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NYRR Announces Elite Field For USATF 5K Championships http://running.competitor.com/2017/10/new-york-city-marathon/usatf-5k-championships-elite_169015 Wed, 11 Oct 2017 22:50:59 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=169015 Matt Centrowitz and Des Linden headline the men's and women's races.

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New York Road Runners have released the elite field for the 2017 Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K and USA Track & Field (USATF) 5K Championships, taking place on Nov. 4. It includes ten Olympians and six runners who were part of Team USA at this year’s IAAF World Championships.

Headlining the men’s race are Matt Centrowitz, Ben True and Paul Chelimo. Centrowitz is a two-time Olympian who won the gold medal in the 1500 meters at the 2016 Rio Games. True set the current 5K American record of 13:20 at the B.A.A 5K this past April. Chelimo has been a force in the 5000 on the track, capturing the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, as well as the bronze medal at the 2017 IAAF World Championships. Joining them are Olympians Leonard Korir and Hassan Mead.

The women’s race is also a showcase of Olympians as well. Known primarily for the marathon, including a 5th place finish at the NYC Marathon in 2014, Desiree Linden will instead opt for the much shorter 5K distance this year. Also entered are Brenda Martinez and Abbey D’Agostino. The Dash to the Finish marks D’Agostino’s return to competition after tearing her ACL & meniscus during the 5000 meters at the Rio Olympics.

The Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K kicks off the NYC Marathon weekend. The race begins near the United Nations before crossing the city on 42nd Street. Runners then head up 6th Avenue to Central Park, where they complete the race at the marathon finish line. It will be broadcast live on USATF.tv. To see the rest of the elite athlete start list or to register for the event, go to nyrr.org.

RELATED: The Top Americans Running This Year’s NYC Marathon

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Keflezighi and Flanagan Make Final Preparations For NYC Marathon http://running.competitor.com/2017/10/new-york-city-marathon/keflezighi-flanagan-final-prep-nyc-marathon_168992 Tue, 10 Oct 2017 23:58:08 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168992 Meb Keflezighi and Shalane Flanagan discuss their build-up to this year's NYC Marathon and feeling strong in the final weeks of training.

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Shalane Flanagan and Meb Keflezighi at the pre-race press conference in Los Angeles for the 2016 USA Olympic Team Trials Marathon last February. Photo: Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly

The darlings of American marathon running are heading back to New York, hoping to write momentous chapters in their already impressive biographies. For Meb Keflezighi, the New York City Marathon will be the final professional race of his storied career, while Shalane Flanagan, who debuted in the Big Apple in 2010, makes her much-anticipated return to the 26.2-mile distance on Nov. 5, after an injury sidelined her earlier this year.

“It’s very emotional coming back,” said the 42-year-old Keflezighi on a conference call, who will be contesting the five-borough race for the 11th time. “After I did my first New York City Marathon in 2002 I said I never wanted to do another one again.”  But following that challenging debut, he rebounded to author one of the greatest resumes in the sport: collecting silver in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and winning both New York (in 2009) and Boston (in 2014, setting a career best 2:08:37). “I’m so excited, but at the same time it’s bittersweet, obviously.”

RELATED: Meb Reflects On His Legacy and Approaching Retirement

Flanagan, 36, was due to run in Boston earlier this year, but a back injury (a fracture in her iliac crest) forced her to scratch that plan. She recovered in time for an abbreviated, but productive, track season last summer, including a 14:58.99 5000m, and heads into New York feeling refreshed.

“My back is 100 percent,” said Flanagan, a four-time Olympian whose 2008 bronze medal in the 10,000 meters was recently upgraded to silver following a competitor’s retroactive drug bust. “I actually think the injury this past winter was a giant blessing for me. I’ve had uninterrupted training throughout my career, and that was my first major injury. While at the time it was really heartbreaking to have to miss the Boston Marathon this spring, I believe my body really needed that rest. I think there was a point of overtraining over the last few years and not really identifying it.”

Both athletes used Mammoth Lakes, Calif., as their key training base during their build-up to the iconic race, taking advantage of the town’s 7,000-foot altitude. Flanagan returned home to Portland, Ore., only last Saturday, while Keflezighi is still in Mammoth where he used to live (he now lives in San Diego).

“I’m healthy, which is a big battle,” said Keflezighi, whose most recent marathon was a 2:17:00 effort for 13th place in Boston last April. “I hope to be very competitive. I’m here up in Mammoth Lakes, away from my wife and kids for five weeks. I want my last one to be a good one. Many people think it’s going to just be a show, but I would regret if I didn’t give it everything I had. I usually would be fearless going out there competing against the best of the best. We all know that the mind and the body need to be on the same page.”

RELATED: What Meb Learned From Time Spent Running With His Family

Flanagan, whose injury had put her schedule out of synch with her Nike Bowerman Track Club teammates, had to log the majority of her training solo, even staying one week at a remote cabin with no internet or cell service. But she was able to feed off Mammoth’s thriving running community.

“Just knowing other athletes around are training hard really has a huge impact on me,” she said of her five-week stint. “I like to know that if I’m suffering other people are suffering, too.”

Flanagan said she maxed out at about 130 miles per week while training in Mammoth, something she said was critical for her to be competing in the marathon’s final stages.

“I’ve learned over the last few years that at the end of the marathon what’s not failing me is my cardiovascular system, it’s definitely my legs,” said Flanagan, who ran her career best of 2:21:14 in Berlin in 2014. “I’m hoping that those really big miles I’ve put in will pay off for me on Nov. 5.”

