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06/14/2018 - 12:05

Aliphine Tuliamuk - Photo by Paul Ward.jpgATLANTA – June 14, 2018 – Three of four reigning AJC Peachtree Road Race champions will return to defend their titles. The defending women’s champion and both defending wheelchair champions will be in Atlanta on July 4 while a first-time Peachtree Champion will be crowned in the men’s race.
In the footrace, which will again serve as the USATF 10 km Championship, Aliphine Tuliamuk (Flagstaff, AZ) tops a star-studded women’s elite field that will blaze the trail for 60,000 runners and walkers in the world’s largest 10K.

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Andrew Colley Wins Lawyers Have Heart 10K

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06/13/2018 - 15:53
Date: 
06/13/2018 - 15:53

WASHINGTON, DC — The Saturday, June 9th Lawyers Have Heart 10K, 5K and Fun Walk to benefit the American Heart Association boasted a diverse running field made up of top elite athletes, as well as participants from all walks of life. Race morning conditions allowed for a fast pace on the route that began and ended at the Washington Harbour in Georgetown.

Andrew Colley of Blowing Rock, North Carolina came out on top at the American Heart Association's Lawyers Have Heart 10K with a time of 28:44. Colley is one of the most decorated athletes in North Carolina State University's history. Etagegn Woldu Mamo of Ethiopia won the women’s elite division 10K with a record time of 33:12. Mamo competes in middle and long distance races and won Gold at the Junior Africa Championship in Athletics for the 5000m in 2015. The 10K elite division had their sights set on the existing event records, with 6 runners beating the previous records – for the men, 29:51 and for the women, 34:32.

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06/12/2018 - 16:10

You don’t have to be a genius to know running is great and represents a lot of energy.

The genius Albert Einstein produced an equation about energy: E=mc2 (Energy equals mass and the speed of light multiplied by itself.)

Einstein, a theoretical physicist, never ran in our Grand Prix series, which started 40 years ago, but running sure helps anyone understand the reality of pure energy.

You’ll be light years ahead on understanding energy when you participate in Running Journal Grand Prix races. You can even reflect on Einstein’s theory while you experience the energy needed to get to the finish line.

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06/12/2018 - 11:33

RunPro Camp provides valuable information to post-collegiate runners seeking to pursue a professional running career

Arlington, Virginia – Seventeen up-and-coming distance runners, who have recently graduated from colleges and universities throughout the country, have been selected to attend the 7th RunPro Camp. The 2018 camp, hosted by the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), will be held in Arlington, Virginia, July 19-21.

“We are excited to host the 7th RunPro Camp in our continuing efforts to keep talented distance runners in our sport,” said Jean Knaack, RRCA executive director. “We’ve seen great success in recent years from athletes that have attended RunPro Camp in the past six years. This year, with our biggest attendance yet, we have another great group of rising stars that we hope will have success on the roads and track as professional distance runners.”

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Winning is Personal

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06/11/2018 - 15:24
Date: 
06/11/2018 - 15:24

By Richard Ferguson
Running is the most primeval of all physical activities. Pre-historic man ran simply to survive through hunting and gathering, as well as fleeing from predators. For early man, success through running simply meant living to see the sun rise on another day.

Today, success is certainly defined in a much different way. Unfortunately, in the running world success is too often associated with winning, and to most laymen, winning means finishing first. But do you really have to win or finish first to be a successful runner? I would say most certainly not.

Success is far too often associated with some particular outcome, such as a championship, trophy or medal. For others success may mean having great wealth, fame or a position of power.

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Date: 
06/07/2018 - 10:51

Two Runners who participated in RRCA programs later took their own lives

In 2013, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) acquired both the website RunPro.com and its companion program RunPro Camp. Since taking over this important program designed to assist post-collegiate runners seeking to make the transition to professional running, the RRCA has sponsored sixty athletes to attend RunPro Camp, and further provided twelve of those athletes with a Roads Scholar grant of $5,000 as of 2017.

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Date: 
06/06/2018 - 08:26

By Wayne Bennett
Arkansas Running Klub
North Little Rock, AR

(This article was first published in the June issue of Ark Rundown.)

