(Comment by Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com: The Atlanta Track Club is in the midst of monumental changes within their organization. Their long term sponsorship agreement with the Mizuno brand was announced less than three months ago. The appointment of Amy Begley, who many remember for her gutty run in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials 10,000 meters, as head coach of the Atlanta Track Club was their next announcement. In this interview, Carolyn Mather, a long time journalist for Running Journal and Racing South, provided RunBlogRun with this interview.)
By Carolyn Mather
I have known Amy Begley for a number of years and at one time attempted to recruit her to the Atlanta Track Club Competitive Team. Now she returns to Atlanta as the head coach of the Atlanta Track Club. Amy, a 15-time All-American and two-time NCAA national champion while competing for the University of Arkansas, made the 2008 Olympic team at 10,000 meters with a dramatic last lap, racing the clock to beat the required "A" time standard for inclusion. In 2009 she ran a personal best 31:13.78., making her the eighth-fastest American woman in history. She finished her professional career with six national titles.
Amy is excited about her new position as head coach and has stated that "I believe in the organization's mission of improving health and wellness through running.
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By Mary Margaret McEachern
Shortly before Christmas, I awoke to the extremely upsetting news that the University of North Carolina Wilmington (“UNCW”) has decided to end all of its running programs except women’s cross country.
The announcement came from Athletic Director Jimmy Bass at the worst conceivable time – on the eve of final semester exams for student-athletes who were shocked to hear the fate of their futures. Bass named, as reasons for ending the programs, gender quota requirements, lack of funding, and inadequate facilities. These reasons are not legitimate, especially in light the extreme success of UNCW’s running programs!
By Dave Hunter
Since we are already well into January and before most of our well-intentioned earlier-avowed resolutions for 2015 have all been broken, now is a good time to pause and offer some new year's wishes for American track & field. There are dozens of well-grounded hopes we could present. Here are 10 for consideration:
Enhanced Novelty In Event Presentation. There are moments when track & field can step out of its often-stodgy mold and be fresh and innovative.
Ethan Coffey of Knoxville and Ashley Casavant of Nashville proved they were “Tennesssee tough” on Saturday as they won the Charleston Marathon in Charleston, SC.
Coffey, 31, finished in 2:34:17 as the overall winner. Casavant, 27, won the female division in 2:58:53.
Patrick Hearn was second overall in 2:35:56, followed by Brent Fields in 2:46:13. Second place woman was Beth Dollas in 3:09:20, followed by Jennifer Helmer in 3:18:04.
Yancey Ream was the first master in 3:04:55, followed by Mike Crisp in 3:07:41 and Brad Harvey in 3:09:24. Top female master was Jennifer McClure in 3:22:38 followed by Elizabeth Cottone in 3:26:41 and Mary Flaws in 3:28:38.
Near-perfect conditions yielded speedy performances Sunday at the 43rd Chevron Houston Marathon as Yebrgual Arage ran the second fastest time ever by a woman at Houston and Birhanu Gedefa outkicked Gebo Burka to take the men's race. It was the seventh straight sweep of the titles by Ethiopia.
Application for entry to the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon can be found at tcsnycmarathon.org. The application window for both guaranteed and non-guaranteed entry will remain open through February 15. The race, which is the premier event of New York Road Runners and the largest marathon in the world, will take place on Sunday, November 1.
The Quarry Crusher Run at Columbia, SC, to be held April 18 at 8 a.m., is the only race of its kind in the southeast.
This once-in-a-lifetime look inside a magnificent landscape that is prohibited to the general public will leave a lasting memory in addition to the aching of your muscles and bones.
The approximately 3.72-mile route starts and finishes near the Olympia-Granby Mills in the Olympia Village, but it grows each year as the quarry gets deeper.
• Smash Mouth to Headline Concert at Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon
• Multiplatinum rock band will headline an outdoor concert at Red Hat Amphitheater
• 2015 race set for the weekend of April 10-12, featuring a revamped marathon course
• Event benefits The V Foundation for Cancer Research; Registration open at RunRocknRoll.com
The Marine Corps Half Marathon returns to Camp Lejeune, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 AM.
The Marine Corps Half Marathon is a part of the 2015 USAA Grand Prix Series. Run shoulder to run shoulder to shoulder with America’s frontline … U.S. Marines.
Marines pride themselves on physical fitness and mission readiness. The Marine Corps Half Marathon definitely will test runners’ stamina and endurance and is the oldest continuing running Marine Corps Half Marathon in the east.
The Sixth Annual Valentine's 5k & Couples division race at Denver, NC, Feb 21 at Lake Norman, will have an Olympic flavor and world class feel. Participating will be two-time Olympian (2004,& 2008) Anthony Famiglietti, who ran the fastest time by any American in the 5k on USA soil with 13:11. He also competed in the steeplechase as the number one seeded American in both Olympics.
Registrations for the inaugural Sarasota (FL) Music Half Marathon, Sarasota’s first-ever 13.1 Mile Moving Party, are close to the 2,000 cap.
“We set a cap of 2,000 registered runners for the first-year race to insure a high-quality event for participants, spectators and residents,” said John Korff, lead organizer with local business partners Molly Jackson and Tony Driscoll.
The 18th Annual MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon will deliver another music-filled, high-energy weekend! Myrtle Beach's first and longest running major endurance event has 17 entertainers scheduled throughout 14 various locations.
By Larry Eder
Dave Dombrow is the VP of Design for Footwear & Accessories at Under Armour. The Shoe Addicts New Service is a new series from The Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of The Running Network & RunBlogRun.
The Shoe Addicts travelled to The Running Event (TRE 14) and interviewed key players in the industry and new players in the industry.