By DIANE LYONS/Founder and Coach/ShamRockers USA
I had watched the Miami Halloween Half Marathon from afar for the last few years. It seemed to offer a very unique course where the runner has the ability to run along the beach on the Atlantic Boardwalk. However, since autumn in Florida offers a heavy race calendar, I could never fit it into my schedule. This time, I made it.
As founder and coach of ShamRockersUSA, Inc., a very unique Teen Running and International Travel Club where kids aged 10 to 18 can learn to run half marathons around the world, teaching them the joys of long distance running is the greatest job on the planet! I have personally run over 50 races ~ local, national and international ~ and always keep an eye out for the details of each race. I am happy to offer my thoughts to the hard-working, usually under-appreciated, yet very important in the lives of runners -- race directors! Way to go, Matt Lorraine and team!
By Lena Hollmann
Another year, full of hope and possibilities, lies around the corner. For us runners, hope might be that our training will go smoothly, and there are always possibilities to beat last year’s seasonal bests -- or at least to not slow down, if you are a masters runner. New Years is therefore a great time to evaluate what is working and what is not with our training and racing, and maybe also to try something different!
Yes, something different. You are probably familiar with the saying that we cannot keep doing the same things and expect different results. This month I want to give you a few hints and suggestions for new things to try out in your training. Some will hopefully result in faster racing times, while others are mostly for fun.
By Brooke Nicholls Nelson
Claudis Hawkins danced and ran his way through life and straight into the hearts of everyone he met. Before his death at 93 last November, Hawkins was best known in the northeast Alabama area as a runner, but in his hometown of Rainbow City, he was known as an Astaire-caliber dance partner.
Yes, this tall, slender, effervescent nonagenarian could stride through a 5K course and cut a rug with the best of them. The often repeated adjective when describing Hawkins is “inspiring.”
Hawkins’ presence on the local running scene has been missed, but at no race more so than the recent Woodstock 5K, Anniston Runners Club’s signature event and the 2011 Road Runners Club of America’s (RRCA) National 5K Championship in Anniston, AL.
Win Gold, Silver, and Bronze Individual Medals and National Team Title
Altamonte Springs, FL – Thirty-two athletes from the Central Florida Gliders Cross Country team were among more than 1100 young competitors at the 2011 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Cross Country Championship held December 3 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Central Florida. Gliders were awarded a team gold medal; gold, silver, and bronze medals for individual performances; and 11 other individual medals for placing in the top 25 of age group competitions.
“Our athletes put in a lot of work this season and the AAU championship is a positive reinforcement for their commitment to cross country training,” said Gliders Cross Country Coach Mark Robinson. “Winning national titles is nothing new for this team as half of them were also on the Midget (ages 11-12) and Bantam (ages 9-10) championship teams in 2009 and 2007, respectively," says Coach Robinson.