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December 2, 2017

Something In The Water: Episode 1 – Speed River According to Dave Scott-Thomas

Dave Scott-Thomas takes us through the evolution of the Speed River Track Club over the years and how it became a powerhouse.

November 27, 2017

Scott Fauble is starting a movement. And yes, it has to do with burritos.

Scott Fauble details his obsession with burritos, Mexican food and how you can join his movement. It all started at Boulevard Tacos.

November 22, 2017

Rob Conner Explains The Strategy That Led to A Second Place Finish for Portland

Rob Conner explains the strategy and why some of Portland’s best runners did not race at the conference championship and how it worked out for them at NCAAs

November 20, 2017

Dillon Maggard Sets Blue Jeans Mile World Record 4:11.80, Two Days After NCAA Nationals

Dillon Maggard just ran 4:11.80 for the mile in a pair of blue jeans – just two days after he was 6th at the NCAA Cross Country National Championship.

November 20, 2017

What we learned from the 2017 NCAA Cross Country National Championships

Processing some of the results from the 2017 NCAA cross country national championships where the New Mexico women and NAU men took home team titles.

November 13, 2017

Remember when Jorge Torres lost his mind for Dathan Ritzenhein?

The finish of the 2003 NCAA Cross Country National Championships between Dathan Ritzenhein and Ryan Hall is epic and the call is even better.

November 2, 2017

Our Favorite Meb Keflezighi Memories Over The Years

Several members of the CITIUS MAG staff submit their favorite personal memories from Meb Keflezighi’s career before he retires at Sunday’s NYC Marathon.

October 30, 2017

Kenya Keep Up: Off To Africa In Search Of Fitness

What happens when four Bristol University (UK) graduates head to Kenya to train and chase their Olympic dreams? We’re about to find out.

October 30, 2017

Everything You Need To Know From A Wild Conference Championship Weekend

From BYU’s perfect score to Columbia’s first-to-last turnaround, get your fill on all the best moments from conference championship weekend 2017.

October 27, 2017

Recommended Halloween Costumes For Runners

Why be Kyle Merber or Steve Prefontaine for Halloween again? Let’s get a little bit more creative. Here’s a few suggestions.

October 27, 2017

The Idiot Marathoner Update: Still training hard, Eyeing 3:30

The idiot marathoner, Nic Smith, shares an update into his training after setting out on a quest to run a 3:30 marathon w/ no training runs over 5 miles.

October 9, 2017

Yep, Stephen Miller Is A Trash Human

The White House confirmed that Stephen Miller once jumped into a girl’s track meet to prove men are stronger than women. We confirm he’s a trash human.

October 6, 2017

Feast your eyes on the best male athlete portraits in track and field (Part IX)

Picture day is something to look forward to every year. These runners surely made the most out of their respective roster portraits. Part IX.

October 3, 2017

LEAKED: Abandoned ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Script – Larry Ducks Out Of A Charity 5K

In a leaked script to a future episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry tries to get out of participating in a charity 5K for rheumatoid arthritis patients.

October 1, 2017

Documentary on NYC’s running culture unveils new trailer

The first installments of We Run New York, a documentary series by filmmaker–and 1:47 800-meter runner–Harry McFann, are slated to be released this fall, so naturally, there’s a new trailer to drum up some hype. The project aims to tell the stories of a wide variety of athletes who go to great lengths to pursue a passion while living in a place that can be downright inhospitable to it.

Each of the five episodes will center around a specific subset of the city’s running scene, ranging from a club comprised largely of Central American immigrants whose running challenges span from the physical to the political, all the way to famed coach and Bronx-native Frank Gagliano of the NJ-NY Track Club.

In-person premiers for the episodes will take place all round NYC, so if you’re a Tri-Stater, stay tuned for details. If you’re not, don’t worry–we’ll be sharing links when each episode drops, as well.

You can follow the film-series’s progress on its Facebook or Twitter page.

September 23, 2017

Watch 2017 Berlin Marathon Online: Live stream, TV broadcast information

How to watch the 2017 Berlin Marathon online, TV broadcast, results, runner tracking, and more information for September 23, 2017.

September 20, 2017

Feast your eyes on the best male athlete portraits in track and field (Part VIII)

Picture day is something to look forward to every year. These runners surely made the most out of their respective roster portraits. Part VII.

September 18, 2017

Kenenisa Bekele Doesn’t Seem Too Hype For Berlin

Kenenisa Bekele doesn’t seem too thrilled about possibly chasing a marathon world record in Berlin but has done all he can to prepare for the race.

September 17, 2017

Wake Up To Eliud Kipchoge Winning Berlin In 2015 With His Insoles Falling Out

No one else in this world can say that they have run a 2:04 marathon with the insoles of their shoes falling out. All hail, Eliud.

September 17, 2017

Welcome to Berlin Marathon Week

This week on CITIUS MAG, we’re going to be dedicating our coverage to the Berlin Marathon and the mega race that awaits with Kipchoge vs. Kipsang vs. Bekele

September 13, 2017

Feast your eyes on the best male athlete portraits in track and field (Part VII)

Picture day is something to look forward to every year. These runners surely made the most out of their respective roster portraits. Part VII.

