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Winning is Personal

Date: 
05/08/2012 - 11:46
Date: 
05/08/2012 - 11:46

By Richard Ferguson, Ph.D.
Ferguson,_Richard.jpg__.jpgRunning is the most primeval of all physical activities. Pre-historic man ran simply to survive through hunting and gathering, as well as fleeing from predators. For early man success through running simply meant living to see the sun rise on another day.

Today, success is certainly defined in a much different way. Unfortunately, in the sports world success is too often associated with winning and to most laymen, winning means finishing first. But do you really have to finish first to be a successful runner? I would say most certainly not.
Success is far too often associated with some particular outcome, such as a championship, trophy, or medal. For some, success may mean having great wealth, fame, or a position of power. All of these definitions of success are really external in their nature. By external I mean these things are what others, or society usually expect. Too often we have to look to other people to let us know if we are a success.

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Date: 
04/30/2012 - 16:40

Sheryl Crow, Grammy award-winning artist, breaks 2 hours running first 13.1-mile race; Kiplagat, Thompson take ½ marathon; Rodney Atkins headlines evening concert; more than 30,000 runners at 13th edition

By Dan Cruz, Competitor Group
Running USA wire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow joined more than 30,000 runners at the 2012 St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan. The first ambassador of the St. Jude Music Gives program, Crow ran the Nashville half-marathon in support of the New Hope Academy, finishing the 13.1-mile race in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 14 seconds.

Regional
Date: 
04/30/2012 - 16:44

By Marlene Atwood, USATF Southeast Representative

atwood.jpgAs the Southeast Region Representative for USA Track & Field (USATF), I am very excited about our organization and the many opportunities it has to offer athletes today.

USATF is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF offers one of the most comprehensive championships programs of any sport governing body in the United States. Thousands of athletes representing a wide range of ages and abilities compete annually in Association, Regional and National Championship events.

The USATF Southeast Region (encompassing the Associations of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia) is an active region offering opportunities to compete in association meets, as well as hosting regional and national meets. We’re active, we’re innovative and together we are growing the sport!

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Critters on the Trail

Date: 
04/25/2012 - 08:48
Date: 
04/25/2012 - 08:48

By Teri Saylor

Teri Saylor photo.jpgEven if you have never ever been chased by a moose at an 8,000-foot altitude, it is probably not hard to understand why Carolyn Quarterman, of Cary, NC, was ready to channel her inner monkey as she frantically searched for a tree to climb on a sunny summer day last year when she encountered a mama moose on a trail in Centennial, WY.

“I was out on an eight-mile, scenic run on a dirt road,” Quarterman said. “Normally you would see deer and other animals, but nothing dangerous in the summer.”

But she knew a family of moose lived in the area and she knew the mother had recently given birth to twins, though no one had seen her in awhile.

On this day, the mama moose, on the lookout for intruders, spied Quarterman, and began trotting along behind her.

An article posted on the Animal Planet website advises humans to run to avoid getting trampled.

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Max Siegel named CEO of USA Track & Field

Date: 
04/24/2012 - 18:34
Date: 
04/24/2012 - 18:34

INDIANAPOLIS – USA Track & Field’s board of directors has selected Max Siegel to serve as CEO, President and Chair Stephanie Hightower announced Monday.

The board voted unanimously to hire Siegel after two CEO searches that took place over the course of 16 months. He will become the fourth CEO in the organization’s history when he assumes his duties on May 1 as part of a two-year contract. Chief Operating Officer Mike McNees had served as interim CEO since September, 2010.

“The search for our next CEO was a process that we believe will fundamentally change USA Track & Field,” Hightower said. “It forced our board to put into focus what our greatest needs and priorities are. And in the end, it brought us an executive in Max Siegel who blends a knowledge of our sport and its political considerations with an impressive record of success in the broader sports and entertainment markets.”

