December 2017 Archives

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MARSEILLE (FRA): Jimmy Vicaut will compete in Mondeville (3 Feb), Paris (7 Feb), Lieven (13 Feb) and the French Indoor Champs (17-18 Feb) on the road to the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.

RunBlogRun opines: How can you not enjoy Jimmy Vicaut. The French sprinter is the European record holder at 100 meters. And he is, wonderfully French. I had the luck to watch Jimmy Vicaut and Christophe LeMaitre in 2015 French Championships. It was a total blast.

Originally posted April 24, 2017

Reposted December 31, 2017

The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon was amazing. Mary Keitany, Tirunesh Dibaba took women's running to a new place, and Daniel Wanjiru was a fun new winner. Hugh Brasher speaking on the continued success of the London Marathon makes this my favorite April 2017 moment.

The post race pressers at the Virgin Money London Marathon are pretty good most years, but the final presser was exceptional.

This year, Mary Keitany, Daniel Wanjiru, David Weir and Hugh Brasher, with the interviews from Tim Hutchings, were in a talkative mood. The discussion went from fitness for young Brits to the amazing day of marathoning on Sunday.

I have to agree. Yesterday's 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon may have been the best all around series of races in twenty years! Hugh Brasher, the Event Director spoke how this race brought all of the inspiration and creativity of the event together in one year. He hailed David Bedford on putting together the finest women's field of all times.

This is a fun video to view, with lots to consider!

Originally posted March 8, 2017

Reposted December 31, 2017

I truly enjoyed my first trip to Belgrade. The people were nice, and the travel costs were very modest. The indoor facility was awesome, crowd was great and competition WAS FANTASTIC! European indoors should be on your to do list!

As I return to the Bay area, the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade are still fresh in my mind. Here are five lessons I learnt from the 2017 European Indoors.

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Originally posted February 2017

Reposted December 31, 2017

This is my best moment of February 2017. I have always loved the Reggie Lewis, and the event. There is something about the fans, the city, the indoor excitement.

Welcome to my world! This is my preview for the 2017 New Balance Indoor GP, done about one hour prior to the meet. Enjoy, watch the meet on NBC Sports Network and follow us on twitter, FB and instagram at RunBlogRun! Special thanks to New Balance and Global Athletics & Marketing for their support!

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Larry Eder, photo by Adam Johnson Eder/The Shoe Addicts

Originally published January 20, 2017

Reposted December 31, 2017

I am reposting twelve interesting moments from 2017, one a month. Here is the one from January 2017, with an amazing Dubai Marathon!

No one could have planned this one! The Dubai marathon had surprises for everyone. Kenenisa Bekele, so confidant before the race, falls at the start and drops out with a calve injury at 22 kilometers. Tamirat Tola and Worknesh Degafa lead an Ethiopian sweep of all top three places!

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Today is the last day of 2017. Enjoy your run today, as you run in the present and consider the promise of 2018. All of your work this fall will mean that your spring and summer seasons are going to be huge!

Enjoy the run, think about what you are grateful for, and what you would like to change in 2018.

CHALL121215-9998.jpgHanging with the team, photo by Justin Britton

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Galen Rupp, Peter Tanui, Mo Farah, 10 August 2013, 10,000 meters,
photo by PhotoRun.net
Originally posted on August 12, 2013
Reposted December 30, 2017
This is part two of A Day in the Life of Mo Farah and Galen Rupp, filmed in April 2013 and first shown in August 2013 during the Moscow World Champs. It was filmed in Portland courtesy of Alberto Salazar and the IAAF, with the filming done by The Shoe Addicts. The visit to Moscow was important for me, as I had been trying to go since 1972, when I was offered a month working on a collective farm. My mother refused to allow me to go then, but wrote me a note in 2013, telling me that she was please that I was finally in Russia, post Soviet Union, and it had only taken 41 years. So, was I. I loved my visit to Moscow, the history, the people and the stadium.
We visited Mo Farah and Galen Rupp, along with Matt Centrowitz and Cam Levin, in April. On April 13, 2013, thanks to the graciousness of Alberto Salazar, we spent a day observing and asking questions.
On August 10, 2013, Mo Farah defeated his nemesis, Ibrahim Jeilan over the last 200 meters to win the 10,000m title that had eluded him in 2011. Galen Rupp finished fourth after fighting a tough battle for third, improving from his sixth in Daegu. His fourth place improved the highest finish by an American in the 10,000 ever (his sixth was the best before).
Mo Farah and Galen Rupp are training partners. Here is the second A Day in the Life, Mo Farah & Galen Rupp, part deux, courtesy of the IAAF. This video was prepared by the Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of RunBlogRun.com.

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Galen Rupp and Mo Farah, warming up; A Day in the Life, April 13, 2013,

photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Originally posted on June 25, 2013

Reposted on December 30, 2017

While Galen Rupp and Mo Farah are now into the marathon distance, their years training together shaped them. Mo Farah was originally brought over to Portland to be the training parter of Galen Rupp. I recall several months into the program, Alberto Salazar telling me how amazing Mo Farah really was and is. In this visit, April 2013, it was obvious that Mo Farah was beginning to develop the confidence that we saw from 2011-2017 in his track racing. His ability to race, to manage the stress of the final race steps, was key to Mo Farah's amazing wins. Galen Rupp's win in Chicago, a race where Galen truly showed his talent and marathon prowess.

On April 13, 2013, the Shoe Addicts filmed six hours of workouts with Mo Farah, Galen Rupp, Cam Levins, Matthew Centrowitz, under the watchful eyes of Alberto Salazar and Peter Julian, the coaching staff for the Nike Oregon project. A Day in the Life is an IAAF media project, supported by USA Track & Field, where a group of international sports writers, and Doug Pensinger, Getty images photogapher, were given access to not only a track session, but, perhaps even more amazing to this observer, a very intricate, thoughtful core and overall strength and conditioning program for NIKE Oregon Track Project.
Here is the video, courtesy of the IAAF and produced by the Shoe Addicts, on Mo Farah and Galen Rupp, for the A Day in the Life program. We hope you like it. Oh, this past weekend, Galen Rupp won the 10,000 meters and was second in the 5,000 meters at the US champs. Across the pond, Mo Farah used a 50.8 last lap to win a very tactical 5,000m at the European Athletics Team Championships, where Great Britain placed third.
At the end of the sessions, and after watching Ashton Eaton, Galen Rupp and Aries Merritt at this past weekends' USA championships, it becomes clear that there are no secrets. Hard work, attention to detail, the willingness to look at each day with new awareness, and a brutal honesty are key, along with great coaching, abilty and huge desire to excel if one wants to succeed in the global sport that is track & field. A Day in the Life gives you, the fan, a view inside the training lives of Aries Merritt, Ashton Eaton, Galen Rupp and Mo Farah.
Special thanks to Laura Arcoleo of the IAAF, who managed and organized the media team, coordinated the events, and gave us access to three amazing venues and training lives. Great photography by Doug Pensinger of Getty Images and exciting video by the Shoe Addicts. The team of writers that joined us were fun as well as amazing.

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Ashton Eaton, photo by PhotoRun.net
Originally posted August 12, 2013
Reposted December 30, 2017
Here is part two on the A Day in Life series with Ashton Eaton and now, Brianne Theisen Eaton, courtesy of the IAAF.
In a battle in Lushniki Stadium for two straight days, Ashton Eaton took on all challengers, and won the decathlon the old fashioned way: he battled for every point, in each event. His weakest event,was the high jump, which he had not practiced due to an injury earlier in the season.
The video below, is A Day in the Life, part deux, prepared for the IAAF by the Shoe Addicts, our digital partners. Ashton Eaton has now won gold in the World Championships and Olympic games. Ashton Eaton will destroy the world record, once again.
And a quick nod of the cap to Coach Harry Marra, one of the best guys in the sport. Marra loves his athletes, and his athletes love him. It is fitting that such a good guy with such great athletes, get a bit of praise. The coach worries every day. " My job is minimize the injuries" Harry Marra told the assembled media this past April. Well, he is right about that.
And now, for two days, the newly crowned gold medalist watches his new bride, Brianne Theisen-Eaton, as she battles in the heptathlon.

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Ashton Eaton, USA Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net
Originally June 25, 2013
Reposted December 30, 2017
This is part of our series on Ashton Eaton for the IAAF, courtesy of The Shoe Addicts. Ashton and Brianne are retired now, but their voices hit home. Who will the next two stars of multi events be?
The decathlon is ten challenging events. The late Bob Mathais, the 1948 and 1952 Olympic gold medalist once told me that the decathlon gave you ten ways to make mistakes, the key was, to keep those mistakes to a minimum.
In early April 2013, the Shoe Addicts, thanks to a media tour organized by the IAAF and USA Track & Field, spent two day observing Ashton Eaton, his fiance, Brianne Theisen, and his coach, Harry Marra, in their natural environs of Eugene, Oregon.
What follows is a video, produced for the IAAF, on the Day in the Life series, this time, on the world record holder in the decathlon, the amazing Ashton Eaton.

Originally posted August 12, 2013

Reposted, December 30, 2017

This is part two of our A Day in the Life series, filmed and produced by The Shoe Addicts for the IAAF. Aries Merritt is an anomoly in this sport, or any sport. What is similar is his drive to succeed. Aries Merritt has supernatural focus. And, we have to admit, easy to appreciate and respect. Anytime this writer gets a few minutes with Aries, and it is normally on the road, we catch up and chat on track and his travels. Watch Aries in 2018!

Aries Merritt is the world record holder in the 110 meter hurdles, that is a fact. That Aries Merritt is also the London Olympic champion is also a fact. Aries dealt with some injury issues earlier this season, but he has won some big races recently and told us, back in April, that he wants to win World Championship gold.

Problem is, so does Jason Richardson, Ryan Wilson and a few others....
This video was done for the IAAF by the Shoe Addicts.
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A Day in the Life, Aries Merritt,
by Doug Pensinger, Getty Images, IAAF

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Original post, May 16, 2013
Repost, December 30, 2017
We posted a photo of Aries Merritt on December 29, 2017 and noted, how do you measure the importance of Aries Merritt? Many agreed, so we resposted this video.
During the week of April 7-13, 2013, a small group of journalists, joined by a photographer and a video team visited Aries Merritt (April 8-9), Ashton Eaton (April 11-12) and then, some of Alberto Salazar's Training Group (Mo Farah, Galen Rupp, Cam Levin, Matt Centrowitz) on April 13. It was a fascinating visit to see some of the best athletes and coaches in our sport.
Aries Merritt was the first visit. His workouts, his view on the sport and his own development, and his relationship with his coach/advisors, continue to evolve as Aries comes to grips with being the World record holder at 110 meter hurdles.
That 12.80 seconds surely changed his life: in less than thirteen seconds, Aries Merritt became the guy with promise and a gold medal, to the guy with the gold medal and the World Record. The bulls eye on his back is very large now, no different than a yellow jersey in cycling: Aries Merritt is the target of all 110m hurdlers in the world.
Aries Merritt is racing the next three weekends: May 18 in Shanghai DL, May 25 in New York City at the adidas Grand Prix and on June 1 in Eugene, Oregon at the Nike Prefontaine Classic.
The following video, created for the IAAF by the Shoe Addicts, gives you a glimpse into A Day in the Life of Aries Merritt. Watch for upcoming interviews, features, on Aries Merritt and the above-mentioned athletes.
Special thanks to the IAAF.

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Ramil Guliyev on cover of GQ Turkey

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ISTANBUL (TUR): World 200m champion Ramil Guliyev has appeared on the front cover of the latest edition of GQ in Turkey, informs AzerNews. Guliyev is the Turkish Sportsman of the Year according to the magazine. He will not compete in the indoor season.

Guliyev_RamilFHL-WorCH17.jpgRamil Guliyev wins the 200m in London, photo by PhotoRun.net

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DAKAR (SEN): Marie-Josee Ta Lou has revealed she had a difficult run-in to the World Championships in London where she claimed silver medals in the 100m and 200m due to injuries and a loss of morale, informs Athletics Weekly. "I had trained but I had a difficult period at the start of the 2017 in terms of morale, finance and also physically. I started training in January but was injured in February. I remember calling my coach and saying: 'coach I don't want to run. I want to end my season' but I returned to training in March a bit behind. From March to May the priority was speed and strength but my coach and I still doubted if I could be at the right level by August," she said. Ta Lou spent the early part of her career training in Shanghai but she is now based in Dakar, Senegal.

I love our sport of track & field. Truth is, athletes from countries big and small can shine in our sport.

In London, lets speak about Trinidad & Tobago. Their 4x400 meters men team caught the U.S. team took the gold right out of their hands. The crowd went absolutely bonkers, and the interview with the TTO team post race was just, well fun.

Trinidad & Tobago had played the rounds right and had built their team for a big run in the final. The U.S. spits out 400 meter runners by the dozens, but truth is, the U.S. team had a group of guys who were tired, and the coaching staff did not see the challenge, which they should always see.

I recall John Chaplin, former coach of Washington State at Pullman, telling me that an Olympic coach is remembered for only a few things: if they loose the relays or buy the batons. The US felt, for many years, that the long relays were a birth right.

Well someone did not tell TTO that. They all ran with spirit, but the anchor did the job and moved by an exhausted Fred Kerley in textbook fashion, to take the gold medal.

Trinidad & Tobago did it the old fashioned way, they earned their gold medal.

20171005_124518.jpgSteve Jones with Larry Eder, Chicago Presser, October 5, 2017, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts

Originally posted October 5, 2017

Reposted December 29, 2017

I just like this piece, and admire the person, Steve Jones that I wrote about. I thought, especially at this time of the year, it is appropriate to celebrate role models who live up to the hype. Steve Jones is such an athlete and man.

Steve Jones may be the most modest world record holder that you may ever meet. Steve Jones is Welsh, and a former RAF mechanic (he calls it a technician), who worked on F4 Phantoms for much of his career. Racing close to fifty times a year as a journeyman (weekends, plus a mid week race for the RAF), Steve ran cross country, track races off a steady diet of 75-80 miles a week.

His first marathon attempt was the Chicago Marathon in 1983, which was then sponsored by Beatrice Foods. Jonesy hurt himself in a 20 minute warm up, and by 16 miles could go no farther. He tried to return his per diem to then race director Bob Bright (think, P.T. Barnum meets Hunter S. Thompson). Bright refused.

The next year, in 1984, Steve Jones returned to Chicago, finished the race, and broke the world record.

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DUSSELDORF (GER): The PSD Bank Meeting here on February 6 has so far two World champions from London confirmed (Kendricks, Manangoi) and in total 11 medal winners from the World Championships. From other medalists confirmed are Briton Asha Philip, US sprinter Mike Rodgers and Poland´s stars Piotr Lisek with Adam Kszczot. In the 800 m Kszczot will meet Kenyan bronze medalist Kipyegon Bett. In the department of bronze winners fom London confirmed are Pamela Dutkiewicz, Tianna Bartoletta, Balazs Baji and Stipe Zunic (against home star David Storl and Czech fourth placer Tomas Stanek).

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This column is a bit different for Justin Lagat, but, I have to say, it is one of my favorites. Read it and pass it around. The idea of changing one's approach to training is not new, and it can be quite effective. Sometimes, that is what is needed before an athlete achieves their goal.

