With the New York City Marathon set to return on Sunday after being sidelined last year by Superstorm Sandy, the specter of the Boston Marathon looms large.
The New York Police Department plans to beef up security along the 26.2-mile course, which winds through the city’s five boroughs. But the finish line has become perhaps the biggest worry after two homemade bombs detonated near the finish line in Boston, killing three people and injuring more than 260.
The Gazelle Foundation Run for the Water is all about raising awareness and funding for clean water projects in Burundi. That’s a given. But nobody said anything about rain, lightning and a little thunder tossed in for good measure.
As a wicked overnight cold front descended from the north on Sunday morning, the accompanying deluge and ferocious lightning across the Austin area was enough to delay the start of the Run for the Water 10-Miler and 5-K by 15 minutes to allow one last storm cell to pass over downtown. None of the nearly 4300 runners seemed to mind and most kept dry under the numerous tents set up on the S. 1st Street bridge.
2008 Olympic silver medallist Nick Willis struggled today on day two of the 2013 World Speed Golf Championships at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon. Willis, who was in sixth after day 1 of the 2 day event thanks to an 86 in 44:20 minutes of play, only shot 97 on day two but did improve his time to 43:07.
His two day total score (strokes plus time) of 270.27 ended up placing Willis exactly in the middle of the 25 person field as he finished 13th.
My Thanksgiving motto? Run 5 to burn 5. I’ve made it a tradition the last few years to ride my bike downtown to run 5 miles in the Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot. Afterward I mingle with the crowd, get my picture taken with as many turkeys and pilgrims and native Americans as possible, then pedal home and gobble up a turkey dinner that must weigh 5 pounds.
Bike junkies might want to check out the swap meet planned at Mellow Johnny’s next weekend. The 5th Annual Mellow Swap is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 in the parking lot of the downtown bike shop, 400 Nueces Street. It’s free to shoppers.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon and 1/2 Marathon on Nov. 17 might be the biggest race in San Antonio, but other half-marathons are coming up on the race calendar for runners and walkers who aren’t yet ready to tackle the Rock ‘n’ Roll or want to find a new goal to help motivate them.
The American College of Sports Medicine surveyed more than 3,800 fitness professionals who work in commercial, clinical, community and corporate gyms and health clubs to identify the top 20 fitness trends worldwide for next year. They selected those trends from 38 potential choices. This is the eighth year of the survey.
The top trends don’t take into account fitness activities people are doing on their own, and walking is the most popular physical activity in the USA.