Inaugural 1K perfect distance for the family - EUGENE, Ore. - (July 22, 2012) - The 3rd Eugene Women's Half Marathon will offer a Daddy & Tot Trot for the first year to get the whole family involved in the Sunday, August 26 event. The 1K course will have the same start and finish lines as the half-marathon, starts at 8:10am and is open to runners ages four-and-up.
Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition (OIWC), Ragnar Relay Series and ASICS partner for outdoor retailer race to provide a networking and fundraising addition to 2012 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market - SALT LAKE CITY - (July 19, 2012) - Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition (OIWC) has announced that it has joined forces with Ragnar Events, LLC, producers of the Ragnar Relay Series, to host a 4-mile team relay through the streets of Salt Lake City during Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. The inaugural Ragnar OIWC Challenge presented by ASICS will take place on Saturday, August 4, from 6:00am - 8:30am. Proceeds will support OIWC's programs focused on providing advocacy, education and resources for women in the outdoor, bike and snowsports industries.
Behind every great athlete is a team. At the elite level, the team includes a coach, trainer, agent, manager, and perhaps other specialists. The athletes who make it to the elite pro level in our sport number in the few thousands.
Welcome to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials–Marathon program. You will see history on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. Both the men’s and women’s Trials races are being held in Houston, the first me both Olympic events have been hosted in the same city. Kudos to the Houston Marathon Committee, their supporters and the volunteers who took on this important task nearly 4 years ago. Thanks to USA Track & Field, the United States Olympic Committee and the sponsors of both USATF and the USOC. Thanks to BP, BMW, VISA, and Nike, who supported this program and our sport.
What a great summer of track & field! As I write this, I am in Stockholm, having just enjoyed a tremendous night of track and field at the DN Galan Stockholm Diamond
League meeting. Being in one of the most hallowed stadiums in all of our sport was part of the excitement of my track vacation. The performances of Christian Cantwell, Andreas Thorkildsen, Valerie Adams, Carmelita Jeter, and Shalane Flanagan are always awe inspiring. Seeing how another nation supports track and field has been a revelation.
I’ve been traveling the country, speaking to coaches, athletes and fans about our sport. After nearly 30 years of publishing athletics publications, I’m still bullish on our sport. But at times we tend to shoot ourselves in the foot, from meets not starting on time to expecting fans to show up just because it is track & field. Road running is thriving. High school track & cross country are thriving. Yet, the truth is, much of the time, these groups do not seem to work well together. There are exceptions and promise, and that is what I am writing about today.
Winter is upon us. In southern Wisconsin where I live, the four seasons give us a good indication of where our years are going and what we must be doing. In early November, Dick Patrick, our “Starting Blocks” columnist in AT&F, won the first George Hirsch Award for Running Journalism. George was the former publisher of the Runner and Runner’s World (and had put up with me on his staff for two years). Hirsch was a man who knew (and still knows) that great magazines need great content, which means cultivating great journalists. Dick Patrick, who has written more than anyone about our sport, spoke thoughtfully and eloquently about his craft. His award is well deserved.
Evan Jager capped off American performances with a bang as the Samsung Diamond League made its ninth stop Friday in Monaco.
Minneapolis/St. Paul – July 21, 2012 – Team USA Minnesota’s Andrew Carlson will run the Wharf to Wharf 6 mile in Santa Cruz, Calif., on July 22. The 40th annual race, which starts at 8:30 a.m., is a scenic, seaside run with a sold-out field of 15,000.