By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
The two bombings in recent days in Volgograd, Russia must add questions for all those going to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The first bombing was on Sunday, Dec. 29, in the Volgograd train station and on Monday, Dec. 30, there was a suicide bombing on a Volgograd bus. Per news agencies, a leader of the Chechnyan resistance has asked his associates to shut down the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. President Putin's response has been to say that this will be the safest Winter Olympics ever. Later on Monday, Russian agencies noted that both the Sunday and Monday bombings were suicide bombings.
Allan Voltz, 34, and Leah Thorvilson were the overall winners of the Three Bridges Marathon Dec. 28 at North Little Rock, Arkansas. Voltz finished in a gun time of 2:49:59.71. Thorvilson, also 34, was first female in 2:58:20.06 and second overall.
By Bruce Morrison
-- Enjoy the spirit that propels you. Run for life.
-- Run and smile. Smile = mile with an "s."
-- Compliment the efforts of other runners.
-- Thy children shall run for enjoyment with your gentle encouragement.
-- Don't criticize volunteers. They make the race possible.
Running USA wire
Atlanta Track Club’s 2014 Annual Social will also feature hors d’oeuvres, drinks, desserts and a preview of Atlanta Track Club’s 50th anniversary celebrations
ATLANTA – Olympic Silver Medalist and New York City Marathon Winner Meb Keflezighi has been announced as the guest speaker at Atlanta Track Club’s 2014 Annual Social. The event will be held on Thursday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. at The Foundry at Puritan Mill in Atlanta.
By: Ryan Lamppa, Running USA wire
World & U.S. records, medals, world champions and so much more
Over the past decade, our sport has had much to celebrate and recognize thanks to the medal winning, record setting, high achieving U.S. athletes, and 2013 was another outstanding year of success and accomplishment for U.S. distance runners and the sport.
Jan. 24 race will have two turns, very likely to be faster
Kenyan men have strong hopes of regaining top honours in Dubai but Ethiopian debutants pose a threat.
Kenyan runners have an imposing record of success in the major city marathons in recent years but Dubai is an exception to the rule. Ethiopians rule the roost when it comes to the men's competition on this superfast course.
In 2012, minimalist running shoes represented 1/3 of the overall market. Then the blowback began. A number of runners who made the switch without adopting proper form suffered injuries. By 2013, market share had fallen to 15%. Hoka, launched in 2009, has been adopted by many pros and amateurs, and its sales have spiked by 400% since October 2012—from $2.2 million to over $10 million. And its success has spurred a handful of competitors. The question remains: Is this the end of minimalist running? Or is the “clown shoe” takeover only temporary?
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The first races in the "3-part Resolution Runs" in 2014 in Lumberton, NC, begins with a 5K run and 3 mile walk on New Year's Day. Everyone will meet at the Lumberton Downtown Plaza for a start at 9 AM. "The purpose of these three runs is to increase one's ability throughout the three runs: to resolve to improve throughout the New Year," said Jef Lambdin, president of the Robeson (County) Road Runners.
Running USA wire
ARLINGTON, Va. - The Road Runners Club of America, the oldest and largest distance running organization in the United States, is pleased to announce the 2013Runner Friendly Community designations, which includes: Chattanooga, Tenn.; Sarasota, Fl.; Kalamazoo, Mich.; and South Lake, Fl.
By Mary Lou Day
Local runner, Josh Whitehead, 35, led the 37th annual Rocket City Marathon on Dec. 14 in Huntsville, AL. Whitehead, 35, of Madison finished in 2:27:25. Brian Shelton, 34, of Cookeville, TN, was second in 2:28:59. Justin Leach, 26, of Birmingham ran 2:34:28 for third, while J. Penny, 26, of Johnson City, TN, was fourth in 2:36:21. Mark Paulson, 26, of of Georgetown, KY, was fifth in 2:38:33.