A Little Bit Of This And That

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This post is going to highlight some news that caught my eye this week:

A World Record!

Noah Bliss, a 10-year-old from Kenosha, Wisconsin, set a new age-group world record in the half marathon. He finished the Wisconsin [Half] Marathon course that runs along the Lake Michigan shoreline in a time of 1:37:15. His Mom stated that he first ran the race when he was seven, and it has become a tradition for him.


Mohamed Fadil won the OC Marathon on Sunday in 2:21:42 – a course record. However, he was then disqualified for “illegal pacing” – video evidence showed that he violated USATF competition rules by having a friend bicycling next to him and giving him fluids. Stephan Shay, Ryan Shay’s younger brother, was declared the winner (2:23:09) on what would have been Ryan’s 35th birthday.

This wasn’t as clear-cut as it might appear – the problem arose around mile 13, when one of the official cyclists in the race got a flat tire. Fadil’s cyclist friend came alongside him – worried about making a wrong turn, he asked the cyclist to lead him along the course since the official cyclist had fallen behind. This was an issue in the 2011 race, as the top women veered several miles off course. Fadil says he will be back next year to defend his title – what do you think?


The Transvulcania Ultramarathon takes place this Saturday on the island of La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands.

Anna Frost en route to a course record in 2012

Anna Frost en route to a course record in 2012

Kilian Jornet en route to a course record in 2013

Kilian Jornet en route to a course record in 2013

The 73.3 kilometer race gains/loses over 4000 meters of elevation and has proven to be a challenge for even the world’s best ultra/mountain runners.

It is an early season race for many Europeans, as the ski mountaineering season has just ended. In 2012, this was particularly evident, as American Dakota Jones was able to upset Kilian Jornet in the men’s race. Last year, Kilian took the title and set a course record. When asked how he won last year, he said “I ran for seven days before the race instead of just three!”

Kilian and Emilie Forsberg will be the two to watch. Check out irunfar’s live coverage of the race here. It starts at 1am EST Saturday morning (or Friday night depending on how you look at things).


Meb has headed back to San Diego where he will be “racing” on June 1st. Meb will be the 1:30 “pace bunny” at the San Diego Half Marathon.

What news has caught your eye this week?

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7 Responses to A Little Bit Of This And That

  1. piratebobcat says:

    Interesting! We had a guy here win a marathon, or maybe it was a half, in Ft. Worth a year or two ago, but was DQ’d cause he was wearing a friend’s bib who couldn’t run cause he was injured.
    One of my elite buddies won the Cowtown Marathon the other year even though the course folks accidentally sent him a couple extra miles off the course!

  2. I’m really interested to see what comes out with the OC marathon. I don’t think illegal pacers should be allowed but in that case was the cyclist actually pacing him or leading the way? It’s not clear cut at all.

    How do you feel about children that young doing half marathons and full marathons? Races like that will always be there but their bones aren’t developed. I feel strongly about high schoolers “needing” to do marathons. I don’t know, I’m undecided and could chat about it for days.

    • Jason says:

      When that boy was seven and he did the race for the first time, he was required to get a medical clearance, but the doctor examined him and looked at his training and said there was no reason he couldn’t do it.

      I think races that long do affect our bodies when we’re that young – but so does everything we do. I’m sure running 13.1 miles is not as bad as kids who are eating McDonalds every day and there’s a lot more of them LOL

  3. leerunsdistances says:

    Back in February we had a kid down here break the world record for his age in the half marathon. He nationally rank as a triathelete for his age. Kara signing with skechers is still the news of the week for me. I wouldn’t be suprised to see shalane abandon ship before long Nike might be in trouble down the road at least running wise

  4. runsaltrun says:

    Okay now I want to go run in San Diego. Not that I could run a 1:30 half or anything.
    I hadn’t heard yet about that issue at the OC Marathon, but that’s really interesting and I’ll be following to see if anything else comes out of it. It definitely doesn’t sound like a clear cut case of illegal pacing.

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