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04/12/2018 - 17:16

Cherry Blossom Presents Service Award to Jean Arthur

Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run Presents 2018 Les Kinion Outstanding Service Award to Jean Arthur in Recognition of Her 20 Years of Service to the Race

jean_arthur_kinion_award.gifAward Honors the Memory of Longtime Race Volunteer Les Kinion

WASHINGTON DC: At this year's pre-race dinner for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run, the table was set - in more ways than one. Everyone who gathered for dinner had done their best to prepare for the 46th running of The Runners Rite of Spring®.

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04/09/2018 - 11:32

Joan Benoit Samuelson sets single-age and age group records for women 60-64.

WASHINGTON, DC, April 8 — On his first trip to America, 21-year-old Jemal Yimer broke away from a dwindling lead group in the last mile of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run to win the race in a time of 46:17. His compatriot Buze Diriba won the women's race in 53:45 after finishing second here the past two years. In a race full of stories, another highlight was 60-year-old Joan Benoit Samuelson's single-age and 60-64 age group record for women of 1:07:56.

Given the dire weather forecast of snow on Saturdaynight earlier in the week, runners and race organizers were delighted to awake to clear blue skies and peak cherry blossoms this morning. While it was a cold 35 degrees at the start, conditions were ideal for racing, though it was a bit too windy for really fast times up front.

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04/08/2018 - 18:58

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 8, 2018) – Approximately 5,000 registered runners aged 12 to 86 took to the streets of Raleigh to participate in the 2018 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Half Marathon presented by WRAL. With a renewed focus on the core pillars of great music in a community environment, runners of all athletic levels enjoyed taking in the sights and scenery in this charming Southern city.

The best-in-class running event kicked off on Saturday with a 5K and 1 Mile race through Dorothea Dix Park. On Sunday, runners from 48 states and 17 countries took off on a tour of downtown Raleigh. An updated route this year featured a flatter course and showcased new parts of the city. The race started on Fayetteville Street and ran towards the historic Capitol building before cruising through the downtown historic district and charming neighborhoods. The course finished at the Red Hat Amphitheater.

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04/05/2018 - 13:18

By Mary Marcia Brown

Amy.jpg As the lead singer of the late 90s group, Destiny’s Child, Beyonce’ Knowles belted out the lyrics, “Say my name, say my name,” on more than one occasion. As competing athletes in area road races, runners often find motivation in hearing their own names called out by cheering spectators during events.

While it is likely that Beyonce’s lyrics could be heard along the recent Sarasota Music Half Marathon & Rockin’ 10k course in Florida, it is likely that some of the participating runners didn’t hear their own names being called out. That’s because spectators often rely on the boldly printed names that appear on the front of race bib numbers to learn the names of approaching athletes.

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04/04/2018 - 12:13

Centennial Olympic Park - Photo by Joaquin Lara (1)-thumb-500xauto-33778.jpgBy Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
USA Track & Field will be making a decision soon on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon site. On January 12, 2018, four cities: Atlanta, Georgia, Chatanooga, Tennessee, Austin, Texas and Orlando, Florida have submitted bids. The completed bids were due on March 19, 2018. The USATF Board of Directors will assess the bids and make a decision, in collaboration with the U.S.O.C. This decision should be coming very soon.

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04/04/2018 - 11:33

Open, American, PRRO and RRCA prize money and bonuses offered exceed $100,000.

WASHINGTON, DC -- As they have for the past several years, organizers of the 46th Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run will offer over $90,000 in prize money and bonuses to top runners, including a $10,000 American record bonus for the first American man to break Greg Meyer’s American record of 46:13, set here in 1983, and for the first American woman to break Janet Bawcom’s single-sex American record of 52:12, set here in 2014. In addition, this year’s Runner’s Rite of Spring® will serve as the Professional Road Racing Organization’s (PRRO) 2018 Championship—with an additional $10,000 PRRO Super Bonus available to the winners of the five PRRO Circuit races should one of them win the 2018 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile.

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04/03/2018 - 12:18

By Teri Saylor

Maureen runs the Umstead Ultra Marathon in 2017..jpgLast January, Maureen Bowen had found a rock on the warm sands of Waikiki Beach. It was her last day in Honolulu before she was scheduled to fly to Maui for a half marathon, the 46th state she had to conquer in her quest to complete a half marathon in all 50 states – for the second time.

“I’m sitting on Waikiki Beach. I had my journal. I had an organic smoothie,” she said. “I was thinking this was an awesome place to write in my journal, and two minutes later everybody’s phones went off.’”

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Date: 
04/02/2018 - 15:47

2018 Charity Donations Reach $155,000 For $916,500 Cumulative Total In Eight Years

CARY, N.C., April 2, 2018 -- The board of directors of the Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon (TRM) and the Feetures! Half Marathon announced today that their 2018 events set a new record of charitable giving at $155,000 – a full $25,000 more than their record-setting year in 2017. The cumulative total now stands at $916,000, putting the organization's goal of $1,000,000 well within reach in 2019.

In an unprecedented move, the board opened registration for the 2019 event at this year's Expo on March 16. Runners can register now at the Tobacco Road Marathon Web site and enjoy "Early Bird" pricing for the lowest registration fees. The marathon is the largest in North Carolina, and the only one in the Triangle area during the spring. The Half marathon will also be the only race of its kind in the Triangle during spring 2019.

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03/30/2018 - 11:32

March 29th, 2018

K_Capps_MTS-300x225.jpgKenny Capps to run the Mountain-to-Sea trail to raise awareness for Multiple Myeloma

Mt. Airy, North Carolina — In January of 2015, Kenny Capps, an avid ultramarathon runner from Black Mountain, NC, was forced to stop running after being diagnosed with stage two Multiple Myeloma, which currently has no cure.

After multiple rounds of chemotherapy and infusions, Capps underwent a mostly successful bone marrow transplant in August 2015. With his cancer in check, though not in remission, Capps began running again in 2017.

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Spotlight on Atlanta Track Club Elite

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03/28/2018 - 11:47
Date: 
03/28/2018 - 11:47

The 2018 recipient of the Allan Steinfeld Development Grant is still growing its program, but its foundation includes a strong commitment to giving back to the community

DSC_5920.jpgBy Leah Etling, Running USA
The 2020 Olympics are still more than two years away, but for the athletes who will attempt to represent the U.S. and other countries at the Tokyo summer games, efforts to prepare and qualify are already underway.

That’s the case for elite athlete development teams like the Atlanta Track Club Elite, which work with talented post-collegiate athletes attempting to continue running at a high level. Last month, ATC Elite was awarded the Allan Steinfeld Development Award from Running USA.

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Date: 
03/27/2018 - 16:56

Joan Benoit Samuelson, Meb Keflezighi and Deena Kastor highlight race and Health & Fitness Expo lineups.

Washington, DC — The 2018 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile and 5K Run-Walk, to be held on April 8, will truly offer something for everyone with an interest in distance running. In addition to hosting the 2017-18 Professional Road Running Organization (PRRO) Championship, and the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) National 10-Mile Championship—both detailed in previous press releases—America’s three most highly decorated marathon runners will be making appearances and signing autographs leading up to and including race day.

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03/26/2018 - 15:43

KNOXVILLE, TN — Bryan Morseman of Bath, NY, and Gina Rouse of Knoxville were the winners of the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon on Sunday, March 25. Morseman finished in 2:27:11 to claim the overall crown. Rouse won the women’s title in 2:56:33, winning for the third year in a row.

Ethan Coffee (2:29:19) and Lachlan Dickie (2:34:57), both of Knoxville, finished second and third overall.

Second and third women were Missy Showers (3:04:55) of Knoxville and Johanna Butler (3:05:43) of Miami.

In the half marathon, Christian Thompson of Ooltewah, TN, finished first in 1:09:48, followed by Jason McLeod (1:10:12) of Knoxville and Benjamin Tuttle (1:12:02) of Cookeville.

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03/25/2018 - 05:24

book.pngBOSTON – Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray has run the marathon 45 times, directed it for 30 years and run across the country for charity. This year, he’s also written a children’s book.