On the heels of last Sunday’s Chicago Marathon, both Keflezighi and Flanagan said they are at least a little uneasy about the results posted by Galen Rupp, who won the men’s race, and Jordan Hasay, who moved past Flanagan into second on the U.S. all-time list with a 2:20:57 clocking in third place on the women’s side. Both athletes run for the Nike Oregon Project which, according to leaked documents, is still under investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for potential rules violations. No wrongdoing has been proven, however, and the program’s coach, Alberto Salazar, has steadfastly stated that no prohibited substances or methods have been used.

“The NOP has been under investigation for the last two years, so as a fan of my own sport it’s hard to have full excitement and faith when you don’t know all the facts yet,” remarked Flanagan. “There’s still an investigation going on, so it’s hard to truly and genuinely get excited about the performances that I’m watching.”

Keflezighi was also concerned. “Obviously I’m happy for Galen and Alberto, but there are things that are still going on,” said Keflezighi. “There’s a lot of speculation, and I would love to know what’s going on and how far it’s gotten.”

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RELATED: The Top Americans Running This Year’s NYC Marathon

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This Video Will Make You Want To Watch The NYC Marathon http://running.competitor.com/2017/10/new-york-city-marathon/nyc-marathon-2017-video_168975 Tue, 10 Oct 2017 19:34:39 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168975 You'll be inspired to watch the 2017 NYC Marathon after viewing this video that taps into the emotions people feel during the race.

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Anyone who has ever run or watched the New York City Marathon can vouch for how emotional the race can be. New York Road Runners is tapping into those feelings with their new ‘It Will Move You’ campaign. A series of print, digital and television advertisements captures the physical and emotional feelings around the entire NYC Marathon experience.

At the center of the campaign is a 30-second video inviting people to tune into the race. The spot intersperses scenes from the marathon with declarations about the race, such as ‘It will inspire you,’ and ‘It will push you.” So far the commercial has been shared widely on social media.

“Our new ‘It Will Move You’ campaign brings to life the transformative power of running, and the incredible impact of the TCS New York City Marathon,” said Ronnie Tucker, senior vice president of marketing at New York Road Runners. “The campaign captures the vast range of emotions that marathoners, spectators, volunteers, and even viewers at home feel as part of this awe-inspiring event.”

The campaign will also feature what NYRR calls “digital cheer cards.” Friends and family will be able to make digital versions of race signs on the TCS New York City Marathon Mobile App starting in late October. On race day, those cards will be displayed on a screen at 90th Street and Fifth Avenue as runners pass by.

The New York City Marathon takes place on Sunday, Nov. 5. It will be broadcast live on WABC-TV in the New York area from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST. Outside of the New York area, it will be shown live on ESPN2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST.

RELATED: The Top Americans Running This Year’s NYC Marathon

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NYRR Announces A Big Change For The 2018 NYC Half Marathon http://running.competitor.com/2017/10/news/nyc-half-2018-course_168955 Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:36:55 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168955 Big changes are coming to one of the biggest and most popular half marathons.

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Big changes are coming to the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon. The race, organized by New York Road Runners, is unveiling a brand new course for the 2018 race on March 18.

Since the event began it 2006, it has always run from Central Park to Lower Manhattan, with a few small changes taking place. However, the 2018 course offers a drastic new change. The race will start in Grand Army Plaza, right outside of Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Runners will then head down Flatbush Avenue and over the Manhattan Bridge. Once in Manhattan, the course cuts through the Lower East Side to the FDR Drive.

The rest of the race is somewhat familiar. It is part of the old course—but this year, runners will complete it in reverse. Following the FDR Drive portion, participants will run down 42nd Street, through Times Square and into Central Park. After nearly completing a loop of the park, the race finishes near West 75th Street.

The new course allows for more entrants as well. Over 22,500 runners are expected to take part in the 2018 race, up from almost 20,000 finishers last year. The NYC Half is consistently one of the most popular half marathons in the United States. It was the fifth biggest half marathon in 2016.

RELATED: The Top Americans Running This Year’s NYC Marathon

“This world-class race has become a bucket-list event for runners from the five boroughs, across the country, and around the world since its inception in 2006,” said Jim Heim, NYRR’s senior vice president, event development and production and technical director of the TCS New York City Marathon in a statement. “The new course offers an exciting challenge for runners with new stretches that have never before been part of a New York Road Runners event.”

If you want to run the 2018 NYC Half, application for guaranteed and non-guaranteed entry opens at 12:00 p.m. EST on Oct. 16, 2017, and will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Nov. 30, 2017. Guaranteed entrants are those who have run four out of six qualifying races, are participating through a charity program or have run a time qualifier. All other entrants will be entered into a lottery. The drawing will take place on Dec. 6, 2017. Runners can sign up at nyrr.org.

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Cancer Patient Runs Ultras To Raise Funds For Cancer Research http://running.competitor.com/2017/10/news/runs-ultras-raise-funds-cancer-research_168950 Mon, 09 Oct 2017 22:47:01 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168950 Mark Thornberry, 57, was diagnosed with liver cancer. Now he's running ultras to help raise funds for cancer research at his hospital.

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It was May when Mark Thornberry got the news: primary liver cancer. In June, the other shoe dropped. The cancer had spread into his vascular system and was circulating throughout his body. His prognosis morphed from potentially treatable to terminal. As the 57-year-old runner absorbed the news, he made a decision: “I could sit around and moan about it, or I could do something positive,” he says.

He chose the latter.

