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.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The USA Track & Field Foundation is currently accepting youth grant applications from interested clubs and organizations for its first round of 2017 youth grants, announced USATF Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic.
Youth track clubs and programs from all areas of the United States are encouraged to apply. The Foundation favors the use of grant money to expand existing youth programs/clubs, to provide additional competitive opportunities for children and to enhance the experience for all participants.
ORLANDO, FL — Altra Elite Athlete Jacob Puzey ran an average pace of 5:56 per mile to set the new world record for fastest 50 miles run on a treadmill with a time of 4:57:45, shattering the previous record of 5:57:31 by an hour. His marathon split time was 2:38. Fans from all over The Running Event trade show packed the Altra booth the cheer on Puzey to the new world record. Puzey is an experienced ultrarunner who ran the entire 50 miles in the Altra Paradigm road shoe on a ProForm Boston Marathon Treadmill. Puzey stayed hydrated with soft drinks and electrolytes and fueled with potato chips, stopping for a bathroom break only once.
INDIANAPOLIS -- USA Track & Field and the American Cancer Society will collaborate on a fundraising effort to raise money for cancer research as well as USATF Youth programs, the two organizations jointly announced Tuesday.
With a theme of Together: Nothing Is Impossible, the campaign will focus on prevention and early detection, with a strong focus on the importance of nutrition and physical activity. Public service announcements will feature Team USATF athletes telling their own, inspiring stories to engage fans and proactively create healthy lifestyles that achieve greatness in daily life.
ORLANDO -- The 2016 season was feted Saturday evening at the 2016 Jesse Owens Awards Ceremony, held at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in conjunction with USATF’s Annual Meeting. The ceremony was hosted by NBC Sports’ Todd Harris.
USATF Athletes of the Year Michelle Carter and Matthew Centrowitz, Nike Coach of the Year Tonja Buford-Bailey, USATF Masters Athlete of the Year Irene Obera and USATF Youth Athlete of the Year Sydney McLaughlin all accepted their awards with speeches Saturday, and the guests looked back at a year that saw Team USA win 32 medals in Rio and 23 medals in Portland, as well as numerous national and international accolades.
St. Jude Marathon Events Raise $10 Million
MEMPHIS, TN -- Jason Howell of Evansville, Indiana outlasted Adam Higham of Collierville on Saturday to win the St. Jude Memphis Marathon. Howell finished in 2:38:07 while Higham concluded the 26.2 miles in 2:39:33.
Taylor Hoover of Colorado Springs was the first female finisher in 2:56:27, followed by local runner Kacey Nobert, who finished in 3:02:53.
About 23,000 runners partipated in the four races -- marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K.
John Whitehead of Madison, AL, was the half-marathon in 1:10:41, edging Brandon Dworak of Memphis (1:10:46), who won last year.
In the women's half, Fontaine Haskell of Birmingham, AL, was victorious in 1:25:17.
ORLANDO, FL -- USATF CEO Max Siegel on Thursday afternoon delivered a State of the Sport address that highlighted the overall health of the sport, athletic success of team USATF athletes, and growth in the areas of constituent services, partnerships and athlete income. He made his remarks at the Opening General Session of USATF’s 2016 Annual Meeting.
Pointing to track & field as the largest and fastest-growing sport on the high school level, as reported by NFHS, the grass roots strength of the sport dovetailed with a historically successful competitive year for Team USATF.
(My minutes as an accused counterfeiter.)
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
The Beijing 2015 World Champs were a wonderful experience. It was my second time in China and I loved visiting the Birds Nest stadium for the second time. Mostly, I enjoyed interacting with the Chinese people, visiting small restaurants and enjoying ten days and nights of dramatic track & field.
In college, under the thoughtful guidance of Professor Kidder Smith, I studied Chinese History and the rise of Marxism in China. I had become fascinated with both ancient and modern history of the great country. Visiting China had only taken me until the age of 50, and that was fine. I can be a patient man. My desire to travel began when I was 12 and asked my mom if I could go to Isreal to work on a kibbutz.
ATLANTA and JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Olympian Jeff Galloway and his longtime friend and running partner, Donna Deegan, founder of DONNA Marathon Weekend in Jacksonville, Fla., have joined forces for the 2016/2017 winter race season with runners’ discounts and meet and greets. Runners interested in participating in both Jeff Galloway 13.1 and DONNA Marathon Weekend can do so at a discount and will have the opportunity to meet Galloway and Deegan, an award-winning journalist, marathoner and founder of The DONNA Foundation, a nonprofit that provides financial assistance and support to individuals living with breast cancer and funds groundbreaking breast cancer research. The Jeff Galloway Race Weekend and DONNA Marathon Weekend are Dec. 9-11, 2016, and Feb. 10-12, 2017, respectively.
COCOA VILLAGE, FL — David Kilgore, former Palm Bay resident now residing in New York, won the Space Coast Marathon on Sunday in a record time of 2:28:34. Second went to Kevin Brown of Boca Raton in 2:38:23. Adriano Bastos of Sao Paulo, Brazil was third in 2:40:49. Masters winner was Timo Schmidt of Saarbruecken, Germany.
In the women’s race, Karolina Viquez of San Jose, Costa Rica came home first in 3:10:48, followed by Lauren Smith and Meredith Mikell, both of St. Petersburg, in 3:16:31 and 3:17:16 respectively. Heidi Johansen of Aalborg, Denmark, was the female masters champion, finishing in 3:21:36.
There were more than 2300 participants in the marathon.
RRCA grants $40,000 to 47 youth running programs, doubling their grant making efforts for 2016.
ARLINGTON, Virginia –– The Road Runners Club of America(RRCA) is pleased to announce the 2016 Kids Run the Nation grant recipients. Forty-seven programs throughout the U.S., serving more than 28,000 children, will receive a total of $40,000 in grants from the RRCA. This amount signifies a 100% increase in funding for 2016 due to strong support from RRCA members clubs, events, and sponsors, including FEETURES! In addition, the RRCA will donate copies of the Kids Run the Nation: A Running Guide for Kids booklet to be given to program participants in 18 different programs, an in-kind donation valued at over $10,000.
CHARLOTTE, NC — Samuel Worley of San Antonio, TX, and Connor Lane of Raleigh dueled for the victory in the 38th Annual Footlocker South Regional Cross Country Championship on Saturday with Worley prevailing in 14:58. Lane, a senior at Cardinal Gibbons High School, took a close second in 15:00 in the annual McAlpine Park event. Worley, also a senior, picked up the pace with 200 meters left to take the title in the 5K event.
In the girls’ race, Nevada Mareno, a senior at Leesville Road High School at Raleigh, was the winner in 17:22, with Heather Holt of George C. Marshall High School at Fairfax, VA, a close second in 17:24.
The top 10 finishers in the top-seeded boys and girls races advance to the national Footlocker Cross Country Championship in San Diego on Saturday, Dec. 10, where they will compete with top finishers from regional races in the Northeast, Midwest and West.
By Cedric Jaggers
Computers i.e. cellphones with their multitude of apps have completely replaced the need for anyone to ever keep a paper running log. Since so many runners now use cellphone apps to record their run, measure their distance and keep up with everything else they do, there is absolutely no need for a paper running log.
Just ask any of the proud owners of a Samsung Note 7 who had just bought the latest and arguably greatest cellphone ever. They had dutifully transferred all their data and apps from their previous phone and voila – everything was wonderful forever. Wait. Didn’t almost a hundred of those things explode and or melt? And do you always send everything to ‘the cloud’. So will those folks be able to get all their data and apps? Sure they will. Or is that - Maybe they will? Or is that - No they won’t? Who knows?
