Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2010 Highlight: Andrew Bumbalough

Andrew Bumbalough had quite a busy year in 2010: the runner-version of “Huck Finn” (see bottom of link) took on a full spring slate as a collegiate athlete, going pro, a summer competing in Europe, a fall adjusting to a new city, a new team, and new goals for the future.  A 3rd-place showing at NCAAs in the 5000m (top American), a 3rd-place showing at Outdoor Nationals, and a new 3000m PB highlighted his work on the track, but Bumbalough was most grateful for steering his boat to waters calm, healthy, and ripe for success…

What would you call the main highlight of 2010 for you?
The main highlight of 2010 for me was ending my college career on a positive note after being sick most of the winter with mono. Read the full article

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2010 Highlight: Tim Nelson

With teammates as talented (and as attention-grabbing) as his, it might seem like “the quiet conqueror” Tim Nelson gets lost in the shuffle at times. To wit: to run a PB and crack the Top-10 All-Time list for your country… yet get overshadowed in the same race by not one but TWO teammates is a hard thing to comprehend. But at Stanford, in the Kim McDonald 10000m, Nelson fell “victim” to a pair of National Records on the same night that his stellar 27:31.56 pushed him to #10 on the US All-Time list (mere tenths away from #9 Todd Williams) — but only netted him 7th place in a deep race and 3rd on his team.

Thankfully, Tim still had chances to shine in 2010 and made the most of them, snagging the runner-up spot at Outdoor Nationals in the 5000m; running a 13:20.33 PB in Heusden, where he beat Sergiy Lebid and a comeback-trail Craig Mottram; and starring in our web series Rookies Vs. the World, in which he braved an encounter with a bear in the name of gathering good video footage, and served up numerous great sound-bites, throughout. In addition to solid performances in the first two half-marathons of his career (including 62:11 for 4th at the US Championships), he broached the marathon distance for the first time, an encounter that remains quite memorable for him…

What would you call the main highlight of 2010 for you?
I’m going to have to go with the [ING New York City] marathon. The race was unlike anything I have ever encountered. Read the full article

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Lineth Chepkurui Wins Iten Cross Country for Brisk Start to 2011

While the venue may have been remote — far from the nation’s capital of Nairobi, and northeast from the de facto hub of Kenyan distance running (Eldoret) — the competition was absolutely top-class in Saturday’s KCB/AK Cross Country meeting in Iten, Kenya.  Competing right in the town that serves as her training home, Lineth Chepkurui defeated world-class competitors Rose Kosgei (former World Cross junior titlist), Violah Kibiwott (two-time World Cross champion), and Sylvia Kibet (World Championship silver medalist), to claim the Senior Women’s victory over 8-kilometers. The Daily Nation filed a race report that described a confident Chepkurui getting to the front by 2k and battling Kosgei for the victory:

The victor stepped up the pace as Kosgei breathed down her neck, and finally broke away to breast the tape in 28 minutes and 26.6 seconds, ahead of Kosgei (28:32.0), Kibet (28:51.0), World Cross medallist [sic] Fridah Domogole (28:52.3) and upstart Ogla Kimaiyo (29:01.2). Read the full article

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

2010 Highlight: Matt Tegenkamp

Matt Tegenkamp had an injury-abbreviated 2010, after making yet another world-level 5000m final, and winning a couple of national titles in 2009.  He ran three 1500′s, taking 8th at Nationals and hitting 3:36.12 as his season best — just under 2-seconds off of his PB. In his lone 5000m, Tegenkamp ran 13:25 at the Prefontaine Classic.  Whatever disappointment that might be associated with that performance for a man with Matt’s credentials should be tempered by the fact that 13:25 is actually Tegenkamp’s 2nd-fastest first-5000 of any season.  Also tempering any regrets? A joyfully life-changing event in Matt’s homelife…

What would you call the main highlight of 2010 for you, either professionally or personally?
This is an easy answer: the birth of my first son, Brayden, in May. There is so much change in a short amount time it is amazing. So far he has made parenthood a breeze… sleep through the night in month two!

What were some of the (professional) challenges you faced this year, and what was your approach to overcoming them? Read the full article

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2010 Highlight: Fasil Bizuneh

chasingKIMbIA star Fasil Bizuneh has been plugging away as a pro for a several years, chipping away at his 10000m PB and creeping up in the results of National Championship after National Championship — the dedication and perseverance of his story make for a true macrocosm of what running is all about. And on August 28th of 2010, all that “chopping wood” paid off in the big way, when Bizuneh won his first US title in Flint, MI at the Crim 10-Miler. Fasil got in-depth with us after that race, as he described what went into his big moment from the past year…

With a breakout national title highlighting your 2010, can you describe your final month of preparations leading up to Crim?
There was a big change in my training circumstances six weeks before Crim. I made a coaching change to Greg McMillan and working with Team USA Arizona here in Flagstaff. I definitely attribute the success I had at Crim to this change. It’s been a night and day difference from what I had grown accustomed to over the previous three-and-a-half years (working out alone & without an on-site coach). Read the full article

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