Record 3,000 Participants for First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay

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SARASOTA, Fla. - A record 3,000 runners and walkers took part in the 6th First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay, a 50 percent increase over 2010. Tampa’s Elias Gonzalez, age 34 and a member of Fit2Run running team, won the men’s title in 1 hour, 11 minutes, 35 seconds and North Port’s Heather Butcher, age 38 and Team New Balance runner, took the women’s title in 1:26:37.

Locally, Team New Balance team members Ricardo (Rich) Lomas of Venice, age 44, took the overall locals male division with a time of 1:15:52 for 3rd among all men, and Rachel Chambers, 38, of Sarasota and Team New Balance took 3rd among all women with a time of 1:30:25.

Race Director Javier Sanchez noted on the event: "It was the perfect day for a race in Sarasota and the new course and relay team option were hugely successful. We are looking forward to an even greater 2012 event on March 11th."

Additional titles and race stats follow. For a complete list of race results, visit

Masters Winners

Women (W): Lauro Barragan, age 43, 1:28:04

Men (M): Guy Schweiwiller, age 44, 1:20:04

Grand Masters Winners

W: Denise Skinner, age 55, 1:35:28

M: Jeff Lessie, age 50, 1:22:43

Relay Team Winners

New to the race this year, the two-person relay team race sold out with 160 total teams and 320 runners. Top finishers included:

Men’s Relay: Florida Feet Elite, 1:28:31

Women’s Relay: Badger Girls, 1:37:56

Co-Ed, Road Rash, 1:31:09

Youngest/Oldest Participants

Spanning 72 years, 10-year old Cory Albrecht finished in 2:40;09 and 82-year old Don Krueger in 3:41:31. For females, Meredith Swift, age 11, finished in 2:20:45 and Eleanor Williams, age 74, finished in 3:23:31.

About U.S. Road Sports & Entertainment Group

U.S. Road Sports & Entertainment Group (USRS), a health and wellness company dedicated to the production of world-class endurance events, offers unparalleled participant sports experiences that showcase host communities and endure a deeply valued local asset through events that are a part of the city’s culture and identity. For each participant, USRS strives to offer events that allow participants of all skill levels the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health and accomplish life-altering goals while having fun. U.S. Road Sports provides sponsors and municipalities highly effective exposure to help maximize their presence and message in the community. In addition to the First Watch Sarasota Half-Marathon & Relay, USRS hosted events include South Florida’s largest road race, the ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon®, as well as the Chicago Half-Marathon, Publix Georgia Marathon, 13.1 Marathon® Series and the Publix Escape to Miami Triathlon.

New, Third Wave at 2011 Boston Marathon Will Create More Orderly Start

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HOPKINTON, Mass. – The B.A.A. will employ a third wave for the start of the 2011 Boston Marathon, creating a more efficient and improved running experience for participants in the 115th edition of the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual marathon. This year’s race will be held on Monday, April 18: Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Working in cooperation with the Town of Hopkinton and the Hopkinton Marathon Committee, the B.A.A. will institute three waves of mass participatory starters. Each wave will include approximately 9,000 official entrants, and each wave will be identified by its background bib color in a coordinated, patriotic color scheme: Wave One (red bibs), Wave Two (white bibs), and Wave Three (blue bibs).

The three-wave start will not increase the field size of the 2011 Boston Marathon.

The start times for the 2011 Boston Marathon are as follows:

Start time  /  Approx. No. of Entrants  /  Bib Color  

Mobility Impaired: 9:00 a.m.  /  6  

Wheelchair Division: 9:17 a.m.  /  30  

Handcycles: 9:22 a.m.  /  24

Elite Women: 9:32 a.m.  /  50

Elite Men & Wave One: 10:00 a.m.  /  9,000  /  Red

Wave Two: 10:20 a.m.  /  9,000  /  White

Wave Three: 10:40 a.m.  /  9,000  /  Blue

Next month’s Boston Marathon has a field size of approximately 27,000 official entrants, including those in the wheelchair division, visually impaired athletes and those competing in handcycles.

“The introduction of a third wave at the start of the Boston Marathon will provide a better pre-race and starting experience for our runners,” said Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon Race Director. “We continue to study methods to improve the race for our participants, and we are pleased to have a partnership with the Town of Hopkinton which allows an improved staging area and start for both the participants and the Town of Hopkinton’s residents.”

In recent past years, the field of runners started in approximately two, equally-sized waves. The addition of a third wave for 2011 enables the B.A.A. to divide the field into three, smaller, equally-sized waves. The result will be a more enjoyable race for participants, many of whom gear their entire recreational lives around running the Boston Marathon. Fewer runners in each wave allows for more orderly loading and staging in the corral system pre-race, and – after the race begins – less density not only in the early miles but also throughout the entire 26.2-mile course.

On race day in 2011, no significant change in the start times will occur. In the main, mass participatory waves, Wave One (color-coded red) will begin at 10:00 a.m. as it has in recent years; Wave Two (color-coded white) will begin at 10:20 a.m.; Wave Three (color-coded blue) will begin at 10:40 a.m. Last year with two waves, the first wave started at 10:00 a.m. and the second wave began at 10:30 a.m.

This year, the final, official runner in Wave Three is expected to cross the starting line at approximately 10:50 a.m. Last year, the final, official runner in Wave Two crossed the starting line at 10:47 a.m.. Official timing and scoring in the Boston Marathon is held open for six hours after the last, official entrant crosses the starting line. Runners are timed using the net time it takes to run the course which serves as their official time. The amount of time it takes an official entrant from the starting gun until crossing the starting line does not add to their total time.

Runners in the Boston Marathon are seeded based on their qualifying time with the fastest runners starting closer to the front. For the 2011 race, runners who have qualified with a time of approximately 3:22:42 or faster will start in Wave One (red bibs) while those who have a qualifying time of approximately 3:45:56 or faster will start in Wave Two (white bibs). Runners with times greater than approximately 3:45:56 will start in Wave Three (blue bibs). Exact time breaks for the three waves will be ascertained in two weeks when bib numbering of the field occurs.

The starting procedure at the Boston Marathon has changed three times with improvements in the past ten years to better accommodate the field. In 2004, to better showcase the women’s elite field, the B.A.A. implemented a separate start for the top female runners, beginning a half hour earlier than the rest of the field. In 2006, the second wave was added to the start, with 10,000 runners beginning at 12:00 p.m. and 10,000 beginning at 12:30 p.m. In 2007, the start was moved to 10:00 a.m., giving runners a better opportunity to experience optimum race day weather conditions.

Also new for next month’s Boston Marathon, the timing and scoring device will be affixed to each official entrant’s bib. Beginning in 1996 and continuing until last year, runners in the Boston Marathon were required to affix the timing and scoring device to their footwear.

Last Day to Win a Trip to Monterey and the Sold-Out 26th Big Sur International Marathon

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SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, Calif. - The world-famous Big Sur International Marathon is sold-out in all but two race categories but there is still one easy way to gain entrance to this legendary race. Simply "like" Earthbound Farm on Facebook and secure a chance to win one of the healthiest vacations of a lifetime: a trip for two to scenic Monterey, Calif. plus two coveted entries to the 26th Big Sur International Marathon's events.

In just one minute, anyone can enter to win this milestone of an experience. From Feb 22 through March 15, 2011, those who "like" Earthbound Farm on Facebook and take the Healthy Lifestyle Quiz, will be entered into Earthbound Farm's Big Sur Marathon Sweepstakes.

Run, walk or watch - there's no more beautiful place to do any of these activities than Big Sur, often called "the most magnificent meeting of land and sea in the world." Runner's World named the Big Sur International Marathon one of the three best marathons in America and "the nation's Best Destination Marathon," and said it's one to put on "your life list."

As a long-time presenting sponsor of the Big Sur International Marathon's 10.6- and 9-mile Walks, Earthbound Farm is offering the lucky grand prize winner two guaranteed entries to any of the following events on Sunday, May 1, 2011:

The Big Sur International Marathon (the competitive 26.2-mile run, sold-out since October)

The 21-Miler (a non-competitive 21-mile walk or run)

The 10.6-Mile Walk presented by Earthbound Farm (a non-competitive 10.6-mile walk or run)

The 9-Mile Walk presented by Earthbound Farm (a non-competitive 9-mile walk or run)

The Big Sur 5K Race (a competitive walk or run)

The grand prize also includes roundtrip airfare for two to Monterey, accommodations for two at the beautiful Portola Hotel & Spa, a post-marathon spa treatment for two, a new iPod® Touch for chronicling the experience on Facebook and $500 cash (total retail value: $4500).

For sweepstakes details see the Official Rules. For more information about the marathon's events, course requirements and other terms and conditions, go to:

Bret Michaels to Rock Dallas at Second Annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, Benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

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DALLAS (March 8, 2011) – It’s 13.1 miles of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the most fun you can have testing your physical endurance. More than 13,000 runners and walkers are expected for the second annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure® on Sunday, March 27.

Participants are invited to take part in a running block party, with the sounds of live bands, cheerleading teams and thousands of spectators helping them push through the miles. The streets of Dallas offer a flat, fast course and a scenic tour of the city.

Starting at City Hall, runners will enjoy the sights of Dallas’s quaint neighborhoods and iconic landmarks, winding past the American Airlines Center, home to the Mavericks and Stars, and around the scenic Highland Park area. After an exciting finish at the renowned Fair Park, participants and their friends and family are invited to celebrate by rocking out to an energetic performance by Bret Michaels.

“Adding a major performer like Bret Michaels to our event amps our headline concert to arena-rock levels,” said Kari Logan, event director. “We’re excited to offer our runners a well-deserved chance to celebrate their accomplishment in a big way.”

For more than 600 Susan G. Komen Marathon for the Cure® participants, the race is about much more than reaching the finish line. Charity participants have raised more than $200,000 to fight breast cancer, fundraising through friends and family as they train. The money they’ve raised helps fund innovative research and local community programs supporting breast cancer education, screening and treatment. Seventy-five percent of the funds raised stay in the Metroplex; 25 percent is used for research.

“Ask all the runners and walkers why they are raising funds from Komen, and you’ll undoubtedly get hundreds of different stories,” said Elizabeth Thompson, Komen’s president. “But everyone who is participating in this event is united by the same goal we at Susan G. Komen for the Cure have had for nearly 30 years: we all want to end breast cancer once and for all.”

Race weekend will begin with a Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27 at the Dallas Convention Center. The Expo, which is free and open to the public, will showcase the latest in running products and services with interactive clinics from fitness experts. Additionally, event sponsor Dodge will host the “Test Drive for Charity,” where Dodge will donate $20 to a charity of the participant’s choosing for every car that is test driven.

Back by popular demand, the 2-person half-marathon relay option offers a fun and unique introduction to distance running. With 7.1-mile and 6-mile legs, participants can still join in the fun with a friend or loved one. Registration for the both the relay or half-marathon is open online at

2011 also marks the inaugural ING KiDS ROCK Dallas, a one-mile fun run geared toward children in kindergarten through seventh grade. Kids are encouraged to train for seven weeks by completing a cumulative marathon program consisting of 25.2 total miles. They will complete their final marathon mile Saturday, March 26 in conjunction with the event weekend. More information is available online at

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure® and Komen 3-Day for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, breast health or breast cancer, visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

For more information about the Susan G. Komen Marathon for the Cure program, visit or call 1.888.405.PINK.

LA Marathon: Limited Last-Minute Registration, Special Japan Relief Effort

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LOS ANGELES, March 14, 2011 - Runners wishing to register for the 26th Honda LA Marathon presented by K-Swiss will have one more chance to get into the March 20 race, but only via in-person registration this coming Friday and Saturday, at the L.A. Marathon Expo.

Online registration closed over the weekend, but a flood of requests to register in person has led to a limited opportunity to get into the race at the Expo.

"We're looking at a similarly-sized field as in last year's race," said LA MARATHON LLC chief operating officer Nick Curl. "We'll have about 1,000 spots available for registration at this week's Expo on a first-come, first-served basis."

The Expo will take place at Dodger Stadium on Friday and Saturday, March 18-19, with free admission and free parking. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. There will be live entertainment and more than 100 fitness and running exhibitors showcasing the latest products and technologies.

The devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami that has struck Japan has already impacted the running community, as the important Nagoya Women's Marathon - which was to have been run on Sunday, March 13 - was cancelled. A special set of donation links have been set up for runners, family and friends to offer support for relief efforts in Japan:

World Assn. of Natural Disasters Relief for Japan: Click here.

Save The Children Relief for Japan: <a href="" target=">Click here. American Red Cross Relief for Japan: Click here.

American Red Cross Relief for Japan: Click here.

"The Honda LA Marathon is a great rallying point for the Los Angeles community, and for runners from around the world," said Curl. "In this time of need for our friends in Japan, we wanted to give our thousands of runners, volunteers and their families a way to reach out and send a message of support. The response has already been enormously heartwarming, with more than $10,000 raised in the first 24 hours of our appeal."