By Nancy Clark, M.S., R.D.
Experiencing the Food & Nutrition Expo at the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetic Association’s annual convention is an eating adventure! Envision a huge expo hall filled with vendors offering tastes of their latest food and nutrition products. Several hours and many calories later, I emerged from the Expo with a sampling of items that can contribute to an effective sports diet. Here is brief snapshot of some of what I saw.
• Energy bars. For active people who eat on the run, energy bars can be a handy emergency food. While bars should not routinely be used as meal-replacements, they can certainly be a handy pre- and post-run snack. When looking for “the best” bars, choose ones that are made with wholesome ingredients that you recognize. For example:
Rita Jeptoo and Lelisa Desisa set to defend titles on Monday, April 21; 2014 marks 29th year of John Hancock’s Boston Marathon sponsorship
BOSTON - John Hancock Financial today announced the return of 2013 Boston Marathon champions Rita Jeptoo of Kenya and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia for the 118th running of the race on Monday, April 21, 2014.
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Entries to the race surged 35 percent from 2,700 a year ago to more than 3,600 this year
PALM BEACH, Fla. - Bryan Sharkey's most gratifying marathon win came Sunday at the 10th Palm Beaches Marathon and Run Fest.
A former middle distance star at Miami's Gulliver Prep and Princeton, the 26-year-old Sharkey lunged for the finish line and kissed the ground as planned.
The Dallas Marathon, canceled due to safety concerns connected to a winter storm, will provides shirts to all entrants. No refunds will be given.
Race officials issued the following statement on Saturday, Dec. 7:
The Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon will offer prize money totaling $40,000 -- with a total of $30,000 offered to the top five male and female finishers. The other $10,000 will go to the top five male and female finishers from seven local counties.
It's a return to prize money for elite runners with the first place male and female each receiving $8,000. The race will be held Feb. 23 at Tampa, FL. Go to TampaBayRun.com for info.
Potentially dangerous weather conditions in Memphis, TN, Dec. 7 caused cancellation of the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend.
"The safety of race participants, volunteers and spectators is and always has been our top priority. After careful consideration with race officials, City of Memphis and Office of Emergency Management officials, and the Memphis Police Department, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel this year’s St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend due to weather conditions," said an official news release.
You’re on a training run and just passed a penny. Do you pick it up? Members of the Florida Striders do.
Jenny Allen heads up a club program called “Jenny’s Pennies.” Those little coins and any other money found by club runners go into the fund throughout the year.
LaShawn Merritt and Brianna Rollins have been awarded the titles of Jesse Owens and Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athlete of the Year, USA Track & Field announced Monday, December 2. Merritt and Rollins will be honored on Saturday, December 7, at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Indianapolis, Ind. The event is held in conjunction with USA Track & Field’s Annual Meeting.
Nick Accardo, won the Mississippi Coast Marathon Nov. 30 in 2:41:10, followed by Leonard Vergunst, in 2:55:51 (masters winner), and Angelosante Talentino in 3:00:11 (grandmasters winner).
Cindy Lewandowski was first woman in 3:21:18, followed by Khanh Labat in 3:25:11, and Abbey Wilkinson in 3:38:38.
Marc Burget of Jacksonville won the Space Coast Marathon Dec. 1 at Cocoa, FL, in 2:42:32, followed by Timo Ziegenbein of Todendorf in 2:53:55, John Davis of Melbourne in 2:54:31, Selvin Reyes of Orlando in 2:55:17, and David Eckardt of Evansville, IN, in 2:58:33.
Female winner was Hannah Jennings of Orlando in 3:15:08. Keara McGraw of Largo was second in 3:16:09, followed by Heather Winchell of Tampa (3:18:43), Rene Harrod of Weston (3:20:36), and Angie Ave of Orlando (3:21:01).