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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.

May 18, 2018

Get Your CITIUS MAG x ArtiKen Bracelets Now

We’re excited to announce a partnership with Artiken to make CITIUS MAG beaded bracelets from Kenya with portions of the proceeds going to charity.

May 11, 2018

Behind The Scenes of the Juggling Mile World Record

CITIUS MAG fan Ian Anderson tweeted and emailed us about a Boston University’s Zach Prescott running a 4:43 mile while juggling three objects

May 11, 2018

A Little NBA Talk With A Track Analogy

Chris and Ryan react to the Toronto Raptors firing Dwane Casey and compare it to firing your coach after making the Olympics a lot.

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 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 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.

March 27, 2018

We Run New York (2018) – Coming April 10

A new trailer has been released for We Run New York. We now have an official release date for the film delving into New York City’s running culture.

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 21, 2018

Boston Marathon Mile-By-Mile Course Guide (Training Tips)

A detailed look into the Boston Marathon course and how to run the course to get the best out of yourself on race day. Guest blog by coach Brendon O’Leary.

March 15, 2018

Suggestions To Replace Urine Bottles For Doping Tests

Because Berlinger is halting production of urine bottles for anti-doping tests, we’ve decided to come up with suggestions on things to replace them.

March 1, 2018

How We Envision The Women’s 3,000m Final At World Indoors

In honor of the start of the IAAF World Indoor Championships, Video Guy Kyle put together a video of how he thinks the women’s 3,000m final will shake out.

February 27, 2018

CITIUS MAG Track Club Shirts Have Arrived

CITIUS MAG Track Club t-shirts are now available for pre-order. Rep your favorite running website wherever you go and support the site.

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 23, 2018

GET 15% OFF AT RUNNING WAREHOUSE

We are happy to announce that we’ve partnered with Running Warehouse to offer members of the CITIUS MAG Track Club 15% off to their products.

February 18, 2018

Christian Coleman Breaks The 60m World Record, Wins First U.S. National Title

He ran fast earlier this season but the time didn’t count for a world record. This time, Christian Coleman made it count.

February 16, 2018

What Have We Done?

If you start to see kids running a mile in blue jeans in their P.E. classes in Illinois, it’s totally normal. Major props to Glenbrook North High School.

February 14, 2018

Four Valentines Day Cards That Only Runners Will Appreciate

We know what you’re really trying to say to another runner so why don’t you just send them one of these Valentine’s Day Cards that we made.

February 5, 2018

CITIUS MAG Track Club Singlets Unveiled – Vote Now for the Best Design

We have decided to unveil the three designs of the CITIUS MAG Track Club singlets and put them up for a vote for which kit we will rock in 2018.

February 3, 2018

Watch 2018 Millrose Games Online: Live Stream, TV Channel Info, Schedule

How to watch the 2018 Millrose Games online: live stream, TV information, schedule, live results and more from New York City.

January 31, 2018

We’ve partnered with the Run S.M.A.R.T. Project

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with The Run SMART Project to provide personalized training for runners of all levels.

January 25, 2018

55% of People Think A Relay Baton Has One Hole

We posed a deep-thinking question about how many holes does a track and field relay baton have and you provided deep answers.

January 25, 2018

CITIUS MAG’S TRACK TRIVIA THURSDAYS

10 questions of track and field trivia to get you thinking critically about the sport but also learning something new. Tweet us your scores.

January 24, 2018

Does A Baton Have One Or Two Holes?

We’ve gotten into a very deep debate on whether a baton has one or two holes? Is this more about defining what an opening is?

January 10, 2018

Track Mirror – Brainstorming ‘Black Mirror’ Episodes With Running

On the heels of the latest season of Black Mirror, we decided to try and brainstorm some storylines for a dystopian running universe.

January 9, 2018

Horace Ashenfelter’s Legendary Win At the 1952 Olympics

Remembering Horace Ashenfelter, who took down the Russian steeplechasers during the Cold War at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki.

January 4, 2018

Andrew Wheating Says Farewell To Professional Running

Two-time U.S. Olympian and three-time NCAA champion Andrew Wheating announced his retirement from professional track and field in a lengthy Facebook post.

January 2, 2018

Welcome to CITIUS MAG in 2018

We’re back for another year of shenanigans in running while also bringing you the most fun and engaging running-related content on the internet.

December 29, 2017

CITIUS MAG Christmas Lights Special with Syracuse’s Kevin James

Come on a little running tour with Syracuse’s Kevin James in Pennsylvania as we explore some of the best Christmas lights.

December 18, 2017

Welcome to Grindfest – Watch Live on Friday

If the best runners in the country got together on one track for a progression run, who would last the longest? We’ll find out on Friday.

December 18, 2017

What happened this weekend? Yuki Kawauchi Had A Better Year Than Most U.S. Marathoners

Japanese marathoner Yuki Kawauchi may have put together a better year of running the marathon than the top American runners.

December 13, 2017

When will Galen Rupp run a fast marathon?

Galen Rupp has an Olympic medal. He’s won a marathon major. He’s won the marathon trials. He’s yet to run to what everyone believes is his true potential.

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