Semenya_CasterFHL-Pre17.jpgCaster Semenya, photo by
Manyonga_Luvo-Stockholm17.jpgLuvo Manyonga, photo by
Semenya 1:57.80 WL, Manyonga 841w
PRETORIA (RSA, Mar 17): World and Olympic champion Caster Semenya ran virtually in her own race in the 800 m on last day of the South African Championships. Her time of 1:57.80 is a world lead, the quickest ever time in March and gave her victory by more than eight seconds. The highest-class event, though, was the men's long jump, in which world champion Luvo Manyonga landed at 8.41m (+2.1) to beat world bronze medallist Ruswahl Samaai (821, +1.7). Zarck Visser was third with 807 (+1.7). In the absence of Clarence Munyai, who ran a sensational 19.69 in the semi-final yesterday, Luxulo Adams broke his PB by 0.31, running 20.08 (+1.8). Thando Dlodlo was second in 20.41 and Roscoe Engel third 20.44. Justine Palframan won a sprint double, clocking 22.97 in the 200m to beat Tamzin Thomas (23.12) into second. In the 400m, she was also near her PB as her 51.31 put her more than two second clear. Wenda Nel won the 400m hurdles in 55.01, but also of note was the national junior record of 55.05 for runner-up Zeney van der Walt. Other wins included: Tshepo Tshite (1:46.04 in the 800m), Peter Conradie (45.55 in the 400m) and Lindsey Hanekom (49.17 in the 400m hurdles) ahead of World U18 Champion Zazini Sokhawkhana 49.42 PB.
16th+IAAF+World+Athletics+Championships+London+pLfkQEWswVil.jpgClarence Munyai, photo courtesy of Getty Images for IAAF
Munyai 19.69 NR and WL
PRETORIA (RSA, Mar 16): During second day of South African Championships sensational improvement by African Junior Champion last year Clarence Munyai (20) who clocked in semifinals of 200 m 19.69 (-0.5) what is not only new national record (Wayde van Niekerk 19.84 last year) but also a World lead 2018. It is additionally 10th best performer ever and only 0.01 behind Frankie Frederick´s African record 19.68 from Atlanta Games 1996. The 8 better performers ever than the two Africans are from USA and Jamaica. Munyai was fast already in heats with 20.23 (+0.5). "I knew the conditions were going to be good so I decided to go for a record in the semifinals," said Munyai who is Commonwealth Games bound."It's a massive achievement." Luxolo Adams won his semifinal in 20.39 (+1.7) PB. Finals of 200 m are on Saturday. Carina Horn after national record on Thursday in semifinals (11.03) was again fast also when winning the 100 m title in 11.08 (+1.7, her 4th fastest ever) ahead of Tebogo Mamathu 11.27 PB. Much anticipated 100 m final by men was won by Simon Magakwe with 10.07 against -1.3 strong wind. Second junior record holder Thando Dlodlo 10.15, third Henricho Bruintjies 10.15 and fourth fastest from semifinals Roscoe Engel 10.27 as Anaso Jobodwana did not run due to injury. Caster Semenya won the 1500 m in 4:10.68 and also clocked fast 1:58.92 winning her 800 m heat. Kabelo Mohlosi in men´s 800 m semifinal 1:46.20 personal best. Also to note fastest in men´s 400 m semifinals Pieter Conradie 45.59 and in women 200 m semifinals Justine Palframan 23.06 (+0.3). Antonio Alkana won the 110 m Hurdles in 13.48 (-0.2) World lead. From technical events to note as winners Khotsko Mokoena 17.09 (+2.7) in triple, Orazio Cremona good 20.71 in shot put and Chris Harmse 70.62 in hammer. Chris Moleya cleared 223 to win the high jump over World U18 Champion Breyton Poole 220 and Friedrich Pretorius scored 7764 points in decahlon.

The long run is the key to building a fine week of training for most of the year. Today, get your 70-90 minutes in, with some friends and then, watch the United NYC Half Marathon and the Skechers Performance LA Marathon, two fine races and inspiring events.

