October 2011 Archives

Some amazing racing in Frankfurt on Sunday. Wilson Kipsang ran the second fastest recognized marathon in history, with his 2:03.42. Mamitu Daska ran 2:21.59. The sponsors and race directors must have been ecstatic!
Keflezighi_MebFV1-SanJose11.JPGMeb Keflizighi winning 2011 RNR San Jose Half, photo by PhotoRun.net

Arthur Lydiard suggested the value of high altitude training in the sixties. Ron Daws, a 1968 U.S. Olympian wrote about the value of high altitude training in his book, Self-Made Olympian (1974). Frank Shorter once quipped, " Not sure why it works, but I am training at altitude."  Seemed like the guy might know when something worked, with four wins at Fukuoka and gold and silver on the Olympic marathon courses.

Dr. Joe Vigil, with his Adams State teams, showed anecdotally, and with the precision of a scientist, that high altitude training works for many distance runners. Bob Larsen embraced high altitude training with Meb, as did Dr. Joe with Deena and Terrance Mahon with Deena and his Mammoth TC in Mammoth Lakes, California. 

The following story, about one of our most liked marathoners, Meb Keflezighi, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist and 2009 ING NYCM champion, coming down from high altitude, at the right time (under 72 hours or 14-21 days), in order to be successful racing at sea level.

Special thanks to alert twitter reader Peter Abraham for finding this gem: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204528204577008231880725906.html?mod=wsj_share_tweet_bot

Patrick Makau, 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Well the battle for the Men's title for the 2010-2011 Marathon Majors is heating up, and the final forays will be seen on Sunday at the 2011 ING NYCM Marathon. Patrick Makau set the new World Record at the BMW Berlin marathon in September, running 2:03:38.

So, who could take the $500k from Patrick Makau? Read on, dear readers!
Wilson Kipsang, 2011 BMW Frankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Daska_MamituFV-Frankfurt11.jpgMamitu Daska, 2011 BMW Frankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wilson Kipsang ran 2:04:57 here last year. This year, he told Pat Butcher that he was going for the world record. And, with a brilliant last 5k, Kipsang nearly delivered on his promise, coming within four seconds of the month World old record, running  a fine 2:03:42!

Mamitu Daska ran her personal best in winning the women's race, running a fine 2:21: .

Dwight Thomas, 2010 AVIVA Gateshead, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Pan Am Games, held in Guadalajara, have been a great athletic ending to 2011. We watched the swimming events from our favorite Super Mercado in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin on Friday afternoon. Athletics performances have been pretty impressive for so late in the year.

Mexico and Cuba have had some strong performances, as has the United States. Dwight Thomas, the 2007 World high jump champion, won the first gold for the Bahamas in the Pan Am Games!
Alberto Salazar, photo by PhotoRun.net

As a junior and senior in college, my team (Santa Clara University) would be between the University of Oregon and the Washington State University (at Pullman) at the Pac-8/NCAA District Meet. I remember seeing Rudy Chapa, Bill McChesney, Alberto Salazar lining up, and on the other side, Henry Rono and I believe, Josh Kimeto. Rono started out real slow for him, one year, hitting five minutes for the first mile, then just churning through the crowded field on the Stanford golf course. The battles between Oregon and WSU were titanic.

The Stanford course was fantastic. The course was fast, with some good hills on the back of the course. There was, until about 1978 a bridge early on where I remember a team mate being just about impaled on one of the poles as runners just charged across the bridge.

As one would run the course, you could see and feel the fans running from one part of the course to another, and as we neared the last couple of miles, one could sense the battles upfront.

From my vantage point, about 3/4 of a mile from the leaders, I remember seeing Alberto Salazar and Henry Rono just flying over the last mile at Stanford, dust flying up and the fans cheering away. I just remember Alberto and Henry running faster than I ever imagined possible. It was as if each willed the other to run faster, faster and faster....

I hear from Henry Rono on facebook once in awhile, and Alberto Salazar,  I get to see on the circuit, both quite pointed about running's influence on their lives. Alberto Salazar does not seem to slow down, with the Nike Oregon Project and his travels with Mo Farah and Galen Rupp.


Jeff Benjamin wrote this piece on the anniversary of Alberto Salazar's World Best, in his second marathon, in October 1981. It was a golden time in marathoning. Not only did we have colorful and passionate runners like Salazar and Waitz, but we had colorful race directors such as Fred Lebow and Bob Bright. Jeff captured much of Albertos' bravado in predicting a world best, and then, delivering on it!

We hope you find it enjoyable....

Believe I Am  Training Journal,
photo courtesy of BelieveIam.com

Lauren Fleshman and Róisín McGettigan developed a fascinating women's Training Journal called Believe I Am. They make a lot of sense when speaking about a printed training journal and the benefits of keeping track of one's progress. Nicely designed with some very smart details, we encourage our readers to check out the BelieveIam.com website.

