May 2010 Archives

Usain Bolt, Ostrava 49th Golden Spike, photo by

Usain Bolt has injured his achilles, per his management group,
and will have to take two-three weeks off. This means that Bolt
will not be running the adidas Grand Prix.

The adidas Grand Prix will miss Bolt, but the nearly three hours of
extremely competitive events, with the top athletes in each event,
should keep the SRO crowd at  Icahn Stadium, and the global
TV fans involved!

The showdown between Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt will have to wait.
Kim Smith, 2010 Virgin London Marathon, photo by

Kim Smith is the New Zealand record holder at 3,000m, 5,000m and 10,000
meters outdoor. In 2010, Kim added Kiwi records at the half marathon and
marathon. Her first marathon, a miscue after having only trained for a few weeks
after injuries and sickness, was NY in 2009.

Fully prepared, Kim Smith ran a strong race at the 2010 Virgin London Marathon,
running a fine 2:25:21 for eighth place! Afterwards, Kim Smith told RBR, she was
"happy but tired." from the race. Pretty normal reaction.

We caught up with Kim last week, and thanks to the wonders of the I-pod, sent her questions, to which she quickly responded. Here is that interview:

Like the U.S., Canada's major races continue to grow! The Ottowa Race Weekend, with 10k, 5k, marathon, half marathon, 2k and family marathon, had just under 39,000 participants--38,788, to be exact!  Four male runners under the old course record, a new world record by an amputee athlete, all were highlights of the May 30th event!

The Webmaster of the, Chuck Bartlett, produced the RN Photo Gallery shown here, with photos courtesy of We hope that you enjoy!

Chaunte Howard Lowe, 2009 Millrose Games, photo by

Chaunte Howard Lowe Sets AR!

Chaunte Howard Lowe has been on a roll in 2010! At the US indoor champs in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the bar fell off the standards after she had cleared an apparent AR. In Mid March, Chaunte Howard Lowe medalled in Doha, Qatar at the World Indoor Champs.

On Wednesday, May 27, At the Ostrava meeting, the 49th Golden Spike, Chaunte Howard Lowe defeated Blanka Vlasic, 1.92m for Lowe, and 1.88m for Vlasic. On Sunday, May 30, 2010, in the Leisitzer 21rst Cottbus International Athleics meeting, Chaunte Howard Lowe warmed up into the high jump, starting at the opening of 1.87m and taking two jumps to clear 2.03/6-7.75 to tie Louise Ritter's AR from 1988. On the third and final attempt at
2.04m or 6-8.25, Chaunte Howard Lowe had her own record! Chaunte had broken the 22 year old record of Louis Ritter!

Chaunte Howard Lowe, 2009 Millrose Games, photo by

Dwight Phillips, Shanghai DL, photo by

Dwight Phillips recovered from his loss in Shanghai, and woke a few
people up with his windy 8.42m long jump earlier today!

Congrats to Bryan Clay and Jessica Ennis for winning at Gotzis

Chaunte Howard Lowe broke Louise Ritter's 1988 high jump record twice today,
first at 2.03m, then, on her third attempt, at 2.04m!

A Happy Memorial Day Weekend to all!

The 22,000 spectators at the 49th Golden Spike in Ostrava were treated to great performances in both men and women's events, but the fans were there to see
Usain Bolt run 300 meters. Bolt hit the 100 meters in 9.70, 200 meters in 19.83 and
the 300 meters in 30.97, a time just behind Michael Johnson's 30.85 WR run at
altitude. Enjoy the photos of the Ostrava meeting (highlights of meet reviewed

Since the World Indoor Champs, rumors have continued to build over the challenges that the IAAF is facing in 2010. At the first Diamond League meeting in Doha, Qatar, President Diack went on the record stating that while there might be some challenging economic situations, the IAAF was not, as some had suggested, about to experience a financial collapse. On May 29, the IAAF announced $20 million in cuts from the budget.
Deriba Merga, 2010 BAA Boston, photo by

Deriba Merga will be one of the elite field, trying to break the
10k road World best at the Ottowa 10k this weekend! To learn
more just read on!

I found this video on You Tube, looking for some racing video of Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay. Run on Eurosport as promo for this summer, it does get you in the mood to watch some sprint dueling by the two guys mentioned above.
Walt Murphy's News & Results Service ( [email protected]), provided these Links of Interest for this coming weekend!

Usain Bolt run 30.97 for 300 meters, May 27, 2010, Ostrava Golden Spike Mtg

The crowd at the 49th Golden Spike Meeting in Ostrava were entertained, despite the light rain! Asafa Powell ran 9.88 in his heat, then 9.83 in his final to run the world leader at 100 meters!

Usain Bolt ran the seldom run distance of 300 meters. The best time ever, run at altitude, was Michael Johnson's 30.85 in Stellenbosch South Africa. Bolt got out good, hitting 100 meters in 9.70 and 200 meters in 19.83 and kept going, running 30.97, a new meet record, but just shy of MJ's world record. Watch Bolt in the video, it took him a bit of time to recover!

David Rudisha led a fast 800 meters, which he won in 1;44.03. Dayron Robles won the hurdles in 13.12, his seasonal best, in a pretty light field.

In the 3,000 meters, Yusuf Kibet Biwott of Kenya ran 7:31.68. Note that in third place was Bernard Lagat, who ran his PB of 7:32.49! 4th on U.S. lists!

On women's side, Priscilla Lopes-Schliep won in 12.68, with LoLo Jones back in 12.85. Chaunte Howard Lowe won the high jump in 1.98, with Blanka Vlasic third in 1.92m! In the 10,000 meters, Meselech Melkamu ran 31:04.52 for the win, with Pauline Chemning Korikwiang of Kenya in second in  31:06.29 and Jessica Augusto of  Portugal finished third in 31:19.15.

Walt Murphy's News Service is a must have. If you have not signed up for it, my suggestion is to do so now ([email protected]). In his most recent release, Walt gives us some excellent links to check out....


Double Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba to compete in New York Diamond League meeting

NEW YORK (May 25, 2010) -- Double Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia headlines the 10 Olympic and World champions added to a stellar world-class international field scheduled to compete in the adidas Grand Prix on Saturday, June 12, organizers announced Tuesday.
The sixth edition of the adidas Grand Prix will be the deepest in history--and possibly one of the most impressive lineups outside of the Olympic Games in the United States--as 29 global champions and six IAAF Diamond League ambassadors have been announced for the meet. The event, held at Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island, will be the fifth stop on the inaugural 14-meet, international Diamond League circuit.
Thrilling match-ups are expected for the New York event, led by the six previously announced Diamond League ambassadors, including Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt, American sprinter Allyson Felix, Australian pole vault king Steven Hooker, javelin rivals Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway and Tero Pitkämäki of Finland making their U.S. debuts and New Zealander shot putter Valerie Vili.
Dibaba, still only 24 years old, has established herself as one of the most decorated women's distance runners in history. At the 2008 Olympic Games, she won double Olympic gold at 5000 and 10,000 meters, making her the first ever woman to win both events at the same Olympics. She also set the 5000m world record at the 2008 Oslo Golden League meeting prior to the Olympics and is an eight-time World champion.
A trio of Americans--Lopez Lomong, Leo Manzano and Matt Tegenkamp--will join their previously announced compatriot and World champion Bernard Lagat in a deep men's 1500m. Lomong, 25, who currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo., was a 2009 World Championship finalist and the 2008 NYC Grand Prix champion in this event. Born in Sudan, he was selected as the U.S. delegation flag bearer during the opening ceremonies at the 2008 Olympic Games. Manzano, 25, of Austin, Texas, set a meet record in winning this event at last year's Grand Prix and was a World Championship finalist at 1500m. Tegenkamp, 28, of Portland, Ore., holds the American record at two miles and finished fourth in the 5000m at the 2007 World Championships.

