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Date: 
05/28/2013 - 11:18

IMG_1066.jpgMore than 2,100 runners competed at the 34th annual Mercedes Benz Cotton Row 10K on a beautiful Memorial Day morning in Huntsville, AL. Lydia Kosgei, 27, of Richmond, KY, repeated as the women's champion, running 35:33. Jennifer Dunn, 22, of Decatur, AL, was only 12 seconds back for the runner-up spot. Dunn had just finished her track and cross-country career at Florida State University.

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Video with Alana Hadley on Marathon Debut

Date: 
05/23/2013 - 16:00
Date: 
05/23/2013 - 16:00

Alana Hadley, 16-year-old Charlotte, NC runner, was interviewed by Jennie McCafferty of Michigan Runner for Running Network TV, of which Running Journal is a member. Hadley had just made her debut marathon run at the May 18 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. The high school sophomore finished in 2:58:23 as the sixth overall woman. A recent New York Times article referred to her as "the top 16-year-old long-distance runner in the country." She hopes to run in the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials.

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Date: 
05/22/2013 - 15:36

INDIANAPOLIS - Mary Cain (Bronxville, N.Y.) has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after setting the American junior and high school 1500m record at the USATF Oxy High Performance meet with her incredible time of 4:04.62 on May 18.

Cain finished second to Katie Mackey by only two-hundredths of a second as Mackey crossed the line in 4:04.60. The race saw six athletes dip under the previous meet and stadium record of 4:05.92 held by Shannon Rowbury. Cain and Mackey were joined by Nicole Sifuentes and Sarah Brown to dip under the World Championships A standard of 4:05.30.

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Date: 
05/20/2013 - 10:19

hadley1.jpgCLEVELAND– The 2013 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon weekend opened with a sun-splashed Saturday morning at FirstEnergy Stadium and ended Sunday with a pair of blazing fast times in the men’s and women’s marathons.

The 36th annual event includes a 10K, half marathon and full marathon on Sunday and a 5K and Kids’ Run events on Saturday.

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Date: 
05/20/2013 - 04:16

B.A.A. issues special invitation to 2013 Boston Marathon starters who did not cross Boylston Street finish line

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BOSTON - The B.A.A., organizer of theBoston Marathon, is issuing an invitation to participate in the 2014 Boston Marathon to official entrants in the 2013 Boston Marathon who were unable to cross the Boylston Street finish line. More than 5000 official starters were affected on Monday, April 15 at the 117th Boston Marathon when the race was stopped at 2:50 p.m. ET.

"The opportunity to run down Boylston Street and to cross the finish line amid thousands of spectators is a significant part of the entire Boston Marathon experience," said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director.

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Date: 
05/19/2013 - 05:19

Faber_Jeannette-USOlyT12.aspx_.jpgJeanette Faber of Nashville, Tennessee, has set a personal record in each of the 13 marathons she has run, dropping her debut time of 3:28:51 in 2004 by more than 56 minutes.

USA Track & Field announced Faber, Denna Kastor of Mammoth Lakes, California, and Dot McMahan of Oakland Township, Michigan have each qualified for Team USA Women's Marathon Team for this summer's IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

Kastor is the veteran of the team and an Olympic bronze medalist. She qualified with a time of 2:32:39 at this year's Asics L.A. Marathon, where she placed third. Kastor owns the fastest time ever run by an American woman with 2:19:36 at the London Marathon in 2006. This marks Kastor's fifth Outdoor World Championships team, but her first time competing at a distance other than the 10K.

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Bugs Bunny: 'Turn left at Albuquerque'

Date: 
05/16/2013 - 04:29
Date: 
05/16/2013 - 04:29

By Scott Sullivan
Editor, Michigan Runner

Sullivan mug shot.jpg(The annual RRCA National Convention was recently held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At the same time, the Running Network, of which Running Journal is a member, was also holding its national meeting in Albuquerque.  Scott Sullivan, who is also editor of a newspaper in Saugutuck, Michigan, wrote this column after returning home.  We thought you would enjoy reading his humorous report. By the way, Bugs was once involved in a "Tortise vs the Hare race." You can located that race on YouTube.com to see who won. )

Michigan Runner publisher Art McCafferty has doctorates out the wazoo. So when he asked if I’d like to visit the home of Bugs Bunny, instead of my usual, “Huh?” I replied to him, “What’s up, Doc?”

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‘Time began to slow down’ at Boston

Date: 
05/13/2013 - 18:27
Date: 
05/13/2013 - 18:27

By Jamie Merriman
Spa Pacers, Hot Springs, Arkansas

larryjamie.jpgBoston was alive with pre-marathon excitement. We settled into our hotel and began to plan our weekend. Saturday morning we arrive at the Expo early. The convention center was full. People from all over the world were there – picking up packets – buying mementos and securing the coveted “Boston Marathon Jacket.”

By that time the butterflies were in full flutter. The weekend flew by – we visited local attractions including the Sam Adams Brewery – and walked down Boylston Street past where the finish line would be. There were other runners, their families, friends filled with enthusiasm and excitement for what Monday would bring – all the while workers were rushing to complete the finish line area.

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Date: 
05/12/2013 - 14:17

INDIANAPOLIS – A quick early pace and a competitive field helped to propel Mo Trafeh to an American record of 1:14:18 as Dot McMahan took the Women’s title in 1:25:52 at the USA 25 km Championships in Grand Rapids, Mich., hosted by the Fifth Third River Bank Run.

The USA 25 km Championships are the fifth stop on the USA Running Circuit, which will conclude this fall with the .US National Road Racing Championships. The top ten finishers at each race on the circuit qualify to compete in the .US National Road Racing Championships.

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Wants to finish what she started

Date: 
05/11/2013 - 20:27
Date: 
05/11/2013 - 20:27

By Kimberly Crist
Florida Striders Track Club

Boston Marathon photo.jpgI’ve written previous articles upon returning from the Boston Marathon and each year seems to add a new adventure. This year was unlike any other.

About 40 Jacksonville folks boarded our bus around 6:30 am on April 15 to head to Hopkinton. The bus was very quiet in the beginning but the closer we got to the race, the louder the excitement got.

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Date: 
05/09/2013 - 17:57

By Bruce Morrison
Publisher, Running Journal

photo2.jpgMonica Patino, 35, of Weston, Florida is to fly to Durban, South Africa on May 29 for a race. Not just any race, mind you. She’s determined to run the Comrades Marathon on June 2, one of the toughest ultras in the world. It is a very difficult and mountainous course of about 56 miles.

“We have to run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg and the cut-off is 12 hours. I decided to do Comrades because I love the challenge of such a hard race,” Patino explained. Everyone finishing the race in less than 12 hours receives a medal. At 12 hours, the course is closed.

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Bryan Graydon Top RRCA Club President

Date: 
05/08/2013 - 19:34
Date: 
05/08/2013 - 19:34

graydon2.jpgLakeland (FL) Road Runners Club President Bryan Graydon was honored as the "Outstanding Club President of the Year" by the national Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) at its annual convention in Alburquerque, New Mexico. Graydon has served as club president since 2010 and the club hosted the annual RRCA Convention that year. RRCA Executive Director Jean Knaack presented the award, commenting that Graydon led a "great club." Graydon, a school principal, is a columnist for Running Journal. Graydon is shown in the photo with his award, which was presented by Knaack, who is at left.

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Date: 
05/08/2013 - 14:44

A record number of participants were part of the 15th anniversary of the Flying Pig Marathon with 33,852 signed up for weekend events

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Sergio Reyes wins the 2013 Flying Pig Marathon.jpgCINCINNATI -- Sergio Reyes, the 2009 and 2012 winner of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon powered by P&G, is the first to win the event three times with his victory Sunday in the 15th anniversary running of the race.

The 31-year-old Reyes, of Palmdale, California, won the event in 2 hours, 21 minutes, 51 seconds, 13 seconds better than his winning time of 2:22:04 last year.

