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The Kip Keino stadium opened up after the refurb in Eldoret with a great fanfare last week. Apparently 210-athletes signed up for the men's 5000m! The track was built on the land that Eldoret's legend was given in 1965 after setting a WR in the 3000m (7.39.6)
The highlight of the meet was Asbel Kiprop winning the heat in the 1500m, 3:36 for a new stadium record - not bad for the high altitude.. and remember Kip started it all winning in 1968, 1500m, at altitude - 3:34 in the Mexico Olympics.
I missed the inaugural NYC Red Nose thing.. wanted to watch it, mind you not having a TV there might have been a problem there. Good for the US citizens who gave an amazing $21-million USD for various causes like Oxfam America.In the running world powerhouse Ethiopia that often relies on Dibaba, Defar, Bekele names has a new star -- Almaz Ayana. Double AA is besting the globe right now when it comes to female 5000 running - 14.14, three secs from the women's WR. Meanwhile the men are further afield when it comes to touching the men's records.
05/17 On Mr. Hirsch's facebook page:
And nice to see Stacy Creamer and her great result... she actually zoomed past us at mile #1. That is what I call #rebelrebel
Congrats to my friend Claudio - coach to these two: 'Eunice Sum starts her IAAF Diamond League season with a victory in Shanghai, 2'00"28 in 800. Third position for Janeth Jepkosgei 2'01"14' - he also coaches Mercy Koech too, and if you watched London Marathon you may have seen Mr Stanley Biwott - another athlete he coaches running rather well.
05/16 Thanks to our latest TEAM members of Shoe4Africa! The marathon is just around the corner!Congrats to Mary Wittenberg for the new job of CEO of Virgin Sports Global. All roads lead to NYC but Mary is now taking that leadership to the next step beyond.
Okay I have officially been kicked off the blogworld. I started this blog in 2000 and of late I am terrible at updating. Life is moving so fast right now, so many things happening.
Brooklyn Half - wow, a huge mass event of 39,000 people. So nice to see so many familiar friends out there, it was like a true 'club' event. After the run I saw a bit of NYC I rarely see. Congrats to the NYRR. Too bad they did not fix better weather.
Sad to read that BB King has passed away - what a legend. I rememember a great concert where I saw him play twenty years ago and he had so much energy it was amazing.
Kenya was incredible, I should have blogged as every single day was a huge adventure... some great news to share, soon! Some great new branding coming -thanks so much to FARAGO DESIGNS! In Kenya we received out first piece of equipment - in fact there was a big function and grand presentation... that ironically we were totally not a part of... here's the story - when I chose a bank to do business with for the hospital building they promised to make a "big" donation. Well they kept on delaying and delaying, never doing. I kept on reminding, even at an event when other banks gave - they did not. Then the announcement they would give a piece of equipment, but it was for a third of the value we had expected... well when the equipment came it got taken to the adults hospital and used. The bright side is it is saving lives, but I may have as well not even attended the 'day long' ceremony as we totally got cut out of it... and even as I listened to the 'speeches' they became political about another issue.
05/01/15 Pacquiao - what a humble sportsman! I saw his pre-match interview/speech. What a nice guy. Who can't get behind someone who like Billie Holiday says - God Bless the child who's got his own. The self made person who has mde it His way!Speaking Kids -- we need to build a playground. Anyone wish to help??Needing help - the IAAF choosing to have their World Relays this weekend - it flopped last year (more prize money for teams than actual teams that bothered to show up?), will it be better this year? Why not go head to head with The Pac Vs Mayweather! One story is coming out of this weekend and I don't care how many Bolts of Gaitlin you have in your armory.
04/30 Follow Shon Gables, a long time friend, who joins the Shoe4Africa marathon team. I met Shon when she was a news anchor for CBS - LINK. I am honored that she has decided to makee her next marathon one that is helping the Kids of East Africa. She is one of thirty-two (and counting) great peeps we have running NYC in the fall. Really pleased that we are starting to pop up in other races - Lim Symond is running Chicago for us! An alumni from 2014... watch this space for more news on ONE great team.04/29 Marathon to the sidelines: The year's Super-fight. 'Pacquiao, 36, will meet US legend Mayweather, 38, for the WBC, WBA and WBO welterweight titles at the MGM Grand Arena.
