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06/22/2017 - 10:41

The publisher of Runner’s World has hired investment banker Allen & Company to “explore a range of potential strategic alternatives,” including the possible sale of the entire company. In addition to Runner’s World, Rodale’s publications include Men’s Health, Women’s Health, and Prevention, plus a book publishing division.

In a statement, the company said “Its Board of Directors has initiated a process to explore a range of potential strategic alternatives to best position its industry-leading properties for the future. The company noted that strategic alternatives may include, but are not limited to, the sale of the company as a whole, the sale of select properties or groups of properties or individual businesses, or the continued implementation of its business plan.”

Print media across the country — magazines and newspapers — have suffered declining advertising revenues and have increasingly turned to digital publishing and cost-cutting, including elimination of employees. Among cost-cuts was the closing of Running Times magazine last year.

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Jim Ryun’s Run for the Ages 50 Years Ago

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06/21/2017 - 12:25
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06/21/2017 - 12:25

By Bob Burns at RunBlogRun.com
Jim_Ryun_1966-0x270-thumb-500x659-24890.jpgFifty years ago on June 23, 1967, Jim Ryun famously broke his own world record in the mile by .02 in Bakersfield, California. USATF and Sacramento Sports Commission take a look back at Ryun's triumph ahead of the 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships, June 22-25, at Sacramento State University.

Jim Ryun was used to setting world records, so his 3:51.1 mile at the 1967 AAU Championships hardly came as a surprise. What surprised him was how effortless it felt.

"It was one of the easiest races of my life," Ryun said. "In fact, I don't ever remember running with such ease."

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06/19/2017 - 12:56

Unknown.jpegCarolyn Mather wrote this feature on the iconic Grandma's Marathon and Garry Bjorkland Half Marathon. The most popular athlete in the event? Well, none other than Kara Goucher, who ran the half marathon with a sore hamstring. Here's Carolyn's wonderful piece on one of the many races she attends and assists at each year.

By Carolyn Mather for RunBlogRun.com
Race day dawned in the low 60's, but it was humid for Duluth,Minnesota, where the 41st running of Grandmas Marathon took place along with the 27th Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. 6689 runners started the marathon and 6,377 finished while the half had an incredible 7,336 starters, and 7,332 finishers! The half, which starts at 6:15am, had the most ideal weather, as it did warm a bit for the marathon.

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06/19/2017 - 11:28

4th annual Kilometer Kids Charity Chase to revitalize 1996 Olympic warm-up track

ATLANTA — A team treadmill challenge to restore a part of Atlanta’s Olympic legacy will kick off days of events surrounding the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race. Atlanta Track Club announced today its fourth annual Kilometer Kids Charity Chase to raise money to revitalize Cheney Stadium at Atlanta’s Phoenix Park, which served as the warm-up facility for track and field athletes at the 1996 Olympic Games.

The Kilometer Kids Charity Chase will be stationed at the Peachtree Health & Fitness Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center from 6 p.m. on July 1 to 6 p.m. on July 3.

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06/15/2017 - 13:13

INDIANAPOLIS – Rio Olympian Christian Coleman (Atlanta, Georgia) earns Athlete of the Week honors following dominant performances at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, taking home two national titles while setting a new collegiate record.

The Tennessee Vol broke the collegiate record in the 100m last Wednesday, running an impressive 9.82 in the semifinals. Coleman went on to capture the national title Friday with a final time of 10.04. In combination with his winning 200m in 20.25, Coleman joins Justin Gatlin as the second NCAA athlete in history to win the 60m and 200m indoors and the 100m and 200m outdoors.

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06/15/2017 - 12:07

ATLANTA -- The present and future of American road racing will lead a field of 60,000 participants at the AJC Peachtree Road Race on the Fourth of July in Atlanta. Atlanta Track Club announced the elite field for the world’s largest 10K which this year serves as the USATF 10km Championships.

Along with 2016 Olympic Marathoner and American 10K record holder Shalane Flanagan (Portland, OR) who was previously announced, Jordan Hasay (Portland, OR) headlines the women’s race. Hasay will be racing for the first time since running 2:23:00 to place third at the Boston Marathon in April, the fastest-ever marathon debut by an American woman. “I’m excited for the challenge,” said Hasay of the infamous heat, hills and humidity in Atlanta on July 4. “I think those things actually give me an advantage.” This will be Hasay’s AJC Peachtree Road Race debut.

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06/13/2017 - 14:00

RUSA_LargestRacesReport_Logo.pngRunning USA’s annual list of the largest number of finishers in American road races for 2016 again lists the July 4th Peachtree Road Race 10K in Atlanta as number one with 56,993 finishers. Second largest in the U.S. was the New York City Marathon with 51,267 finishers.

The Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston was the second largest race in the South with 26,804 finishers, good for number nine in the country (Boston Marathon was 10th in the U.S. with 26,640).

The Ukrops Monument Avenue 10K was the third largest race in the South and number 14 in America with 23,127 finishers.

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06/13/2017 - 11:47

EUGENE, Oregon –- The 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships finished on Saturday, June 10 with women’s and men’s team titles going to Oregon and Florida, respectively.

The Oregon women were the first ever to complete a Triple Crown – winning all three titles in cross country, indoor and outdoor competitions in one year. Finishing with a total of 64 points, Georgia followed closely behind (62.2) and USC placed third (43). The title came down to a dramatic final event, the 4x400m; Oregon, boasting Rio Olympian Deajah Stevens, Raeyven Rodgers, Elexis Guster and Mackenzie Dunmore won while setting a collegiate record of 3:23.13. Oregon last won the NCAA Outdoor Championship in 2015.

Florida’s Kyra Jefferson set a new collegiate record in the women’s 200m of 22.02. The broken record had been in place since 1989.

Regional
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06/10/2017 - 16:20

By Jessica Frazier

IMG_20161011_164100.jpgBRISTOL, TN/VA — Every running story has a beginning and mine starts on a softball field at a high school softball game. I am at bat and waiting anxiously for the pitch. I hit it. I mean not just one of those hits that goes to the infield and is a quick out. I mean a hit that goes out to the fence and the crowd cheers! I start hustling towards first base and my legs are pounding the soft dirt as hard as they can but the throw from the outfield still beats me to first base.

Regional
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06/09/2017 - 10:33

Keitany to go for fourth consecutive title, looking to surpass Paula Radcliffe in career wins

McFadden, racing as an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador, seeks record sixth career title in wheelchair division

NEW YORK — Both defending women’s race champions will return for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 5, as Mary Keitany will go for a fourth consecutive victory and NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador Tatyana McFadden will race for a record-breaking sixth career title in the wheelchair division.

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06/08/2017 - 11:16

“Don’t do the one success in life, keep on moving."

By Jeff Benjamin in RunBlogRun.com
It has been said by many that the late Steve Prefontaine learned to "hone his fire" at Hayward Field as a student at the University of Oregon. Some also say that Bill Rodgers learned his craft through the streets of Boston.

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06/06/2017 - 15:22

ATLANTA – Bauerfeind, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of orthopedic braces, supports, insoles and medical-grade compression products, announced a partnership with Atlanta Track Club.

As part of the multi-year agreement, Bauerfeind will be the official supplier of braces, supports and medical-grade compression products for all of Atlanta Track Club’s events, including the largest 10K running event in the world – the AJC Peachtree Road Race.

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06/04/2017 - 18:35

9.jpg 94-year-old Harriette Thompson set a record as the oldest woman to run a half marathon

Jeffrey Eggleston and Bridie McCarey placed first in the men’s and women’s marathon; Tsegay Tuemay and Biruktayit Degefa won the men’s and women’s half marathon

Michael Franti rocks finish line concert; U.S. Olympian Meb Keflezghi, NFL legend Roger Craig, actress Andrea Barber celebrate 20 years of Rock ‘n’ Roll running.

