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Date: 
12/12/2011 - 16:57

Bairu men's winner at inaugural running; finish line on the sand ends with post-race concert by chart-topping Miami rapper Pitbull
Running USA wire
By Dan Cruz, Competitor Group

Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan ran 1 hour, 9 minutes and 58 seconds to set a new Florida state record and clocked the fastest women's record standard half-marathon time in 2011 for an American under warm, breezy conditions at the inaugural Dodge Latin Music Miami Beach 1/2 Marathon benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, held on Dec. 11 in Miami Beach FL.

Flanagan, 30, the bronze medalist at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, came to Miami Beach with her Oregon Track Club teammates to prepare for next month's U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston. With no regard for the competition or the conditions, Flanagan ran a 5:05 opening mile to distance herself from the rest of the field, eventually finishing fourth overall.

Regional
Date: 
12/05/2011 - 17:41

Courtesy American Track & Field
ST. LOUIS – The 33rd edition of the USA Track & Field Annual Meeting came to a close Sunday at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis with the Closing Session. Approximately 1,000 volunteers, officials, athletes, coaches and supporters of the sport were involved with the Annual Meeting.

The Closing Session featured site announcements for upcoming national championships and finalized business from the week’s meeting. It was the second time the Annual Meeting had been held in St. Louis as it was also there in 1994.

Traditionally being held the week following Thanksgiving, the 2012 Annual Meeting will be held in Daytona Beach, Fla.; 2013 in Indianapolis, Ind.; 2014 in Anaheim, Calif.; 2015 in Houston, Tex.; and 2016 in Orlando, Fla.

Long Distance Running, Race Walking expands competition rules
The Annual Meeting led to a resolution to expand competition rules for LDR and Race Walking as it pertains to select U.S. citizens.

Regional
Date: 
12/05/2011 - 17:39

RC 2011.gifDaniel Kirwa, 24, of Searcy, AR, led the field in the 35th annual Rocket City Marathon on Dec. 10. Kirwa crossed the line in 2:20:05 with Fernando Babada, 29, of Boulder, CO, taking second in 2:22:56. Alan Horton, 31, of Knoxville, TN, was third in 2:27:49.

On the women’s side, 48-year-old Jen Hitchings of Sacramento, CA, took the win, running 2:51:27. Christina Johnston, 31, of Xenia, OH, was second in 2:56:14, with Deanna Newman, 41, of Birmingham, AL, third in 2:56:52. Last year’s women’s champion, Candace Jacobs, 31, of Huntsville was fourth, running 2:57:16.

Regional
Date: 
11/29/2011 - 09:28

By Kym Klass
River Region Runners

rrr5a.jpgIt was a small article in a local newspaper in the early 1970s – three men reaching out to the community to form a running club. The goal was to promote physical fitness and sponsor a handful of races under the name Montgomery Track Club.

It worked.

Almost 40 years later, that track club is now the River Region Runners (R3), a 300-member organization that this year helped organize 28 races – almost every other weekend – and most recently was selected to host the Road Runners of America’s (RRCA) Southern Region 5K with its Labor Day 5K Run.

A lot happened in four decades. There are a lot of different stories of the beginning, middle, and even now. After an April 26, 1972 news clipping in the Montgomery Advertiser, in which the group of three men – John D. Cates, Gordon Persons Jr. and Bob Richard – called out for runners, the club grew to 25 members within the first two months, and they voted to call the club the Capital City Pacers. They quickly began holding track meets of one-, two- and four-mile races.

Regional
Date: 
11/24/2011 - 17:49

2011 marks largest participant field in the event’s history
By Tracy Lott/Atlanta Track Club
Atlanta, GA – Over 12,800 runners and walkers kicked off Thanksgiving morning at the 2011 Atlanta Half Marathon events on Thursday, November 24. 2011 marked the largest participant field in the Thanksgiving Day event’s history. Along with the Atlanta Half Marathon, the event featured the sold-out Thanksgiving Day 5K as well as the Mashed Potato Mile for children ages 7 to 12 and the Gravy Gallop for kids ages 6 and under.

