By Tracy Green
When you live in this part of the country (Louisville, Kentucky), summer is for short racing because it’s generally too miserable for much else. This summer, I squeezed in three races in less than six weeks while building my marathon base for Monumental in November. Multiple times I thought, “Why on earth did I think this was a good idea?"
By Mary Marcia Brown
My eyes were intensely fixated on the women of the Olympic Team USA as they ran the 4x100-meter heat in Rio. My poached eggs cooled in the hushed bagel shop as, in shock, I watched the baton bounce between runners before rolling out of the confusion-filled television frame.
Jorgensen joins an already stacked American professional athlete field that includes U.S. Olympic distance runners Molly Huddle and Kim Conley, both also making their debuts
NEW YORK — Four days after winning the USA’s first-ever Olympic gold medal in triathlon, Gwen Jorgensen will shift gears to begin training to make her marathon debut at the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 6, it was announced by New York Road Runners.
HOKA ONE ONE Postal Nationals
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
Long time RW editor, Joe Henderson once wrote that cross country is the meeting place of the miler and the marathoner. If you want to be good in either of those events, or those in between, you should run cross country. The savvy cross country runner trains all summer (and in Summer of 2017, we will be ther for you), but it is August 22, and cross country is starting for high schoolers across the U.S. today.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -- 2012 Olympic 10,000m silver medalist Galen Rupp (Portland, Oregon) went the distance at the Rio Olympic Games, winning bronze in the men’s marathon to become just the fifth American man to medal in the marathon this century. Rupp, who finished fifth last week in the 10,000m final, coasted through the closing steps of the Sambódromo to finish his second career marathon in 2:10:05.
The 2016 Rio Olympic Games was one for the ages for Team USA. Historic “first” medals, American and Olympic records and a deluge of newfound medals in the middle- and long-distance events marked a dominating U.S. performance.
Most “firsts” were turned in by the women - first golds in the 400m hurdles and shot put; first medals of any color in the 1,500m and steeplechase; first women’s sweep, coming in the 100m hurdles. The men made their historical mark just as clearly, with two Olympic records and medal-winning performances in five of six distances 800m and over.
Below is a summary of Team USA superlatives at the Rio Games.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -- A continuation of Team USA’s stunning distance success teamed with traditional relay dominance Saturday night at Olympic Stadium as Matthew Centrowitz and the 4x400m relays won from the front. Paul Chelimo of the U.S. Army, meanwhile, won a silver medal in the 5000m, briefly lost it, then had it restored. By the end of the night, Team USA had pushed its medal total to 31, and Allyson Felix earned her ninth, tying her as the most-decorated female track athlete in Olympic history.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Thursday evening at Olympic Stadium, track fans witnessed something never before seen in Olympic competition: a relay team running a solo time trial, in an attempt to make a final.
When the Team USA quartet of Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, English Gardner and Morolake Akinosun ran the fastest time of the round, 41.77, to make it to the final, it marked the third consecutive day that the efforts of USATF’s High Performance team had resulted in Team USA athletes advancing to a final round.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -- Ending a 32-year medal drought in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, American record holder Evan Jager (Algonquin, Illinois) ran a masterful race to earn silver and become the first American man to medal in the event since Brian Diemer in 1984. Four athletes advanced out of their respective track qualifying rounds Wednesday morning, while reigning Olympic champion Ashton Eaton (Bend, Oregon) began his gold medal defense in the men’s decathlon.
Athlete Quotes - Olympics, Day 5
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -- Jenny Simpson (Oviedo, Florida) made a mad dash into the annals of U.S. Olympic history, winning the first medal by an American woman in the 1500m. Along with Simpson’s historic run, seven other athletes qualified for finals Tuesday as track & field action continued at Olympic Stadium.
By Er Ralston, Race Director
WINSTON-SALEM, NC — Beat the Heat lived up to its name in many ways this year. Temperatures peaked at 93 degrees on race day giving us the hottest Beat the Heat races in 20 years. Participants were also treated to a hotly contested elite competition with local runner and defending champion Donnie Cowart prevailing as the NC USATF 5K champion. The top 3 men’s finishers had all competed in the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials in various events.
