By Stephen Prudhomme
Trolleys, buses, horse & carriages, walking, bicycles, there are as many ways to see Savannah as there are trees covered with Spanish moss or things bearing the name Oglethorpe, as in Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe, the founder of the colony who came up with the city design and its gridlike layout of squares and streets.
A Savannah man has come up with a new way to see the historic city, one that its most well-known movie character popularized.
Steve Prudhomme has started a running tour of Savannah's historic district. A runner and certified tour guide, Prudhomme takes his guests past some of the city's most beautiful homes and squares during a 90-minute tour. One of the most popular spots is Chippewa Square, where Forrest Gump sat on a bench and recounted his life story to a stranger while waiting on a bus. His tale included his cross country running odyssey. (The bench Forrest sat on was a Hollywood prop that is now in the Savannah History Museum.)
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TORONTO -- Team USA completed the country’s best Pan American Games performance in the sport of track & field since 1999, collecting 41 medals: 13 golds, 15 silvers and and 13 bronzes over seven days of competition at both CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium and along the Ontario Place West Channel.
The U.S. women showed their prowess for international games, winning 23 medals while Team USA’s men won 18. The U.S. crushed the scoring table with 403 points, outscoring home team Canada by 153 points. Brazil was third with 164 points.
By Chris Chavez, RunBlogRun
American Ben True hit the IAAF qualifying standard of 13:23 and officially punched his ticket for next month's World Championships in Beijing. True finished third in the field with a 13:06.15 performance. Dejen Gebremeskel won the race in 13:05.38.
ATLANTA – July 23, 2015 – In line with its goals of developing at least one male and one female Olympian by 2020, Atlanta Track Club has added middle distance runner Christy Cazzola to its elite team. Cazzola’s first appearance as a team member of Atlanta Track Club Elite will be at the Sir Walter Mile in Raleigh, North Carolina, on August 7.
By Nancy Clark
Have you been hearing stories that fats are better than carbs for fuel for endurance runners and triathletes? Maybe you have wondered if scientific research supports those stories?
To find the latest science, I attended the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). ACSM is an organization with more than 26,000 exercise physiologists, sports nutrition researchers, and sports medicine professionals—all of whom are eager to share both their research and extensive knowledge. At this year’s meeting in San Diego (May 2015), I was able to verify that carbohydrates are indeed, the preferred fuel for all athletes. The following information highlights some of the research on carbohydrates that might be of interest to hungry runners.
By Roy Stevenson, RunBlogRun.com
Irrepressible Nick Symmonds had a tough year in 2014. With an injured knee from the previous indoor track season plaguing his fitness last year, Symmonds didn't appear in any serious races to speak of, and consequently suffered from the usual lack of confidence that these injuries tend to instill in elite athletes.
By Ray Krolewicz
93 miles. That is how far I made it in The Great New York Running Exposition 100 mile. (Officially I got credit for a 100 kilometer finish.) I crashed at 92.5 miles, by 93 I was burned.
This was the fourth edition of this race, the brainchild of Phil McCarthy, current American record holder at 48 hours (254 miles) and multi time US National team member at 24 hours with a number of finishes beyond 150 miles. His vision to host a 100 miler encompassing the 4 land boroughs of New York City has grown during the past 4 years.
Source: Running USA
WICHITA, Kan. - – After experiencing 300% growth from 1990 to 2013, running event finishers in 2014 remains nearly consistent with the all-time record set in 2013. While the marathon and half marathon continue to grow, other distances declined. The snapshot below summarizes the key race numbers and statistics from 2014 and past years.
Defending champion Caleb Masland, 34, of Boone, NC, won the challenging Grandfather Mountain Marathon July 11 in 2:45.07.8. Women’s winner was Jill Smylie, 35, of Glasgow, Scotland, in 3:35:18.6.
The race starts in Boone and winds through mountainous roads to finish on the track at MacRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain during the Highland Games.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 27, 2015) – Little Rock Marathon race officials announced that registration will open at 10 a.m. CST on Aug. 17 for its 2016 event to be held March 5-6, 2016. The Little Rock Marathon Weekend is presented by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and benefits Little Rock Parks & Recreation.
A series of seven cross-country races will be held at Asheville, NC beginning July 30. Runners must compete in at least five of the races to be eligible for prizes.
The series, now in its seventh year, is being held by Foot RX through The Run 828 Foundation. Series participants will receive shirts, awards and an End of Series party. Register for the entire series or one race at a time.
INDIANAPOLIS – Forty youth track and field clubs will receive grants totaling $50,000 as part of the Mark Springer Travel Grant program, USATF announced.
Named after the former USATF Director of Grassroots Programs & Planning and originator of the program, the Mark Springer Youth Travel Grant Program offers travel assistance grants to eligible USATF youth clubs across the country. Since 2000, the grants have helped clubs offset expenses related to travel to USATF National Championships.
CLEVELAND, TN — Caleb Morgan, Lee University's head cross country and track and field coach, has recruited a veteran runner to become a key assistant for his rapidly expanding track programs.
Casey Price will give up his cross country and track coaching duties at Cleveland High School and join Morgan's staff at Lee. Price, who ran track at UT-Chattanooga, will continue to hold his teacher's position at Cleveland Middle School.