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Date: 
04/19/2012 - 17:52

Economic impact study reveals February half-marathon provided boost for tourism economy

Running USA wire
The inaugural Rock 'n' Roll St. Pete Half Marathon, which was held Feb. 12 at St. Petersburg, FL, produced $7.8 million in total economic impact, including more than $3.8 million in direct visitor spending, according to a study conducted by the San Diego State University Sports MBA program. The event was the second largest debut half-marathon in the United States this year according to Running USA.

"The positive feedback we have received from participants has been tremendous, exceeding our expectations for an inaugural event," said Dana Allen, Senior Vice President of Competitor Group, organizer of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series. "Our goal as an organization was to establish a world class event and market St. Pete as a destination for runners. We know there is a great potential to expand far beyond the thousands of runners that descended upon St. Pete in February and we look forward to growing this great event in 2013."

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Date: 
04/18/2012 - 14:30

Event to host 40-plus national half-marathon championship through 2015

MELBOURNE, Fla. - The State Farm Melbourne Music Marathon Weekend has announced that USA Track & Field, the national governing body for track and field, long distance running and race walking in the United States, has awarded the event a three-year extension as host of its annual USA Masters Championship Half Marathon.

Melbourne's ½ Marathon has served as the USA Masters Championship (40 and over) since 2009 and will continue to do so through 2015.

"It has been an honor and a privilege for our race and community to host a national title race, and we couldn't be more excited to continue doing so for the next few years," said Melbourne Music Marathon Weekend race founder Mitch Varnes. "Our partnership with USATF has been a mutually advantageous one, and we are very pleased by this announcement."

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Ultras and Food Consumption

Date: 
04/18/2012 - 14:03
Date: 
04/18/2012 - 14:03

By Ray Krolewicz

I ate solid food at my last ultra. Actually I ate solid food at my last four ultras. As one who spent many years fueling at most ultras with only liquids, and has more recently lamented the fact that ultras sometime resemble roving picnics with a little running in between, this came as somewhat of a surprise.

Granted, four races ago I ran a 48-hour event. Over the course of two days some solid food must be eaten. Three races ago I ran 100 miles in just under 31 hours. It was more than a day of effort (even with a nap) and some food or meals had to be taken. Two races ago I completed a 72-hour run. Eating and sleeping are both necessary parts of multi-day runs. It is the careful application of each that leads to maximum performances.

My last race, however, was only 100K. I begin by saying that eating in 100K events is unnecessary. Remember that more than enough calories can be consumed in liquid form, which leaves the body better able to expend energy running, rather than digesting food.

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Date: 
04/17/2012 - 15:26

By David Stauth
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Women are more prone to knee injuries than men, and the findings of a new study suggest this may involve more than just differences in muscular and skeletal structure – it shows that males and females also differ in the way they transmit the nerve impulses that control muscle force.

Scientists at Oregon State University found that men control nerve impulses similar to individuals trained for explosive muscle usage – like those of a sprinter – while the nerve impulses of women are more similar to those of an endurance-trained athlete, like a distance runner.

In particular, the research may help to explain why women tend to suffer ruptures more often than men in the anterior cruciate ligament of their knees during non-contact activities. These ACL injuries are fairly common, can be debilitating, and even when repaired can lead to osteoarthritis later in life.

More study of these differences in nervous system processing may lead to improved types of training that individuals could use to help address this issue, scientists said. "

Regional
Date: 
04/16/2012 - 18:26

by Jon Gugala

Korir_WesleyFV1a-Boston12.jpgThe biggest character in 2012 Boston Marathon was not in the star-studded lineups in the men and women's races, but the starting and finishing temps. With a beginning of 77 degrees and an end at 84, gone were the favorable conditions of last year that saw the top two fastest men's marathons ever. University of Louisville alumnus Wesley Korir and 2011 Boston third-place finisher Sharon Cherop, both of Kenya, were the men's and women's champions.

Entering the race, it was Geoffrey Mutai, the 2011 Boston and New York City marathons winner and owner of the fastest time ever at the distance (2:03:02), that was the man kept squarely in the sights of his competitors. And he would instigate the break of a lead pack going into the Newton Hills at 17 miles, winnowing the group down to seven.

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