“Dream Big: A True Story of Courage and Determination” is a nonfiction picture book for readers ages 7 to 10, based on his 2006 autobiography “The Last Pick,” in which McGillivray shares his unique, true story about reaching deep and showing extreme determination in the face of doubt, disappointment and loss.

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A Little Overconfident and Under Prepared

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03/23/2018 - 13:46
Date: 
03/23/2018 - 13:46

By Rae Ann Darling Reed

Knowing your limitations and being a smart runner are meant to be compliments but can be difficult to hear when you just dropped out of your first 50K and feel like a failure.

I ran conservatively behind the lead female for two of the four 7.75 mile loops then took the lead about a third of the way through the third loop and felt great. I was just running the pace that felt right, comfortable for me. I really tried to ignore what the other runners were doing, other than on those first two laps when I held back to stay behind the leader.

On that third lap, I hit approximately the 22 mile mark and started feeling dizzy and chilled so I decided to walk the last 1.5 miles back to the start/finish pavilion that we passed on each loop.

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IRONMAN Expanding, Will Add Jobs

Date: 
03/21/2018 - 19:59
Date: 
03/21/2018 - 19:59

TAMPA, Fla. (March 21, 2018) – IRONMAN, the world’s most iconic endurance sports brand in conjunction with Florida Governor Rick Scott announced today, IRONMAN will be expanding its Tampa, Florida. headquarters and creating 70 new jobs. The company currently employs more than 160 Floridians. The new positions will include a variety of positions including sales, marketing, human resources, operations, finance and information technology. Governor Scott also recognized the company with a Governor’s Business Ambassador Award during the Enterprise Florida board meeting in West Palm Beach last week.

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Date: 
03/21/2018 - 19:57

Source: RunFree.PWC

The Prince William County (Virginia) School Board has voted 4-3 against allowing runners and walkers to recreationally use a high school track for merely a few posted hours each weekend. At the same time, the board voted to spend more than $3 million in taxpayer funds to build two new artificial turf high school fields that the public also is prohibited from using.

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Date: 
03/20/2018 - 05:46

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Hosted by the Shamrock Marathon’s Towne Bank 8K, the race went off at 7:45 AM on St. Patrick’s Day. Sunny skies and freezing temperatures, but little wind, greeted the USATF Masters 8K Championship competitors, fine conditions for fast running. Colorado’s Libby James, 81, a Hall of Famer, took full advantage. She shattereded the American 80-84 Record, lowering Anne Clarke’s 1991 mark of 52:00 to 42:34. James will add this to her collection which already includes the 5K and 15K. Her Boulder Road Runners club mate, Roger Sayre, 60, almost got it done as well, coming within 3 seconds of Norm Green’s 1993 Record of 28:07.

Age-Grade scoring is the best way to compare performance for age across all Masters competitors. James, not surprisingly, scored the top age grade of the morning with 99.04%.

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Date: 
03/19/2018 - 12:58

ASHEVILLE, NC — Michael Fisher of Asheville won the 7th Annual Asheville Marathon on Sunday at Biltmore Estate, racing home in 2:50.41.4. Brian Waters of Henrico, VA, was second in 3:01:49.2 and Tuan Nguyen of Fort Lauderdale, FL, third in 3:02.44.7.

Meg Cooper of Arden, NC, was the overall female winner in 3:23.57.5. Julie McTernan of Washington, DC, was second in 3:26.09, and Maddie Vaughn of Asheville was third in 3:28:59.9.

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Date: 
03/19/2018 - 04:49

Atlanta Track Club announces next year’s Publix Atlanta Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

Sergei Zyrianov.jpgATLANTA – March 18, 2018 – On a sunny, crystal clear morning at Pemberton Place, nearly 10,000 runners and walkers crossed the finish line at the 12th annual Publix Georgia Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K. A field of runners from around the country were competing for a $6,500 prize purse.

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Date: 
03/19/2018 - 04:45

VIRGINIA BEACH, March 18 -- More than 7,000 runners and walkers crossed the finish line of the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, Shamrock Marathon Relay, and Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon. After 2017’s mix of rain, snow, and heavy winds, this year’s participants were treated to fair skies throughout the weekend at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

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