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11/04/2012 - 16:12

4,155 complete Sunday’s race events; local runner breaks half marathon record

Raleigh set a record today when more than 5,000 runners spanned Hillsborough Street for the start of the sixth annual Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon, Rex Healthcare Half Marathon, and News & Observer Old Reliable 10K. Cool autumn temperatures and overcast skies presented ideal race conditions for local and national athletes who vied for cash prizes and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities.

For the first time, the marathon field capped out and registration was closed after the cancellation of the New York City Marathon on Friday caused an unexpected boost in registration requests. Race organizers expanded the marathon field by more than 100 spots to help accommodate some of the shut-out athletes.

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Date: 
11/04/2012 - 14:50

Stephen Pifer, Venera Sarmosova victorious in half-marathon; Mescal runs for ACS, first charity runner to win a Rock 'n' Roll race; Adelitas Way headlined the post race concert

Running USA wire
The Hostess City of the South rolled out a welcoming combination of ideal weather and thousands of enthusiastic spectators as more than 17,000 entrants took to the streets for the 2nd Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon benefiting the American Cancer Society on Saturday, Nov. 3. The road race started in downtown Savannah and ended in Forsyth Park.

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NYC Marathon called off by Mayor Bloomberg

Date: 
11/02/2012 - 17:23
Date: 
11/02/2012 - 17:23

The New York City Marathon has been called off.

The action was taken jointly by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Road Runners in a joint statement.

Officials said they did not want "a cloud to hang over the race or its participants."

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1972 NYC Marathon runner has an appeal

Date: 
11/02/2012 - 10:11
Date: 
11/02/2012 - 10:11

By Bruce Morrison, Publisher

Paul Riefberg remembers when he finished the New York City Marathon 40 years earlier in 2:59. Riefberg, a former Alabama resident who now lives in Texas, was then running for the Long Island Athletic Club.

The New York City Marathon was in its infancy back then and there were only 182 finishers. Through an unusual situation, Riefberg was disqualified and he would like for that to be reversed all these years later. His time still counted as a qualifyer for the Boston Marathon, thus you need to know the rest of the story.

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USATF announces 2012 Hall of Fame class

Date: 
11/01/2012 - 16:42
Date: 
11/01/2012 - 16:42

INDIANAPOLIS – USA Track & Field announced Thursday that all-time track and field greats Charles Austin, Kim Batten, Pat McDonald and Arthur Duffey along with Millrose Games legends Fred and Howard Schmertz make up the 2012 class of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame.

The group will be inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame on Saturday, December 1, at the Jesse Owens Hall of Fame Banquet as part of the 2012 USATF Annual Meeting in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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Date: 
10/29/2012 - 11:13

Close to 2,500 participants hit the streets for the 2012 Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay on Sunday, October 28. The event, which started and finished at Atlantic Station, marked the 50th running of the Atlanta Marathon and 2nd running of the Atlanta Marathon Relay.

“We are extremely proud of how the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay showcases the best of the Atlanta community,” said Tracey Russell, executive director of the Atlanta Track Club. “From the 26.2 mile course that runs past some of Atlanta’s memorable neighborhoods and sites such as Oakland Cemetery, Virginia-Highland and Piedmont Park to the 24 metro-Atlanta nonprofits participating in the Adopt a Marathon Mile program that helped provide cheer zones and support out on the course, marathon and relay participants certainly got a feel for what makes Atlanta so great.”

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Date: 
10/29/2012 - 11:10

Army's World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) makes another statement at the 37th Marine Corps Marathon; Record 23,454 finishers participate
By Steve Nearman, Running USA wire

One week after the Army's World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) made a statement at the Army Ten-Miler, its team made another statement in the nation's capital at the 37th Marine Corps Marathon, filling three of the top seven spots in the nation's fourth-largest 26.2-mile race, which achieved record participation levels.

Led by Army Specialist Augustus Maiyo, who was a close second at the Army Ten-Miler seven days ago, WCAP bolted from the start as a team and scored first, second and seventh in the Marines' annual showcase event.

"I actually wanted to win as a team," said the 29-year-old Kenyan-turned-American after struggling through the last miles of his debut marathon. "I thought I'd run 2:15. When I hit 20 miles, I thought 'Oh man,' I was thinking of stopping."

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What if you couldn't run?

