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Date: 
05/13/2011 - 12:20

Tracy Lott/Atlanta Track Club

Atlanta - The Atlanta Track Club, organizer of the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay, announced that Nike has been named the official apparel and shoe sponsor of the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay which will take place on Sunday, October 30, 2011. As the official apparel and shoe sponsor, Nike will provide participants in the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay with Nike long-sleeve performance shirts.

In addition to providing the official Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay participant shirts, Nike will also sponsor several water stations/cheer zones along the course as well as provide performance shirts for participants in the Atlanta Track Club's 22-week Atlanta Marathon Training Program.

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Date: 
05/09/2011 - 20:16

HOUSTON - The Houston Marathon Committee and USA Track & Field have announced that the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon course has been modified based on feedback received from athletes and coaches after a first run of the course at the USA Half Marathon Championships last January where the top U.S. men and women "test drove" the multi-loop course. Houston will host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon on Saturday, January 14, 2012, a first for a single city to host both the men's and women's Olympic Trials races at the same event.

Regional
Date: 
05/02/2011 - 17:33

Maag, Horst half-marathon titlists; country stars, celebrities, 30,000 participate in Nashville's running celebration at 12th edition
By Amana Miyamae, Competitor Group/Running USA Wire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On a cool Saturday morning that grew into a sunny Nashville afternoon, more than 30,000 runners toed the start line for the 12th Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan.

Regional
Date: 
05/02/2011 - 17:32

NPR transcribed the report, "The Game Goes On" which was broadcast Tuesday, May 3:,

"Talaya Owens is on the university's women's track team, which decided at the last minute to attend a key track meet in Des Moines last weekend.

It was a tough call: Eleven of the team's athletes were displaced. The team didn't do quite as well as they'd hoped — they were tired, stressed out and their flight was so late they barely made the meet. But the thousands gathered cheered them like they were the home team.

Regional
Date: 
05/02/2011 - 17:31

More than 30,000 runners and walkers in Cincinnati
Amy McDonaugh of Irmo, SC, Wins Women's Marathon

By Jackie Reau, Game Day Communications/Running USA wire

CINCINNATI - A record weekend registration of more than 30,000 runners and walkers highlighted the 13th running of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon powered by P&G. The two-day total of 30,408 participants included 5,083 for the marathon, 12,155 for the half-marathon and 3,044 for the relays, all running on Sunday..

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Running USA Annual Half-Marathon Report

Date: 
04/25/2011 - 16:59
Date: 
04/25/2011 - 16:59

America's favorite road race distance shows another year of phenomenal growth as women and the Rock 'n' Roll Series lead the charge; record 25 U.S. half-marathons with 10,000 or more finishers; Bupa Great North Run world's largest

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - If marathon mania exists, then, the half-marathon has reached hyper-mania. Last year, according to Running USA, U.S. half-marathons continued their upward trajectory as the "leader of the pack" repeated its phenomenal 24% growth rate, from approximately 1.1 million finishers in 2009 to nearly 1.4 million finishers in 2010, a record annual increase for the distance. In the same 733 U.S. half-marathons for 2009 vs. 2010, there was a 17.24% finisher increase (975,409 vs. 1,143,551).

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Date: 
04/19/2011 - 04:59

Men's champion produces fastest marathon ever; Davila women's runner-up and Hall fastest American all-time under near perfect racing conditions on historic point-to-point, downhill course

By Jim Gerweck, Running USA wire

BOSTON - The 115th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday turned out to be one of the record books - it just depends on which ones you want to rewrite.

Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai, 29, ran the fastest marathon in history - 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds - a time 57-seconds faster than the world record set by Haile Gebrselassie at Berlin in 2008 and an almost incomprehensible three minutes better than Robert Kiprono Cheryuoit's course record of 2:05:52, which was deemed virtually untouchable when he set it last year.

Regional
Date: 
04/18/2011 - 15:47

BROOKLYN, NY –Tough Mudder, Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet, announced today its “World’s Toughest Mudder” competition, a 24-hour, non-stop endurance challenge that will award one man and one woman the title of “World’s Toughest Mudder.” The event will take place at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ, during the weekend of December 17-18, 2011, starting at 10:00 a.m. EST on Saturday.

Regional
Date: 
04/18/2011 - 05:09

Atlanta, Georgia – The Barefoot Runners Society (BRS) has announced its inaugural International Barefoot Running Day (IBRD) to take place on May 1, 2011, all around the world. The event is a grassroots, inclusive effort meant to promote barefoot running as a healthy and viable way to run. The organizers seek also to create a fun event where anyone can enjoy running barefoot with thousands of people worldwide on the same day.

