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I have been fascinated with the reactions to Eliud Kipchoge's win today. Much of the social media response has been about insoles moving around his shoes, causing blisters and even cutting his toe.

We live in a time where everything has to have an reason and that someone or something has to be at fault. I would like to offer another suggestion.

Read on, please.

Track spikes are to get you, fit and fast, from point a to point b as fast as possible. Cregg Weinmann has seen a few track spikes (few hundred) over the years. This is a fun review. So we asked Cregg to pick a Best Value and Best Shoe. The Brooks PR LD 3 is his best value! Read the review below and if you would like to read the entire review, click here: TFSpikes Sp2015.pdf

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750,000 pairs of track spikes are made worldwide in 2015. Most brands make little or no money from them. Watch for the new stuff coming out in 2016 for the Olympics! Key to track spike biz: the young athletes who purchase track spikes (one in three in track), also purchase five pairs of training shoes a year. Some brands make a sprint and distance shoe, and a cross country shoe. Some brands make complete lines, to support the sport. 
PHOTO: Athletes and officials gathered with school children at a press conference in advance of the 2015 NYRR Millrose Games.  Adults (from left to right): Mary Wittenberg, President & CEO of New York Road Runners; Cam Levins, Canadian Olympian; Matthew Centrowitz, two-time 1500m medalist at IAAF World Championships; Ashton Eaton, 2012 Olympic decathlon gold medalist; Mary Cain, 2014 IAAF World Junior 3000m champion; Brianne Theisen-Eaton, 2013 IAAF World Championships heptathlon silver medalist; Shannon Rowbury, 2009 IAAF World Championships 1500m bronze medalist; Sanya Richards-Ross, 4-time Olympic gold medalist; David Oliver, 2013 IAAF World Championships 110m hurdles gold medalist; Bernard Lagat, 8-time Wanamaker Mile champion; Ray Flynn, NYRR Millrose Games Meet Director; Dr. Norbert Sander, President of Armory Foundation (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly), used with permission. 

Chris Lotsbom wrote this piece on the Millrose Games presser, one of the finest press conferences that I have ever attended. Here is Chris Lotsbom's feature on the presser, and especially on the relationship between Matt Centrowtiz and Bernard Lagat. 

The powerpoint presented by Max Siegel, the CEO of USA Track & Field shows that the financial status of the federation has gone from okay to fantastic: $19 million to $35 million in revenues, with net assets increasing from $ 3 million to $17 million. 

The increase in spending in elite athlete support, coaching education, association support and member benefits is impressive and inspiring. Max Siegel has taken reign of the federation and is shaping it into a financially viable organization that can support events and athletes in ways we have not seen in the past. 

Much of this is due to 71.55 percent of the support coming from sponsor programs done under Max Siegel's watch. I applaud Max and his team for that. 

To see the snapshot of USATF from 2012-2014 in its entirety, please click on:

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Valerie Adams, Sopot 2014, photo by

MONACO (MON): World and Olympic shot champion Valerie Adams says that her training is going "very well" and that she has just finished a three week intensive phase with a lot of base work in which her knees and ankles both held up well, inform the IAAF. The 29 year old is currently training in Switzerland ahead of her season opener in Doha. She acknowledges that one thing that will challenge her in Doha is the heat as she says that it is only five degrees in Switzerland at the moment. Later in the year she aims to compete in her 4th Commonwealth Games where she will be looking for her third title.


 Valerie Adams, DN Galan/Stockholm 2012

(Editor's note: Valerie Adams is the most dominating shot putter of her generation. As she opens the 2014 outdoor season, in Doha, Qatar on May 9, Valerie has an unbeaten streak of 46 competitions. Adam's technique is admirable, but her speed in the ring and her competitiveness make her nearly unbeatable.

Possessed of a strong sense of humor, Valerie Adams represents her sport and her country well. The next time you get a chance, watch Ms. Adams throw, watch her compete. As Adams goes into the ring, nothing else seems to be happening. Adams is focused. The controlled speed, technique and focus all come together as she throws the shot over twenty meters.

If you want to see her, go to and purchase tickets for the 2014 adidas Grand Prix NYC, which will be held on Randalls Island at Icahn Stadium on June 14, 2014. )


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Sally Pearson, 2014 World Indoors, photo by

Sally Pearson opened her outdoor season well, doubling in the 100 meters and 100 meter hurdles, with two wins. LaShawn Merritt won the 400 meters, David Oliver won the 110m hurdles and Duane Solomon won the 800 meters. A nice day of athletics in Melbourne! 


Our friends at SPIKES Magazine wrote a piece featuring the best quotes and pictures from Sopot 2014. It is a fun read, with great photos and wonderful quotes. SPIKES captures much of the excitement from the Sopot, Poland World Champs! 

Here is the link:
Renaud Lavillenie is, now the number two vaulter of all times, under any conditions. His 6.08 meters is second only to Sergey Bubka's 6.15 meter World Indoor Record. 

Lavillenie, the London Olympic champion and European Champion indoors and out, will next compete in Donetsk, for the Night of the Pole Vault Stars, on February 15, 2014. How high will he jump? 

Renaud Lavillenie, Reno Pole Vault Summit, 2013, photo by
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Renaud Lavillenie, Goteborg 2013, photo by 

Renaud Lavillenie, 2013 Pole Vault Summit, photo by 

Renaud Lavillenie had one of those glorious days, that, if one is lucky, one might have had one in a career. Lavillenie had one such day last year at the European Indoors, then, finished, shooting for the stars, with a tough call by the officials. 

Today, however was different. In Rouen, France, Lavillenie got in his safety jump, a first clearance at 5.67 meters. Then, two times at 5.83 meters, and a first attempt at 5.93 meters. Both 5.83m and 5.93m were WL for 2014! 

Then, Renaud Lavillenie soared, going for the stars, and reached them today, clearing 6.04 meters on his first attempt. Our reports say the crowd went crazy, as they watched Lavillenie, and were treated to not only a French indoor record, but also a British indoor record as well! 

Sergey Bubka and Renaud Lavillenie, Euro Indoors 2011, 
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But today was for le roi de le perche, Renaud Lavillenie, who is now, only behind Sergey Bubka and Steven Hooker on the all time indoor performance list! 

Congrats, Monsieur Lavillenie, France and the athletic world tip a beverage to you on your fantastic performance! 
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