The 34th annual Gate River Run 15K on March 12 in Jacksonville, FL, is the newest addition to the Running Journal Grand Prix. The popular race is the largest 15K in the U.S., with more than 15,000 participating in the 2009 race. The 15K will once again serve as the USA 15K Championship with America’s top Olympic athletes competing for $80,000 in prize money.
The 15K course starts at EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars and runs through the heart of downtown Jacksonville. The race crosses the St. Johns River twice, first over the Main Street Bridge and then later over the Hart Bridge, known as the “Green Monster.” The course features a one-mile downhill finish back to EverBank Field.
By BRUCE MORRISON, Publisher
Years ago while on a trip to a race in West Virginia, Editor Mary Lou Day and I came up with the slogan, “We Run the South.”It’s been a good slogan for Running Journal, our website, and our monthly newsletter -- and others have borrowed from, adapted to, or developed a similar slogan. The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), for example: “We Run the Nation.”
By Lena Hollmann
As you read this, the New Year 2011 is about to begin, or maybe it has just started. If you are like many people, including myself, you may have set some New Year’s resolutions. Or maybe you don’t have any specific resolutions or goals, but are simply hoping for a successful year with a few good races, and no injuries. Regardless, the beginning of a year is a good time to evaluate where we are in fitness as well as in life, and where we want to be a year from now.
Running USA wire
Men's 26.2 mile champion ends countryman Bastos' 6-year reign; Young, Scherer half-marathon champions; 2011 event produces largest marathon / half-marathon combo ever with 35,447 finishers; Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge draws 5,000
From Bob Hitchcock, Disney
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - (January 9, 2011) - In perhaps the biggest upset in Walt Disney World Marathon history, Fredison Costa of Brazil upstaged countryman Adriano Bastos to win the 18th Disney Marathon on Sunday morning and abruptly end Bastos' six-year dominance at Disney.
Completing 106 marathons in the year 2010, Larry Macon, 66, of San Antonio, Texas, and Yolanda Holder, 52, of Corona, California, broke the record on Dec. 31 for most marathons in a calendar year. The records were broken in Ocala, Florida, at the “Savage Seven,” which offered marathoners the opportunity to run seven marathons in seven days. The event was organized by Chuck Savage of Ocala, who has run 282 marathons and completed four during the week. The Turtle Running Club and the Lions Club worked from 5 a.m. each day until the last finisher completed a race. More details in the February issue of Running Journal. (Info and photos by Bill Gorman)
And the #1 Moment is...
By Ryan Lamppa, Running USA wire
Over the past decade (2001-10), U.S. distance running has produced many highlights including world titles, Olympic and World Championship medals, world and U.S. records as well as major marathon victories, and this progressive resurgence, led by the return of training groups, has made the U.S. the third best distance running power behind Kenya and Ethiopia, a ranking that many, or perhaps most in the sport, would have called a "pipe dream" in 2000 when the U.S. sent only one athlete per gender for the Sydney Olympic Marathon. In this ten year period, there have been a host of "best moments" by U.S. runners, and below is my Top 10.
The Florida Striders (http://FloridaStriders.com) have established a world record for the 100 x 5K relay. The 100 runners ran the relay in 37 hours, 12 minutes, 53.66 seconds from Dec. 10-12.
The record will be submitted to the Guiness Book of World Records and a race official said all requirements were met for the record-setting event, which included video taping the entire relay.
Brantly to moderate Olympian panel at pre-race pasta dinner set for Friday, February 4, 2011
MELBOURNE, Fla. - The State Farm Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon Weekend has announced that its traditional pre-race pasta dinner will be held Friday, February 4, 2011 on the grounds of the historic Rossetter House in the Melbourne suburb of Eau Gallie.
16,500 runners and walkers participated in four races; $2.8 million raised for St. Jude
MEMPHIS, TENN. (December 4, 2010) – Peter Kemobi of Hebron, Ky. and Leah Thorvilson of Little Rock, Ark. were the top male and female finishers, respectively, in the St. Jude Memphis Marathon on Dec. 4. Kemboi, 36, finished the 26.2 mile course with a time of 2:26:29 while Thorvilson finished in 2:40:20. Proceeds from all races benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers.
