April 2017 Archives

RunBlogRun opines: If you want to be a player in performance running, you take over a marathon or a series of road races, or so it seems. With the announcement just minutes ago of New Balance taking over from adidas as footwear and apparel sponsor of London, it is two major victories for the Boston, MA based brand. New Balance now has New York and London Marathons, members of Abbott World Marathon Majors, in two media capitals, in its family of properties. Both stories have been under reported, mostly because the negotiations were kept very private.

In the end, NB continues to grow, in a footwear market that has more losers than winners in the past two years. Both New York and London are considered two of the finest running markets in the world, as well as two of the largest global marathons.

What does this mean for New Balance? Having major events in major media capitals gives NB a much bigger consumer view. It is also perfect running product testing labs in both markets as well. More to come on this announcement.


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2017 Drake Relays: Year of the selfie.

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THESE GUYS ARE FAST! (from Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee News)

The Rio Rematch in the men's 110 hurdles produced three of the top four times in the world this year -- and a Drake Relays record to boot. Omar McLeod, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist and co-outstanding performer at Drake in 2015, won the race in a blazing 13.04 seconds. That's No. 1 in the world this year and tops the Relays record f 13.08 he set in winning last year's race. Andy Pozzi, a two-time Olympian from Great Britain, was second in 13.24, which is the second fastest in the world so far. Third-place finisher Aleec Harris ran 13.37, the No. 4 time worldwide.

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In the race of the night, Jenny Simpson prevailed in the women's 1500 -- as usual. Simpson, the bronze medalist at last summer's Olympics, pulled out of the pack to take the lead in the final lap, then survived a sprint to the finish to win the Rio Rematch race in 4:16.10. It's the fifth straight victory for the Webster City, Iowa native in the race, matching a streak achieved by former Wisconsin star Cindy Bremser, who did it from 1981-85. Simpson won against an impressive field that had deep Iowa connections. Brenda Martinez, a 2016 Olympian, was second; Shelby Houlihan, an eight-time Drake Relays champion at Sioux City East, was fourth; and former West Des Moines Dowling Catholic standout Karissa Schweizer, who has won two NCAA championships, came in seventh. Kate Grace, the 2016 Olympic Trials champion in the 800, finished third. A mere 57-hundredths of a second separated the top four runners, giving the fans what they came to see.

RunBlogRun opines: Jenny Simpson is focused on London 2017. She wants to make the US team and take a medal in 2017. This is more important to her in that many of the women in front of Simpson in London 2012 have been banned from the sport. We wish Jenny luck as she builds to the 2017 Summer season.

As we post this, David Hunter and his extremely patient wife are driving 400 miles back to Ohio. His 800 mile round trip to the 123rd Penn Relays show his devotion to the sport and you, our readers. This is his third column in three days, covering the amazing Penn Relays! Thanks, David!

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TAIPEI CITY (TPE, Apr 30): Asian Grand Prix circuit ended here with Olympic winner Jeff Henderson leaping to 815 (+0.6) win in long jump. Another American competing Mike Rodgers was second in the 200 m with 20.84 (-0.2), behind home Yang Chun-Han 20.78. Muhammed Anas from India topped the 400 m in 45.69 and his team-mate Om Prakash Shing the shot 19.58. Home wins for Chen Chieh at 400 m hurdles with 49.67 and Huang Shih-Feng 80.77 in javelin ahead of recent NR breaker Cheng Chao-Tsun 79.93 and Neeraj Chopra of India 79.90. Indonesia clocked national record in 4x100 m 39.13 ahead of Taipei 39.27. Chinese wins for Xu Haiyang in the 100 m 10.35 (+0.1), Sun Zhao 227 in high jump (equaled his PB) and Cao Shuo 16.21 (+0.3) triple. Among women wins for China by Bin Feng discus 61.32, Song Jiayuan 17.46 shot. Viktoriya Zyabkina topped the 100 m for Kazakhstan 11.34 (-0.5) and helped her team to 43.40 in the 4x100 m. Elina Mikhina improved her PB to 52.55 in the 400 m. National record for Hongkong in high jump as Yeung Man Wai cleared 188.

MURPHY'S LAW (notes from Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee News)

Clayton Murphy has been one busy runner lately -- and a successful one, too. Murphy won the men's Elite 1500 in 3:41.75 for his third victory in eight days. Last Saturday, he had the U.S. 4x800 team to a victory in the World Relay Championships in the Bahamas. Then on Tuesday, he ran a sub-four (3:59.96) to win the Grand Blue Mile road race in downtown Des Moines. The 1500 turned into a two-man race and Murphy, the Olympic bronze medalist in the 800, held off John Gregorek, who took second in 3:41.84. Murphy traveled 3,280 miles for this three victories and pocketed $32,500.

RunBlogRun opines: Clayton Murphy is quickly elevating himself to becoming one of the finest racers in American track & field. His early season races, his WL over 800 meters shows that good things continue to come from the University of Akron graduate. Truth is, how do you race a buy with 1:43 800 meter speed, this early in the season and a PB of 1:42? Murphy runs like Rick Wolhuter, the former WR holder at 800 and 1976 Olympic bronze medalist, but with better achilles tendons.

elite women, london.jpgWomen's elite field en route, 2017 Virgin London Marathon, photo by London Marathon

If you want to run Virgin Money London Marathon in April 2018, then, please read the release below as the ballot opens tomorrow, May 1, 2017.

Long runs on Sundays are where memories are made. The long time writer for Sports Illustrated, and two time Olympian, Kenny Moore, used to write his stories while he ran long runs. They are time for contemplation and introspection. They are also time for sharing friendships and stories. Enjoy your long runs with your friends!

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Sunday, April 30, 2017. Long run, 10-11 miles, with warm up and cooldown and yes, push ups and sit ups.

This is David Hunter's article on the second day of the 123rd Penn Relays. The Relays are a living, breathing thing. The fans screaming, the inspired legs from schools no one has ever heard from, and the anchors delivering great runs in front of the famous Penn crowds!

This is what David Hunter has captured of day two!

The steeplechase is an event virtually owned by Kenyan athletes. Jairus Birech is the athlete that Evan Jager battled in 2014 at the AREVA Paris meeting, where Jager tripped over the last barrier, still running 8:00.12. In that race, Jairus Birech ran 7:58.41, to Jager's 8:00.12. Justin Lagat caught up with Birech this past weekend and the talkative steeplechaser had lots to say!

Birech-Jager-ParisDL15.jpgJairus Birech and Evan Jager, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Penn Relays are one of our most iconic and historic relays in all of track & field. David Hunter is covering the Relays for RunBlogRun. This is his day one review of Thursday, April 27, 2017. David provides you the behind the scenes of the Penn Relays, each and every day! Watch for Day two coming shortly!

Today is race day across the country. Good luck in your races! With fifteen weeks behind you, your fitness continues to grow, as does your race fitness. See how fast you can run! Start your kick closer to the finish, stay closer to the pack. Shake it up!


The BAA 5k, photo by PhotoRun.net

Saturday, April 29, 2017. Race today, race a team relay or a single event. Remember to warm up and cooldown.

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The 2017 Boston Marathon was one of the finest marathons in the Beantown is many years. The races were epic, the fields were strong and the fans and marathoners were out in force. Here is what we saw.

thebig half.jpgThe Big Half is the new Half Marathon launched by the London Marathon. It will debut on 4 March 2018. And it will be a unique approach to hosting a major event and including the communities in the ebb and flow of the marathon and half marathon.

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While it is truly sad that another Kenyan athlete has, per Atheltics Kenya, tested positive, it means that increased out of competition testing is working. Remember, Rita Jeptoo would never have been caught without out of competition testing.

DeGrasse_AndreFL-Rio16.jpgAndre De Grasse, photo by PhotoRun.net
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TORONTO (CAN): Triple Olympic medallist Andre de Grasse will be among the headline acts in the Oslo Diamond League on 15 June and the Stockholm Diamond League on 18 June, informs organisers. De Grasse won the 100 m in Oslo last year and will race in Stockholm for the first time.

RunBlogRun opines: The City of Paris is a huge sports city. From football, to rubgy, to athletics, to major road races, Paris has sports, fine food, great cafes and amazing history. The European Athletics Associaiton choose Paris to host the 2020 European Athletics Championships.

European Athletics is at this exciting cross roads. Over the past few years, the EAA has established itself as one of the most focused area federations in all of sports. Part of that is that EAA has gotten ahead of the incessant media narrative of negatives in athletics. By focusing on projects that they can deliver (or over deliver), EAA is putting together some programs that make tremendous sense, from anti-doping to reviving a vibrant cross country championships, and revisitng all European records with a thoughtful and qualified examination board.

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European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen (left) and André Giraud (right), President of the French Athletics Federation, with French athletics stars Marie-José Pérec and Yohann Diniz, in Paris on Friday 28 April. Photo courtesy of European Athletics (copyright EAA)


Men's 10,000m start, Payton Jordan, photo by PhotoRun.net

STANFORD (USA): The entries for next Friday's Payton Jordan Invitational on May 5 confirm Matt Centrowitz, Nick Willis, Edward Cheserek, Justyn Knight in the 5000 m, Emily Sisson, Meraf Bahta, Emily Infeld, Kim Conley and Amy Cragg in women 10 000 m. Men´s 1500 m has steeple record holder Evan Jager, women´s 5000 m will see Sifan Hassan with Eilish McColgan and Allie Ostrander with Marielle Hall. Another top Brit Callum Hawkins is in the 10 000 m along with Shadrack Kipchirchir, Jake Robertson, Andy Vernon, David McNeill and Bashir Abdi. Lynsey Sharp with Chrishuna Williams are the top women 800 m names. Violah Lagat after recent road succes is in the 1500 m and Norway´s Karoline Grovdal in the steeple with Australian Genevieve Lalonde.

RunBlogRun opines: In the past decade, the Payton Jordan has become the meet where distance runners run their qualifiers. The level of competition, and the quality of competition continues to grow. A meet had started in Herzogenaurach, by adidas, last year, to provide Central European runners to have a chance to hit qualifying standards, but has not been renewed. It is a huge amount of logistics to devleop a meeting like the Payton Jordan, and we thank and salute the staff at Stanford to continuing to support this amazing event.

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The Meeting de Paris is one of my favorite Diamond League meetings of the year. For many years, it was on July 4, and I would go over, do interviews on the day before the meet, say hello to my friends at L'Equipe (one of finest sports magazines and websites in known world), and enjoy a fantastic evening of track and field at the Stade de France.

The meeting is moving to Stade Charlety, and the line up of French, European, African and American stars continues to be announced.

RunBlogRun will be there to cover this fine event, the seventh on the Diamond League Schedule for 2017.

RunBlogRun opines: The announcment on April 26 of the strategic partnership between Wanda Group, one of the largest Chinese business firms, and Abbott World Marathon Majors, organization that sponsors the finest group of global marathons, was long in coming.

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Abbott World Marathon Majors has been an organization with much potential for some time. Abbott's sponsorship is good business. The Abbott company is involved with medical devices, medical products around the world. Why not be involved with a global sport, like athletics? One with such magnitude that nearly every kid in the world has run, jumped or thrown something. With records dating back to ancient Sumer, nearly 5000 years ago, running races and high jumping are some of our oldest sporting activities.

Abbott World Marathon Majors is thriving in a sports business where most do not know how to work together. That a second circuit, of well established city marathons, has not developed across North America and Europe, is beyond my comprehension. A global company wanting to reach the emerging upper and middle class, who frequent the marathon circuit will understand the opportunities.

Well, it has happened.

Wanda Group's involvement is no accident. Their focus on sports is part of their observations regarding the emerging middle class in China. Their purchase of IRONMAN brand (266 plus events around the world), and their intention of the IRONMAN brand facilitating the strategic partnership between Wanda and Abbott WMM should be fascinating. What does this mean? We are not sure, but that possibility of moving running into a true endurance business, and learning from the triathlon business could be very rewarding for all involved.

The Spring season is into high gear now. Drake Relays and Penn Relays signal the big meets are upon us. Payton Jordan next weekend, Doha DL, and state high school meets just a few weeks away for many!


Stay focused on your task. End the season with some big PBs and great placings! Relax on the easy days and focus on the hard days!

Friday, April 28, 2017. warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 8 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.

Justin Lagat sent this article to us just before he left for his upcoming marathon. Justin's piece includes some good observations on the Virgin Money London Marathon!

pack-men london .jpgThe men's lead pack at the Virgin Money London Marathon, photo courtesy of London Marathon

The USATF media world gets larger and larger. Streaming video, terrestrial TV are both important. But video on mobile devices is how fans want to get their sports content, and the more events that offer content alternatives will gain more of the desired younger demographics.

Simpson_JennyFH1-Drake13.jpgJenny Simpson winning 2013 Drake Relays, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thursday workouts are also tough day workouts for our program. The recovery days provide you with a time for the body to recover. You also need to sleep, hydrate and eat well. With the workouts you do with us, proper nutrition is key. But get stuff from all food groups. All in moderation. Taco Bell is pretty good, once or twice a weeky, but not every day. I do not recommend carbonated sodas or sugery fruit juices. Water, tea, coffee (not the ones with all the junk in them), is pretty good.

Ghebreslassie_Girmay1-World15.jpgGhirmay Gebrselassie won his World Champs debut in 2015! We think he was 20! photo by PhotoRun.net

You are feeling pretty good now, with workouts and races. Just stay focused. Big stuff is coming soon!

Thursday, April 27, 2017. warm up, 12 times 300 meters, 200 meter jog between, 400 meter pace (means 300m time en route to 400m, so, if you can run 60 seconds right now, run 300 meters at 45-48 seconds), 4 x 150 meters, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.


Wanda 3.jpgThe signing ceremony for Wanda Group and Abbott World Marathon Majors, photo courtesy of AbbottWMM

The news today of the ten year strategic partnership between Wanda Group, one of largest Chinese business groups, and Abbott World Marathon Majors, the network of six major global marathons was fascinating to RunBlogRun. So, we reached out to Cindy Hamilton of Kickstand Communications, who sent our questions to Tim Hadzima, VP of Abbott World Marathon Majors. Here are Tim's comments on the strategic partnership.

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All 3 Rio medalists in women 200 m
EUGENE (USA): The women's 200 meters at the Prefontaine Classic on May 27 as IAAF Diamond League is every sprint fan's dream. All three Olympic medalists from Rio are returning to Pre, where the eventual Olympic trio met for the first time last year in a race that was even tighter than the Rio final. Elaine Thompson with Dafne Schippers and Tori Bowie. But against them another legend Allyson Felix with Jenna Prandini, Marie-Jose Ta Lou, Simone Facey and Ivet Lalova-Collio from Bulgaria.

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The 110m hurdles and 400m intermediate hurdles are two of the toughest events in athletics. They are also two of the most capitvating. Shanghai DL has put together a fine field in these two events, as the release below notes!

We always applaud sponsorship in athletics and EBS Group is the newest company to join the supporters of global athletics. They announced the sponsorship of one of the finest meetings in the world, the Herculis EBS Meeting in Monaco. If you have not viewed the Monaco meeting, then you have not seen one of the most amazing meets in our sport. Once the momentum begins, race after race, with the crowd roaring, is how the evening goes. Something for every sports fan.

Congrats on Herculis finding such a strong partner.

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hoka one one .jpgAdrian Martinez 5000 meters, photo by Kevin Morris

The Adrian Martinez is a fun meet, on an early New England summer night in Concord, Massachuesetts. It celebrates the life and legacy of Adrian Martinez, a young man who loved his friends, family and sports. This meet combines local runs, and elite races, and it is a few hours of fun in a busy schedule. I go each year because it reminds me what is truly important in life.

