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Month: April 2018

April 30, 2018

Ten Parting Thoughts from Drake Relays & Penn Relays Weekend

Ten reactions by Jesse Squire on the last three days of the Penn Relays, Drake Relays and National Relays as outdoor season is now in full swing.

April 28, 2018

WHAT2WATCH on Saturday at the Penn, Drake, and National Relays

Today is the final day of competition at the Penn Relays, Drake Relays, and National Relays. It’s an all-day party of track and field!

April 27, 2018

I have joined the fitness cult known as Strava

I did some research on how to identify a cult in the U.S. and I think by becoming a Strava member, I’m part of a fitness cult now.

April 27, 2018

WHAT2WATCH Friday at the Penn and Drake Relays

Friday marks Day Two for the Penn and Drake Relays and the debut of Arkansas’ new National Relay Championships.

April 26, 2018

TEASER TRAILER: Year of the Bison: A Portrait of Nick Symmonds during his Final Track Season

It is my pleasure to share with you my latest documentary, “Year of the Bison: A Portrait of Nick Symmonds during his Final Track Season.”

This feature-length documentary follows 2 x Olympian/World Silver Medalist, Nick Symmonds through his final season of professional Track and Field. Through workouts, races, and life off the track, Nick sees if he can be the best US track athlete for just one more season.

Above is the teaser trailer!  Check it out! Spread the word!

The film will be available for streaming and download on Vimeo On Demand and Amazon Video June 15, 2018.  You can pre-order the documentary on Vimeo On Demand now.

Before it gets released online, we are currently setting up a couple of screenings of the documentary across the US.  There is officially a screening happening in the Chicago suburbs hosted by Naperville Running Company (more info here).  There are a couple other screenings in the works as well.

If anyone is interested in hosting a screening of “Year of the Bison” before the release date, feel free to shoot me an email.

For More Information on Year of The Bison:

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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 25, 2018

Race Report: 2018 London Marathon

Our own Chris Chavez reflects on his race at the 2018 London Marathon, which was contested in record-setting warm temperatures.

April 25, 2018

Running Documentaries and Videos You Should Watch #10: SC Featured – Run: The Robert Young Story

Although this documentary is about a man, Robert Young, attempting to run across the United States in record time, this stranger-than-fiction kind of story almost really isn’t about that.

Todd Kapostasy produces a fascinating story of what he thought was going to be a man overcoming the adversity of his past by running across the United States in record time.  As Kapostasy films alongside Rob’s attempt at breaking a 36-year-old record, Kapostasy finds himself deep down the rabbit hole playing detective to find the answers.

Creative, fascinating, compelling, this SC Featured documentary explores whether or not Robert Young cheated his way across America.

April 24, 2018

Notable Celebrities That Have Competed At Penn Relays or Drake Relays

Here are some people who you know, but may not have known that they competed at the Penn or Drake Relays at some point in history.

April 21, 2018

The 2018 London Marathon is Kipchoge’s Race

Editor’s note: Thank you to loyal reader Lena Weidenbruch for writing this year’s London Marathon Preview. She is a student at Fordham University and is currently studying abroad in foggy foggy London Town. 

If the conditions are right on Sunday, there is no reason that we shouldn’t see the world record
broken in the 2018 London Marathon.

Going undefeated since 2014, Eliud Kipchoge, who tops the elite men’s start list, is the man for the job. Because of Kipchoge, any man who wants a chance at the win must also take a chance at the record. There are four men in particular who undoubtedly have their sights set on victory that will likely go out in world record pace to challenge Kipchoge. Mo Farah, Daniel Wanjiru, Kenenisa Bekele, and Guye Adola will do their best to challenge the 2016 Olympic Marathon Champion. The stakes are different for each man on this list, and Kipchoge’s performance on Sunday will prove whether or not these stakes even matter in the first place.

Mo Farah will compete in the marathon for the first time since retiring from the track last
summer with ten global gold medals in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. In the race that is being
treated as his debut at 26.2, Farah will prove that he has what it takes to be competitive with the
best of the best on the road. After winning the Vitality Big Half-Marathon in March, 3 seconds
ahead of Daniel Wanjiru, Farah confidently told The Guardian “The good thing is here I’ve
learned I looked as good as Wanjiru. Some of my sessions and the work I’ve done in the past
four weeks have been unbelievable. I think I still have it.”

Daniel Warinju is the reigning London Marathon champion. The Kenyan broke the tape last year
with a time of 2:05.48. Wanjiru is looking to repeat last year’s success in London but faces a
bigger challenge this year because of Eliud Kipchoge’s addition to the lineup.

