Competitor.com http://running.competitor.com Your Online Source for Running Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:46:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.2 http://running.competitor.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/3/files/2017/06/cropped-android-chrome-512x512-32x32.png Competitor.com http://running.competitor.com 32 32 Photos From The Rock ‘n’ Roll Montreal Half Marathon & 10K http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/photos/photos-rock-n-roll-montreal-2017_168507 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:20:28 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168507 This past Saturday and Sunday, over 20,000 runners from more than 50 countries took part Rock ‘n’ Roll Oasis Montreal race weekend.

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This past Saturday and Sunday, over 20,000 runners from more than 50 countries took part in four of the five Rock ‘n’ Roll Oasis Montreal Marathon and Half Marathon races (due to the marathon event being canceled because of the heat). A welcome surprise at the start line on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge this year: Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre gave the start of the race in collaboration with Olympic Gold Medalist Bruny Surin. The fact that participants can typically choose among five distances, the full and half marathons, 10K, 5K and 1K, in addition to a great selection of bands along the course explains the popularity of the event, which concluded its 27th edition this afternoon. This was also the year of newness, with a new course for the 5K race on Saturday, medal designs that were voted for by event fans themselves earlier this year, and the chance for runners to take part in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ Remix Challenge and earn exclusive medals for their collection. Daniel Gekara, from Kenya, was first to cross the finish line in one hour, 7 minutes and 56 seconds (1:07:56). The first woman to complete de 21.1 km race was Dehinet Jara, from Ethiopia, with a time of one hour and seventeen minutes (1:17:43).

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Book Your Flight! Tips For Running Your First International Marathon http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/races/running-first-international-marathon_161569 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:00:07 +0000 http://runhaven.lan/?p=11708 The marathon distance never changes, but there are plenty of differences in races when you travel to an international marathon.

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Since I started running six years ago, my race goals have become less about pace and personal bests. Instead it has become more about the experience of the race. I hardly run the same race twice, because with so many events in so many incredible locations, why repeat myself? For years, I’ve wanted to do an international marathon. My wallet, however, had other ideas and begged me to stay within driving distance.

Then a last minute gift graced my inbox—an all-expenses paid trip to run and cover the Jerusalem Marathon in March of 2015.  I said “Yes!” But immediately I began to wonder how running internationally would differ from running in the U.S. Sure, the details and logistics would depend on the host country, but what might be some overall contrasts? Moreover, how would I pack and prepare for a race that was nearly 7,000 miles away?

Now that the Jerusalem Marathon has come and gone and I am back at my desk in Colorado, here are my best tips for preparing for and running your first race abroad. (Yes, one international race makes me a pro.) I’ll also include some differences that I observed between racing stateside and in a foreign country.

Race Prep

Don’t expect an international marathon to be a PR race. You are likely to use the race as a day of sightseeing. Bring your camera along and meet people on the course from different countries. It is all part of the experience. I wore a SPIbelt to carry my camera and gels.

Although you might be anal about your pre-race eating rituals, be prepared to relax a bit. You are in a foreign country that has new and exciting foods. While you might not want to sample the spiciest and richest dishes available, don’t overly deprive yourself.

Keep drinking water. By nature, traveling dehydrates you. Make a special effort to carry water with you and keep guzzling. Check online for information about the safety of drinking the tap water in the country you are visiting.

On the flight over and back, get up and stretch as much as you can. Wear compression socks to keep your blood flowing. Traveling can sometimes cause major constipation (or the opposite!). Bring along your Tums, Maalox or whatever gets you through this type of thing.

Finally, do your research. Most marathons have websites showing elevation profiles, average temperatures, aid stations and other details. If you don’t want to experiment with what is available at “foreign” aid stations, bring your own fuel and hydration.

RELATED: A Look At Aid Stations Around the World

Some Differences to Keep in Mind

Your race outfit might be a bit different from others. In Jerusalem, for example, I was the only person I saw in a running skirt. Most women wore tights or shorts. Men wore very short shorts. There were few of the knee length, basketball style ones we see in the states. There were only a handful of women running in sports bras with no shirts. They were continually gawked at.

Do your research to find out what is available at the aid stations. In Jerusalem, the description of the aid stations boasted “isotonic” drink and gels. I did some research and found out “isotonic” was basically another way of describing an electrolyte drink. At the expo, I found out the gel on the course would be GU. What I did not anticipate were aid stations with hummus, raw veggies, pickles and coffee urns.

Another difference was the popularity of the race shirt. Nearly half of the runners wore their race shirts during the marathon. I have not found this to be true in the U.S. The website for the marathon encouraged runners to do this to promote unity amongst the athletes.

Porta-potties were in short supply. People at the start were finding bushes and even squatting right on the road. Along the route, there were signs pointing to public restrooms.

And what about mile markers? Well, there were none because they were all in kilometers! This should have been obvious, but was something that didn’t register with me until I was on the course. I was glad I had my Garmin to keep track of actual miles because my brain cannot do math while I run.

While I’ve highlighted some of the differences here, the overall experience did not feel at all foreign, and there were certainly more similarities than contrasts. Running is an incredible unifier of people regardless of age, ethnicity, culture, gender or race. We all feel fatigue, joy, thirst, frustration and triumph. And in the end, we all travel the same route and get the race done.

