Endurance: Adriana Nelson

Five big fall marathon takeaways

November, 11, 2013
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There are marathons big and small still to come this fall, but with most of the mega races having been run, some trends in the sport are clear. Here are five takes on what we've seen this season.

1. Increased security is everywhere
"The new normal" has been this fall's buzzword at marathons, referring to the increased security at races across the country in the aftermath of the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Bag searches, bomb-sniffing dogs, metal detectors, pre-screening, automatic rifles, participant-only areas and other features common to civil aviation are in place at marathons like never before.

By most accounts, runners and spectators have accepted the new measures. Recreational and elite marathoners said after big races they ran without fear. Anecdotal reports from Chicago and New York City were that crowds along the course were as big as ever.

At the same time, races and runners have already started to talk about what level of security is appropriate moving forward. The New York Road Runners spent approximately $1 million on security for this year's race, about twice as much as was typical before Boston.

Runners doing their first marathon since Boston discovered the new procedures add time not only on race day. At packet pick-up the day before the Marine Corps Marathon, the line to get into the expo facility backed up into the hundreds at one point, and tempers flared.

The new measures also affected the larger community. Fences near the start and finish of Chicago made accessing the bike path along Lake Michigan challenging leading up to race day. One resident of Manhattan's Upper West Side reported having to show ID just to re-enter her block on the afternoon of the marathon. With municipalities already starting to push back against the ramifications of races, marathon organizers will need to work even harder to maintain good community relations.

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Strong finish caps Jeptoo's victory

November, 3, 2013
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When she hit halfway in Sunday's New York City Marathon in 1:16:00, Priscah Jeptoo was three-and-a-half minutes behind the leader.

It was at that point that the pre-race favorite, a 29-year-old Kenyan who had the $500,000 World Marathon Majors championships on the line, got down to the business of overtaking leader and eventual runner-up Buzunesh Deba, an Ethiopian who lives in the Bronx, at Mile 24.

Jeptoo crossed the finish line first in 2:25:07, and Deba held on for second in 2:25:56.

The temperature was 46 degrees with a 15-mph headwind during the opening stretch on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. A pack of about 20 women stuck together while Deba and Bronx-based Ethiopian training partner Tigist Tufa shot out front, where they'd remain for the majority of the race.

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Olympic bronze medalist Wilson Kipsang of Kenya and three-time Olympian Kim Smith of New Zealand will headline the international fields for the NYC Half on March 17. World Championships bronze medalist Bob Tahri of France will make his half-marathon debut and Sara Moreira, Portugal's newly crowned European Indoor Championships gold medalist, will run the NYC Half as her U.S. debut, it was announced Wednesday by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.

RELATED: Stacked Fields Set For NYC Half

Previously announced runners for the NYC Half men's professional field include U.S. Olympians Meb Keflezighi, Abdi Abdirahman, Dathan Ritzenhein and Bernard Lagat. Additional U.S. competitors include Jason Hartmann, the top American in the 2012 Boston Marathon, and Guor Marial, who ran the London Olympic Marathon under the flag of the IOC and will be running his first race as a U.S. citizen.

In the women's race, previously announced runners include Janet Bawcom, a 2012 U.S. Olympian at 10,000 meters, along with Americans Adriana Nelson, Maegan Krifchin, Molly Pritz, Stephanie Rothstein Bruce and Serena Burla.

-- Competitor.com

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