Monthly Archives: December 2014


Few events capture me more than our USA Club Cross Championships.  Without fail provides  stark revelation of who is who and where when it comes to the national talent pool.  Congratulations to all those that left the confines of their comfortable midwest ponds and swam with the Big Boys and Girls in Bethlehem this past weekend.

Observations:  The competitive scene in Iowa and Missouri is slowly becoming more Vibrant.  As evidenced by the USATF Clubs that prioritize our Club Championships.  Its cyclical though and that helps in the long run.   Team Nebraska used to be  the team to beat, but a lot happened in two short years.   The Kansas City Smoke and Iowa Run Ablaze didn’t sit around waiting for Team Nebraska to get its act together.    Even though each neighboring club went through its own “drama”, the thing that didn’t change was their committment to competitive excellence by racing, frequently, and against the best.  As a club.    LRC too has my/our thanks for supporting this program those of us on the Elite Development Club Council hold dear and work hard for.  Sending a full team is not easy or cheap and it is appreciated!

You are USATF!

Damned proud of all those clubs and individuals that competed.  Especially happy for Joe Moore of the Kansas City Smoke, his 11th overall was the best finish for a midwesterner since David Adams 10th in 2011.  Joe led his team to an 18th Overall finish.  *Freedom Run Half Marathon Champion Whitney Bevins Lazzara finished 58th in the women’s 6K with a time of 21:09.

11. Joe Moore         29:39
150. Justin Garrard  31:47
174. Aaron Davidson  32:01
187. Javier Ceja  32:11
240. Kory Cool  32:47
320. Gerardo Hernandez  33:41
412. Kyle Snyder  35:01**  20 years old, welcome to the Big Time!

60. Zach Baker  30:40
178. Ben Jaskowiak  32:02
197. Chris Roberston  32:16
261.  Scott Gall  32:58
286. Thomas Ries  33:15
319.  Nathan Hopp  33:41

221.  Cole Marolf   32:34
237.  Trevor Vidlak  32:44
310.  Neil Wolfrd  33:34
367.  Andrew Jacob  34:09
390.  Michael Rathje  34:34
449.  Ryan Dostal  35:34

RUNABLAZE WOMEN’S TEAM**********  Needed 5 runners to score as a team, great pack running ladies!
101. Casey McDermott  21:54
111.  Erin Moeller 22:03
129.  Emily Eimers 22:21

402.  Peter Falcon  34:47

97. Ashley Miller  21:49



Do the midwest proud y’all.  LRC Racing, Runablaze Iowa, and Kansas City Smoke will be sending full teams to Bethlehem.  Team Nebraska will be represented by Peter Falcon and Ashley Miller.  Results Monday.

LRC Racing – Team A
Ryan Dostal, Andrew Jacob, Cole Marolf, Michael Rathje, Trevor Vidlak, Neil Wolford

Team Nebraska – Team A
Peter Falcon
Team Nebraska – Team A
Ashley Miller

Runablaze Iowa – Team A
Zach Baker, Scott Gall, Nathan Hopp, Ben Jaskowiak, Thomas Ries Jr, Chris Robertson
Runablaze Iowa – Team A
Emily Eimers, Brooke Gambrall, Olivia Johnson, Casey McDermott, Erin Moeller
Kansas City Smoke – Team A
Javier Ceja, Kory Cool, Aaron Davidson, Justin Garrard, Gerardo Hernandez, Joe Moore, Kyle Snyder, Randy Wasinger


Here you go folks.  Our Nebraska Association’s finest!  Or not.

With all due respect to everyone and their far better talent,  but little for their excuses, on how things shook out this year.  Decent prize money for the top 3 in each division.

How the hell did Kyle Clouston win this thing?  And Pete Kostelnick 2nd?  The two slowest guys on the list are the top two.  Kyle is a 275 league bowler with a .450 batting average and .985 % fielding average as a third baseman.  And our 2014 LDR GP Champion!


In it to win it!  That’s how.  Sound familiar?

