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MOMENTS 2016 WORLD TOUR
SAN ANTONIO, TX
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
NEW ORLEANS, LA
SAN JOSE, CA
MAR 18-19 DALLAS, TX
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
ST. LOUIS, MO
LOS ANGELES, CA
MAY 27-28 LIVERPOOL
SAN DIEGO, CA
NOV 10-13 LAS VEGAS, NV
Executive Director’s Note ®
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While there are many great aspects to running, two stand out to me as especially important to embrace if the running community is to continue growing. First, running is a generational activity—you can run throughout your life. Second, running has always been an affordable and accessible activity that most people can participate in throughout the course of the year—and it should stay that way. Stories are shared and celebrated on social media when a 90-year-old runner earns a world age-group record at a race. Youth running programs at schools and afterschool programs continue to grow and flourish. Clubs that engage a diverse group of runners continue to form and grow. In this issue’s feature article, we outline strategies to manage running through the parenting years, from having infants in tow (or rather, pushing), to juggling your running schedule with your pre- to young teen’s activities. Being a running mom with a running husband, we’ve managed our training schedules through each phase of our children’s lives by being flexible and, at times, downright creative in order to squeeze in some quality miles. While you may not race as much during your parenting years compared to the pre-baby and post-teen years, finding races to run with your kids (1-mile street races, 5K runs, etc.) or volunteering with a school-run club will help instill a love of running in the next generation. Running through the parenting years will hopefully ensure you stick with it in the empty-nest phase to follow. Recently, the RRCA posted a comment on Twitter about selecting races that don’t price gouge and we provided an average entry fee to shoot for. I was surprised at the negative reaction to the notion that races should be affordable and that people should seek them out. Since when did running become a luxury brand, accessible to a few as opposed the many? When we look at event participation by the under-40 crowd (those millennials whom The Wall Street Journal blamed for “killing the running boom”), we should ask ourselves: Are we creating a community that’s affordable and accessible for people with young families or even families with older children/teens, for that matter? Of course costs are rising, from permitting, to police support, to clean-up crews, to others seeking a cut in race proceeds at some point during the event’s lifecycle. However, community-based events and clubs can engage young adult runners now and into the future by providing well-organized events at an affordable rate to help keep these runners engaged in the sport through middle-age and beyond at the levels we’ve seen in recent years.
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WE RUN THE NATION!
Executive Director’s Letter
From the RRCA Board Room
RRCA Award Spotlight Ron Alford, Steven Toyoji
10 Summer Shoe Review 12 Member Spotlight Downtown Runners & Walkers Space Coast Marathon, Half Marathon Becky Wade’s RUN THE WORLD
16 Racing Shoe Review
Through the Parenting Years 20 New Runner Friendly
26 Program Spotlight Countdown to Fitness Nuniwarmiut Running Club Kids Run the Nation
28 RRCA Championship
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30 Coaching Spotlight
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From the RRCA Board Room The RRCA is governed by a nine-person board of directors elected by the members at the Annual Meeting of the Membership. As outlined in the RRCA bylaws, the RRCA directors are subject to a term limit for the years of service they may provide to the RRCA board. As such, the RRCA thanks the following immediate-past board members for their many years of service: David Cotter (outgoing president), Dan Edwards (outgoing treasurer), and Mark Grandonico (outgoing Eastern Region director). Mitchell Garner, President Garner is active with the Ann Arbor (MI) Track Club, where he has served as president since 2009 (vice president for 2004–08) and as a board member and executive committee member since 2004. He’s a longstanding race committee member of two midsized, club-hosted road races in Ann Arbor: the Burns Park Run and the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run. In 2008 Garner was elected RRCA Central Region director and served two terms. In 2012 he was elected RRCA vice president and was re-elected to a second term in 2014. He began his first term as president in March 2016. Garner is a lifelong runner and a member of the Ann Arbor Track Club’s men’s masters 60+ team. His club team won the USATF men’s masters 60+ grand prix team national championship for four consecutive years, from 2011 to 2014. Currently he’s an attorney and principal with the law firm of Allotta | Farley Co., L.P.A. He graduated cum laude from Yale University, with a major in economics and also has a degree in political science, with honors, from the University of Paris. He received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. Craig Minyard,Treasurer Minyard joined the Lake Grapevine Runners & Walkers in 2000 and was elected treasurer in 2001, serving in that capacity for over six years. As treasurer he built the financial reporting and control systems and established the initial financial audit review process. He continued advising the Lake Grapevine Board on financial and governance matters until 2012. Minyard has served on the RRCA’s Finance Committee since being appointed by President David Cotter in January 2013 and is familiar with the RRCA’s financial operations, internal controls, and oversight efforts. Professionally, he is a Certified Public Accountant and has held financial leadership roles for companies ranging from startups to large multinational corporations. Currently, he’s vice president for financial planning and management at the Federal Reserve Information Technology in Richmond, VA, where he’s a member of the Richmond Road Runners Club. Minyard has long been passionate about running and has run the Chicago, Austin, Boston, New York, Little Rock, Dallas, and Marine Corps marathons.
University of Maryland and a Master of Science in Finance from Loyola University Maryland. Joan Benoit Samuelson At-Large Director Benoit Samuelson was appointed by President Garner to serve in the at-large director position, which was open following the election of atlarge director Jean Arthur to the vice president position in March 2016. One of Maine’s most recognizable athletes, Benoit Samuelson continues to serve as an inspiration for runners and athletes of all ages around the world. She founded the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race in 1998 to benefit children’s charities in Maine. Today, the TD Beach to Beacon 10K is a “must run” event on the calendars of elite runners around the globe as well as recreational runners throughout New England. Joan ran many of the same coastal roads while growing up in Cape Elizabeth and training for the first women’s Olympic Marathon in Los Angeles in 1984. While a senior at Bowdoin College, she entered the 1979 Boston Marathon as a virtual unknown and won, setting a record for American women. Following surgery on her Achilles tendons, she again won the Boston Marathon in 1983. The eyes of the world were watching Benoit Samuelson when she won the first-ever women’s Olympic Marathon. She has remained a dominant figure and a role model in the running world and women’s athletics ever since.
Dwight Mikulis, Eastern Region Director Mikulis is a former RRCA club president and past RRCA Maryland state representative. He now works with about a dozen state reps to promote the RRCA mission. He completed the RRCA coaching class in 2008 and has been managing/creating group training programs under the trademarked The Next Step® banner since 2006. Mikulis continues to run all distances, including ultras, and enjoys giving back to the running community as a pacer with the Baltimore Pacers. He is the chief financial officer and senior partner at the Pinnacle Advisory Group, Inc., a private wealth management firm, founded in 1993. He has a BS in Marketing from the
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RRCA Award Spotlight
National Running Award Winners Since 1971 the RRCA has honored outstanding contributors to our sport through the National Running Awards. We’re pleased to spotlight two individuals who received awards for their contributions to the sport in 2015.
For more than four decades, the RRCA state representatives have served as ambassadors for the organization by providing a physical presence in each state. At the 58th Annual RRCA Convention in Dallas, the RRCA awarded the Outstanding State Representative of the Year award to Hawaii State Rep Ron Alford. Ron has been running for over 35 years. After a 40+–year career with the Department of Veterans Affairs, he retired and moved to Hawaii with his wife, Betty Gail. During his career, he lived in many places and was always involved in his local running community, including the Peninsula Track Club in Newport News, VA; the Huntington Track Club in Huntington, WV; and the Atlanta Track Club in Atlanta, GA. In 2002 Ron became an RRCA certified coach and now serves as a volunteer with the Honolulu Marathon Clinic, preparing participants to run the Honolulu Marathon each December.
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Despite the constraints of having RRCA member clubs in Hawaii spread across by several islands, Ron has made a huge impact in promoting the RRCA with area members since his appointment in February 2014. In 2015 he attended all five RRCA championships in the state: no small accomplishment. For 2016 he has engaged new races, along with a mix of longstanding events to host the RRCA Hawaii State Championship events. He coordinates with the race directors to present the RRCA champion awards at each race he attends. In December 2015 he staffed the RRCA Expo booth for four full days at the Honolulu Marathon expo, which drew over 34,000 participants. He works tirelessly to help make RRCA in Hawaii visible and open to all.
