Brooks CEO, Jim Weber and 3 other Brooks employees were actually kicked out of Olympic Trials by security guards.

In what was believed to be a response to an aerial banner that read "Run Happy'', three Brooks executives were escorted out of the stadium on the final day of competition at the Olympic Trials. 

On Saturday and Sunday afternoon, a small plane flew over Hayward Field that carried a banner that touted a small Brooks logo and the company's popular slogan " Run Happy."
The three executives that were escorted out of the stadium included Chief of Marketing Jesse Williams, Vice president Rick Wilhelm, and CEO Jim Weber. 

Williams (CMO) acknowledged he received a warning letter from USATF that morning but, "It wasn't clear what rule we were breaking." 

Typically, arenas and stadiums will reserve the airspace above a stadium. Apparently, USATF did not reserve the airspace for this occasion. Brooks decided to take advantage of the unreserved space. 

According to Jesse Williams (CMO), the team that escorted them out of the stadium represented both USATF and USOC. During the expulsian process, no physical altercation occured and the only verbal communication/justification from the authorities to the Brooks staff was to observe the message on the back of the offical Olympic Trials ticket. which read "the ticket can be terminated without any cause for reason, immediately, and without refunding the face value of the ticket."

Jesse Williams also went on to say as they were kicking them out, that USATF "mentioned our frat house as well but the banner [in the sky] seemed to be the reason." (Brooks had rented a house for the whole trials, which gained a lot of attention with their morning runs that bolstered 200-300 daily attendance).

USATF Chief Communications Officer Jill Geer offered a quick response when asked about the situation

"Brooks and other apparel and shoe manufacturers had been informed of advertising restrictions several times prior to Olympic Trials. Brooks officials on Sunday morning, June 30, were sent a letter notifying them that their aerial advertising on the previous day was a flagrant violation of those restrictions and made them subject to action including revocation of credentials and/or tickets.

Several hours after the letter was emailed, the aerial advertising again appeared, at which time they were escorted from the facility.

We have had subsequent communication with Brooks and are working together with them to ensure a complete understanding of USOC and IOC rules. Brooks is an important member of the distance running community, and ensuring that they don't run afoul of these rules in the future is in our collective interest. They are being very proactive with the USOC on wanting to ensure that they follow IOC rules and do not want to create any issues for their athletes.
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                                        (Geer - Image of Sport)


Olympians, Top Collegians Clash At Larry Wieczorek Invitational


The Larry Wieczorek Invitational this Friday and Saturday at the University of Iowa has it all: top professional athletes like Fred Kerley, Olympic champions and world record holders like Aries Merritt, and defending NCAA champions like Mikiah Brisco of LSU. 

Centro Passing On Indoors In 2018

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Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz is skipping the indoor season and instead will race outdoors in Australia. 

20 Events You Cannot Miss at The VA Showcase!

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The 2017 VA Showcase saw 11 U.S. No. 1 performances, two national records, and its alumni went on to win a staggering 33 indoor national titles. Needless to say, it was the greatest regular season meet of all time. 

Mondo's Swedish Indoor Record, Men's Pole Vault Summit Marks Invalidated

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The 2018 UCS/Spirit National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada, featured some of the best elite performances in the event’s 28-year history, including world-leading marks by Mondo Duplantis and Sandi Morris.

FloTrack To Stream 16 International Events For UK And Ireland

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FloTrack will live-stream the following 16 events exclusively for subscribers in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Who Are The NCAA's Next Christian Coleman & Raevyn Rogers?

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We're not asking the question "who's going to win the Bowerman Award next year?"

Aliphine Tuliamuk Joins HOKA NAZ Elite


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (January 17, 2018) — HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite announced today that it has added seven-time National Champion Aliphine Tuliamuk to its roster. Tuliamuk, a graduate of Wichita State University, owns personal best of 15:18.86 for 5,000 meters, 31:54.20 for 10,000 meters and 1:09:49 for the half marathon.

Michael Saruni Highlights NCAA Weekend Performances

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The UTEP Miners apparently shouldn't be too concerned about the loss of last year's indoor and outdoor NCAA 800m champion Emmanuel Korir to the pro ranks. 

Mondo Duplantis Breaks World Record, Still Doesn't Eat Vegetables

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Mondo Duplantis continued his U20 dominance at the National Pole Vault Summit on Saturday in Reno, Nevada, with a new indoor world junior record of 5.83m. He was using a 5.10 pole for the first time, according to Becca Peter of Pole Vault Power. Watch the video here.

Molly Huddle Breaks American Record At 2018 Aramco Houston Half Marathon


Molly Huddle broke the American record for half marathon by clocking 1:07:25 over 13.1 miles at the 2018 Aramco Houston Half Marathon on Sunday morning.