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Month: December 2018

December 31, 2018

Eliud Kipchoge Named CITIUS MAG Male Athlete of the Year

Eliud Kipchoge has been selected as the inaugural CITIUS MAG Male Athlete of the Year after his record-setting run at the Berlin Marathon.

December 31, 2018

Des Linden Named CITIUS MAG Female Athlete of the Year

Des Linden inspired us in 2018 with her win at the 2018 Boston Marathon so she’s the 2018 CITIUS MAG Female Athlete of the Year.

December 30, 2018

The Case for Noah Lyles for CITIUS MAG Male Runner of the Year

Noah Lyles was a must-watch show in 2018.

December 30, 2018

CITIUS MAG Athlete of the Year – The Case For…Christian Coleman

Christian Coleman had one heck of a 2018 season full of ups and downs that make him worthy of not just an athlete of the year nomination, but also a nod for comeback athlete of the year.

December 30, 2018

CITIUS MAG Athlete of the Year – The Case For…Shelby Houlihan

2018 was the year Shelby Houlihan kicked the door down, smacked us in the face, and demanded our attention for the next 10 years.

December 29, 2018

CITIUS MAG Athlete of the Year – The Case For…Killian Jornet

Kilian Jornet is not only a world-class runner, but a world-class ski mountaineer.

December 29, 2018

CITIUS MAG Athlete of the Year – The Case For…Des Linden

Des Linden’s Boston Marathon win was more than the sum of its parts – this was a victory for grinders everywhere.

December 29, 2018

CITIUS MAG Athlete of the Year – The Case For…Abderrahman Samba


December 28, 2018

CITIUS MAG Athlete of the Year – The Case For…Eliud Kipchoge

Eliud Kipchoge’s 2:01:39 world record in the marathon is still outrageous.

December 28, 2018

CITIUS MAG Athlete of the Year – The Case For…Shaunae Miller-Uibo

Shaunae Miller-Uibo was one of the most dominant athletes of the year over two events.

December 27, 2018

CITIUS MAG Athlete of the Year – The Case For…Sydney McLaughlin

Sydney McLaughlin has assured us that she is one of the faces of the future of this sport.

December 27, 2018

CITIUS MAG Athlete of the Year – The Case For…Mondo Duplantis

Mondo Duplantis is the buzz that college track and field desperately needs.

December 26, 2018

CITIUS MAG Athlete of the Year – The Case For…Courtney Dauwalter

It looks like Courtney Dauwalter raced about 27,000 miles in 2018 and usually won or got second.

December 26, 2018

CITIUS MAG Athlete of the Year – The Case For…Jakob Ingebrigtsen

Why the youngest Ingebrigtsen has a case for CITIUS MAG Athlete of the Year.

December 26, 2018

Introducing the CITIUS MAG Athletes Of the Year

We’ve decided to put together two awards.

December 19, 2018

Book Excerpt: Scott Fauble’s ‘Inside A Marathon’

Read an exclusive excerpt from Scott Fauble and Ben Rosario’s new book ‘Inside A Marathon’

December 13, 2018

Club Cross Country Nationals: The Best Party in American Distance Running

The USATF Club Cross Country National Championships are for the people who bear themselves to the unforgiving reality of a cross country race.

December 1, 2018

Here’s to the blue collar runner

EDITOR’S NOTE: Noah Droddy (fast) has been a Citius Mag supporter since day one. That’s why when he sent us this blog ahead of CIM, we decided to throw him a bone. Let that be a lesson to the rest of you. 

It is 5 AM and I am sound asleep, but the bed I share with Emma is already half
empty. She has had her first cup of coffee, and by now is likely running loops of a
nearby park in the pitch dark. She did it yesterday too. She’ll do it again tomorrow.
Day after day she toils in the still dark. She will finish just in time to shower, eat
quickly, one more cup of coffee and head out the door for a full day teaching at a
Boulder preschool. After school, she will train again. After a brief moment to
decompress and dinner, she’s in bed early to prepare for the same routine

Why? An Olympic Trials qualifier. The gold standard of the post-collegiate athlete.
Emma is an accomplished athlete, having finished 39th at the 2016 Olympic
Marathon Trials, and she has always balanced her training with some amount of
work and school. But this time would be special; the barriers to marathon fitness
were especially high. A full time demanding job, graduate studies, a sore hamstring,
and a needy boyfriend waiting on the couch at home – enough to scare a mere
mortal into adult recreational sports. But not Emma. She chose to do this because it
is hard.

The California International Marathon has shined a spotlight on the citizen runner.
The runners laying down fast times while holding down full-time jobs. In distance
running, we keep the “blue-collar runner” in the highest esteem. Why? Well,
probably because they are motivated by the love of the sport, and the pursuit of their
absolute limits. Not sustained by dreams of big money or fame, their ambition is
pure. They have done their absolute best in difficult training circumstances, and no
doubt many of their performances will still rank among the best the USA has to
offer. The idea that someone could love something so much and pursue it with such
tenacity and sacrifice in the name of personal satisfaction inspires the imagination.
It forces fans and competitors alike to ask themselves – what am I really capable of?
What do I really want?

Everyone says that just getting to the start line of a marathon is a win in itself.
Surviving the demands of the buildup and showing up healthy enough for a 26.2
mile race is extraordinarily difficult in the best circumstances. I agree with that –
seeing Emma start that marathon will be an emotional moment for me, knowing
what she went through just to get there. But I know she wants more, the start line
will mean less to her. That’s how we’re wired as competitors, and the mission
isn’t over at the start line. So I’ll cheer her on with vigor all the way home. Because
of what this means to her, because of what she means to me, and because of what
runners like her mean to the sport we all love.

So here’s to the blue-collar runner, but specifically to my blue-collar runner. Emma,
you inspire me daily. I strive to emulate your toughness. You have taught me to find
joy in my work when at first glance I can’t see it. You have taught me to appreciate
what I have. Your buildup has made me a better athlete, a better person. May you
and your competitors have the races you all deserve this Sunday. I am tremendously
proud of you no matter what. To the moon.

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