ADDIS ABABA (ETH): Olympic and world gold medalist Meseret Defar will miss the 2014 season. The reason is a happy one. She is pregnant and expects the birth by the end of June. Defar plans to be back for the 2015 season.
(Editor’s note: Meseret Defar has had excellent 2012 and 2013 seasons, putting her back on her pedestal. Defar has had a tremendous career so far, and we look forward to the next chapter.)
Larry Eder has had a 51-year involvement in the sport of athletics. Larry has experienced the sport as an athlete, coach, magazine publisher, and now, journalist and blogger. His first article, on Don Bowden, America's first sub-4 minute miler, was published in RW in 1983. Larry has published several magazines on athletics, from American Athletics to the U.S. version of Spikes magazine. He currently manages the content and marketing development of the RunningNetwork, The Shoe Addicts, and RunBlogRun. Of RunBlogRun, his daily pilgrimage with the sport, Larry says: "I have to admit, I love traveling to far away meets, writing about the sport I love, and the athletes I respect, for my readers at runblogrun.com, the most of anything I have ever done, except, maybe running itself." Also does some updates for BBC Sports at key events, which he truly enjoys. Theme song: Greg Allman, " I'm no Angel."