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Video Of Roger Bannister's 4 Minute Mile

Ritzenhein Wins US 10k Champs
He won easily in his first race back from injury.

Bud Greenspan Documentary on 2004 Olympics and El Guerrouj to Air on Showtime on Monday It should be better than the ESPN Bannister movie. www.hollywoodreporter.com

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Bad Boy II XC in NY: Roisin McGettigan Defeats Natalie Florence, Dan Wilson Wins Easily

Sonia O'Sullivan May Run for Australia at Commonwealth Games Daily Telegraph

Paula Radcliffe Talks About Her Past and Future www.eurosport.com

Good Drug News: Patrick Arnold Indicted in Balco Scandal for Being Creator of THG Arnold has previously said he wasn't worried about being indicted because he believes the law is on his side.
Very Important: Researches May Have Found New Way to Detect Steroids Anti doping is only as good as the tests and the sporting bodies have spent very little on good research. La Times

US 10k Road Champs This Weekend:
Dathan Ritzenhein the Favorite at Food World US 10k Champs in Mobile The race marks the return of Dathan Ritzenhein from injury.

Experts Debate Amgen Maker of EPO Sponsoring a Cycling Race Fox Sports AU

Bernard Lagat's EPO Lawsuit Tossed Out Fox Sports AU

How to Make Athletics More Popular to Be on Tap at IAAF Meeting in Moscow Later This Month Daily Telegraph

Adriana Fernandez and Kenya’s Reuben Cheruiyot Win 10k in Mexico IAAF

NCAA XC Polls:
*Wisconsin Men Back on Top of Coaches Poll
They swept 8 of the top 9 in the Big Ten to jump back ahead of Arkansas although Arkansas remains #1 in the Grote Poll.
*Women: Duke Unanimous #1 Still

*The Post-Conference Grote Poll Ryan Grote gives his entertaining breakdown of the NCAA men's XC teams. He's got Arkansas #1.

LetsRun.com NCAA Super Polls Voting:
Who is going to the Big Dance?

Voting is open and you have your chance to predict not only the top teams in the nation but also the top teams in each region. LetsRun.com viewers
were perfect in predicting the men's conference champs.

Big Race in S. Africa Cancelled Due to Lack of Water on Course

NCAA XC Conference Action:
*Weekend Schedule/Results
Women's Results: #1 Duke Women Dominate

Men's Results: Virginia Edges Florida State for its 2nd ACC Crown Ever
Big Ten:

Women's Results: Michigan Wins

Men's Results: Wisconsin Totally Dominates Sweeping 8 of Top 9 Spots
Women's Results: Tennessee wins its 3rd straight.

Men's Results: Arkansas wins its 32nd straight title. The top 3 guys ran off course but even if they were dqd Arkansas would have won. Amazing.
Pac 10: Women's Results: Stanford defeated Asu by 6 for its 10th straight.
Men's Results: Cheseret Wins, But Stanford Gets Team Title
Conference USA:
Women's Results:
Rice Women Win

Men's Results: UTEP Dominates
Big Sky:

Women's Results: Individual Results: NAU Goes 1-2
Men's Results: Individual Results: NAU Goes 1-2, Gets Title
Big West:
Women's Results:
UC Irvine Wins

Men's Results: Cal Poly Wins
Women's Results:
William and Mary defeats James Madison

Men's Results: Ian Fitzgerald of W&M Leads William and Mary to Title
Horizon League:
Recap: Butler Men, Women Win
Moutain West:
Women's Results: BYU Wins

Men's Results: BYU Wins
Big12: Women's Results: Colorado
Women Win Again
Men's Results: Colorado Edges Texas
Women's Results: Notre Dame
Wins Over Providence
Men's Results: Notre Dame Men Dominate
Men's Recap: Martin Fagan Breaks Van Cortland Course Record
Heps: Women's Results: Columbia
Women Win
Women's Recap: Caroline Bierbaum Leads Columbia to Title Once Again
Men's Results: Dartmouth Wins, Defeat Princeton
Men's Recap: Ben True Takes Individual Crown as His Dartmouth Men Win
MAAC: Women's Results: Iona Women Win
Men's Results: Total Domination: Iona Sweeps Top 8 Spots

*Paul Pilkington Has Finally Found a Match at Weber State
Michigan's Mike Woods Ready for Big 10s

IOC Wants Jerome Young's Medal Back

Grote Poll: Conference Meet Preview
The humorous NCAA XC pontificator gives his conference predictions.

