An interdisciplinary team investigates microstructure and micromechanics of the tendon-bone insertion
Walking, running, sprinting – every movement of the foot stretches the Achilles’ tendon. When jumping, the loads can approach ten times the body weight. Amazingly, the connection between the heel bone and Achilles’ tendon withstands theses tremendous loads. A team of doctors, physicists, chemists and engineers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now discovered why.
Some 8,000 torn Achilles’ tendons are treated in Germany every year. And that even though it is the strongest tendon in the human body. It connects the ankle bone to the calf muscle and holds up to ten times the body’s weight. The tendon got its name from the – nearly – invulnerable Greek hero Achilleus, who was doomed by an arrow that struck him in his heel.
TAMPA, FL — Austin Richmond, 31, of Babson Park, FL, and Stephanie Pezzullo, 34, of Ocala, FL, won Saturday’s 15K, then Christo Landry, 30, of Charlotte, NC, and Stephanie Bruce, 33, of Flagstaff, AZ, were overall winners of the half marathon on Sunday at the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic — the two longest races of the weekend.
However, 13-year-old Ellie Pleune of Tampa was a hometown hero as the female champion in both the 5K on Saturday and the 8K on Sunday.
Richmond won the 15K in 47:25.87, followed by fellow Babson Park resident Jonathan Mott in 48:20.12 and Michael MacDonald of Palm Harbor in 50:06.87. Pezullo was female winner in 54:57.94, followed by Becky Howarth of Tampa in 55:17.77 and Nicole Rozario, also of Tampa, in 55:35.94.
By Art Zimmerman, Mt. Pleasant, SC.
While running the Bolder Boulder 10K a few years ago, I noticed someone wearing a T-shirt at the start of the race poking fun at us coastal runners saying “Sea Level is for Sissies”. In less than a mile from the start, I wasn’t smiling anymore as I was already breathing harder than usual. The altitude effect was alive and well.
As a senior runner now in my 70s, I knew when I signed up for the 2017 Red Rock Canyon Half Marathon, held in Nevada’s scenic Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, the higher altitude was going to be a real factor. But that was just the beginning of the challenges in the hardest of my 32 half and full marathons, including the tough Big Sur and Nashville full marathons. Red Rock was an 11 on my 1-10 difficulty scale.
BIRMINGHAM, AL — Congratulations to the new members of the Executive Board for the Birmingham Track Club. New president is Monica Henley, who succeeds Alex Morrow, who now serves as immediate past president. Other officers are Scott Wood, vice president; Trey Whitt, treasurer; and Julie Pearce, secretary;
In keeping with tradition, Outgoing BTC President Alex Morrow presented the Club’s annual service awards for outstanding contributions to the BTC.
The recipient of the Dr. Arthur Black/Rick Melanson Annual Service Award was Kim Benner, BTC volunteer coordinator.
BIG KEY PINE, FL — The 3rd Annual “Run with Deer” 5K run/walk is Saturday, March 18. The race is part of the Florida Keys Wildlife Refuges’ Outdoor Fest, a week-long celebration of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge system that encourages people to get outside in a wildlife-friendly manner.
ATLANTA — Atlanta Track Club today revealed the five finalists in the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt Design Contest. Finalists include three local professional designers and a graphic design student at Auburn University. Two of the designs chosen were submitted by Kevin Benton, a creative director and graphic designer.
NYRR Team for Kids Ambassadors Molly Huddle, Meb Keflezighi, and Tatyana McFadden to Lead American Professional Athlete Field at 2017 United Airlines NYC Half
Six U.S. Olympians and seven U.S. Paralympians to highlight star-studded American contingent at the first event of the 2017 NYRR Five-Borough Series on Sunday, March 19
BOSTON — Shalane Flanagan will not be able to run the Boston Marathon this year due to a fracture in her back.
The four-time Olympian will need 4-6 weeks of rest to heal.
“I’m extremely sad at the loss of opportunity to run with the best and that I will not be a part of my favorite race,” Flanagan said. “I have shed a lot of tears this past week."
Flanagan has run the Boston Marathon three times and in 2014 ran 2:22:02, the fastest time ever by an American woman at Boston. She finished sixth in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Marathon. She won the bronze medal in the 10,000 meters at the 2008 Olympic Games and holds American records at various distances.
The Boston Marathon is held annually on Patriots’ Day, the third Monday of April, which is April 17 this year -- the 121st running.
It was last indoor race of his career
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
Birmingham (GB, Feb. 18, 2017) — Mo Farah is the finest distance racer in the world. Last night it was clear, in speaking with the current UK endurance chief and past UK endurance chief, those being Dr. Barry Fudge and Ian Stewart, that Mo Farah is a racer. From the time Ian Stewart suggested that Mo Farah train with Alberto Salazar, Mo Farahs' confidence in racing and his racing tactics have improved to make him the finest racer over 5000 meters and 10,000 meters in the world.
Today, is part of the evolution of the runner, Mo Farah. After the London World Champs, Mo Farah will, more than likely, become focused on the roads, to see just how good of a racer he is over the marathon and half marathon distance.
By: Bryan Graydon
LAKELAND, FL — Those of you who have been reading the Running Journal for awhile may remember a monthly column I use to write called For the Love of Running. It lasted a couple of years with the final column appearing in the August 2014 edition. Through the last year of the column I documented my personal struggle with my right knee that eventually led to the end of my days in running. For a quick recap for any new readers, I had three surgical procedures on my right knee (1992, 2011, 2013) and have very little meniscus left.
World’s largest 10K set for July 4th
ATLANTA — Atlanta Track Club, organizer of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, announced that registration for the 2017 event will open on Wednesday, March 15 through an online lottery at AJC.com/peachtree.
July 4, 2017 will mark the 48th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race. Those wishing to be selected as one of the 60,000 participants can register for the event lottery online anytime during the eight-day period beginning Wednesday, March 15 until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22.
Regardless of the day or time of registration, all individuals who enter the lottery during the registration period will have an equal chance of being selected for the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race. Entrants will be randomly selected after the lottery closes on March 22.
TAMPA, FL — Joan Benoit Samuelson, Meb Keflezighi and Bill Rodgers will participate in “Dinner & Conversation” on Friday evening, Feb. 24, and then run in races at the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend, which will be held Feb. 25-26.
Samuelson plans to run in three races — the 5K and 15K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday. Her name is synonymous with women’s running. She won the Boston Marathon women’s title in 1979 and 1983, then in 1984 won the first women’s marathon at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. At age 56, she remains competitive and continues to set records in the master’s division.
Accomplished American marathoner, Stanford stars lead lists of recruits.
ATLANTA – February, 15, 2017 – In a huge step toward the goal of qualifying at least one athlete for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Atlanta Track Club announced the addition of seven athletes to Atlanta Track Club Elite’s Olympic Development Team, coached by 2008 Olympian Amy Begley and Andrew Begley with sponsorship from Mizuno Running USA.
Log miles within 100 minutes during April 29 event marking Quantico's Centennial
QUANTICO, VA -- Log as many miles as you can within 100 minutes that’s the premise of the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Organization’s newest event that marks the U.S. Marine Centennial on Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA. Online registration for the Quantico 100 presented by GEICO Military opens Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. Eastern on the website at www.marinemarathon.com.
The 100-minute, log-as-many-miles-as-you-can Quantico 100 presented by GEICO Military is a stimulating run beginning and finishing at Quantico’s historic Butler Stadium, with 1,000 participants accumulating as many laps as possible on a three-mile loop course. The Quantico 100 course reflects the same distance as the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL — In unseasonably warm conditions, Matthew Barresi, 34, of Palmyra, VA, was victorious at the 10th anniversary of the Donna Marathon on Sunday, finishing in 2:30:23. Meaghan Neuberger, 29, of Fernandina Beach, FL, was the female winner in 3:06:53. The marathon (26.2 with Donna) was founded in 2008 by Jacksonville TV personality Donna Deegan, a three-time breast cancer survivor.
More than 10,000 runners participated in weekend events which raise funds to fight breast cancer.
Second and third male finishers in the marathon were Justin Jacobs in 2:33:07 and Ryan Aponte in 2:56:31, both from Jacksonville. Penny Primus of Tampa was second female in 3:13:15, followed by Lydia Hochstein of Jacksonville in 3:15:35.
BIRMINGHAM, AL — Dominic Korir, 23, of Grand Prairie, TX, won Sunday’s Mercedes Marathon in 2:20:35. Blair Teal, 30, of Charlotte, NC, was second in 2:21:07, followed by Stanley Boen, 38, also of Grand Prairie. Bryan Morseman, 31, of Bath, NY, was fourth in 2:27:58 and Geoffrey Tum, 31, of Coon Rapids, MN, was fifth in 2:42:41.
Sarah Pease, 29, of Bloomington, IN, was the female champion in 2:41:45. Shawanna White, 37, of Columbia, SC, was second in 2:56:40, followed by Trisha Nelson, 25, of South Bend, IN, in 2:58:14; Dani Steinbacher, 31, of Ann Arbor, MI, in 3:02:53, and Sarah Overpack, 33, of Indianapolis, IN, in 3:04:18.
In the half marathon, Kenyan Panuel Mungo, 23, of Elkton, MD, won in 1:04:23. Luis Orta, 28, of Broomfield, CO, was second in 1:06:46, followed by Christian Thompson, 28, of Chattanooga, TN, in 1:08:25.
Cracker will headline the post race Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series; Annual springtime event will debut new start and finish line
(Editor’s note: Additional information and updates on Rock ’n’ Roll races, including upcoming races in Raleigh (April 1-2) and Nashville, TN (April 29) will be published in Running Journal print and digital editions, our Running.Net website, our Racing South eNewsletters, and in eBlasts.)
RALEIGH, NC – The Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & ½ Marathon announced Humana Inc., a leading health and well being company, as the new title partner of the 2017 event. Humana is currently title sponsor of four other Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series races, including New Orleans, Dallas, Chicago and San Antonio. The Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh race events return the weekend of April 1 – 2, 2017.
YORKTOWN, VA — Craig Hymes, 54, of Yorktown, raced home first on Saturday, Feb. 11, to win the 10-Mile Run for the Heart, finishing in 1:05:34. Harrison Chaires, 26, of Virginia Beach was second in 1:06:37 and Logan Jackson, 14, of Yorktown was third in 1:06:47.
Christin Newman, 25, of Norfolk was the women’s winner in 1:06:37, followed by Jackie Hoffman, 24, of Chesapeake in 1:10:57, and Nina Parziale, 14, of Williamsburg in 1:18:51.
The fifth annual event was held on the tour roads of the Yorktown Battlefield, starting and finishing near Surrender Field. After four years of bad or questionable weather, including three years when ice and snow caused a postponement, the weather was near perfect for running — cloudy with hints of sunshine, temp of 49 degrees at the race start, and a cool breeze during the race, which was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 5480 with proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association.
Virginian made tough decision to go pro, pass up college.
By Sabrina Yohannes, RunBlogRun.com
Virginia teenager Drew Hunter makes his debut in the Millrose Games' prestigious Wanamaker Mile on Saturday, after clocking fast times in two races this indoor season.
Hunter, who became a professional athlete upon graduating high school last year, ran 3:58:92 for the mile at the New Balance Games in January before returning to the same venue in New York for the Armory Track Invitational last weekend and running a personal best over 3000m.
VIRGINIA BEACH — The USA Track & Field [USATF] Masters 8k National Championships will be held in conjunction with the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend’s TowneBank Shamrock 8K on March 18 in Virginia Beach. With a $10,000 prize purse, this event is expected to attract hundreds of participants from across the country. For the past three years the USATF 8k Masters Championships have taken place in Southern California. To be eligible for USATF awards, a participant must be a 2017 member of the USATF and meet the eligibility requirements set forth by the USATF.