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In the November 29, 2023 E-news

    • Last chance to complete Race Director Compensation Survey - deadline is December 1!
    • Coach hands runner water bottle at aid station; runner loses acceptance of Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying time.
    • Rogue motorist in Indianapolis hits runner on marathon course
    • Western States 100 winner mugged in South Africa while training for Cape Town race
    • Crackdown by Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya on "numerous" Kenyan athletes
    • Elite non-binary runners seek separate cash prize pool in Philadelphia Marathon
    • Running historian Mike Fanelli passes at age 67
    • 400,000 new tickets to Paris Olympics (30,000 in track and field)
    • Cheri Blauwet elected new Chair of B.A.A. Board of Directors
    • Two more ultra records
    • Tax forms show money is tight at USATF
    • Russians out of Olympics until 2028, per Russia Olympic Committee Director

In the November 17, 2023 E-news

    • Race director compensation survey - take by December 1
    • Olympic Trials Marathon start time reaches compromise after athletes flex their muscle
    • Near-collision between bus, motorbikes, and runners in USATF 5K Championships
    • Five more years for Max Siegel at USATF
    • New global trail running series rivals UTMB
    • 400 marathons, 44 years daily run streak for Canadian
    • Governors push NCAA to change transgender policies
    • 2024 Olympics squeeze Tour de France finale out of Paris

In the October 19, 2023 E-news

  • Twin Cities Marathon: cancellation and financial squeeze
  • Sensational Chicago Marathon: WR and more
  • Chicago disqualifies hundreds
  • Strict Boston cutoff disappoints 11,000 applicants
  • Jay Holder named Executive Director of Running USA
  • British marathon canceled mid-race, leaves 1,000 stranded
  • Nominations for Alan Jones Timer of the Year award
  • Philadelphia Marathon expands inclusivity
  • USADA grants non-binary runner use of testosterone

Road Race Management Newsletter, September 2023 Issue No. 464

  • News:
  • Leadership Turn-over Continues at Running USA
    Jim Estes Sues USATF
    Tigist Assefa’s 2:11:53 Berlin Marathon Time Sparks Praise and Questions
    Double World Record Comes Up Short
  • Legal:
    A Closer Look at Waivers
  • Events:
    Recognizing and Rewarding Streakers
    by Claudia Piepenburg
  • Events:
    Recognizing and Rewarding Streakers
    by Claudia Piepenburg
  • Business Page & Mileposts:
    Adidas Adios Lightens Up; Adios to GPS Among the Young; Yeats Misquoted

In the September 8, 2023 E-news

  • 3-minute survey on non-binary participation
  • Mexico Marathon marred by cheating - but how much?
  • Calgary Marathon founder dies in car crash
  • Seb Coe, high on Budapest, charts World Athletics future
  • Road Race Management Race Directors Meeting 3 months away
  • Nuguse upsets world 1500m champion Josh Kerr by a whisker
  • Pre-race party supplants Expo in Chicago heliport
  • 2025 World Road Running Championships go to San Diego
  • Managerial job opening at Cherry Blossom, Inc.
  • Navratilova speaks her mind on gender in sport

Road Race Management Newsletter, July 2023 Issue No. 463

  • News:
  • Successful World Championships Concludes in Budapest
    World Championships Mass 10K Race Shortened
    Positive Drug Test Shows Challenges for Athletes and Event Directors
    U.S. Athletes Push Back on Noon Starting Time for Olympic Marathon Trials
    Word on the Street about the Road Race Management Race Directors’ Meeting
  • Events:
    Event Time Limits and Course Closings:
    Adaptation to Slower Runners Is the Norm
  • Events:
    Philadelphia Distance Run Makes a Comeback
  • Tips & Tricks:
    Dave's Top Ten Race Management Tips with a Month to Go Before Your Race
  • Commentary:
    The Drug Testing Loophole
  • Statistics:
    Round-up of Numbers from the Running World
  • Business Page & Mileposts:
    On on Cloud Nine; Saucony on the Move; Muddy Waters; Wittenberg Heads to Gotham


