Could Percy Harvin be the difference?

first_imgSeattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin smiles as he warms up at the start of NFL football practice Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are scheduled to play in the Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)NEW YORK (AP) — He caught just one pass during the regular season, and did nothing but watch from the sidelines when the Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers to get to the Super Bowl.Funny, though, how many people can’t stop talking about Percy Harvin.“Percy is an atomic bomb,” Seattle receiver Ricardo Lockette said. “He is the ultimate weapon for our offense.”“When he gets in the game, I think everyone has to yell, ‘He’s in! He’s in! There he goes, number 11, number 11,” said Denver cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. “He is a guy that can make it happen from everywhere on the field. You have to watch him.”So far there hasn’t been much to watch in Harvin’s brief tenure with the Seahawks, unless you happened to be at the bank when he deposited the first chunk from the $67-million contract he signed after being acquired from the Minnesota Vikings for a handful of draft picks. There was a time near the end of the season when the odds of Harvin being put on injured reserve for the year were a lot better than they were of him playing in the Super Bowl.But in the Super Bowl he is, and the speedy receiver who can’t seem to stay on the field could be a difference maker against the Broncos.It’s a possibility Harvin is eager to embrace.“I’ve been hearing X-factor and this talk,” Harvin said. “This is not my first rodeo. I’ve played in a lot of football games and I’ve been effective at doing that. I’m not worried about anything other than what I’ve always done, and that is go out there and play football the way I know how.”No one has ever doubted Harvin can play football. He caught passes — and lots of them — from Tim Tebow at Florida, and had some electrifying catch-and-runs in the four years he played for the Vikings.What Harvin has had is trouble staying healthy, from migraines that seemed to always occur at the wrong time to the hip injury the Seahawks didn’t see coming. And just when it seemed he might be healthy enough to give Seattle a playoff boost, he suffered a concussion when his head bounced off the turf of CenturyLink Field after leaping for a pass in the end zone in the second quarter of a 23-15 divisional playoff win over New Orleans.His season stat line is a disjointed one, with Harvin on the field for a total of just 40 snaps. Including the New Orleans game he’s caught just four passes for 38 yards.Hardly the kind of numbers that might keep Denver defensive backs up at night worrying. But worry they do, because Harvin can line up anywhere and do things that can change games once he gets the ball.“You have to know your history on Percy Harvin,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “You have to go back and watch the film at Minnesota, see how they used him there, and see that he can do some things. You have to understand he is a guy that can play every position from the backfield to the outside to being in the slot.”Just a few weeks ago, the Seahawks were about to give up on Harvin. His roster spot was too valuable to waste, and if it weren’t for an impressive workout session with quarterback Russell Wilson that doubled as a postseason tryout the day after the regular season, Harvin would likely have been done for the year.He almost gave up himself.“I’m going to be really blunt and straightforward. If it wasn’t for my teammates being there for me the way they were, I might’ve just shut it down,” Harvin said. “Just being discouraged, there came a point in time where the training staff didn’t know whether it was a smart idea to try to come back in the same season. I probably would’ve been done with the season if it wasn’t for my teammates.”If the playoff game with New Orleans is any indication, expect Harvin to get a lot of touches Sunday night. He’ll be used in the slot and split out wide, and he will be the primary kickoff and punt returner for the Seahawks.Break a return or a tackle or two on a route, and it’s entirely conceivable he plays a deciding role for a team that doesn’t have a lot of explosiveness without him.“I want to hold up my end of the bargain and do the things I was brought here to do,” Harvin said. “I’m looking to go out there, play a great game and try to make some plays for my teammates. Just being out there with them gives me joy.”Playing in the Super Bowl could salvage a season for Harvin and make up for a lot of frustration for him and the coaching staff.And playing well in the Super Bowl could give Seahawks’ fans a lot of joy, too.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg@ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberglast_img read more

