Ready to Run Store Austin, TexasNo More San Antonio Marathon in November

Hoping for cooler weather at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon and 1/2 Marathon, a promoter Monday confirmed the event will be held next year on Dec. 7. “Correct, and it will remain that weekend,” said Tracy Sundlun, executive vice president of the Competitor Group. “All the various scheduling issues have been addressed, so we can move this event three weeks later into the year.

 

Lance Armstrong Cuts a Deal at the 11th Hour

AUSTIN, Texas — A day before he was scheduled to give sworn testimony about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, Lance Armstrong reached a settlement Wednesday with an insurance company that was seeking $3 million in performance bonuses it paid him from 1999 to 2001.

Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance sued Armstrong in Texas earlier this year after he admitted he doped during a career in which he won the Tour de France seven times.

Calls for World Anti-Doping Agency to Develop “Approved Substance List”

It adds muscle to WADA’s resolve to ensure sport is clean. There is still, nevertheless, something missing. Perhaps it is the extreme measure that extreme situations require. Perhaps not. The old punishment – two years away – had guilty athletes return too quickly for some people’s liking. For these people, a longer ban will almost certainly block them from a staging of the greatest show on earth, the Olympics.

Apparently, the successful appeal by British sprinter Dwain Chambers against a lifetime Olympic ban didn’t sit well with them.

 

Austin Family’s 20-Year Turkey Trot Tradition

Which came first: The turkey or the trot? Each Thanksgiving, Bill and Rita Keenan host a crowd for Thanksgiving. Family members and friends stream in from around the country – brothers from Connecticut, a son from Atlanta, friends from Houston.

Sure, turkey’s on the agenda. But another family tradition took hold 20 years ago and might be just as important.

 

Black Distance Runners Hall of Fame Inducts Inaugural Members

The inaugural Black Distance Runners Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held on Friday in Richmond, Virginia, in conjunction with the Richmond Marathon. The first class of inductees included distance running pioneer Ted Corbitt (seen above) and 1977 Boston Marathon runner-up Marilyn Bevans.

This was the ninth year that the National Black Marathoners Association (NBMA) held its annual summit in conjunction with a marathon. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony on the eve of the marathon was a new – and necessary – addition, according to Tony Reed, co-founder and executive director of the NBMA.

 

Alberto Salazar Signs on To Coach More Runners in Great Britain

British distance runners have received great news after UK Athletics secured the services of Mo Farah’s American coach Alberto Salazar to help develop more world-beating athletes in the track endurance events.

The 55-year-old was responsible for getting the best out of Farah and coaching him to become the Olympic and World champion in the 5,000m and 10,000m. In agreeing to become a consultant for UK Athletics, the national body has scored a major triumph in the sport that will leave other federations green with envy.