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In the January 19, 2021 E-news

  • Houston Marathon Rebound: Big Turnout, Two American Records
  • Running Industry Alliance to Develop New Growth Opportunities Within UK, Ireland
  • Run Show USA Cancelled; New Date Set for 2023
  • Top 10 Trail Running Stories of 2021:from Chinese Horror to Nepalese Woman's Breakout Success
  • Runner optimism shows in signups for Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run
  • American women's record broken in 35K race walk in Santee, California
  • Live streaming of the USATF 100 mile road championships to come in February
  • Results of the ninth biennial Race Director Compensation Study have been released

In the December 29, 2021 E-news

  • Release of Race Director Compensation Study
  • China Dominates World Athletics Road Race Calendar
  • Five Athletes Collapse, Nearly Die in Taipei Marathon
  • SafeSport Upholds Lifetime U.S. Coaching Ban Against Alberto Salazar
  • 26,000+ participate in BMW Dallas Marathon Festival
  • Marine Corps Marathon Organization Unveils 14-Event Schedule
  • COVID hampers access for East African runners
  • World Athletics issues new rules on shoes
  • Road Runners Club of America announces 2021 Roads Scholar grantees

In December 2021 Newsletter, Issue No. 447

    • USATF Sets Tougher Olympic Trials Qualifying Standards; Marathon Qualifying Window Opens January 1, 2022
    • Non-Binary Participant Incorrectly Classified in Philadelphia Half Marathon
    • World Athletics Study Finds Remarkable Levels of Online Abuse at Tokyo Olympics 
    • Turkey Trots Rebound
    • Tracking In-Person Finishes by Month
    • No Issue Next Month, But a Celebration in February
    • Clawing Our Way Back: Ninth Biennial Race Director Compensation Study
    • Tips & Tricks: Recruiting Guest Speakers for Your Events
    • Business Page & Mileposts: On Keeps On; Hoka Just Hoka; The Final Fukuoka; Rocket City Implodes


In the November 30, 2021 E-news

  • Full-Strength NYC Half Marathon on Tap in March
  • Famed 15K Race in Europe Canceled on (Very) Short Notice
  • Thanksgiving Day Boom Shows Stampede Back to In-Person Racing
  • Heavy Sentences for Corruption Slapped on Former Brazilian Olympic Committee President, a Second Committee Official, and Former Rio de Janeiro Governor
  • OPINION: Keep Checks and Balances in USATF Governance
  • The Beijing Marathon has been canceled.
  • World Athletics publishes Online Abuse Study covering the Tokyo Olympic Games.

In the November 12, 2021 E-news

  • Industry Leaders to Be Members of Faculty at the Annual Road Race Management Race Directors' Meeting November 15-17 in Hollywood, FL
  • New York Road Runners Seeks New Leader and Mission
  • Veteran Runner Collapses in Boston Marathon,
    Treated by Impromptu Medical Team
  • Boise Marathon Doused by Rain, then Flooded with Complaints
  • New Denver Colfax Marathon Sponsor Cigna Will Donate
    $25 per Runner to Charity Prize Pool
  • RunSignup Offers Non-Binary Option for Registration
  • NYCRUNS is hiring!
  • Miami Marathon and Half Marathon sellout occurs earliest in history of the race.
  • Man pushes mom in wheelchair, covering marathon in less than three hours.

In the October 28, 2021 E-news

  • Lightning Prompts Mid-Race Cancellation
  • 16,000 Participate in Great South Run
  • Gidey Shatters World Half Marathon Record
  • Beijing Marathon Postponed As China Continues Zero-Tolerance Policy
  • Charges of Body Shaming at U. of Oregon Track & Field Program
  • OPINION: Pacers make marathons boring
  • Industry leaders to be members of faculty at the annual Road Race Management Race Directors Meeting November 15-17 in Hollywood, FL.
  • Overcoming monotony is key to winning the world's longest race

In the October 19, 2021 E-news

  • Third Quarter Race Trends: Virtuals Hold Their Own; Prices Dip Slightly; Younger Runners Up
  • 87 Ultra-Runners Rescued from Violent Snowstorm in Utah
  • Mary Cain Sues Salazar, Nike, for $20 Million
  • Philadelphia Marathon to Require Vaccinations and Impose Caps on Participation
  • Double Oops! in Maine Marathon/Half Marathon: Misdirection Disqualifies Three; Typo Almost Hides Course Record
  • Industry leaders to be members of faculty at the annual Road Race Management Race Directors Meeting November 15-17 in Hollywood,
  • Stabbing murder of Agnes Tirop by husband shocks Kenyan athletic community
  • On October 9, the World Anti-Doping Agency revoked the status of Moscow's Anti-Doping Laboratory
  • Good news! Running doesn't damage your cartilage

