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Date: 
07/26/2012 - 18:43

Nine high school cross country and/or track coaches from the Running Journal southern coverage area are among the top 25 high school coaches selected by Brooks Sports, Inc. as coaches who inspire their athletes every day. The coaches were selected from among 1300 nominees across the country.

The nine southern coaches, in alphabetical order of last name:
-- Pete Boudreaux, Catholic High School, Baton Rouge, LA.
-- Christian Cuthbert, Veritas School, Richmond, VA.
-- Jeremy Darby, Landrum High School, Campobello, SC.
-- David Davis, Mountain View High School, Stafford, VA.
-- Julie Fink, Runnels High School, Baton Rouge, LA.
-- Eric Heintz, Maris School, Atlanta, GA.
-- Marcus Jackson, Sheffield High School, Memphis, TN.
-- Victoria Jones, Mill Springs Academy, Alpharetta, GA.
-- Melissa Thomas, Manchester Valley High School, Manchester, MD

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Overcoming challenges and succeeding

Date: 
07/23/2012 - 18:23
Date: 
07/23/2012 - 18:23

By Bruce Morrison, Publisher

This is a story about two runners who have faced severe challenges and persisted with many steps – strides that have taken each a long way and with goals still to be attained.

Stephanie Freeman, Rochelle, Georgia

StephanieFreemanphoto.jpgOn June 4, 1993, Stephanie, then 14, was in an auto accident, suffering brain and lung injuries which nearly took her life. She was in a coma for two months. “My family was prepared for the worst and hoped for the best, but the reality was I had little chance to live,” Stephanie told me.

Today, at age 33, she is an accomplished runner and has completed two marathons – the Jacksonville Bank Marathon (4:14) in 2006 in Florida and the Museum of Aviation Marathon (4:01) last year at Warner Robins, GA., where she was second in her age division.

Here, in her words, is more of her story and her goals:

“Everyone has always said that there's a certain drive in a runner and the drive that was instilled in me didn't come so easy. At 14, my journey began and has lead me where I am at today.

Regional
Date: 
07/17/2012 - 17:50

StacieBattjes,GMM.JPGGlen Mays, 41, of Lexington, KY, won the rugged Grandfather Mountain Marathon on July 14 in 2:54:44. Stacie Battjes of Lewisville, NC, won the female division in 3:33:26.

Only three runners finished under three hours with Stephen Cowie of Greensboro, NC, the 2010 winner, finishing second in 2:55:56.3, and third-place finisher Brian Fowler of Dunn, NC, in 2:58:59.5. Joshua Brewer of Charleston, SC, was fourth in 3:00:31.5 and last year’s winner, 45-year-old Tim Meigs of Raleigh, NC, was fifth in 3:06:03.4.

Erin McKee of Durham, NC, was second female in 3:34:46.1 and Emily Pulsifer of Swannanoa, NC, was third in 3:39:21. Fourth and fifth finishers were Rebecca-Ayme Hughes of Durham, NC, and Angie Pilkington of Harrisburg, NC, in 3:45:02.7.

The 45-year-old race is one of the toughest marathons in the country, starting at the Appalachian State University stadium at an elevation of 3,333 feet in Boone, NC, and winding upward to 4,279 feet at the track at MacRae Meadows during the annual Highland Games, the largest Scottish games in America, near Linville, NC, where many thousands of spectators were in attendance.

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Powerful Team USA roster on tap for London

Date: 
07/10/2012 - 14:28
Date: 
07/10/2012 - 14:28

USATF

team.jpgINDIANAPOLIS - Four reigning Olympic Champions and eight current world champions highlight the Team USA roster nominated to the U.S. Olympic Committee by USA Track & Field. A roster of 127 men and women stands ready represent the U.S. in track competition August 3 - 12 in London.

Notable for its depth across a range of events, the roster features 28 athletes - 16 men and 12 women - who already own individual world or Olympic gold medals. Nineteen are American record holders and one is a world record holder.

