Weekly Round Up

March 28, 2014 at 5:30 am

Weekly Roundup Presented by Ready to Run (March 23-29, 2014)

Seeking Marc Davis’ American Road Record of 13:24, Bernard Lagat Is Pumped for 5k Road Debut at 2014 Carlsbad 5000

At Sunday’s Carlsbad 5000, American Bernard Lagat will lace up his Nike racing flats and step into uncharted territory. Racing his first ever 5-kilometer road race, the four-time Olympian is confident, eager, and focused on a nearly 18-year-old national record.

“You know, I’m excited. This is something new, I’ve never run something like this,” he told Race Results Weekly in an exclusive telephone interview from California. “This is my specialty on the track and I’m doing it now on the roads, so it’s something new and I think it’s going to be really exciting.”

 

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Athletes’ Group Complains Its “Voice” Is Ignored by USATF

The Track & Field Athletes Association voiced its displeasure over a lack of communication with USA Track and Field in a blog post on its website Wednesday morning.

In the post, titled “We will not stand for the collective voice of athletes being ignored,” TFAA complains about USATF’s “failure to engage in meaningful dialogue” with both the TFAA and the USATF Athletes Advisory Committee.

 

An Exclusive Interview with Ironman CEO Andrew Messick

As the CEO of Ironman Andrew Messick has one of the busiest and most important jobs in triathlon. His role involves delivering great middle and long distance races throughout the world, while expanding the brand into new locations and opening the sport to a wider audience. As the captain, he is steering a big ship and has a lot of responsibility when it comes to the future of triathlon. Fortunately, he was an Ironman before taking on the role, so understands the demands, needs and sacrifice of his audience. This combined with a long career in global sports marketing provides him with the perfect experience for his role as CEO.
We managed to get an exclusive interview to find out about his history, what’s going on with Ironman and 70.3 racing, recent drug allegations regarding age group athletes and where the mighty M-Dot is going in the future.

 

Leo Manzano Wins 800 Meters at Texas Relays, Breaks Own Record

The track has long been a safe haven for Leo Manzano, a place where he has excelled to the point that he captured the first American Olympic medal in the 1500 meters in more than four decades. But since that memorable August night in London nearly two years ago the momentum slowed. A disappointing 5th place finish at the US Indoor Championships in February left “The Lion” at a crossroads. No coach, no sponsor and no agent were not exactly the makings of a sustainable running career.

Yet on a calm night in his home city on a track he has run thousands of laps around dating back to high school in the early 2000′s, Manzano recaptured that glory and possibly steered his career back on course.

 

Tweet of the Week

LBJ 100, Get Your Rear in Gear this weekend

LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour – Cyclists choose from routes of 10, 30, 42, 62 or 85 miles in this non-competitive group bike ride, which rolls off at 9 a.m. Saturday from the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall. All courses begin and end on the LBJ Ranch airstrip, cover quiet country roads and pass historical landmarks that figured prominently in U. S. Presidential history. Registration is $50 for adults, $30 for ages 12 and under, $85 per tandem,$105 per family or $45 for members of organized groups or clubs. All proceeds support educational and recreational opportunities and historic structure preservation in the national historical park. A competitive event, the Second Annual Individual Time Trials, starts at 9 a.m. Sunday.

 

Speedgolf in Central Texas – Hurry Up and Hit

A new sport is slowly gaining traction around Texas that involves using golf clubs – but not spending five hours on your local municipal course waiting for that group ahead to pick up the pace.

Last October, Olympic medalists Bernard Lagat and Nick Willis helped put the new sport on the radar of runners by competing in the World Speedgolf Championships. Although they both struggled and even ran a slower time than the overall winner, both had rave reviews of finishing 18 holes in less than 50 minutes.

 

Woman Biking, Swimming and Running From Cancun to Washington, D.C. to Raise Awareness

According to the site, Bastidas is a 46-year-old single mother and survivor of sexual violence. If she succeeds, she would set the record for the longest triathlon ever at 3,536 miles, more than doubling the previous mark.

So far, she has swum 122 miles in the open ocean and biked 493 miles, according to the site. I’ve read Marshall Ulrich’s book “Running on Empty,” about his run across America, so I have some idea of what Bastidas has undertaken.

 

 

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