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Coaching Athletics Quarterly

Roads

The IAAF Global Running Conference was held May 31-June 1 in Lanzhou, China. At the conference, over 600 delegates learned about the state of the sport, where trends are globally and were provided some new research on the sport. Thanks to Jens Jakob Andersen, in a very thorough report provided for the IAAF, in cooperation with RunRepeat.com, we have this exceptional report on the global sport.

We post here with full credit to Jens Jakob Anderson and the monumental task he took on, and thank him for his enthusiasm and body of work.

The IAAF hosted a convention on global running in Lanzou, China, on May 31-June 2. Over 600 delegates went to the event and the IAAF released a study on running research, plus some fine discussions. We hope to get the transcripts to those events, and will post. We will post the research from the RunRepeat.com, in a separate post.

RunBlogRun's Larry Eder was denied entry into China by the Chicago Chinese Visa office for the event, due to his status as a credentialed Journalist in Beijing in 2008 and 2015. Story will be posted on that lovely experience soon.

Bengaluru, India, 17 May: The women’s race at the TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2019 on Sunday (May 19) will bring together two of the world’s leading distance runners who will be using the IAAF Gold Label Road Race as a vital part of their preparations for the IAAF World Championships Doha 2019.

Spokane, Washington—Last year Ethiopians had their way over the 12-kilometer course, as they went one-two in both the men's and women's divisions of the Lilac Bloomsday Run. But this year Kenya was back in the forefront, as Rosemary Wanjiru led four other Kenyans to the line in the women's race, while it took some determined running by Tanzania's Gabriel Geay to foil a similar sweep in the men's division. Geay, who notched his second Bloomsday victory in three tries, was chased to the line by five Kenyan men.

Last Sunday, Ed Cheserek, to the delight of his fans and of his sponsor, Skechers, took the win in Carlsbad. His time of 13:29 was a WR equalling event, as the IAAF began recognizing road WRs in 2019.

he BAA Invite Mile has become an institution in Boston. On Boston Saturday, the Invite Mile is part of the Boston Marathon Weekend. It has become a big fan favorite. The fields feature top young milers, and are well recieved. The close finishes were exciting, and here is an superb piece by James O'Brien for the BAA official site: https://www.baa.org/news. James O'Brien is also the publisher of the New York Athletic Club publication, Wingfoot, one of the oldest and most prestigious athletic club publications in North America.

The BAA 5K has developed into a key event of the BAA Boston Marathon weekend. The event had 8,484 runners competing in the Back Bay of Boston, held on Saturday morning before the Boston marathon. The elite race features some of the finest American, Ethiopian and Kenyan athletes at the distance, and gets Boston Saturday started.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (April 7, 2019) – Approximately 7,000 registered runners from age 12 to 78 took to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday to participate in the seventh running of the 2019 United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco. With a renewed focus on the core pillars of Bringing Fun to the RunTM with great music in a community environment, runners of all athletic levels enjoyed taking in the sights of the Bay Area including crossing the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

Kenya’s Stephen Kiprop continued where he left off last year by winning the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon on Friday (8) in an equal course record of 58:42, moving to joint sixth on the world all-time list. In a close women’s race, Senbere Teferi won in 1:05:45, the fastest debut half marathon time in history, with just one second separating the top three finishers.

The performance running business has at least 48 brands. The competition is fierce, as local running stores battle to stand out in a running culture that wants performance at a good price. How does a brand stand out in such competition? Well, the team at 361 USA has come up with a unique approach-The 361 Cup Retail Racing League.

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