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Change is painful.

Evolution, as we learned in Jurassic Park, is highly invasive and there is much pain.

Consider both as we discuss the World Tour competition restructure. This is the attempt by WA to make some sense of the indoor, outdoor, cross country, race walking and road racing events that choke the World Calendar. Many good events, some mediocre events and a need to showcase the meets in streaming events that support free coverage and paywalls.

We applaud WA for this plan, and look forward to seeing how the meet managers support the new structure.

unnamed-2.jpgRace Walking, Cross country, Track & Field, photos courtesy of World Athletics

One of the finest throwers in Olympic history, and one of the most well-respected hammer throwers, Yuriy Sedykh has died at the age of 66.

The notes of condolence make it clear that Mr. Sedykh was admired, respected and loved by his friends, family and competitors.

This is the #Just Athletics interview for Tuesday, September 14, 2021, on @runblogrun. This should be a fun one. #JustAthletics is a group of 3 track geeks who do an exceptional podcast!

Prefontaine or Without LImits? Which movie do you like better?

pref.jpgPrefontaine Movie

w limits.jpgWithout Limits

You will have to watch!

We asked Matt Wisner to do a weekly column for @RunBlogRun. Like new columnist Sam Fariss, we suggested a few topic ideas, but the rule is, writers write about what interests them.

Matt Wisner decided to write about the Fifth Avenue Mile, which happened on Sunday, 12 September. We like Matt's column and look forward to upcoming columns.

Wom-fifth ave mile .jpgNikki Hiltz, Jemma Reekie, Shannon Osika, photo by NYRR

men fifth avenue mile .jpgOllie Hoare, Jake Wightman, Jake Heyward, photo by NYRR

Reekie takes fifth ave mile .jpgJemma Reekie ends her season with a fine victory! photo courtesy of NYRR

Wightman takes fifth ave 2x.jpgJake Wightman takes his second Fifth Avenue Mile! photo courtesy of NYRR

The Fifth Avenue is an iconic event in American running. For the past 2 decades, it has been the unofficial end of the global track & field season, as many of the players come from Diamond League and Contininental Tour events. While this is at the end of their seasons, many get primed for one more race!

The road race on the extraordinary Fifth avenue attracts runners, fast, slow, in-between. That Jake Wightman and Jemma Reekie took wins shows the global nature of the event as well!

Francine Niyonsaba has had an incredible season in 2021. She then ran 30:41.93 for the 10,000m, taking fifth in the Olympic 10,000m final.

Her move from the 800m to the 5,000m was extraordinary. On May 22, 2021, in Spain, at the Jean Pariso meeting, Francine ran 15:12.08, just over the 15:10 Olympic qualifier. On June 1, in Montreul, France, Niyonsaba ran 14:54.38, running just over 16 seconds below the Olympic standard. A fine qualifying round in Tokyo, where she finished in top 6 was nullified by a DQ on a lane violation. She then ran 30:41.93 for the 10,000m, taking fifth in the Olympic 10,000m final.

unnamed.jpgFrancine Niyonsaba takes WR at 2000m, photo by World Athletics

Since then, Francine Niyonsaba has been on fire! Her 9:00.75 for 2 miles, a seldom run distance, was a Burundian NR, as she took out a world class field, including Letesenbet Gidey in Eugene, Oregon at the Nike Pre Classic.

In Paris, Francine ran 8:19.08, a screamingly fast time for the 3000m, again, an NR and WL. In Brussels, Ms. Niyonsaba ran a fast 14:25.34 NR, and one week later, she won the 5000m in the Zurich DL in 14:28.98!

And how does she end the season? With a tough WR at 2000m in Zagreb!

Read on!

Saunders_Raven-OlyTrials21w.jpgRaven Saunders, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris

Raven Saunders is the Tokyo Olympic silver medalist in the shot put. Raven powered a 19.79m throw, just a smidge off her PB. Her silver in 2021 was a big improvement off her silver in Rio 2016.

In this first of Sam Fariss's weekly columns for RunBlogRun, Sam choose to write about Raven Saunders, and not only how she is providing an inspiration for young women shot putters, but also the LBGT community and those who have questions about mental health.

Raven has been wonderfully outspoken on mental health and was quite honest about her grief and challenges with the recent death of her mother.

We thank Raven for her honesty, and welcome Sam Fariss to @runblogrun.

The Vienna City Marathon is the beginning of the 2021 super Fall marathon season. Vienna has a grand tradition in the European running scene and the course, the attention to the care of athletes is second to none. This is an update, from our friends at Race News Service. Joerg Wenig and Andy Edwards, who provide their partners with updates with some of the finest races in Central Europe and the United Kingdom.

Start_VCM_Leo Hagen_20190407_08-58_5LH1650.jpgThe start of the 2019 Vienna City Marathon, photo by Leo Hagen

Scott Christensen is one of the finest coaches in North America. A fine writer and clinician, Scott has helped fellow coaches become better coaches. Scott wrote for our first publication, American Athletics in the early 1990s and he has written for many fine publications and speaks at many fine coaches clinics across the US.

Scott Christensen .jpgScott Christensen, photo courtesy of Virtual National All Sports Coaches Clinic

I hope you enjoy this podcast from #JustAthletics, who interviewed this fine coach. Scott appreciates that coaching is both, art and science.

Fabienne-Schlumpf1_Credit_Bettina Westermann.jpgFabienne-Schlumpf, Photo by Bettina Westermann

This is an update from Race Results Services on the Vienna City Marathon, which will be held on 13 September, opening the fall 2021 major marathon season.

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