Vin Lananna, 2008 US Olympic Trials, photo by PhotoRun.net

This interview really started when Vin Lananna, World Championship Men's Head Coach, and I sat down and caught up in the lobby of United Air Lines in Seoul, Korea. Vin was elated with the success of the US team in Daegu, but obviously tired. He was heading back to Eugene, Oregon, where he is Associate Athletic Director and the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at the most visible program in the country. Two hours after his arrival in Eugene, Oregon, Vin was scheduled for a meeting with his staff. No rest for the successful athletic administrator.

Vin Lananna is a fine track & field coach. But, he may be an even better administrator. From his time at Dartmouth, to his time at Oregon, Lananna has put together a fine team of coaches, and trainers.

At the University of Oregon, the ghosts of the late Bill Hayward and the late Bill Bowerman walk around the campus. Bill Dellinger, the last coach of the Bills at Oregon, kept the tradition of success in middle distance running going, with the likes of Rudy Chapa, Steve & Bill McChesney and Alberto Salazar. Things have changed at Oregon. This is the University that Nike built, that little shoe company founded by the late Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight, one of Bowerman's runners in the late 50s and early 60s. To say that having a successful track & field program is important here is an understatement. Lananna was brought here for that reason, and he has exceeded all expectations.

The post graduate opportunities at the Nike Oregon Track Club, championed by Vin, have given many chances to run, jump or throw after university. Vin was quite happy that seventeen Oregon Track Club members competed in the 2011 World Championships this year. (Nike also supports the Nike Oregon Project, developed by Alberto Salazar, again, a program that gives athletes a chance to see where they go on the global athletic stage).

The 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials were fantastic. Vin Lananna has made it quite clear that he wants 2012 to be even better! Lananna's name was on the very, very short list for USA Track & Field's CEO, but, for his reasons,  Vin Lananna is still at the University of Oregon. Perhaps he did not want to leave somethings unfinished. He made it clear to me that he wants to make this 2012 Eugene experience the best ever.

Here is how Vin spoke about the upcoming 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, and his experiences at the 2011 World Championships. One thing is for sure, Vin Lananna loves this sport. How to describe Vin Lananna? Charming and focused is how I will do it. The rest, I will leave up to you.....

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Tyson Gay, courtesy of adidas Communications

Tyson Gay is the American record holder in the 100 meters at 9.69. He is also the last man to defeat Usain Bolt over 100 meters. His 2011 season was cut short by injuries, which he is recovering from and working on his training for Eugene and London in 2012.

Tyson has partnered with Abbott's EAS Sports Nutrition, to be a spokesperson for the 100% Percent Certified, products that are third party tested to insure that no banned substances on the US Anti-Doping list can be found in any of the training products. As you can see from the interview, he is using the EAS products, as he cuts back from comfort food to fuel for the sprint engine that he is.

Tyson Gay had a day full of interviews today, and RBR was fortunate enough to get ten minutes with him this morning. Tyson, was, as always, thoughtful, and straight forward. He is already focused on 2012, and he gave us some insight into his recovery and noted that he begun jogging, for the first time since the injury and the subsequent surgery.

Think about that final, in London next summer: Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell, Walter Dix, and ....?

Thanks to the team at EAS Sports Nutrition for the interview time today!
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adidas SPEED_CELL, courtesy of adidas communications

adidas has been working on miCoach, their real time coaching and training technology. We have watched several innovations over the past two years and the updating of the website, with training information for runners, soccer/football players, and various other sports (there are other sports but athletics and football/soccer?). adidas is offering this technology for tennis, basketball and football starting December 1.

This new innovation, the adidas SPEED_CELL gives the the user real time data on speed, distance on the court or field. It should be a great training aid. This is a product great for coaches, trainers and athletes of all levels!
Edwin Moses, courtesy of London2017.com

Edwin Moses, the two-time Olympic Gold medalist, and two time World Champion at the 400 meter hurdles, is backing the London2017 World Champs bid, per a release from London2017.com.

Moses won 122 straight races over the 400m hurdles, a winning streak that went over nine years and nine days, still listed in the Guinness Book of World records. A student of his event, Edwin Moses focused his training and his spirit on one of the toughest events in all of track & field. Since his retirement as an elite athlete, Edwin Moses has focused on making a difference in global sports and causes recognizing the importance of sports and being active.

The choices are either Doha, Qatar or London, England for the 2017 World Championships. Both sides are gearing up on the pr front. The IAAF will make its decision on November 11, 2011.
Kara Goucher, 2011 World Championships 10,000m, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kara Goucher has changed coaches and training groups. Per her blog at Competitor.com (http://karagoucher.competitor.com/2011/10/23/change-is-hard/), Kara Goucher announced, in a very poignant column, that she has changed coaches, from Alberto Salazar to Jerry Schumacher.

Alberto Salazar, the founder of the Oregon Project told writers at the TAFWA that his goal, in creating the project was to help American distance runners reach the top level. With Jerry Schumacher and Mark Rowland, both at the Oregon Track Club, Alberto has added onto what he can achieve.

Coaches and Athletes change during a career. We wish Kara Goucher and her husband Adam, the very best of luck as they train for the 2012 Olympic marathon trials in Houston.

Haile Gebrselassie, 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Less than one month ago, Haile Gebrselassie dropped out of the BMW Berlin Marathon, with less than seven kilometers to finish. On Sunday, October 23, 2011, Haile won the BUPA Great Birmingham Run in 1:01.29, winning by fifty-eight seconds. Let's see where he runs his next marathon, Dubai or Tokyo...


Start of 2011 RNR NYC 10k, October 22, 2011, photo by PhotoRun.net

HeschMotionLeds-NycRocknRoll11.JPGChristian Hesch leads Mens' pack, 2011 RNR NYC 10k, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hesch_Christian-NycRocknRoll11.JPGChristian Hesch, 2011 RNR NYC 10k, photo by PhotoRun.net

Keterna Nigusse breaking race open, 2011 RNR NYC 10k,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Nigusse_KetemaWide1-NycRocknRoll11.JPGKeterna Nigusse, 2011 RNR NYC 10k,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Bedada_BekelechWide-NycRocknRoll11.JPGBekelech Bedada, 2011 RNR NYC 10k,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Saturday, October 22, 2011 saw the inaugural RNR NYC 10k attracts six thousand runners to the first run. Keterna Nigusse of Brooklyn won the 10k on the men's side in 29.02 and Bekelech Bedada won the women's 10k in 34.08. A busy weekend for the Competitor group who have a marathon and half in St. Louis on Sunday!

There are memories for me, from my childhood, that are as clear as if they were yesterday. Two of my favorite ways to spend time with my father were deer hunting and fishing.   The key element, spending time with my father, was the important portion of both activities . 

We were not big TV sports watchers. We were all about going outside, fishing mostly. I do remember, however, watching the 1968 Olympics, the first one I can remember, at the kitchen table in the house we lived in on Post Port Lane in Bridgeton, Missouri. Dad was making lunch for the five of us, and it was hotdogs, one of our favorites.

I remember  watching Bob Beamon jump. I knew what the long jump was, as we had done it in PE in fourth and fifth grade. I remember just thinking, gosh, that was pretty cool to see a guy jump so far. I also remember Bob Beamon putting his hands to his face, and weeping. I was struck by Mr. Beamon's athleticism at the age of ten. 

I believe I met Mr. Beamon in 1996, at the Atlanta Olympics. Like the late Al Oerter, I think Bob Beamon is an Olympian with all of the magic of the word.

43 years later, some of Mr. Beamon's friends celebrated the forty-third anniversary of Bob Beamon's historic long jump. Bob Beamon, a graphic artist, is now CEO of Art for Olympians.

On October 18, 1968, Bob Beamon leaped into the air and did not come down
until he hit 8.90 meters, an amazing world record. Bob Beamon then became an adjective,
beamonesque. Beamonesque means, beyond expectations.

At the age of twenty-four, Bob Beamon soared into the sky and came down nearly nine meters later, putting the world record out of reach for twenty-three years!

Forty-three years later, Bob Beamon's 8.90m jump is still number two on the all time list. 

Norway is working on improving its infrastructure for athletics, with six indoor facilities opening or about to open. Pretty impressive, noting the world economy that Norway can add new facilities.

Asafa Powell is working towards London 2012, and is in week two of his training towards the next  Olympics. The man who has run the most sub ten second hundred meters, 74 at the end of this season, is working to what may be his next Olympics.

Powell_AsafaPC-Lausanne11.jpgAsafa Powell, 2011 Lausanne, photo by PhotoRun.net

Leonard Komon, 2009 Campaccio XC, photo by PhotoRun.net

Leonard Komen, the world record holder on the roads for the 10k and the 15k, will be running the BUPA Great South Run, to be held on October 30, 2011. Komen has the UK all comers record for ten miles, which he ran in 45:16!
Mara Yamauchi, 2010 Virgin London Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mara Yamauchi will miss this weekends' BUPA Great Birmingham run, as she is recovering from minor knee surgery. Mara is the number two women's marathoner in the UK.
Amby and his wife, Christina, photo courtesy of www.ambyburfoot.com

Amby Burfoot will be awarded the George Hirsch Award for Journalism, presented by the New York Road Runners, on November 4, 2011. Amby Burfoot is the 1968 Boston Marathon winner, the first American to win since 1958, when his coach and mentor, the late Johnny Kelly, won.

Amby Burfoot was the editor of Runners World and writer for the magazine for over thirty years. I had the fortune to work with him, for a several years. Amby has written with passion and love for the
sport for most of his entire adult life.

Amby Burfoot has a huge following in our sport. He resonates with the Runners World reader and the running community because his love and passion for the sport show in all of his writing. A consumate professional, Amby took over Runners' World when it was sold to Rodale press and helped move RW and running into the global phenomenon it is. The sport is better for Amby's devotion to running. 

Amby Burfoot, in a conversation one time told me that an editor does not edit the magazine for their personal needs, they edit the magazine for the needs of their consumers. He and George Hirsch, his longtime publisher,
formed a team that took Runners World to the next level.

It is truly appropriate that Amby Burfoot receives the George Hirsch Journalism Award.
On behalf of the running community, we would like to congratulate Amby Burfoot on his well deserved recognition.

Usain Bolt, 2011 AREVA Paris, photo by PhotoRun.net

Blake_YohanFH-World11.JPGYohan Blake, 2011 World Championships, Daegu 100 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

The road to 2012 is beginning soon, for many athletes. For Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, their first training sessions with London in mind started today. UKA announced some of their supported athletes today. Athletes in Great Britain, the host company for London 2012, have huge amount of pressure on them, as they build for the next Olympic Games...

ScotiaBank Toronto Marathon, 1/3, Mungara vs Dawit,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Mungara-DawitFV1a-Toronto11.JpgScotiaBank Toronto Marathon, 2/3, Mungara vs Dawit,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Mungara-DawitFV1b-Toronto11.JpgScotiaBank Toronto Marathon, 3/3, Mungara vs Dawit,
photo by PhotoRun.net

The weekend had some tremendous marathons, which, were fast and close. We are in marathon season, and each weekend, we see fast marathons around the world! The marathon in Toronto was a case in point. Kenneth Mungara won the men's race by two seconds. In the race, also Ed Whitlock ran a 3:15 marathon at the age of 80 and Fajua Singh, at the age of 100, became the oldest guy to finish a marathon.

The video below was created by the Shoe Addicts in honor of Galen Rupp, the new American holder for 10,000 meters ( he also holds the AR for 5,000m indoors), which Galen set in his last race of the 2011 outdoor track season, at the Belgacom Van Damme Memorial in Brussels, Belgium.

The Shoe Addicts is AJ Felice (videographer), Mike Deering ( copy writing, research) and Adam Johnson-Eder (creative, voice). They can be reached at [email protected].

For more videos by the Shoe Addicts: http://www.youtube.com/user/theshoeaddicts

Wilson Chebet, 2011 Parvenir Bogata, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tiki Gelana, photo by PhotoRun.net

At the 2011 TCS Amsterdam Marathon, Wilson Chebet won the men's marathon in 2:05:53 and Tiki Gelana won the women's marathon in 2:22:19. Congrats to Wilson, Tiki and the 35,000 other marathoners who ran at TCS Amsterdam on Sunday, October 16, 2011. Here is K. Ken Nakamura's stat report on the importance of the 2011 TCS Amsterdam Marathon:
Mo Farah, 2011 European Athletics Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

Savinova_MariyaSF-World11.JPGMariya Savinova, 2011 World Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

Congrats to Mo Farah and Mariya Savinova for being named the 2011 European Athletes of the Year. European Athletics Association were announced at the awards banquest in Arona, Spain.

Mariya Savinova, 2011 World Championships, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mariya Savinova won one of the most exciting women's 800 meters that I had seen in years. In Daegu, Caster Semenya looked like she had won the race, with fifty meters to go, when Mariya Savinova moved into the second lane, and went by Semenya like Semenya was sitting still. The picture above shows the look on Savinova's face at the moment of victory in Daegu.

Savinova is undecided on the indoor season. I will be curious to see who runs a full indoor season anyway. There is only one goal for track & field athletes in 2012, and it is in the city of London, it is called the Olympics. 

Sergey Bubka, Renaud Lavillenie, 2011 European Indoor Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sergey Bubka, Vice President of the IAAF, in a recent interview, gave Alfons Juck some of his thoughts on the current season and what could happen in 2012....
Isinbayeva_Yelena-StockholmDL11.jpgYelena Isinbayeva, 2011 DN Galan Stockholm, photo by PhotoRun.net

Yelena Isinbayeva has joined Andreas Thorkildsen in supporting the Doha 2017 bid for the World Championships. The current world record holder in the pole vault (24 world records so far). Isinbayeva told insidethegames.biz, " The IAAF World Championships in Doha will certainly set new standards."


Haile Gebrselassie, 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sanchez_FelixSF-Osaka07.jpgFelix Sanchez, 2007 Osaka WC, photo by PhotoRun.net

Howard_Chaunte-USAout10.JPGChaunte Howard, 2010 USA Outdoor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Haile Gebrselassie will be running the Tokyo Marathon for a qualifier for the London 2012 Olympics. Chaunte Howard will be competing indoors in 2012 as she begins her run to make the US team in the high jump. Felix Sanchez will be running in the Pan Am Games, after his fourth place finish in the 2011 WC in Daegu.

The following note from European Athletics Association President Hansjorg Wirz shows exactly where the EAA stands on where the 2017 World Athletics Championships should be held.

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Jesse Williams, 2011 WC high jump,  and Fabiana Murer, 2011 WC pole vault,  have joined Haile Gebrselassie to support the London 2017 bid....


HaileGebrselassie02.jpgHaile Gebrselassie expressing himself, photo by London2017

And so it is, Doha 2017 and London 2017 are fighting for one World Championships. Rumors were rampant last week that the IAAF had quietly decided to give one 2017 and one 2019. The IAAF shot that down over the weekend and noted that London and Doha, both very good bids, would be bidding on one World Championships.


Andreas Thorkildsen was announced as in favor of Doha's bid weeks ago. Haile Gebrselassie has come out in favor of the London 2017 bid.
More to come....

2012 London Olympic stadium.jpgLondon 2012, proposed London 2017 stadium, photo by Larry Eder

The decision in London on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 to keep the Olympic Stadium in public ownership, guarantees the legacy of the Olympic stadium as an athletic multi use facility, both for football (or soccer in the former colonies), and athletics (track & field). Ed Warner, Chairmen of UK Athletics had this to say about the decision, which, from this statement, he obviously welcomed:

Haile Gebrselassie, photo courtesy of London 2017

As the song penned by Rod Stewart notes, "Every Picture Tells a Story,"  this picture shown above this note gives the reader a pretty good idea where Haile Gebrselassie stands on the location of the 2017 World Outdoor Athletics Championships. Haile will one of the athletes on the London 2017 bid as time gets closer and closer to the November 11 vote date.

Haile Gebrselassie, former WR in the marathon, a man who has raced in London and environs many times, has joined the campgaign to bring the World Champs to London in 2017.

image001.jpgJanet Cherobon-Bawcom, 2011 BAA Half, photo by PhotoRun.net/BAA

Janet Cherobon-Bawcom had two very busy days in Boston. On Sunday, October 9, 2011, Janet won the 2011 BAA Boston Half Marathon, running a swift 1:11:58. She came back the next day and won the USA 10k Champs, held at the Tufts 10k, in 32:47. Now, one of those performances would have made most young elite women's day, week or month!

Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, 2011 BAA Half, photo by PhotoRun.net/BAA

We have to thank the BAA's Jack Fleming, who sent this piece off to us about Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, and her two amazing days of running in Boston!

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Ali Abdosh, 2011 BAA Boston Half Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Over five thousand, two hundred runners enjoyed the sunny, warm weather of Boston to run the 2011 BAA Boston Half Marathon. Strong performances on both the men and women's side greeted the eleventh incarnation of this Fall half marathon....

Chrissie Run.jpgChrissie Wellington, 2011 Ford Ironman Triathlon Championships,
photo courtesy of Brooks Running

Chrissie Wellington's fourth victory in Kona should be the stuff of legend!

Chrissie Wellington is, after yesterday, the four time winner of the Ford Ironman Triathlon World Championships. Her conservative swim, followed by an okay bicycle ride, followed by a marathon run where she literally ate up the road, finding  herself 21 minutes behind at the start of the marathon, taking the lead at mile sixteen and achieving the second fastest time for a women on the course ever, 8:55:08! This performance was preceded by an accident on her bike just a few weeks before the Kona race!

In honor of Chrissie Wellington, her sponsor, Brooks Running shoes, has developed a special and limited racing footwear, the Wellington Racing shoe, from which the profits will be donated in honor of a dear friend of Chrissie's, Jon Blais, who is the only triathlete with ALS to ever complete the Ironman Triathlon.

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Chrissie Wellington, 2011 Ford Ironman Triathlon WC,
photo courtesy of Brooks Running

Meb Keflezighi, 2011 RNR San Jose Half marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Please take a few seconds and look at the photo above this commentary.

You are getting a very close view of Meb Keflezighi, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the marathon and the 2009 champion of the ING NYCM. He is one of eleven children, whose family, like 90 percent of the people in this country, moved from one country to a country with more promise, the United States. Meb Keflezighi is living the American dream, and he knows it.

Meb took his first running steps here, in the United States, in junior high. He has never stopped running. Under the watchful eye of Bob Larsen, one of the greatest distance coaches in this country, Meb and Bob formed a pair that has last longer than most marriages do in this country.

Meb Keflezighi is one tough distance runner. Behind that smile is a focused, highly trained distance runner who has won cross country, track and road championships. His American record for the 10,000 meters (27:13.81), lasted for nine years. Meb is the link between Bob Kennedy and the current generation of distance runners. Remember, it was Meb and his friend, Deena Kastor that gave us two Olympic medals in the marathon in one Olympics, when we had not seen one since 1984.

