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630. Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Track & Field, with Kyle Merber

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“This is not an easy question for many reasons!”

Welcome back to “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know!” I’ve worked in the running industry in some capacity for roughly a decade now, and as much as I’ve immersed myself, there’s still so much I don’t know or understand. So if I, a relative industry insider, am still confused about things like shoe contracts, drug testing, waterfall starts on the track, and the Diamond Leagues, surely I’m not alone. I put out the ask — What’s something you don’t understand or have always wanted to ask about the running industry? — and the responses came pouring in with great questions.

So today, former professional runner and founder of The Lap Count (and track and field’s biggest fan and hype guy) Kyle Merber is here to answer all of your questions about the track, the roads, the big leagues, and more. Lane assignments and Olympic standards and “Why are there so many U.S. National Championships?” and world rankings, oh my! (Listen to part one of this series — all about the business of running — here.)

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