RELATED: 10 Fall Races That You Can Still Register For

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Warsaw Marathon Under Fire After Failing To Help Collapsed Runner http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/news/warsaw-marathon-collapsed-runner_168548 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:39:26 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168548 Recho Kosgei was leading the women's race at the Warsaw Marathon when she collapsed 800 meters from the finish and no one came to her aid.

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The organizers of the Warsaw Marathon are under fire after officials failed to help Kenyan Recho Kosgei after she collapsed 800 meters from the finish line.

Kosgei had nearly a three minute lead on the next competitor as she made her way towards the marathon finish. With only a half mile to go, she suddenly veered towards the side of the road and fell. Kosgei spent over two minutes struggling to stand up without any race officials, spectators or runners coming to her aid. Finally a runner in the men’s race, Marek Hladik of Slovakia, attempted to lift her off the road.

While Hladik attempted to help Kosgei, Ethiopian Bekelu Beji passed both of them, winning the race in 2:35:08. Kosgei received treatment by medical personnel for dehydration and did not complete the marathon. Hladik went on to finish 10th in the men’s race.

Many have taken to social media to criticize the marathon’s failure to help. Fellow Kenyan and 2012 Boston Marathon winner Wesley Korir tweeted that, “Although it’s illegal for race official to help a runner I think there comes a time when logic takes over.”

Journalist Saddique Shaban said that leaving Kosgei to struggle was “unacceptable negligence on the part of the organizers.” He continued that “Cases of athletes dying in road races, mostly amateurs, have been on a rise. But this was no amateur athlete.”

The Warsaw Marathon has yet to release a statement regarding the incident.

RELATED: Determined Marathoner Rolls Across Finish Line After Collapsing

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Charmin Offers “Mad Pooper” A Year’s Worth Of Toilet Paper http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/news/charmin-offers-mad-pooper-toilet-paper_168542 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:09:22 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168542 A few toilet paper companies have tweeted out that they'll supply the "mad pooper" with toilet paper if she turns herself in.

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Much like the whereabouts of D.B. Cooper, Tupac and the ending of “The Sopranos,” the identity of the “mad pooper” still remains a mystery.

Last week we brought you the story of the Colorado Springs, Colo., woman who, for reasons still unknown, continues to terrorize the Budde family by stopping on her runs to poop on their lawn. Consider this an update—or story No. 2.

A video about the mystery pooper appeared on YouTube over the weekend, in which a man claiming to be a “spokesperson” for the woman said she will remain anonymous. He added an apology, saying the woman had issues following a “TBI” (traumatic brain injury) which has led to mental instability and a lack of bowel control.

The validity of the video could not immediately be verified, though at least one Denver television reporter tweeted out the video.

A spokesman for the Colorado Springs Police Department said last week that while the viral story has humorous undertones, they are being sensitive to the fact that mental health could play a role.

According to the Budde family, in the original report, the woman has used their lawn at least seven weeks in a row despite public restrooms being available less than a block away.

Eager to squeeze out some publicity, at least two bathroom-centric companies have reached out to the mad pooper by way of social media, urging the woman to turn herself in.

Last week, toilet paper powerhouse Charmin offered the woman a year’s supply of toilet paper “to help with her ‘runs’” if she turned herself in.

 

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Squatty Potty (you might know this company from its viral ads of unicorns doing their business in rainbow form), tweeted that their product could help the mystery woman with her problems.

The story went viral last week after it was reported by local CBS affiliate KKTV in Colorado. And of course, the internet loves to dig into some sh… stuff like this. Twitter was ablaze with new nicknames for the woman … such as the Femme Fecale and Charmin San Diego.

The woman could face charges of indecent exposure and public defecation.

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

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Formerly Paralyzed Man Runs Napa Half With Driver Who Hit Him And Doctor http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/news/man-runs-napa-half-driver-hit-him-and-doctor_168502 Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:05:27 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168502 One year after being hit by a truck, Dean Otto recovered from temporary paralysis and ran a half marathon with the driver and his doctor.

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Sunday’s Napa Half was a big moment for Dean Otto, who one year ago was in the hospital suffering from temporary paralysis after being hit by a truck while cycling.

This weekend, he was joined by that same truck driver and the doctor who helped him recover out on the Napa Half Marathon course.

RELATED: This Paralyzed Athlete Is Out To Prove He Can Compete Again

According to the Napa Valley Register, Otto was on a bike ride in 2016 when he was accidentally hit from behind by 27-year-old Will Huffman in North Carolina; Huffman immediately tried to render aid but Otto knew his injuries were serious and knew to stay still.

“Doctors determined he had minimal sensory function below the waist and a CT scan revealed that his spinal column was crushed inward,” the paper reports. “He also had a broken pelvis, a broken tailbone, a broken leg and several broken ribs.”

Matthew McGirt, MD, a neurosurgeon, performed surgery and just one day after recovery, Otto made a bet: If he could wiggle his big toe, Dr. McGirt would have to run a half marathon alongside him. Otto obviously won that bet.

