Oops, She Did It Again: Dibaba Sets World Record At 1500 Meters

Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba crushed a field of the world’s best women in the 1500 meter business yesterday, July 17th, at a Diamond League meet in Monaco. She scorched the three-and-a-half lap race in 3:50.07, shaving nearly half a second off Qu Yunxia’s 22-year-old mark of 3:50.46 and improving her own previous best by… » 7/18/15 5:50pm 7/18/15 5:50pm

Five Tips To Avoid Getting Kidnapped At Gunpoint In Costa Rica

I’m going to share with you some tips on how not to be kidnapped at gunpoint in Santa Cruz, Costa Rica and never be seen intact again. Didacticism coming at you—I’mma use every Spanish word I learned in my one-week trip to that scenic country, thereby proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that ignorance was not an asset… » 7/16/15 8:45pm 7/16/15 8:45pm

U.S. Steeplechase Runner Evan Jager Eats It, Triumphs

On the Fourth of July in Paris, Evan Jager did something perfect. The 26-year-old American lined up for a 3,000-meter steeplechase against nearly all of the best steeplers in the world, and over the first five minutes of the race, he joined Kenyan stud Jairus Birech in running away from the entire field. There was… » 7/06/15 5:15pm 7/06/15 5:15pm

US Track & Field Championships Simmering Til Done

Eugene, Ore., where the USA Track & Field National Championship is underway, is gripped in a heat wave. The steamy conditions produce a nice muscle-loosening affect on athletes whose events last less than 60 seconds, but it’s been less accommodating for the distance events. The preliminary rounds of the women’s… » 6/27/15 4:15pm 6/27/15 4:15pm

Ben True Wants To Show Americans Can Win At Distance Without Doping

Remember defeatism? It was very popular around 2000 in distance running. People going around slumping, saying, “We suck. We’ll never beat those East Africans.” No? Neither does Ben True. Or at least, like a bad haircut, he considers defeatism a historic artifact, one that he’s had a hand in, well, defeating. Most… » 6/23/15 4:07pm 6/23/15 4:07pm

How An Implausible Runner And A Tiny Track Club Conquered The 800 Meters

On June 13, 2014, 21-year-old Boris Berian got up early, put on a red and yellow uniform with a name tag and started his shift at the McDonald’s inside a Walmart in Colorado Springs. He’d dropped out of college, and was staying with a friend. Berian was an 800-meter runner; his best for the two-lap race was one… » 6/19/15 4:10pm 6/19/15 4:10pm

America's 800-Meter Savior Has Finally Arrived

Prepare to brag, women’s 800 meter fans. Talk some smack with your Kenyan and Russian friends, because this is the year the U.S. women’s dynasty begins for real. You won’t get hung out to dry like those other times, I swear—we got people who are going to back you up, namely Ajee Wilson who will be kicking ass and… » 6/12/15 2:55pm 6/12/15 2:55pm

Nike Coach Alberto Salazar Accused Of Drug Violations

The distance running world was shaken a few months ago by top-level Kenyan and Russian doping convictions, but, you know, that was somewhere else. It was over there, not here in the US of A. Until yesterday, ironically, National Running Day. Two Molotov cocktails—an article on ProPublica by David Epstein and an… » 6/04/15 8:05pm 6/04/15 8:05pm

This Is Why Kilian Jornet Did Not Return Emails Yesterday

So, while you’re warming a chair, carving the brain-pathway triangle from screen to keyboard to couch ever deeper, Catalan runner/climber/skier/mountain man Kilian Jornet was contemplating this line. I think that’s Jornet in the yellow, and steep skiing guide Vivian Bruchez in the blue, with Seb Montaz behind the… » 6/02/15 12:36pm 6/02/15 12:36pm

Cyclists' Squirt-Gun Attack On PedalPub Cops Results In Six Arrests

The Minneapolis version of a biker brawl involved some cyclists, three PedalPubs, squirt guns, and water balloons, but the results were, in their way, nearly as disquieting as the Waco incident—the thin veneer of society cracked like a cranium under a billy club. It seems Minnesota nice ends when you hoist your… » 5/26/15 4:15pm 5/26/15 4:15pm

Why Was Justin Gatlin "Kicked Out" Of Beijing?

American sprinter Justin Gatlin claims he was told “you better leave” Beijing by organizers of the Beijing World Challenge track meet on Monday night, ahead of today’s event. The 100-meter man, who’d just dashed to a personal best at the advanced fast-twitch age of 33, and clocked the world’s ninth fastest straightway… » 5/20/15 1:40pm 5/20/15 1:40pm

Science Offers The Stubbornly Unfit Great Big Nothing

Once again, science has proven something we knew in our nonresponsive hearts to be true, and once again, that science has proven to be a bummer. A dumber bummer. The New York Times has a habit of writing about scientific studies whose sole revelation is that such a breathtakingly pointless investigation received … » 5/01/15 6:48pm 5/01/15 6:48pm