One of the greatest upsets in Olympic History happened in Tokyo in 1964: Billy Mills came from behind to win the 10,000m gold
(YT: race edited down to 4 minutes). Mills, a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux, remains the only American to win this race in the Olympics. Here he is talking to Here and Now
on NPR about how he ran the race (it's riveting), the name of the Washington, DC NFL franchise, and in an extra on this page, about Native American history.
Yesterday, thousands of runners
participated in One Run Boston
, an one mile event
organized for those who were injured in the Boston bombings, and those who were stopped on the course without a chance to finish
. [more inside]
Blisters, Cramps & Heaves
documents his experience running "The Last Marathon" in Antarctica with two detailed blog posts incorporating elevation maps, photography, video, cartoons, and final stats. First post covers pre-race experience, second post the race itself. Act 1
| Act 2 [more inside]
The hardest 400m race in the world?
Planica in Slovenia is known for its ski jump. In the summer, 164 runners from around Europe race up it.
: "The masochistic sport of obstacle racing has exploded in popularity. Nick Heil tries to understand why so many are signing up for the misery." [more inside]
How fast are today's Olympic runners? Pretty darn fast. But maybe not as fast as you think
"...officials warned that a woman who ran a more ambitious distance might cause her uterus to fall out." [NYTimes]
On Thanksgiving Day, Dr. Julia Chase-Brand, 69, plans to run a 4.75-mile race in Manchester, Conn., where the presence of women will be plentiful and unremarkable. Fifty years ago, when she and two other women ran there the first time, it was a widely publicized act of civil disobedience that became a pioneering moment in female distance running in the United States.
Greatest calls in sports
is a selection of 32 great calls in broadcast sports, chosen by Joe Posnanski, obviously US-centric but featuring some good choices. Want some elation this Friday? [more inside]
New 100m world record
"Once again, the 100m record holder is truly the fastest man on earth"