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Date: 
12/13/2011 - 10:22

By Brooke Nicholls Nelson

hawkins.jpgClaudis Hawkins danced and ran his way through life and straight into the hearts of everyone he met. Before his death at 93 last November, Hawkins was best known in the northeast Alabama area as a runner, but in his hometown of Rainbow City, he was known as an Astaire-caliber dance partner.

Yes, this tall, slender, effervescent nonagenarian could stride through a 5K course and cut a rug with the best of them. The often repeated adjective when describing Hawkins is “inspiring.”

Hawkins’ presence on the local running scene has been missed, but at no race more so than the recent Woodstock 5K, Anniston Runners Club’s signature event and the 2011 Road Runners Club of America’s (RRCA) National 5K Championship in Anniston, AL.

Regional
Date: 
12/12/2011 - 16:57

Bairu men's winner at inaugural running; finish line on the sand ends with post-race concert by chart-topping Miami rapper Pitbull
Running USA wire
By Dan Cruz, Competitor Group

Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan ran 1 hour, 9 minutes and 58 seconds to set a new Florida state record and clocked the fastest women's record standard half-marathon time in 2011 for an American under warm, breezy conditions at the inaugural Dodge Latin Music Miami Beach 1/2 Marathon benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, held on Dec. 11 in Miami Beach FL.

Flanagan, 30, the bronze medalist at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, came to Miami Beach with her Oregon Track Club teammates to prepare for next month's U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston. With no regard for the competition or the conditions, Flanagan ran a 5:05 opening mile to distance herself from the rest of the field, eventually finishing fourth overall.

Regional
Date: 
12/05/2011 - 17:39

RC 2011.gifDaniel Kirwa, 24, of Searcy, AR, led the field in the 35th annual Rocket City Marathon on Dec. 10. Kirwa crossed the line in 2:20:05 with Fernando Babada, 29, of Boulder, CO, taking second in 2:22:56. Alan Horton, 31, of Knoxville, TN, was third in 2:27:49.

On the women’s side, 48-year-old Jen Hitchings of Sacramento, CA, took the win, running 2:51:27. Christina Johnston, 31, of Xenia, OH, was second in 2:56:14, with Deanna Newman, 41, of Birmingham, AL, third in 2:56:52. Last year’s women’s champion, Candace Jacobs, 31, of Huntsville was fourth, running 2:57:16.

Regional features
Date: 
12/06/2011 - 10:54

Win Gold, Silver, and Bronze Individual Medals and National Team Title
centralfloridastriders.jpgAltamonte Springs, FL – Thirty-two athletes from the Central Florida Gliders Cross Country team were among more than 1100 young competitors at the 2011 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Cross Country Championship held December 3 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Central Florida. Gliders were awarded a team gold medal; gold, silver, and bronze medals for individual performances; and 11 other individual medals for placing in the top 25 of age group competitions.

“Our athletes put in a lot of work this season and the AAU championship is a positive reinforcement for their commitment to cross country training,” said Gliders Cross Country Coach Mark Robinson. “Winning national titles is nothing new for this team as half of them were also on the Midget (ages 11-12) and Bantam (ages 9-10) championship teams in 2009 and 2007, respectively," says Coach Robinson.

Regional
Date: 
12/05/2011 - 17:41

Courtesy American Track & Field
ST. LOUIS – The 33rd edition of the USA Track & Field Annual Meeting came to a close Sunday at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis with the Closing Session. Approximately 1,000 volunteers, officials, athletes, coaches and supporters of the sport were involved with the Annual Meeting.

The Closing Session featured site announcements for upcoming national championships and finalized business from the week’s meeting. It was the second time the Annual Meeting had been held in St. Louis as it was also there in 1994.

Traditionally being held the week following Thanksgiving, the 2012 Annual Meeting will be held in Daytona Beach, Fla.; 2013 in Indianapolis, Ind.; 2014 in Anaheim, Calif.; 2015 in Houston, Tex.; and 2016 in Orlando, Fla.

