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Amanda Eccleston is an elite athlete for Brooks. Amanda has run 4:03.25 for the 1,500 meters and 4:25.64 for the mile. This interview was done by Jeff Benjamin, who, besides writing for all of our pubs for three decades, is a full time teacher, husband and father. Oh, and yes, Jeff Benjamin is a running geek.

Amanda is an example of the fine quality of American woman distance runners in 2018. We thank her for her honesty and wish her good racing in 2018.

image1-2.jpegJeff Benjamin, Amanda Eccleston, photo by Jeff Benjamin

Flanagan_Ben-Falmouth18.JPGBen Flanagan, 2018 Falmouth Road Race, photo by PhotoRun.netr

Flanagan_BenFH1b-Falmouth18.JPGBen Flanagan takes 2018 Falmouth Road Race, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ben Flanagan joins Justyn Knight at the just announced Reebok Boston TC, to be coached by Chris Fox, formerly the Coach at Syracuse University. Ben Flanagan just won the NCAA 10,000m with a killer kick and used the same kick to win the Falmouth Road Race. Ben Flanagan answered my 8 questions with aplomb. His answer to question two may be the funniest and most honest answer I have seen in some time.

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Justyn Knight has joined the new Reebok Boston Track Club, which will be coached by his college coach, Chris Fox. We announced the club in late July, and that Justyn Knight would be in the first group of athletes. We sent Justyn some questions and he responded. The young Canadian possesses a wicked finish and we look forward to seeing him compete in 2019!

Stef for Stuart.jpgSteff Reid, photo from British Athletics/Getty Images

Stuart Weir has written for RunBlogRun for perhaps a century. That means I do not remember when he started, but very happy that he is writing for us. Much of the time, Stuart Weir provides you, our reader, with many views from the events he attends, around the world for RunBlogRun. This piece is a bit different. Here is his column on athletes dealing with the heat of competition, in this column, he speaks of Paralympic star Steff Reid.

IMG_0426.jpgEmily Lipari, after 2017 HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile, photo by Jeff Benjamin

This is a fun interview with Emily Lipari, done by Jeff Benjamin. Jeff has sent his nine question to Emily and she answered them as she had time between races.

Thompson_Elaine1-Pre17.jpgElaine Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.net
Thompson ends the season
KINGSTON (JAM): Olympic winner Elaine Thompson has decided to call an end to her season due to an Achilles problem. "Counting the positives, but it's been quite a season where my Achilles continues to affect my results, so back to the drawing board. Thanks to you all for the support this season, it means a lot to me. See you again on the track in 2019!" she said on Twitter.
Thompson_ElaineFL-Lausanne16.jpgElaine Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Sean McGorty is an NCAA Champion. The former Stanford star has now ventured to Europe, now as a pro athlete, and is beginning his racing season as a professional athlete. He has done it with a win, a nice 3:36.61 for the 1,500 meters. Jeff Benjamin, Staten Island senior writer for RunBlogRun, reached out to Sean and the young Mr. McGorty responded right away. We thank Sean for his quick response, his racing and wish him a successful series of races, and lots of fun traveling around Europe.

Dick Quax, 1970 Commonwealth Games 1,500m silver medalist, 1976 Olympic 5000 meters silver medalist, has died. Dick was 70 years old and had battled throat cancer. Quax was one of the most versatile runners in our sport, medaling from 1,500 meters to winning the Nike OTC Marathon.

I had the privlege of meeting Dick in the early 1990s, as my father represented a training video on Lydiard Training for Dick. He was a kind man, full of great stories. He was father, husband, politician, runner, and coach. He will be sorely missed. Here is a piece on Dick Quax from our friends at the IAAF.

One of his most amazing races was the Montreal Olympic 5000 meters. Less than a meter separated Lasse Viren, Dick Quax, Rod Dixon and Klaus-Peter Hilldebrand.

viren, quax.jpgDick Quax, Lasse Viren, Klaus Peter-Hilldebrang, Montreal 1976 Olympic 5000m final, from RacingPast.com

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.

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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.

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

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

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