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Shocking News: A Kenyan Wins the New York City Marathon

New York City Marathon Winners

Scratch that. TWO Kenyans won the New York City marathon on Sunday.

Geoffrey Mutai, 32, held on to his New York City Marathon title as he crossed the Central Park finish line at 2 hours, 8 minutes, and 24 seconds, beating out nearly 50,000 others runners/slow-pokes. Fellow Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo, 29, came from behind to win the women’s race, finishing at 2 hours, 25 minutes, and 7 seconds.

But the real winner was security! Security was “everywhere” in the 26.2-mile, five-borough race, which meant no shooters hiding in the grassing knoll, no marathon bombers lurking in the crowd, and no Hurricane Sandy in sight.

Forty-seven bomb-sniffing dogs were on patrol, 1,500 surveillance cameras were focused on the route, and scuba divers were in position in case something happened to the bridges. But that still wasn’t enough: helicopters hovered overhead, barricades limited access to the Central Park finish line, metal detector wands were used to check people at the Staten Island starting-line site, and runners were asked to carry their gear in clear plastic bags. So… marathons have become airport security?

Some runners and spectators were creeped out by the site of armed guards with machine guns watching them run and cheer, while others weren’t bothered and felt more secure with the heightened security presence.

“To see a huge gun on the boat next to us, that wasn’t expected. It was kind of drastic, but, unfortunately, it’s just what has to be done after people destroy an event for other people,” one runner said.

Worst Parade“It wasn’t a bother at all. But that’s only because I’m from Israel,” another participant added.

And one spectator just thought is was the worst parade ever.

Via: The New York Times

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Hong Kong Marathon: Selfies are a Hazard

Runners take part in a 10-kilometer race of the Hong Kong Marathon Selfies

Asians took their love of taking pictures to the next level after thousands of marathon runners taking “selfies” caused a massive pile-up of competitors.

The race, sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank, has been held annually since 1981 but last year the organizers ran into a few problems – well, mainly one problem: selfies.

During the marathon last year, some runners were injured because of hundreds of people stopping to take self-photos. One of the injured was the eventual winner of the women’s 10-kilometre race, Hong Kong triathlete Joyce Cheung Ting-yan, who had a rough fall during the selfie induced pandemonium. Many other runners also suffered injuries, often crossing the finish line bloodies and bruised.

Standard Chartered chief executive Benjamin Hung Pi-cheng blamed the selfie trend for the growing number of injured runners.

“The problem was that a number of runners were trying to take self-portrait pictures using their smartphones,” Pi-cheng said. “What we are trying to do is to encourage people not to do that. It not only endangers themselves but endangers a lot of people running behind them.

He added, “We want people to apply a little bit of common sense and discipline. At the end of the day we want this to be run safely.”

Thousands of people crowded into a confined space bumping into each other and taking selfies? Sounds like a regular day in Asia… slash my worst nightmare.

But organizers of the Hong Kong marathon have learned a thing or two from the incident and are now embarking on a campaign to stop runners from taking selfies.

While many are pushing for an outright ban on picture taking for next February’s Hong Kong Marathon, it’s a bit practical to enforce among 73,000 runners, so the organizers are asking participants to cooperate and put down their phones.

“For the race itself we will have officials hold some message boards to remind people not to take photos at the start, on the route or at the finish because it is dangerous,” William Ko, chairman of the marathon’s organizing committee.

Good luck with your anti-selfie campaign Hong Kong! Maybe after you can work on getting people to stop taking pictures of their food before they eat it.

Via: South China Morning Post

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