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The 2018 NYC Marathon set a record for NYC Participants, with over 52,000 finishers on what was a nearly perfect day for marathon running on November 4, 2018.

Lagat_Bernard-NycM18.jpgBernard Lagat, photo by Photorun.net

Lelisa Desisa has now reach podium positions in marathon 14 times. After two wins in Boston, Lelisa now has a win in the Big Apple! Desisa charged away just after 40 kilometers, from Geoffrey Kamworor, then, had to hold off Shura Kitata as he closed to within two seconds in the final 400 meters. A smiling, ebullent Desisa greeted the media after his race.

Kamworor_GeoffreyLeads-NycM18.jpgDesisa and Kamworor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Bernard Lagat ran a debut marathon in 2:17.20, in 18th place. Bernard hit the half in 1:06.06 and started slowing down. It was a learning experience. Bernard walked to the media event obviously sore with his teenage son, looking like many marathon finishers. In the presser, Bernard made it quite clear that he will race at the marathon again.

Ward_Jared-NycM18.jpgJared Ward, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jared Ward finished sixth in the Rio Olympic marathon, a second exciting marathon in a row. Then, Jared had injury issues. His buildup to NYC was not without issue, as Jared reportedly considered not running just seven weeks ago. But Jared put together a fine race, running 2:12.24.

Here's a few thoughts from Bernard and Jared on the marathon. Jumpy video by Larry Eder. I missed early ten minutes because of BBC radio report.

Bekele_Kenenisa1-Berlin17.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo by Photorun.net

Steven Landells wrote this piece on the toughest session that athletes face. Steven writes about the NN Running Team, on a weekly basis. This is the column for this week.

Kamworor_Geoffrey-PreC16.jpgGeoffrey Kamworor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mohamed Reda El Aaraby portrait.jpgMohammed El Aaraby wins BLOM Bank Beirut Marathon, photo by BAM Press

Medina Deme Armino finish.jpgMedina Deme Armino wins BLOM Bank Beirut, photo by BAM Press

The Beirut Marathon is one of the largest and most important races in the world. In a corner of the world complicated by global politics, the Marathon brings people from around the world to enjoy the beauty and culture of Lebanon. Here is a story on the BLOM Beirut Marathon.

The Athens Marathon is one of the toughest marathons in the world. The course has had a reputation for tough hills, lots of heat, and a course record, from 1969 to 2004, set by Bill Adcocks, that was legendary: 2:11.07. 2004 Olympic champion, Stefano Baldini broke the CR in 2004, and the current record came in 2010, (2:10.37), by Felix Kandie. Womens' course record was set in 2010, it is 2:31.06, set by Rasa Drazdauteskaite.

The 2018 conditions were tough as well, as the race story below attests!

Special thanks to Race News serrvice and photos by Victah Sailer/PhotoRun/AMS.

Misoi_BriminLedsH-Athens18.JPGBrimin Misoi breaks open the race, photo by PhotoRun.net

Muriuki_ShelmithLeds-Athens18.JPGShelmith Muriuki (104) leads the pack, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's the release on the biggest, most unknown marathon in the world. BLOM Bank Beirut Marathon will be run on November 11, 2018 in a city torn apart by civil strife over the past three decades, but now, a moving city where over 50,000 will run on Sunday!

Wesley Korir, 2012 Boston Marathon will resume his marathon career at BLOM Bank Beirut.

Wesley Korir Beirut.jpgWesley Korir, photo by BLOM Bank Beirut Marathon

Medina Deme Armino.JPGMedina Deme Armino, photo by BLOM Bank Beirut Marathon

Lelisa Desisa is man who is focused on the marathon.

In fourteen marathon starts, Lelisa has been on the podium ten times. Desisa has won Boston twice, yet, had not won in New York. The man had come close.

Kamworor_GeoffreyLeads-NycM18.jpgLelisa Desisa battling Geoffrey Kamworor, photo by PhotoRun.net

In 2018, just after 23 miles, Shura Kutata falls back and Lelisa Desisa is leading, with Geoffrey Kamworor in tow. Kamworor had won NYC last year, and he looked ominous. Desisa and Kamworor were battling together for two miles. Just about 40k, Desisa sprinted away, hands held high, arms pumping, like a high schooler racing the 100 meters.