Moen_Sondre1-Hannover17.jpgSondre Moen ran PBs for 10k (27:55), HM (59:48) and Marathon (2:05:48) all in Fall 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Schippers plans for Birmingham
AMSTERDAM (NED): The 200 m World champion Dafne Schippers plans to compete during the indoor season 2018. Her aim is to run well at World Indoors in Birmingham in the 60 m. Her brother and agent Derek Schippers confirmed that. It will be her fourth World Indoors, in 2012 and 2014 she ended in semifinals, but in Portland 2016 won a silver. For summer the goals are the IAAF Diamond League and European Championships in Berlin.

Here's the last weekend of the year, and first days of next year! Across the Northeast and Midwest, there is snow and terribly cold conditions. Consider running inside, and also if outside, dress for the weather, and cover everything! Be careful.

Enjoy the holiday weekend, seeing movies, hanging with friends and family. Stay warm. An early Happy New Year!

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Tirunesh for Madrid San Silvestre
MADRID (ESP): Chicago Marathon winner Tirunesh Dibaba will compete in the San Silvestre Vallecana 10K in Madrid on 31 December. Dibaba, who won this race in 2011 in 31:30, will face Ethiopian teammate Gelete Burka, Portugal's Catarina Ribeiro and UK's Alyson Dixon. Eritrea's Nguse Amsolom will defend his title in the men's race.
RunBlogRun opines: Tirunesh Dibaba is one of the finest athletes in our sport. Her tenure on the track, in Olympics and World Champs, is, well, unrivaled. Tirunesh has run three marathons, and she looks poised for another fast and furious one in 2018. Her run in Madrid, one of my favorite cities, should be spectacular on New Years Eve!

Funny thing about coaching.

In the U.S. high school sports of cross country and track & field, there are close to 3,555 head boys and girls cross country and track coaches (duplicates not included). At the college level, junior college and four year, there are just under 4,000 more coaches at those institutions. These 41,555 coaches work with our 1.7 million high school and college athletes 46 weeks a year, six days a week, for an average of three hours a day (two hours high school, 4 hours at college level). This is the strength of our sport.

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Want to know why our athletes are taking thirty plus medals in World and Olympic championships? Look at the fine development programs we have, and then, the fine post graduate coaches we have, and you do should not wonder why the U.S. athletes do so well. Our coaches with the sponsored clubs, and elite athletes are many of the finest in the world.

At least in America, some of the finest coaches have to leave our country to make a living. I have observed some of our finest coaches being recognized for their talents by countries all around the globe.

The coaches below, Randy Huntington, Dan Pfaff, Rana Reider and Loren Seagrave, are examples of the finest coaches produced in this country.

Coaches are educators. That is what the late Sam Adams, long time mentor at UC Santa Barbara, told me that. He felt that, for many years, coaches did not respect themselves. The group, USTFCCCA, under Sam Seames, has done much to change that.

As I travel around Europe and Asia during the summers, covering the major meetings for you, our readers at @runblogrun, I find it a special treat to catch up with coaches like Rana Reider and Loren Seagrave on the road. I learn something new from them with each discussion and it allows me to view the athletes and their amazing performances on deeper level, and share those insights with you.

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Thiam thinks indoor
LIEGE (BEL): IAAF Athlete of the Year 2017 Nafi Thiam plans for a few indoor competitions. Confirms her agent Helena Van der Plaetsen. "Nafi is currently training in her hometown Liege and is also studying for her exams. She will go on a training camp in Tenerife in January, upon her return she will have her exams and then after that will start with a few indoor competitions," said Van der Plaetsen. Thiam so far never competed in pentathlon at the World Indoors. She will decide later about Birmingham. In 2014 she was 8th in a tie in high jump in Sopot.
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Last summer, we watched Tori Bowie win the 100 meters and anchor a fine 4x100 meters. We watched Shaunae Miller Uibas take a bronze medal in the 200 meters and a 4th in the 400 meters. At the Diamond League finals, we watched Noah Lyes won the 200 meters and Shaunae Miller Uibas won the 200m and 400m Diamond League titles. Funny thing was, Coach Lance Brauman had been telling me that Shaunae and Noah would run "very, very fast"!

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Pure Athletics is an adidas sponsored club that trains in Claremont, Florida. The club is coached by Lance Brauman.

What we never hear about is the years and years of training, with good years and bad years, that top athletes endure to make it to the very top. To use all of your talents, to find your limits, you need a fine coach. Lance Brauman is such a coach.

A great coach is always learning. A great coach is always observing. A great coach observes to understand their athletes. What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses? How does the coach help prepare his or her athletes for the upcoming challenges?

When I ask Coach Brauman questions, he always answers. Sometimes not the answers I expect, but that is not what matters. Coaches like Lance see the world a bit differently than we do. They break down beautiful running to its smallest details. Those amazing runs by Tori Bowie, Shaunae Miller Uibo and Noah Lyles this year were the process of all that work!

One of my favorite parts of my job is to observe coaches in their natural habitat. Lance knows his athletes and knows what they are capable of! The long hours of work, the long days of workouts and the focus needed to be the top athlete in the world in the sprints can not be under estimated.

We look forward to seeing Pure Athletics in 2018!

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12 will qualify from qualification
BERLIN (GER): European Championships 2018 in Berlin will have the same time table and qualification modus in sprint events as it was in Amsterdam 2016. For 100 m, 200 m, 400 m and 100/110 m Hurdles with 400 m Hurdles men and women top 12 according to 2018 Season List will be directly seeded into semifinals. Rest of the entrants will compete in the qualification round from which best 12 will advance to in total 3 semifinals (with 24 runners). From this top 2 and 2 by times will qualify for the final.
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Usain Bolt and PUMA

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Usain Bolt is one of the most well known athletes and sports personalities in the world. From 2007 to 2017, we had the fortune to watch Usain put his spin on the world of athletics. What was his secret?

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Usain Bolt, August 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Usain Bolt, in my mind, made running fun again. His amazing wins in Beijing and London captured fans and the sport. His celebrations captured the fun of sport, and his patience with the fans, especially the young ones, captured many hearts.

Usain Bolt understood, sooner than many of us, that he had something there. He realized the strength of his fans and support.In the photo below, we show Usain Bolt with PUMA running's Jose Van Der Ween, at the launch party for PUMA NetFit product, back in May 2018. PUMA has been Usain Bolt's sponsor for his entire career.

I remember publishing a poster for PUMA in 2009. We published 250,000 posters, and sent them to high schools across the U.S. We had such a response, that we reprinted the poster, and in the end printed and distribute 500,000 posters. We could have distributed 1 million on problem. I am not sure that anyone knew how popular Usain Bolt would become.

Who are the next stars of the sport? We have a next generation of athletic stars, with the promise, personality and enthusiasm to excite the sport. They can not be manufactered, and that will be interesting to see who the next superstar becomes in our sport.

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Mary Keitany 2:17:01 and Johannes Vetter 94.44
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Mary Keitany´s 2:17:01 in London Marathon without male pacing and Johannes Vetter´s 94.44 javelin are the Performances of the Year 2017 by Track and Field News. Panel of international experts gave in women ranking second place to Nafi Thiam 7013 points in heptathlon and third to Anita Wlodarczyk´s 82.87 hammer. fourth place for Sandra Perkovic and her 71.41 in discus. Fifth is Emma Coburn´s 9:02.58 steeple London win ahead of Almaz Ayana 30:16.32 in the 10 000 m (also as a winner in London). Seventh place for 52.64 by Dalilah Muhammad over the 400 m hurdles, for the 8th place a tie between Courtney Frerichs 9:03.77 steeple and Ekaterini Stefanidi´s 491 in pole vault. Also for 10th place a tie between Kendra Harrison 12.28 hurdles and Joyciline Jepkosgei half marathon world record 64:52. In men top ten second Christian Taylor and his 18.11 triple jump, third Ryan Crouser 22.65 shot put. Fourth Eliud Kipchoge 2:00:25 marathon project as best running performance of the year. Fifth is 26:49.51 for Mo Farah 10k London win and 6th Yohan Diniz and his 50 km walk win 3:33:12. Seventh position for Karsten Warholm´s 48.35 400 m hurdles win and three way tie for 8th (93.90 Rohler, 12.90 McLeod, 2:03:32 Kipchoge).

This is day 4 of your second week of recovery running. Enjoy it. We provide you two types of workouts. Some are trying to run a few indoor races during this early Winter, using that amazing fitness you developed this past fall.

And enjoy the holiday spirit!

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Jerry Schumacher is a fine coach

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Jerry Schumacher was named the 2017 Nike Coach of Year for USA Track & Field. Jerry is the coach at the Bowerman Track Club. Before that, Jerry was distance coach at the University of Wisconsin.

Schumacher lives and breathes the sport, his family, his athletes. The man is devoted. Jerry Schumacher is also not really fond of interviews, media inter action, etc. This is not a bad thing, Jerry Schumacher is just old school, he wants his athletes to get the praise and he values his privacy. I kind of like that.

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LONDON (GBR): World 10,000m record-holder Almaz Ayana says speed is the main area she needs to improve on and that her work ethic is her biggest strength. In an interview with fastrunning.com, the 2016 Olympic 25-lap champion, who has run 8:22 for 3000m, said: "My speed is not so good, and I am not good at tempo changes." She added of her best positive attribute: "I work very very hard - every day. I train, eat, sleep during the day and just repeat that over and over again. I am fully focused on my running. According to my coach, my focus and mind are very strong. Everything in my life is focused on training and competition. I have no distraction from social media or anything like that."

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Jeff Benjamin interviews Carl Lewis on his new training program, " The Perfect Method."

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NAIROBI (KEN): World 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi has confirmed he plans to compete at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in March, Xinhua news agency reports. "I want to do well in the indoor circuit before focusing on the outdoor competition. The Commonwealth Games are in April while the IAAF Diamond League does start in May. I will have enough time to recover," said Manangoi. He should face tough opposition from last year's IAAF World Indoor Tour winner Bethwel Birgen (as wild card holder is assured to compete in Birmingham) and former world 1,500m silver medallist Silas Kiplagat.

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The NN Running team has had an amazing first year. With one hundred major podium finishes in 2017, that is a tremendous start for the new team. Jos Hermans, the founder of the club, spoke to Rosemarie Smit about the club.

Justin Gatlin wrote this fine column a couple of weeks ago to show RunBlogRun readers how the Commonwealth Games,to be held in April 2018 in Australia. That is just one of the major events in 2018 for Kenyan athletes, from World Indoors, in Birmingham, to World Half marathons in Valencia, Spain, both in March, Commonwealth in April, and Diamond League, May to August! How will the top stars of Kenya prepare for the 2018 season? Justin Lagat has some suggestions!

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Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele wins at the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K.jpgKenenisa Bekele wins TSK25k on December 17, 2017, photo courtesy of ProCam Running

Kenenisa Bekele's win at the TSK 25k was the 100th podium finish for the less than year old NN Running Team. Here's a short piece from NN Running team's Rosemarie Smit on the success of the new club.

I learnt the value of recovery in college. My coach, Dan Durante, would encourage me to take a couple weeks easy before I would begin the long build for spring and summer races. I had read the book, Self Made Olympian by Ron Daws (you can get on Amazon), a fantastic training book. I did two build ups a year, took two weeks easy after each season and noticed my times improving at every distance.

20151212-ROSA0122.jpgTrying to get your breath, photo by Justin Britton

The break time gave me time to just sleep in, goof off and yep, mooch meals from my parents (always hungry running 70-100 miles a week).

Enjoy your run today! Enjoy the time with friends.

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Sam Kendricks and Tori Bowie
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Sam Kendricks and Tori Bowie are the US Athletes of the Year 2017 by Track and Field News. Kendricks is first ever male pole vaulter winning this poll. It was a good year for jumpers with Christian Taylor taking the No. 2 spot. No tripler has won since the '80s. They got 296 and 271 points, third is Justin Gatlin 204 just edging Ryan Crouser 201. Fifth Will Claye 137 ahead of Christian Coleman 134 and Evan Jager 131. In the top ten 8th Jarrion Lawson 83 followed by Joe Kovacs 70 and Fred Kerley 44. In women order top 5 were separated by 43 points. Bowie got 222 with Emma Coburn second 200 and Brittney Reese third 199, fourth place for Sandi Morris 182 and fifth Kori Carter 181. In the 6th place Ajee Wilson 133 with Kendra Harrison 7th 120 and Phyllis Francis 8th 116. Dalilah Muhammad was 9th 72 and Jenny Simpson 10th 38.
Bowie_Tori1-BosOut17.jpgTori Bowie, photo by PhotoRun.net
RunBlogRun opines: Sam Kendricks and Tori Bowie are fine picks on a tough year for TFN selectors. Across the board, a fine group of American track & field athletes in 2017. Why? Because grass roots health of sport is at its highest with 17,000 high school track programs, nearly 2600 college and jr college programs and thousands of clubs.
At the highest levels, many of the finest coaches in the world are Americans, some who coach U.S. athletes and some who coach athletes from around the globe. Nice job by our friends at TFN on their U.S. picks (liked their global picks too).

Barshim_MutazQ-WorC17.jpgMutaz Barshim, photo by PhotoRun.net

Barshim is AOY by TFN
MOUNTIAN VIEW (USA): Qatari High Jump World champion Mutaz Essa Barshim is also Track and Field News Athlete of the Year after beeing awarded the same title by the IAAF. But it was not that clear, no fewer than nine men received No. 1 votes. Barshim got 330 points over Sam Kendricks 307. Third Luvo Manyonga with 232 edged his team-mate Wayde van Niekerk to fourth 197. Fifth Christian Taylor 162 just one point ahead of Pawel Fajdke 161 and 7 ahead of Mo Farah 155. Eliud Kipchoge is 8th (138), Omar McLeod 9th (129) and Johannes Vetter as 10th got 95 points. The winner Mutaz Barshim is currently in Malmo for training and preparation for the indoor season with the aim to succeed in Birmingham at World Indoors.

Barshim_MutazR1c-Lausanne16.jpgMutaz Barshim, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Seb Coe and Joe Newton, from the book, "Running to the Top of the Mountain",
used with permission
Originally posted on Sept 4 2014.
Updated on December 26, 2017.
In honor of the passing of Joe Newton, we thought that we would repost this fine piece on how Joe Newton helped Seb Coe, as he prepared for the stressful 1984 Olympic Games. A story with lots of reminders about keeping athletes grounded and relaxed before big events, we thank Jeff Benjamin once again for this fine piece.
Updated September 7, 2016. This piece we are pulling from our archives in honor of Joe Newton retiring from coaching. Joe Newton has had a huge influence in our sports. We hope you enjoy this piece from Jeff Benjamin.
The 1984 Olympics was the first Olympics that I attended. Watching Seb Coe win his silver medal in the 800 meters was inspiring. When Seb won the 1,500 meters in LA, he made Olympic history.
Now, thirty years later, Jeff Benjamin, long time contributor to RunBlogRun, American Track & Field and American Athletics.

The recovery time around the holidays is a time for reflection, a time to relax, and a time to do all the things you missed when you were training hard! Go stand in line for the new Star Wars movie, find the gooiest, thickest pizza, and try a Vietnamese noodle house ( I go one that is Vegan, where everythng but the noodles and veggies made with tofu! It is awesome!).

Oh, an have a nice, relaxed run or walk today!

Happy Holidays. Enjoy the time with your family and friends. That is the spirit that should come from the Holiday season.

20151212-ROSA0051.jpgGetting ready for the race with your buddies, photo by Justin Britton

Emma Coburn, her race she won

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Emma Coburn had a near perfect season. She won the US champs, she ran American record, and she looked poised for greatness this season.

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Emma Coburn, photo by PhotoRun.net

Could she medal once again in global competition? The field in 2017 looked, on paper, tougher than 2016.

I picked Emma for silver in London, but really, did not know. I had observed Emma since college, and watched her hurdling develop, her racing strategy develop, but felt that she was just a bit too cautious to win one of the big medals.

Was I wrong.

Listening to her then fiance, and coach, and now husband, Emma stayed closer to the action than ever before. Her last 500 meters was perfection, and her attack over the last water jump, and Courtney Frerichs taking silver behind Emma's gold is one of the finest moments in American Track & Field history.

Fast times are one thing, winning a global medal in the toughest venues in the world, when there are no pacers, no safety nets, is where Emma Coburn delivered.

Sub nine minutes? It is just a matter of time.

The finest 400 meter in the world for the past several years, Wayde Van Niekerk, won the world champs in Beijing, Olympics in Rio, setting a WR, and the World Champs in London. In the cool weather of London, Van Niekerk challenged himself and ran the 200 meters as well, taking the silver medal in the 200 meters.

vanNiekerk-Botha-BosOut17.jpgWayde Van Niekerk and Ans Botha, photo by PhotoRun.net

As Wayde Van Niekerk noted in the 200 meter post event presser, he challenged himself and he gave his best. It should have been a moment where Michael Johnson's double was shown more respect and Wayde's attempt should have been given serious respect. Instead, there were other issues involved, and many gave credit to an athlete who did not really compete the medals.

Wayde is now recovering from knee surgery. We wish him a speedy recovery, but, as his coach, IAAF coach of Year, Ans Botha told the media, it will take time and patience.

The future of Norwegian athletics is looking better and better, with Sandre Moen (2:05:47 European marathon record), the Ingebrigtsen family, and now, Karston Warholm. Warholms's win in London was after less than a year as a 400 meter intermediate hurdler.

Warholm_KarstenViking-WorC17.jpgKarston Warholm, the pride of Norway, photo by PhotoRun.net

Not since the 1980s has Europe had such a field of 400 meter hurdlers (Copello of Turkey, Warholm of Norway) and Karston is a bit of a character.

Watch him race indoors this coming season, and watch his pressers. Karston has a fine sense of humor, speaks his mind and loves his sport, his country and the attention he is getting as the next great 400 meter hurdler.

Tori Bowie, for 2017, the fastest women in the world. Her victories at the US champs, in the 100 meter World Champs and her blazing leg in the 4x100 meters showed a women who, as she told us in Beijing in 2015, "likes to win."

Bowie_Tori1-BosOut17.jpgTori Bowie, photo by PhotoRun.net

If you take a look at her 100 meter final, you see that amazing finish, that blazing last 40 meters and the determination that gave her an amazingly bruised leg. It was day by day, as her coach and team watched her to see if she could run the relay.

Tori Bowie lets her feet do the talking, and they spoke loud and clear in London. Under the watchful eye of Coach Lance Brauman, Tori Bowie continues to develop, one year at a time. She is a different athlete than in 2015, when she won medals focusing on half of the race distances.

We wish Tori a great 2018, and look forward to seeing her change it up a little bit.

Christmas Day is a big day around many households. It is a day of family, celebration of faith, and sharing of gifts and love.

If you want to take a friend out for a run, or walk with a family member, do it! Enjoy the time, and enjoy the sharing of experiences.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

20151212-_D3_0787.jpgEnjoying a run, photo by Justin Britton

Now, this is the really, honestly, last, last day for shopping before Christmas day.

You can get a long run in, you can get a short run in, you can walk with your Mom, or Dad. Then, you can cuddle up, grab whatever deranged Starbucks drink you have once a year, and watch one of my favorites, It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol (Alistar Simm), or Love, Actually. Any way, have a wonderful Christmas Eve!

CHALL121215-8429.jpgRunning with your team mate, photo by Justin Britton

Oh and remember to check out a new pair of HOKAONEONE running shoes.

Here's the workout for today:

Okay, last shopping day before Christmas, and you know I am out shopping. What will you do, run a 1000 meters or go pick up a Pokeman t-shirt for your kid brother (better change that to a new Star Wars classic shirt)? Such decisions.

CHALL121215-0125.jpgCoach and athlete, post race, photo by Justin Britton

Oh and remember to check out a new pair of HOKAONEONE running shoes.

And here's your two options for a Saturday workout:

LondonQualifier-WC17.jpgLondon 2017 Qualifier, photo by PhotoRun.net

Big World Champs impact
LONDON (GBR): An event impact study released and circulated today has demonstrated the huge benefits of London hosting the IAAF World Championships and World Para Athletics Championships, informs organisers. The study assessed the total direct economic impact of the Summer of World Athletics as exceeding £107 million. More than a million people attended both championships with events not just held in the London Stadium but across the capital. The IAAF World Championships were awarded a Guinness World Record for tickets sold in excess of 705,000, while the World Para Athletics Championships with 305,000 ticket sales, exceeded the figures for all previous editions of the event combined. The report also revealed that a £2.1million investment was made into grassroots athletics. More than 10 million people in the UK also watched the British 4x100m team claim the world title on television..
StadiumFE1-London17.jpgLondon 2017 World Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

Molly Huddle is one of the finest distance runners of her generation. She is tough, meticulous and focused. I have watched her race from the mile to the marathon. What she has done with her coach, Ray Treacy, is fascinating to watch. How will she do in Boston? It will be exciting to see, with Shalane Flanagan, Desi Lindan and Jordan Hasay battling Molly in Boston in April 2018.

Each runner is so different and so fascinating.

Molly Huddle has a near perfect stride and gait. She is the female version of Garry Bjorklund, (check him out on You Tube). Garry had a near perfect stride.

Molly Huddle to race @bostonmarathon. Molly Huddle has completed her move from track to marathon! It was August 2010, and the Birmingham DL meeting had finished. I was with Mark Bossardet, then VP of Sports Marketing at Saucony, and Molly Huddle. Molly had not been happy with her race and was going to stay in Europe another ten days, get in couple of races, including the 5,000 meters, hopefully, in Memorial Van Damme Meeting in Brussels. Molly knew she was fit, she just needed some more racing to get a fast 5000 meters. Finishing ninth, Molly ran 14:44.76, the AR for 5,000 meters. Molly would set the 5,000m record once again, in 2014, this time in Monte Carlo and the Herculis Meeting, battling fellow American Shannon Rowbury to the very finish, running a 14:42.46 on July 18, 2014. In 2016, Molly Huddle took the 10,000m AR with a fine 30:13.72 at the Rio Olympics, after having won the 5000m and 10,000m in the US Olympic Trials. She finished off 2016 with a 2:28:13 third place in NYC Marathon. 2017 was about fast half marathon, doubling in London World Champs and winning the Abbott 5k Dash in early November. Now, Molly Huddle will be part of the finest field assembled, of American woman marathoners, with Shalane Flanagan, winner of 2017 NYC Marathon, second placer from Boston Desi Linden, and Molly Huddle. I am already calling this a race for the ages. Molly Huddle's perfect distance is the marathon, and while she is much earlier in her career than Shalane, Desi, or Jordan Hasay, watch out! April 2018 will be amazing! #bostonmarathon, #baa, #abbottwmm, #saucony, #runyourworld,

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Sharp_Lynsey-NBin17.jpgLynsey Sharp, NB Indoor GP, photo by PhotoRun.net

EDINBURGH (GBR): Olympic 800m finalist Lynsey Sharp, whose father Cameron won relay gold at the 1978 Commonwealths is keen to emulate her father in getting on to the podium as part of the Scottish quartet. That is after she will face tough opposition set to include Caster Semenya over two laps.

RunBlogRun opines: Lynsey Sharp is moving to California to be coached by Terrance Mahon with her boyfriend, Andrew Butchart. In the 1978 CG in Edmonton, Lynsey's father gold in in the 4x100m. Lynsey has a shot at the 4x400m, but the team will be tough to make.

Farah_MoFamily-PreC17.jpgMo Farah and his family, photo by PhotoRun.net

All of the experts said that Mo Farah could not win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. I am pretty sure that Mo Farah did not think he could win. But, as he did the interview Live from Saint Mary's University with his kids nearby. And his boy, Hussein, was sick, as kids get.

What gave Mo the three thousand votes that he had for victory? At the end, British track fans are the best, the very best that I have ever seen. They love Mo Farah and watched the guy come from being close to winning over the last half of his career. That Mo Farah is the finest racer over 5000 meters and 10,000 meters from 2011-2017 should not be in dispute.

That 10,000 meters in London may be the finest 10,000 meters ever, and British fans were transfixed.

Mo Farah earned the respect of British track fans. Fans are not looking for perfection, they are looking for racing. The Somali born athlete became a runenr in London and his development was fascinating to watch. I believe the biggest change was the confidence that Mo Farah got after winning a few races was obvious.

So happy for Mo Farah and his win. Looking forward to seeing him in London this coming April.

Crouser_RyanH-Brussels17.jpgRyan Crouser, photo by PhotoRun.net

CHULA VISTA (USA): Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser says his main aim for next year will be breaking the world record. He told dyestat.com that Randy Barnes' 1990 mark of 23.12m is a target and he is currently working on strength and agility. Having set a national high school record in the discus, he says he could eventually take up that event.

RunBlogRun: Biggest upset of the London World Champs was Ryan Crouser not getting a medal. Ryan Crouser is one of the finest shot putters in the world. Crouser focused on the WR will be an interesting development.

Crouser_Ryan-Brussels17.jpgRyan Crouser, photo by PhotoRun.net

When Bill Rodgers first came on the scene in 1975, the AP wire service called him Will Rogers. Less than a month before, Bill Rodgers had taken third in the 1975 World Cross Country Championships, won by Ian Stewart, with Mariano Haro in second. Bill Rodgers won the 1975 Boston Marathon in a t-shirt with a magic marker emblazoned GBTC.

Bill Rodgers ran lightly. He stopped several times on the course, and then started up again, beating Ron Hill and the late Steve Hoag, among others.

1975_MARfin_Rodgers,Bill-thumb-500xauto-23652.jpgBill Rodgers running AR 2:09:55 in April 1975, photo from BAA

Bill Rodgers won hist first Boston in 2:09:55 in AR. Winning four Bostons and four NYC Marathons in his career, Rodgers, along with his 1976 Olympic team mate Frank Shorter helped make the running boom a reality. In 1978, Rodgers won four marathons, and won 35 races. This was a different world. Rodgers was the toughest runner on the road circuit.

My favorite moment was in his hour run AR. It is legend. The guy ran back to back 28:48 10ks and was talking much of the time.

I met Bill in the late 1970s and he was always talkative and relaxed. One of true gentleman of the sport. I always respected his career, racing sense, and his sense of sportsmanship. Bill was and is, a class act.

Bill Rodgers still is seen around the road circuits. Jeff Benjamin, writing for @runblogrun, ran the 5k last weekend with Bill Rodgers. We wish Bill Rodgers a happy 70th birthday, and thank him for all of the great memories he has given us over his career.

So, Jenny Simpson won the silver In London in the 1,500 meters. This was her fourth medal in the distance. In 2011, Jenny took gold in Daegu in the 1,500 meter World Champs, silver in Moscow 2013, and then, bronze in the Rio Olympics.

Simpson_JennyR-USOut17.jpgJenny Simpson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here medal in London was not unexpected, but take a gander at the 1,500 meters for women, probably the toughest race on the women's middle and long distances. With 200 meters to go, Jenny Simpson was fighting hard, with Faith Kipyegon following Sifan Hassan, who had some amazing times prior to the World Champs.

You can see Jenny Simpson thinking. At 170 meters to go, Simpson lays back as Laura Muir, Faith Kipyegon and Sifan Hassan battle. Will Simpson have enough room to medal?

Then, it happens. Sifan Hassan collapses, Faith Kipyegon flys by, and Laura Muir is giving it her all. Jenny Simpson goes on the inside, passed Muir, then gets by Hassan.

Jenny Simpson used a world of experience to keep her cool, then, sprint. Simpson pulled the best impersonation of Steve Ovett at the 1977 World Cup where he made this inside lane move.

Jenny Simpson is fast. There are alot of fast women at 1,500 meters, several faster than Jenny Simpson. But, few, sports fans can race better. Her silver medal showed that this American middle distance runner has an amazing ability to read race situations and the fatigue of other athletes. This is a skill set, my friends.

I enjoy watching Jenny Simpson racing. She is also a great interview. But Simpson's finest skill is being ready to race in the big races. This, kind readers, is the true skill set. Jenny Simpson is the female version of Fermin Cacho, the Spanish Olympic champion in 1992. Cacho had eyes in the back of his head, and few could get the jump on him.

Can Jenny Simpson win another global medal?

Hell yes.

Wlodarczyk_AnitaW1b-WC17.jpgAnita Wlodarczyk, photo by PhotoRun.net
Wlodarczyk just edging Lasitskene
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Hammer World champion Anita Wlodarczyk is as in 2016 the Track and Field News Women Athlete of the Year. In the second-closest balloting in history she got 317 points ahead of Mariya Lasitskene with 312. Third European Athlete of the Year Ekaterini Stefanidi 250 and fourth IAAF Athlete of the Year Nafissatou Thiam with 242 points. Fifth place for Hellen Obiri 208 ahead of Caster Semenya 192 and Sandra Perkovic 134. Closing top ten are Faith Kipyegon and Almaz Ayana with 81 and Elaine Thompson with 71 points. The international panel of experts gave 19 of the 36 votes for No. 1 to Włodarczyk, with Lasitskene garnering 14, Stefanidi taking 2 and Thiam 1. Informs trackandfieldnews.com.
Lasitskene_Maria-Lausanne17.jpgMariya Lasitskene, photo by PhotoRun.net

With the holidays upon us, and cross country season just behind us, it is recovery time. Easy runs, easy walks, lots of sleeping, watching NetFlix and Amazon, and eating cookies, pizza, and such.

Enjoy these two to three weeks as we will be back at it around January 9.

20151212-ROSA0224.jpgHeading to the start, photo by Justin Britton

Oh and remember to check out a new pair of HOKAONEONE running shoes.

And here's your workout for today (we give you two options):

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Derrick_Chris-USAxc17.jpgChris Derrick, photo by PhotoRun.net

EDINBURGH (GBR): USA's team for the Great Edinburgh XCountry Challenge in Edinburgh on January 13 will be led by three-time winner Garrett Heath and defending champion Leonard Korir. Also included are 2015 World Championships representative Chris Derrick, 2016 Olympic marathon seventh-placer Desi Linden, 2015 NCAA champion Molly Seidel and Natosha Rogers, who was 23rd at this year's World Cross. The team will take Britain and Europe in the senior and junior categories, plus 4x1km relay.

