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Morgan Uceny, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Nick Willis, photo by PhotoRun.net

Morgan Uceny and Nick Willis used their racing senses, well honed racing tactics and strong acceleration skills to win the BAA Miles. David Monti writes for RRW and RBR on how the races were won! 
Ibrahim Jeilan won the 2011 Daegu World Championships in the 10,000 meters over Mo Farah. In 2013, Mo Farah evened up the score, winning the 10,000 meters from Jeilan in the last 300 meters. 

Jeilan has been training hard for his debut. Claudio Berardelli, the coach for the Rosa Group, told us that Jeilan trained very well for his debut in the Virgin London Marathon. 

Andy Edwards of Trackwise/Globerunner interviewed Ibrahim Jeilan on Wednesday, April 10, 2014 at the Men's elite press conference. 

Jelian told the assembled media that he was hoping for a 2:06 in his debut.  


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Caleb Ndiku, photo by PhotoRun.net

EME News sent us the following results from last weekend. The results are road racing and track and field! 
New Balance has been investing in the high school market for several years now. Instead of working with established media in the high school market, NB has gone it's own way. RunTheLoop is a well-done publication, with fun information, well-designed and well-written. 

We found RunTheLoop on Let's run in a New Balance ad display. We found the magazine a welcome addition to high school sports media. They key is, how does one keep such a pub going? That will be the challenge for New Balance. 

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The previews of the New Balance National Indoors, and the people behind the scenes are just the type of content high schoolers might find of interest. The images, design, and content are first rate. 

We wish them well. To see the first issue, please check the link below. 


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Leonard Barsoton, Kenyan Police XC, February 2014, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Justin Lagat wrote this piece about the great victory that Kenyan had in the African Cross Country Championships,ewhich happened last weekend. 
ASICS America has announced that they are now the title sponsor for the esteemed Mammoth Track Club. This is part of the ASICS America plan to support the sport of running through meaningful and brand showcasing strategic partnerships. ASICS currently sponsors the New York and LA Marathons, the FootLocker Cross Country series and the Mammoth Track Club, to name just the biggest parts of their brand support programming. 

Here is a video on the Mammoth Track Club and why they are so important to the sport. 


ASICS AMERICA JOINS FORCES WITH ESTEEMED MAMMOTH TRACK CLUB FOR TITLE SPONSORSHIP

 

True Sports Performance Brand Supports Premier Running Club

And Its Community of Elite Runners


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 Andrew Kastor and Deena Kastor, Virgin London, photo by PhotoRun.net

IRVINE, CA, February 28, 2014 - This year, ASICS America builds onto its core running values and rich history by joining forces with the Mammoth Track Club, one of the country's most respected running clubs.  The club has hosted some of America's top distance runners, boasting 12 Olympians, 12 World Cross Country medals, 23 national records, 64 national championships, and two Olympic medals. The partnership between Mammoth and ASICS marks a historic time in the history of running, joining together two of the largest and most successful brands in the running community. 

 

The Mammoth Track Club is one of the most significant and accomplished distance running groups in the United States with a rich legacy of track all-stars and a supportive, winning communal environment. With a new high-performance, all-weather, 8-lane polyurethane track, Mammoth has gained another accolade as a premier, high altitude-training facility for world-class runners looking to train in ideal atmosphere conditions. In addition to all these accomplishments, Mammoth has a prestigious board of directors which includes Olympic bronze medalist, American record holder, and ASICS elite athlete Deena Kastor as the President and world-renowned coach Andrew Kastor as the club's Vice President, head coach, and ASICS running coach.

 

Through this sponsorship, ASICS demonstrates its support and commitment to the sport of running while helping Mammoth continue its legacy as the leading elite running club in the country. As newly titled sponsor of the Mammoth Track Club, the club will officially be renamed to the "ASICS Mammoth Track Club," and ASICS America will become the official supplier of athletic footwear, accessories, and apparel for the club.

 

"We are honored to expand our existing relationship with the ASICS America family under this new partnership," said Andrew Kastor, Vice President of Mammoth Track Club and ASICS running coach. "The brand's dedication to the sport and community is an ideal fit for the club and our mission to provide a platform for the athletes to continuously improve beyond their expectations. With ASICS's support, each athlete that comes to Mammoth will know they can better their best in this community of runners."

 

Over the past year, ASICS has fortified its leadership in the sport of running with milestones such as its second year as title sponsor of the ASICS LA Marathon, the continued sponsorship of the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships and the 2013 ING New York City Marathon. ASICS' sponsorship of the Mammoth Track Club emphasizes the continuous growth of the brand, and its dedication to elevate their level of support to athletes and runners across the United States.

 

ASICS Mammoth Track Club athletes will support ASICS events and races throughout the year, beginning with the ASICS LA Marathon on March 9, 2014. Two members of Mammoth, Gabe Proctor and Lauren Kleppin, will share their success skills and bring a new energy to the marathon on behalf of their esteemed club.


(Editor's note: Nice to see ASICS America continue their grass roots support of the sport. If one looks at the key players in performance running footwear, all of the successful ones give back to the sport, by sponsoring events, athletes and clubs. That close attachment to the sport is good for the brand. The key however, is to find the right events, right athletes and programs that make sense for brand goals. Nice to see Deena and Andrew Kastor building the Mammoth Track Club. They will do well. )

(Editor's note: HOKA ONE ONE continues to add to their athlete roster. This release speaks of Magdelena Lewy-Boulet, a 2008 Olympian, who is looking to longer challenges, and Nicole Schappert, a 1,500m runner who has seen how HOKA ONE ONE can help break the injury cycle, giving Nichole to dream of higher podium finishes. HOKA ONE ONE realizes, that, in our sport, brands that support the sport are giving back to the community from which they make their business.)
Updated February 26, 2014 by editor.

I was heading up to my hotel room at the Lenox, the day before the New Balance Grand Prix, when I saw three guys, all dressed up in Brooks gear. I asked them if they were with the Brooks Beasts, and one of them said, " I am their coach, Danny Mackey." 

It was a quick intro, but that afternoon, on my walk around the Boston Commons, I observed Danny running with two of his 800 meter runners: a shake out run and nice conversation in the new snow and sun. 

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Danny Mackey, Brooks Beasts TC coach, 
from Brooks Running

Danny Mackey is the coach of the Brooks Beasts, the club that Brooks started to support elite athlete development in their corporate home town, Seattle. Danny agreed to an interview with RunBlogRun. You will find it below. 

Danny Mackey is an example of the quality of men and women that we have in coaching in our sport across the country. His interview has something for everyone. 
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Amy Van Alstine, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Chris Derrick, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Elise Cranny, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Sean McGorty, photo by PhotoRun.net

The USA Cross Country Championships was a major success. This feature was written by Kevin Mangan, our intern for RunBlogRun. Kevin also raced the 12k race on Saturday and wrote this in between his flights and return back to Seattle. We think you will like this piece! 

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