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Date: 
12/03/2012 - 05:14

1. Hightower wins re-election
2. Individuals honored at Awards Lunch
3. Sites selected for 2014 youth championships

Hightower wins re-election, USATF elects multiple positions
Stephanie Hightower won re-election for a second four-year term Saturday as USA Track & Field President. After being first elected in 2008, Hightower won re-election over Matt Rigby by a final total of 454 to 83 during the USATF Annual Meeting at the Daytona Beach Hilton. This will be Hightower’s final term as President as the position is limited to two terms.

USATF also elected former president Bill Roe as the organization’s long distance running chair. Roe defeated Glenn Latimer by a final count of 81-67.

Regional
Date: 
11/27/2012 - 12:09

ORANGE BEACH, Alabama—Not many recreational athletes can say they shot hoops with LeBron James, caught passes from Drew Brees or took a swing against Justin Verlander. But the runners in the Kaiser Realty Coastal Half-Marathon, the RRCA AL State Championship event, on Saturday can say they were in a race with Olympic medalist Meb Keflezighi.

For a little while, at least.

“We have a very unique sport,” Keflezighi said, “because we all participate in the same thing, whether it’s a mile, a 5K or a 10K. Somebody here just told me, ‘Hey, I ran the New York City Marathon with you in 2009.’ You’re not going to hear somebody say they played basketball with an NBA player or in other sports. I might finish minutes before them or hours before them, but it’s still the same distance, the same competition.”

Regional
Date: 
11/22/2012 - 17:47

Over 12,800 runners and walkers kicked off Thanksgiving morning at the 2012 Atlanta Half Marathon events on Thursday, November 22, making it one of the largest participant fields in the event’s history. Along with the Atlanta Half Marathon, the Thanksgiving Day event featured the Thanksgiving Day 5K, the Mashed Potato Mile for children ages 7 to 12 and the Gravy Gallop for kids ages 6 and under.

“The Atlanta Half Marathon events really bring the Atlanta Track Club’s mission of inspiring and engaging the community to achieve health and fitness through running to life,” said Tracey Russell, Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club. “It’s truly inspiring to see so many families and friends come together to kick off their holiday in a healthy and active way.”

Regional
Date: 
11/20/2012 - 11:49

Since 1971, the RRCA has been honoring dedicated individuals for their service to the running community through the RRCA Hall of Fame and the National Running Awards. Detailed information about the award categories along with selection criteria and the online nomination form can be found at www.rrca.org/services/national-running-awards/. To nominate a deserving individual simply follow the instructions on the online nomination form, print a copy for your records, and click the submit button. Email or mail newsletter copies as instructed in the online form. The RRCA will provide a $400 travel stipend and one complementary ticket for each award winner to the 2013 RRCA National Running Awards Banquet that will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 4, 2013.

Regional
Date: 
11/18/2012 - 18:47

Nearly 5,000 women participate in half-marathon and 5K

Running USA wire
womens.jpg ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Thousands of women gathered for the Lady Speed Stick® Women's Half Marathon and Women's Running Magazine 5K on Sunday, Nov. 18. The windy 13.1-mile and 5K race started and finished downtown in Albert Whitted Park. Florida residents stole the spotlight, with Lauren Lumley from Sarasota crossing the 5K finish line first in 19 minutes, 44 seconds and Loni Smith from Lakeland placing first in the half marathon in 1:24:20.

"This event is about having a fun girl's weekend," said Dawna Stone, founder of the Women's Half Marathon Series. "Participants not only come for the race, but they stay because of the beautiful destination here in St. Pete. The Women's Half Marathon is another opportunity to encourage health and fitness in the community and thousands of women keep coming back year after year to run this race and stay fit."

Regional
Date: 
11/18/2012 - 18:40

Alexis Y Fido Headline Finish Line concert on the Sand in South Beach

Running USA wire
miami.jpg MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - The sands and the sounds of South Beach made for an exhilarating finish line as thousands of runners took part in the St. Jude Latin Music Miami Beach Half Marathon. The race started on iconic Ocean Drive and finished on the sand in Lummus Park, with live bands entertaining runners every mile of the scenic 13.1-mile course.

Costa Rican Olympian Cesar Lizano executed his race plan to perfection, winning the men's race in dominant fashion this morning in 1 hour, 7 minutes, 46 seconds. Lizano was Costa Rica's lone marathon representative at the 2012 London Olympics, where he finished 65th overall in challenging conditions. The Miami race was the first step toward his goal of qualifying for the 2013 IAAF World Championships next August in Moscow, which he hopes to attain at the Chevron Houston Marathon in January.

Regional
Date: 
11/12/2012 - 17:45

More than 3,000 runners participated in the prep race for the 2013 ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon; Alderin, Nedlo, win Karhu 5K

Running USA wire
FORT LAUDERDALE- Jon Volpi of Boca Raton and Justyna Mudy of Rome, Ga. overcame windy conditions to win the fifth Allstate Life Insurance Fort Lauderdale 13.1 Marathon® on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Volpi, 29, won the men's division with a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes, 32 seconds, while Mudy, a 28-year-old Poland native, was the first woman to finish and the seventh overall runner in a time of 1:18:51.

Regional
Date: 
11/10/2012 - 17:45

Mengstu Nebsi sets new American Family Fitness Half Marathon course record; Hirut Beyene claims women’s half marathon title

Record-size field of 18,702 highlights 35th running of event

RICHMOND, VA – With a time of 2:15:14, Kenya’s Kipkoech Ruto, 23, won the 2012 Anthem Richmond Marathon, taking home $3,000 in prize money - $2,500 for the first place finish and an additional bonus of $500 for finishing under two hours and twenty minutes. Aziza Aliyu, a 27-year-old Ethiopian, was the first female to cross the finish line, clocking in at 2:40:21.

In the fifth year of the American Family Fitness Half Marathon, a new course record was set in the men’s division. Thirty-five-year-old Mengstu Nebsi of Ethiopia crossed the finish line with a time of 1:03:21, besting the previous course record set by George Towett in 2010 by 23 seconds.

Regional
Date: 
11/04/2012 - 16:12

4,155 complete Sunday’s race events; local runner breaks half marathon record

Raleigh set a record today when more than 5,000 runners spanned Hillsborough Street for the start of the sixth annual Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon, Rex Healthcare Half Marathon, and News & Observer Old Reliable 10K. Cool autumn temperatures and overcast skies presented ideal race conditions for local and national athletes who vied for cash prizes and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities.

For the first time, the marathon field capped out and registration was closed after the cancellation of the New York City Marathon on Friday caused an unexpected boost in registration requests. Race organizers expanded the marathon field by more than 100 spots to help accommodate some of the shut-out athletes.

Regional
Date: 
11/04/2012 - 14:50

Stephen Pifer, Venera Sarmosova victorious in half-marathon; Mescal runs for ACS, first charity runner to win a Rock 'n' Roll race; Adelitas Way headlined the post race concert

Running USA wire
The Hostess City of the South rolled out a welcoming combination of ideal weather and thousands of enthusiastic spectators as more than 17,000 entrants took to the streets for the 2nd Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon benefiting the American Cancer Society on Saturday, Nov. 3. The road race started in downtown Savannah and ended in Forsyth Park.

Regional

NYC Marathon called off by Mayor Bloomberg

Date: 
11/02/2012 - 17:23
Date: 
11/02/2012 - 17:23

The New York City Marathon has been called off.

The action was taken jointly by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Road Runners in a joint statement.

Officials said they did not want "a cloud to hang over the race or its participants."

Regional

1972 NYC Marathon runner has an appeal

Date: 
11/02/2012 - 10:11
Date: 
11/02/2012 - 10:11

By Bruce Morrison, Publisher

Paul Riefberg remembers when he finished the New York City Marathon 40 years earlier in 2:59. Riefberg, a former Alabama resident who now lives in Texas, was then running for the Long Island Athletic Club.

The New York City Marathon was in its infancy back then and there were only 182 finishers. Through an unusual situation, Riefberg was disqualified and he would like for that to be reversed all these years later. His time still counted as a qualifyer for the Boston Marathon, thus you need to know the rest of the story.

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USATF announces 2012 Hall of Fame class

Date: 
11/01/2012 - 16:42
Date: 
11/01/2012 - 16:42

INDIANAPOLIS – USA Track & Field announced Thursday that all-time track and field greats Charles Austin, Kim Batten, Pat McDonald and Arthur Duffey along with Millrose Games legends Fred and Howard Schmertz make up the 2012 class of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame.

The group will be inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame on Saturday, December 1, at the Jesse Owens Hall of Fame Banquet as part of the 2012 USATF Annual Meeting in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Regional
Date: 
10/29/2012 - 11:13

Close to 2,500 participants hit the streets for the 2012 Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay on Sunday, October 28. The event, which started and finished at Atlantic Station, marked the 50th running of the Atlanta Marathon and 2nd running of the Atlanta Marathon Relay.

