Posts Tagged ‘American marathoners’

Kara Goucher, Desiree Linden To Run NYC Marathon

Kara Goucher To Run New York City Marathon

Kara Goucher (Courtesy of NYRR)

We already learned that 2009 New York City Marathon champion and 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi will be running the New York City Marathon for the ninth time on Sunday, November 2.

Now, two of America’s best marathoners will be joining him.

New York Road Runners (who I freelance for as host of On The Run) announced today that Kara Goucher and Desiree Linden are headlining the American women’s field at the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon.

Goucher is returning to the race for the first time since 2008, when she finished third in her marathon debut. Linden will be running New York for the first time. Read the rest of this entry →


09 2014

Lessons From Boston Marathon Winner Meb Keflezighi

Lessons From Boston Marathon Winner Meb Keflezighi

Meb Keflezighi at the 2006 Boston Marathon. (Photo: Ethan Bagley/Flickr)

Back in 2009 when “Run, Karla, Run!” debuted, one of my very first posts was about Meb Keflezighi’s historic win at the New York City Marathon—Keflezighi’s Win: An American Marathon Renaissance?

On April 21, he did it again by becoming the first American Boston Marathon winner in 30 years. Even more amazing? He won at the age of 38 and in personal record time of 2:08:37.

Keflezighi is without question the U.S.’s best distance runner on the roads today. With an Olympic marathon silver medal and New York City and Boston Marathon titles to his name, he enters an elite group of American runners known as “the greatest.” Even Frank Shorter, the 1972 Olympic marathon gold medalist and 1976 Olympic marathon silver medalist, said it during the Boston Marathon wrap-up show on Universal Sports: “If there is a club, welcome to it!”

But we mere mortals can learn a thing or two from Marathon Meb. Here’s what comes to mind.

Lessons From Boston Marathon Winner Meb Keflezighi

Meb Keflezighi at the 2013 New York City Marathon. (Photo: ccho/Flickr)

1) The big 30 isn’t old. Neither, it seems, is 40.

So many people think the end is nigh once your age no longer begins with a “2.” I’m as guilty as the next runner, wringing my hands at what feels like the inevitable decline now that my age starts with a “3.”

So it’s refreshing and inspiring to see a runner like Meb, just two weeks from his 39th birthday, becoming the Boston Marathon winner, running not just the best time of his life, but the best time in a field of younger guys.

Lesson? You’re only as old as you think you are. Being young at heart pays and, yes, 40 is the new 30.

2) Being the fastest runner doesn’t always matter. But being the smartest does.

Meb Keflezighi is rarely the fastest man in the field. In the 2014 Boston Marathon, no fewer than 14 men had personal best times speedier than Meb, some fully 5 minutes quicker. Read the rest of this entry →


04 2014

Shalane Flanagan Will Make Marathon Debut in NYC

EUGENE, OR - JUNE 25: Shalane Flanagan competes in the 10,000 meter final during the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field on June 25, 2009 in Eugene, Oregon. Flanagan finished second. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

It seems like everyone wants to run the marathon. And not just any marathon—the ING New York City Marathon. Haile Gebrselassie, the marathon world record holder and undisputed King of the Road, has already announced that he’s running NYC for the first time this fall. Defending NYC champion and American superstar Meb Keflezighi is also returning to defend his title. And now, Shalane Flanagan, America’s track darling, has announced she’ll be making her marathon debut in New York on November 7.

“It’s the ultimate challenge for the distance runner,’’ Flanagan told The Boston Globe. “I would love to win another Olympic medal, but more than anything, I would love to win a major marathon.’’ Read the rest of this entry →


06 2010

2010 Boston Marathon Preview: Hall vs. Keflezighi

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Ryan Hall hydrates during the 2009 ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 1. He finished fourth.

For the first time in years, the U.S. has two runners who could conceivably win Monday’s 114th running of the Boston Marathon: Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall. An American hasn’t won the race since Lisa Larsen Rainsberger in 1985 on the women’s side and Greg Meyer in 1983 on the men’s side.

The Boston Marathon is the oldest and most storied marathon in the world, and for good reason—it’s also the most exclusive. Runners must qualify for the race, a feat that only 10.4 percent of marathon finishers accomplish. On the professional side, it’s just as exclusive; a victory in Boston means a laurel wreath, a World Marathon Majors win and a place in history. Read the rest of this entry →


04 2010

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