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Date: 
10/06/2011 - 16:11

Only Danny Shaughnessy beats the Karhu Bear in the 5K
Running USA wire
By Jason Brown, US Road Sports

ATLANTA - A field of 3,300 registered participants hit the streets of Atlanta's Town Brookhaven community for the third 13.1® Atlanta Marathon and Karhu 5K Oct 2. The 13.1-mile and 3.1 mile road races started and finished in Town Green, adjacent to the recently opened hybrid Publix, and took runners through Brookhaven and Chamblee.

For the men, Kenyan Emmanuel Ngatunyi of Marietta, Ga. won the half-marathon in 1 hour, 3 minutes, 59 seconds. The 18-year-old established a new race record by blowing away the previous mark of 1:08:03. Countrymen Reuben Mwei, of Acworth, Ga. was runner-up in 1:04:33, while Jynocel Basweti from Marietta earned third place (1:07:30).

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Date: 
09/29/2011 - 05:06

Second edition part of Women's Running Magazine Women's Half Marathon Series
Running USA Wire
By Kelly Baker
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Candace Fredericks won the second Women's Half Marathon Nashville Presented By Publix on Saturday, September 24, with a time of 1 hour, 29 minutes, 3 seconds. Sue Anne Heins Guzik was runner-up in 1:30:32, while Meredith Smith placed third (1:31:26).

"It was amazing to see our strong women out there running this morning. We're truly honored to be welcomed by the great city of Nashville," said Dawna Stone, president of Women's Running Magazine and founder of the Women's Half Marathon Series. "From our first finisher to our last, it was incredible to witness the camaraderie on the course."

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Date: 
09/29/2011 - 05:04

Idaho Springs, CO -- Marshall Ulrich went 3,063 miles on foot, running about 60 miles a day for 52 days straight, from San Francisco to New York City. He was 57 years old when he ran the equivalent of 117 back-to-back marathons in an attempt to break a world record set by a man half his age. Ultimately, he set two new records and completed the third fastest trans-American crossing in history.

At the end, he ran right into Times Square on election night, November 4, 2008. As he watched people shouting and dancing in the streets as the election returns blared on the CNN jumbo screen, Ulrich remembers, “I pretended all the hoopla was for me.”

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Date: 
09/25/2011 - 15:52

record.jpgPatrick Makau has crowned the 38th BMW BERLIN MARATHON with a world record. The 26 year-old Kenyan clocked 2:03:38, beating Haile Gebrselassie and improving the record of the Ethiopian by 21 seconds. With a dramatic surge after 27 k defending champion Patrick Makau had dropped Haile Gebrselassie well behind. While the Ethiopian later dropped out after the 35 k mark he lost another world record to Patrick Makau on a miserable day for him: The Kenyan had passed the 30 k mark in 1:27:38, eleven seconds quicker than Haile in 2009. Split times will be officially ratified as world records if times were taken by official referees. That was the case in Berlin on Sunday.

Stephen Chemlany (Kenya), who had been a pacemaker for the second group, finished second with 2:07:55. Fellow Kenyan Edwin Kimaiyo was third (2:09:50). Felix Limo (Kenya/2:10:38) was fourth while Britain’s Scott Overall ran 2:10:55 for fifth place in his debut. He should have qualified for the London Olympics 2012 with this performance.

Regional features
Date: 
09/23/2011 - 12:33

By Jim Dugger
Dugger, Jim.jpg _.jpgThe Georgia USATF inducted its inaugural class into the Georgia Track and Field Hall of Fame at the annual Georgia Awards Banquet held in Lilburn, GA, on Aug. 14. Led by former USOC President Dr. Leroy Walker, the class included athletes spanning a 50-year time frame, from the legendary hurdler Spec Towns, to Edwin Moses, winner of 107 consecutive races and two Olympic Gold Medals.

