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July 2024

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My History With the Mile Run

by Mark Mindel
Read more from Mark on his favorite milers and why he is encouraging everyone to attend this summer’s Colonie Track Meet Series and try the mile out for themselves. For full article, click here

Sunscreen – Use it, Wear it, and Reapply it. Your Skin Will Love You For It

by Benita Zahn
It is finally summer! This means club members are doing sunny and hot runs. Read on to learn more about protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. For full article, click here

A Glimpse at Greatness as Kerr, Ingebrigtsen, and Nuguse Shine at the Prefontaine Classic

by Thomas O’Grady
This year’s Bowerman Mile saw a fantastic duel between superstars Josh Kerr, Jakob Ingebrigsten, and Yared Nuguse. The runners ended up running remarkable times that segways perfectly into the run up to the 2024 Olympics in Paris in the 1500 meters. Hopefully, if the runners have anything left in the tank at the end of the Olympics, they can run one last late summer or early fall mile and make an attempt at the World Record. For full article, click here

A Potential New Guinness Book of World Records recorded by Lisa Chase

by Sara O’Grady
Read on to learn about a HMRRC Club Member – Lisa Chase chases a new Guinness Book of World Records for a mile time while pushing a double stroller. For full article, click here

Capital Region Track, Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame Announces Its Seventh Class of Inductees

The Capital Region Track, Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame Announces its Seventh Class of Inductees. Learn more about this year’s inductees Kelsey Chmiel, David Byrd, Alana Carroll, Joseph Antonio Delgado, John Dunn, Harry Marra, Jennifer Kramer Mortimer, Ellakisha Williamson O'Kelley, Ralph "Rudy" A. St. Pierre, and Jillian Shippee. Congratulations to all of the Class of 2024 Hall of Fame Inductees! For full article, click here

Capital Region Track, Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame Announces Scholastic Award Winners

The Capital Region Track, Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame announces Scholastic Award winners. Read on to learn more about the winners, Neil Howard, Alexandra O’Rourke, Thomas McConnelee and Ava Weiss. Congratulations to these student athletes on their tremendous accomplishments! For full article, click here

The 15th Route 50 Mile – June 13, 2024

by Pete Sheridan, Race Director
This year marked the 15th anniversary of the Route 50 Mile and the event did not disappoint. The overall women’s record fell as did several age group awards while many of the athletes ran fantastic national or world class age graded times. Read on to learn more about how the 15th Annual Route 50 Mile was one of the best in the race's history. For full article, click here

The 2024 Prospect Mountain Road Race

by Jill Pederson
The 34th running of the Prospect Mountain Road Race was in May and the race director Jill Pederson shares some insights from this year’s race. If you want a challenging race for your spring schedule, consider running this event in 2025. Read on to learn more! For full article, click here

Run for Women 2024

by Meg Versteegen
A brief recap of this year’s 46th Run for Women. For full article, click here

Over the Edge: Life and Death and Life Again

by Bob Radliff
Bob Radliff has been a runner for over 30-years and has competed in many road races, including the marathon distance, during this time. Bob was seemingly in good health but suffered a major cardiac incident during the Adirondack Distance Festival Half Marathon. Our knowledge about sudden cardiac arrest has grown and efforts by public health professionals and medical professionals has led to greater knowledge about how to respond to these events as well as easier access to lifesaving automatic external defibrillator (AED) devices. Bob is lucky to be alive, has made a full recovery, and has continued to compete in road races! Sharing Bob’s story will help to raise awareness within the community about sudden cardiac arrest and how to respond and potentially save someone’s life. For full article, click here

The Athletes Kitchen: Sports Nutrition: Hot Topics from #ACSM2024

by Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD
In this month’s Athletes Kitchen we receive a recap of the hot topics discussed at the 2024 annual meeting of the American College of Sports held this past May. For full article, click here

The Summer Tawasentha Cross Country Series Starts in August

by John and Kari Deer
Every year, the HMRRC hosts a series of cross-country races at Tawasentha Park in August. We are excited to host this series again this year and race directors John and Kari Deer provide a summary inviting you to run and giving you more information about what to expect. For full article, click here

Book Review and Recommendation: Running the Long Path: A 350-mile Journey of Discovery in New York's Hudson Valley by Kenneth Posner

by Tom O’Grady
This month's book review/recommendation covers Kenneth Posner's quest to set a fastest known time on the Long Path. Posner's story comes together as a mix of mid-life crisis, adventure memoir, philosophy, exploration, and trail guide with appropriate amounts of regional history to give readers context about the Long Path. Read on to learn more about this trail that completes in our own backyard. For full article, click here

Yoga for Runners Pose of the Month: Toe Squat (Thunderbolt variation)

by Sally Drake
Each month, Sally Drake features a yoga pose, breathing technique or guided meditation that is beneficial for runners. Yoga helps improve flexibility; increase strength; enhance balance and stability; provide stress relief, better breathing and faster recovery. Even just a few minutes of yoga added to your pre or post run routine will positively impact not just your athletic pursuits, but all areas of your life. For full article, click here

Tom and Sara O'Grady, Editors

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