By Cedric Jaggers
(Editor’s note: Cedric Jaggers has been writing for Running Journal and its original publication name, Carolina Runner, since 1984.)
You will know you are getting old when people start calling you a legend. Of course, as the old joke goes -- we are all ‘legends in our own minds,’ but that is another story. Meredith Nelson, vice president in charge of programs for the Charleston Running Club set up a meeting called ‘An Evening with the Local Living Legends’ to present some history to current members about how things used to be.
It was an honor to be on the panel along with Gail Bailey, Anne Boone, Tom Dority, Marc Embler, Ed Ledford, Clyde Mizell and Bob Walton. How much do you know about the early history of road running? All the members of the panel could tell you a lot about the ‘early days.’ When you’ve got someone who has run all 37 Cooper River Bridge Runs, a runner who has won that race and others who have run it dozens of times you have a lot of history on hand. So with questions, stories and reminiscences, a lot of interesting things were talked about.
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USATF partners with local SUBWAY® Restaurants to promote healthy habits for kids in “Fit for Life Challenge”
INDIANAPOLIS – USA Track & Field is partnering this fall with local SUBWAY® restaurants in parts of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, encouraging kids to get active and stay healthy through the SUBWAY® “Fit for Life Challenge” programs.
Aimed at elementary and middle-school students, the Fit For Life Challenge promotes healthy habits during a two-week challenge taking place in October, dubbed “Fit-tober.” Registration is under way now through Sept. 17 for schools to receive free materials related to the program, including activity tips from USA Track & Field and RunJumpThrow, USATF’s flagship youth activity partnership with The Hershey Company.
By Bob Dozoretz
In 1962 the Twilight Zone had an episode called “The Trade Ins,” where an elderly couple shopped for younger replacement bodies.
In the past I have written about wearing someone else’s shoes to run as fast as the previous owner, and also about ‘In Time’ where you don’t age over 25, but could die if you ‘run out of time’.
Now we have the final, best scenario ever. You simply go to the lab, look over various models, pick out the one you want to be and there you have it!
NEWPORT NEWS, VA -- Share HEART in Africa, Inc., a 501c3 organization in Newport News will be holding it’s second annual Race for HOPE 10K/ 5K/ 1-Mile fun run on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Mariners Museum Park. We are adding a 1-mile interactive walk for those interested in learning more about the life of children in Sierra Leone. There will be stations set up along the route where people can perform a task that a child would perform on any given day in Sierra Leone.
This is even more important to us now due to the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa which has infected more than 2,473 people with 1,350 suspected deaths, these numbers are more than all of the previous Ebola cases in the past.
Youngest Person to Complete Marathon on All Seven Continents
At nine years old, Nikolas Toocheck of West Chester, PA, began a philanthropic journey, which he called Running the World for Children. The idea: to run a marathon on each continent to help kids in need by raising money and awareness for Operation Warm.
The nonprofit organization, started by Nikolas’s grandfather, provides brand new winter coats to children living in need throughout the United States. He has completed marathons on six continents and by completing his seventh will also achieve a new world record!
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon contributes an estimated $253.49 million in total business activity to the Chicago economy, according to a new economic impact report.
The independent study, which analyzed the impact the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon had on the Chicago economy, was conducted by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Regional Economics Applications Laboratory.
The report found the event directly contributed an estimated $101.8 million distributed among the main sectors of the tourism industry, in addition to another $151.7 million in indirect activity. This is an equivalent of 1,742 full-time jobs and $85.94 million worth of wages and salary income. Further, each dollar spent by a race participant generated an additional $1.29 worth of activity distributed throughout Chicago.
By Carolyn Mather, RN PhD
I guess it is the year to break long standing records in the marathon. Meb did it in Boston and Dick Beardsley's 33-year-old record went down at the 38th Grandma's Marathon. I chatted with Dick at the starting line of this year's race and he said it was eerie, as the conditions on this race morning were identical to the year when he set the record of 2:09:37. He truly felt that was the day and he was right! Wearing number one, 26-year-old Kenyan Dominic Ondoro reached the half way point in 1:04:46 with a handful of fellow Kenyans. The pace slowed a bit and went off record pace in the next few miles. But Ondoro wanted the win and the record and he began pushing the pace just past 19 miles, even throwing in a 4:39 mile, to break the record by 31 seconds and best second place by nearly three minutes. Ondoro's time of 2:09:06 is the fastest ever run in the state.
By David Monti, RRW, used with permission
Run Blog Run comment: The battle between Valeria Straneo and Christelle Daunay made fantastic television. European TV gave us shots from each side, and from above, as Straneo and Daunay battled for two hours, and twelve minutes, before Daunay made her gold medal move. That Straneo is 39 and Daunay is 38, and that the course was so daunting, should not be underestimated. These women ran a great race!
By Nancy Clark, M.S., R.D.
Do you ever get tired of reading yet-another headline about The 10 Best Super Sports Foods, only to be instructed to buy exotic fruits, ancient grains, and other unusual items? Do runners really need chia, spelt, and quinoa? Is anything wrong with old-fashioned peanut butter, broccoli and brown rice? Doubtful! Powerful nutrients are found in standard foods that are readily available at a reasonable cost. You know, oranges, bananas, berries, oatmeal, almonds, hummus, lowfat yogurt, brown rice, tuna ... the basic, wholesome foods recommended by the government’s My Plate (www.ChooseMyPlate.gov). Are those foods exotic? No. But do they still do a great job of offering super nutrition? Yes!
Charlottesville, VA – The Miller Lite Charlottesville Marathon is excited to announce the addition of the Donate Life Virginia Relay to the 2015 races taking place on April 5th, 2015. In its thirteenth year, the Charlottesville Marathon events already include the Miller Lite Marathon, Whole Foods Half-Marathon, Virginia Blood Services 8k, and Whole Kids Mile. Now, they will also include the Donate Life Virginia Marathon Relay.
Participation in the nation’s largest road races grows 73 percent over 13 years, quantifying running’s exponential growth as a recreational sport and fitness regimen
MINNEAPOLIS, Mn. – The tremendous growth in the popularity of competitive distance running for fitness and health over the last 13 years is further illustrated by the results of Running USA’s latest State of the Sport Report.
The partnership between Kentucky's two largest half-marathons returns for runners in 2015. The Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon presented by Walmart and HumanaVitality in Louisville on April 25, and Lexington'sRunTheBluegrass Half-Marathon presented by John's Run/Walk Shop on March 28, joined forces last year to create the Kentucky Half Classic.