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Memo to Suzy Favor Hamilton: Masters track would welcome you

Suzy Favor Hamilton’s story of mental illness and a detour into the sex industry is retold — in her own words — in a BBC piece. Now 47, she seems to shun competition. It got her into world-class trouble. But what if she dipped a toe into masters track? “My running career was highly successful. […]

February 12, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Jesse Owens, our patron saint, also subject of NBC hour special

As we wait for “Race” to show up in movie theaters, check out Sunday night’s documentary on Jesse Owens. As Variety (not your usual source of track news) reports: “NBC Sports continues its efforts at releasing documentaries with the debut of ‘More Than Gold: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics.’ The one-hour documentary will […]

February 11, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Celebrating 20 years of covering masters track — AKA ‘just a hobby’

I don’t have the exact date (and trust me, I’ve tried to figure it out), but February 2016 is the 20th anniversary of this rollicking site. As noted in site history, it began on AOL as the Masters Track & Field Home Page. (Every site had “home page” in title back in February 1996.) I […]

February 10, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  15 Comments

W45 Emma McGowan joins Sub-60 Club with indoor AR in 400

A couple weeks back at the Emory Crossplex Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama, 47-year-old Emmanuelle “Emma” McGowan broke out of a box and into the American record books. The W45 Lyon world champ at 100 and 400 relay clocked 59.30 for the 400, nipping the listed American indoor record of 59.37 by Charmaine Roberts in 2014. […]

February 9, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Jumpers that we idolized in 1960s are shown in their video glory

Dick Fosbury. Ed Caruthers. Otis Burrell. Phil May. Art Walker. And a bunch of other vertical and horizontal jumpers are featured in this compilation of 1960s legends. Track & Field News posted the link, and it’s worth your perusal — just so you can see those insane scrap-foam pits and three-sided metal high jump bars […]

February 8, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Rex Harvey cancer surgery coming Feb. 19 at Houston hospital

In his latest update, M65 role model Rex Harvey says of his cancer fight: “Got some action going now. I have finished the current 12 chemos which went well but were getting very tiresome. We went to Houston [the MD Anderson Cancer Center] for several of their own tests a couple of weeks ago. They […]

February 7, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  31 Comments

Sean Wade shatters M50 indoor WR in mile, AR in 3000 in Boston

Last year, Marc Bloom wrote about 49-year-old Sean Wade, asking: “Can a 50-year-old run a 4:20 mile? Sean Wade, who at age 30 ran the 1996 Olympic marathon in Atlanta for his native New Zealand, hopes to attempt that feat next February when he turns 50.” Well, he’s there now, and Saturday at Boston University […]

February 6, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Doubts raised about Nolan Shaheed’s seed time for IAAF race

Within hours of my posting the list of over-60 men invited to the IAAF Portland 800-meter race, I was getting private messages. They basically said: “What? At 66, Nolan Shaheed has a recent 2:17.5?” Some cited mastersrankings.com, where Nolan’s best listed 800 of recent vintage is 2:31.88. I didn’t put much stock in that, since […]

February 5, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  21 Comments

Meet Joan Hunter: masters mom behind the next great prep miler

If Drew Hunter has his mom’s guts and smarts, look for him to go sub-4 in the mile Saturday at the Armory Invitational. Drew, as most track fans know, set a high school record in the indoor 3000 recently at the masters friendly JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Competing against elites and collegians, […]

February 4, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  10 Comments

4 cities in running for 2020 WMA outdoor worlds, including Toronto

Doug “Shaggy” Smith of Ontario Masters Athletics reported Wednesday night that bidders have been announced for the 2020 World Masters Athletics Championships. The WMA website says nothing, but Doug lists these cities in the hunt: Bogotá, Colombia; Gothenburg, Sweden; Tampere, Finland; and his own Toronto, Canada (site of the first WAVA meet in 1975). Gothenburg […]

February 3, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments