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Monday, 18 April 2016 15:51

Huddle Wins 3rd Consecutive B.A.A. 5K Title

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The most dominating American women on the roads is Molly Huddle. Watching her dominate the race yesterday, this viewer was once again convinced of Molly Huddle's talent and focus. In the cold and win, Molly Huddle won, with fourteen seconds margin! Next race for the winner of twenty-one U.S. championships: Molly Huddle is racing the 5,000 meters on the track in Eugene, OR on May 27. We present a fine story on the B.A.A. 5K by Barbara Huebner for the Boston Athletic Association:

 

www.baa.orgFor the first five years of the B.A.A. 5K, which was run for the first time in 2009, the women's race saw five different champions. But for the past three, the top step of the podium has been the sole province of Molly Huddle.

 

Although any chance of breaking the American record she set here last year was, literally, gone with the wind on a gusty, sunny spring morning in Boston, the 31-year-old Huddle easily captured her third-consecutive B.A.A. 5K win when she crossed the finish line in 15 minutes and 14 seconds, 14 seconds ahead of runner-up Buze Diriba (15:28) of Ethiopia. Finishing third was Caroline Chepkoech of Kenya (15:35).

 

"It was definitely a lot breezier and chillier this year," said Huddle, who took home $7,500 for the victory. "I think people wanted to stay closer together."

 

"That's what makes racing so much fun," declared Diane Nukuri of Burundi, who finished fourth (15:43). "You get to deal with everything."

 

The B.A.A. 5K course, considered one of the fastest in the country if not the world, begins and ends on Charles Street between the historic Boston Common and Public Garden, running up Commonwealth Avenue before making a U-turn and passing the Boston Marathon finish line as the final mile runs down Boylston Street.

 

In 2015, the torrid early pace of the leaders dragged Huddle to a 4:42 first mile, despite being in sixth place. This year, she led a pack of seven through the mile in 4:52, and soon thereafter began pulling away. That did not, however, mean that she had any desire to brave the wind alone.

 

"I was just trying to chase a few of the men from here," said the 21-time national champion and 2012 Olympian at 5000 meters. "But the guys in front of me were just a little too far ahead, so I was trying to reel them in and use them as a target." She went through two miles in 9:45.

 

Huddle said that she felt a little bad about tucking behind "a tall guy" on Boylston Street to escape the wind, but described him blowing her away in the last 200 meters.

 

"He beat me," she said, "so it's OK."

 

Next month, Huddle will head to Flagstaff, AZ, for a stint of altitude training before her next race, a 5000 meters at the Prefontaine Classic on May 27 where, she acknowledged, she has an eye on chasing her 5000-meter American record.

 

Finishing sixth was the last woman not named Huddle to win this race: Kim Smith, a three-time New Zealand Olympian who trains with Huddle under coach Ray Treacy in Providence, RI. Smith, 34, was competing for just the second time after missing most of the last two years after foot surgery, childbirth, and pulmonary emboli that landed her in intensive care weeks after the birth of Violet, now 10 months old.

 

Smith is also a two-time winner of the B.A.A. Distance Medley.

 

"I had to come and put myself out there and run hard," she said. "It's good to test yourself."

 

In a magnificent comeback of her own, Adrianne Haslet-Davis finished the race in 54:28. A dancer, Haslet-Davis, 35, lost part of her left leg in the 2013 bombings at the finish line.

 

But it's not the only race she has on her immediate agenda. When she encountered the Marathon finish line yesterday in the final mile, the winner of the 2016 Boston Athletic Association's Patriots' Award asked a running companion to carry her over it, preserving the emotional moment of crossing it under her own power for when she finishes the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon.

 

 

ABOUT THE BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (B.A.A.)

Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.'s Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. More than 60,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2016. The 120th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.

More than five thousand elementary school students along with parents, teachers and families have signed up to participate in the April 23, By the Bay 3K fun run in Pacific Grove, California. This largest-ever Big Sur Marathon event distance ranks as the third largest kid’s race in the nation. It has also now become the largest of all seven Big Sur race weekend events.

The annual Big Sur International Marathon is capped at 4,500 entrants in accordance with highway and county permits. The additional distances of 21, 10.6, and 9 miles, plus a 5K and 4-person relay all have individual caps ranging from 750 to 1,600. Collectively the Sunday events hold just under 10,000 for the six distances and all except the 5K are sold out.  In 2008 the kid-focused 3K moved from marathon Sunday to a different venue on Saturday and has been steadily growing.  This year’s 5,146 surpasses last year’s total by 20 percent.

“The growth of the By the Bay 3K reflects a growing interest in youth fitness in our community,” said Doug Thurston, Big Sur Marathon Race Director. “It’s fun to help more kids and parents experience the excitement of race weekend.”

Since the 1990’s, the marathon has held a “Schools Competition” which provides cash awards based on the school’s level of participation. Forty-four elementary and middle schools from throughout Monterey County will be represented at this year’s By the Bay 3K.  As part of its non-profit mission to give back to the local community, the Big Sur Marathon contributes up to $15,000 in awards. In addition, the marathon provides bus grants to schools coming from longer distances throughout the Salinas Valley.  For many children, this event along the scenic Monterey Bay coastline provides their first-ever glimpse of the ocean.

