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From the Stands: Beijing World Championships

September 4, 2015 |

Although it was work that brought me to Beijing, I still found a way to experience the World Championships, both from inside and outside the Bird’s Nest. I was not able to attend most of the sessions, but the full-access … Read More

The Michigan Track Classic: A Surprise Success

August 11, 2014 |

Photo via Run Michigan twitter

Last night I attended the Michigan Track Classic, a meet that has gone from nonexistence to a major event within the span of barely over a year (and just three races). About five thousand excited … Read More

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2014 |

The following is a repost of a story written last year for my former blog, (Image by

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, which makes it a perfect day to celebrate track and field (just like the other 364 days of the year). How so?

From what I read, St. Patrick’s Day really isn’t a major observance in Ireland. Only in the USA is it a big deal as a celebration of Irish culture and heritage, a product of the mass Irish immigration to this country and the efforts they made to maintain their ties to each other and their history.

So what does that have to do with track and field?

In recent decades, the biggest connection between our sport and Irish-American culture has been the pipeline of Irish middle-distance runners in the NCAA, especially Villanova. The Villanova Running blog has ranked the top five Irish/Wildcat runners of all time — four of which were Olympic or World champions.

If we turn back the clock an entire century, though, the connection was obvious. Back then, track clubs dominated the domestic scene, and none more than the Irish-American Athletic Club.
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February 26, 2014 | | One Comment

The sun.

It hurts my eyes.

It’s the first thing you notice in Albuquerque. The sun was strong enough to make me squint just coming through the airplane windows as we descended. I came from the land of ice and … Read More

I Heard the News Today, oh boy

July 14, 2013 | | 2 Comments

No doubt you’ve already heard the news that came out today: Tyson Gay tested positive for a banned substance back in May. Five Jamaicans also tested positive at the Jamaican Championships last month, reportedly being Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter (not … Read More

From the Stands: Oxy High Performance Meet

May 20, 2013 |

By all accounts, the Oxy High Performance Meet was a success. The fields were bigger and better than last year, there were more races and most encouragingly, there were far more fans. You could get a sense of that by … Read More

From the Stands: Re:RUN San Diego

May 6, 2013 | | One Comment

As with any running event, the results only tell part of the story. Here at the Daily Relay, we want to tell you the whole story. If you saw the Olympic Trials on television last year, you probably saw Nick … Read More