Ato Boldon of NBC joins Jason and Kevin and discusses his experience at the World Relays in the Bahamas, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s struggles, Allyson Felix’s temporary move to the 400 and why Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake won’t race each other.
The guys also recap the Diamond League meet in Rome, preview the upcoming 32 x 50 relay and debate when music should be played at track meets.
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Jason and Kevin interview Gabe Grunewald on the controversy surrounding her disqualification from the women’s 3k. Then, the guys talk about the other drama regarding Alberto Salazar and eventually break down the performances from day 2 of the US Indoor Championships.
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Jason and Kevin discuss Galen Rupp’s drop out, Jenny Simpson’s miscalculation, Mary Cain’s record and all the other action from the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.
Then, Doug Binder of Dyestat.com joins the guys and talks about life at the Armory, the upcoming Millrose Games, the rise of Mary Cain of Alexa Efraimson and his experiences covering Alberto Salazar and Galen Rupp.
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Jason and Kevin are joined by Joe Battaglia of NBC Olympics to discuss Joe’s weekend in at the IAAF Gala in Monaco. Joe chats about Mary Cain’s decision to turn professional, Portland’s successful bid to host the 2016 World Indoor Championships and Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s different approaches to the doping controversy.
Then, Ryan Fenton joins the guys and answers the big questions about Saturday’s NCAA Cross Country Championships. Can anyone challenge Kennedy Kithuka? Does Jared Ward make BYU a threat for the team title? Who can contend with Abby D’Agostino? How big of a favorite is Arizona to take home the women’s championships?
Also, the guys answer listener email about marathons in Turkey, the ultimate decathlon, the best time to go pro and self-absorbed runners.
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Jason and Kevin are joined by agent Dan Lilot to discuss the business side of track and field, Dan’s origins in the profession and why the public is so interested in Kara Goucher. Dan also gives his take on athlete logo restrictions, the Competitor Group and appearance fees in road racing.
Also, Jason and Kevin preview the Berlin Marathon, recount Sally Pearson’s obscure world record and try to wrap their heads around the story of an Italian runner using a fake penis to avoid a doping positive.
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Jason and Kevin are joined by Matt Scherer to discuss Matt’s experiences as a mid-distance rabbit, the keys to good pacemaking and his future in the sport.
Also, Jason and Kevin breakdown the results from the Great North Run, debate where Mo Farah belongs in the “greatest of all-time” discussion and mourn the proposed elimination of selfies at a big city marathon.
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Ato Boldon joins the show to discuss Veronica Campbell-Brown’s positive drug test and how it will impact her legacy. On a lighter note, Ato previews this week’s US Championships and gives his predictions in the sprint events.
Later, Jason and Kevin run down the rest of the action from Des Moines including the distance and field events and answer emails.
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Jason and Kevin review the London Marathon and debate whether it lived up to the pre-race hype or if it fell short under the weight of lofty expectations.
Then, Sports Illustrated’s David Epstein joins the guys to discuss the increasing number of athletes being treated for hypothyroidism. David explains the history of the condition in sports, the risks involved, the World Anti Doping Agency’s position and Alberto Salazar’s response to the controversy.
Finally, the guys read emails and Jason reviews a cinematic classic, The Jericho Mile.
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Ato Boldon joins Jason and Kevin and discusses his experience hosting the IAAF Golden Gala, his favorite broadcast moment from the London Olympics,
the future of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, and Tyson Gay and Allyson Felix’s best event.
Then, Jason and Kevin chat about Wilson Kipsang’s marathon win, Ryan Hall’s new coach, Adam Nelson’s potential gold medal, Oscar Pistorius’s race against a horse and another obscure world record.
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Ryan Fenton returns to the show to preview Saturday’s NCAA Cross Country Championships. Ryan explains which men’s team is most likely to challenge Oklahoma State, the numerous favorites in the women’s field, the reemergence of Jordan Hasay and if anyone can run with Lawi Lalang. Finally, Ryan makes his picks and describes how the course is Louisville is different than last year’s course in Terre Haute.
Later, Jason and Kevin discuss Stanley Biwott’s undefeated streak, a match race between Meb Keflezighi and Usain Bolt, movie running and the worst post-race interviews.
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