C.J. Schexnayder

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I am an editor for Football Study Hall and Stride Nation as well as a contributor to Team Speed Kills. I occasionally write articles on the history of college football for SB Nation's main site. I am a former editor with Roll Bama Roll, working with the Alabama Crimson Tide website under the name "kleph" from 2008 to 2013.

In real life I am a working journalist with more than a decade-and-a-half experience writing for newspapers, magazines and various other periodicals around the world. I attended the University of Alabama in the mid-1980s and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1995.

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Runners Thank World War II Veteran During Race

Runners in the San Jose 408K took time out to honor a 95-year-old WWII serviceman who donned his uniform to watch the race.

2014 Boston Marathon Security Measures Tightened

The 2014 Boston Marathon will see a host of new policies to increase security. The measures, a response to last year's bombing, are already being enacted by other major races across the country.

Scott Tanksley: MSU Pitcher and Dallas Firefighter

[Editor's Note: C.J. was thoughtful enough to share this with us on former MSU pitcher Scott Tanksley's tragic passing. Just awful news. Please keep his family in your prayers] Scott Tanksley...

The Man Who Made the Four-Minute-Mile Possible

Chris Chataway, one of the men who paced Roger Bannister to the first sub 4-minute mile in 1954 has died.

Boston Bombing Victims Continue Road to Recovery

Nine months after the pair of bomb blasts marred the finish of the Boston Marathon, hundreds of those injured continue their odyssey of recovery. Here are a few of their stories.


Sony Rolls Out New Core Fitness Tracker

Sony prepares to enter the fitness-tracking smartwear market in an absurdly small way with the recently unveiled ultra-tiny Core device.

Study: Switching to Minimalist Running Shoes Risky

A recent Australian study found that switching to minimalist running shoes lead to a higher degree of injury and pain by runners who had never used them prior.

Runners Preparing for the Second 'One Run For Boston'

Hundreds of runners are gearing up for a four-week, coast-to-coast relay race to honor three people killed in the Boston Marathon bombings and raise money for 260 people wounded when twin explosions went off near the finish line of the world's oldest marathon. Organizers are pushing to raise $1 million from this year's One Run for Boston, which is scheduled to finish a week before the storied Boston Marathon and two days before the anniversary of the explosions. The money will go to The One Fund, a charity established to help those who were injured or significantly affected by the bombings.

Runners Charity to Aid Newtown Missing $70K

A charity set up to aid the community of Newtown, Conn. in the wake of a deadly school shooting in 2012 has closed after reporting $70,000 in fund gone and its founder disappeared.

Boston Marathon victims fund continues to grow

The nonprofit group formed following the Boston Marathon bombings last April, One Fund Boston, has collected more than $12 million as donors continue to contribute to help victims of the incident. The Boston Globe reports that in the first three months the fund collected and dispersed $61 million in donation. More than 230 people who were injured or relatives of those who died have recieved the funds. Yet donations have continued to come in and the charity is looking at new ways to dispurse the funds.

Our Favorite Running Stores: Sole Sports

Sole Sports is a small Phoenix, AZ running store chain that puts a premium on relationships with its customers.


So how far did Rocky Balboa run in Rocky II?

Dan McQuade of the Philadelphia Magazine did the math and it turns out the Italian Stallion was a pioneer ultramarathoner.

China's Growing Marathon Mania

Not only have the number of marathons held in China increased dramatically in recent years the size of the fields have boomed as well. The trend shows no sign of slowing down.

Boston Marathon Bombing 2013's Most Tweeted Event

The social media reaction to the bombings at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon was among the largest all year.


Usain Bolt Beats A Bus

So the world's fastest man can beat a city bus. Not a terribly surprising revelation.

Runners race in Cape after St. Jude Marathon cancelled

The ice storm that slammed into the nation's midsection early this month claimed a number of races including the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis. And, like other runners affected by race cancellations, many of the participants were not to be daunted. And, thus, St. Jude Frostbite Half-Marathon was born.

Boston Marathon victim proposes to nurse he met in hospital

James "Bim" Costello, who was injured in the bombing last April, posted on his Facebook page that he was engaged to Krista D’Agostino, a nurse he met while he was recovering from his injuries. Costello suffered serious burns, requiring pig skin grafts on most of his right arm and right leg.


The Coming Age of Smart Shoes

Efforts to produce a shoe that collects information and relays it to athletes through smart phone apps have accelerated up over the past year.

The Aftermath of the Dallas Marathon Cancellation

Runners left out in the cold by the cancellation of the Dallas Marathon are taking things into their own hands while organizers of the event have softened their "no refund" policy with an offer for next year's race.

Dallas Marathon Canceled

Organizers have pulled the plug on the Dallas Marathon scheduled to be run Sunday. North Texas was walloped by a wintry storm last night that iced roads across the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The race will not be rescheduled and no refunds will be given to those who paid for the race.

[Editor's note: The update on this is now posted here.]


Homicide and the Iron Bowl

If you mix an emotional rivalry game with alcohol and firearms there are eventually going to be some unpleasant outcomes. And it seems that Alabama fans end up killing someone after the Iron Bowl...

The Inaugural 10K Road Race National Championship

The recently founded Collegiate Running Association has announced the 2014 Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K will host the organization's first 'national championship' event.

College football, miracle plays and the painful paradox of success.

A few thoughts on the 2013 Iron Bowl and the Alabama vs Auburn rivalry.

Jesse Owens' 1936 Gold Medal Up For Auction

One of the four gold medals won by US track star Jesse Owens in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany is now up for auction.

MLS Player Honored for Boston Marathon Response

Major League Soccer's Matt Reis was named the 2013 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year for his actions to save the life of his father-in-law, John Odom, grievously injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Meet The Guy Who Won The First Ultra Marathon He Ever Ran

Deadspin has an interesting Q&A with Zach Miller who won the JFK50 ultramarathon this year despite it being his first ultra and farther than he had ever run before. His time of 5:38:53 was the third-fastest JFK 50 Mile finish ever.

Demand for 2014 Boston Marathon Benefits Charities

With the interest in running the 2014 Boston Marathon at an all time high, the charities are seeing an increased demand for their 3,000 slots in the race.


The Polar Bear Marathon

The temperature at the start of the Polar Bear Marathon in Churchill, Canada this year: -20 degrees. The good news? There were no actual polar bears on the course.

Old and Busted: Barefoot Running. New Hotness: Barefoot Running In the Snow

Barefoot running in sub-zero temperatures, preferably with snow. Of course Canadians came up with it.

Five Life Lessons Running Will Teach You

A thought-provoking post from JustinSeeley.com via Lifehacker. You do more than get in shape when you run, you're learning key lessons you can apply to your whole life.

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