Thornberry, from Surrey, England, has always been a runner, something he originally began as an adjunct to rugby. As often happens with running, Thornberry found himself swept along with the sport and about five years ago, he started venturing into ultras. He has since covered many 50Ks, 50-milers and even a few 100-milers.

One bucket list item for Thornberry was the Grand Union Canal Race, Britain’s oldest ultra. Stretching from Birmingham to London along the canal, the race totals 145 miles. Competitors have 45 hours to complete the distance and organizers grant entry to only 100 competitors each year.

Thornberry was among the lucky few to snag a spot in the 2017 event on May 27, but the timing of his diagnosis meant he had to pull out. “I was going through treatment, and three days before the race, I knew I couldn’t complete it,” he says. “It’s such an iconic event and I was amazed to get a slot, so this was incredibly disappointing for me.”

The inability to complete the race wore on Thornberry and eventually, he thought of a way to use his frustration for the greater good—and run the race course anyway.

Thornberry’s plan: To raise funds via his canal run for liver cancer research at King’s College Hospital, where he receives treatment. “Liver cancer is underfunded when you compare it to some other cancers, like breast and lung,” he explains. “I decided that with whatever time I have left, I could do something positive.”

In early September, feeling good enough to take on the 145 miles along the canal, Thornberry set out with the goal of running the course over three days. “Coming off lowered fitness and radiation treatments, I wasn’t sure how it would go,” he says. “But I wanted to try.”

Thornberry sought out the blessing of his physicians, who told him to go for it, provided he was careful and stayed on top of his hydration. He went into the adventure with an open mind, knowing he might have to bail if he felt too bad at some point.

RELATED: Doctors Said I’d Never Run Again But I Proved Them Wrong

Using social media, Thornberry spread the word about his fundraising plans and asked other runners to join him along the Grand Canal route. He never imagined it would grow into the event that it did.

“Every day, I had different people running with me,” he says. “I had four friends who stuck with me for all three days, and 60 others who jumped in at one point or another.”

Thornberry says that he felt surprisingly good throughout the entire 145 miles. “I wasn’t sure I could do it, but when you get so many people joining your efforts, it goes a long way,” he says. “I had nurses checking in on me at different points, and everyone was on top of my needs.”

Whether it was joining him for several miles or providing food and hydration, Thornberry was overwhelmed by the support. “I felt love and concern from so many—the ultra community wasn’t going to let me go it alone,” he says. “I was terribly humbled.”

By the end of the three days, Thornberry had raised £52,000 (roughly $68,000). “All I want to do is pay it forward,” he says. “I want others to know that a diagnosis like this doesn’t have to be all dark.”

A month and a half later, Thornberry is feeling fairly good as the targeted radiation he receives seems to be keeping his tumor site and surrounding blood vessel spread in check. He’s pleased with the amount of running he can manage at the moment as well. “I’m not too far off running as I normally would do,” he says. “I am currently on day 21 of a run streak, running between five and eight miles every day.”

Running, in fact, has helped Thornberry stay as healthy as he has throughout this journey.

“The fact that I’m in good shape helps me tolerate these intensive treatments,” he says. “The medics are happy for me to keep doing long mileage as long as it presents no physical discomfort. They admit I am a somewhat left-field patient as a 57-year-old who runs 100-milers for fun.”

Indeed, Thornberry is feeling so good that he has registered for the Javelina Jundred 100-mile race in Arizona at the end of this month. “This is to keep the momentum going on my fundraising efforts,” he says. “Plus, it’s a Western States qualifier—with a 30-hour time limit, finishing in 29:59 would be just fine.”

Thornberry has found that his greater purpose has done wonders for his attitude and ability to stay positive in the midst of an otherwise grim situation. “Having running goals and tying them to my fundraising has helped me keep away from those dark places,” he says.

To date, Thornberry has raised over £70,000 (about $92,000) for the research hospital, a sum sure to have a lasting impact.

“I’m hoping the reason people have donated is that they have some sort of positive connection with me and what I am trying to do,” he says. “The sum raised is a physical manifestation of that. This experience has served as a reaffirmation to me that there are some great people out there.”

RELATED: Running Community Rallies To Support Gabe Grunewald’s Cancer Treatment

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2018 Chicago Marathon Application Period Opens In October http://running.competitor.com/2017/10/news/2018-chicago-marathon-application_168943 Mon, 09 Oct 2017 21:46:42 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168943 Runners, mark your calendars! Runners applying for guaranteed entry into the 2018 Chicago Marathon can begin the process on October 24.

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On the heels of this years’ Chicago Marathon comes the announcement that the application process for the 2018 edition is just around the corner. Beginning Oct. 24, runners can begin submitting applications for the 41st edition of the race.

RELATED: Rupp and Dibaba Dominate At 2017 Chicago Marathon

What Type Of Applicant Are You?

There are both guaranteed and non-guaranteed application processes; with qualifications as follows (as outlined by race officials in a release):

Guaranteed entry opportunities:

  • Time qualifiers who have met the event’s age graded qualifying standards or qualify for the event’s American Development Program.
  • Legacy finishers who have completed the Chicago Marathon five or more times within the last 10 years.
  • Runners who cancelled their 2017 entry through the event deferment opportunity.
  • Charity runners who are fundraising for an official charity as part of the Chicago Marathon Charity Program.
  • International runners (non-U.S.) participating in the official International Tour Group Program.
  • Runners who have completed the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K four or more times since 2008 and have signed up for the 2018 Shamrock Shuffle.

