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Recent studies are shattering the myth that life span is predetermined by genetics. The latest bombshell: your morning run could be the fountain of youth.

—Stephanie Pearson writes the Gear Girl column for Outsideonline.com Dimity McDowell is an Olympic-caliber athlete, “Runner’s World” contributing editor, ESPN columnist, mother of two, and the co-author of “Run Like A Mother,” a book published last spring…

Meb Keflezighi shares his Top 10 thoughts after winning the 2009 NYC Marathon Elite marathon runner Meb Keflezighi plans to run both the ING New York City Marathon and compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials, Runner's World…

This spring I set off for an adventure vacation in the Cayman Islands. Here's some of the best gear I tested. Carve Designs Maui Bikini Top and Rincon Rouched Bottom: The top offers an adjustable halter around the neck and chest. The bottom has bow ties on the…

By Stephen RegenoldMy calves are stiff. My body feels weak. It's a few days after the National College Blue Ridge Marathon, but my muscles and bones…

On the plains of New Mexico, a band of elite marathoners tests a controversial theory of evolution: that humans can outrun the fastest animals on earth.

Norwegian Olympian Grete Waitz passed away today at the age of 57. Her six-year battle with cancer ended early this morning at the Ulleval University Hospital in Oslo. Waitz is best known for her nine New York City marathon victories, including her debut marathon…

Norwegian Olympian Grete Waitz passed away today at the age of 57. Her six-year battle with cancer ended early this morning at the Ulleval University Hospital in Oslo. Waitz is best known for her nine New York City marathon victories, including her debut marathon…

The 115th Boston Marathon kicked off in Hopkinton, MA at 9:30 for the elite women and 10:00 for the open men's division on a brisk Patriot's Day. The temperature at the start was a chilly 46 degrees F (40 degrees with windchill), with a beneficial tailwind of about 20 mph,…

Japanese athletes won both the men's and women's wheelchair divisions of the Boston Marathon, in what both runners described as an “emotional” training period that saw a 9.0 earthquake and nuclear disaster devastate Japan in March. The men's race was even closer than last year, the closest race in a…

The 115th Boston Marathon kicked off in Hopkinton, MA at 9:30 for the elite women and 10:00 for the open men's division on a brisk Patriot's Day. The temperature at the start was a chilly 46 degrees F (40 degrees with windchill), with a beneficial tailwind of about 20 mph,…

Japanese athletes won both the men's and women's wheelchair divisions of the Boston Marathon, in what both runners described as an “emotional” training period that saw a 9.0 earthquake and nuclear disaster devastate Japan in March. The men's race was even closer than last year, the closest race in a…

Courtesy of Boston.com  Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai, 29, won the Boston marathon this morning in a record 2:03:06 — 53 seconds faster than the 2:03:59…

When the men's lead pack of the 115th Boston Marathon finished the first half in 1:01:58, the crowds in Boston knew this was going to be a fast race. But the final eye-popping time of 2:03:02 by Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai, the fastest marathon ever recorded, was even more impressive on…

Courtesy of Boston.com  Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai, 29, won the Boston marathon this morning in a record 2:03:06 — 53 seconds faster than the 2:03:59…

When the men's lead pack of the 115th Boston Marathon finished the first half in 1:01:58, the crowds in Boston knew this was going to be a fast race. But the final eye-popping time of 2:03:02 by Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai, the fastest marathon ever recorded, was even more impressive on…

On Marathon Monday, 27,000 registered runners, and thousands of unregistered runners, will take to the streets in Hopkinton, Massachusetts and pound the pavement for 26.2 miles to finish on Boylston Street in downtown Boston. As one of the oldest continuously-run marathons, the Boston Marathon is one of the hallmarks of running,…

On Marathon Monday, 27,000 registered runners, and thousands of unregistered runners, will take to the streets in Hopkinton, Massachusetts and pound the pavement for 26.2 miles to finish on Boylston Street in downtown Boston. As one of the oldest continuously-run marathons, the Boston Marathon is one of the hallmarks of running,…

They don't have sponsors, and they're not getting paid to train. But these day-job-holding athletes compete like elites. Follow their lead and you can, too.