Kenyan Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop and American Olympian Nick Symmonds will take on previously announced World champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa in the men's 800m. Kiprop, 20, is the second-fastest 800m runner in the world this year. He finished second to Lagat in the Wanamaker Mile at the 2010 Millrose Games. Symmonds, 26, of Springfield, Ore., is the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials champion and was the sixth-place finisher at the 2009 IAAF World Championships over 800m, becoming the first American to make the men's 800m final since 1997.
Felix Sánchez of the Dominican Republic will join an already strong field for the men's 400m hurdles that includes previously announced Javier Culson of Puerto Rico and former World champion Bershawn Jackson. Sánchez, 32, made history in 2004 when he captured the Dominican Republic's first ever Olympic gold medal in winning the 400m hurdles. Born in New York City and raised in California, Sánchez owns two World titles in the event.

The men's triple jump will showcase a match-up between Swedish Olympic champion Christian Olsson and previously announced Teddy Tamgho of France. Olsson, 30, has swept all of the top international honors as the Olympic, World and European champion and is the former world indoor record holder, a record now owned by Tamgho. Beset by injuries the past few years, he is looking to make a comeback in 2010. Tamgho will look to unseat Olsson, the defending European champion, at this summer's European Championships.

Two World Championship medalists will face off in the men's high jump as Donald Thomas, 25, of the Bahamas and Poland's Sylwester Bednarek, 21, both make their adidas Grand Prix debuts. Thomas was the 2007 World champion, and Bednarek captured the bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships.

Hooker will face stiff competition in the men's pole vault from Germany's Malte Mohr and France's Renaud Lavillenie. Mohr, 23, most recently won the pole vault at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting on May 23. Earlier this year, he finished second to Hooker at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Doha. Lavillenie, 23, was the 2009 World Championship bronze medalist and the European Indoor champion. He owns the French national pole vault record.
On the women's side, Kenya's Nancy Langat, 28, adds the glitz of Olympic gold to an already deep women's 1500m race that includes all three medalists from the 2009 World Championships and the 2008 World Indoor champion. Langat is the reigning 1500m Olympic champion. A slew of Americans bring even more depth to the field. Erin Donohue, 27, of Haddonfield, N.J., finished sixth at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships over 1500m and was a 2008 Olympian. Jenny Barringer, 23, of Boulder, Colo., set an American record in the 3000m steeplechase in finishing fifth at the 2009 IAAF World Championships.  Last year, Barringer ran 3:59.90 and is the fourth-fastest 1500m runner in U.S. history. Treniere Moser, 28, of Knoxville, Tenn., is a four-time U.S. champion. Morgan Uceny, 25, of San Diego, Calif., is the 2010 U.S. Indoor champion.
In the women's field events, Sweden's Olympic heptathlon gold medalist Carolina Klüft will face off against Estonian Ksenija Balta in the long jump; American Olympic champion Stephanie Brown Trafton will compete in the discus; and Natalia Khoroneko-Mikhnevich and Nadezhda Ostapchuk of Belarus will take on Vili in the shot put. Klüft, 27, is a four-time World champion in addition to winning the 2004 Olympic heptathlon title. She is the No. 2 heptathlon performer in history. Balta, 24, is the 2009 European Indoor champion. Brown Trafton, 30, of Oceano, Calif., was the United States' first gold medalist in the women's discus since Lillian Copeland in 1932 when she won the event at the 2008 Olympic Games.
Khororenk-Mikhnevich, 28, won silver to Vili's gold at the 2008 Olympic Games. She is also the 2006 World Indoor and European champion in the event. Ostapchuk, 29, owns eight Olympic or World Championship medals in the shot put and defeated Vili to win gold at the 2010 World Indoor Championships, claiming her second World title and snapping the New Zealander's 28-meet winning streak in the process. Additionally, Ostapchuk and Vili have a 10-8 record against each other in the Belarussian's favor.

Media interested in covering the event can access the accreditation application at The deadline for applying is Monday, May 31. Updates, photos, and additional information can found at the adidas Grand Prix pages on Facebook ( and Twitter (
The adidas Grand Prix, in its sixth year, is the nation's premier outdoor track & field invitational meet. It features Olympic stars, the Jim Ryun High School Dream Mile for top high school athletes and the NYC Mayor's Cup Fastest Kids competition for youth in the tristate area. Increased and upgraded backstretch seating at track level is being added to accommodate the growing demand and interest from fans in the New York area.
Tickets and transportation information is available now at or by calling 1-877-TIX-TRAC. Remaining tickets for the event will be made available on June 2 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
All athletes announced for the adidas Grand Prix (as of May 25) include: (new additions to the field in bold)

Daniel Bailey (ANT): men's 100m; World Championship bronze medalist
Yohan Blake (JAM): men's 100m; World Junior Championship bronze medalist
Usain Bolt (JAM): men's 100m; three-time Olympic and World champion
Richard Thompson (TRI): men's 100m; Olympic silver medalist
Asbel Kiprop (KEN): men's 800m; Olympic champion
Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (RSA): men's 800m; two-time World champion and Olympic silver medalist
Nick Symmonds (USA): men's 800m; Olympian
Bernard Lagat (USA): men's 1500m; four-time World champion and two-time Olympic medalist
Lopez Lomong (USA): men's 1500m; Olympian
Leo Manzano (USA): men's 1500m; Olympian
Deresse Mekonnen (ETH): men's 1500m; two-time World champion
Matt Tegenkamp (USA): men's 1500m; Olympian
Javier Culson (PUR): men's 400m hurdles; World Championship silver medalist
Bershawn Jackson (USA): men's 400m hurdles; World champion and Olympic and World medalist
Danny McFarlane (JAM): men's 400m hurdles; two-time Olympic silver medalist
Isa Phillips (JAM): men's 400m hurdles; Olympian
Felix Sánchez (DOM): men's 400m hurdles; Olympic champion
Brimin Kipruto (KEN): men's steeplechase; Olympic and World champion
Paul Kipsiele Koech (KEN): men's steeplechase; Olympic bronze medalist
Donald Thomas (BAH): men's high jump; World champion
Sylwester Bednarek (POL): men's high jump; World Championship bronze medalist
Walter Davis (USA): men's triple jump; two-time World champion
Christian Olsson (SWE): men's triple jump; Olympic champion
Teddy Tamgho (FRA): men's triple jump; World champion
Steve Hooker (AUS): men's pole vault: Olympic and World champion
Renaud Lavillenie (FRA): men's pole vault; World Championship silver medalist
Malte Mohr (GER): men's pole vault; World Indoor Championship silver medalist
Tero Pitkämäki (FIN): men's javelin; World champion and Olympic bronze medalist
Andreas Thorkildsen (NOR): men's javelin; Olympic, World and European champion

Kelly-Ann Baptiste (TRI): women's 200m; Olympian
Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM): women's 200m; two-time Olympic and two-time World champion
Allyson Felix (USA): women's 200m; three-time World champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist
Carmelita Jeter (USA): women's 200m; three-time World Championship medalist
Marshevet Myers (USA): women's 200m; Olympic finalist
Gelete Burka (ETH): women's 1500m; two-time World champion
Jenny Barringer (USA): women's 1500m; Olympian
Lisa Dobriskey (GBR): women's 1500m; World Championship silver medalist
Erin Donohue (USA): women's 1500m; Olympian
Maryam Yusuf Jamal (BRN): women's 1500m; two-time World champion
Nancy Langat (KEN): women's 1500m; Olympic champion
Treniere Moser (USA): women's 1500m; four-time U.S. champion
Anna Pierce (USA): women's 1500m; Olympic finalist
Shannon Rowbury (USA): women's 1500m; World Championship bronze medalist
Morgan Uceny (USA): women's 1500m; U.S. champion
Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH): women's 5000m; two-time Olympic champion and eight-time World champion
Delloreen Ennis-London (JAM): women's 100m hurdles; three-time World Championship medalist
Dawn Harper (USA): women's 100m hurdles; Olympic champion
Lolo Jones (USA): women's 100m hurdles; two-time World champion
Susanna Kallur (SWE): women's 100m hurdles; European champion
Ksenija Balta (EST): women's long jump; Olympian; European Indoor champion
Carolina Klüft (SWE): women's long jump; Olympic champion and four-time World champion
Chelsea Johnson (USA): women's pole vault; World Championship silver medalist
Jenn Suhr (USA): women's pole vault; Olympic and World Championship silver medalist
Natalia Khoroneko-Mikhnevich (BLR): women's shot put; World champion and Olympic silver medalist
Nadezhda Ostapchuk (BLR): women's shot put; two-time World champion and Olympic bronze medalist
Valerie Vili (NZL): women's shot put; Olympic, World and Commonwealth champion
Stephanie Brown Trafton (USA): women's discus; Olympic champion
Jessica Ennis (GBR): women's multi; two-time World champion
Hyleas Fountain (USA): women's multi; Olympic silver medalist
About RISF
Icahn Stadium, a state-of-the-art facility on Randall's Island featuring a 400-meter Mondo track and covered seating for spectators, is the premier outdoor track-and-field venue in New York City. It was built by the Randall's Island Sports Foundation (RISF) in partnership with New York City Department of Parks. The facility is programmed, operated and maintained by RISF.