“The events of the Atlanta Half Marathon really exemplify the Atlanta Track Club’s mission of inspiring and engaging the community to achieve health and fitness through running,” said Tracey Russell, Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club. “It’s really incredible to see people of all ages and abilities kicking off their holiday in such a healthy and fun way.”

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What an Anniversary!

Date: 
11/20/2011 - 16:16
Date: 
11/20/2011 - 16:16

ZolaBudd.jpgPEACHTREE CITY, GA - The Darkside Running Club hosted the 10th anniversary of the annual Peachtree City 50K and the 5th anniversary of the sister 25K event in virtually perfect weather at Luther Glass Park on Nov. 13. With overcast skies and temperatures in the high 30s at the start and the low 60s at the finish, the weather couldn’t have been much better for runners and volunteers alike.

In the 50K, Owen Bradley of Birmingham, Alabama ran an outstanding 3:30:08, literally blowing away the rest of the field. On the women’s side, Susan Allen of Dawsonville, Georgia topped the field with a fine 4:27:27. The male and female master’s winners were Larry Hall of Chicago, Illinois and Beth McCurdy of Dacula, Georgia respectively.

Regional
Date: 
11/19/2011 - 17:40

Twenty-eight youth running programs across the country receive funding

Running USA wire
ARLINGTON, Va. - (November 14, 2011) - The Road Runners Club of America, the oldest and largest distance running organization in the United States, has announced the 2011 Kids Run the Nation grant recipients. Twenty-eight programs throughout the U.S. that collectively serve 30,000 youth will receive a total of $20,000 in grants, an increase compared to the $15,000 granted in 2010.

Regional
Date: 
11/14/2011 - 17:43

Bekele women's marathon champion; Bedada breaks women's McDonald's Half Marathon course record; Towett defends men's half-marathon title; event record field of 17,073 highlights 34th running
Running USA wire
By Jackie Holt, Sports Backers

RICHMOND, Va. - With a time of 2 hours, 13 minutes, 45 seconds, Kenya's Kennedy Kemei, 33, set a new course and Virginia state record Saturday morning at the 34th SunTrust Richmond Marathon. The previous record was 2:14:32 set by Andrei Gordeev in 2005. Kemei walked away with a total of $5500 in prize money - $2500 as race champion, an additional $2500 for setting a new course record plus a bonus of $500 for finishing under two hours and twenty minutes. Mekides Bekele, a 25-year-old Ethiopian, was the first female to cross the finish line, clocking 2:47:50.

Regional
Date: 
11/08/2011 - 18:32

African runners take half-marathon titles; with 18,771 finishers Rock 'n' Roll Savannah is 4th largest inaugural running event and debut half-marathon largest ever
Running USA wire
By Dan Cruz, Competitor Group

SAVANNAH, Ga. - After selling out in mid-August, the inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon debuted as the largest running block party in Georgia on Saturday morning. Nathan O'Connell, a 20-year-old student at Kennesaw State, won the marathon in 2 hours, 29 minutes and 5 seconds. It was only the second marathon for O'Connell, who trains with the Atlanta Track Club, as he bettered his time by 27 minutes running on a solo tour through the streets of Savannah.

Regional
Date: 
11/07/2011 - 18:05

Dado women's champion; more than 47,000 participants at 42nd edition under near perfect racing conditions; Emmanuel Mutai takes World Marathon Majors Series title and $500,000

By Duncan Larkin, Running USA wire

NEW YORK - (November 6, 2011) - Flashing a large smile and raising his hands towards the sky, Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya broke the tape at the 42nd ING New York City Marathon. Mutai's winning time was 2 hours, 5 minutes and 6 seconds and over two minutes faster than Tesfaye Jifar's ten-year-old course record and a pending U.S. All-Comers record. The fastest human ever to cover the 26.2-mile distance when he ran 2:03:02 to win this year's Boston Marathon, Mutai expressed his pleasure with his performance afterwards, but admitted that the race was hard-fought.