Meb won't tell you, but he knows that his storied career is coming to a climax. He will run the 2011 ING NYCM in November 2011 and in January 2012, he will run the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for the marathon.

This will be Meb's third Olympic Marathon Trials. More than anyone out there, Meb knows the players and the pretenders. He also knows, like very few, what it takes to make an Olympic team. We reached out to Meb just after his victory in the RNR San Jose Half Marathon, as he prepares for racing in the Big Apple.

Here is what one of America's most important distance runners has to say about the sport, his beginnings, his challenges, and his present.
After editing the interview, I was struck by Meb's appreciation for the challenges in his life. He understands that there are good days and bad days as we live our lives. He also is a man of immense conviction and an appreciation for his storied life.  Meb loves his family, his friends, his running, his country and the crazy world he lives in.

The 2011 BAA Boston Half Marathon, held on October 9, had great weather, strong performances and over 5,230 finishers. PhotoRun.net captured the day for the Running Network Photo Galleries and Chuck Bartlett, our Website director, produced the gallery. We hope that you enjoy!
Jafred Chirchir Kipchumba, 2011 MarathonEindhoven,
photo courtesy of Marathon Eindhoven/Nico Delmeire

Kenya's_Georgina_Rono_wins_2011_Eindhoven_Marathon.JPGGeorgina Rono, 2011 Marathon Eindhoven,
photo courtesy of Marathon Eindhoven/Nico Delmeire

Peer Pulles, the race director at Marathon Eindhoven's dream was to have a top ten fastest marathon. Well, he got two course records today and the fifth fastest marathon course of the year! Phil Minishul of spainsports wrote this piece on today's Marathon Eindhoven!

Moses Mosop, 2011 Nike Pre 30k World Record, photo by PhotoRun.net

Notice the shirt. It says, "Stop Mosop", modeled after the famous 'Stop Pre' shirt that Gerry Lindgren put on after the 1972 U.S. Olympic Trials where Steve Prefontaine and George Young dueled.

Well, no one could stop Moses Mosop today, who ran a 2:05:37, in his second marathon (after his blazing 2:03:06 all conditions run at the BAA Boston Marathon race). Moses was banged up this summer, and ran this race on, yes, you read it right, six weeks of training!

And no one could stop Liliya Shobukhova, who won her third straight Bank of America Chicago Marathon today, in 2:18:20, the second fastest performer EVER, a new Russian Federation record and a very definite selection to the London 2012 marathon team for Russia.

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Liliya Shobukhova, 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Liliya Shobukhova was quite confident in her pre race discussions. Her pre-race training went very well. She had raced back in June at the NYRR Mini, and then it was, all training for the 2011 B of A Chicago Marathon. Through her translater, she predicted a sub 2:20, actually a sub 2:19, and a selection on the Russian Federation team. Liliya did those and more today. Running from the front the whole way, Shobukhova wore down the debut marathon Ejegayehu Dibaba, the eldest of the three Dibaba sisters, and the Japanese record holder at 5,000m and 10,000m, Kayoko Fukushi, running in only her second marathon.

Shobukhova_Liliya-NYmini11.JPGLiliya Shobukhova, 2011 NYRR Mini, photo by PhotoRun.net

Liliya Shobukhova could have sat back and virtually jogged today, but she did not, and neither did her competitors. The elite women's race was a great race, and here is how I saw it:

Mosop_Moses-Boston11.JPGMoses Mosop, 2011 BAA Boston Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

After Moses Mosop's brilliant run over the streets of Chicago today, we all know that he is a most formidable marathoner. Just how formidable was seen today, as the victory, won in such grand style was done by a man who was only capable of jogging 40 minutes a day in early August and did not start his real training until September 6, just a mere five weeks ago! Here is how he garnered his victory over the 37,400 runners in the Windy City today!

Mosop_Moses1b-Pre11.JPGMoses Mosop, 2011 Nike Pre 25k/30k WR ,
photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will be one for the record books, as Moses Mosop, of Kenya, who ran away from Wesley Korir between 30 and 35k, to run a new course record of 2:05:37. Mosop, who set world records at  25k and 30k in Eugene in June 2011, has had achilles injury this past summer, and is, per his coach, Renato Canuvo, 'only 80 percent". One shutters to think about Moses Mosop fully fit, to paraphrase TV commentator Toni Reavis. Wesley Korir held on for second, after a gutty surge at 29k, running 2:06.15. In third, Bernard Kipyego ran 2:06.29. Bekana Daba of Ethiopia ran 2:07.59 for fourth and Ryan Hall finish fifth in 2:08.04.

