June 2016 News

June 30

The Retezat SkyRace Intersport is a 28K race among the high peaks of southwestern Romania. This mesmerizing video highlights the race's incredible, high-alpine views, as well as the course's steep climbs and rocky, off-trail ridge traverses. (best to view video in full screen)

Retezat SkyRace Intersport 2016 from Sport La Orice Varsta on Vimeo.

June 29

Photo of Al Gipp.

A longtime advocate for track and field in the Native American community, Albert Gipp of Lawrence, KS, has been awarded the 2016 USATF Milton Hershey Award. Created by the partnership between USATF and Hershey, the Milton Hershey Award annually honors an individual whose volunteer contributions to youth track & field and fitness has positively affected the lives of young people.

Gipp will receive the award during the 2016 USATF Hershey National Youth Outdoor Championships in Millersville, PA, on July 1. more

June 28

NBC will present nearly 17 hours of coverage from the Olympic Team Track and Field Trials, July 1 - 10.

Here’s the schedule provided by NBC, though the network stressed that additional events may be covered as well.

June 27

Why Masters Runners Should Try Longer Training Cycles.

Before he made the 2004 Olympic team in the marathon, Meb Keflezighi followed a typical elite’s weekly schedule. He did his longest run of the week on Sundays, an interval session on Tuesdays, and a tempo run on Fridays.

But 12 years later, in his preparation for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials, Keflezighi’s weekly schedule was anything but typical. In fact, he didn’t have a weekly schedule. Instead, he trained on a nine-day cycle. In each cycle, he did his three mainstays—long run, intervals, tempo run—but he took two recovery days after each. more
(by Scott Douglas Mar 31, 2016, Runner's World)

June 26

Rest Days and Recovery Runs: What You Need to Know - Take planned rest days when you are healthy, or you will be taking forced rest days when you are injured.

Injuries are the Trojan Horses of trail running. Like in the city of Troy, everything in your body can seem fine, until things suddenly become very, very bad. And in both scenarios, without vigilance, things will not end well for any Achilles involved. more
(by David Roche, Trail Runner, June 20, 2016)

June 19

Brenda Groskinsky was back in Oregon July 17-18 participating in the Wild Rogue Relay, a 218.3 mile relay from Applegate Lake to Brookings, Oregon. (Brenda is in the middle with the red coat). Her usual team did not get into the Hood to Coast Relay this year. This new group entered this other event with spectacular scenery along the way. Imagine wearing these jackets in Lawrence right now?

Photo of Brenda Groskinsky and her Wild Rogue Relay team.

June 18

Elite Course Measurer: “I’m a Real Pain for Some Race Directors”. A group of highly obsessive, perfectionist-leaning individuals spend untold hours calculating and calibrating race routes. more (by Blane Bachelor, Runner's World, June 15, 2016)

June 16

Just in - Four times this summer Ad Astra Running will conduct a timed 5K over the same course so you can track your progress.  The first free 5K is this Thurs, June 16th, at 6:00 pm.  Meet at the store and warm-up together en route to the starting line in north Lawrence (see course map).  After the run and a cool down, enjoy a drink on the patio of the new Levee Cafe before walking back to the store.

June 11

Bill's Take: on the Leawood Rotary 5K. Bill Kinnersley took 1st in the M70+ category. Good job, Bill.

Scenes from the Tonganoxie Library Run. (left) One runner in the fun run created two-way traffic at the turnaround; (right) 5K and 10K participants ran by the K Henry mural to finish in front of the library. Tonganoxie was celebrating its sesquicentennial. (more photos)

Link to photos from the Tonganoxie Library Run.


Congratulations to Lori and Don Cackler at the Smoky Hill River Festival 2 Mile. Lori placed 3rd in F60-69 and Don placed 4th in M60-69. Rome Poracsky of Lawrence took 3rd in M40-49.

June 10

Ad Astra Running Store is moving to 734 Mass. as reported by the Lawrence Journal World. more

Photo of 734 Masschusetts.

June 9

The NCAA track & field championships are being televised this week; day 1, last night, had some outstanding semifinal performances.

Here is the remaining schedule:

Thurs, June 9:7:30-10:30, on ESPN
Fri, June 10: 7:30-10:00, on ESPN (WOW 33 and 233)
Sat, June 11: 5:30-8:00, on ESPN

June 7

Dan Kuhlman and Jason Holbert at the Storm the Dam 10K in El Dorado.

Last weekend was a busy, busy weekend for competitive events. Dan Kuhlman won the 10K Storm the Dam Trail Run at El Dorado on Saturday. He came to run at the invitation of club treasurer Jason Holbert, who has run the event many times also set a PR. results

June 6

Congratulations to Keith Dowell on his first place in M60 at the Hobbs War Eagle Tail Twister 25K Trail Race in Rogers, AR.

June 5

Photo of Bill Kinnersley.Bill Kinnersley, club member and former president, likes to travel to the smaller, less Big Show 5Ks at least monthly in the Topeka - KC area.  Many of these have under 200 participants and they all have lots of local color.  RunLawrence will publish Bill's reviews of these races and perhaps they will encourage others to travel to and enjoy the unique qualities of each of these events - maybe a refreshing change from the cookie-cutter races we all attend.

Check out Bill's report on yesterday's Crazy Cow 5K in Basehor.

June 4

Things Ira Glass learned - from Red Dog. The first summer Dog Days Fun Run started in front off the Lied Center. If you want to learn from Red Dog (Gardner) and Julie Ranjbar, the first workout is Mon, June 6th, 6 am at the Lawrence High School track. more photos

Things Ira Glass learned from Red Dog photo.


Congratulations to these Lawrence area runners and runLawrence members on their top four placings at the Hospital Hill races today.

Photo of Susie Fagan after placing as first female masters.Half Marathon:
Matt O'Reilly, Lawrence, 2nd M30-34, 1:27:15
Jack Angell, Tonganoxie, 1st M Masters, 1:27:53
Matthew Broussard, Lawrence, 4th M25-29, 1:28:06
Susie Fagan, Lawrence, 1st F Masters, 1:43:10 (photo)
Jessica Bailey, Pomona, 4th F40-44, 1:49:16
Lezlee Jones, Topeka, 2nd F45-49, 1:49:29
Pam Perica, Bonner Springs, 1st, F60-64, 1:49:29

David Strange, Basehor, 1st M40-44, 44:17
Doug Hartwell, 2nd M25-29, 47:35
Brittany Hartwell, Lawrence, 1st F25-29, 47:51
Starla Jones, Tonganoxie, 2nd F-Masters, 48:44
Heidi Matsakis, Lawrence, 2nd F35-39, 49:05
Kenneth Johnson, Lawrence, 1st M65-59, 49:48
Maurice Monteau, Lawrence, 4th M40-44, 50:18
John Frydman, Lawrence, 2nd M55-59, 50:58

Melissa Spratt, Ottawa, 1st F55-59, 52:25
Owen Ackley, Lawrence, 1st M-9, 1:16:08

All results

Congratulations to John Huchingson (Lawrence) on placing 2nd among age-graded masters at the Wichita River Run 2 Mile this morning.

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