2014 Fall World Marathon Majors Season Preview: What to look forward to in the upcoming major city marathons, by Justin Lagat
Justin Lagat has some ideas on how the World Marathon Majors in Fall 2014 will play out! Justin will be interviewing some of the top athletes for us this season! Watch for the interviews.
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By Teri Saylor
When I was in college, all freshmen were required to pass a physical education exam that ensured we could swim, tread water or float for 10 minutes and run a 10-minute mile. While I was an active kid, I was not very athletic, so I was as nervous about the freshman sports challenges as an English major in a chemistry lab.
I trained for an entire semester to make it. Colleges and universities mostly did away with those requirements, but thanks to a team of runners and journalists, the mile is making a comeback.
By Rae Ann Darling Reed
One of my all-time favorite races is the Picnic Island Adventure Run in Tampa, Florida. It is actually a series of three races that take place once a month on Friday nights in May, June and July. Hot and humid do not begin to describe the weather at 6:45 p.m. on the small island in Tampa Bay under a cloudless summer sky. So once you’ve accepted the weather factor, you’re ready for the real challenge.
This adventure run is unique and definitely not one of those mud runs or extreme obstacle races where you sign away your life in a waiver. I don’t do dangerous races like that.
(Editor’s note: RunBlogRun asked Cait Chock to interview Sally Bergeson, founder and CEO of Oiselle, one of the few running apparel brands making headway in a business channel fraught with minefields. In a recent meeting, with a key brand, an active woman runner on the staff was asked about Oiselle. She noted how well made the product is and how much she liked it. Oiselle is reaching its target market. Sally Bergeson is quite adept at using social media and developing a conversation with her consumer, who she knows well, better than most brands that are larger. Bergeson gets it: running businesses win business one pair of running shorts at a time.)
By: Cait Chock
We're witnessing an entire shift in how companies sponsor and market their athletes. Among those spearheading this change is Oiselle, a women's clothing line, founded by Sally Bergesen.
On Sunday, September 7th, Nikolas Toocheck became the youngest person in the world, (according to available records) to complete a marathon on all 7 continents with his final run in Asia. True to his word, 11-year-old Nikolas Toocheck ran all seven continents to raise money and awareness for Operation Warm in his campaign “Running the World for Children,” and he did it in less than two years. Operation Warm is a national non-profit founded by Nikolas’s grandfather in 1998 which has provided over 1.4 million brand new winter coats to impoverished children living in the United States.
America’s Best, Led by Kara Goucher and Desiree Linden, to Join Meb Keflezighi on 2014 TCS New York City Marathon Start Line
Goucher returns to New York for first time since a historic third-place finish in 2008, and Linden will make her New York City Marathon debut among deepest squad of American women in the event’s history
New York Road Runners
New York, —Acclaimed American talent, led by 2012 Olympians Kara Goucher and Desiree Linden, will join previously announced Meb Keflezighi on the start line at the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 2, 2014, it was announced today by Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners.
By Lena Hollmann, RRCA Southern Director
A few days after the Peachtree Road Race, I came upon a story about it. Not about the race itself, but what happened afterwards in Piedmont Park where everybody gathered after the finish. Publix was a very generous sponsor, providing plenty of refreshments for the runners. More than enough to feed all the 60,000 that had signed up. There were bagels, bananas, sports drinks, granola bars – and peaches of course!
INDIANAPOLIS -- The USATF Masters 12K Championships will return to historic Alexandria, Virginia, Nov. 16, USATF has announced.
Masters athletes will use the same course as USATF’s signature road race event, the .US National 12K, while competing for national titles and record-setting performances.
Similar to the inaugural 2013 event, USATF championship medals will be awarded to the top-three Masters male and Masters female, individual finishers in all five-year age divisions, from 40-44 to 90-plus.
By Tracy Harris
There should be like a starter kit for running. And experienced runners should have it handy to give out whenever needed, because we've all had that conversation.
It usually goes like this: "I want to start running. What is the key to success?" Or, "I started running and now my (knees) (shins) (feet) (etc.) hurt." Or, "I signed up for a half-marathon in two months. How should I train?"
In some ways, I think I've been developing this starter kit. I just need to bundle it and make millions.
Sometimes I think people feel guilty, almost, being around me and not being a runner. Since leaving the running specialty store at which I worked, coworkers at both jobs have succumbed to the subconscious pressure. I don't think it's because I make it sound like tons of fun, either.
Inaugural grand prix tour with six stops offered more than $85,000 plus $7500 GP purse; Running Warehouse’s “Pick-the-Winner” contest engaged Mile fans at every event
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Jack Bolas and Heather Kampf won the inaugural Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2014 titles with 24 and 36 points, respectively, and each GP champion earned $2000.
The five-mile Woolly Worm Woad Wace will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11 beginning at the Lees-McRae College track in Banner Elk, NC, at 9 a.m. A one-mile fun run will be held at 10:15.
The races are being held the week prior to the annual Woolly Worm Festival held annually in downtown Banner Elk.
Jeff Galloway will host a running school Jan. 2 as part of The Pistol Ultra Run race weekend at Alcoa, TN.
The Jeff Galloway Running School will be held from 1-4 pm at Alcoa Middle School. Cost is $99 and participants will hear from Galloway on topics including running faster, avoiding injuries, motivation, increasing running enjoyment, nutrition, fat-burning, building endurance, and training for individual goals.
TIPITINA’S FOUNDATION AND NEW ORLEANS TRACK CLUB TO HOST RHYTHM & BLUES 5K – BENEFITTING TIPITINA’S FOUNDATION
On Saturday, September 27, The New Orleans Track Club will host the 3rd annual Tipitina’s Foundation Rhythm & Blues 5K, a road race open to participants of all running and walking skill levels. The event will take place at 5:00 p.m. starting and finishing at the historic Tipitina’s Uptown location at the corner of Napoleon Ave and Tchoupitoulas Street. Proceeds benefit the Tipitina’s Foundation and their efforts to protect and preserve Louisiana's musical culture.