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Grote Poll Addendum B Grote tells you who the top 31 men's xc teams are in NCAA D I and takes on Stanfurd and Gaylord once again.
*Mondo Men's PreSeason Rankings Wisconsin on top as expected but Colorado and Arkansas getting votes.
*US Men's XC Regional Rankings
*Julie Henner Joins George Mason Staff

Live Television for 2005 Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile Hopefully, now maybe just maybe they're heading towards getting the marathon back on live national television which any major sporting event has (except NBC's Olympics)

18 Year Old Samuel Wanjiru Sets Pending WR in Half Marathon Pretty amazing for an 18 year old kid. The debate on the boards before this run was whether he should be the junior of the year.

Paula Radcliffe Has Her Sights on Beijing Yahoo UK

Gleukos Becomes Sports Drink of USATF and USA XCs to be on TV as a Result We've never heard of the product, but already like it.

Heshko Ready for Great North Mile after World Athletics Final Win Yahoo UK

CVS Downtown 5k/US 5k Champs:
Adam Goucher and Amy Rudolph Win US Titles Goucher
and Rudolph were 3rd and 4th overall, respectively, in the open races. Khalid Khannouchi ran a 14:17.8 as he tries to come back from injury.

Sydney Marathon Recap
*Lameck Aguta, Former Boston Marathon Champ, Back Racing Again, Happy to Be Alive after Being Put in a Coma
The cops kicked him and put him in a coma after a car wreck after his Boston win. news.ninemsn.com.au

World Athletics Final: *Results
Day2: Day 2 Recap of 2005 World Athletics Final
Meseret Defar
pulled off the distacne double and Bernard Lagat came up just .05 seconds short of a 3k, 1500m double. The Americans picked up 7 wins including another win from the ageless Allen Johnson.
*Allen Johnson Wins 110 Hurdles at World Athletics Final, Wants to Compete Until Beijing

*Event by Event Recaps

Day 1 Recap of World Athletics Final: Jeremy Wariner and Justin Gatlin Badly Beaten
Wariner coasted in the final 15 meters with an injury and Gatlin too complained of an ailment afterwards but Tyson Gay ran a sizzling 19.96 into a 1.5 meter headwind.
2005 World Athletics Final Day 1 Distance Recap: Lagat, Defar, Jamal Impress Bernard Lagat had another sizzling kick in a longer distance event (3k) and will go for the 1500m double today. Tirunesh Dibaba suffered a rare loss.
*Tim Benjamin Defeats Jeremy Wariner, Sets PR, Finishes 2nd at World Athletics Final
Event by Event Recaps of World Athletics Final IAAF

Christine Akron Sets Season's Best in 100 But Loses to Veronica Campbell in 100 at World Athletics Final IAAF
Justin Gay Runs Incredible 19.96 Into Strong Headwind to Win 200 IAAF

Frantz Kruger Fifth in Discus at World Athletics Final superathletics.co.za

Paula Radcliffe Headlines British Team for Commonwealth Games BBC
Jade Johnson Criticizes British Athletes for Skipping Commonwealth Games to Do World Indoors Next Year Yahoo UK
Hammer Thrower Mick Jones to Compete at Commonwealth Games at Age 42 Yahoo UK

Paula Radcliffe to Run Commonwealth Games But Won't Double, She Talks About British Performance at Worlds Guardian

S. African Team for World Half Marathon October 1st in Edmonton Announced superathletics.co.za

US Media on Whether Lance Should Make a Comeback Fox Sports AU

New Alliance New Haven Road Race: Abdi Abdirahman Sets U.S. 20 km record, Blake Russell Dominates USA 20 km Championships Sadly Abdi ran off course or his American record time would be even faster. Making sure the runners run on an accurate, measured course should be the #1 priority of a race. Perhaps we should start a directory of races that offer some sort of guarantee not only of an accurate course but accurate mile markers, although Abdi was the only one to go off course.
*New Haven Road Race Results
*Photo of Abdi

Park Forest 10: Alene Amere, (Alene Reta, Amara Leta,), Wins His real name is Alene Emere Reta (thanks to David Monti at Race Results Weekly for this info). He raced in 2001 as Alene Emere but wants to be known as Alene Rete. He's the same guy who served a drug suspension but then tried to run under a false name,
Amara Leta, at this year's Peachtree and was DQd.

