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Entries to the race surged 35 percent from 2,700 a year ago to more than 3,600 this year
PALM BEACH, Fla. - Bryan Sharkey's most gratifying marathon win came Sunday at the 10th Palm Beaches Marathon and Run Fest.
A former middle distance star at Miami's Gulliver Prep and Princeton, the 26-year-old Sharkey lunged for the finish line and kissed the ground as planned.
What wasn't planned was the way he collapsed from exhaustion due to the rising morning humidity, resulting in a hour-long session at the medical tent to take two bags of fluids. He did make it back outside just in time for the Marathon awards ceremony though.
"I pushed my body to the limit," said Starkey, who wore a Runners Depot singlet and crossed the tape in 2 hours, 43 minutes, 47 seconds, well ahead of New York City's Carlos Abellan Ossenbach (2:45:52) and Bernd Weis of Dettingen, Germany (2:51:24). "This is what you train to do. Luckily I won.
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The Dallas Marathon, canceled due to safety concerns connected to a winter storm, will provides shirts to all entrants. No refunds will be given.
Race officials issued the following statement on Saturday, Dec. 7:
The Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon will offer prize money totaling $40,000 -- with a total of $30,000 offered to the top five male and female finishers. The other $10,000 will go to the top five male and female finishers from seven local counties.
It's a return to prize money for elite runners with the first place male and female each receiving $8,000. The race will be held Feb. 23 at Tampa, FL. Go to TampaBayRun.com for info.
Potentially dangerous weather conditions in Memphis, TN, Dec. 7 caused cancellation of the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend.
"The safety of race participants, volunteers and spectators is and always has been our top priority. After careful consideration with race officials, City of Memphis and Office of Emergency Management officials, and the Memphis Police Department, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel this year’s St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend due to weather conditions," said an official news release.
"As a result, we are providing registered participants in the 2013 St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend races with multiple options to accommodate this unfortunate turn of events. Participants may choose from one of the following options:
You’re on a training run and just passed a penny. Do you pick it up? Members of the Florida Striders do.
Jenny Allen heads up a club program called “Jenny’s Pennies.” Those little coins and any other money found by club runners go into the fund throughout the year.
On Sunday, Oct. 13, a group of members gathered at 6:30 a.m. at Sun Tire in Orange Park for a run, followed by the 35th anniversary celebration at 8 a.m. provided by the fund, plus edibles brought by club runners.
Over 30 years, members have turned in $2,926.26. Over the past year, members found $133.68.
LaShawn Merritt and Brianna Rollins have been awarded the titles of Jesse Owens and Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athlete of the Year, USA Track & Field announced Monday, December 2. Merritt and Rollins will be honored on Saturday, December 7, at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Indianapolis, Ind. The event is held in conjunction with USA Track & Field’s Annual Meeting.
Nick Accardo, won the Mississippi Coast Marathon Nov. 30 in 2:41:10, followed by Leonard Vergunst, in 2:55:51 (masters winner), and Angelosante Talentino in 3:00:11 (grandmasters winner).
Cindy Lewandowski was first woman in 3:21:18, followed by Khanh Labat in 3:25:11, and Abbey Wilkinson in 3:38:38.
The event was at the Stennis Space Center.
In the half marathon, Isaac Chelimo was the winner in 1:12:19., Dylan McCoy was second in 1:12:54. Tracy Ashall was female winner in 11:34:17 and Amy Hunt was second in 1:36:43.
Marc Burget of Jacksonville won the Space Coast Marathon Dec. 1 at Cocoa, FL, in 2:42:32, followed by Timo Ziegenbein of Todendorf in 2:53:55, John Davis of Melbourne in 2:54:31, Selvin Reyes of Orlando in 2:55:17, and David Eckardt of Evansville, IN, in 2:58:33.
Female winner was Hannah Jennings of Orlando in 3:15:08. Keara McGraw of Largo was second in 3:16:09, followed by Heather Winchell of Tampa (3:18:43), Rene Harrod of Weston (3:20:36), and Angie Ave of Orlando (3:21:01).
The first-ever Collegiate Running Association 10k Road Race National Championships will be held at the 2014 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by MARTIN’S on March 29.
“The Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k is thrilled to be host to the Collegiate Running Association 10k Road Race National Championships,” said Bobby Ukrop, president and chief executive officer of Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, the event’s title sponsor. “We think this is a great opportunity to add a unique championship event to what already is considered one of the top road races of any distance in the entire country.”
Applications for the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon are available on the new TCS New York City Marathon website, tcsnycmarathon.org.
The runner application window will remain open through March 18 for the more than 100,000 runners expected to apply. The 2014 TCS New York City Marathon will take place on Sunday, November 2, with its new title sponsor, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).
We are very pleased to share our fresh new look and easier to navigate design at www.RRCA.org. Our key color of yellow is designed to remind runners to be visible at all times while out on the run. Run Smart, Run Safe!
The police chief of Baton Rouge, LA, has issued the following tips for runner safety:
Try to work out with a partner.
Let someone know where and what time you will be training.
Train in well-lighted areas if you have to train during night hours.
By Richard Ferguson, Ph.D.
All too often runners get caught up in race times, race finish places, and the pursuit of achieving the “perfect race.” There is pressure from within to run faster and faster and finish higher and higher in age group classifications. Sure, you need goals and goal setting is useful to improve performance, but do you ever lose sight of the actual process that allows you to achieve your running goals and perform up to your potential? Do you look too much at the outcome and not enough at the road that can lead you to the outcome?