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62* … The Streak Will End This Year

Date: 
01/30/2017 - 15:21
Date: 
01/30/2017 - 15:21

By Scott Ludwig

I can see by the look on your face you’re confused by the title of this story. Baseball aficionados may be thinking it’s a reference to me hitting 62 home runs in a 154-game season of major league baseball; you know, similar to how Roger Maris’ home run total in 1961 is frequently notated (61*). If that’s the case you would be sadly mistaken. Following is a summary of my entire baseball career. See for yourself:

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Time To Plan Your New Running Year

Date: 
01/28/2017 - 18:34
Date: 
01/28/2017 - 18:34

By Cedric Jaggers
Now that you are a month into the New Year, have you made your running plan for 2017? If not it’s time to think about what, where and why you are going to do the running and racing you will do this year.

Running becomes such a part of a runner’s life that it is easy to get into a routine, and if it works okay, we stop thinking about what we are doing and just keep on keeping on. But sometimes, in fact maybe most times, it may pay to think about what we are doing and plan ahead.

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Date: 
01/26/2017 - 11:39

The nominating committee, chaired by David Epstein (past-Western Region Director), has concluded their work in accordance with Article VIII(B)(1) of the By-Laws of the Road Runners Club of America. Mr. Epstein thanks President Mitchell Garner for the opportunity to serve in this capacity. He also thanks the outstanding committee, which included Rachel Tambling, Ph.D (CT State Rep), Betsy Boudreaux (LA State Rep), and Gary Westlund (RRCA member). The committee respectfully recommends the following candidates be elected to the RRCA Board during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Membership:

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Date: 
01/26/2017 - 11:37

SARASOTA, FL — Sarasota’s longest running half marathon, the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon, returns March 19 for the 12th annual running, fueling Sarasota’s economy with an additional $3.4+ million while also helping to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The St. Jude partnership includes allocating a portion of the registrations to runners who want to support the hospital gain entry to the race after it sells out, as well as earn special VIP perks as a thank you for their support.

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Date: 
01/25/2017 - 14:29

By Teri Saylor

2016 Nog Club flip flop run - photo from the Nog Run Club.jpgFor 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.

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Date: 
01/23/2017 - 12:00

By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com

Bekele-KipsangH1a-Berlin16-thumb-500xauto-21342.jpgIn 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.

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Date: 
01/21/2017 - 14:00

By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
Bekele falls-thumb-500xauto-21259.jpgThe 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.

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Date: 
01/20/2017 - 18:27

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.

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Date: 
01/19/2017 - 18:25

Hasay_Jordan-Houston17-thumb-500x750-21208.jpgBy 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.

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Date: 
01/19/2017 - 12:14

JESS0224.jpgRICHMOND, 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.

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Date: 
01/17/2017 - 13:14

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.

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Date: 
01/16/2017 - 15:08

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.

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Date: 
01/15/2017 - 18:37

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.

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Date: 
01/15/2017 - 17:01

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.

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Date: 
01/14/2017 - 12:58

By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com

StadiumWide-World13-thumb-500xauto-21079.jpg(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.

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Date: 
01/12/2017 - 11:22

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.

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Peachtree to Host USA 10K Championships

Date: 
01/11/2017 - 12:12
Date: 
01/11/2017 - 12:12

Bernard Lagat.jpg.jpgATLANTA –– 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.

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Date: 
01/10/2017 - 12:53

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.

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Find Your Spark in 2017

Date: 
01/09/2017 - 12:20
Date: 
01/09/2017 - 12:20

By Rae Ann Darling Reed

IMG_2239.JPGMany 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.

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Date: 
01/07/2017 - 15:11

By Teri Saylor

medals.jpg 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.

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