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Author: Kyle Merber

Kyle Merber is a professional runner for HOKA One One and the New Jersey*New York Track Club. He has run 3:34/3:52 but prefers those facts are not mentioned in his bio because he wants his writing to be judged independently. He tweets occasionally @TheRealMerb.

January 24, 2023

The Resurrection of Andrew Colley

After years of injuries, Andrew Colley qualified for the World Championships with a runner-up finish at USATF Cross Country Championships.

January 18, 2023

Why Changing Coaches Is OK

With pro runners signing new contracts or college kids transferring, here are reasons why athletes change their coaching situations.

January 18, 2023

Marc Scott Leaves Bowerman Track Club, Joins NN Running Team

Last month, Marc Scott announced that he is no longer a member of the Bowerman Track Club and has joined the NN Running Team.

December 29, 2022

The Best of 2022 In Track And Field: CITIUS MAG Staff Picks

Picking the best moments, most underrated athletes, favorite social media posts, favorite interviews and more from this year in track.

December 21, 2022

A Global Championship Qualifying Shakeup For NCAA Meets

The 2022 USTFCCCA Convention mentioned a change that could disrupt the qualifications of American-based athletes for global championship

December 8, 2022

We Need More Professional Cross Country In America

Every distance runner in the U.S. participated in cross country growing up. The historic lack of focus on XC at the post-collegiate level is a shame.

December 1, 2022

A Name to Remember: Irene Riggs

When I saw that Irene Riggs ran 16:02 for 5k to win the NXR Southeast Regional meet, I was impressed – that’s super fast.

December 1, 2022

How Coach John Hayes Led Wake Forest To Their Best NCAAs Finish Since 1989

Since John Hayes became the Director of Cross Country and Track in 2016, Wake Forest has consistently climbed the rankings each year.

November 23, 2022

What It Was Like Calling The NCAA Cross Country Championships On ESPN

The ESPN coverage of the NCAA Cross Country Championships in recent years has been excellent so I was honored to be invited for this year’s.

November 23, 2022

Interview: World Championship Finalist Andy Bayer Comes Out of Retirement

Andy Bayer retired during the pandemic and passed on his third shot at an Olympic team. But, he’s decided to make a comeback.

November 23, 2022

NCAA Champion Katelyn Tuohy Doesn’t Go Pro, Signs NIL Deal With Adidas

Katelyn Tuohy was already valuable to Adidas, and this deal will likely ensure she remains in a three-striped uniform for as long as possible.

November 23, 2022

10 Takes From The 2022 NCAA Cross Country Championships

There was a palpable excitement leading into this year’s NCAA Cross Country Championships – this one just had more hype around it than normal.

November 16, 2022

Interview: Marielle Hall To Make Half Marathon Debut In Philadelphia

Saturday is the Philadelphia Half Marathon and one of the biggest names on the entry list is Olympian Marielle Hall making her debut.

November 9, 2022

Kyle Merber’s New York City Marathon Race Recap

2:38:28 at the 2022 New York City Marathon – This is not the time I wanted, but it’s still a time.

November 9, 2022

Orlando To Host 2024 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

It was finally announced that the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials will be held on February 3rd, 2024 in Orlando, Florida.

November 2, 2022

Kyle Merber’s New York City Marathon Training Update Vol. 10

“Based on my fitness, I think that I can run sub-2:20 in a well-executed race.”

November 2, 2022

All Signs Point Toward Marathon Success For Emily Durgin

The biggest American name debuting in the New York City Marathon elite women’s field is Emily Durgin.

November 2, 2022

Interview: Nell Rojas Ready For Her First New York City Marathon

After finishing sixth at the 2021 Boston Marathon, Nell Rojas followed it up with a new personal best of 2:25:57 at the 2022 edition.

October 26, 2022

Kyle Merber’s New York City Marathon Training Update Vol. 9

Less than two weeks until the NYC Marathon! The hay is in the barn. I wish there was a bit more hay in there, but this is what we got!

October 26, 2022

Scott Fauble Returns To New York City Marathon With More Faith In Himself

Scott Fauble has proven himself as a consistent presence at the front of World Marathon Majors with three top 10 finishes in Boston & New York.

