WASHINGTON D.C. - The 2017 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, to be held on April 2nd, has been awarded Gold Level Inspire Certification by the Council for Responsible Sport, an Oregon-based non-profit promoting sustainability in sports. The Council's Inspire events represent the pinnacle of achievement and stand as an example and inspiration to others.
(Editor’s note: We have updated our original Chattanooga Marathon story to add city & state residence for the top 3 male and female overall marathon finishers, plus have added top age group marathon finishers.)
CHATTANOOGA, TN — Christian Thompson of Chattanooga ran away with the victory at the Chattanooga Marathon, winning the Sunday, March 5 event in 2:29:31. Allen Baddour of Chapel Hill, NC was second in 2:45:25. Seki Kazufumi of Murfreesboro, TN was third in 2:49:18.
Kimberly Bradley of Littleton, Colorado won the women’s title in 3:30:36. Lucy Johnston of Actworth, Georgia was second in 3:32:37. Jessica Coe of White House, TN, was third in 3:32:44.
With a fast time of 2:56.65, Sonja Friend-Uhl won the Masters Women’s 1,000 meters race Sunday at the USATF Indoor Championships at Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Sonja, who lives in Boca Raton, Florida, races for the Atlanta Track Club.
About the race, she said, “I was conservative over the beginning. I just wanted to run even and kick with what I had left. I felt I could have run a little faster in the beginning, but I’m happy with the result. I wanted to go under 3 minutes and I did that. I was a little anxious about it. It is so great to be here as a masters athlete with all these open athletes. The track is amazing. I love this track - it’s a fast track.”
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - More than 12,000 runners and walkers took to the streets of Little Rock for the 15th annual Little Rock Marathon weekend races. Racers competed in the Marathon and Half Marathon events Sunday in downtown Little Rock. The following are race results and comments from top finishers:
Marathon Overall Male
Adam Bradbury - Bryant, Ark., 2:45:43
Chad Silker - Ballwin, Mo., 2:49:28
Jeremy Provence - Clarksville, Ark., 2:53:17
By Carolyn Mather
After working for two weeks last June at the 40th Grandmas Marathon, I realized that some of my favorite races in the south are reaching that milestone this year. For years my favorite 10K has been the Rose City 10K in Thomasville, GA. Not only will the 40th edition take place this April, but Jim and Carolyn Story have been the race directors for all 40 years. I suspect that must be a rare record and they do this as their love. From the silver age group award cups, to the medals, to the hot dogs and Little Debbie cakes, to the post race picnic, to the dj getting you up their "heartbreak hill," this race remains the best value in running and a great deal for $20 including a finisher's medal and gorgeous tee shirt..
BOSTON — The Run To Remember Boston road race through the city’s historic downtown will again feature a First Responder Challenge, pitting teams of police, fire and other first responders nationwide in the half marathon at the Memorial Day weekend event, organizers announced.
Run To Remember Boston’s half marathon and 5-mile races both start at the Seaport World Trade Center in downtown Boston on Sunday, May 28. This is the 13th year for the charity event, created as a tribute to Massachusetts law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. From the Seaport World Trade Center, the scenic loop courses wind through historic downtown Boston, with the half marathon crossing over the Charles River along Memorial Drive in Cambridge before looping back.
ATLANTA—A person’s sex and running ability play a role in the decline of their performance in marathons as they get older, according to a Georgia State University study.
“We found that marathon performance decline begins at about 35 years old,” said Dr. Gerald Zavorsky, lead author of the study and associate professor in the Department of Respiratory Therapy at Georgia State. “For top runners, we determined the slowdown is about two minutes per year beginning at age 35 for men, and for women, it’s actually a little bit statistically faster of a slowdown, around two minutes and 30 seconds per year beginning at the age of 35.”
“If you’re an average runner finishing in the middle of your age group, statistically the slowdown starts at age 50. It’s similar if you’re a man or woman. The decline with aging in average runners is around two minutes and 45 seconds per year beginning at age 50.”
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.