On the Run With Matt Mcgowan
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On the Run with Matt McGowan
It amazes me to see the number of races in this year’s May/June RUNOHIO Race Calendar. A number of communities have more thanone race on the same weekend. Hopefully, you can find a number of races to run.
The month of May brings us some great running weather and some of Ohio largest road races. The first weekend in May the Capital City Half Marathon, Cincinnati Flying Pig and Pittsburgh Marathon were contested. Two of Ohio largest races will be held the third weekend in May as the Columbus Race for Cure and the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon races will be held. A number of outstanding races will be held on the Memorial Day weekend, including the RUNOHIO Grand Prix Race - Lou Cox Memorial 5km. Hopefully, you will be able to spend time with family and friends as we commemorate all the men and women, who have died in military service for the United States on this special day.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships – Jesse Owens Memorial Track at Ohio State University on June 1st and 2nd. If you attend the State Track and Field meet, check out the statue honoring Jesse Owens which was unveiled last year honoring his 4 Olympic Gold medal performance 76 years ago.
According to the 2010-11 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations - Girls outdoor track and field for the third year is a row is the number one sport offering with high school girls with 475,265 participants up from last year’s 469,177 participants. Boys’ outdoor track and field finished second to football with 579,302 participants up from last year’s 572,123 participants. According to the survey 794 Ohio high schools offer boy’s outdoor track and field with 24,501 participants. There are 795 Ohio high school sponsoring girl’s track and field with 21,108 participants.
With boys track being so popular I still don’t know how colleges and universities athletic departments have justified dropping men’s track and field programs. If your alma mater dropped men’s track and field, I hope you will write them a letter asking them how they can justify this and maybe withhold any donations until men’s track and field is reinstituted.
Congratulations to everyone who ran the Boston Marathon or another marathon last month and good luck to everyone running an upcoming marathon or race.
I will be helping Jim Jurcevich to promote the 35th annual Columbus 10K on Sunday, June 10th. The Columbus 10K is the “Oldest Race in Town”. The race started as the Citizen Journal 10K, a race which I won the first year and served as race director for fifteen years. I hope you will be able to run this downtown Columbus race. Jim and the Columbus Running Company took over as the race director in 2009. A race flyer is listed in this issue or you can get more information on the race on the RUNOHIO web site – www.runohio.com
I am also helping with two summer cross country races to be held Thursday evenings on Bryn Du Mansion Great Lawn in Granville. I hope you will be able to attend one or both events and enjoy the day in Granville.
It amazes me to see the number of races in this year’s May/June RUNOHIO Race Calendar. A number of communities have more than one race on the same weekend. Hopefully, you can find a number of races to run. If you are not able to run a race on a given weekend, contact the race director of a race in your hometown to see if they need any help. I am sure most races can use a few good volunteers.
I will be attending the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field in Eugene, Oregon on June 21 - July 1. I received a media pass allowing me to cover the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials for the sixth out of the last seven Trials. Hopefully, I will be able to post pictures and update my blog during the Trials. The next printed issue of RUNOHIO will be mailed the second week of July so I can include coverage of this outstanding championships.
If you are directing a race in 2012 please send RUNOHIO your race information and/or an entry form as soon as you have the information available. There is a Race Calendar Information Form in this issue. Also, list your races on The Running Network/RUNOHIO Searchable Calendar - go to www.runohio.com for more information.
If you are not a subscriber or if your subscription is running out, I hope you will take a few minutes to subscribe or renew your subscription to RUNOHIO. With your support, RUNOHIO can continue to provide you with the running news you want in print and on the web.
The deadline for the mid July – mid September issue is June 12th for calendar information and June 28th for advertising. This issue will be mailed out the second week of July.
Good luck with your upcoming races. I hope to see you at a race or track meet.