By Barbara Latta
(Barbara, a member of the North Carolina Road Runners, will celebrate 31 years of daily running in December. “My morning run is such a habit, I cannot break it. I really enjoy my mornings outside with nature and the fresh air with the song of the birds,” she said. This is her report on running the City of Oaks Half Marathon held Nov. 2 in Raleigh, NC.)
Brad Broyles and I have been pacers for the City of Oaks Half Marathon for four years. Every time we do this I believe we do a better job and enjoy it more. This 2014 year was the very best.
On Friday evening at packet pick-up, we started answering the call to be a Pacer from the people who came to the Pacer Table. I talked to Amy, Beverly, Roosevelt and others who requested our help running on Sunday in the half marathon. Some were running a half marathon for the very first time.
Some were recovering from an injury and needed some encouragement. One woman was running in honor of her son who had died within the last two years. One man had been doing the Galloway runs and felt he might need a group with whom to run and help him stay on pace for three hours.
Brad and I were pacing the three-hour group. Brad is the “leader of the pack.” He has the watch which beeps to alert him when we should run and when we should walk. After trial and success, Brad and I decided that if we ran for two minutes and walked for one minute we would arrive back at the Bell Tower within the three hour goal.
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Detroit & Flint also named
Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is pleased to announce additional Runner Friendly Community® designations for 2014, which include: Lakeland, Florida, plus Detroit and Flint, Michigan.
These communities have shown that they meet the program’s criteria, which includes community infrastructure, community support, and local government support for running. Each community has shown they have an infrastructure that can foster physical activity in a safe environment. They have a proven track record that organizations and businesses work together to promote running as a healthy exercise and sport. With the most important criteria being, there are positive relationships between the running community and local government.
RICHMOND, VA – Ben Zywicki, 26, of Louisville, Colorado, won the 2014 Anthem Richmond Marathon in a time of 2:18:35, becoming the first American man to win the race since Michael Harrison in 2000. Waynishet Abebe, a 27-year-old Ethiopian, was the first female to cross the finish line, clocking in at 2:39:26.
In the American Family Fitness Half Marathon, Habtamu Wegi of Ethiopia edged out Rachid Ezzouniou of Morocco at the finish to win the men’s title. Wegi finished in 1:05:38, narrowly besting Ezzouniou’s time of 1:05:39. The women’s race also saw an exciting finish, with Lilian Mariita of Kenya taking first with a time of 1:14:29, just ahead of Sophy Jepchirchir, also of Kenya, who finished in 1:15:05.
Running USA wire
By: Scott Bush for USATF
Arizona standout Shrader wins men's title, Huddle defends in women's race at .US National 12K Championships in Arlington
INDIANAPOLIS – A furious early pace by Olympian Molly Huddle split the pack early, while a tenacious finish by Brian Shrader put a gap on the field late, but the end result was the same, as both took home top prize Sunday morning at the .US National 12K in Alexandria, Virginia.
Race Series Registration Increase December 31
(Louisville, Kentucky) The Louisville Triple Crown of RunningSM, presented by Novo Nordisk, announces that the first event in the 3-race series, the Anthem 5K Fitness Classic, has moved its course back to the downtown area and will start on Brook Street and finish on Main Street near Louisville Slugger Field. “We are thrilled to be back downtown in 2015”, said Bruce Richmond, Anthem 5K race director. “Even though the ongoing construction has disrupted our established course, the one we have laid out is flat and may actually produce faster times”. Below is a map and description of the exciting new 5K course.
By Larry Eder
In an announcement with far-reaching consequences, the Atlanta Track Club and Mizuno, one of the largest sports product manufacturers in the world, have reached a long term agreement for Mizuno to sponsor all facets of the Atlanta Track Club, its events and its merchandise.
Atlanta-Based Brands Unite in Groundbreaking Move to Create a Healthier Community
Atlanta Track Club and Mizuno have announced an exclusive partnership , uniting two prestigious Atlanta-based athletic brands guided by their mission to change lives through the power of running.
with Dr. Elmo of “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"
For the long awaited, first Jeff Galloway Race Weekend Dec. 12-14 in Atlanta, featuring the JG 13.1 Half Marathon and Barb’s 5K, a fun and festive holiday component will be the Race’s Holiday Costume Contest.
In Jeff Galloway tradition, a runner and celebrity will be on the judge panel for this part of the race weekend.
· Olympian Janet Bawcom places first in the women's half establishing new event mark
· Olympian Daniel Vargas of Mexico wins men's half; Tara Martine wins women's marathon
· American Idol winner Phillip Philllips headlined finish line festival
Savannah, Ga. - November 8, 2014 - It was a cool and beautiful morning in Savannah with perfect running temperature and fast times prevailed. More than 17,000 runners took over the Spanish Moss lined streets to participate in the 4th annual Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon & ½.
RICHMOND, Va. – Tidewater Physical Therapy and its Tidewater Performance Centers are pleased to announce that Drs. Paul Maloof and Drew Dahlgren have joined the list of presenters at the 2nd Annual Richmond Endurance Athlete Symposium to be held Jan. 24, 2015.
The Space Coast Marathon & Half-Marathon is for the second year offering RaceJoy, a mobile application available for iPhones, iPads and Android devices. The organizers of the Space Coast Marathon & Half-Marathon have played an integral role in RaceJoy’s initial launch into the running race industry. Last year’s Space Coast Marathon & Half-Marathon, produced by the Running Zone Foundation and Space Coast Runners, was the first marathon event in the United States to offer RaceJoy.
The 2014 Rocky 50K Trail Race was held Saturday, Nov. 15 at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area in Alexander County, NC. The race began with participants climbing the "Stairway to Heaven" trail, then running the rest of the trails that were specially marked for the 50K event (approximately 31 miles). The trail race was difficult, but offered some breathtaking views from atop the mountain.
INDIANAPOLIS – Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi and USATF Outdoor champion and Diamond League winner Jenny Simpson have been named the 2014 USATF Jesse Owens and Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athletes of the Year, respectively.