By Lena Hollmann
Again, a new year lies ahead of us. A year full of promise, a year full of plans. Maybe you have a special challenge that you want to accomplish in 2015, but aren’t sure you can. For a runner this could be running a marathon or an ultra, or finishing your first 5K.
RunBlogRun - Rich Kenah: An Interview on The Atlanta Track Club in 2015, by Carolyn Mather, of The Running Journal
Carolyn Mather, a long-time writer for The Running Journal, and a long-time member of the Atlanta Track Club, caught up with Rich Kenah, to speak with him about the future of the Atlanta Track Club, specifically, The Atlanta Track Club in 2015.
THE ATLANTA TRACK CLUB IN 2015, by Carolyn Mather, of The Running Journal
Carolyn Mather wrote: "The Atlanta Track Club celebrated it's 50th birthday in 2014 and with that milestone the club hired Olympian Rich Kenah to lead the club into the next half century.
By Scott Ludwig
It started over 20 years ago. On my 40th birthday I ran 40 miles. On my 45th birthday I ran 45 miles. This went on for another decade until I decided that 55 miles on my 55th birthday was a good place to call a truce—on behalf of my abused body--between running my age in miles every five years. Or at least ‘convert’ to kilometers on my 60th birthday (that would mean running 37.2 miles for anyone not fluent in metric).
As I’ve come to learn, time has a way of sneaking up on you. I’ll be 60 this December and it was time to make a decision. It took all of 60 seconds:
I wanted to run 60 miles; kilometers are for wimps (sorry, Europe).
By Teri Saylor
On Thanksgiving Day, my sore knee was thankful for not running in my local Turkey Trot, and instead joined the fun on the sidelines with friends who were volunteering as course monitors.
For the next hour, the three of us stood by the side of the road cheering for runners. Runners in full turkey outfits. Runners dressed as pilgrims. Runners in tutus. Runners wearing super hero costumes. Runners wearing funny hats shaped like a turkey drumsticks, slices of pumpkin pie, indian headdresses, turkey heads, and even a cheeseburger.
So we hollered at them:
“Go Superman! Think ya can make it Pilgrim – using our best John Wayne voice! Whatta Turkey! Run Piehead! Cute Indian! Wonder Woman!
Cary, NC – For the first time in its six runs the Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon (TRM) presented by Inside-Out Sports will be part of the USA Track & Field (USATF) North Carolina championship. Named by Runner’s World Magazine as one of America’s top marathons the TRM continues to enhance its reputation as a “must do” event for runners. TRM, a homegrown, all-volunteer event will exceed one half-million dollars ($500,000) in charitable giving at its March 15, 2015 running.
“We are honored to be a part of the USA Track & Field North Carolina state championship,” says TRM President, Founder and ten-time Boston Marathon Qualifier Kazem Yahyapour. “We give all our proceeds to charity and believe this relationship will attract more runners and sponsors to our charitable efforts.”
Unique weekend race series grows in popularity
Online registration for the 2015 Critz Tybee Run Fest, a unique series of races totaling 26.2 miles, is higher than ever before due to the ease of online sign-up, along with some great discounts.
"We are thrilled to see the increase in online registrations for 2015, thus far,” stated Cornelia Stumpf, Marketing Director for the Critz Tybee Run Fest. “It is great to see runners taking advantage of the holiday promotions and the previous discounts for this year’s event.”
At the Club Cross Country Championships in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, ZAP Fitness Reebok won the men’s team race courtesy of three top-10 finishes from Andrew Colley, Tyler Pennel and Joe Stilin. As a team, ZAP Fitness scored 61 points to handedly win the men’s title.
On the women’s side, it was the team from B.A.A. taking the women’s title, scoring 43 points with top-10 finishes from Sarah Pagano, Juliet Bottorff and Elaina Balouris. B.A.A. just edged the Boulder Running Company by five points.
Individual race winners were Bowerman Track Club’s Ryan Hill (29:07.03), Boulder Track Club’s Laura Thweatt (19:14.41), Bowerman Track Club’s Greg Mitchell (31:59) and Team Rogue’s Chris Kimbrough (21:31).
A drive to save the track & field and cross country programs at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington has begun.
See website: http://www.saveuncwtrack.com/
For financial reasons, university officials announced cancellation of the teams beginning with the 2015-16 season.
Parents, students, coaches and alumni seek to raise at least $600,000 in pledge to ensure the programs might be saved. The fund drive had raised $116,650 as of Dec. 18.
A letter to the UNCW Board of Trustees from parents called the decision to cancel the programs “ill advised” and “flawed” and lacked transparency. The parents asked in the letter that trustees advise the school’s interim Chancellor Bill Sederburg to reconsider “this flawed decision.”
Five South Carolina age group records were set at the Dec. 13 Kiawah Island Marathon and Half Marathon according to South Carolina Record Keeper Bill Marable.
Chris Giordenelli of Simpsonville set a new record in the 50-55 age group in the marathon with a time of 2:47:27.
New state records set in the half marathon:
-- Eric Ashton of Columbia in the 45-49 male age group: 1:11:28.
-- Marc Embler of North Charleston in the 55-59 male age group: 1:19:59.
-- Linda Clarkson of Johns Island in the female 65-69 age group: 1:51:49.
-- Jane Gregorie of Yemassee in the female age group 80-84: 3:05:50.
Wesley Turner, 28, of Danville, VA, won the Kiawah Island Marathon Dec. 13 in 2:29:52. Caitlin Judd, 31, of North Charleston, SC, won the female division in 2:54:55.
Zack Jordan, 21, of Ball Ground, GA, was second male in 2:40:41, followed by Justin Bishop, 33, of West Columbia, SC, in 2:44:27, Matthew Wallace, 25, of Durham, NC, in 2:44:50, and Michael Orifice, 29, of Faifield, CT, in 2:46:40.
Runnerup female was Brooke Waters, 38, of Shawnee, KS, in 3:00:07, followed by Ann Mazur, 29, of Charlottesville, VA, in 3:00:21, Jaime Schmidt, 32, of Lancaster, NH, in 3:04:39, and Meg Ashton, 25, of Sneads Ferry, NC in 3:04:55.