May 23 - Walking to Rivendell

This summer make walking, running or biking part of every day, keep track of how far you travel, and then map your distance on the map of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.  

Collect an achievement patch when you reach your goal distance. Plus, keep track of your fellow travelers by checking out the big map in the Lawrence Public Library.  Visit the library’s website to sign up. It starts May 26th.

Make it all the way to Rivendell and you’ll be entered into the grand prize drawing for a gift card to a local sports or fitness store. The program is sponsored by the Douglas County Communtiy Foundation and support by Ad Astra Running, Lawrence Re-Cyclery and the Lawrence Parks & Rec Department.

May 18

How Women Took Over the World of Running -
Across most long and short race distances, women now outnumber men; a rise fueled by social and charity groups. Women and girls, not long ago an afterthought in distance running, now own it. more
By Rachel Bachman, Wall Street Journal,May 16, 2016

Chart. Female finishers have moved past males in U.S. race participation.

May 13

Man vs. Marathon - part 2

Chart of fastest marathons from 2000 to 2015.


May 12

Man vs. Marathon - One scientist’s quixotic quest to propel a runner past the two-hour barrier. The Dead Sea could be an ideal place to train a runner to complete a marathon in less than two hours, according to the scientist Yannis Pitsiladis, who did a test run along a dike there in February. more
(by Jere Longman, May 11, 2016, New York Times)

May 8

Runs n Roses - at the KC Express Mothers Day 5K at Corporate Woods.
Results | more photos

Link to photos from the KC Express Mothers Day Run.

Link to photos from the KC Express Mothers Day Run.

May 7

2 runs this morning: the Skyline Shuffle at Clinton State Park hosted by the Trail Hawks and the Paw Valley Festival 5K at Watson Park. Matt Quijas is holding pone of the awards from the Shuffle - a pterodactyl trophy created by Matt O'Reilly.
More photos from Gary Henry.

Photos of Matt Quijas with a Skyline Shuffle award, and the start of the Paw Valley Festival 5K.

(photo of Matt Quijas by Gary Henry)

May 6

Today is the 62nd anniversary of Roger Bannister running the first sub-4-minute mile at the Iffley Road track at Oxford University.

May 4

Club member Paul Boone is hosting several summer cross country camps in Eudora for 3rd graders on up to high school runners. more info

May 3

Volunteers Needed - NCAA West Preliminary Round Track & Field Championships May 26-28, Lawrence, KS. We need the help of many generous volunteers for the NCAA West Preliminary Round.

No track & field experience is required. Sign up for a minimum of 2 blocks of three hours or more and receive a NCAA shirt and meals are provided while working the event. This meet is a great opportunity to see some of the Nation’s best athletes and potential Olympians in action. If you are interested in volunteering, contact: Debbie Luman, 785-864- 3486,

May 2

Sunflower State Games Only 67 Days Away!

Registration is now open for the 27th Annual Sunflower State Games. The 2016 Games are set to take place July 8-24 in Topeka and will feature 49 different events for all ages and skill levels. Approximately 9,000 athletes are expected to compete against participants from all four corners of the state. Register today and "Shoot for the Stars" at the 2016 Sunflower State Games!

Apr 30

A week after the KU Relays, action again at the Rock Chalk Classic Track Meet. photos

Link to Flickr album of photos from the Rock Chalk CLassic Track Meet.

Apr 28

How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running

It is something of a cliché among runners, how the activity never fails to clear your head. Does some creative block have you feeling stuck? Go for a run. Are you deliberating between one of two potentially life-altering decisions? Go for a run. Are you feeling mildly mad, sad, or even just vaguely meh? Go for a run, go for a run, go for a run. more
(by Melissa Dahl, Science of Us,, Apr 21, 2016 - thanks to Bill Kinnersley for finding the article)

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