ATLANTA - The professional field at the 2011 AJC Peachtree Road Race proved strong as Kenyan Sammy Kitwara and Ethiopian Werknesh Kidane took home victories at the 42nd running of the event, with finish times of 28:05 and 31:23 respectively. Kitwara, who also earned top honors at the 2009 Peachtree, was eligible for the Professional Road Racing Organization's (PRRO) championship and took home an additional $10,000 bonus bringing his total Peachtree earnings to $25,000.
"We knew we had a great field of competitors going into this year's race and they didn't disappoint, with an exciting finish in the Open Men's race and four Americans in the top 10," said Tracey Russell, Race Director for the AJC Peachtree Road Race and Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club. "With 60,000 participants, we had the largest field in Peachtree history and are happy to report a successful event."
General running numbers up; Nike reaching the young; apparel sales hit $1.1 billion, shoes sales down slightly; record fundraising helps drive Second Running Boom growth
Running USA wire
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - (June 26, 2011) - From record or sold-out race fields across the country last year, billions of dollars in shoe sales and running apparel, innovative products such as personalized devices to track individual workouts and record fundraising, the Running Industry continues to show impressive growth in virtually every sector.
Running is one of the most convenient and inexpensive forms of exercise available.
National Running Survey shows educated, affluent, motivated, half-marathon loving population
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2011 National Runner Survey is a comprehensive study conducted every two years by Running USA. The National Runner Survey assesses the demographics, lifestyle, attitudes, habits and product preferences of the running population nationwide. Results from the National Runner Survey reflect “core runners”, that is, active adult participants who tend to enter running events and train year-round.
Today’s core runners are highly educated with 77.2% having earned a college diploma (national percent = 29.5%) and affluent with 72.9% reporting a household income of more than $75,000 (national average = 32.4%).
On May 26, the town of Joplin, MO, was devastated by one of the deadliest tornados in the nation’s history leaving a path of destruction nearly a mile wide. With destruction of this magnitude, a road race hardly makes a blip on the map priorities. The Boomtown Half Marathon was scheduled to run in Joplin on June 11, but with the amount of devastation to the area, it was cancelled.
That was not the end of the story however, runners scheduled to participate in the race decided to show up to the starting line on June 11 at the scheduled start time and pitch in with the clean-up efforts. Lakeland (FL) Runners Club Vice President Marc Zimmerman saw a posting about this on Facebook on May 25 and got a wild idea that his running club might be able to do something to help out also.
A fund drive to save cross country programs in Duval County, Florida high schools, is growing but is still substantially short of its $70,000 goal.
A benefit cross country race will be held July 2 at Bartram Trail High School to help raise funds. The race starts at 8 a.m. with an entry fee of a $10 minimum donation. Additional donations are encouraged.
To check total donations raised to date, the names of those who have contributed, and to make a donation and have your name added to the list of donors, go to http://www.active.com/donate/SaveCCinDuval.
Tax-deductible donations by check are encouraged and can be made payable to 1st Place Sports Running Club, 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32217. This is a 501©3 club.
Staff Sergeant Ryan Major captures hearts; Team X-T.R.E.M.E. sets Guinness World Record
Running USA Wire
By Trey Garman, XTERRA
RICHMOND, Va. - On Saturday morning, Ryan Witt and Sarah Breevoort won the XTERRA Richmond half-marathon, but Staff Sergeant Ryan Major won the hearts and spirits of everyone at Brown's Island in Richmond.
Major, a 26-year-old Army veteran, lost both his legs in 2006 when an improvised explosive device was detonated in Ramadi, Iraq. Before he was wounded in combat his ambition was to become an Army Ranger and jump out of planes.
The Running Journal Grand Prix completed its 33rd season at the Mercedes-Benz Cotton Row 10K in Huntsville, AL, on Memorial Day. Nearly 2,000 runners competed in the 10K on a sweltering morning with temperatures already in the 80s at the 7 a.m. start. Reuben Mwei of Kenya was first to the finish with a time of 29:51. Fellow Kenyan Nixon Cherutich was 16 seconds back to take the runner-up spot.
Forty-nine-year-old Ramilia Burangulova of Russia led the female race, running 36:21. Candace Jacobs of Huntsville, the 2010 Rocket City Marathon winner, was second in 36:21.
Champions for the Running Journal Grand Prix’s 33rd season were announced after the race and awards were given out. Alejandro Arreola and Alice Rogers, both from Charlotte, NC, won their respective divisions in the male and female open division of the Grand Prix.
Plans are underway for the 34th season of the Running Journal Grand Prix. The Grand Prix series is annually made up of some of the top road races across the South and attracts runners from the region who compete for points at each GP race. At the end of the series, runners with the highest point totals in open, masters, grand masters, senior grand masters, and veteran divisions are named Grand Prix champions. Runners also compete in age groups, beginning with the 40-44 age group continuing to 80-over.
-- Organization’s Founder to Attempt Triathlon in Gas Mask during Race Weekend --
Richmond, VA – June 6, 2011 – Team X-T.R.E.M.E. (Train, Rehabilitate, Empower, Motivate and Endure), a non-profit support organization with an ongoing mission to honor, motivate and empower wounded veterans, will honor veteran SSGT Ryan Major during XTERRA race events on June 11 and 12. A team of five runners plans to set a Guinness World Record by completing a 21K cross-country race while wearing Avon Protection’s C50 gas mask.
By Ed Hughes, Greenville Track Club, Greenville, SC
Let’s Get It Started
The Greenville Track Club is one of the oldest and largest running clubs in the Southeast, and our hometown of Greenville, SC has a passionate running community. Naturally, were very interested when we heard about the 100x5K Relay WR set by the Florida Striders and subsequently smashed by the Charlotte Running Club. Were we going to let a WR opportunity slip away? Of course not - we decided to go for it! We called our event the “100 in 30” Challenge which stood for 100 consecutive 5K runs in 30 hours, or less.
