• Keflezighi, Simpson Named 2014 USATF Jesse Owens and Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athletes of the Year

    INDIANAPOLIS – Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi and USATF Outdoor champion and Diamond League winner Jenny Simpson have been named the 2014 USATF Jesse Owens and Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athletes of the Year, respectively.

    Keflezighi (San Diego, California) and Simpson (Boulder, Colorado) will be honored on Thursday, December 4, at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Anaheim, California. The event is held in conjunction with USATF’s Annual Meeting. Tickets for the event are available at the Hilton Anaheim beginning on Monday, December 1 until the ceremony is sold out.

    Keflezighi inspired the nation in April, capturing victory at the 2014 Boston Marathon just a year after the tragedy on Boylston Street. Keflezighi defeated the fastest men’s field in Boston Marathon history to become the first American man in 31 years to win Boston and the oldest man to win Boston since 1931.

  • Huddle Repeats, Shrader Upsets at .US National 12K

    Arizona standout Shrader win men's title, Huddle defends in women's race at .US National 12K Championships in Arlington - INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 16, 2014) – A furious early pace by Olympian Molly Huddle split the pack early, while a tenacious finish by Brian Shrader put a gap on the field late, but the end result was the same, as both took home top prize Sunday morning at the .US National 12K in Alexandria, Virginia.

    An opening first mile in 5:09 gave Huddle a clear edge early, as the U.S. 5,000m record holder on the track showed her speed from a long racing season was still sharp. From the gun, Huddle strung out the pack and by the first mile the lead group was a mere seven athletes.

    By the time Huddle hit the second mile split, the pack found itself a group of five, as Providence College standout Emily Sisson, Olympian Kim Conley, Sara Hall and Emily Infeld stayed with the pace. Mile by mile Huddle continued to run even splits and by the half way turnaround, she cleared the field and put over ten seconds on then second place runner Hall.


    Coverage Features IRONMAN Journeys of Olympian Apolo Ohno, Racing Legend Alex Zanardi and Many Other Athletes, Annual Special Includes Incredible Come-From-Behind Victories by Female World Champion Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae and Male World Champion Sebastien Kienle - STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov, 12, 2014 – NBC Sports’ annual IRONMAN World Championship broadcast special, from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, will air Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET. For more than 35 years, the IRONMAN World Championship triathlon has showcased not only the raw power and competitive nature of the top endurance athletes in the world, but also some of the most awe-inspiring stories of courage and determination from age-group athletes and everyday individuals competing alongside them.

    The 90-minute show will provide viewers an all-access experience as more than 30 cameras captured the action from the air, across the barren lava fields, and under the water of Kailua Bay during the 140.6-mile challenge that took place on October 11, 2014.

  • Atlanta Track Club & Mizuno USA sign historic "integrated marketing " agreement: What it means to the sport

    In an announcement with far-reaching consequences, the Atlanta Track Club and Mizuno, one of the largest sports product manufacturers in the world, have reached a long term agreement for Mizuno to sponsor all facets of the Atlanta Track Club, its events and its merchandise. These programs include daily fitness programs, an elite development program through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as well as the official apparel and footwear designation for the iconic AJC Peachtree Road Race. The term, "fully-integrated" does apply to this announcement. 

    For Bob Puccini, long term president of Mizuno USA and a veteran of the sports marketing wars, this is a new approach in North America. Mizuno USA, with the Atlanta Track Club, will develop a long term fitness program affecting runners and walkers in the Atlanta area. Mizuno will become the official apparel and footwear sponsor for the crown jewel in the Atlanta Track Club's properties: the AJC Peachtree Road Race, with over 60,000 runners, it is a moving, breathing icon of the sport of running.

  • Nicholas Hilton Breaks Course Record At Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon

    American Olympian Janet Bawcom places first in the women’s half establishing new event mark. - SAVANNAH, Ga. — More than 17,000 runners took to the streets of Savannah this morning to participate in the 4th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & Half Marathon

    Nicholas Hilton, 25, of Flagstaff, Ariz., came out strong in the marathon, leading the entire way and finishing in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 31 seconds, shattering the course record by eight minutes. Hilton was followed by second place finisher Belay Kassa, 33, of Ethiopia in 2:33:07. Zaven O’Bryant, 28, of Atlanta made his debut in 2:34:45.

    “My coach told me to find a race in a location where I wanted to go and I’ve always wanted to visit Savannah and it seemed like a great event so I chose to come here,” said Hilton. “Considering where I’m at with my training right now I’m really, really pleased with how the race went. It was definitely a flat course, with a little bit of roll, which is great and everyone cheering along the course was fantastic.”


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