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04/19/2012 - 17:52

Economic impact study reveals February half-marathon provided boost for tourism economy

Running USA wire
The inaugural Rock 'n' Roll St. Pete Half Marathon, which was held Feb. 12 at St. Petersburg, FL, produced $7.8 million in total economic impact, including more than $3.8 million in direct visitor spending, according to a study conducted by the San Diego State University Sports MBA program. The event was the second largest debut half-marathon in the United States this year according to Running USA.

"The positive feedback we have received from participants has been tremendous, exceeding our expectations for an inaugural event," said Dana Allen, Senior Vice President of Competitor Group, organizer of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series. "Our goal as an organization was to establish a world class event and market St. Pete as a destination for runners. We know there is a great potential to expand far beyond the thousands of runners that descended upon St. Pete in February and we look forward to growing this great event in 2013."

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Date: 
04/18/2012 - 14:30

Event to host 40-plus national half-marathon championship through 2015

MELBOURNE, Fla. - The State Farm Melbourne Music Marathon Weekend has announced that USA Track & Field, the national governing body for track and field, long distance running and race walking in the United States, has awarded the event a three-year extension as host of its annual USA Masters Championship Half Marathon.

Melbourne's ½ Marathon has served as the USA Masters Championship (40 and over) since 2009 and will continue to do so through 2015.

"It has been an honor and a privilege for our race and community to host a national title race, and we couldn't be more excited to continue doing so for the next few years," said Melbourne Music Marathon Weekend race founder Mitch Varnes. "Our partnership with USATF has been a mutually advantageous one, and we are very pleased by this announcement."

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Ultras and Food Consumption

Date: 
04/18/2012 - 14:03
Date: 
04/18/2012 - 14:03

By Ray Krolewicz

I ate solid food at my last ultra. Actually I ate solid food at my last four ultras. As one who spent many years fueling at most ultras with only liquids, and has more recently lamented the fact that ultras sometime resemble roving picnics with a little running in between, this came as somewhat of a surprise.

Granted, four races ago I ran a 48-hour event. Over the course of two days some solid food must be eaten. Three races ago I ran 100 miles in just under 31 hours. It was more than a day of effort (even with a nap) and some food or meals had to be taken. Two races ago I completed a 72-hour run. Eating and sleeping are both necessary parts of multi-day runs. It is the careful application of each that leads to maximum performances.

My last race, however, was only 100K. I begin by saying that eating in 100K events is unnecessary. Remember that more than enough calories can be consumed in liquid form, which leaves the body better able to expend energy running, rather than digesting food.

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Date: 
04/17/2012 - 15:26

By David Stauth
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Women are more prone to knee injuries than men, and the findings of a new study suggest this may involve more than just differences in muscular and skeletal structure – it shows that males and females also differ in the way they transmit the nerve impulses that control muscle force.

Scientists at Oregon State University found that men control nerve impulses similar to individuals trained for explosive muscle usage – like those of a sprinter – while the nerve impulses of women are more similar to those of an endurance-trained athlete, like a distance runner.

In particular, the research may help to explain why women tend to suffer ruptures more often than men in the anterior cruciate ligament of their knees during non-contact activities. These ACL injuries are fairly common, can be debilitating, and even when repaired can lead to osteoarthritis later in life.

More study of these differences in nervous system processing may lead to improved types of training that individuals could use to help address this issue, scientists said. "

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Date: 
04/16/2012 - 18:26

by Jon Gugala

Korir_WesleyFV1a-Boston12.jpgThe biggest character in 2012 Boston Marathon was not in the star-studded lineups in the men and women's races, but the starting and finishing temps. With a beginning of 77 degrees and an end at 84, gone were the favorable conditions of last year that saw the top two fastest men's marathons ever. University of Louisville alumnus Wesley Korir and 2011 Boston third-place finisher Sharon Cherop, both of Kenya, were the men's and women's champions.

Entering the race, it was Geoffrey Mutai, the 2011 Boston and New York City marathons winner and owner of the fastest time ever at the distance (2:03:02), that was the man kept squarely in the sights of his competitors. And he would instigate the break of a lead pack going into the Newton Hills at 17 miles, winnowing the group down to seven.

