USA Track & Field
HOUSTON - Two of the fastest races in Olympic Marathon Trials history took place on the same day Saturday in Houston as the six men and women who will represent Team USA in London earned their way on the squad. Shalane Flanagan set an Olympic Trials record of 2:25:38 in only her second marathon, while Meb Keflezighi earned his third Olympic berth by winning the Trials in a personal best time of 2:09:08. Flanagan led a Trials record five women under 2:30 while Meb led four men under 2:10 for the first time in Trials history.
Keflezighi’s performance (Mammoth Lakes, Calif) came only 69 days after his last marathon, where he also ran a then personal best time of 2:09:13 to place sixth at the 2011 ING New York City Marathon. The 2009 ING New York City Marathon winner and 2004 Olympic silver medalist became the first man to win both the U.S. Olympic Trials and the New York City Marathon in his career. At nearly 37 years old, he is the oldest man to win the Olympic Marathon Trials.
Brazilian runner wins second straight Disney Marathon after fierce battle with perennial winner Adriano Bastos; Virginia Beach's Renee High easily takes women's title; field of more than 16,500 pushes weekend total to event record 56,000 runners
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From Bob Hitchcock, runDisney
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Brazilian runner Fredison Costa did it again, holding off his heavily-favored countryman Adriano Bastos on Sunday to win his second straight Walt Disney World Marathon.
At the 19th edition, Costa, 34, waged a fierce battle with the 7-time champion Bastos, 33, throughout the 26.2 mile race through Disney's four theme parks - Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios - before pulling away at the end. Costa crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 19 minutes, 1 second - just 14 seconds ahead of Bastos (2:19:15), who had won six Disney Marathons in a row before Costa's back-to-back feat.
The 23rd annual run, walk, hike up Mill Mountain at Roanoke, VA, had 130 people participate for the New Year. The event is hosted by
the Star City Striders. Mild weather greeted participants for the 1,000-foot climb over a distance of just over six miles. "No timers, medals or awards. Just fun and camaraderie," said Karen Dillon of the Star City Striders, who submitted the photo and wished everyone a
Happy New Year!
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Celebrity artist Stephen Gamson designs one-of-a-kind medal for 10th edition; event record 25,000 entrants expected
The ING Miami Marathon and Half-Marathon® will celebrate its 10th edition on Sunday, January 29, 2012 by presenting finishers with a unique commemorative medal that weighs 8.1 ounces and comes with a ribbon designed by celebrity artist Stephen Gamson.
To get an idea of the medal's size and weight, the first ING Miami Marathon medal weighed 1.3 ounces 10 years ago. This medal is more than six times the weight.
Many of the event record 25,000 runners who will participate in the ING Miami Marathon and Half-Marathon® are collectors of the medals through the years. Miami has been known to have the one of the hottest participant medals in the running industry. Over the event's decade-long history, the medal has been innovated to include 3-D palm trees, double spinners and even the inclusion of a one-carat diamond.
Here’s to a great year of running in 2012! We’ve been serving running in the South since 1984, beginning as Carolina Runner. We purchased Running in Georgia and Racing South, which started in 1976, and became Running Journal.
We cover running information, including our constantly updated calendar, in all three publications, thus you are consistently updated with published information on our website, in our print magazine, and in our email newsletter. You need all three to have the most complete information as new information is updated in each – and many stories are unique to each.
By Bryan Graydon
President, Lakeland Runners Club
The Dec. 18 Jacksonville Bank Marathon in Jacksonville, FL, was recently featured in Runner’s World Magazine as a great race for those looking for a fast time. Scott Mackley was looking for just such a race for his debut marathon and that is exactly what he got as he was the overall winner in a time of 2:31:47.
Scott went out at his pace as the blazing fast athletes running the half-marathon from the Zap Elite team took off like a shot from a gun. He settled into is his rhythm and began clicking off the miles. I have coached Scott throughout 2011 so I rode my bike along the course with him and it was amazing how relaxed he was as he ran alone for nearly the entire race. .
Another year of medals, records and top performances
By Ryan Lamppa, Running USA wire
Every year since 2000, the year of U.S. distance running's nadir, it has been more and more difficult to earn a spot in the Top 10 Moments of the Year. A performance that 5-7 years ago warranted a Top 10 rank now merits honorable mention, and 2011 was collectively one of the deepest years yet as U.S. distance runners continued their ladder of success with more World Championship medals, broken records and top performances on the track, roads and turf and in the mountains.
The impressive 2011 performances by U.S. distance runners should serve as a springboard for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and Team USA will likely have several true medal contenders at nearly every distance event and no distance medal(s) or near medals in London would be a surprise and a disappointment.