Participants, Atlanta Track Club Give Back to Atlanta’s Homeless
ATLANTA, November 24, 2016 – Approximately 12,000 runners and walkers gave thanks for their health and fitness at the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon events. Participants, volunteers and spectators were treated to mild temperatures and mostly sunny skies. The Half Marathon, 5K, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia One Mile and 50m Dash all started and finished near Turner Field.
Elite athletes from across the country chose to spend their holiday competing at the Thanksgiving Day 5K after an expanded prize purse of $12,000 was announced for the event. The winners took home $2,000 each. For the men, today’s race was a rematch of the 2016 USATF 5K Championships with Sam Chelanga of Colorado Springs, Colorado, taking on Atlanta Track Club Elite’s Kirubel Erassa. In the end, Chelanga outkicked Erassa again, winning in 14:21 to Erassa’s 14:25.
By Lee Fidler
Sam had recently completed the Atlanta Track Club's Thanksgiving Day half marathon. As his coach, I was reviewing his performance and inquiring about upcoming races. He surprised me by announcing he would resume serious training in January, a six week recovery. Unsuccessfully I tried to convince my runner that he would be recovered enough after one or two weeks to resume training. Sam had aggressive goals but wanted to be a part-time or seasonal competitor.
To improve one's half marathon or marathon PR, an athlete should keep his eyes on the prize. Achieving a PR, especially in the marathon, is a long time process. The build-up over the years is cumulative, and the work done for one event carries over as preparation for the next event.
HOT SPRINGS, Arkansas -- Tom Aspel was named winner of the first RRCA/Arkansas Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented at the organization's state meeting here.
Aspel, 61, of Russellville traded the lush, rolling hills of his native Ireland for the chance to run in the Ozark mountains when he was just a lad of 18. Now the head coach for the women's cross country team at Arkansas Tech, he came to attend the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
By Lena Hollmann
A 3:56:33 Marathon by an 85-year-old male. A 5:50 Mile by a 64-year-old female. A 13:06 5K by a 41-year-old male. Three amazing, eye-popping performances!
I asked some of my friends to rank them, and they all put the 85-year-old marathoner in the number one spot. Most of them ranked the 64-year-old miler second, although one person placed her in third, behind the 5K performance by the 41 year old. And one friend said that all three performances were equally amazing.
The 85-year-old marathoner is Canadian phenomenon Ed Whitlock. Some of you probably knew or at least guessed this, since his recent 3:56 finish in the Toronto Marathon was widely publicized in magazine articles and on social media. I too would put his performance on top, because simply finishing a marathon is beyond amazing at the age of 85.
DALLAS — Two of America’s top competitors from the Rio 2016 Olympics – Desi Linden and Meb Keflezighi – and American record holders Deena Kastor and Ryan Hall headline the elite ambassador field appearing at the 2016 BMW Dallas Marathon on Sunday, December 11. Race organizers announced that Linden, Keflezighi, Kastor and Hall will have leading roles in the race’s starting ceremonies, hand out medals to participants crossing the finish line, and be available for photos and autograph signings with fans during the BMW Dallas Marathon Health & Fitness Expo.
MYRTLE BEACH, SC — The Red Cross Rescue Racer Program is the official charity-training program for the Myrtle Beach Marathon in March. Through this program, participants with varying levels of fitness, can train successfully to run, run/walk or walk the half (13.1 miles) or full (26.2 miles) marathon. Team members vary from beginning to intermediate to advanced runners.
Largest Half Marathon in U.S. also being held.
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Track Club announced an expanded prize purse for the Thanksgiving Day 5K. A total of $12,000 will be awarded. The event will be held Thursday, November 24 in conjunction with the Club’s Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon.
Prize money will be awarded to the top five overall male and female athletes in the Thanksgiving Day 5K, with the winners taking home $2,000 each.
“Atlanta is a year-round running destination and the home of the country’s largest half marathon on Thanksgiving. Beginning this year, we want to also shine a light on our Thanksgiving Day 5K by inviting long distance talent to go head-to-head with our local elite runners,” said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s executive director.