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07/13/2018 - 10:12

rfc-updated-logo-background-web7ef1b45c78366c709642ff00005f0421.jpgArlington, VA – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is pleased to announce and welcome its first round of Runner Friendly Community® designations for 2018:

Allentown, Pennsylvania
Carrollton, Georgia
Cleveland, Tennessee
Georgetown, Texas
Mesa, Arizona

Every five years, a Runner Friendly Community must work with the RRCA to ensure it continues to meet our expectations for the designation. The following communities have successfully renewed their Runner Friendly Community designation for another five years: Grapevine, Texas and Peachtree City, Georgia.

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07/11/2018 - 11:44

Moorestown, NJ – RunSignUp, the leading technology provider for races in the US, has announced their Q2, 2018 results. RunSignUp continues to expand market share in the flat endurance market with 17% growth in the number of races using RunSignUp in Q2 and a 24% increase in the number of registrations.

Running USA reported total registrations in the US were down slightly in 2017 to 18.3 Million. RunSignUp reported registrations of 1,287,000, up from 1,040,000 in 2017. RunSignUp is on track for over 4.8 Million total registrations for 2018.

Additionally, RunSignUp reported 9,483 races had more than 3 registrations in Q2, compared to 8,132 in 2017.

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07/10/2018 - 14:52

TAMPA, Fla./MEDELLÍN, Colombia (July 10, 2018) – The Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series® today announced the addition of a new venue to its international tour in Medellín, Colombia. Taking place on March 10, 2019, the race will be the first musically themed running event to take place in Colombia on with half marathon, 10K and 5K distances.

This event is perfect for local runners and those from nearby countries in Latin America as well as international athletes who love to travel and experience two passions at the same time. This is a chance to run and explore the second largest city in Colombia.

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USATF Athlete of Week Winners in 2018

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07/10/2018 - 14:20
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07/10/2018 - 14:20

Now in its 17th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on USATF.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

Regional
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07/09/2018 - 09:10

By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
cain1.jpgMary Cain is a fine athlete. In 2014, Mary went professional (after her appearance at the 2013 World Championships). Mary Cain was a fun young teenager, and she had serious running skills. Alberto Salazar, the co-founder and coach of the Nike Oregon Distance Project, was quite impressed by the young athlete and began to advise her.

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07/04/2018 - 14:11

Mayor of Atlanta among 60,000 Running and Walking to Kick off the Fourth

Bernard and Stephanie by Warren Travers.jpgATLANTA – July 4, 2018 – For the 49th consecutive year, Atlanta began its Fourth of July on Peachtree, as 60,000 runners and walkers converged on a humid summer day to finish the AJC Peachtree Road Race. With the Peachtree playing host to the USATF 10km Championships for the second consecutive year, the first men and women to finish, Bernard Lagat (Tucson, AZ) and Stephanie Bruce (Flagstaff, AZ), were crowned national champions.

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Date: 
07/03/2018 - 17:16

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Participants at the Humana Rock ’N’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon will get free entry in the American Music Festival the same weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 2). Half marathon runners get free entry all three days (Friday-Sunday), 5K runners get free entry on Saturday.

The American Music Festival will bring in acts such as ZZ Top, Goo Goo Dolls, Ziggy Marley, and SOJA.

Also featured during the weekend is a Health & Fitness Expo, which will be open on Friday, Aug. 31, from 1-7 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Entertainment will also include bands on the race courses.

Regional
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07/03/2018 - 05:11

Boston Marathon champion and two-time Olympian Des Linden will race the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 4, making her second appearance at the event after finishing in fifth place in 2014. Linden, who earlier this year became the first American to win the women's open division at the Boston Marathon in 33 years.

"Breaking the tape at this year's Boston Marathon was a lifelong dream come true," Linden said. "At the moment, it felt like it was the culmination of my career, but I believe I still have plenty more to give to the marathon. I'm thrilled to head to the TCS New York City Marathon this fall. I'm motivated to get back on the big stage that NYRR will undoubtedly put together and intend to make a name for myself in another great city.”

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07/02/2018 - 11:17

Club Unveils New Identity for City at Peachtree Health & Fitness Expo

ATLANTA – Atlanta Track Club has declared Atlanta as Running City USA. In an unveiling at the Peachtree Health & Fitness Expo ahead of the 49th AJC Peachtree Road Race, the Club launched its new campaign and staked Atlanta’s claim as one of the country’s top running and walking destinations.

“We believe this is Running City USA,” said Atlanta Track Club Executive Director Rich Kenah. “Between the history of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, our 29,000 member-strong organization, the 125,000 people who finish Atlanta Track Club races each year, a thriving youth running community and the future of Atlanta’s pedestrian infrastructure, there’s no better place in this country to be a runner or walker.”

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06/29/2018 - 05:15

Harvey Lewis Expected to Finish 2,198 Mile Journey in 46 Days on July 14.

RoadID_Harvey_275x275.jpgCOVINGTON, KY – Harvey Sweetland Lewis has covered many miles of the Appalachian Trail since May 30, and is nearing record setting pace to arrive in Mount Katahdin, Maine on July 14.

This Fastest Known Time (FKT) has become one of the most contested, coveted accolades in ultra running and has been broken in recent years by Scott Jurek and Carl Metzler. Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy set the current record last summer in 45 days, 12 hours and 15 minutes. Harvey’s support team has been led by his 78-year-old dad and includes countless friends, family, fellow ultra runners and strangers who have been encouraging him along the trail and on social media. ROAD iD has joined Harvey to document his journey.

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06/28/2018 - 12:15

Gwen Jorgensen, Lopez Lomong to chase U.S. titles in Atlanta

June 28, 2018 – ATLANTA – 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Gwen Jorgensen (Portland, OR) will chase a national title at the AJC Peachtree Road Race on July 4 in Atlanta, which for the second consecutive year will serve as the USATF 10 km Championship for men and women. Jorgensen, the reigning Olympic triathlon champion as well as the 2014 and 2015 World Champion has retired from triathlon to pursue professional running.

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06/27/2018 - 10:59

dsc05130_42974720202_o-thumb-autox750-36944.jpgGatorade winner gets surprise honor from prior winner Sydney McLaughlin.

In its 33rd year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company today announced Katelyn Tuohy of North Rockland High School (Thiells, NY) as its 2017-18 Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Tuohy was surprised with the news by 2016-2017 National Girls Track & Field Winner and Female Athlete of the Year Sydney McLaughlin. Tuohy is the first athlete in history to win the Gatorade Player of the Year national title for two different sports, cross country and track & field.

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06/26/2018 - 09:50

DES MOINES, Iowa — Thunderstorms didn’t dampen the final day’s competition at the USATF Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium, as more facility records were set amongst the impressive performances at Drake Stadium.

In total, athletes set one American record (women’s hammer throw), three world leads (men’s 100m, women’s 20k race walk and women’s hammer throw), two USATF Championship records (women’s triple jump, women’s 20,000m race walk) and 14 Drake Stadium records over the course of four days.

American record holder and Olympic silver medalist Evan Jager (Algonquin, Illinois) claimed his seventh USATF title after winning the Michelob ULTRA men’s 3,000 steeplechase.

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06/26/2018 - 09:36

By Jeff Benjamin, RunBlogRun.com

IMG_1239-thumb-autox537-36880.jpgIn an illustrious career, Deena Kastor has utilized not just the physical preparations to become one of the world's greatest distance runners. Kastor's positivity and optimism have played just as much a role as well, and it shows!

17-Time USA Champion in Cross country, on the roads and the track.
2-Time World Cross Country Silver Medalist
2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Marathon

Regional
Date: 
06/24/2018 - 18:33

DES MOINES, Iowa — DeAnna Price launched herself back to the top as she reclaimed her hammer throw American record on day three of the USATF Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium.

Fans can watch a replay on NBC Sports Gold and click https://results.usatf.org/2018Outdoors/ for complete results.

Price (Moscow Mills, Missouri) reclaimed her American record, tossing the hammer 78.12m/256-3 enroute to her first USATF Championship in the women’s hammer throw. She took the lead on her opening attempt and never looked back. The world leader shined in finals with all three throws over 76m. Defending champion Gwen Berry (St. Louis, Missouri) broke the then-American record earlier this month and finished second today with a toss of 72.99/239-5.

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06/22/2018 - 09:26

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships kicked off with a bevy of exciting first rounds and intense finals for national titles on the Blue Oval at Drake University.

Fans can watch a replay on NBC Sports Gold and click here for results.

USATF jumpers took flight in the hottest field event of the evening. The back-and-forth between Keturah Orji (Mount Olive Township, New Jersey) and American record holder Tori Franklin (Westmont, Illinois) was captivating. Orji entered the meet owning 7-0 career record vs. Franklin in head-to-head competition, including wins in 2018 the Mt. SAC Relays & IAAF World Indoors.

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Date: 
06/21/2018 - 16:03

WASHINGTON, DC — Race organizers announced today that the names of all 19,188 finishers in the 2018 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and the 5K Run-Walk have been uploaded to the event’s All-time Searchable Database. The addition of the results of the 2018 event, which served as the Professional Road Running Organization’s (PRRO) 2018 Championship event as well as the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) National 10-Mile Championship, brings the total number of performances in the database to 352,053 since the first running of the race in 1973.

Regional
Date: 
06/19/2018 - 18:54

Taylor_Kellyn-USOlyT16-thumb-500x750-36624.jpg(This is the first in a new series on the women racing in the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials for the Marathon team. Carolyn Mather will provide us her insights into the elite women, as they focus on the streets of Atlanta, Georgia for February 29, 2020. This piece is on Kellyn Taylor, who just won the Grandma's Marathon this past weekend, with a fine personal best! We thank Carolyn Mather for this fine piece. Kellyn Taylor is a tough athlete. In the 2016 Trials, she finished sixth in the Trials Marathon, 4th in the 10,000m Trials and 12th in the 5,000 meters. Taylor had to drop out of the 2018 Boston Marathon, and, just 61 days later, wins Grandma's in a PB and course record!)

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Date: 
06/18/2018 - 11:03

By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com

rupp.jpgBack in the 1980s, the late Fred Lebow, impressario for the NYC Marathon and Bob Bright, Race Director for the Chicago Marathon used to battle with each other in the media over who had the best marathon. It kept the newspapers, and RW and The Runner magazine full of stories on both of the marathons. Lebow and Bright were great promoters.

Today is quite different. In the fall, though. While there is some competition between NYC and Chicago, each marathon seems to have found its niche, and in 2017, each story had great stories.

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Date: 
06/14/2018 - 12:05

Aliphine Tuliamuk - Photo by Paul Ward.jpgATLANTA – June 14, 2018 – Three of four reigning AJC Peachtree Road Race champions will return to defend their titles. The defending women’s champion and both defending wheelchair champions will be in Atlanta on July 4 while a first-time Peachtree Champion will be crowned in the men’s race.
In the footrace, which will again serve as the USATF 10 km Championship, Aliphine Tuliamuk (Flagstaff, AZ) tops a star-studded women’s elite field that will blaze the trail for 60,000 runners and walkers in the world’s largest 10K.

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