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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?”

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…

Diane Nukuri's Long Run To Freedom Diane Nukuri's Long Run To Freedom

“My brother used to cover for me, and tell my mom I was visiting my grandma when I was out running,” says Diane Nukuri. “But people in the village would tell on me—‘I saw your daughter running. Such a shame.’”

How A Small-Time Training Group And An Army Program Changed American Distance Running How A Small-Time Training Group And An Army Program Changed American Distance Running

Warmed up and stripped down, 15 blade-thin runners milled on the track, game-faced, gathering themselves. A few words between them, Swahili and English—“20 seconds ... 10 …”—and the amorphous group coalesced into a single-file line, shuffling. Scott Simmons had not finished saying, “Go!” when the first in line clicked…

How Up-And-Coming Runner Hannah Fields Found Her Groove How Up-And-Coming Runner Hannah Fields Found Her Groove

Carolyn Helker’s daughter, Hannah, is quite competitive. She gets that from her father, Eddy. When Hannah was young, her dad coached her soccer team and challenged the kids to juggle a soccer ball 100 times. Knob-kneed and determined, Hannah did it. Then he sweetened the deal, saying he’d pay anyone who could juggle…

The Curious Case Of Ajee Wilson's Positive Drug Test The Curious Case Of Ajee Wilson's Positive Drug Test

Indoor American 800-meter record holder Ajee Wilson was stripped of that record for testing positive for zeranol, a prohibited substance that’s listed under Anabolic Agents. But according to USADA, Wilson will not serve a suspension because it was determined the source of the zeranol was beef that had been raised with…

Lack Of Testosterone Limits Leads To Debate Over Transgender High School Athlete Lack Of Testosterone Limits Leads To Debate Over Transgender High School Athlete

Fifteen-year-old Cromwell High School freshman Andraya Yearwood won the girls’ 100-meter and 200-meter races at the Connecticut Class M track meet. In middle school, Yearwood competed as a boy. The transgender athlete intends to pursue hormonal treatment and sex reassignment surgery, but was able to compete without…

The Full-Court Pressure Of The Somali-American Sportswoman The Full-Court Pressure Of The Somali-American Sportswoman

Most Twin Cities high school cross country and track teams have Somali students on the roster. Some of these prep runners have gone on to successful college and even professional running careers, like former Minneapolis South runner Hassan Mead, who represented the U.S. at the Rio Olympics.

Edna Kiplagat Is Incredible  Edna Kiplagat Is Incredible 

It was about 4 p.m. in Iten, Kenya when Edna Kiplagat got hold of me on Skype. The connection was poor, so she tried different locations—the front porch, outside her farmhouse, before settling in the living room, comfortable and pretty with tiles on the walls, and pictures. Two of her five children, Carlos, 13, and…

The Case For Being A Selfish Bastard Runner The Case For Being A Selfish Bastard Runner

“One selfless London Marathon runner sacrificed his own race to help a physically exhausted fellow runner across the finishing line,” wrote The Telegraph.

Nike's Two-Hour-Long Eliud Kipchoge Documentary Was Beautiful Nike's Two-Hour-Long Eliud Kipchoge Documentary Was Beautiful

Nike’s Breaking2 campaign was unsuccessful.

The Brutality Of The Barkley Marathons The Brutality Of The Barkley Marathons

Canadian endurance runner Gary Robbins had been running—which is to say, sliding, clawing, and bushwhacking, with a bit of sleep-deprived hallucination thrown in—through the unforgiving outback of Frozen Head State Park for more than 59 hours straight. With all 13 book pages in his pack and only maybe twenty minutes…

Ahead For 9,400 Meters, Joshua Cheptegei Wobbles To Finish At World Cross Country Championships Ahead For 9,400 Meters, Joshua Cheptegei Wobbles To Finish At World Cross Country Championships

With 2,000 meters left in the weekend’s World Cross Country Championship, 20-year-old Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei was leading the most important race of his young life, in front of the home crowd. The glory was his; he had almost 50 meters on pre-race favorite and cross country legend Geoffrey Kamworor. The crowd in…

Who The Hell Is Woody Kincaid?  Who The Hell Is Woody Kincaid? 

Wiping sweat and spit from his face with his t-shirt, 23-year-old Woody Kincaid seemed to be trying hard not to sound arrogant, or stupid, or insulted by reporters’ surprise at his come-from-behind victory in a semifinal heat of last year’s Olympic Trials 5000 meters.

Eliud Kipchoge Lends Nike's Breaking2 Some Desperately Needed Credibility Eliud Kipchoge Lends Nike's Breaking2 Some Desperately Needed Credibility

Whatever Nike is paying Kenyan star Eliud Kipchoge to crack the two-hour barrier in the marathon, it isn’t enough.

USADA Report Says Alberto Salazar, Mo Farah, And Other Nike Runners "Almost Certainly" Violated Anti-Doping Rules USADA Report Says Alberto Salazar, Mo Farah, And Other Nike Runners "Almost Certainly" Violated Anti-Doping Rules

England’s The Sunday Times reports that they have seen a document prepared by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) detailing use of the legal amino acid L-carnitine in “sometimes potentially unlawful” ways by British Olympian Mo Farah and six American members of the Nike Oregon Project—under the direction of…

The IAAF Seeks To Restrict The Market For African Runners The IAAF Seeks To Restrict The Market For African Runners

Kenya-born Yasemin Can and Meryem Akda, competing for Turkey, won gold and silver respectively at the 2016 European Cross Country Championships in November. The Irish Independent wrote that Ireland’s Fionnuala McCormack, who finished fifth, was “denied” a medal by the naturalized Turks, and Irish running icon Sonia…

Free Agenting The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships Free Agenting The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships were held this past weekend in Minneapolis. It’s supposed to be kind of kitsch and old school—“hockey the way nature intended” is their motto. While I did not see anyone using magazines affixed to their shins with duct tape, as the website’s folksy history section maintains, it was…

Why Does Triathlon Have Such A Clean Image? Why Does Triathlon Have Such A Clean Image?

It is almost impossible to believe that cycling, track and field, and swimming aren’t rife with doping. A large swath of top cyclists have tested positive for PEDs or admitted doping; track and field had state-sponsored doping programs in Eastern Germany, China, and Russia, along with hundreds of other athletes…

Nike Joins The Quest For A Sub Two-Hour Marathon Nike Joins The Quest For A Sub Two-Hour Marathon

In a brilliant height-of-the-Christmas-sales-season marketing move, Nike announced via two breathless press releases, in Runner’s World and Wired, that they are entering the sub two-hour marathon game.

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