Up Coming Marathons
Athens Marathon - The Athens Marathon was started in 1967 by Ellsworth Holden and Stanley Huntsman, giving it the title of "Ohio's Longest Running Marathon." With that rich history participants will start in beautiful Uptown Athens right next to the College Green of Ohio University. The course soon connects with the Hockhocking-Adena Bikeway for a fast and flat remainder of the race before finishing on the Ohio University track. You'll experience the rich views Athens has to offer in spring time while you meander along the Hocking River Valley. Though Athens is known for its foothills, you'll stay safely in the valley for the marathon course making this an ideal fast race course to get your Boston Marathon qualifier. Come join us for the 50th annual Athens Marathon or 27th annual Half-Marathon on Sunday, April 9 - http://www.athensohiomarathon.com
ORRRC Marathon - Ohio River Road Runners Club 50th annual Marathon & 28th annual Half Marathon features an out-and-back route that starts and finishes at the Xenia YMCA on East Church Street and takes the field through downtown. The race features a long, straightaway stretch out to the turnaround point for the race and back, along a converted railroad trail that now is used by walkers, bikers, inline skaters and runners from around the local area. The race will be held on Sunday, April 9 - http://orrrc.org/event/orrrc-marathon-26th-half-marathon
Note: The Athens Marathon was first held on March 31, 1968 and moved to April in 1979 and the ORRRC Marathon was first held on October 13, 1968 and moved to April in 2001.
Athens: Carl Hatfield (1973) 2:20:41; Iris Black (1979) 3:00:36
ORRRC: Titus Mutinda (2005) 2:28:56; Iris Black (19:79) 2:57:57
Bowl Games Ramblings
There are 80 bowl slots and 128 FBS teams, that calls for 62.5 percent of the teams to go to a bowl game.
Gaynor wins Rocket City Marathon
Evan Gaynor, 28, of Perrysburg, OH, and Erica Speegle, 36, of Birmingham, AL, were the winners of the 40th Annual Rocket City Marathon. Gaynor finished first overall in 2:28:51. Speegle won the women’s division in 2:41:44.
Ramblings…..Football Bowl Games Costing Olympics Sports?
In the next month there will be 41 NCAA Division I FBS bowl games with 80 of the 128 teams playing with most programs losing money going to the game.
The Athlete's Kitchen - Alcohol & Runners
Runners can be very competitive as athletes. Unfortunately, some runners can also be competitive as drinkers, not to be outdone by their teammates. Ask any coach or college athletic director, and you'll hear concern about alcohol and athletes' a dangerous duo, especially among team sports.
It’s the night before the important race you’ve trained months for. You’re excited, nervous and apprehensive, all at the same time. Bed time; get that much needed rest for the big day tomorrow. You lay there, you toss, you turn, your heart races, you’re just ready to race, but you need and want to sleep, but you can’t. It’s a scenario that I would venture to guess all runners have experienced at some point in time. The bad sleep scenario can even occur for several nights before a highly anticipated race. Currently, there is great interest among researchers concerning sleep and athletic performance and, without question; proper sleep is needed for peak performance. So just how can you remedy the poor sleep predicament before a race?
Three Brothers and the Turkey Trot
Way back in 1967, three brothers ran in their first organized race called, “The Turkey Trot.” Our father and mother who raised all three of us in the United States Navy, had just moved to a community outside of Chicago. We had just left Catholic School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as our father had been transferred yet again. That is how Navy brats are made – we moved every two to three years and had to make our mark on a new community. Our mother wanted some peace and quiet when getting ready for our family Thanksgiving meal. Our mom, an avid reader, had heard about a race that we all could participate in and she asked our father to take us. She figured this would be a good way to get out of her hair while she cooked us all a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal.
KEEPING TRACK - CROSS COUNTRY
Throughout the years, the sport of cross-country has seen many changes. Race distances have lengthened, dual meets have disappeared (thus many programs never host meets), a variety of training methods have been used, and teams run fewer meets, many times rarely running their top runners.