By Joe Stilin
Focusing on the having, instead of the wanting, can go a long way in helping you meet your running goals.
Imagine: You’re in those nervous moments just before a race, trying to strike a balance between getting amped up and remaining calm and collected. Your conscious mind spins at a million revolutions per minute, rehashing your race strategy, scrutinizing every little unexpected ache and pain, and feverishly staving off doubt about your preparedness for this crazy thing you’re about to do to yourself. But getting motivated or excited or focused through sheer willpower only works to a certain extent, because you pit the conscious against the unconscious mind, an opponent with thirty times the brain processing power and more direct connections to the body.
RICHMOND, VA – Dadi Beyene, 28, of Ethiopia won the 2016 Anthem Richmond Marathon in a time of 2:19:36, finishing ahead of Peter Limo and former champion and course-record holder Kennedy Kemei, both of Kenya. Limo, 32, finished in 2:19:41 and Kemei, 38, finished in 2:20:03. Bizuwork Getahun, a 27-year-old Ethiopian, was the first female to cross the finish line, coming in with a time of 2:37:51.
HOUSTON -- The Houston Marathon Committee (HMC) announced the highest elite prize purse to date for the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon. A total of $278,000 in guaranteed prize money will be awarded to the top finishers in the four races on January 15th, including a $45,000 first place payout for both the men's and women's champions at the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon and a $20,000 first place payout for both the men's and women's champions at the 2017 Aramco Houston Half Marathon.
A record 51,388 finishers crossed the iconic TCS New York City Marathon finish line on Sunday, November 6.
NEW YORK — There were a record 51,388 finishers at the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 6, making it the largest marathon in the world in history, it was announced by New York Road Runners. The previous mark for the world’s largest marathon was the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon with 50,530 finishers.
Below are some highlights and statistical information from the 2016 race.
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA -- Gorgeous conditions greeted the masters runners assembled to contest the 5 KM Masters Championships at the Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee last weekend.
Sonja Friend-Uhl and Marisa Sutera Strange wasted no time in going to the front to renew their friendly rivalry. Strange beat Friend-Uhl by a single second at the USATF 10K Championships in April before Friend-Uhll was sidelined by injury for a few months. When she came back at the USATF 5K Championships in early October, Friend-Uhl edged Strange by eight seconds.
By Dave Hunter, RunBlogRun.com
Marathon legend Frank Shorter has a phrase to describe a marathon competition day that dawns with bright, crisp, windless conditions. Race day for the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon was the '72 Olympic marathon champion's "no excuses day” -- perfect road racing weather in which to celebrate the 40th anniversary of New York's first 5-borough race and the first of 4 NYC Marathon victories for Bill Rodgers.
By Carolyn Mather for RunBlogRun
(Carolyn Mather is a long time writer for the Running Journal, one of our Running Network partners. Each year, at New York and Boston, Carolyn writes for us. Here is her story on the women's race that she viewed from a unique perspective: the Women's Press Truck.)
Early on this crisp Sunday morning, members of the press began boarding the media bus at 5am in mid town Manhattan to take us to Staten Island where we begin our trip back to Central Park leading the professional women's race. The sun arose brilliantly in a crystal clear blue sky with temperatures in the mid 50's which remained fairly consistent throughout the race.It is always a bit hectic getting everyone in place but you can feel the magic and the energy of the record 52.049 starters in the air. There is an excitement rarely felt elsewhere as each runner begins their own journey.
Jonny Wilson, Mattie Webb are victors in half marathon
SAVANNAH, GA –– Juan Soto of Gainesville, GA won the Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon here Saturday in 2:45:44 and Erika Shaughnessy of Hilton Head, SC finished first overall in the women’s division with a time of 3:02:59. Chris Ramsey of Savannah was second overall finisher in 2:47:40. Christine Conti of Brick, NJ, was the second female in 3:11:18
“I feel great, it’s been a long six months and to win today is very exciting,” said Shaughnessy, who finished third at the event in 2013. “My goal was to break 3 hours, but anything under 3:05 and I’m happy. I really loved the support and the course was amazing, I’d highly recommend this race.”
YORKTOWN, VA -- Robert Dinterman, 46, of Moyock, NC won the 23rd Annual Yorktown Battlefield Ten Miler in 1:01:24. Daniel Shean, 33, of Virginia Beach was a close second in 1:02:06, followed closely by Gregory Dawson, 51, of Williamsburg in 1:03:06.
Debbie McLaughlin, 51, of Williamsburg was female champion in 1:13:34. Julie Hicks, 41, of Norfolk was second in 1:17:01, and Jessia Burcham, 35, of Williamsburg was third in 1:17:54.
In the masters division, Robert Whitaker, 58, of Yorktown was the male champ in 1:05:47 and Susan Hagel, 43, of Norfolk was female winner in 1:18:38.
The race was held on the tour roads of the Yorktown Battlefield on Saturday, Nov. 5, starting and finishing near Surrender Field. The 10 mile was the 11th race on the Peninsula Track Club 12-race Grand Prix.
The RRCA Strategic Plan was first adopted by the Board of Directors in 2009. As part of that plan, it was outlined the plan must be reviewed, and updated as needed, every three to four years. The RRCA Board is proud to share the newly-revised 10 Point Strategic Plan.
