BizBuzz: Brave Like Gabe Virtual 5K, Meb’s Still Running, and Nageotte’s New Approach

Photos: Katie Nageotte (Spikes) | Meb (Getty) | Gabriele Grunewald (Brave Like Gabe)

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 Brave Like Gabe has launched their Virtual 5K. The Foundation started by Gabriele Grunewald is running a live 5K in St. Paul, MN  on May 20, but for those who are unable to make it to the Twin Cities can still support by registering for the Virtual 5K. “100% of the proceeds from this virtual event will go towards the first year of Brave Like Gabe’s distribution of life-saving cancer research grants.” Click here to read more about and register for the Brave Like Gabe Virtual 5K.

Related: Brave Like Gabe: Q&A with Gabriele Grunewald

 Though Meb Keflezighi had retired from elite competition following last year’s New York Marathon, he has not slowed down. Earlier this month, it was announced that he would partner with the New York Road Runners Team For Kids as Ambassador & Special Advisor, and was recently announced that he is teaming up with the Martin Richard Foundation for Boston. “Keflezighi and 114 other runners are part of Team MR8, which has raised $635,000 towards its goal of $800,000. According to its website, the Martin Richard Foundation advances sportsmanship, kindness, and peace, fulfilling Martin’s famous handmade message, ‘No more hurting people. Peace.'” Read the full article Meb Keflezighi will represent the Martin Richard Foundation in the 2018 Boston Marathon on Boston.com

 Run Gum‘s Kickstarter has been 100% funded. Per Kickstarter’s All or Nothing terms, Run Gum needed to fulfill their entire funding ask in order to receive any part of their $20,000 goal. As announced by Nick Symmonds yesterday on Twitter, they reached their goal with just a few days to spare. Run Gum followed with an email blast to note, “the manufacturer is about to turn on the machines now!” You can still become a backer of their campaign with rewards including Run Gum gear, early access and discounts on Run Gum Extra Strength, and even an in-person delivery from Nick.

 Katie Nageotte shared the secret to her breakthrough 2018 indoor season. “Her new approach started to take shape after Nageotte made a drastic decision to fully commit to reaching the next level in her professional career. At the 2016 United States Olympic Trials, she finished fifth with a then-career best jump of 4.60m and two spots separated her from the Olympic team.” At that point she was still training at her alma mater in Ohio, Ashland University. She has since teamed up with American Record Holder Brad Walker, and, “As a result, Nageotte shocked the crowd at the 2018 USATF Indoor Championships with no misses at 4.76, 4.81, 4.86, and 4.91m.” Read the full feature Clearing the Comfort Zone on Spikes

ICYMI

 Sandi Morris is your Track and Field News cover athlete for this month

Related: Limited-edition, autographed Sandi Morris art prints

 Kyle Merber opened his season in with an 800 and 1500 in Brisbane. In a post on Instagram, he said, “First one busted some rust going 1:48.2 for 3rd but walked away pleased with my 1500 last night finishing 2nd in 3:37.4. Was pleasantly surprised with my closing speed (53.9) for the time of year, but it wasn’t quite enough to W.”

 Chaunte Lowe is recently started a new position as Associate Financial Consultant with Charles Schwab, per her LinkedIn

Happy Birthday!

 Heather Miller-Koch‘s birthday is March 30. Send her your best @hmillerkoch

 Sean Donnelly‘s birthday is April 1. No foolin’, send him a virtual fist bump @SDThrows

Related: Throw Weight Like a Boss, by Sean Donnelly


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