By Pete Rea/ZAP Fitness
Greetings from the snow covered Reebok /ZAP Fitness Center in Blowing Rock! All of us here at ZAP hope your winter training cycles are being executed healthfully and with purpose. Many of you are likely sitting down with your calendars mapping out your spring and summer racing. As you do so I would like to speak to all of you about a topic often far from the minds of distance runners -- racing strategies and how to improve race strategies. In speaking to runners of all ages and ability levels at races across the country, I am continually surprised at how many runners enter a race with no strategy or plan whatsoever. In 2013 map out how you intend to execute your races -- and to do so begin with working on those skills necessary to race well.
By Bob Schwartz
With much anticipation and excitement I finished my run, went inside and took off my shoes. The latter I’d done innumerable times before, but this time was different. This was the day of reckoning. After a month of my personal experiment, the results were about to be revealed. I grabbed the tops of my shoes and took a deep breath. As the suspense heightened I glanced towards my wife and requested, “Drum roll, please.”
By Bruce Morrison, Publisher
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On a kitchen table in 1984, a small running publication called Carolina Runner was started because 200 runners had each given us $10 to subscribe to a proposed publication for runners.
My late wife, Julie, and I raced every weekend to promote the fledging little publication and it was like the little train that chugged its way up the mountain – “I think I can, I think I can …”
And we kept going – and growing. We not only signed up new subscribers, we also purchased other running publications, including Racing South (established 1976) and Running in Georgia. We joined with other regional running publications across the country and formed the Running Network.
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Medals, records, surprises and more; who produced the #1 moment?
Each year it gets harder and harder to select the 10 best moments in U.S. distance running. In the Olympic year of 2012, it is fitting to select 12 best moments as U.S. athletes and teams produced sterling, historic and medal winning performances on the roads, track and trails and in ultras. Although Kenya and Ethiopia have much more overall depth than the U.S., this country has the most diverse top talent in the world. As the top moments of 2012 indicate, the USA's decade-long distance running resurgence remains strong.
Austin Richmond, 27, of Babson Park, FL, won the Jacksonville Bank Marathon on Dec. 16 with a winning time of 2:23:50. Richmond had previously won the marathon in 2008. Chris Loseman, 24, of Cape Girardeau, MO, was second in 2:30:16, while Eric Koenig, 23, of Lutz, FL, finished third in 2:36:48.
On the women’s side, Maria Korobitskaia, 22, of Gainesville, FL, led the way in 2:43:23. Second place went to 34-year-old Mackenzie Howe of Watkinsville, GA, in 2:45:26, with Viktoriia Poliudina, 23, of Gainesville third in 2:49:38.
Fifty-year-old Gerrry Glynn of Jacksonville led the male masters race in 2:44:10, and Zola (Budd) Pieterse, 46, of Myrtle Beach, SC, was the women’s winner in 2:55:39.
Bret Fansan, 31, of Jacksonville Beach won the half marathon, running 1:09:11. Alissa McKaig, 26, of Blowing Rock, NC, was the women’s winner in 1:15:37.
For complete results of the Jacksonville races, see the race website: http://www.1stplacesports.com/jm12res.html
Geofrey Terer of Colorado Springs, CO, won the 36th annual Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, AL, on Dec. 8. It was the first marathon for Terer who ran 2:25:18 for the win. Scott Wietecha of Hendersonville, TN, was second in 2:26:16. Wojciech Kopec of Searcy, AR, was third in 2:27:24, with Peter Kemboi of Hebron, KY, also coming in under 2:30 (2:29:59) for the fourth spot.
On the women’s side, Justyna Mudy of Rome, GA, took the win in 2:46:58. Jackie Dikos of Indianapolis, IN, was second in 2:52:39 with Meggan Franks of Starkville, MS, third with 3:03:34.
Geno Phillips of Chattanooga, TN, led the male masters in 2:36:47 while Meredith Smith of Ashland City, TN, was the women’s winner in 3:21:35.
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Cheserek becomes the fourth boy to repeat as FLCCC National Champion
SAN DIEGO - Edward Cheserek (right, image courtesy Foot Locker) of Newark, N.J., defended his national title, and Anna Rohrer of Mishawaka, Ind., catapulted onto the national scene with an impressive victory at the 34th Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals (FLCCC) at Morley Field, Balboa Park in San Diego on Saturday, Dec. 8. Race conditions were ideal, with the sun breaking through the clouds at the start of the girls’ race and the temperature reaching 63 degrees.
