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Date: 
08/26/2011 - 09:28

Running USA wire
The Charlotte Motor Speedway will host the inaugural N. C. Half Marathon and 5K on March 25, 2012 as thousands of runners race on the 1.5-mile quad-oval race track. Some 3,000 to 5,000 runners are expected.

"This high energy race offers something for everyone. Whether you are veteran runner or training for your first 5K, the N.C. Half Marathon will be one race you won't forget," said Lauren Carpenter, sports and recreation sales manager of the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We want folks to experience the thrill of running around the legendary Charlotte Motor Speedway and come back to watch the professionals drive the same course at more than 190 mph in the fall!"

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Mack to Defend USA 10K Trail Title

Date: 
08/25/2011 - 13:46
Date: 
08/25/2011 - 13:46

Continental Divide Trail Race again to host off-road national championship; up-and-down challenging course has 1,500 feet of climbing
Running USA wire
LAUREL SPRINGS, N.C. - The Continental Divide Trail Race, on Saturday, August 27, will once again host the USA 10K Trail Championships. With 1,500 feet of climbing and some highly technical sections, some have described it as the hardest race they've ever run, with two big climbs, both ¼ mile with 18.5% and 22+% averages, plus no less than 9 difficult climbs.

The men's field looks strong and ready for the national trail tilt. Bobby Mack, 26, will return to defend his crown. The Raleigh, N.C. resident has already won the USA 8K road championship this year; can he match it with a trail title repeat? Ryan Woods is also back, trying to improve on his runner-up finishes the last two years. Ryan and Jared Scott have been racing against each other since February in the La Sportiva Mountain Cup series; Jared beat Ryan at two races, but Ryan beat Jared when he met him on his home turf in North Carolina.

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Date: 
08/17/2011 - 14:30

atlanta track club.jpgThe Atlanta Track Club (ATC) has chosen 18 metro Atlanta nonprofit organizations to participate in its Adopt a Marathon Mile program during the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay on Sunday, October 30. The organizations will "adopt" a mile along the route, assisting with water stops and creating "cheer zones," in exchange for a donation from the ATC.

The 18 organizations were selected based on their funding needs and ability to recruit volunteers for one of the marathon miles. Participating nonprofit organizations include:

Regional
Date: 
08/15/2011 - 17:55

MarcD_photo3.jpgMontgomery County, Tennessee: To say Marc DiBernardo runs for a reason is an understatement. On Saturday, October 15, this Fort Campbell Soldier will run in the Go Commando Half Marathon presented by CDE Lightband in hopes of breaking his second world record. His mission is to bring awareness to Team Red, White & Blue, a non-profit organization committed to wounded veterans and their families.

DiBernardo began running when he joined the military in 2002. However, he soon took running to a new level. Each time he enters an event, DiBernardo wears a unique piece of racing equipment, a gas mask. What started as a lighthearted approach to fitness turned into a passion.

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Date: 
08/11/2011 - 18:23

All Runners Will Receive Commemorative Bib at Sept. 17 Race in Prince William County

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QUANTICO, VA - The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is unveiling a commemorative bib designed by military cartoonist Jeff Bacon for the Crossroads 17.75K road race on Saturday, Sept. 17. Bacon's original design comically displays participants running in the Crossroads 17.75K through Prince William Forest Park, which makes up a large portion of the 11.03-mile course through Prince William County, VA. Bacon is a retired U.S. Navy captain and celebrated military cartoonist of the "Broadside" and "Greenside" cartoons that depict the men and women of the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

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SIXTY AND UP: AGING ATHLETE KEEPS CLIMBING

Date: 
08/05/2011 - 17:20
Date: 
08/05/2011 - 17:20

Houston, TX, August 5, 2011 - "Old age ain't no place for sissies," H. L. Mencken declared. It's especially true the way Marshall Ulrich does it.

This month, to celebrate his 60th birthday, Ulrich will climb two deadly mountains in the same week -- right after he finishes running 146 miles across the hottest place on earth.

During the climbs, he and his fellow mountaineers will be roped in, but the best insurances against plummeting off Mount Eiger (13,025 feet) and the Matterhorn (14,692 feet) are strength and experience, both of which Ulrich has in legendary measure. He'll need them: the Eiger has earned the nicknames "the Ogre" and Mordwand (German: "death wall") because more than 60 people have perished while trying to scale the north face since 1935. The Matterhorn has claimed even more lives: 500 since it was first climbed in 1865. This fact just makes Ulrich all the more eager to conquer them.