 

Non-guaranteed entry:

Runners who do not qualify for a guaranteed entry can apply for the non-guaranteed entry drawing. The event will select names from the full pool of non-guaranteed entry applicants and notify runners of their selection status on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.

“The Bank of America Chicago Marathon continues to be one of most prestigious marathons in the world. We are proud of our history as a race that welcomes runners—from the debut runner to the charity runner to the world class elite—to our beautiful city,” said Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski in a release. “After celebrating 40 years with more than 43,000 runners crossing the finish line in Grant Park, we are excited to ring in 41 years in 2018.”

RELATED: 5 Pieces of Special Edition Chicago Marathon Gear

Important Dates To Remember

If you meet the qualifications for guaranteed entry, you can apply between Oct. 24 and Nov. 30. All runners who are seeking non-guaranteed entry can begin the application process on Tuesday, Oct. 31 and also have through Nov. 30 to submit an application. The cost of an entry is $195 for United States residents and $220 for those residing outside of the United States.

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Rupp and Dibaba Dominate At 2017 Chicago Marathon http://running.competitor.com/2017/10/news/2017-chicago-marathon-race-recap_168937 Mon, 09 Oct 2017 17:39:45 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168937 An exciting race unfolded at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday with Americans Galen Rupp taking first and Jordan Hasay running a course record.

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Galen Rupp finishes first in 2:09:20. Photo: Courtesy of Chicago Marathon

With powerful second half performances, Galen Rupp and Tirunesh Dibaba won the Chicago Marathon, overwhelming strong fields on a warm and sunny day that saw some of the world’s best runners drop out. They recorded times of 2:09:20 and 2:18:31, respectively, in what was the 40th edition of America’s second-largest marathon. Also, Rupp became the first American man to win Chicago since Khalid Khannouchi in 2002.

Close behind Dibaba in third place, American Jordan Hasay ran a sensational 2:20:57 in just her second marathon, making her the second-fastest American woman of all time behind only Deena Kastor. She topped Joan Samuelson’s American course record of 2:21:21 set back in 1985.

Men’s Race Recap

In the third consecutive edition of this race with no pacemakers, none of the top men were keen to push the pace in the early kilometers. American Aaron Braun, who wanted to run in the 2:11 to 2:12 range, led a 27-man lead pack through 5K in a tepid 15:43, a 2:12:37 pace. That pack stayed largely intact through halfway and things barely picked up with a half-marathon split of 1:05:49. That was fine with Rupp.

“Coming in, taking to my coaches, my plan was to be invisible for the first 20, 22 miles,” Rupp told reporters after the race. “Here I think it was really important for me to sit back, relax and conserve energy.”

Although the temperature was a comfortable 60 degrees at the start, the sun was out and Chicago’s open course offered very little shade. The top athletes started to glisten with sweat, and some of the top names in the field were having trouble keeping up and had to drop out. Stanley Biwott, the 2015 New York City Marathon champion, stuck with the leaders at 25K, but couldn’t make it to the 30K checkpoint. World record holder Dennis Kimetto was leading at halfway, but was soon seen by race spotters limping on the side of the course and never made it to 25K.

Rupp, however, was feeling comfortable and was content to wait.

“You know, I hadn’t really planned out when I was going to go,” he said in his post-race television interview. “I definitely wanted to wait, at least 20 miles, 22 miles. The longer the better. I’ve made the mistake in the past of going too hard, too soon; you’ve still got a long way to go, several miles. So, I really wanted to wait.”

At the 30K checkpoint, 10 men were still in contention: Rupp, defending champion Abel Kirui, Bernard Kipyego, half-marathon world record holder Zersenay Tadese, Ezekiel Chebii, Chris Derrick, Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa, Sisay Lemma, Sam Chelanga and Stephen Sambu. Rupp decided to wait for the 35th kilometer before upping the tempo, and the race got serious in a hurry. By 35K checkpoint only Rupp, Kirui, Lemma, Kipyego and Sambu were left. Rupp decided it was time to go for the kill.

“At that point, you have to be all in,” Rupp explained. “You can’t think you’re going to go and back off. You have to drive all the way to the finish line.”

Rupp ran the 5K through 40K in 14:25, easily the fastest 5K segment of the race, putting the race out of reach. For good measure, he ran the 41st kilometer in 2:38, the fastest kilometer of the race. He then ran his second half in 1:03:30.

“It’s just incredible,” Rupp said about breaking the finish line tape in the city where his father grew up. “You know, you train so hard year-in and year-out, day-in and day out. To have a race like this where it all comes together and be able to win in a city which is such a special place for me given that my dad grew up here. Words can’t describe the feeling of crossing the line, seeing my family, my coach.”

Kirui was a clear second in 2:09:48, and Kipyego passed Lemma to take third, 2:10:23 to 2:11:01. Sambu, who made his debut here last year, finished fifth in 2:11:07. Back in ninth place, American Chris Derrick made a successful marathon debut in 2:12:50, and Lilesa finished 14th in 2:14:49.

Women’s Race Recap

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Tirunesh Dibaba won the women’s race in 2:18:31. Photo: Courtesy of Chicago Marathon

Dibaba, who ran a personal best at the London Marathon last April in 2:17:56—the fifth-fastest performance of all time—was the leader of the women’s race from the gun. She was intent on running fast first, then would worry about sorting out the top places later.

“I actually wasn’t running against anyone, but was just running to improve my personal best,” Dibaba told reporters later with the help of an interpreter.

