Reality tv stars compete in half marathon
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Have you ever wondered how reality tv stars might fare against one another in a real life athletic event? Several weight loss tv contestants participated in the recent San Diego Rock and Roll Half Marathon which helped raise funds for The Lymphoma and Leukemia Society. Karla Guy from Dance Your Ass Off ran along with Lance and Melissa from The Biggest Loser. The Dance Your Ass Off contestant completed the 13.1 miles first in 3 hours and 11 minutes, with Lance and Melissa coming in at 3:20. Considering that no one in the group is an experienced distance runner, and each has been struggling with weight loss, few would argue with the fact that these accomplishments are impressive.

Half the distance, twice the fun: Half-marathons taking off
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It's been a long process to convince runners that racing 13.1 miles isn't actually half of anything. Perhaps it's that awkward name, half-marathon, which has somehow made the event seem less important.

But given the recent boom in half-marathon running, it's clear that more and more runners are targeting the distance, either as a stand-alone challenge or a stepping stone to a full marathon. According to a survey by running industry publication Race Results Weekly, participation in half-marathons in the United States grew by 15% last year, more than a third faster than the growth in all road running distances combined. Out of 200 well-established events surveyed, four of the top-10 in percentage growth were half-marathons, including the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Half-Marathon, which grew a whopping 132%, the most of any event in the survey.

"The half-marathon is a great distance to race in a build-up for a marathon," says New Zealand Olympian Kim Smith who finished her first marathon at last Sunday's Virgin London Marathon in a new national record of 2:25:21. "You can gauge where you are in your training and you can recover quickly afterward so it won't disrupt training."

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Half marathon 'winner' used a stunt double
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The winner of a women's half marathon in Shandong, China has been stripped of her title when she was discovered to have brought in someone else to run for her.


Liu Shuling was initially awarded victory in the race at the Yellow River Estuary International Marathon but video footage later revealed her to be Wang Xueqin, the People's Daily newspaper reported. Wang and Liu were both banned from the marathon for two years and will face further punishment from the Chinese Athletics Association.


This is not the first case of identity fraud at a Chinese long distance race this year. In January, more than 30 competitors at the Xiamen International Marathon had their results cancelled after they were discovered to have been carrying time-recording microchips for other high school students.


Chinese students get extra credits for the highly competitive college entrance exams with good performances at international sporting events.


Fauja is 'oldest half marathon man'
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Turbaned Tornado, 99, Fauja Singh became the world's oldest half marathon runner (subject to ratification) after completing the Inter Faith Luxembourg half marathon. Indian-born Fauja completed the 21-km race in 3.32 hours compared to his record of 2.29 hours five years back.


Speaking from Luxemburg, his coach Harmander Singh said, "He has become the first-ever man to complete a half marathon at the age of 99. He is excited and fully aware of his achievement. But at the same time he is disappointed because he was expecting better time."


Fauja, who belongs to Beas village in Jalandhar district, started running at the age of 89. Curious after seeing people run aimlessly for miles and miles on television, he sought to know what it was all about, and decided to give it a shot.


His first race was the 2000 Flora London Marathon where he ran a full marathon for Bliss, a charity for premature children. "Old man running for the youngest", said advertisements as Fauja completed the race in 6 hours 54 minutes.


Sharon Thompson wins first ever Half Marathon
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Sharon Thompson laced up her running shoes Saturday morning to compete in her first half marathon in Nashville, Tenn and she won. Not only that, she only started training three months earlier after having her second child last year.


"I try to run every day because there's going to be a day I can't run with the kids, you know, so I try to run, I aim for six days a week," Thompson told News 2.


She said she got to the starting area for the 2010 Country Music Marathon and ½ Marathon on West End at around 6:20 a.m. Saturday morning. Surprised at the 32,000 people walking to the starting line, she decided not to warm up but to stretch a bit and make a last minute pit stop at the port-a-potties.


What she didn't hear was the announcement from marathon officials that because of approaching bad weather, the race would start 15 minutes early...


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Half marathon is a sell-out success
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Places for the 2010 Quintiles Bracknell Half Marathon are sold out, with more than 1,000 runners expected to line up on Sunday, May 9.


Organiser Chris Vaal, the borough’s leisure development manager, said: “It really is one of the staple sporting events in the borough.”


The 13.1 mile route will take runners on a scenic loop through Wildridings, along Mill Lane to Jocks Lane recreation ground, on to Warfield and Harmans Water finishing at South Hill Park.


There will be road closures in Ringmead, Western Road and Binfield Road between 9am and 10.30am on the day.


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Ryan Betz
General > News would like to welcome Ryan Betz from Indiana, a 14 year and probably one of the youngest half-marathon runners around.


In the first week of April, Ryan Betz headed to New York City for his Spring Break. He has set an ambitious target to start running half-marathon races in all each state of America over the next four years.


For doing so, he hopes to raise at least $100,000 for charity.


His second run will be the Indianapolis 500 Mini-Marathon in early May. He will need to run a half-marathon almost every month over the next four years during high school to meet this goal.


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