Novales, Knast victors in men’s, women’s marathon race.
RALEIGH, NC — The city of Raleigh, North Carolina put out the red carpet for thousands of runners at Sunday’s Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & ½ Marathon with featured charity ALS Association North Carolina Chapter. The annual race routes participants through the most scenic parts of North Carolina’s “City of Oaks.”
Nicole Esplin of West End, North Carolina prevailed in the 13.1-mile half marathon, blazing an average of six minutes and sixteen seconds per mile to finish first in 1:21:55.
Nearly 26,000 participated in the 10K.
RICHMOND, VA -- Ryan Hagen, 25, a Waynesboro, VA, native and former Virginia Tech track and field standout, won the Ukrop's Monument 10K Saturday in 30:37, edging Nick Ciolkowski, who finished in 30:40. Hagen, an indoor track All-American while at Virginia Tech, was runner-up in the 2016 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in physical therapy at Mary Baldwin University.
By Richard Ferguson
Many runners think too much. They analyze, ponder and try to make sense out of the world around them. If anything they tend to over-think. In fact almost all humans tend to over-think. Our minds make us human, but at the same time our consciousness can get in the way of allowing ourselves to physically perform like we’re capable of. In other words, we may actually think ourselves into running below our real capability. Too often we cognitively distort things and think in very irrational ways. It’s this irrational thinking that may limit our performance, as well as limit our enjoyment of running. Let’s look at some common irrational thinking patterns often seen in runners.
Arlington, VA – The purpose of RunPro Camp is to provide an in-person seminar focused on sharing comprehensive information about what is involved in becoming a professional runner competing on the track, on the roads, in cross country, and on trails.
Runners who are completing their NCAA eligibility by June 30, 2017, along with runners who have completed eligibility within the last 24-months, are encouraged to apply. The 2017 RunPro Camp will be held July 20-22 in Arlington, Virginia, at the national office location of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). The deadline to apply is May 30. The application can be found at www.RunPro.com.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman's Allie Buchalski has been chosen the NCAA Division I Women's National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Two weeks after doubling up on All-America honors at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, Buchalski opened up her outdoor season in thrilling fashion at the Raleigh Relays.
Buchalski, a senior from Johns Creek, GA, dominated in the 5,000m, posting a time of 15:35.55, 33 seconds better than her previous outdoor best in the event. She shattered both the meet record and the Furman school record in the process. Buchalski beat former North Dakota State standout Erin Teschuk – who is now competing as a member of Furman Elite – by 15 seconds.
By Scott Ludwig
Ask any long-term runner and they’ll all tell you the same thing: Over time a runner will discover two or three fellow runners they can truly count on; someone who will always be there when it’s time to go for a run. No matter what, when or where (and occasionally why), they will always be there for you.
As I’ve said before, runners are the finest people I’ve ever met. I’ve been fortunate to share the roads with quite a few of them over the years. Some have moved away, some are no longer physically able to run and, sadly, some are no longer with us.
I still run regularly with a couple of people with whom I’ve run for many, many years. We’ve shared many a mile running along too many roads to count in too many places to possibly remember. We’ve pushed ourselves physically, endured the worst weather imaginable and experienced virtually every injury under the sun. During all of it, we’ve no doubt shared every last detail of our lives with each other.
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By Mary Countryman
CHARLOTTE, NC — Running is my passion. I grew up in Upstate New York with my four brothers and sisters. I was not a runner growing up, never did track, but did enjoy swimming, riding my bike, and skiing.
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.