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Pyongyang Marathon bans foreign runners from racing

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Officials say ban is due to fears of the Ebola virus.

The Pyongyang Marathon announced last week it will not permit foreigners–amateur or professional–to participate in the race, citing concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus, Reuters reports.  North Korea has banned all non-Korean tourists from visiting the country since October 2014, despite being thousands of miles from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak ...  ... 

The world's first edible wearable race banana

By Alison Wade on in News
Japanese device displays time, heart rate, inspirational messages, and can be eaten post-race.

There appears to be a race to see who can come up with the most bizarre running-related contraption. Exhibit A is the Tomatan, designed to make it easier to eat tomatoes on the run. Exhibit B is a wearable banana, designed by Dole Japan, one of the race’s sponsors. The banana displays ... 

Genzebe Dibaba sets new 5000 metre world indoor record

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Ethiopian adds 5K mark to her 1500 metres, 3K, and 2-mile world records.

Cementing her reputation as one of the best indoor distance runners of the 21st century, Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba has set a new 5000-metre indoor world record. She ran 14:18.86 at the XL Galan meet in Stockholm last Thursday, taking more than 5 seconds off the previous record held by fellow Ethiopian Meseret ... 

Kenya's Mumbi Muraga receives two-year drug ban

By Peter Gambaccini on in News
More doping trouble for Kenya

Julia Mumbi Muraga of Kenya, the 2014 Cologne Marathon winner in 2:28:00, has tested positive for the blood booster EPO and been banned for two years by Athletics Kenya, Reuters reports. The German Anti-Doping Agency reported the positive test, stripped Muraga of her title, and named Ethiopia’s Shasho Insermu, who finished more than seven ...  ... 

Mo Farah breaks the 2 miles world record in Birmingham

By Ben Hobson on in News
Mo Farah smashes Bekele's record running 8:03.40

Double Olympic, World and European champion Mo Farah set the track alight at the Birmingham Grand Prix at the weekend, silencing critics with a dominant display in the men's 2 miles. This was Farah's first race of the year having spent several weeks training in Ethopia and the hard work is ... 

ASICS launches "Its A Big World. Go Run It"

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It may be an ad campaign, but the latest video from ASICS does make us want to run...

It's hard to watch the new ASICS video and not immediately want to put your shoes on, go find as many other runners as you can and scale a mountain, so it's worth giving it praise for that and for not just being another shoe advert.  The video was shot in ... 

Runner crawls last 50 metres of Austin Marathon to finish third

By Peter Gambaccini on in News
Hyvon Ngetich finished on her hands and knees after leading by 500 metres.

Hyvon Ngetich of Kenya appeared to be headed to an overwhelming victory at the Austin Marathon when she was suddenly running on empty, and then she wasn’t running at all. In the final 50 metres of Sunday’s race, Ngetich dropped to her hands and knees and began crawling to the finish ... 

Barefoot runner Bikila's family sues Vibram

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
The family of two-time Olympic marathon champ Abebe Bikila is suing minimalist running shoe maker Vibram Five Fingers for the unauthorised use of his name.

The Bikila family are seeking $15 million in damages following claims that Vibram trademarked the name "Bikila" in 2010 without seeking the family's permission. Abebe Bikila famously won the 1960 Olympic Marathon in Rome barefoot. A last-minute addition to the Ethiopian team, he agreed to step in when a fellow runner ... 

Kiplagat breaks half marathon world record

By Peter Gambaccini on in News
Florence Kiplagat set a new world record last Sunday, coming in at 1:05:09.

Florence Kiplagat of Kenya broke her own world half marathon record in 1:05:09 in Barcelona on Sunday, cutting three seconds from the record, which she set in the Spanish city in 2014. Her splits of 46:14 for 15K and 1:01:54 for 20K could be ratified as world records as well. Kiplagat’s performance came ... 

How to manage long-term ITB issues

By William O. Roberts, MD on in News
Advice for runners struggling with this stubborn leg injury...

Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome can be a difficult problem to manage and cure. The ITB is a fascial band of tissue that originates as the tensor fascia latae muscle that merges into the ITB as it courses down the side of the leg and inserts on the lateral tibial platuae ... 

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