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The Warmup Lap | 2.9.12 - Marathons Are So En Vogue

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The Increasing Prices for Entering Marathons - Stride Nation
The registration fees for major marathons is increasing every year and shows little sign of slowing down.

Former Stanford track athlete qualifies for second Olympics | The Stanford Athletics Buck/Cardinal Clubhouse
Ryan Hall, '05, former Stanford track athlete, recently competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials for the marathon. He finished 2nd and sealed his spot on the London 2012 Olympic team. This is his second U.S. Olympic team for the marathon, qualifying for Beijing in 2008.

Mercedes Marathon poised to break records this weekend - WBRC Fox 6
Mercedes Marathon poised to break records this weekend

Livestrong Partners With Ironman, Armstrong Announces 2012 Racing Plans
The Lance Armstrong Foundation will partner with Ironman, with Armstrong announcing plans to compete in four 70.3 events and one Ironman, with hopes of qualifying for Kona.

Indoor, outdoor running during winter offers many health benefits - Iowa State Daily
"Last year when we had a blizzard, we were excited to run in it. ... Yeah, your eyebrows may freeze during the run, but it is so much fun."

Are Marathons Bad for the Planet? | Mother Jones

The State of the Running Shoe Market: December 2011 Running Specialty Sales Data from Leisure Trends | Runblogger
Pete takes a look at shoe sales data from Q4 2011, and what it means about the market.

Why is running form “controversial”? Because your pain is worth a lot of money.
But does a softer landing mean fewer injuries? That’s what Dr. Lieberman and fellow researcher Adam Daoud set out to discover when they dug into four years of data from Harvard’s cross-country team.

Phys Ed: Does Foot Form Explain Running Injuries? -
Researchers combed through four years' worth of data about Harvard runners to produce the surprisingly controversial finding that how a person runs may affect whether he or she winds up hurt.