The Warmup Lap | 2.24.12 - It's Tokyo Marathon Weekend

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia smiles as his crosses the finish line to win the BUPA Great Manchester Run on May 15, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

The 2012 Tokyo Marathon is this weekend (Sunday, to be more specific), and it's setting up to be legend Haile Gebrselassie's last shot at making the Ethiopian team for the London Olympics.

Haile’s final stab at Olympics - Athletics Nation
Multiple distance running world record holder, Haile Gebrselassie, flies to Tokyo this weekend looking for a final chance of making Ethiopia’s marathon team to this summer’s London Olympics.

2012 Tokyo Marathon Preview | Japan running news

The most anticipated Japanese marathon in years is here. The second of three Japanese men's selection races for the London Olympics, the 2012 Tokyo Marathon looks set to get them back on track with the fast times that have dried up since Beijing. The women's race is competitive despite an almost total absence of elite Japanese women, and former marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie is slated to try for what would undoubtedly be his final Olympic appearance.

In addition to the Tokyo Marathon, it's also the weekend of the Disney's Princess Half Marathon, a "Women's focused Half Marathon" on a course that goes through both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

Princess Half-Marathon part of a fast-growing side business for Walt Disney Co.'s theme-park division | Orlando Sentinel
Tens of thousands of athletes and sports fans are in Central Florida this week. But they're not all here for the NBA All-Star Game or the Daytona 500. More than 40,000 of them are at Walt Disney

Alabama Girl Dies After a Forced Three-Hour Run | (AP) Yahoo! News
A 9-year-old girl in Alabama died after she was forced to run for three hours as punishment for eating candy bars. Welp, that's just the worst thing.

Marine Corps Marathon Selected as "Best U.S. Marathon"Marine Corps Marathon Selected as "Best U.S. Marathon" | Running USA
The Marine Corps Marathon has been selected "The Best U.S. Marathon" by readers of Outside magazine's website Outside Online, which conducted a recent poll that included top marathons including Boston, Chicago and New York City.

Introducing TourPass for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series
Thinking of running more than one of the events from the Rock 'n' Roll series? Then their new "TourPass" may be for you -- access to multiple races for one fee of $299.

Flyknit: Nike Knits Some… Shoes? | News
New running shoes from Nike ... knitted out of yarn?

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