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Nike buys USATF? At least masters can expect free uniforms

USATF signed a deal with Nike this week. We have to live with it through 2040. What’s in it for us? Masters track can expect free uniforms for worlds. Maybe some marketing and PR help. The official release says: “The new partnership will enable USATF to fully support Paralympic and masters track & field teams […]

April 17, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

First Mother-In-Law apparently hung up her spikes after all

Five years ago, I made a valiant effort to contact W70 sprinter Marian Shields Robinson for an interview. Normally, masters athletes are honored to be featured in this crazy-ass blog. But Marian was slow to respond. In fact, she (or her minders) never did. Not surprise. She’s Michelle Obama’s mom and takes care of her […]

April 16, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Free gym memberships for some under Silver Sneakers deal

Seattle’s Jessica Seyfert contacted me before 2010 Sacramento nationals, and I met her at the meet. Now she’s working for another outfit and wrote me again last week. Happy to oblige her on this promotion. Jessica writes: “As competitive athletes, most of us make our way to the local gym to train and crosstrain for […]

April 15, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Happy birthday to Pat Peterson, smiling sprinter of masters track

Pat Peterson has been through the wringer, battling cancer and injuries. But I’ve never seen her sprint without a smile. So I hope today is joyful as she turns 88. She was one of the featured athletes in the 2005 documentary “Racing Against the Clock.” In 1998, she was inducted into the USATF Masters Hall […]

April 14, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Ashton Eaton gets to watch great masters races at Mt. SAC

Ashton Eaton, some bored deca-dude from Oregon, will make his 400-meter hurdles debut at Mt. SAC this Saturday. If he wants to be inspired, he need only watch one of several masters exhibitions that weekend. I can’t wait to see 53-year-old Willie Gault, recently married, take on former Japanese national champion Hiroaki Akabori and fellow […]

April 13, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Noel Ruebel, N.C. masters nationals meet director, is one of us

Noel Ruebel was one of the guys I shared a guest house with at Lahti worlds in 2009. He’s a tall, strong gent who can do any event. He was featured in a local North Carolina paper before worlds. (See it here.) But the story left out a key fact — he’s the meet director […]

April 12, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Texas thrower Mark Chapman facing hospice after major stroke

M70 thrower Mark Chapman, a regular at Texas meets, is returning home for hospice care after suffering a stroke Saturday, meet director Seth Brower reports. “The right side of his brain is totally gone,” says email quoting Mark’s wife, Cheryl. ”The swelling from that trauma is going to worsen over the next 3-4 days, putting pressure […]

April 11, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

WMA counts 53 world records at Budapest; Olga shortchanged

World Masters Athletics has posted a list of 53 world records (indoor and out) set at Budapest last week. Many were news to me. But Olga Kotelko, who turned 95 just before worlds, didn’t get credit for one record — the high jump. She answered an email query (as part of research I’m doing for […]

April 10, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Is anyone All-American in more events than M75 Roger Vergin?

Four years ago this week, I featured a story about Roger Vergin’s discovery of masters track. On Tuesday, he graciously reported his progress, writing me about his national titles. “In 2013, I won all four multi-event championships — indoor pentathlon, outdoor pentathlon, heptathlon and decathlon,” says M75 Roger. “Also: USATF indoors: 200 meter dash; USATF […]

April 9, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Eurovets invited to get foretaste of 2015 French worlds at meet host

The Eurovets site says: “Lyon – host city of the next World Masters Athletic Championships Stadia – will organize the French Masters in Athletics from June 6th up to June 8th 2014. Marcel Ferrari and his team of the LOC Lyon prepare the World Masters one year before the great event will start. To check […]

April 8, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments