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December 2016 Archives
So, we asked Jeff Benjamin to pick his top five moments of 2016, and he came back with ten moments with 2016! Jeff Benjamin has written for us for three decades plus. He is both fan and writer and that is what I enjoy about him.
So, here it goes....
Bolt did 54 m with javelin
KINGSTON (JAM): Usain Bolt revealed for L´Equipe how ended his javelin bet at the Olympics. It happened in Rio the evening after his last gold medal, in the movie Im Bolt pictures from his throw are included, but what was the result? "Yes, it was a gamble! With my team, we made a bet during the season. Some said I was able to throw a javelin more than 50 meters. Others, on the contrary, like Ricky and NJ, did not believe in it. So we organized a bet with Ricky, NJ and my masseuse. My masseuse bet on 60 meters. That's what I bet on. In the end, I threw 54 meters, I think. So I won two bets and I lost one. It's not bad performance, but I had so much pain on my arm after that!"
Updated December 31, 2016.
Coaches, like teachers, do not get the respect that they deserve. The coaches who work with us, during our formative years, do much more than build athletes. They teach life lessons. Here is a new series that I am starting on how coaches change our lives.
Happy New Years Eve! Enjoy your last walk or run of the year. Review 2016 and consider the high points and low. Remember, you learn more from failures than successes, so review what did not work well.
2017 will be a wonderful year, full of promise and surprises. Breathe in life. Be inspired!
Saturday, December 31, 2016: Take a break, relax with friends. Or, if you must, run an easy 4-5 miles, warm up and cooldown, and run with friends! Enjoy the holidays.
Bukowiecki 22.96 World U20 record
SPALA (POL, Dec 29): Polish World U20 record holder Konrad Bukowiecki improved at an open indoor meet here twice his own U20 World indoor shot put record (6 kg) with 22.72 in third round and 22.96 in fourth round. His previous mark was 22.48 on January 8, 2016 in Torun. Bukowiecki will still compete on Friday to end his U20 career and with the aim to attack the 23 meters. His series on Thursday: 22.30-22.03-22.72-22.96-f-22.
Updated December 29, 2016
Forty years ago today, Ivo Van Damme was killed in an auto accident. He was the hero of a nation, and his silver medals in Montreal in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters made the tall, strong, gutty Belgian an athlete on the cusp of stardom. Here is the piece done by David Hunter on this fine athlete.
For Belgium, Van Damme's premature death in an auto accident in December 1976 extinguished a budding legacy for Belgian middle distance running at the time. The Van Damme Memorial, managed by friends of the late athlete, is a fitting tribute to a fine athlete. David Hunter got it right: for Belgium, Ivo Van Damme was their equivalent of Steve Prefontaine.
Ivo Van Damme was a brilliant Belgian runner whose life was cut short a year after the death of Steve Prefontaine. Van Damme, as one will find out, was not the "usual Belgian". Van Damme was the silver medalist in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. His death, in the Christmas season of 1976, was a shock to his countrymen.
RunBlogRun opines: FloTrack named it's first FloTrack Coach of the Year as Jerry Schumacher as their American Distance Coach of the Year, presented by T-Mobile. I have observed Jerry Schumacher from early in his Wisconsin coaching career to his move to Portland, to the fine development of his athletes over the past three Olympics and five World Championships. Jerry's athletes both respect Coach Schumacher and listen to his suggestions.
We would be remiss to note that Jerry Schumacher called out his athletes, staff and supporters on making his club and his coaching so effective. Coaching is both art and science, and Jerry Schumacher is a superb example of how a coach can and should influence their athletes. Nice job by FloTrack on developing this coaching award.
WINSTON-SALEM (USA): JDL Fast Track has begun finalizing the fields for the Fifth Annual Camel City Elite, to be held in Winston-Salem, NC, on Saturday, February 4. This year's event will award over $50,000 in prizes and bonuses in seven events. Headlining this year's event will be Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo in the 3000 m. The next headliner is Melissa Bishop of Canada in women 800 m. Returning for 60 m hurdles is 2013 World champion David Oliver. In the mile Olympic 2012 silver medalist Leo Manzano.
HAVANA (CUB): Alberto Juantorena has called for a renewed investment in sport in Cuba in the build-up to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, informs Prensa Latina. "I am quite sure that it is necessary to strengthen the base, increase mass sport and provide sport equipment, which is very important," he said. "Cuba, has many and great possibilities to rescue what we used to have in terms of sports. But, sometimes, people minimise our achievements, being among the top 20 countries in the world and winning five gold medals in the last Olympic Games is a tremendous success." Juantorena won a 400/800m double at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and is currently the president of the Cuban Athletics Federation and IAAF Vice President.
The last few weeks of the year are a great time to unwind and recover from the long cross country season. The Indoor season is also going for many, but one must put together what the priorities are for the year. Your strength from cross country is not going way, and neither will most of your speed. Fartlek is a smart way to keep speed and endurance and give the brain a break.
Thursday, December 29, 2016: Warm up, Holmer Fartlek. This is old school. Warm up ten minutes, then, run somewhere in fifteen minutes, and see if you can return in 14 minutes, cooldown for ten minutes.
PORTLAND (USA): Galen Rupp will contest the 10 000 m at the US Championships next June but his coach Alberto Salazar has said he will no longer race the 5000m as his training will be geared primarily to the marathon, informs Oregon Live. "You can be effective in the 10,000m while doing marathon training. There is precedent for that. But we won't be doing all that training for a kick. And he won't be running the 5000m anymore. That is gone," he said. Rupp will contest the Boston Marathon next April and also looks likely to run an autumn marathon in 2017.
RunBlogRun opines: Galen Rupp has run two marathons. He won the Olympic Trials in his debut. In his second, he took bronze in the Olympics. This was a natural evolution for Galen Rupp, to move up to the marathon. In his conversation with Ken Goe at OregonLive, Alberto Salazar charted the next phase of Galen Rupp's career. We wish him well.
At Nike Border Clash, I spoke with Galen for a few minutes. He was relaxed and basking in the joy of being a new parent for he and his wife's third child. Galen noted how tired one feels at end of marathon, but how he was getting used to the distance. He still seemed to have interest in racing 10,000 meters, but, Galen Rupp is pretty relaxed. He trusts his coach, Alberto Salazar, impicitly. Rupp focuses on running and racing. Salazar focuses on coaching. It is not a protective device, it is how Rupp handles the pressure at his level of competition.
Bolt by L´Equipe
PARIS (FRA): Usain Bolt and gymnast Simone Biles are L'Equipe's Male and Female Athletes of the Year. Bolt won the award called Champion des Champions for fifth time, he was on top also in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2015. In the men top ten one more representative of athletics was Wayde Van Niekerk as 7th. In the women top ten Elaine Thompson is 3rd, Almaz Ayana 5th and Anita Wlodarczyk 7th.
The NXN nationals grew out of the Nike Border Clash, the battle between the 40 best of Oregon and Washington high school cross country runners, in a battle for cross country supremacy for the Northwest.
The NXN was a series of fine races in fine cross country weather, at the Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland, Oregon on December 3, 2016.
Here my lessons from the NXN.
Bolt by Leichtathletik.de
DARMSTADT (GER): Usain Bolt is the top athlete of 2016 by German website leichtathletik.de. In the second place Wayde Van Niekerk and third Anita Wlodarczyk as top woman. More women are following, Elaine Thompson 4th and Almaz Ayana 5th. In the 6th place Mo Farah ahead of Kendra Harrison and Nafi Thiam. Last two places by Eliud Kipchoge and Ruth Jebet.
Amy Evans did a four part interview at TRE 2016 with The Shoe Addicts on offerings from adidas for 2017 in their apparel range. Make sure you watch them and pass them around!
Amy Evans is a very articulate spokesperson for adidas. She understands her product, her line and her brand. adidas. adidas is on a nice upswing in their business in North America.
Thanks to Amy Evans and The Shoe Addicts. One final note. As Amy Evans did this series, there was a price increase on the Parley tank top from adidas. The correct price is $80.
Ethiopia with life-time ban approach
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): Ethiopia will impose lifetime bans athletes with positive doping tests, says Haile Gebrselassie the legendary long distance runner who is the new Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) president. The EAF subsequently announced that it would carry out tests on up to 200 athletes. "Our stand is no excuse towards someone who has cheated. As of today, any athlete who has offended will be hit by a life ban," he said per Reuters. It concerns bans for four or more years.
RunBlogRun opines: Haile Gebrselassie is the new Ethiopian president. Surely he has to show a strong presence and upgrade the testing in Ethiopia. Rumors of little or no testing have to be shown as part of old system as Ethiopia moves into the modern world of out of competition testing.
Okay, it is the holidays. I am trying to post up all the stories that I missed over the past few months. This is one Jeff Benjamin has been texting me about for sometime. Like the Carl Lewis and LeRoy Burrell for relay coaches, this one should provoke some responses.
I love Eugene. So do most track fans. But the idea of moving major events around the country just makes sense. Besides New York, the upcoming renovations at Mount SAC make it a logical site for nationals and Trials.
Having several good sites to choose from is not a bad problem. Remember the fun we had at Stanford and Sacramento when Nationals and Trials were held there?
Today is a day off! Go see Rogue One (I saw it on IMAX yesterday, with 3D glasses, pretty cool!). Recovery is important for your body, both physically, mentally and spiritually. Athletics is like fine arts. Motivation is key, inspiration is paramount and focus is what makes it all come together.
Read as well! Once a Runner, by John Parker, A Clean Pair of Heels by Murray Halberg, The Unforgiving Minute by Ron Clarke, The Self Made Olympian by Ron Daws. 1980 Olympic marathoner Benji Durden used to read really goofy sci fi novels. Find your interest and take the time to treat your brain and imagination to food for your imagination.
Recover now, so you can be inspired this spring!
Updated December 27, 2016: This is the warmup and cooldown document for distance runners written by Roy Stevenson. Keep it in your training program and
We provided some suggestions for sprinters, jumpers, throwers, and now, distance runners, on their warm up and cool downs. Special thanks to American Track & Field writer Roy Stevenson, who has written for us for a few years now.
Here is his suggestions for distance runners:
Yohan Blake, photo by PhotoRun.net
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaican sprint star Yohan Blake says he feels the coming year will bring for him, a return to special performances on the track for him. Blake, who made a decent return to top level sprinting after a tough few years with injuries, produced a brilliant throw to run out Cambridge PYC opener Shevon Orrette but failed with the bat, making just one off two deliveries in his YB Afraid Foundation's 'Bring Back The Love' Twenty20 cricket match at Barnett Oval in Montego Bay on Christmas Eve. Informs Jamaica Gleaner.
The throws: Javelin, Discus, Hammer and Shot are ballistic events. They are technical events. And, as Olympic and World bronze medalist John Powell told us, day after day, it takes thousands of throws to be a great thrower. It also takes a smart warm up and cool down to care for the mortal engine.
Here are Roy Stevenson's suggestions for warming up and cooling down. As with all of Roy's pieces, he speaks to many of the top coaches and athletes for their advice on how to perform the warm up and cool down correctly for the thrower. Please pass this along to your team and fellow coaches.
Jesse Williams took gold outdoors at the 2011 World Champs, and Chaunte Howard Lowe surprised, most of all, herself, with her win indoors in the high jump.
The jumps are technical events. A proper warm up is key to your success, as is the cool down. Ask any of the above, and they will tell you that, in the end, the jumps are won by those who are focused, ready and can compete on the big day. Are you ready?
Roy Stevenson wrote this piece for American Track & Field on warming up an cooling down for the jumps. We think you will find it educational.
Suhr at Akron PV Convention
AKRON (USA): The University of Akron track and field program will host the Fifth-Annual Pole Vault Convention at Stile Athletics Field House from January 7th and 8th next year. The event is designed to be an all-inclusive pole vault experience for athletes, coaches and parents and will feature classroom sessions, learn-by-doing clinics, and competitions. Instructors will include world-class coaches and vaulters, in addition to top collegiate and club coaches from the region. The Pole Vault Convention is the vision of Zips' head coach Dennis Mitchell, who had a pair of former standout student-athletes in Shawn Barber and Annika Roloff compete in the Summer Olympics this past August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Olympic winner 2012 Jenn Suhr confirmed her attendance via twitter: "Excited to announce I will be jumping on Jan 7 and Speaking on Jan 8 at the Akron Pole Vault Convention."
Updated December 27, 2016: Kenenisa Bekele won the 2016 Berlin Marathon. This interview was done the day before his masterful run in Berlin. Who is the fastest marathoner in the world right now? We will just have to see, in races in 2017.
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This interview is done with Kenenisa Bekele, WR holder at 5000 meters and 10,000 meters. In less than 24 hours, Kenenisa will have finished the BMW Berlin Marathon. This is his pre race Interview!
McLeod at Millrose Games
NEW YORK (USA): The oldest one day indoor meeting the NYRR Millrose Games announced great 60 m hurdles duel. Olympic winner Omar McLeod will face on February 11 at Armory 2011 World champion Jason Richardson and Beijing Worlds participant Aleec Harris. From twitter.
RunBlogRun Opines: The 110 meter hurdles and the 60 meter hurdles for men are two of the toughest events in the sport of athletics. At the Millrose Games, the 60 meter hurdles will be one of the most competitive. Omar McLeod, Olympic champion, is the man for 2017. Every hurdler in the world will want to take him down next year.
