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Examining the Louisville Marathon

Date: 
04/04/2012 - 19:09
Date: 
04/04/2012 - 19:09

By Tracy Harris
The number of marathons in the U.S. has risen nearly 70 percent in the past decade. Yet, some big cities still don't have big marathons. Louisville is one of those. Sure, it's not a major metropolitan area, but with a population of 1.3 million in the city limits and large bedroom communities outside the city, it holds its own.

The city has a big half marathon in April — the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon — with some 13,000 runners last year. The marathon held concurrently with the mini, though, only drew 2,000.

It's an oddity. Race directors have tried to encourage more marathons, although perhaps half-heartedly. For a race half the distance, runners still pay almost the same registration fee.

Still, race organizers must put time and effort into the full — certifying the course (it changed last year), finding volunteers, paying for police at intersections.

Regional
Date: 
04/01/2012 - 17:46

Julliah Tinega Repeats As Women’s Champion

kiprono_tape.jpg WASHINGTON, DC – Another year, another event record set in the 40th running of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run on Sunday morning.

Allan Kiprono avenged a second-place finish in 2011 with his record time of 45 minutes, 15 seconds. He and fellow Kenyan Julliah Tinega dominated their respective races. Tinega, who earned her second consecutive title, won the women’s race with a time of 54:02 – a full 22 seconds ahead of Malika Mejdoub. Kiprono was never challenged, and his 1:13 margin of victory was the largest in at least 13 years at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.

Kiprono, 22, and countryman Lani Kiplagat broke away from the men’s pack within the first mile. Ketema Nugusse stayed with them for a short time before deciding to drop back. That left the two Kenyans to battle for the men’s title. At Mile 5, Kiprono separated from his rival and opened a 40-meter lead. By Mile 6 that was up to 110 meters and it simply kept growing.

Regional
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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