March 2010 Archives

Here is a video featuring some PUMA runners and the PUMA 2010 Spring running collection. It is another example of taking the media directly to the consumer...PUMA calls this sportslifestyle....




BAA Mile, 2009, Men's elite pack, photo by

For our sport to grow, innovation is demanded. The BAA added the elite mile in 2009, and it is a nice addition on Sunday morning! Get your coffee, come over to the finish and watch the race and then, get in your morning run! (If you have not run the 5k already!)... Willard_AnaFH_Boston09.Jpg

Anna Pierce winning 2009 BAA Mile, April 2009, photo by

Okay, I am being nice,talk was one of my favorite bands of the eighties. Life is What You Make it, just had a resonance and sounds great on a long run or walk. I found this video on You Tube, with a wonderful live version of the song, original band, from a show in Spain in 1986. I hope that you enjoy!


Usain Bolt, photo by

Our sport is all about the competition. It is also about seeing the competition. That was my frustration with the World Indoor Champs, where both the majority of sports viewers in U.S. and U.K. did not get to see the fine performances in Doha, Qatar.

Word is, on the Diamond League, that IMG did a great job selling the television rights for the meetings. I am looking forward to seeing Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay competing across the circuit!


Asafa Powell, Photo by


Jenny Barringer & Josh Rowe, NB Games, January 2010, photo by

Josh Rowe is the new marketing manager for New Balance. For most of the past decade, Josh was known as one of the guys who helped start the Nike Border Clash ( a November event between the 40 best boy and girl cross country runners in Oregon and Washington), and managed the Nike Indoor Classic and Nike Outdoors for Nike Athletics. Josh's personable style allows him strong access with coaches, athletes and event professionals.

RBR thanks Josh Rowe for his time and insights into running, which is, for many of us, both sport and profession!


The sole medal not won by Kenya, Eritrea or Ethiopia was won the U.S. women's team, lead by Shalane Flanagan, in twelfth place. Molly Huddle (19th), Magedelena Lewy Boulet (20th), Amy Hastings (25th), put four U.S. women in the top 25! Kenya redeemed itself from the dour World Indoor experience it had two weeks ago! Special thanks to the IAAF for their coverage. And watch for some comments from our silent observers on the course!

Koll_Lisa_USOlyT08.Jpg Lisa Koll, Olympic Trials, 2008, photo courtesy of

The Stanford Distance Carnival is one of the key events, like Mt. SAC (some remember the Santa Monica Distance Classic), where distance runners can really fly. Nice spring weather, right after a strong winter of good miles and maybe some fast 3ks on the indoor scene...Congrats to Lisa Koll and see you all there at Stanford in early May!

The NB/Runner's Creed ad is a different approach from the humorous road taken by Brooks or the zen quality of the ASICS Origami.

New Balance is, in my mind, reinforcing it's commitment to performance running. It is clear in this new commercial where NB heritage lies. And New Balance wants everyone to see that commitment.
NB developed this new ad for performance and core runners. Nicely shot, a very good voice over, the Runner's Creed ads show a different approach to running than the NB 365, a series of daily video shots for the less serious runner or fitness runner....Runner's Creed appeals to a runner who sees running as an essential part of their daily life.

I was actually going to review a new ASICS commercial (you will see that on Sunday), and I found this gem. I first saw Origami in Berlin in August 2009 at the World Championships. Ben Cesar, Athletics Manager for ASICS America, had invited me to a reception for the 60th anniversary of ASICS. It was one of the highlights of my Berlin trip. Not only did I get to meet Stefano Baldini, I was able to meet Lasse Viren and speak to him and his very patient wife....


The venerable BAA Boston Marathon has an auto sponsor! Nice job to Guy Morse and team. Another example of sports marketers looking for quality properties with which to partner, and seeing major running events as the perfect demographic and a plethora of ways to reach out and resonate with the consumer (through expos, digital, test drives, etc.).

It is a fascinating time in the running business. Good running product is sold in the discount rack, as the Billy Joel song, the Entertainer noted, "like another can of beans."

