///Your Weekly Texas Running Post Round Up (Jan. 19-25, 2014)

Your Weekly Texas Running Post Round Up (Jan. 19-25, 2014)

Ready to Run Store Austin, TexasRock ‘n’ Roll Series Launches New Elite Program

SAN DIEGO—Reaffirming its historical commitment to elite runners, Competitor Group Inc., (CGI), owner of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, has announced plans for an elite athlete program that supports top-tier and developing international and American athletes in 2014.

Key elements of the program include…

 

Meb, Serena Burla Win U.S. Half Marathon Titles

Meb Keflezighi had been a national champion at various distances a total of 21 times in his career. Serena Burla had come close, with two previous runner-up finishes at the USA Half Marathon. When Sunday morning’s USA Half was over in Houston, Keflezighi had title number 22, and Burla had been to the top step of a USA championships podium for the first time.

The national half marathon championship was held in conjunction with the Houston Marathon, which continued its trend of Ethiopian dominance up front.

 

Is 3M the fastest half marathon on the planet?

If you ran the 3M Half Marathon last weekend, you might have felt a little Usain Bolt-like twitch of speed as you zipped along the mostly downhill course.

The race is known as a blazingly fast one, and results prove it. The youngest and oldest participants in this year’s race ran what appear to be “World’s Best” times, says race director John Conley.

 

Ready to Run launches Born to Run training program

Ready to Run, my new favorite running store in Northwest Hills, is launching a training program.

Former RunTex owner Paul Carrozza will head the Born to Run program at the store, 3616 Far West Boulevard. The program is designed to improve power and efficiency, reduce injuries, and prepare runners for distances from a mile to a marathon.

 

NBC denies role in Jones’ selection to U.S. Olympic bobsled team

With the retirement of speed skater Apolo Ohno, the withdrawal of skier Lindsey Vonn and no American singles figure skaters as a medal favorite, NBC was short on pre-made star athletes heading into this year’s Sochi Games. So clearly the network was pleased with Lolo Jones (and fellow track star Lauryn Williams, a three-time summer Olympian) being selected for the U.S. bobsled team last week. With her high Q rating, social media presence, and as a two-time Summer Olympian, including famously missing out on gold in Beijing after a late stumble in the 100-meter hurdles, Jones has provided NBC with a huge ratings opportunity for a sport that usually doesn’t get mega primetime coverage.

On this note, Sports on Earth writer Selena Roberts (a former Sports Illustrated senior writer and sports columnist for the New York Times) wrote a piece Thursday headlined “NOT A GOOD LOOK FOR NBC,” which implied NBC had a hand in Jones being named to the team.

Alan Webb’s Track Career To End Next Month

Alan Webb confirms Millrose will be retirement track race. “Burned out from running,” now training for triathlons. Webb, 31, texted, “I am serious about triathlon. I am in Arizona working with a USA Triathlon group right now. Something I have always wanted to do since I was a kid. And I am burned out from running.” Webb burst onto track scene as a high school star and ran a 3:53.43 mile in 2001 to break Jim Ryun’s HS record.