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SRA’s Freedom Mile offers classic test

June 6, 2013 For immediate release From Bannister to El Guerrouj, the distance delivers its magic The mile remains one of running’s magical events, a classic distance that demands strength and speed, delivers riveting competition and dares to remind us of what’s possible. Check out its rich history. For years, a sub-4 minute mile seemed impossible, until Great Britain’s Roger Bannister removed such limits with an electrifying 3:59.4 effort on May 6, 1954. That breakthrough swung the door wide open. Australian John Landy ran 3:57.9 a month...

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Mills leads first class into SRA Hall of Fame

Jan. 28, 2013 For immediate release Olympic gold medalist inducted with seven other local runners Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills headlined a talented group of eight runners inducted into the Sacramento Running Association’s Hall of Fame on an inspiring Saturday night at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. Mills and the other members of the SRA’s inaugural Hall of Fame class – Rae Clark, Eileen Claugus, Chris Iwahashi, Helen Klein, Paul Reese, Dennis Rinde and Linda Somers Smith – were honored at a dinner attended by nearly 300 people....

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Mills stunned track world with Olympic gold

Jan. 25, 2013 For immediate release His 10,000-meter triumph in 1964 leads to SRA Hall of Fame honor (Last in a series highlighting the eight members of the Sacramento Running Association’s inaugural Hall of Fame class. Today: Billy Mills). Billy Mills turned one of the greatest moments in Olympic history into a platform for helping and inspiring others. Mills stunned the track world by surging past favorite Ron Clarke of Australia and Mohammed Gammoudi of Tunisia to win the gold medal in the 10,000 meters at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo....

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Clark’s career covers road, track and trail

Jan. 18, 2013 For immediate release Auburn runner set national marks for 100-mile and 24-hour events (Fourth in a series highlighting the eight members of the Sacramento Running Association’s inaugural Hall of Fame class. Today: Rae Clark). Rae Clark did it all, winning races and setting records on the road, trail and track. So he chuckles in embracing a label given him for his ability to succeed in so many running venues: Renaissance Man. “Whoever coined that one, I thought that was kind of funny,” Clark said. “Road, track and trail, I do...

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Claugus savors selection into SRA Hall of Fame

Jan. 17, 2013 For immediate release Former Rio Americano standout set national records as teenager (Third in a series highlighting the eight members of the Sacramento Running Association’s inaugural Hall of Fame class. Today: Eileen Claugus). Eileen Claugus looks back with deep appreciation for a running career that included national records, marathon victories and a spot as an alternate in the 1,500 meters on the 1972 U.S. Olympic team. What the former Rio Americano High School and UC Davis star really savors, though, is the transition she’s...

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Hall of Famer Rinde keeps on running

Jan. 9, 2013 For immediate release Former Case Roble standout ran eight sub-2:15 marathons (Second in a series highlighting the eight members of the Sacramento Running Association’s inaugural Hall of Fame class. Today: Dennis Rinde). Dennis Rinde can look back on his running career and take great pride in an impressive number of significant accomplishments. The former Casa Roble High School and Sacramento State standout ran eight marathons under 2 hours and 15 minutes, including a 2:12:01 effort in finishing seventh at the 1981 Boston...

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Klein delivers huge dose of inspiration

Jan. 4, 2013 For immediate release Rancho Cordova runner encourages others with her Hall of Fame career (First in a series highlighting the eight members of the Sacramento Running Association’s inaugural Hall of Fame class. Today: Helen Klein). Ask Helen Klein what she’s most proud of in her running career and she doesn’t talk about any of the world records she’s set or the demanding ultramarathons she’s conquered. She simply mentions paving the way for others. The 90-year-old Rancho Cordova runner has certainly done that, her inspiring story...

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Wallace returns to SRA ready for success

Feb. 28, 2013 For immediate release Former Sac State star struggled with injury, loss during Trials In a perfect world, Lea Wallace would have raced in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials full of confidence and hope during the biggest week of her running life. But her Trials experience proved far more challenging. The former Sacramento State star suffered a retinal hemorrhage the week before heading to Eugene, leaving her with only partial vision in her right eye. And as she prepared for the first round of the women’s 800 meters, she...

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SRA Elite Team eager to build on 2012 success

Feb. 22, 2013 For immediate release Conley’s Olympic berth, Tapia’s CIM victory among highlights The Sacramento Running Association’s Elite Team hopes to build on its impressive first-year success as it heads into 2013. After breakout performances in 2012 by Kim Conley, who made the U.S. Olympic team in the women’s 5,000 meters, and Kevin Tapia, who won the California International Marathon, the SRA Elite Team looks for more major success this year. “There was obviously a lot of exciting stuff happening in the last year,” said Kevin Pool, who...

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Conley grabs second at cross country nationals

Feb. 4, 2013 For immediate release Olympian and SRA Elite Team runner earns a spot in world championships Olympian Kim Conley, who runs for the Sacramento Running Association’s Elite Team, earned a spot in the World Cross Country Championships with a second-place finish Saturday in the U.S. Cross Country Championships in St. Louis. Conley, a former UC Davis standout, ran with winner Shalane Flanagan for six kilometers in the 8k race before Flanagan pulled ahead in the final 2,000 meters. Flanagan finished in 25 minutes and 49 seconds, with...

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