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Kenyan XC Trials, photo by PhotoRun.net

The recent drug crisis in Kenya has not reached its denouement. There have been some good changes taking place in Kenya and Justin Lagat, our Kenyan correspondent, writes about what he sees as the positive changes in Kenya and abroad. 

My concern continues to be that testing is not enough. Athletes and the teams around athletes need to see that the penalties for drug cheating are so draconian that it is just plain unthinkable, then, we will have negated much of doping in sport. 
After seeing Nick Willis and Matt Centrowitz battle at the Millrose Mile, I am convinced once again, that we have the best sport in the world! The job of AAM, the Association of Athletic Managers, is to represent the finest athletes in the world. 

The Association of Athletics Managers is nearly eleven years old, having been founded in November 2004. Their most recent meeting was in Lisbon, Portugal, right after the New York City Marathon. 

We provided questions to the board in November 2014 and they responded in December 2014. We encourage all elite athletes to find a registered athletic manager. After reading this interview, please go to www.atheticsmanagers.com for more information. 

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Willis and Centrowitz in a thrilling mile! photo by PhotoRun.net

The answers below are quite politic at times, and also quite honest as well. The AAM is one of the key players in the athletics community. As the sports looks at some important changes over the next several years, AAM should be playing a real part in those changes. 

RunBlogRun thanks the AAM for their consideration and support. 
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HOKA ONE ONE has been doing all of the right things. Focus on making consistently fine product. Upgrade cosmetics of shoes. Upgrade customer service. Develop long term relationships with run specialty, races, clubs and the running community. Hire experienced team with street credibility. 

Their secret sauce? HOKA ONE ONE is working hard, and working weekends, because our sport has events on weekends. And because HOKA ONE ONE knows, shoe wars are won with one pair of shoe sales at a time. 

Ben Rosario is a former run specialty store owner, event promoter, coach and someone who loves the sport and develops athletes. 

Close observers of the sponsorship of Northern Arizona Elite have used the term, "game changer." Another emailed me, " this level of sponsorship is equal with Brooks Hansons and ASICS Mammoth Track Club. 

For the athletes involved, Ben and Stephanie Bruce, Matt Liano and Kellyn Taylor, this allows them to focus on the training and racing under the watchful and supportive eye of Ben Rosario. 

Kudos to HOKA ONE ONE for supporting the sport by giving a group of young Americans the chance to develop. 
Running Specialty Group continues to forge ahead, as they pick up stores and make relationships that show that they want a stake in the running channel. Is there room for everyone? Not sure. 

Stay tuned. 

What the imATHLETE and RSG deal is about is cross marketing and the opportunities are endless. 
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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. 
Nick Willis, photo by PhotoRun.net

Nick Willis is an Olympic silver medalist. That, dear friends, is a fact. Think about that! Olympic medalists at 1,500 meters are a rarefied genus on this planet. 

At the age of 31, Nick is a contender in any race he enters. Competitive, possessing amazing racing skills and knowing how to get himself into the fight, Nick Willis could be around for two more Olympics! 

Elliott Denman caught up with Nick Willis before the Kiwi takes on a tough field at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday, February 7. 

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Nick Willis, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Alana Hadley, RNR VA Beach, 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cait Chock did this story on Alana Hadley, one of the few high school women athletes who can run with the elite. Her win in the Indianapolis Marathon set a marathon record and gave her the second best time EVER by a high school girl. 

Cait Chock did this interview in December, right after Alana's race. Sorry for the delay on publishing this piece, as I placed it in the wrong folder. 

In any case, look to see Alana Hadley running some big races in 2015. Her lessons of self discovery are great lessons to learn for all runners. For Alana Hadley, she learnt them in the eyes of the running community. And, like all runners, Alana is a better runner for learning those lessons. 
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Diego Estrada, photo by PhotoRun.net

Diego eyes longer distances, but not, the marathon in 2015, by Chris Chavez for ESPNGo.com

Chris Chavez wrote to us: " We all got excited when we saw the 60:51 and then the marathon talk started. Well after a day to process things, Estrada was open a little bit more about putting plans on hold for a while. Sees himself doing the 10K. 

Interview here with Diego Estrada on his marathon thoughts AFTER talking to coach Vigil. He tops out at about 70 miles per week  and gives a little insight into his training. " 

http://espn.go.com/blog/endurance/post/_/id/2537/track-standout-diego-estrada-eyeing-longer-distances-u-s-team-berth

Editor's note: Diego Estrada is one of our most talented runners in North America. His 60:51 half marathon at the US Half Marathon Champs in Houston is just another example of his talent. RunBlogRun is quite happy to see Diego focus on the 5,000m and 10,000m for some more time. Diego can run under 27 minutes, he is that talented. Give him a few more years of development and watch Diego develop into a very fast marathoner.

Make sure that you follow the writing of Chris Chavez. He is doing some fantastic writing.

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Diego Estrada, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Mike Popejoy, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Janet Bawcom, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mike Popejoy and Janet Bawcom won the RNR New Orleans Half marathons on Sunday, January 25, 2015. Here is the release sent to us by our friends at the Competitor Group. 
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Sarah Hall, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ryan Hall and Sara Hall will run the full marathon distance together for the first time: http://espn.go.com/blog/endurance/post/_/id/2539/ryan-hall-leads-best-ever-elite-field-at-l-a-marathon, by Chris Chavez, ESPN.com

(Editor's note: Sara Hall has run several half marathons, and is known for her racing from the steeplechase distance to a fine ten miler. In March, Sara will be debuting over the marathon distance. She and her husband will both be racing the ASICS LA Marathon. 

Sara Hall is probably the women athlete who has been on more of my magazine covers than anyone else (California Track & Running News, ATF, Athletes Only). Her versatility and her success so far over the road distances suggests that she could be a fine marathoner.)

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