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07/29/2018 - 16:49

GREENSBORO, North Carolina -- Day 6 at the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships turned into super Saturday as eight new national records were set, six of which came in the 200m finals. Highlighting the day was Sean Burrell, Kharisma Watkins and Rhoan Kaulder II posting their second national record setting performance of the week.

Sean Burrell (Greater King David Track Club) broke his own 200m national record with a time 20.85 to win the national title. Burrell was one of three athletes in the 200m finals to break his own record set earlier this week. His time record time of 20.90 on Thursday put him into Saturday’s final as the favorite. Barely 20 minutes after he won the 200m, Burrell returned to the track to win his 110m hurdles heat in 14.28 to advance to Sunday’s final. He is also scheduled to compete in Sunday’s 400m.

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07/27/2018 - 15:53

SPOKANE, WA (July 26) — Roy Englert, 95, has set a world record in the men’s 800 at the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships.

Englert, of Springfield, VA/Potomac Valley Track Club, finished in 5:18.15, a huge improvement over the previous world record of 6:02.95.

Over 900 of the nation’s best Masters athletes were participating in events being held at Eastern Washington University.

Englert had earlier this year set age group records at the USATF Masters Indoor Champions.

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07/26/2018 - 14:31

AbbottWMM-275x102.jpgAbbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) has announced a new “Reach For The Stars” campaign which celebrates every runner who has completed one of the world’s six greatest marathons.

More than two million results dating back to 2006 from the BMW Berlin, Bank of America Chicago, TCS New York City, Tokyo, BAA Boston and Virgin Money London Marathons have been compiled into one central directory that connects the global community of marathon runners – the Six Star System.

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07/25/2018 - 18:32

Reigning USATF Outdoors 5,000m champion Shelby Houlihan (Sioux City, Iowa) set a pending new American record in 14:34.45 while competing in Heusden, Belgium. Houlihan, who also won the 1500m USATF Outdoors title this year, improved upon her previous PR by over twenty seconds (15:00.37).

The new AR breaks Shannon Rowbury’s previous 5,000m record of 14:38.92 set in 2016.

The U.S. dominated the field in Belgium, with top ten performances by Molly Huddle, Karissa Schweizer, Marielle Hall, Vanessa Fraser, Sarah Pagano and Emily Sisson.

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07/24/2018 - 10:51

RALEIGH, NC — Sir Walter Running will present the deepest Men’s and Women’s field to date to compete at the 2018 Sir Walter Miler. The event returns in its fifth year Aug. 3 at the Meredith College Track. The 2018 event will again feature Elite Men’s and Women’s Mile races, and a pair of local races: a Run Club Mile, and a Run Club 4×400 meter Relay. The Sir Walter Miler is free and open to the public, and will again be broadcast live internationally on FloTrack.

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07/23/2018 - 11:51

GAFFNEY, SC — James Quattlebaum and Shawanna White were overall winners of the Gaffney Peach Festival 10K on Saturday, July 21.

Quattlebaum, 22, of Greenville, raced home in 34:32. He was followed by Eric Westog of Davidson, NC, in 34:58, and Brett Morley of Greenville in 35:08.

White, 38, of Columbia, was female winner in 37:58. Second was Lauren Westug in 38:27, while 14-year-old McKinley Weisman was third in 39:40.

Male masters champ was Orinthal Striggles of Columbia in 35:30. Bernard Vermeersch was second in 37:51, followed by Kevin Goehring in 39:18.

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07/19/2018 - 15:46

ATLANTA – On July 4, 2019 the Atlanta Track Club, the city of Atlanta, the state of Georgia and the global running and walking community will celebrate the 50th running of the iconic AJC Peachtree Road Race, one of the city's greatest treasures.

Atlanta Track Club, organizer of the Peachtree, announced its 50-week celebration and the countdown to race day by unveiling the event logo and announcing three major initiatives to mark the milestone.

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07/18/2018 - 12:55

CHICAGO – The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced that two of the fastest women in U.S. history, Amy Cragg and Laura Thweatt, will join previously announced American Jordan Hasay to compete for the top spot on the podium at the 41st annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Cragg, a two-time Olympian, and Thweatt, the 2015 U.S. Cross Country champion and 2018 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K champion, make the 2018 Chicago Marathon the deepest American women’s field in Chicago’s storied history.

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07/17/2018 - 15:23

071518_GFM_GMHG_marathon_men_SS.jpgGRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN, N.C.—Area business owner Caleb Masland finished first in the 51st annual Grandfather Mountain Marathon for the second consecutive year, beating his previous time by 10 minutes and change.

The marathon, part of the 63rd annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, took place Saturday, July 14, and saw 279 runners assault a grueling course, spanning from Kidd Brewer Stadium on the Appalachian State University campus in Boone, N.C., to MacRae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Mountain in Linville, N.C.

Masland, 37, of Boone was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 2:43:12.

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World Record Holder Seeking Cure for NF

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07/17/2018 - 12:18
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07/17/2018 - 12:18

BeccaPizzi.jpgWorld Record Endurance Marathoner Becca Pizzi will run the Falmouth Road Race on Sunday, August 19th as part of the NF Northeast Team, a Burlington, MA based non-profit organization whose mission is to find a treatment and the cure for neurofibromatosis (NF). Pizzi is running on behalf of Dassault Systèmes’ annual sponsorship of NF Northeast.

Pizzi is 38 years old and lives in Belmont, MA with her husband, Joe, and 10-year-old daughter, Taylor.

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07/13/2018 - 18:38

July 13, 2018 - RALEIGH, NC - Sir Walter Running is excited to present the deepest Men's and Women’s field to date to compete at the 2018 Sir Walter Miler. The event returns in its fifth year to its standard first Friday night spot on August 3, 2018 at the Meredith College Track. The 2018 event will again feature Elite Men’s and Women’s Mile races, and a pair of local races: a Run Club Mile, and a Run Club 4×400 meter Relay. The Sir Walter Miler is free and open to the public, and will again be broadcast live internationally on FloTrack.

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07/13/2018 - 10:12

rfc-updated-logo-background-web7ef1b45c78366c709642ff00005f0421.jpgArlington, VA – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is pleased to announce and welcome its first round of Runner Friendly Community® designations for 2018:

Allentown, Pennsylvania
Carrollton, Georgia
Cleveland, Tennessee
Georgetown, Texas
Mesa, Arizona

Every five years, a Runner Friendly Community must work with the RRCA to ensure it continues to meet our expectations for the designation. The following communities have successfully renewed their Runner Friendly Community designation for another five years: Grapevine, Texas and Peachtree City, Georgia.

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07/11/2018 - 11:44

Moorestown, NJ – RunSignUp, the leading technology provider for races in the US, has announced their Q2, 2018 results. RunSignUp continues to expand market share in the flat endurance market with 17% growth in the number of races using RunSignUp in Q2 and a 24% increase in the number of registrations.

Running USA reported total registrations in the US were down slightly in 2017 to 18.3 Million. RunSignUp reported registrations of 1,287,000, up from 1,040,000 in 2017. RunSignUp is on track for over 4.8 Million total registrations for 2018.

Additionally, RunSignUp reported 9,483 races had more than 3 registrations in Q2, compared to 8,132 in 2017.

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07/10/2018 - 14:52

TAMPA, Fla./MEDELLÍN, Colombia (July 10, 2018) – The Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series® today announced the addition of a new venue to its international tour in Medellín, Colombia. Taking place on March 10, 2019, the race will be the first musically themed running event to take place in Colombia on with half marathon, 10K and 5K distances.

This event is perfect for local runners and those from nearby countries in Latin America as well as international athletes who love to travel and experience two passions at the same time. This is a chance to run and explore the second largest city in Colombia.

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USATF Athlete of Week Winners in 2018

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07/10/2018 - 14:20
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07/10/2018 - 14:20

Now in its 17th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on USATF.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

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07/09/2018 - 09:10

By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
cain1.jpgMary Cain is a fine athlete. In 2014, Mary went professional (after her appearance at the 2013 World Championships). Mary Cain was a fun young teenager, and she had serious running skills. Alberto Salazar, the co-founder and coach of the Nike Oregon Distance Project, was quite impressed by the young athlete and began to advise her.

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07/04/2018 - 14:11

Mayor of Atlanta among 60,000 Running and Walking to Kick off the Fourth

Bernard and Stephanie by Warren Travers.jpgATLANTA – July 4, 2018 – For the 49th consecutive year, Atlanta began its Fourth of July on Peachtree, as 60,000 runners and walkers converged on a humid summer day to finish the AJC Peachtree Road Race. With the Peachtree playing host to the USATF 10km Championships for the second consecutive year, the first men and women to finish, Bernard Lagat (Tucson, AZ) and Stephanie Bruce (Flagstaff, AZ), were crowned national champions.

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07/03/2018 - 17:16

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Participants at the Humana Rock ’N’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon will get free entry in the American Music Festival the same weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 2). Half marathon runners get free entry all three days (Friday-Sunday), 5K runners get free entry on Saturday.

The American Music Festival will bring in acts such as ZZ Top, Goo Goo Dolls, Ziggy Marley, and SOJA.

Also featured during the weekend is a Health & Fitness Expo, which will be open on Friday, Aug. 31, from 1-7 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Entertainment will also include bands on the race courses.

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07/03/2018 - 05:11

Boston Marathon champion and two-time Olympian Des Linden will race the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 4, making her second appearance at the event after finishing in fifth place in 2014. Linden, who earlier this year became the first American to win the women's open division at the Boston Marathon in 33 years.

"Breaking the tape at this year's Boston Marathon was a lifelong dream come true," Linden said. "At the moment, it felt like it was the culmination of my career, but I believe I still have plenty more to give to the marathon. I'm thrilled to head to the TCS New York City Marathon this fall. I'm motivated to get back on the big stage that NYRR will undoubtedly put together and intend to make a name for myself in another great city.”

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07/02/2018 - 11:17

Club Unveils New Identity for City at Peachtree Health & Fitness Expo

ATLANTA – Atlanta Track Club has declared Atlanta as Running City USA. In an unveiling at the Peachtree Health & Fitness Expo ahead of the 49th AJC Peachtree Road Race, the Club launched its new campaign and staked Atlanta’s claim as one of the country’s top running and walking destinations.

“We believe this is Running City USA,” said Atlanta Track Club Executive Director Rich Kenah. “Between the history of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, our 29,000 member-strong organization, the 125,000 people who finish Atlanta Track Club races each year, a thriving youth running community and the future of Atlanta’s pedestrian infrastructure, there’s no better place in this country to be a runner or walker.”

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