Justin Gillette, 29, of Goshen, Indiana, won the Dec. 1 St. Jude Marathon in Memphis, TN, in 2:35:14. Brian Shelton, 33, of Cookeville, TN, was second in 2:37:43, and Greg Lemmon, 26, of Cincinnati third in 2:39:17.
Angie Zinkus, 35, of Eads, TN, was the women’s winner in 2:55:41, followed by Laura Blaylock, 25, of New Orleans in 3:04:25, and Carrie Pustilnik, 36, of Delray Beach, FL, in 3:08:17.
In the half marathon, Artus Bareiris, 26, of Crestwood, IL, won in 1:10:48, followed by Juan Carlos Barera, 22, of Cicero, IL, in 1:11:13 and Bryan Baddorf, 29, of Memphis in 1:11:48.
Michelle Hymel, 28, of New Orleans won the women’s division in 1:23:38, followed by Jennifer Pancoast, 25, of Memphis, and Charity Helvie, 35, of Arlington, TN in 1:29:35.
Calera Capital partners with existing management to acquire industry-leading company from Falconhead Capital
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI), the leading active lifestyle sports media and event entertainment company, today announced that Calera Capital, a leading middle-market private equity firm, in partnership with CGI’s management, has acquired CGI from Falconhead Capital.
Scott Dickey, president and chief executive officer, and Steve Gintowt, chief operating officer and chief financial officer, will continue to lead the company.
1. Hightower wins re-election
2. Individuals honored at Awards Lunch
3. Sites selected for 2014 youth championships
Hightower wins re-election, USATF elects multiple positions
Stephanie Hightower won re-election for a second four-year term Saturday as USA Track & Field President. After being first elected in 2008, Hightower won re-election over Matt Rigby by a final total of 454 to 83 during the USATF Annual Meeting at the Daytona Beach Hilton. This will be Hightower’s final term as President as the position is limited to two terms.
USATF also elected former president Bill Roe as the organization’s long distance running chair. Roe defeated Glenn Latimer by a final count of 81-67.
ORANGE BEACH, Alabama—Not many recreational athletes can say they shot hoops with LeBron James, caught passes from Drew Brees or took a swing against Justin Verlander. But the runners in the Kaiser Realty Coastal Half-Marathon, the RRCA AL State Championship event, on Saturday can say they were in a race with Olympic medalist Meb Keflezighi.
For a little while, at least.
“We have a very unique sport,” Keflezighi said, “because we all participate in the same thing, whether it’s a mile, a 5K or a 10K. Somebody here just told me, ‘Hey, I ran the New York City Marathon with you in 2009.’ You’re not going to hear somebody say they played basketball with an NBA player or in other sports. I might finish minutes before them or hours before them, but it’s still the same distance, the same competition.”
Over 12,800 runners and walkers kicked off Thanksgiving morning at the 2012 Atlanta Half Marathon events on Thursday, November 22, making it one of the largest participant fields in the event’s history. Along with the Atlanta Half Marathon, the Thanksgiving Day event featured the Thanksgiving Day 5K, the Mashed Potato Mile for children ages 7 to 12 and the Gravy Gallop for kids ages 6 and under.
“The Atlanta Half Marathon events really bring the Atlanta Track Club’s mission of inspiring and engaging the community to achieve health and fitness through running to life,” said Tracey Russell, Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club. “It’s truly inspiring to see so many families and friends come together to kick off their holiday in a healthy and active way.”
Since 1971, the RRCA has been honoring dedicated individuals for their service to the running community through the RRCA Hall of Fame and the National Running Awards. Detailed information about the award categories along with selection criteria and the online nomination form can be found at www.rrca.org/services/national-running-awards/. To nominate a deserving individual simply follow the instructions on the online nomination form, print a copy for your records, and click the submit button. Email or mail newsletter copies as instructed in the online form. The RRCA will provide a $400 travel stipend and one complementary ticket for each award winner to the 2013 RRCA National Running Awards Banquet that will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 4, 2013.
