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We Didn't Even Know this Existed:
Video Of Roger Bannister's 4 Minute Mile

Half Marathon Champs This Weekend:
*30k World Record Holder Matsumiya Leads Japanese Team at World Half Champs

*Mexico's Madai Perez Leads Latin American Hopes at World Half Champs IAAF

*Wilson Kebenei Kiprotich is Injured and Will Not Run World Half Marathon Champs for Kenya

USA Marathon Champs This Weekend at Twin Cities

Next Weekend: Alan Culpepper Talks About Lasalle Bank Chicago Marathon "I can clearly and honestly tell you I want to go and run faster and run a PR, and I think I can much faster than I've run. But now I have to go do it." Runners World

Wisconsin On Top of Latest Coaches XC Poll By Only 2 Points over Arkansas

Grote Poll September 27, 2005
Hogs On Top:
"I am convinced. I have hinted at this, now I will stand by it. Arkansas does not go very long without winning. Its been long enough."
-Ryan Grote on ranking Arkansas #1 in the Grote Poll, his humorous look at the top 31 teams in NCAA men's cross country.
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*Wisconsin On Top of Latest Coaches XC Poll By Only 2 Points over Arkansas

More News From Weekend Marathons:
Man Runs 3:07 Marathon in Toronto While Jug
gling the Whole Time
*3:02:40 for 74 Year Old Ed Whitlock in Toronto Marathon
*Noguchi Broke 25k and 30k World Bests in Route in Berlin Marathon IAAF Radcliffe has run much much faster however.
*Noguchi Says She Could Have Run 2:18 if It was Cooler in Berlin Yahoo UK

Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile:
Craig Mottram Wins Fifth Avenue Mile He came from behind to beat Alan Webb on a beautiful day in Central Park as the Fifth Avenue Mile reemerged as a major event once again. Carmen Douma Hussar won the women's mile.
* Exclusives
: Photo of Alan Webb's Girlfriend
*Photo of Arkansas Team at Fifth Avenue Mile
*Photo of World Championship Bronze Medallist Rich Kenah and his Twins

El Guerrouj Says He May Compete in 2008 Olympics at 5k

Elana Meyer Scales Kilimanjaro

Zersenay Tadesse to Be Up Against Ethiopians at World Half Marathon Next Weekend IAAF

Drug News: IOC Athletes Commission Asks for French Lab Involved in Armstrong Affair to Be Suspended for Violating WADA Code WADA will lose credibility if it does not sanction violations of its code and admit it when there are problems with drug tests.
*Jerome Young Trying to Get His Lifetime Ban Overturned He was busted for the two drugs that have the most suspicious tests nandrolone and EPO.Guardian
Mafia Allegedly Trafficking in Performance Enhancing Drugs in Italy (Estimated 500,000 Users in Italy) Guardian

2005 Men's Elite Field for LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Announced Khalid Khannouchi is out of this year's race but the race does feature Evans Rutto, arguably the top marathoner in the world, along with Sammy Korir (2:04 guy), Felix Limo, Alan Culpepper, Timothy Cherigat and Dejene Berhanu.

Paul Tergat's Hamstring Injury Not Thought to Be Serious He Hopes to Do Great South Run October 9th BBC

British Sprint News:
Craig Pickering, European Junior 100m Champ to be Coached by Malcolm Arnold (Jason Gardener, Colin Jackson's Coach) Guardian
Darren Campbell Says Look in Inner City to Find Fast Sprinters Yahoo UK

Monday's Action:
Justin Gatlin, Liu Xiang, Allyson Felix, Dwight Phillips, and Bershawn Jackson Win in Yokohama, Isinbayeva No Heights

Recap of Final Day of Arab Champs IAAF

Bupa Great North Organizers Defend Medical Preparations after 4 Deaths in Sunday's Race BBC

Sunday's Philly Distance Run:
*American Record for Deena Kastor in Jefferson Hospital Philly Distance Run 1:07:53 for Deena, also an American all-comers record.

