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You Never Forget Your First Marathon

Date: 
05/09/2017 - 17:06
Date: 
05/09/2017 - 17:06

By Rae Ann Darling Reed

I was recently asked a series of questions about my interest in marathons which got me thinking about my first. Like many firsts in our lives, I believe the first marathon is one that will never be forgotten.

Can you tell me a bit about your first ever marathon? When was it, which race, and race time? My first marathon was the Jacksonville Marathon in December 1995 in Jacksonville, Florida, about six months after I graduated from Brown University. I had to wait until after college to run my first marathon since I was on the cross country and track teams.

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Date: 
05/08/2017 - 10:56

2016 Global Running Day Atlanta Track Club.jpgATLANTA –- Atlanta Track Club invites its membership, participants and the greater Atlanta running community to “run across America” on Global Running Day on Wednesday, June 7. In addition to organizing several group runs across the metro area, the Club is organizing an effort to have at least one person in Atlanta Track Club apparel run in each state. The day will kick off with a group run at midnight – the first run of Global Running Day anywhere in the country.

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Date: 
05/07/2017 - 18:36

FullSizeRender-3.jpgCINCINNATI (May 7, 2017) — After coming in second or third in the Flying Pig Marathon for the last six years, the seventh time proved to be the charm for Anderson High School cross country coach Kerry Lee, who finally won the women’s division of Sunday’s 19th annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon. The total registration for all weekend events was 37,244 participants representing all 50 states and 20 countries.

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Date: 
05/05/2017 - 12:56

By Scott Ludwig, Running Journal

I’ve been running marathons since 1979. In every last one of them I’ve always had a goal; one that continued raising the bar higher and higher. Finish. Break three-and-a-half hours. Run through the wall. Break three hours. Qualify for Boston. Set a personal best. Set another personal best … and another.

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Date: 
05/05/2017 - 11:05

puma.jpegPUMA had a global launch for PUMA NETFIT, a new approach to personalizing running footwear by controlling the fit through infinite lacing styles. The launch was held on May 4, 2017 in New York City. PUMA showcased some of its top athletic talent, including Usain Bolt, to show off the new lacing systems for the PUMA NETFIT product.

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Phil Brown Remembered at Memorial 5K

Date: 
05/03/2017 - 05:04
Date: 
05/03/2017 - 05:04

By Mary Marcia Brown

Image of Phil.jpg The Duke Energy Hines Energy Complex in Bartow, Florida, was a moving sea of runners and walkers wearing green tee shirts on the morning of April 1.

Each week, my husband, Phil, started his workweek at Duke by wearing a green, two-button polo shirt. This was not a work-related requirement – simply a personal tradition that Phil had started a few years ago. Perhaps he wanted to see who was awake enough to notice the trend. Maybe he felt that green would be a lucky Irish start to each workweek.

The reverberation from the Irish bagpipes that were played at Phil’s funeral on March 6, was a resonating reminder of Phil’s strong Irish roots. Service attendees wore running shoes in Phil’s honor, and the men in Phil’s family, wore green shirts.

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Date: 
05/01/2017 - 18:40

By Teri Saylor, Running Journal

IMG_8551.JPGRALEIGH, NC — On April 2, deep in the dark woods of Umstead State Park at Raleigh, NC, there was a chill in the air as the black night sky drifted into pink dawn and the stars faded in the early morning light. Richard Hunter, in tears, burst over the finish line at the Umstead 100 Endurance Race, 24 hours, 29 minutes and 47 seconds after he started at 6 a.m. the previous day.

April Fool's Day seems a likely holiday to begin the kind of feat many people consider a folly, but at Umstead Park every spring, the 100-mile race is more like a family reunion. For Hunter, 49, whose vision has been fading for the past 30 years, traveling to Raleigh to compete in the Umstead 100 was like a holy grail.

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Date: 
04/30/2017 - 14:11

 
Scott-Wietecha-900x600.jpgNASHVILLE, TN — At mile 11, Scott Wietecha’s legs started shutting down. By mile 20, despite his best efforts to stay hydrated, the 35-year-old was no longer sweating. 
 
Competing in Saturday’s 18th running of the St. Jude Rock ’n’ Roll Nashville Marathon was a struggle for the 35-year-old. However, despite this race being a little more difficult than those he’s run in the past, he still found a way to win the event for the fifth straight year, finishing in 2:40:26.

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Wieringa Wins 70-74 Age Group at Boston

Date: 
04/28/2017 - 11:40
Date: 
04/28/2017 - 11:40

top photo.jpg(Editor’s note: Albert Wieringa of St. Petersburg, FL, began running at age 56. This was his 23rd marathon and his sixth Boston Marathon. He also plans to run the New York City Marathon. Of more than 100 Tampa Bay runners at Boston, he and Joe Burgasser were the oldest. We asked Wieringa, an endurance coach, for a report on his race.)

By Albert Wieringa

Turning 70 last year I decided to give the Boston marathon one more shot. Being the baby in the new age group I could try to place in the top 3 of the ‘Dinosaur-Division.’ I followed the same strategy as five years ago, when — at age 65 — I was also the baby in the group and finished first.

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Date: 
04/26/2017 - 13:22

BEIJING, China -- Dalian Wanda Group Co., Ltd. (“Wanda Group”), one of the leading Chinese private conglomerates, has reached a landmark agreement with the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) with a ten-year strategic partnership aimed at the continued growth and development of marathon events worldwide.

The partnership plans to expand the AbbottWMM Series with events added in new regions such as Asia (outside Japan) and Africa, and will begin the process of identifying candidate races that will be required to meet AbbottWMM’s stringent criteria before selection for the Series.

The AbbottWMM Series comprise the world’s six greatest marathons: the Tokyo, Boston, Virgin Money London, BMW BERLIN, Bank of America Chicago and TCS New York City marathons.

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Date: 
04/25/2017 - 13:15

042217 SSAC Track Day 2 AJR001.JPGMOBILE, AL – The Brenau University track and field team accumulated 233 points to win decisively its fifth consecutive Southern States Athletic Conference Women’s Track & Field Championship in Mobile, Alabama, on Saturday, April 22. The five-year-old team has never failed to capture a conference championship.

Heavily favored going into the meet on the neutral campus of the University of South Alabama, the Golden Tigers from Gainesville, Georgia, outpaced Loyola (Louisiana) University by 56 points and third-place William Carey (Mississippi) University by 85 points to claim their second straight championship under head coach Byron Kramer.

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Date: 
04/24/2017 - 09:59

By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun
LONDON, UK — The women's race in London was absolutely Electrifying!

Mary Keitany, running with Pacemaker Caroline KIpkirui, Mary took off. Hitting the 5k in 15:31, the 10k in 31:17, and the 15k in 47:15, she had the BBC team of Brendan Foster, Steve Cram and Paula Radcliffe questioning what was going on. Paula Radcliffe knew instinctively. Mary Keitany was hellbent on breaking the women's only marathon record of 2:17:42.

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Date: 
04/24/2017 - 09:53

By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun

LONDON, UK — The greatest distance runner in the world fell to earth.

Pacemaker Stephen Kibet took the pack of fifteen through 5k in 14:11, 10k in 28:51 (14:40) and 15k in 43:40 (14:49). In the pack were Feyisa Lelisa, Kenenisa Bekele, Daniel Wanjiru, Ghirmay Ghebrselassie, Abel Kirui and debut marathoner Bedan Karoki.

20k was hit in 61:41, also lead by Stephen Kibet. Around 20k, Kenenisa Bekele felt blisters in his new shoes, which were affecting his legs and began to drop back. Then, Ghirmay Ghebrselassie missed his drink and Kenenisa Bekele shared his with the young Eritrean.

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Date: 
04/21/2017 - 18:30

Schedule includes four national championships:
NCAA 2021, USATF 2019, USATF 2018, USATF JO 2017

TALLAHASSEE, FL –- Leon County’s award-winning Apalachee Regional Park will host eight major cross country events, including four national championships, in the next five years.