Road Race Management Newsletter, July 2023 Issue No. 462

  • News:
  • Banned Runner Shelby Houlihan Sets Beer Mile World Record
    Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) and Kenyan Anti-Doping Agency (ADAK) Ramp Up Testing
    Running USA Elects Officers; Continues Search for Permanent Executive Director
    Early Bird Registration Rates for Road Race Management Race Directors’ Meeting Expire Soon
  • Events
    Cracking Down on Non-Drug-Related Cheating in Road Races
    Tips & Tricks:
    It's Not Over Till It's Over
    AJC Peachtree Road Race Shut Down in Late Stages Due to Lightning Alert
    Business Page & Mileposts:
    Nike Wants Back In; UYN and Ratio Look to Get in; Pappas Thrilled

In the July 27, 2023 E-news

  • Mark Knutson, Fargo Marathon Director, killed in bicycle accident.
  • Flooding forces cancellation of Vermont 100.
  • Legendary Ted Corbitt memorialized in 50K race in NYC
  • Road Race Management Race Directors' Meeting less than five months away; early bird fees still in effect.
  • Two mass races to accompany World Championships in Budapest
  • Simulation delivers road races to the world--possibly yours
  • More good news in RunSignup's midyear trends update
  • Professional trail and ultra runners financial difficulties
  • Other news: Kenyan authorities intercept smuggled shipment of performance-enhancing drugs; Semenya vindicated but not returned to competition; IOC says no to Russia and Belarus; big hike in bill for IOC top management; cycling's ban on transgender women.


In the July 6, 2023 E-news

  • RRCA recommendations concerning air quality added to Safe Events Guidelines
  • Survey on time limits for course closures: many options
  • Motorcyclist rams head-on into runner during race
  • Race Directors' Meeting set for Dec. 11-13; early bird registration open
  • Mt. Washington Road Race the setting for inspiring act of loyalty and friendship in harsh weather conditions
  • Leader makes costly mistake in Peachtree's women's division
  • Three new studies of diversity within the running industry
  • Other news: "Enhanced Games" on collision course with IOC; first completion in five years of 300-km ultra in France; survey on compensation for ultra runners


Road Race Management Newsletter, June 2023 Issue No. 461

  • RRCA Releases Air Quality Recommendations to Its Safe Event Guidelines
  • Events Scramble to Adjust for East Coast Air Quality Alerts During June
  • Virginia Credit Union River City Half Marathon and 5K to Offer Income Based Entry Fees
  • USADA Announces 400 Athletes as Participants in 90for90 Program; Names Redacted
  • Opportunity: Kinomap for Races Seeks U.S. Events to Film for Free
  • Registration Open for Road Race Management Race Directors’ Meeting
  • Events: Virtual Races Show Staying Power Post-COVID
  • Logistics: 5 Key Areas of Race Operations Planning
  • Statistics: Valuing Race Entries, Torch Relay, World Records
  • Boston Follow-up: Bank of America takes over as Boston Marathon sponsor
  • Medals Follow-up: More options for recycling leftover medals
  • Business Page & Mileposts: PUMA In and Out of U.S.; Etonic and REI Back In; Comrades Marathon Decries Cheaters

In the June 16, 2023 E-news

  • Theft and vandalism strike Calgary Marathon
  • Results of survey on ordering swag
  • Early bird registration opens for RRM Race Directors' meeting
  • Technology growing races
  • Boulderthon moves start/finish downtown
  • Other news: poll on transgender women in sport; case challenging CT rules on transgender participation moves on; bear scare nullified at Whistler Half Marathon; 25 disqualifications from Comrades Marathon

Road Race Management Newsletter, May 2023 Issue No. 460

  • World Athletics Announces Changes in Certification Procedure for U.S. Courses
  • Warmer than Usual Conditions Forecast for Summer 2023
  • Duo Racing Pioneer Rick Hoyt Dies
  • Events: Guidelines and Advice for Offering Lactation Facilities at Races
  • Tips & Tricks: What Do Runners Prefer for Awards?
  • Survey: Ordering Strategies for T-Shirts and Finisher Medals
  • Statistics: By the Numbers: Boston Marathon and Views on LA for the 2028 Olympics
  • Quick Tip: The BAA 10K created a special logo to try to connect its elite field with the masses
  • Business Page & Mileposts: ASICS Sales Soar; Lululemon Hits the Trails; Brooks Gets Beastly


