BY EMMA NEHMS, DC BUREAU CHIEF
Washington, D.C. – The Obama administration quietly announced this weekend that it is expanding the much-maligned Common Core program in our nation’s public schools, now to include running instruction.
US Secretary of Education, Jim Deacher, says it is intended to help our kids better compete with high-performing countries like Jamaica and Kenya: “We are sending our kids off to college, unprepared for track and trail. As a result, our kids are falling behind other nations. Literally – they are falling into the water-pit, behind the guys from Kenya and Tanzania in the steeple-chase event. Not always, but once is enough for us to over-react and completely go off the deep end changing things all around.”
BY MAY DUPP- Berlin Bureau Chief
Farfegnugen, Germany – The popular Volksrennen 50k race through the streets of Farfegnugen has come under fire since its race-director admitted it is actually closer to 38k. Apparently, the measuring wheel used to roll out the course all these years had been manipulated by race engineers to falsify the distance.
BY ALISON VÜNDERLUND
Redmond, WA – A rumble between cyclists and runners occurred due to a disagreement over a shared-use trail near the Microsoft campus last week. The cyclists started it by taunting the runners for not having tight, brightly colored jerseys with some company logo on them. Witnesses say it soon escalated to an all-out turf war. Continue reading