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Date: 
05/22/2017 - 17:07

By: Cait Chock, RunBlogRun.com

karisa-nelson-action-2jpg-a553752272773699-thumb-500xauto-24233.jpgKarisa Nelson stepped to the starting line of the 1500m at the NCAA Indoor Championships inconspicuously; going unnoticed, but she had a secret. Both she and coach, Pat McGregor, had a secret actually. They both knew she was going to win.

Flash-forward exactly 4:31.24 seconds and the stands were in an uproar, the online media was in a frenzy, jaws were still agape after watching this 12th seeded Junior from Samford University in Birmingham, AL, make herself an NCAA Champion.

Regional
Date: 
05/22/2017 - 15:44

riteaid.jpgCLEVELAND – Nearly 15,000 runners were treated to a new and scenic course for the 40th anniversary of the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. Spirits were high amongst runners and thousands of spectators at the starting line just outside the Quicken Loans Arena, the home of the reigning NBA champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In addition to the Quicken Loans Arena, runners passed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, FirstEnergy Stadium, Great Lakes Science Center, Tremont and Ohio City – both popular neighborhoods, West Side Market, Playhouse Square, Edgewater Park and the newly renovated Public Square, the location of this year’s finish line.

Regional
Date: 
05/19/2017 - 05:05

cat.jpgSAVANNAH, GA — It was a sunny morning in October 2015 when Adam Saxe and two running friends, Casey and Nicole, were on a morning run at Lake Mayer.

There was a sound "like a bird in distress,” Saxe said.

It was a six-week-old orange kitten abandoned by his family.

That was the beginning of the Strider the Cat, who was recently interviewed in the Savannah Striders running club newsletter about his hobbies, but more on that in a bit.

Regional
Date: 
05/18/2017 - 12:53

whole.jpgRICHMOND, VA – Sports Backers has announced a new partnership with Whole Foods Market, making the grocery retailer the new title sponsor of the Whole Foods Marathon Jr. The kids-only running event, a past winner of Running USA’s ‘Youth Running Event of the Year,’ is set for Oct. 28 at Byrd Park and offers two different distance options: a 0.5 mile course for children ages four to seven, and a one-mile course for children 12 and under. Registration is now open for the event at www.sportsbackers.org.

“Whole Foods Market is excited to sponsor Richmond’s Whole Foods Marathon Jr. as part of our mission to support healthy choices for kids and families.” said Christina Connelly, a leader at the Whole Foods Market Short Pump store.

Regional
Date: 
05/17/2017 - 14:15

Using an incredible amount of crowd support to push himself to the finish, Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein was back to his winning ways Saturday morning at the USATF 25 km Championships at Grand Rapids, Michigan, while defending champion Aliphine Tuliamuk outlasted Neely Gracey to win the women’s race.

The USATF 25 km Championships, hosted by the Fifth Third River Bank Run, are the fifth stop on the 2017 USATF Running Circuit. Next up on the circuit, the USATF 10 km Championships take place on July 4 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Regional
Date: 
05/15/2017 - 17:05

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Jose Fernandez is proud of the Cougar XC Challenge hosted by Godby High School, where he coaches cross-country, track and field, and teaches math. Mulitiple races are included in the activities at Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park.

The event, scheduled for Aug. 26, keeps growing. Begun in 2013, it had 239 participants in four races — 107 high school boys, 71 high school girls, 44 middle school boys, 17 middle school girls.

“Last year, we had a total of 701 athletes among those same races. We added a community run two years ago with 25 runners. Last year, we added a college division with three junior colleges and one NAIA university with 35 participants. This year, we have added an elementary school division.”

Regional
Date: 
05/15/2017 - 13:14

Annual event put on by New York Road Runners will have an anticipated 27,000 runners, along with hundreds of youth runners who will race in the third-annual NYRR Youth Boardwalk Run.

The Airbnb Brooklyn Half Pre-Party Presented by New Balance, a free three-day celebration of Brooklyn, begins Wednesday, May 17, at Pier 2, Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Regional
Date: 
05/12/2017 - 13:41

By Lena Hollmann
I want to begin this month’s column with a general note to my valued readers. After writing here in Running Journal for eight years and covering what seems like every subject under the sun that is related to masters running, I will sometimes expand my horizons and write about things that may not specifically apply to Masters runners. Hopefully you will still find a tidbit or two that you find useful, like this month when I focus on getting a beginner runner ready for his or her first race. After all, we were all beginner runners once upon a time, and a few of you may be new to running right now. Also, several of us have friends who have recently taken up running.

Regional
Date: 
05/11/2017 - 13:20

Betty 2017.jpgATLANTA – May 10, 2017 – She’s done it again. Atlanta Track Club member Betty Lindberg set another American record, this time in the 400 meters.

The 92-year-old showed up at the Club’s first All Comers Track and Field Meet of the season on May 9 to participate in the 400-meter Grand Prix event. Lindberg finished in 3:05.01 – a USATF national record for the women’s 90+ division. The record is pending ratification by the USATF.

“I’m very pleased with what I did,” said Lindberg via phone the morning after the event, where she received a standing ovation during her final stretch. “I sort of heard people yelling, but I was concentrating so hard to keep going those last 100 meters.”

Regional
Date: 
05/10/2017 - 12:55

Source: RunBlogRun.com
2018 VMLM-thumb-500xauto-24033.jpgA record total number of 386,050 applicants from the UK and overseas registered for a ballot place in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon when the application system closed on Friday 5 May. This is the highest number of applicants for any marathon in the world.

327,516 of those applicants were from the UK. This is 73,586 up from the previous UK applicant record of 253,930 for the 2017 event - an increase of nearly 29%. A total of 58,534 people applied in the overseas ballot.

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You Never Forget Your First Marathon

Date: 
05/09/2017 - 17:06
Date: 
05/09/2017 - 17:06

By Rae Ann Darling Reed

I was recently asked a series of questions about my interest in marathons which got me thinking about my first. Like many firsts in our lives, I believe the first marathon is one that will never be forgotten.

Can you tell me a bit about your first ever marathon? When was it, which race, and race time? My first marathon was the Jacksonville Marathon in December 1995 in Jacksonville, Florida, about six months after I graduated from Brown University. I had to wait until after college to run my first marathon since I was on the cross country and track teams.

Regional
Date: 
05/08/2017 - 10:56

2016 Global Running Day Atlanta Track Club.jpgATLANTA –- Atlanta Track Club invites its membership, participants and the greater Atlanta running community to “run across America” on Global Running Day on Wednesday, June 7. In addition to organizing several group runs across the metro area, the Club is organizing an effort to have at least one person in Atlanta Track Club apparel run in each state. The day will kick off with a group run at midnight – the first run of Global Running Day anywhere in the country.

Regional
Date: 
05/07/2017 - 18:36

FullSizeRender-3.jpgCINCINNATI (May 7, 2017) — After coming in second or third in the Flying Pig Marathon for the last six years, the seventh time proved to be the charm for Anderson High School cross country coach Kerry Lee, who finally won the women’s division of Sunday’s 19th annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon. The total registration for all weekend events was 37,244 participants representing all 50 states and 20 countries.

Regional
Date: 
05/05/2017 - 12:56

By Scott Ludwig, Running Journal

I’ve been running marathons since 1979. In every last one of them I’ve always had a goal; one that continued raising the bar higher and higher. Finish. Break three-and-a-half hours. Run through the wall. Break three hours. Qualify for Boston. Set a personal best. Set another personal best … and another.

Regional
Date: 
05/05/2017 - 11:05

puma.jpegPUMA had a global launch for PUMA NETFIT, a new approach to personalizing running footwear by controlling the fit through infinite lacing styles. The launch was held on May 4, 2017 in New York City. PUMA showcased some of its top athletic talent, including Usain Bolt, to show off the new lacing systems for the PUMA NETFIT product.

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Phil Brown Remembered at Memorial 5K

Date: 
05/03/2017 - 05:04
Date: 
05/03/2017 - 05:04

By Mary Marcia Brown

Image of Phil.jpg The Duke Energy Hines Energy Complex in Bartow, Florida, was a moving sea of runners and walkers wearing green tee shirts on the morning of April 1.

Each week, my husband, Phil, started his workweek at Duke by wearing a green, two-button polo shirt. This was not a work-related requirement – simply a personal tradition that Phil had started a few years ago. Perhaps he wanted to see who was awake enough to notice the trend. Maybe he felt that green would be a lucky Irish start to each workweek.

The reverberation from the Irish bagpipes that were played at Phil’s funeral on March 6, was a resonating reminder of Phil’s strong Irish roots. Service attendees wore running shoes in Phil’s honor, and the men in Phil’s family, wore green shirts.

Regional
Date: 
05/01/2017 - 18:40

By Teri Saylor, Running Journal

IMG_8551.JPGRALEIGH, NC — On April 2, deep in the dark woods of Umstead State Park at Raleigh, NC, there was a chill in the air as the black night sky drifted into pink dawn and the stars faded in the early morning light. Richard Hunter, in tears, burst over the finish line at the Umstead 100 Endurance Race, 24 hours, 29 minutes and 47 seconds after he started at 6 a.m. the previous day.

April Fool's Day seems a likely holiday to begin the kind of feat many people consider a folly, but at Umstead Park every spring, the 100-mile race is more like a family reunion. For Hunter, 49, whose vision has been fading for the past 30 years, traveling to Raleigh to compete in the Umstead 100 was like a holy grail.

Regional
Date: 
04/30/2017 - 14:11

 
Scott-Wietecha-900x600.jpgNASHVILLE, TN — At mile 11, Scott Wietecha’s legs started shutting down. By mile 20, despite his best efforts to stay hydrated, the 35-year-old was no longer sweating. 
 
Competing in Saturday’s 18th running of the St. Jude Rock ’n’ Roll Nashville Marathon was a struggle for the 35-year-old. However, despite this race being a little more difficult than those he’s run in the past, he still found a way to win the event for the fifth straight year, finishing in 2:40:26.

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Wieringa Wins 70-74 Age Group at Boston

Date: 
04/28/2017 - 11:40
Date: 
04/28/2017 - 11:40

top photo.jpg(Editor’s note: Albert Wieringa of St. Petersburg, FL, began running at age 56. This was his 23rd marathon and his sixth Boston Marathon. He also plans to run the New York City Marathon. Of more than 100 Tampa Bay runners at Boston, he and Joe Burgasser were the oldest. We asked Wieringa, an endurance coach, for a report on his race.)

By Albert Wieringa

Turning 70 last year I decided to give the Boston marathon one more shot. Being the baby in the new age group I could try to place in the top 3 of the ‘Dinosaur-Division.’ I followed the same strategy as five years ago, when — at age 65 — I was also the baby in the group and finished first.

Regional
Date: 
04/26/2017 - 13:22

BEIJING, China -- Dalian Wanda Group Co., Ltd. (“Wanda Group”), one of the leading Chinese private conglomerates, has reached a landmark agreement with the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) with a ten-year strategic partnership aimed at the continued growth and development of marathon events worldwide.

The partnership plans to expand the AbbottWMM Series with events added in new regions such as Asia (outside Japan) and Africa, and will begin the process of identifying candidate races that will be required to meet AbbottWMM’s stringent criteria before selection for the Series.

The AbbottWMM Series comprise the world’s six greatest marathons: the Tokyo, Boston, Virgin Money London, BMW BERLIN, Bank of America Chicago and TCS New York City marathons.

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