The Morning Run: January 7th

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

Genzebe Dibaba and Bobby Mack were the big winners at the BUPA Great Edinburgh Cross Country race.  Dibaba beat a strong field which included Meseret Defar, Linet Masai, Sofia Assefa and Vivian Cheruiyot in what has to be one of the smallest fields ever assembled for a cross country race (14 women).

-Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson ran for 99 yards in the Vikings’ playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers.  This isn’t a running story at all until you remember that last week Peterson said he wanted to train for the 2016 Olympics and even claimed that he could beat Usain Bolt.  Peterson’s relatively average performance over the weekend is that latest example of a football player falling victim to the curse of challenging the fastest man in the world.


At the beginning of the season, University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson proclaimed he could beat Bolt in a 40-yard dash and after an injured-filled season, Robinson ended the year playing tailback.

Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans rushed for 2,000 yards in 2009, wanted to race Bolt soon after and hasn’t reached 1,400 yards in a season since.  Although, that hasn’t deterred him from still making wild claims.

Be warned footballers, call out Bolt at your own risk.

USATF released the schedule for the 2013 USA Indoor Championships.  For the first time, the meet will feature (as an exhibition event) the 400-meter hurdles.  This rarely run race takes an already interesting event (the outdoor 400-meter hurdles) and adds in tight turns and the possibility of real person-to-person contact.  Let’s take a closer look:

How does it work?

Four athletes per race, four hurdles each lap, two laps of the track.  After the second turn, athletes can break out of their lanes to the inside.

Who has the world record?

Felix Sanchez, 48.78


What happens if one athlete knocks down a hurdle right in front of another athlete?

I have no idea, but the result should be entertaining.

Jim McDannald tells you why you shouldn’t be that excited when you hear, “That’s the fastest time in the world this year.”

University of Texas track and field coach Bev Kearney has resigned amidst revelations that she had an intimate relationship with one of her “adult student-athletes” in 2002.

The Houston Marathon and Half Marathon takes place on Sunday.  Meb Keflezighi, Feyisa Lilesa, Caroline Kilel, Lisa Uhl, Bazu Worku and Buzenesh Deba are among the entrants.


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