By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun
The women’s race had the most drama. Amy Craig, 2012 fourth place finisher, not only made the team but moved up to the win. “I had spent four years training to improve one place,” noted Amy after her hard-won victory. She improved three places!
Defending champion Shalane Flanagan, who was about four weeks short on her training, had to battle not only the field, but heat issues, and went from looking like the unbeatable winner, to holding on for third and requireing an IV, her first after a marathon, to recover. "That was the hardest marathon that I have run over the last six miles." noted Shalane.
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By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun
In his debut marathon, Galen Rupp won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials on a hot and humid day in sunny Los Angeles. Meb Keflezighi made his fourth Olympic team, second at the marathon, with his second placing. And in third place, Jared Ward, third in LA Marathon in 2015, made up a strong deficit and moved himself into third place in this hotly contested Olympic Trials.
166 men started the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials at 10:06 AM, Pacific time, on Saturday.
LOS ANGELES -- Battling a stacked field and warm temperatures, Galen Rupp (Portland, Oregon) was impressive in winning his marathon debut, while 2012 Olympian Amy Cragg (Leavenworth, Kansas) found redemption at the finish after her fourth place finish in 2012. Rupp and Cragg were victorious at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon, crossing in 2:11:12 and 2:28:20, respectively.
Quotes - U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon
— Galen Rupp, first place men’s finisher
"Very excited with the way it went. Tremendous honor to represent the United States. It’s the greatest honor on earth. I’m so happy to be able to make my debut here and to be able to win was unbelievable. I’m so honored to be going to the Olympics. It was good. It was a flat course. Heat was the biggest thing and I was struggling the last little bit, everyone was. I was just trying to make sure I drank a lot coming in, that was big for me. Staying hydrated was important.”
TYBEE ISLAND, GA — On Feb. 5-6, the fifth annual Critz Tybee Run Fest attracted over 2,400 registered participants for the unique race event, with more than 1,000 runners participating in multiple races. Runners and walkers from all over the USA came to visit Savannah and Tybee Island and compete in the one-of-a-kind race event.
By Mark Winitz
The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon will be the second time that both the men's and women's Marathon Trials will take place on the same day, at the same site. On Saturday, February 13th in Los Angeles, the men will start at 10:06 a.m. Pacific time and the women will start 16 minutes later.
NBC will broadcast unprecedented live coverage of the event, on television and online, on Saturday, Feb. 13 beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific time.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—After facing a challenging new course and competitive field, Kennedy Kemei and Tamara Kozulina took home the top prizes in the male and female fields at the 42nd running of Tallahassee Marathon on Sunday. Kemei, hailing from Hebron, Ky., finished in an outstanding 02:31:33.15. Kozulina, from Clermont, Fla., clocked in at an admirable 03:03:19.06.
Finishing in second and third place for the men’s fields were Diego Vanegas, with a time of 02:40:19.4, and Peter Kemboi, with a time of 02:42:45.29. Vanessa resides in New York, N.Y., and Kemboi is from Hebron, Ky.
The women’s top finishers were rounded out by, in second, Jennifer Bayliss with a time of 03:07:34.07 and Kristi Stratton, with a time of 03:20:06.5, in third. Bayliss lives in Danville, Calif., and Stratton is from Spartanburg, S.C.
ARLINGTON, VA -- Since 1971, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has celebrated the contributions of dedicated leaders and volunteers for our sport of running through the National Running Awards program.
We are delighted to announce the 2015 National Running Award recipients who will join the 2016 RRCA Distance Running Hall of Fame inductees for a night of celebration at the RRCA National Running Awards gala dinner on March 19, 2016 in Dallas, TX. Running enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the RRCA Convention, which includes a ticket to the National Running Awards gala, to honor these award-winning contributors to the running community. Details about the event can be found at www.rrca.org/convention
The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon is one of the most highly anticipated Marathon Trials marathons in recent memory. With an intense battle for 26.2 miles on both the men's and women's sides, each race will have its own drama. NBC will be televising the race live from 10 am PST to 1 PM PST on Saturday, February 13, 2016. If you are in Los Angeles, come down and watch the race as both races have their own battles and own drama.
Rudy Project, Italian crafters of performance eyewear since 1985, is sponsoring ultra-running legend Adam Kimble, 2015 Gobi March champion, in his attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record for Fastest Crossing of America on foot by a male, a record that has stood for nearly 36 years.
QUANTICO, VA -- Beginning at noon Eastern on Wednesday, Feb. 17, runners can register online for the Marine Corps 17.75K at www.marinemarathon.com. The Marine Corps 17.75K, on Saturday, April 2 in Prince William County Virginia, is the opportunity to obtain guaranteed entry to the 41st Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), with Access Granted presented to each finisher.
TIFTON, GA — Future nursing students will benefit from scholarship funds raised from the fifth annual “Run for the Nurses” event on April 2 sponsored by the School of Nursing and Health Sciences on the campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
LOUISVILLE, KY -- The Louisville Triple Crown of RunningSM, presented by Novo Nordisk, is ready to hit the streets of downtown Louisville at the end of the month. The first leg of the three-race series, the Anthem 5K Fitness Classic, is February 27.