Gerardo Avila of Triangle, VA, has been disqualified as winner of the Marine Corps 17.75K race after it was determined he wore a bib belonging to another runner, Steve Henry, Odenton, MD, who was first identified as the winner. Both runners have been banned from Marine Corps events for the rest of the year, according to a Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) press release.
Jeremy Lynch, 33, Springfield, VA, has been declared the winner.
An MCM statement said in part that "Illegal transfers of bibs have significant ramifications, including potentially altering age award results, but more significantly, should a bandit runner require medical attention during the event, medical personnel would not have necessary information about the individual."
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By Larry Eder
I checked out a Sixty Minutes segment that aired Sunday night on Shalane Flanagan, hometown girl with a good shot at Boston. As there have been no American winners since 1983, the drought is long and often discussed.
Shalane Flanagan is from Marblehead, and was a fine cross country and track runner in high school. At Duke University, Shalane was a stud, winning cross country and track titles galore. After college, Shalane Flanagan developed into a fine distance runner, setting the American record at 10,000 meters (and 5,000 meters) and taking the bronze medal at the 10,000 meters in Beijing in 2008.
After experiencing a tragic and truncated end to the 2013 Boston Marathon, race organizers were faced not only with grief but with hundreds of administrative decisions, including plans for the 2014 race – an event beloved by Bostonians and people around the world.
One of the issues they faced was what to do about the nearly 6,000 runners who were unable to complete the 2013 race. The Boston Athletic Association, the event’s organizers, quickly pledged to provide official finish times for these runners. Thinking ahead, they also had to consider how to provide these runners with an opportunity to qualify for the 2014 race.
By Larry Eder
(Larry Eder, who heads Fortius Media and is a partner with numerous Running Network publications, including Running Journal, has been on a trip covering several major races. He has been writing a journal on his travels to Copenhagen, Paris, London, and Boston, in one month of living out of my very large travel bag. He also writes a popular blog at RunBlogRun.com).
Source: Competitor Group
First time marathoner Himberger wins in debut, Raleigh’s Vegh wins men’s half-marathon; Langan, Bretscher win women’s races; Inaugural event welcomes 12,500 entrants
RALEIGH, NC (April 13, 2014) – Locals dominated the field at the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by WRAL benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Research, which debuted under cool, sunny skies in downtown Raleigh.
First time marathoner Paul Himberger, 28, made a statement in his debut, winning in 2 hours, 38 minutes, 57 seconds. Struggling in the final miles, Himberger dug deep to finish, which was his only goal for the day.
An Outline of What is New for Participants, Spectators, and the Public
BOSTON – With less than two weeks until the 118th Boston Marathon® on Monday, April 21, 2014, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) outlined changes to this year’s event. As it has since its inception in 1897, the Boston Marathon will be held on Patriots’ Day, a civic holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord. For the 29th consecutive year, John Hancock Financial Services is the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest annual marathon. Participants will follow the historic 26.2-mile course, which starts on Main Street in rural Hopkinton and finishes on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay. This year’s race will see changes in some areas for participants, spectators, and the public, listed below.
U.S. 1500-meter star will showcase revolutionary running brand
Richmond, CA - HOKA ONE ONE® is proud to announce the signing of 2012 Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano, who specializes in the 1500-meter and mile distances, to a multi-year agreement.
Manzano, 29, was a five-time NCAA Champion at the University of Texas, and has been ranked among the top three milers in the U.S. for the past seven years.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Little Rock Roadrunners Club will have its monthly meeting on Monday, April 21, 2014, at U.S. Pizza in Hillcrest, 2710 Kavanaugh Blvd. The meeting takes place in the upstairs party room at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
Steve Hughes will be speaking about battling osteoarthritis while running, which rendered him inactive athletically from 31-56 years old. Since his 60th birthday, he has completed over 250 marathons and ultras.
Running USA wire
Source: Boston Marathon
Joan Samuelson, Amby Burfoot, and Gelindo Bordin to run Marathon; Bill Rodgers to serve as grand marshal of the Boston Marathon; Greg Meyer, Jack Fultz, and Uta Pippig to participate in weekend activities
BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced that several former champions of the Boston Marathon® will return to participate in events surrounding the 118th Boston Marathon, to be held on Monday, April 21, 2014. Champions Joan Benoit Samuelson (ME; 1979, 1983), Amby Burfoot (CT; 1968), and Gelindo Bordin (ITA; 1990) will join 36,000 entrants in this year’s running of the world’s oldest annual marathon.
Running USA wire
Source: New York Road Runners
She bests Colleen De Reuck's U.S. Masters (age 40+) half-marathon record by 12 seconds in New York City
NEW YORK - About one hour into the 11th edition More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon on April 13, there was an air of excitement and anticipation around the finish line. As fans awaited the arrival of Deena Kastor, the question wasn’t so much whether she’d win, but whether she’d break the course record of 1 hour, 13 minutes, 25 seconds she set last year.
By Larry Eder
Traveling around the athletics circuit as I do, one appreciates the truly herculean heights that London marathon has reached in terms of its field development, its support of media and its support of the sport.
CRITZ TYBEE RUN FEST
The Critz Tybee Run Fest at Tybee Island, GA, has been named one of the 50 top race events in the USA.
FlipKey.com - the vacation rental part of the leading travel site TripAdvisor, announced that through industry research and traveler feedback, they found the 50 most challenging, iconic and most talked about road races across the country.
MARATHON, Florida Keys -- A South Florida college student won the overall men's title during the Seven Mile Bridge Run across the Florida Keys Overseas Highway's longest bridge on Saturday April 5.