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.
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.