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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Marathon Notebook: Rita Jeptoo’s failed drug test looms over New York City

October 31, 2014 | | One Comment

Photo via Chicago Marathon

The world’s best female marathoner, Rita Jeptoo, isn’t running in New York City this weekend, but she dominated the chatter Friday after Run Blog Run reported that Rita Jeptoo, winner of both the Boston … Read More

The Law of the Marathon: Ryan Vail and Nick Arciniaga tackle NYC and beyond

October 31, 2014 | | 2 Comments

It all started in Eden. Not in the garden, but the bay. Twofold Bay in Australia, to be precise. Back in the 19th and early 20th century, the small town of Eden was home to groups of whalers who hunted … Read More

Hall Plots His Return To The Start Line

October 31, 2014 | | One Comment

Almost all of the world’s top marathoners have either already begun their offseasons or are soon to cap their 2014 seasons by competing in Sunday’s TCS New York City Marathon.

Ryan Hall was at New York’s Javits Center on Thursday, … Read More

The Weekend’s Best Matchups: NYC Marathon and College Cross Country

October 30, 2014 | | One Comment

Can Geoffrey Mutai win in New York again?

This is the best weekend of the fall for running fans. We have dozens of college conference championships (and state high school championships too), plus the biggest media event in all of … Read More

Luke Puskedra’s First Date

October 30, 2014 | | 3 Comments

Photo via TrackTownPhoto

Luke Puskedra doesn’t want to make it too formal. Why would you? There’s no need for an official title. That would make the situation complicated. Let’s just keep things simple. It’s for the best.

I … Read More

The Monday Morning Run: New York City Marathon Over/Unders

October 27, 2014 |

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

We waited through the pacers of Berlin and the wind of Chicago to finally arrive at the end of the fall marathon season. The New York City Marathon is Sunday, with the women starting … Read More

NCAA XC Championships History, Visualized

October 22, 2014 |

I’ve produced a couple of handy documents that give you a visual representation of the top ten teams at every NCAA Cross Country Championships, from the meet’s inception in 1938 until today. Each team is shown in their school colors.

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Monday Morning Run: World Champs bidding heats up, NYC Marathon look ahead and Symmonds’s world record

October 21, 2014 |

Photo via TrackTownPhoto

The Monday Morning Run waited until Tuesday this week to make way for Jesse’s comprehensive NCAA recap with news and notes from two mammoth races on the collegiate slate. For the professionals, it was a slow … Read More

College Recap: Topsy-Turvydom

October 20, 2014 |

College cross country is still wide open. (Photo: Dane Schubert for Daily Relay)

This last weekend saw the two biggest invitational meets of the year, the Pre-Nationals at Indiana State and the Adidas Invitational at Wisconsin. Virtually every top team … Read More

The Weekend’s Best Matchups: Cross Country and Marathons

October 16, 2014 |

It’s not NCAAs yet, just Pre-Nationals. But it’s getting closer. (Photo:

This is the biggest weekend so far in college cross country because everyone who is anyone will be racing at one of two meets, the Adidas Invitational at … Read More