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Daily News Roundup: Simpson running cross country

Daily News Roundup: Simpson running cross country
Jesse Squire

Today saw a lot of entrant announcements by races and meets, and many of them look like they’ll be great fun to watch. One of them struck me as highly unusual. And in a good way.

Jenny Simpson, the USA’s two-time world championships medalist at 1500 meters, will run in Sunday’s Cinque Mulini. That’s Italy’s famous “Five Mills” cross country race, where athletes actually run around and through water mills. The list of former champions is practically a Who’s Who of distance running.

American distance runners participating in traditional Italian or Spanish cross country races is rare. American milers doing it is practically unheard of. I think it’s a good thing for Simpson to be training in such a way that she wants to do this race, but that’s not the most important thing–what’s important is that this sounds entertaining. I certainly hope it is.


Jim McDannald talks to track photographer Phil Johnson.


Lots of race announcements…

The Boston Marathon announced its international field today. Yikes, it’s fast. Seven men have PRs under 2:05:30, nine women have PRs under 2:23:00.
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At the Cinque Mulini, Simpson will be racing against another superb miler, Faith Chepyegon.
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Wallace Spearmon will run the 300 meters at the Millrose Games.
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According to Flotrack’s Chris Chavez, Saturday’s women’s mile race at Boston University just got better.

Spikes Mag talks to top American sprint/jump coach Rana Reider and finds out why he went to the UK.
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Alan Abrahamson takes a look at the delicate balancing act of bringing the 2024 Olympics to Los Angeles. Not noted but important is the role Track Town USA is playing by bringing a few world championships to the USA (albeit minor ones).
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