Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Runner’s World Magazine Names LA Marathon ‘Best Big City Race’

Registration now open for 2013 event, registrants to date significantly outpacing historic totals

LA Marathon
December 12, 2012

LOS ANGELES  – The LA Marathon has received the coveted designation as the nation’s best big city race in the January issue of Runner’s World magazine.
This significant recognition in the magazine’s featured 2013 Marathon Guide is another indicator of the race’s gaining popularity among runners across the world. Current registration totals for the 2013 LA Marathon, with its iconic Stadium to the Sea course, are at an all-time high and significantly outpacing historic totals, according to race officials.

Save $20 Today Only on Competitor Event Registrations

Discount available for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, Women’s Half Marathon Series, Carlsbad 5000, TriRock Triathlon Series and Muddy Buddy Adventure Series; 12.12.12 promotion kicks off the 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Tour


Competitor Group

December 12, 2012


SAN DIEGO  – Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI), the leading active lifestyle sports media and event entertainment company,  has announced a $20 savings promotion for its races series wide, which will be available on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 (12.12.12). For one day only, participants can save $20 on races in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, Women’s Half Marathon Series, TriRock Triathlon Series, Muddy Buddy Adventure Series and $10 on the Carlsbad 5000 race.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Pacific Sports LLC Announces Inaugural 15K Event in Brooklyn

December 5, 2012

Champion System is presenting sponsor of new “B15” race, Team Continuum is official charity
BROOKLYN, New York- The inaugural Brooklyn 15 Kilometer Run (The "B15"), scheduled for Sunday, April 21, officially replaces the Brooklyn Bun.  The B15 will bring a 3-loop course around beautiful, world- renowned Prospect Park with a finish at Bartel-Pritchard Square, the intersection of Prospect Park West and Prospect Park Southwest.  

USATF Selects Pikes Peak Marathon as 2013 Trail Marathon Championship Event

December 5, 2012

Trail runners will content for national trail marathon titles on course with over 8,000 feet of elevation gain
MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. - The Pikes Peak Marathon has been selected to host the 2013 USA Trail Marathon Championships.
The announcement was made Saturday at USATF's annual meeting in Daytona Beach, Fla., where the national championship events in several distances were determined. Howard Nippert, vice chairperson of the USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Running Council, said the decision to add the Pikes Peak Marathon was unanimous.

Celebrities Rock the Vegas Strip at Night

Dan Cruz, Competitor Group

December 6, 2012

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, Bachelor star Sean Lowe, Twilight Actress Nikki Reed and American Idol finalist Paul McDonald finish half-marathon; U.S. Olympian Meb Keflezighi paces group of 1:30 of half-marathoners; new mid-strip finish line, other race improvements deliver only Las Vegas running experience.
LAS VEGAS  – Under the neon lights of Las Vegas Boulevard and a new mid-strip finish line adjacent to the Mirage Volcano, Sunday night (Dec. 2) runners from all 50 states and 52 countries participated in the 2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

A Holiday Wish List For Olympia Runners

By Anne Larsen

Need a holiday gift idea for the runner in your life? Worry no more. Every year my personal wish list contains numerous running gadgets and gear. So sit back, relax, grab a cup of coffee and let me be your personal shopper! Everything on my list can be purchased locally, either at South Sound Running, Alpine Experience, or REI.

Winter Weather Gear:
Baby it is cold outside (and rainy and windy), so treat the runner in your life right by setting them up to tackle the elements in style! Holiday lights don’t have to be the only things lighting up the streets, deck your runner out in reflective gear and a headlamp! Reflective vests, armbands, coats and hats are options.  Not only will it help them see, but help cars see them! A great running hat will not only keep your runner warm, but act as a shield against the rain. Keep your hands toasty warm with some lightweight gloves. Running with cold hands is NO fun.

Entry to a Training Group or Race: Nothing gives like the gift that keeps on giving. The gift of a training group will not only help keep your runner motivated throughout the dark and dreary winter months, but they will love the time spent with running partners and come home in a much better mood (it’s proven, they will be nicer).  Loads of information about local running groups can be found in this article.