Date: 
10/25/2012 - 17:45
Date: 
10/25/2012 - 17:45

By Dink Taylor, Fleet Feet Huntsville (AL)

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to have your running taken away from you? In case you did not hear, just two months ago I had a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Basically I had bleeding on the brain and not only was my running taken away but it tried to kill me. When I say tried to kill me, I am referring to the 40% that die from SAH.

I was not able to run for several weeks but after the headaches subsided, I was able to ease back into running. Just this past Sunday I was able to enjoy an easy 10 miler and was able to reflect on the things I missed about running. There are also some things that I have enjoyed in getting to where I am at this point in my recovery.

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Date: 
10/24/2012 - 12:45

Veteran running journalists come together to produce collector's edition

Running USA wire
marinecorpsbook.jpgWASHINGTON, D.C. - The 37 year history of the Marine Corps Marathon will be illustrated for the first time in brilliant, lavish and moving pictures in a new large photographic book produced by 26.2 Publishing LLC, the book's co-authors announced.

Release of the hardcover book is expected in February 2013 with vivid photo images of one of the world's largest and most beloved marathons splashed across approximately 150 pages in an attractive bold 11 1/4" by 10 3/4" page format. This book will appeal to past and present participants of the event, as well as running fans everywhere in the world.

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Date: 
10/18/2012 - 17:46

The Critz Tybee Run Fest 2013 and media partners Savannah Morning News and savannahnow.com, has announced the return of the Tee Shirt Design Contest for the early 2013 February Run Fest. The contest is open to participants of all ages anywhere. Last year’s contest design finalists received over 10,000 online votes to crown the winning Tee Shirt design called “The Shark."

The person who creates the winning tee shirt design will have the artwork printed on the shirts of thousands of runners and receive a Tybee Island weekend prize package, provided by Tybee Vacation Rentals (www.tybeevacationrentals.com) and dinner at the Sundae Café (www.sundaecafe.com), both sponsors of the CRITZ TYBEE RUN FEST 2013.

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Date: 
10/13/2012 - 17:40

By Steve Nearman, For Corrigan Sports Enterprises

BALTIMORE, MD - Last year Stephen Muange made his debut marathon a memorable one here at the Baltimore Marathon. No longer a rookie at the 26.2-mile distance, he successfully defeated his 2011 title today with the same close finish as last year.

While Muange pulled off a four-second victory over Ethiopian Ambesse Tolosa last year, he cut it even closer this year. The 31-year-old Kenyan who trains in Santa Fe, NM, ran step for step with another Ethiopian, Tesfaye Alemayehu of Antioch, CA, for the final five miles to capture the 2012 Under Armour Baltimore Marathon in 2 hours 13 minutes 8 seconds.

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Date: 
10/11/2012 - 13:28

Record registration of 4,500 at 4th edition; only four runners beat the Karhu Bear in 5K
Running USA wire
By Jason Brown, US Road Sports

A record field of 4,500 registered participants hit the streets of Atlanta's Town Brookhaven community for the fourth Allstate Life Insurance Atlanta 13.1 Marathon® and Karhu 5K events on Sunday morning. The 13.1-mile half marathon and 5K started and finished in Town Green, adjacent to the hybrid Publix and took runners through Brookhaven and Chamblee.

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Date: 
10/08/2012 - 16:54

Third edition pays out U.S.-only prize money for top American finishers

Running USA wire
By Steve Nearman

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Samuel Ndereba and Fernando Cabada ran head-to-head for much of the third edition of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon Sunday. As all of their battles have ended, it was Ndereba who got the best of Cabada on a cool drizzling day.

It took Ndereba, a staple on the U.S. road race circuit, 65 minutes, 15 seconds to win the point-to-point 13.1-mile race which begins at the Mount Vernon home of George Washington, crosses the famous Woodrow Wilson Bridge and concludes at this modern resort called National Harbor. Cabada trailed by 25 seconds.

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Date: 
10/02/2012 - 15:52

Donation in Support of the Bicycle EMT Program

atc donation.jpgThe Atlanta Track Club (ATC), organizer of the world’s largest 10K, the AJC Peachtree Road Race, presented Grady Health Foundation with a $15,000 donation to continue its support of the Grady Bicycle EMT program. The bicycle team is comprised of Grady Health System EMTs and paramedics who provide various levels of emergency medical care to runners participating in the annual AJC Peachtree Road Race on the Fourth of July. The Atlanta Track Club has sponsored the Grady Bicycle EMT program since its inception in 2003 and to date has donated more than $135,000 to the program.

