Marathons

KAISER PERMANENTE NAPA VALLEY MARATHON: ENTRANT PROFILE STORIES

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Compassion and Resolve Underscore Participation in 36th Annual Race - NAPA, Calif. — February 12, 2014 — A sold-out field of 2,700 entrants from 14 countries, 48 U.S. states, and Washington, D.C. will gather in California’s Napa Valley for the 36th Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon on Sunday, March 2, 2014. The Napa Valley Marathon (NVM) asks each entrant to describe on their entry form their reasons for entering the race. Among the varied responses each year, many illustrate how the challenges of a 26.2-mile race spurs marathoners to undertake charitable deeds that assist others who face adversity, or to overcome personal adversities themselves. A high percentage of respondents also cited the reputation of NVM as one of the best organized marathons in the U.S., and the allure of the picturesque Napa Valley wine growing region, as primary reasons for entering the race.

Every Napa Valley Marathon participant assists important local causes. All proceeds from the Napa Valley Marathon (a non-profit organization) are donated to local charities and schools in the Napa Valley region. Numerous NVM participants, however, choose to go beyond NVM’s annual philanthropy by dedicating their race to others, often raising donations that fund the charities of their choice.

Ben Bruce, Andrea Duke Win Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon

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NEW ORLEANS – February 2, 2014 – More than 15,000 participants took over the historic streets of the Big Easy at the 5th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon, which took place on Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, 2014. Battling tough weather conditions, Ben Bruce of Flagstaff, Ariz., made his first go at 26.2 miles a memorable one, winning in 2:21:56. Former NFL lineman and LSU alum, Alan Faneca also completed his first marathon in 3:56:17, following a significant weight loss of more than 100 lbs after retiring from the NFL.

Bruce settled into his intended pace of 5:15 per mile through 5K. By 10K, the steeplechase specialist, was all alone, splitting 33:01. Eventual second-place finisher Ryan McGuire was 47 seconds behind at that point, while Bruce fed off the energy of the early crowds lining St. Charles Ave. Bruce continued pressing, before the humid, windy and sometimes wet conditions began to wear on the 6-foot-1, 150-pounder. A few miles in the 5:40s slowed Bruce’s overall pace, but he was still able to extend his lead all the way to the finish line at Roosevelt Mall in City Park.

Los Angeles to host 2016 Olympic Team Trials For Men's and Women's Marathon

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Los Angeles to host 2016 Olympic Team Trials For Men's and Women's Marathon - LOS ANGELES –The City of Los Angeles will host the Women’s and Men’s 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon, USA Track & Field, the U.S. Olympic Committee, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and LA MARATHON LLC announced Wednesday.
 
The 2016 Olympic Trials will be held Feb. 13, 2016. With separate starts, the men’s and women’s races both will be carried in their entirety on NBC.
 
“We are thrilled with what Los Angeles will provide to our athletes, the Olympic movement and the sport of long distance running by hosting this event,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “With television coverage on NBC and incredible public and private support for the race in one of the world’s biggest media markets, everything is in place to continue to elevate the Olympic Trials and give our athletes a platform on which they can truly shine.”

Surf City Marathon Boasts Largest Ever International Field

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Award-winning race attracts more than 21,000 participants and 45,000 spectators from 34 countries, all 50 states and 1000 U.S. cities - HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – The 2014 Surf City USA Marathon brings an international flavor to Huntington Beach on Super Bowl Sunday with competitors from 34 countries (up from 23 in 2013) participating in the sold-out event.  The largest combined oceanfront marathon and half-marathon event in California, the award-winning race attracts more than 21,000 participants and 45,000 spectators from all 50 states and 1000 U.S. cities.  The race serves as a qualifier for both the Olympic Trials and the prestigious Boston Marathon.  Staged on Sunday, February 2, 2014, detailed race information is available at www.runsurfcity.com.

Canada takes top honors for international registrations with 140 runners followed by the UK, Australia, Mexico, Italy and Japan.  New to the mix are Chile, Denmark, Germany and Austria.  Stateside California still dominates while Arizona, Washington, Illinois, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Massachusetts each send 40 or more runners.  Race organizers cite the development of running clubs, the spectacular ocean-front course and the allure of Surf City and its mild winter weather as strong draws for domestic and international runners.

Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon to Revamp Course for 2014 Events

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Runner feedback prompts the course to head further west - CLEVELAND (Jan. 28, 2014) – The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, which draws more than 20,000 participants annually, has announced that the course for its 37th annual event on May 18, 2014 will be updated.

One noticeable difference will be the move from away from the FirstEnergy Stadium, Home of the Cleveland Browns, as the location of the start and finish lines.  The stadium will be undergoing construction projects in the spring of 2014 and therefore the venue will not be available.

Race personnel are in conversations with a few downtown venues that could serve as the new start and finish locations for this year’s events.

Race officials, who frequently seek feedback from participants regarding the event, course and other details of the race, received input on potential course changes being considered through a participant survey posted on its website and Facebook page in December.