Competitor.com » Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com Your Online Source for Running Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:01:16 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 Monday Motivation: Run A ‘Metamarathon’ With Shia LaBeouf http://running.competitor.com/2014/09/video/monday-motivation-run-metamarathon-shia-labeouf_114847 http://running.competitor.com/2014/09/video/monday-motivation-run-metamarathon-shia-labeouf_114847#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:44:17 +0000 Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com/?p=114847

The famed actor-turned-performance-artist runs 144 laps around a Dutch museum.  What would you do if you witnessed Shia LaBeouf running

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The famed actor-turned-performance-artist runs 144 laps around a Dutch museum. 

What would you do if you witnessed Shia LaBeouf running laps around a building in purple spandex with a baton in one hand? You would either gawk at his seriously purple tights or join him as several people did last Thursday at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The run was part of LaBeouf’s artistic endeavor, the “#Metamarathon”, which he advertised on his Twitter @thecampaignbook the Monday before his performance. LaBeouf ran 144 times around the museum while a 12-hour art conference took place inside.

“As we are having a ‘marathon’ conference inside the Stedelijk, we also wanted a reflection of that outside,” explains museum public curator Hendrik Folkerts in a story by The Independent, a UK news source. “Nobody can do it better than Shia and the other artists at this performance.”

According to a recent post by @thecampaignbook, LaBeouf ran 26.87 miles during his metamarathon, using the Nike+ running app. However, he did not run all of it alone as this video shows ordinary bystanders latching onto LaBeouf’s baton and literally running side-by-side with the actor (which we’ll admit is a bit awkward).

Who knew running could be considered art? And who knows when you’ll get a chance to run with a celebrity as part of their “performance” again?

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Video: Driver Plows Through Maui Marathon Starting Line http://running.competitor.com/2014/09/news/video-driver-plows-through-maui-marathon-starting-line_114732 http://running.competitor.com/2014/09/news/video-driver-plows-through-maui-marathon-starting-line_114732#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:47:52 +0000 Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com/?p=114732

An alleged drunk driver interrupted the race before it began last weekend.

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An alleged drunk driver interrupted the race before it began last weekend.

Rustyn Pajimola-Aiu, 22, was charged with driving under the influence after police say he drove his car through a crowd of runners at the Maui Marathon start line last Sunday. Footage from Hawaii On TV shows a white Acura sedan slowly roll into the crowd and try to maneuver around the mass of horrified runners and spectators.

According to Hawaii News Now, a 53-year-old bystander was struck by the car and dragged 30 feet before another person ran up to the car’s passenger side, reached into the open window and pulled the emergency brake. The victim was treated and released on the scene for minor injuries.

“Something snapped inside of my mind that told me to go and stop the car,” Dan Skousen, who was lined up at the front of the pack of runners, told Hawaii News Now. “The people, including myself, went to hit the car like, ‘Stop, what is wrong with you?’

“I ran around to the passenger side and the window was down and I kinda leaned through or jumped through the window and pulled the emergency brake.”

Skousen said the car smelled of alcohol, and the driver stepped on the gas after the brake was engaged. Skousen then shut the car off and removed the keys from the ignition.

No one else was injured, thanks to those who acted quickly on the scene.

The race continued without incident after the delay.

“It was not something, as a race director, you prepare for. It was very disappointing to see something like that happen,” race director Rudy Huber said. “We don’t want to just cancel the event for something like this. I wanted everyone to walk away with a positive attitude about the Maui Marathon.”

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Monday Motivation: Racing the London Tube http://running.competitor.com/2014/09/video/monday-motivation-racing-london-tube_114392 http://running.competitor.com/2014/09/video/monday-motivation-racing-london-tube_114392#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:27:43 +0000 Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com/?p=114392

Man vs. subway—who's faster? This running challenged sorted it out.

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Here’s a unique workout to incorporate into your training. Instead of sprinting around a track, switch it up by outrunning the London underground (or any city subway line for that matter).

A London commuter, James Hepstonstall, has proven that traveling on foot can be just as fast as taking rail transport. In this video, he attempted to sprint 380 meters from London’s Mansion House to Cannon Street, one station stop along the Circle Line. In order to complete this speedy feat, Hepstonstall had 1 minute and 20 seconds to beat the train. This seems like just enough time for an average 400-meter sprint with 20 meters to spare in his case. However, Hepstonstall also had to maneuver through two ticket barriers and climb up and down a total of 75 steps, not to mention weaving his way past other commuters, which can slow you down significantly.

