The National Distance Running Hall of Fame, located in Utica, New York, honors the best that Distance running has to offer. Jeff Benjamin made the trek to Utica, New York for the famed event. Congrats to the late Fred Wilt, Kim Merritt and Tom Fleming, who were the class of 2014.
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Charles Van Commenee, photo from British Athletics
(Editor's note: Charles Van Commenee disappeared from athletics after London, and surprisingly, did not write a tell all on London 2012 and UK Athletics. Van Commenee, per our friends at www.insidethegames.biz, is new performance manager for the Dutch Olympic Committee. Was always fascinated watching Mr. Van Commenee in operation. )
AMSTERDAM (NED): Charles van Commenee has been appointed as the performance manager at the Dutch Olympic Committee, it has been announced. Van Commenee previously worked there as technical director from 2005 to 2008 and was the Chef de Mission to the team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics where The Netherlands won seven gold, five silver and four bronze medals. Van Commenee left the Dutch set-up to return to Britain in 2009 after he was appointed as head coach of UK Athletics, replacing Dave Collins, whose contract was not renewed after Britain failed to achieve the target of five medals at the Beijing Olympics. Informs insidethegames.
This morning, like many of you, I woke up to the report that the Ukranian government forces had attacked the pro-Russian forces who had taken over the Donetsk airport yesterday. Bob Ramzak, from his Piran Cafe blog, sent this picture of more peaceful days in Donetsk and the Ukraine.
Please keep your thoughts and prayers with the people of the Ukraine. I am all for self determination, but this has reminded me too much of previous European history.
HOKA ONE ONE announced that Mark Mastalir has joined the exciting brand as their new VP of Marketing, it was announced on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
Mastalir, a long time sports marketing executive, has had stints at Reebok, Nike and the NBA. His life experience as an athlete, and his dealings as a sports marketing executive are some of the attributes that Mark brings to the table.
What is key in this business is the following: First, you must make consistent, high quality product, and, secondly, deliver it to your channel in a timely manner. You must also provide programs that resonate with your community. Encourage activity, encourage them to think about the activity, your brand and how your brand equals good feelings on the activity.
We wish Mark Mastalir the best of luck at HOKA ONE ONE.
After the World Championship race, I grabbed dinner and Vesuvio's and then crashed for four hours. Waking up at 1 am, I thought I would walk through the downtown, checking out the nightlife in Copenhagen. And I found it. Bar after Bar, including my favorite name, the Drunken Flamingo.
Needing nourishment, I found a Shawarma house, with wonderful babaganoush and tabouleh. But, for me, the most fun is meeting new people and chatting with the staff, as they got a charge out of my American accent.
Here is my audio piece on jet lag.
The 2014 IAAF AL World Half Marathon Championships was a huge success today. For the Danish Athletic Federation, they sponsored the largest running event EVER in Denmark, with 30,000 runners in the half marathon, and 202 elite runners in their first World Championships of Athletics in Denmark. For the IAAF, their "bold experiment" should be de rigeur for all of their athletics events: a peoples' race and road championships could be part of every and any championships.
Keen observers noted that this may be the most profitable event in IAAF history. One thing for certain, combining championship athletics events and mass participation road running makes both promotional and financial success!