November 21, 2015 |
Sometimes as a youngster in the small Kenyan village where his family farmed, Abraham Kiprop Rutto would look up toward the clear sky and see a passing airplane. Though his future figured to be as earthbound as his father's, the boy dreamed that one day such a plane would carry him to strange new lands, no small ambition for a rural African youngster. Soon he found a way. "My friends were running and going abroad in planes," Rutto said. "And I said, 'I want to fly in one and go abroad so I will run too.' " Rutto ran so hard he eventually caught up with his dream.
November 24, 2014 |
Philadelphia came alive long before sunrise Sunday, with runners from around the world in a race that went off almost without a glitch. It wasn't just the near-perfect weather for the more than 30,000 runners and thousands of family members who came to cheer them on. Everywhere, strangers loudly encouraged Philadelphia Marathon participants. "It makes such a difference as a runner to have people cheering for you," said Jerome Robinson, who stationed himself on Lincoln Drive, where he urged on those completing the first 14 miles and the returning runners as they were near the finish line.
October 19, 2014 |
In 2008, the Atlantic City Marathon celebrated its 50th anniversary. It had been the third-longest continually run marathon in the United States and a fixture on the Jersey Shore race scene. But in 2009, that continuity was threatened when organizers announced they would no longer put on the race. While runners scrambled to find alternative events so that their training wouldn't be wasted, the Milton and Betty Katz JCC in Margate met with the volunteer group that had been putting on the race and asked if there was any way the JCC could help.
October 2, 2013 |
THROUGH SUNSHINE, rain, cold, blizzard - whatever the weather might throw at him - Jerry Nolan walked five blocks to church every day to attend Mass. "We had to dig him out of a snow drift once," said his niece Carolyn McDonald. Jerry was a man secure not only in his faith, but in his footwork. He was a marathon runner into his 70s, and ran shorter races until he was almost 80, stopped only when he was hit by a car and broke a leg. But whether he was running or not, Jerry was a presence at nearly every race of any consequence in the Philadelphia-South Jersey area as a volunteer, helping out wherever he could, and as the unofficial photographer with his handy Instamatic.
July 19, 2013 |
BOSTON - A Rolling Stone cover story featuring a glamorous photo of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is generating controversy, with several retailers announcing yesterday that they will not carry the issue. The cover of the magazine's Aug. 1 edition is a photo in which Tsarnaev looks more like one of the rock stars that usually grace it than a suspect in the April 15 bombings at the marathon finish line that killed three and wounded more than 260. A preview on the magazine's website says the story by contributing editor Janet Reitman traces how "a bright kid with a charming future became a monster.
November 20, 2012 |
See all of our coverage of this year's Philly Marathon at philly.com/marathon2012 . Ekaterina Likhterova simply laughed when asked how she felt after completing the half course at the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday. "I'm in pain," Likhterova, 26, said, gesturing to a large ice pack strapped to her knee. "But it was a good race. " Whether they were tackling 13.1 miles or 26.2, runners were bound to sustain a few bumps and bruises along the way. But organizers said there were no major injuries in the 19th annual marathon, just a year after two runners died close to the finish line.
November 19, 2012
Read all of our Philadephia Marathon coverage at philly.com/marathon2012. This is a big running weekend in Philadelphia. Between the Rothman 8k, which was run Saturday, and the Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon, which are on Sunday, more than 30,000 runners will be pounding asphalt - helped along by more than 3,000 volunteers and 60,000 spectators lining the course. But even as the Philadelphia Marathon has grown in the last 19 years, adding space for 2,500 more runners this year at registration plus 1,454 displaced New York City marathon runners last week, it still hangs in an odd place in the U.S. distance- running world with a participant field of 14,500 runners.
November 19, 2012 |
Ekaterina Likhterova simply laughed when asked how she felt after completing the half-marathon run at the Philadelphia Marathon Sunday. "I'm in pain," Likhterova, 26, said, gesturing to a large ice pack strapped to her knee. "But it was a good race. " Whether they were running 13.1 miles or 26.2, runners in Sunday's marathon were bound to sustain a few bumps and bruises along the way. But organizers said the marathon had seen no major injuries -- just a year after 2011's marathon claimed two lives before the finish line.
November 17, 2012 |
Amy McDonaugh is grateful to the organizers of the Philadelphia Marathon for the late invitation to Sunday's event. The 26.2-mile race begins at 7 a.m. and starts at 22d Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. After the New York City Marathon was canceled because of Sandy, the organizers of the Philadelphia Marathon extended an invitation to those runners even though all 14,500 spots in Philly had been sold out since Oct. 1. Philadelphia was prepared to accept another 3,000 of the runners denied the chance in New York, but just 1,454 applied.
November 22, 2011 |
G. CHRIS Gleason was no weekend warrior. He was one of those rare, elite, finely tuned athletes who had mastered the world's toughest triathlon, the Ironman. He completed the grueling event three times. To hear the announcer proclaim, " You are an Ironman!" at the finish line, Gleason had to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, then run a full 26.2-mile marathon - in succession without a break. Each time, Gleason got faster. He finished his last Ironman in Lake Placid, N.Y., in July in an amazing 10 hours 11 minutes 4 seconds, placing 64th out of 2,902 competitors.