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Ed Eyestone, Todd Williams, Pat Porter, XC 1993, photo by

This photo is one of my favorite covers for American Athletics, the predecessor of American Track & Field. Funny thing is, two of my favorites are with Todd Williams. The other is from his first win at USA XC in November 1991, where he won the US championships, and defeated Pat Porter for the first time. 

To me, Todd Williams will always be, the raging bull of track & field. He ran like a boxer battles in the ring. In his day, one had to run a round in the 10,000 meters to make the final. Then, two days later, one ran the final. 

His second career, with RunSafer is fascinating, as Todd Williams is having fun and doing something wonderful for the sport he loves. 

Jeff Benjamin, one of the few writers who wrote for us when we were American Athletics, wrote this interview with Todd Williams. We think that you will like it! 

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The World Cross Country is the world series of distance running, and it happens every two years. Here is a feature from on ten runners to watch at the IAAF World Cross Country, to be held in Guiyang, China in March 28, 2015.

Molly Huddle, United Airlines NYC Half Marathon, photo by

Stephen Sambu and Leonard Korir battling at NYC Half finish, photo by

This piece was done by Chris Lotsbom on the NYC Half. He has also been covering the the NB Indoors as well for us this weekend! 

Sara Hall, March 2015, courtesy of  ASICS communications

The following interview was done with Sara Hall, by Max Lockwood, on the eve of her marathon debut at the 2015 ASICS LA Marathon, which, in February 2016, will be the site of the 2016 US Olympic Trials marathon. That her husband, Ryan Hall is also racing this weekend, makes this an even more fascinating event!  
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Rod Dixon, photo by Micheal Rueter

I have known Rod Dixon for nearly thirty years. In my mind, Rod was one of the few athletes who truly got it: how to train, how to juggle training as one got older, and how to move from the mile, to the 5,000m, to the roads and finally, how to keep your speed and your cool over the marathon. The 1983 NYC marathon Tv broadcast is iconic, as Dixon was the hunter for 26 miles, and made his one chance at a move at the right time, and not only made history, but put Saucony, his brand at the time, in the forefront of running. 

Rod Dixon has always been a runner's runner. 

I was always taught by my coaches that a man or women is judged not by what they say, but, what they do. Rod Dixon has taken an exceptional athletic career with his genuine caring and concern for putting a halt to childhood obesity. Rod knows, through KiDSMARATHON foundation, that he can change one child at a time, who will change a friend, who will change a friend....

It is fitting that Saucony has rekindled its relationship with Rod Dixon. A brand that understands how important Rod's program is, and is willing to put their actions behind their words. 
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. 

On January 22, 20015, adidas launched the ULTRABOOST to the global media (about 200 attendees at the New York event), the newest evolution of the BOOST technology that has reminded many runners around the world about the tradition that adidas has in the sport of running. 

adidas Ultraboost, photo by the Shoe Addicts

The Running Network has given adidas four awards during the short time that BOOST  has been around. The technology was the result of a long time development project with BASF, a German technology company celebrating its 150th year in business in 2015. The little beads that are used to create the midsole of the adidas BOOST series of footwear has been called a "paradigm changer" for the brand.

Retailers in North America have told us that while they were caught off guard in 2013 when adidas BOOST launched, many are preparing to support the product as it has resonated like few adidas products in the recent past. Some have compared it to the Dellinger web, launched by adidas in the late 1970s and early 1980s. 

To see the video from Shoe Addicts TV, a new feature series from the Shoe Addicts, just go to the next section.

The adidas Ultraboost goes on sale globally on February 19, 2015, and will retail for $180 in North America.  
So, Cathal Dennehy and I were chatting, as my Irish friend and I do between press conferences and Mr. Dennehy traveling the world. I asked him to build on his wonderful piece on the 2015 Armory Track Invitational, where he graded the Nike Oregon Track Club. 

So, a night after enjoying a few American micro brews, Mr. Dennehy decides that I am now producing a RunBlogRun Academy Awards show for each track meet. I of course, was excited, because there is nothing I like more doing than buying about a thousand people a dinner consisting of very dry chicken, some old green beans, a wilted salad and a half bottle of tepid two buck Chuck ( a local wine sold at Trader Joes, which comes in red and white). 

So, after our awards dinner, which was completely held in the brain of Mr. Dennehy, he wrote the following story....

Iryna Kovalenko, high jump, photo by

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. 

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 

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