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Drouin, Taylor and much more
DES MOINES (USA): The Drake Relays are offering top clashes and 70 Olympians competing in the Rio Olympics rematches this weekend on Friday and Saturday. Usual duel Kirani James vs LaShawn Merritt in the men 400 m, high hurdles will have Omar McLeod against Aries Merritt and David Oliver with Briton Andy Pozzi. World record holder Kendra Harrison runs the 100 m hurdles with two olympic medalists Kristi Castlin and Nia Ali. Olympic 800 m medalist Clayton Murphy is in the 1500 m, Jenny Simpson in women 1500 m. Ashley Spencer is the top name in women 400 m hurdles, in men´s Bershawn Jackson and Javier Culson. Stars of technical events are Olympic winners Derek Drouin in high jump, Christian Taylor in triple jump, Brittney Reese in long jump, also other olympic medalists in pole vault Sandi Morris with Sam Kendricks. Drake Relays website says.
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RunBlogRun opines: The Drake Relays, with the support of Hy-Vee, has upped the game for athletics in the midwest. Some amazing rivalries are celebrated! Make sure you watch it this coming weekend!

The announcment this morning of the Wanda Group's strategic partnership in the Abbott World Marathon Majors is a shot in the arm to the business of running. While it is very early in the process, RunBlogRun has prognosticated a bit on what the partnership means to the sport. Tell us what you think!


Paris for 2020, recommendations for records
LAUSANNE (SUI): The European Athletics Council, led by President Svein Arne Hansen, will meet in Paris from Friday to Sunday this week and a number of decisions with historic significance to the sport in Europe are expected to be made. Firstly, the host city for the 2020 European Athletics Championships will be announced on Friday with Paris beeing the only candidate. The Council will also hear the report of the European Records Credibility Project Team. Another key issue to be considered by the Council is a review of previous European Athletics award recipients and to consider recommendations about the award criteria for future recipients. Informs EA.
RunblogRun opines: Fascinated to see what European Athletics comes up with in regards to record recommendations. Which will they keep and which will they wantto change!

wanjiru wins.jpgWanjiru wins, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Abbott World Marathon Majors is shaking up the world of running with their announcement regarding their strategic partnership with the Wanda Group! Read the release for the details and watch for our commentary later in the day.

Becoming the best runner you can be takes time, hard work, recovery days and patience. Lets consider Clayton Murphy. Clayton Murphy was a very good runner in high school, with a 1:54 for 800 meters, in small town in Ohio. At the University of Akron, he dropped from 1:54, to 1:45 NCAA champion his senior year. Then, he won the Olympic Trials over 800 meters, finally taking a bronze Olympic medal and 1:43 for 800 meters!

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On Sunday of this week, Clayton anchored the US 4x800m to gold in the World Relays in Nassua. On Tuesday, Clayton Murphy broke the meet record for the Blue Road Mile in Des Moines, Iowa, running just under 4 minutes.

Great coaching and focused running come together, helping you reach challenges and peaks that you did not think were possible.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 6 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

672072958.jpgTianna Bartoletta, 4x100 meter relay, photo: Getty Images/IAAF

672055360.jpgClayton Murphy anchoring USA's winning 4x800m relay team, photo: Getty Images/IAAF

The second day of the 2017 IAAF World Relays had some fine races. Here is day 2 report from our friend, Stuart Weir. Apparently, much of the US did not see the relays as NBC sports moved a hockey game in place of the relays, to the consternation of some of our readers.

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This was a fun presser, held at the Sam Adams Brewery, a couple days before the 2017 BAA Boston Marathon. Desi Linden wanted to win the race, but, it just was not her day as she once again finished in the top five, an amazing result.

We salute Desi Linden, for her guts, her focus on training and her ability to live a life as well as train for some of the toughest marathons in the world. As Desi Linden said so well after the race, the US runners put more on the podium each year. A win by Americans will come again soon.

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CAPE TOWN (RSA): Caster Semenya plans to compete in Oslo (15 June) and Stockholm (18 June) as well as Doha (5 May) and Eugene (27 May), informs the Sowetan Live. Her participation must be confirmed by the organisers. "The Diamond [League] won't be easy because I haven't done 800m in almost eight months and most girls have already started with the World Indoor Tour. I am happy with the 2:01 [at the South African Championships on Saturday] but 1:58 to 1:59 will be perfect. We're still planning to maybe run 400m or 1500m to sharpen up a bit before but the aim is not about running a lot of races," she said.

Some thoughts on new racing shoes


pack-men london .jpgKenenisa Bekele, London 2017 Marathon, photo courtesy of London Marathon

In the 1972 U.S. Olympic marathon Trials, a new shoe company called Nike offered many of the marathoners a brand new pair of racing shoes. Over 60 of them ran in the new shoes. Some had issues. I recall the late Ron Daws, 1968 US Olympic team member in marathon reminding his readers that, no matter what the shoe or sock or apparel, never, ever try anything new in a major race.

That is what surprised me on the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. All of the brands send out new shoes to their elite athetes. Many brands are testing new products. Elite athletes get access to the product, and try them. Kenenisa Bekele had some issues with his new shoes, which, he believed, affected his performance.

In the heat of battle, which is what a marathon is, things happen. An insole comes loose, a hot spot develops, the foot and legs compensate for such issues, and injuries can develop. That is why so many coaches, trainers suggest that new products not be tested first in major races. Try them out early, take them for your long run before a major race.

I think Kenenisa Bekele has been dealing with some injury issues just before the race. That he finished as well as he did, gutting it out over the last several miles and running back into contention, was pretty impressive. The shoe issue somehow added to the mix, but, elite athletes know, they are testing products that are sometimes good, sometimes not so good. That is the nature of new running products and being sponsored by a footwear company for six figures a year.

Daniel Wanjiru, London Marathon winner
Wanjiru thinks World Champs
LONDON (GBR): After winning the London Marathon on Sunday, Daniel Wanjiru is planning to return to the British capital for the World Championships this August, informs the Daily Nation. "I am more than ready to represent Kenya for the first time - that has always been my dream. I want to go back to London in proper national colours now," he said. Wanjiru added he is only planning to contest one race, a half marathon, between now and the World Championships.

Hard days on the track challenge the body and soul. Tuesdays are track days for us. They are to prepare you for racing on the track, showing your best and for challenging yourself.

Laura Thweatt is an example of that. In her second marathon, Laura Thweatt ran 2:25, a nearly three minute improvement in London on Sunday. That took training, focus and patience.

Thweatt_LauraLeds-NYC15-thumb-500x750-14241.jpgLaura Thweatt, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 warm up, 20 times 200 meters, 200 meter jog, 200 meters at 400 meter race pace, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

671680340.jpgElaine Thompson anchors Jamaica to 4x200 meter victory! photo: Getty Images/IAAF

Stuart Weir has, once again, put the tanning lotion down, alongside his drink with the little umbrella, and visited TommyRobo stadium to provide us with the first day of competition at the 2017 IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas!

Security is visible, and appreciated outside expo, #nycmarathon #nyrr #athleticsecurity

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wanjiru wins.jpgDaniel Wanjiru wins London! photo courtesy of London Marathon

We asked Justin Lagat to provide us the view from Kenya on the success of Kenyan runners at the 37th Virgin Money London Marathon. Here is the insightful piece that Justin provided.

How inspiring was ZamZam Farah on BBC One's #ReasonToRun programme earlier?! 🙌🏻👏🏻

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One of the best ways to loosen up from a long run is stride outs. So, today, we are doing strideouts. Enjoy the workout. Build up to strong effort.

Yesterday, I watched the London marathon. In the women's race, Mary Keitany ran a world record, by herself for nearly fifteen miles! A brave, exciting race, Mary Keitany is an amazing athlete to behold!

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Monday, April 24, 2017. warm up, two sets of 12 times 150 meters, strideouts, sprint straights, jog turns, finish ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

#Regram @mel_holden_ Time to win! First of the men - Wanjiru -at the 37k mark! #londonmarathon

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So many special runners at this year's #LondonMarathon! Swipe to see more. #ReasonToRun

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We are in the London Media Center. Waking up around six am, we headed from the Guoman Tower, to the Media bus. An escorted ride to the Media tent at the Finish line is about twenty minutes. No one on the streets of London, the only day you would find the city like that.

Here are some final thoughts before the 37th London Marathon.

😍🏅#LondonMarathon #ReasonToRun

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"I run because of my family. They motivate me." Mary Keitany #LondonMarathon #ReasonToRun

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The importance of long runs.

There is no such thing as an overnight success in running. Bill Rodgers had to get himself back into shape, and dropped out of the 1974 Boston marathon. The next year, he came back, and ran Boston, winning it in a new AR. Bill had built his fitness with the support of Coach Bill Squires, one of the most creative and colorful people in our sport, and his training partners, Bill Rodgers developed his talent and the sport is all the better for it.

Enjoy your long run. Run with friends.

Sunday, April 23, 2017. Long run, 10-11 miles, with warm up and cooldown and yes, push ups and sit ups.

1975_MARfin_Rodgers,Bill.jpgBill Rodgers, winning his first Boston, Boston 1975, photo courtesy of Boston Athletic Association

Thweatt_LauraLeds-NYC15-thumb-500x750-14241.jpgLaura Thweatt runs 2015 NYC Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

I sat down with Laura Thweatt on Friday, April 21, to discuss her upcoming race in London, her plans for moving to the marathon. Coached by Lee Troop, and running for the Boulder Track Club, Laura had a fine seventh place in November 2015 at the TCS NYC Marathon.

Here is an enjoyable audio interview with the fine athlete. Listen especially as Laura Thweatt speaks about her plans over the next 3 and one half years. That Laura will move to the marathon is a fact, the discussion is about when that move will take place.

We wish Laura Thweatt good luck on a fine PB tomorrow.

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Simbine_AkaniQ1-Beijing15.jpgAkani Simbine, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Manyonga 865, Van Niekerk 19.90
POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA, Apr 22): Olympic medalist Luvo Manyonga in first jump leaped to another African record 865 (+1.3) and then retired with groin issue. Second Rushwaal Samaai also PB 849 (-0.8) and third Zarck Visser 803 (+1.6). Another top highlight of second and final day of nationals in altitude was the 200 m by World record holder Wayde Van Niekerk. He won in WL and PB 19.90 (+0.5) ahead of Akani Simbine 20.15, Gift Leotlela 20.20 PB for the U20 athlete and Clarence Munyai 20.25. But also other winning results are showing that South African Athletics is moving forward. Pieter Conradie won 400 m in 45.15 PB, life-time bests also in shot put 21.12 by Orazio Cremona and 20.63 by Jaco Engelbrecht. Caster Semenya scored expected double 51.60 and 2:01.03 in 400/800 combination. Last year junior Chris Moleya improved in high jump to 225, Ryhardt van Rensburg topped the 800 m 1:46.56. Tiaan Smit clocked PB 13.42 (+0.3) at 110 m Hurdles while beating Antonio Alkana 13.49. Elroy Gelant after 5k disappointment won the 10 000 m in 29:09.87. Among women Alyssa Conley completed sprint double with 22.94 (+1.5) in the 200 m and Rikenette Steenkamp won hurdles in 13.02 (-0.1) PB

Bekele_KenenisaFH1-Berlin16.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo by PhotoRun.net

How does one describe Kenenisa Bekele? At the Virgin Money London Marathon presser on Thursday, April 20, interviewer Tim Hutchings called Kenenisa Bekele "the greatest distance runner of all times." Last September, Kenenisa battled Wilson Kipsang for 40 kilometers, then, sped away to a 2:03:03!

Admitting that he is about 90 percent right now, Kenenisa Bekele is the odds on favorite for tomorrow, Sunday, April 23 at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. I also think one should consider Bedan Karoki (great training, dangerous kick), Abel Kirui (wants it bad, championship runner) and Ghirmay Ghebrselassie (World Champion, national rivalry, as in Ethiopia (Bekele) versus Eritrea (Ghebrselassie).

I interviewed Kenenisa on Thursday, April 20. He was frank, relaxed and balancing revealing enough information to keep this media person interested, but not playing his cards. We will just have to wait until Sunday, April 23.

Simbine_AkaniQ1-Beijing15.jpgAkani Simbine, photo by PhotoRun.net
Simbine twice sub 10
POTCHESFTROOM (RSA, Apr 21): South African record holder Akani Simbine confirmed who is the fastest in the country and currently also in the World. He clocked during first day of National Championships first 10.06 (+0.3) in heats, then superb 9.94 (+0.2) in semifinals and won the title in cold evening in 9.95 against -0.7 wind. He has now in total 12 legal sub 10 times in his career. Respect to 400 m World record holder Wayde Van Niekerk who with strong finish was second 10.04 (10.22 in heats and 10.05 in semifinals) just edging Thando Roto also 10.04, fourth Henricho Bruintjies 10.17. Another top sprinter Anaso Jobodwana did not run the final due to a cramp (10.19 in heats). The same for female fastest Carina Horn who after 11.13 (+0.6) in heats and 11.10 (+0.8) in semifinals did not contest the final due to abdominal pain. Title went to Alyssa Conley 11.41 (-0.2). Sunette Viljoen won javelin 63.49, Wenda Nel 400 m hurdles 55.16 (55.17 in heats) and Le Roux Hamman men race 49.35 ahead of LJ Van Zyl 49.52. Sensation in the 5000 m as home favorite Elroy Gelant was clearly leading going into final lap but was eventually beaten by Thabang Mosiako (14:03.84 PB to 14:05.59). Phil-Mar Janse Van Rensburg won men javelin 79.86, Caster Semenya eased in women 800 m heats 2:08.05 and Ranti Dikgale posted personal best 45.74 in men 400 m heats.

2014BerlinrKimettoWRRaceMap.jpgMap of 2014 BMW Berlin Marathon WR, by Sean Hartnett

Sean Hartnett may be the biggest marathon geek in the world. Haile Gebrselassie calls him the Marathon Professor, and it has stuck. A Professor of geography, Sean Hartnett has the gift of making maps come alive. Sean gets it. Download the map, and read it, savor it and enjoy it. Watch for more upcoming!

Thanks Sean Hartnett for all the work you do for these maps! It makes the race come alive, and helps you appreciate all of the work that goes into running a fine race, and covering the race with the respect that the effort deserves.

Throwback to 1982 when Hugh Jones crossed the finish line to win the second #LondonMarathon in a time of 2:09:24

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LONDON (GBR): Florence Kiplagat believes it is possible for a woman to run a half marathon in 62 minutes one day, informs Athletics Illustrated. "Maybe 62, but under 60 is not possible in my opinion. Only if they do it like sub-2-hour project now is trying," she said. Kiplagat is targeting a sub-2:20 clocking in the London Marathon on Sunday.
LONDON (GBR): Rio Olympian Tsegai Tewelde is looking to beat his best time of 2:12:23 in the London Marathon on Sunday, informs organisers. "I would like to get a personal best on Sunday. I'll work hard and see what's possible," he said. Tewelde has been training with Zersenay Tadese in the build-up to this year's race. With Callum Hawkins already guaranteed a place, Tewelde will also be aiming to secure one of the two remaining spots on the British marathon team for the World Championships.
LONDON (GBR): Former junior star Charlotte Purdue feels in the shape of her life heading into the London Marathon, informs organisers. "I'm pretty confident ahead of Sunday - all my sessions have been faster than October. I did one session of 5x5km that was two and a half minutes faster, but all my sessions have been about five minutes better than before London last year," she said. Purdue ran 2:30:04 in the Frankfurt Marathon last October.
LONDON (GBR): Zamzam Farah has been granted asylum in Britain and will take part in the London Marathon on Sunday, informs AP. Farah represented Somalia at the 2012 Olympics in London where she took part in the 400m but remained in Britain after receiving death threats from Islamist extremist group al-Shabab.

