2014 Sports Beard Of The Year: It's About Putting In The Work

Adding facial hair to the list of excellent things about track and field, mid-distance runner Will Leer has been awarded the 2014 Sports Beard of the Year. British blog BeardWatch bestowed the honors on the 29-year-old after a groundswell of support from track and manscaping fans pushed the speedster ahead of… » 12/19/14 9:15am Friday 9:15am

Ex-Nike Runner Metes Out Public Relations Advice

Former Nike-sponsored runner Kara Goucher suggested in a tweet that Nike's We Run Dirty campaign for trail running gear was ill-advised, given the recent doping dramas involving, among others, top-tier Kenyan Rita Jeptoo and Russian Liliya Shobukhova. Both women are—or were, at the time they failed drug tests—in the… » 12/08/14 9:31am 12/08/14 9:31am

Is Competitiveness Poor Sportsmanship?

Thanks to social media, sportsmanship has taken on proportions well beyond the usual no-cutting-the-course, no-tripping no-brainers. Recently, the brand of sportsmanship that's garnered attention—and been called "inspiring"—includes stopping mid-race to help a fallen competitor, at the cost of personal achievement.… » 12/05/14 7:00pm 12/05/14 7:00pm

Will These Running Shoes Make You Faster?

Look what just vaulted into the already crowded running shoe market—another crazy-looking shoe and its, so far, single-product brand. With a carbon-fiber flanged sole, the Ampla Fly is designed to give a little boost, maximizing the force of each push-off, say the creators, athletic shoe industry veterans David Bond… » 12/03/14 4:00pm 12/03/14 4:00pm

Can Hosting Sports Events Change Qatar's Culture?

Oil-rich Doha, Qatar, was awarded the 2019 Track and Field World Championships by the IAAF, winning out over Barcelona, Spain, and Eugene, Ore. The 10-day event draws the third-largest TV audience of any sports event, behind the summer Olympics and World Cup soccer. » 11/20/14 11:00am 11/20/14 11:00am

Real Housewives Of Kenya: Jeptoo's Husband Alleges Doping, But Proves…

You can't make this stuff up. Kenyan runner Rita Jeptoo's estranged husband, Noah Busienei, produced a letter dated April 2013 from his lawyer to Jeptoo threatening to reveal her doping, which he alleged had been happening since September 2011, to Athletics Kenya and WADA unless she paid him off. The two were going… » 11/08/14 11:07am 11/08/14 11:07am

Will Rita Jeptoo's Failed Drug Test Unravel Kenyan Running?

The news du annum in running is that one of the top distance runners in the world, Kenyan Rita Jeptoo, tested positive for the performance enhancing drug EPO in an out-of-competition evaluation. Jeptoo won the Oct. 12 Chicago Marathon, and was due to travel to New York on Oct. 31 to accept the $500,000 prize for… » 11/07/14 4:30pm 11/07/14 4:30pm

Nine Reasons Wilson Kipsang Won The NYC Marathon And You Didn't

On a cold and crazy-windy day, 32-year-old Wilson Kipsang of Kenya cruised through the five boroughs of New York City for 26 miles, and still had the presence of mind to provide spectators an edge-of-the-couch, hollering-hoarse, mano-a-mano throwdown in the last quarter mile. He edged out Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa for… » 11/04/14 4:30pm 11/04/14 4:30pm

Lay Off The Spaghetti, Marathoners: Why Carb Loading Might Slow You Down

The 45,000 or so runners who will gather on Staten Island for this Sunday's NYC Marathon have put in the training. They've run and stretched and strengthened and covered their finely honed machine in technical fabrics. The only question that remains is this: What should they put in the tank? » 10/31/14 2:04pm 10/31/14 2:04pm

Can American Des Linden Win The NYC Marathon?

I like Des Linden. I like her to throw it down for the win at this weekend's NYC Marathon. Reason is, in running's top echelon, Linden has only been blessed, and it's sort of a dubious blessing, with the ability to work hard. She has ground and scrapped and relentlessly gutted out every second's improvement for eight… » 10/29/14 3:12pm 10/29/14 3:12pm

America's Fastest Norwegian-Speaking International Lawyer Takes On The…

Oh look, here's a short video of one of the top US women on the New York City Marathon elite roster, Annie Bersagel, manifesting two of her many skills. Way under the US radar, Bersagel is the fastest Norwegian-speaking American marathoner. Or, the only full-time lawyer under 2:30. Or, the most operatic singer/runner… » 10/27/14 10:06pm 10/27/14 10:06pm

How Eliud Kipchoge Made The Chicago Marathon Easy To Watch

We get caught up in records, but there's a lot to be said for style. This is especially true in the marathon, dominated by images of fatigue, frozen faces, bleeding nipples, crap-streaked legs, and claw-rigged arms—and those are just the spectators. The visible degradation over 26.2 miles from athlete to decayed but… » 10/17/14 5:59pm 10/17/14 5:59pm

How To Race 26.2 Miles, Chicago-Style

Some of the most exciting moments in marathon racing have happened in Chicago. Not sure why Chicago. Maybe it's because the Chicago Marathon has the financial means to lure big talent with borderline crazy fearlessness—the ingredients of epic races. Maybe, it's because Chicago's infamous weather adds an extra brick to… » 10/17/14 12:01am 10/17/14 12:01am

Endurance Is Booming, But Has Leadville Trail 100 Gone Too Far?

Harrison Avenue in Leadville, Colo., is as quirky and canted and laid-back as any mountain town main drag. The commerce here is of the kitschy variety you find in ex-boom towns—antique stores, gem shops, ice cream parlors—except for an August weekend every year when the intersection of Harrison and 6th Street becomes… » 10/10/14 12:00am 10/10/14 12:00am