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April 14-15, 2018 Running Festival in downtown San Jose to support the Silicon Valley Education Foundation; best-in-class finisher’s swag; Series registration opens on Tuesday 10/17.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – (October 12, 2017) – San Francisco Bay Area event organizers, Represent Running, has announced the inaugural 2018 Silicon Valley Half (SV Half) on April 14-15 to be held in the Capital of Silicon Valley and in support of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF). The weekend long running festival will feature a Half Marathon, 10K and 5K as well as a post-race party celebrating Silicon Valley artists, music, food trucks, craft beer and wine. Half finishers will also receive sweet finisher’s swag including a medal, quarter zip tech shirt and a first of its kind “Runner’s Bag.”
“The entire Represent Running team grew up in the Bay Area and it has been our dream to create Silicon Valley’s signature sporting event,” said J.T. Service, Founder of Represent Running. “Silicon Valley dreams big, so for this event, we also believe that dreaming big should start at a young age. By partnering with SVEF as our official charity, each participant will know that they are supporting the educational success of all students in Silicon Valley.”
“Everyone at SVEF is so excited to be partnering with Represent Running for the Silicon Valley Half! San Jose is overdue for a great local event like this...especially one where our school district partners can get students and staff involved in something fun, that also promotes health and wellness” commented Manny Barbara, SVEF Interim CEO and Vice President, Advocacy and Thought Leadership.
Registration for the entire Represent Running Series including the San Jose 408k, Across the Bay 12k and East Bay 510k will open on Tuesday, October 17th at 10:00am at
Interested participants can also join the mailing list now at for the opportunity to be the first athletes to register online at an exclusive founder’s rate pricing on Tuesday, October 24th.
For more information on participating, partnering or sponsoring the event visit:
Since 2012, Represent Running has brought locally produced events to the San Francisco Bay Area celebrating its runners, artists, and the unique diversity of each region. Its annual Series of events includes the San Jose 408K Race to the Row (March), Silicon Valley Half (April), Across the Bay 12K & 415K (July) and The East Bay 510K (September). For more information, visit
Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. SVEF drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. SVEF is a catalyst for policy solutions in public education. For more information, visit
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NEW YORK – One of the most iconic figures in women’s sports, Kathrine V. Switzer, will be among the headline honorees at USATF’s Black Tie & Sneakers Gala on November 2 at the Armory Track & Field Center in Upper Manhattan. Switzer will receive USATF’s Pioneer Award in honor of her groundbreaking, lifelong work in women’s running.
Switzer etched her name in history when she became the first woman to officially complete the Boston Marathon in 1967, but she has done anything but slow down in the ensuing 50 years. With an indelible record as a champion runner, founder of women’s road races, author, activist, television commentator, and philanthropist, she has been among the most consistently visible and high-profile advocates for women’s sports over the last half-century.
The native New Yorker won the 1974 New York City Marathon, which was then held entirely in Central Park.  On November 5, she will once again compete in the race.
“I am so honored to be given this award, and I accept it on half of the millions of women who have had their lives so wonderfully enhanced by running,” said Switzer, who in April also ran the Boston Marathon in celebration of the 50th anniversary of her history-making feat. “Helping make that happen has been the greatest gratification of my life. It’s especially sweet to be running the TCS NYC Marathon the year I receive this award. It’s the first time I will be running though the five boroughs!”
From USATF, 10/5/2017
Joy Upshaw (Lafayette, CA) broke the American women’s 55-59 100m record with a 13.27 at the Sri Chimnoy Self-Transcendence Masters Meet near Los Angeles to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.Upshaw, 56, lowered the previous record of 13.30, set in 2002 by Phil Raschker.
Other notable performances: 
Shadrack Kipchirchir — Kipchirchir outleaned Leonard Korir to win the men’s USATF 10 Mile Championships in Minneapolis in 47:33. The World Championships 10,000m ninth-placer won his first U.S. title.
Sara Hall — Hall won her first USATF Running Circuit race of the year, capturing the women’s 10 Mile title in 53:43 in Minneapolis, two seconds ahead of runner-up Natasha Rogers.
Joseph Gray — Gray won his 13th national title, finishing first at the USATF Trail Half Marathon Championships in Hayward, Wisconsin. Gray’s time of 1:10:11 put him 40 seconds ahead of the next finisher.
Ashley Brasovan — Running her first trail race, Brasovan won the women’s USATF Trail Half Marathon in Hayward by more than five minutes, finishing in 1:18:30.
Roy Englert — Englert, 95, crushed the American 5K Record for Men 95-99 by eight minutes at the USATF 5K Masters Championships in Syracuse, clocking 40:40.
From USATF, 10/4/2017
INDIANAPOLIS -- Olympic gold medalists, a legend coach and World and American record holders comprise the illustrious USATF National Track & Field Hall of Fame Class of 2017, which will be inducted during the USATF Black Tie & Sneakers Gala in New York City on November 2.
Modern Athletes Leroy Burrell and Bryan Clay, Veteran Athletes Patty vanWolvelaere (now Weirich) and Lindy Remigino, and Coach Bill Squires make up the newest class.
“It is an honor to recognize the Class of 2017 for their contributions to the history and advancement of our sport,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said.  “All of our inductees not only have achieved competitive success worthy of selection, they also have made substantial impacts in their respective communities.”
Inductees will receive a commemorative Hall of Fame ring from USATF during the Black Tie & Sneakers Gala at The Armory in Washington Heights. The star-studded event brings together entertainment stars, business executives and the sport’s greats - both present and legendary - to celebrate another successful year of Team USATF performances.
USATF will also honor 2017 Legend Award recipient Carl Lewis during the evening. Tickets and more information can be purchased at To learn more about National Track & Field Hall of Fame, please visit
Thursday, 12 October 2017 14:09

News From Around the World: EME NEWS (Oct 10, 2017)

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From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
African Congress
SHKIRAT (MAR): The 27th Congress of African Athletics Confederation was held on Monday and Tuesday in Morocco. The begin was marked by the royal message sent by His Majesty King Mohammed VI to the participants. Some fifty member federations took part, special guest was IAAF President Sebastian Coe. Another top guest Kenyan 800 m World record holder David Rudisha. During the events the African Athletics Confederation (CAA) and the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) signed a partnership agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, the two sides will work together in areas related to coaching, physical and educational activities and the creation of new infrastructures to enable athletes from both continents to train in good conditions. Another partnership agreement to develop athletics in the African continent was signed between the Royal Moroccan Athletics Federation (FRMA) and the African Athletics Confederation (CAA). Africa is strongly considering to bid to stage World Championships in 2025. With the help from Moroccan media. 
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