C9-aj-MWAAEBQKR.jpgNatasha Hastings and LeShawn Merritt, photo by Stuart Weir

RunBlogRun intro: In between the sun tan lotion, iced beers and seafood cocktails, Stuart Weir has managed to stalk a few athletes, and write several articles. We just fed exed him a couple more bottles of sun tan lotion. We hope you enjoy this piece on relay goddess, Natasha Hastings.

Laura Thweatt and her coach, Lee Troop, have a master plan. Her overall training for cross country, track and the roads, provides her the variety she needs to be successful on both track and roads. She is now running another marathon, but do not call her a marathoner, well, just yet.

Thweatt_LauraLeds-NYC15-thumb-500x750-14241.jpgLaura Thweatt, 2015 NYC Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Last night, as I was writing in Guoman Towers, actually wide awake after a nice 70 minute walk with my son, Adam, I was planning my Saturday columns. Enjoying my pot of tea, I had a few moments to speak with Josh Cox and Ben Rosario. Josh Cox holds the AR for 50k and is a prominent sports agent and manager. Ben Rosario is the coach/Advisor/Founder of HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite.


Kellyn Taylor, USA XC, February 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

In the few years that HOKA Northern Arizona Elite has existed, they have provided us with stars new and old. Last month, I saw some fine performances, with Stephanie Bruce taking second in the 10,000m (31:51.98), a PB by 18 seconds. Her husband, Ben Bruce joined the sub 28:10 club with a 19 second PB (28:09.29), just behind Martin Hehir (28:08.60).

Right behind Stephanie Bruce was Kellyn Taylor, who lead until halfway, finishing sixth in 32:16.78. What I figured out later, was that Kellyn Taylor was right in the middle of her final preparations for the Virgin Money London Marathon. In February, Kellyn Taylor had run the USA Cross Country (as did the HOKA Northern Arizona Elite team).

When I asked Ben Rosario, a man who exudes positivism, where Kellyn Taylor is in terms of fitness, he was quite confident in her fitness. I noted, that is time to write a piece on Kellyn Taylor and our admiration of her talent, drive and focus.

What are race days?

1939 Marathon.jpgMarathoning shoe from 1939, from adidas communications

Race days are how track & field athletes and road runners judge the success of their programs, and challenge themselves. There are as many ways to reach a running goal as their are runners. 1964 Olympic bronze medalist at 5000 meters, Bill Dellinger, would count his steps on a beach, doing repeast 1320s and miles, when he was stationed a small military base in Alaska. Ron Daws, a 1968 Olympian over the marathon, used to do double sweat suit runs to prepare for hot weather races.

Saturday, April 22, 2017. Race today, race a team relay or a single event. Remember to warm up and cooldown.

I interviewed Ghirmay Gebrelassie at the Virgin Money London Marathon. He was articulate and thoughtful. He analyzes his career like a journo. This guy has insights, speed and talent. I think he's going to rule the marathon someday, here's why.

Ghebreslassie_Girmay1-World15.jpgGhirmay Ghebrselassie, Beijing 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun opines: I knew of Tom Fleming from the pages of Runner magazine and the results agate in newspapers. It was 1979 and Runner magazine, the publication of George Hirsch, was, a new, cool publication on the sport. Their coverage of the Boston Marathon that year was superb. I remember seeing the picture of Tom Fleming, a guy who had won two NYC Marathons and who made Bill Rodgers work for it. Years later, when I finally met Tom Fleming, through Jeff Benjamin, I believe, it was like we were old friends. Tom loved the sport on his shirt sleeve, the guy knew one speed, constantly fast, and he loved life, his family and he loved the sport.

-64ea1eaf8707f038.jpgTom Fleming, photo (AP/Files) in SILIVE.com story

Tom Fleming and I would catch up several times. The last time was May 2014, when I intereviewed him at the RRCA convention, after his entrance into their Hall of Fame. It was an amazing conversation, as Tom loved the sport and spoke with emotion and enthusiasm.

I am so saddened by the loss of this amazingly alive, thoughtful and kind man. I am praying for his son, daughter, family and friends. Tom Fleming lived his live with vitality and humor, and that he was at a track meet when we lost him, is probably the way he would have wanted to pass away.

We will publish a piece that shows the respect that Tom Fleming deserves on RunBlogRun in the near future.

The following piece is from Staten Island Live: http://www.silive.com/recsports/index.ssf/2017/04/tom_fleming.html#incart_river_mobile_index

DSCN0006.JPGThe loneliness of the athletics writer, Stuart Weir's working venue, photo by J. Stuart Weir

So, somebody had to go. Stuart Weir got the proverbial short stick and had to sit near a wonderful pool, with an ocean vista and write about (dear god), athletics. Feel his pain, feel the torture, feel the drama. After you get done sucking down one of the those colada somethings with a colorful umbrella, please get back to your writing!

Oh, the agony.

PC-Friday.jpgJessica Augusto, Viola Kibiwot, race organiser Frank Thaleiser, Tsegaye Mekonnen and Stephen Kiprotich. Photo Credit: Haspa Marathon Hamburg / Malte Christians

The HASPA Hamburg Marathon happens on the same day as the London Marathon. Hamburgy has its own appeal, and has been the place that many marathoners have come to build on to a marathoning pedigree.

Rollins_BriannaFL-NBin16.jpgBrianna Rollins, photo by PhotoRun.net
Rollins banned for 1 year
MIAMI (USA): Olympic 100m hurdles champion Brianna Rollins has been suspended for one year for missing three drug tests in the space of twelve months. Rollins is banned until 18 December and will therefore miss the entirety of the season, including the World Championships. One of her missed tests came on the same day she travelled to Washington to meet Barack Obama. "It is with my deepest regrets that I have to miss the 2017 outdoor season. I accept full responsibility for the mistakes that led to my suspension, and I am disappointed that I will have to miss this coming outdoor season, as a result of my confusion over how the whereabouts system worked," said Rollins.
RunBlogRun opines: Sometimes people just do dumb things. Missing three drug tests in one year is a no-no. USADA and WADA are just not playing around. One year Ban is much easier than it could have been. Brianna did take responsiblity, well, somewhat.

The Opening Press conference for the 2017 Boston Marathon, presented by John Hancock, is when the Boston Marathon weekend truly begins for me. The John Hancock athletes group is introduced, which includes the past champions and the contenders for 2017. Afterwards, we have a chance to do one on one interviews in a situation that is both frenetic and Boston. Here is the opening presser in its entirety.

Hasay-Rupp-LindenPC-Boston17 copy.JPGJordan Hasay, Galen Rupp, Desi Linden, photo by PhotoRun.net

The video for RunBlogRun is produced and managed by The Shoe Addicts, our digital partner.

Women-3.jpg2016 USATF Cross Country, Tallahassee, Florida, photo by Justin Britton

All we heard is good things about Tallahassee and its cross country course. Nice to see a city with the forethought to build such a complex build on its success. If you do it right, the events will come, I have been told.

The Hamburg Marathon has had some phenomenal athletes. Tonight we speak about Tsegaye Kebede, one of the most enduring marathoners on the planet.

Kebede_Tsegaye1-Berlin14.jpgTsegaye Kebede, Berlin 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

And, now, thanks to our friend Andy Edwards, of Race News Service, we have an interview with Tsegaye Kebede, one of the most enduring of marathoners. Remember that Tsegaye has won Paris, London, Chicago, and of course, Fukuoka (twice). The Olympic and World Champion bronze medalist is the pocket rocket of Ethiopia. And remember, it Tsegaye Kebede who battled the late Sammy Wanjiru through the streets of the Windy City in 2010?

Andy Edwards of Race News Service, a partner of RunBlogRun and the RunningNetwork, interviewed Tsegaye Kebede on his deep thougths before the Hannover Marathon, to be held on April 23, 2017.

Today is an easy day on our schedule.

Ghebreslassie_GirmayFHL1-Beijing15.jpgGhirmay Ghebrselassie winning Beijing 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

I was speaking yesterday with Ghirmay Ghebrselassie, of Eritrea, who has won a World Championship gold medal on the marathon and who also has won New York. Each time I interview Ghirmay, he gets much better at expressing his love of running and his level competitiveness. He told me that he wants to run fast this time, but knows that he must be patient. Patience is a great skill in our sport. If you can be patient, and do the daily workouts, they will build up to make you faster and stronger.

Good luck!

Bekele_KenenisaPC1-Berlin16.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo by PhotoRun.net

LONDON (GBR): Kenenisa Bekele has said he is in "as good shape" as he was in the Berlin Marathon where he ran 2:03:03 last September, informs organisers. "I am in just as good shape as I was in Berlin last year. I think I can improve my personal best, that would be perfect for me. Of course, in a marathon anything can happen, but I can say I am ready and full of confidence," he said. Bekele has confirmed he is injury free again after he dropped out of the Dubai Marathon where he was tripped at the start. Bekele also plans to target the course record 2:03:05.
LONDON (GBR): Bedan Karoki is aiming to run between 2:04 and 2:07 on his marathon debut, informs organisers. "I believe I can run a good time," he said. "I'm not scared, my preparation has been good, it's been consistent. I'm expecting to run between 2:04 and 2:07. I'll see how I feel and what position I'm in, but maybe I can run 2:05," he said.
LONDON (GBR): Jo Pavey has admitted she has been sidelined by illness in the lead-up to the London Marathon, informs PA. "I've trained as hard as I could. I've had a bit more illness than I would have liked but any busy parent can relate to that and I've kept training consistently," she said. Pavey is still aiming to break her lifetime best of 2:28:24 and make the British team for the World Championships in London where she looks set to receive a belated 10,000m bronze medal from the 2007 World Championships.
LONDON (GBR): Former European 5000m champion Jesus Espana has pulled out of the London Marathon due to injury, informs RFEA.
LONDON (GBR): Runners in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon will be given a Royal send-off on Sundaywhen The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will be the event's official race starters, along with double Olympic rowing gold medallists Helen Glover and Heather Stanning. The three Royals will push a giant button at exactly 10:00 to send 35 elite men and more than 39,000 mass race runners on their 26.2-mile journey from Shooters Hill in south east London to Westminster.
LONDON (GBR): Ghirmay Ghebreslassie is the youngest world marathon gold medallist in history, but he's gearing up to run his fastest ever race at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. British men and women will also run for World Championships selection and Abel Kirui targets the same in Kenyan vest.

Kiprotich_Stephen-World15.jpgStephen Kiprotich, photo by PhotoRun.net

Stephen Kiprotich is the 2012 London Olympic gold medalist on the marathon. In 2013, Stephen Kiprotich won the World Marathon Championship in Moscow in 2013 at the World Championships. Stephen Kiprotich is one of the stars of Ugandan athletics.

Stephen Kiprotich was interviewed by our friend, Andy Edwards of the Race News Service a the Hamburg Marathon, which will happen this Sunday, April 23. Kiprotich has had some injury issues, and we look forward to seeing Stephen running well once again.

VanNiekerk_WaydeSF-Rio16.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, photo by PhotoRun.net
Van Niekerk confirms Malmo
MALMO (SWE): World and Olympic 400 m champion Wayde van Niekerk is first confirmed star for the Malmo Games on 18 August (EA Classic), informs organisers. The meet will be held after World Championships in London. He is expected to run his main event 400 m and attack the stadium record 44.71 of Roger Black from 1991. Van Niekerk will compete on Friday and Saturday at South African Championships in Potchefstroom, he foresees three races on each day (heats, semifinals and finals of 100 m and 200 m).
RunBlogRun opines: The Malmo Games are coming back to Malmo, Sweden. The meet was a fixture in the 1970s and 1980s. We look forward to meets in Sweden, so will keep you updated.

Kenenisa Bekele is described as the greatest distance runner of all times. His world records for the 5000 meters and 10,000 meters have been untouched for thirteen years. His move to the marathon started in 2014, in Paris. A strong win there in 2:05:02, then, races in Chicago, Dubai, London, Berlin, Dubia and now, London once again. Kenenisa fell in Dubai, and many wonder if Kenenisa is recovered. I believe he is in fine shape and he wants to win, and tak all of the money home to Ethiopia.

101454-MMS-1492742112000-attachment1-20170420_113614.jpegTim Hutichings, Kenenisa Bekele, Ghirmay Ghebrselassie, photo by The Shoe Addicts/Adam Johnson-Eder

Ghirmay Ghebresleassie is the 2015 World Champion and 2016 NYC Marathon champion, after a fourth in the Olympics and a win in Hamburg in 2014. Increadibly articulate, Ghirmay wants to win, and he knows that Kenenisa Bekele is one of the athletes that he has to battle on Sunday.

The interviews were done by Tim Hutchings, 1984 Olympic fourth placer, 5000 meters, and two time World Cross Country silver medalist.

Stadium-Bahamas14.jpgIAAF Relays, Nassau, 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

The World Relays has returned to Nassau in the Bahamas, this weekend! Alfons Juck of EME News provided us with these short preview of the events. Over 500 athletes plus

Men's elite pressers.jpgFeyisa Lelisa, Abel Kirui, Ghirmay Ghebrlessie, Kenenisa Bekele, Bedan Karoki, photo by The Shoe Addicts/Adam Johnson-Eder

The pressers at 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon are hosted by (1984 Olympian) Tim Hutchings. Hutchings does his homework, has a wicked sense of humor and provides the media with strong comments from key athletes as they consider their upcoming races. This presser featured Bedan Karoki, Feyisa Lelisa and Abel Kirui. Video is from my iphone and has much of the first presser.

Bedan Karoki has won a series of fast half marathons, and is focused on his debut marathon. Feyisa Lelisa is the 2016 Rio Silver medalist for the marathon and Abel Kirui, a two time World Champion, won the recent Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

101456-MMS-1492742209000-attachment1-20170420_112822.jpegTim Hutchings with Bedan Karoki, Abel Kirui, Feyisa Lelisa, photo by The Shoe Addicts, Adam Johnson-Eder

Huddle_Molly1a-Baa5k17.jpGMolly Huddle, photo by PhotoRun.net

Updated 21 April, inability to count.

A long day of speed work builds confidence. Enjoy the workout today, know that it builds your strength and racing readyness.

Here's your Thursday workout!

Thursday, warm up, 6 x 400 meters, 2 mile race pace, 30 second jog (yep, that is 30 seconds between each) between each 400 meters, 800 meter jog, 4 x 200 meters, current 400m race pace, 200 meter jog, 4 x 150 meters, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

" I need London" is what Abel Kirui told RunBlogRun writer Sabrina Yohannes. Remember that for Sunday, because Abel might not be on few journo's list, but Abel Kirui should be considered. Here's Sabrina's story on Abel Kirui.

Kirui_Abel-BostonM15.jpgAbel Kirui, photo by PhotoRun.net

For me, the Boston Maraton in 2017, with the heat, humidity and wind, was still one of the finest races in the stories history. Americans had two women and six men in the top ten in each elite race. 30,000 runners battled heat, humidity and wind on April 17, 2017.

Edna KIplagat and Geoffrey Kirui showed that running for the first time on the course does not dampen your chance of running well through the towns around Boston.

Here's five things I learnt on observing the 2017 Boston Marathon.

Kiplagat_EdnaFV-BostonM17.jpgEdna Kiplagat, photo by PhotoRun.net


PHOTO: Three of the top Kenyan women running the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon (left to right): Vivian Cheruiyot, Florence Kiplagat, and Mary Keitany (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)

Tufa_Tigist_Dibaba_T_Dibaba_M_London_Tower_Bridge_2017_Jane_Monti.jpgPHOTO: Three of the top Ethiopian women running the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon (left to right): Tigist Tufa, Tirunesh Dibaba and Mare Dibaba (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)

The women's field in London may be the best ever assembled. Three amazing Kenyan women and three amazing Ethiopian women, and we could see five women under 2:20. I believe Mary Keitany can run 2:17, perhaps high 2:16. In this article, David Monti of Race Results Weekly discusses the women's field and just how fast they can go!

Highest number in men 4x100 m
NASSAU (BAH): In total 546 runners from 35 countries are expected to 3rd IAAF World Relays in Nassau this weekend. The 2nd edition in 2015 had 669 runners from 43 countries entered (one more event was staged). From the 2017 figure 283 men and 216 women. The highest number of teams is in the men 4x100 with 21 followed by men 4x400 m 19 and women 4x400 m 17. In the women 4x100 m 14 teams are entered. In the 4x200 m 15 men and 10 women teams. The remaining three events will have straight finals. Men 4x800 m has 7 and women 5 teams. In the first time organised Mixed 4x400 m relay exactly 8 teams are entered.

Shubenkov_SergeyStSF-Worlds15.jpgSergey Shubenkov, Moscow 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Pre Classic loves to announce their fields, event for event , with just awesome fields. The men's 110 meter hurdles will be no different. Read on!

Watching Ekaterina Stefanidi develop as an athlete has been fascinating. Getting updates from her manager, Karen Locke, is always fun. For the European and Olympic champion, Ekaterina Stefanidi's overnight success has taken her around the world, since, at the young age of ten, she began vaulting.

Read this fine piece by our friend, David Hunter, who is still sleeping a bit after a long day in the office at the Boston Marathon, while he helped me with our live coverage for 8 hours, and provided RunBlogRun two features on the elite marathons. And, 256,000 of you watched and read our coverage, thanks!

Pass this one around, it is another good one from Dave Hunter!

Stefandini_Ekaterini-OlyGame16.jpgEkaterina Stefanidi, photo by PhotoRun.net

The relationship between the Boston Marathon and adidas was forged in the late 1980s by Guy Morse, the first Executive Director of the BAA Boston Marathon and Adrian Leek, former global running head at adidas. Guy and Adrian understood that they had something special in Boston, and, with the longest enduring footwear and apparel sponsorship for an event in our sport, the creation of an official line of apparel and footwear specials became part of the Boston marathon culture. One sees Boston Marathon apparel far and wide around the world. For the Boston Marathon faithful, the yearly adidas jacket, shirt and shorts are part of their lives.

In this short video, I show you a bit of the booth on the last day, the first day that there were not lines (well in the last two hours). But, take this talking point: adidas worked hard (like ASICS at New York), to build the apparel line into something to be treasured, and that success can not be taken for granted.

Updated 21 April due inability to count.

The level of racing in high school track in 2017 is inspiring. Deep fields, fast racing, big throws, huge jumps. All of that means that your competitors are training as hard as you! What makes the diference? Drive, focus, the need and desire to succeed.

Connolly_GraceFV-BaaMile17.jpGGrace Connolly, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wednesday, warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 6 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

Here is a news release on the Owaves company. Owaves is focused on bringing health and wellness to humans. They do it through apps that provide top notch advice and suggestions on how to include a healthy lifestyle in an all so crazy modern lifestyle

Check out the release below and for more information, go to owaves.

Semenya_CasterFV-OlyGame16.jpgCaster Semenya, photo by PhotoRun.net
VanNiekerk_WaydePort-IAAFgala16.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, photo by PhotoRun.net
Semenya 400/800, Van Niekerk 100/200
POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA): Caster Semenya will contest the 400m and 800m at the ASA Senior Championships which begin on Friday, informs the Independent Online. Semenya was initially planning to defend her 400m, 800m and 1500m titles before opted to contest just two events. Olympic and world 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk is set to contest the 100m and 200m where he will face strong opposition from Akani Simbine, Anaso Jobodwana and Gift Leotlela. LJ van Zyl is set to go head-to-head with Cornel Fredericks in the 400m hurdles while Wanda Nel is due to contest both the 400m hurdles and 200m. Olympic medallists Sunette Viljoen and Luvo Manyonga will provide the highlights in the technical events and Lebogang Shange is the favourite in the 20km walk.

How will Vivian Cheruiyot fare in the 2017 Virgin Money Marathon next weekend? Well, we are headed across the proverbial pond to find out. For now, we will rely on this fine piece by Stuart Weir on how Vivian Cheruiyot, the women who ran down some of the best women distance runners in her career, will run through the streets of London.

My feeling? Vivian Cheruiyot will finish in the top three in London in her debut.

Cheruiyot_Vivian5k-Rio16.jpgVivian Cheruiyot, photo by PhotoRun.net

Switzer_Katherine1-Boston17.jpGKatherine Switzer and her friends in 261 Fearless, photo by PhotoRun.net
BOSTON (USA): Kathrine Switzer completed the Boston Marathon yesterday some fifty years after officials attempted to remove her from the race which was not open to women at the time, informs BBC News. More than 12,300 women started yesterday's race and Switzer, 70, completed the course in 4:44:31.
BOSTON (USA): After finishing third in the Boston Marathon on her debut in 2:23:00, Jordan Hasay has said she might opt to stay on the roads rather than try and make the American 10,000m team for the World Championships in London, informs LetsRun.com. "To be honest, I think I'm just leaning toward staying on the roads," she said. However, Galen Rupp will try and make the team for London before moving to the roads on a full-time basis.
BOSTON (USA): Last year third placer in Boston Kenyan Joyce Chepkirui was a non-finisher on Monday due to effectively same injury as was the case in NYC last autumn when she placed 4th. Informs twitter of her management company Ikaika.
BOSTON (USA): Participation figures as published by Race Results Weekly are showing a slight decrease. Total entrants from 30 741 last year to 30 153 this year, starters from 27 487 to 27 221 and finishers from 26 639 to 26 411.

The final press conference of the Boston Marathon for 2017 just provided solid evidence that this year's iconic marathon was one of the best races ever. In terms of hot weather, it was too warm, but it could have been much worse. There were about 2500 people who sought medical attention, but fewer than in past years who spent a night in the hospital (12-15). In terms of the citizen runners, nearly 30,000 finished the race, including David McGillavrey, the Race Director, who starts after most have finished, with a few friends, and runs the marathon in its entirety.

The races upfront, from push rim wheelchairs to elite men and elite women, were fantastic races. That there were two American women in the top ten and six American men in the top ten were no surprise to those following the increasingly good performances of the American athletes.

Here's the video from Facebook LIVE, recorded by Larry Eder, of the presser.

Kirui-RuppH-Boston17.JPgGoeffrey Kirui and Galen Rupp, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kiplagat-KiruiA-Boston17.JPgEdna Kiplagat and Goeffrey Kirui, 2017 BAA Boston Marathon winners, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hasay_Finish_Boston_2017_Jane_Monti.jpgPHOTO: Jordan Hasay finishes the 2017 Boston Marathon in 2:23:00, the fastest-ever marathon debut by a USA woman (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)


PHOTO: 2017 Boston Marathon champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya with her daughter Wendy (9) and son Carlos (13) (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)

The 2017 BAA Boston Marathon was a nearly flawless event, with great performances on both sides of the elite races. The warm weather affected many of the citizen runners, but the runners who qualify for Boston understand the marathon like few others. Here's David Monti's fine piece on the elite races from Patriots Day 2017.

Tuesday is a tough day of training. Warm up together and work together to get the work done. Do not go faster than the workout, do just what is said. Then, cool down well.

Consider that great performances by Americans for six men of top ten and two women in top ten.

Hasay-Rupp-LindenPC-Boston17 copy.JPGJordan Hasay, Galen Rupp, Desi Linden, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kiplagat_EdnaA-Boston17.JPgEdna Kiplagat, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is David Hunter's second piece of the day. He writes a piece on both the men's and women's races for RunBlogRun for the past few years, as he and I sit next to each other in the back of the Boston media room, watching every move of both races. David captures the speed and drive Edna Kiplagat, as well as the other diverse set of stars in 2017 Boston. An amazing race from any veiwpoint, the women's race just shows how far the women's marathon has grown. It was only fifty years ago that a prominent coach questioned whether women could break three hours or five minutes for the mile without damaging their femininity. And this year, Katherine Switzer celebrated her 50th anniversary of her first run of Boston, with the importance of a historic moment that has become a living legacy to help young women across the world find their sporting selves. How appropriate that a 38 year old mother of two plus three (Edna adopted her sister's three children), wins the 2017 race, and a role model for sport for the past fifty years finishes the marathon in the 50th anniversary of her first run.

Switzer_Katherine1-Boston17.jpGKatherine Switzer finishes Boston fifty years after her first finish, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kiplagat_Edna-BostonM17.jpgEdna Kiplagat, photo by PhotoRun.net

The women's race in Boston in 2017 was quite satisfying on several levels. Edna Kiplagat is one of the most enduring marathoners in our sport, and her show of strength, savvy and tactics was a great model for veteran marathoners. On the other side, Jordan Hasay, the debutante marathoner, just blew through expectations. And Desi Linden, who ran with one goal, to win, gave it her all, and took fourth. Here's Carolyn Mather's feature on the women's race from the 121rst Boston Marathon.

Kirui-RuppH-Boston17.JPgGeoffrey Kirui and Galen Rupp, in the heat of the battle, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Boston marathon is a challenge enough with the course. The downhills lure you into running fast, and the hills can destroy you. However, if you run the course smart, you learn how to relax on the downhills and build on the uphills, so that your quadriceps are still working at 21 miles. If you get to 21 miles and your legs have not gone on strike, you could run a fine time.

The battle for Boston for men was between two guys who had never run Boston before: Geoffrey Kirui and Galen Rupp. The race was like a boxing match, with punches and counter punches. When you consider that a 4:48 mile lost to a 4:29 mile with only three miles to go, you understand the level of a battle that this was!

And for Americans, six American men finished in the top ten, putting more Americans in the top ten than Ethiopians and Kenyans combined! David Hunter's feature on the men's race captures the rough and tumble nature of the Boston marathon, but also, the spirit with which the race unfolded.

David always finds a bit on the athletes that make them more human to the reader. In the end, the Boston Marathon will stand out as American performances continue to improve. Please enjoy David Hunter's feature on the men's race at the 121rst Boston Marathon.

The women's race at the 121rst Boston Boston was spectacular. For much of the race, well, for the first 17 1/2 miles, both Americans Desi Linden and marathon debuttante Jordan Hasay were in the mix. From 19 to 20 miles, Edna Kiplagat charged, and I mean charged up hill, running a five minute mile and destroying the field. In the carnage, Desi went off the back, into the cold corner of hell called fourth place. Jordan Hasay held one, running a 2:23:00 marathon (this writer has suggested 2:24-2:25), Rose Chelimo took second and Edna Kiplagat won her first Boston.

The Women's presser was pretty good. Edna speaks well, and Jordan, Desi and Dot McMahon, the first masters women, were quite articulate. Desi Linden said it best, " we are putting more and more Americans up on the podium. John Hancock should be commended for helping educate the fans about the top athletes...it will happen."

One thinks that, with Jordan and Desi as examples, (and Shalane and Amy), it could come soon.

In a race with fast winds, heat and humidty, both the men's and women's races, were absolutely awesome. When is the last time you saw a guy (Galen Rupp) run a 4:48 mile an loose 21 seconds on the winner (Geoffrey Kirui)? The US had second (Galen Rupp), fourth (Shadrack Biwott), sixth, (Abdi Abdirhaman), ninth (Luke Puskedra) and tenth (Jared Ward). The last time there were more American men in the top then than Kenyan or Ethiopian men? You had to go back to 1985, the last year that Boston was an amateur race!

Here's the presser from the wonders of Larry Eder's Iphone. Sorry for the moving arm, but some provocative comments!

Kiplagat_EdnaFV-BostonM17.jpgEdna Kiplagat wins 2017 Boston with tremendous break, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kirui_GeoffreyFV-BostonM17.jpgGeoffrey Kirui battled Galen Rupp to win the 2017 Boston Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kenyan double
BOSTON (USA, Apr 17): Geoffrey Kirui (2:09:37) and Edna Kiplagat (2:21:52) made it a Kenyan double in the Boston Marathon. Kiplagat ran a big negative split of 69:19 to win on her race debut ahead of Bahrain's Rose Chelimo (2:22:51) and debutante Jordan Hasay (2:23:00) with long-time leader Desiree Linden fourth in 2:25:06. Kiplagat, 37, also became the oldest winner of the women's race since 1977. Reigning champion Atsede Baysa from Ethiopia dropped off the pace after the 15km mark and faded to 22nd in 2:40:07 while notable DNFs included Kenyans Joyce Chepkirui and former winner Caroline Rotich. Kirui broke away from Galen Rupp in the last five kilometres to win the men's race in 2:09:37 (64:35/65:02) to Rupp's 2:09:58. His training partner Suguro Osako was third in 2:10:28 ahead of Shadrack Biwott (2:12:08), Wilson Chebet (2:12:35) and Abdi Abdirahman (2:12:45). Six Americans finished inside the top-10 although former winner Meb Keflezighi finished down the field in his penultimate marathon in 13th (2:17:00). Fastest entrant Emmanuel Mutai was a distant 18th in 2:19:33 while notable DNFs included reigning champion Lemi Berhanu, Sisay Lemma and Kenyans Daniel Salel and Sammy Kitwara.

This piece is on the weekend of activities prior to the Boston Marathon. We asked Carolyn Mather, long time senior writer for Running Journal, to provide you, dear reader, a birds eye view of the plethora of activities over the long weekend of Boston. This gives you an idea of what you can experience Thursday to Sunday, up to the very night before the race. Breathe it in, and then, come to Boston to experience it.

The #baa announced 1967 champions Dave McKenzie & Bobbi Gibb will be co-grand marshals of 2017 Boston Marathon!

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WIllis_NickFV-BaaMile17.jpGNick Willis winning BAA Mile! photo by PhotoRun.net

Today is Patriot's Day. In Boston the 121rst Boston marathon is being held. Check it out, as the race is very inspiring.

Monday, April 17, 2017. warm up, two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, finish with 6 times 150 meters stride outs, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

Galen Rupp has run two marathons. In the first, he won the Olympic Trials. In the second, he took the Olympic bronze medal, and tomorrow, in his third, he will run his first Boston Marathon. Just how will he do?

Let's discuss.

Rupp_GalenPC-Boston17.JPGGalen Rupp, photo by PhotoRun.net

How will Jared Ward do in Boston? Well, if the Olympic sixth placer continues in his focused, controlled racing, Jared could do quite well on Monday (we predict a 2:09 time and top ten, perhaps as high as top five). Whatever the case, the 27 year old has many more marathons to run, and his story is fascinating. Check out our piece on Jared Ward, in the next section!

Ward_JaredH-Seattle16.jpgWhat makes Jared Ward special? Jared Ward understands the power of pacing. Heck, he wrote his thesis on it, and we have attached this thesis below, but just read abit about one of our top up and coming marathoners. You will be hearing more about Jared Ward in the future !

Desi Linden was 18th in the 2007 Boston Marathon. Four years later, she ran a masterful race in Boston, missing the win by two seconds. Her 2:22:38 that day is still her PB. Six years later, Desi Linden is in fine shape, and very confident. The important notion to understand about Desi Linden is that savors a good fight. Linden is prepared to battle to the very last steps and looks forward to that. Her long term training, with the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, has created this immense muscle memory.

