So much running news this week. It must be fall marathon season! Here’s a rundown on some of the big stories I’ve been following:
Everyone has seen images of Pamela Anderson running on “Baywatch.” Now she’ll be running a marathon.
From the sounds of the New York Daily News article, she’s not doing a ton of training. But Anderson is running to raise $500,000 on Crowdrise for Sean Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization.
“The charity wanted her to simply hug their elite runners crossing the Central Park finish line, but Anderson, who has visited Haiti twice since the devastating disaster, suggested taking it a step further,” the New York Daily News reports.
Read the New York Daily News article here.
Pamela Anderson isn’t the only famous name running the ING New York City Marathon. A big list of professional runners are in it to win it.
Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall are still in. Kara Goucher is out. Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya and Ethiopia’s Firehiwot Dado are returning once again to defend their crowns from the 2011 ING New York City Marathon after the 2012 race was cancelled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Altogether, the race will include 23 Olympians from 23 countries and will serve as the deciding showdown in the 2012-2013 World Marathon Majors series. Here’s a look at the professional field in both the women’s and men’s races.
Read more at my column at The Washington Times Communities.
More than a year after she dropped out of the Olympic marathon in London in 2012 with an injury, Desiree Davila is back in racing form and tackling the Berlin Marathon on Sunday.
I had to opportunity the meet and interview Davila at the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon, which she attended with her Hansons-Brooks Distance Project teammates. She talked about recovering from injury, her inspirations and getting back into shape. Here’s that Q&A.
I’ll be excited to follow her in Berlin. She’s a gutsy racer who has already proven she can run with the best. She might even be able to win.
Read what Runner’s World had to say.
The Professional Road Running Organization is adding an up to $9,000 “Bump Up Bonus” to the prize purse in the PRRO Circuit of races to underscore its “commitment to elite competition.” The Circuit includes the Boilermaker 15K in Utica, N.Y.; World’s Best 10K in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C.; Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K in Spokane, Wash.; and AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, Ga., which serves as the circuit championship.
The move comes two weeks after the Competitor Group, Inc., which puts on the Rock’N’Roll Marathon Series of races nationwide, announced it would no longer offer professional athlete appearance fees, but would continue to offer regular prize money.