Cory Martin, 2009 USA Champs, photo by

How would you feel if you improved over almost three fee in your shot put in one
competition? Well, Cory Martin went from a 68 footer to a 72 foot thrower in
one night! And a world leader on top of it. Read how Walt Murphy described

Fabiana Murer, 2010 World Indoor Champs, Doha, photo by

Last February, Fabiana Murer won the pole vault at the AVIVA International GP,
in Birmingham,England. Less than a month later, Fabiana Murer won the World
Indoor Champs pole vault, inmDoha, Qatar. Her victory there over Yelena Isinbayeva
opened many eyes. Yesterday's world leader, by Fabiana Murer, where she cleared 4.75m
in front of her home crowd, is a hint of things to come this season from Ms. Murer.....

Some amazing performances in Shanghai today. The second Diamond League meeting showed us that David Oliver is very fit, having run a 12.99 WL againt Liu Xiang (who ran 13.40). Usain Bolt ran 19.76 for the 200 meters, and Jeremy Wariner opened his season with a win, but a modest time, 45.54.
Usain Bolt, Shanghai Grand Prix, DL, photo by

Jeremy Wariner, Shanghai Grand Prix, DL, photo by

The second Diamond League meeting, held today, in Shanghai, China was a
tremendous meet with several world leaders. Liu Xiang did not win, but his
third place should give him an indication of where he is on the road to
recovery. David Oliver ran the world leader once again, in the 110m hurdles,
of 12.99. Jeremy Wariner won the 400m in 45.41, reversing his position from
last weekend, versus David Neville.

Fabrice Lapierre, Australia, Shanghai Grand Prix DL, photo by

Augustine Choge ran a world leading 3:32:20, defeating Asbel Kiprop, who ran
3:32:22. Fabrice Lapierre of Australia won the long jump in 8.30m, over Dwight
Phillips, who jumped 8.18m.

On the women's side, Carmelita Jeter shows her dominance, wining once again
in 11.09. Janet Jepkosgei Busiemie defeated Jenny Meadows, 2:01.06 to 2:01.34.
In an epic 5,000 meters, Setayehu Ejigu of Ethiopia proved victorious in 14:30.96,
with Linet Chepkwemoi Masai of Kenya,  in second in 14;31.14, and Meselech Melkamu,
of Ethiopia in third in 14:31.91, with Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet of Kenya in fourth in 14:31.91.

LaShinda Demus, Shanghai Grand Prix DL, May 23, 2010, Photo by

Lashinda Demus won the 400m hurdles in 53:34 over Natalya Antyukh of Russia, who
ran 54.83. Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus threw 20.70m in the shot, reminding Valerie
Vili of New Zealand, who threw 19.72m, that she has some competition in this event. Lijiao
Gong of China was third in 19.60m.

Nadzeya Ostapchuk, Belarus, Shanghai GP, Photo by

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updated May 27: Sales figures of Nike..

On May 20, 2010, Nike announced strategic changes within their management team. In one of their largest and most observed categories, running, Leslie Lane, who had been VP of Global Running for nearly four years, moved to the Nike Foundation. Jayme Martin, one of the top movers and shakers at Nike, recently in emerging markets, took over as VP of Global Running.

Leslie Lane should be complemented for not only lasting as long as he did, but for making a
a so-called "virtual position" a notable position within Nike. That was no mean feat. While Lane would never admit it, his earlier role, where he successfully moved Converse into the Nike fold, was probably, in retrospect, an easy run, compared to his battles in the running wars. And those battles were mostly within Nike. 

 As the VP of Global Running, Jayme Martin is in one of the most visible roles at Nike, Inc. Running is one of Nike's largest business units, and yet, running is treated like the Rodney Dangerfield of footwear at the world's largest sports footwear & apparel company...

Usain Bolt, May 21, 2010, Shanghai, China, photos courtesy of

Usain Bolt is one of the most popular athletes on the planet, period. The guy can get a crowd anywhere in the world! His sense of humor, his attitude, but most of all, his fearless racing has enthralled an entire new generation across the globe. Athletics has an historic opportunity to move up the global sports food chain with Bolt running over the next few years! It is no different in Shanghai, as he was mobbed in his own press conference and also the IAAF Diamond League press conference. The folks at PUMA must be smiling...

Usain Bolt, Liu Xiang, Shanghai Diamond League Press Conference, May 21, 2010, photo courtesy of

In China, only Xiang outpulls Bolt. With two stars of this nature, the crowd should be huge tomorrow. Liu Xiang was very honest in his assessment of his fitness yesterday. The level of fitness that he reached in 2004, 2005 and 2007 is not back as of yet. His achilles surgery requires him to take a more thoughtful and tentative approach, and that takes time.

Bolt, on the other hand, just ran a relaxed World leading 9.86 on Wednesday, in Daegu, Korea. My guess, if Bolt ran all out right now, he could run a legal 9.72-9.75! We shall see!

Usain Bolt, PUMA press conference, photo courtesy of
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Cover shot of People's Youth Daily, August 2008, by Larry Eder

Achilles surgery is difficult, even in this day and age. Li uXiang has been very honest about his condition at this time, admitting to pain in his heel still as he works out. We wish him the very best, and hope, for his sake and his country's, that Liu, one of China's most popular athletes,
has a complete his former world beating hurdler form !


David Oliver, August 2008, Beijing Olympics, photo by

David Oliver ran 13.11, defeating Dayron Robles in the 110m hurdles. Oliver and Bolt both ran world leaders in Daegu!

Please enjoy the results from the Colorful Daegu Pre-Championships Meeting, held this past Wednesday, May 19, 2010 in Daegu, Korea. Daegu will host the 2011 World Outdoor Championships in August 2011!

Robert Harting, WC Berlin 2009, photo by

Take a moment, gentle readers, and look at the picture. Deep breath, look at the crowd in the background and every photographer in the Berlin Olympic Stadium, trying to get a picture of Germany's hero, Robert Harting, who put it all together, kicking butt on the entire discus field! One of my favorite parts of Berlin WC 2009 were the performances of Germany's field eventers, in front of their home crowd. Each night, we were treated to one great performance
after another!


Ariane Friedrich, WC Berlin 2009, August 2009, photo by

Ariane Friedrich, the premier German women high jumper, was in the battle of
her life in Berlin, taking a bronze medal. Friedrich had huge pressure on her after the 2.06m clearance. Her coach told me the day after the competition, that he had figured that she had a good shot for the bronze, with Vlasic in top form. The show was the Vlasic-Friederich show for much of that night!

Two of Germany's most popular athletes, discus gold medalist Robert Harting and
high jump bronze medalist Arian Friedrich, will headline ISTAF Berlin, on August 22, 2010...Harting had the crowd screaming last year in Berlin, when he just dominated the discus field. Ariane Friedrich, who could pass for the lead singer of X, had the crowd roaring during
the Vlasic-Friedrich high jump show in Berlin last August!

Usain Bolt, Berlin World Champs, August 2009, photo by

On Wednesday, May 19, 2010, forty thousand track fans in Daegu, Korea were able to witness Usain Bolt blast a legal, and world leading 9.86! In the 110m hurdles, David Oliver hurdled an excellent 13.11 to take the world leader in the 110m hurdles...

Nike announced strategic changes in their management earlier this afternoon, Pacific time. The press release, found on, announced that Leslie Lane, the VP of Global of Running, was going to become a VP at the Nike foundation. Jayme Martin, a thirteen year veteran of Nike, (most recently in emerging markets), will become the new VP of Global Running.

Nike is the sponsor of USA Track & Field for apparel and footwear. They are also a sponsor of the U.S. Olympic team. It will be interesting to see how Jayme Martin embraces the culture of our sport of running....

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Michael O'Hara Lynch, Head of Global Sponsorship Management, VISA, Inc.

VISA has been an Olympic sponsor since 1986. Since 1995, the person helping
to steer that sponsorship, in several roles, has been Michael Lynch. Now the Head
of Global Sponsorship Management, Michael has built a global sports platform that
keeps VISA in a positive light day in day out.

The alignment of VISA, Inc. with the Olympic movement has been a huge success. Their
most recent commercials, on TV and on the Web, are some of the most popular with
consumers and the trade press. Who does not love the commercials narrated by Morgan Freeman?

Lynch is quite a spokesman: a life long sportsman, and a lifelong fan of the Olympic sports, VISA has, at the helm of their global sports sponsorship, someone who loves and appreciates the culture of sport and of VISA.

In the interview, it is clear that Mr. Lynch is, on task. He is proud of VISA's sponsorship
activities, and is quick to enunciate the role the VISA plays in payment transactions, from
food, to sports tickets, to travel, to everyday activities. As a sponsor of the U.S. Olympic team, the Olympic movement and USA Track & Field, among others, VISA is in the right places, at the right time.

As is the RBR practice, we asked Michael for an interview, and he agreed. The questions were sent, and a few weeks later, they were returned. This interview took place the end of March 2010....

IAAF Diamond League, Doha, Qatar, photos courtesy of

The first Diamond League Meet, held in Doha, Qatar on Friday night, May 14, 2010, had some tremendous performances. Asafa Powell ran 9.75 for the 100 meters, with an aiding 2.3 mps wind. He came back, in the final and won in 9.81, with Nesta Carter (9.88) and Travis Padgett in third in 9.92!

David Rudisha, following the pacemaker at 49.1, hit 1:43.00 in the 800 meters, for another world leader! Rudisha lead three more runners under 1:44!  Ezekial Kemboi ran a world leader in the steeplechase, in 8:06.25, only catching the pacemaker with 200 meters to go!

In the men's 5,000 meters, Eliud Kipchoge ran a brilliant 12;51.25 to Vincent Kiprop Chepkok's 12:51.45! Considering the conditions, 80 degrees Farhenheit, humid, plus strong winds, it was an amazing performance (Tariku Bekele dropped out with two laps to go).

Christian Cantwell  lead three over 21.00m in the shot put, winning with two throw at 21.82m!

On the women's side, Kerron Stewart lead five women under 23 seconds in the 200 meters. The two top women's events were the women's 400 meters, where Allyson Felix ran a tactical race, running 50.15 for 400 meters to take the win. Felix ran her entire race brilliantly, coming from behind, after 300 meters to show how dominating she can be, leading five women under 51.00 seconds, including Christine Ohuruogo, in 50.88, the 07 World and 08 Olympic Gold medalist at 400 meters. 

In the women's 1,500 meters, fast, steady pace, 64.5, 2:11.15, and 3:01. at 1,100 meters (3:16.43) had Geleta Burka looking like the real thing. Burka hit the 1,200 in 3:16.43 with Nancy Langat on her shoulder. Burka and Langat duked it out until the final straightaway, where Langat used a sixty second last lap to surprise Burka, and take the win. Langat ran
4:01.63 to Burka's 4:02.16! A tremendous race for both women!

In an epic 100 meter hurdle race, LoLo Jones took the heat and delivered a 12.62 victory over Priscilla Lopes-Schliep (12.67), Ginny Crawford (12.70) and Perdita Felician (12.73).

The 2010 Doha GP was a strong opening to the 2010 Diamond League! It is all about the competition!  


The PowerAde City Games, held in Manchester, England on Sunday, featured the 200 meter flat with current world record holder, Tommie Smith (19.5, 1966) as a witness. Tyson got out of the blocks slow, then hit the 100 meters in 9.88 and continued to fly, hitting the 200 meter mark in 19.41! His second 100 meters was run in 9.54 and the 100 meters between 50 and 150 meters, was, well, 8.72! Nice to see Tyson Gay running with both legs!

The UAE Healthy Kidney 10k has had five years of great, competitive racing, with
Craig Mottram, Dathan Ritzenhein in past years. The sixth annual featured a tough field,
including Gebre Gebremariam. Gebremariam, 2009 World Cross Country champ, ran the fastest 10k ever in Central Park, on Saturday, May 15, 2010. 27:42 for 10k! Gebre ran aggressively over the hilly course, and his 27:42 gave him a $20,000 bonus for the course record! Photos courtesy of, special thanks to RN Webmaster for the photo
gallery celebrating the UAE Healthy Kidney 10k.

Pace was fast, with the pack at 4:26 for mile 1, hitting two miles in 9:00 (4;24), and three miles hit in 13:26, hitting 5k in 13:47. Kamais, Kogo and Gebremariam hit four miles in 18:06, and five miles in 4:25 (22:31). Kamais and Gebremariam ran the last mile in 4:26, hitting six miles in 26:57. Gebre Gebremariam took the lead with two hundred meters to go, putting seven seconds on Kamais in the last 200 meters, hitting the finish in a CR of 27:42! 

Gebre Gebremariam, Healthy Kidney 10k, photo by

Gebre Gebremariam, the 2009 World Cross country champ, won the
UAE Healthy Kidney 10k in a new course record, 27:42 this morning
in Central Park! Gebremariam and Peter Kamais hit the halfway in
13:47, and were neck and neck, until, just after six miles, Gebre
Gebremariam took off, to win by seven seconds, running the fastest
time ever in Central Park!

Christian Cantwell, Osaka GP, May 7, 2010, photo by

A nice start to the 2010 Diamond League! This in spite of hot (80 degrees F), humid, and windy conditions (just look at the flags, and wind reading for Asafa Powell!). World leaders in the men's shot, women's 1,500m, men's 5,000m, steeplechase and 800 meters! Allyson Felix ran a superb 400 meters, winning in WL 50.15 and Asafa Powell ran 9.75, in his heat!  For me though, the 1,500 meter women's race, between Burka and Langat, was the highlight of the meet!

Our favorite shot putter, Christian Cantwell, improved in each round, hitting 21.82m twice! He was on fire! Loyal RBRers, in the Aspire stadium told us how tough the heat and wind conditions were, so the performances were even more spectacular! 

Watch for detailed report on Saturday. It is first Friday night in Wisconsin with sun out, so I am heading out!

Lamine Diack, President of IAAF, photo by

Is the IAAF in financial trouble? Not according to President Lamine Diack. Diack notes that the current financial global crisis did give the IAAF challenges, but he insists that the IAAF is not
looking to file for bankruptcy, and, in fact, will sign up the title sponsor for the 2010 IAAF Diamond League in the next few weeks!

Diack has been President since 1999, when the late Primo Nebiola left office. Diack's announcement  to run once again for IAAF President was seen as a surprise to some of
the key players in the world of global athletics, among them, Sebastian Coe and Sergey
Bubka. Diack did note, that if he is elected President of Senegal, he would give up the IAAF

Doha, Qatar, (March 2010), photo by

The IAAF Diamond League has it's first meet tomorrow, Friday, May 14, 2010, in Doha, Qatar.
The first of fourteen major one day meetings, featuring many of the best athletes in our sport! Television sales will give the meetings a strong global audience. In the U.S., at least for now, you will be watching it on or one of the universal partners across the U.S.
Doha was hot in March, it will be even warmer there on Friday. There will be some huge performances. Watch the men's 100 meters, the women's 400 meters and the men's shot put. Promises of a fast 5,000 meters, by the athletes, could come true, but the fans should see a great global event! Alfons Juck, provides some predictions on how the meet could go, so read on!

Aspire Sports Complex, Doha, Qatar, March 2010, photo by

That Qatar wants to be a global sports capital is a given. The facilities that we saw in March at the 2010 World Indoor Champs were the best indoor facility that I have ever seen! The stadium across from the Indoor complex will host the IAAF Diamond League meeting tomorrow, and it should be a strong meet!

180 px revealed earlier this week that Lamine Diack, President of the IAAF, is running for President of the IAAF, once again, in Daegu, in 2011. This is contrary to what Diack said to supporters in his previous election, in 2007. This has been met with mixed responses, most notably from Lord Sebastian Coe, who is considering a run for the IAAF presidency.

Coe is currently the face of the London 2012 project. He is battling to keep an athletics legacy as UK athletics is developing athletes to increase UK medal hopes in 2012. Tomorrow, the IAAF Diamond League launches, in Doha, Qatar. The series of 14 one day events, has been sold on TV across the world, and is one of the positive signs in the sport.

The real challenges for the IAAF, in this modern world, is to find new sponsorship revenue streams, promote athletes and events through integrated media, provide a series of events that are easy to understand for fans and focus on the competition, and assure sponsors, media and fans, that the sport is managed well, promoted globally and has the staying power to be a lively global sport. Confidence in the sports leadership, in who is the President of the IAAF, and how he or she guides the global sport, is key to the sports survival. 

Recently, Mark Parker, CEO of Nike, Inc., was interviewed by Robert Safian, editor of Fast Company (one of my fave magazines). Parker has a relaxed sense of humor and his ability for self deprecation puts the interviewer at ease. As someone who is in front of the camera much of his day, Mark Parker does not look like a deer in the headlights--his demeanor is an asset.

In this short video, Mark Parker relates a conversation he had with Steve Jobs, the man behind the Apple (with Steve Wozniak) phenomenon. As seers into the collective unconscious, Parker and Jobs have few equals. (Wozniak lived near my college coach, Dan Durante, and would ride his motorcycle along side my training partner, Paul Gyorey, and I, for a mile or so, as he went to find the Sunday paper, deep in the Santa Cruz mountains, about 1980-81.)

However, in terms of zen quality, Steve Jobs gives Mark Parker advice that every PLM and designer should embrace: Keep the good stuff, dump the crappy stuff. It sure sounds funnier, and also more profound coming from Mark Parker!

Usain Bolt running the turn, Berlin 2009 WC, photo by

he Diamond League is....all about the stars! Usain Bolt, Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell, Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross, Kenenisa Bekele, and more! A recent Washington Post article noted that, even without Usain Bolt-like USATF athletes, the sport is taking off! And it is!

As we get into high school sectionals and state meets season, track and field in the US is in full bloom! I think that is our secret. Last year, over 285,000 track fans paid to go to one of the 50 high school outdoor state meets (we have called all state associations, and actually, those numbers are a bit low)! Texas at 40,000 plus and California, at 12,000 plus a day, are two of the leaders! Our Relay meets, Drake, Kansas, Penn, Texas, and Mt. SAC, draw 30-40,000 plus a day!

The adidas Grand Prix and Nike Pre Classic will be the two meets with the highest levels of compeition in North America this summer, and they should show once again, it is all about the competition!

Paula Radcliffe & Kara Goucher, 2008 ING NYCM, photo by

Warm wishes to both Paula Radcliffe and her husband, Gary Lough. Warm wishes also to Kara Goucher, and her husband, Adam Goucher. The two world class marathoners are both pregnant and expecting their children near the same date! This is the Radcliffe's second, and the Gouchers' first. The two women have trained together through much of their early pregnancies with Paula offering the suggestions from her first pregnancy. While their controlled running is still much faster than most marathoners out and about, the time spent together has developed a warm friendship between the two highly competitive athletes. But, truly, what would one expect? Our sport does allow even the most competitive of athletes to find common ground, off the track!  

Per a  nice story in the New York Times, and then picked up by Race Results Weekly, Paula Radcliffe and Kara Goucher are training together, as both are pregnant and due on the same date (late September). Nice story in New York Times. To read the story, please click on

NEW YORK (USA): Kara Goucher and Paula Radcliffe both found out they are expecting babies in late September on the same date when they began training together last January in Portland under coach Alberto Salazar. As they explained to the New York Times in a sports section cover story which ran on Mother's Day last Sunday, they plan to run the NYRR New York Mini 10-K, the world's oldest all-women's road race on Saturday, June 12, to share their love for the sport with everyday runners. Not surprisingly, the New York Road Runners, the race founders and organizers, have warmly welcomed Goucher, 31, and Radcliffe, 36, into the Mini, part of a super weekend of athletics here which will also include the adidas Grand Prix Diamond League meeting later the same day. Writes RRW.

Pat Butcher, our global runner, puts the amazing performance by Eliud Kiptanui, in his second marathon, into perspective! A 2:05:29, and a seven minute improvement suggests that Mr. Kiptanui could be someone we will see often on the world stage.....we have posted Pat's
newest column, for your consideration...

Mary Kaitany and Sammy Kosgei destroyed the current 25 kilometer world records yesterday. Photos courtesy of Gallery prepared by Chuck Bartlett, Webmaster of the RunningNetwork. Please enjoy! For more on the sport, please click on

The Osaka Grand Prix, held on Saturday, May 8, 2010, gave Japanese fans a chance to see some of the sports great stars plus a chance to see their own stars, including Koji Murofushi, who placed third in the hammer throw! Photos courtesy of and gallery thanks to RN Webmaster, Chuck Bartlett! We hope you enjoy!
Solinsky en route to his 26:59.6 AR, photo by

A sub 27 minute 10,000 meters means that one has put, back to back, 25 laps on a 400 meter track, averaging 64.46 per lap! Chris Solinsky's 26:59.6 was run in rarefied circumstances. Those circumstances, however, are not that rare at the Payton Jordan Invitational, which is nearly a yearly meeting for much of our country's distance runners. Cool weather, a great track, a knowledgeable fans, and incredible fields! A week has gone by, and the race still rattles around in my brain! (Yes, my interview with Chris Solinsky will be up this week, sorry for the delay)!

K. Ken Nakamura sent us the progression of 10,000 meters under 27:00, and Chris joins a who's who of great distance runners. My guess is that, we might see a couple more Americans on this list in the not so distant future.

Congratulations should continue to go to the Oregon Distance Project founder Alberto Salazar,  and his hand picked coach, Jerry Schumacher, former UW Badger coach, who gives his athletes not only the workouts that they need, but the self confidence to run with the worlds' best! Just a hint: if there are already talks of getting the first sub 13:00 in North America at the Pre now, then, I would suggest getting those tickets NOW!


Mary Keitany, WR 1:19:53, 25km, photo by


BERLIN (GER, May 9): World record festival at jubilee 30th BIG 25 Berlin road race. In good weather conditions both winners broke existing road 25 km world records. Men already for fifth time in the history of the event, women for first time. This marks are after Zersenay Tadese´s half-marathon (and 20 km split) next world records of the outdoor season 2010. In women race half-marathon world champion Mary Keitany fulfilled all expectations and achieved 1:19:53. That is huge improvement of the former record 1:22:13 by Japanese Mizuki Noguchi as split during Berlin marathon 2005. Keitany is now looking for her marathon debut in fall (New York or Chicago). More Kenyans followed her Alice Timbilili (1:24:38) and Pasalia Kipkoech (1:26:47). In the men race surprise win for 36 years old Sammy Kosgei in superb 1:11:50. Also here the former record 1:12:45 of Paul Kosgei in Berlin 2004 was bettered nearly by one minute. Also below the old mark second Frankfurt marathon winner Gilbert Kirwa (1:11:58). Third Ethiopian Terefe Maregu got 1:13:16 what is new national record. Former record holder Paul Kosgei ended 6th in 1:13:48. In great depth top nine clocked sub 1:15 times. 


Sammy Kosgei, WR, 1:11:50, 25 KM, photo by

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Mary Keitany, WR 1:19:53, BIG 25 Berlin, May 10, 2010, photo by

Two world records over 25 kilometers were set on Sunday, May 10 in Berlin. This is the story of Mary Keitany, and where she has set her sights after her superb 25km world record! One keen observer of the sport, who was present at this race, believes that he has seen the 2012 gold medalist in the marathon already. His prediction? Mary Keitany.

Kiptanui Prague winner.jpg
Eliud Kiptanui runs 2:05:29, destroying VW Prague Marathon's men's CR: 2:05:29, photo courtesy of Volkswagen Prague Marathon. 

Well, as they used to say in the ad world: Farvignugen! On the sleeply little streets of Prague, in the Czech Republic, Eliud Kiptanui ran the third fastest marathon of 2010! His 2:05:39 was nearly seven minutes better than his only previous marathon, the Safaricom Marathon in Kisumu,Kenya. On December 6, 2009, Eliud ran his first marathon in a 2:12:17. Four months later, and nearly seven minutes faster, it should be further disheartening for his competitors to find out that Mr. Kiptanui is all of twenty-one years old!

On the women's side, Helena  Kiprop promised and delivered. Ms. Kiprop promised a 2:25 marathon before the race, and her 2:25:29 broke the previous course record (2:26:33) by one minute, four seconds!  And just below this paragraph, our globerunner, Pat Butcher puts the race in perspective for us!



Christian Cantwell, Osaka Grand Prix, May 8, 2010, photo by

Christian Cantwell won the shot in 21.34, nearly two meters ahead of his competition. Veronica Campbell-Brown won the 100 meters in 11.02 and Mike Rodgers ran the 200
meters in 20.55 for the win. Koji Murofushi took third in the world hammer challenge!
Results below, watch for photo gallery later today!

Nadine Muller, 2009 World Champs, Berlin, August 2009, photo by

Nadine Muller cranked a 67.78m discus throw to take the world leader for 2010! This
is a just a crazy weekend of athletics!

Christian Cantwell, Greece, September 2009, photo by Photo

Christian Cantwell threw 21.34m, Veronica Campbell-Brown ran 11.02 and Dani Samuels threw the discus, 65.32, on her last throw, 63.75 meters, for a new meet record. All of this fun happened today in Osaka, Japan. Mike Rodgers won the 200 meters there in 20.55....

Andrew Carlson, 2009 Aramco Houston Half, photo by

Andrew Carlson is showing his fitness, winning the US Champs in 1:14:42 for the 25 km distance! Brett Gotcher, who ran a pb of 28:09 last weekend on the track, ran 1:15:06 here
for second. Nick Arciniaga took third in 1:15:18, and Jason Hartman, who also ran the 10,000m at Payton Jordan last weekend, cranked a 1:15:30 for fourth. In fifth, at 1:15;54, was Josh Eberly.

Katie McGregor, NYRR Distance Carnival, photo by

Three weekends in a row of racing! Showing her level of fitness, Katie McGregor, who ran the NYRR Distance Carnival 3,000m, the Payton Jordan 10,000m last weekend, taking third, has won the US 25k title here, in 1:26;24. The third weekend is apparently the charm!

 In second,Samia Akbar ran 1:29:03. In third place, Dot McMahon of Brooks/Hansons, ran 1:30:08. Running fourth in the US champs was Kelly Jaske, in 1:30:47, and in fifth place, Jessica Graf, running 1:34:12.

Watch for more photos and a story on the race, courtesy of USA Running Circuit and!  

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

Yelene Isinbayeva, per a story at, will not be competing this summer...Christian Cantwell and his fellow thrower, Dan Taylor, will compete on May 29 at
the revived California Relays! Katie McGregor and Dan Browne are running the USA 25 km champs this weekend, in Grand Rapids, Katie ran a fine 10,000 meters at the Payton Jordan Invitational last weekend!

And do not be surprised if a new 25km world record happens at the Berlin 25k on Sunday! Don't worry, we will have pictures!

The Metro Group Marathon/Dusseldorf, held on May 2, 2010 is yet another example of the strength of running in Germany in particular, and running on a global scale, in general. The photos are courtesy of, (who also juggled sending out Payton Jordan photos for us at the same time!), and the gallery was produced by Chuck Bartlett, the RN Web master. We hope you enjoy!
                  Usain Bolt, courtesy of the adidas Grand Prix

Running Network

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Usain Bolt has done something not done for several years. His personality, his racing joie de vivre, his sense of humor, has captured sports fans, young and old. He has fun, and he does not mind people knowing that he has fun. When Bolt runs, one feels that they are about to see something special. His races in Beijing may have shocked a few people, but his races in Berlin captured the rest of the world's sport fans! Bolt is both great athlete and entertainer, and his appearances around the world will draw strong crowds, as long as he has competition. As long as athletes like Tyson Gay, Wallace Spearmon and Asafa Powell train to challenge the world record holder at 100 meters and 200 meters!

Usain Bolt will be running the 100 meters at the adidas Grand Prix 2010, on Randalls Island, in Icahn Stadium on June 12, 2010. Tickets are selling very, very fast, so get on the web, find your debit card and get those tickets now! Click on

Kingston, Jamaica, May 1, 2010, courtesy of YouTube

Last Saturday evening, in front of 40,000 of his closest friends, Usain Bolt dropped the fourth fastest time EVER, running 19.56 for his first 200 meters of the year. In second, running into the screen for the last few seconds is Wallace Spearmon, Jr. who ran 19.98 for his third 200 meters of the season. The video is okay, but we wanted you to get a sense of the speed at which these two run. After the 200 meters, in the awards ceremony, Usain Bolt had a prior engagement, so Wallace Spearmon, Jr., did the lightning bolt thing from the top of the awards stand, much to the pleasure of 40,000 screaming track fans. Tyson Gay won the 400 meters that night, running 45.02! Can't you just feel the excitement when these three guys line up together, somewhere, this summer? That will be a very fast race!

Video sent to us via Edwin Moses, showing Usain Bolt winning the Laureus Award for athlete of the universe, 2010. This presentation was done in Abu Dhabi,  just before the IAAF World Indoor Champs in March 2010, in Doha, Qatar. Kevin Spacey (Usual Suspects, K-Pax, American Beauty), does the introductions, with Clive Owen joining Edwin Moses for the presentations! Kind of cool to see Bolt and Serena Williams winning Laureus Awards!

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Reposted Friday, May 7, 2010, due to video issues*.

Yohan Blake is one of the young sprinters, who trains under Coach Mills, with Usain Bolt
and his training group. Blake will be competing on June 12 at the adidas Grand Prix, which will be held on Randalls Island at the Icahn Stadium. The facility is amazing, the feel of the meet is tremendous and the performances will be huge! Do not miss this one! For information on tickets, please check out

Sir Roger Bannister, photo courtesy of

Fifty-six years ago, on a windy day, at the Iffley Road Track at Oxford University, history was made. Forbes magazine goes so far as to call it the Greatest Moment in sports. Sports Illustrated, in 1954, proclaimed the history making individual their first Sportsmen of the Year.

May 6, 1954 was the day that the first sub-four minute mile was broken. Roger Bannister's book, the First Four Minutes is a wonderful read. The picture we have above is Sir Roger from 2004, when he received an award for the fiftieth anniversary of the event. Sir Roger, at 81 this year, is interviewed each year,  on the anniversary of his paradigm changing record.

Sports Illustrated published this cover , 12.27.1999.

