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Still, right now, I would say I would never run another marathon. ... These marathons are unkind. When they're unkind, they're extraordinarily harsh. And this was a harsh one. The fact that I won makes it a little sweeter."

-Deena Kastor, after she totally lost it in the final mile of the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon (losing 30 seconds), but held on for the win in dramatic fashion for her first marathon victory. NCAA XC Polls Exclusive!
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We Didn't Even Know this Existed:
Video Of Roger Bannister's 4 Minute Mile

LaSalle Bank chicago Marathon:

Felix Limo Wins Tight Men's Race, Deena Kastor Wins Death March
Deena Kastor
was on 2:18:30 pace for much of the race, then she absolutely fell apart at the end, hitting the wall. Fortunately for her, Constantinta Dita had gone out hard with Deena as well and fell off the pace between 30 and 35k. Deena nearly blew a 38 second lead over the final 1.25 miles but held on to win barely. Sadly, no one in the US outside of Chicago was able to see the dramatic races on tv. On the men's side Felix Limo (who has won in Berlin and Rotterdam) kicked away from Ben Maiyo and Daniel Njenga over the final half mile to win a tight battle that featured 5 men until the final mile and a half.
*Runnersworld has in depth coverage of the races
On the boards: *Was Deena's Assistance in the Final Miles 'Unfair'?
It appeared Clint Verran was looking back and giving her notice of how far she was ahead of Dita.
*Stars Ready for Flat, Fast Chicago Course
Bank Chicago Marathon Preview from IAAF The focus seems to be on Deena this weekend but the men's field features 4 sub 2:06:17 guys including Evans Rutto, probably the top marathoner in the world. Dejene Berhane was a late scratch and will delay his marathon debut. IAAF
*Deena Kastor Hoping for Sub 2:20 in Chicago
*Kathy Butler Making her Marathon Debut in Chicago Yahoo UK

Deena Kastor Wants Her First Marathon Win in Chicago She also says she is being coached by Terrence Mahon (Jen Rhines' husband) now. USA Today
*Evans Rutto Going for Historic Three Peat in Chicago He'll still have a way to go to beat the incredible Khalid Khannouchi's 4 wins at Chicago (that were spread out over 6 years)
Matt Lane Talks About Making His Marathon Debut This Weekend in Chicago
*Colleen De Reuck Talks About This Weekend's La Salle Bank Chicago Marathon Runners World

More Craig Mottram
Mottram Plans To Double At Commonwealths

The Best Ever? Former Prep Phenom Melody Fairchild Has Given up on Her Competitive Running Career

Former World Record Holder in Shot Put Terry Albritton Dies

World Half Marathon Champs Coverage:
Two Surprises of a Different Sort: Shami Celebrates Too Soon, Tomescu Surprise
Mubarek Shami
was just meters away from winning the world half-marathon title, yet he celebrated too soon and Fabiano Joseph passed him on the line to win the title after finishing 2nd the last 2 years. On the women's side Constantina Tomescu surprisingly dominated the field. The US men led by Ryan Shay and Jason Hartman had their highest finish ever.
LRC Exclusive!!!!! 3.5 MB Quicktime Video of Crazy Men's finish.

Photos: *Women's Photo Gallery of 2005 World Half Marathon Champs
*Men's Photo Gallery of 2005 World Half Marathon Champs
*Istvan Gyulai Upset Britain Didn't Send Men's Team to World Half
Yahoo UK
*British Women's Team Fifth at World Half Yahoo UK
*IAAF Rigthly Criticizes British Men For Sending No-One The country got the Olympics, how about supporting the sport in the non-Olympic years?
Pre Race:
*PreRace Press Conference Highlights: Cliches by the Athletes, Some Substance by the IAAF Execs
The IAAF execs were upfront about the weak status of this event, the abysmal television coverage of the World Track Champs in the US, and the Bernard Lagat doping lawsuit. Plus, learn what is happening to the World Half Marathon Champs next year.
*What Wejo's Looking for at the World Half
US Road stud Gilbert Okari intrigues him.
*More on IAAF saying Worlf Half is 'Sick'
*More on IAAF on Bernard Lagat lawsuit

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

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

Great South Run 10 milers in Britain This Weekend:
*John Yuda, Derartu Tulu Win Great South Run
*John Mayock Happy With Great South Result
Yahoo UK

Moses Kemboi Sets Hartford Marathon Record

Nice Reuters Article on Martin Keino's Retirement The son of the legendary Kip Keino was best known for being the world's best pace-setter. If he were American, he'd be known for being a multi-time Olympian as he was smoking fast.

Paula Radcliffe's Father Warns English Track Clubs He tells them their level of performance is unacceptable and they need to get their act together before 2012..

Great Article on How Much High Schoolers Should Be Running

Jen Rhines Headlines BAA Boston Half Marathon This Weekend

Defection News:
Parents of 17 Year Old Ali Mansoor Belal Say He Defected to Qatar without their Approval and They Want to Stop Him

*Ali Mansoor Belal's Agent Says His Parents Gave Their Blessing

Arkansas' #1 Ranking is First Time in 5 Years

Paul Tergat to Receive Oneness-Heart Award in NY Next Month EA Standard

College XC Men's News:
Razorbacks #1
reign at the top has come to an end as the Razorbacks are #1 in the latest coaches' poll and the Grote Poll.
*Grote Poll
Ryan Grote's humorous look at the Top 31 men's teams in the country
* Super Polls Voting Open
Tell us who the top women's and men's teams are. Voting open

Feds Urging Judge to Accept Victor Conte Plea Bargain

New College XC Resource!! Unveils Comprehensive College XC Schedule/Results Page!!

Williamette Invitational Galen Rupp 6th in college xc debut as #23 Portland wins. #29 Washington women edge Oregon by 3.
Cowboy Jamboree Men:
Soon to be #1 Arkansas men Win as Boit beats Cragg for title
Team Results , Full Results
Women:#14 Ranked OSU Women Win
Women's Team Results, Individual Results"
Rocky Mountain: #2 Ranked Colorado Women Lose to Adams State
The Colorado Women should never have been ranked #1 this year and it showed yesterday as they lost to Adams State (the official results don't score the DII and DI teames together). Granted Liza Pascuito didn't finish for CU, but CU lost 3 of its top 5 from last year, and is very vulnerable as yesterday's result showed.
*Adams State Steals the Show (Denver Post)
Murray Keating Men: Stanford "B?" Cruises as Dartmouth Upends #10 Iowa
Women: Stanford Women Crush BC

Paul Short
Men's Results: Georgetown Defeats LaSalle, Princeton
Women's Results
: Columbia Defeats Georgetown, Tennessee
Notre Dame Invite Results
The Arizona men looked very good in winning, and the Michigan women pulled the upset with Illinois also stunning host Notre Dame
NCAA Pole Vaulter Tommy Skipper Gives Up on Playing Football at Oregon (He Was Going to be a Receiver or Punter)

Former 3:37 1500 Runner Riche Boulet Wins Sacramento Marathon in 2:37

Court of Arbitration of Sport To Rule On Monday If Greece Was Right In Clearing Its Two Sprint Stars Who Skipped Tests At Olympics (Let's hope not)

HS XC News: Runners of Famed York High School XC Team Arrested for Arson
* Alberto Salazar's Daughter Now a Freshman in High School

Doping News:
*IAAF General Secretary Can't Believe Lagat is Suing Them
Yahoo UK
*Feds Raid Home of Patrick Arnold, Man Believed to Have Invented the Clear
*Cout of Arbitration in Sport Hearing Greeks' (Thanou and Kenteris) Case This Weekend Guardian
Imagine if they only tested the NFL like cycling:
Former Tour of Spain Winner Aitor Gonzalez Reportedly Tests Positive

Great Read: Catching Up With Todd Williams and Ed Eyestone

Paul Tergat
*"As the holy scriptures say, 'for whoever much is given, much is expected,' it is, therefore, my duty and privilege to help in any small way in giving back to society."
-Marathon world record holder, Paul Tergat, speaking after founding a sports foundation that will help disadvantaged youths.
*Tergat's hamstring injury has healed and he says he's ready to go at NYC: "I expect good results as I am in good shape" but he's out of next week's Half Marathon in Britain, but interestingly Gezahegne Abera (remember him, formerly the greatest marathoner in the world) is running.

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,"

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.

Former DII Champ, New American Cele Rodriguez Wins BAA Half Marathon Impressive result.

NCAA XC Results
(No meets of consequence this weekend)

Eindhoven Marathon
*3 guys under 2:09 with a great picture of the finish

Former Team Doctor Recants Armstrong Doping Comments
*IOC President Wants Drug Samples to Be Kept 8 Years USA Today

Run More Like Boston Bill: Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden Catches Up With Gabe Jennings Sports Illustrated

3 Time Olympian in Steeplechase Mark Croghan Hired as Coach at Kent State

Doping News
Don't Think Just Because One Is From The Backwoods They Can't Cheat South African Road Runner Known For Running Barefoot Tests Positive
The article also talks about another South African testing positive for EPO in an under 16 cycling event.

Is Lance A Cheat?
Former Team Doctor for US Postal Says Lance Armstrong Used EPO In 1999

Run for the Hills: 39 Minute 10ker Puts Himself Up for Auction on Ebay

Wales' Matt Elias Looking Forward to Commonwealth Games BBC
*Athletes On Average Expected to Have Sex Nearly Once a Day at Commonwealth Games Fox Sports AU

Liz Yelling Hoping to Impress at Great South Run This Weekend to Get Named to Commonwealth Games Marathon Team BBC

S. African UltraMarathoner Tests Positive