“We are extremely proud of how the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay showcases the best of the Atlanta community,” said Tracey Russell, executive director of the Atlanta Track Club. “From the 26.2 mile course that runs past some of Atlanta’s memorable neighborhoods and sites such as Oakland Cemetery, Virginia-Highland and Piedmont Park to the 24 metro-Atlanta nonprofits participating in the Adopt a Marathon Mile program that helped provide cheer zones and support out on the course, marathon and relay participants certainly got a feel for what makes Atlanta so great.”

Regional
Date: 
10/29/2012 - 11:10

Army's World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) makes another statement at the 37th Marine Corps Marathon; Record 23,454 finishers participate
By Steve Nearman, Running USA wire

One week after the Army's World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) made a statement at the Army Ten-Miler, its team made another statement in the nation's capital at the 37th Marine Corps Marathon, filling three of the top seven spots in the nation's fourth-largest 26.2-mile race, which achieved record participation levels.

Led by Army Specialist Augustus Maiyo, who was a close second at the Army Ten-Miler seven days ago, WCAP bolted from the start as a team and scored first, second and seventh in the Marines' annual showcase event.

"I actually wanted to win as a team," said the 29-year-old Kenyan-turned-American after struggling through the last miles of his debut marathon. "I thought I'd run 2:15. When I hit 20 miles, I thought 'Oh man,' I was thinking of stopping."

Regional

What if you couldn't run?

Date: 
10/25/2012 - 17:45
Date: 
10/25/2012 - 17:45

By Dink Taylor, Fleet Feet Huntsville (AL)

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to have your running taken away from you? In case you did not hear, just two months ago I had a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Basically I had bleeding on the brain and not only was my running taken away but it tried to kill me. When I say tried to kill me, I am referring to the 40% that die from SAH.

I was not able to run for several weeks but after the headaches subsided, I was able to ease back into running. Just this past Sunday I was able to enjoy an easy 10 miler and was able to reflect on the things I missed about running. There are also some things that I have enjoyed in getting to where I am at this point in my recovery.

Regional
Date: 
10/24/2012 - 12:45

Veteran running journalists come together to produce collector's edition

Running USA wire
marinecorpsbook.jpgWASHINGTON, D.C. - The 37 year history of the Marine Corps Marathon will be illustrated for the first time in brilliant, lavish and moving pictures in a new large photographic book produced by 26.2 Publishing LLC, the book's co-authors announced.

Release of the hardcover book is expected in February 2013 with vivid photo images of one of the world's largest and most beloved marathons splashed across approximately 150 pages in an attractive bold 11 1/4" by 10 3/4" page format. This book will appeal to past and present participants of the event, as well as running fans everywhere in the world.

Regional
Date: 
10/18/2012 - 17:46

The Critz Tybee Run Fest 2013 and media partners Savannah Morning News and savannahnow.com, has announced the return of the Tee Shirt Design Contest for the early 2013 February Run Fest. The contest is open to participants of all ages anywhere. Last year’s contest design finalists received over 10,000 online votes to crown the winning Tee Shirt design called “The Shark."

The person who creates the winning tee shirt design will have the artwork printed on the shirts of thousands of runners and receive a Tybee Island weekend prize package, provided by Tybee Vacation Rentals (www.tybeevacationrentals.com) and dinner at the Sundae Café (www.sundaecafe.com), both sponsors of the CRITZ TYBEE RUN FEST 2013.

Regional
Date: 
10/13/2012 - 17:40

By Steve Nearman, For Corrigan Sports Enterprises

BALTIMORE, MD - Last year Stephen Muange made his debut marathon a memorable one here at the Baltimore Marathon. No longer a rookie at the 26.2-mile distance, he successfully defeated his 2011 title today with the same close finish as last year.

While Muange pulled off a four-second victory over Ethiopian Ambesse Tolosa last year, he cut it even closer this year. The 31-year-old Kenyan who trains in Santa Fe, NM, ran step for step with another Ethiopian, Tesfaye Alemayehu of Antioch, CA, for the final five miles to capture the 2012 Under Armour Baltimore Marathon in 2 hours 13 minutes 8 seconds.

Regional
Date: 
10/11/2012 - 13:28

Record registration of 4,500 at 4th edition; only four runners beat the Karhu Bear in 5K
Running USA wire
By Jason Brown, US Road Sports

A record field of 4,500 registered participants hit the streets of Atlanta's Town Brookhaven community for the fourth Allstate Life Insurance Atlanta 13.1 Marathon® and Karhu 5K events on Sunday morning. The 13.1-mile half marathon and 5K started and finished in Town Green, adjacent to the hybrid Publix and took runners through Brookhaven and Chamblee.

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