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American Runners Chase Prize Bonuses at CIM

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

cimlogoBy Ellen Moore, SRA

For the elite American runners in this year’s California International Marathon field, there is an added incentive to run fast – a $5,000 incentive to be exact.

The Sacramento Running Association, organizers of the California International Marathon, added an American Performance List bonus to its $50,000 prize purse for the 34th annual CIM on Dec. 4 and the result has been early commitments from many top U.S. runners.

Standout Stephanie Rothstein Bruce and 2012 CIM winner Daniel Tapia were among the first elite athletes to enter the race and headline the deep American fields.

“I chose CIM because the course, the weather in Sacramento in December and the passion of the city can’t be beat,” said Bruce. “The bonus structure that CIM implemented is a great step forward in encouraging Americans to elevate their performance in the marathon and strive for fast times.”

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Doping Amateurs: Could USATF Follow USA Cycling’s Lead?

November 26, 2016 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Masters Runners

drugsEarlier today, I found myself in the midst of a mild Facebook debate regarding whether known dopers should be considered for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

“Nothin’ you can do about it. Dopers always one step ahead of detection,” I was told.

I am not willing to go along with that line of reasoning, because it pretty much means the end of competitive sports.

Also, the history of state-sponsored doping programs shows that turning a blind eye toward chemical cheating leads to a growing pool of victims: the clean athletes who can’t compete with the doped ones, and the children run through dope-fueled, government-operated sports programs.

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Thousands Invade East Sacramento for Run to Feed the Hungry

November 26, 2016 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Road Races

Gary Blanco (left) and Chris Knorzer battle it out for ROUS points. (Photo courtesy of Randy Wehner Photography)

Gary Blanco (left) and Chris Knorzer, racing in the Rebels’ special holiday singlets, battle it out for ROUS points at Thursday’s Run to Feed the Hungry 5K. (Photo courtesy of Randy Wehner Photography)

Nicholas Spector, 24, of Sonoma, and Lindsay Tollefson, 31, of Mammoth Lakes, were the big winners in the Run to Feed the Hungry 10K, on Thursday.

The annual race, benefiting the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, has grown to be one of the largest road-races in the country and typically features some of the region’s fastest running times of the year.

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Plenty to Choose from in Fall Half Marathons

October 29, 2016 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Road Races

Charlie Brenneman (left) and the author show off their Urban Cow trophies. (SRN photo)

Charlie Brenneman (left) and the author show off their Urban Cow trophies. (SRN photo)

If races have seasons, then we’re definitely in the middle of road half marathon season. October has already seen the Urban Cow, Humboldt Redwoods (part of the PAUSATF Road Grand Prix), and Folsom Blues Breakout.

Next weekend, you have a choice between the Clarksburg Country Run, or the new Run the Parkway Half, hosted by the Sacramento Running Association.

It’s hard to imagine that SRA isn’t directly targeting the Clarksburg events since they are offering similar 20 mile and 5 km distances alongside a more competitive half marathon.

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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

super sunday

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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