Nearly 5,000 women participate in half-marathon and 5K
Running USA wire
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Thousands of women gathered for the Lady Speed Stick® Women's Half Marathon and Women's Running Magazine 5K on Sunday, Nov. 18. The windy 13.1-mile and 5K race started and finished downtown in Albert Whitted Park. Florida residents stole the spotlight, with Lauren Lumley from Sarasota crossing the 5K finish line first in 19 minutes, 44 seconds and Loni Smith from Lakeland placing first in the half marathon in 1:24:20.
"This event is about having a fun girl's weekend," said Dawna Stone, founder of the Women's Half Marathon Series. "Participants not only come for the race, but they stay because of the beautiful destination here in St. Pete. The Women's Half Marathon is another opportunity to encourage health and fitness in the community and thousands of women keep coming back year after year to run this race and stay fit."
Alexis Y Fido Headline Finish Line concert on the Sand in South Beach
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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - The sands and the sounds of South Beach made for an exhilarating finish line as thousands of runners took part in the St. Jude Latin Music Miami Beach Half Marathon. The race started on iconic Ocean Drive and finished on the sand in Lummus Park, with live bands entertaining runners every mile of the scenic 13.1-mile course.
Costa Rican Olympian Cesar Lizano executed his race plan to perfection, winning the men's race in dominant fashion this morning in 1 hour, 7 minutes, 46 seconds. Lizano was Costa Rica's lone marathon representative at the 2012 London Olympics, where he finished 65th overall in challenging conditions. The Miami race was the first step toward his goal of qualifying for the 2013 IAAF World Championships next August in Moscow, which he hopes to attain at the Chevron Houston Marathon in January.
More than 3,000 runners participated in the prep race for the 2013 ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon; Alderin, Nedlo, win Karhu 5K
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FORT LAUDERDALE- Jon Volpi of Boca Raton and Justyna Mudy of Rome, Ga. overcame windy conditions to win the fifth Allstate Life Insurance Fort Lauderdale 13.1 Marathon® on Sunday, Nov. 11.
Volpi, 29, won the men's division with a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes, 32 seconds, while Mudy, a 28-year-old Poland native, was the first woman to finish and the seventh overall runner in a time of 1:18:51.
Mengstu Nebsi sets new American Family Fitness Half Marathon course record; Hirut Beyene claims women’s half marathon title
Record-size field of 18,702 highlights 35th running of event
RICHMOND, VA – With a time of 2:15:14, Kenya’s Kipkoech Ruto, 23, won the 2012 Anthem Richmond Marathon, taking home $3,000 in prize money - $2,500 for the first place finish and an additional bonus of $500 for finishing under two hours and twenty minutes. Aziza Aliyu, a 27-year-old Ethiopian, was the first female to cross the finish line, clocking in at 2:40:21.
In the fifth year of the American Family Fitness Half Marathon, a new course record was set in the men’s division. Thirty-five-year-old Mengstu Nebsi of Ethiopia crossed the finish line with a time of 1:03:21, besting the previous course record set by George Towett in 2010 by 23 seconds.
4,155 complete Sunday’s race events; local runner breaks half marathon record
Raleigh set a record today when more than 5,000 runners spanned Hillsborough Street for the start of the sixth annual Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon, Rex Healthcare Half Marathon, and News & Observer Old Reliable 10K. Cool autumn temperatures and overcast skies presented ideal race conditions for local and national athletes who vied for cash prizes and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities.
For the first time, the marathon field capped out and registration was closed after the cancellation of the New York City Marathon on Friday caused an unexpected boost in registration requests. Race organizers expanded the marathon field by more than 100 spots to help accommodate some of the shut-out athletes.
Stephen Pifer, Venera Sarmosova victorious in half-marathon; Mescal runs for ACS, first charity runner to win a Rock 'n' Roll race; Adelitas Way headlined the post race concert
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The Hostess City of the South rolled out a welcoming combination of ideal weather and thousands of enthusiastic spectators as more than 17,000 entrants took to the streets for the 2nd Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon benefiting the American Cancer Society on Saturday, Nov. 3. The road race started in downtown Savannah and ended in Forsyth Park.
The New York City Marathon has been called off.
The action was taken jointly by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Road Runners in a joint statement.
Officials said they did not want "a cloud to hang over the race or its participants."