Linden_DesiPC-Boston17.JPGDesi Linden, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tomorrow, Monday, April 17, 2017, that muscle memory and focus will be put to the test. We wish Desi Linden the very best and believe that she is quit capable of winning the 2017 Boston Marathon.

This interview was done on Saturday, April 15, at the Sam Adams Brewery, with special thanks to Brooks Running's Derek Lactoen.

Keflezighi_MebPC-Boston17.JPGMeb Keflezighi speaking with the media, photo by PhotoRun.net

BOSTON (USA): Former winner Meb Keflezighi has said he sprained his ankle in training in early March and was forced to miss two weeks' training ahead of the Boston Marathon, informs LetsRun.com. Keflezighi will make his farewell in Boston tomorrow before closing his career in the New York Marathon in November.

RunBlogRun opines: For his most successful marathons, Meb has averaged 5 1/2 to seven weeks of healthy training. How will Meb fare on April 17, 2017? We will have to wait and see. But, remember, Meb does not give up easily.

Spring 2014 CTRN.jpgCover from Meb Keflezighi's victory at Boston in 2014

Update April 16, 2017.

On Monday, April 17, 2017, Jordan Hasay will debut at the marathon distance. She is choosing to run the most famous marathon in the world, the Boston Marathon, for her debut. Jordan Hasay is fit, confident and focused. We wish her the very best of luck in her debut.

Here is a piece I wrote two weeks ago, plus links to two important stories on Jordan Hasay that we did this spring!

Has Jordan Hasay found the event she was built to run? We will just have to wait and see, but we know it will be an exciting race!

Hasay_JordanPC-Boston17.JPGJordan Hasay, photo by PhotoRun.net

Yesterday's season opener, 13.13w (+5.8). Tough conditions for hurdling but happy to get 2 races in 💃

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Pozzi windy 13.13
CLERMONT (USA, Apr 15): Florida sprint paradise again offered fast times (in most cases windy) at Pure Athletics Spring Invitational. Brits clocked sub 10 with +4.4, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey 9.90 and Ojie Edoborun 9.93. In heats Chinese Xie Zhenye 9.91 (+4.1), Noah Lyles 9.95 (+4.3) and Canadian Gavin Smellie 9.97 (+5.1). Danny Talbot posted 19.86 in the 200 m aided by +2.9 ahead of Smellie 20.21, Dutch Solomon Bockarie in other race 20.21 (+3.6). Another fast time wind-aided by European Indoor champion Andy Pozzi 13.13 (+5.8) at 110 m hurdles. Mike Berry won the 400 m in 45.79 as World champion 2007 Tyson Gay clocked 47.78. Lucky Brandon Roulhac as his 16.75 triple had +2.0. In the 4x100 m China 39.26 beat Germany 39.39. In women events Olympic winner Shaunae Miller-Uibo clocked 21.90 (+3.1) in the 200 m (also 629 +1.5 in long jump, her debut in the event) ahead of Jo Atkins 22.54, in other races Germans Tatjana Pinto 22.53 (+3.0) and Rebekka Haase 22.58 (+3.0). In the 100 m Dutch Naomi Sedney won the final in 11.01 (+4.6), but Tori Bowie clocked 10.80 (+3.3) in heats, Kelly Ann Baptiste 10.94 (+4.1) and Rebekka Haase also 10.94 (+2.3). In the 4x100 m China surprisingly in 43.70 beat Germany 44.05. Dutch win also in hurdles 12.57 (+4.5) by Nadine Visser, but legal 12.87 (+1.8) in heats.
RunBlogRun opines: Elite athletes are testing their fitness this weekend, as Euro champ Andrew Pozzi ran a windy 13.13 in Clermont. The well respected British hurdler, now healthy, is finally coming into his own. Watch this young man. He has serious wheels. Nice to see Tori Bowie, double Olympic medalist running a windy 10.80. Some nice performances from Pure Athletics, coached by one of our favorites, Coach Lance Braumann.

Here's our newest conversations with Larry. You know the drill. I sit down in a room, with my large Cafe Iced Americano (in a paper cup), and pontitificate for two minutes, tops. In this monologue, I pretend I am IAAF CEO for a day, and look at some of the challenges in our sport. Tell me what you think! Email me at [email protected].

Coe_Seb1b-IAAFgala16.jpgSeb Coe, photo by PhotoRun.net

Murphy 1:43.60, Baker 9.99, Oregon 42.12
TORRANCE (USA, Apr 15): Clayton Murphy and his World leading 1:43.60 in the 800 m highlighted the final day of Mt. SAC Relays. Behind him Eliud Rutto 1:45.70 and Eric Sowinski 1:45.95. World lead also in women 800 m 1:59.10 by Raevyn Rogers, for her also PB and colllege record. Laura Roesler second 1:59.54 ahead of Chanelle Price 2:00.38 and Chrishuna Williams 2:00.41. Ronnie Baker confirmed his indoor shape with life-time best 9.99 (+0.1) 100 m win over Briton Chijindu Ujah 10.10 and Mike Rodgers 10.11. In women sprints top shape by Deajah Stevens 11.00 PB (+0.7) and 22.31 (-0.6) wins. In the 100 m second Arianna Washington 11.06 and third Kortnei Johnson 11.09 PB ahead of Mikiah Brisco 11.14 PB. Jamaican vet Schillonie Calvert won the other race 11.15 (-0.8). In the 200 m second Deanna Hill 22.59 PB beating Gabrielle Thomas 22.64. Quincy Hall won the 400 m in 45.12 personal best and World record holder Aries Merritt hurdles 13.51 (-1.7), women 400 m hurdles Kori Carter 55.79 beat Norway´s record holder Amalie Iuel 56.14. Another collegiate record in women 4x100 m for Oregon 42.12 (also a WL) just edging LSU 42.14. LSU won men 4x100m 38.57 and Oregon women 4x400 m 3:27.98. Some highlights also in technical events. World leading 194 for Vashti Cunningham and Liz Patterson in high jump, Egyptian Mostafa Hassan 21.31 national record in shot put, women winner Jeneva Stevens 18.19. Canadian Mike Mason cleared 230 in high jump, Seito Yamamoto from Japan 570 in the pole vault, Jarvis Gotch 813 (+1.3) in long jump, Donald Scott 17.01 (+1.8) in triple. Discus win for Andrew Evans 64.46. Pole vault sensation Armand Duplantis this time won the HS section with 556 clearance.
PHOTO: Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya in advance of the 2017 Boston Marathon (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)
Emmanuel Mutai, one of the finest marathoners in our sport, will be be running the Boston marathon tomorrow. Emmanuel will be running Boston for the first time. Emmanuel Mutai will be running into history. Here's the story from David Monti on his run for eight Abbott World Marathon Majors.

Updated April 16, 2017

This piece was originally published on March 23, 2014. It is a different world now. I like the day of good works done on April 15. Here were my thoughts three years ago. I thought it made a good read.

The word is out.

Everyone will be in Boston this year for the 2014 Boston Marathon.
After the bombing at the Boston Marathon last year, the number of news outlets that covered downtown Boston within eight hours of the event could not be counted.
The night of the bombing, as Winged Foot publisher James O'Brien and I walked around downtown Boston, the media trucks were everywhere. By the next morning, the number of news organizations that were covering the bombing were from around the world.
But what was worse, no matter how well meaning, was how many knew nothing about the sport, the history of the event, and many just focused on the carnage...
Bill Rodgers setting AR in Boston in 1975,
photo courtesy of B.A.A.

It's Sunday, and time for your long run. Find a fun place to run, and run with your friends. Great time to catch up and important for your training program.

1939 Marathon.jpgA marathoning shoe from 1939, photo courtesy of adidas Communications

Sunday, April 16, 2017. Long run, 10-11 miles, with warm up and cooldown and yes, push ups and sit ups.

Schippers_DafneR-Euro16.jpgDafne Schippers, photo by PhotoRun.net
Schippers 10.95 and 22.29 World leads
AZUSA (USA, Apr 14): World and European champion Dafne Schippers after not competing during the indoor season showed superb shape at Bryan Clay Invitational with winning the 100 m and 200 m in World leading times 10.95 (+0.8) and 22.29 (+1.4). Behind her Olympic long jump winner Tianna Bartoletta 11.08 and Destiny Smith-Barnett 11.21. In other race Briton Desiree Henry 11.09 (+0.6), she was also second in the 200 m 22.69. Dutch Sharona Bakker won the 100 m hurdles in 12.97 (+1.6) and long jump World silver medalist Shara Proctor tried triple for first time since 2010 outdoors with 13.82 (+1.5) PB. Olympic winner Christian Taylor won the triple with high quality 17.26 (+1.3). Fast European champion Adam Gemili 10.08 (+1.8) in the 100 m ahead of Japan´s talent Hakim Sani Brown (18) 10.18 PB and another European champion Churandy Martina 10.20. In the 200 m Brown won with 20.41 (+0.9) with decathlon Olympic bronze medalist Damian Warner of Canada third in personal best 20.97. In the 1500 m new PB and World lead for Briton Josh Kerr 3:35.99. Huge improvement for NCAA Indoor champion this year who before never clocked a sub 3:40. Second Craig Engels 3:37.75 and third Ryan Hill 3:37.95.
RunBlogRun opines: The weekend of Mt. SAC is fraught with meets in Southern California. Dafne Schippers had a great double and it shows that her training time in the U.S. was put to good use. Looking for some fine sprinting this summer!
PHOTO: Nick Willis beats Cristian Soratos and Will Leer in the 2017 B.A.A. Invitational Mile (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)
PHOTO: Nicole Sifuentes sets the race record of 4:33.7 for the B.A.A. Invitational Mile (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)
The B.A.A. Invitational Miles have become a real part of the Boston Marathon weekend. With the 5k, and the mile, the Boston Marathon provides something for everyone. Here's David Monti's fine piece on the B.A.A. miles.
VanNiekerk_WaydeWR1-Rio16.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, photo by PhotoRun.net
Van Niekerk excited
PRETORIA (RSA): World record holder and Olympic gold medalist Wayde Van Niekerk commented on recent change in the time-table of London 2017 allowing him more time for his potential 200/400 m double. "I am very excited, it now means that I just have to work harder towards London and put out some great times during the European season to build some confidence against the big boys in the 200m and also improve my 400m as well." He will compete next weekend at National Championships in Potchefstroom.

Ben True won the B.A.A. 5k today, in a new AR of 13:20. Ben has come to own this race, and the race has come to be his early spring test of fitness. True hit the first mile around 4:20, and by two miles, hit in 8:42, he was off. Observing True in full flight is a treat for track & field fans.

Ben True's victory in the B.A.A. 5k today was a performance that suggests Ben True is on his way to bigger things in 2017.

Don't believe me? Ask his coach.

True_BenFV1-Baa5k17 copy.jpGBen True, flying away, photo by PhotoRun.net

PHOTO: Ben True winning his third B.A.A. 5-K in an American record 13:20 (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)

PHOTO: Buze Diriba winning her first B.A.A. 5-K, edging out Molly Huddle, 14:54 to 14:56 (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)
With 8,500 runners and two fine elite races, under the clear, cool skies of Boston, the B.A.A. 5k was a huge success. Here's the fine piece from David Monti of Race Results Weekly on the two elite races.

The season is underway for 2017. Last weekend's Arcadia Invitational was the national opening for outdoor high school and one of the finest nights of high school of track and field had the season flying! Today was the Mt. SAC Relays, as well as the Bryan Clay invitational. From Clayton Murphy's 1:43.60 for 800 meters, to Dafneh Schippers' 10.95 and 22.29. In Florida, Torie Bowie ran 10.80 wind aided. And then, Elaine Thompson, Rio double gold, ran 10.75! At Mt.SAC, Ronnie Baker ran his first legal sub 10 seconds, with his 9.99 in 0.10 headwind!

In Boston, Ben True won the BAA 5k and broke the AR with 13:20!

True_BenFL1320-Baa5k17 copy.jpGBen True, AR 13:20, photo by PhotoRun.net

What ever your level, a great weekend for track & field! How did you race today?

Saturday, April 15, 2017. Race today, race a team relay or a single event. Remember to warm up and cooldown.

This weekend there will be big races around the world, good luck to all of the competitors. Stay focused on your goals, even on your early days.

Martinez_Brenda1-Carlsbad17.JPGBrenda Martinez, photo by PhotoRun.net

Friday, April 14, 2017. warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 8 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.

IAAF Council Day One


BritishFans-OlyGame12.jpgBritish Fans, photo by PhotoRun.net

LONDON (GBR): World Championships this summer in London is on track at this stage of preparations to deliver a great event with full stadia and passionate fans. The international tickets sales are the best ever with 605,000 tickets sold to date, more than any other IAAF World Championships. This includes 80,000 children's tickets at the Usain Bolt price of £9.58. The marathon start and finish will be on Tower Bridge and the course of 4x10km loops is very spectator friendly and takes in many iconic London landmarks with victory ceremonies held in the Tower of London Moat. The race walks will be held on a two-kilometre loop along The Mall, between Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square with the world famous 'Changing of the Guard' being featured with victory ceremonies taking place against the stunning backdrop of Buckingham Palace at the end of the day. Report from the LOC was the main point during first day of the 209th IAAF Council Meeting. Second day should have in the agenda also the programme of athletics at the Olympic Games 2020.
LONDON (GBR): World record holder Wayde van Niekerk can try 200/400 double as the same could be possible for Shaunae Miller in the women situation at this years World Championships. Following requests from the athletics federations of The Bahamas and South Africa to amend the timetable to better allow for a 200 m/400 m doubling opportunity, Council has approved changes to the timetable of IAAF World Championships in London 2017. Men´s 200 m first round moves form August 8 to August 7 and women´s 200 m first round from August 9to August 8. Also women´s steeple first round went from August 8 to August 9.
LONDON (GBR): IAAF Council approved the composition of the Board of the independent Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) which began operation on Monday April 3. The Chair David Howman, whose appointment was announced last week, is joined by three fellow Board Members, Abby Hoffman (IAAF Council member), Marc Peltier and Andrew Pipe, who bring with them a wealth of experience across sports governance and anti-doping. The fifth and final member of the Board is the AIU Head, a position which, until a permanent appointment is made, will be filled by Thomas Capdevielle who is Head of Testing.
LONDON (GBR): The IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships Taicang in 2018 will be held in usual early season date (May 5-6). The same goes for IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2019 in Aarhus, the event will be staged on March 30. Also dates have been confirmed for the IAAF World Championships Oregon21 in USA, from August 6 until August 15, 2021. Also different time-tables have been approved. For the IAAF World Half Marathon 2018 in Valencia on March 24 with women race at 5.05 pm and men 5.30 pm. Also approved the time-table for the IAAF World U20 Championships 2018 in Tampere. Extra competition session was added to IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 with high jump for men and women on Thursday March 1that means it will be a four days event (March 1 to 4).

The adidas Boost Boston Games was launched in June 2016 as a way to shake up the presentation of the sport of athletics. adidas, a long time supporter of the sport, supported meets in Herzogenaurach, Germany (adidas campus) and in Boston to showcase their global support of athletics.

The 2016 events were a huge success. In Boston, Global Athletics & Marketing produced the event for adidas and are managing and producing the 2017 events on June 2 and June 4. What do I like about the event? Combining a fine night of racing on the track, and then, the enthusiasm of an indoor track outdoors, the track on the street has been expanded to 200 meters from 150 meters.

In 2017, adidas and Global Athletics & Marketing will do something old and something new. The events on June 2 and June 4 provide fans a intimate view of the sport and their heroes. Some of the biggest champions from Rio 2016 will be in Boston: Wayde Van Niekerk, Torie Bowie and Ajee' Wilson will be in Boston. RunBlogRun looks forward to seeing you there!