Shoes: Every runner, male or female, LOVES new shoes. Everyone in general loves new shoes, but runners take that love to a whole new level. A gift certificate to South Sound Running for shoes will certainly put a spring in your runners step!

Now I’m not traditionally a watch person, and if you know me, you know that’s the truth. BUT, I have a watch on my wish list this year, so this is some sort of crazy cool watch if it’s won me over! The Nike + Sports Watch with GPS sold at South Sound Running is the perfect combination of giving your runner the data they want and need, but not entering tech-overload on options they may not need.  Perfect!

Hydration Pack: Yes there are a dozen plus water fountains around downtown Olympia, BUT many of them are not functioning during the winter months, and if your runner is contemplating taking on longer distances, a hydration pack is essential. Ever runner has individual preferences in what they like or don’t like when it comes to carrying water. Some schlep it around on their back, some rock out a fanny pack, and some use a handheld hydration bottle. There is no right or wrong answer – unless you buy the wrong type for your runner (just kidding! – but keep the receipt).

Music: I LOVE music, almost more than shoes. You want to see something disappear in a snap at my house? Drop an iTunes card on the table and see what happens. It’s scary. New music can motivate your runner through a treadmill workout when the weather just gets too unbearable. Music can turn a bad run good, and a good run great. I’m clearly not alone in my love of some good tunes…..check out any 5k through marathon race and you’ll see an awful lot of headphones out there!

Yoga: Umm, yoga. Balance, strength, warm rooms…….nice people doing handstands…..umm yoga. Now I’m sure you’ve heard of “runners high” – just send your runner to yoga and see what happens- it’s like goofy yoga high. But be warned, if your runner is super competitive about every aspect of their lives, they may be the least flexible, unbalanced people in the room (which can be annoying and very unyoga like). Just remind them, ”yoga is not a competition” and then walk away quickly before they throw something at you.  Or have them lay their mat down next to a cyclist; they are even tighter than runners!  (Read about Anne’s conversion to yoga in this article.)

Nuun: My obsession with NUUN is unnatural and completely voluntary (although if you are from Nuun and reading this, I promote Nuun all the time and would love a kickback). You can buy Nuun everywhere; Top Foods, REI, and South Sound Running just to name a few. It comes in all sorts of great flavors, some with caffeine (yeah!) others without. The great thing about Nuun is that it doesn’t make your teeth feel all fuzzy and sticky after drinking it. Sounds weird I know, but fuzzy teeth can be annoying. Plus it tastes great.

Sweet Pain Relief:
I have a three tier program for aches, pains, and tight muscles.
  • Tier One: good old fashioned tennis balls. Get two tennis balls, have your runner find a clean spot on the floor, place tennis balls under back, hips or offending area and let gravity do its job. Now it will hurt, but the kind of hurt that is strangely good.
  • Tier Two: a foam roller or “stick” from the running store. Same idea as tennis balls, but cooler and you can do more with them.
  • Tier Three: when your runner just can’t take it anymore – hire a professional. I don’t know a runner from the planet earth that doesn’t love a good massage. Listen to me: Buy your runner a gift certificate to massage.
Pedicure: Someone rubbing your feet, while sitting in a massage chair – need I say more? Treating your runners feet right will lead to nothing but happiness.  Happiness for them – equals happiness for you! And yes, I have seen men in there!

Eye candy: Runner’s World Magazine and Born to Run:
A subscription to Runner’s World magazine is like a monthly pep talk for runners. Any sort of inspiration or motivation is a good thing. I’ve jumped on the treadmill at 9:30PM and watched 90 minutes of horrible Bravo TV after Reading Runners world and catching the running fever. It’s only happened once, but it’s happened!  Born to Run is a fabulous book, and I’m kind of a book snob. If your runner is time crunched or always commuting, get them the audio version. A great read (or listen), with a fun story line and some science thrown in.

Compression Socks or Calf-Sleeves
: Now not every runner is sold on the virtues of compression socks, I am. They have not failed me yet. I don’t know if it’s mind over matter, or I just like rocking out some pink knee highs, but whatever it is, my calf cramps have been absent since their arrival. They are not cheap, but worth the investment if they work!