In the end, Hepstonstall the tube-dasher is successful, demonstrating that the challenge is not impossible and perhaps more thrilling than your usual running routine. It’s only a matter of time before the tube challenge becomes another wacky race of sorts.

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Friday Fail: A Rectangular Track in China http://running.competitor.com/2014/09/video/friday-fail-china-cuts-corners-builds-rectangular-track_114260 http://running.competitor.com/2014/09/video/friday-fail-china-cuts-corners-builds-rectangular-track_114260#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:36:36 +0000 Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com/?p=114260

The only track in the world to have right angle corners.

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The only track in the world to have right angle corners. 

A couple months ago Chinese sports officials completed refurbishing a 100,000-square-foot stadium in Tonghe County in northeast China. At first glance, the makeover seems to have been an immaculate success from the perfectly laid grass in the center to the massively improved seating for spectators. Except for one glaring eyesore—the rectangular track with 90-degree bends. According to The Telegraphthe original track had worn-down curves that needed an upgrade, but due to a surprise, last-minute visit from officials of the Communist Party, workers were instructed to paint right angles instead of curves because it was faster and easier to do so.

This video is from a Chinese regional news program called Newsnight, in which a bemused reporter attempts to run the track. We may not understand what he’s saying but the look of utter confusion on his face says it all.

“It’s impossible to run on such a surface,” says Zhang Yong, a local long-distance runner quoted by The TelegraphHe adds that the track is an abomination to his profession. We couldn’t agree more.

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Lolo Jones Voted Off First Week Of Dancing With The Stars http://running.competitor.com/2014/09/video/lolo-jones-voted-first-week-dancing-stars_114130 http://running.competitor.com/2014/09/video/lolo-jones-voted-first-week-dancing-stars_114130#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:47:44 +0000 Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com/?p=114130

A stiff and awkward dance performance by Lolo Jones on Dancing with the Stars leads to her sudden departure from the show.

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A stiff and awkward dance performance by Lolo Jones on Dancing with the Stars leads to her sudden departure from the show.

Three-time U.S. Olympian Lolo Jones may be an expert hurdler and bobsledder, but her performance on season 19′s premiere of Dancing with the Stars this past Monday has proven that the multi-sport athlete should not include “dancer” on her resume. Jones and her professional dance partner Keo Motsepe, a first-timer on the show, scored an overall 22 out of 40 points for their cha-cha routine, the second lowest score of the night. They were beat out by 72-year-old fashion designer Betsy Johnson and her partner, and thus sent home on Tuesday night’s elimination round.

The dance routine began with Jones mock-texting Motsepe, in which Jones initially claimed that a miscued text had thrown her off the entire dance. However she then took full responsibility and confessed to the judges on air, “I make no excuses. It was awful. I’m surprised I was able to get back with it. Literally, every practice was better than what just happened.”

A serious athlete, having competed in both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games and a two-time world indoor track champion in the 60-meter hurdles, Jones was fully committed to the show and visibly upset by her poor performance. According to The Hollywood Reporter Jones had cut her track season early to dedicate more of her time to nailing down the dances.

It was a good effort made on Jones’ part and it is certainly not an easy thing to dance flawlessly in front of millions of viewers, but better stick to the track for now Lolo.

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Monday Motivation: The 4-Minute Mile Jetpack http://running.competitor.com/2014/09/video/monday-motivation-4-minute-mile-jetpack_113790 http://running.competitor.com/2014/09/video/monday-motivation-4-minute-mile-jetpack_113790#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:31:42 +0000 Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com/?p=113790

We're familiar with wearable jetpacks that make you airborne, but here's an invention that targets groundspeed instead.

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We’re familiar with wearable jetpacks that make you airborne, but here’s an invention that targets groundspeed instead.

