Casimir Loxom, photo by PhotoRun.net

Casimir Loxom set a new AR for the 600 meters this weekend, running 1:15:58. Casimir's AR the best of many fine performances this weekend. Here is are some of the other highlights. 
Here is the video supplied by Race News Service on the exciting 2015 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, which was held on Friday, January 23, 2015. For those of us who can not stay up all night, here is a highlight tape of the Dubai Marathon. An amazingly exciting women's race, and a surprise ending in the men's marathon are to be enjoyed! 

Dear RunBlogRun supporters, 

The Sixth Annual HOKA ONE ONE Super Clinic will be held on Saturday, January 31at Sacramento Community College. If you want to see how much you can learn in one day, how to better your coaching, and to meet and exchange ideas with some of the finest human beings, besides coaches in our sport, then be

RunBlogRun will be there. Adam Johnson-Eder and myself will be doing a seminar on how coaches can use social media (and this digital age) for more effectivecoaching. We will also bring some issues of Cal Track, Athletes Only, and Coaching Athletics. 

So, please join us. Our friend, and my spiritual advisor, Peanut Harms, and Dave Shrock, PA USATF President, have worked very hard to make this event a reality!

See you there! 

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6th Annual HOKA OneOne SuperClinic
Saturday, 31 January - Sacramento CC
Sponsored by CoachesChoice Books and DVD's
pre-registration  closes Wednesday 28 January
Spend the day investing in your season's success featuring many of America's top coaches:
Sprints & Hurdles: Rick Sloan (Washington State), Mike Reid (American River College), Joy
Upshaw (National Teams Coach), Roosevelt Kent (accomplished Youth-HS coach).
Endurance:  Jay Johnson (HS coach and author), Peter Thompson (IAAF Master Coach),  Diljeet Taylor (CSU Stanislaus) and Tena Harms (El Dorado HS).
Jumps: Ed Miller (Cal), Rick Sloan (Washington State), Leo Sacramento (Davis HS).
Throws: Olympians Suzy Powell and Mike Buncic, Mike Curry (Golden State Throwers) Brian Masterson (former nationally ranked discus thrower).
Special Topics: Increase your team's cyber and social presence: Larry & Adam Eder (CalTrack & Running News), Dr. Adam Telforde (Stanford Sports Sciences) on Prevention of Stress Fractures in Young Runners

Clinic Cost:
$65.00 - pre-registered by Wednesday, 28 January;  School or club staffs or 3 or more: $50.00 byWednesday, 28 January   
$85.00 - registration at the door for individuals.  
Contact Peanut Harms at nutboy51@yahoo.com  for coaching staff discounts of 3 or more coaches prior to 28 January

What you get:
- All coaches will receive presentation notes of each session they attendHOKA shirts for the first 200 registrants and then Coach O sting bags; and vendor goodies
- V
endors expo with equipment and information to start your season
- G
enerous raffle during lunch
Pacific Association of USATF Coaches Committee Annual meeting from 12:45-1:15pm
Just added: Order any VSAthletics equipment by 27 January and have it delivered to the clinic free!  Contact  jason@vsathletics.comclick here for promo flyer
Just added:  Endurance room coaches will all receive a complimentary copy of Jim Hunt's Neuromuscular Aspects of Training DVD
- A portion of the clinic's proceeds goes towards scholarships for Pacific Assoc. Coaches to attend an Assoc. Level 1 School
- $69.00 special rate rooms at the Best Western Sandman, call 916.443-6515 and ask for the SuperClinic rate

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Don't miss this opportunity to improve your coaching effectiveness!
Berhanu celebrating his win in Dubai, 23 January 2015, photo from Race news service

Berhanu hopes for Beijing from EME news and Race News Service

DUBAI (UAE): The fresh winner here and World leader 2015B Lemi Berhanu said after the race he wants to run the World Championships marathon in Beijing: "I would never have thought that I could win this race. It was my dream to do this in Dubai one day, but not this year! With around one kilometre to go I sensed that I could succeed," said the youngster, who had won his debut race in Zurich last year with 2:10:40. He has now improved by more than five minutes and is unbeaten in two races. "If my federation selects me then I would really like to run the marathon in the World Championships in the summer," said Berhanu, who said he had no idea what to do with the prize money of 200,000 Dollar. "I never thought about the money. I really don't know what I will do with it." Women winner Aselefech Mergia said: "I told myself after having my daughter that I could win a marathon again. We used the prize money from my first two wins in Dubai [2011 and 2012] to begin building a hotel back home, now we'll be able to complete the job." From the Race News.

(Editor's note: Berhanu, in his second marathon, kicked butt in the Dubai marathon. Obviously quite talented, it will be fun to see him shake it up with the World Championship crowd. Wanting to see how fast Mr. Bekele recovers from Dubai. Was a bit concerned that his Dubai, London was a bit adventuresome. )
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Abel Kirui Training Group, February 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net

Once a week, Justin Lagat, our long time correspondent from Kenya, gives us a view into racing and training in his homeland. Today, Justin discusses the realities, for many, of how to plan their long runs. 
Amy Begley, the new coach of the Atlanta Track Club, photo courtesy of ATC

The Atlanta Track Club is in the midst of monumental changes within their organization. Their long term sponsorship agreement with the Mizuno brand was announced less than three months ago.  The appointment of Amy Begley, who many remember for her gutty run in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials 10,000 meters, as head coach of the Atlanta Track Club was their next announcement.

