Archive for the ‘Races and Places’ Category

JAYBIRD // Ragnar Trail – Zion

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

What an adventure and fun experience embracing the elements and learning what your body is really capable of. We went from sunny and warm to 6″ of snow all within 12 hours and everybody just kept on running. Big thanks to Ragnar and all the teams for the dedication and good times. Power Your Passion.

JayBird & Curtis Keene

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Vital MTB features JayBird and Curtis Keene!

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NYC Marathon Announces Post-Cancellation Resolution

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

2012 registrants have option of full refund or guaranteed entry into 2013, 2014 or 2015 marathon.

Registrants for the 2012 New York City Marathon will get a full refund of their entry fee or be guaranteed entry into the 2013, 2014 or 2015 edition of the race at the 2012 entry fee, the New York Road Runners announced today. Runners who opt for the guaranteed-entry choice will have to pay to enter the future race.

“We are sorry that it has taken us longer to resolve these issues than we had originally hoped,” NYRR’s statement on the resolution read. “We have been working to offer the best possible solutions in order to meet the needs of the many different groups associated with the Marathon.”

This year’s registrants have three choices:

1. Receive a full refund of their entry fee, excluding the $11 fee for taking part in the registration lottery. (more…)

The Best Halloween Runs in America

Friday, October 19th, 2012

If your belly’s full of bite-sized Snickers and the trick-or-treaters don’t show up at your door for another two weeks, it might be a good idea to go for a run. Or maybe you just want to sport your homemade PSY costume and “Gangnam Style” your way to the finish line. Check out these Halloween races that are more about the costume and party than that whole running thing.

Devil’s Chase 6.66 Miler
Salem, Massachusetts
Saturday, October 27 ($40 in advance/$45 race day,
Price: $40 in advance and $45 race day

If you’re into superstitions, you can secure bib #666 for this 6.66 mile run—but you’ll have to pony up for it. Last year, the winning bid on the beast-numbered bib was $366.66, so get ready to dig deep into your pockets if you fancy numerology. Competing in the costume contest? Remember to dress in a devil-themed costume to be eligible. And if pitchforks and horns aren’t your thing, get creative: Deviled eggs and Devil’s food cake are also acceptable costumes . . . but dude, good luck finding those at your local Party City. (more…)

Tiebreaker ruling not a practical one

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Unfortunately, USA Track and Field did not consider Justin Gatlin’s suggestion for settling the tie between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh for the third and final Olympic spot in the women’s 100 meters.

“I’m voting for Jell-O wrestling match,” Gatlin said. “Red Jell-O. That’s my favorite.”

That certainly would have boosted ratings, but after debating the situation Saturday night and Sunday, USA Track and Field came up with another solution that is a confusing blend of democracy, athleticism and random luck. This is how it will work, and you better take notes because I’m only going over it once:

First, Felix and Tarmoh will be given the option of declining the spot on the team and becoming the alternate while the other runner takes the final spot. (Yeah, that’s likely.)

If neither runner declines the spot, each will be asked whether she wants the tiebreaker to be a coin flip or a runoff. And this is where it gets complicated.

If both agree on a runoff, there will be a runoff. If one says runoff and the other says coin flip, there will be a runoff. If both say coin flip, there will be a coin flip. If neither runner chooses a method, there will be a coin flip.

Got that? Good. Because now we have to discuss when this runoff or coin flip would happen. And the answer is: We don’t know, other than it has to be determined by the end of the trials next Sunday when the Olympic team is finalized. And given that both runners are entered in the 200, which has its final Saturday, it could take until then before the runners decide.

Oh, and one last thing. The winner of the runoff gets to host the World Series. (more…)


Friday, May 4th, 2012

Participating in an Olympic event for the majority of athletes requires a great deal of determination and perseverance in order to make it to the Olympics.  The Olympics is a culmination of a lifetime of hard work striving to be the World’s best.  This year’s Olympic Summer Games in London will be no different in that every competitor will have overcome the odds to end up on an international stage, but for some those obstacles are more readily apparent.

The London 2012 Paralympic Games will be the biggest Paralympics yet, with 20 sports involving participants from 163 competing nations. The UK is considered to be the birthplace of the Paralympic Games and has a strong history in Paralympic sport. In 1948, Dr. Ludwig Guttmann organised a wheelchair archery competition at Stoke Mandeville hospital for World War II soldiers with spinal cord injuries. Four years later, competitors from the Netherlands joined and the International Paralympic Movement was born. In preparing for the 2012 Paralympics, London has been praised for venue readiness and accessibility.

Paralympic sport venues will be spread across London in many different locations, including the Olympic Stadium and the ExCel Center, as well as the impressive Aquatics Centre and The Royal Artillery Barracks.

The London Games will be broadcast in Europe, with UK’s Channel 4 planning to broadcast over 150 hours of television coverage. Live web streaming and social media will play a big part in broadcasting news and updates for the Games.

The video was produced by the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

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Making Luck

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Have you ever known an athlete afflicted by everything from bee stings to forgotten equipment, bike crashes, blisters and missed wave starts? Bad luck seems to follow them. If something can go wrong, it does for them.

The opposite is the athlete who races and trains like an accountant. Everything is tabulated, check listed, prepared and re-checked. For them preparation and racing is a well-charted movement from point A to point B. Organized athletes experience a lower level of anxiety and spend less mental energy worrying.

One of the greatest performance coaches ever, author Steven Covey of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People coined the phrase “sphere of influence.” Covey was teaching the ability to separate the things we can control from the things we cannot. He emphasized the importance of focusing on things within our sphere of influence, the things we can exert control over. For the athlete that means meticulous attention to details of hydration, nutrition and equipment. It means knowing the exact route a race course takes before you ever arrive at the venue. It means occupying yourself with every detail you can control and ignoring the ones you cannot. (more…)

Training for the Spartan Race

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

If you want to participate in the Spartan Race, a lot of time and preparation needs to go into it.  It’s a grueling obstacle race for those of you looking for a challenge.  New York resident and 2008 Death Race Champion Chris Mitchell has some insights for competitors.  Here are his suggestions for those braving the infamous race  that is guaranteed to push you mind, body and soul. (more…)

Mind Over Matter

Monday, March 19th, 2012

There is one common factor that stops people reaching their true potential whether you’re a client, a regular gym user or even an athlete. The problem is your own mind set. There are too many phrases like “I can’t do it, it’s too hard” or “I’m tired” -which are all used far too often. All that has happened here; is they have already convinced themselves they are defeated, and this is before they have even started! People will always find it difficult to reach fitness goals with a negative outlook or attitude. So this is simply “Mind over Matter” This is something I have learnt over time;in fitness industry. (more…)

10 Destination Races

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Turn your next race into a vacation (more…)