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Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday: 
Warm up; 5 miles easy running (400 Mile: 4 miles/300 Mile: 3 miles); 2x150 yards relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down.



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Kori Carter, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Georganne Moline, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is James Dunaway's final column on the final day of the USA Track & Field Championships. 
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Leo Manzano takes the 1,500 meters! photo by PhotoRun.net

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Francena McCorory running the World Leader! photo by PhotoRun.net

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SACRAMENTO (USA, Jun 28): Francena McCorory continued from indoors to outdoors as her USATF Outdoor Championships finish in the 400 m not only earned her a title, but also ranked among the top-five all-time American performances 49.48. In hot weather Second Sanya Richards-Ross back to fast 49.66, her best since winning the Olympic gold in 2012. Third Natasha Hastings 50.53 and fourth Jessica Beard 50.81. Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard overcame an early bobble to win the men's high jump with a clearance at 235 equaling the Hornet Stadium record set at the 2000 Olympic Trials by Nathan Leeper. Kynard, who missed his first try at 225, had the bar raised afterwards to 241, but missed on all three attempts. Tie for second Nick Ross and Dusty Jonas 228. Dawn Harper-Nelson and Queen Harrison raced stride for stride as the top two in the women's 100 m hurdles final in 12.55 and 12.56 (-1.6). Third Lolo Jones 12.65 ahead of Jasmin Stowers 12.78 and World champion Brianna Rollins 12.81. Faster times in semis 12.54 Harper-Nelson, 12.55 Jones and 12.74 Rollins. Reigning champion and American record holder Amanda Bingson set a new stadium record in the women's hammer throw, utilizing her second toss of 75.07, her second national title. Her throw was also the third longest ever by an American. Over 70 also Jessica Cosby 71.72 and Amber Campbell 71.35.  2012 World Indoor 4x400 gold medalist Gil Roberts stepped up to the top of the podium in the men's 400 for the first time, zipping to a lifetime-best 44.53. Josh Mance was second in 44.89, and U.S. indoor champion and 2014 World Indoor 4x400 gold medalist Kyle Clemons set a personal best of 45.00 in third. Great depth with fourth Vernon Norwood 45.02 PB, fifth Manteo Mitchell 45.09 and sixth Mike Berry 45.12. Emma Coburn was striding solo at the bell in the women's steeple as she cruised to her third national title in 9:19.72, the third-fastest time ever by an American and a new USATF Outdoor Championship record. Second Ashley Higginson 9:27.59 PB. A highly competitive men's 1500m saw fast finisher Leo Manzano winning in 3:38.64 over Pat Casey 3:38.04 and only 6 thousands separated Lopez Lomong and Will Leer 3:39.11 for both for third place. Olympic and world winner Brittney Reese marked 692 (+1.9), earning her sixth national outdoor title in women's long jump. After fouling on three of her first four attempts, Reese made her fifth jump her best to seal the victory. Tianna Bartoletta was the runner-up 686 (+1.2) with all her five legal jumps over 680. Third Funmi Jimoh 681 (-0.2). Sharon Day-Monroe won the heptathlon with sixth best mark in the World 2014 6470 (585-46.84-2:11.54 second day) over Barbara Nwaba 6307 PB. Maria Michta dominated the women's 20 km race walk in 1:34:54.37. With help from USATF website.
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PHOTO: Cory McGee finishing third at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 1500m in Des Moines, Iowa (Photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly)
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Leo Manzano wins the 1,500 meters! photo by PhotoRun.net

Leo Manzano held up to the pressure of being the fastest in the heats, and won the 1,500m with a strong last lap of 52.47! Will Leer ran 52.7 in his long run home! Here are the results from Saturday! 
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Emma Coburn, photo by PhotoRun.net

Emma Coburn's new meet record was an amazing performance in the bright sun, with temperatures over 90 degrees on the track! Chris Lotsbom writes about the steeplechase and the 1,500 meter final for men on Saturday! 
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Francena McCorory, photo by PhotoRun.net

Today, Elliott Denman praises the gold medal performance today of Francena McCorory, who continues to blaze new trails in 2014. 
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Ben Bruce, photo by PHotoRun.net
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Molly Huddle, AR 5,000 meters, 2014 USA Champ, 5,000 meters, 
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Molly Huddle won the 5,000 meters at the USATF Outdoor Champs on Friday night, with an exciting battle with Shannon Rowbury. The race came down to the final fifty meters, actually, the final meter. 

How does one prepare for a race that grueling? It is all about building up the endurance, the strength and the speed that one needs in our sport. Want to see how fit you can get? Run Cross Country. 
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Morgan Uceny, Katie Mackay, 1,500m heats, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Leo Manzano begins to unwind his kick, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is James Dunaway's second feature on the USATF Outdoors. His review of the key events on Saturday give you a bird's eye view into what is happening across track and field on Saturday. 
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Huddle and Rowbury duel for 5000 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is Mark Winitz feature on the Day three battle between Molly Huddle and Shannon Rowbury. 
Justin Lagat sent us this piece today, on Vivian Cheruiyot, 2011 World 10,000m/5,000m champion, who just had a baby boy and has begun running once again. Her dreams lie in the future, with a return to competition in 2015 perhaps and an Olympic dream or so for 2016. 

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Vivian Cheruiyot and her son, photo from Vivian's Iphone
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Trey Hardee, US Decathlon Champion, 
Olympic silver medalist, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Bernard Lagat takes title over Andy Bumbalough, photo by PhotoRun.net

Using a 54.7 last lap, Bernard Lagat took his seventh title over the 5000 meter distance, this time from Andy Bumbalough. Here is Chris Lotsbom's story on the race! 

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Molly Huddle edges Shannon Rowbury, 
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In one of the most exciting races that I have seen at a US championships, well since Thursday night with the women's 10,000 meters, Molly Huddle edged Shannon Rowbury in the 5000 meter title race.
 
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Will Claye, Triple Jump champion, photo by PhotoRun.net

In James Dunaway's Friday night review, he reminds us why the American national championships are one of the most exciting and best track meets, year after year, in the world. 
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Molly Huddle winning the USA 5,000m title, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is your training for day six, week two. An easy three mile run, or a walk, or a bike ride. Today is about relaxing. 
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Michelle Carter, Shot Put Champion, photo by PhotoRun.net

Five thousand people, sitting around the steps of the State Capital in Sacramento, were entertained by the sport of athletics! That is how the first night of the US outdoor champs opened. 
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Kim Conley on her long road to 10,000m victory, photo by PhotoRun.net


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Nicole Bush Stephanie Garcia, 2014 USA Outdoor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here are the second day of mixed zone quotes from Amanda Brooks of USA Track & Field. Photos are from PhotoRun.net.
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Amy Hastings, Jordan Hasay, Kim Conley, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thanks to USATF's Amber Brooks, who is sending media content in several forms each and every day AFTER the end of events. If one wants to promote a sport that is so much about performances, then, information sources that are credible and accurate are key. 
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Storl 21.90 PB and EL, by Alfons Juck, EME News

SCHONEBECK (GER, Jun 27): Double shot put world champion David Storl confirmed increased shape with European leading personal best and meet record at the Sole-Cup 21.90 in the third round. Kathrin Klaas won women hammer 73.08 ahead of Carolin Paesler 70.76 PB. In men competition Alexander Ziegler 76.29. World and Olympic winner Robert Harting saved his win here in last round with 67.29. Second Martin Wierig 65.98 and third Markus Munch 64.30. In women discus Nadine Muller 62.71 over Julia Fischer 62.26. Chinese win in women shot put by Lijiao Gong 19.27.

(Editor's note: David Storl is preparing for the European Championships in August. RunBlogRun will be there to cover the best of European Athletics.)
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Ten thousand meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 10,000 meters on Night two of the USA Outdoors was my proof that I was finally, after eighteen years in Wisconsin, home in the Golden State. 
After Galen Rupp's record sixth US title, Elliott Denman has a question: who is the best American male 10,000 meter runner of them all? 

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Galen Rupp wins sixth 10,000m US title, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Michelle Carter, US Shot Put Champion, photo by PhotoRun.net 

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Joe Kovacs, US Men's Shot Put Champion, 
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This is Mark Winitz's first of five pieces on our USA Outdoor Champs. Mark is a frequent contributor to California Track & Running News and American Track & Field Magazine. 
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Duane Solomon, American leader at 800 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

First things first, yes, even 800 meter runners should run cross country. In the olden days, the best 400 meter runners in the world, at San Jose State, ran cross country. Yes, and while they despised it, 400 meter runners get that strength from cross country makes them strong.

Today is Friday, June 27, 2014. After your easy three to five miles today, stretch a bit and make sure you watch the USA Outdoor Champs on USATF.TV today! 
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PHOTO: Coach Drew Wartenburg and athlete Kim Conley after Conley won the USA 10,000m title in Sacramento on June 26, 2014 (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly)

Kim Conley has run PBS from the mile to the 10,000m this season. On Thursday night, Kim Conley battled Jordan Hasay and Amy Hastings for 9,000 plus meters, and then, fought back from a hard kick by Jordan Hasay to take the win over the 10,000m race with less than sixty meters to go! 
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Galen Rupp, photo by PhotoRun.net

Galen Rupp followed Chris Derrick and the rest of the field for most of the race in Sacramento last night. The leaders hit the 5000m in 14:27, and then, Chris Derrick and Galen Rupp waited to the 8000 meter point (22:46) to break the race open. Using a final 800 meters where he ran 2:00, Rupp became the first US man to surpass Frank Shorter's five straight 10,000m champ victories. Last 5000 meters: 13:35! 

Here is David Monte's piece for our readers. 
Alysia Montano is less than six weeks away from having a baby. She also just ran a 2:32 800 meters, a time, most American high school girls could not run at their highest levels of fitness. Here is David Monti's story on her race. 

Please note that Ms. Montano has trained all through her pregnancy and checked with a Doctor before her event. 

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Alysia Montano, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Joe Kovacs, USA Track & Field Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Joe Kovacs, 2014 USA Outdoors Men's Shot Put, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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Michelle Carter, USA Women's Shot Put, photo by PhotoRun.net

In a creative burst, USATF's Pacific Association's John Mansoor ,who had dreamed of the shot put on the Capital steps, saw his dream become a reality. A crowd of two thousand plus were entertained with a fine men's shot competition and women's competition on Wednesday evening. 

"The is the kind of innovation that needs to be done to get fans out for a national championship!" noted one former Olympic medalist. 

Well done, Sacramento, well done! 


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Today is your hill day. Remember to warm up well and, as you go up the hills, look at your feet and pump your arms. You will get to the top that much faster! 


Thursday: 
1-mile warm up; 2 hill repeats (run 200 yds uphill, turn, jog downhill to start. Repeat one more time, no rest); 1-mile easy cool down.
The Men and Women's Shot Put were staged on the steps of the State Capital in Sacramento, California on Wednesday evening, June 25, with much fanfair. Over two thousand fans watched Michelle Carter win the women's competition with a throw of 19.45m. Joe Kovacs used the unique showcase to throw the farthest throw in the world outdoors, a fine 22.03 meter (72-3 1/2) on his fifth throw and win the competition! 

Here is Elliott Denman's piece on this exciting event! 

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Joe Kovacs, from adidas GP 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

In London, during the 2012 Olympics, Will Claye won medals in both the long jump and the triple  jump. The silver medal in the triple jump and his bronze medal in the long jump has not been accomplished since 1932 in the Olympics. And the last time an American did it was in the 1904 Olympics in my hometown of St.Louis, Missouri! 

Will Claye is a fun interview. He loves his sport, loves competition and sees his gift as something very special. This interview was done at the USATF Press Conference. Special thanks to Amanda Brooks/USATF and the thoughtful answers of Will Claye, who is becoming one of my favorite athletes. 


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Easy days are about giving your body some time to recover from your long runs, tempo runs and hill runs. They are also days to focus on an area of your running where you may be lacking, say in flexibility, form, core strength. 

Simple exercises like bent leg sit ups, pull ups and push ups are a good start. Butt Kicks, where you go slow, day 100 meters, and try and kick your butt with your heels can be a challenge at first, but, after six to eight weeks, the flexibility returns. High Knees are a great form drills. Do all on either soft grass or a good all weather track. Either way, stretch well after wards and take a nap! Hey, it's summer1 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014's workout is a five mile run, easy pace, for the 500 mile challenge group and a 4 mile or 3 mile run for the 400 or 300 mile group.

Here is the point: if you think you need three miles of easy running today, and you are the 500 mile challenge group, just do it. You are better to give your body some more relax time than to get hurt or ill. 


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Usain Bolt setting WR at RBKGP 2008, photo by PhotoRun.net

So, after having watched track and field on this hallowed ground for sixty-nine years, what does Elliott Denman consider the greatest moment in either Downing or Icahn Stadiums? Read on, curious reader! 
Andy Edwards of Trackwise/Globerunner, interviewed Edna Kiplagat, Wilson Kipsang and Geoffrey Ronoh, the surprise winner at the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon this past weekend. 


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Stephen Sambu sets CR at B.A.A. 10k, photo by PhotoRun.net

Two course records and record size field at the B.A.A. 10k! 
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PHOTO: Coach James Li of the University of Arizona and Stephen Sambu after Sambu won the 2014 B.A.A. 10-K in a world-leading 27:25 (Photo by Karen Locke)
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LaShawn Merritt, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is the day's round up of global athletics, courtesy of Alfons Juck, EME News. 
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Our basic summer training program focuses on three moderately challenging days a week: long run, tempo run and hill run. On the easy days, run easy, bike, swim, walk, but take it easy. 

If you want to do more? Consider exercises that develop flexibility and speed. If you are interested in such supplemental work, check with your coach or athletic trainer. If you have more questions, drop me a line at runblogrun@gmail.com


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Brooks PR invite, by Brooks Running

The 2014 Brooks PR invitational is the fourth edition of the unique event. Not a championship, with all of the pressures, but a chance for American high schoolers to run fast, have some fun, learn about the brand, and share experiences with other top young athletes. Here are the results of the event from June 21, 2014. 

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Brooks PR Invite, courtesy of Brooks Running

Roy Stevenson, a frequent contributor to RunBlogRun, wrote this piece on the 2014 Brooks PR Invitational. Roy will be writing for us at the World Juniors in Eugene in July! 



The conditions were perfect on Friday night, May 30, 2014 at Hayward Field. With a crowd anxious to see Galen Rupp run twenty-five laps. Ten thousand meters, the classic long distance race on the track. For Galen Rupp, this was the race where he showed his unique ability. 

Galen Rupp does not jump around the field, as his training partner, Mo Farah is known to do. No, Galen Rupp moves up through the crowd, and was in Eugene, Oregon to run a very, very fast 10,000 meters, and most of all, make a statement about his fitness and his place in American distance running. 

Rupp moved through the crowd, and by 1600 meters to go, Galen Rupp was matching every move. With about nine hundred meters to go, running inside himself, Galen Rupp took the lead and never looked back. Running the penultimate lap in 59 seconds, Galen Rupp put it in high gear with 300 meters to go and finished in 26:44.36, a new American record. 

Kevin Mangan, RunBlogRun's intern and eyes at the race put it this way: "Galen Rupp ran an eight kilometer tempo run and raced for the final two thousand meters." 

Galen Rupp told reporters that night: "Honestly, I wasn't looking at a time until a quarter of a mile to go. Other than that, I was just worried about competing."  

Shoe Addict prepared this video for our RunBlogRun American Athlete of the Month for May 2014. We look forward to seeing Galen race the 5,000m and 10,000m in Sacramento at the US Champs and wish Galen and his wife, Keara, the very best as they await the birth of their twins. 

Congrats to Galen Rupp on a race well run, and his new American record, the fastest 10,000m time in the world for 2014! 


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This is the beginning of the second week of the Saucony 500 Mile Challenge. It is not too late to get your friends to join! Please encourage a friend to join you! There are some cool support that Saucony is providing on the site and we want to see your team kick butt this fall! 
I have never met Phil Knight, but Mr. Knight has influenced my life in more ways than is first apparent. 

I purchased my first pair of Nike running shoes in the fall of 1975: a pair of Waffle racers. The yellow and green shoes were wildly colorful for the time. It was only my second pair of real running shoes: for the first two plus years of running, I wore K-Mart special white sneakers, low tops, which I purchased for $3.50 a pair. My first real pair of running shoes was an Onitsuka Tiger Corsair, which cost, with a pair of adidas Interval track spikes, cost $34, which was an amazing amount of money at the time. 

I worked at Runner's World from 1981-1987, and worked with Nike the last two years, when they began working with RW again after a bit of litigation that many have read about. When I started my first business, Tom Clarke, then President of Nike, was kind enough to look at my business plan for a four color track magazine, and thought it made sense. It took me three years to earn the support of Nike for the project, probably the reason the project succeeded, as I had to develop relationships with most of the brands of running shoes in the business at the time. 

I go to track meets and marathons, as part of my job. I compare most of the track meets to the Nike Pre Classic: Nike's homage to the late, great, iconic Steve Prefontaine, America's James Dean of distance running (find the Runner article about Pre from 1981), who was so influential on the Nike brand. The Pre Classic kept world class track meets alive in North America when no one else cared. 

Phil Knight's speech to the graduating class of 2014 at Stanford School of Business is a must read. Mr. Knight, unlike some speakers at graduations, was refreshingly honest. The key message: building a successful business requires drive, sweat equity, much luck and the love and support of family and friends. 

The most important accomplishments of Nike should be left to the business writers. My personal thoughts are that Phil Knight, and his company of friends, those still around, those long gone, those, at other companies, reinvented the sports equipment category. Running shoes are fulfill both the needs of  form and fashion. Mr. Knight took the developments of the late Horst Dassler, adidas heir apparent, and the man who invented sports marketing, blew it up and gave sports marketing an uniquely American perspective. No matter how much you agree or disagree with it, the Nike swoosh is one of the most desired logos on the planet. 

Read Mr. Knight's speech, linked below in its entirety: http://buff.ly/1j4cbD6

Read every word. Read it a second time. Lessons are there. 


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Sign up for the Saucony 500 Mile Challenge at 

The Long Run is one of your most important components in your training. We start out with a distance that you can handle and bring it up slowly. We suggest that you get some friends together for your Sunday runs, Tuesday runs and Thursday runs. Those days are the tough days and it is good to have a training friend those days. 

Remember, to add all of your training runs to the 500 Mile Challenge website site! 
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 Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week One, Day Six

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Saturday: Off. Walk, bike, see a movie, watch Game of ThronesSunday: Easy 6-mile run (400 Mile: 5 miles/300 Mile: 5 miles), on grass or dirt.

Remember to sign up at www.500MileChallenge.com

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Molly Huddle, Oakley Mini 10k, photo by PhotoRun.net

Molly Huddle is the American record holder at 5,000 meters. She set this record in August 2010 at the Van Damme Memorial in Brussels. The record is tough. This year, Molly has run a half marathon (1:09), 10,000m (30:47), a 5,000m on the track (14:55.90) and now an AR at 10k of 31:37 on the grueling Central Park Mini 10k course. 

We asked Molly to answer a couple of questions on how important cross country is for distance runners. We are encouraging high school runners to sign up for the www.500MileChallenge.com, a new program from Saucony. 
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Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimetto, courtesy of RunCzech.com
Wilson Kiplagat and Edna Kiplagat are interviewed by Andy Edwards of Trackwise, for the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon. 


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Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week One, Day five:

Friday, June 20, 2014

 Warm up; 5 miles easy running (400 Mile: 4 miles/300 Mile: 3 miles); cool down.

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Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week One, Day Four


Thursday, June 19, 2014

One-mile warm up; 2 hill repeats (run 200 yards uphill, turn, jog downhill to start. Repeat one more time, no rest); 1-mile easy cool down.

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The fans at the Golden Spike were treated to some fine racing in Ostrava yesterday! Justin Gatlin won his eighth straight with the fastest time of the year, in 9.86. Caleb Ndiku lead a plethora of distance runners through the 3,000 meters, running 7:31.66! LaShawn Merritt, three days after his win in NYC, ran a fine 400 meter run in 44.16!

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Justin Gatlin, photo by PhotoRun.net
With Lavillenie in the pole vault (5.83m), Majewski in the shot put (20.90m) and Bondarenko, after his 2.42m, clears and wins at 2.33m. 

The women had five under 2:00, with Winnie Nanyondo of Uganda winning in 1:59.27, and Allyson Felix winning her second race of the year, at 200 meters with 22.75. 

This meet is on my bucket list for 2015. 

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Renaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Abbey D'Agostino, NCAA Indoor 2013, 
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Wilson Kipsang will be the star attraction of the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon which will take place next Saturday in the Czech Republic. The Kenyan, who is the current marathon world record holder with a time of 2:03:23 from Berlin 2013, has shown tremendous form this spring when he took the star studded London Marathon in April. The 32 year-old also features a world-class personal best in the half marathon of 58:59. In this interview Wilson Kipsang talks about his feelings and his goals for the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon which will be his first race in the Czech Republic.

For more information online about the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon, please go to www.runczech.com


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Mutaz Essa Barshim clears 2.42 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

and, four minutes later....

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Bohdan Bondarenko clears 2.42m, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Molly Huddle, Oakley Mini 10k, photo by PhotoRun.net

Molly Huddle was a fine high school cross country and track runner, who developed in college at Notre Dame, and moved into the pro ranks at Saucony. How do high school runners learn what it takes to go to running in college? This is a series by Cait Chock, who speaks with a variety of coaches across the US on what it takes to be successful as a runner in university settings. 
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Please enjoy this review of The New Book of Running, by Jeff Benjamin. Jeff is one of our long time correspondents with American Athletics, American Track & Field and RunBlogRun.com. 

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If you want to be a good cross country runner, then, you need to train over the summer! Here is our daily training for the Saucony 500 Mile Challenge. Sign up at www.500MileChallenge.com


Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week One, Day Three


Wednesday: Warm up; 5 Miles easy running (400 Mile: 4 Miles/300 Mile: 3 Miles); cool down).

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(The entire first week of training is posted below).




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This is day two of week one of the Saucony Summer 500 Mile Challenge. We also have the first week of training posted below. Please make sure that you sign up at www.500MileChallenge.com

Day Two of Training, week 1: Tempo Run

Tuesday: 1-mile warm up; 20-min. tempo run; 1-mile cool down. To determine your tempo run pace, add a half-minute to your present mile pace for a 5K. For example: if you currently run 19 minutes for a 5K, that's 6:10 pace. Add 30 seconds and your tempo run pace is 6:40-per-mile. Recalculate your pace as your fitness improves, perhaps once a month.
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Ryen Frazier, her year! photo by Chris Lotsbom, RRW

Here is Chris Lotsbom's piece for RRW on the distance races on day three of the NBN. 
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Patrick Gregory, NBN 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net 

This is the update on the third day of the NBN by Chris Lotsbom....
Justin Lagat believes that we can learn something about the World Cup that could be valuable for our sport of athletics...

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David Rudisha, Duane Solomon, photo by PhotoRun.net


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Bailey Roth, setting Steeple record, 
photo by Chris Lotsbom, RRW, used with permission

Here is Chris Lotsbom's Day two story on the New Balance Nationals...
Molly Huddle won one of her most important road races so far as she moves to longer distances. The Oakley Mini 10k was a superb battle between Mamitu Daska and Molly Huddle. From my vantage point on the elite truck, the battle was just as Molly described it right after the race: " I did not know which of us would break." 

Here is the piece by Roger Robinson, one of our sport's finest writers....

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Mamitu Daska, Molly Huddle, the race is on...by PhotoRun.net
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Alex Ostberg, New Balance Outdoors, photo by Chris Lotsbom
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O.K. Summer cross country training is starting today. We give you two weeks to get your training started and will build you up through the first couple of weeks in September. 

Today's first day is a warm up, then a relaxed five mile run, then a cool down

Please read the full post below and sign up on www.500MileChallenge.com. Lots of fun encouragements for high school cross country runners. 

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For the complete training program: please download: 500-MileCHALLENGE-Saucony-LORES-4.pdf
Dear Coaches and athletes. With the support of Saucony, RunBlogRun is starting their 2014 Summer cross country training program. Be sure that all of your athletes sign up at www.500Mile Challenge.com

This is a progressive program. The Saucony 500 Mile Challenge is a program over 12-13 weeks, that gives runners in high school a 300, 400 and 500 mile challenges to prepare them for Fall cross country. Great encouragement (some surprises) and support from Ben True and Molly Huddle, two of Saucony's top runners. 

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Download: 500-MileCHALLENGE-Saucony-LORES-4.pdf


The weather was the best in five years. And the competition was fantastic! A warm, blustery day gave way to a cool, windy day! But, great races all day! 

The high jump clearances of Mutasz Essa Barshim and Bohdan Bondarenko gave the crowd a historic event to recall: two men over 2.42 meters! And then, five attempts at 2.46 meters. 

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How does one say, with a straight face, that the 2014 adidas Grand Prix NYC is their best meet EVER? Consider that in 2008, Usain Bolt broke the WR for the 100 meters on this track. Consider that Jenn Suhr became ONLY the second woman to break sixteen feet in the pole vault on this track! 

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Mutasz Essa Barshim, photo by PhotoRun.net

Well, on Saturday afternoon, in a period of four minutes, Mutasz Essa Barshim cleared 2.42 meters (7-11 1/4), Valerie Adams won her 50th shot put competition, and then, less than four minutes after Barshim's clearance, Bohdan Bondarenko cleared 2.42 meters as well! 

As the meet announcer said, " Never in the history of the high jump, have two jumpers ever cleared 2.42 meters in the same competition."

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Bohdan Bondarenko, photo by PhotoRun.net
Here are two audio tapes on Molly Huddle's superb run with Mamitu Daska over the Oakley Mini-10k, on June 14, 2014. Molly Huddle battled with Daska through 5.5 miles and it was only in the last 800 meters that Huddle won the race, setting a new AR of 31:37! 


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Alex Osteberg, NBO 5,000m victor, photo by Chris Lotsbom, RRW

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Anna Rohrer, NBO 5000m women victor, photo by Chris Lotsbom, RRW
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Molly Huddle takes the lead, photo by PhotoRun.net

Molly Huddle and Mamitu Daska just completed one of the most epic road races in Central Park history. Here is RRW's fine piece on today's race! 
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Molly Huddle wins Oakley Mini 10k, sets AR of 31:37, 
photo by Tabitha/PhotoRun

Special thanks to David Monti for the space on the media truck at Oakley Mini-10k. Enjoyed sitting with Roger Robinson, writer of Heroes and Sparrows, one of my favorite books on running EVER. 

Here is my eye-witness view of one of the most wonderfully competitive battles between Mamitu Daska and Molly Huddle! 
In the fifth stop of the Diamond League in 2014, the adidas Grand Prix will enjoy fantastic weather conditions. Here is the preview, event by event of the adidas grand Prix, courtesy of our man in Central Europe, Alfons Juck of EME News. 

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Icahn Stadium, courtesy of PhotoRun.net
Mary Cain enthralled fifteen to twenty media professionals on Thursday, June 12 at the Hyatt Grand Central Station. Relaxed, articulate, and honest, Mary Cain disarms most media because she really does not have to say anything but the truth. 

She is running the 800 meters this weekend because her and Alberto Salazar, her coach, knows that she needs some speed work and really is not ready to run with the super elites. She is not, as someone noted on another blog, avoiding competition. Most athletes find the events that are best for them and build up to racing. 

I do not find a disingenuous bone in her body. Mary Cain is pretty much, you get what you are looking for: a honest senior in high school, who is a bit of a precocious runner, considering her first year in college and how her vocation/avocation, will affect that journey to college. 

Here is the complete interview session. 

Garrett O'Toole has been developing over the past four years, under the watchful eye of his coach, Desiree Scheff. Earlier this season, Garrett ran a 3:45 for the 1,500 meters at the Princeton Invitational. Recently, Garrett ran a 1:50.15 800 meters. Great improvement from 4:10 and 1:54 last year. 

At the Adrian Martinez Classic, on June 5, 2014, Garrett O'Toole made history, when he hit the 800 meters in 2:02, and then, negative splitted the last two laps, running a fine 4:01.86. His 4:01.86 gives him the fastest high school boy's mile in New England! 

I did this interview with Garrett O'Toole right after the race, on June 5. Garrett was still pretty hyped about his superb run! I hope you enjoy the interview.

Credit on the picture below: Chris Lotsbom of RRW took the shot of Garrett O'Toole and Leo Manzano. 




Attention Coaches! 

Please help us help you! Send this email blast out to your cross country teams! We want to help them and encourage them into getting in their summer mileage. Hence, we teamed up with Saucony, our partners for the past six years, on Summer XC training. This year, Saucony worked with DailyMile.com, to develop a cool site to encourage your athletes to run 300, 400 or 500 miles this summer.

Watch for our Saucony 500 Mile Challenge training program to be posted this weekend, and then, daily and weekly and monthly, to get your team to cross country greatness! 


On Thursday afternoon, June 12, 2014, in the Hyatt Grand Central, an amazing thing happened. A eighteen-year-old senior in high school, kept a group of seasoned sports media professionals interested for nearly thirty minutes! 

What did she do to keep this group of media types from falling asleep or, walking away? She answered their questions with a sense of humor and lots of honesty. 

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Mary Cain, photo by PhotoRun.net

What a refreshing concept! 

But, such is the life of Mary Cain, professional athlete and high school senior, about to go to college. 
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The Saucony 500 Mile Challenge was launched today. A twelve to thirteen week program, which encourages high school runners to run 300, 400 and 500 miles over the summer, to build for cross country. 

Here is the press release on the launch, which was announced on June 12, 2014. Watch for daily training tips and advice on runblogrun.com and remember to have your athletes sign up for the Saucony 500 Mile Challenge at www.500MileChallenge.com! 

