September 2014 Archives

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The Richmond Running Festival medal, one of the benefits of running in the most exclusive races in London! 


The City of London has many surprises for the person willing to take the time to discover the little surprises. What about, running in a World Heritage site, with four thousand of your closest friends, and benefit some very important charities? 

The Richmond Running Festival is just that. In the Borough of Richmond Upon the Thames has a sports history that dates back to 1666! In the current world, the area is rich in running trails, and has been  the training site of Mo Farah, one of the most popular and successful distance runners in the world, including his double 5k/10k double at the London Olympics! 
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Dennis Kimetto runs 2:02.57 WR in Berlin, 28 September 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net


adidas sent out this press release today on the World record run by Dennis Kimetto in Berlin yesterday, showcasing the adidas sponsored athlete, and of course, his shoes, the adizero Adios Boost. 
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Moses Mosop, photo by PhotoRun.net


Moses Mosop and IAC have parted ways, per a release from IAC today. 
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Dennis Kimetto begins to grind away at Emmanuel Mutai, Berlin Marathon, 
photo by PhotoRun.net


Cathal Dennehy was in Berlin to observe the race and cover it for some key media groups. Here is his piece for RunBlogRun, on what Cathal correctly observes; a unique battle by two men, hell bent on breaking the World Record. 
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Kimetto, Mutai, Kamworor, the race is on, BMW Berlin Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net


In a spectacular race, Dennis Kimetto broke all and set a WR of 2:02.57, becoming the first man under two hours, three minutes in the marathon. Here is Justin Lagat's comments on Kimetto's new WR. 
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And he goes, Dennis Kimetto breaks away from Emmanuel Mutai, photo by PhotoRun.net


Yes, there were pace makers, but for the first time in years, there were four men in Berlin who could break the world record. Emmanuel Mutai chasing Dennis Kimetto was a part of the reason the world record was broken. 

Watch for more of our coverage later this evening. What an amazing race! 
Shalane Flanagan went to Berlin to break the AR, and while she ran a courageous race, and ran a PB by 48 seconds, she was third and did not get the AR. Deena Kastor told me this morning that Shalane Flanagan should be proud of her two PBs this year, 2:22.02 and now, 2:21.14!

This interview was done by Andy Edwards of Race Service News after Shalanes's race this morning! 


Emmanuel Mutai ran with Dennis Kimetto until near the very end, never giving up, and ran the second fastest time EVER in the marathon, with his 2:03.13, thirteen seconds under the listed WR for the marathon.

Emmanuel now has world record for second place in the marathon, with his 2:03:13! 

Here is a post race interview with Emmanuel Mutai, by Andy Edwards of Race News Service! 




Dennis Kimetto truly impressed when he ran 2:03:45 in the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. 

We knew he was someone special after that race!

In the lead up to the BMW Berlin Marathon, Dennis Kimetto made it quite clear that he would go for the world record in Berlin. With strong pacing, but also Emmanuel Mutai chasing him the entire way, Dennis Kimetto ran like no one else ever before him, and broke the WR by twenty-six seconds! 

Here is the post race interview done by Andy Edwards of Race News Service with Dennis KImetto, after he put his name next to the marathon world record, becoming the first man under two hours, three minutes with his 2:02:57! 


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WEEKEND COLLEGE XC RECAP

The Warm-Up Lap

Crazy Division I races at Roy Griak Invitational headlined the first true weekend of the NCAA Division I Cross Country regular season. Could anyone challenge the No. 3 Michigan State women? Who would emerge as the potential frontrunner for the individual women's national title? Which unranked men's team (and its lead runner) came up clutch?

WEEKEND NCAA DIVISION I XC RECAP

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Edward Cheserek (r) and Eric Jenkins of the University of Oregon on their way to a 1-2 finish at the 2014 Boston College Coast-to-Coast Battle In Beantown (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly), used with permission. 

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Liv Westphal of Boston College wining the 2014 Boston College Coast-to-Coast Battle In Beantown (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race ResultsWeekly)


Here is Chris Lotsbom's feature on the Battle in Beantown XC meet on Friday, special thanks to Chris and Race Results Weekly. 
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 Emma Bates of Boise State University on her way to victory at the 2014 Utah Open Cross Country meet in Salt Lake City (photo by Mitch Kastoff for Race Results Weekly)


Mitch Kastoff wrote this piece for Race Results Weekly. RunBlogRun uses it with permission of the editor. 
The Scotland Scenario is Elliott Denman's piece on the Scottish vote, their history in our sport, and the changes that nearly came. Elliott is one of our longest tenured writers and he spent much of the summer traveling. 

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Hampden Park, CB 2014, photo by Claus Andersen

RunBlogRun covered the Glasgow DL and Commonwealth Games live from Hampden Park, one of the finest athletic venues that we have ever seen. RBR watched the debates on Scottish independence and stayed up all night to watch the Scottish vote. 

We think that you will like the like the piece on the busy summer for Scotland. 
Cathal Dennehy wrote this piece on the Men's Berlin race. With Dennis KImetto, Emmanuel Mutai, Geoffrey Kamworer and Tsegaye Kebede, Berlin has several racers who will meet head on this year. 

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Dennis Kimetto, Chicago 2013, photo courtesy of Chicago marathon

This is unusual for Berlin watchers. 

In the past, BMW Berlin has been famous for a big name just going for it. This year, it is a race, with at least four names who could run fast enough to win. 

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Geoffrey Kamworor, 2014 IAAF World Half marathon Champs, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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Tsegaye Kebede, 2013 Virgin London, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Cathal Dennehy wrote this piece on Emmanuel Mutai at the Berlin Press conference held earlier on Friday, Berlin time. Cathal noted that he had a few minutes nearly by himself with Emmanuel as everyone was around Dennis Kimetto. Cathal, one of our newest correspondents, gets that one is only as good as their last race. Kimetto is talking up a world record, but Mutai should give him a hell of a race, regardless."

Enough said. 

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Emmanuel Mutai, Eldoret, Kenya, 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Paul Koech, Doha 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net


The sweepstakes for the 2019 World Outdoor Athletics Championships are on, and the bidders are Barcelona, Doha and Eugene. 

The bids are all quite different, and Barcelona, which was the host of the 1992 Olympic Games, has the support of the LOC and government, in a country that is battling tough economic times and a separatist movement much older and stronger than what we saw in Scotland this past summer. 

