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Author: Kyle Merber

Kyle Merber is a professional runner for HOKA One One and the New Jersey*New York Track Club. He has run 3:34/3:52 but prefers those facts are not mentioned in his bio because he wants his writing to be judged independently. He tweets occasionally @TheRealMerb.

September 28, 2022

Tracksmith Debuts Its First-Ever Running Shoe: Meet The Eliot Runner

The Eliot Runner is the first running shoe from Tracksmith. It will be released November 2022 and can be reserved now.

September 28, 2022

Kyle Merber’s New York City Marathon Training Update Vol. 4

This past week of training, however, marked the first time that I felt some degree of stagnation during this block

September 21, 2022

Kyle Merber’s New York City Marathon Training Update Vol. 3

A friend recently asked how I am managing to balance everything, and I’ve realized it’s a combination of a few things.

September 21, 2022

Sydney Marathon’s Hopes For World Marathon Major Status

The Abbott World Marathon Majors are looking for a seventh race to join the circuit by 2025 and the tryouts have started.

September 20, 2022

Stephanie Bruce Interview: I Hope I Leave The Sport Better Than When I Got Here

With just a few months left in her pro career and one final marathon, Stephanie Bruce discusses her U.S. title and her career perspective.

September 14, 2022

King (And Queen) Of The Great North Run

Hellen Obiri won The Great North Run this weekend in preparation for her marathon debut at the New York City Marathon.

September 14, 2022

Kyle Merber’s New York City Marathon Training Update Vol. 3

Ultimately, 21 miles at 5:45 pace is the best long run of my career.

September 14, 2022

Scotland Sweeps 5th Avenue Mile Titles With Laura Muir, Jake Wightman Victories

Laura Muir capped her brilliant 2022 summer by dominating the women’s race with a 4:14.8 to smash the course record.

September 7, 2022

Kyle Merber’s New York City Marathon Training Update Vol. 2

A lot of you think I am capable of running way faster than I’d have predicted, but also some expectations were rather…insulting.

September 7, 2022

Elly Henes Runs 14:52 For 5000m, Taking Care Of “Unfinished Business”

At the ISATF Berlin meeting, Elly Henes ran an 11-second personal best in the 5000m of 14:52.87 to notch the World Championship Standard.

September 5, 2022

Conner Mantz Targets Sub-2:08 Marathon Debut In Chicago

Two-time NCAA cross country champion Conner Mantz will make his marathon debut at the Chicago Marathon in October.

August 31, 2022

Kyle Merber: I Am Running The 2022 New York City Marathon

I am ready to race again. My time on the track is certainly done, since there’s no way I can go any faster. But I can go farther.

August 31, 2022

Baylor Star Aaliyah Miller Signs With On Running, Joins Team Boss

Aaliyah Miller announced that she inked a professional deal with On Running and would be moving to Boulder to train with Team Boss.

August 31, 2022

UTMB: The Future and Past of the Sport

We are in the midst of a sort of ultra Renaissance. There’s been a complete changing of the guard, both in terms of the elites in the sport, as well as its general participants and fans.

August 24, 2022

Freddie Crittenden: The Biggest Breakthrough From NACAC After Running 13.00 For 110m Hurdles

In the Bahamas, Freddie Crittenden won the men’s 110m hurdles in an impressive 13.00 (+0.3) for the biggest performance of his career.

August 24, 2022

Thoughts On The 2023 World Athletics Championships Qualifying Standards, World Rankings

For the 2023 World Athletics Championships, World Athletics is going to shove the rankings system down our throats no matter how badly we don’t want it!

August 17, 2022

CITIUS MAG To Falmouth | Elite Mile Broadcast + Live Show After The Road Race

CITIUS MAG heads to Falmouth to bring you coverage of the 2022 Falmouth Elite Miles & the 50th running of the historic 7-mile road race.

August 17, 2022

Catching up with Eric Jenkins Before Falmouth Road Race

Racing to Falmouth this weekend is local-elite, Eric Jenkins, who is bringing with him a small overnight bag and impressive personal bests.

August 11, 2022

Interview: Roisin Willis After Winning Gold At The World Athletics U20 Championships 800 Meters

The U20 World Championships in Colombia was the perfect way for Roisin Willis to end her high school career.

