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Date: 
04/16/2014 - 18:27

By Larry Eder
RunBlogRun.com

Flanagan_ShalaneFV-StLouis13.JPgI checked out a Sixty Minutes segment that aired Sunday night on Shalane Flanagan, hometown girl with a good shot at Boston. As there have been no American winners since 1983, the drought is long and often discussed.

Shalane Flanagan is from Marblehead, and was a fine cross country and track runner in high school. At Duke University, Shalane was a stud, winning cross country and track titles galore. After college, Shalane Flanagan developed into a fine distance runner, setting the American record at 10,000 meters (and 5,000 meters) and taking the bronze medal at the 10,000 meters in Beijing in 2008.

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Date: 
04/15/2014 - 18:44

After experiencing a tragic and truncated end to the 2013 Boston Marathon, race organizers were faced not only with grief but with hundreds of administrative decisions, including plans for the 2014 race – an event beloved by Bostonians and people around the world.

One of the issues they faced was what to do about the nearly 6,000 runners who were unable to complete the 2013 race. The Boston Athletic Association, the event’s organizers, quickly pledged to provide official finish times for these runners. Thinking ahead, they also had to consider how to provide these runners with an opportunity to qualify for the 2014 race.

Regional
Date: 
04/15/2014 - 11:26

By Larry Eder

(Larry Eder, who heads Fortius Media and is a partner with numerous Running Network publications, including Running Journal, has been on a trip covering several major races. He has been writing a journal on his travels to Copenhagen, Paris, London, and Boston, in one month of living out of my very large travel bag. He also writes a popular blog at RunBlogRun.com).

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Date: 
04/13/2014 - 18:31

Source: Competitor Group

First time marathoner Himberger wins in debut, Raleigh’s Vegh wins men’s half-marathon; Langan, Bretscher win women’s races; Inaugural event welcomes 12,500 entrants

RALEIGH, NC (April 13, 2014) – Locals dominated the field at the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by WRAL benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Research, which debuted under cool, sunny skies in downtown Raleigh.

First time marathoner Paul Himberger, 28, made a statement in his debut, winning in 2 hours, 38 minutes, 57 seconds. Struggling in the final miles, Himberger dug deep to finish, which was his only goal for the day.

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2014 Boston Marathon® Weekend

Date: 
04/11/2014 - 18:21
Date: 
04/11/2014 - 18:21

 
An Outline of What is New for Participants, Spectators, and the Public
 
 
boston.jpgBOSTON – With less than two weeks until the 118th Boston Marathon® on Monday, April 21, 2014, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) outlined changes to this year’s event. As it has since its inception in 1897, the Boston Marathon will be held on Patriots’ Day, a civic holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord. For the 29th consecutive year, John Hancock Financial Services is the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest annual marathon. Participants will follow the historic 26.2-mile course, which starts on Main Street in rural Hopkinton and finishes on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay. This year’s race will see changes in some areas for participants, spectators, and the public, listed below. 

Regional
Date: 
04/10/2014 - 15:45

U.S. 1500-meter star will showcase revolutionary running brand

Leomanzano2.jpgRichmond, CA - HOKA ONE ONE® is proud to announce the signing of 2012 Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano, who specializes in the 1500-meter and mile distances, to a multi-year agreement.

Manzano, 29, was a five-time NCAA Champion at the University of Texas, and has been ranked among the top three milers in the U.S. for the past seven years.

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Date: 
04/10/2014 - 11:02

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Little Rock Roadrunners Club will have its monthly meeting on Monday, April 21, 2014, at U.S. Pizza in Hillcrest, 2710 Kavanaugh Blvd. The meeting takes place in the upstairs party room at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Steve Hughes will be speaking about battling osteoarthritis while running, which rendered him inactive athletically from 31-56 years old. Since his 60th birthday, he has completed over 250 marathons and ultras.

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Date: 
04/09/2014 - 13:54

Running USA wire
Source: Boston Marathon

Joan Samuelson, Amby Burfoot, and Gelindo Bordin to run Marathon; Bill Rodgers to serve as grand marshal of the Boston Marathon; Greg Meyer, Jack Fultz, and Uta Pippig to participate in weekend activities

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced that several former champions of the Boston Marathon® will return to participate in events surrounding the 118th Boston Marathon, to be held on Monday, April 21, 2014. Champions Joan Benoit Samuelson (ME; 1979, 1983), Amby Burfoot (CT; 1968), and Gelindo Bordin (ITA; 1990) will join 36,000 entrants in this year’s running of the world’s oldest annual marathon.

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Fortius Reveals Top Honors in Shoe Review

Date: 
04/08/2014 - 17:04
Date: 
04/08/2014 - 17:04

Testing the best running shoes available to consumers, the Fortius Media Group, LLC, 2014 Spring Shoe Review gives runners and walkers of all levels the knowledge they need to start their search for the perfect shoe.

"Runners are very lucky. There is very little equipment that is needed. For the past two decades, the partners of Fortius Media Group, including Running Journal, Racing South and Running.Net, have relied on Cregg Weinmann, the RunningProductReviews.Com footwear reviewer, and his team, to suggest the finest running footwear available. Our reviews are now available daily, via social media, on digital and in print.