By Teri Saylor
It is holiday time, and some things just naturally go together.
Trees and lights.
Fireplaces and stockings.
Santa and Claus.
Stores and spending.
Eating and eating.
Before the first summer leaves become tinged with color, the bright deal buster ads begin appearing everywhere.
And they’re just getting warmed up.
Television magazine shows feature holiday entertaining guides and sugar-pushing recipes.
Be gone carrots and celery!
Make room for cocktails and cookies.
Bairu men's winner at inaugural running; finish line on the sand ends with post-race concert by chart-topping Miami rapper Pitbull
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By Dan Cruz, Competitor Group
Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan ran 1 hour, 9 minutes and 58 seconds to set a new Florida state record and clocked the fastest women's record standard half-marathon time in 2011 for an American under warm, breezy conditions at the inaugural Dodge Latin Music Miami Beach 1/2 Marathon benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, held on Dec. 11 in Miami Beach FL.
Flanagan, 30, the bronze medalist at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, came to Miami Beach with her Oregon Track Club teammates to prepare for next month's U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston. With no regard for the competition or the conditions, Flanagan ran a 5:05 opening mile to distance herself from the rest of the field, eventually finishing fourth overall.
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ST. LOUIS – The 33rd edition of the USA Track & Field Annual Meeting came to a close Sunday at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis with the Closing Session. Approximately 1,000 volunteers, officials, athletes, coaches and supporters of the sport were involved with the Annual Meeting.
The Closing Session featured site announcements for upcoming national championships and finalized business from the week’s meeting. It was the second time the Annual Meeting had been held in St. Louis as it was also there in 1994.
Traditionally being held the week following Thanksgiving, the 2012 Annual Meeting will be held in Daytona Beach, Fla.; 2013 in Indianapolis, Ind.; 2014 in Anaheim, Calif.; 2015 in Houston, Tex.; and 2016 in Orlando, Fla.
Long Distance Running, Race Walking expands competition rules
The Annual Meeting led to a resolution to expand competition rules for LDR and Race Walking as it pertains to select U.S. citizens.
Daniel Kirwa, 24, of Searcy, AR, led the field in the 35th annual Rocket City Marathon on Dec. 10. Kirwa crossed the line in 2:20:05 with Fernando Babada, 29, of Boulder, CO, taking second in 2:22:56. Alan Horton, 31, of Knoxville, TN, was third in 2:27:49.
On the women’s side, 48-year-old Jen Hitchings of Sacramento, CA, took the win, running 2:51:27. Christina Johnston, 31, of Xenia, OH, was second in 2:56:14, with Deanna Newman, 41, of Birmingham, AL, third in 2:56:52. Last year’s women’s champion, Candace Jacobs, 31, of Huntsville was fourth, running 2:57:16.
By Kym Klass
River Region Runners
It was a small article in a local newspaper in the early 1970s – three men reaching out to the community to form a running club. The goal was to promote physical fitness and sponsor a handful of races under the name Montgomery Track Club.
Almost 40 years later, that track club is now the River Region Runners (R3), a 300-member organization that this year helped organize 28 races – almost every other weekend – and most recently was selected to host the Road Runners of America’s (RRCA) Southern Region 5K with its Labor Day 5K Run.
A lot happened in four decades. There are a lot of different stories of the beginning, middle, and even now. After an April 26, 1972 news clipping in the Montgomery Advertiser, in which the group of three men – John D. Cates, Gordon Persons Jr. and Bob Richard – called out for runners, the club grew to 25 members within the first two months, and they voted to call the club the Capital City Pacers. They quickly began holding track meets of one-, two- and four-mile races.
2011 marks largest participant field in the event’s history
By Tracy Lott/Atlanta Track Club
Atlanta, GA – Over 12,800 runners and walkers kicked off Thanksgiving morning at the 2011 Atlanta Half Marathon events on Thursday, November 24. 2011 marked the largest participant field in the Thanksgiving Day event’s history. Along with the Atlanta Half Marathon, the event featured the sold-out Thanksgiving Day 5K as well as the Mashed Potato Mile for children ages 7 to 12 and the Gravy Gallop for kids ages 6 and under.
“The events of the Atlanta Half Marathon really exemplify the Atlanta Track Club’s mission of inspiring and engaging the community to achieve health and fitness through running,” said Tracey Russell, Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club. “It’s really incredible to see people of all ages and abilities kicking off their holiday in such a healthy and fun way.”
PEACHTREE CITY, GA - The Darkside Running Club hosted the 10th anniversary of the annual Peachtree City 50K and the 5th anniversary of the sister 25K event in virtually perfect weather at Luther Glass Park on Nov. 13. With overcast skies and temperatures in the high 30s at the start and the low 60s at the finish, the weather couldn’t have been much better for runners and volunteers alike.
