January 2015 Archives

Renaud Lavillenie cleared 5.86 in France this weekend. Christophe Lemaitre ran sub 6.60 twice on Saturday in France. And the indoor global season gets into full swing....

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Christophe Lemaitre, Rome Golden Gala 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net
Here are the full results of the Karlsruhe Indoor Meet, courtesy of the IAAF results. 

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Ilham Ozbilen, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Alana Hadley, RNR VA Beach, 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cait Chock did this story on Alana Hadley, one of the few high school women athletes who can run with the elite. Her win in the Indianapolis Marathon set a marathon record and gave her the second best time EVER by a high school girl. 

Cait Chock did this interview in December, right after Alana's race. Sorry for the delay on publishing this piece, as I placed it in the wrong folder. 

In any case, look to see Alana Hadley running some big races in 2015. Her lessons of self discovery are great lessons to learn for all runners. For Alana Hadley, she learnt them in the eyes of the running community. And, like all runners, Alana is a better runner for learning those lessons. 
On Cloud, a new shoe from On running, won the ISPO Gold Award for 2015 best performance running shoe. Many saw On running grow over the past couple of years at the Running Event in Austin, Texas, the past couple of years. 

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On Cloud running shoe (Marina Jade), photo courtesy of On Running 
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Asafa Powell, photo by PhotoRun.net

Asafa Powell, former WR holder at the 100 meters, and one of world's most prolific sprinters, is going to be competing in Boston next weekend at the 2015 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. 
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Arne Gabius, Stockholm 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net


Arne Gabius, the recent German debut star at the Frankfurt Marathon, ran 13:27.54 for the 5,000 meters, an NR, and World Leader. PSD Meeting was a SRO and an exciting meet! Here is what EME News wrote about the meeting! 
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Mary Cain, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mary Cain is running the 800 meters on Saturday, 31 January at the Armory Track Invitational. Here is a piece on Mary Cain from Race Results Weekly's David Monti. 
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Dejan, with his shoe, photo by PhotoRun.net


Last Friday night, January 23, I sat down with Mark Wetmore, Meet director at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. Watch for our feature on Mark and the great moments of the NB Indoor GP on Sunday, February 1. 

But for now, let us talk about the amazing 3000 meters in February 2011 when unknown Dejan Gebremeskel dueled Mo Farah for most of the 15 laps of 200 meters each. Gebremeskel and Farah dueled over 3000 meters with Dejan taking the win and the meet record. " The crowd went crazy." remembered Mark Wetmore. " But, I was worried about Dejan's foot. As the laps went on, he continued to stay in the game, and I began to think that Dejan could win. After the race I looked at his foot and it was beat up a bit, but not as bad as I thought it could be. It was, an amazing race!" 


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Sergey Bubka, photo by www.Sergeybubka.com 

On January 28, Sergey Bubka announced that he was making a bid for the IAAF Presidency which will be vacant in August 2015 with the departure of Lamine Diack. Sergey Bubka joins Sebastian Coe as candidates for what looks to be a very hotly contested position. Here is what Mr. Bubka sent us on why he should be considered for the IAAF Presidency. 
The pole vault is one of the truly hot events of 2015. Renaud Lavillenie, the new WR holder, cleared 5.92m in Reno, Nevada. In the number two positions are number three positions in the pole vault world so far in 2015 are Shawn Barber and Sam Kendricks.

Dave Hunter wrote this piece on these two new emerging vault stars. Hunter has been able to see them up close as he pursues his second career as a track meet announcer. Dave provides the reader a birds' eye view two of the hottest vaulters in the world, and we are fortunate for those observations. 



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Photo of Shawn Barber (left) and Sam Kendricks (right)





The boy's high school mile has had some tremendous fields at the New Balance Boston Indoor Grand Prix. Nick Carleo has run a 4:14.12 this season, and he is one of the featured middle distance runners in the Indoor High School mile. 
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Leading pack senior men: Including Asbel Kiprop (1012), Peter Emase (1147) Conseslus Kipruto (1179) -notice the missing shoe on his left foot, photo by Justin Lagat/Kenyan Athlete
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Haile in Tokyo, photo by PhotoRun.net

Haile Gebrselassie is an amazing athlete. He is charismatic and a truly global personality. At the 2015 Dubai Marathon, Haile joined Andy Edwards in the announcing booth during the marathon, which happened last Friday, 23 January 2015. 

Enjoy the video. Haile may have found his next profession! 






This video was posted on SergeyBubka.com on 21 January 2015. On 28 January 2015, about 1 am in California, I received the announcement in Russian and English that Sergey Bubka was offiicially putting his name into the ring for IAAF president. 
The High School Mile at the 2015 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix is one of the most popular events in the history of the Boston Indoor GP. Reggie Lewis goes crazy over middle distance races, and the best high school milers in New England have raced in Boston since 1996. The 2015 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix will happen February 7, 2015. 
SPIKES, powered by IAAF, is publishing stories that help us learn more about our sports stores and our sport's history. This piece, on the first indoor track meet, is a great example of their unique approach to covering our sport. 


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Casimir Loxsom, photo by PhotoRun.net

Casimir Loxsom was a fine collegiate 800 meter runner. The challenge, however, in going from a fine collegiate runner to an elite 800 meter is a never ending journey. Casimir is training with the Brooks Beasts TC, and the group training and focus is beginning to show. Brooks sponsors Casimir, allowing him to focus on seeing how great of an 800 meter runner he can become. 

Last weekend, on Saturday, January 24, Casimir Loxsom broke the AR for 600 meters with his fine run of 1:15.58. This was a first for a member of the Brooks Beasts TC. 

RunBlogRun sent Cas these questions and here are his responses. Thanks to Derek Lactaoen, Brooks Communicaitions Coordinator, who reached Casimir for us after his splendid run.


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Arne Gabius, photo by PhotoRun.net

PSD BANK MEETING IS SOLD OUT

DUSSELDORF (GER): The jubilee 10th PSD Bank Meeting Düsseldorf (EA Indoor Permit) is sold out for this Thursday. The sprint highlights Dayron Robles with Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and Omo Osaghae in 60 m hurdles, Kim Collins runs the 60 m against James Dasaolu and Mike Rodgers, in men pole vault Raphael Holzdeppe competes against Konstadionos Filippidis and US duel in men shot put Christian Cantwell against Ryan Whiting. In the races Adam Kszczot (800 m), Silas Kiplagat (1500 m), Nixon Chepseba (3000 m) and Arne Gabius (5000 m) are the main names. In women 60 m local star Verena Sailer runs against in shape Swiss record holder Mujinga Kambundji. Poland´s Joanna Jozwik is the 800 m favorite, in the hurdles Alina Talay against Eline Berings and in the triple jump Olha Saladuha.


Editor's note: Nice to see the PSD Meeting doing so well! What a fine hurdle field, sprint field and some fine distance races: Adam Kszczot for 800 meters, Silas Kiplagat for 1,500 meters, Nixon Chepseba for 3000m and Arnie Gabius for the 5000m!


Galen Rupp has a three week indoor season, with January 31 (Armory Track Invitational), NYRR Millrose Games (February 14) and Birmingham (February 21). Here is a fine piece by Doug Binder on the 2012 Olympic silver medalist and six time US 10,000m champion, Galen Rupp and his two upcoming appearances in the Armory Track Center. 

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Galen Rupp's 5000m AR, design from the Shoe Addicts


Updated January 27, correcting months to February 14 and 21 for Rupp's competitions. 
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Diego Estrada, photo by PhotoRun.net

Diego eyes longer distances, but not, the marathon in 2015, by Chris Chavez for ESPNGo.com

Chris Chavez wrote to us: " We all got excited when we saw the 60:51 and then the marathon talk started. Well after a day to process things, Estrada was open a little bit more about putting plans on hold for a while. Sees himself doing the 10K. 

Interview here with Diego Estrada on his marathon thoughts AFTER talking to coach Vigil. He tops out at about 70 miles per week  and gives a little insight into his training. " 

http://espn.go.com/blog/endurance/post/_/id/2537/track-standout-diego-estrada-eyeing-longer-distances-u-s-team-berth

Editor's note: Diego Estrada is one of our most talented runners in North America. His 60:51 half marathon at the US Half Marathon Champs in Houston is just another example of his talent. RunBlogRun is quite happy to see Diego focus on the 5,000m and 10,000m for some more time. Diego can run under 27 minutes, he is that talented. Give him a few more years of development and watch Diego develop into a very fast marathoner.

Make sure that you follow the writing of Chris Chavez. He is doing some fantastic writing.

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Diego Estrada, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Mike Popejoy, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Janet Bawcom, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mike Popejoy and Janet Bawcom won the RNR New Orleans Half marathons on Sunday, January 25, 2015. Here is the release sent to us by our friends at the Competitor Group. 
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Sarah Hall, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ryan Hall and Sara Hall will run the full marathon distance together for the first time: http://espn.go.com/blog/endurance/post/_/id/2539/ryan-hall-leads-best-ever-elite-field-at-l-a-marathon, by Chris Chavez, ESPN.com

(Editor's note: Sara Hall has run several half marathons, and is known for her racing from the steeplechase distance to a fine ten miler. In March, Sara will be debuting over the marathon distance. She and her husband will both be racing the ASICS LA Marathon. 

Sara Hall is probably the women athlete who has been on more of my magazine covers than anyone else (California Track & Running News, ATF, Athletes Only). Her versatility and her success so far over the road distances suggests that she could be a fine marathoner.)

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Casimir Loxom, photo by PhotoRun.net

Casimir Loxom set a new AR for the 600 meters this weekend, running 1:15:58. Casimir's AR the best of many fine performances this weekend. Here is are some of the other highlights. 
Here is the video supplied by Race News Service on the exciting 2015 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, which was held on Friday, January 23, 2015. For those of us who can not stay up all night, here is a highlight tape of the Dubai Marathon. An amazingly exciting women's race, and a surprise ending in the men's marathon are to be enjoyed! 


Dear RunBlogRun supporters, 

The Sixth Annual HOKA ONE ONE Super Clinic will be held on Saturday, January 31at Sacramento Community College. If you want to see how much you can learn in one day, how to better your coaching, and to meet and exchange ideas with some of the finest human beings, besides coaches in our sport, then be
there.

RunBlogRun will be there. Adam Johnson-Eder and myself will be doing a seminar on how coaches can use social media (and this digital age) for more effectivecoaching. We will also bring some issues of Cal Track, Athletes Only, and Coaching Athletics. 

So, please join us. Our friend, and my spiritual advisor, Peanut Harms, and Dave Shrock, PA USATF President, have worked very hard to make this event a reality!

See you there! 


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6th Annual HOKA OneOne SuperClinic
Saturday, 31 January - Sacramento CC
Sponsored by CoachesChoice Books and DVD's
pre-registration  closes Wednesday 28 January
Spend the day investing in your season's success featuring many of America's top coaches:
Sprints & Hurdles: Rick Sloan (Washington State), Mike Reid (American River College), Joy
Upshaw (National Teams Coach), Roosevelt Kent (accomplished Youth-HS coach).
Endurance:  Jay Johnson (HS coach and author), Peter Thompson (IAAF Master Coach),  Diljeet Taylor (CSU Stanislaus) and Tena Harms (El Dorado HS).
Jumps: Ed Miller (Cal), Rick Sloan (Washington State), Leo Sacramento (Davis HS).
Throws: Olympians Suzy Powell and Mike Buncic, Mike Curry (Golden State Throwers) Brian Masterson (former nationally ranked discus thrower).
Special Topics: Increase your team's cyber and social presence: Larry & Adam Eder (CalTrack & Running News), Dr. Adam Telforde (Stanford Sports Sciences) on Prevention of Stress Fractures in Young Runners

Clinic Cost:
$65.00 - pre-registered by Wednesday, 28 January;  School or club staffs or 3 or more: $50.00 byWednesday, 28 January   
$85.00 - registration at the door for individuals.  
 
Contact Peanut Harms at nutboy51@yahoo.com  for coaching staff discounts of 3 or more coaches prior to 28 January

What you get:
- All coaches will receive presentation notes of each session they attendHOKA shirts for the first 200 registrants and then Coach O sting bags; and vendor goodies
- V
endors expo with equipment and information to start your season
- G
enerous raffle during lunch
Pacific Association of USATF Coaches Committee Annual meeting from 12:45-1:15pm
Just added: Order any VSAthletics equipment by 27 January and have it delivered to the clinic free!  Contact  jason@vsathletics.comclick here for promo flyer
Just added:  Endurance room coaches will all receive a complimentary copy of Jim Hunt's Neuromuscular Aspects of Training DVD
- A portion of the clinic's proceeds goes towards scholarships for Pacific Assoc. Coaches to attend an Assoc. Level 1 School
- $69.00 special rate rooms at the Best Western Sandman, call 916.443-6515 and ask for the SuperClinic rate

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Don't miss this opportunity to improve your coaching effectiveness!
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Berhanu celebrating his win in Dubai, 23 January 2015, photo from Race news service

Berhanu hopes for Beijing from EME news and Race News Service

DUBAI (UAE): The fresh winner here and World leader 2015B Lemi Berhanu said after the race he wants to run the World Championships marathon in Beijing: "I would never have thought that I could win this race. It was my dream to do this in Dubai one day, but not this year! With around one kilometre to go I sensed that I could succeed," said the youngster, who had won his debut race in Zurich last year with 2:10:40. He has now improved by more than five minutes and is unbeaten in two races. "If my federation selects me then I would really like to run the marathon in the World Championships in the summer," said Berhanu, who said he had no idea what to do with the prize money of 200,000 Dollar. "I never thought about the money. I really don't know what I will do with it." Women winner Aselefech Mergia said: "I told myself after having my daughter that I could win a marathon again. We used the prize money from my first two wins in Dubai [2011 and 2012] to begin building a hotel back home, now we'll be able to complete the job." From the Race News.

(Editor's note: Berhanu, in his second marathon, kicked butt in the Dubai marathon. Obviously quite talented, it will be fun to see him shake it up with the World Championship crowd. Wanting to see how fast Mr. Bekele recovers from Dubai. Was a bit concerned that his Dubai, London was a bit adventuresome. )
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Abel Kirui Training Group, February 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net


Once a week, Justin Lagat, our long time correspondent from Kenya, gives us a view into racing and training in his homeland. Today, Justin discusses the realities, for many, of how to plan their long runs. 
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Amy Begley, the new coach of the Atlanta Track Club, photo courtesy of ATC


The Atlanta Track Club is in the midst of monumental changes within their organization. Their long term sponsorship agreement with the Mizuno brand was announced less than three months ago.  The appointment of Amy Begley, who many remember for her gutty run in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials 10,000 meters, as head coach of the Atlanta Track Club was their next announcement.

In this interview, Carolyn Mather, a long time journalist for the Running Journal and Racing South, provided RunBlogRun with this interview of Amy Begley. 
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Meb Keflezighi has achieved what most baseball fans only dream of! The 2014 Boston Champion threw the first ball in Fenway Park on 23 April 2014. Topp's Baseball cards included Meb in their First Pitch collection, which goes on sale on February 6.

