Episode 271: USAs Recap

Jason and Kevin discuss the upsets, mishaps, standout performances and surprising results from last week’s USA Championships in Eugene.  Also, the guys talk about Usain Bolt’s injured back, Alberto Salazar’s open letter and a very American running challenge.
Show Notes
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-Alberto Salazar’s open letter
-David Epstein’s response

One response to “Episode 271: USAs Recap

  1. Subject: Dog mile

    I am almost always in agreement with Jason’s winner odds or time predictions. He puts a perspective that only a Las Vegas odds maker can bring to the discussion. But when Jason stated the Dog miles would be great if they break 5 minutes, he was in left field.

    As a running fan and performance dog owner I believe Jason fails to understand what great athletes dogs are. My favorite, Whippets have been clocked at 11 seconds at 200 yds, this equate to a 12.03 second 200 meter time.

    Sled dogs in the GCI Open North American sled dog race run under 71 minutes in a 20 mile race pulling a middle age guy over not flat terrain. That is 3:33/ mile for 20 miles, they do it again the next day, and just for fun they do 27.5 miles on the third day. Overall winer is the three day combined time.

    Clearly a well chosen dog will not slow down any runner at any distance. What dog should you choose for the dog mile? The whippet sprinter gives way to the middle distance Greyhound, and the Greyhound gives way to the Saluki at distances above 1 mile.

    But the best choice is not what dog is the fastest dog over a mile but rather what dog can help the runner the most over the mile. The whippet, greyhound, and the Saluki are all site hounds, they get their drive by chasing a lure. I assume the dog mile rules will not allow a lure to be pulled ahead of the race to spur the dogs on. Running with a site hound would likely not provide much assistance to the runner without a lure.

    The working group dog, German Shorthair Pointer mix, has become the dominant breed in the GCI Open North American sled dog race. They bring very strong pulling and good speed to the mix. Sled dogs do so without the aid of a lure. The German Shorthair Pointer is not the fastest dog and at the shorter 1 mile distance perhaps another breed would be better, but I think the Vegas money would be on the mushing trained German Shorthair Pointer.

    As for possible times, I think you would need to go to the world mile record 3:43.14 and take a deduction for the assistance of the dog. I believe a good analogy would be what time can be run down hill or perhaps what time could be run with a strong tail wind. Mike Boit ran 3:27.8 in the down hill Molenberg Mile in 1983, I guess I would use this time as the bench mark guess.

    Only problem is how do you get Silas Kiplagat to start training with a sled dog in Alaska for this great event.