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April 2011

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Running USA Annual Half-Marathon Report

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04/25/2011 - 16:59
Date: 
04/25/2011 - 16:59

America's favorite road race distance shows another year of phenomenal growth as women and the Rock 'n' Roll Series lead the charge; record 25 U.S. half-marathons with 10,000 or more finishers; Bupa Great North Run world's largest

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - If marathon mania exists, then, the half-marathon has reached hyper-mania. Last year, according to Running USA, U.S. half-marathons continued their upward trajectory as the "leader of the pack" repeated its phenomenal 24% growth rate, from approximately 1.1 million finishers in 2009 to nearly 1.4 million finishers in 2010, a record annual increase for the distance. In the same 733 U.S. half-marathons for 2009 vs. 2010, there was a 17.24% finisher increase (975,409 vs. 1,143,551).

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04/19/2011 - 04:59

Men's champion produces fastest marathon ever; Davila women's runner-up and Hall fastest American all-time under near perfect racing conditions on historic point-to-point, downhill course

By Jim Gerweck, Running USA wire

BOSTON - The 115th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday turned out to be one of the record books - it just depends on which ones you want to rewrite.

Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai, 29, ran the fastest marathon in history - 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds - a time 57-seconds faster than the world record set by Haile Gebrselassie at Berlin in 2008 and an almost incomprehensible three minutes better than Robert Kiprono Cheryuoit's course record of 2:05:52, which was deemed virtually untouchable when he set it last year.

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04/18/2011 - 15:47

BROOKLYN, NY –Tough Mudder, Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet, announced today its “World’s Toughest Mudder” competition, a 24-hour, non-stop endurance challenge that will award one man and one woman the title of “World’s Toughest Mudder.” The event will take place at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ, during the weekend of December 17-18, 2011, starting at 10:00 a.m. EST on Saturday.

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04/18/2011 - 05:09

Atlanta, Georgia – The Barefoot Runners Society (BRS) has announced its inaugural International Barefoot Running Day (IBRD) to take place on May 1, 2011, all around the world. The event is a grassroots, inclusive effort meant to promote barefoot running as a healthy and viable way to run. The organizers seek also to create a fun event where anyone can enjoy running barefoot with thousands of people worldwide on the same day.

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Olympic Marathon countdown continues

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04/12/2011 - 17:32
Date: 
04/12/2011 - 17:32

(From the Houston Marathon Committee newsletter)

The Houston Marathon Committee and USA Track & Field are making improvements to the proposed course for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon to be held Jan. 14, 2012 in Houston.

"We received feedback and comments from numerous athletes who competed in the recent USA Half Marathon Championships and we have modified the route to minimize the out-and-backs," said Brant Kotch, president and race director of the Houston Marathon Committee. "The improved route is as runner- and spectator-friendly as possible, and we believe the Olympic Trials participants will be very happy with it.

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Date: 
04/06/2011 - 18:04

By Lena Hollmann

Hollman,_Lena.jpg__.jpgOnce upon a time I was a marathon runner. It was back in the 1980s, when I was in my 30s and could shoot for a PR in several of the marathons that I entered. I would run up to 70 miles per week, and my running was my life. But as I grew older, it became increasingly difficult to keep up with my marathon training, both in terms of quantity and quality. I decided to give up marathons in my early 40s, after running them twice a year or more for several years. Instead I concentrated on shorter races, primarily 5Ks. And I could actually have a life outside of work and running!

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04/05/2011 - 16:39

linz.jpgA pending world record for the 100 x 5K relay was set March 27 by the Charlotte (NC) Running Club with a time of 30:56:49, which is less than 19 minutes per 5K. The record is pending approval as a Guinness World Record, said Ben Hovis, director of competition for the club

All runners were members of the Charlotte Running Club and ranged in age from 14-59 with each of the 100 members running a 5K. Weather conditions were unfavorable with rain for much of the event, which was held at Providence Day School..

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04/04/2011 - 16:54

Saucony-Step-Into-Minimalism-Event.jpgFor certain, thousands of runners in this year’s Boston Marathon will be running in minimalist footwear and a few will be barefoot altogether. Without a doubt the minimalist trend has stirred quite a fascination and wide debate among runners everywhere. But is it for YOU?

Join Saucony and an all-star panel of experts, including Dr. Jack Daniels, “world’s greatest coach,” as they share their insights and advice on how runners everywhere can integrate minimalist running into their training program−safely and responsibly.

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Date: 
04/02/2011 - 19:39

Running USA wire
New, third wave for more orderly start and implementation will not increase field size of 2011 race; also timing and scoring device affixed to each official entrant's bib debuts

HOPKINTON, Mass. - The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) will employ a third wave for the start of the 2011 Boston Marathon, creating a more efficient and improved running experience for participants in the 115th edition of the world's oldest, most prestigious and historic annual marathon. This year's race will be held on Monday, April 18: Patriots' Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Working in cooperation with the Town of Hopkinton and the Hopkinton Marathon Committee, the B.A.A. will institute three waves of mass participatory starters. Each wave will include approximately 9,000 official entrants, and each wave will be identified by its background bib color in a coordinated, patriotic color scheme: Wave One (red bibs), Wave Two (white bibs) and Wave Three (blue bibs).

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