Students at Arizona State University have designed a jetpack to help soldiers run a 4-minute mile. The project, titled 4MM and funded by DARPA, aims to increase speed and agility, especially for soldiers on the battlefield where a mere few seconds is the difference between life or death. ASU engineer Jason Kerestes is the mastermind behind this project and has built a prototype currently being tested. The goal is to get any fully armored soldier, despite their natural speed capabilities, to run a 4-minute mile. So far, in 200-meter trials, test subjects have been able to shave a few seconds off their time. Not bad for carrying an 11-pound jetpack while running.

If successful, this jetpack could potentially save hundreds of lives during combat. But we’ve got to ask—where can a civilian/average runner get their hands on one, just to know what a 4-minute mile feels like?

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Monday Motivation: Running the Right Way http://running.competitor.com/2014/09/video/monday-motivation-running-right-way_113279 http://running.competitor.com/2014/09/video/monday-motivation-running-right-way_113279#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:44:34 +0000 Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com/?p=113279

Double-check your running form with this humorous yet informational ‘how-to’ video.  Running incorrectly only makes the

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Double-check your running form with this humorous yet informational ‘how-to’ video. 

Running incorrectly only makes the activity more difficult and less enjoyable (or somewhat awkward for others to watch). Thank goodness, though, for Buzzfeed’s old-school instructional video, titled “You’re Running Wrong,” to break those bad running habits. (However, we’d suggest tossing those outdated shoes for a spiffier and more supportive pair of running kicks).

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Friday Fail: Fight Breaks Out During High School Track Meet http://running.competitor.com/2014/09/video/friday-fail-fight-breaks-high-school-track-meet_113116 http://running.competitor.com/2014/09/video/friday-fail-fight-breaks-high-school-track-meet_113116#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:47:09 +0000 Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com/?p=113116

A literal take on “fight to the finish” when a brawl is sparked during a race.   The race must go on! Even when two high

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A literal take on “fight to the finish” when a brawl is sparked during a race.  

The race must go on! Even when two high school athletes turned running into a contact sport at last year’s Hispanic Games in New York City. Despite the display of poor sportsmanship, the other runners swiftly maneuvered past the fighters and continued to finish the race. Perhaps runners should start training with random obstacles being thrown at them so they can be prepared for anything and everything that might occur on the track.

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Friday Fail: Mo Farah’s Saliva Accidentally Hits Photographer In Record-Smashing Race http://running.competitor.com/2014/08/video/friday-fail-mo-farahs-saliva-accidentally-hits-photographer-race_112363 http://running.competitor.com/2014/08/video/friday-fail-mo-farahs-saliva-accidentally-hits-photographer-race_112363#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:14:49 +0000 Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com/?p=112363

A photographer got more than he bargained for while trying to get a great Mo Farah shot.  Last Sunday’s Grand Prix meet in

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A photographer got more than he bargained for while trying to get a great Mo Farah shot. 

Last Sunday’s Grand Prix meet in Birmingham, England witnessed middle-distance runner and Olympic champion Mo Farah breaking the British 2-mile record—a record that has stood for almost 36 years. Spectators also happened to catch on video Farah’s saliva land on a photographer lying in the infield of the track as Farah made his last turn en route to victory.

Farah obliterated the record, set by Steve Ovett in 1978, by six seconds with a final time of 8:07.85. A tremendous feat for Farah, adding to his collection of now eight national records and claiming the European record for the 2-mile event as well. In this case Farah and his spit are winning. However, not so much for the photographer who failed (and had no idea) to choose a location outside of Farah’s unpredictable spitting range. Hopefully he still managed to get a great shot (not covered in spit).

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New Course For Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco Revealed http://running.competitor.com/2014/08/news/new-course-map-nike-womens-half-marathon-san-francisco_112289 http://running.competitor.com/2014/08/news/new-course-map-nike-womens-half-marathon-san-francisco_112289#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:31:31 +0000 Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com/?p=112289

The new route finishes at the Marina Green after a tour of the city.

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The new route finishes at the Marina Green after a tour of the city. 

Nike has unveiled the new and much-anticipated course map for this year’s Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco, taking place on Oct. 19.

As in previous years the race will start in Union Square and wind through Golden Gate Park, the Presidio and past the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The 2014 course, however, will finish at the Marina Green, a reversal of the route that used to end on the Great Highway at Ocean Beach.

