How Eliud Kipchoge Made The Chicago Marathon Easy To Watch

We get caught up in records, but there's a lot to be said for style. This is especially true in the marathon, dominated by images of fatigue, frozen faces, bleeding nipples, crap-streaked legs, and claw-rigged arms—and those are just the spectators. The visible degradation over 26.2 miles from athlete to decayed but… » 10/17/14 5:59pm Friday 5:59pm

How To Race 26.2 Miles, Chicago-Style

Some of the most exciting moments in marathon racing have happened in Chicago. Not sure why Chicago. Maybe it's because the Chicago Marathon has the financial means to lure big talent with borderline crazy fearlessness—the ingredients of epic races. Maybe, it's because Chicago's infamous weather adds an extra brick… » 10/17/14 12:01am Friday 12:01am

High School Runner Breaks Leg, Crawls To Finish

Connor Callihan, a high school student in Asheville, N.C., had been feeling pain in his lower leg all weekend, but he thought it was probably nothing. And so the junior went out to compete in the Mountain Athletic Conference championships on Monday, where just before the finish his tibia snapped in three places,… » 10/16/14 6:01am Thursday 6:01am

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Sued For Exploiting Volunteers [Update]

Competitor Group, Inc., which owns the nationwide Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon series, has had a class-action suit brought against it for an alleged violation of federal and state labor practices. The plaintiff claims she and others across the country volunteered because they thought CGI was a… » 10/15/14 3:06pm Wednesday 3:06pm

U.S. Champ Tyler Pennel Tells You How To Not Fuck Up Your First Marathon

Prior to Sunday, Tyler Pennel had never run a marathon. In fact, to prepare for 26.2 miles, the farthest the 26-year-old North Carolina resident had run was 23 miles in training. Didn't matter. Against some of the best (and almost certainly more experienced) runners in the country, Pennel didn't flinch or stumble in… » 10/10/14 6:12am 10/10/14 6:12am

Endurance Is Booming, But Has Leadville Trail 100 Gone Too Far?

Harrison Avenue in Leadville, Colo., is as quirky and canted and laid-back as any mountain town main drag. The commerce here is of the kitschy variety you find in ex-boom towns—antique stores, gem shops, ice cream parlors—except for an August weekend every year when the intersection of Harrison and 6th Street becomes… » 10/10/14 12:00am 10/10/14 12:00am

Can The Chicago Marathon Get Back In The World-Record Game?

Man, it's rough work to make a world record happen in the marathon. Dennis Kimetto's freshly minted 2:02:57 took a whopping 26 seconds off the previous mark, but think about it—that relatively large improvement works out to a blink per mile, one step in a pothole, a hamstring twinge, a gust of wind. The variables are… » 10/09/14 1:10pm 10/09/14 1:10pm

IAAF, IOC: Indian Woman Not Woman Enough To Compete In Track

Approaching the 2014 Commonwealth Games in July, India announced that it had pared the provisional list of its national track and field team from 41 to 32. Six of the athletes cut were from the men's 4-by-100 relay team, which was complete crap; another was a controversial triple jumper. But only after prodding by the… » 10/07/14 10:40am 10/07/14 10:40am

The Guys Who Helped Make The Marathon World Record Happen

Kenyan farmer-turned-world-record-holder Dennis Kimetto crossed the Berlin Marathon finish line alone, in an astounding 2 hours 2 minutes and 57 seconds. But in this instance, as in others that press hard against the limits of endurance, it was a team effort, with a cadre of sherpas doing the heavy lifting to put one… » 9/30/14 12:00am 9/30/14 12:00am