We concluded the introduction to last week's newsletter by saying "Eventually, there will be better days. But right now, it's okay to be sad." We were referring to the cancellation of the 2020 Boston Marathon and Brown University's decision to cut its men's track & field and cross country teams. Little did we know what the next seven days would have in store.
It has been a trying, emotional week in the United States of America. Spurred by the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, centuries of racial tension bubbled over into protests and rioting across the country. Black Americans and their allies are speaking out, pushing for change, sharing their experience, and trying to educate us all -- and track & field athletes are no exception.
2016 US Olympian Marielle Hallwrote about her experience growing up as a black distance runner in New Jersey and her struggle to process the events of the last few weeks. Hammer thrower Gwen Berry, who raised her first in protest on the medal stand at last summer's Pan-American Games, spoke about what that protest cost her -- and why she still won't stay silent. Olympic legend Michael Johnson said the time has come for athletes to use their platform and speak out. "If you are silent, you are complicit," he told Will Greenwood's Podcast.
As usual, we'll have plenty of running content for you in this week's newsletter. But it's important to listen to what these voices have to say. Seek them out. Learn from them. It's the first step toward making this country -- and this world -- a better place.
Will there be a 2020 NCAA cross country season? What precautions will schools take? How will teams travel to meets? After speaking to top NCAA coaches and members of the NCAA's coronavirus advisory panel, Jonathan Gault attacks the issue from all angles.
The NCAA Track & Field and Cross Country Committee is exploring a concept that would force teams to qualify for their regional meet in NCAA cross country. The NCAA has been reluctant to say who is driving the change; Jonathan Gault explains why it's happening and whether it can be stopped.
After Brown University cut its men's track and cross country teams last week, alumni and friends of the program mobilized immediately in an effort to save the program. Hear from them, spread the word, and support their effort on their new website: Save Brown Track.
And while you're at it, read this article by Russell Dinkins, a member of Princeton's 2013 NCAA title-winning DMR squad, who excoriates Brown for cutting one of its most diverse athletic teams.
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Running in honor of his brother Paddy, who died last year, Gregorek took five seconds off Dillon Maggard's record and raised a ton of money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. You can still donate here.
Thirty-six years ago, Benoit won the inaugural women's Olympic marathon in Los Angeles, and it was even better than you remember. A daring early breakaway led to the #3 time ever (at the time) and Benoit demolishing a field of studs (Grete Waitz, Ingrid Kristiansen, Rosa Mota) to cement her status as a legend.
We wonder if the 2020 fall marathon season is doomed, discuss Colleen Quigley's Peloton domination on ESPN, and discuss Johnny Gregorek's blue jeans mile WR. We also interviewed ultrarunner Tyler Andrews ahead of his treadmill marathon WR attempt on Saturday.
Plus listener and Princeton recruit Joe Fast joins the show to dish hot takes and tell us what it's like to be a runner named Joe Fast.
Cheruiyot and fellow world champ Elijah Manangoi are preparing to square off against the Ingebrigtsen brothers in a virtual 2000m race next week. And even though Team Cheruiyot will be competing at altitude in Nairobi, they plan on running fast.