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ARIANA WASHINGTON (Long Beach Poly) is off to a great track & field season, posting a 23.50 200m to finish 2nd at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York in early March.

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marathon training. Use it (the half) to experiment: for example going out at a hard pace and seeing how long you can keep it up. Or see if you can run exactly even splits for the half, or even go for negative splits. Learn what you can or can’t do. The point is that every workout should have a purpose, even if it’s just to recover from a hard workout the day before. Make a plan for each workout and each race. Then execute your plan. Q: Any other advice?

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in this issue Maurizio Crispi

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With a total of 144 miles, Suzanna Bon (#100) finished second American and 5th overall at the World Champs in Poland. At the PA LDR Banquet, she claimed PA Ultrarunner of the Year honors. Story on p. 25.

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On Mar. 12, my sophomore cross country coach, Jim Marheinecke, died in a small town in Missouri. Jim had coached me when I was a freshman and sophomore at DeSmet Jesuit High School in the early 1970s in Creve Coeur, MO. Jim encouraged the teenage boys under his care to train hard, challenge their preconceived notions, and work together. He developed state champions at a school that, at the time, did not have a track. He had a good sense of humor, joined us on training runs, and earned our respect. Jim ran 60–70 miles a week with the top guys, but also would run with me on the mile loop that surrounded the school. Why did Jim affect me and others so much? His quiet demeanor translated, to me, as: “I respect you; respect yourself.” One day, when I was dejected about my training, he took me aside and told me to push on, assuring me that one day I would reach my goals. He was right: I ran faster than I ever would have imagined. Though I moved to California in 1974, we kept in contact, most recently speaking this winter about his battle with cancer. Besides my father, Jim was the man who taught me the most life lessons. Twenty one years ago at the St. Francis Invitational in Mountain View, I met his nephew, who’s now one of the track coaches at Serra High School. And so another generation of young athletes benefits from the Marheinecke approach. There are tremendous little miracles pening every day in our sport. The men and women who coach high school, junior college, Twitter handle: @caltrackrn and college track athletes are doing something that stands in contrast to pressures often countered in society today. Running—athletics—is about looking inside onesself, taking the time to develop and challenge one’s limits, ethically. Great coaches know that. I hope to see you at the Payton Jordan Invitational and at some races this summer. In the meantime, take a few moments on your next run to consider the people who influenced you. And perhaps even take the next step and thank them. It’s the right thing to do. California Track & Running News (ISDN #10986472), incorporating Pacific Athlete, is the official publication for the four USA Track & Field associations in California and Northern Nevada. It is produced, published, and owned by Shooting Star Media, P.O. Box 67, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538. All ad materials and insertion orders should be sent to Shooting Star Media at the above address. Publisher assumes no liability for matter printed. Publisher assumes no responsibility or liability for content of paid advertising and reserves the right to reject paid advertising. Publisher expects that all claims by advertisers can be substantiated and that all guarantees will be honored. Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Publisher. Copyright © 2013 by Shooting Star Media. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission of the Publisher. California Track & Running News is solely owned by Shooting Star Media.

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President’s Message

The Pacific Association is happiest when we provide venues locally to our members. Our board of athletics is constantly searching for events that we can host, as it’s one way for our association to generate income (or break even). The profits from these national venues, such as the Junior Olympics and the Olympic Trials, have been invested and that investment, over time, enables us to make grants to the PA Foundation. The PA Foundation is almost finished with its operating procedures, budget, and plans. The Foundation has its own board of directors and separate non-profit status. In a nutshell, the Foundation’s purpose is to provide grants to PA members. These grants may go to athletes, officials, or clubs. The Pacific Association made the first donation to the foundation. Soon, Pacific Association members will have the opportunity to donate, too. When its website is launched, we’ll announce it on

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Donner Pass to Lassen Nat'l Park Saturday - Sunday August 24 - 25, 2013 Benefiting

Last year, the PA Open and Masters Track & Field Championships were held simultaneously at the College of San Mateo. This year, CSM is unavailable, so these events will be held separately. The PA Open Track & Field Championship will held at San Jose City College on Sun., May 26 (Memorial Day weekend). The PA Masters Track & Field Champs will be held on Sat., June 8 at Chabot College. For the LDR group, the Marin Memorial 10K will be held on Mon., May 27, so you have an additional opportunity to compete! I’ve seen athletes compete in the track championship as a warm-up to their 10K. I don’t know if this is crazy or smart! Meanwhile, John Rembao, Tim Wason, and I will be planning the 2015 Cross Country Club National Championships. If you have any ideas for sponsorship, donations, or equipment, please let us know. You all have my email address ( The largest responsibility is hosting the post-race awards party and providing T-shirts. Entry fees go mainly to the required $30,000 prize money for the championship and some operating expenses. The Pacific Association recognizes outstanding contributions with annual awards in three categories: 1) Tom Moore Award recognizes outstanding lifelong achievement and service to track & field and the Pacific Association; 2) Hall of Fame Award is awarded for outstanding accomplishments, either as an athlete or for contributions on a supporting sport committee or both, and: 3) Service Awards are chair and committee awards to our sports and activities, such as membership development, LDR, disabled, officiating, and administrators. You may submit nominations for any of these awards by the end of April. Visit for the form and send it to Leroy Milam, PA Awards chair. This association is large and we need you to zoom in on recognizing volunteers. Presentation of these awards will occur at our May 21 meeting in Sacramento. Help us give recognition where the recognition is due! You have a voice in the Pacific Association. Nearly four years have gone by since I first wrote to you as your president. I’m at the end of my 2-term limit, so the next time you read this President’s Message, someone else will be at the helm. I won’t be disappearing, though. I’ll continue to volunteer and take leadership positions to help guide our sport. And you’ll still see me racing in LDR and maybe competing in some track, as well as officiating and managing. n continued on page 25

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Southern California USATF member ERIKA AKLUFI (The Janes Elite Women’s Running Team) set a course record in finishing first woman overall at the Brea 8K in February. See story on page 28.

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Statewide Event Listings 4/5–7—San Luis Obispo Marathon, Half, & 5K All our races are on routes that will take you through an authentic coastal California town, challenge your will, and inspire you to achieve more. The Marathon + Half benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

disclaimer Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided. However, the publisher is not responsible for errors, omissions, or changes made after publication. You can save yourself time, money, and frustration by preregistering for events (especially before making any travel plans). You may wish to confirm by telephone with organizers the date, time, and location just prior to the event. listing your event For $75, your listing will be in print and online through the event date. Changes may be made at anytime at no additional charge. If you purchase advertising space, a listing is included in the cost. Contact Dave Parham at dparham@runningrace An up-to-date version of these listings is online at ©2013 Shooting Star Media. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in any form is prohibited without consent of the publisher.

Sun., 4/21 Napa Valley Silverado Half & 5K This exciting road race starts and finishes in the heart of Calistoga, at the north end of scenic Napa Valley. The course follows the Silverado Trail (a paved roadway) to the turnaround just before Pickett Rd. for the 5K and at Crystal Springs Rd. for the half marathon. The course is flat and fast with only two minor hills. The entire route is surrounded by vineyards and wineries with great vistas of the surrounding mountain ranges, including Mt. St. Helena and the picturesque Palisades. The beautiful spring weather and wildflowers are a sure treat this time of year. Sat., 5/4 Los Vaqueros Wildflower Run 10K Livermore Los Vaqueros Wildflower Run is a 10K trail run at the beautiful Los Vaqueros watershed, located near Livermore. This is the fourth time the race has been held, returning after a 2-year hiatus. The course will be altered slightly from the past due to changes in the trail. Registration is limited to 100 runners.

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Sun., 5/5 Pacific THERx 5K4Play, Portola Valley Celebrate the importance of fitness and the value of play at the Pacific THERx 5K4Play, benefitting Playworks Silicon Valley. Run 5K or walk 2K at 8 am on our beautiful out-and-back course. Trained Playworks staff will provide playground activities during the run for all kids with a racing parent. Part of PA/USATF and Palo Alto Grand Prix series. Join in!

Sat., 5/18 Weed Run for Schools, Weed Weed Run for Schools incorporates a half marathon, 10K, and 5K run/walk to promote the Weed business community, the surrounding area, and Weed High School. Both the 5K and 10K courses wind through the scenic cross county trail surrounding the high school. The half marathon starts north of Weed in the beautiful Shasta Valley, ending at Weed HS. Cost is $25 (5K), $35 (10K), and $50 (half marathon). Proceeds go to fund off-campus experiences for our students, like college field trips and career exploration. Sat., 5/18 Contra Costa Kops for Kids Run/Walk/Wheelchair Races, Concord Held at the Willow Shopping Center in Concord the race includes a 1-mile, 5K, and 10K. Registration will take place from 6:45–7:45 am. The race begins at 8 am. This year the event will feature a live band, East Bay’s own M.T. Kace. The race is being held on Armed Forces Day and the last day of National Police Week. All proceeds will benefit Contra Costa Kops for Kids. Visit or call 925.827.1998 for further info and registration. Sun., 5/19 Windsor Green Half, Windsor This is the first event in a three-race series called Three Half Marathons in Northern California Wine Country. The other two are the Aug. 11 Water To Wine Half in August and the Healdsburg Half in October. Complete all three events and receive a custom label bottle of wine with events on the label. Sun., 5/26 Vista Strawberry Festival Run San Diego Come join us for our 4th annual run. We have a 10K, 5K, and kids’ runs. All runners receive a performance T-shirt, custom medal, fresh fruit at the finish line, fun goodies bag, and free craft beer (age 21+). This event is chip-timed for the 10K & 5K. And you have never seen an expo like the Strawberry Festival: more than 250 vendors, 11 different contests throughout the day, live music, great food, flash mobs, carnival rides, and much, much more! This is San Diego’s Sweetest Event! Join us for a “berry” fun time! More info at or Sun., 5/26 Strawberry Stampede, Arroyo Grande The Strawberry Stampede 10K Run, 5K Run, & 5K Walk is held in conjunction with the Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival on Sunday of the Memorial Day weekend. All races begin at 8 am.

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Refreshments and awards immediately following the races. 5/31–6/1 Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay, Reno, NV The Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay Run Adventure is ideally suited for teams of 12 runners on a 178-mile course. Teams start in Downtown Reno next to the Truckee River, travel through the Sierra Nevada mountains and along the shores of Lake Tahoe and then circles through the high desert of Northern Nevada before finishing back in Reno. A new addition to the relay this year is the RTO One. The RTO One is a one-day, 12-leg relay for teams of 4 and 6. It takes place on the final portion of the full Odyssey course and ends at the Finish Line Festival in Reno. Sun., 6/2—Lake Chabot Trail Challenge Half Marathon & 5K, Castro Valley 30th annual race at Lake Chabot Regional Park includes t-shirt, post-race refreshments, & raffle. Half marathon course is mostly on dirt fire trails and is very hilly and challenging. 5K course is on asphalt from the marina to the dam and back. Also hilly and challenging. 8am start. Pre-Reg Cost: $25 (5K) & $40 (Half). Race Day: $30 & $45. Sun., 7/14 Do the Double, Marin See below.

called Three Half Marathons in Northern California Wine Country. Complete all and receive a custom label bottle of wine with three events on the label. Sat.-Sun., 8/24-25 Sierra Nevada Relay, Donner Pass to Lassen Nat’l Park Sun., 10/20 Healdsburg Half Marathon This is the final event in a 3-race series called Three Half Marathons in Northern California Wine Country. Complete all and receive a custom label bottle of wine with three events on the label. Sun., 10/20 Humboldt Redwoods Marathon, Half & 5K, Humboldt Redwoods State Park 35th annual race presented by Six Rivers Running Club. Avenue of the Giants is paved, shaded, and fast. Certified and sanctioned Boston qualifier. As the PA/USATF Half Marathon Championship in all divisions it has $2900 in prize money for PA/USATF members only. Beautiful commemorative awards in all races and race t-shirts with original wildlife art. 9 am. n

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Up for a New Challenge? Try the Double Road Race® By David Prokop, Best Road Races Editor

California Double Road Race Events Marin—Sun., 7/14 Redwood City—Sun., 8/18 San Juan Bautista—Sat., 9/28 San Francisco—Sat., 11/23 Pleasanton—Sun., 12/22

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Marathon great Bill Rodgers has said, “Folks will enjoy this race more when they consider it a strategy event—with different options available to all runners.” He’s talking about the Double Road Race® (Double for short). Not simply two races run within a short time span, the essence of the Double and its inherent challenge can best be summed up this way: How do I pace myself through a 10K, then a 5K (which starts 105 minutes after the start of the 10K) to register my best combined time? Because combined time is the only thing that counts, not who won either leg, it’s possible to win the Double without winning either the 10- or 5K. An integral part of the Double Road Race® is the Halftime featuring the Recovery Zone. While competitors can do whatever they want during the time between the finish of the 10K and the start of the 5K, a formal Recovery Zone is provided where competitors can get everything from nutrition and hydration to massage, exercise equipment (to help you stay loose) and various other forms of physical therapy. The Recovery Zone also serves as a social environment for competitors to meet and greet fellow runners and compare race strategies and experiences. The first official Double Road Race® was held in Pleasanton on Dec. 23. Are YOU ready for something new and uniquely challenging? Try running a Double in your area. Who knows? You might be very good at it.


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he minimalist craze that began several years ago has worked its way through the entire running footwear industry. In the absence of industry standards, brands have developed competing definitions of minimal, as runners and retailers watch with fascination. This minimalist groundswell has resulted in entirely new brands, brands new to running, and the revitalization of several companies that, by all appearances, were defunct. No major running brand remains untouched by this new category.


Over the last several years, the Running Network has looked at Minimal shoes as a distinct category, and we reviewed them separately. However, the shoes we looked at and tested for this cross-category review made it clear that the minimalist philosophy now influences all running shoe design. Half the shoes in this review are Performance shoes, more than in any previous review. Lighter materials and the focus on geometry have redefined what constitutes a Performance shoe. Light weight used to be the primary distinction of Performance shoes. Now it’s actually the shape of the midsole that’s more important, as real performance comes from efficient biomechanics. The shoes with the best shape encourage better running form. Heel-to-toe drop—the difference between the height of the heel relative to that of the toe—has also become an important design consideration because of the efficiency of running in a lower profile shoe. One more characteristic of Performance shoes is the stack height: the amount of foam between the foot and the ground. It significantly determines comfort in Performance (and Minimal) shoes. This trend toward the minimal has affected even the heavier Motion Stabilizing and Neutral shoe categories. Most of these shoes have trimmed down, focusing on achieving their original functions with less bulk. Christopher McDougal’s 2009 book, Born to Run, was a catalyst of this Minimalist trend, but its vigorous growth continues because runners are enjoying less. Oh, they aren’t enjoying running less—they’re enjoying the feel of less on their feet. It’s a new take on the old adage, Less Is More. —Cregg Weinmann, Running Network Footwear Reviewer

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Cregg Weinmann has been the Running Network’s footwear reviewer since 1998. His reviews have evolved from biannual reviews—Spring and Fall—to additional two-page reviews on specific categories such as Minimalist, Road Racers, Track & Field, Trail, Best Shoes Under $85, and Kids’ Shoes. I’m amazed how well the projects come together. The team we have—Kristen Cerer and Alex Larsen in design, Marg Sumner as proofreader, Cregg as footwear reviewer—helmed by project coordinator/editor Christine Johnson, has found a way to share an immense amount of information in an easy-to-read format. In the end, content is king. The Running Network’s Shoe Reviews and features provide access to our carefully researched information on running footwear to more than 4 million readers via print, the Web, digital and mobile formats, and social media (FB and Twitter). Where is running footwear going? Here, Weinmann and researchers like Simon Bartold and Jack Daniels are in agreement: Lightweight will not be going away. Minimalism is a great tool—really, training equipment—to improve your running experience and performance. At the end of the day, the Running Network’s Shoe Reviews and features, along with our partners’ magazines, websites, and social media, are here for just one reason: to enhance your running experience and relationship with your local running community. So take a run, cool down, and then enjoy reading our 2013 Spring Shoe Review, and continue your quest for the perfect running shoe for you!

