Note from Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
I have a picture somewhere of Joan Benoit, as she was known then, with her Bowdoin baseball cap on backwards, running Boston Marathon. One of my training buddies ran with Joanie for much of 1979 Boston, and spoke of her, then, as now, with reverence.
Greg Meyer, the 1983 Boston Champ (and Chicago for that matter), has told me how he could not train with her day after day, because Joan Benoit Samuelson trained so hard. The Olympic Trials marathon, for those in the know in 1984, was probably tougher for Joan than the Olympic marathon.
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By Jeff Benjamin
If there has ever been a "Great Sage" whose writings have influenced the world about the impact which Track and Field has had upon us, then Roberto L. Quercetani most definitely fits this description. An international journalist, records-keeper (He was one of the founders and the first President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians) Quercetani's writings have covered the sport for more than 3/4 of a century.
Germán Silva, George Spitz, Allan Steinfeld, and Kathrine Switzer — will comprise the 2014 NYRR Hall of Fame class, and former sports editor at the New York Times Neil Amdur, will receive the George Hirsch Journalism Award
NEW YORK - Four of distance running’s greatest revolutionaries—Germán Silva, George Spitz, Allan Steinfeld, and Kathrine Switzer—will comprise the 2014 induction class of the NYRR Hall of Fame, and president and owner of Amdur Productions and former sports editor at the New York Times Neil Amdur, will receive the George Hirsch Journalism Award, it was announced by Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners, and George Hirsch, chairman of the board of New York Road Runners.
By Justin Lagat, RunBlogRun.com
The world major marathon title for men and the $500,000 prize money that goes with it will be at stake at the New York City marathon. The man who many see as the one to determine who wins that title is none other than Geoffrey Mutai. If he wins here, his training mate, Dennis Kimetto will automatically take the WMM title and if he doesn't and Wilson Kipsang does, then Kipsang will win the title. Any other elite who wins here will also result in Dennis Kimetto being declared the winner.
All-Metro Banquet to feature fastest American Marathoner in U.S. History, Ryan Hall
ATLANTA – Founded 50 years ago around the mission of honoring outstanding high school cross country and track & field athletes, Atlanta Track Club is making enhancements to theAll-Metro High School Cross Country Banquet as well as its awards selection process. As the organization moves into its next 50 years, it is recommitting itself to honoring the metro area’s top high school standouts in an exciting, new way.
By Marla Hanover
The Team Relay event of the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds on Oct. 18 consists of many different teams. A team could consist of sisters, brothers, cousins, co-workers, running buddies or neighbors. This year, one team will consist of five women who have been friends for almost four years. But what sets them apart from other teams is the fact they have never met face-to-face.
(Editor’s note: Bobby Curtis was a high school All-American at St. Xavier in Louisville, KY, then ran at Villanova University.)
By: Cait Chock, RunBlogRun.com
With his 9th place finish at the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Bobby Curtis was the top American male and lowered his marathon PR down to 2:11:20. While he cut off more than 2 minutes from his previous PR, the time didn't come as much of a shock to Curtis, who knew he was capable of just that. Given the bit of wind on the course and an oscillating early pace, his fitness pegs him even faster.
By Scott Ludwig
I may have an addiction to running. I run every day; every day since November 30, 1978, to be exact. I’ve begun the last 13,000 or so days of my life by lacing up a pair of running shoes. I’ve run when the temperature is above 100 degrees and when the temperature is below zero; when I’m feeling on top of the world and when I feel like I’m six feet under; when I’ve had a good night’s sleep and when I’ve still got beer from last night sloshing around inside my stomach (translation: six feet under). So as I stated earlier: Yes, I may in fact have an addiction to running.
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By: Steve Nearman
ARLINGTON, Va. - Remember the movie, "Groundhog Day?" Watching the 30th running of the Army Ten Miler today was like reliving the 29th edition of the race – nearly verbatim.
The same Brazilians who went 1-2 in the men’s race last race went 1-2 in the men’s race this year. They ran virtually identical races as last year, save for the fact that they ran considerably slower today under perfect conditions versus last year’s chilly temps. The Brazilians also repeated their 1-2-3 sweep of the race.
Calling all race directors! The RRCA is working in partnership with the International Institute for Race Medicine (IIRM) to collect information on event medical planning efforts with our members. This survey has 29 easy-to-answer questions with no essay responses requested. The survey can be completed in a short period of time.
GNC franchises in the Triangle Area of North Carolina announced today a title sponsorship of the Tobacco Road Half-Marathon, the sister event to the Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon (TRM) presented by Inside-Out Sports. The franchises are located in Holly Springs, Park West Village of Morrisville and North Hills of Raleigh.
The inaugural Jeff Galloway 13.1 Half Marathon and the Barb’s 5K Race Weekend have added beneficiaries to their not-for profit receiver list. For 2014 the line- up includes the following organizations: Atlanta’s Piedmont Park Conservancy, The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the Piedmont Park Dog Park in Atlanta and Florida’s 26.2 with DONNA; all are organizations Jeff Galloway and his team have special ties to and root for support.
By Dave Hunter
When a runner is in love with our sport, you can tell. There is a sparkle in their eyes, there is enthusiasm in their voice, and there is joy in their heart. They know and accept the physical, mental, and emotional roller coaster that periodically accompanies their pursuit of road racing in general and the marathon in particular. They know the marathon is a cruel mistress who can reward you in one race and punish you in the next. They know there are no runners who forever evade disappointment, that it strikes everyone.