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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.

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

May 18, 2022

Cade Flatt Is Chasing The Ghost of Michael Granville’s 800m High School Record

Cade Flatt will try to break Michael Granville’s high school boys 800m record of 1:46.45 when he races at Trials of Mile Track Night NYC.

May 17, 2022

Lee University’s Christian Noble Turns Pro Ahead of NCAA Championships, Signs with Team New Balance Boston

Lee University star & NCAA Division II record holder Christian Noble has turned pro and sign with New Balance to train under Mark Coogan.

May 11, 2022

Emily Sisson Breaks U.S. Half Marathon Record In 1:07:11

Emily Sisson proved that she is back into pre-having-COVID form by setting a new American Record in the half marathon — 1:07:11.

May 11, 2022

Atlanta Track Club’s Allie Wilson Continues Progressing Ahead of U.S. Championships

Allie Wilson fell at the finish line before breaking the tape but got enough of her body across to clock a world-leading 1:58.18 800m PR.

May 4, 2022

What Would Gary Martin Do?

In a world full of high school sub-four milers, a weekend highlight was seeing Pennsylvania’s own Gary Martin chase the mark all by his lonesome on a windy day at Franklin Field.

May 4, 2022

Sage Hurta: I’m Going To Try Really Hard To Get Where I think I Can Go

At the 2022 Penn Relays, Sage Hurta finally crossed onto the other side of the two-minute barrier with her 800m winning time of 1:59.76.

May 4, 2022

What To Make Of The On Athletics Club’s 4xMile Record Attempt

The 4xMile record has stood for so long because it’s hard for a team to have four guys who are fit and healthy at the same time.

May 4, 2022

18-Year-Old Erriyon Knighton Puts Usain Bolt’s Record Under Threat

The world record of 19.19 might be under threat, but being Usain Bolt is not. And that’s OK if you’re 18-year-old Erriyon Knighton.

April 28, 2022

Interview: Garrett Heath Seamlessly Moves From The Track to The Trails

At the Canyons 25K, Garrett Heath made his debut on the trails and won the race by over a minute. Not a bad start!

April 27, 2022

Yalemzerf Yehualaw Takes Down Another Record, Clocks Fastest Marathon Debut

Yalemzerf Yehualaw’s marathon debut of 2:17:23 is 93 seconds faster than Paula Radcliffe’s first crack at the distance.

April 27, 2022

How Christian Noble Became The Best Distance Runner in Division II

If you have ever seen Kyle Merber hyping up Lee University or Christian Noble on social media and wondered why, here’s a little backstory.

April 27, 2022

What To Make Of The Oregon 4xMile Record Attempt

While it isn’t necessarily fair to put the burden of popularizing the sport on a few athletes, it is equally as understandable for fans to be upset that the biggest names constantly find ways to not line up against one another

April 13, 2022

The Delaware Mile Challenge Delivers With Sam Parsons Making History

Native Delawarean Sam Parsons delivered the first sub-four mile on his home state’s soil with a 3:58.17 mile on his old high school’s track.

April 13, 2022

Gabriela DeBues-Stafford Leaves The Bowerman Track Club

Gabriela DeBues-Stafford explains why she decided to leave the Nike Bowerman Track Club and move back to Canada.

April 6, 2022

How To Improve The USATF Half Marathon Championships

I still believe that there exists a way to restructure the sport to better cater to an enthusiastic audience, but it starts with eliminating some opportunities — that’s an investment in the future.

April 6, 2022

Natalie Cook Breaks High School 5000 Meter Record In 15:25.93

Natalie Cook, the Oklahoma State-bound star from Flower Mound (Texas), has been at the top of her game all year.

April 6, 2022

Get To Know Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Champion Susanna Sullivan

Susana Sullivan took home the victory in what was her 7th try at the race. Now 31 & a 5th grade teacher, Sullivan is running the best she ever has.

April 6, 2022

Chasing Longevity

There isn’t a secret formula of mileage, speed & intensity to ensure longevity but here’s how to harness and make talent + ambition last.

March 30, 2022

Hannah England’s Transition To The Commentary Booth

There’s a new announcer in town and she’s really good at it. Behind Hannah England’s transition to the commentary booth.

March 30, 2022

Fighting the Federation: Ernest John Obiena vs. PATAFA

How in the world did Ernest Obiena manage to vault 5.91m a couple weeks ago amidst all this stress and distraction?

March 30, 2022

India’s World Leader: Introducing Avinash Sable

There is a new Indian star in the making — this time on the track. Get to know Avinash Sable before he becomes an international star.

March 23, 2022

Don’t Be Mad At Cooper Teare And Cole Hocker For Running Fast

While it’s not ideal to see Cooper Teare and Cole Hocker run a 5000m time trial in Stanford. It’s not their fault that they decided this would be their schedule.

March 16, 2022

Meet Your Heroes: Connecting Today’s High School Stars With Pros

Being part of the festivities at New Balance Nationals, that early spark that drove us all to a lifelong obsession with this sport was everywhere, and it was contagious.

March 16, 2022

Inside The World Athletics Athletes’ Commission: Interview With Aisha Praught-Leer

Learn more about the World Athletics Athletes’ Commission and the role athletes play in making changes to the sport.

March 16, 2022

NCAA Championships of the World: 2022’s Biggest Winners

A look at the biggest winners of the 2022 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.

March 9, 2022

Eliud Kipchoge Is The Greatest Of All-Time: There Is No Debate

With 2 Olympic gold medals, 9 major marathon victories and perhaps the greatest PR “stunt” in our sport’s history, it is impossible to dispute Eliud Kipchoge’s status as the greatest to ever do it.

March 9, 2022

Mondo Duplantis Highlights On SportsCenter, Please!

Track and Field Twitter blew up when ESPN shared a pole vault video. The catch is that it wasn’t Mondo Duplantis’s new world record of 6.19m

March 9, 2022

Grant Fisher Interview After His 10K American Record: ‘Kind Of A Surreal Feeling’

How far things have come the past 12 years: When Grant Fisher crossed the finish line, Solinsky would have had another 195m to go.

March 2, 2022

Fast Times With Friends

After watching the women’s 1,5000m final at the U.S. Indoor Championships, Kyle Merber examines what it’s like racing your closest friends.

March 2, 2022

Catching up with Ashland’s Trevor Bassitt After His U.S. Indoors 400m Win

Ashland University’s Trevor Bassitt will race the 400m at the World Indoor Track and Field Championships after winning his first U.S. title.

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