VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA -- On Dec. 17, 5025 participants donned in 5-piece Santa suits broke the World Record for Largest Santa Run during the Great Outdoor Provision Co. Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler presented by Bon Secours In Motion in Virginia Beach. J&A Racing, a world-class race management company based in Virginia set out on this mission to make history and beat the current record holder in Ireland with 4,961 Santas, by providing a 5-piece Santa suit to all participants.
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
In speaking with Molly Huddle a few times over the FootLocker weekend, it became apparent that she is very happy in her life, which gives her remarkable focus in her athletic career.
Okay, I will spill it.
As part of this journey as athletic pilgrim, one becomes appreciative of many of the athletes' skills one opines on, and in fact, well, at least in my case, make emotional ties with the athletes and their performances. This is mostly in a Walter Mitty way, as I do not want athletes to think I am some kind of stalker.
By Ray Krolewicz
I looked at a calendar the other day. It was time to start putting birthdays, races, and other significant dates onto it for the coming year. When I looked at that year, 2017, I paused to reflect. It has been 17 years since Y2K, the new century. I made a comment recently about “the turn of the century” and was told never to use the phrase again unless referring to 1899 turning to 1900.
We cannot go back, however, so we might as well go forward. We all want to know of course where forward will take us. There are so many potential destinations. Specifically, since I was putting race dates on a calendar, it is wondering where forward as related to running will lead.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -– The Little Rock Marathon recently unveiled its 2017 finisher’s medals as it makes preparations for another sell-out event, confirming the race is quickly reaching its participant limit.
The 15th Annual Little Rock Marathon Race Weekend, presented by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, is slated for March 4–5 in downtown Little Rock and benefits Little Rock Parks & Recreation.
“For many years, the Little Rock Marathon medals have set a standard in the marathon industry,” said Gina Pharis, co-executive director of the Little Rock Marathon. “Our medals are an extraordinary keepsake that celebrates each participant’s finish.”
According to Pharis, the medal is a significant factor in the event’s growing popularity and sold-out races each year.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Kevin Castille (Lafayette, Louisiana) earns the second USATF Athlete of the Week honor of his career, following a dominant performance at the 2016 USATF Club Cross Country Championships on Saturday, December 10.
Castille prevailed in the masters men’s 10 km race in Tallahassee, putting 11 seconds between himself and the field just 1 km into the race. Castille continued to push the pace, expanding his lead to nearly 60 seconds with 2 km remaining. The master of the roads crossed the cross country finish in impressive fashion, best the field by 1:14 to win in 31:29.
Castille defended his individual USATF Club Cross Country Championships title from 2015, another masterful performance that saw him beat the field by over 30 seconds to earn USATF Athlete of the Week accolades.
ASICS America Corporation has announced its iconic running shoe for long distance runners, the GEL-NIMBUS®, will be updated for 2017. The GEL-NIMBUS 19 model has been updated and upgraded to deliver a shoe that features unrivaled lightness and maximum comfort for neutral runners and underpronaters, without compromising on its legendary responsive cushioning.
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TUCSON, Ariz. — If you're thinking about taking up running as your New Year's resolution and still need some convincing, consider this: MRI scans reveal that endurance runners' brains have greater functional connectivity than the brains of more sedentary individuals.
University of Arizona researchers compared brain scans of young adult cross country runners to young adults who don't engage in regular physical activity. The runners, overall, showed greater functional connectivity — or connections between distinct brain regions — within several areas of the brain, including the frontal cortex, which is important for cognitive functions such as planning, decision-making and the ability to switch attention between tasks.
ATLANTA — Nick Graves was overall winner of the half marathon on Dec. 11 at the Jeff Galloway Race Weekend, finishing in 1:19:18. Adam Newton was second in 1:20:17, followed by Brian Post in 1:21:08.
Top female was Shannon Hays in 1:38:36. Susan Thomas was second in 1:38:50, and Glenda Adams third in 1:39:39.
Complete results of all races:
The third annual Jeff Galloway Race Weekend had close to 3000 participants taking part in the stellar 13.1 Jeff Galloway Half Marathon, Barb’s 5K, and the Kids Fun Run.
Nike unveils Breaking2, an innovation moonshot designed to unlock human potential.
Like all daring dreams, Breaking2 has an audacious goal: Enable a sub two-hour marathon time.
Many consider this feat impossible. It requires reducing the current men's world record time of 2:02:57 by three percent. However, that challenge is exactly what drives Nike; the impossible is an opportunity to envision the future of sport.
