Olympic Sprinter David Verburg Stops Traffic to Rescue a Tortoise

Olympic sprinter David Verburg put his speed to good use on Sunday: The gold medalist in the 4x400-meter relay at the Rio Olympics stopped traffic to save a tortoise, which was inching its way slowly across a busy Florida intersection. When Verburg spotted the animal in distress, he used his Olympic speed to sprint to the rescue. “I actually almost hit the turtle myself. I had to swerve to miss it,” Verburg said in a Twitter message to Runner’s World. “I said ‘Damn, he is going to get crushed.

How a Progressive, Sight-Stealing Condition Turned This Man Into a Cyclist

While Lawrence Penney may have lost his peripheral vision, he doesn’t let that slow him down. The Canadian resident, now 66, was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) at the age 0f 58. The progressive genetic disease, which causes a breakdown and loss of cells in the retina, leads to vision symptoms like poor night vision and a decline in peripheral vision. His mother and grandfather had the same condition, too.

The Group That Changed This Runner’s Life—And Thousands of Others

When Melissa Blume started running with the New York City chapter of Achilles International, a nonprofit organization that provides support and enables athletes with disabilities to participate in mainstream running events, about three and a half years ago, she didn’t realize how much her life would change with the help of regular training and racing, or how much the Achilles community would come to mean to her.

Run a Virtual Marathon With Rainn Wilson to Raise Money for Hurricane Relief

If you’ve ever wanted to run across an entire country, but the logistics seemed a little fuzzy, here’s your chance: The Long Run for Recovery, a campaign launched by Sean Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO), will take you through Haiti—without ever having to leave your living room. Penn’s fundraiser, the Long Run for Recovery, which was formerly known as the Long Run for Haiti, combines logging miles with humanitarian relief. The organization is hosting its first virtual marathon t

Icelander Elísabet Margeirsdóttir Becomes First Woman to Break 100 Hours in Ultra Gobi Race

Elísabet Margeirsdóttir, a 33-year-old ultrarunner and nutrition professor at the University of Iceland, recently became the first woman to complete the Ultra Gobi, held in China’s Gobi Desert, in under 100 hours. To be exact, she finished in 97 hours and 11 minutes and came in seventh overall. Liang Jing of China was the overall winner with a time of 85:46:43, and Xing Ruling of China was the second-place finisher for the women, coming in almost 20 hours after Margeirsdóttir at 116:16:50. Mar

The World’s First Anti-Doping Dog Is on a Mission to Sniff Out Cheaters

With world-class athletes often finding ways around current doping controls and tests, sniffing out cheats takes on a whole new meaning. This is why Molly, a 4-year-old springer spaniel, has been trained specifically to search out substances used for performance-enhancing purposes. She currently lives and works in Sweden, and according to Tommy Forsgren, intelligence and investigations manager at Swedish Anti-Doping, Molly is the first dog in the world owned and used by an anti-doping organizat

More Proof That Your Daily Ride May Help You Avoid Parkinson’s Disease

Adding high levels of physical activity—moderate to vigorous—into your exercise routine can decrease the risk of Parkinson’s disease (PD), according to a new review of studies published in the JAMA Network Open that examined the relationship between how much you’re moving and the nervous system disorder that affects your movement. The meta-analysis, based on published perspective studies, found that vigorous physical activity—like cycling—reduced the risk of PD in men, specifically. For this a

Pick the Right Fitbit for Your Active Lifestyle

Fitbit’s heartiest tracker can seamlessly transition with you from pool to bike to street, and the built-in GPS will accurately track every route. The Ionic is a bit bulkier, but it includes a heart-rate monitor and has the ability store music you can play via Bluetooth. Coach mode guides you through personalized workouts, so you can add an ab routine without even thinking. Also, the Ionic has partnered with Adidas for a version that comes with a custom band and Adidas-exclusive workouts.

Facial Recognition Software Will Now Catch Marathon Cheaters in China

Facial recognition technology is nearly everywhere in China, and now marathons are no exception. This year, the Hangzhou International Marathon, held on November 4, is making use of the technology to crack down on race cheaters. The software will be used in an attempt to prevent fraud—presumably from runners who swap bibs or wear ones that aren’t theirs— and highlight the advantages of modern technology, according to race organizers.
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