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As ASICS’ flagship shoe for plush stability, the Gel-Kayano continues to set the bar high for this category. Now sleeker and lighter weight, Round 19 is worthy of the attention it will surely attract. The upper features an almost tailored fit, as ASICS continues to dial in its well-established technologies of separated Discrete eyelets and Bio-Fit stretch inserts. The shoe supports and moves with the foot better than ever. The upper trades the previous open mesh for a closed mesh and welded overlays, giving the shoe a more unified feel. The midsole features the same basic profile but is more rounded, as has been adopted by other shoes in ASICS’ line. The generous Gel pad has been reshaped and the Dynamic DuoMax—a stabilizing medial support—effectively curbs overpronation. The outersole is AHAR in the heel with DuraSponge rubber, ASICS’ proven rubber compound, in the forefoot. With its combination of fit, stability, and stylish performance, the Gel-Kayano 19 earned our award for Best Shoe in the Motion Stabilizing category. “Fit just right; stable and secure. Plenty of cushion. What’s not to like? The Kayano is predictable and effective.” Sizes: Men 6–14,15,16 (D), 8–14,15,16 (2E,4E); Women 5–12 (B,D) • Weight: 11.3 oz. (men’s size 11); 9.4 oz. (women’s size 8) • Shape: semi-curved • Construction: combination Strobel lasted, Solyte Strobel board (heel) • Recommended for: low- to medium–higharched feet with mild to moderate overpronation




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Brooks’ go-to shoe has risen to the level of industry icon. The Adrenaline is evidence of Brooks’ commitment to consistency: Round 13 maintains what works. The upper has undergone a shift to a smaller mesh, and the details—welded forefoot overlays and a series of adjustable eyelets that improve the midfoot fit of the shoe—have been fine tuned, resulting in a more refined fit. In the midsole, there have been some minor adjustments to the look of the sidewall molding, but the crashpad and medial support remain essentially unchanged. The outersole still has its proven configuration of HPR carbon rubber in the heel and Flextra, a blown rubber compound, in the forefoot. By offering a substantial array of features and holding the price steady, Brooks has made the Adrenaline an even better value. And that’s good news for loyal Adrenaline fans and an invitation to potential fans.

200,3 #6'//# < Overshadowed by its flashier siblings, the plush Trance and the bestselling Adrenaline, the Ravenna is often seen as Brooks’ workhorse stability shoe. However, runners who give it a try will discover that it delivers real performance. The upper features slight modifications: a round mesh similar to that in the 3; a small, reworked saddle in the midfoot to lock the foot down over the midsole; and an enhanced, hinge-like articulation in the eyestay that flexes as the foot bends. The BioMogo midsole has Brooks’ DNA cushioning insert in both the heel and forefoot to attenuate the foot’s impact through the gait cycle. The outersole is the simple and proven HPR-and-Flextra-carbon/blown rubber combination for durability, yet it softens the ride. The Ravenna’s light weight is a plus, but stability is its strength.

“They hugged my foot very nicely. The cushioning was more responsive than plush, but they were protective. The stability is what the Adrenaline is all about.” Sizes: Men: 7–13,14,15; Women: 5–12,13 • Weight: 11.5 oz. (men’s size 11); 9.5 oz. (women’s size 8) • Shape: semicurved • Construction: combination Strobel lasted, S257 Strobel board (forefoot) • Recommended for: low- to medium–high-arched feet with mild to moderate overpronation

“Great fit and light as a feather. I was impressed by the comfort. The Ravenna is very balanced and secure. I could not expect more.” Sizes: Men: 7–13,14,15; Women: 5–12,13 • Weight: 11.1 oz. (men’s size 11); 9.2 oz. (women’s size 8) • Shape: semicurved • Construction: Strobel slip lasted, S257 Strobel board • Recommended for: low- to medium–high-arched feet with mild to moderate overpronation

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The Hurricane is Saucony’s most reliable motion stabilizing shoe and, with Round 14, was the first of its mainline models to feature the lowered geometry of an 8-millimeter heel-to-toe drop. Here, it keeps that geometry and its efficient heel-to-toe transition. Also retained in the upper are the Sauc-fit insert and flat laces to secure the foot, a similar breathable mesh, and reflective accents. The midsole is PowerGrid, a foam formulation that’s responsive and resilient, and offers a firm ride and good durability. The outersole is XT-900 carbon rubber in the heel, with iBR+, a formulation of injected rubber, in the forefoot for good durability with the cushioning of blown rubber. The result is a durable shoe that can handle the miles and the long, hard road. “Perfect fit, and stable. Lots of bounce and great support. The Hurricane was an outstanding shoe for me.” Sizes: Men: 7–13,14,15,16 (B,D,2E,4E); Women: 5–12 (2A,B,D,2E) • Weight: 10.4 oz. (men’s size 11); 8.3 oz. (women’s size 8) • Shape: semi-curved • Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board • Recommended for: low- to medium–high-arched feet with mild to moderate overpronation



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Mizuno has earned its reputation for providing comfort and performance due to shoes like the Inspire. Round 9 provides all that with a bit of added oomph. The upper is a new, closed mesh that improves support and breathability, and it’s enhanced by no-sew overlays, so the fit remains familiar though a bit more supportive. The midsole is AP+ foam, and the asymmetrical Wave plate inhibits overpronation. This configuration always has been a good combination, but testers seemed even more aware of its performance in this round. The outersole of X-10 rubber provides traction and durability, and the hinge-like Smooth-Ride sole design provides a smooth transition through ground contact. The result is a stable, responsive shoe that delivers high-mileage performance. “Good fit right from the box; very stable and secure feeling. Good cushioning and stability. The Inspire has been consistently well done.” Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15,16 (D,2E); Women: 6–12 (2A,D) • Weight: 10.4 oz. (men’s size 11); 8.3 oz. (women’s size 8) • Shape: semi-curved • Construction: Strobel slip-lasted • Recommended for: low- to medium–high-arched feet with mild to moderate overpronation

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The Gel-Excel, ASICS’ flagship shoe of the 33 series, has undergone its first update, and Round 2 introduces a new approach to the geometry of the series, Fluid Axis, which debuts in two shoes this season. The upper has been dialed in to provide just enough structure to line up the foot over the midsole, particularly in the heel, while the no-sew overlays provide security. The midsole is composed of Solyte foam topped by SpEVA, and features Fluid Axis geometry, which allows flexibility in two planes under the heel. Here, it’s firmer than the version in the Gel-Lyte 33 2, so it offers a different and more supportive ride. The outersole is spare, though there’s more of it here than on the Gel-Lyte. It’s enough to contribute a touch of structure and a bit of cushion where the rubber is bonded to the midsole. The net effect is a lightweight, mid-mileage shoe for faster running or daily training for efficient runners who are speedy and lightweight themselves. “They fit very nicely and are comfortable from beginning to the end of the run. They have lots of cushioning, though the heel is noticeably less bouncy than the forefoot.” Updates the ASICS Gel-Excel 33 • Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15; Women 6–13 • Weight: 10.3 oz. (men’s size 11); 8.6 oz. (women’s size 8) • Shape: semi-curved • Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, Solyte Strobel board • Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics

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The roots of this shoe reach way back, and Gel-Lyte is a welcome addition to ASICS’ 33 series. Round 1 had significant strengths, but its upper had a few issues. Round 2 addresses those and also debuts Fluid Axis, ASICS’ new midsole geometry designed to work efficiently with the foot’s motion. The upper has been completely redesigned, with a minimesh and synthetic overlays but no additional structure. The midsole is Solyte foam with flex grooves beneath the heel’s main joint (one of 33 joints in each foot) to allow its movement without excessive hindrance. Some weartesters found this movement uncomfortable, though it may just take getting used to. The outersole is a minimal carbon rubber/blown rubber setup only in the highestwear areas to allow the foot to take advantage of the Fluid Axis system. The result is a shoe for faster running that will make your feet stronger, though you may need some time to adapt to it, and it may not be a shoe you can wear every day. “Felt like my feet were in moccasins. ... The shoe feels good to run in. I always felt like my feet were landing properly, but they were a little tiring to get used to. Not super durable, but they are useful for my faster runs.” Updates the Gel-Lyte 33 • Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15; Women 6–13 • Weight: 9.2 oz. (men’s size 11); 7.7 oz. (women’s size 8) • Shape: semi-curved to curved • Construction: Strobel slip-lasted • Recommended for: medium- to higharched feet with neutral biomechanics

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+:5/0 "#6' -+8'2 < The Elixer continues to be a flashy bauble in Mizuno’s line, but it’s a bauble with plenty of muscle. The upper is a closed mesh, but with attention-grabbing, sublimated graphics. Like other Mizuno shoes this year, the midfoot is supported by no-sew overlays and anchored by heel and toe overlays of traditional synthetics. The low-profile midsole has a single asymmetrical Wave plate setup, but the real surprise is the responsiveness and resilience of the AP+ foam. The outersole continues with X-10 rubber in the heel and a forefoot combination of blown rubber laterally and fabric-backed TPU medially, improving the durability of the shoe. The result is a snappy, lightweight shoe for faster and more stable running. “Very good fit, secure and supportive. The ride is firm but well cushioned, and the stability is surprising for a shoe this light. Very versatile—you could even race in them.” Updates the Wave Elixer 7 • Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15; Women 6–11 • Weight: 9.8 oz. (men’s size 11); 8.2 oz. (women’s size 8) • Shape: semicurved • Construction: Strobel slip-lasted • Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics to mild overpronation



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The Flow Light Fulcrum represents the latest iteration of Karhu’s Fulcrum technology, and we think it’s the most effective one to date. The midsole combines the Fulcrum element—here, a second-density foam— with a softer density of EVA to deliver an effective ride that’s responsive and resilient. The geometry is a low heel-to-toe drop with a shallow stack height that lightens the shoe while still providing good comfort and cushion. Spare rubber on the outersole lends a little traction and durability without adding much weight. The upper is airmesh with welded overlays that wrap the foot in a minimal design that isn’t skimpy. One particularly nice touch are twin lobes of memory foam in the ankle collar that enhances the fit and adds the touch of comfort needed to complete the shoe while keeping the weight down. The result is an excellent performance shoe for faster running or racing. “Great fit, light, and just barely enough cushion, but they are light. Good ‘go fast’ shoe for faster training and racing.” New • Sizes: Men 8–13,14; Women 5–12 • Weight: 8.9 oz. (men’s size 11); 7.5 oz. (women’s size 8) • Shape: semicurved • Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, perforated EVA Strobel board • Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics, for faster running

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The Gravity is the original Newton shoe, now thoroughly dialed in and rolling along. Designed for neutral runners interested in performance, its technology encourages forefoot striking via its cushioning lugs, but it benefits all neutral runners by storing and releasing energy for toe-off. Though the upper utilizes traditional airmesh and synthetic suede overlays, they are of really high quality. (And at this price, they better be!) The midsole is also top-grade EVA, but a secret resides here: A membrane of Hytrel plastic absorbs energy at impact and then releases it at toe-off as the foot rolls forward, contributing an extra little “push.” The outersole is a typical setup of carbon rubber in the heel and lower-density rubber up front to keep the weight down. Overall, the Gravity is all about efficient running, and they’ll go as fast as you can. “Comfortable fit and quite light. The lugs feel funny, but get better as you run on them. Surprisingly, heel strikers can actually use these quite well. Good shoe, but $175 seems a bit expensive.” Updates the Gravity • Sizes: Men 6–13,14,15; Women 5–12 • Weight: 10.3 oz. (men’s size 11); 8.8 oz. (women’s size 8) • Shape: semicurved to curved • Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board • Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics

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The Flyknit Lunar1+ is a new shoe for Nike. Well, it is new, though maybe a bit of a hybrid. With all of the fanfare over the Flyknit Racer and Trainer, the Lunar1’s upper will probably look familiar. It’s knit and shaped in a single process without wasted material. With only a seam at the ankle collar and the Strobel board, there’s little to irritate; not surprisingly, it fit our testers well. The lacing doesn’t come up as high as usual nor does it permit you to select which eyelets to use, but it securely wraps the foot. The midsole is Lunarlon foam similar to other Lunar shoe configurations; it’s done well here. It’s responsive and nicely cushioned, but the ramp angle—though it’s a couple millimeters lower than typical Nike shoes—feels a bit steep when compared to many of the shoes in this review. On the upside, it’s also better cushioned than many of them. Ultimately, it’s a matter of whether it suits you. The outersole is minimal but sufficient, keeping the weight down and the foot protected. “I was impressed with the ride more than the fit (nice and cushy), and the performance more than the durability (really light and fast). They seem to be worth the price, but I might not buy a second pair.” New • Sizes: Men 5–13,14,15; Women 5–12 • Weight: 9.6 oz. (men’s size 11); 7.8 oz. (women’s size 8) • Shape: semicurved • Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board • Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics



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The Mobium is a new shoe for Puma, and it takes its name from the Möbius Strip. (Remember that twisted strip of paper from your geometry class that looked like the infinity symbol?) Mobium describes the technology used here: an elastic cord shaped like a figure8 and positioned flat in the bottom of the shoe. As the foot flexes, the cord returns the sole to its original position before the next step, better supporting the foot by ensuring the foam is in the right spot at the footstrike. The closed mesh upper has well-positioned foam in the ankle collar, and offers a snug, though not constricting, fit. The midsole is durable injectionmolded EVA with rounded edges mimicking the rounded shape of the heel, with a 4mm heel-to-toe drop that’s firm but responsive. The segmented outersole covers little more than the contacting surfaces to save weight. This is a shoe for faster running that gives the foot a workout as much as it provides support in a macro sense. “While running, the shoe works to accentuate the natural motion of my feet. The middle of the shoe snugs up very tightly around my foot. Responsive cushioning, and a nice light shoe.” New • Sizes: Men 6.5–12,13,14; Women 5.5–11,12 • Weight: 10.0 oz. (men’s size 11); 8.3 oz. (women’s size 8) • Shape: curved • Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board • Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics, for faster-paced running


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The update to the GoRun brings Skechers a bit closer to the mainstream, while retaining its unique story. The entire shoe has been revised, and we think the revision is successful. The upper retains its stretch mesh, keeping the slipper-like feel and low-slung, racer fit. No-sew, welded overlays support the saddle as before. The midsole geometry has been altered with slightly lowered lugs under the arch, reducing the awkward midfoot feel of the last round. The ride is resilient and cushions the foot well, but it’s very flexible and may require some adaptation prior to regular wear. The outersole is almost nonexistent: about a dozen carbon rubber dots spread over a road-grade EVA sole. As a racer or a shoe reserved for faster-paced running and speedwork, it’s very good. Super-light and efficient runners might get away with daily wear, but all runners can benefit from a shoe like this for some of their faster runs. “Snug, racerlike fit. I get a ‘hit the gas’ feeling when I put this on, so I use them for my fastest runs.” Updates the GoRun • Sizes: Men 6.5–13,14; Women 5–10,11 • Weight: 7.5 oz. (men’s size 11); 6.5 oz. (women’s size 8) • Shape: semi-curved to curved • Construction: Strobel slip-lasted • Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics, for faster-paced running



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The Mirage has been a top performer for Saucony, straddling the categories of minimal drop shoes and supportive shoes with a generous stack height; it’s well cushioned and efficient. The upper returns to an open mesh with welded, no-sew overlays providing just enough support for the foot with hardly a weight gain. The midsole is responsive and well cushioned enough to handle high-mileage training—the one constant in all three rounds. The TPU medial support in this iteration is the least obtrusive version yet and is effective at curbing overpronation (thanks, in part, to the low heel-to-toe drop). The outersole is still just enough pieces to cover the high-wear areas of the sole; it’s pared back a bit, even from previous rounds. The combination of responsive cushioning, light weight, and great fit earned the Mirage 3 our Best Performance Shoe Award. “Usual great Saucony fit: snug in the heel and midfoot with a roomy toebox. Nicely cushioned, very comfortable. It’s like a sleek racing shoe upper on a training shoe bottom.” Updates Mirage 2 • Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15; Women 5–12 • Weight: 9.8 oz. (men’s size 11); 8.4 oz. (women’s size 8) • Shape: semi-curved • Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board • Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics


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The Energy Boost has succeeded in firing up the imagination of runners, even though so far it’s those runners who happen to own running specialty stores. The reason? The Energy Boost is light and really fun to run in. The upper is a sleek, black, stretchy woven textile, with minimal, no-sew overlays that moves effectively with the foot. The innovative midsole employs a new foam formulation (created in collaboration with chemical company BASF) that seems to last forever and provides surprising bounce to the shoe (hence, the “Boost” in its name). Though the geometry is traditional, the shoe has a fast feel, even if it’s not exactly outright performance oriented. The outersole is minimal with the extra material carved away, though not at the expense of durability. The combination of innovation, ride, and “cool” factor earned the Energy Boost our award for Best New Shoe. “The fit was a little tight in the toes, but secure overall. The cushioning is almost trampoline-like, but not out of control. The shaping of the midsole makes it track pretty well.” New • Sizes: Men 7–15; Women 5–12 • Weight: 10.2 oz. (men’s size 11); 8.8 oz. (women’s size 8) • Shape: semi-curved • Construction: Strobel slip-lasted • Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics

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The Supernova Glide has been a comfortable cruiser dating back to the earliest Supernova neutral offerings. Though not as light as many other neutral shoes, it provides a plush feel to its ride, something that’s missing in some lighter shoes. The upper is a smallweave mesh that’s a touch more supportive while still breathable. Effective overlays secure the midfoot while opening up in the forefoot for a more comfortable and accommodating fit. The toe bumper offers good protection and adds durability. The midsole continues with adiPrene handling extra cushioning, though with different formulations in the heel and forefoot. The ForMotion cassette stabilizes the foot while also serving as an effective crashpad. The outersole continues with Continental® rubber for durability and traction. Runners should expect continued performance from this proven high-mileage shoe. “Snug heel and arch, roomy toes. Responsive and stable cushioning. Durable high-mileage shoes—what I’ve expected from the Supernova Glide.” Updates the Supernova Glide 4 • Sizes: Men 6.5–15,16,17,18,19,20; Women 4.5–14 • Weight: 12.2 oz. (men’s size 11); 9.6 oz. (women’s size 8) • Shape: semicurved • Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board • Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics to very mild overpronation


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It’s hard to remember when Mizuno’s lineup didn’t include the Wave Rider. That longevity is due to Mizuno’s laser-like focus on providing both a great fit and a great ride. In this round, the upper looks new with a closed mesh that seems stiffer, enabling the traditional midfoot overlays to be replaced with fewer (and lighter) welded ones. Overlays at the heel and toe continue to provide the same structure as before. The shape of the midsole has been subtly altered, though our weartesters confirm that it provides the same performance as did the 15. The outersole is X-10 rubber with the SmoothRide hinged element in the forefoot, encouraging a snappy toe-off. Fans won’t be disappointed, and new users will likely join the ranks. The triple threat of responsive ride, great fit, and highmileage durability earned the Wave Rider 16 our award for Best Shoe in the Neutral category. “Fit well; comfortable; no loose or tight spots. Nice cushioning, not overly squishy, with a responsive feel. They are comfortable, durable, light, and cute. Highly recommend!” Updates the Wave Rider 15 • Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15,16 (D,2E); Women 6–12 (2A,B,D) • Weight: 11.7 oz. (men’s size 11); 9.1 oz. (women’s size 8) • Shape: semi-curved • Construction: Strobel slip-lasted • Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics

#5%0/9 20 2+& 2+5.1* < This time out, the Triumph joins Saucony’s 8mm parade, featuring the same performance geometry as many of its mainline shoes and rounding out the Saucony performance lineup. The upper is wide-open air mesh with midfoot overlays sandwiched between the mesh layers, and pared back to minimize weight. The overlays at the heel and toe feature a traditional construction and are positioned to anchor the upper to the midsole. The midsole is a paradox—a generous stack height (read: well cushioned) with a low profile feel, thanks to its 8mm heel-to-toe drop. The outersole is the proven carbon rubber heel/blown rubber forefoot. Overall, the plush, midweight Triumph 9 is a high-mileage trainer with a smooth feel for the road. “Very comfortable fit. Wrapped my foot nicely and flexed well. Surprising low-profile feel, but pretty plush cushioning. They took what I dished out, and handled my higher mileage runs great.” Updates the ProGrid Triumph 8 • Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15 (D,2E); Women 5–12 • Weight: 11.8 oz. (men’s size 11); 9.2 oz. (women’s size 8) • Shape: semi-curved • Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board • Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics



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By focusing on aesthetics, performance, and durability, the 890 has contributed a lot to New Balance’s running shoe success. This is due in large part to NB’s use of the surprisingly light and well-cushioned midsole foam, RevLite, which started and continues the franchise. Not messing with success, Round 3 arrives with no dramatic changes, which will be good news to its many fans. In the upper, changes are not simply cosmetic. The repositioning of the no-sew overlays wrap the foot more securely, especially in combination with the ankle collar foam. The midsole continues with single-density RevLite and well-sculpted geometry, particularly in the crashpad. The outersole retains thin, but tough carbon rubber in the heel and a blown rubber forefoot. The net effect is a light, durable, highmileage trainer with a comfortable fit, as expected. The continued fusion of lightness, comfort, and supportive fit earned the 890 v3 our award for Best Renovation. “Felt great out of the box and continue to impress. [They] feel light and fast. It is a key shoe in my rotation because it fits well, feels great, and is reliably versatile.” Updates the 890 v2 • Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15 (D,2E); Women 5–11,12 (2A,B,D) • Weight: 10.4 oz. (men’s size 11); 8.1 oz. (women’s size 8) • Shape: semi-curved • Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, PU Strobel board • Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics


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How to Become a USATF Official USATF welcomes your questions and comments about officiating and, of course, all inquiries about how to join its officiating ranks. Contact your local USATF association’s Officials Certification chair. Find the list at officials/certification/

It rained the night before the 2011 USA Track & Field Western Regional and Pacific Association/USATF Cross Country Championships, leaving the trails and meadows on the Golden Gate Park course slick and muddy. During the first race of the morning, a challenge developed. A particularly slick portion of downhill trail had turned into a quagmire. Several women, in separate instances, slipped and toppled into the mud. Fortunately, none were injured. By the end of the race, the well-trodden mud hole had only gotten worse. Two races remained. What could be done? Several USATF officials serving at the event recognized the safety hazard. They convened with the meet director and recommended a slight course change for the remaining races, moving a section of the course from the slippery bog to the adjacent grassy meadow. The suggestion was gratefully approved and meet officials quickly moved the flag markers on the course for the races that followed. USATF officials are taught from Day 1 that, above all, the safety of all competitors is a priority. Two lead men round the final turn at the 2009 PA/USATF 12K Championships in San Francisco. A 20meter gap separates them as they head for the finish line with a short block remaining. Suddenly, about 10 meters before the finish line, a lead motorcycle unintentionally cuts directly in front of the leader, forcing him to quickly veer in a wide arc to his left to avoid a collision. In that instant, his rival speeds past him and crosses the finish first, in front of the would-be champion. Who adjudicates the dilemma over who’s crowned the men’s 12K champion? USATF officials, of course. All USATF officials serve as volunteers after being certified by USATF. Certification requires taking and passing a mandatory open-book exam, or rules review, that tests one’s knowledge of USATF rules. (PA/USATF also requires its officials to attend a certification clinic.) Officials are classified by specialty area (track events, field events, LDR/offtrack events, etc.) and experience level. There are four experience levels: Apprentice, Association, National, and Master. All officials (with the exception of “newbie” Apprentices) must re-certify every four years. Every official has an opportunity to work at events at both the local and national levels, including U.S. championships. “We’re not policemen,” said USATF National Officials Committee chair Len Krsak, who has officiated for about 22 years in his home state of Ohio, nationally, and internationally. “We’re there as officials to make the competition just and fair and equitable so nobody has an advantage or disadvantage. And we’re generic and neutral. We really don’t care who wins or loses.”

It takes about 60 officials to oversee an average track meet, and approximately 120 for major meets such as the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials. The requirements for LDR events vary. Typically, a minimum of 6–8 officials are needed to oversee a moderately sized road running or cross country event at the association level. USATF regional and national championships, of course, require more officiating support. According to Krsak, there were about 8,500 USATF officials throughout the U.S. at the end of the 2008–12 Olympiad. Given the year-round demands for track, LDR/cross country, and race walking officials, that’s not enough and it’s causing a dilemma for USATF administrators and event organizers around the country. “Generally speaking, I don’t think people want to volunteer any more. USATF officiating is not a paid profession and it does take time. You have to want to do it,” commented George Kleeman, a respected USATF official for the past 35 years, whose career highlights include measuring 10 world records in track & field throwing events, officiating at several Olympic Games and World Championships, and traveling around the world. He currently sits on USATF’s national Officials Committee and is vice chair of the sport federation’s Rules Committee while continuing to officiate. “This has been the situation for about the past 10 or 15 years,” Kleeman continued, referring to the shortage of officials, which is largely a consequence of aging officiating ranks. “Mostly, I see people start to volunteer as officials when their kids get involved in track & field, or they wait until their kids are grown up. We don’t see many people under 35 or 40 in our ranks. And, in large part, the people who regularly officiate are the same people that were around 20 years ago.” Kleeman, a longtime PA/USATF administrator, initially got involved as an AAU (the predecessor to USATF) official during his mid 30s in the Houston area where he served as the race director for the Houston Marathon from 1976 to 1980. His roots started as a marathon runner, and he continued to compete for more than a decade while also serving as an official. Why do people from all walks (and runs and jumps) of life decide to become USATF officials? Shirley and Dick Connors (San Mateo) both stepped up to track & field’s officiating ranks as school teachers. Dick, 72, has T&F officiating experience dating to 1964. He recalls officiating indoor meets at the old Cow Palace (Brisbane) and the 1967 AAU Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Oakland Arena. His long résumé includes assignments at the ’84 Olympic Games (Los Angeles) continued on page 22

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“At first I was nervous, but with the support and tutoring from veteran officials, I’ve grown confident. More importantly, as a runner acting as an official, I really appreciate how I’m giving back to the sport. The sport has given so much to me. I feel that officiating is one of the best ways to return the favor.” —George Rehmet

and ’96 Olympic Games (Atlanta). He first became involved as an official while serving as a Social Studies teacher and cross country coach at Daly City’s Westmoore High School. “I started officiating with the AAU through the all-comers meets we used to have at Redwood City’s Sequoia High School. One thing led to another, and then I became super involved,” said Connors, who broke two minutes for 800 meters as a high school athlete. “In the classroom, the kids’ scholastic motivation ranged from outstanding to none. But on the track, I had all honor students. They were all motivated to jump higher or run faster in their sport. That fact gave me the impetus and fulfillment to coach and officiate. Plus, there’s great comaraderie among officials. Shirley and I have [officials] friends all over the country. We officiate and then go out to dinner afterwards. It solidifies our marriage.” Shirley, 71, was first certified as a track & field official in 1991 after officiating in other sports. She wanted to spend more time with Dick because “he was always gone on Saturdays, traveling all over, officiating at meets.” It was her first foray into track, although she had majored in physical education in college and earned a Master’s degree in kinesiology after competing in multiple sports. “I’ve always liked working with children and young adults,” said Shirley, who served as an elementary school teacher and coached high school volleyball, soccer, and swimming. “Track & field officiating is one way to help them improve by ensuring fair competition and safety in competition. It’s rewarding watching them improve while being neutral as an official.”

Shirley’s background in human kinetics led her to choose the horizontal jumps as her officiating specialty as it gives her an opportunity to observe and analyze how an athlete’s technique, form, and physical strengths and limitations relate to jumping success or failure. She has officiated at four U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials among scores of other meets. Today, a small but growing force of new track & field officials are starting to gain the experiences and gratifications experienced by their predecessors. George Rehmet (46, Daly City) is one of them. Rehmet is a special education teacher who works with learning disabled and atrisk youth, serves as the Coastal California Region state representative for the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and as the PA/USATF LDR Disabled Athletes chair. Rehmet certified as a USATF official, specializing in LDR, in 2011. He responded to his running club’s (Pamakids) call for officials to meet the PA/USATF’s officials requirements for clubs that desire to score team points in the association’s Road Running and Cross Country Grand Prix circuits. Since then, he’s volunteered as a finish line judge at a number of PA/USATF races and continues to compete when not officiating. “Being an official can sometimes be challenging when tough calls need to be made,” said Rehmet, “but I’ve gained a number of rewards from officiating. n Mark Winitz is a USATF Master Level LDR official and serves as the LDR officials coordinator for PA/USATF. Recently he added a track & field specialty to his USATF officials credentials.

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1. the sport needs you.

3. your Athletic club needs you.

2. your usAtF Association needs you.

4. you need you (as an official).

All sports, including track & field, long distance running, and race walking require officials to ensure fair competition. When issues or infractions arise, trained officials, umpires, and referees are there to resolve the matter—that is, they’re there much of the time, particularly at championship events. But our veteran officials force is succumbing to age. While we’re seeing an encouraging influx of new officials, they often don’t officiate with enough regularity—or at all—to make up for our dedicated, tried-and-true officials who find that they can’t officiate with the vigor or frequency that they once could. Consequently, despite our best efforts, an increasing number of events under USATF’s umbrella are conducted without adequate officiating crews. Fair competition depends on dedicated, certified USATF officials, all of whom work as volunteers. All 57 USATF associations have track & field/LDR/race walking events within their boundaries that require competent officiating crews. USATF requires that all of its sanctioned events follow applicable USATF rules of competition. Certified USATF officials understand these rules and are trained to identify and adjudicate rules infractions in an unbiased manner. USATF officials typically rally around, and are appointed to work at, USATF’s national championships. However, many USATF associations conduct association championship events with inadequate officiating crews. The associations with the strongest competitive programs—such as association Grand Prix circuits—typically require the strongest force of active officials to ensure that their events are professionally conducted in a manner that’s fair to all.

Many USATF member clubs organize and conduct open and invitational competitions. Too often these clubs run into shortages when they seek officials for these events. If your club organizes events, you can offer a valuable resource as an official. Three years ago, the LDR Committee of Pacific Association/USATF approved a policy that requires its clubs to have a minimum number of certified USATF officials (with an LDR/XC specialty) on their club roster in order to score team points on the PA/USATF Road and Cross Country Grand Prix circuits. This landmark move among USATF associations swelled the number of PA/USATF LDR/XC officials to over 60. (PA/USATF has more than 300 certified officials in all sport disciplines.) “We must now find ways to encourage more of these new officials to actually work events,” said PA/USATF LDR officials coordinator Mark Winitz.

Who Needs YOU To Be A USATF Official?

If you enjoy competing on a regular basis, you know that there are times when you just can’t, or it’s not prudent, to compete. Wise athletes carefully plan their competitive schedules to avoid burnout and/or injury. In particular, veteran athletes know that growing older requires more judicious planning of competitions to remain motivated and healthy. And even the most careful plans sometimes end with a temporary or permanent inability to compete. Officiating is a rewarding and productive way to stay involved in your sport during these times. Plan ahead and become a USATF official. Your involvement in the sport you love can continue regardless of whether you’re entered in tomorrow’s race or not. Why not give it a shot? WE NEED YOU!