Steven Toyoji Challenged Athlete of the Year
Steven Toyoji is an outstanding wheelchair track athlete. He has overcome a rare disability, transverse myelitis, which paralyzed him at nine months old. Throughout high school in Redmond, WA, he competed in both wheelchair basketball and track & field. Sticking with track and field, in 2008 he qualified for the Paralympic Games in Beijing where he was fifth in the marathon and seventh in the 400m. He missed qualifying for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London due to injury leading up to the Trials. In 2015 Toyoji was third in the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships in the 1500m and second at the Parapan American Games in the 1500m. A dedicated athlete, Toyoji trains six days a week, 11 months a year. Additionally, he plays on a wheelchair rugby team that requires team training once a week. All this hard work has paid off. At the end of 2015 he had the second-best world ranking in the 1500m, with a season best time of 3:48.25, and is in a strong position to represent the USA at this year’s Paralympic Games in Rio. In his spare time, Steve volunteers as coach for a youth wheelchair racing team to help these young athletes learn a lifetime sport, as well as integrate them into their respective school-based sports programs. The goal is to have them be a part of their school’s sports teams like other young athletes.
Ron Alford, Hawaii Outstanding State Representative of the Year
Learn more about the RRCA’s National Running Awards and nominate deserving organizations or individuals to receive a 2016 award. For more information, visit www.rrca.org/our-programs-services/programs/ national-running-awards.
SHOE REVIEW by Cregg Weinmann
Summer Shoes 2016
adidas Pure Boost X $120
The success of adidas’ Boost foam has rested on the protective ride and performance feel it provides. The new Pure Boost X is designed to address a common fit issue women experience, so it’s available only in women’s sizes. The stretchy knit upper is supported by no-sew overlays. The innovation is in detaching the midfoot from the midsole and wrapping the arch so the shoe fits snugly. The rationale? A well-designed fit and support can reduce plantar fascia issues, but they also provide a smooth ride, thanks to the foot-hugging fit. The midsole is single-density Boost foam with its expected resilience, cushioning, and durability. The outersole is a thin, lightweight, grippy layer of Continental rubber—and it’s durable, too. Testers applauded the innovation of the Pure Boost X and it isn’t surprising that it earned our award for Best Summer Shoe 2016. “The fit is better than any shoe I’ve tried—[it] hugs the foot amazingly well. Fit well. Great cushion. I love this shoe!” NEW Sizes Women 5–12 Weight 8.1 oz. (women’s 8); Shape: semicurved; Construction: Strobel slip-lasted; Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics
Hoka One One Clayton $150
Hoka has released running shoes that have drilled down to provide protective cushioning or light weight or increased durability. The new Clayton combines all three and features new rocker geometry to give it some snap. The upper is quite spare (minimesh with no-sew, fused overlays) and it’s nestled into the midsole sidewall which provides some structure. The midsole sports a tall stack height, as is Hoka’s standard, but with a new cupping design that allows the feet to nestle into it, stabilizing them. The midsole is more flexible than past models and has more toe spring to provide a more traditional-feeling ride. The R-Mat foam outer sole is latticed for support and wear resistance, but also adds cushioning. The sticker shock is lessened when you realize that the Clayton offers more versatility than other Hoka models, making it worth a look—particularly for devotées of high mileage. “The upper fits pretty well, but thin as a racer. A little wide, though not bad. Cushion and ride are the strengths.” NEW Sizes: Men 7–13,14; Women 5–11; Weight: 8.8 oz. (men’s 11); 7.3 oz. (women’s 8); Shape: semicurved; Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, perforated EVA Strobel board; Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics to mild pronation
Karhu Flow 6 IRE $120
Karhu is one of the older brands in running, stretching back to 1916 and the beginning of the golden era of distance running in its home country of Finland. The Flow 6 IRE is an update to its Flow series (but more of a design reset) in the brand’s centennial year. The upper is a closed mesh with rebranded graphics of no-sew, fused overlays and a bit of traditional stitched support at the heel. The midsole is new and comprises three densities: softest in the heel, a very firm Fulcrum in the middle to roll the foot forward, and finally, a livelier density in the forefoot. Though the feel of the Ride will be familiar, the ride itself is improved, thanks to the reshaping of the Fulcrum element, a broader full-contact bottom, and the new foam densities in the heel and forefoot. The outersole features full-length compressed rubber, eliminated where possible to reduce weight. The resulting amalgam is a step up in quality and performance. ”Nice improvement on the shoe overall. Fits well, handles the miles, good ride, and looks cool.” Updates the Flow 4 Trainer; Sizes: Men 6–13; Women 6–11; Weight: 9.6 oz. (men’s 11); 7.6 oz. (women’s 8); Shape: semicurved; Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, perforated EVA Strobel board; Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics to mild pronation
MBT Speed 16 $120
MBT has a new footwear line, extending its unique approach to running. Where the GT 16 emphasized a max-cushion approach, the Speed 16 is about efficiency and faster paced running. The upper is minimesh with just a few traditional overlays at heel and toe and a small saddle to anchor the lace throat. The ankle collar is fairly plush, in contrast to the spare feel of the rest of the upper. The midsole is a two-part, co-molded construction that lends structure to the curve of the sole. That curvature makes the midfoot the lowest point of the sole, accommodating midfoot strikers. The outersole features very little carbon rubber only at the heel, toe, and midfoot; most of the surface is toughened foam. The performance, quality, and price make the Speed 16’s approach to running widely accessible. “Pretty light with a decent fit. Very interesting rolling feeling to the shoe with good cushion and flex to it.” NEW Sizes: Men 6–13; Women 6–11; Weight: 10.3 oz. (men’s 11); 8.2 oz. (women’s 8); Shape: semicurved; Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board; Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics
New Balance 1260 v 6 $150
In recent seasons New Balance has revamped its running line, rejuvenating the effectiveness of the brand. The 1260 has anchored its motion-stabilizing category, and version 6 solidifies its effectiveness. Similar to the fifth round, here the upper features two meshes: an open mesh over the toes, with a stiffer mesh over the saddle and rearfoot. Traditional overlays in the saddle and heel keep the foot lined up, and welded forefoot overlays replace the stitched overlays. The midsole retains the same basic shape, but the sidewall molding has been reoriented to flex and support the foot more effectively. The N2 cushioning element continues— it’s light and effective—and keeps the shoe lighter. The outersole is carbon in the heel, blown rubber in the forefoot. No news there, but then why try to fix what already works? The ride, stability, and durability are the 1260’s best features, making it ideally suited for high-mileage training. “Plush feel that lasted for lots of miles. Supportive, but without overpowering my feet.” Updates the 1260 v 5; Sizes: Men 6–13; Women 6–11; Weight: 12.9 oz. (men’s 11); 10.3 oz. (women’s 8); Shape: semicurved Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board; Recommended for: medium-arched feet with moderate to excessive pronation
Nike Zoom Vomero 11 $140
The Zoom Vomero has been Nike’s plush Neutral training shoe for more than a decade. Round 11 retains much from Round 10, but employs a few subtle twists of its own. The upper continues with the engineered Flymesh, though different from Round 10, particularly in the Flywire strands that wrap the sides of the saddle portion from each eyelet, snugging the midfoot. The midsole is the same effective Lunarlon foam, with rear and forefoot Zoom airbags to provide protective cushioning. The outersole continues with Duralon rubber in the forefoot, and BRS 1000 guiderails effectively cover the rearfoot with the least rubber necessary. The cushy ride and durable design make the Vomero 11 a high-mileage trainer with a protective feel. Updates the Zoom Vomero 10; Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15 B,D,EE,4E; Women 5–12 A,B,D; Weight: 11.4 oz. (men’s 11); 9.2 oz. (women’s 8) Shape: semicurved; Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board; Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics to very mild overpronation
Saucony Ride 9 $120
Saucony brings its Everun technology to its venerable neutral trainer, the Ride. The upper replaces more of the traditional overlays with fused overlays everywhere but the heel. Closed mesh gives the shoe a bit more shape, while still allowing good breathability. The midsole has a new crashpad design, seen in the other models that have been upgraded to Everun. This has significantly improved the Ride’s—uh—ride. The outersole has a new chevron design that reduces the rubber on the sole while improving traction. The shoe’s distance range, traction, and weight make the Ride a mileage monster. “Not the Ride I was expecting; it was actually better at each feature. Fit was familiar, ride was so much improved.” Updates the Ride 8; Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15,16; Women 5–12; Weight: 10.3 oz. (men’s 11); 8.3 oz. (women’s 8); Shape: semicurved Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, TPU Strobel board; Recommended for: low- to medium-high–arched feet with neutral biomechanics
Salomon Sonic Pro $140
Salomon Trail running shoes have earned an excellent reputation. The new Sonic Pro now extends that to road running. The upper is a Salomon strength, as those familiar with its trail shoes already know, and it excels at fitting curvy feet. The no-sew overlays and Quick-lace system snug the foot in and accomodate its flexion while running, and the minimesh vents well. The midsole is a responsive layer of quality EVA that’s lively, with a quick feel. The outersole is a combination of high-abrasion compounds and textured patterns for grip. The responsive ride, midsole geometry, and sleek fit gear the Sonic Pro toward faster running—you determine how fast. “Fit [is] moccasin-close, snug but comfortable. Fast-feeling shoe that worked well for mileage or tempo runs.” NEW Sizes: Men 8–13,14; Women 6–11; Weight: 9.8 oz. (men’s 11); 7.9 oz. (women’s 8); Shape: semicurved; Construction: Strobel slip-lasted; Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics
Cregg Weinmann is footwear and running products reviewer for FORTIUS Media Group, LLC. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright © 2016 by FORTIUS Media Group, LLC. All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be stored, copied, or reprinted without prior written permission of FORTIUS Media Group, LLC. Reprinted here with permission.
Downtown Runners & Walkers Doug Kurtis
By Doug Kurtis
Next year’s RRCA Convention host club, the Downtown Runners and Walkers (DRW), based in Detroit, MI, recently observed its 34th anniversary. It’s a club that celebrates diversity and character, with most of its members living and working in the Detroit area. Like the city, the club is experiencing a significant change, with the influx of many young runners and walkers who’ve moved to downtown Detroit for work. Every six months the club officers and support team members convene to set a Tuesday night running schedule. They are tasked with researching and attending local pubs and eateries to determine if they will be included in the mix of places to run to and from. They look for places that can accommodate at least 50 people and provide reasonable drink prices. Four- and six-mile running routes are designed from the various meetup establishments and posted on the club’s website and Facebook page. DRW hosts both an annual picnic and a holiday party that are open to other local running club members because it’s very much a social group. While DRW prides itself on the diversity of its membership and
running routes, it also encourages and supports volunteerism. In addition to numerous small events, the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, St. Patrick’s Parade Races, New Year’s Eve Run, and Race for the Cure Detroit are significantly assisted by club members, who volunteer for these community-based events. “The club has become more like family to me, rather than a group of people who meet to run or walk,” said Ken Davenport, DRW membership chair. “I’ve formed lasting friendships from this club that will probably last longer than my running.” Originally known as the Runners that Run Downtown, the club was started in April 1983 when the Central Business District Association developed the idea of bringing customers to downtown Detroit restaurants. This coincided with the surge in running during the ’80s. The association’s idea was to have runners start and finish at a predetermined number of restaurants. The response was overwhelming, and the number of restaurants hosting the runs increased. Personalities played a role in the dynamics of the club. Former president, the late Ralph Judd, ran the club as if it were one of his favorite kids, according to current president John Scott. Judd wanted to ensure that it was inexpensive to participate and inclusive of all abilities and ages. He once told a member that the way to eliminate a side stitch during a race was to do a cartwheel, which he demonstrated. Club vice president and next year’s RRCA convention organizer, Doug Kurtis, expects the club to demonstrate its personality. Attendees should plan to see fun running routes in the morning and unusual props and costumes in the convention halls. “We’re looking forward to showing off our city,” said Kurtis. Doug Kurtis holds the world record for most career sub-2:20 marathons and most marathon victories. He’s a five-time Olympic Trials qualifier and RRCA Hall of Fame member as well as director of the Corktown Races, which will host the RRCA’s 2017 5K National Championship.
Space Coast Marathon and Half Marathon Compiled by Jean Knaack The 45th running of the Space Coast Marathon and Half Marathon presented by Publix will blast off Nov. 27. Hosted by the Running Zone Foundation and Space Coast Runners, it’s the oldest marathon in Florida. This year it will host the 2016 RRCA State Marathon Championship and in 2017 it will host the RRCA National Championship Marathon. The events begin on Friday with a free pre-race party for friends and families to meet up before the race and socialize with fellow runners, while enjoying light appetizers and live music. Both the marathon and half marathon begin in the historic and quaint Cocoa Village and finish with a lap around the Riverfront Park amphitheater, where family and friends can cheer and watch finishers. Held in the shadow of the Kennedy Space Center, the entire event revolves around a space theme sure to delight and energize participants. Thirteen “space-themed” aid stations line the partially shaded, mostly
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flat course, which is USATF-certified and a great Boston qualifier. It’s also a great course for first timers and walkers, with its seven-hour course cutoff limit. Detailed course maps can be found at www.space coastmarathon.com/courseinfo/. All participant swag is space-themed, from the participant shirts to the finisher medals. The 2015 race shirt won the RRCA’s National Race Shirt Contest at the 2016 RRCA Convention. Moonpie is the official “Space” snack of the Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon, and all registrants will receive a Moonpie at the Health & Fitness Expo the day before race day. There are space-themed photo opps, along with the opportunity to meet and greet guest astronauts. The roar of a Space Shuttle countdown and liftoff on the Jumbotron will signal the start of each race, with the half taking off at 6:00 a.m. and the marathon at 6:30 a.m. Learn more and register at www.spacecoastmarathon.com/.
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Becky Wade’s RUN THE WORLD Hits Shelves July 5 9 countries, 72 host families, over 3,500 miles of running Just five months after her return to the U.S. following a year-long exploration of running traditions around the world, Becky Wade won her marathon debut at the 2013 California International Marathon, with a blazing time of 2:30. She became the third-fastest woman marathoner under the age of 25 in U.S. history, qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials and landing a professional sponsorship from ASICS and Clif Bar. She was also a 2015 recipient of the RRCA’s Elite Grant Project for the Olympic Trials. Wade hopes to compete in her second U.S. Olympic Trials of the year in July, running either the 10,000 meters or the 3,000-meter steeplechase in Eugene, OR. Her travel narrative is a perfect primer for the Summer Olympics this August and a source of inspiration for runners and travelers of all types. Fresh off a successful collegiate running career with multiple NCAA All-American honors and two Olympic Trials qualifying marks, Wade was eager to connect with her counterparts across the globe and broaden her perspective of the universal phenomena of running—the oldest, purest, and most global of all sports. With the funding and support of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, she packed a year’s worth of running clothes and shoes, said goodbye to family, friends, and teammates and took off on a solo journey to explore international running communities. Visiting England, Ireland, Switzerland, Ethiopia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, and Finland, each with a unique and storied running history, Wade reached out to runners and coaches in each place, who welcomed her into their homes and onto their teams. Over the course of the year, she ran more than 3,500 miles, went through 11 pairs of running shoes, and stayed with 72 host-families as she experimented with diverse training styles and discovered new recovery techniques. Whether riding around the streets of London with Olympic champion Usain Bolt, hiking for an hour at daybreak just to start a run on Ethiopia’s Mount Entoto, or getting lost navigating the bustling streets of Tokyo, Wade’s adventures capture the heartbeat of distance running around the world. Wade’s book, RUN THE WORLD: My 3,500-Mile Journey through Running Cultures around the Globe, goes on sale July 5. It can be found in bookstores near you or online at https://www.harpercollins.com/.9780062416438/run-the-world Courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers
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SHOE REVIEW by Cregg Weinmann
Racing Shoes Spring 2016 Time to own up: You want to run fast or you probably wouldn’t be reading about racing shoes. Here’s our look at Spring racing shoes that are suitable for your fastest road running, whether it’s a mile or a marathon. All eight shoes are updated models—tried and true—thanks to the brands’ commitment to the need for speed. It’s always a good idea to adapt to racing shoes before wearing them in an important race. They’re more minimal than traditional training shoes so there’s less protection. While the physiological benefits from wearing racers vary from runner to runner, there are benefits. The shoes offer psychological benefits as well since light shoes make you want to run fast. Bottom line: What can racers mean for the time on the clock? A general rule of thumb is one second per ounce (of shoe weight) per mile—though it’s not just about the shoe. Here’s hoping that your training, shoe choice, and pace judgment align for some great races.