He knew that learning to walk again would be a battle and wanting to heal emotionally, as well, he met with Huffman and forgave him.

“He was there by my side – there to aid me,” Otto said of Huffman. “He didn’t run off and hide. He did the honorable thing.”

As they formed a friendship, Huffman decided to join Otto and McGirt in their race and they chose the Napa Half Marathon for its date one year after the accident.

RELATED: Paralyzed Woman Makes Marathon History

People have been so inspired by Otto’s story and the mens’ journey to a half marathon that they even were guests on Ellen and will soon be featured on The Today Show.

The trio finished the race in just under two hours and can be seen finishing side-by-side-by-side in a video shared on Facebook.

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Kipchoge Wins But No World Record At 2017 Berlin Marathon http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/news/berlin-marathon-kipchoge-2017_168492 Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:49:53 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168492 Rainy, humid conditions kept runners off world record pace, but veteran Eliud Kipchoge and rookie Guye Adola kept the race exciting.

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A world record didn’t fall this morning at the Berlin Marathon. However Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya and Guy Adola of Ethiopia kept the race exciting, battling back and forth until the very end. It was the veteran Kipchoge who finished first in 2:03:32, 35 seconds off of Dennis Kimmetto’s world record of 2:02:57, set at the 2014 Berlin Marathon. It was the 6th fastest time ever run in Berlin. Adola, in his first marathon, finished second in 2:03:46, the quickest debut time ever. Felix Kandie was a distant third in 2:06:12.

Two of the favorites to chase the world record did not factor into the race. Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang, who finished second last year, dropped out of the race at 30K. Last year’s champion, Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, left the course soon after. This left Kipchoge and Adola running shoulder to shoulder for much of the end of the race. Adola threw in surges around 37K but Kipchoge took the lead at 40K and never looked back. The rainy and humid weather kept both runners slightly off world record pace.

The last two years have been filled with breakout performances from Kipchoge. In 2016, he won the London Marathon and the Rio Olympic Marathon. In May, he ran a spectacular 2:00:25 at Nike’s Breaking2 event, although that time did not count as a world record due to the controlled conditions.

A speedy 10,000-meter and half marathoner, 26-year-old Adola could now be a new force in the marathon distance. Although he had to settle for second, Adola’s marathon debut is now the 8th fastest Berlin Marathon time ever ran.

In the women’s race, Gladys Cherono of Kenya surged ahead of the pack to finish in 2:20:21, winning her second Berlin Marathon. Ruti Aga of Ethiopia was second in 2:20:41 and Valary Aiyabei of Kenya is third with 2:20:53.

The next World Marathon Major on the calendar is the Chicago Marathon, taking place on October 8.

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What The Editors Can’t Run Without http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/news/editors-cant-run-without-september_168446 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:00:20 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168446 Check out the running gear the editors can't run without for the month of September and psst...there's a discount code in here!

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These are the running items we absolutely cannot run without. Whether it’s a pair of shorts that make you feel faster or a watch that makes training easier, these are the items that help make us go. See what the editor’s running gear picks are for this month.

RELATED: What Amy Cragg Can’t Run Without

LeftLane Sports—Coupon Code Hex Performance Advanced Single Dose Detergent—Free + Clear Brooks Levitate Under Armour Athlete Recovery Sleep Pants Kashi GoLean Plant Powered Shakes in Dark Cocoa Power CEP Men's Dynamic + Outdoor Light Merino Low-Cut Socks ASICS Dynamis The North Face Men's Ambition Short Sleeve

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Could The Secret Weapon Of Pro Athletes Help Keep Runners Healthy? http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/gear/theragun-secret-weapon_168449 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:42:13 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168449 The TheraGun is a new handheld vibration therapy tool that pro athletes are using. But could this be a new secret weapon for runners?

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During last year’s NBA Finals, the camera cut to Kyrie Irving on the sidelines. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard was having his back worked on by one of the team’s trainers. What made this typical mid-game act so memorable was the mysterious tool the trainer was using. Many claimed it looked like an egg beater or a power tool. Of course the internet was abuzz.

Those few seconds were a big moment for Dr. Jason Wersland, D.C., a sports chiropractic physician and inventor of the TheraGun. The tool, which Irving was using to help reduce cramping, is a method of handheld vibration therapy. It’s also the secret weapon of athletes in every major professional sport. Now Dr. Wersland wants to get his tool into the hands of more endurance athletes.

RELATED: The Four Best Types Of Massage For Runners

After a motorcycle accident caused a disc herniation and intense pain, Dr. Wersland wanted to create an effective home treatment to aid in muscle recovery. He spent eight years developing what would eventually become the G1, the brand’s first model.

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In July, Dr. Wersland debuted the G2PRO. He made the device easier to use with a simple on/off switch, battery life indicators and a variety of attachments, which he calls AmpBIT, to treat different conditions. The therapy gun also comes with two batteries, which hold around 45 minutes of use, and a charger. While Irving is lucky enough to have a trainer help him, the TheraGun is comfortable and easy to use on yourself.

