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(Trackerati) Athletics: Shoe Summit
Don’t mess with Jordy Geller when it comes to early Nike running shoes

(IAAF) Athletics: Dibaba to make 800m debut in Doha - IAAF Diamond League

(NBC) Athletics: Andre De Grasse wants to ‘spoil’ Usain Bolt’s final season

(USATF) Athletics: 2017 USATF Running Circuit boasts more than $700,000 in prize money

Athletics: Metro Marathon Duesseldorf set for this Sunday
Josphat Ndambiri goes for course record in Duesseldorf

(Spikes) Athletics: "The main goal is to improve"
Swiss 800m record holder Selina Buchel shares her best pieces of training, competition and lifestyle advice

Athletics: London Marathon Events Launches The Big Half
New event for London that is 'truly global yet uniquely local'

(Tracktown USA) Athletics: Alexi Pappas - Missed Race leads to Lessons Learned

(ITU) Triathlon: Bidding for World Triathlon Series 2018 opens

(BBC) Triathlon: Leeds triathlon facility named after Brownlee brothers
Olympic triathlon stars Alistair and Jonny Brownlee have had a £5m university sports facility named after them

(Diamond League) Athletics: Oslo - De Grasse to Flourish in Scandinavian Midnight Sun
Twenty two year old Andre De Grasse is the latest in a long line of brilliant Canadian sprinters and now stands on the verge of taking over the mantle of the No.1 sprinter in the world. History will refer to the likes of Harry Jerome, Donovan Bailey and of more recently Bruny Surin as phenomenal sprinters who represented Canada and there is no question that De Grasse is of the same calibre

(Eurosport UK) Drugs in Sport: Kenya says another 'high-profile athlete' failed doping test
The chairman of Athletics Kenya (AK) has said that another "high-profile athlete" has failed a doping test, just weeks after it emerged Rio Olympics marathon champion Jemima Sumgong tested positive for performance enhancing drugs

(IAAF) Ahletics: Rotich and Kirwa top the favourites at Istanbul Half Marathon

(The Gazette) Athletics: Drake Relays first-year director Blake Boldon is living his dream
Osceola native brought in field of 70 Olympians for 2017, has even more ambitious goals

(GQ) Business of Sport: Adidas Tells Us How It Plans to Catch Nike

(NBC) Athletics: Alysia Montano announces pregnancy with clever video, no racing plans







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(Bloomberg) Business of Sport: Under Armour Loses Whatever Swagger It Had Left
CEO Kevin Plank checks his bravado as Nike eats the shoemaker’s lunch. But he has a plan

(Inside the Games) Drugs in Sport: Russia Athletics Federation executive wants drug testing conducted on larger scale
Russia Athletics Federation (RusAF) executive director Alexander Parkin has claimed the current level of drug testing of athletes is insufficient in the nation

(Huffington Post UK) Athletics: "Supporting Each Other Is At The Heart Of Who We Are as Athletes, It’s What Makes Us Go Further - Kelly Sotherton

(IAAF) Athletics: Rudisha to make 1000m debut in Ostrava

(Runner's World) Athletics: Episode 51 - Shalane Flanagan
The four-time Olympian discusses injuries, doping in the sport, and why she loves Dunkin’ Donuts

(Inside the Games) Athletics: Mike Rowbottom - Club runner to international championship marathon qualifier at first attempt - Griffiths treads the unlikely steps of Ian Thompson

Athletics: BolderBOULDER Announces Top Three American Men Returning for 2017
Scott Fauble, Deiego Estrada, and Abdi Abdirahman running on Team USA Red

(Des Moines Register) Athletics: Iowa native, Olympic medalist Jenny Simpson holds Drake Relays close

(Globe and Mail) Athletics: Andre De Grasse juggles stardom and world championship preparation

(CBC) Health and Fitness: Energy drinks' non-caffeine ingredients may affect heart
Why the multiple ingredients in energy drinks may need more scrutiny when consumed in high volumes

(Salty Running) Women in Sport: Love Ya, Tina, But You’re Wrong About Amenorrhea and Running

(CBC) Athletics: Evan Dunfee - My craft has value and it deserves respect
The race walk is a testament to the first fundamental principle in the Olympic Charter,' says Canadian competitor

(Aljazeera) Drugs in Sport: Sports Doping - The Endless Chase
A two-part investigation exploring the financial, political and ethical implications of performance-enhancing drugs