Doha wants the World Championships very bad. The Qatari government sees the World champs as a very reasonable way to promote their country and promote goodwill. With a new global airport being developed, and hotels going everywhere having an insane price on a cooling unit or units for the World Champs is a small price to pay for this country for global respect. Their biggest issue may be the current world stage, especially in Syria, Iran, Iraq. How many Europeans and North Americans will want to venture to Doha? The support by Qatar of the current Allied program to decimate ISIS or ISIL is a huge barometer change for Qatar (although it remains to be seen how ISIS/ISIL evolves or de-evolves). 

Eugene is a curious bid. The World Junior Champs, while being hailed as a huge success, was not in any way a test for the World Championships. Open complaints on availability of an international airport, hotel rooms, and stadium seating 40,000 are only the top challenges to TrackTown USA. 

The positives? Autzen Stadium, which could be retrofitted with a track to house the World Champs. A complete rebuilding of Hayward field, funded by the house that Phil Knight has built, and the absolute focus of Vinn Lananna, and the meet management savvy of Mike Reilly should not be discounted. One key observer opined that Nike was willing to spend $50 million to refit Hayward Field to make the event work. The volunteers, and the enthusiasm of the fans are key intangibles for the Eugene bid. 

The intangibles? The IAAF has recently signed an extension with Dentsu as its global marketing agency. This agency is responsible for sponsorship contracts and advertising. Most of the current sponsors are Japan based sponsors, with adidas being the major European sponsor. Dentsu has not seemed to have any luck bringing in American companies into the IAAF. 

For the IAAF to grow, a complete change in approach to presenting meets, athletes and our sport needs to be accomplished. 

The IAAF can change. Their approach to media, social media and content has given them a website second to none in the sports federation sweepstakes. That was the result of many people and interests working together for a common goal: promoting our sport. 

The lack of terrestrial television, make that free terrestrial television (where in North America, less than 1 in five Americans have access to Diamond League), hurts global athletics. Cable TV is not available to everyone. Streaming video is key for 14-29 crowd, and track meets, anytime on mobile units is key as well. 

I am an optimist. 

I want to see our sport grow, and see all three sites with positive reasons to host a World Championships. It is, however, important for global athletics to thrive, that a World Championships be hosted in the United States. The IAAF will have to take a deep breath and just improvise on some things, but, in the end, a World Champs in the US in the next five to six years makes a ton of sense. 
In this final piece by Alex Mills, a frequent contributor to RunBlogRun, Alex provides some of his favorite moments from the Diamond League in 2014. How do you note the best moments of the year? Alex gives it a very good try. 

Tell us what you think!  Email me at runblogrun@gmail.com or comment on RunBlogRun's FB or blog page!

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Shalane Flanagan, Beijing 2008, "Did I take third?" (The answer was yes), 
photo by PhotoRun.net

I have been lucky enough to watch Shalane Flanagan from her time as a collegiate star, to her development into the finest active American woman marathoner. Shalane Flanagan is a perfectionist, which is sometimes good and sometimes difficult for such an amazing athlete. Her gutting runs in Beijing, her first marathon in New York, her Boston run in 2014 come to mind. 

Shalane is now a few days away from the Berlin Marathon, and she is both poised and focused. Cathal Dennehy, a RunBlogRun contributor, met with Shalane yesterday, Thursday, September 25, and then, wrote this piece on her focus on making American history. 
Emmanuel Mutai is the fourth fastest marathoner in history, with his 2:03.52 at the 2013 Bank of America Chicago marathon. In his most recent marathon, Mutai was seventh at London in 2:08.19. 

In Berlin, watch for Emmanuel Mutai to be up front, battling with the key contenders of which, Mutai should be included. When he is on, Emmanuel Mutai could be the marathoner in the top position. Ignore him at your own peril. 

Andy Edwards interviewed Emmanuel on his focus on the 2014 BMW Berlin Marathon, for Race News Service. 


Geoffrey Kamworor won the IAAF World Half marathon championships this past March 2014. He has run very well in Berlin, and now, he wants to get the position that has eluded him: first. Just how fit is Geoffrey? We only have a few days to wait until we see just how fast he can run on the streets of Berlin.

This interview was done by Andy Edwards. 


Let's make this perfectly clear.

I want to see a World Championships of the Outdoor persuasion in Estados Unidos. The challenges right now are the differences between the basic requirements from the IAAF and what the Eugene bid will offer.

The World Juniors were quite successful, however, they are not a World Championships. The Eugene bid will show how creative Tracktown can be and how much support the company that Phil Knight built will support the bid. Without Nike's support, the University of Oregon, and USA Track & Field, the bid would not be possible. 

For the success of the bid, all of those groups mentioned above have to work well together. 

However, with the rumored changes at Hayward, to develop a complex for track & field second to none, the Eugene bid may have some legs.

The decision between Eugene and Doha will be made in late November 2014. 

Stay tuned. 
Shalane Flanagan is in Berlin, Germany this week. Her goal is to set a new American record for the marathon, eclipsing the 2:19:36, set at the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2006, by 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Deena Kastor. 

In this interview by Andy Edwards, our eyes and ears on the Berlin Marathon, Shalane speaks about her goals in Berlin. 

A great interview! 


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Brenda Martinez, photo by PhotoRun.net


Dave Hunter's focus this week is 2013 World Championship bronze medalist Brenda Martinez, one of the athletes responsible for the renaissance in American women's 800 meter racing....


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        Tirfi Tsegaye, Shalane Flanagan, Anna Hahner and Kayoko Fukushi, 
BMW-Berlin Marathon Press Conference, 25 September, photo by www.photorun.net 

The womens' press conference for the Berlin marathon happened today, local time in Berlin. Race-News-Service provided us with these updates. Watch for more coverage on way and RBR exclusive coverage from our team.  
Amy Hastings is one of most accomplished American woman distance runners. From this interview, by Cait Chock, the thoughtful reader will note that Amy is not only focused on the Chicago Marathon, but, two years away, the real goal: the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. 

The road to Rio has begun, and the road to Beijing will be part of that journey as well. But, for October 13, Amy Hastings will be in the Windy City, focused on running her race...

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Amy Hastings, winning 2014 ATC Peachtree, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Dennis Kimetto, photo by Justin Lagat for RunBlogRun


Justin Lagat finished this interview with Dennis Kimetto just after his last workout before leaving for the Berlin Marathon. From his interview, Justin Lagat believes that Dennis Kimetto is focused on one goal: a WR at the Berlin Marathon. 
A new brand to North America, 361°, will begin showcasing product in October 2014 to the American consumer, with a full roll out in Spring 2015.

What makes 361°different? 

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361° has brought in senior executives, experienced with presenting a technical brand from outside of Asia to not only launch the new line, but, most importantly, build a team that understands the daily challenges of being successful in what is the running and sports footwear business in North America. 

