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05/27 Wow, this blog is almost dead. The issue is too many places these days - when this blog was started there was just a blog, then came Facebook, instagram, twitter, S4A blog and one hundred places plus! I need to do a word press or something that ties up all the things!
First athletics - we hear 28 athletes failed tests 2005-2008, we now read that 31 athletes from 2008 Olympics also failed, and 23 from London 2012 - reading through this we read very little positive news. Obviously a department needs help and a shake up, and athletes need action - all this tells is going into athletics means you are not entering a fair playing field - what's new?
Meanwhile people in Kenya are crying because a railway line is planned to go through a national park in Nairobi. Well (some of) the poor people are saying, 'yes we want a railway, it is the transportation of the poor and it is here to benefit Kenya' whereas (some of the rich) are saying we want to keep the safari park for its beauty.
STOP PRESS -- Shoe4Africa NYC 5K - September 8th @ 7pm. One in every five runners gets a prize! Every one (over the legal age) gets a Beer, winners get cool Gore $200+ jackets, as do age graded winners. It is back! Below is the ADIDAS tech race T shirt for all entrants.
To enter this super cool race just click on this link here
04/14 It is Live - the Shoe4Africa 5K; too cool 2 Miss! Register yourself here please [link] That to go with all the others - Sign up to run the New York City Marathon with us! Sign up to play Tennis... with us. Aces 4 Africa is only one month away! I believe we are over 85% sold out on Doubles Teams.A new Documentary is coming out this summer about a women's football team in Zanzibar, playing against convention. Sure it will be great; watch out for New Generation Queens.
04/12 Looking at the race, the Shoe4Africa NYC 5K that is coming in September. I can just tell you now, don't miss this event. It is going to be 'toppen' as they say in Sweden. One of those self explanatory words.Tirunesh Dibaba has her name behind a sports center in Ethiopia - looks great! Not as good as Kenya for foreigners due to language barriers I believe as Amharic is a tough language and unlike Kenya everyone does not speak English, but looks great for those who will visit. [LINK].
Yesterday I went to the race in Central Park, a 4-miler. They have a great 'wave' system now letting the runners get off in a freer fashion. The fastest stand in the first corral, AA, then the next in A and so forth. Well I go and stand in my corral and a man comes across and tells me to get out (I wasn't even in the fast one!). He looks at my bib three times before leaving me alone... I was actually running with George Hirsch, the Chairman of the NYRR who at the age of 81 won his age group, and our pacers - me, Mary Wittenberg, and Michael Capiraso - the former and the present CEO of the NYRR... We had a great time nattering as George zoomed along at an inspirational pace! HE told me after we finished, "Wait till you get to your 80's, you'll find you slow down..." No kidding, I am dreaming that I will get there, let alone get there and be able to run.
After the run we went for coffee to the Boathouse where we met Vincenzo and a nice group of Italians, and Kev who's getting his 9 races in for next year.
04/01 Investors - Go to Africa, look at Kenya. The Economy is out shining many places in the West.... LINKGreat article by Chloe Malle on the fabulous Dibaba Clan and "Aunt" Tulu, the first ever, only, Double Olympic 10,000m champion (92 + 00) who won the NYC marathon in 2009 - she had the greatest comment at the press conference that year when someone asked her about retiring; she reversed the question to the journalist.
03/27 Emil Zatopek - George & I were talking about him and check out the Richard Askwith article here. A never-to-be repeated happening; Mr. Triple.
Aspiring reality TV people - a running show for you!
LINK IS HERE Hosted by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The tag line says... 'Contestants on the reality show could win $1 million.' There you go!
