Lelisa Desisa, 2015 Boston Marathon champion, photo by PhotoRun.net
David Hunter has been writing for RunBlogRun for nearly three and one half years. Mr. Hunter says it has been "three or four of the best months of his life". Sarcasm aside, David is a fine writer who loves the sport and is working on his second act. A former banker and lawyer, with a 2:31 marathon PB, Hunter gets it.
I started working with David at the suggestion of Creigh Kelly, a mentor, confidant and a friend in this world we call running. Creigh was right: Hunter got it and still does.
This is his first piece of two today on the Boston Marathon. The poor guy sat next to me in the second to last row of the Boston Media room. With Jim Gerwick on the other side, my nine hours in Boston media room were eventful, with moments of focus and frivolity.
As Steve Martin, the noted American comedian and philosopher noted, " Some people get paid for selling Bic pens and I get paid for doing this."
Desi Linden, Boston 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net
Desi Linden is the best U.S. women marathoner in 2015, with her gutty, tough performance at the 2015 Boston marathon. Linden pushed the pace from eight miles on and ran it like a fartlek workout, finishing fourth, when it came down to some fast kicks over the last mile and a half.
Cathal Dennehy wrote this assessment of her Trials of Miles and Miles of Trials (as John Parker noted in Once a Runner, a book all runners should read).
Caroline Rotich wins over Mare Dibaba, April 20, 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net
Our dear friends, and writer and photographer for Racing South and Running Journal, Steve and Carolyn Mather were at home, with Steve recovering from some health issues. Carolyn wrote this piece for RunBlogRun from her view on the world of the web.
Dejen Gebremeskel, photo by PhotoRun.net
Dejen Gebremeskel is an Olympic silver medalist. He is a bronze medalist at Worlds in 2011 and World Indoors at 3000m in 2014. With 5000m best of 12:46.81 and 10,000m of 26:51.02, Dejan is one tough racer.
In the B.A.A. elite mile, Dejen just took the lead and did not let up. Scary to think what he could run a mile in, and also, what kind of shape he is in this early in the season!
Want to hear what a really enthusiastic crowd is supposed to sound! On the Saturday of the European Indoors, I watched Pavel Maslak just kick total butt and ethuse 17,000 plus fans in the O2 Arena in lovely Prague!
Pavel Maslak, SOPOT 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net
Here is how I called it and just listen to the crowd, close your eyes and think of Pavel Maslak just flying around the track, winning by nearly a second!
A masterful moment of track and field, lasting just over 45 seconds!