PHOTO: The Syracuse University men's team leading the 2015 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Louisville, KY, on Nov. 21. From left to right, Martin Hehir, Philo Germano (partially obscured), Dan Lennon, Justyn Knight, and Colin Bennie (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly)
The NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Champs were held in Louiseville, Kentucky today. Here is Chris Lotsbom's fine story on the championships.
The attacks on Friday night, November 13, 2015, in Paris came when Parisians were doing what they do best: enjoying the company of their friends and families in cafes, clubs and at sporting events.
I love Paris and an fortunate enough to spend about a month a year in Paris and its environs. While my French is passable, my love of the culture, people and history is emphatic.
The attacks were done on purpose when Parisians were enjoying their lives, from the Stade de France to the Bataclan Music Club.
Martin Reardon, a security official with much experience, wrote this piece for Al Jazeera, an important media source on global news. Reardon pulls no punches, his thoughts are well formulated and thoughtful.
The Financial Times is one of my favorite newspapers. When I fly to Europe, I pick up an FT an read away for a couple of hours, enjoying the fantastic writing and thoughtful views of our changing world.
When I am in Wisconsin, I go to Scotty's EAT MOR, a wonderful breakfast dive run by a brother and a sister, and their friend. I was the guy, for several years, who brough in the "pink paper", and left copies there all week. My fellow EAT MOR types liked the paper and would comment on some of the columns.
I found out about the attacks in Paris through Simon Kuper's twitter commentary. Here is his column on his night in the Stade de France and the terror in the city he has called home for 13 years.
Oh, and consider FT.com as a great resource for learning about the world around us.
Emily Infeld won the only medal for Americans, male or female, above 400 meters in Beijing. Her spirited finish was one of the most amazing moments of the Beijing World Champs. The women's 10,000 meters with their third, fourth and sixth finishes for the U.S. was one of the most human moments of the World Champs. In her exhaustion at the end of the 10,000 meters, Molly Huddle celebrated one meter early. In her focus at the end of the 10,000 meters, Emily Infeld just dug in and ran through the finish. In her return to a focus on the track, Shalane Flanagan ran one of her best 10,000 meter races in years.
This was the perfect storm. For Emily Infeld, it was the moment of a lifetime, where the coaching of Jerry Schumacher, the advice of Shalane Flanagan, and the frustrations of times, good and bad, came together. That is why we believe, at RunBlogRun, Emily Infeld gets out RBR Athlete of the Month for August 2015. A race of true grit, a race full of emotions, but, in the end, Emily Infeld earned her bronze medal by giving it her all that day.
Emily Infeld will treasure that day, full of human emotions, and full of what makes our sport, at certian moments, so thrilling. Really wonderful people, who have trained all of their young lives, for one or two moments, and when those moments come, with emotion, sweat, and clarity, the honesty is almost overwhelming.
Such was the women's 10,000 meters for those of us at RunBlogRun and the Shoe Addicts.
On Tuesday, October 27, I attended the first AKTIVagainstCancer Luncheon, honoring Mary Wittenberg, recently the CEO of the New York Road Runners and now, CEO of the Virgin Sports company.
AKTIVagainstCancer was founded by Hella Aanesen, with Grete Waitz. Now, with 12 sites in Norway and one in Ethiopia, AKTIV is supported by adidas and has the stated goal of providing assistance to cancer patient to develop exercise programs. AKTIV is supporting several research projects at Sloan Kettering's Cancer center (the Zuckerman Cancer Center) to determine if exercise assists cancer patients in battling their cancers.
AKTIVagainstCancer Luncheon: Jack Waitz- AKTIV Against Cancer, Mary Wittenberg- Global CEO of Virgin Sport, Michael Capiraso- Road Runners,Helle Aanesen- AKTIV Against Cancer, George Hirsch- Road Runners, photo courtesy of AKTIV and adidas.
Marathon & Beyond sent out its last issue with the November/December 2015 issue, per this column from RW online.
Marathon & Beyond was a unique publication in the world or running. Focused on the marathon, but truly focused on long-form writing on all things running, Marathon & Beyond held its place for nineteen years in the running media world.
The media world changes daily, and not all for the better. Truth is, niche magazines are thriving, as while social media and websites have aided some magazines's growth, for most publishing companies, they do much more work for less money. It is not enough to publish a fine print title. If one listens to the media experts, then, magazines must have a strong website, social media presense, newsletter and video content, then, how does one survive? But how does one do that with a small staff?
Marathon & Beyond battled those winds for 19 years, listening to their own drummer. They decided that it was time to call it a day, knowing perhaps, that they could not provide the magazine in the future that the remaining readers had come to expect.
In my mind, the end of Marathon & Beyond is a huge loss to the sport and the running community. We wish Jan Seeley, Rich Benyo and the rest of the publication team the very best.
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