Arm Warmers: This one took me a while. I had a pair for about two years before I finally had the nerve to wear them. Let me tell you this, you don’t need to be Kara Goucher to wear arm warmers. They are practical out on the trails (which is where I normally wear them). They keep you toasty warm, but not too hot! Try it!

Running Buddies!  Priceless and I couldn’t bear to run another step without them. If you are looking for some running buddies, there are numerous groups around!  Check out this article about local running groups.

Special thanks to Anne Larson for sharing this article with us!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Seattle Marathon Race Results

Women's Marathon
1 KRISTEN CARTER     2:47:06    
2 SUSAN EMPEY          2:50:00        
3 LAUREN MATTHEWS      2:51:50    

Mens Marathon
1 ULI STEIDL           2:28:28    
2 EVAN BLANSHAN     2:30:19    
3 JESSE STEVICK     2:36:11

View all results here

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Steidl wins his ninth Seattle Marathon

Uli Steidl decided Saturday he was running in the Seattle Marathon. Sunday, he won it.

In 2 hours, 28 minutes, and 26 seconds, the 40-year-old Steidl won his ninth Seattle Marathon. It was the first time he's run it since 2006. But Steidl wasn't even sure he was going to run until this weekend. more here
Special to The Seattle Times

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Women’s Half Marathon Weathers Windy St. Pete

Emily Gibbs
November 18, 2012
Nearly 5,000 women participate in half-marathon and 5K

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – (Nov. 18, 2012) – Thousands of women gathered for the Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon and Women’s Running Magazine 5K on Sunday, Nov. 18. The windy 13.1-mile and 5K race started and finished downtown in Albert Whitted Park. Florida residents stole the spotlight, with Lauren Lumley from Sarasota crossing the 5K finish line first in 19 minutes, 44 seconds and Loni Smith from Lakeland placing first in the half marathon in 1:24:20.

McKeeman, Mashkantceva Win 19th Philadelphia Marathon

Philadelphia Marathon
November 18, 2012
Mashkantceva sets women's marathon course record; Kedikou and Demissie top both half-marathon and Rothman Institute 8K races

PHILADELPHIA - (November 18, 2012)  - The 19th running of the Philadelphia Marathon included multiple course records at all race distances - in the marathon, half-marathon, and Saturday's 8K.

Monday, November 19, 2012

South Dakota man wins Route 66 Marathon

A South Dakota school teacher who hopes to eventually run a marathon in all 50 states and Spider-Woman won the seventh Route 66 Marathon men's and women's division titles, respectively, at Veteran's Park Sunday......more here

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lake Union 10k - 2012 , Video

Sights and sounds from the Lake Union 10k , Aug. 19, 2012.

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You Go Girl Half Marathon 2012 Video

Sights and sounds from the You Go Girl Half Marathon held in Tacoma WA on Sept 16, 2012.

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Lakefair Half Marathon 2012 Video

Sights and sounds from the 2012 Lakefair Runs.

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Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon 2012 Video

Sights and sounds from the Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon, Aug.4, 2012.
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Turn Back the Clock 2012 - Video

Sights and sounds from the 2012 Turn Back the Clock 5k and 10k held at Rainier Vista Park in Lacey WA on Nov. 4, 2012. See all the race day photos here.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon Offers Discounts to NYC Runners

November 3, 2012

Athletes who had registered for New York Marathon can receive 20 percent discount on registration.

SEATTLE – In a show of support for the running community, the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon is offering discounts to runners who had registered for the 2012 New York City Marathon, which has been canceled in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

“We believe this is the right thing to do, to try and give these athletes an opportunity to put their months of training and hard work to good use,” said Louise Long, the Executive Director of the Seattle Marathon Association. “The events of the last week in the northeast have been tragic. We are hoping that,even if in just a small way, this will help some of the affected athletes move forward.”

