It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.
Here are this week’s stories…
Geoffrey Mutai is aiming for the world record in Berlin tomorrow.
The new qualifying rules for Boston seem to be working as intended this year.
For those who question the value of holding road races, Vancouver Marathon pumps $37 million into the economy.
Ever wonder how environmentally friendly your favourite race is?
Teen runner saves a life before finishing a race.
If you did not follow coverage of the Boston Marathon today, some fast times were posted.
Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai in Boston today ran the fastest marathon ever today. Mutai’s time of 2:03:02 beat the previous best of 2:03:59 set by Haille Gebrselassie in Berlin in 2008.
American runner Ryan Hall also set a quickest finishing time by an American, finishing in 2:04:58.
Unfortunately for both Mutai and Hall, neither runner will receive credit for an official World or American record. Why you might ask? The reason is that Boston is not certified as a record quality course by the International Association of Athletics Federations or the United States Track and Field Association because the elevation loss over the Boston course is three times the allowable limit and the start line is too far from the finish line.
This shouldn’t take away from their accomplishments today. They both deserve credit and accolades for great results today amongst a fast field. The top 10 men finished in under 2:09 today!
What did you think of today’s results in Boston?
In other news, I registered for the New York Marathon lottery today. I’m certainly not expecting to get in on the first try but I figure it is worth a try since I am not yet at a point where I could meet the qualifying standards. Thanks to Scott from iRunnerBlog for posting a reminder earlier.