From the mile through 50K road and trail runs.  He tackled everything and everyone.  Didn’t finish first in a single race.  Made the GP his own year long ultra endeavor, committed to doing as many of the races as possible.  And did it.

Studs or duds.  Be careful how you answer because it is a direct reflection on your committment to the series, its athletes, its clubs, its races and management, its results and even USATF.  Coulda, woulda, shoulda?  You’ve got next year to back it up.

If you didn’t participate, beat it.

If you did and aren’t happy with the results, cry me a river.  Everyone knew what it would take to win.  Kyle declared as much ten weeks ago, beseeched competition.  Crickets.

LRC Racing showed that they are the New Wave in Nebraska as far as depth of talent and desire to compete.  Their second year in a row to completely dominate Team Nebraska, I’m allowed to wax wistful.

Five Teams and one unattached athlete (Kaci Lickteig) represented in the Open Women  category.   One TN woman.

And only two Team Nebraska runners, tied at the bottom of the open men.  No representation in either masters category.  Sad.

Giving Colin Morrissey a flyer due to his nearly year long injury, but where were his mates?  A USATF Elite Development Club, that based on empirical evidence, is not supporting our Nebraska Association Grand Prix efforts.   Or our National Championships for that matter.  How long can those former laurels of mine remain green before they are snatched across the river?  I don’t like to say never, but it’ll never happen.

Nebraska Run Guru Elite’s Stacy Mangers Shaw, just shy of 49 and still clean as a whistle, took the Masters women title and Linda was 3rd.  No surprises there.  The Sheriff and her Deputy taking home the lions share of $$ in that division.

Ivan Marsh, loner and renegade that he is, tackled the variety of distances and surfaces to win the masters men’s crown.  Unattached- though still listed on Team Nebraska’s web roster.  Makes things confusing for those trying to keep an honest ledger.   Mike Wasson and I both show on the top 5 for masters men.

USATF Grand Prix Final Standings

Open-Women Total Points
1 Hayley Sutter 63 (LRC)
2 Frankie Petersen 59 (LRC)
3 Kaci Lickteig 50 (UNATTACHED)
4 Megan Zavorka Thomas 25 (TEAM NEBRASKA)
5 Adeline Hohman 13 (WOMEN RUN NEBRASKA)
6 Michelle Paxton 12 (OISELLE)
7 Tammy Consbruck 9 (NEBRASKA RUN GURU ELITE)

Masters – Women Total Points
2 Maureen Larsen 52 (LRC)
3 Linda Kunasek 35 (NEBRASKA RUN GURU ELITE)
4 Ann Bauermeister 25 (LRC)

Open – Men Total Points
1 Kyle Clouston 74 (NEBRASKA RUN GURU ELITE)
2 Peter Kostelnick 63 (NEBRASKA RUN GURU ELITE)
3 Ryan Regnier 50 (LRC)
T-4 Jason Zakaras 44 (LRC)
T-4 Andrew Jacob 44 (LRC)
5 Brian Wandzilak 43 (LRC)
6 Ryan Dostal 31 (LRC)
7 Logan Watley 29 (LRC)
T-8 Trevor Vidlak 25 (LRC)
T-8 Eric Noel 25 (LRC)
T-10 Colin Morrissey 23 (TEAM NEBRASKA)
T-10 York Thomas 23 (TEAM NEBRASKA)

Masters – Men Total Points
1 Ivan Marsh 78 (UNATTACHED)
2 Darin Schlake 67 (LRC)
3 Brian Kelley 45 (LRC)
5 Will Lindgren 32 (HEY NOW!)
6 Tom Woods 23 (LRC)
7 Craig Christians 9 (LRC)


Or, Chicanery Revealed.   213 degrees, one over the boiling point.  Macro, micro, all the same.

My old buddy Bob Hersch got jobbed.   Bob has for nearly three decades,  stellarly served the United States, working his way up to Senior Vice President for the IAAF Council, the most powerful sporting body in the world.  Instrumental in our Olympics, World Championships,  World Road Championships, and every other national and international event falling under the auspices of IAAF.

Bob received over 80% of the votes in Anaheim last weekend to retain his position.  USATF President Stephanie Hightower had other plans.  She covets the position.  And had her Board of Directors overturn the membership vote.  And instilled herself in his position.  Unbelieveable.  And a done deal.  The IAAF will have to approve her highness, to say I hope she is turned down is cutting my nose off to spite my face.  To lose the power of a seat on the IAAF Council would be devastating to the United States.  But again, the Council appreciated Bob like few others and will be pissed and hard pressed to approve the power hungry maven.

It all turns on the fact that Lamine Diack is retiring as President of the IAAF this August.  Sebastian Coe and Sergy Bubka are the candidates to replace Diack.  Hightower is banking on Seb getting the nod, she has a very interesting “in” with him, is fully hitched.  Should he be elected she will have her seat, if Sergy wins, adios USA.

And still, those that care most and deepest about our sport continue the Good Fight anyway.

But politics being what they are, nothing should surprise anyone these days.  I recently got the skinny on how the USATF Nebraska Association elections went down last September.  Oh my!    So glad I didn’t have to witness that travesty.  At least one grievance has been filed on the process.  In the end the best person ended up as our LDR Chair, so at least some good came out of the meetings.  Peter Falcon is doing a good job and demonstrating a committment that has been lacking since I stepped down.  He’s in it to do good work, not just keep me out of the position or pad his resume.

While the Annual meetings are over in Anaheim, my work continues.  In it up to our eyes trying to work out details of our 2015 USA Club T&F National Champs.  In a sad but necessary move, we have decided to host the event at Ichan Stadium in NYC for the foreseeable future.  Just too little participation when the event was contested in the midwest and west coast.  That was the easy part.  We are still wrangling with the date.  Traditionally in July we are trying to move it into June.  For good reasons.  Scheduling prior to USA Outdoors makes the most sense to me.  It would also allow our graduating collegiate athletes to compete without extending their season another 6-8 weeks.  Efforts are exciting and heated as we try and tie in with the IAAF Adidas Grand Prix meet, how sweet would it be to be on the same track the same day as Usain Bolt?  Sit in the stands with Lo Lo?  Good arguments for making the move and yes, good argements against.  On our side, Mary Wittenberg, CEO of the NYRR Club.  Against, the New York Association President.  Gonna be a donnybrook before all is said and done.

Because we care and because it matters.

Paraphrasing a recent overheard comment, “It doesn’t matter, nobody really cares.”

Yes, it does matter.
What we do.
Not to some.
In fact very few.
Matters to me.
How bout you?

If you are a card carrying member of USATF it should.







Hurry hurry hurry.  Action, action, action.  Think of it, do it, think of something else, do it, think, do, think, do, think, do.

This is what has been revealed to me gazing into the firebox of my wood burning stove.  The flames showing me one of life’s most important lessons.  A lesson I refused from man.  One that could have stood me well over the last 50+ years.  Damned ADHD, mostly the AD part.

What I’ve learned from the embers is that it is ok to smolder.  That the heat from coals, while not showy, provide more consistent heat and comfort than the gaudy, all consuming fires.

A tale and parallel coming of course.

When I arrived, Nebraska was in a USATF/LDR black hole.  Misunderstood, feared, intimidating and largely unwanted.  USATF that is.  And maybe me too.  Adorned and provided my summer’s flaggons at Zorinsky a decade ago as first introduction to the masses.   Kool Aid it was called.  I knew I was in for a fight.

Waving my banner all over the place.  My glaring beacon of USATF, its message too bright for many.  Because I didn’t have the patience or subtlety to finesse.  And I wouldn’t wear out my knees, bowing before no man.  Insisiting on the One True Way, as I see it.  Now.

