Professional track & field doesn't have an official free agency period -- contracts typically expire on December 31, but it could be months until you hear that someone has changed brands.
Which makes it strange that, in a week usually associated with NBA player movement -- July 1 has become a high basketball holiday -- one of the biggest stories in the running world is athletes on the move.
It began quietly, with the news that 800 runner Ce'Aira Brown had left NJ*NY Track Club for coach Derek Thompson's group in Philadelphia trickling out in an interview with Leo Manzano. That was followed by LetsRun breaking the story that another American 800 star, World Championship silver medalist Raevyn Rogers, had left Thompson's group for Pete Julian's outfit in Portland.
This morning we have some more news to report: Jake Riley, who earned a spot on the US Olympic marathon team by placing second at the Olympic Trials in February, has signed with On (he will remain in Boulder with coach Lee Troop).
There was some "racing" action this week as well, with the men and women of the Bowerman Track Club dropping some fast times, most surprisingly Elise Cranny's 14:48, which elevates her to #7 on the US all-time list.
Normally, this weekend would be one of the biggest on the recreational running calendar, with Fourth of July races taking place across the country. Obviously that can't happen this year, but we hope that, wherever you are this weekend, you find a way to celebrate. Eat some hot dogs, slurp down some ice cream, and if you want to hammer a 5k at 8 a.m. for tradition's sake, we fully endorse it. Happy 4th!
The last time Riley had a shoe contract, Hillary Clinton was the favorite to win the United States presidency, the Cubs were still working on a 108-year World Series drought, and the word “Vaporfly” did not exist.
Cranny and Courtney Frerichs moved to 7th and 8th on the US all-time list while McGorty ran a world lead to beat out Grant Fisher and Evan Jager. Shelby Houlihan also ran a world lead in the 1500 with 4:02.37.
Solomon's interview was a must-listen as he shares how much he made on his first contract, what it was like racing David Rudisha and Mo Aman, and why it's a "given" that Donavan Brazier will break the world record.
Over the course of three years, filmmaker Richard Bullock followed the Athlete Refugee Team as its members competed at the World Championships, sought asylum in Europe, and saw their Olympic dreams halted by COVID-19.
Jennings' 60th birthday was Wednesday. To celebrate her, we throw it back to 1992, when Jennings won her third straight World XC title on the same course she claimed the Massachusetts state title in 1975. Plus check out future stars Paula Radcliffe, Haile Gebrselassie, and Hicham El Guerrouj in the junior races.
"Summer miles lead to fall smiles." It's a cliche because it's true. The months of July and August are critical opportunities to put in the work that lead to breakout results in the fall, winter, and spring racing seasons.
Now with the help of LetsRun.com, high school and college runners can make their dreams become reality. LetsRun's Robert Johnson (2:23 marathon pb, 13 Ivy League team titles as Cornell distance coach), Weldon Johnson (28:06 10k pb, two-time Team USA member), and coaching guru John Kellogg are sharing their knowledge with the LetsRun.com Summer Training Program. You'll get a customized 10-12 week training plan, helpful running tips, and exclusive discounts on shoes and gear. Click below to learn more.