By Marlene Atwood, USATF Southeast Representative
As the Southeast Region Representative for USA Track & Field (USATF), I am very excited about our organization and the many opportunities it has to offer athletes today.
USATF is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF offers one of the most comprehensive championships programs of any sport governing body in the United States. Thousands of athletes representing a wide range of ages and abilities compete annually in Association, Regional and National Championship events.
The USATF Southeast Region (encompassing the Associations of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia) is an active region offering opportunities to compete in association meets, as well as hosting regional and national meets. We’re active, we’re innovative and together we are growing the sport!
Sheryl Crow, Grammy award-winning artist, breaks 2 hours running first 13.1-mile race; Kiplagat, Thompson take ½ marathon; Rodney Atkins headlines evening concert; more than 30,000 runners at 13th edition
By Dan Cruz, Competitor Group
Running USA wire
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow joined more than 30,000 runners at the 2012 St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan. The first ambassador of the St. Jude Music Gives program, Crow ran the Nashville half-marathon in support of the New Hope Academy, finishing the 13.1-mile race in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 14 seconds.
INDIANAPOLIS – USA Track & Field’s board of directors has selected Max Siegel to serve as CEO, President and Chair Stephanie Hightower announced Monday.
The board voted unanimously to hire Siegel after two CEO searches that took place over the course of 16 months. He will become the fourth CEO in the organization’s history when he assumes his duties on May 1 as part of a two-year contract. Chief Operating Officer Mike McNees had served as interim CEO since September, 2010.
“The search for our next CEO was a process that we believe will fundamentally change USA Track & Field,” Hightower said. “It forced our board to put into focus what our greatest needs and priorities are. And in the end, it brought us an executive in Max Siegel who blends a knowledge of our sport and its political considerations with an impressive record of success in the broader sports and entertainment markets.”
Event to host 40-plus national half-marathon championship through 2015
MELBOURNE, Fla. - The State Farm Melbourne Music Marathon Weekend has announced that USA Track & Field, the national governing body for track and field, long distance running and race walking in the United States, has awarded the event a three-year extension as host of its annual USA Masters Championship Half Marathon.
Melbourne's ½ Marathon has served as the USA Masters Championship (40 and over) since 2009 and will continue to do so through 2015.
"It has been an honor and a privilege for our race and community to host a national title race, and we couldn't be more excited to continue doing so for the next few years," said Melbourne Music Marathon Weekend race founder Mitch Varnes. "Our partnership with USATF has been a mutually advantageous one, and we are very pleased by this announcement."
by Jon Gugala
The biggest character in 2012 Boston Marathon was not in the star-studded lineups in the men and women's races, but the starting and finishing temps. With a beginning of 77 degrees and an end at 84, gone were the favorable conditions of last year that saw the top two fastest men's marathons ever. University of Louisville alumnus Wesley Korir and 2011 Boston third-place finisher Sharon Cherop, both of Kenya, were the men's and women's champions.
Entering the race, it was Geoffrey Mutai, the 2011 Boston and New York City marathons winner and owner of the fastest time ever at the distance (2:03:02), that was the man kept squarely in the sights of his competitors. And he would instigate the break of a lead pack going into the Newton Hills at 17 miles, winnowing the group down to seven.
NASHVILLE, TENN - The Lady Speed Stick® Women's Half Marathon presented by Publix to benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America announced the City of Nashville's approval for a faster, flatter course for its third annual event on September 22, 2012.
According to Dawna Stone, founder of the Lady Speed Stick® Women's Half Marathon Series, "Nashville is a hilly town and we wanted to make some tweaks to our course to create an even better race-day experience for both our first-time participants and our experienced runners. Our new course eliminates the two largest hills and adds some great additional scenery and landmarks. I know our women runners will love it!"
By Tracy Harris
The number of marathons in the U.S. has risen nearly 70 percent in the past decade. Yet, some big cities still don't have big marathons. Louisville is one of those. Sure, it's not a major metropolitan area, but with a population of 1.3 million in the city limits and large bedroom communities outside the city, it holds its own.
The city has a big half marathon in April — the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon — with some 13,000 runners last year. The marathon held concurrently with the mini, though, only drew 2,000.
It's an oddity. Race directors have tried to encourage more marathons, although perhaps half-heartedly. For a race half the distance, runners still pay almost the same registration fee.
Still, race organizers must put time and effort into the full — certifying the course (it changed last year), finding volunteers, paying for police at intersections.
Julliah Tinega Repeats As Women’s Champion
WASHINGTON, DC – Another year, another event record set in the 40th running of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run on Sunday morning.
Allan Kiprono avenged a second-place finish in 2011 with his record time of 45 minutes, 15 seconds. He and fellow Kenyan Julliah Tinega dominated their respective races. Tinega, who earned her second consecutive title, won the women’s race with a time of 54:02 – a full 22 seconds ahead of Malika Mejdoub. Kiprono was never challenged, and his 1:13 margin of victory was the largest in at least 13 years at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.
Kiprono, 22, and countryman Lani Kiplagat broke away from the men’s pack within the first mile. Ketema Nugusse stayed with them for a short time before deciding to drop back. That left the two Kenyans to battle for the men’s title. At Mile 5, Kiprono separated from his rival and opened a 40-meter lead. By Mile 6 that was up to 110 meters and it simply kept growing.