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It isn’t often that a marathon is won by a grandmaster, but that’s just what happened when Lawrence Warriner descended from Toronto to break the tape at Brooklyn. In our interview, Warriner, 51, describes the race and shares a training regimen that has kept him ahead of the whippersnappers. Elsewhere, we praise another master, Daniel Gercke, on his Philadelphia Marathon, relay Al Michaels’ take on the Zola Budd/Mary Decker tangle from his new book “You Can’t Make This Up,” and jump on the “Queens in the next Brooklyn” bandwagon to resolve the competition among race organizers for access to the streets of New York.
Molly Huddle seeks her second consecutive .US National Road Racing title at the USA Running Circuit (USARC) 12K championships Sunday morning in Alexandria, Va. A win at the 12K race would lift Huddle, with 45 points in the cumulative standings for the series of 12 races, ahead of current leader Sara Hall, who has 47. On the men’s side, Christo Landry will claim the series crown, since the only runner with a mathematical chance of beating him, Tyler Pennel, will not be racing.
Huddle, who beat Shalane Flanagan at the 12K last year to claim the 2013 series title, is the clear favorite, though Hall has shown good form with recent wins at the EQT Pittsburgh 10-miler (53:47) and the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon (1:12:54). Kim Conley, who finished fourth in the race last year and who is ramping up in mileage as she trains for the half marathon championships in Houston in January 2015, will also be racing. Huddle set the world record of 37:50 for the rarely run 12K distance last year, with Conley in fourth at 39:29 and Hall in sixth at 39:54. It will likely be tighter among those three this time. Given that the winner gets 30 points, a number of women could potentially claim the title should the favorites slip.
Though the overall winner of the men’s series has been decided, the men’s race should still be a good one, as Landry looks to knock off the race’s defending champion Aaron Braun. After blistering the USARC series with three wins earlier this summer, Landry ran a 2:14:30 for 13th overall at the Chicago Marathon.
The race will be broadcast free online via USATF.tv. The women’s race starts at 7:15 a.m. EST and the men’s race starts at 7:30 a.m. EST. Unlike recent broadcasts of the major marathons in the United States, coverage of this event will likely focus on the race itself, with minimal distractions and (hopefully) no outages. In other words, it will suit fans of the professional U.S. running scene.
We’re joined by Desiree Linden in episode 31, just days after her fifth place finish at the New York City Marathon. The uber-cool elite describes her windblown NYC race and outlines the Hansons-Brooks training approach that turned the 2:44 debutante into a 2:22 runner and one of the world’s best. Elsewhere, we recap pros who took flight in the fall marathon season, those whose wings were clipped, and a few missing in action. Brenn details his NYC race where the proof was in the pudding, and Gregg gets on the soapbox to draw inspiration from a race walker.
In Episode 30, we preview the New York City marathon with a focus on Tatyana McFadden, the indomitable wheelchair athlete who is seeking a Grand Slam of four major marathon wins for the second consecutive year. Tatyana discusses her road from a Russian orphanage to the pinnacle of track, marathoning, and cross-country skiing. We preview the rest of the elite NYC marathon fields, relay advice from local runners who smashed the three hour barrier at Chicago, and get set for Brenn’s next attempt at 26.2 miles. Finally, Gregg climbs on the soapbox to skewer Russia’s international adoption ban.
Tyler Pennel, fresh off his U.S. Championships conquest at the Twin Cities Marathon, joins us in Episode 29 to detail his race and fill us in on where he’s going and where he’s been. Can you guess what the ZAP Fitness athlete ran in the half marathon as a sophomore in high school? We take a look at this weekend’s Chicago Marathon, Gregg spans the globe to find the perfect location for his next attempt at cracking 3 hours, and our Soapbox debate about the location of the U.S. Marathon Champs results in a first-round knockout.
Tomorrow’s Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon offers an intriguing twist: the favorite on the men’s side, 26-year-old Tyler Pennel, has never raced the distance before. Pennel boasts the fastest half-marathon PR in the field, with a 1:01:44 at this year’s USA Half-Marathon Championship in Houston. Pennel also ran 1:02:20 at the World Half Marathon Championship in March.
Pennel seems prepared to avoid the classic debutant’s mistake. In an interview on usatf.tv, Tyler said that he’ll “try and stay relaxed and attack the last 10k.” When he says, “every time I move up, I tend to run better,” he echoes a younger Ryan Hall.
Tyler McCandless, who is coached by U.K. marathon record holder Steve Jones and who led during much of last year’s race, is among those likely to mix it up with Pennel. Sergio Reyes, who won Twin Cities in 2010 and finished 4th last year, is the top returning finisher. Sean Quigley has a 2:14:12 marathon PR and won the 2014 U.S. 7-mile championships.
On the women’s side, 2012 champion Jeannette Faber is back, though dealing with plantar fasciitis. She will likely be challenged by Esther Erb, Meghan Peyton, and Brianne Nelson.
The Twin Cities Marathon doubles as the USA Marathon Championship, and though the entrants include only longshots to make the 2016 Olympic Team, a surprising performance or two could change that. At the very least, it is a decent undercard to the upcoming World Marathon Majors in Chicago and New York and offers a glimpse at possible future stars at 26.2. Chilly conditions are forecast.
The races will be broadcast live Sunday on usatf.tv at 9:00 a.m. EDT.