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Shay XC, photo courtesy of Saucony Running 
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LaShawn Merritt, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Abeba Aregawi, photo by PhotoRun.net

In the sixth stop on the Diamond League Circuit, and the adidas Grand Prix is your last time in 2014 to see some of the sport's greatest stars stateside! Don't miss the fun at Randall's Island in Icahn Stadium on Saturday, June 14, 2014. 
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Phoebe Wright, 2014 USA Indoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cait Chock wrote this piece on 800 meter ace Phoebe Wright and her recent challenges. 
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April Steiner Bennett, Ekaterina Stefanadi, Megan Clarke, Janice Keppler, Jenn Suhr, the feature pole vaulters in the adidas GP street vault, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

With a crowd somewhere between one thousand and two thousand people, the adidas Women's pole vault exhibition at Macy's in Herald Square was an outstanding success. Fans were all ages, and they enjoyed the athleticism of the event, thanks to the well informed announcing of Geoffrey Whiteman and the outstanding performances of the five women vaulters! 
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Evan Jager, photo by PhotoRun.net

A fine meet in Oslo on Wednesday. Nice to see Evan Jager run 8:06.97 in the steeplechase, in his first of the year. 
Robert Cheserek and Trevor Dunbar, finishing first and fifth, put the Ducks on the boards with the lead after the Men's 10,000 meters. Jim Rosa, moving up from middle of the pack to sixth, sets a PB and score for Stanford in Day 1 of the NCAA Outdoor Champs! 

(Did you visit the Wild Duck Cafe tonight? Make sure, from June 11-15, you are there if you are in Eugene, Oregon).

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Nick Willis, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Exxon MOBIL Bislett Games is one of the most historic events in our sport. The 2014 event was no different with fantastic races. On the men's side, the stories were the return of Richard Thompson to fitness, with his win in the 100 meters, Ayanleh Souleiman's continued racing in the Golden Mile, (with Nick Willis close behind!) and a very deep 5,000 meters, with Galen Rupp in third in a fine early season 13:03. A superb steeplechase, with Jairus Birech winning in 8:02.37 and Evan Jager's 8:06.97 second show that Jager will soon be chasing the eight minute steeplechase.

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Ayanleh Souleiman, photo by PhotoRun.net

Renaud Lavillenie's win in the pole vault showed that the KIng of the Pole Vault is that: the most consistent man in the event. Ashton Eaton's win over 400 meter hurdles showed that the World's Greatest athlete has extended his reach. 

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Renaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net

On the women's side, Eunice Sum was supreme in the 800 meters, Allyson Felix's win in the 200 meters, and Tianna Bartoletto's long jump WL were impressive. 

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Allyson Felix, photo by PhotoRun.net

Deep high jump this year, it was nice to see Blanka Vlasic clear 1.98 meters, and Sandra Perkovic continues her domination of the discus throw. 

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The next Diamond League meeting, on Saturday, June 14, is the adidas Grand Prix! 

A very thoughtful video from a very thoughtful runner. I have watched Chris O'Hare run some brilliant races, and some tough ones too. Here, Chris focuses on the legacy created by the likes of Seb Coe and Steve Ovett. 
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Peanut Harms, the Commisar of Fun, will be Rockin' the Wild Duck with Hoka as the Host from June 11th thruthe 15th! Featured will be Special T-s for Head Coaches (while supply lasts), Hoka Try-On's, and The Best D. 1 Karaoke Singing Contest....PLUS Free
Track and Field News NCAA editions for spectators & coaches.
#HOKAONEONE, #wildduckcafe

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(Dearest Readers: As I will be in NYC, waxing poetically about the Diamond League, and how high Jenn Suhr will vault this year, Dwayne Peanut Harms, my spiritual leader for the past three decades, will be hosting nights of athletic frivolity at the Wild Duck Cafe, in Eugene, Oregon, from June 11-June 15. 

Sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE, these events will included specific amounts of micro brewed beverages, smack talk about the NCAA championships and perhaps, just perhaps, Dwayne Harms doing a little Kareoke (Commander Cody would be nice).

As I can not be there, I ask, no, I implore you, to join the festivities, and keep the Wild Duck the bastion of athletics that it has become over the past few years! Be there! )
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Renaud Lavillenie in Eugene, May 31, 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

Renaud Lavillenie will be one of the superstars of athletics who will be at the Exxon MOBIL Bislett Games, to be held Wednesday, June 11, in Oslo, Norway. Please enjoy the preview from Alfons Juck, EME News. 

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Garrett O'Toole after his 4:01.89 mile, June 5, 2014, 

photo by Larry Eder

O'Toole Leads adidas Grand Prix Boys' Dream Mile

Top Lineup Features Prep Athletes Ranked #1 in U.S. at 5 Distances

NEW YORK CITY (June 9, 2014)--Ricky FaureSukhi KhoslaBlake Haney, andGarrett O'Toole, whose 4:01.89 mile last week leads the nation, will headline the Boys' Dream Mile at the adidas Grand Prix on Saturday, June 14, organizers announced today.

Tickets for the event, which is marking its 10th year of bringing the world's top athletes to Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island, are on sale now at www.adidasgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.

O'Toole (Concord, MA), who also holds the #1 time in the U.S. for 1500 meters (3:45.55), calls breaking the four-minute barrier "a possibility on the right day." In 2011, Lukas Verzbicas became the fifth U.S. high school boy in history to break four minutes for the mile when he won the Boys' Dream Mile here in 3:59.71.

O'Toole, whose time of 4:01.89 makes him the fastest prep miler in Massachusetts and New England history and makes him #14 all-time on the U.S. prep list, will be challenged by three fellow top-ranked athletes:

Ricky Faure (Rock Springs, WY), #1 U.S. at 800m (1:48.14): 10-time individual state champion;

Sukhi Khosla (Tallahassee, FL), # U.S. at 1600m (4:05.96) and the reigning 4A state champion at 1600m, 3200m, and in cross country; and

Blake Haney (Bakersfield, CA), #1 U.S. at 3200m (8:46.80) and fifth in the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships at 1500m, who will be competing in the Boys' Dream Mile for the third time.

Joining them in the deep field will be:

Garrett Corcoran (Villa Park, CA), adidas Azusa Meet of Champions winner and #2 U.S. at 1600m;

Austen Dalquist (Keller, TX), 5A state champion, 1600m and 3200m; #10 U.S. 1600m;

Josh Evans (Cedar Rapids, IA), 4A state champion 800m, 1600m, 3200m: #3 U.S. at 1600m

Grant Fisher (Grand Blanc, MI), 9th, 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships, 1500m; 2012 NB Indoor Mile Champion;

Cerake Geberkidane (Denver, CO), 5A state champion Cross Country, 800m, 1600m, 3200m; #4 U.S. at 1600m;

Spencer Haik (Springfield, MO), three-time Class 4 state champion, 1600m; #2 U.S. mile (4:05.98); Kansas Relays champion, 1600m;

Conner Mantz (Smithfield, UT), 4A state champion 1600m and 3200m; NB Indoor Nationals 5000m champion;

Matthew Maton (Bend, OR), 5A state champion, 1500m and 3000m; #2 U.S. 1500m

Wesley Pectol (Greeneville, TN), A/AA state champion Cross Country, 800m, 1600m, 3200m; and 
 
Zack Summerall (Sarasota, FL), Golden South Classic Mile champion.

The Dream athletes will be competing alongside dozens of Olympic gold medalists and World Champions, including David RudishaYohan BlakeJenn SuhrBohdan BondarenkoValerie AdamsRobert Harting, and Jenny Simpson.

The adidas Dream Miles and Dream 100 races will be shown live on USATF.TV between3 p.m. and 4 p.m. EDT, and will be shown in capsule form on NBC Sports Network, which will broadcast the meet live from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. EDTUSATF.TV will resume coverage of the meet from 6 p.m.-6:30 p.m., before its "Cool Down" show begins.

One of the premier track-and-field events in the world, the adidas Grand Prix has hosted two World Records and 15 National Records in its first nine years, and its fans have had the privilege of witnessing almost a dozen performances that were the fastest ever recorded on U.S. soil.

The sixth stop on the international IAAF Diamond League circuit, the adidas Grand Prixis in its 10th year at Icahn Stadium, in conjunction with the Randall's Island Sports Alliance. The latest news, photos and information on the event can be found atwww.adidasgrandprix.com; on Facebook and on Twitter.


(Editor's note: Garrett O'Toole ran his 4:01.89 mile coming from behind off a smart pace! How will he run in the adidas Grand Prix! Be there! See the best high school boys and girls in the country battle it out! )

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Mary Cain, 2014 USA Indoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

PORTLAND (USA): US distance running prodigy Mary Cain will graduate from Bronxville High School on June 21 and then, after her driving test, she will be able to focus solely on her summer athletics season, which now looks to have the World Juniors on it, report RunnersSpace.  The 18 year old said, "I'm planning to run the 1500m in New York on the 14th. "And I'm definitely thinking about the World Juniors." Originally she has planned to compete in the Paris Diamond League, but a winter injury, thought to be caused my too much treadmill running, forced her to change her plans.

Editor's note: If you want to see Mary Cain race, then go to adidasgrandprix.com and purchase tickets for the June 14 event! 
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Jacob Katonon, with his Uncle and Mother in the town of Eldoret, 
by Justin Lagat

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Katonon showing where his bone was cracked, 
photo by Justin Lagat

Can a man who has set HJ, LJ and TJ records in his country, eighteen years ago, make a successful come back? Justin Lagat thinks so! Read on, kind readers! 
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Penn Relays, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is another article in the series by Cait Chock on What it takes to be successful in college. Hakon DeVries, from the University of Kentucky was the focus of this interview. 

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Trey Hardee, 2012 London Olympics, photo by PhotoRun.net


European Athletics Results (Season 2013-2014) Number 19, by Carles Baronet, Track In Sun

AUSTRIA
Kapfenberg (Austria), 29.5.2015
-Alpe Adria Spikey's Athletics Challenge-

Men
HT u20 1 Bálint Horváth (hun) 67.16; 2 Dániel Kovács 64.95
Women
400m Maja Pogorevc (slo) (96) 54.54; HT u20 Réka Gyurátz (hun) 61.82
Götzis (Austria), 31.5-1.6.2014 -Hypo Meeting-
Men
Decathlon 1 Trey Hardee (usa) 8.518p (10.50 (-0,2); 7.49 (2.2); 15.15; 1.97; 48.63
- 13.69 (0.0); 49.09; 5.06; 58.20; 4.44.75); 2 Kai Mazmirek (ger) 8.471p (10.76 (0.0); 7.45 (0.1); 14.20; 2.15; 47.05 - 14.15 (1.7); 43.59; 4.96; 56.31; 4.33.78); 3 Rico Freimuth (ger) 8.317p (10.52 (-0,2); 7.19 (0.6); 14.54; 1.94; 48.42 - 13.95 (0.0); 49.41; 4.86; 59.87; 4.45.56); 4 Yordanis García (cub) 8.299p (10.69 (-0,2); 6.91 (2.2); 15.27; 2.03; 48.18 - 13.92 (0.0); 39.54; 4.76; 66.48; 4.32.869, 5 Pelle Rietveld (ned) 8.204p (10.93 (-0,2); 7.15 (- 0,4); 13.92; 1.91; 48.47 - 14.14 (0.0); 39.89; 5.06; 68.38; 4.31.83); 6 Thomas Van der Plaetsen (bel) 8.184p (11.04 (0.6); 7.68 (0.7); 13.65; 2.03; 49.16 - 14.76 (0.7); 39.63; 5.16; 60.92; 4.35.09); 7 Dominik Distelberger 8.168p (10.73 (-0,2); 7.57 (0.0); 13.02; 2.00; 48.53 - 14.34 (0.9); 40.55; 4.86; 59.80; 4.32.44); 8 Ashley Bryant (usa) 8.141p (11.09 (-0,2); 7.52 (0.7); 13.77; 1.94; 49.10 - 14.38 (0.9); 43.31; 4.56; 69.65; 4.33.83); 9 Adam Helcelet (cze) 8.001p (11.06 (-0,2); 7.22 (0.0); 14.82; 2.00; 49.67 - 14.36 (1.7); 40.92; 4.76; 60.68; 4.40.19); 10 Matthias Prey (ger) 7.980p (11.19 (-0,2); 7.37 (0.6); 15.44; 1.88; 50.32 - 14.55 (1.7); 47.56; 4.26; 63.58; 4.31.14); 11 Pieter Braun (ned) 7.892p (11.20 (0.6); 7.22 (-0,5); 13.79; 2.03; 48.76 - 14.48 (0.7); 37.23; 4.76; 57.29; 4.30.53); 12 John Lane (gbr) 7.846p (10.71 (0.0); 7.34 (0.2); 13.96; 1.88; 48.19 - 14.43 (0.9); 41.64; 5.06; 50.20; 4.59.38); 13 Dominik Siedlacek 7.430p (11.03 (0.6); 6.83 (2.1); 11.93; 2.03; 50.11 - 14.36 (0.7); 40.27, 4.36; 45.23; 4.33.30); 14 Brent Newdick (nzl) 7.401p (11.17 (-0,2); 7.12 (1.3); 12.91; 1.91; 51.75 - 14.85 (0.9); 43.79; 4.36; 55.67; 4.50.92)
Women
Heptathlon 1 Katerina Johnson-Thompson (gbr) 6.682p (13.47 (1.2); 1.90; 12.17; 22.89 (1-5)
- 6.70 (- 0,1); 41.44; 2.08.16); 2 Brianne Theisen-Eaton (can) 6.641p (13.18 (1.2); 1.87; 13.29; 23.52 (1.5) - 6.59 (1.3); 42.78; 2.11.31); 3 Dafne Schippers (ned) 6.545p (13.13 (1.2); 1.69; 13.69; 22.35 (1.5)- 6.48 (-0,2); 41.39; 2.08.59); 4 Nadine Broersen (ned) 6.536p (13.39 (0.0); 1.87; 13.72; 24.57 (1.9) - 6.21 (-0,3); 48.87; 2.11.11); 5 Naffisatou Thiam (bel) 6.508p (13.81 (1.4); 1.93; 15.03; 24.78 (1.2) - 6.19 (0.0); 51.90, 2.22.98); 6 Carolin Schäfer (ger) 6.386p (13.52 (1.4); 1.84; 13.13; 23.53 (3.1) - 6.23 (1.5); 48.76; 2.22.44); 7 Laura Ikaunice (lat) 6.320p (13.75 (1.2); 1.78; 13.00; 24.06 (3.1) - 5.97 (0.3); 50.65; 2.11.83); 8 Xenia Krizsan (hun) 6.317p (13.77 (1.4); 1.81; 14.04; 24.98 (3.4) - 6.14 (2.2); 47.71; 2.13.05); 9 Anouk Vetter (ned) 6.316p (13.56 (0.2); 1.78; 14.63; 23.91 (1.9) - 5.90 (-1,0); 52.18; 2.23.53); 10 Lilli Schwarzkopf (ger) 6.215p (14.00 (0.2); 1.84; 13.93; 25.71 (1.9) - 6.11 (2.1); 44.65; 2.18.53); 11 Anastasiya Mokhnyuk (ukr) 6.201p (13.24 (0.0); 1.81; 13.25; 24.33 (3.4) - 6.51 (1.2), 35.90; 2.19.63); 12 Eliska Klucinova (svk) 6.195p (14.00 (0.2); 1.87; 14.53; 24.69 (1.2) - 5.84 (0.4); 45.15, 2.13.11); 13 Yana Maksimava (blr) 6.163p (14.14 (1.4); 1.87; 14.53; 25.73 (3.4) - 5.84 (0.4); 45.15; 2.13.11); 14 Nadine Visser (ned) 6.110p (13.40 (0.0); 1.78; 12.50; 23.90 (2.0) - 6.16 (-0,19; 39.52; 2.18.01); 15 Julia Machtig (ger) 6.106p (14.31 (0.2); 1.72; 15.52; 24.94 (1.9) - 6.23 (-0,2); 43.07; 2.17.57); 16 Yorgelis Rodríguez (cub) 6.092p (14.25 (1.4); 1.84; 


To see the complete file on European Athletics Results, 2013-2014 Season, report #19, please click on:

EUROPEAN ATHLETICS RESULTS (2013-2014) number 19.pdf

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Bohdan Bondarenko, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Caterine Ibuarguen, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Silas Kiplagat, photo by PhotoRun.net

In this column by Justin Lagat, he comments on the missing stars from the Commonwealth Games team for Glasgow next month. 
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Valerie Adams, photo by PhotoRun.net

Nice to see Kim Collins win a nice 100 meters, and Bohdan Bondarenko clears 2.39m in his win in Marrakech. More on this meet soon! 
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Robert Harting, photo by PhotoRun.net
From Richard Thompson's 9.95, to Brenda Martinez's 1:59.24, to Renaud Lavillenie's 5.80 mete win to Caterine Ibuarguen's 14.63 meters! Sifan Hassan's 4:01.79 for the victory over 1,500 meters was another highlight of the FBK Hengelo Meeting.

This meet is one of my favorites. From the shot put in the city center to the drive into the dairy country, Hengelo is a meet rich in tradition and a fun city to visit for a few days of sport and a holiday. 

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Renaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net

In the bucolic environs of Concord, MA, the 2014 Adrian Martinez Classic was held. The rain and clouds cleared for several hours as a combination of age group events and elite events entertained the crowd of young runners, their parents  and friends of the sport. A world leader in the women's mile was run by Violah Lagat, the sister of Bernard Lagat. Violah Lagat took the mile from Morgan Uceny, as Lagat ran 4:29.43.

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Garrett O'Toole and Leo Manzano, 
photo by Chris Lotsbom, RRW, used with permission

In the featured Adro Mile, a foursome broke away and gave the crowd four men under four minutes! Eric Finan, Hammish Cornish and Julian Oakley went by Leo Manzano as the four battled down the final straightaway, with Eric Finan winning the race in 3:58.73, Cornish with 3:58.74 and Julian Oakley in third in 3:58.89. Leo Manzano, fresh off his 3:52 mile at the NIke Pre Classic on Saturday, finished fourth in 3:59.31. 

In the women's 5000 meters, Amy Hastings ran the best race she has run in a year, in 15:25.94. Amy Hastings ran with the abandon we had not seen in her since 2012. 

The Adrian Martinez Classic is a wonderful event run in honor of Adrian Martinez, who, while playing soccer, died of sudden cardiac arrest. The Adrian Martinez Classic serves as a fundraiser for the Adrian Martinez Scholarship Fund at Concord-Carlisle High school and for the Friends of CCHSTrack & Field. 

The mother, father  and sister of Adrian Martinez were at the meet. Angel Martinez, the CEO of the Deckers Corporation, is the father of the late Adrian Martinez. A gentle, creative and thoughtful soul, Angel Martinez and his family were greeted by family friends. Jim Van Dine, the President of HOKA ONE ONE was there, with Peter L.Thompson, to insure the meet went well. Besides his love of all things athletics, Peter's British accent provides a sense of respectability to the announcing, with fun anecdotes and thoughtful comments on the sport. Jim Van Dine is the guiding spirit of HOKA ONE ONE, appointed by Angel Martinez, to build a cult brand into a real running brand. Van Dine, all smiles, looks at every detail. The HOKA ONE ONE signage, and shoe booth were there, like a meet from another era. 

The support of the running industry was obvious as well.Reebok President Matt O'Toole, Saucony's Freddy Doyle, Mark Bossardet, Brian Mahoney, former Reebok footwear guru Ed Lussier, and Tommy Ratcliffe, KIMbia manager, were all there to support the event, the cause and Adrian's family. A picture of Van Dine, Martinez, Bossardet, and Lussier, all Reebok alums was being passed around later in the evening.

Angel stood with Mark Bossardet and I at the track for a bit, enjoying the events. He was especially taken by the Adro Mile, where Leo Manzano was fourth in a four man race under 4 minutes for the magical mile. " I would love to see more events like this around the country. That is why we are sponsoring the 2 Mile Postal, this meet and our other events. We want to add some excitement to the sport."

Years ago, in a conversation with one of my philosophy professors, a man who carried a nitroglycerine tablet constantly, I was told that when the professor died, he wanted a children's playground built on top of his grave. He want frivolity, fun and activity to be how his life was memorialized. The Adrian Martinez Memorial honors the late Adrian with a celebration of movement, life and activity. 

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Just after his 4:01.89, Garrett O'Toole is all smiles, 
photo by Larry Eder

And that is how Adrian Martinez is being remembered. In an event that celebrates movement, and an active life, the Martinez Classic was a huge success. That Garrett O'Toole, a senior in high school, moved from ninth at the half mile to sixth at the finish, running 4:01.89, running the fastest time ever for a high school boy in New England, seems like a fitting way to memorialize a young man who loved his family, loved sports, and loved life. 

And that, is how it should be. 
In the wonderful environs of the Stadio Olimpico, the sparse crowd was entertained with some strong performances. Justin Gatlin continues his winning ways in the 100 meters. Tori Bowie wins the 100 meters from way back, adding to her 200m win at Prefontaine. Genzebe Dibaba, off a 76 second first lap opener, runs 14:34! Mutasz Barshin clears 2.41m and wins the High Jump! 

Concerned that Duane Solomon seems to be racing everywhere and stuck in the 1:44 rut. Nice to see Molly Huddle open in 14:55.90 for 5000m, and Kim Conley in 15:08.61!

Silas Kiplagat goes by Ayanleh Souleiman and Asbel Kiprop to win the 1,500 meters! Now, on to Oslo. 

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Silas KIplagat reminds Mr. Souleiman whose turf he is on, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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Tori Bowie, after her 100 meter win, photo by PhotoRun.net
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 Nestlé Kids Athletics Day, photo courtesy of IAAF (Jiro)
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Ryan Hall at Suja RNR San Diego Half, June 1, 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

Peacthree Road Race is the USA 10k champs this year, and they are supporting the top USA athletes by bringing in a strong field, as David Monti of Race Results Weekly tells us here. 
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Jenn Suhr will compete in a street pole vault on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Broadway and West 35th at 12:30 PM. If you can make it, be there! RunBlogRun will be covering the event as well! 

Let's see how high Jenn Suhr can jump! 
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The Nike Festival of Miles happens this evening, at Saint Louis University High School's track. If you are in the area, do not miss it! 
The adidas Grand Prix NY is one of the two Diamond League Meets in North America. The Pre Classic was held May 30 and 31 in Eugene, Oregon. For east coasters, the adidas GP gives them a chance to see the DL in action in 2014. 

Here is all the news fit to print on the adidas Grand Prix for this week! 
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Souleiman upsets Kiprop in Bowerman Mile, by PhotoRun.net

The Golden Gala de Pietro Mennea will be held in the Stadio Olympico in Rome on Thursday evening, June 5. There will be some fantastic clashes, and Alfons Juck is giving you a head's up on all of the action to be expected in the fourth DL of the year! 
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Chanelle Price and Maggie Vessey dueling, photo by PhotoRun.net

Nice to see Sacramento Kings and Sacramento Sports Commission working to sell out the USA Outdoor Champs. Great venue, great meet, great fans! 
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Ayanleh Souleiman wins the Bowerman Mile! photo by PhotoRun.net

In the 1970s, I would look in Track & Field News and see that South Eugene High School had five guys who could average in the low nine minutes. Or that Rudy Chapa, Carey Pinkowski and Tim Keogh, three runners from the same school in Gary, Indiana, had all run under 9 minutes for two miles. 


