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In the October 29, 2020 E-news

  • Boston Marathon Will Be Postponed Until Fall
  • Major Early-2021 Races Hopeful, with Options
  • Gasparilla Distance Classic Anticipation Builds
  • In-Person Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend Planned
  • More In-Person COVID-Compliant Races in Fall 2020 Garner Good Numbers
  • Jordan's Run the Runway a COVID-Compliant Hit in London, ON
  • Delta Dental New England Half Marathon Sees 911 Finishers
  • #LetHerRun Women's Safety Campaign to Hold Virtual Event November 1

    In Other News:
  • Assault on American Women-Only Ten Mile Record Scheduled for November 23
  • Elite Marathon Scheduled for December 20 in Chandler, Arizona
  • Christian Coleman Banned for Two Years
  • Roads Scholar Grantees Announcement
  • Air Quality Contributes to Records in World Half Marathon Championships
  • Sixty-Year-Old Runs 2:30:02, Chops Six Minutes off M60 WR

    In the October 21, 2020 E-news
  • Survey of Peer-to-Peer Nonprofits Indicates Trend Toward Virtual Fund Raising in Spring 2021
  • Webinar: Endurance Medicine & COVID-19: The Way Ahead
  • Market Analysis Looks at Impact of COVID-19 on Endurance Events
  • Running Industry Diversity Coalition Formed
  • Rankings of All-Time Best African American Female Marathoners Announced
  • Sara Hall Sets American Women's Only Marathon Record in London
  • Jepchirchir's 1:05:16 in World Championships Half Marathon Culminates Recent Spate of WRs
  • NN Running's Gidey and Cheptegei Slash Two WRs in One Day

    In the September 30, 2020 E-news
  • Richmond Marathon Course Gets USATF Certification, Boston Qualifier Status for In-Person Event with 18-Day Window
  • Allegations of Discrimination in NYRR Come from Another Front
  • RunSignup|GiveSignup Takes $2.9M in Funding from Payroc
  • Former IAAF President Diack Sentenced to Two Years in Prison
  • John Capriotti, Craig Masback, and Tim Phelan Leave Nike
  • World Record-Holders Crown Elite Fields in London Marathon
  • London Marathon Cuts Prize Purse for International Runners by Half; Sets Aside British-only Prizes
  • 45,000 Sign up for Virtual London Marathon
  • Virgin Money to Drop Title Sponsorship of London Marathon

    In the August, 2020 Newsletter, Issue 435
  • Numerous World Records Set at COVID-19 Compliant "Micro Events"
  • The Big Shutdown at Big Sur
  • U.S. and World Road Racing Record Ratification Procedures
  • New York Road Runners and Twin Cities in Motion Embrace a New Normal
  • Statistics: Olympic Marathon; Boston Fundraising; Traffic Cone Costs; Race Economic Impacts
  • Numbers: In-Person Race Participation Numbers Up Again This Month
  • Business Page: Nike and New Balance Go Rogue; MBT Rocks Anew
  • Mileposts: Houston Really Goes Virtual; London Needs Bridges
    • Leading Edge (a new feature tracking the events furthest into the future that have been cancelled or postponed)
    • Gasparilla Distance Classic Moving Forward with Large In-Person Event Weekend of February 20-21 in Tampa
    • World Athletics to Add 5K Road World Championship in 2023
    • Survey Shows Pessimism About First Quarter 2021 Events
    • Running Industry Diversity Coalition (RIDC) Formed
    • Ridouane Harroufi Fails Second Drug Test
    • USATF President and Numerous LDR Positions Up for Election at Virtual USATF Convention
    • Running USA CEO Applications Close October 28; Organization Cancels Annual Meeting
    • In Case You Missed It


In the September 8, 2020 E-news

  • Summer Surge of In-Person Races: Race Organizations Take Precautions with Small Fields, Social Distancing, and Time-Trial Formats
  • Montreal Half-Marathon: In-Person, In August
  • Mix and Match in New Hampshire
  • End-of-Summer Dashes in Houston
  • Women-Only World Record in Prague Half Marathon
  • Men's and Women's World Hour Records Fall in Brussels
  • New York Road Runners Attacked from Within
  • WADA Proposes Banning U.S. Athletes from Olympics in Reaction to Defunding Threat by the U.S.
  • Trail Running Enjoys Upward Trend During Pandemic

    In the September, 2020 Newsletter, Issue 434
  • Building Participation Within In-Person Road Races in the Covid-19 Era: Two Fundamentally Different Approaches
  • A Look Inside the World of an Agent
  • Statistics: World Athletics Finances; How Fit Is the U.S.; COVID-19 Takes a Toll
  • In-Person Race Participation Numbers Are Slowly Growing
  • Business Page: Recycled Shoes and Other Good News
  • Mileposts: Richmond Becomes Official; Pro Football Gets Simple

