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Date: 
05/21/2012 - 18:09

By PAUL RIEFBERG

PAUL RIEFBERG.jpgOne day I was searching through my race results, to look over my marathon finishes. I ran sixteen marathons in the '70s. I was somewhat surprised to find I only had printed results for seven of them. Through the years and moving several times, I no longer had results for the other nine. The seven I had, were Washington's Birthday Marathon February 1972, New York City Marathon October 1972, Jersey Shore Marathon January 1973, Maryland Marathon December 1976, Long Island Marathon March 1977, Skylon International Marathon October 1977 and Joe Steele Rocket City Marathon December 1977.

This meant I was missing Yonkers Marathon June 1972, Earth Day Marathon March 1974, Boston Marathon April 1974, Yonkers Marathon June 1974, Andrew Jackson Marathon September 1974, Boston Marathon April 1975, Boston Marathon April 1977, Waynesboro Marathon October 1977 and Magic City Marathon February 1979.

Regional
Date: 
05/16/2012 - 18:51

Washington, DC – Another record-breaking milestone! The 2012 Army Ten-Miler (ATM) filled its 30,000 runner field in a record time. ATM officials said the 28th annual race shattered all previous race registration records for both the priority and general registrations. The race will take place on Sunday, Oct. 21 in Washington, DC at the Pentagon.

Priority registration, presented by Navy Federal Credit Union, opened May 1 for all U.S. service members and runners who have participated in seven or more ATM races. Approximately one-third of the total 30,000 race entries were reserved for priority registration on a first-come-first-serve basis. This year, priority registration sold out in less than 19 hours, exceeding last year’s record of three days.
The remaining two-thirds of the race entries became available to the general public on a first-come-first-serve basis May 15, which sold out in less than nine hours.

“The race continues to gain in popularity and sells out in record time year after year,” said Jim Vandak, race director. “We are genuinely grateful to all of our loyal runners for supporting the Army’s race. They are the true spirit of the sport.”

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Southern women 1-2 in 25K championship

Date: 
05/12/2012 - 20:02
Date: 
05/12/2012 - 20:02

Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, 33, of Rome, GA, won the River Bank Run 25K in Grand Rapids, MI, Saturday, May 12, in the fastest time ever run by an American woman. The event was the USA 25K Championship. She finished in 1:24:37, breaking the USATF record set in 1986 by Joan Benoit-Samuelson. Finishing second was Lindsey Scherf of Fayetteville, NC, an assistant coach at Duke University, who finished in 1:25:13.

It was Cherobon-Bawcom's first-ever 25K, thus she laughingly said she set a PR. She had stomach cramps from mile four to eight but was able to hang on and said she felt great at 10 miles and pushed to the finish. She broke away from Scherf at about 14 miles.

Race official Greg Meyer, who was the elite runner coordinator, said the second-place run by Scherf "pushed Janet to the record." >

Cherobon-Bawcom's victory was profitable -- she received a total of $12,000. Of that, $7,000 was for being the American winner while $5,000 was for being the open winner. Add that to the previous week's second place 12K winnings at the Bloomsday race in Spokane, WA, of $9,500.

She described the weather conditions in Michigan as perfect, if a little humid.

Regional
Date: 
05/10/2012 - 02:09

By Bruce Morrison, Publisher

At the annual meeting of the Road Runners Club of America in Memphis, TN, the RRCA adopted a code of ethics for race directors. These ethics need to be applied to race promoters and organizers as well.

Organizations need to know who they are working with and check references on race promoters and organizers. Over the years Running Journal has received few serious complaints but there have been some significant issues. We’ve been burned a few times by race organizers who did not pay for advertising – that’s part of business and we recognize that – but when a community, perhaps even a charity race, and local sponsors have been burned, that’s another matter.

Regional
Date: 
04/30/2012 - 16:44

By Marlene Atwood, USATF Southeast Representative

atwood.jpgAs the Southeast Region Representative for USA Track & Field (USATF), I am very excited about our organization and the many opportunities it has to offer athletes today.

USATF is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF offers one of the most comprehensive championships programs of any sport governing body in the United States. Thousands of athletes representing a wide range of ages and abilities compete annually in Association, Regional and National Championship events.

The USATF Southeast Region (encompassing the Associations of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia) is an active region offering opportunities to compete in association meets, as well as hosting regional and national meets. We’re active, we’re innovative and together we are growing the sport!

