NMN, but maybe not the monthly magazine we call National Masters News, was featured on the “Colbert Report” recently. Stephen Colbert had a segment on the anti-aging chemical NMN. The news is old: “First the compound that reversed aging in this study is nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN), which gets converted into NAD in the body. It is the amount of NAD in the cell that is key to the anti-aging effects.” I loved seeing masters tied to anti-aging, though, even if Colbert had no clue of NMN’s alternate meaning. Can Amanda and Tish sue for trademark infringement?
The South Americans are holding an eight-day WMA regional championships in Medellin, Colombia. The meet ends Sunday, but results have been posted here. WMA reports that more than 1,800 are entered. But they’re dealing with bad weather, a la Porto Alegre worlds in 2013. Sigh. WMA Prez Stan Perkins reports: “A very severe storm that occurred two days before had created lots of problems for [organizers], particularly in regard to the cross country where many large trees were blown down and covered sections of the course. Franctic work by volunteers and local government workers got the course cleared but the debris was still evident on day one when this section of the competition took place on Sunday 2 November. Track events also started the same day at the Medellin Athletics Stadium and despite a late start and intermittent rain all scheduled events were completed.” Photo galleries by day are being posted here.
The NSGA website says nothing, but The Associated Press (and Alabama media) are reporting that Birmingham will host the 2017 National Senior Games. The 2015 Games are in the Minneapolis area. So for the first time since 2007, when Louisville played host, the daddy of all Senior Olympics will be in the Deep South. “Competitions will be held around the Birmingham area at venues including UAB, the Birmingham CrossPlex, Pelham’s tennis center and Oak Mountain State Park,” the AP says. UAB, BTW, is not the Crimson Tide school. That’s in Tuscaloosa. This Alabama cheers the Blazers. I’m not sure where the track meet is, but here’s the facilities page.
Heard of this? The French news agency AFP reports: “The inaugural world beach games could go ahead in 2017 featuring sports like beach track and field and beach American football, a senior Olympic official said on Wednesday. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said the move followed the success of the Asian Beach Games, whose fourth edition starts next week in Thailand with a new-look programme. … Phuket will be the first Asian Beach Games to include beach track and field, which features 60-metre sprints, shot put, long jump, high jump and cross country.” I can picture a sand sprint and long jump, but how do you high-jump off sand? Scissors making a comeback? Land on a pit or a pile of sand? Let’s do this, folks! Nationals back to San Diego!
If you want to set a world record, don’t follow Chris Kimbrough’s example. “She … admits that she might benefit from going into her next record attempt better rested,” said a great Runner’s World report. “The morning of her record, Kimbrough ran 11 miles. Including her warm-up, she was on her 13th mile of the day by the time of her record performance.” Oh, and what record was that? Hoist a carafe for Chris â€” the fastest female beer miler of all time! “On Sunday afternoon, Chris Kimbrough, a 44-year-old mother of six, shattered the womenâ€™s beer mile world record by 13 seconds, running 6:28.6 in her first attempt at the event. The previous record was held by Seanna Robinson, who ran 6:42.0 in 1997.” The story offers details, but let me add my suds. Chris is a longtime masters ace â€” on the roads and in cross country. (Haven’t seen her run at masters track nationals, however.) Anyway, check out her drink-and-run video.
If you can’t spin, you slide. If you can’t hurdle, you throw. Those are the lessons conveyed in a profile of W65 weight woman Mary Lou Platis of Wisconsin. “There are some events I just had to drop off over time,” she told her local paper. “When I was in my 50s, I was one of the few women around of that age who still ran the hurdles. Then I had knee surgery. My doctor told me that I should still be able do the hurdles after recovery, but when I set up hurdles inside the school [Platis taught at East Chicago Central at the time] and tried to do a test run, I realized then I had to give them up.” But she’s still deep in the game, and training for her 10th National Senior Games, in 2015. Anyone attend more?
Anyone know who uploaded the original “Forever Fast” video to YouTube? For some reason, that person’s account broke some rules, and YouTube closed the account. “Forever Fast” â€” a slickly produced 13-minute video for promoting masters track â€” was supposed to help grow the sport. So when it was unveiled in 2011, I made a big deal about it. Today, it’s gone from YouTube. (See screen’s explanation below.) USATF still links to the YouTube version, in fact. Thankfully, USATF took advantage of its usatf.tv platform to give the video a permanent home. Only it’s not likely to get the same exposure as on Google-owned YouTube.com. You can find the video in several places, including the USATF Masters dull site. Given its hopes for being a masters salvation, how sad the video is now shunted to the USATF side.