Good Read: Lengthy Profile on Alan Webb "My goal is not to get the American record. It's basically to compete and be the best in the world" NY Daily News

Saturday's China Meet:
*Liu Xiang Runs His Season's Best to Beat Allen Johnson, Bekele, Gatlin, Felix Win as Well Before 40,000 in Shanghai Monday's meet in Japan is the final meet of not in 2005. IAAF
*Preview of Monday's Japanese Meet (Gatlin, Xiang Running) IAAF

Cow Harbor 10k:
Anthony Famiglietti Picks Up Easy Win


Tegla Laroupe Gets Fasion Makeover

Hezekiel Sepeng Training Again As He Waits for Fate of Drug Hearing

2008 Olympic Trials Down to 4

Pete Julian's Vision Brought 2006 Trials to Boulder Runners World

Get Your Votes In: NCAA Super XC Polls
National and Conference Voting
The polls are back and it is your chance to tell us who the top teams in NCAA XC cross country are. Give us your top 10 or vote in the conference polls. We've expanded the Conference Polls this year and you can vote in these conferences: (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Big East, Big West, Big Sky, Conf. USA, Heps, MAC, Mountain West, Pac 10s, Patriot League and SECs).
NCAA Coverage: 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.

Incredible: 3 Year Old Boy Running Up to 30 Miles a Day "I can run and eat to my heart's content here"- says the 3 year old. And eating is very important to an incredibly poor child whose mother sold him for $20.

Old 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.

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

American Men's Field for 2005 ING New York City Marathon Announced  Meb Keflezighi had already been announced. Abdi Abdirahman, the US 20k champ and 10th placer at the 2000 Olympic 10k, is the highlight of the latest additions.

Craig Masback in Eugene Evaluating it for 2008 Olympic Trials

Kansas City Marathon Was Short This Weekend  They should give refunds.

Jos Hermans Tells Why Ethiopians Beat Kenyans: According to Jos it has little to do with training: "Ethiopians have more respect for their women, which explains why their women athletes perform better than their Kenyan counterparts, who excel in junior championships only to pander to cultural and domestic demands later in life" and "A mentally prepared athlete can easily beat a physically prepared one,"

Grete Waitz to Get Lifetime Achievement Award from New York Marathon IAAF

World Half Marathon This Weekend in Edmonton:
Lornah Kiplagat Foc
used on Winning Elusive World Half Marathon Title IAAF's Wejo will be out West to cover the event.
*Former Olympic Trials Champ, Jenny Spangler Representing US at World Half Champs at Age 42 Runners World

Stefano Baldini Defeats World Half Marathon Champ Paul Kirui at Scicli 10k in Italy IAAF

Crazy: Race Director, Former Mayor Parks His Truck on Train Tracks to Prevent Train from Further Disrupting Quad Cities Marathon

College XC: Arkansas Men, Iona's Richard Kiplagat Put on an Exhibition at 2005 Iona Meet of Champions Kiplagat was very impressive as were the Arkansas men. Recap and photos.
*2005 Iona Meet of Champions Men's Photo Gallery
Roy Griak:

*BYU Defeats Wisconsin Men (Minus Solinksy, Withrow and Others) at Roy Griak
*Arizona State Women Get Convincing Win at Roy Griak

Stanford: McDougal Brothers Go 1-2 at Stanford Invite
*Stanford Short Course Results Men
*Stanford Women's Short Course Results (Stanford Wins)
*Stanford Women's Long Course Results (Stanford Wins)
Great American: #1 Duke Wins

Mbulaeni Mulaudzi's Coach Looks Back at 2005 Season He's got 3 of the top 10 800 times in 2005 but didn't make the final at Worlds.
*Jana Pittman Ready to Start Training for Commonwealth Games after Layoff, Surviving Hurricane Katrina

Preview of Friday's Korean Meet IAAF

Previous Fifth Avenue Mile News:
*Steve Scott Says His Most Memorable Mile was a 3:55 at Drake, Not the American Record
*Amy Mortimer Talks About Training in Boston, Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile Yes the winter sucks. Fast-Women
Carmen Douma Houssar Talks About Racing in Europe, Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile Runners World

Underfunded Labs Now Admitting EPO Test May Not be as Clear Cut as They Once Said Guardian

Next Weekend in Edmonton, Canada:
Kenyan Team Named for World Half Marathon Champs, Red Hot US Roadster Gilbert Okari on It

John Mayock Says: "I am hopefully going to break 2:20 in New York" And seems to think 2:10 isn't much different. Yahoo UK
*John Mayock Says Paula Radcliffe's Advice Helped Him

Sunday's Great North Run:
Zersenay Tadessy runs World Best for Half Marathon 59:05 for him but the course has a 30 meter elevation drop and is not eligible for world records (not to mention a tailwind). No one still has beaten Paul Tergat's incredible 1996 run of 58:51 (49 meters short) which would be right around 59 minutes on a flat course.
*Derartu Tulu Captures Women's Great North Title in 1:07:33 Catherine Ndereba 1:10:20 for 7th. Tulu says she eventually wants to challenge Paula Radcliffe in the marathon: "I hope to still challenge Paula in future years"
*4 Men Die During Great Run BBC
*2005 Great North Run Results
*Saturday's Great North Run:
Ivan Heshko Wins Mile, Eliud Kipchoge 3k in Gr
eat North Races, Dorcus Inzikuru Gets Women's 3k

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

JK Speaks: Progressing To Peak Fitness 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"
-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 posters after Wetmore's unbelievable coaching job this year. 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'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. co-founder Robert Johnson translates Mr. Kellogg's approach so that it is beneficial for the masses.
Marathon Training Program
Do you want to run a successful marathon? Sign up for our marathon training program. Let our experts show you how.
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 running guru, John Kellogg, made a tiny private school in Texas one of the best teams in the state.

5  Years Ago Today: Noah Ngeny Won the Olympic 1500m in Sydney

On the Boards:
*Do College Runners Run Too Fast on Their Easy Runs?
(Not if they run with Wejo or for Rojo at Cornell)

Fifth Victim of Great North Run Dies Yahoo UK

Gerry Lindgren Coaching at U of Hawaii

Movie Review: Saint Ralph We and everyone who saw it with us gives it a thumbs up. It's about a ninth grader who wants to win the Boston Marathon and was directed by a 2:20 marathoner and Detroit Marathon winner.

Update on 4 Year Old Runner Marathon Runner in India: Message boarders were aghast when a poster's 3 year old American daughter ran a 16 minute mile. Meanwhile in India, a 4 year old is preparing to run 100km nonstop.

Frank Shorter Audio Files:
He Talks About Winning 1972 Marathon Gold
He Talks About Becoming a Runner

US Marathon Champs This Weekend: Joan Benoit Samuelson to Run 2005 Twin Cities Marathon For you youngsters she won the 1984 Olympic Marathon before you were born. Mbarak Hussein will be trying to pick up $38,000 in cash.

NCAA XC on the Boards:
*Wisconsin Nervous About Chances?
"An athlete from the Wisco men's team with whom I spoke this summer did not sound supremely confident about the upcoming season. I found this shocking given their talent. His biggest concern is that they never really figured out what went wrong last year. In my experience that means they will repeat their mistakes."
*Arkanas Going to Dominate NCAAs?
Arkansas Switches to Adidas

USATF In Eugene Evaluating it for 2008 Olympic Trials

Berlin Marathon: Mizuki Noguchi Runs 2:19:12 at Berlin She became the third fastest woman ever and picked up the Asian record.
*Berlin Results
Other Weekend Road Action:
*Simon Bor and Anastasia Ndereba Win Toronto Marathon 2:11:57 to pick up $15,000 for the men or 2:36:29 for the women. Cashing a big payday is a lot easier in women's running.

*Colleen De Reuck, Dennis Simonaitis Win US Masters 10k Crowns

A Result We Missed from Friday: Slow Times in Korea Due to Headwind but Allen Johnson and Justin Gatlin Win IAAF

Mountain Running Champs:
Jon Wyatt and Kate McIlroy Win Titles on Home Soil

Next Weekend in Edmonton World Half Marathon Champs:
*Zersenay Tadesse to Be Up Against Ethiopians at World Half Marathon Next Weekend IAAF
*Jon Brown Pulls Out of World Half Marathon Champs BBC
Tadesse Outran Mike McLeod in a Helicopter

2 Incredible Freakshows:
Man Runs 316 Without Sleeping And Finished it Off With a 19:15 5k
*74 Year Old Ed Whitlock Runs about 20 Miles A Day He runs 3 hours a day. No wonder he can beat most of you heads up in the marathon (sub 3:00) PreSeason* Collegiate XC Super Poll Results
The Wisconsin men (heavy favorites) and Colorado women are the favorites for the crowns in November. Plus, conference by conference poll results for all the top conferences.
*Sept 20th Men's Coach's Poll
(Colorado loses 2 first place votes)

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