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.
CHARLESTON, SC — Esther Erb Atkins was the third overall finisher at the Charleston Marathon on Saturday as she won the women’s title in 2:46:41. The only runners who finished ahead of her were the first two male finishers — Jeffrey Greene (2:44:45) of Leesburg, VA, and Ryan Fox (2:45:52) of Danbury, CT.
Atkins, of Greenville, SC, appears to have set a new South Carolina marathon record for women. She is in training for the Boston Marathon.
HOUSTON -- Late-race breakaways led to first-time wins in the Chevron Houston Marathon Sunday, and Leonard Korir of the United States outleaned race record-holder Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon on a humid, windy morning that hampered times in the longer races.
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
(Sports is a huge preoccupation in Russia, just like the rest of the world. That seems like a nonsensical statement coming from an sports obssessed America, but, it is true. If my visit to Moscow taught me anything in 2013, Russians love all kinds of sports, and while they did not fill the stands in Moscow during the World Champs, there were many worthy athletes competing, and the crowd was enthusiastic.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Leonard Korir led Team USA to the senior men’s team and overall team title with his upset victory at the Great Edinburgh XCountry International Challenge Saturday, January 7, earning him USATF Athlete of the Week honors.
Korir (Colorado Springs, Colorado) charged past local favorite Callum Hawkins in the final 20 meters of the senior men’s 8 km to win an individual gold medal in 24:03.
ATLANTA –– The USA 10K champion will be named on Independence Day as the men’s and women’s USATF 10 km Championships return to Atlanta at the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race. One of the most decorated middle distance runners in history, Bernard Lagat, will join other top U.S. athletes to kick off Atlanta’s July 4th celebrations alongside the 60,000 participants of the world’s largest 10K.
The 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race prize purse of $70,000 will be awarded exclusively to American athletes with the top male and female each earning $10,000.
DOCTORS AND HEALTH CARE PROS WILL MAN AID STATIONS.
LITTLE ROCK, AR – Little Rock Marathon officials announced today that CHI St. Vincent Heart Clinic Arkansas has renewed its sponsorship of the Little Rock Marathon.
For the past nine years, Jim Sheffield, M.D. has led a team of nearly 60 physicians and other healthcare professionals who man aid stations along the 26.2 mile course that ends at the Statehouse Convention Center where his team of volunteer physicians and staff provide additional assistance to runners.
Medical issues have typically included blisters, muscle cramps, and dehydration, however, being prepared for far worse illnesses, including medical emergencies, is an important part of the planning process.
By Rae Ann Darling Reed
Many of my friends and running acquaintances have confirmed a feeling that I often get after a big marathon. They feel bummed out and like they have lost their spark once the big race is over. After 18 weeks of training and focusing all my efforts preparing for the 26.2 mile event, I get that feeling of “it’s over, now what.” I know the mind and body need time to recover but even weeks or months after the race it can be tough to find that motivation or spark again, especially if there isn’t another race on the horizon.
Being injured is a bit like that. I did not run the entire month of October and then in November I think I had an equal split of time in the gym and running so still not back to my normal running volume.
By Teri Saylor
Eric Johnson, a 48-year old runner in Raleigh, NC, completed his lifetime 200th marathon when he crossed the finish line at the City of Oaks Marathon in Raleigh Nov. 6. Eric’s running life is all about setting goals and finishing them. After more than two decades as a runner, he’s crossed many finish lines, but the end to the goals he wants to achieve is nowhere in sight. He has completed many other shorter distances and has attempted a 100-mile ultra-marathon. Adding up his marathon mileage alone through all 200 finishes -- and he’s done it in all 50 states – is over 5,240 miles.
By Richard Ferguson, Ph.D.
Maybe you just reached a running goal you set for yourself. Your first marathon completed, a new personal best in the marathon, your first 5K, 1,000 miles run, an age group medal or even your first mile run. The excitement and pride you feel deep within is uplifting. You’re happy and feel a genuine sense of accomplishment in meeting your running goal. Your friends are even excited for you, even though a few really don’t grasp your accomplishment. Some may say you didn’t win an Olympic Gold Medal, but for you personally it’s just as meaningful because you tested yourself and you reached your goal.
He Won 2012 Boston Marathon in Amazing 1:18:25
Canadian wheelchair athlete Josh Cassidy, the fastest man ever to complete a marathon anywhere in the world, will be out to dethrone defending champion JohnBoy Smith when the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon gets underway on January 20.
