Last summer, Lance Armstrong sat a few feet from me and said he would never “rat out” his friends by publicly revealing who had helped him dope and who had known about his doping. Not a chance. No way. The last thing he would ever do.
He simply said that “everybody” around him had known about his drug use, and that snitching on those closest to him would be a violation of his duty to be loyal to those who had been loyal to him.
Ironman will host an inaugural Ironman Maryland triathlon Sept. 20 in Cambridge, an event founded as the Tampa, Fla.-based race organizer prepares to take over four of TriColumbia’s local races.
Ironman is close to acquiring four races from the Columbia Triathlon Association Inc., known as TriColumbia. The company is working to acquire the struggling TriColumbia’s ChesapeakeMan, Eagleman, Iron Girl Rocky Gap Women’s Triathlon and Iron Girl half-marathon races.
Olympian and University of Texas alum Leo “The Lion” Manzano has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with HOKA ONE ONE – a “maximalist” shoe that hit the market three years ago and has gained traction in the ultrarunning community and now looking to reach more of the running population.
Manzano – a five-time NCAA Champion and silver medalist at the 2012 London Olympics – will be in Boston next weekend to kick off the partnership around the festivities of the marathon.
— Leo Manzano (@Leomanzano) April 10, 2014
Just when you’ve figured out where Austin’s fitness stores are located, everything changes.
Surveying the state of the sport he dominated for so many years, running great Haile Gebrselassie sees a bleak future. Despite the super-star status of Usain Bolt, Gebrselassie is deeply concerned about the shortage of elite-level events with true global appeal for fans and, just as importantly, sponsors.
“Athletics has to change a little bit, bring in new ideas, new concepts — otherwise it’s going to be a just a bit boring to watch,” Gebrselassie said Wednesday. “I don’t know how many people are interested in just watching running for two hours — maybe soccer yes, but running we have to upgrade the situation … attract more of an audience (and give) what they like.”
Former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell has received an 18-month ban for failing a drugs test. The Jamaican sprinter, 31, took the banned stimulant oxilofrine at last year’s national championships but the suspension has been backdated and will end on 20 December, 2014.
Powell called the ruling “unfair and unjust”, and said a legal supplement he took, Epiphany D1, was contaminated. He plans to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Although Richie Cunningham moved from Austin to Boulder, Colorado a few years ago we still like to claim him as one of our own, and for the second year in a row he made Central Texas proud by capturing the Ironman Galveston 70.3 title. The Australian native turned in one of the fastest runs of the day, covering the half marathon in 1:12:37 to overtake two other competitors in the final six miles for a total time of 3:46:11.
One of those runners Cunningham surpassed was long-time Austinite Brandon Marsh, outpacing him by just 15 seconds. Out of the entire 3 hour and 46 minute race, Marsh held the lead for just 30 minutes between miles 7 and 12.5 on the run. Coming in fourth was Central Texas transplant Chris McDonald.