Thumbnail image for Shobukhova_LiliyaFV-_Chicago10.JpgLiliya Shobukhova, 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Liliya Shobukhova, who has won in 2009 and 2010 in Chicago, did the first three peat at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon with her stunning 2:18:20 victory. Shobukhova not only ran the second fastest women's marathon ever, a new Russian Federation record and probable selection to the Russian team for London 2012, with her sub 2:19 run. "I  am so happy with my timing, my national record and my selection to the Russian team for London 2012. " noted Liliya. Shobukhova had company, with Ejegayehu Dibab, 2004 Athens bronze medalist at 10,000m (her only road race from 2002 at NY Mini, where she ran fifth), and Japanese 5,000m/10,000m record holder Kayoko Fukishi. Shobukhova and Dibaba ran neck and neck for 25k, and then Liliya took off, putting 56 seconds between 25 and 30k, running 16:19 for that 5k.

Top ten results follow:

The recent ruling by CAS on LaShawn Merritt ruled that rule 45 by the IOC did not follow the IOC guidelines. The IOC has already come out in support of the BOC, as national federations pick their teams. More on this later!
Hall_RyanWellsley-Boston11.JPGRyan Hall, 2011 BAA Boston Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

A very relaxed Ryan Hall greeted the media at the press conference for the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Here are my thoughts on this truly talented runner, who runs best when he is unfettered:

Dear readers, my apologies. Did not catch this until today, but felt that this piece on the Doha 2017 visit was news worthy and a good piece on the visit by the IAAF 20117 Evaluation commission visit to Doha, Qatar.

doha2017.com.jpgDoha Stadium, courtesy of Doha-2017.com

So, the evaluation visits are over to London and Doha. The 2017 IAAF World Champs Site Evaluation Commission has finished both visits, and, as no surprise had lovely things to say about both sites! And why not? That is part of their job.

The Doha team, like the London team, tried to accentuate the positives and push the negatives under the proverbial rug. Doha wants to move the event to September 9 to 17 and gave a demonstration of air conditioning in the stadium, which is built.

Who will win the 2017 World Championships bid sweepstakes? I have my hunch, dear readers, but, I will keep it to myself. We will stay tuned to the November 11 announcement!
2011 BAA Boston Half Marathon is on Sunday, October, 9, in Boston. The fields are full, and here is some notes on the elite fields....

Liliya Shobukhova, 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Yes, you can watch the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon this year from anywhere in the world, as long as you have wi-fi!
Well that should end that discussion. IAAF Senior Vice President Bob Hersh, in an interview with the Associated Press is quoted saying that there is no prospect of the US hosting a World Championships outdoors. He notes that there is no facility at this time as  a start. Hersh should know, he is the number two global personage in the sport of athletics.

In some ways, Hersh is correct, although it is quite sad. From the country that provides more medals in the Worlds or Olympics than any other, and with the obsession with Americans and sports, it is sad to note that we have not hosted an outdoor World Championships.

It is not because of the lack of fans. If that were the case, there would not be the nearly 400,000 fans at outdoor state high school track & field championships last year. The nearly 1.5 million athletes in cross country, track & field, both indoor and outdoor, constitute the largest sport in the high school world, and one of the best in the college world. The issue is a crisis in both perception and communication. Track & Field has been dumped on so much, that we normally just lay down and take it. 

Mo Farah winning the 2011 WC 5,000m, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mo Farah had a tremendous season. From his European Indoor title to his World Champs silver and gold, Farah has emerged as one of the pre eminent distance runners in the world! " If someone would have said a British male distance runner would win medals in Daegu four years ago, you would have been laughed at," noted one keen observer of the British athletics.

Congrats to Mo Farah and his team on a superb 2011! 
Tadesse Tola, 2011 BAA Boston Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Will Tadesse Tola lead a whole group of runners under the Eindhoven Marathon course record? We shall see! Phil Minshull of spainsports thinks that it is a good possibility. Read on!

Start of 2008 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

The forecast is calling for a low of 58 and a high of 76 on Sunday, your marathon day. That is pretty hot for marathoners. Here are some suggestions from your friends at Runblogrun on how to make your marathon experience on Sunday better, even in hot conditions.
Deena Kastor, 2011 NYRR Mini, photo by PhotoRun.net

Deena Kastor won the 2011 San Jose RNR half marathon on Sunday. Here is a bit more about her victory! Deena, as many know, is building towards her fourth Olympic Trials competition after having had her first child....

The RNR San Jose Half Marathon is one of the fastest half marathon courses in the country. This year proved no exception as Meb Keflezighi, 2004 Olympic silver medalist and 2009 ING NYCM champion rounds into shape, preparing for both the 2011 ING NYCM but also the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. Meb won, running a fine 1:02.37, the second fastest marathon time by an American in 2011. Deena Kastor, also a 2004 Olympian, with a bronze medalist to show for it, ran a fine 1:12 for the half marathon, also winning her division. Deena wanted a 1:11-1:12 for her first half marathon after the birth of her son. Congrats to both, and thanks to PhotoRun.net for the fine photos we have to celebrate the race in Speed City!