Lance Armstrong News:
*Armstrong Engaged to Sheryl Crow, May Ride Another Tour:
"I'm thinking about it, I'm thinking it's the best way to piss (the French) off." "
*Dick Pound Head of Wada Says There is 'Evidence of Doping' With Armstrong
Fox Sports AU

US Athletes Doing Their Part to Aid Katrina Victims

Sunday's Golden League Meet:

Lebedeva Wins $1 Million Jackpot, Lagat 12:59.29

In the anticipated 5k, Bernard Lagat ran a 53.41 final lap to destroy the field winning in 12:59.29. He came up short of Bob Kennedy's American record 12:58.21, but after watching Lagat's run on Sunday his future appears to be at 5k and the record may be gone soon. Alan Webb stayed with the leaders until the final lap (running a very impressive 13:10) and Adam Goucher never was a factor as his hot or cold 2005 continued. The meet overall was lacking in star power as some athletes prepared for next week's World Athletics Final (when the meet recap focusses heavily on the javelin you know this to be the case), but Lebedeva picked up the $1 million Golden League prize by winning the triple jump by only 3 centimeters.
*Lagat, Komen in Impress in Berlin (Lagat Runs 12:59 for 5k) Lagat says, "This was just a test I am remaining a miler."

*Lebedeva on Yamile Aldama coming within 3 centimeters of her on the final jump: 'My heart skipped a beat when I saw how far she had landed' Guardian
Lebedeva Says She No Longer Has to Worry about Her Future Thanks to the $1 Million Independent
Jason Gardener Runs 10.09 in Berlin Yahoo UK

Yesterday's Quote of the Day: "It's hard to explain without going into detail, but if you look at it historically, the worse the performance-enhancing drug problem became, the worse America did internationally, overall. They didn't fare as well under the system that existed before 2000, when there really wasn't much testing. It's my personal belief that now they will fare much better."
-Frank Shorter, Olympic gold medallist in the marathon.

LRC Exclusive: Interviews of Participants at 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.

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

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.

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.

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

Bernard Lagat to Sue IAAF over EPO Positive "A" Sample Being Announced  He wants a cool half million. We think all "A" samples should be publicly announced, and all drug hearings should be open to the press to make the system more transparent, although Lagat's reputation did suffer as a result of the false announcement.

*Catherine Ndereba, Werknesh Kidane, Derartu Tulu, Berhane Adere, Edith Masai All Racing Half Marathon in Britain This Weekend
*World Half News: Sileshi Sihine Leads Ethiopian World Half Team, Berhane Adere Pulls Out

*US Team Announced for World Half Marathon Champs

2000 Olympic Marathon Champ Naoko Takahashi to Square Off With 2004 Bronze Medallist Deena Kastor at Jefferson Hospital Distance Run This Weekend  Philadelphia, PA

Goucher, Rudolph Talk About Winning US 5k Road Titles www.zwire.com

Britain's Harry Aikines-Aryeetey Named IAAF Rising Star of the Year Daily Telegraph

3 Other Riders from 1999 Named as Positives in Armstrong Affair L'Equipe never named the names of the other riders besides Armstrong who reporetedly were positive for EPO when their "B" samples from the 1999 Tour were tested.

Kenenisa Bekele and Yelena Isinbayeva Athletes of the Year for 2nd Straight Year, Gatlin, Dibaba Gets Performances of Year

Tim Benjamin Has His Sights on 2006 European, Commonwealth Titles Yahoo UK

It's Official: Paul Tergat to Run 2005 ING NYC Marathon In case you haven't noticed the people at the NY Road Runners have resurrected tremendously the quality of the competitive fields of their race the last couple years. No longer is Chicago alone solely atop the US marathon rankings.

Elana Meyer to Scale Kilimanjaro Next Week allafrica.com

Scottish Team for Commonwealth Games Announced BBC

De Lima Settles for Bronze (Loses CAS Appeal) He'll probably be the most remembered person from the 2004 Olympics for getting attacked while leading the Olympic marathon. BBC

Kelly Holmes Needs to Be Fit by End of Year to Make Commonwealth Games Team Daily Telegraph

Interview with Dorcus Inzikuru allafrica.com

Falsely Convicted for Using EPO, Athlete May Sue WADA Maybe this lawsuit will make WADA publicly admit that funding for drug testing research is a joke, and the cheats will always be ahead unless funding is vastly increased. Guardian

Los Angeles to Bid for 2016 Olympics They're one step ahead of NY as they have a stadium already built. USA Today

Good Read: A Nice Look Back at Don Bowden, The First American Sub 4 Minute Miler and a Student Athlete The 20 year old Cal student took an exam the day of his race.

2005 Real Berlin Marathon Elite Field Announced: Olympic Champion Mizuki Noguchi the Highlight

The 2005 Grote Poll Preview Ryan Grote breaks down the top 31 men's teams in NCAA XC. Along the way we're sure he'll be sure to humor and insult you at the same time. He's got Wisconsin at #1 and his pick for the NCAA champ is a guy who has never run an NCAA race in his life.

S. African Coaches to Mull Helsinki Disaster allafrica.com

British News: Jason Gardener Says Lane 1 Draw Possibly Cost Him Sub 10 100
*Tatyana Tomashova Facing Tough Test at BUPA Great North Mile September 17th IAAF
Catherine Ndereba Running BUPA Great North Half Marathon September 18

The Emperor is Back: Gebreslassie Runs World Record 44:26 in 26C/78F Degree Weather He came through the 5k in 13:46 (and had to run that distance 2+ more times). IAAF
*Gebrelassie 10 Mile World Record Results

Other Weekend Action:
James Mwangi Breaks Course Record at Fifth Annual Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon Werknesh Kidane won the women's side and 2000 Olympic chap Naoko Takahashi was 4th in 1:10:30.
ssia Defeats USA in Dual, Isinbayeva Comes Up Short in World Record Attempts Dwight Phillips won the long jump and 4*100 and ran the 100 as well.
*2005 Russia US Challenge Results

London: Derartu Tulu Wins Hydro Actove Road 5k in London over Susan Chepkemi
*Hydro Actove Road 5k Results (Tegla Laroupe won the Birmingham Version of this Race in 15:56)
Jason Mbote, Hiroko Miyauchi Win Great Great Scottish Run BBC
African Junior champs Recap IAAF

Meb Keflezighi Living His Dream But Still Looking for Acceptance as An American Despite His Entire Running Career Being as an America CNNSI

Donna Fraser Wins 100, 200, and 400 at UKA Challenge final in Manchester Yahoo UK
*Recap of Day 3 of Asian Champs IAAF
Moreno and Tikhon Win Hammer at World Athletics Final IAAF

Preview of US 20k Champs on Monday in New Haven nhregister.com
*Elite Field for 2005 US 20k Champs in New Haven Katie McGregor is not in the field as reported by USATF earlier this week.
*Sara Wells Running US 20k Champs Runners World
Preview from Running USA

Khalid Khannouchi to Return to Action Sept 11th at US 5k Champs at CVS 5k www.zwire.com

JK Speaks: Progressing To Peak Fitness LetsRun.com coaching guru John Kellogg talks about progression runs and the art of the sport versus the science of the sport.

British Sports Minister Richard Caborn Proposes Drug Companies Fund Anti Doping Research to 12m Million a Year While the US Congress dances around one of the main issues (money), Caborn has proposed something that might make a difference. If the pro sports leagues would kick in their fair share as well, serious anti-doping research could be done. In other good news, it was announced that the HGH test now can be used on non-whites.

Vitamin C Can Help Marathon Runners Not Get Colds The surprising news is may not do much for the general population.

Drug News:
WADA Admits to Some Problems With Nandrolone Test

"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.

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.

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

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.
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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.
LetsRun.com NCAA XC Division 1 Polls Coming By Tomorrow (Where You Pick the Top 10 in the Country)
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