I am going to get a packet! Somewhere, in the attics of my parents house, lies my box of baseball cards from the 1960s with Willie Mays, Bob Gibson, Curt Flood, Dal Maxvill, and Red Schoenidist! Well, at least I think so, but that was 1974. 

The landslide continues....

In a copyrighted story on Supersport.com, the IAAF's Chris Turner is quoted by the Associated Press as noting that Ms. Zaripova, the 2010 European, 2011 World and 2012 Olympic champion is under investigation and may face bans from the sport. The reasons cited: abnormalities in Yuliya Zarpiova's athlete biological passport.

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Yuliya Zaripova, Daegu 2011, photo by PhotoRun.net 

In the past week, the Russian Federation has banned five World and Olympic medalists in race walking, one of them for life, and has seen countless allegations of doping, hiding doping and what looks to be systematic approach to hiding sports cheating. This seems to be the Lance Armstrong moment for Russia, but perhaps, it is not. 

I watched Zaripova race before the World Championships in 2013, where she noted, on the eve of the event, an injury. Several sources now tell RBR that Ms. Zaripova was under the scrutiny of the IAAF drug testing team by that time. If that proves to be true, then, the thoroughness of the investigations into Ms. Zaripova's wrong doing should also remind us, that many, at all levels, want to see sports cheats caught in their webs of intrigue. 


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Lemi Berhanu upsets them all! photo by Giancarlo Colombo, PhotoRun.net

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Aselefech Mergia holds off Gladys Cherono, photo by Giancarlo Colombo, PhotoRun.net

The Dubai Marathon had some surprises for us, namely, an Ethiopian intersquad meet for the men and a nail biting battle for the women, coming down to one second on the clock difference between a three time defender and a debut marathoner! On the men's side, Lemi Berhanu, up until now a 2:10 marathoner, just knocked off five minutes from his pb!

Kenenisa Bekele did not finish, as he looked okay at 28k and by 29k, he was done, sore, under trained and thinking happy thoughts just does not do it. Bekele has much to learn about the distance after three events, it seems. Fascinating how no one knew that Renato Canova had both Bekele and the men's winner as current 
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Kenenisa Bekele, photo courtesy of Dubai Marathon

Kenenisa Bekele will be racing his third marathon on Friday, January 23, 2015. The race is the Standard Chartered Dubai marathon, and it is a very, very fast course! Bekele has been training under the tutelage of Renato Canova, the famed Italian distance running coach. 

How fit is Kenenisa? How fast will he run on Friday? All those and more questions can be answered in this audio interview from our friend, Andy Edwards of Race News Service. The interview was done on Tuesday, January 20 in Dubai. 

Listen to how the WR at 5000m and 10,000 talks about his marathon ventures. 

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Below is the second in a new series, Shoe Addicts TV: RBR Interviews @TRE14. This interview features Chris Brewer, Category Manager-Running Specialty, at adidas. The interview was done at the Running Event, December 4-5, 2015. 

Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts (Algernon Felice, Jr., Mike Deering, Adam Johnson-Eder), and Chris Brewer, adidas. 


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The IAC, the management for Patrick Makau, Joyce Chepkirui and Wilson Chebet sent us this media piece and some great quotes and links! 
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Paula Radcliffe, at Berlin 2011, photo by PhotoRun.net


If you want your event to stand out, find the local story angle. What is the currency for the local market. The approach that Nova International is doing with Paula Radcliffe picking out six women who have notable stories makes lots of social media sense. 
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Junior men's 6km race ( Winner, Fredrick Kipkosgey in Kenyan kits),
photo by Justin Lagat 

Justin Lagat, our correspondent from Kenya, wrote this piece last weekend on the Uasin Gishu XC. We thank Justin Lagat for all his enthusiasm and writing, providing our North American, European readers, and his countrymen and women with an unique view into Kenyan running. 
The saga of Russian Race Walkers continues. This info was compiled by EME News. This is Russia's "Lance Armstrong" moment. Race Walking is a prized tradition in Russia and their performances have been well received and celebrated in Russia. 

The clamp down in Russia, not only on walkers, but various other athletes is an indication, I believe, of how dire the situation is. Leadership in the sport understands what is at stake here, with our sport. 

Some of the greatest stars of Russian race walking have been given bans from three years, two months, to eight years to life time. Read the series of updates below from EME News. 

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Sergey Bakulin, photo by PhotoRun.net








Dave Dombrow is the VP of Design for Footwear & Accessories at Under Armour. The Shoe Addicts New Service is a new series from The Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of The Running Network & RunBlogRun. 

The Shoe Addicts travelled to The Running Event (TRE 14) and interviewed key players in the industry and new players in the industry. 

Under Armour is the first of our series. 

Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts (Algernon Felice, Jr., Michael Deering, Adam Johnson-Eder) and Dave Dombrow of Under Armour. 

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Sarah Barker, a midwesterner herself, wrote this piece about elite athletes "snowbirding" and getting out of the frozen tundra that is the midwest. There is nothing like a 30 mile run in the sun and snow, but there are also days, dear readers when one really wants to stay in bed...

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Heather Kampf, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Amy Hastings Cragg wins RNR PF Chang's Arizona, photo by Nils Nilsen

The PF Chang's race is a historic event.  It was there, way back in 2006, that I interviewed Haile Gebrselassie for the first time, thanks to the late Mike Long. Always impressed with RNR events, my visits this past fall at San Jose and during the summer at San Diego showed me that our sport continues to grow. 
Dave Hunter wrote this piece on New Year's wishes for our sport. Dave is working on his second and third career, as a journalist and announcer! 

Read Dave's piece slowly, consider this thoughts on your walk and run tomorrow. There is much good to savor in our sport, the key, if we want to make our sport better, is to realize we are all, or should be all, on the same side--making the sport a better place. 

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Jenn Suhr vault competition, from Global Athletics
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Katerina Johnson-Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here are some of the highlights from around the world from this past weekend in athletics, courtesy of EME News. 
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TRE 2014: Meeting with HOKA, photo courtesy of Formula4Media

This is part three of Max Lockwood's series on The Running Event 2014, the most important trade show in our run specialty business. 
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Shannon Rowbury, photo by PhotoRun.net

SEATTLE: World leading 4:27.86 mile by Shannon Rowbury (also PB) in the top appearance by her at the oversized track here as she also won the 1000 m in 2:40.25. In both races second Jordan Hasay 4:28.73 and 2:41.08 and third Treniere Moser 4:35.15 and 2:41.50. For Rowbury and Hasay first ever 1k races. Fastest 60 m of the season by Jasmine Todd 7.15 PB ahead of World Youth Champion 2013 Ky Westbrook 7.18 (missed US junior indoor record only by 0.02) and Jenna Prandini 7.24. Olivia Baker won the 600 m in 1:29.42 and Mary Cain the 800 m in 2:07.21. Jessica O´Connell topped the 3000 m in 9:09.15. Among men Matt Centrowitz also scored two wins with 2:19.53 and 3:58.60 in the 1000 m and the mile. Second steeple record holder Evan Jager 2:20.39 when he won also the 800 m in 1:50.13. Second over the mile Canadian Cameron Levins 3:58.75. Jacob Sealby clocked 1:17.81 in the 600 m. Fast 60 m by Joe Morris 6.55 over Canadian Andre de Grasse 6.63. Winning his heat in fast 6.57 PB Olympic 4th placer in the 100 m Ryan Bailey. 

(Editor's note: Shannon Rowbury opens with a pretty cool double. Her 2014 was a fantastic year, with PBs at 1,500m, 3,000m, Two Miles, and 5,000 meters! 

