Given its niche audience, it is rare that track and field finds its way into popular culture. Aside from the occasional Usain Bolt reference, runners are often either forgotten in the news cycle. More likely is that wide swaths of the population don't know that they exist at all. That is why I was both surprised and pleased to be alerted to the embedded video of a song about Paul Chelimo and his unlikely ascent to Olympic Silver Medalist. Admittedly , it may be a bit of a stretch to label this a true insertion into pop culture as Daniel Ayers, like Chelimo himself, is far from a household name. But, we take what we can get around these parts. As for the song itself, I must say that I rather enjoyed it and ended wishing it were longer than two minutes. Perhaps the song will be updated as Chelimo adds to his accomplishments in the coming years.
Video of Team Fastrax -- along with Medal of Honor winner Kyle Carpenter -- skydiving over The Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery and the Potomac River on their way to the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon.
Could've used less dubstep though.
The Internet's Favorite Person, Bill Murray, stopped by David Letterman and "trained" for the New York City Marathon.
This is awesome, but that guy looks spent. Twice.
Great bit from the "Live at the Met" special. Not into cocaine? Try marathon running.
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Usain Bolt danced to The Proclaimers on the track before the 4x100 relay at the Commonwealth Games. Not sure what's better, Bolt's dancing or the camera operator's singing.
Seems athletics officials in China were eager to cut corners with a new race track...
Otherwise known as the Alaskan Olympics, Seward, Alaska hosts the brave and the willing every July 4.
Is this the year Shalane Flanagan, a Marblehead, Mass. native, wins the Boston Marathon? She tells '60 Minutes' that she's ready, and why last year's attacks were so personal.
"It's my ultimate dream and goal to win the Boston Marathon. I am 'all-in' with this training."