Regional
Date: 
07/05/2012 - 14:26

43rd edition draws 60,000 with nearly 58,000 finishers for 4th of July classic in Atlanta
Running USA wire
From the Atlanta Track Club

ATLANTA - The professional field at the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race on Wednesday morning under warm conditions proved strong as Peter Kirui, 24, from Kenya and Mamitu Daska, 28, from Ethiopia took home victories at the 43rd running of the 10K event, finishing in 27 minutes, 37 seconds and 32:22 respectively. Kirui's time was the 5th fastest all-time at Peachtree. The top Americans were Bobby Mack of Raleigh, NC and Lindsey Scherf of Fayetteville, NC, in 13th and 4th, clocking 29:16 and 33:22 for 6.2 miles.

Regional
Date: 
07/03/2012 - 09:36

By Pete Rea/ZAP Fitness

In the men’s 3,000m Steeplechase, Virginia’s Donnie Cowart finished fourth in a time of 8:27! Cowart, who runs for the Ragged Mountain Racing Team out of Charlottesville, VA, is just two years out of his college days at VMI -- keep an eye on this up and comer.

Ryan Hill, a junior at NC State University (a Hickory, NC native) finished fifth in the men’s 5,000m in a time of 13:27 -- watch out for Hill in the coming years as we may see him on the Rio team in 2016.

In the women’s 5,000m, Liz Malloy, a resident of Washington DC, and a Georgetown University graduate, finished seventh in a time of 15:24, her former Georgetown teammate, also of DC, Emily Infleld was eighth in 15:28.

The 10,000m events saw some Southern action as well with Bobby Mack of Raleigh finishing ninth in the men’s race in a scintillating 27:58 -- other men of the South were Josh Simpson 19th in 28:48 and David Jankowski of North Carolina, 20th in 29:00.

Regional
Date: 
07/03/2012 - 09:30

By USATF

10000.jpgEugene, Ore. - Two Olympic Trials champions were crowned, six athletes were selected for the men’s and women’s 10,000m Olympic teams and Ashton Eaton set two decathlon world records in the 100m and long jump. Many more athletes advanced through rounds on the first full-day of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field in front of a crowd of 20,936.

The first final of the day had former duck Galen Rupp posting the fastest time by an American this season in winning the 10,000 meters in a time of 27:25.33 amid a downpour of rain. He broke the meet record of 27:36.49 set by Meb Keflezighi in 2004.

Finishing second in the race was Matt Tegenkamp in 27:33.94, but the story behind him was Dathan Ritzenhein, who placed third in 27:36.09 to nab the Olympic A standard for the final London spot just ahead of Stanford’s Chris Derrick in fourth at 27:40.23.

Regional
Date: 
06/24/2012 - 19:32

Uhl, Bawcom (Rome, GA) also punch tickets to London 2012 in thrilling finish to cap off an exciting first day at the 2012 Olympic Track & Field Trials in TrackTown USA

By Mario Fraioli, Competitor.com
Running USA wire

EUGENE, Ore. - Heading into the women's Olympic Trials 10,000 meter final on Friday night as one of only four athletes in the race with an Olympic "A" standard qualifying time already under her belt, Amy Hastings was focused on nothing more than finishing amongst the top three in order to secure her spot on the Olympic team that will represent the United States later this summer in London.

Regional
Date: 
06/21/2012 - 08:12

Seven runners are eligible to compete for the $10,000 PRRO Circuit purse at July 4th event in Atlanta

Running USA wire
ATLANTA - With the four 2011-12 PRRO Circuit races now completed, seven runners are eligible to compete for the $10,000 PRRO Circuit purse at the PRRO Circuit Championship at the AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Runners qualify to compete for the PRRO Circuit purse by winning any one of the four lead-up 2011-12 circuit events and winning the PRRO Circuit Championship. If any of the qualified runners wins the Championship, he or she will claim the $10,000 circuit purse in addition to the $15,000 first place prize at the AJC Peachtree Road Race for a $25,000 payday. The $10,000 purse is split if qualified male and female runners win at Peachtree. If no qualified runner wins at Peachtree, the purse will be increased by $5000 to $15,000 for the 2012-13 Circuit Championship.