Runner's World run a feature about running a half marathon in a suit - apparently a Rex Woodbury of the USA ran 1:18 but a Japanese Yuki Kawauchi, ran1:06:42 but, they say, on an uncertified course.. well there is a dispute. However, as Rex pointed out there are thousands of runners who could best that time and running in a suit is not that hard, it is like a tracksuit (if like Rex you wear a custom suit). Personally I never owned a suit whilst I was a runner... however I did win the Wall St Rat Race three times in Business Attire - the first time getting DQ'd despite winning the race outright (most of the field ran in shorts and a singlet - this was NYC) in a Prison Jumpsuit with a briefcase (as stipulated) that said "insider trader"... And let me tell you that was a heavy duty cotton and hard to run in, plus the legs were flared and I kept on tripping!
03/26 At the Spring Fling Classic 10k this morning. I ran with George Hirsch. Last year we ran together at the Brooklyn Half when George ran the fastest time for the year by an 80-year old! We ran a few seconds over 2-hours. Today George has not been training running as much, and I have had a month off with a bad Achilles so I was glad when he said "we might walk" but George did it - he wasn't too happy with 58-minutes, but I was super impressed. We ended up in the Medical tent, NOT for the obvious reason, instead for the Hot Chocolate!! There we met Stu Weiss the Head of the NYRR Medical, and Peter Ciaccia, the Race Director of the NYC marathon and Events.
A nice article by John Leicester of the AP, but factually incorrect. LINK is HERE
There is an airport in Eldoret with multiple flights to Nairobi during the day that the IAAF reps do actually take; they don't drive "past the wreck of Paul Tergat's mercedes" hurrying to get the samples to the Nairobi airport driving past the equator.
Also you state that Rita Jeptoo was the only high profile athlete to fail a test? Well what about Wilson Loyanae Erupe? A 2:05 marathon runner who was busted for EPO - is he not "high profile" because he is a Kenyan? His PR of 2:05 makes him a national record holder in 98% of the world's countries.... what about Matthew Kisorio - his 58-minute Half record makes him also a national record holder in 99% of the world's countries. Why are these not considered High Profile athletes?
There is a simple solution here, firstly it is establishing a separate entity (not the IAAF) to control the anti-doping, secondly marathon running is one of the few sports where complete unknowns are (allowed) to pop out of the blue to win un-monitored in world-class competitions offering a six figure prize sum. Hence promoting a very easy scenario for a cheat. Note how many 'new' 2:04/5 runners have appeared in the last five years, then look at how many do a poor second marathon (when under the spotlight and subject to testing yet now getting a new income of a six figure appearance - could be coincidence, should be monitored. Marathon fields should be compromised of athletes who have been tested, and are part of a team (like the British football league) hence a manager has a team who we get to know, and are subject to team testing and outside testing (if those numbers don't match up then it is up to the race director and manager to slide the runner out of the race). No runner is allowed in the elite field unless he has been monitored for at least three months by the outside team AND the manager.
Remember that the manager will not sacrifice his name for one runner, as he/she has a squad and doesn't want to risk getting banned -- if you don't believe this then why didn't a manager sue the Chicago Marathon when a certain Robert Cheruiyot slipped backwards on a slippy finish line mat, and cracked his head causing hospitalization, concussion, and has (what some people think) caused long term damage. Put two and two together.
So when a manager says I have 100-athletes, I can't control what they do 24/7 the race then says, Yes you can - you have to test and monitor. But a blood testing machine for 10,000 Euro's (like Doctor Rosa did after Rita Jeptoo was tested positive) and you will soon be able to see if you have "suspicious readings" and if one of your athletes then has 'readings causing a ban' at the race that haven't been picked up on by you (and could have been) then a ban on a manager is placed.
Some IAAF partner managers have multiple bans and something needs to be done. If they need help then call out and be a part of the program -- there are multiple blood testing facilities in Kenya. My hospital in Eldoret has this ability and can email the results to the manager, athlete, and the race director of the next upcoming race - I tell you this way would start to move things into line!
Congrats to Kenya - Five medals out of six individual and both team golds in the world half in the UK today. Mo Farah, the man of the Mo'ment, grabs the only non-Kenyan medal stepping off the track onto the roads and grabbing a bronze.
03/21 Governor David Paterson confirming to come to the Achilles Hope & Possibility.
The United NYC Half is actually a Manhattan half... and it has been astonishing to see it grow from a small puddle of an event to this mammoth of an event that it is today. I was at mile 3 with Damian, Jon, and Kev with the Shoe4africa huddle cheering not only our fab team on, but a whole troop of other runners - great to see this 20,000+ strong vibe of positive power, thanks to all the Shoe4Africa team members, and helpers, and not forgetting the host restaurant - the fabulous runner friendly Woolworth Tower Kitchens (official home of Coach Jon).
Alexa Peterson - a valued team member of Shoe4Africa
03/19 CLICK HERE to watch, and to listen to the uber talented Jazz singer Kate Chaston (married to Matt Shiney Chaston formerly of the Fat Tuesdays). And if you are in NYC in April then go along and listen in... at the Metropolitan room.
In NYC this morning, going to an event with Brooke and Damian from Ozland and who do I see.. from Iten(!) but Joyce Chepkirui! Didn't even know she was coming to NYC to run. Joyce has the Shoe4Africa course record in Kenya for our 5k. She was on the Olympic team for the 10,000m in 2012... the Kenyan Olympic team!
03/18 Donald Trump donates $100,000 to the Achilles. Actually not the first time he has donated either. A reminder that the Achilles race is coming up - June 26th, Central Park.
I met one of my fave athletes today, Paula Radcliffe. We were talking of this time, the pic above, when Paula came for the Mini. The day after we went for a long run of 20-miles as she kicked off her training for the world championships marathon. I have forgotten the time but remember looking at my watch after that run and calculating that she had run close to the pace she was running in the Mini, not much slower, the day after! Those were the days when She was Planet Paula!
A great set of photos from Reid,who always stays at the High Altitude Training Camp in Iten, Kenya. I saw him the other morning near the front of the famous Iten Fartlek session, near the end of the run too! I usually see the foreigners near the back (understandable of course). Check out the link here.03/09 Random Kenya - in Iten, Kenya I met Sakis & Giorgos, George, and their great team... standing on Kamariny track, in the middle of nowhere! They are going round the world producing a TV show in exotic places like Dubai, NYC... and Iten! The mind boggles. Whilst standing on the track I saw Joseph Cheromei - an old name from the running world! Those who are out and about at 7 am...
ON another note the rain came down so hard my windshield wiper fell off! Thanks to Andy for jumping out the car and fixing it... Other news Cow feeds are expensive we find!
03/06 Check out the New Kenyan coaching/training site built and owned by elite steeplechaser Haron Lagat. It is called The Kenyan way - thekenyanway.com and it promises to teach you the true methods of Kenyan running from a Kenyan perspective of a coach who is Doing it!
Meanwhile we hear that a Kenyan, no surprise, wins the weekend's top profile race; the Lake Biwa Marathon in 2:09
An excelent fact sheet showing the truth of the reality of the Running world right now... well 2013 (and many say it is getting worse by the day) LINK By Peter Gambaccini.
03/03 Mo Farah talks of retiring... but only from the track after 2017, then it will be full focus on the marathon.
Adidas drops IAAF... IAAF drops the Adidas 'IAAF' New York meet... I guess that was going to happen. Maybe the surprise is that they have replaced it with a Moroccan meet.
Abeba Aregawi, Sweden’s former world 1500m champion, has tested positive for illegal performance enhancing drugs. Married to Ethiopia’s Yemane Tsegay, silver medalists in the marathon at last year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing her positive test came from an out of competition testing in Ethiopia. Meanwhile the Tokyo Men’s marathon winner E. Negesse (one of the ‘2:04-Dubai crew’) has also tested positive. More Ethiopian names to come say the insiders.
Question to Abbott Labs, sponsors of the World Majors Marathons... With so many WMM winners getting caught maybe investment in an East African lab might be wise?
other while of the day - Safaricom is a foreign company in Kenya that rules the cell industry. I have two SIMS - one T-Mobile, one Safaricom. Data set to T-Mobile yet when I sleep in Kenya my Safaricom 'credit' gets drained! Call up Safaricom, register a complaint, get no answer in the allotted time, call back, call back, four days later - no plausible explanation. I get numerous messages of others with the same issue when I post on their web page. Here is to hoping that T-Mobile go global!02/22/16 Question of the day - why do we call our teachers Mr. and Mrs and Sir.. yet we call the politicians Bernie, Trump and Obama, or Hillary?The lottery is now closed for the TCS New York City Marathon. [link]. If you don't get in lottery and want to run the race we hope that you will consider running for team Shoe4Africa [LINK]. The entries are opening up next month.Went for a run with Gaby from Argentina and Alex, from Long Island... in Central Park. Gaby is from Argentina and his wife has a charity called Women Across Frontiers based here in the city (will be checking to see if we can partner). Gaby and I finished at 6.6 and Alex added miles... that is how it goes! #NYC Half marathon.
Lovely story and the reason why it caught my eye was the 106-yr old woman had exactly the SAME advice that 107 -yr old Al Gordon had - Keep Moving! The lady is dancing at the White House! ABC link.
I tell you when people who live to be three digits you should listen to their every word.
Meanwhile the NY Times has an article about parents now being the New NYC landlords due to rent prices. One can only imagine.
"Minus one!" It was pitch dark when I left the apartment at 6:10 am but I was wearing sunglasses. Why? I was not doing a Bluesbrothers stunt I was merely trying to keep my eyeballs from freezing solid. I was meeting Rodney, whom I am pictured with above 'inside' his Salon on West Broadway. Funnily enough what was probably a decade ago NYC had its massive snow fall. I went for a run in the park with a friend called Anne. We met very, very few people - but we met Rodney!
So the last time I saw Rodney was in Tanzania when we were running the fund raiser run... before last week. So we arrange to go for a run n coffee and what a day to pick, again a monster day! In eight miles of running (7-miles of which through Central Park & 1 in Harlem)there was a total of three other runners! I have never ever done such a deserted loop of Central Park.
Cold revisited: in my younger days, running in Sweden, up near Haparanda... yes there was colder, but these days I am weak! Of course running through the Icelandic winters was also no joke.
02/13 "I failed 3 times in college. I applied 30 times to get a job but I have always been rejected. When KFC came to China for the first time, we were 24 to apply and I was the only one to be dismissed. I wanted to go into the police and 5 postulants, I was the only one not to be accepted. I applied 10 times to return to Harvard University USA and I was rejected." Jack Ma, Alibaba Creator and 22nd in the World's fortune according to Forbes in 2015 with $ 29.8 billion.What is 5-degrees Fahrenheit in celsius? I know it is cold. And that is the temperature slated for tomorrow morning at 6 AM when I am going to meet my friend Rodney. Let's not forget the wind chill will make it worse. I have to run two miles to get to where we are going to meet and I think I will be an ice block.
Nevertheless I am not complaining because I will be running the whole time. Back in the day I used to get up in this type of weather, coach for an hour (either running or standing), meet another client, do the same, often for three hour stints. When you are dressed for running, then you stop you start to get super cold, you stand still coaching the next athlete for an hour... and you have to dress to be able to run, and can't dress to be keeping warm. I recall days when I would come back and run my hands under the water for so long just trying to get the feeling back again. Or worse yet when I used to coach downtown I would have an 8-mile cycle back home with teeth chattering.
I will be thinking of those days ass I set off in the blistering cold.
02/09 Hearing there was chaos at the Eldoret Discovery Half Marathon. Some athletes cutting the course, some running 25km. I can just imagine...
02/08 LA is the place - first with the Superbowl, next with the marathon trials for the Olympics; domestic events of the month. We watched the half time show, being foreigners awaiting 'something' to happen. That is the problem beyond the hype. What's left? I am sure somewhere the money comes back but I can't remember seeing one commercial that knocked the socks off the rocks. And for the singing, well, again after watching Whitney's Superbowl anthem it kind've sets a "goosebumps" performance. I am sure Coldplay were not saying "Phew, that was a classic!"
