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IMG_5503.JPGJared Talent, AUS, silver, Matej Toth, SLOV, gold, Hirooki Arai, Japan, bronze, Rio 50k RaceWalk

The race walks are part of Olympic history, and have been part of the history of the Olympics since it was brought back in the modern era, starting in 1896. The 50 kilometer race walk is the longest event on the Olympic schedule. The 20 kilometer race walk featured races for Men and Women. Here is our story, written by 1956 Olympic race walker Elliott Denman.

Huddle_Molly1-Rio16.JPGMolly Huddle en route to AR, 30:13.17, photo by PhotoRun.net

The first day of the Rio Olympics opened with a 10,000 meter world record by Almaz Ayana. Seventeen of the 32 runners in the 10,000m final ran personal bests. In fact, the top 13 runners all ran Pbs or NRs!

In that increadible race, Molly Huddle kept her cool and ran the American record for 10,000m, giving Huddle both the 5000m and 10,000m records!

Here is how she did it, and where she plans her next big race, the New York City Marathon.

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is a rite of fall marathoning. Carey Pinkowski and his able team put on one of the finest marathons in the world. If one remembers, Eliud Kipchoge, newly crowned Olympic champ and finest marathoner in world raced and won there! So did Dennis Kimetto before his World record!

We will be covering the race live, as we have done for nearly twenty years, this October and look forward to catching up with our friends!

Kimetto_DennisFV1-Berlin14.jpgDennis Kimetto, photo by PhotoRun.net

In 2012, at the London Olympics, Galen Rupp took the silver medal in the 10,000 meters behind his team mate Mo Farah, who won his first Olympic gold in the 10,000 meters in London's Olympic stadium, in front of 80,000 screaming and boisterous fans.

Kipchoge-Lilesa-Rupp1a-OlyGame16.jpgEliud Kipchoge, Feyisa Lelisa, Galen Rupp, photo by PhotoRun.net

I was surprised a bit by Galen Rupp's silver medal then. I thought Galen would win Olympic medals, but not until 2016. I was pleasantly surprised.

In 2016, Galen Rupp took fifth in the 10,000 meters, and then, bronze in the marathon, only his second race over the distance. I wanted to make the point about Galen nearly stopping to make sure Mo Farah was fine in the 10,000 meters, when Mo fell in the race early on. That was what someone does who really cares about a training partner. Those 'miles of trials and trials of miles' (as John Parker said in Once a Runner) are lifelong ties.

Galen Rupp had a few rough miles in the Rio marathon, but he gutted it out, and is a real live marathoner, with a nice PB, and years of marathoning in front of him. But now, Galen Rupp won the bronze medal in the Olympic marathon.

Here is how I saw the race play out.

Kipyegon_FaithFV-PreC16.jpGFaith Kipyegon, Pre Classic, May 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is Justin Lagats' first piece on the theme of the Rio Olympics. Justin's job is to provide a particular Kenyan viewpoint, and he does that quite well. In this column, Justin writes about the good news that has come to Kenyan spots lately, namely WADA taking his country off the non-compliant list and strong testing prior to Rio. Before you criticize, please consider that, there are always two sides to a story and Justin Lagat is no more proud of his country than those from U.S. are of theirs.

CrowdsZoom1-Rome13.jpgCrowd photo, from PhotoRun.net

Jeff Benjamin did the review below on the new film, 'Free to Run.' Jeff will be providing some columns from Rio on his experience as a track fan.

Sumgong_Jemima-LisbonH14.jpgJemima Sumgong, photo by PhotoRun.net

KAPTAGAT (KEN): Jemima Sumgong has said her victory in the London Marathon has given her confidence that she can win the Olympic gold medal, informs the Daily Nation. "I have been taking second position for a very long time but my win in London Marathon gave me a new beginning thanks to my coach who gave me new tricks that helped me. This time round my program changed but I know I will do well," she said. The Kenyan team has been training in Kaptagat in the build-up to the Olympics.

Christine Ohuruogu at Great Newham London Run Family Run.jpgChristine Ohuruogu waves 15,000 runners off at Great Newham London Run, photo courtesy of Great Run Company

RunBlogRun opines: The Great Run company is the finest and largest company in the UK managing and promoting large participation sporting events. They do runs, swims and bike rides. They have found a wonderful way to combine elite events and mass participation events. We could learn much from them. What follows is a release on their event, the Great Newham London Run.


CHRISTINE OHURUOGU WAVES 15,000 RUNNERS OFF TO STADIUM FINISH AT GREAT NEWHAM LONDON RUN


Olympic Gold Medallist and former World Champion, Christine Ohuruogu MBE, started the Great Newham London Run 10km and Family Run 2km today (July 17) which saw 15,000 runners become some of the first to run on the new track in the former Olympic Stadium.


Christine, who was brought up less than a mile from the Stadium and is set to run for Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Games in a few weeks, was an Honorary Starter for this year's Run alongside the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, and inspirational 8-year-old Rio Woolf. She was supporting the Great Run Company and Newham council's drive to get more people active and was proud to be involved with the event. She commented:

"It was fantastic to see all these people running in the Olympic Stadium at the Great Newham London Run. Olympic athletes are often focussed on our own form and fitness, but it really is inspiring to see all these local people enjoying their running. It's a fantastic event and I would love to see even more people taking part. It's a real legacy of London 2012 and demonstrates the commitment that my borough, Newham, has made to use the Olympics to get more people into sport and fitness."


