Saturday, February 13, 2016

2016 L.A. Marathon - Runner Tracking, Course Map, & More

The Olympians had their day on the streets of Los Angeles Saturday. Now it's time for the everyday runners (and a bunch more elites) to go marathoning on the city's streets in the 2016 Los Angeles Marathon. Check out these links for essential information on Sunday's race:
The weather will be warm again for the 2016 Los Angeles Marathon, as it was for Saturday's Olympic Marathon Trials. Be sure to stay hydrated and use any other strategies to keep cool. And good luck!

2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials - Watch Live! [RESULTS added]

The field for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon team will be set today in Los Angeles, and the event will be televised live for perhaps the first time. The top three men's and women's finishers will go to the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games later this year.

[UPDATE: the runners survived the hot conditions in L.A., and you can now view the U.S. Olympic Marathon results. Congrats to the winners who will represent the U.S. at the Summer Games in Rio:
Men: Galen Rupp, Meb Keflezighi, and Jared Ward
Women: Amy Cragg, Des Linden, and Shalane Flanagan]

Here are some places to find all the information you want to know about the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials in L.A.:
As usual, there are many stories within the race, including 40-year-old Boston Marathon winner and Olympic medalist (and defending trials winner) Meb Keflezighi, running in his last Olympic trials. And national 10,000 meters record holder Galen Rupp making his debut in the marathon. The women's field includes 2012 trials defending champion Shalane Flanagan and 2012 runner-up Des Linden.

For previews of the race, see write-ups from the Competitor series, five things to watch for from Runner's World, and a look at Rupp's journey.

Enjoy the race, and good luck to all competitors in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon trials!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

2016 Spring Lake 5 Race Registration - Open Now!

Spring Lake 5 starting line
The start of the Spring Lake 5 a few years ago. See registration info for this year's race below.

Registration is open for the 2016 Spring Lake 5 race at the Jersey shore!

The online sign-up just opened, at 5 a.m. on Feb. 7th, and you can register for the Spring Lake 4 here. The five-mile race takes place May 28th—Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend—at 8:30 a.m. A series of kids' races will also be held; these are listed as 6 p.m. (on Friday the 27th, we'd assume). Registration for the kids' races opens Feb. 15th at 12:01 a.m.

This is one of the most popular races in New Jersey, and always sells out quickly. (The site notes, "Registration ends February 7, 2016 at 11:59pm EST," but the field may well be full before then.) [UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Apparently the 2016 Spring Lake 5 is sold out; the website says that online registration is no longer available. BUT: in past years, runners have been able to enter the race by signing up through a number of charities, which involves committing to raise a certain amount of donations for the charity. See the Spring Lake 5 website to find out if this option is available.]

In the meantime, check out the Spring Lake 5 course map.

Registration is now open, so go to the sign up page as soon as you see this. It may only take a few hours to fill up, maybe less than that?

Good luck, and start training now for the 2016 Spring Lake 5!