By Lena Hollmann
It’s a new year again! Or at least it will be soon when you are reading this. Maybe you have resolutions or specific goals that you want to reach in the New Year, or maybe you just want to stay healthy and injury free. Regardless whether you have resolutions or not, now may be the perfect time to examine how you train, and seek out a few things you can do differently in order to run faster, or at least to keep injuries at bay.
LAKELAND, FL – SparkleSkirts, an American-made athletic apparel company, recently donated $1,860 to The Donna Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps those diagnosed with breast cancer, through sales of its Jeff Galloway logo skirts. Galloway, an Olympian and inventor of the Galloway Run Walk Run training method, works closely with the Foundation and its marathon fundraiser, the 26.2 with DONNA. He joined forces with SparkleSkirts to create running skirts themed to match his blue and green logo.
By Scott Ludwig
It started almost as a joke. ‘Paula’s Big Butt 50K’ we called it, the perfect way to celebrate the milestone birthday of Paula May, one of the original six members of the Darkside Running Club. It would also be the long overdue first ultramarathon -- informal as it was -- ever held in Peachtree City, Georgia, a running community interconnected by over 90 miles of runnable asphalt golf cart paths.
The RRCA has honored dedicated individuals for their service to the running community through the RRCA Hall of Fame and the National Running Awards since 1971. Detailed information about award categories, selection criteria, and the nomination form can be found at:www.RRCA.org/Programs/National-Running-Awards
JACKSONVILLE, FL — At what is called one of the fastest courses in the South, over 100 runners will seek to qualify Sunday, Jan. 3 for the Olympic Trials Marathon.
The event includes the half marathon as one of the last half marathon events that will count for qualifying. Men must run under 1:05 and women under 1:15 to meet the qualifying standard. The Jacksonville Bank Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K races start and finish at The Bolles School. Officials believe the half marathon may be the fastest half ever run in the South.
The marathon course record is 2:14:33. You can qualify for the Boston Marathon in this event.
Lots of shade is offered on the “pancake flat” course, which finishes inside Bolles Stadium on the track. Large medals go to all marathon and half finishers.
The Critz Tybee Run Fest and Dale Critz Jr., founder and main sponsor of the successful two-day race event, announced the non-profit recipients of the 2015 Critz Tybee Run Fest proceeds. Each year the Critz Tybee Run Fest gives back to the community by donating all net profits raised through sponsorships, advertising and race entry fees to deserving area non-profit organizations. The 2015 grants will support school programs, college education, healthy lifestyles for kids and teens, and other education and health related causes.
-- Enjoy the spirit which propels you. Run for life.
-- Run and smile. Smile = mile with an "s."
-- Compliment the efforts of other runners, don't brag about yourself.
-- Don't run a marathon until you're ready.
-- Thy children shall run for enjoyment with your gentle encouragement.
-- Don't criticize volunteers. They make the race possible.
-- Respect slow runners. It's harder to run slower because it takes longer.
-- Don't drop out. Achievement comes to those who run the full distance.
-- Others may judge you; smile and understand we are all imperfect.
The girls of Green Hope CC of Cary, NC, and the boys of Woodland XC, Woodland, Texas, earned the Postal Nationals Championship cross-country titles as HOKA ONE ONE® (a division of Deckers Brands NYSE: DECK) wrapped up a second successful year of the revived competition. Growing by over 700 percent since 2014, the Postal Nationals featured more than 650 high school teams from around the nation.
Among the girls’ teams, Green Hope XC of Cary, North Carolina emerged victorious. Running at the Postal National Flagship in Winston-Salem, they averaged 11:18 for 3200m. While the girls were runner-ups at the North Carolina 4A State meet, they saved their best for last and are Postal Nationals Champions.
Club proud to continue race tradition in its 10th year.
ATLANTA – Atlanta Track Club has announced its acquisition of the Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon from Life TimeSM, The Healthy Way of Life Company. Ownership of the event transitioned to Atlanta Track Club in a deal that was finalized in early December ahead of the event’s 10th anniversary, scheduled for Sunday, March 20, 2016. Included in the deal, Life Time’s Athlinks, the world’s largest database connecting athletes and events, will stay on as a sponsor of the event for the next five years.
Full event results available at www.dallasmarathon.com
DALLAS – The elite field in the Duo to Rio Relay sponsored by AT&T at the 2015 Dallas Marathon featured five pairs of Olympic Trials qualifying athletes, competing head-to-head to see which duo of runners could complete the fastest two-person marathon relay. Sam Chelanga opened an early lead, running a 1:03:47 split in his 13.1-mile relay leg before handing off to teammate Molly Huddle. Experience won out, as the pair of Abdi Abdirahman, a four-time Team USA Olympian, and three-time Olympian Deena Kastor were the first duo to cross the Dallas Marathon finish line in a time of 2:19:49.