Running News: Garmin, Duck Dynasty, runDisney, MCM

In addition to this blog, I write a column at The Washington Times Communities, also called “Run, Karla, Run!” The articles there are completely different than my posts here. The column is more focused on running news, with travel and features too.

So here’s a quick look at the last few running news articles that appeared on my column:

Garmin Forerunner 620, Garmin Foreruner 220, GPS watch

Forerunner 620 and 220 (Photo: Garmin)

Garmin Debuts Two New Forerunner Watches

Garmin today announced the debut of the new Forerunner 620 and 220 GPS watches meant to help runners train to their bodies’ potential.

The Forerunner 620 will estimate a runner’s VO2 maximum, predict race finish times, dish on running form, and offer advice about when to take recovery days based on heart rate data when paired with a heart-rate monitor.

Perhaps the most exciting new feature is the 620 watch’s ability to estimate VO2 max, a rate that measures just how much oxygen an athlete can take in during a workout.

Read more here.
Duck Dynasty, Spira Footwear, Running Shoes

Spira Duck Dynasty running shoes (Photo: Spira Footwear)

Duck Dynasty Running Shoes Are Now A Reality

Duck Dynasty is the most popular reality show on cable television. Its fourth season premiere drew a record 11.8 million viewers, according to Variety. Now the A&E smash is getting its own line of camouflage running shoes courtesy of Spira Footwear.

The collaboration is part of A&E’s Project Startup, a partnership with crowdfunding site to help young companies find their audience. A&E helps entrepreneurs finance new projects on, where they take their products to the public.

The officially licensed Spira Duck Dynasty Camouflage Shoe sports a duck camouflage pattern in three color options each for men and women.

Read more here.
runDisney, Disney running, Dumbo Double Dare, Disneyland Half Marathon

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend (Photo: runDisney)

Dumbo Double Dare and 10K Debut at Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

The Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend from August 30-September 1 is ready to debut a new race and race challenge with the Disneyland 10K and Dumbo Double Dare. The new events and the Disneyland Half Marathon sold-out in 26 hours, spurred by demand among runDisney fans for more races at Disney’s California resort.

More than 25,000 runners are tackling races at the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. A total of 17,500 runners are registered for the Disneyland Half Marathon and another 8,000 are slated to tackle the Disneyland 10K. Of those 25,500 runners, 5,000 are taking on the Dumbo Double Dare, where runners complete both the 10K and half marathon on consecutive days. Runners are coming from all 50 states and 15 countries, with the most represented being Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Brazil.

Read more here.

Marine Corps Marathon, DC marathon

The Marine Corps Marathon. (Photo: US Navy)

Marine Corps Marathon Announces New Course

Runners chasing a personal best at the Marine Corps Marathon on October 27 can breathe easier. Race officials announced Tuesday a new, flatter course for the 38th edition of the race. The changes also promise a more scenic run around Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Va.

The major alteration occurs between Miles 6 to 9, including a new route meant to save elevation changes and eliminate a potentially hazardous turn. The 2013 course cuts out a sharp curve that took participants to a 150-foot grade around the Georgetown Reservoir between Miles 7 and 8.

Read more here.
Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


09 2013

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  1. 1

    Can Christmas hurry up already so I can ask Santa for the purple and white 220? I’m a sucker for pretty running things! :)
    Kristina @ Blog About Running recently posted..This Weekend I Ran 7.5 Miles and Timothy Olson Ran 100 Miles (He’s Cooler Than Me)My Profile

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    Hope Garmin gives you a 620 to test. Interested in the accuracy of the cadence measurement. Vertical oscillation is curious — not sure what’s good or bad about that, other than the fact that ultra runners would have low vertical oscillation.
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    • Karla Bruning

      The idea is that the less vertical oscillation you have, the more efficient your form is and the less stress/impact you put on your body. It might be a curiosity for most people. I wouldn’t know how to go about bouncing less!
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    I am SO incredibly excited about the new Garmins but it only makes my decision harder! I have been in the market for a new GPS for a while now (my current Garmin is about to go) but can’t decide!
    Laura @losingrace recently posted..Finding my way back: With a long runMy Profile

    • Karla Bruning

      It’s tough. I’ve got a review of the Timex Ironman Run Trainer coming up next week too. I also still run with the MOTOACTV by Motorola and love it–it’s music and GPS in one. At the end of the day, I guess you have to decide what features are most important to you and go with the watch that handles them best.
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    I literally purcahsed a new Garmin 610 and found out later that night they released new models! I am sticking with the 610 because I’m training for the WDW Marathon and the Forerunner 10 isn’t cutting it for training anymore. I’m definitely adding the white/violet 220 to my Christmas list!
    Karen @karenlovestorun
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