Torched a lot of landscape.  Some collateral damage.  May have been avoidable if I’d had a sense of perseverence instead of immediate reward.  But maybe not.  There were (and yes Cole, still are) forces that though now deemed feeble, fading, or no longer of consequence – bulwarks against progress they were- required incendiary flagellation at the time.  A Brilliant Sense of Urgency to launch a program.  That we now all enjoy.  Despite the odds and oddballs.

And I sit here now, unexcitedly, pondering USATF, specifically its election processes.  How those votes can be finagled, how members can be hornswoggled.  Puppetry by Charm, Hook or Crook.  Damn it.

Embers aglow inside that would have previously ignited into fire balls, now simply toasting philosophically.  Waiting.  Bobby Fisher contemplating his next move.


Yesterday’s rare blue skies and warm temps enabled me to get some bonus December gardening done.  I ended up moving over 1000 pounds of horse shit via shovel, wagon, and back.  Shrewdly, slowly, quietly planning each move for next spring and summer.


And in the end, I just want to do good work, have people look up to me as a teacher, motivator, advocate, coach, and maybe just maybe, friend.  Nothing but Hubris up my sleeves!




Quite a few Nebraskans and former Nebraskans toed yesterday’s California International Marathon starting line, hoping for stellar times promised by one of the fastest net downhill courses in the United States.

Eric Noel, LRC Racing,   2:22:40 (27th o/a***, 13th 25-29)
Luka Thor, Team Nebraska,  2:25:59 (36th o/a, 17th 25-29)
Ryan Regnier, LRC Racing,  2:41:28 (105th o/a, 14th 35-39)
Brian Wandzilak, LRC Racing, 2:44:49 (128th o/a, 34th 30-34)
Chuck Smith, unattached, 2:49:16 (157th o/a, 16th 40-44)
Tom Nichols, LRC Racing, 1:10:01 through the half, DNF <Parker, CO>

***men’s overall exclusive of the women placing above them.

Lisa Baumert, Twin Cities Elite, 2:43:38, 26th o/a, 16th 25-29) originally from Fremont
Natalie Como*- Sonoran Distance Project, 2:48:05, (41st o/a, 18th 25-29) <Phoenix>
Shannon Mauser- Suing, Team Nebraska, 2:49:35, (45th o/a, 9th 35-39)
Megan Zavorka– Team Nebraska, 2:54:20, (60th o/a, 24th 25-29)
Emily Kraus– * 3:03:10, (93rd o/a, 31st 25-29) <Palo Alto, CA>

**women’s overall results exclusive of the men placing above them

*used to run for me before moving out of state

2014 California International Marathon
Sub 2:20= 22
Sub 2:30= 53 (includes 1 woman)
Sub 2:40= 111 (includes 13 women)
Sub 2:45= 158 (includes 27 women)
Sub 3:00= 379 (includes 88 women)
Sub 3:30= 1245 (includes 257 women)

For contrast:

2014 Des Moines Marathon
Sub 2:20= 5
Sub 2:30= 9
Sub 2:45= 21 (includes 4 women)
Sub 3:00= 42 (includes 5 women)
Sub 3:30= 181 (includes 29 women)

Observation:  Luka Thor (2:22:28, Des Moines Marathon, Oct. 19 ) narrowly edged Eric Noel’s 2:22:40 as the fastest men’s marathon for the year.  I have a lot to say about Luka being encouraged to run another quality marathon only 6 weeks after Des Moines.  None of it good.  If you look at the “compensation” factor of 2-3 (at least) minutes for the net downhill course Luka should have been capable of 2:19 or better at CIM.  Didn’t happen because there is no way in hell his body could have properly recovered from DM.  The fact that he was even entered into CIM speaks volumes as to the dire need of sound guidance for this young man.  I really do not like to see him done this way.  Tell me to mind my own business?  Luka is my business.  My long term personal investment in him compels me to speak out against the wasting of his of talent.  You have only so many marathons in your body, and only one or two good ones that will ever matter.  Two marathons a year, one in the spring, one in the fall, not 6 weeks apart for goodness sakes.

What say you?