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PSE Offers Free LED Light Bulbs To Olympia Area Black Friday…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Puget Sound EnergyPuget Sound Energy residential electric customers planning to hit stores early for Black Friday shopping may receive a free energy-efficient light emitting diode (LED) bulb from PSE. On Nov. 23, the first 50 people at participating Best Buy and Fred Meyer stores will receive a free 40W equivalent LED bulb.LED bulbs use less energy than either incandescent or compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, last years longer and are dimmable.Best Buy shoppers will receive a free Insignia 9W LED bulb, a $14 value; Fred Meyer shoppers will receive a free Tulip LED bulb, a $17 value.Best Buy – 1240 Marvin Rd NE in Lacey or 625 Black Lake Blvd SW in OlympiaFred Meyer – 700 Sleater Kinney Rd SE in Lacey or 555 Trosper Rd SW in Tumwaterlast_img

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Local Cleaning Company Wants Your Dust

first_imgTelescoping dusting polesGreat for tall ceilings, skylights and anything really high up Submitted by Drew Freemantle for Maid PerfectMaid Perfect’s tools of the trade to keep your house dust free.“To dust or not to dust, that is the question”. Dusting can become a second priority because of our busy lives in today’s society.  It can become challenging sometimes to just get the dishes done and pick up around the house. Yet we remain frustrated because our home is not as clean as we would really like it to be, if we only had the time. So dusting is thrown by the wayside along with a whole other list of things we would like to do.What is dust?There are two kinds of dust, indoor and outdoor . Outdoor dust contains just about anything that can be broken down into small bits and transported through the air such as pollen, allergens, sand, dirt and mold spores. Indoor dust contains lint from rugs, pet dander, hair and other household items. Dust gives modern pollutants something to stick to and the average house can accumulate up to 40lbs of dust per year. So dusting is good for your health and also makes your home look great.What are the tools of the trade?There are many different  varieties of dusting devices you can use. Here are a few that Maid Perfect uses. Swiffers (short & long)Designed to attract dust, great for hard to reach areas Microfiber clothesDesigned to hold large amounts of dust, washable, great for general dusting. Facebook21Tweet0Pin0center_img Dusting ToolBenefits Multi-surface cleanersWork well for caked on dust Is there a correct method for dusting?At Maid Perfect we recommend to chose the proper tool for the job and dust left to right, top to bottom. By doing this you won’t miss anything and it stirs up less dust.These are the most commonly missed areas when dusting:BaseboardsExtension dusters clean hard to reach places.Ceiling fansLampshadesBlindsTops of cabinetsUnder nick knacksVentsWindow tracksHelpful tips: Use furniture oil sparingly because overuse can lead to a buildup and make it difficult to dust later.Dust about one to two times per month is usually all you need.Regular dusting of blinds can prevent more work later or even replacement.Lack of dusting can damage furniture.Maid Perfect specializes in Residential and Commercial cleaning for the Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater areas we are licensed, insured and all of our employees are background checked. We look forward to helping you. Bids are always free.Call 360-402-6248 to schedule an appointment or visiti us online at www.maidperfectolympia.com.last_img read more

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Residents Hear Latest On White Street Parking Plans

