October 2014 Archives

After his victory at the Virgin London Marathon in April 2014, at the Monday post race press conference, I asked Wilson Kipsang just when he knew in the marathon that he would defeat Mo Farah. Wilson looked me in the eye and noted, " at the race start." He smiled when he said that, as well! I asked him to elaborate, and Wilson noted, " as soon as I saw Mo Farah with his own pace maker, I knew I had the race won."

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Wilson Kipsang, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wilson Kipsang was not bragging. Wilson realized that just what helps Mo Farah dominate track races would also help him in the marathon. When he was not in contention, and could not control the actual race, Mo Farah was out of the race. 

Wilson Kipsang is ready to race, as are others, so who will win on Sunday, November 2?

I would not bet against Wilson Kipsang. He is in New York City to race. And, Wilson Kipsang races to win. 
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Des Davila, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is one of my favorite pictures of Des Davila Linden. Des is running the 10,000 meters at the US Outdoor Champs in Des Moines, Iowa in 2010. She not only set a PB in tough, humid conditions, she negative splitted. 

Des Linden can find a pace, grab hold of it and stay on that pace as it rips the field apart. Her focus, her drive and her engine are magnificent. And, it all comes in this powerful but deceptive frame. 

Cait Cook, one of our RunBlogRun team, wrote this piece at the end of September. Several gentle reminders from Cait (sorry about that, Cait) to yours truly, and I finally get it posted! 

Des Linden is one of the top marathoners in the world. Her comeback in 2014 was inspiring, and her rise to the top of the marathon pyramid could be even more exciting! 

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Nic Arciniaga, photo by PhotoRun.net

We asked Carolyn Mather, long time writer for our partner's Racing South, to cover American athletes racing in New York City this weekend. 


(Editor's note: The following piece was posted on the World Marathon Majors site this morning).


Statement By World Marathon Majors regarding Rita Jeptoo


World Marathon Majors is disappointed to learn that Rita Jeptoo has apparently had an A test that proved positive for a banned substance under IAAF rules.

World Marathon Majors has been at the forefront of the fight against doping in our sport and has a rule that no athlete can win the World Marathon Majors Series title, who has been in breach of IAAF anti-doping rules. WMM events were the first major events to confirm that all elite athletes taking part in their events would be blood tested and have consistently called for wider testing by others. Additionally, WWM has previously agreed that any athlete found guilty of a doping offence will not be invited back to its races.


As part of that fight against doping, WMM has been giving support and financial help to the IAAF anti doping drive and helped fund a wider programme of out of competition testing.   

Nick Bitel General Counsel of WMM said, "WMM has always held a stern line on drugs cheats and has been proactively supporting the sports governing bodies to ensure the integrity of the athletes competing in their races. Cheats need to understand that they are not welcome in our sport and that they will be caught."

 At present there has been no decision in this case by the IAAF, including in relation to sanctions, and as a result WMM is unable to comment further until that determination has been made although in the circumstances it has been decided to postpone the WMM Awards Ceremony that was due to take place on the 2nd November 2014.  

About World Marathon Majors
Established in 2006, World Marathon Majors (WMM) is a race series comprised of the Tokyo, Boston, Virgin London, BMW Berlin, Bank of America Chicago, and TCS New York City Marathons. In the years in which they are run, WMM also includes the IAAF World Championships and Olympic Marathons. At the conclusion of a two-year cycle, WMM offers a $1 million prize purse to be split equally between the top male and female marathoners in the world. The inaugural 2006 - 2007 series launched at the 110th Boston Marathon on April 17, 2006 and concluded at the ING New York City Marathon on November 4, 2007. The 2013 - 2014 series begins with the Tokyo Marathon on February 24, 2013 and will conclude at the TCS New York City Marathon on November 2, 2014.


(Editor's note: This story broke early in the hours of Friday, October 31, 2014. RunBlogRun will update the piece with confirmed information as news breaks. I find reporting on drug positives one of the most unfortunate parts of my profession. However, I do believe, that to clean up our sport, and to give this sport to the next generation, we must be diligent in our coverage of both the positives and negatives of our sport culture. )



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Rita Jeptoo, 2014 Boston Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

New York, New York . Friday, October 31, 2014

Updated on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. 

In an exclusive to RunBlogRun, trusted sources have confirmed that, at the end of September 2014, Rita Jeptoo tested positive in her A sample test for a banned substance in an out of competition testing. The out of competition testing procedure was done in Kenya. The testing was done by a urine sample. 

The complete story is published below. 
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Andrew & Deena Kastor a few years ago, photo by PhotoRun.net 


The Magic of Mammoth is a series, written by Cait Chock on the second era at the city of Mammoth, California and the emergence of the ASICS Mammoth Track Club. Andrew & Deena Kastor.

Deena Kastor had told me earlier this year, after a talk she gave to Fleet Feet Chicago runners, that she had to hold herself back in Philly during her half marathon triumph. 

That sense of control will be tested in NYC this coming weekend. Deena is obviously in shape to run well in the Big Apple. She wants a 2:25. And she could become the fastest women's master's runner in NY history, surpassing Priscilla Welch, who won the NYC Marathon in 1987. 
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Ekaterina Stefanidi won the silver medal in 2014 European Champs, 
photo courtesy of AZsportsimages

Ekaterina Stefanidi competed in the street pole vault at the adidas Grand Prix. It was a watershed moment, as she cleared 4.50 meters for the first time! In medical school, Ekaterina told me at that event that she would train this summer and head to the European Championships in Zurich.  

Her performance in Zurich at the European Championships showed that Ekaterina Stefanidi was Greece's premier pole vaulter as well. Her silver medal in a tough competition showed that 2014 was a superb year for the Stanford graduate, now in graduate school at Arizona State.  

At the Monaco DL, Ekaterina Stefanidi tied the Greek NR with her clearance of 4.71 meters. A month later, she was the European silver medalist! 

A busy summer of pole vaulting, and now as she looks forward to 2014, Ekaterina Stefanidi now has a contract with Nike. 



Justin Lagat wrote this piece about the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon, which happened on 26 October 2014. Here is his feature on the Nairobi Marathon. 
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Daniel Tapia, Moscow 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

In her second piece on the Mammoth TC, Cait Chock writes about new comer Daniel Tapia, who ran a 2:14.30 while in law school, working in his family business and running 140 miles a week. Now adjusting to training at 10,000 feet, Daniel is part of the new  Magic of Mammoth. 

"This is Your Day", by Pat Butcher

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Mark Kiptoo, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is Pat Butcher's piece on the BMW Frankfurt Marathon. Pat is one of my favorite writers, a journalist who loves the sport and writes with passion and accuracy. 