By Stephen Prudhomme
SAVANNAH, GA — Hills are hard to come by in Savannah. When they do, as in the annual Savannah Bridge Run, they're hard to go up. That didn't prevent a number of runners from climbing to impressive heights of achievement.
The 25th annual Savannah Bridge, featuring a 5K, 10K and Double Pump (15K), attracted some 3,500 runners. Participants took on one of the most challenging courses in the Southeast on a cool and sunny day made for running.
Atlanta Track Club came home from Florida with one national championship and an all-time best finish for its women’s open team at the USATF Club Cross Country National Championships at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee. Sonja Friend-Uhl successfully defended her title in the Masters Women’s 6K making a decisive move on Club Northwest’s Janet McDevitt after the second mile to win the race in 22:15, besting McDevitt by more than 20 seconds. “It was a struggle to get here the last few weeks,” said Friend-Uhl. “Even when I doubted myself…my family, my team, my sponsors and my friends buoyed my faith.”
Ethiopian athlete also becomes the current course record holder.
BOSTON – Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia has been named the winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon, following the disqualification of Rita Jeptoo from the event, announced the Boston Athletic Association. Deba finished in a time of 2:19:59. As a result, she becomes the course record holder. Her performance bested that of Margaret Okayo, who ran 2:20:43 in 2002.
Full event results available at www.bmwdallasmarathon.com
DALLAS (Dec. 11, 2016) – Keith Pierce, 36, of Lewisville, Texas, led from start-to-finish on a cool, windy morning at the 2016 BMW Dallas Marathon, finishing in a winning time of 2:29:27. Pierce, who coaches cross country and track at Denton Ryan High School, held off a late surge from 2015 Dallas Marathon champion Logan Sherman, who finished in second place with a time of 2:30:39. For Pierce, the victory in Dallas carried a special significance: this was the first victory in four tries at the Dallas Marathon for the competitive Texan who is a three-time winner at the Cowtown Marathon and two-time winner of the Austin Marathon.
TUCSON, Ariz. — James Webber took up barefoot running 12 years ago. He needed to find a new passion after deciding his planned career in computer-aided drafting wasn't a good fit. Eventually, his shoeless feet led him to the University of Arizona, where he enrolled as a doctoral student in the School of Anthropology.
TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- It was a perfect day for racing over the hills and valleys on the dedicated Cross Country course of the Apalachee Regional Park. Participants were ecstatic about how much they enjoyed running on this gorgeous course at the USATF Club Cross Country Championships.
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
For me, what was compelling about the 38th annual FootLocker cross country was the drama in both races, and the changing circumstances of the runners.
The boys race was close from start as Seth Hirsch did all he could to win the race, but making it a very compelling race none the less!
The FootLocker course on Balboa Park is a roller coaster of cross country running. I recall watching my first FootLocker with the late Doug Speck. He showed me the hills and the downhills as watched the runners run the course. It is a fun course to watch and the drama unfolds as runners commit or over commit to the course and the race.
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
It was a perfect, overcast day, with a bit of mist, for the 38th version of the FootLocker Cross Country Nationals, the oldest national high school championships in the country. Last weekend, I was at the NXN, which celebrates team running. The FootLocker is all about the individual performances.
RICHMOND, VA – The Richmond Sports Backers announced the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger will serve as host to the Collegiate Running Association’s 2017 and 2018 Collegiate 10K Road Race National Championships. This will mark the fourth and fifth consecutive years the best and brightest college students will turn their focus to Richmond as a destination for the annual event.
If you’re planning to run or walk your way to the finish line of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Marathon or miniMarathon in April, the Norton Sports Health FREE Training Program will give you a jumpstart. The 14-week program helps prepare runners and walkers for the Derby Festival’s road races. Registration for the FREE program, opened online December 9 at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com.
The Norton Sports Health Training Program offers training guidelines and weekly group runs for participants of all levels of experience. The first 800 who register for both the Training Program, AND to participate in the Derby Festival Marathon or miniMarathon will receive a free tech pullover. The kick-off for the program is set for Jan. 12, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the Kentucky Derby Museum.
ORLANDO - - An estimated 17.1 million Americans compete in road races; millions more run for exercise. Earlier this month, you'd think their passion for the fitness activity was focused entirely on Orlando's Orange County Convention Center at The Running Event (TRE), the annual trade show and conference for the running business.
This year, TRE attracted the second largest retail attendance in its 11-year-history. Run specialty stores, manufacturers, race directors and sports media convened for four days of educational seminars, networking, and buying, making a city best-known for its allegiance to a certain cartoon mouse, the temporary home of North America's $4.5 billion running industry.