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—Larry Eder

In this column, we begin a discussion on Athletics Event Security Management in this modern era. In order to understand the issues, we need to ask questions and look at security issues in recent sporting events.

 

Before the 1996 Olympics, the various domestic intelligence organizations were searching every nook and cranny in the U.S. for wack jobs, racial supremacists, anarchists and various delusional extremists, who could cause an issue or two with the Atlanta Olympics. A story related to me prior to Atlanta concerned an gentleman who ordered the bubonic plague to his home. Even in 1996, the domestic intelligence groups had this issue with citizens of this country who were not doing medical research ordering something that killed a hundred million a few centuries ago. When the afore mentioned security gents visited the garage of the bubonic plague enthusiast, and found a half dozen trash cans full to the brim with cattle dung. The bubonic plague enthusiast was thrown in jail for ninety days before the Atlanta Olympics. There were, according to my sources, several dozen Americans who had dreamed up ways to damage fans of the Olympics. Most of them spent the Olympics in various penal institutions across the U.S.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 21:42

CTRN Summer 2016

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It’s about 7:30 pm local time on Aug. 16 as I write this column for our Summer issue and I’m in Rio to cover the athletics competition during the Olympic Games. The first day, Aug. 12, saw Molly Huddle set a new AR over 10,000m, 30:13.17, while placing sixth. On Friday night, Michelle Carter upset Valeria Adams in the shot put with a huge throw of 20.63m, which is also a new AR.

Note that we only send issues to USATF members or paid subscribers. USATF members will receive both the print and digital publication, sent to you via email. We will also be sending an e-newsletter around the middle of each month which will contain news of interest about the sport in the Golden State and beyond.

Thursday, 31 March 2016 17:21

Interview With IAAF Pres Seb Coe

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We’ve reposted this as we believe that it is an important read. We also believe that Seb Coe, whatever his blemishes, is the man to lead the sport. Note some of the questions that I asked. For the sport to regain its past stature the ability for the ban on Russia and possibly other countries must hold until there is true change. That does not happen in four months or six months. President Coe will now have to stand up, quite possibly to the IOC, who, some suggest wants Russia back into the athletic family by Rio. I think that the Melodonium crisis is telling us several things: a) WADA needs to do its job much better and b) IAAF has to have an investigative unit to disrupt doping pipelines and opportunities to use drugs made for real uses to be used to cheat in sports.

 

Seb Coe is great in front of a camera or an interviewer's recorder. Those are skills that a modern sports leader must possess. In the first nine months of his presidency, the sordid actions of the past administration have come out putting him on the defensive constantly. In that time, Coe has been blamed for everything but global warming. While Mr. Coe is not without sin, he is also someone who loves the sport, and possesses the skill set, I believe, to put the sport in the right direction.

 

I was fortunate to get five minutes with President Coe. In that time, I asked him seven questions, on drugs, on the challenges of the sport, on the Russian issues and he answered them with crisp answers, on topic and with thoughtful responses.

 

FIND THE INTERVIEW HERE

https://soundcloud.com/runblogrun/interview-with-iaaf-president-sebastian-coe

California hosted three important events between December 2015 and February 2016.

The USATF XC Club Championships held on Dec. 11 were a tremendous showcase of the sport, with over 1400 participants. Seeing the great runs on all levels on that wonderful day, One of my favorite moments was seeing Ben Rosario, proud coach of HOKA ONE ONE’s Northern Arizona elites, after his men won the team title and several individual top women.

During the IAAF Council Meeting on Thursday (10), Council decided the host cities for two 2018 IAAF World Athletics Series events.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has become the latest person to resign from the Board of the company organising next year's International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in London because she claimed she felt "a bit too tokenistic".

How many runners does it take to deliver one pair of Diadora N9000s?

Well, for this one lucky consumer in Barcelona, it took 70 runners plus one dog, a week to run, with package in hand, from Milano to Barcelona. The journey of 1,482 kilometers was captured on video, and in photos, by Diadora.

Monday, 01 February 2016 19:35

Hundreds ran away to Barbados in December….

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Hundreds of runners took to the streets of the Caribbean island of Barbados for the 33rd edition of the Run Barbados Series in December 2015.    In fact, the revitalized and rebranded Run Barbados Marathon Weekend 2015 (RBMW) enjoyed almost 2000 entries as it re-launched its marathon and hosted four other races.  The series, which recently regained its AIMS-IAAF certification, reaped the benefits of an international marketing effort and a new organizing team.   Alan Brookes of Canada Running Series noted, “It is exciting to see Run Barbados back up and running, Barbados is such an awesome destination, I go way back with Run Barbados, I even created the slogan: “Come for the Run; Stay for the Fun!”

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