It will be the richest fight in history, with the two protagonists set to split in the region of ｣150m.'
Paula Radcliffe runs her last London (link) but we do think we'll see her running another marathon later this year! She is such a legend that she deserves a world tour.
04/28 Nice article about Caroline Rotich with a USA coach and a Kenya-USA (Isaya) manager! I last saw Caroline at our 2012 NYC Marathon pasta party for Shoe4Africa.Incredible London Marathon - Kenya celebrates a men's 1, 2, 3, & 4 with Eliud Kipchoge running like Sammy Wanjiru in style to take Gold. And #Itenworks - Diane of Burundi in their for a long time in the pink as Ethiopia's Tufa won from Iten resident Mary Keitany and Diane a bit further back in a stunning 2:27 following her long Iten training camp. Men - Cooray had a huge PR running 2:13 and setting the record of Sri Lanka. He also was living for quite a while in Iten, Kenya.
04/21 In NYC we have side of the street parking. That means, for instance today, everyone has to scoot from the Left side of the road so the cleaner machine can come round. If you leave your car you get a ticket. Usually the right side of the road is packed with already parked cars (remember most streets are all one way). However you can double park your car, thus really blocking the center lane, but freeing the left... bizarre.
04/20 How could we not post a picture of Caroline Rotich in Shoe4Africa?
BOSTON UPDATE - Caroline Rotich wins, and a big smile that J-P Reinhold ran a cracker in the colors of Shoe4Africa, we also had Bob Harding who had a huge PR only weeks after racing Tokyo, and Don Favre dipping under 3hr! All great stuff, that is my first check of the results!
Sitting at my desk, receiving updates from BAA.org. Exciting stuff! Meb & Desi doing great! And Caroline Rotich... Go Caro!
Drudge and grind; Meanwhile working on how to try to get the USAID & ASHA to help a worthy cause...
04/19 Good luck to all my friends running in Boston Marathon! Quite some years ago I used to go up to Boston myself (in another lifetime it feels). First I ran it, then I used to go up there for Runner's World. From what I read a lot of the same people are still going up there...
Not sure why someone emailed me this listing... for Demi Moore's triplex on Central Park West. She has the South tower of the San Remo building. The north tower is owned, and lived in, by another famous media name: Mr Bono of U2 fame. Check out the article's slide show to see some pretty unique views that she and Bono get to see. [link]. Well, a bit out of price range...Wow: World lead and Kenyan 200m record of 20.14 - congrats; Carvin Nkanata! Very impressive. This is what is often talked about in Kenya... "if the runners get technique training..." I really want someone to go over and give High Jump lessons down in the Masai Mara where I believe there is a potential WR holder. Why not? Meanwhile Mr. Bolt is off and winning, down in Rio /World's fastest man Usain Bolt in his first 100m race of the year clocked 10.12 to win Mano a Mano challenge in Rio Dejaneiro on Sunday, April 19.'Just got a nice email from a really good friend of mine from my childhood days - he is donating 1000-pounds for S4Africa! Thanks!And we read Ethiopian star, Genzebe Dibaba, won this year's Laureus Sports Women of the year award on Wednesday, april 15 in Shanghai, China.
04/17 Once he was a taxi driver (matatu) in rural Kenya.. then he tried running, did a 2:06:31 in Paris - on Sunday he's running in Hamburg - wishing the best of luck to Benjamin Kiptoo.Meanwhile here is the elite field for Monday's Boston marathon. (link)
04/12 News from Kenya as top managers are suspended for six months. LINK
Humbled by the help from Zippora Kiptanui & Naanjie, both of Kenya, who did an eleven hour marathon with me to do a grant! They drove up from Maryland, stayed the night at a midtown hotel. Next morning we commenced; we worked all day long till 9:30 PM, then they retired only to drive back to Maryland the next day - all to help. Y'know that song? I believe in Angels? That there is people like this in the world is pretty amazing.Oops, I have not been saving posts! This is what happens when I get distracted.
Best Invention Award for commonsense.
I can never understand why you see pace makers in America running holding a wooden sign up with one (usually) crooked arm - learn from the ace German Silva and run with a balloon in your next marathon.
