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.
Team USA veteran LaShawn Merritt (Suffolk, Va.) returned to the throne as World’s No. 1 in the 400 meters in 2013, putting forth six of the 10 fastest times in 2013. A two-time gold medalist at the 14th IAAF World Outdoor Championships, Merritt took over the top spot in the 400 meters in a personal-best 43.74 and anchored the American men to the gold medal in the 4x400-meter relay, crossing in a world’s-best 2:58.71. The fastest quarter-miler in the world in 2013 with his time at World Outdoors, Merritt also claimed the overall Diamond League crown, clinching with a time of 44.13 in Zürich and defeating rival Kirani James of Grenada in the process. Merritt finished no worse than second in every 400m race of 2013.
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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.”
Aaron Templeton of Knoxville, TN, and Caroline Alcorta of Springfield, Va., won the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships (FLCCC) South Regional 5K at Charlotte, NC, Saturday, Nov. 30.
Templeton, a senior at Hardin Valley Academy, won the Boys South Regional in 14:36. Benjamin Huffman of Waxhaw, N.C., placed second in 14:44, and Ian Milder of Winston Salem, N.C., finished third in 14:49. Templeton is a two-time FLCCC National Finalist.
As part of a Cultural Exchange Program with the Urayasu Runners Club, the Japanese runners will be in Orlando Dec. 4-9 and will participate in the Orlando Half Marathon and 5K on Dec. 7.
The Japanese guests will be taken sightseeing around Orlando, including a day at Disney Epcot, and be honored guests at the Orlando Running Club's Christmas party, plus other activities.
Two members of the Orlando Running Club will be chosen to travel to Urayasu in February to participate in the Tokyo Bay Urayasu City 8K and be guests at the Urayasu club's annual banquet.
Stephen Pifer of Jacksonville, FL, was the overall winner of the Subaru Half Marathon held Nov. 28 in Jacksonville, finishing in 1:06:53. Jeremy Criscione of Gainesville was second in 1:07:11, followed by Matt Hensley of Jacksonville in 1:07:12.
Women's winner was Shannon Miller of Suwanee, GA, in 1:18:12, followed by Svenja Meye of Jacksonville in 1:19:48 and Lyubov Denisova of Gainesville in 1:20:13.
ATLANTA – Approximately 11,000 runners and walkers earned their turkey this Thanksgiving at the 2013 Atlanta Half Marathon events on Thursday, November 28. In addition to the Atlanta Half Marathon, the event featured the Thanksgiving Day 5K, the Mashed Potato Mile for children ages 7 to 12 and the Gravy Gallop for kids ages 6 and under.
Matt Hoyes of Bardstown, KY, and Patricia Schaefer of Springfield, Illinois were winners of the White River Marathon at Cotter, Arkansas on Nov. 23. Moyes was overall winner in 2:39:34.1. Schaefer won the women’s race in 3:12:59.8.
The next four overall finishers were Mike Wendel of Chatham, Illinois in 2:54:15.2; Brad Atkins of Blacksburg, VA, in 3:01:52.4; Joe Bowman of Dunwoody, GA, in 3:02:50; and Tyler Wolf of Overland Park, Kansas in 3:08:55.3.
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?