RELATED: Women’s Running Pioneer Kathrine Switzer Has Helped Pave The Way

Runners will experience an entirely new race as a majority of it runs inland with rewarding views of the bay, including the bridge and Alcatraz Island, which are saved for the remaining 3 miles of the race.

Hills are also to be expected with steady climbs up to Alamo Square at mile 2 before reaching a series of downhill runs through Golden Gate Park. The greatest challenge, though, will occur at mile 10 with a steep uphill traverse through the Presidio before a fast and flat mile-sprint to the finish line (that’s if the hill hasn’t spoiled all your energy reserves).

Although not quite a full loop, the race’s finish at the Marina Green is less than 2 miles from the start, offering easy access to Union Street and downtown.

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Monday Motivation: What Moves You? http://running.competitor.com/2014/08/video/monday-motivation-moves_111812 http://running.competitor.com/2014/08/video/monday-motivation-moves_111812#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:58:04 +0000 Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com/?p=111812

Be moved to hit the trail, road or track by watching this inspiring movie trailer about runners.

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Be moved to hit the trail, road or track by watching this inspiring movie trailer about runners. 

A new running documentary titled “What Moves You?” (currently in production) digs deep and explores exactly what motivates us to run—from the everyday runner to the talented elite. However, more than just a look at why we run, the independent film also aims to discover what connects us all as runners despite socioeconomic, cultural, religious and physical differences. Why do we rise before the sun to put in our miles of the day? Why “suffer” for 26.2 miles, 50 miles or 100 miles? Why run at all?

In order to further answer these questions, the film’s producers have started a Kickstarter to help fund its completion, including fun prizes to reward their faithful backers. Their goal is to reach $100,000 by Sept. 10, which will help pay for gear, travel, post-production costs and more.

Along with breathtaking aerial race footage, the film delves into the lives of five unique individuals to understand their basic, yet complex and very personal urges to run. Currently the film’s producers are seeking a fifth runner to interview. To share your story and be a part of the project, visit the What Moves You website.

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Friday Faceplant: Spanish Athlete Knocked Unconscious By Nasty Steeplechase Fall http://running.competitor.com/2014/08/video/friday-faceplant-spanish-athlete-knocked-unconscious-nasty-steeplechase-fall_111033 http://running.competitor.com/2014/08/video/friday-faceplant-spanish-athlete-knocked-unconscious-nasty-steeplechase-fall_111033#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:48:54 +0000 Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com/?p=111033

Victor Garcia’s race ended abruptly after tripping over the last hurdle in his 3,000-meter steeplechase heat this past Tuesday at the

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Victor Garcia’s race ended abruptly after tripping over the last hurdle in his 3,000-meter steeplechase heat this past Tuesday at the European Championships in Zurich, Switzerland. The nasty fall briefly knocked the Spaniard out cold as he lay motionless on the track. However, medical professionals were able to revive Garcia and have him standing and walking in no time.

According to a UK news source The Telegraph, Garcia luckily suffered no lasting injuries, but has no recollection of the incident. He also experienced a similar tumble at the 2012 European Championships, but managed to pick himself up immediately and finish the race. It seems Garcia is cursed—or has loose shoelaces. 

RELATED: Frenchman DQ’d for Shirtless Stunt at European Championships

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Monday Motivation: 26.2 Miles On The Great Wall of China http://running.competitor.com/2014/08/video/monday-motivation-26-2-miles-great-wall-china_110739 http://running.competitor.com/2014/08/video/monday-motivation-26-2-miles-great-wall-china_110739#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:50:58 +0000 Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com/?p=110739

Not every marathon has an ancient monument and World Heritage site on its route.  A part of the Adventure Marathon series organized by

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Not every marathon has an ancient monument and World Heritage site on its route. 

A part of the Adventure Marathon series organized by Albatros Travel, the Great Wall Marathon is exactly what it sounds like—runners have the opportunity to experience a 26.2-mile journey on a portion of the Great Wall of China. Talk about a bucket-list race! The route includes a section of the wall located in the Tianjin Province (just a few hours from Beijing) and runs through the surrounding villages.

Since its inaugural race in 1999, the The Great Wall Marathon has become immensely popular, selling out 2,500 spots in this year’s race. It also includes a half marathon and 8.5K fun run for those who are less inclined to run/walk up and down all those steps (5,164 to be exact). The next race will be held May 16, 2015. In the meantime, be inspired by this video of past participants recapping their marathon experience, and start planning your next vacation to China!

