Boston Marathon Today:
Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot
Sets Course Record
As we predicted, Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot won the 110th Boston Marathon on Monday (in a course record by 2 seconds) to pick up $125,000. Americans Meb Keflezighi (Meb ran with the leaders the first half and was the only one with a legitimate shot at the win), Brian Sell (Sell never was with the leaders but ran a smart race to a pr), and Alan Culpepper went 3-4-5. Peter Gilmore of the US was also 7th in 2:12:45 and Clint Verran 10th, for 5 Americans in the top 10, as the Americans took advantage of the fast conditions. Ben Maiyo broke things up early as he busted the field open in the opening 10 miles. Maiyo would hang on to finish 2nd.
Women: Rita Jeptoo pulled away from Jelena Prokopcuka over the final mile to win by 10 seconds.
*American beauty: Men land 5 in top 10
*Doomed from the start: Negussie runs dry
*Meb Surprised Cheruyiot came from behind to win NY Times
*Jeptoo finds her way with finishing kick Boston Globe
*Race Director Dave McGillivray Runs the Race By Himself After the Race is Over Boston Globe
*After going all out, Maiyo ran down Boston Globe
*Tosa fades to third as course takes toll Boston Globe
*Play by Play Updates from Race Website
*Live Updates on Message board
*Updates from RunnresWorld
Pre Race: The 110th Boston Marathon: Will Meb Come Out on Top? LetsRun.com The 110th Boston marathon has a rarity, an American, Meb Keflezighi, as the favorite. We give a briew preview of the race and urge you take off work and watch it on tv.
*Hailu Negussie Ready to Defend His Boston Title www.boston.com
*Japan’s Kazuo Ietani Trained in China for Boston
Hanson's Mania Continues: Brooks Team Hanson's Profile in Boston Globe
*Win in 1976 Changed Jack Fultz Life
*Jacqueline Gareau The Woman Who Beat Rosie Ruiz
*Alan Culpepper Still Trying to be America's Best (And it Might Get Him a Boston Win as Well
*Reiko Tosa Trying to Be First Japanese Winner of Boston
*Americans Are Catching Up to Rest of World (article from quote of the day)
*Hanson's Brooks Photo Gallery
*ESPN.com writer Looks at Attempts to Draw More Attention to Marathons
Americans Taking Center Stage
The race may not have Kenya's or Ethiopia's best marathoners (they'll be racing in London next Sunday), but it's got America's best and that means a lot, especially when they (led by Meb Keflizighi-the letsrun.com favorite) have a great shot at winning which is creating a buzz.
*Meb and Culpepper Leading the US Charge in Boston AP
*Meb Gunning for Negussie in Boston Reuters
*John Korir Making His Marathon Debut
*Meb as American as Bob Hope Boston Herald
*Olivera Jevtic Has Been Training in Kenya for Boston
*IAAF Preview of Boston IAAF
*It Would Suck to Be in the Second Wave: Wave Start Comes to Boston www.boston.com
*2006 Boston Elite Field
*John Hancock Bios on Elite Field
*Brooks Team Hansons Gets a Profile in the Boston Herald
*Hanson Brothers Talk About Their Program, Turning Down USTAF/NYRRs Money, Appearance of Conflict of Interest
*New Bar Codes to Keep Track of Athletes Who Drop Out of Boston Marathon
*Recap of Fultz's 1976 Win He was only in college at Georgetown but got the win in the 91 degree heat.
*Dmitri Kyriakides Son of 1946 Greek Boston Champ is in Boston for the First Time This Year
*Meb Keflezighi Has Sights On Boston Victory
*Elite Field Uniforms for 2006 Boston Marathon
Most of the athletes (well not the Nike ones and a few NB guys) are in different fan friendly uniforms.
Previous: 110th Boston Marathon: John Hancock's 2006 Elite Athlete Field
*Ndereba Wasn't Allowed to Run Boston This Year Because She Ran Osaka Within 3 Months of Boston
Matt Lane Buddies With Bruce Hornsby
*Justin Gatlin to Run 3 Major Races in Britain This Summer
*Sonia O'Sullivan Unsure if She'll Run European Outdoors This Year
Texas Relays:Texas Relays Final Day Recap (World Champ Ladji Doucouré Wins Hurdles)
*Marshevet Hooker Runs World Leader in 100m at Texas Relays, May Turn Pro After This Year
*Oral Roberts Runs 7:17 for 4*800 at Texas Relays
*2006 Texas Relays Results
Arcadia: Arcadia High School Results
Bridget Montgomery Wins 2006 Margaret L. Bradley Award
LetsRun.com Update on the Men's Olympic Trials Selection Process
We put the internet rumor aside and give you the scoop on how the process actually works. And we even give you our prediction on who will be hosting the trials...Boston.
*World Marathon Major Press Conference Recap
No London on tv this year, but at least the athletes won't all be wearing the same matching jerseys for those who watch them on tv.
Story of Sudanese Marathoner Abraham Gai Yol
He started wondering Africa at age 4 as a refugee and only recently discovered his mother is still alive.
Norwich Union to Give UK Track Athletes over $87 Million ($14+ Million a Year) the Next 6 Years Lets see the US has 5 times as many people as the UK so that means US athletes should be getting $70 milllion a year. www.telegraph.co.uk
*Athletes Who Reject Norwich Union Money Will Not Be Allowed to Run in UK Domestic Televised Meets That Aren't National Champs Times of London
Kenyan Juniors at World XCs to Get Government Scholarships to Pay for High School
Korea Bidding for 2011 Worlds, and Hopes to Learn from Olympics Corruption Scandals Yahoo UK
9 Countries Including US Show Interest in Hosting 2011 Worlds BBC
Lisa Dobriskey's Coach Says She Could Surpass Kelly Holmes Double Olympic golds is hard to beat.
