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NAPA, Calif. — March 4, 2018 — The 40th anniversary of the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon presented perfect conditions for racing 26.2 miles through California’s picturesque Napa Valley. Cool temperatures at the start in the mid-30s with little wind greeted over 2,100 entrants eager for fast times. Andrew Bauer, 34, of Martinez, Calif. ran way with the men’s overall victory while Casey Crosson, 19, of Los Angeles, Calif. earned the women’s title. Bauer crossed the finish line at Vintage High School in Napa with a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes, and 4 seconds. Crosson secured her win in 2:50:49.
Both winners earned titles as 2018 Road Runners Club of America National Marathon Champions and were awarded their “weight-in-wine” donated by Nineteen-year-old Crosson will receive her wine when she reaches age 21.
RunBlogRun opines: Cregg Weinmann, Footwear and Apparel Review editor for the RunningNetwork ran in this embargoed shoe (until 24 January 2018) from Nike. We thought that you would like to see the review, so we will post across our sites today. The shoe will be available on February 22, 2018 on a global basis. We saw the shoe in August 2018 at a special event, but had to keep our thoughts to ourselves until the launch. So, here is Cregg's thoughts on running in the shoe and his comments on the new Nike technology. You can see reviews daily at
The Epic React Flyknit is Nike's latest running shoe, and may point to a new range of performance shoes. Replacing the Lunar Epic Flyknit, the Epic React Flyknit advances overall performance with a focus on a new midsole technology. The upper is a monosock design, a new version of Flyknit which is quite thin with no additional ankle collar padding, welded overlays reinforce the eye stay, and a TPU heel counter adds a little structure. The stretch of the Flyknit, as well as the laces, do an excellent job of securing the foot, with no pressure, slippage, or discomfort. The React midsole material is a proprietary foam developed specifically by Nike, dialed in after hundreds of chemical combinations. The ride has a resilient bounce to it, is durable, as well as protective. The outersole features crystal rubber at heel and toe, with the rest a tough skinned foam. The weight of the shoe is quite light, noticeably lighter than the Lunarlon foam that it replaces. While the price tag has placed the shoe in the premium range, the performance matches it, and the promise of more to come may well point to something for everybody.
The IAAF Heritage Department is a new department and program from the IAAF, celebrating the history and culture of our sport. Chris Turner, long time Communications manager at the IAAF, is heading up the initiative. His love of the sport, his appreciation of all things javelin and all things Finnish, make him a perfect person to champion the history of our sport.
RunBlogRun will be at the unveiling of the new IAAF Heritage Collection on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Watch for our reports and videos!
On the last day of the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 (1 to 4 March), historic athletics artifacts from the ancient Olympic Games to the modern era will be donated to help establish the IAAF Heritage collection.
The IAAF Heritage Memorabilia Donation Ceremony, which takes place at midday on Sunday 4 March in Birmingham's Council House, will be attended by IAAF President Sebastian Coe and the leader of Birmingham Council Ian Ward.
A new IAAF department began work in January 2018. IAAF Heritage sets out to preserve the legacy of athletics, its heroes and heroines, their artifacts, and the documents, videos and photographs that portray them and in turn engage with and inspire the stars and fans of the present and future.
The ceremony and a media reception that follows it will mark the official launch of the IAAF Heritage collection entitled 'Athletics - 3000 years and counting' which as it develops will travel around the world to IAAF competitions to promote the sport.
Central to the ceremony will be Roberto Gesta de Melo, the President of the South American Athletics Association CONSUDATLE, who, on behalf of the association, will donate a part of their collection to IAAF Heritage which will be officially accepted by Sebastian Coe.
CONSUDATLE, which is the IAAF's oldest area association, is celebrating the centenary of its foundation this year and is giving 100 items to mark 100 years. These artefacts which include coins, medals, programmes, books and periodicals are catalogued under the title 'Athletics from ancient times to the end of the 19th century'.
There will also be a number of other donations of historic memorabilia associated with international indoor athletics made at the ceremony.
Marking the IAAF World Indoor Championships, competition artefacts from some of the most celebrated victories of championship legends Maria Mutola and Haile Gebrselassie will be given on loan to IAAF Heritage from a private collection.
Directly connecting the ceremony to the city of Birmingham, Councillor Ian Ward, on behalf of another private donation, will present the competition bib numbers from two world indoor records/bests set by Gabriela Szabo and Hailu Mekonnen at Arena Birmingham at the beginning of the century.
Also attending the ceremony will be UKA President Jason Gardener and USA's IAAF Athlete Ambassador Stacy Dragila, who will be making loans of items from their World Indoor Championships victories, respectively 60 metres (2004) and pole vault (1997).
Since 1998, Cregg Weinmann has been writing for our media group. He began writing for California Track & Running News in the mid 1990s and when we purchased California Track & Running News, Cregg then began writing the Running Network Shoe Reviews. Cregg now is moving our reviews to the digital and social venues where our runners frequent. You can find him at @runblogrun and our partner sites.
This is the review of the Under Armour HOVR Sonic. Under Armour did a global launch with this new product in February 2018. We also wanted to thank Under Armour for joining our sponsor group in supporting our travel and coverage of major events. UA is supporting us in Birmingham and we are most appreciative.
Remember, brands that support RunBlogRun, the Shoe Addicts and RunningNetwork, have a choice. Brands like that are supporting the culture of the sport the events of the sport. Support those brands that support the sport you love.
HOVR Sonic by Under Armour
Reviewed by Cregg Weinmann, Running Network / Running Product Reviews
The Hovr Sonic is a new shoe to the Under Armour line, which introduces a new midsole technology. The upper features a flat knit construction, with a minimal heel collar and varying weights of knitting in the forefoot, saddle, and heel. The fit is secure and comfortable, both key to performance and fit. The midsole is a two piece design, an outer carrier foam of molded EVA surrounds an inner layer of Olefin foam developed by Dow Chemical (known as Engage). The inner layer of foam is encapsulated in polyester fabric to help it retain its shape and bounce, and is visible in the heel and through a window in the sidewall. The resulting ride is firm but responsive, with good flexibility. The outersole is a full-length, full-contact carbon rubber, with blown rubber sandwiched between for extra cush, which provides a good grip and reasonable durability. The result is an amalgam of performance which points to a new line of shoes broadening Under Armour's appeal beyond their Charged Foam and Micro G midsole offerings.
The AJC Peachtree 10k is the largest 10k in the world! The t-shirt is the real prize, for runners who break sixty minutes is a collectors item. And this race should be on your bucket list! Watch RunBlogrun for reminders for when to sign up for the lottery. From March 1-14, is time for Atlanta Track Club members, for March 15-21, is the time for mere humans to sign up for the lottery, and March 22 is the day when those who get to run begin to find out!  This race is held on July 4 each year in Atlanta, Georgia and you should be there! Read below to learn how to get into the the AJC Peachtree Lottery!
It's Time to Sign Up for the AJC Peachtree Road Race!
World's largest 10K set for July 4th
ATLANTA - March 1, 2018 - Over the course of the next three weeks, 60,000 runners and walkers will sign up to take part in the 49th AJC Peachtree Road Race. Atlanta Track Club announced the opening of registration today for the world's largest 10K. Registration is currently available to Atlanta Track Club members who activated their membership by February 1, 2018. They will receive guaranteed entry into the Peachtree as part of their membership benefits if they complete the registration process by Wednesday March 14 at 11:59 p.m. A lottery will be held from March 15 to March 22 to select the remaining participants.
Held annually on July 4, the AJC Peachtree Road Race is an Atlanta tradition. Participants make their way from Lenox Mall down Peachtree St. and onto 10th St., finishing at the gates of Piedmont Park. This year's event will also serve as the USATF 10 km Championships featuring America's top endurance athletes.
The sixty meters is an unforgiving sprint. You either are on, or you are off.
Christian Coleman has been on all season.
His 6.37 for the 60 meters woke us up on January 19. A fast time, but again, early in season, and without electronic blocks, a Zero gun and drug testing (it costs money), no record. Maurice Greene's 6.39 from 1998 and 2001 was safe for a bit more time.
That time ended on February 17, when Christian ran 6.34 at the USATF Indoor Championships, destroying the World Record and setting a WR with electronic blocks, Zero Gun and drug testing. Coleman had his world record.
And then comes the World Indoors....
The World Indoor Championships in Birmingham are being marred by offer officiating. It was a problem on day, it became a nightmere on day 2, and now, it is the narrative. Ironically, a conversation with Seb Coe from a year ago, noting that some of the rather arcane rules that hurt the sport need to be revised.
The 400 meter that never was, first two DQed, Pavel Maslak wins, photo by
That runners are going out of their lanes is a fact. That they are impending others is not a fact. That several key stars were DQed for events that did not impeed others. The over judging of events will be, unfortunately, one of the narratives of this championships. The IAAF now had another problem that can mar the sport.
Consider this, why would a family of four come to a major championships, and see, to their shock that, after they watch a fantastic 400 meters, the gold and silver medalists are DQed for impeding other athletes'progress?
That is the issue, before the 400 meter and 800 meter fiascos, there was over 25 DQs, so anything after that was questioned. How could this happen in the birthplace of modern track & field?
What about Federations that file complaints, hoping to get their athletes a medal? It sure seems like what is happening.Our sport has bumping and physical contact, get over it.
A 400-meter heat where all in the heat are DQed?
The sport needs an Ombudsman, someone who is above the Jury of Appeals, and brings people to their senses. This is like a Monty Python episode, The Athletes who run out of lanes.
Please read this well-considered piece by our English friend who I thought was a Scot, J. Stuart Weir.
From the sublime to the ridiculous:
The evening of Day 3 produced many magnificent moments of outstanding brilliance and compelling high drama. Sadly the evening was also marred by moments of farce and controversy.
Starting with the Good
Christian Coleman won the 60m from Bingtian Su. The only disappointment was that Coleman was 3/100s of a second outside the World Record.
Genzebe Dibaba won the 1500m to pull off a two-day double of 3000m and 1500m. She really is a class act.
Keni Harrison won her first global title in the 60m hurdles in 7.70 to equal the World Lead. Winner of the IAAF Indoor series, Christina Manning was second in 7.79, in a race where any of the first four would have been a worthy winner.
Sandi Morris won a pole vault competition that lasted 3 hours with a vault of 4.95m. Katerina Stefanidi, the reigning World outdoor and Olympic champion was third, only managing 4.80. That Morris, who has been runner-up in the last three global finals, and Stefanidi could only clear 4.80 at the third attempt made the final even more absorbing.
The Bad
The evening was marred by far too much intervention by the officials. The nadir was the decision to disqualify Drew Windle (USA) who finished second in the 800m for obstruction and to promote third to second and fourth to third. And then, over an hour after the race finished, to reinstate Windle and demote the two previously promoted athletes.
In the men's 400m the winner, Oscar Husillos (Spain) and second-place finisher, Luguelin Antos (The Dominican Republic) were disqualified. Spain lodged an appeal but the Dominican Republic did not. The Jury decided that the disqualifications should stand.
I cannot say that any of the officials' decisions were right or wrong. I do not have the evidence. But there must be a better way to do it! Better, surely to hold a result if there are genuine doubts than to announce a result, change it and then change it back. There also did seem to be too many disqualifications for marginal offences which had no impact on the outcome of the race.
Keni Harrison is the World Record holder for the 100 meter hurdles. She has been followed by bad luck for a while now, not making Olympic teams, missing medals. Each time an interview came up, she would be asked about her tough luck. It had to be overpowering. Yet, this weekend, Keni Harrison took her legacy into her own hands and ran strong rounds in the 60 meter hurdles. Her semi final made it clear that Keni Harrison was here for business.
In the final, Keni Harrison had one of her finest starts, and ran, hurdle for hurdle, with precision and focus. No one was going to stop Keni Harrison at the Arena Birmingham on Saturday, March 3, 2018, as she ran a championship record of 7.70! Her time is only two tenths of a second off the WR set by Susana Kallur of Sweden in 2005. Harrison now has her first global title, and she knows it. I told BBC last night that Keni Harrison is one of the finest hurdlers in the world. She had to believe that. 
A great pole vault competition.
There have been many great events this weekend but it’s hard to think of a more exciting competition than the women's pole vault. Christian Coleman had to "work" for just over 6 seconds to win his 60m gold medal. Sandi Morris was out there for 3 hours to win hers.
Two streaks came to an end. Katerina Stefanidi, the reigning World outdoor and Olympic champion, was finally beaten after a winning streak of 19 competitions. Sandi Morris broke a less welcome streak - silver at the Worlds Championships (indoor and outdoor) and the Olympics.
Pole vault involves running with a pole and vaulting over a high bar. It involves a lot more than that! An elite competition is often two competitions in one, with the event over for some athletes before others have started. When Stefanidi entered the competition at 4.70, others had been jumping for an hour and a quarter. When Stefanidi cleared 4.70 and moved on to 4.75, only six competitors of the original 12 were still standing - or still vaulting.
Morris recently explained to me her approach to the tactics of the event: "The general rule of thumb for me has been to enter the competition about 30 centimeters under my PB. At this point, with my PB at 5.00m, that’s still pretty high so I like to enter the competition at 4.40m or 4.50m. [In Birmingham she came in at 4.50.] If I’m feeling really good, I may pass a bar. It really depends on an athlete's confidence because that really is the key to making bars at the first attempt: trusting that you are doing the right thing. Having the right coaching, what pole to start with and so on, are also factors. You also go off your warm-up. If I have a bad warm-up, I might come in a bit lower and jump more bars to get myself into a rhythm. That is my tactic.”
Seb Coe is the President of the IAAF. He took over the Federation during its lowest time in modern history. Coe survived the incarceration of Lamine Diack, the Russian drug crisis, and has been left with a sport that has a future that still may have some unpleasant things from its past.
A global federation is only as good as its members, and its leadership. Seb Coe, for whatever reasons, seems still personally invigorated by his sport, and genuinely wants its future success.
We were fortunate to meet with Lord Coe on Saturday evening, as he was walking through the Mixed Zone, speaking with the BBC, Olympic TV, Czech TV and then, RunBlogRun.
I asked him a few questions. I wanted to see what were his favorite moments as a British citizen and his favorites as the leader of the global federation. Seb, being Seb, beat me to the punch on that one. My final question was, how do you deal with the two lords of modern sport, Entertainment and Real Sports?
His answer was thoughtful, as you would expect.Below is our audio interview with Seb Coe, from 3 March 2018.
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