The NCAA just did what USATF has done: recognized Eugene, Oregon and its unique relationship to its fans and the famed Hayward field: give multiple years of NCAA Championships to Track Town USA.
The truth is that, Track Town USA has figured out what it has, and has learnt to promote it, market it and brand it. Track Town USA is truly the example of a community coming together to build a brand around the reputation of said community in their area of expertise. It is not only their hosting of the major meets, but the reception these fans have in Eugene, Oregon.
Well, we now know where we will be for the next eight NCAA Outdoor Track Championships: Eugene, Oregon!
Abbey D'Agostino, after her 5,000m win in Eugene, Oregon in 2013,
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Alemayu Bezabeh, photo by PhotoRun.net
Sophie Duarte, photo by PhotoRun.net
The SPAR European Cross Country Championships were held last weekend in Belgrade. It set a record in terms of participants and participating nations, proving, once again, that cross country events CAN be successful on a global level.
It is down to the last big race of the season. Good luck, and make your own history!
Saucony Kilkenny, photo by PhotoRun.net
Scott Dickey, CEO and Steve Gintowt, CFO and COO of Competitor group have left CGI, and Chairman Paul Walsh and George Gresham will be the iterim CEO and COO, respectively at Competitor Group.
CGI is the largest producer of major endurance events in the world. They have come under intense scrutiny over the past several months after they abruptly cut an elite athlete sponsorship program with several of their events, which made elite manager Matt Turnbull, a well known and well respected program develop with a job that could only be called "redundant". CGI noted then that this was a business decision.
In speaking with sources, some from within CGI, some from without, this writer was taken to some task for not appreciating that "this was just a business decision." That "business decision", was just that, but the business is running. While the million dollars taken from the events at the time, was a mere drop in the bucket, RunBlogRun still believes that it was perhaps the opening salvo on business issues that were quickly developing at CGI, which the board pressured the former CEO and CFO to correct.
The truth is, running is all grown up. Events in Great Britain, for example, NOVA international, who produce BUPA, are able to combine huge numbers of citizen runners, fine elite fields and even art programs, in profitable ventures. But, running is quite different in the U.S. CGI has developed 83 events, with several having been cut for 2014, due to the fact that they no longer fit into the business plans of CGI.
The business of running is complicated. Many major events support US training programs, elite track events, and local running concerns that make little or no business sense, but are good for the industry. CGI gets additional scrutiny because of its size and its unabashed focus on the business of sport.