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Claudia Lane (Malibu HS) continued her relentless front-running to capture the girls’ title at the FootLocker National Cross Country Championships in San Diego, breaking the tape in 17:04.8.

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California Track & Running News Vol. 41 No. 5 Winter 2016 FORTIUS Media Group LLC Publishing Director Larry Eder Editorial Director Christine Johnson Holding Space LLC CT&RN Contributing Editors Cregg Weinmann Footwear Reviews Dave Shrock Coaching Schools Mark Winitz Northern California Photographers Victor Sailer Association Consultants Dave Shrock, Cynci Calvin—Pacific Lynell Glover—Central Chuck Kaminski—Southern San Diego/Imperial Proofreader Marg Sumner Red Ink Editorial Services, Madison, WI

As 2016 comes to an end, we take time to look back. It’s been a trying year for many, but the USATF associations in California and Northern Nevada have many things to be proud of. The development of youth and junior programs, their support of the state’s elite athletes and coaching education are among the positives. On a national level, the U.S. track & field team won 32 medals in Rio, our best showing since 1932! Renovations at Mt. SAC are progressing well. Los Angeles is bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics. (Some of us remember the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles with fondness. In fact, the photo was shot from the stands by Christine Johnson when we were attending some of the distance competitions.) What will 2017 bring? Certainly Sacramento hosting the National Outdoor Track & Field champs will be a high point. It’ll be a fine event, and should be on your “must attend” list! If you’re into coaching our sport, the HOKA ONE ONE Super Clinic on Feb. 4 will be another “must attend” event! And finally, former Stanford coach Vin Lananna becoming President of USA Track & Field should make for lots of dynamic change in 2017. Regards,

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PAUSATF Foundation Grant Deadlines Approach 2017 Elite Athlete Training Grant Applications are available online here: Applications must be received by Feb. 1, 2017. Grants will be awarded by March 1. Official’s Education Grants must be received by close of business on Jan. 15. You will find guidelines and the application here: pdf Save the Date for LDR Awards Banquet! The 2016 Pacific Association LDR Awards Banquet will be held at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco on March 12, 2017. Tentative time of the event will be from 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM. More information along with registration details will be published shortly.

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Pacific Association Awards & Advancements at USATF Annual Meeting 2016 Shirley Connors: Awarded the Andy Bakjian Officials Award, and the Association Committee’s Horace Crow Award for decades of contribution to officiating and betterment of the Pacific Association. Dena Evans: Selected to lead the Women’s Senior Team at the IAAF World Cross Country Champs in Uganda this March. Cris Houston: Awarded the Pacific Association Volunteer of the Year Award by the Association’s Committee for his contributions and dedicated work with the USATF Pacific’s Youth Cross Country program and Youth XC Grand Prix. Alan Kolling: Appointed secretary to the High Performance Executive Committee Irene Obera: Awarded Master Women’s T&F Athlete of the Year Dave Shrock: Awarded the Kevin McGill Legacy Coach Award by the Coaching Education Committee. Dave was also elected Chair of the USATF National Association’s Committee.

Dwight Smith: (Coach of the Truckee Youth Racing Club) Awarded a USATF President’s Award for his contributions to youth cross country. Joy Upshaw: Awarded the Masters’ T&F Women’s 50-59 age-group Athlete of the Year. National Events Awarded to USATF Pacific: FOURmidable 50K (Auburn) was awarded the 2017 USATF National 50K Trail Championships. The California International Marathon (Sacramento) was awarded the 2017 & 2018 USATF National Marathon Championships. Reno-Tahoe was awarded the 2018 National JO Cross Country Champs. The 2019 and 2020 USATF Annual Meetings will be held in Reno at the Grand Sierra Resort, a largely smokefree environment. Congratulations to all those individuals and events! (A complete list of of PA awardees will be posted once available from USATF.) SafeSport Training & Requirements Youth coaches, volunteer and officials need to complete the SafeSport Program. Youth coaches must meet this requirement before your club’s membership will be approved and activated in the USATF system. The following, free, 90 minutes training sessions will be provided: Sat., Feb 4 3:30–5:00pm during HOKA Coaches SuperClinic at Sacramento CC and Sun., Feb 12 (time TBA) during official’s Clinic at Serra HS, San Mateo. The SafeSport training may also be completed online (allow 3 hours with exam questions interspersed). For details, please refer to the SafeSport page at

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Track & Field SuperClinic

Sat, 4 February, 2017 - Sacramento City College Presented by Coaches Choice Books & DVDs - Featuring many of America's top coaches!

Clinic Schedule: (check website for detailed schedule in January) 8:00-9:00am - Registration in foyer of Lillard Hall, Sacramento City College 9:00-9:20am - Introduction and Orientation 9:20am-5:00pm - Four 90 minute sessions in five areas: Endurance:

Gary Wilson – 37 year veteran collegiate coach, 22 of which have been at Univ. of Minnesota earning numerous national honors PattiSue Plummer – Two time Olympian, US 5km record holder and multiple national champ while at Stanford, now a successful high

school coach in the Bay Area. Dave Monk – Former successful Amijo and Fairfield HS coach recently hired to lead SacState distance program


Rob Johnson – Veteran coach from Wabash College, Assistant Olympic Coach in Sydney who is also a popular clinician Dr. Martin Palvancini – Ultra successful coach from ClovisWest while serving on multiple international teams Rod Jett – Three time All American high hurdler while at Cal, three time OlyTrials qualifier, as current head coach at Jesuit, has lead

the Marauders to 7 league and 3 section title, plus 2010 state title.


