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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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Date: 
01/08/2012 - 20:14

Brazilian runner wins second straight Disney Marathon after fierce battle with perennial winner Adriano Bastos; Virginia Beach's Renee High easily takes women's title; field of more than 16,500 pushes weekend total to event record 56,000 runners
Running USA wire
From Bob Hitchcock, runDisney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Brazilian runner Fredison Costa did it again, holding off his heavily-favored countryman Adriano Bastos on Sunday to win his second straight Walt Disney World Marathon.

At the 19th edition, Costa, 34, waged a fierce battle with the 7-time champion Bastos, 33, throughout the 26.2 mile race through Disney's four theme parks - Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios - before pulling away at the end. Costa crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 19 minutes, 1 second - just 14 seconds ahead of Bastos (2:19:15), who had won six Disney Marathons in a row before Costa's back-to-back feat.

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Date: 
01/01/2012 - 18:11

Running USA wire
Celebrity artist Stephen Gamson designs one-of-a-kind medal for 10th edition; event record 25,000 entrants expected

The ING Miami Marathon and Half-Marathon® will celebrate its 10th edition on Sunday, January 29, 2012 by presenting finishers with a unique commemorative medal that weighs 8.1 ounces and comes with a ribbon designed by celebrity artist Stephen Gamson.

To get an idea of the medal's size and weight, the first ING Miami Marathon medal weighed 1.3 ounces 10 years ago. This medal is more than six times the weight.

Many of the event record 25,000 runners who will participate in the ING Miami Marathon and Half-Marathon® are collectors of the medals through the years. Miami has been known to have the one of the hottest participant medals in the running industry. Over the event's decade-long history, the medal has been innovated to include 3-D palm trees, double spinners and even the inclusion of a one-carat diamond.

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Star City Striders

Date: 
01/02/2012 - 17:31
Date: 
01/02/2012 - 17:31

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The 23rd annual run, walk, hike up Mill Mountain at Roanoke, VA, had 130 people participate for the New Year. The event is hosted by
the Star City Striders. Mild weather greeted participants for the 1,000-foot climb over a distance of just over six miles. "No timers, medals or awards. Just fun and camaraderie," said Karen Dillon of the Star City Striders, who submitted the photo and wished everyone a
Happy New Year!

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“Big Dreams and Good Genes”

Date: 
01/02/2012 - 13:20
Date: 
01/02/2012 - 13:20

marymarciabrown.jpgBy Mary Marcia Brown

I can well remember the days when a race time was merely an assemblage of meaningless numbers nestled nearly to each other and blurted out passionately, by the participant who had received them, when a friend, family member, or colleague posed the obligatory, “So how’d you do in the race on Saturday?” I can recall being the sender of that very question and responding with an, “Oh, that’s great!” whether the revealed 5K time was 16 or 60 minutes, or whether the disclosed distance marathon time was 2:15 or six hours. The fact is, one truly cannot comprehend times relative to running until he or she has run. At least, I couldn’t.

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Date: 
12/30/2011 - 18:20
Date: 
12/30/2011 - 18:20

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Regional features
Date: 
12/30/2011 - 17:35

By DIANE LYONS/Founder and Coach/ShamRockers USA

I had watched the Miami Halloween Half Marathon from afar for the last few years. It seemed to offer a very unique course where the runner has the ability to run along the beach on the Atlantic Boardwalk. However, since autumn in Florida offers a heavy race calendar, I could never fit it into my schedule. This time, I made it.

As founder and coach of ShamRockersUSA, Inc., a very unique Teen Running and International Travel Club where kids aged 10 to 18 can learn to run half marathons around the world, teaching them the joys of long distance running is the greatest job on the planet! I have personally run over 50 races ~ local, national and international ~ and always keep an eye out for the details of each race. I am happy to offer my thoughts to the hard-working, usually under-appreciated, yet very important in the lives of runners -- race directors! Way to go, Matt Lorraine and team!

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Out With the Old, and In With the New!

Date: 
12/27/2011 - 09:35
Date: 
12/27/2011 - 09:35

By Lena Hollmann
Hollman,_Lena.jpg__.jpgAnother year, full of hope and possibilities, lies around the corner. For us runners, hope might be that our training will go smoothly, and there are always possibilities to beat last year’s seasonal bests -- or at least to not slow down, if you are a masters runner. New Years is therefore a great time to evaluate what is working and what is not with our training and racing, and maybe also to try something different!

Yes, something different. You are probably familiar with the saying that we cannot keep doing the same things and expect different results. This month I want to give you a few hints and suggestions for new things to try out in your training. Some will hopefully result in faster racing times, while others are mostly for fun.

Regional
Date: 
12/22/2011 - 16:40

By Bryan Graydon
President, Lakeland Runners Club

runner.jpgThe Dec. 18 Jacksonville Bank Marathon in Jacksonville, FL, was recently featured in Runner’s World Magazine as a great race for those looking for a fast time. Scott Mackley was looking for just such a race for his debut marathon and that is exactly what he got as he was the overall winner in a time of 2:31:47.

Scott went out at his pace as the blazing fast athletes running the half-marathon from the Zap Elite team took off like a shot from a gun. He settled into is his rhythm and began clicking off the miles. I have coached Scott throughout 2011 so I rode my bike along the course with him and it was amazing how relaxed he was as he ran alone for nearly the entire race. .

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