Canadian Sheryl Sawyer’s certification signifies the program’s overall growth and international appeal
SawyerIn September, Sheryl Sawyer of Cayuga, Ontario in Canada became the 200th person to successfully complete the Road Runners Club of America’s Race Director Certification course.
“After serving two years as a volunteer race director for a small fish-themed 5K race in Dunnville, Ontario, I’m expanding this year to a full race weekend,” Sawyer said. “The expansion of my responsibilities made me think it made sense to expand my knowledge base for managing events.”
ARLINGTON, VA – The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) announced its partnership with West Point’s U.S. Army Garrison Installation Family & MWR (Morale, Welfare & Recreation) to honor those who have lost loved ones to military service, regardless of circumstance, through physical and social activities.
On Sunday, Oct. 9, three West Point teams (two active duty and one cadet) will run for Team TAPS in the 32nd Annual Army Ten-Miler race in Washington, D.C. The Team Long Gray Line athletes will sport their West Point gear with a TAPS logo patch; and each will run for a fallen West Point cadet or graduate in honor of their legacy and in tribute to the families they leave behind.
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- After a 30-minute weather delay, over 15,000 runners, walkers and spectators from all 50 states and many foreign countries gathered Saturday, Sept. 17 to take part in the 20th annual U.S. Air Force Marathon at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Col. Bradley McDonald, the 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, said he was impressed by all the people responsible for organizing the marathon.
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
For a few weeks, Molly Huddle held both the 5000 meters and 10,000 meters ARs, but Shannon Rowbury ran 14:38.92 to nab that record. That could, in the future, give Molly some impotus to head back to the track, but right now, Molly Huddle is focused on the Marathon, as she should be.
Molly had focused most of the past year on building up for the 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials, and then the 10,000 meters in the Olympics. In Rio, on Aug. 12, Molly Huddle finished sixth, running 30:13.17 for a new American record (AR) in the 10,000 meters in the Engenhau Stadio Olimpico.
ATLANTA — Kristi Castlin may love the glitz of the West Coast and even spent part of the year in Los Angeles for training, however, the first-time Olympic bronze medalist never loses sight of where it all began.
"This is my home, my heart, my area..." she remarked after spending the morning dancing and exercising with students at Burgess-Peterson Academy in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -– Eight years after establishing the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, the organization that puts on the event announced a new name that demonstrates its growth beyond its well-known 26.2 mile road race and better identifies with its other monumental events, programs and partnerships. Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Inc. is now Beyond Monumental. The timing of the new name coincides with the announcement of a five year sponsor extension of the Apex Monumental Challenge, new events and new partnerships.
NEW YORK — Kenyans Stanley Biwott and Mary Keitany will return to the streets of New York City’s five boroughs on Sunday, November 6, when they go for their second and third consecutive TCS New York City Marathon titles, respectively, announced Peter Ciaccia, president of events for New York Road Runners and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon. The duo will go for a fourth-straight Kenyan sweep of the TCS New York City Marathon titles, headlining a star-studded field that also includes 18 Olympians and three celebrated American women making their marathon debuts.
RALEIGH, NC – Ten of the Triangle’s largest companies, which collectively employ more than 15,000 people locally, have signed on as major sponsors of Raleigh’s City of Oaks Marathon. Over 5,000 runners are expected to participate in the event’s 10th anniversary on Nov. 6, representing a 25% participation increase over the 2015 event. The ten major sponsors include: Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, LexisNexis, UNC Rex Healthcare, News and Observer, Red Hat, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Leith Volkswagen, CPI Security, Michelob Ultra, and Delta Airlines.
LITTLE ROCK — Brian Sieczkowski of Maumelle and Tia Stone of Searcy raced to victory at the Minuteman 5K on Sept. 10 in the RRCA Arkansas 5K Cross-Country Championship held at Western Hills Park.
Sieczkowski, 38, finished in 17:04.26. Mark Ferguson, 43, of Little Rock, was second in 17:12.1 and Jonathan Aram, 29, also of Little Rock, was third in 17:29.57.
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
My birthday is September 11. This year, I am 58 years old. I enjoyed my day with my son, my brother, my father and best wishes of my mother, and three sisters. I wanted to tell you about what happened to me on September 11, 2001.
I first met Victah Sailer thirty years ago in Boston. I was special projects manager at Runner's World then, and we gave Lynn Jennings a RW award. Victah Sailer was the photographer for the event. For the past thirty years, Victah Sailer has been photographer, confidant, but most of all, friend.