Regional
Date: 
04/07/2014 - 12:39

By Larry Eder
RunBlogRun.com

bekele.png It took Kenenisa Bekele just over two hours, five minutes and four seconds to win his first marathon. Despite warm weather, hamstring cramps and some unfortunate pacemaking, Mr. Bekele was, thirty minutes after his race, considering his next marathon. More importantly, he was considering his next race.

Regional
Date: 
04/06/2014 - 18:12

Men’s Top-Two Finishers Separated by Less than a Second at the 42nd Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile; Christo Landry Places Sixth Overall to Win USA Men’s 10 Mile Championship Title

RB5_3479.jpgWashington, DC: U.S. Olympian Janet Bawcom ran 10 miles in 52:12 on April 6 to set the single-gender American record at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, pending verification by USA Track & Field officials at their annual meeting in December.

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USATF Statement on recent athlete issues

Date: 
04/05/2014 - 15:36
Date: 
04/05/2014 - 15:36

4/4/2014

USATF supports athletes' collective efforts, whether through USATF governance channels such as the Athletes Advisory Committee and direct representation on our board of directors, or through groups such as the PAA and TFAA.

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WSJ on USATF and upcoming battle with TFAA

Date: 
04/04/2014 - 12:04
Date: 
04/04/2014 - 12:04

By Larry Eder
RunBlogRun.com

Hasay-GrunewaldSt-Carlsbad14-thumb-500x333-8413.jpgThe Wall Street Journal's Sara Germano did a thoughtful piece on the recent Track and Field Athletes Association (TFAA) request for support from athlete sponsors regarding their possible actions in response to what TFAA sees is the lack of genuine interest from USA Track & Field to respond to, among other things, the disqualification of Andy Bumbalough.

Regional
Date: 
04/04/2014 - 11:17

KRN.photo_.koewee_.kids_.jpgOn March 31, 2014, the RRCA Kids Run the Nation grant recipient, the Keowee Kids Running Club of Seneca, SC, held its final meeting of the school year. The program is based at Keowee K-5 Elementary School and began on September 20, 2013 in conjunction with the RRCA’s RUN@School Day, then met every Monday and Thursday from 3:00-3:45 thereafter.

“I’m so excited about our wonderful year that I just had to share pictures and numbers,” said the program’s coordinator, Joy Powell Duncan. “Out of an elementary school of 390 kids, I had 198 children participating and they ran a total of 4,283 miles. I had 73 kids earn marathon status and 5 kids earn their 50 mile.”

Regional
Date: 
04/01/2014 - 13:31

cucbsm.gifJanet Bawcom Eyes Her Own Mark Set Last Year; Matt Tegenkamp Hopes to Challenge Greg Meyer’s Longstanding American Record Set Here in 1983; Both Expect to Challenge International Fields for Overall Victory in Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run

Washington, DC: The lure of American Championship titles and the largest amount of prize money ever offered at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run has had the desired effect. With a total of $81,800 in prize money and bonuses available to top foreign and American runners, the likelihood of down-to-the-wire, record setting racing has never been better.

Regional
Date: 
03/31/2014 - 16:53

By Larry Eder
RunBlogRun.com

adidasweallrunboston-thumb-500x250-8376.jpgThe B.A.A. (Boston Athletic Association) launched the Boston Marathon World Run app on Feb. 5. The Boston Marathon World Run virtually connects runners around the world and their social networks with the 2014 Boston Marathon. The mobile app, available on Apple and Android, plus website, allows runners to participate in the athletic spirit of the event regardless of ability or geography.

Regional
Date: 
03/30/2014 - 13:58

knoxmarathon.jpgMark Chepses of Searcy, Ark., won the 10th annual Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon on Sunday, March 30. Chepses finished the 26.2-mile men’s full marathon with a time of 2:27:31.

Just 24 seconds behind Chepses was Knoxville’s Ethan Coffey, who came in second at 2:27:55. Abraham Kogo of Hebron, Ky., was third with a time of 2:33:06.

Regional
Date: 
03/29/2014 - 16:26

 
 
RICHMOND, VA – The 15th annual Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by MARTIN’S went off on March 29 with more than 36,300 participants. The 10k hosted the first-ever Collegiate Running Association 10k Road Race National Championships, which drew 1,390 college athletes to the streets of Richmond to compete for prize money.

Regional
Date: 
03/29/2014 - 15:33

By Larry Eder
RunBlogRun.com

iaafhalf champs-thumb-500x231-8368.jpg The 2014 IAAF AL World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen was a huge success today (March 29). For the Danish Athletic Federation, they sponsored the largest running event EVER in Denmark, with 30,000 runners in the half marathon, and 202 elite runners in their first World Championships of Athletics in Denmark. For the IAAF, their "bold experiment" should be de rigeur for all of their athletics events: a peoples' race and road championship could be part of every and any championships.

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Mental preparation can be significant

Date: 
03/28/2014 - 15:47
Date: 
03/28/2014 - 15:47

By Lee Fidler, Running Journal columnist

Years ago when I could run fast, I received shoes from a manufacturer. Occasionally the shoes were prototypes or special colors. Once I had a pair of feather weight racing flats which were black with yellow swooshes, a one of a kind pair. Three or four nights per week, I would take these shoes into my office and stare at them.

This unusual behavior was part of preparing my mind for racing. Mental training typically has four stages: progressive relaxation, deep breathing, centering, and mental rehearsal or visualization. To begin this training, I would step into my office and close the door.

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