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Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Twelve, Day Seven, Sunday, September 7, 2014: 


Sunday: Easy nine mile run on grass or dirt (if a race on Saturday, or 11 miles if no race), and run it with your friends! For the 400 mile club, go seven miles and for the 300 mile club, go six miles. #saucony500

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Saucony 500 Mile Challenge, Week Twelve, Day One, Monday, September 1, 2014: 

Monday: Warm up; 6-mile run (400 mile: 5 miles, 300 Mile: 3 miles); 8 x 150 meters, relaxed stride-pits, jogging back to the start after each, no rest between; cool down, #saucony500, #findyourstrong



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Evan Jager, Moscow 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cait Chock wrote this piece about Evan Jager and his coaches, Pascal Dobert and Jerry Schumacher. She asked that it be posted the week before the Brussels DL, and here it is! Evan Jager is a rare athlete, and Cait Chock captures that! 
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Jenny Simpson leads the way, Zurich Weltklasse, photo by PhotoRun.net

In Zurich, the race of the night, without any question, was the women's 1,500 meters, as Jenny Simpson had to dig deep to hold off Shannon Rowbury, as Americans went one, two and six in the women's 1,500 meters.

Alex Mills put the Zurich meeting in perspective for us, and Jenny Simpson's amazing rise to DL stardom this year, after two good, and one fine race early in the season. 
Some strong performances in Berlin as the season begins to wind down. The ISTAF event was part of the Golden Four, but did not become part of the Diamond League. None the less, it has sponsorship, strong fields and a huge audience in the stadium that housed the 2009 World Championships. 

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Robert Harting, WC and Olympic champion, Discus, photo by PhotoRun.net
Gia Lewis-Smallwood has been challenging the world this year with her fine discus throwing, defeating Sandra Perkovic, the DL winner, and Euro Champion once this season. In the Decanation today, Gia set a new American record in the discus of 69.17 meters! 

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Queen Harrison en route to her Stockholm win, photo by PhotoRun.net


I noticed Queen Harrison in her ASICS garb in Stockholm right away. Her win in the cold weather just cemented her claims to 2014. As we got off the bus to Birmingham the next evening, I noticed Queen in her new ASICS trainers and asked when she signed. " I signed earlier this week. " smiled Queen.

Sponsorship is key for track & field athletes. Queen Harrison gave ASICS their money's worth not just with the win, but with her thirty seconds post race on Swedish TV where she circled her new logo with her fingers and blew a kiss at the screen. 

Here is the release from ASICS America on Queen Harrison's sponsorship by one of our sport's most iconic brands. 
Nijel Amos won the men's 800 meters last night in the Letzigrund, and that was just one of the highlights. I must say, Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury going 1,2 in the women's 1,500 meters was an amazing site, as Hassan, Jibet, Aregawi et al., were left behind. A thrilling series of middle distance and distance races.

Reese Hoffa continues to remind us that a man who once did a pin up pose with a Tyson brand Turkey leg (want that photo), can make that shot do what he says. 21.88m last night woke a few people up! 

More to come, but trying to get a few things out before my flight back to the US. 

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Nijel Amos, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Zurich, post meet, with lights and before the fireworks! by Larry Eder

The Weltklasse is one of the most iconic sporting events in the World. This was my first visit to the meet, and second to the stadium of the Letzigrund ( I had been here for the Europeans a few weeks ago!).

I will write about all of the events, but wanted you to get the results! Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury going 1,2 in the 1,500 meters-EPIC! 

Suffice it to say that the meet lived up to expectations! 

ERNIE BULLARD MEMORIAL & RECEPTION

Ernie Bullard's celebration of life memorial service will be held promptly at noon on the USC campus in Town & Gown Center (665 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0871: E-6 on linked campus map)on Saturday, September 13.  Reception will follow memorial service.

For information contact Larry Knuth


(Editor'note: Ernie Bullard helped keep track & field alive in the South Bay in the 70s and early 1980s, and it was not an easy task. Many have fond stories of Coach Bullard, feel free to send them to me at runblogrun@gmail.com. We will publish some of them in an upcoming issue of California Track & Running News. )

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