The Postal for 2 Miles is being revived by HOKA ONE ONE. Using the web to keep track of performances (thanks to runnerspace.com) , and with three Postal competitions being held in the US (SoCal, SFO and New Jersey).


Reviving the postals is a fantastic idea! The two mile distance is a great distance to race at for high school cross country runners to sharpen their speed and test their endurance before the final big races of the season! 


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Tyson Gay versus Justin Gatlin, photo by PhotoRun.net


GAY VS GATLIN

LAUSANNE (SUI): The 39th Athletissima will offer top sprinting clashes. In the 100 m Tyson Gay (in his return race) against Justin Gatlin and Jimmy Vicaut, the 200 m Yohan Blake with Nickel Ashmeade, Christophe Lemaitre and Churandy Martina. Another top clash will be the 400 m duel between LaShawn Merritt and Kirani James. "Lausanne has always been one of my favourite meets, and I'm thrilled to have it be my opening meet of 2014," said Gay, who cited his comfort with the meeting and the organization as one reason for choosing it for his return to competition. "I have run fast times here. I  have been training for several months, and will be ready on July 3." Men steeple has Paul Kipsiele Koech against Brimin Kipruto, long jump all 3 Moscow medalists (Menkov, Gaisah and Rivera). In the women's events, Swiss athlete Selina Büchel will have a good opportunity to confirm her talent in the 800m against  Kenyan runner Eunice Jepkoech Sum, the reigning World champion. The javelin event will gather the world's best athletes,  led by Australian Kimberle Mickle, Moscow silver medalist and holder of the 2 best throws of the year. Finally, the Swiss 4x100m relay will have a glimpse of what to expect at the European championships, as they will be running against Great Britain, Germany and France.


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Galen Rupp, AR, 10,000m, 26:44.36, photo by PhotoRun.net

Now, having watched Galen Rupp in the 10,000 meters on Friday night, I was amazed to see his poise and just no wrong move. Galen has grown up as a racer and is confident in his strategy. The move over the last 850 meters was perfect. His AR was so within himself. Our intern, Kevin Mangan had this to say, " Galen looked like he had done a 9 kilometer tempo run, then raced a kilometer." The 4:08 last mile with the first two laps of that last mile in 65-66 let you know that Galen Rupp can now put the peddle to the proverbial metal.

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Sandra Perkovic, WL, Discus, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

On Saturday, I think the final events, from the 110m hurdles, 400 meters, 800 meters, 5000 meters and Bowerman Mile were the best orchestrated event I have seen at Pre. Tom Jordan should be congratulated. The keeper of the Prefontaine flame for 40 years has done one of his best! 

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Reese Hoffa, Respect the Shot, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Anyways, a great meet. I am sitting in my San Diego hotel, having survived the long Sunday of Suja San Diego Marathon & Half Marathon, and two days, no sleep. Fantastic pictures by Victor and Andrew of PhotoRun, and thoughtful notes from Alfons Juck on Pre make this a fun read. 
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adidas SuperNova Sequence Boost, 1/3, from adidas communications

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               adidas SuperNova Sequence Boost, 2/3, from adidas communications

The adidas Boost technology has been called, and I quote, "paradigm changing". adidas Boost technology has been noted as the best adidas tech since the Dellinger Web in the late 1970s-early 1980s. 

This is the evolution of the Supernova with Boost technology. Watch for more evolution and the use of Boost in more technical products in different product silos. 
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Alexa Efraimson, from NB Indoor 2014, photo by Chris Lotsbom

Alexa Efraimson, only a Junior, is running well in 2014. One week ago, Alexa ran 4:37.85. This past weekend, Alexa Efraimson, off a 2:18 first 800 meters ran 4:33.31, a new High School Record, we believe, for the 1,600 meters. 

Video below, from the 4A Girls 1,600m final for state of Washtingon, prepared by Chuck Bartlett of RunningNetwork.com. 

Her last lap in the 1600m was a 65.3! 
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Ayanleh Souleiman wins Bowerman Mile, photo by PhotoRun.net

Justin Lagat wrote this piece about the Prefontaine Classic, after he watched the event last evening. 
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Start of the RNR SD Marathon, June 1, 2014, by PhotoRun.net

The RNR San Diego Marathon first appeared in 1998. With 20,000 in the first event, the event had some little glitches, as first events sometimes do. The Elite Racing Series grew into the Competitor Group series, and from several races to over seventy! The 2014 version, the Suja RNR San Diego Marathon & Half Marathon, was, to use one word, impressive. 

I showed up at the staging area about 5:15 A.M. There were thousands already there, and marathoners and half-marathoners were warming up for their time on the line. 

As we had arrived from Portland, Oregon the night before, after a drive from Eugene, Oregon right after the Pre Classic. Sleep deprivation was part of the day, and part of the weekend. After a fantastic day of track & field, I would be seeing the Suja RNR San Diego Marathon & Half Marathon for the first time. 
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Berhane Dibaba and Rita Jeptoo ran like this, until 50 meters to go! 
Photo by PhotoRun.net

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Alan Webb kept Ben Bruce company until half marathon (1:09), as Ben Bruce won his second straight marathon, on the very hilly RNR San Diego marathon! 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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Anna Corrigan, running her first race over a 10k, won the San Diego Marathon in 2:44.28, photo by PhotoRun.net

The granddaddy of the RNR Marathons, the Suja San Diego Marathon and Half marathon took over the streets of San Diego today at 30,000 runners and walkers celebrated the joy of moving. 

Fine fields, from the elite young to the 91 years young Harriette Thompson, who finished the marathon in 7:07.42. 

Speaking to many runners and walkers, it was the reputation of the races, and the chance to run in San Diego that brought them here.

A very well run event from the Competitor Group, the largest producer of half marathons and marathons in the world. San Diego invented the music marathons, and they continue to impress. 
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Leo Manzano wins the NIKE International Mile, May 31, 2014, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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Leo Manzano, NIKE International Mile, May 31, 2014, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Leo Manzano is an Olympic silver medalist in the 1,500 meters. That, is a fact. Leo Manzano won the Nike International Mile at the Pre Classic on Saturday, May 31, 2014, showing that Leo Manzano is a fine miler with a dangerous kick. 

Max Lockwood, in his two part feature on Leo Manzano shows that, like many elite athletes, there is much more to Mr. Manzano than a 3:52 mile. 
The World Relays were held May 24-25 in the Thomas A. Robinson stadium in Nassau, in the Bahamas. 40 countries and 500 athletes battled for $1.4 million in prize money. The 4 x 200 WR, the 4x 1500m WR in both men and women's races, astounded.

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Bahamas 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

The crowd of 15,000 Bahamanians jumped and screamed all through the 4 x 400m men's race as Chris Brown, the godfather of relays in the Bahamas, tried vainly to break the US team. With Ramon Miller hurt just before the final, and LaShawn Merritt fit and rested, the question of who would win, may have been a mute point. 

Here is Elliott Denman's thoughtful reprise of the World Relays. I apologize to all as Elliott sent this Tuesday and I could not find it in my emails. It reads as a wonderful testament to an event well conceived and well-run. 

My only change: the Men's 4 x 400m, with the Bahamas and US, should be the last race! 
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Leo Manzano leads 12 across line under 4 minutes, International Mile, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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Djibouti's Ayanleh Souleiman wins Bowerman Mile in DL 3:47.32 
with fourteen men behind him under 3:56! 
photo by PhotoRun.net

The Prefontaine Classic honors the late Steve Prefontaine, who died on May 30, 1975, just hours after running the fastest 5000 meters in the world for that year. Originally, the Hayward Field Restoration meet, Meet Director Tom Jordan has kept this positive sanctuary of our sport going for forty years now, with the support of Nike. 

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