It was Marathon kickoff this past weekend - Mark Bett won Paris in 2:05! Came in the results with his 'other' name Korir. Meserewt Mengistu got a 6-min PR to win the ladies in 2:23 and third was Visiline, an athlete coached by my friend Claudio in 2:24.
Meanwhile in Rotterdam Abera Kuma of Ethiopia took the men's race in 2:06 - happy to see Reid Q'd for the Olympics with a top ten placing & a solid 2:11! Asami Kato of Japan took the women's race in 2:26
Tad off the beaten track - Duncan Maiyo of Kenya wins Brighton Marathon in 2.10.15Many thanks to PRINCETON's TEAM U raising $1.6K for Shoe4Africa headed by Ashley Wang. I had really wanted to go and watch and cheer on the runners, but the late night grant writing nixed that plan as after I had to go home up in Harlem, got home 10:30 pm and I was supposed to be in Hoboken at Valdi's house to sleep there before hitching a 5 am ride with him to Princeton. Didn't think Valdi would appreciate me arriving at midnight to wake him up as he was going to race the next day!Glad to see NY State supporting Kenya: "President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday met and held talks with a delegation of the US Senate and the Congress. The delegation, headed by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (New York), met the President at State House, Nairobi, where they discussed the war against terror, regional security, trade and business investment."03/31 Premier names to NYC - if you say Bolt Rudisha then you say June 13th NYC Adidas GP! All they need is Mo!
03/30 President Obama is going to headline the GES2015 conference. I had to read a bit more to find out what a GES summit actually is; global entrepeuneurs. I have heard the fighting begins to get the President Here, There, and Everywhere. It will certainly have a huge positive impact on a nation that calls him their own. Not because Kenyans, like Donald Trump, believe he was actually born in Kenya, no, but because of the lineage of knowing his father's blood was Kenyan. Bear in mind when he was elected President the country took a two day National holiday. One article highlights a promise he made... LINKFew years ago a team made a video doc. about a then unknown runner... but as they filmed the guy got famous and exposure before the film came out. So, when this man won the WXC on Saturday the 'unknown runner' vibe came out again... However, the true unknown soon to be running superstar finished a few places back, from Baringo - Leonard Barsoton watch this man!
03/29 World Cross Country this past weekend- again, like most running events looking like the East African champs, kind've sad to see as this used to the 'key' event. The IAAF tried to make an equalizer by adding a short 4km and that backfired, and now it is down to a one in two years event, maybe next you will see a four year...
The European XC champs gets a bigger turn out than the world's. I watched a British broadcast after the fact and Steve Cram was bemoaning the sad fact they had just two females in the women's race.
At Carlsbad Genzebe failed to get the WR but ran a very stunning 14:48 and the men's highlighter was Bernard Lagat in third for the men's race. Tremendous how well he is running still.And in the Berlin Half we see that the Kenyan Swede Isabellah who run extreme mileages (we used to hear), and livees in Eldoret is back - she got third in 71. Of course another Kenyan few people have heard of won in 59!
03/25 Extremely sad news from Kenya. Earlier this month three Canadians arrived for a two month training stint. One guy, the coach, from Newfoundland who was making his first trip to Kenya. He'd been involved for decades with the running scene, obviously loved the sport and was a participant. In Iten we share breakfast tables, you sit and talk and learn. "Cliff" with his Canadian cap always had good stories from the past andd also of the present - like how he went out for a jog/walk and a Kenyan guy dressed for buisness, slightly over weight, had started jogging by his side offering him encouragement. Then there was a the group of kids who had joined him on consecutive days. He always had nice things to say... last night I heard the sad news that he had collapsed after a morning exercise and died in Iten. RIP Cliff.I think I have to learn a new language to understand twitter, double dutch and skinny goat. Apparently facebook is no longer the place for the cutting edge.
However you get good info every where and I saw that the Born to Run guy has a new book and its release is next month and if you visit the Back on My Feet webiste, available on good (old) facebook, you will see details on how to attend, contribute and come home feeling good.. with a new book that I know will be a great read. plus my friend Terry Gerchberg is the Exec Director so it will be a cool night.
