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New app designed to share the spirit of the 2014 Boston Marathon with runners around world

BOSTON - The Boston Athletic Association has launched an app that allows runners around the world to be a part of the 2014 Boston Marathon experience. The Boston Marathon World Run app, available for free on Apple and Android phones, is designed to make the exclusive event more inclusive to people of all abilities, locations and ages. Users are encouraged to set fitness goals they hope to accomplish by the April 21st race day, even if they're not in Boston or running a full 26.2 miles.

Marathon Man: The real cost of running races

By Chris Taylor NEW YORK (Reuters) - It was around Mile 25 of the Brooklyn Marathon that it hit me. I'm not talking about The Wall -- although that definitely hit me, too, during the cold and drizzly morning of November 17. By that point of the 26.2-mile race around Brooklyn's Prospect Park, my body felt like it was disintegrating and that I was running on some kind of comical wooden stilts. Meanwhile, my mind had gone to a very dark place, praying to every deity and ancestor I could think of.

Feature: More Chinese running on their ways amid heavier smog

BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Shu Hua gets up at 5 a.m. to prepare for his daily run in the Beijing Olympic Park. Runners like him can be seen from dawn till dark, their reflective gear flickering along the road. Running aficionado Shu is in his forties and a senior executive in a Beijing security firm. He insists on running 20 kilometers every day and does strength training three times a week. Shu completed the Shanghai half marathon Dec.1 when the air quality index (AQI) topped 300 in some parts of the city. Over 300 means "serious" pollution.

Athletics: Mayorova wins Yokohama Women's Marathon

Albina Mayorova of Russia won the Yokohama Women's Marathon Sunday in a time of 2hrs, 25mins and 55 secs, a convincing victory nearly three minutes faster than her closest rival. The 36-year-old veteran, who finished ninth at the London Olympics, paced herself in the first half of the race. But she staged an aggressive charge from around 25 kilometres, where she started overtaking leading Japanese runners. By the 28-kilometre point, she led the race and started a solo journey until the finish line at 42.195 kilometre (26.2 miles).

Electric New York celebrates marathon return

Overjoyed New Yorkers poured onto the streets Sunday, celebrating the return of the city's much-loved marathon after Hurricane Sandy amid razor-tight security following the Boston attacks. More than a million people were expected to cheer on the 45,000 to 48,000 elite athletes and ordinary runners taking part in the 26.2-mile (42.2km) marathon through all five boroughs of the metropolis.

Chicago marathoners show no fear after Boston attacks

Cheering and even leaping into the crisp Chicago air as they crossed the start line Sunday, tens of thousands of runners showed no fear in the first major US marathon since the Boston bombing. Security was certainly tight and a massive police presence reassured fans and family members that everything that could be had been done to protect the 26.2 mile course.

Chicago marathoners show no fear after Boston attacks

Cheering and even leaping into the crisp Chicago air as they crossed the start line Sunday, tens of thousands of runners showed no fear in the first major US marathon since the Boston bombing. Security was certainly tight and a massive police presence reassured fans and family members that everything that could be had been done to protect the 26.2 mile course.

US shutdown threatens New York marathon staging area

If the US government's partial shutdown persists, the organizers of the New York City Marathon said Friday that they may be forced to find an alternative staging area. But the organizers insisted the event, which was canceled at 48 hours' notice due to Superstorm Sandy last year, would go ahead on November 3. "Regardless of the federal government's status on race day, the marathon will proceed," the New York Road Runners said in a statement.

Security tightened for Chicago Marathon after Boston attack

By Mark Weinraub CHICAGO (Reuters) - Increased security will be in effect for Sunday's Chicago Marathon, the first major marathon staged in the United States since the tragic April bombing at the Boston race, organizers and police said. Organizers have instituted baggage checks for runners and fans as well as restricting access to key points along the 26.2-mile route that winds through the downtown Loop, passes Lincoln Park Zoo and neighborhoods such as Little Italy and Chinatown.

French runners win Sandy marathon battle

A group of French runners have won their battle to be reimbursed for the cost of trips to the 2012 New York marathon, which was cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy. A court in Mende in central France has upheld reimbursement claims made by 30 plaintiffs in nine separate cases, rejecting their travel agents' argument that they could not be held liable for the cancellation on the grounds of "force majeure", court documents show.
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