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Date: 
09/26/2012 - 16:51

Dr. Travis Taylor Will Compete Wearing 40 Pounds of Full-Body Armor for Special Episode in Season Two

Season Two Premieres Thursday, November 29, on NGC

The Rocket City Rednecks have bombproofed a truck using beer cans in an effort to create armor for military vehicles and constructed a homemade hovercraft using a tarp from the garage. This October, they'll bring their unique mix of southern charm and advanced degrees to the 37th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) in Washington, D.C., as Rocket City Rednecks star Dr. Travis Taylor runs the course wearing the Rednecks' latest invention - a lightweight, full-body armor suit.

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Date: 
09/25/2012 - 17:46

3,600 Children Will Participate in Guinness World Record Attempt on Race Day

- A newly-expanded race field of 3,600 kids ages 5 to 12 will participate in the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Healthy Kids Fun Run presented by The Washington Post held on October 27 in the Pentagon North Parking Lot in Arlington, VA. This year, the one-mile event also will give participants the opportunity to set two Guinness World Records.

National Geographic Kids and the MCM will coordinate the record-breaking efforts through the "Run for the Planet" initiative. Five thousand people worldwide are required to run 100 meters within a 24-hour period between noon on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 to set a new Guinness Record. All participants in the Kids Run will count toward this total as the time window closes coinciding with the event's final wave. Additionally, 12,500 pairs of shoes are required to break the record for most athletic shoes collected. A shoe drop location will be available at the Kids Run for shoes that will be recycled into athletic surfaces.

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Date: 
09/19/2012 - 17:57

By Nancy Clark, M.S., R.D.
Protein is a popular topic among both casual joggers and competitive runners, many of whom are confused about how much protein they need, when they should eat it, and the best kinds of protein to choose. The following article answers some of the questions runners commonly ask about protein in a sports diet. The information was presented by prominent protein researchers at the American College of Sports Medicine’s Annual Convention (May, 2012). The session was sponsored by P.I.N.E.S, a global network of Professionals In Nutrition for Exercise & Sport (www.PINESNutrition.org).

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Date: 
09/12/2012 - 15:22

Gardner women's silver medalist; U.S. records set by Morton, Garner in Katowice, Poland
Running USA wire
From USATF

INDIANAPOLIS - Mike Morton (Lithia, Fla.) and Connie Gardner (Medina, Ohio) both set U.S. records at the 9th IAU World 24 Hour Run Championships in Katowice, Poland, as Morton won the men's title, while Gardner's silver medal finish led the women to the world team title on September 9.

Over the 1550 meter course, Morton, 41, won by nearly ten miles after leading throughout the race. Morton covered 172.457 miles to better Scott Jurek's national record from 2010 by nearly seven miles. Florian Reus of Germany and Ludovic Dilmi of France finished second and third respectively.

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Date: 
09/09/2012 - 17:43

Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner, ESPN College Basketball Analyst Andy Katz join more than 5,000 entrants at prestigious multi-sport event in Washington DC

Dan Cruz, Competitor Group
DC Tri Club wins female race.jpgWASHINGTON, DC – The 7th Annual Nation’s Triathlon To Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society took place under ideal weather conditions on Sept. 9 in the National Capital. Competitors from 48 states and 16 countries, including active duty service members and first responders joined a field of more than 5,000 entrants who competed in the international distance triathlon swim, bike and run event.

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Date: 
09/03/2012 - 19:53

Kenya's Kurgat, Japan's Ohara take titles at 12th Labor Day Weekend half-marathon; local Olympic gold medalist Francena McCorory delights crowd as official starter; legend Frank Shorter finishes 13.1-mile event nearly 40 years to the date of historic Olympic Marathon victory; Train post-race concert on the beach
Running USA wire
By Dan Cruz, Competitor Group

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - With warm temperatures and high humidity, the 12th Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon crowned two new champions on Sunday morning. Nicholas Kurgat of Kenya was the first across the finish line on the Virginia Beach boardwalk, covering the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 45 seconds. Running her first race in the United States, 22-year-old Rei Ohara from Japan won the women's race in 1:13:50.

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