Fifth Edition of The World's Expedition Run Launches Competitors Across Lush Terrain in Southwest Costa Rica
By Matt Draper Savegre Valley, Costa Rica (February 1, 2009) - The first day of the 2009 edition of The Coastal Challenge (TCC), a multi-day expedition race from Feb. 1-7, doused competitors with heat and humidity while pushing them through more than 33 kilometers of dirt roads, rain forests and rivers in Southwest Costa Rica. Seventy-five racers from nine countries traversed a gauntlet of hills under a scorching sun before crossing a rainy finish line at the Rafiki Lodge in the Savegre Valley. The 2009 course, coined "The Rainforest Run," marks the fifth edition of TCC and is set along Costa Rica's Pacific coastline.
'Amman 2009' will be only the second occasion on which an Asian country has hosted the World Cross Country Championships, which are the oldest IAAF World Athletics Series event, first celebrated under the IAAF banner in 1973.
by Larry Eder There are races in one's athletic career that standout. Craig Mottram, the giant of Australian distance running, has been fortunate enough to have several of those races.
On the track and in the field, Bernard Lagat and Steven Hooker kept 11,543 fans on their feet Friday night at the 102nd Millrose Games. A longtime Madison Square Garden favorite, Lagat tied Eamonn Coghlan's record with his seventh Wanamaker mile victory, while Hooker posted the best indoor pole vault in the world since 2002, breaking several records in the process.
Event organizers on Wednesday hosted a press conference in advance of the 102nd Millrose Games, which will be run Friday evening at Madison Square Garden. On hand for Wednesday's press conference were defending women's mile champion Kara Goucher, the 2007 World Outdoor Championships 10,000m bronze medalist
Field Closes for 30th Anniversary Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle as Registration Reaches Participant Capacity of 32,500
CHICAGO, IL (January 29, 2009) – Registration for the 30th Anniversary Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle officially closed today when the combined participant capacity of 32,500 for the 8K Run and 5K Fitness Walk was reached. Registration opened to the public on January 1.
"Fam" to make brand debut at 2009 USA Cross Country Championships presented by Saucony - Saucony, Inc., a leading global supplier of performance athletic footwear and apparel, today announced the signing of two-time U.S. Olympian Anthony Famiglietti to a multi-year endorsement contract.
January 27, 2009 by Larry Eder from runblogrun.com Many remember this picture from last summer, as German broke the iconic national federation two mile record of Jeff Nelson (1979) of 8:36.3 with his 8:34.40.
January 27, 2009 from press release (BOSTON, MA) John Hancock Financial, in its 24th year as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, today announced the return of four-time champion Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya and women’s winner Dire Tune of Ethiopia for the 113th running of the race on April 20.
January 26, 2009 from Running USA wire by By Patrice Malloy (CARLSBAD, CA) A first-time marathoner and recent distance-running enthusiast claimed victories at the 19th Carlsbad Marathon held on Sunday morning. Josh Spiker of Ventura, CA won his debut at the 26.2-mile distance despite "quads feeling like rubber" in a time of 2:24:56.
January 26, 2009 from press release (AUSTIN, TX) Martin Fagan of Ireland bested a competitive elite field to take first place in the 2009 3M Half Marathon and set a new event record with a final time of 1:01:05, shaving 11 seconds off the previous record set by Mexico's Andres Espinoza in 1999.
Sold-out 15,000 field elevates event to largest distance race in South Florida; 4,000 children participant in ING Run for Something Better
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From Jackie Tyson, Peloton Sports
January 26, 2009 from Running USA wire by Jackie Tyson, Peloton Sports (MIAMI FL) A trio of Americans took home three of the four race titles at the seventh running of the ING Miami Marathon & Half Marathon® on Sunday.
January 23, 2009 from press release (BOSTON MA) The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced recently the overhaul and new design of healthclubs.com, IHRSA's consumer website for active, fitness-minded adults. IHRSA's worldwide health club finder and consumer magazine Get Active highlight the revamped site.
January 22, 2009 from press release (CHICAGO, IL) Online registration for the 2009 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will open to the public beginning at midnight (CST) on February 1 at www.chicagomarathon.com. The 32-year-old 26.2-mile race will be held on Sunday, October 11, beginning and ending in Chicago's historic Grant Park.
January 22, 2009 Rev. press release (New York NY) Defending champions Thomas Dold of Germany and Suzy Walsham of Australia will attempt to return to the top of New York at the 32nd annual NYRR Empire State Building Run-Up on Tuesday, February 3, it was announced today by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.
January 22, 2009 from press release - Focus-N-Fly, a San Francisco Bay Area based training solution that has helped runners produce thousands of personal bests since 2001, has developed a completely new, interactive, online training service designed to provide distance runners of all abilities with personalized training resources previously only available to those with a personal coach.
NOT FOUND: FFF_2009_5.jpg January 22, 2009 from Colorado Runner Near record highs and clear, blue skis turned Frosty's Frozen Five into more of a melting than a freezing!
January 22, 2009 from RunningUSA wire (Arkansas) The Blue and You Fitness Challenge is a physical activity contest during which employees or members of organizations participate in eligible exercises (cardiovascular focused) for a three-month period (March 1 - May 31, 2009).