She has shown her basic fitness for 2015, and it's pretty impressive. Nice run by Matt Centrowitz, with his double 1000m and mile wins.)
Cathal Dennehy travels a bit. One of the dynamic duo from Jumping-the-Gun.com, Cathal found a great fare to Edinburgh, Scotland and covered the Great Edinburgh Cross Country Festival for RunBlogRun last weekend. 

Cathal caught up with Bernard Lagat, who is looking at masters records as he hits the magic four decades.....

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Bernard Lagat & Fans, photo by PhotoRun.net
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PHOTO: Janet Bawcom prior to the 2014 USA Half-Marathon Championships 
in Houston 
(photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly)


David Monti did this piece on Janet Bawcom, on the eve of her race at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon on Sunday, January 18, 2015. 
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Lavillenie 592 WL and MR

RENO (USA, Jan 16): Olympic winner Renaud Lavillenie is in top shape early in the season. In his second meet, Pole Vault Summit in Nevada, he cleared in first attempt 592 new meet record and World lead. He also tried at six meters, last year at the same meet he won with 575. "His goal was to break the meet record 591," said his coach Philippe D´Encausse who confirmed that the mission was accomplished.  "It's a good performance at this time of the year," he added for L´Équipe.Second Sam Kendricks went over 586 what is new personal best and second best ever by a collegian and best by US collegian. Third Briton Steve Lewis 565. Mark Hollis as 8th did 525 and decathlon number one 2014 Trey Hardee 505 as 10th. Greek European silver medalist from Zurich Ekaterini Stefanidi won the women competition with another indoor PB 460 cm. She was followed by three jumpers with 450 Becky Holliday, Mary Saxer and Melisa Gergel.Fifth Kelsie Ahbe went over 440. In different age categories more than 1000 vaulters are competing. 

(Editor's comment: Renaud Lavillenie shows how much better shape he is than last year. He was jumping 5.75m at Reno in 2014. Lavillenie jumped 5.92m today at the most important gathering of pole vaulters in the world each year-the U.S. Pole Vault Summit. This is the labor of love of Steve Chappell, UCS, his sons, and the pole vault community. I believe it has gone on since the early 1990s.

The U.S. Pole Vault Summit is a prime example of why I am so positive about our sport. Contrary to what the USOC tells NGBs, for a federation to be successful, all members are important. 

So pleased to see Le roi de la perche, the king of the pole vault, Renaud Lavillenie, understanding his role in the event and vaulting all over the world. Hopefully, a young woman or young man, who was in Reno, will get the inspiration to give the pole vault, the closest event to flying, in our sport.) 
Kim Conley ran a gutty race at the USA Champs last June in Sacramento. Her battle with Jordan Hasay over the last 800 meters was classic. Her coach, Drew Wartenburg, is a keen observer of the sport. Kim had a fantastic 2014. Wartenburg is preparing her for 2015 and beyond. 

Conley has the wheels to run well over the half marathon, but as we all know, the half is not the prize. The prizes are Beijing 2015 and Rio 2016. 

Aramco Half Marathon should be a fascinating race on Sunday, January 18. Good luck to Ms. Conley. 

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An example of Kim Conley "sticking her nose in it", photo by PhotoRun.net

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Gemma Steel, Edinburgh 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cathal Dennehy wrote this piece on European Cross Country Champion Gemma Steel, and her goals for 2015...
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Great Edinburgh Cross Country Festival, January 2014, 
photo by Dan Vernon Photography 

This is the second update for the 2015 European Athletics Results, thanks to Carles Baronet, from Track in Sun. 
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Men's cool running tank, black, grey, white, OnlyAtoms

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Max Lockwood did this piece on this independent running apparel brand from Brooklyn, New York: OnlyAtoms! They have a unique approach to apparel. 
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This is the special color version of the SKECHERS GOmeb Speed 3, that Meb Keflezighi will be racing in Houston on Sunday, January 17. SKECHERS has shown that, by improving the quality of their product, focusing their sports marketing on two highly visible athletes and doing key events with focus, traction can be gained in running specialty. Funny that, four years ago, I listened to store owners ask if SKECHERS would stay in the sport. I believe that they are giving running stores their answer with their presence in Houston. 
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adidas presents the 2015 Boston Marathon collection, 
courtesy of adidas communications

The adidas sponsorship of the Boston Marathon has been one of the most enduring in sports marketing in North America. Boston apparel can be seen anywhere in the world, as the iconic race is THE marathon that most serious marathoners must run before they end their careers. 

adidas product has nearly sold out for many years at the iconic marathon. The 2014 product line was one of the best selling in the history of adidas sponsoring the event. adidas product, adidas signage, and adidas presence in Boston is one of the most well managed sports marketing programs in the world. 

Many observers believe that, for adidas to go to the next level in North America, the key will be to use the positive response that adidas receives from Boston to a wider audience and put more people in the adidas BOOST product line, the best product adidas has produced in several decades. 

The opportunity is there, we will have to wait and see what adidas does with that opportunity. 
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Great Edinburgh Cross Country, 2014, photo by Dan Vernon Photography


Cathal Dennehy visited the Great Edinburgh Cross Country Festival last weekend, January 9-10, and wrote several pieces for RunBlogRun on the event and the super stars at this important cross country fixture. 
Tiffany Porter is one of those rarified athletes who can battle the best in the world in her specialty. That specialty is the 100 meter hurdles, the most competitive event in global track & field. The difference between first and sixth is less than a blink of an eye. 

The technique for hurdling is an acquired skill set: sprinting, getting over the hurdle, braking, and sprinting once again. Those who can be successful over the barriers risk all in each and every race. All of the good ones fall, all of the great ones fall even more. To win all, one must risk all. 

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Tiffany Porter, photo by PhotoRun.net

Under the thoughtful guidance of Raina Reider, Tiffany Porter has won four medals in the four major championships she competed in from the summer of 2013 to the present. In Moscow, at the World Championships, Tiffany took the bronze in August 2013. In Sopot, Poland, Tiffany Porter took a bronze over the 60 meter hurdles in March 2014. Porter's first appearance at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in July 2014 was a silver medal. 

In August 2014, at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich, Switzerland, Tiffany Porter put it all together and won the 100 meter hurdles in fine fashion--her first gold medal.  

The best, however, was yet to come. In September 2014, at the Continental Cup, in Marrakech, Tiffany Porter ran the race of her life, battling Olympic gold medalist Dawn Harper Nelson to the tape, finishing second. 

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Harper-Nelson and Porter in Marrakech, 
photo from the Shoe Addicts

In that wonderful race, Tiffany Porter ran 12.51, the new British record, and in that performance, opened the eyes of many hurdle fans of her true potential. 

We sent these questions to Tiffany just before Christmas. This was her response. 
The New York Road Runners Club announced today that applications have opened for the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon. The application period is January 15-February 15, 2015. Look to the release below for more details. 

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Kipsang vs Desisa in 2014 TCS NYCM, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Jenny Simpson is one of our favorite athletes. She is articulate, thoughtful and obviously enjoys her profession. Like Deena Kastor, Jenny Simpson is developing into a brand herself, and a positive brand at that. 




In 2010, when New Balance's Tom Carleo signed the recently graduated collegian, many second guessed Carleo and New Balance. In 2011, Jenny Simpson won the world championships with a brilliant run over the final stretch. Fluke ! Fluke ! some detractors said.

In 2012, Jenny Simpson had a series of injuries and some good races, and some not so good. Her Olympic performance was not up to her standards. 

