INDIANAPOLIS -- Olympic gold medalists Michelle Carter and Matthew Centrowitz have been voted the 2016 Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Jesse Owens Athletes of the Year following spectacular indoor and outdoor campaigns that saw the duo combine for four global golds and a slew of history-making performances.
Carter and Centrowitz will be honored, along with the 2016 Youth Athlete of the Year, Masters Athlete of the Year, Nike Coach of the Year, and the Wing Award winners, at the 2016 Jesse Owens Banquet on Saturday, December 3 at the Hilton at Walt Disney World. Tickets are available here.
“I am so honored to be the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athlete of the Year,” Carter said. “It has been the best year of my career. I could not do this alone, and I want to thank everyone for every single word of encouragement and all of the support over the years.”
By Dan List
(Dan List, a two-time finisher of the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon, is the owner-operator of James River Physical Therapy in suburban Richmond, VA. For more information, check out http://jamesriverpt.com.)
Marines are known to be hard-headed. So maybe that’s my excuse.
But why did it take me – a Marine veteran, physical therapist, marathoner and former triathlon aficionado – so long to figure out what should have been obvious? That, at age 48, I could trim several minutes off my best finish in the Boston Marathon if I only practiced what I preached.
Earlier this month, the RRCA announced its Fall 2016 Runner Friendly Communities. To better celebrate the communities that have been selected, and to encourage other communities to apply, we're spotlighting them with profiles of what made them worthy of this designation.
Tallahassee is the largest city in northwest Florida, with a population of over 181,000 within the city limits and over 375,000 within the metro area. The capital of Florida, the city is home to multiple government entities as well as several trade and professional associations.
SARASOTA, FL — The Sarasota Music Half Marathon announced its band lineup will include 20 course bands and 1 after-party headliner. Registration for the Feb. 7 event is available at SarasotaHalf.com.
Following the route along bayfront Sarasota, around St. Armands Circle and through Selby Gardens, runners and walkers will pass live music 42 times while completing the 13.1 miles through downtown Sarasota.
Popular event sold out in its fourth year.
ATLANTA –- The 2016 PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K featured the largest crowd in the event’s history on Sunday as well as the arrival of cool, fall temperatures. More than 5,000 participants toed the line at Atlantic Station to take on the challenging course, which winds through West Midtown and Buckhead.
Atlanta Track Club Elite’s Kirubel Erassa dominated the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler with a 50:01 finish, breaking the tape more than five minutes ahead of second place finisher Josh Carson of Atlanta (55:11). “It was challenging,” said Erassa. “I thought I was done with the hills, and then there was a lot more. It was fun.”
By Ryan Warrenburg
With summer mercifully in the rearview mirror, it’s time to turn the months of fighting through the heat and humidity into fast fall racing. There is no greater feeling than those first weeks when the weather breaks and the air is cool and crisp. The blood plasma boosting heat of the summer makes those first few weeks of fall feel like you could run forever, and now it’s time to take advantage of that in training and racing. One of the challenges in preparing for fall marathons is dealing with the summer heat early in training that can make long runs and workouts difficult to execute.
Abebe Bikila Award to be presented to past NYRR head Mary Wittenberg and George Hirsch Journalism Award to be presented to New York Times writer Jeré Longman
Public ceremony to honor inductees and award winners to take place at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion in Central Park on November 3 at 4:00 p.m.
ST. LOUIS -- The "Gateway City" of St. Louis played gracious host to thousands of runners at the Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Half Marathon on Sunday. Participants faced warmer-than-usual temperatures with partly cloudy skies in Missouri's second largest city.
Group to ride lead vehicle and participate in race-week festivities as ambassadors for world’s largest marathon
The Rio 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team – Amy Cragg, Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Linden, Meb Keflezighi, Galen Rupp, and Jared Ward – has been named Grand Marshals for the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 6, it was announced by New York Road Runners.
Annapolis is the capital city for the State of Maryland, as well as the county seat of Ann Arundel County with a population of 38,400 residents. It is home to the United States Naval Academy, which was established in 1845. Annapolis is situated on the Chesapeake Bay between the major metropolitan cities of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD, and proximity to these cities have positive impact on life in the region.
Efforts will now include random year-round testing, education, and advocacy
New York Road Runners has introduced NYRR Run Clean, a comprehensive clean sport initiative, it was announced by Peter Ciaccia, president of events, New York Road Runners and race director, TCS New York City Marathon.