Runners who have proof of registration for this year’s NYC marathon can submit that to the Seattle Marathon Association to receive 20 percent off their 2012 marathon entry fee, reducing the cost to $100. Athletes can also choose to receive a $10 discount on the 2012 Amica Insurance Seattle Half-Marathon, bringing the cost down to $80. For more details go to

This year’s race is set for November 25. The Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon is a Boston Qualifier and a USATF certified course. The course starts in Seattle enter, travels through downtown, along the shores of Lake Washington, and through Washington Park Arboretum before finishing at Memorial Stadium.

The Seattle Marathon was founded in 1970, and has grown to become one of the premier running events on the West Coast. In 2011, the SMA Expo saw over 40,000 people pass through its gates, and the marathon brings five million dollars into the local economy, according to the Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Sights and sounds from the 2012 Stein Dash 5k.
This run is part of the festivities at Oktoberfest NW held at the Puyallup Fair Grounds Oct 5-7, 2012.
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Stein Dash 5k Results

Stein Dash
October 7, 2012 in Puyallup, WA

Top Finishers:
Male Participants
1.     Corey Stephenson       17:51
2.     Daniel Reese           18:19
3.     Nicholas Salvatierra   19:16
4.     Conrad Schauer         19:44
5.     Boyd Massie            20:06
Female Participants
1.     Asher Kyger          18:19
2.     Brandi Swortz        22:17
3.     Sarah Lewis          22:39
4.     Julia Marks          22:45
5.     Melanie Faulkner     23:40

See All the results here

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Race For A Soldier 2012

Sights and sounds from the Race for a Soldier Half Marathon and 2 mile run held in Gig Harbor, WA on Sept. 23, 2012. Look here for race day photos:

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012

Video - Transcendence 12-Hour Ultra Endurance Challenge

Sights and sounds from the Transcendence 12-Hour Ultra Endurance Challenge, Aug. 12, 2012 in Olympia WA.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Kiprotich Pulls Upset in Men's Olympic Marathon

Keflezighi finishes 4th in final London Olympics 2012 track & field event


LONDON - (August 12, 2012) - Eight years after his Olympic silver, Meb Keflezighi (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) returned to the Olympic Marathon at the age of 37 to finish fourth in 2 hours, 11 minutes, 6 seconds under hot and humid conditions Sunday morning on the streets of London.

On a tour of London landmarks with huge crowds lining the multi-loop 8 mile course, Stephen Kiprotich (left, PhotoRun), 23, of Uganda brought home his country's first medal of the London Games and only their third athletics medal all-time as he won gold in 2:08:01, the third fastest Olympic Marathon time ever. He was followed by two-time world champion Abel Kirui in 2:08:27 and Wilson Kipsang in 2:09:37, both of Kenya.

Farah Achieves Olympic Distance Double

Lagat 4th in 5000m final at London 2012


LONDON - (August 11, 2012) - With a win in Saturday's Olympic 5000 meters, Mo Farah of Great Britain stole the show with the 5000 / 10,000m double victory, while a quick-closing Bernard Lagat (Tucson, Ariz.) was tripped up in his attempt to win his third career Olympic medal. Regaining his composure in the last 20 meters, Lagat moved into fourth to finish in 13:42.99 with gold medalist Farah producing a 3:59 last mile and a final clocking of 13:41.66 to an ecstatic Olympic Stadium crowd of 80,000.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Ethiopia's Gelana Sets Women's Olympic Marathon Record

Flanagan, Goucher finish 10th and 11th in London on rainy day

LONDON - (August 5, 2012) - Team USA's Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher of Portland, Ore. finished within 16 seconds of one another as they crossed the finish line in 10th and 11th place, respectively, in the women's Olympic Marathon during a rainy Sunday morning.

The 26.2 mile race was won in an Olympic record of 2 hours, 23 minutes, 7 seconds by Ethiopia's Tiki Gelana, 24, who pulled ahead of runner-up Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya over the final half mile. Jeptoo finished in 2:23:12, with Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova of Russia taking third in 2:23:29.

Dibaba Defends 10,000m Olympic Crown

Team USA's Hastings, Bawcom, Uhl set personal records in London

By Jörg Wenig for the IAAF

LONDON - (August 3, 2012) - Just in time Tirunesh Dibaba is back at her best. Four years after she wrote Olympic history in Beijing by becoming the first woman to take both long distance titles at the Games she defended her 10,000m gold medal Friday night. And by doing so she has again achieved something unique: Still only 26-years-old the Ethiopian is the only woman in history who has won the 25 lap race at two Olympic Games in a row. And she may do even better next week in London, if Ethiopian officials decide to pick her for the 5000 meters as well.