Dibaba ran the first four 5K segments in 16:08, 16:20, 16:34, and 16:33, and hit halfway in 1:08:48. Four other women managed to hold that pace: defending champion Florence Kiplagat, Brigid Kosgei, Valentine Kipketer, and Jordan Hasay.  The group was running at a 2:18:22 pace, and Hasay decided that she should try to hang on, despite running well under American record pace.

“One of the reasons I went with the lead pack today is that I wanted to be up there,” Hasay explained. “I could have run my own pace today, (but) I think it’s important to show we can compete with them. Obviously, it can be really intimidating.”

Dibaba’s next three 5K segments just couldn’t be matched by her competitors: 16:24, 16:29, and 16:22. Kiplagat never made it to 30K and dropped out. Kosgei managed to stay close through 30K, but then had to let go and would finish second in a personal best of 2:20:22. Kipketer struggled, slowed badly, and ended up fifth in 2:28:05.

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American Jordan Hasay came in third and ran an American course record of 2:20:57. Photo: Courtesy of Chicago Marathon

Hasay, in perhaps her most determined effort of her career, hung on and talked her way through the final kilometers. She said she thought of her late mother and the hard workouts she had done under coach Alberto Salazar. Positive self-talk was the key, she said.

“The whole last part was really tough,” Hasay admitted. She continued: “I just tried to go mile by mile.”

Hasay’s 2:20:57 was extraordinary. She had only run her marathon debut this past April in Boston in an impressive 2:23:00, and to drop that time by over two minutes was surprising, especially for the 26-year-old athlete originally from Arroyo Grande, Calif.

“I’m really grateful,” Hasay said. “I always hoped I’d be great at the marathon.” She continued: “For this to go so well, this is in some ways a relief.”

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Photos: Highlights From The 2017 Chicago Marathon Expo http://running.competitor.com/2017/10/news/photos-chicago-marathon-expo-2017_168864 Sun, 08 Oct 2017 12:00:26 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168864 The Chicago Marathon race weekend kicked off with the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo on Friday. After runners pick up their race bib,

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The Chicago Marathon race weekend kicked off with the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo on Friday. After runners pick up their race bib, they can have their pick of Windy City themed apparel, shoes and gifts to commemorate their 26.2 around Chicago. Here are some photos from the expo of Chicago gear. And don’t forget to watch the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 8th. Not sure how to tune in? We have all the details here.

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Warning: This Marathoner’s Wardrobe Malfunction Is NSFW http://running.competitor.com/2017/10/news/marathoner-wardrobe-malfunction_168846 Thu, 05 Oct 2017 18:55:01 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168846 This runner's wardrobe malfunction at the end of a marathon has gone viral.

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Slovakian Jozef Urban suffered through every male runner’s nightmare at the Košice Peace Marathon last weekend. As Urban was kicking towards the finish line, he experienced a wardrobe malfunction with his running shorts. This resulted in his private parts out on full display, not only to the crowd, but also during the television broadcast of the marathon.

If that is not embarrassing enough, the video of Urban’s pop out has gone viral.

There is some good news to come out of this story though. Urban finished in 10th place with a time of 2:21:51, a 27-second personal best, according to Canadian Running. So he truly let it all hang out in pursuit of his best time.

If you feel inclined to watch the video, it is below. But be warned: it is NSFW!

RELATED: Mystery Runner Won’t Stop Publicly Pooping Around Colorado Town

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How To Watch The 2017 Chicago Marathon http://running.competitor.com/2017/10/news/watch-chicago-marathon-2017_168807 Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:19:34 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168807 How to watch this Sunday's race on TV and online—and why you should absolutely tune in.

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The Chicago Marathon takes place on Sunday, Oct. 8. The first wave of runners will start at 8:30 a.m. EST. Known for its flat-and-fast course, there should be some speedy times and great races to look forward to.

How To Watch

In the United States, the Chicago Marathon will be shown live on NBCSN and their streaming service NBC Sports Gold. Coverage starts at 8:00 a.m. EST on NBCSN. If you don’t have cable, NBC Sports Gold is a subscription-based service, available for $69.99 for the entire track and field season.

The local Chicago NBC affiliate is also providing coverage. NBC 5 and the NBC Chicago app will offer a live stream beginning at 8 a.m. EST online and on-air. The coverage will continue until 12 p.m. EST on TV. A live finish line camera will stream until 3:30 p.m. EST on the NBC Chicago app and website. Telemundo Chicago will also be providing coverage starting at 8 a.m. EST. If you’re not in the area, nbcchicago.com and telemundochicago.com will be showing the race all day.

Spectators following along at home or on the course can track individual runners with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Mobile App. You can track up to 20 runners. The app is available on the App Store and Google Play.

Why Should You Watch?

Two runners: Jordan Hasay and Galen Rupp. Both of these talented Americans have a chance to win their respective races. The last American man to win Chicago was Khalid Khannouchi in 2002. Deena Kastor was the women’s champion in 2005.

A tough international field won’t make it easy for these runners to cruise to victory. On the woman’s side, 2015 and 2016 winner Florence Kiplagat is back to defend her title. She’s joined by Tirunesh Dibaba, who has run the third fastest marathon time ever. In the men’s race, last year’s champion Abel Kirui is running again. He’s one of six runners in the men’s race who have run under 2:07.

Want to know more about this year’s race? Check out five things you should know about the 2017 Chicago Marathon.

