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Date: 
03/12/2012 - 04:30

Cherobon-Bawcom, women's national champion, wins Equalizer Bonus; Team USA Minnesota, adidas McMillanElite team titlists

By Katie Landry, USATF
Running USA Wire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - At the USA 15K Championships hosted by the 35th Gate River Run, Mo Trafeh (Duarte, Calif.) and Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (Rome, Ga.) dominated the men's and women's fields Saturday morning.

Trafeh ran 43 minutes, 23 seconds to win his third straight USA 15K title, while Cherobon-Bawcom clocked 49:41 to win her first 15K crown. The national championships were hosted for the 19th time by the Gate River Run, the country's largest 15K with more than 16,300 finishers. In addition to the $60,000 individual prize structure, the event featured a gender competition in the form of a $5000 Equalizer Bonus as well as a $20,000 team competition, the TenBroeck Cup.

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Date: 
03/07/2012 - 05:11

Biwott, Trana win ½ marathon; sold-out 3rd edition welcomes 22,000-plus under perfect running conditions
Running USA wire
By Amana Miyamae, Competitor Group

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Among the more than 22,000 runners in the 3rd Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon benefiting the American Cancer Society, it was former University of Oregon standout Shadrack Biwott who stood out amongst the crowd on Sunday morning.

Running solo along historic St. Charles Avenue, the 27-year-old Biwott was losing steam in the men's half marathon. He had maintained a dominant lead since the start, but had no one to push him for much of the race.

As he reversed direction on St. Charles Avenue, the other side of the street was lined with thousands of runners who spotted Biwott and began to cheer loudly for him--cheering that would continue for well over a mile.

Regional
Date: 
03/07/2012 - 05:12

Courtesy Little Rock Marathon Media

thovilson.jpgLittle Rock, Ark. – For the fourth year in a row, Leah Thorvilson is the female winner of the Little Rock Marathon with a personal best time of 2:37:26. The 33-year-old Little Rock native said, “this is such a special day. I am just so proud.”

Thorvilson, who failed to make the Olympic team this year, said she hopes she can still represent the United States at the World Games or the Pan Am Games. “I am so inspired by the women on the Olympic Team. I’m a little older, and I’ve never run this fast before. I think I’m going to keep chasing it."

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Date: 
03/06/2012 - 08:58

By Carolyn Mather
mather-cherobon.jpgBy now I suspect everyone in the world of running knows that my top three picks did indeed make the marathon team for the 2012 London Olympic Games. While 223 women qualified to run the trials, only 183 started on a perfect morning in Houston, TX, and 151 finished. After a pedestrian first couple of miles, the pack was down to 10 women at four miles as the pace picked up. By mile 13 the pack was down to six and by mile 16 there were four remaining. After taking a slight lead at mile 22, Amy Hastings (2:27:17) faded slightly as Kara Goucher (2:26:06), Desiree Davila (2:25:55) and eventual winner Shalane Flanagan (2:25:38) took turns leading until the final mile. Flanagan set a trials record as the first four finishers broke the record.

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Date: 
02/05/2012 - 16:09

Tianna Madison runs world-leading time in 60-meter final, qualifying for World Indoor Championships; Duane Solomon defends title in 800-meters

LEXINGTON, MA - Global performance running footwear and apparel brand Saucony today announced that Saucony athletes Tianna Madison and Duane Solomon claimed 2012 USA National Championship titles to highlight the second day of the U.S. Indoor championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Sunday, February 26th, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Brooks Inspiring Coaches Program

Date: 
02/21/2012 - 20:56
Date: 
02/21/2012 - 20:56

The Brooks Inspiring Coaches program is in its second year. The idea is simple, the program is brilliant. Nominate your high school cross country or track coach (Brooks Inspiring Coaches), tell Brooks what the coach means to you, and why they deserve to be one of Brooks Top Ten finalists, and you are set.

Cross Country & Track Coaches work with 1.4 million high school boys and girls, 46 weeks a year, six days a week, two hours, fifteen minutes an average session. With 350,000 athletes in cross country and just over a million-1,050,000 in indoor and outdoor track and field, the job of a cross country and track coach is long hours, and virtually no money.

But, it is not about the money.

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Running Buddies – a Man and his Dog

Date: 
03/01/2012 - 11:06
Date: 
03/01/2012 - 11:06

By Ed Hardee, Amelia Island Runners
(Editor’s note: Ed Hardee is newsletter editor of Amelia Island Runners in Florida and has been named as the winner of the RRCA’s “Club Writer of the Year” award. This story was published in the club’s newsletter and is an excellent example of why Hardee was selected for the RRCA honor.)

saradeck400.jpgLife has its little ups and downs, the noted philosopher Jerry Lee Lewis once intoned. When you’re tallying things on the positive side of life’s ledger, high on the list should be: running buddies.

Regional
Date: 
03/01/2012 - 10:33

[From modest start in 1973, Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run has become the Runner’s Rite of Spring® in our nation’s capital, attracting participants from all 50 states and five countries to this year’s event.

Washington, DC: Bethesda, Maryland runner Ben Beach was one of 141 finishers in the inaugural Cherry Blossom Run in 1973. He has since completed all 39 editions of the race, and is on track to bring his total Cherry Blossom racing miles to 400 when he lines up on the starting line of the 40th running of the event on April 1, 2012. Who better to offer a bit of perspective on what the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk means to the expected 15,000 participants in this year’s events?

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Running USA Annual Marathon Report

Date: 
02/27/2012 - 05:22
Date: 
02/27/2012 - 05:22

Modest marathon growth in the U.S. last year, but plenty of record highs including total finishers for the classic 26.2 mile distance

Running USA wire
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Over the past decade, marathons in the U.S. and worldwide have been part of the Second Running Boom's unprecedented upward trend line, and 2011 was another year of growth in U.S. marathons with an estimated record 518,000 finishers or a 2.2% increase from 2010, a modest increase compared to recent years (9.9% in 2009 and 8.6% in 2010). See U.S. marathon finisher table further below.

Part of the slowing growth for the 26.2 mile distance may be attributed to the explosive growth of the half-marathon over the past 5 years in the U.S. as runners either have moved down from their first or second marathon to the half-marathon or see the half-marathon as a more manageable, but as challenging distance for their time and aspirations. In addition, a majority of large marathons have entrant caps which - due to the Rule of Large Numbers - will impact the overall percent growth, particularly if non-capped and debut marathons don't attract a larger number of entrants compared to past years.

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Charles Futrell is oldest known Duathlete

Date: 
02/25/2012 - 20:00
Date: 
02/25/2012 - 20:00

futtrell1.jpg With a finish time of 2:31:56, Charles (Charlie) Futrell, 91, of The Villages, FL, became the oldest male known to finish a USA Triathlon sanctioned duathlon Feb. 25 at the Florida Duathlon Festival in Groveland, FL, at Lake David Park. USA Triathlon is the sanctioning body for triathlons and duathlons in the USA.

Futrell participated in the sprint distance event of the Florida Duathlon Festival, competing in a 5K run, 10 mile bike, and one mile run.

Kevin Grogan, 39, of Minneola, FL, was the overall sprint distance winner in 54:32. Kayla Pratt, 17, of West Palm Beach, FL, won the female sprint division in 1:04:44.

Two other races were held:

Long Course event, which consisted of a 5K run, 35K bike, ending with another 5K run: Owen Scott, 32, of Jacksonville, FL, was the winner in 1:27:35. Kim Loeffler, 50, of Colchester, NY, was the women's victor in 1:39:21.

Family Fitness 5K: Jaelin Funk, 19, of Celebration, FL, was the winner in 20:17. Becky Noel, 37, of Clermont, FL, was the female winner in 32:51.

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