Jornet and Forsberg Win Mount Marathon

Jornet and Forsberg Win Mount Marathon

New records set at Alaska’s trail running race

Runners Kilian Jornet of Spain and Emelie Forsberg of Sweden both placed first at Saturday’s Mount Marathon race in Seward, Alaska, according to the Alaska Dispatch News. Each runner also set a new course record on the 3,022-foot peak.

Forsberg took first in the women’s race with a time of 47 minutes and 48 seconds, breaking Nancy Pease’s 25-year-old record by 2:42. Jornet crossed the finish line in 41:48, taking first in the men’s race. He beat Eric Strabel’s 2013 course record by 67 seconds.

Jornet has a reputation for clocking fast times as a mountain runner and has repeatedly run up peaks in a few hours that take well-prepared mountaineers days to reach. In 2010, he set the speed record for his round-trip climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in 7 hours and 14 minutes.

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Jager Breaks American Record in Steeplechase

Jager Breaks American Record in Steeplechase

Now holds seven fastest U.S. times

American Evan Jager, a runner based in Portland, Oregon, with the Bowerman Track Club, broke the national record for the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Saturday. His time of 8:00.45 was set at the Paris Diamond League, where he finished second to Kenyan Jairus Birech, according to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAFF).

“I just couldn’t believe how fast I was running,” Jager told the IAAF. “I saw the clock said 7:41 with about 100 meters to go, and I thought, ‘I’m going to run an amazing time here.’”

Since transitioning to the event in 2012, the 26-year-old Illinois native has set and reset the American record in three of the past four years. He holds the seven fastest times for Americans and holds the second-fastest time in the world. In June, he ran 3:32.97 for 1,500 meters, becoming the 13th-fastest American ever for that distance.

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Seattle, Dearborn Ban Smoking in Public Parks

About 1,000 other cities also have smoking bans in public parks.     Photo: quiquemendizabal/Flickr

Seattle, Dearborn Ban Smoking in Public Parks

Will issue verbal warnings

Starting Monday, smoking is no longer allowed in any of Seattle’s 465 public parks. The city’s Board of Park Commissioners unanimously voted for the ban in May, according to a statement on Seattle.gov. The city of Dearborn, Michigan, is expected to do the same, CBS Detroit reported Monday, though the proposal hasn’t been approved.

Seattle’s new rule is an update to an old policy that banned smoking within 25 feet of nonsmokers, King 5 News reports. Smokers won’t be kept out of the parks, and violators won’t immediately be cited for smoking. Instead, park personnel will approach smokers and ask if they know smoking isn’t allowed in the parks, and will then give them info on where they can smoke and resources for quitting. Despite this warning system and lack of citations, KOMO News reports that police may still arrest people caught smoking.

Dearborn, a Detroit suburb with 43 public parks, has also proposed a ban on all forms of smoking, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, and hookahs, according to CBS Detroit. Smokers would not be ticketed right away but could be fined $25 if they don’t heed police warnings to stop smoking. Dearborn’s city council will consider the ban on July 23.

About 1,000 other cities in the country, including New York and San Francisco, already ban smoking in public parks.

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