By Dimity McDowell, RunningUSA.org
(This story was published by Running USA at http://www.runningusa.org/tidbits-iris-simpson-bush. It is republished with permission. The Flying Pig Marathon weekend is May 5-7.)
Iris Simpson Bush, Executive Director of the Flying Pig Marathon (.com), has been at the helm of the Cincinnati-based race series for nearly 15 years. Although she and her staff of six are already hard at work planning the 20th anniversary of the race in 2018, she took a little time to chat with Running USA to share some strategies that have helped the Flying Pig — and can benefit any race.
Lottery selections announced via email.
ATLANTA –– Atlanta Track Club, organizer of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, has made a limited number of charity entries available for purchase. The special entries benefit Kilometer Kids, Atlanta Track Club’s youth running program.
The announcement comes as registrants of the AJC Peachtree Road Race lottery learn their status for the 2017 event. Registrants will be notified by Saturday, March 25 via email whether or not they were selected as one of this year’s 60,000 participants. Searchable results of registration status will also be posted on peachtreeroadrace.org and AJC.com/peachtree. Those who were not selected for the 2017 event or who did not enter the lottery can purchase a charity number.
VIRGINIA BEACH: On March 17-19, J&A Racing hosted close to 25,000 runners and walkers at the 45th running of the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend, a three-day event which featured a two-day Sports & Fitness Expo and five separate races in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Founded in 2003 when J&A Racing owners Amy and Jerry Frostick first took over the Shamrock Sportsfest, the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend has become the largest running event in Hampton Roads and one of the most popular events in the country.
Donations reach $130,000 this year, set cumulative total since 2010 at $761,500.
CARY, NC — The Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon (TRM) and the Feetures! Half Marathon has set a new mark for the event’s annual charitable contributions, bettering last year’s record-setting performance by $2,500 with a total of $130,000.
Event celebrated the culmination of inaugural 55.5-mile Ultimate Peach Challenge
ATLANTA – March 19, 2017 – Approximately 9,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2017 Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon this morning at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. The 11th annual event drew crowds of spectators despite cool and breezy conditions.
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.
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?
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.
JACKSONVILLE, FL — Leonard Korir and Jordan Hasay were winners of the 40th Annual Gate River Run 15K. Korir led five runners from Colorado Springs in a highly competitive race, finishing in 43:22. Shadrack Kipchirchir was second in 43:23 with Sam Chelanga third in 43:28, Stanley Kebenei fourth in 43:29, and Paul Chelimo fifth in 43:46.
Hasay, of Beaverton, Oregon led the women in the USA National 15K race, finishing in 49:28. Emily Infeld of Portland was second in 49:42, Neely Gracey and Laura Thweatt, both of Superior, CO, were third and fourth in 49:47 and 49:54 respectively. Fifth was Natosha Rogers of Littleton, CO, in 50:01.
Kevin Castille of Lafayette, LA, was male masters champion in 46:20. Chris Mutai of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, was second in 49:57, and William Vanos of Orlando third in 50:15.
Carerra, Allen are Half Marathon Winners as Runners Brave the Cold
WASHINGTON, DC – March 11 – Over 24,000 runners took flight through the nation’s capital at the United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC Marathon & ½ Marathon braving the cold with smiles on their faces. United Airlines joined forces with the event for the first time as the title partner welcoming runners from all 50 states and 52 countries. Mid-March in Washington D.C. typically means early-spring like weather with favorable conditions for a fast run through our nation’s capital, but on Saturday, Old Man Winter refused to give in, which made runners work a little bit harder for their cherished finish medal.
By Rae Ann Darling Reed
(This column appeared in the March issue of Running Journal.)
Last month I posed the question “is it possible to literally be inspired daily?” This month, I am more sure than ever of my answer after reading the December 2016 and January 2017 issues of Running Journal.
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to cycle once a week. After missing six weeks of running last fall I discovered I need some extra cardiovascular work without the pounding. I committed to one cycling session at the gym each week in addition to strength training twice a week and running five days a week to prepare for Boston 2017.
He’s running Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in DC as 6-time winner.
WASHINGTON, DC — When you are a husband, a father with two young sons, an international ship broker and a world-class marathoner/ultramarathoner with some zany accomplishments, you multitask.