“This is vibration therapy,” explained Dr. Wersland. “Vibration therapy turns off the pain signals, so you’re not experiencing discomfort. So now you can get deeper into the tissue and release a lot of lactic acid.”

He advises athletes to use the device in three different ways: prepare, perform and recover. To prepare for activity, the TheraGun is meant to be paired with a typical warm-up to loosen muscles. Runners can use the gun either before or after dynamic stretches.

“Prepare is 2-3 minutes on a body part. It’s not an extended period of time. It’s just a short quick burst, ” says Dr. Wersland.

Many athletes use the TheraGun in the middle of performance. Dr. Wersland recommends 30-45 second bursts on muscles needing relief from tightness and cramping. While this may not be realistic for a runner mid-race, many triathletes use the device during their transitions.

RELATED: Video—The Benefits Of Massage For Runners

“When you increase the blood flow to an area with a cramp and introduce vibration, it stops immediately,” says Dr. Wersland.

Finally recovery is meant to relax the muscles after performance. A minimum of 5-6 minutes can help to decrease lactic acid buildup, increase blood flow to the muscles and break down scar tissue. Some athletes use it for 15-20 minutes as a massage therapy.

For all the TheraGun does, it is not cheap. The G2Pro retails for $599. The upfront cost may be significant, but the treatment could help to defer the cost of injury. Although the TheraGun doesn’t replace visits to physical or massage therapists, regular use can extend the time between treatments. Most of all, it can work muscles better and with less pain than any other home treatment.

“This is the very best foam roller ever,” says Dr. Wersland.

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8 Foods Ideal For Runners To Grill Up This Weekend http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/nutrition/8-foods-ideal-runners-grill-up-this-weekend_168421 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:49:31 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168421 Fire up the grill—or grab a grill pan—and mix and match these eight foods that have extra nutrition and benefits for runners.

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Warm weather is still here and with both college and NFL football underway there is a good chance you will be spending some time outdoors this weekend. Whether you are tailgating at a stadium or in your own backyard, there is also a good chance that a grill will be involved—and we’ve got some culinary inspiration for you.

Grilling doesn’t have to be limited to hamburgers and hotdogs! We talked to two dietitians—sports dietitian Ellen Davis, RD, CSSD, LD and Erin Thole, MS, MBA, RDN, CSSD, LDN—to help you put a healthy spin on this weekend’s grub to not only help you get creative, but also make sure you are getting nutrients to power your weekend.

In need of some grilling tips? First, invest in a good thermometer. “When preparing different cuts of meat or seafood on the grill, utilize a meat thermometer to ensure minimum internal temperatures have been met to reduce the risk for food borne illness,” urges Davis.

Second, pay extra attention to the cut of meat when grilling. “If you are grilling a fatty piece of meat be mindful that the fat drippings can cause flame flare up that creates smoke and carcinogens,” adds Thole. “Rather, grill lean cuts of meat to reduce smoke flare ups.”

RELATED: 3 Tips For Juicy Grilled Chicken Breasts

Don’t have a grill or sufficient outdoor space? No problem! You can invest in a cast iron grill pan, which will work, too! You don’t have to be left out of the fun.

Now, plan your feast with these meats, seafoods and vegetables that you can grill up this weekend.

SALMON CHICKEN BEEF TENDERLOIN SWEET POTATOES BROCCOLI BELL PEPPER EGGPLANT ASPARAGUS

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Berlin Marathon Blocking Media From Parliament During Election http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/news/berlin-marathon-blocking-media-parliament-election_168434 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:45:03 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168434 Roughly seven media outlets have been barred from setting up in front of the German parliament building due to the Berlin Marathon.

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Photo: Kenenisa Bekele winning the 2016 Berlin Marathon (PhotoRun.net)

This Sunday marks the 44th annual Berlin Marathon—one of the World Marathon Majors—and has running fans around the world on the edge of their seats to see if the world record for fastest marathon will, in fact, be broken.

RELATED: How To Watch The World Record Attempt At The Berlin Marathon

Sunday is also the German federal election, where ultimately the country’s Chancellor will be determined. As Berlin is the capital of Germany, it is also home to its parliament building, and it just so happens that the Berlin Marathon course passes quite close to the building.

According to Politico, this is causing a problem for local media. With limited space available in front of the parliament building due to the race, they are reporting that some media outlets have been barred from the area. A supposed seven outlets are being affected and must set up their satellite vehicles about a half-mile away.

“We’re talking about a federal election here,” the German journalists’ association (DJV) spokesman Hendrik Zörner told Politico.

It isn’t reported whether those satellite vehicles will be allowed to relocate after the marathon course has closed.

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Now You Can Buy Genetic Testing Kits At The Pharmacy http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/news/now-can-buy-genetic-testing-kits-pharmacy_168416 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:39:10 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168416 This summer, select CVS Pharmacy locations began stocking genetic testing kits on their shelves.

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If you live near a CVS Pharmacy you may have noticed something new on the shelves this summer: genetic testing kits. Yes, you read that right. Now offered in select locations (due to state regulations kits are not currently available in New York or Maryland) you can pick up your prescription, grab a greeting card and even leave the store with a way to find out what you’re genetically predisposed to, as well.

