Monthly Archives: October 2007

Indiana is Obese

I recently did some research on “healthy living” and needed data related to childhood obesity, physical activity, nutrition, etc. The results are a little staggering.

Some of the results are here:

The state and federal governments are trying to curb the rising trend in obesity across the nation. I personally tend to be more conservative and think the government should be a last resort to “rescue” us from our personal problems. But something has to be done to keep us and our kids healthier.

I was happy to report back in August about the increasing trend of more runners there was a 5% increase from 2005 to 2006.

The Trust for America’s Health report also included statistics on public opinion about specific related programs:

  • 81% of Americans believe that the government should have a role in addressing the obesity crisis. Majorities strongly support government working on proposals to expand education programs about healthy living, provide low-cost access to exercise programs, and reduce the marketing of unhealthy foods.
  • 55% of parents with children under 18 believe lunches provided in schools are not nutritious enough.
  • 66% of Americans rated proposals to establish higher nutrition in school lunches as very useful.
  • Over 2/3rds of Americans believe children do not participate in adequate amounts of physical activity during the school day or engage in enough physical activity outside of school. More than 70 percent of Americans rated proposals to increase physical education in schools as very useful.
  • 60% of Americans favor a proposal to measure students’ BMI annually and confidentially provide this information to parents or guardians.

I know the Anderson Road Runners has a Children’s Fun Run program and most races include some type of kid’s event. What do you think we, as people who value fitness, can and should do to promote a healthier lifestyle for today’s youth?

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Greenwood 5K in the News

The Indy Star reported on the Inaugural Greenways of Greenwood 5K race.

About 140 runners participated in the inaugural 5K event on Saturday, and another 50 people came to show support. The Greenwood Parks and Recreation Department and sponsors Performance Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation held the event to raise support for the city’s 20-mile trail system.

The race is Greenwood’s first since two other races — the Madison Avenue Two-Mile and the Firecracker 10K and Sparkler 5K — were discontinued in the mid-1990s.

Race director Joshua Kendall said the interest in volunteering was overwhelming and he expects the race to grow each year.

“Having a race here has been excellent for the community,” he said. “Everyone’s been pretty pumped about it. We set some pretty low goals for the first year and we blew those away. The first year’s always kind of a little bit shaky, but everything seemed to go really well.”

About 10 kids participated in the Kid’s Fun Run following the 5K, where children in costumes had a chance to sprint in their own race.

“We really feel good about this event,” Madsen said. “Hopefully next year it’ll be even bigger and better.”

See the full article at Indy Star.

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Race Results from October 27

Here are the results from this past weekend. Don’t forget to let us know how your race went and any thoughts you have on it.

North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway

Friday’s Run Like Hell 3 Miler was won by Brian Shepherd of Ligoneier in 15:15 (5:05) about 30 seconds ahead of second place. Erin Nehus of Indianapolis won the female division in 16:16 (5:25) about 7 seconds ahead of second place and 7th overall. 138 participated in this event. Pictures on this page are from the photos taken during the race.

The Pleasant Run Run 5 Mile run was won by Ted Turner of Indianapolis in 24:47 (4:57) almost 4 minutes ahead of second place. Camille Herron of Lafayette won the female division in 29:36 (5:55) about 1 minute ahead of second place and 4th overall. 282 finished the 5 mile run. The 5 Mile Walk was won by Max Walker of Greenwood in 44:55 (8:59). Gail Brandenburg of Carmel won the female division in 56:16 (11:15) in 5th place. 40 finished this event with 2 DQ’s.

The Inaugural Greenways of Greenwood 5K was won by Aaron Harding in 15:39 (5:02) about 15 seconds ahead of 2nd place. Chikage Castle won the female division in 20:34 only 3 seconds ahead of Amanda Holzhausen for a 12th place finish. 117 finished this event.

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Marathon Challenge: PBS Special

On October 30, 2007 at 8PM PBS will broadcast a NOVA special called Marathon Challenge.

According to their website

it follows 13 generally sedentary people through a training regimen designed to prepare them for an ultimate test of stamina and endurance. Created in cooperation with the Boston Athletic Association®, which granted NOVA unprecedented access to the 111th Boston Marathon®, and Tufts University, “Marathon Challenge” takes viewers on a unique adventure inside the human body, tracking the physiological changes that exercise can bring about.


The Marathon Challenge site offers team biographies, journal entries from the participants, a complete training schedule, expert advice, and much more.


Check your local listings to make sure the date and time are correct. 



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Races on October 27

I won’t be out on the roads this weekend, but good luck to all who are. The fun begins Friday night!

Friday October 26

Run Like Hell begins downtown Indianapolis on the canal at 7pm. This is a Tuxbro hosted event, costumes are encouraged.

Saturday October 27

2007 Run the Greenway 10K Run & 5K Walk (pdf) begins at 9am at the Wysor Street Depot in Muncie. All proceeds benefit the Cardinal Greenway.

Inaugural Greenways of Greenwood 5K begins at 9am in Craig Park of Greenwood, IN. This event benefits the Greenway Trail System in Greenwood.

Pleasant Run 5Mi in Historic Irvington, Indianapolis begins at 10am. All proceeds from “Indy’s Oldest 5 Mile Competitive Race” go to the Marion County Children’s Guardian Home at this Tuxbro hosted event.

3rd Annual Run to the Creek 5K begins at 9:30am at McCormick’s Creek State Park near Spencer.

Women 4 Wellness Workshop is being held at the National Institute for Fitness and Sports. Registration is required.

FITNESS is Not Something You Just Talk About. FITNESS is something You Do! So, we won’t be doing our nails. We won’t be swapping recipes. This is a NO PANTYHOSE ZONE! Come Dressed for Action Come Ready for Fun!

Volunteers are needed for the 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championship event taking place in Terre Haute on November 19, 2007. To volunteer contact Mike Ireland at 812-230-2427.


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Olympic Trials Preview

The Men’s Marathon Olympic Trials are set for November 3 at Central Park in New York City. The race begins at 7:30 and will be featured briefly throughout the morning on NBC, but will be streamed live at NBCSports.

A map of the course (pdf) and spectator guide are available at the NYRR site. The USATF describes the course as

… a criterium-style course in Central Park that will start in Rockefeller Plaza and finish near Tavern on the Green. The criterium loop in Central Park will be the reverse of the loop used when NYRR hosted the USA 8 km Championships from 2002 to 2004. Athletes will run the loop five times, with distance added to complete the full 42.195 km of the marathon.

According to a press release

2004 Olympic Trials champion Alan Culpepper (Boulder, Colo.), Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi (San Diego, Calif.) and 10,000m and marathon Olympian Dan Browne (Portland, Ore.) lead a host of contenders who have officially made their bid to become the first members of Team USA’s Track & Field squad for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Also joining Culpepper, Keflezighi and Browne on the official entry list for the November 3 event are half-marathon American record-holder Ryan Hall (Big Bear Lake, Calif.), 2004 Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein (Eugene, Ore.), Brian Sell (Rochester Hills, Mich.) and two-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman (Tucson, Ariz.)

As of 10/21 Khalid Khannouchi has the fastest qualifying time of 2:07:04 (4:50).  The slowest time posted is 2:22:02 (5:25) which is actually 2 seconds over the “B” standard.  The “A” standard which means that USATF will pay for your trials participation is a 2:20:00 (5:20).  You may also obtain the “B” standard by racing a 5K in 13:40:00 (4:23) or a 10K in 28:45:00 (4:37).

You can watch a video collection about the athletes, the event, and American running at New York Road Runner’s Chasing Glory site.  Runner’s World also has a large selection of information.

It looks like it should be a great race, especially the finish.  Who do you think will win this year’s Marathon Trials?

There actually is an Anderson connection to one of the runners, but I can’t remember who he is.  Anyone remember??

The Women’s Marathon Trials will be held April 20 in Boston.

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Indy Classic Marathon Canceled, Again

It is being reported by the Indianapolis Star that the Indy Classic Marathon has issued full-refunds to participants:

The first Indy Classic Marathon, already postponed once, is all but canceled after spokesman Brian Meyers said today refunds have been given to all runners for the scheduled Nov. 3 race.

Meyers said the marathon lost “several hundred” volunteers within the past week to 10 days.

“Something’s out there, negative,” Meyers said. “Our volunteers are e-mailing or calling and saying they can’t make it.”

Meyers declined to elaborate, except to say organizers will put on the race for free — for runners who didn’t request a refund — if they get enough volunteers by the end of this week. He said 13,000 runners were expected to participate in the marathon, half-marathon and 5K, although for months running experts have scoffed at various claims made by marathon organizers.

The experts characterized the organizers as inexperienced and said administration of the event has been bizarre.

The ICM website says that:

If ICM secures enough volunteers within the next few days the investors have decided to allow all those who have received a refund to run this race for free, 2007 only. (Does not pertain to those who have requested a refund on their own, but only to those who ICM voluntarily issued refunds to).

Given their past history, having already postponed the race once, it seems this could (hopefully?) be a fatal blow for the event. I first wrote about this on August 21 and then again on August 23.

The organization claims that 15,000 people were registered for the event and that they received requests from an additional 10,000 “due to a recent early shutdown of a major marathon.” The same page says they are looking for help with 13,000 runners. This only adds to the earlier speculation about the overall event and its management. With 10 days before the event I say steer clear for a few years and see if they can get the bugs worked out.

Were you planning on doing the Indy Classic Marathon?? Tell us about your experience so far and what you plan to do now.