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The Morning Run: January 8th

The Morning Run is a compilation of links, news and commentary.

-Ryan Hall will be racing the Boston Marathon this April.

-Boston’s New Balance Indoor Grand Prix added Galen Rupp, Jen Suhr, Dejen Gebremeskel and Hagos Gebrhiwet to their start lists.

-The fight during the boys 4 x 400 relay at the Hispanic Games on Saturday has once again put the issue of violence in running-related events in the spotlight.  Ok, not really.  Runners, jumpers and throwers are by and large a peaceful people and the incidents of them getting physical are remarkably rare.  I couldn’t even find enough good material to make a top five, so here are three notable track and field/cross country skirmishes:

*Note: The United States 4 x 100 relay team assaulting the baton after dropping it on numerous occasions, Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad pushing mascots, and Allyson Felix and Jenebah Tarmoh torturing our emotions were all not considered for this list.
 

In 2004, Florida State’s Antonio Cromartie, yes that Antonio Cromartie, pushed a Clemson runner off the track in the 400.  The gentleman from Clemson was not pleased.

In the 2011 World Cross Country Championships, Ethiopian and Eritrean runners “tussled” down the homestretch before awkwardly sprinting toward the finish line.

And finally, the gold standard.  Mehdi Baala and Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad fight exactly how would expect French distance runners to fight.

-While we are on the topic of violence, Edwin Rotich was tackled, or almost tackled, by a spectator in Brazil and still went on to win Kings Run in Sao Paulo.

-Nichole Porath, a 2012 US Olympic Trials finisher in the marathon, set a world record in the indoor marathon.  She ran 150 laps in 2:57:34 beating the old record by over 11 minutes.  Dizzying.

-No surprise, Veronica Campbell-Brown will not be racing indoors.

-Soon-to-be 2004 Olympic gold medalist Adam Nelson writes about structural changes that could improve track and field.