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Date: 
03/13/2011 - 17:34

Trafeh also earns Equalizer Bonus for first person across the finish line; nearly 15,000 finishers, a race record, at 34th edition

By Jim Estes, USATF
Running USA Wire

gate river run.jpgINDIANAPOLIS - (March 12, 2011) - Both Mo Trafeh (Duarte, Calif.) and Jen Rhines (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) won their second USA road titles of 2011 at the USA 15K Championships Saturday morning in Jacksonville, Florida. This year marked the 18th year that the Gate River Run hosted the national championships. Trafeh and Rhines were also the respective men's and women's champions at the USA Half Marathon Championships on January 29 in Houston.

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Running USA's Annual Marathon Report

Date: 
03/13/2011 - 12:31
Date: 
03/13/2011 - 12:31

Running USA wire
U.S. finisher total surpasses ½ million mark for the first time; more all-time records for the classic distance; ING New York City Marathon sets another world record as largest ever

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - (March 16, 2011) - Despite the lingering recession, "marathon mania" continued in the U.S. with another record year of growth as U.S. marathons in 2010 had an estimated 507,000 finishers, an 8.6% increase from 2009, the second largest increase in the past 25 years (U.S. marathons grew 9.9% in 2009).

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Remembering Sally

Date: 
03/13/2011 - 12:20
Date: 
03/13/2011 - 12:20

Houston Marathon Committee
This Athlete Spotlight is dedicated to Sally Meyerhoff, 27, who tragically lost her life on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 in a cycling accident in Maricopa, Arizona. The 2009 USA 25K road champion was a 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier with a marathon personal record of 2:35:49 that she set at the 2009 USA Marathon Championship hosted by Medtronic Twin Cities. The seven-time Arizona state champion also finished 20th at the 2008 U.S. Women's Olympic Marathon Trials in Boston, clocking 2:39:39.

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Date: 
02/28/2011 - 17:28

Half-marathon caps weekend of events that draws event record 22,000 participants to Walt Disney World
Running USA wire
By Bob Hitchcock, Disney Sports

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - (Feb. 27, 2011) - Holding off challengers virtually the entire 13.1 miles Sunday morning, Jennifer Hanley-Pinto, 33, of Jacksonville, Fla. survived long enough to hit the finish line first in 1 hour, 22 minutes, 1 second to win Disney's Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World Resort.

At the second edition, Caitlin Latimer of Lexington, Ky. was runner-up in 1:22:26, while Heather Schulz of Orlando was third (1:24:09) despite running a faster time than last year when she finished second.

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Savannah Striders Active and Involved

Date: 
02/22/2011 - 12:37
Date: 
02/22/2011 - 12:37

By: KAREN DOVE BARR

Striders 1.jpgThe Savannah Striders has been promoting running in Savannah, GA, since the mid-1970s. Ranging from a core group of around fifty to more than one hundred members the Striders combine Savannah’s tradition of partying with unique Savannah-style road races.

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Date: 
02/22/2011 - 12:35

By BILL MARABLE
USATF State Record Keeper

Neville Miller and Kristi Arledge have been chosen South Carolina Long Distance Runners of the Year by USA Track and Field for 2010. Also chosen were outstanding masters competitors, George Luke and Susi Smith.

Winning 21 of 25 races, Neville Miller dominated the Lowcountry running scene. Originally from St. Louis, he went to the University of Missouri, where he walked on the track team and earned All-America honors as a middle distance runner. He has personal bests of 1:47.08 for 800 meters and 3:45.24 for 1500 meters along with competing in the 2008 US Olympic Trials in the 800.

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Date: 
02/15/2011 - 18:08

Boit men's half-marathon champion; Joslyn, Zakrzewski marathon winners; nearly 17,000 entrants
Running USA wire
By Dan Cruz, Competitor Group

NEW ORLEANS - (February, 13, 2010) - Kim Smith of New Zealand set a pending U.S. All-Comers record in the half marathon on Sunday, clocking 1 hour, 7 minutes, 36 seconds at the second Rock 'n' Roll Mardi Gras Marathon & Half-Marathon benefiting the American Cancer Society. The 29-year-old ran away from the rest of the women's field in the opening mile and was never challenged on her way to setting a 19-second personal best and shattering her national record for the 13.1-mile distance.

"My goal was to run a little bit slower because my coach didn't want me to push it too hard," said Smith, who finished sixth overall. "But I felt good out there. I'm training for the Boston Marathon so I'm in pretty heavy training at the moment so I didn't think I would run this fast. I'm pretty happy after the heavy training week to run like that."

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Women CAN Run & Walk!

Date: 
02/15/2011 - 18:05
Date: 
02/15/2011 - 18:05

Registration Open for 40 Free Running/Walking Clinics Across State
Conway, Ark. (February 2, 2011) - Have you always wanted to walk or start running? Or would you like to become a faster runner and build endurance? Women Run Arkansas’s 14th annual “Women Can Run/Walk” clinics will assist women of all levels reach their running and walking goals through training clinics hosted in 40 towns and cities across Arkansas.

Beginning the week of February 27, clinics will meet for 1 hour, twice a week for 10 weeks. During clinics, participants learn about the importance of proper gear, receive healthy training tips, and work together in beginner, intermediate and advanced groups to prepare for a 5K (3.1 miles) graduation event!

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Date: 
02/14/2011 - 05:23

The men's and women's American Olympic Marathon Trials will be held next year on Jan. 14 in Houston, Texas. Below are the 12 fastest men's and women's qualifing tilmes as of Feb. 12.

Below are the top 12 fastest men's and women's qualifying times as of Feb. 12, 2011:

MEN

No. Time Name Event
1 2:08:41 Ryan Hall (CA) 2010 Boston Marathon
2 2:09:15 Meb Keflezighi (CA) 2009 New York City Marathon
3 2:10:00 Dathan Ritzenhein (OR) 2009 London Marathon
4 2:10:36 Brett Gotcher (AZ) 2010 Houston Marathon
5 2:11:06 Jason Hartmann (OR) 2010 Chicago Marathon

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Date: 
02/14/2011 - 05:19

New Orleans, LA – A relationship spanning several decades and 700-plus road races has come to a close. Chuck George announced his resignation as Executive Race Director for the New Orleans Track Club (NOTC) on December 1.

During George’s tenure, NOTC grew to over two-thousand members, making it one of the ten largest running clubs in the nation. But he will probably be best remembered for directing one of the first sporting events in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the 2006 Mardi Gras Marathon.

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Date: 
02/04/2011 - 17:41

Adugna, Aliyu half-marathon champions; event record of more than 21,000 runners at 9th edition
Running USA wire
By Gary Ferman
MIAMI - (January 30, 2011) - Eithiopian Tesfaye Alemayehu crushed his competition by more than five minutes in recording his first career marathon win at the 9th ING Miami Marathon on Sunday morning.

Alemayehu finished in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 57 seconds, just 35 seconds off the course record, with 2009 race champion Benazzouz Slimani runner-up in 2:18:23 and 2010 race champion Michael Wardian of Arlington, Va. third in 2:23:41.

Alena Vinitskaya of Belarus battled flu-like symptoms to win the women's ING Miami Marathon title in 2:44:39, nearly five minutes ahead of Fort Lauderdale resident Stacie Alboucrek (2:49:03) and third place finisher Tezata Dengersa of Ethiopia (2:49:30).

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Lakeland Runners Club nears 300 members

Date: 
02/03/2011 - 10:55
Date: 
02/03/2011 - 10:55

By Bryan Gradon
President, Lakeland Runners

1photosmallLakeland.jpgThe Lakeland Runners Club, of Lakeland, FL, traces its roots back to 1974 when founder John Scimone collaborated with the Lakeland Recreation Department to put on the first Civic Center Runs. From those early beginnings, the club has grown to a membership of nearly 300 and is an integral part of the local running community.

Lakeland is fortunate to have Lake Hollingsworth as the centerpiece of our running scene. This 2.84 mile paved trail around the lake is filled with walkers and runners every day and is the gathering place for many of our club runs as well as many races throughout the year.

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Date: 
02/03/2011 - 10:50

Beginning February 23 Runners Can Register at www.marinemarathon.com

QUANTICO, VA (Feb. 3, 2011) - Starting at noon on Wednesday, February 23, runners can register for the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) at www.marinemarathon.com. The 36th MCM will be held on Sunday, Oct. 30.