Courtesy of MarathonRotterdam.nl Kenya's Wilson Chebet won the 31st ABN AMRO Rotterdam marathon yesterday in 2:05:27 — the fastest marathon of 2011 so far. The time was a personal…

Courtesy of Flickr Track-and-field superstar Carl Lewis is competing again — this time for the New Jersey state Senate. The nine-time Olympic gold medalist is running as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Senator…

Courtesy of MarathonRotterdam.nl Kenya's Wilson Chebet won the 31st ABN AMRO Rotterdam marathon yesterday in 2:05:27 — the fastest marathon of 2011 so far. The time was a personal…

Courtesy of Flickr Track-and-field superstar Carl Lewis is competing again — this time for the New Jersey state Senate. The nine-time Olympic gold medalist is running as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Senator…

  Fourteen years and 270 pounds separate Markos Geneti and Kelly Gneiting, yet both men set records in last Sunday's Los Angeles marathon. Geneti, a 26-year-old Ethiopian, ran a 2:06:35  to…

  Fourteen years and 270 pounds separate Markos Geneti and Kelly Gneiting, yet both men set records in last Sunday's Los Angeles marathon. Geneti, a 26-year-old Ethiopian, ran a 2:06:35  to beat the course…

A new study found that one in three runners that enter the London Marathon may suffer from allergies after the race, according to Science Daily. Dr. Paula Robson-Ansley and a team at Northumbria University gathered 150 runners to take a blood test, complete a questionnaire,…

Sally Meyerhoff, the winner of the 2011 P.F. Chang's Rock 'n Roll Marathon and the XTerra Trail Run World Championships in Hawaii, died Tuesday when she collided with a pickup truck while cycling near Maricopa, Arizona. Meyerhoff was 27 years old. Local authorities told…

It’s still winter, but spring is only a couple weeks away. Here’s what to wear on your runs to manage the transition in comfort and style. Pearl Izumi Fly Jacket: An extremely lightweight softshell with a lean silhouette. This wind jacket feels tissue-thin and very smooth. Wear 2-3 layers…

  Bernard Lagat. Courtesy of Flickr. Two-time Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat won the Nike Men's 3000-meter race at the 2011 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships on February 26 in…

Chances are you don't have a Shake Weight, and wouldn't admit to it if you did. Which means you probably haven't designed a custom Shake Weight workout. But if you do have one and have developed a custom workout, it might be worth some cash. The creators of the…

Courtesy of Flickr Planning on running the Boston Marathon next year? Better check out the new registration procedures and qualifying times announced by the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) this morning. In 2012, a rolling admission will…

Atacama Extreme: The Finish from Outside Magazine on Vimeo. Ray Zahab finished his epic run across the Atacama on day 20. As he gets ready to cross the finish, he has a few words of thanks for those who followed and supported his journey. “First of all,…

TED recently published this endurance running talk by Born to Run author Christopher McDougall. The 15-minute lecture is packed with loads of cool facts on the history of running, and not all of it is prehistoric or barefoot-inspired. For example, did you know…

Ray Zahab racks up another 124K on days 18 and 19 of his quest to run across the Atacama. As he nears the end of his quest, he 'll celebrate his birthday. Atacama Extreme: The End is Near from Outside Magazine on Vimeo. —Bob Cox and Ray…

Untitled from Outside Magazine on Vimeo. Ray Zahab racks up another 60K in the Atacama as the team crosses over the old border between Chile and Peru. —Bob Cox and Ray Zahab will be sending daily updates as Ray runs roughly 40 miles a day for 16…

A Belgian man who's been running marathons every day for the past year, completed his 365th race on Saturday in Barcelona, Spain, according to the Daily Mail. Running 365 days' worth of marathons (9,569 miles total) earned 49-year-old Stefaan Engels his second Guinness World…

Atacama Extreme: 120 Degrees Fahrenheit from Outside Magazine on Vimeo. Ray Zahab runs into ground that's been heavily mined and must weave his way around overturned earth as temperature rise.  —Bob Cox and Ray Zahab will be sending daily updates as Ray runs roughly 40 miles a…

Ray Zahab comes down off of an abandoned railway and into the open desert, where he must run into high winds. Atacama Extreme: Running into High Winds from Outside Magazine on Vimeo. —Bob Cox and Ray Zahab will be sending daily updates as Ray runs roughly 40…

