August 12, 2013 |
On Monday, I start training for the Trenton Double Cross Half Marathon, which will be held on Nov. 9. It will be the sixth half-marathon that I have run in the last four years. I'm not the only fan of this distance. Last year, half marathons had 1.85 million finishers, far surpassing marathons, which had 487,000, according to Running USA. Since 2003, the half marathon has been the fastest growing race in the country, and the number of finishers has quadrupled since 2001. Today, 60 percent of half marathon finishers are women.
March 17, 2014 |
When I ran my first half-marathon in 2009, I considered it a triumph. My longest race had been 10 miles. I'd never run 13.1 miles in my life, not even in training. When I crossed that finish line, I felt a lot of things - tired, sick, cold - but the overwhelming feeling was accomplishment. "Yeah, but you ran just the half, right?" a friend asked when I told her my results. "Just the half" - the toilet paper stuck to the 13.1-miler's shoe. Have you ever run 13.1 miles? It's not a short distance - Center City to Gladwyne, a lap around the island that holds Avalon and Stone Harbor, give or take.
January 10, 2015 |
The 2015 Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon may not happen this year, for one very big - and holy - reason: the Pope. This fall's visit from the Pope Francis is his first visit to the U.S. 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 overlaps with what would have been the 38th running of the race, which has traditionally been held on the third Sunday in September.
August 22, 2013 |
The Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. Sept. 15, and organizers expect more than 20,000 participants from all 50 states and 19 countries. The 13.1-mile race, which will feature more than a dozen bands along the course, will start and finish at Eakins Oval near the Art Museum and pass by Independence Hall and along the Schuylkill. Known for 32 years, as the Philadelphia Distance Run, the event became a part of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series in 2010.
March 8, 2007 |
When my daughter slyly suggested running the Disney World half marathon, I sweetly suggested she was nuts. I ran track in high school. Now I'm in my walking phase of life. My daughter, currently on her high school track team, thought a run through the Magic Kingdom sounded like fun. After much debate, I told her we could sign up, and start training. If we completed the training (ha!), we'd do it. People who run marathons say the exhilaration is unbelievable. Run one, and you're hooked.
September 18, 1992 |
One of the lovable, charming things about Philadelphia is that we always do things in our own lovable, charming way. Boston, New York and Los Angeles have their gaudy, full-scale marathons, but here in Philadelphia, the big road race of the season is a half-marathon. There used to be a marathon here, too, but somehow it never took root. Probably because of our town's Quaker heritage, we Philadelphians have always eschewed excess (and 26 miles of running is excess; remember, it killed Pheidippides, the ancient Greek who inspired this madness)
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 15, 2013 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Marathon and Half Marathon return for the 20th running on Sunday, featuring an elite class of runners from the area and around the world. The unique and admired race will feature added competition, as U.S. athletes can qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials based on their times in this certified marathon. The qualifying standards to qualify for the trials are as follows: men's marathon, 2 hours 18 minutes; men's half marathon, 1:05:00; women's marathon, 2:43:00; and women's half marathon is 1:15:00.
July 28, 2013 |
When Michele Redrow, president of CGI Racing, looked at the local fall racing schedule, she saw a blank spot where a 10-miler could have been. But instead of slotting in another coed race, she decided to create something for women runners, who now make up 60 percent of half-marathon finishers. On Oct. 13, they're putting on "The Perfect 10", a women's-focused 10-mile race in West Windsor Township, N.J. Yes, men are allowed to enter, but Redrow says the audience is really women. "I have a soft spot for doing women's races because it's a different environment, and I don't mean to offend men with that," said Redrow, who once organized the Philadelphia Women's Triathlon.
February 3, 2014 |
In August, the Competitor Group, which puts on the Rock 'n' Roll race series, made a stunning announcement: Right before the Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon, one of its premiere races that was to feature Edna Kiplagat, a two-time world championship marathon winner, the organization cut its elite funding program down to the bone, effective immediately. Competitor agreed to honor travel agreements and pay out winners' prizes, but everything else was gone, including appearance fees and the $75,000 purse promised for the winner of the half-marathon grand prix.