Archive for December, 2014

Canada’s stroll down memory lane promotes 2015 Lyon worlds

Doug “Shaggy” Smith of Ontario posted this video showing images of Canadians at world masters championships since the 1970s. It’s meant to encourage Canadian sign-ups for Lyon worlds in August 2015. “Be part of history!” Doug writes, adding with a snarky smile: “AMERICAN FRIENDS **Caution** – you may find this short video so stirring that […]

December 31, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Budapest worlds ripped in USATF active-athlete rep’s report

Among the masters reports given at the USATF annual meeting recently in Anaheim was one by outgoing active-athletes rep Mary Trotto. It’s an eye-opener. (See it here.) She compiled positive and negative feedback on the WMA world indoor meet in Budapest. The harshest criticism (by an unnamed athlete) dealt with heats in the wake of […]

December 30, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

What a great idea! Aussies plan photo show of national meets

The folks at Australian Masters Athletics are the picture of creativity. They are planning a “Nostalgia Photo Display” at 2015 outdoor masters nationals in Sydney. “So far we have received Nationals photos from 1974, 77, 79, 80, 84, 86 to 92, 94 & 99, so we are still after some from the missing years,” says […]

December 29, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Malcolm Gillis dies at 81; prolific early masters distance runner

Malcolm Gillis of Alabama, a pioneering masters marathoner who completed the 5K-10K-marathon triple at 1995 Buffalo worlds, died Dec. 2 at age 81, his local paper reports. His son, Bob, told a story from 1997 Durban worlds: “[Malcolm] was walking around the city, and two youthful men knocked him down. One sat on him while […]

December 28, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Doug Smith snaps up Canadian Masters Runner of the Year

Canadian Running magazine could have found someone faster or more decorated, but its Masters Runner of the Year award for 2014 went to a gent with perhaps the most dedication to the sport — Doug “Shaggy” Smith. An M60 steepler, Doug competes, organizes meets and photographs his countrymen (and women) at major events. He’s been […]

December 27, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  17 Comments

Keith Bateman’s book bonus: videos on how to run, fix knees

Aussie supermaster Keith Bateman and co-author Heidi Jones have begun posting video extras to their new book “Older Yet Faster.” Here’s Heidi with a knee exercise. Below is how Keith begins teaching his running technique — kind of like starting floppers out with a scissors. But I thought running was supposed to be a natural […]

December 26, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Kristi Anderson ‘bewildered’ over yearlong drug suspension

In its news release on Kristi Anderson’s suspension, USADA called her a track and field athlete. Not so. The 51-year-old mountain runner in Colorado says she’s never competed in a masters track meet. Had she been a part of our game, she might have shared our awareness about banned substances and how to get permission […]

December 25, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  19 Comments

W50 LDR Kristi Anderson accepts 12-month doping suspension

So much for the theory you can get a drug waiver after the fact. Kristi Anderson, a W50 marathoner, was slapped with a 12-month doping suspension despite USADA accepting her explanation that she was taking banned DHEA under a health-care provider’s care. In her case, the positive test came at a Pikes Peak Marathon in […]

December 24, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  13 Comments

Watch Myrle Mensey on TV give shot lesson in narrow hallway

Myrle Mensey, the record-setting thrower and our Athlete of the Year a year ago, threw the spotlight on her young proteges this week in a St. Louis TV segment. (See it here.) Promoting her Throwing and Growing group of girls and a Dec. 27 throws camp (masters invited), Myrle put on a mini-clinic in a […]

December 23, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Masters Mile in Paradise: Aztec Invitational is March 27, 2015

If you can’t make the Big Kahuna of masters miles (the Hartshorne Memorial races at Cornell University), here’s a spring fling in San Diego: “The San Diego State University Aztec Masters Mile is a separately sanctioned event … during SDSU’s 37th Annual Aztec Track and Field Invitational. … The women’s and men’s Masters Mile with […]

December 22, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments