Saturday, December 22, 2012

In Learning, We Do

I remember it well, my last day as a non-fan of running. My teammate Ryan was on his way toward becoming regional champion in the 1600 and 3200 and brought an intentionality to most things he kept in his life. He had already been challenging me to think about movies in a way I thought one could only think about literature, when he suddenly asked me one day if I had heard about the cross country performance of a high school girl somewhere else in the country. I hadn’t.

She ran 17:23, he said.

Is that good for a girl? I blinked.

He directed me to Dyestat.com to read up on it. How can you do a sport that you don’t even know much about, he scolded, much more than queried. Read the full article

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Britton Makes History as Repeat Euro Champ

On Sunday, Fionnuala Britton retained her European cross country crown on a snowy course outside Budapest, becoming the first woman in history to successfully defend the senior women’s title. Britton once again battled Ana Dulce Felix of Portugal — the European champion at 10,000m — and ground out a victory over the final four kilometers, notching a two-second victory.

KIMbia partner, Ian Chaney, described the developments, saying, “Fionnuala took the lead after 2km and persisted to surge and press the pace burning off those in the main group.” Naturalized Belgian Almensh Belete hung on the Dublin-based athlete, until late. “With two laps to go it was down to herself and the Belgium athlete, who dropped going into the last lap,” he said. “Felix the Portuguese then set chase for Fionnuala but it was to much. Great race in minus 7 conditions!”

Indeed, the weather was difficult as temperatures never went above “freezing” with frozen footing across the snow. But, like Britton, the rest of the Irish contingent took to the tundra-esque conditions and followed her in 8th, 20th, and 23rd Read the full article

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Monday, December 3, 2012

NXN: the Youthful and the Young


‘Next year’ is the phrase I hear most often following the 2012 Nike Cross Nationals in Portland. From the hotel restaurant post-race, to Sunday morning breakfast in the lobby, to the bus ride to the airport.

Through the lens of NXN, youth isn’t so wasted on the young. On Friday, Saturday — through the entire week leading up, really — the high school athletes in Portland on Nike’s dime manage to simultaneously be hyper-aware of what’s at stake Saturday even as they soak up every minute of a fabulous opportunity. It’s the full embodiment of what an old-timer like Shaw wished for the younger generation: Read the full article

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