To be noticed, one must have excellent product, strong marketing, superb service, great relationships with the retailer, and a telling brand story. At this time, there are approximately 35 brands that Running Network shoe reviewer Cregg Weinmann tracks, and the competition is at it's highest level in many years. The good news: great product for the performance runner, core runner, fitness runner, wanna be runner.

The top brands also have several other things in common: dynamic leadership and an appreciation of human capital. Saucony's announcement is an example of the quality of human capital needed to make one's brand, to quote Saucony President Richie Woodworth, "fire on all cylinders."


Congrats to Honda LA Marathon-22,229 starters up from 14, 128 last year! My belief is that Honda LA will be a 40,000 person race one day--LA has always been an ideal destination for an early spring marathon. Under the new leadership, with a brilliant new course, committed sponsors (Honda, K-SWISS, Coca-Cola) and runners who have been twittering away their love of the new course and the demeanor of the race, HONDA LA Marathon proves what our sport has been saying for many years; put on a memorable race, and the field will build by word of mouth! Congrats to Frank McCourt, Russ Pillar, Peter Abraham and their team and sponsors! Nice job!

Nearly, 11,400 runners ran the Spring NYC Half marathon, in nearly perfect weather! Peter Kamais and Mara Yamauchi were the winners (story, courtesy of the New York Road Runners below, and photo gallery, produced by Chuck Bartlett, above).


Zersenay Tadese leads, WC Berlin 2009, 10,000 meters, photo by

Zersenay Tadese, who has battled Kenenisa Bekele over 10,000 meters in numerous World Champs and Olympic, had a busy morning in Lisbon, Portugal! Running the world best for 20k and the half marathon, Tadese set the first global marks ever for an Eritrean athlete! Next stop for Tadese? Why, the Virgin London Marathon on April 25, but of course!


Micah Kogo, Reebok GP2009, 5,000 meters, photo by

Micah Kogo ran a sizzling 27:29 for 10k on the roads in Laredo, Spain on Saturday, March 20. Kogo is the Olympic bronze medalist over 10,000 meters from Beijing and is the current world record holder for 10k on the roads at 27:01, set on a circuit course, in the Netherlands, in April 2009! (Time updated May 21, 2010, due to official re-reading of the clock!


Shalane Flanagan, U.S. Cross Country Champs, February 2010,
photo by

Shalane Flanagan ran an excellent race at the Aramco Houston Half marathon in January. In February, she followed that up with a strong win at the USATF Winter XC Champs. Joining her on the U.S. women's team is Magdelena Lewy Boulet, Molly Huddle and Amy Hastings, among others! A strong U.S. women's team. The conditions in Poland are cold, muddy and rough-this could be a very interesting World XC champs! Good luck to the U.S. team!


Allyson Felix, anchoring the 4 x 400 meter relay to victory, plus an American record at the World Indoor Champs, Doha, Qatar! photo by

In his unique style, Walt Murphy gives us the recap of a championship weekend in indoor track & field: our final four. Walt covers the World Indoors, the NCAA 1,2,3, National Scholastics and Nike Indoor, with links, comments, enough to turn your brain into a track & field reference book! Enjoy!

RN Photo Gallery Celebrates: 2010 IAAF World Indoor Champs, photos by, Note by Larry Eder

The ASPIRE Indoor Stadium in Doha, Qatar was home, for three days, to some of the best athletes in the world. One World record, many national records, and several championship records later, the World Indoors in Doha will be remembered for some amazing distance races, gripping field events, and some revelations on new athletes. At the end of the day, it was clear: athletics is a global sport, and sports fans can enjoy a well-run track & field meet! Special thanks, once again, to gallery created by Chuck Bartlett, Webmaster at and Photos by! Enjoy!

Nike Indoor Nationals, March 12-14, 2010, Reggie Lewis Center, Roxbury, MA

The Nike Indoor Nationals celebrates the amazing quality of our sport at the high school level. The NSSF recognized the need of the event nearly two decades ago (remember the PATHMARK Invitational?), and this event continues to grow! The weather was not kind this last weekend, but the performances continue to astound. We hope you enjoy the photo gallery, developed by Chuck Bartlett, from the Running Network, with photos courtesy of Victah Sailer and Lisa Coniglio of Please enjoy!

