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Ed Whitlock runs 8:27 mile at 85 — again and again 13.1 times

I have trouble fathoming stellar distance marks. But Runner’s World helpfully noted that M85 Ed Whitlock’s latest world record — a half-marathon in 1:50:47 — averaged 8:27 per mile. He broke the listed WR of 2:00:05 by Germany’s Georg Gabriel by 9:18. “Each new birthday has brought a chance for Whitlock to destroy a new […]

April 28, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

The New York Times discovers Yale prof’s Age-Declining Tables

You’ve heard of the Age-Graded Tables, right? Now The New York Times writes about the converse — Professor Ray Fair’s Age-Declining Tables. That’s what I call them, at least. In a story headlined: “Aging Runners Find Help for a Question: How Slow Will I Get?” our old runner friend Gina Kolata talks about Ray, “a […]

April 27, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Butch Reynolds renews vow he’d like M50 world record in 400

In December 2014, Butch Reynolds confirmed he was shooting for a masters comeback in the 400 — and a world record in M50. But he didn’t record a time in 2015. Now a new profile of the Ohio coach shows he still has WR dreams. He told a Columbus paper recently: “I’ve been dealing with […]

April 26, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Help Alex Rotas win Imagery of the Year Award for masters photos

A Bristol, England, paper reports that masters photographer Alex Rotas is a finalist in the Be a Game Changer Awards for the Women’s Sport Trust’s “Imagery of the Year” category. You can help by taking the survey that includes her category. (Find it here.) “The awards celebrate individuals and companies who have helped progress women’s […]

April 25, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Wall Street Journal nails down quiet change in masters doping rules

Many people sent me the link to Friday’s Wall Street Journal story about TUEs and masters athletes. I knew (back in January) that “recreational” (non-elite) masters could get therapeutic use exemptions for medications that include testosterone, but I buried that element in my Greg Pizza reports. The WSJ made a big deal of it, however: […]

April 24, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

W45 Kris Paaso sizzles in 1500, but it wasn’t an American record

The USATF Pacific Association erringly reports: “Most of the athletes at (Friday’s) Stanford Twilight Meet were looking for an NCAA Qualifier, but the PA’s Kris Paaso was looking for a fast race to break the F45-49 American Record for 1500m, and that’s just what she got. Running in Section 3, Paaso powered to a 4:34.50 […]

April 23, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Ida Keeling poised for Penn — and W100 world record in 100

At last. Ida Keeling, who turned 100 nearly a year ago, is ready to run a sanctioned 100. She’ll have quite an audience — at the Penn Relays. If she doesn’t get an illegal aiding wind, the title of W100 world-record holder is hers. The sked shows a mixed masters over-80 race at 3:45 p.m. […]

April 22, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  11 Comments

Dr. Ed Holmes dies at 82; 2014 national weight throw champion

Steve “Hummer” Holmes, a coach in the Northeast, shares sad news of the March 8 death of his brother, Ed Holmes, at age 82. Cause of death was adenocarcinoma of the lung — lung cancer. “Ed was a lifelong nonsmoker, so his diagnosis was perplexing to us all,” Steve writes. “In March of 2014, he […]

April 21, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Up close and photographic with masters, other stars at ‘Mt. SAC’

My wife had great access at Saturday’s Mt. SAC Relays, held at Cerritos College — where I ran the CIF 120-yard low hurdles 46 years ago. It was dirt back then, but the stands seem the same. Anyhoo, Chris Stone captured Ashton Eaton, Vashti Cunningham and a bearded Tyson Gay among other elites for this […]

April 20, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

W85 national record for 200 highlights South African regional meet

South Africa has a long and proud masters track tradition, and some incredible records as well. I’m reminded of that when I learned that W85 Christi du Plooy of the Central Gauteng Athletics team set a national record of 49.80 in the 200 recently. The listed American record is 51.43 by Pat Peterson at 2011 […]

April 19, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment