Uganda Suspends Track Coach Who Told Girls "You Must Have Sex Or Give…

Peter Wemali, coach of the Ugandan national junior running team, has been suspended following allegations of systematic mental, physical and sexual child abuse. One anonymous runner — wait, let's call her what she is: a girl — spoke to the Daily Monitor, and the scene is predictably horrific: » 4/23/14 11:42am Today 11:42am

The Terrifying Hell A Marathon Inflicts On The Human Body

The 118th annual Boston Marathon is about to get underway, and like any marathon, it will be an incredible physical tax on all of its participants. There will be heart trauma, organ damage, blood pissing, unspeakable chaffing—and those are the baseline. Below, read Dr. Matt McCarthy's explanation from this past October … » 4/21/14 8:43am Monday 8:43am

Boston Without Barriers: The Marathon Then And Now

Part of the appeal of marathons is their inclusive nature, the way they're accessible to both runners and spectators. It's a sport of the people, the steaming rabble, those straining sinew flinging their sweat onto those shouldering closer to holler or hold out a crushed and sloshing cup of water. Salty skin touches… » 4/18/14 2:51pm Friday 2:51pm

When A Famed Nike Coach Tried To Steal A Race, A Track Protest Was Born

The scene was unprecedented: seven runners walking off the track hand in hand, in quiet protest against their own governing body. The women had just run the 1,500-meter race at the U.S. indoor national championships on Feb. 23 in Albuquerque. The day before, the winner of the 3,000-meter race, Gabe Grunewald, had been… » 3/07/14 12:48pm 3/07/14 12:48pm

Guy Gets Ticket For Running Too Early In Central Park

Ignorance of the law is not a defense, but this is pretty absurd. Peter Shankman, a rich person with a bunch of titles, was running in Central Park at 4:30 in the morning, even though it is apparently illegal to be in Central Park between 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. A cop with a tight-ass boss saw Shankman and wrote him up … » 3/01/14 7:31pm 3/01/14 7:31pm

How I Broke The Indoor Mile Record: An Interview With A "Freak"

Eamonn Coghlan is not too sensitive about the fact that today's twentysomethings were infants when he ran a mile in 3 minutes 49 seconds and 78 hundredths on a 10-lap track—which is to say, a world record—and he doesn't mind that they don't know who he is or what he's done. That's OK. He's pretty diplomatic, now—a… » 2/21/14 3:30pm 2/21/14 3:30pm

Meet The Girl Who Ate It After Interview About Running In The Snow

Yesterday, we brought you the unbelievable story of a runner falling in the snow immediately after giving an interview about the joys of running in the snow. It was 67 seconds of pure gold. We've since been in touch with Chelsea and she has graciously agreed to answer some questions. » 2/09/14 2:59pm 2/09/14 2:59pm

Runner Eats It Immediately After Interview About Running In Snow

This little bit of magic is from Portland's KOIN-6 Friday night and it is remarkable that it actually happened. The entire interview is just a slow and steady burn to that ultimate payoff and the entire time you're thinking: no way. No way this actually happens. It can't. » 2/08/14 7:54pm 2/08/14 7:54pm

Beautiful Maps Reveal Where People Run In 22 Major Cities

Over on FlowingData, Nathan Yau pulled public data from the tracking site RunKeeper.com to map out the common running routes of twenty major cities. The results are neat to look at, but it's also interesting to see the park systems, waterways, and urban grids of these cities come to come life. » 2/05/14 2:17pm 2/05/14 2:17pm

How Far Do You Have To Run For It To Count As "A Run"?

I recently read something about running the 100m dash, or some record being set, or maybe I was just looking at that Usain Bolt GIF with the dude smiling his face off because he got a fist bump—the specifics don't really matter; somehow I started thinking about sprinting, is all you need to know—and it got me wondering … » 1/05/14 12:20pm 1/05/14 12:20pm

What Are Your Best Day-After Marathon Misery Stories?

The New York City marathon was yesterday, meaning today there are about 48,000 people who are feeling beat to hell today. What's the worst thing that happened to you, in yesterday's race, or ever: Toenails fall off? Peeing blood? Global refusal to get the hell out of bed until next decade? Open forum, tell us your sob… » 11/04/13 3:16pm 11/04/13 3:16pm

Why Marathoners (Especially Men) Are "Irrational" Runners

If you're going to sacrifice your body to run 26.2 miles all at once, shouldn't you at least run them as best you can? Eric Allen (USC) and Patricia Dechow (Berkeley) took a look at finishing times for 300,000 Chicago Marathon runners from 2003 to 2011, concluding, in the style of all behavioral economics papers, that… » 11/01/13 3:19pm 11/01/13 3:19pm