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08/06/2017 - 05:09

Joan Benoit Samuelson runs American 10K age-group record for 60 & over, finishes in amazing 39:19.

keitany.jpgCAPE ELIZABETH, Maine – Mary Keitany of Kenya lowered her course record to win for a second straight year and Kenyan Stephen Kosgei Kibet held off Maine native and defending champion Ben True to claim the men’s title on Saturday at the special 20th running of the Beach to Beacon 10K, the iconic American road race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Keitany (30:41) glided to victory in dominating fashion against a strong field, shaving four seconds off her 2016 record time. Purity Rionoripo of Kenya (31:00) finished second and Meseret Defar of Ethiopia (31:13.9) placed third. Decorated U.S. distance runner Shalane Flanagan (31:14.2) won the American-only category and placed fourth overall, setting a new American course record.

Regional
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08/04/2017 - 10:36

Eight communities have the “right stuff” of infrastructure & support plus local government involvement for designation.

Arlington, VA – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has announced its Runner Friendly Community® designations for 2017:

Frederick, Maryland
Golden, Colorado
Holland, Michigan
Huntington Woods, Michigan
Ithaca, New York
Memphis, Tennessee
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Regional
Date: 
08/04/2017 - 08:03

Memphis produces outstanding video at https://vimeo.com/226346959

The Road Runners Club of America has announced eight Runner Friendly Community® designations for 2017:

Frederick, Maryland
Golden, Colorado
Holland, Michigan
Huntington Woods, Michigan
Ithaca, New York
Memphis, Tennessee
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Regional
Date: 
08/02/2017 - 16:35

(Editor’s note: See additional information and commentary by Larry Eder at RunBlogRun.com)

IRVINE, CA — True sport performance brand ASICS unveils a new global brand message, identity, retail concept and powerful integrated brand activation - the brand's most significant marketing initiative to date. The refresh kicks off in London with the aim of getting the world moving, one city at a time. This marks an important milestone for ASICS as the brand sets out to communicate a contemporary expression of its founding vision and philosophy to a new generation of consumer; to bring people together and inspire them to be healthy, happy and energized through sport.

Regional
Date: 
08/02/2017 - 12:15

400-logo-for-Facebook-2-275x212.jpgARLINGTON, VA – In 2007, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) developed the Kids Run the Nation Fund to assist running clubs, events and schools that are interested in implementing or currently offer a youth running program. Since then, the RRCA has awarded a total of $176,500 to deserving programs around the United States.

Regional
Date: 
07/31/2017 - 16:31

By Chris Welch
FleetFeetHuntsville.com

chris.jpgHUNTSVILLE, AL — There are many amazing memories I have from a recent Kenya Relief church mission trip to Migori, Africa, but one of the neatest was holding a 5K run for 125 boys and girls 8,500 miles away. Talk about a long-distance run!

I had talked to my close friend and former newspaper buddy Curtis Coughlan, who is a Kenya Relief missionary in Migori with his wife, Devry, about putting on a 5K run for the kids who live at Brittany’s Home of Grace Orphanage and attend the Kenya Relief Academy. Curtis, like me, loved the idea because he and I have always enjoyed running to stay in shape. Going to Kenya, one of the world’s hotbeds for great long-distance runners, I figured it would be something the kids would enjoy doing.

Regional
Date: 
07/28/2017 - 14:16

A new study by a duo of Brigham Young University (BYU) professors, Iain Hunter and U.S. Olympian Jared Ward, finds the stride length people naturally choose is the best for them, whether they are experienced or inexperienced runners. That means whatever shape you are in -- marathon warrior or weekend jogger -- stick with what you're doing.

"Don't worry about changing your stride length," said Hunter, a professor of exercise science at BYU. "You should just leave it alone or you're going to use more energy in the end."

The study, published in the International Journal of Exercise Science, measured the energy use of 33 runners while carrying out various strides during a 20-minute run. Of those runners, 19 were experienced runners (meaning they averaged at least 20 miles a week) while 14 were inexperienced runners (people who have never run more than 5 miles in a week).

Regional
Date: 
07/28/2017 - 13:13

elliptigo-brand-image.jpgArlington, VA – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has added ElliptiGO as an official sponsor. Current, former, and injured runners are using ElliptiGO elliptical bikes to experience the joy of running, including RRCA Hall of Fame Members Meb Keflezighi, Mary Decker Slaney, and Jacqueline Hansen. Athletes of all ages and abilities are using elliptical cycling to stay healthy, avoid and recover from injuries, and improve endurance. Several hundred professional athletes, including many RRCA Roads Scholar recipients, and nearly 200 universities and high schools are now using ElliptiGO-integrated training programs.

Regional
Date: 
07/27/2017 - 12:42

INDIANAPOLIS – The 3rd Annual 8-Hour Dream Endurance Race held on Saturday, July 22, 2017, resulted in the closest finishes in the event’s history. As Indiana’s only Endurance Race, the shadows of Hinkle Fieldhouse provided some shade as the runners competed to see how many miles they could endure over the 8 hours. The event is produced by Carmel Road Racing Group.

The 8-Hour Dream Endurance is the Road Runners Club of America Endurance Race State Championship, awarding winners state championship titles along with a cash purse.

