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Andrew & Deena Kastor a few years ago, photo by PhotoRun.net 


The Magic of Mammoth is a series, written by Cait Chock on the second era at the city of Mammoth, California and the emergence of the ASICS Mammoth Track Club. Andrew & Deena Kastor.

Deena Kastor had told me earlier this year, after a talk she gave to Fleet Feet Chicago runners, that she had to hold herself back in Philly during her half marathon triumph. 

That sense of control will be tested in NYC this coming weekend. Deena is obviously in shape to run well in the Big Apple. She wants a 2:25. And she could become the fastest women's master's runner in NY history, surpassing Priscilla Welch, who won the NYC Marathon in 1987. 



Justin Lagat wrote this piece about the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon, which happened on 26 October 2014. Here is his feature on the Nairobi Marathon. 
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Daniel Tapia, Moscow 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

In her second piece on the Mammoth TC, Cait Chock writes about new comer Daniel Tapia, who ran a 2:14.30 while in law school, working in his family business and running 140 miles a week. Now adjusting to training at 10,000 feet, Daniel is part of the new  Magic of Mammoth. 

"This is Your Day", by Pat Butcher

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Mark Kiptoo, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is Pat Butcher's piece on the BMW Frankfurt Marathon. Pat is one of my favorite writers, a journalist who loves the sport and writes with passion and accuracy. 

He is currently working on a book about the late, great Emil Zatopek. If you have not read Pat's monograph on Alain Mimoun, you are truly missing a wonderful read on the late French distance runner who chased Zatopek around the track in most of Zatopek's championships. 
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Deena Kastor, photo by PhotoRun.net

And thus, begins a series on Mammoth Track Club, written by Cait Chock. Watch for several pieces from Cait this week on the New York City Marathon! Now that yours truly is out of official jet lag! 
There is a changing air in elite women's marathoning. 

While the World record, in this writer's mind, is not up for discussion by any current marathoners, the quality of racing and the tactics are tougher than ever before. 

Consider, for example, the battle for the streets of Frankfurt today...which was won by Aberu Kebede, who did it in grand style, and as the old US TV commercial said, " she earned it...."

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Aberu Kebede, winning 2014 BMW Frankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net
The marathon, as many have said before me, is a cruel mistress. Some of the most fit athletes can show up and have bad days, then, some of the most fit athletes can loose by a short margin, and be haunted for the next year about their performance. 

Consider, if you will, the story of Mark Kiptoo.

Updated 4 pm Sunday, October 26, with photos and more trivia. 

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Mark Kiptoo is, relentless, 2014 BMW Frankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

When I first watched Sharon Cherop race, I did not expect to see her up front for long. She won 2012 Boston, and before that, Hamburg and Toronto in 2010, and in 2011, Sharon was the bronze medalist in the World Champs marathon! 

Sharon Cherop appears to be running her last decisive stride every stride of the race! It is exhausting just watching the fine athlete run! Yet, Sharon Cherop is a worthy opponent and puts all of her energy into her racing, as her results suggest. 

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Sharon Cherop is racing BMW Frankfurt this weekend with the focus of getting under 2:22. Her personal best of 2:22.38, comes from BMW Berlin in 2014. 

Sharon Cherop was interviewed by Andy Edwards of Race News Service for RunBlogRun. We thank Andy Edwards and Joerg Wenig of Race News Service for their fine coverage of marathons around the world! 


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Vincent Kipruto wins 2013 BMW Frankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Vincent Kipruto arrived in Frankfurt on Thursday afternoon. The defending champion at the BMW Frankfurt Marathon battled cold, wind and Mark Kiptoo in 2013 to take a hard won victory by one second! 

One second! 

Consider that for a moment.  One second is what separates a fast 5,000 meters, or perhaps a great 10k, or even a fast 100 meters.

But, a marathon? 

Vincent Kipruto has clear goals for the 2014 race, and they include a personal best (defending his title is also in his plan).

Oscar Pistorius banned by International Paralympic Committee after five-year jail sentence

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

By Paul Osborne

Oscar Pistorius will not be able to compete at Rio 2016 after being handed a five year sentence for shooting dead his girlfriend ©Getty ImagesOscar Pistorius will not be able to compete at any major event, including Rio 2016, for five years, even if he is released before his five year sentence is complete, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has ruled.

The six-time Paralympic champion was today sentenced to five years in jail for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The judge in his case, Thokozile Masipa, found the South African guilty of culpable homicide while he was also handed a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms offence.

Despite Pistorius' defence lawyer Barry Roux claiming that he expects the sprinter to serve a minimum of 10 months in jail before being considered for house arrest, the IPC has confirmed that he will not be able to compete in any of their sanctioned events for the full five-year sentence.

"If someone is charged by court they must serve their full sentence regardless of whether they are released early or not," Craig Spence, director of media and communications at the IPC, toldinsidethegames.




(Editor's note: We missed this piece earlier in the week, due to travel. The IPC believes, from its actions, that athletes should have repercussions for their actions. Interestingly enough, a superb story on the front page of the International New York Times on Friday, October 24, 2014.)

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