By Carolyn Mather, R.N., PhD.
After seeing the fall marathon results and preparing to go to New York City for the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon, I thought I would spotlight the ladies you should keep on your radar as we approach the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles in a little over a year. There should be a number of contenders for the 2016 Olympic team.
First and at the top of her game, Shalane Flanagan did not win Boston or get the American record in Berlin but she has PR'd twice (2:22:02 and 2:21:22). If she stays healthy she should be on the team again without a problem. Flanagan is a very strong and focused woman and although I suspect she will make a try for victory in Boston next spring, that should not deter her from securing a spot on the 2016 team. She is the best American out there.
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Source: Atlanta Track Club
Olympian will lead expansion of training programs at all levels
ATLANTA - Following through on its commitment to build new centralized training programs to meet the needs of its 21,000 beginner, committed and elite members, Atlanta Track Club announced today that it has hired Amy Begley, a 2008 US Olympian, as the first full-time head coach in the Club’s 50-year history.
Birmingham runners took top honors at the Magic City Half Marathon held on Nov. 23 in Birmingham, AL. Owen Bradley, 35, led the way in a time of 1:17:20 with Jason Miller, 23, taking second in 1:18:05, and Jared Carlson, 27, third in 1:20:45. Miller and Carlson also live in Birmingham. Fourth place went to 42-year-old Ken Stoltzfus of Hoover, AL, running 1:21:21 and Justin Bynum, 23, rounded out the top five in 1:22:14.
By: Nancy Clark MS, RD
Some of my clients seem jealous of their teammates. “They eat twice as much as I do and they are skinny as a rail. I just smell cookies and I gain weight,” spouted one collegiate runner. She seemed miffed that she couldn't eat as much as her peers—and she couldn't understand why. They all ran the same mileage, did the same workouts, and were similar in body size. Life seemed so unfair!
By Barbara Latta
(Barbara, a member of the North Carolina Road Runners, will celebrate 31 years of daily running in December. “My morning run is such a habit, I cannot break it. I really enjoy my mornings outside with nature and the fresh air with the song of the birds,” she said. This is her report on running the City of Oaks Half Marathon held Nov. 2 in Raleigh, NC.)
Brad Broyles and I have been pacers for the City of Oaks Half Marathon for four years. Every time we do this I believe we do a better job and enjoy it more. This 2014 year was the very best.
Detroit & Flint also named
Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is pleased to announce additional Runner Friendly Community® designations for 2014, which include: Lakeland, Florida, plus Detroit and Flint, Michigan.
These communities have shown that they meet the program’s criteria, which includes community infrastructure, community support, and local government support for running. Each community has shown they have an infrastructure that can foster physical activity in a safe environment. They have a proven track record that organizations and businesses work together to promote running as a healthy exercise and sport. With the most important criteria being, there are positive relationships between the running community and local government.
RICHMOND, VA – Ben Zywicki, 26, of Louisville, Colorado, won the 2014 Anthem Richmond Marathon in a time of 2:18:35, becoming the first American man to win the race since Michael Harrison in 2000. Waynishet Abebe, a 27-year-old Ethiopian, was the first female to cross the finish line, clocking in at 2:39:26.
In the American Family Fitness Half Marathon, Habtamu Wegi of Ethiopia edged out Rachid Ezzouniou of Morocco at the finish to win the men’s title. Wegi finished in 1:05:38, narrowly besting Ezzouniou’s time of 1:05:39. The women’s race also saw an exciting finish, with Lilian Mariita of Kenya taking first with a time of 1:14:29, just ahead of Sophy Jepchirchir, also of Kenya, who finished in 1:15:05.
Running USA wire
By: Scott Bush for USATF
Arizona standout Shrader wins men's title, Huddle defends in women's race at .US National 12K Championships in Arlington
INDIANAPOLIS – A furious early pace by Olympian Molly Huddle split the pack early, while a tenacious finish by Brian Shrader put a gap on the field late, but the end result was the same, as both took home top prize Sunday morning at the .US National 12K in Alexandria, Virginia.
Race Series Registration Increase December 31
(Louisville, Kentucky) The Louisville Triple Crown of RunningSM, presented by Novo Nordisk, announces that the first event in the 3-race series, the Anthem 5K Fitness Classic, has moved its course back to the downtown area and will start on Brook Street and finish on Main Street near Louisville Slugger Field. “We are thrilled to be back downtown in 2015”, said Bruce Richmond, Anthem 5K race director. “Even though the ongoing construction has disrupted our established course, the one we have laid out is flat and may actually produce faster times”. Below is a map and description of the exciting new 5K course.
5,000 Runners to Enjoy Miles of Waterfront Views on December 7
MIAMI – The Eau Palm Beach Marathon & Run Fest presented by Publix will begin its second decade as Palm Beach County’s most popular running event when it returns to the streets of Downtown West Palm Beach and Lake Worth December 7.
15 Bands confirmed for Feb. 8th Sarasota Music Half Marathon
SARASOTA, Fla., …Sarasota will be getting its first-ever, citywide moving music festival on Feb. 8, 2015, when 15 local bands converge on the race course for the Sarasota Music Half Marathon. From high school marching bands to rock, country, soul and hip hop, participants and spectators will be entertained from start to finish.
Applications For 2015 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk Lottery To Be Accepted Between Monday, December 1
2015 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Official Race T-shirt Unveiled And Social Runner Contest Winners Announced At Fall Kickoff Reception
Washington, DC: With the opening of the entry lottery period just days away, organizers of the 43rd running of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk, known as “the Runner’s Rite of Spring®” in the Nation’s Capital, have established the following lottery entry procedures for entry into the April 12, 2015 event:
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Source: Marine Corps Marathon
189 runners awarded MCM Event Series Distinguished Participants Medal
QUANTICO, Va. - Capturing his second consecutive win, Stephen Harrison led 978 runners to the finish of the Turkey Trot 10K on Marine Corps Base Quantico today during the cold, crisp autumn morning. Harrison, 26, easily defended his title, winning the Turkey Trot 10K with a five-minute lead over the field of participants hailing from 19 states and Washington, D.C. Harrison completed this year's Turkey Trot in 33:56, just shy of his win last year at 32 minutes, 26 seconds.