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Olympic Marathoner Ryan Hall to Headline Rome All-Area Championship Banquet & Rome Half Marathon


Hall_Ryan1e-Boston11Ryan and his wife Sara Hall may be busy training for the 2016 Olympic Trials and learning the intricacies of parenting 4 newly adopted Ethiopian sisters, but that won’t stop him from coming to the Rome Half Marathon & encouraging local high schoolers. After speaking to event racers and high school cross country athletes at the GoGo Running All-Area Championship Banquet and Pre-Race dinner, Ryan will be the official starter to the Rome Half Marathon. He will also run on a three person Half Marathon relay team. Afterwards he will be present to hang out with and encourage finishers of the Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay, and 5k.


Hall, finished off his high-school years as a cross country champion, state record holder & and with a best time of 4:02 in the mile. As a professional, he set the North American Record in the half marathon (59:43) and ran the fastest time ever for an American marathoner (2:04:58). Hall also started off his running career with a slow painful run in basketball shoes, which may make him a little easier for Rome’s developing runners to relate to.


Among those who will likely be asking Hall questions ahead of race day are Darlington’s Stephanie Ward, who won last week’s Rome Area Championship with a meet record of 19:27, and Calhoun’s David Murillo who won the boy’s race with a time of 17:47. GoGo Running is hosting the All-Area Championship Banquet on Friday December 4th at 6pm in an effort to honor and support those local athletes, coaches, parents, and friends. Members of the public are welcome to attend the banquet where this year’s most outstanding high school runners will be recognized.


On December 5th, Hall will serve as the official race starter for the Rome Half Marathon. In addition to giving recreational runner’s around the state an opportunity to create their own teams and compete, the race will raise money for each of the area’s high school running programs.


Registration and event information for the banquet and half marathon can be found at

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ROME, Ga. – For the past four years, Jay Stephenson and Powell Fulton has seen their love for fitting people in correct footwear take them down a path that has led them to becoming owners of what has become a successful business.

And it’s growing even more.

The two Romans, who founded GoGoRunning, have announced that they have taking an even bigger stride forward as they have moved to a new and bigger location and have grown into Rome Georgia’s Footwear store – GoGo at The Shoe Box.

“We have sold the tennis part of the business to the Rome Tennis Store at the Rome Tennis Center,” Stephenson said about the changes, one that includes the move from their previous location on East 2nd Avenue to the former home of Heaven’s Attic at 1018 Martha Berry Blvd., “and we are excited to point the tennis community to The Rome Tennis Store.

“The sale, however, of the tennis side of our business as allowed us to increase our inventory in shoes of all types,” he said. “We are excited to help people get in comfortable shoes for kids, work, casual and exercise needs.”

The move to the new location provides much more space for the business as it gone from a 1,800-square-foot location to one that has more than 4,000 square feet.

IMG_3944“The move was to accommodate a growing business that needed more space,” said Stephenson.

Now available: GoGo at The Shoe Box includes kids shoes, casual shoes, sandals, athletic shoes, work boots, work shoes and other varieties of footwear for adults and children. GoGo at The Shoe Box will continue to be a full services store that offers personal service for every customer, including free insert and shoe fitting.




GoGo at The Shoe Box is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

“We want to be Rome’s footwear store,” Stephenson said. ###

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jay Stephenson at 706-291-0752 or email at

GoGo Running Team Wins Ragnar Trail Atlanta Relay!

I would like to congratulate the members of the GoGo Running team for winning the Ragnar Trail Atlanta Relay race! The 8 person, 120 mile relay took place at the Georgia International Horse Park between Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 through thunderstorms, rain, and plenty of mud. After 16 hours and some change of running, it came down to a 2 man race between the final member of the GoGo team, Eric Giandelone, and the final member of another team. Eric brought the win to our Rome team, beating the other runner by less than 2 minutes! Members of the team include Charlie Baggett, Luis Goya, Kenny Porterfield, Jay Stephenson, Robert Bradham, Zach Harter, Brian Cross and Eric Giandelone. Well done guys!


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