Staging and activities for By the Bay 3K are held at Lovers Point Park in Pacific Grove.  Beginning at 8 a.m., runners head west along Ocean View to Coral St. where they turn around for a finish back at Lovers Point.  All participants receive a finishers’ medallion, a marine-themed t-shirt, and post-race food and entertainment at the finish area.  National children’s entertainer T-Bone will perform a pre and post-race interactive show.  At 9:15, representatives from the Big Sur Marathon’s JUST RUN youth fitness team will present the cash awards to the schools, along with special plaques to those schools that are part of the year-long JUST RUN program.

Local residents and visitors are welcome to come out and cheer on the thousands of kids running or to sign up for the event and run or walk. Pre-registration is available online at www.bsim.org through April 20, at the Marathon Expo on Friday, April 22, or on race morning beginning at 6:30 a.m.  Costs are $5 for children 4-17, and $20 for adults.

Street closures will be in effect beginning at 6 a.m. on Ocean View Blvd. between Fountain and Coral Streets. The race will conclude at approximately 9 a.m. and post-race festivities end in the park by 11 a.m.

For more information on the By the Bay 3K or the JUST RUN youth fitness program, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 831-625-6226.  

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 18:29

Image Gallery: 2016 Carlsbad 5K

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Image Gallery: 2016 Carlsbad 5K

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 18:27

Image Gallery: 2016 San Fransico Rock n Roll Half

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Image Gallery: 2016 San Fransico Rock n Roll Half

Jonathan Varela Obando of Costa Rica and Alisa MacDonald of Canada were victorious - SAN FRANCISCO (April 3, 2016) – An ideal day for running with fog-shrouded skies and temperatures in the low-50s greeted more than 9,000 participants at this morning’s Transamerica Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco. Jonathan Varela Obando of Costa Rica and Alisa MacDonald of Canada were the top finishers, breaking the tape in 1 hour, 14 minutes and 14 seconds, and 1:22:14, respectively.

For most of the past four decades, I have been watching track meets, cross country races and road races. For most of the first decade, I actually ran in them. Then, for much of the next decade, I coached athletes who ran in them. For the past two decades, I have written about them. I have to admit that I still get excited to going to meets and races, as I enjoy the competitions at all levels. It is all about the competition.

Friday, 25 March 2016 16:46

Big Sur Marathon Offers New Race Series

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From crashing waves to verdant vineyards, a new race series has come to Monterey County. "Wave to Wine" is a three race challenge selected from the Big Sur Marathon organizations's family of events. 
 
Special Waves to Wine Challenge medals will be presented to all those who finish both the newly-acquired Salinas Valley Half Marathon on August 6 and the Half Marathon on Monterey Bay on November 13, and either one of the April Big Sur Marathon events (9-Miler distance or greater), or the Run in the Name of Love 5K race held on Father’s Day, June 19.
 
“We feel our four events are some of the most beautiful in the country,” said Doug Thurston, Executive Director of the Big Sur Marathon organization.  “More and more runners like the extra challenge, rewards and bragging rights of completing a race series.”
 
Runners who complete all three races will receive a special Waves to Wine medallion and be entered into a drawing for prizes from key Big Sur sponsors ASICS, GU, DOLE, Gatorade, Marathon Foto and others. These will be presented at the final series event, the Half Marathon on Monterey Bay on November 13. In addition, performance awards will go the top three male and female finishers with the fastest average age-graded times for all the races they finish.
 
There is no extra fee or registration required to be part of the Waves to Wine Challenge. Simply finishing the series events makes one eligible for the extra bling and entry into drawings for other prices. During online registration for each race, runners can indicate they’re taking part in the Challenge and the Big Sur events registrar will keep track of eligible finishers throughout the year.
 
For more information on the Waves to Wine Challenge visit http://www.bsim.org.

SAN DIEGO (March 13, 2016) – Sean Barrett won the 5th annual San Diego Half Marathon topping the men’s leaderboard with a time of 1:09:39 and Bonnie Keating leading the women’s board with a time of 1:19:28. A complete list of winners, including Relay, 5K and Handcycle Half, can be found here

San Jose, Calif. -- 3/1/16 – The San Jose 408k “Race to the Row” Benefitting the Pat Tillman Foundation celebrates its 5th annual running this Sunday, March 6th.  From start to finish, the 8k run/walk has quickly become the most authentically local running events in the area.

(PHOTO:Second Star Wars Half Marathon victory for Arciniaga; Fellow Olympics hopeful Annie Bersagel is female winner; Event was first of four runDisney events at Disneyland Resort this year; More than 30,000 runners started races during the four-day event weekend )  - (Jan. 17, 2016) The Force is strong with Nick Arciniaga, 32, once again as he repeats as the winner in the Star Wars Half Marathon presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation at Disneyland Resort Sunday. After winning the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon in 2015, the Fountain Valley, Calif., native followed up with second straight victory in a record-setting time of 1:05:49.

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