Monday, January 11, 2021

Bumbalough calls time on professional running

Andrew Bumbalough has announced his retirement from professional running. The 33-year-old, a long-time member of the Nike Bowerman Track Club, will now transition into coaching. Last week he launched Highgear Running, which offers personalized coaching for runners of all levels from the mile to the marathon. 

During a decorated career, Bumbalough showed his class across a range of distances, clocking 3:37.15 for 1500m, 7:37.62 for 3000m, 13:12.01 for 5000m, 27:56.78 for 10,000m and 2:10:56 for the marathon. He finished fourth in the US Olympic Trials in 2012 over 5000m, and he finished fifth in the 2018 Boston Marathon, his highest finish at a Marathon Major.

Speaking to the Citius Mag podcast, he explained the reasons for his decision.

“Over the course of 2020, I was able to decide, I think I’m ready to finally move away from running. I’ve done OK the last few years but I’m ready to take on new challenges and see where I can contribute in different ways. Does that mean I never run a competitive race again? I don’t know. I think that’s too hard of a question to try and unpack.

“Physically, I feel better than I have in a really long time because I’ve taken a big step away from Jerry’s grind, where it just beats you down. If you survive it, you run amazing. If you don’t, you could be pretty tired after a little while…In 2021, I am no longer part of the Bowerman Track Club professional group and no longer a Nike athlete. That just took a little time to say that publicly. I think people who know me pretty well know that’s where I was headed this year. My passion for product has really come alive this year. Some of the teams that I’ve come to work with at Nike have just pushed me even further in that direction.”

“You really have to relish the moments that are good. Ask anyone who has done this.”

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

World record ratified for 4x1500m team

The 4x1500m world record of 16:27.02 set by Kimbia’s Elise Cranny and Karissa Schweizer, together with their Bowerman Track Club teammates Colleen Quigley and Shelby Houlihan, has been ratified.

The quartet clocked their time in Portland on 31 July, averaging sub-4:07 legs to smash the previous record of 16:33.58 set by the Kenyan quartet of Mercy Cherono, Faith Kipyegon, Irene Jelegat and Hellen Obiri at the World Relays on 25 May 2014.

Quigley opened with a 4:08 leg and passed the baton to Cranny who ran just inside 4:09.

“Distance relay races are hard to come by in the professional running world so having the ability to go after a world record with three teammates, especially in a year with so much uncertainty, was very special,” Cranny told World Athletics. “Running with that baton in my hand and knowing my teammates are depending on me has always provided a source of additional motivation.”

Schweizer was next, producing a 4:05 split before handing off to Houlihan who sealed the record with a 4:04 final leg.

“To set our minds to something together and successfully complete it during a year that was extremely different from what we imagined and had planned for was something I will forever cherish,” said Cranny.

The news of the ratification capped a fine year for both Cranny and Schweizer, who moved to a new level in 2020 despite all the challenges they faced. Cranny clocked a huge PB of 14:48.02 for 5000m in June, while Schweizer ran lifetime bests over 1500m (4:00.02), 3000m (8:25.70) and 5000m (14:26.34).

Cranny returned to racing in early December by finishing second to Houlihan over 5000m in San Juan Capistrano in California, clocking 15:04.88.

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Schweizer clocks 2:02 for 800m

Karissa Schweizer continued her fine form with another personal best at the final Bowerman Track Club intra-squad meeting of the summer, running 2:02.77 for 800m on Friday night (7) in Portland.

The 24-year-old finished runner-up to BTC teammate Shelby Houlihan (2:01.08). Elise Cranny came home fourth in 2:04.53 with fellow Kimbia athlete Courtney Frerichs fifth with 2:06.33. Watch the race below.

The BTC men raced an elimination 2000m, with the last athlete after 800m, 1200m and 1600m eliminated from the race. Kimbia’s Grant Fisher was the second BTC athlete eliminated, crossing the line fifth at 1200m, with Lopez Lomong eliminated after 1600m. Evan Jager and Sean McGorty both completed the race, with McGorty passing Jager on the final lap and clocking 5:09.75. Jager was close behind with 5:11.42.

The race was won by Mohammed Ahmed in 5:00.72. Watch the race below.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The Stand: How One Gesture Shook The World

The image is iconic, one with which all those interested in Olympic history and the civil rights movement are most familiar. Less well known, however, is the story around it, the journey taken by Tommie Smith and John Carlos to the medal rostrum at the 1968 Mexico Games.

That tale, and the social and political context around it, is the subject of the latest film by Kimbia Athletics director Tom Ratcliffe who, together with Becky Paige, made The Stand: How One Gesture Shook The World.

Released yesterday, the 69-minute film features revealing interviews and insights from the surviving protagonists of that seminal moment in history, and it has so far received superb reviews.

“Powerful and electric, ‘The Stand’ boldly and clearly delivers the message that the ‘Olympic rings should tie the world together, not tear it apart,'” wrote Bob Ramsak for World Athletics. “Critically, it transcends sport like the gesture did at the time. Given current worldwide events, its release could not be better timed.”

Jonathan Gault of wrote that “the true value of the film is its ability to place that moment on the podium into context.”

“It’s worth the watch. While the entire film is, nominally, about ‘The Stand,’ the segment dedicated to the gesture itself runs just seven of the film’s 69 minutes. Which makes sense when you consider the medal ceremony lasted less than two minutes and the protest itself had only been planned shortly beforehand, after the 200m final had taken place earlier that day.”

Steve Warren of Insite Atlanta wrote that it was ” a good story well told by the people who lived it.”

Alex Billington of wrote that it is “a revealing exploration into the circumstances that led runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos to that historic moment at the Mexico City Games, mining the great personal risks they took and the subsequent fallout they endured.”

John Defore of the Hollywood Reporter: “An iconic image of protest gets its backstory explored in The Stand, Tom Ratcliffe and Becky Paige’s look at two Black Olympians who raised their fists and bowed their heads at the 1968 Mexico City games. Reminding viewers that Colin Kaepernick was far from the first athlete to be told he should keep his principles off the field, the straightforward but welcome doc doesn’t need to spell out how many of its protagonists’ concerns remain pressing today.”

Watch The Stand on Amazon or on the following platforms:

Digital: iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu, FandangoNOW
Cable: iNdemand, Bell, DirecTV, Dish, Telus, Vubiquity




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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Schweizer flies to 1500m PR in Portland

Karissa Schweizer had another breakthrough performance at the Bowerman Track Club intrasquad meeting in Portland on Tuesday night, clocking 4:00.02 for 1500m to take victory.

Reeling off a 62-second last lap, the 24-year-old carved almost three seconds off her former best to move to eighth on the all-time US list. Fellow Kimbia athletes Courtney Frerichs and Elise Cranny also impressed, with Frerichs finishing third in 4:07.39 and Cranny fourth in 4:07.94.

In the men’s race, Marc Scott turned in a fine performance to finish second to teammate Mohammed Ahmed in 3:35.93, a seven-second personal best. Fellow Kimbia athletes Grant Fisher (3:36.23), Evan Jager (3:36.31) and Sean McGorty (3:37.12) followed close behind in third, fourth and fifth respectively. Lopez Lomong assisted with pace-making, and was quickest in the subsequent 600m, clocking 1:22.04.

The night concluded with a mixed 4x400m, which was won by Evan Jager, Elise Cranny, Grant Fisher and Courtney Frerichs.

Elsewhere Henry Wynne was in action at The Bigger Friendly meet last weekend, the Brooks Beasts athlete finishing third in the 3000m in 8:00.07 behind Craig Engels and Suguru Osako.

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