Episode 242: The Princess’s Bribe

Jason and Kevin discuss a litany of scandals in the track and field world including widespread Russian doping, bribery allegations and suspicious drug tests.
The guys also react to the latest controversial USATF decision, recap the nation’s most important Turkey Trots and try to figure out why the Olympics would eliminate events in 2020.

Episode 241: Interview with Alex Hutchinson

Writer Alex Hutchinson joins the show to discuss his New York Times article about doping, the philosophical and scientific debates surrounding performance enhancing drugs and his reaction to Rita Jeptoo’s failed test.

Alex also explains why the next marathon breakthrough might come on a loop course, why it helps to be short if you want to run fast and  the physiological profile of a sub two-hour marathoner.

Episode 240: NCAA Cross Country Championships Recap

Jason and Kevin are joined by Kyle Terwillegar of the USTFCCCA to discuss Edward Cheserek’s easy win, Kate Avery’s almost record setting performance, the team championships from Colorado and Michigan State and all the other surprises and stories from the NCAA Cross Country Championships.  Kyle also shares some predictions for next season and tells us what events are must-see during the NCAA indoor season.
Then, Jason and Kevin chat about Renaud Lavillenie and Valerie Adams winning IAAF Athlete of the Year honors, lament the decision to run a 10,000 in the morning at the Rio Olympics and try to find meaning in a treadmill running class.

Episode 239: Take The Money And Run

Jason and Kevin discuss the IAAF’s decision to host the 2019 World Championships in Doha, the results of the .US road racing championships, Germany’s attempt to criminalize doping and Saturday’s NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Episode 238: The Heat is On

With the marathon season behind them, Jason and Kevin discuss the upcoming IAAF Athlete of the Year awards, the latest developments in the Rita Jeptoo doping saga, Eugene and Doha’s bids for the 2019 World Championships and the worst marathoner cheater in the history of running.

Episode 237: Autumn in New York

Jason and Kevin review the New York City Marathon and discuss Wilson Kipsang’s sprint finish, Mary Keitany’s smart strategy, Nick Arciniaga’s bloody jersey, Lelisa Desisa’s wounded pride and another strong race by Meb Keflezigh.
The guys also review the ramification’s of Rita Jeptoo’s positive drug test, debate who the best men’s marathoner is in the world and read listener emails.

Episode 236: New York City Marathon Preview

Jason and Kevin discuss Sunday’s New York City Marathon and debate if Geoffrey Mutai or Wilson Kipsang is the favorite in the men’s race, who will take control in the women’s race and where the first American will place.
Then, Jesse Squire joins the show and gives his predictions, forecasts the weather for Sunday and provides a very interesting stat about Meb Keflezighi.  Finally, Dan Rubenstein makes his yearly appearance on the podcast to breakdown the celebrity entrants in the race and offer up his analysis of the elite races.

Episode 235: Interview with Toni Reavis

Kevin and Jason review the fall marathon season with the help of broadcaster and analyst Toni Reavis.  Toni shares his thoughts on Dennis Kimetto’s world record, the sub two-hour debate, the upcoming New York City battle between Geoffrey Mutai and Wilson Kipsang and the current state of American marathoning.
Toni also discusses his favorite moment behind the microphone, the difficulties of broadcasting a live race and Eugene’s bid for the 2019 World Championships.

Episode 234: The City of the Wind

Kevin recounts his trip to the Chicago Marathon and the guys discuss the wins by Eliud Kipchoge and Rita Jeptoo,  Kenenisa Bekele’s off-day and the strong performances by Amy Hastings and Bobby Curtis.

Episode 233: Chicago Marathon Preview

Jason and Kevin run through all the story lines heading into the Chicago Marathon including:

-Can Kenenisa Bekele handle a deep field in his second marathon?
-Do the men have a chance at the world record?
-Are there any women who can contend with Rita Jeptoo?
-Where will the first American place?
Also, the guys dive into the ongoing Justin Gatlin controversy, discuss a man’s failed attempt to run across the ocean and read more nominees for the world’s slowest name.