ORLANDO, FL — Altra Elite Athlete Jacob Puzey ran an average pace of 5:56 per mile to set the new world record for fastest 50 miles run on a treadmill with a time of 4:57:45, shattering the previous record of 5:57:31 by an hour. His marathon split time was 2:38. Fans from all over The Running Event trade show packed the Altra booth the cheer on Puzey to the new world record. Puzey is an experienced ultrarunner who ran the entire 50 miles in the Altra Paradigm road shoe on a ProForm Boston Marathon Treadmill. Puzey stayed hydrated with soft drinks and electrolytes and fueled with potato chips, stopping for a bathroom break only once.
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INDIANAPOLIS -- USA Track & Field and the American Cancer Society will collaborate on a fundraising effort to raise money for cancer research as well as USATF Youth programs, the two organizations jointly announced Tuesday.
With a theme of Together: Nothing Is Impossible, the campaign will focus on prevention and early detection, with a strong focus on the importance of nutrition and physical activity. Public service announcements will feature Team USATF athletes telling their own, inspiring stories to engage fans and proactively create healthy lifestyles that achieve greatness in daily life.
ORLANDO -- The 2016 season was feted Saturday evening at the 2016 Jesse Owens Awards Ceremony, held at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in conjunction with USATF’s Annual Meeting. The ceremony was hosted by NBC Sports’ Todd Harris.
USATF Athletes of the Year Michelle Carter and Matthew Centrowitz, Nike Coach of the Year Tonja Buford-Bailey, USATF Masters Athlete of the Year Irene Obera and USATF Youth Athlete of the Year Sydney McLaughlin all accepted their awards with speeches Saturday, and the guests looked back at a year that saw Team USA win 32 medals in Rio and 23 medals in Portland, as well as numerous national and international accolades.
St. Jude Marathon Events Raise $10 Million
MEMPHIS, TN -- Jason Howell of Evansville, Indiana outlasted Adam Higham of Collierville on Saturday to win the St. Jude Memphis Marathon. Howell finished in 2:38:07 while Higham concluded the 26.2 miles in 2:39:33.
Taylor Hoover of Colorado Springs was the first female finisher in 2:56:27, followed by local runner Kacey Nobert, who finished in 3:02:53.
About 23,000 runners partipated in the four races -- marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K.
John Whitehead of Madison, AL, was the half-marathon in 1:10:41, edging Brandon Dworak of Memphis (1:10:46), who won last year.
In the women's half, Fontaine Haskell of Birmingham, AL, was victorious in 1:25:17.
ORLANDO, FL -- USATF CEO Max Siegel on Thursday afternoon delivered a State of the Sport address that highlighted the overall health of the sport, athletic success of team USATF athletes, and growth in the areas of constituent services, partnerships and athlete income. He made his remarks at the Opening General Session of USATF’s 2016 Annual Meeting.
Pointing to track & field as the largest and fastest-growing sport on the high school level, as reported by NFHS, the grass roots strength of the sport dovetailed with a historically successful competitive year for Team USATF.
(My minutes as an accused counterfeiter.)
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
The Beijing 2015 World Champs were a wonderful experience. It was my second time in China and I loved visiting the Birds Nest stadium for the second time. Mostly, I enjoyed interacting with the Chinese people, visiting small restaurants and enjoying ten days and nights of dramatic track & field.
In college, under the thoughtful guidance of Professor Kidder Smith, I studied Chinese History and the rise of Marxism in China. I had become fascinated with both ancient and modern history of the great country. Visiting China had only taken me until the age of 50, and that was fine. I can be a patient man. My desire to travel began when I was 12 and asked my mom if I could go to Isreal to work on a kibbutz.
ATLANTA and JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Olympian Jeff Galloway and his longtime friend and running partner, Donna Deegan, founder of DONNA Marathon Weekend in Jacksonville, Fla., have joined forces for the 2016/2017 winter race season with runners’ discounts and meet and greets. Runners interested in participating in both Jeff Galloway 13.1 and DONNA Marathon Weekend can do so at a discount and will have the opportunity to meet Galloway and Deegan, an award-winning journalist, marathoner and founder of The DONNA Foundation, a nonprofit that provides financial assistance and support to individuals living with breast cancer and funds groundbreaking breast cancer research. The Jeff Galloway Race Weekend and DONNA Marathon Weekend are Dec. 9-11, 2016, and Feb. 10-12, 2017, respectively.
COCOA VILLAGE, FL — David Kilgore, former Palm Bay resident now residing in New York, won the Space Coast Marathon on Sunday in a record time of 2:28:34. Second went to Kevin Brown of Boca Raton in 2:38:23. Adriano Bastos of Sao Paulo, Brazil was third in 2:40:49. Masters winner was Timo Schmidt of Saarbruecken, Germany.
In the women’s race, Karolina Viquez of San Jose, Costa Rica came home first in 3:10:48, followed by Lauren Smith and Meredith Mikell, both of St. Petersburg, in 3:16:31 and 3:17:16 respectively. Heidi Johansen of Aalborg, Denmark, was the female masters champion, finishing in 3:21:36.
There were more than 2300 participants in the marathon.
RRCA grants $40,000 to 47 youth running programs, doubling their grant making efforts for 2016.
ARLINGTON, Virginia –– The Road Runners Club of America(RRCA) is pleased to announce the 2016 Kids Run the Nation grant recipients. Forty-seven programs throughout the U.S., serving more than 28,000 children, will receive a total of $40,000 in grants from the RRCA. This amount signifies a 100% increase in funding for 2016 due to strong support from RRCA members clubs, events, and sponsors, including FEETURES! In addition, the RRCA will donate copies of the Kids Run the Nation: A Running Guide for Kids booklet to be given to program participants in 18 different programs, an in-kind donation valued at over $10,000.
PALM BEACH, FL — The Palm Beach Marathon & Run Fest has been acquired by K2 Sports Ventures, a new firm.
The race will be renamed the Palm Beaches Marathon and, along with a half marathon and 5K, will be held during the Dec. 1-3 weekend in 2017.
ORLANDO, FL — J. Webber and Cynthia Jerop claimed victories Saturday at the 40th Orlando Half Marathon. Webber, of Kentucky, topped the field in 1:04:56 while Jerop, of Kenya, led the women’s division in 1:17:08.
Ty McCormack, Orlando, was second in 1:07:26 and Fredison Costa, of Brazil and Kissimmee, was third in 1:09:41.
You’ve now got three months of solid training behind you. Keep the days between racing and the hard days relaxed. Now it’s time to focus on your racing. How are you feeling? When do you tire? When do you kick? Try some different race strategies.