September 8, 2017

Revisionist Record Books: Examining track and field’s decade records suggested by Malcolm Gladwell

Why should we erase history? On the House of Run podcast, Malcolm Gladwell suggests recognize track and field’s records with the context of the era.

September 7, 2017

NYRR Announces Deepest Media Mile Field In History

NYRR has announced the fields for the 5th Avenue Media Mile and it may arguably the deepest in the history of running journos.

August 28, 2017

Track and Field Community Mourns The Loss of David Torrence

David Torrence was found dead in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday morning. He was 31 years old. The track and field community paid tribute to him on Twitter.

August 25, 2017

LeBron James opens as betting favorite for mile vs. Gladwell

LeBron James opens as the favorite for the hypothetical mile race that has been discussed against New York Times best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell.

August 22, 2017

The Alabama Additions That Could Shake Up The NCAA XC Scene

There’s a chance that Gilbert Kigen and Vincent Kiprop could make an instant impact on the front of the NCAA cross country scene.

August 1, 2017

Behind the scenes of Northern Arizona Elite’s fall marathon buildup

Northern Arizona Elite has seven of their athletes running fall marathons in 2017. A three-part documentary film will capture all the action along the way.

August 1, 2017

Do athletes at world championships slow down after racing at the Olympics?

Testing the idea that there is a little “pullback” in how fast the winning times are at a World Championships following an Olympics.

July 31, 2017

Watch: BYU’s Rory Linkletter runs 4:16.00 blue jeans mile world record at 4,000+ feet

BYU’s Rory Linkletter ran a 4:16:00 mile at 4,600+ feet of elevation in Provo, Utah to set a new Blue Jeans Mile World Record.

July 31, 2017

#CitwitsRun200: Tracking two runners attempting to run a 200-mile week [UPDATED]

Zach Kughn and Ethan Wilhelm will attempt to run a 200-mile week from July 31 to Aug. 6. Follow and track their progress here & with #CitwitsRun200

July 31, 2017

WATCH: Records fall at NYC Blue Jeans Mile (Spencer Brown 4:16.38, Jackie Katzman 5:29.13)

Last Thursday night, the Blue Jeans Mile record books were re-written at the CITIUS MAG x Lost Boys Track Club Blue Jeans Mile at the East River Park track in New York City. Spencer Brown, best known for his accomplishments as a middle distance runner for Georgetown or his Youtube channel “The Athlete Special”, ran a men’s world record time of 4:16.63 to win the final race of the night. Jackie Katzman, a runner from Cornell, led three women under the previous women’s world record with her 5:29.30 in the first race of the night.

The previous official world record of 4:34.3 was ran by Pierce Flanders in Topeka, Kansas. Last Thursday morning, an unofficial world record of 4:19 was run by Sean Keveren in Nashville, Tennessee but it was later determined that his jeans did not comply with the 100% cotton or denim regulation that we initially set forth in our introduction to the event. We recognized the time but put an asterisk next to it.

Jackie Katzman finished fifth overall in the first section of the race but became the first woman to run under 5:30 with her 5:29.13. Leigh Anne Sharek crosse the finish line just a second behind her in 5:30.87. Lena Placzek ran 5:1.25 to also get under Anna Saats’ previous world record of 5:56.56.

It was a great time. Lots of laughs were shared. This really escalated into something much bigger than we ever imagined. The next big attempt will come from Utah on Monday morning as NCAA 10K runner-up Rory Linkletter attempts his own blue jean mile on BYU’s track. On Friday night, the Sir Walter Miler will host its own blue jeans mile in collaboration with us and the good folks at Raleigh Denim. More information on that race can be found at the end of this post.

Here are the results of the faster section of the NYC Blue Jeans Mile (Note: Some of our timers didn’t get full names of some of the runners so if you were one of these participants in that’s name is not listed, tweet at us)

  1. Spencer Brown 4:16.63 (WR)
  2. Nick Karam 4:37.89
  3. Pat Donnelly 4:38.82
  4. Kid in Red Adidas Spikes 4:41.87
  5. Kid in Navy Singlet and Green Spikes 4:44.50
  6. Steve Crinick 4:45.83
  7. Matt Smith 4:46.27
  8. Chris Giesting 4:49.49
  9. Matt Crawford 5:01.42
  10. Kid in Dark Singlet with White Number 5:02.74
  11. Kevin Byrne 5:28.65

For an inside look at Spencer Brown’s day and lead-up to the world record, check out the latest episode of The Athlete Special.

Here are the results of our first section of the NYC Blue Jeans Mile(Note: Some of our timers didn’t get full names of some of the runners so if you were one of these participants in that’s name is not listed, tweet at us):

  1. Jonah Shortall 5:16.51
  2. Daniel Medina 5:20.20
  3. William Maghak 5:24.27
  4. Dean D’Addario 5:27.96
  5. Jackie Katzman 5:29.13 (WR)
  6. Leigh Anne Sharek 5:30.87
  7. Dennis ____ 5:36.37
  8. David Meclinsky 5:40.87
  9. Bobby Judge 5:40.97
  10. Lena Placzek 5:51.25
  11. Ali ____ 5:51.80
  12. Omari ____ 6;00.45
  13. Sean Baez 6:10.53

And here’s a look at the men’s all-time Blue Jeans Mile list

(With our NYC additions and the NINE competitors that we had in a all-comers meet in Seattle.)

