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Don ‘Boomer’ McCrea tells bipolar battle in accepting national award

A month ago, M75 multi-eventer Don “Boomer” McCrea traveled from his Oregon home to Atlantic City, New Jersey, to accept a major geezer sports award: Male Adult Athlete of the Year for the National Congress of State Games. It’s kind of like the Senior Olympic circuit, except all ages compete. Boomer beat out 33 other […]

October 24, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Out-of-competition drug tests due, but don’t expect knock on door

As previously noted, WMA is taking the leap into out-of-competition drug testing, a masters first. In his official report to the Perth General Assembly, President Stan Perkins says: “WMA now has approved out of competition testing and will increase its targeting testing to ensure that athletes adhere to the rules of our sport. The adaptation […]

October 23, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  10 Comments

Free entries for elites at 50th annual Hartshorne Masters Mile

Meet directors Tom Hartshorne and Charlie Fay say star milers can race for free at the 50th annual Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile in late January. “The $20 race entry fee will be waived for elite runners,” Charlie writes. “On the Webscorer registration site, enter ELITE in the Discount Code field. Once you click the Calculate […]

October 22, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Daegu 2017 world indoor meet entry deadline is January 24, 2017

If your wallet isn’t already empty from 2016, here’s another track trip for you: Daegu. South Korea is hosting WMA indoor worlds in late March 2017. Online registration doesn’t appear to be working on this page. But buried is a PDF entry form you can print and mail to your affiliate (USATF, etc.). Entering one […]

October 21, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Nolan Shaheed runs 1500, 800 in possibly his first meet of 2016

Seven months after scratching from the 800-meter exhibition at IAAF Portland worlds, Masters Hall of Famer Nolan Shaheed is back on the track, apparently recovered from injury. Now 67, he ran the 1500 and then the 800 at a low-key meet Sunday in Glendale. See results here. His times are top-notch — 4:57.05 and 2:31.54 […]

October 20, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Brian Pilcher’s day of records wins him USATF Athlete of the Week

USATF named our sometimes-tracko friend Brian Pilcher as Athlete of the Week on Tuesday for his amazing race in Chicago. “All I can say is holy crap,” Brian reacted on Facebook. “I never expected this in this lifetime and I am totally grateful for the recognition and otherwise speechless.” Indy reported: “Brian Pilcher (Ross, California) […]

October 18, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Ed Whitlock wallops M85 marathon record with sub-4 in Toronto

OK, get real. Men who are 85 don’t run a mile in 7:18.55 or marathons in under 4 hours. So what do we make of Ed Whitlock, who did both this year? At Sunday’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Ed ran 26.2 miles in 3:56:33, crushing the listed M85 world record of 4:34:55 by Aussie Robert […]

October 16, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Masters track hack attack: George Mathews’ TUE data made public

In September, the shadowy Russian hacking group Fancy Bears made public the TUEs (therapeutic use exemptions) of Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez and many others. The WADA database was invaded. Last week, Masters Hall of Famer George Mathews wrote me that he had been notified by USADA CEO Travis Tygart that USADA’s database had […]

October 15, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

2-year age groups for 60-plus road miles in north San Diego County

Race organizers north of San Diego are going back to the future. In the late 1960s, “masters miles” in elite invitationals led the way to masters track. Now the folks at Bring Back the Mile are touting a November road mile for seniors only — 60 and over. Could be a first. “The inaugural Tri-City […]

October 14, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Dave Ortman’s Serbian sojourn: IX Olympiad for the Third Age

My masters at Nemean Games post prompted our Seattle multi-eventer friend Dave Ortman to share his own recent European adventures — in Serbia. Dave, 63, was part of a five person 60+ U.S. team in the IX Olympiad of Sport, Health, and Culture for the Third Age in Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia. The event was Sept. […]

October 13, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments