Here are some running/fitness stories that caught my attention from the last week or so.
Garmin GPS Watch Helps Catch a Killer
GPS watches are great for helping us track our own fitness and even to share with friends. Fortunately for police in the UK, a Garmin GPS watch worn by a suspected assassin was a key part in linking him to a murder. Check out this story for more details about how this man’s watch helped connect the dots for investigators in the murder investigation.
HT: Runner’s World
Under Armour is Going to Space
My favorite fitness/workout brand of clothes (and my favorite polo brand as well – until Bluffworks makes one!) has been Under Armour for years. They stand up to a ton of wear and tear and they are great for my running and active lifestyle. Not only is all of that true for Under Armour, but Richard Branson says that Under Armour should help make his Virgin Galactic crews look “good” in outer space.
That’s right Branson’s Virgin Galactic has partnered with Under Armour to make space suits for his crews and the customers that will be using the company over the years to come. They will also make footwear for the expeditions as well as come up with fitness programs to help the program participants.
Not bad for a brand that started as a somewhat unknown company with a single compression shirt so many years ago! Yes, Under Armour has highly visible contracts and partnerships in major sports (think Stephen Curry, Tom Brady, and Bryce Harper) but now they are staking out space as well. Nice move, Under Armour!
Source: Virgin Galactic
Dubai Marathon Records Fall
Just last week, I wrote about how the Dubai Marathon is no longer the world’s richest marathon, in terms of prize purse, yet that did not stop runners from setting some pretty cool records!
🔥 Stunning results in Dubai! 🔥
Getaneh Molla wins in 2:03:34, the fastest debut in history!
Ruth Chepngetich moves to No.3 on world all-time list with 2:17:08!
And fast times for runners-up Herpassa Negasa (2:03:40) and Worknesh Degefa (2:17:41).
— IAAF (@iaaforg) January 25, 2019
The course record was broken in both the men’s and women’s times with the winning woman, Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich, claiming a time that makes her the 3rd fastest woman in marathon history (2:17:08)! She broke the course record by 2 minutes!
In the men’s race, the winner, Ethiopian Getaneh Molla, brought the course record to under 2:04 with a winning time of 2:03:34. Not only is that the fastest time in Dubai but it is also the fastest (unofficial) time for a debut marathon!
The second place runners in both the women’s and men’s races didn’t do that bad either, finishing just 6 seconds and 33 seconds behind, respectively.
Well done to those runners! It is just too bad that they don’t get all the money they would have had if this was last year. 🙂
Source: Runner’s World
With some frigid temperatures around the US, I am sure some races this weekend did not go as some of you may have hoped but I hope everyone had a great time racing – wherever you were!