So for an interview covering a range of subjects leading up to Saturday’s United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon Washington D.C., 42-year-old Michael Wardian stepped on the treadmill in his D.C. office garage during lunch hour, set it on a 12-percent incline and chatted away.
WASHINGTON D.C. - The 2017 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, to be held on April 2nd, has been awarded Gold Level Inspire Certification by the Council for Responsible Sport, an Oregon-based non-profit promoting sustainability in sports. The Council's Inspire events represent the pinnacle of achievement and stand as an example and inspiration to others.
(Editor’s note: We have updated our original Chattanooga Marathon story to add city & state residence for the top 3 male and female overall marathon finishers, plus have added top age group marathon finishers.)
CHATTANOOGA, TN — Christian Thompson of Chattanooga ran away with the victory at the Chattanooga Marathon, winning the Sunday, March 5 event in 2:29:31. Allen Baddour of Chapel Hill, NC was second in 2:45:25. Seki Kazufumi of Murfreesboro, TN was third in 2:49:18.
Kimberly Bradley of Littleton, Colorado won the women’s title in 3:30:36. Lucy Johnston of Actworth, Georgia was second in 3:32:37. Jessica Coe of White House, TN, was third in 3:32:44.
With a fast time of 2:56.65, Sonja Friend-Uhl won the Masters Women’s 1,000 meters race Sunday at the USATF Indoor Championships at Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Sonja, who lives in Boca Raton, Florida, races for the Atlanta Track Club.
About the race, she said, “I was conservative over the beginning. I just wanted to run even and kick with what I had left. I felt I could have run a little faster in the beginning, but I’m happy with the result. I wanted to go under 3 minutes and I did that. I was a little anxious about it. It is so great to be here as a masters athlete with all these open athletes. The track is amazing. I love this track - it’s a fast track.”
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - More than 12,000 runners and walkers took to the streets of Little Rock for the 15th annual Little Rock Marathon weekend races. Racers competed in the Marathon and Half Marathon events Sunday in downtown Little Rock. The following are race results and comments from top finishers:
Marathon Overall Male
Adam Bradbury - Bryant, Ark., 2:45:43
Chad Silker - Ballwin, Mo., 2:49:28
Jeremy Provence - Clarksville, Ark., 2:53:17
By Carolyn Mather
After working for two weeks last June at the 40th Grandmas Marathon, I realized that some of my favorite races in the south are reaching that milestone this year. For years my favorite 10K has been the Rose City 10K in Thomasville, GA. Not only will the 40th edition take place this April, but Jim and Carolyn Story have been the race directors for all 40 years. I suspect that must be a rare record and they do this as their love. From the silver age group award cups, to the medals, to the hot dogs and Little Debbie cakes, to the post race picnic, to the dj getting you up their "heartbreak hill," this race remains the best value in running and a great deal for $20 including a finisher's medal and gorgeous tee shirt..
BOSTON — The Run To Remember Boston road race through the city’s historic downtown will again feature a First Responder Challenge, pitting teams of police, fire and other first responders nationwide in the half marathon at the Memorial Day weekend event, organizers announced.
Run To Remember Boston’s half marathon and 5-mile races both start at the Seaport World Trade Center in downtown Boston on Sunday, May 28. This is the 13th year for the charity event, created as a tribute to Massachusetts law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. From the Seaport World Trade Center, the scenic loop courses wind through historic downtown Boston, with the half marathon crossing over the Charles River along Memorial Drive in Cambridge before looping back.
ATLANTA—A person’s sex and running ability play a role in the decline of their performance in marathons as they get older, according to a Georgia State University study.
“We found that marathon performance decline begins at about 35 years old,” said Dr. Gerald Zavorsky, lead author of the study and associate professor in the Department of Respiratory Therapy at Georgia State. “For top runners, we determined the slowdown is about two minutes per year beginning at age 35 for men, and for women, it’s actually a little bit statistically faster of a slowdown, around two minutes and 30 seconds per year beginning at the age of 35.”
“If you’re an average runner finishing in the middle of your age group, statistically the slowdown starts at age 50. It’s similar if you’re a man or woman. The decline with aging in average runners is around two minutes and 45 seconds per year beginning at age 50.”