Per an exclusive story at, London and Beijing will be dueling for the World Champs in 2015! So either the 2012 London facility or the Bird's Nest, the 2008 home of the Beijing Olympics!


Mariya Savinova takes the 800 meters from Jenny Meadows, World Indoor Champs 2010, Doha, Qatar, March 14, 2010, photo by

The women's 800 meters was an excellent race! In the end, it came to Mariya Savinova of Russia and Jenny Meadows.....


Bernard Lagat, 2010 World Indoor Champs, Doha, Qatar, photo by Bernard Lagat is an elegant runner! He is also at the top of his competitive game. There is little excess motion in his running, and he stays out of dumb positions in tactical races. When Bernard is on, he is on, tonight, Mr. Lagat gave a clinic in how to win a championship 3,000 meter run, to the world!


Steve Hooker, Olympic & World Championship gold medalist, photo by Australia's Steve Hooker needed two attempts to take the gold, then put it out of this world with a 6.01m third attempt. To celebrate winning the only global title he had not won, Hooker made three game attempts at the 6.16m mark, with the third oh, so close! ( Congrats to Austalia's Fabrice Lapierre, who won the gold in the long jump! For Day two, two golds for Australia, two golds for Ethiopia and four golds for the US (8 medals))!


Deresse Mekonnen, 2010 World Indoor Champs, Doha, Qatar, photo by

This was one of the best championship races that I have ever seen! The race was in doubt until the last fifty meters, when Deresse Mekonnen, willed on by his countrymen, charged to victory, defending his title from Valencia, Spain!


Meseret Defar, 2010 World Indoor Champs, Doha, Qatar, photo by

Using a blinding final lap, Meseret Defar won her fourth straight 3,000 meter world indoor championship from Vivian Cheruiyot and Sentanyu Ejigu, much to the delight of the boisterous Ethiopian fans, who enveloped the stadium!

Ennis_JessicaSH-WC09.JPG Jessica Ennis, World Champs, Berlin, August 2009, photo by

Jessica Ennis, the 2009 World Champion, has had some injury set backs. Jessica did not let any of those injuries stop her from her dream: to win the pentathlon, Jessica Ennis set a championship record en route to winning her gold medal at the 2010 World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar with a championship record of 4,937 points !


LoLo Jones, 2010 World Indoor Champs, Doha, Qatar, 60 meter hurdles, gold medalist, photo by The facts are that LoLo Jones defended her 2008 World Indoor Championships title over 60 meter hurdles, setting a championship record and running the fastest time in the world in 2010. The real story is that, without her near disaster in her semi-final, even LoLo admits, she would not have won her gold medal today. Here is the real story:

Chambers_DwainQ-WorldInd10.jpg Dwain Chambers, 2010 World Indoor Champs, Doha, Qatar, photo by

Dwain Chambers served time for a drug positive, wrote a book, which annoyed a few folks in Great Britain, and, from the results today, is working hard to prove he can run fast, drug free. With new advisers, Mr. Chambers let his running do the talking today. Afterwards, Dwain noted that " this was the longest six and one half seconds of my life!" Well said!


Semi-finals, where Bershawn Jackson & David Gillick
collided, World Indoor Champs, 2010, Doha, Qatar, photo by

David Gillick of Ireland is a tough runner. Bershawn Jackson of the US is a tough runner. They bumped hard in the semi-finals. Bumping during a race either slows one down, or throws one off their game. Neither Gillick nor Jackson seemed to consider that ! In the end, instead of fighting for gold and silver, they were upset by Chris Brown!


Christian Cantwell, World Champs, Berlin, August 2009, photo by

The men's shot is a dynamic event. The quality of male throwers around the world is such that, underestimating anyone in a final is ludicrous. Christian Cantwell took the lead in round one, was pushed to second in round five and took the gold back in round six. That, is a champion!

