Tuesday, 05 September 2017 12:50
(Via USATF, 9/4/2017, NEW HAVEN, CT)
Teammates Galen Rupp and Jordan Hasay used different tactics with similar results Monday morning at the USATF 20 km Championships in New Haven, Connecticut, as the Nike Oregon Project runners scored big victories against tough fields.
The USATF 20 km Championships, hosted by the Faxon Law New Haven Run, are the eighth stop on the 2017 USATF Running Circuit. Watch on demand on USATF.TV+. Next up on the circuit, the USATF 10 Mile Championships take place on October 1 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The men’s race got off to a slow start, as the men averaged five-minute miles through the first half of the race, before Rupp broke it open with a strong surge that took the men’s field from a dozen competitors in the lead group and chiseled it down to six.
Those six wouldn’t stay together long, as defending champion Leonard Korir and Sam Chelanga grouped up with Rupp and the trio pulled away from Christo Landry, Tim Ritchie and other challengers, making the final miles of the race a three-man battle.
Past nine miles the trio came and went, as Chelanga ran a few strides off Rupp and Korir, who continued to push the pace. As the final mile neared, it was clear it would be a two-man race to the finish.
Published in Roads
Thursday, 13 July 2017 19:16
By Larry Eder
The 10,000 meters were the two big finals that kept the fans in the stands late into the evening, as the 10,000 meters were moved back one hour to keep the temperatures under 40 degrees Celcius/100 degrees Fahrenheit. Hotter than the temperatures were the finishes of winners Molly Huddle and Hassan Mead.
The 10,000 meters, held on Thursday night, could not have been more different. Very compelling, but, so different. Shalane Flanagan held the lead for 22 of the 25 laps. Molly Huddle moved away over the last three laps, using a strong last lap to cement the title. Molly Huddle ran 73.54, 69.58 and a final 65.03.
Published in Track & Field
Monday, 22 May 2017 15:31
By Larry Eder
For me, the 2017 Boston Marathon, with the heat, humidity and wind, was still one of the finest races in the event’s storied history. Americans had two women and six men in the top ten in each elite race. 30,000 runners battled heat, humidity and wind on April 17, 2017.
Edna KIplagat and Geoffrey Kirui showed that running for the first time on the course does not dampen your chance of running well through the towns around Boston.
Here are five things I learned from observing the 2017 Boston Marathon.
1. Edna Kiplagat is formidable, at the age of 38.
When will we learn? Carlos Lopes won the 1984 Olympic marathon at the age of 36. Jack Foster took the 1974 Commonwealth Games silver medal in the marathon at the age of 41. Age is in our minds. Edna Kiplagat trained well, and she sensed the time to break the field, charging uphill between miles 19 and 20, and running 5:22, an astounding mile uphill. Kiplagat won the 2013 World Championships in hot Moscow, so the warm weather in Boston didn’t hurt her.
Published in Marathons
Thursday, 01 September 2016 16:26
BY LARRY EDER—In 2012, at the London Olympics, Galen Rupp took the silver medal in the 10,000 meters behind his team mate Mo Farah, who won his first Olympic gold in the 10,000 meters in London's Olympic stadium, in front of 80,000 screaming and boisterous fans.
I was surprised a bit by Galen Rupp's silver medal then. I thought Galen would win Olympic medals, but not until 2016. I was pleasantly surprised.
In 2016, Galen Rupp took fifth in the 10,000 meters, and then, bronze in the marathon, only his second race over the distance. I wanted to make the point about Galen nearly stopping to make sure Mo Farah was fine in the 10,000 meters, when Mo fell in the race early on. That was what someone does who really cares about a training partner. Those 'miles of trials and trials of miles' (as John Parker said in Once a Runner) are lifelong ties.
Published in Marathons