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.
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?