Hal will speak after the weekly 1st Place Sports group run. The run starts @ 6:30. It is 3 to 6 miles, and all paces are welcome. The route runs along the river.
If you can't make it for the run, please come for the talk, which should start around 7:30. The Striders will supply pizza and refreshments. Hal, well known runner, author, and a contributing editor for Runners World, has written yet another book. This promises to be on the best seller list, as it is about the 2013 Boston Marathon through the eyes of the runners. There are not enough superlatives in this limited space to describe Hal and what this long time Strider means to the running community. You will just have to come and hear him speak! Hal will talk about the book, (he will also bring autographed copies for purchase), as well as answer questions about training, etc. Check him out on Facebook as well as at Hal Higdon's Marathon. He posts a new running every day! As always, everyone welcome!
On a Monday morning when the Super Bowl dominated the news, USA Today included a box on the front page of its sports section that listed the top four "Most-Recognized Runners/Running Personalities." Third on the list was Hal Higdon, recognized by 61.8 percent of the 30,000 runners surveyed by Running USA.
Finishing in front of Higdon were two Olympians from the US: Jeff Galloway (70%) and Ryan Hall (69.3%). Higdon edged world record holder Paula Radcliffe (61.2%), his niche as listed by USA Today being "Running Books Author," proving that you don't need to be fast to be famous, at least among the running community.
Higdon is a contributing editor for Runner's World and was fast enough to finish first American (5th overall) in the 1964 Boston Athletic Association Marathon. He will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his Personal Record at this year's Boston Marathon, autographing copies of his latest book, 4:09:43: Boston 2013 Through the Eyes of the Runners.
The book's title, 4:09:43, refers to the time on the finish-line clock when the first bomb exploded. Amby Burfoot, past Boston Marathon champion and Editor-at-Large for Runner's World says. "Some would like to forget the horror of the 2013 Boston Marathon. However, many more of us would like to celebrate the unflinching runners, medical staff, and community of Boston for the courage and love they showed each other in marathon's time of greatest need. Hal Higdon's book 4:09:43 is full of inspiring personal stories that reflect how running's worst day may also have been its best." Kathrine Switzer, Boston Marathon pioneer and TV commentator, adds: "The Boston bombings broke the hearts of runners everywhere but only reinforced their spirit. Through the stories of some who were actually there, Hal Higdon tells how ordinary runners like us have become indomitable examples to the whole world." 4:09:43, published by Human Kinetics, will be available in book stores and as an eBook after February 14. Author Hal Higdon personally autographs copies purchased through his Web site: halhigdon.com.
Please RSVP to Ann Krause's email by March 1st, to let her know if you will be joining us for the run and talk, or just the talk. We need to know how much pizza and drinks to bring!:)
Gate River Run Expo 2014
DATE OF EVENT: March 13/14, 2014
The Florida Striders will once again have a booth at the Gate River Run Expo. You will not be able to miss our big yellow tent. Please come see us at our booth when you pick up your race packet! Our booth is located next to the Publix booth. You will be able to pick up your yellow wrist bands for you, your family, and guests to enter into the outside tent on race day. We will also be handing out fun goodies, registering new and renewing members, selling our merchandise, and promoting our upcoming races. We will accept cash, check, and credit cards (cash and checks are preferred)for our merchandise and membership dues. We will have a current roster so we will be able to check the status of your membership or you can also check it out on our website at www.floridastriders.com. We look forward to seeing you at the Expo!
We will be at the GRR Expo:
Thursday, March 13th from 11:00am until 6:00pm
Friday, March 14th from 11:00am until 8:00pm
Volunteers are still needed for the expo. If you would like to volunteer please email George Hoskins.