By Lena Hollmann
After running competitively for over half a century, including road racing for almost 40 years, I can now look back and muse over some unintended mishaps that for the most part ended well. After all, things don’t always go as planned when we race. Sometimes races we have prepared for for months get canceled for reasons beyond our control, like the Naples Half Marathon earlier this year. Or we get injured before or during a race, and are unable to finish.
But mostly it’s the little things I remember, things that did or could have gone wrong but turned out fine in the end. Like the time when I tripped and fell on my face midway into The Provident Marathon in Philadelphia, in 1979 if I recall correctly. But I was able to quickly get back on my feet, and probably only lost about half a minute. And I finished in first place with a personal record time! Although with a scraped knee, so I was whisked into the medical tent as soon as I had crossed the finish line.
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By Leo Manzano, Olympic Silver medalist
Growing up I've always felt that I didn't fit in, from the cultural differences in heritage to my size. There has always been a difference that separated me from my peers. You would think those differences would be debilitating to my morale but I've realized those differences were what gave me strength and made me into what I am today.
I came from an agricultural-farm based community where both sides of my family were farmers. In the United States, immigrants have been typically slow in transitioning due to cultural differences especially those in language.
NEW YORK — Two-time Olympian Kim Conley will make her marathon debut and three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein will race the five boroughs for the first time in six years when they join previously announced NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador Molly Huddle in a star-studded American field for the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 6, it was announced today by New York Road Runners.
The American professional athlete field will include 10 men and 11 women who participated in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Marathon Trials and three athletes who will be making their marathon debuts.
By Tracy Green
I’m currently surviving by relying on dry shampoo and McDonald’s unsweet tea, and sleeping in my running clothes. I’m four months out from my next marathon and already hitting 60+ mile weeks, running as the sun rises for a minimal relief from the heat. I work full-time and teach Pilates three days a week, plus various writing projects like this column and my blog.
One of the biggest hurdles to fitness success is often time — it can be hard to carve that time out into your schedule. My pet peeve is when someone uses “I’m busy” as an excuse. We’re all busy.
SPARTANBURG, SC — The 10th annual Ready for Fall? 5K is also the RRCA National Cross Country Championships in 2016. This event, sponsored by Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, will be held Aug. 13 on the cross country course at Milliken & Company's Arboretum, home to nearly a dozen previous national cross country championships.
You do not have to be an RRCA member to run the race, which is only for the team competition. Traditionally, cross country teams and individuals use this event to gauge their training heading into the fall cross country and road-racing season.
PERRYVILLE, AR — Thomas Moreno of Longview, TX, was overall winner of the Full Moon 50K here July 23, finishing in 4:01:47.2. Second finisher was Thomas Chapin of Paron, AR, in 4:07:34.6, followed by Daniel Arnold of Benton, AR, in 4:26:42.7. Master’s winner was Kevin Golden of Maumelie, AR, in 4:27:57.4.
Jilian Walker of Hurst, TX, was the first female in 4:46:52. She was followed by Nancy Ann Hickman of Memphis, TN, in 4:51:45.8, and Stacey Shaver-Matson of North Little Rock in 5:37:34.1, who was the master’s winner.
In the 25K run, Gary Taylor of Little Rock was the victor in 2:03:09.9. Tommy Griffin of Mountainburg, AR, was second overall in 2:06:31.8, followed by Erik Heller of Little Rock in 2:09:38.8.
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
It has been, so far, "Anno Horribilus" for the world of sport.
And, we should not be surprised.
There was a time, that athletes were expected to live by a higher standard, not a lower standard. In our current zeitgeist, where the cult of personality makes social media sirens more important than someone who cures Zika virus, we have forgotten what is important.
By: Cait Chock, RunBlogRun.com
A year ago Jeremy Taiwo banked everything on his dream: to become an Olympian. He moved to Seattle as a Brooks Beast, reunited with his University of Washington coach, Atanas Atanassov, and started a GoFundMe account to help him cover the costs of therapy and training. Taiwo was adulating, in early 2016, he was officially too old to be covered by his parent's insurance so he started working in addition to training and rehabbing.
WASHINGTON, DC — Race organizers announced today that results of the 2016 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run, the third stop on the 2015-16 PRRO Circuit, have been certified as official and the names of all 18,210 finishers in the 10 Mile Run and the 5K Run-Walk have been uploaded on to the All-time Searchable Database which now contains all 312,903 performances since the first running of the race in 1973. The All-time Searchable Database, which can be accessed on the event website www.cherryblossom.org, allows participants to view their entire competitive history in the event.
The Myrtle Beach Marathon Scholarship, founded in 2005, is a program intended to support graduating high school senior scholar athletes from Horry County, SC, in their quest for a college education. Up to three (one time) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to an outstanding scholar athlete who has participated in any Myrtle Beach Marathon event as either a participant or volunteer.
RALEIGH, NC – Mikey Brannigan, Rachel Cliff, Chris Derrick, and Cory McGee have been added to the 2016 Sir Walter Miler. All four athletes bring international experience to the 3rd annual event, which will be held next Friday, August 5th, at Meredith College.
Five Enthusiastic Individuals Appointed to Serve as RRCA Ambassadors in their Home States
Arlington, VA – In recent months, the RRCA has named several new and eager individuals to the position of State Representative. State Representative are in many ways the personal face of the organization, serving as ambassadors in each state and providing a physical presence while promoting RRCA programs and services to clubs and events. As the below biographies reflect, this most recent group of State Representatives demonstrate the reach and scope of the RRCA, not just geographically, but in its ability to service members of all backgrounds who are passionate about the sport of road racing.
Track & Field competition starts August 12th - Schedule of events -
NBC primetime programming on most days will air from 8 p.m. – midnight ET/PT; daytime from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET/PT; late night from 12:35 a.m. – 1:35 a.m. ET/PT; and replays from 1:35 a.m. – 4:30 a.m. ET/PT.