Running News: Pamela Anderson Runnning NYC Marathon, Desiree Davila Running Berlin Marathon

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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:

Pamela Anderson Running The New York City Marathon

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.

Training or no training, kudos to her for challenging herself to bring the spotlight to a cause that needs it. I actually love reading about celebrity runners for a multitude of reasons that I named in an article earlier this year.

Read the New York Daily News article here.

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Meb Keflezighi chases down Kenya’s Robert Cheruiyot at the 2009 ING New York City Marathon. (Photo: Randy Lemoine).

ING New York City Marathon Sets Professional Field

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.

Desiree Davila, Berlin Marathon

Desiree Davila at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. (Photo: marathon-i/ via Creative Commons license)

Desiree Davila Returns To Marathon Racing At Berlin Marathon

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.

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The finish of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run. (Photo:

PRRO Circuit Is Committing More Money To Elite Runners

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.

Read more at my column at The Washington Times Communities.
Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


09 2013

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    My husband just won a trip to run the NYC marathon. I’m a bit jealous since I was out there to run it last year when it got cancelled, but I’m excited to go and spectate this year. I saw Meb training in Central Park last year and can’t wait to see him and Ryan Hall!
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      What!? That’s amazing! I never know anyone who wins those trips! It’s too bad they don’t give him an entry for him and a friend. It’s a really fun race to watch too, though. Watching the race as a New Yorker is what inspired me to run a marathon in the first place. There’s just something about the NYC Marathon. If you need any spectator tips, let me know! I know that course like the back of my hand.
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