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Olympic Marathon countdown continues

Date: 
04/12/2011 - 17:32
Date: 
04/12/2011 - 17:32

(From the Houston Marathon Committee newsletter)

The Houston Marathon Committee and USA Track & Field are making improvements to the proposed course for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon to be held Jan. 14, 2012 in Houston.

"We received feedback and comments from numerous athletes who competed in the recent USA Half Marathon Championships and we have modified the route to minimize the out-and-backs," said Brant Kotch, president and race director of the Houston Marathon Committee. "The improved route is as runner- and spectator-friendly as possible, and we believe the Olympic Trials participants will be very happy with it.

Regional
Date: 
04/06/2011 - 18:04

By Lena Hollmann

Hollman,_Lena.jpg__.jpgOnce upon a time I was a marathon runner. It was back in the 1980s, when I was in my 30s and could shoot for a PR in several of the marathons that I entered. I would run up to 70 miles per week, and my running was my life. But as I grew older, it became increasingly difficult to keep up with my marathon training, both in terms of quantity and quality. I decided to give up marathons in my early 40s, after running them twice a year or more for several years. Instead I concentrated on shorter races, primarily 5Ks. And I could actually have a life outside of work and running!

Regional
Date: 
04/05/2011 - 16:39

linz.jpgA pending world record for the 100 x 5K relay was set March 27 by the Charlotte (NC) Running Club with a time of 30:56:49, which is less than 19 minutes per 5K. The record is pending approval as a Guinness World Record, said Ben Hovis, director of competition for the club

All runners were members of the Charlotte Running Club and ranged in age from 14-59 with each of the 100 members running a 5K. Weather conditions were unfavorable with rain for much of the event, which was held at Providence Day School..

Regional
Date: 
04/04/2011 - 16:54

Saucony-Step-Into-Minimalism-Event.jpgFor certain, thousands of runners in this year’s Boston Marathon will be running in minimalist footwear and a few will be barefoot altogether. Without a doubt the minimalist trend has stirred quite a fascination and wide debate among runners everywhere. But is it for YOU?

Join Saucony and an all-star panel of experts, including Dr. Jack Daniels, “world’s greatest coach,” as they share their insights and advice on how runners everywhere can integrate minimalist running into their training program−safely and responsibly.

Regional
Date: 
04/02/2011 - 19:39

Running USA wire
New, third wave for more orderly start and implementation will not increase field size of 2011 race; also timing and scoring device affixed to each official entrant's bib debuts

HOPKINTON, Mass. - The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) will employ a third wave for the start of the 2011 Boston Marathon, creating a more efficient and improved running experience for participants in the 115th edition of the world's oldest, most prestigious and historic annual marathon. This year's race will be held on Monday, April 18: Patriots' Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Working in cooperation with the Town of Hopkinton and the Hopkinton Marathon Committee, the B.A.A. will institute three waves of mass participatory starters. Each wave will include approximately 9,000 official entrants, and each wave will be identified by its background bib color in a coordinated, patriotic color scheme: Wave One (red bibs), Wave Two (white bibs) and Wave Three (blue bibs).

Regional
Date: 
03/17/2011 - 10:39

COVER - Bridge Run1.jpgCedric Jaggers is a longtime columnist for Running Journal. His monthly Down The Road column is a favorite of Running Journal readers. Jaggers was elected to the South Carolina Road Runners Hall of Fame in 1992. A noted statistician, he has compiled an exhaustive list of records from races across South Carolina. Jaggers has become known as the historian of one of the state's favorite races, the Cooper River Bridge Run 10K, held in Charleston, SC. Jaggers’ new book about the race, Charleston’s Cooper River Bridge Run, will be published this month by Evening Post Books, a division of Evening Post Publishing.

Regional
Date: 
03/13/2011 - 18:12

Running USA wire
Two-time race champion and 1984 Olympic Marathon gold medalist eyes 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier; four-time champion Bill Rodgers also to serve as Grand Marshal of 115th running

BOSTON - (April 11, 2011) - The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced that Olympic gold medalist and two-time Boston Marathon champion Joan Benoit Samuelson will compete in the 115th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18. The 53-year-old Maine native will run the Boston Marathon for the first time since 1993. Benoit Samuelson will start among the Elite Women at 9:32am ET that will include approximately 67 of the world's top female marathoners.

Regional
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.

Regional
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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