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French federation with new media partner

PARIS (FRA): The French Athletics Federation (FFA) has signed an exclusive broadcast agreement with the Altice Group. In France the SFR (part of Altice Group) will commercialize the rights of FFA events and national teams. This partnership marks the start of a whole new adventure for French athletics alongside a fast-expanding international group, which has rapidly made a name for itself as a major protagonist in telecoms, media and sport, particularly in France and notably through its SFR Sport and BFM Sport channels. SFR will support the FFA through until the Tokyo Games in 2020. In the three parts of cooperation the 'Track' universe groups together national and international events organised on French soil, including the French indoor and Elite outdoor championship, the national circuit of meetings in both summer and winter, the "Fly Europe Paris", organised for the first time this year, as well as the Meeting de Paris, the only French leg of the IAAF Diamond League. In the 'Running' universe, through the growing development within the community of French athletics that now boasts nearly 300,000 members, various media from the SFR group will ensure the broadcasting of the France Elite championships in cross-country and trail running. Finally, the "French Team" universe will be covered by a magazine entirely dedicated to the Blues, "Inside Equipe de France", where fans and the general public will be able to go behind the scenes of the training and competitions. From a FFA release.

RunBlogRun Opines: The Altice Group is one of the most aggressive telecommunications companies in the fast moving global cable and wireless telecom business. Patrick Drahi, founder of Altice Group, is buying up video, broadband, wireless and land-line companies. He wants to consolidate the players, and he has deep pockets. A media company such as Altice getting involved with athletics and running shows a European company who sees the well healed fans of athletics as worthy consumers that Mr. Drahi believes have value. This gentleman is a shrewd businessman: Altice is not doing this out of some newfound generosity. Altice is sponsoring the FFA because its fans and members make strong business sense. RunBlogRun likes that.

Ben Rosario is the coach of HOKA ONE ONE's Northern Arizona Elite, and we have been fortunate enough to have Ben speak with our video team, the Shoe Addicts. Tim Jeffreys filmed this series for the Shoe Addicts, who produced the series for RunBlogRun. This is part 8.

FullSizeRender_1.jpgTop photo: Vladamir Kasentsev (silver), Horace Ashenfelter (gold), John Disley (bronze), 1952 Olympic steeplechase medalists, Bottom Photo: Horace Ashenfelter took lead over final water jump, Vladamir Kasentsev. Photos courtesy of Jeff Benjamin.

FullSizeRender_2.jpgPhoto: Dedication of Horace Ashenfelter Track Invitation, Photo courtesy of Jeff Benjamin.

FullSizeRender_3.jpgPhoto: Tom Fleming speaking at Dedication, Photos courtesy of Jeff Benjamin.

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IMG_5201.JPGEssex County Plaque, photo by Jeff Benjamin

The dedication of the Horace Ashenfelter Track in Essex County took place on October 14, 2016. Jeff Benjamin covered the event for RunBlogRun. Horace Ashenfelter's gold medal victory and World Record run at the 1952 Olympics, a victory in an event dominated by Europeans and Soviet bloc runners in the 1950s. Horace Ashenfelter was a fine athlete, and a FBI agent. His story is one for the ages. At the wonderful age of 93, Horace Ashenfelter has been honored with the naming of the track where he completed some of his most formative workouts. That his lovely wife, Lillian, who supported him those 64 years ago, was able to enjoy the day made it even more spectacular day for a spectacular Olympian.

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Updated September 20, 2016, Videos 1-5

Updated October 25, 2016, Videos 1-7

(updated video list, reposted missing video 7)

Ben Rosario and his wife, Jen Rosario are the visionaries behind the HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite, one of the finest clubs in our country. This series of videos, shot by Tim Jeffries and managed and produced by the Shoe Addicts, are posted weekly (August 23-December 20), as part of our support for the HOKAONEONEPostalNationals! We post the videos individually and also post on this coaching page.

Ben Rosario is a trailblazer. A fine distance runner who has evolved into a fine coach, Ben Rosario is one of the new generation of American coaches who will help develop the next great group of American distance runners. In this series of videos, produced by The Shoe Addicts and sponsored by HOKA Postal Nationals, the HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite coach provides some insights into the art and science of coaching.

We have provided links to the videos on his coaching philosophy and style, but we will start with an interview I did last December with Ben Rosario, just after his team's victory at the USATF Cross Country Club Championships in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco!

