This year’s Boston Marathon will have a “no bags” policy as part of stepped-up security following last year’s deadly bombing, the Boston Athletic Association announced Wednesday. Marathon runners typically are allowed to bring bags or backpacks to keep personal items. Those bags are bused between the starting line in Hopkinton and the finish line in Boston.
The BAA said unregistered runners, known as “bandits,” who traditionally jump into the race at various points along the course, will be strictly prohibited this year. “Anyone on the course for any distance who has not been assigned, or is not displaying, an officially issued bib number from the B.A.A. is subject to interdiction,” the association said in its email. Costumes covering the face or non-form-fitting, bulky outfits will also be prohibited.
We spoke today with Gabriele Grunewald’s husband Justin as well as her agent Paul Doyle and her coach Dennis Barker of Team USA Minnesota. Doyle said that after the race was over, the head referee went over to talk to the official on the turn who had raised his or her flag after Grunewald and Hasay made contact with roughly 180 meters remaining in the race. They talked things over and determined no foul had occurred.
Alberto Salazar (or someone working for him) protested the race result and said his athlete Hasay had been fouled. How the Grunewald camp learned of the protest is certainly interesting. In industry circles, it’s long been known that Salazar and fellow Nike coach Jerry Schumacher have a frosty relationship to say the least. Their relationship, or lack thereof, reached a new low yesterday when after the men’s 3,000, Salazar was physically restrained during a confrontation with Schumacher.
Olympic champion Mo Farah of Great Britain, one of the most famous distance runners in the world, is set to run the NYC Half on March 16, 2014, according to New York Road Runners, which organizes the race. Farah won double gold at the London Olympics in 2012 in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter races. He also repeated the double gold at the World Championships in Moscow in 2013.
Who needs the Tour de France? More than 900 cyclists will zip through Lago Vista and the surrounding hills during the 23rd annual La Primavera Bicycle Race on March 1-2. Athletes from around the world will show off their peloton tactics at the event, billed by organizers as the largest bicycle road race in the region. And that should make for some exciting spectating.
Cyclists will be racing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The start/finish line is at 1925 American Drive in Lago Vista. Activities include a kid’s fun ride, bounce house and food vendors. Admission is free to onlookers. Bring lawn chairs to watch.
An inspirational father-son duo who became legends at the Boston Marathon will be calling it quits after this year. Dick Hoyt, who has been pushed his son Rick through the race for the past 30 years,told CBS Boston that nagging back pain will force him into retirement from the race. But not before the 73-year-old completes just one more.
The 2013 Boston Marathon was supposed to be the Hoyts’ last race, but cut their run short at the 25 mile marker when the bombs exploded. Dick Hoyt told the Today Show in April that they would run one more to honor the victims of the bombing.
A new study that investigates the relationship between foot strike and running speed adds to our understanding of how the two are linked. But it doesn’t make life any easier for anyone. Indeed, the study authors posit a fourth kind of runner foot strike that hasn’t been previously noted.Before, there were three footstrikes: rearfoot, midfoot, and forefoot, with the later two often getting lumped together. Now, say well-known U.S. running biomechanics expert Ned Frederick and his coauthors from Ghent University in Belgium, there’s a fourth: the “atypical rearfoot striker.”
Multiple women’s masters records could be set in Dallas next month if things go well for American Deena Kastor. The 2004 Olympic bronze medalist committed to run the March 23 Rock ’n’ Roll Dallas half marathon, which starts in downtown Dallas and finishes at Fair Park. The race will be Kastor’s first since a disappointing showing at the IAAF World Championships’ marathon in Moscow last summer. She placed ninth and was the top American finisher in 2 hours, 36 minutes, 12 seconds.
“That race nearly sent me into retirement,” she said by e-mail Thursday. “My desire to compete has come back.”
Kastor, 41, planned to run the Feb. 2 Rock ’n’ Roll New Orleans race before the flu sidelined her. She said she’s better, her training is strong and she anticipates finishing between 1:11 and 1:12. That puts her on track to break the American women’s masters half marathon record (1:11:50, Colleen De Reuck, Philadelphia, 2006).