Big Weekend: 5th Avenue Mile Saturday. Continental Cup Sat-Sunday.

5th Avenue Mile is Sat in NYC *Full Fields/Schedule/Results

RRW Reigning Champion Jenny Simpson Eager to Cap Season With Fifth Avenue Win The two-time champion has passed up a chance to win $30,000 at the Continental Cup to run in NYC.

RRW Mary Cain and Matthew Centrowitz Lead Nike Oregon Project Charge Down Fifth Avenue

Weekly Recap – The Week That Was

WTW Was The Great North Run Fixed? Chicago Is Loaded (Up Front) With Talent, Betsy Saina’s Dream 2014, NCAA XC Gets Under Way And Proof That Indoor Track Is As Fast As Outdoor We ponder if Mo Farah‘s Great North Run win was fixed (with video), praise Betsy Saina‘s incredible 2014, get excited about the BofA Chicago Marathon, talk a little NCAA XC and Eric Jenkins, and ponder indoor vs. outdoor tracks in light of Galen Rupp‘s 1,500 in Brussels. 

 News From Scotland 

Oscar P Verdict – Negligent Homicide

Oscar P Guilty Of Negligent Homicide – Will Be Sentenced Next Month The sentencing process apparently is very drawn out and like a mini-trial. In the meantime, Oscar P is out on bail which upset the prosecutor who views him as a flight/suicide risk.
*Steenkamp Family “Not Happy” With Developments

 US News 

Interesting Read: “Why Running Movies So Often Look Unbelievable” From the lap counter counting up instead of down, to Brad Pitt running the wrong way around the track, running movies are often full of inaccuracies.

Women’s Running News

Track & Field’s Grand Finale – The 2nd IAAF Continental Cup Is Saturday And Sunday *Schedule / Results (1:30 ET Sat., 12:30 ET Sun.) *TV / Streaming

LRC Women’s Preview: Great Mid-D Action on Tap with Sum Vs. Wilson Vs. Sharp, Rowbury Vs. Hassan; Coburn Battles Ayalew In Steeple Tbe 3,000 and 5,000 are lacking depth (and we propose a combining of them at this meet) but there’s nothing wrong with the mid-d events as world champ Eunice Sum will take on world leader Ajee Wilson and the in-form Lynsey SharpShannon Rowbury will look to end her season with an elusive victory over world leader Sifan Hassan and world junior champ Dawit Seyaum. Finally, American record holder Emma Coburn faces Diamond League champ/world leader Hiwot Ayalew and world junior champ Ruth Jebet in the steeple.

LRC Men’s Preview: Amos Vs. Aman, Jager Vs. Birech, Ndiku Vs. Lagat And A 1,500 Worthy Of The Olympics Move over, Diamond League. The 2nd annual Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco is the DL finals on steroids as this two-day meet has $2.9 million – six times more than a DL meet. There should be some great mid-d/distance matchups, including Nijel Amos vs. Mo Aman vs. Adam Kszczot in the 800,  Bernard Lagat vs. Caleb Ndiku in the 3,000 and Jairus Birech vs. Evan Jager in the 3,000 steeple, but we’re most excited about the men’s 1,500, which one could argue is better than an Olympic final. Plus Duane Solomon will race for the first time in almost two months.

 Throwing News 

 Previous Oscar P 

 Other US Stuff 

IAAF: A Look Back On The 2014 Diamond League And Ahead To The 2015 Calendar The DL picks back up again next year on May 15th in Doha.

 The Crazy Things People Say 

Upcoming Marathon Action: Kipsang Vs. Mutai In NYC

Big Administrative News – The IAAF Copies USATF

IAAF And Japanese Advertising Agency Dentsu Extend Marketing And Sponsorship Partnership Through 2029 Lamine Diack is thrilled as he’ll leave the sport financially secure as Dentus will guarantee the IAAF $17.7 million through 2019 and $22.5 million through 2029.
*Dentsu Gets Global Marketing And Licensing Rights For Major IAAF Events As Well As The Media Rights Outside Of Europe And Africa *IAAF Press Release

 More Administrative News 

President Thomas Bach Promises That Scottish Athletes Would Be Able To Compete In 2016 Games If The Country Secedes From GB Some were worried that the March 2016 deadline wouldn’t leave them time for Rio 2016.