Jason and Kevin discuss the best Turkey Trot results from the weekend, Yuki Kawauchi’s 10th marathon of 2013, Teddy Tamgho’s injury, Mt.SAC’s bid for the 2020 Olympic Trials, and Usain Bolt’s race against a digital cheetah.
Then, Jason rants about misplaced doping accusations and pays his respects to the unsung Turkey Trotters.
Jason and Kevin discuss the surprise results from the NCAA Cross Country Championships including Edward Cheserek’s defeat of Kennedy Kithuka and Colorado’s men’s team strong victory over NAU and Oklahoma State.
The guys also chat about Abbey D’Agostino’s first cross country title, the resignation of the entire JADCO board, Alberto Salazar’s new relationship with UK Athletics and the best holiday races.
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.
Jason and Kevin discuss the ridiculous notion of Usain Bolt breaking 19 seconds in the 200, the new qualification procedure for World Championships and Olympics, 5-year-old half-marathoners and cursed bib numbers.
Jason and Kevin reunite in person and discuss Ryan Hall’s withdrawal from the New York City Marathon, Ashton Eaton’s new event, Portland’s bid to host the World Indoor Championships and Mo Farah’s beef with Busta Rhymes.
Later, the guys also touch on two big meets in NCAA cross country and read listener emails on easy running, new track events and soil records.
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.
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.
Jim McDannald of TrackFocus and the Daily Relay calls in from Moscow to discuss Nick Symmonds’s silver medal run in the 800, Yelena Isinbayeva’s electrifying performance and the atmosphere around the stadium in the first four days of competition.
Jim also shares his interactions with Russian security, his mindset leading up to the media race and how he landed an interview with the photographer of the now famous Usain Bolt lightning picture.
Jason and Kevin discuss the fallout from the positive drug tests of Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell. Are their legacies completely tarnished? Is track winning the battle against performance enhancing drugs? Should certain drugs be moved off off the banned list?
Also, the guys continue their discussion of the best kicks of all time and Jordan Hasay’s chase for the World Championship A Standard.