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Can a Running Club Help Fight Homelessness?

At the starting line of the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco last June, flour tortillas are flying, and runners are preparing to make the annual 12K pilgrimage from the Bay Bridge to the Pacific Ocean. Heading to our assigned corral, I spot a few racers rolling kegs and one totally naked but for his scant fringe skirt. A ...

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What the Times Got Wrong About Cross-Country Skiing

Earlier this month, the New York Times Magazine published a piece by Sam Anderson titled “What Cross-Country Skiing Reveals About the Human Condition.” By the second paragraph, it became clear that Mr. Anderson isn’t a cross country skier himself. Unsurprisingly, the story didn’t go over well with actual participants of the sport. Among the most reviled lines of the piece ...

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Why Olympic Skaters Move from Wheels to Ice 

In January, 25-year-old Erin Jackson became the first African-American woman to make a U.S. Olympic team in long-track speedskating. And she did it just a year after strapping on her first pair of blades. Originally an inline skater, Jackson continued as a member of both Team USA Roller Derby and Inline Team USA while training for Pyeongchang. (She’s competed with ...

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Raising the Bar

In 1990, Gary Erickson was running a struggling bakery in Emeryville, California. He enjoyed baking—many of his recipes came from his mother—but had a hard time keeping his business afloat. He wanted to do right by his customers and employees and make a positive dent in the world, but he didn't know how to create a strategic plan that would get him there—while allowing ...

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The Simple Meal That’s Powering Team USA

For many runners, stomach pain is a nagging constant, and the culprit is often food. “Runners with GI distress don’t necessarily have weak stomachs. They’re just eating the wrong things in the wrong amounts and at the wrong times,” says Tara Dellolacono, an ultrarunner, registered dietitian, and nutritional strategist for Clif Bar. Here’s the deal: Carbs are the body’s best ...

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Gear to Make Winter Road Biking Actually Fun

We asked five pros about their essential winter kit to make riding in frigid temps more bearable—and maybe even kinda fun. Endura Xtract Jacket ($87) (Courtesy Endura) Ryan Faber, Bike Shop Owner Ryan Faber, 35, takes his winter rides in the mountains of Boise, where the climbs are steep and the descents long—and especially cold. “If you overdress on the ...

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Wisdom from the World’s Best Marathoner

Last week, the London Marathon announced its elite athlete fields. Once again, the English capital did justice to its reputation for hosting the world’s most competitive annual marathon. Kipchoge. Keitany. Bekele. Dibaba. Farah! Are you kidding me? No disrespect to Boston, but, when it comes to bringing in high-wattage talent, the London Marathon is in a separate class. This year, the ...

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The Case for Lowering Your Expectations

You’ve probably heard the expression that timing is everything. Sometimes broader context and other events—often those that are outside your control—can exert a significant influence on a desired outcome. Like when it storms with gale-force winds on the morning of your marathon, or when you finish your massive business proposal only to find out a colleague in another department just ...

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Hawaii’s Crazy Bill to Ban Kids from Running Marathons

Last week, legislators in Hawaii proposed a bill that would ban minors from running what the bill calls “long distance” races. Legislators didn’t specify what length that means, but they do explicitly mention half and full marathons. As justification for the ban, the legislation cites this 2010 study in the Journal of Athletic Training that had 11 boys and seven ...

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The New Science of Training Your Gut

There is both an art and a science to the pursuit of sporting excellence, and it’s not uncommon for devotees of the former to argue that egghead scientists simply don’t understand how races are run in the real world. One of the places where this chasm yawns particularly wide is race nutrition. Science says that endurance athletes can and should ...

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