July 28, 2008 from Running USA wire (SAN FRANCISCO CA) When over 19,000 entrants line up for The San Francisco Marathon(TM) and its companion two half-marathons and 5K Run / Walk on Sunday, August 3, San Francisco attorney Tony Rossmann won't be among them. The 67-year-old, long-time Bay Area runner from Oakland has already run his 26.2-mile marathon race over the event's scenic route.
July 28, 2008 from Running USA wire (NEW YORK NY) In his biggest career win to date, 20-year-old Tadesse Tola of Ethiopia prevailed by one second over Patrick Makau of Kenya at the third NYC Half-Marathon Presented by NIKE. Tola, timed in 1:00:58 in warm, humid conditions, was just half a stride in front of Makau (1:00:59) at the finish by historic Battery Park in the city's financial district on Sunday. U.S. Olympic marathoner Dathan Ritzenhein of Eugene, OR was third in 1:01:38.
July 26, 2008 from Running USA wire (DAVENPORT, IA) Edward Muge and Edith Masai led a Kenyan sweep of the top positions at the 34th Quad-City Times Bix 7 in 32:16 and 37:20, respectively, but each champion won the event in different ways on Saturday morning.
July 27, 2008 from Running USA wire (CAPE ELIZABETH ME) Reigning champion Duncan Kibet of Kenya is returning to defend his title against a strong field in the TD Banknorth Beach to Beacon 10K on Saturday, August 2, race organizers have announced.
July 25, 2008 from Running USA wire (DAVENPORT, IA) With just three returning professional veterans set to challenge for the men's and women's titles, this year's Quad-City Times Bix 7 is sure to be an open competition. The 34th edition, a Midwest summer tradition, is set for this Saturday, July 26th at 8 am Central Time over the streets of Davenport.
July 24, 2008 from press release (Arlington VA) Since 1996, the Road Runners Club of America has awarded grants totaling $250,000 through the Roads Scholar® program. The goal of the program is to assist American post collegiate road runners who show great promise to develop into national and world class road running athletes.
As participants line up for the Run for Rwanda on August 2 in Colorado Springs’ Cottonwood Park, runners will also be lining up 8,000 miles away in Byumba, Rwanda for a simultaneous 5K race.
July 24, 2008 from press release (PARK CITY, UT) On August 5 Karl Meltzer, the 40-year-old winner of 49 ultra-distance mountain races and record-holder for the most 100-mile trail races won in a year (six in 2006), will begin his attempt to break the record for running the entire length of the Appalachian Trail, end-to-end, north to south.
July 23, 2008 from press release (LONDON) Two runners, one dressed as Dorando Pietri, the other as Johnny Hayes, will set out from Windsor Castle on Thursday (July 24) to recreate the epic struggle that established the 'Marathon distance' of 26 miles 385 yards exactly 100 years ago.
July 22, 2008 by Cregg Weinmann, Notes by Larry Eder (from www.runblogrun.com). The sneaker wars were quite apparent in Eugene, Oregon during the Olympic Trials. As Cregg Weinmann, the RN footwear editor, sat behind me during the Trials each day, I asked him to keep track of the medals and places won by various footwear brands.
The steam is building for the 19th Northern Central Trail Marathon and the 13th Two-Person Relay, Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. The out-and-back course travels along the Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCRT) through rural and scenic northern Baltimore County.
The final selection race for the 2008 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team was held at the LaSportiva Berry Picker Trail Race in Vail, CO. Four runners were named to the team including Simon Gutierrez, 42, Alamosa, who made his seventh straight team with his win today.
July 22, 2008 from USATF press release (Indianapolis IN) USA Track & Field has written President Bush to express our concern at Marion Jones' application for pardon or commutation of her conviction for making false statements to federal investigators. Make your own voice heard and join USATF in writing to President Bush.
The Danskin Women's Triathlon Series, the largest and longest running women's multi-sport event in the world, continued the 2008 season with 3,875 women participating in the year's fifth race which was held in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.
A full moon on a warm summer's night, a band playing, beer taps flowing liberally and thousands of your oldest, newest and sweatiest best friends all suffused the Rockville city center in the aftermath of the 23rd Rotary Twilight Runfest. Top finishers were Mohamed Awol, 29, Bronx NY in 24:24 and Julie Culley, 26, Arlington VA who crossed the finish line in 26:58.
July 21, 2008 Matt Carpenter of Manitou Springs won the 9th Annual Barr Trail Mountain Race in a time of 1 hour, 33 minutes, 27 seconds. Carpenter, 43, has now won five consecutive Barr Trail races and seven of the nine races since the event began in 2000. "From a running stand point it's always nice to win, but this race is about much more than that," Carpenter said.
July 18, 2008 from USATF press release (INDIANAPOLIS, IN) The USA Track & Field Board of Directors on Thursday approved top sports executive Doug Logan, the former Commissioner, President and CEO of Major League Soccer, as its next CEO. A bilingual sports and entertainment leader with a proven track record of generating long-term sponsor partnerships, television outreach and high fan attendance, Logan and MLS in 1996 were named Sports Industrialist of the Year by Sports Business Daily.
July 17, 2008 from USATF press release (INDIANAPOLIS IN) - Seventy-eight athletes will represent The Team USA roster for theat the 2008 NACAC Under-23 Track & Field Championships, whose roster was announced Wednsesday by USA Track & Field. The event will be held July 18-20 in Toluca, Mexico. The NACAC Athletic Association's U23 Championships are held every two years in one of the 32 member nations of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association, one of six regional athletics associations affiliated with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
July 16, 2008 from USATF press release (Indianapolis IN) "USA Track & Field applauds USADA for issuing a lifetime ban against Trevor Graham. Through his involvement in fostering the use of performance-enhancing drugs, Mr. Graham jeopardized the health of his athletes, to say nothing of their integrity and their future ability to compete in the sport.