He is currently working on a book about the late, great Emil Zatopek. If you have not read Pat's monograph on Alain Mimoun, you are truly missing a wonderful read on the late French distance runner who chased Zatopek around the track in most of Zatopek's championships. 
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Deena Kastor, photo by PhotoRun.net

And thus, begins a series on Mammoth Track Club, written by Cait Chock. Watch for several pieces from Cait this week on the New York City Marathon! Now that yours truly is out of official jet lag! 
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Kiptoo wins 2014 BMW Frankfurt! photo PhotoRun.net

Mark Kiptoo completed a year long odyssey from second place in Frankfurt to first place in the 2014 BMW Frankfurt Marathon! 

Mark Kiptoo had lost contact with the lead pack, or so we thought, around 40 kilometers, and then, went back into lead pack, and took the lead just before 41 kilometers, with cramps and not feeling well.

But, that all changed when Mark Kiptoo won! Big smile and knowledge of a race well run, Mark was interviewed by Andy Edwards, our compatriot from Race News Service! Enjoy the interview! 


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The SKECHERS GOrun Ultra Extreme was named the Best Value Shoe in the Running Network 2014 Fall Shoe Review!The RN Fall Shoe Review insert is distributed September 1-November 1 via print, digital, and social media platforms. An archive of our reviews can be found at runningproductreviews.com

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The Nike LunarGlide 6 was named Best Motion Stabilizing Shoe in the Running Network LLC 2014 Fall Shoe Review! The RN Fall Shoe Review insert is distributed September 1-November 1 via print, digital, and social media platforms. An archive of our reviews can be found at runningproductreviews.com

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The Newton Kismet was named Best Performance Running Shoe in the Running Network LLC 2014 Fall Shoe Review!  The RN Fall Shoe Review insert is distributed September 1-November 1 via print, digital, and social media platforms. An archive of our reviews can be found at runningproductreviews.com

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The HOKA ONE ONE Huaka won the Running Network LLC 2014 Fall Shoe Review Award for the Best New Shoe! The RN Fall Shoe Review insert is distributed September 1-November 1 via print, digital, and social media platforms. An archive of our reviews can be found at runningproductreviews.com

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The Brooks Glycerin 12 has been named the Best Neutral Shoe for the Running Network LLC's 2014 Fall Shoe Review. The RN Fall Shoe Review insert is distributed September 1-November 1 via print, digital, and social media platforms. An archive of our reviews can be found at runningproductreviews.com

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Arne Gabius, 2:09.32, at BMW Frankfurt, photo by PhotoRun.net

Arne Gabius will be the talk of German sports pages today. On Sunday, October 26, 2014, Arne Gabius, in his debut marathon, made a near perfect first marathon, with his 2:09.32. In running the first half in a very conservative 1:05.08, Arne Gabius used that 5,000m speed and his training with Coach Renato Canova and ran a 1:04.24 second half.

The significance of Arne Gabius' marathon? It was the second fastest debut marathon ever for a German marathoner, only behind Jorg Peter's 2:09:04. But, most importantly, Arne Gabius is the fastest German marathoner since 1990!

In this audio interview, done by Andy Edwards of Race News Service, done just after his superb race, Arne discusses his race at the 2014 BMW Frankfurt Marathon, and what led to the performance! 


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The adidas adizero Boston Boost 5 was the recipient of the Running Network Fall 2014 Shoe Review Best Renovation award. The RN Fall Shoe Review insert is distributed September 1-November 1 via print, digital, and social media platforms. An archive of our reviews can be found at runningproductreviews.com

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There is a changing air in elite women's marathoning. 

While the World record, in this writer's mind, is not up for discussion by any current marathoners, the quality of racing and the tactics are tougher than ever before. 

Consider, for example, the battle for the streets of Frankfurt today...which was won by Aberu Kebede, who did it in grand style, and as the old US TV commercial said, " she earned it...."

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Aberu Kebede, winning 2014 BMW Frankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net
The marathon, as many have said before me, is a cruel mistress. Some of the most fit athletes can show up and have bad days, then, some of the most fit athletes can loose by a short margin, and be haunted for the next year about their performance. 

Consider, if you will, the story of Mark Kiptoo.

Updated 4 pm Sunday, October 26, with photos and more trivia. 

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Mark Kiptoo is, relentless, 2014 BMW Frankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Meselech Melkamu is one of the most talented runner in the marathon at this time. Meselech has run 29:53.80 (in 2009), the second fastest time EVER over 10,000 meters! 

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Meselech Melkamu setting Frankfurt record, 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net

For much of the past decade, track fans have watched Meslech run World Cross country, winning the juniors in 2004, taking fourth and sixth in 2005, and third in both races in 2006 at World Cross. Her medals, from World indoors to World Outdoors over 10,000m give her an amazing pedigree.

With personal best from 8:23.74 for 3,000 meters, 14:32.91 for 5,000 meters and the afore- mentioned 29:53.80 for 10,000 meters, Meslech Melkamu's debut at 2:21.01 in 2012 Frankfurt, make this return to Frankfurt, in her sixth start, momentous. 

Already, in 2014, Meselech has run 2:25.23 for second in Dubai and 2:21.28 for fifth in Boston. 

What will she run here?

Andy Edwards of Race News Service conducted the interview of Meselech Melkamu here! 

Thanks to Race News Service for their support! 




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Mark Kiptoo finished second in the BMW Frankfurt marathon last year, by a scant second! His 2:06.16 is his personal best. It was also his debut. In his second marathon, this past April, Mark ran 2:13.39 for ninth, as he learnt, the hard way, that the marathon is, as they say, a cruel mistress. 

"This year, I want to run my personal best." A man of few words, his track background, (winner African Champs, for 5,000 meters in 2012, and silver at 10,000m in same champs), and his nearly two decades in Kenyan Armed forces show a man of discipline and speed. 

Making his marathon debut at the age of 37 at last year's Frankfurt Marathon, the one year older, and wiser Kiptoo wants to improve upon last year. 

This should be an amazing race! 

Enjoy this interview by Andy Edwards of Mark Kiptoo, done prior to the Frankfurt Marathon! Special thanks to Race News Service for all of their fine interviews! 


When I first watched Sharon Cherop race, I did not expect to see her up front for long. She won 2012 Boston, and before that, Hamburg and Toronto in 2010, and in 2011, Sharon was the bronze medalist in the World Champs marathon! 

Sharon Cherop appears to be running her last decisive stride every stride of the race! It is exhausting just watching the fine athlete run! Yet, Sharon Cherop is a worthy opponent and puts all of her energy into her racing, as her results suggest. 

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Sharon Cherop is racing BMW Frankfurt this weekend with the focus of getting under 2:22. Her personal best of 2:22.38, comes from BMW Berlin in 2014. 

Sharon Cherop was interviewed by Andy Edwards of Race News Service for RunBlogRun. We thank Andy Edwards and Joerg Wenig of Race News Service for their fine coverage of marathons around the world! 


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Vincent Kipruto wins 2013 BMW Frankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Vincent Kipruto arrived in Frankfurt on Thursday afternoon. The defending champion at the BMW Frankfurt Marathon battled cold, wind and Mark Kiptoo in 2013 to take a hard won victory by one second! 