Regional
Date: 
11/07/2011 - 18:01

Local runners dominate at Sunday’s marathon, half marathon and 10K
2011_half_marathon_mens_winner.JPGRALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – N.C. State’s Bell Tower overlooked a sea of runners this morning as 3,774 participants sprung from the start of the Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon, Rex Healthcare Half Marathon, and News & Observer Old Reliable 10K. A record number of runners upheld a five-year-old Raleigh tradition, facing crisp autumn air to complete one of three challenging courses and help raise thousands of dollars for local charities.

Of the participants, 690 individual runners finished the 26.2-mile marathon, 64 teams completed the marathon relay, 1,869 completed the 13.1-mile half marathon, and 486 ran the 10K, a new addition to the City of Oaks’ race-day offering.

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"Run Town USA" hosts Spinx Run Fest

Date: 
10/31/2011 - 06:29
Date: 
10/31/2011 - 06:29

spinx2.jpgIt was a great day for running as hundreds lined up for the Spinx Run Fest in downtown Greenville, SC, on Oct. 29. The event, which was organized by the Greenville Track Club, featured a marathon, half-marathon, and 5K.

Jim Harper, 34, of Greenville and Kristi Arledge, 41, of Simpsonville were winners in the seventh annual Spinx Marathon. Harper crossed the line in 2:39:12 to take the win, besting his nearest competitor by more than 10 minutes. Arledge ran 3:00:53 to win the women’s title by more than 14 minutes. There were 466 finishers in the marathon.

The “Run Town USA” half marathon was part of the Running Journal Grand Prix and was led by Brad Orr, 25, of Rock Hill in 1:25:01 and Macy Latter, 30, of Bryson City, NC, in 1:26:53. A total of 1,266 runners completed the half marathon.

Regional
Date: 
10/31/2011 - 04:30

Tracy Lott/Atlanta Track Club

Atlanta, October 30, 2011 – Nearly 1200 marathon participants and 300 relay teams toed the line at the 2011 Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay on Sunday, October 30. The event started and finished at Atlantic Station near Midtown Atlanta. 2011 marked the 49th running of the Atlanta Marathon, which was previously held in conjunction with the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving Day, as well as the inaugural running of the Atlanta Marathon Relay.

“From the sell-out of the inaugural Atlanta Marathon Relay, to the near perfect weather conditions and fantastic course support from our volunteers and the 18 Atlanta-based nonprofit organizations that were part of the Atlanta Track Club’s Adopt a Marathon Mile program, we couldn’t have asked for a better event,” said Tracey Russell, Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club.

Regional
Date: 
10/31/2011 - 04:29

Nearly 21,000 finishers on chilly, sunny day; The Price is Right's and Marine Drew Carey debuts

By Steve Nearman, Running USA wire

ARLINGTON, Va. - (October 30, 2011) - At age 27, Charles "Chad" Ware has been running marathons for the past 10 years. He even won one, the 2007 Sunburst Marathon in South Bend, IN, with nearly 1,000 participants.

But he came to Sunday's 36th chilly but sunny edition of the Marine Corps Marathon - the fifth largest U.S. marathon and the ninth largest in the world with its sold-out 30,000 entrants - with no visions of grandeur. He wasn't planning on winning and he wasn't planning on that elusive goal of his of running a U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier.

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A look forward to T&F Olympic Trials

Date: 
10/28/2011 - 11:39
Date: 
10/28/2011 - 11:39

By Larry Eder

This interview really started when Vin Lananna, World Championship Men's Head Coach, and I sat down and caught up in the lobby of United Air Lines in Seoul, Korea. Vin was elated with the success of the US team in Daegu, but obviously tired. He was heading back to Eugene, Oregon, where he is Associate Athletic Director and the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at the most visible program in the country. Two hours after his arrival in Eugene, Oregon, Vin was scheduled for a meeting with his staff. No rest for the successful athletic administrator.

