Kayla Montgomery, 18, doesn't let multiple sclerosis (MS) slow her down even though her legs become numb during her races.
The senior at Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, NC, won the state 3200-meter title in 10:43. She will compete March 14 at the national indoor track championships in New York in the 5,000 meters.
She gradually loses sensation in her legs during races, collapsing at the of the runs and has to be caught before she falls.
It is unknown if her illness will worsen, thus she is pushing to do all she can now in running. She will attend Lipscomb University this fall in Nashville, TN.
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Ethan Coffey and Emily Harrison took down the men’s and women’s records at the 50 km Road Championships at Caumsett State Park on Long Island, N.Y., Saturday.
Ethan Coffey (Knoxville, Tenn.) was the overall winner, setting a course record of 2:53:32.78 as he upset the previous record holder Michael Wardian (Arlington, Va.), a four-time 50 km champion. Wardian finished in 2:59:31.69 for second.
The 2014 NYC Half, to be held on Sunday, March 16, will feature two of the world’s top half-marathon fields of 2014. A marquee group of male and female international and American distance-running stars was announced by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.
John Hancock Elite Athlete Team changes announced for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014.
Additions to the elite men's field include U.S. Olympians Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman and Kenyan elite Mathew Bowen. Withdrawals to the elite men's field include Kenyan elite Moses Mosop, U.S. Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein and Australian Olympian Jeffrey Hunt.
Mark Chepses of Kenya won the Little Rock Marathon for the fourth-consecutive year on Sunday, while hometown favorite Leah Thorvilson broke the tape for the fifth time.
“It was very cold,” said Chepses, who won in 2:25:45.
“I’m so happy to be done,” said Thorvilson, delighted with a winning time of 2:42:41, her second-fastest here. “These are the ickiest conditions I’ve ever raced in.”
Running USA wire
Source: USA Running Circuit
Elite field for USA 15K Championship includes five Olympians, four past race champions, and many major road racing names
The 37th running of the GATE River Run 15K, host of the USA 15K Championship on Saturday, Mar. 15 is shaping up with another record year for participation, and the men’s and women’s elite fields are on pace to be among the strongest ever.
First major sponsor of BBTM campaign to elevate, celebrate iconic distance
Bring Back the Mile, the national campaign to elevate and celebrate the iconic distance, has announced HOKA ONE ONE as a BBTM sponsor. HOKA ONE ONE, with its revolutionary shoe design, is expanding beyond the ultra and trail running market.
“We heartily welcome HOKA ONE ONE as our first major Bring Back the Mile sponsor,” said BBTM Founder Ryan Lamppa. “We are excited about this partnership as together we share a common vision and passion for the Mile and for celebrating the sport and athletes of all abilities. Go Mile!”
The top five finishers of the Feb. 23 Sentara Colonial Half Marathon at Williamsburg, VA, were Ayele Kassaye of Ethiopia, overall winner in 1:10:36, followed by Richard Morris of Burkeville, VA, in 1:11:03. Then, Baisa Moleta of Ethiopia(1:13:35), Adam Otstot of Williamsburg (1:13:43), and Gregory Mariano of Alexandria (1:14:26).
Manatee (FL) High School Cross Country and Track Coach Rae Ann Darling Reed was the women's masters winner at the Gasparilla Distance Classic 8K in Tampa on Sunday, Feb. 23. She was the eighth overall female in 34:50. This is just four weeks after Darling Reed ran 3:26:26 to win masters at the inaugural Celebration Marathon.
March means the first day of spring and longer daylight hours for running.
The first day of spring is March 20.
If you read this before March 9, be sure to set your clock one hour ahead on Saturday night, March 8.
But back to that first day of spring:
Great idea for breakfast-on-the-run:
Raspberry Baked Oatmeal to Go.
Not only is this "pre-baked" recipe a great idea for when you oversleep, it's also a great idea for runners anytime. You can even eat these while running.
Bake 'em, put in the freezer, defrost in microwave when you want them.
Warning: It's doubtful these will last very long
By Richard Ferguson, Ph.D
We have all had those special races when we felt great, our running was effortless, and we were totally into the race itself. Such performances happen from time to time and when they do, we savor them, yet often pose the question, “why can’t I run like that in all my races?” It may not be totally realistic to expect fabulous races every time out, but wouldn’t it be great if we could somehow increase the likelihood of peak performances occurring, or in other words, increase the odds of having more great races in the future? Quite possibly, we can increase the likelihood of peak performances by better understanding the mental factors that underlie peak performances.