at home didn't stop a British man from running an outdoor marathon. James Campbell, a former professional javelin thrower, spent his 32nd birthday on Wednesday doing 20-foot shuttles from one end of his small backyard to the other after promising to run a marathon if one of... More »

Kept in by Virus, Man Runs Marathon ... on His Balcony

Weird feat took Elisha Nochomovitz almost 7 hours

(Newser) - In the age of confinement amid the coronavirus outbreak, Elisha Nochomovitz figured out a way to run a marathon anyway: back and forth on his balcony. That’s right—he ran 26.2 miles straight, never leaving his 23-foot-long balcony. Nochomovitz saw it as a physical and mental challenge, but... More »

Runner's First Marathon Sends Her to Olympics

Molly Seidel pulled away with two other runners, and all three are bound for Tokyo

(Newser) - "What is happening?" Molly Seidel kept asking Saturday in Atlanta after running a marathon for the first time. It was hard to believe. With a time of 2 hours, 27 minutes, Seidel had just finished second in the Olympic trials, earning her a ticket to the Games this summer... More »

Nike Nailed It With These Shoes—and That's a Problem

The Vaporfly is helping marathon runners break records

(Newser) - Some shoes aren't just good, they're too good—which has World Athletics seeking a response to Nike's Vaporfly sneakers, Quartz reports. The governing body of track and field knows these shoes are helping runners set marathon records, but what to do? The Times of London reports a... More »

Woman Beats Legendary Runner on Her First Try

While Geoffrey Kamworor takes his second NYC marathon title since 2017

(Newser) - Joyciline Jepkosgei arrived in New York with a modest goal for her first marathon ever. "My focus was to finish the race," she said, a gold medal hanging around her neck. Not bad for a novice. Jepkosgei upset four-time champion Mary Keitany to win the New York City... More »

World Marathon Record Set in 2003 Broken in Chicago

Brigid Kosgei beat Paula Radcliffe's time by 81 seconds

(Newser) - The women's marathon world record that Paula Radcliffe set at the London Marathon in April 2003 stood for more than 16 years—until it was smashed by Brigid Kosgei on Sunday. The 25-year-old Kenyan runner finished the Chicago Marathon in 2 hours, 14 minutes, and 4 seconds, beating Radcliffe'... 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 »

Runner Finds Creative Solution to a Mix-Up

Massachusetts woman runs her own half-marathon after signing up for far-away race

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman thought she was signing up to run a half-marathon near her home, not across the Atlantic Ocean, per the AP . Sheila Pereira learned too late that the Worcester City Half Marathon was actually being held in Worcester, England, and not Worcester, Massachusetts, on Sept. 15. She decided... More »

Disqualified Marathoner, 70, Died by Suicide

Dr. Frank Meza's death resulted from 'blunt force traumatic injuries,' coroner finds

(Newser) - The 70-year-old retired physician disqualified from the 2019 Los Angeles Marathon after allegations of cheating died by suicide, the Los Angeles County coroner's office has determined. Dr. Frank Meza was found dead in the Los Angeles River Thursday, days after he was disqualified from the March race, in which... More »

They Said He Cheated in His Record Run. Now He's Dead

Frank Meza, 70, disqualified from Los Angeles Marathon earlier this week, found in LA River

(Newser) - A record-setting 70-year-old runner who earlier this week had been disqualified from the Los Angeles Marathon amid cheating accusations was found dead Thursday morning in the Los Angeles River, the LA County coroner's office has confirmed to the Washington Post . ABC13 reports that the LAPD responded to a body... 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 »

22-Year-Old Collapses, Dies During Cleveland Marathon

Taylor Ceepo was a recent college graduate, soccer player

(Newser) - A 22-year-old woman collapsed and died during the Cleveland Marathon Sunday morning, cleveland.com reports. Taylor Ceepo was dead on arrival at a nearby hospital, but no further details were yet available on symptoms or cause of death. She was about a quarter-mile from the finish line when she collapsed,... More »

Marathon Guide Car Leads Runners Astray

As a result, Belfast race ended up being at least one-third of a mile too long

(Newser) - Marathons are tough. They're even tougher when the car guiding runners goes off course—twice—and makes the race longer than it should be. Organizers of the Belfast City Marathon are apologizing to runners after they say their route ended up being one-third of a mile too long because... More »

No Dress? Then No World Record for You

Jessica Anderson denied a Guinness World Record over her attire

(Newser) - A nurse who ran in the London Marathon last week found her Guinness World Record in jeopardy because she didn't wear a dress, the New York Times reports. Jessica Anderson, a professional nurse, ran the marathon in 3 hours 8 minutes 22 seconds and became the fastest woman to... 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 »

2011: Lost His Feet to Frostbite. 2018: Finishes a Marathon

Marko Cheseto also just became a US citizen

(Newser) - A former University of Alaska Anchorage runner who lost both of his feet to frostbite in 2011 ran his first marathon and became an American citizen last week, the AP reports. Marko Cheseto, 35, finished 613th overall out of nearly 53,000 runners at the New York City Marathon on... More »

NYC Marathon Has Its Winners

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, Mary Keitany of Kenya take top spots

(Newser) - Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia has won the New York City Marathon, holding off countryman Shura Kitata by 1.99 seconds, the AP reports. Desisa finished in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 59 seconds. Last year's winner, Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya, finished third. Mary Keitany of Kenya became the second woman... More »

Dissident Marathoner Returns Home From Exile

After protest on Rio Olympics stand, Feyisa Lilesa finally goes back to Ethiopia

(Newser) - The Ethiopian marathon runner who made global headlines with an anti-government gesture at the Rio Olympics returned from exile on Sunday after sports officials assured him he will not face prosecution. Feyisa Lilesa's return from the United States came several months after a reformist prime minister took office and... More »

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