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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 22:43


Written by Toni Reavis
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Interesting read from astute observer of the sport Toni Reavis. His ponderings on the list of all men who have broken an hour for the half-marathon ends up being an interesting discussion on lifestyle influencing training...

After Galen Rupp’s 59:47 win at the Huawei Rome Ostia Half Marathon last Sunday, 11 March 2018, I combed through the all-time half-marathon performance list to see what I could see.

To date, there have been 317 “official” sub-60:00 half marathon performances dating from Moses Tanui‘s 59:47 win in Milan in April 1993 (366 when we add what are considered the *aided courses like Lisbon).  Rupp’s own 59:47, though ineligible for record purposes due to Rome’s net downhill, point-to-point course, nevertheless was an excellent prep for next month’s Boston Marathon, as Rome mirrored the p-t-p, downhill Boston layout.

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