This is Coffee with Larry for Friday, August 10, 2023.

Coffee with Larry is our almost daily podcast on all things track & field. We run the show LIVE on Facebook, and then post on our blog, #RunBlogRun.

Our topics today:

1. Michael Payton, a respected Communications Professional in running, died on July 21, 2023. He was 67 years old.
2. Michael Payton was at Reebok from 1990-1994 and 2000-2004. Michael developed his own group, The Peyton Group, which managed PR and communications campaigns for some key brands in the running business, including Mizuno and FILA.
3. Micheal helped Mizuno relaunch running in the late 1990s and managed the PR for the Discover America program from FILA.
4. Michael Payton was also involved in the Dan & Dave sports marketing program at Reebok, 1991-1992, which was one of the finest sports marketing programs ever in running.
5. Thoughtful, articulate, Michael got it. I worked with him on his Reebok, Mizuno, and FILA and enjoyed working with Michael.
6. Michael Payton was 67 at the time of his death. His two children, Mark Payton and Kelly Payton. Michael has a brother, Robert, and a sister-in-law, Amy.
7. You can read his obituary,
8. Donations in Michael’s memory can be made to St Mary of the Bay Food Pantry, 645 Main St, Warren RI 02885.
9. Michael Payton was a rare individual, and his friends and family will miss him. Michael was a good man who loved his children, running, and enjoyed his friends.
10. If you have memories of Michael that you would like to share, please send them to