Rich Bourne, former ASICS COO, and Jim Monahan, former ASICS VP of Footwear, are who 361° choose to launch the brand in North America. Both Bourne and Monahan are well respected and highly knowledgeable as well as experienced veterans of the sneaker wars. Bourne managed nearly nineteen years of growth for ASICS America, while developing one of the finest business teams in the industry. Jim Monahan focused on product at ASICS, managing one of the finest footwear teams in the running business during his tenure. Both Bourne and Monahan have found new challenges with  361°. The opportunity to launch a brand in a new market comes rarely in a career. 

We look forward to seeing the 361° product launch! 
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(Editor's note: This is a new series on running from Cait Chock. Tell us what you think, send your comments to runblogrun@gmail.com subject line, Cartoon series)
Alex Mills provides us his second part of a three part feature on the Fourteen plus magic moments of the 2014 Diamond League.

I went to Eugene, NYC, Paris, Glasgow, Monaco, Stockholm, Birmingham, and Zurich this year, and found amazing events in each city. I have to say that Monaco blew my mind in terms of the amazing performances and Zurich was as wonderful as everyone had said. (Next year, Doha and Shanghai are top on the list).

My championships, from USA Outdoors, to World Juniors, to Commonwealth Games, to European Games and then, Continental Cup were also lots of fun, and would be highly recommended by me. I loved the Commonwealth Games just for its atmosphere and the Europeans show is one that must be seen. The World Juniors were fantastic this year! 

Enjoy Alex's comments on events seven to ten in this past track season, as we begin to wonder about how fast Berlin will be this coming weekend! 

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Bohdan Bondarenko, Rome 2014 Golden Gala, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi, Abdi Abdirhaman, 2014 Boston Marathon, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

One of the litmus tests that I use each year to test the health of the sport is sign ups at the Boston Marathon. Some might think that is pretty self-evident, but, please hear me out. 

The Boston Marathon is an iconic event, probably our most iconic in the sport. It is the citizen runner's version of taking a swing in Fenway Park. The only marathon really where qualifying for the majority is key, this race was, in my era, and still is today, a test of how good a marathoner one is. 

Walking around the Boston Marathon expo is pretty amazing. From great races and the finest of running footwear, to sponsors, and discount racks on running apparel and footwear, it is a running bazaar. And, it gets crazier each year. 

But that is good. 

We have had a time when running at whatever speed is good, and that is still here. I have no worries with it. I also think, that many runners, most, perhaps, still like to have goals, whether it is running their 5k time under twenty-five minutes, or qualifying for Boston, both are goals and goals are good. Goals in running give us something to focus on when the world seems to be going insane. 

RunBlogRun applauds Boston for its self evaluation and fine tuning of its application process and acceptance process. With 80 percent of the fields being athletes who have actually qualified for Boston, the soul of the race is intact. Celebrating the diversity of the sport and the positive brought into the sport by curated charities is also very important. 

We wish all of the 2015 Boston qualifiers great training over the winter and mild winters, so that those long runs become muscle memories and Boston, on a cool day, with the wind at one's back, brings a fantastic time and experience. 


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Bondarenko soars over 2.42m, adidas GP NYC, photo by PhotoRun

The 2014 Diamond League season is over. Fourteen meets and as many great moments. We asked Alex Mills to countdown his fourteen favorite moments at the 2014 Diamond League fourteen events. Here is events 1-6.
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Molly Huddle, Oakley Mini-10k, photo by PhotoRun.net

Molly Huddle continues to show her high level of fitness, but most importantly, her ability to focus from 5k to the half marathon distance. Huddle won the CVS Health Downtown 5k, the USA 5k road championships on Sunday, for the fourth time. 

This marks a summer where Huddle defended her 5000m title, taking the title in the final steps from Shannon Rowbury. Huddle broke her own AR for 5,000m, again battling Rowbury over the last 300 meters, and has since, won the New Haven 20k, and now the 5k distance. 

Molly Huddle is putting her mark on American distance running like never before. Like Jenny Simpson, and Emma Coburn, Molly Huddle has used 2014 quite well to establish herself over the 5,000m-10,000m distances. Over 5,000 meters, in the US, only Shannon Rowbury has been able to come close to Molly Huddle. 

That 5,000 meter record is pretty tough. 

Watch Molly race just a few more races before closing down the 2014 season, resting, then preparing for the 2015 season! 


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PROVIDENCE (USA, Sep 21): Racing in her hometown, Providence's own Molly Huddle used experience --and a finely timed kick-- to claim her fourth USA 5-K National Championship here at the CVS Health Downtown 5-K. Sprinting up and over the course's steepest hill with fewer than 400 meters remaining, Huddle stopped the clock in a personal best of 15:10. In second was Jordan Hasay (15:25) followed by last year's runner-up, Emily Infeld (15:33). Seventh in 15:54 was Mary Cain, who called road racing "a whole different beast." Diego Estrada won the men race in 13:57. German Fernandez and Maverick Darling placed second and third in 13:57 and 13:58. Fading in the final stretch was two-time IAAF World Championships medalist Matthew Centrowitz, who told Race Results Weekly that he misjudged the course and in turn lost the pop in his legs.

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Diego Estrada (53) sprints to victory over Maverick Darling (98), German Fernandez (54) and Brian Shrader (partially obscured).  Photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly

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Molly Huddle after winning her fourth USA 5-K road running title at the 2014 CVS Health Downtown 5-K (Photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly)

The CVS Health Downtown 5k, was very hot this year, on both sides! Chris Lotsbom wrote this piece for Race Results Weekly. 
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Deena Kastor, 2014 RNR Philly Half, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Kara Goucher, 2014 RNR Philly Half, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Karoki and Kotut dueling in the 2014 RNR Philly Half, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Philly Half Marathon is a race steeped in great tradition. The Competitor Group is doing much to not only respect that tradition, but also fast and the not so fast. 
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Bedan Karoki, 2014 RNR Philly Half, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Deena Kastor, 2014 RNR Philly Half, photo by PhotoRun.net

The men's race provided a very fast and compelling race today at the RNR Philly Half Marathon. But, Deena Kastor's brilliantly run half marathon broke four masters records and the world masters half marathon record. 

Here is Dave Monti's story on the RNR Philly Half marathon. 
Updated from EME News, September 20...

INDIANAPOLIS (USA): USATF has announced that top US sprinter and World medalist Wallace Spearmon has received a three month suspension due to a positive test for a banned substance. The three time World 200m medaIllist tested positive for the corticosteroid Methylprednisolone at the Edmonton International Classic meet on July 6. The 29 year old said "I was not trying to cheat, I made a mistake," and promised to give as much information as possible about the case. He said that the drug was administered by his physician, Dr Mark Bonner, to help him deal with seasonal allergies and sinus infections. He said that the drug was administered on June 10, but it was not detected by a doping test at the USA Championships on June 29. He said that he thinks that the increased use of his inhaler before the Edmonton race caused the positive reading.