first_img“I think it’s an attractive area for them to want to come in, but we do plan on at least incorporating the conduit to have it run so that in the event if we can’t get the charging stations now, we at least have the ability to hook up in the future,” said Neumann. “But it’s definitely something we’re looking to incorporate.” There will be 10 additional parking spaces in total between on-street parking and lot spaces, bringing the total to 314 spaces. The Marlboro-based Lima Charlie Construction vendor has been awarded a contract to do the work. COURTESY CME ASSOCIATES Red Bank officials are planning to upgrade White Street and its adjoining parking lot in the next few months. The goal is to begin construction in July and complete both projects by November. By Allison Perrine Councilman Ed Zipprich asked questions about potential electric charging stations in the White Street lot. According to Neumann, she is working on having those stations in the parking lot and is reaching out to vendors to see if it is feasible. “When we took a look atthe parking lot, we lookedat how best to lay it out toget not only the best yieldbut also the best circulationfrom the standpoint of bothvehicles and pedestrians,”said Neumann. The article originally appeared in the May 14 – 20, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. The plan is to transform the existing on-street parking to angled parking with 12 additional spaces and to revamp the adjoining public parking lot to make it safer for pedestrians and motorists. Business administrator Ziad Shehady described the location as “one of the most popular and well-visited parking lots” in Red Bank. The idea to improve White Street parking is not new. The mayor and council obtained a grant from the state Department of Transportation last year to partially fund White Street improvements. The parking lot improvements, however, are not covered by the grant and will be funded entirely by revenue from the borough’s parking utility. George Lyristis, a local restaurateur who owns the nearby Teak Asian Fusion, echoed a similar sentiment during public comment. He feels the White Street entrance to the lot is too close to Maple Avenue. When Count Basie is up and running and lets people out, he feels it will be congested. center_img “Generally speaking, the borough wants to take advantage of the downtime within the confines of the borough due to the pandemic to keep construction moving forward so that it doesn’t negatively impact the residents and the business community when some of the regulations ease up,” said Shehady. The project is not just about increasing capacity, Shehady said. It’s about safety as well. In 2017, there were about 25 incidents involving motorists and/or pedestrians on White Street and in its parking lot. In 2018, that number reached 29. In 2019, it was 35. The lot has fallen into “quite a bit of disrepair” over the years, said Shehady. It is not ADA compliant in parking stall size or access aisle width standards, said borough engineer Laura Neumann. The traffic flow through the lot is not well defined. It does not meet the minimum requirement of ADA parking stalls. Lighting does not meet current standards, she added. Resident Andre Bondi said that while he understands the goal of maximizing the safety within the parking lot, he has concerns about the impact it will have on traffic movement outside of the lot. He particularly took issue with the entrances and exits of the lot being two-way on the White Street side. “I’m concerned about the risk of a collision, people going out especially at the Maple Avenue end,” he said. “If someone is coming down Maple Avenue from Water Street rather fast … there’s a risk of collision with somebody coming out” of the parking lot. “We hope by reducing theconflict points for traffic onthe parking lot, with all theturns and the stops, that thiswill hopefully create a safersituation,” said Shehady. RED BANK – Residents got a look at the borough’s latest proposal to improve White Street and its public parking lot Tuesday, May 5, during a virtual public input session. The project proposes two access points from White Street to promote a free-flow of traffic. A walkway area is proposed for the lot’s center island to safely allow pedestrians to get to the crosswalk areas. Drainage mechanisms will be implemented to make way for less impervious coverage. Parking stalls in the lot will be updated to 9-feet by 18-feet. Over 30 residents tuned into the Zoom meeting May 5. Most residents who spoke out seemed to have positive reactions to the plan overall, but with some concerns regarding safety. last_img read more

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Pedestrian hit by car

first_imgThe RCMP received a call from a female stated she had been hit by a car.At approximately 11am on Friday March 19th, the female says she was struck by a red car at the intersection of 92A street and 87th avenue in Fort St. John.The driver of the vehicle, described as a female with blonde hair, left the scene without stopping.  The pedestrian did not seek medical attention and sustained minor injuries to her hip.- Advertisement -Police are looking for a possible witness who came to the rescue of the pedestrian.  This possible witness did not leave his information and the Police are looking to speak with him.The Fort St. John RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the person or person’s responsible for this hit and run.You can contact the RCMP at 250-787-7100 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppersfsj.ca Advertisementlast_img read more

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Bruins fall to Bears in shocker

