Cyclists' Squirt-Gun Attack On PedalPub Cops Results In Six Arrests

The Minneapolis version of a biker brawl involved some cyclists, three PedalPubs, squirt guns, and water balloons, but the results were, in their way, nearly as disquieting as the Waco incident—the thin veneer of society cracked like a cranium under a billy club. It seems Minnesota nice ends when you hoist your… » 5/26/15 4:15pm Tuesday 4:15pm

Why Was Justin Gatlin "Kicked Out" Of Beijing?

American sprinter Justin Gatlin claims he was told “you better leave” Beijing by organizers of the Beijing World Challenge track meet on Monday night, ahead of today’s event. The 100-meter man, who’d just dashed to a personal best at the advanced fast-twitch age of 33, and clocked the world’s ninth fastest straightway… » 5/20/15 1:40pm 5/20/15 1:40pm

Science Offers The Stubbornly Unfit Great Big Nothing

Once again, science has proven something we knew in our nonresponsive hearts to be true, and once again, that science has proven to be a bummer. A dumber bummer. The New York Times has a habit of writing about scientific studies whose sole revelation is that such a breathtakingly pointless investigation received … » 5/01/15 6:48pm 5/01/15 6:48pm

Why The 800 Comes Down To Hunters And The Hunted

Sprinters, all bumpy with muscles, pressure packed—my god, you could bounce a dime off of any appendage and get two cents change—take to the track for the 800 meters. They saunter, super chill. The lankier mid-distance runners come out too, on the same track, at the same time, lean and prancing, wind sprinting,… » 4/24/15 11:00am 4/24/15 11:00am

Boston Marathon Winner Takes Lead Just Yards From Finish

Kenyan Caroline Rotich battled with Mare Dibaba over the last quarter mile to reach the finish steps ahead of the Ethiopian to win the Boston Marathon with an unofficial time of 2:24:55. Dibaba crossed the line just four seconds later. The full-out sprint made for the sixth-closest women’s finish in history. » 4/20/15 12:47pm 4/20/15 12:47pm

Who's Actually Doing The Donating At Your Local Charity Run?

It's the last part of the tongue-twisting "Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh Marathon & 1/2 Marathon presented by WRAL benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Research" that's sticking in the craw of copy editor, writer and avid marathoner R.L. Bynum. The phrase "benefiting The V Foundation" is part of the event's name: it's… » 4/16/15 11:01am 4/16/15 11:01am

An Exercise Physiologist Explains Why 800 Meters Hurts Like The Devil

It's the first high school track meet of the season. Boys who have completed no warm-up whatsoever other than to wrestle over the last Reeses peanut butter cup stand, hands dangling like heavy weights, near the start line of the JV 800 meter run. Long of shin and weak of chin, they're inanimate, forcing the starter to… » 4/01/15 12:35pm 4/01/15 12:35pm

Meet The World-Class Runner Who's Also A Maasai Warrior

Kenyan fastman David Rudisha, above, seems to be the ultimate modern speed machine—upholstered in aerodynamic, wicking fabrics, branded, nano-shod. The latest science informs his training, nutrition and recovery. A multi-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist, he's broken the world record at 800 meters three… » 3/23/15 1:41pm 3/23/15 1:41pm

Nine Surprises From Unlikely U.S. Marathon Champ Blake Russell

Twenty miles is considered the psychological halfway point in a marathon—quads and hammies are starting to rig, feet are swollen and pulpy, raw skin stings from salty sweat, bodily systems send increasingly frequent and frantic cease-and-desist messages to the brain. The remaining 6.2 miles require at least as much… » 3/17/15 1:31pm 3/17/15 1:31pm

Only In LA: Cooling Buses Will Help Marathoners Chill

Headache? Dizziness? Excessive sweating? These are symptoms of being, or channeling, LA Marathon director Tracey Russell. After preparing every detail for 25,000 people to gallop 26.2 miles from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica beach this Sunday, she got the weather forecast, which is code beet-red. A forecast of record… » 3/11/15 9:08pm 3/11/15 9:08pm

Olympian On The IOC's Rules Against Sponsors: "It's Very Un-American"

We all know—or should know—that Olympic athletes don't make a penny from that 17-day extravaganza of running, jumping, throwing, swimming, flipping, etc. That pisses two-time Olympian Nick Symmonds off. It should, especially when you consider that even though about $6 billion went through the International Olympic… » 3/05/15 1:10pm 3/05/15 1:10pm