When Joan Benoit Samuelson ran the Chicago marathon in 1985, she set a blistering time of 2:21:21, an American record that stood until 2003.
When Joan Benoit Samuelson ran the Chicago marathon this past weekend, she finished with a time of 2:47:50, a new American record in the women’s 50-54 age group. Perhaps even more impressive, her time was just a minute forty-seven off the 2012 Olympic Marathon trials qualifying time of 2:46:00.
“I’m very pleased with my race today, given the conditions and the pressure I put on myself,” she told Runner's World. “Did I think I was going to be back here running competitively, trying to get an Olympic marathon trials qualifying time 25 years later? Heck no. But it’s the passion that still burns, the challenge to see how fast I can go.”
Red Bull just issued a press release saying that they have stopped Felix Baumgartner's planned record breaking free fall jump. Mary Roach wrote The Supersonic Man, a detailed look into the attempt, for our August Issue.
The text from the press release is included below...
Red Bull GmbH and Red Bull North America, Inc. have decided to stop the Red Bull Stratos program with immediate effect.
Felix Baumgartner had been scheduled to undertake a stratospheric balloon flight to 120,000 feet and attempt a freefall jump that would, for the first time, reach supersonic speeds as well as deliver valuable scientific data.
Despite the fact that many other people over the past 50 years have tried to break Colonel (Ret.) Joe Kittinger's record, and that other individuals have sought to work with Red Bull in an attempt to break his record, Mr. Hogan claims to own certain rights to the project and filed a multi million dollar lawsuit earlier this year in a Californian court. Red Bull has acted appropriately in its prior dealings with Mr. Hogan, and will demonstrate this as the case progresses. Due to the lawsuit, we have decided to stop the project until this case has been resolved.
On backcountry.com, Rocky Thompson threw up Jeb Corliss' latest highlight reel, complete with a quote from Helen Keller and Prodigy soundtrack. Corliss flies through a canyon, a few feet from a ridge line, next to an iconic landmark, and between trees at breakneck speeds.
After watching these two videos, you might wonder what makes people take such risks? Roughly two years ago, we sent Florence Williams on a mission to find out. She turned up neurologists trying to map the noodles of adrenaline junkies.
Yes, Lance Armstrong dropped out of this year's race before it started. Still, the 2010 Leadville 100 MTB Race featured a slew of great competitors: Levi Leipheimer, Dave Wiens, Rebecca Rusch, and Erik Weihenmayer, among others.
Citizen Pictures put together a documentary on the race to win the belt buckle, following up on the success of last year's film. Check out the trailer above. If you want to see more, the movie will be showing in 550 select theatres on Nov. 4, with a follow-up showing on Nov. 9. Go to leadvilletrail100.com for more info.