Lebid, Baldini, Ritzenhein, Chepkemei to Headline Boclassic in Italy on New Year's Eve
Then Ritz goes to Belfast to defend his XC crown, and then on to Edinburgh where it was announced he has joined the field versus Bekele:
Commonwealth News: Defending Champ Michael East Pulls Out of Commonwealth Games With Injury Problems
*Marathoner Jon Henwood Likely to Be Left off New Zeleand's Commonwealth Games Team, He's Upset With Selection Processwww.stuff.co.nz
New Track Stadium to Be Built in Eldoret, Kenya
Dopers During Olympics Could Go to Jail www.gamesbids.com
Mo Farah Joins New Zealand Mile Field With Nick Willis, Adrian Blincoe, Craig Mottram on Feb 11
Samuel Wanjiru's 59:17 Half Marathon Recognized by IAAF As World Record
Paul Tergat's "short" run is still best in our books.
African News: Lornah Kiplagat's High Altitude Center to Get a New Gym
*US Non Profit to Help Fund Tanzanian Runners
Sun Yingjie Gets 2 Year Ban, Man Who Secretly Doped Her Said He Did it to Help Her
*Patrick Arnold May be a Bigger Catch than Conte in Drug War Guardian
*Sun Yingjie's Former Training Partner Admits to Spiking Her Drink
*Lance Armsrtong Won't be on Hand to Watch 2007 Tour
More Weekend Action: Mitsui-Sumitomo Wins 3rd Straight Annual All-Japan Women's Ekiden IAAF
Track: 14:03 5k Highlights Kenyan Outdoor Meet EA Standard
*Valerie Vili's Shot Put Record Highlight of New Zealand Meet
Montgomery Says He Didn't Know What He Took (But Notice Now He's Not Denying He Took It):
Montgomery: "Victor wouldn't be Victor if he told you what was in it,"
Montgomery said. "He assured me no steroid was involved." Independent
*"Montgomery: "It's like getting a whipping for something you know you didn't do" USA Today
I'd tested positive, I would give every penny back. But someone telling
them I told [them] something? Come on, this isn't high school Guardian
More on Tim Montgomery:
*Tim Montgomery Splits With Marion Jones and Retires
Not sure who is getting custody of the baby.
*With Tim Montgomery's Conviction Spotlight Turns to Marion Jones Guardian
*WADA Chief Dick Pound Praises Montgomery Suspension BBC
"This is the strongest men's field we have ever seen in London"
Flora London Marathon Director Dave Bedford after Announcing Olympic
Champ Stefano Baldini, World Champ Jaouad Gharib, and former World Record holder Khalid Khannouchi Will Join the Previously Announced Paul Tergat and Haile Gebrselassie at the 2006 Flora London Marathon
Women: Lornah Kiplagat Wins European XCs, NCAA Champ Johanna Nilsson 3rd IAAF
*Yellings Remain Upbeat about Future Despite not Receiving UK Government Funding Yahoo UK
*Emily Pidgeon of Britain Gets Silver at Junior European XC Yahoo UK
Men: Sergiy Lebid Gets HisSixth European XC Title IAAF
Tim Montgomery and Chyrste Gaines to Learn Drug Hearing Fates Next Week
Honolulu Marathon This Weekend:
*Record Holders Lyubov Morgunova and Kenya's Jimmy Muindi Ready for This Weekend's Honolulu Marathon
*Honolulu Marathon in Iraq to Be Pushed Back One Weekwww.honoluluadvertiser.com
Athletics Weekly Turns 60 A weekly track and field magazine.Amazing. Too bad it's not printed in the US so it would be affordable to the casual fan in the states.
Kelly Holmes Plans to Stay in Limelight Despite Retirement BBC
*Kelly Holmes to Continue to Work with Youngsters in Sport Despite Her Retirement Yahoo UK
Kelly, Kelly, Kelly: Double Olympic Champ Kelly Holmes Retires She battled injuries throughout her career but put everything together last year at the Olympics to take home double Olympic gold and cement herself as a legend in the sport. She says it was not injuries that caused her to retire before the Commonwealth Games this upcoming March but rather the surprising death of a new friend, Tim O'Brien, she met that made her think about what she wanted to do with her life.
