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Casimir Loxsom, photo by PhotoRun.net

Casimir Loxsom was a fine collegiate 800 meter runner. The challenge, however, in going from a fine collegiate runner to an elite 800 meter is a never ending journey. Casimir is training with the Brooks Beasts TC, and the group training and focus is beginning to show. Brooks sponsors Casimir, allowing him to focus on seeing how great of an 800 meter runner he can become. 

Last weekend, on Saturday, January 24, Casimir Loxsom broke the AR for 600 meters with his fine run of 1:15.58. This was a first for a member of the Brooks Beasts TC. 

RunBlogRun sent Cas these questions and here are his responses. Thanks to Derek Lactaoen, Brooks Communicaitions Coordinator, who reached Casimir for us after his splendid run.
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Amy Begley, the new coach of the Atlanta Track Club, photo courtesy of ATC


The Atlanta Track Club is in the midst of monumental changes within their organization. Their long term sponsorship agreement with the Mizuno brand was announced less than three months ago.  The appointment of Amy Begley, who many remember for her gutty run in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials 10,000 meters, as head coach of the Atlanta Track Club was their next announcement.

In this interview, Carolyn Mather, a long time journalist for the Running Journal and Racing South, provided RunBlogRun with this interview of Amy Begley. 
Dave Zimmer is, to me, the epitome of what run specialty is all about. One kean observer calls Dave a "whirlwind of activity". That is an understatement. Zimmer loves what he does and is constantly trying to find ways to make Fleet Feet Chicago, his staff and his running community better.

Dave's company has four running stores at the current time, and by February 2015, he will have six stores. Dave opened his first store in October 1996. His company now runs twelve races in the Chicago area. 

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Dave Zimmer (1097), with his son, Sebastian (1096) at the Rudolph Ramble

From his stores, Fleet Feet of Chicago, Dave has learnt that building a store, a staff and a successful business is about building community. Running, for Zimmer, is so much more than a 9 to 5 gig. 

I have known Dave for the better part of two decades. I first met him through Jeremy Solomon and Eliot Wineberg at the Chicago Athlete. Dave and his staff were always the team we would see out at major events. 

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This is not how Dave goes into the office. Zimmer, in crown, is advising a young runner at Pumpkins in the Park race, how the spooky sprints work.

As Dave Zimmer grew his stores and his race business, he added his own touches to the community, from races to this past fall's Q & A with Deena Kastor and Meb Keflezighi. I would see Dave at the Running Event in Austin each year. We would say hello, spend a few minutes together, but that was really all one got, as Dave and his team were hard at work, speaking to the footwear brands, and fellow running store owners. 

John Rogers, the owner of Fleet Feet Maine Running Company, told me at the 2014 Running Event that " Dave has become a great friend. He is also one of the smartest guys in the business." That is a huge compliment coming from Rogers, a long time running footwear executive who parlayed that experience into running store business.

I was able to get Dave Zimmer for twelve minutes and thirty-six seconds. Dave is a wealth of information and a true resource for running in Chicago. Besides the time when I called Dave the wrong name (Chris), our dialogue was fast paced and far ranging. We spoke about human capital, and how important staffing is to a store. "We change lives" is a mantra for Zimmer.

I hope that you enjoy the interview with Dave Zimmer, a man who understands that, for a running store to be successful, one must focus on the community. 

Special thanks to Robin Monsky on this interview. 

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Kenenisa Bekele, photo courtesy of Dubai Marathon

Kenenisa Bekele will be racing his third marathon on Friday, January 23, 2015. The race is the Standard Chartered Dubai marathon, and it is a very, very fast course! Bekele has been training under the tutelage of Renato Canova, the famed Italian distance running coach. 

How fit is Kenenisa? How fast will he run on Friday? All those and more questions can be answered in this audio interview from our friend, Andy Edwards of Race News Service. The interview was done on Tuesday, January 20 in Dubai. 

Listen to how the WR at 5000m and 10,000 talks about his marathon ventures. 

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Below is the second in a new series, Shoe Addicts TV: RBR Interviews @TRE14. This interview features Chris Brewer, Category Manager-Running Specialty, at adidas. The interview was done at the Running Event, December 4-5, 2015. 

Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts (Algernon Felice, Jr., Mike Deering, Adam Johnson-Eder), and Chris Brewer, adidas. 









Dave Dombrow is the VP of Design for Footwear & Accessories at Under Armour. The Shoe Addicts New Service is a new series from The Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of The Running Network & RunBlogRun. 

The Shoe Addicts travelled to The Running Event (TRE 14) and interviewed key players in the industry and new players in the industry. 

Under Armour is the first of our series. 

Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts (Algernon Felice, Jr., Michael Deering, Adam Johnson-Eder) and Dave Dombrow of Under Armour. 

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Sarah Barker, a midwesterner herself, wrote this piece about elite athletes "snowbirding" and getting out of the frozen tundra that is the midwest. There is nothing like a 30 mile run in the sun and snow, but there are also days, dear readers when one really wants to stay in bed...

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Heather Kampf, photo by PhotoRun.net
Cathal Dennehy travels a bit. One of the dynamic duo from Jumping-the-Gun.com, Cathal found a great fare to Edinburgh, Scotland and covered the Great Edinburgh Cross Country Festival for RunBlogRun last weekend. 

Cathal caught up with Bernard Lagat, who is looking at masters records as he hits the magic four decades.....

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Bernard Lagat & Fans, photo by PhotoRun.net
Tiffany Porter is one of those rarified athletes who can battle the best in the world in her specialty. That specialty is the 100 meter hurdles, the most competitive event in global track & field. The difference between first and sixth is less than a blink of an eye. 

The technique for hurdling is an acquired skill set: sprinting, getting over the hurdle, braking, and sprinting once again. Those who can be successful over the barriers risk all in each and every race. All of the good ones fall, all of the great ones fall even more. To win all, one must risk all. 

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Tiffany Porter, photo by PhotoRun.net

Under the thoughtful guidance of Raina Reider, Tiffany Porter has won four medals in the four major championships she competed in from the summer of 2013 to the present. In Moscow, at the World Championships, Tiffany took the bronze in August 2013. In Sopot, Poland, Tiffany Porter took a bronze over the 60 meter hurdles in March 2014. Porter's first appearance at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in July 2014 was a silver medal. 

In August 2014, at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich, Switzerland, Tiffany Porter put it all together and won the 100 meter hurdles in fine fashion--her first gold medal.  

The best, however, was yet to come. In September 2014, at the Continental Cup, in Marrakech, Tiffany Porter ran the race of her life, battling Olympic gold medalist Dawn Harper Nelson to the tape, finishing second. 

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Harper-Nelson and Porter in Marrakech, 
photo from the Shoe Addicts

In that wonderful race, Tiffany Porter ran 12.51, the new British record, and in that performance, opened the eyes of many hurdle fans of her true potential. 

We sent these questions to Tiffany just before Christmas. This was her response. 
adidas Stacey Burr and Jen Olson, Interactive Health Technologies, spoke to RunBlogRun on Tuesday, January 6 at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The occasion was the announcement of an exciting new program between adidas and IHT to incentivize elementary school students and teachers to participate in a fitness program. adidas Stacey Burr promised to update us on upcoming new adidas technical fitness apparel. Jen Olson gave us an update on how her company, IHT, has been working with nearly a million elementary kids to get them involved in fitness. 

Watch for an upcoming video courtesy of IHT and adidas on their innovative training programs. 

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