Thank you Berlin. I never expected such great result. I am more than happy. I want to run again here!

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Kenenisa tops the list
LONDON (GBR): Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele tops the list of world class contenders for the men's elite race at London Marathon 2017. He seeks to become only the third Ethiopian man ever to win the coveted London Marathon title and the first since two-time winner Tsegaye Kebede in 2013. He will face five opponents who have run marathons quicker than 2:06, while the field contains two marathon world champions, three of the top five finishers from last summer's Olympic Games, and the winners of the Abbott World Marathon Majors races in Tokyo, Berlin, Chicago and New York in 2016. Specially to mention his team-mates, Feyisa Lilesa, Tesfaye Abera and and Tilahun Regassa. Abel Kirui and Daniel Wanjiru willo lead the Kenyan challenge. Eritrea's young star Ghirmay Ghebreslassie returns to London after finishing fourth last April in a PB 2:07:46 and is 2015 World champion. A number of Britain's best will be out in force too seeking a place on the London 2017 World Championship team. Former European 10 000 m silver medallist Chris Thompson, London 2012 Olympian Scott Overall and Rio Olympian Tsegai Tewelde are the leading contenders. Organisers are writing in a preview.

tyson2010.jpgPat Tyson, courtesy of Running Clinics

This is part 2 of the YouthRunner Clinic Series, featuring Pat Tyson. We heartily encourage all to check out the upcoming events at YouthRunner.com! Pat Tyson is a wealth of information and a wonderful example of a person whose vocation is avocation as well.

golazo1_rgb.jpggreat run .pngGreat Run and Golazo join forces
BRUSSELS/NEWCASTLE (BEL/GBR): Important news for the running scene. Two of Europe's largest mass participation sports businesses are collaborating to develop and market the "Great Run" event brand across the rest of the world. The Great Run Company, founded by Olympian and world record runner Brendan Foster, is forming a unique, imaginative and wide-ranging cooperation with Golazo. The sports company created by former international athlete Bob Verbeeck, owns and organises events in several European countries including Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and France. The partnership potentially creates the world's largest running event brand with 1.3 million participants in over 60 mass participation running events across Europe. The new alliance will combine the marketing assets of such iconic global events as the Great North Run, Great Manchester Run and the Great Edinburgh Run, together with the likes of the Golazo owned Rotterdam, Dusseldorf, Antwerp and Brussels Marathons. Starting in April 2017 the plan is to develop "Great Run", with its brand position "The World's Favourite Run" globally. The Great Run Company will continue to stage Great Run events in the UK and Ireland, Golazo will run them in the rest of Europe and the parties will establish a joint venture to promote the brand throughout the rest of the world. "This coming together of two like minded running brands will create something very special in the world of mass participation sport. It is an exciting new venture which will give millions of participants, existing and new, the opportunity to participate in a "Great Run" event. Our events are renowned for the great consumer experience they deliver year in year out and it will also create a new platform for brands to reach a massive audience with one commercial conversation," says Brendan Foster. "Our companies have a lot in common. Both Brendan and I have a history in athletics, our companies are founded "by runners and for runners", as we say. We share the same passion and the same mission: encouraging people to move. I'm looking forward to working with Brendan and his team to create a worldwide platform for runners and to export the Great Run brand to the rest of the world," adds Bob Verbeeck.
RunBlogRun opines: Two of the finest producers of events in Europe have joined forces to grow the sport. It also may be that the size of the combined entities will make sense for global marketing brands to reach runners in Europe, Scotland and England. It will be fascinating to see how their alliances play out as the marketing of events and event media continue to evolve.

Pat Tyson.jpgPat Tyson, photo courtesy of YouthRunner

Pat Tyson is one of the finest coaches in America. A former University of Oregon athlete, Pat was the training partner and room mate of the late Steve Prefontaine. A long time high school coach at powerhouse Mead High School, Pat is now the head coach for cross country at Gonzaga University. YouthRunner, a partner of RunBlogRun in the RunningNetwork, has produced a series of coaching clinics. RunBlogRun encourages our readers to watch these clinics as they are chock full of great training suggestions.

Moab just keeps getting better.

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Cait Chock provides RunBlogRun stories that always inspire, from views that many of us have not considered. Such is the case of Selina Sekulic, whose journey through running, injuries and the self knowledge has lead her to an amazing career. We wish Selina Sekulic endless injury free miles and thank her for sharing her story with Cait Chock. And I look forward to Cait's next stories!

One of the great things about our sport is that we get from the sport what we put in. The physical improvement, the confidence from reaching goals, and the spiritual benefits of meeting new friends and being part of something bigger than us are few of the benefits of our sport. Breathe in, breathe out, and enjoy the workout.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017. warm up, 6 x 200 meters, 200 meter jog between each, 200 meters at pace of 400 meters for current 800m race pace, jog 400 meters, 6 x 200 meters, 200 meter jog between each, 200 meters at pace of 400 meters for current 800m race pace, 4 x 150 meters, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

Houlihan_Shelby-USind17.jpGShelby Houlihan, photo by PhotoRun.net

Shelby Houlihan won the mile and 2 mile at the USA Indoor Champs in early March. Houlihan is coming into her own, and we have many more exciting performances to see from Shelby, per this fine piece by Cait Chock.

Felix_AllysonSF-RioOlyG16.jpgAllyson Felix, GM for New York, photo by PhotoRun.net

RichardsRoss_Sanya-Doha15.jpgSanya Richards-Ross, GM, Philadelphia, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lagat_Bernard5kFHFF1-USOlyTr16.jpgBernard Lagat, GM, Portland, photo by PhotoRun.net


Nick Symmonds, GM, San Francisco, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun opines: One of the most well run press conferences via phone that I have been on. Silly point, but important, all reporters were actually given a couple of questions to ask, and the GMs, Vin Lananna and Mike Reilly, were all game. I will be following up with a second piece later today, once I get on a plane (off to Boston), but I am liking what I hear about the TrackTown USA series for 2017!

Lipsey_CharleneQ1a-USind17.jpGCharlene Lipsey, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is our third Conversations with Larry this week. The focus of this one is on the USA Indoor Champs, which were held March 3-5. The meet had some fine performances, but, the crowd left something to be desired. This fact was twittered, facebooked and instagramed to me over the weekend. So, again, after some caffeine, and a clean shirt, the Shoe Addicts sat me down and I spent two minutes (my limit) speaking on how Indoor champs need to be promoted to show respect for the athletes. Our fine athletes deserve a good crowd. The problem is, how do we do just that? You will have to watch!

Breaking2_Group_Lelisa_Zersenay_Eliud_native_1600.jpgBreaking 2 team: Feyisa Lelisa, Zersenay Tadese, Eliud Kipchoge, photo courtesy of Nike Communications
Marathon in Monza early May
MILANO (ITA): Runnersworld informs that on May 6 (that would be exactly 63 years to the day after Roger Bannister became the first person to run a sub-4:00 mile) or May 7, three runners might attempt to run the first sub-two-hour marathon. Lelisa Desisa, Zersenay Tadese, and Eliud Kipchoge already tested the Formula One circuit in Monza in March and they will try early May for the full distance. The race will be transmitted via internet but without spectators.
RunBlogRun opines: The Breaking 2 project is all Nike. With the coverage from Runners World, Outside, Competitor, among others, the project has gone from dismissal to global interest. While I believe Nike can do and will do exactly what it wants, I am curious,but am more disappointed not to see Eliud Kipchoge dueing with Kenenisa Bekele at London, I have to admit. The May 6 or 7 date is a homage to Sir Roger Bannister and the first sub four minute mile. Difference? Sir Roger Bannister was involved in an actual race, but I have digressed. Nice coverage by RW, Outside and Competitor, and it has brought more interest to running.

The spring season is picking up. After twelve weeks of training and with the fall cross country season behind them, some fine performances are happening around the country. Continue to stay focused! We are focused on the fast training and easy runs this week.

Loxsom_CasimirQ-USind17.jpGCasmir Loxsom, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 6 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

McLaughlin_SydneyQ-NBiN17.JPGSydney McLaughlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

Duplantis_Mondo19-1R-NBiN17.JPGMondo Duplantis, photo by PhotoRun.net

We thought that you might like the top high school boys and girls preview list by Fred Baer and Mike Kennedy, two of the enduring high school experts on the sport.

Schippers_DafneR-Euro16.jpgDafne Schippers, photo by PhotoRun.net
Schippers for Hengelo
HENGELO (NED): World 200m champion Dafne Schippers has said one of her targets this summer is to break her 100m lifetime best of 10.81, informs ad.nl. "It feels strange that I did not have an indoor season but I'm ready to start racing again. I hope to improve my personal best in the 100m (10.81) in 2017 and preferably go below 10.8. You have to aim high," she said. Schippers will compete in the 100m on home soil at the 36th FBK Games in Hengelo on 11 June (IAAF World Challenge). She is currently training in USA and plans to compete at IAAF World Relays in Bahamas.

My experiences at the 2017 European Indoor Athletics Championships were, well, amazing. Three great days of track & field, in a fine indoor facility, with a great and enthusiastic crowd, plus inexpensive restaurants, and a rocking Holidy Inn Express ! So, the Shoe Addicts provided me an Iced Americano (large, must be in paper cup, must have half & half), locked me in a room near the LA Airport and had me rip off about ten videos. I think this is a pretty good one. Really, I never did alot of drugs because of the way caffeine has affected me for so many years. Thanks to RunBlogRun for presenting Conversations with Larry and the Shoe Addicts for producing this fine series (and plying me with Iced Americanos). Oh, and I really enjoy Richard Kilty, the British sprinter, just a good guy who continues to improve and doing good things for British Athletics.

This is our seventeenth report for US and Canada results, provided by our friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet. Carles Baronet provides us amazing reports on results from around the globe. We hope that you enjoy, and thanks again, Carles!

Dix_WalterQ-USOlyTr16.jpgWalter Dix, photo by PhotoRun.net

1975_MARfin_Rodgers,Bill.jpgBill Rodgers winning 1975 Boston Marathon, photo courtesy of Boston Athletic Association

This is another Conversations with Larry. Presented by RunBlogRun, Conversations with Larry is my attempt to provide some clarity in our crazy sport. My topic today is the importance of the Boston Marathon. Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts, our digital partners, who produce the video series.

Tell us what you think, just email me at [email protected].

Unknown-21-Mo on US Trail Champs.jpgMorgan Gonzalez on Moab Trail Marathon Champs, courtesy of http://www.runningdharmabums.com/p/meet-running-bums.html

I forgot that I had asked Cait Chock to write this piece on Morgan Gonzalez. Then, I went to her blog, and was amazed. A smile took over my face, as I remembered training up in Yosemite in the late 70s and early 80s, camping in Tuolomee Meadows in the snow. I am obssessed now with her blog, http://www.runningdharmabums.com/p/meet-running-bums.html. It is fun to remember how much fun running can be and how much trail running is! Cait captures the running bum lifestyle, a joyous way to tour the world, with abandon, burritoes and some good wine, sounds fantastic. Read this piece, and then, check out Morgan's blog, it is amazing!

The Arcadia Invitational was last weekend. Some absolutely amazing performances from the meet! The Arcadia meet brings together the finest athletes in the nation and with that level of competition, the performances are excellent! 25 guys went under 9 minutes for 3200 meters. Two girls battled for the 3200 title, both breaking 10 minutes! Amazing!

Haile_Gebrselassie_1.jpgHaile Gebrselassie, Athens 2004, photo courtesy of adidas communications

Did you know Haile Gebrselassie, the gold medalist from 1996 and 2000 in the Olympic 10,000m, and holder of 26 world records ran a 2:48 marathon when he was 17? He totally wore himself out and had to jog home. Now, Haile is the president of the Ethiopian Federation.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017. warm up, 2 sets of 4 x 400 meters, first 4 x400 meters at mile race pace, 200 meter jog in between each, then, in second set of 4x400 meters, run 4x400 meters at 800 meter mile race pace, 200 meter jog, , 4 x 150 meter stride outs, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

Monday workouts are important for the next several months. This workout was similar to what 1976 Olympic gold medalist at 1500 meters, John Walker, used in his Monday workouts. The key is to be able to change speeds, and this workout allows you to develop that skill.

Hehir_Martin-USAxc17.JPGMartin Hehir, photo by PhotoRun.net

Martin Hehir just ran a big 10,000 meter race at Stanford. His gutty running near the end of the race, took him under 28:10 for 25 laps. Remember, it's all about the hard work.

Monday, April 10, 2017. warm up, two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, finish with 6 times 150 meters stride outs, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

The UAE Health Kidney 10k is a great rite of spring in the Big Apple, for a great cause, for the past 13 years. The NYRR sent us a great press release on the race, and I was fascinated on why the United Arab Emirates supports the event. Read the entire piece, because it is pretty cool. Nice wins by Sam Chelanga and Mamitu Daska!

Start1-Kidney17.jpGThe start of the UAE Healthy Kidney 10k, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hayes_QuaneraQ-USOlyTr16.jpgQuanera Hayes, photo by PhotoRun.net
Hayes 50.04 WL
CORAL GABLES (USA, Apr 8): Quanera Hayes clocked fast World leading 50.04 in the 400 m at the Hurricane Invitational. Second Jamaican short sprinter Simone Facey 53.09 PB. Alysha Newman cleared in third attempt Canadian pole vault record 471. Good 200 m by Shakima Wimbley 22.67 (+0.6). On the men side Walter Dix won the 100 m in 10.25 (+0.1) and Tevin Hester the 200 m in 20.67 (+0.7). Freddie Crittenden won the hurdles in personal best 13.42 (+1.7). Bahamian Michael Mathieu in 46.72 beat US 400 m hurdler Johnny Dutch 47.32. Desmond Palmer topped 400 m hurdles in 49.85.
RunBlogRun opines: Nice to see Quanera Hayes running well. She had dealt with some injury issues during the Olympic Trials and now, healthy and fit, Quanera has the world leader! Looking forward to seeing Ms. Hayes run so well. The 400 meters will be extremely competitive this year, as always. Remember that Quanera broke the American record for 300 meters indoors this past indoor season!

The race walking tradition has been part of the sport since the beginnings of our sport. There are concerns, that as the IOC adds sports to the Olympic Games, they will force the current sports to consider changes. Rumors have broken out that the Race Walks were to be affected. From the ending of the 50k Race Walk, to the changing of the 20k to a half marathon distance. Here is the petition by Chris Erickson. He needs less than 1000 more sign ups to reach his goal.

This is the fifth set of results for the Austral Athletics, compiled by Carles Baronet, for RunBlogRun. Carles Baronet manages the blog, Track in Sun, a fine resource. We thank our Catalan friend for his diligence.


