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The 2017 Boston Marathon was one of the finest marathons in the Beantown is many years. The races were epic, the fields were strong and the fans and marathoners were out in force. Here is what we saw.

thebig half.jpgThe Big Half is the new Half Marathon launched by the London Marathon. It will debut on 4 March 2018. And it will be a unique approach to hosting a major event and including the communities in the ebb and flow of the marathon and half marathon.

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While it is truly sad that another Kenyan athlete has, per Atheltics Kenya, tested positive, it means that increased out of competition testing is working. Remember, Rita Jeptoo would never have been caught without out of competition testing.

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TORONTO (CAN): Triple Olympic medallist Andre de Grasse will be among the headline acts in the Oslo Diamond League on 15 June and the Stockholm Diamond League on 18 June, informs organisers. De Grasse won the 100 m in Oslo last year and will race in Stockholm for the first time.

RunBlogRun opines: The City of Paris is a huge sports city. From football, to rubgy, to athletics, to major road races, Paris has sports, fine food, great cafes and amazing history. The European Athletics Associaiton choose Paris to host the 2020 European Athletics Championships.

European Athletics is at this exciting cross roads. Over the past few years, the EAA has established itself as one of the most focused area federations in all of sports. Part of that is that EAA has gotten ahead of the incessant media narrative of negatives in athletics. By focusing on projects that they can deliver (or over deliver), EAA is putting together some programs that make tremendous sense, from anti-doping to reviving a vibrant cross country championships, and revisitng all European records with a thoughtful and qualified examination board.

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European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen (left) and André Giraud (right), President of the French Athletics Federation, with French athletics stars Marie-José Pérec and Yohann Diniz, in Paris on Friday 28 April. Photo courtesy of European Athletics (copyright EAA)

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Men's 10,000m start, Payton Jordan, photo by PhotoRun.net

STANFORD (USA): The entries for next Friday's Payton Jordan Invitational on May 5 confirm Matt Centrowitz, Nick Willis, Edward Cheserek, Justyn Knight in the 5000 m, Emily Sisson, Meraf Bahta, Emily Infeld, Kim Conley and Amy Cragg in women 10 000 m. Men´s 1500 m has steeple record holder Evan Jager, women´s 5000 m will see Sifan Hassan with Eilish McColgan and Allie Ostrander with Marielle Hall. Another top Brit Callum Hawkins is in the 10 000 m along with Shadrack Kipchirchir, Jake Robertson, Andy Vernon, David McNeill and Bashir Abdi. Lynsey Sharp with Chrishuna Williams are the top women 800 m names. Violah Lagat after recent road succes is in the 1500 m and Norway´s Karoline Grovdal in the steeple with Australian Genevieve Lalonde.

RunBlogRun opines: In the past decade, the Payton Jordan has become the meet where distance runners run their qualifiers. The level of competition, and the quality of competition continues to grow. A meet had started in Herzogenaurach, by adidas, last year, to provide Central European runners to have a chance to hit qualifying standards, but has not been renewed. It is a huge amount of logistics to devleop a meeting like the Payton Jordan, and we thank and salute the staff at Stanford to continuing to support this amazing event.

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The Meeting de Paris is one of my favorite Diamond League meetings of the year. For many years, it was on July 4, and I would go over, do interviews on the day before the meet, say hello to my friends at L'Equipe (one of finest sports magazines and websites in known world), and enjoy a fantastic evening of track and field at the Stade de France.

The meeting is moving to Stade Charlety, and the line up of French, European, African and American stars continues to be announced.

RunBlogRun will be there to cover this fine event, the seventh on the Diamond League Schedule for 2017.

RunBlogRun opines: The announcment on April 26 of the strategic partnership between Wanda Group, one of the largest Chinese business firms, and Abbott World Marathon Majors, organization that sponsors the finest group of global marathons, was long in coming.

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Abbott World Marathon Majors has been an organization with much potential for some time. Abbott's sponsorship is good business. The Abbott company is involved with medical devices, medical products around the world. Why not be involved with a global sport, like athletics? One with such magnitude that nearly every kid in the world has run, jumped or thrown something. With records dating back to ancient Sumer, nearly 5000 years ago, running races and high jumping are some of our oldest sporting activities.

Abbott World Marathon Majors is thriving in a sports business where most do not know how to work together. That a second circuit, of well established city marathons, has not developed across North America and Europe, is beyond my comprehension. A global company wanting to reach the emerging upper and middle class, who frequent the marathon circuit will understand the opportunities.

Well, it has happened.

Wanda Group's involvement is no accident. Their focus on sports is part of their observations regarding the emerging middle class in China. Their purchase of IRONMAN brand (266 plus events around the world), and their intention of the IRONMAN brand facilitating the strategic partnership between Wanda and Abbott WMM should be fascinating. What does this mean? We are not sure, but that possibility of moving running into a true endurance business, and learning from the triathlon business could be very rewarding for all involved.

The Spring season is into high gear now. Drake Relays and Penn Relays signal the big meets are upon us. Payton Jordan next weekend, Doha DL, and state high school meets just a few weeks away for many!

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Stay focused on your task. End the season with some big PBs and great placings! Relax on the easy days and focus on the hard days!

Friday, April 28, 2017. warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 8 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.

Justin Lagat sent this article to us just before he left for his upcoming marathon. Justin's piece includes some good observations on the Virgin Money London Marathon!

pack-men london .jpgThe men's lead pack at the Virgin Money London Marathon, photo courtesy of London Marathon

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