A Few Degrees from Hell: White Hot Tales from the Badwater Ultramarathon features 25 runners telling of their adventures in running 135 miles non-stop from Death Valley to Mount Whitney, California.
The book by Scott Ludwig of Peachtree City, GA, has been published by Meyer & Meyer Sport (http://www.m-m-sports.com) and is being distributed nationally by Cardinal Publishers Group (http://www.cardinalpub.com).
Meyer & Meyer is an international publisher based in Aachen, Germany and is the biggest sports publisher in Europe. It has over 2,000 titles in English and German, written by some of the world’s acknowledged experts in their fields, including famed running writer Jeff Galloway.
Ludwig will have book signings on Saturday, June 29, from 3-5 p.m. at Books-A-Million in Peachtree City and on July 11 from 7-9 p.m. at Barnes and Noble at 2900 Peachtree Road in Atlanta. Ludwig will sign copies purchased at those stores.
Ludwig, 58, is president and co-founder of the Darkside Running Club (http://www.darksiderunningclub.com). He has one of the longest running streaks in the country, having run every day since Nov. 30, 1978. He ran his 200th marathon last December in Honolulu and his 50th ultra two years ago in South Africa (Comrades Marathon, about 54 miles across mountains).
The Badwater book was written in 2010 and originally self-published. Meyer & Meyer bought rights to the book and has published it for the national and international market.
The 36th annual Badwater race, recognized globally as “the world’s toughest foot race,” will be held July 15-17 and feature up to 100 of the world’s toughest athletes – runners, triathletes, adventure races, and mountaineers against one another and the elements. It is run in temperatures of up to 130 degrees and includes three mountain ranges.
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Subscribers of Running Journal get unique feature stories every month from writers and columnists across the southern United States. It's a package of information you can't get anywhere else. The July issue is no exception:
-- Pete Rea of Zap Fitness writes about "Making yourself the complete athlete."
-- Sarah Crouch has insight on birth control options for female distance runners.
-- Richard Ferguson asks what your running life would be like if you never tried anything new.Richard provides useful info each month in his "Running Psychology" column.
On Wednesday the USA Track & Field Alumni Association launched a pair of efforts to help the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions in the form of a 4x100m Relay for Boston event at the upcoming USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and a donations page set up at www.usatf.org.
Olympians, former world record holders and world class athletes will make up a total of eight relay teams that will take part in the 4x100m Relay For Boston scheduled for Sunday, June 23, at 1:40 p.m. at the USA Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
By "Coach Bob" Dozoretz
I know we are not pro athletes, but we are athletes and can learn some valuable lessons from them.
Carmello Anthony plays for the NY Knicks and came into the NBA in 2004, same year as LeBron.
His stats, while impressive and are among the best in the league, have not improved.
His points/game went from 21 to 28.7
His field goal % from .426 to .449
His rebounds from 6 to 6.3
Assists from 2.8 to 2.6
Steals 3 to 3 and his 3 point percentage from .322 to .328
LeBron stats are quite different:
Points/game from 20.9 to 26.8
Field goal % from .417 to .565
INDIANAPOLIS - Mary Cain (Bronxville, N.Y.) has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after setting American junior and high school records in the 800-meter race at the Nike Prefontaine Classic on June 1 in Eugene, Ore.
The 17-year-old finished the event with a time of 1:59.51. Her mark is the first time an American junior broke the two-minute threshold, establishing two records in the process. Kim Gallagher previously held both records with her mark of 2:00.07 from 1982.
Jonathan Adams wants to help the family of Martin William Richard, the 8-year-old victim of the Boston Marathon bombings. Martin Richard’s mother and sister are still recovering from serious injuries they suffered in one of the blasts.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Adams’ own mother passed away from cancer on Mothers Day.
A video tribute from Jonathan to Martin has been posted on You Tube. The link to that video is at the bottom of this story.
By Mary Margaret McEachern
Like many a runner these days, my mind, heart and thoughts are with the victims of the horrific Boston Marathon bombing. It is a sad time in which we live, that we now have to concern ourselves with more than just pre-race jitters on marathon day.
Horrific as it was, this tragedy did bring out the good in a great many people, specifically, fellow runners. Locally, our Wilmington Roadrunners Club held vigil runs both Monday and Tuesday evening of Boston week. On Tuesday, as part of the normal hill run in downtown Wilmington, many club members wore Boston bibs in solidarity.
More than 2,100 runners competed at the 34th annual Mercedes Benz Cotton Row 10K on a beautiful Memorial Day morning in Huntsville, AL. Lydia Kosgei, 27, of Richmond, KY, repeated as the women's champion, running 35:33. Jennifer Dunn, 22, of Decatur, AL, was only 12 seconds back for the runner-up spot. Dunn had just finished her track and cross-country career at Florida State University.
Alana Hadley, 16-year-old Charlotte, NC runner, was interviewed by Jennie McCafferty of Michigan Runner for Running Network TV, of which Running Journal is a member. Hadley had just made her debut marathon run at the May 18 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. The high school sophomore finished in 2:58:23 as the sixth overall woman. A recent New York Times article referred to her as "the top 16-year-old long-distance runner in the country." She hopes to run in the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials.
Novo Nordisk Continues as Presenting Sponsor for Major Race Series
Louisville, Kentucky – The Louisville Triple Crown of Running race directors officially announce the race dates for next year.
Anthem 5K Fitness Classic - February 22, 2014
Rodes City Run 10K - March 8, 2014
Papa John’s 10 Miler - March 22, 2014
Award is for contributions to the sport of long distance road running over the course of a lifetime
Running USA wire
As part of its celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Road Race Management Race Directors’ Meeting, RRM will honor an individual with its first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is for contributions to the sport of long distance road running over the course of a lifetime. Nominees should have made major contributions to the sport in more than one area such as administration, elite athletic accomplishments, promotional, legal and innovations as a race director or vendor.
On September 20, 2013 the Road Runners Club of America will promote the 8th Annual RUN@WORK Day and the 2nd Annual RUN@School Day, nationwide fitness efforts. Company-based wellness programs, human resources departments, running clubs, running events, running shoe stores, teachers, coaches parents, and individuals nationwide are encouraged to plan fun runs and walks around the country with their employers or at local schools.
The weather is changing, the temperatures are increasing - beware of dehydration!
By the time that you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. With dehydration comes many unpleasant manifestations, including muscle cramps, fatigue, faintness and overheating.
A THIRSTY MUSCLE IS A TIGHT MUSCLE. And tight muscles can lead to painful joints.