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FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2010 file photo, former New York Giants player Tiki Barber looks on during the Ring of Honor ceremony during halftime of an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Barber kept his streak alive Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, finishing the Walt Disney World Marathon in 5 hours, 12 minutes. It was his 13th marathon.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Retired NY Giants running back finishes his 13th marathon

Jan. 13, 2020 8:19 AM EST

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber kept his streak alive Sunday, finishing the Walt Disney World Marathon in 5 hours, 12 minutes. It was his 13th marathon. The heat caused officials to issue a heat advisory and remind runners to stay hydrated. “I knew after...

Medicine, running bring Rayford full circle

Dec. 28, 2019 12:01 AM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Vernon Rayford didn’t plan to become a doctor or a runner. But his personal and professional journeys turned to bring him back to both. Rayford is board certified in internal medicine, pediatrics and obesity medicine and started running marathons in 2017. This year, he completed...

FILE - In this June 11, 2019, file photo, a man walks past the logos of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and Olympics in Tokyo. On Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, the International Paralympic Committee confirmed the Paralympic marathons are staying in Tokyo, unlike the marathons for the Olympics, which have been moved north to the cooler city of Sapporo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Paralympic marathon to stay in Tokyo; street party planned

Dec. 12, 2019 3:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Paralympic marathons are staying in Tokyo, unlike the marathons for the Olympics, which have been moved north to the cooler city of Sapporo. International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons confirmed the move on Thursday as Tokyo Olympic organizers wrapped up planning meetings...

In this June 7, 2019, photo, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach arrives to meet French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris. An international trade union wants Bach to intervene and investigate alleged labor and safety violations at venues being built for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Details confirmed for Tokyo Olympic marathon, race walks

Dec. 4, 2019 2:31 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Dates and details of the routes to be used for the Tokyo Olympic marathon and race walk events in Sapporo were announced Wednesday, weeks after the IOC ordered the switch in search of cooler temperatures despite opposition from city officials. The IOC and the Tokyo organizing...

Boston Marathon will serve as qualifier for 2020 Paralympics

Dec. 4, 2019 2:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon will serve as qualifying for the 2020 Paralympics. The top two American men and women who meet the qualifying standards in the arm or vision impairment classifications will be nominated to the U.S. team for the 2020 Games in Tokyo. Boston was the first major marathon to...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, athletes dive into the water at the start line during a women's triathlon test event at Odaiba Marine Park, a venue for marathon swimming and triathlon at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in Tokyo. The IOC moved next year’s Tokyo Olympic marathons and race walks out of the Japanese capital to avoid the stifling heat and humidity. Some swimmers and an 11,000-member coaching body want similar treatment: find an alternative to the distance-swimming venue in Tokyo Bay known as the “Odaiba Marine Park.”(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Hot Water: Pressure to move Tokyo Olympics open-water venue

Dec. 4, 2019 4:02 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The IOC moved next year’s Tokyo Olympic marathons and race walks out of the Japanese capital to avoid the stifling heat and humidity. Now some swimmers and an 11,000-member coaching body are asking that something similar should be done with the distance-swimming venue in Tokyo Bay....

Bill Staab, right, talks with a group of Ethiopian runners after a short workout at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx borough of New York, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. Girma Bekele Gebre stunned the elite field at the New York City Marathon by finishing third as a nonelite entrant in November. It was a life-changing performance for the Ethiopian runner, and one made possible because of his involvement with the West Side Runners' Club. Staab, the team president, has spent four decades helping immigrant runners acquire visas and gain entry to U.S. races, spending nearly $1 million of his own money to cover fees. Bekele Gebre is his greatest success, but not nearly the only runner he's helped. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NY team helping immigrant runners realize American dream

Nov. 30, 2019 8:17 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A no-name entrant at this month’s New York City Marathon — literally, he didn’t even qualify to have his name printed on his bib — Girma Bekele Gebre crashed the elite field and finished third in the largest 26.2-mile race in the world. A week later, the...