WASHINGTON D.C. - The 2017 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, to be held on April 2nd, has been awarded Gold Level Inspire Certification by the Council for Responsible Sport, an Oregon-based non-profit promoting sustainability in sports. The Council's Inspire events represent the pinnacle of achievement and stand as an example and inspiration to others.
WILMINGTON, NC – As part of its new mission, Leading Our Community to Outstanding Health, New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) will be the official naming sponsor of the Wrightsville Beach Marathon. NHRMC will replace QuintilesIMS as title sponsor beginning in 2018.
(Editor’s note: We have updated our original Chattanooga Marathon story to add city & state residence for the top 3 male and female overall marathon finishers, plus have added top age group marathon finishers.)
CHATTANOOGA, TN — Christian Thompson of Chattanooga ran away with the victory at the Chattanooga Marathon, winning the Sunday, March 5 event in 2:29:31. Allen Baddour of Chapel Hill, NC was second in 2:45:25. Seki Kazufumi of Murfreesboro, TN was third in 2:49:18.
Kimberly Bradley of Littleton, Colorado won the women’s title in 3:30:36. Lucy Johnston of Actworth, Georgia was second in 3:32:37. Jessica Coe of White House, TN, was third in 3:32:44.
With a fast time of 2:56.65, Sonja Friend-Uhl won the Masters Women’s 1,000 meters race Sunday at the USATF Indoor Championships at Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Sonja, who lives in Boca Raton, Florida, races for the Atlanta Track Club.
About the race, she said, “I was conservative over the beginning. I just wanted to run even and kick with what I had left. I felt I could have run a little faster in the beginning, but I’m happy with the result. I wanted to go under 3 minutes and I did that. I was a little anxious about it. It is so great to be here as a masters athlete with all these open athletes. The track is amazing. I love this track - it’s a fast track.”
Pedro Meraz, 38, of Wesley Chapel, FL, led more than 1,500 runners at the 20th running of the Myrtle Beach Marathon on March 4 with a time of 2:45:30. It was his first marathon win. Second place went to Dustin Sneed of Chapel Hill, NC, in 2:47:26, followed by Anton Bodourov of Columbia, SC, in third with 2:48:14.
COLUMBIA, SC — Andrew Baker, 27, of Greenville, SC, won the Run Hard Columbia Marathon on Saturday, March 4, finishing in 2:48:00. Orinthal Striggles, 41, of Columbia, was second in 2:54:08. Jonathan Grimm, 20, of North Augusta, SC, was third in 2:56:35.
RALEIGH, NC — Jase Tischer of Raleigh won the 14th Annual Umstead Trail Marathon here Saturday, May 4, completing the course in 3:05:08. Second was Mark Manz of Durham in 3:07:26, and third went to Christian Christopoulos of Raleigh in 3:13:21.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - More than 12,000 runners and walkers took to the streets of Little Rock for the 15th annual Little Rock Marathon weekend races. Racers competed in the Marathon and Half Marathon events Sunday in downtown Little Rock. The following are race results and comments from top finishers:
Marathon Overall Male
Adam Bradbury - Bryant, Ark., 2:45:43
Chad Silker - Ballwin, Mo., 2:49:28
Jeremy Provence - Clarksville, Ark., 2:53:17
ALBANY, GA — Sergey Zyrianov of Gainesville, FL, won the duel at the Snickers Marathon on Saturday, May 4, finishing in 2:21:32.48, narrowly ahead of Teferi Regosta of Morristown, NJ, who was second in 2:21:32:55. Ethan Coffey of Knoxville, TN, was third in 2:26:17. Matthew Smith of Savannah finished fourth in 2:34:56 and Justin Turner of Pensacola was fifth in 2:42:19.
BREVARD, NC — Brandon Doughty, 23, won the Oskar Blues 4 Mile race on Saturday, March 4, in 19:32. Matt McClintock and Joe Stilin finished in the same time. All three are from Blowing Rock.
In the women’s division, Joanna Thompson, 24, of Blowing Rock, won in 22:20. Brenae Edwards of Bryson City was second in 23:21, followed by Nicole Dimercurio of Blowing Rock in 23:52.