(Runner's World) Athletics: 6 Lessons Learned From the 2017 Spring Marathon Season
From Boston to London, records fell, Americans showed depth, and notable newcomers excelled

(Irish Times) Athletics: Sonia O’Sullivan - Motherhood no reason to give up on sport
Just over a year after Ciara was born, I won my Olympic silver medal in Sydney

(The Independent) Drugs in Sport: Kelly Sotherton will reject 'dirty and tainted' bronze medal given to Russian drugs cheat Tatyana Chernova
Sotherton will instead ask for a 'fresh, clean' medal but insists it's only the recognition that matters after inheriting third place in the 2008 Olympics heptathlon

Athletics: Oasis Lévis Half-Marathon Full to Capacity!
A promising start to the season for the Je Cours Qc running event series

(Mercury News) Athletics: Stanford cancels prestigious cross country meet
Scheduling conflict with football game causes one-year hiatus for event held annually since 1974

(USATF) Athletics: Jordan Hasay earns second 2017 USATF Athlete of the Week honors following Boston Marathon debut

(IAAF) Athletics: Past winners Lake, Chefer and Yfantidou set to battle in Florence

(Inside the Games) Drugs in Sport: IAAF strips Russia of 2013 World Championship gold in women's 4x400m relay
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has stripped Russia of its women's 4x400 metres relay gold medal from the Moscow 2013 World Championships, following the decision to hand a two-year suspension to team member Antonina Krivoshapka

(USATF) Athletics: Over 70 Olympians to face off in Des Moines at Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee

(Daily Nation) Athletics: ‘Kip’ false start hands rival Tergat gold on silver platter

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(Daily Nation) Athletics: Karoki, Vivian Cheruiyot hold marathon running future

Athletics: Returning Champions Seek Repeats at 2017 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon
2016 Marathon champions Kipkoech Ruto and Ayantu Dakebo Hailemaryam ready to defend titles; Half Marathon champions Julius Kogo and Etaferahu Temesgen also return to Steel City; $132,000 guaranteed prize purse available plus $40,000 U.S. bonus money

Athletics: MCM10K Returns to DC and Opens for Registration on April 27
MCM Kids Run to also open as both events occur during Marine Corps Marathon Weekend in October

(Salty Running) Athletics:Women Runtrepreneurs: Carrie Tollefson of C Tolle Run

(Daily Nation) Athletics: At last! Coaches to get world track medals in London
Kenyan coaches now have every reason to smile and train their athletes well since coaches of medal-winning athletes will for the first time ever receive medals at this year’s IAAF World Championships in London

(Runner's World) Athletics: 6 Lessons Learned From the 2017 Spring Marathon Season
From Boston to London, records fell, Americans showed depth, and notable newcomers excelled

(NY Times) Health and Fitness: The Best Thing to Eat Before a Workout? Maybe Nothing at All
Fasting before exercise may have beneficial effects on fat cells

(BBC) Athletics: Josh Griffiths - Welsh runner in Great Britain team for World Championships

(Evening Standard) Athletics: Zharnel Hughes is in the running for the ‘biggest event’ at London 2017 World Athletics Championships
After the agony of missing the Olympics in Rio, sprinter says he can’t wait for 200m showdown with fellow Brits at the Worlds

(Spikes) Athletics: A tale of two brothers
Over the past three decades, the Lewandowskis have been at each other's side - brothers in arms, come what may

Athletics: Wanda Group Announces Exclusive Ten-Year Strategic Partnership With Abbott World Marathon Majors
Partnership aimed at global growth of running and future expansion of Abbott World Marathon Majors Series

(USAYF) Athletics: Murphy Wins, Mackey Surprises at the USATF 1 Mile Road Championships

(Inside the Games) Drugs in Sport: London Marathon still pursuing Shobukhova for return of prize money but admit no guarantee they will suceed
London Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel has vowed not to give up on their pursuit of Liliya Shobukhova for prize and appearance money the Russian has been ordered to return after she was banned for drugs

(Runner's Tribe) Athletics: The African Edge - Lessons from Frank Horwill

(Run Blog Run) Athletics: Some thoughts on new racing shoes
In the 1972 U.S. Olympic marathon Trials, a new shoe company called Nike offered many of the marathoners a brand new pair of racing shoes

(Runner's World) Athletics: Who Will Run the Marathon for the U.S. at the World Championships This Summer?
The three men and three women are selected in order of their times during the qualifying period





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Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success
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