Dunn_DebbieQ-Worldi10.jpg Debbie Dunn, World Indoor Champs 2010, Doha, Qatar, photo by

The U.S. won two medals in the men's heptathlon. Then, Debbie Dunn, who recently set a personal best in Albuquerque, won the US title, now battles down the final stretch to win the WIC women's 400 meters in 51.04, holding off Russia's Tatyana Firova!

Clay_BryanHJ-WorldInd10.jpg Bryan Clay, World Indoor Champs, Doha, Qatar, March 2010, photo by

Winning the first gold medal at the 2010 World Indoor Champs, Bryan Clay showed his fitness and competitiveness over the past two days, winning by 20 points over countryman Trey Hardee, 6204-6184!


Lui Xiang ran 7.79, a conservative race, in his first round in the 60 meter hurdles, photo by


Yelena Isinbayeva, World Indoor Champs, Doha, Qatar, 2010, photo by

There was a little, to quote the U.S. baseball deity, Yogi Berra, "Deja vu all over again" for Yelena Isinbayeva, as she missed twice at 4.55m.....was this to be Berlin once again?


Meseret Defar, World Indoor Champs, Doha, Qatar, 2010, photo by
Meseret Defar looks set to defend her 3,000 meter title, however, there were some surprises in this first round. Defar will have to battle Vivian Cheruiyot, the WC from Berlin over 5,000 meters. Like, what the heck is a marathoner doing moving down to the 3,000 meters, setting a Pb and making the final? That is what happened to Desiree Davila!


Bernard Lagat, Galen Rupp, World Indoor Champs, Qatar, Doha, 2010. How will the WIC 3,000 meter final go? Photo by

The men's 3,000 meters is the longest event on the WC schedule and one of the toughest. The rounds were like fartlek workouts, and even the consumate racer, Bernard Lagat, admitted the unevenness of the pace was disconcerting....


How will Mike Rodgers do? He ran well in the first round, only time will tell! Photo from Rbk BIG, Feb 2010, by Picture about 100 Ethiopians up in the high stands, waving flags, singing, dancing and cheering on their countrymen and women! Rest of the crowd pretty polite!


Anna Pierce, at Rbk BIG, February 2010, photo courtesy of Since that 1,000m race, Anna Pierce has won her events with convincing tactics and just a hint of the power that she possesses. She continued this level of performance in Doha, Qatar, winning her 800m round in a perfect tactical race.

Well, sports fans, 149 countries applied to send teams to sunny Doha, Qatar, where the temp outdoors is a wonderfully uplifting 91 degrees. The air conditioning in the Aspire Stadium, however, keeps us at a nice 60 degrees, where my short sleeve shirt keeps me just warm enough! A good session this morning.
And now, powered by one double espresso, a pepsi light and a nice cheese & tomato sandwich, this writer will give you his highlights (in some order ) of the morning!

Most impressive performance? Anna Pierce! read on!


Aspire Stadium, Doha, Qatar, Friday, March 12, 2010, photo by RBR.

It is now 10 AM on Friday, March 12, local time, in Doha, Qatar. The 8,000 seat Aspire Indoor Stadium is a superb facility, one of the best I have seen anywhere in the world. One footwear marketer just told me, "If we had this in the U.S., it could house major events!"

I have attached a photo of the stadium from my seat, BB8, just above the finish line! We are covering each round on twitter and will provide synopsis of sessions each day! If you have quesitons, just twitter me at or email me at [email protected]!

I am off to find the perfect double espresso! I will check in soon!

For more on the sport, may we suggest that you check!


As this flyer notes, Allyson Felix will now have swoosh on her running shoes! After six years with adidas, probably the most versatile U.S. women sprinter of her generation, Allyson Felix will be running for Nike. This was confirmed in a note received from Nike PR last evening.


World Champions Allyson Felix & Kerron Clement are on US team in Doha, here to run in the women's and men's 4 x 400m!


Well, I arrived in Doha, Qatar after about twenty-two hours of real travel. Customs took a while, but WIC volunteers got us to the bus and on to our hotel. It is about 2 am local time in Doha, as I write this! Meet begins Friday about nine in the morning!