In the September 27, 2021 E-news

  • Marine Corps Marathon Converts In-Person to Virtual
  • Race Cancelled? Heck No, Say Maine Runners
  • World's Most Expensive Race: $139 per Kilometer in Scotland 2022
  • UTMB Bans Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
  • Input sought for survey of adults who ran marathons before age 18
  • NYC Marathon health and safety procedures include vaccination requirement
  • Oops! Two leaders steered off course disqualified in Quad Cities Marathon
  • Bronx 10 Mile Draws 7,000-plus
  • World Athletics Cross Country Championships postponed until 2023
  • The 2021 IRONMAN World Championships have been delayed to May 2022

In the September 17, 2021 E-news

  • Chicago Marathon Imposes Safety Rules on Media
  • Marine Corps Marathon to Proceed In-Person
  • Misplaced Cone Lengthens Race, Costs Leader the Win
  • Army Ten-Miler Goes Virtual
  • Eliud Kipchoge Foundation to Expand, Building Libraries and Planting Forests
  • Salazar's appeal to Court of Arbitration for Sport is denied
  • The 2021 Tokyo Marathon has been cancelled
  • The Boston Athletic Association apologizes for scheduling the Boston Marathon on Indigenous Peoples Day (October 11)
  • Boston and Columbus Marathons will require full vaccinations or negative COVID tests
  • Sponsorship of Portland Marathon pulled on account of surge in COVID-19 cases

In the August 30, 2021 E-news

  • Runner Dies from Fall in French Ultra-Race
  • Vitality Big Half Marathon Benefits from Pandemic Lull; Other Big Races Tread Water in August
  • Air Force Half Marathon, New Jersey Marathon Cancel
  • Broad Street Run to Require Proof of Vaccination
  • 2022 London Marathon Postponed Six Months in a "Hugely Uncertain World"
  • Salazar's name removed from building in Nike campus
  • Organizers of the U.S. Trail Running Conference spoke out against an Arkansas law
  • Kipchoge says athletes must embrace technology
  • Ironman Canada - Penticton canceled

In the July/August 2021 Newsletter, Issue No. 443

  • News:
    • Alberto Salazar Ruled Ineligible to Coach U.S. Athletes
    • TAFWA Unhappy with the Media Facilities at the “New” Hayward Field
    • World Athletics Announces Site of Inaugural World Athletics Road Running Championship
    • Outside Interactive Closes Down
    • RunningUSA Elects New Officers
    • Media and Marketing Stars to Speak at Road Race Management Meeting
  • The One Certain Thing About Planning a Race During a Pandemic: Uncertainty
  • Events:
    Vaccination Requirements in Road Races
  • Events:
    In-person Races Planned for a Traditional Date
  • Tech Review:
    Blerter Enhances Communications Among Event Staff
  • Business Page & Mileposts:
    ASICS Introduces Digital Running Shoes; Film Kipchoge: The Last Milestone, About the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Set for August 23 Release

In the July 16, 2021 E-news

  • The Good and the Not-So-Good in 2021 Race Registrations
  • How Ted Corbitt Pulled Marathons out of America's "Dark Ages"
  • Tokyo Olympics by the Eye-Popping Numbers
  • Dave McGillivray Available for Motivational Speaking Engagements
  • Beat Olympic Champion, Go to Tokyo, Monetize Name/Image/Likeness, All While Still in College
  • Leslie Jordan, Inc., Certified by Women's Business Enterprise National Council
  • Footwear News says races could be key for brands looking to extend their COVID-19 sales boom.
  • The Chamber of Commerce has released a free guide for businesses struggling to return to normal: COVID-19 Reopening Guide for Small Businesses.
  • Five American Distance Project athletes are going to the Tokyo Olympics
  • On July 15th, Tokyo reported 1,308 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day tally since January 21.

In the July 6, 2021 E-news

  • Boilermaker: No Vaccination, No Participation
  • Bear Holds up 100 Runners for Half Hour in Marathon
  • Whitefish Marathon Doubles Record Size
  • Emily Sisson Breaks Trials 10,000m Record, Accelerating Through Final Laps
  • AbbottWMM Virtual Global Marathon Returns in November
  • Salazar struck from New York Road Runners Hall of Fame
  • War on Athletes' Drugs Roils U.S. Olympics Trials and claims three victims from three chemicals in a month:
    Houlihan, Telfer, Richardson
  • Transgender hurdler CeCe Telfer was banned from the U.S. Olympic Trials on account of high testosterone (June 24)
  • Shepherd rescues six in killer ultramarathon
    World Athletics increases prize money for athletes
  • Brooks announces carbon neutral running shoe "Ghost 14"
  • In Pivoting-From Races to Vaccinating News

    In the June, 2021 Newsletter, Issue No. 442
    • Boilermaker to Require Proof of Vaccination to Participate
    • Virtual Events to be Folded into Hybrid Events
    • Incidence of Life Threatening Conditions in Road Races
    • "All Star Panel" to Look at COVID-19 Impact on Road Races at Road Race Management Race Directors’ Meeting, November 15-17 in Hollywood, FL
    • New York Road Runners Removes Alberto Salazar from its Hall of Fame
    • Joan Ullyot Dies at Age 80
    • Tracking In-Person Finishes by Month

