AP Photo/Kathy WillensRyan Vail isn't going to let anything keep him from running the London Marathon
One question we’ve never asked ourselves, because, honestly, it’s never come up, is “what happens when an elite distance runner gets called to jury duty when he’s supposed to be out of the country for one of his biggest paydays of the year, and court officials just aren’t buying his excuse?”
It’s probably happened before, though, and it’s happening right now to Ryan Vail, who was the top American in the 2013 New York City Marathon at 2:13:23.
Vail, who ran a career best of 2:11:45 in Fukuoka in 2012, is an elite entrant in April 13 London Marathon. He’ll be leaving for Europe and will be leaving for Europe on April 3, heading first to the home of his wife's family in Prague and then moving on to London.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Authorities are urging cooperation and vigilance from participants and spectators of the 2014 Boston Marathon, which is expected to have over 36,000 runners and more than a million spectators watching along the route as Boston marks the one-year anniversary of the bombings that killed three and injured more than 260.
Government and law enforcement agencies and race organizers convened a news conference at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency headquarters Monday outlining security measures for this year's race, which will be held April 21.
Bill Greene/The Boston Globe/Getty ImagesThe area near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, where athletic trainers joined with other first responders to help bombing victims.
Authorities say race watchers can expect to pass through security checkpoints in each of the eight communities along the course with an increased presence of thousands of uniform and plain-clothed law enforcement agents.
"The primary goal is to preserve the traditional feel and character of the Boston Marathon," said Kurt Schwartz, director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, which is coordinating the security task force. "Our safety and security plan accomplishes this goal."
AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas appeals court has temporarily blocked an arbitration panel from reviewing $12 million in bonuses paid to Lance Armstrong by a company that wants its money back, stopping efforts to force him to give new sworn testimony about his doping past.
SCA Promotions has sought to reopen a 2006 settlement paid to Armstrong since his 2013 admission to using performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career to win the Tour de France.
The arbitration panel that first approved the settlement agreed to reconsider the case, and a Dallas judge last week rejected Armstrong's attempts to stop it. The panel set a March 17 hearing and SCA's attorneys wanted to question Armstrong under oath on Thursday.
Armstrong's attorneys appealed to the Dallas-based Fifth Court of Appeals. Judge Kerry Fitzgerald ordered all proceedings stopped on Tuesday pending further review by the court later this month.
AP Photo/Steven SenneAmerican Olympian Ryan Hall is back in the Boston Marathon field.
American Ryan Hall has joined the elite men’s field for the 2014 Boston Marathon, according to a news release distributed Monday.
“After watching the tragic events that unfolded at last year’s race and knowing the resilience of both the running and Boston communities, I knew this year’s race was going to be a run of redemption that I am eager to be a part of,” Hall said in the release. “This year’s race will undoubtedly be the most historically significant marathon in Boston's storied history."
Hall, who has run Boston three times, holds the unofficial American record of 2:04:58, which he set in Boston in 2011. Hall went on to place second in the U.S. Olympic marathon trials in 2012 but dropped out of the Olympic marathon in London because of injury.
Hall had planned to run the 2013 New York City Marathon but also withdrew from that race because of injury.
“I am incredibly excited to participate in this year’s Boston Marathon,” Hall said.
Trail running is vastly different from your day job. How do the two mesh?
No matter what kind of ego boost I get from a cheering crowd, it won’t get me up the mountain the next day. It’s easy to understand how musicians become narcissists, but just because I play music doesn’t mean I’m a better person. Trail running bruises my ego, and I need that balance.
How do you train?
My goal is to run about 50 miles a week. I do three eight- to 10-mile runs and then a longer one, usually three to four hours. Last year my buddy Nick Triolo came on tour as our wilderness/trail coordinator. He cased out trails and put together a training plan. When we tour, I definitely look for trail races to do.
What is it you like about running ultra distances?