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Author: Chris Chavez

Citius Mag founder and writer for Sports Illustrated. Writing about people running on circles for five years. Covered the 2016 Olympics in Rio for SI. Previously at ESPN, Sporting News and Flotrack. Former high school sprinter turned four-time marathoner. Once went head-to-head with Joey Fatone in a half-marathon and won.

June 15, 2020

Running To Protest | How New York City’s Run Crews Came Together Against Racial Injustice

Hundreds of New York City runners gathered at the East River for a protest run against racial injustice and police brutality in America.

January 31, 2020

Let Erin Run

Ivy League champion Erin Gregoire ran 2:42 at the Houston Marathon and was not accepted to the U.S. Olympic marathon trials.

July 3, 2019

CREW LOVE: The Team Behind Stephen Kersh’s Western States Run

A look behind Stephen Kersh’s seventh-place finish in his Western States Endurance Run debut.

June 12, 2019

Remembering Gabriele Grunewald

“Why do I go to the track every day? Why do I not give up? It’s because I’m hopeful that the new technology in treating cancer and personalizing medicine will work. It’s no secret that my disease and I need a breakthrough. I’ve got to stay alive long enough to see them and maybe it works for me. Maybe one of these clinical trials will work for me. It’s a scary place to be but I don’t think I could live my life if I didn’t have hope someone could figure something out.“ Gabriele Anderson Grunewald to me in 2017


Gabe never lost hope. To me, she was the greatest display of courage, determination and human spirit when someone could be handed the worst of circumstances. I’m among the thousands of people that she’s positively impacted in her incredible 32 years of life. I met her for the first time in Lignano, Italy in the Summer of 2013. I remember sitting down in a hotel lobby for hours with her and Andy Bayer because there was no air conditioning in the rooms and that was the only spot with wifi. A bunch of the athletes gathered there. Gabe was so excited about her upcoming wedding to Justin Grunewald and just brightened the room while we all made the most of a less than ideal situation. There were so many mosquitos. That positivity was just how she was all the time. At the time, she had already battled cancer twice but I had no idea.

She was first diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma (a rare form of cancer in her salivary gland) as a 22-year-old while competing for the University of Minnesota in 2009. She underwent surgery to remove it but cancer returned in her thyroid in 2010. She underwent a thyroidectomy and radioactive iodine treatment before making a full recovery and return to racing in 2011. Then she finished fourth at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 1,500 meters (just one spot shy of making the national team for the Summer Games and the most heartbreaking places to finish).

I was fortunate to be in Monaco with Flotrack when she ran 4:01.48 and was beaming with excitement but she was still looking forward to getting better and faster in her next race. Even in 2017, when cancer returned for the fourth time, we met up in New York and she shared her plan to keep running. No friend has ever been braver through it all.

 

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She’s crossed one more finish line and is now in heaven. We can all aspire to be #bravelikegabe. Let’s also celebrate every run, every personal best and every victory because she was never one to take life and running for granted.


Please consider making a donation to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation, where proceeds go toward rare cancer research centers including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

April 17, 2019

Meet the Photographer Capturing Shots of Eliud Kipchoge and the NN Running Team

Meet the photographer responsible for many shots of the NN Running Team, Eliud Kipchoge and the world’s best runners.

March 7, 2019

Tokyo Marathon 2019 – The Process Pays Off

Reflecting on my 21-minute personal best from the 2019 Tokyo Marathon.

December 19, 2018

Book Excerpt: Scott Fauble’s ‘Inside A Marathon’

Read an exclusive excerpt from Scott Fauble and Ben Rosario’s new book ‘Inside A Marathon’

June 23, 2018

Shelby Houlihan outkicks Jenny Simpson, Matt Centrowitz Back On Top

Chris Chavez is joined by Nicole Bush, Pat Price and Kevin Liao to discuss day 3 of the US Championships to recap Shelby Houlihan and Matt Centrowitz’s win.

June 21, 2018

Molly Huddle and Lopez Lomong Win Big On Day 1 In Des Moines

Chris Chavez and Kevin Liao get together in the stands during the men’s 20K race walk to recap all the day’s action from Day 1 of the USATF Championships.

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 13, 2018

Mailbag: What Is The Fastest Mile Run While In Med School?

Roger Bannister broke four minutes for the mile as a medical student at Oxford. What’s the fastest mile run by a medical student in the U.S.?

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.

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.

January 22, 2018

Eliud Kipchoge vs. Kenenisa Bekele vs. Mo Farah History

Kenenisa Bekele will race Mo Farah and Eliud Kipchoge at the 2018 London Marathon so what happened the last time they were all in the same race?

January 22, 2018

Kenenisa Bekele Gets His Rematch Against Me

The London Marathon will feature Kenenisa Bekele, Eliud Kipchoge and Mo Farah in their first race together since the 2009 world championships 5,000m final.

January 15, 2018

Unpacking Molly Huddle’s American Record

What’s the most impressive part about Molly Huddle: Breaking Deena Kastor’s record from 2006 or that no American has beaten Huddle on the roads since 2012?

January 10, 2018

Is this Nick Willis’ best chance at winning the Millrose Games Mile?

