Quote Of The Day

“No domestic event is more important to athletes and fans than the Olympic Trials,” said USA Track & Field chairman of the board Steve Miller, a former director of global sports marketing for The Swoosh and former adjunct professor at the University of Oregon Warsaw School of Sports Marketing. “The 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials is even more critical because it will lead off an unprecedented opportunity to elevate track & field in this country.”

Look: USA Track & Field has had numerous opportunities to elevate the sport of track and field in this country over the years—this will be the fourth-straight Trials Eugene has hosted—and it’s come up short more times than I can count. So will someone please explain to me how bringing its most important domestic event (Miller’s words, not mine) back to the same tiny town that’s hosted more Olympic Trials than any other city in the history of the meet is going to yield a different result in 2020?

Don’t get me wrong, TrackTown, USA has deep roots, a rabid fanbase, and knows how to host a meet—and sure, it will have a fancy new facility for the event (then again, Mt. SAC would have too) and the streets around the stadium will be abuzz from beginning to end—but it’s not exactly a mass media market, isn’t the easiest place to get to, and has a shortage of good places to stay. Hosting the 2020 Trials in Eugene isn’t going to elevate track and field in this country. But it will make a bunch of folks who work just up the road in Beaverton happy, which is what really matters most to our sport’s governing body anyway.

Mario Fraioli writing in his weekly email “the morning shakeout” (sign up to receive it here) with his take on the 2020 US Olympic Trials going to Eugene. We have a similar take in our Week That Was recap. Our belief is that USAs, particularly in years like 2018, 2022, should almost always go to Eugene but the Olympic Trials should rarely go there.

Improved 2018 BOA Chicago Marathon Elite Fields Released

Rupp_Galen_Winning_Chicago_2017_Jane_Monti_With_CreditLRC Analysis Props To Chicago: Galen Rupp Will Battle Strong International Field As He Tries To Repeat At Chicago Marathon The international fields for the 2018 Chicago Marathon are out and this year we have no fears about whether Chicago is being watered down to ensure a victory by Galen Rupp. If Rupp is to defend his crown, he’ll have to defeat the winners of the following marathons in 2018: Dubai, Tokyo, Rotterdam, Paris and Boston. The American hopefuls on the women’s side, Jordan Hasay and Amy Cragg, also face increased competition as well.
*MB: 2018 Chicago Marathon elite fields are out and both are much improved from 2017 – Can Galen Rupp repeat?

Jordan Hasay doesn’t just want to win Chicago, she wants to run fast

Distance News

2018 Berlin European Champs *Watch LIVE *Live Results/Start Lists *Schedule

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2018 European Championships

Sprint Stuff

The Latest From The African Champs – The 800’s Biggest Talents All Raced Friday *Watch Live

NCAA News

What Motivates Someone To Start A Pro Track Meet?

milnerLRC Q&A With Dave Milner, AKA The Guy Who Spent Thousands Out Of His Own Pocket To Put On A Pro Track Meet In South Carolina Would you spend thousands of dollars of your own modest income to put on a pro track meet? This guy would and did. Find out why.

NACAC Champs Are This Weekend

Kenyan Updates – Sad News

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2018 European Champs

Doping News: Another Big Name Kenyan Suspended

2018 European Championships

Random Running News

Time To Throw Away The Stopwatch And Pick Up Your Phone?

stopwatch-tracksterLRC Willamette Valley Meets Silicon Valley: Three Running “Startups” Are Trying To Revolutionize The Stopwatch Coaches for years have struggled to time multiple athletes and workouts groups at once. Three different apps have recently come out that hope to solve the problem.
*MB: Want to time multiple athletes and workouts at once? Three running “startups” are trying to revolutionize the stopwatch 


Week That Was

Screenshot 2018-08-07 at 16.31.19LRC Stars Impress At African Champs, Olympic Trials Are Back In Eugene, The Start Time For Tokyo Olympic Marathon Needs to be Changed Elijah Manangoi only beats Cheruiyot these days when it really matters. Amos over Korir and Semenya x2. Plus, we think it’s a mistake for the Olympic Trials to be in Eugene every time.

*Mario Fraioli On Wy Eugene 2020 Isn’t Going To Elevate The Sport Of Track And Field In The US

*Book Review LRC Book Review: “Racing The Hands Of Time” By Larry Hannon – Those New To The Sport Might Enjoy It, But Serious Fans Can Avoid This One Not every race can be your best and not every book can be our favorite. This one starts out fascinating but fizzles.

2018 Berlin European Champs

Screenshot 2018-08-07 at 17.12.08Dina Asher-Smith (10.85) And Zharnel Hughes (9.95) Win 100m Gold Hughes broke the meet record while Asher-Smith, who trounced Dafne Schippers, broke her own British record. Video of run here. *BBC Article *IAAF Recap

Kenya Cleans Up On Final Days Of African Champs

2020 Olympic News

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Banned Athlete News

The 2020 Olympics Start In 2 Years – We Tell You Who Will Be There For Team USA

Simpson-pumped-2016LRC Cancel The Trials: Here Are The U.S. Women’s Distance Runners Who Will Be Going To The 2020 Olympics Who will join Shelby Houlihan and Jenny Simpson on the 1,500 team? Can Shannon Rowbury return from pregnancy to make a 4th Olympic team at age 35? And who the heck is making this marathon team?

jager-celebratreLRC Two Years To Tokyo: We Tell You Which U.S. Men’s Distance Runners Will Be On The 2020 Olympic Team The track and field action at 2020 Tokyo starts in exactly two years – July 31, 2020. We’ve gotten out our crystal ball and we tell you who will be on the US Olympic team.
*MB: The 2020 Olympics start 2 years today – Who will make the US team 800 through 10,000? These are our picks

Reebok Is Launching A New US-Based Pro Team

Photo courtesy ReebokLRC Exclusive Reebok Is Launching A New Pro Track Club; Chris Fox Tabbed As Head Coach, Justyn Knight Signed As Star Athlete Though the group will be called the Reebok Boston Track Club, the club’s training base will actually be in Charlottesville, Virginia. This marks a big move for Reebok, which had basically gotten out of running over the last decade.
*MB: Justyn Knight and Chris Fox to Reebok – New Reebok pro track team announced! 

Rojo Speaks Déjà Vu: Reebok Starts A Pro Track Team – Let’s Hope They Stick To It This Time Reebok is starting a pro track team and basing it near Washington, DC? Sound familiar? They did this 25 years ago as well.