///Your Weekly Texas Running Post Roundup: Sept. 1-7

Your Weekly Texas Running Post Roundup: Sept. 1-7

Usain Bolt plans to retire from athletics after Olympic Games 2016 in Rio

Usain Bolt, who runs his last race of the season when he competes in the 100 metres in Friday’s Diamond League meeting in Brussels, says his mission is to continue his domination of the sprint events for the next three years but admits that winning another Olympic gold medal at the Rio Games would be the perfect way to bow out.

“I think if I am in great shape, I’ll go there and do what I have to do,” he told a news conference on Wednesday. “I think it will be a good time to retire on top and having dominated for so long.”

Philadelphia, Cowtown (Fort Worth) Marathons Compete for National Health Award

The Philadelphia and Cowtown marathons are finalists in the Aetna Voices of Health contest, a nationwide competition that awards cash prizes to organizations working to improve community health.

The two marathons are up against 31 other agencies, including the AIDS Alliance in Seattle, the Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey and Hosea Feed the Hungry in Georgia.

Brother and Sister Take Victory at Tri Rock Austin

1800 competitors faced hot and humid conditions during the TriRock Austin race on Labor Day. Without a doubt, the 84 degrees water temperature and >90 degree air with temperatures tested the strength and will of racers. Not least of all, the climate tested the willpower of the brother and sister duo from San Antonio, Daniel and Tatiana Vertiz, who took the overall victories in the Open Olympic Division.

Champion ironman, Chris “Macca” McCormack, and a local Austin native, Glenda Adams, won the male and female divisions of the sprint distance.

Rogue, Triple Digit Heat Steal Show at Zilker Relays

AUSTIN – An estimated 150 four-person relay teams showed up to run the annual Zilker Relays, braving triple digit temps under the sweltering August sun. Austin-based Rogue Running dominated the field, bringing more than 30 squads and taking top honors in the Overall Men, Overall Women, “Just for Fun”, Open Women, Family, Open Mixed, Master Women and Master Mixed.

Race Director Paul Perrone, sweaty and visibly tired from running his 2.5 mile leg, was pleased. “What a great evening,” he proclaimed. “I’m so happy with the turnout and how it has all been so smooth.”

Rock ‘n’ Roll Series Drops Elite Runner Support

While the news is upsetting to elite runners across the United States, a move like this was inevitable and might be the start of a trend. While bringing in a guy like Meb Keflezighi or Ryan Hall adds some extra press to the race, it matters very little to the majority of casual participants who make up the vast majority of Rock ‘N’ Roll marathon/half marathon registrants.

The decision by Competitor Group is definitely a huge blow to men and women who attempt to make a living off competing. While the events will still offer prize money, having to pay for travel, lodging and other related expenses negates just about all of the potential earnings.

48 Hours To Fame Featuring Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee Premieres Sept. 6 on Universal Sports

48 Hours to Fame showcases World Champion and Olympic decathletes Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee in their quests to be called “The World’s Greatest Athlete”. The 90-minute documentary details the rigors and determination it takes to complete against the world’s best in the decathlon–10 track and field events held over two days of competition. Eaton, Hardee and former World Record holder Dan O’Brien describe their strategies to compete in the world’s toughest two-day competition.

 

5 lessons we learned while training for our first triathlon

(CNN) — With less than 48 hours to go before our Fit Nation team tackles its first triathlon in Malibu, California, we asked them to reflect on the past nine months of training. Here are the top five lessons they learned:

Like riding a bike, sometimes in life you just have to let go.

Learning to ride the bike was the toughest challenge I had on this journey. Every ride I had until the midway trip in Florida was full of fear and white knuckles. I couldn’t make myself lay off the brakes coming down hills, so it made it very hard to climb back up. But on the midway trip, Coach April got inside my head and heart. During a bike ride, she said, “I want you to know you deserve this — all the time and work you’ve put into this. It’s worth it; all you have to do is let go and take it.”

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