Over on the pages of the Huffington Post, masters runner Jason Saltmarsh wants to start a trend with “Runners, Grow Your #MarathonBeard.”

Here’s how it works:

1) You commit to running a fall marathon (check)

2) You stop shaving (easy enough)

3) Post pics to your social networks with #MarathonBeard

He’s even got a nifty logo.

There’s an obvious limitation to this campaign, and Saltmarsh realizes it – it leaves out half the population.

“Ladies, you probably won’t want to take part in this one, but maybe your man will to show his support for you,” he suggests.

That’s weak! I have a much better plan. Ladies, stop shaving your legs for your fall marathon!

No, I don’t have a weird fetish. I simply learned from last week’s press coverage that hairy legs are apparently some sort of empowering political statement for women.

And you get your choice of logos for the #MarathonLegs campaign, depending on whether you think it’s empowering or not. This one…

…or this one.


1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - July 22, 2014 at 11:56

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More Powerful Than a Locomotive?

On Friday, two runners from RunKeeper‘s offices in Boston will race against an unusual opponent – the Green Line train.

They were inspired to try by this viral GIF of Rita Jeptoo outrunning the train during the Boston Marathon.

The race will be live-streamed on YouTube and live-tweeted with the hashtag #OutRuntheT.

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - July 21, 2014 at 10:00

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Search for Perfect Runner’s Food Falls Just Short

Some guys in Vermont are developing an in-race fuel for runners and other athletes that almost hits the mark.

Of course we love maple syrup. But why? Because we put it on DELICIOUS FLUFFY PANCAKES, THAT’S WHY! We need to incorporate the maple syrup into portable pancakes for runners. These culinary engineering students at Carnegie Mellon University are just about there.

We’re soooo close to merging pancakes with running, don’t bonk right before the finish line!

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - July 18, 2014 at 12:42

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What Impresses a Ninja Warrior Woman

If you have an Internet connection, you probably have already seen Kacy Catanzaro become the first woman to complete the qualifying course on NBC’s American Ninja WarriorHer achievement was pretty amazing.

So what does this badass woman think is badass? Believe it or not, she’s blown away by runners.

Do you find running boring? I know I do.

[Laughs.] I definitely don’t wanna offend the runners out there and say that it’s boring, but it’s definitely not my favorite thing to do just because … we don’t go out and run as a workout. I am very amazed by the runners out there because I like jog to the garbage can outside sometimes and I get tired.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - July 17, 2014 at 11:56

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Dateline – Sweden:

A Swedish woman has been forced to return 700,000 kronor ($102,000) to the Swedish Social Insurance Agency after collecting sickness benefits despite being a successful, competitive runner.

The agency launched an investigation against the 54-year-old woman after receiving an anonymous tip and found that while she had been collecting sick pay, she was also one of the top runners in her competitive class in Sweden.

Over the past few years she had participated in a number of events around Sweden and was an active member of two sports clubs.

The woman started claiming benefits back in 2005 and continued until the agency caught up with her in 2014.

She stated in her original application that her back and stomach were troubling her, writing that she “felt like needles were poking the soles of her feet” and that her “legs and back were hurting and the ache spread to her lungs and sides”.

Because of this pain the woman stated that she was unable to even vacuum her home or drive a car, and the pain was supposedly so bad she fainted and had to take heavy pain-killers.

Wednesday was deadline day for the 54-year-old to return the funds to the Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan). She however continued to maintain the legitimacy of her claim, explaining that the reason for her running career was that she had been ordered to get as much exercise in as possible.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - July 16, 2014 at 13:29

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A Peek at Road Races in 2020

It’s only a matter of time before everyone’s 5k experience resembles this short video. The creators won’t let it be embedded here, but follow the link. It’s really cool.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - July 15, 2014 at 12:51

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“I hope I see you out there.”

Not if I see you first.

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - July 14, 2014 at 08:27

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