A man who had not missed a day running for 45 years is finally going to take a break because of a foot injury. Mark Covert – a 62-year-old track coach from Lancaster in California – had not missed a day of running since July 23, 1968. That amounts to a streak of 16,437 successive days – the longest active streak in the United States, according to the US Running Streak Association. Covert has decided to end the streak on Tuesday – the 45th anniversary of when it all started due to his untimely injury.
At a time when charity bibs for the New York City Marathon are usually almost sold out, most of the race’s nonprofit partners still have slots available, according to the New York Road Runners, which puts on the popular marathon. “Many of our community partners, charities with 15 or fewer entries, are close to full,” said Michael Rodgers, vice president of development and philanthropy at New York Road Runners, via email. But he adds that the race’s larger partners still have approximately 50 percent of their slots open.
ING last week officially informed the N.Y. Road Runners that it is “exiting as title sponsor” of the N.Y. Marathon after a 10-year run, according to sources cited by Terry Lefton in this week’s SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. The ING moniker will “remain on the event this year.”
Texas Track and Field head coach Mario Sategna announced Tuesday the hiring of three new members to his Longhorns staff. Kareem Streete-Thompson (horizontal jumps and sprints), Ty Sevin (field events) and Brad Herbster (distance/cross country) will serve as assistant coaches for the combined UT Track and Field program, joining recently-appointed associate head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey.
1. Because doing just one sport is boring and fascist.2. Because everyone looks cool in bike shorts!3. Because while a marathon is awesome….
Usain Bolt believes the recent doping scandals in sprinting hurt the sport and insists he’s running clean. The world’s fastest man stopped short of condemning fellow Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson or American rival Tyson Gay, whose failed doping tests have left the sport in turmoil ahead of worlds.
When Ken Harris rolls into Portsmouth, N.H., today, he’ll have 3,850 miles under his bike seat. If he can still walk, he’ll have plenty to celebrate. Harris made the trek as part of a group ride, with about two dozen other cyclists.