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Team USATF Superlatives - London 2017

Date: 
08/15/2017 - 10:37
Date: 
08/15/2017 - 10:37

Source: USATF
Coburn-FrerichsFVR-WorCH17-thumb-500x750-26819.jpgLONDON -- Team USATF’s performance at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London was one for the record books, from a record number of medals to all-time best performances.

Team USATF set a team record for most medals at the World Championships, with 30 medals easily surpassing its total of 28 medals in 2011.

After Team USATF’s 32-medal performance at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, London marked the first time since the 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games that U.S. won 30+ medals at consecutive global championships.

Allyson Felix became the most decorated athlete in IAAF World Championships history, winning her 14th, 15th and 16th medals. She tied Usain Bolt for most golds with 11.

Two American records were set: Emma Coburn in the women’s steeplechase (9:02.58) and Katie Burnett in the women’s 50K race walk (4:21:51)

One championship record was set: Emma Coburn in women’s steeplechase

Brittney Reese became the first woman to win four World LJ golds and is only the second woman to win four golds in a single WC event (Valerie Adams, women’s shot put)

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Date: 
08/14/2017 - 04:52

Source: USATF

LONDON -- With three medals Sunday night at the IAAF World Championships - gold by the women’s 4x400, silver by the men’s 4x400, and bronze by Ajee’ Wilson in the 800 - Team USATF shattered its record for the most medals at a single World Championships to close out competition at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium.

With 30 medals in 2017, including 10 golds, the U.S. smashed its record for most medals at a single World Championships, surpassing the 28 won in 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. Coming on the heels of Team USATF’s 32-medal performance at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, it marked the first time since the 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games that U.S. won 30+ medals at consecutive global championships.

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5 Into New Orleans Track Club Hall of Fame

Date: 
08/10/2017 - 18:34
Date: 
08/10/2017 - 18:34

Source: New Orleans Track Club

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Track Club (NOTC) is inducting five new members into its Hall of Fame. They will be introduced Sunday, Aug. 13, at the NOTC's 54th Anniversary Race.

To be inducted are:

J. Roger Brown, a staple and fixture in the running community. He is someone that NOTC members and local area runners respect and look up to, not only because of his consistent and high-level performance as an athlete over the years, but also his good-hearted and genuine nature as a person.

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Date: 
08/10/2017 - 04:46

Source: USATF

LONDON -- A 1-3 finish by Phyllis Francis and Allyson Felix, combined with bronze medals from Rio Olympic champions Michelle Carter and Kerron Clement in cold, rainy and breezy conditions, gave Team USATF a four-medal evening and 15 medals thus far at the World Championships Wednesday night at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium.

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Date: 
08/09/2017 - 10:18

LONDON -- With another astounding stretch run, Jenny Simpson earned her fourth global medal in the women’s 1,500 meters Monday night at Queen Elizabeth Stadium. Going from fourth to second by zipping down the inside rail in the final meters, the 2011 world champion, 2013 silver medalist and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist claimed the silver medal at the IAAF World Championships, further establishing her as one of the most brilliant and consistent championship runners of her era.

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Amy Cragg’s Great 26.2

Date: 
08/07/2017 - 18:49
Date: 
08/07/2017 - 18:49

cache_sb_l_6d1ae5edc0.jpgLONDON -- Two-time Olympian Amy Cragg made history Sunday coming across Tower Bridge Sunday, storming over the final 800m to win bronze in the women’s marathon, becoming the first American woman to capture a marathon medal at the IAAF World Championships since Marianne Dickerson in 1983.

Cragg (Leavenworth, Kansas) battled with Kenya’s Flomena Cheyech Daniel for the final medal of the day, starting her pursuit of the podium with a surge just after the 35 km mark. Cragg, Daniel, eventual winner Rose Chelimo and silver medalist Edna Kiplagat broke away from the pack of nine runners in the latter stages of the race, with Chelimo and Kiplagat dropping the hammer with 5 km remaining.

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Date: 
08/07/2017 - 12:17

RALEIGH, NC – In Amanda Eccleston’s third trip to the Sir Walter Miler, a late sprint down the homestretch, past 2015 Champion, Steph Garcia, was enough to secure her first victory in what was the largest crowd to date (4000+), in a winning time of 4:31.72. “I really wanted to win this year, after the last two years,” said Eccleston, after the race to FloTrack. Former Duke graduate, Kate Van Buskirk rounded out the Women’s podium.

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Date: 
08/06/2017 - 18:33

By Dave Hunter, RunBlogRun.com
mofarah.jpgLONDON, England — On opening night of the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships, the rabid British track & field fans - and indeed most of the capacity crowd that packed London's Olympic Stadium - got their wish as the incomparable Mo Farah fended off a multi-national assault by a squad of African athletes and utilized a blistering finish to win his 3rd straight world championship 10,000 meter crown.

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Date: 
08/06/2017 - 05:09

Joan Benoit Samuelson runs American 10K age-group record for 60 & over, finishes in amazing 39:19.

keitany.jpgCAPE ELIZABETH, Maine – Mary Keitany of Kenya lowered her course record to win for a second straight year and Kenyan Stephen Kosgei Kibet held off Maine native and defending champion Ben True to claim the men’s title on Saturday at the special 20th running of the Beach to Beacon 10K, the iconic American road race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Keitany (30:41) glided to victory in dominating fashion against a strong field, shaving four seconds off her 2016 record time. Purity Rionoripo of Kenya (31:00) finished second and Meseret Defar of Ethiopia (31:13.9) placed third. Decorated U.S. distance runner Shalane Flanagan (31:14.2) won the American-only category and placed fourth overall, setting a new American course record.

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Date: 
08/04/2017 - 10:36

Eight communities have the “right stuff” of infrastructure & support plus local government involvement for designation.

Arlington, VA – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has announced its Runner Friendly Community® designations for 2017:

Frederick, Maryland
Golden, Colorado
Holland, Michigan
Huntington Woods, Michigan
Ithaca, New York
Memphis, Tennessee
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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Date: 
08/04/2017 - 08:03

Memphis produces outstanding video at https://vimeo.com/226346959

The Road Runners Club of America has announced eight Runner Friendly Community® designations for 2017:

Frederick, Maryland
Golden, Colorado
Holland, Michigan
Huntington Woods, Michigan
Ithaca, New York
Memphis, Tennessee
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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Date: 
08/02/2017 - 16:35

(Editor’s note: See additional information and commentary by Larry Eder at RunBlogRun.com)

IRVINE, CA — True sport performance brand ASICS unveils a new global brand message, identity, retail concept and powerful integrated brand activation - the brand's most significant marketing initiative to date. The refresh kicks off in London with the aim of getting the world moving, one city at a time. This marks an important milestone for ASICS as the brand sets out to communicate a contemporary expression of its founding vision and philosophy to a new generation of consumer; to bring people together and inspire them to be healthy, happy and energized through sport.

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Date: 
08/02/2017 - 12:15

400-logo-for-Facebook-2-275x212.jpgARLINGTON, VA – In 2007, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) developed the Kids Run the Nation Fund to assist running clubs, events and schools that are interested in implementing or currently offer a youth running program. Since then, the RRCA has awarded a total of $176,500 to deserving programs around the United States.

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Date: 
07/31/2017 - 16:31

By Chris Welch
FleetFeetHuntsville.com

chris.jpgHUNTSVILLE, AL — There are many amazing memories I have from a recent Kenya Relief church mission trip to Migori, Africa, but one of the neatest was holding a 5K run for 125 boys and girls 8,500 miles away. Talk about a long-distance run!

I had talked to my close friend and former newspaper buddy Curtis Coughlan, who is a Kenya Relief missionary in Migori with his wife, Devry, about putting on a 5K run for the kids who live at Brittany’s Home of Grace Orphanage and attend the Kenya Relief Academy. Curtis, like me, loved the idea because he and I have always enjoyed running to stay in shape. Going to Kenya, one of the world’s hotbeds for great long-distance runners, I figured it would be something the kids would enjoy doing.

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Date: 
07/28/2017 - 14:16

A new study by a duo of Brigham Young University (BYU) professors, Iain Hunter and U.S. Olympian Jared Ward, finds the stride length people naturally choose is the best for them, whether they are experienced or inexperienced runners. That means whatever shape you are in -- marathon warrior or weekend jogger -- stick with what you're doing.

"Don't worry about changing your stride length," said Hunter, a professor of exercise science at BYU. "You should just leave it alone or you're going to use more energy in the end."

The study, published in the International Journal of Exercise Science, measured the energy use of 33 runners while carrying out various strides during a 20-minute run. Of those runners, 19 were experienced runners (meaning they averaged at least 20 miles a week) while 14 were inexperienced runners (people who have never run more than 5 miles in a week).

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Date: 
07/28/2017 - 13:13

elliptigo-brand-image.jpgArlington, VA – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has added ElliptiGO as an official sponsor. Current, former, and injured runners are using ElliptiGO elliptical bikes to experience the joy of running, including RRCA Hall of Fame Members Meb Keflezighi, Mary Decker Slaney, and Jacqueline Hansen. Athletes of all ages and abilities are using elliptical cycling to stay healthy, avoid and recover from injuries, and improve endurance. Several hundred professional athletes, including many RRCA Roads Scholar recipients, and nearly 200 universities and high schools are now using ElliptiGO-integrated training programs.

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Date: 
07/27/2017 - 12:42

INDIANAPOLIS – The 3rd Annual 8-Hour Dream Endurance Race held on Saturday, July 22, 2017, resulted in the closest finishes in the event’s history. As Indiana’s only Endurance Race, the shadows of Hinkle Fieldhouse provided some shade as the runners competed to see how many miles they could endure over the 8 hours. The event is produced by Carmel Road Racing Group.

The 8-Hour Dream Endurance is the Road Runners Club of America Endurance Race State Championship, awarding winners state championship titles along with a cash purse.

The top three males and females and their corresponding distances completed are:

Regional
Date: 
07/25/2017 - 20:22

INDIANAPOLIS -- Four reigning World champions and eight 2016 Olympic individual gold medalists will lead 132 athletes on the Team USATF roster for the 2017 IAAF World Championships, held August 4-13 in London, England. Representing the U.S. in the delegation announced Monday by USA Track & Field are 77 Olympians, including 13 Olympic medalists from 2012 who will return to London Stadium for another chance at the podium. Overall, 39 World Championships and/or Olympic medalists are part of the Team USATF roster.

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Date: 
07/24/2017 - 14:33

By Tracy Green

IMG_2430 2.JPG I have a new running partner — she makes sure I get out of bed in the morning, reminds me to appreciate being in nature, and is happy to run as far as I want to. Morgan is younger than me, but she’s great company.

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Date: 
07/23/2017 - 18:40

Finishers of the Flying Pig full marathon will receive a commemorative finisher’s jacket

FlyingPigMarathon_Logo.jpgCincinnati -- The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon powered by P&G is marking its 20th running in 2018 with a series of events and celebrations honoring the participants, volunteers and community partners who have made this running festival one of the largest in the country. Executive Director Iris Simpson Bush announced the new initiatives that will be part of the year-long celebration.

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