It has been a busy couple of days for running news!
Yesterday, it was announced that Kenenisa Bekele will be running the Chicago Marathon. If you recall, he ran 2:05:03 at the Paris Marathon in his debut. His stated goal in Chicago is to break the course record of 2:03:45. Of course, unless you’re naive, you know Bekele has the world record (2:03:23) on his mind. Notably, a men’s world record hasn’t been set in Chicago since 1999 – the last six world records have been in London or Berlin.
Mo has temporarily retired from running marathons. If you recall, he ran 2:08:21 for the London Marathon back in April. Mo is going to focus on European Championships, 2015 World Championships and the Rio Olympics. After that, I think we will certainly see Mo take another crack at 26.2.
The Boston Marathon
The Boston Marathon will be a little smaller in 2015. BAA was in Hopkinton last night requesting a field of 30,000. That is 6,000 people less than the field from this year. However, it is still 3,000 more than the field from 2013. Registration for the Boston Marathon opens on September 8th.
Endurance events (marathons, open water swims and triathlons) had an economic impact of $64.1 million in San Diego County last year. A recent study found that 134,000 people registered for 66 different events. More than one out of every three competitors was from out of town. The $64.1 million includes only money spent by out-of-town competitors.
Welcome to Mumbai
On August 15th, Mumbai will host its first ultramarathon. It is a 12-hour run that will be utilizing a 12km loop. There are no prizes, but there is also no registration fee! There will be a book that will profile all the participants who run for 12 hours. Interested in registering for the race? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Beast of Burden Ultra is this weekend. It is a 50-mile or 100-mile race on the towpath between Lockport, New York, and Middleport, New York. Sergeant Brett Sobieraski, of the Rochester Police Department, will be attempting to finish the race in under 18 hours. In doing so, he is raising money for Veterans Outreach Center. So far, he has raised about $3,500. If you are interested in donating, email Brett at BS813@cityofrochester.gov
Have you seen any interesting running news this week?