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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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Congratulations to Meb Keflezighi who ran a personal best of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 15 seconds on Sunday at the New York City Marathon and became the first American to win the race in 27 years. Monday night, he joined David Letterman on the Late Show to present "The Top 10 Thoughts That Go Through Your Mind When Running The New York City Marathon."


10. "Wow. Staten Island is even more beautiful than I imagined."


9. "Cool! MapQuest found a route that's only 5 miles."


8. "Am I experiencing the runners high or is it the bus fumes?"


7. "Is that the finish line or crime scene tape?"


6. " Why can I run 26 miles in less time than it takes to play a World Series game?"


5. "Car!"


4. "Cramp!"


3. "Who's that little boy waving at me? Oh, its Mayor Bloomberg."


2. "I forgot to bring the exact change for the Verrazano Bridge."


1. "I really hope that was Gatorade."


Meb Keflezighi presents the "Top Ten Thoughts That Go Through Your Mind When Running The New York City Marathon."


Watch the video here

This was a great segment! #8 is my favorite:  "Am I experiencing the runners high or is it the bus fumes?"

Which is your favorite?


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Press Release


LONG BEACH, CA – In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon will be giving away a host of prizes in a random drawing contest.  Anyone registered for any of the marathon events by the contest deadlines (October 1 for mail-in registrations and October 7 for online registrations) will automatically be eligible for the contest drawing.  Topping the list of prizes will be 25 Round Trip Travel Certificates on JetBlue Airways, the Official Airline of the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon.  Certificates are valid from any JetBlue departure city to any non-stop JetBlue destination city.


Additional prizes include: $250 Prize Package from Clif Bar; $250 Prize Package from Road Runner Sports: $250 Prize Package from Hyatt Regency Hotel Long Beach and ten $25 gift certificates from Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.  To be eligible for the prize drawing, participants must register on-line AT for any 25th Anniversary event before the on-line registration deadline: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at midnight.


Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon and Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, Oct. 11.  Events include: Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Bike Tour, Bubba Gump Run Forrest Run 5K and Kids 1 Mile Fun Run.


No purchase is necessary for participation in the Sweepstakes Contest.  For complete contest rules and registration information on the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon, please visit or call 562-427-4606.

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Press Release


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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Press Release


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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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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Press Release


*Philadelphia, PA* -- Anne Mahlum is a veteran marathoner who rose early most mornings to run on the dark streets of Philadelphia--often with homeless men cheering her on as she passed their shelter.


Instead of just waving and smiling, Mahlum thought she'd try and get them running with her. She contacted the shelter, got donations of running gear, and in July 2007 the Back On My Feet running club hit the streets. 


The first day, Mahlum led nine shelter residents in a mile-long run. Today, Back on My Feet has teams at five Philadelphia shelters, with more than 90 members and more than 400 volunteers. The simple concept has developed into a comprehensive program that offers connections to job training, educational scholarships and housing assistance. The benefits of Back on My Feet are earned through the currency of attitude, commitment, teamwork, respect, dedication and leadership.


CNN Heroes and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter honored Mahlum at City Hall on Thursday, November 13, 2008, in anticipation of "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" later this month that will spotlight ordinary citizens accomplishing extraordinary deeds. Mahlum was named one of ten CNN Heroes honorees last month, out of nearly 4,000 nominations from 75 countries and is the only honoree with an athletically-focused endeavor in the CNN Heroes Top 10.


"Running really is a metaphor for life," said Mahlum. "There is always another mile. You just have to take it one step at a time."


A Blue Ribbon Panel made up of distinguished humanitarians and leaders, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall and Earvin "Magic" Johnson, selected Mahlum for her work to give people experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia a sense of community and accomplishment through physical fitness. She will be awarded $25,000 and is eligible for the $100,000 prize that will be bestowed upon the CNN Hero of the Year later this month. 


The public will select the "CNN Hero of the Year" via voting at the CNN Heroes site at through Thursday, November 20 at 6 a.m. Eastern. At a November gala, CNN will honor the 10 heroes and reveal the CNN Hero of the Year. Hosted by Anderson Cooper from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute will air globally on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español on Thanksgiving, November 27, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).


Read the article "Runner Gets Homeless on Right Track" , and visit the Back on My Feet donation page .


Watch a video of Mahlum and Back on My Feet


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Before you head out for your weekend, check out some of this week's best posts from the Cool Running and Active communities:


•     No post event massage after long race ?

I was just reading the medical column about a run in San Jose, CA, marathon or half. The advice was there would be no post event Sports Massage because research shows that it doesn't help with muscle soreness. WTF?”

•     Need recovery advice

“ok folks. I need some guidance on RECOVERY. did my first marathon on Sunday and now I'm wasted.”

•     How many miles should I be running (and a couple other questions, too)?

“Hello -- I've been running for several years now, and have averaged out to about 20-26 mpw. How many should I be running to consider myself a "true runner"?”

•     8 years old - 1st 5k

“My name is Alex and I ran my first 5k this past saturday. My final time was 23:42! I really want to keep running, but my mom is not a runner, she is a swimmer, and she is worried about me burning out. If I want to keep running 5ks what should my mom and I do?”

•     The British granny

“Another reason to keep in shape... though I'm sure some of our Texans on board would just as soon blast the perps away (I've always admired Texans).”