Long Distance Running, Race Walking expands competition rules
The Annual Meeting led to a resolution to expand competition rules for LDR and Race Walking as it pertains to select U.S. citizens.

Regional features

The Mental Peak

Date: 
11/29/2011 - 10:35
Date: 
11/29/2011 - 10:35

By Richard Ferguson, Ph.D.
Ferguson,_Richard.jpg__.jpgYou have trained really hard for your most important race of the year. Months and months of effort have been invested and you have sacrificed physically and mentally. It won’t be long now until you run your biggest race of the year. You want to be at your best, both mentally and physically. In other words you’re looking to “peak” for your big event.

Your training has gone well and you indeed feel fit and very well prepared. You understand that you will need to back off of your training in the weeks preceding the race to ensure that you’re rested and energized. The proper taper period and proper rest are most certainly a requirement for being able to physically peak at the proper time for your important race. But what about the mental part of peaking? Most runners are pretty good at physically peaking, but they totally ignore the mental aspects of peaking.

Regional
Date: 
11/29/2011 - 09:28

By Kym Klass
River Region Runners

rrr5a.jpgIt was a small article in a local newspaper in the early 1970s – three men reaching out to the community to form a running club. The goal was to promote physical fitness and sponsor a handful of races under the name Montgomery Track Club.

It worked.

Almost 40 years later, that track club is now the River Region Runners (R3), a 300-member organization that this year helped organize 28 races – almost every other weekend – and most recently was selected to host the Road Runners of America’s (RRCA) Southern Region 5K with its Labor Day 5K Run.

A lot happened in four decades. There are a lot of different stories of the beginning, middle, and even now. After an April 26, 1972 news clipping in the Montgomery Advertiser, in which the group of three men – John D. Cates, Gordon Persons Jr. and Bob Richard – called out for runners, the club grew to 25 members within the first two months, and they voted to call the club the Capital City Pacers. They quickly began holding track meets of one-, two- and four-mile races.

Regional features
Date: 
11/25/2011 - 16:22

Special athlete needs expense help

MichaelMurray.jpgMichael Murray, a gifted 20-year-old paralympic runner from Nashville, TN, recently won the bronze medal in the 1500 meters in international competition at the Parapan (Pan Am) Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. It was Murray’s first medal in international competition. Teammate Markeith Price, also of Nashville, won bronze in the long jump.

The race was run at high altitude and Murray was not running his favorite distance – he prefers the 800 and 400. He suffered cramps and nosebleeds from the altitude and dry air.

Regional
Date: 
11/24/2011 - 17:49

2011 marks largest participant field in the event’s history
By Tracy Lott/Atlanta Track Club
Atlanta, GA – Over 12,800 runners and walkers kicked off Thanksgiving morning at the 2011 Atlanta Half Marathon events on Thursday, November 24. 2011 marked the largest participant field in the Thanksgiving Day event’s history. Along with the Atlanta Half Marathon, the event featured the sold-out Thanksgiving Day 5K as well as the Mashed Potato Mile for children ages 7 to 12 and the Gravy Gallop for kids ages 6 and under.

“The events of the Atlanta Half Marathon really exemplify the Atlanta Track Club’s mission of inspiring and engaging the community to achieve health and fitness through running,” said Tracey Russell, Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club. “It’s really incredible to see people of all ages and abilities kicking off their holiday in such a healthy and fun way.”

Regional
Date: 
11/19/2011 - 17:40

Twenty-eight youth running programs across the country receive funding

Running USA wire
ARLINGTON, Va. - (November 14, 2011) - The Road Runners Club of America, the oldest and largest distance running organization in the United States, has announced the 2011 Kids Run the Nation grant recipients. Twenty-eight programs throughout the U.S. that collectively serve 30,000 youth will receive a total of $20,000 in grants, an increase compared to the $15,000 granted in 2010.

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