Olympic 10,000m Recaps: Rupp Wins Silver, Dibaba Defends

Farah Wins Men's Olympic 10,000 Meters
Rupp earns silver medal for first U.S. men's 10,000 medal since 1964

LONDON - (August 4, 2012) - Not since Billy Mills' storied sprint to win the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games has an American man graced the podium of the men's 10,000 meters. That changed Saturday night at Olympic Stadium when Galen Rupp made his own dash into history to take the silver in the 10,000.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Video - 2012 Guerilla Running Women's 4k & Half Marathon Moon Run.

Sights and Sounds from the 2012 Guerilla Running Women's 4k & Half Marathon Moon Run.
This event took place in Olympia WA on July 7, 2012.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon

Sights and sounds from the 2012 Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon held July 1, 2012 at American Lake in Lakewood WA.  View all race day photos here!

Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Another Rupp Record Run at Olympic Trials

Lagat, Lomong land spots on men's 5000m team for London Games

By: Steve Nearman, Running USA wire

EUGENE, Ore. - (June 28, 2012) - Just as the record crowd Thursday night at legendary Hayward Field was settling down after a thrilling women's 5000 meter final, 16 men took to the wet evening track in what would be a most fitting end of the day in the final event - the men's 5000 meter final.

The stars of the show were most certainly going to be the 37-year-old Bernard Lagat, the Kenyan-turned-American who has every accolade in the world by his name except Olympic champion, and the 26-year local Portland / Eugene kid Galen Rupp (left, PhotoRun) who one day may elicit the same memories as the great late Steve Prefontaine does on this very track.

The subplot was that several athletes in the field did not have the "A" standard 13:20 needed to compete at the London Olympics, including Rupp's teammate Mo Trafeh.

Thus it made total sense for Trafeh and Brandon Bethke to sprint out into the lead and force a fast pace, something that "A" qualifiers like Lagat and Rupp had little interest in doing.

In the end, the crowd once again was on its feet as Rupp did the unimaginable, taking down Lagat in a sprint down the last straightaway and winning the Trials, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

His time of 13:22.67 not only gave Rupp his second Olympic race for London (earlier in the week he won the 10,000 meters in a Trials record), but it also erased one of the most venerable records at Hayward, Pre's 1972 Trials mark of 13:22.80.

The victory also marked a breakthrough for Rupp. In 12 previous battles with Lagat, he finally won his first.

For his part, after Lagat crossed the finish 15 hundreds of a second later in 13:22.82, he glanced over to Rupp and gave the man some 11 years younger and his heir-apparent a thumbs-up. Lopez Lomong, former Sudanese citizen third here in the 1500 in 2008, was third again in 13:24.47 for his second trip to the Olympics.

"A win is a win whether you do it from the front or the kick in the home stretch," Rupp said. "In London I'm going to have to beat people in the last 100. Bernard Lagat is one of the best closers of all time. I'm happy with the way I'm progressing, but you don't win medals by not closing in the last 100."

On breaking Prefontaine's record, Rupp said: "Just to be mentioned in the same breath as Pre is a huge compliment, but I was thinking about making the team first and foremost."

That was the goal of everybody in the field of 16, which is why Trafeh and Bethke took off in search of a top-three finish and an "A" qualifier in the process. The 14 others just let them go, with Lagat, Lomong and Rupp in front of the chase pack.

They passed 3000 meters in 8:12.50 and the pace began to quicken. Bethke dropped back (eventually finishing last) and it was just Trafeh putting down 66-second 400s, valiantly trying to run sub-13:20 for the win, some 13 seconds faster than his qualifying mark.

With 1200 to go, Trafeh had 25 meters on the field, which Lagat would later say concerned him. But just a lap later, Lagat and Rupp accelerated and cut the deficit, putting Trafeh in third and then fourth as Lomong moved up.

