By Tracy Harris
The number of marathons in the U.S. has risen nearly 70 percent in the past decade. Yet, some big cities still don't have big marathons. Louisville is one of those. Sure, it's not a major metropolitan area, but with a population of 1.3 million in the city limits and large bedroom communities outside the city, it holds its own.
The city has a big half marathon in April — the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon — with some 13,000 runners last year. The marathon held concurrently with the mini, though, only drew 2,000.
It's an oddity. Race directors have tried to encourage more marathons, although perhaps half-heartedly. For a race half the distance, runners still pay almost the same registration fee.
Still, race organizers must put time and effort into the full — certifying the course (it changed last year), finding volunteers, paying for police at intersections.
Julliah Tinega Repeats As Women’s Champion
WASHINGTON, DC – Another year, another event record set in the 40th running of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run on Sunday morning.
Allan Kiprono avenged a second-place finish in 2011 with his record time of 45 minutes, 15 seconds. He and fellow Kenyan Julliah Tinega dominated their respective races. Tinega, who earned her second consecutive title, won the women’s race with a time of 54:02 – a full 22 seconds ahead of Malika Mejdoub. Kiprono was never challenged, and his 1:13 margin of victory was the largest in at least 13 years at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.
Kiprono, 22, and countryman Lani Kiplagat broke away from the men’s pack within the first mile. Ketema Nugusse stayed with them for a short time before deciding to drop back. That left the two Kenyans to battle for the men’s title. At Mile 5, Kiprono separated from his rival and opened a 40-meter lead. By Mile 6 that was up to 110 meters and it simply kept growing.
Arlington, VA – On March 14, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Road Runners Club of America met in session in Memphis, TN and adopted the first ever Race Director Code of Ethics during the course of the board meeting.
The RRCA: Race Director Code of Ethics outlines the expected standards of conduct of any person or group of people that conduct a running event, road race, trail race, or other similar type of event that is either for profit or nonprofit and where individuals pay a fee to participate in the organized running event.
One of the primary goals of the RRCA is to promote a standard of conduct for all RRCA members producing running events. For many years, the RRCA has promoted the Guidelines for Safe Events, which all club and event directors joining the RRCA must agree to follow. The Race Director Code of Ethics, coupled with the RRCA Guidelines for Safe Events, provides a clear set of guidelines for all club and event members of the RRCA.
By Mary Marcia Brown
From the sixth floor gym of the Gables Midtown building in Georgia, I stolidly stared through the wind breaking windows, absorbing the Atlanta skyline through the cuttingly cold air conducive to my day’s indoor treadmill run. For the last couple miles of my run, I was not alone. The steady pace of a runner to my right provided the rhythm atop the roaring revolving belt that did not go unnoticed even as I completed my run and resorted to my religious regimen of stretching my hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and calves.
By KRISTY ALTMAN, Managing Director, Knoxville Track Club
The Knoxville Track & Field Club (KTC) celebrates 50 years of running and life in the Knoxville, TN, community. The KTC was founded in 1962 by eight charter members: Dr. Ben Plotnicki, Charlie Durham, Hal Canfield, Jerry Wrinkle, Sam Venable, Charles Lobetti, Coppley Vickers, and B. E. Sharp. In the early years, practice was held three evenings a week on the old East High School track and invited athletes were asked to try out for the KTC team.
America's fastest growing distance reaches record levels again; Göteborg regains world's largest 13.1 mile road race title
Running USA wire
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Running USA's third annual Half-Marathon Report shows that the 13.1 mile distance had another year of impressive growth, but like U.S. marathons in 2011, the growth rate wasn't as large as recent years. Last year, U.S. half-marathons had an estimated 1.6 million finishers (a new high), an impressive 16.2% increase from 2010 (1,385,000 to 1,610,000), but lower than the historic 24% rise in both 2009 and 2010. Also, in the same 870 U.S. half-marathons for 2010 vs. 2011, there was a 6.4% finisher increase (1,264,907 vs. 1,346,280).
Mwei, Marchant half-marathon winners; US Road Sports & Entertainment Group announces 3-year extension with Publix as title sponsor
By Jason Brown, US Road Sports
Running USA wire
ATLANTA - A field of more than 15,000 registered runners hit the streets of Atlanta for the Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon on Sunday morning. Justin Gillette, of Goshen, Ind., won the marathon in 2 hours, 32 minutes, 43 seconds, while Jill Horst, of Rome, Ga., claimed the women's crown in 3:00:52.
