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Episode 74: Interview with Reese Hoffa

World champion shot putter Reese Hoffa joins the guys and discusses his origins in the sport, the camaraderie amongst his fellow throwers, the key to a good celebration and how he became elite.  Reese also reveals the downside to visiting Disneyland when you are big, the requirements for throwing in a costume and why peeing your pants may not always be bad.
After the interview, Jason and Kevin discuss Galen Rupp’s potential marathon debut at the Olympic Trials, Ryan Hall and Desiree Davila’s predictions and Teddy Tamgho’s suspension.

Episode 73: Interview with Melissa Beasley of the USATF

Melissa Beasley, associate director of elite athlete relations for USATF, joins Jason and Kevin and discusses the mechanics of elite athlete drug testing. Melissa explains her role within USATF, how technology has changed her job, memorable testing stories and the future of drug testing.
Later, Jason and Kevin recap the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, the Miami Half-Marathon and preview The Bowerman. Also, the guys predict how many times Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt will meet on the track in 2012 and look forward to some intriguing match-ups in the indoor season.

Episode 72: Running on Empty

Jason recounts his half-marathon experience and helps Kevin breakdown the eventful USATF annual meeting.  Then, the guys take up the NXN/Foot Locker debate and give a preview of this weekend’s Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.  Finally, Jason responds to Twitter questions and both guys hope for a live stream of the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

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Episode 71: Turkey Trots

Jason and Kevin discuss Matt Centrowitz’s decision to go professional and forego his final track season at the University of Oregon. Then, the guys discuss Turkey Trot results from across the country, proper road racing etiquette and the state of distance running in the United States.

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Episode 70: NCAA Recap

Jason and Kevin discuss Sheila Reid’s repeat, Lawi Lalang’s dominance and Wisconsin and Georgetown’s victories at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships.  The guys also debate the pack running strategy and marvel at the crowded finish in the women’s race.  Later, Kevin laments the elimination of Maryland’s cross country and track programs and Jason wonders about Asafa Powell’s upcoming indoor season.

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Episode 69: NCAA XC Championships Preview

Flotrack’s Ryan Fenton joins Jason and Kevin to recap the surprises from the regional meets and preview Monday’s NCAA Cross Country Championships.  The guys discuss if Wisconsin or Oklahoma State men have a stronger pack, if anyone can compete with Villanova’s Sheila Reid and which teams could surprise.  Also, Ryan reveals his much anticipated picks for both the individual and team competitions.  Later, Jason and Kevin debate some recent decisions from the IAAF, Usain Bolt’s intentions to run the 4 x 400 in the Olympics and respond to athlete’s rhetorical questions on Twitter.

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Episode 68: New York City Marathon Recap with Joe Battaglia of Universal Sports

Jason, Kevin and Joe Battaglia discuss Mary Keitany’s collapse, Geoffrey Mutai’s triumph, Kenya’s Olympic decision and the changing landscape of the marathon.  Joe also gives his insight on the future of the marathon, the finances of the sport and what it is like to overload Twitter during a major race.  Later, Jason and Kevin read emails and check in on Jason’s progress toward his half-marathon debut.

Episode 68: New York City Marathon Recap with Joe Battaglia of Universal Sports

Episode 67: New York City Marathon Preview

Jason and Kevin, with the help of Jesse Squire (Track Superfan), get you ready for the 2011 New York City Marathon by previewing the the top entrants and story lines for this year’s race.  The three give their predictions and also share which America’s may break-out and which gender is more likely to set the course record.  Later, friend of the show and fellow podcaster, Dan Rubenstein weighs in on how the celebrities running the race will fare and tries to start a rivalry with The Superfan.

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Jason’s New York City Marathon Odds

 

The House of Run’s own Jason Halpin handicaps this year’s New York City Marathon field.  Keep in mind, these odds are merely hypothetical and any money sent to the House of Run to place a bet will be seen as a donation.  Thank you in advance. 

Men:

Geoffrey Mutai- 5: 2

The 2011 Boston Marathon champion comes into this race as the strong favorite.  Mutai is undefeated on the road this year at a variety of distances and his 2:03:02 in Boston is the fastest time ever run for a marathon.  He is beatable though.  In 2010, he finished runner-up to Patrick Makau twice, but considering Makau’s recent exploits those can certainly be considered a quality losses.

Emmanuel Mutai- 3: 1

Mutai was the runner-up last year in New York, but vaults into this spot by virtue of his 2:04:40 victory in London this year against a tough field.

Gebre Gebremariam- 4: 1

Gebremariam is the defending champion, but was 3rd to Geoffrey Mutai in Boston and did not finish at the World Championship two months ago (probably a smart decision if he wanted to contend in New York).  He has never lost to Emmanuel Mutai, but also has never beaten Geoffrey Mutai.

Matthew Kisorio- 5:1

Last year, a marathon newcomer with a fast half-marathon time and a solid track background pulled off the upset over a veteran field (Gebremariam).  This year, that role could be played by Kisorio whose 58:46 half-marathon in Philadelphia made him the third fastest person at that distance in history.  He also is in rare company having actually beaten Geoffrey Mutai this year.  That occurred at the World Cross Country Championships in March over 12km in a race where Kisorio finished 4th to Mutai’s 5th.  The distance, terrain and pressure will be far different on Sunday, but Kisorio does have the greatest potential to surprise of anyone in the race.

Tsegaye Kebede- 5:1

His modest 5th place finish at this year’s London Marathon make these odds a bit higher than they probably should be.  Kebede ran into a strong field that day and did not show the form that made him the champion the previous year (2:05:19) and runner-up to the late Sammy Wanjiru in the 2010 Chicago Marathon.

Meb Keflezighi- 40: 1

It is the New York City Marathon, so as a rule, an American must be included.  Keflezighi is the biggest name of the Americans as a result of his silver medal from the 2004 Olympics and his New York City win in 2009.  Since then, the stakes have risen and the times have dropped tremendously in the marathon and have left steady, 2:09 caliber athletes like Keflezighi on the outside at major marathons.

Field- 25:1

A few names to choose from here.  Ethiopians Feyisa Lelisa and Bado Worku have run fast times and shown the capability to finish in the top 3 in a major marathon.  Veteran Jaouad Gharib of Morocco has run 2:05:27 and was also the silver medalist at the 2008 Olympics.  Tesfaye Girma of Ethiopia was 4th in New York City Half Marathon and resides in the Bronx.

Women:

Mary Keitany- 2:5

A well-deserved, enormous favorite to win on Sunday.  She gained experience in her marathon debut in New York last year, finishing third, but since then has been on a tear.  She set the world record in half-marathon and won the London Marathon in an impressive 2:19:19.  Her best competition could come from the clock on Sunday if she tries to break the course record of 2:22:31.

Caroline Kilel: 3: 1

Kilel won the Boston Marathon this year in 2:22:36.  The remarkable times that the men produced on that day didn’t materialize for the women and have also left Kilel a bit under the radar.

Inga Abitova- 8: 1

4th at this race last year and also has run 2:22:19.  Has never won a major marathon, but is consistent enough to hang around if the pace is slow.

Kim Smith- 8: 1

Smith was leading this year’s Boston Marathon until she had problems with her foot and was forced to drop out.  She was 5th last year in New York and tuned up for Sunday by winning the Philadelphia Half Marathon in September.

Field- 20:1

Americans Lauren Fleshman, Jen Rhines and Molly Pritz are also in this field.  Kenyan Caroline Rotich, 8th last year, could be due for a breakout.  Bronx resident Buzunesh Deba, 10th last year, will have the h

Episode 66: New Names

Jason and Kevin chat about the implications of Wilson Kipsang’s near world record at the Frankfurt Marathon and speculate about the effects it will have on the world of marathoning and the London Olympics.  Then, the guys discuss the conference championships in NCAA cross country that saw Wisconsin and Florida State make strong statements.  Also, Jason reveals his New York City Marathon odds and also updates Kevin on his progress toward his half-marathon debut.

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