IMG_4073.JPGLondon 2012 Stadium, August 2011, photo by Larry Eder

During the next week, the IAAF evaluation committee will be visiting both London (Oct 3-4), and Doha (Oct 5-6). Now is the time for both candidate cities to shine. The decision on the 2017 World Championships bid will be made in Monaco, on November 11.

In light of that this evaluation visit, the London Legacy company for 2012, has guaranteed both the IAAF and London 2012 that the sport of athletics will be held in the Olympic stadium, per an exclusive feature on the website, www.insidethegames.biz.

The guarantee was the support that Sebastian Coe needs to put his team's bid in the best light. Great Britain has been involved in three bids to host the World Championships: 2005, 2015 and now 2017. Their successful bid with the 2012 London Olympics should not be underestimated in this process. However, while past bids have been an issue with the IAAF, all indications are that this bidding process has both bid cities pretty even at the start of the evaluation visits.  

Doha, which successfully hosted the World Indoor Champs in 2010, wants to move the 2017 championships event to later in the season, so as to afford the athletes cooler weather. The World Champs in 2010 were hosted well, and the crowd, while not large, was very appreciative. The IAAF does like, it should be noted, taking the sport to new venues.

At this time, the winner of the 2017 bid is anyone's guess. It really depends on what the IAAF wants to demonstrate by its decision: bringing sports to a new corner of the world with an outdoor championships, or providing the sport the promotion it so desperately needs in one of the media and financial capitals of the world and the virtual birthplace of the sport of athletics. Both can have good arguments, and both will be heard, many times, over the next few weeks.

2017 comes at a critical time for the sport. While there have been successful championships (Daegu, in my opinion was tremendous), there are issues between the IAAF and various constituencies: how to grow the sport? how to modernize the sport? How to keep Europe active and interested in athletics as Africa and Asia continue to grow.

The major theme, however, has not been touched: modern media: print, digital, social media is transforming the sport. The IAAF site, and world championship coverage from the IAAF, gave virtually anyone who wanted live results, stories, video, audio could have it. It was very hard, however, for north Americans and Europeans to watch the World Champs live, and
that is why, among some other reasons, why many key advertisers can not take that leap to partnering with
our sport. 

How does the IAAF bring together some of the best talents in those areas to propagate the sport? That is a challenge that can be successfully accomplished, but will take some work in many corners over the next few years. For our sport to grow, it needs marketing, promotions and media. (It also needs stars. We have those.)

 To build the sport, the IAAF needs money. Dentsu, marketing partner, has been successful with several global partners. However, not one U.S. based company has been brought in as a partner, and global partners with US subsidiaries do not seem to understand the opportunities afforded them by tying into a world sport or global championships.

Those challenges are what face us as the IAAF looks to the future of our sport. So who will be the 2017 host? We will wait six weeks to really see!

To read complete story, please go to:

To see the Doha 2017 site, please click on
To see the London 2017 site, please click on http://www.london2017athletics.com/
gambetta092a.jpgVern Gambetta

Photo courtesy of  www.insidethegames.biz

Vern Gambetta, the founder of the USA Track & Field coaching eduction in the seventies ( I have and still treasure the first coaching manual that he did), will be joining the line-up for the International Festival of Athletics Coaching, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, October 28-30 at the Glasgow Marriot hotel.

Gambetta has been long time proponent of functional sports training, breaking the activities in all major sports down to their barest essentials and showing both coaches and athletes how to improve their technique, strength and endurance to run, jump and throw. His talks are highly recommended by Runblogrun.com.

Vern was head track & field and cross country coach at University of California at Berkley. He now is working on his true love, track & field, specializing in the heptathlon and the decathlon. Gambetta is also a consulting coaching the Nike Oregon project.

The International Festival of Athletics Coaching is sponsored by the EACA, the European Athletics Coaching Association. We are highly recommending this event! 

For more details, please click on http://www.insidethegames.biz/sports/summer/athletics/13327-vern-gambetta-joins-line-up-for-ifac-2011

For more on Coach Vern Gambetta, please click on www.gambetta.com

Gebrselassie_HaileStepsOff1b-Berlin11.JPGHaile Gebrselassie, 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon, photo by Photorun.net

Haile has figured out what his issue was in Berlin. Paula Radcliffe will meet with Lamine Diack, President of IAAF or the road racing record debacle that was started by the IAAF announcing two sets of records for women's road racing.

On Saturday, October 1, 2011, Julia Howell Hayes and Mark Robert Wetmore were married in Farmington, Connecticut. Mark Wetmore is founder of Global Athletics & Marketing, one of the premier marketing and athlete representation firms in the sport of athletics. We wish Julia & Mark Wetmore best wishes.

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