The week Michigan became the centre of the running world
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In this week's Top 5 pod, we break down the following stories:

1. Michigan becomes hub for pro running events

Over the last week, Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project hosted two major races in Shelby Township, Michigan, which produced world class fields: The Michigan Pro Half-Marathon and the Michigan Pro Ekiden.

2. Syringes found in Olympic champion Taoufik Makloufi’s equipment bag

Algerian 2012 Olympic Gold medalist Taoufik Makloufi has found himself in an incriminating situation.

3. Courtney Dauwalter wins Big at Big’s Backyard Ultra

Last week, in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, U.S. ultra runner Courtney Dauwalter ran 283 miles/456 km to claim the 2020 Big’s Backyard Ultra. The annual event requires runners to complete one 4.16667 mile (or 6.7km loop) every hour. The event continues until only one runner is standing. To win, Dauwalter ran 68 loops, tying the record set in 2018 by Johan Steele of Sweden.

4. Is this 60-year-old Irish guy our greatest living marathoner?

60-year-old Irish marathoner Tommy Hughes clocked another world record this week. The former Olympic marathoner already held the world record for fastest combined marathon for a father and son (take note that Hughes ran the faster of the two times) and the over-60s half marathon world record (1:11:09, run in September at the Antrim Coast Half Marathon). He can now add the over-60s marathon world record to his list of accolades. Running in the Down Royal Marathon, Hughes took six minutes off the previous record clocking 2:30:02.

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