One second! 

Consider that for a moment.  One second is what separates a fast 5,000 meters, or perhaps a great 10k, or even a fast 100 meters.

But, a marathon? 

Vincent Kipruto has clear goals for the 2014 race, and they include a personal best (defending his title is also in his plan).

Oscar Pistorius banned by International Paralympic Committee after five-year jail sentence

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

By Paul Osborne

Oscar Pistorius will not be able to compete at Rio 2016 after being handed a five year sentence for shooting dead his girlfriend ©Getty ImagesOscar Pistorius will not be able to compete at any major event, including Rio 2016, for five years, even if he is released before his five year sentence is complete, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has ruled.

The six-time Paralympic champion was today sentenced to five years in jail for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The judge in his case, Thokozile Masipa, found the South African guilty of culpable homicide while he was also handed a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms offence.

Despite Pistorius' defence lawyer Barry Roux claiming that he expects the sprinter to serve a minimum of 10 months in jail before being considered for house arrest, the IPC has confirmed that he will not be able to compete in any of their sanctioned events for the full five-year sentence.

"If someone is charged by court they must serve their full sentence regardless of whether they are released early or not," Craig Spence, director of media and communications at the IPC, toldinsidethegames.




(Editor's note: We missed this piece earlier in the week, due to travel. The IPC believes, from its actions, that athletes should have repercussions for their actions. Interestingly enough, a superb story on the front page of the International New York Times on Friday, October 24, 2014.)
London Marathon continues to support every aspect of the sport of marathoning. Their support of the IPC World Marathon Championships is a case in point. 

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Tower Bridge, London Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mona Stockhecke recently won the Zurich Marathon in 2:34.04. Andy Edwards of Race News Service interviewed the promising German marathoner, before her run in the BMW Frankfurt Marathon. 

Mona has run well recently, with her 34:11 in the ASICS Big 10, where she placed seventh. On a PB series (her most recent marathon before Zurich was 2:35.44, the thirty-one year old is very positive about her racing and her plans for BMW Frankfurt. 


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Vincent Kipruto wins BMW Frankfurt 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

Vincent Kipruto is a man on a mission. The winds slowed him down last year in Frankfurt, so in 2014, Vincent wants to win and run a personal best. Vincent has run 2:05.13 and 2:05.33, so he has wheels. 

Last year, in a very exciting race, Vincent Kipruto held off Mark Kiptoo by one second! This was not a 100 meter dash, but a marathon! And an exciting one it was.

In this interview, our friend, Andy Edwards, of Race News Service, speaks with Vincent Kipruto, literally a few hours after he arrived in Frankurt from Kenya. This interview was done on Thursday, October 24, 2014 at the Movenpick Frankfurt near the Messe Frankfurt. 



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Joan Benoit Samuelson & Grete Waitz, photo by PhotoRun.net

I have a picture somewhere of Joan Benoit, as she was known then, with her Bowdoin baseball cap on backwards, running Boston Marathon. One of my training buddies ran with Joanie for much of 1979 Boston, and spoke of her, then, as now, with reverence. 

Greg Meyer, the 1983 Boston Champ (and Chicago for that matter), has told me how he could not train with her day after day, because Joan Benoit Samuelson trained so hard. The Olympic Trials marathon, for those in the know in 1984, was probably tougher for Joan than the Olympic marathon. 

But, then there was Los Angeles. When Joan Benoit Samuelson took the lead early on, against the greatest women's marathon field ever assembled, few thought she would lead the whole way, well, perhaps, besides her coach, Bob Sevene. 

The picture above is one of my most treasured. Joan and Grete, two of my heroes and the two women who have shaped our sport for decades to come. Spend some time looking at it. Both will always be regarded as marathon royalty. 

I have been fortunate to see Joan over the past four decades of running. I remember her speaking a few years ago at the Nike Half, which brought me to near tears. Her honesty, but also her love of the sport was quite clear. 

Dave Hunter is completely correct here, Joan Benoit Samuelson is the marathon's queen. 


This is my second year attending the BMW Frankfurt Marathon, and I am sitting at the airport, awaiting my flight to Frankfurt. A fine marathon, in a wonderful running city in Germany, the BMW Frankfurt marathon can be fast and furious, or if the weather is a challenge, an even more challenging 26.2 miles. 

The race director is hoping for a fast race this year, with some real battles, like 2013. Looking forward to Sunday, October 26, 2014! 

I recommend this race to American marathoners all of the time. The BMW Frankfurt Marathon finish is like finishing a race on the stage of a Pink Floyd concert (sorry, flashbacks). 

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Meselech Melkamu, BMW Frankfurt 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net
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ASBA is the organization that you need to know about if you are considering building a track or athletic facility. I have visited their convention for the past decade, and am impressed with their concern for building high quality sports facilities. 


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We asked Jeff Benjamin, a long-time contributor to American Track & Field and RunBlogRun, to review the magnum opus of our sport, Athletics-A History of Modern Track and Field Athletics by Roberto L. Quertecani.
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Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, photo by PhotoRun.net

French plans for indoor 2015

PARIS (FRA): L´Équipe informs about French top athletes and their indoor plans for 2015. On the positive side are pole vault star Renaud Lavillenie, hurdlers Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and Cindy Billaud, long jump European champion Eloyse Lesueur, all ready fight for gold in the Prague O2 Arena in March. Favorite of triple jump will be Benjamin Compaore and surprisingly also planning for Euroi ndoors is the 800m record holder Pierre-Ambroise Bosse along with decathlon European medalist Kevin Mayer. Not thinking about competing in the coming indoor season are both sprinters Jimmy Vicaut (the title defender from Goteborg) and Christophe Lemaitre. Triple jumper Teddy Tamgho will be still banned early March. Female French fastest Myriam Soumare is also not having indoor in her plans. Steeple star and European 1500 m champion Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad is thinking about some races indoors but not the championships, under questionmark is also another European medalist Yoann Kowal. 

(Editor's comment: Mais oui, I am going to watch a couple of indoor track meets in France this winter. Which ones, dear readers, should I be attending?)


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Oscar Pistorius, Daegu 2011, photo by PhotoRun.net

Pistorius sentenced
PRETORIA (RSA): South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has received a prison sentence of 5 years for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, inform AP and AFP. Judge Thokozile Masipa also sentenced Pistorius to three years in prison for unlawfully firing a gun in a restaurant. She ordered that this sentence be wholly suspended. Pistorius could be released after 10 months in jail to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest. However he will not be allowed to compete in IPC events until the 5 years are completed. National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube said that the prosecution had not yet decided whether they would appeal, saying, "We have 14 days to consider the law and we will (need to) be sure that the facts and law will allow us to appeal." Pistorius' sentence starts immediately.

(Editor's note: Everything about this drama, followed by millions around the world, is tragic. Oscar Pistorius was an amazingly touching story: a young man, without lower limbs, who could run like the wind. The celebrity pictures of Oscar and his late girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, added to the story. 

Now that Mr. Pistorius has been sentenced, the coverage will hopefully lessen and the Steenkamps can hopefully find some peace. Mr. Pistorius may be the one still alive, but his life as a world class athlete, and Olympic hero,  is over.)
 

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Crystal Palace, photo courtesy of www.pixmule.com

CSM's Response to the Status and Future of Crystal Palace Stadium
 
by Jeff Benjamin
 
In response to the questions and outcry surrounding what is happening with the Crystal Palace Stadium, A CSM Spokeswoman has issued the following statement ;
"CHIME SPORTS MARKETING Strategy were appointed by the Greater London Authority to manage the public consultation process for Crystal Palace but have been working with the GLA to ensure a number of options to retain the athletic track are on the table, and they are keen to ensure the widest and fullest consultation on the possible future of Crystal Palace is undertaken.
 The public consultation process is ongoing at the moment.
In a very disappointing development at the Virgin London Marathon, Nicola Okey, the Head of Press for the past twelve years and a key administrator at the Virgin London Marathon for a total of nineteen years has left the marathon. 

The release is not ambiguous. A new position was created and the marathon head of press position was redundant. 

Unfortunately, marathon management is no different than other corporations. A person who has built two decades of credibility with the global media, Nicola Okey has walked that line between protecting the brand of the London marathon and working with an always inquisitive media. These are not work traits or skills that come easy. It is most unfortunate that marathon management could not appreciate the talent that they had in Nicola. Because of the quality of her team and the London marathon week, the media room at London was second to none at the major marathons. Well liked, and respected by her team, Nicola Okey will be sorely missed by her team and by this member of the media. 

We wish Nicola Okey the very best. Her departure is a true loss for the Virgin London Marathon team and event. 



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Cregg Weinmann has been the shoe reviewer for the Running Network since 1998. We asked Cregg, in his chemistry lab coat, to provide us some insights into the 2014 Cross Country shoe racing options. 

We think you will enjoy it. 

To read the complete reviews of the cross country racing series: http://runningproductreviews.com/index.php/shoes/racing/2014-fall-xc
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Justin Lagat, the interviewer, with Francis Kipkoech Bowen, the interviewee



Justin Lagat wrote this piece about the amazing running of Francis Kipkoech Bowen, who will be aiming to break the World Masters record at the BMW Frankfurt Marathon on October 26. RunBlogRun will be covering the event live. 
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Amy Hastings, photo courtesy of Brooks Running 

When Amy Hastings appeared at the front of the pack of elite women at the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, many were dumbfounded. Amy Hastings was running a pace right for her, as Rita Jeptoo was managing her pain and effort, unknown to everyone else, due to painful achilles. 

Amy Hastings ran a courageous race on Sunday, October 12. While she convinced many on that day that she would be one to reckon with in Los Angeles in February 2016, most importantly, Amy convinced herself of her wonderful talents and abundant spirit. 

The following piece is by Cait Chock, who writes for RunBlogRun twice a week and also provides us with a new series of cartoons. 


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Mary Keitany, photo by Justin Lagat

Justin Lagat wrote this about the photo above: "About the Pictures, in front wearing green is Charles Koech (Keitany's husband) behind Mary Keitany is a pace maker in their management who paced Filomena Cheyech (Commonwealth champion) in Paris this year."

Justin wrote the Mary Keitany piece after meeting with her during her preparations for TCS New York City Marathon on November 2, 2014. Justin thinks she will run very fast! 
After four years in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the USATF Indoor will return to the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, MA. 

The Reggie Lewis Center is one of the pre-eminent indoor facilities in the US, with over 120 indoor track events each year. The largest and finest is the New Balance Indoor GP. 

We look forward to seeing the US Champs back on the East Coast! 


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Mary Cain, USA Indoors 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Geoffrey Mutai training group, photo by Justin Lagat
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Deena Kastor, RNR Philly Half Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Deena Kastor ran an amazing performance in the RNR Philly Half Marathon last month, pleasantly surprising many with her amazing level of fitness. 

Deena Kastor has seen the sport as a high schooler, college runner, emerging elite, Olympic medalist and as one of the most articulate spokespeople for the sport. 

David Hunter reached out to Deena Kastor as she prepares for the TCS New York City Marathon. We hope you enjoy reading this piece as much as we have. 




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Evan Jager, photo by PhotoRun.net


Evan Jager was is a natural at the steeplechase. He is fast, flexible and fearless. When Jerry Schumacher and Pascal Dobert moved Evan to the steeplechase less than three years ago, they were pleasantly surprised just how fast Jager took to the barrier race. 

Few Americans have mastered this event: Horace Ashenfelter, George Young, Henry Marsh, Brian Diemer, Mark Croghan, to name a few. 

This year, Evan Jager broke his own AR with his 8:04.71 at the Ivo Van Damme Memorial. He then, ran the best race of his career, in our humble belief, battling Jairus Barich to the final steps at the last event of the year, the Continental Cup. 

For his AR, his portfolio of races and his Continental Cup, RunBlogRun names Evan Jager as our RunBlogRun American Athlete for the month of September! 

Great season, Evan! 

Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts for producing the video for RunBlogRun. 
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Renaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Dafne Schippers, photo by PhotoRun.net

The European Athletes of the Year are given out right after the season ends. I like that. Nicely done ceremony as well, and congrats to Renaud Lavillenie and Dafne Schippers for their European Athletes of the Year awards! 

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BAKU (AZE):  French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie and sprinter Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands were named European Athletes of the Year at the Golden Tracks awards ceremony in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Saturday evening. Great Britain's 200 m European Champion Adam Gemili and Russia's high jumper Mariya Kuchina claimed the European Athletics Rising Star awards. With the Golden Tracks being shown live on television and streamed live across the world, all four athletes were present to collect their trophies in a glittering ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel in the iconic Flame Towers accompanied by the Orient Express band live music. Lavillenie, Kuchina and Schippers plan to compete indoors next year, but Gemili for the moment no. Azerbaijan public television channel iTV produced a 45-minute programme that was made available live to European Broadcasting Union members, with the programme also being broadcast on national television later that evening. In the men ranking second Bohdan Bondarenko and third Mo Farah, in women ranking second Anita Wlodarczyk and third Ruth Beitia. In the Rising Star ranking among men second Polish shot putter Konrad Bukowiecki and third French hurdler Wilhelm Belocian. In the women ranking second Swiss pole vaulter Angelica Moser and third Czech walking World junior champion Anezka Drahotova. Also presented to Briton Scott Grace the European Athletics Innovation Award (20 000 CHF) for his programme to retain and develop young athletes called "Athletics 365". In total 57 coaches are awarded representing 31 federations, among them directly in Baku from Turkey Zeynep Batar for her coaching work in junior category and Maharram Sultanadze, the head coach of Azerbaijan federation.
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Before the break: Dennis Kimetto on the way to making history, 
September 28, 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net


There come a time in all of our races, where we have to answer "the question. " If you ask nearly anyone who has run an American record, European record or World record, there comes a time in each race where one must overcome the fear, the nagging self-doubt, and go where someone else has not gone before, or perhaps, where you have not gone before. 

