HAMBURG, GERMANY - APRIL 29: Runners in action during the Haspa Marathon Hamburg on April 29, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Runners dying during a race are kind of like airplane crashes, they don't happen very often but when they do you can be sure they are going to get a lot of print. Another study has shown that while the overall number of deaths may have risen, that's due to the growing number of runners. The rate of deaths remains stable.
A new study by Johns Hopkins researchers has found the risk of deaths at marathon races is pretty low. Not impossible, but not all that likely either. A runner’s risk of dying during or soon after the race is about .75 per 100,000 the research found. Men were twice as likely to die as women.
The Associated Press wades into the great minimalist running debate.
As more avid runners and casual athletes experiment with barefoot running, doctors say they are treating injuries ranging from pulled calf muscles to Achilles tendinitis to metatarsal stress fractures, mainly in people who ramped up too fast. In serious cases, they are laid up for several months.
More running news after the jump...
A couple of races over the weekend experienced serious technical difficulties...
Organizers on Sunday allowed the race to start in 70-degree temperatures at 7 a.m., but announced at 9:25 a.m. that they were ending the run because medical “resources were stretched to the limit.” They allowed runners to record official finish times until 9:35 a.m., then stopped.
Two course snafus, which cost two runners a chance to win their events, blemished last weekend’s Fargo Marathon. James Schanandore saw his chances of winning the 10K race fade when the lead car veered off course to avoid oncoming runners. Andrew Carlson was 40 meters from winning the half marathon before he was slowed down by three 10K runners who ended up in the wrong finishing lane.
...but at least one other had a very happy ending.
Allison Ramsey crossed the finish line at the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon on Sunday beaming over how well she had done in her race. In a span of seconds, her emotions veered from the course: Her boyfriend, Nolan T. James Jr., bent down on one knee and proposed to her. She broke into tears and couldn't speak, but she nodded affirmatively that she would marry him.
Lastly, this is the kind of idiot I have to deal with when I go running here in Arizona.
A Chandler cyclist is facing charges after he attempted a “citizen’s arrest” of a jogger who bumped into him. Karl Frost was arrested this week for assault and unlawful imprisonment following his attempt to detain the jogger along a Gilbert bike lane. Frost said the jogger pushed him and nearly knocked him over while he was on his bike. Frost said that’s when he decided to use “reasonable force” to detain the jogger. But Gilbert police said a witness said Frost was being aggressive toward the jogger and gave police a false name — Jack Frost.