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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – (August 19, 2012) – Rhode Island’s capital city was everything but “Broken Hearted” as the second Rock ‘n’ Roll Providence Half Marathon returned to New England under sunny skies and mild temperatures on Sunday morning. As Mayor Angel Taveras fired the starting gun, nearly 5,000 entrants set off on a 13.1-mile journey through the city’s historical sites and along its scenic waterfront to the sounds of live, local bands, cheerleaders and enthusiastic spectators.

This Sunday, July 29,  the Bogota Half Marathon will have the usual battle between Kenyan and Ethiopian runners for another racing title, a battle that a few of them were hoping to have at the 2012 London Olympic Games, but instead will play out in the streets of the Colombian capital.

Women, men finish in record numbers in U.S. road races, nearly 14 million finishers with a record 55% female and also a new high number of races in 2011; off-road, mud events thriving too - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - (July 25, 2012) - Over the past 15 years, Running USA has reported on the Second Running Boom, particularly as it relates to U.S. road races, and in 2011, per our data analysis, there were a record 13.9 million road race finishers in this country compared to approximately 5.2 million in 1991 (a 170% increase). This was the eighth consecutive year that a new U.S. finisher high was set. In short, the boom continues, and it is being led by women as U.S. road race finishers, once the province of men 20-30 years ago, are now predominantly female (55% compared to 25% in 1990).

Minneapolis/St. Paul – July 26, 2012 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf will run the Ryan Shay Mile held for the fifth time in Charlevoix, Michigan, on July 28.  The event honors the memory of Shay, a well-known competitor who ran for Notre Dame and won the 2003 USA Marathon Championship, who died suddenly during the 2008 USA Olympic Marathon Trials. 

Aheza Kiros of Ethiopia returning to defend women’s title while men’s field includes 11 distance athletes with sub 28:00 10Ks on the roads - CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine(July 25, 2012)– The deepest and most talented world-class field ever assembled for the TD Beach to Beacon 10K will toe the line for the special 15th running of the acclaimed road race on Saturday, Aug. 4 in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, race organizers announced Wednesday.



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