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Atlanta Track Club acquires Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon from…

first_imgThe Atlanta Track Club has announced its acquisition of the Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon from Life Time, ‘The Healthy Way of Life Company’. Ownership of the event transitioned to Atlanta Track Club in a deal that was finalized in early December ahead of the event’s 10th anniversary, scheduled for Sunday 20 March 2016.Included in the deal, Life Time’s Athlinks, billed as ‘the world’s largest database connecting athletes and events’, will stay on as a sponsor of the event for the next five years.“The Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon has become a tradition for runners and walkers in the Southeast, and we are proud to continue that tradition as we celebrate its 10th year,” said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s Executive Director.“We will work with Publix to build on the event’s strong heritage and continue the world-class experience participants have come to expect from Atlanta Track Club.”Kimo Seymour, Senior Vice President of Life Time Events, was noted to be pleased to transition the marathon to such an esteemed organization. He said “We’re excited for the continued growth and success of the Publix Georgia Marathon and look forward to supporting the race through our Athlinks portfolio of services, including registration, timing and results hosting.”While the marathon and half marathon distances will take place as planned, Atlanta Track Club has cancelled the Luckie 5K. All registrants of the 2016 Luckie 5K will be offered a full refund or an alternative race registration.Atlanta Track Club is currently evaluating the marathon and half marathon courses, and will announce any changes in the coming weeks.The Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon began in 2007 with more than 17,000 registered participants, making it one of the largest inaugural marathon combo races in history. The event has since become a ‘True Southern Tradition’, appealing to beginner, committed and local elite runners alike.Atlanta Track Club is a non-profit committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta. Through running and walking, Atlanta Track Club motivates, inspires and engages the local community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.With more than 24,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org) ‘the largest 10K running event in the world’, the Atlanta 10 Miler and Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year.Through the support of its members and volunteers, Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honouring high school cross country and track and field athletes through Atlanta Track Club’s All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program.www.atlantatrackclub.orgwww.georgiamarathon.com Relatedlast_img read more

2019 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket: We Wanted It More – Akhator

first_imgD’Tigress star Evelyn Akhator believes Nigeria’s triumph at the 2019 FIBA Women’s Afrobasket in Senegal was down to their “zeal to win” which she said was much more intense than all the opponents they faced on their way to retaining the trophy.Nigeria retained their title with a 60-55 points victory over hosts and eleven-time champions Senegal on Sunday in Dakar to complete an impressive unbeaten run that has now stretched to 13 games dating back to the bronze medal match against Angola in the 2015 edition in Yaoundé, Cameroon.Speaking to busybuddiesng.com after the team touched down at the Murtala Mohammed International airport on Monday night to a heroic reception, the Centre/Forward who was named in the team of the tournament for the second consecutive time after achieving a similar feat in Mali 2017 said the entire both old and young were driven by an intense hunger for glory. Photo Credit: FIBA“It’s just all about the zeal, the zeal to win. The young ones wanted to win gold and we wanted to retain the tournament in Africa, we wanted to retain the Cup.“The thing is just believing in ourselves and we tried to do it as much as we [could],” the 24-year old Perfumarias Avenida of Spain player said.Download AudioFacing hosts Senegal in front of a reported 15,000 home crowd – the largest ever recorded for a basketball event on the continent – must have been daunting and it was evident in the way the game swung with the D’Tigress who had led in the first three quarters having to dig deep to claim the win after Senegal drew level in the fourth quarter with a little over two minutes left on the clock.Akhator said D’Tigress always knew they’d face Senegal at some stage in the tournament and knew they’d also have to deal with a hostile crowd. That mental preparedness she said, helped the team keep their heads during Senegal’s resurgence late in the game and also helped them cope with the febrile atmosphere in the Dakar Arena.“I think it’s our poise, our zeal and our patience to just keep calm,” Akhator explained about how the girls were able to cope in the face of overwhelming support for the home side.“[On Sunday] we were playing against 15,000 in the crowd, that’s a lot! But the poise and the calmness to just.., we knew before we left Nigeria that we were going to play against Senegal, not just the players but also the crowd. We knew that for sure and we kept our poise I think that’s what actually helped us.” Download AudioAt the sound of the final buzzer, the entire team erupted in pure joy but Akhator says the whole thing still seems a bit surreal and it would probably take a few days for the reality of their feat to sink in.“I’m excited, I’m so excited [but] it hasn’t dawned on us yet, maybe two, three, four days time, it’s going to dawn on us that we are still retaining the trophy and we are the African champions. It hasn’t dawned on us yet, we are still living in the moment and the joy and I’m excited [about] that.Download AudioNigeria’s win also means they have qualified to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifiers November where they will come up against Congo DR and Mozambique in Group A.Despite their high status as Africa’s best side and having dispatched Congo DR with ease at the 2019 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket, Akhator who had a stint in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) as the 3rd overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft by the Dallas Wings, said D’Tigress will not “take any team lightly” as they plot their way to the Olympics after narrowly missing out on the 2016 edition in Rio.“We’ve seen Congo [DR], we’ve played against [them] before and Mozambique we played against them two years ago, and they gave Senegal [a] tough time. “We can’t take any team lightly, we’ve got to prepare and come together again and do what we’ve got to do to play.”Download AudioRetaining the trophy – Nigeria’s fourth overall – is yet another impressive feat by D’Tigress who last year in Spain, became the first African team to reach the FIBA Women’s World Cup Quarter-Finals.And for young women inspired by D’Tigress feat looking to take up the sport, Akhator who averaged 11 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in the tournament has a word of advice – keep at it, no matter the circumstances.  “Believe in yourself, keep working no matter how hard it is, just keep working. It might not happen today but in the long run, it definitely will happen.”Download Audio RelatedWomen’s FIBA Afrobasket: Otis Invites 15 Players for Title Defence as Nigeria Camp Opens in LagosJuly 25, 2019In “D’Tigress”2019 AfroBasket: Unbeaten D’Tigress Beat Senegal To Retain TrophyAugust 19, 2019In “Africa”Basketball: D’Tigress Face Mali After Mozambique Win In pre-Olympics Qualifiers.November 17, 2019In “BasketBall”last_img read more