For me, Roger Bannister's place in athletics history is as much because of his 3:59.4, as his ability to put his time in athletics in perspective. Bannister retired shortly after his European Championships win, before the 1956 Olympics. He has lived a long life and his career in the medical field was fulfilling. That, to me, is the important thing. Please enjoy the piece that follows by Walt Murphy on This Day in Track & Field: 

Koji Murofushi, August 2008, Beijing, China, photo by

Koji Murofushi, August 2008, Beijing, China, photo by

Koji Murofushi, releasing the hammer! August 2008, Beijing, China, photo by

In Japan, Koji Murofushi is a rock star. Bus loads of Japanese girl fans follow Mr. Murofushi as he throws across Japan. Koji has been injured, on and off, since 2007. His presence at the first IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge, at the Osaka meeting will be a huge deal for the Japanese media.
Gharib vs. Ivuti, Chicago 07, photo by

In the Turkish bath that was the LSB Chicago 2007 marathon, Patrick
Ivuti ran Jaouad Gharib down at the finish line of the race! Patrick will
be running the 16th annual Volkswagen Prague Marathon on Sunday,
May 9, 2010, defending his title from 2009.

Patrick Butcher, our globalrunner (see, writes about
the late Emil Zatopek and his observations on the growth of the marathon,
which took place a decade ago. The VW Prague Marathon, still in its infancy,
continues to grow, like marathons and races around the world!


As the major running brands expand globally, marathon and road race sponsorship is a key part of their marketing plans. ASICS, adidas, Avia, Brooks, Karhu, K-SWISS, New Balance, Nike, PUMA, Saucony all sponsor marathons and road
races to reach out to core runners. Asia is
a strong growth area for the sport. For example, in India, there is a series of twenty events, with marathons, and half marathons, that bring 20,000 plus runners together. Our sport is a global one, and in this challenging global economy, the running sector is one of the few business areas that is growing at a robust level.

SINGAPORE (SIN): The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2010, held on December 6, has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with the Japanese athletic equipment company Asics, as the official apparel sponsor. The Asics brand sponsors 52 marathons around the world including the prestigious New York City Marathon, Paris Marathon, Tokyo Marathon, Mumbai Marathon and Seoul International Marathon said

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Check out the finish on Andrew Wheating! Think he's moving up to the 1,500 meters? At last weekend's Oregon Relays, Andrew won the 1,500m on Friday, on Saturday, he won the 800 meters, and on Sunday, he rested. Friday night, Lauren Fleshmann won the 5,000 meters in 15:42.

Omega, the official time keeper of the Olympics since 1932, is the official timekeeper of the inaugural Diamond League, starting May 14, 2010 in Doha, Qatar. Keen observers of the sport
will have noted that Seiko Timing has been an IAAF sponsor, particularly for  the World Championships since 1987.

We are asking the folks at Omega to provide us with video and content info on the current timing systems and will update you once we receive an answer.

Sanya Richards-Ross now, SR then, winning her first World Championship 400m!
photo by

Our sports is ALL ABOUT WHO LINES UP. It is all about the competition. The Payton Jordan distance events last weekend were examples of that! Each race had proven stars and newcomers and the competition played its part. The Diamond League will make it or break it depending on how many times they get the global studs to compete. Bolt, Gay, Richards-Ross, Felix, Powell, and company. Get a few more runs like the one Solinsky did
last weekend, and distance races might actually show up on a major network in
the U.S. 

Last weekend, I stayed up, in my little cocoon in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, until three am that Sunday morning, getting texts from geeks far and wide, some in Palo Alto, some in Jamaica. I followed the 10,000 meters by Rupp and Solinsky via text, one split after another, from three different people. The tension was like listening to a sports event on the radio. Afterwards, I watched the videos to fill in the missing parts. The race was like a great story! Tension! Rupp pushing the pace, breaking over 20 other competitors, but, three were still with him. It was only afterwards, in speaking to Chris Solinsky, that I found out he was having cramping issues midway through the race, and challenged himself, one lap at a time, to go on. The beauty of various media formats is that we learn more and more, after time. There is the excitement of first seeing an event, there is the fascination of getting a behind the scenes look and their is the joy of real geeks, playing the event, again and again, in one's cranium.  

People were excited about the meets and performances last weekend! Each meet had superb sports performances, yet none were on US TV. Neither ESPN 2 nor ESPN sports center could find ten seconds to cover either Solinsky's 10,000 meter AR or Bolt's blinding 19.56! 

Recently Dick Patrick wrote how print and printer writers are an endangered species. I am not so sure. The truth is, Track & Field has not shown it can play hardball in the big, bad world of global sports marketing.  I think cable TV and regular TV will be evolved or shut down long before print goes away. Digital TV such as Flotrack, Runners Space, Milesplit are providing an outlet for millions of track fans, who have strong HHI and strong demographics. Not so far down the line when you will have 10-20 race highlights to choose from on your iphone (for .99) or watch the entire meet on your I-pad. The day your print title mails, an update on your iphone comes with links for the top races of the week, plus video interviews and tips. Your magazine in print is more coffee table photos and deep thinking articles.

Ironically, the major networks continue to make themselves irrelevant, as they search for sports audiences to over saturate with poorly done sports coverage. Digital and specialty print are giving our sport coverage we never received on TV, for many reasons, many of them due to the daily ways we, as sport insiders,  shoot ourselves in the foot .

Galen Rupp Interview, May 3, 2010, courtesy of

Let's face it. The U.S. now has about a dozen distance runners, on both men and women's events, who can or soon will be able to duke it out with the best of them! Solinsky and Rupp both went under the U.S. former 10,000 meter record. I can think of four runners (Ritzenhein,
Tegenkamp, Solinsky, Jager), who could go under the current AR for 5,000 meters and would not be entirely surprised to see another attempt at the AR for 10,000 meters this summer as well.

On the women's side, my gut tells me that Shannon Rowbury will be running quite fast this summer, as will Jenny Barringer, Morgan Uceny, Anna Willard should be battling over 1,500 meters this year. I am also wondering just how fast Shalane Flanagan will go this summer! 

It is an exciting time to be a fan of American distance running!


The heat is on! Rupp, Chelanga, Solinsky, Salel, photo by

K. Ken Nakamura, one of our top track statisticians,  scoured the lists to find out where Chris Solinsky's 10,000m debut sits on the world performance lists---with the the knowledge we have today, Chris Solinsky's 10,000 meter run is fourth best debut ever, over that distance! 

I have also provided splits, from watching the video (which is quite good!) of the race, and actually checking the splits. We hope you enjoy!

Molly Huddle, 31:48.59, Kim McDonald 10,000m, May 1, 2010, photo by

Molly Huddle (Saucony) overcame a late race cramping issue to win the 10,000 meters
at the Payton Jordan Invitational. Running in the Kim McDonald 10,000 meters, Huddle
built a lead, by midway,that surpassed 80 meters. Holding on, after a cramping issue
late in the race, Huddle won this early season race in a good time.

Continuing to improve is Desiree Davila of the Brooks Hanson Distance Project, who ran
32:06.85, a huge personal best. Davila has been on a roll, as she ran a fine 8:52 for
3,000 meters indoors at the World Indoor Champs, in Doha, Qatar.

Amy Hastings of Brooks was third in 32:28.77. The Kim McDonald invitational 10,000m
has been presented at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invite since 2001, in honor of the late
Kim McDonald, an influential agent and coach in the sport of athletics.

Jenny Barringer, May 1, 2010, Payton Jordan Invite, 1,500m, photo by

In her first race since turning professional, Jenny Barringer ( New Balance), overtook Morgan Uceny (Reebok) and Hannah England (Nike) in the final stretch, to win in 4:08.11, a good early season time in the 1,500 meters.

Barringer, who was a top collegian, while at the University of Colorado, signed with New Balance in January 2010, and is now making the transition from collegiate athlete to professional athlete. Now coached by Julie Benson, a former U.S. Olympian ( as Julie Henner, 1996, 1,500 meters) and coach at Georgetown, now coaching at the U.S.Air Force Academy, Barringer is faced with the challenges that all collegians face when they change their training venues and coaches.

In the 2009 outdoor season, Jenny Barringer ran 3:59.90 for the 1,500 meters, 15:05.25 for 5,000 meters. Barringer's top performance was her fifth place in the World Champs 3000m
steeplechase, where she ran 9:12.50!

