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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 »

Marathon's World Record Has Been Shattered

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge fells record by more than a minute in Berlin Marathon

(Newser) - Eliud Kipchoge has an Olympic gold medal in the marathon, and has clocked the fastest recorded time of 26.2 miles in an unratified race, but now he holds the official world record—and by quite a bit, coming in at 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds in Sunday's... More »

Runner in Purple Is Real Shock of Boston Marathon

Sarah Sellers is a virtual unknown

(Newser) - That an American female won the Boston Marathon for the first time since 1985 made headlines, but it's the woman who came in second who is grabbing them now. Eyes are shifting to Sarah Sellers, who finished 4 minutes and 10 seconds behind winner Desiree Linden with a time... More »

Cops Nab 6 in Foiled Plot to Stab Runners

Main suspect is linked to 2016 Berlin market attack

(Newser) - Six people were detained in connection with what police and prosecutors allege was a plan to carry out an attack on Berlin's half-marathon Sunday, German authorities say. "There were isolated indications that those arrested, aged between 18 and 21 years, were participating in the preparation of a crime... More »

Runner Could Lose Feet After Attempting Punishing Race

Roberto Zanda was attempting the Yukon Arctic Ultra

(Newser) - The chances of emerging from a 300-mile race through Canada's Yukon Territory amid temps as low as minus 40 unscathed? Not good for Roberto Zanda. On Feb. 7, what was day six of the nine-day race—which can be completed on foot, skis, or mountain bike—guides working the... More »

High School Student Carries Marathoner Across Finish Line

Ariana Luterman's act of sportsmanship has gone viral

(Newser) - In just 24 hours, her face and name have become world famous for what's seen as a supreme act of sportsmanship. Dallas-area high school student Ariana Luterman was finishing the anchor leg of a girls' relay in Sunday's Dallas Marathon when she saw the legs of the women'... More »

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 »

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