Rupp and Lagat threw down a 61-second 400 to set up an epic duel over the bell lap. Rupp, Lomong, Lagat and Georgetown graduate and Portland resident Andrew Bumbalough, four runners, three Olympic spots.

On the backstretch, Lagat began his signature kick, powering past Lomong at 200 meters and rounding the final curve for home. Out of the corner with 100 meters to the line, Lagat in full sprint got by Rupp on the outside and looked headed for his 13th straight victory over Rupp.

But with the never-say-die tenacity of Pre, Rupp came back on Lagat and caught his elder at the line.

"I said to myself 'Keep your head down, keep your form and keep driving for the finish'," said Rupp, who became the first man to take the Trials 5000 / 10,000 double since Curtis Stone in 1952. "I knew that at any moment he was going to pass me. It was unbelievable about him running a 10K in the rain. I knew I was going to get strong competition from Bernard and Lopez."

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't happy to beat Bernard," continued Rupp, who competed here for the University of Oregon as well. "He's a great runner."

Lagat makes his fourth and possibly last trip to the Olympics, while Rupp heads to London for his second Games. Lagat said that in catching Trafeh, he used more energy early on that he usually saves for his kick.

"First of all making the team was the most important thing," said Lagat, the U.S. 5000m record holder (12:53.60). "I have been looking for something I don't have, an Olympic Gold medal."

U.S. Olympic Trials - Track & Field
2012 London Olympic Games qualifier
Eugene, OR, Thursday, June 28, 2012

Men's 5000m
1) Galen Rupp (OR), 13:22.67*
2) Bernard Lagat (AZ), 13:22.82
3) Lopez Lomong (OR), 13:24.47
4) Andrew Bumbalough (OR), 13:26.67
5) Ryan Hill (NC), 13:27.49
6) Ben True (NH), 13:28.02
7) Elliott Heath (CA), 13:28.20
8) Hassan Mead (MN), 13:30.21
9) Scott Bauhs (CA), 13:31.69
10) Mo Trafeh (CA), 13:36.19
*Olympic Trials record (previous record, 13:22.80, Steve Prefontaine (OR), 1972)

Deeper results and more Olympic Trials information at:

this article Courtesy of Running USA wire

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Issaquah Triathlon Photos and Results

Photos and Results from the 2012 Issaquah Triathlon held at Lake Sammamish State Park on June 2, 2012. Look here for 2012 results

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Race Report: My first BUCKLE!!!

Pigtails 100mi Challenge 5/26/12-5/27/12
by Kim Kuhlmann

The Course:
100mi around a lake you never see... For the 100 miler I had to run a 6mile out-and-back, and then complete 10 loops. Each loop was 9.4mi and had a main aid station and bathrooms at the start/ finish, and a smaller aid station (no bathrooms) at about halfway around. Even-numbered loops were run counterclockwise, odd were run clockwise.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Bob Dolphin Race Report - Yakima River Canyon Marathon (#500)

Bob Dolphin completes 500 marathons!
March 31, 2012

With the successful finish of my 500th marathon behind me, I can be reflective on reaching a thirty-year goal. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all of our friends who came to the 12th Annual Yakima River Canyon Marathon (YRCM) on March 31, 2012, to participate in our joyful event.

The selection of the

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Rainier to Ruston Rail-Trail Relay and Ultra

On National Trails Day, Saturday June 2, 2012, runners, walkers, and ultras will take on the tenth annual Rainier to Ruston Rail-Trail Relay and Ultra. The course follows the Foothills Trail from the shoulders of Mt. Rainier to the shores of Puget Sound

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Capital City Marathon - 2012

Photos from the 2012 Capital City Marathon held on May 20, 2012 in Olympia WA.
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Monday, May 21, 2012

Bak, Goucher Win Inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Portland Half Marathon

Race attracts more than 11,000 finishers to become the largest inaugural half-marathon in U.S. this year

By: Dan Cruz, Competitor Group

PORTLAND, Ore. - (May 20, 2012) - At the first ever Rock 'n' Roll Portland Half Marathon, it was an Oregon sweep Sunday as two in-state residents took home titles. Ryan Bak of Bend and U.S. marathon star and Olympian Kara Goucher, who trains locally with the Oregon Track Club, each prevailed in dramatically different fashions.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Capital City Marathon Results - 2012

