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The World Relays are in jeopardy for 2019. In a tweet from the Bahamas Press, it was stated, “The Cabinet of the Bahamas has cancelled World Relays 2019. The government says it will not fund the $5 million international games.” Per an article on Tribune 242, a Bahamas-based newspaper, Rosamunde Carey, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ President, “indicated that [IAAF President Sebastian] Coe is expected to make a formal announcement on the cancellation by The Bahamas and the possible venue for the next host country by next week.”
Sir Walter Miler has announced their women’s elite field. Entries include last year’s first and second place finishers Amanda Eccleston and Stephanie Garcia, Sarah Brown, Lauren Johnson, and Sara Vaughn. Also not to be missed is Heather Wilson, who at last year’s event set the Denim Mile World Record ahead of the elite races. Click here for the full women’s elite field. For the men’s elite field, give the Sir Walter Miler podcast a listen here.
NAZ Elite‘s Stephanie Bruce won her first US title at the Peachtree 10k. Running a road personal best of 32:21 en route to breaking the tape on July 4, Stephanie has been putting together a solid summer, as she also took bronze at the USA Outdoor Championships 10k, her first ever podium finish at a track national championship. The fireworks for NAZ Elite were not quite finished, as Aliphine Tuliamuk finished 8 seconds behind Bruce for 2nd. On the men’s side, ageless wonder Bernard Lagat won his first-ever road national championship (and his 15th overall), becoming the oldest ever 10k USA Champion. For a full rundown of the event, read Stephanie Bruce, Bernard Lagat win USA 10-K Titles at AJC Peachtree Road Race on RunBlogRun
Mary Cain‘s appearance on the Book Club Track Club podcast shed some light into her return to the track. If you did not catch the latest episode, LetsRun’s Robert Johnson aggregated his top-five takeaways from Cain’s chat with Alexi and Kyle. He wrote, “As the three runners talked about the book, they tried to relate the protagonist’s journey to their own running. I listened to the 53-minute podcast and looked for nuggets of wisdom from Cain since she has been keeping a low profile during a hiatus from racing.” Read RoJo’s full article, A More Mature Mary Cain Prepares To Return To Track Racing After 2 Years Away – 5 Takeaways From Cain’s Recent Podcast Appearance on LetsRun
Due to his consistent, regular dominance, Joseph Gray deserves his own standing header. Seriously, we are pretty sure kryptonite and an infinity snap combined would not even stop him.
His latest exploit comes at the Loon Mountain Race which played host to the the USATF Mountain Running Championship, the North American Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championship, and Collegiate Mountain Running Championship. Not only did Joseph win the race, but in true Joseph Gray fashion, he set a new course record finishing in 50:28 across the 6.6 mile route, which included 3200 feet of climbs and grades of up to 48%. For a full event breakdown, read MacLaughlin and Gray Lead Record Field at Loon Mountain Race on ATRA
A film crew caught the fervor of the race walk at the USA 5k RW championships, as expressed by the athletes. The three and a half minute video includes appearances from Maria Michta-Coffey and an action shot of Erin Taylor-Talcott among many of USA’s finest. Watch here on USATF.tv
Gina Slaby and husband Steve showed out in force at the Telluride Rundola. Gina finished as first female and Steve 5th overall on the Telluride Trail, a 4,600 foot course which includes climbs of 1,810 feet at 10,000 feet of elevation
Brooks Beasts have grown their roster with the addition of Dillon Maggard. He is a 9-time All-American from Utah State, returning to his hometown of Seattle to join the group coached by Danny Mackey
Emily Grove took the W at the Jammin’ & Jumpin’ Street Vault. Clearing 14-5 ¼ on her first attempt secured the victory ahead of July 4 fireworks. Protip: get to one of these street vaults that are popping up around the country. They are awesome. The Charlotte (NC) Street Vault is coming up on July 13th and the Liberty Bridge Jump Off will be held in Greenville, SC on July 27
Justin Grunewald, spouse to Gabriele Grunewald, finished his first ever 50K with a win and course record at the Afton 50K in Hastings, MN
Andrea Geubelle got engaged to Trey Norris – congratulations Andrea and Trey!
Hello Fiancé THE. BEST. DAY. EVER. I have had some pretty high points in my life so far, but yesterday topped them all. I never thought in a million years that I could be so surprised, especially with how many questions I have asked along the way, but if there is anyone in this world that could pull it off, it’s this guy. It was the most perfect proposal by the man of my dreams in the place we met 4.5 years ago. Trey, there are no words to describe the love my heart has for you, it could literally explode. You make me smile harder and bigger than ever before, supported me through some of the biggest highs and lows and have taught me that I can be me and be loved for who I am. I can not wait for this next adventure and to know you will forever be by my side makes me breath easy. Love you forever and always! Can not wait to marry you! Also, thank you to Scott and Sarah for being incredible and @taylorcolephoto for the amazing photos!
Cecilia Barowski got engaged to Greg Leeper – congratulations Cecilia and Greg!
Kibwé Johnson‘s birthday is July 17. Send him a virtual fist-bump @KibweJohnson – also, do yourself a favor and read his article, 5 East Steps for Everyone to Wake Up Like an Olympian
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