"I left a piece of me on that race course that day. If I had to leave part of myself on any race course, that was a good place."-Dick Beardsley on his famed battle with Alberto Salazar in the 1982 Boston Marathon. Beardsley according to this article still knocks out 70 to 90 miles a week.

Tim Benjamin Talks About His Great Year at 400m Independent

British News:
Holmes Seeing Gerard Hartmann and If He Can't Fix Her She May Retire as Early as Next Week Daily Telegraph
*Seb Coe Talks About Marketing of 2012 Olympics Daily Telegraph
Dave Collins UK Athletics Performance Director Denies He Applied for Another Job Guardian
Kate Reed Nearly Breaks Paula Radcliffe's Road Relay Record in Britain Guardian

North American 5k Team Championships Canada Beats US/Mexico Canadian's Paul Morrison and Emilie Mondor won the individual titles worth $1,300 each and then they shared the $12,000 team prize.

Jason Gardener/Paula Radcliffe Win British Athlete of Year Awards
Radcliffe is honored as her nation's #1 female track athlete for the 5th time in 7 yrs.

Drugs Drugs Drugs

Recommended Read:A Great Look at The East German Doping Program

Sun Yingjie Fails Doping Test But Claims Innocence The Chinese star was having an amazing national champs as she had already won the marathon and 10k within 30 hours and she was in the finals of the 5k. Athletes always claim they are innocent, but in her defense, at least she is doing so publicly and right after the test results instead of waiting before coming up with a bs excuse like most athletes. More on the test can be found here. There is an interesting thread on the message board thread wondering if the Chinese set her up so they could appear to be tough on drug cheats before drugging their athletes for the 2008 Olympics.

Polls, Polls, Polls:
Grote Poll: Post Pre NCAAs Edition

The humorous pontificator ranks the top NCAA men's XC teams. In this edition, he takes on travel agencies (schools that import all their runners), altitude tents, and he breaks his word and ranks Stanfurd #4.

*Mondo Men's Cross Country Poll Arkansas still on top.
*Finishlynx Women's Cross Country Poll: Duke gets all the first place votes and Stanford moves up to #2.
*Pre NCAA Photos trackandfieldphoto.com
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
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
*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
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
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?

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

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 NYC Marathon:
ING NYC Marathon 9:35 am East for Women, 10:10 for men:

Martin Lel was the favorite with the bookies but he's now out with an injury. Paul Tergat is the world record holder but like other favorite Meb Keflezighi has missed many races this fall with injury.
*Meb Out to Win in NY "I run to win. I know it would change the whole aspect of my life to win here because everybody knows first place. I'm confident of my workouts the last five weeks. The fitness is there. Now it's all a mental game."
*Americans Meb, Abdi and Ryan Out to Impress in NY www.nypost.com
*Martin Lel Out of ING NYC Marathon USA Today
*American Men Trying to Close the Distance in NY www.dailynews.com
If You Live in Florida and Have Spare Time on Your Hands Go Count His Laps: Prisoner May/May Not Run NYC Marathon Sunday NY Times
*IAAF Preview of ING NYC Marathon
Women's Race: Women Getting Extra Money at this Year's NYC Marathon www.eurosport.com
More on Men:
*Britain's John Mayock Ready for Marathon Debut Guardian
*Britain's Jon Brown Ready for NY Independent
*Paul Tergat Others Ready for ING NYC Marathon
*Lornah Kiplagat Believes Her Time Has Come in NY IAAF
*Chris Graff, Matt Downin Brief Chats Runners World
*Matt Downin Ready for NYC Marathon
*Men's Preview from Race Site

*Women's Preview
*Keflezighi Says He'll Do 'OK' USA Today

Athens Marathon Preview IAAF

Kenyan News: Paul Tergat to Lead Kenyan Delegation to Moscow allafrica.com
*Yobes Ondieki Speaks About Kenyan Athletics

Previous NYC News:
*Mary Wittenberg In Charge of NYC The head of the NYRRC was a competitive rower and runner herself. NY Daily News
Bill Rodgers in NY Talking About His 1976 Win www.nynewsday.com
Meb Has a Shot in NYC washingtontimes.com