Dr. Don Chu – Nationally acclaimed coach and author who popularized plyometics in the US and leader in sport rehabilitation Bryan Parker – accomplished Rosemont/American River College jumps coach Dave Unterholzner – BellaVista coach with successful track record coaching the high jump Morley Roscrow – Coach Mo has developed a tradition of development and improvement during his tenure at American River College


Adam Nelson – Olympic Gold medalist and three time Olympian popularizing the spin technique Duncan Atwood – Olympic thrower, 2 time PanAm gold medalist now accomplished author and coach April Smith - Successful Fresno State and international staff throws coach

Auxiliary: (topics that make a BIG Difference)

Don Chu- Prolific speaker and writer speaking on prevention and rehab of hamstring injuries Duncan Atwood – Speaking on long term athlete development Tena Harms – El Dorado HS co-head cross country coach discussing performance nutrition Dr. Dave Shrock - Mandatory USATF Coaches and Officials SafeSport training

Clinic Cost: online reg:, or this QR Code:

$54.95 - School or club staffs or 3 or more: by Wednesday, 1 February at 11:59pm $69.95 – Individual pre-registered by Wednesday, 1 February at 11:59pm $89.95 - registration at the door for individuals Contact Peanut Harms at for coaching staff discounts of 3 or more coaches prior to 1 February

What you get:

- all preregistered coaches will receive presentation notes of each session they attend - coaching swag for first 200 registrants; printed speaker notes and vendor goodies - vendors expo with equipment and information to start your season - generous raffle during lunch - Pacific Association of USATF Coaches Committee Annual meeting from 12:45-1:15pm


Lillard Hall, Sacramento City College, 3835 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, 95822.

Refer to the following link for clinic and campus location: Driving: from Hwy 5: Exit at Sutterville Road (south of Hwy 5-Bus. 80-50 interchange), travel east until 'T' intersection at Freeport, turn left. At first light, turn right back onto Sutterville, turn left into SCC main entrance at the first light and park in west parking lot to your left. From Hwy. 99: Exit at Sutterville/12th Ave. exit (south of Hwy 50-Bus 80), travel west until pass Hughes Stadium on your right. Turn right into SCC main entrance 100m after Hughes Stadium into campus, park in west parking lot to your left. No parking charges on weekends.


Best Western Sandman - 236 Jibboom St, Sacramento, CA 95811, $92.00 sgl. or dbl. GREAT RATE! Reservations can be booked by calling (916) 443-6515 and asking for the ‘SuperClinic’ rate until 27 January. Free airport shuttle: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, with shuttles to SacCC. Complimentary continental breakfast, choice of waffles, breads, cereal, fruit, eggs, yogurt, juice, coffee and hot items. Complimentary wireless internet available throughout the hotel.

Further Info: Peanut Harms:, or Dave Shrock:, or click on this QR code or on the website:

association news San Diego Imperial USATF

Save the Date! Join us for our annual Awards Banquet at Stone Brewery in Liberty Station on Jan. 29. Join over 100 of your fellow youth, adult and masters track athletes, coaches, officials, friends and family for this special afternoon recognizing the amazing accomplishments of the year. Fee includes lunch and beverages. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. This event is open to all and USATF membership is not required. We look forward to seeing you there!

Winter Nights Track & Field Series Continues The San Diego Winter Track & Field Series gives community members the ability to participate in track and field events throughout the winter months! This gives runners, throwers, and jumpers the privilege to beautiful track and field facilities during the “off-season.” There are a variety of competitions including: Sprints, Long Sprint, Hurdles, Distance, as well as Throws and Jumps.

Remaining Dates: Sat., Jan. 21, 2017 — Sweetwater High School Sat., Jan. 28, 2017 — Del Norte High School  Sat., Feb. 4, 2017 — San Diego City College at Balboa Stadium All details, flyers and event schedules are online at: html USATF San Diego Imperial Association Junior Olympic XC Championships Sun., Nov. 13, 2016 Kit Carson Park, Escondido Results Here:

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Annual Meeting USATF Opening Session Kicks Off 2016 USATF Annual Meeting in Orlando The 2016 USATF Annual Meeting officially kicked off with the Opening Session at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Florida. In her last address as President of USATF, Stephanie Hightower thanked the organization’s leadership and constituents for the significant progress made since taking office in 2008. Citing collaboration and determination for the success of USATF athletes and growth of sport overall, Hightower reflected on recent successes. “These last eight years, USATF has done more than merely talk about leading,” Hightower said. “We’ve raised revenue, improved athletic performance, gotten out in the community... and by taking on those objectives we’ve led this organization into the future and while we’re proud of our accomplishments, we have so much more to do.” By acclamation, USATF elected a new President, 2016 U.S. Olympic Team men’s head coach Vin Lananna, following fellow candidate Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s withdrawal from the election. Also elected by acclamation was USATF High Performance Chair Mike Conley and representative to the USATF Board of Directors, Len Krsak. USATF Board Chairman Steve Miller spoke to the importance of the work that coaches and volunteers do with the future of our sport, the USATF Future Stars

