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 Friday 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… » 10/17/14 12:01am Friday 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

Can The Chicago Marathon Get Back In The World-Record Game?

Man, it's rough work to make a world record happen in the marathon. Dennis Kimetto's freshly minted 2:02:57 took a whopping 26 seconds off the previous mark, but think about it—that relatively large improvement works out to a blink per mile, one step in a pothole, a hamstring twinge, a gust of wind. The variables are… » 10/09/14 1:10pm 10/09/14 1:10pm

The Guys Who Helped Make The Marathon World Record Happen

Kenyan farmer-turned-world-record-holder Dennis Kimetto crossed the Berlin Marathon finish line alone, in an astounding 2 hours 2 minutes and 57 seconds. But in this instance, as in others that press hard against the limits of endurance, it was a team effort, with a cadre of sherpas doing the heavy lifting to put one… » 9/30/14 12:00am 9/30/14 12:00am

How To Run Downhill: Advice From The World's Best Mountain Runner

At last! How to run downhill! While other so-called experts have brayed about the importance of likker and bendy ankles, this information comes from the world's most accomplished downhill runner, who has torn up and, more importantly, down 19,341-foot Kilimanjaro before lunch and is actually afraid of the… » 9/23/14 12:00am 9/23/14 12:00am

Cheerlessly, Asian Games Begin

The Olympic-style Asian Games open today in Incheon, South Korea, providing a flag-spangled stage on which to celebrate the universal sport of politics. North Korea has reestablished its dominance in this arena by first deploying, then withdrawing, their newest weapon—feminine charm. » 9/19/14 9:59am 9/19/14 9:59am

Why The Heck Some Good Runners Started Running In The First Place

It's back-to-school time and junior high players everywhere are contemplating how best to make their mark on the athletic world. Here's the thing—running until your sternum glows and your legs bend in unusual places lacks appeal to the youngster. Football has cheerleaders. Basketball has a crowd. Gymnastics has… » 8/30/14 8:01am 8/30/14 8:01am

Why Ultrarunning Is The Funniest Sport In The World

You know all that crap about learning more from losses than victories? From times when the train went off the rails rather than smartly pulling into the station? Whether that has a shred of validity or not, disasters make for great reading, so instead of talking with the medal-chested smiling winner of the July… » 7/30/14 9:47am 7/30/14 9:47am

How To Get Paid To Drop Out Of Races: A Professional Pacer Tells All

David Rudisha covered two laps of Icahn Stadium under his own flowing power. And Mo Farah, he sliced through the eight laps of the indoor mile with his own knife-sharp legs. Galen Rupp crushed the 1500, Silas Kiplagat, Nick Willis, they all propelled themselves very quickly around an oval. But they all had help in the… » 7/24/14 9:53am 7/24/14 9:53am

Look At What The Poor Scots Are Wearing To The Commonwealth Games

Aye, it's happened again, the collision of athletics and fashion with predictable casualties. This time, it's the Scots, who should never be trusted with sheep or color, but in a moment of weakness, both were abused. As a result, lads and lassies representing Scotland at the upcoming Commonwealth Games, which are like… » 7/10/14 12:07pm 7/10/14 12:07pm

This Is Why It's Called The Beautiful Game: The Other World Cup

Over many eras, well past beautiful, to the far side of the Other World lies Mugu district in Nepal. The days are very very tough for most people there, but particularly for women. Life expectancy in Mugu is 49 years for men, 39 for women. Literacy rate in general is 27%, but for women, 9%. Sixty-three percent of… » 7/01/14 1:52pm 7/01/14 1:52pm

Running 100 Miles Is Easier Now: A Talk With The Father of Ultra…

Gordy Ainsleigh, with bib number 0, will be shuffling around with 376 other runners at 5 a.m. Saturday. As the sun lights up the rugged peaks that tower over Squaw Valley, they'll be checking their watches, shaking out their legs, trying not to think about the 100.2 miles of soul-grinding Sierra Nevada trail ahead —… » 6/26/14 10:39am 6/26/14 10:39am