///Weekly Roundup (March 2-8, 2014)

Weekly Roundup (March 2-8, 2014)

Ready to Run Store Austin, TexasRyan Hall, Abdi added to Boston Marathon Elite Field

John Hancock Financial today announced John Hancock Elite Athlete Team changes for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014.

Additions to the elite men’s field include U.S. Olympians Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman and Kenyan elite Mathew Bowen. Withdrawals to the elite men’s field include Kenyan elite Moses Mosop, U.S. Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein and Australian Olympian Jeffrey Hunt.

 

World Indoor Championships Full of Surprises for American Runners

There were mixed fortunes for Americans on the first morning of competition here at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland. While some leading medal contenders such as Will Leer (1500m) and Chanelle Price (800m) advanced to their respective finals on time, other major names such as Ajee’ Wilson (800m) and Lopez Lomong (1500m) crashed out.

Chanelle Price had to endure a nervous wait to see if she made the 800m final after finishing second in 2:01.05 in her heat, but she now looks a major contender for the 800m title. “If I execute my plan, it should take me to the gold medal,” she said. “It’s wide open. It’s anybody’s.”

 

Has the Triathlon Business in the United States Flatlined?

I’m going to tell you today, now, here, what others won’t. Triathlon as an industry, company by company, has been flat or declining in the U.S. for the past 2 years, maybe 3 years. How do I know this? Because I routinely poll you, our readers, as well as the retailers you buy from and the race directors whose events you enter. If anyone tells you triathlon in the U.S. is on a growth curve since 2011 I’d like to see that person’s data.

Does this mean there are fewer races? Maybe, maybe not. Depends on the area. Triathlon is certainly growing, by heaps, in regions around the world. If you live in Sweden or in the Phillipines triathlon is skyrocketing. But in the U.S.? No.

 

Nick Symmonds Continues With USATF Criticism

Though last year’s world silver medalist tamely bowed out of the 800m heats at the World Indoor Championships here in Sopot, Poland, this morning, Nick Symmonds was his usual outspoken self when speaking to Running Timesafterwards about what he feels are lingering injustices in the sport.

Symmonds was scathing in his criticism of USA Track and Field’s handling of Gabriele Grunewald’s disqualification in the 3,000m at the U.S. championships in Albuquerque, N.M., for clipping the heel of Jordan Hasay, the athlete in front of her. Even now, two weeks on, despite the disqualification eventually being overturned when Hasay withdrew her protest, he’s not willing to let it rest.

 

City of Los Angeles Shuts Down Famed “Marathon Crash” Bike Ride

For four years, thousands of cyclists have come to Los Angeles for the biggest underground bicycle race in the country, a 4 a.m. sprint along the empty L.A. Marathon route that turns darkened streets into a rushing whir of gears and blinking lights.

This year, however, the city has clamped down. Officials threatened to fine or arrest the organizer, Don Ward, if he holds the ride. Ward announced Tuesday night he was canceling the event, telling riders on Facebook that the city informed him he did not have proper permits.

 

Chicago Marathon Still Facing Registration Woes, Delays Opening by Two Weeks

At least charity runners see it as a gift. For the second year in a row, issues forced the postponement of online registration for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Registration, scheduled to start Wednesday, was postponed two weeks until March 19 at noon.

Race officials posted that it was “to finalize a routine yet comprehensive assessment of our new registration process.’’ The guaranteed entry and lottery entry deadline of noon April 7 is unchanged.

 

LeBlanc: Paul Carrozza, longtime owner of RunTex, goes back to his coaching roots

Nearly a year after the doors of RunTex shut for the last time, owner Paul Carrozza is back to doing what he says he does best — coaching.

Today, he’s guiding a group of about 10 runners through a series of drills. They trot backward up a steep hill behind Murchison Middle School, bear crawl and crab walk across a field, then hit the track for some repeats.

 

 

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