Andover High School (Minn.) cross-country athlete Josh Ripley was running at a meet last week when he came upon Mark Paulauskas, a rival from Lakeview South High School, who was on the ground bleeding and in pain after being unintentionally spiked by another runner.
Ripley, instead of racing past Paulauskas or finishing the race and then sending help back to him, picked up Paulauskas and carried him back to the start area to his family and coach.
“I didn’t think about my race, I knew I needed to stop and help him,” Ripley said in the school district release. “It was something I would expect my other teammates to do. I’m nothing special; I was just in the right place at the right time.”
Paulauskas ended up needing a walking boot and 20 stitches for the wound.
“Being propelled 20 feet in the air and landed on the grass, I have to consider the facts – I’m extremely lucky to be here,” she said. “You can be as careful and safe as you like, and it just takes one.”
Buohler and her friend, Mary Rine, were supposed to be traveling to Spain today to compete in the Duathlon World Championships. Buohler was going to be competing for the first time as a United States citizen, something she was very excited about.
Buohler has been a Facebook friend for several years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lisa as she recovers and heals from the accident.
I hope everyone will use this as a wake-up to be even more careful while running and cycling on the roads. Many behind the wheel are impaired or simply not paying attention.
Most runners agree that Nike makes horrible running shoes. I wore them for my very first marathon and could barely walk for two weeks afterwards. I haven’t even thought twice about lacing up a pair of them since.
However, those that I know who wear Nike running shoes are usually elite runners and they are often wearing the Nike Lunar Racer. The only shoe from the 2000’s that made this list.
Others I recognize on this list are the Nike Air Cortez (1972) which created a huge hoopla in the running community in the early 70’s, New Balance 991 (big boys wear), Nike Air Pegasus, and of course the Nike Air Max versions.
The list is laughable in the fact that a Reebok Insta Pump (#38) made the list.
What’s up with a shoe named after Mariah Carey (Nike Air Mariah PR #39) making the Top 50? Surely that’s not really named after Butterfly Carey is it? Although, she first made it big around that time.
What is your favorite running shoe of all-time? What do you think about this list?
Last year, the Southern Tennessee Plunge Marathon & 1/2 Marathon took place in Winchester, Tennessee in early October. Not many knew much about the event, but those that showed up were more than impressed by the organization, bling, and swag from the 1st year race.
The half marathon had 150 runners while the full marathon had 48 finishers. Race Director Whitney Franklin is expecting to build on those numbers for the 2011 version.
This year the full marathon course is suppose to be even faster (fewer hills) and the finishing bling (medals) for both races will be even better than the inaugural version. We’ve been given a preview of the finisher’s medals and they are VERY nice.
Franklin added, “The course is not pancake flat, but it’s not extremely challenging either. It has a few rolling hills and is very scenic, especially around Tims-Ford Lake.”
Both races start and finish on the square in downtown Winchester.
Also, the Southern Tennessee Plunge Marathon is offering all RunItFast.com readers a $10 discount for the race. Just use the code ‘RunItFast’ when signing up.
Run It Fast will also be giving all runners who sign up with the ‘RunItFast’ code a RunItFast.com running tech shirt as well.
Memphis runner Feb Boswell crushed the Bartlett Park Ultra (BPU) 50K course record on Saturday in Bartlett, Tennessee with a blazing time of 4:02:12.
Feb on Facebook after the race, “Pretty stoked with doing a training run at the BPU 50K this morning and getting a course record! Great race put on by some great folks!”
The previous course record for the BPU trail ultra was 4:07:10 by Eric Charette back in 2009.
Stacey Shaver-Matson broke the female 50K course record with a 5:16:27.
BPU 50K Top 5 Results
Feb Boswell – 4:02:12
Trapper Presley – 4:21:56
Erno Lindner – 4:51:47
Joseph Antoine – 4:58:02
Stacey Shaver-Matson (F) – 5:16:27
The beauty of the BPU race is that you have three options. You can stop at the 50K or continue to run either a 40 miler or 50 miler.
Matt Walker set a record, as well on Saturday, for the BPU 40 Miler – finishing in a time of 6:37:30. The previous course record for the 40 miler was by Mark Denherder in 6:48:02
Second place finisher Chris Estes had the fourth fastest time in the 40 mile course’s history running a 6:52:32.
BPU 40 Mile Top 5 Results
Matt Walker – 6:37:30
Chris Estes – 6:52:32
Christy Scott (F) – 7:06:20
Gary Thornton – 7:49:50
George Peterka – 8:07:23
But the most impressive performance of the day came in the BPU 50 Miler where Podog Vogler demolished the course record by over 72 minutes, running a 7:28:12 to beat Harry Camp’s record of 8:40:27 from 2007.
Karen Martin also broke her own female 40 mile course record by nearly 35 minutes.
BPU 50 Mile Top 5 Results
Podog Vogler – 7:28:12
Karen Martin (F) – 9:01:10
John Loucks – 9:39:27
Michael Poole – 9:42:25
Bruce Tanksley – 10:12:04
Congrats to all three men who set course records in the 50K, 40 miler, and 50 miler on Saturday. Impressive feats on a trail with so many roots and turns.
Race director Mike Samuelson and his team of volunteers do a really great job of putting on this race every year.