RELATED: Joan Benoit Samuelson Withdraws From 2017 Chicago Marathon

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Joan Benoit Samuelson Withdraws From 2017 Chicago Marathon http://running.competitor.com/2017/10/news/joan-benoit-samuelson-withdraws-chicago_168823 Wed, 04 Oct 2017 22:27:16 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168823 Due to training setbacks from injury, Samuelson will not attempt the 60-and-over world record.

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Joan Benoit Samuelson (right) and race director Carey Pinkowski in advance of the 2015 Chicago Marathon (Photo: David Monti/Race Results Weekly)

Joan Benoit Samuelson announced today that she is withdrawing from the Bank of America Chicago Marathon due to training setbacks as a result of an injury. She had originally entered the race to chase the 60-and-over marathon world record. Samuelson, 60, was targeting a sub-3-hour marathon. Bernardine Portenski of New Zealand set the current world record mark of 3:01:30 in 2010.

“October 8 has been on my calendar for some time, but I need to put my goals and my story on hold for now,” said Samuelson in a statement. “Chicago holds a special place in my career, and while I cannot compete this year, I am looking forward to cheering on thousands of runners as they chase their goals and tell their stories on race day.”

Samuelson is the 1984 Olympic Marathon champion. She won the Chicago Marathon in 1985. Despite withdrawing, she will still be in Chicago to celebrate the race’s 40th anniversary.

“Joan is a champion, and while we would love to celebrate a new record and career milestone with her, we are looking forward to having her here in Chicago to cheer on more than 40,000 runners,” said Carey Pinkowski, Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director.

RELATED: 5 Things To Know About The Chicago Marathon

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5 Things To Know About The 2017 Chicago Marathon http://running.competitor.com/2017/10/news/fun-facts-2017-chicago-marathon_168741 Tue, 03 Oct 2017 17:20:34 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168741 Find out who is running this Sunday and what other events are going on during the Chicago Marathon.

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The 40th running of the Chicago Marathon takes place this Sunday, Oct. 8. Want to learn more about this World Marathon Major? We have all the details so you’re ready to cheer on the race.

Could This Be A Year That An American Wins?

There is a strong chance that Americans Jordan Hasay and Galen Rupp will have a podium finish at this year’s race. Earlier this year, they both did just that at Boston, with Hasay finishing 3rd in the women’s race and Rupp finishing 2nd in the men’s race. But can either of them win outright? There is always a possibility.

Hasay may have a slightly better shot. With the fastest debut marathon by an American woman, she enters the race with the fifth fastest time among elites. Ahead of her is Ethiopioan Tirunesh Dibaba, Kenyans Florence Kiplagat and Valentine Kipketer, and Madai Perez of Mexico. Dibaba hopes to continue her strong 2017 season after running the third fastest women’s marathon time ever at the London Marathon in April. Kiplagat is the defending women’s champion in Chicago, but finished a disappointing 9th at London. Kipketer was third at last year’s race. At 37 and over 10 years removed for her PR, Perez is likely not to be among the top group.

Rupp, the Olympic Bronze medalist in the marathon, easily won a strong tune up half marathon at Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly. However, he is entering a field where seven other men have run faster times, including six under 2:07. These include Kenyans Dennis Kimmetto, Stanley Biwott, Abel Kirui, and Ezekiel Chebii, as well as Ethipopian Feyisa Lilesa.

Kimetto is the current world record holder, but has either DNF-ed or run much slower in recent races. Biwott’s last race was London 2016 and it was a great one. He set his PR of 2:03:51. However, he dropped out of the New York City Marathon in November 2016 and has not raced a 26.2 since. Kirui is the 2016 Chicago Marathon champion and looking to defend his title. Lilesa is the Rio Olympic silver medalist.

Meanwhile Rupp will also have to contend with a strong American field including NCAA champion and record holder Sam Chelanga, Luke Puskedra and debut marathoners Chris Derrick and Noah Droddy.

Legendary Chicago Champions Are Back To Celebrate The 40th Anniversary

The Chicago Marathon has invited five past champions who helped establish the race as one of the world’s premier marathons. Steve Jones, Khalid Khannouchi, Catherine Ndereba, Paula Radcliffe and Deena Kastor are returning as race ambassadors for this year’s marathon. Jones, Khannouchi, Ndereba and Radcliffe all set world records during their Chicago victories. Kastor is the last American to win Chicago. All five runners will participate in marathon weekend events, including the Abbott Health and Fitness Expo and the Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K.

A Flat And Fast Course Does Not Mean It’s Easy

Flat and fast are the two words always associated with  the Chicago Marathon. While those are definitely true—there are barely any hills along the entire route—that doesn’t mean it is without challenges. The course winds its way through 29 Chicago neighborhoods. While the first half of the race is filled with spectators, crowds thin out after mile 13. The weather is unpredictable in Chicago during October. This year’s forecast is high 70’s with a chance of rain, making warmth and wind a factor, especially with the lack of shade in the last half. The one hill, nicknamed Mount Roosevelt, is tiny but comes right at the end of the race. Keeping an even pace in the first 13 miles of the race means you’ll be ready to work and run fast, despite the challenges towards the end.

A Midlife Celebration

A 40th birthday is something to celebrate, for both people and for marathons. To honor its 40th anniversary, the Chicago Marathon sent birthday cards and a commemorative patch to participants celebrating their 40th birthday in 2017. NBC Chicago reports nearly 2,000 runners received the gift, including 15 people who will turn 40 on Oct. 8.

The City of Chicago Loves Marathoners

Having over 40,000 marathoners, along with their spectators, come to town is a huge boost to the Chicago economy. According to an independent economic study, the 2016 Chicago Marathon delivered an estimated $282 million in total business impact to the city. Of the over 41,000 runners who picked up their packet for last year’s race, 28 percent were visiting the city for the first time. The independent study was conducted by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Regional Economics Applications Laboratory.

