March 2012 Archives

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The second fastest 100 meter runner ever, Tyson Gay, is recovering from last year's surgery and in his sixth week of full training. Getting such a late start means that Tyson will have few races before the Olympic Trials.

My educated guess is that few will be doubling in London in the 100 meters and 200 meters. Focus gives many a better chance. The key is to get to the races healthy and make it to the finals. Tyson Gay is training under the watchful eyes of Lance Brauman. We wish Tyson the very best.
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At the World Champs in 2003, the crowd in Stade de France in St. Denis, was amazed by the flying finish of eighteen year old Tirunesh Dibaba. For the next half decade, Tirunesh Dibaba enthralled track fans with her record runs, fast finishes and superb record in major championships. In 2010 and 2011, Dibaba had some tough injuries, but she is again racing and training injury free. was told that, if she is healthy, Tirunesh is considering a 5,000m/10,000m double for London 2012. Remember, Tirunesh Dibaba is the only women to win both events in both the Olympics and World Champs.
The care and development of the world's second fastest 100 meter runner (and fifth fastest at 200 meters), 9.69 and 19.58, Tyson Gay,  is in the hands on one Lance Brauman. Lance is a fine coach, who has had much success with sprinters, and jumpers. RBR has had the privilege to observe workouts last year, and to see Tyson develop over the past half decade.

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Tyson Gay is a tough competitor. And all of the eyes of the US will be upon him at the US Olympic Trials, coming up June 22-July 1, in Eugene, Oregon. It is the job of Lance Brauman to get Tyson prepared, keep him healthy and help him reach his peak for London 2012.

After five weeks of training, Tyson is gently getting on the track. Makes sense. Lots of muscle memory there, but, at the age of 30, Tyson Gay has to focus his talents on key races, and that is what he seems to be doing. We wish him luck this year.

A very nicely done article and update on Tyson Gay and Lance, can be found today in the Orlando Sentinel, with this link

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The Vibram Five Fingers shoe, over the past two years, has shaken up the running footwear industry. Champions of Minimalist shoes see that shoes such as Five Fingers have changed the industry. A more gentle read might be that is partially true, as lightweight shoes are here to stay, and that extremes on both ends have their supporters. In the end, there is really nearly a perfect shoe for every runner's footstrike now.

The key is, finding the right shoe for you. That is why, at Running Network, we do six to eight different reviews a year, (and we track 45 brands), as our readers are interested in new product and there are shoes worth your consideration.

Running shoes are equipment. Runners need to find what works for them, and with extreme product, build into it, to lessen the chance of injuries. Even a shoe perfectly suited for you takes time for the body to adjust. Be careful! 

Vibram has been sued, due to the alleged health benefits or lack of benefits that have been touted, in a class action suit, with 100 people named as claimants. I have to admit that I find this type of lawsuit, over alleged health benefits, a bit silly, but, here is what the had to say about it....

Starting Blocks, 2011 Brooks PR invitational, photo from Brooks communications

adidas has launched the adidas ClimaCool Seduction. The ClimaCool has been quite a popular running shoe, which appeals to both the performance and fashionista crowd.

adidas Climacool is again, an example of how a brand can extend performance running and apparel technology from performance to a good looking, well priced, sporting shoe. Like many of the lightweight shoes, the adidas ClimaCool has the street looks, and the sport geek technology to appeal to both groups.

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adidas Climacool is also an example of what global brands can do to promote their product, using their sport icons. In this case, adidas has called on the likes of David Beckham, Derrick Rose, Lionel Messi, and music icon Katy Perry. Their advertising is popular with the Next Gen, 17-25 year olds, and adidas is an authentic brand in this age group.

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Khalid Khannouchi has announced his retirement from competition, due to his decade long battle with foot injuries. One of the most colorful marathoners on the world scene, Khalid's battles over the streets of Chicago and his gutty racing, virtually running on one foot, should never be underestimated. His 2008 US Trials (I know, run in November 2007), was a truly gutty race.


GOTZIS (AUT): Organisers of hypo meeting of Gotzis (May 26 and 27) confirmed top women field in heptathlon. Leading the list is olympic winner and fresh world indoor champion Natalya Dobrynska, British European Champion Jessica Ennis and Russian World Champion Tatyana Chernova. Dobrynska in the meantime devoted her win in Istanbul to her coach and partner Dmitriy Polyakov who died last Sunday. The funeral happened on Tuesday at Kyiv cemetery. „We knew about his illness since two years, but he did not want to speak about it. My Istanbul win was for him," said Dobrynska for Ukrainian media.


OSTRAVA (CZE): German shot put world champion David Storl is the latest star entry for the 51st Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting on May 25 in the Czech Republic (IAAF World Challenge). Shot put is returning for the first time since 2007 and Storl will come back to the site where he won the World Youth title in 2007 and last year the European U23 title. „I m happy to be back again in Ostrava, I was here last year the European Champion. In such high quality field with Armstrong and Cantwell I consider this competition as an important preparation for Helsinki and London," said Storl. The traditional Zatopek Memorial will be staged at 3000 m distance with Kenyan young star Isiah Koech. Organisers are hoping he will not only attack the meet record (7:31.68 by Yusuf Biwott in 2010) but also the world junior record 7:28.78 by Augustin Choge in 2005. Koech improved in 2012 indoor season the 3000 m world indoor junior record to 7:32.89. In the men 100 m the currently fastest in the 2012 lists US Darvis Patton with 10.04 last Saturday in Arlington confirmed his presence.


HENGELO (NED) : Director of the FBK Games in Hengelo Jan Arie Bijl has been fired with immediate effect from his position of director of the event to be staged on May 27 (IAAF World Challenge). According to the press release Bijl was not in line with how organizers want to develop the event. Hank Kloosterman will be taking over the duties of Bijl. Jaap Bishop will fulfill the role of the meet director for this years edition of the meet. After the meeting the organisation will try to find a new meeting director. Bijl took the position from Fedde Zwanenburg on April 1, 2009.


NEW YORK CITY (USA): Two-sport sprint star Marvin Bracy and milers Cami Chapus and Edward Cheserek, a trio of the top high-school athletes in the country, will be out to make history at the adidas Grand Prix on June 9, organizers and adidas have announced. Bracy (Orlando, Fla.), one of the most exciting young American sprinters in years, will be chasing the U.S. high school record at 100 meters (10.01) in the Dream 100, seeking to become the first high-school athlete to go under 10 seconds, while Chapus (Los Angeles, Calif.) will be trying to break the national record of 4:35.1 in the Girls' Dream Mile and Edward Cheserek (Newark, N.J.) will be vying to break four minutes in the Boys' Dream Mile. If he succeeds, he will be just the sixth U.S. high-school runner in history to do so but the second in the last 12 months in the Dream Mile at this very meet, after Lukas Verzbicas ran 3:59.71 here last year.

MADRID (ESP): After the evidence gather in Operacion Galgo was ruled inadmissable recently, Spanish long distance runner Alemayehu Bezabeh is now saying that he wants his suspension ending and thinks about financial compensation. Bezabeh, who has already served eighteen months of suspension, remains in Addis Ababa to „train hard and eager to get right back to Spain to work on his own, that is, competing."

GAINESVILLE (USA): 2005 World champion Ladji Doucouré will compete in the USA to fulfill the olympic standard of 13.40. He will run at Hurrican Invitational in Coral Gables on April 14 and Tom Jones Memorial in Gainesville on April 21.

KOSICE (SVK): The site of the oldest marathon in Europe is bidding to stage the 20th AIMS Congress in 2014. Kosice known for its International Peace Marathon in Eastern part of Slovakia are running its preparations for the 90th edition in 2013. In the mean time Kosice was awarded the title cultural capital of Europe in 2013. The organisers are preparing their presence at coming marathons in Krakow, London, Enschede and Prague.

NEW YORK (USA): On the heels of a very successful NYC Half on March 18, the New York Road Runners announced that their other marquis half-marathon, the Brooklyn Half, had sold out with over 15,000 entries in just ten hours. The race is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, on a new course from Prospect Park to Coney Island.

VIENNA (AUT): Organizers of the 25th Austrian Women's run, scheduled for Sunday, June 3, reported that their event had sold out with a record 30,000 entrants. The sell-out took just 25 days. „It's almost unbelievable!" exclaimed race organizer Ilse Dippmann through a news release. „I'm really looking forward to welcome 30,000 women at the starting line of this year's 25th anniversary run!"

TAICANG (CHN): The 2012 IAAF Race Walking Challenge moves to Taicang, China on Friday and all the top walkers from the previous version in 2011, all Chinese, will be starting the 20km race this time, too. In the race, which is traditionally a fast one, the home athletes especially will be looking for good positions before the London Olympics. In the men's race returning winner Wang Zhen, 20, will be a favourite this year, too. Also returning is the second placed athlete last year, Chu Yafei. Australian double olympic medalist Jared Tallent will also compete along with Korean Kim Hyun-Sub, German Christopher Linke, Russian Pyotr Trofimov and Italian Giorgio Rubino. In the women's race it's a couple of the top Russians against the top Chinese. Daegu silver winner Liu Hong from Guangdong is the top pick for the win again. Qieyang Shenjie is another Chinese athlete looking for the win. 31-year-old Tatyana Sibileva has already impressed this season having walked a 1:26:59 season's best in Sochi in February before grabbing the win in Lugano in 1:28:03. The second Russian is Tatyana Korotkova with 1:27:35 personal best. Informs IAAF.