World records have been set before in Berlin, but this year was different. There were two men who could break, repeat, did break the WR in one race. Dennis Kimetto took twenty-six seconds off the record and Emmanuel Mutai took thirteen seconds (he took second). 

2:02.57 is an amazing time, and an amazing World record. It is the fastest time anyone has run up until that day. Celebrate that, don't start talking about two hour marathons. Dennis Kimetto himself said that he can run faster. 

But for the month of September, and for some time in the future, I believe, we will be saluting Dennis Kimetto for being the RunBlogRun Global Athlete of the Month for September 2014. 

Dennis Kimetto has broken two hours, three minutes in the marathon! What else can be said? 

Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts for producing this video for RunBlogRun. 
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The lead pack of the 2014 Tufts Health Plan 10-K for women (left to right): Risper Gesabwa, Emily Infeld, Jordan Hasay, Emily Sisson (partially obscured), Caroline Rotich and Azmera Gebru (behind Rotich).  Sara Hall is running behind the pack. Photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly.

Jordan Hasay wins a big one! Chris Lotsbom wrote this piece for RRW about Jordan Hasay's victory at the Tufts for Women 10k race. A great race and a nice victory for Jordan Hasay at the end of her first real year as a professional athlete. 


KIPCHOGE AND R. JEPTOO


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Eliud Kipchoge and Rita Jeptoo, 

photo courtesy of Bank of America Chicago Marathon


CHICAGO (USA, Oct 12): Superb edition of Chicago Marathon run in perfect weather conditions. The men's race went out fast, with a first mile of 4:34. They then settled to a 4:45 average pace, with Tariku Bekele bringing them through half way in 62:12.  Girmay Gebrselassie and Geoffrey Kirui then paced the pack to 30km in 1:28:46. The first important move of the day came shortly before 35km, with a first kick by Eliud Kipchoge, Sammy Kitwara and Dickson Chumba. At around 38-39km Kipchoge made an impressive break, moving strongly away from the field to give him a big enough margin to be able to relax and smile over the final metres. Kipchoge crossed the line in 2:04:11, just 6 seconds shy of his PB; leading home Sammy Kitwara (2:04:28 PB) and Dickson Chumba (2:04:32 big PB), the former gardener of Martin Lel; making it a Kenya 1-2-3. Ethiopian track great Kenenisa Bekele could finish 4th in 2:05:51, with jet lag and sleeping problems given as possible reasons for his inability to stick with the front group. Bernard Koech of Kenya (2:08.30) completed the top five, while Bobby Curtis (USA) ran 2:11.20 to be the first American and non-African over the line as 9th. Eritrean Ghirmay Gebrselassie deserves a special mention for pacing until 30k and still being able to finish the race in a good 2:09:08 for sixth place. Looking at the marathon splits, Kipchoge ran 35:25 for the last 12 195 m, which is only 4 seconds slower than Kimetto did during his world record; and 2 seconds slower than Kipsang did during his. Kipchoge's last 2195m was run in 6:18, which is 10 seconds faster than Kimetto ran in Berlin. In the women's race, they ran a slower-than-predicted 1:12:35. The leading group stayed together until 35k. Over the next 5km, Rita Jeptoo made her big move for the gold and nobody was able to answer her; she had a 34 second gap when she reached 40 km. She won in 2:24:35 and became the first woman to win 4 majors consecutively. Ethiopia's Mare Dibaba clocked 2:25:37 for second, while third went to Kenya's Florence Kiplagat (2:25:57), who appeared very tired during the last part of the race. In 5th position, was the the first American and first non-African; Amy Hastings (2:27:03). With the help from Alberto Stretti.

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Bobby Curtis, photo by PhotoRun.net



As we were just noting that Bobby Curtis had run a two plus minute PB in Chicago, I had walked to the back of the Media Room to grab a coffee. I noted that Jim and Camilla Estes, two huge Bobby Curtis supporters, beaming. Their ebullience was due to the many times that Bobby had spent time with them during his growth as a distance runner and their genuine fondness for the American runner. 

The following interview was done with Mr. Curtis by Cait Chock, who found Bobby right after his 2:11.20 PB and ninth place run in Chicago. We thank Cait for her writing and Bobby for his time. 
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Eliud Kipchoge, Rita Jeptoo, 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon winners, photo courtesy of The Bank of America Chicago Marathon

We asked Justin Lagat, our columnist from Kenya, to write his view of the two amazing victories in the Windy city yesterday. As Justin had interviewed both for us, he was both journalist, and he first experienced, fan. We hope you enjoy his column! 
Carey Pinkowski said it best, " it was perfect out there today." And that it was. It also was two of the finest examples of racing on record. In the men's race, Eliud Kipchoge, on his fourth marathon, battled Kenenisa Bekele, in his second. Kipchoge won, with his experience winning out. In the women's race, Rita Jeptoo, who we found out after the race, was suffering from achilles pain for some time before the race, had several hours of therapy on Saturday and a session again on Sunday, before she went to the line. Her 2:24:35 was not only challenging in light of her pain, but heroic. 

Amy Hastings lead the American women today with her most mature race, on the road or track of her career, finishing fifth, and tying her PB. Bobby Curtis used his smarts and patience to run pretty even splits, finishing ninth overall, and running a PB of two minutes and four seconds for a 2:11:20. 

All in all, an amazing day of racing in the Windy City! 

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October 12, 2014, Bank of America Chicago Marathon start, photo by Bank of America Chicago Marathon 

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Paul Magill, CMO, Abbot, photo courtesy of LinkedIn

As the CMO of Abbott, Paul Magill began his adventure into the world of the Marathon Majors with style. On Friday, October 10, 2014, Mr. Magill announced that his company, Abbott, a $60 billion company operating in 150 countries, and focused on health diagnostics, generic branded pharmaceuticals, and sports nutrition , will become the first title sponsor of the World Marathon Majors. 

In our conversation, held immediately after the Press conference, Paul Magill was joined by Mary Wittenberg, CEO of the New York Road Runners, and Tom Grilk, Executive Director of the BAA, also joined Mr. Magill. 

The interview was conducted with Mr. Magill, in the presence of a writer from Crain's, John Elliott of MarathonGuide.com, and communications team from Abbott. 

Paul Magill is very relaxed and thoughtful. He answered the questions with the wit and experience of a CMO of a publicly traded company. The import of Abbott coming into our sport was not lost on this writer. For our sport to grow and prosper we need global companies who see the value of a global sport that promotes wellness 24/7. 