In the May 31, 2023 E-news

  • Commentary: New title for Dave McGillivray at the Boston Marathon
  • New race memorializes Dick and Rick Hoyt's inspiring legacy
  • Kentucky family defies rules at Flying Pig Marathon (again); and other insults to the road racing community
  • In bizarre incident, ultrarunner with everything to lose cheats in 50 mile race with no fathomable explanation; GPS helped in the bust
  • Olympic innovation: Paris 2024 Marathon for All
  • On-site hospital crew, 100-strong, treats victims of heat on Ottawa Race Weekend
  • Family of Tarzan Brown, 1936 and 1939 Boston Marathon winner, asks for return of disappeared trophies
  • OTHER RUNNING NEWS: coaches charged with murder in heat-related death; WA Championships TV stats show U.S. viewership relatively dismal; Nike facing claims of $530M for unfair labor practices; UTMB commits to new pregnancy policy


In the May 10, 2023 E-news

  • Newton police accused of profiling at Boston's Heartbreak Hill
  • Boston's medal shortfall
  • Flying Pig sets minimum age requirements after blowup over child in 2022
  • Record turnout, near WR, age group records, trans controversy at London Marathon
  • Donna Foundation gets Jacksonville city to back down on race date
  • Landmark victory for USADA
  • OTHER: Gambling on Boston Marathon denied; job opening for Executive Director at RUSA; Bix 7, PRRO circuit partnership; backwards marathon in 3:25:24; super shoes pros and cons.

In the April 6, 2023 E-news

  • Criminal conduct in Kenyan doping cases
  • Creating roadmap to control doping among Kenyan athletes
  • World Athletics excludes transgender women who have passed through male puberty from World Rankings competition
  • IOC President hits back at countries seeking ban of Russians at Olympics
  • Six finishers in 380-mile winter race in Canadian Arctic
  • Bank of America partners with Boston Marathon, B.A.A.
  • Men's AR set in Cherry Blossom 10 Mile
  • Camille Herron sets Women's 48 Hour World Record
  • Women's 45-49 age group half marathon AR is also runner's PR
  • Brooks to invest $10M in young runners
  • Olympic Trials qualifying period for Half Marathons now open (to qualify for Marathon Trials)

In the February 28, 2023 E-news

  • Why John Babington was banned by SafeSport
  • Climate change may push championship distance races into cooler seasons
  • Chinese distance racing comeback
  • Social media "influencer" disrupts Austin Marathon
  • Same "influencer" wears someone else's bib in Houston Marathon
  • Parents sue university after suicide of bullied female runner
  • 2022 athlete performance database available
  • Tuliamuk nabs 12th national title
  • Fastest mile for 16-year-old
  • Bombs rock start area of Mount Cameroon Race of Hope
  • 10 best U.S. cities for runners
  • European Athletics supports earthquake recovery
  • Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying window


In the February 16, 2023 E-news

  • Atlanta Track Club takes broadcasting reins
  • Rock 'n' Roll Running Series turns 25
  • American Indoor Records: Kincaid 5000m; Nuguse 3000m
  • American Indoor Records: Monson 3000m; Nuguse Mile/1500m
  • Olympics Russia problem
  • USATF road championships discussion
  • Questioning non-binary awards
  • Other running news: athlete performance database; 2022's top 100; Athletics Canada Series; World Mountain Running Championships; Xterra World Championships; qualifying for U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

In the January 17, 2023 E-news

  • Trail Racing Takes Off -- Again
    Security Concerns Loom Large in Paris 2024 Planning
    Appeals Court Rejects Lawsuit Challenging Connecticut Policy on Transgender Females Competing in Girls' High School Sports
    Opinion: Court of Appeals Sets a Scientifically Dubious Precedent on Transgender Girls in High School Sport
    Women Athletes Leaving Megabrands
    P3R Launches MOVE Pass to Inspire People to Move All Year Long
    The 2022 Race Results Weekly Athlete Performance Database is now available
    Sisson sizzles to half marathon AR in Houston's Aramco Half M