SAVANNAH, GA. – – Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon has unveiled new course changes for the 2016 event. The updated course will feature more of downtown Savannah’s historic and charming town squares, a redesigned section through the Gordonston neighborhood, parks and more. Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah returns the weekend of Nov. 5–6.
“The biggest change this year is that the course will run through more of downtown Savannah and less of the rural parts of the city,” said Ted Metellus, Course Director. “The updates will highlight even more of the beauty and history Savannah has to offer and we are thrilled to showcase the city to thousands of runners from around the world in November.”
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -- Emma Coburn (Crested Butte, Colorado) ran the race of her life Monday morning, clinching the first Olympic women’s steeplechase medal in U.S. history and posting Team USA’s fourth women’s American record so far in Rio.
Coburn captures historic bronze medal
Coburn ran her own race from the gun, leading for the first two laps before settling into fourth behind Hyvin Jepkemoi and Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya and Ruth Jebet of Burundi. The foursome broke away from the pack just 1 km into the race and made it a battle for the podium over the final stages.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -- Four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan (Marblehead, Massachusetts) proved her preparation for the streets of Rio was near-perfection, as she set a new American record in the women's-only marathon while finishing sixth Sunday at the Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí.
Teammates Desi Linden (Chula Vista, California) and Amy Cragg (Leavenworth, Kansas) also finished in the top 10 for the best team finish in U.S. Olympic team history.
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
As the three kings of the 400 meters came off the turn, Wayde Van Niekerk had a slight lead. Kirani James and LaShawn Merritt were dueling, as Wayne Van Niekerk continued to drive down the final straight, going where no man has gone before. Leaning at the tape, Van Niekerk ran 43.03, breaking the 1999 world record of Micheal Johnson, of 43.18, set in Sevilla in 1999. I feel lucky to have seen them both.
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
Almaz Ayana has destroyed the World Record in the 10,000 meters, running 29:17.45 to take over 14 seconds off the World Record set by Wang Junxia of China nearly 23 years ago! Ayana stayed in the lead pack for 5000 meters, and then, rushed for home, chased by Vivan Cheruiyot. Ayana's style of light running, with a gifted stride took her lead from four seconds to fourteen, as Vivian Cheruiyot guttily held on for the silver medal. Tirunesh Dibaba, the 2008 and 2012 champion, took third from Alice Nawowuna, who lead for the first five kilometers. Here is how I saw the race transpire:
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
Running truly the race of her life, Molly Huddle took sixth in the finest 10,000 women's field in Olympic history! With Alice Nawowuna leading through 5k in 14:46.81, just four seconds off AR of Molly at 5000 meters, Huddle showed some race savvy and slowed it down. She passed Geleta Burka, ETh for seventh about 7k and went of to pass Yasemin Can, Turkey (via Kenya) for sixth place.
By Dave Hunter for RunBlogRun.com
Remember when air travel was an exciting, even sophisticated adventure? Airline television commercials featured majestic aircraft soaring into the skies while orchestras unfurled stirring classical pieces and you were invited to "fly the friendly skies." Perky, tailored stewardesses offered you cocktails and served you hot meals. "May I get you a pillow?" they'd ask with a smile. Heck, passengers even dressed up to take to the air. Flying was an uplifting, even soothing experience.
The country’s clearinghouse of high school sports reports that track & field is the nation’s #1 and fastest-growing high school participatory sport.
Released Wednesday, The National Federation of State High School Associations' annual High School Athletics Participation Survey reveals that track and field last year logged the biggest increase for both boys and girls. The sport saw 12,501 more boys and 7,243 more girls compete during the 2015-2016 season.
Last school year, 1,077,101 student-athletes participated in track & field, making it the #1 participatory sport for boys and girls. It again reigned as the #1 sport for girls (485,969) and #2 sport for boys (591,133, behind football).
The NOTC Hall of Fame was established in 2013. The purposes of establishing a Hall of Fame include:
Recognizing present and past members of the NOTC for their contributions to developing and improving running activities in the New Orleans area.
Recognizing present and past members for their athletic achievements in club racing as members of the NOTC.
Familiarizing area runners with the contributions and achievements of those who have come before..