Readers Roundtable: What’s the Deal with Rule Breakers?

It always seems that we talk about cheating way more than we should. Over the last few months, we heard about doping scandals in the pro world and BQ cheating among the masses. A couple of years ago, Rocket wrote about a cheater she helped bust at the Columbus Marathon. This hit home as I’m heading to Columbus on Sunday to race my heart out. Just this week I received more » Read more

5 Times It’s Ok to Wear the Shirt From a Race You Did Not Run

In my newbie running days, I ran with two great training groups who taught me many things about the world of post-collegiate running.  One of the lessons that stands out the most was the cardinal rule of race shirt etiquette: wearing a shirt from a race you hadn’t run was a huge no-no. I mean, it was the equivalent of lying! For years I didn’t dare wear a shirt for more » Read more

What You Need to Know About Racing for Charity

Charitable giving is a mainstay of America. We runners, grateful of our physical health and strength are so often first in line to raise money for a good cause. When a race advertises it contributes its proceeds to a good cause, well, sign us up! And more and more races are doing just that. But are these races capitalizing on runners’ spirit of giving? How much of the race proceeds more » Read more

Airbnb and the NYC Marathon: Is Airbnb Out to Hurt Runners?

Before I go any further, I just want to say that I love Airbnb. Any time I travel, they’re my go-to site for accommodations. I’ve used it to stay in the bustling center of Sao Paulo, as a triathlon home base a block from San Francisco Bay, and as a weekend getaway in the Adirondack foothills all at a fraction of the cost of traditional hotels or resorts. Even more than that, I more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Is Humility Minimizing Your Accomplishments?

This week among the Salty bloggers, Sage shared an article about Amber Green, a mother of three who, over the course of 15 years and 31 marathons, reduced her time from 4:23:xx to an Olympic Trials qualifying 2:41:xx, and we all went nuts.  It was pretty unanimously agreed that Green is a badass.  We love this chick. She is awesome. It was also pretty unanimously agreed that she was, as more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: The Impact of Trans Runners on Women’s Running

Do we non-transgendered people have a right to care about Bruce Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner? While I am happy that because of Caitlyn more transgender people feel empowered and perhaps less afraid to be themselves, I do wonder what transgender-acceptance means for the world of competitive sports. I distinctly remember what happened to Caster Semenya who won some gold medals in the women’s 800 meters at the World Athletics Championships in 2009 more » Read more

Readers Roundtable: Supplements or Performance Enhancing Drugs?

While we didn’t have the same hard hitting journalism and expert witness testimony as the famed investigative reporter David Epstein had in his fascinating piece on PED use by coaching giant Alberto Salazar, we did cover this ever looming hot topic last year. After Epstein’s breaking news report was shared this past week, the inter webs and message boards went crazy. “FINALLY!” “I knew it.” “The whole sport is dirty.” more » Read more

5 Telltale Signs of a Cheater

Cheating sucks. Here at Salty Running we have several bloggers who have worked their tails off to qualify for Boston. Some have made it and some haven’t. Some of them did qualify, but were shut out from registering because they didn’t qualify enough. So it really steams me when someone claims to have earned this achievement and takes a spot on the Boston start line when good, honest people who earned more » Read more

What Happens on the Run Stays on the Run

“What happens on tour stays on tour” is a phrase that has struck fear into the hearts of significant others’ everywhere. It is something that I got to thinking about when I was writing about the running group I recently joined. Given that I am a new member of the group, I figured I should send out a message asking whether it was okay for me to write about the members more » Read more

5 Reasons to Cheat in Your Next Race!

By now, any runner with an internet connection has heard about Tabatha Hamilton and her ill-gotten win at the the Chickamauga Battlfield Marathon last weekend.  Prior to Tabatha, there was the tale of Kip Litton, the man who cheated in dozens of marathons, including Boston, before he was finally figured out (if you haven’t read the New Yorker piece about Kip, now is the time; it’s a great read!). Both cases more » Read more

Dutee Chand and the Case Against Hyperandrogenism in Women’s Running

Back in the news again this week,  Indian Sprinter, Dutee Chand is appealing the Athletic Federation of India’s ban on her competing as a woman. Chand became a national champion last year in the 100m and 200m at the age of 18 but was barred from competition by the Athletics Federation of India when her testosterone tested in the male range. She has the option of lowering her testosterone level more » Read more

The Unexpected Awesome Impact of the Gabe Grunewald DQ

By now you’ve probably heard about Gabriele (Gabe) Grunewald’s disqualification in the 3,000 meters at the U.S. indoor track national championships and the subsequent reinstatement of her decisive victory. LetsRun is going nuts about it. The non-Nike affiliated women who ran the 1500 at the same meet the next day walked off hand-in-hand in protest and are probably now high-fiving each other. Lauren Fleshman, a pretty good barometer of decency more » Read more

Nope to Dope: An Analysis of Performance Enhancing Drugs and Running

Darn you, Lance. Ever since news broke that the multiple Tour De France champion admitted to using performance enhancing drugs, I find it difficult to trust other athletes.  Three time Olympian Craig Virgin recently shared the same sentiment. And this is reinforced by news of American women marathoners like Deeja Youngquist and most recently Mary Akor.  I get a particularly uncomfortable feeling when thinking about last year’s Olympics in which Alberto more » Read more

The Sexy Runner Lolo Debacle

If you can’t win an Olympic medal in running, why not try bobsledding? As a bobsledder, you’re required to build up speed at the start, hop in the sled gracefully, and then let the driver do the work. Seems fairly transferable, right?  You’ve got to be fast, strong, and coordinated: an Olympic hurdler fits that bill perfectly. Though she did not medal in either the 2008 or 2012 Summer Olympics, more » Read more