BOSTON – On a picture perfect summer day, Massachusetts native Shalane Flanagan cruised to an American record at the sixth annual B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital. Preparing for the Olympic Marathon later this summer, Flanagan motored her way to a time of 30:52, shattering both the national and event records. For the men, Daniel Chebii of Kenya won his American road racing debut in 27:55. In total, 7,805 participants finished this year's B.A.A. 10K, the largest in event history. The B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital, is an IAAF Bronze Label road race.
"There's just nothing better than hearing the chants of 'Go USA!'" said Flanagan, describing what it meant to set an American record in her home city. "There's just nothing better than running at home before we go and represent our country in Rio.
"Doing it here, on my own streets, my town, my home, today is a day for sure I will remember for a really long time," she continued. "I've had a lot of great highlights in my career, but today will be certainly one of them."
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Kate Murphy - Women’s 3000m winner: “I just love going out there on the track and having fun and working hard. It’s always fun coming out here and competing against the elite girls and getting to connect with them.”
Vincent Crisp - Men’s 800m winner: “I was just thinking that this could possibly be my last race so I tried my all to go get them. I was running 1:49 at the end of this season [collegiate] so 1:46 and new stadium record in one of the biggest meets in the country is amazing.”
America’s largest road race is in the South — the AJC Peachtree Road Race, which had 54,752 finishers last year.
Do you know which race was the second largest in the South last year? It was the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, SC, which had 27,323 finishers in 2015, which was good for eighth place nationally.
Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K was the third largest southern race last year with 25,540 finishers..
ATLANTA — Atlanta Track Club and PNC Bank, N.A., have announced a multi-year extension of the official bank sponsorship.
The agreement designates PNC Bank as the exclusive and official bank for all of Atlanta Track Club’s business units through 2020. This extends the relationship that began in 2013.
“Much like Atlanta Track Club, PNC is invested in our community,” said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s executive director. “This extension will allow for a meaningful connection to our members and participants in the Atlanta metro area and beyond.”
The adidas Boost Boston Games started with a bang Friday night at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, as prepster Kate Murphy ran the third-fastest HS 1500m of all time to highlight the action.
Murphy (Burke, Virginia) wrote her name down in the history books Friday, cruising to the adidas Dream 1500m victory in 4:07.21, easily recording a new personal best. Murphy led from the gun and never looked back, winning decisively by nearly seven seconds.
By Ray Krolewicz
I imagine that a person running with his back to traffic and earbuds in, with music so loud it is audible to a runner on the other side of the road (facing traffic), at five in the morning NEEDS 5 flashing green lights about himself. That was the situation I observed on a recent run. The man had lights strapped to each bicep, around his waist and on each leg about the knee. I wondered if those at the knees served double duty as knee stabilizers that some runners wear. I believe he also had some reflective material on the warmups (sweats) he was wearing.
By Lena Hollmann
Non-runners have always viewed us runners as a little odd and crazy. Maybe more so decades ago than today, because running has now become more of a mainstream sport. I still remember the party I went to in the late 1970s, where somebody looked at my dress shoes and asked me if I wore those shoes when running. Or did I maybe have other ‘special’ shoes that I used when going for a run? I have also been asked whether I run in the rain and during the winter, several times.
ATLANTA – – A rematch of the closest finish in the history of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, the best women’s marathon runners in the world and a U.S. Olympian coached by a Peachtree champion headline the elite fields at the 47th AJC Peachtree Road Race on July 4 in Atlanta.
In the closing meters of last year’s race, Ben Payne (Colorado Springs, CO), pumped his fist to celebrate what appeared to be an inevitable win only to be chased down by Scott Overall (Great Britain). The image of the British distance star leaning at the line to break the tape and steal the victory from the U.S. Air Force pilot was seen around the world.
By Jeff Benjamin
Analyze, compartmentalize, and keep setting goals. Even today, these seem to be the ideas and concepts that drive Frank Shorter. In 1976, the American Olympic champion from 4 years earlier in Munich had trained better than ever before and looked to be in fantastic shape to become the second Olympian behind Abebe Bikila to win back to back Olympic Marathons.
RALEIGH, NC — Brayden Burleigh of Midlothian, VA, set a course record at the Raleigh Run Down on June 17, finishing in 3:56.57 in the downhill mile. The top three finishers were all under four minutes with Blake Williams of Durham, NC, second in 3:56.93 and Josh Helton of Franklin, TN, third in 3:57.61.
On Thursday, June 30 there will be 1,300 participants (U.S. paratroopers, their spouses and children of the 82nd Airborne Division, 2-505 Parachute Infantry Regiment) who will take part in a 5K Freedom Run at Fort Bragg, NC, to support service members and families at Fort Bragg.
BILOXI, MS — The first Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon is being planned for Dec. 11 in Pass Christian. The marathon will finish in Biloxi. Meanwhile, a companion half marathon would be held at Gulfport.
BRADENTON, FL — The Hernando DeSoto Historical Society is planning a half marathon for Bradenton on Oct. 15 which they want to make into a significant event.
The half marathon will run along the Manatee River. Race director is Stacey Romano.