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Marathon News Service

From 1500 Meters to Marathon, USA Has Taken Huge Strides

July 02, 2012 at 10:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Highlighted by Galen Rupp’s historic performance at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, which ended on Sunday, the U.S. team going to London has better odds of winning medals from 1500 meters to the marathon than it has since Lyndon Johnson was president and the Beatles made their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.

“I know we’re going to be competitive in the distances when we get to London,” said Bob Larsen, a founder Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes

Youth Running Series is for Parents, Too

July 05, 2012 at 04:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Registration is still open for NYRR’s Youth Running Series, which begins on Tuesday.

The series is for kids 6 to 18 years old, but there’s a twist: Their families are invited to participate right beside them.

“Kids need to see their parents moving,” said Zakia Feracho, senior manager of NYRR Youth and Community Services. “Parents can join in as much as they want. Everyone does a warm-up jog together, then stretches, drills, and strides. Then some parents Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Culley Urges Girls to "Run for the Future"

July 09, 2012 at 03:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Weeks ago, back when Julie Culley agreed to be the keynote speaker at Saturday’s “Run for the Future” kickoff, she was a good distance runner from New Jersey.

Since then, she has become an Olympian.

“I stand before you today still an ordinary girl who has set out to do extraordinary things,” Culley told the girls, among the 20 rising high school seniors from across the city chosen to participate in the New York Road Runners program. Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Coogan Helping to Map Abbey's Road

June 27, 2012 at 09:30pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

In 1988, fresh out of the University of Maryland, Mark Coogan competed in his first U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. Hyperbole played no role when the young man told everyone that he was just happy to be there.

After he was eliminated in the semifinal of the 3000-meter steeplechase, he recalled earlier this week, “I had the best five days of my life. Coming to this meet and going out at night, it was the Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Amy Hastings Was Counting on Herself

June 26, 2012 at 09:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Given that she earned a degree from the University of Arizona in 2007, Amy Hastings can almost certainly count higher than three. She just hasn’t wanted to.

The day before the women’s 10,000-meter race at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, OR, coach Terrence Mahon told Hastings that she was one of only four women who would bring the Olympic “A” standard to the starting line—and that one of them was Shalane Flanagan, who Read More

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