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Manteo Mitchell is spending time reading to kids at elementary schools across his home state of North Carolina as part of Read Across America. “Mitchell said he was happy to share his love for running and, especially, his love for reading with the children. ‘It’s a lot more than just athletics. Your academics are extremely, extremely important, and what you do now is a direct result and reflection of what will happen in the future,’ Mitchell said.” Read the full article Olympian reads to Buncombe County elementary school students and follow Manteo on Facebook to catch his live streams of the events.
Scott Blackmun has resigned as CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee. “In eight years leading the USOC, Blackmun drew praise for repairing relations with the International Olympic Committee and for landing another Summer Games on American soil, but he also withstood criticism for perceived reluctance to intervene in a series of sex abuse scandals, most recently the Larry Nassar case that has engulfed USA Gymnastics and prompted three congressional inquiries.” This announcement also comes following Blackmun’s recent surgery for prostate cancer and news of the need for more treatment. Read the full article Scott Blackmun steps down as U.S. Olympic Committee chief executive on Washington Post
Hyleas Fountain and Tianna Bartoletta to be awarded retroactive medals at Birmingham World Championships. Hyleas will be promoted from a fourth place finish to a bronze medal from the 2010 Doha Championships Pentathlon and Bartoletta to be promote to a gold medal from the 2006 Moscow Championships Long Jump. See the full list of athletes, along with local time ceremonies, in the article Six World Indoor Championships medals to be reallocated in Birmingham on IAAF
Traci Falbo wins the USATF 100 Mile Road Championships. “When the sun fell over the horizon and shadows fell on the course, the temperature dropped and Falbo regained her stride, going on to win and break the course record previously held by Natalie Larson (’16) by 20 minutes.” This is a huge step forward for Traci after having been sidelined for 2 months in 2017 (mid-August through mid-October) due to injury. Read the full article Traci Falbo and Jon Olsen win the 2018 USATF 100 Mile Road Championships on USA Ultra Running
Kyle Merber, Chris Giesting, Jesse Garn, and Joe McAsey talk about their world record 4×800 from the BU Last Chance Meet. The HOKA New Jersey New York foursome bested the previous make by nearly two seconds to finish in 7:11.30. Leading up to the event, Kyle said, “I was admittedly not super on board with the relay until mid-week. I was frustrated about my performance at Nationals and just wanted to get back into training. Then I ran a 49 second quarter on the backend of a few miles of work and I finally started believing in my fitness. Gags always knows best.” That last sentence is the ultimate truth. Read the full article with point-by-point reactions from the world record holders themselves and full video of the race at Records Fall in Boston on NJNYTC
Sandi Morris provides some excellent perspective
Kids, the real world doesn’t care if you were “popular” in middle school. What it does care about is whether you grow up true to yourself chasing the dreams that call to your soul. Be yourself, and be proud of it. You will find your way pic.twitter.com/8aIhkgdmTH— Sandi Morris (@sandicheekspv) February 26, 2018
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The NYC Half Marathon elite field has been announced. Men’s entries include Dathan Ritzenhein, Matt Llano, and Ben True (which will be his debut at the distance), among others. On the women’s side, Emily Sisson, Des Linden, and Aliphine Tuliamuk will be among the top contenders. For the full listing of the March 18 event, read the article Blockbuster Group of Professional Athletes to Lead the Way Through New Course at 2018 United Airlines NYC Half on NYRR
Alan Webb shares three running tips for runners of all abilities. “If you have the ability to run, be grateful. Not everyone does. When you love what you do even when it hurts you are more likely to improve!” Read each of his insights along Training Tips From COACH Alan Webb on RunBlogRun
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