By: Jennifer Goff, Off’n Running Sports
Your Personal Mark …In Post Meridian …The PERFECT MILE.
Friday, May 20th at 6:10pm signaled the start of the first heat of the inaugural PM in the Park 1-Mile downhill dash, honoring the month that the legendary Roger Bannister first broke the elusive 4-minute mile.
Organized by Off’n Running Sports in Greensboro, North Carolina and sponsored by Adidas, the event featured an approximately 60-foot elevation drop over a point-to-point course in Greensboro’s Country Park. The drop was plenty to ensure fast times but still gradual enough to protect runners’ knees.
Under perfect running conditions, about 70 degrees as the sun was setting, ten heats with their own unique names (i.e. “The Chasers”, “The Mini-Milers”, “Ten Fast Dudes”) cruised the course, set exactly ten minutes apart from one another. Each heat, seeded by predicted finish times, consisted of roughly ten runners. Slower heats took off first, with the final heat termed, “The Main Event.”.
More than 600 runners from 20 states run in 5K, 10K, half and marathon off-road races
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From Trey Garman, XTERRA
PELHAM, Ala. - (May 21, 2011) - On Saturday morning, David Wall, 24, of Columbiana, Ala. and Holley Sweeney, 28, of Pelham, Ala. won the inaugural XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Marathon at Oak Mountain State Park in 3 hours, 2 minutes, 42 seconds and 3:52:05, respectively.
Wall, a former cross country star at Oak Mountain High and Auburn University distance runner, grew up running on these trails but surprisingly, this was his first-ever trail race.
Race favorite Brandon Mader from Huntsville, Ala., who was fourth at the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii in December, took off early and held the lead for about the first 17 miles.
2011 Peachtree Prize Purse Exceeds $110,000 in Addition to $10,000 Professional Road Running Organization Bonus
Tracy Lott/Atlanta Track Club
Atlanta- For the fourth time in five years, the AJC Peachtree Road Race has been selected to host the USA Men's 10 km Championship on Monday, July 4. Ed Moran of Williamsburg, Va., clinched his first USA Men's 10 km Championship at the 2010 Peachtree finishing with a time of 28:19, which was the fastest American men's 10 km time clocked in 2010. The USA Men's 10 km Championship is part of a larger running circuit, the USA Running Circuit (USARC), which is a USA Track & Field road series featuring USA Championships in distances ranging from one mile to the marathon.
The 32nd annual Cotton Row 10K will be held on Memorial Day, May 30, in Huntsville, AL. The event also features a 5K and 1 mile fun run. The 10K is annually one of the top races in the South and attracts a quality field of both open and masters runners. It is conducted by the Huntsville Track Club. The event always features a moving tribute to our veterans before the start and runners are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue.
Tracy Lott/Atlanta Track Club
Atlanta - The Atlanta Track Club, organizer of the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay, announced that Nike has been named the official apparel and shoe sponsor of the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay which will take place on Sunday, October 30, 2011. As the official apparel and shoe sponsor, Nike will provide participants in the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay with Nike long-sleeve performance shirts.
In addition to providing the official Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay participant shirts, Nike will also sponsor several water stations/cheer zones along the course as well as provide performance shirts for participants in the Atlanta Track Club's 22-week Atlanta Marathon Training Program.
HOUSTON - The Houston Marathon Committee and USA Track & Field have announced that the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon course has been modified based on feedback received from athletes and coaches after a first run of the course at the USA Half Marathon Championships last January where the top U.S. men and women "test drove" the multi-loop course. Houston will host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon on Saturday, January 14, 2012, a first for a single city to host both the men's and women's Olympic Trials races at the same event.
Maag, Horst half-marathon titlists; country stars, celebrities, 30,000 participate in Nashville's running celebration at 12th edition
By Amana Miyamae, Competitor Group/Running USA Wire
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On a cool Saturday morning that grew into a sunny Nashville afternoon, more than 30,000 runners toed the start line for the 12th Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan.
NPR transcribed the report, "The Game Goes On" which was broadcast Tuesday, May 3:,
"Talaya Owens is on the university's women's track team, which decided at the last minute to attend a key track meet in Des Moines last weekend.
It was a tough call: Eleven of the team's athletes were displaced. The team didn't do quite as well as they'd hoped — they were tired, stressed out and their flight was so late they barely made the meet. But the thousands gathered cheered them like they were the home team.
More than 30,000 runners and walkers in Cincinnati
Amy McDonaugh of Irmo, SC, Wins Women's Marathon
By Jackie Reau, Game Day Communications/Running USA wire
CINCINNATI - A record weekend registration of more than 30,000 runners and walkers highlighted the 13th running of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon powered by P&G. The two-day total of 30,408 participants included 5,083 for the marathon, 12,155 for the half-marathon and 3,044 for the relays, all running on Sunday..
America's favorite road race distance shows another year of phenomenal growth as women and the Rock 'n' Roll Series lead the charge; record 25 U.S. half-marathons with 10,000 or more finishers; Bupa Great North Run world's largest
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - If marathon mania exists, then, the half-marathon has reached hyper-mania. Last year, according to Running USA, U.S. half-marathons continued their upward trajectory as the "leader of the pack" repeated its phenomenal 24% growth rate, from approximately 1.1 million finishers in 2009 to nearly 1.4 million finishers in 2010, a record annual increase for the distance. In the same 733 U.S. half-marathons for 2009 vs. 2010, there was a 17.24% finisher increase (975,409 vs. 1,143,551).