By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun
Traveling in a city and in a language that is totally foreign to one's current existence, is always exciting. Here are my thoughts on my partners in travel, the taxi drivers in Beijing.
I arrived via bus at the Ken Tai Hotel on August 18. After getting my credential in quick fashion, I grabbed a taxi and headed to my hotel.
Not knowing Chinese at all, I found a volunteer who could write Chinese and understand my English, so he prepared a card for me, with English name of Hotel for me and Chinese language for taxi drivers.
This has come in quite handy around town.
While I walk three to four miles each day around the stadium, and to various meetings, my taxi ride from my Holiday Inn Express to the Birds' Nest costs me about 13 yuan, or $3 each way. I show the driver the Chinese characters for where I want to go, and most of the time, I get there.
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By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun
BEIJING — A strange and curious 10,000 meters. A pace where no one dropped early, as Yuka Takahashi, JPN, lead the 1000m in 3:13.74, 2000m in 6:27.87. Rei Ohara, Jpn, lead the 3000m in 9:40.47 as all of the contenders were together, with Vivian Cheruiyot, Gelete Burka, Molly Huddle, Shalane Flanagan and Emily Infeld were all there.
What, three Americans, are you delusional?
Nope, all three Americans were there, menacing as the race dawdled.
Rei OHara lead the 4000 meters in 12:54.99, and 5,000 meters in 16:11.99. I remember watching and saying to myself, " Oh, this is a perfect race for Molly Huddle."
By David Monti, @d9monti
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BEIJING -- The 15th IAAF World Championships in Athletics got off to a shocking start here as a plucky teenager from Eritrea, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, became the youngest-ever world marathon champion at 19 years-old.
By Larry Eder
BEIJING, CHINA — Mo Farah is at the top of his game now. Even with the media histrionics that he has dealt with this year, Mo can focus like few others and his ability to kick down the pace over the last 1200 meters is second to no one. His win tonight over Geoffrey Kamworor, who has his eyes set on a gold medal over 10,000 meters, was formidable.
NBC will broadcast unprecedented live coverage on air and online of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon on Saturday, February 13, 2016 beginning at 1 p.m. ET from Los Angeles, California, NBC Sports Group, the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Track & Field, and LA MARATHON LLC announced.
By Larry Eder
In a tightly contested election, Seb Coe won his bid for the presidency of the IAAF. His closing words to the IAAF Congress, just prior to the election was that this could be his "last race," and it was up to the Federations.
Now, comes the tough part: governing and affecting change in the world's oldest and greatest sport.
BEIJING - USA Track & Field candidates on Wednesday turned in a powerful showing in IAAF committee voting, providing a historic sweep and a successful prelude to the upcoming IAAF World Championships.
Five Americans stood for election; all won seats, with three leading their voting categories.
Three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein will join elite American distance runners Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall and Deena Kastor at the 2015 Dallas Marathon, race organizers announced. This will be the first appearance at the Dallas Marathon for Ritzenhein, the top American finisher at the 2015 Boston Marathon. Ritzenhein and returning Dallas Marathon elite ambassadors Meb, Ryan Hall and Deena Kastor will participate in race weekend and promotional events for the Dallas Marathon, including a to-be-announced race day challenge.
ATLANTA — Celebrating 33 years in Atlanta, the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk & Fitness Program, produced by U.S. Olympian and running expert Jeff Galloway, continues to be one of the most anticipated fitness events of the year.
The 5k Run/Walk takes place in downtown Atlanta on Thursday, Sept. 24 (http://www.kpcorporaterunwalk.com), and the 8-week training component is already underway. The Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk & Fitness Program promotes employee wellness among metro Atlanta companies, providing an opportunity for co-workers to build camaraderie while improving their health.
WASHINGTON, DC – The only triathlon held in Washington, DC is gearing up for its 10th annual event, and 15 triathletes have participated every year. Events DC Nation’s Triathlon To Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will take place on Sunday, September 13, 2015. Triathletes can register at NationsTri.com, with opportunities to join one of the many races-within-a-race challenges—ranging from military to congressional challenges.
ATLANTA — For the first time in 33 years, the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk will have a new, improved route and again offer electronic timing to allow participants to track their performance.
Arlington, Virginia – In 2007, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) developed the Kids Run the Nation Fund to assists running clubs, events, and schools that are interested in implementing or currently have a youth running program. Since then, the RRCA has granted a total of $115,000 to deserving youth programs around the U.S., along with donating tens of thousands of copies of Kids Run the Nation program guides and kids booklets.
The New Orleans Track Club (NOTC) will produce the Folgers Resilience Run / Walk on Saturday, Aug. 29 in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall. Focused on the perseverance and spirit of New Orleans, the Folgers Resilience Run/Walk will welcome runners and walkers of all skill levels who want to celebrate the City on a significant date in its history.