Jason and Kevin discuss the surprise retirement of the Eatons, the planned retirement of Nick Symmonds, Laura Muir’s potential in the 5K and Mo Farah’s 7th place finish in Scotland.
Then, the guys are joined by American 800m runner Phoebe Wright. Phoebe discusses the limitations of grit, losing her Nike sponsorship, feeling ‘gross’ during the Olympic Trials final, the finances of track and field, competing against dopers and much more.
-Cyrus Hostetler victory lap during the men’s 5K. Version 1
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Jason and Kevin jump into the new year and offer a series of bold predictions as well as their athletes and events watch in 2017. Which world records are on borrowed time? What events offer the best match-ups?
Then, the guys answer email and discuss some final “Best of” lists from 2016.
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Jason and Kevin review 2016 and discuss the athletes, races, meets, controversies, breakthroughs and surprises that defined the year in running.
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Alex Hutchinson of Runner’s World joins the show to discuss the Nike initiative to break two hours in the marathon. Alex weighs in on why the three runners were chosen for the project, where there are opportunities to improve the existing world record, the impact the event could have on marathoning in the future and the looming debate over shoe technology in the sport.
After the interview, the guys discuss Galen Rupp’s entry in the Boston Marathon, the retirement of Morgan Uceny and the results of The Bowerman Award.
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Jason and Kevin discuss Nike’s plans to host a sub two-hour marathon attempt and review how the course, weather, equipment and pacing could shave time off the existing world record. What is a realistic drop in time? How will this race impact the spring marathon season? How many springs in shoes is too many?
Then, the guys chat with Olympian Abdi Abdirahman about his surprise third place finish at the New York City Marathon, the rise in American distance running, his best Olympic memories, not running until he was 18-years-old and the origin of his nickname, the Black Cactus.
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Jason and Kevin talk with Olympian and American record holder Molly Huddle about her experience in the New York City Marathon, which distances she plans to race in the future, where she developed her aggressive racing style, who her favorite people are to compete against and being the only member of her high school’s cross country team.
Then, the guys discuss the selections of Almaz Ayana and Usain Bolt as IAAF’s Athletes of the Year, Alberto Salazar coaching 1500m star Sifan Hassan, Vin Lananna’s successful bid for USATF presidency and an epic retelling Yuki Kawauchi’s last marathon.
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Jason and Kevin discuss the Thanksgiving day races involving Ben True, Galen Rupp, German Fernandez and Mary Cain, Chris Derrick’s fastest 10,000m since 2012, the contest between Vin Lananna and Jackie Joyner-Kersee for USATF president, another gold medal for Jessica Ennis and more dysfunction at the highest levels of the Kenyan federation.
Also, Kevin voices his strong support for the sixth runner tiebreaker in cross country and Jason does his annual Turkey Trot recap.
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Jason and Kevin chat about Patrick Tiernan denying Edward Cheserek a fourth straight NCAA Cross Country title, the historical context of Oregon women’s team upsetting the field, a surprise winner in the women’s individual race and the tie-breaking procedure in the NCAA.
The guys also discuss the Division 3 runner who got hit by a deer in a cross country race, Devon Allen’s decision to turn professional, Usain Bolt’s search for a narrative, Eliud Kipchoge racing through pollution and javelin competitions based on accuracy.
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Jason and Kevin chat with the USTFCCA’s Kyle Terwillegar about Saturday’s NCAA Cross Country Championships. Kyle weighs in on all the top storylines including:
-The threats to Edward Cheserek’s fourth straight title
-The strategic redshirting of the NAU men’s team
-A historically good women’s team from Colorado
-The darkhorses in the men’s and women’s field
-The best names in collegiate cross country
Then, the guys discuss Sydney McLaughlin’s decision to attend Kentucky, how Paula Radcliffe compares with Wilt Chamberlin, possible locations for Galen Rupp’s next marathon and Jason’s conversation with Randall Cunningham.
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Jason and Kevin recap Sunday’s New York City Marathon and discuss the runaway victories from Mary Keitany and Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, Molly Huddle’s debut in third place, the surprise run from Abdi Abdirahman and all the other highlights from the race.
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