HUNTSVILLE, AL - Daniel Ellis of Birmingham, AL, won the 34th annual Rocket City Marathon on Dec. 11. The 25-year-old took the lead around the 19-mile mark and went on to finish in a time of 2:24:37. Kameron Ulmer of Boise, ID, made a late surge to finish a close second in 2:24:50. Third-place went to Scott Wietecha of Goodlettesville, TN, in 2:27:08. Last year's champion, David Riddle of Cincinnati, OH, was fourth, running 2:28:14.
Cuffe captures girls crown in San Diego
From Kenny Fried
SAN DIEGO - (December 11, 2010) - Aisling Cuffe of Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y. and Lukas Verzbicas of Orland Hills, Ill. won the 2010 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals (FLCCC) at Morley Field, Balboa Park in San Diego on Saturday. At the 32nd edition, the runners competed on the 5K course in perfect racing conditions, under beautiful sunny skies with a temperature of 60 degrees.
In the girls' race, Cuffe, a three-time FLCCC National Finalist and senior at Cornwall Central High School, dominated from the start and powered through the field.
The list of activities enhanced by mountain moonlight grew by one this week with the long anticipated return of a favorite Maggie Valley endurance event.
Announced on Dec. 6 by race organizer Greg Duff of Glory Hound Events, the Mission Health System Maggie Valley Moonlight Race will return in 2011 and once again entice runners from near and far to lace up their sneakers in the dark.
By SCOTT LUDWIG
In 1978…back when I started running, I was an avid reader of Racing South, a modest periodical promoting running in the southeast. In time, the periodical would evolve into The Running Journal, the monthly newsletter with which you are all familiar. Over the past 32 years I can honestly say that I’ve read every single issue of both publications.
RUNS 1,000TH RACE -- Joe Connolly (left), 86, of Jacksonville, FL, ran his 1,000th race Nov. 20 at the McKenzie's Run in Jacksonville, finishing the 5K in 44:24. He wore bib number 1,000. He was honored by 1st Place Sports at its San Marco location. Joe also brought
By BRUCE MORRISON, Publisher
You are very important to me and to Running Journal. We are always looking for information from you, whether you represent yourself, your club, a race, or anything else involved in running.
I spend two-three hours each day reading your emails, responding to them, and sending emails to various running groups.
By ELLEN JONES
The Bradenton Runners Club of Bradenton, FL, has been around since the 1980s with a history of dedicated runners who really know how to put on races. Small but mighty, the BRC has mustered up some amazing door prizes over the years, including gift certificates at some of the area’s finest beach restaurants and stores.
By CHUCK GEORGE
Executive Race Director
New Orleans Track Club, Inc.
Jambalaya, Gumbo, Shrimp, Oysters, Crawfish, Crabs, Alligator Sauce Piquant!
Mix all that in with an annual long, hot, sweltering summer. Then add in the occasional hurricane. Five years ago we endured the most devastating natural (or in south Louisiana we say “man made”) disaster in U.S. history, followed by perhaps the largest oil spill in U.S. history and we’re still here. Yes indeed, can’t sink us if you tried.
It was a good day for southern women Nov. 13 in the marathon, half-marathon and 8K road races at Richmond, VA.
Tezeta Dengersa of Turkey won the women’s division in the Sun Trust Richmond Marathon in 2:49:10 but the next four places were captured by Diana Gore of North Carolina, Gina McGee and Sarah Breevort of Virginia, and Alison Johnstone of South Carolina.
By Mike Marino
Florida Striders Track Club
Orange Park/Jacksonville, FL
(Editor’s note: On Dec. 10-11, the Florida Striders will have a 100-runner relay, each running a 5K, in an attempt to break the world record. They have to beat 40 hours, an average of 24 minutes for each 5K. Last year, they broke the world record for the 100x10K in a time of 77 hours, 17 minutes, 25 seconds.)
The 100 runners for the 100x5K World Record Attempt have been selected -- and what a group of runners it is.
Flanagan runner-up and USA marathon champion in debut; 41st edition draws record starter field of 45,350; Gebrselassie retires as competitive runner
By Jim Gerweck, Running USA wire
NEW YORK - (November 7, 2010) - For almost a decade, the organizers of the ING New York City Marathon have tried to get Geb to come to the Big Apple and win their race. On Sunday at the 41st edition, they got their wish - sort of.