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June 23, 2018

GALLERY: USATF Outdoor Championships – Day Two

Day Two of the USATF Outdoor Championships was contested in the rain. Finals included the men’s and women’s 100 meters ft. Noah Lyles.

June 22, 2018

My First Day at Western States: I’m a huge failure

Today has been full of mistakes. My first day on a press trip, and I’ve completely, totally, utterly dropped the ball.

I’m currently on-assignment covering the Western States Endurance Run. I cannot emphasize enough the poor job I’ve done.

Today was a day where the elite athletes were all meandering around the Village at Squaw Valley – totally accessible to media, and I failed to gather one goddamn interview. It would have been great to have sat down for a few minutes with Courtney Dauwalter (complete badass, overall winner of the 2017 Moab 240-MILER-WTF[!]), or Jim Walmsley (0-2 at Western States, but we all want him to finish this year). But I didn’t. I failed to gather one soundbite, one photo.

Instead, I went for a run along the Truckee River. It was beautiful, but I should have been contacting athletes for interviews.

Then, I ate a robust bowl of oatmeal on the back porch of the cabin I was staying at. The cabin is about a mile from the Village at Squaw Valley. I should have been heading over to the Village to find the athletes I had contacted a few hours earlier.

After my oatmeal, I sat around the cabin. Did some small talk. Nothing productive. It was during this time of nothingness where my appetite began to build. I should have sucked it up and gone to the Village to find some athletes, but, as I’m sure you can now tell, I didn’t. I drove 15 miles to Tahoe City (past Squaw Valley) to find a salad and an iced coffee. Cognitive dissonance. It’s beautiful.

Once 2:00 PM rolled around, I now thought it was the right time to go find some athletes. The sun was in full force, and obviously these athletes would be walking around the ski area, soaking up the sun the day before they race 100 miles through the California mountains and canyons.

I didn’t find a single athlete. I did find a delicious chocolate chip cookie, though.

Truth be told, my day wasn’t a total failure. I tagged along with my girlfriend to the Salomon crew house so she could see Lucy Bartholomew before she raced. While they went over her race plan, I waited in the den and watched as a French man and a Swedish man worked in tandem to prepare for tomorrow’s race.

The Swede, Johan Steene, will be lining up at 5:00 AM tomorrow morning to take on the burden of Western States. Hearing him talk about eating baby food at mile 65 was the closest thing I came to any sort of professional journalism today. As it turns out, nutrition – second only to having legs – is the most important part of completing Western States.

“I bought these today,” Johan said about the baby food. “It seems like it will be good.”

Apparently Johan hadn’t ever experimented with the baby food before planning to use it during one of the premier ultramarathons in the world. Seems fairly non-traditional for a Swede to do something without proper calculations, but Johan, my new favorite runner, seemed sure of himself.

And so, that’s all I have to report from the day before Western States: as long as you’re confident, you should be fine.

June 22, 2018

GALLERY: USATF Outdoor Championships – Day One In The Rain

Day One of the USATF Outdoor Championships was contested in the rain. Finals included the men’s and women’s 10,000 meters.

June 22, 2018

Stephanie And Ben Bruce’s Consistency and Breakthroughs

Stephanie and Ben Bruce chat about their experiences at the 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships and the work it took to get there.

June 20, 2018

2018 U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships Preview Show

Chris Chavez and Kevin Liao break down all of the action and top performances to expect at the 2018 U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines

June 15, 2018

Exclusive Sneak Peek: Year of the Bison – A Portrait of Nick Symmonds’ Final Season

CITIUS MAG readers get an exclusive look at the first five minutes to “Year of the Bison” A Portrait of Nick Symmonds’ Final Season.

June 13, 2018

Running Things Considered: Is Steve Prefontaine Overrated? One Caller Thinks So

On Running Things Considered, one caller decided to share this thoughts on Steve Prefontaine being one of the most overrated U.S. runners ever.

June 13, 2018

Predicting The Next Wave of Olympians from The NCAA Championships

Jesse Squire makes a bold move of trying to predict Olympians for 2020 from the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

June 11, 2018

An Idiot’s Guide to Western States 100: Sitting down with the Coconino Cowboys

Stephen Kersh grabbed some beers with three runners taking on Western States this year to try and create an idiot’s walk through to the race.

May 29, 2018

Lane 9: The Last Pre Classic and NCAAs Heating Up

We take a deep dive into the best performances from the 2018 Pre Classic before Hayward Field’s renovations begin. Spoiler: Teens are still fast.

May 27, 2018

Pre Classic Photos Gallery – Day 2

May 23, 2018

The Joggler: A Story on Zach Prescott – (CITIUS MAG’s First Mini Documentary)

Watch CITIUS MAG’s first-ever mini-documentary on Zach Prescott, the Boston University runner who ran a 4:43.2 mile while juggling three balls.