Collis Birmingham, photo by PhotoRun.net

Brazier_DonavanQ1-OlyTr16.jpgDonovan Brazier, photo by PhotoRun.net
Donovan Brazier 1:44.63
TEMPE (USA, Apr 8): Donavan Brazier won the 800 m at Sun Angel Classic in fast 1:44.63 ahead of Kenyan Edwin Kemboi 1:46.47. World record holder Aries Merritt posted 13.41 (0.0) in the hurdles. Quincy Hall 49.39 and Robert Grant 49.40 were the top 2 in 400 m hurdles. Jaylen Bacon won the 100 m in 10.17 (+0.7), in international race Briton C.J. Ujah 10.29 (-2.9) beating Ameer Webb 10.32. Ujah came back with fast 200 m 20.39 PB (+1.7) just edging Paul Dedewo 20.40. Grenada´s Olympic finalist Bralon Taplin won the 400 m in 45.08. Olympic winner Jeff Henderson won long jump with 786 but was not happy, Omar Craddock triple 16.75 and Mason Finley discus 62.76. Audie Wyatt (20) cleared pole vault PB 570 ahead of Hussain Al-Hizam of Saudi Arabia 560 national record. On the women side Phyllis Francis won the 400 m in 51.63, Shamier Little 56.83 in 400 m hurdles, Canadian Liz Gleadle 60.19 javelin. Shea Collinsworth won the 800 m in 2:01.51 PB beating Chanelle Price 2:02.24.
RunBlogRun opines: Donavan Brazier is one of the most talented middle distance runners over 800 meters. He focused on the 600 meters indoors, and , in only his first year as a professional, has opened amazingly well with this run from Saturday. If you would like to read a great interview with Donovan, please go to here: https://www.runblogrun.com/2017/01/2017-new-balance-indoor-grand-prix-donovan-brazier-visits-concord-carlisle-high-school.html

Our sport is a global sport. For the 210 countries that have athletics in their sporting programs, we are attempting to provide news and updates from around the world on RunBlogRun. Carles Baronet, our Catalan friend, who publishes the blog, Track in Sun. Carles has added coverage of Central America and the Caribbe for us, and we are grateful for his hard work!

Barrios_Juan-NYhalf16.jpgJuan Luis Barrios, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris is amazing. I was fortunate to view it in 2014, when Kenenisa Bekele debuted at the marathon distance. The course is through the streets of Paris, and 40,000 runners a year can attest to the beauty of the race and the excitement of racing in Paris.

The column below is part of our A View from Kenya series, by Justin Lagat. Justin wrote this piece about the Paris and Rotterdam marathons.

Last night, the Arcadia Invitational proved once again, that the next generation of American track & field may be one of the finest in decades. 25 high school boys broke 9 minutes for two miles (3200 meters) and ten broke 8 minutes, 50 seconds. The winning time was 8:41.46, a new meet record at Arcadia, run by Cooper Teare (St. Joseph Notre Dame, headed to Oregon next fall). Remember, long runs build strength, do not miss them!

Arcadia 2017 2 mile boys-1.jpgCooper Teare, 8:41.46, photo courtesy of Arcadia Invitational

Sunday, April 9, 2017. Long run, 10-11 miles, with warm up and cooldown and yes, push ups and sit ups.

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This meet is one of the most important meets I go to each and every year. It is important because it honors a young man who lived his life quietly and lovingly, Adrian Martinez. The meet has gone from a small community meet to a meet that welcomes local runners, elite runners and also unified events (options for athletes who compete in Special Olympics).

Why is it important? It reminds us of our roots. Small meets, a small group of fans and friends, and races for everyone who wants to race. Several elite races for us to enjoy and some fun New England surprises (last year, Tommy Ratcliffe ran 4:01.50, a New England record). And it is the perfect type of event for HOKA ONE ONE to support. HOKA ONE ONE is one of the most successful footwear start ups of the last decade. Staying grass roots, HOKA ONE ONE has grown to be a global phenonmenon.

Women's 5000 meters.jpgWomen's 5000 meters, Adrian Martinez Classic, June 2016, photo by Kevin Morris

My dream? I would love to see four meets like this, around the country, providing the combination of local runners, unified runners and elite runners, on a local track. I will be there, and hope that you will too. If not, follow our coverage at @runblogrun on Fb, twitter, Instagram.

Press release is just below and all social media contacts are listed!

Out of competition testing is the most effective way to catch doping cheaters, and is a great deterent as well. And remember, blood testing in out of competition situations is different than athlete blood passports, where one looks at changes over a longer period of time. Both out of competition and athlete passports are very effective. They also take money, lots of it.

The testing apparently happened in February for Jemima Sumgong. The protocal is that the IAAF then notifies the Federation, which notifies the athlete and the manager. Many times, if the Federation is reluctant or just plain lazy, this can take months. Apparently, the Federation reacted much faster this time.

Then, Reuters heard about it and all hell broke loose.

Sumgong_JemimaH-RAK17.jpgJemima Sumgong, photo by PhotoRun.net

The problem in Kenya is like the problem in several other countries. Without effective testing, and support from the government, national federation and Olympic federation, drug testing will not be conducted at a high enough level for testing to be effective. Without a protocal of out of competition testing, cheaters do get through the cracks, and the rumors about cheaters become the only thing some speak about. This is not good for our sport or any sport.

Hence, the IAAF, with the financial support of Abbott WMM, has been conducting testing for the past couple of years (I am trying to get an exact time frame). World Marathon Majors was doing their own blood testing before that. Abbott WMM and the IAAF understand that out of competition testing is the only way to nail doping. And don't be naive about the whole surprise response from some. When cheating is organized, few know about it.

Truth is this. I do not believe that Kenyan athletes need to cheat. They are that hard working and that talented. Doping is supposed to take the guess work out of training and racing, making you so superior that no one can beat you.

No one is that good.

If out of competition is well supported, it will be highly effective. With the banning of Rita Jeptoo for 4 years and now, the positive test of Jemima Sumgong, it is already most effective.

Spratling_BrycenQ-USind17.jpgBrycen Spratling, photo by PhotoRun.net

David Hunter focused his pen on Brycen Spratling in the middle of March. Brycen, a very talented long sprinter, is trying to decide on what his event truly is: the 400 meters or the 800 meters. As he tests the 800 meters, we could see another fast 800 meter runner in the mix in the U.S.

Watch for David Hunter's next piece next week! And watch for David to join me covering the 2017 Boston Marathon as we do each year.

Sumgong_JemimaM1-Rio16.jpgJemima Sumgong, photo by PhotoRun.net

The announcement came on April 7, from Reuters. They had an exclusive that Jemima Sumgong had tested positive for EPO in an out of competition testing. The announcement hit the sports world hard. Many woke up on April 8, with a BBC radio and TV announcement. The London Marathon pulled Sumgong from their field, Abbott World Marathon Majors made an announcement and Sumgong's management team issued their statement. We have a synopsis of each event below from yesterday's horrific day.

Some amazing racing the last few weeks. Bellarmine Prep of San Jose, CA ran 10:03.67 for the DMR last weekend at the Stanford Invitational. That lead the nation! Last night, at the American Forks, Utah high school boys ran 16:41.30 for the 4x1600 meters! American Forks had unofficial splits of 4:26 for mile 1, 4:08 for mile 2, 4:05 for mile 3 and 4:02 for mile 4! Second place, Lone Peak, Utah, ran 17:31.04!

adidas_shoe.jpgadidas track spike (from the 1920s), from adidas collection

Saturday, April 8, 2017. Race today, try a 800 and a 2 mile or a 400 meters and a mile. Remember to warm up and cooldown.

The following column showed up on my email early on Friday morning, April 7. It was from Justin Lagat, and it was his feelings about the postive doping test announced for Jemima Sumgong. I believe that Justin captures many of the feelings from Kenya on the news that their first Olympic women marathon gold medalist has tested positive for EPO.

Sumgong_Jemima1-RAK17.jpgJemima Sumgong, photo by PhotoRun.net


Kenenisa Bekele, photo by PhotoRun.net

Updated April 7, 2017

I am reposting this interview because I want to remind you of just how tough an committed that Kenenisa Bekele is as a marathoner. He is racing the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 23. This interview was from last May when Bekele battled Wilson Kipsang at the Manchester Great Run 10k. Anyone who discounts Bekele's desire to be the greatest marathoner ever is missing the poing. Bekele was a tough track racer, and he has learnt, in the marathon world, that races do not always go as one desires.

This is the interview that I did with Kenenisa Bekele on Thursday, May 19 at the Great Run Manchester Presser.

Kenenisa Bekele is one of the finest distance runners of all times. The world record holder at 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters, Kenenisa has focused over the past two years on the marathon. I watched him race his debut in Paris in April 2014, when he ran 2:05:02. His second marathon in Chicago was the beginning of his injury cycle and it was not until London 2016, when he ran 2:06, and finished a gutty third, that Kenenisa was able to break that cycle.

Kenenisa was quitely confident in this interview. Again, it was just hours before the Ethiopian selectors surprised many, including Jos Hermans, Kenenisa's manager, by placing Kenenisa as part of the Ethiopian athletes in reserve for London. Note that the reserves are many times used by Ethiopia.

Kenenisa Bekele needs to show his fitness. This race, the Great Race Manchester 10k, takes on a stronger importance for the would be Rio marathoner.

Rosa E Associati manages many of the finest athletes in athletics and road running in the world. Gabriela Rosa coaches many of the athletes and Federico Rosa, one of Gabriela's sons, manages the athletes. Jemima Sumgong is one of Rosa's athletes.

Sumgong_JemimaPort1a-Kenya17.jpgJemima Sumgong, photo by PhotoRun.net

I spoke with Federico Rosa when he represented Rita Jeptoo. I did much research after Jeptoo's positive test, I came to the conclusion that the easy answer was not the reality. It is easy to accuse Rosa of being involved in doping, but that, I believe, it not the reality. I believe doping in Kenya, especially among women athletes is managed by doctors and pharmacists who understand Kenyan culture and know how to push women to do things they might not normally do. I believe that it is easy to blame agents from outside Kenya, They are perfect scapegoats.

The story of Jemima Sumgong puts much pressure on Federico Rosa. Rosa spent time in a Kenyan jail and defended himself in Kenyan court, and did not run away. He would be a complete idiot (and he is not) to support an athlete using doping, especially with his visibility.

More on this story to come. But for now, please read Rosa's statement, obviously translated from the mother tongue.

The following note is from Nick Bitel, the Chief Executive of London Marathon events.This is the kind of statement that has to come from Mr. Bitel, and they are never easy. London Marathon, you must remember, required blood testing on elite marathoners from 2000. They were the first to begin the process of trying to clean up our sport in marathoning. Other marathon majors joined under the World Marathon Majors program. The top marathons have been working to put marathoners on an even playing field now for seventeen years. The out of competition testing now done and supported by the Abbott WMM, supports the IAAF testing in Kenya and other countries. Note that if you are an elite athlete in WMM, you are now getting out of competition testing.

Sumgong_JemimaM-Rio16.jpgJemima Sumgong, photo by PhotoRun.net

While it is sad that Ms. Sumgong tested positive, it is proof that testing is working. Sad and sobering, but important to appreciate.

Sumgong_JemimaH-RAK17.jpgJemima Sumgong, RAK Half, January 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun opines: The following is the statement from Abbott World Marathon Majors' Tim Hadzima. Truth is this: World Marathon Majors, at the behest of its members, are sponsoring the IAAF programs to increase out of competition testing in marathoners. Remember that London started blood testing in 2000. It is seventeen years later, and the top women's athlete has been caught. If her B sample comes back positive, then, testing is working. And it will have dealt a major blow to those who rationalize cheating because so few are caught. Abbott World Marathon Majors should be applauded for helping to save the sport.

Sumgong_JemimaPort-Kenya17.jpgJemima Sumgong, photo by PhotoRun.net

It is the kind of story that makes you sad, a bit sick to your stomach and stunned. Jemima Sumgong has tested positive in her A sample for EPO, in an out of competition drug test by the IAAF (and supported by World Marathon Majors), per an exclusive story by Reuters, published on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The story can be read here: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sport-doping-sumgong-idUSKBN1782Y7.

Jemima Sumgong was training to defend her title at the 2016 London Marathon, at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon on 23 April 2017. Ms. Sumgong is now suspended, and will not be able to race, until after her B sample is tested.

The response has been swift and covers all feelings of emotion. We will follow up with comments from the World Marathon Majors, London Marathon, and others.

Truth is, as we noted yesterday, if out of competition testing is credible, it will catch drug cheats. When testing catches an athlete at the top of the discipline, it should show the sport that no one is immune.

Fridays were always pretty relaxed in high school, as most meets were mid week or, on Saturday. So, Fridays became fun days for running. Today is a relaxed day of running. Good luck on your race this weekend!

74162_full.jpgNXN Cross Country, photo by Nike communications

Friday, April 7, 2017. warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 8 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.

Bolt OK for Top Training



Bolt ok for top training

PARIS (FRA): L´Equipe informs that Usain Bolt visited recently his doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt and got a green light for top training in coming weeks. He will prepare for his Jamaican farewell meet on June 10 in Kingston. He was also among the guests at Jamaican Boys and Girls Championships.

RunBlogRun opines:

That said, the IAAF Independent Atheltics Integrity Unit is truly a step in the right direction for the sport of athletics. Our sport has been hit with a maelstrom of accusations from the Diack years, and before.

For the sport to thrive, it must clean up its act. This is a step that makes sense. I also like it that Sean Ingle, one of the fine writers at Guardian UK, sent the tweet above.

Nice job, IAAF. But, continue to work in the right direction. Our sport is at stake.

VanNiekerk_WaydePort-IAAFgala16.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, photo by PhotoRun.net
Van Niekerk hopes for fast 300 m
OSTRAVA (CZE): Olympic and world 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk will headline the 300m in Ostrava on 28 June (IAAF World Challenge), informs organisers. "I've always enjoyed racing in Ostrava and I look forward to competing here again. The 300m event is a great way to gauge my fitness in the early stages of a long season, as it will give me a good indication of my potential in the 200m and 400m sprints this year. I hope for a good run and, as always, a great time as well," he said. Van Niekerk is the third fastest runner in history over the distance with a 31.03 clocking in Kingston last year. The meet record is held by Usain Bolt at 30.97 from 2010. He will face triple European Indoor champion Pavel Maslak in the race which will be organised as Istvan Gyulai Memorial. Ticket sales for the meet are going on a top note, only 3500 tickets are remaining currently nearly three months ahead of the event.
RunBlogRun Opines: Wayde Van Niekerk is the finest 400 meter runner of all times. The Ostrava meeting continues to build just an absolutely amazing series of races for this year's event on June 28. It will be fun to see how fast Wayde can run over 300 meters.

Hopefully, our friend, Kenenisa Bekele is recovered from his fall in Dubai, and ready to his April 23 run through the streets of London. I wanted to remind all that RunBlogRun will be covering London as we do each year. But, I wanted to remind you of the fine field assembled at London for the 2017 race!

Bekele_KenenisaFH1-Berlin16.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo by PhotoRun.net

Taylor_Christian1-PreC16.jpgChristian Taylor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Christian Taylor is the finest triple jumper in the world. It is not merely the gold medals in London 2012 and Rio 2016, but it was his ability to bring himself back from bad competitions, that makes him a champion. I also like his love of competition.

Drake Relays continues to build its fields. Thanks to Hy-vee for sponsoring such a fine event.

I used to love repeat 800 meters. They are a good distance and good indication of your fitness. Everyone has pet workouts that are great tests for their fitness. What are yours?

Berian_BorisNB-OlyTr16.jpgBoris Berian and fans, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thursday, April 6, 2017. warm up, 6 times 800 meters, current pace for mile, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown. cooldown.


Kara Goucher, staying warm, 2 November 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net
Updated April 5, 2017.
Congrats to Kara Goucher, for her induction into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame! The following story is one of the most popular stories we have ever run on RunBlogRun. I think it is successful because it showed Kara's humanity and willingness to challenge herself.
Orginally posted on November 3, 2014
Reposted January 14, 2017.
This is one of the most popular stories I have ever posted. I wrote it on the day of the 2014 TCS NYC Marathon, along with a feature on Meb Keflezighi and the race story. The numbers off social media were over hundred thousand that day, and it occured to me, that Kara Goucher had a special ability to communicate with her fans and readers. That empathy is infrequent in our sport.

The spring time is great for running. Duel meets are in the air as are the relays. Good luck in your meets this week and remember to warm up and cool down well each and every day!