"I was able to catch up to the leader around mile 16 mile and at the 22 mile mark I made my move," Gillette recounted after winning his first Publix Georgia Marathon. "The [spectators] cheering along mile 22 really propelled me to do what it took to win. I liked the course and you could tell the organizers did a tremendous job preparing for this race."
Cherobon-Bawcom, women's national champion, wins Equalizer Bonus; Team USA Minnesota, adidas McMillanElite team titlists
By Katie Landry, USATF
Running USA Wire
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - At the USA 15K Championships hosted by the 35th Gate River Run, Mo Trafeh (Duarte, Calif.) and Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (Rome, Ga.) dominated the men's and women's fields Saturday morning.
Trafeh ran 43 minutes, 23 seconds to win his third straight USA 15K title, while Cherobon-Bawcom clocked 49:41 to win her first 15K crown. The national championships were hosted for the 19th time by the Gate River Run, the country's largest 15K with more than 16,300 finishers. In addition to the $60,000 individual prize structure, the event featured a gender competition in the form of a $5000 Equalizer Bonus as well as a $20,000 team competition, the TenBroeck Cup.
Courtesy Little Rock Marathon Media
Little Rock, Ark. – For the fourth year in a row, Leah Thorvilson is the female winner of the Little Rock Marathon with a personal best time of 2:37:26. The 33-year-old Little Rock native said, “this is such a special day. I am just so proud.”
Thorvilson, who failed to make the Olympic team this year, said she hopes she can still represent the United States at the World Games or the Pan Am Games. “I am so inspired by the women on the Olympic Team. I’m a little older, and I’ve never run this fast before. I think I’m going to keep chasing it."
Biwott, Trana win ½ marathon; sold-out 3rd edition welcomes 22,000-plus under perfect running conditions
Running USA wire
By Amana Miyamae, Competitor Group
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Among the more than 22,000 runners in the 3rd Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon benefiting the American Cancer Society, it was former University of Oregon standout Shadrack Biwott who stood out amongst the crowd on Sunday morning.
Running solo along historic St. Charles Avenue, the 27-year-old Biwott was losing steam in the men's half marathon. He had maintained a dominant lead since the start, but had no one to push him for much of the race.
As he reversed direction on St. Charles Avenue, the other side of the street was lined with thousands of runners who spotted Biwott and began to cheer loudly for him--cheering that would continue for well over a mile.
By Ed Hardee, Amelia Island Runners
(Editor’s note: Ed Hardee is newsletter editor of Amelia Island Runners in Florida and has been named as the winner of the RRCA’s “Club Writer of the Year” award. This story was published in the club’s newsletter and is an excellent example of why Hardee was selected for the RRCA honor.)
Life has its little ups and downs, the noted philosopher Jerry Lee Lewis once intoned. When you’re tallying things on the positive side of life’s ledger, high on the list should be: running buddies.
40th Running of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run Highlights Important Luminaries in the Event’s History
[From modest start in 1973, Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run has become the Runner’s Rite of Spring® in our nation’s capital, attracting participants from all 50 states and five countries to this year’s event.
Washington, DC: Bethesda, Maryland runner Ben Beach was one of 141 finishers in the inaugural Cherry Blossom Run in 1973. He has since completed all 39 editions of the race, and is on track to bring his total Cherry Blossom racing miles to 400 when he lines up on the starting line of the 40th running of the event on April 1, 2012. Who better to offer a bit of perspective on what the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk means to the expected 15,000 participants in this year’s events?
With a finish time of 2:31:56, Charles (Charlie) Futrell, 91, of The Villages, FL, became the oldest male known to finish a USA Triathlon sanctioned duathlon Feb. 25 at the Florida Duathlon Festival in Groveland, FL, at Lake David Park. USA Triathlon is the sanctioning body for triathlons and duathlons in the USA.
Futrell participated in the sprint distance event of the Florida Duathlon Festival, competing in a 5K run, 10 mile bike, and one mile run.