RELATED: Your DNA Can Hold The Key To The Perfect Training Strategy

In addition to the popular 23andMe® DNA Test Kit, which checks both ancestry and genetic traits, there are four new tests that have been added to their inventory, two of which will appeal specifically to runners. Besides the two DNA Diagnostics Center® HomeDNA™ Skin Care and Pathway Genomics® SkinIQ™ tests, which both focus on skin health, athletes in particular may gravitate toward two weight- and nutrition-specific tests.

The first is called the DNA Diagnostics Center® HomeDNA™ Healthy Weight, which looks at over 100 genetic markers associated with weight and nutrition. Ultimately, this test provides tailored diet and exercise recommendations with the genetic results. Second is the Pathway Genomics® FitIQ,  which can give you insight as to how your body processes sugars, fats, nutrients and vitamins. Based on those results, you’ll receive actionable recommendations from experts—scientists, doctors, nutritionists—for maintaining a healthy weight and overall lifestyle.

RELATED: Genetic Insight Into Athletic Injuries

These new tests hit shelves this past July and reinforce the ever-growing popularity of genetic tests aimed toward helping individuals make better choices toward their health and fitness. The added bonus of these tests is that you don’t have to wait for a kit to be mailed to you; you simply can pop into your local CVS Pharmacy and pick it up as you run errands. Now genetic testing is becoming even easier.

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7 Laws You Might Be Breaking On Your Run http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/funny/7-laws-breaking-run_168404 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:54:06 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168404 You could be breaking laws on your run and not even know it. Here are seven mid-run activities that are illegal in certain states.

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My running partner and I were mid-chat during our long run this weekend when we were stopped by a police officer. Our offense? Crossing the street when the light was red. Thankfully, he let us off with a warning, but it got me thinking—what else am I doing that’s illegal? Everything varies by state and city, but here are some interesting laws you might be breaking (unknowingly) on your run:

Jaywalking

This is defined differently depending on the state. But in general, jaywalking laws require that pedestrians obey traffic control signals unless otherwise instructed by law enforcement. FindLaw explains that beginning to cross the street at an intersection with a “Don’t Walk” sign flashing would violate jaywalking laws. Many states require that pedestrians cross only at crosswalks, which can be designated by white lines or can be unmarked. An unmarked crosswalk is simply an area around 10 to 15 feet wide between two adjacent street corners.

Some state and local laws allow pedestrians to cross certain streets outside of a crosswalk. Others require pedestrians to yield to any vehicles when doing so. Generally, pedestrian traffic rules require that pedestrians yield to motorists any time they are outside of a crosswalk. Many local jaywalking laws forbid crossing an intersection diagonally, unless traffic signals specifically allow diagonal crossing. Many jaywalking laws forbid walking in the street when a sidewalk is available. Disregarding signs or barricades put up to guide pedestrians also constitutes jaywalking.

Tossing your garbage in someone’s trashcan (or on the ground)

Again, this law varies by city, but in many cases you can’t throw out your trash in someone else’s bin. According to Seattle 911, a police and crime blog, “No person shall throw, discard, or deposit litter on any street, sidewalk, or other public property within the City, on any private property within the City and not owned by the person, or in or upon any body of water within the jurisdiction of the City, whether from a vehicle or otherwise.”

Public urination

Urinating in public is illegal in every state. According to CriminalDefenseLawyer.com, violations of local ordinances are generally punishable by fines, community service or both. Local governments set the amounts of the fines. A typical fine might be from $50 to $500, depending on the circumstances.

Spitting

Think twice before hocking that loogie. According to the Massachusessets Legislature website, “Whoever expectorates or spits upon any public sidewalk, or upon any place used exclusively or principally by pedestrians, or, except in receptacles provided for the purpose, in or upon any part of any city … shall be punished by a fine of not more than twenty dollars.”

Running on the wrong side of the road

According to Alaska law, “where a sidewalk is not available, a pedestrian walking upon a highway shall walk on a shoulder as far as practicable from the edge of the roadway. Where neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder is available, a pedestrian walking on a highway shall walk as near as practicable to the outside edge of the highway and, if walking along a two-way roadway, shall walk only on the left side of the roadway. No pedestrian may walk on a controlled-access highway except in an emergency.”

In Washington state, “Where sidewalks are not provided … move only on the left side of the roadway or its shoulder facing traffic which may approach from the opposite direction and upon meeting an oncoming vehicle shall move clear of the roadway.”

Running in the street when there are sidewalks

In Washington, D.C., “Where sidewalks are provided, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway,” BeStreetSmart.net reports.

Running at night (if you’re younger than 18)

In many cities, there are curfew laws in place to “prohibit or limit your right to be out in public at certain times and are intended to maintain a certain level of order and safety in public spaces,” FindLaw reports. Most curfew laws apply only to those under the age of 18. Other curfew laws are enacted temporarily in response to a natural disaster or civil disturbance.

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

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3 Apps Helping Runners Stay Connected And Inspired http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/shoes-and-gear/3-apps-helping-runners-stay-connected-inspired_168344 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:09:16 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168344 These three apps are making it easy for runners to keep up with each others' progress, find new running spots and even have GIF wars.

