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October 8, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
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)
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October 21, 1996 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
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.
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October 24, 1999 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 14, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
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.
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March 3, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
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.
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October 8, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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October 9, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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January 14, 2012 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
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.
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September 16, 2001 | By Ron Reid INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 23, 1997 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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June 1, 2015 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
Marathons are going the distance. In 2014, the number of marathon finishers rose to 550,637 - up from 541,000 in 2013, according to the annual marathon report from Running USA, which was issued last week. The number of marathons hit another record, too: In 2014, the United States had more than 1,200 26.2-mile races. "It's encouraging that marathon participation continues to grow and more races than ever are being organized," said Scott Bush, Running USA's director of communications.
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November 14, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
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.
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August 3, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
Aug. 5 is a big day for Joan Benoit Samuelson. It's the 30th anniversary of her gold medal in the 1984 Olympic marathon. Of course a gold medal is a lifetime achievement, but the date has an international significance: It's also the 30th anniversary of the first women's Olympic marathon ever held. Running was different for women in 1984. The Boston Marathon didn't allow women to register until 1972, and in 1980 only 10 percent of marathon finishers were women, according to Running USA. Today, women make up 43 percent of marathon finishers and 57 percent of all road race finishers in the United States.
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March 3, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
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.
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January 27, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
Last week, the Chicago Marathon announced that it would be switching to a lottery system for registration. When I registered for the 2012 race, I locked myself to my computer and started trying to sign up the minute registration opened. It took a few tries, but I got in. Last year, though, enough people did the same thing that the marathon's registration system crashed. A lottery system would make choosing who gets in more fair. Sound familiar? In 2013, the Chicago Marathon had 39,122 finishers.
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January 13, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
When Wayne Kursh opened his first running store in 1977, amateur races were a little bit different than they are today. "The way we timed races back then was to hand runners a Popsicle stick with a number on it and send them to a scoring table," he said. He had just bought his first computer, an IBM, for $12,000. His first cellphone? It looked like a brick. "Technology is constantly changing. The business has changed too," he said. Kursh, 60, has changed right along with it, and today he runs three successful companies that time and manage running events in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
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November 18, 2013 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
If you ran the Philadelphia Marathon or Half Marathon today, you're probably reading this column after you're done. Some of you had a fantastic race. I probably high-fived you at Mile 22, where I was set up for the day. But some of you, despite training for months, had a bad day. Maybe you didn't finish, or barely pulled yourself across the finish line, and right now are stewing over a beer you don't want to drink at what was supposed to be a celebration party. Instead of laughing with your friends, you're staring at your phone reading this column so you don't need to hear them talk about their great races.
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