*David Moorcroft, Head of UK Athletics, Lamine Diack, Head of IAAF, Praise Kelly Holmes BBC
*More on Impact of Tim O'Brien's Death on Kelly Holmes Decision to Retire Daily Telegraph
*Kelly Holmes to Try Ice Dancing Fox Sports AU
IOC President Jacques Rogge Worried About Gene Doping
There are a ton of drugs athletes can take without being detected as well.
Las Vegas Marathon:
*Stephen Kiogora Wins Challenge, $100,000 at the 2005 New Las Vegas Marathon Kiagora received $100,000 for winning the Challenge with ease, but the women's race was the most exciting as Adriana Fernandez won a 4 way sprint to the finish to win $50,0000 while Nuta Olaru, who only finished 4 seconds, back got $40,000 less.
*Photos of Winners at Finish
Canadian XC Nationals
NCAA XC Champ Simon Bairu Edges Paul Morrisom.. Carmen Douma-Hussar Wins
More Weekend Marathons:
Olympic 1500m Runner Gabe Jennings Runs 2:19:32.in His Debut, Defeated
by Sergey Fedotov, Elena Orlova Passes Drug Cheat Kryza in Final Mile for Win
Fukuoka: Ukrainian Dmitri Baranovski Wins Fukuoka in 2:08:28
Milan: Portugal's Helder Ornelas Debuts in 2:09:59 to Win Milan Marathon, Defeat 2004 World Half Runner Up Paul KiruiIAAF
Singapore: Amos Matui Wins Singapore Marathon
College Track Underway:
*Lindsey Scherf Runs 15:42 5k
*Josh McDougal Runs 13:52 Just Missing Auto Time
Gene Doping is On the Way and WADA is Trying to Figure Out How to Detect It Fox Sports AU
Brief Chat With Peter De La Cerda Runners World
He was 2nd at the 2000 Olympic Marathon Trials and has retired from racing.
Craig Mottram, Nick Willis to Race over a Mile in New Zealand February 11th www.wanganuichronicle.co.nz
If you already didn't need a reason to go to Arizona in January: Haile Gebrselassie Going for World Record at PF Chang's Half Marathon in January in Arizona The race organizers are pulling out all the stops, having Gebrselassie run on a special certified course that will be eligible for world record certification. We believe this is only Geb's second appearance in the US since the 1996 Olympics. Arizona Republic
This Weekend in Vegas: New and Improved Las Vegas Marathon Has $300,000 in Prize Money, $50,000 to Winners, Goes Down Strip The marathon seems to have the resources to become one of the top marathons in the US. They're relying on a gimmick of sorts (with the winner of the men's and women's "Challenge" to pocket an extra $50,000), but nonetheless the winner will take home a cool $100,000 and the field thus has attracted Margaret Okayo. They're even giving away $10,000 to the top local finisher which is ridiculous. www.reviewjournal.com
*Muhammad Ali to Start Las Vegas Marathonwww.lasvegassun.com
2005 Grote Poll Awards Ryan Grote looks back at the 2005 NCAA XC season and gives his Godfrey Siamusiye Award, his Hiroshima Award and much more. Plus he even picks Colorado to lose the Big 12 next year.
Women: Stanford Stuns #1 Duke, Johanna Nilsson Gets Individual Crown
Duke was a huge favorite coming in, but Peter Tegen's Stanford squad pulled the upset. Defending champ Colorado was a surprising 2nd and Duke only 3rd as Tegen captured his 3rd national title (he won 2 at Wisconsin in the 1980s). On the individual side, Johanna Nilsson (who trains in Flagstaff) blew away the field for the win.
*Women's Team Results
*Women's Individual Results
*Stanford Women Get 2nd Title in 3 Years gostanford.collegesports.com
*Clara Horowitz, Duke's Top Runner, Leaves Terre Haute Sad www.goduke.com
*CU Buffs Leave Nationals Without a National Title for the First Time Since 1999 But their women surprised with a strong 2nd palce finish. www.cubuffs.com
Photos: Men's Photos from 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championships www.trackandfieldphoto.com
*Women's Photos from 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championships www.trackandfieldphoto.com
ING NYC Marathon:
*NYC Champs Have a Full Day of Media Appearances After Marathon Past Champ German Silva, only one year older than Tergat, ran NY this year,as did former cyclist Laurent Jalabert.
