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Our Approach

You could also call this heading “Our philosophy” or “Our vision.” This is the place to talk about what drives you and your business and what’s unique about your process. What you write here should be something distinct and interesting about your business that sets it apart from others in the same industry.

Our Story

Every business has a beginning, and this is where you talk about yours. People want to know what opportunity you saw or how your passion led to the creation of something new. Talk about your roots–people wanna know you have some.

Meet the Team

Write something about the people who make your business go or your philosophy behind customer service.
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Amanda Scotti

Publisher

In January 2014 Amanda Scotti became the most recent publisher of National Masters News, which has been published under various owners for nearly forty years.

Born and raised in Oregon, Amanda attended Clackamas Community College (1978 NJCAA Women’s US Track Champions) on track and journalism scholarships. She later transferred to Alabama’s Auburn University to complete her education. She has earned several Masters and Seniors US sprint championship titles since discovering Masters Track in 2008 and is a current member of several US Age Group Record 4×100/4x200m relays. She also is currently a member of the USATF MTF Executive Committee, having been elected in 2016. Amanda, who moved to California in 1988, lives in Folsom with her two sons, Jack and Sam, and boxer, Rowdy.

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Ken Castro

Head Track & Field Writer

Head Masters Track and Field writer Ken Castro’s writing has found a home in excess of 100 outlets across the United States, including the Associated Press, Philadelphia Daily News, Boston Herald, Houston Chronicle, Baltimore Sun, Tampa Times, Register-Guard (Oregon), Providence Journal and Portland Press Herald. He has covered the Stanley Cup, World Cup of Hockey, USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, UCI World Cycling Road Championships, The USA Women’s National Hockey Team, Penn Relays and multiple NCAA regional championships. He counts Sir Roger Bannister and Ken Dryden among his favorite one-on-one interviews.

Castro began his athletic pursuits as a collegiate baseball player, before transitioning to a competitive cyclist and later immersing himself in track and field. Following a renal transplant in 2010 he’s competed in transplant games across the globe. Castro is a graduate of Roger Williams University. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife JoAnn.

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Paul Carlin

Head Long Distance Writer

Head LDR writer, Paul Carlin is a ‘running prof’ in two senses. He is a Professor (Emeritus) of Economics at IUPUI, the urban research and health sciences campus of Indiana University in Indianapolis. And he is also a current (semi) Professional road racer having won cash prizes at a number of national and regional road races. Paul authors a popular blog, runningprof.com which provides information useful for Masters runners, as well as runners of any age.

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Dave Talcott

Head Racewalk Writer

Head Racewalk writer Dave Talcott is an extremely accomplished Race Walker and the USATF MTF RW Records Chair, Dave has qualified for four Olympic Trials and, as of 2020, at age 59, he became one of the oldest athletes to ever qualify for and compete in the Olympic Trials in any event, proving that age is just a number.

In between writing for National Masters News, racing all over the world and keeping numerous stats for the MTF RW community, Dave and his wife, Erin Taylor-Talcott, train together in their hometown, of Owego, New York. As if that weren’t enough the Racewalking Dynamic Duo host the race, ‘Not Just a Walk in the Park’ held in September, a Centurion race where the goal is to walk 100 miles in under 24 hours. In addition, they also put on the 50-mile Kennedy March where the goal is to walk 50 miles in under 12 hours. These events are open to anyone wanting to give endurance events a try.

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Dave Albo

Photographer

Rob Jerome is an award-winning photojournalist whose work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, scientific journals, web sites, television programs, museum catalogues and books. He has been photographing Masters Athletes since 2007. Prior to his career as a photojournalist, Rob was a partner in the management consulting division of an international professional services firm.

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Rob Jerome

Photographer

Rob Jerome is an award-winning photojournalist whose work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, scientific journals, web sites, television programs, museum catalogues and books. He has been photographing Masters Athletes since 2007. Prior to his career as a photojournalist, Rob was a partner in the management consulting division of an international professional services firm.

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Tami Kacevas

Marketing Artist

In January 2014 Amanda Scotti became the most recent publisher of National Masters News, which has been published under various owners for nearly forty years.

Born and raised in Oregon, Amanda attended Clackamas Community College (1978 NJCAA Women’s US Track Champions) on track and journalism scholarships. She later transferred to Alabama’s Auburn University to complete her education. She has earned several Masters and Seniors US sprint championship titles since discovering Masters Track in 2008 and is a current member of several US Age Group Record 4×100/4x200m relays. She also is currently a member of the USATF MTF Executive Committee, having been elected in 2016. Amanda, who moved to California in 1988, lives in Folsom with her two sons, Jack and Sam, and boxer, Rowdy.

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