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06/03/2017 - 18:41

17_Hall_Tuliamuk.jpgALBANY, NY— The 39th running of the Freihofer's Run for Women 5K, held on the streets of New York’s capital city this morning, featured 3,268 runners, overcast skies and a blazingly fast finish from Sara Hall, 34, from Redding, Calif. Hall came into the race as a marginal second favorite to Aliphine Tuliamuk, 28, originally from Kenya, but these days a U.S. citizen residing in Santa Fe, N.M. After 3.1 miles of racing that was, by turns, aggressive and tactical, Hall proved to be the woman with the wheels, blasting past Tuliamuk with just 25 meters remaining, crossing the finish line two seconds up in a time of 15:49 and taking the first-place prize of $10,000.

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06/02/2017 - 18:43

Competitor Group (CGI), owner of the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon series and several endurance publications, has been acquired by Wanda Sports Holdings, a Chinese multi-national conglomerate that owns IRONMAN.

The combined entity establishes an extremely powerful endurance sports organization. Included in the purchase of Competitor are publications Women’s Running, Competitor, Triathlete, and Velo News.

Regional
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06/01/2017 - 18:42

By Scott Ludwig

It started out almost as a joke. ‘The Darkside’ as we called ourselves in the mid-1990’s when Al Barker, Valerie Howard and I started running weekly 20-milers so we would be ‘marathon ready’ year round. While all of the other runners in town were eating pancakes or getting ready for church after their six or eight mile Sunday morning runs, the three of us were still on the trails doing what we liked to do best.

Regional
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05/31/2017 - 13:59

49,701 walkers, joggers and runners registered for the 2017 race this Memorial Day and approximately 45,574 racers crossed the finish line

boulder.jpgBOULDER, COL — BolderBOULDER, America’s All-Time Best 10K, today announced that 49,701 walkers, joggers and runners registered for the 2017 race this Memorial Day and approximately 45,574 racers crossed the finish line. The race also supports an additional 2,000 service men and women that participated in BolderBOULDER military satellite races around the world, but does not calculate these numbers into the overall total.

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05/31/2017 - 12:22

11 Olympians to lead professional athlete field in 46th running of the event in Central Park

NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador and five-time New York City Marathon champion Tatyana McFadden to pace second edition of Girls’ Run

NEW YORK — The NYRR New York Mini 10K, established in 1972 as the world’s first road race exclusively for women, will feature a hotly contested matchup of this year’s London Marathon champion, Mary Keitany, and Boston Marathon champion, Edna Kiplagat, in iconic Central Park on Saturday, June 10.

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05/30/2017 - 05:24

EUGENE, Oregon -- 2016 Olympic silver medalist Brittney Reese and 2017 USATF Indoor 1000m champion Charlene Lipsey came away with victories Friday on Joan Benoit Samuelson Night at the Nike Prefontaine Classic.

Lipsey (Hempstead, New York) continued to impress in 2017, cruising to a victory in the USATF High Performance women’s 800m Friday night. Lipsey led from the gun with Rio Olympian Chrishuna Williams (Dallas, Texas) on her heels, as both USATF athletes utilized the pacemaker to get out front early. Lipsey charged around the Bowerman Curve on the final lap with the crowd roaring as she registered the first sub-2 finish of her career to win in 1:59.87. Williams crossed just behind Lipsey in 2:00.62. High schooler Sammy Watson (Henrietta, New York) ran a new personal best to finish third, recording a USATF Outdoors qualifying time of 2:01.47.

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05/26/2017 - 13:55

ATLANTA — Olympic Silver Medalist Shalane Flanagan will race for the first time since the 2016 Olympic Games at the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race. Flanagan, whose time of 30:52 at the 2016 BAA 10K is the fastest road 10K ever run by an American woman, will compete in the USA 10K Championships at Peachtree after recovering from a fracture in her lower back while training for the Boston Marathon.

“I am excited to return to the AJC Peachtree Road Race to run for the national title,” said Flanagan, a four-time Olympian who placed sixth in the marathon at Rio (2:25:26). “There is no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with the best distance runners in the country at the world’s largest 10K.” Flanagan last raced at Peachtree in 2015 and was the first woman across the finish line in 32:05.

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