By: Bryan Graydon
LAKELAND, FL — Those of you who have been reading the Running Journal for awhile may remember a monthly column I use to write called For the Love of Running. It lasted a couple of years with the final column appearing in the August 2014 edition. Through the last year of the column I documented my personal struggle with my right knee that eventually led to the end of my days in running. For a quick recap for any new readers, I had three surgical procedures on my right knee (1992, 2011, 2013) and have very little meniscus left. I was warned of the irreparable damage I had already done to my knee and the very real possibility of needing a knee replacement if I continued with my running. At the age of 39 at the time, I decided that wasn’t the direction I wanted to go.
Running was something that gave my life purpose and meaning and filled a void in my Type A personality. Deciding to stop running was without a doubt, the hardest thing I have ever been through. I was completely entrenched in the running world and it was how I identified myself and measured myself against others. I went through a depressive stage where I questioned “why me” and looked at my friends who could still run with resentment. Eventually I made it through that struggle and tried to find a new mindset and new place to fit in.
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World’s largest 10K set for July 4th
ATLANTA — Atlanta Track Club, organizer of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, announced that registration for the 2017 event will open on Wednesday, March 15 through an online lottery at AJC.com/peachtree.
July 4, 2017 will mark the 48th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race. Those wishing to be selected as one of the 60,000 participants can register for the event lottery online anytime during the eight-day period beginning Wednesday, March 15 until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22.
Regardless of the day or time of registration, all individuals who enter the lottery during the registration period will have an equal chance of being selected for the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race. Entrants will be randomly selected after the lottery closes on March 22.
TAMPA, FL — Joan Benoit Samuelson, Meb Keflezighi and Bill Rodgers will participate in “Dinner & Conversation” on Friday evening, Feb. 24, and then run in races at the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend, which will be held Feb. 25-26.
Samuelson plans to run in three races — the 5K and 15K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday. Her name is synonymous with women’s running. She won the Boston Marathon women’s title in 1979 and 1983, then in 1984 won the first women’s marathon at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. At age 56, she remains competitive and continues to set records in the master’s division.
Accomplished American marathoner, Stanford stars lead lists of recruits.
ATLANTA – February, 15, 2017 – In a huge step toward the goal of qualifying at least one athlete for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Atlanta Track Club announced the addition of seven athletes to Atlanta Track Club Elite’s Olympic Development Team, coached by 2008 Olympian Amy Begley and Andrew Begley with sponsorship from Mizuno Running USA.
Log miles within 100 minutes during April 29 event marking Quantico's Centennial
QUANTICO, VA -- Log as many miles as you can within 100 minutes that’s the premise of the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Organization’s newest event that marks the U.S. Marine Centennial on Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA. Online registration for the Quantico 100 presented by GEICO Military opens Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. Eastern on the website at www.marinemarathon.com.
The 100-minute, log-as-many-miles-as-you-can Quantico 100 presented by GEICO Military is a stimulating run beginning and finishing at Quantico’s historic Butler Stadium, with 1,000 participants accumulating as many laps as possible on a three-mile loop course. The Quantico 100 course reflects the same distance as the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL — In unseasonably warm conditions, Matthew Barresi, 34, of Palmyra, VA, was victorious at the 10th anniversary of the Donna Marathon on Sunday, finishing in 2:30:23. Meaghan Neuberger, 29, of Fernandina Beach, FL, was the female winner in 3:06:53. The marathon (26.2 with Donna) was founded in 2008 by Jacksonville TV personality Donna Deegan, a three-time breast cancer survivor.
More than 10,000 runners participated in weekend events which raise funds to fight breast cancer.
Second and third male finishers in the marathon were Justin Jacobs in 2:33:07 and Ryan Aponte in 2:56:31, both from Jacksonville. Penny Primus of Tampa was second female in 3:13:15, followed by Lydia Hochstein of Jacksonville in 3:15:35.
BIRMINGHAM, AL — Dominic Korir, 23, of Grand Prairie, TX, won Sunday’s Mercedes Marathon in 2:20:35. Blair Teal, 30, of Charlotte, NC, was second in 2:21:07, followed by Stanley Boen, 38, also of Grand Prairie. Bryan Morseman, 31, of Bath, NY, was fourth in 2:27:58 and Geoffrey Tum, 31, of Coon Rapids, MN, was fifth in 2:42:41.
Sarah Pease, 29, of Bloomington, IN, was the female champion in 2:41:45. Shawanna White, 37, of Columbia, SC, was second in 2:56:40, followed by Trisha Nelson, 25, of South Bend, IN, in 2:58:14; Dani Steinbacher, 31, of Ann Arbor, MI, in 3:02:53, and Sarah Overpack, 33, of Indianapolis, IN, in 3:04:18.
In the half marathon, Kenyan Panuel Mungo, 23, of Elkton, MD, won in 1:04:23. Luis Orta, 28, of Broomfield, CO, was second in 1:06:46, followed by Christian Thompson, 28, of Chattanooga, TN, in 1:08:25.
Cracker will headline the post race Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series; Annual springtime event will debut new start and finish line
(Editor’s note: Additional information and updates on Rock ’n’ Roll races, including upcoming races in Raleigh (April 1-2) and Nashville, TN (April 29) will be published in Running Journal print and digital editions, our Running.Net website, our Racing South eNewsletters, and in eBlasts.)
RALEIGH, NC – The Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & ½ Marathon announced Humana Inc., a leading health and well being company, as the new title partner of the 2017 event. Humana is currently title sponsor of four other Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series races, including New Orleans, Dallas, Chicago and San Antonio. The Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh race events return the weekend of April 1 – 2, 2017.
YORKTOWN, VA — Craig Hymes, 54, of Yorktown, raced home first on Saturday, Feb. 11, to win the 10-Mile Run for the Heart, finishing in 1:05:34. Harrison Chaires, 26, of Virginia Beach was second in 1:06:37 and Logan Jackson, 14, of Yorktown was third in 1:06:47.
Christin Newman, 25, of Norfolk was the women’s winner in 1:06:37, followed by Jackie Hoffman, 24, of Chesapeake in 1:10:57, and Nina Parziale, 14, of Williamsburg in 1:18:51.
The fifth annual event was held on the tour roads of the Yorktown Battlefield, starting and finishing near Surrender Field. After four years of bad or questionable weather, including three years when ice and snow caused a postponement, the weather was near perfect for running — cloudy with hints of sunshine, temp of 49 degrees at the race start, and a cool breeze during the race, which was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 5480 with proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association.
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RALEIGH, NC — Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & ½ Marathon has announced The ALS Association North Carolina Chapter, a non-profit committed to curing ALS and helping ALS patients and caregivers, as featured charity of the race. The 4th annual Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & ½ Marathon returns the weekend of April 1 – 2 and will debut a new start and finish line.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC — Chris Bailey of Charleston was the overall winner of the Publix Hilton Head Island Marathon on Feb. 11, racing home in 2:45:12. David Adams of Bluffton, SC, was second in 2:47:59, and Arek Robinson of Woodfin, NC, was third in 2:50:05.
Who doesn’t want a little extra luck before an upcoming race, especially races measuring 26.2 miles? Meb Keflezighi, winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon, is making it his mission to spread the good running vibes and is offering runners a glimpse into his go-to race preparation products and advice. Good Luck Box launches the Meb Runs Boston Box so runners everywhere can partake in the luck.