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Aisha Praught Leer is an prime example of the how fast women's elite running is growing around the world. Aisha competed at 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters, and in 2016 began to focus on the 3000 meter steeplechase. This is an continuing feature that we are publishing on Aisha Praught Leer, with special thanks to Under Armour Running.

PraughtLeerBA20170520GT.jpgAisha Praught Leer, photo copyright with Jamaica Gleaner

Aisha Praught Leer is a steeplechaser, one of the toughest events in our sport. She represents Jamaica, in honor of her family heritage. In the 2018 World Indoor Championships, Aisha Praught ran a fine sixth place run in a very slow (say race walking pace) and tactical early pace, then a screaming last 1000 meters.

In the old days, steeplers were the people who could not race well at 1,500 meters, or 3000 meters. Well, no more. Aisha Praught Leer has Jamaican records at the 1,500 meters indoors, 3000 meters indoors and steeplechase.

In the following Instagram, Aisha thanks Joe Bosshard, her coach, for fine tuning her for her fine indoor season. Time to prepare for the outdoor 2018 season. With all of the speed that Aisha Praught Leer is showing, looking forward to seeing her over the barriers and in flat outdoor races. Stay tuned!

Aisha Praught Leer is an prime example of the how fast women's elite running is growing around the world. Aisha competed at 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters, and in 2016 began to focus on the 3000 meter steeplechase.


Aisha Praught Leer is an prime example of the how fast women's elite running is growing around the world. Aisha competed at 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters, and in 2016 began to focus on the 3000 meter steeplechase.


Aisha Praught Leer wins over Emma Coburn and Dominique Scott, photo by

In 2013, Aisha Praught Leer met her biological father. Learning about her heritage, Aisha Praught decided to represent Jamaica in global competitions. She now runs for Under Armour. Aisha represented Jamaica in the 2015 World Championships, 2016 Olympics and the 2017 London World Championships.

With a fine pb of 9:19. 29 last season, the Jamaican National record, Aisha Praught Leer has been training with Emma Coburn, and her husband Joe, who is the coach. 2017 was a year of fine racing, and 2018 has opened even better.

At the Millrose Games, on February 4, Aisha Praught Leer won a fine 3000 meters against her training partner, Emma Coburn, in 8:41:10 to 8:41.16. It was a strong PB as she won the Fred Lebow 3000 meters!

The following weekend, at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, Aisha Praught Leer battled Dawit Seyaum, Ethiopian silver medalist from the 2016 Portland World Indoors, only loosing to Seyaum in the final meters. Seyaum ran 4:04:38 and Aisha Praught Leet set another Jamaican NR for the 1,500 meters of 4:04.95.

At last weekends World Indoor championships, in Birmingham, England, Aisha Praught Leer was in the thick of the battle, finishing sixth in 4:12.86, after having battled Shelby Houlihan, Winny Chebet and Beatrice Chepkoech.

Watch for our series on Aisha Praught Leer, as she builds towards outdoor season and finding her limits!

Here's a fun video we found from Under Armour on Aisha's instagram. Watch for our video series on Aisha as we build towards the summer of 2018.

I am me, and I'll never be anything but. I am #unlikeany. @underarmour

A post shared by Aisha Praught Leer (@aishapraughtleer) on

Robbie Andrews.jpegRobby Andrews filmed an adidas commercial in Iceland, here's the story!

A Real Cool (Pardon the Pun!) First Person Robby Andrews Story! By Jeff Benjamin-1/26

The cold weather here in the Northeast can be somewhat challenging for competitors, but certainly not for Robby Andrews.
Andrews, the 2017 USATF National 1500 Champ, had a unique experience in Iceland about a year ago.
Robby Andrew begins: "In March of 2017 I was asked by adidas if I would be willing to travel to Iceland, not for competition, but for a photo/video shoot!
Not often do you get the opportunity to travel to such a desirable location, and for a modeling shoot of all things! This came to me a week before my 26th birthday, and shortly after the 2017 indoor season: the perfect timing.
I first flew to Reykjavik (south part of the island), the nation's capital, and was then flown to Húsavík (the northern part of the island). Apparently, there was not enough snow in the south to capture the atmosphere the creatives were looking for. Makes no difference to me right? Luckily, I was modeling clothing for the winter 2017/18 collection. Meaning it was warm, the adidas CLIMAHEAT line.
I had three days of early morning shooting in the most desolate roads Iceland, and possibly the world, has to offer. The crew and staff surrounding me always put my needs and comfort first, something I could get used to. If there was ever a lull between run-throughs I was quickly swarmed with jackets and gloves to protect my body from the harsh conditions. Also, a trailer was close by with hot drinks and food, a reprieve from the snow storm that hit the site one day.
Fortunately, I had the easy job of running around, the crew had the hard job of making me look good. My shootings took place in the mornings.
This gave me time in the afternoon to do some exploring of Húsavík, a quaint town known for their whale watching. Iceland as a whole is proud of their small population and their breathtaking landscapes that attract people from all over the world.
Tourism has been driving their economy more than ever in recent years, and I would highly recommend anyone to take a visit. My only regret is that I did not have more time to explore more parts of the country. So thank you adidas for this unforgettable experience. "
Spoiler: the photos/videos came out incredible!
Robby added, " I will run the Wanamaker Mile next weekend at the Millrose Games. Following that I will run the 1500m at the USATF National Championships in Albuquerque NM.
I spent a month in Flagstaff AZ preparing for the altitude that I will face in Albuquerque, I hope it pays off."
FINAL LAP-Great Thx Robby Andrews for taking the time to share with us this adventure!
The adidas Commercial --posted below

Originally posted on January 23, 2017

Reposted on January 7, 2018

Horace Ashenfelter died on January 6, 2018, at the wonderful age of 94. Horace Ashenfelter won the Olympic steeplechase in 1952, the first and last American male to do such an thing. In his honor, we are reposting several pieces on this wonderful man, classmate of our late editor, James Dunaway, and former FBI agent, Penn State grad, and winner of 18 AAU national titles, from cross country to 10k.

Horace Ashenfelter is one of my favorite American athletes of all times. In 1952, this man won the Olympic gold medal in the steeplechase, in an upset that is hard to understand in today's world. Ashenfelter's final water barrier made the difference, a skill he learnt from one of Emil Zatopek's training partners the day before the final. Things did not fare well for Zatopek's training partner, who was never allowed out of country again to race, but that, is another story.

IMG_0946.JPGHorace Ashenfelter relaxing at his New Jersey home with Max.
(Photo by Tom Ashenfelter 1/21/17)

Enjoy this wonderful piece on Horace Ashenfelter, and see how our thespian uses the world, 'gloaming'.

PUMA Usain Press event .jpgColin Jackson, emcee, with Usain Bolt, photo courtesy of PUMA

The press conference for Usain Bolt, presented by PUMA, was held on August 1, 2017. The presser had about 260 members of the global media. The one hour session was presented by Colin Jackson, (Olympic silver medalist, 110m hurdles, 2 time gold, 2 x silver, 1 time bronze World Outdoor, 4x Euro Outdoor, 3 time Euro indoor gold), held the WR for 110m hurdles and holds the 60m indoor hurdles.

Usain bolt 3.jpgUsain Bolt, photo courtesy of PUMA communications

Colin Jackson's questions were good, and gave the uniniated media good background. Usain then took questions for nearly thirty minutes. Of course, this was high level glitz for a sports athlete in track & field, but truth is, other brands should be doing such events for key athletes.

Here is the full embed from my Live FB of the event. I think Usain Bolt had a great time, and the media got the sound bites that they wanted. My question for Usain was (did not get to ask it), of the four distances he has raced, 100m, 150m, 200m and 300m, which is he built for? I believe either the 150m or 300 meter, and that is one of the secrets of his talents.

Usain Bolt is a tremendous athlete. He is six inches taller than the average sprinter, he has a longer stride, hence a longer time to move from starting position to full stride. But, when he hits full stride, about sixty meters, Usain Bolt is deadly. If one looks at his race in Beijing in 2015, in the 100 meters, there is a point when Bolt knows he has Gatlin, and there is this revelation, a sense of relaxation and then, a burst.

How will Usain Bolt fare in London? Well, we hear that one major sprinter is out of the 100 meters, so it could be easier. But, as Usain Bolt noted, anyone who makes the final of the 100 meters can win the final.

Enjoy the presser. Usain Bolt has something for everyone. He will be missed by many. Oh, and here are his shoes!

PUMA shoes for Usain Bolt.jpgUsain Bolt's spikes for London 2017, photo courtesy of PUMA communications Lawrence, wearing number 178, in 1956 Olympic 10,000m final, photo courtesy of Australian Olympic Committee

Al Lawrence, who represented Australia in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic games, and was the spirit behind the Houston Harriers, has died at the age of 86, of pancreatic cancer. Al was an Olympic bronze medalist, in fact, he gave Australia its first Olympic track medal in 1956, when his homeland hosted the Olympics.

Al Lawrence spent most of the last fifty-seven years in Houston, and contributing mightily to the Houston running scene, including training many for the Chevron Houston Marathon. He died May 15, 2017.

Please keep Al Lawrence, his family, friends and admirers in your thoughts and prayers. Here is a brief synopsis of Al Lawrence long and colorful life.

callie macumber.jpgCally Macumber, 2017 Great Edinburgh XC, photo by Justin Britton

This piece from Cait Chock is a fascinating study of an elite athlete fighting her way back from injuries. Cally Macumber finds herself fit and ready to race for Outdoor season 2017, a first in several years.

We learn from Cally Macumber, but we also identify with her as she cross trains to rebuild her body and make her dream a reality.

Cait Chock has written for RunBlogRun for several years, and we always appreciate her approach to telling the athletes's story.

Cait Chock has written for RunBlogRun for several years. Cait comes up with great ideas on athletes and their journeys, and I like them. Normally, I get knows from her when I am jet lagged in some country or city and the ideas wake me up. This is one of them. I have watched Blake Russell develop from a pretty good track runner to a fine marathoner, and yes, Olympian.

Blake Russell, USA title, LA Marathon .jpgBlake Russell, Winner 2015 USA Marathon title, LA Marathon, photo courtesy of USATF

Hastings_NatashaFV-NBind16.jpgNatasha Hastings, photo by

Natasha Hastings is racing the 300 meters at the 110th Millrose Games, on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Natasha is one of the finest long sprinters in the U.S. She is the former American record holder (indoors) for the 300 meters.

In her Millrose race, Natasha is racing Sydney McLaughlin, the Rio team mate of Natasha and a fine runner in her own right. Natasha spoke to the media on Friday regarding her future, and provided some advice to Sydney McLaughlin.

Thanks to Nick Nicholas and Millrose Games for their assistance with the quotes.

To learn more about the 2017 Millrose Games, please go to Remember, USATF.TV will show LIVE from 12 Eastern to 4 PM Eastern. NBC will go from 4 PM to 6 PM.

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