Olympic 400m hurdles silver medalist Danny McFarlane Training With Felix Sanchez www.caribbeannetnews.com

Commonwealth Games News:
raig Mottram in No Rush To Decide If He'll Do 1500/5k Double or 5k/10k Double at Commonwealths
*Kenyan Runners Urged to Choose Between Track or Cross Country This Winter With Commonwealths and World XC Overlapping

E. German Athletes Suing Government for Forced Doping as Federation Investigates Old Possibly Doped Records on the Books Guardian

Steve Cram Writes About Future of Athletics in Britain Guardian

Other Weekend Action:
Franfurt: Wilfred Kigen (2:08:29), Alvetina Biktimirova of Russia (2:25:12) Set Course Record at Frankfurt Road Race IAAF
Kenya: Barnabas Kosgei, World Junior XC Champ, Rose Cheruiyot Win 10k Road Race in Kenya IAAF
Former National Champ John Korir Wins Kenyan XC Race as Kenyan XC Season Gets Underway IAAF
DC: Ruben Garcia Wins Close Marine Corps Marathon Over Carl Rundell Washington Post

NCAA XC on the Message Boards:
On Wisconsin Men:
"I sincerely accept your apology for disrespecting my statement that Wisconsin could do a team tempo run at Big 10s and still win. My assertation turned out to be even more accurate than I once thought. They could have just jogged(as a team)with Minnesota's top runner and still won easily"
*NCAA Women's XC Discussion after the Conference Meets
*Who Will Win NCAA Men's Indiv, Team Titles?

Saif Shaheen to Focus on Flat Races in 2006 IAAF

Dorcus Inzikuru to Be Fine after Motorcycle Accident allafrica.com

Dwain Chambers Will Not Be Able to Compete Until Next Year Independent

Stars Back Kenyan World XC Bid EA Standard

NCAA Conference News:
LetsRun.com NCAA XC Super Polls: Conference Predictions
The esteemed viewers of LetsRun.com give their conference rankings and national rankings.

World Steeple Champ Dorcus Inzikuru Injured in Car Wreck
*Questions and Concerns About Inziku's Accident

Jolanda Ceplak Has Surgery, Changes Coaches Will Miss 2006 Indoor Season IAAF

Chump Change in Qatar: Kenya Gives Medallists from Helsinki Cash ($1300 for a Gold Medal) EA Standard

Surinam's Letitia Vriesde to Move Up to 1500, Steeple Now That She is 41 IAAF

China to Send More Track Athletes Abroad to Compete to Toughen Then Up Prior to 2008 Games

Shadrack Hoff Wins S. African Road 10k Champs

Felix Sanchez: 'When I am 100% fit, the story will be different' He says Bershawn Jackson is his biggest rival.

High Jumper Kajsa Bergqvist Named UNICEF Ambassador IAAF

Weekend Marathons
Venice: Mubarak Shami Comes Through As Favorite For Victory
It was nice to see Shami get the victory as he was the one who earlier in the month let up at the finish line and lost the world half-marathon championships as a result earlier
(LRC Exclusive!!!!! 3.5 MB Quicktime Video of Crazy Men's finish at world half)
Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon
*Newcomers Barmao and Chptanui Take Titles (Daily Nation recap)
Barmao was a total uknown until yesterday's life changing win. Cheptanui broke the course record. *IAAF Recap of Race
Pre-Race News
From Kenya

Former Boston Marathon Champ Timothy Cherigat Entered Nairobi Marathon Day Before The Race Cherigat ran Chicago two weeks ago and finished 10th. He evidently thinks he's recovered enough to pick up the first place check of roughly $40,000.
*Elly Rono Will Be Running His 41st Marathon
From Venice
Venice Marathon Preview Courtesy of IAAF

Paula Radcliffe Will Defend London Marathon Crowd
The great Brit will run once again in her native country as she turned down offers from Osaka and Boston. She'll race in London just a month after she'll try to win the 5k and 10k at Commonwealths.

Jon Brown Reveals His Training Secret: Training With Survivor Flagstaff Member Matt Smith Runners World If you don't know what the hell Survivor Flagstaff is then click here.

Paul Tergat's Foundation to Help Those With Sporting Talent "The foundation was born out of conviction that our society is rich in the potential found in its people" -Paul Tergat

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
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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.

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