The 2011 registration date falls on the anniversary of the American flag raisings during the Battle of Iwo Jima. According to the Marine Corps History Division at Marine Corps University, the American flag was raised 66 years ago on Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945, while the battle ensued.

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Date: 
01/25/2011 - 09:53

By Karen Dillon
Star City Striders

NEWstarCitysmall.jpgRunners are like mail carriers. Neither wind, nor rain, nor ice or snow will keep them from taking to the streets or trails. That commitment to run is what’s kept the Star City Striders, Roanoke, Virginia’s running and walking club, going for more than three decades.

The club features an eclectic mix of outdoor enthusiasts. From casual joggers to hardcore runners, from speed walkers to carefree strollers, Striders members come from a variety of backgrounds with different fitness and ability levels.

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Date: 
01/25/2011 - 09:18

Countrywoman Daska women's marathon champion at 39th edition;
Eggleston, DeReuck Aramco Houston Half Marathon winners
HOUSTON (Jan. 30, 2011) - On Sunday morning under the threat of inclement weather, Bekana Daba and Mamitu Daska continued the Ethiopian dominance at the Chevron Houston Marathon with victories in 2 hours, 7 minutes, 4 seconds and 2:26:33 respectively. Daba's time, in his second marathon, was a personal, course and state record, while Daska became the third fastest woman all-time at the event.

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Date: 
01/24/2011 - 19:05

U.S. runners preview 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon course; $59,500 prize purse awarded
Trafeh_MoFV-Houston11.jpgHOUSTON (Jan. 29, 2011) - Under overcast conditions in the Bayou City on Saturday morning, Mo Trafeh and Jen Rhines won USA Half Marathon titles in 1:02:17 and 1:11:14 respectively. The national championship presented by Aramco Services Company drew some of the best U.S. distance runners who competed on the same 8-mile loop course for the 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon to be hosted by Houston on January 14.

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South Carolina’s Fastest Marathoners

Date: 
01/20/2011 - 15:11
Date: 
01/20/2011 - 15:11

By Cedric Jaggers
Who are the fastest marathoners in the state where you live? Not as easy to find out as you might think. Just go to the USATF.org website and look it up right? Click on stats and every state record will be there -- well no. You get records but try to find state records. No luck. But they must exist somewhere, so you will probably have to check with the state record keeper for the state where you live.

Bill Marable is the USATF representative for South Carolina. The latest list of state records I have from him lists the South Carolina marathon state record in the marathon run by a South Carolina resident, as 2:22:17 run by Paul Laymon.

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Date: 
01/17/2011 - 09:56

The 34th annual Gate River Run 15K on March 12 in Jacksonville, FL, is the newest addition to the Running Journal Grand Prix. The popular race is the largest 15K in the U.S., with more than 15,000 participating in the 2009 race. The 15K will once again serve as the USA 15K Championship with America’s top Olympic athletes competing for $80,000 in prize money.

gate river run1.jpgThe 15K course starts at EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars and runs through the heart of downtown Jacksonville. The race crosses the St. Johns River twice, first over the Main Street Bridge and then later over the Hart Bridge, known as the “Green Monster.” The course features a one-mile downhill finish back to EverBank Field.

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We Run . . .

Date: 
01/13/2011 - 05:56
Date: 
01/13/2011 - 05:56

By BRUCE MORRISON, Publisher
bruce.morrison@running.net
Hghlands RRcolor.jpgYears ago while on a trip to a race in West Virginia, Editor Mary Lou Day and I came up with the slogan, “We Run the South.”It’s been a good slogan for Running Journal, our website, and our monthly newsletter -- and others have borrowed from, adapted to, or developed a similar slogan. The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), for example: “We Run the Nation.”

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Date: 
01/10/2011 - 10:18

By Lena Hollmann

As you read this, the New Year 2011 is about to begin, or maybe it has just started. If you are like many people, including myself, you may have set some New Year’s resolutions. Or maybe you don’t have any specific resolutions or goals, but are simply hoping for a successful year with a few good races, and no injuries. Regardless, the beginning of a year is a good time to evaluate where we are in fitness as well as in life, and where we want to be a year from now.

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