ARLINGTON, Va. - (July 31, 2012) - Since 1996, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has awarded grants totaling more than $400,000 through the Roads Scholar® program. The goal of the program is to assist American post-collegiate runners who show great promise to develop into national and world class road running athletes.
By Larry Eder
All the works that I have listed below are the labors of love of the IAAF communications department. The IAAF team provides this gems to enhance your enjoyment of the London Olympics. I have linked to some of the best links on our sport. Check them out!
More than 30 athletes who won gold medals at the 2011 World Masters Outdoor Championships will be among the 1,118 total competitors at the upcoming USA Masters Outdoor Championships scheduled for August 2-5 at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex in Lisle, Ill.
by Alfons Juck
In total 2151 athletes are entered for athletics at London Games. Among them 1117 men and 1034 women. Beijing 2008 had 2056 (1082 men and 974 women competing), Athens 2004 had 1995 (1079 and 916). But the record is so far from Sydney 2000 with 2137 athletes (1257 and 880). For example, Athens 1896 started with 63 competitors (all men). The biggest number of entries (could more than allowed to compete in each event, so the final numbers will be less) is in the women marathon 119 and men marathon 109.
Paula Radcliffe, the world record holder in the marathon, has withdrawn from the London 2012 Olympic marathon. In her official statement (courtesy of the BBC.com), Paula cites a foot injury, which have made her unable to find a level of fitness that would allow her to compete well in the London Games.
by Toni Reavis
It is a spectacle beyond wonder, and an all but incomprehensible effort to stage. Primarily so for the host city and its organizing committee, but also for the grand ayatollahs of the IOC, the member bishops of their national committees, and their deep-pocketed supporters, the sponsors. Yet it remains the labor of the plebian athletes to be the sine qua non for the entire enterprise. Without them, what?
LONDON – After spending more than a week at Team USA’s training camp in Birmingham, athletes are now moving into the Olympic Village on the eve of the Opening Ceremonies.
Pre-Olympics USA Track Questions Linger, Commencement Of London Olympiad Will Provide Answers To A Half Dozen USA Track Question
By Dave Hunter
Last month's USA Olympic Track & Field Trials provided many answers to the backlog of lingering questions that had piled up in the weeks leading up to the showdown in Eugene. But the intervening weeks since the Trials and the approaching Olympic Games have served to generate a whole new round of queries - questions that won't be answered until the 30th Olympiad is actually underway.
Bothell, Wash. - July 24, 2012 - Complete dedication to their teams and communities. The ability to motivate and support their athletes during challenging situations. An unwavering Run Happy spirit. After reviewing more than 1,300 nominations for high school track and/or cross country coaches who inspire their athletes every day, Brooks Sports, Inc. today announced this year's top 25 and will share each coach's unique, poignant story with the running community so they can help select the 2012 Inspiring Coach of the Year.
INDIANAPOLIS – 2012 Olympian Evan Jager has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week following his American record performance in finishing third in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase at the Monaco Diamond League meet Friday.
New York, July 24, 2012 - When the 2012 Olympic Games' Opening Ceremony begins July 27, many of the world's most famous track & field athletes in London can count The Armory as a place where they showcased their extraordinary talents. As many as 156 athletes competing in the 2012 Olympics have performed at The New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory.
Courtesy of USATF
Two-time Olympic silver medalist, former world record holder and National Track & Field Hall of Famer Jack Davis died peacefully Saturday at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, Calif. He was 81 years old.
Courtesy of USATF
Bettie Wade, Chelsea Carrier-Eades and Barbara Nwaba finished second, third and fourth, respectively, in the heptathlon to help pace Team USA to its third consecutive Thorpe Cup title over Germany Saturday in Marburg, Germany.
Mondo is one of the most well respected manufacterers of track & field facilities in the world. An Olympic partner since 1964, Mondo sent us a Olympic Press kit that we thought might be of interest to our readers.
SAN MATEO, Calif. - (July 17, 2012) - Runcoach, a leading provider of interactive training for runners of all levels, has announced issuance of patent US #8,202,202 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its Web Enabled Aerobic Training Methodology.
by Larry Eder
On June 28th, 2012, Julie Culley qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics with a first place finish in the women's 5000 m at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials. We spoke to her about training, ASICS and the Olympic Trials.
by Alfons Juck
BARCELONA (ESP, Jul 15): During last day of World Junior Championships it started with discus win for German Anna Ruh 62.38 ahead of shot winner Shanice Craft 60.42 and US Shelbi Vaughan 60.07. Italian Alessia Trost as only one cleared 191 and won the girls high jump over surprise from Seychelles Lissa Labiche 188 (senior NR) and only bronze for Russian favorite Mariya Kuchina (also 188).
BARCELONA, Spain – The 1992 U.S. Olympic Team was heralded as one of the best American squads of all-time with 32 medals in tow from a memorable time in Barcelona. The 2012 U.S. team that competed in Barcelona at the IAAF World Junior Championships will go into the history books as one of the best American squads under the age of 20.
By Larry Eder
Oh where do we begin? A great night of track & field that rain was playing a small part! An hour before the meet, the rain came down in torrents, adding to the most rain in a London July in two hundred years!