June 3, 2015 |
PARIS - There's nothing like a physical ordeal to bring people together. Literally. Holding hands with arms raised, almost like an opera bow, a trio of runners from the Philadelphia Orchestra crossed the finish line of Paris' Saint-Germain-en-Laye half-marathon Sunday morning. Though about 20 minutes behind the front runners, concertmaster David Kim, principal tuba Carol Jantsch, and substitute cellist Glenn Fischbach felt like winners, having run 13 miles from the Paris Zoo just beyond the Arc de Triumph to the famously grand Château de Saint-Germain en Laye - with some serious hills in between.
May 30, 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 U.S. had over 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 director of communications. "Race directors are improving their own races, offering more value to runners, which is the biggest reason the marathon continues to grow.
March 1, 2015 |
Expect a lot of costumes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Halloween this year, but of the aerodynamic variety. That's because the Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, which has been run in the city for 38 years, has a new date for 2015, landing on Oct. 31. Since 1978, the race has been held in Philadelphia on the third Sunday of September. (Until 2009, when bought by Competitor Group, the event was called the Philadelphia Distance Run.) Last year, the event added a 5K on the Saturday before the half-marathon.
January 11, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon may not happen this year, for one very big reason: the pope. This fall's visit by Pope Francis will be his first to the United States and the first papal visit to Philadelphia since 1979. He will appear in conjunction with the World Meeting of Families, the world's largest gathering of Catholic families, which runs Sept. 22 to 27. The conference and his appearance overlap with what would be the 38th running of the race, which has traditionally been held on the third Sunday in September.
November 25, 2014 |
Dan Vassallo said the final goal in his running career was to qualify for the Olympic trials in the marathon. The 29-year-old resident of Peabody, Mass., finally achieved that goal with a bonus. On a picture-perfect day for running, Vassallo was the winner Sunday in the Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon, finishing the 26.2-mile race in 2 hours, 17 minutes, and 27.8 seconds. The qualifying time for the Olympic trials is 2:18:00. "I ran for the trials, but winning was a pleasant by-product of it," Vassallo said.
November 23, 2014 |
Dan Vassallo said the final goal in his running career was to qualify for the Olympic trials in the marathon. The 29-year-old Peabody, Mass., resident has finally achieved that goal, with another twist. On a picture-perfect day for running, Vassallo was the male winner in Sunday's Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon, finishing the 26.2 mile race in two hours, 17 minutes and 28 seconds. The qualifying time for the Olympic Trials is 2:18.00. "I ran for the trials but winning was a pleasant byproduct of it," Vassallo said.
November 21, 2014 |
RUNNING HAS long been a part of the Caruso family. Mary Lynne "Lynne" Caruso's kids always ran, whether it be on high school track teams on Long Island or just for the sheer fun. This weekend, when thousands of runners and spectators flock into the city for the 21st GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon , Lynne and her three daughters will be running for the fun of it. Caruso and daughters Christine Riggs, 47, Annette Fiore, 46, and Michelle Marcincuk,...
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.
November 2, 2014 |
When Kim and Daniel Held attended a baby class before the birth of their first son, they got more than just a wake-up call that they were about to become parents. They got a wake-up call about their own health, too. "We were sitting, and he couldn't sit behind me," said Kim Held, 28, of Albertus, Pa., outside Allentown. "That was the breaking point. " That day was in 2011. On Sunday, Held will run the New York City Marathon, her first full marathon. It's a cap to her journey of losing 40 pounds.