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Date: 
08/23/2012 - 15:06

Hollywood personalities are latest celebrities to join star-packed marathon weekend; The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney and ESPN radio personality Colin Cowherd already in the field; uniquely-designed commemorative race medal for every finisher

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Several additional celebrities are joining in the fun of the 20th anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna. Comedian and "The Price Is Right" host Drew Carey, actor Gilles Marini (Sex in the City: The Movie, Switched at Birth and Dancing with the Stars), Access Hollywood co-host Kit Hoover, reality TV stars Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca (Survivor, The Amazing Race and Everyday Health) and actor Sean Astin (The Goonies, The Lord of the Rings and Rudy) are participating in the historic runDisney race weekend, Jan. 10-13.

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Ironman Competition Coming To Raleigh

Date: 
08/21/2012 - 16:56
Date: 
08/21/2012 - 16:56

An Ironman triathlon will be held next year in Raleigh, NC, on June 2, reportedly the first Ironman race ever held in the state.

The race will include a 1.2 mile swim at Lake Jordan, a 56 mile bicycle race that will end in downtown Raleigh, and 13.1 mile run through the city.

The race will be on the Ironman 70.3 series, which offers a $15,000 professional prize purse. There will also be 40 age-group qualifying slots where participants can qualify for the 2013 Ironman World Championship 70.3 at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada.

“As we continue to expand the Ironman 70.3 series, we look for unique venues, compelling destinations and cooperative municipal partnerships,” said Steve Meckfessel, managing Director of Global Race Operations for the Ironman competitions. “Raleigh, with its gorgeous oak-lined streets, historic landmarks and enthusiasm for world-class sporting events, fits those criteria perfectly. We’re excited to expand the Ironman 70.3 Series to the Carolinas and look forward to an incredible first-year event in 2013.”

Regional
Date: 
08/16/2012 - 18:14

By DINK TAYLOR, Fleet Feet Sports Huntsville, AL

dink.jpg What better subject than the men’s Olympic Marathon. Before the race started, I checked out the weather and decided times were going to be slower and the Americans would have more problems than the Kenyan’s.

It was still the Olympic Marathon and just maybe we would have some excitement despite the warmer temps. I expected a bit more out of Ryan Hall but it just goes to show that anything can happen in a marathon no matter who you are.

So what about Ryan Hall? I heard several folks giving him a hard time about his first ever DNF. Failure was one of the words used. Can you really say that anyone who made it to the Olympic Marathon failed? I think not, especially when it comes to the marathon. The only ones who can even really judge Ryan’s performance are folks who have beaten him in a race or raced against him in the Olympic Marathon, fair enough? I mean come on, how many of you have had that kind of pressure to perform, as if you lively hood depended on it?

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Date: 
08/13/2012 - 18:29

By USATF
richards.jpgLONDON - With Its medal tally of 29 medals, Team USA scored its biggest Olympic medal collection since the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona - a Games held in the immediate aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Bloc.

2012 was an Olympics of historic significance for the U.S. team. It dominated track & field competition, in medals and points scoring, with USA, Russia and Jamaica going 1-2-3 in both measures. In medal tally, Team USA finished with 29 medals (9 gold, 13 silver, 7 bronze), with Russia second with 18 (8 gold, 4 silver, 6 bronze). Jamaica was third with 12 medals - 4 each of gold, silver and bronze.

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Date: 
08/13/2012 - 18:24

Lead by Olympic Gold Medalists, Edith McGuire-Duvall and Antonio McKay

Atlanta, Georgia – Georgia’s Olympic event of the year!! Featuring outstanding Olympic inductees, Edith McGuire-Duvall, Antonio McKay, James ”Jimmy” Carnes, Douglas “Buddy” Fowlkes, Edward “Ed” Hamm and Paul Koshewa. Each of these remarkable individuals has made unique contributions to our state through the sport of track and field, and we look forward to honoring them as they take their rightful place in the USATF Georgia Hall of Fame. The 2012 Georgia Track and Field Hall of Fame, honorees will be inducted on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta, GA at the USATF-Georgia Association Hall of Fame Awards Dinner & Gala.

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Keflezighi fourth in marathon

Date: 
08/12/2012 - 14:16
Date: 
08/12/2012 - 14:16

By USATF
meb2.jpgLONDON – Eight years after his Olympic silver, Meb Keflezighi (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) returned to the Olympic marathon at the age of 37 to finish in fourth place in 2:11:06 under hot and humid conditions on the streets of London.

Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda brought home his country’s first medal of the London Games and only their third athletics medal of all time as he won gold in 2:08:01. He was followed by Abel Kirui in 2:08:27 and Wilson Kipsang in 2:09:37, both of Kenya.

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Date: 
08/12/2012 - 05:01

By USATF
felix1.jpgLONDON - A commanding victory in the women’s 4x400 relay and thrilling silvers in the men’s 4x100 and women’s high jump on Saturday night made for an exciting conclusion to track competition at Olympic Stadium. In the process, the 4x100 American record fell and Allyson Felix became the first woman since Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988 to win three gold medals in one Olympic Games.

With one road event - the men’s marathon - to be contested on Sunday, Team USA’s medal tally stands at 29 medals: nine gold, 13 silver and seven bronze. The women have accounted for 14 of those medals (6 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze), just two behind the all-time record of 16 won at the boycotted 1984 Games.

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Date: 
08/11/2012 - 05:04

By USATF

felix.jpgLONDON - Annihilating a world record that had stood for 27 years, the U.S. women’s 4x100-meter relay team on Friday night put on a dominant performance that put the U.S. atop the sprint podium for the first time since 1996. It was a night that also saw two other national records in the women’s 4x100, an American record in the men’s 4x100m rounds and a Team USA silver medal in a dramatic men’s 4x400 relay.

With nine event finals yet to be contested, Team USA’s medal count stands at 26, their highest Olympic medal tally since 30 in 1992.

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Date: 
08/09/2012 - 18:08

By USATF

Rudisha_DavidFH1a-OlyGame12.JPGLONDON - Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee went 1-2 in the decathlon, and Christian Taylor and Will Claye did the same in the triple jump as Team USA added four more medals in track competition Thursday night. The U.S. medal tally now stands at 24.

Deca dominance

Eaton (Eugene, Ore.) and Hardee (Austin, Texas) were in first and second from the start of the competition, and they kept that consistency through the 10th and final event. Eaton won the gold with 8,863 points and Hardee had silver with 8,671points, marking the fifth time the U.S. has gone 1-2 in the decathlon. Hall of Famers Milt Campbell and Rafer Johnson were the last to accomplish the 1-2 feat, in 1956. Leonel Suarez of Cuba was third behind Eaton and Hardee, scoring 8,523 points.

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Date: 
08/09/2012 - 18:54

By USATF
mitchell.jpgLONDON – Running the opening leg for Team USA in Thursday morning’s 4x400m relay semifinal, Manteo Mitchell (Cullowhee, N.C.) was a pivotal part in helping his team to the final.

The Bahamas and United States finished 1-2 in the heat in identical times of 2:58.87, the fastest time ever run in the first round of the relay at the Olympic Games.

Without a doubt, it was the fastest time ever run in the Olympics by a team whose leadoff runner broke his leg midway through the race.

Mitchell, 25, was part of the Team USA relay pool after placing fifth in the 400m at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Ore. Earlier this week in the Olympic Village, he slipped on a stairway and didn’t think much of it – until Thursday.

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