Abbott will become title sponsor in 2015, and their first event will be the Tokyo Marathon. The Abbott World Marathon Majors will offer, reportedly, some changes to the current structure, and obviously, those are too early to discuss. 

We salute World Marathon Majors in holding out for the right fit. We salute Abbott for seeing the perfect fit that marathon running is for their brand vision. And we thank Paul Magill for his time and enthusiasm in this interview. 




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Steve Jones was the first marathoner to set a World Record at the Chicago Marathon. In October 1984, in his second marathon attempt, Steve Jones, an RAF jet technician, broke the world record of Rob De Castella by thirteen seconds. In 1983, Steve Jones hurt his leg the night before the race, and at sixteen miles, had to stop when he hit a pothole. He offered to give Bob Bright, who was incredulous at the action, his per diem back as he had not performed. In Steve Jones' world, one was paid only when one worked or completed a task. As a marathon was 26.2 miles, and he had completed only sixteen, it did not still well with Mr. Jones to keep the modest money. Bright refused to accept the return of the per diem, instead, inviting Steve Jones back in 1984. In 1984, Steve Jones ran 2:08:05, a WR. 

In 1985, he ran 2:07:13, missing Carlos Lopes WR by one second. Of that race, Steve Jones noted, " I could not run any faster." Enough said. 

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His most under-rated run, in my opinion was his 1988 victory in New York in 2:08:00. 

Jones had begun running in 1970, and when he entered the RAF in 1974, he could not make the RAF cross country team. But, with hard work, drive and consistency, Steve Jones developed into a cross country runner, then a fine track athlete, finishing eighth in the 1984 Olympic 10,000 meters, and then, the best marathoner of his era.

Steve Jones is also a record setter in another arena. For thirty plus years, Steve has been sponsored by Reebok. As he admits, that is coming to an end, it has been a three decade ride as a sponsored athlete, a unique relationship in this age. 

Most importantly, Steve Jones reminds us of an age where marathoners put on their shoes, one at a time, went to the line, ran each other into the ground, with no pace setters, and had a few beers afterwards, as they considered how they would change their racing tactics the next time. Steve Jones, Rob De Castella, Carlos Lopes, Bill Rodgers, Greg Meyer, Martin Pitayo were some of the players in that time and space. 

For me personally, I have had a respect for Steve Jones for many years. Always honest, brutally so, about not only himself but his world, Steve Jones loves the sport, continues to contribute as a coach, and lives a working class, guy who works with his hands ethic. Perhaps one of the reasons I always found David Bedford and Ian Stewart role models as well. 

This is a series of interviews from eight to fifteen minutes, done on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Special thanks to Steve Jones for taking the time to listen to my questions, but most importantly for being the role model for me he has been for three decades and still is. It is hard being both journalist and at times fan. With guys like Jones, Bedford and Stewart, I am fortunate to call them friends as well. 

Consider this; in 1985, at 19 miles, without a pace setter, Steve Jones was on 2:03 pace, all by his lonesome, as he battled the best of his era. His WR in 1984 was the last world record set without a pace setter. 

One other point. While Bob Bright got Chicago some street cred, Carey Pinkowski made the Bank of America Chicago Marathon into an actual race, where elite and citizen runners feel well treated. Bright was Barnum and Bailey side show and used car salesman, all rolled into one. The race needed Bright at the time. When Carey Pinkowski came in, his sensibilities, much different than Bright, elevated the race to a place where La Salle Bank took over title, then, Bank of America, upon their purchase of LSB. The level of complexity in the sponsorship relationships alone would strike fear in the heart of mere mortals. Pinkowski's skill set, like those of a world class marathoner, have evolved, and continue so. 

A final thanks to Carey Pinkowski, for respecting the sport enough to bring athletes like Steve Jones  back to the event. At the end of the day, Carey Pinkowski is a track geek, the highest accolade I can give someone who respects our sport of athletics. 


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Eliud Kipchoge, photo by PhotoRun.net


In his fourth marathon, 2003 World Champion at 5,000 meters Eliud Kipchoge proved to the world, and himself, that his evolution from the World Champion at 5,000 meters to the Chicago marathon champion was complete. Staying with the lead pack, Eliud Kipchoge made moves at 36k and 40k, the 40k move being decisive as he beat, among others, Kenenisa Bekele, who was racing his second marathon, Sammy Kitwara, who finished second and Dickson Chumba, who finished third.

Eliud Kipchoge ran 2:04:11, having hit the halfway point in 62:09. Here is his story of victory in the Windy City today! 



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Eliud Kipchoge speaking to reporters in advance of the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon (Photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly)

Eliud Kipchoge is one of the nicest athletes in the world. But do not let that fool you. Get Eliud on the track, or now, the roads, and he is a demon in track spikes. In 2003, his battle for the gold medal in Paris over 5,000 meters introduced the world to the then 18 year old Kipchoge. Now, at the ripe old age of 29, Eliud Kipchoge is ready to roll through the streets of Chicago. 

Here is David Monte's story on Eliud Kipchoge! 
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Mary Wittenberg, Carey Pinkowski, photo by PhotoRun.net

This weekend, Carey Pinkowski celebrates his twenty-fifth year as the race director of the marathon that celebrates all things MidWest: The Bank of America Chicago Marathon. I took some time to recollect on what makes  Carey Pinkowski so good at what he does....
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Executive race director Carey Pinkowski (l) and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pose with a photo montage commemorating Pinkowski's 25 years at the helm of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon (photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly)

Carey Pinkowski was honored on Thursday in the first press conference of the by Tim Maloney, Bank of America President for Illinois and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. 

This piece was written by David Monti at RRW about the honors bestowed, after twenty-five years at the helm of the Chicago Marathon. 

Somewhere, on the marathon course, early on Sunday morning, Carey Pinkowski will be found, making sure all is ready for the 26.2 mile celebration of all things, Chicago, that we call the Bank of America Chicago marathon. 
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Robert Harting, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Justin Gatlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

The IAAF Athlete of the Year list is a time to celebrate the great performances of athletes in the past year. This year has stirred great controversy as Justin Gatlin and LaShawn Merritt, who served a four year ban and twenty-one month bans respectively, were on the list. 

Again, not sure what the IAAF was supposed to do here, as their rules curiously do not mention not including athletes with previous drug positives. The European Athletics Association took the step and have noted that they will NOT include any athlete with a two year drug positive on their cv. 

Robert Harting, the German discus star, has requested that his name be removed from the list, citing that Mr. Gatlin and Mr. Merritt should, in his opinion, not be included on the list, due to their pasts. 

Cathal Dennehy, one of our frequent contributors, wrote this piece on his concerns about how doping continues to hinder our sport. Cathal salutes Robert Harting's stance and does not believe that we should forget or forgive athletes with drug positives. 

What do you think? 

Send us your comments to runblogrun@gmail.com. 
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Jenny Simpson, Stockholm 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jenny Simpson ran 3:57.22 in Paris on July 5, 2014, then, returned to the US and trained for one month. Upon her return to Europe in August, she won a cold and tough 1,500 meters in Stockholm, then, won in Zurich, with a last step hold off of a hard charging Shannon Rowbury. 

