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The running footwear business, at the performance level, takes no prisoners. At this time, our RN footwear editor, Cregg Weinmann tracks over 48 brands in performance running. To be a player in the performance running business, one must make consistently great product, have great consumer service, have a team that understands that their most important work is done on the weekends, at road races and track meets around the globe, and support the sport. 

Under Armour is getting that. Their first steps into running resulted in some very tough lessons. But, in this commercial, and with recent additions to their team, UA is showing that they get it. The commercial featuring UA athletes Natasha Hastings and Manteo Mitchell, with the alway fun Jamie Fox, is memorable. 

Why? Because UA has communicated their mantra in a setting that is real for runners, track athletes and sports fans alike. Jamie Fox uses humor and focus to show that those aspirations you have, whether on the dirt track in San Jose, California at the local junior high, or at the 200 meter indoor track at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, when the USA Indoors are on the line, and all place in between, your goals are important to Under Armour. 

Nicely done, Under Armour. 

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Now in it's forty-first year, California Track & Running News is the official publication of the four associations of USA Track & Field in California & Northern Nevada. 

We have embedded the issue, our first of five this year. We deliver a print version as well as a digital version. USATF members get the magazine as part of their yearly membership. Others who want to subscribe can write for info to fortiusmedia@gmail.com. 
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Sergey Bubka, photo by www.Sergeybubka.com 

On January 28, Sergey Bubka announced that he was making a bid for the IAAF Presidency which will be vacant in August 2015 with the departure of Lamine Diack. Sergey Bubka joins Sebastian Coe as candidates for what looks to be a very hotly contested position. Here is what Mr. Bubka sent us on why he should be considered for the IAAF Presidency. 
Here is the video supplied by Race News Service on the exciting 2015 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, which was held on Friday, January 23, 2015. For those of us who can not stay up all night, here is a highlight tape of the Dubai Marathon. An amazingly exciting women's race, and a surprise ending in the men's marathon are to be enjoyed! 


Dear readers,

My brother, Brian, started me on RunBlogRun.com in 2007. I was apprehensive at first, and then, it became more. Thanks, dear brother. 

Brian told me to write about my experiences, my thoughts, my love of the sport. Several times a day, I do just that. 


During those seven years, I have learnt about you, our readers. I know that you care about our sport, and in this world overly saturated with media options, you read RunBlogRun & the Running Network. 

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NXN Photo, photo from Nike communications 

I thank you on behalf of the 36 publishers in Fortius Media Group, Running Network, RunBlogRun and the Shoe Addicts. 

In May 2013, I walked myself to an emergency room, and spent nearly two weeks in the hospital. After some testing, the hospital figured out I had diabetes. I had to pull my head out of the proverbial backside, and change my diet, walk every day, and start taking care of myself. But, it was my family: my parents, my son, Adam, my brother, Brian and my sisters, who encouraged me to take care of myself. 

In January 2014, I went into business with my brother and my son. Fortius Media Group represents our former partners in the RunningNetwork, and fourteen other publishers, print and digital (you can find our list of publishers on runningnetwork.com).

In August 2014, we purchased the assets of the RunningNetwork. That just completes the circle of what we do with our partners.  

After 18 months, I am off insulin and diabetic medications. I walk each day, eat six times a day (watching carbs), have lost weight, and feel better each day. I also received notes from many of you, encouraging me to walk and take care of myself. 


In your honor, we are making a donation to Rainbow Hospice in Wisconsin, a cause supported by my late friend and former CFO, Tom Mack. Tom was a very special friend, who taught me much about running a business, who died this past August. His jokes, and his kindness are what I miss most about him. 


We also have made donations to two food banks, one in Wisconsin and one in California. 

And, over the holidays, we also do random acts of kindness, donating footwear, backpacks and clothes to those who need some kindness. 


Thanks to you, our readers, for your support over the past seven years! 

Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and Happy Holidays! 








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Bernard Lagat and his fans, USA Indoors 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lagat 40 and with record plans

PHOENIX (USA): Bernard Lagat will turn 40 on Friday, December 12, but he won't let that stop him pursuing his goals on the track, report RunnersWorld. Lagat will open his 2015 season at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country over 4km on January 10, followed by the two mile at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix on February 21. During that race, he may try and take down the master's world record of 8:01.44. Eamonn Coghlan's indoor mile mark of 3:58:15 and Anthony Whiteman's outdoor record of 3:58.79 are two other records he may look to challenge. An assault on the master's indoor mile record could come at the Millrose Games on Feb 14.


(Editor's note: Bernard Lagat has been one of the best middle distance runners of his era. As he hits 40 years of age, watch for him to challenge our preconceptions of age. Lagat has raced from 800 meters to 5,000 meters. I asked him last year if he would try the 10,000 meters, and I am not sure I got an answer. 

One thing for sure. One of the most likable athletes in the sport will set some masters records this coming year! ) 


Published on Nov 20, 2014

Tom Rinaldi tells the remarkable story of Kayla Montgomery -- who, despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, has become one of the best young distance runners in the country.