"Competition is a core tenet of New York Road Runners’ mission to help and inspire people through running. To compete fairly, with respect for yourself and others, and to run clean is where it all starts,” said Ciaccia. “Together with our athletes and partners, we share a collective responsibility to do all we can to ensure a clean sport. We need to communicate better, educate more, and keep working on testing and results management.”
By Jeff Benjamin, RunBlogRun.com
Don't ever tell Billy Mills that nothing is impossible.
Billy Mills is fighting against the powerful Energy Transfer Company's plan to build an 1100 mile long oil pipeline through native Lakota Indian lands to Illinois. Alongside thousands of fellow protesters of all different backgrounds, Mills is showing the same passion and energy which he displayed in grand style more than 50 years ago. In the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, shocking everybody by not only taking on the world's best runners in the 10,000 meters, but defeating them in winning the gold medal, Billy Mills stunned the world.
By Tracy Green
One of the country’s top ultra distance runners is walking through the parking lot of a Panera Bread in Louisville, KY, on a Thursday afternoon. She has a faded tattoo around one ankle, unbleached hair, the type of tan one gets from hours upon hours spent outdoors, and most of her toenails — at least for now.
Traci Falbo is a legend. But she’s a legend in the quintessential ultra runner way — meaning no one, other than me, recognizes her at this restaurant. In fact, even I was worried I wouldn’t recognize her in person, and I’m a huge fan.
Falbo, 44, will compete on the U.S. team for the 100k World Championships in Spain on Nov. 27 — her third national team, and she’s already on another, the 24-hour World Championships in July 2017.
Tatyana McFadden captures her seventh women’s wheelchair victory
CHICAGO - In today's Bank of America Chicago Marathon, 40,400 runners crossed the finish line in Chicago's "front yard," Grant Park, as ideal weather conditions greeted them as well as thousands of volunteers and more than 1.7 million spectators. For the second consecutive year, race organizers did not use pacesetters, resulting in championship style racing and head-to-head competition. The men's race saw a new champion crowned as 2012 Olympic marathon silver medalist Abel Kirui (KEN) held off defending champion Dickson Chumba (KEN) down the homestretch, 2:11:23 to 2:11:26, respectively. Gideon Kipketer (KEN) arrived a distant third in 2:12:20..
By Teri Saylor
Growing up, I always noticed the knees.
I remember my granny's knees, round and dimpled with kneecaps buried deep in soft flesh, and when they peeked out from under her sensible day dresses and house coats, I studied the pallid skin, blue veins running just below the surface like rivers running on the maps I studied in school. She always wore stockings and kept the tops rolled down below those knees.
By Scott Ludwig
The boys in the lobby of the movie theater looked outside and saw the man in his 20’s running in the rain; a rain so cold that it eventually turned into hail. The boys laughed amongst themselves and reminded one another to slap each other silly if they ever did anything as stupid as wear shorts and run in the cold, cold rain.
If the boys had only known the man had just learned he was going to be a father for the first time they may not have been so judgmental. After all, the young man was a runner and that’s what runners do when they can’t find words to express their joy. They run.
Runners preparing for the race can enjoy seminars, training runs and special events
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —The Tallahassee Marathon and Half Marathon is kicking off training season with a bang this October. As runners begin their months long training for the half and full marathon events, the marathon is working with their partners to present a series of seminars, as well as training runs and special events to help build excitement as the Capital City’s premiere racing event approaches.
Since 1958, the members and supporters of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) have gathered in different cities around the country for the RRCA National Convention. Our host, the Downtown Runners and Walkers, invites you to join us for the 59th RRCA National Convention from March 9 - 12, 2017, to Celebrate Community Transformations through Running. The event concludes on Sunday March 12 with the 10,000 person Cork Town Races, which serves as the 2017 RRCA National 5k Championship.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Track and field fans have the opportunity to help select USATF’s 2016 Jesse Owens and Jackie Joyner-Kersee winners and the 2016 USATF Youth Athlete of the Year through online voting.
Fans can visit USATF Zone to vote for the Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year, Jackie Joyner-Kersee Female Athlete of the Year and the USATF Youth Athlete of the Year. Sign up for USATF Zone now to vote, earn wings for the Reward Store and engage with track & field fans around the globe. Fan voting concludes on Friday, October 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET. This year’s awards will be presented December 3 at the Jesse Owens Awards Ceremony, held in conjunction with USATF’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.