adidas Adios Boost 3 $140
The tough and responsive Adios has been the workhorse of the adidas racing shoe line. The upper receives the most attention in Round 3, because the other components have performed so well. The upper’s fit is a bit closer in the forefoot. The toe rand is notched for better flexion and has a thinner synthetic suede material than Round 2. The midsole is unchanged: Boost foam sculpted for efficiency that manages road distances ranging from the mile to the marathon. The outersole is Continental rubber, here thinned to shave weight while also improving the flexibility and traction of the sole. These incremental changes add up to an even better racer. “Snug in the heel and with enough room in the toes. Nice, low feel with a bouncy and responsive ride.” Updates the Adios Boost 2 Sizes: Men 7–13; Women 6–11 Weight: 8.9 oz. (men’s size 11); 7.1 oz. (women’s size 8) Shape: semicurved Fit: snug heel, close forefoot Construction: Strobel slip-lasted Range: efficient runners: up to a marathon; heavy strikers: between 15K and 25K
ASICS HyperTri 2 $100
The HyperTri, ASICS’ response to the needs of triathlon racing, is a close relative of the Gel HyperSpeed. Round 2 of the HyperTri maintains its triathlon-specific features while improving others. The graphics have changed a bit, and the closed mesh upper is a stretchier mesh with no-sew overlays replacing the traditional toe construction. Sockless wear is no problem, and the included stretch laces make for speedy transitions, though a traditional lacing option is also available. The midsole continues with its bouncy, cushioned feel but additional drainage ports have been added (discretely), so they’re there if required. The outersole is similar to its debut version, but with a touch more forefoot coverage. Even so, the shoe nets out at a few fractions of an ounce lighter. The HyperTri 2’s fit, ride, and versatility make it an excellent choice for one event—especially if it’s the third one in a series. “Snug but forgiving fit, with a smooth, comfortable feel against the foot. Drainage works great (even improved from Round 1). Plenty of cushioning for me to set a best time for the half marathon.” Updates the HyperTri Sizes: Men 6–13,14; Women 5–12 Weight: 6.6 oz. (men’s size 11); 5.4 oz. (women’s size 8) Shape: semicurved Fit: snug heel, close but stretchy forefoot Construction: Strobel slip-lasted Range: efficient runners: up to 30K, possibly a marathon; heavy strikers: between 10K and 25K
Mizuno Hitogami 3 $100
The Hitogami has become one of Mizuno’s most versatile racing shoes, splitting the difference between an ultralight training shoe and a really good racing shoe. The upper employs a semi-open, nonstretch mesh, with good support and a sleek-looking, sublimated design. The already-spare traditional toe and lace throat overlays of Round 2 have been pared back a bit and softened. As is often the case with Mizuno’s most effective shoes, the midsole continues with the low-profile chassis from Round 1 on the strength of its protection and good response. The outersole continues, its durable traction at home on the roads as well as on smooth, natural surfaces. The bottom line is that the Hitogami 3 is lighter, but with same performance that the shoe’s fans have come to expect. “Fits close, but smooth. Plenty of protection, nicely flexible, and feels fast.” Updates the Hitogami 2 Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15; Women 6–11 Weight: 8.4 oz. (men’s size 11); 6.6 oz. (women’s size 8) Shape: semicurved Fit: snug heel, roomy forefoot Construction: Strobel slip-lasted Range: efficient runners: up to a marathon or beyond; heavy strikers: between 15K and 30K
New Balance 1400 v4 $100
The 1400 was a right-place, right-time shoe that effectively defined a new profile for New Balance. Round 4 offers some incremental improvements, while maintaining its many strengths. The upper is closed mesh with welded overlays, sporting brightly colored, sublimated graphics. You can’t miss it. The support is better than Round 3 thanks to the revamped forefoot overlays that extend to the bottom of the lace throat. The midsole has the requisite changes to the molding, but continues to feature the effective cushioning and resiliently snappy ride the shoe is known for. The new 10-millimeter drop is better suited to a variety of runners, requiring little adaptation to its low profile. The redesigned outersole has a slightly better combination of traction and durability, plus a little more flexibility in the sole unit. The 1400 v4 solidifies its heritage of performance, versatility, and value. “Familiar fit. Works very well. Nicely cushioned without being too much shoe.” Updates the 1400 v3 Sizes: Men 7–13,14; Women 5–11,12 Weight: 7.9 oz. (men’s size 11); 6.2 oz. (women’s size 8) Shape: semicurved Fit: snug heel, close forefoot Construction: Strobel slip-lasted Range: efficient runners: up to a marathon; heavy strikers: between 10K and 25K
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Nike Zoom Streak LT 3 $80
The Zoom Streak LT 3 is the latest iteration of an iconic Nike racing shoe. The fit and feel are spike-like, in keeping with the shoe’s speedy reputation, and it’s now nearly an ounce lighter in a men’s size 11. The upper is a minimesh with no-sew overlays and a glove-like fit. The overlays at the toe are minimal but effective, and the lace throat and internal saddle really hold the foot well. As in previous versions, the midsole is a low-profile design, here resculpted to take advantage of its geometry to best effect, rounding the edges to save weight and position the foot for toe-off. The outersole is carbon rubber in the heel with blown rubber in the forefoot, each segmented to allow the foot to move efficiently. A TPU shank gives some structure to the sole. Its light weight, spike-like fit, and reasonable price were enough to earn the Zoom Streak LT 3 honors as our Best Racing Shoe. “Great sock-like fit. You hardly know it’s there. More cushioning than you’d expect, but it’s certainly for races only—races you hope to blaze.” Updates the Zoom Streak LT 2 Sizes: Unisex 4–13,14,15 Weight: 5.1 oz. (men’s 11) Shape: semicurved Fit: snug heel, close forefoot For: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics Range: efficient runners: up to a marathon; heavy strikers: up to 10K or beyond
Pearl Izumi EM Road N0 v2 $100
The Pearl Izumi E-Motion line has inched forward with minor changes to its shoes—a testament to its solid reputation. The EM Road N0 v2 (version 2 of the Neutral zero-drop racer) is a racer/trainer reserved for your fastest running. The upper is small minimesh supported by no-sew overlays pared down a bit from Round 1 to save weight. A saddle-like framework snugs the foot gently, but effectively. The midsole features the same zero-drop geometry as the original, but with a healthy chunk of foam underfoot (though it’s still low to the ground). The outersole is a slightly trimmed-down version of Round 1’s, saving weight without noticeably affecting traction or durability. The result is a reliable racer that can manage fast running, whether it’s in speed sessions or on race day. “Good, close fit with a smooth feel against the foot. Not an everyday shoe by any means, but for racing it served me well.” Updates the EM Road N0 Sizes: Men 7–12,13,14; Women 5–12 Weight: 6.4 oz. (men’s size 11); 5.3 oz. (women’s size 8) Shape: semicurved Fit: snug heel, roomy forefoot Construction: Strobel slip-lasted Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics Range: efficient runners: from 30K up to a marathon; heavy strikers: between 10K and 20K
Saucony Type A $100
For the past decade and through six updates, the Type A has epitomized Saucony racing. This version, while not entirely new, is a numerical reset. The upper sticks with yet another closed mesh, though it has a breathable, cross-hatched pattern that’s pretty supportive on its own. Flexfilm overlays from mid- to rearfoot keep the foot well-secured. The toecap keeps the fabric off the toes effectively, yet unobtrusively, allowing great flexibility in the process. Open mesh linings work well for sockless use and drain effectively in warm or wet conditions. The midsole is unchanged: 4-millimeter geometry and low-profile stack height. The ride is responsive, with decent protection. The outersole retains two excellent compounds: proven XT-900 rubber in the heel and iBR+ injected blown rubber in the forefoot. What impresses most about the Type A in this round is the continued attention to detail, protection, and performance—all for the same price. “Great fit, with or without socks. Really responsive without beating you up. Reliable on race day, as I’ve come to expect.” Updates the Type A6 Sizes: Men 4–13,14; Women 5–12 Weight: 6.1 oz. (men’s size 11); 4.9 oz. (women’s size 8) Shape: semicurved Fit: snug heel, close forefoot Construction: Strobel slip-lasted Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanic Range: efficient runners: from 30K up to a marathon; heavy strikers: between 15K and 30K
Skechers GOMeb Speed 3 2016 $125
Each version of the GOMeb Speed coincided with an impressive exploit by its namesake, and that continues as Meb Keflezighi earned a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team. The Speed 3 2016 features a new upper and midsole foam, either one of which might be called a major upgrade. The upper is a new, knitted design that flexes well with the foot, yet holds it securely. The interplay of contrasting colors in its knitted design adds noticeable visual appeal. The fit is both roomy enough and snug enough to secure the foot effectively, thanks to its stretchy nature. The midsole features a new foam formulation that has a livelier feel to it. The midsole tooling remains the same as does the embedded plate, adding its responsive and stabilizing feel. The outersole is also as before: just a few dots of carbon rubber, the remainder toughened foam. The versatility of the GOMeb Speed is improved in the 2016 version: better protection, more responsive, and after all, who doesn’t want to be like Meb? ”I was surprised by the stretchy fit. It was snug enough, but allowed my foot room to move. Nice mix of well-cushioned and responsive.” Updates the GOMeb Speed 3 Sizes: Men 6.5–13,14; Women 5–10,11 Weight: 7.9 oz. (men’s size 11); 6.4 oz. (women’s size 8) Shape: semicurved Fit: snug heel, close forefoot Construction: Strobel slip-lasted Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics Range: efficient runners: from 30K up to a marathon; heavy strikers: between 12K and 25K
Cregg Weinmann is footwear and running products reviewer for FORTIUS Media Group, LLC. He can be reached via email at email@example.com Copyright © 2016 by FORTIUS Media Group, LLC. All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be stored, copied, or reprinted without prior written permission of FORTIUS Media Group, LLC. Reprinted here with permission.
Through the Parenting Years
By Amanda Loudin
Before becoming a parent, most runners have a good amount of freedom for training. Yes, there are job, family, and social obligations, but for the most part, carving out time for their favorite hobby is something most runners can pull off pre-kids. In that state of ignorant bliss, these same runners assume that adding a child to the picture won’t change much—the baby will adapt to the schedule, and the runs will continue uninterrupted. As most running parents will tell you, that’s a lovely fantasy. However, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and runners who want to continue training will make it happen. Parenting at any stage makes finding time for running a challenge, but these parents make it work.
In the Beginning
Washington, DC–based attorney Ariel Rayman, 39, is getting his first taste of life as a running parent. His baby boy was born last November, and Rayman and his wife have slowly been adjusting to running with kids. Prior to becoming a father, Rayman ran several times each week, even completing the 2014 New York City Marathon. For now, however, those long-distance days are on hold. “The schedule has really changed,” he says. Rayman and his wife—a shorter-distance runner, who also likes yoga and barre classes—both want time for their workout routines. This has meant forming a loosely structured schedule each week. “We need to make sure we both get our exercise in, so we do a lot of switching on and off,” he explains. “I typically get in two or three short runs after work and then something longer on the weekends. She usually takes classes on Mondays and Fridays, so I’ll watch the baby then.” Where Rayman used to put in 20-plus miles each week, he now averages somewhere around 15. But, he says, he’s become more efficient. “I make sure that the miles I run are quality miles,” he explains. “I haven’t seen much of a drop in my race times, so I guess it’s working. At some time in the future, Rayman would like to get back to longer mileage but for now, he’s happy where he is. “We still keep an active lifestyle, so I know I’m in decent shape,” he says.
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The Preschool Years
Mother of two Carly Pizzani, 38, of Burlington, VT, also understands the quality-over-quantity formula. A personal trainer with 4- and 1-year-old sons, Pizzani leans on a combination of good communication with her husband and “flying by the seat of my pants,” she says. At the center of her ability to run, however, has been a running stroller. “It’s a lifesaver for me,” she says. “I wouldn’t be able to get in the runs I need without it.” Pizzani just finished a training cycle for the Vermont City Marathon and used the stroller when her eldest was in preschool, timing her runs to her baby’s naps. For the most part, long runs happen on weekends. “This training cycle has definitely been challenging,” she admits. “It’s hard because I haven’t been able to run as much as I would like.” Her solution, like Rayman’s, has been to eliminate “junk” miles. “If I have the time to run, I make sure that run has a purpose,” she says. “I have to make the most of it.” Pizzani admits she looks forward to a time when the schedule eases up and running becomes easier to fit in. “Sometimes it’s a miracle I get the run in,” she says. “It will be nice when I have enough time for more relaxing, unstructured running.”
Fifty-three-year-old Marcia Kadens, mother to 10- and 14-year-old girls, has been running since before her kids were born, so she’s experienced just about every stage of
parenting as a runner. The Long Grove, IL– based mom says dark o’thirty was her running time of choice when her girls were very young. “I’d get out at 5 a.m. every morning,” she says. “It was my ‘me’ time. I think it’s easy to lose yourself when kids are young, and running helped me avoid that.” Today, the time challenges come in the form of an on-the-go family. “With one in high school and one in elementary, I’ve lost my early-morning time slot,” says the stay-at-home mom and popular blogger. “To make it work, I try to run as soon as my youngest is out the door.” This does have it downsides, she says. “Obviously, it’s warmer at that hour than in the pre-dawn hours. Plus, traffic is heavier.” Evenings, once an option with young children, are off-limits to Kadens now, as activities require plenty of time shuttling kids here and there. Still, she makes it work, and her passion for the sport has influenced her girls, both of whom have become runners in their own right. Bob Gaylord, 67, is a long-term ultra runner, with a grown daughter and one still at home. “Back when my oldest daughter was born, we had no running strollers,” he says, “so I depended on my wife to watch her while I ran.” Today he runs with his youngest. “I get my long runs in on the weekends and that’s my wife’s time with our daughter,” he says. “Weekdays, I’m out first thing and in the office by 7:30.” Lately, Gaylord has switched his normal long-run day from Saturday to Sunday in order to coach his daughter’s basketball team. He strongly believes that any parent who wants to run can make it happen. “It’s all a matter of
The Running Stroller Revolution If you were a running parent prior to 1984, you didn’t have many options for bringing your kids along, especially if they were too small to ride a bike alongside you. But that year, Baby Jogger set EQSZIQIRXMRQSXMSR[LIRMXMRXVSHYGIHMXW½VWX stroller designed for running. Since then, the company’s strollers have evolved, with lighter materials, sleeker designs, and a variety of models to suit every runner’s needs—even those wanting to go off-road. Sensing a good thing in the making, other brands have joined the party. Graco, Schwinn, Bob, and even Jeep have added options to the mix. Prices range from around $100 on up into the $500 range. Many runners will tell you running strollers have been a lifesaver, especially parents who stay at home with their children and don’t have many options for getting outside. The running stroller has become so popular, in fact, that in 2014 the Bob brand and Mom’s Little Running Buddies blog created National Stroller Running Day. The introduction of running strollers was a long time in coming, but since hitting the market some 30 years ago, running parents have never looked back.
Make the Going Easier Whether you’re planning a race with kids in tow or just trying to get in your daily mileage, our cheat sheet can make the going easier for everyone involved: • Coordinate your training schedule and racing plans with your spouse/partner. • &I¾I\MFPIEFSYXXLIXMQISJHE]]SY run. Take your schedule, your partner’s and your children’s into account. These scheduling GLEPPIRKIW[MPPIFFERH¾S[EWGLMPHVIRKVS[ • 'SRWMHIVFVIEOMRKMXYT If you’re tight on XMQIXS½XMRSRIPSRKWIWWMSRWTPMX]SYVVYR into two sessions to help build mileage.
time management,” he says. “Parenting is just another issue to include in your plans.” All these parent–runners agree that fitting the two in can be challenging, but none would trade it. “Regardless of the schedule change and the limited ability to run,” says Rayman, “it’s certainly all worth it.” Amanda Loudin’s work has appeared in the Washington Post, Runner’s World, Baltimore Magazine, the Daily Burn, Weight Watchers magazine, and many other publications. She’s tackled 15 marathons, an Ironman triathlon, and hundreds of other races over the years.
