Sunday, September 28, 2008

2008 Tunnel to Towers Run in New York City

UPDATE: Monday 9:45 p.m.: 2008 Tunnel to Towers race results are now posted at:

- - - - -
The annual Tunnel to Towers Run took place in New York City Sunday, starting in Brooklyn and going to Manhattan through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. You can find information and race results at the official Tunnel to Towers Run Web site. I ran the race last year, and it's a unique event.

The race is in honor of NYC firefighter Stephen Siller, who was off duty on 9/11/01 when he heard of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. He headed to his firehouse to get his gear and head for the fire, and since all tunnels and bridges were closed to traffic after the attacks, Siller ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and to the World Trade Center... wearing his full firefighter gear.

Sadly, Stephen Siller was one of the 343 NYC fireman to lose his life when the twin towers collapsed. But the Siller family has turned this tragedy that honors his memory and provides funds for a number of charities, including burn centers in New York and across the country; the New York Foundling Hospital; education funds for the children of fallen soldiers; and even the sufferers of Hurricane Katrina.

Besides the race, the Tunnel to Towers Run concludes with a big outdoor party near the finish line, with free food, live entertainment, and lots more.

If you're a runner who'll be in New York the last weekend in September, this is quite a unique race to run in.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

2008 Philadelphia Distance Run - Results

You'll find the results page for the 2008 Philadelphia Distance Run here, which will contain results when they are posted. You can also check live results by clicking on the Live Results link on the Philadelphia Distance Run home page to see the times of runners as they cross the starting line, 5K, 10K, 10 mile mark, and the finish.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Results - 2008 Queens Half Marathon

It was a hot and muggy day for the 30th anniversary of the Queens Half Marathon. This is one of the races in the New York Road Runners Club's grand prix half marathon series. Click here for the results of the 2008 Queens Half Marathon, which took place on Sept. 14th, 2008.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

2009 Boston Marathon Registration is Open - Sept. 3rd

Registration for the 2009 Boston Marathon is open, and you can find all the details at the link. The field is limited to 25,000, and the Boston Athletic Association has announced that six new charities have been added to the Boston Marathon's charity program.

The 2009 Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, April 20, 2009.

According to the Boston Marathon site,, entry options are as follows:

"In addition to online registration, runners may download a PDF application at, or request a hard-copy application by emailing Entries will be accepted until the maximum field size of 25,000 athletes has been reached."

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Nike Human Race - Give Your Results and Reactions

I've gotten an unprecedented amount of traffic to and comments on my post about running in the New York edition of the Nike Human Race. Most of the comments had the same reaction as I did to the Randall's Island course... namely, that it was congested and just plain awful.

Who out there ran the Nike Human Race in the other 26 cities? What was your experience with the race? Was the course well planned and runner friendly?

To answer one of the comments about the New York Human Race, it was not a New York Road Runners Club event, as far as I can tell. The NYRR promoted the race on its site, but clicking on a link for the race led you straight to Nike's site for the Human Race. So I don't think NYRR can be blamed for the poorly planned course.

If you ran the Nike Human Race at any of the 26 cities, or if you ran it on your own wherever you are, let us know your experiences. Thanks...