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Pensacola Marathon Announces Host Hotel

Date: 
08/07/2012 - 17:46
Date: 
08/07/2012 - 17:46

Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel to Host Expo, Packet Pick-up, and Late Registration

MarathonLogo12_0.jpgThe Pensacola Marathon is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel to be the official host hotel for the 2012 Pensacola Marathon.

In addition to offering a great room rate for race participants, the Crowne Plaza will host the event expo, featuring nearly 20 vendors, packet pick-up, and late registration.

For more information, see the race website: www.pensacolamarathon.com

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Running Journal Grand Prix XXXIV Champions

Date: 
07/25/2012 - 12:55
Date: 
07/25/2012 - 12:55

gpchampions.jpgThe Running Journal Grand Prix completed its 34th season at the Cotton Row 10K in Huntsville, AL, on Memorial Day. Champions of the 10-race series in both open and age-group competition were named following the race and final awards were announced.

The 10-race series began in late August in Anderson, SC, at the 34th annual Midnight Flight 10K, the only nighttime race on the Grand Prix. The Run Town USA Half Marathon in Greenville, SC, made its debut on the Grand Prix in late October and was the second race of the series. The 36th annual Vulcan 10K in Birmingham, AL, was the next stop on the tour in early November, and runners spent Thanksgiving morning in Charlotte, NC, for the 23rd annual Charlotte SouthPark Turkey Trot 8K. The first half of the season finished with the only marathon on the series, the 35th Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, AL, in December.

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Warm Up & Cooldown for Distance Runners

Date: 
07/10/2012 - 14:37
Date: 
07/10/2012 - 14:37

by Roy Stevenson

Distance runners need a solid warm-up to prepare physically and psychologically for their races and training sessions. The benefits of warming up include boosting the oxygen concentration in hemoglobin and increasing oxygen and blood flow to the working muscles. In addition, the warm up dilates the alveoli in our lungs, increases our heart rate, and facilitates the biochemical cascade in our muscles that enables us to tolerate more lactate and burn more free fatty acids as fuel.

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You Can Make a Difference

Date: 
06/27/2012 - 11:43
Date: 
06/27/2012 - 11:43

By Carolyn Mather
Mather,_Carolyn.jpg__.jpgWhile covering the recent, scorching Boston Marathon I had the privilege to hear physicians on the BAA medical team explain a new initiative intended to give runners a chance to make a difference if they witness a downed runner. The new protocol eliminates the mouth to mouth administration and is quite effective. As a nurse and runner who actually was able to save a runner many years ago during a race, I thought this information is well worth sharing as doing something always beats doing nothing.

The Boston Athletic Association medical team in partnership with the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross collaborated to produce a video focusing on lifesaving "hands only" cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) which demonstrates how to use CPR when witnessing a running related cardiac arrest. The basics demonstrated in this video can be utilized to perform rapid and effective techniques that could save a life. Bystander CPR performed immediately when a runner goes down is the most important determinant in life or death.

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Date: 
06/16/2012 - 15:32

While 300 Kids Ages 6 to 10 United in their Own Muddy Fun at Kids Run Amuck

QUANTICO, VA - The Marine Corps Marathon's (MCM) muddiest event, Run Amuck, challenged 2,545 finishers to complete the 3.5 mile course through grueling obstacles, steep hills and deep mud pits in the event held today on Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA. Some runners not only met the challenge but faced the mud-packed adventure head first as they shimmied through the mud crawl, took to the berm climb and made their way through two giant mud pits, sometimes needing assistance from U.S. Marines to be pulled out from the muddy depths.

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It’s Hot Out There!

Date: 
06/15/2012 - 10:12
Date: 
06/15/2012 - 10:12

By Lena Hollmann
Hollman,_Lena.jpg__.jpgWhen I watched the Boston Marathon winners Wesley Korir and Sharon Cherop, both of Kenya, cross the finish line in April, they both looked strong. I knew they had been working hard to shake off competitors, primarily from their homeland, so they certainly didn’t have much opportunity to slack off during the race. Yet their finishing times, 2:12:40 and 2:31:50, were several minutes slower than we normally see when a bunch of elite runners battle it out on that Boston course, which has a net drop in elevation in spite of Heartbreak Hill. But this year the runners, elite and “regulars” alike, faced not just the clock and their human competitors. They also had to contend with Mother Nature, who had served up a menu consisting of bright sunshine accompanied with temperatures that rose to the high 80s by afternoon.

