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The 40th ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 1, 2009 was a memorable and historic event with the first U.S. race champion since 1982 - Meb Keflezighi and the largest marathon field in the sport's history - 43,741 runners and 43,475 finishers (a 99.4% completion rate). Below is a summary of fast facts for the flagship marathon in 2009:



All time high number of participants: 43,741 starters, 43,475 finishers

  • Number of starters: 43,741
  • Number of finishers: 43,475
  • Largest number of marathon finishers in running history (previously 38,607 - at 2007 ING NYC Marathon; 4,868 more finishers than in 2007)
  • Italy had the highest number of non-U.S. finishers: 3,093
  • France was second with total finishers: 2,924
  • Total countries represented: 110
  • Total states represented: 50 plus DC, Puerto Rico and Guam
  • Total finishers from the tri-state area: 12,661
  • 102,486 people applied for the ING New York City Marathon 2009.
  • Oldest Female Finisher: Yolande Marois, 84, 7:41:04
  • Oldest Male Finisher: Peter Harangozo, 88, 7:53:02




  • Male Open race winner: Meb Keflezighi, USA, 2:09:15, personal record
  • Female Open race winner: Derartu Tulu, Ethiopia, 2:28:52
  • Male wheelchair race winner: Kurt Fearnley, Australia, 1:35:58
  • Female wheelchair race winner: Edith Hunkeler, Switzerland, 1:58:15
  • Male hand cycle race winner: Helene Hines, USA, 1:53:51
  • Female hand cycle race winner: Dane Pilon, USA, 1:19:48



  • Meb Keflezighi became the first U.S. man to win the race since Alberto Salazar three-peated in 1982. Keflezighi has now finished in every podium position in New York: champion (2009), runner-up (2004) and third (2005). The two-time Olympian earned $200,000 in prize money and time bonuses.
  • Derartu Tulu became the first Ethiopian woman to win New York, and is the only Olympic 10,000m gold medalist (male or female) to win here.
  • Ludmila Petrova, 41, competed in her 9th ING NYC Marathon, taking her third podium finish.
  • Even with the strongest men's fields ever in New York, six American men finished in the top 10, the best U.S. finish at NYC since 1979.


Professional women's field had 7 personal bests:

  • Buzunesh Deba, Ethiopia, 2:35:54
  • Serkalem Biset Abrha, Ethiopia, 2:37:20
  • Desiree Ficker, Austin, TX, 2:39:30
  • Catha Mullen, New York, NY, 2:43:13
  • Christine Ramsey, Baltimore, MD, 2:44:37
  • Hirut Mandefro, Ethiopia, 2:47:03
  • Rebecca Yau, New York, NY, 2:51:22


Professional men's field had 8 personal bests:

  • Meb Keflezighi, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 2:09:15
  • Jorge Torres, Boulder, CO, 2:13:00
  • Nick Arciniaga, Rochester Hills, MI, 2:13:46
  • Mike Sayenko, Bellevue, WA, 2:16:38
  • Allen Wagner, Huntington Valley, PA, 2:17:49
  • Max King, Bend, OR, 2:19:11
  • Pat Tarpy, Providence, RI, 2:20:43
  • Bryan Morseman, Addison, NY, 2:23:50


Athlete Payments

  • Prize money totaled $800,000, the largest in race history.



  • The race charities had over 6,700 runners raise more than $24 million ($24 million - not a typo).


For more of the above including age group and charity breakdowns as well as broadcast and web numbers, go to:

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Run Boston in 2010

Posted by Active Giselle Nov 5, 2009

Press Release


CONCORD, Mass. -- Applications are now available for running in the Boston Marathon(R) as part of the Melanoma Foundation of New England's marathon team, Running for Cover.  With Bill Rodgers back again as the honorary team captain, the Foundation is looking forward to another successful Marathon year.


Runners can go to and download an application for Boston. The fundraising minimum is $3,250 for invitational runners, and $350 for qualified runners (runners who ran a previous marathon fast enough to qualify for Boston).  Applicants will be notified in mid-November if they make the team. Team members receive Running for Cover apparel, fundraising tips, training support including meetings with Bill Rodgers, and the satisfaction of knowing they will make a very real difference in the fight against melanoma. Last year's Running for Cover team raised over $200,000 through the Boston Marathon.


Melanoma is now the fastest growing cancer in the United States -- in fact, one person dies each hour from the disease. However, if detected in the early stages, melanoma can usually be treated successfully. The Foundation is committed to improving the statistics by educating the public about the need for early detection and prevention and by offering programs to help patients and their families cope with melanoma.


Skin cancer is the number one diagnosed cancer in the United States, and melanoma is the most preventable of all cancers. The Melanoma Foundation of New England was founded in 1999 and is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.



