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Conley heads NorCal Distance Project

Oct. 6, 2014 For immediate release Elite local training group offers structure, support Talented distance runners find the competitive landscape shifts dramatically after college, a sudden uncertainty bringing unsettling questions. Who’s my coach? Where do I find the right training partners? And how do I pay for it all? Drew Wartenburg hopes the NorCal Distance Project answers those questions for top local runners. The former UC Davis track and cross country coach guided Kim Conley to a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team and the 10,000-meter...

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CIM Reaches Registration Cap

Sept. 19, 2014 For immediate release A field of 9,000 entrants expected for Dec. 7 race The California International Marathon has reached its registration cap for the sixth consecutive year. But there are still two ways runners can gain a spot in the Dec. 7 race, which is put on by the Sacramento Running Association. There are 300 charity entries available at $275 each, with 100 percent of the money going to the SRA’s youth fitness programs. Part of the entry fee ($125) is tax deductible. Runners who meet the CIM’s time standards – five...

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SRA Plans Parkway Cleanup

Sept. 17, 2014 For immediate release Local runners can give back in Saturday event at Sunrise Love running in the American River Parkway? Here’s a chance to give back to a scenic stretch of many a workout. The Sacramento Running Association plans to use its September Come Run event on Saturday to help clean up the American River Parkway in the lower Sunrise recreation area. From 9 a.m.-noon, runners can join SRA staff and Elite Team members in cleaning up trash along the riverbanks, pedestrian and equestrian trails, bike trail and levee area....

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Kibii takes aim at CIM

Sept. 3, 2014 For immediate release Kenya native hopes talent can overcome challenges Jane Kibii grew up in a magical place for running, the small town of Iten, Kenya providing the perfect elements to develop into a distance standout. She lived about three miles from her school and would run with other kids there and back twice a day in the thin air at 8,000 feet above sea level in the Great Rift Valley. “I just got into it,” she said. “We ran to school. We’d have to come back home for lunch. We’d run home and then run back to school. “It...

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CIM registration is almost full

Aug. 22, 2014 For immediate release Race expected to reach 9,000-runner cap again Despite increasing competition, the 32nd annual California International Marathon is closing in on its 9,000-runner registration cap with 3 ½ months left before the Dec. 7 race. Marathon growth has exploded since 2000, with the number of U.S. marathons increasing from approximately 300 in 2000 to more than 1,100 in 2013. But the CIM remains strong thanks to its connection to the community and its reputation as an optimal Boston Marathon qualifying course. The...

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A World Record at CIM?

Aug. 7, 2014 For immediate release Tollefsons’ combined effort sets apparent Guinness mark Tim and Lindsay Tollefson headed into the 2013 California International Marathon hoping to record qualifying times for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. The couple might have achieved something else last December during the 26.2-mile race from Folsom to the state Capitol: a Guinness World Record. The Tollefsons’ combined time of 5 hours – he ran 2:18:29, she finished in 2:41:31 — appears to be the fastest marathon run by a married couple in...

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Abbott, Asch take SRA reins

July 31, 2014 For immediate release Executive director ran at Jesuit; race director comes from Texas The Sacramento Running Association stayed close to home to land its new executive director, then pivoted and reached deep into the heart of Texas to bring aboard its director of race operations. Scott Abbott, who ran with Olympian Michael Stember for legendary coach Walt Lange at Jesuit High School before competing for UCLA and coaching at Sacramento State, takes over as the SRA’s executive director. Eli Asch, a runner at Whitman College in...

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SRA offers CIM training

July 16, 2014 For immediate release Program helps runners achieve marathon goals Ready to run your first marathon, savor a personal-best effort or maybe even land a Boston Marathon qualifying time? Check out the Sacramento Running Association’s California International Marathon Training Program, which offers runners individualized attention, excellent coaching and a chance to experience the camaraderie that comes with taking on a challenge together. The 15-week program begins on Aug. 24, with a mandatory kickoff meeting set for Aug. 20 at the...

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Conley wins national title at home

June 26, 2014 For immediate release SRA standout roars down stretch to beat Hasay in 10,000 meters Kim Conley stayed positive as Jordan Hasay passed her heading into the final turn of the women’s 10,000 meters at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships Thursday night at Hornet Stadium. “I just kept saying one word over and over, and that’s courage,” Conley said after chasing down Hasay in the final straightaway to win her first national title. “It’s a dangerous place to be, in front. If I could still be there with 120 (meters) to go, I...

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Conley takes aim at 10,000 title

June 24, 2014 For immediate release SRA star and 2012 Olympian ready for U.S. Championships Kim Conley went to Eugene, Ore. in 2012 and delivered some magic, roaring down the stretch to finish third in the women’s 5,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials and earn a trip to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. This time, the Sacramento Running Association standout and West Sacramento resident gets a chance to perform on a national stage at home. The former UC Davis standout heads into this week’s USA Track and Field Outdoor...

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