Runablaze Update: January 2013

runablazeWelcome to 2013

What Iowa running team has 34 athletes, support of Iowa road races and
sponsorship from Iowa specialty running stores?  What Iowa running team won
over 25 Iowa races and had 5 athletes run the Olympic Marathon Trials?
Runablaze Iowa – – the pride of Iowa.

This e-mail is sent to 1300 top Iowa runners, Iowa race directors &
organizers, Iowa coaches, etc.  Yearly 40-50 e-mails are sent.  If you would
like to add others to the e-mail, please reply.

While highlights of the team are the focus, below is a yearly review of
Central Iowa running.  Please expect regular e-mails starting in February.

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A lucky 7 in Striderland (Central Iowa) for 2012

** Dam great changes!
For 33 years Dam  to Dam  finished at Nollen Plaza, a downtown landmark.  As
the race grew from 1,000 to over 10,000 runners, change was inevitable.  New
was the finish area near the Central Library, start area in the middle of
Saylorville Dam, packet pickup at Veteran¹s Auditorium, crossing the Center
Street Bridge, 5k route to the State Capitol and the list goes on.  The
changes were well received by the weather gods, as a perfect day made for a
perfect race.  The hope is the new Drake Relays road races with a Sunday
race, starting at the Capitol and finishing in the stadium (shades of the
marathon days many decades ago) do as well.

** The state crown ³baton² is passed to the boys
Dowling Catholic girls won 5 consecutive state cross country championships,
2007-2011.  The Dowling Catholic boys are now in-charge of the crowning
achievement in high school long distance running.  They won state in 2011
and again this year with a solid and easy victory.  Like the dominant girl
teams, the boys followed their lead – – upper class leadership, state
individual champion (Jason Thomas) and qualifying for Nike Team Nationals.
Good luck to the boys as they attempt more state championships to keep the
dynasty alive.

** The club that gives it all . . .
The Capital Striders running club started unofficially in 1983 and
officially in 1987 to represent Des Moines runners and gain a foothold in
the community.  A few decades have passed and running is the norm plus races
have run wild.  The Striders changed their mission to a club with a great
social standing and giving back to the community.  They give scholarships to
high school seniors, youth track clubs, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Central Iowa
Trail Association, Boy & Girls Club and wherever the need is great.  Many
races have large budgets as entry fees fill their coffers but the club is
like a tortoise with small events that pay off in big ways.

** Blazing Fast
The Runablaze Iowa team  has matured.  The team concept to assist
post-collegiate athletes began in 2006 and has sprouted a team of 34 top
runners, over 25 victories at Iowa races in 2012 and 5 runners at the
Olympic Marathon Trials.  The best of the team are Jason Flogel and Danna
Herrick (Kelly).  Jason had an all-star year with a 2:21:53 at the trials,
31:06 10,000 meters on the track, 24:38 8k, 51:10 10 mile, 1:04:28 20k and
1:07:35 Half-Marathon.  A banner year for Jason.  Danna was no less
impressive with a 2:45:42 at the trials, 29:15 8k, 59:22 10 mile, 1:15:38
20k and 1:19:41 Half-Marathon.  Danna had a powerful year.  The pride of
Iowa, Runablaze athletes.

** The Perfect Distance
If you like to race distances of double figure miles (10 to 13.1), you are
in good company.  Nationally the Half-Marathon distance is the champ.
Striderland proves the message, Drake Relays with over 1350 Half runners,
Dam to Dam with almost 7,000 in the 20k, Capital Pursuit had record numbers
in the 30 year old 10 mile and DM Marathon had 3275 Half runners.  As
thousands of finishers can attest, run long enough to test endurance but not
so long to wear the body out for months.  The Half-Marathon distance has
grown to be king for the serious runner.

** 36 hours
Fall is all about cool weather, great marathons and cross country running.
Oh and fast computer skills to enter the best end-of-the-year race in the
US, Living History Farms.  The farm race opened registration a few months
prior to race day and 36 hours later the race filled with 7,500 runners from
throughout the midwest.  32 states to be exact.  Nebraska¹s 510 runners
edged out Minnesota¹s 459 runners for the largest entrants out of state.
The farm race didn¹t disappoint: a beautiful running day in November with
great competition, team spirit, costumes and runners who stayed around for
hours after the race, reveling in the sun.

** Color, Mud, Fire, Neon – this is running?
³Entertainment² races collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in entry
fees going to out-of-state profit making organizers. What did the
Striderland runners get?  Paint and mud . . . what is this all about?  OK
maybe it was fun, but running?
What about Lisa Uhl, 13th at the Olympic 10,000 meter in a 31:12.8 best,
ISU Betsy Saina winning the NCAA XC Championship or Diane Nukuri-Johnson
setting a Dam to Dam record of 1:07:52?  Now that¹s running!

By Cal Murdock, observing Iowa Running since the late ’70s

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.


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