Amby Burfoot to get George Hirsch Journalism Award, presented by New York Road Runners, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Amby and his wife, Christina, photo courtesy of

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.



BORDEAUX (FRA) : European decathlon champion Romain Barras is slowly returning to training after a lingering injury flared up at the Decastar IAAF World Challenge combined events meeting in Talence. Barras still is not able to fully train but is focusing on rehabilitating the injury and feels confident about the 2012 Olympic Games. However, he will not have as much time for training as in recent years as he has started teaching at the University in Bordeaux. In a column for L'Équipe Barras also pointed out the team of Jean-Yves Cochand is now continuing training without fellow coach Bertrand Valcin, who has been severely injured after an accident in which he was set on fire.



PARIS (FRA): French steeple European record holder Bouabdellah Tahri succesfully underwent surgery in early September and is likely to train on spikes again as early as mid November. The surgery to his shin was already proposed in 2010 but due to the possible consequences Tahri had delayed the surgery according to



ROMA (ITA): Ivano Brugnetti, 2004 Olympic champion in the 20 km walking race and 1999 World champion in Seville in the 50 km, has retired from sport at age of 35. He celebrated his farewell in Rome last Saturday during the second leg of Italian Walking Race Grand Prix at the historic Stadio dei Marmi. Brugnetti farewell party was a gathering of past and present stars of walking race like Robert Korzeniowski, Maurizio Damilano, Vittorio Visini, Gianni Perricelli, Alex Schwazer, Giorgio Rubino and Elisa Rigaudo.



GLASGOW (GBR): Next years indoor Aviva International in Glasgow on January 28 will have five teams competing. Apart of home Great Britain also USA, Russia, Germany and Commonwealth select.



PORTLAND (USA): European Athlete of the Year and World champion at 5000 m Mo Farah will not compete at the European CC event later this year in December in Velenje, Slovenia but considers to try races during the indoor season 2012. Farah is currently at his Oregon base under guidance of coach Alberto Salazar.



TORONTO (CAN): Organizers of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon confirmed that their women's winner, Koren Yal of Ethiopia, would be paid a CAD 25,000 bonus for achieving a new course record, even though under present international rules she had only tied the record. Yal, a 24 year-old Ethiopian, clocked 2:22:43 in winning Sunday's race, the same time achieved by Kenya's Sharon Cherop in last year's contest when Cherop set the event record. However, when Yal's time was looked at to the tenth of a second, it was 2:22:42.5 compared to Cherop's 2:22:42.8, a scant 3/10ths of a second faster. Under present international rules, road race times are expressed in whole seconds, and shown to the next highest second in official results. However, Brookes thought that paying Yal a bonus--not quite the CAD 35,000 promised had she surpassed the record by at least a full second--was the right thing to do. Informs RRW. Yal and compatriot Mare Dibaba ran race aggressively, blasting through the half-way mark in 1:08:36, a time which would win all but a handful of half-marathons held in the world this year. They kept up the hot pace through 30 km where the pair was timed with 1:38:31 what is faster than current world record 1:38:49 by Mizuki Noguchi of Japan at Berlin Marathon 2005. But in Chicago Liliya Shobukhova went through 30 km in 1:38:23. Despite earlier informations this mark is now listed as the pending WR at But in case of the new rule to recognize records in only women races this is all under question. By the way, IAAF is also listing as pending men 30 km WR the split of Peter Korir from Berlin Marathon this year 1:27:37. In initial thinking this mark was not considered due to the fact that he did not finish the race.



MANAMA (BRN, Oct 18): Oman sprinters continued winning at 1st GCC Games as they dominated the 4x100 m in 39.49 (national record). In steeple Ali Abubaker Kamal won the gold for Qatar 8:50.40 ahead of Tareq Mubarak Taher of Bahrain 8:51.51. Kuweit favorite Mohammed Al-Azemi won the 800 m in 1:47.35 beating improved Saudi Arabian Abdulaziz Abdulla 1:47.78 PB. Jassem Waleed won the 400 m hurdles for Kuweit in 52.15 when the favorite Yahya Sharakhili of Saudi Arabia (medalist from Asian Games) did not finish the race. Mohamed Essa Zankawi a junior from Kuweit was the best in discus with national senior record 57.60 m.


NEW YORK (USA): For a career that has spanned more than three decades as editor and feature columnist at Runner's World magazine, as well as numerous books, Amby Burfoot (65) has been named recipient of the George Hirsch Journalism Award, presented by New York Road Runners, it was announced today by NYRR president and CEO Mary Wittenberg. Burfoot will be honored at a news conference during ING New York City Marathon race week on Friday, November 4. A special award created by Tiffany & Co., an official sponsor of the ING New York City Marathon, will be presented at that time. Longtime track and field journalist Dick Patrick was the inaugural honoree in 2010. NYRR informs in a release.

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