Our sport is about challenges sought, challenges taken, challenges missed, challenges retried, and challenges surpassed.

Enjoy your run today. Remember to watch the Pre Classic!

642617832.jpgLaura Muir, photo courtesy of British Athletics

Friday, May 26, 2017. warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 8 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.

I remember it like it were yesterday. We were watching the 1984 Olympic marathon on our new color TV. Joan Samuelson took the lead just after three miles on the LA Marathon course. She was being followed, cautiously, by Grete Waitz, Ingrid Kristiansen and Rosa Mota. Surely the adventurous American, who had just had arthroscopic surgery less than two weeks before the Olympic marathon Trials, had used up all of her good luck.

But Joan Benoit Samuelson persisted. Her diminutive size does not translate that tough Mainer inside. Joan was out to win this race, and like Frank Shorter in 1972, who took off at nine miles, Joan Samuelson, then Joan Benoit, won from the front.

Grete Waitz and Ingrid Kristiansen, along with Rosa Mota went after Joan, but it was, alas, too late.

I have known Joan Benoit Samuelson for nearly 33 years, and I am still emotionally touched by her amazing run in Los Angeles. It was true drama, as it should be, in the first Olympic marathon for women.

And now, drum roll, here are the five reasons to be at the Joan Samuelson Night of Pre Classic, on May 26!

The Pre Classic is Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27. Watch for our live coverage of both days on RunBlogRun!

IMG_5679.jpegBeth Potter takes the lead, photo by David Wearn

The Highgate Harriers have a winning event on their hands. Now in its fifth year, the HIghgate Night of 10,000 PBs is a smart success. It also proves that, providing actually innovative events can be done in our sport and this is truly one of them.

Without further adieu, here are my five lessons from the wonderful event at Hampstead Heath on May 20.

Here's some updates from Manchester, England, on the Arcadis Great CityGames (May 26) and the Great Run 10k Manchester (May 28), with thanks to EME News.

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Great CityGames 200m track, photo by Stuart Weir

GMCG17-by-Dan-Vernon-1250x750.jpgGreat City Games stars, photo by Dan Vernon Photography

DSCN0063.JPGPreparing the Great City Games Track, from Stuart Weir

The Manchester Great CityGames and Great Run have been two of my favorite events to attend over the past few years. With the date moved back a week, I had to miss them, as they coincided with the Nike Prefontaine Classic.

My heart goes out to the people of Manchester, who were attacked last Monday night. That their most vulnerable were attacked is the most senseless thing of all. However, true to their spirit and tradition, the people of Manchester reached out to those in distress on Monday night and held a memorial on Tuesday to recognize the effects of the attack and bring the city together.

The Arcadis Great CityGames will be held Friday, May 26, and the Great Run Manchester will be held on Sunday, May 28.

Here is the preview from Stuart Weir on the Arcadis CityGames. Stuart covered the Loughborough Invitational on Sunday, May 21.

EAA.jpgI found this piece in the TAFWA May 2017 newsletter and thought it handled some of the basic questions on the European Athletics proposal pretty well. This proposal, as one would expect, will be debated, and from it, we hope, will come some ideas that can provide a proposal that many of us can understand.

642617832.jpgLaura Muir after her 1k record in Birmingham (February 2017), photo courtesy of British Athletics

Watching Laura Muir set records at 5,000m, 3,000m, and 1,000m indoors this past winter was fun. Watching her win the 1,500m and 3000m at the European Indoors in Belgrade was a big highlight of my track viewing, as Laura used different tactics to win both titles.

This weekend, Laura Muir will take on the world in the 1,500 meters at the Prefontaine Classic, in what should be one of the most hotly contested races of 2017. Here's a fun interview by Cait Chock with Laura Muir, after her last races of 2017, at the European Indoor Champs.

The question of how to deal with records in our sport that belittle and beg the question, "were the athletes clean?", have been part of discussions pre , post and during meets for decades. The European Athletics proposal is the beginning of the discussion, and there has been much discussion, much of it negative.

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The final decision will require the thoughtfulness of biblical character King Solomon. But, before the King is called, we at RunBlogRun thought it would be good to read the document and consider how to make sense out of something that needs to be fixed. RunBlogRun thinks that there has to be a way to rid the record book of records that are obviously questionable and do not fall under any of needs to approve records in our day and age, and a record system that supports our dreams of a much cleaner sport. page23image31664 page23image31824

W Para-Elite 100m - 001a.jpgSophie Hahn (in light blue kit), setting WR, photo from Still Sport/ Loughborough University

The true highlight of the Loughborough University International was Sophie Hahn's WR for T 38 Class. After reading Stuart Weir's comments on the fine performance, you will understand why Stuart calls it the highlight of the meeting.

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