Wallace Spearmon's fascinating series of tweets a week ago, noting that he will upset some of his fans and he was sorry about it has been answered with this USADA release,which showed up at end of day on Friday, September 19.

Sources note that said athlete perhaps had not provided USADA with prescription note for drug used to relieve pain with allergies. Without note, sanctions come quickly from USADA and WADA, the guardians of all things clean in athletics. 

Lesson number 106: If elite athletes don't want sanctions, follow the ever increasing amount of protocols from USADA and WADA. 

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Wallace Spearmon, photo by PhotoRun.net


In a continuing series of videos for Skechers Performance, the Shoe Addicts pay homage to Meb Keflezighi and his amazing series of performances, culminating with the 2014 Boston Marathon victory. 

Meb's pedigree from his AR in 2001 for the 10,000 meters, to his silver medal in the Athen's Olympic marathon, to his amazing victory in Boston this past April, continue to prove that, for Meb Keflezighi, age really does not matter. 
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PORTLAND, OREGON (USA): Shalane Flanagan has one goal for the Berlin Marathon on September 28: the U.S. record, reports RunnersWorld.com. The current mark, set by Deena Kastor, in London (2006) is 2:19:36. Flanagan will have two designated pacemakers to help her attack the record, which has stood since 2006. "I'm going to do everything I can get the record," said the 33 year old, who set her PB of 2:22:02 in Boston this year. 

(Shalane Flanagan is focused on this goal. The BMW Berlin Marathon is the place to run the AR this fall, with a fast and downhill section from 38k to the finish. Shalane has a bronze medal from the 10,000 meters in Beijing in 2008.

Under the watchful eye of Coach Jerry Schumacher, Shalane Flanagan has developed into one of the top marathoners in the world. Her Boston marathon last year, with her battling at the front for nearly twenty miles, gave her a current PB of 2:22.02. 

The marathon is as tough mentally as it is physically. Those successful at the distance know that the distance demands respect. Shalane Flanagan knows that lesson, and sees, perhaps that going for the AR is a defining moment in her career. 

We wish Shalane Flanagan an excellent run in Berlin! )
 

Leo Manzano had an amazing season in 2014. He won the US title at 1,500 meters, won the NIke International Mile at the Pre Classic, and ran the fastest 1,500 meters (3:30.98) in that crazy 1,500 meters in Monaco. 

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Leo Manzano, USA Outdoor 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

In this third video from the HOKA ONE ONE elite series, Leo Manzano gives the viewer some suggestions on workouts that really have helped him develop one of the deadliest kicks in American middle distance running. 

Now that the 2014 season is over, watch for more videos from Leo on training and the HOKA ONE ONE Two Mile Postal Nationals! 
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Bernard Lagat, on starting line, 20 September, Philly 5k, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Bernard Lagat, Lawi Lalang, Philly 5k, September 20, 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Lalang, Lagat, September 20, 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

Bernard Lagat missed the AR in the road 5k this morning in Philly, coming oh so close, after a long season. Here is a fine piece by David Monti, editor of Race Results Weekly, who provided his view of the race... 
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Jo Pavey, London 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Bernard Lagat, photo by PhotoRun.net 


Bernard Lagat and Jo Pavey have had pretty good years. Jo Pavey, had a remarkable year, winning silver in the Commonwealth Games, and then, winning the European 10,000 meters. 

As Alex Mills notes, Age is an old story for both of these athletes. Here is his feature on Bernard Lagat and Jo Pavey! 
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Kara Goucher speaking to fans at the 2014 Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon race expo (photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly)


(Editor's note: Kara Goucher is one of the most popular athletes in our sport. Her bronze medal in the World , two times competing in the Olympics, and marathon pedigree have made her quite popular with elite and citizen runners. That is why there was so much interest in Goucher when she left Nike, finally signing with Oiselle and Skechers. 

This past July, in Glasgow, Scotland, I met Mark Wetmore, the college coach of Kara Goucher, and last year, Kara began working with Wetmore once again (and Heather Borroughs). Kara is training with Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn, who both finished their best seasons ever. 

Wetmore told me in July that Kara was training well and would be fine in the fall. The measure of a good coach is the confidence he or she gives to an athlete, besides their athletic performances. 

In the following piece on Kara Goucher,  by David Monte, editor of RRW, one sees a more mature athlete and thoughtful athlete, who seems poised to return to marathon racing this fall. )
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Eliud Kipchoge training group, photo by Justin Lagat

This is the second in the new series by Justin Lagat on the top Kenyan competitors for the Fall Marathon Majors events. This piece is on Eliud Kipchoge, whose training is set for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. 
One of the best races of the Continental Cup was the women's 100 meter hurdles. Tiffany Porter battled Dawn Harper-Nelson to a near photo finish, where Harper-Nelson runs 12.47, setting a Championship record, and Tiffany Porter runs 12.51, a new British record, and moving her way up in the always competitive, 100 meter hurdler food chain. 

Alex Mills wrote this piece on Tiffany Porter and her fine race in Marrakech. We thought you would like it....

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Tiffany Porter battles Dawn Harper-Nelson, 
photo by Mike Deering/Shoe Addicts

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Emma Coburn, Zurich 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net


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Evan Jager, Sacramento, 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net


So exciting to see Evan Jager and Emma Coburn have their best races of year in Marrakech. Emma had told me in Glasgow that she wanted to win a race this season with all the field knowing she was not a pacer. She did in fine style. Evan Jager battled Jairus for the entire race, running 61 seconds in hot conditions. 

Here is Alex Mills' salute to Coburn and Jager in 2014. 

Here is Cathal's reasons six to ten for his piece, Ten Things that we learnt in Marrakech. Good observations and some constructive suggestions on how to make championships work for both the media and fans. 

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Daphne Schippers, photo by PhotoRun.net
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The LA Marathon will host the 2015 USATF Marathon Championships on February 13, 2015 for men and women. As LA Marathon will host the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon, this is a perfect time for US marathoners to test the course. 

Nice to see a prize purse for US athletes of $150,000 at the US champs. 

Here is the release. 
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Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworer wins IAAF Half Marathon, March 2014, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Justin Lagat has started a new series for RunBlogRun on the the athletes racing the Fall World Marathon Major events. Here is his first piece on Geoffrey Kamworer, who will be racing the BMW Berlin Marathon. 
The Continental cup is just over by 24 hours. We are in Madrid on our way home, back to San Francisco. 

