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May 2012

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Date: 
05/29/2012 - 08:31

By CINDY BASWELL

spa10k.jpg The Arkansas Spa Pacers Association, located in Hot Springs, Arkansas was organized in 1983 for the primary purpose of coordinating the Spa 10K race that was started the prior year to help promote tourism in Hot Springs.

Now 29 years later the Spa Pacers, not only continue to host the Spa 10K, but the club has developed a very strong and active running community. The club’s mission is to promote health, fitness and fun through group activities focusing on running, jogging and walking for individuals of all ages and to provide a positive contribution to the Hot Springs community.

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How Fast Was I Going Officer?

Date: 
05/24/2012 - 12:26
Date: 
05/24/2012 - 12:26

By Ray Krolewicz
Exactly four weeks out from the USATF 50 Kilometer National Championship, I decided to run a 12-mile time trial at race pace. I left the house at 5:35 am. The course is slightly more rolling than the 5K course used for the National Championship at Caumsett Park on Long Island, so I knew it would be a good test.

I ran mile one at 7:31, perfect as that is about the pace I wanted to start with at Caumsett. Mile three passed at 22:08, 7:18 pace. I was doing the math in my head as I crossed the street leaving the subdivision onto a four-lane road. I angled slightly to reach the sidewalk on the other side. I saw headlights and ascertained that they were in the passing (left) lane. I quickly crossed that lane before relaxing toward the sidewalk.

Regional
Date: 
05/21/2012 - 18:09

By PAUL RIEFBERG

PAUL RIEFBERG.jpgOne day I was searching through my race results, to look over my marathon finishes. I ran sixteen marathons in the '70s. I was somewhat surprised to find I only had printed results for seven of them. Through the years and moving several times, I no longer had results for the other nine. The seven I had, were Washington's Birthday Marathon February 1972, New York City Marathon October 1972, Jersey Shore Marathon January 1973, Maryland Marathon December 1976, Long Island Marathon March 1977, Skylon International Marathon October 1977 and Joe Steele Rocket City Marathon December 1977.

This meant I was missing Yonkers Marathon June 1972, Earth Day Marathon March 1974, Boston Marathon April 1974, Yonkers Marathon June 1974, Andrew Jackson Marathon September 1974, Boston Marathon April 1975, Boston Marathon April 1977, Waynesboro Marathon October 1977 and Magic City Marathon February 1979.

Regional
Date: 
05/16/2012 - 18:51

Washington, DC – Another record-breaking milestone! The 2012 Army Ten-Miler (ATM) filled its 30,000 runner field in a record time. ATM officials said the 28th annual race shattered all previous race registration records for both the priority and general registrations. The race will take place on Sunday, Oct. 21 in Washington, DC at the Pentagon.

Priority registration, presented by Navy Federal Credit Union, opened May 1 for all U.S. service members and runners who have participated in seven or more ATM races. Approximately one-third of the total 30,000 race entries were reserved for priority registration on a first-come-first-serve basis. This year, priority registration sold out in less than 19 hours, exceeding last year’s record of three days.
The remaining two-thirds of the race entries became available to the general public on a first-come-first-serve basis May 15, which sold out in less than nine hours.

“The race continues to gain in popularity and sells out in record time year after year,” said Jim Vandak, race director. “We are genuinely grateful to all of our loyal runners for supporting the Army’s race. They are the true spirit of the sport.”

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Southern women 1-2 in 25K championship

Date: 
05/12/2012 - 20:02
Date: 
05/12/2012 - 20:02

Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, 33, of Rome, GA, won the River Bank Run 25K in Grand Rapids, MI, Saturday, May 12, in the fastest time ever run by an American woman. The event was the USA 25K Championship. She finished in 1:24:37, breaking the USATF record set in 1986 by Joan Benoit-Samuelson. Finishing second was Lindsey Scherf of Fayetteville, NC, an assistant coach at Duke University, who finished in 1:25:13.

It was Cherobon-Bawcom's first-ever 25K, thus she laughingly said she set a PR. She had stomach cramps from mile four to eight but was able to hang on and said she felt great at 10 miles and pushed to the finish. She broke away from Scherf at about 14 miles.

Race official Greg Meyer, who was the elite runner coordinator, said the second-place run by Scherf "pushed Janet to the record." >

Cherobon-Bawcom's victory was profitable -- she received a total of $12,000. Of that, $7,000 was for being the American winner while $5,000 was for being the open winner. Add that to the previous week's second place 12K winnings at the Bloomsday race in Spokane, WA, of $9,500.

She described the weather conditions in Michigan as perfect, if a little humid.

Regional
Date: 
05/10/2012 - 02:09

By Bruce Morrison, Publisher

At the annual meeting of the Road Runners Club of America in Memphis, TN, the RRCA adopted a code of ethics for race directors. These ethics need to be applied to race promoters and organizers as well.

Organizations need to know who they are working with and check references on race promoters and organizers. Over the years Running Journal has received few serious complaints but there have been some significant issues. We’ve been burned a few times by race organizers who did not pay for advertising – that’s part of business and we recognize that – but when a community, perhaps even a charity race, and local sponsors have been burned, that’s another matter.

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