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The Scream Makes Suffering Fun

Date: 
08/01/2011 - 17:48
Date: 
08/01/2011 - 17:48

By Teri Saylor

The Scream 2 286.JPGWhen the promotional materials for a race promise “you will be sore,” believe it. Especially if the race is called “The Scream.”
“My wife actually came up with that name,” said David Lee.
David and Rhonda Lee, who are longtime race directors and now own and operate Lee Timing, Inc., a race management firm in Morganton, NC, wanted to develop a race that featured a USTAF certified course and a fast finish. The Scream was a joint production of Lee Timing and Glory Hound Events, teaming up under the name Blue Ridge Multi Sports.

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Great race names ... others sought

Date: 
08/01/2011 - 17:33
Date: 
08/01/2011 - 17:33

hot to trot.jpg "Great Race Names" are frequently mentioned in the print edition of Running Journal.

In the August issue, Publisher Bruce Morrison wrote in his monthly column, "Here's a nomination from Gary Smith of Hurricane, WV:

"Frozen Sasquatch 50K. Held the first Saturday of the year for the past two years, the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners put on this event at Kanawha State Forest near Charleston. Both races were held in a couple of inches of snow and starting temps in the 20s. The name of the race was chosen by Race Director Mike Dolin and his wife, Ashley."

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Date: 
07/28/2011 - 17:48

Record number of finishers in top 100 U.S. timed races; growth in races with over 50K finishers

Running USA wire
RUSA_logo2in300res_55.jpg COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Each year Running USA releases statistics for the nation's top road races including such popular lists as the Top 100 U.S. Timed, Largest Festivals, Largest by Distance, Largest by State, Women-Only, World's Largest and Youth Runs. To see where your favorite road races ranked in 2010 or what the #1 race is in the different largest race categories, go to: www.runningusa.org/statistics/largest

Regional
Date: 
07/26/2011 - 18:06

A fund drive to save cross country programs in 17 Duval County, Florida high schools, has met success with over $60,000 raised toward an Aug. 1 goal of $70,000.

“We are very happy to announce that through your generous support cross country will be happening this year in our Duval Public High Schools,” said Doug Alred of 1st Place Sports, which has led the drive. “We have currently raised over $60,000 through donations and events,” he said, adding, “We thank you for supporting the cause and our stores. I am very proud we were able to accomplish this fundraiser in such a short time.”

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Date: 
07/26/2011 - 17:09

Road race participation - with more female and male finishers, more races - has more record growth

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - - The Second Running Boom, despite the slow U.S. economy, continued in 2010 with an estimated 13 million finishers nationwide, an all-time high, and the largest percent increase (10%) in road race finishers that Running USA has ever reported to-date. Fueling this growth is the increase in half-marathon, 5K and marathon finishers, female finishers, the increase in charity running and a growing interest in the sport from the general population.

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Grand Prix XXXIII Champions

Date: 
07/25/2011 - 10:22
Date: 
07/25/2011 - 10:22

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The Running Journal Grand Prix completed its 33rd season at the Cotton Row 10K in Huntsville, AL, on Memorial Day. Champions of the Grand Prix season were named after the race and final awards were given out.

The series had begun nine months earlier on the streets of Anderson, SC, at the 33rd annual Midnight Flight 10K, the only nighttime race on the GP. A couple of weeks later, GP runners took the challenge of the hilly course in Asheville, NC, at the 11th annual Asheville Citizen-Times Half-marathon. The 35th annual Vulcan 10K in Birmingham, AL, was the next stop on the tour in early November, and Thanksgiving morning found runners in Charlotte, NC, for the 22nd Charlotte SouthPark Turkey Trot 8K. The first half of the season finished out at the 34th Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, AL, the only marathon on the series.

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Date: 
07/15/2011 - 14:54

Secure a spot as a St. Jude Hero by committing to raise $500 for St. Jude

MEMPHIS, TENN – Participants can still secure spots in the now sold-out St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon to be held Saturday, December 3, by becoming a St. Jude Hero. St. Jude Heroes take their race commitment to the next level by raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. By committing to raise at least $500, participants will be guaranteed a race entry while spots are still available. The St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon is one of four races of the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend which includes the St. Jude Memphis Marathon, the Memphis Grizzlies House 5K and the St. Jude Memphis Family Race and Kids Marathon.

St. Jude Heroes raise funds by securing pledges from family, friends and coworkers. To assist in fundraising, St. Jude Heroes receive tools such a personalized website. In addition, they can earn great incentives such as hotel accommodations, a VIP tour of St. Jude and access to an exclusive St. Jude Heroes Pasta Party.

Regional
Date: 
07/11/2011 - 17:55

gmmwinners11.jpg Tim Meigs, 44, and Kelcey Carlson, 36, both of Raleigh, were the male and female winners respectively of the 44th Grandfather Mountain Marathon July 9, one of America’s toughest marathons.

The event begins in Boone, NC, at 3,333 feet of elevation and ends on Grandfather Mountain at 4,279 feet. Runners finish the race at the world famous Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, scene of the largest Scottish games in America, annually attracting 30,000 to 50,000 people to Avery County, NC.

