Lay Off The Spaghetti, Marathoners: Why Carb Loading Might Slow You Down

The 45,000 or so runners who will gather on Staten Island for this Sunday's NYC Marathon have put in the training. They've run and stretched and strengthened and covered their finely honed machine in technical fabrics. The only question that remains is this: What should they put in the tank? » 10/31/14 2:04pm 16 minutes ago

Can American Des Linden Win The NYC Marathon?

I like Des Linden. I like her to throw it down for the win at this weekend's NYC Marathon. Reason is, in running's top echelon, Linden has only been blessed, and it's sort of a dubious blessing, with the ability to work hard. She has ground and scrapped and relentlessly gutted out every second's improvement for eight… » 10/29/14 3:12pm Wednesday 3:12pm

Wilson Kipsang Could Be $500K Richer For A Shit Run In London '13

The World Marathon Majors, which consist of Tokyo, London, Boston, Berlin, Chicago, and New York, crown a champion every year based on overall placing during a two-year period. It is as unintelligible and confusing as it sounds. That being said, the WMM does dole out a half-million dollars to its two-year leader, and… » 10/29/14 6:05am Wednesday 6:05am

S.O.S.: Kenyan Runner Allegedly Kidnapped Son, Threatened To Kill Wife

Asbel Kiprop, the Kenyan Olympic champion in the 1500-meters and two-time world champion ('11, '13), was accused over the weekend of a wide range of crimes, including impregnating a 16-year-old, abusing and threatening said child-bride, and then kidnapping the child. Who says the NFL has the market cornered on… » 10/28/14 2:22pm Tuesday 2:22pm

America's Fastest Norwegian-Speaking International Lawyer Takes On The…

Oh look, here's a short video of one of the top US women on the New York City Marathon elite roster, Annie Bersagel, manifesting two of her many skills. Way under the US radar, Bersagel is the fastest Norwegian-speaking American marathoner. Or, the only full-time lawyer under 2:30. Or, the most operatic singer/runner… » 10/27/14 10:06pm Monday 10:06pm

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 10/17/14 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 to… » 10/17/14 12:01am 10/17/14 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 10/16/14 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 10/15/14 3:06pm