Olympia WA , May 20, 2012  -  Cool overcast skies with light drizzle greeted all the runners at the 2012 Capital City Marathon in Olympia WA today.  Husband and wife Jesse and Jenny Stevick were the big winners of the day!  Jesse was the top male with a finish time of 2:35:33 and his wife Jenny was top female with a winning time

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Olympian Kara Goucher to Run Rock 'n' Roll Portland Half Marathon

Inaugural event kicks off city's annual Rose Festival; sold out race attracts nearly 14,000 entrants; Kevin Rudolf to headline finish line concert at Tom McCall Waterfront Park

PORTLAND, Ore. - (May 16, 2012) - Olympian Kara Goucher will lead a sold out field of nearly 14,000 runners though the streets of East Portland for the first running of the Rock 'n' Roll Portland Half Marathon on Sunday, May 20. The inaugural event will kick off Portland's celebrated Rose Festival, with 20 live bands performing on 14 entertainment stages positioned along the route.

Video - Tacoma City Marathon, 2012

Sights and sounds from the Tacoma City Marathon held on May 6, 2012 in Tacoma WA.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

BMO Vancouver Marathon debuts stunning new point-to-point courses to the thrill of thousands

VANCOUVER, BC, May 6, 2012 – Today under spectacular sunshine, the 41st annual BMO Vancouver Marathon wowed runners with two new world-class point-to-point routes. Runners experienced coastal mountain views, the coveted Stanley Park Seawall, iconic landmarks and were cheered on by spectators lining both courses.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Race Calendar


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Monday, May 7, 2012


For Release—May 6, 2012

Contact: Don Kardong, Race Director—(509) 838-1579

Spokane, Washington—Mamitu Daska made it clear early on that it wasn't going to be a dawdle and kick race, as the Ethiopian broke from the field before the three-mile mark and never looked back, winning the 36th annual Lilac Bloomsday Run in the third fastest women's time ever run on the course. Allan Kiprono, meanwhile, was nearly as dominant in the men's race, though he waited until the infamous Doomsday Hill before doing a similar number on a talented pack of mostly fellow Kenyans, emerging at the top with a 10 meter lead and never being challenged from there to the finish.

Tacoma City Marathon 2012 Results

More photos on facebook here!

1700 finishers in all events crossed the finish line at this years 2012 Tacoma City Marathon!

Male Participants
1.     Michael Lynes           2:44:54
2.     Andy Henshaw            2:44:54
3.     Eric John               2:54:29
4.     John Lafayette          2:57:23
5.     Gregory Wolfe           2:59:19
Female Participants
1.     Allison Linnell         2:48:04
2.     Sabine Pullins          3:14:25
3.     Merita Trohimovich      3:18:09
4.     Katja Schulze           3:20:42
5.     Ginger Gruber           3:22:46

Half Marathon
Male Participants
1.     Phil Rock           1:16:31    
2.     Brennan Wallin      1:19:38
3.     David Miller        1:20:06
4.     Arthur Dunn         1:21:56
5.     Kenn Clark          1:23:31
Female Participants
1.     Kate Bradshaw         1:19:49    
2.     Julianne Stricherz    1:27:08
3.     Nicole Solana         1:28:20
4.     Gretchen Van Dyke     1:28:22
5.     Cheree Royster        1:34:54

Male Participants
1.     Mark Vaneycke         16:48   
2.     Kelvin Whipple        17:41
3.     Bryan Portman         17:55
4.     Lance Docken          18:11
5.     Pat Kenworthy         19:25
Female Participants    
1.     Jade Garrison      21:04   
2.     Sue Strout         22:23
3.     Sierra Docken      23:23
4.     Heather Stewart    24:09
5.     Kimberly Faltisco  24:23

Friday, May 4, 2012


New Men's Champion Will Be Crowned

Contact: Don Kardong, Race Director—(509) 838-1579

Spokane, Washington—Last year Misiker Mekonnin of Ethiopia emerged from a tactical women's race and unleashed a blazing sprint on the homestretch to capture the women's crown, and this year she's back to try to make it two in a row in the 36 th running of the Lilac Bloomsday Run. The men's contest, meanwhile, is wide open, as last year's winner Simon Ndirangu won't return to defend his title, opening the way for any one of a talented international field to capture top honors on the challenging 12-kilometer course.

