Category: Articles

How To Use This Site

October 13th, 2011 in Articles by 0 Comments

We are posting a deluge of running-related goodness on the site now, and some people have asked how they will find old articles, search for specific research topics, search for specific authors, etc. There are a few ways to do all of these things: The “Articles” tab contains a scrolling list of everything we’ve published, […]

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Weekly Retro 10:12.11

October 12th, 2011 in Articles by 2 Comments

As a kid, I couldn’t wait for the Eastbay catalog to hit my parents’ mailbox. Sure, we had no shortage of mall stores in my town, and I bought a lot stuff at them, but they mostly catered to basketball and other sports and didn’t have much in the way of running gear. Eastbay always had shoes […]

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2011 X-C Profile: The Big Ten Men

October 6th, 2011 in Articles by 0 Comments

For most distance runners, it is finally the most wonderful time of the year: cross country season – time for the men of the Big Ten to get down to doing what they do best. The teams of the Big Ten are showing tremendous potential to make noise not only on a regional level, but […]

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Race Recap: Notre Dame X-C Invitational

October 5th, 2011 in Articles by 2 Comments

The 2011 Notre Dame Invitational cross country meet – where a number of national powerhouses clashed under inclement weather and over a slow, sloppy course – helped set the stage for what should be an exciting cross country season and raised some questions about expectations at the national level when the NCAAs hit Terre Haute […]

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Different Race; Different Kennedy

September 30th, 2011 in Articles by 0 Comments

Bob Kennedy, one of the greatest American distance runners of all time, embodies the classic reserved Midwesterner. He doesn’t expound at length to most questions about his athletic past – a past with accolades literally too many to recount in this article. But events are transpiring that may test the comfort zone of this very […]

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Your Silly Road Race 9:23.11

September 23rd, 2011 in Articles by 1 Comment

Cross country: it’s not just for kids anymore! We’ve been gushing love about cross country the past few weeks (check the “Articles” tab to see our recent D-I cross country previews), so it seemed on theme to mention the first annual Illinois Club XC Invitational – to be run in Harm’s Woods just north of […]

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For Charles Jock, Opportunity Runs, Not Knocks

September 21st, 2011 in Articles by 1 Comment

If you knew the background of Charles Jock – a 21-year-old half-miler from UC Irvine –  you would give long odds that this man from war-torn Sudan would compete in track and field’s World Championship meet. Those odds would get longer if the bet was that he’d represent the United States. Jock was born during […]

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2011 X-C Preview: The Big East Women

September 20th, 2011 in Articles by 1 Comment

It’s that time of year: Autumn is upon us, and with it comes cross-country! Having run some of the finest courses in the Big East Conference, Faster Than Forty’s Coach @ has covered the same terrain as many of these harriers. But this year’s Big East Championship will be held on a new, challenging course […]

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Gear of the Week 9:16.11

September 16th, 2011 in Articles by 5 Comments

In our column, “Gear of the Week,” Faster Than Forty drops the dime on the trendiest running products straight from the people who know – the buyers and retail managers at the nation’s best specialty shops. This week Monica DeVreese, co-owner of Santa Barbara Running Company, says that the following items are hot sellers in […]

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Like Us on Facebook!

September 16th, 2011 in Articles by 0 Comments

You can keep up to date with our forthcoming posts, new feature launches, and all sorts of cool stuff with our Faster Than Forty Facebook page. It’s pretty easy to find: www.facebook.com/fasterthanforty. Don’t forget to “like” us when you visit to receive your automatic updates. More to come…  

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