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Philadelphia Marathon 2012

Philadelphia Marathon 2012

Meet the runners
For Michael McKeeman, running’s always been about competition. From the day he got involved with the sport, McKeeman’s been fighting to get to the top. Tomorrow, he'll go for the win in his hometown marathon.


After life-saving open-heart surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania four years ago, Elliot Gordon is back in the city that saved his life to run the Philly Half-Marathon. But Gordon downplays what he hopes will be his accomplishment because he wants the credit to go to his doctors.


You don’t have to be from this area to find a special place in your heart for the Philadelphia Marathon. While local runners love the event’s course through the city’s historical landmarks and scenic areas, few have as many deeply personal memories of the race as Chip Bearden, who needed his daughters' help to get across the finish line in 2010.
However you choose to measure it, 100,000 miles is a long distance. It’s the point where people start thinking about buying a new car, and it’s 100 times further than The Proclaimers sang that they’d “walk to fall down at your door.” But for Mike Fanelli, it’s just another step on what he hopes to be a lifelong journey.
A year and a half ago, when Hugh Campbell decided he wanted to take up a new hobby, his doctor suggested swimming. Now the 88-year-old holds the national 5K record for the 85-89 age group. This Saturday, Campbell looks to conquer the Rothman Institute 8K, a subsidiary race of the Philadelphia Marathon.
Linda Reilly is not a selfish person, but raising two children with a husband deployed in the Middle East would be trying for anyone, let alone a person training for a marathon. While she inspires so many people with her efforts, she says that they in turn motivate her during the most difficult training sessions.
In 2007, Meredith Lambert decided to try a new challenge by entering her first marathon in Eugene, Ore. Two hours, 44 minutes and 39 seconds later, she completed the race. Almost a full minute later, the second female competitor finished.
More coverage
Last week, US Army Captain Kelly Calway offered her thoughts on nutrition before, during and after a race. Today, she discusses physical preparation and in-race strategy.



As a former Orthopaedic Consultant and Orthopaedic Medical Director for the Philadelphia Marathon, I have seen all that goes into the race from a medical prospective. In order to prevent the type of injuries that can occur with running a marathon, it is important to consider three key points.
Last year’s marathon here in Philadelphia saw two runners collapse mere yards from the finish line. Both were later pronounced dead due to sudden cardiac arrests. While such occurrences in marathons are quite rare, one doctor set out to find some answers to how this could happen to seemingly healthy people.
A lot of the injuries and ailments that docs have treated were things that one would expect such as muscle cramps, ankle sprains, groin strains, and tendonitis. However, there are several injuries, both minor and severe, that one may not expect to see in the medical treatment tent of a marathon.
Runners blog

In May, Inquirer Sports Editor John Quinn, blogged about his first Broad Street Run. He's back, sharing his experience as he prepares for the Rothman Institute 8K, part of the Philadelphia Marathon weekend.

Kelly Calway, a U.S. Army Captain and part of the Army’s World Class Athlete program, was among the top 25 finishers in the 2012 United States Olympic Marathon Team Trials. She plans to run next Sunday’s Philadelphia Marathon and is sharing a few race preparation tips leading up to the race. 

Breaking down the route with Marathon Runner Mark Sullivan

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