Vin Lananna is a fine track & field coach. But, he may be an even better administrator. From his time at Dartmouth, to his time at Oregon, Lananna has put together a fine team of coaches, and trainers.

Regional
Date: 
10/13/2011 - 17:13

Houston Marathon Committee
*As of October 12, 2011

MEN

No. Time Name Event
1 2:04:58 Ryan Hall (CA) 2011 Boston Marathon
2 2:09:15 Meb Keflezighi (CA) 2009 New York City Marathon
3 2:10:00 Dathan Ritzenhein (OR) 2009 London Marathon
4 2:10:36 Brett Gotcher (AZ) 2010 Houston Marathon
5 2:11:06 Jason Hartmann (OR) 2010 Chicago Marathon

Regional
Date: 
10/13/2011 - 17:08

Houston Marathon Committee
cherobon1.jpgWith five victories in five fall road races, Janet Cherobon-Bawcom is on a hot streak and has positioned herself as a true Olympic hopeful since September when the Kenyan-born and current resident of Rome, Ga. became eligible to represent the U.S. in international competition. Cherobon-Bawcom became a U.S. citizen on November 10, 2010.

Regional
Date: 
10/06/2011 - 16:11

Only Danny Shaughnessy beats the Karhu Bear in the 5K
Running USA wire
By Jason Brown, US Road Sports

ATLANTA - A field of 3,300 registered participants hit the streets of Atlanta's Town Brookhaven community for the third 13.1® Atlanta Marathon and Karhu 5K Oct 2. The 13.1-mile and 3.1 mile road races started and finished in Town Green, adjacent to the recently opened hybrid Publix, and took runners through Brookhaven and Chamblee.

For the men, Kenyan Emmanuel Ngatunyi of Marietta, Ga. won the half-marathon in 1 hour, 3 minutes, 59 seconds. The 18-year-old established a new race record by blowing away the previous mark of 1:08:03. Countrymen Reuben Mwei, of Acworth, Ga. was runner-up in 1:04:33, while Jynocel Basweti from Marietta earned third place (1:07:30).

Regional
Date: 
09/29/2011 - 05:06

Second edition part of Women's Running Magazine Women's Half Marathon Series
Running USA Wire
By Kelly Baker
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Candace Fredericks won the second Women's Half Marathon Nashville Presented By Publix on Saturday, September 24, with a time of 1 hour, 29 minutes, 3 seconds. Sue Anne Heins Guzik was runner-up in 1:30:32, while Meredith Smith placed third (1:31:26).

"It was amazing to see our strong women out there running this morning. We're truly honored to be welcomed by the great city of Nashville," said Dawna Stone, president of Women's Running Magazine and founder of the Women's Half Marathon Series. "From our first finisher to our last, it was incredible to witness the camaraderie on the course."

Regional
Date: 
09/25/2011 - 15:52

record.jpgPatrick Makau has crowned the 38th BMW BERLIN MARATHON with a world record. The 26 year-old Kenyan clocked 2:03:38, beating Haile Gebrselassie and improving the record of the Ethiopian by 21 seconds. With a dramatic surge after 27 k defending champion Patrick Makau had dropped Haile Gebrselassie well behind. While the Ethiopian later dropped out after the 35 k mark he lost another world record to Patrick Makau on a miserable day for him: The Kenyan had passed the 30 k mark in 1:27:38, eleven seconds quicker than Haile in 2009. Split times will be officially ratified as world records if times were taken by official referees. That was the case in Berlin on Sunday.

Stephen Chemlany (Kenya), who had been a pacemaker for the second group, finished second with 2:07:55. Fellow Kenyan Edwin Kimaiyo was third (2:09:50). Felix Limo (Kenya/2:10:38) was fourth while Britain’s Scott Overall ran 2:10:55 for fifth place in his debut. He should have qualified for the London Olympics 2012 with this performance.

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