In 2013, Jenny Simpson put it all together and took second to Abeba Aregawi in the world championships in Moscow. I was so happy to watch her in Luzhniki Stadium, as Simpson put it all together on the right day and the right time. Gold and silver in consecutive world championships were now in the possession of Jenny Simpson. 

In 2014, Jenny Simpson was, well surpreme. Her only miscue was a two mile indoor race in Boston, miscounting laps, but gutting out an AR over two miles. In the Stade de France in St. Denis, France, Jenny Simpson and Sifan Hassan dueled over 1,500 meters, with Simpson taking second and running 3:57.22, the second fastest ever by an American. 

After the mid summer break for Commonwealth Games and European Championships, Jenny Simpson came back with a focus, winning the Stockholm DL 1,500 meters over Abeba Aregawi, Sifan Hassan and the rest of the world. In Zurich, Jenny Simpson not only won, but held off Shannon Rowbury in the final steps. A week later, in Brussels, Jenny ran a fine 3,000 meters, setting another PB. 

Jenny Simpson ended her season winning the Fifth Avenue Mile, ending her season with a fine win in 4:19, and a very fast road mile! 

Simpson won the Jackie Joyner Kersee Female U.S. Athlete of the Year award in December. Track & Field News ranked her numero uno in the 1,500 meters in the world this past week. And RunBlogRun is giving her our U.S. Female athlete of the Year for 2014!

Jenny Simpson is the best women's miler in the world. We look forward to seeing her racing in 
Beijing! 

Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts for preparing our video salute to Jenny Simpson. 
Mastercard versus Nike Lawsuit over Solicitation of Staff

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This is a fascinating piece on the federal lawsuit by Mastercard. This lawsuit is being watched by many, not only in the footwear business, but, even more in the Silicon Valley. The real issue is truly over semantics. What is direct solicitation of an competitive employee?-most of us know what that is. But, what the heck is indirect solicitation? Well, you are going to find out, and human resources management be forewarned, this is a seminal lawsuit. 

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That is where it will get truly messy. And more of a pain in the backside for businesses in all sectors. 



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Edna Kiplagat, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon announced its women's field today. David Monti, editor of Race Results Weekly, wrote this piece about the level of quality of the field. Like the men's field, announced earlier this month, Virgin Money London has, once again, elevated their field to a level unattainable for most marathons. 
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Kenenisa Bekele to run Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on January 23, 2015, 
photo courtesy of Dubai Marathon

Kenenisa Bekele is the World record holder at 5,000 meters on the track and 10,000 meters on the track. He has had two sojourns onto the roads over 26.2 miles. His first attempt, which I watched in Paris in April 2015, was a fine debut. His second attempt, in Chicago, which I viewed, was a lesson learnt. Bekele fell off at 35k and admitted he had not showed the race and distance the respect it deserves.

Now, with Renato Canova, a top coach/personality in our sport, Bekele is noted to being training well. 

The bottom line is, how does the runner do over 42.2 kilometers? It took Haile Gebrselassie six marathons before he felt that he was racing up to his plans. 

Bekele already has plans to run the London Marathon in April 2105. It will be fascinating to see how Kenenisa does in marathons in January and April. 
The hearing for Rita Jeptoo, disgraced Kenyan marathoner, is to be held on January 14, 2015. Justin Lagat wrote about his concerns on how this hearing, which could be described indelicately as a soap opera, will end. 

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Rita Jeptoo, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Rita Jeptoo drug positive is not Kenya's Lance Armstrong moment. That will come. The Jeptoo tragedy, which resembles a very bad Russian play, has some curious characters. 



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Jessica Ennis-Hill, photo by PhotoRun.net


(The Gotzis Hypo Meeting, held the same weekend as the Nike Pre Classic, will give me one weekend of frustration! The decathlon and heptathlon fields are amazing. Jessica Ennis-Hill will have something to prove, mostly to herself. Ennis-Hill is a most fascinating competitor. Thoughtful, focused and prone to self analysis, Jessica Ennis-Hill, if healthy, will give us a view into the heptathlon global battles for the next two years. Brianne Theisen-Eaton has progressed much over the past two years, and should be ready to compete with Hill-Ennis. And then, do not forget Katarine Johnson-Thompson, who, again, if she can keep the body together, should make this a most fascinating heptathlon!)



ENNIS-HILL FOR GOTZIS COMEBACK

GOTZIS (AUT): Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill will make her eagerly anticipated return to multi-event competition at the Hypo Meeting in Gotzis on May 30, inform the organisers. The 28 year old British athlete has been largely absent from the competitive arena for the past two years due to an injury in 2013 and giving birth in 2014. Her first foray back into the 8 discipline event will be a true test as she will be joined in the field by Katarina Johnson Thompson, the defending Gotzis champion; and World heptathlon medallists Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Dafne Schippers. The women's field will also include World Junior champion Morgan Lake, bringing together the three British heptathlon stars in the same competition.


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Jessica Ennis-Hill, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Ryan Hall, Boston 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ryan Hall is one of the most talented athletes in the history of American distance running. Ryan Hall is also one of the most erratically performing athletes in our sport's history. A man capable of running two hours four minutes in the marathon, Hall has had great races and not so great races. 

His erratic racing, in part due to his erratic training, has been documented as part of his racing story for the past eight years. Hall has had Terrance Mahon, the Almighty, and Renato Canova as coaches over his career. 

Some see Hall's coaching relationships as part of his issue. 

Those who have observed Ryan Hall note that the athlete has much talent. That has never been in question. Hall, however, has not been able to focus on what has evaded him: the training needed to showcase his talent and the coaching advice needed to be successful in the world of elite marathon racing. 

One of the smartest things that Ryan Hall has done in his career is his decision to run the ASICS LA Marathon in 2015. Why? Because, in February 2016, Ryan will have the experience on the course as he races to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic marathon team. 

How good is Ryan Hall? If Hall could put it together, the guy could win an Olympic medal in the marathon. He could also run under two hours, four minutes. The guy ran his pb for the 10,000 meters (28:03) in a week of 120 miles. He also has run a 13:16 for 5,000 meters. 

It will be fascinating to see how Ryan Hall performs over the next 18 months. I look forward to seeing him race across the streets of Los Angeles in March. 
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Martyn Rooney, 2014 European Outdoor Champion, 400 meters Champion, 
photo by PhotoRun.net


One of my favorite races to watch in 2014 was Martyn Rooney's win in Zurich. An athlete with much talent, Rooney had come oh so close, but finally, he put it all together and ran well when it counted. 

Here is the first week of European results, courtesy of Carles Baronet of Track in Sun. 
At the VIP reception for the Virgin London Marathon each year, Chris Brasher, the current Race Director, will invite the VIPs to enjoy the 'World's Greatest marathon", a tradition started by David Bedford, in his former tenure as London's race director. For years, The Virgin London Marathon has been both the most well run and most logistically sophisticated road event on the circuit. In truth, for those same years, if an athlete was not at London, that meant, that, in nearly all of the cases, London had not chosen them to race over the 26.2 miles of London history that makes up the Virgin London course. 

I have thought that there were years in the past that London could not surpass; well, 2015 may be one of them. On a recent media report, Wilson Kipsang is quoted as saying the WR could be broken in London. Sounds fascinating. And now, with the Boston field (one of its' best ever), and the upcoming Tokyo Marathon, the World Marathon Majors are staring off 2015 at brakeneck speed: perhaps a fitting launch to the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series launch on February 1, 2015? 

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In 2015, Wilson Kipsang, former World marathon record holder and Dennis Kimetto, current World marathon record holder will duel against each other, for the first time. That race should not only make gripping television, but continue to show the care that London takes in developing it's racing field as well as its charity field. 