More than 11,000 people took part in the 10km Great Newham London Run and 3,500 children and parents ran in the 2km Family Run, organised by the Great Run Company in partnership with Newham Council. To download images of today's event visit: https://we.tl/EpdSJt9t1x


Both runs looped around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before giving runners the only opportunity to run into the Stadium and cross the finish line where Mo Farah and Jess Ennis-Hill won gold in 2012.
Among these runners were 1,500 Newham residents who were able to take advantage of the 1,000 free places in the 10K and 500 free places in the Family Run.


Rio Woolf had the opportunity to test his new running blade on the new track, taking part in the family run with his parents, before heading to the Rio 2016 Paralympics as a guest of the organisers. Rio was born with a deficiency in his lower right leg and underwent an amputation at 14 months of age. He has a new running blade which he was thrilled about using on the new super-fast track.


James Denne, 30, from Honiton in Devon was the first male finisher across the line in 32 minutes 44 seconds. He said: "The atmosphere at the Great Newham London Run was incredible. I was in the stadium to see David Rudisha win gold at the Olympics and to think that I have followed him onto this track is amazing. I was going to sprint the last 300 metres but decided to slow down and enjoy the moment. It's been a phenomenal day."


The first female runner across the line was Katie White, 35, representing Garscube Harriers, Glasgow, who finished in 36 minutes and 31 seconds.


Entries are already open for next year's Great Newham London Run on Sunday 2 July at www.greatrun.org/London where this year's results are also available.


Brendan Foster, Chairman of the Great Run Company which organises the Great Newham London Run, said: "While I love seeing the majestic performances of legends like Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill for me today is what running is all about. At the heart of our sport is thousands of people getting their trainers on and getting out there for the challenge and the fun of running. What better place than the former Olympic Stadium in Newham to celebrate the achievements of every single runner, from the thousands of kids and parents in the Family Run today through to Usain Bolt who will run on the track next weekend.


"As the only chance to run on the Stadium track, the Great Newham London Run is fast becoming a must-do event in the running calendar and we want to work with Newham Council to make it the biggest running event in the country."

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: "It was a fantastic sight to see so many Newham residents and others from across the country taking to the track at the former Olympic Stadium. These events are precisely why our investment in the Stadium to make it a multi-purpose venue benefitting our local community was the right thing to do. We are committed to ensuring a lasting legacy from the 2012 Games and this event, which is growing in popularity every year, is part of this ambition."


Ends


Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a place unlike any other. Spread across 560 acres of beautiful parklands with historic waterways, famous sporting venues and vibrant arts and events programme. At the Park's centre sits the former Olympic Stadium, a world-class, multi-use venue that will play host to Premier League football, concerts and international athletics and, coming soon, The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit. As the new heart of east London, the Park will provide future homes, jobs and an unrivalled education and cultural district housing Sadler's Wells, V&A East, UAL's London College of Fashion and UCL East.


The London Legacy Development Corporation promotes and delivers physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding area by maximising the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


For more information visit our website (QueenElizabethOlympicPark.co.uk), sign up to our e-newsletter (QueenElizabethOlympicPark.co.uk/subscribe), follow us on Twitter (@noordinarypark) and like us on Facebook (facebook.com/QueenElizabethOlympicPark)

Linden_DesiFL-UsaOlyTr16.jpgDesi Linden, photo by PhotoRun.net

Updated July 12, 2016 by Larry Eder

This was a piece that we did after the Olympic Trials. Now, five weeks out, the story has even more relevance. Desi Linden, if you follow her tweets, is training well and taking names. The Olympic Marathon in Rio is a race of redemption of some sorts for Desi, as in the London Olympic Marathon, she had to drop out with an injury.

What I know of Desi is this. She is an athlete who focuses on the "unsexy" things: the daily runs, the tempo runs, the long runs. One day at a time. A successful marathon is like that. The mellow demeanor post or pre race is how she is off the roads. On the roads, Desi Linden is relentless. Just rewatch the 2011 Boston Marathon.

Her comeback from injuries was pretty amazing. Most athletes screw it up. One realizes that there was something missing as one rebuilds, but one can not put a word to it. Desi did not have to put a name on it, she just built up, and from her support group, Brooks Hansons DP, her husband, her manager, Desi found the extra encouragement she needed to make a more than complete comeback.

The Trials was a tough race, and a race that may not have gone as Desi wanted or expected, but her drive over the second half shows that Desi Linden has what it takes to do well in Rio.

We wish her much success!

We asked Cait Chock to catch up with Desi Linden, after the Olympic Marathon Trials, and write about Desi's thoughts during and after the marathon.

This was done after Desi's trip to Bali for a vacation, which is a good thing after the heat and pressure she endured during the Los Angeles Trials.

The AJC Peachtree Road Race is the largest 10k in the world. Most importantly, it is the largest 4th of July race in our country, and many thousands desire "the shirt". "The Shirt" is given to runners who complete the 10k under sixty minutes, and the shirt is coveted.

Here are some highlights from this years's race! Special thanks to the Atlanta Track Club for the updates and information on the race! This race should be on your bucket list!

Abdirahman_Abdi-Peachtree16.jpgAbdi Abdirhaman, first US finisher, photo by PhotoRun.net

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