Regional
Date: 
06/12/2012 - 08:24

By Pete Rea/ZAP Fitness

Mack Vail 2.jpgBobby Mack is likely one of the best young distance runners you have never heard of. A 2008 graduate of North Carolina State University, Mack, 27, (despite being an All-American as a sophomore) consistently struggled with injury throughout his years as an undergraduate. In the last three years, however, Mack has at last found health and has broken through. After finishing seventh at the 2010 USATF Cross-Country Championship, Mack won the USATF 8K Championship in 2011 and then won his second USATF title at this year’s Cross-Country meet in St. Louis.

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Greenville Track Club Sets World Record

Date: 
06/05/2012 - 18:25
Date: 
06/05/2012 - 18:25

The Greenville (SC) Track Club has been certified by the Guinness World Records as the official world record holder of the fastest 100 x 5 km relay completed in 30 hr 1 min 15.3 sec. The race consisted of 100 runners consecutively running a distance of 5 kilometers and then passing the baton to the next runner. GTC hosted the challenge event on May 21 and 22, 2011 at the Eastside High School 400 meter track in Taylors, South Carolina, each runner completed 12.5 laps before passing the baton.

The World Record set by the Greenville Track Club eclipsed the previous record time for the relay of 30 hours 56 minutes, 49 seconds, held by the Charlotte Running Club by over 55 minutes! Prior to that, the record was held by a running club in Jacksonville, Florida.

Regional
Date: 
06/04/2012 - 11:56

The Music City Distance Carnival invitational mile run at Nashville, TN, Saturday, June 2, produced a world masters outdoor record with a 3:58.79 mile run by Anthony Whiteman of Great Britain.

Whiteman, 40, was on a quest to become the first over-40 runner to break the four-minute mile outdoors.

It was the 10th annual event at Vanderbilt University. The meet has now produced 16 sub-4 minute miles with the meet record of 3:57.26 set by Jason Jabaut of the Carrboro (NC) Athletic Club in 2007.

Eamonn Coghlan of Ireland holds the world indoor mile record for masters runners with a time of 3:58.15 set in 1994 at Harvard.

Regional
Date: 
05/29/2012 - 08:31

By CINDY BASWELL

spa10k.jpg The Arkansas Spa Pacers Association, located in Hot Springs, Arkansas was organized in 1983 for the primary purpose of coordinating the Spa 10K race that was started the prior year to help promote tourism in Hot Springs.

Now 29 years later the Spa Pacers, not only continue to host the Spa 10K, but the club has developed a very strong and active running community. The club’s mission is to promote health, fitness and fun through group activities focusing on running, jogging and walking for individuals of all ages and to provide a positive contribution to the Hot Springs community.

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How Fast Was I Going Officer?

Date: 
05/24/2012 - 12:26
Date: 
05/24/2012 - 12:26

By Ray Krolewicz
Exactly four weeks out from the USATF 50 Kilometer National Championship, I decided to run a 12-mile time trial at race pace. I left the house at 5:35 am. The course is slightly more rolling than the 5K course used for the National Championship at Caumsett Park on Long Island, so I knew it would be a good test.

I ran mile one at 7:31, perfect as that is about the pace I wanted to start with at Caumsett. Mile three passed at 22:08, 7:18 pace. I was doing the math in my head as I crossed the street leaving the subdivision onto a four-lane road. I angled slightly to reach the sidewalk on the other side. I saw headlights and ascertained that they were in the passing (left) lane. I quickly crossed that lane before relaxing toward the sidewalk.

Regional
Date: 
05/21/2012 - 18:09

By PAUL RIEFBERG

PAUL RIEFBERG.jpgOne day I was searching through my race results, to look over my marathon finishes. I ran sixteen marathons in the '70s. I was somewhat surprised to find I only had printed results for seven of them. Through the years and moving several times, I no longer had results for the other nine. The seven I had, were Washington's Birthday Marathon February 1972, New York City Marathon October 1972, Jersey Shore Marathon January 1973, Maryland Marathon December 1976, Long Island Marathon March 1977, Skylon International Marathon October 1977 and Joe Steele Rocket City Marathon December 1977.

This meant I was missing Yonkers Marathon June 1972, Earth Day Marathon March 1974, Boston Marathon April 1974, Yonkers Marathon June 1974, Andrew Jackson Marathon September 1974, Boston Marathon April 1975, Boston Marathon April 1977, Waynesboro Marathon October 1977 and Magic City Marathon February 1979.