Ahmed_Mohammed1-Pre16.jpgMo Ahmed, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wednesday, April 5, 2017. warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 8 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.

Sebastian Coe in front of Moesgaard Museum - Photo Lars Moeller.jpgPhoto credit: Lars Møller

When he's not dealing with cyber attacks, Seb Coe views sites of upcoming events and responds to concerns about how to evolve the sport. Cross Country is one of his focuses, as the World Cross has been the focus of many countries' withdrawing support due to the changes needed in the event. We hope Aarhus 2019 will implement some of the changes needed and build on the excitement from Kampala.

Days on the track are key to your success. They are long and tiring. Take one repetition at a time, and follow the workout. As you get near the end of the workout, stay focused on the goal for the day.

Andrews_RobbyFHL1-USOlyTr16.jpgRobby Andrews, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tuesday, April 4, 2017. warm up, 16 times 200 meters, with 200 meter jog, 200s run at pace of current race pace, 400 meters and then,ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.cooldown.

The Shoe Addicts are the digital partners for RunBlogRun and the RunningNetwork. They prepared ten videos for the 2017 Skechers Performance LA Marathon. The videos cover pre and post press conferences, plus video interviews with Tracey Russell and Carstein Preisz. All videos i one place.

Kebenei_Stanley-USAxc17.JPGStanley Kebenei, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile is a race rich in tradition. The fast course is perfectly situated for many marathoners in the Spring to test their fitness. I remember running it in 1986 and watching the top elite running back on the out and back course. It was quite exciting.

This year, Stanley Kebenei, a naturalized American, won the fabled race on Sunday. Congrats to Stanley and find the race story below courtesy of the race management team.

The Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee is one of the finest meets in the world. An enthusiastic sponsor such as Hy-Vee, who appreciates the cost and benefits of developing a brand such as Drake Relays are few and far between.

Drouin_DerekM-Rio16.jpgDerek Drouin, yep, that medal is real! photo by PhotoRun.net

The men's high jump field will be stellar at Drake. What follows is the release and video release from Blake Bolden on the upcoming 2017 Drake Relays high jump field. The Drake Relays will feature Derek Drouin, the fine Canadian high jumper who took gold in Rio 2016 and bronze in London in 2012.

Drouin_Derek-Millrose17.jpgDerek Drouin, Millrose 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rutherford for London DL
LONDON (GBR): Greg Rutherford will compete in the London IAAF Diamond League on 9 July in the build-up to his title defence at the World Championships the following month, informs organisers. Rutherford missed the indoor season and is currently training in Arizona ahead of the summer campaign. "I'm a competitive person so I have missed being out there competing in the last few months, but I'm raring to go and looking forward to getting back on the track soon," he said.

The 2017 Skechers Performance LA Marathon was an exciting race on both the men's and women's elite sides. The men's race built and built. As the pace quickened, the field became smaller and smaller. By 23 miles, it was down to three and then, two. Elisha Barno and Daniel Limo battled, with a 4:40 mile as Barno tried to gain control of his stomach. As Limo looked to be breaking Barno, the first time LA Marathoner charged back to the lead, and in a 4:49 mile, Barno began to build a lead, which was 24 seconds by the finish.

The post race presser, filmed and edited by The Shoe Addicts, digital partners of RunBlogRun, prepared this feature on the post race press conference!

The Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee is an example of how the sport can progress and grow. Hy-Vee has sponsored the Drake Relays for several years, as their business is focused in an eight state area. Their support has allowed the Drake Relays to put together fields that are among the best meets in the world!

Ashley Spencer, the 2016 bronze medalist at the 400 meter hurdles, will help make the 2017 Drake Relays something to behold.

Spencer_Ashley-Pre16.jpgAshley Spencer, photo by PhotoRun.net

Gatlin_JustinFHL1a-USOlyTr16.jpgJustin Gatlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

DeGrasse_Andre200Q-RioOlyG16.jpgAndre De Grasse, photo by PhotoRun.net

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

Gatlin vs de Grasse vs Powell

DOHA (QAT): Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor will renew his rivalry with Olympic silver and bronze medallists Will Claye and Dong Bin in the first leg of the Doha Diamond League on 5 May, informs organisers. Olympic 400m hurdles champion Kerron Clement will face strong opposition from Olympic silver medallist Boniface Mucheru and Qatar's newcomer Abderrahman Samba, who ran a world-leading 48.31 last month in only his third race at the distance. Olympic medallists Justin Gatlin and Andre de Grasse line up in the 100m along with Asafa Powell, Kim Collins and Femi Ogunode.

Yesterday we spoke about Rob De Castella. In 1986, Rob won the Boston Marathon, running 2:07:51, all by himself. His strong, gutty running showed a man who had won big races, lost a few, and brought himself back to the very top of the sport. Rob's training was smart, and focused. The strength and speed he built up over his career saw him through 4 Olympics. Rob De Castella was, and is, one of the great ones of the sport. He continues to do good things in athletes long after his retirement.

Rob De Castella .jpgRob De Castella, photo courtesy of Boston Marathon

Monday, April 3, 2017. warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 8 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.

Pearson_SallyFL-Rieti13.jpgSally Pearson, photo by PhotoRun.net
Pearson 12.53w
SYDNEY (AUS, Apr 2): Sally Pearson was close to her best on the last day of the Australian Athletics Championships where she won the 100m hurdles final in a marginally wind-assisted 12.53 (+2.3). Pearson also sealed the qualifying standard for the World Championships with a 12.75 clocking in the heats. "I've been nervous about this for two weeks. I don't know why I put so much pressure on myself, and I know that (the final) time was illegal but I am safe with the heat time. I've got the qualifier and I'm through," she said. Former world champion Dani Stevens (nee Samuels) won the discus with a 65.07m throw and had two other throws over 64 metres while Hamish Peacock went out to 84.34m to win the javelin. Ryan Gregson won the 1500m in 3:52.86 and world U20 pole vault silver medallist Kurtis Marschall cleared 5.45m to claim the win. Guest sprinters topped 200 m finals against strong wind, New Zealand´s Joseph Millar 21.09 (-3.1) and Toea Wisil of Papua New Guinea 23.76 (-2.4). Hurdles winners Nicholas Hough 13.53 (+3.5), Ian Dewhurst 49.77 and Lauren Wells 56.60. Malaysian Lee Hup Wei won high jump 224. With help from Athletics Australia.

Gebremeskel_DejenFH-Carlsbad17.JPGDejen Gebrmeskel wins numero five at Carslbad! photo by Photorun.net

Lagat-Rowbury-Carlsbad17.JPGViolah Lagat, Shannon Rowbury, Aisha Praught battle for Carlsbad 5000, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Carlsbad 5000 race was one of the first and the best circuit road races. The race today was no different, as Dejan Gebrmeskel and Violah Lagat took the victories in the elite races, after thousands ran the fast course!

Duplantis_ArmandR-Millrose17.jpGMondo Duplantis, photo by PhotoRun.net
Mondo Duplantis 590 WJR
AUSTIN (USA, Apr 1): Final day of Texas Relays was highlighted by superb World U20 record in pole vault by Sweden´s Armand Duplantis who cleared 590 in the pole vault, also early season World lead. He will be still junior in 2018. He went over the record in third attempt. Behind him World champion Shawn Barber 550. In open competition German Torben Laidig 570 PB. 2012 Olympic winner Jenn Suhr won the women competition with 473 (tried at 481) ahead of Megan Clark 460. When comparing the relays with Florida, men 4x100 m also fast 38.17 by Track Wired Elite (L. Collins, B. Robinson, Salaam, Rodgers) beating USA Blue 38.87 and USA Red 38.90 and Axis Athletics 38.98. Texas AM won the 4x400 m in 3:01.74. On the women side Texas AM clocked 42.82 ahead of LSU 42.86, in the invitational section Track Station got 43.40. In the 4x200 m LSU 1:20.82 and Track Wired Elite 1:20.87 (J. Lawson, M. Washington, Salaam, O. McLeod). Women Texas AM achieved 1:29.89. More luck with winds for female sprinters, Morolake Akinosun equaled World lead 11.10 (+1.0) 100 m win, Kortnei Johnson confirmed good shape with 11.19 (+1.0) in another section. In the hurdles Tobi Amusan of Nigeria 12.72 (-0.3) beating Jamaican Rushelle Burton 12.80 PB. Only Natasha Hasting´s 22.78 200 m was aided by +3.5. Close to his first sub 10 was 2014 World Junior Champion Kendal Williams with 9.99 (+2.1) over Just´n Thymes 10.09. In Invitational section LeShon Collins 10.00 (+2.7). Wallace Spearmon won the 200 m in 20.54 (+3.3) and Shane Brathwaite hurdles 13.58 (+1.2). In jumps Trey Culver cleared 224 in high jump and Charles Brown leaped to 814 PB (+1.6) in long jump.
DeGrasse_AndreFL-Rio16.jpgAndre De Grasse, photo by PhotoRun.net
Canada 38.15 WL
GAINESVILLE (USA, Apr 1): Saturday at Florida Relays had relays as main events. Canada clocked World leading 38.15 (Haynes, A. Brown, Rodney, De Grasse) in men 4x100 m. Second special team Tumbleweed Track Club 38.63 running with Japanese talent Sani Brown, Dutch Churandy Martina with Hensley Paulina and Olympic triple winner Christian Taylor. Third Florida 38.73 and fourth Star Athletics with Justin Gatlin on second leg 38.75. Empire Athletics won the 4x400 m in 3:00.92 WL, among universities the win for Florida 3:03.08. Oregon won women 4x100 m in college record and World leading 42.34 (Dunmore, Stevens, Cunliffe, Washington). Second Tumbleweed Track Club 42.57 in special composition Olympic long jump winner Tianna Bartoletta, European star Dafne Schippers and British duo Anyika Onuora with Desiree Henry. Third Florida 42.97. Gainesville won the Olympic development 4x400 m in 3:28.14, but faster in universities Oregon 3:26.07 WL ahead of Florida 3:27.33 and Miami 3:27.87. In the 4x200 m Canada (Abomale, Rodney, De Grasse, A. Brown) 1:19.91 WL over Star Athletics (Gatlin third leg) 1:20.80 and Tumblewired TC 1:21.07 (S. Brown, Ch. Taylor, Gemili, Martina). Also great women 4x200 m won by Tumblewired (Henry, Onuora, Bartoletta, Schippers) 1:28.77 WL just edging Oregon 1:28.78, third Pure Athletics 1:29.71 (Latvala, S. Miller, Baptiste, Bowie).

The women's race at the 2017 Skechers Performance LA Marathon was a real upset. Biruktayit Degafa had the fastest marathon PB prior to the race. But, as we have seen in other races, no one can quantify the human spirit. Hellen Jepkurgat wanted to run the LA Marathon. First, her passport was within six months of expiring, so, Hellen was not let in the U.S. So, Hellen had to get an expedited passport and visa. Then, Hellen was not considered an elite athlete, so she flew herself to LA.


However, all that changed in 2:34:23. Hellen tookt the lead at 14 miles and that party was over, as Jane Kibii of Kenya finished two minutes behind Hellen Jepkurgat, in 2:36:14. Angela Orjuela of Columbia was third in 2:36:20. Big surprise in fourth was San Jose, California's Joanna Reyes, who dropped fifteen minutes off her PB with her fine 2:37:55!

Here's the interview done post race with the top four! Video courtesy of The Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of RunBlogRun.

While this release was sent February 11, we thought it would be great to remind you about the upcoming terrestrial TV for athletics in the U.S. While we support streaming video as great media access to major events, the move to paid content access is limiting the access to the sport, not adding to the sport. We understand that paid streaming is a business plan and respect any media organization who can thrive and grow in this media environment.

Check in with runnerspace.com, flotrack.org and NBC Sports among others. BeInSports is also covering major athletic events around the world.

Centrowitz_MattFH1-OlyGames16.jpgMatt Centrowitz, Rio 2016 1,500 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Wheelchair winners at the 2017 Skechers Performance LA Marathon had great stories. Laurens Molina, of San Jose, Costa Rica, won the men's race in 1:37:21. Alicia Ibarra Barajas of Mexico City, Mexico won the women's race in 2:11:09. The interviews, in Spanish and English, were fascinating and just show the potential of this race!


Videos by The Shoe Addicts, partners of RunBlogRun.

In the summer of 1984, I was fortunate to join soon to be 4 time Olympic marathoner Rob De Castella (Boston champion, 2 time Commonwealth Games champ, World Champ) for a few workouts in the Bay Area. On a long run, Rob started out at about seven minute pace, on the trails of Nisene Marks, and just flew away over the last five miles of an 18 mile run. Rob was running with one of my training partners, Tim Gruber, and watching them do a 8 times 400 meters, with a 200 meter float, a few days later, and it was amazing to watch such powerful athletes.

Pippig-DeCastella-Boston11.jpgUtta Pippig (Boston champ, 1994-96, Rob De Castella (1986 Boston champ), photo by PhotoRun.net

Long runs are great ways of meeting new runners. enjoy your run today.

Sunday,April 2, 2017. Long run, 10-11 miles, with warm up and cooldown and yes, push ups and sit ups.

Galen Rupp, the 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medalist, has been quietly building towards the 2017 Boston marathon. He pulled out of the Houston Half marathon on January 15, citing, plantar fasciatis issues. In comments to the media, Galen noted that he recovered fast from the injury and was running within two weeks.

In the Sportissimo Prague Half marathon earlier this morning, Galen finished 11th in the half marathon, won by Tamirat Tola, Ethiopa, in a PB of 59:37. He told David Monti of Race Results Weekly, that he had some foot discomfort during the race. Galen also noted that he hoped it did not affect his upcoming Boston Marathon.

Rupp_GalenHomeRun1a-OlyTr16.JPGGalen Rupp, photo by PhotoRun.net

Fans should note, that as part of the Nike Oregon Project, Galen Rupp will have all of the rehab technology available to him. If he pulls out of Boston, there will be a reason, if he races, it is because Alberto Salazar and Galen Rupp are convinced that Galen is ready to roll.

The Boston Marathon is a challenging course that has taken many athletes down the early miles and chewed them up between 15 and 20 miles, and spit them out after that. Bill Rodgers, 4 time winner of Boston once told me that his best races in Boston were the ones where he felt bad up until 15-16 miles.

The Boston Marathon will happen on April 18, 2017. Watch for our live updates from www.runblogrun.com over the eight hours of the race.

We hope that Galen Rupp recovers fast and runs well at the Boston Marathon.

We woke up to the word that Joyciline Jepkosgei had broken four world records during her half marathon in Prague earlier in the morning! We posted the story from David Monti, but people wanted more, so we posted this from the RunCzech website, the managers of the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon.


PHOTO: The two overall champions of the 2017 Sportisimo Prague Half-Marathon, Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia and Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya, with the two top Czech finishers, Eva Vrabcova and Jiri Homolac (photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly)

The Prague Half marathon is a fast race each and every year. This year, it was increadible. Here's David Monti's feature on how the race played out!)

Last night, I went to the Stanford Invitational. On Friday evening, they have distance races. So, sit down at the 100 meter start with some friends, and we talk track and watch races. After the first set of 10,000 meters, I ventured down the track and watched the final two 10,000 meter races. I met a former top runner I ran against thirty years ago, and met his daughter and friends, who were there cheering on their team! It was fun to catch up and see new and old friends.

Calley Macumber.jpgCally MacCumber, Great XC Edinburgh, photo by PhotoRun.net

Good luck in your racing this weekend! Race inspired!

Saturday, April 1, 2017. Race today, try a 800 and a 2 mile or a 400 meters and a mile. Remember to warm up and cooldown.

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