RELATED: Inside the Chicago Marathon Med Tent With Medical Director George Chiampas

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This Rule Of Road Running Can Help Save Your Life http://running.competitor.com/2017/10/news/road-running-rule-save-life_168718 Mon, 02 Oct 2017 21:08:02 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168718 A recent study found that you have a 77 percent lower risk of being struck by a vehicle when following this rule of road running.

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A new study out of Finland shows that one common mistake puts you at a very high risk of danger when running on the roads. It all has to do with which way you are facing when you run.

The Washington Post shared the study, which revealed that runners—and pedestrians—have a 77 percent lower risk of being struck and injured by a car when running or walking facing traffic.

“Although no federal laws mandate which side you should be on, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Transportation Department recommend running against traffic,” adds The Washington Post.

RELATED: Street Smarts—Safety Tips For Runners

If there is a sidewalk that is, of course, the safest place to be, but should you be running on the shoulder, this is an important reminder (or first time lesson) that you should always run against traffic. Additionally, running in a single-file when with a group—or no more than two abreast—can also keep you out of harm’s way.

“Not only is it safer to run against traffic, but it is also the law in certain states—like Texas—when there is no sidewalk present,” shares Chris McClung, coach, co-owner of Rogue Running and co-host of its Running Rogue podcast. “You need to be able to see oncoming traffic and then be proactive to avoid danger on your own when the car passes.”

McClung adds that if you are running on the sidewalk you can run on either side of the road, however, he still prefers to run against traffic while on the sidewalk so you still have a view of cars should one lose control and jump the curb.

RELATED: Running Gear—6 Bright Lights To Take Back The Night

If you are running in the early morning or late at night—or even during weather when visibility is low—you want to take extra safety precautions when running on the roads.

“For visibility, the best thing you can do is wear a light, ideally a flashing one on your body on both sides,” urges McClung. “There are a variety of clip on lights or headlamps available to give you maximum visibility. You can also wear reflective shoes and clothing, but a light provides significantly more visibility allowing cars to see you two to five times sooner than reflective strips.”

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Spartan Just Hosted Its Most Competitive World Championships Ever http://running.competitor.com/2017/10/news/spartan-world-championships-2017-results_168721 Mon, 02 Oct 2017 20:56:55 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168721 The 2017 Reebok Spartan World Championships took place this weekend in California and hosted the most competitive elite field ever.

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Competitors hit the hybrid “Twister,” “Monkey Bar” obstacle nicknamed “Monkey in the Middle” on their way to the finish line at the 2017 Reebok Spartan Race World Championship at Squaw Valley in North Lake Tahoe. Photo: Spartan

Many of the world’s greatest obstacle racers gathered in Lake Tahoe, Calif., this past weekend to take part in the 2017 Reebok Spartan Race World Championships. Over 15,000 athletes competed throughout the two days at Squaw Valley.

The biggest event of the weekend, the 16-mile Elite Championship, took place on Saturday. The best Spartan racers from over 50 countries conquered almost 40 obstacles during the race. To qualify for the elite heat, competitors had to finish in the top five of a qualifying Spartan race during the 2017 season.

American Cody Moat was the top man to finish, in a time of 2:32:34. Behind him were Jonathan Albon of the UK in 2:36:11 and Robert Killian of the U.S. in 2:37:17. On the women’s side, Canada’s Lindsay Webster took first place in 3:06:10. Zuzana Kocumov of the Czech Republic was second in 3:07:53, while American Alyssa Hawley was third in 3:15:16. Both Moat and Webster received $15,000 for their win in what was one of the most competitive Spartan World Championships ever.

The inaugural World Team Championship was held on Sunday. Coed teams of three racers represented their country on a 8.5-mile “Super Course” filled with treacherous obstacles. Team USA (Robert Killian, Alyssa Hawley, and Ryan Woods) were the overall winners. Followed in second was Team Czech Republic, with Team Canada coming in third.

Spartan tested eight elite athletes for prohibited substances at the championships this weekend. This was the first step Spartan events is taking towards meeting the international standards set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

Spartan’s next big event is the 2017 Ultra World Championships, taking place in Iceland from December 15-17.

RELATED: What Amelia Boone Can’t Run Without

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Competitor Running To Be In Race Bags At Rock ’n’ Roll San Jose http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/news/competitor-running-san-jose_168702 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 22:25:34 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168702 The official magazine of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series will be available in race bags for all runners starting in San Jose.

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Competitor Running, the official magazine of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, will be available in race bags for all runners starting the weekend of Oct. 6–8 at Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon, 10K and 5K.

Attention San Jose Runners!

Post on Social Media to Win Prizes

When you get your magazine in your race bag, post a photo (get creative!) on social media with the hashtag #RnRMag for a chance to win free entry to next year’s Rock ’n’ Roll San Jose.

Meet the Editors

On Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., editor-in-chief Nicki Miller and managing editor Kevin Gemmell will be at the Rock ’n’ Roll expo booth to talk about all things running. Bring your questions and you might just leave with a VIP wristband for the weekend!

“I’m so excited to be in San Jose and look forward to interacting with all of the runners who make this marathon series so great,” Miller says. “Competitor Running is your coach, nutritionist and running friend. And we couldn’t be more thrilled to be directly in the hands of Rock ‘n’ Roll runners, starting in San Jose.”

