By Ginger Herring
Newsletter Editor, St. Petersburg Road Runners
St. Petersburg, FL, www.sprr.org
Oh the things you see on a run.
Running around Northwest Youth Center one early morning, I was startled by a bird who just fell from the sky. There were no trees, no wires, no lightning that could have hit the poor thing. He just fell from out of nowhere right in front of me.
One other early morning, just before daybreak, I was running on a sidewalk when I noticed this shadow running toward me. It was too small for a cat or raccoon and I thought too big for a rat. But, it was a rat, a very big rat, with a two-foot tail. At least that's how big that tail looked at the time. We both stopped, frozen with fright. The rat turned around and ran away from me and I turned around and ran away from him. Needless to say I cut that run short.
At our water stop on a Sunday run, a beautiful Ibis decided to land on an electrical wire. His weight was too much and he slumped to the wire beneath and was immediately electrocuted.
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Registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon will open on Monday, September 14, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. ET. The B.A.A. will use the same process to register qualified runners as it used for the Boston Marathon in 2013, 2014, and 2015, allowing the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group to register first.
The 120th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016, Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and for the 31st consecutive year the event will be sponsored by John Hancock Financial. Registration will be held entirely online at www.baa.org. The qualification window for the 2016 Boston Marathon began on September 13, 2014.
To qualify for the Boston Marathon, athletes must meet time standards which correspond to age and gender. The qualifying times for the 2016 Boston Marathon remain unchanged from recent years and are listed on the B.A.A.’s website: http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-informa...
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series today announced Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), a leading health and well-being company, as a series-wide partner and title sponsor of four running events – in Chicago (July 18-19, 2015), Virginia Beach, Va. (Sept. 5-6, 2015), San Antonio (Dec. 5-6, 2015) and New Orleans (Feb. 28, 2016) – as well as four new “Tune-Up for Rock ‘n’ Roll” 5K races this fall.
“Humana was an integral part of our race series last year and we are pleased to welcome them back to even more events, particularly since we share the same core values and commitment to living a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Molly Quinn, Senior Vice President of Sales, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “We look forward to further elevating the race weekend experience in several markets through our partnership with Humana.”
MAYWOOD, Ill. – In recent years, at least 14 deaths of marathon runners, football players and other athletes have been attributed to exercise-associated hyponatremia, a condition that results from drinking too much water or sports drinks.
But there’s an easy way to prevent hyponatremia, said Loyola University Medical Center sports medicine physician James Winger, MD. Simply put, drink only when you’re thirsty.
Dr. Winger serves on a 17-member international expert panel that has published new guidelines on preventing and treating hyponatremia.
By David Monti (@d9monti) and Chris Lotsbom (@chrislotsbom)
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EUGENE, Ore. (28-Jun) -- Clouds moved in, temperatures fell, and even a little rain fell this morning at historic Hayward Field making for perfect racing conditions for the men's and women's 5000m on the last day at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The athletes didn't squander the opportunity, especially Ryan Hill and Nicole Tully, who won their first ever national outdoor titles with fast sprint finishes.
Funeral services for Robert Espinoza, owner of Fleet Feet Sports in Savannah and an active promoter of running, will be held July 3 at 10 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Savannah, GA. The funeral notice requested those attending his services “to dress in ‘Robert formal’ attire, including running shoes — and excluding ties.”
Go to http://foxandweeks.com/memorial/Robert-Anthony-Espinoza/5180 to post condolences.
Espinoza died suddenly on June 25 at home. He was born on October 25, 1960 in San Diego, CA. A Marine’s son, he grew up living in several additional areas of the country including Texas, Virginia and South Carolina. As a young man, he lived in Texas until finally finding his true home in Savannah, GA.
By Chris Lotsbom (@chrislotsbom) and David Monti (@d9monti)
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EUGENE, Ore. (25-Jun) -- On an uncharacteristically warm evening at historic Hayward Field, top-ranked American distance runners Molly Huddle and Galen Rupp prevailed convincingly in the 10,000m at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships here. Huddle, twice the national 5000m champion, won the 10,000m title for the first time, while Rupp won a record seventh straight title. Both athletes will represent Team USA at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August.
Robert Espinoza, owner of Fleet Feet Sports in Savannah, GA, and a force in Savannah area running, died Thursday, June 25, at age 54. No cause of death was immediately determined.
He was an icon in the running and fitness community. He was also an active runner and a prolific race director, including the Savannah River Bridge Run. He was involved in virtually every race in the Savannah area and had recently been named Volunteer of the Year by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia. He opened the Fleet Feet store in 2002.
ATLANTA – Olympians, World Cross Country champions, national record-holders and former AJC Peachtree Road Race winners are among those named to the four international elite teams competing in the inaugural Peachtree Cup at the 2015 AJC Peachtree Road Race.
New for 2016, the Asheville half-marathon and full marathon will run on back-to-back day, March 12-13, and offer runners a chance to run both events. The races will be held at historic Biltmore Estate.
The Tidewater Striders, one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit running clubs, gives back in many ways to our community. One way is awarding collegiate scholarships to deserving college or university students based on academic and athletic achievement, community service and club involvement. Approximately 6 scholarships are awarded each year for between $2,000 - $3,000 each. Two of these scholarships – the two at the $3,000 level -- bear the names of Strider members who had a significant impact on our running club but who sadly are no longer alive: Tom Bashara and Pamela Edwards.
RICHMOND, VA – The 38th running of the Anthem Richmond Marathon, American Family Fitness Half Marathon, and the HCA Virginia 8k is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14 and is on pace to again draw thousands of participants to Richmond to take part in the three races. Over 20,000 participants took part in the events in 2014.
Myrtle Beach, SC — Registration for the 19th Myrtle Beach Marathon opens July 1 as race officials alert runners to “Set a new personal record with perfect running temperatures on our fast, flat, ocean course.”