  • News:
    • Leading Edge (a new feature tracking the events furthest into the future that have been cancelled or postponed)
    • Insurgency within NYRR
    • USATF LDR Division Unveils Easy to Use U.S. Records Finder
    • Fall Meetings Fall; Winter Ones Watching
    • RunSignUp Report Shows Industry Still Under Strain
    • Virtual London Marathon Sells Out
    • In Case You Missed It (The most-viewed links on the RRM E-News for August and early September)


In the August, 2020 Newsletter, Issue 433

  • Resources and Plans for Re-opening Events Proliferate
  • COVID-19 Economic Impacts Reach Deeper into Running Industry
  • Pandemic Hits Charity Fundraising Hard
  • Spartan Race Cancels Remainder of 2020 Events
  • Running USA Survey Shows Impact of COVID-19
  • World Athletics Appoints Head of Grass Roots Programs
  • Virtual Racing's Year in the Sun
  • A Race Director for the Ages
  • Tips & Tricks: The Ops Manual
  • Business Page: Soul Runners Wearing out Soles; Tracksmith Gets Creative
  • Mileposts: Richmond Gets Real in the Virtual Realm; Mainova Savors Saviours


n the July, 2020 Newsletter, Issue 432

  • Race Director Survey
  • News:
    • Cities and Event Organizers Seek Ways to Reopen Events
    • Longest-Serving Race Director List Released by Road Race Management
    • Harshbarger Stepping Down as CEO of Running USA
    • Sports and Fitness Industry Association Reports Uptick in "Running/Jogging" in 2019
    • Updated Age-Graded Standards Approved by USATF Masters LDR
    • Boston Marathon Charity Runners Unhappy with 2021 Fundraising Requirements
    • 5K World Records Now Unified
    • New Dates for Olympic Marathons Set
    • Did You Miss It? Our Most Visited Links from the RRM E-News During June and July:

  • Physical Road Racing Returns in the COVID-19 Era
  • SIDEBAR: Sample COVID-19 Waiver from the Phase One 5K
  • Waivers in a COVID-19 World
  • Indentifying and Effectively Communicating Inherent Risks: Lessons from the Blanchette Case
  • Going Green: What to Do with All the Leftovers?
  • Business Page: Mizuno Goes Soft; On Gets Jake
  • Mileposts: Virtual Running Ups and Downs; Hartford Insures Large Charitable Effort

In the July 24, 2020 E-news

  • Berlin Marathon Organizers Overwhelmed - in a Good Way
  • Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing $125K from Army Ten-Miler
  • Rich Harshbarger Departs RUSA
  • Fast Master Kevin Castille Gets Four-Year Ban for Steroids
  • New York Road Runners Lays off 11 Percent of its Workforce
  • Sports and Fitness Industry Bearish on 2020
  • Q&A from the CDC on Event Planning and Covid-19
  • RRCA Offers Virtual Session on Group Run Preparedness on Tuesday, July 28
  • RunBritain Releases Guidance on Return to Road Racing
  • Covid-19 Casualty List of Big Races Grows: Marine Corps Marathon, Army Ten-Miler, Philadelphia Marathon Weekend, and Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

In the July 3, 2020 E-news

  • USATF Board Roiled by Budget Disclosures
  • More than Half of Tokyo Residents Say No to 2021 Olympics
  • Help Add to Growing List of Longest-Serving Race Directors
  • RRCA Kids Run the Nation Offers Grants to Youth Running Programs
  • American Middle Distance Stars of Yesteryear Pass Away Nine Days Apart
  • Berlin, New York City Throw in the Towel
  • October Marathons in the Balance: London Keeps Options Open, Chicago Contemplates, Marine Corps Marches Forward

In the June, 2020 Newsletter, Issue 431

  • Race Director Survey


  • A New Vision for World Athletics
  • National Running Organizations Speak Out on Diversity
  • 2019 Race Registrants Decline 2.7%
  • First Feedback on Virtual Races
  • USATF Beginning to Issue Sanctions for Road Races Again
  • Cradle Robbing? 
  • Running Events Get Real Again, Sort of
  • Physical Races Re-emerge in a Still COVID-19 Restricted World
  • Going Green: Paper or Plastic?
  • Commentary: Truth in Refund and Deferral Policies
  • Musings: The Tragedy of Being a Race Director
  • Statistics: USADA Drug Testing Statistics 2017-2019
  • Business Page: Running Companies Generous, Run Specialty Confident
  • Mileposts: Fun with the Mile; Virtual Races Continue to Grow; Physical Races Awaken from Slumber

In the June 16, 2020 E-news

  • USATF Updates Guidance for Event Directors and Organizing Committees
  • Black Athletes Speak out on Racism in Their Own Lives
  • P3R Offers Grants to Western Pennsylvania Races Impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Charities Hit Hard by Dearth of Road Races
  • Potential Dangers of Wearing Face Masks During Heavy Exercise
  • OPINION: Maybe Virtual Racing Isn't Complete Rubbish

