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False fret: No proof female HS X-country runners can’t go .62 more

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

By Vanessa Wilkins “Go the extra mile -- it’s never crowded,” so the saying goes. But what about an extra .62 of a mile? For thousands of girls on high school cross country teams, racing to the finish means running a course 1,000 meters shorter than their male counterparts.  In 2012, ESPN ...

Four thing we learned in 2011 (that are worth remembering in 2012)

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

By Laura Pappano SOMETIMES YOU LOSE – AND IT’S OK. The Women’s World Cup championship game between the U.S. and Japan honored the rise and intensity of women’s soccer. The back story was compelling: The U.S. Team’s dramatic run-up with Abby Wambach’s YouTube-play-it-again (and again) headers versus the determination of a ...

Men are breaking marathon records; women are building contenders

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

By Laura Pappano Lately, major marathons have become a showcase for record-breaking male performances and today’s New York City Marathon was no exception: Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai finished in 2:05:05, setting a new course record (all three top male finishers broke the record). So much men’s record-breaking has been going on, in fact, ...

The IAAF has a Bunny Problem (not just in women’s marathoning)

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

By Laura Pappano The international track federation’s (IAAF) decision to nullify women’s marathon records from mixed-sex events reflects a crude double standard: Men can have rabbits; women can’t. The use of pacesetters is common in running, from short track distances to marathons. Boston and New York no longer allow pacesetters, but many ...

Chicago Marathon: Steve Jobs changed how we race (and cheer)

Friday, October 14th, 2011

By Laura Pappano Yes, we’ve heard the exciting Chicago Marathon results. Despite the heat (78 degrees according to my iPhone) Moses Mosop set a course record (2:05:37) and Liliya Shobukhova finished in 2:18:20, making it her third straight Chicago win, and her the second-fastest woman behind Paula Radcliffe who holds the ...

Roster management = cheating. Will we ever enforce Title IX?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

By Laura Pappano Last July when Federal District Court Judge Stefan Underhill found Quinnipiac University violated Title IX, in part, because it counted cheerleading as a varsity sport, most of the debate was about – you guessed it: Is cheerleading a sport? The decision, however, also discussed the school’s “roster management” practices ...

Hitting the wall: Why have women’s marathon times stalled?

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

By Laura Pappano Whether or not the IAAF decides to recognize as a new world record Geoffrey Mutai’s win in the Boston Marathon, crossing in 2:03:02 – 57 seconds faster than Haile Gebreselassie’s 2008 record of 2:03:59 – is, in some ways, immaterial. He was fast. He was so thrillingly fast (and ...

Perspiration drives inspiration: Sports can make you happy (and more successful)

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

    By Laura Pappano Just in time to save us from seasonal affective disorder, writer and blogger Mina Samuels has published Run Like a Girl, a relentlessly optimistic book (doesn’t mean there aren’t trials) about the transformative power of sports. Yes, sports can make you happy. (And more successful. too!) In her part-memoir, part-girlfriend/life ...

Marathon too short? How to run 50 around Nantucket (part barefoot)

Friday, November 19th, 2010

By Elizabeth Chabner Thompson Each August a group of running/eco-challenge lovers, trudge through surf and sand of Nantucket to make the 50-mile Rock Run around the island (the course changes yearly with beach erosion and tidal variances). As race director Hector MacDonald, puts it, “You can count on sand and sun ...

Why at 57 I decided to run the Boston Marathon — nine times (plus NYC once, too)

Monday, April 19th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_1264" align="aligncenter" width="645" caption="That's me in the blue, heading up Heartbreak Hill"][/caption] By Davi-Ellen Chabner On this morning of the 2010 Boston Marathon, I‘m thinking about where I have been for the past nine years:  At the starting line in Hopkinton, wondering if I have it in me to run through ...