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Harry Reid Boston Marathon Finish Time

“But, as in everything in life, races are not won by sprinters. They’re won by marathoners.” Harry Reid comments after winning 2010 senate re-election after all polls predicted a loss.

Reid, is more known from his stint as an amateur boxer but he had a successful stint as an amateur marathon runner. When he was 32 years he ran 1972 Boston Marathon and finished in with a very creditable 3:16,” according to a Christian Science Monitor story.

To finish a marathon in 3:16 Reid must have run each mile at a pace of 7 minutes and 29 seconds. The half marathon split was 1:38.

I looked online for running information of other politicians and  I saw Reid is the second fastest US politician.

1. Max Baucus – 3:01

2. Harry Reid – 3:16

3. John Edwards – 3:30

4. George Bush – 3:44

5. Eliot Spitzer – 3:58

6. Sarah Plin – 3:59

7. Paul Ryan – 4:01

8. Mike Huckabee – 4:37

9. Bill Frist – 4:54

10. Al Gore – 4:58

 

2012 Boston Marathon Commemorative Beer

Beer and running never go hand in hand but there is a world wide running club of runners called Harriers who have combined running and boozing for decades. Now booze is being brought to 2012 Boston marathon. The Boston Beer Company is partnering with the Boston Athletic Association in creating a commemorative beer for the 2012 Boston Marathon, the brewery announced on Tuesday.

The newly minted brew is called Samuel Adams Boston 26.2 Brew. It will be sold only in kegs, according to a post a few days ago on mybeerbuzz.com.

The Boston Beer Company’s marathon concoction will have a slightly lower alcohol level and lighter body than most other Sam Adams beers. It’s made with Coriander and SALT (presumably to restore your electrolytes after a long run.)

The number 26.2 refers to the number of miles in a marathon, not the new beverage’s alcohol content. Boston Beer Co. is using the phrase Boston 26.2 as part of a partnership with the Boston Marathon’s nonprofit producer, the Boston Athletic Association.

Should runners expect beer + Gatorade at water points at this year’s Boston marathon?

It will be available at race-related events as well as “select pubs and restaurants along the marathon route and around Boston,” the company said in a news release emailed to news media, Tuesday. The drink will be available to spectators and any slow runners who will not mind a stop over in “select pubs and restaurants along the marathon route and around Boston,”

The 2012 Boston Marathon is scheduled to take place Monday, April 16.

Free CPR Training For Boston Marathon Runners

According to statistics 42 marathon runners have died after collapsing from cardiac arrest during marathons over the past decade. Boston Athletics Association, who are organisers of the popular Boston Marathon have announced, at least 1,000 runners and family members will be trained in CPR the weekend before this year’s Boston Marathon, after local researchers found that immediate use of the procedure could have saved many of the runners who have died from cardiac arrest during a marathon or half-marathon.

While the marathon has 28 medical stations along the 26.2-mile course, roving volunteers every half-mile with portable defibrillators, and two medical tents at the finish line, runners trained in CPR can help “bridge the gap between racers and various trained medical professionals.

The 30-minute training – to be administered in cooperation with the American Red Cross and American Heart Association – is enough to teach the basics so that people can perform CPR until medical help arrives, said Grilk, even though it won’t provide formal certification in CPR.

Source, courtesy of  Boston Globe.

Boston Marathon Training Diet & Nutrition

Boston Marathon is known for being a tough race. So what type of diet is best suited for runners training for Boston marathon?

In a series of 2011 boston marathon group winners, Running Times magazine asked the group winners various question but one question caught my interest :-

What kind of pre-race and mid-race nutrition plan did you follow?

The best answer was from, Rami Bardeesy, 42, from Canada whon finished in 2:32:19.

I took in a slight increase in protein-rich foods during the last three weeks and a minor decrease in total calories in proportion to reduced running volume. Pre-race day consists of normal breakfast, followed by a massive carbo-load mid-day (~450g of carbs: maltodextrin, bagels, M&M’s, pretzels, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate) then light pasta dinner. On race day, I had a breakfast of coffee, juice, a bagel, a banana and more coffee, and then stayed hydrated until the race. On the run, I consumed a chocolate GU and water at miles 9, 15, 19 and 21 and some Gatorade every mile other than 1, 9, 15, 19, 21 and 25.

Boston Marathon 2011 Photos & Pictures

What a race! The men’s marathon record fell! The following picture will live in our memories. He looks like he has just come from a Jog down the street on a host sunny day!

Geoffrey Mutai crossed the finish line to win the 115th Boston Marathon. Mutai, from Kenya, finished with a new world record time time of 2:03:02. Picture courtesy of Boston Globe.

To see hundreds of photos from 2011 Boston marathon, visit Boston Globe 2011  Boston Marathon Coverage in pictures.