Mekonnin's victory last year wasn't sealed until the final 300 meters, when she was able to outduel five other women in a blazing sprint down Monroe Street. If she hopes to duplicate her victory this year, she'll have to deal with Mamitu Daska, also of Ethiopia, whose time of 38:25 in the 2010 Bloomsday Run was the second fastest in event history, and Jelliah Tinega of Kenya, recent champion of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile in Washington, DC. American Janet Cherobon-Bawcon also figures to be in the hunt, along with 2012 Crescent City champion Genoveva Kigen.

"Expect some early surges in this year's field to get some separation on the hills," said Elite Athlete Coordinator Jon Neill. "Neither Daska nor Kigen has a sit and kick style."

In the men's race, Kenya's Allan Kiprono, who ran the sixth fastest time in Bloomsday history last year while being edged by winner Simon Ndirangu, figures to be the odds-on favorite.

"Not only did Kiprono win this year's Cherry Blossom 10 Mile," said Neill, "But he won it by a jaw-dropping 70 seconds and obliterated the course record in the process."

Kiprono may be the favorite, but fellow Kenyans Stephen Muange and MacDonard Ondara, who have both been top five at Bloomsday, are sure to give Kiprono a serious challenge. And three-time champion John Korir may surprise them all, as his devastating kick has proven decisive on the homestretch in many a road race in the United States, and his third-place showing at this year's Cherry Blossom shows that he's in good form. A superb international field will also give chase, while top American from 2011, Josh Moen of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is also expected to be amongst the leaders.

In the elite wheelchair division, Aaron Pike, Craig Blanchette and Scott Parson—fourth, fifth and sixth last year—are the top returners, while Spokane native Tyler Byers is expected to vie for the victory. For the women, Amanda McGrory of Illinois is the clear favorite after winning the last five Bloomsdays, although Shirley Reilly of Tucson, Arizona, is expected give her the same kind of serious chase she did last year.
Nearly $100,000 in prize money is offered in the 2012 Lilac Bloomsday Run, including a $10,000 purse ($5,000 - $2,500 - $1,250 - $750 - $500) for the top male and female Americans who finish in the top 25.

A field of nearly 54,000 runners, joggers and walkers are expected to have entered by the time registration closes on Saturday evening. Procrastinators will have until 6:30 on Saturday to enter.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ruston Way 5k - Video

Sights and Sounds from the Ruston Way 5k held on April 21, 2012 in Ruston WA.

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Olympian, U.S. Record Holder Ryan Hall to Run ING New York City Marathon 2012 edit this article

Also New Zealand Olympian and decorated record holder Kim Smith announced; more than 140,000 applications received for Sunday, November 4 race

NEW YORK - (April 25, 2012) - On ING New York City Marathon Opening Day Presented by ASICS, a powerhouse pair of distance runners - U.S. Men's Olympic Marathon team member Ryan Hall (left, PhotoRun) and New Zealand Olympian Kim Smith - were announced as headlining the field on Sunday, November 4. The announcement was made by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg on the broadcast from Columbus Circle.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Eugene Marathon Announces Elite Fields

Course records for marathon and half-marathon in jeopardy at 6th edition; famed Hayward Field finish

EUGENE, Ore. - (April 24, 2012) - This weekend's 6th Eugene Marathon boasts the largest and one of the most competitive elite fields in the race's history in both the half and full marathon races with runners that include Olympic hopefuls and several others capable of setting new course records in both races. The 50 registered elite runners will come from 14 states and four countries to compete at the Sunday, April 29 event. The men's marathon will have 20 competitors who went below the 2:30 mark in 2011 and the race should be especially highly contested.

Ruston Way 5k Race day photos - 2012

Ruston Way 5k Race day photos

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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