Track is back! Indoor season has begun, which means we can geek out early on. Marathon season is ramping up, too. This week’s highlights:
• The London Marathon announced its elite field, including both Steph Bruce and Allie Kieffer on the U.S. side. Oh yeah and Keitany, Dibaba, Dibaba, Tufa, Chelimo, Cheruiyot…. Bruce and Kieffer lead the American women’s contingent with PRs just 4 seconds apart. Alia Gray and Liz Costello will be there, too.
• As she prepares for the Boston Marathon, Shalane Flanagan dropped an 8:43 3k at the UW Invitational while training through 110 mile weeks. That’s 4:40/mile pace for a bit less than 2 miles, by the way.
• On the opposite coast, Katelyn Tuohy destroyed Mary Cain’s 5k record, running the fastest 5k EVER for a high school girl indoors OR outdoors, in 15:37.12. Tuohy runs for North Rockland High School in New York, and ran the record at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Va.
• Back on the roads, Esther Atkins picked up her marathon A-standard at the Osaka Women’s Marathon in Japan, running dead-even enviable splits of 1:18:28, 1:18:29. This was her first training cycle working with coach Steve Magness.
• We mentioned that Chip Gaines of Fixer Upper fame is training for his first marathon after running into Gabe Grunewald in NYC one day. The Gaines have taken it a step farther and are now hosting the Silo District Marathon on May 6. By hosting their own marathon, they plan to donate 100% of profits to support research of rare cancers like Gabe’s. There’s a 5k and a half-marathon in addition to the full, and the logo is so fly.
Now, let’s roundtable! The Gaines are hosting a marathon so they can raise money for a cause. What do you think of charity races? Will you choose a race because you support the charity? Does it make you feel better about shelling out money for races? What’s the best charity race you’ve run?
P.S. My answer? St. Jude’s Memphis Marathon and the Columbus Marathon both have a place in my heart. I’ve cried during both. – Chicory