Meanwhile food at a Mongolian Grill, nice, and thinking one of those hot round cooking slabs would go down great in Eldoret.
Kudos to the French now, by law, having to support food banks!
02/02/26 Fascinating article on Data stealing with Windows 10 - link And what you should do IF you do not have unlimited data. Crafty!
Running down 5th Ave I hear an Ozzie voice cry out - it is my friend Rodney. I have not seen him since Kilimanjaro 2010! He is opening a new store on 5th AVE! He has one on 57th St and West Broadway - talk about prime locations. Looking forward to coffee next week.
We have One free entry to a deserving runner for the Boston Marathon. Check on facebook.
01/28 Adidas stands down as IAAF sponsor in light of the recent scandals? Sounds like it and who blames them.
Went to the NYC marathon Charity meeting today for all people who are charity managers for the official teams of 2016 - we are! Hope you will join us, run a marathon for our mission to help impoverished kids get healthcare and education - Changing lives, saving lives.
And here is the fast man's word - Usain Bolt on the IAAF issue: LINKAnd, some good news, Allyson Felix is returning to the NYRR Millrose Games for the first time since she was a teenager and racing in an exceptional 60-meter dash field that will help to launch her 2016 season up at the Armory at 168th ST. - Is that correct? I met her at Millrose when it was at MSG and I am sure that was not so many years ago was it??
01/27 Went to a dinner at the hotel Viceroy on 57th ST - there are so many little hotels here in NYC, how do they all do business?
Walking up 6th ave an ambulance was blaring its way through to get through a deluge of buses and taxis. Super sad that no-one was giving way. I was walking faster than the ambulance... poor person inside. I mean I can understand buses, but taxis? I made ten blocks and with every block the ambulance fell further behind.
Downtown to West Broadway - memories from the 2000's when a friend gave me an apartment to look after down there. Met the founder of a cool new sunglasses company - trying them out tomorrow. Let there me sun. Okay, no rain... well even if there is rain they have these snappy new water/oil lenses that slick off the rain, plus anti-glare on both sides of the lens just in case you have a reflective sun creeping in behind you. And a million other little design things... cool.
01/25 Sold out for the Half - thank you runners for your support, really appreciate it!
La Guardia Airport to Harlem: The 'ride' from hell... with a flight not affected by the weather I was planning on being in NYC by 5 0’clock today. Plans changed when my domestic connecting flight, coming in from Tampa to Miami was delayed, and delayed. Nevertheless got into NYC at 6:10pm to La Guardia – an airport so close that with no traffic it takes me 12-mins to get home. At this time I was thinking 30-40 mins... The airport was jammed.
The taxi line was horrendous. The guy at the front of the line was staying it was an estimated wait of three hours. I went to the bus stop and waited. Waited, and waited. It was freezing cold, I was as usual, improperly dressed for standing still for over an hour. Spoke to a lady, she’d been there for almost two hours. A bus comes, from number, and plus it was bombarded.
Another twenty minutes, another bus came Q48 – had no idea where it was going but I took it. Getting out of the airport was horrendous. The bus driver said it was a day like no other. Reminded me of Nairobi traffic. We go to drop off a TSA worker and get stuck in another jam. Long story short, local through Queens, got off on the subway, took the local to Grand Central. All trains running local here… from LGA to home took three hours forty minutes… instead of twelve! It took me just under three to get from Miami to NYC! Crazy. Anyway, relieved to have got back, some people, whose flights we canceled on Sat/Sun are still in Miami waiting for seats on planes.
01/24 We sponsor a soccer club, or two, in Kenya - here they are, or at least a couple of them, after winning the Nacada Cup>
They were supposed to be playing in yellow. Apparently the person who went to place the order for the kits was a Chelsea fan... duped!
