Jason Fogel Throws Down a 2:25 at the California International Marathon!

runablazeDes Moines – December 4, 2012

Jason Flogel hoped to top off one of his best years ever at the NYC Marathon, instead a month later opted to go to the west coast to run the 30th California Marathon (Sacramento, Dec. 2) finishing 14th in 2:25:54.  The race was faced with strong winds and sometimes heavy rain.  Jason also competed and won the Dubuque Turkey Trot 7.5 miles (Dec. 22) in 39:59.  He won the same race in 2011.

Chris Bourke won the Sycamore Trail Run (Des Moines, Dec. 1) in 45:24, winning by 17 seconds.

Scott Gall traded in his running shoes and won the Survivor Cross bicycle race on the LHF course (Urbandale, Nov. 17) the afternoon of the more famous road race in the morning.  Scott was 2nd in off-road race running race in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

While not a part of the Runablaze Iowa team, it should be noted that Iowa is now home to 2 women Olympians.  They competed at the best known Thanksgiving race in the US – the hilly 76th Manchester Road Race 4.748 miles (CT, Nov. 22).  Lisa Uhl finished 2nd in 24:39, just 5 seconds from first and Diane Nukuri-Johnson was 3rd in 24:46.

Road Race Management featured an article on spectacle events like Warrior Dash, Color Run, etc.  They are staged by for-profit companies with a reported revenue that could top $200 million next year.  Their surge in popularity is impressive: in 2009 they had just a few events with 50,000 entrants nationwide, this year they are 150 events strong with 1.5 million entrants.  One of the most popular road races distances in the US, Half-Marathon, doesn’t do much better.

Will Freeman, Grinnell College continues offering one of the best clinics for coaches and runners (Jan. 5 & 6), seemastercoachclinic.com/MCC/Home.html

Learn more about the team, visit the web site Runablaze.com
About Runablaze Iowa
Runablaze Iowa athletes are based throughout Iowa.  Formed in 2006, the purpose of the team is to improve post-collegiate Iowa distance running.  Major Iowa running specialty stores, Iowa races and Iowa runners at those races support Runablaze Iowa.

Cal Murdock

Robyn Friedman – Team President


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