Fartlek is speed play. It is a fun way to develop speed and build endurance. The great runners in Sweden in the 1920s and 1930s were the first to use it, on soft trails. The beauty of Fartlek is that it can be spontaneous. Short speed runs broken up by easy runs, long speed runs broken up by similar easy runs. Most elite middle distance runners use Fartlek.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016: Warm up, A fun fartlek, A minute easy, a minute hard, do that twenty times, and then, cooldown. Warm up and cooldown about ten to fifteen minutes.
De Grasse over Crosby
TORONTO (CAN): The Canadian Press news agency named olympic medalist in sprints Andre De Grasse as Canadian Sports Person of the Year 2016. The Markham sprinter earned 43 votes (66 per cent) in the annual survey of editors and broadcasters from across the country. Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was second with 18 votes (28 %). High jumper Derek Drouin, who won gold in Rio, earned two votes, while Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and tennis star Milos Raonic each received one.
RunBlogRun opines: Andre De Grasse is one of the new real stars of the sport. His racing in Rio was exemplary. It will be exciting to see him in 2017!
Tom Cox spoke to The Shoe Addicts at TRE16 in December. Tom Cox manages Under Armour's Performance Eyewear, and has been involved in the sporting goods industry for over three decades. We asked Tom to show us some of the cool UA eyewear available for 2017. Tom understands the needs of athletes and why the eyewear would be of benefit to athletes.
Let us know what you think!
Sumgong for Sao Paulo
SAO PAULO (BRA): Olympic marathon gold medalist Jemima Sumgong is the latest top name announced for the 92nd Corrida de San Silvestre here on December 31. Already earlier confirmed were Ethiopian Ymer Ayalew and top Brazilian name Joziane da Silva Cardoso.
RunBlogRun opines: Jemima Sumgong had what can be described as a roller derby like year. Her fall at London precipitated a fine win in that April race, and her win in the humidity and heat of Rio showed her versatility. Good luck to Jemima in the San Silvestre race, won by many of the finest runners in the world.
Anyone who reads this blog realizes that I hold coaches and teachers in high esteem. As the late, great Sam Adams (UC Santa Barbara) bellowed at me one time, " You know that ALL Coaches are EDUCATORS." Once I stopped trembling, I considered Coach Adam's important comment.
Here's my column on Rich Grawer, my first history teacher and sophomore head cross country coach at DeSmet. He was a real educator. And, he changed my life.
NEW DELHI (IND): The Statesman.com writes that IAAF President Sebastian Coe says that India has the capability to host big ticket track and field events and he would love to see the prestigious Diamond League Meeting being held in the country in near future. "I know it is possible. New Delhi also hosted the World Half Marathon Championships way back in 2004 and it was hugely successful. So, I am sure India is well capable of hosting big international events. I want to see IAAF events coming to India. It's important IAAF increases its global footprint, particularly for our big one-day athletics events. Asia, including India, is an important market. That will be where our focus is. I would love to have a Diamond League event in India one day," he added.
RunBlogRun opines: Of course, Seb Coe is right. India could be the next great athletic world power. There are 25 races, at least, in India, with over 20,000 runners. There are a plethora of road races with six figure prize purses. There are fine athletic performances, and some amazing athletes coming through their antiquated system. The real issue is this: drug testing has to catch up with the sport in India's enthusiasm. If it does, India will be the next great global sports power.
Happy Holidays from The Running Network, RunBlogRun and the Shoe Addicts. We wish all of our readers and supporters the very best of holidays. Celebrate the gift of the holidays, and giving all year long.
In honor of our readers, partners and sponsors, we will be making a donation to Second Harvest Food Banks and Girls on the Run for the year of 2016.
Thanks for your support and enjoy the holidays with your family, friends and training partners!
Republished December 26, 2016. This piece is our friend, Jim Gerweck, on the 2016 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. The 2017 version will be on January 28, 2017 at the Reggie Lewis center. What will the 2017 version bring us?
This is the first piece for RunBlogRun by one of my favorite writers and people, Jim Gerweck. Jim Gerweck, Paul Merca and I are Slap Central, a group of track nerds, sports fans and journalists who have found a way to make a living from this sport we love.
Sitting next to Jim at the New Balance Indoor GP is kind of a right of passage. He travels up from his home with Victor Sailer, Tabitha Sailer and Photo Run team. This time, Victor had arrived from an all nighter back from the LA Marathon Trials.
I asked Jim to write about the distance races, which resonate with the Reggie Lewis crowd.
I hope you enjoy the article from one third of Slap Central. I know I did.
End of year is a great time to access what you did int 2016, and begin to make plans for 2017. That is why I always put three recovery weeks into the end of the year. You still will be fit if you run a midnight run or an early season indoor track race.
Enjoy the holidays and the holiday runs with friends.
Monday, December 26, 2016 : Warm up; 4-mile run with friends, cool down.
The holidays are not just a day or two, or seven. It is the spirit of giving, respect and love that we should live with all year long. Enjoy your holiday runs with family and friends.
Sunday, December 25, 2016: Long, relaxed run of 7-9 miles with friends. Long runs are great way to get the body moving during the holidays.
This feature on Molly Huddle, on her amazing year of 2016, was written by David Hunter. Molly's hard fought year, like the years that preceded it, are like a tapestry of the athlete's complete career. Many more races to run for Molly Huddle, as David Hunter writes in this fine piece. We, her fans are most fortunate.
LONDON (GBR): Long jump European Champion Ivana Spanovic said for London 2017 website she will spend Christmas home because she is in preparation for the European Indoor Championships on home soil. She also confirmed she trains also on Christmas Day: "Yes I do. I don't think about it because when I was little and my birthday was on a working day or I was training. Now I'm older, it's my job, that's what I do and I love it. I don't think about it, but I do like to finish my training session early enough to get everything done that I want to do on Christmas day."
RunBlogRun opines: Athletes train to perform at their best. They train on weekends, holidays, in mornings, evenings. Ivana Spanovic is a fine athlete, and she is preparing for the European Indoor Championships in her homeland. We look forward to seeing her battle for the Euro Indoor title.
Look, I love traveling every four years to a different venue for the Summer Olympics. Rio was my first real visit to South America and the country of Brazil is, as someone much brighter than I noted, "one hot mess." I am drawn to hot messes, I believe, and that is part of the reason I love athletics so much. So much eccentricity over running, jumping and throwing.
But, stay with me for a moment, now that I have drawn you in. Aren't we missing something about having a permanent site for the Summer Olympics? Of course, this is after LA hosts in 2024, as I do not need a whole group of LA trolls hunting me down as promote my agenda.
So, what is my plan? Well, not so much of a plan, but as a feeling...
Amy Evans continues her well done discussions on 2017 apparel offerings from adidas. This is part three of four parts of the series on adidas apparel. It was shot by The Shoe Addicts at the TRE16.
Apparel is always changing. Amy Evans explains the offerings and the benefits of the product. Running footwear continues to be over examined, but apparel is just beginning to be understood.
We hope that you enjoy this series. Thanks once again to Amy Evans on her perceptive comments to The Shoe Addicts on all things adidas. Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts for all of your production work on the series.
GREENSBURG (USA, Dec 22): Junior Jordan Geist (18) broke the national high school record with senior implement at Thursday night's Hempfield Area Competition. He achieved 20.82 what is third all-time best U20 ever after 21.14 Konrad Bukowiecki and 21.05 Terry Albritton. Indoors it is second best ever. Geist achieved that mark in last round, he has signed with the University of Arizona. He was third at US U20 Championships last summer.
RunBlogRun opines: The 10,000 meters at the Moscow Olympics was one of the toughest, most erracticly paced 25 lappers in the modern history of the event. Viren, Manienka, Yifter, Kedir, Foster, McLeod, were all there.
Miruts Yifter had taken bronze in the 10,000 meters in Munich. His country then boycotted Montreal, taking away a historic chance for the Ethiopian medalist to add to his Olympic medal count. In 1977, at the World Cup, he held off Marty Liquori, as both ran two of the fastest times over 5000 meters of that year. In 1979, at the next World Cup, Yifter won the 10,000m in a very tactical event.
Now, Yifter was dealing with a double Olympic champion with fine tactics, a fine kick and a fine pedigree in Olympic finals. Yifter took him on, and won, over 10,000 meters, with Viren in sixth. In the 5000 meters, Yifter also won, with Viren a DNF. While Yifter had finally defeated his nemesis from 1972, he did get the recognition he should have, like other Ethiopian athletes of his generation. (Remember Mamo Wolde? Mr. Wolde served nine years in Ethiopian prisons.)
Yifter was held in great respect by the next generations of Ethiopian runners and any global fan who understood the sport. Like Emil Zatopek, Miruts Yifter paid for his beliefs, imprisoned by the depraved and despotic Marxists who dictated life in Ethiopia, soon after his 1972 bronze, because the despots did not believe that Yifter tried hard enough to defeat Viren. After Yifter finished his racing, he moved to Canada in 1988.
His brilliant racing lives on YouTube, in an Olympics, that to most Americans, did not exist, as it was not broadcast in the U.S. Remember President Carter's ill-advised boycott of Moscow 1980?
Miruts Yifter died this past week, and Bob Ramsak, a long time writer for the IAAF and friend, wrote the following tribute for the IAAF. org site. We use , giving courtesy to the IAAF.
Updated December 23, 2016
This product, Recoverite, makes sense for athletic trainers as an economical way to manage recovery while on the road. We encourage you to reach out to the company for more information. Recoverite is looking for retailers in North America. Running stores that understand the needs of their more advanced customers will carry this product.
Updated November 26, 2016
So, about a month ago, a good friend, Andy Stubbs, called me from the land Down Under. By that, of course, I mean Australia. Andy is in the athlete management business in athletics. While doing some research for his athletes, Andy came upon a new product fusing compression recovery and ice therapy recovery. The product is called Recoverite. He asked me to look at the product concept. Recoverite, in my mind, makes a ton of sense: from a coaches' point of view, this is a product that trainers should use and athletes who see the value of compression and ice therapy recover will see the use.
Ice baths are a pain in the butt. If you have spent any time with distance runners or track athletes, you know what happens after a meet and the ice machines run out of ice. The mess in rooms is also a pain for everyone. Recoverite has compression product plus reusable ice bags, ending the mess, but getting the both of ice recovery and compression recovery for athletes. The concept, supported by science and common sense, is that both compression apparel and ice therapy are fine ways to speed recovery workouts and the delayed onset muscle soreness that comes with power and strength workouts. This type of recovery system makes sense for nearly all sports.
Where does this product make sense? Well, compression and ice therapy work in all sports where your muscles can get banged up, from road racing to track & field to rugby and all in between.
I was also thinking, with TRE 2016 upon us, that this product makes sense in running stores and team catalogs. The Recoverite product can be sold to athletes and their families and coaches and trainers.
The company is the work of Abel Podger and Andy Stubbs. Both Abdel and Andy will be at TRE this coming week. I have attached the media brochure from RecoveriteUS Brochure.pdf, plus their website: www.recoverite.com.au
I think that is a great idea. If you want to meet Abdel and Andy at the TRE2016, you can reach out to Andy at [email protected]
And so it is. The Friday before Christmas, December 23, 2016. A day where a gentle run provides a break from either online shopping or physical shopping at the mall, or final preparations for the holidays.
Want a holiday read? Try the novella, The Loneliness of the long distance runner, by Allan Sillitoe. One of the finest short works ever on running, deeply moving, this is a must read for all cross country runners. A runner's Catcher in the Rye, I might add (you have not read Catcher in the Rye? Or, how about, A Separate Peace? ) Come now, you have three books to read over holiday break.
Friday, December 23, 2016: Warm up; 4-mile run, run on a soft surface, cool down.
TOKYO (JPN): Organisers of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo informed about their new budget of between ¥1.6 trillion (£11 billion/$13.6 billion/€13.1 billion) and ¥1.8 trillion (£12.4 billion/$15.3 billion/€14.7 billion). The official cost estimate, revealed during a Four-Party Political Working Group meeting, is down from the maximum budget cap of ¥2 trillion (£13.8 billion/$17 billion/€16.4 billion) cited by Tokyo 2020 President Yoshirō Mori last month. Informs insidethegames.
Amy Evans of adidas spoke with the Shoe Addicts on the new products and special attributes of new adidas performance apparel for 2017. This interview was done at the adidas Booth for the Running Event 2016, in Orlando.
adidas is having a bit of a brand renaissance in North America. Always a fine brand, the fashion product is doing well, but, it must be added the adidas BOOST product line continues to shine, as does the new apparel line.
This is the second of Amy Evans' four videos with the The Shoe Addicts for December 2016. One note Amy asked us to remind our kind viewers of: the adidas Parley tank top has had a price change, to $80.
Special thanks to Amy Evans for her time and giving us an appreciation of the new product line, and The Shoe addicts for their interview and production.
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenya's multiple World and Olympic steeplechase gold medallist Ezekiel Kemboi on Wednesday described Kenya's Olympic officials as "tourists" and blamed them for failing to appeal against the disqualification that saw him stripped of his bronze medal at the Rio Olympic Games. Informs Daily Nation.