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Staying current with fellow runners has never been easier. Whether you are looking for a new running crew or already have a steady group, these three apps can help you fi nd workouts, training partners and trails both close to home and when you’re on the road.

RELATED: 3 Apps That Help Runners Stay Mentally Strong

STRAVA

This social network for athletes has recently rolled out new features to help users find others and stay connected. Runners in search of some company can easily locate a group in their area through the app’s club search. Those clubs can post announcements, share routes, create events and send out other content to their members’ Strava feed. And if you run by someone who looks like a potential new training partner, you can always try to find out who they are by using the service’s Flyby feature.
Free, iPhone and Android; premium membership is $8/month or $60/year.

ALLTRAILS

If your running group is tired of meeting at the same places, it is time to try this app to search by location for new-to-you trails. Each trail has a detailed map, difficulty ranking, directions to the trailhead, photos and reviews by fellow users. You can share the map with your running group via text, email or Instagram. You can also follow other AllTrails users to view their favorites and see where they’ve recently run. Like most apps, expect updates, rollouts and additional features in the coming months to increase usability.
Free, iPhone and Android; pro membership is $30/year.

RELATED: Can Social Running Hurt Your Training?

SLACK

Instead of resorting to endless text messages or countless email chains to make plans, many runners are turning to Slack. The messaging app has been mostly used to easily communicate in work environments. But some runners have created private channels to keep in touch with a running group. Share the details of your next run, drop in a link to a race or discuss that last workout—all in a place that is invite-only. And let’s face it, Giphy wars are the best!
Free, iPhone and Android.

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How To Watch The World Record Attempt At The Berlin Marathon http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/news/berlin-world-record-attempt_168401 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:59:29 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168401 Three of the most talented marathoners will be vying for to break the world record at this Sunday's Berlin Marathon. Here is how to watch.

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Photo: 2014 Berlin Marathon by PhotoRun.net

Update: Coverage of Kipchoge’s win at the Berlin Marathon

The Berlin Marathon takes place on Sunday, September 24. The flat and fast course has produced the fastest marathon times ever. With three of the most talented distance runners lining up at the start, this year should be no exception.

How To Watch

In the United States, the Berlin Marathon will be shown live on NBCSN and their streaming service NBC Sports Gold. Coverage starts at 2:30 a.m. EST on the app and 3:00 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/marathon season.

Flotrack Pro will also be streaming the event in over 100 countries. Their app can be broadcast on Roku and Apple TV. You can also stream the marathon from their website. Flotrack Pro is available for $30 per month or $150 for the entire year.

Who Is Running?

Oh just three of the fastest marathoners of all time.

After running 2:00:25 at Nike’s Breaking2 event, Eliud Kipchoge is hungry for a world record. If his past two years of marathon performances are any indication, he is the runner to beat. Kipchoge won the 2016 London Marathon in 2:03:05. He followed that race with a win at the 2016 Rio Olympic Marathon. His Breaking2 time, run in May of this year, did not count as an world record due to the controlled conditions, so Kipchoge is looking to make it official in Berlin. He has won Berlin twice, running 2:04:05 in 2013 and 2:04:00 in 2015.

Also in the hunt are Kenesia Bekele and Wilson Kipsang, who finished first and second in last year’s race. Bekele’s winning time of 2:03:00 is the second fastest marathon time ever. Kipsang was right behind in 2:03:13. In fact Kipsang has run three of the eight fastest marathon times ever recorded—two of them in Berlin.

The current world record is 2:02:57, set in 2014 by Dennis Kimetto at—you guessed it—the Berlin Marathon.

Related: Breaking2 Falls Short Of Goal, But Still Delivers A Record

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Spartan Race Series Is Heading To Iceland For Their World Championship http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/news/spartan-world-champs-iceland_168392 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:53:53 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168392 To add a challenge to obstacle racers, Spartan Race Series will be holding their world championships in Iceland in the middle of December.

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Fans of the Spartan events series might want to start planning for the ultimate race-cation. The world’s largest obstacle race has announced that Iceland will be the destination of its Ultra World Championships. The races will take place December 14-17 outside Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik.

Besides the challenging obstacles, racers will also have to contend with frozen weather and lack of light. A typical day in December only averages four hours of sunlight. However, the glow of Aurora Borealis will light the way for participants.

Obstacle racers who want to travel Iceland to participate can choose between three different race options: the Sprint, the Ultra World Championships and the Agoge.

RELATED: Photos—2016 Spartan Race World Championships In Lake Tahoe

The Sprint race is a five mile course filled with 20 obstacles. This will be the only event to take place exclusively during Iceland’s brief daylight hours.

The Ultra World Championships is much more competitive than a typical obstacle race. The athletes participating in the global championship will be strictly timed, ranked and officiated. Racers have 24-hours to complete the five mile course as many times as possible. Athletes have the choice to compete individually or as part of a four person team. Individuals have to complete at least 26.2 miles, while the minimum distance for a team is six laps.

Finally the Agoge is for those truly crazy obstacle racers who want to add an extra challenge to their World Championship race. This race is 60-hours of elite military-style challenges. Only 100 participants can compete in this all-weekend event.

