One runner died and 30 were hospitalized at a half-marathon race in Tel Aviv after 90-degree temperatures caused widespread dehydration and heat stroke. Organizers decided last week to postpone the full Tel Aviv Gilette Marathon after forecasts predicted triple-digit temperatures. They allowed the half-marathon to continue, though they rescheduled the start to 30 minutes earlier.
Among the 30 injured, 12 were in critical condition, with four in medically-induced comas. NBC producer and runner... Read More
A fire continues to rage in Louisiana after a tugboat pushing an oil barge struck a liquefied natural gas pipeline in shallow Bayou Perot on Tuesday night. Four people were injured in the crash, one critically, but no oil had spilled as of Wednesday.
Captain Jonathan Burton of the Coast Guard said at a news conference that a protective boom was still being deployed as a precaution. Oil skimmers have also been dispatched to the area. “We’re not waiting for something to happen,&rdqu... Read More
The 2013 Boston Marathon will take place without Ryan Hall, who holds Boston’s American record (2:04.58 in 2011). He has dropped out of this year’s race with a quad injury.
"I am gutted to have to bow out of this year's Boston Marathon,” Hall tweeted yesterday. “I had put in a great deal of very hard training before sustaining a quad strain that made me miss about a month of training."
As Runner’s World notes, the 30-year-old has been dealing with the injury for... Read More
The International Association of Athletics Federation is investigating 17 athletes after its biological passport program turned up evidence of possible doping. Thomas Capdevielle, the organization's medical and anti-doping results manager, said that 19 athletes had already been sanctioned under the program. The biological passport program, which creates a blood profile of athletes to monitor them for unusual spikes in chemistry that could arise from doping, is also in use by tennis and cycling... Read More
Olympic cyclist Taylor Phinney finished dead last in the penultimate stage of the Tirenno-Adriatico race on Monday. He finished in 109th place to be exact, but that isn't the whole story.
The race organizer admitted later that the stage was too difficult with a 27 percent climb so steep that some riders got off their bikes and pushed them uphill.
Phinney's bike chain broke, but he chased his way up to rejoin the main group of cyclists. With about 80 miles left, Phinney was in a group of ride... Read More