Weekend Update

Good morning, and what can I tell ya?

The weekend’s news centered around the ING New York City Marathon (results), which is probably the #2 draw on media interest in our sport these days after the Olympics.

Race recaps are everywhere, from the IAAF to the New York Times (men’s race, women’s race).

Video recaps are useful too. From UniversalSports.com:
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And there’s Flotrack’s treasure trove of videos and interviews and so forth.

But there’s so much more, as told in the columns and opinion pieces and features.

SI’s David Epstein: Sunday was another step in the evolution of speed in the marathon

Lauren Fleshman using the marathon distance to be better on the track (smartly, I might add)

Pro runners get some peace before the race — even coaches and managers are banned from their prep tent

U-Sports Block Head Blog: American debuts a “peek into hell”

If anywhere in New York can be “sleepy”, one city block got woken up.

NY Times: Togetherness set winner apart

U-Sports’ Joe Battaglia: With nothing to prove, Meb Keflezighi still affirming his greatness

More from Battaglia: Were record runs enough to get Mutais to Olympics?

Other News

Believe it or not, there were other races besides the NYC Marathon this weekend.

The JoongAng Seoul Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label road race, was run on Sunday and won by Kenyan James Kipsang Kwambai in 2:08:50.
IAAF recap

The Baringo Safaricom Half Marathon was run in the Kenyan town on Sunday. Winners were Kenyans (naturally) Solomon Kiptoo in 1:02:23.1 and Joyce Jepkurui in 1:10:57.1.
IAAF recap

The international-level cross country season kicked off with the first meet in the KCB/AK National Cross Country series, held in the Kenyan town of Tala. Senior winners were Lucy Kabuu (7th in the ’08 Olympic 10k), who is beginning to show a bit of return to form after several years of injury, and Nicholas Togom, the younger brother of half-marathon star Matthew Kisorio.
IAAF recap

College cross country was mostly quiet except for D-II regionals.
Running Times recap

Sara Hall and Chris “Tommo” Thompson won the first-ever NYRR Dash to the Finish Line, a pre-race-day 5k.
Flotrack coverage

What’s on

No major competition today, but the ING New York City Marathon will be rerun on Universal Sports TV at 8:00 PM.

That’s the news, and I am outta here!

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