Week in Review: May 10-16

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Week in Review: May 10-16: Volcanoes, Records and Relays

Welcome to our second installment of Week in Review. It was a fast week for the running world, covering distances from 800m to 84km. Whatever distance you prefer, it is certainly getting exciting as racing season begins to blossom. Let’s jump right in.

Luis Alberto Hernando and Anna Frost take first at Transvulcania 2014

This legendary ultramarathon race covers 83km and over 4,000m of elevation up and over volcanoes on the beautiful Canary Islands. The race begins early in the morning before the sun rises and the participants begin their ascent in the dark, relying on their headlamps and creating a sea of swirling lights that illuminate the country-side.

A sea of headlamps lights up the country-side as the race begins early in the morning

Photo credit: Saul Santos (http://www.santossaul.com)

Some of the world’s best showed up to race this year including the men’s and women’s winners: Luis Alberto Hernando (adidas) and Anna Frost (Salomon). Hernando paced the first half of the race with his compatriot, Kilian Jornet (Salomon) until the 51k marker, El Roque de los Muchachos, where Hernando pulled ahead on the steep decent into the final stretch of the race. It was a comfortable finish for Hernando who finished with a time of 6:55:41.

If you aren’t familiar with Anna Frost, you should be. Coming off a big injury in 2013, Frost once again showed her racing prowess by not only finishing first but also setting a course record for women. By the 24k mark, El Pillar, Frost was ahead of her own previous course record set in 2012. Over the next 30k, she continued to improve her splits by 5-6 minutes until about 68k, where she dropped to within a few seconds of the record. As she began to push it hard again for the final leg, her previous record was left in the dust and she crossed the finish line in 8:10:41 at an all-time best.

Frost approaching the finish line wearing the Salomon Mahakali Dress she helped design

Photo credit: Saul Santos (http://www.santossaul.com)

Check out the Anna Frost Collection by Salomon available at Running Warehouse.

Doha IAAF Diamond League Meet Results

The Diamond League series started with its usual fanfare in Doha, Qatar. Picking which stories to highlight is always difficult at star-studded diamond league event but for American distance fans, the story from Doha was a surprise. World Indoor Track and Field gold medalist Chanelle Price broke 2 minutes in the 800m for the first time as she was narrowly beat by the defending Outdoor World Champion Eunice Sum of Kenya. Other notable performances included Asbel Kiprop’s blazing 3:29.18 in the 1500m, leading 5 other runners under 3:31. Of course other events hardly disappointed as people ran, jumped and threw better than most in the world could imagine. Check out IAAF’s recap for all the highlights.

For your viewing pleasure: Watch Kiprop’s 1500m Race

USA Team Announced for World Relays

The 2014 IAAF World Relays are scheduled for May 24-25 in Nassau, Bahamas and the U.S. is hoping to bring home some impressive wins. It is estimated that over 50 countries will be represented at the meet and many hope to qualify for 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil. The meet will showcase the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400, 4×800 and 4×1500 relays for both men’s and women’s teams. It is easy to imagine that many of victors next weekend will also be on a podium receiving an Olympic medal in Rio.

The USA Team will contain 55 athletes, many with impressive resumes. In the 4×400 men’s relay, the team consists of 2013 champs Tony McQuay, LaShawn Merritt, and David Verburg. In the women’s pool, Olympic gold medalists Natasha Hastings, Sanya Richards-Ross and Dee Dee Trotter are looking to make a big splash. The team is an impressive combination of savvy veterans and remarkable up-and-comers. Keep your eyes glued to IAAF’s World Relays website this weekend for race information and event results.

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