By Lena Hollmann
Once 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!
A 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..
For 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.
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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).
Cedric 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.
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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.
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
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INDIANAPOLIS - (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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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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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.
Half-marathon caps weekend of events that draws event record 22,000 participants to Walt Disney World
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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.
By: KAREN DOVE BARR
The 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.
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.
Boit men's half-marathon champion; Joslyn, Zakrzewski marathon winners; nearly 17,000 entrants
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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."
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!
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:
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
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.
Adugna, Aliyu half-marathon champions; event record of more than 21,000 runners at 9th edition
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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).
By Bryan Gradon
President, Lakeland Runners
The 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.
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.
By Karen Dillon
Star City Striders
Runners 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.