By Teri Saylor
For the last two summers, troupes of fashionable Raleigh, NC runners have jogged, high-stepped, shuffled and done whatever it took under blazing summer skies to break the Guinness World Record for the most runners to complete a 1K run wearing flip flops.
National Flip Flop Day, held on the third Friday in June, provides the perfect backdrop for the popular event, which has broken the world record two years in a row, in 2015 and 2016. It is sponsored by the popular Nog Run Club in Raleigh.
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
In April 2014, I flew to the City of Love, Paris, to see Kenenisa Bekele run his first marathon. I had seen Bekele race on the track over most of his career.
His debut in Paris was pretty good. His 2:05 was a strong debut. Kenenisa did have some trouble in the last 18, 19 mile area, when he went too fast for a kilometer and had some calve soreness.
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is fast, but it is bad luck for one Kenenisa Bekele. In the 2017 version, Kenenisa falls at the start, which manager Jos Hermans claims was a surprise start, and Bekele was bloodied before the battle began.
Bekele was behind by 10k, and by 22 k, he was out of the race. The front pack went out in 61:33. The early pace had been 14:26 for 5k, 23:08 for 8k and 28:58 for 10k. The 10k was passed in 2:02:13 pace.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jordan Hasay crushed her first half marathon in 1:08:40, the fastest by an American woman and No. 6 U.S. all time in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon.
Hasay’s time was less than one minute short of the American record (1:07:34), proving her strength as a serious contender in the half marathon. The Oregon Project runner’s fourth-place finish put her behind winner Veronicah Wanjiru Nyaruai, Dera Dida Yami and 2016 champion Mary Wacera.
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
1. Few care about the two hour marathon. Most runners could absolutely care less about the chase for the two hour marathon. In the running community, marathon numbers seem to be down a bit, with half marathon numbers continuing to improve. With an average marathon time of 4 hours 45 minutes, anyone under 3 hours is superhuman to them. The citizen runners are impressed with runners from Ethiopia, Kenya and local fast runners, but the two hour marathon means little or nothing to the general running populace.
RICHMOND, VA – Sports Backers announces a new half marathon event, the Uncorked Half, which will take place at New Kent Winery on Saturday, May 6. This marks the first time Sports Backers has partnered with a winery for an event, and registration is now open at www.sportsbackers.org.
Non-guaranteed entry drawing free to enter, open through Feb. 17, drawing March 2.
The 47th running of the world’s largest marathon will be Sunday, Nov. 5.
NEW YORK — The entry application for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon is open at www.tcsnycmarathon.org.
“We’re thrilled to welcome runners from around the world to apply to take part in this transformative experience through New York City’s five boroughs,” said Ronnie Tucker, vice president, marketing and digital, New York Road Runners.
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.