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 regular contributor to, the host of NYRR's On The Run web + TV show, and a race announcer at events like the TCS New York City Marathon. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now she freelances as a running reporter. She's run 7 marathons, 20 halves, 6 triathlons, sings in an '80s cover band, spoils her dog + travels compulsively.

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09 2013

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