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Date: 
04/16/2012 - 18:14

adidas’ New Boston365 to Help Runners Qualify for World’s Most Prestigious Road Race
adidas_main_3.gif PORTLAND, Ore. – adidas celebrates its 23rd year as the official footwear and apparel supplier of the Boston Marathon with the launch of Boston365, a new training program designed to help runners achieve the ultimate goal of running the world’s most coveted marathon.

In partnership with Fleet Feet Sports specialty running stores, adidas’ Boston365 program provides assessment, coaching and training to support participants hoping to qualify for and gain entry into future Boston Marathons.

“With elite coaching partners and deep roots in running that stretch back to legends like Jesse Owens, Grete Waitz and current marathoner Geoffrey Mutai, adidas offers a comprehensive and integrated training program for those gunning to get better and faster to qualify for the Boston Marathon,” said Mikal Peveto, director of running, adidas America.

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Date: 
04/13/2012 - 12:56

By Bob Schwartz

With much anticipation and excitement I finished my run, went inside and took off my shoes. The latter I’d done innumerable times before, but this time was different. This was the day of reckoning. After a month of my personal experiment, the results were about to be revealed. I grabbed the tops of my shoes and took a deep breath. As the suspense heightened I glanced towards my wife and requested, “Drum roll, please.”

Before revealing the results and what happened next, let me start at the beginning to provide some background. When the focus on running form became more prevalent, I didn’t think much about it. My motto was if it works don’t fix it. It was running for gosh sakes; this wasn’t a golf swing, tennis stroke or even a basketball jump shot. I recognized that form was significant for those activities and recalled honing my shot with a continuous recitation of “square your body, elbow in, bend your wrist, fingertip release, and follow through.” But running? The only cadence in my head was one foot forward, body to follow.

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Date: 
04/10/2012 - 17:54

photo.JPGFleet Feet Sports (www.fleetfeetmurfreesboro.com) launched a Get Fit Murfreesboro Challenge in January. This program was designed to reach out to the Murfreesboro, Tennessee community and offer an incentive program for weight loss.

At the April 7 weigh-in, the group completed its final weigh in and the 153 participants had lost a total of 1,030.1 inches. To get a better grasp on this – it is the total width of a hockey rink! Together the group lost 895.5 lbs and 265.8% of body fat.

Krista Dugosh, Fleet Feet Sports Owner, worked with her vendor partners to create incentives. Brooks Sports provided category awards and a “Super Date,” which included a hot air balloon ride. Local gyms and trainers provided the weigh-ins and shared nutritional recommendations. The overall winner, Edward Friz, received a Cruise for two where he can celebrate his healthy lifestyle changes and fitness success.

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Date: 
04/10/2012 - 11:04

whm1.jpgNASHVILLE, TENN - The Lady Speed Stick® Women's Half Marathon presented by Publix to benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America announced the City of Nashville's approval for a faster, flatter course for its third annual event on September 22, 2012.

According to Dawna Stone, founder of the Lady Speed Stick® Women's Half Marathon Series, "Nashville is a hilly town and we wanted to make some tweaks to our course to create an even better race-day experience for both our first-time participants and our experienced runners. Our new course eliminates the two largest hills and adds some great additional scenery and landmarks. I know our women runners will love it!"

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Running with the Maasai

Date: 
04/06/2012 - 18:29
Date: 
04/06/2012 - 18:29

sun.jpg The Amazing Maasai Ultra Marathon is a unique challenge: Compete with Maasai athletes in the remote plains of Kenya, the homeland of endurance running!

Participants have the chance to tackle 21km, 42km, or the ultra 75km on 29 September 2012. Early bird race week packages on www.amazingmaasaiultra.org until 31 May.

Running for a good cause: Last year, the event raised 25,000 USD to support Maasai girls’ education – enough to sponsor 20 girls through high-school.

Nairobi - Adventure, exploration, and a unique challenge: After the success of the inaugural Amazing Maasai Ultra Marathon in 2011, preparations for the second edition are well on the way. From 25 September to 1 October, runners from countries across Europe, Asia and the US will gather in the foothills of Mt. Kenya, not only for a breath-taking race, but also to enjoy a six-night stay in the African bush, including game drives, walking safaris and Maasai village tours & performances.

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