By Ed Hardee, Amelia Island Runners
(Editor’s note: Ed Hardee is newsletter editor of Amelia Island Runners in Florida and has been named as the winner of the RRCA’s “Club Writer of the Year” award. This story was published in the club’s newsletter and is an excellent example of why Hardee was selected for the RRCA honor.)
Life has its little ups and downs, the noted philosopher Jerry Lee Lewis once intoned. When you’re tallying things on the positive side of life’s ledger, high on the list should be: running buddies.
40th Running of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run Highlights Important Luminaries in the Event’s History
[From modest start in 1973, Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run has become the Runner’s Rite of Spring® in our nation’s capital, attracting participants from all 50 states and five countries to this year’s event.
Washington, DC: Bethesda, Maryland runner Ben Beach was one of 141 finishers in the inaugural Cherry Blossom Run in 1973. He has since completed all 39 editions of the race, and is on track to bring his total Cherry Blossom racing miles to 400 when he lines up on the starting line of the 40th running of the event on April 1, 2012. Who better to offer a bit of perspective on what the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk means to the expected 15,000 participants in this year’s events?
With a finish time of 2:31:56, Charles (Charlie) Futrell, 91, of The Villages, FL, became the oldest male known to finish a USA Triathlon sanctioned duathlon Feb. 25 at the Florida Duathlon Festival in Groveland, FL, at Lake David Park. USA Triathlon is the sanctioning body for triathlons and duathlons in the USA.
Futrell participated in the sprint distance event of the Florida Duathlon Festival, competing in a 5K run, 10 mile bike, and one mile run.
Kevin Grogan, 39, of Minneola, FL, was the overall sprint distance winner in 54:32. Kayla Pratt, 17, of West Palm Beach, FL, won the female sprint division in 1:04:44.
Two other races were held:
Long Course event, which consisted of a 5K run, 35K bike, ending with another 5K run: Owen Scott, 32, of Jacksonville, FL, was the winner in 1:27:35. Kim Loeffler, 50, of Colchester, NY, was the women's victor in 1:39:21.
Family Fitness 5K: Jaelin Funk, 19, of Celebration, FL, was the winner in 20:17. Becky Noel, 37, of Clermont, FL, was the female winner in 32:51.
The Brooks Inspiring Coaches program is in its second year. The idea is simple, the program is brilliant. Nominate your high school cross country or track coach (Brooks Inspiring Coaches), tell Brooks what the coach means to you, and why they deserve to be one of Brooks Top Ten finalists, and you are set.
Cross Country & Track Coaches work with 1.4 million high school boys and girls, 46 weeks a year, six days a week, two hours, fifteen minutes an average session. With 350,000 athletes in cross country and just over a million-1,050,000 in indoor and outdoor track and field, the job of a cross country and track coach is long hours, and virtually no money.
But, it is not about the money.
By David Rose
Trail running is... the satisfaction of covering miles of beautiful backcountry unfettered by heavy gear ... the primal thrill of bounding over logs on a forested downhill trail ... an inspirational vista reached after a long climb. Backcountry running offers unequalled leg and lung conditioning, no crowds, no cars, no noise, no smog, no pavement. It's a perfect quick-wilderness-long-workout combination.
Some have called it a "revolution,” as people move away from pounding the pavement in cities and onto the dirt trails of the woods. It's one of the fastest growing sports today (yet still a small niche). It's easier on the knees and lungs (cleaner air).
The Road Runners Club of America, the oldest and largest distance running organization in the United States, is pleased to announce the 2012 RRCA Distance Running Hall of Fame Inductees and the 2011 National Running Award recipients. Since 1971, the RRCA has honored dedicated individuals for their outstanding service to the RRCA and the sport of distance running. The outstanding contributors to our sport will be honored at the upcoming RRCA National Running Awards Banquet and Ceremony on March 17, 2012, in Memphis, Tennessee. We encourage all RRCA members to join us for this event to celebrate these contributors to the running community. For more information on the awards and past recipients, please visit our National Running Awards page.
Stuart Moran of Arden, NC, won the BI-LO Myrtle Beach Marathon on Feb. 18. His winning time of 2:26:26 also broke the course record by more than two minutes. Jason Pyles of Charleston, WV, was second in 2:30:50 and Aaron Saft of Mill River, NC, third in 2:31:53.
Jennifer Adams of Hudsonville, MI, led the women in 2:53:09. Second place went to Anna Donlan of Waxhaw, NC, running 2:59:30. Zola (Budd ) Pieterse of Myrtle Beach was third in 3:00:14.
In the Dasani Half Marathon, 15-year-old Alana Hadley of Charlotte, NC, was the female winner in 1:16:43. Megan Deakins of Devan, PA, was second in 1:17:13 and Marissa Alberti of Long Branch, NJ, third in 1:23:17.
By Bruce Morrison, Publisher, Running Journal
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(Editor’s note: This fascinating story about a long-ago endurance athlete was published by www.SportingIntelligence.com in the United Kingdom. The story has resulted in a book to be published in April. We believe you will find the story about American Edward Payson Weston as interesting as we have. Information on how to order the book is at the bottom of this story.)
By Paul Marshall and Nick Harris
There was a time in the Victorian era when long distance races were staged in front of paying crowds of tens of thousands of people. That was when “professional pedestrianism” was in its heyday. And the greatest walker of that heyday – certainly the most flamboyant – was an American called Edward Payson Weston.
The one-stop website for the Mile and the national campaign includes high school state federation petition drive; Jim Ryun, Marty Liquori and others endorse effort to elevate, celebrate iconic distance
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After a successful splash launch, bringbackthemile.com has expanded its website with a state federation petition requesting that the Mile be brought back to the State Championship level as well as an opportunity for anyone and everyone to share photographs, videos or their written stories through the I Am the Mile sub-campaign. The website also features an ever expanding database of Mile news, history, trivia and athlete bios.