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Sep 2

It was wild!  Horrible storm! But we finished. 29th year for this team! Guy in the right back in grey sweatshirt has run 28 years.  This was my 12th year. - Brenda Groskinsky

The 34th Annual Hood to Coast Relay was held Aug 28-29. The 198 mile, 36 leg relay starts at Mt Hood and ends in Seaside, Oregon. (Brenda is in the middle)

Photo of Brenda Groskinsky's team at the 2015 Hood to Coast Relay.

Aug 30

Seeing Lawrence one step at a time.

The squirrels — especially the west Lawrence ones — know Janet Burnett-Huchingson's chief complaint.

Cul-de-sacs.

Janet is working on a goal of walking along every street in the Lawrence city limits, and Lawrence’s large population of squirrels are her most frequent companions. Janet walks during the daytime hours when most of us are working, at school or taking care of other business. more (by Chad Lawhorn, Lawrence Journal-World, 8/30/15)

Aug 28

Whether you're a beginner or an elite runner, improving your performance isn't just about what you should do. Knowing what to avoid during training, racing and in your diet can be just as important. Follow these 10 rules to run smart and avoid common setbacks. more
(Marc Lindsay, Active.com)

Aug 25

5 Things No One Tells You About Running As You Get Older. Find some inspiration from 42-year-old Deena Kastor, running legend. more (from Runner's World, Aug 21, 2015)

Aug 24

Here's a little background on what is happening with the running store consolidations around the country. Garry Gribble (GGRS) wasn't alone in selling his successful store business (to Running Specialty Group). Some local employees have left the Lawrence store to start a new business. Others will stay with GGRS to provide the service the store has always done but with the backing of RSG. Lawrence shoppers are getting more options.

Running Store Consolidation: What it Means for Runners.

For the past three years, the running store business has been undergoing a corporate land grab of sorts as bigger companies try to scale what had previously been dominated by passionate, independent mom-and-pop operations. Finish Line Inc. (NASDAQ: FINL) is an Indianapolis-based athletic shoe retailer with approximately 650 Finish Line mall stores, 200 concept stores inside Macy’s department stores and 66 running specialty shops it has purchased or started under its Denver-based Running Specialty Group (RSG) since 2012. Its foray into the $1 billion running specialty channel has made small, independently owned retailers both very nervous and very annoyed. RSG officials have said they would like to grow to 200 stores in the next few years, a figure that would represent about a quarter of the running specialty market. More
(story and photo by Brian Metzler, in Competitor.com, Dec, 2014)

Mark Sullivan, editor of Running Insight, conducts a Q&A with Finish Line Inc. CEO and chairman Glenn Lyon (left) and Running Specialty Group president Bill Kirkendall (right) on Dec. 3 in Austin, Texas.

Aug 23


The Kansas Half Marathon & Health Care Access are proud to announce that Ad Astra Running will be the presenting sponsor of the 2015 event.

Ad Astra Running is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Kansas Half Marathon. The focus of our store is community, and community is what this race is all about. This is a hometown event benefiting one of the community’s worthiest causes: Health Care Access’ said J. Jenkins.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with Ad Astra Running. Their ownership team has supported this event for many years. This partnership will allow us to grow the event and raise record proceeds for its beneficiary: Health Care Access” said, Race Director & Development Coordinator, Elliot Johnson.

Ad Astra Running is Lawrence’s local running store–locally owned and focused.  Opening this Sept 25th, Ad Astra Running will carry everything a runner needs, from shoes to accessories, apparel, nutrition, recovery items and more.

Aug 22

The world track championships began yesterday and runs through Aug. 30. Here's the broadcast schedule on NBC (WOW channels 14 and 214).

Sat, Aug 22 2 pm - 3:30 pm
Sun, Aug 23 12 pm - 1:30 pm
Sat, Aug 29 1:30 pm - 3 pm
Sun, Aug 30 1 pm - 2:30 pm

Here's the schedule on Universal Sports.

Aug 21

187 people came to the call to Defend Lawrence for the second annual free 5K run on the 152nd anniversary of Quantrill's Raid. J Jenkins moved the start to 16 E 8th, the location for a new store - Ad Astra Running Store. He and business partner Grant Catloth plan to open in late September. more photos

Photo of Ken Fanghor running up 12th Street.

Aug 20

The State of Running in 2015 (from Active.com) - Every year, Running USA gathers and analyzes data from running races around the country and compiles those statistics into its annual State of the Sport report. Read more for the highlights.

Graph of the Running Events Finishers 1990-2014.

Aug 19

This is What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Exercising.

It takes a lot of hard work to stay in shape, which is why it’s important to exercise on a regular basis. But it’s not always possible to remain active, and sometimes a few days off can turn into a more... extended hiatus.

. . . consider a person who can run 5 kilometers in 20 minutes. After just one week of inactivity, that person will typically worsen their time by approximately 10 seconds. But after 10 to 14 days, that’s when the percentages really start to drop. Runners begin to experience a reduction in muscle power, and start adding around one minute and five seconds to their time. Between 14 to 30 days, athletes can expect to experience around a 12% reduction in VO2 and a noticeable decrease of muscle power. more (by George Dvorsky, IO9 Blog, 8/17/15)

Aug 17

Photo of the first practice of the runLawrence Middle School Cross Country Program.

Fall is here when you begin cross country practice. The first workout for the runLawrence Middle School Cross Country Program was held at Broken Arrow Park and the Haskell trails this afternoon. The program is headed again by Dan Kuhlman. Assistant coaches include Maresa Cuevas, Kyle Morgison, Kendra Kuhlman and Leah Kuhlman. more photos

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