• 8EOIEHZERXEKISJ]SYVGLMPHVIR´WEGXMZM ties. This can be a great chance to use down time for training. • Find opportunities to engage your child in running, whether in a baby jogger when they’re young or including them in your training for an upcoming 5K when they’re older. • &VMRK]SYVJEQMP]XS]SYVVEGIW Watching QSQSVHEH½RMWLEVEGIGERFIERMRWTMVMRK experience for children. Many races also incorporate short children’s races, which are good opportunities to get them in on the act. • Consider getting up early/staying up late. These can be the easiest hours to run when your family life is jam-packed with activities.
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RRCA Welcomes Additional Runner Friendly Communities
We are pleased to announce four new Runner Friendly Community® designations for 2016. Each community has shown it has an infrastructure that fosters physical activity in a safe environment. It has a proven track record of organizations and businesses working together to promote running as a healthy exercise and sport. And—the most important criteria—that there is a positive relationship between the running community and local government. The goal of the RRCA’s Runner Friendly Community program is to shine a national spotlight on communities that stand out as runner-friendly and provide incentives and ideas for communities to work toward becoming runner-friendly communities. Runner Friendly Communities enhance the quality of life, improve physical activity for residents, and generate a positive economic impact on the community. Congratulations to the following Runner Friendly Communities.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico, has a population of more than 550,000, with 47% of the population identifying as Hispanic or Latino. Albuquerque’s population has been growing steadily for decades. Local government responded to this population spike by instituting its Planned Growth Strategy in 2002. Part of this plan included accounting for active lifestyles and is, in part, why Albuquerque is a Runner Friendly Community. City government has a Recreational Trails Advisory Committee, with specific positions reserved for pedestrians and runners, that advises city agencies and plays a major role in monitoring projects for trail extensions, maintenance, and safety. Albuquerque’s urban infrastructure improvements have produced more than 140 miles of paved pedestrian/bicycle
trails separate from roadways. The city also has more than 100 miles of unpaved, natural-surface trails in its open spaces and more in the Cibola National Forest and Petroglyphs National Monument. Throughout the metropolitan area, there are over a dozen pedestrian/bike bridges that cross major interstates and underpasses for major roadways, which keep runners and trail users away from cars and trucks. Businesses in the city mirror the community’s commitment to running and fitness. Albuquerque has a number of outstanding run specialty stores, notably ABQ Running Shop, Athletes’ Edge, Bosque Running Shop, Fleet Feet Sports, and Heart and Sole Sports, which organize training groups and generously sponsor many local races. Numerous local companies have supported running as well, from supplying volunteers to assist with race logistics to hosting fun runs.
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The Albuquerque Road Runners (ARR), which submitted the Runner Friendly Community application, is the city’s largest running club. The ARR organizes a number of races, hosts the Women’s Distance Festival training program, and raises money to support school-based running groups, including Running 505. The club has adopted two local trails, the unpaved La Luz Trail and a paved trail section on the city’s west side. ARR organizes trash cleanup and brush trimming work on these trails. “The City has been working with community leaders and citizen groups to provide activities that support the running community,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry in his letter of recommendation. “As a runner myself I see the value in running as a lifelong commitment to health and vitality.” Community leaders providing support and letters of recommendation included Mayor Berry; Jason Coffey, City of Albuquerque trails planner; Ian Maddieson, ARR board member; Tico Navarro, race director of the Duke City Marathon. HELENA, MT Helena represents a fascinating confluence of characteristics, including being the capital of Montana and the county seat of Lewis & Clark County. Nearly 31% of the city’s population of 28,190 works in government. The other defining trait of Helena is its geography. Surrounded by the Big Belt Mountains, the Helena National Forest, Lake Helena, Gates of the Mountain Wilderness, and the Continental Divide, Helena is a dream location for anyone with a penchant for the outdoors. While a network of sidewalks surrounds the Capital complex and nearby neighborhoods, Helena has completed an inventory of sidewalks to identify existing gaps and will implement improvements. There are shared lanes for cars and runners/cyclists, along with a world-class trail system that includes city property. A community track is used for competitive events by the middle and high schools as well as Carroll College. It is well-lit, safe, and open to public at other hours. Running is deeply rooted in the culture of Helena, evidenced by the city’s commitment to youth fitness. Physical education is part of the curriculum for grade, middle, and high school students. Tread Lightly run specialty store engages youth in both fun runs and competitive
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programs. The Helena Vigilante Runners (HVR), which submitted the Runner Friendly Community application, is the city’s largest running club. HVR coordinates with the city, county, and Helena School District to host nearly 24 events per year, benefiting residents of all ages. One of HVR’s premier events is the Mount Helena Run. This 9-kilometer course starts on historic Last Chance Gulch in downtown Helena. It quickly changes from urban running to mountain trail running in Mt. Helena City Park, taking runners to the top of Mt. Helena, 1,300 feet above the starting line and offering outstanding views of the city, Prickly Pear Valley, and the Elkhorn and Belt Mountains. “We believe that the city of Helena and other local organizations and agencies work together to support the efforts of the running community to make running safe, convenient, and accessible,” wrote Ryan Kettel, chair of Helena’s Non-Motorized Travel Advisory Council. “Existing infrastructure, existing support for running events, and planned infrastructure improvements that will benefit runners and other citizens, show that our community is definitely runner-friendly.” Community leaders providing support and letters of recommendation included Mayor James E. Smith; Sarah Johnson, owner, Tread Lightly Running Store; Patrick Judge, president, HVR; Ryan Kettel, chair, Non-Motorized Travel Advisory Council; and Karen Lane, Prevention Program manager, Lewis & Clark Public Health.
network (TART). TART, a nonprofit organization, is responsible for maintaining and expanding the trail system to include both paved and natural surfaces from the downtown area to the multiuse VASA trail system in the Manistee National Forest. TART works closely with the city in planning and developing pedestrian-friendly infrastructure. Local government’s support of runners and walkers goes beyond sustaining an expansive trail network. The city and other local townships are positive partners when it comes to running events. Fees, when charged at all, are reasonable, as are other requirements for insurance, crowd control, and parking. The Traverse City Police and Grand Traverse County Sheriff departments are always helpful with traffic and crowd control
TRAVERSE CITY, MI Located in Northern Michigan, Traverse City is one of the more popular, small-town tourist destinations in the U.S. Located along Grand Traverse Bay, its proximity to freshwater beaches, skiing, and vineyards makes Traverse City a popular spot for visitors. There’s also a vibrant local population of 14,600 people. Fitness and physical activity are priorities for both year-round residents and tourists alike, which can be seen in all the aspects that make Traverse City a Runner Friendly Community. Traverse City’s commitment to being runner-friendly starts with its infrastructure. The Traverse City Commission works with local groups to promote a safe and active community. The city is the central point of the Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation trail
at local events. They’re proactive about taking care of everyday safety issues for pedestrians. Because Traverse City is a vacation destination, the local government is well-versed in working with event management groups and is always attuned to the recreational needs and services required not only by local citizens but also outof-town guests. Local businesses are a key factor in making Traverse City runner-friendly. Run specialty store, Running Fit, organizes group runs for runners of all skill levels. Bayview Inn, Right Brain Brewery, and Little Fleet food trucks are particularly friendly to runners looking for water while on a run, and they offer great locations for pre- and post-run meetups. A local insurance company, Hagerty, one of the largest companies in the region, sets an unmatched standard for fostering running and an active lifestyle among employees. In addition to a
new, state-of-the-art fitness facility for employees, Hagerty pays the race entry fees for its employees, no limit. And if an employee runs three races put on by nonprofit groups, the employee gets a pay bonus. Hagerty also has a running club, with multiple runs scheduled each day and led by different club members. The largest running club in the community is the Traverse City Track Club (TCTC), which submitted the Runner Friendly application. TCTC donates funds for many groups that are committed to promoting running, including schools and nonprofit groups. TCTC awards college scholarships (more than $30,000 in 2016) to local runners who demonstrate a love of running in addition to school and community involvement. The TCTC hosts a summer series of 10 races over 10 weeks that are free of charge and attract a wide variety of runners.
“All in all, Traverse City is a wonderful Runner Friendly Community that thrives on the mutually beneficial relationship between runners, and the runner friendly paths used to support local businesses,” said Jeff Houser, Right Brain Brewery production coordinator. Community leaders providing support and letters of recommendation included Martin Colborn, city manager of Traverse City; Jim Graham, president, TCTC; Jeff Houser, production manager/marketing coordinator, Right Brain Brewery; and Daniel Siderman, Bayshore Marathon race director. TUSCALOOSA, AL Tuscaloosa is the fifth-largest city in Alabama, with a population of over 95,000, according to the city’s official website. Located on the Black Warrior River, the presence of the University of Alabama makes Tuscaloosa a regional hub for BigStockPhoto
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industry, commerce, healthcare, and education. The school’s presence creates a strong appreciation for athletics and physical fitness in the community that goes beyond the hugely successful University of Alabama football team. In fact, in 2008 Tuscaloosa hosted the USA Olympic Triathlon Trials for the Beijing Games. Tuscaloosa’s infrastructure signals the community’s commitment to being runner-friendly. Three major parts of the city, downtown Tuscaloosa, the City of Tuscaloosa Riverwalk, and the University of Alabama campus, are connected by a series of sidewalks and trails. The beauty and connectivity of this sidewalk system create a multitude of route options and lengths. Tuscaloosa residents can practically run from any point in the city to any other. Tuscaloosa has gone out of its way to support running in the community. The local government has hosted annual races such as the Mayor’s Cup 5K benefiting its charity partner, Tuscaloosa Pre-K. To increase participants at the Mayor’s Cup 5K, the city offers comp time to employees who participate. The city is also a major supporter of the area’s largest race, the Tuscaloosa Half Marathon. Local law enforcement manages road closures and provides the person power necessary to properly execute races by providing a high level of safety and hospitality. The Tuscaloosa running community has good support from local businesses. Taziki’s, Five Bar, Billy’s, and Southern Ale House have all donated food and drink to runners after monthly group runs and provided a spot for postrun gatherings. Additionally, the University of Alabama’s campus buildings are open to the public during business hours for
those in need of a restroom or water, cover during bad weather, or a safe location. Several businesses near the city’s most popular trail that parallels the Black Warrior River are open to runners as well. The Tuscaloosa Track Club (TTR), which submitted the application, is the largest running club in Western Alabama. TTR has served as a liaison between public and private organizations for many years, bridging the two sectors to create a unique partnership. Club president Ed Freeman and many other club members have donated countless hours to serve as consultants for new and developing races in the area. In partnership with city of Tuscaloosa, the TTC works to put on several large-scale events each year. These races bring in sizable participant fields to Tuscaloosa and put countless dollars into the community. “When it comes to being runner friendly, we are dedicated to setting the bar high,” said Walter Maddox, mayor of Tuscaloosa. “I can assure you we will continue to work to make Tuscaloosa a safe and welcoming haven for all runners.” Community leaders providing support and letters of recommendation include: Mayor Walter Maddox; Dan Bakley, city president of Regions Bank; Gina Simpson, president/CEO Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports Board; and Matt Wagner, vice president, Wagner’s Run/Walk.
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Countdown to Fitness Inspires 700 Kids to Finish “Marathon” Goal at Space Coast Marathon’s Final Mile By Michelle Mulak Running Zone Foundation
Over 700 kids, surrounded by their families, teachers, and coaches, waited patiently as the midday sun blazed overhead on April 24, at Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne, FL. They were waiting to run the Space Coast Final Mile, the culmination of the Countdown to Fitness, a running initiative sponsored by the Running Zone and the Road Runners Club of America through its Kids Run the Nation Grant Fund. The program aims to get kids across Brevard County (FL) excited about and committed to regular running. Over the course of eight weeks, students ran at school and at home, keeping track of their mileage along the way. The goal was to run a total of 25.2 miles with their running clubs, physical education programs, and families, leading up to the day of the Final Mile. Participants from the 33 schools who took part in the program ran the final mile of their marathon goal collectively, in an officially timed race. “Teaching kids that regular activity should be part of life is important. Running and walking are great because you can do it anywhere, and all you need is a pair of athletic shoes to get going,” said Dewayne Barbee, a physical education teacher at Apollo Elementary in Titusville, FL. “We had 28 kids who joined our after-school running and walking club as part of the Countdown to Fitness. There were more first- through third-graders than any other group, and they
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were very enthusiastic about doing it.” Everywhere you looked, excited kids in colorful T-shirts with their school name were throwing frisbees, doing jumping jacks, and running around with their buddies. At 1:30 p.m., Denise Piercy, owner of the Running Zone and program director, grabbed the bullhorn and herded kids and parents to the starting line. “I run a lot at home,” Marcel Lorente said. “We live on three acres, so I run around our yard a lot.” Lorente, age 10, a fourth-grader at West Melbourne School of Science, was the first person across the finish line with a time of 6:32. Running Zone Foundation
Marcel Lorente, age 10, crosses the line, Ƥ͚ǣ͖͗
Program Spotlight Rushil Shah, age 10, joined his best friend, Lorente, at the finish line less than a minute later, where they were greeted with finisher medals and as many popsicles as they could convince their parents to let them have. Shah and Lorente attend school together and said they both plan to keep running, especially if they get to do it together. When asked about their favorite part of the event, Lorente said his was the running itself. Shah, on the other hand, smiled widely and said, “The free popsicles.” Running Zone Foundation
This article first appeared in Florida Today on April 25 and is reprinted with permission.
Nuniwarmiut School Running Club In May the Nuniwarmiut School Running Club on Nunivak Island in Alaska, a Kids Run the Nation program grantee, held its Nunivak Island Reindeer Run. The club was founded in 2010 with a goal of getting native Cup’ig children interested in aerobic activity in an area with a rich history of distance running. Before the introduction of ATVs and snowmobiles, runners would herd reindeer on foot on the 1,631.97-square-mile island.
Elementary and junior high school students participated in a one-mile fun run, and kindergartners ran from the reindeer corral across the tundra and down to the school. Nunivak Island is the second-largest island in the Bering Sea, lying about 30 miles offshore from the delta of the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers in Alaska, with a population of 200 inhabitants.
Nuniwarmiut School Running Club
KIDS RUN THE NATION Program Impact Since 2007 The goal of the RRCA’s Kids Run the Nation program is to help establish locally managed youth running programs in every school and community across the U.S. Learn more about our turnkey, participation-based curriculum and grant fund today. Visit www.rrca.org/our-programs-services/programs/kids-run-the-nation.
$137,000 granted to youth programs
80,000 kids running in RRCA-funded programs
53,000 Kids Run the Nation booklets donated
177 youth running programs supported
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Herrera, Beck Capture RRCA National Marathon Championship Titles By Mark Winitz At the 38th Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon (NVM), the 2016 RRCA National Marathon Championship, two first-time competitors at the race climbed the winners’ platform. Isidore Herrera, age 25, of Simi Valley, CA and Catherine Beck, 30, of Clinton, NY grabbed the victories, heading the field of more than 2,800 entrants on a mild, partly cloudy morning in between rain storms. Herrera won the men’s race in 2 hours, 27 minutes, and 29 seconds. Beck crossed the finish line at Vintage High School in Napa in 2:52:34. In the men’s race, Herrera sailed to a solo lead from the start with an ambitious goal of finishing in about 2:15:00. Dick Beardsley set the NVM men’s race record of 2:16:20 in 1987. Indeed, Herrera sailed through the 13.1-mile half marathon split point in a swift 1:07:40, on pace to a projected finish time of 2:15:20. Eventually, he was unable to keep up that effort. “The first 16 miles went pretty easy, and then the hills started slowing me down,” Herrera said. My workouts have been at 5-minute pace for 20 or 21 miles, so I was pretty confident that I could do 2:15 today, but the wind and the hills made it hard. My legs started cramping.” By 22 miles, Herrera had to briefly slow to a walk. “Soon my goal became just to finish the race,” said Herrera, who trains on his own and is self-coached. “I’m not used to the rolling hills.” Just three weeks prior, Herrera was among
the starters at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles after qualifying for the race by running a 1:04:21 half marathon in Oxnard, CA last December. He had to drop out of the LA race after only 8 miles. It was his first attempt at the full marathon distance. “I was really disappointed with that race and I knew I was a lot better than that, so I signed up for Napa. I knew it was a pretty good course,” said Herrera, who held a comfortable lead all the way to the finish. In the women’s race, winner Catherine (Cat) Beck performed superbly in her first attempt at the 26.2-mile distance. “I wanted some motivation to run over the winter,” Beck said about her marathon debut. “I looked for a race with some nice warm weather, and the timing was just really nice, and I heard good things about the course, so it was a good fit,” said Beck, who was a 1500-meter competitor and miler at Tufts University. Her 1500-meter personal best of 4:17.23 was set in 2012. Beck went out conservatively, following eventual second-placer Anna Frank (33, Bakersfield, CA), who had assumed the lead at 10 miles. “I was expecting [Beck] to catch up with me,” Frank admitted. “I gave it my all, but hit the wall with about 5 or 6 miles left. From there I just took it one mile at a time.” Frank’s effort yielded an eventual sec-
RRCA National Marathon Champions OVERALL
Isidore Herrera (25, Simi Valley, CA) 2:27:29 Catherine Beck (30, Clinton, NY) 2:52:34 MASTERS
Curt Casazza (44, Cameron Park, CA) 2:46:36 Kristen Soloway (41, Davis, CA) 3:00:39 GRAND MASTERS
Mark Yost (57, Bethesda, MD) 3:04:08 Lorna Thomson (50, San Francisco, CA) 3:21:46
ond-place finish in 2:55:56. Kristen Soloway (41, Davis, CA) was third overall in 3:00:38 as she secured the Masters (age 40 and over) win. The Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon rewards male and female open and masters winners with oversized bottles of wine etched with their RRCA championship accomplishment. The male and female winners also received their “weight-in-wine,” donated by Andretti Winery Napa Valley.