In the June 4, 2020 E-news

  • Survey: Race Organizations Expect 55% Revenue Shortfall in 2020
  • Boston Marathon Goes Virtual
  • USATF Releases Return to Training and Hosting Events Guidelines
  • USATF Condemns Violence Against Black Men and Women
  • Ironman Forges Ahead Toward June 28 Race with Strict Guidelines
  • Running into a Firestorm: Former Elite Runner Takes Political Heat as Minneapolis Mayor
  • Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc Canceled; Offers "Responsible" 55% Refund
  • OPINION: Controversy over Comrades Marathon Illustrates How and How Not to Carry Out No-Refunds Policy

In the May, 2020 Newsletter, Issue 430


  • Endurance Sports Coalition Lines up for Federal Industry Support
    RRCA and NYCRUNS Surveys Give First Peek at Runner Attitudes Toward Returning to Racing
    RRCA/RunSignUp and USATriathlon Issue Guidelines for Re-opening Events
    Liability Insurance for Virtual Runs Available
    COVID-19 Rebound: A boon for smaller races?
    Did You Miss It? Our Most Visited Links from RRM Ewires During April
  • The 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials
  • Interview: Olympic Trials Marathon Director Rich Kenah Opens Up About the Atlanta Olympic Trials
  • NBC’s Marathon Trials Telecast Fails to Inspire
  • The Virtues of Virtual Runs
  • Business Page: Inspiring News Amidst the Gloom
  • Mileposts: NYC Marathon Champ Silva Does Treadmill Run to Honor Medical Personnel; Runners Warned Off Boston Course


In the April 14, 2020 E-news

  • Chinese Runner Breaks the Pandemic Doldrums with 116K in Two Runs in His Small Apartment
  • Trapped in Hong Kong Apartment, Brit with Heart Condition Runs Marathon While His Wife Bolsters His Morale
  • Hong Kong Woman Misses Running Buddies, but Solos Through Indoor 10K
  • Israeli 50K Record-Holder Runs 5,349 Laps (42K) Inside His Home
  • Tireless Toulousian Blisters Through Balcony Marathon in 6:48
  • Aussie Expands Horizons by Adding Porch Loops to Indoor Slog
  • Viral Back Yard Marathons
  • Runner's Rite of Spring Goes Virtual in 2020


In the April 10, 2020 E-news

  • Olympic Qualifying Period Suspended Until December 1st
  • Leslie Jordan Announces Production of RACE WRAPS: Face Shields, Headbands, and More
  • Poll: Most Sports Fans Will Stay Home Without a COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Experts Differ on Safe Distancing Between Runners


In the April 10, 2020 E-news Covid Update

  • Small Business Loans


In the April 8, 2020 E-news Covid Update

  • Small Business Loans
  • Senate aims to approve more small-business aid on Thursday
  • What about the $10,000 emergency grant I’ve heard about?
  • By the numbers

In the April 7, 2020 E-news

  • RRCA Urges Caution on Virtual Runs
  • Athletic Apparel Companies Boathouse, New Balance, and Under Armour Step Up to Pandemic Challenge
  • Runner Statue COVID-19 Mask Movement Dashes from Connecticut to Colorado
  • Concerns Grow Around Pandemic's Impact on Drug Testing
  • OPINION: Prioritize Health Above Conducting a Virtual Trail Race

In the April 3, 2020 E-news

  • Coe: You Qualified for 2020 Olympics - You're in for 2021
  • Survey Finds Elite Athletes Struggling Financially Worldwide
  • Boston Marathon Offers Refunds
  • Race Director Answers Questions about COVID-19 Cancellations (and Refunds)
  • OPINION: USOPC Gravy Train Should End


In the March/April 2020 Newsletter, Issue 429

  • Acts of Kindness in Trying Times
    • Long Distance Running Official, Coach and Enthusiast Bill Roe Dies
    • Race HQ Shuts Down
    • USATF Membership Fees to Increase
    • Jakob Larsen Appointed World Athletics Director of Competition and Events
    • RRCA Launches Cyber Liability Policy for Clubs and Events
    • Did You Miss It? Our Most Visited Links from RRM Ewires During March
  • COVID-19 Creates an Abnormal New Normal
  • Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk: Inside a Large Race Cancellation
  • Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk: The Personal Side of the Cancellation
  • COVID-19 and Contract Performance
  • Commentary: Refund and Deferral Policies: No One Size Fits All
  • Tips & Tricks: Field Size Limits - How Are They Determined?
  • Going Green: The Sports Climate Shaming Phenomenon
  • Business Page: Paris Runners Defy Stay at Home Orders for Paris Half
  • Mileposts: Brooks Running and Brooks Brothers Spar over Name Trademark



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