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Ramblings…..Football Bowl Games Costing Olympics Sports?

on 07 December 2017.

Reprinted from 2014 - This year more than any other year the talk about going to a football bowl games has been discussed in the news and in many bars and Holiday parties.  While at the same time universities have been dropping Olympic sports.  The reasons given for dropping men’s programs range from Title IX compliance to athletic department cost cutting measures.


Bowl Games Ramblings

on 06 December 2017.

IMG 1950Reprinted from 2014 - I enjoy watching college football, but are the Football Bowl games worth the cost?


Youngstown Road Runners Club

on 30 November 2017.

The Youngstown Road Runners Club was founded in the spring of 1975 and held weekly races at a cost of 50 cents per runner.  The club soon joined up with Road Runners Clubs of America.  Membership was $5 per individual and approximately 1100 joined.


Growing as a Runner

Written by Dr. Richard Ferguson Ph.D. on 29 November 2017.

Much has been written recently in popular psychology on what has been termed growth mindset. Having a growth mindset really means you feel that with time, persistence and hard work, you can achieve your goals. With a growth mindset you don’t believe there is some type of limit on how you can perform. Even if failure or setbacks occur, with a growth mindset you understand that such things are a part of the normal process of reaching your goals and achieving success. The road to success is not usually a smooth one and a growth mindset allows you to learn from your mistakes and failures and continue to work and improve your running. In stark contrast is a fixed mindset where you view your running ability as limited and poor performances as a way of confirming your limited ability. A fixed mindset simply doesn’t allow you to progress and improve as a runner.


The Athletes Kitchen - Chocolate and Your Sports Diet

Written by Nancy Clark, MS, RDN, CSSD on 27 November 2017.

The Chocolate Season is here and I can already feel the tension rising. “Between Halloween and New Year’s Eve, I feel surrounded by chocolate. It’s everywhere!!!” reported a self-proclaimed chocoholic. “I try so hard to not eat it, but I inevitably succumb, and I inevitably gain weight. Thank goodness for January First!!!” If you share the same love-hate relationship with chocolate, keep reading. And be thankful this so-called “bad food” offers benefits.



Written by Rod O'Donnell on 27 November 2017.

The 2017 cross-country season is behind us, and distance runners are preparing for the upcoming track season. If one point could be made to summarize the two sports, it would be that times are getting much faster. There are a variety of reasons for this.

In the fall, many courses are much faster with the challenge of hills now a thing of the past. For example, Scioto Downs, site of the state championship meet from 1985 until 2011, has been replaced by the much less-challenging site at National Trail Raceway. Course accuracy, surfaces, conditions, number of turns, and how sectors are run also affect the times; however, regardless of venue, more athletes are running faster.

It is even more evident in the spring, where facility conditions are uniform. This fact is clear when averaging the top eight times for the 1600 from 2010-2017 in the Boys’ Division I State Championship. The improvement is significant: 2010-4:16; 2011-4:14; 2012-4:17; 2013- 4:11; 2014- 4:12; 2015-4:14; 2016- 4:12; 2017-4:10.

Times in the 3200 also show significant improvement: 2010-9:19; 2011-9:27; 2012-9:13; 2013-9:10; 2014-9:09; 2015-9:11; 2016-9:04; 2017-9:11. In the latter event, factors to be considered are the number of runners doubling and the weather conditions, but the trend of the two events is similar.

So, what ARE the factors that are causing the improvement? There are many, but two stand out as major contributors:

1)    The availability of indoor facilities that provide athletes with a place to practice and compete throughout the winter. In Ohio, there are 20 indoor tracks. This availability has led to more interest and support for the outstanding state championship that is sponsored by the OATCCC. The 2018 meet will be held at SPIRE on March 3.

2)    The amount and quality of training information that is available to coaches. Among the many contributors, five men stand out as having been instrumental in passing along valuable knowledge:


**Jack Daniels – Daniels’ Running Formula

**Steve Magnes – The Science of Running

**Greg McMillan – McMillanRunning.com

**Frank Horwell – Serpentine Running Club and founder of the British        Milers’ Club

**Joe Vigil – Run to the Top


There are many other outstanding individuals who have played a role in the improvement of distance running, but many coaches have studied, combined, and applied ideas from these men.