May 20, 2018

The Diary From a Disciple of the Church of the Sunday Long Run

7:00 AM Ah! At last! Sunday. Our day of truest worship. The day that, many moons ago, our great leader decreed: “Ye shall run Long once a week and ye shall wait until the finalest day to do doth deed. Also, if ye run Long whilst enrolled in Academia, ye shall be hungest over.”

While my body is slowly waking up, my spirit lags behind. My corporeal existence craves its most basic needs: banana, peanut butter, coffee, and toilet.

7:30 AM – The service has officially begun! The foam roller has been placed on my molding yoga mat and I begin my elaborate, practiced routine of pretending to roll out calves, quads, and back.

I mainly just look at my phone.

7:45 AM – I grab my holy Maurten water bottle and a host of essential energy bars for the post-Church of the Sunday Long Run protein window before heading to my car to pick up fellow worshippers.

We listen to Chance the Rapper’s ‘Blessings’ for our short drive to the trailhead. We are – indeed – staying ready for our blessing.

7:56 AM – I begin to sync my Garmin, readying it for the hill and dale that lie ahead.

8:01 AM – THIS GOD DAMN THING WON’T SYNC

8:04 AM – Myself and six other disciples of the Church of the Sunday Long Run take our first steps towards salvation.

8:10 AM – Seeds of initial mistrust have been sewn in the group as Lucas has told us he plans on running 70 minutes.

70 minutes is no long run.

8:17 AM – Lucas’ fall from grace has been all but forgotten as Skylar begins to break the covenant with a sub 7-minute mile far too early in the service.

I cannot help but believe I am surrounded by wolves in sheep’s clothing.

8:25 AM – Sweet respite as we pause to toilet ourselves.

8:35 AM – It is usually around this part of the service where I unleash a demonic oath to never attend another gathering while denouncing this religion in whole. But, for whatever reason, today I was struck by epiphany.

“My friends. What if we honored Sunday as a day of rest?”

“But Sundays are not for rest.”

“But they could be.”

“No. No they could not be. Our great leader decreed it so.”

“What if he was wrong?”

I fear I have paved my path to martyrdom.

8:37 AM – My epiphany fails to create any sort of constructive discourse amongst my fellow disciples, instead they try their best to drop me from the group by increasing the pace.

I take each blow with grace, not speaking but answering with a surge of energy. I refuse for my heresy to die an easy death. 

8:39 AM – Lucas turns and leaves the group.

There is no question in my mind our leader will smite the very earth he runs back to his car. We will never see Lucas again. 

8:45 AM – I find Lucas’ decision to not run a true long run today, on our day of worship, particularly troubling. Not only for himself and his soul, but for myself and my epiphany.

Lucas’ actions, albeit vile, might give credence to my thoughts of conducting our weekly service on, for example, Saturday.

9:15 AM – After spending the last 30 minutes in deep thought, invoking our deepest beliefs, I speak:

“Next Saturday, I will be conducting my worship at the Church of the Saturday Long Run. You are all welcome to join, as is anyone from any other creed. I will be reaching out to our friends at the Church of the Saturday is an Off Day, at the Church of Friday is Speed Day, and, of course, our fellow believers at the Church of the Vaporfly 4%.”

“You can’t do that. That is illegal.”

“There is no way that is illegal.”

“I promise you I will call the police on you.”

“Why”

“DEICIDE”

Skylar is an idiot.

9:45 AM – I have decided to abscond the Church of the Sunday Long Run with a great hope to form the Church of the Long Run. A place where all distances can be run on all days without judgement, nor malice. We will not tack our existence to one day in the week, rather will find peace in our body of work throughout the week.

I deeply hope Lucas is alive. Lucas clearly understands. Lucas will be my first disciple.

 

May 7, 2018

Track on the Road: The Final Stretch

Andrew Wise wraps up his post-collegiate trip with a recap of how his two races played out after spending several weeks living out of a van.

April 25, 2018

WHAT2WATCH: April 26 at the Penn and Drake Relays

It’s the day you’ve been waiting for all spring — the Penn and Drake Relays are here & here’s the first full day of competition.

April 18, 2018

Track on the Road: Discovering The Vastness Of The Sport

An update from Andrew Wise and his travels with his girlfriend as they live life out of a van and continue their post-collegiate pursuit of personal bests.

April 17, 2018

Des Linden: The Badass

Why Des Linden is a badass from the viewpoint of a Michigander who’s been paying attention and why you should think so as well.

April 16, 2018

Thoughts on the 2018 Boston Marathon As Told By GIFS

This is not your typical recap of the Boston Marathon. Rather this is a collection of thoughts and reactions, as summarized by GIFs.

