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CHICAGO (USA): The leading contenders for the men's race in the Chicago Marathon are all expecting a tactical contest on Sunday, informs LetsRun. "This race is like running a championship, and it is anybody's race," said Micah Kogo. "I came to Chicago because I want to start slowly and run faster at the end," said Stephen Sambu who is making his debut tomorrow. Ethiopia's Abayneh Abele ran a fast time in the Dubai Marathon in January but he is anticipating a different sort of race tomorrow. "I'm planning on going for the win because my confidence is really good, but I don't want to make any mistakes. I want to run behind the leaders until 35K, then I will push," he said. Reigning champion Dickson Chumba wasn't at the press release as he hadn't arrived into Chicago due to visa problems.

As one of the finest running clubs in North America, the Atlanta Track Club, under the guidance of Rich Kenah, has been improving both the quality and the number of events that they sponsor and manage in the metro Atlanta area. The acquisition of the the Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon provide events for the ATC members in a period of the year where the calendar suggested a need.

RunBlogRun reached out to Executive Director Rich Kenah, asking him why the Atlanta Track Club choose to acquire the events. Mr. Kenah noted:

"When the opportunity arose, we jumped at the chance to own the Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon. This will be the 10th annual and as past participation levels indicate, the Atlanta running community wants a spring marathon and half marathon. As a local organization, we are best positioned to help it grow in a way that respects its history and the people it impacts. When we suspended our fall marathon a few years back, we made a commitment to our members and the community to bring a marathon back onto our schedule. This allows us to keep that promise at a time of year that a marathon and half marathon combination make sense.

As we look to act on Atlanta Track Club's mission of impacting health and wellness in Atlanta, we are excited to partner with such a strong brand in Publix, which shares are values."

151111 Cover WGiA_NEW_frontpage_HR.jpgThe new book above, is being published as you read this, and will be available in Sweden next week. If you order before December 11, the publisher can get the book to you in North America by the Christmas holiday.

We have the info on the book, a sample spread, a pdf flyer and how to order all below!

The Saucony ISO 2 with EVERUN technology is being launched this weekend at the New York City Marathon from October 29 to November 1. It will be available at select specialty running retailers on November 1. In order to understand the new EVERUN Continuous cushioning technology, Saucony sent us the following video to view and share with our readers. EVERUN technology is the newest innovation from the Saucony brand, and we encourage you to give it a test run!

The Saucony ISO Triumph won best of category award in the Fall from the Running Network and many other running media reviews. We expect the Saucony ISO 2 with EVERUN to do more of the same. Saucony's running product has continued to evolve, for the better, answering the needs of the running community.

Besides the NYC marathon Expo, where the Saucony ISO Triumph 2 with EVERUN is now on sale, selected specialty running stores will feature it starting November 1. You can also find it at on November 1, retailing for $150.00. You can find a retailer near you at 1-800-365-4933 or

Check out the video, supplied by Saucony, right below this note, to get a feel for how the EVERUN continuous techonology works! See you on a run!

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Just before Haile recieved his Hall of Fame plaque, I teased him. I reminded him that in Hengelo, when he ran his last 10,000 meters on the track ( May 2012), he told us that he was trading his tracksuit for a businesssuit.

He smiled.

And less than fifteen minutes later, Haile Gebrselassie won the Abebe Bikila Award. Haile was honored, noting that Abebe Bikila won before any other Africans had. Bikila, noted Haile, was the first of Ethiopians and Kenyans.

Here is a nice piece by Cathal Dennehy, the media winner of the IAAF World Champs 800 meter media race in 1:59, and a prolific contributor to RunBlogRun.

The genesis of a new product and a new company are fascinating.

In this blog, you, RunBlogRun readers, are going to see a new company (EdgeGear) and a new product (the SHIFT watch band) be born and grow, and you will actually, if you like this product and support the kickstarter campaign, which starts on 10/29/15, you will be able to purchase the product.

This is our first time working with such a program and we are quite excited! I have tried the test product as has Cregg Weinmann, our product review editor. The product is quite innovative and provides a very different approach to an endurance athlete watch or fitness monitor band. I like that one does not have to look down, as with normal watches, but can just bring ones' hand up to see time, or whatever function one needs.

I am always curious, and anyone who reads RunBlogRun can attest, to the nature of invention and the creation of new companies. You, kind readers, will play a huge part in whether this product is a success, as you are the key influencers.

So, please check out the video on the SHIFT watch band and read the interview below on the company! To sign up on KickStarter to support the SHIFT watchband and get the product, go here:

SPIKEASE is an well made product, at a modest price, that is a perfect cover for your spikes or  your athletes' spikes as they walk back into the gym, across sidewalks, and other surfaces. RunBlogRun has worked with SPIKEASE to provide our readers, and their teams, a 15 % discount. Just use SAVE 15 when you order at

If you are tired of hearing complaints of how much track spikes are damaging this service or another, then, try SPIKEASE. We have included a short video, from our partners, the Shoe Addicts, explaining SPIKEASE. 

We highly recommend this product for your teams, or we would not allow it on the site.  


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