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The Adrian Martinez meet is another example of how a community can come together and build an event that creates opportunities for young and not so young, and elites to enjoy an evening of athletics. 

Last year, I visited the event and was taken by the performances and support of the local community as well as the introduction of elite athletes to such an event. A wonderful track, and an event in honor of a young man who loved the sport. 

We also like the support from HOKA ONE ONE. It is another example of supporting the grass roots by a brand that is grass roots running. 

RunBlogRun will be there on June 4 to cover the event live. We look forward to updating you on the Adrian Martinez Classic. 
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Genzeba Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sabrina Yohannes wrote this piece for RunBlogRun on Genzebe Dibaba as she looks forward to the 2015 outdoor season. 


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Seb Coe, photo by PhotoRun.net

At the Doha DL, the media were able to interview both Sergey Bubka and Seb Coe. This is the interview with Seb Coe. 

Both Coe and Bubka were very open and neither would discuss or belittle the other's campaign. I found that classy on both parts. 

My belief? Sergey Bubka and Seb Coe both have skill sets that are complimentary. Both skill sets are quite different and the administrations of Sergey Bubka and Seb Coe would be quite different. 

I asked Sergey Bubka what his administration would look like. With Seb Coe, I asked questions about the dearth of TV in US. Seb noted that he was pretty sure that Americans had not seen a live 100 meters since 1996. I think he is correct. We also spoke on XC, and several other issues of note. 

Listen to Seb Coe's entire press conference. The future of our sport depends on the next round of leadership for the IAAF. Much is on the line in 2015 and beyond. 


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Steve Prefontaine, photo by Jeff Johnson, courtesy of GoDucks.com. 
Copyright of photo retained by Jeff Johnson. 


I did not know Steve Prefontaine. I had watched him race on TV, but never got to see him race in person. I knew who he was, as Steve Prefontaine was more than an athlete, he was a rock star. 

Prefontaine was a runner who wanted to see just how good he could be. He turned down $250k to become a pro runner on the ill fated ITA series, because he wanted to take on Viren in Montreal. 

When I read Tom Jordan's book, Pre! I got it. Pre was a 24 year old who died way too early, but who had accomplished much in that short life. He had finished fourth in one Olympics, owned American records from 2000m to 10,000 meters, and was part of the a little shoe company called Nike.

I was seventeen when Steve Prefontaine died. I remember his death on TV that night. I remember reading it in the paper. It hit me in the gut very hard. 

The Pre Classic is the sanctuary where Pre's people celebrate his life. Tom Jordan has managed that wonderful event for 40 years now. 

In the video below, I challenged the Shoe Addicts, our digital partners, to answer the question, What is Pre? 

I think that they did a nice job. 

Why do we celebrate track & field for two days at Hayward Field at the end of each May? 

We do it because, for too short a time, Steve Prefontaine, a plucky kid from Coos Bay adopted the city of Eugene and won 25 straight races at Hayward Field. 

Pre lives. 






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Andy Vernon, BUPA London 10,000m, courtesy of BUPA London 10k


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Jo Pavey, BUPA London 10,000m, courtesy of BUPA London 10k 


Andy Vernon and Jo Pavey were the winners today in London at the BUPA London 10k. Story courtesy of London Marathon media. 
This is a press release from Sergey Bubka today on his thoughts about World Athletics Day and his bid for IAAF Presidency in August 2015. 
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Mo Farah, photo by PhotoRun.net

In 2011, Mo Farah won the 10,000 meters in a stunning race in Eugene, Oregon. The Kenyan Olympic Trials held their 10,000 meters in Eugene in 2012. In 2014, Galen Rupp set a new AR over 10,000 meters in 2013.

The 10,000 meters will feature a tremendous field this year. Next to the World champs in Beijing, this should be the best 10,000m of 2015. 

Looking forward to covering it on RunBlogRun! 

The BUPA Westminster Mile honors Steve Cram's masterful mile thirty years ago, when he ran 3:46.32 in July  1985 at the Dream Mile. 

Steve Cram was there on Sunday to present the Roger Bannister trophy to the winners. 

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Christian Taylor, Doha 2015, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Taylor speaks about WR

OSTRAVA (CZE): A series of press conferences took place on Monday morning with some of the leading athletes that will take part in the 54th Golden Spike. Ahead of their clashes in Ostrava and Eugene, Asbel Kiprop of Kenya and Jakub Holusa of the Czech Republic spoke to the media. Kiprop said that he wants to cover the first 800m of the 1000m race in 1:46, while Holusa hopes to stay as close as he can to the front in the last lap. Kiprop stated that the world record over 1500m is still at the forefront of his mind. Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha said that he is in better shape than he was last year and hopes to be able to run under 1:42 later in the year. He hopes to cover the first 400m in his 600m race in 47 seconds. Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor revealed how he has found it hard to sleep after his incredible performance in Doha. He believes that it is only a matter of time before the world record changes hands and he truly believes that he can achieve it. The final press conference of the day featured some of the best javelin throwers of all-time, with world record holder Jan Zelezny, world leader Tero Pitkamaki, world champion Viteszlav Vesely and Petr Frydrych all in attendance. Vesely explained that being ranked third in his training group has given him extra motivation to perform well; he is satisfied with his preparation so far. After their strong early season performances, all the throwers were optimistic for Tuesday.

Editor's note: Christian Taylor and Pablo Pichardo went 18.04m and 18.06m respectively in Doha just over a week ago! Taylor's coach, Rana Reider, told RBR that the 18 meter jump freed Christian to now focus on Beijing. The 18 meter triple jump is a daunting challenge, with only two done since 1996!

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Christian Taylor, Doha 2015, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Taylor speaks about WR

OSTRAVA (CZE): A series of press conferences took place on Monday morning with some of the leading athletes that will take part in the 54th Golden Spike. Ahead of their clashes in Ostrava and Eugene, Asbel Kiprop of Kenya and Jakub Holusa of the Czech Republic spoke to the media. Kiprop said that he wants to cover the first 800m of the 1000m race in 1:46, while Holusa hopes to stay as close as he can to the front in the last lap. Kiprop stated that the world record over 1500m is still at the forefront of his mind. Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha said that he is in better shape than he was last year and hopes to be able to run under 1:42 later in the year. He hopes to cover the first 400m in his 600m race in 47 seconds. Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor revealed how he has found it hard to sleep after his incredible performance in Doha. He believes that it is only a matter of time before the world record changes hands and he truly believes that he can achieve it. The final press conference of the day featured some of the best javelin throwers of all-time, with world record holder Jan Zelezny, world leader Tero Pitkamaki, world champion Viteszlav Vesely and Petr Frydrych all in attendance. Vesely explained that being ranked third in his training group has given him extra motivation to perform well; he is satisfied with his preparation so far. After their strong early season performances, all the throwers were optimistic for Tuesday.

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