Meigs’ winning time was 2:52:33.7. Second and third males were Wayne Crews, 43, of Cary, NC, in 3:01:35.8, and Alan Marion, 31, of Winston-Salem, NC, in 3:04:55.8.

Carlson was the top female in 3:33:12.7, followed by Jennifer Curtin, 43, of Raleigh, NC, in 3:36:44 and Beth Frye, 42, of Boone, NC, in 3:40:16.2.

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Date: 
07/06/2011 - 13:48

1stplacesports.jpgA fund drive to save cross country programs in 17 Duval County, Florida high schools, is growing but additional funds are still needed.

Bartram Trail High School hosted a “Save XC 5K” that raised $5,000 and numerous runners and organizations continue to raise money in an effort led by 1st Place Sports. Results of the race: http://www.1stplacesports.com/savecc11res.htm.

Deadline for raising the funds is Aug. 1. If the goal is reached, the school system has agreed to continue the cross country programs. “We still have some work to do but we believe we are going to get there,” said Stuart Toomey of 1st Place Sports.

To check total donations raised to date, the names of those who have contributed, and to make a donation and have your name added to the list of donors, go to http://www.active.com/donate/SaveCCinDuval.

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Date: 
07/04/2011 - 17:37

ATLANTA - The professional field at the 2011 AJC Peachtree Road Race proved strong as Kenyan Sammy Kitwara and Ethiopian Werknesh Kidane took home victories at the 42nd running of the event, with finish times of 28:05 and 31:23 respectively. Kitwara, who also earned top honors at the 2009 Peachtree, was eligible for the Professional Road Racing Organization's (PRRO) championship and took home an additional $10,000 bonus bringing his total Peachtree earnings to $25,000.

"We knew we had a great field of competitors going into this year's race and they didn't disappoint, with an exciting finish in the Open Men's race and four Americans in the top 10," said Tracey Russell, Race Director for the AJC Peachtree Road Race and Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club. "With 60,000 participants, we had the largest field in Peachtree history and are happy to report a successful event."

Regional
Date: 
06/26/2011 - 16:21

General running numbers up; Nike reaching the young; apparel sales hit $1.1 billion, shoes sales down slightly; record fundraising helps drive Second Running Boom growth

Running USA wire
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - (June 26, 2011) - From record or sold-out race fields across the country last year, billions of dollars in shoe sales and running apparel, innovative products such as personalized devices to track individual workouts and record fundraising, the Running Industry continues to show impressive growth in virtually every sector.

Running is one of the most convenient and inexpensive forms of exercise available.

Regional
Date: 
06/20/2011 - 17:57

National Running Survey shows educated, affluent, motivated, half-marathon loving population
Running USA wire
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2011 National Runner Survey is a comprehensive study conducted every two years by Running USA. The National Runner Survey assesses the demographics, lifestyle, attitudes, habits and product preferences of the running population nationwide. Results from the National Runner Survey reflect “core runners”, that is, active adult participants who tend to enter running events and train year-round.

Today’s core runners are highly educated with 77.2% having earned a college diploma (national percent = 29.5%) and affluent with 72.9% reporting a household income of more than $75,000 (national average = 32.4%).

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Lakeland Runners help Joplin victims

Date: 
06/15/2011 - 16:09
Date: 
06/15/2011 - 16:09

lakelandpic1.jpgOn May 26, the town of Joplin, MO, was devastated by one of the deadliest tornados in the nation’s history leaving a path of destruction nearly a mile wide. With destruction of this magnitude, a road race hardly makes a blip on the map priorities. The Boomtown Half Marathon was scheduled to run in Joplin on June 11, but with the amount of devastation to the area, it was cancelled.

That was not the end of the story however, runners scheduled to participate in the race decided to show up to the starting line on June 11 at the scheduled start time and pitch in with the clean-up efforts. Lakeland (FL) Runners Club Vice President Marc Zimmerman saw a posting about this on Facebook on May 25 and got a wild idea that his running club might be able to do something to help out also.

Regional
Date: 
06/15/2011 - 14:45

1st place sports.jpg A fund drive to save cross country programs in Duval County, Florida high schools, is growing but is still substantially short of its $70,000 goal.

A benefit cross country race will be held July 2 at Bartram Trail High School to help raise funds. The race starts at 8 a.m. with an entry fee of a $10 minimum donation. Additional donations are encouraged.

To check total donations raised to date, the names of those who have contributed, and to make a donation and have your name added to the list of donors, go to http://www.active.com/donate/SaveCCinDuval.

Tax-deductible donations by check are encouraged and can be made payable to 1st Place Sports Running Club, 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32217. This is a 501©3 club.

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