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Written features from the writers of CITIUS MAG

March 17, 2017

Central Park: a surface-level skimmed history

Home to six miles of this weekend’s NYC Half Marathon course, Central Park has long stood as a proxy for the highs and lows of New York City.

March 16, 2017

Meet the man who measures and marks tracks for a living

We tend to take for granted the accuracy of our local tracks’ distance & that its lines are reliable. Meet the man who gives us that peace of mind.

March 14, 2017

Debajo Dos: Paul addresses the critics and doubters of his world record attempt

Haters gonna hate. Paul Snyder details his latest week of training and addresses critics that believe he will not be able to break the 800m world record

March 9, 2017

On the 20th anniversary of Biggie’s murder, track’s strange ties to the case

What we know about the case surrounding former Oregon track standout, David Mack who was a person of interest in the unsolved killing of hip-hop legend Biggie Smalls.

March 8, 2017

How to beat Edward Cheserek…(well almost)

In the spring of 2011, Edward Cheserek hadn’t quite become the household name he is today, mostly because he was, like, 15 or 16 years old and a high school student in New Jersey.

Me? I was an even lesser known college sophomore, whose name recognition has not really changed since.

On the evening of April, 22nd, he only beat me in a 5,000 meter race in Princeton, NJ, by five seconds, during the fastest 5,000m I’ve ever run and probably most objectively impressive athletic feat I’ve ever accomplished. Naturally, this makes me an expert on dethroning the King, ya know?

The first rule for beating Ches, is to go out slightly faster than your current PR pace and focus only on clicking off even splits. With 800 meters to go, begin your long, drawn-out kick. Since Cheserek is six years older and faster than he was when I didn’t lose to him by that much, you’ll then have to rely on two things: the first being that you are much better than I was, which shouldn’t be hard; the second is that you need a weakened Edward.

Through deceit and trickery, try luring him through some sort of warp in the spacetime continuum before the race, from which he will emerge a meek, teenage version of himself. That or have a bunch of friends leave favorable Yelp reviews for a College Station restaurant that almost assuredly gives most of its patrons botulism, then hope that the Oregon team selects its pre-meet dinner based on the strength of an institutions online reviews. For best results, try to artificially inflate the reputation for a place whose name follows the formula: Health Condition + Name + Household Location + Cuisine, i.e., One-eyed Larry’s Basement BBQ.


March 7, 2017

When is it time to leave behind short shorts?

There comes a moment in a man’s life when it may be time to leave behind the short shorts and start wearing longer shorts to run. We explain.

March 6, 2017

Debajo Dos: Paul braves the elements and Albuquerque

Paul Snyder’s world record training for the 800 meters continues despite snowfall in Flagstaff and a trip to Albuquerque for the U.S. Championships.

March 3, 2017

In defense of takin’ er easy: Why slow races rock

Slow races make for relatable and great comedy. At the 2017 U.S. Indoor Championships, we explore why it might be better to not watch the clock.

March 2, 2017

Yes, robots will soon take over the steeplechase and maybe all of track

A video of robots dropped yesterday that should have us concerned for the future of our sport…especially in the steeplechase.

March 2, 2017

A Citius Guide to Albuquerque

A runner’s guide to all the places to run, eat and have fun in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Written by New Mexico’s native son Stephen Kersh.

February 28, 2017

Zen and the art of self-care

What does self-care mean and how do we go about achieving it to get the best out of ourselves?

February 27, 2017

Debajo Dos: Paul suffers from Runner’s Amnesia in New York

Paul Snyder continues his Debajo Dos chronicles as he attempts to break the world record in the 800 meters. He suffered from Runner’s Amnesia in New York.

February 26, 2017

An honest appraisal of cinematic running scenes: Jason Bourne, Blue Crush, Juno and Charlie Chaplin

Analyzing and breaking down the running technique and form in running films like Jason Bourne, Charlie Chaplin classics, Crush and Juno.

February 25, 2017

Why I love Heps: Former Ivy League athletes share stories

Former Ivy League track and field athletes share their memories from competing at the Ivy league championships. Welcome to the Heps.

February 24, 2017

A Million Dollar Idea: Air Bud Meets Running

There’s 14 Air Bud films and none of them focus on running. It’s time to change that and here’s an idea for how to make it happen.

February 23, 2017

Heps: The Hype Behind the Good Conference Meet

What is Heps and why is it such a big deal? Paul Snyder, a Columbia graduate, breaks down the hype behind the Ivy league’s conference championships.

February 23, 2017

Debajo Dos Update No. 3: Paul’s biggest week of mileage yet

Paul logs his biggest week of mileage as his world record training continues.

February 21, 2017

Rachel Schneider opens up about her rise in the professional ranks, breakout indoor season

Rachel Schneider, the former Georgetown Hoya discusses her rise as a professional middle distance runner based in Flagstaff and her breakout indoor season.

February 16, 2017

A Presidential Race: What if every U.S. president raced a 5K fun run?

What If Every United States President Raced a 5K Fun Run? Let’s have fun with history!

February 13, 2017

A penny for your thoughts: Who is track’s fancy dog and junkyard dog?

Who is track and field’s junkyard dog and fancy dog.

February 9, 2017

The Armory’s history goes well beyond track and field

There’s more history beyond track at The Armory.

February 7, 2017

A Day at the Races: Your guide to a perfect Uptown Saturday Night

The perfect itinerary for a perfect Uptown Saturday Night.

February 4, 2017

Should I listen to music while I run? A visual guide

Let’s end this debate now.

February 4, 2017

Not going long; GOING DEEP

Some thoughts on running a long time and going nowhere with indoor marathons, treadmill marathons and a 3,100-mile race.

February 2, 2017

Debajo Dos: One boy’s quest to run fast as heck

All this talk about sub-two hours. Paul Snyder is just trying to get under two minutes for the 800.

February 2, 2017

Flagstaff Winter: Understanding the hype

Why do runners go to Flagstaff in the winter and what’s it actually like?

February 2, 2017

LetsRun: Not the hero we want, but the hero we need

The revolution will be on the boards.

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