The Runaround – 9/24/12

 

In terms of titles and honors, it doesn’t get much more impressive than being the “Fastest Man/Woman in the World.” The Jamaican tandem of Usain Bolt, men’s 2008 and 2012 100m Olympic Champion, and Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, women’s 2008 and 2012 Olympic Champion, have defended and successfully held their titles as “the fastest on the planet” for the past four years.

We talked to Fraser-Pryce on The Runaround during her recent tour of the U.S. Though she was in the States representing the American Friends of Jamaica, Inc., she took the time to talk to us about her Olympic successes, her tour of the U.S., growing up in poverty, and the future of her career.

Check out our interview with the “Fastest Woman in the World” at about 3 minutes into the replay of Monday’s show.

Also, Mark Johnson and Dan Suher of Saucony joined us to talk about the “Find Your Strong” campaign, the latest shoes from Saucony, and “Saucony Saturday” at Holabird Sports this Saturday, Sept. 29 form 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hear our conversation with our friends from Saucony at about 21:00 into Monday’s show.

The Runaround – 9/17/12

Yes, track season is over, but we had to recap what we thought was the “best of the best.” Take a listen to Monday’s show to hear what Ryan, Brad, and Greg though the major highlights of the 2012 season were.

Also, if you missed this past broadcast, tune in to the show replay to hear the story of Maryland native and Villanova Senior Kyle Stanton–a 21-year-old runner who found a passion for the marathon and plans to travel throughout Europe to race some of the fastest 26.2 mile courses in the world.

Also, and most importantly, listen to Monday’s show learn about Running Maryland’s biggest upcoming race: The ManCave 5k. Sponsored by  The Big Screen Store, it’s a race that celebrates all the things that men love and will take place in Towson on December 2. A big-screen TV from The Big Screen Store and a recliner from The Sofa Store are just two of the many great prizes that will be given away in the post-race festivities.

Happy running!

The Runaround – 9/10/12

 

It’s that time of year when runners are in a crossroads. The professional track and field circuit is just finishing up. High school and collegiate athletes are embarking on their cross country season. And road runners are putting in the miles for the big marathons.

On Monday’s installment of The Runaround, Parker Morse of Running Times Magazine joined us for “Around the Clock” to preview the upcoming marathon season. Who are the rising stars on the marathon scene? What long-distance track runners are moving up to the marathon? How will Ryan Hall’s absence in the INC NYC Marathon and a personnel change in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon upset the apple cart? Be sure to listen to the first block of Monday’s show.

The Magic Mile–an international competition between Team USA, Team UK, and Team Australia/Rest of the World–was initiated by our friends at the popular British podcast, Marathon Talk. Podcast co-host Tom Williams joined us on the show to tell you how YOU can represent your country and…to talk a little trash on the airwaves. Tune into the second block of The Runaround (23:16).

 

Tonight on The Runaround

This Monday on The Runaround on ESPN Radio, we will be recapping the Post-Olympic track circuit and previewing the upcoming marathon season with Running Times columnist Parker Morse during our feature segment, “Around the Clock, presented by Running Times Magazine.”

 

Additionally, we will talk to Martin Yelling and Tom Williams–the hosts of the popular British marathoning/track and field podcast, Marathon TALK. Yelling and Williams have initiated the “Magic Mile,” an international contest that pits Team USA, Team UK, and Team Australia against each other in a battle to see what nation can motivate the most runners to get out and run a competitive mile. Find out how YOU can be a part of Team USA by listening live tonight.

 

Finally, a big Runaround of applause for American 110m hurdler and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Aries Merritt. Merritt shattered the 110m World Record, clocking a blazing 12.80 seconds at the Van Damme Memorial Meet in Brussels. He eclipsed the previous WR mark–held by Dayron Robles of Cuba–by an impressive .07 seconds. See The Runaround’s video interview with Merritt, who discussed training and technique at the adidas Grand Prix.

 

As always be sure to tune into The Runaround on ESPN Radio–the only show truly dedicated to runners, track and field athletes, and endurance sports enthusiasts. Listen live every Monday evening at 5:00 p.m. on ESPN 1300 AM in Baltimore. Or, if you’re outside of signal range, visit baltimore.cbslocal.com and click “Listen LIVE” and “ESPN 1300″ to listen live online.