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Making a Plan For Your 2012 Marathon

Date: 
01/26/2012 - 12:34
Date: 
01/26/2012 - 12:34

By Carolyn Mather
Mather,_Carolyn.jpg__.jpgA few years ago, my husband Steve, after smoking three packs of cigarettes a day for more than 30 years and being a very Type A executive who weighed in at more than 225 pounds, decided he needed to get in shape for skiing. He started "sneak" running as he did not want me to know. During a period of several weeks he managed to get injured. He finally confessed as he limped around and asked me for some "coaching." I helped him recover and within a few months he ran his first 5K at age 50 in 28:24, meeting his goal of being under 30 minutes, not walking, and not being last. He continued to improve and in January he told me he wanted to run a marathon.

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RRCA: Lynchburg is Runner Friendly

Date: 
01/23/2012 - 18:30
Date: 
01/23/2012 - 18:30

Lynchburg.jpgLynchburg, VA, has been designated the 2011 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community by the Road Runners Club of America.

Lynchburg has shown that it meets, and exceeds, the program’s criteria, which includes community infrastructure, civic backing, and local business support for the sport of running. Their infrastructure fosters physical activity in a safe environment; a proven track record that organizations and businesses work together to promote running as a healthy exercise and sport; and they create and maintain positive relationships between the running community and local government.

“Lynchburg is a shining example of the positive benefits running can bring to a community when everyone is on the same page,” said RRCA Executive Director Jean Knaack. “While we are proud of all of 
our Runner Friendly Communities, we feel Lynchburg has provided a blueprint for future communities.”

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Nashville Striders

Date: 
01/24/2012 - 10:21
Date: 
01/24/2012 - 10:21

Active club provides race management, helps community, Tom King races are in March

By Peter Pressman, President, Nashville (TN) Striders

striders4small1.jpgIn early 1970, there were 17 original members when the Nashville Striders Club was established with Tom King as President. This group of runners mainly met at the Downtown YMCA or at Percy Warner Park.

The Club remained pretty much low-key for the next few years, with the group adopting the name of Nashville Striders in 1975, with King as president. By late 1976, the club listing included 74 members. The year 1977 marked a major milestone, as the monthly publication, the Funrunner, was established by Larry Wallace.

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Needs help finding old marathon results

Date: 
01/23/2012 - 18:14
Date: 
01/23/2012 - 18:14

Paul Riefberg needs your help finding some old race results, especially the Waynesboro (VA) Marathon of Oct. 8, 1977. Paul, a former Alabamian who lives in Texas, is seeking complete results of every marathon in which he participated – and there wasn’t much publicity given back in those early days of marathoning.

He recently tracked down the results of the 1974 Andrew Jackson Marathon in Jackson, Tennessee, where he finished sixth out of 35 finishers. He did that by obtaining age group results from the Jackson Sun daily newspaper, contacted runners on that list and found one who had the list of all finishers.

He also needs results of the Boston Marathon from April 1974. He placed 347th in 2:51:02 out of, perhaps, an estimated 1700 runners. He found a list of all sub-3-hour finishers but wants the complete finish list.

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Date: 
01/19/2012 - 14:20

peachtree.jpg The Atlanta Track Club, organizer of the AJC Peachtree Road Race which takes place each year on the Fourth of July, announced that registration for the 2012 event will open on Thursday, March 15 through an online lottery at www.ajc.com/peachtree. The Atlanta Track Club first introduced the registration lottery for Peachtree in 2011 as a way to establish a fair registration process for all entrants. Those wishing to be one of the 60,000 participants selected for the 43rd running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race can register for the lottery online at ajc.com/peachtree from 7 a.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2012, to 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2012. Regardless of the day or time one enters, all individuals and groups who enter the lottery will have an equal chance of being selected for the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race. Entrants will be randomly selected after the lottery closes on March 22. All lottery entrants will receive an email by Monday, March 26, 2012 informing them of whether or not they were selected for the 2012 event. Searchable results of the selection process will also be posted on www.peachtreeroadrace.org and www.ajc.com/peachtree on March 26.

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Date: 
01/19/2012 - 17:43

By DINK TAYLOR, Owner, Fleet Feet Sports, Huntsville, Alabama
http://www.FleetFeetHuntsville.com

taylor.jpg It seems there is not a day that goes by, at some point, the topic of “injury” is brought to my attention. Someone comes into Fleet Feet with a problem, I get emails or it is just the topic of conversation on the run. I believe the word injury is the most hated word in the running world, maybe even in all sports.

While we could talk all day about injuries and which ones we have had, I want to talk about ways to prevent them. I have had just about every ache and pain in the book and, up until now, I have never missed a day of running due to injury. I have been accused of being “a freak of nature” but I like to think I have been given some pretty good genes and have made some wise choices over the years while on the run. I believe I could write all day on injury prevention but today I am going to just talk about my top three ways to prevent injuries.

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State Running Records

Date: 
01/19/2012 - 13:38
Date: 
01/19/2012 - 13:38

Running Journal is compiling a list of states across the South who are keeping State Running Records. You can find the current list on our website by clicking here. You’ll find records from the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

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Date: 
01/17/2012 - 14:54

25,000 runners expected for 10th edition on Sunday, January 29

Running USA wire

The ING Miami Marathon and Half-Marathon® is quickly gaining fame worldwide, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean, with its International appeal leading to a surge in entries that will likely result in a field cap and sellout of 25,000 runners at this year's event set for Sunday, January 29.

At the 10th edition, nearly 20 percent of those runners will come from outside the United States, with more than 64 countries already represented among the early entrants.

In response to the great International numbers, the ING Miami Marathon and Half-Marathon® has partnered with American Airlines to launch the Race of the Americas Challenge.

The top male and female runner in the marathon for each of the designated regions of the Americas will receive a special prize.

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Date: 
01/14/2012 - 15:20

USA Track & Field
HOUSTON - Two of the fastest races in Olympic Marathon Trials history took place on the same day Saturday in Houston as the six men and women who will represent Team USA in London earned their way on the squad. Shalane Flanagan set an Olympic Trials record of 2:25:38 in only her second marathon, while Meb Keflezighi earned his third Olympic berth by winning the Trials in a personal best time of 2:09:08. Flanagan led a Trials record five women under 2:30 while Meb led four men under 2:10 for the first time in Trials history.

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Keflezighi’s performance (Mammoth Lakes, Calif) came only 69 days after his last marathon, where he also ran a then personal best time of 2:09:13 to place sixth at the 2011 ING New York City Marathon. The 2009 ING New York City Marathon winner and 2004 Olympic silver medalist became the first man to win both the U.S. Olympic Trials and the New York City Marathon in his career. At nearly 37 years old, he is the oldest man to win the Olympic Marathon Trials.

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