Anchorage, Alaska is a good place to spot a moose, or run a marathon if you’re Maryville’s Sarah Anderson.
This single mother to three daughters completed the 26.2-mile challenge on Aug. 22 on her way to an even bigger accomplishment. Anderson, 40, has now run a marathon in all 50 states. It all began over the love of a grandmother.
NEW YORK — AKTIV Against Cancer, the organization co-founded by legendary runner Grete Waitz, announced that Olympian, philanthropist and champion marathoner, Meb Keflezighi, will be the recipient of the second annual AKTIV Against Cancer Award, which will be presented at a ceremony during the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon week on Nov. 1 at the historic New York Athletic Club. The luncheon will feature speakers including last year’s recipient, Mary Wittenberg, Global CEO of Virgin Sport, and George Hirsch, Chairman of New York Road Runners (NYRR) among others.
By Rae Ann Darling Reed
Hot and humid with a daily rain or thunderstorm is basically the weather report all summer long in southwest Florida. After my week-long summer running camp at the end of July, I was asked how I dry out my shoes. Let’s face it, every run during the summer results in soaking wet shoes either from the rain or more likely, the sweat. So much sweat.
TUPELO, MS — Brian Gohlke , 23, ran his first marathon in 2:48:59, which proved victorious at the Tupelo Marathon on Sunday, Sept. 4. The Woodlands, TX resident’s time qualified him for the Boston Marathon. Sandy Lynch of Florence, AL, who is as high school cross-country coach, was the women’s winner in 3:23:44.
Second and third finishers in the marathon were Jim Brown (3:03:01) of Belden, MS, and Francis Steib (3:03:17) of Baton Rouge, LA. Finishing second and third females were Laura Brock (3:37:15) of Cullman, AL, and Caroline Casey (3:47:03) of Homewood, AL.
Tropical Storm Hermine Doesn’t Hold Back Runners in Virginia Beach.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – – Running any distance takes incredible perseverance and courage, but those who laced up their shoes on Sunday to take on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon truly went the “extra mile” by overcoming challenging conditions thanks to Tropical Storm Hermine to race either the 5K or the half marathon.
NEW YORK – American Jenny Simpson became the first five-time winner – man or woman – in event history and Eric Jenkins shocked the field with his top finish on the men’s side at the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile on Saturday.
Simpson, fresh off an Olympic bronze medal in the women’s 1500 meters last month, roared to victory in 4:18.3, the third fastest-women’s time in the 36-year history of the event. The win was Simpson’s fourth consecutive and fifth overall on Manhattan’s famous thoroughfare.
By Carolyn Mather
I just returned from nine days in Daytona Beach Shores and could not believe the heat. I realized for the first time that it is never cool in the summer in Florida and there is no shade in the beach communities. The temperature never went below the high 70s at night and walking out of the condo felt like a dive into thick soup! But it reminded me of the days when I lived and ran in south Florida and rarely realized how oppressively hot it was. But I ran with a group of doctors every Sunday and fondly remembered my friend Alan as we started out well before dawn on our summer long runs. He would optimistically state that one Sunday in the very near future there would be a touch of fall in the air and our runs could be after dawn and be much more pleasant. He was always right and we all looked forward to that cool fall morning.
By Ginger Herring, Editor
St. Petersburg (FL) Road Runners Newsletter
It was with mixed emotions that I said good bye to the Olympics. I enjoyed every minute, day and night, and I'm going into a bit of Olympic withdrawal. On the other hand, I am glad to get back to my normal schedule, especially getting more sleep.
By Lena Hollmann
We runners run a lot, some of us every day. And then we are wondering why our legs hurt so much!
Especially as we get older, running every day can take a toll on our legs. They feel dull and achy, and when we run, it can seem like we are dragging our feet. At least that’s the feeling I have on some of my runs. But if I just ran lightly the previous day, or took a yoga class instead of running, then I might feel like I’m floating on air.
By Alex Mill, RunBlogRun
While the Olympic Champions rightly get the majority of the plaudits when it comes to media coverage and public attention, it's worth appreciating just how much even gaining a medal of any colour can mean to the other athletes involved.
Sure, there are a few wishing they had won gold instead, but for many, this month's achievements have signified a first global breakthrough that could itself be converted into an Olympic title one day.