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Here's a story from the IAAF Newsletter on the preparations for the World Indoor Champs in Birmingham from March 1-4, 2018. Birmingham is one of my favorite cities, great food, fun people, great history in the city.

We are in a time of much change in our sport. The IAAF and Diamond League are looking at how to change the major meeting group in the sport. Lots of questions here. The release gives an early indication of how seriously the IAAF is taking the change in our sport.

But, the question is, what to change and what to keep?

More on that later.

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Reposted November 4, 2017
This is from the MEB Archives. On Sunday, November 5, 2017, Meb Keflezighi will run his last elite marathon. He chose to run that momentous event in New York City, and his 26th marathon will be his final elite marathon race.
Originally posted March 22, 2015


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The IAAF is getting back into rankings and this should be good for the sport. Here is the release that came out on Friday, November 3, 2017.

Cross country is a part of our sport's tradition. The Cross Country Permit series is in GBR, Italy, Spain, and Portugal, some of the oldest and most inconic of European events. It would sure be fun to have this series expand into the U.S., but that is for another day. What I like is that the series is respecting some of the historic events of the sport.

Cross country is at its high point in North America, with 560,000 high schoolers, and 98,000 college athletes running their major races over the next four to six weeks.

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Keflezighi_MebBikes-BostonM14.jpgMeb Keflezighi, all alone in Boston (2014), photo by
Updated October 30, 2017
In appreciated the 26 marathons of Meb Keflezighi, one has to understand how many things he and his coach, would consider as they developed race and training plans. Meb's success over his career comes into review as he prepares to run his last elite marathon at the TCS NYC Marathon. Meb has had good days and bad days, and amazing days. All in all, he has become a role model for many. Truth is, Meb Kefelzighi and his coach, Bob Larsen, were made for each other. And because of that, we have been fortunate to observe some amazing races. This week of stories on Meb Keflizighi is brought to you by his sponsor, #skechersperformance.
Updated February 27, 2017
Meb Keflezighi is scheduled to run his late Boston Marathon as an elite marathoner on April 18, 2017. Meb just ran his first race of 2017, on Sunday, February 26, when he finished third in the Gasparilla Half Marathon in 1:03:30.
As we consider Meb's long career and success, I figured that it would be a great time to re-read this 2012 story on Meb and his coach, Bob Larsen. It is a unique relationship in terms of its length and support.
One final thought. The amazing movie on Coach Larsen, City Slickers, is now available for rent or purchase at, here is the link: Bob Larsen is one of the finest coaches ever to come out of our athletics programs in North America. This is a great film, and will resonate with all coaches and those who love the sport.

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Jociliyne Jepkosgei took a second off her current WR for the Half Marathon on October 22. The story below, from Emeterio Valiente, was written for the IAAF site. To read more from the IAAF, please go to

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IAAF President foresees radical moves
LONDON (GBR): Pop-up running tracks in football stadiums, city franchises and athlete auctions are among the "radical" moves athletics must consider to enhance its appeal, says IAAF president Lord Coe. He was addressing questions about how the sport can innovate and flourish, especially in the wake of the retirement of its superstar Usain Bolt. Writes the BBC. "Athletics should be ready to change. I'm not ruling anything out," IAAF President was quoted as saying.

Top innovations for Birmingham 2018

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Top innovations for Birmingham 2018
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): The next years World Indoor Championships in Birmingham will be full of innovations. One day will be added to the usual programme with Thursday staging on March 1 both high jumps as straight finals (men and women) at the same time. Later in the evening also women 3000 m will staged as straight final. During the next days also pole vault with 12 athletes and long jump, triple jump and shot put will be organised as straight finals with 16 participants. Another innovation in this events will be that only top 4 athletes will have the last sixth attempt in the competition. Top 8 will continue after three rounds.
RunBlogRun: I love the city of Birmingham. There is so much history, art, great food and pretty reasonable housing. Also, some fun places to run and walk around. Americans, Europeans, as well as the rest of the world should definitely go to the World Indoor! A fantastic event, a wonderful host and a well educated fan base, kind of Eugene with British accent. OH, and did I say how amazing the curry is?

images.jpgThis is the decisions from the IAAF Appeals Decisions, in their entirety, on the 3000m steeplechase heats and 110m hurdle heats on 6 August 2017.

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