2009 News & Features

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 »




Preliminary 2009 TRI NorthWest Triathlon and Duathlon Rankings Now Posted

October 30, 2009

The preliminary TRI NorthWest Triathlon and Duathlon rankings for the 2009 season are now posted online. Congratulations to the athletes from across the Pacific Northwest who competed in this year’s rankings. If you have any questions or feel that your overall rankings score is incorrect, please email jon@racecenter.com prior to November 20. Once all revisions have been made, the final rankings will be posted. The complete 2009 rankings, as well as a lineup of all …more »




2009 Oregon Fall XC Ski Camp Set for December

October 23, 2009

From Press Release – The ninth annual edition of the Oregon Fall XC Ski Camp is enjoying steady advance registration and is ready to go for 2009 featuring an expanded schedule stretching from Friday, December 4 until Sunday, December 13. As with the past eight seasons, the Oregon Fall Camp features on-snow morning sessions at the Mt Bachelor Nordic Center — a short, all-weather drive away from beautiful Bend, Oregon. Selected afternoon and evening programs …more »




Portland Runner Ritzenhein Named USATF Athlete of the Week

October 14, 2009

From USATF Press Release – Dathan Ritzenhein has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning the bronze medal Sunday at the 18th IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, in Birmingham, UK. The men’s 5,000 meter American record holder, Ritzenhein clocked 1 hour flat to finish in third place. It is the second fastest U.S. time in history and the first time an American male has medaled at these Championships. Ritzenhein’s finish …more »




Portland’s Ritzenhein Takes Bronze at World Half Marathon Championships

October 11, 2009

From USATF Press Release – 2008 Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein (Portland, Ore.) ran the second fastest U.S. time in history to finish third Sunday at the 18th IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, in Birmingham, UK. Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea won his fourth world title in 59:35 while Bernard Kipyego of Kenya just outkicked Ritzenhein for the runner-up position, running 59:59. Ritzenhein’s 1:00:00, led the Team USA men to a fourth-place team finish. Other Team USA finishers …more »




Matthew Sheeks of Woodinville, WA Brings Home Gold at Duathlon World Championship

October 7, 2009

From ITU Press Release – Members of Team USA took home 49 medals from the 2009 ITU Duathlon World Championship at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saturday, September 26. The total includes 13 gold, 18 silver and 18 bronze medals as USA athletes swept gold, silver and bronze in five different age groups. The weather was rainy all day, but the mist that was present for the elites early in the day turned into …more »




Portland Marathon Hosts Largest Event Ever, Gears Up for Half Marathon in 2010

October 5, 2009

Jason Finch of River Falls, WI won the 2009 Portland Marathon in a time of 2:24:13 with Yuri Yoshizumi of Osaka, Japan taking the women’s crown in 2:55:59. Top Northwest finishers were Greg Mitchell (36) from McMinnville, OR in 2:26:02, and 37-year-old Danita Erickson of Tacoma, WA who clocked 2:56:08 for the 26.2-mile distance in the Rose City. Complete results from this year’s event can be found HERE. For the first time in the event’s …more »




Olympic Swimmer/Triathlete Sheila Taormina to Headline Oct 17 Swim Clinic in Portland

September 30, 2009

From Press Release – SpeedSHOT Racing & Coaching Services and the Multnomah Athletic Club are proud to welcome Gold Medalist and 4-TIME OLYMPIAN Sheila Taormina to Portland, Oregon on the 17th of October. Sheila will headline a two-part event that will include a 2-hour swim clinic followed by a 1-hour presentation with ample opportunity for question and answer. Sheila brings her wealth of knowledge and experience to Portland to share what it took to succeed …more »




2010 Eugene Marathon to Finish at Historic Hayward Field

September 29, 2009

From Press Release – We are thrilled to announce that the 2010 Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon will culminate in a finish experience running fans cannot miss. Finally runners and walkers will feel the rush of entering historic Hayward Field through the arches of Powell Plaza and finish down the home stretch – where so many record breaking races have been decided. “It has been a goal of ours since the initial planning in 2005 …more »