Record registration of 4,500 at 4th edition; only four runners beat the Karhu Bear in 5K
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By Jason Brown, US Road Sports
A record field of 4,500 registered participants hit the streets of Atlanta's Town Brookhaven community for the fourth Allstate Life Insurance Atlanta 13.1 Marathon® and Karhu 5K events on Sunday morning. The 13.1-mile half marathon and 5K started and finished in Town Green, adjacent to the hybrid Publix and took runners through Brookhaven and Chamblee.
Third edition pays out U.S.-only prize money for top American finishers
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By Steve Nearman
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Samuel Ndereba and Fernando Cabada ran head-to-head for much of the third edition of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon Sunday. As all of their battles have ended, it was Ndereba who got the best of Cabada on a cool drizzling day.
It took Ndereba, a staple on the U.S. road race circuit, 65 minutes, 15 seconds to win the point-to-point 13.1-mile race which begins at the Mount Vernon home of George Washington, crosses the famous Woodrow Wilson Bridge and concludes at this modern resort called National Harbor. Cabada trailed by 25 seconds.
Donation in Support of the Bicycle EMT Program
The Atlanta Track Club (ATC), organizer of the world’s largest 10K, the AJC Peachtree Road Race, presented Grady Health Foundation with a $15,000 donation to continue its support of the Grady Bicycle EMT program. The bicycle team is comprised of Grady Health System EMTs and paramedics who provide various levels of emergency medical care to runners participating in the annual AJC Peachtree Road Race on the Fourth of July. The Atlanta Track Club has sponsored the Grady Bicycle EMT program since its inception in 2003 and to date has donated more than $135,000 to the program.
National Geographic Channel's Rocket City Rednecks Test Their Latest Invention At The 37th Annual Marine Corps Marathon
Dr. Travis Taylor Will Compete Wearing 40 Pounds of Full-Body Armor for Special Episode in Season Two
Season Two Premieres Thursday, November 29, on NGC
The Rocket City Rednecks have bombproofed a truck using beer cans in an effort to create armor for military vehicles and constructed a homemade hovercraft using a tarp from the garage. This October, they'll bring their unique mix of southern charm and advanced degrees to the 37th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) in Washington, D.C., as Rocket City Rednecks star Dr. Travis Taylor runs the course wearing the Rednecks' latest invention - a lightweight, full-body armor suit.
3,600 Children Will Participate in Guinness World Record Attempt on Race Day
- A newly-expanded race field of 3,600 kids ages 5 to 12 will participate in the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Healthy Kids Fun Run presented by The Washington Post held on October 27 in the Pentagon North Parking Lot in Arlington, VA. This year, the one-mile event also will give participants the opportunity to set two Guinness World Records.
National Geographic Kids and the MCM will coordinate the record-breaking efforts through the "Run for the Planet" initiative. Five thousand people worldwide are required to run 100 meters within a 24-hour period between noon on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 to set a new Guinness Record. All participants in the Kids Run will count toward this total as the time window closes coinciding with the event's final wave. Additionally, 12,500 pairs of shoes are required to break the record for most athletic shoes collected. A shoe drop location will be available at the Kids Run for shoes that will be recycled into athletic surfaces.
By Nancy Clark, M.S., R.D.
Protein is a popular topic among both casual joggers and competitive runners, many of whom are confused about how much protein they need, when they should eat it, and the best kinds of protein to choose. The following article answers some of the questions runners commonly ask about protein in a sports diet. The information was presented by prominent protein researchers at the American College of Sports Medicine’s Annual Convention (May, 2012). The session was sponsored by P.I.N.E.S, a global network of Professionals In Nutrition for Exercise & Sport (www.PINESNutrition.org).
Gardner women's silver medalist; U.S. records set by Morton, Garner in Katowice, Poland
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INDIANAPOLIS - Mike Morton (Lithia, Fla.) and Connie Gardner (Medina, Ohio) both set U.S. records at the 9th IAU World 24 Hour Run Championships in Katowice, Poland, as Morton won the men's title, while Gardner's silver medal finish led the women to the world team title on September 9.
Over the 1550 meter course, Morton, 41, won by nearly ten miles after leading throughout the race. Morton covered 172.457 miles to better Scott Jurek's national record from 2010 by nearly seven miles. Florian Reus of Germany and Ludovic Dilmi of France finished second and third respectively.
Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner, ESPN College Basketball Analyst Andy Katz join more than 5,000 entrants at prestigious multi-sport event in Washington DC
Dan Cruz, Competitor Group
WASHINGTON, DC – The 7th Annual Nation’s Triathlon To Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society took place under ideal weather conditions on Sept. 9 in the National Capital. Competitors from 48 states and 16 countries, including active duty service members and first responders joined a field of more than 5,000 entrants who competed in the international distance triathlon swim, bike and run event.
Kenya's Kurgat, Japan's Ohara take titles at 12th Labor Day Weekend half-marathon; local Olympic gold medalist Francena McCorory delights crowd as official starter; legend Frank Shorter finishes 13.1-mile event nearly 40 years to the date of historic Olympic Marathon victory; Train post-race concert on the beach
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By Dan Cruz, Competitor Group
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - With warm temperatures and high humidity, the 12th Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon crowned two new champions on Sunday morning. Nicholas Kurgat of Kenya was the first across the finish line on the Virginia Beach boardwalk, covering the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 45 seconds. Running her first race in the United States, 22-year-old Rei Ohara from Japan won the women's race in 1:13:50.
Challenging course crosses over the Eastern Continental Divide twice
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By Jason Bryant
LAUREL SPRINGS, N.C. - The fourth Continental Divide Trail Race, on Saturday morning, served as the USA 10K Trail Championships for the fourth year in a row. The course crosses over each side the Eastern Continental Divide twice and runners are tested by a challenging course that women's national champion Megan Kimmel described as "true to the sport of trail running." The terrain and footing vary frequently with climbs, descents, flats, grass, double track and tight single track. David Roche, the U.S. men's champion, appreciated the sections of off-camber, rocky and rooty trail racing; calling it a race of truth: "How hard are you willing to go on the trails? Cause it is going to hurt."
For the 4th year in a row, hometown native Bobby Mack set a new course record at the Beat the Heat 5K on July 21 in Winston-Salem, NC. This year, he had only one second to spare. After setting a new course record in 2009 at 14:20, he lowered the record to 14:17 in 2010, to 14:14 in 2011 and to 14:13 in 2012, missing the State Record by only 5 seconds. As a result of his strong performance, he continued his domination of the USATF-NC 5K Championship.
Nicholas Kurgat of Chapel Hill and Bobby were by themselves at the 1 mile mark, running a pace of close to 4:30. Bobby began to pull away in the 2nd mile. Nicholas finished in 2nd place 37 seconds back at 14:50. Chris Clark of Blowing Rock took third place at 15:04.
In the women’s field, Stephanie Pezzullo of Indian Trail missed the course record by just 11 seconds, finishing in first place with a time of 16:22. Helen Jemutai of Chapel Hill was leading the women at one mile and finished in second place at 16:33. Fifteen year old Alana Hadley of Charlotte took third place in 17:03.
Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Run events will be held around the South and across the country in September, October and November.
Although named after Siller, a firefighter who had just completed an overnight shift and was headed home to his wife and five children, the runs honor the lives of 343 firefighters who perished that day, plus policemen, EMTs, construction worker and others who lost their lives in a quest to save others.
Siller heard of the attack on his scanner, turned around and headed to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. When he found traffic was blocked, he put on his heavy gear and sprinted along the catwalk towards Manhattan. He was picked up by a fire crew and taken to the Ground Zero area. He lost his life trying to save others.
Race locations around the South, according to the Tunnel to Towers website, include Hot Springs (Sept. 8), Mobile (Sept. 9), Fort Lauderdale (Sept. 8), Jacksonville, NC (Sept. 15), Savannah (Sept. 15), Hardin County, KY (Sept. 9), Atlanta (Sept. 9), Orlando (Sept. 9), Wake Forest (Sept. 8), Vero Beach (Sept. 8), Nashville (Sept. 15), Roanoke, VA (Sept. 9), Tampa (Oct. 27), Louisville (Oct. 14), and Columbus, GA (Sept. 15).
Hollywood personalities are latest celebrities to join star-packed marathon weekend; The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney and ESPN radio personality Colin Cowherd already in the field; uniquely-designed commemorative race medal for every finisher
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Several additional celebrities are joining in the fun of the 20th anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna. Comedian and "The Price Is Right" host Drew Carey, actor Gilles Marini (Sex in the City: The Movie, Switched at Birth and Dancing with the Stars), Access Hollywood co-host Kit Hoover, reality TV stars Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca (Survivor, The Amazing Race and Everyday Health) and actor Sean Astin (The Goonies, The Lord of the Rings and Rudy) are participating in the historic runDisney race weekend, Jan. 10-13.
An Ironman triathlon will be held next year in Raleigh, NC, on June 2, reportedly the first Ironman race ever held in the state.
The race will include a 1.2 mile swim at Lake Jordan, a 56 mile bicycle race that will end in downtown Raleigh, and 13.1 mile run through the city.
The race will be on the Ironman 70.3 series, which offers a $15,000 professional prize purse. There will also be 40 age-group qualifying slots where participants can qualify for the 2013 Ironman World Championship 70.3 at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada.
“As we continue to expand the Ironman 70.3 series, we look for unique venues, compelling destinations and cooperative municipal partnerships,” said Steve Meckfessel, managing Director of Global Race Operations for the Ironman competitions. “Raleigh, with its gorgeous oak-lined streets, historic landmarks and enthusiasm for world-class sporting events, fits those criteria perfectly. We’re excited to expand the Ironman 70.3 Series to the Carolinas and look forward to an incredible first-year event in 2013.”
By DINK TAYLOR, Fleet Feet Sports Huntsville, AL
What better subject than the men’s Olympic Marathon. Before the race started, I checked out the weather and decided times were going to be slower and the Americans would have more problems than the Kenyan’s.
It was still the Olympic Marathon and just maybe we would have some excitement despite the warmer temps. I expected a bit more out of Ryan Hall but it just goes to show that anything can happen in a marathon no matter who you are.
So what about Ryan Hall? I heard several folks giving him a hard time about his first ever DNF. Failure was one of the words used. Can you really say that anyone who made it to the Olympic Marathon failed? I think not, especially when it comes to the marathon. The only ones who can even really judge Ryan’s performance are folks who have beaten him in a race or raced against him in the Olympic Marathon, fair enough? I mean come on, how many of you have had that kind of pressure to perform, as if you lively hood depended on it?
LONDON - With Its medal tally of 29 medals, Team USA scored its biggest Olympic medal collection since the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona - a Games held in the immediate aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Bloc.
2012 was an Olympics of historic significance for the U.S. team. It dominated track & field competition, in medals and points scoring, with USA, Russia and Jamaica going 1-2-3 in both measures. In medal tally, Team USA finished with 29 medals (9 gold, 13 silver, 7 bronze), with Russia second with 18 (8 gold, 4 silver, 6 bronze). Jamaica was third with 12 medals - 4 each of gold, silver and bronze.
LONDON – Eight years after his Olympic silver, Meb Keflezighi (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) returned to the Olympic marathon at the age of 37 to finish in fourth place in 2:11:06 under hot and humid conditions on the streets of London.
Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda brought home his country’s first medal of the London Games and only their third athletics medal of all time as he won gold in 2:08:01. He was followed by Abel Kirui in 2:08:27 and Wilson Kipsang in 2:09:37, both of Kenya.
LONDON - A commanding victory in the women’s 4x400 relay and thrilling silvers in the men’s 4x100 and women’s high jump on Saturday night made for an exciting conclusion to track competition at Olympic Stadium. In the process, the 4x100 American record fell and Allyson Felix became the first woman since Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988 to win three gold medals in one Olympic Games.
With one road event - the men’s marathon - to be contested on Sunday, Team USA’s medal tally stands at 29 medals: nine gold, 13 silver and seven bronze. The women have accounted for 14 of those medals (6 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze), just two behind the all-time record of 16 won at the boycotted 1984 Games.
LONDON - Annihilating a world record that had stood for 27 years, the U.S. women’s 4x100-meter relay team on Friday night put on a dominant performance that put the U.S. atop the sprint podium for the first time since 1996. It was a night that also saw two other national records in the women’s 4x100, an American record in the men’s 4x100m rounds and a Team USA silver medal in a dramatic men’s 4x400 relay.
With nine event finals yet to be contested, Team USA’s medal count stands at 26, their highest Olympic medal tally since 30 in 1992.
LONDON – Running the opening leg for Team USA in Thursday morning’s 4x400m relay semifinal, Manteo Mitchell (Cullowhee, N.C.) was a pivotal part in helping his team to the final.
The Bahamas and United States finished 1-2 in the heat in identical times of 2:58.87, the fastest time ever run in the first round of the relay at the Olympic Games.
Without a doubt, it was the fastest time ever run in the Olympics by a team whose leadoff runner broke his leg midway through the race.
Mitchell, 25, was part of the Team USA relay pool after placing fifth in the 400m at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Ore. Earlier this week in the Olympic Village, he slipped on a stairway and didn’t think much of it – until Thursday.