Roundup and Roundtable: Jan. 29, 2018

Imagine being a college kid and being tasked with pacing Shalane. NBD. #nailedit

Track is back! Indoor season has begun, which means we can geek out early on. Marathon season is ramping up, too. This week’s highlights:

• The London Marathon announced its elite field, including both Steph Bruce and Allie Kieffer on the U.S. side. Oh yeah and Keitany, Dibaba, Dibaba, Tufa, Chelimo, Cheruiyot…. Bruce and Kieffer lead the American women’s contingent with PRs just 4 seconds apart. Alia Gray and Liz Costello will be there, too.

• As she prepares for the Boston Marathon, Shalane Flanagan dropped an 8:43 3k at the UW Invitational while training through 110 mile weeks. That’s 4:40/mile pace for a bit less than 2 miles, by the way.

• On the opposite coast, Katelyn Tuohy destroyed Mary Cain’s 5k record, running the fastest 5k EVER for a high school girl indoors OR outdoors, in 15:37.12. Tuohy runs for North Rockland High School in New York, and ran the record at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Va.

• Back on the roads, Esther Atkins picked up her marathon A-standard at the Osaka Women’s Marathon in Japan, running dead-even enviable splits of 1:18:28, 1:18:29. This was her first training cycle working with coach Steve Magness.

• We mentioned that Chip Gaines of Fixer Upper fame is training for his first marathon after running into Gabe Grunewald in NYC one day. The Gaines have taken it a step farther and are now hosting the Silo District Marathon on May 6. By hosting their own marathon, they plan to donate 100% of profits to support research of rare cancers like Gabe’s. There’s a 5k and a half-marathon in addition to the full, and the logo is so fly.

Now, let’s roundtable! The Gaines are hosting a marathon so they can raise money for a cause. What do you think of charity races? Will you choose a race because you support the charity? Does it make you feel better about shelling out money for races? What’s the best charity race you’ve run?

P.S. My answer? St. Jude’s Memphis Marathon and the Columbus Marathon both have a place in my heart. I’ve cried during both. – Chicory

Started running in my early 20s and ended up running my first marathon 15 months later. Managed to break 3 hours in my 12th marathon. Pilates instructor passionate about the importance of your powerhouse in running and the mind/body connection. One husband, zero kids, mama to one Australian Shepherd.

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  1. I’m running the Chip and Joanna marathon with my sister! She mentioned the idea to me, because she watches their show maybe? But when I read the website and saw the charity for Gabe…I was totally on board! We’re also road tripping to Texas so it’ll be fun!

  2. I used to run a lot of charity races, but lately it has been fewer (well, I race less in general). I would say my favorite that I consistently run is Beyond Monumental (Indianapolis Monumental Marathon/Half/5K) to benefit Indianapolis Public Schools charities. I typically run the Indianapolis Drumstick Dash on Thanksgiving to support Wheeler Mission as well.

    I ran the Chicago Marathon as a charity runner the first time, raising more than 1,200 for the American Diabetes Association. I used to do a lot of fundraising for ADA.

    I have stopped running some of the charity races because cheating is sooooooo prevalent and people don’t even get that they’re cheating (cutting the course mostly).

  3. I’m with Chicory on this, the best charity race experience I ever had was ST. Jude Memphis marathon. I cried multiple times- you cannot run through the St. Jude campus without choking up. It’s just not possible.

    I’m so pumped for the Silo Marathon- I wish that I could make it work to go for the race (combining my love for fixer upper and running?!?!) but just not in the cards right now. I hope there is a lot of coverage so I can stalk, but love that they are donating the proceeds!

    Between the elite fields at Boston & London- seriously going to be an amazing spring season for women (American women especially!)

  4. i ran a half that the proceeds went to Saint Judes and Columbus marathon. yes. the charity is a total make or break for me. I don’t care about “bling” b/c lets face it, who walks around the house with that shit on anyway? so it’s more about where my money is going.