Sports (athletics - running) round up - the Good - Jessica Ennis is making a return after a two year absence after childbirth, the Bad- Russia don't retract the Olympic medals of convicted cheaters (for eg. Yuliya - 3,000m steeplechase: Olympic champion in London, world gold in 2011 and silver in 2009. Got a two-year and six-month ban in January, but has so far kept her medals). Usch... then the Ugly - why would Nike wish to pay copious amounts of money to have a man who has been twice banned (showing how effect the bans are) wear and promote their brand? What message is that sending to the young kids going into the sport today? Nike's PR manager might say they are only taking the lead of the dubious move of the USATF who made this man their 'hero' of the year (Male athlete of the year). Bizarre. Can one see Ben Johnson getting the athlete of the year in 1990 if he competed well two years afetr Seoul? I am guessing not.03/21 A day in NYC. Started with a subway ride down from Harlem to Park Ave South. There was a time when I would never ride a subway spare one or two times per year. That was in my bicycle era. Today less than three miles I walk, more than that run or sub it.
Again I wonder at how the MTA can be thinking of raising the prices - they should give 'us' NY-ers a subsidy. Inner city travel should be cheaper than $2.75 (the proposed hike I think from 2.50). Anyway I went to snappy offices of Helen Keller. The CEO, Kathy is a good friend from a long time. She had set up a metting with their new Africa-person. This was the first meeting of how we can get a sort of partnership in Kenya. There is an opportunity that has opened espeically with farm lands and nutrition... and kids. Next up I was off to the Achilles Office where I did an hour catching up on emails before heading for a business lunch to discuss a number of things with Mr. Achilles - Dr. Dick Traum.
After lunch it was back down town to meet Eric - a music producer who is organising a Nelson Mandela rock concert at the Barclays Center - hopefully he'll be helping S4A in that way too soon. I want to see if I can interst him in the new Children's Health Insurance Fund thing I am working on. Then it was uptown. By now it was snowing and Eric was going to a meeting on 54th so I hitched a ride up to 50th where I met Stacy, a long time friend from the running world. Then after this I was supposed to go back down town to the F.I.T. offices but my phone battery had gone flat so I could not call to check the Boss was 'home'. So I ran the 85-blocks back home in the freezing snow... by the time I had got up-uptown it was thick and looking like December again!
Meanwhile in running the redhot Mo Farah races tomorrow in Lisbon, here's his game plan from the press conference; 'I値l see how I値l be on the day of the race,' he said. 'I知 in good shape, as my recent two miles world indoor best proved, but once I知 on the course I値l see if I知 able to produce something special. I値l go with the boys in the front and then we will see.' -- guessing a new PR for him.
03/19 Yesterday I was humming a tune to Bob Dylan lyrics that I was muttering to keep warm in NYC up in the 140's when I was visiting an art school. I got into philathropy through schooling. It was all about BogaZaire but that isa another story - here I was talking to an enlightened Art Teacher about a project we are doing to send art from Harlem to the children's hospital in Kenya... and the cold wind continued to blow through my bones.It is very easy to understand why Ryan Hall is such a great media person - he is himself, he is genuine and it comes out - here in the New Yorker, even the writer isn't doing justice to depth kind've scribing more that write-Ing, but here you go... a train ride to work (link)Pretty much decided that tbe Shoe4Africa 5k will be on June 18th, so make sure you are here and ready to run! In that month the first Shoe4Africa Germany race will come... then also in the pipeline is Shoe4Africa Japan!
03/17 The London Marathon field got another upgrade - Geoffrey Mutai who was slated to run Tokyo and A. Mergia in the women. Shockingly good just got better.Was at the NYC half Marathon this past weekend. At the north end of the park. What was incredible was how many people were running.... tons, the lines never stopped. People just kept on streaming. Sally finished third, and in second was Joyce who has the CR at the Shoe4Africa 5k in Iten, Kenya. In the men it was a Kenyan from Iona college that won.
03/14 Raining in NYC - cold but not so cold as when it was when the freeze was here. Talking down pours the rains are here, not yet in Kenya -- and the by the ways - two odd stories. I come to the Nairobi airport, outside the airport a guy from Kenya Airports Authority, young guy, stops me before I enter the building, "Where is your ticket?" I tell him I have no ticket, it is called an e-ticket. He says, "No one enters this building without a ticket, or this badge" he says pointing to his "Kevin O. namebadge". I ask him, "Have you heard of an E ticket?" He says, "You. Stand to the side you are not coming in. You need a paper ticket." I am wondering what planet he is coming from - I thought I was behind the times. Lornah is inthe next terminal so I decide to call her. I also call British Airways, I also call the British Embassy. Two minutes later Lornah (whom I have just flown from Eldoret with arrives, she has called the supervisor. The British Airways rep arrives... the guy starts to regret this stupid attitude he has...
