Fitger’s 5K Nearly Full

      The field for the 21st Fitger’s 5 Kilometer Run & Walk is nearing capacity. The 3.1-mile race, scheduled for Saturday, April 17, is more than three-quarters full, with 350 spots to fill before the 1,500-participant limit is reached. 

     The Fitger’s 5K registration process is conducted exclusively online. Runners and walkers looking to secure one of the remaining spots in the event should log on to or

     The entry free is $25 with all net proceeds benefiting the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF).

     The race, which drew a record 1,561 registrants last year, begins at 9 a.m. on East Superior Street in front of Fitger’s and travels through downtown Duluth and Canal Park before finishing back at Fitger’s. An award ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m.

     ALSO, Registration for the 2010 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon is more than half full as participants from 49 states and 10 countries continue to join the field.  Capacity for the October 3 race is 11,200. Visit for more information.

     ALSO, when the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for the men’s and women’s marathon were awarded to Houston last week. Racing News talked to some elite athletes about the choice, including Kara Goucher:

By Peter Gambaccini
      The city of Houston will host both the men’s and women’s U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on January 14, 2012, on a criterium course the day before Sunday’s traditional Chevron Houston Marathon. Click here to read Monday’s Racing News story on the selection of Houston, including comments from likely 2012 contenders Shalane Flanagan and Meb Keflezighi. We reached several of the other athletes (and one coach) who will probably be major players in the 2012 Trials to get their reactions to Houston, a January race date, a combined men’s/women’s Trials extravaganza
      Kara Goucher: “I had heard a rumor that Houston might get the Marathon Trials. I think it’s good that the men and the women will be o the same schedule. I thought it was a little strange last time when the men knew six months before the women if they had made the team. January 14 is a good eight months out from the Olympic Games, so it gives you plenty of time to properly recover and train. Also, if the Trials don’t go as you hope, it allows you plenty of time to regroup and get back to the track. The downside is that it makes running a fall or spring marathon nearly impossible. Aside from losing a couple of major opportunities to make money, you also lose your last few opportunities to run a world-class marathon before the Olympics.”