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-Pete Julian commenting on the possibility of Boulder hosting the US XC nationals after the inaugural "Best Cross Country Race" was a resounding success.

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LetsRun.com's Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

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Video Of Roger Bannister's 4 Minute Mile

Abraham Chebii Wins 12k XC Race In Eldoret Kenya The man who ran a 12:52 5k with a 24.7 last 200 a few years ago won an xc tuneup by more than 25 seconds in Kenya in preparations for the Kenyan trials. Chebii says despite 12k win he'll run the bogus 4k race at worlds

Daniel Njenga Moves To Japan To Prepare For London Marathon The Tokyo marathon champ, is looking forward to competing against arguably the greatest marathon field assembled.

Sydney Olympic Marathon Champ Takahashi Completes Half Marathon Pain Free
She jogged a half-marathon in 1:28 and said she experienced no pain. She is coming back from breaking her ankle in Sept in Colorado and hadn't compted since Nov. 2003

Carmen Douma Hussar Runs 4:28.43 for New Balance Games Mile Win

Stacy Dragila and Brad Walker Win Reno Paul Vault Summit

Olympic Marathon Intruder Horan Defrocked by Catholic Church

Doping Inquiry Begins in France on Lance Armstrong on Allegations in Book

Top Race of the Weekend:
Edinburgh XC:
Dibaba and Kipchoge Get Dramatic Victories

This was the top XC race of the season so far and had two tight finishes.  Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba outsprinted world xc champ Benita Johnson on the women's side and world 5k champ Eliud Kipchoge led throughout but had to outsprint Dejene Berhanu for the men's win. American
Tim Broe was 10th.
*Champs Kipchoge and Dibaba Are Only 20 and 19 Years Old
*Brits Haley Yelling and Kathy Butler No Match for Dibaba
Sunday's Action:
Ethiopians' Zewdie and Kidane Get Wins in Seville
PreRace:

*Craig Mottram Trying to Suceed in an African Sport

Drug News: Baseball Unveils a "Stronger" Anti-Doping Policy and It's a Joke You have to get caught 4 times before you even get a 1 year suspension. Olympic athletes are doping even with the threat of a 2 year suspension on the first offense. Plus, baseball won't test for stimulants or be run by an independent agency, yet some people are calling this a breakthrough. Hopefully, the pr ploy won't work.
 *Baseball Drug Policy Criticized by Experts
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Editorial: Baseball Policy Still a Joke

Convicted Drug Cheat Eddy Hellebuyck Fired as a High School Coach in New Mexico
*Eddy H Banned from Orienteering as Well

Man Attacked on Run by Wolf in Canada

World 5k Champ Eliud Kipchoge Taking Bekele's Place This Weekend at Edinburgh XC Meet

Debate Between Olympic Bidding Cities for 2012 Called Off

More Weekend Action:
Spain:
Olympic 10k Medallist Zersenay Tadesse Easily Defeats Lebid in XC Race in Spain
Netherlands:
Robert Cheboror Win Netherlands Half in 1:03
Kenya: Mbarak Shami Wins Paul Tergat's Half Marathon in 1:01:57 in Kenya

XC Action:
Spain:
Benita Johnson Defeats Edith Masai in Matchup of World XC Champs
Saturday:
Belfast
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Ritzenhein Wins in Belfast The American junior xc bronze medallist picked up an easy win taking it to the 4 Kenyans in the field as his impressive European tour continued.
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Belfast XC Results (Ritzenhein Wins)
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Pictures From Ritzenhein's Win
Kenya: Eliud Kipchoge Wins Kenyan XC Race Vows to Defeat Bekele at Worlds
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More on Kipchoges Win from Kenyan Paper

Sad Sad News:
Fiance of Kenenisa Bekele Dies While Running Alem Techale, only 18 and a promising talent herself, dropped dead while going for a run with Bekele, the Olympic 10k champ and world record holder at 10k/5k. The pair were scheduled to wed in May. The funeral will take place Wed.

De Lima to Run Lake Biwa Marathon in March

San Silvestre Races:
Ritz's Pro Debut:
Updated
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Sergi Lebid Wins in San Silvestre in Italy, Ritzenhein Impresses by Pushing Pace, Finishing Third, Adere Wins
This was the pro debut for Ritzenhein and he may have been unknown to the Italians, but arguably the greatest talent in American running in 30 years, Ritz impressed them by pushing the pace versus the European XC champ Lebid and the Olympic marathon champ, Baldini. An article in Italian on this is here. Message board thread here.
*Picture of Lebid Winning
*Robert Cheruyiot and Lydia Cheromei Win San Silvestre Road Race in Sao Paolo

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Balco Case There will be a hearing to see if some of Conte's statements are inadmissible as evidence.
*Full 16 Page Text of Judges Ruling
*Lengthy Article on Balco Case from Front Page of Today's San Francisco Chronicle

Footlocker XC Champs:
Aislinn Ryan and Ken Cormier Win Footlocker High School Champs Ryan was the runner-up in the northeast region and Cormier is from Arizona and was the West champ.
*Footlocker Cross Country Results, Photos and Video

2005 World Track and Field Championship "A" and "B" Standards Announced The field events are generally tougher and the men's 800m became a lot harder to qualify in.
Previous ING NYC Women's News:
Paula Radcliffe Wins Thrilling Duel Versus Susan Chepkemei
The two women battled stride for stride over the final miles neither able to put more than a meter on the other. Finally, Radcliffe put in one final kick over the final quarter mile to pull away and get the victory and show she is still the top marathoner in the world, despite her Athens misfortune, in the most dramatic women's finish ever at NY. Athens bronze medallist, American Deena Drossin dropped out and world XC champ Benita Johnson only ran 2:38:03 in her debut. Link above requires NY Times registration, for a link that does not require registration see below:
More on Women's Race:
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Radcliffe Gets Thrilling Victory in NY Daily Telegraph
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London Times Recap of Radcliffe's Race

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Stomach Problem Hindered Radcliffe During Race Guardian
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Radcliffe is Brave Once Again Telegraph
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Mile by Mile Recap of ING NYC Marathon from Runnersworld
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Steve Cram Talks About Paula's Win
Results, Prize Money:
ING NYC Marathon Recap, Top Results and Prize Money
Photos:
Women's Photos\

Olympic Track and Field:
*Track and Field Results
Sunday:
Meb Gets Silver in Marathon, Leader Attacked by Deranged Spectator American Meb Keflezighi's silver medal was a surprise in the marathon (first American medal in this event since 1976), but not the biggest surprise in the race, as the leader of the race, Brazilian Vanderlei de Lima, was attacked by a deranged Irish fan near the 23 mile mark. de Lima would gamely hold on for the bronze medal despite losing valuable time, not to mention his rhythm. Italian Stefano Baldini got the gold. America was the only country to leave with more than one medal in the Olympic marathon after Deena Kastor's bronze in the women's race. Briton's Jon Brown was 4th for the 2nd straight Olympics.
Great Photo: Photo of Man Holding De Lima as Cop, Fans Try to set Him Free
*It was a Long Struggle for Meb to Return to Athens
He was there as a 10ear old refugree
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Brazilians to Appeal to Court of Arbitration in Sport for De Lima to Get 2nd Marathon Gold
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More on Man Horan Who Disrupted the Athens Olympic Marathon Associated Press
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Meb Keflezighi Audio Clip about his Silver
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Editorial: Vanderlei de Lima Represents Olympic Spirit Washington Post
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Marathon Mayhem and Triumph a Fitting End to Athens Games San Francisco Chronicle
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Photo: Athens Olympic Marathon Leader Vanderlei de Lima is First Confronted and Tried to Avoid the Fan Victor Sailer

Saturday:
El Guerrouj, Kelly Holmes Get Historic Doubles Hicham El Guerrouj triumphed in a thrilling stretch run over Kenenisa Bekele for his second gold medal of the Games, while Kelly Holmes sprinted to her second gold and a national record in the women's 1500m. In other action, Britain stunned the US 4*100 men's team to get its only men's track and field medal of the Games and rectify a horrible Games for the British men. In the 4*400, the US men and women swept the 4*400 titles.
*IAAF Recap of Saturday
Event by Event from Saturday:
Men's 5k:
Hicham El Guerrouj Cements Legacy With 5k Gold after 1500m Win USA Today
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El Guerrouj Imitates Paavo Nurmi and Gets 5k, 1500m Double Independent
Women's 1500m:
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Move Over Paula: Kelly Holmes is Golden Girl of British Track and Field After Double Golds
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Kelly Holmes Says If She knew She Had to Run a PR She Wouldn't Have Shown Up
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A Look at Kelly Holmes, Her Upbringing and Career
Men's 800m:
Yuriy Borzakovskiy's Late Burst Gets 800m Gold over Wilson Kipketer
4*100 Men:
Darren Campbell Gets Sweet Revenge on Critics with 4*100 Gold
4*400:
US Men, Women Sweep 4*400 Titles
Women's High Jump:
Russian Yelena Slesarenko Upsets Hestrie Cloete American Amy Acuff passed up a jump for a bronze medal.
Javelin:
Steve Backley Comes Up Short Again 4th in His Final Olympics in Javelin

Friday
:
Liu Xiang Gets Gold Medal, Ties Colin Jackson's World Record in 110 Hurdles
Pole Vault:
Tim Mack, Toby Stevenson Go 1-2 in Pole Vault for US
4*100:
Botched Relay Between Marion Jones and Lauryn Williams Costs US in 4*100 It sent Marion Jones home with 0 medals after failing to medal in the long jump.

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Lauryn Williams Dad Puts Blame on Marion Jones
Long Jump:
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Marion Jones Doesn't Medal in Long Jump or 4*100
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Editorial: Marion Jones a Long Way from Sydney
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Russia Sweeps Long Jump
Qualifying 4*100:
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US 4*100 Men's Team Impresses in Qualifying

And the winner is:
Best Running Movie of All-Time: Fire on the Track
After sitting on the results for months, we're proud to announce that the best running movie of all-time as selected by our viewers is a not an academy award winner, Chariots of Fire, or a highly publicized film produced by Tom Cruise (Without Limits), but rather a running documentary, Fire on the Track: The Steve Prefontaine Story. Read all about the voting and see the 10 best running movies of all-time as selected by our viewers.

"Best Cross Country Race" Successfully Debuts In Boulder Pete Julian founded the race and then won it. Colleen De Reuck - the reigning US champ - won the women's race. After the race, Julian showed why he's a total class act as he donated all of his prize money to charity. Did we mention he's also a cancer survivor? Kudos to Pete. The race brought much of the Boulder running community together as ex marathoner Steve Jones helped lay the course out and Alan and Shayne Culpepper, Dathan Ritzenhein and Steve and Sara Slattery all showed up to watch and sign autographs

*Pre-Race Coverage

College Action: Arkansas Guys Not too Impressive on Day 2 of Arkansas Meet
*Nate Brannen 7:58 3k
*Matt Withrow 8:06 3k for the Former Footlocker Champ

Australian Outdoor Season Underway
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Josh Ross Sprints 10.12 in Australia
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Paul Burgess Continues to Impress in Pole Vault in Australia

Arkansas DMR Provisionally Qualifies for NCAAs, Wallace Spearmon Sets ArkansasRecord

Benita Johnson's #1 Focus is World XC Not London Marathon

Olympic Pole Vault Champ Tim Mack Has Injury Will Sit Out Indoors

Nike Taking Over Discovery Kenya Race, Program in Kenya With Dr. Rosa

USATF Teleconference on Millrose Games Excerpts

HP Houston Marathon (US Half Marathon Champs)
*Kelly Keane, David Cheruiyot  Win
*Dan Browne 2nd in Half Marathon, Wins US Half Marathon Champs
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Kelly Keane Gets Win on Her Local Course at HP Houston Marathon
*Pre Race: Dan Browne Out for Revenge
Carlsbad Marathon/Half:
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US Citizens Ibrahim Aden and Kim Fitchen Young Win Carlsbad Half Marathon
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2005 Carlsbard Marathon Recap

Julius Sugut Gets Win in Bombay Marathon and $30,000

Other Weekend Action:
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John Kibowen Wins Kenyan Armed Forces XC Championships

Adam Goucher 13:43 5k Win Over Steve Slattery

Flora London Marathon News:
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Paul Tergat Says World Record Isn't on His Mind for London Marathon This Year
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Susan Chepkemei Signs On to Race Radcliffe at Flora London Marathon

Olympic Gold Medallist Angelo Taylor Arrested on Chil Molestation (Statutory Rape) Charges
He's 26 she was 15. The cops caught them in a park.
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more detailed account here (requires AJC.com registration)

Former Paris Marathon Champion Beatrice Omwanz Wins Armed Forces 30k

Inquiry on Kenteris and Thanou Before Greek Doping Officials Begins

Jeremy Wariner Looks Back at His Incredible 2004 The Olympic 400m champ was only 8th in his NCAA region in 2003.

Jolanda Ceplak Wants European Indoor 800m Title This Winter

The Best Gets Better:
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Paula Radcliffe Running Flora London Marathon (This article Says Getting £500,000 to Run Which Is Nearly a Million $) London is the top marathon because it doesn't rest on its laurels. It already has a tremendous men's field for its 25th anniversary. Now it added Paula Radcliffe, paying a nice sum to get her.
*This Article Says Radcliffe's Appearance Fee is £260,000
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Another Article Supporting the £500,000 Fee

USADA's Legal Tab High Thanks in Part to $250,000 in Extra Legal Fees fighting Regina Jacobs We still wish Suzy Hamilton would sue her for the hundreds of thousands in dollars she lost to the cheat who now is a realtor in California.

PF Chang's Rock N Roll:
Shitaye Gemechu Repeats, Fellow Ethiopian Terefe Yae Wins Mens Crown at 2005 PF Chang's Rock N Roll Arizona Marathon

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PF Changs Rock N Roll Arizona Results Hayley McGregor was 2nd in her debut and American Chad Johnson was 5th in 2:16.

Meb and Deena Top US Road Rankings for 2004

Saturday: Cheruyiot and Cheromei Get 2nd Wins in S. America in a Week

Friday: Ethiopians Get Double Wins in Dubai Marathon

 

More on Lydiard:
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Lydiard's Son Remembers Peter Snell Getting Dropped on the First Run With Lydiard's Boys
Snell went on to win 3 Olympic medals, gold ones.
*Peter Snell Still Spreading the Lydiard Gospel Although it Wasn't Always Smooth Sailing
*Why Didn't Lydiard Get the Recognition he Deserved in New Zealand?
*More on Lydiard: He Was Greatly Appreciated Abroad, But Ironically Not as Much in New Zealand
*Arthur Lydiard Didn't Just Coach the Stars
*Lydiard Cartoon
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2nd Lydiard Cartoon

Hellebuyck's 'Stunned' by Doping Decision Against Them The school principal is going to decide whether Eddy should still be coaching there. He should not. Convicted drug cheats who do not express remorse should not be coaching.

Wada to Rule on Altitude Chambers Somehow this article made the front page of the Washington Post sports section. Athletes by and large accept the chambers.

"Excuse me if I sound hoarse, but I have a head cold. Usually head colds are due to changes in the weather, but in my case, it is due to a change in attitude on letsrun.com"
-Colorado Cross Country Coach, Mark Wetmore, coach of the 2004 Men's and Women's NCAA XC Champions, speaking at the Arthur Lydiard Tour Stop last night in Boulder, about the change in heart of many letsrun.com posters after Wetmore's unbelievable coaching job this year.

NCAA XC: CU Sweeps NCAA Men's and Women's Cross Country Crowns
Mark Wetmore worked his magic at Colorado again as both his squads captured upset wins. The men's win was the bigger upset of the day. Simon Bairu of Wisconsin won the individual crown to help the heavily favored Wisconsin Badgers, but in the end it was not enough as Colorado eked out a 4 point victory by moving up late in the race.
*Mud No Problem for Kim Smith as She Dominates
*Bairu's Win Sweet and Sour Wisconsin State Journal
*Wetmore, Buff's Work Wonders
Boulder Daily Camera
*Stanford Men, Women Disappoint San Francisco Chronicle
*Stanford Inexperience Showed
Results:

*Men's Individual (Simon Bairu of Wisconsin Wins)
*Men's Team
*Women's Individual (Kim Smith of Providence Wins)
*Women's Team
Photos:
*Track And Field News
*Fast-Women
*Men's Racing

ING NYC Marathon Men:
Ramaala Finally Gets It Right, Meb 2nd

Hendrick Ramaala of S. Africa is a tremendous half marathoner but had never put it together in a full marathon. As he said, "I am notorious for being a bad marathoner." On Sunday, that changed, as he held on to win the ING NYC marathon despite being dazed at the finish, while American Meb Keflezighi wrapped up an incredible 2004 with a second place finish, just 2 and a half months after his Athens silver medal. For a recap that does not require NY Times registration, click here.
More on Men:
A Look at Top American Men from Runnersworld

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Mile by Mile Recap of ING NYC Marathon from Runnersworld
Results, Prize Money:
ING NYC Marathon Recap, Top Results and Prize Money
Photos:
Men's Photos

LetsRun.com Book Reviews 2 Good Reads on Milers 50 years apart:
Sub 4:00 and The Perfect Mile

Read the review of story on Alan Webb's (and Nate Brannen's) first brush with adversity. Plus, read about 3 great milers trying to be the first under 4 minutes 50 years ago.

More isn't always better:
"I had over-trained. I put too much pressure on myself because I wanted that gold medal too much. If I had trained 15 per cent less, I would have won. I was training like a crazy person. There was a lack of self-confidence and a lack of maturity. An athlete does not only train with his body. He trains with his mind."

-Hicham El Guerrouj on why he didn't win Olympic gold in 2000

Must Read(s):
"I think that the sports in which you read about doping tend to be the cleaner sports. I mean, I think if you put Major League Baseball players and NFL players through lie detector tests [about whether they use performance- enhancing drugs], fully 50 percent would fail..I did this bike race, 75 hours. But I didn't feel any sense of achievement. I found it depressing. Because, to me, athletic endeavors should be one of the most pure of endeavors. Why else do it? It's a sense of testing yourself."

-author Stuart Stevens, who for 8 months got on just about every performance enhancing drug imaginable to see how it would affect him, and wrote about the ordeal for Outside Magazine. The results were simply amazing as he put on 14 pounds without lifting a weight, had increased endurance, better vision, and less soreness. The quote above is from a Newsday piece where Stevens says the ordeal left him more ardently opposed to drugs in sports. The entire article from Outside Magazine where Stevens recaps his experience is a must read and is now available in its entirety on line and can be found here.
(If you'd like to subscribe to Outside Magazine you can do so here for only $15.99 a year (cover price is $47.40)

In case you missed it:
Todd Williams Hangs them up

In our lengthy 3 part interview, Todd Williams, the premier 10,000m runner in the US, talks about his illustrious career and the sport of running in general.
Part I here, Part II here, Part III here

Drug Scandal:
(click here for a LetsRun.com behind the scenes look at what this means for the track and field world)

1981 Grandma's Marathon
Dick Beardsley who had run 2 sub 2:13 in 3 weeks defeated Garry Bjorklund in a great duel as two Minnesotans were under 2:10
Mr. Martin Franklin Revealed
Thanks to the viewers at our site we've got some photos and information on Martin Franklin the fraud who for a brief moment on Sunday was the 5th American and $4,750 richer at the New York City Marathon. Problem was he took the subway from the start to the finish.

A Legend Passes: "I don't train; never have. I don't think of running as training. I just go out and run each day, and let the racing take care of itself"- Jack Foster of New Zealand, who ran a 2:11:17 marathon at the age of 41 to win silver at the Commonwealth Games in 1974. He died in a bike accident yesterday at the age of 72.

Training Advice:
Advice from the pros
.Top 10 Training Tips
LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson gives his top 10 training tips. They helped him run a 28:27 10k and will definitely help you too.
No Shortcuts

LetsRun.Com coaching consultant John Kellogg outlines his basic coaching approach and gives the four principals to correct training for elites. LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson translates Mr. Kellogg's approach so that it is beneficial for the masses.
Marathon Training Program

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High School Section
Interviews
Turn Back the Clock:
Interviews With Today's Stars on Their High School Careers

Rod Dehaven: U.S. Marathon Champ
Juli Henner: U.S. Olympian
Todd Reeser: Top Road Racer Wrestled in High School
Many more
Training Advice
Learn how LetsRun.com running guru, John Kellogg, made a tiny private school in Texas one of the best teams in the state.
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Don't tell this woman you're too busy or old to pursue your dreams
32 Year Old AZ Woman Who Picked Up Running 9 Years Ago Runs 2:55 Not bad for someone with 2 kids.

Mizuko Noguchi, Olympic Marathon Champ, a True Celebrity in Japan

Pakistan to Have Its First International Marathon June 30th

Ron Bellamy: Baseball Drug Policy Not Up to Par

Morne Nagel Returning to Indoor Sprinting

Two Time World 400m Hurdler Champ Nezha Bidouane Retires

British News:
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Steve Cram Looks at British Chances in 2005
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Jana Pittman Isn't Going to Run for Britain
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Jana Whitlock British Record Holder in Pole Vault Back From Drug Ban
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Butler Eyes British Team Glory at World XCs

And in Baseball He Wouldn't Get Penalized at All:
Erik Walder Gets 2 Year Suspension

Top College Results:
*Virginia Tech Results
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Arkansas Results

Great Interview with Brother Colm O'Connell Coach of Legends

Sacked Coach Mike Kosgei Says It Was Because  a Kenyan Official Was Trying to Protect His Own Job

HS Champ Ken Cormier (he ran up to 120 a week to go from a good high school runner to a truly outsanding one):
*Ken Cormier Interview on Men's Racing
*Kenneth Cormier Brieft Chat With Runnersworld

Coaches Named for Kenya's World XC Team

Mo Greene to Race Indoors in England Next Month

Josh Cox Survived Round 1 of the Bachelorette Last Night

Ana Guevara to Start Running 800 This Year, Will Eventually Make it Her Event

El Guerrouj May Run World XC This Year

Sad: Billy Konchellah Cleared on Rape Charges Rearrested to Be Tried on Rape Charges in Finland
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More on Konchellah (Photo of Him in Cuffs as He is Rearrested)

Next Weekend: Over $100k in Total Prize Money at Next Week's HP Houston Marathon and Half, Dan Browne the Favorite for US Half Title

"The first feeling I had when I finished the race was one of relief. A huge sense of relief. Because I knew I was capable of doing it," John Treacy on his silver medal in the marathon in 1984 in his first marathon ever.

Joe Vigil and Frank Shorter talk about the Athens' marathon impact on the sport in the US

Hero: Former Indiana State Champ, DIII All-American Jeremy Wright, Killed in Afghanistan He was in the special forces and had even been running in the mountains of afghanistan.

Impressive:
"I
n the course of the trip the cleanest of our group had managed to shower two, or possibly three, times while running 80 times. "

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John Tomac, writing about the world record run across the country by his 12 RIT cross country teammates.