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Date: 
03/12/2012 - 04:30

Cherobon-Bawcom, women's national champion, wins Equalizer Bonus; Team USA Minnesota, adidas McMillanElite team titlists

By Katie Landry, USATF
Running USA Wire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - At the USA 15K Championships hosted by the 35th Gate River Run, Mo Trafeh (Duarte, Calif.) and Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (Rome, Ga.) dominated the men's and women's fields Saturday morning.

Trafeh ran 43 minutes, 23 seconds to win his third straight USA 15K title, while Cherobon-Bawcom clocked 49:41 to win her first 15K crown. The national championships were hosted for the 19th time by the Gate River Run, the country's largest 15K with more than 16,300 finishers. In addition to the $60,000 individual prize structure, the event featured a gender competition in the form of a $5000 Equalizer Bonus as well as a $20,000 team competition, the TenBroeck Cup.

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Date: 
03/07/2012 - 05:12

Courtesy Little Rock Marathon Media

thovilson.jpgLittle Rock, Ark. – For the fourth year in a row, Leah Thorvilson is the female winner of the Little Rock Marathon with a personal best time of 2:37:26. The 33-year-old Little Rock native said, “this is such a special day. I am just so proud.”

Thorvilson, who failed to make the Olympic team this year, said she hopes she can still represent the United States at the World Games or the Pan Am Games. “I am so inspired by the women on the Olympic Team. I’m a little older, and I’ve never run this fast before. I think I’m going to keep chasing it."

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Date: 
03/07/2012 - 05:11

Biwott, Trana win ½ marathon; sold-out 3rd edition welcomes 22,000-plus under perfect running conditions
Running USA wire
By Amana Miyamae, Competitor Group

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Among the more than 22,000 runners in the 3rd Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon benefiting the American Cancer Society, it was former University of Oregon standout Shadrack Biwott who stood out amongst the crowd on Sunday morning.

Running solo along historic St. Charles Avenue, the 27-year-old Biwott was losing steam in the men's half marathon. He had maintained a dominant lead since the start, but had no one to push him for much of the race.

As he reversed direction on St. Charles Avenue, the other side of the street was lined with thousands of runners who spotted Biwott and began to cheer loudly for him--cheering that would continue for well over a mile.

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Running Buddies – a Man and his Dog

Date: 
03/01/2012 - 11:06
Date: 
03/01/2012 - 11:06

By Ed Hardee, Amelia Island Runners
(Editor’s note: Ed Hardee is newsletter editor of Amelia Island Runners in Florida and has been named as the winner of the RRCA’s “Club Writer of the Year” award. This story was published in the club’s newsletter and is an excellent example of why Hardee was selected for the RRCA honor.)

saradeck400.jpgLife has its little ups and downs, the noted philosopher Jerry Lee Lewis once intoned. When you’re tallying things on the positive side of life’s ledger, high on the list should be: running buddies.

Regional
Date: 
03/01/2012 - 10:33

[From modest start in 1973, Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run has become the Runner’s Rite of Spring® in our nation’s capital, attracting participants from all 50 states and five countries to this year’s event.

Washington, DC: Bethesda, Maryland runner Ben Beach was one of 141 finishers in the inaugural Cherry Blossom Run in 1973. He has since completed all 39 editions of the race, and is on track to bring his total Cherry Blossom racing miles to 400 when he lines up on the starting line of the 40th running of the event on April 1, 2012. Who better to offer a bit of perspective on what the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk means to the expected 15,000 participants in this year’s events?

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Charles Futrell is oldest known Duathlete

Date: 
02/25/2012 - 20:00
Date: 
02/25/2012 - 20:00

futtrell1.jpg With a finish time of 2:31:56, Charles (Charlie) Futrell, 91, of The Villages, FL, became the oldest male known to finish a USA Triathlon sanctioned duathlon Feb. 25 at the Florida Duathlon Festival in Groveland, FL, at Lake David Park. USA Triathlon is the sanctioning body for triathlons and duathlons in the USA.

Futrell participated in the sprint distance event of the Florida Duathlon Festival, competing in a 5K run, 10 mile bike, and one mile run.

Kevin Grogan, 39, of Minneola, FL, was the overall sprint distance winner in 54:32. Kayla Pratt, 17, of West Palm Beach, FL, won the female sprint division in 1:04:44.

Two other races were held:

Long Course event, which consisted of a 5K run, 35K bike, ending with another 5K run: Owen Scott, 32, of Jacksonville, FL, was the winner in 1:27:35. Kim Loeffler, 50, of Colchester, NY, was the women's victor in 1:39:21.

Family Fitness 5K: Jaelin Funk, 19, of Celebration, FL, was the winner in 20:17. Becky Noel, 37, of Clermont, FL, was the female winner in 32:51.