Here's the link to the interview!

Variety is important as well. Besides the tempo runs you have done on Tuesdays for nine weeks, here are three other suggestions for this part of the season....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016: 1-mile warmup; 20-min tempo run, 1-mile cool-down. To determine your tempo run pace, add a half-minute to your present mile pace for a 5K. So if you can run 18:30 for a 5K now, that's a 6:00 pace. Add 30 seconds, and your tempo run pace is 6:30 per mile. Recalculate your pace as your fitness improves, about once a month.

1. Fartlek...warm up ten minutes, then, forty minutes, where you run ten minutes, race pace, five minutes relaxed, six minutes, race pace, five minutes relaxed, four minutes race pace, five minutes relaxed , two minutes hard finish pace, ten minutes cooldown.

2. Track..warm up ten minutes, 6 x 800 meters, at mile pace for current 5k pace, jog 400 meters between each. Follow up with 4 x 300 meters, cut downs. This means, each 300 meters is faster than previous. So, if you start at 55, next could be 54, then, 53, then, 52.

3. Trails...warm up, ten minutes, then, three times a mile or six minutes, which ever is longer, with six minute jog between, at current race pace, with three times thirty seconds hard at end, jog to recover between each, ten minute cooldown.

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LEXINGTON (USA): Sprinter Tyson Gay is keen to mentor youths in Lexington after the shooting death of his 15-year-old daughter Trinity last Sunday, informs AP. "We must come together as a community to protect each other, giving our young people the tools they need to resolve their conflicts and lead successful lives, the kind that Trinity was well on her way to living," he said in a statement.

RunBlogRun opines: Tyson Gay is a rare athlete and individual. RunBlogRun offers our condolences and prayers on the loss of his daughter, Trinity. A child is not supposed to precede the parent in leaving this earthly life. We do not know what else to say, except that Tyson Gay spoke so eloquently at the memorial and after the funeral for his daughter.

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LAS VEGAS (USA): US junior 800 m record holder Donavan Brazier who turned pro in summer switched back to his A&M coach who is former Grenada´s top 400 m runner Alleyne Francique. Informs Flotrack.

RunBlogRun opines: Arguably one of our most talented 800 meter runners in five decades, Donavan Brazier broke, on the 50th anniversary, the NCAA record of one Jim Ryun, at the ripe old age of 19. His Olympic Trials were a series of mishaps ( "I did not follow my coaches' advice", Donavan told RunBlogRun this past weekend. Alleyne Francique, the NCAA champion over 400 meters, is developing Brazier as a 400m/800m runner. I for one, can not wait to see how Donavan Brazier and Clayton Murphy, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist at 800 meters duel over 2017!

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Lucky Yego
ELDORET (KEN): World javelin champion Julius Yego has said he is lucky to be alive after being involved in a car accident on Sunday, informs Sport24. Yego collided with a trailer lorry on the Nairobi-Eldoret highway on Sunday night and while he escaped without any major injuries, he was kept in hospital overnight in Eldoret as a precaution. "The driver of the trailer made a sudden U-turn in the middle of the road - there was no way I could have avoided him. I slammed so hard on the car brakes while hooting at the driver, that I thought I had broken my leg. I am lucky to be alive," he said.

One of my favorite reasons to have David Hunter write for RunBlogRun is that I learn something new everytime I read one of his features. David wrote this piece on Gerard van de Veen, one of our sports most prominent coaches and trainers. It is interesting that one of Gerard's fine athletes, Daniel Wanjiru, broke the course record while winning the TCS Amsterdam Marathon just a weekend ago. And another of his athletes, Wilson Kipsang, battled Kenenisa Bekele through the streets of Berlin on September 25.

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep. And Miles to go, before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep..." to quote the famous poem by Robert Frost (Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening). It could be used to describe the diligence of Gerard van de Veen.


Gerard van de Veen with Wilson Kipsang

Cam Levins on the mend, finally...


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TORONTO (CAN): informs that Canadian 10 000 m record holder Cam Levins who has been sidelined by injury since July and hasn't raced since the national track and field championships in Edmonton is progressing with training. It's been nearly three months since Levins had surgery. "Surgery was on July 24, and I'm probably about three to four weeks away from running still. However, it's in part based on how I'm progressing," he said.

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