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Mt. Sac Distance Carnival:
*Results *Webcast of Saturday and Sunday
Bernard Lagat Runs 13:14 Meet Record

The new American won the 5k easily, entered the top 10 US ranks at 5k, and got an article in the LA Times to boot, showing the advantages of US citizenship.
Marion Jones to Race Jana Pittman at 400m at Mt. Sac on Sunday

Pomona: Results
Nicole Teter 2:04, Plus 3:41 in Men's 150
Sea Ray: Sea Ray Relays Results
Cornell's True frosh Jimmy Winer, coached by LetsRun.com's Rojo, run 1:48.64
Bucknell: Dave Berdan (He trained in Flagstaff) wins 5k, Sean Duffy 3:43

Kelly Holmes Training at Full Strength Eyes World Champs

Al Amri Khaled Wins 10k at World Islamic Games

Sonia O'Sullivan Near Getting Australian Citizenship

Rupp Has His Own Lawyers, and Oregon Athletics Staff Spending a Lot of Time Working on His Eligibility

25 Years Later, Athletes Remember 1980 Olympic Boycott

Mike Kosgei Lands Job With English Club

Bernard Lagat Becomes US Citizen: Amazingly nothing leaked before this took place and the track and field world is shocked by the news.
Kenyan Sports Minister Wants To Bar Defectors From Kenya - Quote: "Once you have decided to sell your nationality, you have no business sitting here." The only problem is legally he can't do it.

Ethiopia Beats China in Beijing Ekiden

Alan Culpepper Brief Chat He's the top American entrant in next Monday's Boston marathon.

Papa John's US 10 Mile Championship
Abdi Wins It In 47:27
Brian Sell a close 2nd, Graff, Lane, Downin 3 through 5. Full Results
*Race Preview Courtesy of USATF

Amy Rudolph Defeats Sonia O'Sullivan, Craig Mottram Wins BUPA Great Ireland Run

A Look Back at the London Marathon on Its 25th Anniversary The 25th anniversary is this Sunday, followed by the Boston marathon on Monday, and the weekend gets kicked off with Mt. Sac on Friday.

LRC Exclusive: Interviews of Participants In This Weekend's Papa John's US 10 Mile Championship
*Robert Gary Interview
- The Ohio St. cross country coach has somehow managed to coach and make the last 2 Olympics teams. Learn how he does it.
*Matt Lane Interview
The 4th placer at the last 2 OlympicTrials is running more road races this year
*Abdi Abdirahman Interview
2004 US Olympian Abdi keeps it real and effortless shifts the talk from his from his pimped out ride to his pursuit of American records when he's interviewed by 1996 Olympian Marc Davis.
*Chris Graff Interview:
The runner-up at last year's race and winner in 2003 has quit the Nike Farm Team and is training on his own in Washington, DC. Read about some of his amazing workouts in the Farm where he'd close workouts with a 4:05 mile.
*Pete Julian Interview The cancer survivor shares he now trains by perceived effort.

Nelson Mandela Backs London's Olympic Bid

More on Galen Rupp Enrolling At Oregon

Mark Carroll To Continue To Run For Ireland Despite Losing National Funding Carroll: "Running for Ireland means a lot more to me than 11,000 Euro."

Oregon Makes Room For Galen Rupp Last year's high school sensation is going to Oregon for the spring semester and is expected to compete this spring if he's declared to be eligible but the Oregon compliance person thinks he'll need to repay some expense first. He has already missed a week of classes as last week he didn't think he'd go to Oregon this year as he was fearful he'd be resented by current athletes but found that not to be the case. His coach Alberto Salazar says he may attempt the 5k/10k double at NCAAs.

World XC News: *Results
Sunday: All Results
Bekele Sweeps Again

*Long Course Results This guy is only 22 and he has won 8 world xc titles with ease every time. He led his team to the team title as Kenya would have still lost even if they used the "Qataris" in the race on their team. Dathan Ritzenhein went out with the leaders, developed bad blisters, and then struggled home in 62nd. True frosh Matt Withrow ended up leading the US in 60th.
More on Bekele: Bekele Says He Feels 'Naked' Without His Fiancee Independent
*Bekele Says His Double Wins at This XC Champs are his Greatest Performance Ever Considering his Fiancee's Death Guardian
Women: Tirunesh Dibaba Gets Her Own Double

US Women Get Bronze
Ethiopia got a one point team victory over Kenya and Lauren Fleshman in 11th led the US women to a team bronze and a strong showing with 4 runners in the top 21.
Dibaba's Double Surpasses Her Expectations
*Junior Boys Race
Kenya swept the top 5 and Galen Rupp was the first non-African in 20th. Who says this isn't an African sport.
Kenyan Newspaper: Kenyan Juniors Dominate, Kenyan Men Lose Again
*On the boards:
How often are the Africans tested out of competition?.

Men's Short Course:
Kenenisa Bekele Wins and Then Breaks Down in Tears afterwards Due to Memories of His Former Fiancee The XC king overcame the death of his fiancee to defend his crown and lead Ethiopia to the team title. The USA's Jorge Torres was the first non-African in 13th and Adam Goucher dropped out on the first lap with a calf injury.
*IAAF Recap of Men's Short Course and Bekele's Victory
*Canada Men Disappointing 12th in Short Course at World XCs
*Women's Long Course: Tirunesh Dibaba Wins, so Does Ethiopia Ethiopia went 1, 3,4 with the indoor 5k record holder leading the way. Colleen De Reuck led the US team in 13th at the age of 40.
*Alice Timbilil's Silver Medal Briefly Taken Away from Her in Mix Up
Junior Women's Recap Ethiopia's Gelete Burika Bati Absolutely Dominated, but Kenyan Women Win Team Title
More XC News:
*USATF Recap of Day 1 at World XCs With Quotes from Each Runner (Heat Bothered a Lot of Runners, Goucher Injured Calf)
*Recap from Kenyan Paper of Day 1 of World XCs

Photos: Photos From World XC

A Look Back at a Truly Great Run: Todd Williams American Record at 15k Williams was on fire in 1995, and his 15k is one of the best American records. He finished 9th at World XCs that year when all the best in the world raced in one race. Nice read by Amby Burfoot.

Great Interview With Pete Julian He wants to bring US cross to Boulder in 2007 and has a nice outlook on life after surviving cancer.

Olympic Track and Field:
*Track and Field Results
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
Brazilians to Appeal to Court of Arbitration in Sport for De Lima to Get 2nd Marathon Gold
More on Man Horan Who Disrupted the Athens Olympic Marathon Associated Press
Meb Keflezighi Audio Clip about his Silver
Editorial: Vanderlei de Lima Represents Olympic Spirit Washington Post
Marathon Mayhem and Triumph a Fitting End to Athens Games San Francisco Chronicle
Photo: Athens Olympic Marathon Leader Vanderlei de Lima is First Confronted and Tried to Avoid the Fan Victor Sailer

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
El Guerrouj Imitates Paavo Nurmi and Gets 5k, 1500m Double Independent
Women's 1500m:
Move Over Paula: Kelly Holmes is Golden Girl of British Track and Field After Double Golds
Kelly Holmes Says If She knew She Had to Run a PR She Wouldn't Have Shown Up
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
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.
Steve Backley Comes Up Short Again 4th in His Final Olympics in Javelin

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
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.

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

Flora London Marathon News:
It's the top marathon in the world and it takes place on Sunday:

*Men's Race Preview
You've got the top two marathoners in the world Paul Tergat and Evans Rutto set to battle the Olympic champ Stefano Baldini.
Women's Race Preview: Paula Radcliffe
the heavy favorite, but she'll be facing NY challenger Susan Chepkemei.
*Running Has Made Radcliffe Delay Having Kids BBC
*Former NY Champ Martin Lel Says He Can Win London
Kenyan Nation
*London Race Director Dave Bedford Ran 1981 London Marathon With a Hang Over
*Evans Rutto Ready for the Run of His Life in London Kenyan Nation
Ingrid Kristiansen Backs Paula for Win, Women's Only Record on Sunday BBC
*Steve Cram Says Paula Radcliffe Must Rise to the Occasion BBC
*Nike Dropped Jon Brown after He got 4th at the Olympics Second Olympics in a row he finished 4th.

London Marathon Odds: Radcliffe 1/3 Favorite, Tergat Slightly Favored over Rutto
Paul Tergat's First Priority is Winning
*Chepkemei Says She May Try and Run Away from Radcliffe Early on Sounds stupid to us.
*Benita Johnson Hopes 2nd Marathon Much Better than First
Twice 4th in the Olympics, Britain's Jon Brown Ready to Smash His PB

Men: Tergat Says World Record a Possibility
Tergat 5-2 Favorite for London on Men's Side
Olympic Champ Baldini Ready for London, He Grew Up in Rural Environment Like Kenyans
Women: Radcliffe Could Earn $1 Million at London Marathon
*Radcliffe Believes She Can Run Faster Than 2:15:25
*London Is Sunday and Olympic Champ Baldini Wants The European Record: Baldini: "
2:07 is okay, but 2:06 would be nicer." A little known fact from the article, Baldini is married to the Italian 400m record holder. Do you think their kids will run the 800 or mile?
*Nagano Marathon Is Sunday: The women's field features 2001 world champ Lidia Simon versus 3 time Olympic medallist at 10k Derartu Tulu. The men's field includes Japan's Ryuji Takei, the first Japanese hschooler to break 14:00 for 5k, in the last race of his career.
*Boston Marathon Is Monday: 2003 Champ Robert Cheruiyot is late addition to the field.

IAAF Likely to Adopt No False Start Rule
*Jason Gardener Backs No False Start Rule

Jon Rankin of UCLA 3:57 Mile

Sunday Road Action:
4 Time Honolulu Champ Jimmy Muindi Wins Fortis Rotterdam Marathon, Lornah Kiplagat Wins Easily
*Top Rotterdam Marathon Results
: Kenyan Salim Kipsang and Russian Lidiya Grigorieva Surprise Winners of Paris Marathon

Paris Marathon Results 2005
Stamilano: Wilson Kebenei Kiprotich Wins Stramilano Half in 1:00:11, Season Leader on Flat Course

Hot HS Action at Arcadia Distance Perhaps the premiere non post-season meet of the year includes wins on boys side in 1:51, 4:12, 8:56 and girls side in 2:06, 4:48, 10:27. Event by event coverage can be found here.

Boston Marathon Relying on Tradition to Not Become a Dinosaur in the Marathoning World The CEO of John Hancock admits they and Boston are not getting the top athletes in the world because they are not willing to pay out the money. And John Hancock is a sponsor until 2018. Hopefully, they are not guaranteed to be the main sponsor for that period of time. The article has one glaring untruth, "the men's race has been the most competitive in the world for the last two years, based on the average times of the top five entrants". This simple is not true at all.

More Notable Track Action:
*Gabe Jennings 14:45 5k
*Khadevis Robinson 1:45.2 Opener
Robert Cheseret of Arizona, Bernard Lagat's Brother, 13:31 5k

Lebid Wins 8k In Italy In 23:19 The race has a cool history as it was started in 1980 by a group of journalists as Seb Coe wanted a road race the day after Easter in Ittaly to test his fitness leading up to the 1980 Olympics.

IAAF To Have Increased Drug Testing Leading Upto Inconjunction With World Champs

Rotterdam Marathon Is Sunday: Last year's champ Felix Limo (who had the fastest time of all of 2005 with his 2:06:14) is the favorite on the men's side and Lornah Kiplagat is favored on the women's.

Deena Kastor, Jorge Torres Win US 8k Champs
link fixed. Kastor was just 3 seconds off of Lynn Jennings' American record and a $25,000 bonus. Jorge Torres picked up the win in his first pro road race.
Jorge Torres, Deena Kastor Talk About Today's 8k Champs
*Race website

US 15k Champs: Ryan Shay Wins US 15k over Alan Culpepper, Jen Rhines Gets Win Shay got $15,000 grand for the win thanks to a $5000 equalizer bonus.
Top Results and message board thread.

NCAA Indoors: *Results
Post Meet News: Arkansas Bids to Host NCAA Indoors Another 3 Years They get 5000 fans every day and deserve the meet again.
*Kerron Clement Has a World Record in the 400m, but Says He's a Hurdler
*Nice Distance Recaps from NYRR:
*Men's Day 1 *Men's Day 2
*Women's Day 1 * Women's Day 2
*Women's Photos *Men's Photos
Saturday: World Record for Kerron Clement in 400
*Arkansas Wins 40th Title, Tennessee Gets First Crown
Clement was known as a hurdler before this meet (or an xc runner to some). He came back to anchor the Florida 4*400 to an NCAA record. Unbelievable performances. (Download the world record video fast as we think the NCAA will want it taken down) LaShawn Merritt looks like a genius for turning pro before this meet. In case you didn't know, the Arkansas track is super fast. Arkansas won despite its DMR getting DQd, and not having its best sprinter Tyson Gay score, but picked up extra points in the 400, 800 and 3k. Tennessee won under JJ Clarke despite Nicole Cook going out with injury in the 800.
In the 800, Kevin Hicks (who won the USATF indoor title) ended Nate Brannen's dream of a a threepeat, but Brannen's teammate Nick Willis made it look easy in the mile. Nebraska's
Anne Shadle won the women's mile, Wisconsin's Chris Solinsky picked up his first NCAA title in the 3000 and Colorado's Renee Metivier bounced back after a subpar 5k to win the 3k in a race where Sara Bei was leading and fell with 300 left and Marina Mucan also fell
*Mt Sac Director Scott Davis the announcer at NCAAs
Wallace Spearmon Breaks NCAA Record in 200 to Win Before Hometown Crowd, 2nd Fastest Ever 20.10 He also broke the record with 20.21 in the prelim
DMR: Men: Michigan Wins DMR as Arkansas Nips them at the Line But is DQq Nate Brannen was closing fast and Said Ahmed moved wide to hold him off and was DQd.
*Arkansas DQd Without Looking at Video
Michigan Women Win DMR
5ks: Stanford's Ian Dobson won't be overlooked anymore. Dobson was 6th at the USATF nationals at 10k in 2003 and came through big time in the 5k, getting the "upset"win. The women's 5k also had a suprise winner with NAU's Ida Nilsson getting the win in her final race to go with her outdoor steeple title.

NCAA record holder Nicole Cook tried to run on a bad hamstring and did not advance.
Walter Dix Breaks World Junior Record in Finishing 2nd to Spearmon
*Spearmon Did Distance Runs in Fall
*Brief Event by Event Coverage from Trackshark
*Trackwire men's individual predictions
*Trackwire women's individual predictions

More on Lydiard:
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
2nd Lydiard Cartoon

"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.
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

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.

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

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

Training Advice:
Advice from the pros
.Top 10 Training Tips
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No Shortcuts

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High School Section
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.

Boston News:
"It's like they don't want to put in the work. It takes years and years to learn how to train for it. In a marathon, you aren't going to get instant results. It's going to take hard work and dedication."
- Ryan Shay, American hopeful at Monday's Boston Marathon,on other Americans getting turned off when they learn he runs 140 miles a week.
Culpepper Ready for Boston
*Boston Billy Glad to See a Few Top Americans Returning to Boston