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After earning his place in the Skeleton on The Next Olympic Hopeful, Quentin Butler learned that he had kidney failure. Now undergoing treatment, please consider being part of Quentin’s support team to get him back on his feet and doing what he loves. Click here for his fundraising campaign, Quentin’s Kidney Transplant Fund
Britney Henry announced her retirement from full-time track and field this week after 17 years. In a post on Instagram, she said, “Today I announce my retirement from the event that made my heart full these past 17 years. From the day that I took first spin to my last throw in Portugal, I can’t begin to thank all those who have embraced my dreams and goals along the way. To all my coaches, teammates, sponsors and supporters; cheers to you. So many feelings over the past few month as the thought of retirement bounced around in my head. My ultimate decision came when my body said very loud and clear that it was done spinning. Cheers to a New Year and a New Chapter.”
Related: Britney Henry Retires But Hammer Time is Forever, by Sarah Lesko on the Oiselle Blog
Camille Herron continues her dominance in ultrarunning, setting 2 new track American Records and a World Record. At the Desert Solstice Invitational in Phoenix, AZ, Camille ran on a track long enough in one day that would rival total time competing on a track for many careers, setting the American Record in the 50 mile and 100k on a track, and the World Record for miles run on a track in 12 hours.
Nick Symmonds ran the Honolulu Marathon, and in his first ever attempt at the distance, he finished just over 3 hours. From The Weekly RunDown email from Run Gum, “We came, we saw, and we #RANAloha! Thank you to everyone who joined us along this journey. It truly was an exciting ride and we sure had fun in the process. Congratulations to Nick for running 3:00:35!”
Related: Nick Symmonds talks after running the Honolulu Marathon from KITV Island News
Preparation: 5 Things I Learned Preparing for My First Marathon, by Nick for the Run Gum Blog
Craig Lutz and Shalane Flanagan visit with patients at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital ahead of the BMW Dallas Marathon. Read the full article and interview with Shalane at BMW Dallas Marathon elite runners visited patients at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Friday
Lianne Farber has joined Team New Balance Boston. Lianne makes the transition from Sacramento and the NorCal Distance Project, joining Abbey D’Agostino, Liz Costello, Cory McGee, and the rest of the elite crew under tutelage of coach Mark Coogan.
Sydney McLaughin may not be a pro, but she sure does run like one! In her first collegiate race with University of Kentucky, Sydney runs 36.12 over 300 meters. This comfortably seats her time as #1 World Junior and #2 in the USA all-time. Not a bad way to kick off a post-high school career. Fast forward to 3:45 to watch the race below
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