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PA/USATF LDR News Pacific Association/USATF conducted its annual Long Distance Running Awards Banquet on Feb. 17, honoring the outstanding individual athletes, teams, and volunteers who participated in the four 2012 PA/USATF LDR Grand Prix circuits (short LDR, long LDR, cross country, and ultrarunning. The banquet was held at the Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant in Berkeley and was organized and hosted by PA/USATF’s Impala Racing Team, an elite development running club composed of all women, founded in 1979, and based in San Francisco. Almost 100 PA/USATF athletes, coaches, officials, and their friends and families attended. About 80 trophies and plaques were awarded to top performers. Attendees were treated to presentations by two keynote speakers. Lisbet Sunshine, a member of the Impalas and veteran of five U.S. Olympic Women’s Marathon Trials races, spoke about the challenges and rewards of training up to 80 miles per week and competing at a high level, while raising three children and working full-time as a high-powered director of government relations at San Francisco State University. Lisbet also talked about the importance of goalsetting and having a support network (such as the PA) to help realize these goals. Then Dena Evans colorfully shared some of her extensive experiences in the sport. Evans is a self-described “soccer mom with a serious running coaching habit.” She was an NCAA Division I Cross Country Coach of the Year while at Stanford University and currently directs the New Balance Silicon Valley Running Club. Evans, who was recently appointed to the nonprofit board of the PA/USATF Foundation, also described how the Foundation assists PA/USATF emerging elite athletes and Olympic hopefuls. The covey of awards was presented by PA/USATF LDR Committee chairs Tom Bernhard (Men’s LDR), Don Porteous (Cross Country cochair), and Mountain/Ultra/Trail co-chairs Hollis Lenderking and Bill Dodson. LDR Physically Challenged Division coordinator George Rehmet was also present. Here’s a short wrap-up of the major awards:

Road Racing Runners of the Year Ashley Carroll (Impala RT) Brian Pilcher (Tamalpa Runners)

PA LDR Wrap-Up

perience over relative youth. They are 29 and 39, respectively. Like Lindland, Clare Abram (Quicksilver) was a double-defending champ, and prevailed yet again in the Masters division. Quicksilver runners marched on, as both Karen Bonnett (Seniors) and Kat Powell (Super Seniors) reprised their 2011 glories, while 2011 Ultra Runner of the Year (UROY) nominee Eldrith Gosney did likewise among the Veterans (70+). Quicksilver males were not to be outdone, equaling their female teammates’ domination of the top spots by claiming four out of six divisions. Grand Prix newcomer Marc Laveson

Ultrarunning Runners of the Year Suzanna Bon (Tamalpa) Jonathan Olsen (Tamalpa) Performances of the Year (Purdy-Gardner Score) Kim Conley (age 26), Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 5K, 15:40, 764.99 pts Tesfaye Alemayehu (age 28), Credit Union SACTOWN 10-Mile Run, 47:37, 986.27 pts Best Age-Graded Road Performances Barbara Miller (age 73), Clarksburg Country Run Half Marathon, 1:47:38 (U.S. W70–74 record), 96.76% Brian Pilcher (age 55), Marin Memorial Day 10K, 32:57, 97.07% Club of the Year for Participation and Achievement Tamalpa Runners Service Awards—Volunteers of the Year Road Racing: George Paddeck, Lili Paddeck (Buffalo Chips RC), USATF LDR Officials XC: Les Ong (Excelsior), XC Grand Prix Scorer Ultrarunning: Hollis Lenderking (Bay Area Ultra Runners), MUT Chair Lifetime Service Awards Hollis Lenderking – MUT Chair Tyler Abbott – Men’s LDR Chair National USATF Award Winners (PA/USATF Members with LDR ties) Masters Hall of Fame (Class of 2012 Inductee): Linda Somers-Smith Masters LDR Athletes of the Year: Brian Pilcher & Christine Kennedy LDR Masters Age-Division : Linda Somers Smith (W50–54), Brian Pilcher (M55–59), Christine Kennedy (W55–59), Barbara Miller (W70–74) For a complete list of 2012 PA/USATF individual and team champions in road running, cross country, and ultrarunning, please visit

Many thanks to the Impala Racing Team and their banquet organizers Kerry Koller and Irene Herman for hosting a very successful awards banquet.


The year’s distinctive theme was its competitive continuity across the age groups, as eight out of 12 of 2011’s Grand Prix champions prevailed against their challengers throughout a 15-race schedule spread over a 10-month calendar. Tamalpa’s Erika Lindland started her season as two-time defending titlist in the Open division, and trounced her competition en route to a third. Alone among first-time female champions, Quicksilver’s Amy Burton claimed Senior Open (30–39) laurels, both her’s and Lindland’s titles warranting special note as triumphs of ex-

XC Runners of the Year Eileen Brennan-Erler (Impala RT) Hans Schmid (Tamalpa)

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But it was Jon Olsen (Tamalpa) who, like Bon, achieved a stunning breakthrough on the world stage and earned UROY honors in the process.

(Open) debuted with a season highlighted by top-three overall finishes at the Ohlone and Whiskeytown 50Ks, punctuated by an 18:47 inaugural effort at the Western States 100M. Toshi Hosaka continued the Quicksilver surge with a successful defense of his Senior Open crown, winning the tightest points competition of the season, 323–307. He was also the busiest Grand Prix runner of 2012, with nine finishes. For all its impressive talents-of-many-ages, Quicksilver does have an unquestioned team leader in five-time defending Masters champion Jean Pommier. Now 48, he can still win the Grand Prix’s most competitive division by 100 points over runners mostly his junior. He can still be counted on to establish new age-group course records at several races annually—in 2012, at both the Ruth Anderson 50M and Quicksilver 50K—as well as to win races outright, as he did at both of those along with the Ohlone 50K. 2012 was Pommier’s sixth consecutive Grand Prix crown, placing him in a class by himself in terms of historic dominance of the series. With notably strong placements at both the Jed Smith and Tamalpa Headlands 50Ks— overall seventh and 15th, respectively—Dan Decker rounds out Quicksilver’s roster of division champions. In just his second season of Seniors competition, he ascended from an alsoran in 2011 to a slot comfortably atop the standings, winning by nearly a century. Among the Super Seniors, it was Tamalpa’s Charles Savage’s turn to quash Quicksilver’s hope of a repeat title. In a season capped by his 20th finish at the Western States 100M, Savage parlayed his natural persistence and notable quality control into a 100-plus points triumph.

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Persistence? Savage had been a four-time runner-up in this age-group, starting with a razorthin three-point loss when he was a 61-year-old youngster in 2008. Then there was the four-time defending Veteran’s titlist, Bill Dodson of Stevens Creek Striders. Along with his Tamalpan rival, Road and XC Grand Prix champ Hans Schmidt, Dodson routinely splits time among the three LDR disciplines. His seven Ultra Grand Prix finishes, at age 77, were enough for him to claim his fifth straight title. While Quicksilver ruled the Grand Prix roosts among the individual tables, Tamalpa marshaled its depth for a stronger showing in team competition, winning the Men’s comfortably, while falling only seven points short of Quicksilver among Women’s and a mere two points behind Buffalo Chips in Mixed. Altogether, that consistency yielded a 24-point overall Team victory for the Tamalpans, rebutting Quicksilver’s sweep of the team awards in 2011. Neither female UROY nominee competed frequently in 2012, but both more than compensated in quality for any perceived lack of quantity. Most notably among Grand Prix runners, 2003 UROY Jenny Capel (Silver State Striders) recorded the year’s most impressive finish with her age-group course record 7:37:09 at the Firetrails 50M, a time only minutes shy of ultra legend Ann Trason’s 25-year-old women’s standard. Sonoma’s Suzanna Bon (Tamalpa) has specialized for years in the 24-hour run, one of history’s two premier ultra events (along with the road 100K). There has never been any question of her form or fitness but, not unusually for races of such duration, metabolic issues have nagged her persistently. In 2012, she solved the riddle, first traveling to Cleveland for the USATF championship where she notched 137 miles, placing third and earning a Team USA slot for the World Championships in Katowice, Poland. There she improved to 144 miles, good for second American finisher and fifth-place overall, a performance integral to lifting Team USA to the Gold by 28K over France. Thus did Bon earn the PA’s UROY crown. Of one nominee for the male award, Jean Pommier (Quicksilver), there is not a lot to add to his seasonal Grand Prix synopsis. Except, most obviously, that he received his first UROY nomination in 2007, when he won the award, and has been the co-nominee every year since. But it was Jon Olsen (Tamalpa) who, like Bon, achieved a stunning breakthrough on the world stage and earned UROY honors in the process. At the World Championship 100K in Italy last April, his 6:48:52 finish was good for seventh overall and second American, lending a huge hand to Team USA’s silver medal effort. The very next month, his 159 miles captured the USATF 24-hour title, and finally, he capped his year with a third world-class showing, running 12:29:37 for 100 miles. n