Steve Hooker, winning in Millrose, 2009, photo by

Track and field is all about the minutae. Nine Beijing winners will be competing in Doha, 5 Men (Robles, Hooker, Saladina, Majewski, Clay) and 4 women (Campbell-Brown, Isinbayeva, Vili, Dobrynskay). From Berlin, it is 12 champs, five men (Rybakov, Hooker, Idowu, Cantwell, Hardee) and seven women (Cheruiyot, Vlasic, Rogowska, Reese, Savigne, Vili, Ennis). Add two more medalist if you count relay runners Kerron Clement and Allyson Felix. Can't wait to see three great days of global track & field!


Allyson Felix, WC 200 meter champ, photo by


Vivian Cheruiyot, Berlin 2009, photo by

Vivian Cheruiyot will be debuting at a world indoor champs in Doha, Qatar this coming weekend. Vivian ran a killer last 200 in the AVIVA Grand Prix in Birmingham on February 20, in the two mile, nearly catching She should prove to be a challenge for her Ethiopian challengers. Mbulaeni Mulaudz, who is the Berlin 800m champ, is focusing outdoors, and will not be in Doha. Mbulaeni's brilliant run in Berlin was overshadowed by the intrigues around another South African middle distance runner (still have some frustration over that story, and how it was represented in US and European media.) Note that Russian Federation Valentin Balakhnivchev encouraged the Russian team to reap medals, to help make up for the frustrating showing of Team Russia in the recent Winter Olympics! RBR is off to Qatar, arriving there Thursday night, Chicago time.

Nike has announced a new high school team championships, the Nike Track Nationals, to be held on July 2, the evening before the Nike Pre Classic, will have the top 12 boys and girls high school programs battling over ten events for national bragging rights!

This is a film clip from WinCatherine, a film being developed by Stefani L. Weiss. The nine minute clip gives one a glimpse of the amazingly inspiring life of Catherine Ndereba. I have been fortunate to see most of Catherine Ndereba's major efforts and consider Catherine to be one of the most important women marathoners of all times, but also, a tactician over 26.2 with few peers. Check out the website,, to see how you can help Stefani make this film a reality. And watch for an upcoming interview with Stefani about the importance of documentary film and women's sports!
If you read a little farther, I have posted a letter from Stefani L. Weiss, telling readers about the film and her request for support for this superb film!


Galen Rupp, Bernard Lagat at Rbk BIG 5,000m, courtesy of

Athletes are arriving in Doha, Qatar for the World Indoor Championships. The U.S. team is training there, as is Blanka Vlasic. Galen Rupp ran a 3:58.79 mile on Saturday and followed that up with a 1:50.64 800 meters as his final tune-up, before he headed to meet the U.S. team for Doha!
A hearty happy 80th birthday to Piotr Bolotnikov, the 1960 gold medalist at 10,000 meters! Mr. Bolotnikov is a spry 80 years old today!

Special thanks to Chuck Bartlett, who produces the Running Network photo galleries, and special thanks to for their photos! This is from last weekend's Tokyo Marathon! 40,000 runners picked from 260,000 lottery participants!

The U.S. Youth Trials will be held on April 3, at Maverick Stadium at the University of Texas in Arlington, Texas. This will be the selection meet for athletes 16 and 17 through December 31, 2010 (so, born in 1993 or 1994)! This is for the first ever Youth Olympic Games, to be held this summer, August 14-26, in Singapore!

A note from Rich Gonzalez, coeditor of, with Doug Speck:

It is with a very heavy heart that I pass on the news that Douglas Speck passed away at 10:07 p.m. on Thursday, March 4th.

Doug passed away very peacefully in his sleep with no sign of struggle at all. We were very fortunate to be at bedside to share his final hour.

Doug's girlfriend, Leslie, and Doug's immediate family express their sincere thanks to the prayers and acts of kindness in recent days. Please assist is passing the word on.

Doug always loved announcing meets from an angle above the action. Now he has the best seat in the house.

Thanks for your support.

