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Category Archives: Running Culture

UTMB: A Fanfare For The Common Runner

Tina Pedersen had just run 171km (106.5 miles) around the Mont Blanc massif. Sweaty, wet and exhausted, her top concern was where her youngest son had wandered off among friends and family who were watching the race. As she was running through the packed streets of Chamonix, France, on Sunday morning with only about 200 […]

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An Elegy for My Long-Lost Running Friends  

Early last year, Amanda Mull wrote a piece for the Atlantic titled, “The Pandemic Has Erased Entire Categories of Friendship.” The article makes the case that the extended dearth of in-person interactions has caused many of us to lose touch with those on the periphery of our lives: gym buddies, bartenders who know our name, […]

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We Are In a Golden Age of Sprinting

When Usain Bolt retired after the 2017 World Championships, it seemed like an ominous development for a sport that was already struggling to retain its relevance in non-Olympic years. Professional track was losing a global celebrity, a natural entertainer who possessed that rare combination of galactic talent and showmanship. Who would fill those size 13 […]

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World Championships Success Stories Could Take Track and Field to New Heights

Sydney McLaughlin, Athing Mu, Fred Kerley, Allyson Felix, Ryan Crouser and Mondo Duplantis put on an exhilarating show of epic athletic performances over the past 10 days in Eugene, Oregon. Did you catch any of the action? Did you see those once-in-a-generation home-grown stars perform at their greatest? Did you even know it was happening? […]

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How to Make More People Fall in Love With Track and Field 

In the lead-up to this week’s World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, USA Track and Field president Max Siegel said that he hoped the event would be a catalyst to enhancing the sport’s domestic popularity. The goal, according to a story in the Los Angeles Times, is to make track the fifth most-followed sport in the […]

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Mo Farah Opens Up About His Tortured Past

Running fans may remember the moment, back in 2017, when Mo Farah, arguably the most decorated distance athlete ever to grace the track, announced that, from now on, he would be going by his full name: Mohamed. The decision came as he was preparing to retire from racing on the oval to shift his attention […]

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Why Running Fans Need the Post-Race Interview

Post-game interviews are standard practice in sports journalism. More often than not, their primary purpose is to elicit emotion—to puncture the illusion of the unflappable, stoic athlete. Hence, the eternal idiotic query: What does this win mean to you? Of course, most of the time, the answers, like the questions, are not particularly interesting. I’ve […]

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The Transgender Athlete Debate and the Limits of Inclusion in Sports

A few years ago, the journalist Michael Lewis started a podcast called “Against the Rules.” The first episode had the promising title “Ref, you suck!” and began with the simple observation that animosity towards NBA referees seemed to be at an all time high. This, Lewis eventually argues, is consistent with a larger trend of […]

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