Sunday, November 22, 2009

2009 Philadelphia Marathon Results Posted

Results have been posted for the 2009 Philadelphia Marathon. At this link you can find searchable results for the marathon as well as the half marathon and the Rothman Institute 8K.

Congrats to all finishers!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

2009 Ironman Florida Results, and 2010 Registration Info

First, the good news: 2009 Ironman Florida results are posted, though the Web page says they are preliminary results.

Now the bad news: the 2010 Ironman Florida is sold out. Registration started this morning, and the field filled up quickly. The 2010 Ironman Florida registration page notes that there is no waiting list.

There still is one Ironman competition left in the U.S. this year, according to the page: Ironman Arizona. Registration for that event begins Monday, November 23, 2009 7:00AM-9:00AM (the site doesn't say whether that is local time or some other time zone).

Monday, November 2, 2009

2010 NYC Marathon Lottery is Now Open!

If you got psyched seeing the New York City Marathon yesterday and are motivated to run in next year's race, your wait is shorter than ever: the application to enter the lottery to get into the 2010 NYC Marathon is open as of today! Just go to this link to apply.

From the New York Road Runners Club's Web page:
"Lottery applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on March 5, 2010.

NYRR will hold the lottery drawing for all applicants in mid-March."

You can also get guaranteed entry through a variety of means. If you live in the NYC area and run NYRR races, you can get in by running in nine scored NYRRC events and by volunteering at one of the club's races (excluding the NYC Marathon).

Find out all the details, including how international marathoners can apply, at the NYRR's 2010 NYC Marathon lottery Web page.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

2009 ING New York City Marathon - RACE RESULTS

The results for the 2009 ING New York City Marathon are in, and you can view them at the official race results page here. You can search by name, bib number, or other fields, or enter information in more than one field to narrow down the results.

The race was held on Sunday, November 1st, 2009, with approximately 40,000 runners participating.

Meb Keflezighi Wins 2009 New York Marathon - First American Winner Since 1982

Meb Keflezighi, whose family fled war-ravaged Eritrea and came to the U.S., today became the first American man to win the New York City Marathon since 1982. Pointing to the "U.S.A." emblazoned on his shirt, Keflezighi broke the tape at 2:09:15, a full 40 seconds ahead of second-place finisher, Kenya’s Robert Cheruiyot.

Amid all the usual hand-wringing about the dismal state of American distance running, Keflezighi provided a shining bright spot, but was far from the only American who did well. In fact, the U.S. had its best showing in NYC Marathon in 30 years: Ryan Hall finished fourth, and overall six Americans finished in the top 10.

I was volunteering at the aid station at Mile 25 and was pretty exciting when I saw that Meb was the first man to pass that point. But it wasn't until later in the afternoon that I found out that he indeed had won. From what I've read, Meb ran a great strategic race, and I hope to catch it on tape delay or on the Internet soon.

Keflezighi had tears streaming down his face after he crossed the finish line. “U.S.A. gave me all the opportunity in the world, education, sports, lifestyle,” Keflezighi said in a quote on the New York Times's Web site. “This is so special to me.” Today's victory is his first in a major marathon. He finished second in New York in 2004. Also that year, he achieved a second place finish in the Olympic marathon in Athens, Greece, winning the silver medal.

Keflezighi and his 10 siblings left war-torn Eritrea, settling in San Diego in 1987. He became a U.S. citizen in 1997.

Congrats to Meb on his well-deserved victory in winning the 2009 New York City Marathon, to Ryan Hall and the other Americans who placed in the top 10, and to all finishers!