Kevin Grogan, 39, of Minneola, FL, was the overall sprint distance winner in 54:32. Kayla Pratt, 17, of West Palm Beach, FL, won the female sprint division in 1:04:44.
Two other races were held:
Long Course event, which consisted of a 5K run, 35K bike, ending with another 5K run: Owen Scott, 32, of Jacksonville, FL, was the winner in 1:27:35. Kim Loeffler, 50, of Colchester, NY, was the women's victor in 1:39:21.
Family Fitness 5K: Jaelin Funk, 19, of Celebration, FL, was the winner in 20:17. Becky Noel, 37, of Clermont, FL, was the female winner in 32:51.
The Brooks Inspiring Coaches program is in its second year. The idea is simple, the program is brilliant. Nominate your high school cross country or track coach (Brooks Inspiring Coaches), tell Brooks what the coach means to you, and why they deserve to be one of Brooks Top Ten finalists, and you are set.
Cross Country & Track Coaches work with 1.4 million high school boys and girls, 46 weeks a year, six days a week, two hours, fifteen minutes an average session. With 350,000 athletes in cross country and just over a million-1,050,000 in indoor and outdoor track and field, the job of a cross country and track coach is long hours, and virtually no money.
But, it is not about the money.
By David Rose
Trail running is... the satisfaction of covering miles of beautiful backcountry unfettered by heavy gear ... the primal thrill of bounding over logs on a forested downhill trail ... an inspirational vista reached after a long climb. Backcountry running offers unequalled leg and lung conditioning, no crowds, no cars, no noise, no smog, no pavement. It's a perfect quick-wilderness-long-workout combination.
Some have called it a "revolution,” as people move away from pounding the pavement in cities and onto the dirt trails of the woods. It's one of the fastest growing sports today (yet still a small niche). It's easier on the knees and lungs (cleaner air).
The Road Runners Club of America, the oldest and largest distance running organization in the United States, is pleased to announce the 2012 RRCA Distance Running Hall of Fame Inductees and the 2011 National Running Award recipients. Since 1971, the RRCA has honored dedicated individuals for their outstanding service to the RRCA and the sport of distance running. The outstanding contributors to our sport will be honored at the upcoming RRCA National Running Awards Banquet and Ceremony on March 17, 2012, in Memphis, Tennessee. We encourage all RRCA members to join us for this event to celebrate these contributors to the running community. For more information on the awards and past recipients, please visit our National Running Awards page.
Stuart Moran of Arden, NC, won the BI-LO Myrtle Beach Marathon on Feb. 18. His winning time of 2:26:26 also broke the course record by more than two minutes. Jason Pyles of Charleston, WV, was second in 2:30:50 and Aaron Saft of Mill River, NC, third in 2:31:53.
Jennifer Adams of Hudsonville, MI, led the women in 2:53:09. Second place went to Anna Donlan of Waxhaw, NC, running 2:59:30. Zola (Budd ) Pieterse of Myrtle Beach was third in 3:00:14.
In the Dasani Half Marathon, 15-year-old Alana Hadley of Charlotte, NC, was the female winner in 1:16:43. Megan Deakins of Devan, PA, was second in 1:17:13 and Marissa Alberti of Long Branch, NJ, third in 1:23:17.
By Bruce Morrison, Publisher, Running Journal
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(Editor’s note: This fascinating story about a long-ago endurance athlete was published by www.SportingIntelligence.com in the United Kingdom. The story has resulted in a book to be published in April. We believe you will find the story about American Edward Payson Weston as interesting as we have. Information on how to order the book is at the bottom of this story.)
By Paul Marshall and Nick Harris
There was a time in the Victorian era when long distance races were staged in front of paying crowds of tens of thousands of people. That was when “professional pedestrianism” was in its heyday. And the greatest walker of that heyday – certainly the most flamboyant – was an American called Edward Payson Weston.
The one-stop website for the Mile and the national campaign includes high school state federation petition drive; Jim Ryun, Marty Liquori and others endorse effort to elevate, celebrate iconic distance
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After a successful splash launch, bringbackthemile.com has expanded its website with a state federation petition requesting that the Mile be brought back to the State Championship level as well as an opportunity for anyone and everyone to share photographs, videos or their written stories through the I Am the Mile sub-campaign. The website also features an ever expanding database of Mile news, history, trivia and athlete bios.