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The Things You Don't See At The Olympic Marathon Trials Are The Most Interesting

I had just dragged ass into the JW Marriott in downtown Los Angeles—race headquarters for the Olympic Marathon Trials—and got in the elevator with Des Linden. She is one of, if not the, favorites in today’s race to determine the Rio team. Linden came up to my shoulder, the size of many 10-year-olds, but thinner, and…

Roll Recovery Offers to Reimburse Olympic Marathon Trials Entry Fees. Yes, There Is An Entry Fee.

It’s not the thought that counts; it’s the thought plus some small-denomination greenbacks. Boulder-based Roll Recovery (they make those rolling muscle massagers) really dig runners, and running. On February 5, the small company announced they would reimburse all Olympic Marathon Trials qualifiers the $30 entry fee…

Could A Nepalese Reality Show Help Restore Faith In Track And Field?

The real problem in track and field might not be the endemic corruption, but defeatism, the feeling that everybody’s in on it—administrators, coaches, athletes, watchdogs. The feeling that the problem is just too big to solve. There’s a nagging sense that telling the Russian federation it’s not okay to dope, and…

Ohhhhhhh, Track & Field Organizations Are Supposed To Serve Track & Field Athletes. Oops!

It has come to track and field athletes’ attention that during all those gutting workouts, dark-thirty in the morning, when the rent was due and cupboards bare, and it seemed like no one had their back—they were right. No one had their back. While they were pounding out repeat 1000s, the organizations in charge of the…

Jeneba Tarmoh Withdraws From Olympic 100m Runoff, USA Track & Field Has Giant Mess On Its Hands

Last week, Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh finished in a dead heat for third place in the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. The physically improbable feat exposed a USA Track & Field woefully unprepared for the possibility—there was no plan in place, and after days of dithering, USATF offered the two the…

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