*Abdi Abdirahman Talks About His Marathon PR
Post Race News:
*Tergat Happy with NY Win but Too Sore to Party it Up Sunday Night in the Big Apple
*Hendrick Ramaala Says His Legs Gave out on Him at End superathletics.co.za
*Cold May Have Affected Lornah Kiplagat in NY She was only 10th on the women's side. allafrica.com
*World Food Programme Congratulate Tergat
world record holder, Paul Tergat, and the defending champ, Hendrick Ramaala,
battled it out during the final straight
separated by inches. In final 10 meters,
Tergat got a half foot ahead and Ramaala
dove for the finish but it was a futile
dive and Tergat triumphed by the smallest
amount. On the women's side Jelena Prokopcuka
got a narrow win over Susan Chepkemei. Chepkemei has a narrow lead until she started vomiting her fluids while running.
American Meb Keflezighi was with Tergat and Ramaala until the final mile and finished 3rd while fellow American Abdi
Abdirahman was 5th.
*Jelena Prokopcuka Wins 2005 ING NYC Marathon for Latvia
*Susan Chepkemei Vomits Down Homestretch to Come Up Short at ING NYC Marathon Again Guardian
Men: Meb Keflezighi Talks About His 2005 ING NYC Run Runners World
Photos: Men's Photos 2005 ING NYC Marathon www.nycmarathon.org
*The best individual photo of the men's finish we have seen is here
*Women's Photos 2005 ING NYC Marathon www.nycmarathon.org
PreRace: NYC is Back!!!:
"I'm the first to say, 'You know what? New York kind of fell behind for
a while; it's time for us to catch up, 'But now
we're caught up and now we're going to go head to head with the rest of
you and try to be even better"
-Mary Wittenburg, ING NYC race director, on the resurgence of the NYC marathon
"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.
Drugs Drugs Drugs
Great Look at The East German Doping
World Half Marathon Champs
Two Surprises of a Different Sort: Shami Celebrates Too Soon, Tomescu Surprises
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.
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 HalfYahoo 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?
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
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
Corruption Scandal Already Hits 2007 World XC Champs over $34,000 Cleaning Contract allafrica.com
Unbelievable: Rwandan Athlete Has to Sing his Own National Anthem, Endure as Burundian Flag Put Up Instead of His at Medal Ceremony
Lauryn Williams to Give $10,000 to Needy Families in Miami IAAF
Tyler Christopher Athletics Canada Athlete of the Year
December 31st: Katie McGregor and Kevin Sullivan Running Millenium Mile The race is put on by some top notch runners, the Downin borthers and John Mortimer.
Next Month: Craig Mottram to Make Rare Indoor Appearance at Reebok Boston Games Tirunesh Dibaba is officially running the meet as well. (Kenenisa Bekele is not running)
"This is not coming out of retirement, this is just me showing that
if you just enjoy what you are doing and stay in there and set little
goals. I do a lot of speaking, I've spoken to every group in Australia and I
tell them back when I ran I set little goals and I think here I am
telling these guys, but I've got to do it myself and tonight was really
a chance to walk the walk"
-Steve Moneghetti, who at age 43, broke the world best for the 1 hour run for master's, averaging sub 5 minute pace the whole way as Ron Clarke, John Landy, and Robert De Castella watched him run.
A Look at Ultra Legend: Yiannis Kouros www.dailycamera.com
Brussels: Abebe Dinkessa Defeats European Champ Lebid, Teyiba Erkesso Wins On Women's SideIAAF
Spain: Alberto Garcia, Gelete Burika Win Spanish XC Meet IAAF
Footlocker High School National Champs:
Californians Wins Both Titles
Women: Freshman Jordan Hasay dominated the women's race winning by 14 seconds to become the 2nd freshman winner ever.
Men: AJ Acosta Wins He won a sprint finish over fellow California Michael Coe.
World Half Runner Up Shami Wins W. Asian Games Half Marathon
LetsRun.com 2005 NCAA XC Prediction Contest Recap A sprinter and a former XC All-American came out on top.
Australia to Create Independent Anti Doping Agency Fox Sports AU
Seb Coe Writes He Predicted Kelly Holmes' Double Olympic Gold: "'If she runs like that in Athens, she'll win the double.'.. I have always
believed that the greatest clue to an athlete's form over 1500 metres
is their ability to run a good 800."
NCAA Champ Johanna Nilsson Part of a Talented Running Family
Her and her sister have 4 NCAA titles between them.
Nike Team High School Nationals:
Upstate, NY Reigns Supreme
Boys Results: Saratoga, NY Wins The school is known for its girls team but its boys team won the title.
*Central Catholic's Kenny Klotz Wins Nike Team Nationals www.oregonlive.com
*Saratoga Boys Had to Get At Large Bid to Nike Team Nationals but They Leave With National Title www.saratogian.com
Girls Results: Hilton, NY Wins They lost their state meet by a point but end up as national champions.
*Hilton Girls Win Amanda Griggs Joins Her Sister as a National Champ www.democratandchronicle.com
Footlocker West Regional: 9th Grader Jordan Hasay Wins by 24 Seconds
Boys: Al Acosta Wins, Mercado Twins Qualify
More Weekend Marathons:
Fukuoka: Atsushi Fujita, Tomoaki Kunichika, El Mouaziz, Eric Wainaina , Julio ReyFeatured Competitors in Sunday's Fukuoko Marathon IAAF
Milan: Milan Marathon Preview: Defending Champ Daniel Cheribo Expected to Battle Past Champ Michael Rotich IAAF
Singapore: Joyce Chepchumba, 1992 Olympic Steeplechase Champ in Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon IAAF
*Sanya Richards is Visa Humanitarian Athlete of the Year www.usatf.org
*Lamine Diack Addresses USATF Annual Meeting IAAF
Foot Locker Regionals
*3 of the 4 Regional qualifying races for the high school national champs were held on Saturday (the West is next week). 2004 Footlocker Champ Aislinn Ryan was 2nd in the northeast to Nicole Blood where former child phenom Briana Jackucewicz
was among the qualifiers. Ethiopian brothers Ayalew and Sintayehu Taye went 1-2 in the Northeast.
*More Coverage from Dyestat
Chiba Ekiden: Kenyan Men Set World Best Paula Radcliffe ran 31:41 on her leg and the US men ran well to beat the Ethiopians and finish 3rd.
*More on US Men
*More on Radcliffe's 10k in Japanese Ekiden
Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Other 2012 Prospects, Get Lottery Funding in Britain Daily Telegraph
Men: Wisconsin, Simon Bairu Dominate
The Badgers are chokers no more as they put on a running clinic in Terre Haute to win the NCAA title with an incredible 37 points. Arkansas was 2nd, Notre Dame 3rd and Iona delivered on their preseason promise by finishing 4th over Colorado which ran poorly but still was 5th.
*Men's Team Results
*Men's Individual Results
*John McDonnell Gracious in Defeat www.hogwired.com
Photos: Men's Photos from 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championships www.trackandfieldphoto.com
*More NCAA Photos from Track and Field News
Previous: LetsRun.com Fans Picks and Polls Simon Bairu is the slight favorite over Josh McDougal with Arianna Lambie a slight favorite over Caroline Bierbaum
Nice Profile on Providence's Martin Fagan: Proivdence Coach Ray Treacy Says, "His run at VCP was brilliant, but realistically, the NCAA this year is
the deepest in a long, long time. A top 10 would be a good result. He
will be up against sub-28 minute 10k runners and they have to be
respected. He's certainly in the mix, and we want him to finish as high
*NCAA Press Conference Notes
*McDonnell says Wisconsin is the favorite but his Hogs can win: "I think it's going to take five people running in the top 30 to win it. Thatís pretty good, but I think we have five people that can do that, but they have to do it"
*Caroline Bierbaum And Her Ex Duke Team Both Among the Favorites at Nationals
Mubarak Shami Comes Through As Favorite
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)
*"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.
WADA Admits to Some Problems With Nandrolone Test
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
Movie of All-Time: Fire on the
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
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
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.
here, Part II
here, Part III