By Tracy Green
For some, running the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run would be a life accomplishment — a very big check on that bucket list. But for Cynthia Heady, this year’s WS100 was just the first step.
Heady was one of just five women attempting the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning this year, a challenge to complete the country’s four oldest 100 mile races in four months. Scattered across the country, they include Western States (California, June), Vermont (July), Leadville (Colorado, August) and Wasatch Front (Utah, September).
UPDATE: Unfortunately, Cynthia did not make the cut-off time at mile 85 at the Leadville event. She said she never felt ill but was having a lot of difficulty with her balance and was very wobbly. “I was prepared and I was ready. I really never expected not to finish."
Cynthia, at age 54, is no stranger to ultrarunning, but this was her first attempt at the Grand Slam.
"Western States is the whole reason I decided to do the Grand Slam," she said. Husband Todd completed the race in 1998, the same year Cynthia ran her first marathon. The next year, the duo went out for the annual Western States training run.
"I knew at that point I really want to do it," Cynthia said. But, you have to complete another 100 mile race to qualify for the lottery. She completed her first 100-miler in 2000, at the Arkansas Traveller.
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Superstar vocal group, Rascal Flatts will headline the 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon on Saturday, November 7, 2015. The band will perform for thousands of runners and spectators at the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series event powered by iHeartRadio at Forsyth Park. The finish line concert is free and open to the public.
By Scott Ludwig
My wife Cindy and I had the opportunity to knock two things off of our mutual Bucket List not long ago when we discovered Neil Young was going to be in concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. Once we found out, it was only a couple of days before flights were booked, reservations were made and concert tickets purchased. It was our first truly spontaneous vacation in all the years we’ve been married.
By Dave Hunter
Beijing, China — Earlier this summer, when Ryan Hill - newly-crowned national 5000 meter champion - appeared in the Hayward Field mixed zone after his unexpected victory, the first question tossed out by the press corps was, "Who are you?" The former North Carolina State graduate patiently rolled out a detailed reply for the media representatives, many of whom had frankly forgotten - or never really knew - that Hill had competed in 2013 World Championships in Moscow, advanced to the final, and finished a respectable 10th.
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun
Traveling in a city and in a language that is totally foreign to one's current existence, is always exciting. Here are my thoughts on my partners in travel, the taxi drivers in Beijing.
I arrived via bus at the Ken Tai Hotel on August 18. After getting my credential in quick fashion, I grabbed a taxi and headed to my hotel.
Not knowing Chinese at all, I found a volunteer who could write Chinese and understand my English, so he prepared a card for me, with English name of Hotel for me and Chinese language for taxi drivers.
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun
BEIJING — A strange and curious 10,000 meters. A pace where no one dropped early, as Yuka Takahashi, JPN, lead the 1000m in 3:13.74, 2000m in 6:27.87. Rei Ohara, Jpn, lead the 3000m in 9:40.47 as all of the contenders were together, with Vivian Cheruiyot, Gelete Burka, Molly Huddle, Shalane Flanagan and Emily Infeld were all there.
What, three Americans, are you delusional?
Nope, all three Americans were there, menacing as the race dawdled.
Rei OHara lead the 4000 meters in 12:54.99, and 5,000 meters in 16:11.99. I remember watching and saying to myself, " Oh, this is a perfect race for Molly Huddle."
By David Monti, @d9monti
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BEIJING -- The 15th IAAF World Championships in Athletics got off to a shocking start here as a plucky teenager from Eritrea, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, became the youngest-ever world marathon champion at 19 years-old.
By Larry Eder
BEIJING, CHINA — Mo Farah is at the top of his game now. Even with the media histrionics that he has dealt with this year, Mo can focus like few others and his ability to kick down the pace over the last 1200 meters is second to no one. His win tonight over Geoffrey Kamworor, who has his eyes set on a gold medal over 10,000 meters, was formidable.
NBC will broadcast unprecedented live coverage on air and online of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon on Saturday, February 13, 2016 beginning at 1 p.m. ET from Los Angeles, California, NBC Sports Group, the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Track & Field, and LA MARATHON LLC announced.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) – Defending Big South women’s cross country champion High Point University has been voted the favorite in the conference’s annual preseason poll by the league’s head coaches, the Conference office announced Tuesday. The Panthers topped Liberty by one point in the voting.
CHICAGO - The Bank of America Chicago Marathon will host the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team Trials - Marathon on the streets of Chicago on Sunday, October 11. America's top athletes will race in the event's professional elite wheelchair field to secure one of four spots on the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team.
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WASHINGTON, DC – The only triathlon held in Washington, DC is gearing up for its 10th annual event, and 15 triathletes have participated every year. Events DC Nation’s Triathlon To Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will take place on Sunday, September 13, 2015. Triathletes can register at NationsTri.com, with opportunities to join one of the many races-within-a-race challenges—ranging from military to congressional challenges.