Year: 2015

Organizations Help Young Girls Gain Confidence through Running

According to the World Health Organization, girls suffer from anxiety and depression twice as often as boys. However, several non-profit organizations are offering a way for girls to run, which will help them connect better with themselves, and teach things like confidence, steady breathing, and self-discipline.

Title IX Girls was founded by Stacy Rodriguez-Rennard in 2007. She is a mental health clinician who is also a passionate runner. “Girls between 9 and 15 are in a very precarious stage of development,” she says, “They’re operating from a very emotional and not-so-rational place.”…

Retired Navy Veteran Runs in Honor of Fallen Heroes

Since retiring from the Navy as Senior Chief Petty Officer, Sid Busch has finished hundreds of half-marathons and full-marathons to honor the service members that have been lost.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has reported that between 11 and 20 percent of veterans from the Afghanistan and Iraqi wars suffer from post-traumatic stress (PTS), compared to only around 7 percent of average citizens who will have it during the course of their lives.…

The First Running Guide Dog Helps His Blind Owner Go the Distance

Every morning, Richard Hunter leaves his home at nine o’clock to go jogging in his neighborhood, but he doesn’t do so alone. He has a running partner named Klinger who has long hair and a long tongue that flops out of his mouth during the whole run.

Klinger is a German Shepherd, and the very first guide dog to have been officially trained to be a running partner to a blind person. That person would be Hunter, who was formerly a school psychologist. When he was 22, doctors diagnosed him with retinitis pigmentosa, which caused him to progressively lose his …

The Oldest Female to Finish a Marathon Does So at 92

Harriette Thompson is 92 years old and has survived cancer twice, but that hasn’t stopped her from running in marathons every year to raise money for cancer charities or becoming the oldest woman to run in and complete a marathon.

A resident of Charlotte, NC, Thompson recently completed the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon. Her unofficial finishing time was 7:24:36 for the full 26.2 miles.…

Running Across the Rockies for Epilepsy

When Jenny Lebaw was eight years old, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. Her doctors told her that she wouldn’t be able to lead a normal life, participate in sports, or drive a car.

Although she’s already proved doctors wrong by becoming a CrossFit World Games athlete who’s sponsored by Reebok, she’s now setting out to run 500 miles along the ridge of the Rockies so she can raise money and awareness for epilepsy.…

80-Year-Old Completes His 17th Chicago Marathon

Frank Abramic has been watching people run in the park by his home for years. In an interview with Runner’s World, he admitted, “I used to think, ‘These people are crazy – they don’t look like they’re having any fun. They look like they’re always in pain.’”

But, when he was 63, he had a change of heart and began running himself. Now, he understands the pain that runners endure and the exhilaration of pushing through it. This year marks the 17th consecutive year in which he completed the Chicago Marathon with a respectable 6:22:01.…

Why Barefoot Running was the Best and Worst

Barefoot running was one of the biggest crazes in the running world, and was insanely popular a few years ago, particularly because of the book by Christopher McDougall, “Born to Run,” which is being made into a movie with Matthew McConaughey as the lead. The idea was simple: take your shoes off, and let the natural motion combined with a perfectly balanced landing on your bare foot and all of your aches and pains will go away.

McDougall called Huntington Beach resident Ken Bob Saxton the “great bearded sage” when it came to barefoot running. However, as barefoot running became …

Mother and Son to Set Marathon World Record

On Sunday at the Abingdon Marathon, Jessica and Daniel Bruce became the first mother and son team to complete a marathon while the mother was pushing a pram.

Daniel Bruce was only 7 months old during the marathon, and was likely the only competitor there who didn’t hit a wall on account of the fact that he spent most of the first 20 miles napping and kept himself hydrated by drinking a bottle of milk around mile 21.…

From Couch Potato to Amputee to Marathon Runner

Originally from Huntington Beach California, Jami Marseilles says that she never did much with her legs when she did have them, and she certainly never would have expected herself to ever try running a marathon, much less with prosthetic legs.

But, when Marseilles was 19, she lost both of her legs to frost bite and was then fitted with prosthetics. It was then that she did start exercising, and eight years after that she decided to try running. Now, she’s decided she wants to become the first female bi-lateral amputee to complete a full marathon. It took another eight years …