BRUNSSUM (NED): The Parelloop in Brunssum on April first has seen some of its top athletes cancel their participation. Several athletes have come down with the flue in the last weeks, of which Belgian Abdi Nageeye and Dutch athlete Thomas Poesiat are the victims. Also Linsday Poesiat-Van Marrewijk has withdrawn due to a stress fracture reports

NEW YORK (USA): One of the greatest marathoners of all time and former marathon world record holder Khalid Khannouchi has announced he is retiring from competitive running. Khannouchi will be most remembered for his two world records in the marathon, including his last world record at the 2002 London Marathon. The 40-year old said of his career „I'm proud of myself. I truly want to thank my family, all the people, the fans, my sponsors who really gave me the opportunity. I want to thank them for the support I had, and the great moments in the history of running that I had as they were a part of it." Reports Khannouchi confirmed it are nagging foot injuries that are forcing him to stop running.

COLOGNE (GER): The 5th edition of the European Pole Vault and High Jump conference, the first in this year's European Athletics Coaching Summit Series, concluded successfully at the German Sport University in Cologne reports European Athletics. A record entry of 283 participants from 24 countries came down to Cologne for lectures and workshops from coaches, scientists and athletes such as Ariane Friedrich and Martina Strutz.

INDIANAPOLIS (USA): USA Track & Field announced its intent to host the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on the campus of Drake University. The championships will be hosted by the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Des Moines Area Sports Commission and Drake University. The USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships were previously held in Des Moines in 2010.

SHANGHAI (CHN): The time of 12.90 seconds should secure China's star hurdler, Liu Xiang, a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games, his coach, Sun Haiping, predicted in an interview with the China Daily. He added that Xiang's physical condition is good and stable right now, although the Achilles' injury still poses a problem and plays up when the training is very intense. Haiping confirmed stress for the London Olympic Games will be nothing compared to the pressure Xiang was under in Beijing. „We feared something could go wrong and it did," he said of the Beijing Games.

DURBAN (RSA): Oscar Pistorius has withdrawn from the 400-meter race at the South African disabled championships in Durban held this week. Agent Peet van Zyl says Pistorius was struggling with a blister on his leg which made it very uncomfortable to run, although the withdrawal was „more precaution than anything else." Confirms Pistorius experienced a rare defeat in disabled competition in the 100 m on Monday when he finished second to fellow South African Arnu Fourie. Pistorius then made a mistake during the final changeover in Tuesday's 4x100 that led to his team being disqualified.

NAIROBI (KEN): The Nation informs that on Wednesday, Kenya's Olympic Games' management team visited the 10 000 m men's team's residential camp at the IOC/IAAF High Performance Training Centre on legend Kipchoge Keino's Kazi Mingi Farm in Eldoret to assess their training so far. Athletics Kenya will stage the men's 10 000 m trials on April 17 at the Nyayo National Stadium to pre-qualify athletes for mini-trials to be held in Eugene at the annual Prefontaine Classic on June 1.

DES MOINES (USA): US record holder Jenn Suhr leads the field for the 2012 Drake Relays „Pole Vault in the Mall" presented by Hy-Vee at Jordan Creek Town Center on Wednesday, April 25. The women's field also includes Kylie Hutson, Lacy Janson, Becky Holliday), Mary Saxer and Israel's Jillian Schwartz. The men's field includes Jeremy Scott, Derek Miles, Mark Hollis, fresh Istanbul medalist Brad Walker, Scott Roth and Jordan Scott. „I heard it is electrifying and the crowd is great," Suhr said via teleconference. „People are there and it's just a pumped-up atmosphere. (My husband) Rick and I talked about competing in a street mall or a mall mall and we saw it online and thought this is it. This is perfect." Organizers are informing on their website.
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Big Sur Half Marathon, courtesy of

To me, the area between Big Sur and Pacific Grove is the most beautiful area in the world. It will, more than likely, be the place I stage my mid life crisis. But, dear and gentle readers, you do not have to wait for that, as you can sign up for the Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterrey Bay. The team is one of the best in the country, so make sure you sign up for this one
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The USA Outdoor Track & Field Champs return to Des Moines, Iowa in 2013! The venue will be the facility at Drake University, home of the Drake Relays.

Enjoyed the 2010 USA Outdoors. My only issue is that, as with most events, they need to be promoted more, and earlier.

"Living the Dream" is a Mark Springerism. Mark Springer was one the most low-key human beings to ever work at USA Track & Field. Mark was a jack of all trades at USA Track & Field, but he was known for his limitless energy working on Youth and Junior programs. He also held the longest tenure as an employee at USATF, from 1986 to 2004.

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I knew of Mark Springer by 1987, and I worked with Mark from about 1990 and up until his untimely auto accident on September 10, 2004 (he passed away on December 13, 2004). I never got to meet his wife, Sandy, who he spoke of often. Mark Springer was able to get USATF to sponsor our largest poster program and worked hard to help us get support for our high school publication, Athletes Only. 

Mark had the dryest wit I ever experienced. Our phone conversations were always about something sports related, but then, the stories would start, and Mark's " Living the Dream" was my favorite. The stories were hysterical, and his " have to get back to my nap" comments were legendary. It was only now, that I found out he told former USATF Prez Bill Roe about need to return to the REM part of his day. " Springer Global Headquarters" was another comment I heard.

Mark's wit was one of his most amazing talents. Mark had many. He was the living wikipedia of USA Track & Field. The guys' brain worked like flypaper and he just had to pull it forward to help someone out of a jam, a missing bit USATF minutae or a procedure.  

I use the term, "Living the Dream" constantly. Mark would have been honored about the Youth Travel Grant. He would have also been a bit embarrassed. He did not like the limelight.

 So, when you apply for it, know the person it was named after was a man among men, who cared for all around him. He is missed terribly by those who knew him and love him.

To learn more about Mark Springer, please see

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This is the 110m hurdles. Fast, precise, physical. No way in hell you are not going to have a hand in your face one time or another, a hurdle fall across you, one time or another, and tight finishes; welcome to the battle line. The 110m hurdles is one of my favorite events in all of track and field: the athletes are class acts, and when they come to the line, it is all about getting over those hurdles and getting to the finish line first. No excuses.

It is no wonder why the race is a favorite of sports fans everywhere.

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And, the sprints. Veronica Campbell Brown defended the 200 meters this past summer, and Carmelita Jeter took the silver in the 200m, after taking the gold in the 100 meters. This past winter, VCB won the World Indoors 60m in 7.01. She also won it coming from behind.

VCB and Jeter racing in Shanghai Samsung DL (May 19), and so are Lui Xiang and Jason Richardson. Well, time to reserve my ticket....

And then, Kim Collins, the 33 year old former world champion, who last year, nearly stole the 100 meters once again! He is running in the most famoust handicap race in the world, the Stawell Gift, worth 40,0000 Australian Dollars. Collins will have one meter over Michael Frater. So, who you picking on that one?

Here is my idea for the US Open in MSG: Make all of the race handicap races. For example, have LaShawn Merritt take on an 12 year old, 20 year old, 50 year old, 80 year old, give them proper handicaps, and winner gets to pick where $5k is donated to! Have Bernard Lagat take on a girls high school relay team in the mile, and include handicaps in various age groups. It was popular 100 years ago, and it might be the kind of unique approach that we need to keep an event in Madison Square Gardens.

Leo Manzano, Matt Centrowitz, Galen Rupp, 2012 US Indoor Champs,
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Leo Manzano ran a dandy 3:55.6, setting a record for the fastest mile ever run in Texas, and surely, some kind of record (?) for March 24? David Oliver runs 13.30 for 110m hurdles into a 3.2 mps head wind, and then, in finals runs 13.37! Oh, the 13.30 is world leader. Gosh, outdoor season has started with a huge scream!  Dynamo Hum!

Had a fascinating conversation with Nicole Blood and Carey Pinkowski, today, about their high school teams. Pinkowski, the Race Director at B of A Chicago Marathon, was part of four time Indiana cross country champ team, that had three guys on same team, same years that ran sub 9 minutes for two miles! Nicole Blood was from the best girls high school program in the country. Their experiences, though thirty years apart, were amazingly similar. Watch for that later this week!
The USATF Athlete of the Week is one of the smartest things to come out of USATF communications. It gives the general track fan someone to notice in our sport and also gives them the reason why the athlete is being recognized.

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Wallace Spearmon and Doc Patton are two of our most reliable world class sprinters. Last weekend, Doc Patton dropped a 10.06 100 meters. His training partner, Wallace Spearmon, opened up with a 19.95 for 200 meters, which is quite early for someone to be running sub 20 seconds for the furlong.

Both Mr. Patton's and Mr. Spearmon's
demonstrations of superior fitness at this stage of the 2012 campaign drew some cynical comments from the know it alls on the web. The truth is, both Patton and Spearmon have the experience to know that they must be in supreme shape to make the team at the US Olympic Trials for Track & Field, coming up June 21-July 1. This, friends, is the best week and a half of track & field outside of the Olympics. That is fact. And some days, the competition may be the best in the world, Olympics included (except, they give those medals out in London).

Wallace Spearmon is the Athlete of the Week for USA Track & Field. He was given that award because of his prowess around the 200 meters. Coming off the turn, Wallace Spearmon just begins to move, and his last 50 meters is blazing, as many are falling apart, and Wallace comes to life.

The Golden Stripes Track & Field Series is in its second year, and the word is getting out. The first qualifying event, at the adidas Meet of Champions, on March 25, 2012 at Azuza Pacific College, was a huge success. Next qualifier is the Kansas Relays.

How fast will they run?

Cami Chapus, 2011 adidas golden mile, adidas GP NYC,
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This is an awesome program by adidas to recognize the fastest high school boys and girls at 100 meters and the mile! Qualifying events are Azuza Meet of Champions (March 25), Kansas Relays (April 21) and Golden South Classic on May 26. The top qualifiers will run on June 9 at the adidas Grand Prix NYC!