In this interview, Carolyn Mather, a long time journalist for the Running Journal and Racing South, provided RunBlogRun with this interview of Amy Begley. 
Meb Keflezighi has achieved what most baseball fans only dream of! The 2014 Boston Champion threw the first ball in Fenway Park on 23 April 2014. Topp's Baseball cards included Meb in their First Pitch collection, which goes on sale on February 6.

I am going to get a packet! Somewhere, in the attics of my parents house, lies my box of baseball cards from the 1960s with Willie Mays, Bob Gibson, Curt Flood, Dal Maxvill, and Red Schoenidist! Well, at least I think so, but that was 1974. 

The landslide continues....

In a copyrighted story on Supersport.com, the IAAF's Chris Turner is quoted by the Associated Press as noting that Ms. Zaripova, the 2010 European, 2011 World and 2012 Olympic champion is under investigation and may face bans from the sport. The reasons cited: abnormalities in Yuliya Zarpiova's athlete biological passport.

Yuliya Zaripova, Daegu 2011, photo by PhotoRun.net 

In the past week, the Russian Federation has banned five World and Olympic medalists in race walking, one of them for life, and has seen countless allegations of doping, hiding doping and what looks to be systematic approach to hiding sports cheating. This seems to be the Lance Armstrong moment for Russia, but perhaps, it is not. 

I watched Zaripova race before the World Championships in 2013, where she noted, on the eve of the event, an injury. Several sources now tell RBR that Ms. Zaripova was under the scrutiny of the IAAF drug testing team by that time. If that proves to be true, then, the thoroughness of the investigations into Ms. Zaripova's wrong doing should also remind us, that many, at all levels, want to see sports cheats caught in their webs of intrigue. 

Lemi Berhanu upsets them all! photo by Giancarlo Colombo, PhotoRun.net

Aselefech Mergia holds off Gladys Cherono, photo by Giancarlo Colombo, PhotoRun.net

The Dubai Marathon had some surprises for us, namely, an Ethiopian intersquad meet for the men and a nail biting battle for the women, coming down to one second on the clock difference between a three time defender and a debut marathoner! On the men's side, Lemi Berhanu, up until now a 2:10 marathoner, just knocked off five minutes from his pb!

Kenenisa Bekele did not finish, as he looked okay at 28k and by 29k, he was done, sore, under trained and thinking happy thoughts just does not do it. Bekele has much to learn about the distance after three events, it seems. Fascinating how no one knew that Renato Canova had both Bekele and the men's winner as current 
Dave Zimmer is, to me, the epitome of what run specialty is all about. One kean observer calls Dave a "whirlwind of activity". That is an understatement. Zimmer loves what he does and is constantly trying to find ways to make Fleet Feet Chicago, his staff and his running community better.

Dave's company has four running stores at the current time, and by February 2015, he will have six stores. Dave opened his first store in October 1996. His company now runs twelve races in the Chicago area. 

Dave Zimmer (1097), with his son, Sebastian (1096) at the Rudolph Ramble

From his stores, Fleet Feet of Chicago, Dave has learnt that building a store, a staff and a successful business is about building community. Running, for Zimmer, is so much more than a 9 to 5 gig. 

I have known Dave for the better part of two decades. I first met him through Jeremy Solomon and Eliot Wineberg at the Chicago Athlete. Dave and his staff were always the team we would see out at major events. 

This is not how Dave goes into the office. Zimmer, in crown, is advising a young runner at Pumpkins in the Park race, how the spooky sprints work.

As Dave Zimmer grew his stores and his race business, he added his own touches to the community, from races to this past fall's Q & A with Deena Kastor and Meb Keflezighi. I would see Dave at the Running Event in Austin each year. We would say hello, spend a few minutes together, but that was really all one got, as Dave and his team were hard at work, speaking to the footwear brands, and fellow running store owners. 

John Rogers, the owner of Fleet Feet Maine Running Company, told me at the 2014 Running Event that " Dave has become a great friend. He is also one of the smartest guys in the business." That is a huge compliment coming from Rogers, a long time running footwear executive who parlayed that experience into running store business.

I was able to get Dave Zimmer for twelve minutes and thirty-six seconds. Dave is a wealth of information and a true resource for running in Chicago. Besides the time when I called Dave the wrong name (Chris), our dialogue was fast paced and far ranging. We spoke about human capital, and how important staffing is to a store. "We change lives" is a mantra for Zimmer.

I hope that you enjoy the interview with Dave Zimmer, a man who understands that, for a running store to be successful, one must focus on the community. 

Special thanks to Robin Monsky on this interview. 

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