Your standards.  Excellence before your very eyes.  From a time when men were forged by the heat of a Greater Will.

Go chase these.  Compare and contrast.  And be humbled.

Thanks to Gary Dougherty for digging deep and getting my numbers in line.  I’ve got a better handle on some data than others and appreciate the historical records Gary has compiled at

This will mostly be relevant to my Omaha readers, specifically anyone that has ever toured or trained at my former dojo.   And a challenge to current and future generations to get out there and put up your best time, see how you compare against these legends I’ll describe.

It has been over a year since I “painted” the USATF measured points out at Lake Zorinksy.  Two or three times a year I’d get out and mark the west loop every 1/4 mile, the east loop every half.  Certified points included the 5K on the east loop as part of the full 12K, the 10K by the ball fields, and 12K.  One of the biggest hurdles I had early on was trying to convince/persuade/educate locals on USATF Course Measurement protocol.  Of course I realize now that their protestations and barbs were merely for deflection and entertainment purposes but I stood rail straight in defense of Reality vs. GPS, a fight I continue today.

Just the facts ma’am: Tracy Lokken actually ran the certified Lake Zorinsky 10K on August 26, 2007 in a time of 32:17 (5:12 pace).

Brian Erb ran the entire Lake Zorinsky 12K in 40:37 early 2008.

On November 15, 2008 Peter vd Westhuizen, Paul Wilson, Levi Ashley, Shannon Stenger, and Tom Nichols all gathered at my command (there’s that LEADERSHIP thingy again) for a  Lake Zorinsky 12K time trial as preparation for the 2008 USA Club Cross Country National Championships in Spokane, WA.- an epic road trip that deserves its own column.

Peter the Great took the overall in a fast 39:49 (5:20 pace).  Paul was next in 40:00.  Then Levi in 40:50.  Shannon followed in 40:52.  Tom ran strong the first half but faded to 42:47 to round out the group.

I’ll have to get Craig Donnelly and Luka Thor together (maybe Trevor Vidlak and a healthy Colin Morrissey?) to try and bump two or three of those off the top 5.

For perspective my personal best for the dojo’s 7.495 miles (12K) was 48:45 (6:32 pace, age 50).

And the 2008 USA Club Cross Country results for Open Men:
26th Overall – Team Nebraska Brooks total time 2:54:04
Points, Name, Age, Pace, Time
71 Levi ASHLEY 25 5:22.1 33:23
130 James MCGOWN 34 5:31.5 34:22
162 Paul WILSON 27 5:38.5 35:06
183 Tom NICHOLS 26 5:43.3 35:35
185 Brian WANDZILAK 28 5:43.7 35:38
190 John NICHOLS 26 5:45.8 35:51
229 Ben SANDY 33 6:06.1 37:57

Hey how about that!  Seven open men all the way to Spokane!  And Craig Christians as a master (38:50 for 28th in the 45-59) and me in 45:20 (41st, 50-54).  Fully funded, via my race management efforts and support from the Lincoln Marathon, that’s how it rolled before all the panties got bunched.  Will Nebraska have even one athlete entered this year?  I can only hope so.






Borrowing from News of the World and National Enquirer for today’s headline.  A little sensationalism to catch your attention.

I’m actually giving today’s words and inches to frequent contributor Mitch.  Began contacting me via email two or three years ago, often holding my feet to the fire of my own words.  Non-adversarial in his style, usually spot on in his assumptions.  I’ll post his questions and try to address as best I can.

Mitch: “how about a column on aided courses? CIM and GLH come to mind. To me, it isn’t a real PR. One directional courses with tailwinds are my main beef. Road vs track “Prs” are a fun thing to chew on as well.”

Will:  When I was in charge of such things I had St. George Marathon removed from the list of those eligible for Oly Trials qualification.  Also lobbied to have CIM removed.  I based all of my deliberations and decisions on IAAF qualifying standards.  Very stringent guidelines on what can and can’t be considered for Olympic and World Championship competitions.  Has very little relevance for 99.99% of the running population but is critical in keeping American distance running on the map of international credibility.  Interesting given my hard line that I also supported giving Boston the lone exemption to the rule.  Road v. Track, we can cover that another day.

