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'My Story is the American Dream': Meb Keflezighi's Indelible Mark on U.S. Distance Running. NYC will be his last competitive marathon.”

Last Friday morning in Mammoth Lakes, California, Mebrahtom (Meb) Keflezighi completed the last serious workout of his nearly two decades-long professional running career.

MEB: The Home Stretch – A Runners World Series of Videos

For two decades, Meb Keflezighi has been at the forefront of American distance running. Now, on the eve of his retirement, MEB: The Home Stretch is taking a five-episode look at his evolution—from a village in Eritrea to his triumphs on the streets of Boston and New York City—and his future.

A Lesson From the Biggest Losers: Exercise Keeps Off the Weight

It is a question that plagues all who struggle with weight: Why do some of us manage to keep off lost pounds, while others regain them? Now, a study of 14 participants from the “Biggest Loser” television show provides an answer: physical activity — and much more of it than public health guidelines suggest.

The Toll of Exercise on the Heart (and Why You May Not Need to Worry)

Does spending years running marathons or cycling for long distances potentially strain someone’s heart? Two major new studies of athletes and their coronary arteries suggest that the answer may be a qualified yes.

Some Ultramarathons Now Test for Endurance — and Drugs

When the top 10 men and women at the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run crossed the finish line this past weekend in Auburn, Calif., they got more than just the satisfaction of a top finish in a tough ultramarathon. They also got drug tested.

Saudi Arabia to Let Women Into Sports Stadiums

However, women still cannot marry, divorce, travel, get a job or have elective surgery without permission from their male guardians.

70 year-old Kathrine Switzer inspires in return to TCS NYC Marathon

Kathrine was the first woman to enter but Roberta Gibbs was the first woman to run an event officials thought a female body could not handle.

Therapy Dogs Will Be At The NYC Marathon Start To Calm Runners

“Our therapy dogs are a catalyst to help the runners to relax,” says Nancy George-Michalson, executive director of New York Therapy Animals.

Training Tips for Beginning Marathoners from Pro Ultramarathon Runner Dean Karnazes

I had the chance to speak with one of the grittiest runners alive: Dean Karnazes. He’s known as the man who can run forever- the real life Forrest Gump meets Michael Jordan of running.

How to Increase Race Numbers 100% Offer Cars as Prizes.

Hear that Ray, Ed, Jessica, and Brian!! Later article, confirmed that cars will be given.

Italian Runner Wins Venice Marathon For the First Time in 23 Years After Frontrunners Make A Disastrous Mistake.

In a scene straight out of a Looney Tunes cartoon, the top seven pack leaders were led astray after the lead motorcycle took a wrong turn.

Congratulations! You’ve Entered the Worst Race Ever! Or, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?!!

Runners World lists six nightmare things that would never happen at HMRRC races!!

Running in the Sahara

Have you ever daydreamed of ice cubes? The idea sounded absurd until I undertook the Marathon des Sables, a 147-mile adventure through the Sahara’s scorching 130-degree temperatures, towering sand dunes and steep mountain passes.

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