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DOCTORS’ LONG-RUNNING ADVICE: GET CHECKED BEFORE A MARATHON

DOCTORS’ LONG-RUNNING ADVICE: GET CHECKED BEFORE A MARATHON

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BOSTON — It was the death heard ‘round the running world.

In July 1984, acclaimed author and running guru Jim Fixx died of a heart attack while trotting along a country road in Vermont. Overnight, a nascent global movement of asphalt athletes got a gut check: Just because you run marathons doesn’t mean you’re safe from heart problems.

AT 60, MAINE MARATHON LEGEND JOAN BENOIT SAMUELSON 'STILL HAS WORK TO DO'

AT 60, MAINE MARATHON LEGEND JOAN BENOIT SAMUELSON 'STILL HAS WORK TO DO'

BANGOR DAILY NEWS

Joan Benoit Samuelson has been a pioneer in the sport of running and an inspiration in women’s athletics.

HERE'S SOMETHING: NO PRAISE IS HIGH ENOUGH FOR 'JOANIE'

HERE'S SOMETHING: NO PRAISE IS HIGH ENOUGH FOR 'JOANIE'

THE FORECASTER

Joan Benoit Samuelson is someone you really can’t say enough good things about. The humble Mainer probably hates the attention and adulation, but come on, she’s an Olympic gold medalist in the most brutal of competitions, the marathon, and now she’s synonymous with a world-class 10K road race.

'PATRIOTS DAY' HOPES TO SHOW STRENGTH THAT FOLLOWED THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS

'PATRIOTS DAY' HOPES TO SHOW STRENGTH THAT FOLLOWED THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS

RUNNER'S WORLD

Dave McGillivray stood on the sidewalk in Boston’s Theater District by himself for some brief moments and took in the scenes around him. 

WHY RUNNERS CAN'T EAT WHATEVER THEY WANT

WHY RUNNERS CAN'T EAT WHATEVER THEY WANT

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Studies show there are heart risks to devil-may-care diets — no matter how much you run.

BOSTON MARATHON ROUTE NEEDS MORE PROTECTION FROM CARS

BOSTON MARATHON ROUTE NEEDS MORE PROTECTION FROM CARS

BOSTON MARATHON

Say what you want about Boston-area drivers, but we haven’t run over any marathoners yet.

THE STRAIGHT DOPE ON POST-RACE DRUG TESTS

THE STRAIGHT DOPE ON POST-RACE DRUG TESTS

RUNNER’S WORLD

As the first string of runners cross the finish line Sunday at the NYC Half, race volunteers, known as athlete escorts, will approach an undisclosed number of elites and inform them they have 60 minutes to report for drug testing. As the athlete cools down, refuels, and responds to media, the escort won’t lose sight of the runner, as required by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, ensuring that the athlete is behind secure doors before the hour strikes.

IS A SUB-2 HOUR MARATHON POSSIBLE?

IS A SUB-2 HOUR MARATHON POSSIBLE?

THE BOSTON GLOBE

With Geoffrey Mutai’s world best of 2 hours 3 minutes 2 seconds in the 2011 Boston Marathon and Patrick Makau’s world record of 2:03:38 in the 2011 Berlin Marathon, men’s distance running suddenly seems a place of limitless possibilities. Or, at least, a place where a sub-2 hour marathon is entirely possible.

10 NEW ENGLAND ROAD RACES

10 NEW ENGLAND ROAD RACES

THE BOSTON GLOBE

The Boston Marathon is a great motivator. As roughly 27,000 runners cross the finish line April 16, thousands on the sidelines will be inspired. Maybe a marathon goes on the bucket list, but a shorter race may seem a more realistic first step. New England boasts a calendar packed with spring, summer, and fall road races of all distances.

ONCE A NICHE SPORT MARATHONING IS NOW BIG BUSINESS

ONCE A NICHE SPORT MARATHONING IS NOW BIG BUSINESS

THE BOSTON GLOBE

Passersby hurled beer cans and insults at Neil Weygandt during training runs. In the late 1960s, most people thought he was crazy for wanting to race 26.2 miles. But he liked the challenge and the camaraderie of running marathons. On Monday, Weygandt will run the Boston Marathon for the 44th consecutive year, the longest such streak. Since he started, the marathon has evolved in once-unimaginable ways. Streets cluttered with runners have replaced beer cans as obstacles.