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Gwen Jorgensen Wants To Be The Best In The World. Again. Gwen Jorgensen Wants To Be The Best In The World. Again.

Endurance athletes, triathletes and distance runners, are a humble lot—hardworking, long suffering, and taught to endure not only punishing workouts, but years of incremental improvements with little, if any, monetary reward or recognition. Humility, patience, and persistence are the hallmarks of the endurance…

Officials Ruin Steeplechase Competition By Setting A Barrier Six Inches Too High Officials Ruin Steeplechase Competition By Setting A Barrier Six Inches Too High

Wild shit happens in the steeplechase. Emma Coburn won last year’s world championship in part because one of the favorites ran around the first water jump instead of over it; a runner at the 2009 U.S. women’s championship broke her foot after one barrier was accidentally set at the men’s height; in a college race last…

A Double Amputee Coming Off A Cocaine Suspension Is Suddenly One Of The Best Sprinters In America A Double Amputee Coming Off A Cocaine Suspension Is Suddenly One Of The Best Sprinters In America

Blake Leeper is a double amputee, self-described alcoholic, and coming off a two-year suspension for testing positive for cocaine that ended last year. He also may be one of the best 400-meter runners in the United States—and by extension, the world—after dominating the field with a PR of 44.42 seconds in Prague…

A Convicted Doper Won $10,000 In A Race Created By A Reality TV Star Who Forgot To Implement Drug Testing A Convicted Doper Won $10,000 In A Race Created By A Reality TV Star Who Forgot To Implement Drug Testing

Gabe Grunewald is one of the most inspiring and upsetting stories in sports right now—at just 31 years old, her running career has been interrupted by cancer three times, in 2009, 2011, and 2016. In 2017 she somehow raced a partial schedule through the U.S. championships while undergoing chemotherapy. It was…

Here's Some Satisfying Drama Between Ironman Texas And Pro Triathletes Here's Some Satisfying Drama Between Ironman Texas And Pro Triathletes

Canadian triathlete Jen Annett finished seventh at last weekend’s Ironman Texas event, and while she didn’t win, she finished the cycling portion of the race in 4:25:10, which was a new all-time Ironman bike course record. However, her record won’t stand, and neither will Matt Hanson’s would-be Ironman world record…

The Only Point Of Track’s Dumb New Testosterone Rules Is To Make It Illegal To Be Caster Semenya The Only Point Of Track’s Dumb New Testosterone Rules Is To Make It Illegal To Be Caster Semenya

Track and field’s international governing body announced this morning that women who compete internationally in events from 400 meters to the mile will have to maintain natural testosterone levels below a certain limit in order to be eligible to compete. (Those with more testosterone will be required to take hormonal…

Boston's Weather Broke Scores Of Elite Runners, But Not Old Man Abdi Abdirahman Boston's Weather Broke Scores Of Elite Runners, But Not Old Man Abdi Abdirahman

Despite miserable weather, 95 percent of of the 27,042 common folk who started Monday’s Boston Marathon eventually crossed the finish line. The whippets up front proved less stalwart: two-thirds of the elite men’s field dropped out. One who didn’t was 41-year-old Tucson resident, Abdi Abdirahman. He finished 15th,…

Q&A: Des Linden Explains How She Won The Boston Marathon Q&A: Des Linden Explains How She Won The Boston Marathon

On Monday, Des Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years. For the 34-year-old Linden, her Boston title represents a long-awaited prize after coming up agonizingly short may times over—placing second at Boston in 2011 by two seconds, numerous top-10 finishes, and no wins in the World…

The Weather At The Boston Marathon Overwhelmed The World's Best Distance Runners The Weather At The Boston Marathon Overwhelmed The World's Best Distance Runners

The men’s and women’s races at Monday’s Boston Marathon were won by two of the unlikeliest people. Desi Linden was the first American woman to win Boston since the race became fully professional in 1986; the men’s race was won by Yuki Kawauchi, who isn’t really a professional. (He has a full-time government job in…

The Boston Marathon Had Two Shocking Winners The Boston Marathon Had Two Shocking Winners

You will read, and in fact are reading right now, that Desi Linden and Yuki Kawauchi’s times (2:39:54 and 2:15:58) were the slowest winning times in the Boston Marathon in 40 and 42 years, respectively. You should pay this no mind—given the brutal rain and headwinds in which the race was run, and given the shocking…