Regional
Date: 
04/30/2012 - 16:40

Sheryl Crow, Grammy award-winning artist, breaks 2 hours running first 13.1-mile race; Kiplagat, Thompson take ½ marathon; Rodney Atkins headlines evening concert; more than 30,000 runners at 13th edition

By Dan Cruz, Competitor Group
Running USA wire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow joined more than 30,000 runners at the 2012 St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan. The first ambassador of the St. Jude Music Gives program, Crow ran the Nashville half-marathon in support of the New Hope Academy, finishing the 13.1-mile race in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 14 seconds.

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Max Siegel named CEO of USA Track & Field

Date: 
04/24/2012 - 18:34
Date: 
04/24/2012 - 18:34

INDIANAPOLIS – USA Track & Field’s board of directors has selected Max Siegel to serve as CEO, President and Chair Stephanie Hightower announced Monday.

The board voted unanimously to hire Siegel after two CEO searches that took place over the course of 16 months. He will become the fourth CEO in the organization’s history when he assumes his duties on May 1 as part of a two-year contract. Chief Operating Officer Mike McNees had served as interim CEO since September, 2010.

“The search for our next CEO was a process that we believe will fundamentally change USA Track & Field,” Hightower said. “It forced our board to put into focus what our greatest needs and priorities are. And in the end, it brought us an executive in Max Siegel who blends a knowledge of our sport and its political considerations with an impressive record of success in the broader sports and entertainment markets.”

Regional
Date: 
04/18/2012 - 14:30

Event to host 40-plus national half-marathon championship through 2015

MELBOURNE, Fla. - The State Farm Melbourne Music Marathon Weekend has announced that USA Track & Field, the national governing body for track and field, long distance running and race walking in the United States, has awarded the event a three-year extension as host of its annual USA Masters Championship Half Marathon.

Melbourne's ½ Marathon has served as the USA Masters Championship (40 and over) since 2009 and will continue to do so through 2015.

"It has been an honor and a privilege for our race and community to host a national title race, and we couldn't be more excited to continue doing so for the next few years," said Melbourne Music Marathon Weekend race founder Mitch Varnes. "Our partnership with USATF has been a mutually advantageous one, and we are very pleased by this announcement."

Regional
Date: 
04/16/2012 - 18:26

by Jon Gugala

Korir_WesleyFV1a-Boston12.jpgThe biggest character in 2012 Boston Marathon was not in the star-studded lineups in the men and women's races, but the starting and finishing temps. With a beginning of 77 degrees and an end at 84, gone were the favorable conditions of last year that saw the top two fastest men's marathons ever. University of Louisville alumnus Wesley Korir and 2011 Boston third-place finisher Sharon Cherop, both of Kenya, were the men's and women's champions.

Entering the race, it was Geoffrey Mutai, the 2011 Boston and New York City marathons winner and owner of the fastest time ever at the distance (2:03:02), that was the man kept squarely in the sights of his competitors. And he would instigate the break of a lead pack going into the Newton Hills at 17 miles, winnowing the group down to seven.

Regional
Date: 
04/10/2012 - 11:04

whm1.jpgNASHVILLE, TENN - The Lady Speed Stick® Women's Half Marathon presented by Publix to benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America announced the City of Nashville's approval for a faster, flatter course for its third annual event on September 22, 2012.

According to Dawna Stone, founder of the Lady Speed Stick® Women's Half Marathon Series, "Nashville is a hilly town and we wanted to make some tweaks to our course to create an even better race-day experience for both our first-time participants and our experienced runners. Our new course eliminates the two largest hills and adds some great additional scenery and landmarks. I know our women runners will love it!"

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Examining the Louisville Marathon

Date: 
04/04/2012 - 19:09
Date: 
04/04/2012 - 19:09

By Tracy Harris
The number of marathons in the U.S. has risen nearly 70 percent in the past decade. Yet, some big cities still don't have big marathons. Louisville is one of those. Sure, it's not a major metropolitan area, but with a population of 1.3 million in the city limits and large bedroom communities outside the city, it holds its own.

The city has a big half marathon in April — the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon — with some 13,000 runners last year. The marathon held concurrently with the mini, though, only drew 2,000.

It's an oddity. Race directors have tried to encourage more marathons, although perhaps half-heartedly. For a race half the distance, runners still pay almost the same registration fee.

Still, race organizers must put time and effort into the full — certifying the course (it changed last year), finding volunteers, paying for police at intersections.

Regional
Date: 
04/01/2012 - 17:46

Julliah Tinega Repeats As Women’s Champion

kiprono_tape.jpg WASHINGTON, DC – Another year, another event record set in the 40th running of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run on Sunday morning.