competing in youth track & field. “I’ve been involved in track & field since I was nine years old,” Steve said. “While those great Olympians are inspirational and aspirational... our sport is about inspiring and creating aspirational models for 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 year olds. Without those little kids... there are no Olympians.” Hightower Awards Six USATF President’s Awards In one of her final acts of USATF President at the 2016 Annual Meeting, Hightower awarded this year’s President’s Awards to the following individuals: Dwight Smith - A coach for Truckee Racing Club and a longtime volunteer in the USATF Pacific Association, Smith is honored for his countless hours of dedication and commitment to the betterment of youth track & field in Northern California. Thom Hunt - Serving on the USATF Cross Country Council since 2004, Hunt was first the secretary from 2004–12 and now serves as vice chair, a position he has held since 2012. He has dedicated hundreds of hours toward the betterment of USATF Cross Country, including as a

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Footlocker CC Diaries: Claudia Lane Wins, Nevada Marino Second at Nationals by Larry Eder

Claudia runs efficiently, and fluidly over the course. After the race, when I asked her about her toughest race of the year, Lane admitted “this was the toughest. There was a lot of pressure and many good girls to race with.” The mile in 5:18 was fast and Claudia built up a ten second lead by 1.5 miles. But, Nevada Marino had gone out much slower than last year and she was moving up. “I just tried to go out a bit slower than last year, and push the hills,” noted Nevada after the race. And move up she did. By the first set of hills, Marino was up on Lane’s shoulder, but that was close as it would get. The two miles were hit by Lane in 10:55, with Marino in 11 minutes. 27 seconds back, Rebecca Story was putting on a stirring battle for third. Lane continued her relentless front running, but Marino was slowly moving up on her and was in fantastic position when they hit the 3-mile point. At that moment, however, Lane found one more gear and took off, banking almost 4 seconds before she broke the tape to win in 17:04.8. Marino was second in 17:08.3. Rebecca Story held onto third position, crossing in 17:35.4. Ten seconds back, in fourth, India Johnson put on a sprint show of her own, running 17:45.4. In fifth was Ann Forsyth, who ran 17:46.8, after having gone out so hard with Lane. In sixth, Kearan Nelson ran 17:48.5. Nicole Fegans followed her in 17:48..6. Eighth was Hayley Jackson in 17:49.7. Ninth was Grace Connolly in 17:50.2 and finishing in tenth was Marin Coffin, in 17:50.6. The girls’ race once again showed the

continued growth and deep talent of girls’ cross country. Over 260,000 high school girls ran cross country in 2016, and on this day in San Diego, 40 of the finest battled. On the team side, South surprised with 39 points, Northeast was second with 51 points, followed by Midwest (62), and West (69 points). Biggest observation? How many sophomores are here this year. That means two more years for them and great experiences on which to focus. Lane did it like few others: Her front running was exciting, gutty, and amazing to watch! Watch replay of the races online: shtml

2016 National Finals - Californians 5km Morley Field, Balboa Park, San Diego Girls 1. 17:04.8 Claudia Lane (10, Malibu HS) 26. 18:09.5 Kiera Marshall (12, St. Joseph Notre Dame HS, Alameda) 28. 18:16.9 Alexandra Beitia (12, Granite Bay HS, Roseville) 36. 18:28.3 Marea Zlatunich (11, Aptos HS) Boys 10. 15:19.0 Callum Bolger (12 , San Luis Obispo HS) 13. 15:23.6 Luis Grijalva (12, Armijo HS, Fairfield) 19. 15:36.3 Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau (11, Bellarmine HS, San Jose) Complete results at

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It was a perfect overcast day, with a bit of mist, for the 38th running of the FootLocker Cross Country Nationals, the oldest national high school championships in the country. Last weekend, I was at the NXN, which celebrates team running, but the FootLocker is all about the individual performances. Started 38 years ago by some management from Kinney Shoes, the FootLocker Champs has seen three decades of young American distance talent move on to become major American elite talent. From Bob Kennedy, Todd Williams and Rueben Reina in the golden days to Meb Keflezighi, Jorge and Eduardo Torres, Alan Webb and Drew Hunter on the boys’ side, and on the girls’ side, there’s Molly Huddle, Suzy Favor Hamilton, Erin Keogh, Julia Stamps, Jordan Hasay, Jennifer Barringer Simpson and Katie Rainsberger! The top 40 boys and girls are celebrated at the FootLocker. The amazing Hotel Del Coronado is decked out with spectacular holiday decorations. On Thursday, New Balance, the new sponsor, brought each team in one by one and gave them a bag full of goodies. The colors and quality of the product just added to the excitement. For the girls, there was a tremendous race in front between two dominant athletes and 38 athletes chasing those leaders. Here is how I saw it. Claudia Lane ran the FootLocker just like she did every other race this year: She went out hard, and just did not stop! Hitting the mile in 5:18, she had MW winner Ann Forsyth, sophomore MW Lauren Peterson, closely followed by India Johnson, MW, with Nevada Marino in sixth place.

2016 NXN Features Sun and Mud, Glorious Mud by Larry Eder

Manlius, post race, just before they receiving their first place trophy!

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Manlius, post race, just before they get their first place trophy! Bozeman, American Fork, Temecula, before the announcements photos by Larry Eder

I love the NXN because it’s an affirmation of the team aspect of cross country. I love the FootLocker because it features the individual affirmation of the same sport. The events co-exist, at least in my mind, and provide the top young runners in our country with meaningful championships. I was prepared this year. My hoodie, rainproof jacket, warm jeans, and steelhead fishing gloves plus numerous hats were all packed. My trip from Orlando was punctuated by two very full flights, but, with aisle seats, some work and a fine nap, I survived. Arriving in Portland, I had expected a torrent of rain, wind, and perhaps snow. At past NXNs, we’ve been hit by whatever Mother Nature could find. This year, however, we missed the bad weather by twelve hours. The sky started out cloudy, and by the time I left Portland’s Glendoveer Golf Course around 1:30 pm, the sun shone brightly, as if Fred Aronsen and the gods of Portlandia had somehow intervened. The 5,000-meter course, featuring several loops, was complicated by damp footing, and most of all mud, which slowed the runners, almost as if nymphs, satyrs and woodland creatures were grabbing at the runners’ heels, holding them for just an energy-sapping moment. In the girls’ race, Brie Oakley needed no outside impetus, as the runner from Southwest began to accelerate by 1000 meters. By two thousand meters, Brie had eleven amazing seconds on her nearest competitor. And as her drive to the finish exceeded the speed of the chase pack, the winner put 28 precious seconds between herself and the battling teams. Manlius, Temecula, and Davis were in a battle, but, by two miles, Manlius had the advantage, only taking 41 points to win for the 10th time in eleven appearances. Davis and Temecula battled to the very end, with only seven points separating second and third. I’m impressed by Manlius. They have a program that works. I have to admit I was disturbed by some of the complaining about them; the team seems focused, and winning ten years out of eleven is pretty impressive. Want to beat them? Focus, and see what you can achieve. For me, the girls race was not only compelling but iconic. While I find the “i” world troublesome, the truth is, the best 31 teams in the nation, 200 plus of the finest girl cross

country runners were on the Glendoveer Golf Course. Two hundred of the 250,000 girls running cross country were in PDX today, in a panorama of brightly colored uniforms and racing shoes, showcasing the power of girls athletics. Life changing experiences, training for a common goal, and reaching for the stars, are part of the patois of the NXN culture. Nike has presented cross country as if it mattered, which it does. I hate to bring up money, but an event like this takes a lot of it. Estimating the budget, staffing and human hours to make NXN regionals work well as the Valhalla of cross country, the NXN regionals would suggest a budget in excess of $2 million. From the high-quality streaming video provided by the team at Runnerspace, to the announcing of Paul Swangard, Ray Gonzalez, and Chris Derrick, plus course signage, food trucks, and security, the meet was top notch. Nike PR’s Noelle Nova and team provided an upgraded media work area and did their best to bring top finishers to media post-race. The boys’ race had fifteen athletes bidding for the individual crown, although between 10-11 , Casey Clinger, en route to defending his boys’ title, broke the race open, holding 7+ seconds over fast-closing Sam Worley. The top three boys teams were Bozeman, American Fork, and Brentwood, who overcame Davis for third. Brentwood took third over Davis, 163 to 180. Naperville came in at 181! Clinger was disappointed that his team hadn’t won (Bozeman was a bit of an upset), but he showed class and I appreciate that. Though I suspect he would have given up his first place individual title for his team to win. In second was the fast finisher, Sam Worley. In third, was junior Brodey Hasty, who told me post race, “I would have had to have a big lead to hold off Sam Worley—that guy has a huge kick!” While I was waiting for the results, I was fortunate to meet Maurica Powell, the U of O women’s head coach, who steered her team to a one-point win in the NCAA cross country championships. One of the reasons American distance running is doing so well is because of coaches like Andy and Maurica Powell—coaches who love their jobs and their athletes, and help direct them over the course of their careers. On Saturday, I saw Arkansas women’s coach Lance Harter and several other coach-

es, watching the finest teams in the country battle for XC dominance. Nike CEO Mark Parker seems to truly enjoy the Nike NXN. Most years, he gives the awards out. I believe it helps him center his company’s focus on running. Hanging with several hundred of the finest, most enthusiastic cross country runners in the country can’t help but remind you of the link between the DNA of the sport and the business. The close team battles mean that all seven athletes on a cross country team have the potential to make a difference. As I walked away from the meet, I was thinking about my friend, Johnny Truax, Nike

those who knew him. One of the photos that I think catches Prefontaine’s spirit shows him with his arm around John Ngeno, both laughing after a hard fought race. That’s the essence of our sport: those moments where we challenge each other and discover how similar we are, no matter where we were born. But back to Glendoveer Golf Course and the NXN. The sun and the mud made it a real cross country race. Slow, energy-sapping mud, was the equalizer. Big kicks mean little if you can’t be in the hunt. But the 2016 NXN will be remembered for the sun, and all that glorious mud.