August 3, 2022

Jonathan Davis Joins The Atlanta Track Club

Jonathan Davis discusses his decision to pursue a professional running career with the Atlanta Track Club after a runner-up finish at USAs.

August 3, 2022

In Response to Malcolm Gladwell’s Pied Piper Cross Country Idea

There’s a lot to like about Malcolm Gladwell’s proposal, but as a retired-athlete-turned-talking-head, I have some counter thoughts.

July 13, 2022

What to Make Of Oregon Hiring Jerry Schumacher As Track and Field Head Coach

After 15 years exclusively coaching the Bowerman Track Club, coach Jerry Schumacher has accepted a position as head coach at Oregon.

July 13, 2022

Six Things I Want To See At The Track and Field World Championships

I am desperately rooting for the success of the World Championships. Here are the things I want to see happen in Eugene, Oregon.

July 13, 2022

Getting To Know Colin Mickow Before He Runs The World Championship Marathon

2:11 marathoner and Illinois graduate Colin Mickow will be representing Team USA in the men’s marathon at the World Championships.

July 6, 2022

Lindsay Flanagan Wins Gold Coast Marathon In A 2:24:43 Course Record

Lindsay Flanagan notched her second marathon personal best of 2022 with a 2:24:43 for the win and a new course record at the Gold Coast Marathon.

July 6, 2022

My Favorite Meet: The Morton Games

The appreciation that the Irish have for the whole sport, but the mile in particular, made the Morton Games an even bigger draw for me.

July 6, 2022

Keira D’Amato Replaces Molly Seidel On Team USA For World Championships

American record holder Keira D’Amato has replaced Olympic bronze medalist Molly Seidel on Team USA for the marathon the World Championships.

June 29, 2022

Team USA For 2022 World Athletics Championships: Sponsorship Breakdown

89% of track athletes who made the U.S. team for the World Championships were sponsored, while just 50% of those in field events were.

June 29, 2022

The Top Five Redemption Arcs from the 2022 U.S. Championships

It was hard watching Evan run 8:34 at the start of this season because he still looked like Evan Jager, but just not as fast.

June 29, 2022

Welcome To The Mixed Zone

Extending some empathy to athletes can actually make for better interviews as they feel comfortable and like a peer, rather than someone to extract soundbites from.

June 22, 2022

Grandma’s Marathon: A World-Class Event With Small-Town Charm And Fast Times

Grandma’s Marathon is named for a local restaurant that ponied up $600 in 1977 to sponsor the event and has held the title in perpetuity. Good investment!

June 22, 2022

The State of Athlete Sponsorship In Track and Field

Sponsoring a track and field athlete is not an act of charity, it’s a business decision by a brand trying to sell a product.

June 22, 2022

High School Championship Meets, Explained

It can be a confusing time to be a high schooler deciding whether to run New Balance Nationals, Nike Nationals, Brooks PR or Adidas Outdoor Nationals.

June 15, 2022

Get to Know Washington’s NCAA 1500m Champion Joe Waskom

Washington’s Joe Waskom peaked at the right time. He on Pac-12s, qualified for NCAAs and won the 1500m title in 3:45.58 to cap off his sophomore season.

June 15, 2022

Embrace Debate: How World Athletics’ Rankings Weigh College Meets

Should the NCAA Track and Field Championships be worth more toward an athlete’s World Athletics rankings? Embrace debate.

June 8, 2022

Discover Your Own Ways You Can Make A Positive Influence In The Sport

Track and field’s problem is not a lack of talent or entertainment — it’s a lack of effective marketing.

June 8, 2022

Interview: Will Sumner On Becoming The Third-Fastest High School 800m Runner

Will Sumner, who set the high school national records indoors at 500m and 600m, ran 1:46.53 for 800 meters this weekend in Nashville.

June 1, 2022

Interview: Sinclaire Johnson Joins The Sub-4 Club

Sinclaire Johnson knocked almost five seconds off her 1500m personal best from 2019 to run 3:58.85 – the seventh fastest ever by an American.

June 1, 2022

Why Princeton Track and Field Belongs Among The Best

Princeton track is sending 16 athletes to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Here’s why they belong among the best in the country.

May 18, 2022

We Are In The New ‘Greatest Generation’ Of High School Track

Being a novice and performing like a veteran is one of the main reasons we hold stellar prep performances in such high regard

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