USATF President Ian Dube stated during the induction ceremony that “Induction into the Georgia Track and Field Hall of Fame is the greatest tribute we can bestow on these individuals. Each of these remarkable individuals has made unique contributions to our state through sport, and we look forward to honoring them as they take their rightful place in the USATF Georgia Hall of Fame.”

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Will Running Make You Live Longer?

Date: 
09/23/2011 - 05:09
Date: 
09/23/2011 - 05:09

By Lena Hollmann
Hollman,_Lena_jpg___1.jpgAs runners, we are all aware of the benefits of our sport. We feel better, have more energy, and when we go to the doctor we discover that our cholesterol and blood pressure have gone down since our pre-running days. If you are a beginner runner, you may have noticed dramatic improvements in how you look and feel compared to before you started. You are less tired and can perform your daily activities with less effort. Maybe you also lost some weight.

But does running make us live longer? And is it the Fountain of Youth that Ponce de Leon never found?

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“Granny” Sets 5K Record

Date: 
09/22/2011 - 17:35
Date: 
09/22/2011 - 17:35

By Alan Judd
Granny Garrett.jpgI’ll do it” was her simple reaction when asked if she would like to participate in RUN4DON, a 5K held in Gainesboro, TN, that raises money for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) research, college scholarships, and honors the legacy of Don Chaffin. What made this announcement significant was that it came from Isabel Garrett, who is known more affectionately as “Granny”, a 95-year-old retired school teacher from Allons, TN. Even though she retired several decades ago from a full time position in the Overton County School system, she still serves as a substitute teacher an average of three days per week and sometimes more at the Allons Elementary School, where the library is named in her honor. Additionally she works in the vegetable garden, babysits great-grandkids, and participates in a plethora of activities at the Allons Church of Christ.

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Date: 
09/19/2011 - 17:03

QUANTICO, VA -- A capacity of 3,000 kids ages 5 to 12 will participate in the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Healthy Kids Fun Run. The one-mile event will engage kids in physical activity and healthy fun on Saturday, Oct. 29 in the Pentagon North parking lot located in Arlington, VA.

Parents can register kids individually or teachers can register groups of students to participate. The five schools with the greatest number of students participating in the fun run will receive the Healthy School Award that includes $1,000 toward the school's physical education program from MCM partner, Sodexo. In 2010, schools in Alexandria, Woodbridge and Springfield, VA earned the Healthy School Award and hosted a presentation by the MCM and U.S. Marines.

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Date: 
09/14/2011 - 11:20

Houston Marathon Committee

spangler.jpgWith a U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon record $250,000 prize purse and U.S. Olympic team spots on the line, Jenny Spangler, 32, who came to the Trials with just the 61st-fastest qualifying time, surprised the field and herself with a stunning victory in 2:29:54, nearly a three-minute personal record and just 4 seconds from the Trials record, over a challenging course.

With the fastest U.S. Junior marathon time (2:33:52 from 1983), Spangler, from Gurnee, IL, showed promise, but injuries and disappointments prevented her from reaching her potential until that wonderful day in Columbia when everything came together for her.

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Top 12 times for Olympic Trials

Date: 
09/14/2011 - 11:32
Date: 
09/14/2011 - 11:32

Houston Marathon Committee
*As of September 12, 2011

MEN

No. Time Name Event
1 2:04:58 Ryan Hall (CA) 2011 Boston Marathon
2 2:09:15 Meb Keflezighi (CA) 2009 New York City Marathon
3 2:10:00 Dathan Ritzenhein (OR) 2009 London Marathon
4 2:10:36 Brett Gotcher (AZ) 2010 Houston Marathon
5 2:11:06 Jason Hartmann (OR) 2010 Chicago Marathon
6 2:11:30 Nick Arciniaga (AZ) 2011 Houston Marathon
7 2:12:34 Jason Lehmkuhle (MN) 2010 Boston Marathon
8 2:13:00 Jorge Torres (CO) 2009 New York City Marathon

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