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American Galen Rupp Wins Chicago Marathon

Date: 
10/09/2017 - 12:22
Date: 
10/09/2017 - 12:22

CHICAGO — Galen Rupp ran 2:09:20 to win the Chicago Marathon, becoming the first American male in 15 years to win the event. Rupp was the Olympic bronze medalist.

Rupp knocked 38 seconds off his personal best time and won by 28 seconds over second place finisher Abel Kirui. Third went to Bernard Kipyego in 2:10:23. World record holder Dennis Kimetto dropped out at 25 kilometers.

In the women’s race, Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia ran 2:18:31, sixth fastest time in history, to win in the second-fastest Chicago Marathon time ever. Brigid Kosgei of Kenya was second in 2:20:22.

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Date: 
10/06/2017 - 13:35

By Carolyn Mather
As we leave the dog days of summer, and begin preparing for a late fall/winter marathon or half marathon, it might be a good idea this fall to add a little speed to your training runs. After all, you want to be at your best at a race that takes so much preparation.

Whether it is the mile or the marathon, you will run faster if you get stronger. The stronger you are, the easier it is to work at a given sub-maximum level of stress loading. Marathoning is all about running sub-maximally for a very long period. The faster this sub-maximum pace is, the quicker is your finish.

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Date: 
10/04/2017 - 18:36

1984 Olympic Gold Medalist and 1985 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Champion Joan Benoit Samuelson has withdrawn from the 40th annual Chicago Marathon.

Benoit Samuelson is putting her record chase on hold. Samuelson announced this summer that she was targeting the 40th anniversary Bank of America Chicago Marathon to start the next chapter in her career by becoming the first woman at age 60 run a sub-three-hour marathon. Due to training setbacks as a result of an injury, Samuelson will not be competing in this years race on Oct. 8.

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Date: 
10/03/2017 - 05:20

By Richard Ferguson, Ph.D.
Many of us have been running for a very long time. Products of the running boom of the late 70s and early 80s, we began our running journey with Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers and Joan Benoit-Samuelson as our role models. Through the years and decades we continue to run, because we still enjoy it and derive varying sources of satisfaction from our running. However, this is not to say things in running are all peaches and cream and are getting easier as we age.

No matter how long you have been running, there are challenges to overcome. Injuries, bad weather, recovery from hard runs, low motivation, disappointing performances and maybe even brief periods of dropping out from running. If you run long enough you most certainly have met these challenges multiple times and overcome them.

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Date: 
09/29/2017 - 17:10

By Rae Ann Darling Reed

My first week of training for the Disney Marathon coincided with the approach of Hurricane Irma. Thursday’s run went well but I skipped Friday’s run to focus on hurricane preparations. By Saturday morning I needed the distraction after all the hurricane preparations and hours of watching the coverage on television trying to determine when and where Irma would hit the southwest Florida coast and how bad it would be.

I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get in Sunday’s long run so I decided to move the long run to Saturday. It was extremely windy but other than that, pretty nice conditions for a run.

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Date: 
09/28/2017 - 16:48

Defending champions, Germany’s Jan Frodeno and Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf, headline elite field.
TAMPA, Fla. (September 28, 2017) – Triathlon’s top professional talent will convene in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i on October 14 for the 41st edition of the IRONMAN® World Championship, the most iconic one-day endurance event in the world. Leading one of the most competitive and talented professional fields in race history, Jan Frodeno (DEU) and Daniela Ryf (CHE) will both be looking to win their third-straight IRONMAN World Championship title.

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Date: 
09/27/2017 - 18:42

By Teri Saylor

Run against hate graphic.jpgPhoto by Brent Francese

(Author’s note: This is the first in a series of “This Running Life” articles on how running builds community.)

I was running late on a recent steamy summer evening and as I parked my car, I saw runners already hitting the sidewalk. It was a special night in downtown Raleigh, just a couple of weeks after the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Date: 
09/25/2017 - 19:52

littledebbie.jpgCHATTANOOGA, TN (Sept. 24) - Chattanooga provided a beautiful backdrop for athletes from around the world at the 2017 Little Debbie IRONMAN(r) Chattanooga triathlon presented by McKee a Family Bakery.

