TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Over 1300 runners registered to make the 43rd running of the Tallahassee Marathon and Half Marathon a record breaking one. The event welcomed participants from all over the world for a 26.2 mile tour of the Capital City. After taking on the trying hills and tough competition, Bryan Morseman and Tamara Kozulina triumphed, taking top prizes in the male and female fields at the 43rd running of Tallahassee Marathon on Sunday.
Jack St. Marie win the men’s half marathon, Clay Emge from Texas wins the men’s marathon, Louisiana’s Hannah Cooling taking the women’s title.
(This is a corrected story from our earlier version.)
New Orleans, LA – In the dawn before Sunday’s Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon, Neely Spence Gracey broke out a black marker and printed three words on the top of her left hand.
Attitude Believe Commit. The ABCs, she calls the message.
By Suzanne Taylor
(Editor’s note: This column appeared in the Fleet Feet Huntsville newsletter. We thought you would enjoy learning about Suzanne Taylor, who with her husband, Dink, is very active in the Huntsville, Alabama running community as a race director, runner, and owner of the Fleet Feet store with her husband.)
Hi! My name is Suzanne Swift Taylor. When I was growing up I was Terry Swift's sister and Earl Swift's Daughter. I am so proud of my dad and my brother. These two men have been huge influences in my life.
ARLINGTON, VA — Since 1971, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has celebrated the contributions of dedicated leaders, volunteers, and athletes for the sport of running through the National Running Awards program.
We are delighted to announce the 2016 National Running Award recipients who will join the 2017 RRCA Distance Running Hall of Fame inductees for a night of celebration at the RRCA National Running Awards dinner and ceremony on March 11, 2017 in Detroit, MI. Running enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the RRCA Convention, which includes a ticket to the National Running Awards dinner, to honor these contributors to the running community.
ATLANTA — With the Super Bowl between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots fast approaching, Atlanta Track Club and the Boston Athletic Association have agreed to a friendly agreement based on the outcome of the big game. Depending on the winner, members of the Atlanta Track Club or the B.A.A. will have to pose with the winning team’s jersey on a run around their city and post the photo on social media.
If the Falcons win, the B.A.A. High Performance team will run around Boston College’s Alumni Stadium with a jersey of Falcons quarterback and BC alum Matt Ryan. If the Patriots win, members of Atlanta Track Club Elite will have to run and pose with a Tom Brady Patriots’ jersey in front of the Georgia Dome.
By Bill Marable, USATF State Record Keeper
Brett Morley and Shawanna White have been chosen South Carolina Long Distance Runners of the Year by USA Track and Field for 2016. Also chosen were outstanding masters competitors Eric Ashton and Kerry Robinson.
Traveling all over the state, 24 year old Brett Morley, ran in most of the top competitive races winning 9 of 17 events. Major victories came in half marathons at the Greenville Health System in 1:07:52 and the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon in 1:07:30. Other big wins for the Greenville resident came at the Run Downtown 5K in 15:28 and the Long Run 15K in 48:45.
ARLINGTON, VA -- Since 1971, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has honored dedicated individuals for their contributions and service to the sport of distance running through its National Distance Running Hall of Fame. We are delighted to announce the 2017 inductees, who will be honored at the upcoming RRCA National Running Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. We encourage the running community to join us in celebrating the tremendous accomplishments of the RRCA Hall of Fame inductees.
BOSTON, the first feature-length documentary film about the Boston Marathon will premiere in Boston at the Boch Center Wang Theatre on April 15 at 8:00 p.m.
A portion of each ticket sale will benefit Martin’s Park in Boston.
By Scott Ludwig
I can see by the look on your face you’re confused by the title of this story. Baseball aficionados may be thinking it’s a reference to me hitting 62 home runs in a 154-game season of major league baseball; you know, similar to how Roger Maris’ home run total in 1961 is frequently notated (61*). If that’s the case you would be sadly mistaken. Following is a summary of my entire baseball career. See for yourself:
By Cedric Jaggers
Now that you are a month into the New Year, have you made your running plan for 2017? If not it’s time to think about what, where and why you are going to do the running and racing you will do this year.
Running becomes such a part of a runner’s life that it is easy to get into a routine, and if it works okay, we stop thinking about what we are doing and just keep on keeping on. But sometimes, in fact maybe most times, it may pay to think about what we are doing and plan ahead.
