• AJC Peachtree Road Race Press Conference Highlights

    ATLANTA – July 1, 2016From Scott Overall and Ben Payne, who last year battled to the closest finish in race history, to 91-year-old world record-holder Betty Lindberg, the theme of Friday morning’s kickoff press conference to the AJC Peachtree Road Race was “never give up.”

    The largest road race in the U.S. and largest 10K in the world, the AJC Peachtree Road Race will be run for the 47th time on Monday morning, July 4, with approximately 60,000 runners on the start line for what Mary Ford, chair of Atlanta Track Club’s board of directors, called “both a tradition and a destination,” showcasing participants of all ages and abilities.

    Highlighting the press conference was the return of 2016 champion Scott Overall and runner-up Ben Payne, who last year battled to the closest finish in race history when Overall came from behind in the closing moments to edge Payne at the line by 9/100ths of a second to win in 29:30.

  • Ticket to Rio: Men's and Women's 20k Race Walks

    Mark Cullen wrote for us in Beijing in 2015. Here is his first piece of the Olympic Trials for RunBlogRun, on the men's and women's 20k race walks. Mark has a superb blog at www.trackerati.com.

    Ticket to Rio

    Men's and Women's 20k Race Walks

    Thursday, 6/30/16

    Salem, OR

    "This is my ticket to Rio!" exclaimed Maria Michta-Coffey while holding her Olympic Trials 20k race walk gold medal. Michta-Coffey won Thursday's Olympic Trials race in Salem, OR, in 1:33:40.8, under the Olympic qualifying standard of 1:36:00. She is joined on the US team by Miranda Melville who was 2nd in 1:34:11.1. Bronze medal winner Katie Burnett finished in a non-qualifying 1:41:12.2.

  • Heather Kampf, Biya Simbassa to Compete at U.S. Olympic Track Trials in Eugene July 1-10; Team USA Minnesota Board Member Lance Elliott to Run in Masters 1500m Exhibition Race at Trials

    Minneapolis/St. Paul – June 28, 2016 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf and Abbabiya “Biya” Simbassa will be among the competitors at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field that will be held July 1-10 at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.  The top three athletes in each event who have achieved the Olympic qualifying standard will make the U.S. team that will compete in the Olympic Games that will be held in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 5-21.

    Also running in Eugene during the Trials will be Board member Lance Elliott who will race in the men’s masters 1500 meter exhibition event.

    Kampf qualified to compete in the women’s 1500 meters with a time of 4:04.46, well under the qualifying time of 4:09.50 for the U.S. Trials.  The four-time USA 1 Mile Road Champion and U.S. team member in the 1500m at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships also has met the Olympic qualifying standard of 4:07.  In a recent tune-up race at the adidas Boost Boston Games on June 17, Kampf posted 2:00.55 in the 800 meters.

  • Norman runs third-fastest 200m in high school history on final day of USATF Juniors

    CLOVIS, CALIFORNIA -- The final day of the USATF Junior Championships did not disappoint, as Michael Norman (Murrieta, California) turned in the performance of a lifetime in the men’s 200m, highlighting 15 finals on the final day of the 2016 USATF Junior Championships at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

    Norman runs into record books

    Norman was superhuman on Sunday, turning in the third-fastest time in U.S. high school history with his 20.15 in the 200m finals. His time goes down as a meet record and the top junior time in the world this year, just .02 off the American junior record. sets him up well for a strong showing at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field.

  • Hometown Hero Flanagan Sets American Record at B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital

    American Olympian Shalane Flanagan, Kenyan Daniel Chebii win sixth annual B.A.A. 10K titles - BOSTON – On a picture perfect summer day, Massachusetts native Shalane Flanagan cruised to an American record at the sixth annual B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital. Preparing for the Olympic Marathon later this summer, Flanagan motored her way to a time of 30:52, shattering both the national and event records. For the men, Daniel Chebii of Kenya won his American road racing debut in 27:55. In total, 7,805 participants finished this year's B.A.A. 10K, the largest in event history. The B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital, is an IAAF Bronze Label road race.

    "There's just nothing better than hearing the chants of 'Go USA!'" said Flanagan, describing what it meant to set an American record in her home city. "There's just nothing better than running at home before we go and represent our country in Rio.


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