The newly redesigned magazine includes a special section on the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series, our cover contest winners—Cindy Spiva and her son, Cormac—as well as a column by Meb Keflezighi, coaching tips from elite runner Neely Spence Gracey, nutrition info and all the latest tech and gear from the running world.

Moving forward, the magazine will be included in runners’ bags at all Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series events in the United States. It will also continue to be available at running stores and other healthy locations.

RELATED: Read the September 2017 Digital Edition of Competitor Running Magazine

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New Muscle Ultrasound Measures Energy Levels http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/news/muscle-ultrasound-energy-levels_168654 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:01:38 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168654 MuscleSound has figured out how to use ultrasound technology to take images from various parts of your body to determine muscle fuel levels.

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Muscle Ultrasound
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Some days you just don’t feel up to running yet can’t explain why. Why does your body feel blah? With a new muscle ultrasound, you are able to measure the level of energy stored in your muscles. That score may very well explain the flat feeling and why running just doesn’t appeal on a given day.

How It Works

Similar to the noninvasive device employed for pregnancy checkups, muscle ultrasound takes images from various parts of your body to determine muscle fuel levels. This can give clues as to metabolism, digestion, immune system, glucose levels and stress. The test results even advise as to disparities between the different sides of your body.

 

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Photo: The writer’s test results show how the left and right calves vary in amounts of fuel.

Because a single molecule of glycogen surrounds itself with three molecules of water, an ultrasound image of muscle energy shows up darker. MuscleSound, the company offering the test, then applies its patented software, using an algorithm to determine your score. Athletes can use the information to gauge their readiness. Teams and individuals can get regular scans to figure out causes and effects of training, nutrition and lifestyle factors to help optimize performance.

Test Options

Muscle ultrasound also gives highly accurate body composition analyses, instead of calipers, using measurements at a variety of locations on the body. Both the muscle fuel and body comp tests are quick—less than five minutes. Since they only require a handheld ultrasound device and a tablet with MuscleSound software, results are immediate.

Though the company’s headquarters is near Denver (tests can be done there), MuscleSound is working with fitness centers, physical therapists and other sports professionals to bring the system to individuals and teams worldwide.

RELATED: Now You Can Buy Genetic Testing Kits At The Pharmacy

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Over 5,000 Runners Who Qualified To Miss Out On Boston Marathon http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/news/2018-boston-marathon-qualifiers-announced_168657 Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:35:23 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168657 The BAA has sent out their official notices to runners who were both accepted—and not accepted—into the Boston Marathon.

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The entry period for the 2018 Boston Marathon is closed and the Boston Athletic Association reported that they received 28,260 total applications. Currently, 23,198 have been accepted or are in the process of being accepted.

This means that 5,062 who were eligible and applied for the 122nd Boston Marathon—taking place Monday, April 16, 2018—were unable to be accepted. The field size is set for 30,000 entrants, including elites, those who qualified and charity runners.

RELATED: 12 Fast Facts About The Boston Marathon

Each year as the number of qualifiers grow—along with the number of applicants—it becomes harder and harder for runners to get into the Holy Grail of races. Many runners who meet the qualifying standards for their age group often don’t get accepted due to the large number of runners attempting to get in based on a rolling application basis. This year, qualifiers had to be 3 minutes, 23 seconds (3:23) or faster than the qualifying time for their age group and gender to be accepted into the 2018 Boston Marathon.

You can compare this to past years, where qualifiers needed to be 2 minutes, 9 seconds or faster for their age group and gender for the 2017 Boston Marathon; 2 minutes, 28 seconds or faster for the 2016 Boston Marathon; 1 minute, 2 seconds or faster for the 2015 Boston Marathon; and 1 minute, 38 seconds or faster for the 2014 Boston Marathon.

RELATED: Where To Qualify For Boston

“Each year, thousands of marathoners across the globe aspire to qualify for, compete in, and ultimately finish the Boston Marathon,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Chief Executive Officer, via press release. “For many runners, completing the Boston Marathon is viewed as the ultimate goal in athletics. Informing those who have qualified that there is simply not enough space for everyone in the field is immensely difficult. Our entire organization at the B.A.A. has worked hard to ensure a fair process that gives runners who have qualified the best opportunity to enter the Boston Marathon. We thank runners for their understanding, cooperation, and support of the Boston Marathon year in and year out. We recognize and applaud their determination to participate in the Boston Marathon.”

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New Survey Asks Runners About Their Biggest Pet Peeves http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/news/pet-peeves-survey_168622 Wed, 27 Sep 2017 20:28:12 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168622 Reebok surveyed a bunch of runners to find out our biggest pet peeves and bad habits. Find out if they match your own running style.

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There are so many amazing aspects about running to enjoy. However, even the happiest runners have their pet peeves and bad habits. Reebok wanted to find out what exactly irks us the most.

The brand surveyed Americans, ages 16-44, who exercise weekly and run on a daily basis. In the process, they discovered some pretty funny statistics. For example, 46 percent of runners surveyed don’t shower before they meet up with friends.

Reebok also compiled a list of top 10 running pet peeves. Among the list, there were two answers that annoyed the majority of runners. Over three-quarters of respondents said they hate when other runners make it difficult to pass. And 71 percent of those asked get aggravated when people run too close to them.

The answers were not all bad though. Only 6 percent said that they prefer to ignore others when running. So at least most runners agree—a nod or a wave is the way to go.

Find out what the rest of the running pet peeves were in the gallery below.

RELATED: 8 Different Types Of Runners You Will Definitely Encounter

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