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Date: 
06/04/2012 - 17:49

Houston Marathon Committee becomes the first organization ever to achieve dual-certification from the Council of Responsible Sport with its U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon sustainability success

The Council for Responsible Sport announced that the Houston Marathon Committee received a Silver ReSport Certification for its sustainability efforts while conducting the 2012 Chevron Houston Marathon weekend of events. As host of the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon, Houston's local organizing committee also earned Basic ReSport Certification for the quadrennial race to become the first event ever to achieve dual-Certification from the Council of Responsible Sport.

"Of all the events that have become ReSport Certified, none have taken on a bigger challenge than the Houston Marathon Committee did last January," stated Keith Peters, Executive Director of the Council for Responsible Sport. "Applying for ReSport Certification is a rigorous process, one that requires attention to detail and lots of documentation. By striving for dual certifications, the Houston Marathon Committee took on twice the workload, at least, and there were no time or cost-saving shortcuts available to them."

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Date: 
05/31/2012 - 04:19

Meb Keflezighi is a three time Olympian, twice in the marathon and once at 10,000 meters. After the 2008 Olympic Trials, Meb was in such bad shape, that he was concerned about his ability to walk without a limp, much less run. Meb is the American dream.

One of ten brothers and sisters, Meb moved to the US at the tender age of 12, and started running in junior high. After high school, where he showed his promise, Meb went to UCLA. Under the watchful eye of Coach Bob Larson, Meb and Coach Bob have worked together for nineteen years. Larson, one of the most talented of our distance coaches, works with Meb Keflezighi, one of our most talented distance runners. Meb's Olympic silver medal was first U.S. marathon medal since 1976.

Meb's victory in January 2012 was the biggest gamble of his career, and Meb has taken a few. Bob Larson and Meb Keflezighi prepared for five and one half weeks for the Olympic Trials. With the help of the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Meb was able to get his body to where he needed it on January 14, 2012, and, well, you know the rest of this story.

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Winning is Personal

Date: 
05/08/2012 - 11:46
Date: 
05/08/2012 - 11:46

By Richard Ferguson, Ph.D.
Ferguson,_Richard.jpg__.jpgRunning is the most primeval of all physical activities. Pre-historic man ran simply to survive through hunting and gathering, as well as fleeing from predators. For early man success through running simply meant living to see the sun rise on another day.

Today, success is certainly defined in a much different way. Unfortunately, in the sports world success is too often associated with winning and to most laymen, winning means finishing first. But do you really have to finish first to be a successful runner? I would say most certainly not.
Success is far too often associated with some particular outcome, such as a championship, trophy, or medal. For some, success may mean having great wealth, fame, or a position of power. All of these definitions of success are really external in their nature. By external I mean these things are what others, or society usually expect. Too often we have to look to other people to let us know if we are a success.

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Critters on the Trail

Date: 
04/25/2012 - 08:48
Date: 
04/25/2012 - 08:48

By Teri Saylor

Teri Saylor photo.jpgEven if you have never ever been chased by a moose at an 8,000-foot altitude, it is probably not hard to understand why Carolyn Quarterman, of Cary, NC, was ready to channel her inner monkey as she frantically searched for a tree to climb on a sunny summer day last year when she encountered a mama moose on a trail in Centennial, WY.

“I was out on an eight-mile, scenic run on a dirt road,” Quarterman said. “Normally you would see deer and other animals, but nothing dangerous in the summer.”

But she knew a family of moose lived in the area and she knew the mother had recently given birth to twins, though no one had seen her in awhile.

On this day, the mama moose, on the lookout for intruders, spied Quarterman, and began trotting along behind her.

An article posted on the Animal Planet website advises humans to run to avoid getting trampled.

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