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Friday Faceplant: Young Boy Races Elite Marathoners And Trips http://running.competitor.com/2014/08/video/friday-faceplant-young-boy-races-elite-marathoners-and-trips_110444 http://running.competitor.com/2014/08/video/friday-faceplant-young-boy-races-elite-marathoners-and-trips_110444#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 09:04:56 +0000 Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com/?p=110444

This young fan was in the lead until gravity got the better of him.

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This young fan was in the lead until gravity got the better of him.

An eager and ambitious young Scottish lad takes a tumble in an attempt to run with the elite at the Commonwealth Games’ women’s marathon on July 27. His competitors, Kenyan long-distance runners Flomena Daniel and Caroline Kilel, had no idea that they had a very brief, third contender in the field as they ran through Glasglow, Scotland with only a few miles left in the race.

Daniel finished in 2:26:45, taking first place, and Kilel came in a close second of 2:27:10. Little did they know they could have been outrun by a spectating boy, had it not been for that fall (most likely the fault of a crack in the asphalt).

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Monday Motivation: Every Runner Has A Reason http://running.competitor.com/2014/08/video/monday-motivation-every-runner-reason_110036 http://running.competitor.com/2014/08/video/monday-motivation-every-runner-reason_110036#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 20:07:29 +0000 Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com/?p=110036

A 54-year-old homeless man uses running to stay healthy and do good.

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A 54-year-old homeless man uses running to stay healthy and do good. 

On July 27, self-taught artist and runner Ronnie Goodman, who is homeless, ran in the second half of the San Francisco Marathon and helped raise $10,000 for Hospitality House, a nonprofit that provides community programs with a focus on fostering self-sufficiency and cultural enrichment. Goodman raffled off an original art piece that would give back to the organization that has continued to support him in his work. For more than 10 years Goodman has been involved with Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program (CAPS), a program that has helped him among several other San Francisco artists in providing a free-of-charge art studio and art supplies for those who can’t afford it.

Goodman, who has been homeless for two years and sleeps in a tent under Highway 101, lives a simple life, painting in a rented studio and running on a daily basis. His dream to run a race one day finally came true when friends and readers moved by a San Francisco Chronicle story about him helped pay for new shoes and the $120 race entrance fee.

Although Goodman already ran the San Francisco Half Marathon (in 1:43) on July 27 and the opportunity to donate has passed, this video promoting his run is a reminder of the million different reasons we as runners are all inspired to run. Listen to his story.

“I really don’t want too much,” Goodman says in the video.” I just want to get up, stay healthy and just enjoy this moment right here. Every runner wants that.”

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Friday Faceplant: Treadmill Fails http://running.competitor.com/2014/08/junk-miles/friday-faceplant-treadmill-fails_82321 http://running.competitor.com/2014/08/junk-miles/friday-faceplant-treadmill-fails_82321#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:25:05 +0000 Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com/?p=82321

CAUTION: Do not attempt this at home!

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On this fine Friday, we bring you the ultimate compilation of treadmill fails. If you’re a  novice runner, we understand, treadmills can be tricky. So here’s your video guide to what NOT to do on a treadmill.

CAUTION: Do not attempt this at home!

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Monday Motivation: Grow Your #MarathonBeard http://running.competitor.com/2014/07/junk-miles/monday-motivation-grow-marathonbeard_109339 http://running.competitor.com/2014/07/junk-miles/monday-motivation-grow-marathonbeard_109339#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:12:04 +0000 Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com/?p=109339

Growing beards isn't just for ultrarunners—marathoners can get a little hairy too.

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Growing beards isn’t just for ultrarunners—marathoners can get a little hairy too. 

First there were #ultrabeards and now there’s the #MarathonBeard. Last week, avid runner and blogger Jason Saltmarsh wrote in an article on the Huffington Post that as an extra challenge and/or incentive to run a fall marathon, runners should incorporate growing out a #MarathonBeard as part of their training. The rules are fairly simple:

1. Register for a fall marathon.

2. Stop shaving.

3. post pictures to the social media channel of your choice with the hashtag #marathonbeard.