RunBlogRun opines: Mr. Kemboi, the elder statesman of Steeplechasers, was quite gentle when he called the Kenyan Olympic officials 'tourists'. That there was not a protest filed to defend the most bemedaled steepler of all times is sad. I am no doctor, but the DQ of Mr. Kemboi was lacking common sense. Some common sense must be used in DQing athletes, such as, them impacting others.
Phil Anthony did a fine job describing the new updates for 361 Degrees USA. This is Part 3 of the series filmed at the The Running Event 2016 in Orlando. 361 USA is a prime example of how technology and production opportunities have opened up the world of performance running footwear.
We track over 48 brands as of this time. However, getting into the business is one thing. Being successful is another. The key, as one footwear pro told RunBlogRun, " to be successful, one must make consistently successful shoes."
We thanks Phil Anthony and his brand, 361 Degrees USA, for his time and effort on behalf of his brand. We like 361 USA, as they are taking a long time approach to building their brand.
The video program was done by The Shoe Addicts for RunBlogRun.
Top US names for Boston
BOSTON (USA): Olympic medalists and Rio 2016 Olympians Shalane Flanagan, Meb Keflezighi and Galen Rupp will lead the home country charge at the 2017 Boston Marathon, organizers reported today, just three of a strong American team which will toe the starting line in Hopkinton, Mass., on Monday, April 17. Also competing for the unofficial Team USA in Boston will be 2016 Rio Olympic Marathoners Des Linden (2:22:38 PB) and Jared Ward (2:11:30). Other Americans in the race will be four-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman, recently third at the TCS New York City Marathon; Shadrack Biwott, recently fifth in New York; Sean Quigley, who has a 2:13:30 personal best; Clara Santucci, the 2015 Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon champion; Esther Atkins, the 2014 USA marathon champion; and Jordan Hasay, who will make her marathon debut. From RRW.
RunBlogRun opines: In this very historic and American marathon, it is great to see a top U.S. field. Meb will be competing in his last Boston as an elite and Galen in his first as an elite. Shalane Flanagan and Des Linden put it all on the line each and every time they race. Looking forward to Boston 2017!
This past fall, we produced over fifteen interview segments on the art and science of coaching, geared to the high school coach. We featured Ben Rosario, Coach of HOKA ONE ONE's Northern Arizona Elite. We also featured Frank Gagliano and John Trautmann, coaches of the HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club. Right below, we have listed three of the finest pieces this season, for your note books. All three provide ideas on how to be more effective coaches and distance runners!
KJT joins French Group
LIVERPOOL (GBR): European indoor pentathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson will join Kevin Mayer and Antoinette Nana Djimou's training group in Montpellier, informs L'Equipe. Johnson-Thompson split up with her long-time coach Mike Holmes after the Olympics and will now be coached by Bertrand Valcin and Jean Yves Cochand while Bruno Gajer will advise her in the 800m. Johnson-Thompson will travel out to Stellenbosch in South Africa for a warm weather training trip next month ahead of the indoor season. According to The Sun, Olympic 200m finalist Adam Gemili has joined Rana Reider's group after splitting up with Steve Fudge.
Warming up before a race, photo by Justin Britton
Cross country season is a season, in the U.S., that runs through summer, fall and winter. Winter began on December 21, the shortest day of light of the year. December 22 is a cool day across the country. Enjoy this workout today, and keep it fun. Finish your holidays shopping too!
Thursday, December 22, 2016: Warm up, Holmer Fartlek. This is old school. Warm up ten minutes, then, run somewhere in fifteen minutes, and see if you can return in 14 minutes, cooldown for ten minutes.
This is week 18 of the HOKA ONE ONE Fall Cross Country season. It is a week to recover for most of us. So, follow the week, finish you holiday shopping, run or walk with a friend or family this week. Enjoy the season.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 : Take a day off, or run no more than four miles, easy.
RunBlogRun opines: The Millrose Games will be hosted at the New Balance Armory on February 11, 2017. RunBlogRun will be there, will you?
ORLANDO (USA): Sprinter/jumper Jarrion Lawson won the Bowerman Award 2016 on the men side. The former Arkansas standout won four NCAA titles in 2016, including a historic three at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He is the first Razorback to win collegiate track & field's highest individual honor, which was handed out Friday night at the Orlando Grande Lakes Resort. Lawson faced tough competition for The Bowerman Award as Texas A&M's Donavan Brazier and Oregon's Edward Cheserek were also finalists. Among women the award went to 400 m runner Courtney Okolo after an undefeated season that resulted in four NCAA titles and a collegiate record. Other women's finalists for The Bowerman Award were Georgia's Keturah Orji (triple jump) and Mississippi's Raven Saunders (shot put). Based on reports on ustfccca.org.
RunBlogRun opines: The Bowerman Award is the Heisman Trophy of track & field. The development of USTFCCCA and Sam Seames, CEO of USTFCCCA, the Bowerman Award provides the fine athletes in cross country and track & field at the collegiate level with a gala night of recognition of the finest athletes in our sport.
This is the beginning of a four part series on adidas apparel for 2017. adidas' Amy Evans spoke to The Shoe Addicts at the Running Event 2016 in Orlando last week, on upcoming adidas apparel product launches and updates. As Amy Evans tells us, runners like to look good, so adidas has focused on both fashion and function with the new apparel for 2017. Special thanks to Amy Evans for her knowledge and enthusiasm and The Shoe Addicts, the partners of RunBlogRun, for their video creations. Just one correction: The adidas Parley top retails for $80, not the $65 noted. Sorry about that!
Bolt number 32 by Forbes
KINGSTON (JAM): Trackalerts informs that Usain Bolt is the one of the highest paid athletes across all sports. According to Forbes Magazine Bolt is 32nd ranked among the world's highest paid sportsmen. Per Forbes he is said to be earning US$32.5 million yearly - US$2.5 in appearance fees and US$30 million in endorsements. The top 100 list, which is without any other track and field athlete, has Portuguese and Real Madrid footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, at the top with US$80m - US$56m salary and US$32m endorsements and Argentina and Barcelona star, Lionel Messi, US$81.4m with 53.4m and $28m, respectively.
What is the difference between a running short that is made of performance fibers, and fits well, sold for $50, and a pair of shorts you buy at Marshalls?
Truth is, the running media has done a pretty good job defining needs in running footwear. But, I believe that we have not done a good job in defining needs in running performance apparel.
So, we began this discussion with Craig Vanderoef in May of 2016, and began recording segments in July 2016. This is part three in our discussion on the making of great performance apparel.
That is the goal of Craig Vanderoef, adidas Senior Global Director of Running Apparel. Craig gets it, and is past obsession in making fine performance apparel for adidas. We thank Craig for his time. This video series was produced by The Shoe Addicts.
Part 3 of Craig Vanderoef video is just below.
Cecil Smith died on December 2. I was in the middle of two weeks of December travel to trade shows, cross country events and end of year meetings. I took a short walk to consider my dear friend, who had provided this writer, new to covering global athletics kind suggestions and a strong accent. I can hear his laugh and see his smile. Still now, as then, there was a bit of mischief in the laugh and smile, as I would recollect.
I wanted to say something about Cecil Smith, who was publisher of Athletics Canada magazine with John Craig as his editor. Cecil Smith made Athletics Canada a magazine that was read and honored for the respect it provided for the sport. Cecil had a great presense and a robust voice. You could hear his Welsh origins in every breath, and he did not suffer fools, or anyone who took away from his beloved sport.
Cecil Smith was proud of Canadian athletics. If one read Athletics Canada, one would learn about the current and former greats of the sport from our northern neighbor.
He was at his best in his Sports short news pieces in Athletics Canada, where he could poke a bit of fun at some of the large egoes in our sport. He also noted moments that took away from the importance of our sport. He was a particular foe of doping in sport.
Cecil Smith had battled Parkinson's disease for some time. I recall last seeing him in Edmonton in 2001. I would hear a quick story on Cecil from mutual friends. We loved Cecil. He was a good man, and he fought the good fight in athletics media.
I miss my friend from Canada.
Phil Anthony was at the end of a three day trade show, and he still had to be interviewed by my team, the Shoe Addicts. Phil did a great job explaining the brand 361 USA, and their new products for 2017. We encourage you to check out this brand, as they are making some fine running product. Thanks to Phil Anthony and The Shoe Addicts, the partners of RunBlogRun.
The cross country season has built you up. If you take a couple weeks with some good rest and some fun workouts to keep your speed, you will be ready to go in January. That's our goal, so read the workouts, do the workouts and get your holiday shopping done!
LONDON (GBR): Mo Farah has confirmed he will move to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships in London, informs Reuters. "I do have a lot of plans to run the marathon. My aim is to get the world champs out of the way then see what I can do on the road. I believe I have to learn about the event, I have to understand what it takes," he said.
RunBlogRun Opines: Mo Farah has a future on the roads, and his leg speed will help him in that pursuit. As a selfish fan, I love seeing him on the track, as he has won the 10,000m and 5,000m every which way possible. Another road to run for Mo Farah.
Mark Coogan has a long resume in the sport. I remember him as a member of the 1996 Olympic team at the marathon. Since he ended his running career, Mark has developed into a fine athletics coach.
A succesful coach combines the knowledge of the scientific and anecdotal. A succesful coach is cheerleader, confessor, analyst, observer, among other traits.
We spoke to Mark Coogan at the FootLocker Cross Country Champs. Mark Coogan was there with some of his New Balance athletes, including Abby D'Agostino. This is an audio interview with Mark, where we asked him about a dozen questions on how high school coaches can improve their coaching, how he looks at coaching and how he looks at some of the basic thoughts on high school coaching.
Listen carefully, there are many lessons here for coaches of all abilities. Thanks for Mark Coogan for sitting down with me at the Hotel Del Coronado.
BOSTON (USA): The Boston Athletic Association will attempt to recover $175,000 from disgraced former Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo, informs Business Daily Africa. "We are exploring legal options and will take whatever steps are reasonable and necessary to ensure compliance," said a spokesperson from the association.
RunBlogRun opines: We applaud the BAA making the attempt to recover money from the banned runner, Rita Jeptoo, who, as all drug positives, stole money from the Boston marathon, and the sport with their cheating.
Updated December 19, 2017
I was thinking how extraordinary of a year that Jenny Simpson had. Her finish in the Rio 2016 1,500 meters was perfection. Her move into the bronze medal position, in a race with the absolutley fastest women in the world, was a true highlight of her career.
Last weekend, I watched Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn, via Skype, cheer on the FootLocker finalists, as their sponsor, New Balance was sponsoring the event for the first time. This got me rereading Elliot Denman's article and I thought it would be a good read this morning!
Jenny Simpson won the bronze medal in Rio with an amazing come from behind final last 200 meters. Everyone was amazed by her run, but it was something that Jenny Simpson has trained for all season, and actually, quite longer.
In her run on Fifth Avenue, Jenny followed the amazing Laura Muir, who has made that big step to greatness this year. Laura Muir has run some fast times and made some big wins. With less than 300 meters to go, Jenny Simpson made her big move.
Jenny Simpson won her fifth NB Fifth Avenue Mile. How appropriate that the first athlete signed by New Balance in the modern era (2010), continues to excell and won the first American medal at 1,500 meters ever!
And what a wonderful end to 2016, with her New Balance Fifth Avenue victory!
Here's the column by our senior writer, Elliott Denman.
Craig Vanderoef looks at performance apparel like few others in the world. Articulate, witty and always looking for a good conversation, Craig Vanderoeff spends his days looking for the perfect fabric for the perfect running apparel. We caught up with Craig at the adidas House at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Over a few hours, we discussed many aspects of the form and function of perfomance running apparel.
Craig Vanderoeff is the Senior Director of Global Running Apparel for adidas. He loves a well thought out, well executed piece of running apparel. He wants his apparel to answer the questions and needs of runners.
This is part two of a multi part series on perfomance apparel. We hope that you enjoy the series. We thank Craig Vanderoef for his insights and honesty. We thank The Shoe Addicts for their work on this series.
2016 personalities by Spikes
MONACO (MON): Spikes.iaaf.org published their personalities of 2016 in athletics. This are the names beyond the medal podium and their roles as ambassadors for the sport of track and field are just as important. Canadian walker Evan Dunfee as he did not filled another protest after counter-protest from Japan after the olympic 50 km race. Major Tim Peake for running a marathon in space on a intergalactic treadmill. Tegla Loroupe as Chef de Mission for the Olympic Refugee team. Piotr Malachowski who donated the funds for olympic silver to Olek Szymanski, the three year old son of family friends to have treatment for a rare form of cancer. Gabriele Grunewald having already bounced back twice from cancer and following successful surgery, she is already back running. Alexi Pappas who competed for Greece in the Olympic 10 000 m also released TrackTown, a film she directed and starred in, to sell-out screenings across the USA, has become a regular correspondent for the New York Times, and appeared on the anniversary cover of Runners' World alongside pint-sized comic megastar Kevin Hart. Syrian high jumper Majd Eddin Ghazal who in preparation for Rio 2016 trained at a Damascus stadium that boasted only "an old landing area, several hurdles and one weight". Despite that, he was one of the best high jumpers in the world in 2016. Ed Whitlock who at the age of 85 became the oldest man in history to break four hours for the marathon, running 3:56:38 at the 2016 Toronto Waterfront Marathon. And finally New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin and USA's Abbey D'Agostino who accidently tangled with each other in the 5000 m heats at Rio 2016. First, D'Agostino helped Hamblin to her feet, before herself falling, clearly stricken. Hamblin automatically returned the favour. And they were strangers before the race. Writes the Spikes.
