10kTruth.com Web Letter - June 2001 - Issue #5

Special 10kTruth.com Event Coverage of the Prefontaine Classic from the incomparable Rage! Click for more on the World's Greatest Athletes that gave their all at famed Eugene, Oregon's Hayward Field: The House that Pre Built! http://www.10ktruth.com/track/preclassic.htm Oh, track fans was this ever one for the ages. Eighteen year old Alan Webb, a senior at South Lakes High School from New Jersey, ran a 3:53.43 mile to break Jim Ryan's 36 year old national high school record (3:55.3), once thought to be untouchable. How good a race was it? He basically stole the show from the best track athletes in the world. World record holder, Hichem El Guerrouj (pronounced "Heeshum El Garoosh") ran the first sub-3:50 mile ever on American soil, which amazingly, played second fiddle to the kid four spots behind him. El Guerrouj even downplayed his own acheivement. Instead, he joined the rest of the appreciative Hayward Field crowd celebrating the high-schooler's accomplishment, raising the young runner's arm and presenting him to the south bleacher fans. In this reporter's opinion, it was one of the most selfless and class gestures I have ever seen in any competitive sport. El Guerrouj said the young runner could very well become his chief rival. Wow.

There was a lot more going on at the Pre Classic: Suzy Favor Hamilton, (US) won the 1,500 meters in 4:06.93 (the second fastest in the world this year), with the 32 year-old calling the win "the toughest race of my career" following her collapse in the final 200 meters at the Sydney Olympics. Fabulous photo taken by Jeanie Dunn http://www.10ktruth.com/the_races/races.htm who casually snapped this shot of Suzy Hamilton at the finish of the Pre Classic. It really captures the magic of the moment! See http://www.10ktruth.com/track/preclassic.htm for other Pre Classic photos and news.

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10k Truth new quotes : http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/quotes.htm

"He don't look like no high school dude." - Maurice Green talking about Alan Webb

If you haven't noticed, 10kTruth.com features Cycling Quotes, too! Manciata just finished reading a truly bizarre, surreal novel that's been around for a couple of years, Bad to the Bone by James Waddington (Dedalus, 1998). To say it's about cyclers and the Tour de France would be like saying Homer's Odyssey is about sailors and a trip home from Troy. Waddington's race scenes read like poetry (and that's a good thing). We at 10kTruth.com feel it's our duty to quote him. See more at: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/cycle.htm

"The quicker you get there, the shorter the pain." - James Waddington, Bad to the Bone

"The riders come out, knights for the tournament, neck to thigh in slippery lycra with the sheen of deep space condoms, faired helmets on their heads like the glans from another galaxy and neoprene pixyboots to slide the air around their feet, mounted on gaudily caparisoned donkeys the carbon fibre monocoque monoblade." - James Waddington, Bad to the Bone

"You burst out of the Temple of Holistic Being into the open air and straight onto a technical descent. By technical they mean you got to exercise a little discretion with velocity and attempts at deceleration so you don't dive over the side or scrape the bony bits along the tarmac." - James Waddington, Bad to the Bone

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Latest Rage Race Report on the Rhododendron Run in Florence, Oregon I always had my eye on getting this one on the punch-card, as Coop would say. Located on the beautiful Oregon Coast in the city of Florence, the Rhody Run is part of an annual weekend long celebration called the Rhododendron Festival that's been going on for the last quarter century or so. It is one happenin' event, attracting a huge contingent of motorcyclists from all over the state. A two block row of Harley's on both sides of the street form a gauntlet for runners on their way to the finish through the old town section. To give you an idea of the crowd we're talking about here, the city council passed an ordinance requiring no open containers on the sidewalk after 8:00 p.m. just for this event. You gotta love that. See complete report fully illustrated with pictures of everything from jazzercise warm-ups to those spectacular Oregon beaches at: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_races/rhody.htm

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Our featured Scene in Eugene or around Lane County, Oregon is of Rhody Run pre-race activities. Only minutes to Rhody Run race time, The Rage, preoccupied with his warm-up and mental prep for the coming effort, hears the kicky beats of some jazzercise number in the vicinity of the starting line. What the...? Here's the scene he saw there. http://www.10ktruth.com/the_result/official.htm

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Questions for the Rage's Q&A keep coming in. Here's a recent query: I've been layin' down the truth up to three times per week but can't seem to get my pace down below a 7 minute mile. Any special stretches or diet supplements that might help me shave about a minute plus off that split? For the Rage's response, see http://www.10ktruth.com/q_and_a/q_and_a.htm Q&A Archives, as always, can be found at: http://www.10ktruth.com/q_and_a/training_frame.htm

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Copyright 2001, Mike Logan, Bruce Manclark & Cory Eberhart. All Rights Reserved.

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