My first time on the African continent and first time in Morocco. We will be back. 

I enjoyed, as I have always done, the competitions. I was saddened by the lack of a crowd for such fine races and events. 

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Tiffany Porter, Dawn Harper-Nelson, Continental Cup, 
photo by Shoe Addicts, Mike Deering


I believe that we have to make some real decisions in our sport. Is it better to have too many events, some that are fantastic and some that are, much less? 

How do we really grow the sport? 

We need to learn from Marrakech and events that, well meaning, sometimes, just do not work. 

In Split, in 2010, there were 25,000 fans. In 2014, there were, perhaps several thousand over the two days. 
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The registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon reopened on Monday, September 15, 2014. Please read the instructions below if you are interested in competing. And please, do not run as bandits in races. It is disrespectful to meet management and volunteers. 
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Emma Coburn vs Hiwot Ayalew, one of 2014 major duels, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2014 Continental Cup had some amazing moments of competition in a historic sports country and a fine stadium. Problem was, no one really showed up. RunBlogRun asked Cathal Dennehy to give us ten lessons from Marrakech. 

Here are the top five! 
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Stade de Marrakech, photo courtesy of IAAF

Here is the round up from Alfons Juck of EME News on the second day of the second Continental Cup. 
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Caleb Ndiku, Nike Pre Classic, May 31, 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

Caleb Ndiku entertained the fans in the Stade de Marrekech on Sunday night with his battle to the finish, with Ibrahimov, running the last thousand meters in 2:22.96! 

Caleb Ndiku is the ONLY athlete, male or female, to win World Indoor, Commonwealth Games, Diamond League, and European or African Champs in same year. 

A pretty amazing year for the young Kenyan distance runner, on the cusp of becoming a major star. 

Cathal Dennehy caught up with Caleb on Sunday evening, after his mesmerizing victory in Marrekech. Here is his feature on Caleb Ndiku. 

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James Dasaolu, photo by PhotoRun.net

Alex Mills wanted to write a piece about James Dasaolu, the hottest of the hot British sprint corps. Here is his feature for RunBlogRun. 

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Jenny Simpson, on the move, NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile, photo by PhotoRun.net


RunBlogRun asked Elena Dyachkova, a frequent contributor and one of our favorite writers, to cover the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile. Elena did so in style, and here is her feature for the Running Network on the unofficial end of the middle distance runner's season in North America for 2014. 


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Bohdan Bondarenko, photo by PhotoRun.net

The first day of the Continental Cup had some fine performances, but few people to watch those performances. Alfons Juck gives us the highlights of Day One from Marrakech, Morocco.

A beautiful stadium, with a city that is full of history and tradition. We have loved our four days in a city and culture that covers both modern and ancient traditions. 
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        2013 BMW Berlin Marathon Kipsang, Kipsang, Kipchoge, photo by PhotoRun.net

Justin Lagat has some ideas on how the World Marathon Majors in Fall 2014 will play out! Justin will be interviewing some of the top athletes for us this season! Watch for the interviews. 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Thirteen, Day Seven, Sunday, September 14, 2014: You've Made it!

Sunday: warm up, 11 mile run for the 500 mile club, 8 mile for the 400 club, and 7 mile for the 300 mile club. 

This is the last day of the last week of the 2014 Saucony 500 Mile Challenge. Please make sure that you have posted your daily training at www.500milechallenge.com!

Special thanks to Saucony Running for sponsoring the program this summer. Make sure that you check out Saucony cross country racing and training shoes at www.saucony.com! #findyourstrong, #saucony500


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Bohdan Bondarenko, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cathal Dennehy wrote this piece about the long, amazing and exhausting season of Bohdan Bondarenko, who won the Continental Cup high jump on Saturday evening. 
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Souleiman, AREVA Meeting Paris, 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

Alex Mills, one of our frequent contributors, came up to my work station at the Grande Stade de Marrekech, after the 1,500 meter battle between Kiprop and Souleiman, and he asked to write this feature.

I think you will enjoy Ayanleh Souleiman and his comments not only on the
race, but, also, on his plans for 2015!  
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Grand Stade de Marrekech, courtesy of Marrakech2014

The Continental Cup is a great idea: Four continental teams, representing the best in the world, two athletes per team, per event, for team pride, individual pride, and oh, and about $2.9 million in prize money. 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Thirteen, Day Six, Saturday, September 13, 2014: You've Made it!

Monday: Warm up; 3 mile run, or 5k cross country race, then, cool down. #saucony500, #findyourstrong


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Professional athletes running the 2014 Fifth Avenue Mile (from left to right, Matthew Centrowitz, Brenda Martinez, Jenny Simpson, Mary Cain and Will Leer) post on Fifth Avenue with NYRR Youth Running Ambassadors, Will Tibbals (13) and Hope Perez (9). Photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly.

Chris Lotsbom wrote this piece on the athletes Matthew Centrowitz and Mary Cain, members of the Nike Oregon Distance Project, who are coached by Alberto Salazar. Matthew and Mary Cain will be racing the NYRR Fifth Avene Mile on Saturday, September 13, 2014.  
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Jenny Simpson at the historic headquarters of the New York Road Runners at 9 East 89th Street in advance of the 2014 Fifth Avenue Mile (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly)

Chris Lotsbom wrote this piece on Jenny Simpson's desire to win the 2014 Fifth Avenue Mile and cap off her fine 2014 season. 
On the eve of the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile, which will end Jenny Simpson's 2014 season, Alex Mills wrote a piece on how fantastic her 2014 track and field season. 

Alex Mills is a frequent columnist for RunBlogRun. 

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Jenny Simpson, after her Zurich victory! photo by PhotoRun.net
We asked Alex Mills, one of our new additions to the RunBlogRun team, to write about all good things from Great Britain. Tonight, he wrote on Lynsey Sharp, the CG silver medalist and European silver medalist! 

Alex Mills has high hopes for the Scottish middle distance runner, as she races in Marrakech this weekend! 

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Lynsey Sharp uses her sprint finish, BirminghamDL 2014, 
photo by PhotoRun.net



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Haile Gebrselassie, photo by PhotoRun.net

GLASGOW (GBR): Ethiopian distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie, will defend his Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run title in Glasgow on October 5, inform organisers. The 41 year old won last year in a Scottish all-comers record of 61:09. "I have fantastic memories of my first race in Scotland and I am delighted to be coming back to race in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run for a second time," said Gebrselassie. Asked about his form, he said, "I had a problem earlier this year - I had a small surgery to my knee - but that is gone now.  My training is going well. When you are an older athlete you have to be serious in your training and in how you take your rest and how you are preparing, but I am still doing well at 41."