This has been a long, wonderful cross country season. Some races still going on in warm, and cold, and muddy parts of the country. For most of the 550,000 high school cross country boys and girls, it is time to really unwind for the next three weeks. 160,000 of you will run indoor track. Some had already started the indoor season. Just keep in mind what your major goals are for the Spring of 2017.
We will provide three final weeks for cross country, which will include rest days and some fun workouts that change the approach, but keep you with a nice fitness level.
Monday, December 19, 2016 : Warm up; 4-mile run with friends, cool down. Keep it relaxed, and enjoy the time with your friends.
Molly Huddle was entered into the FootLocker Hall of Fame just a few weeks ago. It was another accolade for one of the finest of America's distance runners. A former 5,000 meter AR holder, presently the AR 10,000m record holder, Molly Huddle is coming off a fine debut marathon, where she placed third in a cool and windy New York City Marathon.
In speaking with Molly a few times over the FootLocker weekend, it became apparent that she is very happy in her life, which gives her remarkable focus in her athletic career.
Corey Bellemore, photo courtesy of Corey Bellemore
AUSTIN (USA, Dec 17): Corey Bellemore trailed after one beer, but quickly took over the FloTrack Beer Mile World Championships on the first lap and dominated the rest of the race. Bellemore, the world record holder, was at 67 seconds at the the start of the second beer, 2:21 at the start of the third, 3:36 at the fourth, and 4:49 at the finish. In her first ever competitive beer mile, Ali Grace Morgan ran 6:07--but was disqualified for leaving too much beer in her cans. Caitlin Batten won in 6:29 after leading most of the race. Veteran beer miler and Austinite Andrea Fisher was second in 6:31, marking her second runner-up finish at the FloTrack Beer Mile World Championships. From Flotrack.org.
RunBlogRun opines: This Beer Mile is getting some traction. If one checks, there are more articles on Beer Miler Corey Bellemore than the woman who won IAAF Athlete of Year, Almaz Ayana. adidas provided product for Corey, a 1:47.5 800 meter runner, and had several inquiries on Mr. Bellemore. Much of that was due to his manager's fine promotional efforts, which, RunBlogRun understands were better than some athlete at much higher levels recieve.
We also understand that Global Atheltics & Marketing has decided, in light of the interest in the Flotrack Beer Mile Champs, to begin a division devoted sole to Beer Milers. Let's see how fast Mr. Bellemore can run without four beers, and congrats to our friends at FloTrack.org!
TAIPEI (TPE, Dec 18): Two months after finishing second in the Amsterdam Marathon in 2:05:45, Sammy Kitwara claimed the first marathon victory of his career in the Taipei Marathon in a course record of 2:09:59. Mercy Kibarus won the women's race in 2:36:33.
HOUILLES (FRA, Dec 18): On her 10 km debut, world 5000m fourth-placer Viola Kibiwott won the Corrida de Houilles in 31:14 ahead of Katrina Wootton in a big PB of 31:47 to move into the UK all-time top-10. Carolyne Jepkosgei was a distant third in 32:54. The top four finishes were all credited with the same finishing time of 28:19 but defending champion Cornelius Kangogo winning his third title ahead of Jemal Yimer Mekonnen and El-Mahjoud Dazza. Julien Wanders was the top European finisher in sixth in a Swiss record of 28:21.
Simon Bartold is one of the true grand characters of our sport. A footwear enthusiast, yes, but, as I have said before, a true provacateur. In his current evolution, Simon is the VP of Special Projects at Salomon, one of the iconic brands in performance footwear. Dr. Bartold is doing something unique is his career: he is simplifying a line of running product, down to three models, which take into account his real focus: the changing needs of the runner as they evolve in fitness.
Many brands have spoken of keeping their models limited, but for very different reasons that the good doctor. Simon Bartold spoke to us of vibration and how it affects runners footstrike. Once one understands that, one then will follow Dr. Bartold's assertion that, as a runner increases fitness level, he or she may need a shoe that evolves with those needs.
Bartold is positioning Salomon to answer those needs. We think he is onto something. Listen to the good doctor in this second part of the TRE 16 interview we did in Orland, Florida on December 2.
The affable young at heart gent pictured above is not out of a Dickensian novel. No, dear readers, he is one of the finest runners in the world. Ed Whitlock, who I hope to interview some day soon, is all of 85 and has broke four hours for the marathon at that age.
And, he is an inspiration for Justin Lagat, our friend and correspondent from Kenya. Justin's column is a huge example of the universality of our sport and the goodness that can be derived.
Read on and see who Justin speaks of as inspirations. A proper end of year column.
Stan Brajer is a long time executive in our sport. He has been with major brands for over three decades.
We interviewed Stan Brajer at the TRE Shoe regarding Polar. Polar is the grand daddy of heart rate monitors and they have, quite frankly, been taken for granted. The quality of their product, the quality of their research and their long time record for making fine product in the industry makes them a don not miss in training monitors. I worked with the parent company, Polar Electro, on an early heart monitor training program from 1991-1994. They were espoused by Coach Roy Benson, former Florida TC and early personal coach.
Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts for the interview, producing the interview and keeping me organized.
Justin Lagat wrote this piece for RunBlogRun. I wanted you, dear readers, to see the interest from newly minted U.S. citizens on representing their new country. My mind is not made up over this, but I believe we have to look at all athletes, as I do, as humans with their own personal story.
On October 22-23, Global Athletics & Marketing provided several of their young stars, with an amazing opportunity. These young athletes met with the USOC, media, social media experts and photographers, to learn more about the business, but also, about the business of communicaiton.
As part of this communication skills effort, media groups like Track & Field News, LetsRun, Flotrack, Milesplit were invited to interview the athletes. This is the first of those interviews.
I hope you like it.
RunBlogRun opines: Jeff Benjamin did this interview with John Trautmann, one of the assistant coaches at HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club, a month ago. I am just getting to it, and while ther tips are great for high school cross country, they are also perfect for high school distance runners.
Updated December 7, 2016
Updated December 17, 2016
You have to love John Trautmann. A 1992 Olympian over 5000 meters, John had his career cut short due to injuries.He stopped running and gained 72 pounds, only to start running again in 2009. In 2015, John had lost 60 lbs and broke the 45-49 year old world record for the indoor mile, running 4:12.33 at Boston University Valentine Invitational in 2015 ! RunBlogRun had been lucky enough to watch John run 4:18.72 to win the master's mile at the 2015 NB indoor GP.
John took six years to loose the 62 pounds. RunBlogRun had watched him in 2014 run a pretty good mile for a master (in the 4:30s) as he got back into shape. Who did he ask? Why, former coach Frank Gagliano, aka "Gags", his coach from college. Now John coaches with "Gags" at the HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club.
What is most interesting is how the club is developing, with some new athletes for Winter and spring 2017, keep your eyes open. Gags, John Trautmann and Tom Nohilly are working with some very special, and talented athletes.
As someone much better looking and compensated once said in a movie, " We live in a cynical world."
And with that opening, I bring in Nike's new program, "Breaking2", with the goal of having humans run a marathon much faster than the current WR of 2:02:57. That would have been fine, but Nike, the nearly $50 billion sports behemoth, went farther. They want to run 1:59:59, break the two hour marathon barrier. And, if this was, like the call by the late President Kennedy, a proverbial moonshot, that would be okay. But, it seems, they want to do this sooner.
I believe, this is not a Nike moonshot, it is a Nike Marshot, allow me to explain.
Daniel Levy is one of the hardest working people in our sport business. I see this guy at nearly every running event I attend, always speaking to potential customers, and making sure that the running community knows about Skechers.
Skechers has had an upward battle in running. Truth is, they did not need the business, but when they signed Meb Keflezighi in 2012, it was, well, 'karma'. When Meb, a life long orthotic wearer, told me, that with Skechers, he no longer wore orthotics, I was shocked. Meb's feet were nearly as problematic as Frank Shorters.
But, Skechers listened, and their running and walking business continues to grow. In this interview with Dan Levy, VP of Sales for Skechers Performance, we look at new product for now and early spring (mostly color wave changes).
I am sitting in Boston, and it is snowing. The snow was preceded by a very cold day, and after the snow, a chilling rain.
We have all run cross country races, and perhaps even, track races, in weather like this. We will keep providing workouts though the end of the year, mostly focused on giving you a bit of a change and some rest before the outdoor season begins.
If you get a chance today, in a dry, non snowy climate, consider a 5k today to see how your fitness is at the end of the season.
Saturday, December 17, 2016: Warm up, run a 5k race today, cooldown. If the weather is too miserable, and no major race, get in a nice run in the snow, just dress warm and stay visible.
Friday in the week is always a pretty light day. Find a fun race to see what you can do this weekend.
Friday, December 16, 2016: Warm up; 4-mile run; 4x150 yds relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down. Focus on the race.
I have always been fascinated with Dwight Stones. I felt that, for many years, Dwight Stones was the only guy who got field events in the U.S., and hence, if he was not on a telecast, field event coverage was geared for those with consciousness of a small soap dish.
Stones educated a few generations on field events. In this feature by David Hunter, our fearless scribe encapsulates a four decade long career both as an athlete and a sports broadcaster.
This is part deux of our Conversations with Carson, a look into Brooks 2017 footwear. The video was done by The Shoe Addicts and features Carson Caprara, Larry Eder and a cast of characters. For more information, please go to www.brooksrunning.com.
RunBlogRun Opines: The New Balance Indoor GP is how I open each indoor season. The fixture in Boston, held in the iconic Reggie Lewis Center, is just under three hours of fast and competitive track & field.
The release today announces Matthew Centrowitz, 2016 Rio Olympic 1,500 meter champion, Ekaterina Stefanidi, 2016 Rio Olympic pole vault champion, and Jenn Suhr, 2012 London pole vault champion.
Order your tickets early, as the meet is always a sell out! To order tickets, please go to: http://www.nbindoorgrandprix.com/tickets/
Powell and others to join Bolt
MELBOURNE (AUS): Usain Bolt will be joined on the Bolt All-Stars team for the Nitro Athletics Melbourne Series next February by former world 100m record-holder Asafa Powell and former world 100m silver medallist Michael Frater, informs organisers. "Some meets have made significant changes, but the Nitro series is really pushing the envelope to a whole new level. I'm excited to be a part of it," said Powell. Other top names to confirm their participation are 2008 Olympic 100m hurdles champion Dawn Harper-Nelson, 2008 Olympic 100m silver medallist Richard Thompson, 2013 world 110m hurdles silver medallist Ryan Wilson and US Rio Olympian in women sprints Jenna Prandini. "One thing I truly like about the Nitro concept is that the athletes will have more interactions with the fans. I love competing but getting to talk with the fans and seeing their appreciation of your talent and hard work has a special place with me," said Harper-Nelson.
ASICS is launching an update of the beloved GEL-Nimus in early January 2017. This is update 19.
What fascinates me, on all updates, is how brands decide what to change and what to keep? ASICS has done this quite well for many years, as several of their key shoes are in the 20 plus model.
As always, RunBlogRun and the RunningNetwork suggest that our readers check out the shoes they love plus other brands at their local running store. Running footwear needs to be experienced in person.
Simon Bartold is the Director of Strategic Planning at Salomon. Simon Bartold has spent nearly thirty-four years shaking up the perceptions of how running affects runners. We like to call Simon Bartold what he is, a "provacateur" Simon likes that description as well.
In our meetings with Simon Bartold and the Salomon team at the TRE 16, it became quite clear that the good professor is looking at running footwear in a different fashion than many of his contemporaries. Bartold and the Salomon team is working on three shoes, to allow athletes to evolve as their levels of fitness and levels of need evolves. By 2018, they will have three shoes in the Salomon running plan. "We want to provide a simple program that allows runners to evolve."
This is the first of several videos on Simon Bartold and the Salomon running shoe program. Special thanks to the good professor for his sense of humor and his knowledge. Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts for capturing this series of discussions on Salomon running.
MONACO (MON): IAAF President Sebastian Coe has described his anger at the 2012 Olympics being subverted by strong allegations of Russian doping, informs insidethegames.biz. "Anybody that makes it in to an Olympic Stadium has probably devoted over half their life to doing that and the thought that with such callous and malintent [sic] that that dream could just be snatched away is just horrendous and that's why I'm angry and I'm always angry when clean athletes have their opportunities stripped from them. The scale of duplicity was extraordinary and the lengths that one single system has gone to subvert the dream and ambitions of clean athletes is equally shocking," he said. All Russian samples taken from the London Olympics will now be retested by the IOC.
RunBlogRun opines: The London 2012 allegations against the Russian sport federations will result in all being retested. This is the continued focus of the IAAF to clean up the sport and bring Russia, as a clean athletic federation, back into the sport.
Yep, we pulled this from IAAF.org. A great race coming in January!
Bob Ramsak is one of the long time writers who has covered our sport, with affection for our sport. It is always nice to see his columns in IAAF pages.
I spoke with Garrett Heath on his preparations for Great Edinburgh, and he is focusing on his return to Scotland. Mo Farah always likes the competition, so that race will be quite exciting.
