Tag Archives: Marathon

A Farewell to Lake Biwa

A week ago Sunday, February 28th, 2021, marked the 76th and final running of the Lake Biwa Marathon, one of the most prestigious races in Japan and a fixture on that country’s racing calendar since 1946. The race was streamed … Continue reading

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Two hours: A Writing Exercise

[A moment ago, I started a stopwatch. I plan to sit here at my computer for the next two hours and write about Nike’s ‘breaking2’ publicity stunt for that exact amount of time. I’ll try to fix typos and other … Continue reading

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Breaking Down Breaking2

What’s all this silliness about a sub-two-hour marathon?

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Tilting at the Two-Hour Windmill

“In some ways, a goal of two hours is as arbitrary as the distance of the marathon itself: 26 miles 385 yards, established at the 1908 London Olympics, in part to accommodate viewing by the British royal family. But round … Continue reading

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Is Rupp the Favorite?

“I think he’s the best marathoner in America right now, though he has never even run one.” – Toni Reavis (“Rupp is In!“) What was only a tantalizing possibility has become a reality: Galen Rupp, America’s best 10K runner and … Continue reading

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30-year-old Kimetto Sets Marathon WR in Berlin

On Sunday morning in Berlin, Dennis Kimetto and Emmanuel Mutai ran the fastest and second fastest times ever for a record-eligible marathon course. With his astonishing 2:02:57, Kimetto became the first human being in history to run a marathon in … Continue reading

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Boston 1984 (Part 2 of 3)

Leading up to the 1984 Boston Marathon, I didn’t have enough experience to know that the worst thing you can do when you’re a couple of weeks out from a race is to start reading random articles in running magazines … Continue reading

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Boston 1984 (Part 1 of 3)

If nostalgia is defined as a wistful or sentimental desire to relive the past, then no, I’m not nostalgic about my first time running the Boston Marathon. At the risk of understatement, it wasn’t an easy race for me. But … Continue reading

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