Rich Gonzalez, co-founder,

From the Speck Family,

It is with heavy hearts that we inform everyone that Doug Speck passed away at 10:07 p.m. on Thursday, March 4th. He passed very peacefully in his sleep with several loved ones nearby. Once details are known on plans for services, they will be shared here.

In lieu of sending flowers to the household, Doug's family has passed along the following note:

"I know that, in lieu of sending flowers, our dad would like to have people show their support for his life by helping to support the Angeles Clinic Foundation and the hard-working doctors who work at the Angeles Clinic, where he had been treated since last May."

The Angeles Clinic Foundation
2001 Santa Monica Blvd. 560W
Santa Monica, CA 90404
or call Barbara Quinn at (310) 582-7988

The Angeles Clinic Foundation

Thank you.

The Speck Family


Ivan Ukhov at Nike Prefontaine Classic, 2009, photo by

With about one week before the World Indoor Champs in Doha, Qatar, Ivan Ukhov cleared a world leading 2.38m in Banská Bystrica at the 17th Europa Shopping Center high jump competition. Blanka Vlasic wowed the crowd with her 2.04 clearance and good jumps at 2.09m! On to Doha!


Blanka Vlasic, Greece 2009, photo by

Updated, 9:44 A.M. March 3, 2010


Phil McCartney, Nike Lunar Glide launch, April 2009, photo courtesy of Larry Eder's I-phone.

Phil McCartney is a native of Newcastle, England. Starting life as a footballer, he found a proper sport-athletics, early in life, and developed into quite the runner, running 14:00 for 5k on the roads. As he developed into a runner, he also developed a love for tinkering on running footwear. For someone like McCartney, who loves running, his job, as the Global Running Product Director at Nike, is the dream.

While many were surprised by John Duke's resignation from Competitor Group, it is great to see the most respected publisher in the sport of triathloning back in the biz!

It is obvious that Doug Logan, CEO of USA Track & Field, believes in bold and aggressive moves. The behind the scenes story, as described in Race Results Weekly, and retold by Alfons Juck below, shows a man looking for a different path for the sport.


Tomasz Majewski, Olympic champion from Poland, leads his country's team to WIC-Doha, photo by

With less than ten days before the World Indoors start, teams are being named, and Alfons Juck, our man about the world, has provided us with some of the key teams!

It was only a few months ago that Mark McGwire admitted using steroids. MLB's Bud Selig responded with a thoughtful statement, and when Mark McGwire showed as hitting coach for Cardinals, he was applauded.


Last month, New Balance announced signing of Jenny Barringer, one of top American female middle distance prospects, with the brand. Today, the first of March, New Balance announced their multi-year sponsorship of the NB Outdoor Nationals. The NB Outdoor Nationals, managed by the NSSF, has developed into one of the most respected outdoor scholastic (high school) events in the country, giving many top high school athletes their first chance at running in a national event.

Brooks New Video, DNA

Okay, I am showing my age. As an elementary student at St. Blaise (Bridgeton, Missouri), I remember some fascinatingly dull science movies, regarding atoms, DNA, atomic power. You name it, we saw it. The team at Brooks must have been in the same classroom!

Maybe I hit them with spitballs? Was that why Sister Edward Mary had me write 500 times, "I was personally responsible for the agony of Christ"? Who knows? One thing is clear, though, Brooks has a winner here. You will enjoy this video. Read on, dear readers to find out why!


It was only a month ago, when I asked Steve Karpas if he thought that Houston would get one or both of the Trials. " Oh, I am hoping for one, there are some tough candidates." noted Steve Karpas, managing director of the Chevron Marathon. I also asked Doug Logan that weekend for his thoughts. Logan, CEO of USA Track & Field, noted that their bid was robust and very aggressive. Logan noted, also, the he liked the aggressive proposal from Houston.

Well, be careful what you wish for!

2010USATF_Indoor_Champs.gif The US Indoor Champs were successful in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A strong, supportive crowd, great performances, and the TV coverage on ESPN2 did a good job in showing the quality of the performances. We have posted the full results below and later today will update our coverage of Day 2!

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