Regional
Date: 
05/16/2012 - 18:51

Washington, DC – Another record-breaking milestone! The 2012 Army Ten-Miler (ATM) filled its 30,000 runner field in a record time. ATM officials said the 28th annual race shattered all previous race registration records for both the priority and general registrations. The race will take place on Sunday, Oct. 21 in Washington, DC at the Pentagon.

Priority registration, presented by Navy Federal Credit Union, opened May 1 for all U.S. service members and runners who have participated in seven or more ATM races. Approximately one-third of the total 30,000 race entries were reserved for priority registration on a first-come-first-serve basis. This year, priority registration sold out in less than 19 hours, exceeding last year’s record of three days.
The remaining two-thirds of the race entries became available to the general public on a first-come-first-serve basis May 15, which sold out in less than nine hours.

“The race continues to gain in popularity and sells out in record time year after year,” said Jim Vandak, race director. “We are genuinely grateful to all of our loyal runners for supporting the Army’s race. They are the true spirit of the sport.”

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Southern women 1-2 in 25K championship

Date: 
05/12/2012 - 20:02
Date: 
05/12/2012 - 20:02

Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, 33, of Rome, GA, won the River Bank Run 25K in Grand Rapids, MI, Saturday, May 12, in the fastest time ever run by an American woman. The event was the USA 25K Championship. She finished in 1:24:37, breaking the USATF record set in 1986 by Joan Benoit-Samuelson. Finishing second was Lindsey Scherf of Fayetteville, NC, an assistant coach at Duke University, who finished in 1:25:13.

It was Cherobon-Bawcom's first-ever 25K, thus she laughingly said she set a PR. She had stomach cramps from mile four to eight but was able to hang on and said she felt great at 10 miles and pushed to the finish. She broke away from Scherf at about 14 miles.

Race official Greg Meyer, who was the elite runner coordinator, said the second-place run by Scherf "pushed Janet to the record." >

Cherobon-Bawcom's victory was profitable -- she received a total of $12,000. Of that, $7,000 was for being the American winner while $5,000 was for being the open winner. Add that to the previous week's second place 12K winnings at the Bloomsday race in Spokane, WA, of $9,500.

She described the weather conditions in Michigan as perfect, if a little humid.

Regional
Date: 
05/10/2012 - 02:09

By Bruce Morrison, Publisher

At the annual meeting of the Road Runners Club of America in Memphis, TN, the RRCA adopted a code of ethics for race directors. These ethics need to be applied to race promoters and organizers as well.

Organizations need to know who they are working with and check references on race promoters and organizers. Over the years Running Journal has received few serious complaints but there have been some significant issues. We’ve been burned a few times by race organizers who did not pay for advertising – that’s part of business and we recognize that – but when a community, perhaps even a charity race, and local sponsors have been burned, that’s another matter.

Regional
Date: 
04/30/2012 - 16:44

By Marlene Atwood, USATF Southeast Representative

atwood.jpgAs the Southeast Region Representative for USA Track & Field (USATF), I am very excited about our organization and the many opportunities it has to offer athletes today.

USATF is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF offers one of the most comprehensive championships programs of any sport governing body in the United States. Thousands of athletes representing a wide range of ages and abilities compete annually in Association, Regional and National Championship events.

The USATF Southeast Region (encompassing the Associations of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia) is an active region offering opportunities to compete in association meets, as well as hosting regional and national meets. We’re active, we’re innovative and together we are growing the sport!

Regional
Date: 
04/30/2012 - 16:40

Sheryl Crow, Grammy award-winning artist, breaks 2 hours running first 13.1-mile race; Kiplagat, Thompson take ½ marathon; Rodney Atkins headlines evening concert; more than 30,000 runners at 13th edition

By Dan Cruz, Competitor Group
Running USA wire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow joined more than 30,000 runners at the 2012 St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan. The first ambassador of the St. Jude Music Gives program, Crow ran the Nashville half-marathon in support of the New Hope Academy, finishing the 13.1-mile race in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 14 seconds.

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