Joseph Chirlee, a U.S. citizen, private in the U.S. Army, and Olympic marathon hopeful, will be barred from the national cross-country championships on Saturday because, strangely enough, he doesn't meet citizenship requirements imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations, The New York…

After a long day of running, Ray Zahab takes you for a tour of his camp. Atacama Extreme: Camp Life from Outside Magazine on Vimeo. —Bob Cox and Ray Zahab will be sending daily updates as Ray runs roughly 40 miles a day for 16 days…

Photo courtesy of Flickr. Having not learned from cyclists, who haven't learned from other cyclists, racewalkers are doping. Norwegian racewalker Eric Tysse appealed a two-year suspension after an Italian lab found the blood-booster CERA in his test samples,…

Try telling them that. Courtesy of Flickr Yes, their sanity is in question. Tomorrow, roughly 450 stair runners will tackle the 86 floors that climb to the Empire State Building's observation deck; the winner will likely clock in around the unbelievable 10-minute mark.

On day seven, Ray Zahab had to stop to deal with a very large blister. If you're squeamish about feet and peeling skin, don't watch the above video. If you're curious about what kind of blisters form on a man running 30-40 miles a day across some of the driest…

Atacama Extreme: Terrain Like the Sahara from Outside Magazine on Vimeo. “Had an awesome day for several reasons,” says Ray Zahab. “The terrain is totally my style which is extremely motivating!” Zahb got excited aftering hitting a new environment in Chile's Atacama desert. For more details, check…

Ray Zahab checks in at night after day four of his quest to run across Chile's Atacama Desert. After finally getting off road, he kicks up dust over Inca trails and dry riverbeds. Atacama Extreme: Dry Riverbeds and Inca Trails from Outside Magazine on Vimeo. —Bob Cox…

Courtesy of Flickr Runners in New York and Arkansas might soon find themselves unplugged, according to the Associated Press. Lawmakers in the two states have proposed restrictions on pedestrians operating electronic devices, such as iPods or…

Courtesy of Flickr The 50-kilometer (31-mile) Hilo to Volcano Ultramarathon is set to begin Saturday on the Big Island of Hawaii, according to UltraRunning Online. From the bayside town…

A new record on Nepal's Great Himalaya Trail.

Essential winter running clothes and accessories.

I am running the Tough Mudder race and was wondering what the best type of pants to wear? I need something that will keep me somewhat warm, I know that will be nearly impossible but also won't weigh me down. Thanks a lot. CB Athens, GA

The next step in the smartphone revolution? Social fitness.

An anesthesiologist dressed as Elvis Presley revived a marathon runner after the runner passed out in a Las Vegas restaurant, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Dr. Claudio Palma ran the Rock 'n Roll Las…

Courtesy of Rescate Mineros on Flickr. Edison Peña finished the New York City Marathon yesterday with a time of 5:40:51, less than three weeks after being rescued from the collapsed gold and copper mine in Chile, the…

Born to Run author Christopher McDougall will co-host Reinventing Running: The Cabaret with the actor and avid trail-runner Peter Sarsgaard on Friday, November 5 at the…

Can you help me find a winter running jacket that breathes, keeps the real cold out (think below 20F) and that doesn't require 3 layers underneath? Would love to run with just a single base layer (merino seems best in these conditions) under a jacket that won't over heat or leave me cold.Dan Chicago, IL Location (City, State/City Country)

Ultrarunner Karl Meltzer finished running the 2064-mile Pony Express route on Monday morning, News Press Now reports. Meltzer completed the Red Bull-sponsored run from Sacramento, CA to St. Joseph, MO in 40 days, averaging 4.81 miles per hour,…

Photo courtesy of edvvc on Flickr. The gizmo that fuelled billions of workout hours over the past 31 years is going the way of the eight-track, the AP reports. Sony is discontinuing production of the Walkman in Japan. Since…

  Christina Erb, here. Here's where we left off: I was debating running a marathon on a bum knee. Thanks, all, for weighing in. I decided not to. But, I still went to support my friend and Outside's assistant managing editor, Ali Troxell, who…

We're standing in the dark. All 20,000 of us, ready to run the Nike for Women marathon. It's 6:30 AM and we're packed into San Francisco's Union Square, hugged by high rises. The group is so large it squirrels out into the surrounding streets and women in…