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) – Ayinde Ubaka scored eight of his career-high 29 points in overtime and California stunned fourth-ranked UCLA 76-69 in the Pac-10 tournament quarterfinals Thursday night. UCLA’s second straight loss dealt a serious blow to its hopes of being a No. 1 seed in next week’s NCAA tournament. The five-minute overtime turned into a blowout, with Cal outscoring the Bruins 15-8. The game was a rematch of last year’s Pac-10 title game, won by UCLA on its way to a runner-up finish in the national championship game. Ryan Anderson added 18 points for the eighth-seeded Golden Bears (16-16), who blew a 16-point first-half lead. They will play Oregon in the semifinals; the teams split their two games during the season. Darren Collison had 20 points, Josh Shipp 19 and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute 13 for the top-seeded Bruins (26-5), who lost their regular-season finale at Washington. UCLA’s Arron Afflalo, the Pac-10’s player of the year, had his worst offensive performance of the season with three points, ending a streak of 29 games in double figures. Ubaka tied the game at 59 on a 3-pointer after a wild scramble with 54 seconds left in regulation. Collison drove the lane and scored to put the Bruins in front until Ubaka’s floater with 15 seconds left forced overtime. Collison couldn’t answer again when his 3-pointer missed in the closing seconds. Afflalo scored his only field goal of the game to open overtime, but he never connected again. The Bruins watched as shots hit the rim and the Bears’ offensive momentum continued unabated. Omar Wilkes, the son of former UCLA star Jamaal Wilkes, scored on a one-handed scoop to tie the game at 63. Ubaka hit a jumper that gave Cal the lead for good. Eric Vierneisel made four consecutive free throws as the Bears pulled away. Down by 12, the Bruins opened the second half with a scoring burst nearly identical to the one Cal generated in the first 20 minutes. Their 20-4 run helped them take the lead, 45-41, for the first time since the game’s opening moments. Collison had nine points, including a steal and fastbreak dunk, and Mbah a Moute added six. The Bears struggled on 1-of-8 field-goal shooting against UCLA’s increased defensive pressure. Mostly though, the Bruins went to the line as Cal was called for 10 fouls in 8 1/2 minutes after having six in the first half. The Bruins were only 7-of-17 from the line in that stretch. Neither team led by more than four points over the final 8 1/2 minutes of regulation. Ubaka’s 3-pointer went in as the shot clock expired, putting Cal ahead 56-53. The Bruins scored six straight points for a 59-56 lead before Ubaka’s two straight baskets ensured overtime. The Bears outscored UCLA 23-5 in the first half for a 16-point lead. Afflalo had zero points and three fouls, while Collison was scoreless with five of UCLA’s 11 turnovers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Kick Off: England special – Friday, July 8

first_imgMark Saggers is joined by Stuart Pearce and Michael Calvin to talk all things England in the wake of their failure at Euro 2016.They discuss the importance of England players making it a priority to play for their country, how the FA will plan for the future whilst choosing the next manager, and Stuart talks about his experiences as manager of the Three Lions Under-21s, and the Great Britain Olympic team.Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTunes, along with previous versions.last_img

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GAA NEWS: ST MICHAEL’S MEMBER THOMAS O’DONNELL OFFICIATES HIS FIRST GAME

