Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ordinarily, we don't feature professional running, but this is beyond words.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Summer Winds Down

With just a few weeks left of Summer, the start of the 2009 Cross Country Season is fast approaching. In the meantime, here are some important dates to look forward to.
-Sept. 29, Windham Invite
-Oct. 10, Wickham Invitational
-Oct. 31, Divisional State Championships
-Nov. 6, State Open Championships

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Running Motivation: David Goggins

The man, the myth, the legend...just watch.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Training Tip: Map Your Run

As technology continues to become an important tool for runners, there are many useful gadgets available to improve your training. Many training aides, such as GPS watches or the popular Nike Plus system can provide you with a detailed analysis of your run that can be very helpful to improving your training. However, if expensive gadgetry is not for you, consider a more cost effective solution, such as USA Track and Field's America's Running Routes, a free program that allows you, via a Google Map-like interface, to plot your run.  Once you have finished mapping your run, Running Routes tells you the estimated distance of your run and also provides an elevation profile of your route.  Basic information such as this can be invaluable in improving your daily training regiment.  USATF also allows you to store your route in their database of nearly 300,000 running routes across America.  Furthermore, you can also search this database to find routes that other runners in your area have created.  This feature is a great way to beat the boredom of training by finding new places to run.  Overall, the more you learn about how you train, the more effective your training becomes.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Video: Full Coverage of Nike Nationals Mens 4x200m Relay

Watch as the Weaver HS Mens 4x200m Relay Team ties the state record and finishes 3rd at the Nike Outdoor National Championships.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Summer is Here

As Nike Outdoor Nationals drew to a close on Saturday, so did the 2009 Outdoor Track season.  Not to worry, Connecticut Running will continue to bring you the latest running news from around the state to satisfy your daily running fix.  All summer long, we will keep you updated with information about local road races, helpful training tips, previews of the 2009 Cross Country Season, and just about anything else running related.  Hope to see you here.

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CT Relay Teams Reach All-American Status

Photo By John Nepolitan, Courtesy Dyestat.com
As the Nike Outdoor National Track Champonships concluded Saturday, two Connecticut relay teams earned the title of All-American by finishing among the top six competitors in their respective races. The Weaver HS Mens 800m Medley Relay Team placed 2nd with a time of 1:29.69. The 800m Sprint Medley consists of two 100m legs, one 200m leg, and one 400m leg. The winners of the Sprint Medley, Track East Carolina, set a national record (1:28.20). Connecticut runners continued to perform well as Danbury's Mens Distance Medley Relay Team placed fourth in a field of 26 competitors with a time of 9:59.42. The 4000m Distance Medley consists of, sequentially, one 1200m leg, one 400m leg, one 800m leg, and one 1600m leg. In addition to earning the title of All-American, Danbury also broke the Connecticut State Record (10:02.11) for the Distance Medley Relay set last year by another Danbury team.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

FitzSimons, Loxsom Represent CT in 800m

Action concluded Saturday at the Nike Outdoor National Track Championships with the Mens Individual 800m Run. Hamden's Chris FitzSimons placed 9th with a time of 1:51.96 followed by New Haven's own Cas Loxsom in 12th with a time of 1:52.85. This was not the first time that Loxsom and FitzSimons had faced each other in the 800m. One month earlier at the Southern Connecticut Conference Outdoor Track Championships, Loxsom (1:51.96) handily defeated FitzSimons (1:56.95). At SCCs however, only a few hours prior to the 800m race, FitzSimons thrilled the crowd with a 4:19.37 performance in the 1600m. On the other hand, Nike Outdoor Nationals marks the end of Loxsom's pursuit of the 800m state record (1:49.95). On June 8th, however, Loxsom tied the CIAC State Open Meet record with a time of 1:50.86. For complete results from Nike Outdoor Nationals click here.

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Connecticut Relay Teams Perform Well at Nike Nationals

As the Nike Outdoor National Track Championships resumed Friday, Connecticut runners continued to perform well.  In the Mens 4x200m Relay, Weaver HS placed 3rd with a state record tying time of 1:27.50.  On Saturday, Weaver's Daundre Barnaby will compete in the mens individual 400m.  Earlier this year at the Hartford Public High School Invitational Outdoor Track and Field Meet, Barnaby posted a time of 46.35 in the 400m.  Connecticut runners continued their success when the Hamden Mens 4x800m Relay team, consisting of Pat Cyr, Chris FitzSimons, Nick Saba, and Kevin Tran,  placed 9th out of 22 teams with a time of 7:50.42.  Less than one week earlier, Hamden won the 4x800m relay at the New England Interscholastic Track Championships, edging out Glastonbury with a time of 7:49.61.  For complete results from the 2009 Nike Outdoor National Track Championships click here.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Connecticut Runners Do Work at Nike Nationals

Photo by John Nepolitan

On Thursday June 18, The Nike National Outdoor 5000m Run featured five high school competitors from Connecticut, making CT the most well represented state among the field of 38 runners.  New Fairfield Senior John Raneri finished fourth with a time of 15:08.90.  Behind Raneri were Danbury's Kevin Russel in 10th (15:18.87) and Branford's Robbie Dextradeur in 21st (15:45.78).  Danbury's Levi Wallace and Trumbull's Julian Saad placed 29th and 30th with times of 16:04.00 and 16:04.26, respectively.  In 2008, only two runners from Connecticut competed in the Nike National 5K, including Xavier's Forest Misenti, who finished 4th with a time of 15:03.88.  For complete results from the Nike Outdoor National 5000m Run, click here.

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