(Editor's note: Haile Gebrselassie is one of the largest draws in the sport. Universally loved, the Emperor could be even bigger as he focuses on half marathon and shorter distances over the next few years. Part of it is his accessibility, and part of it is the history of his great performances. 

One of my favorite memories with Haile dates back to 2006. The late Mike Long, elite manager for RNR series, arranged for me to follow Haile for a day before his WR runs over 25k on the roads. I interviewed Haile for two hours afterwards. Still, next to my interviews with the late Emil Zatopek in the early 1990s, my favorite interview of all times.

Haile is thoughtful, and sees his career as a key part of his life, but is realistic. Watch for the Emperor to seriously consider leadership roles in his country.)
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In less than 30 hours, the second Continental Cup will begin. Pitting two athletes, in each event, from four Continental regions, the best in athletics will duel for their share of $2.9 million in prize money and bragging rights for the next four years.

Cathal Dennehy, one of the founding team for jumpingthegun.ie, is assisting RunBlogRun in covering the 2014 Continental Cup. Here is preview on what he will be watching. 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Thirteen, Day Five, Friday, September 12, 2014: 

Monday: Warm up; 6-mile run (400 mile: 5 miles, 300 Mile: 3 miles); 8 x 150 meters, relaxed stride-pits, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down, #saucony500, #findyourstrong




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MARRAKECH NEWS

In the team Europe Ignisious Gaisah will replace in long jump the Olympic winner and European champion Greg Rutherford. Team captains will be French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie and British long distance runner Jo Pavey.

Captains of Asia-Pacific Team are Tajikistan´s hammer thrower Dilshod Nazarov and shot put queen from New Zealand Valerie Adams.

In African team will be four Moroccan athletes, all women. Steeple runner Salima El Ouali, young high jump talent Rhizlane Siba, pole vaulter Nisrine Dinar and discus thrower Amina El Mouden. All four are looking to attack their personal bests at the event, informs MAP.

Mutaz Essa Barshim arrived to Marrakech on Thursday evening. His excellent jump of 243 in Brussels made headlines and on twitter and facebook different photomontages are shown to illustrate how high he jumped actually. In one he is over a soccer goal which is 244 cm high.

(editor's note: We arrived in Marrakech mid-day on September 11, my 56th birthday. This is a new continent for me, and a new country. The drive into Marrakech from the airport was relaxed and beautiful. On our street, Mohammed VI, there were camels just sitting down at end of several blocks. Marrakech has 850,000 souls, and is a wonderful combination of the ancient and the modern. 

Watch for pictures.)
On September 11, 2001, I had just returned from dropping Adam, my son, off at high school. I was at my favorite bagel shop, when I looked at the TV in the corner and saw that a plane had crashed into one of the Twin Towers in Manhattan...I was not sure what I was watching, but I knew that our lives had changed forever. 

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Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Thirteen, Day Four, Thursday, September 11, 2014: 

Thursday: 1-mile warm up; 7 hill repeats (run 200 meters up hill, turn, jog downhill to the start. Repeat six more times, no rests); on the flat at the bottom of the hill, try for 8 x 150 meters as easy stride outs, jogging back to the start, no rest between; 1-mile easy cool down. #saucony500, #findyourstrong




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Wilson Kipsang, photo by PhotoRun.net

NEW YORK (USA): Organisers of the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon, scheduled for 
November 2, have announced world record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya and two time runner-up Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia as the headliners of the race. In his debut in the New York City Marathon, Kipsang (2:03:23, 2013) will line up against three former winners, course record-holder (2:05:06) Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya (2:03:02, 2011), who won in 2011 and 2013; 2010 winner Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia (2:04:53, 2011) and 2009 winner Meb Keflezighi of the USA (2:08:37, 2014). Other leading contenders in the race will be World and Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda (2:07:20, 2011); 2014 London Marathon runner-up Stanley Biwott of Kenya (2:04:55, 2014); former 10K world record-holder Micah Kogo of Kenya (2:06:56, 2013) and Japanese citizen runner Yuki Kawauchi (2:08:14, 2013), who has run 8 marathons so far this year. Deba (2:19:59, 2014) is a resident New Yorker, living in the Bronx. On her adopted home turf she will face the challenge of 4 former winners; defending champion Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya (2:20:14, 2012), 2011 winner Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia (2:23:15, 2011), 2010 champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya (2:19:50, 2012) and Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia (2:22:56, 2005) who won the race in 2005 and 2006. But the top athlete in the field will be the returning Mary Keitany (2:18:37, 2012) fresh from a very fast win at the Great North Run. World marathon silver medalist Valeria Straneo of Italy (2:23:44, 2012) and the Portuguese pairing of Ana Dulce Felix (2:25:40, 2011) and Sara Moreira will provide Europe's main challenge.

(Editor: Wilson Kipsang, the world record holder in the marathon, will debut in New York this November. The TCS New York City Marathon has announced an fascinating field. 

Kipsang, the 2014 winner of the Virgin London marathon, is a tough and savvy competitor. He makes few mistakes and he should be able to use the New York City marathon course to his advantage. Looking forward to November 2.)
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Sally Bergesen photo, courtesy of Oiselle Blog: Bird is the Word

RunBlogRun asked Cait Chock to interview Sally Bergesen, the founder and CEO of Oiselle, and this is the result. We have been fascinated by Oiselle, one of the few running apparel brands that is making headway in a business channel that is fraught with minefields. 

In a recent meeting, with a key brand, an active woman runner on the staff was asked about Oiselle. She noted how well made the product is and how much she liked it. Oiselle is reaching its target market. 

Sally Bergesen is quite adept at using social media and developing a conversation with her consumer, who she knows well, better than most brands that are larger. Bergeson gets it: running businesses win business one pair of running shorts at a time. 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Thirteen, Day Three, Wednesday, September, 2014: 

Wednesday: Warm up; 6-mile run (400 mile; 5 miles/ 300 mile; 3 miles): 8 x 150 meters, relaxed stride outs on grass, jogging back to start after each, no rest between; cool down, #saucony500




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The Grade Stade de Marrakech, site of (September 13-14, 2014) the IAAF Continental Cup


A fun way to end the season: Take one athlete, each event, best from each continent, and let them duke it out. Two fun days in Marrakech to end the 2014 track season! 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Thirteen, Day Two, Tuesday, September 9, 2014: 

Tuesday: 1-mile warm up; 20 minute tempo run, 1-mile cooldown. To determine your tempo run pace, add a half-minute to our present mile pace for a 5k. For example: If you are currently running 18:50 for a 5k, that is a 6:05 per mile pace. Add 30 seconds per mile and your tempo run is 6:35 per mile pace. Recalculate your pace as your fitness improves, perhaps, once a month. #saucony500, #findyourstrong


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Mary Keitany, photo by PhotoRun.net

NEWCASTLE (GBR): Great North Run winner Mary Keitany said after her win: "I was confident about my shape but i needed an important test as Great North Run. This half marathon gave me the right answers i needed and now I know I am completely back to top. Now I can think about a marathon again already this autumn, will discuss it in next days with my coach and manager." From Alberto Stretti. 

