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 Monday 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

Work Hard, Blot: Lipstick And The Fifth-Fastest Indoor Mile Ever

Dammit people, put down the fatty and pay attention to women's middle distance track. U.S. women are killing it on a global scale. Take Shannon Rowbury, above: Already a two-time Olympian and lotta-time World Championship finalist, she broke from the gate this year and laid down a 4:22.66 mile at the Camel City… » 2/18/15 11:35am 2/18/15 11:35am

McFarland Cross Country: They Built It And Hollywood Came

Given how Hollywood likes to tart up the truth (see American Sniper, Frozen, et al.) you probably have a very good sense of what's going on with Disney's soon-to-be released McFarland USA. The Kevin Costner vehicle is based, as they say, on the true story of a boys' cross country team from McFarland High School in… » 2/16/15 5:53pm 2/16/15 5:53pm

"How's Your Dick?": The Rise And Fall Of An Alleycat Race

"Stupor Bowl is dead," Gene Oberpriller pronounced after the 18th annual alleycat bike race. The fact that you—hopelessly mainstream as you are—are reading this is proof. As any nightclub owner will confirm, underground cachet is a fragile beast. It's only minutes, or entries in this case, between the insiders who… » 2/07/15 9:30am 2/07/15 9:30am

Hey Boys And Girls: You, Too, Can Skate 40 MPH Downhill Over Jumps

Sadie Lundquist (not pictured) launched from the rose window of St. Paul's iconic cathedral, some 40 feet above ground, dropped in and started building speed. A tiny check at the top of a 10-foot cliff and she was over the edge, hitting the ice with a crunch, fighting for balance, blurring through every dimension… » 1/24/15 8:00am 1/24/15 8:00am

Three Ways To Improve Your 10K

First, go to winter training camp in Ethiopia and stay with that dope baller Geb! #Boomgettingitdone. That's Haile Gebrselassie there in the middle, notcher of 27 world records and a 26:22.75 10,000-meter guy. Of course, that was on the track, which is so so much faster than pounding out 6.2 miles on crummy cement,… » 1/20/15 10:28am 1/20/15 10:28am

Can The Chillest Runner In The U.S. Be The First To Make Five Olympics?

It's noon in Tucson, Ariz., and Abdi Abdirahman is making a spot of tea. The Black Cactus (having correctly ascertained that what distance running needs is more cowbell and monikers) is part way through an easy day. So, 12 miles, done. He's chill, he's happy, he's confident. What the hell's the matter with him? » 1/09/15 11:04am 1/09/15 11:04am

Why Did The NYPD Clip This Japanese Marathoner?

Above is a screen shot of prolific Japanese runner Yuki Kawauchi making a break from the lead pack in the 2014 NYC Marathon, at about 18K, just past 11 miles. This is about 1:21 into EuroSport's full coverage of the race. The video leaves to cover the women's leaders and returns at 1:22:35 to show what appears to be… » 1/09/15 10:40am 1/09/15 10:40am