RunBlogRun, as it has for nearly a decade now, will provide live coverage over RunBlogRun.com and the RunningNetwork.com with our week long coverage of the Virgin London Marathon. See you in London on 26 April 2015! 



TopoAthletic's Fly-Lite


Max Lockwood interviewed Tony Post of TopoAthletics, and tried the new shoe, Fly-Lite. Here is the piece that he wrote about speaking with Tony and trying his new creation....the TopoAthletics FLY-LITE.


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Photo by Nova International

Please enjoy the last results from Europe for 2014. Thanks once again to Carles Baronet for his constant support on this project! 
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Chris Derrick,  photo by Dan Vernon Photography (2014 Edinburgh XC)

USA won the team competition

EDINBURGH (GBR, Jan 10): Team USA won the competition at the Morrisons Great Edinburgh Cross Country (IAAF Permit) in muddy and windy conditions with 121 points ahead of Europe 189 and last year top team Great Britain 223. After his surprise win in the men's invitational 4km event 12 months ago, USA's Garrett Heath retained in clear fashion his title with 12:11 over reigning World CC Champion Japhet Korir 12:19 and US Dathan Ritzenhein 12:27. Fourth mile star Asbel Kiprop (pushed for pace for first 2 km lap) 12:29and fifth top Briton Tom Lancashire 12:35. Other top names in the race were 6th top steeple runner 2014 Jairus Birech 12:38 followed by Edwin Soi 12:44 and Thomas Longosiwa 12:45with Bernard Lagat 15th (13:07) and Silas Kiplagat 17th (13:56). This race did not count into the match. Emelia Gorecka bounced back and won the women 6 km in 21:26 over double European Champion Fionnualla Britton (21:33). Spain´s Trihas Gebre was third in 21:50. Brianne Nelson was the first American clocking 21:54 for fourth. European Champion Gemma Steel was 11th (22:25). The men's long course race did see a successful defence by Chris Derrick over Jacob Riley for a USA 1-2 (25:31 and 25:33). Breaking up an American clean-sweep was Britain's Jonny Hay who dug deep to clock 25:36 for the 8 km course. Euro Cross bronze medallist 2014 and former champion Alemayehu Bezabeh of Spain went out hard but paid the price and inished 20th (26:35). Continental champion Yemaneberhan Crippa of Italy (6 km 19:57) and USA's Makena Morley (4km 14:40) had comfortably won the junior races.  The meeting also included an international 2x1km mixed relay for the first time, with Gemma Kersey and James Bowness victorious for the England B team 6:43 ahead of GB's Racheal Bamford and Ross Murray 6:46. The Scotland A team of Laura Muir and Ross Matheson was third 6:47. With help from Athletics Weekly. 
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Meb takes Boston, photo by PhotoRun.net

Meb Keflezighi had an amazing year in 2014. From his victory at the 2014 Boston Marathon, to his gutty fourth place in the 2014 New York City Marathon, Meb book marked a year of fine road racing with terrific marathons runs. HIs coach, Bob Larsen noted that Meb could have finished sixth in New York, but he had 800 meters left in the Big Apple, and a marathon, as Meb knows, is 26.2 not 25.4 miles.

To top off Meb's year, USATF gave him the Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year award! Well done, USA Track & Field!

RunBlogRun's December 2014 Male Athlete of the month is our US Athlete of the Year: and we picked Meb Keflezighi to salute his win as the Jesse Owens award winner, but also, because, Meb, 365 days a year exemplifies what running is all about: embracing the challenges, and enjoying the run. 

Meb Strong. 

adidas Stacey Burr and Jen Olson, Interactive Health Technologies, spoke to RunBlogRun on Tuesday, January 6 at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The occasion was the announcement of an exciting new program between adidas and IHT to incentivize elementary school students and teachers to participate in a fitness program. adidas Stacey Burr promised to update us on upcoming new adidas technical fitness apparel. Jen Olson gave us an update on how her company, IHT, has been working with nearly a million elementary kids to get them involved in fitness. 

Watch for an upcoming video courtesy of IHT and adidas on their innovative training programs. 

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Meseret Defar, August 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Bernard Lagat, photo by PhotoRun.net 

Meseret Defar and Bernard Lagat will be racing at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix at the updated Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, MA. This meet is a barn burner, and I believed that I have attended all but one time since NBG Indoors twenty years ago! 

Meseret Defar is one of the toughest track races, cross country racers and road racers of her generation. Bernard Lagat has a few more medals than Meseret, and is one of the most popular track athletes in the US and Kenya. 

The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix kept indoor track alive when it started in 1995. Global Athletics starts off their event year with this one and the stands in the Reggie Lewis just rock and roll! 

Get to this meet, on February 7, 2015! Tickets are on sale at http://www.nbindoorgrandprix.com/tickets/.
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Meb Keflezighi wins Boston, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Shalane Flanagan, leading Boston, photo by PhotoRun.net

Boston Marathon is the most iconic marathon in the world. It is where, quite frankly, all of this craziness over 26.2 miles, for the masses really started. And, 2015 is opening with the BAA announcing an American field worthy of the races' stature and presence in our sport! 

Meb Keflezighi has cemented himself as one of the most significant American marathoners in our sport, a man who races well over cross country, the roads and the track. His AR at 10,000m, from 2001, still sends chills down my spine. 

Shalane Flanagan is a runners' runner. Her gut shows out in each and every race. She gave it her all in Boston and Berlin. And she will break 2:20 one day. Her track racing and cross country background show that she is meant for marathon greatness! 

Boston week is one of my most important weeks of the year. It will be even more so in 2015. 
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The adidas MiCoach product has been providing the athlete inside us all motivation to run, jump, throw for several years now. Most of the marketing has been focused on adults. Now, adidas teams with IHT to reach out to the scholastic market, where fitness needs to be quantified, to make an unique impact. 

RunBlogRun will be meeting with adidas and IHT later today at the CES Show to find out more about this initiative. Until then, please check out the press release below. Great applications for the grade school, high school, junior high, college and club athletes. 
Fifty-five consecutive victories in the shot put. Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012. World Championships in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013. Also add three gold medals in World Indoors and Commonwealth Games as well! Those are just some of the medals that Valerie Adams has collected. 

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Valerie Adams, Golden Gala Roma, photo by PhotoRun.net

The word, " dominating" is over-used. But, Valerie Adams is the most dominating athlete, in her event, of her generation. 

I would challenge our readers to find another word to describe Valerie Adams: her level of competitiveness has to be seen to be believed. 

Consider the adidas Grand Prix meet, this past June. Valerie Adams was behind, after three throws. She went into the lead, just as Bohdan Bondarenko and Mutaz Barshim cleared 2.40 meters, the high jumpers making history. So was Adams, as that was victory number 50. She would win six more times before the end of her 2014 season. 


Valerie Adams, besides being a fine shot putter, understands the vagaries of social media, with funny notes on twitter, pictures and notes as well on Facebook and Instagram. Her fans understand that they are watching one of the best athletes in the world when the Kiwi competes. Valerie Adams has now won 56 straight shot put competitions. 

What many did not realize this season was the amount of pain that Valerie Adams withstood competing through the season. Adams ended the season with surgeries and is in preparation for 2015. 

The IAAF named Valerie Adams their Female IAAF World Athlete of the Year. We salute the IAAF for that decision.

At RunBlogRun, we are giving Valerie Adams our 2014 Female Global Athlete of the Year award, saluting her amazing domination of her event, but also her sense of humor and willingness to provide thoughtful and funny interviews, as she did in Birmingham, England this past summer.

