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-editorial in the Sacramento Bee by an upset columnist on how N-I-K-E is why the trials are going to be in Eugene in 2008 instead of Sacramento

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LetsRun.com's Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

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

NCAA XC Action:
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Weekend Results Here

Chile Pepper
This meet was sick upfront as Africans swept the top 11 places led by a 28:27 by Josphat Boit (who won last year in 29:22). Forget about pre-nats, this was the toughest meet upfront this weekend. #1 Arkansas won easily.
*Team Results  *Indiv Results
PreNationals:
White Race:
Men:  Individual: Josh McDougal Dominates
The Liberty sophomore had the best time on the day in all the races
* Team Results: Colorado Wins over Notre Dame
Women :
Individual Results:
Christine Bolf
of Colorado Wins
Team Results: Michigan Edges Arizona, Colorado 4th

Blue Race:
Women:  Individual Results: Victoria Mitchell
of Butler Edges Caroline Bierbaum of Columbia
Team Results: Stanford Defeats Notre Dame Men: Men: Individual Results: Josh Rohatinsky Wins
Men's Team Results:
Stanford Wins Easily

*Combined Women's Results here
More Weekend Results here
PreRace:
*McDougal Hoping to Win

It's Not All About Pre NCAAs:
"This will probably be the best meet we've ever had"- John McDonnell on the stacked Chile Pepper field that includes #1 Arkansas, #6 Arizona, and #11 UTEP
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Shawn Forrest Talks About Chilepepper Invite Runners World

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, Constantina 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.


World Half Marathon Champs
LetsRun.com Coverage:
Two Surprises of a Different Sort: Shami Celebrates Too Soon, Tomescu Surprise
s
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.
*Results

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?

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
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Mafia Allegedly Trafficking in Performance Enhancing Drugs in Italy (Estimated 500,000 Users in Italy) Guardian

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.

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

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

ING Amsterdam Marathon:
Gebrselassie 2:06:20

It's a 2005 world's best for Geb but he was disappointed afterwards. He went out in a fast 1:02:01 halfway and the wind hurt him in the 2nd half.
*Gebrselassie Says Wind Cost Him 2 Minutes in Amsterdam Marathon

*Geb's splits 5k by 5k (too fast between 10 and 15k and a negative split would work better,
Tergat split 1:03:04 in his world record run)
*On the boards: How old is Geb?

Gabe Jennings 1:05:58 for Half Marathon in California

Eugene Gets 2008 Olympic Track and Field Trials

LetsRun.com NCAA Super Polls:
Razorbacks and Duke on Top

The Arkansas Razorbacks are #1 by a narrow margin on the men's side while Duke is a dominant #1 on the women's. Neither Duke or Arkansas will be at this weekend's Pre-NCAA meet.
*This Weekend's Schedule Showing Who Is Going Where

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.

Great Read: Catching Up With Todd Williams and Ed Eyestone www.runningstats.com

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. www.registerguard.com

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,"

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

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.

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

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
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.

More Road Action:
Paula: Radcliffe Upset With 32 Minute Road 10k in London Daily Telegraph
Beijing: Sun Yingjie and Benson Cherono Win Beijing Marathon Cherono ran 800m short of the full marathon distance but fortunately the race organizers still gave him the win as the error was not his fault.
India: Philip Rugut and Russian Irina Timofeyeva Win $20,000 at New Delhi Half
Daily Telegraph
Italy:
Stephen Kipgosgei Biwott Wins Maratona d'Italia in Carpi in 2:11:16 IAAF
S. Africa:
Louisa Leballo Wins Spar 10k in S. Africa www.int.iol.co.za
Columbus Marathon:
Teren Jameson Wins Colum

Hearing for Thanou and Kenteris Underway