(Editor's note: If this one does not put tears in your eyes, then, you might not be human. An amazing story, and a wonderful example of a youth athlete overcoming challenges and a coach asking her to go just a little bit farther. Fantastic feel to the feature and story by Tom Rinaldi.) 








Let's get this straight. 

I have been an admirer of Stephanie Hightower for many years. Stephanie Hightower does have the skill set to represent the US well in global sports. But, all of that takes time and relationships. The global sports arena is a field land mines each and every day. How will she deal with Seb Coe? How will she deal with other members of the IAAF? 

Truth is, some in the IAAF has been confused with USATF actions as much as many of USATF members have been confused. The 15-12 vote in Monaco in the 2019 vote showed that the USA could battle hard in such international votes, giving them a bit more respect. 

Just being from USA is a hindrance due to jealousy and lack of understanding, by many in the global sports world, of the promise of our country, as they see just the arrogance. 

I am not sure that the USATF board, in seeking new leadership in IAAF, could have done anything different. However, the board is getting payback for its lack of communications, and its continued arrogance in keeping information from the membership of USA Track & Field. Whether this is the best decision or the worst decision, I can not say. What I can say is that USATF leadership is not communicating with the members, the media or the sport. 

Yet, I am disappointed that the major response, and mine as well, is that Bob Hersh is being shown a lack of respect for all of his time and years in leadership. I think, however, that being said, Steve Miller, a board member, was quoted as saying that USATF needs new leadership in the IAAF world as it is becoming a new world in the IAAF in 2015.

Bob Hersh is 75 years old and has lead the voice for USATF for years. Hersh has spoken for US for sixteen years. He is highly respected and is a fine lawyer and supporter of the sport as well. He understands the fine lines that must be deal with in global sports. On Track & Field News chat board today, the vote by the board, after the floor vote of 327-70 in favor of Hersh, was a "slap in the face."  

Hersh has been considered pompous by some. Others find him a quick read and quick responder-something unheard of in global sports circles. But, as Bob Hersh has his supporters, he also has his detractors. Many of those detractors have influence and some have voting power in USATF. 

USATF Board is giving the message that they can not and will not wait four more years for Bob Hersh to retire. They want new leadership now. The board supports Max Siegel and Stephanie Hightower. Their agenda is to elevate USA Track & Field, and quite frankly, they do not seem to believe any good ideas come from outside of their board or small circle of confidants. 

That is their prerogative. 

USATF's board has proven that it will do whatever it takes to support what they see as USATF's interest in the global sport. 

And their constituency should take note of that focus. 


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Federico Rosa, photo by PhotoRun.net

KAPSABET (KEN): Many of Rosa Associati's Kenyan athletes have spoken out in support of their management group, report 
allafrica.com. The athletes said that they would welcome any investigations into them, as well as the management, as they have nothing to hide. World 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop told the media; "We are running clean. I have been managed by Rosa many years and I haven't heard him telling us to use blood boosters. Rita might have been misadvised by someone outside the management or through medication." NYC Marathon runner up Jemimah Sumgong urged Rita Jeptoo to reveal the details regarding her failed doping test. Other athletes at the meeting were; former World 800m champion Janeth Jepkosgei, two-time London marathon winner Martin Lel, World 800 m champion Eunice Sum, former World 800m champion Alfred Kirwa Yego, World 5000m silver medallist Mercy Cherono and Olympic marathon silver medallist Priscah Jeptoo.


(The repercussions of the Rita Jeptoo tragedy continues. This story will continue to develop over the next few weeks. RunBlogRun will keep our readers updated.  )
Managers speaking for changes

LISBON (POR): The sport of athletics is ready for changes and needs modernisation.  This is one of the messages from the traditional fall athletics managers  meeting. The 2014 AAM Annual Meeting was held this year in Lisbon,  Portugal. Managers reviewed the 2014 season and discussed what is expected in 2015. In the session with the IAAF, ways of cooperation were on the table. Among guests attenduíng were, IAAF Senior Vice President Robert Hersh, IAAF Competitions Director Paul Hardy and IAAF Legal advisor Habib Cisse. Discussion  points were related to competition structures, rules, calendar and timely payments. Managers also presented new ideas for the the IAAF  World Challenge series. With IAAF Diamond League organizers, the last season and several points of improving the communication with agents were discussed. Kristian Hysen of IMG gave a presentation about TV distribution and new ideas related to social media. Paul Doyle showed his plan on how to continue with the new series called the American Track League. Over 60 leading persons from the world-wide athletics family attended the meeting.  The 2015 Annual Meeting was set for San Juan, Puerto-Rico.

(Editor's note: This meeting is much more important than an annual meeting. Within this room are many of the stakeholders in the sport of athletics and road racing. There is much on the table: how to make the sport more relevant to the the billions of sports fans across the world?)

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