(Editor's note: Mary Keitany just won the Great North Run, as she was desiring to test her fitness. Her success in the Great North Run probably means that we will see Mary in a fall marathon this season!)
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Kara Goucher, running on course, 8 September,  photo courtesy of NYRR

Well, the marathon season is under way! The TCS NYC Marathon announced their key elite field today. A fine field assembled for 2 November. Last year, 50, 226 runners crossed the finish line for the marathon of the five boroughs. 


The 2015 Boston Marathon Registration opened up this morning, 8 September at 10 A.M. ET. Please read the release as it provides information on how the registration will operate. 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Thirteen, Day One, Monday, September 8, 2014: You've Made it!

Monday: Warm up; 6-mile run (400 mile: 5 miles, 300 Mile: 3 miles); 8 x 150 meters, relaxed stride-pits, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down, #saucony500, #findyourstrong


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Mutasz Barshim, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Bohdan Bondarenko, photo by PhotoRun.net

Alex Mills wrote his piece on the Brussels DL, and featured the emergence of the high jump this year as an event that is drawing fans to the sport. 

Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Twelve, Day Seven, Sunday, September 7, 2014: 


Sunday: Easy nine mile run on grass or dirt (if a race on Saturday, or 11 miles if no race), and run it with your friends! For the 400 mile club, go seven miles and for the 300 mile club, go six miles. #saucony500

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Coretti Jepkoech wins Birell Prague 10k, 
photo courtesy of Birell Prague 10k

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Ronoh wins, looking moody and confident, photo by Birell Prague 10k

Race News Service provided us this story and photos of the 2014 Birell Prague Grand Prix 10, from 6 September. Men's big battle between Ronoh and Mutai. 
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Geoffrey Ronoh wins Birell Prague Grand Prix 10k, 
photo courtesy of Birell Prague Grand Prix

Geoffrey Ronoh ran 27:28 on Saturday to defeat Geoffrey Mutai by four seconds in the Birell Prague Grand Prix on Saturday. Here are the video highlights of the 2014 Birell Prague Grand Prix 10k. 
The Diamond League final event, in Brussels, gave Justin Lagat some time to reflect on seasons that were both amazing and challenging for Kenyan athletes....

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Eunice Sum, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Mutasz Barshim, photo by PhotoRun.net


Fascinating to me, that the high jump this year, has captured many fans. Barshim and Bondarenko compete against each other, all of the time, and in NYC, Birmingham, and now Brussels, it has been magic. 

This season, the distance races that have been the most exciting have been the 1,500 meter for men and 1,500/3000 meter for women. Great races, epic confrontations, and thrilling finishes, the races are building personalities for the sport. 

Too bad that, in most of North America, one can not see 12/14 DL live unless one has a cable connection. Not the way to build a fan base in the largest athletic market in the world. 

Check out the numbers on You Tube replays of meet and events, and know that fans in US will actually watch Track & Field, like they will across the globe, if they can see it. 

Understand needs to make revenue, but also long term growth, chances to reach non-footwear sponsors, the huge dollars, means millions and millions of track fans. 
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Eliud Kipchoge, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon puts together fields on both the men and women's sides that are impressive. But, having Kenenisa Bekele race in Chicago is EPIC! 
The tradition and status of the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile makes it the end of the 2014 season for most of the major middle distance runners in the world! This year is no different. Jenny Simpson, Matthew Centrowitz and Mary Cain will delight American fans with their runs on the fabled Fifth Avenue. 

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Jenny Simpson, Shannon Rowbury, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Mo Farah, 2 Mile European, British record, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mo Farah wants to win the Great North Run on Sunday, 7 September. Last time he ran here, in 2012, Kenenisa Bekele held him off. 
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Evan Jager, photo by PhotoRun.net

An amazing way to end the Diamond League season! Some gripping races. For our own selfish interests, Valerie Adams winning the shot put, Evan Jager setting ARs, and Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury. 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Twelve, Day Six, Saturday, September 6, 2014: 

Saturday: Warm up, 5k road race, or 4-6k cross country race, cooldown. #saucony500

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Geoffrey Mutai, photo by PhotoRun.net


Geoffrey Mutai is racing on 6 September in Prague. Looking forward to see how well he has races against Geoffrey Ronoh. Mutai is one of the greatest marathon runners in the world. 


G. Mutai vs G. Ronoh


PRAHA (CZE): Geoffrey Mutai's competitive edge could be tested to the limit in the Prague Grand Prix 10k on Saturday evening by a fellow Kenyan Geoffrey Ronoh who deserved the title of an unknown on the international scene two months ago. The Birell Prague Grand Prix is an IAAF Gold Label Race, the highest category in road racing. "When training has gone well, I believe I can beat anyone, including Geoffrey Mutai. I was pleased with my pb of 59:45 [the Woerthersee Half Marathon at Woerthersee in Klagenfurt, Austria on August 24] so I'm feeling confident,"says Ronoh. Other men to note are Turkey's Polat Kemboi Arikan, fourth at 10,000m in the European Championships last month and Richard Mengich, whose best of 27:48 was achieved on the super-fast Berlin course on March 30 during a half marathon. Helah Kiprop is the fastest entry in the women's race with a best of 31:19, set during the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon last year and the Kenyan is one of a quartet of sub-32 minute performers which suggests that last year's inaugural course record of 32:00 by Kenya's Josephine Chepkoech will come under attack. Kiprop is an advocate of testing her speed as she prepares for an autumn marathon, so the timing of Prague falls just right. The presence of the Kenyans Correti Chepkoech (31:31), Esther Chemtai (31:33) and the Russian Natalya Pokova (31:55) should ensure strong competition from start to finish in Wenceslas Square. From release by the organisers.
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Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, photo by PhotoRun.net

Pascal Martinot-Lagarde has gone from a very good hurdler to one of the world's elite. He finished the Diamond League season with his win in Brussels earlier today. 
A great idea for touring college campuses...
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Twelve, Day Five, Friday, September 5, 2014: 

Monday: Warm up; 6-mile run (400 mile: 5 miles, 300 Mile: 3 miles); 8 x 150 meters, relaxed stride-pits, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down, #saucony500, #findyourstrong



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Blanka Vlasic, photo by PhotoRun.net

The journey back from injuries for world class athletes is particularly difficult. Remembering how easy something was when you are the top of your game, the time that it takes to get back is much slower. 

