With the New York City Marathon no longer on the schedule, it frees up space for a lot of other news.
Geoffrey Mutai and Mary Keitany are World Marathon Majors champions. Mutai had it clinched regardless of New York’s results, and Keitany had a big lead.
According to the NY Times, the brick-and-mortar running store is fading from the scene. Not here–Northwest Ohio used to have two, and now we have five. All are thriving.
Milt Campbell, the 1956 Olympic decathlon champion, has passed away. He was 78.
British runners want their entry fees back from the New York Road Runners. Good luck with that. It’s not like they won’t be able to fill the spaces even if everyone in the UK refuses to ever enter again.
Not today’s news, but I’m running out of items to make a list of ten: Both the NCAA and the EAA chose future championships sites. Possibly the biggest and most controversial choice was Albuquerque to host the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships, due to its high altitude, but it’s a good site with good meet management.
From the IAAF: former World XC champion Winny Chebet took the women’s race in the opening meet in Kenya’s national series. Results included in story.
From the USTFCCCA: NCAA Division II cross country regional results
The other major marathon tomorrow is the JoongAng Seoul Marathon. (I guess it’s the only one now.) The IAAF’s preview notes that defending champion James Kipsang Kwambai is back
Today’s not terribly cool but informative video: Mary Wittenberg addresses the professional runners slated to compete in tomorrow’s New York City Marathon
Track on TV
Saturday, 6:30pm, ESPN Classic: 9.79*
The men’s 100-meter final at the Seoul Summer Olympic Games was riddled in scandal. This one race still haunts the eight athletes who took part.
repeats Sunday at 6:30am
Saturday, 8:00pm, ESPN Classic: Run For Your Life
Blending archival and contemporary footage with recollections from past champions, recreational participants, volunteers and local politicians, this documentary looks at the life and passion of Fred Lebow, founder of the New York City Marathon. From extremely humble beginnings — in 1970, less than 100 people participated in the inaugural 26.2 mile race through the five boroughs — the race evolves into a global happening, drawing competitors and spectators from all over the world.
repeats at 10:00pm and midnight
Sunday, 2:00am, ESPN Classic: Into The Wind
Filmmakers Steve Nash and Ezra Holland chronicle the story of 21-year-old Terry Fox who in 1980, three years after losing his right leg to cancer, set out to run across Canada to increase awareness and raise funds for cancer research.
Sunday, 3:00am, ESPN Classic: Running the Sahara
Filmmakers follow three men as they run across the Sahara Desert, a journey of 111 days and more than 4,300 miles of challenging terrain.
Sunday, 7:30am, ESPN Classic: Lay It on the Line: The Casey Combest Story
Track-and-field runner Casey Combest attempts a comeback.
Sunday, 9:00am, Big Ten Network: Big Ten Cross Country Championships
Tape-delayed coverage from last Sunday in East Lansing.