Running

3. Here Come the Kenyans

It’s no news that Kenyans win marathons, but 2011 presented something unprecedented in the sport: A Kenyan man dropped the course record at each of the year’s five major marathons,...

1. Sammy Wanjiru Dies at 24

Sammy Wanjiru’s career was short—he set a world half marathon record in 2007, won Olympic marathon gold in 2008, and died in May of this year—but deeply influential. ...

9. Mo Farah Hits the Big Time

Kenyans owned the marathon in 2011, but from 3,000 meters to the half marathon, a Somali refugee with British citizenship living in the United States put together a near-perfect season....

The Top 10 Running Stories of 2011

The sport of running was in flux in 2011, with fundamental changes to how runners enter the world's most prestigious race (the Boston Marathon), the death of two champions, and a raging debate...

8. Lukas Verzbicas Quits Running for Triathlon

Of the five American high schoolers to run under four minutes in the mile, three—Jim Ryun, Marty Liquori, and Alan Webb—would become fixtures on the world track circuit. (The fourth,...

6. The Boston Marathon Revamps Registration

In October 2010, the Boston Marathon became a victim of its own popularity: Too many people hit the race’s qualifying times, and, on the first day of registration for the 2011 race,...

5. Jenny Simpson Wins Gold

How important was Jenny Simpson’s world title in the 1,500 meters at the World Championships in September? No U.S. woman had won gold in any major global championship—in any distance...

4. The IAAF Bans Male Pacers

Do women who run with male pace setters get an unnatural or unfair advantage? According to the International Association of Athletics Federations, the answer is yes, to both, and in August the...

7. Grete Waitz Dies of Cancer

Grete Waitz wasn’t even planning to finish the New York City Marathon when she entered as a pacemaker in 1978. But finish she did, setting a new world record and winning the first of nine...

10. USATF Bows to Athlete Pressure on Logos

Track and field has a long and inglorious history of governing bodies meddling with athletes’ rights, and U.S.A. Track and Field’s refusal to allow athletes to put multiple sponsor...

1. Science of Sport

Good for: A scientific perspective on major races, doping, and the value of running shoes....

2. Peak Performance

Good for: Analysis of the newest research in exercise physiology....

The Top 10 Running Blogs

What is there to write about running? As it turns out, quite a bit—so much that easily half a dozen excellent blogs didn't...

9. Track Focus

Good for: Quick hits on distance running news....

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