first_imgSt. Michael’s NotesAll County League Both St. Michael’s were  at home to Glenswilly on Saturday evening last at the Bridge in the All County League Division 1.The Reserves put on a good performance to win on a scoreline of St. Michael’s 1-9 Glenswilly 0-11.The St. Michael’s Team was Dean Fleming, Patrick McFadden, Jamie Hunter, Peter Sweeney, Ruairi Friel, Paul Creamer, Daniel Doak, Paul Baird, Lorcan McDaid, John McFadden, Stephen Coyle, Dara McCarry, Keelan McGee, Raymond McLaughlin, Hugh O’Donnell.The seniors also won putting on a fine display to defeat Glenswilly on a scoreline of St. Michael’s 1-8 Glenswilly 0-8, to record their first victory in the league. Both teams are at home to Bundoran on this Sunday the 17th April with the Throw Ins at 1.30pm and 3pm.The St Michael’s team and scorers were: Dean McColgan; Stephen Black, Stephen Doak, James Henry Alcorn; Liam Paul Ferry, Michael Gallagher, Chris McElhinney; Ciaran Kelly, Ciaran Gallagher, Michael Langan (0-2), Lee Carr (0-4, 2f), Michael Cannon; Andrew Kelly (0-2, 2f), Oisin Langan, Brian McLaughlin. Subs: Odhran McFadden for O Langan (black card 33) Loran McDaid for C Kelly (35), Raymond McLaughlin (1-0) for Black (45).St. Michael’s Mini LottoThere was no Jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday Night last; The numbers drawn were 3,8,10.11,13,16.  There were one Match 5 winner, Declan Pyper Letterkenny who won €100;.  This weeks Jackpot be €3200. The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated.Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at at onlinelotto on facebook .St. Michael’s Bingo Session 1st Birthday Special The winner of the €100 on the 5th at the Bingo Session in the Massinass Community Centre on Sunday night last was Collette McColgan Creeslough, The winner of the €100 on the 9th game was Aoife Carolan Magheramena.This months 50 Club Winners were: €65 Grace Nelis Creeslough, €35 Mary Haughton Massinass, €25 Anne Marie Kelly Creesloughbeg.To celebrate the First Anniversary of its move to Creeslough; St. Michael’s Bingo Night in Massinass Hall 1st Birthday Special takes place on this Sunday night the 17th April at 8pm.Every House €1000 if you check on 45 numbers or less with the Lucky Number in the Panel. Every House €500 if you check on 45 numbers or less with the lucky number called in that game.Every house New Car if you check on 45 Numbers or less with the Lucky number in the Panel and also called in the first five numbers of that game.The Magic Number from 1 to 90 is drawn out every Sunday night before the bingo begins.  In addition every House winner will receive a free entry to the weekly lotto, this weeks Jackpot is €3200.  The single book is €8, Double, Double Book €12, Sheet €2. Bingo continues every Sunday evening at 8pm in the Massinass Community Centre.Well Done Well done to Thomas O’Donnell who had his first outing as a Club Referee last weekend.St. Michael’s Lotto RotaThe names for the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto Rota for this Saturday night the 16th April Liam McElhinney and Mickey McFadden, Creeslough Rose Baird. 23rd April Dunfanaghy Cairns Witherow and Eamon McGinley, Creeslough/Shandon Joe Horan.SOS for Photographs! Nicola is currently gathering photographs for the clubhouse. If anyone has ANY team photographs from winning senior, reserve, u21 or any underage teams in league/championship/Gaeltacht she would really appreciate if you let her know. All hard copies of the photos will be returned to you safely once we make a copy of them or likewise photos can be emailed to secretary.stmichaels.donegal@gaa.ie Please spread the word as the team photos required date back to 1967!! All help with this little project would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone.Club GearMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michaels club gear in children and adult sizes.Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop.St. Michael’s Minor BoardU14sSt Michael ‘s U14s got their first win of the season against Milford thanks to a good team performance.Training now takes place every FRIDAY evening at the Bridge @7pm. The bus is €3 and leaves Creeslough at 6.30pm.U16s Matches for the U 16s does not take place until after the Junior Cert Exams in June. Players will be advised when training commences by the manager –Martin.Minors The Minors are at home to Buncranna in the Northern Board Quarter Final on Wednesday the 13th April at 6.30pm at the Bridge. Please come out and support the boys.Parish League The St. Michael’s Parish League continues this Sunday at the Bridge from 4.30pm until 6pm.  We still need volunteers please for help in the tea rooms, on the gate, with refereeing and coaching .Any donations of home baking or Sandwiches would be greatly appreciated.On gate this week is Margaret Harkin and in tea rooms are Marissa Roarty and Anne Marie Harkin.Well DoneWell Done to Marcella Dolan and Ciara McGarvey who were on the County U-14 team that defeated Down in Down last Sunday on a scoreline of Donegal 6-14 Down 2-3.GAA NEWS: ST MICHAEL’S MEMBER THOMAS O’DONNELL OFFICIATES HIS FIRST GAME was last modified: April 12th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAASportSt Michaelslast_img read more

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Favre runs out of magic

first_img The Packers fell to 0-4 for the first time since 1988. Rallying Green Bay from a 19-point third-quarter deficit, Favre threw two touchdown passes and for two 2-point conversions in the fourth quarter and had the Packers in position to possibly win the game on their final drive. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 But with running back Ahman Green on the sidelines with an injured knee and no timeouts left, Favre had to do it all on his own when Green Bay got the ball back with 1:58 to play. He completed two passes before Carolina (2-2) stopped the Packers on a fourth-and-2. Favre threw the ball to Donald Driver past the first-down line, but Chris Gamble knocked the ball out of his hands and it fell incomplete. The Panthers let out a sigh of relief after nearly giving one away. Jake Delhomme threw two touchdown passes and Stephen Davis ran for two more as the Panthers built an early lead and put themselves in position to ride out an easy win. Perhaps that’s just where Favre wanted them. CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Brett Favre showed he still has some Monday night magic – just not enough to prevent the Green Bay Packers from getting off to their worst start in 17 years. Favre threw four touchdown passes but couldn’t overcome two early turnovers that the Carolina Panthers used to build a big lead and then held on for a 32-29 victory. center_img “I was just praying for our defense to get a stop,” Delhomme said. “He was awesome tonight. I’m just honored to be on the same field with him.” Delhomme was 17 of 24 for 206 yards and Davis carried 19 times for 51 yards. Steve Smith, who scored three touchdowns last week against Miami, caught only two passes for 12 yards. Trailing 26-7 midway through the third quarter, Favre turned it up a level. He led by example on an 80-yard scoring drive, sprinting up the middle for a 12-yard gain on third-and-8 then finishing it off with a 26-yard TD pass to Driver. Favre finished 28 of 47 for 303 yards and four touchdowns. It was his 19th game of four or more touchdown passes, second to Dan Marino’s record 21. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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USA Men’s and Women’s 1 Mile Road Championships Return to Grand Blue Mile

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa  –  Grand Blue Mile (GBM) officials from Wellmark and the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee announced the USA Track & Field 1 Mile Road Championships will be returning as part of the annual Grand Blue Mile in 2017 and 2018. The addition of the prestigious USA 1 Mile Road Championships further elevates the elite-level competition of Grand Blue Mile and is expected to attract several 2016 Olympians from across the country to vie for a national title and share of the $30,000 prize purse. The Grand Blue Mile also hosted the 2013 and 2014 USA 1 Mile Road Championships. “Now in its eighth running, the Grand Blue Mile continues to captivate the national track and field community, while providing an unparalleled Drake Relays experience for thousands of central Iowans,” said Blake Boldon, Drake Relays director. “We’re thankful to Wellmark for their visionary partnership in helping develop this special tradition.”  ·         Matthew Centrowitz – Gold medalist in the 1500m and 2015 GBM Invitational Champion·         Bernard Lagat – 5th place finish in the 5000m·         Nathan Brannen – 10th place finish in the 5000m·         Shannon Rowbury – 4th place finish in the 1500m·         Kate Grace – 8th place finish in the 800m and 2013 USA 1 Mile Champion (Grand Blue Mile) Coming off the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the 2017 GBM has the potential to see several medalists and finalists return to Des Moines. A few of the 2016 Olympians who have participated in past GBMs include: In 2014, more than 25 American track and field stars competed for the national title at GBM. Leo Manzano, 2012 Olympic 1500m silver medalist, won the men’s championship with a time of 4:05.71. The women’s championship was captured by Heather Kampf, who set a course record of 4:32.62. She followed that performance with consecutive GBM Invitational Championship titles in 2015 and 2016, becoming the event’s first competitor to successfully three-peat.center_img “We are honored to welcome back the USA 1 Mile Road Championships to the Midwest’s premier community street run,” said Chris Verlengia, Wellmark corporate sponsorship manager. “The Grand Blue Mile has gained notoriety over the past seven years as one of the best races in the nation because of its appeal to runners of all ages and abilities. Hosting these championships on the heels of USA Track & Field’s historic showing in Rio brings a national focus to the overall goal of Grand Blue Mile — encouraging healthy habits and empowering positive change.” Last year’s GBM drew more than 4,200 registrants who participated among the elite, competitive, recreational run/walk, and corporate team categories. The one-mile course loops through the streets of downtown Des Moines, finishing in Des Moines Western Gateway. Registration for the 2017 Grand Blue Mile, which takes place on April 25, opens in February. For more information on the Grand Blue Mile, visit www.GrandBlueMile.com.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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