Remember When Nick Symmonds, Run Gum Tried To Sue USATF And USOC

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On January 20, Run Gum, Nick Symmonds' caffeinated gum company, filed an antitrust lawsuit against USA Track & Field and the U.S. Olympic Committee. The company claimed that rules forbidding athletes to showcase their sponsors during the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials limited free competition in the marketplace.

Watch Nick Symmonds explain the Run Gum lawsuit in an exclusive interview:


Run Gum sponsored 20 non-apparel sponsored athletes at the 2015 USATF Championships. The deal included uniforms and travel funds to compete in Eugene, Oregon. The Olympic Trials, however, have different restrictions under IOC and USOC regulations, and non-apparel companies are not able to advertise on athletes clothing.

The USOC and USATF moved to dismiss the suit in February, claiming that the 1978 Federal Amateur Sports Act gives them complete control over any commercial business that has to do with Olympic-related activities.

The lawsuit was officially dismissed in May, when U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. McShane ruled that the USOC and USATF have "an implied grant of immunity" due to the Sherman Act of 1978.

Symmonds had to pull out of the Olympic Trials just days before competition with an injury, and it was a shame. Symmonds has been a monster athlete in the 800m since making his first U.S. team in 2007. Dennis Young wrote a great post about Symmonds' career and all of the things he did OUTSIDE of running, this lawsuit included. He has not announced retirement yet--so who knows what 2017 will bring for Symmonds--and Run Gum!

All The Best Things That Happened In The NCAA This Weekend

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Three collegiate records highlighted NCAA action this weekend, as UTEP sophomore Michael Saruni, Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp and Georgia senior Keturah Orji set standards in their respective events.

Keturah Orji Breaks American, Collegiate Indoor Record For Triple Jump

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Georgia's Keturah Orji broke her own American and NCAA indoor records in the triple jump on Saturday with a leap of 14.53m/47-8 at the Clemson Invitational.

Katelyn Tuohy Shatters Mary Cain's National High School Record For 5K

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North Rockland High School, New York, sophomore Katelyn Tuohy ran the fastest 5K ever for a high school girl — indoors or outdoors — today with her winning time of 15:37.12 at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Christian Coleman Crushes 60m World Record In His Season Opener

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Today, in his first meet of the year, Christian Coleman set the bar for his season incredibly high and put the world on notice. 

Vincent Crisp Runs Fastest Collegiate Time Ever For 600 Yards

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Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp posted the fastest indoor collegiate mark of all time over 600 yards on Friday. Competing at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, Crisp ran 1:08.16 and held off TCU’s Derrick Mokaleng, who ran 1:08.18.

Michael Saruni Runs World-Best In Indoor 600m

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On Friday night, Michael Saruni continued his hot start to 2018. The UTEP sophomore ran a world-best time of 1:14.79 in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque.  

Austin, Texas, Chasing History With Olympic Trials Bid

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Austin, Texas, has hosted the NCAA track and field championships and currently stages one of the largest track meets of the calendar, the Texas Relays. The city has a robust road racing scene, bolstered by the presence of elite athletes and high-level training groups. But Austin has never hosted a USA track and field championship event — not for any distance on the roads, cross country or track and field. And certainly not the Olympic Trials. 

Justin Gatlin Switches Coaches After Investigation Uncovers Doping Scandal

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Justin Gatlin has officially begun his career after Dennis Mitchell. Reuters reported on Friday that Gatlin is being coached by Brooks Johnson in Orlando, Florida. Gatlin fired Mitchell in December after Mitchell was implicated in a doping sting facilitated by the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. 

Robert Kigen, Felix Kandie Headline Napoli City Half Marathon

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Nobert Kigen and Felix Kandie of Kenya headline a men’s pro field aiming for a sub-60 minute performance at the fifth Napoli City Half Marathon in Naples, Italy.

Olympians, Top Collegians Clash At Larry Wieczorek Invitational

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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.