Garrett Heath & Mo Farah battling last year, courtesy of BBC Sports TV (great coverage!)
Here's the link from last year's piece by Cathal Dennehy: http://www.runblogrun.com/2016/01/-garrett-heath-takes-mo-farah-at-great-edinburgh-xc-by-cathal-dennehy-for-runblogrun.html
Here's Bob Ramsak's preview of the upcoming race! The course is tough! I was there in 2014! Pretty tremendous!
RunBlogRun opines: One of our favorite athletes, Morgan Uceny has seen the highs and lows of athletics. A class act through and through, Morgan would dust herself off and come back. I enjoyed seeing her at events around the world, and our interviews. Her racing took her to a world number one ranking in 2011, and wins at U.S. Olympic Trials. We wish her the very best in the next part of her journey.
We did the Brooks videos from TRE16 just after we arrived at the expo for the first day. Carson Caprara, Product Dude, and Derek Lactoan, Manager of PR, were there, as were the usual suspects.
Algernon Felice and Mike Deering manage the two cameras. Adam Johnson Eder tries to keep me focused and looking at the right camera. Carson Caprara, Brooks Running Product Director, is a natural, and we have a lot of fun putting these videos together. We hope that you like them and get value from them!
Let us know, just email me at [email protected].
STOCKHOLM (SWE): Abeba Aregawi has met the requirements to compete in the national team again, informs Expressen. "She has gone through our anti-doping education and even the Swedish Sports Confederation. When I met her in Stockholm recently we also decided that the Federal doctor Sverker Nilsson will be her Medical Adviser. It is to him that she will turn to as soon as she needs to take medication," said head coach Karin Torneklint.
RunBlogRun: Another example of the crisis with athletes moving their nationality to other countries without really living there or being part of the culture. Aregawi is the poster women for this. This is out of control.
Jean Knaack is the excutive director of the Road Runners Clubs of America, the largest grass roots running organization in North America. Founded in 1958 by the late and great Browning Ross, the RRCA is modeled after the British Road Runners Clubs. Now with 2,500 clubs, and nearly 200,000 members, the RRCA does many of the behind the scene support that we take for granted. The RRCA insured over 9000 races in 2014, with 4.5 million finishers! Now, they have a new program for licensing music at races, which is explained on the video.
Justin Lagat, this is an unique interview. Mark Lokwanamoi is a journeymen marathoner, who is trying to figure out his future. Lagat's column was written in November, right after the Nairobi Marathon. I am fascinated with the people we get to meet through Justin. I hope that you enjoy Justin's weekly A view from Kenya. Check out his website at www.kenyanathlete.com.
The cross country season is coming to an end in the U.S., with FootLocker, NXN and Club Champs over in U.S., and Junior Olympics. Postal champs end December 15, 2016. To find more about that, go to www.hokaoneonepostalnationals.com.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016: Warm up; 4-mile run; 8x150 yds relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down.
IAAF might re-test Sopot 2014 samples
MONACO (MON): The IAAF might reanalyse Russian samples conducted at the 2014 World Indoor Championships over suspicions that athletes who failed doping tests were allowed to compete, informs AP. According to the final part of the McLaren report, eight athletes submitted suspicious samples the week before they were to travel to the championships held in Sopot, Poland. The samples collected included three with unusually high testosterone levels, four containing ostarine, and one containing both ostarine and turinabol. One of the athletes included in the eight was thought to be long jumper Svetlana Biryukova who was removed from the team and subsequently banned for two years but it is believed the remaining samples were recorded as clean by Russian Sports Ministry official Alexei Velikodny. "We are going through the names we have been given by Prof. McLaren's team and where we have samples from the relevant period we will reanalyse," said the IAAF in a statement.
RunBlogRun opines: We applaud IAAF on re-testing Sopot! It was a superb meet, and to show respect for the majority of athletes, re-testing makes tremendous sense.
Buzunesh Deba has been named the 2014 winner of the BAA Boston Marathon after the disgraced Rita Jeptoo was disqualified from the event. Ms. Jeptoo recently had two years added to her ban after requesting an appeal on her two year ban by the IAAF.
We congratulate Buzunesh Deba on her new title. We understand too, that for many athletes, this is more than phyrric victory. As the testing gets better, and World Marathon Majors are at the forefront, cheaters get caught more and more.
The release is from Boston Athletic Association.
The 38th FootLocker Cross Country may have been one of the best in years. The perfect weather, the support of the crowd, the energy of the athletes and the support of the new sponsor, New Balance.
Claudia Lane ran from the front, and the sophomore held off Nevada Mareno. Reed Brown won the boys race, and held off Finn Gessner, and Seth Hirsch. Great races on both sides. Here's the video highlights from FootLocker!
van Niekerk and Wlodarczyk by AI readers
LONDON (GBR): Olympic champions and world record breakers Wayde van Niekerk and Anita Wlodarczyk were voted world athletes of the year by Athletics International readers (results and news bulletin published by Mel Watman and Peter Matthews). Van Niekerk, who took the 400m gold medal in Rio in 43.03, ran out the winner (714 points) over Mo Farah (627) and Usain Bolt (589), while Wlodarczyk, who set world hammer records in Rio (82.29) and Warsaw (82.98), finished ahead (686) of Almaz Ayana (627) and Elaine Thompson (506). Readers were invited to vote for their top 10 athletes of the year. In the men top ten also fourth Ashton Eaton (373) ahead of Eliud Kipchoge (292) and David Rudisha (272). In a tie for 7th Conseslus Kipruto with Christian Taylor (253). As 9th Ryan Crouser (186) and 10th Omar McLeod (160). On the women side fourth Ruth Jebet (400), fifth Sandra Perkovic (328) and sixth Keni Harrison (303). Top ten was completed by Caterine Ibarguen (222), Caster Semenya (186), Shaunae Miller (124) and Nafissatou Thiam (115).
RunBlogRun opines: We love Athletics International, and who could vote against the readers of AI, the tome published weekly by Mel Watman and Peter Matthews.
Here's the release we recieved from Nike yesterday!
RunBlogRun provides a quick note: We received this yesterday. As you know, it may take me a few days to gather an opinion. Lots to digest here. I will post the release in its original form, or close, and then, my comments. Here we go!
The cross country season is coming to an end in the U.S. The final event is February 4 for the Trials for the World Cross Country Champs, to be held in Uganda in 2017.
If you have the need to show some speed, consider a Postal two mile! Check out www.hokaoneonepostalnationals.com for details! This program has had huge growth in 2016. Why? Because, for a coach, it is a great way to see where you athletes are, and a fun program to rank your team across the U.S.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016: Warm up, go to the track, run 5k on the track jogging turns, sprint straightaways. Keep it relaxed, but sprint at race pace, make sure you cool down, and change wet clothes right away.
The sign I shot above was the entrance of the Running Event from November 30-December 2, 2016. HOKA ONE ONE is one of the examples of brands that have stayed true to their brand origins, and support the sport and retail community old school ways with now, some new innovations.
Zach Paris spoke to The Shoe Addicts on the new product for 2017. HOKA ONE ONE continues to grow, continues to bring in new users and continues to go to the media where runners inhabit: social, twitter, FB, Instagram , grass roots running events and specialty retail running stores.
The BOA Closure System is one of the most technical closure systems available in technical sports shoes. It is being used in several of the top brands, from New Balance, to ASICS to Saucony. We spoke with Casey Ramer on BOA's origins and on some of the very cool product that they are developing in coordination with their partners.
This video was shot at the Running Event 2016. Special thanks to Casey Ramer and her comments on the amazing product from BOA and its partners. Thanks to the Shoe addicts on their video work and production.
The Larry & Mo podcast series was pure fun. Maurice Greene and I spoke about the events we loved, the atheltes we admired, and expressed our opinions on the events, on the competition, and on the amazing athletes that inhabit our sport of athletics.
The women's 200 meters is a case in point. Dafne Schippers had something to prove. She had finished fifth in the 100 meters, and was not happy. She was frustrated and expressed that opinion. That was the story that was covered in her country of Netherlands.
In the 200 meters, Dafne Schippers gave it her all. While in 2015, her finish took her to the lead, that was not the result in 2016. Elaine Thompson, after winning the 100 meters, came back and won the 200 meters. Dafne Schippers took the silver and Torie Bowie in third, giving Bowie and Thompson two individual medals in the sprints.
Thanks to Maurice Greene for his involvement. Thanks to Brian Eder for his filming and support. Thanks to the Shoe Addicts for their editing, production and management of the video series. And to adidas, thanks for supporting our vision (thanks Spencer Nel).
The women's 100 meter final in Rio was a titanic battle of wills. In the end, Elaine Thompson won the big battle, in 10.71. Torie Bowie woke up halfway through the race, and ran to the silver in 10.83. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the Jamaican pocket rocket, took the bronze in 10.86. Marie Josee Ta Lou, CIV, took fourth in 10.86. Dafne Schippers, NED, was a surprise fifth in 10.90. She was not a happy camper.
But, athletes at this level do not expect to do anything but win. In that race, where seventh was in 10.94, by English Gardner, USA, the race was deep and difficult.
In this podcast, Maurice Greene and I discuss the outcome of the women's 100 meters. Special thanks to Maurice Greene, for his thoughts and words, Brian Eder, for his filming, and the Shoe Addicts, for their production and editing. Thanks to Spencer Nel of adidas, for his company's support and vision.
PUMA is one of the true iconic brands. When I began running in the early 1970s, there were adidas, New Balance, Onitsuka Tiger, and PUMA. PUMA has had Usain Bolt for nearly his entire career. They make fine athletic clothing and fine running footwear. I raced in them in the 1980s.
In many of my travels around the world, I see the always charming Jose Van Der Veen and always laconic Jordan Donnelly. In Orlando, however, there was only a picture of our friend Jordan, running in PUMA footwear.
Jose Van Der Veen, global running product manager for PUMA spoke about the PUMA line in this video. We encourage you to check out PUMA, you will like the line and the feel.
This is the last week of cross country season. There are some final races this upcoming weekend, plus some are running the Postals, which end December 15! Check out www.hokaoneonepostalnationals.com for your chance to get your team included.
Monday, December 12, 2016 : Warm up; 6-mile run; 8x150 yds relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down.
Updated December 11, 2016, update Rick Riley's correct name spelling.
Among my favorite Facebook daily checks is the photos and history moments from my friend, Mike Fanelli, a track geek beyond compare. His garage is a museum like few others to the sport of athletics and each day, his friends are treated to athletic moments that take us back to your youths, or even earlier (pre conception).
Today's column on Michel Jazy, the French super stud, taking the likes of Shorter, Reilly and Prefontaine out for a jaunt with a 'retired' runner. Jazy put them to the test. But, read on, let Mike Fanelli take you back to that moment!
Special thanks to Mike Fanelli for the permission to run his column.
Updated December 11, 2016
After spending the last two weekends with the next generation of American distance runners, and chatting with the likes of Molly Huddle, Emily Sisson, Emma Coburn, and Boris Berian, I decided to rerun this piece so that we can truly consider how amazing American middle distance running has become. A conversation yesterday with Kim Conley reminded me how amazing the women distance runners we are watching now truly are. I was so impressed how Kim Conley came back from a tough 10,000m at the Trials and how she is focused on the future. Amazing athletes, amazing people. Read this piece by Orrin Konheim on our successes in 2016!
The performances of the U.S. middle and long distance team was one of the amazing themes for success at the Rio Olympics for the U.S. Orrin Konheim approached us about some insights into the succees of American distance running and why he thinks it will continue.
PHOTO: Lawrence Cherono winning the 2016 Honolulu Marathon in a course record 2:09:39 (photo by Honolulu Marathon Association photo team), used with permission.
PHOTO: Brigid Kosgei celebrates her 2016 Honolulu Marathon victory, becoming on the second Kenyan woman to win the race (photo by Honolulu Marathon Association photo team), used with permission.
Here's Chris Lotsbom's feature on the amazing new course record set today at the Honolulu Marathon!
TALLAHASSEE (USA, Dec 10): Olympic steeplechase finalist Colleen Quigley won the USATF Club Cross Country Championships at the Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida over 6km in 19:31 ahead of Sarah Pagano (19:36) and Samantha Silva (19:36) while Sam Chelanga and Stanley Kebenei finished first and second in the men's 10km in 28:55 and 29:04 respectively with Morgan Pearson third (29:05). Team titles for Boston Athletic Association (women) and American Distance Project (men).
RunBlogRun opines: The USATF Club Cross Country Championships is an important meet. I was fortunate to visit it last year in San Francisco and it is our sport at its purest. Great to see some of our finest competing at the event. Thanks to Tallahassee for supporting the fine event. Cross country is key for the development for middle distance runners and long distance runners.
Congrats to Colleen Quigley, Sam Chelanga, ADP and BAA Performance.
The women's 400 meter race was one of the finest races of the entire Olympics. Shaunae Miller, a Bahamanian who has shown great promised, outleaned or outleaped (both legal) Allyson Felix. Allyson Felix si the most bemedaled Olympic women athlete in history. Shauanae and Allyson battled to the very end, when Shaunae outleaned Allyson Felix. This move was a totally text book move by two athletes who were worn out. In truth, Allyson Felix had just dealt with this at the July US Olympic Trials, where she was outleaned by Jennifer Prendini. Yet, an ignorant or pandering, you choose, American TV crew made Shaunae Miller out to be the bad person.
