November 4, 2013

Geoffrey Mutai wins the 2013 New York City Marathon in 2:08:24.     Photo: ING New York Marathon

Mutai, Jeptoo Win NYC Marathon

Kenyans lead field of 50,740

A year after it was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy, the New York City Marathon returned triumphantly on Sunday, boasting a record 50,740 participants, including Kenyans Geoffrey Mutai and Priscah Jeptoo, who won the men’s and women’s fields, respectively.

Mutai ran a 2:08:24 to become the first man to win consecutive New York City Marathons since fellow Kenyan John Kagwe won the event in 1997 and 1998.

“This is harder than 2011,” he said. “To win and defend your title is not easy.”

Olympic silver medalist Jeptoo finished in 2:25:07 to become the World Marathon Majors overall champion. She won $500,000 in addition to the $100,000 she claimed for winning New York.

“The crowd, they really helped me a lot because they were cheering, joyful, telling me: Go, go, go!” she said at the winners’ news conference. “This is a day I will not forget for the rest of my life.” 

Americans Ryan Vail, of Portland, and Adriana Nelson, of Fort Collins, both finished 13th. Meb Keflezighi, who won in 2009 and was the American favorite entering the race, finished 23rd in 2:23:47.

In the wake of the Boston bombings, more than $1 million was spent on marathon security, including an increased mobile camera and police presence. According to race director Mary Wittenberg, there were “zero incidents and zero threats … it’s mostly happiness. It’s an important day for the city.”

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American Leanne Smith rocking a goggle tan at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in 2009.     Photo: Christian Jansky/Wikimedia

Goggle Tans Become Fashionable

Maybe.

You love your goggle tan. Apparently, Kimye does too. According to the Daily Mail, everyone from the Kardashians to your lady friend next door is wearing ski goggles to the tanning booth for that fresh-off-the-slope look.

Whether it's in the blue pods or in a spray-tan shower, customers are wearing ski goggles to leave big, white patches on their eyes. This trend is so popular that some tanning salons buy their own goggles.

"It's quite staggering the number of people coming in for a fake ski tan," a spokesperson for a London beauty salon told the British *newspaper. "I asked one girl why she does it and she said incredibly that it's the latest fashion to have a fake ski tan—to make it look like you've been skiing."

*Insert grains of salt here. 

What's the next ski fashion trend?

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A man skydiving out of a plane.     Photo: Digital Vision/Getty Images

Skydiving Planes Collide in Wisconsin

All passengers escape unharmed

A midair collision over Wisconsin sent one small airplane spiraling into the ground while another safely returned to the runway Saturday. Fortunately, both planes were carrying skydivers, and only two of the 11 people aboard both aircraft suffered minor injuries.

"We're not sure, why they collided yet, but they did," Skydive Superior instructor Mike Robinson told FOX 21 News. "The lead plane was destroyed, the wings came off, they were on fire. Everybody got out safely. The pilot got out safely, used his emergency parachute, and landed."

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"The jumpers and pilots have been through a very surreal experience, and they are lucky and thankful to be alive," Skydive Superior posted on its Facebook page.

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Man survived bear attack, allegedly ate rescuer dog to ward off starvation     Photo: Eduard Kyslynskyy/Shutterstock

Man Survives Bear Attack, Allegedly Eats Dog

Jack London, eat your heart out

Marco Lavoie was rescued Wednesday after three months alone in the Canadian wilderness, dehydrated and starving, after a bear ate his food and destroyed his survival equipment two days into his expedition. 

The experienced outdoorsman, 44, was stranded 500 miles outside of Montreal, where he had planned a two-month hiking expedition. When a bear approached, he credited his German shepherd with defending him.

Sadly, Lavoie found himself unable to return the favor. Three days later, ravenous, he reportedly ate the dog.

On Wednesday, one month after he was expected home, and 10 days after he was reported missing, police found and rescued him, telling ABC News that they believed he would have been dead within hours.

According to survival-guide author André François Bourbeau, "He survived because he made good decisions. Eating his dog was one of them."

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