2011 Boston Marathon Results : New Mens World Record!

Geoffrey Mutai has  set the world of distance running in a frenzy by winning the 115 Boston marathon in 2 hours 3 minutes 2 seconds! For those who don’t know what that means: ITS A NEW MEN’S MARATHON RECORD!

The record broke just when everyone was talking how Desiree Davila of US had done an incredible Job to finish second in the womens race. Now the talk is on the Geoffrey Mutai and his record breaking time.

Mens Results 2011 Boston Marathon

Geoffrey Mutai – 2: 03: 02Kenya

Moses Mosop – 2:03:05 – Kenya

Gebre Gebremariam 2:04:54 – Ethiopia

Womens Results 2011 Boston Marathon

Caroline Kilel – 2:22:36 – Kenya

Desiree Davila –  2:22:38 – USA

Geoffrey Mutai Sets New Men’s Marathon Record

Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya has set a new men’s marathon record 2 hours, 3 minutes 2 second. SHOCKING STUFF. Who would have bet the world record to be broken in Boston Marathon, with it’s hilly course? You can’t make this stuff it has happened!

The 29 year old Geoffrey Kiprono Mutai he is a two-time winner of the Eindhoven Marathon and he is now the winner of the 2011 Boston Marathon.

His other significant victories include the Monaco Marathon and he is a strong half marathon runner as well, with previous wins at the Valencia Half Marathon and RAK Half Marathon, and a best of 59:30 to his name.

 

 

New Qualifying Times For Boston Marathon

If you thought Boston qualifying times (3:05 for Men and 3:35 for women) were hard, you are in for some disappointment. Boston marathon organizers have introduced new Boston marathon qualifying times : Times have been lowered by as much as 20 minutes!

Although the official time has been lowered by 5 minutes. They have introduced a hybrid system that will reward faster runners.

This is how the new Boston marathon qualifying system works;

Runners who exceed the standards for their age and gender group by at least 20 minutes will be allowed to apply on the first two days, followed by those who surpassed the standard by 10 minutes, and followed on the fifth day by those who were five minutes faster than required.

If spots remain after the first week, any qualifying runner can apply.

This change of Boston qualifying times was necessitated by a shocking number of applications for 2011 Boston Marathon: The field of 27 000 filled up in eight hours, breaking the previous record of 65 days – by 64 days.

The organisers told Supersports website they don’t expect runners response to be that of “I give up” but “I am going to run faster.”

Destination Marathons Europe

Europe provides fantastic destination races. If you enjoy destination races, here’s five destination marathons across europe I recommend:

Athens Greece Marathon

The attraction for this that you tell people you ran the original marathon route. Any hard core runner must consider Athens marathon has his top destination marathon. Athens Marathon takes place every November.

Paris Marathon.

With over 40,000 runners taking part, this has to be the most popular destination marathon. I believe it has to do with the fact Paris is the most popular travel destination and many runners schedule their Paris travel for the weekend of Paris marathon. Paris marathon takes place in November.

London Marathon.

The London Marathon is fun and relaxed, because of the large number of runners who do the race to raise money for charity. Entry is by lottery, so make sure to send in your application early. The London marathon takes place every April.

Rome Marathon

For those runners that love everything Italian, making Rome marathon your destination marathon would be the perfect way to enjoy Rome scenery while running. Rome marathon will takes place in March.

Rotterdam Marathon.

If you are looking for a flat course then this is it. The flat-fast course makes it perfect for any runner who aims to qualify for Boston marathon. Many runners report achieving new PR at Rotterdam marathon.

Hope you consider these as part of your destination races europe.

Half Marathons 2011

The best website to find half marathons in 2011 is marathons.ahotu.com. The site describes itself as the largest directory of half marathon. They have listed over 1123 half marathon 2011 races and counting.

The half marathons in 2011 are listed in countries, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France etc. You can also find half marathons in 2011 from cities worldwide.

The Popular Half Marathons 2011

Bupa Great North Run Half Marathon 2011

This north east of England half marathon race is the largest half marathon in the world with over 50,000 racers taking part. The race is on 2nd of October 2011. If you will be in England then you may include it as part of your half marathons 2011.

Disney Princess Half Marathon 2011

This women oriented race will be on February 27, 2011. If you are thinking of a half marathon 2011 gift to your girlfriend or wife  this is the race.

Boston Half Marathon 2011

This is one of May half marathons 2011. Boston half marathon 2011 will take place on 29 may 2011.

Chicago Half marathon 2011

Another interesting half marathon in 2011. A perfect preparation for the 2011 Chicago marathon. Almost all major marathons have half marathons 2011 races that will act as dress rehersal for the big one.

To find 2011 half marathons in your country or worldwide go to marathon.ahotu.com.