Allan Kiprono avenged a second-place finish in 2011 with his record time of 45 minutes, 15 seconds. He and fellow Kenyan Julliah Tinega dominated their respective races. Tinega, who earned her second consecutive title, won the women’s race with a time of 54:02 – a full 22 seconds ahead of Malika Mejdoub. Kiprono was never challenged, and his 1:13 margin of victory was the largest in at least 13 years at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.

Kiprono, 22, and countryman Lani Kiplagat broke away from the men’s pack within the first mile. Ketema Nugusse stayed with them for a short time before deciding to drop back. That left the two Kenyans to battle for the men’s title. At Mile 5, Kiprono separated from his rival and opened a 40-meter lead. By Mile 6 that was up to 110 meters and it simply kept growing.

Regional
Date: 
03/29/2012 - 12:20

Arlington, VA – On March 14, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Road Runners Club of America met in session in Memphis, TN and adopted the first ever Race Director Code of Ethics during the course of the board meeting.

The RRCA: Race Director Code of Ethics outlines the expected standards of conduct of any person or group of people that conduct a running event, road race, trail race, or other similar type of event that is either for profit or nonprofit and where individuals pay a fee to participate in the organized running event.

One of the primary goals of the RRCA is to promote a standard of conduct for all RRCA members producing running events. For many years, the RRCA has promoted the Guidelines for Safe Events, which all club and event directors joining the RRCA must agree to follow. The Race Director Code of Ethics, coupled with the RRCA Guidelines for Safe Events, provides a clear set of guidelines for all club and event members of the RRCA.

Regional
Date: 
03/27/2012 - 19:16

By Mary Marcia Brown

brown.jpg From the sixth floor gym of the Gables Midtown building in Georgia, I stolidly stared through the wind breaking windows, absorbing the Atlanta skyline through the cuttingly cold air conducive to my day’s indoor treadmill run. For the last couple miles of my run, I was not alone. The steady pace of a runner to my right provided the rhythm atop the roaring revolving belt that did not go unnoticed even as I completed my run and resorted to my religious regimen of stretching my hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and calves.

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Knoxville Track Club 50 Years Strong

Date: 
03/23/2012 - 12:53
Date: 
03/23/2012 - 12:53

By KRISTY ALTMAN, Managing Director, Knoxville Track Club

Streakers.jpgThe Knoxville Track & Field Club (KTC) celebrates 50 years of running and life in the Knoxville, TN, community. The KTC was founded in 1962 by eight charter members: Dr. Ben Plotnicki, Charlie Durham, Hal Canfield, Jerry Wrinkle, Sam Venable, Charles Lobetti, Coppley Vickers, and B. E. Sharp. In the early years, practice was held three evenings a week on the old East High School track and invited athletes were asked to try out for the KTC team.

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Running USA Annual Half-Marathon Report

Date: 
03/23/2012 - 12:50
Date: 
03/23/2012 - 12:50

America's fastest growing distance reaches record levels again; Göteborg regains world's largest 13.1 mile road race title

Running USA wire
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Running USA's third annual Half-Marathon Report shows that the 13.1 mile distance had another year of impressive growth, but like U.S. marathons in 2011, the growth rate wasn't as large as recent years. Last year, U.S. half-marathons had an estimated 1.6 million finishers (a new high), an impressive 16.2% increase from 2010 (1,385,000 to 1,610,000), but lower than the historic 24% rise in both 2009 and 2010. Also, in the same 870 U.S. half-marathons for 2010 vs. 2011, there was a 6.4% finisher increase (1,264,907 vs. 1,346,280).

Regional
Date: 
03/19/2012 - 17:03

Mwei, Marchant half-marathon winners; US Road Sports & Entertainment Group announces 3-year extension with Publix as title sponsor

By Jason Brown, US Road Sports
Running USA wire

ATLANTA - A field of more than 15,000 registered runners hit the streets of Atlanta for the Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon on Sunday morning. Justin Gillette, of Goshen, Ind., won the marathon in 2 hours, 32 minutes, 43 seconds, while Jill Horst, of Rome, Ga., claimed the women's crown in 3:00:52.

"I was able to catch up to the leader around mile 16 mile and at the 22 mile mark I made my move," Gillette recounted after winning his first Publix Georgia Marathon. "The [spectators] cheering along mile 22 really propelled me to do what it took to win. I liked the course and you could tell the organizers did a tremendous job preparing for this race."

Regional
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.

Regional
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."

Regional
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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