RELATED: Photos—Spartan Race’s Challenging Obstacles

In addition to the races, Spartan will be hosting a 24-hour indoor festival. Racers and their guests will be treated to plenty of fire, ice and drums. There will be entertainment throughout the weekend.

“We’re serious about epic endurance racing, so we’re turning Iceland up full volume,” said Spartan CEO and Founder Joe De Sena. “…This is an ultimate destination weekend for Spartans across the globe. Keep in mind though, it’s the Icelandic wilderness in December, anything can and will happen.”

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Here’s The National Geographic Breaking2 Documentary You’ve Been Waiting For http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/news/national-geographic-breaking2-documentary_168398 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:50:30 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168398 National Geographic followed the three world-class marathoners in Italy as they worked to reach the sub-2-hour marathon barrier.

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Last night, National Geographic aired their Breaking2 Documentary, where they followed the journey of champions Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea as they worked to beat the 2-hour marathon barrier.

The runners were joined in Italy by an elite group of physiologists and were outfitted with custom shoes from Nike, all to strive for perfect race day conditions and performance.

National Geographic has now made the documentary available online and you can watch the entire fascinating journey in the video above.

RELATED: Nike’s Breaking2 Falls Short Of Its Goal, But Still Delivers A Record

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Fenway Park Marathon Raises $320,000 For The Red Sox Foundation http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/news/fenway-park-marathon-raises-320000-red-sox-foundation_168383 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:32:01 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168383 Boston Marathon Director Dave McGillivray was joined by 49 other runners at the first ever Fenway Park Marathon to raise money for charity.

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Last week, 50 athletes from 12 different states took to the bases and completed the 116 laps around Fenway Park to complete the inaugural Fenway Park Marathon. The race is believed to be the first marathon ever held entirely within a major league ballpark.

The 26.2-mile course inside the famed ballpark took runners around the perimeter of the outfield warning track in a counter-clockwise direction. Registration filled in less than two weeks and was limited to 50 entrants, which included Dave McGillivray, the director of the race who also directs the Boston Marathon.

RELATED: Dave McGillivray And Fenway Park To Host 116-Lap Marathon

Each athlete raised a minimum of $5,000 to receive their bib, with proceeds going to the Red Sox Foundation, the official charity of the Boston Red Sox that primarily focuses on youth programming and cancer research.

You’re probably used to seeing Michael Wardian’s name at the top of race results and the Fenway Park Marathon was no exception. Wardian, of Arlington, Va., won the race with a time of 2:53:45 (and even managed to high-five his kids every lap). The first woman to finish was Frances Kilmczak of Collinsville, Conn. with a time of 3:57:46.

RELATED: Michael Wardian Tells How He Shattered The World Marathon Challenge Time Record

McGillivray is no stranger to Fenway Park—he has run into it during endurance runs five times—and has produced events with his company, DMSE Sports, at the park. He has dreamt of making the Fenway Park Marathon a reality since 2004 and hopes to make it an annual event.

“For me, the monotony of running around and around NEVER ONCE happened…never…it was just so exciting to be in the moment. It rained a few times and poured once and as uncomfortable as that was, it just added another element of challenge to it that we will never forget,” said McGillivray in a press release.

He added, “Watching Michael Wardian blow by us every few laps was both inspiring and depressing (ha) but he was so gracious cheering the rest of us along as he ran around us every time—he had to have run 30-miles. Most everyone’s times were relatively slower than expected only because we know we ALL ran further than a marathon—most of us ran 27.5 miles or more given all the laps and passing on the outside. But, no one cared—we were all just so glad to be able to be there and do this.”

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What It’s Like To Run In A War Zone http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/running/running-war-zone_161464 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:21:34 +0000 http://runhaven.lan/?p=4865 Many of us go through obstacles in order to run—but have you trained in a war zone?

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We are all aware of the various conflicts (wars) around the globe. I was present in post-war Kosovo for several years, as well as Afghanistan for a little over a year and a half. I am a long time intermittent runner—as opposed to a long distance runner. In each of these environments, I found down time to sneak in a few runs. However, there are some challenges unique to each location most people wouldn’t know about unless experienced firsthand. Here is what it is like to run in a war zone.

Kosovo

In 2002, Kosovo was making a comeback from the third war fought in the region in a decade. The roads were rough, the electricity intermittent and quality running routes were scarce. A few weeks after arriving, I decided that my physical fitness needed some work. The option of running in Mitrovica, touted as the most dangerous city in the world, was not embraced enthusiastically. A local showed me the football stadium near the Ibar River with a track surrounding the field. This became my haven for the next few months.

I was armed and had to be constantly armed. Originally I tried a fanny pack to carry a pistol but found it slapped against my body while running and constantly wiggled down my waistline. I later acquired a chest harness to carry my weapon, cellphone and a can of pepper spray. I only ever used a cell phone. Thankfully the rest stayed in the pouch, but I never ran without it. Ever.

To make it worse, I found it necessary to carry a hydration system because the climate in Kosovo is mountainous and dry. Three liters in a backpack was enough to stay hydrated during typical 3-mile run. On the upside, it did help to offset the weights of the chest pack for the previously mentioned weapon.

