INDIANAPOLIS -- Triple threat Christian Walker (USATF New York; Metro Eagles) capped off his 2017 indoor season by winning three national titles on the final day of USATF Hershey Youth National Indoor Championships at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, New York.
After placing second in the boys’ 9-10 preliminary 55m on Friday, the ten-year-old quickened to clinch first in Sunday’s final in 7.70, .15 seconds ahead of second place. He then swiftly won the 400m in 1:02.64 to overcome last year’s third-place finish. To top it all off, the defending 200m champion dominated the field, finishing with over a second lead in 27.15.
Ahead of his achievements at USATF Hershey National Youth Indoor Championships, Walker had won all three events the week prior at the Armory Youth Championships presented by NYRR.
SUNRISE, FL -- In the only worldwide race where the finish line catches you, the Wings for Life World Run returns to Sunrise, Florida for the fourth consecutive year on May 7 as participants everywhere unite to find a cure for spinal cord injury. The scenic South Florida town of Sunrise is the only east coast city in the U.S. participating in the 2017 global event benefiting spinal cord research, with runs being held simultaneously in 24 locations across the globe. Registration is open at wingsforlifeworldrun.com.
TULSA, OK — The Williams Route 66 Marathon continues to grow as a favorite race for runners across the nation. This year, the Route 66 Half Marathon was recognized as one of the top 100 best half marathons in the U.S. by The 100 Half Marathon Club. In fact, this Tulsa half marathon placed in the following categories:
— Overall Best-Rated Top Individual Events.
By Tracy Green
This morning, 58.9 percent of me was water. My resting heart rate was 57. And I averaged 184 steps per minute on my run. Fitness tracking and wearables are a huge market, and you might even have a device on your wish list. Pretty likely when I mentioned resting HR, you thought about checking yours on the device on your wrist.
I’m a data junkie, so I have a Garmin Forerunner 35 and plus a Garmin Index Smart Scale. So what the heck do all these numbers mean, and which ones matter?
BIRMINGHAM, AL — On a day when 18 men and 4 women broke course records, Isaac Mukundi Mwangi, 29, of Pelham, AL, raced to victory Saturday, March 11, in 29:44 to win the Birmingham Wine 10K. Joe Bosshard of Boulder, CO, was second in 29:52, followed by Andrew Epperson of Golden, CO, in 30:19; Brandon York of Madison, AL, in 31:20; and Jacob Krolick of Commerce, TX, in 31:27.
COLUMBUS, OH — The 2017 USA Half Marathon Championships will offer $84,600 in prize money, with a record $12,100 awarded to the winner of the men's and women's races. The event will pay the top 20 finishers in the open men's and women's races.
ATLANTA — Registration for the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race opens Wednesday, March 15 through an online lottery at AJC.com/peachtree. Those wishing to be one of the 60,000 participants of the 48th running of the world’s largest 10K can register online anytime during the eight-day period beginning March 15 until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on March 22. All lottery entrants will receive an email by Saturday, March 25 informing them on whether or not they were selected.
Entry into the event remains $38 for the public, plus applicable online processing fees. There is no charge to enter the lottery.
HOUSTON — Breaking the two-hour marathon mark is a magical, athletic milestone that has fascinated the running world for years but has never been accomplished. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Houston and the University of Colorado Boulder has laid out a series of mathematical calculations showing about four and a half minutes could be shaved off the current world record by using lighter shoes, a collaborative drafting strategy and ideal course.
“Our calculations show that a sub-two-hour marathon time could happen right now, but it would require the right course and a lot of organization,” said CU postdoctoral researcher Wouter Hoogkamer, who led the new study, recently published online in the journal Sports Medicine.
NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Chris Zablocki of Essex, CT, was the winner Sunday, March 12, of the One City Marathon, finishing in 2:25:52. Greg Mariano of Alexandria, VA, was second in 2:27:33 and former winner Bryan Morseman of Bath, NY, was third in 2:28:56.
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