October 13, 2015 |
THE EAGLES got a much-needed win over the Saints yesterday. Now it's time to get ready for an unprecedented prime-time ride. For the first time in team history, the Eagles' next three regular-season games will be played at night. That includes two against division opponents and another against unbeaten Carolina. The Eagles host the Giants next Monday night, followed by a Sunday night game against the Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. They then have a bye before taking on the Cowboys on Nov. 8, also a Sunday night.
October 10, 2015 |
When Noel Sarah Dietrich was a kid, she wanted to be Vicki Huber. Huber, like Dietrich, was from Wilmington, De., and Dietrich watched the Villanova all-American's path to the 1988 Olympics in awe. One problem though: Dietrich enjoyed running, but she didn't think she was really good at it. "I was typically an overachiever and wasn't used to things that didn't come easy to me," she said. In high school, she went to one track practice then dropped out. At the University of Delaware, she knew running helped relieve stress, but she never really got into the sport.
June 1, 2015 |
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.
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.
August 3, 2014 |
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.
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.
January 27, 2014 |
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.
January 13, 2014 |
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.