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The two most common feelings I feel before a race are enthusiasm and nerves. My enthusiasm stems from the hope that the race will go as planned. My nerves stem from the anxiety that it might not. The only thing I know for sure before a race is when the starting gun will go off.
In a lucky world, the race will go exactly as planned. I will be able to carry out the exact race plan I meticulously crafted with my coach or in my head. The sun or shade will be agreeable too, and shine or not shine at just the right angles and quantities. My race bib number will be my favorite number.
BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced an elite field of Olympians and returning champions for the 2015 B.A.A. 5K, to be held on Saturday, April 18, two days prior to the 2015 Boston Marathon®. Defending women’s champion Molly Huddle will return to the streets of Boston, while two-time winner Ben True comes back seeking to be the first athlete to earn three B.A.A. 5K titles.
The 2015 B.A.A. 5K will have a field size of 10,000 entrants and will start and finish at Boston Common. A prize purse of $39,900 (USD) will be awarded equally to the top male and female finishers. In addition, professional runners are eligible for a $5,000 (USD) bonus for event record times established at the B.A.A. 5K. Bonus incentives will also be available for professional runners for multiple top finishes at B.A.A. events in 2015.
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.
LANDOVER, Maryland -- On the final day of USATF Hershey Youth Championships at Prince George’s Sports and Learning complex Sunday, there were 31 meet records on the track and five set in field events, producing a weekend total of 66 new meet records.
In the 200 meters for 8 & Under girls, Payton Payne (Lanham, Maryland) crossed the finish line in first place and set a new record. Her time on 30.50 beat the previous record of 31.58.
With the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas, just two days away, Illinois senior Stephanie Richartz is trying to accomplish something that has never been done at Illinois — win a pole vault national championship. Richartz, Illinois only representative at Nationals, will go up against 15 of the country’s best vaulters.
On Friday and Saturday, the NCAA’s best runners will face off in Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the NCAA indoor championships.
The full slate of men’s races should be exhilarating. Here are a few things to keep an eye on:
• Will Oregon’s super sophomore Edward Cheserek claim another pair of individual indoor titles? Will Cheserek lead the Ducks to the DMR win?
• With five entrants in the field, just how many points will Oregon pick up in the 3,000m?
• Will the Arkansas duo of Kemoy Campbell and Stanley Kebeni pick up significant points for the home team in the 3,000m?
• Can Florida dethrone the defending champion Oregon Ducks? Or will Oregon’s distance runners carry the day?
photo courtesy, Thomas Boyd, the Oregonian
EUGENE - Jasmine Todd's body is in one piece again, which is a good thing for the Oregon Ducks as they head into the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
The Ducks are working on a streak of five consecutive women's NCAA Indoor titles. Todd, entered in the 60 meters and the long jump, will be a big part of Oregon's bid for No. 6.
6th March 2015 – Nelson Mandela once said that “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” I think that’s an important quote to remember as an athlete, as sometimes it takes time for goals to come to fruition. I often get emails on my webpage, asking how to get through a period of non-improvement when it seems as though it is impossible to reach one’s goals.
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