One Lap, One Mile, One Fast Little Race By Kelly “K2” Richards, RRCA At-Large Director and 3-Time Go! Mile Finisher For the third consecutive year the GO! Mile in Little Rock, AR was the RRCA National One-Mile Championship. This year could be summed up in one word: blistering! We’ll get to the race times in a moment but woo-wee, it was a hot morning! However, the soaring temps didn’t slow the national champions down as this year’s winning times were nearly identical to last year’s. Allen Eke, a New Jersey native and recent graduate of Oklahoma, won the men’s race in 4:21.49. Christian Brewer finished almost a full second later—making the race not even close compared to the last few years. (Yeah, let that sink in.) Razorback Jessica Kamilos took the women’s race in 4:43.28, win-
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Allen Eke takes the RRCA National 1 Mile ͘ǣ͖͕ǣ͘͝Ǥ
RRCA One-Mile National Champions OVERALL Allen Eke, 4:21.49 Jessica Kamilos, 4:43.28 MASTERS Timothey Gore, 4:39.00 Kem Thomas, 6:00.39 GRAND MASTERS Bruce Oakley, 5:32.24 Lynn O’Neal, 6:25.22 SENIOR GRAND MASTERS Jeff Maxwell, 5:57.31 Debbie Hill, 7:26.58ce)
Other items of note: • The entire women’s field had only two women from outside of Arkansas, while three of the top four men came from outside Arkansas. • Six Arkansas state age-group time records were set; two by women and four by men. • Both the men’s and women’s races had an age 80+ finisher. • Marvin Engles, the American M75–79 record holder and the 80+ state record holder, was the oldest finisher at 84 years young.
2016 RRCA National Championship Event Series
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Thank you to our host races: March 3, 2016 NAPA VALLEY MARATHON – Napa, CA www.NapaValleyMarathon.org June 18, 2016 GO! MILE – LIttle Rock, AR www.GoRunning.com/GoMile/ August 6, 2016 DEBBIE GREEN 5K – Wheeling, WV** www.DebbieGreen5K.com August 13, 2016 READY FOR FALL? 5K CROSS COUNTRY SPARTANBURG, SC www.Go-GreenEvents.com August 20, 2016 PARKERSBURG NEWS AND SENTINEL HALF MARATHON** Parkersburg, WV www.NewsAndSentinelHalfMarathon.com September 9, 2016 FORT4FITNESS 10K – Fort Wayne, IN www.Fort4Fitness.org October 25, 2016 RUN FOR THE WATER 10 MILE – Austin, TX** www.RunForTheWater.com November 5, 2016 NASHVILLE ULTRA MARATHON – Nashville, TN www.NashvilleUltra.com &KHFNDOOZHEVLWHVIRU¿QDOUDFH dates and prize money information. **$45,600 in total cash prize money offered by races in the RRCA National Championship Series
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Dennis D. Steinauer
ning by more than 30 seconds and setting an Arkansas state record for females 20–24. Just as there are no former Marines (Once a Marine, always a Marine), the same goes with being a Razorback: Once a Razorback, always a Razorback. For clarification and eligibility purposes, Jessica formerly ran with the University of Arkansas. The GO! Mile is indeed “One Fast Little Race,” but it has something to offer runners of every level and age. The First Mile is for novices and beginners. For most participants it’s their first race and, therefore, their first mile. This year’s First Mile was extra special for two reasons. Race sponsor CHI St. Vincent had over 70 employees participate. Erin Taylor, co-owner of Go! Running®, the race owner and producer, had run the First Mile with her father, John Mc͗ Carthy, the past three years. John passed away suddenly last fall. This year, Erin and all four of her children ran the First Mile together in John’s honor. The Men/Women 40 and Over and Men/ Women 39 and Under heats are a unique way to run directly against your exact and specific competition. Not everyone can run in the Elite Heat, but everyone can enjoy it as a spectator. The last 100 meters are loud, as everyone cheers on their favorite racers. The Mini-Mile for Kids is the morning’s highlight, as the youngest and cutest racers of the day toe the line. Many are dressed as superheroes and princesses, and all run with pure joy. Following the races everyone is encouraged to explore downtown Little Rock and the surrounding areas, where they can receive discounts and free items at over 30 venues by showing their Victory Lap wristband. Participating businesses this year included museums, microbreweries, restaurants, bike shops, and more.
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Bobby Gessler, MD RRCA Coaching Certification Course Instructor two of my passions, medicine/science and running. I find it fascinating to learn about all the wonderful things that the body can do and how adaptable it is. By certifying coaches, the RRCA helps runners obtain well-thought-out and safe programs that allow the athlete to progress effectively.
Q. Can you briefly outline your coaching philosophy? A. Hard work allows amazing things to happen. To be a good runner,
it takes consistent motivation, positive attitude, and the ability to put in the work necessary to accomplish the desired goals.
Q. What’s the biggest misconception most people have about being a running coach? A. The biggest misconception that most coaches have is that they feel they need to be fast themselves to train fast runners. This is not true.
Q. What’s your favorite city you’ve visited while teaching the RRCA Coaching Certification Course? A. That’s a tough one! I’ve visited many great cities and have enjoyed
them all. Since I need to pick one, I would have to say that Forest City in North Carolina has been my favorite so far. It’s a small town that was very welcoming to me, the RRCA, and to all the participants in the class.
Q. If there’s one take-away for new coaches when you teach the RRCA Coaching Certification Course, what would that be? A. An athlete can’t make it to the finish line if they don’t make it to
the starting line. Athletes make it to the starting line by following wellthought-out, safe, and effective training plans.
Q. How did you become a runner? A. I began running some during my surgical residency, but really be-
came a runner when I finished residency and had a bit more time to do other things. Running was an activity that I could do alone. I did not need anyone to shoot hoops with or to play tennis with, etc. … I just needed to put on my running shoes and go out the door.
Q. What’s your proudest personal running accomplishment? A. Winning two races—a 5K and a 10K—in the same weekend.
Q. Which running workout is your personal favorite? A. My favorite workout is a “Step–Down workout.” Example = 1600– 1200–1000–800–400–200 at half marathon pace, 10 mile pace, 10K pace, 5K pace, 3K pace, 1 mile pace with 400 meter recoveries.
Fill in the blank: You know you’re a runner when …
… you’re more concerned about packing your running clothes and running shoes than business clothes or any other clothes for a trip!
Q. A similar but slightly different question: What’s your favorite running memory? A. My favorite running memory is not of me running. It’s watching
my daughters run cross country and track & field for their respective colleges. Those far surpass any of my own running memories.
Q. What inspired you to become an instructor for the RRCA Coaching Certification Program? A. I really enjoy teaching and learning. Being a coaching certification
instructor for the RRCA allows me to do this and to bring together
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