In conclusion, there are many factors that are affecting the improvement of times, but, undoubtedly, the knowledge that coaches have obtained, along with the availability of training facilities, are very important contributors to the exciting trend of high school athletes running faster.


Yours in track,

Rod O’Donnell


Read more of Coach O'Donnell's articles on  www.runohio.com

Keeping Track -  CROSS COUNTRY - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1405-keeping-track-cross-country

Keeping Track - Number 7 - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1377-keeping-track

Attending a Running Camp - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1330-keeping-track

Can we do anything else to alienate sports fans -   http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1310-keeping-track

Keeping Track - National Governing Body for High School Sports (NFHS)  -  http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1281-keeping-track- 

 Keeping Track - Cross Country -  


Keeping Track - Frank Shorter - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1219-keeping-track-frank-shorter

KEEPING TRACK, Two Iconic Coaches- http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1181-keeping-track-two-iconic-coaches

KEEPING TRACK -  Caldwell Story -  http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1114-keeping-track

KEEPING TRACK - Furman Elite Training Group -


Keeping Track - 2 Divisions for 120 Lacrosse teams? http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1064-keeping-track

Boy's Division II and Division III -http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1029-keeping-track

Boy's Division I - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/999-keeping-track?utm_source=News+from+RUNOHIO+-+August+2015&;utm_campaign=july+2015+news&utm_medium=email

 KEEPING TRACK - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/926-keeping-track

KEEPING TRACK - Football and Track Athletes -  http://runohio.com/index.php/features/893-keeping-track-football-and-track-athletes

 The Ohio High School Athletic Association State Cross-Country Championships - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/872-keeping-track

Cross Country - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/839-keeping-track

 Track Faces Challenges that could have adverse effects thus causing severe damage -  http://runohio.com/index.php/features/823-keeping-track

Marketing Track & Field - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/774-keeping-track

Student Athlete’s Questions - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/750-keeping-track-student-athletes-questions

The Need to Speak Up - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/714-keeping-track-

A new book by John McDonnell - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/701-keeping-track

KEEPING TRACK - From September-October 2013 print RUNOHIO - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/659-keeping-track-from-september-october-print-runohio

Random Thoughts - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/536-keeping-track

Another Division I institution has dropped its men’s track program - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/498-keeping-track

 Ohio University Athletic Department's Worst Decision - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/497-keeping-track-ohio-university-athletic-departments-worst-decision

Life Lessons from Cross Country - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/140-life-lessons-from-cross-country

Ten Pledges for Cross Country Coaches - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/108-ten-pledges-for-cross-country-coaches

London Olympics - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/news/419-keeping-track

 Improving as a Coach – http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/322-keeping-track-1

You Only Go Around Once - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/3-keeping-track

Dear Jesse Owens – http://www.runohio.com/index.php/news/215-keeping-track

West Virginia State Cross Country Championship –  http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/472-keeping-track

SPIRE Institute - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/features/160-keeping-track

Why is the OHSAA Treating Cross Country Different than All of the Other Sponsored Sports?  http://runohio.com/index.php/features/838-why-is-the-ohsaa-treating-cross-country-different-than-all-of-the-other-sponsored-sports



The 2017 cross-country season is behind us, and distance runners are preparing for the upcoming track season. If one point could be made to summarize the two sports, it would be that times are getting much faster. There are a variety of reasons for this.


Ohio High School Athletic Association State Cross Country Championships

on 26 November 2017.

With nearly perfect November cross country weather the 89th Boys and 40th Girls Ohio High School Athletic Association State Cross Country Championships greeted 584 boys from 176 schools and 576 girls from 167 schools.  Nearly 13,000 fans enjoyed the weather, the six races and perhaps the country’s best High School State Cross Country Championships.


Image Gallery: 2017 2017 OHSAA State Cross Country Championships

on 06 November 2017.


Burrell, Clay and Remigino highlight USATF National Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Written by USATF on 06 November 2017.

Olympic gold medalists, a legend coach and World and American record holders comprise the illustrious USATF National Track & Field Hall of Fame Class of 2017, which will be inducted during the USATF Black Tie & Sneakers Gala in New York City on November 2.


Image Gallery: 2017 Circleville Classic 5 Miler in Memory of Jeff McGowan

on 23 October 2017.


Image Gallery: 2017 Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon

on 16 October 2017.

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