Liz Lyles (USA) of Reno, Nevada took the top honors with a finishing time of 9:05:33. Lyles took the title after a dominating performance, finishing over twenty minutes ahead of Kim Schwabenbauer (USA), of Knox, PA, who claimed a second place finish with a time of 9:28:46. Jessica Donavan (USA) rounded out the podium in third place with a time of 9:31:49.

Fourth and fifth went to Kelly Williamson (USA) in 9:33:41 and Kelly Fillnow (USA) IN 9:40:05.

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Date: 
09/25/2017 - 15:44

berlin.pngBERLIN, Germany — Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won the Berlin Marathon in 2:03:32 on Sunday — not a record, not with high humidity and intense rain during the race. In a surprise, his toughest competition was from Guy Adola of Ethiopia, who finished in 2:03:46 in his first marathon and the quickest ever debut. Third went to Felix Kandle in 2:06:12.

Gladys Cherono of Kenya won the women’s race in 2:20:21, winning for the second time at Berlin. Ruti Aga of Ethiopia was second in 2:20:41, followed by Valary Aiyabei of Kenya in 2:20:53.

Adola’s second-place finish in the men’s race was a surprise in that the chief competition had been expected from Wilson Kipsange of Kenya, who was second last year but dropped out at 30K this time. Then, last year’s winner, Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia dropped out shortly afterward.

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Date: 
09/22/2017 - 10:31

The RRCA now offers a combined group music license service through both performing rights organizations ASCAP and BMI.

ARLINGTON, VA – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) are pleased to announce that the two organizations have worked to develop a simple and cost-effective group music license service for members of the RRCA, offering a discounted rate of 10% off the regular licensing fee for an endurance event. This new service, coupled with the RRCA’s current group program with BMI, is a first-of-its-kind in the running industry and will provide RRCA member clubs, events and event management companies with a simple process to obtain annual music licenses for events from both performing rights organizations (PRO) through a single transaction with the RRCA.

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Date: 
09/20/2017 - 16:27

IMG_4748.JPGATLANTA -- Sept. 20 --Work is underway to revitalize a track that is part of Atlanta’s Olympic legacy. Cheney Stadium, the facility once used as the warm-up facility for track and field athletes at the 1996 Olympic Games, is being restored following fundraising efforts by Atlanta Track Club.

Crews from Rekortan began pouring the new track surface today at Cheney Stadium in Atlanta’s Phoenix Park. Initial work began over a week ago, and the project is expected to continue over the next few weeks. Once work is completed, the track will reopen to the public.

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Date: 
09/19/2017 - 11:46

msblueslogo-nodate-1.pngJACKSON, MS — The Mississippi Blues Marathon was hit by a rare ice store in January of this year and was cancelled the night before the event. About 4,000 runners had registered for the various events, including the marathon, half marathon, quarter marathon, and relays. Runners were offered free entry into a Rock’n’Roll race and a 25% discount into the next Mississippi Blues Marathon event. They could also run a virtual race and submit proof of finishing a marathon to receive a Mississippi Blues race packet, which included a medal from the event.

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Date: 
09/18/2017 - 18:34

MS-Blues-Featured-Image1.jpgJACKSON, MS – Organizers of the Mississippi Blues Marathon are pleased to announce that Continental Tire the Americas has signed on to serve as Presenting Sponsor of the eleventh annual event, which will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018, in Jackson. In 2016, Continental broke ground just outside of Jackson on its most technologically advanced tire manufacturing facility in North America and will begin production in 2019.

Blues Marathon Race Director John Noblin stated, “We are pleased to announce Continental Tire as our new presenting sponsor.

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Date: 
09/18/2017 - 15:46

gallowaybook10.jpg Mental Training for Runners, Jeff Galloway’s encouraging book of mental training strategies, will show you how to train your mind to stay in control.

Staying motivated can sometimes be a challenge but Galloway will help you break down your challenges into smaller steps, helping you stay motivated while setting and reaching new goals.

