LITTLE ROCK, AR - Runners from across the globe kicked off the Little Rock Marathon Weekend of races Saturday morning in downtown Little Rock. More than 12,000 racers will compete in the various races in the 15th annual event.
The following are details of the top finishers in the 5k and 10k races:
Matt Bartels - Saginaw, MI
Derick Anhalt - Lisle, IL
Keflezighi to race 26th and final marathon of his professional career on Sunday, November 5 in New York City.
NEW YORK, March 3, 2017 —The 2017 TCS New York City Marathon will be the 26th and final marathon of NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador Meb Keflezighi’s professional career, and in honor of that, after the event’s official drawing is completed the four-time Olympian will select the race’s final participant as “Meb’s Final Marathoner.”
By Carolyn Mather
After working for two weeks last June at the 40th Grandmas Marathon, I realized that some of my favorite races in the south are reaching that milestone this year. For years my favorite 10K has been the Rose City 10K in Thomasville, GA. Not only will the 40th edition take place this April, but Jim and Carolyn Story have been the race directors for all 40 years. I suspect that must be a rare record and they do this as their love. From the silver age group award cups, to the medals, to the hot dogs and Little Debbie cakes, to the post race picnic, to the dj getting you up their "heartbreak hill," this race remains the best value in running and a great deal for $20 including a finisher's medal and gorgeous tee shirt..
COLUMBIA, SC — The University of South Carolina will host the 2017 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 11-13, plus three other home track meets during the 2017 outdoor season.
“There are plenty of opportunities for track & field fans to volunteer and assist at these meetings,” an official said.
A volunteer interest form is available at:
BOSTON — The Run To Remember Boston road race through the city’s historic downtown will again feature a First Responder Challenge, pitting teams of police, fire and other first responders nationwide in the half marathon at the Memorial Day weekend event, organizers announced.
Run To Remember Boston’s half marathon and 5-mile races both start at the Seaport World Trade Center in downtown Boston on Sunday, May 28. This is the 13th year for the charity event, created as a tribute to Massachusetts law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. From the Seaport World Trade Center, the scenic loop courses wind through historic downtown Boston, with the half marathon crossing over the Charles River along Memorial Drive in Cambridge before looping back.
ATLANTA—A person’s sex and running ability play a role in the decline of their performance in marathons as they get older, according to a Georgia State University study.
“We found that marathon performance decline begins at about 35 years old,” said Dr. Gerald Zavorsky, lead author of the study and associate professor in the Department of Respiratory Therapy at Georgia State. “For top runners, we determined the slowdown is about two minutes per year beginning at age 35 for men, and for women, it’s actually a little bit statistically faster of a slowdown, around two minutes and 30 seconds per year beginning at the age of 35.”
“If you’re an average runner finishing in the middle of your age group, statistically the slowdown starts at age 50. It’s similar if you’re a man or woman. The decline with aging in average runners is around two minutes and 45 seconds per year beginning at age 50.”
An interdisciplinary team investigates microstructure and micromechanics of the tendon-bone insertion
Walking, running, sprinting – every movement of the foot stretches the Achilles’ tendon. When jumping, the loads can approach ten times the body weight. Amazingly, the connection between the heel bone and Achilles’ tendon withstands theses tremendous loads. A team of doctors, physicists, chemists and engineers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now discovered why.
Some 8,000 torn Achilles’ tendons are treated in Germany every year. And that even though it is the strongest tendon in the human body. It connects the ankle bone to the calf muscle and holds up to ten times the body’s weight. The tendon got its name from the – nearly – invulnerable Greek hero Achilleus, who was doomed by an arrow that struck him in his heel.
The Council for Responsible Sport announced that the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon has been awarded evergreen level certification for achieving 57 of the best-practice standards offered in the councils certification program for social and environmental responsibility at sporting events.
GAINESVILLE, FL — Mike Hensley, 31, of Gainesville was overall winner of the Five Points of Life Marathon on Feb. 26, finishing in 2:36:57. Cole Bataille, 33, of Winter Haven was second in 2:44:52, followed by Michael Rosato of Gainesville in 2:56:12.