I believed that both athletes handled themselves with class, and it may have been Allyson's finest race in years. Yet, what pained me, was that Shaunae Miller did not get the cred she deserved for the race!
Maurice Greene and I discussed this fine race in the 400 meter final podcast. We hope that you will enjoy it!
RunBlogRun opines: The European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy were quite successful. Turkey, with athletes who transfered from various countries, won the senior races, and were the focus of some pithy commentary. GBR won team medals in every race. Great to see Poland win its first individual medal.
Cross country is a fine sport that was nearly ruined over the past decade by overlooking of the transfers of national allegiance, difficult sites for travel for various countries and lack of interest by sports public. European Athletics has done some fine things to improve the sport. However, there are still issues to be tackled and we hope Arne Sven Hansen and his team, who are doing so much to elevate European Athletics, tackle the issues in European cross country as they are getting out of hand.
Sports fans will support athletes if they can identify with them. The stories and photos provide a narrative that gives readers insight into the athlete. Local winners are good, athletes overcoming obstacles is another and an athlete who can provide an interview that major news organizations can cover is another way to open the sport up to the sports fans. Many countries are frustrated with the athletic transfer crisis. Countries in Europe either will pull out of cross country, if they have no chance of competing against teams made up of former Kenyans or Ethiopians. This is not fair to the athletes who are from country affected or young Kenyans or Ethiopians who want to better their life. Perhaps stronger legislation about representing country in European, World and Olympic championships for athletic transfers?
We will wait and see how this is discussed.
Carles Baronet compiles results from Europe, US and now Caribbean for RunBlogRun during the year! Here is report number one. We are fortunate to have our friend from Catalonia provide these reports! The season has just started, as the cross country season comes to a climax.
Well, the FootLocker was yesterday and the USA Club was also. Great races, stirring competitions. Today is another day. Get in an hour to seventy minutes of running, relaxed. One more week to go ( think about the www.hokaoneonepostalnationals.com, which ends December 15).
Sunday, December 11, 2016: Long, relexed run of 7-9 miles.
The women's events in track and field featured some of the finest and most thrilling races on the Olympic schedule. The women's 200 meters was a case in point, as Elaine Thompson held off the huge rush of Dafne Schippers and the fast closing Torie Bowie. Thompson gold, Schippers silver and Bowie bronze.
Maurice Greene and I loved this race. That is the focus of this podcast episode of Mo & Larry show. Great racing in Rio! Sit back and watch. Listen to Maurice Greene's keene observations and our discussion. Thanks to Brian Eder, and the Shoe Addicts on the filming and production. Thanks to adidas for the support.
For me, what was compelling about the 38th annual FootLocker cross country was the drama in both races, and the changing circumstances of the runners.
In the girls' race, Claudia Lane took off hard, and put on a huge surge at three miles, holding off fast charging Nevada Marino. Nevada told us in an interview that she lost a bit of confidence on the last hill, but surged to the finish, gaining back some confidence.
The boys race was close from start as Seth Hirsch did all he could to win the race, but making it a very compelling race none the less!
The women's 100 meter hurdles was the toughest event on the US Olympic Trials for women. The women's 100 meter hurdle finals in Rio was not much easier. Maurice and I spent this podcast episode speaking on the women's 100 meter hurdles and why it is such an amazing event. Special thanks to Maurice Greene, and his comments about Keni Harrison and her talent. Filmed by Brian Eder, produced by The Shoe Addicts. The Mo & Larry Show is sponsored by adidas.
It was a perfect, overcast day, with a bit of mist, for the 38th version of the FootLocker Cross Country Nationals, the oldest national high school championships in the country. Last weekend, I was at the NXN, which celebrates team running. The FootLocker is all about the individual performances.
Started 38 years ago by some management from Kinney Shoes, the FootLocker Champs has seen three decades of young American distance talent move onto major American elite talent. From Bob Kennedy to Todd Williams to Rueben Renia in the golden days to Meb Keflezighi, Jorge and Eduardo Torres, to Alan Webb and Drew Hunter on the boys side. On the girls, Molly Huddle, Suzy Favor Hamilton, Erin Keogh, Julia Stamps, Jordan Hasay, Jennifer Barringer Simpson to Katie Rainsberger!
The top 40 boys and girls are feted at the FootLocker. The Hotel Del Coronado is an amazing hotel in San Diego, the the holiday decorations are mesmerizing. On Thursday, New Balance, the new sponsor, brought each team in one by one and gave them a bag full of goodies. The colors of the product (see our video on runblogrun FB), the quality of the product just added to the excitement.
In the end, for the girls, there was a tremendous race between two dominant athletes up front and 38 athletes chasing the leaders. Here is how I saw it.
The men's 400 meters in Rio runs through my head almost daily. It may have been one of the amazing races of all times. At 300 meters, I wanted the three finest 400 meter runners of our era, LaShawn Merritt, Kirani James and Wayde van Niekerk nearly even. Then Wayde van Niekerk started to race. As van Niekerk put the rest of himself into the last loney one hundred meters, I saw Micheal Johnson's 43.18 became number two on the All-time list.
Wayde Van Niekerk had put himself in agony after past 400 meter races. That is why he sometimes hates the distance (his word). This time, 43.03 was his final time and a World record for the ages. Even Usain Bolt was totally impressed after the race.
Listen to Maurice Greene in this podcast. It may be our best. Remember, as Maurice says, this guy will put all of himself into the race. How do you beat him? I met Wayde in June 2016 and was totally impressed. A thoughtful, modest young athlete with exceptional ability and exceptional pain threshold.
I believe he will run faster, over 100 meters, 200 meters and yes, 400 meters.
Thanks to Maurice Greene, Brian Eder and the Shoe Addicts. Thanks to adidas for the support.
I Run Clean at Eurocross
CHIA (ITA): As part of European Athletics' anti-doping efforts, athletes competing at the European Cross Country Championships will wear 'I Run Clean' bibs. A strong testing programme has been planned for championships in collaboration with the IAAF. Over 50 blood and urine samples will be collected in Chia. The testing plan involves target testing for specific analysis as well as random testing for different age-category running events for both genders. It is also good news that all samples in last championships in Hyeres 2015 and also at European Championships this summer in Amsterdam brought negative results.
Butchart hopes for a medal
CHIA (ITA): British team captain and one of the medal contenders Andrew Butchart: "It is a great honour - it has been a good year and finishing it as team captain is a great way to end it. We are here to win as individuals and as a team - if I can get a medal for the team, I would be over the moon. Great Britain has topped the medal table for the past 13 years and we hope to do that again."
Final figures of runners
CHIA (ITA): The final numbers of competitors are 80 men from 25 countries, 73 in men U23 from 22 countries and the highest number 87 runners from 23 countries in U20 men competition. On the women side 73 women runners from 21 countries, in the U23 53 from 18 countries and in the U20 race 82 runners from 22 countries.
In this podcast adventure, Larry & Mo chronicle the 200 meters for men. Lots of stories here. Andre De Grasse, Usain Bolt, and who did not make the final (Justin Gatlin). Lots of fun to dicuss. Maurice was in great form, and the production values came out great, thanks to shooting by Brian Eder and production by the Shoe Addicts. The Larry & Mo show was sponsored by adidas.
B.A.A. High Performance Team members celebrate in Tallahassee.
Members of Team B.A.A. include, from left, Sarah Pagano, Margo Malone, Emma Bates,
Elaina Balouris, Jennifer Rhines, Heather Cappello, and Emily Lipari.
Team B.A.A. Triumphs in Tallahassee
RunBlogRun Opines: Nice to see B.A.A. High Performance team on such a nice roll in cross country. adidas and B.A.A. have developed a strong team, and providing American athletes a chance to develop and move up the global food chain is important. Terrance Mahon and his crew are showing much promise. Please read the release below to learn more about their success in Tallahassee!
The Rio Olympics was one of my favorite experiences at a major event. With my brother, Brian, and photogapher, Victah, we worked long hours, writing and communicating what we saw in Engenhao stadio Olimpico. This podcast is about the 110 meter hurdles and the excitement in that event. Video shot by Brian Eder, video produced by The Shoe addicts. Special thanks to Maurice Greene and adidas for their support.
The Larry & Mo show was just day after day of fun conversations with 2000 Olympic champion Maurice Greene. Sitting outside of the adidas Hospitality, Maurice Greene and I just chatted on all topics athletics. It was fun and informative. Maurice Greene has a unique view, from a man who stood atop the sprint food chain through three World Champs and one Olympics, and ventured onto a fourth Olympic medal in 2004! In this podcast episode, we speak on the Men's 100 meter finals, which featured a three peat by the man himself, Usain Bolt.
Special thanks to Maurice Greene, for his thoughts and views. Special thanks to Brian Eder for filming. Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts for producing the video. And special thanks to adidas's Spencer Nel, for supporting this project. adidas is sport. adidas is iconic sport moments and great athletes. Maurice Greene is one of adidas finest ambassadors of sport. We hope to do this again with Maurice.
The big race day is an emotional roller coaster. As one fine, two time Olympian reminded me today, " the race tomorrow is part of your life, it does not define it." However, do your best, give it your all and see how it goes. Your coach, family, friends and team mates will love you no matter what. Good luck!
Saturday, December 10, 2016: Race day. Warm up, listen to your coach, race, cool down
Cross country was my introduction to our sport. In Septembe 1972, I ran my first cross country race. The site was DeSmet Jesuit High School, and the distance was two miles. I believed that I stopped several times in the race, finishing somewhere south of 18 minutes, but north of 17 minutes. I lost one of my sneakers, purchased at KMart for $3.00, in the final 100 meters, which were run across a soccer pitch.
I fell in love with the sport immediately. It took me seven more years before I won my first cross country race, but, I was hooked.
Each season, I end my athletic year with NXN and the FootLocker cross country. Both races are so different, but so important for our sport.
Let me explain...
RunBlogRun opines: Over a year ago, Vern Gambetta, one of the finest atheltic coaches and trainers of any generation, noted on twitter, that any athlete who is banned in 2015 should not be able to compete until after 2020. The McLaren report, a brave report, tells the sordid story that many of us worried was happening, but puts it into black and white. The Russian system in place for sports has not changed since the cold war. The late Emil Zatopek, in 1991-92 told me that Vladimir Kuts suspected he was given supplements or products that were not legal or good for him. He shared it with his friend, Emil and Emil did not dispute the fact 25 years later.
The Russian response for the past year has been full of bravado. It is quite clear, unless Russian sports fundementally changes, they will not be part of the global sports community. Unfortunately, Thomas Bach has been late to this game, as he has tried to appease Mr. Putin. FSB involement, not much of a surprise, has put Russian sports into disrepute. As one of my dear friends, a Russian coach of some four decades told me, " coaches have become lazy, fast results are key." Truth is, Russian coaching has been some of best in world, but the drug use comprimises and many think that drug make the athlete better. It is an insult to the long term coaches and programs.
Maurice Greene loves to talk track. The thing is, the scary thing is, Maurice is almost alway right. But, don't tell him that. Lets' keep it between you and me, okay?
This is one of our podcasts from Rio. Maurice Greene was amazing. He and his wife had to come halfway across Rio to meet with us and he just kept his patience. I have to admit, he was a favorite athlete (along with Donovan Bailey, who I always had time for), because Maurice understood and still does, that for our sport to grow, it has to be entertainment!
Here is a fun podcast. I asked Maurice to speak on how he would advise young athletes. Some big thoughts and much to ponder.
Special thanks to Maurice Greene. Special thanks to my brother, Brian, who filmed the videos, and special thanks to The Shoe Addicts who make me look good. Final thanks to Spencer Nels, of adidas, who realizes how important Maurice Greene is to our sport and supported our vision on the MO and Larry show.
The first ten to twelve days of December are my busiest of the year. They are also some of my favorite events. From The Running Event, a trade show for core running, to the USATF Convention, to the NIke NXN, to the American Sports Builders, to the FootLocker Nationals, it is a busy first two weeks of the month. This story is about the NIke NXN.
I love the NXN because it features a wonderful affirmation of the team aspect of cross country. I love the FootLocker because it features the individual affirmation of the same sport. The events co-exist, at least in my mind, and provide the top young runners in our country will championships that have meaning for each group.
Here's my piece on the 2016 NXN. And this year, the weather was perfect, as was the mud!
The West Regional of the FootLocker is the final regional in the FootLocker food chain. It is a brutal regional, with tough competition. And, yet, even with only a week from Nationals, West athletes tend to do quite well. Always a conundrum.
Van Cortlandt Park was the site of the 38th annual FootLocker cross country regional, the most enduring high school championship series in high school sports. With clear skies and modest temperatures (50 degrees), the racers challenged the famous course in Van Cortlandt Park. We highlight the top ten boys and girls below!
Updated December 9, 2016!
The UW-Parkside is the host of the FootLocker regional cross country championships. In its 38th year, with cloudy skies and a temperature of 36 degrees, the best cross country runners in the Midwest batted for one of the top ten positions in the seeded races at the FootLocker Champs.
Updated December 8, 2016 for the 2016 FootLocker Cross Country Nationals!
The Friday before a big race is fraught with emotions. An easy run helps you relax. Get a good night sleep, read a book, or watch some Netflix, but sleep well.
