photo courtesy USA Today--One of the perks of attending a large university with an illustrious list of alumni, is the ability to hear a legend speak. In the late 1990’s, I had the privilege of attending a rare speaking engagement on campus featuring Olympic star Billy Mills.
The Pepsi Florida Relays is annually one of the best early season outdoor meets in the United States. Not only do scores of the top collegiate stars head to Gainesville to square off, but many of the top sprint and hurdle pros use the event as their outdoor season launching point. This year's edition is no different, with stacked races and big stars across the board. Here are a few of the top events and athletes to keep an eye on
In eighth grade, Nadia Eke decided to teach herself how to triple jump.
“I thought it would probably be the easiest thing, since I didn’t actually want to do track,” the Columbia senior said.
Cole Christman of Wenatchee (WA) had a breakthrough race to defeat 2014 NXN champ Tanner Anderson (North Central WA) with a personal best time of 4:09.94 to take over as US #1 in the 1600 and knock 3 seconds off his previous PR. (Photo by Gary Paulson)
A 400m runner will work hard on extremely painful training sessions to develop their lactic system, both the efficiency, the time it takes before the lactic system breaks down and their pain threshold to run through the fatigue.
Lee Emanuel, who won 3000m silver at the European Indoor Championships in Prague, is one of athletics’ running missionaries. The Albuquerque-based Brit tells SPIKES how his American adventure nearly pushed him away from the sport, but ultimately led him to success. Moving to America was something of an impulsive decision for Lee Emanuel.
It’s a given that runners—no matter their ability or age–have to be tough. Let’s face it: this beloved sport of ours is a demanding one that requires Herculean levels of determination and just pure grit in order to keep on putting one foot in front of the other.
Atlanta’s Peachtree Road Race, the world’s largest 10K, has added an elite team competition for the first time, with an American team taking on three all-star lineups from around the world on July 4.
The team competition, called the Peachtree Cup, will feature four entries: Team USA, Team Africa, Team Asia, and Team Europe. Each roster will consist of six athletes, three men and three women. The team members' individual finish times will be added together to determine the fastest cumulative time and the winner of the Cup.
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Portland will host also US Champs
PORTLAND (USA): The City of Portland will play host to the 2016 USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Oregon Convention Center, March 11-12, USA Track & Field announced Monday. The Team USA roster for the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships will be chosen on the same track on which they will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals, one week later. The 2016 World Indoor Championships are slated for March 18-20 at the Oregon Convention Center. The indoor track stadium at the OCC will feature a new, 200-meter IAAF-certified track and will be configured to accommodate more than 7,000 spectators for the event.
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