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Date: 
11/27/2012 - 12:09

ORANGE BEACH, Alabama—Not many recreational athletes can say they shot hoops with LeBron James, caught passes from Drew Brees or took a swing against Justin Verlander. But the runners in the Kaiser Realty Coastal Half-Marathon, the RRCA AL State Championship event, on Saturday can say they were in a race with Olympic medalist Meb Keflezighi.

For a little while, at least.

“We have a very unique sport,” Keflezighi said, “because we all participate in the same thing, whether it’s a mile, a 5K or a 10K. Somebody here just told me, ‘Hey, I ran the New York City Marathon with you in 2009.’ You’re not going to hear somebody say they played basketball with an NBA player or in other sports. I might finish minutes before them or hours before them, but it’s still the same distance, the same competition.”

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Pain or Discomfort?

Date: 
11/27/2012 - 09:10
Date: 
11/27/2012 - 09:10

By Richard Ferguson Ph.D

Ferguson,_Richard.jpg__.jpgWhether we like to admit it or not, there is a certain amount of physical discomfort that comes with running if we’re really pushing to our physiological capacity. I hate to use this word, but yes, there is pain involved with running. The pain I’m talking about has nothing to do with injury. Running pain comes with effort and endurance when metabolic waste products build up, energy stores become depleted, and muscles become sore because of eccentric loading. Our emotions actually are very important in how we perceive and interpret the pain of running. Often, if we are really concentrating on a pace or competitor, we don’t have any awareness of pain until something breaks our concentration. Usually if our concentration is not on ourselves we are much better at dealing with pain when pain does occur.

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Date: 
11/24/2012 - 05:20

daprano-resize.aspx_.jpgINDIANAPOLIS – After establishing a total of five age-group world records in 2012, Jeanne Daprano (W75) has been named the Masters Track & Field Athlete of the Year by the USA Track & Field Masters Committee. Daprano (Fayetteville, Ga.) will be honored at the Jesse Owens Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, December 1, which is held in conjunction with the USATF Annual Meeting in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Daprano proved her ability both indoors and outdoors in 2012. She established age-group world records in the 400-meters (1:19.28), 800m (3:16.21) and mile (7:13.51) indoors and set additional world records outdoors in the 400m (1:22.98) and mile (7:13.31). Her season also included winning three events at both the USA Masters Indoor and Outdoor Championships and two gold medals and one silver medal at the World Masters Indoor Championships in Jyvaskyla, Finland.

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Date: 
11/22/2012 - 17:47

Over 12,800 runners and walkers kicked off Thanksgiving morning at the 2012 Atlanta Half Marathon events on Thursday, November 22, making it one of the largest participant fields in the event’s history. Along with the Atlanta Half Marathon, the Thanksgiving Day event featured the Thanksgiving Day 5K, the Mashed Potato Mile for children ages 7 to 12 and the Gravy Gallop for kids ages 6 and under.

“The Atlanta Half Marathon events really bring the Atlanta Track Club’s mission of inspiring and engaging the community to achieve health and fitness through running to life,” said Tracey Russell, Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club. “It’s truly inspiring to see so many families and friends come together to kick off their holiday in a healthy and active way.”

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Date: 
11/20/2012 - 11:49

Since 1971, the RRCA has been honoring dedicated individuals for their service to the running community through the RRCA Hall of Fame and the National Running Awards. Detailed information about the award categories along with selection criteria and the online nomination form can be found at www.rrca.org/services/national-running-awards/. To nominate a deserving individual simply follow the instructions on the online nomination form, print a copy for your records, and click the submit button. Email or mail newsletter copies as instructed in the online form. The RRCA will provide a $400 travel stipend and one complementary ticket for each award winner to the 2013 RRCA National Running Awards Banquet that will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 4, 2013.

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Date: 
11/18/2012 - 18:40

Alexis Y Fido Headline Finish Line concert on the Sand in South Beach

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miami.jpg MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - The sands and the sounds of South Beach made for an exhilarating finish line as thousands of runners took part in the St. Jude Latin Music Miami Beach Half Marathon. The race started on iconic Ocean Drive and finished on the sand in Lummus Park, with live bands entertaining runners every mile of the scenic 13.1-mile course.

Costa Rican Olympian Cesar Lizano executed his race plan to perfection, winning the men's race in dominant fashion this morning in 1 hour, 7 minutes, 46 seconds. Lizano was Costa Rica's lone marathon representative at the 2012 London Olympics, where he finished 65th overall in challenging conditions. The Miami race was the first step toward his goal of qualifying for the 2013 IAAF World Championships next August in Moscow, which he hopes to attain at the Chevron Houston Marathon in January.

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Date: 
11/18/2012 - 18:47

Nearly 5,000 women participate in half-marathon and 5K

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womens.jpg ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Thousands of women gathered for the Lady Speed Stick® Women's Half Marathon and Women's Running Magazine 5K on Sunday, Nov. 18. The windy 13.1-mile and 5K race started and finished downtown in Albert Whitted Park. Florida residents stole the spotlight, with Lauren Lumley from Sarasota crossing the 5K finish line first in 19 minutes, 44 seconds and Loni Smith from Lakeland placing first in the half marathon in 1:24:20.

"This event is about having a fun girl's weekend," said Dawna Stone, founder of the Women's Half Marathon Series. "Participants not only come for the race, but they stay because of the beautiful destination here in St. Pete. The Women's Half Marathon is another opportunity to encourage health and fitness in the community and thousands of women keep coming back year after year to run this race and stay fit."

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Date: 
11/16/2012 - 11:13

runway.jpg"The Greenville Downtown Airport will host a fundraising run on Saturday, May 18th, 2013. The money raised will go towards completing the new community aviation park," stated Joe Frasher, Airport Director of the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU). "Since we are in the airport business, not running business, we have pulled in a very experienced race planner, Joe Lanahan. Joe currently oversees the very successful TD Bank Reedy River Run and we are ever so grateful that he has volunteered his time to help us," Frasher stated.

"Several airports in the country have this type event and they can be very successful. It's a unique and fun project to take on," stated Joe Lanahan, a Program Manager for the Greenville County Recreation District.

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Date: 
11/12/2012 - 17:45

More than 3,000 runners participated in the prep race for the 2013 ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon; Alderin, Nedlo, win Karhu 5K

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FORT LAUDERDALE- Jon Volpi of Boca Raton and Justyna Mudy of Rome, Ga. overcame windy conditions to win the fifth Allstate Life Insurance Fort Lauderdale 13.1 Marathon® on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Volpi, 29, won the men's division with a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes, 32 seconds, while Mudy, a 28-year-old Poland native, was the first woman to finish and the seventh overall runner in a time of 1:18:51.

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Date: 
11/10/2012 - 17:45

Mengstu Nebsi sets new American Family Fitness Half Marathon course record; Hirut Beyene claims women’s half marathon title

Record-size field of 18,702 highlights 35th running of event

RICHMOND, VA – With a time of 2:15:14, Kenya’s Kipkoech Ruto, 23, won the 2012 Anthem Richmond Marathon, taking home $3,000 in prize money - $2,500 for the first place finish and an additional bonus of $500 for finishing under two hours and twenty minutes. Aziza Aliyu, a 27-year-old Ethiopian, was the first female to cross the finish line, clocking in at 2:40:21.

In the fifth year of the American Family Fitness Half Marathon, a new course record was set in the men’s division. Thirty-five-year-old Mengstu Nebsi of Ethiopia crossed the finish line with a time of 1:03:21, besting the previous course record set by George Towett in 2010 by 23 seconds.

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