At the AREVA Paris meeting, Blanka Vlasic gave a most heartfelt interview. At the Paris meeting, Blanka Vlasic reached two meters, for the first time in nearly three years. 

After Vlasic competed in Zagreb, she has decided it is time to allow her body time to rest. 2015 and 2016 have big meets. 



ZAGREB (CRO): After finishing 2nd with 193 at 64th Hanzekovic Memorial Zagreb Meeting (IAAF World Challenge) Blanka Vlasic announced on her Facebook the end of the season. "Now my comeback season is finished, it wasn't easy but I'm healthy and motivated for the next year. This is a good place to start all over again."
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Valerie Adams, photo by PhotoRun.net

Valerie Adams will be competing in Brussels tomorrow with final Diamond League event for 2014. She should remain undefeated for all of 2014. Alfons Juck gives us a quick preview of the AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme. 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Nine, Day Four, Thursday, September 4, 2014: 

Thursday: 1-mile warm up; 7 hill repeats (run 200 meters up hill, turn, jog downhill to the start. Repeat six more times, no rests); on the flat at the bottom of the hill, try for 8 x 150 meters as easy stride outs, jogging back to the start, no rest between; 1-mile easy cool down. #saucony500




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Evan Jager, USA Outdoor, June 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net


Cait Chock wrote this piece about the benefits of hurdle drills for middle and long distance runners. Well written, this is a great primer for high school coaches looking for ways to develop more efficient runners. 
I watched Justin Gatlin win the 200 meters in Monaco, winning there. In Rovereto, Justin Gatlin won the 100 meters, and has kept an unbeaten streak over 2014. 

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Justin Gatlin, photo by PhotoRun.net
Kemar Bailey-Cole, the 100 meter commonwealth Champion, and winner of the Zurich Weltklasse 100 meters, kept his winning streak going with his win in Zagreb on 2 September! 

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Mike Rodgers, Tyson Gay, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Zurich 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Twelve, Day Three, Wednesday, September 3, 2014: 

Wednesday: Warm up; 6-mile run (400 mile; 5 miles/ 300 mile; 3 miles): 8 x 150 meters, relaxed stride outs on grass, jogging back to start after each, no rest between; cool down, #saucony500




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The Continental Cup is the last major event of a very long season in 2014. adidas is a sponsor of the IAAF and their key championship events.

RunBlogRun will be in Marrakech to cover this exciting end to the 2014 athletic season. 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Twelve, Day Two, Tuesday, September 2, 2014: 

Tuesday: 1-mile warm up; 20 minute tempo run, 1-mile cooldown. To determine your tempo run pace, add a half-minute to our present mile pace for a 5k. For example: If you are currently running 18:50 for a 5k, that is a 6:05 per mile pace. Add 30 seconds per mile and your tempo run is 6:35 per mile pace. Recalculate your pace as your fitness improves, perhaps, once a month. #saucony500, #findyourstrong



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Evan Jager, Moscow 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cait Chock wrote this piece about Evan Jager and his coaches, Pascal Dobert and Jerry Schumacher. She asked that it be posted the week before the Brussels DL, and here it is! Evan Jager is a rare athlete, and Cait Chock captures that! 
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Kemar Bailey-Cole, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kemar Bailey-Cole has had a great summer of athletics. His win at the Commonwealth Games and fine win in Zurich on 28 August have marked Kemar as a player on the world stage of sprinting. A fine relay runner, as part of the 4x100m for Jamaica in London 2012 and Moscow 2013, Kemar has had his break-out year in 2014. 
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Jenny Simpson leads the way, Zurich Weltklasse, photo by PhotoRun.net

In Zurich, the race of the night, without any question, was the women's 1,500 meters, as Jenny Simpson had to dig deep to hold off Shannon Rowbury, as Americans went one, two and six in the women's 1,500 meters.

Alex Mills put the Zurich meeting in perspective for us, and Jenny Simpson's amazing rise to DL stardom this year, after two good, and one fine race early in the season. 
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Wlodarczyk, 2013 Moscow World Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

In the stadium where she won the World Champs in 2009, Anita Wlodarczyk let er rip and set another WR in the hammer throw. Her series was quite impressive as well. Read more on the ISTAF Berlin, with 50,000 fans and doing quite well, thank you, outside of the Diamond League. 
Winning the USA 20-K titles on Labor Day is a tradition at the New Haven 20-K. Molly Huddle, who has recently won the USA 7 Mile title, the USATF 5,000m title and set AR at 5,000 meters in Monaco on July 19, won in New Haven. For Girma Mecheso, it was his first USA title.

This is how David Monte, RRW, saw this grand tradition in road racing: 

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 Luke Puskedra, Girma Mecheso and Christo Landry fight for the win at the 37th annual Faxon Law New Haven Road Race  (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly).

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Chirchir and Eggleston battle, RNR VA Beach, 
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Jeffrey Eggleston continues his development as one of America's top male marathoners, having recently set a new PB of 2:10.52 at the Gold Coast marathon in July. 

Now, in training once again, Jeffrey Eggleston won the RNR Va Beach Half marathon in 1:05.27. 

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Jeffrey Eggleston, RNR VA Beach, photo by PhotoRun.net

As Jeffrey Eggleston knows, who is now focused on the RNR Philly Half marathon in a few (21 September), running a 1:05 in hot and humid conditions tells him that he is recovering well, and well on the way to a fine performance at the very fast Philly Half marathon course! 

Jeffrey Eggleston was eighth in the 2014 Boston Marathon. He is on a roll. An athlete who has developed his skills over the past decade as an elite athlete, Jeffrey knows that running is a cruel mistress: performances do not evolve in a linear fashion. There is good, rough, and challenging. Today, Jeffery is enjoying the good, as he continues to develop a long term approach to the road to Rio in 2016. 

Watch that name, Jeffrey Eggleston. 

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Jeffrey Eggleston, RNR VA Beach, Photo by PhotoRun.net
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Cally Macumber is now running for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project! Cait Chock caught up with her on her new journey! 
Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Twelve, Day One, Monday, September 1, 2014: 

Monday: Warm up; 6-mile run (400 mile: 5 miles, 300 Mile: 3 miles); 8 x 150 meters, relaxed stride-pits, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down, #saucony500, #findyourstrong


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