For her amazing running this summer, especially her racing to the front of the 1,500m fields in August, RunBlogRun names Jenny Simpson our August RBR American Athlete of the Month.

Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts for developing the video of Jenny Simpson. 

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Cait Chock is one of our most prolific and exciting writers at RunBlogRun. She suggested a series on Magic of Mammoth, and we concurred. What has happened in Mammoth is magical, from the careers of Deena Kastor and Meb Keflezighi, to this second generation of athletes that is now emerging. 

Andrew Kastor and Deena Kastor are a very special couple. I see Andrew mostly before events and we catch up. He is a coaches' coach. His concern and attention to detail is what helps make him and his athletes so special. 

This piece is on Lauren Jimison, who is racing Bank of America Chicago this weekend! We wish her luck with her 45,000 friends in the Windy City! 

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Lauren Jimison, from LaurenLoveRun
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Rita Jeptoo won Chicago in blazing glory last year! Boston 2014, 
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Originally Published october 6, 2014. 

Rita Jeptoo is prepared to defend her Chicago Marathon title. Can she win, and win the WMM with one hundred points? Justin Lagat interviewed Rita here just before she left Eldoret to visit the Windy City. Stay tuned for race next weekend, October 12! 

(Editor's note: Updated October 10. Rita Jeptoo is in a class by herself in Chicago. Unfortunately, her feet will do the talking here, as Rita, while she speaks English, is not comfortable speaking in front of groups. I wanted several reporters, however, get some thoughtful comments from Rita. Her running on Sunday, October 12 should be amazing. I would not be surprised if she runs 2:17! )
This is a fantastic idea! Kudos to Bank of America, (RED), and Nike for getting together on this! I will participate, I hope you will as well!

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Abbott has announced today, that it will be the first title sponsor of the World Marathon Majors, starting in 2015. This is a major boost for the World Marathon Majors team, and a great sports marketing story for the sport of marathoning. 

Abbott,  is a $60 billion company, based in Chicago, and is found in 150 countries, with health diagnostics products, nutrition products, and branded generic pharmacueticals in emerging markets, has signed on as the first title sponsor of the World Marathon Majors. 

You know the WMM, the group of the six largest marathons on the globe, who anointed a male and female champion every two years, giving them $500,000 each, the largest prize purse in the sport. Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York, the six largest marathons in the world, banned together to promote the sport several years ago.

Abbott CMO Paul Magill, told RBR in an interview today, that he saw the World Marathon Majors as a wonderful fit as Abbott develops a global campaign to salute wellness, the pursuit of wellness and what can be achieved by such devotion to a program, such as training for a road race or marathon. 

The new mantra at Abbott: "Life.To the Fullest." That will be seen around the globe as Abbott promotes their support of healthy activities in general and the World Marathon Majors in particular. 

What does this mean to WMM? Their patience on finding the right fit as a title sponsor is vindicated. Abbott does not conflict with other key sponsor categories, near and dear to each marathons' heart and pocket book. 

The sponsorship is four years, and begins in 2015. The first marathon in the WMM to see the sponsorship will be Tokyo Marathon, to be held on February 15, 2015. 


On October 12, 2014, Carey Pinkowski will celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of his first Chicago Marathon as Race Director. At Tim Maloney, Bank of America president for Illinois noted, without Carey Pinkowski, the race would have taken a much different course. 

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has part of Carey Pinkowski in it, each and every step of the 26.2 miles.  

Carey Pinkowski was a fine runner in both high school and college. In high school, from Gary, Indiana, Carey joined Rudy Chapa and Tim Keogh are three high school runners, from the same school, to break nine minutes for two miles in the same season, and same race. Carey Pinkowski then ran for Villanova and the rest, they say in history.

About 1997, I believe, I was coming back from a late event with Jeremy Solomon, the associate publisher at the Chicago Athlete. We saw this guy on the course, checking out the marathon signage, and we were surprised to see that it was Carey Pinkowski. To this day, Carey still does those types of things, as all great race directors do. 

This interview was done on Thursday, October 9, at the morning press conference. Special thanks to Carey, who was funny, and thoughtful, all at the same time. 






Tim Maloney is the President of the Bank of America in Illinois. He is also a runner. In fact, I might call him a runner's banker. Without the belief of Tim and his team, the Bank of America would never have become a sponsor of the Chicago Marathon. 

Tim Maloney has that "vision thing". He gets it. For Bank of America to be a good corporate citizen in the Windy City, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is a highly visible and successful way to contribute to the city of Chicago. 

I asked Tim Maloney three questions: Why should runners come and race Chicago?, What is the economic impact of the marathon to the Windy City, and What is the meeting of the art world and the marathon world with free entries into the Magritte exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago? 

Thanks to Tim Maloney for his time and enthusiasm. This interview was done at the Press Conference for the Chicago marathon on Thursday, October 10, 2014. 


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BERLIN (GER): The IAAF has asked World and Olympic discus champion Robert Harting to reconsider his withdrawal from the IAAF Athlete of the Year shortlist, report dpa. IAAF spokesman Nick Davies stated, "The IAAF has been in touch with Robert Harting's manager and asked her (Vera Michallek) to inform Robert that we want him to remain on the list because he is a worthy champion." Harting told dpa that he is ready to stand for election again, but only if "athletes who have misbehaved are scrapped from this year's list and are subject of a general nomination ban in the future." The IAAF are said to be considering such a ban, following a recommendation from the athletes commission.  

(Editor's note: RunBlogRun believes, that if the sport of athletics is to be taken seriously, a well-thought out approach to anti-doping in our sport  has to be reconsidered. If it is a fact that past drug use continues to add to the fitness of an athlete, then, two to four year bans make little sense. At the same time, groups used to monitor doping have to be able to have their results reviewed so that they can stand up to legal challenges. 

There are no easy answers. 

In the end, the sport is belittled and besmirched by accusations, many of them unfounded, because the fog of cynicism surrounds every performance. Potential sponsors, seeing how much our sport eats its young, and how much social media time is spent on suggesting this or that athlete is a druggie, should run, not walk, away from the sport. 

Until the sport unites around one method of globally fighting doping, it will not be successful. 

How is this accomplished? By educating young athletes about sports ethics, and how athletics fits into a well rounded life and society. With a drug testing program and protocols that are both peer reviewed and can stand up to rigorous legal testing. And finally, to bans that are so draconian and spiteful that the price paid for cheating just does not make sense, to anyone involved. 

Managers, athletes, coaches, fans, officials and federations have much to lose if the sport continues to be critiqued as it is today. Much of it is unfair, but that does not matter in a media world that is on twenty four hours a day. 

I dream of a day when ESPN actually has one story a day on a track athlete or road racer. I do believe that I will live to see such a day. 

