Men’s elite runners during the race. Photo credit: Spor Istanbul

With fast races and deep elite fields the Türkiye Is Bankasi Istanbul Half Marathon has in recent years established itself among the world’s most prestigious races at the distance.

NIKE announced to analysts this week that they would ‘elevate’ their relationships with running retailers. We at RunBlogRun find that decision quite satisfying, but as a public service, due to the fact that most folks at NIKE with a history of seeing cycles of love and loathing in Running Retail are gone, fired or retired, we would humbly like to offer five suggestions:

PHOTO: Lasse Viren

I have come to love the 25-lapper, the 10,000-meter race, of the many races I watch at the World Championships and Olympics. Look I love field events, sprints and middle distances, but the 10,000m holds a special place in my heart.

Sydney McLaughlin, 400m hurdles, just prior to the final, photo by Kevin Morris

Sydney McLaughlin Levrone is among the finest athletes in American track and field history. An athletic prodigy, Sydney has worked long and hard to perfect her specialty, the 400-meter hurdles, putting the WR into the unimaginable realm of 50.64

Fans will look forward to this race all spring. In fact, the upcoming Pre Classic Mile could be one of the finest races in mile history at the house that Phil and Penny Knight built, Hayward Field.