In the 50K, Owen Bradley of Birmingham, Alabama ran an outstanding 3:30:08, literally blowing away the rest of the field. On the women’s side, Susan Allen of Dawsonville, Georgia topped the field with a fine 4:27:27. The male and female master’s winners were Larry Hall of Chicago, Illinois and Beth McCurdy of Dacula, Georgia respectively.
Twenty-eight youth running programs across the country receive funding
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ARLINGTON, Va. - (November 14, 2011) - The Road Runners Club of America, the oldest and largest distance running organization in the United States, has announced the 2011 Kids Run the Nation grant recipients. Twenty-eight programs throughout the U.S. that collectively serve 30,000 youth will receive a total of $20,000 in grants, an increase compared to the $15,000 granted in 2010.
Bekele women's marathon champion; Bedada breaks women's McDonald's Half Marathon course record; Towett defends men's half-marathon title; event record field of 17,073 highlights 34th running
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By Jackie Holt, Sports Backers
RICHMOND, Va. - With a time of 2 hours, 13 minutes, 45 seconds, Kenya's Kennedy Kemei, 33, set a new course and Virginia state record Saturday morning at the 34th SunTrust Richmond Marathon. The previous record was 2:14:32 set by Andrei Gordeev in 2005. Kemei walked away with a total of $5500 in prize money - $2500 as race champion, an additional $2500 for setting a new course record plus a bonus of $500 for finishing under two hours and twenty minutes. Mekides Bekele, a 25-year-old Ethiopian, was the first female to cross the finish line, clocking 2:47:50.
African runners take half-marathon titles; with 18,771 finishers Rock 'n' Roll Savannah is 4th largest inaugural running event and debut half-marathon largest ever
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By Dan Cruz, Competitor Group
SAVANNAH, Ga. - After selling out in mid-August, the inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon debuted as the largest running block party in Georgia on Saturday morning. Nathan O'Connell, a 20-year-old student at Kennesaw State, won the marathon in 2 hours, 29 minutes and 5 seconds. It was only the second marathon for O'Connell, who trains with the Atlanta Track Club, as he bettered his time by 27 minutes running on a solo tour through the streets of Savannah.
Dado women's champion; more than 47,000 participants at 42nd edition under near perfect racing conditions; Emmanuel Mutai takes World Marathon Majors Series title and $500,000
By Duncan Larkin, Running USA wire
NEW YORK - (November 6, 2011) - Flashing a large smile and raising his hands towards the sky, Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya broke the tape at the 42nd ING New York City Marathon. Mutai's winning time was 2 hours, 5 minutes and 6 seconds and over two minutes faster than Tesfaye Jifar's ten-year-old course record and a pending U.S. All-Comers record. The fastest human ever to cover the 26.2-mile distance when he ran 2:03:02 to win this year's Boston Marathon, Mutai expressed his pleasure with his performance afterwards, but admitted that the race was hard-fought.
Bell Tower Rings in a Record Number for Fifth Annual Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon and Rex Healthcare Half Marathon
Local runners dominate at Sunday’s marathon, half marathon and 10K
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – N.C. State’s Bell Tower overlooked a sea of runners this morning as 3,774 participants sprung from the start of the Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon, Rex Healthcare Half Marathon, and News & Observer Old Reliable 10K. A record number of runners upheld a five-year-old Raleigh tradition, facing crisp autumn air to complete one of three challenging courses and help raise thousands of dollars for local charities.
Of the participants, 690 individual runners finished the 26.2-mile marathon, 64 teams completed the marathon relay, 1,869 completed the 13.1-mile half marathon, and 486 ran the 10K, a new addition to the City of Oaks’ race-day offering.
It was a great day for running as hundreds lined up for the Spinx Run Fest in downtown Greenville, SC, on Oct. 29. The event, which was organized by the Greenville Track Club, featured a marathon, half-marathon, and 5K.
Jim Harper, 34, of Greenville and Kristi Arledge, 41, of Simpsonville were winners in the seventh annual Spinx Marathon. Harper crossed the line in 2:39:12 to take the win, besting his nearest competitor by more than 10 minutes. Arledge ran 3:00:53 to win the women’s title by more than 14 minutes. There were 466 finishers in the marathon.
The “Run Town USA” half marathon was part of the Running Journal Grand Prix and was led by Brad Orr, 25, of Rock Hill in 1:25:01 and Macy Latter, 30, of Bryson City, NC, in 1:26:53. A total of 1,266 runners completed the half marathon.