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Before the break: Dennis Kimetto on the way to making history, 
September 28, 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net


There come a time in all of our races, where we have to answer "the question. " If you ask nearly anyone who has run an American record, European record or World record, there comes a time in each race where one must overcome the fear, the nagging self-doubt, and go where someone else has not gone before, or perhaps, where you have not gone before. 

World records have been set before in Berlin, but this year was different. There were two men who could break, repeat, did break the WR in one race. Dennis Kimetto took twenty-six seconds off the record and Emmanuel Mutai took thirteen seconds (he took second). 

2:02.57 is an amazing time, and an amazing World record. It is the fastest time anyone has run up until that day. Celebrate that, don't start talking about two hour marathons. Dennis Kimetto himself said that he can run faster. 

But for the month of September, and for some time in the future, I believe, we will be saluting Dennis Kimetto for being the RunBlogRun Global Athlete of the Month for September 2014. 

Dennis Kimetto has broken two hours, three minutes in the marathon! What else can be said? 

Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts for producing this video for RunBlogRun. 
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BERLIN (GER): The IAAF has asked World and Olympic discus champion Robert Harting to reconsider his withdrawal from the IAAF Athlete of the Year shortlist, report dpa. IAAF spokesman Nick Davies stated, "The IAAF has been in touch with Robert Harting's manager and asked her (Vera Michallek) to inform Robert that we want him to remain on the list because he is a worthy champion." Harting told dpa that he is ready to stand for election again, but only if "athletes who have misbehaved are scrapped from this year's list and are subject of a general nomination ban in the future." The IAAF are said to be considering such a ban, following a recommendation from the athletes commission.  

(Editor's note: RunBlogRun believes, that if the sport of athletics is to be taken seriously, a well-thought out approach to anti-doping in our sport  has to be reconsidered. If it is a fact that past drug use continues to add to the fitness of an athlete, then, two to four year bans make little sense. At the same time, groups used to monitor doping have to be able to have their results reviewed so that they can stand up to legal challenges. 

There are no easy answers. 

In the end, the sport is belittled and besmirched by accusations, many of them unfounded, because the fog of cynicism surrounds every performance. Potential sponsors, seeing how much our sport eats its young, and how much social media time is spent on suggesting this or that athlete is a druggie, should run, not walk, away from the sport. 

Until the sport unites around one method of globally fighting doping, it will not be successful. 

How is this accomplished? By educating young athletes about sports ethics, and how athletics fits into a well rounded life and society. With a drug testing program and protocols that are both peer reviewed and can stand up to rigorous legal testing. And finally, to bans that are so draconian and spiteful that the price paid for cheating just does not make sense, to anyone involved. 

Managers, athletes, coaches, fans, officials and federations have much to lose if the sport continues to be critiqued as it is today. Much of it is unfair, but that does not matter in a media world that is on twenty four hours a day. 

I dream of a day when ESPN actually has one story a day on a track athlete or road racer. I do believe that I will live to see such a day. 

RunBlogRun encourages the IAAF to consider banning athletes who have had drug positives to be ruled ineligible from post season awards, and nominations. 
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Paula Radcliffe, photo by PhotoRun.net

Alex Mills caught up with Paula Radcliffe on the Monday after Berlin Marathon. Paula Radcliffe, from her experiences with her World Record and her career, had much to say about where the World Record will go! 

Kipsang praises Kimetto, by EME News

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Wilson Kipsang Training Group, from PhotoRun.net

ELDORET (KEN): Wilson Kipsang may have had the mantle of world record holder taken from him by Dennis Kimetto, but he was still full of praise for the 2014 Berlin marathon winner. "It was an impressive run," admitted Kipsang, who set his world record one year ago in Berlin. "I am humbled and happy for him. I watched the entire race from start to the end on television and am happy that he broke the record. It helps build the sport. "How Kimetto raced, his split times and pacing was superb and world-class. I knew the record was going by the 30th mark, because as the last pace-setter dropped off, he increased the pace again."