October 26, 2022

Six Pro Runners Share Their Best Marathon Tips For A First-Timer

Kyle Merber was able to ask some of the best marathoners in the country for some advice before his debut at the 2022 New York City Marathon.

October 19, 2022

NCAA Cross Country Tiebreaker Rule On Display At Nuttycombe Invitational

New Mexico closed down 51 points over the final 2000 meters to finish in a tie, 80 to 80. Let’s look to the sixth runners, right? Not so fast!

October 19, 2022

Kyle Merber’s New York City Marathon Training Update Vol. 8

True Life: Kyle Merber is addicted to the tangible improvement.

October 5, 2022

Kyle Merber’s New York City Marathon Training Update Vol. 6

My intentions were to find a way to sneak in 90 miles this week and I fell well short of that, totaling just 71.

September 28, 2022

Tracksmith Debuts Its First-Ever Running Shoe: Meet The Eliot Runner

The Eliot Runner is the first running shoe from Tracksmith. It will be released November 2022 and can be reserved now.

September 28, 2022

Kyle Merber’s New York City Marathon Training Update Vol. 5

This past week of training, however, marked the first time that I felt some degree of stagnation during this block

September 21, 2022

Kyle Merber’s New York City Marathon Training Update Vol. 3

A friend recently asked how I am managing to balance everything, and I’ve realized it’s a combination of a few things.

September 21, 2022

Sydney Marathon’s Hopes For World Marathon Major Status

The Abbott World Marathon Majors are looking for a seventh race to join the circuit by 2025 and the tryouts have started.

September 20, 2022

Stephanie Bruce Interview: I Hope I Leave The Sport Better Than When I Got Here

With just a few months left in her pro career and one final marathon, Stephanie Bruce discusses her U.S. title and her career perspective.

September 14, 2022

King (And Queen) Of The Great North Run

Hellen Obiri won The Great North Run this weekend in preparation for her marathon debut at the New York City Marathon.

September 14, 2022

Kyle Merber’s New York City Marathon Training Update Vol. 3

Ultimately, 21 miles at 5:45 pace is the best long run of my career.

September 14, 2022

Scotland Sweeps 5th Avenue Mile Titles With Laura Muir, Jake Wightman Victories

Laura Muir capped her brilliant 2022 summer by dominating the women’s race with a 4:14.8 to smash the course record.

September 7, 2022

Kyle Merber’s New York City Marathon Training Update Vol. 2

A lot of you think I am capable of running way faster than I’d have predicted, but also some expectations were rather…insulting.

September 7, 2022

Elly Henes Runs 14:52 For 5000m, Taking Care Of “Unfinished Business”

At the ISATF Berlin meeting, Elly Henes ran an 11-second personal best in the 5000m of 14:52.87 to notch the World Championship Standard.

September 5, 2022

Conner Mantz Targets Sub-2:08 Marathon Debut In Chicago

Two-time NCAA cross country champion Conner Mantz will make his marathon debut at the Chicago Marathon in October.

August 31, 2022

Kyle Merber: I Am Running The 2022 New York City Marathon

I am ready to race again. My time on the track is certainly done, since there’s no way I can go any faster. But I can go farther.

August 31, 2022

Baylor Star Aaliyah Miller Signs With On Running, Joins Team Boss

Aaliyah Miller announced that she inked a professional deal with On Running and would be moving to Boulder to train with Team Boss.

August 31, 2022

UTMB: The Future and Past of the Sport

We are in the midst of a sort of ultra Renaissance. There’s been a complete changing of the guard, both in terms of the elites in the sport, as well as its general participants and fans.

August 24, 2022

Freddie Crittenden: The Biggest Breakthrough From NACAC After Running 13.00 For 110m Hurdles

In the Bahamas, Freddie Crittenden won the men’s 110m hurdles in an impressive 13.00 (+0.3) for the biggest performance of his career.

August 24, 2022

Thoughts On The 2023 World Athletics Championships Qualifying Standards, World Rankings

For the 2023 World Athletics Championships, World Athletics is going to shove the rankings system down our throats no matter how badly we don’t want it!

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