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March 16, 2021

D3 Glory Days Joins the CITIUS MAG Podcast Network

D3 Glory Days aims to fill the void of D3 running coverage by telling stories of Division III track & field athletes, coaches and events.

January 29, 2021

Trials of Miles Texas Qualifier: Bria Wetsch, Emma Spencer Among Those Chasing 10,000 Meter OTQ

Bria Wetsch and Emma Spencer are among those targetting U.S. Olympic Trials qualifiers in the 10,000 meters in Texas.

January 27, 2021

Trials of Miles Texas Qualifier: Lianne Farber, Megan Mansy, Dani Aragon Shoot for 1,500 Meter OTQ

Lianne Farber and Dani Aragon target the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials qualifying standard of 4:06 for the 1,500 meters.

January 25, 2021

Trials of Miles Texas Qualifier: Loaded Men’s 5,000 Meter Field Includes Cheserek, True, On Athletics Club And Tinman Elite

The men’s 5,000 meters at the Trials of Miles Texas Qualifier will feature Ben True, Edward Cheserek, Ryan Hill, Drew Hunter and more.

January 25, 2021

Trials of Miles Texas Qualifier: Ajee Wilson, Raevyn Rogers Headline Women’s 800

The women’s 800 meters at the Trials of Miles Texas Qualifier will feature Ajeé Wilson and Raevyn Rogers’ first rematch since Doha 2019.

October 2, 2020

WATCH: Night of the 5K – Presented by Trials of Miles x Bakline

Watch Olympians, world championship qualifiers and other pro and sub-elite athletes chase fast times at the Night of the 5K in New Jersey.

September 30, 2020

Bakline x Trial of Miles Night Of the 5K: Entries, Live Stream Information

Who to watch and how to watch the Bakline x Trial of Miles Night of the 5K featuring Donn Cabral, Colby Alexander, Allie Kieffer and more.

September 16, 2020

Big Sky Country Requires Big Sends Only

Anytime between September 19th and the 27th, go for a hike or run to raise money for HBCUs Outside’s #BlackToTheTrails5K.

July 31, 2020

Run With Rivs Virtual Challenge – August 1st to 9th

A virtual challenge has been set up to raise money for the family of Tommy Rivers Puzey as he battles Primary Pulmonary NK T-Cell Lymphoma.

July 14, 2020

MVMNT Race Series Set For Boston

Races will return to Boston on July 18 with the MVMT Race Series featuring Molly Seidel, Natosha Rogers and Abbey Cooper.

June 5, 2020

Gwen Berry: Sport, Politics, Protest… and the Olympics

Gwen Berry shares an open letter on the truth and reasoning behind protesting at major global championship stages.

June 1, 2020

Beyond Conversation

We’re angry. We’re in pain. We don’t have all the answers. What we do know is that we can proceed and start searching for a solution with love, listening, compassion and service. That’s what we have done and what everyone should intend to do.

May 7, 2020

#IRunWithMaud

Friday would’ve been Ahmaud’s birthday. Run 2.23 miles with #IRunWithMaud and consider signing the petition for justice.

May 1, 2020

Johnny Gregorek To Attempt Blue Jeans Mile World Record, Fundraising For National Alliance on Mental Illness

Johnny Gregorek will attempt to break Dillon Maggard’s 4:11.80 world record for the blue jeans mile on May 30.

April 19, 2020

Track and Field, Running Documentaries We Want to See Made

A question for running fans ahead of the the Michael Jordan documentary coming out: What track and field film or documentary would you want to see made if you gave hollywood producers an unlimited budget? It can be multiple parts.

April 16, 2020

CITIUS MAG Modifies Rules Governing Competition Jeans for Blue Jeans Mile

Amid the advancement of jeans technology, CITIUS MAG has set new rules on cotton and denim percentage for blue jeans mile competition.

March 5, 2020

Belonging | A Day at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

Jenny Donnelly delivers a play-by-play account of one of the best days of her life at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

February 12, 2020

CITIUS MAG – 2020 MARATHON TRIALS ATLANTA PLANS

Join us for a live recording of the CITIUS MAG Podcast with Keith and Kevin Hanson + more events with Brooks.

January 30, 2020

Good Morning, Central Park! It’s Me

It’s just how the NYC running community works- someone knows someone who’s friends with someone, and now you’re friends that run together.

October 9, 2019

Join Us In Chicago – Live Podcast with Bowerman Track Club!

Join us for a LIVE recording of the CITIUS MAG Podcast with Moh Ahmed, Ryan Hill and Evan Jager of the Bowerman Track Club.

July 1, 2019

“Road to the Olympic Trials” Podcast Debuts Next Week

The Rambling Runner Podcast is launching a new show following eight runners on their respective journey to the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

March 29, 2019

Oaxaca by Foot: Running with Aire Libre

Running? Check. Yoga? Check. An experience with Aire Libre

March 28, 2019

The Bang Bang Girl Gang Take Speed Project 5.0

Meet these inspiring women with their eyes on running 340-miles from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in a record-setting time.

December 31, 2018

Eliud Kipchoge Named CITIUS MAG Male Athlete of the Year

Eliud Kipchoge has been selected as the inaugural CITIUS MAG Male Athlete of the Year after his record-setting run at the Berlin Marathon.

December 31, 2018

Des Linden Named CITIUS MAG Female Athlete of the Year

Des Linden inspired us in 2018 with her win at the 2018 Boston Marathon so she’s the 2018 CITIUS MAG Female Athlete of the Year.