Barringer is one of about a half dozen American women who can run world class from 1,500 meters to 5,000 meters. For Jenny to get the acclaim, and the satisfaction, do not be surprised to see her running from 1,500m to 5,000 meters this season, with the steeplechase being run only in a few key races.

The competitive life span of an elite athlete is not long. The average elite life span of a top sprinter is three years. One must choose his or her races thoughtfully, and planning the career becomes even more important. At the top of the their game, the world's best know that there are hundreds, no thousands of sprinters who would want what they have.

Lauryn Williams, the Olympic silver medalist and World Champ gold medalist, is reassessing her goals and training in 2010, and will be racing less, in order to focus on 2011-2012. Earlier this year, Yelena Isinbayeva spoke of cutting back in 2010, as have some other athletes.

 2011, 2012, 2013, will feature three years of global championships, and if one wants to run well then, one has to plan long term....

The 2010 Payton Jordan Invitational lived up to its reputation. The distance events were the highlights, with the Kim McDonald Invitational 10,000 meter for men giving us an new American and Canadian record at 10,000 meters!

When asked, in a telephone interview this evening with RBR, Chris Solinsky told RBR that "it still has not sunk in about the significance of the new American record," Watch for the
interview later this week.

Chris Solinsky setting the new AR, 26:59.6, photo by
Iaroslav Musinschi runs 2:08:32, setting Moldavian, Balkan records
and European leader at the METRO Dusseldorf Marathon, photo by

Iaroslave Musinschi won the Metro Dusseldorf marathon, and even with his European
leading performance, has made it quite clear that he will not run the marathon at the
European Championships in Barcelona this coming summer.

Shannon Rowbury, 15:00.51, Payton Jordon Invitational 5,000m victor,
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Shannon Rowbury is the bronze medalist from the Berlin World Champs at 1,500 meters. She is a force to be reckoned with over 800 meters, 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters. Her subsequent interview, posted here, shows that the 5,000 meters at Stanford was probably her only sojourn over 12.5 laps this season.

Shannon Rowbury has other rivers to cross in 2010-2012. Shannon's 5,000 meters was an unusual race for her, running behind, actually five seconds down from the lead at 4,600 meters. Rowbury blasted by Shalane Flanagan (holder of US 5,000m/10,000m outdoors, and 3,000m/5,000m indoors), to win by four seconds, 15:00.51 to 15:04.52, with Amy Begley in tow, just over 15:05! Rowbury's talents are many: her focus, her ability to train and keep injuries down, her racing savvy, all gets better. U.S. distance running, on the women's side, continues to shine!

Shannon Rowbury wins Payton Jordan 5,000m, in 15:00.51! Photo by

Event 53  Women 5000 Meter Run Section 1
Name Year School Finals
1 290 Shannon Rowbury Nike 15:00.51
2 614 Shalane Flanagan Nike 15:04.23
3 296 Amy Begley Nike Otc Eli 15:05.59
4 167 Lisa Koll Iowa State 15:17.76
5 299 Nicole Edwards Saucony Racing T 15:33.51
6 165 Angela Bizzarri Illinois 15:37.21
7 320 Elizabeth Maloy NYAC 15:39.07
8 731 Barbara Parker Unattached 15:39.76
9 33 Julie Culley Asics 15:45.03
10 341 Bridget Franek Penn State 15:46.08
11 24 Toni Salucci adidas Ralei 15:46.34
12 626 Hazel Murphy Unattached 15:46.64
13 732 DulceMaria Rodrigu Mexico 15:47.54
14 42 Lauren Weaver Asics Aggies 15:58.38
15 730 Renee Baillie Nike 15:59.06
16 34 Sara Hall Asics 16:22.04
-- 263 Megan Metcalfe New Balance DNF

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The 2010 Kim McDonald Invitational 10,000 meters was a race for the ages. 13 of 24
finishers set personal bests. Solinsky sets AR, going sub 27 minutes, Rupp under old AR
and Bairu setting Canadian record. See how the race played out, without having
to figure out the CBS coverage....

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Here is video, courtesy of our friends at Flotrack, on Chris Solinsky and his epic American Record at 10,000 meters last night!

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Here is the scary stuff from this video: " This is the opening of my season..I wanted to
see where I was...I am still a 5k guy....I had cramps at four miles...this is a team effort,
hearing that Simon and Tim were behind me....Meb has proven to be one of the world's
best runners, to run under 27 minutes, I was joking, I had no idea what fitness level
I was in..I feel pretty good, I have a blister on my whole theme for the past
two years was to put my head down and plug away...puts a different perspective, my
mission this season was to be the 5,000 meter American record...I will run the 5k
at Oslo, get the kinks out, mission is to go under 13 minutes on U.S. soil.. I never
chase times, I try to win races....our whole philosophy is to win races, the times will
come...we are doing a lot of strength work....2012 is 5k, 2016 is 10k, and 2020 is
the marathon!."

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Chris Solinsky, American Record Holder, 10,000 meters, May 1, 2010, Photo by

Upsetting all of the form charts, and giving U.S. track fans more hope, Chris Solinsky broke
the former AR of Meb Keglezighi, (set on the same track, in April 2001, of 27:13.98), with a scintillating finishing time of 26:59.6, and an epic battle over 24 laps. That Galen Rupp, the person who most considered ready to break the former AR, in fact, did break the time, with his fine 27:10.74, shows the depth of U.S. distance running and the forethought of one Alberto Salazar, who pushed the Oregon Project with Nike to make it a reality: a place where American runners could train to challenge the best in the world!

Here is the race story in pictures, courtesy of's Andrew McClanahan (special
thanks to Stanford Associate SID, Ricky Brackett, who was immensely helpful):

"Is my hair okay?" Usain Bolt, Berlin 2009, photo by

It was about 3 am in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, when photos from Victah Sailer arrived. Victah, a colorful and iconic figure in the world of athletics, is not one for pithy commentary. However, his Solinsky, 26:59.6, Holy Sh#t!, well, does put it in perspective!

I was saved from ignorance last night by the texting savvy of friends in Palo Alto, CA and Kingston, Jamaica. Thanks to the RBR "global eyes" team.

Usain Bolt opens in 19.56, in front of 40,000 of his closest friends? Usain twittered last night that he felt great and he needed to give his home a show! That he did!

Saturday night showed, me at least, how increadibly sad it is that the average sports fan did not see the Kim McDonald 10,000m or the 200 meters from Kingston! All ESPN sportscenter spoke about was baseball, hockey and some chucklehead who is denying he beat the stuffing out of a former friend. Too bad that they did not have access to the events, nor perhaps, did they care...

Chris Solinsky, USA Champs 2009, 5,000m, photo by

Palo Alto, California: Running a masterful race, Chris Solinsky, a graduate of the University of Wisconin, and now a member of the elite Nike/KImbia team, broke the American record at 10,000 meters Saturday evening at the Payton Jordan Invitational. His time of 26:56.96, broke the former American record of Meb Keflezighi (27:13.98), set in 2001, in the very same race, the Kim McDonald Invitational 10,000 meters. Solinsky, an NCAA Champion while at UW-Madison, and a professional athlete for the past three years, is part of the Nike Oregon Project. At the Oregon Project, Solinsky is coached by his former college coach, Jerry Schumacher.

Solinsky ran negative splits, meaning he ran the first 5k in 13:34.3 and the second in 13:24.6! His last 800 meters was run in 1;56  and his last 400 meters in 55! Most importantly, Chris Solinsky is now the first non-African to break 27 minutes for 10,000 meters! The race rewrote
the American Best performances list. Consider that thirteen of the twenty-four finishers set personal bests, and that two national records (1rst, Solinsky, AR, , 5th, Bairu, Canadian),
Also note that Galen Rupp did break the former American record, finishing in fourth in 27:10.4, he was just behind Chris Solinsky! 

Congrats to Zurich for getting the 2014 European Athletics Championships! Watch for details later on Jamaica meet and Payton Jordan Invitational! (You can follow races off our twitter account!).

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