Cassidy, 32, stormed the 2012 Boston Marathon in the world record time of 1h:18m:25s – a record that still stands to this day – and he joins a strong field in Dubai that includes former champion Rob Smith as well as his namesake JohnBoy, winner of the wheelchair in 2016.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The National Center for Sports Safety announced that Rio Olympic bronze medalist Emma Coburn will be running in the Birmingham Wine 10K on March 11. Coburn will be running in the race pacing a group of race participants. She will also attend the post-race party festivities to meet race participants and distribute awards.
SAVANNAH, GA — Critz Tybee Run Fest revealed the official 2017 shirt design that will be worn by all participants the weekend of the 2017 races February 3- 4. The design contest, held in conjunction with partner and race sponsor Savannah Morning News and SavannahNow.com, received a great amount of design entries, of which five designs were selected for the public’s overall vote.
With a large number of online votes, Adam Estroff’s design was selected as the winner. Adam is a freshman at the University of Georgia studying Exercise/Sport Science and Graphic Design.
By Carolyn Mather RN, PhD
Over the years I have recommended many things to keep you healthy and running as often as you want. Recently I have come across the term prehabilitation. Prehabilitation is essentially preventive injury risk assessment and training to prevent the problem before it happens.
Posture, joint alignment, flexibility, muscle control, biomechanics, core stability and movement patterns are all considered. Prehabilitation helps you to: achieve normal static and dynamic posture, correct muscle length imbalance, joint alignment and flexibility, normalize core stability (upper, lower and left vs right) and enhance muscle endurance, strength and power, and boost movement pattern efficiency.
By Scott Ludwig
I’ve had a lot of interesting encounters with wildlife during my runs over the years. I’ve been chased by foxes, coyotes, dogs, a raccoon and a couple of baby basset hounds. I’ve run side-by-side with dogs, deer, possums, cows, horses, squirrels, rabbits, armadillos and that one time with a skunk (fortunately I escaped his wrath, if you know what I mean).
Although occasionally lending a bit more excitement to my run than I would have liked, they’ve all turned out well if you don’t count that one time I was bitten on the elbow by a German shepherd.
CARY, N.C. -- The eighth running of the annual Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon (TRM) and its companion Half Marathon will be held on March 19 on the flat, fast American Tobacco Trail, which offers fast qualifying times for the Boston Marathon.
The events, sponsored by Feetures!, a leading athletic sock manufacturer, figures to qualify 12 percent of competitors for Boston, promoters said. The running weekend is presented by Inside-Out Sports. On Jan. 1 prices of both the March 19, 2017 events will increase by $10 to $110 and $100 respectively.
By Lena Hollmann
When Eric Johnson of Raleigh, NC, approached the finish at the City of Oaks Marathon in Raleigh this November there were friends cheering him on, and a custom made cake plus champagne waiting for him at the finish line. And when Kelly Richards of Grapevine, TX, ran the IMT Des Moines Marathon in Iowa in October, more than 30 people had come from five different states to celebrate with her. After she finished, they all went directly to a German Beer House and continued the celebration.
By Tracy Green
Months and miles of training, all leading up to one morning to put it all out there and see what you’ve got. To hope what you think you’ve got is, in reality, what you’ve got.
Dozens of weeks, thousands of steps, without wavering because the the task ahead does not care about excuses. No missed days, no missed workouts, no pity parties. Early mornings, late nights, some days both.
From not counting down to race day at all, to counting weeks, to counting sleeps.
Over 4,000 Winter Hats Donated to Local Charities and Youth Serving Programs
INDIANAPOLIS – (Dec. 23 2016) Beyond Monumental has made a donation of 4,000 winter hats to local charities that assist those in need. The 2016 finish line gift at the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K for all runners and walkers was a brightly colored commemorative winter hat. The surplus of these hats will now help keep Indianapolis kids warm in the winter months.
By Micah Ward
One of my favorite quotes comes from the legendary ultrarunner and coach David Horton: “Find the level of intolerance you can tolerate, and stay there.” Now I am the first to admit that I do not stay at that level on every run. I don’t even look for it very often. The vast majority of my runs are slow easy trots down the beach or along a bicycle trail under the shade of enormous Live Oak trees. I do no regular speed workouts although I am occasionally afflicted with a little fartlek. No, I save that level of intolerance for race day.