Shalane Flanagan Takes 13-Second Bathroom Break In The Middle Of The Boston Marathon Shalane Flanagan Takes 13-Second Bathroom Break In The Middle Of The Boston Marathon

Here’s Shalane Flanagan, defending New York City Marathon champion and one of the best American runners of all time, sprinting to a porta-potty just before the halfway mark of this morning’s Boston Marathon:

Geoffrey Kamworor Raced Ten Miles, Then Ran A 13:01 5K Geoffrey Kamworor Raced Ten Miles, Then Ran A 13:01 5K

The first three quarters or so of this weekend’s IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia, Spain, were cagey and uneventful, as the runners hung out and watched each other while being buffeted by powerful gusts of wind. Then, with about six kilometers left to go, two-time defending world champ Geoffrey…

How To Enjoy Exercising Even If You're A Fat, Sensitive Nerd How To Enjoy Exercising Even If You're A Fat, Sensitive Nerd

As an overweight woman who performs in public, I’ve resented the ways in which women like me are reduced to our bodies and our thoughts about our bodies. I’ve mostly refused to develop opinions about mine. I’ve spent most of my life experiencing the world intellectually and emotionally rather than physically; I’ve…

Edward Cheserek Is Still The King Of The Indoor Mile Edward Cheserek Is Still The King Of The Indoor Mile

Despite being one of the most dominant individual athletes in the history of college sports, Edward Cheserek only managed to break one collegiate record in his four years at Oregon: the indoor mile, where he ran a scintillating 3:52.01 last winter to not only set an NCAA standard but a new Kenyan one. Whenever you…

A Decade In Kenya Turned Two Teens From New Zealand Into World-Class Runners A Decade In Kenya Turned Two Teens From New Zealand Into World-Class Runners

The plan had seemed so simple when it was hatched in their mom’s basement. But as the plane was landing in Nairobi, the scabby ground growing closer, 18-year-old Zane leaned over to his twin brother and said, “Jake, what are we going to do?”

Secret Military Installations Apparently Revealed By Snitch-Ass Fitness Tracking App Secret Military Installations Apparently Revealed By Snitch-Ass Fitness Tracking App

The Washington Post has a story today headlined “U.S. soldiers are revealing sensitive and dangerous information by jogging,” and it’s exactly what it sounds like: U.S. soldiers are revealing sensitive and dangerous information by jogging.

Ultrarunner Loses Titles After Investigation Shows He Won Them By Hiding In A Port-A-Potty Ultrarunner Loses Titles After Investigation Shows He Won Them By Hiding In A Port-A-Potty

Kelly Agnew is an accomplished ultrarunner who began taking on marathons and ultramarathons in 2011. Within a few years of starting, he completed the Leadville 100, the Rocky Raccoon 100-miler, and a few more prominent ultramarathons, before experiencing a breakthrough in 2013. Agnew finished second at the 2013 Pony…

Meet The Crazy New Yorkers Who Completed Five Triathlons In Five Days Meet The Crazy New Yorkers Who Completed Five Triathlons In Five Days

Why? That’s the first question people always ask. Why would you want to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112, and then run a marathon? Why would you do it five days in a row? Why would you plan the whole thing yourself? In the five boroughs? In the middle of June?

What The World's Most Famous Amateur Can Teach Pro Runners What The World's Most Famous Amateur Can Teach Pro Runners

At just 30 years old, Yuki Kawauchi is in a distance running category of his own. As of January 1, he has run the most sub-2:20 marathons of anyone, ever—76. He’s also run the most sub-2:12 marathons of anyone, ever—25. Kawauchi—one guy—has run more sub-2:10 marathons since 2011 than the whole United States put…

Camille Herron Destroys 100-Mile Run World Record By Over An Hour Camille Herron Destroys 100-Mile Run World Record By Over An Hour

A marathon is a brutal, exhausting thing to do to your body. Running four marathons back-to-back-to-back-to-back is an exponentially more ruinous endeavor, and even the very best at one of the most physically extreme sports in the world don’t get by without destroying themselves. Ultramarathoners regularly report…

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