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so cal assn Redondo Beach 10K & 5K Run/Walk Feb. 3, 2013

Lay out your team’s jersey to wear for the game and plan to host or attend a party—that’s what many did the morning of Superbowl Sunday. Not runners throughout Southern California, though. Instead, this year they got up before dawn to run the Redondo Beach 10K and 5K Run/Walk. And run it they did—especially if they were members of USA Track & Field Southern California. It was really more like we swept it, though, since our runners claimed most of the overall top spots and almost all age group top-placing spots. Perched at the starting line and then blasting off with Eye of the Tiger blaring in the background, USA Track & Field Southern California’s Anthony Solis (M22, 0:30:44, Barstow) sprinted to a first-place overall finish, while our very own Nathalie Higley (F43, 0:36:16, Redondo Beach) finished first among the women. John Gardinier (M40, 0:33:11, Rancho Santa Margarita) and Leilani Rios (F33, 0:37:52—time still being contested, Coto de Caza) sprinted to an impressive overall third-place finish for the men and women (Leilani’s time may result in a secondplace spot in the overall). A great addition to USA Track & Field Rebecca Trajan

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Brea 8K winner Brandon Bethke and Mayor Ron Garcia.

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Q&A with Coach Jim Bush Jim Bush is one of the most successful track & field coaches from the golden era of track & field, a time when fans packed stadiums, and track stars regularly received the kind of media attention reserved today for top football, basketball, and baseball athletes. Bush’s legacy continues beyond the hundreds of athletes he has trained over his long career. Bush has also written several books on coaching, and during his time at UCLA he mentored his successor in the Bruin track & field program, Bob Larsen. Larsen, the long-time coach of Meb Keflezighi, remarked that Jim Bush was one of the most organized coaches he ever worked with. “Jim Bush did not hesitate if you needed

Southern California this year is the California Triathlon. Led by Thom Richmond and showing an impressive presence at the Redondo Beach 10K, we look forward to great things from this group and appreciate their partnership. Brea 8K Feb. 24, 2013 The Brea 8K’s slogan—“Chip Timed, USATF Certified, and So Cal’s Finest Finish”—truly describes the essence of this race. Not only is the course challenging yet fun, it’s one of the bestrun events in Southern California. Presented by the Brea Mall, this event has something for all ages. Whether you’re a child just getting into running or a masters runner with years of experience, the event sponsors, officials, and volunteers will ensure you have a great experience. And with this event boasting one of Southern California’s finest finishes, our Southern California USA Track & Field athletes finished in like fashion: fine and strong. Another sweep with USA Track & Field runners and teams capturing the top spots in almost every age group and category. Winning the overall race was SCA USATF member and Powerbar Team elite runner Brandon Bethke (0:24:55). Winning the overall race for the women and setting a course record for the new course was Erika Aklufi (0:28:05). Also an SCA/USATF member, Erika runs for The Janes Elite Women’s Running Team. For more great races, join our group and take part in our coveted Grand Prix. For more on our events, friend me today at!/rebecca.trahan.714 and visit See you on the roads! n an answer to a question,” Larsen recalls, “He was a very decisive person and focused coach.” Coach Jim Bush will again be recognized for his accomplishments Sat., June 1 at the 2013 Jim Bush USATF West Region Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at the historic Drake Stadium on the UCLA campus. In 2012, the Jim Bush Championships produced 10 athletes meeting the “A” standard for the Olympic T&F trials, and 12 “B” qualifiers, with Peter Magill (M50) setting a new American age-group record in the 5000m. Coach Bush took some time to sit down with California Track & Running News to answer some questions about his career and the sport of track & field. CTRN: Growing up in Bakersfield, what got you

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Coach Bush in his office surrounded by photos and memorabilia from 56 years of coaching.

CTRN: After an outstanding high school track career, your college career was marred by hamstring injuries. What do you attribute that to? Did you learn anything from that to help you later as a sprint/hurdles coach? JB: I didn’t know that much about track; you might say I was dumb. I was a hurdler. No one ever coached me; no one told me how to start, or how to go over a hurdle. I used to hit eight out of 10 hurdles. And it was the same thing in college. I thought, “When I become a coach, I am going to make sure I know how to coach every event.” Actually, it made me a better coach, because I just had nothing but problems. My ankles would be swollen, and my knees would be bloody. And that is why I have had more great high hurdlers than any other coach in history. The same thing with the quarter-mile: I’ll never forget. My goal was to win the Fresno Relays. I won my heat in the hurdles. After my heat, the coach said, “Jim, my quarter-miler is sick, I need you to run the quarter mile distance medley.” I didn’t know how to run the quarter, so I took off with the baton as fast as I could go. By 200, I was practically walking. We were so far behind when I passed off the baton, I think the crowd thought it was the start of another race. And so then, that evening when I had to run the high hurdles, I was so tied up I couldn’t win. That broke my heart, but it made me a better coach. CTRN: You started coaching cross country and track at Fullerton College with no assistants, and took them from worst to first in the conference in your first year. How was that possible? JB: Those kids did everything I asked them to do. And to me, that was the most exciting two years I have ever had. I put in a lot of hours and I did a lot of hard work, and it all paid off. The kids believed in me, and I believed in them. n For the rest of our Q&A with Coach Bush, visit

Wayne Joness

JB: Yes, Jesse Owens. To me, he was the greatest.

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Lawrence Watson

President’s Message

April The Fastest Kid in Town All-Comers Point Series Track Championship for ages 7–14. This meet starts promptly at 5:30 pm at CSU Bakersfield Track. Contact June, July (weekly) Run for the Dream All-Comers Meets (youth, open, masters) at Lemoore HS and Hanford HS. Contact June 8–9 Central CA/USATF Track & Field (youth, open, masters) at Tulare Western HS. Contact or 661316-8357 June 15–16 Region 14 Multi-Event Youth JO Championship (hosted by Pacific Association) June 21–23 Central CA Association JO Youth Qualifier at Tulare Western HS. Contact or 661-316-8357) Also Officials Training OJT July 5–7 Region 14 Track & Field Youth JO Championship (hosted by Pacific Association)

July 22–28 USATF National Junior Olympic Youth T & F Champs at Greensboro, NC Aug. 14 Samansky Championship (youth, open, masters) Location: TBA. Contact *Level 1 Coaching School 2013, TBA Contact *Race Walk Clinic 2013, TBA Contact Thurs., Oct. 10 USATF Central CA Annual Meeting, Coco’s (955 Oak St., Bakersfield), 6:30 pm. Contact or 661-316-8357. Sun., Nov. 24 Central CA Association XC Youth JO Championship, Fresno. Contact Lawrence Watson Sun., Dec. 1 Region XC Youth JO Championship Fresno. Contact Lawrence Watson

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The Summer Nights Track & Field Series will kick off its fourth season on June 5 at University City High School. There are four total meets in the series, including: wed., June 5 at university city high school wed., June 19 at san diego mesa college wed., June 26 at cuyamaca college wed., July 10 at lincoln high school Competitors of all ages and ability levels are welcome to compete in running, jumping, throwing, and even speed walking events. Come out to the series for fun competition and the chance to try a variety of events. For more information, visit

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