It was near the end of the season and Valerie Adams was on the press conference with Greg Rutherford, another enjoyable interview. Valerie keeps the interviews lively, knows her event and knows that part of her job, as a professional athlete, is to promote her sport, her brand and her event. 

For all of those things, but mostly because Valerie Adams is such an amazing sports story, RunBlogRun recognizes Valerie Adams as the RBR Female Global Athlete of the Year for 2014! Her fifty-six straight wins in the shot put just adds to her reputation! 

We can not wait to see the Kiwi superstar throw in 2015! 

Special Thanks to The Shoe Addicts for creating this video. 


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Renaud Lavillenie, 2014 Nike Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net


On 25 January 2014, Renaud Lavillenie cleared 6.04m, setting a new French indoor record. On 31 January, Lavillenie cleared 6.08m, becoming the second highest pole vaulter of all times, indoor or out! 

The epic jump took place in Donetsk, Ukraine on 15 February 2014, when Renaud Lavillenie made history, clearing 6.16m/20ft-21/2 inches,  and breaking the WR of the iconic Sergey Bubka. Lavillenie made an attempt at 6.21m, and lacerated his right ankle, needing sixteen stitches. On crutches, and returning to Paris, the new "roi de la perche" was greeted by Jean Galfione, the vaulter who preceded Lavillenie as French record holders indoors and out. 

Galfione, in speaking of Renaud Lavillenie, noted to the assembled French media : "Doing better than Bubka, it is like going faster than Usain Bolt, having better statistics than Michael Jordan. He has just dethroned a legend."  Consider that for a moment. 

The finest complement was by Sergey Bubka, who was the first person to congratulate Lavillenie after his 6.16m clearance. Bubka  said the following to the Associated Press : "It was a great, historical moment. It was really an incredible performance. I am very happy that I passed the baton to such a great athlete and such a great personality and role model. I always felt it could happen. I hoped it would soon." 

Bubka, it should be noted, also was the prime mover in bringing Lavillenie to the Donetsk Night of Pole Vault Stars. Sergey Bubka knows pole vault talent. 

In watching Renaud Lavillenie over the past five years, I have come to respect not only his athleticism, but his drive, sense of humor and his sportsmanship. I am reminded of his heart breaking nullification of the 6.07m in Goteborg, Sweden, due to a movement of the barrier. I am also reminded of his no height in Stockholm, Sweden in 2014. In each case, Renaud dusted himself off, showed his class, and focused on the next competition. 

This did not mean that Lavillenie was not frustrated: he is, after all, only human. But he is also the most talented pole vaulter of this generation. 

The IAAF gave Renaud Lavillenie the World Athlete of the Year in November 2014 at their Golden Gala. 

RunBlogRun celebrates Monsieur Lavillenie's World Athlete of the Year award, and his TFN Male Athlete of the Year with our own RunBlogRun Global Athlete of the Year award. 

Renaud Lavillenie is everything we at RunBlogRun believes a track superstar should be: hard working, focused, athletic, hugely competitive, and possessing a tremendous amount of presence. 

Thanks to The Shoe Addicts, who created this video for RunBlogRun. 


I have said it many times before: the few people who are talented enough to manage, product and develop consistently great running product can fit into a grade school classroom. Mark Sheehan would be one of these people.

Mark Sheehan is one of the finest human beings that I know. This guy loves running footwear, but more than that, he loves his family and friends. His rise through the ranks of this business, from Nike to PUMA to Reebok to K-Swiss, and now, to Mizuno, just shows how amazing a talent that Mark is in this business.

We look forward to seeing Mark Sheehan as the new VP of Running Production Management at Mizuno USA. A fine person joining a fine, iconic brand. 

His skills will be of great use at Mizuno. 

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We asked Max Lockwood to reprise The Running Event 2014. In this second part of Mr. Lockwood's coverage, he discusses the presentation by Finish Line. This was, by all accounts, perhaps the most controversial programming of the show. 
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Finish Line Presentation, 
photo courtesy of RunningInsight.com/Formula 4 Media

In speaking with several RSG owners, many are offended by the very presence of the Finish Line group. Some do not consider them a part of the specialty channel. One key observer noted to me: "  The Finish Line group is not running specialty, period. The biggest issue is that they do not even understand what real running stores do." 

RunBlogRun understands the concerns and comments from traditional RSG stores. But, in order to appreciate the changes in our channel, one must understand the economic forces and perception of the running channel. Mark Sullivan of Formula 4 Media should be congratulated for bringing in the Finish Line team. 

At the end of the day, it will be a seminar that is not soon forgotten. 

Updated on January 5, 2015
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At the end of 2014, Cregg Weinmann, the Running Network Footwear and Apparel Review Editor since 1998, decided to name the Top Ten Running Shoes for 2014. Here is his top ten list, with his commentary and links to his original reviews.

RunningProductReviews.com is Cregg's site. If you go there, you can find a new review or comment on running shoes and apparel. (Like Runningproductreviews on Facebook please, or follow Cregg @ShoeMann on twitter). 

You can read Cregg's features in the twenty-six publications of the Running Network, in January, March, May, July, September, and November, or daily on his website, RunningProductReviews.com.
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Caleb Ndiku: Four medals in 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Mercy Cherono, photo from Claus Andersen/Andersen Photography

We asked Justin Lagat, our Kenyan correspondent, wrote this piece about the SafariCom Sports Personality of the Year Awards, coming up in Kenya on January 16, 2015. 
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Greg Rutherford, photo by Dan Vernon Photography

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Dennis Kimetto, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Mutaz Barshim jumps over the clouds, photo by PhotoRun.net

Alex Mills wrote this piece last week on three of his favorite reasons why 2014 was a jolly good year for track & field. 


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Christophe Lemaitre, photo by PhotoRun.net


This is start of the indoor season in Europe, with results compiled by our friend, Carles Baronet. We are fortunate to be working with Carles in 2015. Remember, the complete pdf is below for your downloading pleasure. 


European Athletics Results 2014-15 (weekend 20-21.12.2014)

BELARUS Minsk (Belarus), 19-20.12.2014 -Christmas Starts- (indoor) 

Men
50m Ilya Siratsiuk 5.85; 50mh Vitaliy Parakhonka 6.65; 50mh u20 (0,99m) Arseni Zdanievic 6.94; HJ Andrey Churila 2.20
Women
50m Ksenia Dietsuk 6.76; 50mh Kristina Hacko 7.26; 50mh u20 1 Elvira Hierman 7.18; 2 Svietlana Hubienko 7.47; 150m Katsiaryna Charaskievic 18.62, 150m u20 Elvira Hierman 18.91, 1.000m Katsiaryna Saban 2.52.53; HJ 1 Yana Maksimava 1.80; 2 Olesya Vlaskievic and Marisa Sivienko 1.80

Gent (Belgium), 20.12.2014 (indoor)

Men
60mh Thomas Durant 8.08 Women
60m Celine Gautier (99) 7.72

CZECH REPUBLIC Praha (Czech Republic), 19.12.2014 (indoor)

Women
PV 1 Nicola Poschlová (98) 3.96; 2 Sabina Poschlová (97) 3.91
Olomouc (Czech Republic), 20.12.2014 (indoor)
Men
SP 1 Martin Novak 18.50; 2 Tomas Kozak 18.17

Aarhus (Denmark), 6.12.2014 (indoor)

Men
SP u18 (5 kg) Marcus Thomsen 18.06

Tallinn (Estonia), 17.12.2014 (indoor)

