The Orange Classic 10k as it was called, was a cult race in the 1980s. Frank Giannino built this race with friends and has kept it alive. Jeff Benjamin provides us, the readers, a view into our sport that few might take the time to realize. In being both fan and writer, Jeff Benjamin makes the sport both more intimate and warmer. I like that about my friend from Staten Island.
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So, we asked Jeff Benjamin to pick his top five moments of 2016, and he came back with ten moments with 2016! Jeff Benjamin has written for us for three decades plus. He is both fan and writer and that is what I enjoy about him.
So, here it goes....
Okay, it is the holidays. I am trying to post up all the stories that I missed over the past few months. This is one Jeff Benjamin has been texting me about for sometime. Like the Carl Lewis and LeRoy Burrell for relay coaches, this one should provoke some responses.
I love Eugene. So do most track fans. But the idea of moving major events around the country just makes sense. Besides New York, the upcoming renovations at Mount SAC make it a logical site for nationals and Trials.
Having several good sites to choose from is not a bad problem. Remember the fun we had at Stanford and Sacramento when Nationals and Trials were held there?
RunBlogRun opines: Jeff Benjamin did this interview with John Trautmann, one of the assistant coaches at HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club, a month ago. I am just getting to it, and while ther tips are great for high school cross country, they are also perfect for high school distance runners.
Updated December 7, 2016
Updated December 17, 2016
You have to love John Trautmann. A 1992 Olympian over 5000 meters, John had his career cut short due to injuries.He stopped running and gained 72 pounds, only to start running again in 2009. In 2015, John had lost 60 lbs and broke the 45-49 year old world record for the indoor mile, running 4:12.33 at Boston University Valentine Invitational in 2015 ! RunBlogRun had been lucky enough to watch John run 4:18.72 to win the master's mile at the 2015 NB indoor GP.
John took six years to loose the 62 pounds. RunBlogRun had watched him in 2014 run a pretty good mile for a master (in the 4:30s) as he got back into shape. Who did he ask? Why, former coach Frank Gagliano, aka "Gags", his coach from college. Now John coaches with "Gags" at the HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club.
What is most interesting is how the club is developing, with some new athletes for Winter and spring 2017, keep your eyes open. Gags, John Trautmann and Tom Nohilly are working with some very special, and talented athletes.
Jeff Benjamin visited the NXN New York/Northeast regional, on Friday and Saturday, providing us pictures for Instagram and twitter on race days, and then, the following piece on the event. We will continue covering the event, at the NXN Nationals on December 3! See you there!
Coach Frank Gagliano is a fascinating combination of the anecdotal and scientific. 'Gags', as he is known to those former athletes, and current athletes, and those who care and respect him. Jeff Benjamin sent a note to Coach Gags from RunBlogRun on ten pointers to get ready for championships. You will find the common sense and thoughtful tips that all coaches should keep on their to do lists.
Updated November 27, 2016 with quotes. Added quotes in bold.
This is a piece the Jeff Benjamin came to me, wanting to write about the pressure of racing in one's hometown. I like the idea, and think you will too!
We asked Jeff Benjamin to write about the NYRR Night of Champions, one of the amazing events that makes the New York City Marathon week so spectacular.
Michelle Carter visited New Dorph High School in Staten Island on November 14. And guess what? One of the teachers there, who was happily surprised on her visit, was Jeff Benjamin, our long term writer for all things running geek, from American Athletics to RunBlogRun.com. We were sure glad Jeff was there and even was able to get in a couple pictures.