The nominating committee, chaired by David Epstein (past-Western Region Director), has concluded their work in accordance with Article VIII(B)(1) of the By-Laws of the Road Runners Club of America. Mr. Epstein thanks President Mitchell Garner for the opportunity to serve in this capacity. He also thanks the outstanding committee, which included Rachel Tambling, Ph.D (CT State Rep), Betsy Boudreaux (LA State Rep), and Gary Westlund (RRCA member). The committee respectfully recommends the following candidates be elected to the RRCA Board during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Membership:
SARASOTA, FL — Sarasota’s longest running half marathon, the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon, returns March 19 for the 12th annual running, fueling Sarasota’s economy with an additional $3.4+ million while also helping to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The St. Jude partnership includes allocating a portion of the registrations to runners who want to support the hospital gain entry to the race after it sells out, as well as earn special VIP perks as a thank you for their support.
By Teri Saylor
For the last two summers, troupes of fashionable Raleigh, NC runners have jogged, high-stepped, shuffled and done whatever it took under blazing summer skies to break the Guinness World Record for the most runners to complete a 1K run wearing flip flops.
National Flip Flop Day, held on the third Friday in June, provides the perfect backdrop for the popular event, which has broken the world record two years in a row, in 2015 and 2016. It is sponsored by the popular Nog Run Club in Raleigh.
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
In April 2014, I flew to the City of Love, Paris, to see Kenenisa Bekele run his first marathon. I had seen Bekele race on the track over most of his career.
His debut in Paris was pretty good. His 2:05 was a strong debut. Kenenisa did have some trouble in the last 18, 19 mile area, when he went too fast for a kilometer and had some calve soreness.
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is fast, but it is bad luck for one Kenenisa Bekele. In the 2017 version, Kenenisa falls at the start, which manager Jos Hermans claims was a surprise start, and Bekele was bloodied before the battle began.
Bekele was behind by 10k, and by 22 k, he was out of the race. The front pack went out in 61:33. The early pace had been 14:26 for 5k, 23:08 for 8k and 28:58 for 10k. The 10k was passed in 2:02:13 pace.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jordan Hasay crushed her first half marathon in 1:08:40, the fastest by an American woman and No. 6 U.S. all time in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon.
Hasay’s time was less than one minute short of the American record (1:07:34), proving her strength as a serious contender in the half marathon. The Oregon Project runner’s fourth-place finish put her behind winner Veronicah Wanjiru Nyaruai, Dera Dida Yami and 2016 champion Mary Wacera.
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
1. Few care about the two hour marathon. Most runners could absolutely care less about the chase for the two hour marathon. In the running community, marathon numbers seem to be down a bit, with half marathon numbers continuing to improve. With an average marathon time of 4 hours 45 minutes, anyone under 3 hours is superhuman to them. The citizen runners are impressed with runners from Ethiopia, Kenya and local fast runners, but the two hour marathon means little or nothing to the general running populace.
RICHMOND, VA – Sports Backers announces a new half marathon event, the Uncorked Half, which will take place at New Kent Winery on Saturday, May 6. This marks the first time Sports Backers has partnered with a winery for an event, and registration is now open at www.sportsbackers.org.
Non-guaranteed entry drawing free to enter, open through Feb. 17, drawing March 2.
The 47th running of the world’s largest marathon will be Sunday, Nov. 5.
NEW YORK — The entry application for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon is open at www.tcsnycmarathon.org.
“We’re thrilled to welcome runners from around the world to apply to take part in this transformative experience through New York City’s five boroughs,” said Ronnie Tucker, vice president, marketing and digital, New York Road Runners.
BATON ROUGE, LA — Ryan Schafbuch of Lafayette, Indiana was the winner of the Louisiana Marathon on Sunday, Jan. 15, winning by a considerable margin in 2:33:36. Runner-up Kyle Bowling finished in 2:47:12, followed by Cort Basham in 2:49:32, Benjamin Maas in 2:52:22 and Bradley Owen in 2:52:45.
In the women’s race, Megan Valentine of Jericho, Vermont was the victor in 3:10:42. Grace Thacker was second in 3:12:06, followed by Lauren Ybarzabal in 3:16:06, Paige Fisher in 3:18:51, and Carolyn Baird in 3:23:48.
In the half marathon, Kevin Castille of Lafayette, Louisiana raced home in 1:07:28. He was followed by William Songock in 1:12:57, Michael Marineaux-Bradley in 1:16:08, Casey Keiser in 1:17:40, and William Fell in 1:20:28.