SOURCE  Melanoma Foundation of New England

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Los Angeles Marathon officials announced that registration for the 25th Annual Los Angeles Marathon opens at 12:01 a.m. (PDT) Tuesday, September 1.  The racewhich will be run on Sunday, March 21, 2010will highlight the icons of Los Angeles on a route race management has named "Stadium to the Sea."


Click here to register.


About the Los Angeles Marathon


We inspire athletes and connect communities. With thousands of volunteers, tens of thousands of participants, and hundreds of thousands of spectators along the route, the Los Angeles Marathon is one of the largest organized road races in the world.  For more information, visit This is the 25th Anniversary of the L.A. Marathon. Registration will be capped at 25,000.

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Congrats to Brazilian Marcos Farinazzo, who won the 2009 Badwater Ultramarathon today in an impressive sub-24 hour finish, coming in at  23:39:18! He was the only sub-24 hour finisher this year, and was more than an hour ahead of second place finisher, Oswaldo Lopez.


Farinazzo, age 40, is the 2008 men’s champion and course record holder of the Brazil 135 Ultramarathon.


Check out the rest of the 2009 Badwater race results as runners continue to make their way to the finish.










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An exciting, record-breaking day of racing closed the 2009 XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series on Saturday in Malibu. Almost 750 runners stepped up to the start line of what race director Brennan Lindner called "the perfect XTERRA course with a little bit of everything. Runners had to tackle steep climbs, sweet single track, and long descents. It was a killer race that really pushed everyone to their limits."


No stranger to the XTERRA SoCal Series after winning the last two races, triathlete legend Heather Fuhr, 41 from Encinitas, beat her own 2008 course record by one minute finishing in just 1 hour, 47 minutes, 34 seconds. Chasing her was Culver City resident Mary Lockton, 31, crossing the line almost 2½ minutes behind Fuhr to claim the runner-up position.


Los Angeles local and City of Angels Half-Marathon champion Romualdo Sanchez, 39, won the 22-kilometer event in 1:38:53, beating Newbury Park's Jonathan Tolker by three minutes. Sanchez, a SoCal running star, also has his sights on the LA Marathon coming up in just two weeks.


In addition to the main half-marathon distance Xduro event, a fun 6-kilomter race took part in the day's festivities. Jaakko Hiekkatanta of Lexington, KY and Kyle Legones of Huntington Beach won the men's and women's races in 27:14 and 30:01, respectively.


Not only did the course reward runners with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, they were met at the finish line with the welcome sight of a hot breakfast consisting of eggs, muffins and tons of cold Gatorade.


While it's sad to see the 2009 XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series come to an end, Regional champions will be crowned and invited to race for free in the XTERRA Trail Running National Championship coming up on Sunday, September 13 in Bend, Ore. Hannah Rae Finchamp, a 13-year old from Altadena, who has clinched one of these coveted titles said, "The XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series puts on the best races. I love the challenges XTERRA provides that make me dig a little deeper to find energy and strength I didn't think I had."


Upcoming 2010 XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series

XTERRA Point Mugu Xduro Trail Run 11K / 18K - 09/29/09 - Oxnard, CA

XTERRA Topanga Turkey Trot Trail Run 5K /10K / 15K - 11/26/09 - Topanga, CA

XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run 5K / 15K - 12/13/09 - Newport Coast, CA


For more information, visit or call 877-XTERRA-1.



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Press Release



SAN FRANCISCO -- The ING Bay to Breakers and San Francisco police and City officials have announced several new policies that will be enforced to improve the safety and enjoyment of the race for runners, spectators and neighbors during this year's 98th running of the ING Bay to Breakers on Sunday, May 17.


"We have listened closely to concerns from race participants, residents along the race course, and civic leaders. In response to safety, logistical and trash issues, we are instituting new policies in cooperation with the San Francisco Police Department and City officials," said Angela Fang, general manager of the race.


"The ING Bay to Breakers is about promoting community, physical fitness, and giving athletes and fitness enthusiasts the chance to compete in and enjoy one of the most exhilarating and scenic footraces in the world. We're still focused on the fun, vitality and unique culture of the race - we're just removing the alcohol and the hazards. We feel that these changes will enhance the race experience for all involved," Fang added.


The following changes have been made to the 98th ING Bay to Breakers, as well as future races:



  • Zero tolerance policy on alcohol. Anyone openly drinking alcohol or displaying public drunkenness will be subject to fines and prosecution.

  • All wheeled objects and floats are prohibited. Inappropriate equipment on the streets is dangerous and can prevent runners and walkers from completing the race in a timely manner.

  • Leave no footprint. Additional dumpsters will be placed along the course for trash.


"We are all working together to enforce these new zero tolerance policies," said Jim Lynch, assistant chief of the San Francisco Police Department. "We want to ensure that the 2009 ING Bay to Breakers is a safe and enjoyable event for everyone - race participants, families, residents and spectators included."


