Monday, December 26, 2011

Bob Dolphin - Marine Corps Marathon Race Report -2011

Bob Dolphin            (c)Denny Brooks /
For the twelfth consecutive year Lenore and I looked forward to the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM).  We arrived in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, October 26th, for the 36th running of The People’s Marathon on Sunday, October 30, 2011.

On Friday, two days before the marathon, we drove from the Red Roof Inn at Alexandria, Virginia, to the Armory in Washington, DC, to attend the Health and Fitness Expo where I picked up my runner’s packet and T-shirt.  The Expo filled the Armory, so there were many booths to visit.

Bob Dolphin - Walla Walla Marathon Race Report

Bob Dolphin        (c)Denny Brooks /
We’ve often used the word “Walla Walla” to answer a crossword puzzle question, but this city in the southeast corner of Washington State was a place Lenore and I had never visited.  Every year I like to run or walk a new marathon or two, so the second annual Walla Walla Marathon on October 16, 2011, was added to our schedule.

Their website information noted that the course was open for 6½ hours, and an early start wasn’t offered.  At this stage of my injury/recovery I can’t run a marathon, but I can walk one in 7-8 hours.  Before we wrote off Walla Walla to go elsewhere for a marathon to keep my countdown to 500 marathons moving, Lenore called race director Dan Elsom to discuss my dilemma.  We were pleased that this Ironman Triathlete/race director was willing to allow me a two-hour early start so that I could finish the race without delaying the race closure activities.

Bob Dolphin - Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon Race Report

Bob Dolphin  (c)

One of our favorite marathon weekends each year is when we travel to Victoria, BC, on Vancouver Island in Canada for the marathon. At the 2010 Carbo Gala Lenore was the lucky winner of a special drawing prize: two complimentary nights at Abigail’s Hotel that’s located not far from the Convention Center near downtown Victoria. It’s a quaint Bed & Breakfast that provides great accommodations that include an evening “Happy Hour” and a Three-Course Breakfast.

This year we drove to Victoria on Thursday, October 6, 2011, to be able to enjoy our two-night stay at Abigail’s before moving to our usual hotel, the Embassy Inn, that’s located at the starting line of the marathon.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Santa Runs Tacoma - 2011

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This was the 3rd Annual Santa Runs Tacoma held on Dec. 17, 2011. At the end of this video you will find some Holiday Greetings to I Corps of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Our troops will be running the "Santa Runs 5K" in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Santa Runs Tacoma is a proud sponsor of this satellite run on Christmas Day !

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

the Red Bull 400!

Santa Speedo Run 2011

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Hundreds gathered in Boston for the 12th annual Santa Speedo Run on Saturday, Dec. 10. Runners, running enthusiasts, and fans of the quirky tradition took part in the roughly one-mile race down Boylston Street and Newbury Street. Proceeds benefit the Play Ball Foundation.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Oly Trot - 2011

Thanksgiving Day 2011. Olympia's Thanksgiving Day race brought to you by . A 4-mile FAMILY FRIENDLY! An event for all ages and all levels of runners and walkers. Start at Heritage Park in downtown Olympia WA. See all the race day photos here:

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Views of the New York City Marathon from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Views of the New York City Marathon from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge has been the starting point since 1976.

The 2011 event had over 47,000 participants!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

King, Arritola Take XTERRA Trail Run World TitlesKing, Arritola Take XTERRA Trail Run World Titles

Four-peat for King; event record field of more than 2,000 participate in Hawaii

By: Dayton Morinaga, XTERRA

KUALOA RANCH - KA'A'AWA, Hawaii - (December 4, 2011) - The anticipated rain never hit Kualoa Ranch, but the reign of Max King continued at the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship.

King, 31, won the XTERRA Trail Run World title for the fourth consecutive year, this time topping a record field at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii on Sunday, December 4.

More than 2,000 runners from around world participated in the event, and in keeping with the tradition, none of them came close to King.

King (left, XTERRA Photos), an Olympic Marathon hopeful from Bend, Oregon, completed the 21.9-kilometer course (13.6 miles) in 1 hour, 21 minutes, 27 seconds. He received $2000 and a roundtrip airfare from Hawaiian Airlines for the victory.

Houseworth, Willis Win Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas ½ Marathon

Omae, Erdelyi marathon champions; "World's Largest Nighttime Running Event" draws record field of 44,000; Cheap Trick rocks pre-race concert

By: Mario Fraioli, Competitor Group

LAS VEGAS - (December 4, 2011) - In a place where performers from all walks of life come to make it big, it seemed fitting that Sean Houseworth took over two minutes off his personal best to run away with the win at the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas 1/2 Marathon on Sunday night.

The 24-year-old from Highlands Ranch, Colorado broke free from James Carney and Jason Lehmkuhle with just under four miles to go and held his lead all the way to the tape to win in 1 hour, 3 minutes and 12 seconds. Jason Hartmann of Boulder, Colorado rallied over the final two miles to take second in 1:03:34, while Lehmkuhle held on for third in 1:03:37.