Man City 5 – 1 Norwich

first_imgLeaders Manchester City maintained their 100% home league record with an impressive victory over Norwich City.Sergio Aguero stabbed his 13th goal of the season through a crowd of legs to put the league leaders in front.Samir Nasri’s 35-yard free-kick evaded everyone to double the lead before Yaya Toure curled in a third.Steve Morison headed in for Norwich from six yards but Mario Balotelli scored with his shoulder and Adam Johnson’s precise finish made it five.Prior to kick-off, Norwich manager Paul Lambert suggested his team would not fear playing the league leaders but within minutes of the start it became apparent the visitors would not be playing an expansive game.Despite their conservative approach Morison created a couple of early opportunities for himself, the first coming when he robbed Kolo Toure down the left before firing a speculative 40-yard volley a couple of feet wide as home keeper Joe Hart scrambled to cover the shot. Morison then outmuscled Vincent Kompany and Kolo Toure but a heavy touch as he raced towards goal gave Hart the chance to close him down and snuff out the danger, and that was as good as it got for Norwich.That it took the home side 32 minutes to open the scoring was the biggest surprise of the first half.Aguero fired a low shot straight at keeper John Ruddy and volleyed over from eight yards but City’s build-up play remained patient as they sought to create space in and around a congested penalty area.The Argentine striker, who was superb throughout the match, eventually broke the deadlock with a wonderful piece of balance and skill.Surrounded by several Norwich defenders in the box, after collecting a pass from Micah Richards, he twisted, turned and pirouetted before toe-poking the ball through a forest of Norwich legs into the bottom corner. It is hard to call a man who has scored 13 goals this season wasteful, but Aguero could have scored a couple more.His side-footed effort from 12 yards before half-time cleared the crossbar by some distance and after the break he was denied by a sharp stop from Ruddy who had moments earlier kept out David Silva’s fiercely hit strike.By that time though the home side had opened up a 2-0 lead, although the manner of their second was slightly fortuitous.There seemed to be no danger as Nasri’s gently curling free-kick drifted into the box and seemingly into the arms of Ruddy, but the ball bounced before it reached the keeper and skidded off his left palm into the net.Yaya Toure ensured City scored at least three at home for the sixth time this season with a low curling shot from just inside the box. But their hopes of keeping a clean sheet for the first time in seven games were ruined by Morison who climbed above Gael Clichy at the back post to head in Marc Tierney’s cross.Balotelli, on as a substitute for Aguero, nonchalantly knocked in the fourth on the goal-line with his shoulder after his initial effort had been saved.And Johnson rounded off City’s seventh successive home win in the Premier League this season with a neat side-footed finish from 15 yards after Kompany’s searching pass had found him alone in the penalty box.Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini:“It was not easy because it was only 1-0 in the first half and if you don’t score the game can change.“Norwich defended with all their players behind the ball.“[Aguero] scored a fantastic goal because it was not easy to score and the goal Mario scored today [with his shoulder] was fantastic because it was the only way he could score.“It is not important now [to be top of the table], it is important to be there at the end of the season.”Norwich manager Paul Lambert:“Manchester City deserved to win.“Whether by five is a bit harsh [but] we tried to keep going and at 3-1 the goal gave us a bit of confidence but we were beaten by a better side.“The second goal was poor from our point of view because the ball had travelled a long way.“But you dust youselves down and go again.”last_img read more