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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…

Ultrarunner Courtney Dauwalter Explains Why She Runs Through Blindness And Hallucinations Ultrarunner Courtney Dauwalter Explains Why She Runs Through Blindness And Hallucinations

Courtney Dauwalter is a real nice girl, but competitive. She’s 33 now and married, and living in Golden, Colo., but she grew up in Hopkins, Minn. where she was one heck of an athlete—ran track and cross country, did nordic skiing, went to state a few times. One thing led to another, and now she’s into ultra running,…

How An Inner-City Minnesota High School Built a Girls’ Badminton Dynasty How An Inner-City Minnesota High School Built a Girls’ Badminton Dynasty

Bao Nhia Thao is maybe 5-foot-2, with an enigmatic smile—smooth and benign.

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,…

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

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…

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