Clay Warner normally runs ultras, but he was lured to a 15K trail race for the sake of enjoying it with his training partner. As it turns out, both of them have won their divisions — Warner among the humans, and his chocolate lab, Grady, among the dogs.
“There’s nothing like running and racing with your dog,” says Warner, 30, who lives in Asheville, North Carolina and whose German shorthaired pointer, Macey, has also been top dog in the same race three times.
Sunday’s New York City Half Marathon in Manhattan features 15 Olympians, three Olympic and World Championships medalists, as well as 11 national record holders. Among the list of entrants are 10 men who have dipped under 1:02 for the half marathon, and seven women who have broken 1:10.
In advance of the race, which begins in Central Park, takes competitors through Times Square and finishes in lower Manhattan, Race Results Weekly takes a look at seven prominent storylines.
Alan Webb made his professional triathlon debut Sunday at the Sarasota Sprint Triathlon and Mixed Relay Pan American Championships in Florida, where he and another one-time sub-4:00 high school miler, Lukas Verzbicas, joined up with two women and placed fifth out of 20 teams.
Webb, the American mile record holder who retired from track after the Millrose Games on February 15 in New York, swam 350 meters in 4:58, biked 6.4K in 10:14, and ran 2K in 5:50. Add in his transitions between stages, which he’s mastered and managed to keep quite brief, and his time was 22:06.
The Austin running community wants people visiting Austin for South By Southwest to hit the road (or trail) while they’re here.
To encourage people who aren’t familiar with the city’s best running routes to go for a run, Eli Asch of Conley Sports, which puts on the Austin Marathon, is asking local runners willing to serve as spontaneous group leaders to Tweet details of their running plans at least 3 or 4 hours before they head out.
Competitor Group Inc., America’s largest operator of marathons and half marathons, named David Abeles its new chief executive.
Abeles, 42, formerly executive vice president and general manager of TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Co., filled the vacancy created last fall by the abrupt departure of Scott Dickey, who had incited a firestorm within the running community by discontinuing appearance fees for elite athletes at the company’s Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon and half marathon series.
A documentary about an aging ultra-marathon runner will get one final screening in Austin this Saturday.
“The Immortalists” focuses on 62-year-old molecular biologist and long-distance runner Dr. William Andrews, who runs at least one 100-mile race each month in an effort to stop the aging process. Andrews calls the practice “longevity running,” because he believes it lengthens his telomeres, the caps at the end of chromosomes that wither away with age.
The first policeman to arrive at the South African home of Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius on the day he fatally shot his girlfriend testified Thursday with graphic details and photos of the bloody scene he encountered. Col. Schoombé Van Rensburg walked through what he found in the bedroom and bathroom at Pistorius’ home on that fatal Valentine’s Day morning last year, South Africa’s Times Live reported.
Van Rensburg said he and Warrant Officer Hilton Botha followed the blood trail from the bottom of the stairs where Reeva Steenkamp’s body lay covered by towels and black plastic trash bags, through Pistorius’ bedroom and to the bathroom where she was shot.