These events include the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Cross Country State Championships (2017 & 2018); USA Track & Field (USATF) Cross Country National Championships (2017, 2018 & 2019); the NCAA Men & Women’s Cross Country Regionals (2018 & 2020) and the NCAA Cross Country National Championship (2021).

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Date: 
04/19/2017 - 18:39

By Alfonz Juck
http://www.topathletics.org/

(Story source: RunBlogRun.com)

Switzer_Katherine1-Boston17-thumb-500x750-23585.jpgBOSTON (USA): Kathrine Switzer completed the Boston Marathon some fifty years after officials attempted to remove her from the race which was not open to women at the time, informs BBC News. More than 12,300 women started this year's race and Switzer, 70, completed the course in 4:44:31.
BOSTON (USA): After finishing third in the Boston Marathon on her debut in 2:23:00, Jordan Hasay has said she might opt to stay on the roads rather than try and make the American 10,000m team for the World Championships in London, informs LetsRun.com.

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Date: 
04/19/2017 - 18:36

2017 Boston Marathon Marks End of One-Year Cycle Featuring Inaugural Wheelchai Competition

BOSTON -- Abbott World Marathon Majors has named as Series X champions Eliud Kipchoge (KEN), Marcel Hug (SUI) and Tatyana McFadden (USA).

The athletes won the titles based on their performances, over the past 12 months, in the world’s most renowned races that comprise the Abbott World Marathon Majors – the Tokyo, Boston, Virgin Money London, BWM Berlin, Bank of America Chicago, and TCS New York City Marathons – as well as the Olympic and Paralympic Marathons.

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Date: 
04/18/2017 - 10:04

By Dave Hunter for RunBlogRun.com
Kirui-RuppH-Boston17-thumb-500xauto-23549.jpgBOSTON — The elite men danced nervously just behind the starting line as they waited for the first wave start of the 121st B.A.A. Marathon. As the men's favorites were introduced, the largest ovation was saved for American Meb Keflezighi - the 2014 champion and the first American to win this Patriots' Day race since 1983.

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Date: 
04/17/2017 - 20:03

The top 10 finishers at the Boston Marathon:

1 — Geoffrey Kirui, Kenya 2:09:37.

2 — Galen Rupp, USA 2:09:58.

3 — Siguru Osaka, Japan 2:10:28.

4 — Shadrack Biwott, USA 2:12:08.

5 — Wilson Chebet, Kenya 2:12:35.

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Kiplagat Takes 121st Boston Marathon Title

Date: 
04/17/2017 - 20:01
Date: 
04/17/2017 - 20:01

By Carolyn Mather for RunBlogRun.com
Kiplagat_Edna-BostonM17-thumb-500x750-23558.jpg(Editor’s note: The women's race in Boston in 2017 was quite satisfying on several levels. Edna Kiplagat is one of the most enduring marathoners in our sport, and her show of strength, savvy and tactics was a great model for veteran marathoners. On the other side, Jordan Hasay, the debutante marathoner, just blew through expectations. And Desi Linden, who ran with one goal, to win, gave it her all, and took fourth. Here's Carolyn Mather's feature on the women's race from the 121st Boston Marathon.)

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Date: 
04/15/2017 - 16:03

By Carolyn Mather
Injuries seem to be the bane of runners. Just when all is going smoothly, you pull something, fall, get a bad virus or anything to disrupt your training. Not only is it incredibly frustrating but recovery seems to be a difficult process. As we get older, it gets increasingly hard.

When I fell during a race several months after my Steve died, I felt I was truly jinxed. I have no idea how I fell but it was hard. I picked myself up and walked to the finish. I iced the injury to my upper arm and refused to go to any doctor. The brilliant colors my arm turned were amazing but after 10 days I had a completely dark blue arm and shoulder. To be able to get some therapy I had to get a doctor's order. I went to my local urgent care center and got the news that my humerus was totally fractured where it met my shoulder. Of course by the time I got an appointment with an orthopedist (four weeks later), it was nearly healed. I finally got a physical therapy order in late March and started my journey to heal.

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