In the early 1980's a club was born. One morning I found myself at lake number three running with a group of the charter members of the Arkansas Running Klub. We were running as a very close group because a very serious question had been posed. What are we doing? What is the correct definition of what we are doing?

The discussion went on as we cooled down from our six mile run. When we finally started home we had come to the conclusion that we were running.

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Date: 
06/05/2018 - 16:50

ANN ARBOR, Michigan – For the second championship in a row, predicted sunny skies did not arrive for the USATF Masters National Championships runners. At the Half Marathon Championships hosted by the Ann Arbor Track Club, the skies opened up and the rain poured down a half hour before the race. During the race, it was mostly light rain or sprinkles, with mid-60’s temps and moderate wind, followed by clearing for the end-of-the race celebrations. All-in-all, conditions were good for the tour of the scenic rolling hills along the Huron River.

In the race to be first USATF Masters athlete across the finish line overall, it came down to a terrific battle between Greg Mitchell of Oregon’s Bowerman Track Club and David Angell of Virginia’s Roanoke Valley Elite. The lead pack, consisting of Angell, Matthew Folk, Jonathan Frieder, Mitchell, Sam Teigen, and Olivier Vrambout, were taken out at a brisk pace by Mitchell.

Regional
Date: 
06/04/2018 - 05:08

By Mary Marcia Brown

Rhonda BQ 2017 2.jpg When Lakeland, Florida runner Rhonda Fosser took a few seconds to pose beside one of the featured speakers at last year’s RRCA Convention in Detroit, the premonition that she could possibly be standing beside the 2018 Boston Marathon Champion escape “I was excited to get my picture taken with [Desiree Linden] at the convention, but I had no idea I would be jumping in front of my TV this year cheering her on to win the Boston Marathon!” Fosser said.

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Date: 
06/01/2018 - 12:32

Tyler-McCandless-at-BolderBoulder-275x165.jpg(Logan, UT — May 31, 2018) Altra’s elite athlete Tyler McCandless dominated the Memorial Day racing scene by winning the BolderBOULDER 10K with a time of 30:54. McCandless had the race’s only sub-five mile splits between the third and sixth miles and he beat second place by only 26 seconds.

Winning the 10K took four years of hard work for McCandless. He first ran BolderBOULDER in 2015 with a time of 32:35 for 26th place. In 2016, he ran a 32:05 for 6th place and in 2017, he ran a 31:04 for 4th place. His perseverance led to an impressive first place finish and his fastest time yet.

Regional
Date: 
05/30/2018 - 11:26

By Lena Hollmann
Where would you rather have been on the morning of April 16? On the Boston Marathon course, or in a dentist’s chair? I was in the latter, and I consider myself lucky! But I got back from the dentist in time to watch the second half of the race unfold on my TV. I saw elite athletes running in raincoats, many of them dropping out. And I saw Des Linden taking charge in the women’s race somewhere on Heartbreak Hill, becoming the first American woman to win Boston in over thirty years.

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Date: 
05/29/2018 - 12:01

EUGENE, OREGON — Records and world-leads highlighted the 2018 Nike Prefontaine Classic as Ryan Crouser took home the Maria Mutola athlete of the meet award, as well as the men’s shot put title in front of 12,667 fans.

For the first time in history, four men threw beyond 21.60m/70-10.50 in one competition, indoors or out. Crouser launched a massive 22.53m/73-11 put in the fifth round to add 10 centimeters to his Hayward Field record and land seventh on the list of best U.S. throws. Crouser led the highly-competitive field from the start and fouled on his third attempt. He steadily improved before unleashing the massive meet record and season best 22.53/73-11. Poland’s Michal Haratyk launched finished second putting a new Polish national record 21.97m/72-1.

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05/25/2018 - 13:12

Black-Girls-Run-275x275.jpgMIAMI, FL – The Divas® Running Series announced the reestablishment of their partnership with Black Girls RUN! for their upcoming fall events.

Black Girls RUN! was recently acquired by Jay Ell Alexander, formerly the Public Relations and Communications National Manager of the national running organization. Under her new ownership, came a new vision, where one of her first steps included restoring partnerships with national race series across the country.

