October 8, 2012 |
TSEGAYE KEBEDE saw a few Ethiopian flags as he approached the finish line and figured he'd say hello. So he started waving. Kebede had plenty to celebrate, shattering the course record while winning the Chicago Marathon on Sunday morning. He pulled away late and was all alone, smiling to fans as he neared the finish at Grant Park and crossing the line in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 38 seconds. That easily eclipsed the previous mark of 2:05:37 set by Kenya's Moses Mosop last year and was more than enough to beat countrymen Feyisa Lilesa (2:04:52)
October 21, 1996 |
Paul Evans and Marian Sutton, both of Great Britain, posted their first marathon victories, easily winning their divisions yesterday in the 19th annual Chicago Marathon with personal-best times. Evans, a late entry who was second in the New York City Marathon last year, broke from the field at the 18-mile mark and clocked 2 hours, 8 minutes, 51 seconds to cross the finish line 72 seconds faster than Jerry Lawson of Jacksonville, Fla. Sutton, who was left off the British Olympic team this summer, asserted herself with a late charge to victory with a career-best time of 2:30:41.
October 24, 1999 |
The 22d Chicago Marathon will be contested this morning by a record field in excess of 25,000 runners. That number includes a sizable contingent of elite athletes going after the biggest purse in race history and several U.S. entrants hoping to meet qualifying standards for the 2000 Olympic trials. It's a far cry from what the Chicago Marathon was only six years ago, when it appeared to be staggering like a burned-out runner with blistered feet. Then it suffered from a crush of financial problems, low esteem in the running community, and a diminishing number of world-class competitors who wanted to run a flat course that changed elevation only when the runners were crossing bridges.
November 14, 2014 |
On Nov. 1, the Philadelphia Marathon shut down registration for its marathon, half marathon and 8k. This was done three weeks before race weekend despite the full marathon and 8k still having 900 and 300 spots open, respectively. The half marathon sold out in the last few hours registration was open. This should not be happening. The fifth-largest city in the country should have sold-out races, especially at a time when the sport of running is booming. Registration was closed Nov. 1 so that race officials would "have an accurate count when ordering runner food, water, and other supplies," Lauren Cox, race spokesperson, wrote in an e-mail.
March 3, 2014 |
More than 4,700 people who entered the lottery for the Broad Street Run did not get in this year, race director Jim Marino said. That's a lot of disappointed people who wanted to run the 10-miler on May 4. I've been shut out of races before, and I know it stinks. But this does not mean you should stoop to buying a price-inflated $100 bib on Craigslist, nor should you jump into the race without being registered. These are not harmless actions. Let's say you bought someone's bib, and you get hurt.
October 8, 2007 |
Two runners collapsed and died in separate running events yesterday. An unidentified runner from Virginia died during the Army Ten-Miler race, collapsing near the finish line at the Pentagon. The runner collapsed about 200 yards from the finish line, said Col. Jim Yonts. Arlington County medics took the runner to George Washington University Hospital. The cause of death was not known. The runner was a civilian, not a member of the military, Yonts said. A Michigan man died while running the Chicago Marathon as stifling heat and smothering humidity forced organizers to shut down the course midway through the race.
October 9, 2007 |
Some increasingly desperate runners in Sunday's brutally hot Chicago Marathon elbowed other participants out of the way to get to scarce water. Others detoured to nearby convenience stores in search of the hydration they say they couldn't find along the course itself. Organizers yesterday defended their preparation for the marathon - during which one man with a heart disorder died and scores went to hospitals - even as runners told stories of a tough, sometime scary battle to stave off heat exhaustion during the 26.2-mile race that organizers ultimately cut short for many.
January 14, 2012 |
The top distance runners in the country will be competing for spots on the U.S. Olympic team Saturday in Houston during the Olympic trials marathon. The top three male and female finishers in the 26.2-mile race will qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. The favorite in the men's race is Ryan Hall, 29, who has the best American marathon time - a 2-hour, 4-minute, 58-second run in the 2011 Boston Marathon - and won the 2008 Olympic marathon trials. He also finished first in the 2009 Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in Philadelphia.
September 16, 2001 |
While many U.S. sporting events have been shut down this weekend, no fewer than 7,500 athletes will compete this morning in the Philadelphia Distance Run. The 13.1-mile half-marathon is favored by elite competitors who like the flat, fast, out-and-back course that winds alongside the Schuylkill, especially since it presents only a few turns between the Falls Bridge and the start/finish line at Ninth and Market Streets. Recreational runners, who make up the majority of the field, might like it even more.
October 23, 1997 |
Khalid Khannouchi's performance in setting a Philadelphia Distance Run record last month was impressive. Khannouchi didn't wait long to top his PDR effort of 1 hour, 27 seconds: Sunday, he won the Chicago Marathon in the fastest time ever in the United States. Competing in his first marathon, Khannouchi finished in 2:07:10. Only three others have run faster marathons anywhere, including Ethiopia's Belayneh Densimo, who set the world record of 2:06:50 in Rotterdam in 1988. Khannouchi, a Moroccan living in Brooklyn, N.Y., ran the second half of the Chicago Marathon faster than the first half.