    • Statistics: The Post-Pandemic Rebound in Races:
      The Pros, the Cons, and a Way Forward
    • Events: The New Normal–For Now:
      A look at Modified In-Person Races Held During May and June
    • Events: BOLDER on the RUN 10K:
      6 Events, 3 Days, 103 Miles
    • Events: NYRR Optimistic for Future After Mastercard New York Mini
    • Events: Grandma's Marathon Weekend Bounces Back
    • Commentary: Shelby Houlihan Banned for Four Years
    • A Look Back: An Innovative Timing System at the 1981 Cascade Run Off
    • Letter: Cooperation over Conflict
    • Business Page & Mileposts:
      Puma Supports Women; ASICS Minds Its Business; Tracksmith Replicates Bill Rodgers Gear


  • Race Director Survey: How Have You Dealt with Pandemic Fallout?
  • China Suspends Extreme Sports After Tragedy in Gansu
  • Cascade Run Off, 1981: a Pivotal Moment in the History of Professional Road Racing
  • International Marathon Center to Be Built in Hopkinton
  • The Berlin Marathon Plans to Host 35,000 Runners with a New Health and Hygiene Concept
  • OPINION: Qualifying for Boston Should Be More Straightforward
  • Letesenbet Gidey sets 10,000m WR
  • Alan Webb to run Grandma's Marathon
  • Spectators at U.S. Olympic Trials will be separated into a vaccinated and unvaccinated section.

In the May, 2021 Newsletter, Issue No. 441

    • Cascade Run Off Redux Celebrates 40 Years of Prize Money Racing
    • USOPC and USADA Endorse WADA Reforms
    • Boston Marathon Application Stats
    • USADA Scales Back Penalties for THC Use
    • Tracking In-Person Finishes by Month
    • Road Race Management Meeting to be First Major In-person Race Director Gathering of the Fall
  • New CDC Guidelines:
    May 2021—A Watershed in the COVID-19 Pandemic, Although Questions Remain
  • Events: NYRR Moves Slowly Toward Pre-Pandemic Racing
  • Events: Remote, Timed, In-Person Racing
  • Events: Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Hosts Virtual Run on Traditional Course
  • Commentary: Be Careful What You Wish For
  • Event Managment: NYCRUNS Adapted Existing Race Policies to Fit the Pandemic
  • Statistics: Major Marathon Shoe Sponsors; Rock 'n' Roll Virtual Runs
  • Business Page & Mileposts: ON Goes Up; Saucony Honors Mothers; Shoe Sales Strong

In the May 25, 2021 E-news

  • Survey Finds 28.76% of Runners Started During the Pandemic
  • More Headwinds for Tokyo Olympics: Public Says Nay, Doctors Say Hold On
  • Philadelphia Marathon Cuts Participation in Half--for Now
  • New York City Marathon Might Bar Unvaccinated Runners
  • Running Great Ron Hill Dies at 82
  • Severe weather claims 21 lives in Chinese Ultra
  • The 2021 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk will accept applications to the lottery
  • RRCA accepting 2021 Kids Run the Nation grant applications

In the April 23, 2021 E-news

  • 4,000 Trail Runners in April 12 Patagonia Run
  • Minnesota Race Directors Join to Speak with One Voice to State Health Department
  • "Battle of the Teams" in Prague Offers Unique Marathon Format
  • American Des Linden Sets Women's World Best at 50K
  • Shanghai Half Marathon Strips Adidas Shirts from Racing Kits
  • Paris Marathon Offers Full Refunds in Case of Cancellation
  • Eliud Kipchoge returned to the top
  • Boston to charge a $25 COVID fee
  • Children Injured, One Killed, in Peloton Tread+ Accidents


In the April, 2021 Newsletter, Issue 440

  • News
    • RRCA Convention Takes Place In-Person in Florida 
    • World Record Status for 50K Advocated
    • In-Person Finishes by Month
    • Are Mandatory Vaccines and Pre-Race Testing the Ticket to In-Person Racing?
    • Drive-Through Packet Pickup and Registration
    • Virtual and Hybrid Race Experiences 2020
    • Statistics: In-Person Race Participation Trends; Record Submission Trends; Opinions
    • Business Page: New Balance Sustains; Nike Refurbishes; Newton Recycles
    • Mileposts: Masters Will Compete at 2022 World X-C; Marathon Organizers Test COVID Mitigation Models

In the April 7, 2021 E-news

  • Baikal Ice Marathon Draws 70 Hard-Core Runners: Soccer Star Wins in 3:25
  • It's Official: USOPC Will Allow Social Justice Demonstrations
  • USATF Announces "Journey to Gold" Outdoor Track Series
  • Outrage in China Compels Marathon to Drop Sponsor
  • Hayward Field Remodel Completed in Time for Olympic Trials
  • Letter to the Editor: Don't take chances with medallions and apparel--buy American!


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