CHALL121215-0014.jpgWhen do I breathe again? photo by Justin Britton

Sunday, March 18, 2018: Relaxed Long run, 70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

Toni Reavis has been announcing road races since before many of you were born.

Toni Reavis and I come from the city of Saint Louis. Toni first moved to Boston, immersed himself in road racing, and then, moved to the warmth of San Diego.

Reavis-WillisTV-BAAmile13.jpgToni Reavis with Nick Willis, BAA Mile, photo by

Toni Reavis is as close as we get to a scholar in road running. His knowledge, his sense of humor and his ability to put road racing in the context of the sports fan. Toni also loves the sport and has been challenging the status quo and trying to help direct the conversation on how to energize the sport.

Reavis_ToniToya-Beach07.jpgToni Reavis with the love of his life, Toya Reavis, photo by

In this interview, which I have wanted to do for years, we get a glimpse of how Toni Reavis' wonderful mind works. If you can watch his coverage of the Skechers Performance LA Marathon, which he has done 32 times in 32 years.

Watch a professional, and enjoy the coverage of the LA Marathon.

DeGrasse_Andre-Stockholm17.jpgAndre De Grasse, photo by
De Grasse out from CG
TORONTO (CAN): Canadian olympic medalist Andre De Grasse has made the decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games in order to be better prepared for a full outdoor season. After a 2017 season that ended with a hamstring injury, De Grasse began training for the 2018 season cautiously. His 2017 injury is completely healed and he is 100% healthy, he's just not where he wants to be yet from a fitness standpoint. "To me the Commonwealth Games was going to be a great opportunity to display my talents to a passionate fan base in Australia. I wouldn't want to go in there at any less than my best and for that reason we have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the Games. My team and I feel like this is the best decision for the long term. I will now train hard through the spring to be ready for a strong and full outdoor season." said De Grasse. De Grasse will start his outdoor season with a 100m race at the Drake Relays at the end of April, before turning his attention to the Diamond League meets and eventually the NACAC championships in his home town of Toronto. Informs his agent Paul Doyle.
DeGrasse_AndreFV-Oslo17.jpgAndre De Grasse, photo by
RunBlogRun opines: Coming back from injuries is one of the toughest realities of our sport. Pushing to get into shape fast does not work. De Grasse is making right decision to hold off his opening.

While RunBlogRun is at the Skechers Performance LA Marathon, many of our friends are at the United NYC Half Marathon, the seminal half marathon for spring marathoners, with 22,500 running the new course in a few hours. Rich Sands, covering the race for Race Results Weekly, which we use with permission, wrote this piece on Liz Costello.

NYCH_Athletes_PS1_Visit_NYRR_Courtesy.jpgPHOTO: Liz Costello (third from right, back row) visiting Public School 1 in New York City in advance of the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half. Also in photo, NYRR president of events and race director Peter Ciaccia (back row, center, in blue shirt) and NYRR senior vice president for Youth & Community Services Rachel Pratt (back row, second from right). Photo courtesy of New York Road Runners

IMG_3177.JPGElisha Barno, 2017 Skechers Performance LA Marathon champion, photo by Larry Eder

In the final miles of a marathon, when the heart is willing, but, the body screams, how does one master the muscles with the focus of the heart? Elisha Barno gets that, having won the 2017 Skechers Performance LA Marathon, is back and he wants to win once again. Problem is, like in all marathoners, several runners share those dreams.

In 2015, Elisha Barno roared in like a lion, won Big Sur Marathon (April 2015), Grandma's (June 2015) and Cal International (December 2015). In 2017, after his LA marathon win, Elisha won Grandma's for a second time.

A past marathon PB of 2:09:45 is from the Kosice International Peace Marathon, in the Czech Republic, one of the oldest and most respected of European marathons, Elisha broke that in January. With a best over the half marathon of 1:01:45, Elisha is a threat in the marathons he runs. He recently ran the Houston marathon on 14 January 2018, where he finished third and ran a PB of 2:09:32.

