By Carolyn Mather
After working for two weeks last June at the 40th Grandmas Marathon, I realized that some of my favorite races in the south are reaching that milestone this year. For years my favorite 10K has been the Rose City 10K in Thomasville, GA. Not only will the 40th edition take place this April, but Jim and Carolyn Story have been the race directors for all 40 years. I suspect that must be a rare record and they do this as their love. From the silver age group award cups, to the medals, to the hot dogs and Little Debbie cakes, to the post race picnic, to the dj getting you up their "heartbreak hill," this race remains the best value in running and a great deal for $20 including a finisher's medal and gorgeous tee shirt..
BOSTON — The Run To Remember Boston road race through the city’s historic downtown will again feature a First Responder Challenge, pitting teams of police, fire and other first responders nationwide in the half marathon at the Memorial Day weekend event, organizers announced.
Run To Remember Boston’s half marathon and 5-mile races both start at the Seaport World Trade Center in downtown Boston on Sunday, May 28. This is the 13th year for the charity event, created as a tribute to Massachusetts law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. From the Seaport World Trade Center, the scenic loop courses wind through historic downtown Boston, with the half marathon crossing over the Charles River along Memorial Drive in Cambridge before looping back.
ATLANTA—A person’s sex and running ability play a role in the decline of their performance in marathons as they get older, according to a Georgia State University study.
“We found that marathon performance decline begins at about 35 years old,” said Dr. Gerald Zavorsky, lead author of the study and associate professor in the Department of Respiratory Therapy at Georgia State. “For top runners, we determined the slowdown is about two minutes per year beginning at age 35 for men, and for women, it’s actually a little bit statistically faster of a slowdown, around two minutes and 30 seconds per year beginning at the age of 35.”
“If you’re an average runner finishing in the middle of your age group, statistically the slowdown starts at age 50. It’s similar if you’re a man or woman. The decline with aging in average runners is around two minutes and 45 seconds per year beginning at age 50.”
An interdisciplinary team investigates microstructure and micromechanics of the tendon-bone insertion
Walking, running, sprinting – every movement of the foot stretches the Achilles’ tendon. When jumping, the loads can approach ten times the body weight. Amazingly, the connection between the heel bone and Achilles’ tendon withstands theses tremendous loads. A team of doctors, physicists, chemists and engineers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now discovered why.
Some 8,000 torn Achilles’ tendons are treated in Germany every year. And that even though it is the strongest tendon in the human body. It connects the ankle bone to the calf muscle and holds up to ten times the body’s weight. The tendon got its name from the – nearly – invulnerable Greek hero Achilleus, who was doomed by an arrow that struck him in his heel.
TAMPA, FL — Austin Richmond, 31, of Babson Park, FL, and Stephanie Pezzullo, 34, of Ocala, FL, won Saturday’s 15K, then Christo Landry, 30, of Charlotte, NC, and Stephanie Bruce, 33, of Flagstaff, AZ, were overall winners of the half marathon on Sunday at the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic — the two longest races of the weekend.
However, 13-year-old Ellie Pleune of Tampa was a hometown hero as the female champion in both the 5K on Saturday and the 8K on Sunday.
Richmond won the 15K in 47:25.87, followed by fellow Babson Park resident Jonathan Mott in 48:20.12 and Michael MacDonald of Palm Harbor in 50:06.87. Pezullo was female winner in 54:57.94, followed by Becky Howarth of Tampa in 55:17.77 and Nicole Rozario, also of Tampa, in 55:35.94.
By Art Zimmerman, Mt. Pleasant, SC.
While running the Bolder Boulder 10K a few years ago, I noticed someone wearing a T-shirt at the start of the race poking fun at us coastal runners saying “Sea Level is for Sissies”. In less than a mile from the start, I wasn’t smiling anymore as I was already breathing harder than usual. The altitude effect was alive and well.
As a senior runner now in my 70s, I knew when I signed up for the 2017 Red Rock Canyon Half Marathon, held in Nevada’s scenic Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, the higher altitude was going to be a real factor. But that was just the beginning of the challenges in the hardest of my 32 half and full marathons, including the tough Big Sur and Nashville full marathons. Red Rock was an 11 on my 1-10 difficulty scale.
BIRMINGHAM, AL — Congratulations to the new members of the Executive Board for the Birmingham Track Club. New president is Monica Henley, who succeeds Alex Morrow, who now serves as immediate past president. Other officers are Scott Wood, vice president; Trey Whitt, treasurer; and Julie Pearce, secretary;
In keeping with tradition, Outgoing BTC President Alex Morrow presented the Club’s annual service awards for outstanding contributions to the BTC.
The recipient of the Dr. Arthur Black/Rick Melanson Annual Service Award was Kim Benner, BTC volunteer coordinator.
BIG KEY PINE, FL — The 3rd Annual “Run with Deer” 5K run/walk is Saturday, March 18. The race is part of the Florida Keys Wildlife Refuges’ Outdoor Fest, a week-long celebration of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge system that encourages people to get outside in a wildlife-friendly manner.
ATLANTA — Atlanta Track Club today revealed the five finalists in the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt Design Contest. Finalists include three local professional designers and a graphic design student at Auburn University. Two of the designs chosen were submitted by Kevin Benton, a creative director and graphic designer.
NYRR Team for Kids Ambassadors Molly Huddle, Meb Keflezighi, and Tatyana McFadden to Lead American Professional Athlete Field at 2017 United Airlines NYC Half
Six U.S. Olympians and seven U.S. Paralympians to highlight star-studded American contingent at the first event of the 2017 NYRR Five-Borough Series on Sunday, March 19