December 26, 2018

Introducing the CITIUS MAG Athletes Of the Year

We’ve decided to put together two awards.

December 1, 2018

Here’s to the blue collar runner

EDITOR’S NOTE: Noah Droddy (fast) has been a Citius Mag supporter since day one. That’s why when he sent us this blog ahead of CIM, we decided to throw him a bone. Let that be a lesson to the rest of you. 

It is 5 AM and I am sound asleep, but the bed I share with Emma is already half
empty. She has had her first cup of coffee, and by now is likely running loops of a
nearby park in the pitch dark. She did it yesterday too. She’ll do it again tomorrow.
Day after day she toils in the still dark. She will finish just in time to shower, eat
quickly, one more cup of coffee and head out the door for a full day teaching at a
Boulder preschool. After school, she will train again. After a brief moment to
decompress and dinner, she’s in bed early to prepare for the same routine
tomorrow.

Why? An Olympic Trials qualifier. The gold standard of the post-collegiate athlete.
Emma is an accomplished athlete, having finished 39th at the 2016 Olympic
Marathon Trials, and she has always balanced her training with some amount of
work and school. But this time would be special; the barriers to marathon fitness
were especially high. A full time demanding job, graduate studies, a sore hamstring,
and a needy boyfriend waiting on the couch at home – enough to scare a mere
mortal into adult recreational sports. But not Emma. She chose to do this because it
is hard.

The California International Marathon has shined a spotlight on the citizen runner.
The runners laying down fast times while holding down full-time jobs. In distance
running, we keep the “blue-collar runner” in the highest esteem. Why? Well,
probably because they are motivated by the love of the sport, and the pursuit of their
absolute limits. Not sustained by dreams of big money or fame, their ambition is
pure. They have done their absolute best in difficult training circumstances, and no
doubt many of their performances will still rank among the best the USA has to
offer. The idea that someone could love something so much and pursue it with such
tenacity and sacrifice in the name of personal satisfaction inspires the imagination.
It forces fans and competitors alike to ask themselves – what am I really capable of?
What do I really want?

Everyone says that just getting to the start line of a marathon is a win in itself.
Surviving the demands of the buildup and showing up healthy enough for a 26.2
mile race is extraordinarily difficult in the best circumstances. I agree with that –
seeing Emma start that marathon will be an emotional moment for me, knowing
what she went through just to get there. But I know she wants more, the start line
will mean less to her. That’s how we’re wired as competitors, and the mission
isn’t over at the start line. So I’ll cheer her on with vigor all the way home. Because
of what this means to her, because of what she means to me, and because of what
runners like her mean to the sport we all love.

So here’s to the blue-collar runner, but specifically to my blue-collar runner. Emma,
you inspire me daily. I strive to emulate your toughness. You have taught me to find
joy in my work when at first glance I can’t see it. You have taught me to appreciate
what I have. Your buildup has made me a better athlete, a better person. May you
and your competitors have the races you all deserve this Sunday. I am tremendously
proud of you no matter what. To the moon.

September 4, 2018

Feast Your Eyes On The Best Cross Country Roster Portraits – Part X

The return of our hit series. We round up the best cross country headshots and portraits and roast them just a little.

August 27, 2018

Jacob Thomson: An Open Letter Ahead of Cross Country Season

Former Kentucky distance star Jacob Thomson shares advice for his former teammates and all runners before the start of cross country.

August 2, 2018

Blog Boys Take Raleigh for Sir Walter Miler 2018

The CITIUS MAG crew heads south to Raleigh to take in the 2018 Sir Walter Miler, where professional runners look to add to the 26 sub-four miles clocked.

August 2, 2018

Why Is It So Difficult To Write About Running?

The runner who writes or the writer who runs will sometimes have to acknowledge a seemingly tragic paradox when it comes to documenting the sport.

August 1, 2018

Cars 3 Is The Worst Movie To Watch While Injured

Sitting down and watching Cars 3 while nursing an Achilles injury might be worse than the actual injury. Here’s a cautionary tale.

July 11, 2018

Summer Reading Inspiration: “Why We Run: A Natural History”

Bern Heinrich pulls from a wide variety of compelling insights from his experience to attempt to answer the question of Why We Run.

July 9, 2018

Inspired By Gwen Jorgensen’s Spikes, One Citwit Got Creative

Inspired by Gwen Jorgensen’s customized pair of Nike Vaporfly 4% spikes, one Citwit decided to get creative with his own pair of spikes.

July 9, 2018

A Tinman, Repaired: What We Can Learn From Tyler Mueller

Tyler Mueller’s alternative rise to professional running from his time at Lehigh through his multiple retirements, injuries and now a leader on Tinman Elite

June 20, 2018

What Did The Division II Experience Mean To Me? (An Essay by David Ribich)

David Ribich looks back at his time competing for Western Oregon on the Division II scene and how dreams are greater than any label put on a group.

June 17, 2018

Me and My Dad (An Essay By Trevor Dunbar)

How a trip to the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials with his father, Marcus, helped open a young Trevor Dunbar’s eyes to the sport.

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 11, 2018

Is The Unicorn Era In Track Upon Us?

Juan Miguel Echevarria’s long jump at the Stockholm Diamond League making rounds on the internet. Could he be characterized as a track and field unicorn?

May 30, 2018

Re-Introducing the Blue Jeans Mile (Season 2): Rules, Regulations, Quest for Sub-4

Here are the rules and regulations on how to run a Blue Jeans Mile and the quest for a sub-four minute performance in 2018.

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