The revised plan recognizes successes along with the desire to continue pursuing many of the strategies in the original plan. Several strategies have been revised to better align with but not duplicate the RRCA's mission, vision, and values statements.
The RRCA's 10 Point Strategic Plan is a road map for the Board and staff that ensures the RRCA remains a valued and vibrant organization, serving the running community, now and into the future.
Does your running club actively seek new members? There are runners who don’t belong to a club, not realizing the many benefits.
One way to get new members is with an e-blast. Use email addresses from a recent road race, available from your finish line service.
The Salisbury (NC) Rowan Runners, for example, recently sent out an e-blast that reads:
"We invite you to join Salisbury Rowan Runners. Our purpose is to promote running and/or walking as a means of achieving physical and mental fitness; to provide support, encouragement, and fellowship through individual, family, and community involvement in running related events; to inform the public about the benefits of running and/or walking; and to participate in community service activities.
Race will be run on Thanksgiving Day for the twenty fifth consecutive year
TALLAHASSEE, FL – As the holiday season draws near, Gulf Winds Track Club is gearing up for its most popular racing event: the Tallahassee Turkey Trot. The running event, which features 15k, 10k, 5k and one mile fun run distances, will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 in the Southwood community. This is the forty first year that the race has been held, and the twenty fifth year that it has taken place on the holiday. Race officials are planning a number of events, including training runs and the Turkey Trot Festival, in anticipation of the city’s favorite festive run. To register to participate, visit TallyTurkeyTrot.com.
Marines motivate 19,724 finishers despite unusually high temps for October 30th event
QUANTICO, VA – Flanked by United States Marines along a spectacular finish line, Groundpounder retired Col. Al Richmond completed his 41st consecutive Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) on Sunday, Oct. 30 in Arlington, VA. Richmond, a longtime resident of Arlington, home of the 41st MCM, ran “The People’s Marathon” wearing Bib # 41, completing the Marathon course in 6:39:47.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Olympic gold medalists Michelle Carter and Matthew Centrowitz have been voted the 2016 Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Jesse Owens Athletes of the Year following spectacular indoor and outdoor campaigns that saw the duo combine for four global golds and a slew of history-making performances.
Carter and Centrowitz will be honored, along with the 2016 Youth Athlete of the Year, Masters Athlete of the Year, Nike Coach of the Year, and the Wing Award winners, at the 2016 Jesse Owens Banquet on Saturday, December 3 at the Hilton at Walt Disney World. Tickets are available here.
“I am so honored to be the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athlete of the Year,” Carter said. “It has been the best year of my career. I could not do this alone, and I want to thank everyone for every single word of encouragement and all of the support over the years.”
By Dan List
(Dan List, a two-time finisher of the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon, is the owner-operator of James River Physical Therapy in suburban Richmond, VA. For more information, check out http://jamesriverpt.com.)
Marines are known to be hard-headed. So maybe that’s my excuse.
But why did it take me – a Marine veteran, physical therapist, marathoner and former triathlon aficionado – so long to figure out what should have been obvious? That, at age 48, I could trim several minutes off my best finish in the Boston Marathon if I only practiced what I preached.
Earlier this month, the RRCA announced its Fall 2016 Runner Friendly Communities. To better celebrate the communities that have been selected, and to encourage other communities to apply, we're spotlighting them with profiles of what made them worthy of this designation.
Tallahassee is the largest city in northwest Florida, with a population of over 181,000 within the city limits and over 375,000 within the metro area. The capital of Florida, the city is home to multiple government entities as well as several trade and professional associations.
SARASOTA, FL — The Sarasota Music Half Marathon announced its band lineup will include 20 course bands and 1 after-party headliner. Registration for the Feb. 7 event is available at SarasotaHalf.com.
Following the route along bayfront Sarasota, around St. Armands Circle and through Selby Gardens, runners and walkers will pass live music 42 times while completing the 13.1 miles through downtown Sarasota.
Popular event sold out in its fourth year.
ATLANTA –- The 2016 PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K featured the largest crowd in the event’s history on Sunday as well as the arrival of cool, fall temperatures. More than 5,000 participants toed the line at Atlantic Station to take on the challenging course, which winds through West Midtown and Buckhead.
Atlanta Track Club Elite’s Kirubel Erassa dominated the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler with a 50:01 finish, breaking the tape more than five minutes ahead of second place finisher Josh Carson of Atlanta (55:11). “It was challenging,” said Erassa. “I thought I was done with the hills, and then there was a lot more. It was fun.”
By Ryan Warrenburg
With summer mercifully in the rearview mirror, it’s time to turn the months of fighting through the heat and humidity into fast fall racing. There is no greater feeling than those first weeks when the weather breaks and the air is cool and crisp. The blood plasma boosting heat of the summer makes those first few weeks of fall feel like you could run forever, and now it’s time to take advantage of that in training and racing. One of the challenges in preparing for fall marathons is dealing with the summer heat early in training that can make long runs and workouts difficult to execute.
Abebe Bikila Award to be presented to past NYRR head Mary Wittenberg and George Hirsch Journalism Award to be presented to New York Times writer Jeré Longman
Public ceremony to honor inductees and award winners to take place at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion in Central Park on November 3 at 4:00 p.m.