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Date: 
08/11/2011 - 18:23

All Runners Will Receive Commemorative Bib at Sept. 17 Race in Prince William County

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QUANTICO, VA - The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is unveiling a commemorative bib designed by military cartoonist Jeff Bacon for the Crossroads 17.75K road race on Saturday, Sept. 17. Bacon's original design comically displays participants running in the Crossroads 17.75K through Prince William Forest Park, which makes up a large portion of the 11.03-mile course through Prince William County, VA. Bacon is a retired U.S. Navy captain and celebrated military cartoonist of the "Broadside" and "Greenside" cartoons that depict the men and women of the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

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SIXTY AND UP: AGING ATHLETE KEEPS CLIMBING

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08/05/2011 - 17:20
Date: 
08/05/2011 - 17:20

Houston, TX, August 5, 2011 - "Old age ain't no place for sissies," H. L. Mencken declared. It's especially true the way Marshall Ulrich does it.

This month, to celebrate his 60th birthday, Ulrich will climb two deadly mountains in the same week -- right after he finishes running 146 miles across the hottest place on earth.

During the climbs, he and his fellow mountaineers will be roped in, but the best insurances against plummeting off Mount Eiger (13,025 feet) and the Matterhorn (14,692 feet) are strength and experience, both of which Ulrich has in legendary measure. He'll need them: the Eiger has earned the nicknames "the Ogre" and Mordwand (German: "death wall") because more than 60 people have perished while trying to scale the north face since 1935. The Matterhorn has claimed even more lives: 500 since it was first climbed in 1865. This fact just makes Ulrich all the more eager to conquer them.

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Great race names ... others sought

Date: 
08/01/2011 - 17:33
Date: 
08/01/2011 - 17:33

hot to trot.jpg "Great Race Names" are frequently mentioned in the print edition of Running Journal.

In the August issue, Publisher Bruce Morrison wrote in his monthly column, "Here's a nomination from Gary Smith of Hurricane, WV:

"Frozen Sasquatch 50K. Held the first Saturday of the year for the past two years, the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners put on this event at Kanawha State Forest near Charleston. Both races were held in a couple of inches of snow and starting temps in the 20s. The name of the race was chosen by Race Director Mike Dolin and his wife, Ashley."

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The Scream Makes Suffering Fun

Date: 
08/01/2011 - 17:48
Date: 
08/01/2011 - 17:48

By Teri Saylor

The Scream 2 286.JPGWhen the promotional materials for a race promise “you will be sore,” believe it. Especially if the race is called “The Scream.”
“My wife actually came up with that name,” said David Lee.
David and Rhonda Lee, who are longtime race directors and now own and operate Lee Timing, Inc., a race management firm in Morganton, NC, wanted to develop a race that featured a USTAF certified course and a fast finish. The Scream was a joint production of Lee Timing and Glory Hound Events, teaming up under the name Blue Ridge Multi Sports.

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Date: 
07/28/2011 - 17:48

Record number of finishers in top 100 U.S. timed races; growth in races with over 50K finishers

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RUSA_logo2in300res_55.jpg COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Each year Running USA releases statistics for the nation's top road races including such popular lists as the Top 100 U.S. Timed, Largest Festivals, Largest by Distance, Largest by State, Women-Only, World's Largest and Youth Runs. To see where your favorite road races ranked in 2010 or what the #1 race is in the different largest race categories, go to: www.runningusa.org/statistics/largest

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Mantras Contain Magic Words

Date: 
07/27/2011 - 11:38
Date: 
07/27/2011 - 11:38

By Teri Saylor

Teri Saylor photo.jpgI hate hills.

The mantra “hills are your friends,” are fighting words for me, but when helpful runners utter that phrase as I labor up a steep slope, I don’t have energy to fight. So I made up a hill mantra that makes perfect sense to me.

“Running up hills makes your butt look cute.”

Whether that phrase is true or not doesn’t matter. It has a nice rhythm and makes me believe the panting and burning just might do some good.

Remember that old classic “No Pain, No Gain?”

I prefer to end it at “No Pain.” Period.

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Grand Prix XXXIII Champions

Date: 
07/25/2011 - 10:22
Date: 
07/25/2011 - 10:22

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The Running Journal Grand Prix completed its 33rd season at the Cotton Row 10K in Huntsville, AL, on Memorial Day. Champions of the Grand Prix season were named after the race and final awards were given out.

The series had begun nine months earlier on the streets of Anderson, SC, at the 33rd annual Midnight Flight 10K, the only nighttime race on the GP. A couple of weeks later, GP runners took the challenge of the hilly course in Asheville, NC, at the 11th annual Asheville Citizen-Times Half-marathon. The 35th annual Vulcan 10K in Birmingham, AL, was the next stop on the tour in early November, and Thanksgiving morning found runners in Charlotte, NC, for the 22nd Charlotte SouthPark Turkey Trot 8K. The first half of the season finished out at the 34th Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, AL, the only marathon on the series.

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Date: 
07/26/2011 - 17:09

Road race participation - with more female and male finishers, more races - has more record growth

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - - The Second Running Boom, despite the slow U.S. economy, continued in 2010 with an estimated 13 million finishers nationwide, an all-time high, and the largest percent increase (10%) in road race finishers that Running USA has ever reported to-date. Fueling this growth is the increase in half-marathon, 5K and marathon finishers, female finishers, the increase in charity running and a growing interest in the sport from the general population.

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Date: 
07/26/2011 - 18:06

A fund drive to save cross country programs in 17 Duval County, Florida high schools, has met success with over $60,000 raised toward an Aug. 1 goal of $70,000.

“We are very happy to announce that through your generous support cross country will be happening this year in our Duval Public High Schools,” said Doug Alred of 1st Place Sports, which has led the drive. “We have currently raised over $60,000 through donations and events,” he said, adding, “We thank you for supporting the cause and our stores. I am very proud we were able to accomplish this fundraiser in such a short time.”

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Date: 
08/27/2011 - 15:58
Date: 
08/27/2011 - 15:58

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