2009 News & Features

Keflezighi, Hall to Run 2010 Boston Marathon

December 20, 2009

From Running USA Wire #104-12-09 – In celebration of its 25th anniversary as the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock Financial has announced the signing of top Americans, Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall, for the 114th running of the storied race on Monday, April 19, 2010. Keflezighi and Hall have proven themselves as two of the best distance runners of all-time. The dynamic duo have the talent and credentials to challenge Boston’s world …more »

Bend, Oregon to host USATF 2010 50k Trail Running and Half Marathon Trail Running National Championships

December 17, 2009

From Press Release – On the heels of the successful completion of the 2009 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships, Bend has been awarded two additional national championship events for 2010 by USA Track & Field, the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. Both the Half Marathon and 50k Trail Running National Championships will be contested in Bend in 2010, joining a list of premiere national …more »

Inaugural Crescent Lake Challenge XC Ski Tour Slated for January

December 14, 2009

From Press Release – SportHill, Inc, a Eugene, Oregon based performance sports apparel company, announced today their sponsorship and support of the Crescent Lake Challenge, a 22-kilometer citizen ski tour and race circling scenic Crescent Lake, in the central Oregon Cascades on January 17. Jim Hill, President, of SportHill and acting as the race director for the first year, believes it’s the first ski race that’s ever been held around the lake. “It’s a beautiful …more »

Oregon’s Max King Wins Second Consecutive XTERRA Trail Running World Championship

December 6, 2009

From XTERRA Press Release – Max King, 29, from Bend, Oregon and Fiona Docherty, 34, from New Zealand won the XTERRA Trail Running World Championship at Kualoa Ranch this morning and each won $2,000, airfare from Hawaiian Airlines, and a host of other prizes for their efforts. More than 1,000 runners from 35 states and nine countries participated in the day’s 3.1-mile, 6.2-mile, and 12-mile races, which were a benefit for the Juvenile Diabetes Research …more »

Missoula Marathon Chosen Best Overall Marathon by Runner’s World Readers

December 4, 2009

From Press Release – The readers of Runner’s World have selected the Missoula Marathon in Missoula, Mont., the best marathon in the magazine’s January issue, which hit newsstands this week. Runner’s World Chief Running Officer Bart Yasso traveled to Missoula to deliver the news with Missoula Marathon Race Director Jennifer Straughan on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Straughan and Yasso revealed the results of the survey and the magazine to a room full of event volunteers and …more »

Eugene to Host Women’s Half Marathon on Labor Day Weekend in 2010

December 3, 2009

From Press Release – Let yourself be pampered before, during and after your 13.1 … The new event will take place September 5th, 2010 and will be capped at 2500 runners and walkers. The event is presented by the same team that produced the Eugene Marathon. “We want to have the best schwag for our runners and walkers of any event in the Northwest,” says event director and two time Olympian Nicole Teter, “Stylish gifts, …more »

Salazar named Nike Coach of the Year by USA Track & Field

November 25, 2009

From USATF Press Release – Alberto Salazar, who led Galen Rupp, Dathan Ritzenhein and Kara Goucher to career best performances this past season, has been named the 2009 Nike Coach of the Year by USA Track & Field. Salazar will be honored Saturday, December 5 at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held in conjunction with USA Track & Field’s 2009 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. A three-time New York City Marathon …more »

Foot Traffic University Preparing for Biggest Season Yet

November 23, 2009

From Press Release – Foot Traffic University prepares over 200 participants to complete either the Foot Traffic Flat Half on July 4, 2010 or the Run Like Hell Half in October in a fully-coached, fully-paced, fun environment. The goal of the program is to keep members motivated by bringing together a large group with all different abilities of walkers and runners to complete the goal of completing or competing in a half marathon. Throw in …more »

Oregon’s Max King named USATF Athlete of the Week

November 11, 2009

From USATF Press Release – Max King has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning the USA Marathon Trail Championships on Saturday in Ashland, Ore. Only six days after finishing 18th in the ING NYC Marathon, King won his first national title in completing the Lithia Loop Marathon in 2 hours 40 minutes 23 seconds. His time broke Jeff Caba’s course record by two minutes. King’s finishing time in New …more »

Meb Wins ING New York City Marathon, Leads Six Americans in Top 10

November 1, 2009

From USATF Press Release – Proudly pointing to the bold “USA” written across his singlet and giving thumbs up to the Central Park crowd, Meb Keflezighi on Sunday became the first American man since 1982 to cross the finish line first at the ING New York City Marathon. He was joined by five additional American men in the top 10 in a banner day for US. men’s distance running. The 2004 Olympic silver medalist ran …more »