The Council for Responsible Sport announced that the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon has been awarded evergreen level certification for achieving 57 of the best-practice standards offered in the councils certification program for social and environmental responsibility at sporting events.
GAINESVILLE, FL — Mike Hensley, 31, of Gainesville was overall winner of the Five Points of Life Marathon on Feb. 26, finishing in 2:36:57. Cole Bataille, 33, of Winter Haven was second in 2:44:52, followed by Michael Rosato of Gainesville in 2:56:12.
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.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Masters superstar Kathy Martin can add USATF Athlete of the Week honors to her record-setting week, as Martin set multiple American and world records at the Albuquerque Convention Center last weekend.
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.
BENTON, AR — Teen boys took the top 3 finisher places Feb. 25 at The Beat Goes On 5K.
Brandon Mann, 15, was the winner in 16:51.08, followed by Ethan Boyer, 16, in 16:33.62, and Johnny Chicas in 16:43.58. All three are from Bryant, Arkansas.
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.
SAVANNAH, GA — The Savannah Striders Track Club reports the following “Benefits from volunteering with the #1 Running Club on the Planet.”
Share your passion for running.
Meet new friends & contacts.
Develop new skills.
Get community service volunteer credits for college & high school.
Make a difference!
The club’s website is www.savystrider.com.
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.