FORT SMITH, Arkansas — Craig Adams of Bentonville, AR, won Sunday’s Fort Smith Marathon in 2:53:07. Katie Kramer-Ochoa of Broken Arrow, OK, was female winner in 3:20:32.
Second was Daniel Ray of Morristown, NJ, in 3:0:24, followed by Ian Campbell of Moore, OK, in 3:08:57 and Ryan Wrigley of Birmingham, AL, in 3:12:58.
RALEIGH, NC — Omar Wiggan, 37, and Erin Taylor, 34, both of Raleigh, won the North Carolina RRCA 5K State Championship at the Run for the Roses on Sunday. Wiggan finished in 16:52. Taylor won the women’s title in 18:20.
Second and third male finishers were Andrew Palumbo, 27, in 17:06, and Aaron Hale, 39, in 17:33, both from Raleigh.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL — In unseasonably warm conditions, Matthew Barresi, 34, of Palmyra, VA, was victorious at the 10th anniversary of the Donna Marathon on Sunday, finishing in 2:30:23. Meaghan Neuberger, 29, of Fernandina Beach, FL, was the female winner in 3:06:53. The marathon (26.2 with Donna) was founded in 2008 by Jacksonville TV personality Donna Deegan, a three-time breast cancer survivor.
More than 10,000 runners participated in weekend events which raise funds to fight breast cancer.
Second and third male finishers in the marathon were Justin Jacobs in 2:33:07 and Ryan Aponte in 2:56:31, both from Jacksonville. Penny Primus of Tampa was second female in 3:13:15, followed by Lydia Hochstein of Jacksonville in 3:15:35.
BIRMINGHAM, AL — Dominic Korir, 23, of Grand Prairie, TX, won Sunday’s Mercedes Marathon in 2:20:35. Blair Teal, 30, of Charlotte, NC, was second in 2:21:07, followed by Stanley Boen, 38, also of Grand Prairie. Bryan Morseman, 31, of Bath, NY, was fourth in 2:27:58 and Geoffrey Tum, 31, of Coon Rapids, MN, was fifth in 2:42:41.
Sarah Pease, 29, of Bloomington, IN, was the female champion in 2:41:45. Shawanna White, 37, of Columbia, SC, was second in 2:56:40, followed by Trisha Nelson, 25, of South Bend, IN, in 2:58:14; Dani Steinbacher, 31, of Ann Arbor, MI, in 3:02:53, and Sarah Overpack, 33, of Indianapolis, IN, in 3:04:18.
In the half marathon, Kenyan Panuel Mungo, 23, of Elkton, MD, won in 1:04:23. Luis Orta, 28, of Broomfield, CO, was second in 1:06:46, followed by Christian Thompson, 28, of Chattanooga, TN, in 1:08:25.
Cracker will headline the post race Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series; Annual springtime event will debut new start and finish line
(Editor’s note: Additional information and updates on Rock ’n’ Roll races, including upcoming races in Raleigh (April 1-2) and Nashville, TN (April 29) will be published in Running Journal print and digital editions, our Running.Net website, our Racing South eNewsletters, and in eBlasts.)
RALEIGH, NC – The Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & ½ Marathon announced Humana Inc., a leading health and well being company, as the new title partner of the 2017 event. Humana is currently title sponsor of four other Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series races, including New Orleans, Dallas, Chicago and San Antonio. The Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh race events return the weekend of April 1 – 2, 2017.
YORKTOWN, VA — Craig Hymes, 54, of Yorktown, raced home first on Saturday, Feb. 11, to win the 10-Mile Run for the Heart, finishing in 1:05:34. Harrison Chaires, 26, of Virginia Beach was second in 1:06:37 and Logan Jackson, 14, of Yorktown was third in 1:06:47.
Christin Newman, 25, of Norfolk was the women’s winner in 1:06:37, followed by Jackie Hoffman, 24, of Chesapeake in 1:10:57, and Nina Parziale, 14, of Williamsburg in 1:18:51.
The fifth annual event was held on the tour roads of the Yorktown Battlefield, starting and finishing near Surrender Field. After four years of bad or questionable weather, including three years when ice and snow caused a postponement, the weather was near perfect for running — cloudy with hints of sunshine, temp of 49 degrees at the race start, and a cool breeze during the race, which was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 5480 with proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association.
Virginian made tough decision to go pro, pass up college.
By Sabrina Yohannes, RunBlogRun.com
Virginia teenager Drew Hunter makes his debut in the Millrose Games' prestigious Wanamaker Mile on Saturday, after clocking fast times in two races this indoor season.
Hunter, who became a professional athlete upon graduating high school last year, ran 3:58:92 for the mile at the New Balance Games in January before returning to the same venue in New York for the Armory Track Invitational last weekend and running a personal best over 3000m.
VIRGINIA BEACH — The USA Track & Field [USATF] Masters 8k National Championships will be held in conjunction with the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend’s TowneBank Shamrock 8K on March 18 in Virginia Beach. With a $10,000 prize purse, this event is expected to attract hundreds of participants from across the country. For the past three years the USATF 8k Masters Championships have taken place in Southern California. To be eligible for USATF awards, a participant must be a 2017 member of the USATF and meet the eligibility requirements set forth by the USATF.
FAYETTEVILLE, NC -- Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC will host the fourth annual All-American Marathon and “Mike to Mike Half Marathon on March 26. Alongside these two races, the All-American Family 5K will also be offered. Each course has been certified by the USA Track and Field Association and the marathon portion is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
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