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Thursday, 15 March 2018 17:32

AJC Peachtree Road Race Lottery Open

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Registration for the 2018 AJC Peachtree Road Race opened today, Thursday, March 15 through an online lottery at Those wishing to be one of the 60,000 participants of the 49th running of the world’s largest 10K can register online anytime during the eight-day until 11:59 p.m. (EST) on March 22.  All lottery entrants will receive an email by Sunday, March 25 informing them on whether or not they were selected.

NAPA, Calif. — March 4, 2018 — The 40th anniversary of the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon presented perfect conditions for racing 26.2 miles through California’s picturesque Napa Valley. Cool temperatures at the start in the mid-30s with little wind greeted over 2,100 entrants eager for fast times. Andrew Bauer, 34, of Martinez, Calif. ran way with the men’s overall victory while Casey Crosson, 19, of Los Angeles, Calif. earned the women’s title. Bauer crossed the finish line at Vintage High School in Napa with a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes, and 4 seconds. Crosson secured her win in 2:50:49.
Both winners earned titles as 2018 Road Runners Club of America National Marathon Champions and were awarded their “weight-in-wine” donated by Nineteen-year-old Crosson will receive her wine when she reaches age 21.
RunBlogRun opines: Cregg Weinmann, Footwear and Apparel Review editor for the RunningNetwork ran in this embargoed shoe (until 24 January 2018) from Nike. We thought that you would like to see the review, so we will post across our sites today. The shoe will be available on February 22, 2018 on a global basis. We saw the shoe in August 2018 at a special event, but had to keep our thoughts to ourselves until the launch. So, here is Cregg's thoughts on running in the shoe and his comments on the new Nike technology. You can see reviews daily at
The Epic React Flyknit is Nike's latest running shoe, and may point to a new range of performance shoes. Replacing the Lunar Epic Flyknit, the Epic React Flyknit advances overall performance with a focus on a new midsole technology. The upper is a monosock design, a new version of Flyknit which is quite thin with no additional ankle collar padding, welded overlays reinforce the eye stay, and a TPU heel counter adds a little structure. The stretch of the Flyknit, as well as the laces, do an excellent job of securing the foot, with no pressure, slippage, or discomfort. The React midsole material is a proprietary foam developed specifically by Nike, dialed in after hundreds of chemical combinations. The ride has a resilient bounce to it, is durable, as well as protective. The outersole features crystal rubber at heel and toe, with the rest a tough skinned foam. The weight of the shoe is quite light, noticeably lighter than the Lunarlon foam that it replaces. While the price tag has placed the shoe in the premium range, the performance matches it, and the promise of more to come may well point to something for everybody.
The IAAF Heritage Department is a new department and program from the IAAF, celebrating the history and culture of our sport. Chris Turner, long time Communications manager at the IAAF, is heading up the initiative. His love of the sport, his appreciation of all things javelin and all things Finnish, make him a perfect person to champion the history of our sport.
RunBlogRun will be at the unveiling of the new IAAF Heritage Collection on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Watch for our reports and videos!
On the last day of the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 (1 to 4 March), historic athletics artifacts from the ancient Olympic Games to the modern era will be donated to help establish the IAAF Heritage collection.
The IAAF Heritage Memorabilia Donation Ceremony, which takes place at midday on Sunday 4 March in Birmingham's Council House, will be attended by IAAF President Sebastian Coe and the leader of Birmingham Council Ian Ward.
A new IAAF department began work in January 2018. IAAF Heritage sets out to preserve the legacy of athletics, its heroes and heroines, their artifacts, and the documents, videos and photographs that portray them and in turn engage with and inspire the stars and fans of the present and future.
The ceremony and a media reception that follows it will mark the official launch of the IAAF Heritage collection entitled 'Athletics - 3000 years and counting' which as it develops will travel around the world to IAAF competitions to promote the sport.
Central to the ceremony will be Roberto Gesta de Melo, the President of the South American Athletics Association CONSUDATLE, who, on behalf of the association, will donate a part of their collection to IAAF Heritage which will be officially accepted by Sebastian Coe.
CONSUDATLE, which is the IAAF's oldest area association, is celebrating the centenary of its foundation this year and is giving 100 items to mark 100 years. These artefacts which include coins, medals, programmes, books and periodicals are catalogued under the title 'Athletics from ancient times to the end of the 19th century'.
There will also be a number of other donations of historic memorabilia associated with international indoor athletics made at the ceremony.
Marking the IAAF World Indoor Championships, competition artefacts from some of the most celebrated victories of championship legends Maria Mutola and Haile Gebrselassie will be given on loan to IAAF Heritage from a private collection.
Directly connecting the ceremony to the city of Birmingham, Councillor Ian Ward, on behalf of another private donation, will present the competition bib numbers from two world indoor records/bests set by Gabriela Szabo and Hailu Mekonnen at Arena Birmingham at the beginning of the century.
Also attending the ceremony will be UKA President Jason Gardener and USA's IAAF Athlete Ambassador Stacy Dragila, who will be making loans of items from their World Indoor Championships victories, respectively 60 metres (2004) and pole vault (1997).
Wednesday, 07 March 2018 06:21

Under Armour HOVR Sonic: Review by Cregg Weinmann

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Since 1998, Cregg Weinmann has been writing for our media group. He began writing for California Track & Running News in the mid 1990s and when we purchased California Track & Running News, Cregg then began writing the Running Network Shoe Reviews. Cregg now is moving our reviews to the digital and social venues where our runners frequent. You can find him at @runblogrun and our partner sites.
This is the review of the Under Armour HOVR Sonic. Under Armour did a global launch with this new product in February 2018. We also wanted to thank Under Armour for joining our sponsor group in supporting our travel and coverage of major events. UA is supporting us in Birmingham and we are most appreciative.
Remember, brands that support RunBlogRun, the Shoe Addicts and RunningNetwork, have a choice. Brands like that are supporting the culture of the sport the events of the sport. Support those brands that support the sport you love.
HOVR Sonic by Under Armour
Reviewed by Cregg Weinmann, Running Network / Running Product Reviews
The Hovr Sonic is a new shoe to the Under Armour line, which introduces a new midsole technology. The upper features a flat knit construction, with a minimal heel collar and varying weights of knitting in the forefoot, saddle, and heel. The fit is secure and comfortable, both key to performance and fit. The midsole is a two piece design, an outer carrier foam of molded EVA surrounds an inner layer of Olefin foam developed by Dow Chemical (known as Engage). The inner layer of foam is encapsulated in polyester fabric to help it retain its shape and bounce, and is visible in the heel and through a window in the sidewall. The resulting ride is firm but responsive, with good flexibility. The outersole is a full-length, full-contact carbon rubber, with blown rubber sandwiched between for extra cush, which provides a good grip and reasonable durability. The result is an amalgam of performance which points to a new line of shoes broadening Under Armour's appeal beyond their Charged Foam and Micro G midsole offerings.
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