Arlington, VA – On March 14, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Road Runners Club of America met in session in Memphis, TN and adopted the first ever Race Director Code of Ethics during the course of the board meeting.
The RRCA: Race Director Code of Ethics outlines the expected standards of conduct of any person or group of people that conduct a running event, road race, trail race, or other similar type of event that is either for profit or nonprofit and where individuals pay a fee to participate in the organized running event.
One of the primary goals of the RRCA is to promote a standard of conduct for all RRCA members producing running events. For many years, the RRCA has promoted the Guidelines for Safe Events, which all club and event directors joining the RRCA must agree to follow. The Race Director Code of Ethics, coupled with the RRCA Guidelines for Safe Events, provides a clear set of guidelines for all club and event members of the RRCA.
By Mary Marcia Brown
From the sixth floor gym of the Gables Midtown building in Georgia, I stolidly stared through the wind breaking windows, absorbing the Atlanta skyline through the cuttingly cold air conducive to my day’s indoor treadmill run. For the last couple miles of my run, I was not alone. The steady pace of a runner to my right provided the rhythm atop the roaring revolving belt that did not go unnoticed even as I completed my run and resorted to my religious regimen of stretching my hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and calves.
By KRISTY ALTMAN, Managing Director, Knoxville Track Club
The Knoxville Track & Field Club (KTC) celebrates 50 years of running and life in the Knoxville, TN, community. The KTC was founded in 1962 by eight charter members: Dr. Ben Plotnicki, Charlie Durham, Hal Canfield, Jerry Wrinkle, Sam Venable, Charles Lobetti, Coppley Vickers, and B. E. Sharp. In the early years, practice was held three evenings a week on the old East High School track and invited athletes were asked to try out for the KTC team.
America's fastest growing distance reaches record levels again; Göteborg regains world's largest 13.1 mile road race title
Running USA wire
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Running USA's third annual Half-Marathon Report shows that the 13.1 mile distance had another year of impressive growth, but like U.S. marathons in 2011, the growth rate wasn't as large as recent years. Last year, U.S. half-marathons had an estimated 1.6 million finishers (a new high), an impressive 16.2% increase from 2010 (1,385,000 to 1,610,000), but lower than the historic 24% rise in both 2009 and 2010. Also, in the same 870 U.S. half-marathons for 2010 vs. 2011, there was a 6.4% finisher increase (1,264,907 vs. 1,346,280).
Mwei, Marchant half-marathon winners; US Road Sports & Entertainment Group announces 3-year extension with Publix as title sponsor
By Jason Brown, US Road Sports
Running USA wire
ATLANTA - A field of more than 15,000 registered runners hit the streets of Atlanta for the Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon on Sunday morning. Justin Gillette, of Goshen, Ind., won the marathon in 2 hours, 32 minutes, 43 seconds, while Jill Horst, of Rome, Ga., claimed the women's crown in 3:00:52.
"I was able to catch up to the leader around mile 16 mile and at the 22 mile mark I made my move," Gillette recounted after winning his first Publix Georgia Marathon. "The [spectators] cheering along mile 22 really propelled me to do what it took to win. I liked the course and you could tell the organizers did a tremendous job preparing for this race."
Cherobon-Bawcom, women's national champion, wins Equalizer Bonus; Team USA Minnesota, adidas McMillanElite team titlists
By Katie Landry, USATF
Running USA Wire
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - At the USA 15K Championships hosted by the 35th Gate River Run, Mo Trafeh (Duarte, Calif.) and Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (Rome, Ga.) dominated the men's and women's fields Saturday morning.
Trafeh ran 43 minutes, 23 seconds to win his third straight USA 15K title, while Cherobon-Bawcom clocked 49:41 to win her first 15K crown. The national championships were hosted for the 19th time by the Gate River Run, the country's largest 15K with more than 16,300 finishers. In addition to the $60,000 individual prize structure, the event featured a gender competition in the form of a $5000 Equalizer Bonus as well as a $20,000 team competition, the TenBroeck Cup.
Courtesy Little Rock Marathon Media
Little Rock, Ark. – For the fourth year in a row, Leah Thorvilson is the female winner of the Little Rock Marathon with a personal best time of 2:37:26. The 33-year-old Little Rock native said, “this is such a special day. I am just so proud.”
Thorvilson, who failed to make the Olympic team this year, said she hopes she can still represent the United States at the World Games or the Pan Am Games. “I am so inspired by the women on the Olympic Team. I’m a little older, and I’ve never run this fast before. I think I’m going to keep chasing it."
Biwott, Trana win ½ marathon; sold-out 3rd edition welcomes 22,000-plus under perfect running conditions
Running USA wire
By Amana Miyamae, Competitor Group
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Among the more than 22,000 runners in the 3rd Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon benefiting the American Cancer Society, it was former University of Oregon standout Shadrack Biwott who stood out amongst the crowd on Sunday morning.
Running solo along historic St. Charles Avenue, the 27-year-old Biwott was losing steam in the men's half marathon. He had maintained a dominant lead since the start, but had no one to push him for much of the race.
As he reversed direction on St. Charles Avenue, the other side of the street was lined with thousands of runners who spotted Biwott and began to cheer loudly for him--cheering that would continue for well over a mile.
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?