Friday, December 9, : Warm up; 4-mile run; 4x150 yds relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down. Focus on the race.
PHOTO: Gearing up for the inaugural Kalakaua Merrie Mile (and showing their University of Michigan pride) are (left to right) Erin Finn, Shannon Osika, Coach Mike McGuire and Nicole Sifuentes (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.
A great story from Chris Lotsbom of Race Results Weekly on the new mile race in Hawaii!
Whatever you call it, Larry & Mo, or Mo & Larry Show, it came down to this, two huge track fans talking track in Rio, in the adidas Hospitality Center. The adidas center was in one of the largest shopping centers in Rio, and like all travel in Brazil, it took a bit of creativity to get to the center. Somedays, Uber was key, other days, it was a great taxi. Another day, it was part bus, part Uber.
This preview of the Men's 200 meters requires another viewing. Check out our description of the race, the athletes and the games. A wonderful series of podcasts done in Rio. Special thanks to Maurice Greene, who is one of the kindest, funniest and most observant sports personalities that I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Special thanks to my brother, Brian Eder, who videod all of these episodes and also put up with his older brother for twelve magnifiscent days. Special thanks to the The Shoe Addicts, who edited, managed and producted the series. And finally, special thanks to Spencer Nel, adidas global sports marketing, who loved the idea of the Mo & Larry show from the first time I mentioned it.
During the 2016 Rio Olympics, I was fortunate to work with Maurice Greene on the Mo & Larry show, a series of video podcasts that we did, detailing some of our favorite moments or events during the Olympics. It was a blast. To quote the famous observer of the American human condition, and a collector of fine art, Steve Martin, " Some people get paid for selling Flair pens. I get paid for doing this." That was my sentiment. Thanks to adidas, who sponsors Maurice Greene, the 2000 Olympic champion at 100 meters (as well as World Champs in 1997, 1999 and 2001 at 100 meters).
Maurice Greene has a sports TV show on Eurosport. His understanding of the sport comes from kean observation skills and years of competition. Maurice gets it.
In this episode, we are discussing How to Make the Relay Teams Better.
Nick Arciniaga is one of the nicest guys in the sport. He is also one of the toughest, as this story by Chris Lotsbom attests. We do feel sorry for Chris Lotsbom having to write two grueling stories from Hawaii.
Sifan Hassan, photo by PhotoRun.net
PORTLAND (USA): Sifan Hassan's agent Jos Hermens has insisted that she is in "safe and clean hands," informs de Volkskrant. "I have known Salazar since 1979. I'm sure nothing will happen to Hassan. Nike would not allow it. I am convinced that Sifan is in good, safe and clean hands," said Hermens. Hassan said she only takes supplements from her Dutch-based doctor Peter Vergouwen and she would have stayed with her previous coach Honore Hoedt if he didn't have so many other commitments. She adds she is planning to race indoors next winter.
RunBlogRun opines: Sifan Hassan has not been happy with her results the past few years. She has moved to Alberto Salazar to improve her game. It also seems that she wanted a coach who could provide some focus on her performances.
In my mind, the women's 1,500 meters in Rio was a seminal event. Faith Kipyegon versus Genzebe Dibaba was a beautiful thing, and the supremacy that Dibaba displayed in 2015 was gone. Kipyegon's beautiful last lap, covered in a bit under 57 seconds showed that, for that day, Ms. Dibaba was merely a human, like the rest of us, reaching for the stars. To me, the supreme battle was Jenny Simpson who had won in 2011, taken silver in 2013, and had a nightmare in 2015, was back and racing supremely.
I have my doubts regarding Genzebe Dibaba. And that is sad. I do not doubt Faith Kipyegon nor Jenny Simpson. But, that is for another column.
In this final Olympic Moments with Larry, I spoke of the wonderful battle that ensued in for gold and silver and how Jenny Simpson ran down Sifan Hassan, who had won over Jenny Simpson a few times in the past. But, the Rio 2016 Olympic women's 1,500 meters was a wonderful race, with the top athletes from Africa, Europe, North America battling on a fairly even basis, thanks to drug testing by WADA and USADA. Drug testing is imperfect, because some of the humans trying to stop it are imperfect beings, and because IOC wants it to go away, but it is improving the efficacy of racing.
The Thursday before the big race is pretty relaxed. You have done all you can before the race, so have some fun, relax and consider the last 20-24 weeks. Today's workout is pretty chill, just a warm up, sprinting straights, and jogging turns, then cooldown. You will feel sharp and relaxed!
Thursday, December 8, 2016: Warm up, two miles, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown.
MONACO (MON): The IAAF Ethics Board has extended the provisional suspensions of IAAF chief-of-staff Nick Davies, his wife Jane Boulter-Davies and medical manager Pierre-Yves Garnier, informs insidethegames.biz. Their 180-day suspensions were due to expire today but chairman of the IAAF Ethics Board Michael Beloff has chosen to extend them through until the end of January. The decision was made to "allow for the conclusion of the disciplinary investigative process, including any hearing ensuing from the investigations," said a statement from the Ethics Board. The three of them were suspended for a suspected breach of ethics.
RunBlogRun opines: It is perhaps the hardest part of my job when I have to report on something difficult with a friend. Nick Davies was a friend of mine. Nick Davies is still a friend of mine. I understand the IAAF Ethics board extending the suspsensions. I have dealt with Nick Davies for over a decade and noted in past that Mr. Davies held up under tremendous pressure with Lamine Diack and Pappa Diack. While many suspected unethical actions by Pappa Diack, and, of course, there were whispers, the level of depravity was astounding. If one of your friends screws up, part of that whole friendship thing is to be there to listen when and where they want to talk. We hope that this nightmere ends for all involved.
The Olympics Moments with Larry podcast series was my reviews of the ten days of the track & field at the Rio Olympics. The day ten was focused on the men's marathon and the amazing story for that very last day. The performances in Olympic Track & Field hid the very poor planning and arrogance of the IOC. The sport shined in Rio, with great performances and acts of athleticism.
Special thanks to my brother, Brian Eder, who survived ten days with me. Also special thanks to The Shoe Addicts, who produced previews of each day, Moments of Larry and Mo & Larry show all during the stunning days of Rio.
MELBOURNE (AUS): NCAA cross country champion Pat Tiernan is aiming to seal the 10,000m qualifying time for the World Championships at the Zatopek Classic in Melbourne on Thursday, informs the Herald Sun.
RunBlogRun opines: The Zatopek Classic is an iconic event. It is on my bucket list (as well as visiting friends in Australia, including the great writer, Brian Lenton). The 10,000 meter race is where many fine distance runners have run fine races, from Rob de Castella and Steve Moneghetti to Bobby Curtis. Good luck to Mr. Tiernan, who ran the NCAA cross country will all of his heart and soul and made many proud.
The Altra Running phenomenon should tell runners one thing. If a brand focuses on what it does best, brands can succeed. And if a brand communicates to runners the way runners want, not the way they want to communicate to them, brands like Altra Running succeed.
Altra Running was founded by Golden Harper. Always the running evangelist, Golden Harper knows the product and has the 'vision thing' on his brand. Excited to show the Shoe Addicts new product for 2017, Golden Harper previewed some amazing product for the new year. Special thanks to Golden for his time and The Shoe Addicts to putting our video from The Running Event 2016.
CHULA VISTA (USA): Having completed his masters degree in finance, Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser is aiming for a full Diamond League season next year ahead of the World Championships in London, informs RunBlogRun. "Next year will be different now that I am a full-time thrower and now that it is my job. And so I am looking to do some of the Diamond League and to hopefully win the Diamond League this year as I acknowledge that it is very important to compete for that. But my primary focus will be the World Championships," said Crouser, whose long-term goal is to break the long-standing world record. "I have it in my mind to get stronger and then also improve some technical changes that I made after Rio and had some success with in Europe. Combining those two, the next thing I am looking forward to is possibly Randy Barnes' world record at 23.12m."
Phillip Anthony of 361º USA gave The Shoe Addicts updates on three upcoming running footwear launches and updates for 2017. 361º USA has been developing some very fine running and training footwear for three years now. As some will know, 361º was the national sponsor of the volunteers and officials in Rio 2016. The brand has been receiving some strong coverage and support from run specialty. Special thanks to Phillip Anthony of 361º USA for providing us this interview at the end of a three day trade show!
FAYTTEVILLE (USA): Olympic silver medalist in pole vault Sandi Morris confirmed in an interview with Track and Field News she will only have a small indoor season with competitions in USA. For summer she plans to attack the World record heights.
RunBlogRun opines: Sandi Morris had a remarkable year in 2016, gaining silver medals in the Indoor World Champs and Rio Olympics. Considering the amazing year, Sandi Morris cutting back a bit to recover from a long year makes total sense. The body and mind need to train and recover. Nice to see Sandi Morris gets that, as it takes many athletes a much longer time to understand when to relax, when to train, and when to focus.
The 2016 Rio Olympics were my ninth Olympics. It was an amazing series of ten wonderful days of track and field. This series of podcasts is called Moments with Larry, and it is one of my favorites. This is day 8, and I reviewed my favorite moments from each day of track and field. The video series was shot by Brian Eder and the series was produced by The Shoe Addicts.
Hassan to work with Salazar
PORTLAND (USA): After splitting with her coach Honore Hoedt at the end of the summer season, Sifan Hassan has announced that her new coach is Alberto Salazar, informs NOS. "I am very grateful for Honore but he was not always one hundred percent focused on me. Sometimes he had other commitments," she said. "They are very enthusiastic, especially because they see how much Sifan can improve I think it is the most professional training group in the world," said Hassan's agent Jos Hermens. Hassan hasn't decided if she will defend her 1500m title at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade next March.
RunBlogRun opines: Sifan Hassan has had some reality put her way. In 2015, she battled Genzebe Dibaba in both WR race at Monaco GP and in Beijing. In 2016, she was run down by Jenny Simpson for the bronze after loosing to Faith Kipyegon and Genzebe Dibaba in the silver and gold battle. Hassan sees a need to change her approach and her training. Alberto Salazar teaches athletes to focus on the small things that make a difference. Salazar also teaches athletes how to race and race well. We shall see how a year in Portland affects Sifan Hassan.
The season has had some stunning races! I really enjoyed the 2016 NXN last weekend. FootLocker is this weekend. If you want to have one more fun race, consider the www.hokaoneonepostalnationals! It ends December 15!
Here's your workout for today.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016: Warm up; 4-mile run; 8x150 yds relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down.
Nijel Amos is one of the true characters of our sport. A middle distance runner with a blazing finish, Nijel Amos looks like a man possessed with his final kick. Amos always starts with about 100 meters out. His arms are flailing across his chest, as he gasps and groans for air. As he grabs with his arms for air, Amos makes up space, and in many cases, wins his races. Nijel Amos looks like a You Tube version of the British singer Joe Cocker performing "Cry me a River".
This interview of Nijel Amos was done by Justin Lagat. Justin writes a weekly column for us on running in Kenya, or one of the athletes who make Kenyan athletics so special. We thank Justin Lagat for his fine writing.
Farah for Birmingham Indoor
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Mo Farah has confirmed he will compete at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on 18 February which is also part of the IAAF World Indoor Tour, informs organisers. "The crowds in Birmingham are always fantastic to compete in front of and I have many special memories of competing here. The event will be a key part of my preparations as I look towards the IAAF World Championships London 2017 later in the year," said Farah. In his last appearance in this arena, Farah won the two miles in a world indoor best of 8:03.40.
Daniel Tapia, photo by PhotoRun.net
SACRAMENTO (USA, Dec 4): Kenyans Nelson Oyugi (2:11:41) and reigning champion Elisho Barno (2:11:52) took a one-two in the men's race at the California International Marathon ahead of Daniel Tapia (2:12:28) while Kenya's Sarah Kiptoo won the women's race in 2:31:20 from Stephanie Bruce (2:32:37) and Lauren Jimison (2:33:21).
Abbey D'Agostino is an Olympian. For many millions around the world, Abbey is the Olympic ideal. In the heats of the 5000 meters, Abbey and a fellow competitor fell to the track. Abbey got up and helped her fellow runner up to her feet and both finished the race. Their races were on YouTube by the time their races finished. I watched the replays on Brazilian TV, Chinese TV and other TV feeds. Millions saw the compassion that they showed to each other, and the guts they showed in finishing their races.
Abbey D'Agostino is just beginning running again, after the injuries she sustained in the fall. When I met Abbey, I was choked up, and I had not realized how much her performance had affected me or many, many others. A very warm athlete, Abbey spoke to us about her favorite NB shoe, the 860.
Special thanks to Mary Lawton, from Media Communications, for setting up the interviews. Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts for shooting and producing the video.
Breakthrough for Murphy
ORLANDO (USA): At the 2016 Jesse Owens Awards Ceremony hosted by NBC Sports' Todd Harris USATF Athletes of the Year Michelle Carter and Matthew Centrowitz, Nike Coach of the Year Tonja Buford-Bailey, USATF Masters Athlete of the Year Irene Obera and USATF Youth Athlete of the Year Sydney McLaughlin all accepted their awards with speeches Saturday, and the guests looked back at a year that saw Team USA win 32 medals in Rio and 23 medals in Portland, as well as numerous national and international accolades. The Wing Awards were given to fan favorites. As Best Rio Olympic Field Performance Ryan Crouser, as Best Rio Olympic Track Performance Matthew Centrowitz, as Best World Indoor Championships Performance Trayvon Bromell, as Breakthrough Athlete of the Year the 800 m runner Clayton Murphy and as History Making Performance Allyson Felix who became the only female track and field athlete to ever win six Olympic gold medals. Informs USATF.
Ryan Crouser totally dominated the Rio Olympic shot put. Ryan Crouser totally dominated the U.S. Olympic Trials. Watching Ryan throw is quite exciting. This guy knows how to compete. Enjoy this fantastic feature by David Hunter on the 23 year old superstar. Just how good can Ryan Crouser be? Pretty exciting if you are a track and field fan!
Emma Coburn is the American record holder at the steeplechase. She is also the Olympic bronze medalist from Rio in the steeplechase, where she ran a stirring battle in the hot and humid Olympic final. At the recent Running Event 16, Emma and Abby D'Agostino joined us to talk shoes. In this video, Emma speaks about the New Balance 880, the first shoe she ever tried at New Balance just over three and one half years ago. Emma continues to use the NB 880 as her go to shoe. Special thanks to Emma Coburn and Abbey D'Agostino, as well as Mary Lawton, Media Communications for New Balance, who set up the interviews. Thanks to the Shoe Addicts for always making me look good.
This week is about using all sixteen to twenty weeks of running that you have done for this season, in these important races! But, the key in the last week of racing is to stay healthy and stay focused. Tuesday's workout is fast, fun and within you.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016: Warm up, go to the track, run 5k on the track jogging turns, sprint straightaways. Keep it relaxed, but sprint at race pace, make sure you cool down, and change wet clothes right away.
One of my favorite events to attend each year is the ASBA, the American Sports Builders Association. I have gone to ASBA for nearly two decades to learn about the care, building and legalities of track facilities. I began this after I heard, then witnessed, a terrible track renovation done by a group that was ill-equipped as well as ethically bankrupt. This aforementioned group provided a less than suitable track renovation. After this nightmere, I learnt about the ASBA, a trade group dedicated to providing information to coaches, athletic and facilities directors on the proper and ethical development of sports faciilities. I no longer all non-ASBA members to advertise, as I have learnt to appreciate the complexities of building an enduring sports facility.
Listed below are the winners of the Best Facilities for Tennis, Track and Field for 2016. Watch for upcoming photos on @runblogrun Instagram.
This interview was done with Jim Jennings, the adidas Category Product Director. JJ as he is known, was at the Running Event 2016. We asked Jim to speak about the direction of new adidas product and Jim wanted to speak first about the adidas Supernova. Jim Jennings calls this shoe the bread and butter of adidas running footwear.
Jim Jennings, adidas Category Product Director, on my computer!
We enjoy Jim Jenning's enthusiasm about not only his brand but this amazing shoe. It went on sale on December 1 at specialty retail running stores that carry adidas and www.adidas.com. Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts for this video. The Shoe Addicts are the video partners of RunBlogRun.
The European cross country season is in full swing, as it is only a week from the European Cross Country Championships (December 11 in Chia, Italy). Special thanks to our friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet, who compiles our European results, plus newly started USA Indoor results!
photo by Justin Lagat
Justin Lagat wrote this piece for us on the November 27 cross country race. Justin provides a weekly view from Kenya for RunBlogRun readers! We thank our friend for his detailed observations of running in Kenya.
Tsegay over Makau
FUKUOKA (JPN, Dec 4): World silver medallist Yemane Tsegay from Ethiopia defeated reigning two-time champion Patrick Makau from Kenya in the Fukuoka Marathon. Tsegay clocked 2:08:48 to defeat the former world record-holder by nine seconds while Yuki Kawauchi put himself in contention for a place on the national team for the 2017 World Championships with a third-place finish in 2:09:11, the sixth fastest time of his career. Kawauchi was advised not to run after spraining his left ankle yesterday and had been suffering from leg injuries in the lead-up to the race. Hayato Sonoda was fourth in a seven-minute lifetime best of 2:10:40 with Eritrea's Amanuel Mesel (2:10:48) and Poland's Henryk Szost (2:10:53, 5th best time by an European in 2016) rounding out the top six. Canada's Reid Coolsaet just missed the Canadian record in seventh in 2:10:55. Notable non-finishers include James Kwambai and Daniel Chebii while Tariku Bekele recorded a mark at 40km (2:09:01) but dropped out in the last 2.2km. From Japan Running News.
London is promising sell out
MONACO (MON): The 2017 World Championships at the Olympic Stadium in London are set to become the best attended in the history of the event. Championship director Niels de Vos, the British Athletics chief executive, told the IAAF Special Congress: "With six months to go I am thrilled to be able to say that we have already sold 550,000 tickets and we are well on the way to selling more tickets than any previous IAAF World Championships. We are ready to fulfil our promise when we were awarded the Championships in 2011 that we will have a full Stadium every day, for every session." The target for London 2017 to surpass is reckoned to have been the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, where the official total of tickets sold over a nine-day period was 417,156. Informs insidethegames.
IAAF/ASICS Press Release
MONACO & KOBE, December 3, 2016
ASICS and the IAAF are delighted to announce a new multiple year partnership with ASICS becoming the latest addition to the prestigious group of Official IAAF Partners.
As Official IAAF Partner, ASICS will be present at and involved in all IAAF World Athletics Series events including the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, GBR (4th August until 13th August 2017) and the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, QAT.
As part of the agreement ASICS will kit the officials and volunteers at all IAAF World Athletics Series events with ASICS' footwear and apparel that will ensure the smooth running of these events. For ASICS this important partnership will allow a strategic expansion of its brand recognition internationally by association with the world's top athletics events that are viewed by significant global audiences.
ASICS President & CEO Motoi Oyama stated: "I am so happy to have the honor of supporting the IAAF as an Official Partner. We at ASICS hope to both develop excellent products and contribute to the growth the sporting world as a whole by supporting athletics around the globe as an Official Partner of the IAAF. "
IAAF President Sebastian Coe commented: "Global athletics starts a new chapter today based upon solid foundations of modern governance and a renewed determination to protect and promote clean athletes. We are delighted to have attracted ASICS, a world class sportswear designer and manufacturer, as our latest Official IAAF Partner to share this new journey with us. This agreement is a huge endorsement of a bright future for athletics whose universality and diversity makes it a natural partner for a global corporation like ASICS. We are excited to be joined by a partner whose vision shares our strategy for a youthful, innovative sport that promotes fair competition and healthy living."
The deal was brokered by the IAAF's long-term, commercial partner, Dentsu Inc., in close collaboration with the IAAF.
ASICS Corporation is a global designer and manufacturer of sporting goods including performance athletic footwear, apparel and accessories. The company was founded in 1949 by Kihachiro Onitsuka. Inspired by the old Latin phrase "Anima Sana In Corpore Sano", meaning "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body", his vision was to promote the health of young people through sport. True Sport Performance Brand, ASICS remains committed to this philosophy today.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the world governing and rule making body for the sports of Athletics, which encompasses track and field, race walking, road, cross country, mountain and ultra-running.
In 2012, the IAAF celebrated its centenary. Today boasting 214 national Member Federations, it has a global reach greater than that of the United Nations.
In 1983, it created its jewel, the biennial IAAF World Championships whose nine days of competition involve 2000 athletes from more than 200 countries and are broadcast to over 200 territories worldwide.
The next IAAF World Championships will take place in London (2017), Doha (2019) and Eugene (2021).
MONACO (MON): IAAF President Sebastian Coe must be satisfied as his proposal for needed and important reforms at Special IAAF Congress were confirmed by clear majority 182:10 votes. Referring to a year in which athletics has been mired in allegations of corruption that have seen former President Lamine Diack become the subject of a French police investigation, Coe told the 197 delegates at the start of the meeting: "We cannot let this happen again. We must protect our sport." A total of 42 Federation members spoke before the Congress moved to the vote. The 10 votes against the reform package came from Benin, Bahrain, Chad, Gambia, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Laos, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. There were no votes recorded from Jamaica, Oman, Senegal, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Coe concluded: "This is a very important moment in the history of our sport." The main changes will happen in"re-defining roles and responsibilities including empowering Member Federations and ensuring stronger Area representation", "a greater voice for athletes", "a better gender balance" and "independent anti-doping, integrity and disciplinary functions". The bulk of the President's power, used so autocratically, and then disastrously, down the years, will be devolved to the IAAF's chief executive, a role to which Olivier Gers was appointed in August. The constitutional reform will be delivered in two stages, 1 January 2017 and 1 January 2019, issuing in a new era of transparent and accountable sports administration.
RunBlogRun opines: Seb Coe has the mandate he needs to push reform through. Curious on the no votes from Jamaica, Senegal, Ukraine. No votes are just bizarre. However, upgrading the IAAF, improving its approach to events, gender equality, and the development of an IAAF chief executive. We hear good things on Olivier Gers, will reach out to do an interview. One key observer noted, " Olivier actually listened to me as if he wanted to learn. That is pretty unusual in this business."
The 2016 Olympics will be remembered for exciting competitions, with enthusiastic crowds. Only issues were, tickets too expensive for locals and Morning session finals not as well recieved as expected. But Day nine was a big one! The 5000 meters, the men's 1,500 meters, the list goes on. Moments of Larry chronicles my comments over the terrific days of the Rio track & field. Special thanks to my brother, Brian for putting up with me for twelve days in Brazil, and our partners, the Shoe Addicts, for producing this podcast series for you, our readers! And, to our readers and viewers, thanks for watching and reading RunBlogRun and the Running Network!
Larry Eder, thanking our readers, photo by Brian Eder
Sunday runs are a rite of distance running. After a tough race, it is a time to mend, and relax. Today, you have a nice, relaxed nine mile run. Get on some soft ground and have a relaxed late fall run. After the tremendous races in NXN and FootLocker West yesterday, take the run easy today!
Sunday, December 4, 2016 : Easy 9-mile run on grass or dirt with friends.
Cross country races around the U.S. on December 3: The FootLocker West and the Nike NXN Nationals. Both tremendous race, and both, ends of season for some of the finest runners of the 550,000 boys and girls who ran cross country in the U.S. in 2016.
If you are running NXN, remember, it is about the team. The six and seventh boys and girls are especially important in tough races. Remember, one point separated first and second in NCAA women's race in 2016!
So, good luck! Give it your best!
Saturday, December 3, 2016 : Race day. Warm up, listen to your coach, race, cool down
The day before a race is difficult for anyone with a pulse. Elite athletes worry, as do new athletes. It is how you manage the stress and concern the day before a race. Some go see movies, some play cards, some read bad science fiction, some, do nothing. Find what works for you!
I was flying from Orlando to Portland on Friday night. Saturday is the NXN 2016. It is one of the two major championship for high school boys and girls in cross country. For me, NXN is a wonderful testament to the team value in cross country.
It is also a time, for me, to consider the people who support cross country runners. I wanted to share my experience in cross country nearly forty years ago.
Sarah Baxter told RBR afterwards that she just focused on staying with the top athletes and that the pace was "what I expected." When asked if this race was tougher than her Mt. SAC victory, where she broke Jordan Hasay's course record, Sarah noted that this course was more to her liking. A pleasant surprise today, as many prep experts are noting, not only is Sarah Baxter the real thing, she should be breaking records for some years to come!
Katie Knight, the third placer in the race told RBR that the Nike Border Clash was a good race to prepare for the NXN. As a junior Katie will be back next year, and one could see her mind working, figuring out how she could challenge Sarah Baxter.
The women's race continues to be a tighter and tigher battle each year as the NXN becomes more and more the focus for these teams not just for the fall, but for the entire year. The NXN has become the team championship for cross country across the land. With the top teams and better and better individuals each year, the NXN is the race to watch and run in to see the best teams in girls' cross country across the land!
Updated December 2, 2016. I wanted to pull a few of our strong cross country pieces out for all to read just before the NXN 2016.
I wrote this piece on cross country on my flight from Austin to Portland last night. I wanted to consider the lore of cross country as I go to see the NXN.
Updated December 1, 2016
Gene McCarthy has weathered his brand, ASICS for a year now. Here is one of his first interviews post announcement of his position as president and CEO. We thought this was a good archive post with the TRE16 show in progress.
Gene McCarthy is the perfect model for a CEO and President of a running footwear company. His beginnings in the business was as as a Shoe rep. His background in the sport, as a running from high school to a running the equivalent of a four minute mile at 1,500 meters (3:42), gives Gene a unique understanding of the sport. From his time with Brand Jordan, to his time with Reebok and Under Armour, Gene McCarthy has honed his skills.
In this interview for RBR News, we asked about his running background, his lessons from Brand Jordan, Reebok and Under Armour, and his love of the sport. We thank Gene McCarthy for his time and Melinda Hutcheon, ASICS communications manager for giving us their time and candor. This interview was done at the Running Event 2015, one of our favorite trade events a year.
Keeping sharp and not overdoing it is key at this time of the season. Today's workout is light, brisk and you should be within yourself. Run a mile at your intended race pace for Saturday, after a brisk warm up. Cooldown, and relax.
Thursday, December 1, 2016: Warm up, run a mile at race pace, cooldown.