Alexander is excited to continue building the legacy of Black Girls RUN!. “The new partnership with the Divas® Running Series and Black Girls RUN! is so exciting,” says Alexander. “We are so appreciative of the opportunity to reconnect and strengthen our national relationship to be able to provide our members the opportunity to enjoy great races while still promoting a healthy lifestyle for our community.”

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Date: 
05/24/2018 - 16:31

Robyn Stevens (Mountain View, California) set an American women’s age 35-39 record in the 15K race walk to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.

Stevens won the USATF 15K Race Walk Championships title at Riverside, California, in 1:10:12, taking nine seconds off the previous age 35-39 record, set in 2003 by Michelle Rohl. She won the women’s race by more than four minutes, and her time would also have placed her second in the men’s race.

Other notable performances:

DeAnna Price — Price won the Jamaica International Invitational hammer with the second-longest throw in American history. Her 76.27m/250-2 throw is the longest in the world in 2018.

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Date: 
05/21/2018 - 11:52

Ten Olympians to toe the line of the most prestigious all-women’s race in the world, including previously announced Boston Marathon champion Des Linden.

Five-time New York City Marathon champion Tatyana McFadden to lead group of four Paralympians in world’s only all-women’s professional wheelchair race.

NEW YORK — Three-time TCS New York City Marathon champion and NYRR New York Mini 10K defending champion Mary Keitany of Kenya and three-time United Airlines NYC Half winner Molly Huddle of the United States will headline one of the best professional athlete fields ever assembled for the NYRR New York Mini 10K on Saturday, June 9.

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Date: 
05/21/2018 - 11:35

COLUMBIA, SC — Francis Kamiri of Homewood, AL, raced home the winner of the Governor’s Cup Half Marathon on May 19, finishing in 1:05:28. Cyrus Korir (1:07:42) and Kipkoech Kirui (1:07:50), both of Chapel Hill, NC, were second and third.

Zipporah Chibet, of Chapel Hill, was female winner in 1:19:19, followed by Caren Maiyo in 1:19:22 and Purity Munene of Columbia in 1:19:46.

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Providing Age-Graded Awards

Date: 
05/18/2018 - 16:51
Date: 
05/18/2018 - 16:51

By: Haskell Murray

Haskell Murray Headshot.jpgAs we age, most of us slow down. To keep older runners in the mix for awards, many races have added a masters category for 40+ year-old runners. Some races have added a grandmasters category for 50+ year-old runners. Races also tend to give a plethora of age-group awards. I propose that race directors consider moving away from these categories—which favor those in the early years of the grouping and disfavor those in competitive age groups—and instead provide age-graded awards.

Regional
Date: 
05/18/2018 - 15:27

Atlanta -- Atlanta Track Club will celebrate Global Running Day by hosting the first group run in America at midnight on Wednesday, June 6. The Club is organizing a movie night under the stars as part of the celebration, showing a free screening of McFarland, USA at Buck Godfrey Stadium prior to the midnight run.

Atlanta Track Club will also host runs at 6 a.m. and 12 p.m. to celebrate Global Running Day. For the sunrise run, the Club announced that it will partner with Atlanta’s newly-formed chapter of the November Project and Big Peach Running Co., bringing together three major facilitators of health and wellness in the Atlanta area.

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Date: 
05/17/2018 - 14:39

rupp.jpgCHICAGO - The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced that defending champion and three-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp and American marathon debut record-holder Jordan Hasay will compete for top honors at the 41st annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 7. Last October, Rupp and Hasay became the first American duo to finish in the top three since Jerry Lawson and Kristy Johnston took home a pair of second-place finishes in 1996.

Regional
Date: 
05/14/2018 - 15:34

image100.jpgBy Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
PLAINS, NY —Katelyn Touchy of Rockland High School in New York stole the show at the Loucks Games with her 3200 victory that was a new national record, breaking a 22-year-old high school set by Kim Mortensen.

Sophomore Katelyn Touhy, running only against the clock, after hitting the mile in 4:45.95, ran four more laps, by herself, not only breaking the meet record at the Glenn D. Loucks Games (May 11, 2018), but the 22 year old National High School record held by Kim Mortenson (9:48.59, 1996, Thousand Oaks, CA).

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