Read on for details!

To compete, get the info at
ASICS America has launched both an Trail running shoe and Trail performance socks to take care of our feet and soles during off-road running, launches June 1, 2012.......

Missouri Runner has been published since 2001. It is now published purely digital format, and it will be published four times in 2012. If you like it, please sign up at Missouri Runner& Triathlete for a free subscription.

Some great coverage of the 2012 USA Cross Country Champs, 2012 Olympic Trials for the Marathon, Coffee with Coach, 2012 Spring RN Shoe Review, and much more! We hope that you like it!

Sanya Richards-Ross, 2012 Millrose Games,
photo courtesy of The Armory T&F Center

Congrats to Ray Flynn on his three year extension as Meet Director of the Millrose Games. He should just purchase Tums by the gross now! The job of a meet director is something only someone who loves the sport would want. It is, truly, as I am often to say, a thankless task.
However, the Armory T&F Center has found a way to keep the Millrose Games alive, and that is to be congratulated.

I must say, RBR is very happy to see Millrose changing the date of their event, so that Fayetteville will happen on February 9 and Millrose on February 16.

"USATF Renews CEO Search" was the title of the release. I had to smile when I saw the term,  "politically-charged" used in the description of what the CEO would endure. Think of the most politically savvy individuals in history: Machiavelli, Lorenzo Borgia, Otto von Bismark, Kofi Annan, all might find the politics in USATF a bit of a challenge.

The USATF is the Yugoslavia of sports federations. Our federation covers youth running,masters running, track & field, cross country and race walking. The federation has way too many constituencies. One must look far and wide to see a federation who handles so much in their sport infrastructure.

Stephanie Hightower is spot on when she notes that the athletes are doing their job, and now the board needs to do its job. In my opinion, leadership is 0-2 right now, in terms of finding an appropriate leader.

The search committee has 100 resumes on their list from the last search. They now know that they need someone deeply involved in track & field, someone,  who can also sell the sport. That takes it down to a handful. My question is, why didn't these questions get asked last time? 

It does not matter that different folks were involved in the Doug Logan imbroglio. Perception is reality as the Rolling Stone magazine ads noted a decade ago. New Leadership must have the support to develop a program over a decade or longer. Changing CEOs every one to three years is not a good practice.

The issue may be the following; the leader we need, someone with vision, who can communicate and who can sell the sport, someone who can close a deal, may not be the person who asks before he or she does something. Is the board going to slap the hand of the new CEO every time he or she closes a deal?

Those are questions really good candidates are going to ask. And those are questions that USATF's board should be able to answer.    

USATF's executive search committee has no room for mistakes. This time, they need to deliver.

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Abdelaaziz Atmani, 2012 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle winner,
photo courtesy of  Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle

The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle is a rite of spring in Chicago. And this year, Spring actually showed up, giving the 34,000 plus runners and walkers perfect weather to run an 8k through the streets of the Windy City.

Abdelaaziz Atmani won the men's race in 23:18  and Julia Lucas won the women's race in 25:37 in tightly contested races. The record setting field was due to the wonderful weather over the past couple of weeks and the perfect weather on Sunday. For more on the race, please read below:

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Pretty early for the likes of Doc Patton and Wallace Spearmon to be running so fast. Shows that both are in superb shape for this early in the season. Are track times going to be as crazy this year as the early warm weather? Only Time will tell!

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I remember watching Dwight Phillips in an interview in 2007 Osaka, when he took the bronze medal. He gave it a stiff upper lip, but he was not happy. In 2008, Dwight did not make the team. In 2009, I watched him come back and clobber the competition with a huge 8.74m run at the US champs, then, a fine 8.54m jump took the gold in Berlin. In 2011, Phillips made the team, but did not look like the gold medal favorite until the qualifying when he took the longest jump in front of Mitchell Watt. In the final, Dwight dropped an 8.31m in round 1 and 8.45m in round 2, and then fouled four straight times. HIs 8.45m took the gold medal in Daegu, and the fourth gold medal in World Champ long jump should make some folks consider the guy a pretty tough contender for London 2012.

adidas, Official Sportswear Partner of Team GB and ParalympicsGB today proudly presented the ground-breaking team kit that will be worn by the British athletes at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Designed by acclaimed British designer Stella McCartney, who was appointed by adidas as Creative Director for this project, the kit is the most comprehensive range that's ever been supplied to a national team, combining the best in performance technologies and stand-out British style. Over two years in the making, McCartney's design of the kit focusses on the Union flag, breaking down the iconic design and reconstructing it, creating a modern and contemporary twist. The result is a bold design that features on all items of the kit to ensure the British athletes stand out in front of the home crowd as a unified team.

The folks at ASICS America have something with the Honda LA Marathon. Nice video capturing the flavor of the race. I did love running the race in the late 80s, and it is nice to see the race thriving.

The new course, new website and runners wrote about how much that they like the new sponsorship by ASICS. Nicely done!

For more on the race, please check out
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Zerzenay Tadese, Shalane Flanagan, Lisbon Half PC,
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The Lisbon Half Marathon, now in it's 22nd year, is a showcase for some of the top elite marathoners in the world as they prepare for April marathons. Zerzenay Tadese is looking to break his WR, we have been informed, and the fields, in both men and women are quite good. Shalane Flanagan is there, and as her coach, Jerry Schumacher would tell you with that his thoughtful Wisconsin smile, Shalane would not show up if she was not ready.

Carmelita Jeter will open up at the Mt.SAC Relays on April 21. Kirani James has pulled out of the May 5 event in KIngston, and will open later in May in Asia.

Running has come mainstream. Next to walking, Running is the largest fitness activity in US, and has even grown during the recession in 2008-2010 (a recession is when your neighbor looses job, a depression is when you loose job-heard that somewhere). Miller is promoting Miller 64, their re-named light beer. In doing that, Miller 64 has focused on various fitness and outdoor activities, with a humorous bent. The running vignette is very good, the basketball one is hilarious. Humor does sell, especially in the US.

Beer companies have been supportive of the running business (race sponsorships, race sampling) since the late 1970's when road racing really took off. Among runners, light beers and imported beers seem to be the most popular. Again, though, nice to see a commercial touting running.

And as the commercials say, always drink responsibly.
Bob Anderson, RNR Half Marathon, San Jose, courtesy of Bob Anderson

This is a special interview for me. Bob Anderson is the founder of Runner's World. He ran it from its start in 1966 until he sold it to Rodale Press in 1985. Bob is a lifetime runner, and also a life time entrepreneur.

As with any entrepreneur, there are good things and there are not so good things. Bob had new ideas each and every day. Those were the good things. Some of the ideas worked, and some did not. Those were the bad or tough things.

Many great writers, editors and media savvy people came through the doors of Runners World. Amazing people like John Brant, Danny Ferrara, Dan Gruber, Tim Gruber, John Schenone, Jewel Chu, Vern Walther, Catherine Cassidy, all come to mind. Amby Burfoot, Bob Wischnia, Marty Post, Joe Henderson, Joan Ullyot and George Sheehan were also some of the great people who came through the doors of Runners World.

Before I worked at RW, I purchased running shoes through Bob's store, Starting Line. At the time, I met Angel Martinez and Mark Schilling. Angel would give me deals when I got shoes for my team at Bellarmine. Angel later helped build Reebok, among many other brands. I also believe I met Peanut Harms at a RW event in the late seventies.

I was fortunate enough to spend several years at RW. I started in Ad production, and then worked in not only ad department. John Brant was first editor to let me write something, in a regional issue of California edition on Don Bowden, the first American to break four minutes for the mile.

I will always be grateful to Tom Walsh, the VP of Circulation at Runner's World who helped me get my first interview at RW. Derek Clayton, the VP of Advertising was my boss. Tough, but fair, Clayton had a great sense of humor. He also told me that the reason I was hired for my job was that I sent a thank you note for the interview.

After Rodale purchased RW, I spent three more years at RW, working for Mike Perlis, who gave me opportunities in all the departments at RW, from circulation to advertising to promotions. He called it special projects. Mike knew I was going to leave RW before I did.

George Hirsch was my boss for two years when the Runner and RW combined. I am honored to count George Hirsch as both friend and mentor.
I know, however, that I drove George crazy during my two years with him. He was, as he is, always gracious, but he let me know when I crossed the line. Which I did, with high frequency. 

For Bob Anderson, I have always been grateful for him giving me my start in publishing. I have also grown to appreciate his journey. Joe Henderson told me one time, that he was always grateful to Bob for giving him his opportunities in running.
I feel the same way.

 I am grateful to my start with Bob Anderson and Derek Clayton at Runners' World. I loved my time there. I also look on that era as the most uncomplicated time of my life. In many ways, I miss that time. Running with Gerhard Behrens in the mornings, going to races (most weekends, I raced about 30-35 times a year then) with my ex-wife, Christine.

Running at lunch with Danny Ferrara and Danny Gruber. Getting Big Gulps for breakfast with Danny Gruber. Looking at strange pictures sent from readers about their aerobics garb. We were in the vanguard.

One of the people I miss the most is Bob Small. Bob was the VP of Printing and publishing at Runner's World. Probably the snappiest dresser I ever met, Bob was class through and through. I never saw him get angry. He had a wonderful laugh. And he was one of the few people I could go to when it was a tough day. He had been there, he knew what to say.

I tell friends sometimes, that I will write a novel about the sport during the 70s-80s. I have the name of the book too.

I do know this. Without that experience, I would not be working in running media two decades later. 

Bob Anderson's journey is fascinating. Going from a high school track athlete to a publisher before his high school graduation. Bob is still as competitive as they come, but he seems quite happy, with his business Ujena, his family, his grand kids, and his running.

In giving up the magazine he birthed, Bob was able to get back into running. Makes sense somehow.....

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France's top sprinters will be running at their largest track meet, the Areva Paris DL, to be held July 6 in the Stade De France in St. Denis. This will be the last time that French athletes can make the Olympic standard, so there should be some real fireworks!

Pat Butcher is one of the best journalists in our sport. His writing style is easy to read, however, beware, as Mr. Butcher packs several layers of meaning into each of his columns. Such is the case with Cuba, Si? Well, Maybe...being a journal of his recent travels into the land of Ernest Hemingway, 1950's US cars, and a Terry Fox Run....
Reuben Kosgei, 2009 Vienna Marathon,
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Reuben Kosgei is an Olympic champion. In an event that Kenyans see as a virtual birthright, Reuben Kosgei won his gold medal at the Sydney Olympics, in the steeplechase. He showed up, ran and delivered. That can not be taken away from him.

Now, Reuben Kosgei has decided to take his prodigious talents and focus on the marathon. He has had some success, but the big question will be on May 6, when he lines up for the TUI Marathon Hanover, how fast can he go?

Let's put it this way, Reuben is 1-2 at the marathon distance. He finished his second marathon, in 2:11.22, just one second behind the winner.

We wish Reuben good luck and look forward to hearing his results in the 2012 TUI Marathon Hanover!
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Erica Moore, 2012 World Indoor Champs, photo by

The 2012 World Indoor Championships showed the world that Turkey can put on a World Championships and let the word out that they are serious about hosting the Olympics in Istanbul. A city with tremendous history, Istanbul played a tremendous host to the World Indoor Champs.

The Gary & Larry Show, aka Running Network TV, visited our zillionth event, and we were in rare form. I apologize upfront for the twitching and jumping (moi) as I was tanked up on Turkish coffee. I could have kick started a 747 with the amount of caffeine I swilled down. Anyhow, Gary did some amazing interviews and color commentary on the weekend.

Gary Morgan. How do I describe him? He is Hunter S. Thompson meets Mr. Rogers. The energy of the former chain smoking writer for Rolling Stone magazine (although Gary does not smoke), and the thoughtfulness and observational skills of a kindegarten teacher. Gary Morgan got me out of the track to visit the Bosperus Bridge, the Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque. I had a ball.

We think that you will enjoy, once again, our videos. Our enthusiasm is there, sometimes, our relationship with technology is not. For, that, we beg your indulgences.

I coached for sixteen years. High school, community college, club and even University for two seasons. In my mid-life crisis, I will return to coaching and a university setting. I miss the day to day interaction with athletes and the excitement of learning. While I enjoy my interaction with my coach friends, athletes now, it is not like coaching.
This is a bit unusual for this column, but it makes sense. As a runner, walker, outdoorsperson, you are part of the world. I love to fish, and walk through the woods. I read this about bats today on twitter, and thought it might be of interest to you!

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Yohan Blake, the 2011 World Champion is getting some face time from CNN. Nicely done article by Chris Murphy, who actually knows his stuff. Blake is portrayed as a young, talented athlete who wants to beat his training partner.

It is one of the stories that will make the London 2012 100 meter AND 200 meter finals so astounding...

Human to Hero: Champion Blake aims to steal Buddy Bolt's spring swag, by Chris Murphy,
Chris Solinsky, 2010 Payton Jordan Invitational,
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Chris Solinsky's 2010 was a dream year. The American record at 10,000 meters, four superb 5,000 meter races and a wonderful race at 3,000 meters. 2011 was a tough year, as Chris dealt with injuries, made the US team to Daegu, but could not run due to his injuries. 2012 is starting slow, as he stays in Portland right now, to be close to his trainer. Overcoming hamstring injuries has been tough, and Chris Solinsky, a former Wisconsin Badger, and now part of Jerry Schumachers' training group in the elite Nike Oregon TC, is focusing on the US Olympic Trials.

Per a recent article in EME News ( credited to, Chris is taking it week by week, running 60-80 miles per week, seeing how his fitness comes along, and trying to put more and more good days of training together. Solinsky will not try the 10,000m this year, but is focusing on the 5,000 meters and still needs to get the A standard (13:20).

Solinsky is a runner with tremendous heart and will. His former AR at 10,000m showed just an inkling of the talent and promise that coach Jerry Schumacher sees in him.

We wish him well.
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Nesta Carter was a good interview at the US Open. Thoughtful, Carter does not mince words. He runs well, pays respect to his competitors, Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, but Nesta Carter believes in himself. He knows he can run faster, and wants to break through to another level, and he has patience.

Nesta Carter is one of those young athletes who could surprise many of us in 2012. In this piece, Alfons Jucks discusses Carter's plans for 2012. Nesta Carter recently took the silver medal in the 60 meters at the World Indoors in Istanbul, Turkey.

Better than anyone, Nesta Carter knows that the Jamaican Olympic Trials will be the toughest meet of his year: making it out of the Jamaican Trials could be tougher than London 2012.
Haile Gebrselassie, 2012 Tokyo Marathon, photo by

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Some news today. Haile might consider a political run in Ethiopia, but not soon. Jeremy Wariner is coming along, after his surgery on Aug. 14. Married Nov. 5, Wariner and wife expecting baby mid October. Liu Xiang is working on his 2012 schedule.

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Adam Nelson is the rarest of individuals. He is an Olympian. He is even rarer, as the man has won World Championship and Olympic medals in one of the most competitive events in our sport.

Here is how it works: if Adam Nelson gets behind a cause, we support it. Do something for a higher good. Consider this: $25 is one less beer for four weeks. $75 is one less burritto supreme at  Taco Bell and a beer a week for ten weeks. You can do it!

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Nadine Mullers' gigantic throw at the European Cup Winter Throw  was the longest throw in the discus since 2004! Nice way to open 2012! We missed Wallace Spearmon's 10.06 (wind aided ) and Jeremy Wariners' 20.66 opener (wind aided) this past weekend.

Fast marathoning in Korea as Wilson Loyanai runs 2:05.37 in Seoul, Korea on Sunday. Aaron Ernest is fastest World Junior so far with his fine 10.31 this past weekend!

Usain Bolt & Asafa Powell, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, photo by

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Well, the JN Jamaica Invitational should be a huge one. Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake are all competing! May 5! Don't miss that one! Remember Yohan Blake is competing in US at the adidas Grand Prix NYC on June 9 ( Nike Pre Classic on June 1-2). More to come!

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When I was fortunate enough to meet Oscar Pistorius at the Nike Prefontaine Classic last year, I was taken by how relaxed he was. Oscar was obviously comfortable with the press, not searching it out, but understanding that this was part of his sporting life. He has fascinated many in the general sports audience, and has fascinated many in the track public.

Running 45.20 shows how much of an athlete Oscar really is, and note here, that the young man has the potential to run much, much faster.

Pistorius told a story to the media with him at Pre, which was NBC staff and myself, about his childhood. He and his brother were typical boys, and his older brother had a go kart. They would take it down the steep hill by their home, with the rule that they stopped a couple of driveways down the hill, in order not to get too fast or go into cross traffic.

Well, one day, the older brother allowed Oscar on the go kart. They picked up speed. They did not go into the first two driveways so they were seriously picking up speed. Oscar noted, in retelling the story, that they were heading towards the cross traffic.

It was then, that Oscar's brother asked for one of his legs with a sneaker on it. Strongly grasping Oscar's artificial leg with sneaker, Oscar's brother used the sneaker as a brake.
The smell of rubber was intense as the sneaker and artificial leg did its work, slowing down the go kart with the two young boys from heading into cross-traffic.

Oscar smiled telling us this story, he said that it was then that he knew his legs could be special.

We look forward to seeing Oscar Pistorious this summer...

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Natalya Dobrynska will compete against Jessica Ennis in May at the IAAF Combined events in Gotzis, Austria. The two multi-event champions will get to see where each athlete is two months before the London Olympic Games...Richard Buck, the anchor on the AVIVA GBR and NI team at the World Indoors was not to receive support this year. To his surprise, he received letter and check for 10,000 pounds sterling upon his return from Istanbul.

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The Nike Prefontaine Classic will have Hollister Night at Hayward, on Friday night, June 1. The highlighted event will the the 10,000 meters, which will feature the top fifteen Kenyan male runners, as they battle for two places on their Olympic team. This is unprecedented, but makes sense, as the Kenyan Federation, Kenya Athletics, is looking for ways to make their performances better in the upcoming Olympics.

It is a fitting evening to honor the late Geoff Hollister, who was a key player in the development the Prefontaine Classic. Geoff worked with the late Steve Prefontaine, in fact, took over much of his frenetic work upon Prefontaine's death.  Hollister is credited, along with Nelson Ferris, in keeping Nike's history and protecting its corporate soul. Hollister was always one to fight to sponsor another grass roots event, from a cross country invitational to an up and coming young athlete. It was Hollister who reminded three generations of Nike employees that, yes, the first sales of BRS (and Nike) shoes were sold out of the back of beat up cars, in embalming fluid boxes, at road races and track meets on the West coast. Geoff died this past February, after a valiant fight with cancer. Nice to see Nike respecting his memory. 

Besides the 10,000 meters, there will be a men's discus, women's triple jump and women's hammer throw. Nike is sponsoring the night, so no tickets will be needed. Make sure you make it! (And don't miss the Pre Classic the next day!)

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Ariane Friederich is one of the most emotional athletes on the circuit. She is also very popular with the young fans. It is the combination of the bleached hair, her athleticism and post jump theatrics that attracts many. Per the following short piece by Alfons Juck, our global eyes, that we salute her thoughtful gesture, in supporting the future of the sport...