RunBlogRun encourages the IAAF to consider banning athletes who have had drug positives to be ruled ineligible from post season awards, and nominations. 
Sebastian Coe, is heading up the Evaluation committee that will visit Doha, Barcelona and Eugene in October and November 2014. 

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Seb Coe, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lord Coe was on the other side of the Evaluation for the London 2017. The following piece, written by Inside the Games' Duncan Mackay, gives a very complete view of process:

http://www.insidethegames.biz/sports/summer/athletics/1023088-exclusive-sebastian-coe-to-head-iaaf-evaluation-commission-for-2019-world-championships

What should be said is that this is a significant role for Lord Coe, as the tenure of Lamine Diack winds down as IAAF President. Sebastian Coe and Sergey Bubka seem to be the two most prominent candidates for the next IAAF President.

The next IAAF President will find a sport in need of strong and dynamic leadership, and at a crossroads. How does the leader of the world's most popular Olympic sport lead the sport into the next few decades? How does he or she control the damage that continues to be done by the odor of drugs in our sport? How does a new President help the IAAF find new sponsors and new strategies to reach the next generation of fans and athletes?

The challenges facing the next leadership are exciting and history-making. To run a global sport, a global federation needs great communication, social media that reaches out to a younger audience, fine athletes and story-telling and sponsors, athletes, managers and events willing to invest in building a new legacy for the world's oldest sport! 


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Justin Gatlin, September 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Seb Coe, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Dai Greene, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Renaldo Nehemiah, Kirani James, Harvey Glance, photo by PhotoRun.net

There has been a huge controversy surrounding Justin Gatlin being named as a candidate for the IAAF Athlete of the Year. His performances show that he is undefeated at 100m and 200m in 2014. Justin Gatlin was the best sprinter of 2014, not much argument there. 

The issue is this: Justin Gatlin served four years for a positive drug test in 2006, which he still denies. In American culture, when one serves time, they are supposed to get a second chance. Gatlin obviously has been tested not only while he served the ban, but also since he began training. In British sports culture, a drug positive is a drug cheat and many believe that they should not be allowed to compete, period. 

Doping in athletics is the chancre just below the surface of our sport. How can one call athletes "convicted dopers"  when they have never been tried in a court of law? How can USADA and WADA develop a program that get the support of all of the federations? Do we give athletes who dope second chances or not?  Does the IAAF allow athletes to compete, but no dopers get to be Athletes of Year? 

These questions and others must be answered for us to put a strong and useful program for reversing the damage that doping has has done to athletes. I have added just a few comments, from Sebastian Coe, Dai Greene and Renaldo Nehemiah. 

Your comments? Send to runblogrun@gmail.com. 
Cait Chock wrote this piece on Lisa Uhl as Lisa prepares for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. RunBlogRun arrives on Wednesday night to cover the venerable marathon in the Windy City. 

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Lisa Uhl, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Finish Line shot of European 1,500 meters, from OMEGA Timing

Watch for us to catch up on Carles Baronet's European Results for the 2013-2014 season! Just search our RunBlogRun search function and you can find all thirty we have published so far in 2013-2014. 

Please click here on the European Results number 30, from Carles Baronet: EUROPEAN ATHLETICS RESULTS (2013-2014) number 30.pdf

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Wesley Korir, the 2012 Boston Champion, is one of my favorite runners on the circuit. Genuine, thoughtful, with a keen sense of humor, I met Wesley early in his road racing career as he was managed by Karen Locke after her introduction.

Recently, Karen Locke reached out to me about the new movie on Wesley, that goes on sale October 10, 2014. The story is about Wesley Korir's rise from abject poverty in Kenya, to Boston marathon victory, to his return to his homeland to give something back, and perhaps find something missing in him. 

The trailer should capture you, which is just below! I heartily recommend the movie, which I will purchase this week and review! 
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Paula Radcliffe, photo by PhotoRun.net

Alex Mills caught up with Paula Radcliffe on the Monday after Berlin Marathon. Paula Radcliffe, from her experiences with her World Record and her career, had much to say about where the World Record will go! 
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Lelisa Desisa, 2013 BAA Boston Half marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

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

The B.A.A. Boston Half Marathon announced their fields for the October 12 event on Friday, October 3. Here is the piece from RRW's Chris Lotsbom. RunBlogRun uses this piece with permission of the editor. 

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Annie Bersagel wins 2014 MetroGroup Dusseldorf Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net


Cait Chock wrote this piece on Annie Bersagel, her training and living in Oslo, Norway and training under the watchful eyes of Knut Kvalheim (former Duck and classmate of late Steve Prefontaine). 

We look forward to seeing Annie racing in the TCS NYC Marathon on November 2. 
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Wilson Kipsang Training Group, from PhotoRun.net

ELDORET (KEN): Wilson Kipsang may have had the mantle of world record holder taken from him by Dennis Kimetto, but he was still full of praise for the 2014 Berlin marathon winner. "It was an impressive run," admitted Kipsang, who set his world record one year ago in Berlin. "I am humbled and happy for him. I watched the entire race from start to the end on television and am happy that he broke the record. It helps build the sport. "How Kimetto raced, his split times and pacing was superb and world-class. I knew the record was going by the 30th mark, because as the last pace-setter dropped off, he increased the pace again."

(Editor's note: With Wilson Kipsang healthy, and Dennis Kimetto healthy, we could be seeing some fascinating marathons next spring.)
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Start of 2013 RNR San Jose Half Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net


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Medals of the 2013 RNR San Jose Half Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net


The RNR San Jose Half Marathon will be held in San Jose, CA on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Running through some of the most beautiful neighborhoods of San Jose, the course is also the fastest in half marathon in the state. 

Here is the list of elite men and women who will be competing on Sunday! RunBlogRun will be there to cover the event live. 
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Wilson Kiprop wins 2013 RNR Lisbon, photo by PhotoRun.net


The EDP RNR Lisbon Half Marathon is to be held October 5, 2013. Here is the release for the elite field for this weekend's event! 
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The Letzigrund during the European Champs, photo by Larry Eder

Cathal Dennehy wrote this piece about how the European Championships were presented and how they rated, when compared to 2012 and 2010 versions. 

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2009 NCAA Cross Country Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net


This is part of our series, WANT TO RUN IN COLLEGE?, written by Cait Chock. This piece is an interview with Cal Berkeley coach Shayla Houlihan.
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Vincent Kipruto wins BMW Frankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

The BMW Frankfurt Marathon was an exciting race in 2013. I enjoyed the close battle and the finish of the race, when i covered it last October. Now that Vincent Kipruto is back to defend his title, we are looking forward to seeing how fast Frankfurt will be in 2014! 
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Nick Symmonds, photo courtesy of Brooks Running


Nick Symmonds has published his new book, Life Outside the Oval Office: The Track Road Less Travelled. Here is a quick interview that Chris Lotsbom did for Race Results Weekly. It is used here, with permission. 

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