Doug Hawley: New year means new goals for area runners
Like many people, runners set goals for each new year. Less than two full weeks into 2014, most area runners are undefeated when it comes to road races — not unlike football players in August during preseason workouts. Until beaten, they might even feel infallible.
Doug Hawley: Security concerns not slowing down runners
Nothing short of a hurricane could keep the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta from taking place every July 4.
That’s a certainty when you have runners from all 50 states — plus some from other countries — making their reservations for the world’s largest 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) road race. The journey from Buckhead to Piedmont Park attracts some 60,000 participants, a number equivalent to a standing-room only crowd for a Georgia Tech home football game.
Doug Hawley: Summer can be used for relaxation and running
We often hear about young athletes becoming most successful thanks to their offseason work. That certainly is true for area high school cross country runners, who have some three months before their 2013 season hits full stride in September. What they do this summer can affect their results during the fall.
Doug Hawley: Zimmerman has major goals for running club
Erica Zimmerman has made a strong impact in a short time with the Carpet Capital Running Club.
In less than two years as part of the organization, Zimmerman already is its new president. She took the gavel from Jennifer Cooley during the club’s annual banquet, held recently at Dalton Golf and Country Club.
Chris Stephens: 10-Miler a special race
It’s hard to beat crossing the finish line. No pun intended. Whatever the distance — marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, 2-mile, 1-mile, 10 feet — it doesn’t matter.
Misty Watson: Celebrating a milestone in kilometers
I did it!
I have been waiting two years, two weeks and three days to write those words.
Doug Hawley: New cause for old race
The 25th annual Dalton St. Patrick’s Day Road Race — the two-mile event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on March 15 at First Presbyterian Church (510 S. Tibbs Road) — will have a special flavor.
Misty Watson: Moving at my own pace
I’ve been longing for this day for months. I wanted to feel the burn in my lungs and hear my feet as they hit rhythmically on the pavement. I wanted to push myself to go further. I wanted to feel that crazy burst of energy that only follows a good cardio workout.
Doug Hawley: Crane gives full effort for half marathon
Long distance running and football are hardly considered a logical mix in our athletic society. Most football coaches believe 50-yard sprints or gassers to be punishment for their players, who likely concur with them.
A Hidden Story
See if you can guess what country I am talking about based on this lead from a recent Associated Press story.
“Policemen turned their guns on each other, soldiers shed their uniforms rather than obey orders to fire on protesters, and three young men who tried to escape were beheaded by forces loyal to (to the) President.”
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