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The story of Yamile Aldima and her family, and how she triumphed over a challenging decade to make the World Indoors team and win the gold medal! Read the story below, which is hard to imagine, much less, believe.....
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Paula Radcliffe, 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon, photo by

Totally cool idea for race. Haile will chase Paula over the half marathon distance at the Vienna City Marathon, great way to up the interest in the race! Nice job Vienna City!  Oh, and Best wishes to all runners in the 2012 NYC Half! We hear it will be fast!
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Jessica Ennis is a definite for the Gotzis event. Sally Pearson's coach thinks she is a month ahead of schedule and will go after the 24 year old world record, which is a toughy. Athletes are all back are on way back from Istanbul, which was a tremendous event. The New Balance Indoors was a tremendous success, with 15 meet records! Watch for our wrap up of that fine event in the next couple of days.
VTB, the Russian bank that has been a sponsor for the IAAF, extended its sponsorship for four more years.....

This was not supposed to be a "good" world indoors, in fact, it  was a superb indoors. The athletes who showed up performed fantastically in front of a very appreciative crowd. The US team, which was thought of as put together, was, in fact, one of our best ever, with 18 medals, ten of them gold.

The world records in the multi events were superb, but also consider the Long jumping of Brittney Reese, Janay De Loach and Shara Proctor. Both American and British National records!


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Bernard Lagat, in the shape of his life, defended his 3,000m title and dusted the best in the world! Pamela Jelimo and Yelena Isinbayeva both winning titles, when many thought they had seen their better days!


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Who would have thought about a men's long jump being decided by a centimeter? Who would have thought of a women's high jump at 1.98m? Who would have thought that Kirani James would learn some lessons in indoor running? And who would have thought that shot put super man David Storl would be upset by Ryan Whiting? Ryan's 22 meter throw now gives us a new generation of American shot putters to worship.


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A facility built in Istanbul in fifteen months, the Akoyoy Stadium was excellent, and the Turkish crowd (lots of Brits & Greeks too!), loved the athletes. Great cheers rang out in many of the races, and of course, the Turkish host won two medals, one in the 1,500m women (bronze), and one in the men's 1,500 ( silver), kept the fans very happy. Honestly the biggest cheers came when the young Greek high jumper took gold.

The British team took nine medals and beat the US women's 4 x 400m in a exquisitely tough relay battle, one of the highlights of the meet. The men's US team, saw that one, and made sure the GBR team did not win again. Be forewarned USA, GBR means business in London, but, hey, you already know that.


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The heptathlon was tight, too close to call. yet, Dobrynska and Ennis showed poise and respect for each other. That is the way most of our athletes are, it is what makes our sport so different. The challenge is, how do we sell that? How do we make others see that our sport of track & field has all the competition, and more that they could want?

We sure hope that Istanbul adds an indoor meeting for the circuit! Great facility, wonderfully historic city, and memorable World Indoors! 

Special thanks to Gary Morgan for his help and support in Istanbul, during the World Indoor champs. Watch for the Gary and Larry Show, on and Michigan Runner in the coming week!

Yelena Isinbayeva, photo by

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And here are the reviews of the last day of the 2012 World Indoor Athletics Championships, as seen by our friend, Alfons Juck...

Justin Gatlin won the 60 meters on Saturday, taking the gold medal. He did it the old fashioned way: he had a good start, he kept his head down and he ran through the darn finish......

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Playing catch up now, dear readers. Sorry about that. Here is Alfons' updates on the NCAA Indoor Champs. Jeff Demps continues to impress.....

This was going to be a pretty typical world championship 1,500m meters for guys, pretty lamo pace, and then a kick, where guys who can not kick let the pace dawdle and then, it gets fast. But this race, was, actually, quite entertaining...Thanks to a Turkish runner, who wanted the gold, and a Moroccan runner, who wanted the gold even more....

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Valerie Adams is the best women shot putter in the world. She is also one of the most competitive athletes anywhere in our sport. When she gets pushed by, say Nadzeya Ostapchuk, Adams calls on the competitive and seems not to like to loose. Here is how she won her World Indoor title in 2012:

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Chaunte Lowe is back. Even she was surprised on the win and also the height of the victory. Here is how Chaunte won the gold medal in the World Indoors!

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Coming back from two challenging years, Sanya Richards-Ross is starting off 2012 with style. The US had never had two women medal in the World Indoors 400 meters before- a big congrats to Natasha Hastings as well!

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And here are Alfons Juck's picks for quotes of the day and results of the day for day 2. The US picked up seven medals on day 2: 4 golds (Chaunte Howard Lowe, Sanya Richards-Ross, Ashton Eaton, Justin Gatlin), three bronze (Natasha Hastings, Brad Walker, Michelle Carter), adding to the gold (Ryan Whiting) from Friday night!

The men's long jump was one of the closest ever, as the three medals were separated by one centimeter! 
Here is our story on Ashton Eaton, Mr. World record holder......
Sally Pearson of Australia is now the queen of both the outdoor 100m hurdles and indoor 60m hurdles. She is fiercely fast, a near perfect hurdler and truly enjoys her event, having hurdled first when she was fifteen.

Sally told the media that she hoped to run in the 7.7s in the final, after having run 7.85 in the first round. Here is how we saw the queen of the hurdlers take her first indoor gold....


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Renaud Lavillenie is the French superstar of the pole vault. Lavillenie is also one of the future stars of our sport. Speaking fluent English as well as French, Renaud gets it, and loves the sport is a amazingly patient with the media.

Tonight, it was all about vaulting, and Lavillenie focused and jumped liked the pole vault stud he is, and with the big heights come the big prizes, like gold medals....

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Yamile Aldama, 2011 WC TJ, photo by

Yaldima Aldama was born 14 August 1972. She is 39 years old, and she is a world class triple jumper. She first competed for Cuba, taking the silver in 1999 at the World Champs in Sevilla, and in 2000, she was 4th in Sydney. She has best in TJ of 15.29m, the High Jump of 1.88m and the long jump of 6.34m. In 2004, she was fifth in the Olympics, and took the silver in the World Indoors, competing for the Sudan in 2004. In 2006, still competing for the Sudan, she finished in the bronze position.

Now a British citizen, Yamile Aldama is one of the more popular athletes, not only as a triple jumper, but a jumper at the advanced age (well, for Jumpers ) of 39! Well, did Yaldima surprise a few observers today, taking the gold medal in the triple jump!
Genzebe Dibaba has become only the second athlete to win World Junior title (5,000m), World Junior Cross Country and now, World Indoor Champs title! She did it controlling each step of the race, from a tepid early pace to a last 400 meters in a lung shattering 61.5! Here is how she won her World Indoor Champs 1,500m title: 

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Here are Alfons Juck's quote of the day and performance of the day for Day 1 at the World Indoors. We are halfway through day 2, and it has been a superb World Indoor Champs. US team is pretty good, and some amazing performances from other teams.....

Natalia Dobrynska, Jessica Ennis, Ekaterina Bolshova,
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The Multi-events are quite popular in Istanbul. Both the men and women's competitions are amazing showcases of eight of the best all around athletes in the world! The pentathlon was no difference!

Everyone had their eyes on 2011 World Champ at the pentathlon, Tatyana Chernova, of Russia, and her competitor, Jessica Ennis, of Great Britain, the 2009 World Champ. Natallia Dobrynska of the Ukraine, the wily veteran, was terribly close in each event here.
Ryan Whiting upset the charts today and took the gold in a fine throw of 22 meters! Here is how we saw the first final of the 2012 World Champs!

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Updated March 10, 2012

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2012 World Indoor, Instanbul, Day 1, photo by Larry Eder

The morning session got the World Indoors off to a great start. Lots of great racing, strong women's high jump, men's shot put and multi events! Let's see what the evening session does!

Thought that our readers might enjoy a few words on our dinner at a Turkish fish house last night, called RED FISH. It is down by the marina and was, well fantastic!
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2012 World Indoors press conference: Meseret Defar, Anna Chicherova,
Sally Pearson, Liu Xiang, Tatyana Chernova, Ashton Eaton,
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The Press Conference on Thursday, May 8, was attended by one of my partners crime, Gary Morgan, aka Mr. Ubiquitous. Gary arrived on a flight about an hour before the press conference, grabbed his credential and covered the conference for us. His photo above is just an example of the star power in the 2012 World Indoors!

Jenn Suhr, AR in pole vault, Indoor & Outdoor, is out of 2012 Worlds, she has injuries that are of a concern to her: she needs to be healthy for London, and her achilles injury, which flared up in US Open in late January, has not subsided yet.
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Yohan Blake participated in a global press conference on Tuesday, for the adidas Grand Prix NYC. Alfons Juck did the following piece on Blake's plans as he builds to London 2012:
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Dr. Norb Sander called Elliott Denman, " an icon". I am fortunate to have Elliott writing for our publications, American Track & Field, and Athletes Only. Over the past few years, he has also written for Running Network and Runblogrun.

What makes Elliott Denman such a superb writer? Elliott Denman is a life long journalist with the observation skills of a fifteen year old. He misses nothing. A good quote, an approach that one may not have considered. Some of his best pieces, I believe, have been the series he did for RBR and RN on US Open, NB Indoor , Millrose and US Indoor.

Congrats to a journalist who has done much for our sport and does not seem to slow down!

Another classy act by the The Armory. Grete Waitz and Ted Corbitt are two of the most important role models in our sport. Grete Waitz not only won her first NYC, her first marathon, setting a WR, she championed women's marathoning for a generation. Grete also showed the preciousness of life and moment's in one's life as she fought cancer. Ted Corbitt was a modest man, lead by example in ultra marathoning, and represented the US in the Olympic marathon. Nice job by the Armory Hall of Fame on this one....
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The World Championships, March 9-11, will be starting in about 56 hours. I will spend the next 20 or so getting there. Looking forward to covering the Indoor for you, our readers. Istanbul is seven hours difference from NYC, eight hours from Chicago and ten hours from San Francisco. We will go Live about 9 AM local time Friday or 11 pm SFO, 1 am Chicago, 2 am NYC. Just click on Live Blog on the site! Heading to my flight, see you from Istanbul early tomorrow!
The Running Network LLC announces that the adidas Supernova Glide 4 wins the Best of Category for Neutral running shoes in their Spring 2012 Shoe Review....


The Scott MK4 tied for top honors in the Best Renovation category in the 2012 Running Network LLC Spring Shoe Review...

The Running Network LLC announces that their Best Performance Shoe for the RN 2012 Spring Shoe Review is the Mizuno Wave Elixir 7.....

The Brooks Pure Cadence has won the Best New Shoe from the Running Network LLC in their 2012 RunningNetwork Spring Shoe Review....


Here is review of Nike Lunar Eclipse 2 taking Best Motion Stabilizing Shoe in RN Spring 2012 Shoe Review...

The Running Network LLC named the Saucony ProGrid Hurricane 14 tied for Best Renovation in the Spring 2012 version of the Running Network LLC Shoe Review.....

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Since 1998, the RunningNetwork has been providing Shoe Reviews to its readers, in both print and on the web. The team consists of Cregg Weinmann, Footwear & Apparel Reviewer, Marg Sumner, proofreader, Kristen Cerer, design & layout and Christine Johnson, RN Project Manager & Editor. This release announces the shoes that received the top honors for Spring 2012.

As RN always says, let the reviews be the beginning of your search for that perfect shoe. RN always suggest that you then head to your local running specialty store to see what they think, as they are on the front lines, day in and day out. 

(Special thanks to Breanne Ward for her work on the press releases).
Yohan Blake had an amazing 2011! As part of the build up to the 2012 adidas Grand Prix NYC, Yohan Blake did a press conference today. RBR missed it, as we were getting ready for the 2012 World Indoor Champs. Thanks to the thoughtfulness of Ms. Sarah Hunninghake, one of favorite PR people, please enjoy the quotes and audio link below!

Yohan Blake is one of the characters in this sport that will make the London 2012 100 meters and perhaps 200 meters two of the most spectacular events in Olympic track & field history. A chance to see him racing in the US? Well, for track fans, it is all about the racing! Don't miss the Beast at the 2012 adidas GP NYC!

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Quotes & Audio Link from today's conference call with World Champion Yohan Blake

"I love Icahn Stadium," declared World Champion Yohan Blake on Tuesday, March 6, as he spoke to media from around the world about his plans to compete at the 2012 adidas Grand Prix on June 9. "I want to make sure the fans enjoy their money's worth." Oh, boy. 

Follow the link to listen to the superstar sprinter talk about everything from Usain Bolt to the Jamaican Olympic Trials to why people call him "the beast". 
Follow the link for the press release announcing Blake as the first athlete for the adidas Grand Prix. 


Here are just a few excerpts from Blake's 35-minute call with reporters:


On what he's looking forward to most in running in New York:

New York is a good preparation for me going into the Jamaican Trials and into the Olympics. I love running in New York. The people are really nice, the wonderful Jamaican people there cheering you on. I ran back there in 2010. I ran really well. I gave away my race, but I'm coming back now.


On if he's trying to also do something great in New York, similar to Bolt's first 100 meter world record in 2008:

I just want to go to New York and have a wonderful race. Depending on the conditions on the day, anything can happen. I'm not going out to stress myself and say, Ok Usain Bolt broke the record and I have to run just as fast. I just want to go out there on the day, have fun, make sure the fans enjoy their money's worth.


On the significance of the adidas Grand Prix as the first big meet he competed in as a part of the St. Jago relay in 2007:

When I look in the stands, there's a lot of Jamaicans, and it's always been a good meet. I've been growing with New York. I love Icahn Stadium, I love the people on the athletic side. I think it's a wonderful track, and I'm going to look forward to running in New York.  


On how training with Usain Bolt has turned him into the sprinter he is today:

Usain Bolt pushed me a lot in training due to the fact that if he has to take one, I have to take two. He's helped me because I have to run even faster in training to keep up with his speed. He helped me a lot to prepare last year for the World Championships and the Olympics this year.


On how often to race before the Olympics:

Coach Mills knows what to do because he's one of the best coaches in the world. He knows he can take me off at any time, and I'll run fast. So I don't think I need many races. Just like last year, I didn't run many races going into Daegu, so think year I don't think it will be really different.


One thing I'm trying to work on is my start and the technical part of my 100m race because most of my races technical problems are at the start, and the first 30 meters is giving me problems. So basically I'll be working on that for the London 2012 100 meters.


On the difficulty of the Jamaican Olympic Trials:

Yes at the Trials, all the guys are running really fast. Most of them are going to be in the 100-meter finals [at the Olympics]. It's going to be a really difficult one because nobody's spot is guaranteed, and you have to be ready on the day. I think it's going to be a tough one in June.


On what winning the World Championships meant:

It meant a lot to me, knowing I'd been working really hard. For me to get a gold medal, also being the youngest World Champion ever, it's really meant a lot to me and opened a lot of doors. Usain not running in the finals didn't change anything, really. I was looking forward to running with him. We had been talking in training, we were going to lay it down there on the track. It was unfortunate. The false start was a big shocker.


Daegu, and my training, both really gave me a lot of belief going into this year in 2012 right now because I've run with all of these guys before, and I know what they can do. But I think this year is going to be different because Asafa is coming back into the picture, and I don't think Usain will false start again. It's going to be interesting. I have a good confidence level right now coming off winning the World Championships and ranking number one in the world in the 100 meters. I have a 250 percent confidence.


On if such a strong 200m race in Brussels last year causes him to change his focus in training:

This year I'm really focusing on my 100 meter. In the 200 meter, you can make mistakes and still run back, but the 100 meter you don't have any mistakes to make. So I just want to work on my first 30 meters and get my start right.


On why they call him the Beast:

Why they call me the Beast, even when I have breaks, I still train. On Christmas break, Coach Mills has to call and say, you are on a break. You need to take some rest. That's how I work. When you guys are sleeping at night, I'm out there working. That's why they call me the Beast. I work twice as hard as everybody else.  


Blanka Vlasic, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala Roma,
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Blanka Vlasic is recovering well from her surgery and is on plan for competing this coming Summer. Yelena Isinbayeva had a few words on young rival Heather Bleasdale. Just shows how competitive Ms. Isinbayeva still is. Should prove to be a very interesting World Indoors!

Liu Xiang, 2010 Asian Games, semi finals, photo by

Liu Xiang will be taking on the American hurdles, Kevin Craddock and Aries Merritt, in Istanbul, as Dayron Robles is banged up a bit, and will not compete in Istanbul. Too bad, would have been a superb competition. Some great races lining up, looking forward to seeing
many of them!
Amazing run for Samuel Ndungu, debuting in 2:07:04 and Henryk Szost sets Polish NR in 2:07:39, at Lake Biwa. Great performances, with nine PBs in first ten places! Course record in Demi-de-Paris (Paris Half-Marathon), run by Stanley Biwott in 59:44.

 Ndungu_SamuelFV1_LakeBiwa12.jpgSamuel Ndungu, 2012 Lake Biwa Marathon, photo by
Mark Winitz, long time contributor to American Track & Field and California Track & Running News wrote this piece on the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon....

updated March 5, 2012
Nice to see Allstate Insurance taking on the Allstate Insurance 13.1 Marathon series. Running makes sense for major companies in Health and Insurance business, as it reaches a wide group of the US populace and people who see health and fitness as key to their lifestyle....

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Updated March 5, 2012

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The 67th Lake Biwa Marathon had amazingly deep performances, with nine of top ten setting PRs. Our favorite photographer, Victah Sailer, gave us this account of the race!

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The 2012 World Indoor Championships are coming up this next week, March 8-11, in Istanbul, Turkey. Some tough competitions coming up next weekend. RBR will be covering every moment of the competition, looking forward to it!
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Apparently, the Kenyan Federation is getting internal criticism on it's announcement that the Nike Pre Classic 5,000m and 10,000m will be part of their Trials program for determining the teams for Kenya for the 5,000m and 10,000m. At the Nike Pre, the top three Kenyans in the 5,000m and 10,000m would represent Kenya in London for the 2012 Olympics. The rest of the team, rest of the events, would be part of the trials in Kenya. 

In the following piece, done by Reuters and posted on UK Eurosport, Paul Tergat and Martin Keino, both prominent former Kenyan athletes, express some concerns.

The Kenyan Federation is trying to find a way to get the best Kenyan athletes to represent them at Olympics. There was less than joyful response to the men's 5,000m and 10,000m results from Daegu, where Kenyan men did not medal in either event.

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Kitaoka, Nakamoto, Horibata, Sato, Imai, Lake Biwa Press Conference,
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The 67th Lake Biwa Marathon is the last of the Japanese marathon trial races. The race has great history and is quite popular in Japan. Our global man of the running photo, Victah Sailer, is on site and has provided us with the following update on the pre race info for Lake Biwa:

IPICO, one of the top sports timing protocols in running, has announced a new strategic partner in Europe, Matsport. This gives IPICO an European distribution center and service center. IPICO has events in 50 countries at this time...
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Powell vs Bolt also in Oslo

OSLO (NOR): Second clash of the year Usain Bolt vs. Asafa Powell is announced after Rome for the ExxonMobil Bislett Games - Samsung Diamond League on 7 June 2012. "These two Jamaicans are the best known personalities in athletics at the moment and we are very proud and excited that they are both coming to Oslo in an Olympic year," says Meeting Director Steinar Hoen. Yohan Blake runs in New York on June 9 and the schedule of Tyson Gay is not known yet.