The Nike for Women marathon is in three days. Six months ago I made a plea to my three-mile-jogger self that I was going to run my first marathon. I've built up my lactic acid threshold, I've tapered, and, now, here I am, having completed my last…

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…

Amani Toomer, the former wide receiver who helped the New York Giants to victory in the 2008 Super Bowl, has taken up a new sport. He’s currently training for the November 7 New…

Ryan Hall, the American marathon star, has pulled out of the Chicago Marathon. Hall wrote on his blog today that he has canceled all races for…

If you talk about the great runners of today, Meb Keflezighi is undoubtedly part of the conversation. He tore it up on full-scholarship as a distance runner at UCLA, scored Nike sponsorship when he turned…

The Nike for Women Marathon that Outside's assistant managing editor, Ali, and I are running in is approaching quickly. It’s a little more than two months away and I should be strictly sticking to our training plan. Our schedule has us running up to…

Hood To Coast Movie Trailer from HoodToCoastMovie on Vimeo. The Hood to Coast relay, a 197-mile relay run from 6,000 feet up Oregon's Mt. Hood to the town of Seaside, starts tomorrow. Over its 28-year…

(Robyn Dunn and a friend August, 2010) When ultrarunner and Ironman athlete, Robyn Dunn, felt short of breath in the early miles of a 50K trail run on August 22, 2009, volunteers and friends blamed the heat or exercise-induced asthma. Little did the 31-year…

Duncan Callahan (Vasque) of Gunnison, Colorado took the Leadville Trail 100 ultra-marathon this weekend, with a time of  17:43:24. The race took place just a week after the LT100 Mountain Bike race. The excruciating 100-mile out-and-back foot…

Courtesy of thor_matt83 on Flickr. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has sustained an injury to his lower back that will keep him off of the track for what remains of the season, Reuters reports. The Munich…

I want to enter the Chicago Urbanathlon, but I don't know what type of shoe I should wear. Ideas? -Eric Evergreen Park, IL

                            A Leipheimer training montage from 2005, the year in which he is accused of doping. Levi Leipheimer is the the most recent American cyclist to be added to the list…

The secretary general of the Norwegian Athletics Federation, Kjetil Hildeskor, has said that race walker Erik Tysse has tested positive for the blood booster CERA, the AP reports. Tysse's “A” and “B” samples, taken from an event in Italy in May and…

A few years ago, I was training for a marathon during a mid-August heat wave. Like most 21 year olds, I prepped for my first 13-mile run by hitting the bars the night before, sleeping four hours, and shaking off the hangover with two cups of coffee. I was cramping…

Zach Gingerich blazed to victory at the Badwater Ultramarathon yesterday morning on the steep trailhead of Mount Whitney, California. The 30-year old runner from Aurora, Illinois, beat out second-place Oswaldo Lopez (Mexico) and third-place/first-woman Jaime Donaldson (Colorado) to claim the win with a time of 24:44:48. The…

The 2010 AdventureCORPS Badwater Ultramarathon began today, with runners from 14 countries battling it out in the infamous furnace of Death Valley, California. At time of writing, Jorge Pacheco (California) held the lead with an approximate thirty minutes over Marco Farinazo (Rio De Janeiro) followed by Zach Gingerich (Illinois).  As…

Photo by Luis Escobar The 2010 AdventureCORPS Badwater Ultramarathon began today, with runners from 14 countries battling it out in the infamous furnace of Death Valley, California. At time of writing, Jorge Pacheco (California) held the lead with an approximate thirty minutes over Marco Farinazo (Rio De…

The 2010 AdventureCORPS Badwater Ultramarathon began today, with runners from 14 countries battling it out in the infamous furnace of Death Valley, California. At time of writing, Jorge Pacheco (California) held a thirty minute lead over Marco Farinazzo (Rio De Janeiro) followed close behind by Zach…

Caster Semenya, the 19-year-old South African runner, plans to return to the international stage soon, the New York Times reports. Semenya has been absent from competitions for 11 months undergoing examinations by the International Association of Athletics Federations to verify her gender. Semenya has…

Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt said Wednesday that he might miss the remainder of his 200 meters season with a strained Achilles tendon, according to Reuters. The Jamaican sprinter, who…