Kenenisa Bekele is quoted by LetsRun as saying “It will be an honor to race alongside Sir Mo
Farah and Eliud Kipchoge as well as the other great athletes in the field. I have been training
very hard with the aim of arriving in London in April in the best possible condition.” When
Bekele says he aims at arriving in the best possible condition, that means arriving in world
record-breaking condition. Bekele ran the second fastest marathon of all time in 2016 but has
failed to complete multiple races over 26.2 miles since then. This year’s race against Kipchoge
will be the ultimate indicator of whether Bekele still has what it takes. The last contestant that cannot be counted out is Guye Adola. In 2017 he had the fastest marathon debut of all time at the Berlin Marathon with a time of 2:03:46, finishing second behind Kipchoge. With only one marathon under his belt, Adola has got to prove that he has more than just beginner’s luck.

The stats of these headliners together are insane. Between just Farah, Kipchoge, and Bekele there are eight Olympic gold medals, 12 World Outdoor Championship gold medals, and four world records. Throw Warinju and Adola into the mix, and you’ve also got the reigning London champion, and the fastest marathon debut of all time. Three of these men have personal bests of under 2 hours and 4 minutes and two of them, Kipchoge and Bekele, have gone within 10 seconds of the standing world record. Kipchoge is the only man to have proved that he is capable of going under Dennis Kimetto’s 2014 world record of 2:02.57.

Almost exactly a year ago Kipchoge clocked 2:00.25 in Nike’s Breaking2 attempt, unofficially
breaking the world record by a whopping 2 minutes and 32 seconds. The timing has never been
better for Kipchoge to go under the record again. If the rest of the elite field is up for the literal chase, that should be enough to get Kipchoge across the line sub 2:02.57. After his entry for this year’s race was announced, Kipchoge told The Guardian, “remember I ran the third-fastest time in history last year (London 2016) and I just missed out on the record by a few seconds. London is truly the place to break the world record.”

Any man who wants to be competitive in this race must go out in world record pace, meaning
that it is possible we might see multiple men go under the record on Sunday. The men’s elite
field for London 2018 does just about the best job it can in lining up competition for the man
dubbed the greatest marathoner of the modern era. Rather than a race against the clock, or even
the world record, the 2018 London Marathon will be a race against Eliud Kipchoge. Can the man
be beat? We’ll have to wait and see.

April 21, 2018

The Oldest Stadiums in College Track

Let’s take a look at the ten oldest NCAA Division I track stadiums as plans for a new Hayward Field were unveiled recently.

April 19, 2018

Once a Runner: Unpacking The Classic Running Book By John L. Parker

Patrick Gibson takes a deep dive into the classic John L. Parker novel ‘Once A Runner’ and what makes it so successful among runners.

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 18, 2018

PHOTOS: 2018 Boston Marathon – Right On Hereford, Left on Boylston

Photos from the wet, windy and gritty 2018 Boston Marathon. Taken as runners hit the final turn toward the finish line on Boylston street.

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

CITIUS MAG Beer Review: 122nd Pale Ale from Start Line Brewing

Chris Chavez continues his quest of finding the best Boston Marathon themed beer in Boston. He decided to give the 122nd Pale Ale a try.

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 14, 2018

How to Watch The 2018 Boston Marathon: Online, Live Stream, TV Broadcast Information

Monday’s Boston Marathon is a must-watch event. But how? We’ve got you covered with TV channel and online streaming information.

April 13, 2018

Lane 9: Fast Thoughts Ahead Of The Boston Marathon

Chris Chavez and Scott Olberding connect for a special edition of Lane 9 as they try to imagine how the 2018 Boston Marathon plays out.

April 13, 2018

Citius Mag Beer Review: Marathon Wheat Ale from Start Line Brewing

Our first beer review of Boston Marathon weekend goes to Start Line Brewing. Watch as Citius Mag founder Chris Chavez drinks his first beer.

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 13, 2018

CITIUS MAG Staffers Reveal Their Boston Marathon Predictions and Picks

CITIUS MAG staffers share their predictions and picks for the men’s and women’s elite races at the 122nd Boston Marathon on April 16.

April 10, 2018

Stephen’s Scoop: You Aren’t Going To Win Any Money At This Year’s Boston Marathon, But This Is Better

the 2018 Boston Marathon will be showing some love to an oft-forgotten, nary celebrated sub-section of runners: the age grouper. Through funding from adidas and The Woolmark Company, the top-20 in 13 age group categories will be earning long-sleeve Merino wool shirts.

April 10, 2018

Winners and Losers: An Investigation Into A Winning Mentality

In the sporting world there are winners and there are losers. But I’m talking about a more generalized notion of winner and loser

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

Prominent White Nationalist Dipshit Ran Track in College

The Huffington Post story on Douglass Mackey should serve as a timely reminder that just because somebody runs, they aren’t necessarily good.

April 5, 2018

Track On The Road: Post-Collegiate Wanderers Chase Times From A Van On The West Coast

Andrew Wise wrapped up his college career at Western Washington. He’s got a job after college but now he’s living out of a van to chase personal bests.

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.

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