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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.

March 16, 2022

Meet Your Heroes: Connecting Today’s High School Stars With Pros

Being part of the festivities at New Balance Nationals, that early spark that drove us all to a lifelong obsession with this sport was everywhere, and it was contagious.

March 16, 2022

Inside The World Athletics Athletes’ Commission: Interview With Aisha Praught-Leer

Learn more about the World Athletics Athletes’ Commission and the role athletes play in making changes to the sport.

March 16, 2022

NCAA Championships of the World: 2022’s Biggest Winners

A look at the biggest winners of the 2022 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.

March 9, 2022

Eliud Kipchoge Is The Greatest Of All-Time: There Is No Debate

With 2 Olympic gold medals, 9 major marathon victories and perhaps the greatest PR “stunt” in our sport’s history, it is impossible to dispute Eliud Kipchoge’s status as the greatest to ever do it.

March 9, 2022

Mondo Duplantis Highlights On SportsCenter, Please!

Track and Field Twitter blew up when ESPN shared a pole vault video. The catch is that it wasn’t Mondo Duplantis’s new world record of 6.19m

March 9, 2022

Grant Fisher Interview After His 10K American Record: ‘Kind Of A Surreal Feeling’

How far things have come the past 12 years: When Grant Fisher crossed the finish line, Solinsky would have had another 195m to go.

March 2, 2022

Fast Times With Friends

After watching the women’s 1,5000m final at the U.S. Indoor Championships, Kyle Merber examines what it’s like racing your closest friends.

March 2, 2022

Catching up with Ashland’s Trevor Bassitt After His U.S. Indoors 400m Win

Ashland University’s Trevor Bassitt will race the 400m at the World Indoor Track and Field Championships after winning his first U.S. title.

February 23, 2022

Jakob Ingebrigtsen Just Ran 3:30 For The Indoor 1,500M World Record in February. How Is That Possible?

Isn’t this supposed to be the time of year when Jakob Ingebrigtsen is supposed to be base building? Examining his training.

February 23, 2022

Catching up with Sandi Morris: Embracing Change In 2022 And Thriving

Following an injury in Tokyo, Sandi Morris made the decision to change coaches and training groups with sights set on more medals in 2022.

February 23, 2022

What Is In The Water Everywhere? | Examining the Fast NCAA Times

After this weekend, the 12th fastest time in the NCAA is 9:24.56. Consider that the indoor world best was 9:25.97 up until 2020.

February 16, 2022

Getting To Know Atlanta Track Club Elite’s Shane Streich (American Record Holder 1,000m)

Shane Streich is in his rookie season with Atlanta Track Club Elite, The Lap Count felt like it was time for fans to get to know the new kid.

February 16, 2022

How Pro Runners Can Make Record-Breaking Performances Stand Out

How can a pro runner stand out from the crowd, when even running an American Record isn’t enough to satiate the 24 hour running news cycle?!

February 16, 2022

Too Much Opportunity Is Bad If It Oversaturates The Market

It’s a waste of these record-shattering performances to not have them showcased and better broadcast to the masses. 

February 9, 2022

Interview: Pete Julian on Union Athletics Club Putting On Lilac Grand Prix To Showcase Its Stars

Pete Julian explains why Union Athletics Club has decided to host a meet with a pay-per-view model and try to appeal to new + diehard fans.

February 2, 2022

Interview: Elle Purrier After Winning Back-To-Back Wanamaker Mile Titles

Elle Purrier discusses how her training for 2022 has leveled up and led her to capture a second Wanamaker Mile title at the Millrose Games.

February 2, 2022

OAC Turns It On At Millrose Games

The On Athletics Club walked away with four personal bests and three wins by their four athletes competing at the Millrose Games.

February 2, 2022

You Need To Know About The Cinque Mulin Cross Country Race

American fans need to know more about the Cinque Mulin cross country race. This race belongs on ESPN: The Ocho.

January 26, 2022

8 Burning Questions for The Millrose Games

The Millrose Games return after a one-year hiatus and there’s not shortage of hype with star-studded fields for every race.

January 26, 2022

How Millrose Games Got Its Name: A Brief History

A pretty odd track club moniker has become one of the most history track meets in America. Here’s a little history behind the Millrose Games.

January 26, 2022

In Defense of Altitude Conversions

Every few years a race will be run on a mountain somewhere and the altitude conversion will irk the newest group of sea level-trained college kids.

January 19, 2022

Making Sense of Keira D’Amato’s American Women’s Marathon Record

Why did Deena Kastor’s 2:19:26 American record from 2006 last for so long? Why did Keira D’Amato succeed when so many greats fell short?

January 19, 2022

Patrick Tiernan Opens Up The ‘Bittersweet’ Departure From OTC, Joining Puma Elite

Pat Tiernan ran a half marathon personal best of 1:00:55 to finish 6th at the Houston Half. This race was his last as a Mark Rowland-trained athlete.

January 19, 2022

Ben Flanagan Returns To Ann Arbor To Join The Very Nice Track Club

Ben Flanagan is returning to Michigan to train alongside Mason Ferlic again while under the direction of Ron Warhurst.

January 12, 2022

Parker Stinson Joins Roots Running: Why He Made The Decision

Parker Stinson joins Roots Running’s group that includes Noah Droddy, Frank Lara, Luke Caldwell, Sid Vaughn and Sidney Gidabuday.

January 12, 2022

Do a Victory Lap!

Our goal with The Victory Lap has been to support athletes and premium newsletter has become a good luck omen.

January 12, 2022

A Proposal For Improving USATF Cross Country

There’s the USATF Club Cross Country Championship and the USATF Cross Country Championships.

January 5, 2022

Emily Infeld Leaves The Bowerman Track Club

Emily Infeld announced that she is no longer a member of the Portland-based group and will be pursuing new opportunities.

January 5, 2022

Ben Blankenship Returns At USATF Cross Country Championships

The last time Ben Blankenship raced was when he made the U.S. Olympic Trials 1,500m semifinal off of 8 days of running.

March 10, 2017

What makes a meet great from an athlete’s perspective

Dear meet directors, here’s what separates a great track meet from a good one. Some tips from professional miler Kyle Merber.

March 7, 2017

Nobody remembers anything: Five under-appreciated, legendary runners for Millennials

There’s more to American distance running history than Frank Shorter and Pre. Kyle Merber shares five legendary runners that everyone should know.

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