Friday, March 18, 2011

Inside Punta Umbria: Bumbalough Describes the Town

KIMbia will be well represented this weekend at the IAAF World Championships in Cross Country, with Lineth Chepkurui captaining her Kenyan team, Shalane Flanagan and Brent Vaughn leading the US senior women’s and men’s teams, respectively, as the reigning national champions, and Andrew Bumbalough bringing experience from the 2006 junior race into his senior debut.

Andrew writes to us from Spain to describe the host town:

After a long journey we finally arrived in Punta Umbria, Spain – a small coastal town about ninety minutes drive from Sevilla. We got in around midnight to the hotel and luckily food was still available. We ate a quick dinner and then hit the hay to try and get rested after a long trip. The next morning I woke up to a bright and powerful sun that I hadn’t seen in months thanks to Portland’s gray, damp climate. While it is only about 65 degrees outside, the sun is warm and bright making it very pleasant. I even needed sunglasses on my run! Read the full article

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Inside Punta Umbria: Bairu Talks World Cross

KIMbia will be well represented this weekend at the IAAF World Championships in Cross Country, with Lineth Chepkurui captaining her Kenyan team, Shalane Flanagan and Brent Vaughn leading the US senior women’s and men’s teams, respectively, as the reigning national champions, and Andrew Bumbalough bringing experience from the 2006 junior race into his senior debut.

Simon Bairu placed an impressive 12th last year, and though he is taking a year off from the event, he provides us with a first-hand look at what will be going down on the course this Sunday:

The IAAF Cross Country Championships is the greatest distance race in the world. I love the fact that you are going up against the top six runners from each country from around the world. You’ve got milers, 10k runners, and marathoners, all gunning for the hardest gold medal in distance running. It’s like our Super Bowl. Read the full article

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Inside Punta Umbria: Andrew Bumbalough’s XCNation Q&A

KIMbia will be well represented this weekend at the IAAF World Championships in Cross Country, with Lineth Chepkurui captaining her Kenyan team, Shalane Flanagan and Brent Vaughn leading the US senior women’s and men’s teams, respectively, as the reigning national champions, and Andrew Bumbalough bringing experience from the 2006 junior race into his senior debut.

With a highly-emphasized and easy-to-follow team element, the cross country world championships has a certain intrigue to it. Thus, the website XCNation.com has conducted an interview series with members of the US teams, and below we share excerpts of their chat with Andrew Bumbalough:

XCNation: What do you think are the reasons behind the resurgence of the American distance runner at the prep and international level?
Andrew Bumbalough: This ‘resurgence’ is most due to a shift in mentality. Five to ten years ago 13:20 (a world ‘A Standard’) was a very, very good mark for an American. Read the full article

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Did You Know…? World Class World Cross Edition

This weekend, the world’s best distance runners will gather in Punta Umbia, Spain to contest the 39th IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Did you know that KIMbia athletes have collected NINETEEN Top 5 finishes at World Cross? Paul Koech leads the way with an impressive four, including a silver medal in 1998 that might have been gold, had the unbeatable Paul Tergat not been in the field.  (Koech also finished sixth on two occasions.)

Individual medalists include Sammy Kipketer (silver, 2000 4k), Luke Kipkosgei (silver, 2002 4k), Daniel Komen (silver, 1998 4k), and John Yuda (silver, 2002 12k). Additionally, Top-10 finishes have come from Elana Meyer (6th in 1994 and 1995) and Elva Dryer (8th in 2002 4k).

A list of Top-10 finishes by KIMbia athletes is below. Read the full article

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Donaghue On Taking 7th at US 15k Champs in Jacksonville

In her first race back from injury, Rebecca Donaghue took a very credible 7th in Jacksonsville at the US 15k Championships, contested as part of the 2011 Gate River Run.  Her KIMbia teammate Fasil Bizuneh placed 8th.

Rebecca discussed her race in great detail over at her blog, RunningRebecca.com, and, in addition to seeing dolphins and trying fried alligator, she was hungry to race:

I felt pretty much how I thought I’d feel, rusty from not racing in such a long time, and very excited to be out there again. Just in the past week or two things really started to come around with my injury. I logged decent weekly mileage within the past month but did only a handful of workouts without pain in my heel. Things have gotten better so gradually over the months but it was a pretty consistent progression that indicated that running at Gate would be a good fit. Read the full article

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