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The story of the 2013 ING New York City marathon was one of redemption. A city that was trying to recover in 2012 was now ready to celebrate, memorialize, honor and set an amazing record.
The men's and women's races were epic, Geoffrey Mutai and Priscah Jeptoo ran races for the ages. And 50,400 plus finishers in the Big Apple set a marathon record. How fitting for the 2013 ING New York City Marathon to have fifty thousand plus runners on a such a blustery New York fall day!
The Shoe Addicts, as they have done for the past three years, did this salute to the 2013 ING New York City Marathon....
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2013 was a barn burner. First, Dennis Kimetto set a new course record and showed the world just how good he is-which is, amazing. Then, Rita Jeptoo ran sub 2:20 on the fast course through the Windy City.
As they have done the past three years, the Shoe Addicts salute the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and its record setting 37,000 plus marathoners!
Katie Mackay is one of the amazing athletes in the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 5k. The men and women's fields at the Turkey Trot 5k have made the SV Turkey Trot one of the largest and most exciting holiday races in the country!
San Jose has a great running community and the work and support of the sponsors and race management team prove that, with hard work, and the support of the city, sponsors and race community, great races are made, not born.
Rita Jeptoo takes 2013 B.A.A. Boston, photo by PhotoRun.net
The Boston Marathon in 2013 is a series of memories for me. That the B.A.A. has increased the size of the field and is now offering the remaining entries to those affected by the 2013 event seems like the right thing. What has been comforting to many of us who cover the sport is to see how the events in Boston have brought the sport together for some reconsideration of how we manage and promote our sport. That is, as one of my favorite publishers once noted, " a good thing."
Patrick Makau winning BMW Frankfurt in 2012,
photo by PhotoRun.net
I was pleasantly surprised that David Hunter's feature this week was on one of my favorite people, Creigh Kelly. I spent years watching Creig announce a plethora of events, including the WDW events. But, I have also watched Creigh put in countless hours helping build the sport, behind the scenes.
Creigh Kelly, is, as my Jesuit influenced educational background would attest, as one of the highest of tributes, " a man for others." His experience in the sport, from an athlete, to coach/agent, to advisor, gives his words of wisdom even more clout.
Aaron Braun leading the pack,
photo by Chris Lotsbom
Aaron Braun has been moving up the American distance running food chain for several years. Now, Aaron Braun is a national champion at 12k. Chris Lotsbom, RRW associate editor and one of our favorite writers, wrote this fine piece today on the men's race....
Molly Huddle and Shalane Flanagan,
photo by Dave Monte, RRW
Molly Huddle and Shalane Flanagan have raced twice in the past three weeks against each other. Running in tandem through 11k, the race went down to 300 meters from the finish.
Molly Huddle and Shalane Flanagan both broke Deena Kastor's AR and the listed WR for 12k.
Dave Monte wrote a fantastic piece on the .US racing championships.