The Continental cup is just over by 24 hours. We are in Madrid on our way home, back to San Francisco. 

My first time on the African continent and first time in Morocco. We will be back. 

I enjoyed, as I have always done, the competitions. I was saddened by the lack of a crowd for such fine races and events. 

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Tiffany Porter, Dawn Harper-Nelson, Continental Cup, 
photo by Shoe Addicts, Mike Deering

I believe that we have to make some real decisions in our sport. Is it better to have too many events, some that are fantastic and some that are, much less? 

How do we really grow the sport? 

We need to learn from Marrakech and events that, well meaning, sometimes, just do not work. 

In Split, in 2010, there were 25,000 fans. In 2014, there were, perhaps several thousand over the two days. 
The registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon reopened on Monday, September 15, 2014. Please read the instructions below if you are interested in competing. And please, do not run as bandits in races. It is disrespectful to meet management and volunteers. 
Emma Coburn vs Hiwot Ayalew, one of 2014 major duels, photo by

The 2014 Continental Cup had some amazing moments of competition in a historic sports country and a fine stadium. Problem was, no one really showed up. RunBlogRun asked Cathal Dennehy to give us ten lessons from Marrakech. 

Here are the top five! 
Stade de Marrakech, photo courtesy of IAAF

Here is the round up from Alfons Juck of EME News on the second day of the second Continental Cup. 
Caleb Ndiku, Nike Pre Classic, May 31, 2014, photo by

Caleb Ndiku entertained the fans in the Stade de Marrekech on Sunday night with his battle to the finish, with Ibrahimov, running the last thousand meters in 2:22.96! 

Caleb Ndiku is the ONLY athlete, male or female, to win World Indoor, Commonwealth Games, Diamond League, and European or African Champs in same year. 

A pretty amazing year for the young Kenyan distance runner, on the cusp of becoming a major star. 

Cathal Dennehy caught up with Caleb on Sunday evening, after his mesmerizing victory in Marrekech. Here is his feature on Caleb Ndiku. 


James Dasaolu, photo by

Alex Mills wanted to write a piece about James Dasaolu, the hottest of the hot British sprint corps. Here is his feature for RunBlogRun. 

Jenny Simpson, on the move, NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile, photo by

RunBlogRun asked Elena Dyachkova, a frequent contributor and one of our favorite writers, to cover the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile. Elena did so in style, and here is her feature for the Running Network on the unofficial end of the middle distance runner's season in North America for 2014. 

Bohdan Bondarenko, photo by

The first day of the Continental Cup had some fine performances, but few people to watch those performances. Alfons Juck gives us the highlights of Day One from Marrakech, Morocco.

A beautiful stadium, with a city that is full of history and tradition. We have loved our four days in a city and culture that covers both modern and ancient traditions. 
        2013 BMW Berlin Marathon Kipsang, Kipsang, Kipchoge, photo by

Justin Lagat has some ideas on how the World Marathon Majors in Fall 2014 will play out! Justin will be interviewing some of the top athletes for us this season! Watch for the interviews. 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Thirteen, Day Seven, Sunday, September 14, 2014: You've Made it!

Sunday: warm up, 11 mile run for the 500 mile club, 8 mile for the 400 club, and 7 mile for the 300 mile club. 

This is the last day of the last week of the 2014 Saucony 500 Mile Challenge. Please make sure that you have posted your daily training at!

Special thanks to Saucony Running for sponsoring the program this summer. Make sure that you check out Saucony cross country racing and training shoes at! #findyourstrong, #saucony500


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