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DES MOINES (USA): The 106th Drake Relays end of April announced second wave of top names for this year. In women hurdles Dawn Harper-Nelson will clash with Queen Harrison, Lolo Jones, Brianna Rollins, Eurochamp Tiffany Porter and indoor revelation Sharika Nelvis. They will also compete in the traditional shuttle relay. Great also men 400 m hurdles with Javier Culson against Michael Tinsey, Johnny Dutch and Briton Dai Greene. Women 400 m is offering Sanya Richards-Ross, Francena McCorory, Jamaican Novlene Williams-Mills and Natasha Hastings. In the women 400 m hurdles former World champ Lashinda Demus is going to clash with Georganne Moline for example. French star Teddy Tamgho is facing in triple jump US top two stars Christian Taylor and Will Claye. In women high jump Chaunte Lowe with Spanish Ruth Beitia will be two veterans clashing.

(Editor's note: Hy-vee is sponsoring the Drake Relays once again, and we applaud their support! I really like the competition and focus on rivalries. It is what I like on the Pre Classic as well. Rivalries make our sport exciting!)

Genzebe Dibaba, Sopot 2014, photo by

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Julia Bleasdale winning the 2014 Carlsbad 5000, photo by

The 30th anniversary of the Carlsbad 5000 could be pretty amazing! With Genzebe Dibaba bent on setting a new WR for 5000 meters, with a strong women's field, the fans who cover the course will have much to cheer for! Here is a preview from Dan Cruz, one of our real heroes, a man who can handle two phones on the back of a pace truck. Nice to see Matthew Turnbull, CGI elite coordinator, quoted in the release as well. 

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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.

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James Dunaway, 2011, photo by

The following is a compilation of thoughts, stories and links to tributes to Jim Dunaway. Thanks to Walt Murphy of Walt Murphy News Service, the IAAF, USATF, Track & Field News, TAFWA and the various writers who contributed their thoughts on James Dunaway and his life. 
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Amy Hastings, Atlanta Peachtree 10k, 2014, photo by 

Here is all of the info you need to know on the 2015 AJC Peachtree Road Race Lottery. The Atlanta Peachtree 10k is the iconic summer road race in the South, it is to the 10k what the Boston Marathon is to marathoning. The t-shirt is awarded only if one gets under 60 minutes. I have always loved that idea! 
As the late Mayor Daley (Chicago) was rumored to have said, " Vote early, vote often", that is our plan for this week. Vote him once a day! Shawn Barber needs your votes to win the AAU Sullivan award! 


Amy Cragg with tears of happiness after her victory, photo by Steve Mather

Carolyn Mather (writer) with Amy Cragg (race winner), photo by Steve Mather

We asked Carolyn Mather to write up the GATE 15k River Run story as she had provided us with a Preview last month! Some fun pictures as well! 

Story Updated March 19, to update photo credits. 
Bill Rodger's awards from the 1975 World Cross Country, 
photo courtesy of Bill Rodgers

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