Category Cross Country

Trials, Tribulations and Track and Field

Here are some images that caught my eye on July 2, 2016 in Eugene, Oregon during the United States Olympic Trials, the second day of the meet to choose America’s representatives in Rio.              

Scenes from 2015 Club Nationals

Here’s an assortment of images that struck me at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championship at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.   I’m working on some putting together some thoughts on my race, but until then have a peek at what it looked like to be there.                 […]

My Alma Mater Wins NCAA Cross Country Championship??!!

I went to Syracuse University, a basketball school that also played football and has a pretty decent journalism school.  When those seasons inevitably ended without satisfaction, we turned our attention to the one sport we dominated– lacrosse.  As far as I knew then, those were the only sports offered at Syracuse. Apparently, I was wrong.  […]

Crossing the Country for Cross Country

Next weekend, I’ll be in San Francisco for the United States Track and Field Club National Club Cross Country Championships. I’ll be lining up on Saturday at 10:45am against a field of masters runners for a 10K that is considered by many to be the most competitive masters field of any race in the U.S. […]

What’s Under Your Jersey?

One story stands out when I recall my weekend at the 2014 USATF Cross Country Club National Championships (See Runner’s World, September 2015 issue for my feature article on the race, my first cross country race since high school). The story was less about running, and more about rewriting the personal stories that can haunt […]

Cross Country, At Any Age, Is Just As Sweet

My upcoming article in Runners World will tell you what it was like to run in the 2014 USATF Club National Championships, my first cross country race in 35 years.  But let me give you an advance hint. The best part of running cross country isn’t the race itself—I mean there is only so much […]

Why We Wuv XC

Early on in my training for last year’s USATF Cross Country Club National Championships, I began to realize something was different about the sport.  But I couldn’t quite articulate what it was. The event was held in my adopted hometown of Bethlehem, PA on the campus of Lehigh University in December. To help prepare for […]

My Club Nats Cross Country Club

At the end of last year, I ran my first cross country in 35 years, the USA Track and Field Cross Country Club National Championships held in Bethlehem, PA. I covered the race for Runners World and got to meet an incredible variety of inspiring runners, from the elite to the everyday, that came to […]

Who’s Your Blanco? 3 Ways Great Coaches Raise You Up

In the Disney movie McFarland, USA: Championship Run, the story of a Latino high school cross country is told through the eyes of the coach, played by Kevin Costner, who the boys dub “Blanco” because of his name, Mr. White. In true Disney fashion, Blanco does it all in the movie, from rising out or […]

My Danny Diaz Moment

When I lined up at the start of the USATF National Club Championships in December, I was a bit of an underdog.  I was running my first XC race in more than 30 years, and it was against what I had been told was the most competitive masters’ field of any race all year.   I […]