Linden_DesiFV-SanAntonio17.jpgDesi Linden, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rogers_Natosha1-USAxc17.jpgNatosha Rogers, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Manangoi for Dusseldorf
DUSSELDORF (GER): Bronze medalist from London Pamela Dutkiewicz confirmed her participation at the PSD Bank Meeting in Dusseldorf on February 6 (IAAF World Indoor Tour). "The track in Dusseldorf is very fast. Was here third this year, hopefully I can improve in 2018," she said. But she will have it tough at 60 m Hurdles against Olympic medalist Nia Ali, European Indoor champion Alina Talay and German star Cindy Roleder. In men 1500 m is confirmed World champion from London Elijah Manangoi, his rivals U23 European champion Marius Probst and Czech European Indoor Champion 2015 Jakub Holusa.

OHare_ChrisFV1-Armory16.jpgChris O'Hare, Armory Invitational, photo by PhotoRun.net

True_BenFHL-Millrose17.jpgBen True, Ryan Hill, Millrose Games, photo by PhotoRun.net

Martinez_BrendaRL-NBin17.jpgBrenda Martinez, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lyles_NoahFHH-USind17.jpgNoah Lyles, 300m WR, USATF Indoor Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

ALBUQUERQUE (USA): The four-meet USATF Championships series includes in 2018 indoor season Armory Invitational (Jan 27), Millrose Games (Feb 3) and Boston Grand Prix (Feb 10) with national championships as the final event.

Kawauchi_YukiBib-Berlin16.JPGYuki Kawauchi, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kawauchi_YukiFV-LakeBiwa14.jpgYuki Kawauchi, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kawauchi_YukiPC-Berlin16.JPGYuki Kawauchi, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kipchoge_EluidFV-Sub2Hr17.jpgEliud Kipchoge, photo by PhotoRun.net

Justin Lagat wrote this column on some of the fine moments in our sport in 2017. We like Justins' list and approach. We think that you will enjoy it too!

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Barshim and Lasitskene
LONDON (GBR): High jumpers Mutaz Essa Barshim and Mariya Lasitskene are Athletes of the Year 2017 by readers of Athletics International. Barshim got 592 points over Wayde van Niekerk 577 and Mo Farah 520. In the top also fourth Sam Kendricks, fifth Johannes Vetter and sixth Luvo Manyonga. In the 7th Pawel Fajdek ahead of Eliud Kipchoge and two Frenchmen Kevin Mayer and Yohan Diniz. In the women order Lasitskene 657 points more clearer ahead of Anita Wlodarczyk 599 and Ekaterini Stefanidi 505 with Nafi Thiam 495. In next order Sandra Perkovic 5th, Hellen Obiri 6th and Caster Semenya 7th. The top ten is completed by African runners Almaz Ayana, Joyciline Jepkosgei and Mary Keitany.
Lasitskene_Maria-Lausanne17.jpgMariya Lasitskene, photo by PhotoRun.net

After a long and grueling cross country season, you need a break. We at @runblogrun suggest a nice three week easy recovery time, where you sleep, eat pizza, watch Holiday release movies, goof off. However, if you are otherwise motivated, we have given you a three week indoor combo recover time where you will race pretty effectively off a bit of rest and some stride outs. Remember, you are super cross country runner, and those 26 weeks of running up and down hills, through mud and such have made you into an endurance deity.

20151212-ROSA0122.jpgMy lungs? I had them a few minutes ago before that finish! photo by Justin Britton

Oh and remember to check out a new pair of HOKAONEONE running shoes.

Here's your first week of recovery running (we give you two options):

There is the story of Duncan McDonald. Stanford graduate, 1976 Olympian, American record holder at 5000 meters, Duncan McDonald wore quite festive running shorts, with a Hawaian theme. He also had a mean kick and was tough from the mile to the marathon. Remember, this was the 1970s, and shorts were pretty boring. Duncan did a routine for several years where he ran a marathon on Sunday, took most of the week or two off, then, ran an indoor mile. He would always run near a four minute mile.

In the 1970s, Duncan also, I believe wore a devil outfit and did the Devil takes the hindmost mile. This event would take the last runner on each lap of the 12 lap to the mile indoor track at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. There would be about three guys left at the end of the mile! It was always a lot of fun. But, as usual, I have digressed, or went off on a tangent.

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I also recall Duncan running a 28:58 10,000m on a Friday night, and running a mile on the weekend.

I am not suggesting either for you, kind readers, as you are high schoolers or college runners. But, keeping it easy for a few weeks with the workouts below is not a bad way to start off the indoor season. Just race yourself into shape. Have some fun. Run a 1000 meters, then, a 2 mile, then, a mile. Have fun.

Oh and remember to check out a new pair of HOKAONEONE running shoes.

Here's your first week of training:

Bennett Grimes is a running product line manager at Brooks Running. This guy loves his job. He lives, breathes and emotes running. A fine runner in his own right, Bennett has taken that love for running and developed a fine career at Brooks Running. Having run 2:18:47 for the marathon, Bennett understands running from several levels. He also understands what it takes to focus on racing and training at the elite level. Now his running is more relaxed, but his focus on building great running shoes and his subsequent success at that profession comes from the Trials of Miles and Miles of Trials, as the fine writer John Parker wrote, all those years ago in Once a Runner.

I have to confess, I take a special appreciation for Bennett, as I ran with his father, Danny Grimes. Danny and I, along with Bob Lucas, ran during the summers in high school, piling on the miles in the hills around Stevens Creek dam. We ran our first 10,000 meters on the track, way back in July 1976 at West Valley College. Remember, the two mile was the longest track distance we had during the high school season.

Homer Latimer, the coach at Leigh High School, won that day in 32:11. Danny ran in the 33 minute range, Bob in the 35 minute range and I ran 36:48. It was the beginning of a love affair with that distance for me. Danny would get down to 28:38, I believe. I would get down to 32:53 on the track and a bit faster on the roads, but, it was those beginnings that I recall so often. Twenty-five laps on the track became a distance I was fascinated with, and to this day, one of the highlights of the global championships I write about, is that 25 lap race.

It is comforting for me to see this next generation of shoe dogs, and I give Bennett Grimes that title with respect. Watching him speak about the shoes his team built, and his comfort with his product, team and industry tells me that Brooks is going in the right direction. Running is an activity that provides solace physically and spiritually.

The business of running is constantly evolving. While runners are creatures of comfort and habit, the brands that work in this culture sometimes forget who they are serving. Sometimes brands take their consumers for granted. Sometimes, in the search for quick dollars, they divert their attention to other areas, especially fashion.

The best running shoes combine form and function. Watching the successful performance running brands right now, from ON running, to HOKA ONE ONE, to New Balance and Brooks, there is the attention to not only to the product, but service and respecting the culture. Brands come and go in running not because the brands loose their way. It is because they loose respect, I believe, for the running culture. Social media may highlight a brand, but the sale of a running shoe still comes down to one person finding a shoe that fits, has nice colors, or, perhaps someone recommends. Shoes are sold one pair at a time. Brands that get that thrive.

In seeing succesful brands, one notices support of the sport culture, making consistently fine product, and a long term approach to the running culture. While Amazon seems to be taking over everything, successful running stores continue to stand out, knowing that they need to use social media, old school media and old school service and relationships in their stores. The brands that thrive in this channel are putting in overtime to support the retailers and the consumer.

With all of this change, there is pressure. Some brands will thrive, some will not. That is why my conversation with Bennett Grimes and some of his cohorts at other brands mean so much at the Running Event. The Running Event, the premier trade show in our sport, is three days of listening, interviewing and learning about our culture. One should be open to learning every day. To day, one has to listen and observe. Many have forgotten that.

This running culture that we have lived since the 1970s continues to change, but with stewards like Mr. Grimes, the sport and this channel of the running business will continue to thrive.

The sport and business of running will continue to change, but if one has flexibility, listens and observes, they will be part of that evolution.

Gatlin_JustinQ-USout15.jpgJustin Gatlin, photo by PhotoRun.net
Justin Gatlin fires Dennis Mitchell as his coach after Telegraph Investigation, USADA and IAAF Athletics Integrity Unit to investigate
LONDON (GBR): The 100 m World champion Justin Gatlin and his coaching team are being investigated by doping authorities after a newspaper investigation revealed members of his team offered to provide prescriptions for performance-enhancing drugs. It is based on a report of The Telegraph. In a statement released to The Telegraph, Gatlin's legal representatives said that Dennis Mitchell has been sacked as his coach and that they had five years' worth of tests to prove that "he has never tested positive for any banned substance".
The Athletics Integrity Unit and the US Anti-Doping Agency are set to investigate the allegations. Seb Coe, the IAAF president, told the paper: "These allegations are extremely serious and I know the Independent Athletics Integrity Unit will investigate in accordance with its mandate." Worldwide media are reporting.
Check the next section for the response from RunBlogRun.

The top track athletes in the world all take a break after the season. The body and spirit need time to take a break after each season. In this three week schedule, we will provide two programs. One for an active recovery and one for someone who wants to race indoors, using the fitness built over cross country.

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The Recovery time after cross country season is important. Over the next three weeks, we will provide some days off, some easy days of running and recommend some activities to clear your competitive side. Some people like to race early indoor season, because, with their high fitness less from cross country, lots of middle distance runners run some fast 1000 meters, miles and 3200 meters. If you want to do that, my suggestion will be below, as well as a first week of recovery training.

And, as HOKA ONE ONE has sponsored our programs for two years, we suggest that you check out HOKA ONE ONE running shoes.

CHALL121215-0122.jpgTalking with Coach Ben Rosario post race, photo by Justin Britton

Stefanidi_Ekaterini-Brussels17.jpgEkaterina Stefanidi, photo by PhotoRun.net
Stefanidi to open at Millrose Games
ATHENS (GRE): European Athlete of the Year and Pole Vault Olympic and World gold medalist Ekaterini Stefanidi will start her indoor season at Millrose Games in New York on February 3. Then she has in plan two meetings in France, Paris Bercy meet on February 7 and Rouen Pole Vault on February 11. Under consideration is Glasgow Muller Indoor Grand Prix one week before the World Indoors in Birmingham. Greek media are informing.
Stefanidi_Ekaterini1-Brussels17.jpgEkaterina Stefanidi, photo by PhotoRun.net

Farah_MoFamily-PreC17.jpgMo Farah and his family, at his final Prefontaince Classic visit, June 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mo finished third in the 2011 version of the BBC Sports Personality of Year. Since then, especially in years like 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, Mo Farah not only did not win in the following years. The last time a track athlete won? You have to go back to Dame Kelly Holmes in 2004, after her 800m/1500m wins in Athens. The last time a male track athlete won? Remember that triple jumper Jonathan Edwards? Yep! After his WRs in Goteborg in 1995, Jonathan was last British male athletics star to win BBC Sports Personality of Year.

Edris-Chelimo-FarahFH-Zurich17.jpgThe final steps of Mo Farah, in his final track race, end in victory, Zurich 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mo was not there. He was watching his four kids, one dealing with a bout of vomiting, as his wife is back in Portland packing up their boxes as they complete the move back from Portland to London. But Mo, with his daughter Rhianna watching the sick Hussein right there, did a live interview from St. Mary's University in Twickenham right after the upset award!

Congrats to Mo Farah! An award well earned.

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Rogers-Winner-1-web.pngRaeyvn Rogers, art by USTFCCCA
Coleman and Rogers
PHOENIX (USA): World Championships 100 m silver medalist Christina Coleman won The Bowerman in men category. Coleman became the first Tennessee athlete to win collegiate track & field's highest honor on Friday night as he was feted during The Bowerman Presentation at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa during the 2017 USTFCCCA Convention. He also is the fourth male athlete from the Southeastern Conference to win The Bowerman in a row, joining Deon Lendore (2014), Marquis Dendy (2015) and Jarrion Lawson (2016). The other two nominees were 400 m runner Fred Kerley and Granada´s decathlete Lindon Victor. Women win for 800 m runner Raevyn Rogers. She became the third Woman of Oregon in the past four years to take home collegiate track & field's highest honor. She joined Laura Roesler (2014) and Jenna Prandini (2015) in that regard. Other nominees were hammer thrower Maggie Ewen and triple jumper Keturah Orji. From ustfccca website.

Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele wins at the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K.jpgKenenisa Bekele wins Mens TSK25k in 1:13:48, posted by ProCam

Ethiopia's Degitu Azimeraw winning at the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K 2017.jpgDegitu Azimarew wins TSK25 womens in 1:26:01, photo by ProCam

Kenenisa Bekele won the TSK 25k on Sunday, and took three minutes off the previous modest 25k course record. Here's a race recap from Spainsport!

Kawauchi_YukiFV-LakeBiwa14.jpgYuki Kawauchi, Lake Biawa 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net
Kawauchi wins in 2:10:53
HOFU (JPN, Dec 17): Two weeks after clocking 2:10:53 in the Fukuoka Marathon, Yuki Kawauchi claimed his third victory in the Hofu Marathon in a course record of 2:10:03 ahead of Tatsunori Hamasaki (2:11:26) and Asuka Tanaka (2:12:17). According to Japan Running News, this was Kawauchi's 20th sub-2:11 clocking, putting him one away from tying Tsegaye Kebede at 21 and his 75th sub-2:20 clocking, tying the record held by America's Doug Kurtis. Kawauchi's next marathon will be the Marshfield New Year's Day Marathon in Massachusetts. Misaki Kato won the women's race in 2:28:12 by more than ten minutes.

This is the last day of the 2017 cross country season. Many of you have been training since June, right after your break post track season. First of all, thanks for following our daily program. Second, thanks to Lee Cox and Mike McManus of HOKA ONE ONE, who continued the belief in the grass roots support of the sport that their predecessors began at HOKA ONE ONE . And remember, check out the 2017 HOKA ONE ONE Postal Nationals to inspire you for 2018! It is a fantastic program and many of the finest programs at high school in the country are adding it to their fall program schedules.

We at @runblogrun and @theshoeaddicts, feel honored to work with the 16,000 high school cross country programs and 560,000 high school boys and girls who ran cross country this fall. The idea is to provide a starting point for coaches and athletes for their training programs. We like to build a program around long runs, tempo runs, hill runs, and then, fartlek and some speed work on the track. Our programs have been influenced by many, key are Arthur Lydiard, Pat Clohessy, Franz Stampfl, Emil Zatopek, Bill Bowerman, Bill Dellinger, and of course, Terry Ward, Rich Grawer, Jim Marheinecke, Dan Durante, and David Frank. In some ways, I look at training forensically. I like to look at our sport's history.

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Where are my lungs? I had them 300 meters ago, photo by Justin Britton

What the Heisman Trophy is to football, the Bowerman has quickly become the parallel award in track & field. Thanks to the work of the USTFCCCA, the Bowerman Awards are the key night for collegiate track & field to celebrate the best of the best in our sport. On Friday evening, December 15, the USTFCCCA announced that Raeyvn Rogers was the female 2017 Bowerman Athlete of the Year!

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Raevyn Rogers Wins The Bowerman In 2017, by Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA

PHOENIX - Raevyn Rogers prides herself in being one of a kind.

She probably won't mind being one of this select few.

Rogers won The Bowerman on Friday night at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa during the 2017 USTFCCCA Convention and became the third Woman of Oregon in the past four years to take home collegiate track & field's highest honor. She joined Laura Roesler (2014) and Jenna Prandini (2015) in that regard.

Like she did throughout her collegiate career, Rogers beat talented competition.

This batch of women's finalists was the most accomplished in the history of the award as never before had all three women broke collegiate records in the same season. Rogers lowered the outdoor 800-meter mark and chipped in on several record-breaking relays, Maggie Ewen demolished a 10-year-old standard in the hammer, while Keturah Orji matched her American and collegiate outdoor records with the indoor versions.

To read this article in its entirety, please click on: http://www.ustfccca.org/2017/12/featured/raevyn-rogers-wins-the-bowerman-in-2017

RunBlogRun opines: Again, a tremendous pick! Raeyvn Rogers is one of the amazing new characters of our sport, with focus, and belief that is amazing. Watch for upcoming interviews with Raeyvn Rogers by @runblogrun.

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BRUSSELS (BEL): IAAF Athlete of the Year Nafi Thiam is also The Sports Person of the Year in Belgium. She was awarded at the 51st gala on Saturday evening in Brussels. Male top position went to tennis player David Goffin. Thiam won the same title last year as did her coach Roger Lespagnard who was again number one in his category.
Thiam_NafissatouHJR-WC17.jpgNafissatou Thiam, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Christian Coleman wins Bowerman Male Athlete of Year for 2017! story by Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA

PHOENIX - When Beth Alford-Sullivan took over at the University of Tennessee, Christian Coleman said he wanted to put the Volunteers back on the map.

It's safe to say he did just that in 2017 as he won four NCAA titles, broke or tied a pair of collegiate records and now added winning The Bowerman to his resume.

Coleman became the first Tennessee athlete to win collegiate track & field's highest honor on Friday night as he was feted during The Bowerman Presentation at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa during the 2017 USTFCCCA Convention. He also is the fourth male athlete from the Southeastern Conference to win The Bowerman in a row, joining Deon Lendore (2014), Marquis Dendy (2015) and Jarrion Lawson (2016).

The former Tennessee standout beat out the strongest group of men's finalists in the history of The Bowerman. This year was the first time in the nine years that The Bowerman has been around that all three finalists shattered collegiate records. Fred Kerley lowered the all-time mark in the 400 and was part of several record-breaking relay teams, while Lindon Victor twice bettered the collegiate decathlon record, not to mention Coleman's aforementioned feats.

Coleman separated himself from the pack at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships when he completed the double-double. He was the first male athlete in NCAA DI history to sweep the indoor and outdoor short-sprint titles since fellow Volunteer great Justin Gatlin in 2002.

To read complete press release, please go here: http://www.ustfccca.org/2017/12/featured/christian-coleman-wins-the-bowerman-in-2017

RunBlogRun opines: Fantastic pick by USTFCCCA! Christian Coleman had an amazing season with something around 38 races in 2017! Here's Christian at presser from London World Championships in August 2017! A great end of season commentaries by Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin and a very tired Christian Coleman! http://www.runblogrun.com/2017/08/the-shoe-addicts-present-mens-100-meters-london-2017-wc-presser.html

Pearson_SallyR-WorCH17.jpgSally Pearson, London World Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net
Pearson 11.17 in the 100 m
NATHAN (AUS, Dec 16): Hurdles World champion Sally Pearson showed top early speed shape with 11.17 (+2.0) 100 m win at the Carlee Beattie Shield meet. It is her 3rd career best after 11.14 back in 2007 and 11.16 from 2015. "Very satisfied and reassured that training is going in the right direction," she said on her twitter. Second Melissa Breen 11.49. Also in men 100 m fast 10.19 personal best (+0.1) for Rohan Browning who will be soon 20 years old. Second Joshua Clarke 10.34. In the 200 m Alexander Hartmann 20.95 (+0.2) and Jessica Peris 23.39 (+0.5). Ian Dewhurst won the 400 m hurdles in good 49.83 over New Zealand´s Cameron French 50.04. Daniel Mowen clocked 46.31 PB in the 400 m. From technical events to report windy 786 (+4.5) long jump by Darcy Roper and 61.48 in discus for Julian Wruck. In women long jump windy 660 (+2.8) for Chelsea Jaensch and also no PB for hurdler Lauren Wells 654 (+2.6). Australia clocked 44.07 in the women 4x100 m with Whittaker, Beahan, Pearson and Breen.
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Ever wondered how the great cross country shots are taken during major cross country races? Well, Victah Sailer of PhotoRun sent us this link from bradolander.com for Awaze Video. It is pretty amazing. Just click on link in next paragraph, and watch last video on page. The nearly 90 second video gives you a rough and tumble view of the challenges of providing fans great video from the race.

We were sent this over the weekend. One of the long time photographers, Victah Sailer can be seen on the video sampling the FootLocker Cross Country with www.bradolander.com, Brad Olander. Note Brad holding the video camera and Victah Sailer bouncing to his right, taking shots of the runners. This is not one of the easiest rides that Victah Sailer or Brad Olander have done to get us incredible video.

After you watch the Brad Olander video, go back to, and check out both of the official race videos from FootLocker! Click here to see both races: http://www.runblogrun.com/2017/12/2017-foot-locker-national-boys-girls-championships-the-complete-races-courtesy-of-footlocker.html#more

Kenenisa Bekele at the TSK25K press conference 1.JPGKenenisa Bekele, photo from ProCam International

Kenenisa Bekele at the TSK25K press conference 2.JPGKenenisa Bekele speaking on 25k WR attempt, photo from ProCam international

Kenenisa Bekele at the TSK25K press conference with Valentine Kipketer and Helah Kiprop .JPGValentine Kipketer, Kenenisa Bekele and Helah Kiprop, photo from ProCam International

Joe Newton was a man of some complexity. That is the highest honor I can give a man, or a woman. To live a long life, to be involved in something that is avocation and vocation, to love and be loved, to give respect and get respect, those are the things that a coach does. The four stories below, put together by Jeff Benjamin, one of my longest writers and friends in this business, are special. If they do not tear you up, you should check your heart.

I ran in Saint Louis, Missouri from 1972 to 1974, before moving to California with my family. I knew how good cross country was in Illinois during my time and became aware of Coach Newton over the years. I believe we met once or twice and I had the luck to speak with Joe a few times. What a character, and what a man.

Jeff Benjamin cared for Joe Newton very much. Last year, Jeff went to Joe's retirement event, and recorded that event with pictures and commentary for RunBlogRun. In honor of Joe Newton, we will be reposting several stories today on the fine coach of York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois.

FullSizeRender.jpgJoe Newton, and Jeff Benjamin, November 2016, photo from Jeff Benjamin (noted the Reebok jacket)

For most, the cross country season ended over the last few weeks. The HOKA ONE ONE Postal Nationals ended at the stroke of midnight on December 12. After each cross country season in college, I would find a fast, flat race with which to finish the season. One year, I ran the USA Xc nationals, always held on Thanksgiving weekend, then, a week later, a marathon. I would suggest a 5k if you are a freshman or sophomore, and perhaps, if you are a junior or senior, try a 10k and see how you do (always speak with Coach before hand). A nice way to end your season.

We will finish up with a long run tomorrow and then begin a two or three week recovery time.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017. warm up, Big season cross country race, cooldown finish up with , 4x150 meters,

cooldown

With cross country over for most high schoolers last weekend. Why would you train for one more week? End you season with a Santa Hustle run 5k or 10k race and see how much you have improved over last season (RunBlogRun does not recommend 14-18 year olds race over 5k, and suggest that they actually run the 2017 HOKA ONE ONE Postal Nationals as the end of their season (rankings ended December 12).

We will post the results of the 2017 HOKA ONE ONE Postal Nationals season today. Amazing season and great participation.

20151212-ROSA0260.jpgHere's the HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite team, at USATF XC 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

I loved running the Postal 2 mile. We not only ran them in high school, but also unofficially in college. It was a great way to end the cross country season. Eight laps on the track after 25-30 weeks of cross country! You are an animal.

Also remember, your fitness level will help you with your indoor season. If you train similar to what we have given you this season, your indoor season could be full of PBs.

And remember, HOKA ONE ONE has supported our training programs since June 5, sent to 16,000 high school cross country programs across the country for the second year in a row. Support the brands that support the sport. Check out HOKA ONE ONE shoes: HOKA ONE ONE training shoes

Friday, December 15, 2017. warm up, easy 45-50 minute run with four 150 meter stride outs, then cooldown

I recall reading through the two weeks of workouts of training by 1976 Olympic 1,500m champion John Walker prior to the first sub 3:50 mile in August 1975. Walker had this two mile run sprinting the straights and jogging the turns, which he ran in 8:45! The two mile of sprints and jogs here is not at that type of pace, but it is about changing gears, one of the keys to being successful as a cross country runner.

20151212-ROSA0035.jpgHeading to the race, photo by Justin Britton

Thursday, December 14, 2017, warm up, warm up, two miles on track, sprint straightways, jog turns, cooldown

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Claudia Lane, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Here's the complete videos of both races from December 9, 2017. Dylan Jacobs won the boys' race and Claudia Lane won the girls' race. Both wer worthy champions and the races featured many of the finest cross country runners in the country. The 39th FootLocker is now history, next up, the 40th anniversary of FootLocker in 2018.

After I posted a column by Cathal Dennehy on his issue with Turkey hiring Kenyan runners who did not embrace Turkey, but represented the country in athletic competiton, Justin Lagat sent the following column to me.

Can-Akda-EuroXC16.jpgEuropean XC 2016, is it okay that Kenyan athletes represent Turkey in European championships, after a fast change of allegiance?

photo by PhotoRun.net

Justin Lagat makes some very good points, as it is not only Turkey, but USA, with US Army team using Kenyan runners to represent USA, a fast track to citizenship and all for racing for the US. Justin asks what the problem is, and that is a good question. Justin makes the arguement for athletes being able to take their talents to countries where they can make a living.

But, sport is note merely a profession, it is much more than that. I tend to agree with Justin Lagat that athletes should be able to go to any country they choose to live, based on economic value. I do think that there is a big difference training in Europe to race their in big city races, and being paid to represent a country in global or regional championships.

I am not sure how to describe that, but I will take a stab at it.

For now, here's Justin Lagat's thought provoking column the plight of professional athletes.

Reese_Brittany1a-PreC17.jpgBrittney Reese, photo by PhotoRun.net


MONACO (MON): World long jump champion Brittney Reese is fired up to contest another year, she tells the IAAF website. ""We may alter some things in the off-season since I'm getting older. But other than that, I continue to feel strong. And mentally I have a life coach who helps me twice a week. So I'm good," she said. The four-time global champion confirmed she wants to bow out after Tokyo 2020 and ruled out continuing for the Worlds on home soil in 2021.

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Huddle_Molly1a-Baa5k17.jpgMolly Huddle, photo by PhotoRun.net

Posted originally on November 3, 2017

Reposted December 13, 2017.

Molly Huddle will run her second marathon at the 2018 Boston Marathon. We thought that this piece from November 2018 by Caroly Mather, the long time writer for Running Journal and Racing South, on the focus on Molly Huddle.

Molly Huddle is one of the finest American distance runners of her era. Totally focused, Molly Huddle has developed her racing skill set from 5000 meters to the marathon. Her future, obviously, is with the marathon. Molly told me yesterday that this next year is about learning more about the 42.195 meter distance.

Carolyn Mather caught up with Molly Huddle on November 1, 2017. We thank Carolyn for her writing and Molly for her candor.

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Originally posted October 10, 2017

Reposted on December 13, 2017

Jordan Hasay has found her perfect distance. She was made for this event and her focus, her training, her spirit is in this event. Her gutty run in Chicago blew me away. I have to admit that Jordan has been one of my special athlete focuses since she was 15. Watching her run, speaking to her high school coach, and watching her handle her ups and downs have been quite emotional. Watching Jordan, Shalane, Desi and Molly run in April 2018 will be an amazing day on the streets of Boston!

The 2:20:57 run by Jordan Hasay in Chicago on Sunday, October 8, 2017 was historic. Jordan Hasay ran 2:23:00 in her marathon debut and shocked many. Truth is this, Jordan Hasay was made for the marathon, and Alberto Salzar knew that. Jordan Hasay is one of the guttiest runners I have ever seen, and she does not give an inch. In college racing she had great races and not so great races. She was not a happy camper when she did not do well, but that is okay.

As a professional athlete, Jordan raced over 5k and 10k, and she battled in every race. In 2016, she began her evolution into road running, but one wonders if that was Alberto Salazar's plan for the entire time.

RunBlogRun opines: It has been fun watching Shalane Flanagan develop through her career. I recall running in some races with her father, Steve Flanagan, and have been fortunate to work with her mom, Cheryl Treworgy, on some some photography projects in track & field.

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Originally posted November 17, 2017

Reposted December 13, 2017

Shalane Flanagan won the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon, ending a drought that went from 1977, with the late Miki Gorman being the last American to win the New York City Marathon. How big was Shalane Flanagan's win? Probably the biggest thing in running since Joan Benoit Samuelson winning 1985 Bank of American Chicago Marathon! How big will Shalane, Molly, Jordan and Desi be in 2018 Boston? Epic!

Shalane Flanagan has evolved into one of the finest American distance runners on any era. Shalane was raised in the Marblehead area of Massechuesetts, and ran as a high schooler in one of the finest high school states to run track and cross country. At UNC-Chapel HIll, Shalane developed into a fine athlete, and she ran and won NCAA cross country in 2002 and 2003. Her hard charging racing style gave the Tar Heels their first individual NCAA champion in the sport of cross country. She was coached by John Cook from 2004-2008. Cook was old school, and Shalane Flanagan took long warm ups and extensive cooldowns, as well as some serious European style training.

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Shalane Flanagan, Molly Huddle, Desi Linden, running with John Hancock employees, Boston, MA, December 11, 2017, photo from BAA

The U.S. elite fields announced on December 11 for the 2018 BAA Boston Marathon by elite field sponsor John Hancock were exciting! From Galen Rupp, Abraham Abdiraham, to Dathan Ritzenhein on the men's side. The women's side, with Shalane Flanagan, Des Linden, Jordan Hasay, and Molly Huddle are pretty impressive. RunBlogRun is calling the American women's field for Boston 2018 as a race for the ages!

(video and more commentary in second section)

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Desi Linden, Boston 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net
Originally posted April 20, 2015
Reposted December 13, 2017
Desi Linden is one of our finest American marathoners. She runs with passion and focus. Two days after John Hancock announced Desi Linden running the 2018 Boston marathon, we wanted you to savor this classic piece from Cathal Dennehy on Desi Linden, the 2011 Boston second placer.
Desi Linden is the best U.S. women marathoner in 2015, with her gutty, tough performance at the 2015 Boston marathon. Linden pushed the pace from eight miles on and ran it like a fartlek workout, finishing fourth, when it came down to some fast kicks over the last mile and a half.
Cathal Dennehy wrote this assessment of her Trials of Miles and Miles of Trials (as John Parker noted in Once a Runner, a book all runners should read).

Easy days are easy days, and they are there for a reason. Enjoy this day of running. My suggestion? If you are not racing XC this weekend, find a 5k or 10k and see what you can do! Have some fun!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017. warm up, easy 45-55 minute minute run, four times 150 meter stride outs, cooldown, easy

stretching.

Well, the Chicago Marathon picked its 2018 field on December 12. The notes on who made it go out immediately. Note on the press release that there will still be some charity opportunities to run.

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Donavan Brazier ran 3:59:30 last weekend in his indoor season opener. Well, that'a nice indication that Mr. Brazier, the man who broke Jim Ryun's 50 year old (to the day) NCAA record in 2016. In 2017, Donovan Brazier won the US Champs and moved on to the London 2017 World Championships, not making the final.

Brazier_Donavan-NBin17.jpgDonavan Brazier, NB Indoor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Remember, Donavan Brazier went pro after his freshman year, so the guy is junior year in college age. He is learning lots each year, and this young man has some serious wheels. As he gets fitter and more experienced, we will see some serious hardware in his hands. But his distinction right now, with this mile is that it seems to be the earliest we have seen a sub 4 minute mile in an indoor season.

Nice going, Donavan!

A few more things on Mr. Brazier's opener. Besides his 3:59.30 mile being quite early in an indoor season, Donavan Brazier is now the 493rd American man under 4 minutes for the mile plus, after the mile, Mr. Brazier ran a 46 split 400 meters on a 4x400m relay! Not a bad opener.

One final note about the mile. Behind Donavan was 2012 Olympic silver medalist, Leo Manzano, in 4:02.

Race on, Donavan.

Good season opener for the boys

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Kendricks in Dusseldorf
DUSSELDORF (GER): An excellent pole vault line-up has been assembled for the PSD Bank Meeting in Dusseldorf on 6 February, informs organisers. The line-up for this IAAF World Indoor Tour meet includes the last four world outdoor champions: Sam Kendricks (2017), Shawn Barber (2015), Raphael Holzdeppe (2013) and Pawel Wojciechowski (2011) as well as reigning European indoor champion Piotr Lisek and former world indoor champion Kostas Filippidis.
Kendricks-LaVilleniePC1-Lausanne17.jpgRenaud Lavillenie, Sam Kendricks, goofing off in Lausanne, photo by PhotoRun.net

2017-103 spar xc.pngRunBlogRun opines: One of the many things I am appreciating about European Athletics is that they are getting it. They provide free access to streaming coverage on many of their events and also push video highlights of most of their events. Their growth in viewership with 14-25 year olds is amazing and a quick view of the social media world tells you that EA is on the right track.

Here is their high lights of the races, with some good footage from key races. European Athletics still on my bucket list. While imperfect, the EA is getting more and more teams out to events, and they are developing a new generation of European distance runners. For our sport to grow, and thrive, we must have a vibrant European Athletics scene. With 51 members, European Athletics is the iconic birth place of our sport.

Cross country is athletics at its most primal. In the US, over 560,000 14-18 year olds ran cross country through this weekend, 200,000 collegen, open and masters runners also ran cross country. We are putting numbers together for around the world and will share those, hopefully, in early 2018.

We pulled tweets, and complete videos of the races, courtesy of our friends at European Athletics!

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Chelimo vs Moen
SAN GIORGIO (ITA): IAAF Permit Cross Country season will continue in 2018 with "Campaccio" historical cross country scheduled for 6th January near Milano. One of most ancient CC races in Europe will be held for 61st time. Olympic silver medalist US Paul Chelimo will run against fresh European marathon record holder Sondre Nordstadt Moen. Italians will be part of this incredible race with reigning European marathon champion Daniele Meucci and Eyob Faniel winner of recent Venice Marathon. Also there Yohanes Chiappinelli and Yeman Crippa. Defending champion who is now also World champion Hellen Obiri will lead the women field. Agnes Tirop who won London 10k bronze will be her main contender with two rising talents Lilian Rengeruk and Letesenbet Giday, who is the reigning World CC U20 champion. US marathoner Desiree Linden will complete the international field. Sara Dossena with Nadia Battocletti are leading the home runners.

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It was August 2010, and the Birmingham DL meeting had finished. I was with Mark Bossardet, then VP of Sports Marketing at Saucony, and Molly Huddle. Molly had not been happy with her race and was going to stay in Europe another ten days, get in couple of races, including the 5,000 meters, hopefully, in Memorial Van Damme Meeting in Brussels. Molly knew she was fit, she just needed some more racing to get a fast 5000 meters. Finishing ninth, Molly ran 14:44.76, the AR for 5,000 meters. Molly would set the 5,000m record once again, in 2014, this time in Monte Carlo and the Herculis Meeting, battling fellow American Shannon Rowbury to the very finish, running a 14:42.46 on July 18, 2014.

In 2016, Molly Huddle took the 10,000m AR with a fine 30:13.72 at the Rio Olympics, after having won the 5000m and 10,000m in the US Olympic Trials. She finished off 2016 with a 2:28:13 third place in NYC Marathon. 2017 was about fast half marathon, doubling in London World Champs and winning the Abbott 5k Dash in early November.

Now, Molly Huddle will be part of the finest field assembled, of American woman marathoners, with Shalane Flanagan, winner of 2017 NYC Marathon, second placer from Boston Desi Linden, and Molly Huddle.

I am already calling this a race for the ages. Molly Huddle's perfect distance is the marathon, and while she is much earlier in her career than Shalane, Desi, or Jordan Hasay, watch out! April 2018 will be amazing!

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SAMORIN NEWS


SAMORIN (SVK): Former two-time winner Fionnuala McCormack was disappointed to finish 12th in the senior women's race at the European Cross Country Championships but the Irishwoman believes she can still claim another title, informs the Irish Independent. "It's of significance to me this time because up until now I was the only one who had won back-to-backs. I dreamt I'd challenge her for the title and I knew it was going to be tough, but I honestly believe I did my best on the build-up. Maybe I'll try to stop her [Can] doing three in a row," she said. Can became just the second athlete in championship history to claim back-to-back titles in the senior women's race.

SAMORIN (SVK): After winning the senior men's race in Samorin, Turkey's Kaan Kigen Ozbilen has set his sights on the Boston Marathon in April. "Anyway it was a tough competition - the cold made the run much harder. I loved the course, it was very special and I even did not mind about the frozen water jumps as they were not too wide. Now I will be preparing for a marathon in Boston," he said in a flash interview.

SAMORIN (SVK): After winning silver in the senior men's race, Adel Mechaal will race next weekend at the Cross Nacional Fiestas de la Virgen in Yecla.

SAMORIN (SVK): Hungary won first individual silver in history of Eurocross by Toth in the U20 race. Knowles-Jones won gold thus completing medal set; she won bronze in 2016 and silver in 2015; previously Gorecka, Purdue, Terzic and Bobocel have won complete set of medals. Ingebrigtsen became 4th runner (after Crippa, Y Rybakov and Bene) to successfully defend the U20 men's race in Euro Cross. First individual gold for Germany by Reh in U23 Women's race in Euro Cross. For the third time in history (after 2009, 2010) France won gold and silver in U23 men's race at Euro Cross. The winning margin of 15 sec tied the maximum winning margin in the women senior race from 1995; however, note that course was much shorter in 1995. For the second time in history of Euro Cross, Turkey won both senior men's individual as well as team title. By Ken Nakamura.

SAMORIN (SVK): Next organisers in Tilburg, Netherlands presented their plans at a press conference here. The course will be run through a safari park. The date for the 25th edition of the event is December 9 under the motto Creating Crossovers.

RunBlogRun opines: The European Cross Country Championships are one of the largest in the world. 537 athletes in over 37 countries! I love to read about the champs (thanks to coverage from Paul Halford, Alfons Juck and European athletics. What distresses me is how kean observers, such as Cathal Dennehy continue to decry the approach that Turkey has taken towards athletes. Now, mind you, it is not just Turkey that does this, but Qatar, Bahrain, among others.

In the European Cross Country Championships, athletes who have switched allegiances, like Meref Bathta, from Sweden, who took six years to change allegiance, and actually adopted their home country, are not the issue. And while the IAAF has put the change of allegiance on hiatus, it is, next to doping, the single biggest issue that can destroy our sport.

We applaud the changes that European Athletics President Sven Arne Hansen and his team are doing for their association. I went to the recent European Athletics Running Business Conference and was totally impressed with the energy, focus and interest in changing the sport. We hope that the European Athletics Association can deal with situations like this. It is amazing to see the U20 and U23 races and the athletes developing, but, when they get to senior ranks, competing with athletes bought by European countries to compete in European Champs.

Cathal Dennehy is one of the finest writers in our sport. He travels the world, and has developed warm relationships with the worlds athletes and coaches, with his fine writing and kean observational skills. Dennehy loves he sport and does not like to see unfair activities or blemishes to our sport. His spirited commentary on how Turkey has taken advantage of the change of allegiance program is an important read. (Cathal Denney writes for many athletic media sites, including RunBlogRun, IAAF )

I hope that all read the article by Cathal Dennehy on this problem!

Turks' shameless talent-grab playing a sick joke on European athletics, by Cathaly Dennehy, written for Irish Independent

41athletics3.jpgYasimin Can, photo by Getty Images for European Athletics (Srdjan Stevanovic)

Another proud day for Kenya at the European Cross-Country Championships. Another 'up yours' from Turkey to the sport of athletics. Another unscrupulous grab at glory by a nation that would rather buy athletes than develop them.

https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/athletics/comment-turks-shameless-talentgrab-playing-a-sick-joke-on-european-athletics-36396073.html

Flanagan_ShalaneFHL1a-NycMar17.jpgShalane Flanagan at NYC Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net
Flanagan confirms Boston
BOSTON (USA): New York Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan and Chicago Marathon winner Galen Rupp are both confirmed for the Boston Marathon on 16 April, informs organisers. Flanagan will face a line-up which includes the previously announced reigning champion Edna Kiplagat from Kenya. Other top American names confirmed for the women's line-up include last year's third placer Jordan Hasay; former runner-up Desiree Linden; long-time American record-holder Deena Kastor; world and Olympic 10,000m finalist Molly Huddle; and in-form Sara Hall. On the men's side, last year's runner-up Rupp renews his rivalry with Kenya's reigning champion Geoffrey Kirui. Veterans Dathan Ritzenhein and Abdi Abdirahman are also confirmed.

Tempo runs can help you all year long in your development at a middle distance and cross country runner. After this week, we will provide two-three weeks of easy running as you look towards 2018.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017. warm up, 20 minute tempo run on track, run pace at 30 seconds per mile above our

current 5k racing pace, so if you run 6 minute pace today for 5k race, run tempo at 6:30 pace, and stay

focused. Jog 800 meters, and finish with 4 times 200 meters, easy jog in between, cooldown

Well, before you hyper ventilate, read the entire press release. RunBlogRun will be highlighting some of the great battles that could unfold later today! As Tom Grilk noted, he could not remember a better field. I am not sure there was ever a better American field, but lets' just enjoy the moment!

Kirui-Rupp-Boston17.jpgKirui versus Rupp, Boston 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hasay_Jordan1c-Peachtree17.jpgJordan Hasay, photo by PhotoRun.net

Flanagan_ShalaneFV1a-Baa10k16.jpgShalane Flanagan, photo by PhotoRun.net

Huddle_MollyH1-BAA5k16.jpgMolly Huddle, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the final week of training for 2018. Many schools are hosting HOKA ONE ONE Postal Nationals this week. A fun, fast 2 mile to end your season, see how it works! Check our links below!

CHALL121215-0024.jpgAfter the race, being with your competitors, photo by Justin Britton

Monday, December 11, 2017. warm up, 50 minute easy run, 8 x 150 meter stride outs, cooldown

This is part two of David Hunter's feature on Clayton Murphy's ecstacy then agony. It is a piece for all coaches and athletes to read. There are times that the best laid plans do not work out.

How do you learn from them? How do you get back on the proverbial horse? That is the question.

Clayton Murphy provides some thoughts on where 2018-20 are going. It should be exciting.

Murphy_ClaytonQ-USAout17.jpgClayton Murphy, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cherono_Lawrence_Honolulu_2017_Victory_Courtesy.jpgLawrence Cherono, photo by PhotoRun.net

MARATHON RESULTS
HONOLULU (USA, Dec 10): Reigning champion Brigid Kosgei from Kenya shattered Lyubov Denisova's long-standing course record of 2:27:19 by over five minutes with victory in the Honolulu Marathon in 2:22:14 (71:50/70:24) ahead of teammate Nancy Kiprop (2:29:15) and former two-time winner Joyce Chepkirui (2:33:17). Less than two months after winning the Amsterdam Marathon in a 2:05:09 PB, Lawrence Cherono also won the Honolulu Marathon in a course record of 2:08:26 with splits of 65:02/63:24. Wilson Chebet (2:09:54) and Vincent Yator (2:10:37) were second and third respectively. World record-holder Dennis Kimetto was a DNF after passing through halfway in 70:42.
GUANGZHOU (CHN, Dec 10): Ethiopia's Rahma Tusa won the Guangzhou Marathon in a lifetime best and course record of 2:25:12 ahead of compatriots Sifan Melaku (2:31:21) and Gebreyanesh Ayele (2:32:25). Kenya's Dickson Tuwei won the men's race in 2:10:03 ahead of pre-race favourite Markos Geneti from Ethiopia (2:10:06) and Kenya's Edwin Koech (2:10:27).
MALAGA (ESP, Dec 10): A Kenyan double for Mike Kiprop (2:13:12) and Nancy Koech (2:31:50) in the Malaga Marathon.
REGGIO EMILIA (ITA, Dec 10): Rwanda's Jean-Baptiste Simukeka won the Reggio-Emilia Marathon in 2:16:30 from Morocco's Youness Zitouni (2:17:06) and Slovenia's Rok Puhar (2:17:49). Ethiopia's Maru Alemu Tsehai won the women's race in 2:33:41 from Italy's Laura Gotti (2:38:22).
PHUKET (THA, Dec 10): Japanese athletes dominated the inaugural Phukethon, the first annual running festival on the Thai holiday island of Phuket. Clubmates, Hiroki Kai 2:29:37 and Azusa Nojiri 2:54:07 were the winners.

MONTERREY (MEX, Dec 10): Ethiopian Absida Sori Bedada won the Powerade Monterrey Marathon in 2:13:29. Second Kenyan Rogers Ondaki 2:14:10. In women category Kenyan win for Risper Biyaki 2:45:18.

phuketmenswinner.jpgHiroki Kai, Japan, wins Phukethon Marathon in 2:29:37, photo by Phukethon Marathon

phuketwinner.jpgAzuza Nojuri wins Phukethon Marathon in 2:54:07, photo by Phukethon Marathon

Pat Butcher provided us this piece on the results of the first annual Phukethon. When the globerunner writes, we read.

Hansons 1_480px.jpgCoaches Kevin and Keith Hanson of the Hansons-Brooks ODP, photo courtesy of Brooks Running

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The Hansons-Brooks ODP women captured first place at the 2017 USATF Club Cross Country Championships this past weekend. Here's a quick report on the men and women who ran for Brooks at the USATF Club Championships.

DSC_0747.JPGThe GBR Mixed Relay team, photo by Paul Halford
First ever mixed European relays for Britain

SAMORIN (SVK, Dec 10): The 24th edition of the SPAR European CC Championships and first in Slovakia ended with success for Great Britain with 5 gold medals and 9 bronzes. In total 12 countries got medals and 20 out of 37 had a top 8 position. Here Britain had 83 points ahead of France 71 and Spain third 59 with Turkey fourth 56. More than 1000 spectators followed the event on a sunny, but freezing (temperature minus 1 degree of Celsius) and windy Sunday. Can and Ingebrigtsen defended their titles from Chia 2016. Mixed relay debuted, the participation was a record one with 561 participants at the end of the day. In total 551 runners from 8 countries took part in the open race after the championships programme on the same course. Slovak Jan Filip Kotora won men in 21:09 at 6.28 km. Women winner was Dutch guest and Rio marathon Olympian Andrea Deelstra with 22:14.


Event by event reports

Men's senior - After sitting off the pace in the early stages, Turkey's Kaan Kigen Ozbilen came though in the second-half to become the fourth successive Kenyan-born Turkish winner of this race. He clocked 29:45 ahead of European indoor 3000m champion Adel Mechaal (29:54) and Brit Andrew Butchart (30:00). Reigning champion Aras Kaya from Turkey fell in the opening stages but came back to finish seventh in 30:14 while medal contender Dewi Griffiths was a DNF due to injury. Team places: TUR, ESP, GBR.

Women's senior - Yasemin Can easily defended her title in 26:48 ahead of Sweden's Meraf Bahta (27:03) and Norway's Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal (27:04). Team places: GBR, ROU, TUR.

Men's U23 - The French took a surprise one-two with two-time U20 fourth placer Jimmy Gressier winning from Hugo Hay, 24:35 to 24:37. European U23 5000m champion Yemaneberhan Crippa was third in 24:42 while European U23 10,000m champion Carlos Mayo was only fifth in 24:46. Team places: FRA, BEL, GBR.

Women's U23 - The outcome from the Darmstadt Cross was repeated with Alina Reh defeating Konstanze Klosterhalfen, 20:22 to 20:25. Jessica Judd was an isolated third in 20:45 but led the Brits to team gold. Team places: GBR, GER, TUR.

Men's U20 - Reigning champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen from Norway relied on his sprint finish as he defended his title in 18:39 by two seconds from Turkey's Ramazan Barbaros and France's Louis Gilavert (18:45). Team places: ESP, FRA, TUR.

Women's U20 - After silver in 2015 and bronze in 2016, Harriet Knowles-Jones strode to victory in 13:48 by a comfortable margin from Hungary's Lili Anna Toth (13:59) and Germany's Mariam Dattke (14:03). Team places: GBR, ITA, ESP.

Mixed relay - Tom Marshall anchored the British team (Melissa Courtney, Cameron Boyek and Sarah McDonald) to the inaugural mixed relay title in 18:24. Jakub Holusa finished quickly to claim silver ahead of the Spaniards in 18:25 to ensure the Czech Republic's first ever medal in European Cross Country Championships history.

Cherono_Lawrence_Honolulu_2017_Victory_Courtesy.jpgLawrence Cherono runs 2:08:26 CR for Honolulu Marathon, photo courtesy of Honolulu Marathon Association

Kosgei_Brigid_Honolulu_2017_Victory_Courtesy.jpgBrigid Kosgei sets new CR of 2:22:14 on Honolulu Marathon course today, photo by Honolulu Marathon Association

The Honolulu Marathon had two fast winning times and course records today. Here's David Monti's story on the Honolulu Marathon and the switf races on a course that, for 45 years has had fast people running modest times. Well, that one is over!

DSC_0737.JPGYasmin Can wins European Cross Country in Samorin, photo by Paul Halford

DSC_0747.JPGThe British mixed relay team, photo by Paul Halford

Paul Halford covered the European Cross Country for us. His column is a thought piece on lessons from Samorin. I think that you will like it!

Ed Cheserek won 17 NCAA titles. A consumate racer, Ed Cheserek went pro in the fall of 2017. At the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, with 20,000 of his closest friends, Ed Cheserek won the SVT 5k in 13:38, a ways ahead of the field. In San Jose, Ed Cheserek won his first professional race. Now sponsored by Skechers Performance, the brand is putting alot on Ed, as they reach out to the coveted young performance runners, and continue to build their Skechers Performance brand.

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Edward Cheserek kick's past Mirriam Cherop to win the second annual Kalakaua Merrie Mile in Honolulu in 3:58.1 (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)
In this piece on the 2nd annual Merrie Mile, David Monti writes on this exciting handicapped mile race!

The long run was one of my favorite days each week during trianing cycles. Early on, they can be a pain but as you hit the fitness level you desire, they are a wonderful time to enjoy nature, write papers, consider a challenging life issue as you run 90 minutes to two hours.

20151212-ROSA0125.jpgCatching your breath, photo by PhotoRun.net

Enjoy the day, and much of the snow around the country. If you are in Southern California, consider the smoke and how it affects your running.

Sunday, December 10, 2017. warm up, 80-85 minutes, in hills, cooldown

Kimetto_Honolulu_On_Beach_2017_Jane_Monti.jpgDennis Kimetto, on the beach, 2017 Honolulu Marathon, (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly), used with permission

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(left to right) Lawrence Cherono, Dennis Kimetto and Wilson Chebet of Kenya in advance of the 2017 Honolulu Marathon on Waikiki Beach (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)
The last big race of 2017, the Honolulu marathon is just 18 hours away. Here's David Monti's take on the elite race.

SOH1.jpgSoh Rui Yong, SEA champion

For decades, Pat Butcher, aka the Globe Runner travels the world, finding fascinating races and wonders. Now, Pat only picks certian races that truly define the destination marathon craze. The Phukethon is one of those! Read on!

DSC_0711.JPGAthletes touring the course, love the huge stallion! photo by Paul Halford

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The start of the Euro Cross course, photo by Paul HalfordDSC_0705_1.JPGTh finish line for 2017 Euro Cross Champs, photo by Paul Halford

Paul Halford is in Samorin, Slovakia, covering the European Cross Country Champs. Here is his preview.

The BAA has done amazingly well at the USA Cross Country Champs over the years, and Sarah Pagano won the title, in the last event coached by Terrance Mahon, who is moving back to California with his wife, three time Olympian and multi distance star Jenn Rhines.

Both men and women's BAA teams took second in the elite division! Congrats on races well run!

Pagano_Sarah-USAxc17.jpgSarah Pagnano, photo by PhotoRun.net

World Championship silver medalist at 800 meters has run the 1500 meters, he has run the 3000 meters, and yes, the 800 meters. But never has he run the marathon, which he will attempt on Sunday, December 10, 2017.

Here is how David Monti sums it all up.

Symmonds_Nick_Waikiki_Beach_06-Dec-2017_Taylor_Dutch.pngNick Symmonds, photo by Taylor Dutch for RRW, used with permission.

Carles Baronet, our dear friend from Catalonia, compiles and edits all of our results list for the past six years. His work is selfless, and his attention to detail makes his list, on European, US, Africa and Caribbe, extremely reliable.

Here is the beginning of the 2017-18 season for USA and Canada, please enjoy!

Lyles_NoahFHH-USind17.jpgNoah Lyles set a 300m WR in 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

DO2G933W0AEgc9H.jpgGeoff Wightman interviews Perry Shakes-Drayton at BAWA Awards, photo by Stuart Weir

In his second article on the British Athletic Writers Awards, Stuart Weir writes on the absolute athletic oddysey of Perry Shakes-Drayton, her injuries, her belief in herself and positive view of life. The piece is truly inspirational.

Nick Willis may be the most under rated miler of his era. His bronze medal in 2016 was an amazing feat in Rio, and if you rewatch the moves over the last 50 meters, Nick Willis moved worthy of Bernard Lagat at his finest.

Nick Willis, like all track gladiators, is looking for new challenges. He wants to double, perhaps over 1500 meters and 5000 meters in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

I thought that this story on Nick Willis, by RRW's David Monti would be a good read for a Saturday morning.

WIllis_NickFV-BaaMile17.jpgNick Willis, BAA Mile 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

DO2bQVQWsAEe_RE.jpgDame Mary Peters with Mark Woods, Chair of BAWA, photo by Stuart Weir

DO2R-jVXkAACRZm.jpgJames Mulligan, European Athletics media manager, with Laura Muir, BAWA athlete of year, photo by Stuart Weir

My meeting with Stu Weir several years ago was most fortiutous. Not only did I find a thoughtful writer, but a man with which I can disuss philosophy and the power of faith. A man who lives by example, and a man who can crack me up at a moments notice, Stuart is enjoyed by the athletes for his wry sense of humor.

The weekend of the Honolulu Marathon has evolved, like all successful marathon races. This piece, from David Monti of Race Results Weekly, is about the fun approach that will be taken for the Merrie Mile, the second annual mind you!

This year, the fields are stacked and the men know that they have to bust their butts to make up the 26 second handicap! Read on!

Sifuentes_Finish_Merrie_Mile_2016_Jane_Monti.jpgNicole Sifuentes leads Shannon Osika in 2016 Merrie Mile, photo by David Monti, used with permission

The big races of the season are here. How do you show your training for the past 25-28 weeks? It is up to you. Best wishes today, give it your all and know that you left nothing back.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017.warm up, Big season cross country race, cooldown finish up with , 4x150 meters,

cooldown

RunBlogRun opines: This is part one of a two piece series on Clayton Murphy, the 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medalist at the 800 meters. In 2017, Clayton Murphy took on some new challenges, and it did not work out according to his plan. The evolution of a middle distance runner has its ups and downs. For Clayton Murphy, 2017 was, well, as David Hunter just described it, a roller coast year. This is David Hunter's coverage of a surprising year of 2017 for Clayton Murphy.

Murphy_ClaytonQ-Rio16.jpgClayton Murphy, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the day before the big race, the FootLocker Cross Country! Relax on your run today. Keep those in Southern California in your thoughts and prayers.

20151212-ROSA0051.jpgFinal thoughts just before the race, photo by Justin Britton

Friday, warm up, easy 45-50 minute run with four 150 meter stride outs, then cooldown

U23WomenLeaders-EuroXC16.jpgU23 European Cross Country Championships, photo by PhotoRun.net
The 2017 European Athletics Cross Country Championships are being held December 10, 2017 in Samorin, Slovakia. With over 550 athletes from 37 countries, the European Cross Country Championships is a healthy example of how cross country should be supported. Here are some updates from Samorin, courtesy of EME News, our partner covering athletics news from around the world.

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For many years since the series began, I have ventured to, first the Kinney, then, the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. The race series has welcomed many American middle and long distance runners to championship running. The program is quite simple, put on 4 regional races, let the runners pick themselves, and take top ten Boys and Girls to the Foot Locker CC Champs in San Diego, California.

I remember, one year, visiting with the late Doug Speck, and enjoying the race even more, with Doug's comments on top athletes, coaches, programs and his admiration of the event.

The Foot Locker has continued to grow and evolve, and is now sponsored by New Balance. New Balance is bringing a new life to the series.

The team at Foot Locker love the event and protect the quality of the event. With the help of an enthusiastic sponsor, the quality of the event is upped once again. Some of the finest athletes ever are racing in San Diego this weekend.

I really do not like the NXN or Foot Locker? commentary. Each event is so different. I see NXN as the national team champs, and love how Nike supports the event and hosts the event, like no one else can.

The Foot Locker is this Horatio Alger story, where runners from South Dakota and Alabama can race to their hearts content, to see who the best Boy and Girl cross country runners are in the country. New Balance is upping the game on the cool things for the runners.

What does this do? Both events make cross country runners feel special, and that is what is important.

On Saturday, December 9, 40 boy and girl high school cross country runners will battle to see who is the Foot Locker champion. Two races, 5000 meters each, on a challenging course, with fans, and warm weather.

Run BlogRun opines: Mariya Lasitskene is the finest women high jumper in the world. She was always courteous and would speak about the high jump. She was, as one would expect, tired of being a spokesperson for her country and its current ban from athletics. This video below is a lot of fun, and it gives you a little more of her personality.

In the second section, we have a note on Mariya opening in Minsk on 23 December from Alfonz Juck at EME News.

"Sorry, I'm making video and not a picture"🤣 #highjump #trackandfield

A post shared by Мария Ласицкене (@lasitskene.maria) on

Morris_Sandi-Millrose17.jpgSandi Morris, photo by PhotoRun.net
Morris will start in Reno
GREENVILLE (USA): Pole Vaulter Sandi Morris has said she was plagued by back injuries in 2017 but still won a silver medal at the World Championships despite "not feeling 100%", informs Track & Field News. "I would feel completely fine for a week or so and then something would just trigger it. Whether it was in the weight room or a long jump session, my back would just lock up and I couldn't breathe and then I'd be out of commission for three days. So then the whole year I was kind of tiptoeing around the weight room. I wasn't able to lift the weight that I needed to in order to get strong," she said. Morris will open her indoor season at the Pole Vault Summit meeting in Reno in January and is aiming to compete at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.
Morris_Sandi1-USind17.jpgSandi Morris, photo by PhotoRun.net

Each year, in early October, The Shoe Addicts and RunBlogRun visit the Windy City prior to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The Shoe Addicts wanted to capture the excitement around the week of the Chicago Marathon in all things Nike. Nike is the official apparel and footwear sponsor of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. During the week prior to the marathon, NIke Chicago has special events around marathon, to encourage not only the runners, but the families of runners and fans of the marathon to attend. Nike Chicago is a sanctuary of sport, celebrating sports in general, but, also, and most importantly, celebrating the sporting events of Chicago.

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is like no other marathon in North America. The Windy City celebrates the citizen runner, and the elite race up front.

The Nike Chicago store is worth a visit. Enjoy the video from The Shoe Addicts.

David Rudisha thinks 2019

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Rudisha_DavidFV1-OlyGames16.jpgDavid Rudisha wins Rio 2016 Olympic gold, photo by PhotoRun.net
Rudisha thinks 2019
NAIROBI (KEN): Two-time Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha has recovered from injury and is focusing primarily on the 2019 season. After taking time out of training to bury his step-sister earlier this week, the Kenyan told Citizen News: "Right now am fully fit no pain and am training well for my next race next season. My main season will be 2019 and 2020 because of the world championship and the Olympics so I will use next season as a build up to that."
RunBlogRun opines: David Rudisha is one of the finest middle distance runners in the world. His 2012 London Olympic gold, won from the front, and with a World Record and gold medal at the finish of the race. Rudisha was injured from 2013-2014. In 2015, Rudisha won the World Champs in Beijing, while not being back to his complete fitness. In 2016, in Rio de Janiero, David Rudisha took the lead after 500 meters, and ran to victory, his second gold medal over 800 meters. That night, on BBC radio, I was asked if David Rudisha was the finest 800 meter runner ever, and I answered in the affirmative.
Rudisha_David1-IAAFgala16.jpgDavid Rudisha, IAAF Gala 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net
Coming back to fitness is one of the toughest things that an athlete can do. I recall a conversation with Wilson Kipketer in April 2014, before the Copenhagen World Half Marathon. Wilson told me how he tried to regain fitness way too fast several times, and it did not work. David Rudisha is smart, taking his time to recover that amazing level of fitness that gives us, his fans, the amazing feeling of watching a great athlete in full flight. That is what we hope to see, once again, in 2019.

This is Thursday, December 7. It is a relatively light day. So, warm up, get on the track and change some gears. Sprint the straights, and jog the turns. Then, cooldown well and get changed.

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You have a race in just two days.

Thursday, December 7, 2017. warm up, warm up, two miles on track, sprint straightways, jog turns, cooldown

Francis_PhyllisFH1a-London17.jpgPhyllis Francis wins World Champs 400 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net
Francis eyes World Indoors
COLLEGE STATION (USA): Surprise 400 m World champion Phyllis Francis wants to target World Indoors in Birmingham. That was confirmed during her visit last week to IAAF Awards. Francis who won two gold medals in London in summer (also the relay) never competed at the World Indoors so far. She might run also one or two races before the US Indoor Championships serving also as the trials for Birmingham on February 16-18 in Albuquerque.

Under Armour has been trying to break out of the performance running shoe oddysey for a decade. Like the iconic character Oddyseus, Under Armour has faced challenge after challenge, with some of the finest people in the running business trying to help the brand. Like Oddyseus, UA has come close, but coming close means nothing in the shoe business. You either make great shoes, or, you are not a player. There are no participation ribbons in performance running shoes. UA has the infrastructure, size and money to support a strong running performer. They have just not had the product.

IMG_0800.JPGTopher Gaylord with UA's new shoe, Hovr Sonic, photo by RunBlogRun

Part of the problem may have been over enthusiastic management. Running looks fun, and after a while everyone wants to be part of the game. The problem is that just does not work. To make a proper running shoe, to build a running brand, one must have consistently great product, one shoe building on another. I suggest a benign dictatorship or an enlightened monarchy. There must be one person that all answer to, someone who has the final decision. This is not the job for someone with a thin skin. Running requires evolution, but just enough evolvement to keep current customers and make new customers curious. As runners are creatures of both habit and comfort, running footwear has to recognize that.

Biggest mistake running brands make? Taking core and young performance for granted. Young performance are your future, core is your present and future. Every brand has done this, some worse than others. The brands that are kicking butt in perfomance running today; On running, HOKA ONE ONE, New Balance, all do it old school: great product, service, retail channel support, and support of the sport.

Orth_Florian-EuroXC16.jpgEuropean Cross Country Champs, 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net
Participation record expected
SAMORIN (SVK): A record 575 athletes from 37 nations are due to compete at the European Cross Country Championships in Samorin, Slovakia on 10 December. Top figures so far were registered in Belgrade 2013 with 525 runners from 36 countries. The men's U20 race is the best attended race on the programme with 111 athletes from 31 countries due to compete, also junior girls with 107 are impressive. In the senior category 83 men and 80 women are expected to compete and in the U23 categories 86 men and 64 women. As already informed in the inaugural mixed relays 11 teams are confirmed.

Sponsor John Hancock announced that the 2017 winners of Boston, Edna Kiplagat and Geoffrey Kirui, will be returning for the 2018 Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon is less than five months away, and the top marathners around the world are in training for this iconic race. Here's the press release and video on the race.

Kirui_GeoffreyFV1c-BostonM17.jpgGeoffrey Kirui, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kiplagat_Edna-WC17.jpgEdna Kiplagat, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun opines: We like the Salomon brand. The new product approach under Simon Bartold has been fascinating to watch: three shoes that evolve with your improving fitness, showcasing a contrarian view to running footwear. Now, a series of trail races with a great prize purse, iconic sites and the strictest anti-doping in trail racing, even a challenge to the TUEs phenomenon.

We've included the full presser plus the video from Salomon, enjoy! (And remember to try their new product line).

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Awards given at the Owens Banquet

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Coburn_EmmaFV1a-WorCH17.jpgEmma Coburn, photo by PhotoRun.net
Lyles_NoahFHH-USind17.jpgNoah Lyles, photo by PhotoRun.net
Kendricks_Sam-Lausanne17.jpgSam Kendricks, photo by PhotoRun.net
Awards given at the Owens Banquet
COLUMBUS (USA): Top athletes, performances and more were recognized at the 2017 Jesse Owens Awards Banquet as part of USATF Annual Meeting Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio. Emma Coburn was honored as Jackie Joyner-Kersee Awardee for her outstanding achievement at this year's IAAF World Championships. Also honored was Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year Sam Kendricks, who video chatted with the audience from where he's currently fulfilling his duty to the U.S. Army Reserves. USATF also recognized Youth Athlete of the Year Jakobe Ford, Masters Athlete of the Year Sabra Harvey, Nike Coach of the Year Jerry Schumacher, Robert Giegengack Award recipient Mamie Rallins and the first ever USATF Alumni Hometown Hero Awards to Jim Lorimer and Harry McKnight. Justin Gatlin won the 2017 Best World Championships Track Performance for his 100 m gold. Brittney Reese the 2017 Best World Championships Field Performance and Shalane Flanagan the 2017 Best Road Racing Performance for her NYC Marathon win. Noah Lyles for his 300 m World all-time indoor best 31.87 got the 2017 Best Non-World Championships Track & Field Performance.

Ben Connor won the British men's Trial, as a member of the club, Team New Balance. Team NB is similar to the group training and living conditions of Nike Oregon Track Club, Bowerman Track Club, Nike Oregon Project and HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite. Paul Halford writes about Ben's continuing evolution as a runner.

Yulimar Rojas shoots for Tokyo 2020

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Rojas_Yulimar1-WorC17.jpgYulimar Rojas, London World Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rojas_Yulimar-WorC17.jpgYulimar Rojas, London World Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

CARACAS (VEN): After winning silver at the Rio Olympics last summer, Yulimar Rojas is targeting triple jump gold in Tokyo 2020. "Venezuela isn't a country that can win lots of medals, such as the US. But for the few that we do have, the feeling we hold dear in our hearts. From that moment I knew I wanted to be a heroine to my land. It was a great duel [with Caterine Ibarguen]. It was a fantastic night for me. It was a dream to have an Olympic medal on my chest - a day I will never forget. But it gave me a goal: to hear the Venezuelan national anthem in Tokyo in 2020," she told the IAAF.

Rojas_YulimarQ-WorC17.jpgYulimar Rojas, Qualifying, London 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun opines: Yulimar Rojas is a talented athlete with huge focus and heart. Her TJ technique continues to improve. Her duels with Caterine Ibarguen are classic athlete versus athlete, all on the table and see who can outdo who. This is the essence of what our sport is all about: the competition. Rojas has, if she so desires, many years of competition in front of her.

Today is Wednesday, December 6. Enjoy your light run as you prepare for FootLocker Champs, USATF Juniors.

One day at a time.

20151212-ROSA0046.jpgFinal preps, photo by Justin Britton

Wednesday, warm up, easy 45-55 minute minute run, four times 150 meter stride outs, cooldown, easy

stretching.

The amazing running at the end of the season is the product of hard workouts and focus. This week, the last of the season, just follow our workouts, and keep it focused.

CHALL121215-9990.jpgPutting on the spikes, photo by Justin Britton

Tuesday, December 5, 2017. warm up, 20 minute tempo run on track, run pace at 30 seconds per mile above our

current 5k racing pace, so if you run 6 minute pace today for 5k race, run tempo at 6:30 pace, and stay

focused. Jog 800 meters, and finish with 4 times 200 meters, easy jog in between, cooldown

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European record for Moen
FUKUOKA (JPN, Dec 3): Norway's Sondre Nordstad Moen caused a stir in the Fukuoka Marathon, claiming the victory in a European marathon record of 2:05:48 with splits of 63:19/62:29. "I was confident that I could run 2:07, and on a good day perhaps even 2:06, but I did not expect 2:05," he told the IAAF after his record-breaking run. Moen (coached by Italian Renato Canova) shaved 4:19 from his lifetime best and Norwegian record and improved the European record jointly held by France's Benoit Zwierzchlewski and Portugal's Antonio Pinto by 0:48. Former world and Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda was second in 2:07:10 with Alberto Salazar-coached Suguru Osako third in a 2:07:19 PB. Kenya's Bedan Karoki faded to fourth in 2:08:44 after making a surge at the 30km checkpoint. Yuki Kawauchi finished ninth in 2:10:53.

The Mt.SAC cross country course is the home of the Western Regional Foot Locker Cross Country. Held on December 2, 2017, same time as the NXN, some runners are forced to make clear decisions.

New Balance is in it's second year of sponsorship, and they actually act like they love being the sponsor and treat the kids like they are the finest athletes in the universe. This is life changing for the young athletes, and the top ten boys an girls who will come to San Diego on December 9, 2017 to race the 40 best boys and girls from the 4 Foot Locker regionals will never forget that experience.

Claudia Lane just dominated this race, how will anyone battle her in Balboa Park? Kashon Harrison looked to be running within himself. We will have to see how he fares with the three other regionals. My suspsicion is that Kashon has some serious wheels in a close finish!

Lane_Claudia1b-FLw17.JPGClaudia Lane wins the FL Western Regional, photo by PhotoRun.net

Harrison_KashonLeds1M1-FLw17.JPGKashon Harrison, photo by PhotoRun.net

Chris O'Hare-1.jpgChris O'Hare, GB number 1, not funded, photo by David Wearn

Laura Weightman-2.jpegLaura Weightman, not funded, photo by David Wearn

In this week's column, Paul Halford writes about the frustrations for many world class British athletes on funding by British Athletics and some of the peculiar decisions.

Cosmas Koech .jpgCosmas Koech wins 2017 Men's Standard Chartered Singapore marathon, photo courtesy of Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

Standard-Chartered-Singapore-Marathon-2017-Race-Results-4.jpgPamela Rotich won the women's 2017 Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, photo from Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

Our correspondent from Kenya, Justin Lagat, wrote about the succesful runs by Kenyan athletes in humid Singapore on Sunday, December 3, 2017.

The Cal International Marathon has a near cult following in the Golden State. Great level of competition, rolling course, nearly perfect weather and great time of year (early December).

This year, two very different elite races upfront!

Sara Hall was emboldened by her fine run in Frankfurt, Germany, where she took fifth and ran a fine PB of 2:27:21 at the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon in cool, but windy conditions. Five weeks later, in Sacramento, California, Sara takes the lead and never lets up, winning the California International Marathon in 2:28:10. Sara should open a few eyes as she fires her first salvos for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials. Hall is the first women to win USA titles from the mile to the marathon, and a few in between.

IMG_0860.JPGSara Hall wins CIM!, photo by David Monti, Race Results Weekly, used with permission

Tim Ritchie, known as a half marathoner, will now be known as a US champion marathoner. Using his race experience, Tim stayed behind and made his move after 20 miles. Finally, at 24 miles, Tim dropped a 4:51 mile and took the lead, winning in 2:11:55, his PB by a super three minutes!

IMG_0859.JPGTim Ritchie wins CIM, his first USA title and PBs by three minutes, photo by David Monti, Race Results Weekly, used with permission

Enjoy David Monti's fine piece on this iconic race.

And the 5,000 meters of the NXN is tougher than it looks. The large trees and manicured fields provide this buccolic look and feel. But, mother Nature makes sure that the race is energy sapping. And just when you think that there is nothing left, there is that final 150 meters, sprinting, charging and being uplifted by the roars of the fans.

Each year, on the first Saturday in December, for 12 years now, the fans, the runners, the hype and the weather all add their contribution. Face it, this is an event only Nike can do! The Runnerspace TV is one of the finest quality broadcasts anywhere. The support of the worlds most eccentric sports marketing company, Nike, provides the elite youngsters chances to see the likes of World Champ medalists, and Olympic medalists, and yes, Chicago marathon winners.

541431_full.jpgAidan Troutner, Broudey Hasty battle, James Mwaura battling for third, photo courtesy of Dyestats.com

Aidan Troutner entertained this Northwestern city with his gutty charge over the last, exhausting meters of the race, holding on and taking the victory! Troutner's race was like a poker player. For 4,500 meters, Aidan did not play his hand. At 14:06 into the race, Aidan made this made charge past a fading Danny Kilrea, caught Mwaura and Hasty, and then it was down to two.

Aidan Troutner knows how to finish. Up the final hill, and then, a mad sprint to the finish, and Aidan Troutner took the boys title at the NXN in 15:03! Absolute madness! What a race!

NXN is dreams fulfilled and dashed, mud, sprinting and screaming, for five thousand, energy sapping meters!

To watch the official video from Runnerspace, go to here: http://nxn.runnerspace.com/eprofile.php?event_id=13&do=videos&video_id=221687

UPSET CITY‼️Utah's Aidan Troutner WINS #NXN in 15:03! 👏🙌 . #xc #crosscountry #running

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How do you describe domination? Katlyn Tuohy took control steps after the start, and by 1 kilometer, she had over 100 meters, and it never stopped. Watch the race video, it is amazing. Running against the finest high school girl cross country runners in the country, Katlyn Tuohy, a sophomore, ran with her entire focus.

k touhy twitter.jpgKatelyn Tuohy flies over NXN, photo from twitter.com

Watching her run was both exhilerating and enthralling. Katlyn continued to push herself the entire way. You know that line from the coach that you hear about challenging yourself? Well, Katlyn Tuohy battled herself the entire race. Once she broke it open, she accelerated and won by 39 seconds!

This writer loves the NXN, and for this writer, there is no better day that cold, rain and mud. As nine time USA cross country champ, Lynn Jennings once noted, "Be one with the mud!"

Manilus won the girls title for the 11th of 12 years going. That is not domination, that is super star dom in girls' cross country.

But, this race was all about Katelyn Tuohy, who ran and ran, and ran, trying to get close to the sun. Her 16:44.7 was inspiring, exhilerating and, well, a tribute to the amazing drive and focus of this fine athlete.

To see the entire brilliance of the race, please check out the race video courtesy of Nike and Runnerspace.com (http://nxn.runnerspace.com/eprofile.php?event_id=13&do=videos&video_id=221664-Girls-Race-Webcast-Replay-Nike-Cross-Nationals-2017&utm_content=bufferbe097&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer)

Full results below the Instagram photo we posted from NXN.

The FootLocker regionals and the NXNs were awesome this past weekend. The FootLocker nationals are happening December 9, 2017. The European Cross Country Champs are held December 10, 2017 in Samorin, SVK. The USATF Club Champs are December 9, 2017. Lots of big races to come.

CHALL121215-0019.jpgRecovering from the race, photo by Justin Britton

Stay fit, and keep running. One more week!

Monday, December 4, 2017. warm up, 50 minute easy run, 8 x 150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Long runs in December. Sometimes snow, sometimes cold, sometmes rain, sometimes, brighty, sunny days.. Most long runs were those special days that did much for me, and are part of my memories.

Make memories today.

20151212-ROSA0191.jpgRacing championship races, photo by Justin Britton

Sunday, December 3, 2017. warm up, 80-85 minutes, in hills, cooldown

On loosing a sibling

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I am the oldest of five siblings.

My name is Larry Eder. I was borning September 11, 1958.

My twin sites, Mary Beth and Mary Lou came into the world on December 5, 1959.

My next sibling is my sister Kathy, who was born on December 5, 1960! Yes, the exact same date as the twins!

Just a year part!

My youngest sibling is my brother, Brian, born on March 29, 1963.

Here is a picture of my sister Beth (left), myself, and my sister, Lou, from March 1960.

IMG_0854.JPGBeth, Larry, Lou, March 1960, photographed by Marilu Eder (my mom)

Updated December 4, 2017 to correct spelling errors and add some clarifications.

This column is about my sister, Beth who died on December 1, 2017.

On Saturday, the NXN Championships and FootLocker West regionals are the final days of some runners' seaons. The racing is intense at this level. It is all about finding that final kick, improving that last few seconds, and asking, do I really want it?

CHALL121215-0014.jpgTrying to remember how to breathe, post race, photo by Justin Britton

Saturday, December 2, 2017. warm up, Big season cross country race, cooldown finish up with ,

cooldown

This is Friday. This is the day before the California FootLocker and NXN nationals, good luck to all! 20151212-ROSA0051.jpg Friday, December 1, 2017. warm up, easy 45-50 minute run with four 150 meter stride outs, then cooldown

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