Meanwhile a close friend of mine gets invited to a 40th birthday party three weeks away. She responds Yes to the husband. The day of the party there is an update. Y'know one of those evites. She goes not checking the last minute update, buys a gift etc. Following the party she is about to leave when the host husband comes up to her, "By the way, it's $40." She is like, "Urm what a surprise, was that on the invite??" The husband replies, yes, I just updated today. What a low down trick. I only met this guy once, for about five minutes on the floor of a department store. A few months later I get an email from him... asking for money. Some people...
David Rudisha winning in Australia kicks off his season. Two days ago I was chatting with Brother Colm who was telling him his season - good to hdear he's coming to NYC, in fcat earlier this year ADIDAS flew him to Florida for a photo shoot - the irony, a man from the Masai Mara... One of Iten's most famous residents - he has actually just bought a house there.
Great recent sessions from Priscah Jeptoo and Jemima - the speed was mind boggling. Reid C., Canada's best marathoner is staying n Iten right now up till Rotterdam, a 2:10 runner, and he agreed - the speeds were befitting a male marathoner.
Talking marathons - a nice invite from Gilbert K. to go to the World Champs with him and Edna K. for the marathon where she's trying to win for the third time.
Lornah's clothing line is a big hit in Kenya - imagine the first lady is not only wearing it, she is buying it! You know the product is good when you see someone capable of freebies at the store counter -- reminds me of some famous athletes I know buying Asics shoes instead of running in the ____ they are supposed to wear.Sally Kipyego here to defend her title at the Half and I am guessing she WILL. Can I say Hoping she will. Another Iten resident...
Thanks to Diane from Burundi who is in Iten training for giving me my first taste of coffee from Burundi arabica -- I never knew Burundi had good coffee! She is there training, with Coury from Sri Lanka, for the London Marathon...
Thanks to Chris Kelsall - Just saw this article... LINK. About the "ace" Sally Kipyego.
03/04 Breafast with Mary Keitany, Edna Kiplagat and Gilbert Koech. In fact all the athletes are here this morning - Stephen Kiprotich, Wilson Kipsang, Geoffrey Mutai, Dennis Kimmetto, Ezekiel Kemboi... and we are talking farming, not running! Actually there is a IAAF testing station here today but in the meantime...
03/03 Bumped into an old friend today - Bob Keino, the son of Kip Keino. He is now the Director of the Kip Keino Training Centre. Then I was to the Eldoret Club and met Moses Tanui who was heading out for a golf game. In the lounge, where the CEO of the Moi Referral and I were on a conference call to a Doctor in Switzerland, I ran into Daniel Komen - the 'original' and still the world 2-mile, and 3000m record holder. He reminded me he is an ambassador of the Children's Hopsital and wants to buy some bed.More fast Kenayns running in the Rome Half - I recall the day when breaking the hour was never done. These days every race breaks the hour.
02/26 Charity news - thank you so much to Michael Kugler, Shoe4Africa Germany for sending over a big pile of running shoes. I opened the store room to find a big pile on the floor and had to do some detective work as the boxes had been destroyed with the names. Thanks to www.shoe4africa.de
I am not a social media wizz but I did get on Twitter today and found Lornah Sports posting - on Saturday they are opening their pop up store in Nairobi with a permenant store coming a month after. In fact when I was flying Lornah yesterday. Fabian, the Moi University former dean was also on the plane. Then coming to Iten Douglas Wakiihuri, the former World Marathon champion was there having dinner with us - as he is training the President's wife as she prepares for her half marathon on the 8th of next month in Nairobi. Also in Iten is the French Steeple ace Bob Tahri. As always a running village. Just missed Paula Radcliffe as she left last week.I see Apple watch is coming out soon - I am going minimalist. My watch tells the time and that is it. Love it. Basics. I kind've like the phone thing, cash in the pocket etc. Not really a fan of those running watches either that track miles, speed and whatnots.