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Date: 
03/29/2012 - 12:20

Arlington, VA – On March 14, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Road Runners Club of America met in session in Memphis, TN and adopted the first ever Race Director Code of Ethics during the course of the board meeting.

The RRCA: Race Director Code of Ethics outlines the expected standards of conduct of any person or group of people that conduct a running event, road race, trail race, or other similar type of event that is either for profit or nonprofit and where individuals pay a fee to participate in the organized running event.

One of the primary goals of the RRCA is to promote a standard of conduct for all RRCA members producing running events. For many years, the RRCA has promoted the Guidelines for Safe Events, which all club and event directors joining the RRCA must agree to follow. The Race Director Code of Ethics, coupled with the RRCA Guidelines for Safe Events, provides a clear set of guidelines for all club and event members of the RRCA.

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Post-Race Recovery -- An Art or a Science?

Date: 
03/28/2012 - 09:30
Date: 
03/28/2012 - 09:30

By Lena Hollmann
Hollman,_Lena.jpg__.jpgI am tossing and turning in my bed, unable to sleep. Sore and aching leg muscles are keeping me awake. I want to take a hot bath to loosen them up, but I am staying in a hotel and don’t want to wake my neighbors. It is the wee hours of the morning of February 19, 2012, and the previous day I had run the Myrtle Beach half marathon in 1:51:22, bettering my time in Houston the previous month by more than two minutes. And now I was paying for it!

Regional
Date: 
03/27/2012 - 19:16

By Mary Marcia Brown

brown.jpg From the sixth floor gym of the Gables Midtown building in Georgia, I stolidly stared through the wind breaking windows, absorbing the Atlanta skyline through the cuttingly cold air conducive to my day’s indoor treadmill run. For the last couple miles of my run, I was not alone. The steady pace of a runner to my right provided the rhythm atop the roaring revolving belt that did not go unnoticed even as I completed my run and resorted to my religious regimen of stretching my hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and calves.

Regional features
Date: 
03/23/2012 - 16:16

By Joe Byrd, The Greeneville Sun

tusculum.jpgIt seems the hardest thing about getting new people into running is just getting them out the door the first time, and without a support network, many new runners come up with reasons to quit.

Tusculum College’s cross country team in Greeneville, TN, has come up with a way to help with both problems.

The team, in conjunction with American Greetings, is presenting the free “Couch to 4 Mile” training program to get non runners out the door and prepare them to participate in The Hope 4 four-mile race and 4K wellness walk on May 19 in Greeneville.

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Running USA Annual Half-Marathon Report

Date: 
03/23/2012 - 12:50
Date: 
03/23/2012 - 12:50

America's fastest growing distance reaches record levels again; Göteborg regains world's largest 13.1 mile road race title

Running USA wire
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Running USA's third annual Half-Marathon Report shows that the 13.1 mile distance had another year of impressive growth, but like U.S. marathons in 2011, the growth rate wasn't as large as recent years. Last year, U.S. half-marathons had an estimated 1.6 million finishers (a new high), an impressive 16.2% increase from 2010 (1,385,000 to 1,610,000), but lower than the historic 24% rise in both 2009 and 2010. Also, in the same 870 U.S. half-marathons for 2010 vs. 2011, there was a 6.4% finisher increase (1,264,907 vs. 1,346,280).

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Knoxville Track Club 50 Years Strong

Date: 
03/23/2012 - 12:53
Date: 
03/23/2012 - 12:53

By KRISTY ALTMAN, Managing Director, Knoxville Track Club

Streakers.jpgThe Knoxville Track & Field Club (KTC) celebrates 50 years of running and life in the Knoxville, TN, community. The KTC was founded in 1962 by eight charter members: Dr. Ben Plotnicki, Charlie Durham, Hal Canfield, Jerry Wrinkle, Sam Venable, Charles Lobetti, Coppley Vickers, and B. E. Sharp. In the early years, practice was held three evenings a week on the old East High School track and invited athletes were asked to try out for the KTC team.

Regional
Date: 
03/19/2012 - 17:03

Mwei, Marchant half-marathon winners; US Road Sports & Entertainment Group announces 3-year extension with Publix as title sponsor

By Jason Brown, US Road Sports
Running USA wire

ATLANTA - A field of more than 15,000 registered runners hit the streets of Atlanta for the Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon on Sunday morning. Justin Gillette, of Goshen, Ind., won the marathon in 2 hours, 32 minutes, 43 seconds, while Jill Horst, of Rome, Ga., claimed the women's crown in 3:00:52.

"I was able to catch up to the leader around mile 16 mile and at the 22 mile mark I made my move," Gillette recounted after winning his first Publix Georgia Marathon. "The [spectators] cheering along mile 22 really propelled me to do what it took to win. I liked the course and you could tell the organizers did a tremendous job preparing for this race."

Regional features
Date: 
03/14/2012 - 17:59

By Holly Johnson
Running USA wire

SARASOTA, Fla. -More than 3,000 runners and walkers took part in Sunday's 7th First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay, making the race one of the largest single day event participation events for Sarasota County outside Spring Training. Jacob Bradosky, age 24, of Great Falls, Montana and Sara Petrick, age 25, of Apollo Beach, Fla. won Open titles in course record times of 1 hour, 9 minutes, 42 seconds and 1:20:00 respectively.

Despite running this year's race faster than in 2011, last year's winners, Elias Gonzalez, age 35, from Tampa, and Heather Butcher, age 39, from North Port, took second place in the men's and women's division in 1:12:19 and 1:23:15 respectively. Butcher's runner-up finish made her the overall local division winner for women, while Jeff Vereckt, age 40, taking the men's local division top place (4th overall among men) and the Masters title in 1:20:52.

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The Running Monk Takes a Day of Rest

Date: 
03/13/2012 - 17:29
Date: 
03/13/2012 - 17:29

By Bre Weisenburger
bw@bigdogrunning.com
Staff Member
Big Dog Running Company
http://BigDogRunning.com

(Editor's note: Bre Weisenburger writes a newsletter column entitled the "Running Monk" for Big Dog Running Company. She is an active runner and writer, former high school science teacher and cross-country coach, and serves as social media guru for Big Dog. The column is intended as "humorous commentary" on running and to give wisdom from "hard-won running knowledge and experience.")

monk.jpgIn my vast running experience, I have learned (the hard way) the value of a rest day. Even the Running Monk gets physically fatigued and mentally exhausted and injured. So when the tank is empty, I try to forget my unreasonable obsession with running and act like a normal person for one day. It is difficult to impose an artificial and temporary lobotomy on the obsessive part of my brain, but I have learned to do so for the good of my health and sanity.

Here are my suggestions for putting aside the guilt and allowing yourself a day off:

Regional
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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