///Weekly Roundup Presented by Ready to Run (March 30-April 5, 2014)

Weekly Roundup Presented by Ready to Run (March 30-April 5, 2014)

Local Elites and Former Winners Give Advice on How to Run Cap 10K

We reached out to a number of current elite runners and former Statesman Capitol 10,000 winners for their advice on how to run this Sunday’s race. Each had their own unique perspective, ranging more than three decades of experience from the 1992 to 2012 men’s champions. The consensus, however, was to stay under control within the first few miles of the race due to the hills. Along Enfield/15th Street is one of the toughest stretches in Austin.


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Nike, Brooks Running Get Entangled in Track Controversy

The sporting world got a jolt last week from the prospect that college football players might unionize. Now another surprise is afoot: U.S. track stars are considering a strike.

Top professional track and field athletes are preparing for collective action against the sport’s governing body that could lead some athletes to boycott the U.S. national track and field championships in June.


Which U.S. athletes were drug tested the most in 2013?

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released its testing numbers for the fourth quarter of 2013 on Tuesday. Its comprehensive database allows searchers to see all in- and out-of-competition tests under its program for every Olympic sports athlete. USADA conducted 9,197 tests last year, breaking the record of 8,580 from 2009. USADA has been testing since 2000. Of those 9,127 tests, 6,088 were documented in individual athlete test histories.


2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championship to be held in Zell am See-Kaprun in Salzburg, Austria

IRONMAN is excited to announce that Zell am See-Kaprun Salzburgerland, Austria has been selected to host the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon. This marks the first time that the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship race will be held in Europe.

Zell am See-Kaprun is a small district in the state of Salzburg. It is around 750m and has a normal population of 9,500 according to the Wikipedia page on the district. A press conference will be held at 2:00 PM CET on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 to learn more about the selection of Zell am See-Kaprun – including detailed information on the course, exciting new events leading up to the race, tourism impact and more.


Q&A With World’s Greatest Decathlete, Ashton Eaton

Ashton Eaton has been the world’s dominant combined-eventer over the past few seasons so we thought it was time to take a peek into the life of the US all-rounder.

Earlier this month, Eaton successfully defended his heptathlon title at the IAAF World Indoor Championships and he is the reigning world and Olympic decathlon champion, as well as being the world record-holder for the indoor and outdoor combined-event discipline.


The Thrill of Triathlons After 50 (Wall Street Journal) 

Here’s one really big advantage in being over 50: If you suddenly decide to do a triathlon, a race that includes a swim, bike ride and run, the number of competitors in your age group is likely to be relatively small. And take it from me—at age 58—if you’re feeling somewhat adrift or have experienced a series of disappointments, entering a triathlon can lead to instant glory. Well, almost instant glory. It does take some effort. And naturally, there are risks.


No April Fool’s Joke – Runners Head to Pyongyang for North Korea Marathon

For the first time ever, North Korea is opening up the streets of its capital to runner-tourists for the annual Pyongyang marathon, undoubtedly one of the most exotic feathers in any runner’s cap.

Tourism companies say they are getting inundated by requests to sign up for the April 13 event, which this year will include amateur runners from around the world. The race includes a full marathon – with a handful of world-class, invitation-only athletes – a half marathon and a 10-kilometer run.


Woman Aims to Win Marathons in All 50 States

Camille Herron considered the Knoxville Marathon in Tennessee, with its myriad turns and undulating terrain, the toughest of the 26 marathons she has run. She still managed to win the women’s title Sunday in 2:44:27.

A three-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier, Herron now has victories in 12 marathons in nine different states. Her goal is to win a marathon in all 50 states.


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