Why? Because “The #MarathonBeard is a testament to the long months spent training for an epic race,” Saltmarsh writes in the article.

And because any opportunity to post a beard selfie on social media is a must.

Above is Saltmarsh’s first #MarathonBeard post via Twitter (@SaltyRuns) as he trains for his fall marathon, the TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 2. He has a solid growth of chin hair going in just his first week.

There’s just one hitch in Saltmarsh’s plan: women can’t or may not want to participate. However, his solution is that their man grows a beard in support of their training. Fair enough. If you’re a bolder woman, not shaving the legs is a possibility as well.

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Friday Faceplant: 4X100-Meter Relay Runner Takes A Tumble http://running.competitor.com/2014/07/video/friday-faceplant-4x100-meter-relay-runner-takes-tumble_109177 http://running.competitor.com/2014/07/video/friday-faceplant-4x100-meter-relay-runner-takes-tumble_109177#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:38:51 +0000 Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com/?p=109177

It's all over when the baton drops.

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It’s all over when the baton drops. 

At the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics held in Daegu, South Korea, American Darvis Patton trips and rolls right before the final hand-off to anchor Walter Dix in the second semifinal heat of the 4X100-meter relay event. According to this video’s close-up replay of the incident, Patton somehow gets tangled up with Britain’s Harry Aikines-Aryeetey. As a result, both Team USA and Britain did not finish the race and unfortunately lost their spot in the finals. Meanwhile, Team Jamaica took the lead to win and set a new world record of 37.04.

What a crappy race for Patton. Pardon the French.

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Monday Motivation: 48-Year-Old Man Runs Sub-4:20 Mile http://running.competitor.com/2014/07/junk-miles/monday-motivation-48-year-old-man-runs-sub-420-mile_108769 http://running.competitor.com/2014/07/junk-miles/monday-motivation-48-year-old-man-runs-sub-420-mile_108769#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:31:02 +0000 Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com/?p=108769

Don't judge a man's speed by his age.

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Don’t judge a man’s speed by his age. 

On July 9 at Olympian High School in Chula Vista, Calif., 48-year-old Brad Barton became the oldest man to run a sub-4:20 mile. The father of five and keynote speaker from Utah ran a 4:17.54 mile, just 1.45 seconds short of 46-year-old Tony Young’s 2008 age-group world record of 4:16.09. According to the Times of San Diego, Barton’s original goal was to run a 4:12 mile to beat an unofficial time of 4:13.25 set by Young in 2009.

“I knew I was going to be close, so I did everything I could to the finish,” Barton told the Times of San Diego. “And from there I don’t really remember a lot.”

Barton had expelled so much energy and speed in the last leg of the mile that he could barely stand up shortly after crossing the finish line. He even appears “blacked out” in his attempts to pick himself up multiple times towards the end of this race clip.

Just nine days after this great feat, Barton competed in the USATF Masters Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C.. This time he ran the 1,500 meters in 4:00.32, only 4 seconds shy of the 3:56.39 age-group record set by 45-year-old John Hinton. Although Barton didn’t break any records that day, he still remains the oldest man to have run a mile as fast as he did. If Barton had run a sub-4 minute metric mile (1,500 meters), he would have been the first man his age to do so with only 10 men over 45 that have broken the 4 minute barrier.

Nicely done, sir.

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Friday Faceplant: 110-Meter Hurdle Fail http://running.competitor.com/2014/07/video/friday-faceplant-110-meter-hurdle-fail_108454 http://running.competitor.com/2014/07/video/friday-faceplant-110-meter-hurdle-fail_108454#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:05:22 +0000 Emily Polachek http://running.competitor.com/?p=108454

One misplaced hurdle leads to several unforeseen faceplants.

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One misplaced hurdle leads to several unforeseen faceplants.

A few years ago at a high school track meet in Anchorage, Alaska, someone had forgotten to move the sixth hurdle from the girls’ 100-meter mark to the boys’ 110-meter mark, placing it several meters closer than it should have been. As a result of this mistake, four boys fell and one had to be taken to the hospital.

Watch this video for a slow-motion shot of the accident and where it all went horribly wrong. Not only is this a faceplant tragedy, but also a major fail on the part of the race official who forgot to move that single hurdle.

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