participation continues to grow
Despite bad weather that forced the cancellation of several large
marathons, participation in the 26.2-mile distance set a record in 2013.
according to the latest annual marathon report from Santa Barbara,
Calif.-based Running USA.
year, 541,000 runners finished one of more than 1,100 marathons
nationwide, breaking the 518,000-finisher record set in 2011.
2012, only 487,000 people finished, mostly because of the cancellation
of the New York Marathon due to Super Storm Sandy.
down the 2013 figures, 57 percent of finishers were men and 43 percent
were women. Masters, those 40 years old and older, accounted for 47
percent of finishers.
1990, there's been a 140 percent increase in the number of marathon
finishers. During the past decade alone, the number of finishes has
increased 40 percent.
times, however, have soared since 1990, probably due to the influx of walkers and charity
walker/runners. In 1990, the median finisher's time for men was 3:32:17
and for women, 4:03:39. By 2013, it was 4:16:34 for men and 4:41:38 for
the full report at Running USA.
Nuci, half-marathon winner
takes overall Modesto Marathon
title, sets course record
somewhat of a rarity, a woman has bested all of her male counterparts
in a marathon.
this case, Anna Bretan was the overall winner of this
year's Modesto Marathon. Last year, she was
the overall female winner.
29-year-old from Berkeley won with a time of 2:41:52. She
also broke her own course record from last year and clocked an Olympic
marathon trials qualifying time.
nearest competitor was Matthnew Klundt, a 27-year-old male runner from
Fresno, who finished in 2:44:22. He won the men's overall title.
half-marathon, Miguel Nuci from Turlock won with 1:11:07, breaking his
own course record he set last year. And that was
despite being led astray by the lead bike, an error that he said
him about two minutes.
lead cyclist wanted Nuci to make a turn, but Nuci said that wasn't
correct and that he knew the course, since he ran it last year. The
cyclist insisted, so Nuci followed, only to have the cyclist admit a
bit farther on that Nuci was right. So Nuci had to backtrack.
the women's half-marathon was 45-year-old Kristi Rossi from
Hillsborough, who set a course record with 1:21:57.
more about the Modesto Marathon in the Modesto Bee or view additional
photos on the CVRunning Facebook page (you don't
need to have a Facebook account to view the images).
Virginia Corridor segment begins
activity on the dirt part of the Virginia Corridor between Bowen and
Woodrow avenues, and we're not talking about city street sweepers
half-mile stretch is now cordoned off with portable chain link fencing,
and it appears construction on a new paved portion will begin shortly.
Modesto Bee in July 2013 reported that the city was expected inAaugust
put out bids for construction of the next extension.
was expected to start in October 2013, according to the Bee, but it's
quite apparent that didn't happen.
cost was reported to be about $3 million for pavement, landscaping,
lighting and benches. That comes out to about $6 million per mile.
$3 million comes from grants the city received. Eventually the city
hopes to extend the corridor north to Bangs Avenue, which the Bee
reported would cost about $6 million and include a bridge over
based on the $3
million for just one-half mile without a bridge, that $6 million may be
overly optimistic. There is no timetable for completion of the trail.
Even if there were, the city doesn't seem to adhere to any timetable.
competed, the Virginia Corridor will span 4.2 miles from College Avnue
south of Stoddard Avenue to Bangs.
hope that the same contractor that built the new arm of the Leaking
Lena Bay Bridge isn't working on the corridor extension.
Running names Modesto's
Jon Olsen #2 ultra runner of 2013
capped off a stellar year by being named Ultra Running magazine's #2 runner
of the year.
led the U.S. ultra-running team to a gold medal in the World 24-hour
Champions in Netherlands earlier this year. At the same time, he took
individual gold in the event with a distance of 167.568 miles.
on he set an American record for 100 miles on a track, becoming the
first American to crack the 12-hour barrier. Olsen ran 11:59:28.
record stood only a few months before it was broken by Zach Bitter..
capped off 2013 by running the 48-hour Aravaipa Running Across the
Years, placing second with 200.51 miles. That was after taking 13 hours
off to collect himself.
to Jon Olsen for recognition well deserved.
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