Rodgers gets 9 months
NEW YORK (USA): US sprinter Mike Rodgers, who was tested positive for a stimulant just before last year's World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, was handed a 9-month suspension. The 26-year-old sprinter,  who was a contender for a medal in Daegu, tested positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine during an in-competition test conducted on July 19 at the meet in Lignano, Italy. According to, Rodgers, who requested a hearing in front of an independent American Arbitration Association panel in an attempt to clear his name, failed to convince the panel. In an later he apologized for his behaviour: "I apologize to my family and the track and field community around the world for my error in judgment related to my first anti-doping violation.  Methylhexaneamine, a mild stimulant, found in many energy drinks and supplements, was detected in my urine sample at the Lignano, Italy track and field competition in July, 2011.  I regret that my oversight in reviewing the USADA advisory notices in June 2011, may have contributed to my use of this energy drink substance one month later in July 2011. I have since learned that while acceptable in out-of-competition training, it is banned from in-competition.  Needless to say, I will be more diligent in staying abreast of this information. Needless to day, this has been both a humbling and enlightening experience.  I made a huge mistake and take full responsibility for my actions." He will be able to resume his career starting on April 19. That means he can bid to compete at Olympic Games at US Trials end of June.


IAAF: With 172 IAAF National Member Federations having entered athletes to compete at the Atakoy Arena next week, Istanbul 2012 should surpass Valencia 2008 where 147 countries, also a participating record at the time, contested the event. A total of 1299 athletes and officials are also expected to attend what will be the IAAF's most important event of the 2012 World Athletics Series. 349 male athletes, 334 female athletes (together 683) and 616 officials have indeed been entered following the 27 February deadline for Final Entries. The record in number of participating athletes is 712 in Paris 1997. Last edition in Doha had 583 competing athletes.

ALGERIA: Will be represented by 2 athletes: hurdles national record holder Othmane Hadj Lazib and experienced triple jumper Baya Rahouli. She was twice World indoor finalist back in 2003 and 2004.

CHINESE TAIPEI: Two athletes will be shot putter Chang Ming-Huang and female 60 m sprinter Liao Ching-Hsien.

PHILIPPINES: SEA Games winner and national record holder Marestella Torres is the female long jump entry. The decision for the male entry was not confirmed between Henry Damil (Long Jumper) and Archand
C.Bagsit (400 m), who both had won the Silver medal at these SEA Games.

KAZAKHSTAN: Headliner of 6 members team is the title defender and current triple jump world leader Olga Rypakova. Also in the team five more women triple jumper Irina Ektova, hurdler Natalya Ivoninskaya, sprinters Olga Bludova with Viktoriya Zyabkina and high jumper Marina Aitova.

ZIMBABWE: Zimbabwe's participation is now in doubt after United States-based sprinter Gabriel Mvumvure pulled out of the event. The fastest man in the country also living in US Ngoni Makusha is also not planning to compete in Turkey.

QUALIFICATIONS: Did you know that both pole vault men and women will be straight finals in Istanbul? No qualifications planned.


LAKE BIWA (JPN): Brett Larner informs that the organizers of Sunday's 67th Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon, the final domestic selection race for the Japanese men's London Olympics marathon team, announced that Atsushi Sato has withdrawn from the race due to inflammation in the rear of his left thigh.  Sato began to experience pain in mid-February and was unable to recover in time for the race, bringing to an end his bid for a second-straight Olympic marathon appearance.  The half-marathon national record holder, he finished last at the Beijing Olympics.  He came back with a 6th-place finish at the 2009 Berlin World Championships but, targeting London, said, "You can only repay an Olympic debt at the Olympics."

BLACKSBURG (USA): Robby Andrews, a two-time NCAA champion in the men's 800 meters, has announced his decision to leave the Virginia track and field/cross country program. "We want to wish Robby nothing but the best as he pursues future endeavors," Virginia director of track and field/cross country Bryan Fetzer said. A third-year from Englishtown, N.J., Andrews won the 2010 indoor and 2011 outdoor national championships in the 800 meters. Has PB of 1:44.71 and is World Junior bronze winner in 2010 in Moncton, Canada.

BELVILLE (RSA): 2009 world 800 m champion Caster Semenya gets her season under way in the second and final Yellow Pages Inter-provincial meeting in Bellville on Saturday. Semenya lines up in a 19-strong field, headlined by Tjipekapora Herunga of Namibia, in the women's 400m event. Istanbul bound Elroy Gelant, meanwhile, will go in search of the Olympic qualifying time in the men's 5000 m race.

CHIHUAHUA (MEX): IAAF informs that several of the world's top race walkers will start their route to the IAAF World Race Walking Cup and the London Olympics this Saturday on the streets of Chihuahua for the second leg of the 2012 IAAF World Race Walking Challenge. Local favourite Eder Sanchez will defend his 20km title from last year, but he is expected to find strong opposition not only from Australian Jared Tallent, but also from Colombia's 2011 Pan American Games runner-up James Rendon and Ecuador's Rolando Saguipay. Several 50km specialists, including Russia's Semen Lovkin, Ecuador's Andrés Chocho and Chihuahua hero and 2010 World Cup silver medallist Horacio Nava will also race the shorter distance. The 50 km should be another battle between Norwegian Trond Nymark and local walkers, including 2011 winner and Pan American Games runner-up José Leyver, Omar Zepeda, Jesús Sánchez and Christian Berdeja. Andrei Stepanchuk of Belarus hopes to be in the mix as well. The women's race could become another Portuguese affair as last year. A permanent contender in Chihuahua, Inês Henriques is back to defend her 2011 win, when she led an all-Portuguese podium.

OTTAWA (CAN): A strong showing and a personal best at the USATF Classic in Fayetteville, Arkansas has earned shot putter Justin Rodhe the BioSteel Top Performer of the month for February 2012. Justin threw a personal best of 20.95-metres to finish second overall, edging out teammate and training partner Dylan Armstrong. As the BioSteel Top Performer of the month Justin will receive a complimentary sports supplements package consisting of BioSteel NSF and Informed-Choice certified products. He is also scheduled to compete at World Indoor Championships next weekend.

BRUSSELS (BEL): European 60m hurdles bronze medallist Adrien Deghelt will be out of training longer than expected with a newly sustained rupture in his hamstring. Deghelt already missed last year's summer season and this year's indoor season with a stress fracture in his hip writes The Standaard.

LAUSANNE (SUI): February is the busiest month of the year for indoor athletics and now European Athletics has opened its monthly poll to find the European athlete of the month February they report on their website.

SINGAPORE (SIN): Days after unveiling plans to plough 5 million dollar into the development of athletics, local sports events company Trax Global is now eyeing the region with a commitment to sponsor the 2012 Asian Grand Prix series to the tune of an estimated 1.2 million dollar. Organised by the Asian Athletics Association (AAA), the three-leg series will be hosted in Bangkok (May 6), Kanchanaburi (May 9) and Nakhonratsima (May 13) this year.

KINGSTON (JAM): The decision by PUMA to sponsor the Jamaican Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA) since 2002 has paid off well for the athletics brand since Jamaican track and field star Usain Bolt burst on the international scene. In its 2011 group management report released last month, the company said "impressive successes", such as that of the Jamaican team and superstar Usain Bolt in the IAAF World Athletics Championships in South Korea, allowed it to grow while significantly increasing "brand desirability" over the period writes Caribbean360.

LONDON (GBR): Russia has dropped plans to bid for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games because the country wants to concentrate on its preparations for the FIFA World Cup. Nigeria has also scrapped a proposed bid from its capital Abuja reports insidethegames.

PORT OF SPAIN (TRI):  T&T's local track and field body (NAAA) will hold a press conference on Monday at its Couva office to update the public on the finding of the positive test at last August's National Championships. Informs Trackalerts and reports that the athlete received a six month ban, which was communicated on Wednesday. The six month ban ends the middle of March.



DESSAI (GER, Mar 2): German champion Bjorn Otto won the 11th Jumping meet of Dessau with 584, new meet record clearance. He tried then before 2000 spectators at 601 would-be German record height. Second Daegu finalist Steven Lewis of Great Britain improved his overall best to excellent 577. Former meet record holder Malte Mohr and Hendrik Gruber tied for third with 560, the same height for fifth Raphael Holzdeppe. Russian Svetlana Shkolina was the clear women high jump winner with 194 cm. Second in a tie German Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch and Russian Tatyana Mnatsakanova with 184.

BAD OEYNHAUSEN (GER, Mar 2): The 11th pole vault meet in Werre-Park shopping center started with women competition before 2200 spectators. Istanbul-bound Kristina Gadschiew went over 443 to win. She then tried at 453 cm. Second Denmark national record holder Caroline Bonde Holm 433. Men will jump on Saturday.

MELBOURNE (AUS, Mar 2): Henry Frayne and Brendan Cole achieved the best marks during first day of the Qantas Melbourne Track Classic & Olympic Trials. The IAAF World Challenge Meet is on Saturday. Battling blustery conditions that saw his wind reading vary from +0.6 m/s to +2.6 m/s, Frayne opened his series with 16.17m, before 16.79m, 17.09m, a wind assisted 17.34m (+2.6) in the penultimate round and his best mark and qualifying performance of 17.23 (+0.6) life-time best to close. Cole, meanwhile, etched his name on the automatic Olympic Games nominee list with a 49.39 run to take out the 400m hurdles in blistering fashion from his fellow Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder Tristan Thomas (50.23). Very solid field was assembled in men´s 1500 m where Australian record holder Ryan Gregson crossed in 3:38.51 to win. American David Torrence was second (3:39.32) ahead of Olympic medalist Nick Willis of New Zealand 3:39.77, Jeff Riseley 3:40.50 and olympic and world winner Asbel Kiprop 3:42.52. IAAF World Athlete of the Year Sally Pearson took home first place in the women's 100m, crossing in 11.67 (-2.3). Informs Athletics Australia.

