Category Archives: Pro Runners

Track and Field News: A Belated Appreciation

Track and Field News (TFN), the self-proclaimed “Bible of the Sport,” recently announced that the December 2017 issue of the monthly magazine would be its last. From now on, TFN would provide only online content. When I read the news, … Continue reading

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The ‘People’s Champion’ Comes to Boston

Many years ago, when I was much younger and sprier, I entered a New Year’s Day 5M road race despite a forecast for high temperatures in the low 20’s. I wasn’t elite, of course, but I went into the race … Continue reading

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London Postcards: Scenes from the 16th IAAF World Championships

Final leg of the men’s 4×100 relay Has it been five years already since the Olympics returned to London? In the wider world, a lot has changed for Great Britain and for the rest of us since 2012, but it … Continue reading

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Two hours: A Writing Exercise

[A moment ago, I started a stopwatch. I plan to sit here at my computer for the next two hours and write about Nike’s ‘breaking2’ publicity stunt for that exact amount of time. I’ll try to fix typos and other … Continue reading

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Boston, be my shining star

Some things should be obvious. It should be obvious that the Boston Marathon is not like London or Berlin or Chicago. It should be understood that, above all, the Boston Marathon is a competition, not a time trial, a test … Continue reading

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The World Comes to Kampala

Geoffrey Kamworor winning the Senior Mens race at the IAAF World XC Championships in 2015. On Sunday March 26th, Uganda hosts the 41st IAAF World Cross Country Championships at the Kololo Independence Grounds in the capital city of Kampala. It … Continue reading

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Retirement is for Kids

A couple of athletics stories caught my eye over the last couple of weeks, bookends for a topic I’ve thought about a lot lately.

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