Mitch: “Here’s something to chip away at your hubris…was TNB ever “elite?” I’m being serious…not trying to be a jerk; but think for a moment how TNB’s dream team would do at club cross. Would they even be top 5?”

Will: Angee Henry, David Adams, Mike Morgan, Peter vd. Westhuizen were all elite athletes in my opinion and I am honored that they ran for me.  Two sub 4 minute milers, a 1:04/2:14 marathoner, and a 2:00 800 meter female.  And if I had to choose a “dream team” for club cross they would have a great chance at top 5 in my never so humble opinion, ala:  David Adams (10th overall in 2010), Peter vd Westhuizen (never got to run due to citizenship issues, something we are considering this week in Anaheim), Mike Morgan (fight and grit like few others), Luka Thor (I’ll take the Luka of the future, when he finishes working nights and going to school during the day, and I am coaching him), James McGown (I’ve seen more pour out of this guy than you can imagine).  In seven can enter and top five score I’d add Christoph Paetzke based on his raw speed and a young Tracy Lokken based on what I saw 12 years ago this week (solo time trial at my former dojo, 40+ mph wind gusts and sleeting, his ripped out sweatpants -and nothing else- revealing a man’s man as he boggled me with a 38:24 for 12K).

Mitch: “That may be why leadership isn’t doing what you were doing. Can 15 minute 5kers ever become “elite?” I don’t know that answer, but it probably lies in perspective/priorities.”

Will:  If you get enough 15 minute 5Kers a few will become 14:40 guys.  One or two of those will continue and a 14:20 guy will emerge.  And then the work begins.  A benefit that I had leadership wise was the entire Nebraska talent pool was available to me.  With more clubs (a good thing) the pool is diluted.  Good coaching and strong leadership, an advantage for any club lucky enough to have it.  Rare too.

Mitch: “Think of yourself…could you be a better runner than you’ve been for the past two years? I certainly think so, but life has intervened; as it has for most of us at one point or another. ”

Will:  Good question.  At 57 I still retain the Pure Flame of competitiveness.  I’ve learned though that the only Real Competition I have is myself.  Being Honest about my Racing, honoring the Spirit that Moves Me and me alone.  Having said that, I’ll never be happy for you or me if we are racing and you beat me.  I’ll get over it but I won’t like you for a moment, and I’ll stew inside for a much longer time.  So my answer is I’m the same runner, no worse, no better.  Slower to be sure, running fewer miles absolutely, uninjured for nearly two years now.  But able to still run and push myself to purity.  And that makes me truly Rich Mitch.



You need to keep some turnover in your training year round.  Not a ton necessary during winter or other base phases but enough recruitment to keep muscle memory current.  One of the ways to keep the horses bridled during these times is to sprinkle some faster stuff into the plan.  Relaxed, free, and fast.  But only in snippets.  Some days it might be only in the form of post run strides.  Other days minutes on/off.  And others playful fartlek.  Every little bit plays its part.  Bit part that it is now (unless you are running CIM this weekend or Club Cross next weekend), with the main focus being recovery, repair, and regenerate.


Club Cross is in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania this year.  This pic from 2013 captured Colin Morrissey.  If I’m not mistaken (ha!), that would be Alan Webb in the light blue singlet and beanie just fronting Colin.

Muscle Memory and its less understood cousin, Dynamic Tension.  Not the same thing but closely intertwined, symbiotic.

If you want to race well this spring you’d better be paying attention to the details now.  Starting with rest and recovery, how many times must I say it?  And a little playful speed a couple times a week.  Maybe some longer tempo stuff on the weekends.

