RNR Arizona meet up

If you are running the PF Changs Rock and Roll Arizona in a few weeks you might be interested in an event that is being put on by the race directors.  If you go to the PF Changs at the Scottsdale waterfront (has that smell issue from the water been fixed yet?) on the 14th from 5-7 PM you will have the chance to mingle with Josh Cox, Ryan Hall, ultra runner Dean K, and many others.  Could be a fun event.  In fact, I think that I will be there myself.  Details are below.

“Mingle with fellow race participants and be inspired by Runner’s World columnist, John “the Penguin” Bingham, and running legends Ryan Hall, Josh Cox, Dean Karnazes and Steve Scott. These running celebs will give you tips on how to run your best race yet, while you enjoy delicious appetizers and giveaways throughout the evening.

Date: Thursday, January 14
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Location: P.F. Chang’s Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Road”

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Ryan Hall and Deena Kastor to run RNR Arizona half marathons.

Huge news for the local race, but I still detest the RNR series.

by Jeff Metcalfe – Dec. 15, 2009 07:25 PM
The Arizona Republic

Ryan Hall and Deena Kastor, both 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials champions, will make their P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona debuts by running in the  1/2 marathon Jan. 17.

More than 30,000 entrants are expected for the seventh annual event, the world’s largest marathon and  1/2 marathon combination. It will include a new 50K division.

Hall and Kastor are U.S.  1/2-marathon record holders: 59 minutes, 43 seconds in 2007 and 1:07:34 in 2006, respectively. Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia set a then-world  1/2-marathon record (58:55) here in 2006 on the back half of the marathon course.

“It’s great for Arizona (to host the U.S. Olympians),” said Matt Turnbull of Elite Racing. “Since Haile, we haven’t had a marquee athlete, if you like. Our goals are to get the best in America to run for us, and they fall in that category.”

Hall, 27, was 10th at the 2008 Olympic Marathon and fifth at the 2008 London Marathon, recording a personal-record time of 2:06:17.

Kastor, 36, was the bronze medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics but dropped out of the Beijing Olympics marathon because of a broken foot. She was sixth at the Chicago Marathon in October despite stomach problems and could be ready to run fast here in a field that will include Kim Smith of New Zealand (seventh at the 2009 World  1/2 Marathon Championships) and Phoenix native Sara Slattery.

The field for the Dean Kamazes Ultra 50K is limited to 150. Entrants will complete the extra five miles before the start of the 26.2-mile marathon.

Also new for 2010, headlining band Everclear will perform shows at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the finish line in Tempe rather than perform in an evening concert.

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