  1. Spencer Brown (NYC) – 4:16.38
  2. Sean Keveren (TN) – 4:19*
  3. Pierce Flanders (KS) – 4:34.3
  4. Nick Karam (NYC) – 4:37.89
  5. Pat Donnelly (NYC) – 4:38.82
  6. Kid in Red Adidas Spikes (NYC) – 4:41.87
  7. Sandy Roberts (NC) – 4:43
  8. Kid in Navy Singlet and Green Spikes(NYC) – 4:44.50
  9. Steve Crinick(NYC) – 4:45.83
  10. Matt Smith (NYC) – 4:46.27
  11. Ben Nagel (IN) – 4:49.0
  12. Chris Giesting 4:49.49
  13. Drew Polley (WA) – 4:49
  14. Jordan Anderson (WA) – 4:52
  15. Brandon Sotelo (TX) – 4:54
  16. Pete Hanson (WA) – 4:57
  17. Tahoma Doyon (WA) – 5:00
  18. Matt Crawford (NYC) – 5:01.42
  19. Kid in Dark Singlet with White Number 5:02.74
  20. Hunter Hall (TN) – 5:04
  21. Tucker ??? – 5:04.06
  22. Waqar Shaikh (WA) – 5:06
  23. Ryan Solinsky (WA) – 5:07
  24. Luke Jaramillo (KS) – 5:10
  25. Rylan Brown (KS) – 5:10
  26. Dane Legare (WA) – 5:11
  27. Ian Cropp (KS)  – 5:12
  28. Paul Young (WA) – 5:13
  29. Jonah Shortall (NYC) -5:16.51
  30. Ryan Sterner (CA) – 5:17
  31. Daniel Medina(NYC) – 5:20.20
  32. William Maghak (NYC) – 5:24.27
  33. Dean D’Addario(NYC) – 5:27.96
  34. Kevin Byrne (NYC) – 5:28.65
  35. Dennis ____ (NYC) – 5:36.37
  36. David Meclinsky (NYC) – 5:40.87
  37. Bobby Judge (NYC) -5:40.97
  38. Ali ____  (NYC) – 5:51.80
  39. Omari ____(NYC) – 6;00.45
  40. Sean Baez (NYC) – 6:10.53

The women’s all-time list is below:

  1. Jackie Katzman (NYC) – 5:29.13
  2. Leigh Anne Sharek (NYC) – 5:30.87
  3. Lena Placzek (NYC) – 5:51.25
  4. Anna Staats (MD) – 5:56.56
  5. Hillary Shaw (WA) – 6:04
  6. Liza Rectro (MD) – 8:08.51

For more information on racing the Blue Jeans Mile at Sir Walter Miler, check here

July 28, 2017

PHOTOS: CITIUS MAG x Lost Boys Track Club NYC Blue Jeans Mile

A photo gallery of the 2017 NYC Blue Jeans Mile presented by CITIUS MAG and the Lost Boys Track Club. Two world records were set.

July 27, 2017

Watch: Sean Keveren runs 4:19* Blue Jeans Mile

Sean Keveren runs a 4:19 Blue Jeans Mile but we’re putting an asterisk next to it due to a controversial cotton percentage.

July 26, 2017

New World Records highlight historic day for Blue Jeans Mile

The Blue Jeans Mile history books have been re-written ahead of an epic race in New York City on Thursday night at East River.

July 24, 2017

Attempting a 200-mile week

Zach Kughn and Ethan Wilhelm will soon attempt to run a 200-mile week as they try to settle a little bar argument that took place in April.

July 23, 2017

Watch: Ben Nagel runs 4:49.0 Blue Jeans Mile world junior record

Watch 17-year-old Ben Nagel set the Blue Jeans Mile world junior boys record by running 4:49 on his high school track in Indiana.

July 20, 2017

Berlin Marathon gives us a clash of titans but we’re missing someone

The Berlin Marathon will feature a clash between Wilson Kipsang and Eliud Kipchoge but we definitely wanted to see Kenenisa Bekele there.

July 14, 2017

Postcard from Kenya: Sarah Mwangi’s journey to UTEP

Next month, Sarah Mwangi fly from Nairobi to El Paso to start her four years at UTEP. Her flight will be the last and easiest leg of her journey.

July 11, 2017

Anna Staats sets women’s world record, world junior record for Blue Jeans Mile

Anna Staat put on her best pair of mom jeans and ran the women’s world record and a world junior record for the Blue Jeans Mile.

July 11, 2017

The Olympics return to the U.S. – Some thoughts on Los Angeles getting the Summer Games

Some thoughts into the pros and cons behind the 2024 or 2028 Olympics that will be hosted in Los Angeles after the IOC agreed to award both Games in September.

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