The top three males and females and their corresponding distances completed are:

Regional
Date: 
07/25/2017 - 20:22

INDIANAPOLIS -- Four reigning World champions and eight 2016 Olympic individual gold medalists will lead 132 athletes on the Team USATF roster for the 2017 IAAF World Championships, held August 4-13 in London, England. Representing the U.S. in the delegation announced Monday by USA Track & Field are 77 Olympians, including 13 Olympic medalists from 2012 who will return to London Stadium for another chance at the podium. Overall, 39 World Championships and/or Olympic medalists are part of the Team USATF roster.

Regional
Date: 
07/24/2017 - 14:33

By Tracy Green

IMG_2430 2.JPG I have a new running partner — she makes sure I get out of bed in the morning, reminds me to appreciate being in nature, and is happy to run as far as I want to. Morgan is younger than me, but she’s great company.

Regional
Date: 
07/23/2017 - 18:40

Finishers of the Flying Pig full marathon will receive a commemorative finisher’s jacket

FlyingPigMarathon_Logo.jpgCincinnati -- The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon powered by P&G is marking its 20th running in 2018 with a series of events and celebrations honoring the participants, volunteers and community partners who have made this running festival one of the largest in the country. Executive Director Iris Simpson Bush announced the new initiatives that will be part of the year-long celebration.

Regional
Date: 
07/21/2017 - 18:47

Source: RunBlogRun.com

Kipsang_WilsonLeds1-Berlin16-thumb-500x750-25880.jpgWilson Kipsang has been to hell and back. A world record holder, and then, his world record went to someone else. Kipsang battles Eliud KIpchoge and runs fine races, but Kipchoge got him. Then, his battle with Kenenisa Bekele, where he nearly broke Bekele twice and Bekele took the win, pushing Kipsang to a new marathon PB, that was faster than his former WR, but he took second.

Regional
Date: 
07/21/2017 - 05:06

Joan Benoit Samuelson seeks age group world record

CHICAGO – The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced today that two-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp and American marathon debut record holder Jordan Hasay will lead a deep field of American contenders at the 40th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Adding an exclamation point to the elite athlete field, 1984 Olympic gold medalist and 1985 Chicago Marathon champion Joan Benoit Samuelson will toe the line in an attempt to set an age group world record.

Regional
Date: 
07/20/2017 - 15:23

true.jpgShalane Flanagan, Jordan Hasay in the elite field

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (July 20, 2017) – The special 20th TD Beach to Beacon 10K on Aug. 5 will feature both returning champs – Maine native Ben True, who last year became the first American to win the iconic summer road race, and Kenya’s Mary Keitany, who shattered the course record in 2016.

They will be challenged in Cape Elizabeth, Maine by a stellar field of professional runners, 28 strong and including top Americans Shalane Flanagan and Jordan Hasay, two-time Olympic gold medalist Meseret Defar of Ethiopia, a trio of former TD Beach to Beacon champions – Joyce Chepkurui and Stephen Kosgei Kibet of Kenya and Ethiopian Wude Ayalew – and a host of other Olympians and All-Americans.

Regional
Date: 
07/18/2017 - 15:04

RALEIGH, NC – First announced Monday on the Summer of Miles podcast, Sir Walter Running is excited to present a robust Men's field of multiple Olympians, and a National Record Holder to compete at the 2017 Sir Walter Miler. The event returns in its fourth year to its standard first Friday night spot on Aug. 4 at the Meredith College Track. The 2017 event will again feature Elite Men’s and Women’s Mile races, a local Run Club 4x400 meter Relay, and the Citius Mag presents the Raleigh Denim Mile. The Sir Walter Miler is free and open to the public, and will again be broadcast live internationally on FloTrack.org The deepest Women's field to date was announced last week.

Regional
Date: 
07/18/2017 - 14:40

SAV_11_MoneyShot_web.jpg Billboard chart toppers to perform at finish line festival at Forsyth Park
Annual fall race returns to Savannah the weekend of November 4 – 5, 2017

SAVANNAH –– Indie pop band, Fitz and the Tantrums will headline the 2017 Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon on Saturday, November 4, 2017. The band will perform for thousands of runners and spectators at the finish line festival in Forsyth Park for the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series.

Regional
Date: 
07/17/2017 - 04:36

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- The 50th annual USATF Masters Outdoor Championships closed Sunday with seven American records set on the final day of competition at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track & Field Stadium. Final pending record count fourteen American and four world, per Masters Records Chair Jeff Brower.

Click here for all records.

Regional
Date: 
07/15/2017 - 18:33

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- The 50th anniversary of USATF Masters Outdoor Championships kicked off under inclement weather conditions at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track & Field Stadium, highlighted by 92-year-old Mary Norckauer knocking out the first of her twelve anticipated events.

Norckauer, a Baton Rouge native, approached the 800m with steady determination, finishing the first lap in 3:30.32 and taking the W90 crown with a final time of 7:31.36. She’ll continue her sweep tomorrow starting with the 400m at 1:30 p.m. local time.

The first day of track competition began with 5000m finals for several age groups, including Brent Fields (Covington, Georgia) of Atlanta Track Club who won the M45 group with a finishing time of 16:58.51.

Regional
Date: 
07/15/2017 - 14:59

image1-thumb-autox625-25586.jpgBy Jeff Benjamin, RunBlogRun.com

On a Thursday in June, over 500 runners gathered in the twilight evening to run the annual Bloomfield Sunset Classic. The event, contested through the rolling hills of this New Jersey suburb, had a big change put into place for 2017 by Race Director Paul Giuliano. This year the race was renamed after the late, great Marathoner and Coach Tom Fleming, who helped found this charity race 3 decades ago in his hometown.

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