The No Frills Racing Series has been a 22 year fixture in keeping people fit during our cold winter months.  The 2015 edition will be the second and fourth Saturdays in January, February, and March.  The first 5 races are 5 miles and the finale on 3/28 is a 10 miler.  A great tradition and a great start to the year!
$3 drop in fee, meet at the old church in Plattsmouth, 10:00 am start.  Get the most complete and up to date info at:

The Twin Rivers YMCA will also begin offering organized group runs for the winter months. The Valley Forge Runs.  I like the symbolism, the forge being a symbol of hard work and strength.


All runs will be conducted on USATF Certified courses, utilizing the Freedom Run’s 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon.  Race clock and official times will be kept.  Two distances to choose from.  Drop in fee of $3 goes to the YMCA and provides warm area, coffee, and bathrooms.  If you would like a shower or to use any of the equipment or other facilities, that is available for an additional $5.  Runs are free to YMCA members from throughout the Omaha Metro.

The dates will fall opposite of the No Frills Racing Series, dates and distances are as follows:
Saturday, January 17th, 5K & 10K
Saturday, January 31st, 5K & 10K
Saturday, February 7th, 5K & 10K
*****Saturday, February 14th is the 3rd annual Two Rivers 10K Valentines Run*********** see banner up top for registration information
Saturday, February 21st, 5K & 10K
Saturday, March 7th, 5K & 10K
Saturday, March 21st, 5K, 10K, & Half Marathon


No need to cross the river to get your faster winter running, the Twin Rivers YMCA is just minutes west down the Dodge Expressway.  Located at 6100 Twin Rivers Circle, Valley Nebraska.  More information available by calling the Twin Rivers YMCA at 402-359-9622.






Seventy and sunny for the kick off of our USATF Annual meetings in Anaheim, CA.  Where is everybody?  Had hoped to see some representation from our flourishing LDR group.   I toiled at these meeting for over 10 years while crafting our association’s long distance running program.  Toe to toe, nose to nose with every obstacle that stood in my way.  Determined to establish and grow the effort.  Giving up the first week in December every year.  It meant that much to me.  And it showed.  Again, where are all those that insisted on change (for the better???).  Bueller?  Anyone?

And so now we have no Nebraska distance soles or souls in Anaheim to take up for us, give us voice, state our causes, champion our programs  and progress.  Only peppers and ducks.

It is a Rules and Bylaws year, much discussion and passion going into the proposed changes.  Some I’m for, some not as much.  One bylaw change that I anticipate being approved, that I saw coming, and am glad to not be a part of: “ The volunteer structure of the organization, including committees, divisions, and associations, has no authority to bind USATF in contracts or other commercial agreements.”

Probably doesn’t mean a whole lot to most of you.  To me it is the final castration of the LDR National Championships program.  Prior to 2010 it was up to the LDR Championships Chair to solicit, entertain, and award championships.   I dutifully and proudly served in that capacity from ’02-’09 on the women’s side.  My position was always to do what was the very best for all of our U.S. athletes.  Put my signature on dozens of contracts towards that end.  I see this bylaw change as another bolster to Nike’s efforts to own the sport.

Instead of LDR business,  Coaches’ Advisory Committee and Elite Development Club Council will have my attention and energy the next couple of days.  And while I’m not in Cali my words can and will be heard.

My first order of business was to recommend approving the Twin Cities Track Club’s Elite Development Club applilcation.  My old buddy Mike Reneau is club director and we all know that The Cities are a hot bed of distance talent.  Of local interest, Lisa Baumert from Fremont is on their roster.  Nine qualifiers in the 2012 Olympic Trials marathon, and also qualifiers in the decathlon and pole vault.  Good stuff.

Excited to be involved with our Coaches Advisory Committee.  Looking forward to working with and learning from Bob Larsen (Mammoth Track Club), Becca Peter (Club Northwest), and Eric Barron (Nike Team Run LA).

So yeah, I’ll still be putting in some hours for our sport this week, in the upper echelons.  And I’ll also feel a couple of nostalgic twinges, knowing there is still much I could (should)  be doing for our local LDR efforts, when no one else wants, cares enough, or is able to.  Tsk, tsk, quack!