Your Running News Roundup: Looking Back

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As we head into the last week of the year, many publications review the highlights of the year in sports. Mark Sutcliffe of the Ottawa Citizen remembers those who inspired him in 2007 and cites Paula Radcliffe, Alberto Salazar, and everyone who ran in the Chicago Marathon. The International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF), the governing body for world track and field events, breaks up its year in review into eight parts. The IAAF awarded gold and silver medals to road races around the world that met high standards. Three American races (the Boston, New York, and Chicago marathons) won gold and one (Freihofer’s Run for Women (Albany, NY)) took silver. Running USA Wire counts down the top 10 moments in U.S. distance running in 2007.

Run a Marathon, Save a Driver’s Life

A recent study in the British Medical Journal acknowledged that although some runners have died while running in marathons, the road closures associated with these races saved even more lives. The Toronto Globe and Mail summarizes the study, noting that over the past 30 years, 26 runners have died while competing in marathons, but an estimated 46 traffic fatalities were prevented by road closures.

Take it to the Limit

What are the limits of human performance? At one time, people thought breaking four minutes for the mile was physically impossible. Roger Bannister proved them wrong. Others believed that Bob Beamon’s 29 feet, 2.5 inch leap (8.9 meters) at Mexico City would stand forever; Mike Powell broke the record nearly a quarter century later. A Times of London article considers whether there are real limits to human athletic performance. A French sports institute predicts that after 2060, there will be no more world records in sports. Other papers, including the Telegraph also covered the story.

Quick Hits

Sports Illustrated catches up with U.S. Olympic Marathon trials winner Ryan Hall, still grieving over the death of his friend and training partner Ryan Shay. The New York Times considers how difficult it is to measure how many calories you’ve expended during a workout. The Times also reviews LED lights for cycling. The Los Angeles Times reviews some fitness books, including one by the great Grete Waitz. Finally, the paper also collects some last minute stocking stuffers for the athlete on your list.

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