COLUMBIA, SC — Stuart Gilreath, 25, of Columbia, won the Healthy Strides 5K on April 15 in 19:58. Brian Walker, 27, was second in 20:14, and Angel Manuel third in 20:54.
Female winner was 13-year-old Lexie Vandervelde of Irmo in 22:34. Dawn Cotner was second in 24:58 and Sara Smith third in 25:12.
GULF SHORES, AL — Steve Harris, 36, of Pensacola, FL, was the overall winner April 15 of the Zydeco Crawfish 5K, finishing in 18:19. Scott Roberts, 39, of Gulf Breeze, FL, was runner-up in 19:16, followed by Mark Brill, 15, of Indian Mound, TN, in 19:47.
By Dave Hunter for RunBlogRun.com
BOSTON — The elite men danced nervously just behind the starting line as they waited for the first wave start of the 121st B.A.A. Marathon. As the men's favorites were introduced, the largest ovation was saved for American Meb Keflezighi - the 2014 champion and the first American to win this Patriots' Day race since 1983.
The top 10 finishers at the Boston Marathon:
1 — Geoffrey Kirui, Kenya 2:09:37.
2 — Galen Rupp, USA 2:09:58.
3 — Siguru Osaka, Japan 2:10:28.
4 — Shadrack Biwott, USA 2:12:08.
5 — Wilson Chebet, Kenya 2:12:35.
By Carolyn Mather for RunBlogRun.com
(Editor’s note: The women's race in Boston in 2017 was quite satisfying on several levels. Edna Kiplagat is one of the most enduring marathoners in our sport, and her show of strength, savvy and tactics was a great model for veteran marathoners. On the other side, Jordan Hasay, the debutante marathoner, just blew through expectations. And Desi Linden, who ran with one goal, to win, gave it her all, and took fourth. Here's Carolyn Mather's feature on the women's race from the 121st Boston Marathon.)
By Carolyn Mather
Injuries seem to be the bane of runners. Just when all is going smoothly, you pull something, fall, get a bad virus or anything to disrupt your training. Not only is it incredibly frustrating but recovery seems to be a difficult process. As we get older, it gets increasingly hard.
When I fell during a race several months after my Steve died, I felt I was truly jinxed. I have no idea how I fell but it was hard. I picked myself up and walked to the finish. I iced the injury to my upper arm and refused to go to any doctor. The brilliant colors my arm turned were amazing but after 10 days I had a completely dark blue arm and shoulder. To be able to get some therapy I had to get a doctor's order. I went to my local urgent care center and got the news that my humerus was totally fractured where it met my shoulder. Of course by the time I got an appointment with an orthopedist (four weeks later), it was nearly healed. I finally got a physical therapy order in late March and started my journey to heal.
RESTON, VA — Ben Connelly and Kacey Gibson were the winners of the April 9 Reston Marathon. Connelly was overall winner in 2:51:58, Gibson was the first female in 3:16:52.
Second and third males were Robert Young in 3:01:12 and Erick Kuhlmann in 3:03:08. Female second and third finishers were Alexandria Peterson in 3:23:24 and Pauline Campbell in 3:23:47.
SPRINGDALE, AR — Jon Bitler of Fayetteville won the Hogeye Marathon in 3:04:28.33 on April 8. Michael Zadnik of Orlando, FL, was second in 3:12:57.19 and Charles Konzelman of Fort Smith was third in 3:13:23.48.
Emily King of Bentonville was women’s champion in 3:12:38.6. Katie Thompson of Springdale was second in 3:28:47.89, followed by Carrie Taylor of Sherwood in 3:47:53.05.
CARY, NC — On April 24, a Monday, women are encouraged to “strut your stuff” for a mile.
The middle-of-the-day Chamber of Commerce event (11:30-1:30) has interesting rules, including:
— Must wear business attire (business suit or dress with a jacket).
— Must wear running shoes.
— Must carry your heels.
Garmin International announced the vívosmart 3, the latest addition to their popular vivo series health and fitness trackers. The vívosmart 3 relies on Firstbeat technology to deliver high-end fitness monitoring tools, like automatic VO2max fitness level detection with a new interpretation, Fitness Age, accurate Calorie Counts, and for the first time All-day Stress tracking. The result is a stylish, ultra-slim device capable of delivering truly personalized insights for better health, fitness and performance.
“Health conscious customers are becoming more interested in the meaning behind their activity stats,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “As in, I like seeing the data, but how does it correlate to my overall wellbeing?