Ashton Eaton, USA, photo by

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What could prove to be one of the most popular events at the World Indoor, the Combined Events Invitational, is featuring some of the best multi eventers in the world: Ashton Eaton, Mikki Pahapill, Jessica Ennis and Tatyana Chernova! Looking forward to March 8-11, 2012, in Istanbul, Turkey.

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This morning I received a phone call inquiring into who the stars will be in London 2012? There are too  many to mention. But, if we start with the 100 and 200 meters, a few names will pop up. One of them will be Yohan Blake, who has announced his running at the adidas Grand Prix NYC, to be held June 9, in New York City!

Blake shook a few people up winning the 100 meters, then blew them away sprinting his 19.23 for 200 meters... stay tuned!

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This race, in Southern France will be an amazing one to run. Now, in its second year, 15,000 lucky runners will be able to traverse one of the true wonders of modern engineering world! Details below, and some superb pictures. I was able to drive over the bridge in 2006, in the dark, and it was mesmerizing!

Will Claye, TJ/LJ, 2012 USA Indoors, photo by

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Gatlin-TimmonsFH-USind12.jpgJustin Gatlin, Trell Kimmons, 60m, 2012 USA Indoors, photo by

Castlin_KristiR-USind12.jpgKristi Castlin, 60m hurdles, 2012 USA Indoors,
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Hoffa_Reese1-USind12.jpgReese Hoffa, Shot Put, 2012 USA Indoors,
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The US team numbers fifty-one (51), heading to Istanbul, Turkey, for the 2012 World Indoor Championships, being held March 8-11, 2012. The team is pretty impressive, but so are some of the teams from the rest of the world. Looking forward to three solid days of track & field!

Bernard Lagat & his fan club, 2012 USA Indoors, photo by

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The 2012 World Indoors, to be held in Istanbul, Turkey from March 8-11, has a much wider cast of characters, 11 defenders from Doha, plus 11 from Daegu! This is quite unusual for a world indoor event, but for many, the short indoor season is a great way to determine fitness for this time of the year.

RBR will be providing live coverage plus hourly updates on the Updates on event by event basis. Just remember to check us out on and!

RBR welcomes USADA and WADA working very hard to keep our sport clean. For the sport to grow, we have to show that the majority of athletes and coaches run, jump and throw clean. We posted Mike Rodgers grande mea culpa to his nine month suspension. He took his responsibility seriously, and accepted his judgement. We look forward to seeing him run after April 19, 2012.

This is the release from USADA:
I have posted a note from Mike Rodgers about his positive test at the Lignano meeting in July 2011.

I have not received a note like this before, which arrived in my email earlier this evening. Curious to hear your comments.


Tianna Madison with ESPN, 2012 USA Indoor champs,
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Lowe_ChaunteAR-USind12.jpgChaunte Howard Lowe: High Jump AR, VISA Series winner,
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" We just do not know what we have." noted one keen observer of our sport, after viewing every moment of the 2012 USA Indoors. Our keen observer loved the races, from the speed of Tianna Madison, to the strength of Michelle Carter and Jillian Camerina-Williams. From the lightning finish of 37 year old Bernard Lagat, to the lethal and effective final 200 meters of Jenny Simpson, in both the 3,000m and 1,500m. And the personalities. Look at Tianna talking to ESPN, or just replay any of the interviews of our athletes from the ESPN broadcast-we have stars!

My pantheon of must considers for 2012 London has increased: Tianna Madison is definitely on it, in the 100 meters and lets see about that long jump. Trell Kimmons and Justin Gatlin are there too. And let's get one thing straight, if you let Leonel Manzano get within 200 meters of the finish line of a 1,500m, where something is on the line, then, you will just deal with the consequences. The guy smells the finish line from there. I was quite impressed with Matthew Centrowitz, once again, in the game, and the race, and has that sense. Not worried about Galen Rupp, the just adds his race experiences to his racing pantheon-and the 10,000m in Eugene is really the next thing on his agenda.

The battle between Michele Carter and Jillian Camerena-Williams is as good as WWF. Those two just pull the best out of each other, and we, the fans get to watch a shot competition with great tension! Speaking of tension, Reese Hoffa and Ryan Whiting woke a few people up. Christian Cantwell is throwing pretty well, but no cigar this time.

Will Claye is looking like a long jump/triple jump combo not seen in this country since Mike Conley. Christian Taylor, the gold medalist at tj from Daegu, had a wake up call here, as well. Great to see those two go at it, as a great vertical jump competition is a sight to behold. Nice to see Chaunte Howard Lowe back in the jump wars.

So, here is Dave Hunter's view of the second day of the 2012 USA Indoors! RBR will see you in Turkey, March 9-11, covering the World Indoors like you have never seen before! Watch for our details!

This is a fantastic program! I encourage all athletes to nominate their favorite coaches! Here is video on last year's winner;


Blocks at Dempsey Indoor, photo courtesy of Brooks Running



Brooks Sports Honors High School Coaches Who Go the Extra Mile, Inspire Their Athletes and Communities to Run Happy


Leading Running Company Encourages Athletes and Parents to Share Exceptional Stories about Inspiring Track and Cross Country Coaches in Their Lives


Bothell, Wash. - Mar. 1, 2012 - Great high school coaches don't just coach, they inspire, motivate and instill a lifelong love of running in their athletes. Now Brooks Sports, Inc. is giving athletes, parents and others in the community the opportunity to give back to these standout individuals by nominating them for the second annual Brooks Inspiring Coaches program. The Brooks Inspiring Coaches program aims to bring support, awareness and a dose of Run Happy spirit to high school cross country and track and field coaches who go above and beyond to motivate their runners and keep their programs strong.


"Last year we read hundreds of heartfelt stories about amazing high school coaches from all over the nation. We ultimately honored 10 who not only motivated their runners on the track and trail, but become their lifelong mentors," said Jim Weber, president and CEO of Brooks Sports, Inc. "These coaches exemplify our mission to inspire everyone to run and be active."


In an effort to bolster its support for coaches and their high school running teams nationwide, Brooks decided to more than double its investment in the Inspiring Coaches program for 2012. The leading running company will to honor 25 coaches and award product and monetary support to their teams.


Anyone inspired by a coach should visit to nominate a current high school track and field or cross country coach. Applications will be accepted through June 29, 2012. Brooks will announce the top 25 finalists and profile them on during August; the 2012 Inspiring Coach of the Year will be unveiled in September.


Brooks will award each finalist:

·         $5,000 in Brooks performance running footwear, apparel, and/or accessories for his or her team;

·         $500 cash for additional team expenses; and

·         Membership into the Brooks Inspire Daily (I.D.) program.


The 2012 Inspiring Coach of the Year will also receive:

·         $5,000 in Brooks gear;

·         An additional $2,000 in cash; and

·         A trip for two to the 2013 Brooks PR Invitational.


The Brooks Inspiring Coaches program was created in 2011 after hearing countless stories of high school track and cross country coaches who volunteer their time, pay for team expenses out of their own pockets, and use the run to help keep kids positively motivated and active. Wanting to pay tribute to these coaches who go the extra mile, Brooks asked high school athletes, parents and others to share personal thoughts and stories about their coaches.


Ranked among a highly competitive field, Coach Amy Pitzel from Katy Taylor High School in Katy, Texas, was named the Brooks 2011 Inspiring Coach of the Year. Phrases like "Leads by example," "totally dedicated" and "the glue that bonds her team like no other" made the nominations for Coach Pitzel stand out and ultimately earned her the top honor.


About Brooks
Brooks Sports, Inc. is a leading running company that designs and markets a line of performance footwear, apparel, and accessories in more than 60 countries worldwide. A subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Brooks was founded in 1914 and is headquartered in Bothell, Wash., near Seattle. The company's mission is to inspire everyone to run and be active by creating innovative gear that keeps them running longer, farther, and faster. Visit for more information, and follow frequent brand updates on Twitter (@brooksrunning) and Facebook (

The Brooks Inspiring Coaches program is in its second year. The idea is simple, the program is brilliant. Nominate your high school cross country or track coach (Brooks Inspiring Coaches), tell Brooks what the coach means to you, and why they deserve to be one of Brooks Top Ten finalists, and you are set.

Cross Country & Track Coaches work with 1.4 million high school boys and girls, 46 weeks a year, six days a week, two hours, fifteen minutes an average session. With 350,000 athletes in cross country and just over a million-1,050,000 in indoor and outdoor track and field, the job of a cross country and track coach is long hours, and virtually no money.

But, it is not about the money.

Coaches change lives. Coaches save lives. Coaches inspire. Ask anyone on a high school cross country or track program and they can tell you, five, ten, fifteen, twenty, thirty years later how much the coach meant to them. It is also the reason a new generation of coaches is coming back to the sport. Jesse Williams, the sports marketing manager for Brooks, talks about the raising of awareness. Jim Weber, the president of Brooks tells us it is about giving back to the sport.

It is both, and another example of how the footwear companies support the sport that gave them and continues to give them life.

To describe the Brooks Inspiring Coaches Program, I will borrow a favorite quote from a popular home decorating goddess, " It is a good thing"  .

For more information, please check here:

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