Steve Prefontaine, who whispers from behind the trees to struggling runners: “Are you giving your best?” running geek supreme, who missed his first NXN during his move to Eugene for Nike. Johnny lives running (and hunting) every day of his life. Like me, Johnny searches the trees surrounding Glendoveer for the Oregon hoodie of the gray-haired Steve Prefontaine, who whispers from behind the trees to struggling runners: “Are you giving your best?” I like to think of Prefontaine during cross country season. His sense of wonder at the world—from his travel to his racing, to having fun with friends—never waned and with his untimely end, he never had the chance to experience all the world had to offer. Nor did we get to experience all Pre had to offer. Watching him race on YouTube videos doesn’t capture the bravado and joie de vivre of the man from Coos Bay. His fans have Tom Jordan’s book, Pre!, and memories shared by

The company initially known as Blue Ribbon Sports, almost became “Fourth Dimension.” Thank goodness, Jeff Johnson, living above a mortuary and shipping out early BRS shoes in embalming fluid boxes, had a hallucination/dream about the Greek goddess of victory, Nike. Those early days were dedicated to running and NXN reminds Nike just how special a cross country race on a golf course in Portland can be. As the company edges to that $50 billion business threshold, NXN is good for Nike’s soul. It whispers into the air at the Nike campus that running—yes, running—is the DNA of the Beaverton-based global sports giant. Nothing shows that more than a few hundred muddy cross country runners. Finish on empty, as the hashtag says.

2016 CA Automatic Team & Individual Qualifiers By Their NXN Finishes Boys Teams 6. Temecula XC Club 16. San Diego XC Club Girls Teams 2. Davis XC Club 3. Temecula XC Club Individual Boys 16. Cooper Teare (Alameda) 22. Liam Anderson (Larkspur) 23. Michael Vernau (Davis) 31. Evert Silva (Fresno) 122. Erik Gonzalez (Riverside) Individual Girls 25. Lauren Peurifoy (Riverside) 28. Glennis Murphy (Larkspur) 48. Sara Leonard (Anaheim) 50. Erika Adler (Irvine) 71. Elizabeth Chittenden (Manhattan Beach)

Replay of webcast: php?event_id=13&do=videos&video_ id=188589

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(l) Bozeman, American Fork, and Temecula, before the announcements; (r) the trophy table!

SHOE REVIEW by Cregg Weinmann

Trail Shoes Fall/Winter 2016 It has been said that every run is an adventure, and if that is true (and it is), then Trail running is an adventure multiplied. On the trail, our running skill can use a little help, which is why there’s an ever-increasing number of trail running shoes entering the market. Here’s our semi-annual look at shoes to get you over the trails: some for training, others for competitive efforts. This Fall we looked at 5 new models and 2 wholesale renovations (meaning that the shoes are almost like new models). Trails are each a bit different, and there are trail shoes to match each type. Your footwear needs and preferences factor into the equation as well. As we always say, it’s a good idea for your shoes to match the running you’ll be doing. Looking at your preference in road shoes can help you assess trail shoes: If you like protection on the roads, start with Responsive Trail shoes. If you prefer speedier Performance shoes on the road, then Performance Trail is the best place to begin. This review is only a starting point in your search for your best trail shoes. We recommend seeking out the assistance of a Specialty Running retailer whenever possible. Remember to check-in with for more updated shoes, and look for us on Facebook at Running Product Reviews, and on Twitter @shoes2run.

361º Santiago $120

The 361º Santiago is the latest shoe from this upstart brand to cross over to the trail, intended to mirror the success of its Neutral road shoes. The upper is closed mesh with no-sew, welded overlays supporting the forefoot, a brawny stitched saddle and toecap that also features a high-friction surface to fend off trail debris. Additional fused overlays create a full rand for more protection. The midsole features a top layer of cushy Qu!ckfoam over a single-density EVA layer. The outersole is carbon rubber, with lugs which manage both trail and road well, proving its hybrid nature. The comfortable fit, effective traction, and protective ride add up to a quality trail performer.  “Good fit with plenty of protection. Traction was equal to trail and road, with good durability to boot.” RESPONSIVE TRAIL Sizes: Men 8–12,13,14; Women 6–12 Weight: 11.9 oz. (men’s size 11); 9.5 oz. (women’s size 8) Shape: semi-curved Construction: Stobel slip-lasted Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics

Altra Lone Peak $120

The Lone Peak was Altra’s first Trail running shoe, and continues as its flagship trail shoe. The upper is a semi-open mesh with traditional overlays creating a full rand and providing shape, structure, and protection. Altra’s Footshaped® toe box accommodates a wide range of foot volumes. The Lone Peak facilitates the use of gaiters with a D-ring at the lace throat and a velcro strap called GaiterTrap™ that secure gaiters in position. The redesigned midsole has an A-bound layer over a newly sculpted EVA layer—a combination that offers cushioned comfort, a measure of protection, and decent durability just as fans of the shoe have come to expect from the Lone Peak. A rock plate called StoneGuard™ is sandwiched between the midsole and outersole adding a protective layer that’s great on even the rockiest trails. The outersole has a new configuration of hexagonally-shaped lugs from midfoot to the toes and a perimeter of beefy lugs to ensure grip in all conditions and on all surfaces, including the man-made variety. Runners interested in a rugged trail shoe with plenty of room in the toes and the low profile of zero-drop geometry need look no further. “Fits nice and snug in the heel, but really roomy in the toes. Plenty of traction. I have not run on any trails they can’t handle.” PERFORMANCE TRAIL Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15; Women 5–11,12 Weight: 10.3 oz. (men’s size 11); 8.3 oz. (women’s size 8) Shape: semi-curved Construction: Stobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics

Brooks Mazama $140

Named for an ancient volcano in Oregon, the new Brooks Mazama is synonymous with trail adventures. Though it’s the lightest Brooks trail shoe to date, it’s no lightweight when it comes to handling its share of rugged trails. The upper is semi-open mesh with 3D-printed overlays for structure and a thermoplastic toe bumper for protection. A stiffer, closed mesh forms a full rand for durability and an additional (slim) layer between you and the trail. The thin and flexible gussetted tongue seals the upper from trail debris. The midsole consists of two layers of foam; both are responsively firm. The top layer, in the forefoot and nearest the foot, allows good flexibility without feeling too stiff. The bottom layer sandwiches a propulsion plate, which works with the outersole for a snappy feel, and doubles as a rock shield. The outersole features a lug pattern that’s never been seen in a Brooks trail shoe. The forefoot features a network of spines running longitudinally and interspersed with toothy lugs. Open cavities between the lugs keep it light and the rock shield allows the negative space to create additional traction without losing the protection of a uniformly thick sole. The heel is solid rubber, but the forefoot and rearfoot flex independently in response to uneven ground. The Mazama has a snug, almost racer-like fit, a firm responsive ride, and great traction which earned it our award for Best Trail Shoe. “Nice fit; snug, but not too snug. Good flex and really digs in on the traction. They were my first choice for fast trail running.” PERFORMANCE TRAIL Sizes: Men 7–13,14; Women 5–12 Weight: 10.3 oz. (men’s size 11); 8.2 oz. (women’s size 8) Shape: semi-curved Construction: Stobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics


Fall/Winter 2016

HOKA ONE ONE Speed Instinct $140

The Speed Instinct is a new trail shoe in the HOKA ONE ONE line-up. Borrowing from the success of the Tracer, HOKA’s hybrid tempo/racing shoe, the Speed Instinct combines the more familiar HOKA midsole geometry with a quick-feeling trail runner. The upper is a closed minimesh, covered almost entirely in no-sew overlays, with little surface exposed in the rand. The only stitching is in the lace throat to support the flexing of the laces. The plush ankle collar conforms well to the foot. The midsole is soft in the heel, to cushion touch-down, and firm in the forefoot for a more powerful toe-off. The resulting ride is resilient, responsive and durable. The outersole is lugged with a perimeter of tough rubber and is open through the center in diamond-shaped slots that allow the sole to compress and conform to the trail. The Speed Instinct is right on target with excellent traction, adaptable cushioning, and a consistent fit for trail running at all speeds. “Fit close; felt snug and fast. The midsole’s foam was quite cushy and protective. Surefooted on the trail.” PERFORMANCE TRAIL Sizes: Men 7–13,14; Women 5–11 Weight: 10.7 oz. (men’s size 11); 8.6 oz. (women’s size 8) Shape: semi-curved Construction: Stobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics

New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi $95

By offering a little something for everybody, New Balance has carved out a niche in the trail running category. The Gobi is the first Fresh Foam trail shoe, merging two logical New Balance strengths. The upper is an engineered mesh with no-sew overlays and the requisite Toe-Protect™ for toe protection that’s up to the job. It features dependable support, a complete rand, a solid heel counter, and a no-sew saddle/stitched eyestay design that never lets you forget that the shoe is firmly and comfortably secured to your foot. The midsole is low-profile Fresh Foam so the shoe performs equally well on roads and trails. The full-length rubber outersole, AT TREAD by name, features hexagonal lugs that negotiate traction on both trail and road. With its versatility, smooth ride, and value, the Fresh Foam Gobi Trail is very hard to beat. “A treat to put on. Plenty of room up front and anchors the heel. Decent cushioning on the road combined with a good bite from the tread. Sort of a ‘best of both worlds.’” PERFORMANCE TRAIL Sizes: Men 7–13,14, 15 D, 2E; Women 5–11,12 B,D Weight: 10.3 oz. (men’s size 11); 8.1 oz. (women’s size 8) Shape: semi-curved Construction: Stobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics

Salewa Lite Train $129

Salewa has a long history in outdoor products and footwear, but it’s new to trail running. The Lite Train marks its first attempt in the category and is a surprisingly well-done and versatile trail running shoe. The upper is closed mesh with fused overlays that create a partial rand over most of the fore- and mid-foot. The eyestay and ankle collar are supported by 3F, rubbery injected elements with prominent 3D surfaces that protect from rugged trails and help to secure the foot within the shoe. The midsole is low-profile, single-density EVA. Firm and responsive, it’s best suited to softer trails— though nimble and protective—especially for more competitive efforts. The outersole is covered with randomly-oriented, Z-shaped angular treads in a sticky rubber compound courtesy of a partnership with Michelin. This outersole is best off-road, though tough enough to run to the trailhead from the car, if that’s your habit. The light weight, good traction, and low-profile geometry combine to make the Lite Train a good choice for technical trail running. “Good snug, secure fit. Nice flex, light feel, good traction. That’s all I need in a trail shoe.” PERFORMANCE TRAIL Sizes: Men 7–12,13; Women 6–10,11 Weight: 10.1 oz. (men’s size 11); 7.4 oz. (women’s size 8) Shape: semi-curved Construction: Stobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics

Saucony Xodus ISO $130

The Xodus has been the flagship of Saucony’s trail line, and has just received a complete overhaul to highlight its new approach to the category. The upper is a closed, engineered mesh with no-sew overlays, and now uses the ISO fit system long seen on Saucony’s high-end road models. A TPU heel counter adds protection and anchors the full rand, with a bit of forefoot support from the midsole sidewall. A no-sew toe bumper called Toe Shell, shapes and protects the toe, raising the upper material over the toes for a bit of extra volume. The midsole features EveRun foam that enhances the cushioning here just as it has across its entire running line. The newly designed outersole is a herringbone-shaped tread, angled to best handle the trail. The full-contact bottom adds effective stability to go along with the grip. The Xodus ISO is a full-featured trail SUV, with traction, good protection, and an adaptable fit. “Built like a tank, but not clunky. Plenty of toe room, but secure in the midfoot. The tread has a great grip on the trail, but is also smooth on the road. This one is a keeper.” RESPONSIVE TRAIL Sizes: Men 7–13,14; Women 5–11,12 Weight: 11.9 oz. (men’s size 11); 9.2 oz. (women’s size 8) Shape: semi-curved Construction: Stobel slip-lasted, TPU Strobel board Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics to mild pronation

Cregg Weinmann is footwear and running products reviewer for FORTIUS Media Group, LLC. He can be reached via email at Copyright © 2016 by FORTIUS Media Group, LLC. All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be stored, copied, or reprinted without prior written permission of FORTIUS Media Group, LLC. Reprinted here with permission.

Top 10 Shoes 2016


FORTIUS Media Group, LLC and Cregg Weinmann, the Running Network’s footwear and apparel editor since 1998, have teamed up to bring our readers Cregg’s picks for the top ten shoes of 2016. He’s included a variety of shoe types, brands, and prices. Full reviews can be found at the links provided. Take a look!

Nike LunarGlide 8 – $120 Though a bit tardy to the latest midsole party—repurposing polyurethane—Nike shot to the head of the class with the LunarGlide 8. The Lunarlon name is familiar, but the performance of this polyurethane version shines brighter than its predecessors, going toe to toe with the best in the marketplace. training/2016-fall-training/911-nike-lunarglide-8-120

On CloudFlyer – $160 The CloudFlyer is a current high point in On’s development as a serious contender in the running shoe wars. It shows a commitment to push a technological advancement to better performance, and to do it well. Where it goes from here should be an impressive show. 2016-spring-shoe-review/805-oncloud-flyer-160

by Cregg Weinmann


2 (Tie) New Balance Vazee Pace 2– $110

The New Balance Vazee Pace 2 and the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 were shoulder to shoulder in the Running Network’s Fall Shoe Review, the runner’s version of Yin and Yang. The Vazee has a lively fast feel; the Zealot is more protective. The Zealot is tenths of an ounce lighter; the Vazee is tough enough for long runs. Each had strengths in the other’s wheelhouse, but each is complete in its own right. So here they remain, locked in a tie, and a great team if one is looking for a couple pairs of versatile shoes for faster paces.

(Tie) Saucony Zealot ISO 2 – $130 training/2016-fall-training/909-new-balance-vazee-pace-2-110


Top 10 Shoes 2016


Brooks Mazama – $140


Brooks Hyperion – $130

The Performance Trail category is filled with fast trail shoes equipped to balance the demand for both speed and traction. The Mazama mastered this with a clever use of lugs and negative space, a thin rockplate for protection, and a light but substantial upper.

The first new racer from Brooks since the Green Silence in 2010, the Hyperion replaces the T7 racer, a series that lasted a decade and a half. The Hyperion isn’t just special, it’s really special: lightweight, protective, supportive, and with the geometry to move fast. 2016-spring--summer-racers/833-brooks-hyperion-130


Nike Zoom Streak 6 – $100

Released in time for the Rio Olympics, and to the elite athletes just in time to make that team, the Zoom Streak 6 shows the result of the ingenuity that comes with Nike’s resources. It’s ultralight materials protect and perform just as well as much heavier solutions. racing/2016-spring--summer-racers/867-nike-air-zoom-streak-6-100


adidas Vengeful Boost – $110

There’s no doubt that adidas is rejuvenated in the running category, thanks to its Boost foam. The Vengeful Boost is a result of its “green light to shoot while you have the hot hand” attitude. It’s working and runners reap the benefits with durable, responsive shoes that perform great.


Under Armour Bandit XC – $110

A XC shoe has to be really good to make a best of the year list, and the Under Armour Bandit XC is that good. Between its protective TPU forefoot plate and the mud-shedding ankle-high upper, its performance serves cross country runners of any speed, from the tape-breakers to the middle-of-the-packers. cross-country/2016-cross-country/890-under-armour-bandit-xc-110spikespikeless


ASICS Dynaflyte – $140

The Dynaflyte was ASICS’ first new traditional performance shoe since the complete overhaul of the GEL-Lyte in 2012. It’s light to the point of almost disappearing on your foot and the new foam delivers durability and performance that’s noteworthy enough for it to anchor this list. 2016-fall-training/906-asics-dynaflyte-140

* For more information on all top 10 shoes of 2016 and many others, go to *


sports nutrition

by Nancy Clark, MS RD CSSD

News from AND

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) is the nation’s largest group of registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs). This year, over 12,000 RDNs convened in Boston (Oct. 15–18, 2016) to learn the latest food & nutrition news. Here’s a taste of some of topics that were discussed and might be of interest to hungry runners. Weight Management • If you want to lose weight, should you count calories? While learning about calories can be helpful, an alternative and equally effective weight loss method can be to choose primarily wholesome foods. Research subjects who curbed their intake of processed food, refined grains, and foods with added sugar simultaneously reduced their intake of calories. They lost the same amount of weight as the calorie-counting dieters.

