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After Fleeing FLDS, Running Became Her Saving Grace

Paige Kaptuch of Runner's World looks at how a running club has helped a community heal

(Newser) - When Darlene Barlow Stubbs was growing up in Short Creek, Arizona, she wasn't allowed to have toys, a bike, or even books. Under the new leadership of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prophet Warren Jeffs, a sect of the Mormon church, strict changes in what was...

Marathon Winner Disqualified Because Dad Gave Him Water
A Sip of Water Gets
Marathon Winner Disqualified
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A Sip of Water Gets Marathon Winner Disqualified

Esteban Prado took the bottle from his dad in violation of the rules

(Newser) - Drinking water while running a marathon is advisable. But as Esteban Prado learned, who you take the water from matters. SF Gate reports Prado was the first place finisher at the Hoag OC marathon in Southern California last Saturday with a time of 2:24:54—but had to give...

She Won the Boston Marathon in 2014, Is Still Owed $100K
Boston Marathon Organizers
Owe 2014 Winner a Lot of Cash
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Boston Marathon Organizers Owe 2014 Winner a Lot of Cash

Original winner was disqualified for doping, but Buzunesh Deba still hasn't received her $100K

(Newser) - A doping scandal two years after the 2014 Boston Marathon left the women's winner, Rita Jeptoo, out of a medal, and the second-place contender, Ethiopian immigrant Buzunesh Deba, in the first-place slot. But now, more than seven years after getting that congratulatory phone call, Deba says she's still...

4 Stripped of Medals After Half Marathon's Weird Finish

Investigation found He Jie's pacemakers at Beijing Half Marathon weren't registered

(Newser) - "All trophies, medals and bonuses" awarded to the top four finishers in the Beijing Half Marathon "will be recovered," organizers said Friday after an investigation into the race's unusual finish, per the BBC . Three African runners waved China's He Jie ahead of them at the...

Man Who Shattered Marathon Record Dead in Crash at 24
Man Who Shattered
Marathon Record Dead at 24

Man Who Shattered Marathon Record Dead at 24

Kelvin Kiptum and his coach were killed Sunday night

(Newser) - Marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum is dead at 24, having been killed in a car accident alongside his coach late Sunday in Kenya. The AP describes Kiptum, the first man to run a sub-2 hour, 1 minute marathon, as "on course to be a superstar of long-distance running."...

For Top Ultrarunner, It's All About the 'Pain Cave'

'Outside' profiles the sport's top female runner, Courtney Dauwalter

(Newser) - Ultrarunner Courtney Dauwalter is on a record-breaking streak, making history this year when she became the first person to take home the top prize at the three biggest competitions in the sport. Meaghen Brown of Outside magazine profiles the 38-year-old, seeking to unravel how she manages to reach extreme physical...

He Just Shattered the Marathon World Record

Kelvin Kiptum runs Chicago Marathon in 2 hours, 35 seconds

(Newser) - Kelvin Kiptum on Sunday ran the Chicago Marathon in what once would have been an unthinkable time: barely over 2 hours. The Kenyan runner's 2:00:35 finish, which still must be ratified, beat the previous world record for a marathon, set by Eliud Kipchoge, by 34 seconds; it'...

She Just Broke Marathon Record by 2 Minutes

Tigst Assefa of Ethiopia was in only her third competitive marathon

(Newser) - Tigst Assefa broke the women's world record by more than two minutes Sunday at the Berlin Marathon, per the AP . The Ethiopian, who also won in Berlin a year ago, ran 2 hours, 11 minutes, 53 seconds to break the previous women's record of 2:14:04 set...

Report: 11K Cheated in Mexico City Marathon

Some of them reportedly took public transport to the finish line

(Newser) - This year's Mexico City Marathon was a carnival of cheating, with more than a third of the 30,000 runners disqualified, according to Spanish sports newspaper Marca . According to Marca, tracking data showed that 11,000 runners didn't pass checkpoints set up every 3.1 miles along the...

6-Year-Old Completes Full Marathon, Causes Firestorm

Many aren't happy that Cincinnati race organizers let this happen

(Newser) - The family that runs together ... causes controversy together. That's the case in Cincinnati, where organizers of the annual Flying Pig Marathon are taking heat for not stopping a 6-year-old boy from running (and finishing) the 26.2-mile race with his parents on Sunday. WLWT reports that the mom and...

Amputee Finds Strength in Running a Marathon a Day

Jacky Hunt-Broersma completes her quest

(Newser) - Update: On Thursday, Jacky Hunt-Broersma achieved her goal of running 102 marathons in as many days, setting an unofficial women’s world record. And the amputee athlete can't stop/won't stop, saying she'll run two more for good measure and wrap up her challenge on Saturday with 104,...

Woman Dies After Collapsing at LA Marathon Finish Line

Trisha Paddock, 46, was running the half-marathon

(Newser) - A woman collapsed at the finish line of the Los Angeles Marathon Sunday afternoon with what the LA Fire Department describes as "a medical complaint that escalated to a witnessed cardiac arrest." By that night, she had died, Deadline reports. Trisha Paddock, 46, was running in the 13....

She Ran a Marathon Every Day Until She Caught COVID

Alyssa Clark ran 26.2 miles every day for 95 days

(Newser) - Like a lot of people, Alyssa Clark needed a quarantine project. And, as she wound up the project, she "just felt like running." Her husband is in the military and stationed in Naples, Italy, so she started running on a treadmill indoors while there. She had been training...

Olympic Champ Joins Thousands in Paris Run
Olympic Champ Joins
Thousands in Paris Run

Olympic Champ Joins Thousands in Paris Run

Eliud Kipchoge starts at the back of the race on the Champs-Elysees

(Newser) - Some 3,600 amateur runners faced off Sunday against Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge in a special race in the heart of Paris, an event tied to the city's hosting of the 2024 Olympics. The runners raced along the historic, cobblestoned Champs-Elysees, with Kipchoge starting off last, darting alongside....

One in 8 Runners Who Started the Race Ended Up Dying

The 'WSJ' digs into the deadly ultramarathon in China

(Newser) - Running 60 miles would feel like death for most of us. For 21 runners in China, it actually was deadly . Writing for the Wall Street Journal , Wenxin Fan takes a deep dive into just what went wrong during the May 22 ultramarathon , which saw 172 runners set off at 9am—...

Boston Marathon Held for First Time in 30 Months

Kenyan runners swept long-delayed race

(Newser) - With fall foliage replacing the blooming daffodils and mylar blankets sharing space with masks, the pandemic-delayed Boston Marathon returned Monday after a 30-month absence for a smaller, socially distanced race that ended in a very familiar way. Benson Kipruto and Diana Kipyogei completed a Kenyan sweep—the eighth since 2000...

Marathon's First US Winner in 20 Years Caught a Lucky Break

2 Kenyan leaders were diverted, disqualified at Quad Cities Marathon

(Newser) - An Illinois man became the first US runner since 2001 to claim victory in the Quad Cities Marathon on Sunday after watching the two Kenyan runners ahead of him go the wrong way. "I was about 20 seconds back, so I kind of saw it happening but I'm...

Marathon Course Goof Leads to Debate About Real Winner

Brighton Marathon organizers apologize after cone line was placed incorrectly

(Newser) - A marathon runner who runs an extra half-kilometer might be proud. Then again, a runner winning at the 26.2-mile mark, where the finish line should be, might be more than a little annoyed if that extra distance gives another runner a chance to pass and win. Sunday’s Brighton...

Nation Halts All Extreme Sports After 'Man-Made Disaster'

Ultramarathon in China's Gansu province, which led to 21 deaths, isn't the only event that's seen problems

(Newser) - Last month, 21 competitors in a 62-mile ultramarathon in China's Gansu province perished during severe weather that included freezing rain, hail, and frigid strong winds. On Wednesday, in response to that deadly event, the country's sports oversight agency announced it's indefinitely suspending all extreme sports—including ultra-long...

Boston Marathon Gives Up on the Spring

Organizers hope it will happen in fall 2021

(Newser) - This year, Boston Marathon organizers postponed the event until the fall before deciding to cancel the race for the first time in its 124-year history and replace it with a virtual event. Organizers say they hope to hold the race again in 2021, but the traditional date of the third...

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