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Don Nelson outstanding RRCA State Rep

Date: 
05/07/2013 - 18:15
Date: 
05/07/2013 - 18:15

nelson.jpg Don Nelson, South Florida state representative, was honored at the annual RRCA Convention in Alburquerque, New Mexico, as the "Outstanding State Representative" of the year. RRCA has seen a strong 60% growth in running clubs in South Florida under Nelson's leadership, along with a strong youth program, including the introduction of the Kids Run the Nation. Nelson, of Cudjoe Key, said he was "humbled and honored."

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Meb Keflezighi RRCA Male Runner of Year

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05/04/2013 - 20:02
Date: 
05/04/2013 - 20:02

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Meb Keflezighi, American Olympian, was the featured speaker at the luncheon meeting Saturday, May 4, in Alburquerque, New Mexico, at the annual meeting of the Road Runners Club of America and was honored as the RRCA's Open Male Road Runner of the Year.

It was also Meb's birthday the next day and he was greeted with a rousing singing of "Happy Birthday" by delegates representing running clubs across America.

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Date: 
05/02/2013 - 09:28

stridersgroup.jpgAltamonte Springs, FL – More than 700 athletes from 10 countries competed in the 21st Annual Central Florida Gliders Spring Track Classic, held Saturday, April 27, at Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Nearly 1,000 supporters filled the stands and lined the track to cheer on the athletes, who ranged in age from 6 to over 60, as they race walked, ran, jumped, and threw. Nineteen meet records were broken under partly sunny, breezy weather conditions..

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Date: 
04/29/2013 - 04:26

By: Dan Cruz, Competitor Group
Running USA wire

Nashville residents Daniel Lepage and Gisela Olalde steal the show in the half-marathon; Biggest Loser winner Danni Allen breaks two hours running first 13.1-mile race for St. Jude; Country music star Craig Morgan and special guest Sarah Darling post-race concert

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The rainy downpour soaked participants at the 14th St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon presented by Nissan on Saturday, April 27, but spirits were still high as they crossed the finish line.

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Asfaw, Shagena win Kentucky Marathon

Date: 
04/28/2013 - 16:58
Date: 
04/28/2013 - 16:58

Getachew Asfaw, 24, of Silver Spring, Maryland won the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon April 27 at Louisville, KY, in 2:19:50, topping fellow Silver Spring runner Birhanu Tadesse, 26, who finished in 2:20:20. Bryan Moreman, 27, of Addison, NY, was third in 2:26:16, and Scott Breeden, 23, was the first Louisville runner, finishing fourth in 2:30:35.

In the women’s competition, Meghan Shagena, 24, finished first in 2:58:45, followed by April Woo, 30, also of Louisville, in 3:04:30. Third went to Dianne Griesser, 45, of Milford, Ohio, in 3:13:53.

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Date: 
04/25/2013 - 18:01

App-resize.aspx_.jpgFans of the World’s #1 Track & Field Team and members of USA Track & Field now have an upgraded way to follow the National Governing Body when the organization on Thursday announced the launch of an improved iPhone/iPad app and Fast Forward digital member magazine. It marks the most significant step yet in terms of digital media for USATF.

The app will serve both USATF members and non-members and includes an extensive member-only area while the addition of video and website links will be featured in Fast Forward. Each will be first-time options announced by USATF.

Apple iPhone and iPad users can download the app here.

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Will I Ever Run Another PR?

Date: 
04/24/2013 - 13:07
Date: 
04/24/2013 - 13:07

By BRYAN GRAYDON

BryanGraydonPhoto.jpgLike most runners, I look to run each and every race as fast as I possibly can, but lately those times have not been what I have wanted. With every passing race, I begin to ask myself, "Are my fastest times behind me?"

I had run on and off since college to try to keep fit and in shape for other sports I played. It wasn't until around age 30 that I started to take it seriously. I would not call myself an overly talented runner, but one who trained hard and wasn’t afraid to put in the work to better his racing performances.

Like most runners, I made great strides early on, then hit that plateau where improvement came in clumps of seconds instead of minutes. I began working with an online coach and really learned the fundamentals of proper training and saw my times once again begin to drop. This continued for about five years where I would set new PRs each year at every distance I ran.



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