Why The 800 Comes Down To Hunters And The Hunted

Sprinters, all bumpy with muscles, pressure packed—my god, you could bounce a dime off of any appendage and get two cents change—take to the track for the 800 meters. They saunter, super chill. The lankier mid-distance runners come out too, on the same track, at the same time, lean and prancing, wind sprinting,… » 4/24/15 11:00am Friday 11:00am

Oops, Competitor Group Did It Again

Hoo boy, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon and Half Marathon, and parent company Competitor Group, Inc., are having a hard time getting things right. Not only were they ambiguous about the fact that CGI would not be donating money to their charity partner The V Foundation, as promotional material suggested, but they… » 4/20/15 1:39pm Monday 1:39pm

Who's Actually Doing The Donating At Your Local Charity Run?

It's the last part of the tongue-twisting "Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh Marathon & 1/2 Marathon presented by WRAL benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Research" that's sticking in the craw of copy editor, writer and avid marathoner R.L. Bynum. The phrase "benefiting The V Foundation" is part of the event's name: it's… » 4/16/15 11:01am 4/16/15 11:01am

An Exercise Physiologist Explains Why 800 Meters Hurts Like The Devil

It's the first high school track meet of the season. Boys who have completed no warm-up whatsoever other than to wrestle over the last Reeses peanut butter cup stand, hands dangling like heavy weights, near the start line of the JV 800 meter run. Long of shin and weak of chin, they're inanimate, forcing the starter to… » 4/01/15 12:35pm 4/01/15 12:35pm

Meet The World-Class Runner Who's Also A Maasai Warrior

Kenyan fastman David Rudisha, above, seems to be the ultimate modern speed machine—upholstered in aerodynamic, wicking fabrics, branded, nano-shod. The latest science informs his training, nutrition and recovery. A multi-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist, he's broken the world record at 800 meters three… » 3/23/15 1:41pm 3/23/15 1:41pm

Nine Surprises From Unlikely U.S. Marathon Champ Blake Russell

Twenty miles is considered the psychological halfway point in a marathon—quads and hammies are starting to rig, feet are swollen and pulpy, raw skin stings from salty sweat, bodily systems send increasingly frequent and frantic cease-and-desist messages to the brain. The remaining 6.2 miles require at least as much… » 3/17/15 1:31pm 3/17/15 1:31pm

Only In LA: Cooling Buses Will Help Marathoners Chill

Headache? Dizziness? Excessive sweating? These are symptoms of being, or channeling, LA Marathon director Tracey Russell. After preparing every detail for 25,000 people to gallop 26.2 miles from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica beach this Sunday, she got the weather forecast, which is code beet-red. A forecast of record… » 3/11/15 9:08pm 3/11/15 9:08pm

Olympian On The IOC's Rules Against Sponsors: "It's Very Un-American"

We all know—or should know—that Olympic athletes don't make a penny from that 17-day extravaganza of running, jumping, throwing, swimming, flipping, etc. That pisses two-time Olympian Nick Symmonds off. It should, especially when you consider that even though about $6 billion went through the International Olympic… » 3/05/15 1:10pm 3/05/15 1:10pm

Work Hard, Blot: Lipstick And The Fifth-Fastest Indoor Mile Ever

Dammit people, put down the fatty and pay attention to women's middle distance track. U.S. women are killing it on a global scale. Take Shannon Rowbury, above: Already a two-time Olympian and lotta-time World Championship finalist, she broke from the gate this year and laid down a 4:22.66 mile at the Camel City… » 2/18/15 11:35am 2/18/15 11:35am

McFarland Cross Country: They Built It And Hollywood Came

Given how Hollywood likes to tart up the truth (see American Sniper, Frozen, et al.) you probably have a very good sense of what's going on with Disney's soon-to-be released McFarland USA. The Kevin Costner vehicle is based, as they say, on the true story of a boys' cross country team from McFarland High School in… » 2/16/15 5:53pm 2/16/15 5:53pm

"How's Your Dick?": The Rise And Fall Of An Alleycat Race

"Stupor Bowl is dead," Gene Oberpriller pronounced after the 18th annual alleycat bike race. The fact that you—hopelessly mainstream as you are—are reading this is proof. As any nightclub owner will confirm, underground cachet is a fragile beast. It's only minutes, or entries in this case, between the insiders who… » 2/07/15 9:30am 2/07/15 9:30am

Four Ways To Quit: Run Long Like The Kenyans

Justin Lagat, who lives in Kenya, in fact, is Kenyan, wrote a piece for RunBlogRun on the four ways in which Kenyans do their long runs. Since our very lean friends from the Rift Valley own distance running, this post, I thought, held great promise—secrets revealed, myths busted, the spleen-withering made easy! » 1/30/15 5:05pm 1/30/15 5:05pm