(Editor's note: With Wilson Kipsang healthy, and Dennis Kimetto healthy, we could be seeing some fascinating marathons next spring.)
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Wilson Kiprop wins 2013 RNR Lisbon, photo by PhotoRun.net


The EDP RNR Lisbon Half Marathon is to be held October 5, 2013. Here is the release for the elite field for this weekend's event! 
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The Letzigrund during the European Champs, photo by Larry Eder

Cathal Dennehy wrote this piece about how the European Championships were presented and how they rated, when compared to 2012 and 2010 versions. 
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And he goes, Dennis Kimetto breaks away from Emmanuel Mutai, photo by PhotoRun.net


Yes, there were pace makers, but for the first time in years, there were four men in Berlin who could break the world record. Emmanuel Mutai chasing Dennis Kimetto was a part of the reason the world record was broken. 

Watch for more of our coverage later this evening. What an amazing race! 
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Paul Koech, Doha 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net


The sweepstakes for the 2019 World Outdoor Athletics Championships are on, and the bidders are Barcelona, Doha and Eugene. 

The bids are all quite different, and Barcelona, which was the host of the 1992 Olympic Games, has the support of the LOC and government, in a country that is battling tough economic times and a separatist movement much older and stronger than what we saw in Scotland this past summer. 

Doha wants the World Championships very bad. The Qatari government sees the World champs as a very reasonable way to promote their country and promote goodwill. With a new global airport being developed, and hotels going everywhere having an insane price on a cooling unit or units for the World Champs is a small price to pay for this country for global respect. Their biggest issue may be the current world stage, especially in Syria, Iran, Iraq. How many Europeans and North Americans will want to venture to Doha? The support by Qatar of the current Allied program to decimate ISIS or ISIL is a huge barometer change for Qatar (although it remains to be seen how ISIS/ISIL evolves or de-evolves). 

Eugene is a curious bid. The World Junior Champs, while being hailed as a huge success, was not in any way a test for the World Championships. Open complaints on availability of an international airport, hotel rooms, and stadium seating 40,000 are only the top challenges to TrackTown USA. 

The positives? Autzen Stadium, which could be retrofitted with a track to house the World Champs. A complete rebuilding of Hayward field, funded by the house that Phil Knight has built, and the absolute focus of Vinn Lananna, and the meet management savvy of Mike Reilly should not be discounted. One key observer opined that Nike was willing to spend $50 million to refit Hayward Field to make the event work. The volunteers, and the enthusiasm of the fans are key intangibles for the Eugene bid. 

The intangibles? The IAAF has recently signed an extension with Dentsu as its global marketing agency. This agency is responsible for sponsorship contracts and advertising. Most of the current sponsors are Japan based sponsors, with adidas being the major European sponsor. Dentsu has not seemed to have any luck bringing in American companies into the IAAF. 

For the IAAF to grow, a complete change in approach to presenting meets, athletes and our sport needs to be accomplished. 

The IAAF can change. Their approach to media, social media and content has given them a website second to none in the sports federation sweepstakes. That was the result of many people and interests working together for a common goal: promoting our sport. 

The lack of terrestrial television, make that free terrestrial television (where in North America, less than 1 in five Americans have access to Diamond League), hurts global athletics. Cable TV is not available to everyone. Streaming video is key for 14-29 crowd, and track meets, anytime on mobile units is key as well. 

I am an optimist. 

I want to see our sport grow, and see all three sites with positive reasons to host a World Championships. It is, however, important for global athletics to thrive, that a World Championships be hosted in the United States. The IAAF will have to take a deep breath and just improvise on some things, but, in the end, a World Champs in the US in the next five to six years makes a ton of sense. 
In this final piece by Alex Mills, a frequent contributor to RunBlogRun, Alex provides some of his favorite moments from the Diamond League in 2014. How do you note the best moments of the year? Alex gives it a very good try. 

Tell us what you think!  Email me at runblogrun@gmail.com or comment on RunBlogRun's FB or blog page!

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Let's make this perfectly clear.

I want to see a World Championships of the Outdoor persuasion in Estados Unidos. The challenges right now are the differences between the basic requirements from the IAAF and what the Eugene bid will offer.

The World Juniors were quite successful, however, they are not a World Championships. The Eugene bid will show how creative Tracktown can be and how much support the company that Phil Knight built will support the bid. Without Nike's support, the University of Oregon, and USA Track & Field, the bid would not be possible. 

For the success of the bid, all of those groups mentioned above have to work well together. 

However, with the rumored changes at Hayward, to develop a complex for track & field second to none, the Eugene bid may have some legs.

The decision between Eugene and Doha will be made in late November 2014. 

Stay tuned. 

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