BOSTON — The Kenyans finally face a challenge to their dominance of the Boston Marathon, and it's from their East African neighbors.
Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa took the title in the 117th edition of the world's oldest marathon on Monday, winning a three-way sprint down Boylston Street to finish in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 22 seconds and snap a string of three consecutive Kenyan victories.
Runners left Hopkinton for the start of the Boston Marathon on Monday with more to worry about in the 116th edition of the race than the up-and-down, 26.2-mile road to Copley Square. Heat was already slowing the pace of the leaders and creating potentially dangerous conditions for the rest of the 27,000 registered runners.
Amber Miller was nearly 39 weeks pregnant when she started the 26.2-mile Chicago Marathon on Sunday morning. The DuPage County woman in a telephone interview from her hospital bed that her doctor allowed her to run half the race and walk half the race.
"Can you say counterintuitive? That’s the word that a 'Yahoo' news site uses to describe Emily Strunk-Helm, a 36 year old Arizona woman who is in training for the Long Beach. In an attempt to raise $10,000 for her local Ronald McDonald House, Emily has vowed to eat all of her food from the McDonald’s menu for the 31 days leading up to her October 9th marathon." Areavoices blogger Jim Lindlauf says 'counterintuitive' would not be his first choice of descriptions.
“You know, they say if you're going to be a good salesman, you have to believe in what you sell, and I have never believed in anything enough to sell it as much as I have this,” said Laura Jelinek. By “this” she means Grand Forks’ first Rollin’ on the River Inline Marathon on Saturday, the product of her dream, her labor, the labor of 150 or volunteers and thousands of dollars in money and services from city agencies and businesses.
The world's second-largest athletic company unveiled its first "barefoot" training shoe Tuesday. It designed to mimic the experience of exercising barefoot while providing the protection, traction and durability of a shoe. The Adipure Trainer is a cross between a glove for the feet and a traditional shoe.
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