"The North Panhandle Neighborhood Association is supportive of the ING Bay to Breakers race instituting a zero tolerance policy for alcohol possession and public drinking. We want to see the race get back to its roots and focus on the sport of running, the celebration of San Francisco's diversity and the spirit of community. In recent years, the level of alcohol consumption has overpowered the event and made the race displeasing for the neighborhoods through which it runs," said Kevin Rafter, president of the association.


Fang called the ING Bay to Breakers race "a celebration of the unique spirit of San Francisco. Thousands of costumed participants, families and neighborhood residents from diverse communities come to cheer on professional and recreational runners and walkers," she said. "In keeping with both the integrity of the athletic competition and the fun, welcoming spirit of the race, we ask that participants and spectators respect the race route and the communities along the race course. This means leaving alcohol and wheeled floats at home, and putting trash and recyclables in their proper place."


In further support of the community, ING Bay to Breakers pays the City of San Francisco several hundred thousand dollars in fees, generates millions of dollars in travel and tourism and creates hundreds of event-related jobs for local community youth groups and schools. The race also makes significant contributions to a number of local charities.


The race draws approximately 65,000 participants and 100,000 spectators to San Francisco. The ING Bay to Breakers 12K was recently named by ESPN as one of the "101 things all sports fans must experience before they die," and already more than 6,000 registrants have signed up for the May 17 race. Fang assures that by adopting these new measures, "we are ensuring that runners, walkers and spectators enjoy a safe, fun event."


About ING Bay to Breakers 12K

Now in its 98th year, the ING Bay to Breakers 12K, a Running USA Founding Member, is one of the world's largest and oldest footraces, held annually in San Francisco, California. The name reflects the course which takes tens of thousands of participants from the northeast end of downtown San Francisco, near The Embarcadero (the "bay" side of the city), to the west end of the city and the "breakers" of Ocean Beach. The 7.46 mile (12 kilometer) race features world-class athletes in addition to costumed runners and "fun-loving" folks out for a great day of running and walking through San Francisco. For more information, visit:

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Press Release



SAN DIEGO - Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2009,

the Muddy Buddy Ride and Run Series has announced its event dates for

the year. The 2009 schedule, which will kick off with an event

in Richmond, VA in May, will also include four new events in Nashville,

Detroit, San Diego and Phoenix. Muddy Buddy sold out eight of its nine

events in 2008, and is looking forward to a record year in repeat cities

as well as successful debuts in the four new markets.



The series, which hosts between 900 and 1,400 teams

of two at each event, is known for its unique six- to seven-mile courses

that require participants to 'leapfrog' between biking and running as

they traverse trails and obstacles. The course ends with a 60-foot-long

mud pit, which contestants crawl through together before crossing the

finish line. Registration for all events in the 2009 Muddy Buddy Ride

and Run Series is currently open online at:



Kids between the ages of 4 and 12 can join in the fun

with the adults, as a part of the Paul Mitchell Mini Muddy Buddy. At each

event, kids can sign up to complete a short obstacle course and slither

through the same mud pit as the adults. Five dollars of each registration

fee for the Mini Muddy Buddy benefits the Challenged Athletes Foundation.



"These events are a great way for the whole family

to get out and enjoy an exciting, unique event," said Bob Babbitt,

founder of the Muddy Buddy series. "Some participants even dress

up in costume - the courses are appropriate for any ability level, and

the relaxed atmosphere is perfect for anyone looking to have a great time

and get muddy!"



The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) Muddy Buddy Challenge, +presented by Land

Rover Certified Pre-Owned+, provides an easy way for able-bodied Muddy

Buddy participants to help people with physical challenges. Funds raised

through the CAF Muddy Buddy Challenge help purchase the adaptive athletic

equipment and support necessary for challenged athletes to create an active

lifestyle that includes fitness and competitive athletics. Land Rover,

one of the event's longtime sponsors, aided the cause for the 2008 series

by donating $9,000.



2009 Muddy Buddy Ride and Run


Sunday, May 3 - Richmond, VA

Sunday, May 9 - Orlando, FL

Sunday, May 17 - Austin, TX

Sunday, May 31 - Nashville*, TN

Sunday, June 7 - San Jose, CA

Saturday, June 20 - Atlanta, GA

Sunday, July 12 - Detroit*, MI

Sunday, August 2 - Chicago, IL

Sunday, August 16 - Boulder, CO

Sunday, October 25 - Dallas, TX

Sunday, November 1 - Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, December 6 - San Diego*, CA

Sunday, December 13 - Phoenix*, AZ

*New event






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Typically a late February/early March race, the L.A. Marathon is moving to Memorial Day for 2009. This article in the L.A. Times takes a look at the pros and (mostly) cons of the change, particularly the fact that a late season race date means warmer weather and potentially slower times.



What do you think? Are you less likely to register for the L.A. Marathon now that the date is later than usual? Or are you excited to kick off summer with a run in SoCal's City of Angels?



Do you think registration numberswhich have been well over 20,000 in recent yearswill drop drastically? Or is this change in a time of change for the better?



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