We expected Kamworor to pull Desisa back, but, he was not! Kamworor, we would find out later, had back pain as he battled Desisa through Central Park. Desisa sensed the break and took off!

Then, Shura Kitata woke up and went by Geoffrery Kamworor, and pushed up to Lelisa Desisa. Desisa sensed Kitata coming and somehow, held him off! There was only two seconds separating Desisa and Kitata at the finish as Lelisa Desisa took the win in 2:05:59, the second fastest time in NYC history!

Here's my update on the race, done just after the elite finish, before my update for BBC radio.

The first half of the 2018 NYC Marathon was, well, tame. The pack, down to ten, hit the half marathon in 1:15:50. Mary Keitany then, took control. He second half, run in 66:58, was one of the fastest second half marathons ever for an elite woman, and Mary's final time of 2:22.48, as only seventeen seconds off the very best time ever run.

Keitany_MaryW1a-NYC18.JPGMary Keitany wins number 4 in the Big Apple, photo by Photorun.net

Mary Keitany made history in NYC on November 4. Her fouth win in New York makes Mary Keitany the second most winning marathoner in NYC history. The most winning marathoner at NYC was the late Grete Waitz, who won nine times.

This podcast is my salute to Mary Keitany, done right after the race, and similar to the audio I did for BBC radio that day.

My biggest impression from the race? Mary Keitany showed, for the first time, the self control needed to win a championship race. Several runners misinterpreted Mary Keitany's reluctance to lead early on as a sign of weakness. Keitany kept her cool and broke the race wide open by 25 kilometers, and that party was over. Keitany ran five of the last 13 miles under five minutes per mile pace.

Thanks to Mike Deering for producing and Brian Eder for posting.

We saw history made in NYC. Mary Keitany kept it in control in the first half, and then, dominated the second half like few others!

Shalane Flanagan took third in her third running of the NYC Marathon. In her previous visits to the Big Apple, Shalane Flanagan had taken second (2010) and first (2017). In 2014, Shalane Flanagan ran her marathon PB of 2:21.14 at the Berlin Marathon.

Flanagan_ShalaneW-NYC18.JPGShalane Flanagan took third in the 2018 NYC Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

As in all of her runs, this one was a battle. Shalane Flanagan had fought her way into third after Mary Keitany shook the race up. This was, more than likely, the last elite marathon of Shalane Flanagan, from her own words. A four time Olympian, Shalane Flanagan took 22nd in the 5000m in Athens (heats), 9th in the 5000m and the silver medal in the 10,000m in Beijing, took 10th in the marathon in London, and sixth in the Rio Olympic marathon.

This is a short piece as announcer Jay Holder asks Shalane Flanagan to comment on her race on 4 November 2018.

2016_07_12_panagopoulosKostas.jpgKostas Panagopoulos, photo courtesy of Running News Greece

The events around the Athens Marathon have become a meeting place for global road running. AIMS has meetings around the event, and also gives their Best Marathoners of the Year Awards and symposiums on the marathon. These events are supported by the Greek Federation.

The Athens Marathon continues to grow and has become a life goal for many marathoners. The Greek Federation has supported this event and the AIMS gathering.

In this audio, Andy Edwards interviews Kostas Panagopoulos, President Of Greek Athletics, prior to the Athens Marathon. Andy Edwards, and Jorg Wenig are Race News Service, and their company provides us coverage to some of the major events around the world.

Dominique Scott is one of South Africa's finest distance runners. Dominique was an NCAA champion at the University of Arkansas. She won titles both indoor outdoor, while taking 3rd in the NCAA cross country. Dominique now competes for adidas and is coached by Joe Bosshard, where she trains with Emma Coburn and Aisha Praught Leer.

Scott_Dominique-NBin17.jpgDominique Scott, photo by PhotoRun.net

Dominique competed over 10,000 meters in Rio in 2016. In 2018, Dominique competed in the World Indoors at 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters last March 2017 in Birmingham, England.

This is the second of 4 tips from Dominique Scott, who was interviewed by RunBlogRun on October 8, 2018. Dominique Scott went to Rhenish High School in Capetown, South Africa. Dominique ran 4:28 at 1500m, 9:40 for 3000m, and 34:28 for 10k. Those times recieved the attention of Lance Harter, long time coach at the University of Arkansas.

We thank Dominique Scott for her time and boundless enthusiasm.

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