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Brooks Inspiring Coaches Program

Date: 
02/21/2012 - 20:56
Date: 
02/21/2012 - 20:56

The Brooks Inspiring Coaches program is in its second year. The idea is simple, the program is brilliant. Nominate your high school cross country or track coach (Brooks Inspiring Coaches), tell Brooks what the coach means to you, and why they deserve to be one of Brooks Top Ten finalists, and you are set.

Cross Country & Track Coaches work with 1.4 million high school boys and girls, 46 weeks a year, six days a week, two hours, fifteen minutes an average session. With 350,000 athletes in cross country and just over a million-1,050,000 in indoor and outdoor track and field, the job of a cross country and track coach is long hours, and virtually no money.

But, it is not about the money.

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Trail Running: Try it, You’ll Like it

Date: 
02/21/2012 - 16:19
Date: 
02/21/2012 - 16:19

By David Rose
http://www.backcountryrunner.com

Trail running is... the satisfaction of covering miles of beautiful backcountry unfettered by heavy gear ... the primal thrill of bounding over logs on a forested downhill trail ... an inspirational vista reached after a long climb. Backcountry running offers unequalled leg and lung conditioning, no crowds, no cars, no noise, no smog, no pavement. It's a perfect quick-wilderness-long-workout combination.

Some have called it a "revolution,” as people move away from pounding the pavement in cities and onto the dirt trails of the woods. It's one of the fastest growing sports today (yet still a small niche). It's easier on the knees and lungs (cleaner air).

Regional
Date: 
02/20/2012 - 10:55

The Road Runners Club of America, the oldest and largest distance running organization in the United States, is pleased to announce the 2012 RRCA Distance Running Hall of Fame Inductees and the 2011 National Running Award recipients. Since 1971, the RRCA has honored dedicated individuals for their outstanding service to the RRCA and the sport of distance running. The outstanding contributors to our sport will be honored at the upcoming RRCA National Running Awards Banquet and Ceremony on March 17, 2012, in Memphis, Tennessee. We encourage all RRCA members to join us for this event to celebrate these contributors to the running community. For more information on the awards and past recipients, please visit our National Running Awards page.

Regional
Date: 
02/20/2012 - 10:41

mbmarathon.jpgStuart Moran of Arden, NC, won the BI-LO Myrtle Beach Marathon on Feb. 18. His winning time of 2:26:26 also broke the course record by more than two minutes. Jason Pyles of Charleston, WV, was second in 2:30:50 and Aaron Saft of Mill River, NC, third in 2:31:53.

Jennifer Adams of Hudsonville, MI, led the women in 2:53:09. Second place went to Anna Donlan of Waxhaw, NC, running 2:59:30. Zola (Budd ) Pieterse of Myrtle Beach was third in 3:00:14.

In the Dasani Half Marathon, 15-year-old Alana Hadley of Charlotte, NC, was the female winner in 1:16:43. Megan Deakins of Devan, PA, was second in 1:17:13 and Marissa Alberti of Long Branch, NJ, third in 1:23:17.

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Date: 
02/15/2012 - 15:17

By Bruce Morrison, Publisher, Running Journal

“How do we get our (running club, running group, race, etc.) information published by Running Journal and your website and newsletter?”

I’ve had multiple questions recently about this and my advice is sincere and genuine. We want your information. We want to publish your story. Send the story, photos, information, and/or questions to RJ@Running.Net. We will be glad to hear from you.

All you gotta do is ask. We are here to promote running, feature your club, list your race, do a story on any aspect of running that will interest readers of Running Journal in print and/or online.

Regional
Date: 
02/10/2012 - 19:23

bookcover.jpg (Editor’s note: This fascinating story about a long-ago endurance athlete was published by www.SportingIntelligence.com in the United Kingdom. The story has resulted in a book to be published in April. We believe you will find the story about American Edward Payson Weston as interesting as we have. Information on how to order the book is at the bottom of this story.)

By Paul Marshall and Nick Harris

There was a time in the Victorian era when long distance races were staged in front of paying crowds of tens of thousands of people. That was when “professional pedestrianism” was in its heyday. And the greatest walker of that heyday – certainly the most flamboyant – was an American called Edward Payson Weston.

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Date: 
02/07/2012 - 17:54

The one-stop website for the Mile and the national campaign includes high school state federation petition drive; Jim Ryun, Marty Liquori and others endorse effort to elevate, celebrate iconic distance

bbtm.jpgSANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After a successful splash launch, bringbackthemile.com has expanded its website with a state federation petition requesting that the Mile be brought back to the State Championship level as well as an opportunity for anyone and everyone to share photographs, videos or their written stories through the I Am the Mile sub-campaign. The website also features an ever expanding database of Mile news, history, trivia and athlete bios.

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Date: 
02/02/2012 - 18:45

By Tracy Harris, Running Journal columnist

Tracy Harris photo.jpg(Editor's note: Tracy Harris is a new columnist for Running Journal in Kentucky. Look for her Kentucky running columns in the pages of Running Journal's monthly print edition.)