Nick Willis has come close but never won the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games? He says this may be his last chance to win. Is it his best chance?

January 4, 2018

2017 Marked A Big Year For The Marathon

We took a look at all of the data from the 2017 marathons around the world and observed some of the trends and notable observations.

November 6, 2017

2017 NYC Marathon Race Report: Not my best but the best

Chris Chavez reflects on his run at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon, where he ran with his best friend Pete Cashin for his first marathon.

October 30, 2017

Some kudos to the NAZ Elite Marathoners in Frankfurt

Taking a quick look at the personal bests and solid performances run by the Northern Arizona Elite squad at the Frankfurt Marathon on Sunday.

October 22, 2017

What’s Going On With Mt. SAC and the 2020 Trials?!

What’s going on between the residents of Walnut, California and the upcoming 2020 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials? NIMBYism.

October 20, 2017

Milwaukee (Almost) Marathon Messes Up Two Years In A Row

The Milwaukee Marathon’s course was too long in 2016 and now it was too short in 2017. People are upset and they should be.

October 19, 2017

Finally Processing My Day At The Berlin Marathon

Chris Chavez takes us through his day at the 2017 Berlin Marathon, where he ran a 16-minute personal best. He will also be running the NYC Marathon.

October 15, 2017

What happened in cross country this weekend? Wisconsin & Pre-Nats

Taking in all of the weekend’s action from the Wisconsin Invite and Pre-Nats: Who is better NAU or BYU? Who runs for Portland? Can the New Mexico women win?

October 13, 2017

Wisconsin Invite Features NAU vs. Syracuse Duel, Justyn Knight vs. Grant Fisher

The 2017 Wisconsin Invite features a marquette matchup between NAU and Syracuse as well as a duel by Justyn Knight and Grant Fisher.

October 11, 2017

How everyone is processing the Rupp, Hasay success in Chicago

Runners have mixed feelings about the Nike Oregon Project’s success at the Chicago Marathon with a USADA investigation looming over their coach.

October 8, 2017

Chicago Marathon report cards: The big winners and losers

We hand out grades for all the top stars from the 2017 Chicago Marathon, which was won by Galen Rupp and Tirunesh Dibaba.

October 3, 2017

Takes Like Coffee: Justin Gatlin Left Off IAAF Athlete Of The Year Shortlist

The IAAF released its athlete of the year shortlist, Sandi Morris was in Las Vegas at the time of the deadliest U.S. mass shooting and more headlines.

October 1, 2017

What happened in cross country this weekend?

Taking a look at the results from the weekend’s cross country action in South Bend, Louisville, Springfield, Stillwater and more.

September 20, 2017

Idea from Alex: What if Berlin had a countdown clock from 2:02:57?

What would happen to the race, if you put a countdown clock from 2:02:57 on the lead vehicle so runners know when the world record expires on them?

September 19, 2017

Takes Like Coffee: Is The Greatest Marathoner Of All-Time Title On the Line In Berlin?

When Wilson Kipsang, Eliud Kipchoge & Kenenisa Bekele face off in the Berlin Marathon, will the winner walk away with the title of greatest of all-time?

September 14, 2017

Takes Like Coffee: Eliud Kipchoge drives an Isuzu

A couple wacky headlines today include what Eliud Kipchoge drives, Wayde Van Niekerk Stadium is now more and the Olympics.

September 12, 2017

Takes Like Coffee: Mo Farah to run London Marathon, Hayward Field renovations delayed

Mo Farah to run the 2018 London Marathon, the Hayward Field renovations are taking longer than expected and more headlines.

September 8, 2017

Takes Like Coffee: Inside look at the WCAP Program

Your top headlines from the running world heading into Friday, Sept. 8. Deadpsin takes a look inside the WCAP Program in Colorado Springs.

September 8, 2017

Mailbag: Edward Cheserek signs with Skechers, Berlin Marathon WR hopes

Readers sent in their questions regarding Edward Cheserek signing a professional sponsorship contract with Skechers + the fall marathons.

September 6, 2017

Takes Like Coffee – Long Island Mile Preview: Stars to Run In Memory of David Torrence

Nick Willis, Kyle Merber, Craig Engels and others will run the HOKA Long Island Mile in memory of David Torrence who died at 31 years old.

September 4, 2017

Takes Like Coffee: Jordan Hasay, Galen Rupp win big at USATF 20K Champs

Jordan Hasay and Galen Rupp made the most out of the Nike Oregon Project business trip to Connecticut and won the USATF 20K Championships.

August 31, 2017

CITIUS Mailbag: Who do you think will win the NCAA title?

The CITIUS Mailbag is open and ready to take reader questions. Email or tweet us your best cross country musings. Right now: Who will win the men’s title?

July 5, 2017

“Okja” tells a wonderful story, features incredible running scene

Okja tells a warm-hearted story of a girl and her pig but also has an insane chase scene that displays insane speed and talent in the streets of Seoul.

May 25, 2017

The kid from Coos Bay who won gold

Steve Prefontaine may be the biggest name out of Coos Bay, Oregon but he’s not the athlete with an Olympic gold medal. Remember Mel Counts.

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