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This is a fun article. The Bible of the Sport, aka Track & Field News, predicts the Ten Sure gold medals for Tokyo 2020. Fun predictions, and the perfect acticle to read post run, walk, with a beverage of your choice.

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Two years out from the start of the 2020 Olympics, to be held in Tokyo, Japan, the IAAF, governing body of the sport of athletics, is announcing the qualification system for the largest sport in the Summer Olympics. Here's the official release, with links for Tokyo 2020 qualifying.

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KYIV (UKR): Former high jump world champion and Rio Olympics medallist Bohdan Bondarenko finally confessed that he got married to his long-time girlfriend Iryna Pimenova (13.74m PB in triple jump). They registered their wedlock in Las Vegas, USA. This year happy couple became the parents. "Now I asked my wife about second child, but she said that only after medal in Tokyo 2020. So, that is our arrangement," said Bondarenko in his quote to XSport.

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The AJC Atlanta Peachtree Road Race is the largest 10k in the known world, and features 60,000 people running and walking through the streets of humid Atlanta on July 4, 2018. This video features Gwen Jorgensen, 2016 Olympic Triathlon Champion, who has focused on making the US Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020.

IMG_7930.jpgGwen Jorgensen, 10,000 meters, June 21, 2018, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

The AJC Peachtree Road Race is managed and produced by the Atlanta Track Club. The 21,000 member Atlanta Track Club produces a fine race series of races in the capital of the South. The Peachtree Road Race is on our country's Independance Day, and is a celebration in every sense of the word. It is also the US road championships for 10k. ATC's CEO Rich Kenah has seen to lead by example. His club invites a fine cross section of American distance runners for the US championships.

I really like the Gwen Jorgensen video series. This writer is fascinated with her move from the multi-events to the world of elite marathoning. Her first two 10,000 meters on the track, with a half marathon and some serious mileage for good measure, have been overseen by Coach Jerry Schumacher of the Bowerman Track Club. Coach Schumacher has a method to the madness, and Gwen, Lopez Lomong and Chris Derrick, all members of the Bowerman TC, will be racing tomorrow in Atlanta, Georgia.

For months, we have been following the soap opera that is the 2020 Olympic Trials. Many wondered, out loud, what really happened between Mt.SAC and USATF. Now, we seem to have some clarification. USOC vice president Chester Wheeler, a long time (since 1998) member of the USOC team, opened the USATF Board meeting on Sunday, June 24, in Des Moines, Iowa. RunBlogRun is not sure that Mr. Wheeler, a keen observer of global sports, but more importantly, remarkedly politic in his normal discussions, knew that this was an open session. In the notes from's Robert Johnson,, Mr. Wheeler noted that his first meeting with Mt.SAC gave him a bad taste as Mt.SAC asked him about free USOC clothing. Mr.Wheeler noted that it was not the way he expected a newly appointed Olympic Trials host to behave. As Mr. Wheeler's job is to protect the interests of the USOC, Mt.SAC, in Mr. Wheeler's mind, concerned him with their actions. Quite clearly Mt.SAC concerned USOC enough that USATF acted.

Nicolai Machiavelli wrote the book, The Prince. It was observations and hard earned lessons on the art of politics. If one uses lessons from Mr. Machiavelli in the 2020 Trials situation, it is clear that Mt.SAC did not realize who the real boss was, and is. The USOC runs the show, the USATF is the messenger. The USOC has directed USATF to change its board and management over the past eight years, and it has done as it was directed. The three candidates for 2020 Trials would do well to read and reread these notes and realize a) USOC is key to their success, b) what USOC says, goes, and repeat a and b when one gets confused.

IMG_0727.jpgDrake Stadium, Des Moines, Iowa, June 22, 2018, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts

The U.S. Olympic Trials for the Marathon team in 2020 is February 29, 2020 in Atlanta. The Atlanta Track Club Elite are looking for some marathon hopefuls to join their club. The second largest running organization in North America, ATC supports a strong group of athletes who are coached by Andrew Begley and his wife, 2008 Olympian, Amy Begley. The Begleys want to help these marathon dreamers achieve their dreams. Read the release below to learn how to reach the ATC. We think that this is a great program and applaud the Atlanta Track Club for supporting our sport!

Atlanta TC marathon photo .jpgOlympic hopefuls read on, photo courtesy of Atlanta Track Club

The 2020 USA Track & Field Trials will be an amazing event. Now that the event is being rebid, many are confused. We are confused. In the desire to add to that confusion, we have noted the three points below. We do this as a way to open the discussion to hope for some clarity and transparency to be added to the process.

There is obvious genuine concern by USA Track & Field. No one wants to open the process again. We are just curious why.

Stadium-West-Grandstand.jpgWest Grandstands, conception from Mt.SAC

Stadium-West-Grandstand.jpgWest Grandstand, Mt.SAC

While we were not privy on any of the discussions or meetings between USATF and Mt.SAC, it seems that the removal of the Trials from Mt.SAC has surprised many, at best, and caused confusion with many, at the worst.

Here is the statement from Mt.SAC on the USATF decision.

Truth is, Mt.SAC was doing an exceptional job in handling the renovation, the lawsuits and the timeliness of the rebuild. All indications were that the second lawsuit would be decided in a fashion similar to the first.

That is, perhaps, the reason for so much consternation with the USATF announcement.

A keen observer spoke with me recently. After a discussion on the matters of the re opening of the Trials search, the observer responded: "Why does USATF seem to continue to shoot itself in the foot? The 2021 World Champs, the 2020 Team Trials, what is going on? "

That would be a good question to start with.


The U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Marathon will be in Atlanta, Georgia, and hosted by the Atlanta Track Club, it was announced today. The Olympic Marathon Trials are one of the most important events in our sport, held every four years. Yet, the events have to be one of the most difficult to host, as the various rules from the U.S.O.C., made to protect their sponsors, make it quite difficult to finance the event.

Yet, major marathons and key running communties, battle each 4 years to sponsor the event. Many see it as a giving back tot he sport, and others see it as adding to the prestige of their event.

The 2020 final four candidates were Atlanta, Georgia, Austin, Texas, Chatanooga, Tennesee and Orlando, Florida. USATF announced their pick, after visiting each city and meeting with each candidate team.

We thank all four cities for contributing to our sport and congratulate the Atlanta Track Club on their new event in 2020!

USA Track & Field will be making a decision soon on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon site. On January 12, 2018, four cities: Atlanta, Georgia, Chatanooga, Tennessee, Austin, Texas and Orlando, Florida have submitted bids. The completed bids were due on March 19, 2018. The USATF Board of Directors will assess the bids and make a decision, in collaboration with the U.S.O.C. This decision should be coming very soon.

Atlanta Track Club - Photo by Paul Ward (1).jpgAtlanta Track Club, photo by Paul Ward

In that light, we spoke with the Atlanta Track Club (and would welcome time to speak with the other three bidders) on their bid and why they would want to bid for the Olympic Trials Marathon. Money must be raised by local organizing committees and the USOC strictly enforces their sponsors rights. In the end, the marathon race is one of the few possible headaches with hosting such an event.

2018 Olympic Trials Site Selection-53.jpgMeb Keflezighi, 2004 Olympic silver medalist, is supporting Atlanta bid, photo from Atlanta Track Club

We spoke to Rich Kenah, CEO of the Atlanta Track Club for the past four years, and Jay Holder on the desires of the ATC to sponsor the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

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We hope that you enjoy the interview!

Centennial Olympic Park - Photo by Joaquin Lara (1).jpgCentennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, photo by Joaquin Lara

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