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Before you head out for your weekend, check out some of this week's best posts from the Cool Running and Active communities:


•     So why did we start running?

” Why did you start running? Do you come from a long line of runners? Nothing else to do and its better then watching tv? Perhaps you're a criminal and you need to build get-away speed? Seen others do it and you hate to miss out on anything?”


•     Hydration Gear on Long Runs: What to use

” Triathlete training for her first marathon and would like any advice on hydration gear during long training runs: have a 2-bottle hydration belt, but those little curved bottles really don't hold much.”


•     Endurance build up?

“ I've been running for 3 months now and would like to know why I'm feeling spent so often. Two weeks ago I was able to run 3.5 miles without feeling to spent.”


•     What do you think about when swimming?

” Terry Laughlin's newest article talks about how some people zone out during activity in order to avoid thinking about pain, distance or whatever. He remarks that he once swam 9 miles with Louie, Louie stuck in his head.”


•     Critical Mass Cyclist Assaulted by NYPD

“ I just read an interesting article in the New York Times regarding the investigation against an NYPD police officer in the Critical Mass YouTube video shown below.”


•     Training for ½ Running on Grass

“ I am new to running,(at 48 yrs) as is never run before. I started running (slowly) in May and in July decided to train for a 1/2 in November. I have just done my longest run ever, 5 miles without stopping, using a training schedule I downloaded from RunnersWorld, on Monday I will try for 6.”

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Before you head out for your weekend, check out some of this week's best posts from the Cool Running and Active communities:


•      Missed workouts

”I was supposed to run 5 miles yesterday but was so dog tired that I couldn't do it. I didn't get up this morning to do it either because I still felt like I needed to sleep. This is the miserable kind of tired I am talking about.”


•      Take your vitamins! Interesting article on endurance athletes

”So the question arises, do athletes need to take vitamins? The answer, if you follow the scientific literature, is absolutely! In fact, athletes need more vitamins and minerals than the average person.”


•      How to draft in the water?

“Should you be right behind the person? A few yards back? Off to the side a little? I tried it yesterday right behind a person (about 2 feet back) and felt like was working against the persons kick turbulence. Is there another way?”


•      Weekly running milage for Sprint Tri?

”I am currently training for 2 Sprint Tri's this summer, and was just wondering what is a good average for my weekly running mileage?? I have a very strong swimming background and the bike I don't have to worry about all comes down to the run.”


•      New to Triathlon

“I am a 57 year old female that has never entered anything like a race. I have been swimming for an hour every day for the past year and would like to kick up my workouts.”


•      Wednesday's runs

“OK, 6 miles for me today in 72 degree heat and 84% humidity. Not bad at a 8:36 pace. Still need to get faster though. The forecast is looking pretty good though after this weekend with overnight lows back in the 60s in the DC area.”

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Before you head out for your weekend, check out some of this week's best posts from the Cool Running and Active communities:


•     Trail shoes, might buy mailorder for first time

“I need some shoes for offroad running. I'm not an "Ultra" guy, but I do all my running on fields and through forests. I need some new shoes but don't really have much to choose from at stores here, so I'm thinking of going mail order and would really like it to work out on the first attempt, which is why I'm asking here.”

•     Beer for my horses, whiskey for my men!

“It has been a while since we skirted this topic and with the many new faces I decided to start a good beer thread. Tonight I had a beer that I picked up in California. It's a brew I have never heard of but man is it good.”

•     Everyone's next race?

“What are others planning on running next? My next one that I call official is in Vermont at the end of January(I mean July). I plan on running a fast 2 mile race on July 4th. but the big event is in Vermont.”

•     Wish me luck at the U.S. women's Sprint Tri this Sunday

“I'm as ready as one can be for this triathlon on Sunday. I'm excited about it. My goal is to make it under 1 1/2 hours. I can do the swim in 12 minutes or less, bike in under 40 and run in 30. The transitions will get me as I have to go to the bathroom more often and think I'll have to go each transitions. LOL!”

•     How can I swim faster?

“I've done about 5 sprint tri's and I'm really slow on the swim. I can do the distance. I don't know if I should focus on kicking more or there is something about my form, or I'm just not strong enough.”

•     Too soon to run a 1/2 marathon?

“I am on week five of the couch to 5K from There is a half marathon on Oct 11 I want to run. That would mean I would finish my couch to 5K program the third week of July and jump right into the build up for the half-marathon.”

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Endurance Weekly: 5/5

Posted by Active Toby May 8, 2008

The latest comic from Frazz creator and noted triathlete Jef Mallett:


Check out this roster of 15 green sports stars


Active Expert, Bruce Hildenbrand previews the Giro d'Italia that starts Saturday


Even with the torch atop Everest, Olympics are clouded

Climbing Everest because it's there is inspiring. Climbing Everest because it's in Tibet is not nearly so heartwarming, particularly to an international audience that is still trying to sort through the ethics of getting enthusiastic about August's Beijing Olympics. Read full story



Make doping a crime, says Lewis

Olympic legend Carl Lewis has called on governments around the world to make the use of banned substances in sport a criminal offense. Read full story


Shave valuable time in you bike-to-run triathlon transitions by installing a quick-lace system:


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