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Date: 
06/23/2011 - 13:03

By Lena Hollmann

Hollman,_Lena.jpg__.jpgFor the first time in three decades, I have reached a major milestone birthday without having a nagging injury stopping me in my tracks. Instead, I was able to run a sub two-hour half-marathon just days after changing age groups, finishing in 1:57:58. I am still recuperating as of this writing, but healthy (knock on wood!), and looking forward to more races to come.

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Run for longer, healthier life

Date: 
06/22/2011 - 16:22
Date: 
06/22/2011 - 16:22

A study at the Stanford University School of Medicine that tracked the lives of more than 900 people over more than 20 years concluded that regular running or other consistent exercise for those in middle and late life may result in a longer, healthier life.

The study, led by Dr. Elizabeth Chakravarty, studied more than 500 people who ran on a regular basis against a control group of more than 400 who did not run.

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Date: 
06/20/2011 - 17:57

National Running Survey shows educated, affluent, motivated, half-marathon loving population
Running USA wire
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2011 National Runner Survey is a comprehensive study conducted every two years by Running USA. The National Runner Survey assesses the demographics, lifestyle, attitudes, habits and product preferences of the running population nationwide. Results from the National Runner Survey reflect “core runners”, that is, active adult participants who tend to enter running events and train year-round.

Today’s core runners are highly educated with 77.2% having earned a college diploma (national percent = 29.5%) and affluent with 72.9% reporting a household income of more than $75,000 (national average = 32.4%).

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Virginians Win XTERRA Richmond Trail Races

Date: 
06/15/2011 - 12:49
Date: 
06/15/2011 - 12:49

Staff Sergeant Ryan Major captures hearts; Team X-T.R.E.M.E. sets Guinness World Record
Running USA Wire
By Trey Garman, XTERRA

RICHMOND, Va. - On Saturday morning, Ryan Witt and Sarah Breevoort won the XTERRA Richmond half-marathon, but Staff Sergeant Ryan Major won the hearts and spirits of everyone at Brown's Island in Richmond.

Major, a 26-year-old Army veteran, lost both his legs in 2006 when an improvised explosive device was detonated in Ramadi, Iraq. Before he was wounded in combat his ambition was to become an Army Ranger and jump out of planes.

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Date: 
06/15/2011 - 14:45

1st place sports.jpg A fund drive to save cross country programs in Duval County, Florida high schools, is growing but is still substantially short of its $70,000 goal.

A benefit cross country race will be held July 2 at Bartram Trail High School to help raise funds. The race starts at 8 a.m. with an entry fee of a $10 minimum donation. Additional donations are encouraged.

To check total donations raised to date, the names of those who have contributed, and to make a donation and have your name added to the list of donors, go to http://www.active.com/donate/SaveCCinDuval.

Tax-deductible donations by check are encouraged and can be made payable to 1st Place Sports Running Club, 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32217. This is a 501©3 club.

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Lakeland Runners help Joplin victims

Date: 
06/15/2011 - 16:09
Date: 
06/15/2011 - 16:09

lakelandpic1.jpgOn May 26, the town of Joplin, MO, was devastated by one of the deadliest tornados in the nation’s history leaving a path of destruction nearly a mile wide. With destruction of this magnitude, a road race hardly makes a blip on the map priorities. The Boomtown Half Marathon was scheduled to run in Joplin on June 11, but with the amount of devastation to the area, it was cancelled.

That was not the end of the story however, runners scheduled to participate in the race decided to show up to the starting line on June 11 at the scheduled start time and pitch in with the clean-up efforts. Lakeland (FL) Runners Club Vice President Marc Zimmerman saw a posting about this on Facebook on May 25 and got a wild idea that his running club might be able to do something to help out also.

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Plans Underway for Grand Prix XXXIV

Date: 
06/01/2011 - 19:08
Date: 
06/01/2011 - 19:08

Plans are underway for the 34th season of the Running Journal Grand Prix. The Grand Prix series is annually made up of some of the top road races across the South and attracts runners from the region who compete for points at each GP race. At the end of the series, runners with the highest point totals in open, masters, grand masters, senior grand masters, and veteran divisions are named Grand Prix champions. Runners also compete in age groups, beginning with the 40-44 age group continuing to 80-over.

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Date: 
06/01/2011 - 18:21

-- Organization’s Founder to Attempt Triathlon in Gas Mask during Race Weekend --

Richmond, VA – June 6, 2011 – Team X-T.R.E.M.E. (Train, Rehabilitate, Empower, Motivate and Endure), a non-profit support organization with an ongoing mission to honor, motivate and empower wounded veterans, will honor veteran SSGT Ryan Major during XTERRA race events on June 11 and 12. A team of five runners plans to set a Guinness World Record by completing a 21K cross-country race while wearing Avon Protection’s C50 gas mask.

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Running’s Healing Power

Date: 
06/07/2011 - 11:24
Date: 
06/07/2011 - 11:24

Our daily ritual is far more than sport
By Pete Rea/ZAP Fitness
Rea,_Peter.jpg_.jpgIn 20 years of coaching I have seen athletes drawn to our sport for a myriad of reasons. For some it is the last best option after numerous “other sport” failures. For others, particularly the introverts, it is the allure of the individual (as opposed to team) sport, with the open road being a beacon of solace. And for many the convenience of a sport that can be executed anywhere, anytime is enormously attractive in our go-go-go society. For many, however, running is more than simply exercise or competition or even ritual, but a friend. “Running is the least expensive shrink I know,” said 1960 Olympic 5,000m Champion Murray Halberg.

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Date: 
06/02/2011 - 08:45

gp winners.jpgThe Running Journal Grand Prix completed its 33rd season at the Mercedes-Benz Cotton Row 10K in Huntsville, AL, on Memorial Day. Nearly 2,000 runners competed in the 10K on a sweltering morning with temperatures already in the 80s at the 7 a.m. start. Reuben Mwei of Kenya was first to the finish with a time of 29:51. Fellow Kenyan Nixon Cherutich was 16 seconds back to take the runner-up spot.

Forty-nine-year-old Ramilia Burangulova of Russia led the female race, running 36:21. Candace Jacobs of Huntsville, the 2010 Rocket City Marathon winner, was second in 36:21.

Champions for the Running Journal Grand Prix’s 33rd season were announced after the race and awards were given out. Alejandro Arreola and Alice Rogers, both from Charlotte, NC, won their respective divisions in the male and female open division of the Grand Prix.

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