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Porter, Chen are Winners at Innagural Pony Express Marathon

May 01, 2016 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Road Races

Matt Porter, in white, sits in 3rd at 16 miles. (SRN photo)

Matt Porter, in white, sits in 3rd at 16 miles. (SRN photo)

Matt Porter, of Fresno, overcame the early leaders to win the innagural Pony Express Marathon in a time of 3:06:43.

Sophia Chen, of Pacifica, was the women’s winner, with a finish time of 3:18:12.

In the half marathon, Carmichael’s Angela Escay was the overall winner in 1:24:36. The second woman, Erynne Jones  was also second overall, in 1:26:43.

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Course Records Fall at Sactown 10

April 05, 2016 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Road Races

Sara Hall and Charlie Brenneman are nearly finished. (SRN photo)

Second place woman Sara Hall and Charlie Brenneman are nearly to the finish of the Sactown 10. (SRN photo)

By Ellen Moore

After setting event records for money raised and runners registered for Sunday’s Credit Union SACTOWN Run, past champions Jordan Chipangama and Jane Kibii kept the momentum going by besting strong elite fields to win 10-mile individual titles and claim the $2,000 first prizes.

As an added bonus, Kibii, a 31-year old Kenya native who has lived in Auburn, set the women’s course record by nearly a minute to take home an additional $500 course record reward.

The SACTOWN event, organized by the Sacramento Running Association and sponsored by credit unions from California and Nevada, raised more than $200,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which includes UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

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Drew Hunter is Hunting Records

February 20, 2016 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, High School, Track

news!Virginia High School phenom, Drew Hunter, just beat his two-week old national indoor high school mile record today, running 3:57.81 at the Millrose Games

How low can he go?

More info at Flotrack.

Super Sunday Run proves fun for everyone

February 14, 2016 By: John Blue Category: General Running News

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By Ellen Moore

The seventh annual Super Sunday Run started with live music, footballs tossed around and a pair of kids’ races to set the tone for a fun, festive day.

More than 2,500 runners participated in the event, organized by the Sacramento Running Association (SRA) and presented by California Family Fitness. At the end of the event, participants celebrated with a tailgate party featuring free food and beer, yard games, a portable video game truck featuring Madden 2015 and a bounce house for the kids, before the Denver Broncos-Carolina Panthers showdown.

In between, athletes of all shapes, sizes and affiliations covered the 10k and 5k courses before descending on Sacramento State University’s Hornet Stadium for the end zone finish.

Chico’s Nicholas Spector and Rocklin’s Melissa Penwell captured 10k titles and Davis’ Chris Tyson and Oakland’s Tori Tyler took home 5k honors on a beautiful, sunny Sunday morning.

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USATF Club Cross Country Nationals Were Muddy Fun, and Super, Duper Fast!

December 13, 2015 By: John Blue Category: Cross Country, General Running News, Masters Runners

Garrett Heath wins! (Photo courtesy of Erik Aguilar at www.painani.org)

Garrett Heath wins! (Photo courtesy of Erik Aguilar at www.painani.org)

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park was the site of the this year’s USATF 2015 National Club Cross Country Championships, and it was action packed!

More than 1,700 of the nation’s best adult cross country runners converged on the park for several intensely competitive races on a hilly course, that wound through the park and finished on the broad track above the polo field.

Although the day was dry, recent rains left mud and standing water throughout the course. I’ve run several cross country races over the years, but I’ve never seen anything like the quality and quantity of runners out there on Saturday.

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Barno, Abrha Surge to Victory at CIM

December 13, 2015 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Masters Runners, Road Races

To the winners go the non-alcoholic beers. (L-R Dereje Abera Ali, Julius Keter, Elisha Barno)

To the winners go the non-alcoholic beers. L-R Dereje Abera Ali, Julius Keter, Elisha Barno (Photo credit Alex Chiu)

By Ellen Moore

Kenya’s Elisha Barno made his move after the 20-mile mark, surging ahead of the lead pack at “The Wall” to win the 33rd annual California International Marathon in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 51 seconds on Sunday.

Serkalem Abrha of Ethiopia used a similar strategy, pushing ahead of the lead group and running alone for the last six miles to win the women’s race in 2:31:29.

Much of the drama happened behind the leaders, however, as the chase for the U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying mark played out in the women’s race.

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More Race Mishaps

November 17, 2015 By: John Blue Category: General Running News

running manWe’ve all been asked, “How long was that half marathon?”

If you were running in Bangkok recently, the answer might be 17 miles.

It’s probably because they had the Jogging Association (of Thailand) putting on a running event.

New Running Shoe Stores in Folsom

November 16, 2015 By: John Blue Category: General Running News

Late 1970s running shoes.

Are you still running in those?

I can’t tell you how many new runners I’ve sent to Fleet Feet over the years to help them get into some decent, appropriate running shoes.

Now folks in Folsom will have access to two (2!) legit running shoe stores.

The Sacramento Bee has the details.

(Hat tip to K.Y.)

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Blerched

November 16, 2015 By: John Blue Category: General Running News

treasuremapSaturday afternoon, I noticed my friend Jaymee had posted on Instagram a photo and results from her 5K run at the Beat the Blerch. What struck me most was that her finish time was an eye-popping 14:35.

Now Jaymee is a fantastic athlete and wonderful person, but I’d bet the house that she didn’t run 14:35 for the 5K.

Why am I so sure? Well, probably because the women’s American Record for the 5K is 14:45 and held by Molly Huddle.

I laughed and joked with her a bit but then started hearing murmuring about all the distances being short. A couple of people reported the marathon to be a mile or more short, and the half marathon clocking in at less than 13 miles.

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Local Masters Win at Humboldt Half Marathon

October 20, 2015 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Masters Runners, Road Races

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Chris Knorzer is the Masters Men’s Champion (SRN photo)

On a lonely stretch of the Avenue of the Giants, in Humboldt County, hundreds of Northern California’s fastest runners met up for the Humboldt Redwoods Half Marathon, a PAUSATF grand prix event and the PAUSATF Half Marathon Championship.

For a half marathon run through the scenic but empty redwood forest, the times are typically remarkably fast, and this year was no exception.

Largely running alone, San Luis Obispo’s Sean Davidson, 23, outran the field with a 1:05:21 performance.

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