Marathoners Riley, Ward To Clash Remotely In July 4 5k

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(01-Jul) -- Although they'll be over 300 miles apart, marathoners Jake Riley and Jared Ward will be competing head-to-head in a special remote running competition called the Virtual 5-K Challenge presented by KT Tape on Saturday, July 4. At 8:00 a.m. Mountain Time both men will set off on 5-kilometer courses in Boulder, Colo. (Riley), and Provo, Utah (Ward). The man with the fastest time will win a cash prize presented by KT Tape which will be donated to a local charity supporting COVID-19 caregivers.

"I'm excited to race again," said Riley, who placed second at the USA Olympic Team Trials Marathon last February in Atlanta in a personal best 2:10:02. "Jared and I always bring out the best in each other and now we can push each other while helping our local communities. The CV19 epidemic has been tough on all of us; we need to make sure we bring awareness to the heroes who have been taking care of the sick and helping them recover from the illness."

Ward, a 2016 Olympic marathoner who finished a disappointing 27th at the 2020 Trials, said he's also excited to get back to racing.

"I've had respect for Jake since high school; we have raced against each other for over 14 years," Ward said. "This race will be different, but we hope to put on a good show for our social media fans and provide support to the CV19 caregivers."

The race will be broadcast live and free via Instagram through the @TeamBoulder account. The men who coach these athletes, Ed Eyestone (for Ward) and Lee Troop (for Riley) will provide commentary.

As the COVID-19 pandemic grinds on, athletes, coaches and event organizers have had to come up with creative ideas for competitions to take place safely. There have been several remote clashes broadcast via social media channels, including the "Garden Clashes" set up by World Athletics, and a dual meet between the Atlanta Track Club Elite and Oregon Track Club Elite. This is the first one-one-one remote running clash.

Riley and Ward first raced each other at the 2006 Foot Locker High School West Regional Championships in Walnut, Calif. Riley finished third and Ward was eighth. Since then, they competed several times in NCAA competition, including the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships where Riley was 18th and Ward was 58th, and then in the pro ranks beginning in 2013. At the last Olympic Trials Marathon in Los Angeles in 2016, Ward was third and Riley was 15th.

For the record, their respective 5000m personal bests are very similar: 13:32.82 for Riley and 13:34.74 for Ward.

"KT Tape supports athletes, from Team USA members to your local running partners," said Greg Venner, CEO of KT Tape. "We are happy to support Jared and Jake in this Virtual 5-K Challenge and bring awareness to our caregivers."

NCAA Division III Fall Championships Canceled

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The Division III Presidents Council has called off all national championships for fall sports, including cross country. 

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Tamaal Myers Is Ready For His Encore At AAU

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One of the most anticipated races of the AAU Junior Olympic Games this week is led by an athlete that few might know about. 

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Confidence Is Key For Aly Conyers Ahead Of The AAU JO Games

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With less than one week until the AAU Junior Olympic Games, Heathwood Hall's (SC) Aly Conyers is ready to see the results of her season's -- or to some, pandemic -- training finally pay off.

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AAU Junior Olympic Games Performance Lists

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The 2020 AAU Junior Olympic Games begin on Wednesday, August 5th in Brevard County, Florida. Check out the full schedule for the meet here and see the performance list for all events and age groups below.

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Valarie Allman Breaks Discus American Record

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On Saturday, Valarie Allman improved her personal best by three meters in the discus, breaking the American record in the process. Allman’s first round toss of 70.15m in Rathdrum, Idaho bettered Gia Lewis-Smallwood’s 69.17m throw from 2014. 

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Big Friendly 3 Recap: Donavan Brazier Cracks 1:43 Opener

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The third edition of the Big Friendly, dubbed “The Big Friendly 3: Revenge of the Friendly,” went down on Friday night in Portland, Oregon, although the word revenge was not quite fitting as the stars from previous friendlies once again shined.

Flagstaff Community Rallies To Support Tommy River Puzey

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Two months ago a local Flagstaff runner, Tommy River Puzey was admitted to the ICU with respiratory issues. After several weeks of testing and a lung biopsy, doctors discovered the presence of a very rare and aggressive form of Lymphoma.

Organizers Recommend 2021 World XC Championships Be Postponed

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Organizers of next year's World Athletics Cross Country Championships, scheduled for March 20, in Bathurst, Australia in New South Wales, are recommending that these championships be postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  The board of the local organizing committee has made the recommendation to the World Athletics Council as "a result of biosecurity measures and travel restrictions currently in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Australia," according to an official statement released today.  Australian borders are currently closed to foreign visitors to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Olympic Qualification Window Reopens For Road Athletes September 1

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Five Best From The Weekend: Miller-Uibo Shows Range, Bromell Beats Lyles

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Until the Diamond League formally returns on Aug. 14 in Monaco, finding track results is an exercise in internet sleuthing and social media stalking. Grassroots meets that are humble in appearance have been heavy on star power as the pandemic has forced athletes to compete at venues that don’t typically house a cast of world and Olympic champions. So bootleg race videos and wind-assisted marks have become the norm in a season that certainly has no precedent.

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