Last entry for the NYC half? Wanna run the streets of NYC, through Times Square, for Team Shoe4Africa to help the kids over in Kenya? Please get in touch asap!In Miami, on the roads, pushing a chair, having fun! At mile 8
01/23 The first Majors race is a month away... IAAF report. A good Kenyan presence there, and hoping for a good result from Abel Kirui who is hoping to run in the Kenyan Olympic team in Rio.
01/22 Running news, another 'unknown' wins the Dubai Marathon. Anybody see a trend here always happening in Dubai? Again, until there is a professional team approach with groups of tested runners coming into races with a blood passport of at least 6-months testing for any major marathon I think the sport will continue to be a battlefield. All the steps are there for the taking.
My latest accommodations...
I have been in Miami, Florida at the Eden Roc Nobu hotel. Funny in Kenya we were discussing Ocean Views Versus the Great Rift Valley. From Iten's escarpment there is no question of the winner!
01/21 My digs in Utah - pretty nice, check out the grand lodge. The restaurant downstairs beginning with the letter L makes a great avocado salad!
01/20 My plan is to learn how to make everything come to the same place. I have just jumped onto Instagram, my account has just become live, then there is twitter - terrible at that one too, then there is facebook, then the Shoe4Africa blog -- I need all to go to one place. Well maybe not the twitter as I have a real problem putting everything in 140- characters - #windbag.On the weekend I went to Utah for the day, yup. What is even stranger is I decided to go on Saturday night at 10:30 pm after an invite. On Sunday at 6 AM I was in a car to the airport. On Monday morning I was heading home! I stayed at the Grand Lodge close to St. George, at Brian's Head - America's highest ski lodge hotel I believe. I came home via Utah to Arizona, to Nevada and was back in NYC at 10pm on Monday night! I traveled on my least favorite airline, in a middle seat. I pressed the recline button and the seat fell back just one inch. I am not kidding. I felt like I was leaning forward for five hours. Hint - Do not fly United Airlines economy. What was worse is my (kind) friend offered to fly me in First Class but that would have meant leaving 90-minutes earlier. Considering I had not packed, and had only arrived from two international flights two days earlier, crossing two continents I went for the extra 90-minutes. I really, really regretted the decision later.
Flying home, on United Airlines, was the same - middle seat 100% uncomfortable. Well I was warned, I still recall the day one of the Stewardess's told me, "We are in the transportation business, not comfort." There you go - personally I try my hardest to fly American when I am in the USA...
01/17 New York City - great article on David Bowie, and his New York City. As it was John Lennon's New York City. link
I was reading an article on the British Airways flight, as you do on the plane about the capital cities of the world and what is #1. A subjective conversation in words the writer, for his (or her?) vote gave the run down to two cities - London and NYC, and the nod to Britain. It left me realizing the British writer had never lived in one of the two cities...
01/07 New Year New Project! The Shoe4africa Eat & Run Kitchens are starting to be built soon following the official ground breaking on January 7th in Eldoret, Kenya. Even Kenya's second largest hospital, that sits close by, doesn't have purposely built Kitchens and instead uses a house that is badly converted. So we are lucky. thanks to donors in Germany who are supporting this project: Asante Shoe4Africa Germany.
01/06 Zero confidence in the IAAF - link as the Swiss jump ship. Next link from All Africa newsNews at the Farm; Fluffy is doing well. He is now convinced he is a cow, and a calf at that!
01/04 We have a Shoe4africa office at the Hospital and we have... an Internet connection! Amazing. Things I would never take for granted.
Running wise many more runners have now come out of the holiday mode and the Home of Champions is swarming with runners. Gladys Chesir, the world's fastest road 10k runner last year, came by with a smile this morning.
If anyone knows of a city that would like to be a sister city to Iten please do email...
01/02 At the children's hospital... and it is nice as I start to get visitors. Kids are now playing on the swings out in the gardens. I met the steeplechase legend Moses Kiptanui for a cup of tea and a chat about farming.Linet Masai, a resident of Iten, wins the last race of the year in Madrid Spain in a sterling 31:38 again - and Mike Kigen takes the men's title in a fast 27:35.
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