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The Sports Gets Creative

Chris Chavez and Matthew Luke Meyer catch up from New Jersey and Montana to unpack the biggest storylines in the sport for April 2020. With races and events canceled through most of the summer, the sport has gotten creative with virtual races, time trials, backyard ultra-marathons and pole vault competitions. This is how we’re staying active and entertained amid a pandemic.

We did our best to not say the c*********s word in the podcast.

Among notable news from the month of April:

    • World Athletics says that no performance between April 2020 and November 30, 2020 will count toward Tokyo qualification. The new window will run from Dec. 1 to May 31 for the marathon and then through June 29 for all other events. Some athletes were a bit upset by this blanket suspension.
    • The Berlin Marathon was the first major marathon to be affected by the pandemic and gathering limits. It will be postponed or scaled down to an extent. The re-scheduled Boston is scheduled to take place two weeks before that.
    • No Diamond League Meets through June but Oslo will be putting on The Impossible Games.
    • Oregon 2021 becomes Oregon 2022 with the world championships being held from July 15 to July 24 at the new Hayward Field. The meet is early and will be held before Commonwealth Games and European Championships oddly enough.
    • ‘Dopers Gonna Dope’ with Asbel Kiprop still saying he’s innocent, Daniel Wanjiru getting busted for a biological passport violation and athletes recording whereabouts failures.
    • Bad news: Coogan’s, the popular track and field NYC bar by The Armory, has closed for good.
    • Good news: Shalane adopted a baby!
    • What’s the most impressive run we’ve seen on Strava since quarantine?
    • All that and more…

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