Week That Was

LRCExcessive Celebration, Where Are The Fans, Double Domination, Fast Moms, Slow Japanese and Running Backwards: The Week That Was

Who had the performance of the week: Mo Farah, the shirtless Mahiedine Mekhissi Benabbad, Nijel Amos or Almaz Ayana? We span the globe to tell you and find video of Amos’ 800m victory over Mo Aman where they went out in 56. Plus Cooly, the twerking mascot.

1st Ever – 2014 LetsRun.com Top 10 NCAA XC Countdown

LRC 2014 Men’s XC Preview: #8 Wisconsin & #7 Indiana Indiana ended Wisconsin’s 14-year run of Big 10 titles last fall and returns its entire top five. The Badgers will reload with the country’s best recruiting class and look to record their 19th consecutive top-10 finish come NCAAs. At Big 10s, the two could be in for a big battle.
Previous: #10 Villanova & #9 Iona

LetsRun.com Goes To The New Balance Falmouth Road Race *Results

Coach James Li of the University of Arizona and Stephen Sambu after Sambu won the 2014 B.A.A. 10-K in a world-leading 27:25 earlier this year (Photo by Karen Locke)

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LRC  Stephen Sambu Breaks Away To Win Falmouth Road Race By 45 Seconds; Betsy Saina Wins Close Affair Over Gemma Steel, Molly Huddle Sambu’s incredible summer continued as Ben Bruce was 4th. Huddle was third on the women’s side.
*MB: And the winners of 2014 Falmouth Road Race Are … Stephen Sambu and Betsy Saina (Molly Huddle 3rd, Ben Bruce 4th).

LRC Kyle Merber, Katie Mackey Win Titles At Falmouth Mile Merber left it late but swung wide on the final turn to beat David Torrence and get revenge on Garrett Heath, who beat him at the Michigan Track Classic last week, running 3:56.46 for the victory as Jordan McNamara was a non-factor. Mackey went wire-to-wire and ran away from Stephanie Brown and Morgan Uceny to win in 4:27.79.
*MB: Merber wins Falmouth mile! *MB: Katie Mackey wins back-to-back Falmouth Miles

It’s Time To Get Excited For Some Fall Marathons

RRW A rejuvenated Kara Goucher is ready to race again: “The passion is definitely back and I am excited for it to start” An honest Goucher admits that at the end in Portland she was going through the motions, ” running it out” as the “passion was kind of gone.” Remotivated, she’s going to race the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon in September and then New York (not announced but what else could it be?).

Road 10km and 15km World Record Holder To Make Marathon Debut on October 12th in Eindhoven, Belgium

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RR#1: Phil Hersh Profiles Kenenisa Bekele’s Preparation For 2014 Chicago – Bekele Says He Has No Regrets About His Track Career Bekele says he’ll do more long runs in preparation for Chicago as the marathon in Paris was harder than he thought it would be.

RR#2: German Long Jump Champ Gets Huge Feature In NY Times – And For Good Reason – He’s Got 1 Leg Markus Rehm won the German nationals with a massive 8.24 (27+ feet), which would have won him silver at Euros (which the Germans wouldn’t let him compete in). We don’t get the controversy – the IAAF should 100% ban all athletes with prosthetic legs.

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Youth Olympics

LRC Profile The Long Road: Jordan McNamara’s Injury-Filled Path To Success A big fan of the sport since HS when he had pictures of Webb, Lagat and Goucher on his wall, Jordan McNamara is so determined to rise to the top that 14 stress fractures haven’t been able to stop him from becoming one of America’s best milers. Plus insight on OTC members Ben Blankenship, Pat Casey, Hassan Mead, Ciaran O’Lionaird and Andrew Wheating.

Sprint News – Usain Bolt Finally Runs His First 100 Of The Year

2014 Boston Marathon Photos

Meb Wins Boston Marathon 2014

Photos of The Year 2013

The Great Ones

The Great Ones

Payton Jordan Photos

Aisling Cuffe  and Lauren FleshmanStanford’s Old and New 5k Record Holders

 World Half Photos

Perfection for the Kenyan Women at the 2014 World Half Marathon Champs

World Half Photos