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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Superfan Daily: Hood to Coast Movie

There are no results from yesterday to report, no competitions of any note being held today, and no track and/or running-oriented items being broadcast on TV or the web in the next 24 hours.

There is, however, one rather big thing going on this evening. The documentary film Hood to Coast is being shown in theaters across the country, for one screening only. The film follows four teams competing in the famous long-distance relay race from Oregon’s Mount Hood to the Pacific Ocean. The race is a 20-hour 197-mile festival of crazy and the scenery is amazing, so I figure the film has to be pretty good.  The reviews, what little there are, have been positive.

It’s highly unusual for a film like this one to get wide screening. The norm is either being shown only at a few film festivals or going straight to video. This is being shown all over the nation, even in decidedly second- or third-tier cities like the one where I live.

So go out and support it. Show that people do care for this kind of stuff. To see where it’s being shown in your area, go to the film’s website and they’ll help you out. You may want to purchase your tickets in advance, as there’s a possibility that the one-shot deal might sell out.

News Links
Runner’s World’s Daily News has all the headlines, the biggest of which is that Ryan Hall will run the Houston Half Marathon.

Kara Goucher returns to racing on Sunday after a maternity-induced layoff. runnersworld

The BBC talks to Mark Lewis-Francis, a surprise silver medalist at last year’s European Championships, about the upcoming seasons.

The IOC is meeting this week to, among other things, prepare for opening bidding for US television rights.

Top German high jumper Ariane Friedrich has now revealed that her achilles injury is a rupture, and she will miss the 2011 season.

Martin Bingisser makes a decent case that wind is a factor in hammer throwing.

Charlie Engle, one of the main guys in Running the Sahara, has been hit with a 21-month prison sentence.

Usain Bolt has been signed on for the 200 meters at Oslo’s Bislett Games in June. The timing of that meet in the Diamond League series makes it unlikely that he'll compete in either of the US meets.

David Rudisha will compete twice in the upcoming Athletics Australia tour, at meets in Melbourne on March 3 and Sydney on March 19.

Chris Thompson will attack the UK 10,000 meter record at the Stanford Invitational on April 30. He says he has to go for it now, before Mo Farah gets his turn and “puts it out of sight.”

Cross country news:
*Sylvia Kibet is skipping indoor track this year in favor of cross country
*Kenyan athletes must compete twice in local competitions to be considered for the World Cross Country team
*The first-ever African Cross Country Championships will be held two weeks prior to the World XC meet

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