Shalane Flanagan Featured on 60 Minutes
From Runner’s World magazine:
On Sunday evening, CBS’s “60 Minutes” followed American hopeful and local favorite Shalane Flanagan throughout her training for this year’s Boston Marathon. It was the first time in the show’s history that it featured a professional runner.
“Maybe it’s just a Bostonian thing, but I was really, just genuinely pissed off that someone would ruin such a celebratory day and a historical moment,” Flanagan said at the start of the segment. “It was a personal attack on my city.”
Between clips of her gliding along a snow-covered Boston race course, the segment dove into the hometown pride Flanagan has for the marathon and her unwavering desire to break the tape. Growing up in nearby Marblehead, Massachusetts, with two world-caliber runners for parents, Flanagan said, “I thought everyone go up and went to the ‘Church of the Sunday Long Run.’” Then she explained how the countless Patriot’s Day’s spent spectating on Hereford and Boylston Street inspired her to lace up herself.
“It’s my ultimate dream and goal to win the Boston Marathon,” Flanagan said. “I am all in with this training.”
If you missed it, you can watch the full segment here.
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50 years of fitness
While not running related, the Erie Times-News had a great story about a couple in their 90s who have been going to the Glenwood YMCA to workout four days a week for the last 50 years.
Read more about this inspirational couple here.
Erie Sports Commission needs volunteers
Fiona Branton at GoErie’s VolunteerErie blog said the Erie Sports Commission is in need of volunteers for four major events this summer, including the Zombie Run, the Color Run, the Biggest Loser RunWalk and the Life’s a Beach Triathlon.
The Zombie Run includes two events on May 17, both at Lake Erie Speedway in North East. The Zombie Run: Extreme takes place at 9 a.m., while the Zombie Run: Black Ops event begins at 9 p.m. Volunteers are needed for both races to help with check-in, assisting on the course and much more. To volunteer for either race, or for more information, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.eriesportscommission.com.
The Biggest Loser RunWalk on June 22 will be held on the campus of Penn State Behrend. Volunteers are needed to work water stations, registration and at the start/finish line. To volunteer, visit www.getconnectederie.org.
More than 10,000 runners are signed up to participate in the Color Run on Aug. 9 in downtown Erie, starting at Perry Square. The event’s partnering nonprofit, United Way of Erie County, is coordinating volunteers. Those interested in helping should sign up at www.getconnectederie.org.
Life’s a Beach Triathlon is a new event coming to Presque Isle State Park on Aug. 16. To volunteer, send an e-mail to email@example.com or visit www.eriesportscommission.com.