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2013 Boston Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is Chris Lotsbom's piece on the upgrading of security and precautions to be taken. Note to fans: bring as little with you as possible and get to places early! And, no back packs! You have to take the notices seriously! 
This is my daily journal on the month long travels I have committed to: from Copenhagen to Paris, to London, to Boston, with Milwaukee thrown in for fun. Don't feel my pain, there is very little. I enjoy my bedouin like existence. With friends across the world, and special places in most corners of the world that I have come to know, I have found a way to make a living and live my dream at the same time. 

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The Memorial service, view from my room, photo by Larry Eder

 

 


Olympic Stars to Greet, Coach Peachtree Jr. Runners

 

Atlanta- April 17, 2014 - There will be something special waiting to greet Peachtree Jr. participants when they cross the finish line in Piedmont Park this year: Olympic and World Champions.

 

Besides being cheered on by some of the top athletes in the world, each of the estimated 3000 young runners on May 17 will--for the first time in the 28-year history of the Atlanta Track Club event--have the opportunity to sample new track-and -field disciplines under the hands-on guidance of Olympic superstars.

 

"At Atlanta Track Club, we believe our best chance at getting kids active through running is to introduce them to multiple disciplines in the sport, hoping that the experiences we offer will keep them engaged and involved with running in some way," said Rich Kenah, executive director of Atlanta Track Club. "Local Olympic stars will not only reward them for their great effort in Peachtree Jr., but hopefully inspire them by giving them a close-up look at where that effort can take them. Who knows, maybe one day some of our Peachtree Jr. runners will win Olympic medals of their own."

 

Among the Olympic athletes expected at Peachtree Jr., a family-friendly event that allows kids to experience the fun of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, are:

 

·        Adam Nelson, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist and 2005 World Champion in the shot put. Nelson grew up in Atlanta and now lives in Athens, GA.

 

·        Chaunte Lowe, the 2005 World Championships silver medalist and 2012 World Indoor Champion in the high jump. An NCAA Champion who competed for Georgia Tech, Lowe now lives in Loganville, GA.

 

·        Dwight Phillips, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist and four-time World Champion in the long jump. Phillips is a life-long resident of the Atlanta area.

 

·        Terrence Trammell, a two-time World Indoor Champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist in the 110-meter hurdles. Trammell, an Atlanta native, still lives and trains here.

 

Activities with these athletes will take place in the Piedmont Park Active Oval after children are reunited with their guardians.

 

The 28th Peachtree Jr. will kick off on May 17 in Piedmont Park with the Lil' Peach 50m Dash, for ages 6 and younger, at 8:15 a.m., followed by the Peachtree Jr. 3K (1.86 miles) at 9 a.m.Participants also get the opportunity to take part in the Peachtree Jr. Challenge, which awards scholarship funds to the top three organizations that sign up the most kids for the race. For more information, visit www.atlantatrackclub.org.

 

About Atlanta Track Club

Atlanta Track Club is a nonprofit committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta. Through running and walking, Atlanta Track Club motivates, inspires and engages the community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. With more than 19,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org) - the largest 10K running event in the world, the Atlanta Marathon (atlantamarathon.org), and the Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K (atlantahalfmarathon.org), Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year. Through the support of its members and volunteers, Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honoring high school cross country and track and field athletes through Atlanta Track Club's All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program. For more information on Atlanta Track Club, visit atlantatrackclub.org.


( Atlanta Track Club gets it! Combining Olympic stars, every kids dream, and healthy activities is a great branding and tie in! Other events should do this! The Olympic athletes are there and mostly very open to such situations. Check with TFAA or ask Rich Kenah, Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club, how he does it).

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David McGillivray, April 16, 2014 Press Conference, 
photo by Chris Lotsbom, RRW

Chris Lotsbom wrote this piece on the David McGillivray, well done and thoughtful, for a man, who, like his team, is in the eye of the proverbial media storm. 




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Larry Rosenblatt, 2013 Boston Marathon, courtesy of Larry Rosenblatt

Earlier this evening, Elliott Denman sent this piece. Larry Rosenblatt's experience with 2013 Boston Marathon should be read by one and all...
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Mary Cain, 2014 USA Indoor, photo by PhotoRun.net

In a release that surprised some with its length, Nike, Inc. has made it quite clear that they value USA Track & Field, the best track and field team in the world, as a key investment in their sports marketing future. Today, April 16, USA Track & Field announced an extension of twenty-three years, from 2017 to 2040, with Nike as the official footwear and apparel of the federation. 

Rumors had been circling that USATF CEO Max Siegel was working on a huge sponsorship deal, and if this does not qualify as such, then, nothing does. 

In the past, adidas's sponsorship package with the Boston Marathon, which was fifteen to seventeen years, has been seen as a long sponsorship. Keen observers of the sport noted, with some consternation, the longevity of the sponsorship. 

Our research suggests that NIKE wanted to make it ball park frank that they are committed to the sport for a very long time. That Mark Parker, CEO of Nike, is quoted in the release, is a huge example of how much value that NIKE places in the sponsorship. 

We will ask USATF for some details on the sponsorship, as USATF hinted at extended support for various disciplines underneath the USATF umbrella. No matter where you stand, it is a spectacular sponsorship package. 
This is my journal of a month of my life as I travel from Copenhagen to Paris, London and Boston. Each day, I have promised to share a bit of my travels, feelings, experiences. This day, has proved the most difficult...

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From SPIKES, powered by the IAAF, April 15, 2014: 
 
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ESCAPING THE SLUMP

Having won world and Olympic triple jump titles all before the age of 23, Christian Taylor's steady march to greatness faltered last year when he finished down in fourth at the Moscow 2013 World Championships. He tells SPIKES all about the "slump" - and why his wake-up call might just be the best thing for his career.  

Teddy Tamgho took the plaudits in Moscow for sealing world triple jump gold with that mighty 18.04m leap. Meanwhile, the deposed world champion left the arena a deflated fourth. Out of the medals, and some 0.84m down on the fabulous Frenchman, Christian Taylor had done something very rare, and lost a major competition.

A world youth triple jump champion in 2007, the Georgian-born athlete had almost nonchalantly collected ten All-American NCAA Division 1 titles, including three NCAA crowns. Two US titles followed, not to mention the world title in Daegu and Olympic gold in London.

In late 2012, Taylor moved from his Florida training base to the very different surroundings of Loughborough in the heart of England, following his coach, Rana Reider. Although he finished the 2013 season as the overall Diamond League winner, he couldn't quite produce the same fizz as the previous two years.

To read the Christian Taylor feature from SPIKES, powered by the IAAF, please go to:

http://spikes.iaaf.org/post/christian-taylor-on-escaping-2013-slump

(Editor's note: SPIKES has been doing some fantastic pieces on athletes, and the sport.)

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Nick Willis, photo by PhotoRun.net 

Nick Willis is the 2008 Olympic silver medalist, New Zealand record holder in mile and 1,500m, and one of the classiest athletes that it has been my privilege to observe. Here, Nick Willis is supporting the Michigan Track Classic. 
This is my journal for the month from March 25 to April 22, where I have travelled to Copenhagen, Denmark, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, Paris, France, London, England and Boston, MA, covering the Spring road racing season. 

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