Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Jager donates Olympic uniform


Evan Jager paid a visit to his old high school in Algonquin, Illinois last Friday and left the students with a gift that will prove as memorable as it will inspirational: his uniform from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Jager, who took the silver medal in the men’s 3000m steeplechase in Rio, was given a hero’s welcome when he was introduced to the students of his alma mater, who got to meet and greet the 28-year-old.

“I want to show the kids…that really unimaginable things are possible,” he said.

For more on his visit, check out this story in the Chicago Tribune and this feature by the Northwest Herald.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Flanagan feeling good ahead of New York


With a little over three weeks to go until the TCS New York City Marathon, Shalane Flanagan says she is feeling “better than I have in a long time” as she prepares for her first marathon of 2017.

The 36-year-old, a member of the Nike Bowerman Track Club, spoke with reporters on a conference call alongside Meb Keflezighi today and said that the injury problems which derailed her bid for the Boston Marathon earlier this year are now thankfully behind her.

For the past several weeks she has been training at Mammoth Lakes in California, and though the marathon always brings a sense of uncertainty about racing shape, Flanagan impressed on her most recent outing, clocking 31:15 for the Beach to Beacon 10K in early August. In New York she will seek her first victory in a Marathon Major, and she will have to defeat Kenyans Mary Keitany and Edna Kiplagat to do so.

“I think I’ve always had a sense of urgency when it comes to the marathon because if you can arrive at the start line healthy and fit, I really put pressure on myself to deliver because it’s rare to have both of those on the same day,” said Flanagan, who has logged up to 130 miles a week in training. “New York is a really difficult course and so I’m hoping that those really big miles that I put in will pay off for me on November 5.”

For more, check out this story by Jonathan Gault of Letsrun.com and this story by Erin Strout of Runner’s World.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

13th for Bumbalough in Chicago

In warm, sunny conditions, Andrew Bumbalough finished a creditable 13th in the Chicago Marathon this morning, clocking 2:14:04. The race was won by Galen Rupp in 2:09:20.

Bumbalough demonstrated his ambitions from the outset, the Bowerman Track Club athlete joining the leading group the moment the 40,000 runners set off at 7:30am this morning. He ran with them through 10K in 31:27 and the half marathon in 66:11.

Bumbalough began to fall off the leaders’ pace shortly before the 20-mile mark, and he struggled over the closing miles, but in just his second marathon he will have reason to hold his head high after finishing in 2:14:04. It was just six seconds outside the personal best of 2:13:58 he set in his debut in Tokyo earlier this year.

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