April 16, 2018

2018 Boston Marathon Live Blog Bonanza

We tell you how to follow the action from the 2018 Boston Marathon with live updates, splits and all the information that you want.

April 14, 2018

Play Boston Marathon BINGO on Race Day

In honor of the 2018 Boston Marathon, we decided to make the broadcast a little interactive for you. We’ve created a BINGO Card.

April 14, 2018

A Comprehensive Ranking of the 2018 Boston Marathon Edition Shoes

We take a look at all of the special edition shoes released by New Balance, Saucony, Altra, Brooks, Adidas and more for the 2018 Boston Marathon.

April 13, 2018

It’s Finally Here: The Marathon Matchup We’ve All Been Waiting For

The U.S. women’s field for the 2018 Boston Marathon includes nearly every major contender for the 2020 U.S. Olympic marathon team at this point.

April 9, 2018

LANE 9 – Remember His Name: Erick Kiptanui Runs 5th-Fastest Half Marathon Of All Time In Berlin

Chris and Scott break down all the weekend’s best and worst action. This weekend, Erick Kiptanui became the 5th fastest half marathoner ever.

April 5, 2018

Everyone Needs a Rival: Assigning An Enemy To Every Division I Track Team

In this week’s Thursday Morning Trackstravaganza and Field Frenzy by Jesse Squire, he assigned a rival to every Division I Track and Field team in the U.S.

April 3, 2018

The Speed Project 2018: A Photo Essay of a 340-Mile Journey From Los Angeles to Las Vegas

We hit the road from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to witness 40+ teams take on the harsh task of running a 340-miles relay race called The Speed Project.

April 2, 2018

Lane 9: Sydney McLaughlin Had Quite The Excellent Weekend

Chris and Scott recap all of the weekend’s track and field action including Sydney McLaughlin’s 22.39 200m, 50.07 400m and 49.45 4×4 split.

April 1, 2018

The Alberto Salazar ESPN 30 For 30 Documentary You’ve Been Waiting For

“Bad Boys For Life: The Story of Alberto And Diddy.” The film will follow Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and his effort to run the 2003 ING New York City Marathon.

March 27, 2018

First Things First: A New Citius Mag Video Series – First Guest: Robby Andrews

First Things First gives viewers an inside look at elite athletes training in Flagstaff while eating hamburgers and answering questions at the same time.

March 26, 2018

Examining Geoffrey Kamworor’s Swagger Levels & More

We delve into some of the weekend’s best action including Geoffrey Kamworor’s 13:01 split at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

March 22, 2018

The Biggest Upsets in NCAA Track And Field History (Plus the Weekend’s Best Matchups)

In the spirit of March Madness, here are the biggest upsets in the history of college track and field and came up with a list across a variety of events.

March 20, 2018

Assessing Orlando As The 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Host

As part of our series evaluating the cities competing to host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, we’re assessing the Orlando bid.

March 15, 2018

Five Ways Track Fans Can Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, plus The Weekend’s Best Matchups

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on Saturday. How can you as a track fan and/or runner, more sedately celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

March 8, 2018

Your Roadfood Guide to Indoor Championship Weekend

One of my goals whenever I travel is to find good roadfood. If I can find just one it’s a successful trip. What do I mean by “roadfood”?

March 5, 2018

Why is a tiny island better at marathons than our entire continent?

At the 2018 Tokyo Marathon, 9 Japanese runners ran sub-2:10 with 6 of them placing top 10. How is the country beating USA at developing top marathoners?

March 1, 2018

Why Conference Championships Are The Best

The beauty of conference championship season is that everyone acts out Bo Schembechler’s words: the team, the team, the team.

February 28, 2018

Shelby Houlihan’s Focus

Shelby Houlihan gives us a look at how she went from injured in January to a U.S. champion and now a world indoor championship medal contender.

February 26, 2018

Mt. Rushmore of U.S. Women’s Marathoners: Did Amy Cragg Just Snag A Spot?

Amy Cragg clocked a personal best of 2:21:42 at the Tokyo Marathon so does that put her among the greats on the Mt. Rushmore of U.S. Marathoning?

February 21, 2018

Katie Nageotte On Her Road to Her First U.S. Title: “It Still Doesn’t Feel Real”

Jesse Squire chats with 2018 U.S. Indoor Track and Field Champion Katie Nageotte on her breakthrough performances and her career track.

February 19, 2018

The Scenes and Emotions of the 2018 USATF Indoor Championships

R.J. McNichols gets behind the camera for CITIUS MAG at the USATF Indoor Championships this weekend to capture the emotions of athletes headed to Worlds.

February 16, 2018

Quamel Prince Is The Unsponsored Underdog You Should Root For At USAs

Get to know Quamel Prince: the 23-year-old who never qualified for NCAAs and has broken 1:48 a grand total of once in his life.

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