Topic: Marathons

June 7, 2013

As a tennis player, John Isner has his strengths and weaknesses. But the experience of watching him play one of his signature, self-annihilating marathon matches is like nothing else, even for non-fans.

April 16, 2013

Everyone felt the same sadness and horror on Marathon Monday. But for reasons obvious and less-obvious, it all feels very different when you're from there.

April 16, 2013

On not being there, and knowing and not wanting to know, and some other responses evoked by the horror at the Boston Marathon.

November 8, 2012

In a year when the New York City Marathon brought politics and bullshit to the fore, a Haitian followed Hurricane Sandy to New York to run the race and raise money for a school. Then the race got cancelled.

November 2, 2012

As the New York City Marathon faces the strangest run in its history in the wake of Hurricane Sandy's devastation, it seems worthwhile to take a look back at this long race's long, strange, and almost implausibly colorful history, both in New York and in the public consciousness.

June 26, 2012

In 1963, Merry Lepper became the first woman ever to finish a marathon. But first the marathon had to get ready for her. An excerpt from Marathon Crasher, by David Davis.

November 14, 2011

I cut the line to get this picture taken after running the New York City Marathon last week, my second 26-miler of 2011. Eighteen months ago, I was not running marathons. Mostly, I was smoking cigarettes. For a solid decade before I quit, I was one of the world’s great smokers—naturally talented, fiercely committed, a real workhorse.