A drive to save the track & field and cross country programs at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington has begun.
See website: http://www.saveuncwtrack.com/
For financial reasons, university officials announced cancellation of the teams beginning with the 2015-16 season.
Parents, students, coaches and alumni seek to raise at least $600,000 in pledge to ensure the programs might be saved. The fund drive had raised $116,650 as of Dec. 18.
A letter to the UNCW Board of Trustees from parents called the decision to cancel the programs “ill advised” and “flawed” and lacked transparency. The parents asked in the letter that trustees advise the school’s interim Chancellor Bill Sederburg to reconsider “this flawed decision.”
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Five South Carolina age group records were set at the Dec. 13 Kiawah Island Marathon and Half Marathon according to South Carolina Record Keeper Bill Marable.
Chris Giordenelli of Simpsonville set a new record in the 50-55 age group in the marathon with a time of 2:47:27.
New state records set in the half marathon:
-- Eric Ashton of Columbia in the 45-49 male age group: 1:11:28.
-- Marc Embler of North Charleston in the 55-59 male age group: 1:19:59.
-- Linda Clarkson of Johns Island in the female 65-69 age group: 1:51:49.
-- Jane Gregorie of Yemassee in the female age group 80-84: 3:05:50.
Wesley Turner, 28, of Danville, VA, won the Kiawah Island Marathon Dec. 13 in 2:29:52. Caitlin Judd, 31, of North Charleston, SC, won the female division in 2:54:55.
Zack Jordan, 21, of Ball Ground, GA, was second male in 2:40:41, followed by Justin Bishop, 33, of West Columbia, SC, in 2:44:27, Matthew Wallace, 25, of Durham, NC, in 2:44:50, and Michael Orifice, 29, of Faifield, CT, in 2:46:40.
Runnerup female was Brooke Waters, 38, of Shawnee, KS, in 3:00:07, followed by Ann Mazur, 29, of Charlottesville, VA, in 3:00:21, Jaime Schmidt, 32, of Lancaster, NH, in 3:04:39, and Meg Ashton, 25, of Sneads Ferry, NC in 3:04:55.
The South Team, led by Ryen Frazier (left in royal blue dress) won the national Foot Locker cross country national team title for the first time ever. The southern girls had an average time of 17:47.76, topping the Midwest team by more than four seconds per runner. The West was third and Northeast fourth.
Ryen, running for Ravencroft School, Raleigh, NC, finished second in the Foot Locker race at San Diego, California in a time of 17:23. She will be attending North Carolina State University.
Other top southern runners included Paige Hofstad of New Braunfels High School in Texas, who was fourth in 17:33.
The Nike Rocket City Marathon featured a new course for its 38th annual run on Dec. 13 in Huntsville, AL. The new course started downtown at the Von Braun Center and took runners through Huntsville attractions like the Botanical Gardens and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center before finishing indoors back at the Von Braun Center.
Grant Fisher of Grand Blanc, Michigan, and Anna Rohrer of Mishawaka, Indiana won the Foot Locker national cross country championship Saturday, Dec. 13, for the second time, in races at San Diego, California.
Fisher finished in 15:03, winning by nine seconds over Olin Hacker of Madison, Wisconsin.
Rohrer finished in 17:13, topping Ryen Frazier of Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC, by 10 seconds.
MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina -- Twelve national champions were crowned Saturday at the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships at the Whispering Pines Golf Course. Over 3,400 athletes competed in the event, which represented 16 regions and over 300 track teams.
Each age division competed over the following distances: sub bantam (8 and under) racing 2 km; bantam (9-10) racing 3 km; midget (11-12) racing 3 km; youth (13-14) racing 4 km; intermediate (15-16) racing 5 km; and young men/women (17-18) racing 5 km.
2014 USARC Champion and 25k American record holder Christo Landry will present awards to top race and team finishers at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Saturday evening.
By Road Runners Club of America
Running continues to boom, and we are very pleased with the growth in our sport. To help ensure and maintain our long tradition of integrity within our membership, the RRCA is happy to provide the following tips when working with out-of-town event promoters.
As with any business venture, always work with an out-of-town promoter with an eye for “buyer beware” caution. With that said, there are many great event management companies that promote and own races around the country, and they depend on the local running community to make their events a success. As you work with these groups, make sure your club benefits from the effort and isn’t taken advantage of, because you are the expert and local resource.
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Four first-time winners triumph as more than 3,800 runners from 25 countries ushered in the event's second decade
PALM BEACH, Fl. - Adam Lazrus' motive for entering the 11th Eau Palm Beach Marathon & Run Fest Sunday on the streets of downtown West Palm Beach and Lake Worth didn't include taking home the first-place prize. He had never won a marathon before. The 24-year-old from Silver Spring, Maryland, was simply trying to run a marathon in every state before he turns 30.
But make no mistake about it, he was happily celebrating his first career win when he kicked toward the finish line ahead of rising temperatures on a brisk South Florida morning that saw the thermostat hovering at a Maryland-like 67 degrees for the 6:30 a.m. start.
Adventure-Packed Races Simulate SEAL Training, Raise Funds for Navy SEAL Veterans & Families of Fallen SEALs
MIAMI, FL -- BattleFrog, the obstacle course racing (OCR) company founded by former U.S. Navy SEALs, have announced it will award over $1 million in cash and prizes to competitors during its 2015 racing season. Founded in 2014 by Navy SEAL veterans, the company presented six events this year and has over 18 events planned for 2015.
By Ryan Lamppa
Bring Back the Mile.com
Wow, what a year for the Mile as the storied distance had another noteworthy year of milestone anniversaries, exciting races, fast performances, records, new events, more prize money, major national media coverage and more. In 2014, the inaugural Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour was launched, featuring six top U.S. Mile races across the country, and with two Tour wins and consistent racing, Jack Bolas and Heather Kampf earned the grand prix titles.
Visit www.mbmarathon.com for registration. Entry fees for all race events will increase on January 1, 2015. Race weekend includes a full marathon, half marathon, marathon team relay, 5K and 1 mile fun run.
The 2015 logo design, pictured above, will be used in print and digital media including all printed or embroidered marathon gear. The Grand Strand's first and longest running major endurance event has chosen this logo for its 18th annual race weekend, February 12-14, 2015.
USA Triathlon recently announced that the 10th edition of the XTERRA Southeast Championship to be held May 16 at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County, Alabama will double as the 2015 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championship race.
Honolulu, HI (December 16, 2014) -USA Triathlon recently announced that the 10th edition of the XTERRA Southeast Championship to be held May 16 at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County, Alabama will double as the 2015 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championship race.