Pristina

Later, I was assigned to the capitol city of Pristina, where I was forced to run on a treadmill due to a dense population, high vehicle traffic, and the absence of a track. While the treadmill kept me off of the rugged terrain and away from the hostiles, entirely safe it was not. A power outage occurred while I was running at an 8-minute mile. I slammed my groin into the control panel which was very painful at that speed. This happened more than once a week. I am a slow learner.

After I run, I like to shower for obvious hygienic purposes. This too proved challenging. The water shut off at night and did not return until the morning. When repairs were made on the plumbing, the water would be off during the entire day, and sometimes for a week or more. Bathing with baby wipes and bottled water was necessary, but not very pleasing.

Afghanistan

Afghanistan also proved challenging. Running off base was impossible, as there was an active shooting war going on. Treadmills and helipads were my only running options. Running on the grocery belt (treadmill) compromised 95 percent of my Afghanistan endurance activity. There was a big screen TV in front of the bank of treadmills for viewing eastern and middle-eastern programming. Some of it was even in English. I preferred to listen to MP3s. Helipads got me outside but were prone to helicopters landing (as designed). This usually means inhaling a pound or two of dust in a given run.

All in all, running abroad has been challenging, enlightening and rewarding. I am a runner, and I am going to find a way to get in my miles, no matter what. I found with a little planning, and a lot of persistence, I can run just about anywhere. In fact, I have.

RELATED: Military Veteran Shares The Significance Of The Marine Corps Marathon

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Portland Parks Foundation Crowdfunding For Wildwood Trail Footbridge http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/trail-running/portland-parks-foundation-crowdfunding-wildwood-trail-footbridge_168386 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:56:27 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168386 The Portland Parks Foundation is working to improve the safety for both pedestrians and vehicles with a footbridge on the Wildwood Trail.

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Wildwood Trail in Portland, Ore., stretches for roughly 30 miles and is part of Forest Park in the northwest part of the city. The trail is a favorite spot of trail runners and hikers alike—it is designated by the Secretary of the Interior as a National Recreation Trail—and 96 percent of the trail is runnable. However, there is one issue: West Burnside Street.

RELATED: Trail Of The Week—Wildwood Trail In Portland, Oregon

That street is what has led the Portland Parks Foundation to already raise $2.3 million for the addition of a footbridge, which will pass over West Burnside Street. Right now, the trail crosses right over the street and with its 40 mph speed limit, it has been labeled a problem by local transportation authorities (as far back as 20 years ago). In fact, it is estimated that over 80,000 runners, hikers, walkers and schoolchildren navigate this crossing each year and as many as 20,000 cars flash past each day.

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The working budget for the footbridge is 2.5 million, though that number won’t be finalized until the end of 2018. The Portland Parks Foundation hopes to start construction on the footbridge next year. It will be 18 feet high and 190 feet long and was designed by Pacific Northwest artist Ed Carpenter. It was designed with the aesthetic of the local flora and fauna in mind to provide runners and hikers a continuous connection with nature.

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The crowdfunding campaign began September 20 and is now live at oregonskitchentable.org.

RELATED: 5 Places To Run In Portland

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Heat Forces Cancellation Of Rock ‘n’ Roll Montreal Marathon And Pushes Half And 10K One Hour Earlier http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/rock-n-roll-marathon-series/heat-forces-cancelation-of-rock-n-roll-montreal-marathon_168373 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:28:45 +0000 http://running.competitor.com/?p=168373 Due to unsafe weather conditions expected in Montreal, Rock 'n' Roll race officials have made the decision to cancel the full marathon.

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A spokesman for Competitor Group Inc., which owns the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series, said the company has made the decision to cancel this weekend’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Montreal due to unsafe weather conditions.

The half marathon and 10K races will still take place Sunday morning, though the start time for the half marathon will be one hour earlier at 7:30 a.m. The 5K and 1K kids run remain scheduled as planned for Saturday.

Unseasonably warm weather is expected to bring temperatures in the high 80s and 93 percent humidity Sunday morning. Rock ‘n’ Roll organizers, in conjunction with Montreal city officials, deemed it unsafe to hold the 26.2-mile race. Citing the American College of Sports Medicine’s heat and humidity guidelines, both parties agreed a cancelation of the full marathon was in the best interest of participants.

“This is something we’re doing for the safety of runners,” says Alex Bennett, vice president of events for CGI. “We work closely with the city and our medical providers to get a consensus and we believe we’re doing what’s right for the city and the people. We take all of this input very seriously.”

Runners who are signed up for the marathon have the option to run the half marathon, take a refund or have their entry fee applied to a future Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon race.

The two-day event helps celebrate Montreal’s 375th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of Canada. In what can only be described as an act of irony, Canadian rockers “Moist” will headline the concert.

“Our number one priority this race weekend is the safety of all participants,” says Louis Malafarina, the event’s race director. “While we are deeply disappointed to have to cancel the 42.2 km distance, we do so knowing it is in the best interests of participant safety.”

Running in excessively hot temperatures can cause heat cramps, dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Here are some tips for tackling hot-weather running.

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