Running News 2018: What’s Going On/What Just Happened?

Coach Casey · November 18, 2018

Living in a constant stream of information, there are always things to read and learn. Big international news items, historic events, celebrity gossip, all the things that make up a days worth of information. The running community has its very own mass media and headline running news. Here’s a media blitz of information and headlines to get you up to date with all the most important running news from 2018.

Catch up on all your running news right here!

NCAA Division 1 Nationals!

*Editor’s Note: by date of publishing the race has been completed

For the first time since 1978 the NCAA D1 National Championship will be held in Madison, WI at the legendary Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course. The Wisconsin Men are looking to make a move back to the podium on their home course. Ultimately though it will come down to the strength of the UW Aussie duo (Morgan McDonald and Oliver Hoare) versus the dynasty NAU team, and the BYU Cougars. On the women’s side you’ll see a press for 3 team championships in 4 years for the University of New Mexico…and then everyone else. Notably in the mix are Pac-12 teams Oregon and the always dangerous Colorado Buffaloes. No matter what you’re going to see freezing, windy, conditions typical or Wisconsin. Oh, and some of the very best young runners in the world! Wow! What a time to be alive!

*SPOILER ALERT: Colorado women stun New Mexico in a big upset and Morgan McDonald wins at home while NAU conquers the men’s field for their team three-peat. 

Return of American Women to World Marathon Major Victories

For years now talented athletes from Kenya and Ethiopia has dominated the marathon distance. In a great showing for the future of American distance running, longtime professionals Shalane Flanagan and Desiree Linden each took home world marathon major victories. Flanagan, an American record holder, writer, and Charge Blog All-Star (see Running Essentials: Books for All Runners!) pulled away from Mary Keitany of Kenya to claim her first world major marathon victory in New York. Linden meanwhile became the first American woman in 33 years to break the tape at Boston, conquering biblically awful weather conditions. The stage is set for the American marathon women in Tokyo 2020!

Mo Farah Stakes his Claim for Marathon Royalty

Already a 4-time Olympic Gold medalist at 5,000 and 10,000 meters, Britain’s third favorite running son (a bit behind Roger Bannister and Sebastian Coe) has now made his splash in the marathon. Farah set the British record in April 2018 and then in quick order conquered the Chicago Marathon this past October in a European record of 2:05:11. Running away from his former teammate and Olympic marathon bronze-medalist, Galen Rupp, Farah now looks primed for Tokyo 2020. With another Olympic gold medal Farah certainly would become the U.K.’s running pride and joy. Unless of course Sebastian Coe goes all Tonya Harding on him, Queen Elizabeth keep your eyes peeled.

Eliud Kipchoge = The G.O.A.T.

Like a fine bottle of wine or a beautiful yet complicated work of art, Eliud Kipchoge has only gotten better with age. Exploding onto the running scene in his 20’s as a 5k runner, Kipchoge has made his way up the distance latter over the past 10 years winning the marathon gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He has now officially factored himself into the conversation as the Greatest Of All Time. Kipchoge SMASHED the world record in the marathon by nearly 80 seconds at the Berlin Marathon in September, finishing in 2:01:39. Having run an unofficial 2:00:25 during Nike’s grand sub-2:00:00 experiment in 2017 his world record was inevitable. Just Do It Eliud!

Undergrads Go Pro!

With the increasing popularity of running/racing on the international stage, more and more collegiate stars are foregoing their remaining eligibility to join the pro ranks. More popularity means more sponsorship money from apparel companies! A move that has been historically reserved for collegiate football and basketball has become commonplace for the NCAA’s running star power. In the past year alone the top collegiate athletes have decided to forego their eligibility and turn pro. 19 year old Olympian Sydney McLaughlin. Collegiate 800 meter record holder Michael Saruni. Collegiate 400 meter record holder Michael Norman. As well as collegiate indoor 200 meter record holder Gabrielle Thomas. Add in a slew of other NCAA athletes who have turned pro before their 5 years of eligibility is up and as FloTrack recently put it “The Floodgates Have Opened…”

U.S. Fitness Guide Updated…Finally

More running news! For the first time in 10 years the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services updated their fitness guide. The new guide reflects what doctors/professionals already were saying, SIT LESS, MOVE MORE! The aim is to improve the statistics over the past 1.5 years that show that nearly 50% of adults in the U.S.A. do not meet the recommended 150-300 minutes of moderate activity per week. In order to change this trend, the guidelines continue to promote the ease of meeting the weekly exercise standards. Noting that there does not need to be a minimum duration of exercise time. Any duration of moderate activity is good activity! Do jumping jacks at your desk. Sprint up your stairs. Bunk your bed so you have to climb in and out. Simply take your pet for a slightly longer walk each evening!

Up to date on your running news? Now it’s time to make your own headlines and get out there for a live Charge run!

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