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• A survey of ~1,600 college students suggests those with higher stress reported having fewer healthy behaviors than their less-stressed peers. The five healthy lifestyle behaviors they measured included: eating a healthy diet, not smoking or binge drinking, having a healthy BMI, and being physically active. In general, the females had more healthy behaviors than the males unless they were stressed. Thank goodness running is an excellent way to relieve stress! Sports Diets • Many parents offer their budding athletes nutrient-poor recovery snacks after, let’s say, a youth fun run or a T-ball game. Is it counterproductive to encourage kids to exercise for fun and fitness, and then enable them to eat for bad health? Offering sports snacks that are both yummy and healthy gives a consistent message. Apple and peanut butter? Yogurt and granola? Grapes and cheese?

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•Some soldiers, like some runners, are more fit than others. Results from an Army Physical Fitness Test indicated that soldiers with the highest fitness test scores made

healthier food choices than those who got lower scores. The fittest soldiers consumed more fiber and whole grains, and fewer fatty foods and refined grains. The top performers reported their food choices helped them feel energized all day (50% vs. 32% of the soldiers with lower fitness scores), be sharp mentally (45% vs. 35%), have improved response to stress (40% vs. 29%) and sustain fewer injuries (37% vs. 21%). They reported that good nutrition played a role in their ability to perform well. Tip: If you want to improve your diet and your running performance, consider consulting with a sports nutritionist who is an RDN. The referral network at can help you find a local nutrition expert. Eating Disorders and Athletes •What predisposes some women to developing an eating disorder? In a survey of women with eating disorders (12 athletes, 17 non-athletes), predisposing factors shared by 75% of the women included: low self worth, poor body image, and issues with peers. Additional predisposing factors included depression and anxiety. Among the athletes, getting injured triggered disordered eating behaviors. Tip: If you are an injured runner who has big fears about “getting fat” because you are doing less exercise, you’ll benefit from seeking guidance from a sports nutritionist ( • Perfectionism is a trait that contributes to high levels of achievement, but it can also lead to the pursuit of a perfect, but biologically unrealistic, body type. Among dancers, many of whom are perfectionists, eating disorders are prevalent. (Same goes for runners!) A survey of 245 dancers from one collegiate dance program and four professional dance companies suggests both collegiate and professional dancers scored similarly on tests that diagnose eating disorders. Danc-

ers with eating disorders reported more anger, depression, and physical discomfort. If only they had gotten help in college (or earlier), they might have been able to enjoy better quality of life as a professional. Tip: This same advice applies to all athletes—runners included—who struggle with food, weight and body image. The sooner you get help, the quicker you’ll be able to recover. And yes, you can eat well and still remain lean. Food Marketing • Food packaging has a big impact on food purchases. A survey of 6-year-old kids indicates packaging influenced their food choices 9 of 12 times. Fifty-eight percent of parents reported they purchased what their child wanted. Yikes, healthy foods need better packaging! • Color-coded food cues are often used to guide healthy food selection. Researchers taught college students about foods that are Go (green), Slow (yellow) or Whoa (red). They placed signs on snack vending machines and created a food marketing campaign via Intranet, email, and posters. Two months after the campaign ended, food purchasing records indicated the students chose better quality snacks. Marketing healthy foods has benefits. We just need more healthy eating campaigns … • As part of a marketing research study, Dunkin Donuts employees asked the customers who ordered a latte, “Would you like to make that a lite latte?” With

this nutrition nudge, sales for lite lattes increased from 19% to 52% during the 10–day experiment. In the 20 days afterwards (with no prompting), sales of lite lattes dropped by only 1%. If this choice were to be maintained on a daily basis, the consumer could save 60 calories per drink, for a total of 4,550 calories per year. This would potentially eliminate the yearly pound or two of weight gain experiences by most Americans. Small changes can make a big difference! • Does adding calorie information to a menu alter food choices? Yes, if you pay attention to the information. Students who were instructed to make meals from food photos created lower calorie meals when the photos included calorie information. There’s hope that calorie info in restaurant chains will help curb weight gain. • If you have ever wished that ice cream could come in healthy-enhancing flavors, stay tuned. Raspberry-beet ice cream might be on the horizon! Sports nutritionist Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD has a private practice in the Boston, MA area (Newton; 617-795-1875), where she helps both fitness exercisers and competitive athletes create winning food plans. Her best-selling Sports Nutrition Guidebook, and food guides for marathoners are available at Visit www.NutritionSportsExerciseCEU. com for information on upcoming workshops.

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California Track and Running News - Winter 2016  

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California Track and Running News - Winter 2016  

California Track and Running News - Winter 2016