Ready to Run Store Austin, Texas2014 UIL State Track and Field meet preview

The 2014 U.I.L. Track and Field State Meet will take place this Friday and Saturday (May 9-10) at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin on the UT campus. As usual, the list of qualifiers includes several names of interest to those who follow high school football and football recruiting, though the list of Longhorn football commits and signees taking part in the meet is smaller than in recent years. The meet will not be broadcast on TV, and in a change from recent years, it will not be webcast either, so the only way to watch the action will be to catch it in person.


Census report shows more people commuting by bicycle

According to a U.S. Census Bureau report released today, the number of people who ride a bike to work in the United States has increased about 60 percent over the last decade, from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000 during the 2008-2012 period. That’s the biggest percentage increase of all commuting modes tracked by the 2000 Census.

Bicyclists still account for just 0.6 percent of all commuters (we’re the happiest commuters, I’m sure!), but some of the country’s largest cities have more than doubled their rates since 2000, according to the report. It’s no surprise that Portland, Ore., tops the list with a 6.1 percent bike-commuting rate.


Skechers Makes Strides in Running Shoe Industry

At 9:30 a.m. on April 21, the New York Stock Exchange’s opening bell rang, signaling the start of the day’s trading. At the time, Skechers—the footwear maker whose ticker symbol is SKX—was selling at $35.29 a share. Thirty minutes later, in the town of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the starting gun for the men’s division of the 118th Boston Marathon was fired. Meb Keflezighi, 38 years old and with a marathon PR of 2:09:08, took off.

In the two weeks that have followed, SKX and Meb have become darlings of Wall Street and Main Street.


Challenge Bahrain Triathlon Offering $500,000 in Prize Money

The Challenge Family announced a new half distance race in Bahrain with a very impressive $500,000 prize purse for Pros – eclipsing money offered at all other races of that distance by a massive margin. Just a few months back World Triathlon Corporation announced an increase of their purse at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships from $200,000 to $250,000, but that is now only half of what will be offered in Bahrain a couple months later. The most money in triathlon however is still in Kona with a $650,000 bounty for twice the work at the historic and prestigious Ironman World Championships.

The first edition of Challenge Bahrain will take place on December 6th 2014, a week after Ironman Cozumel and a 70.3 event in Sydney and on the same weekend as the SunSmart Ironman Western Australia, but otherwise this time of the year is relatively quiet except for the annual early North American Christmas shopping rush.


OC Marathon winner disqualified for receiving aid during race

The record time set at this year’s OC Marathon didn’t stand for long, as organizers disqualified men’s winner Mohamed Fadil on Tuesday after video showed him receiving aid while on the 26.2-mile course.

A protest was sent in after Sunday’s marathon finish, and organizers, after looking at video, said it was a violation of USA Track & Field’s Rule 144 dealing with assistance to athletes.


Tyson Gay offers to pay back $500K in earnings following his one-year drug ban

Tyson Gay has taken the first step towards rebuilding his shattered reputation following his one-year drug ban by making an immediate repayment of all the prize money and appearance fees he received since he started using a banned anabolic steroid in 2012.

The money, understood to be close to $500,000 (£300,000), will be returned to the promoters of five Diamond League meetings as well as an invitation meeting in Jamaica after the American sprinter admitted to the United States Anti-Doping Agency that he first used a cream containing the steroid on July 15, 2012. He insisted that he had no idea the cream contained a banned substance.

Vibram to Pay Millions in Class Action Settlement

Did you buy shoes from Vibram thinking that their marketing ploy of “reduce foot injuries and strengthen foot muscles”? A lot of people did, and now Vibram is forced to pay up to $94 to any person who bought a pair dating back to March 21, 2009.