Barno_Elisha-HoustonM18.jpgEilisha Barno, Houston 2018, photo by

Elisha respects the LA Marathon course. "It is tough in the first half." Elish confided in me during our interview. A fine athlete, Elisha told @runblogrun that he is recovered and ready to race. He reminds me of athletes like Dick Beardsley, who could run five, six marathons in a season and continue to run well.

We will just have to wait a few hours to see if Elisha can make his dreams come true.

Weldon Kirui won the Skechers Performance LA Marathon in 2016. Last year, Weldon was fourth in the 2017 LA Marathon.

Kirui_Weldon-Houston18.jpgWeldon Kirui, 2016 winner, Skechers Performance LA Marathon, photo by

With a personal best of 2:09:06 from Eindoven, Holland in 2009, Kirui is a Skechers Performance athlete and a great example of the fine Kenyan athletes that traverse the world, searching for their perfect race. A few wins on the marathon circuit and many Kenyan runners are set for life.

Weldon Kirui spoke to RunBlogRun on Friday, March 16 about his fitness, his desire to win in LA and his desire to run a fast time. Weldon told RunBlogrun that he is fit, and wants to win in LA once again. He also noted that the LA course can be challenging. Look for Weldon to be playing a role up to the very end, racing for the win down Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, California.

Hellen Jepkurgat's victory in 2017 was a bit of a surprise to the Skechers Performance LA Marathon. It also might tell you a bit about the elite marathon coordinator, Matthew Turnbull. It should also tell you that Matthew has respect of the various managers and agents, as he can work with them to bring their promising marathoners to this promising marathon.

Jepkurgat_Hellen-BaaHalf15.jpgHellen Jepkurgat, BAA Half, 2015, photo by

Helen's trip to the City of Angels, was, well, circuitous. There may have been some issues with flights, perhaps a visa, and perhaps, Helen traveling halfway around the world.

But, Helen Jepkurgat had come to race, and race, dear readers, she did. At 23 kilometers, Helen moved to the front, and sensing a weakness in her competitors, Hellen moved away, taking her first marathon victory in LA in 2017. In June 2017, Hellen took her second victory, at Grandma's Marathon. Now, back in the City of Angels, Hellen Jepkurgat is here to defend her title and set a new PB (she's hoping for 2:26 to 2:28).

Here is my interview with the promising young Kenyan marathoner. The women's field should be pretty competitive tomorrow.

There are times, few times, but times, when, in the middle of an interview, one is overcome by the enormity of the moment. That may be a Moment of Larry, a zen moment, or just a moment when one knows that they are, yes, alive. Such was the case when I first heard Johnny Jameson speak. I observed Johnny speak with Toni Reavis, long time announcer of the LA Marathon (he's been only announcer for 32 years).

IMG_3174.JPGJohnny Jameson, photo by Larry Eder

Johnny Jameson, like Toni Reavis and I, hail from Saint Louis. Johnny's experience was much different than Toni or mine. As an African-American, his experience in Saint Louis was much different than mine.

Johnny was raised in Pruit Igoe Housing project, a notorious example of public housing gone awry. I knew about the Projects through my grandfather, a police officer called there many times.

Johnny Jameson went from Saint Louis to Vietnam, as he was drafted in 1970. Johnny experienced more pain and suffering there than anyone should experience.

After Vietnam, Johnny moved from Saint Louis to California. Now, nearly five decades later, the U.S. Postal deliverer has 32 LA Marathons under his belt. Johnny ran the races backwards the first two years, then, dribbled a basket ball for several years, now, he merely runs and enjoys the experience. His five daughters, at first were worried about his running, but now, it is part of Johnny.

Please listen to this interview, listen well, and consider Johnny as an example of the LA Marathon, but also, a prime example of the what can be good in our country. Then, like this writer, with moistened yes, consider just how lucky you have been to have digitally met Johnny Jameson, an American marathoner, a father of five daughters, a postal employee, a proud Californian and a man from the City of Angels.

Wake up to RunBlogRun's news in your inbox. Sign up for our newsletter and we'll keep you informed about the Sport you love.

Subscribe to RunBlogRun's Global News Feed

* indicates required

Monthly Archives