Your Running News Roundup

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newspaper1.jpgESPN profiles U.S. marathoner Ryan Hall, who will lead the U.S. charge in Beijing. Learn how he overcame setbacks to become one of the world’s best runners. ESPN’s E60 has a story on how Alicia Shay is trying to move on following the death of her husband, Ryan Shay, at last year’s Olympic marathon trials. USA Today also checks in with Alicia Shay to see how she is preparing to compete for her own spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

Cheating in Sports

Running has been stung by a number of high profile cheating cases. Marion Jones admitted she took steroids and went to prison for lying to federal agents. Rosie Ruiz pretended to win the 1980 Boston Marathon. The Times of London investigates a mysterious letter that implicates U.S. sprinter Maurice Greene in doping. Numerous papers cover the story of sprinter Tim Montgomery’s arrest of charges that he sold heroin. Sports Illustrated questions whether recent doping scandals will make track and field a second-tier Olympic sport. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on how an impostor tried to steal last month’s La Jolla Half-Marathon. The runner wore the bib of last year’s winner, but certain people claimed that he was not the same person. Cheating extends to the back of the pack, as well. The New York Times explains how runners pay money to purchase the bib of someone who has an entry into the Boston Marathon.

From Baseball to the Triathlon

The New York Times spotlights Jeff Conine, who played baseball for 17 years in the major leagues until he retired last month. What’s the next challenge for someone with two World Series rings? The Ironman Triathlon. The first step is to chisel away at his body to convert from baseball to endurance sports.

Must Read of the Week

About a month ago I mentioned an NPR story on, which aims to help people reach their goals by making them put their money on the line. Research indicates that people have an aversion to losing money. When people have to pay up if they fail to meet their commitments, they have a greater incentive to work harder. The Seattle Times observes that two guys in Seattle discovered the same thing. They each bet $200 that they could get their weight under 200 pounds. Last December they launched, a site to help people lose weight. The gender-neutral site plots a gradually descending line; the goal is to lose weight to stay under the line.

Quick Hits

The Toronto Globe and Mail investigates the benefits of stretching and considers when supplements are beneficial. The New York Times spotlights the rise in sales for custom-made bicycles. Sports Illustrated documents the rise of Allyson Felix, who could win three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. SI also profiles sprinter Tyson Gay, who won the 100 meter sprint at last year’s World Championships, and who is aiming for four gold medals at the Olympics. Both the New York Times and National Post take on the subject of the role of exercise in general health. The U.S. Olympic Trials for the marathon were held before two of the biggest marathons in the world, New York and Boston. Both races were huge successes. The New York Times reports on how race officials are trying to figure how to build on that success for 2012.

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