News Briefs Around the South

10/01/2010 - 16:27

What was the largest race in America in 2009? It’s an annual southern event and started in 1970 with 110 runners. Running USA compiled a list of finishers from races across the country and concluded the greatest number of runners finished in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race 10K with 49,967. See the list of the largest southern road races in the next issue of Running Journal magazine.

Legacy Trail has opened in Lexington, Kentucky, and more than 20 members of the BLUEgrass Runners club inaugurated it with a five-mile run. As everyone was gathering to start the run, Mayor Jim Newberry and City Council member Jay McChord addressed the group, saying they were excited about the project, and thanked club members for joining in on the trail’s initiation with a club run. With eight miles of trail now open and another addition to be completed in the near future, the Legacy Trail adds another good option to the list of long run locales in Lexington.

Panama City’s Panhandle Runners were well-represented in Colorado recently. Just wait until you see the photo of several members who brought a Florida theme to a six-day race in the mountains “up there.” The flatlanders manned an aid station and there’s a photo you don’t want to miss in the November issue of Running Journal. To subscribe, just click on the “Subscribe” button at the top of our website (http://Running.Net).

Glow in the dark shirts will be given to runners in an after-dark race in Douglasville, GA, Oct. 23, when the Douglas County Rogue Runners ( hold their 31st annual City of Douglasville Moonlight Run, a 5K with a mile fun run plus a tot trot. About 2,000 runners are anticipated. The 5K is at 9 p.m., other events begin at 8 p.m.

Shamrockers USA, the terrific youth running program developed by Diane Lyons of Sarasota, Florida, invited a man who lost 245 pounds to speak about eating habits to the young runners. He once weighed over 400 pounds, is now a runner. Read about this in the November issue of Running Journal.

Ridgeland, Mississippi officials have put a water fountain on one of the multi-use trails, which will be good for runners. "We needed a place for people to hydrate," Mayor Gene McGee said.
The fountain is multi-purpose in that it has a spot for users to fill water bottles, plus a handicap-accessible area, and an area for pets to get a drink.
Leslie McLin, owner of the Fleet Feet Sports store at Jackson, is sponsor of the new fountain, and an avid user of the trail system – along with her dog. Both can now be hydrated at the spot.
Ridgeland’s trails now cover about eight miles and a second water fountain has been ordered.

Publix has been announced as the title sponsor of the Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon in Atlanta. The announcement was made by Greg Laird of US Road Sports, which owns and operates the event, which began in 2007. More than 17,000 runners participated last year. The event is scheduled for March 20, 2011.

Humor from the Aiken (SC) Running Club:
Humorous article, from the 1983 vintage newsletter:
Several Aiken Track Club (ATC) members were lounging around one sultry evening, sipping iced tea and discussing the upcoming sale of the Aiken Mile Track (for horses). It was proposed that the club purchase the track for our own personal use.
Ridiculous, you say? Consider the positives about the purchase. We'd get a one-mile clay track - good for those who break out in shin splints at the sight of asphalt. Plus, the sellers have obligingly thrown in a 7/8th mile track which we could use as a 1500 m track. Then there are the 10 barns and 186 stalls-- enough for every ATC member to have his/her own stall. We could advertise our historic winter training facility in the national publications. Elite runners would flock to Aiken in droves. They could be housed in the 11 apartments. We can use any of the 10 barns for extra capacity, or to house runners from 3rd world countries.
Still not convinced? The tack rooms would be perfect for displaying your trophies and T-shirts. Plus the lighted show ring would be perfect for pre-race warm-ups and stretching. This would allow the spectators to view us and pick their favorites based on size, muscle definition and rigor of warm-up!
The ATC is currently seeking donations from members toward the purchase. A $100,000 donation entitles you to a brass name plate for your stall. A $250,00 donation entitles you to a lifetime supply of clean, dry bedding for your stall. Remember, not to overlook any donations on next years tax return, they are tax deductible. (To simplify bookkeeping, donations in other amounts will not be accepted).

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