Learn how to break through barriers and stay in control when you’re confronted with circumstances that cause you to hesitate going on your run. Jeff provides tips on how to deal with stress, everyday situations, and defeat excuses. Over time your habits change when utilizing the everyday drills and training tools to lower your stress and set realistic goals.

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Date: 
09/17/2017 - 05:17

By Bruce Davis
Peninsula Track Club

FORT EUSTIS, VA — Joe Kane, 30, of Alexandria won the 36th Annual Mulberry Island Half Marathon on Saturday in 1:22:54. Second male was John Piggott, 52, of Williamsburg, in 1:27:09. Third male was Doug Fernandez, 57, of Richmond, in 1:27:18.

For the Women in the Half Marathon, first went to Sarah Heins, 21, of Wilmington, DE, with a time of 1:24:41, who finished second overall in the event. Second woman was Tressas Breindel, 39, of Richmond, in 1:29:18 with third going to Christin Hoffstadt, 26, of Norfolk, in 1:30:50.

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Date: 
09/15/2017 - 18:44

LITTLE ROCK, AR -– For the 15th consecutive year, Baptist Health will serve as the presenting sponsor of the Little Rock Half Marathon. The Little Rock Half Marathon, presented by Baptist Health, is part of the 16th Annual Little Rock Marathon Race Weekend, presented by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, to be held March 2 – 4 in downtown Little Rock and benefits Little Rock Parks & Recreation.

With more than 175 points of access and nine hospitals across the state, including the newly opened Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway, Baptist Health is Arkansas’ Leader in Healthcare and is committed to delivering “All Our Best” in health care to the people of Arkansas.

More than 14,000 participants and an estimated 30,000 spectators will descend on central Arkansas for five road races and a two-day health and fitness expo.

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Date: 
09/13/2017 - 12:05

While the Boston Marathon course is considered advantageous — and ineligible for records — due to its net elevation loss and point-to-point format, researchers have found times there to be slower than those on other World Marathon Majors courses, including London, Berlin, Chicago and New York.

The study, led by researcher Philip Maffetone and published by PLOS One, cites race times of the top-10 male and top-10 female finishers of all races in the WMM for the years 2005-2014. London and Berlin were shown to be the first and second fastest courses, respectively, for both men and women, while the top finishing times of men and women at Boston were shown to be typically slower than all other venues.

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Date: 
09/13/2017 - 11:26

Portion of race registrations to be donated to Red Cross

atcweblogo.jpgATLANTA –– In response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, Atlanta Track Club launched “Run for Relief” this week. The weeklong fundraising drive for the American Red Cross will collect portions of race registrations and donate them to disaster relief efforts.

During the campaign, Atlanta Track Club will donate $1 for every mile a participant registers to run or walk in three of the Club’s premier events: the Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon, Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon & 5K and PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K.

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Date: 
09/10/2017 - 20:09

4587e723-c172-4fa7-a0d5-b61b365241e6.jpgCHATTANOOGA, TN (Sept. 10, 2017; IRONMAN, A Wanda Sports Holding Company) — Sunday, on the final day of the ICY HOT® IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Javier Gómez (ESP) ran his way to victory with a time of 3:49:45. Entering the run portion of the race, Gómez faced a four-minute deficit, but by mile-eight he made his pass on American Ben Kanute to seal his second IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship victory. Closing out the first-ever two-day IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, approximately 2,800 male athletes were registered to compete in the ICY HOT IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.

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Date: 
09/10/2017 - 19:23

Nick Willis gets fourth win, record-number 7,664 total finishers race in 23 heats throughout the day.

NEW YORK — The USA’s Jenny Simpson raced to her record-extending sixth win – matching the event-record time of 4:16.6 in the process – and New Zealand’s Nick Willis took the tape in 3:51.3, tying the men’s record with his fourth event title, at the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile on Sunday.

In the world’s largest and longest running road mile race, 31-year-old Simpson won for the sixth time – the fifth time consecutively – with her time of 4:16.6 matching PattiSue Plummer’s event record from 1990. It was also a new personal-best time for Simpson, who ended her 2017 season on the top of the podium after having already won silver over 1500 meters at August’s IAAF World Championships in London.

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