It's a typical winter weekend in Louisville, KY — gray, rainy, windy, chilly. Certainly not the conditions our fair-weather running friends prefer.

Heck, I'm not happy about it either, really.

Yet, when I arrive at Seneca Park, there's nowhere to park. I'm weaving around runners and walkers who — inexplicably — are on the road instead of the pedestrian path 10 feet away.

These masses of people were not here last week, or the week before.

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Date: 
01/30/2012 - 17:49

Maraviglia women's marathon champion; Boitt, Mariita win half-marathon; 10th edition draws sell-out 25,000 entrants
Running USA wire
By Gary Ferman, US Road Sports

Samuel Malakwen of Kenya just inched out Teferi Bacha of Ethiopia in a dramatic sprint to the finish line to win the 10th ING Miami Marathon on Sunday through the streets of Miami, Miami Beach and Coconut Grove.

The spectacular finish was the marathon equivalent of a photo finish in horse racing, with both runners literally running shoulder-to-shoulder down the finish-line chute. It was one of the closest endings in marathon history, and both runners were credited with a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes, 55 seconds.

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Tidewater Striders Running Club

Date: 
01/28/2012 - 17:49
Date: 
01/28/2012 - 17:49

Almost 40 Years Old and Goin’ Strong
By Jean Phelan
President, Tidewater Striders

TidewaterStridersPhotosmall.jpgFounded by a handful of dedicated runners in 1972 the Tidewater Striders has provided support to the running community for almost four decades. As the club’s leadership speculates on an appropriate 40th anniversary celebration, it is looking at both accomplishments and the road ahead for the 1,600-member club.

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Nashville Striders

Date: 
01/24/2012 - 10:21
Date: 
01/24/2012 - 10:21

Active club provides race management, helps community, Tom King races are in March

By Peter Pressman, President, Nashville (TN) Striders

striders4small1.jpgIn early 1970, there were 17 original members when the Nashville Striders Club was established with Tom King as President. This group of runners mainly met at the Downtown YMCA or at Percy Warner Park.

The Club remained pretty much low-key for the next few years, with the group adopting the name of Nashville Striders in 1975, with King as president. By late 1976, the club listing included 74 members. The year 1977 marked a major milestone, as the monthly publication, the Funrunner, was established by Larry Wallace.

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RRCA: Lynchburg is Runner Friendly

Date: 
01/23/2012 - 18:30
Date: 
01/23/2012 - 18:30

Lynchburg.jpgLynchburg, VA, has been designated the 2011 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community by the Road Runners Club of America.

Lynchburg has shown that it meets, and exceeds, the program’s criteria, which includes community infrastructure, civic backing, and local business support for the sport of running. Their infrastructure fosters physical activity in a safe environment; a proven track record that organizations and businesses work together to promote running as a healthy exercise and sport; and they create and maintain positive relationships between the running community and local government.

“Lynchburg is a shining example of the positive benefits running can bring to a community when everyone is on the same page,” said RRCA Executive Director Jean Knaack. “While we are proud of all of 
our Runner Friendly Communities, we feel Lynchburg has provided a blueprint for future communities.”

Regional
Date: 
01/19/2012 - 17:43

By DINK TAYLOR, Owner, Fleet Feet Sports, Huntsville, Alabama
http://www.FleetFeetHuntsville.com

taylor.jpg It seems there is not a day that goes by, at some point, the topic of “injury” is brought to my attention. Someone comes into Fleet Feet with a problem, I get emails or it is just the topic of conversation on the run. I believe the word injury is the most hated word in the running world, maybe even in all sports.

While we could talk all day about injuries and which ones we have had, I want to talk about ways to prevent them. I have had just about every ache and pain in the book and, up until now, I have never missed a day of running due to injury. I have been accused of being “a freak of nature” but I like to think I have been given some pretty good genes and have made some wise choices over the years while on the run. I believe I could write all day on injury prevention but today I am going to just talk about my top three ways to prevent injuries.

Regional
Date: 
01/19/2012 - 14:20

peachtree.jpg The Atlanta Track Club, organizer of the AJC Peachtree Road Race which takes place each year on the Fourth of July, announced that registration for the 2012 event will open on Thursday, March 15 through an online lottery at www.ajc.com/peachtree. The Atlanta Track Club first introduced the registration lottery for Peachtree in 2011 as a way to establish a fair registration process for all entrants. Those wishing to be one of the 60,000 participants selected for the 43rd running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race can register for the lottery online at ajc.com/peachtree from 7 a.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2012, to 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2012. Regardless of the day or time one enters, all individuals and groups who enter the lottery will have an equal chance of being selected for the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race. Entrants will be randomly selected after the lottery closes on March 22. All lottery entrants will receive an email by Monday, March 26, 2012 informing them of whether or not they were selected for the 2012 event. Searchable results of the selection process will also be posted on www.peachtreeroadrace.org and www.ajc.com/peachtree on March 26.

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