DENMARK

ESTONIA

BELGIUM

Men
60m u18 Hans-Christian Hausenberg (98) 6.96; LJ u18 Hans-Christian Hausenberg 7.26; SP Karl Koha 17.07; SP u20 (6 kg) Sven Lillimägi 17.39; SP U18 (5 kg) 1 Kert Piirimäe 19.07; 2 Jander Heil 17.92

Pajulahti (Finland), 15.12.2014 (indoor)

Men
PV u20 Niko Koskinen (96) 5.11

FINLAND

FRANCE
Lyon (France), 19.12.2014
-Envol Trophée Hivernal- (indoor)

Men
HJ 1 Abdoulaye Diarra 2.20; 2 Mohamed Younes Idris (sud) 2.20; 3 Florian Labourel 2.14; PV 1 Mehdi Amar Rouana 5.24; 2 Noel Ost 5.14; 3 Vincent Favretto 5.14; 4 Mathieu Collet (95) 5.14; LJ Raihau Maiau 7.84; 2 Guillaume Victorin 7.48; 3 Davy Gabon 7.42; TJ Ulrick Bolosier 15.97
Women
HJ 1 Valerie Bonnet 1.78; 2 Sandrine Champion 1.78; PV Maria-Leonore Ribeiro Tavares 4.20; LJ 1 Haoua Kessely 6.40; 2 Amandine Raffin 6.25; 3 Pauline Lett 6.12; TJ 1 Haoua Kessely 13.60; 2 Teresa Nzola Meso Ba 13.02; 3 Amy Zongo-Filet 12.76; 4 Ilionis Guillaume (98) 12.66
Metz (France), 19.12.2014 (indoor)
Men
SP Bob Bertemes (lux) 19.45
Lyon (France), 20.12.2014 (indoor)
Men
SP Romain Gotteland 17.22
Eaubonne (France), 20-21.12.2014 (indoor)
Men
60m Dimitri Bascou 6.88
Women
60m Doris Deshayes 7.61; LJ Myriam Soumare 5.61
Moulleiron-le-Captif (France), 20.12.2014 (indoor)

European Athletics Results - by Carles Baronet - Folgueroles (Barcelona) car.baronet@gmail.com

To download the entire European Athletics Report for 20-21.12.2014, please click here: EUROPEAN ATHLETICS RESULS (weekend 20-21.12.2014).pdf 

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Jenny Simpson, photo by PhotoRun.net

MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Jenny Simpson has been named as Track and Field News' US Women's Athlete of the Year. The 28 year old played a starring role on the Diamond League circuit in 2014, running a PB of 3:57.22 and winning two races to claim the overall Diamond League 1500m title. Simpson is the first miler to win the accolade since Mary Slaney in 1985. She received 14 of 28 votes for Number 1, achieving 91.8% of a perfect score. Dawn Harper Nelson finished in 2nd position, receiving 12 number 1 votes, while American discus record holder Gia Lewis-Smallwood got 2 number 1 votes. The top 10 are as follows: Jenny Simpson (257), Dawn Harper Nelson (242), Gia Lewis-Smallwood (203), Emma Coburn (178), Allyson Felix (174), Francena McCorory (104), Tori Bowie (80), Ajee' Wilson (78), Queen Harrison (45) and Molly Huddle (43)

(Editor's note: RunBlogRun is so happy with the Bible of the Sports' decision for 2014. Jenny Simpson is not only one of our sport's most articulate athletes, most competitive athletes and a leading voice for American distance runners. 

I was lucky enough to see Jenny's season, with the exception of two races, one in cross country and the 3,000m at the end of the season. Jenny Simpson won the 2014 U.S. Women Athlete of the Year the old fashioned way; she earned it by racing and competing the best that she could! 

Congrats to Jenny Simpson! ) 
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Justin Gatlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Justin Gatlin has been named US Men's Athlete of the Year by Track and Field News. The Diamond League 200m champion came within one vote from a perfect score, heading the top 10 list with 269 points. Diamond League 400m champion LaShawn Merritt was the runner-up with 230 points, while Galen Rupp took 3rd spot on the list with 199 points after a record setting season. The rest of the top 10 were as follows: Trey Hardee (154), Evan Jager (144), Reese Hoffa (143), Christian Taylor (108), Will Claye (68), Mike Rodgers (61) and Meb Keflezighi (42).

 

(Editor's note: Justin Gatlin had a wonderful year. He also served a four year ban. In the U.S. especially, our society has a cultural rule, that if one serves their time, then, they should be welcomed back into society.

A four year ban was not a picnic. Gatlin lost money, time and status. That Gatlin has come back, after four years, is a testament to his perseverance and hard work. While, intuitively, it seems that if one used a performance enhancing product in past, it might have some benefits for the rest of one's career, that, has not been proven.  

RunBlogRun believes that the four year ban now in place in IAAF as of January 1, 2015 is the way to go in the future. RunBlogRun also believes that WADA and USADA must get their testing procedures up to current scientific methods if they want to be able to withstand legal challenges. 

Finally, RunBlogRun believes that if an athlete has tested positive, after January 1, 2015, and gets a four year ban, the athlete should NEVER be eligible for any post season awards from their federation, IAAF, IOC, and from media. Unless the sport makes punishments for cheating so draconian, so full of shame, but also so air tight, then, anti-doping will remain the festering sore it is in all sports. )



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Beth Herndon wins the Beer Mile World Championships! 
Photo from Kirby Lee for Flocasts


Dave Hunter wrote this piece on Beth Herndon's victory and World Best at the Beer Mile, held in Austin, Texas in December. Dave Hunter has written for RunBlogRun for the past several years. 

We also encourage one and all to check out Dave's website, Trackandfieldhunter.com, where you can find a doxology of all of Dave Hunter's fine articles and learn how to hire one of our sports' finest track announcers.  


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Deon Lendore, photo courtesy of USTFCCCA.org

Deon Lendore won the Bowerman Award for the 2014 Male Athlete of the Year on December 17, 2014. Deon is an amazing 400 meter runner and he loves the relays.

RunBlogRun spoke to Deon after he received his award. 

Watch for Deon over the next few years! He will be formidable! 

Special thanks to Deon Lendore for his time and patience. 


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Laura Roesler, photo by PhotoRun.net

Laura Roesler is the winner of the 2014 Bowerman Award, the Heisman award of collegiate track and field. The truth is this: the three final candidates were formidable! 

Laura's specialty is the 800 meters. In her post award comments, she thanked Coached Robert Johnson, noting that she was pretty high maintenance, but said that she hoped, in the end, it was all worth it.

RunBlogRun caught up with Oregon star and asked her to talk about her award and what she loves about the 800 meters. 

Thanks Laura for your time and patience. 

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Sam Seames, CEO of USTFCCCA.org

Sam Seames is the CEO of the USTFCCCA.org. The USTFCCCA is the largest and most influential coaching organization for track & field and cross country coaches in North America. The 2014 Convention, held in Phoenix from December 15-18, is a case in point. Seames knows who his audience is, and the Convention is a celebration of the sport and recognition of the profession of coaching. 

I asked Sam the following question: "What is the importance of the Bowerman Awards?" 

What follows is his answer....

Special thanks again to Sam Seames and his team at the USTFCCCA. 

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Herman Frazier, Deputy Athletics Director/Syracuse University

After the Bowerman Awards on December 17, I was able to interview Herman Frazier. Mr. Frazier was the 1976 bronze at 400 meters, and gold medalist at 4 x 400 meters. For most of the last forty years, Mr. Frazier has been in Sports Administration at the University level. Herman Frazier was asked why the Bowerman awards are so important to the sport? 

Special thanks to the USTFCCCA.org's Sam Seames, who provided us access to this amazing event. 

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