"But while I have given much of my
life to running, I am first and foremost a Kenyan, and the situation in
my country is now so serious that I neither could, nor would want to
forget it even now.
-Paul Tergat writing about the serious drought in Kenya
More on Radcliffe Pulling Out of London:
*Pulling out of London Marathon Cost Paula Nearly a Guaranteed $350,000, Total Could be Closer to a Million Times of London
Radcliffe Out of London Marathon
World XC News:
*Editorial Praises Kenyan XC Teamallafrica.com
*Dave Collins, UK Performance Director, Says World XCs Still Important to Britain BBC
Khannouchi Getting Ready For London (Nice
profile from San Diego's Union-Tribune)
*The 34 year old former world record holder has only finished
one marathon since 2002 but after six straight 120 mile weeks
says he's ready to go for London in 3 weeks. In the last marathon he
finished, Khannouchi ran 2:08:44 at Chicago and Khannouchi said he was
only 45% fit for that but claims he is 91% fit now.
*On The Record With Khalid Khannouchi Prior
To Shamrock Shuffle (Chicago
Sun-Times) Khannouchi says he went to 10 different countries
to try to get his foot cured.
*Khannouchi Finishes Third at Chicago's
LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle In
his first race in exactly a year,
Khannouchi bolted to an early lead in very
windy conditions, but was
caught with 200 to go by fellow American Chad Johnson who
was working with his Hansons-Brooks teammate Josh Eberly
to battle the wind. Johnson won in 23:52, Eberly ran 23:56 and
Khannouchi 23:57, which is 2:06:20 marathon pace. But don't
Khalid out yet though as again it was his first race in a year
had just done six 120 mile weeks. Full results here
Action Heats Up
Gabe Jennings 14:17
in the 5k was an interesting note for casual fans of
the sport. True
aficianados will see there were tons of NCAA auto qualifying marks in
the distance races.
Already Out of Prison He says jail was like a
'men's retreat' and that he didn't give Barry Bonds steroids.
Considering he's an excon, we say the burden of proof is on Conte.
Kenyan News: Interview
with Kenyan Star Wilfred Bungei, He Likes to Read and Country Music
Kemboi Says He Wants Steeplechase World Record allafrica.com
Okari, Guaranteed Women's World Record Headline Credit Union Cherry
Blossom Ten Miler in DC
Record in 10k May be in Sights of Kenyan Japanese Sensation Samuel
Wanjiru "I hope to run 12:50 5000m, 26:15 10000m
and 58 minutes half marathon next year" IAAF
Day 2: Arkansas Wins Again, Johanna Nilsson Dominates Arkansas as
expected got its 42nd NCAA Crown while Johanna Nilsson of
NAU showed she's a true phenom as she pulled off the mile, 3k double
with ease, blowing away the field in both, to go with her XC
championship in the fall.
Day 1: Arkansas Men Start Well NWArkansas Times After 41 NCAA
titles you shouldn't be surprised but Arkansas did well at Day 1 of the
NCAA Meet. Josphat
Boit won the 5k
that went out in 4:40 and Arkansas also won the DMR to put itself in a
good spot to pick up another title and are ahead of John McDonnell's
*Rhodes Scholar Garrett Johnson Wins Shot
Other Collegiate Action:
Results Emailers and message boarders want you to
know the mile was faster than the NCAA mile. So are many high school
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
Drugs Drugs Drugs
Read:A Great Look at The East German Doping Program
Half Marathon Champs
LRC Exclusive!!!!! 3.5 MB Quicktime Video of Crazy Men's finish.
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.
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
Kelli White Does Not Plan on Returning to Track Once her Drug Suspension Ends Next Month
Harry Aikines-Aryeetey Has Enjoyed Training Camp in US BBC
Saturday's Road Action:
Papa John's: Abdi Abdirahman Wins His 2nd US 10 Mile Title at Papa John's Kudos to unheralded Josh Simpson who finished 6th. Josh used to live in Flagstaff with LetsRun.com's Wejo. Further proof, all the greats train in Flagstaff.
*Dan Browne Gives Himself a C In First Race Back From Injury
Crescent City Classic: Isabella Ochichi Wins Her 4th Straight, Gilbert Okari Wins on Men's Side
*Zimbabwean Man, Russian Women Win Two Oceans Ultra
More Track Action:
Mt. Sac Saturday: Mt.
Sac Recap: Akiba McKinney Finally Hits World Standard in L
Jump,.Khadevis Robinson Sub 1:45 800, Felix Sanchez 3rd in 400, World
Leader in 4*100
*Mt. Sac Results
Euro 10k: Elvan Abeylegesse 30:21.67 for at European 10k, Mokhtar Benhari Wins Men's in Rain
Obea Moore: Former High School 400m Star Runs 47.81
Jackie Zeigle Gets Sentenced for Racist Email
Mt. Sac Results:
Friday: David Galvan Wins 10k Seth Pilkington (Paul's son) runs 28:48. Gabe Jennings runs 3:44.91 after running 14:22 for 5k the day before.
Thursday: Juan Luis Nieves of Mexico spanked the collegians in the 5k winning in 13:27 as 19 guys broke 14 minutes. Robert Cheseret, the Arizona star, was only 16th in 13:48.
Asafa Powell and Justin Gatlin Expected to Race Each Other in July in Athens
They'd race earlier but reportedly Asafa wants too much cash.
This Weekend's Track Action:
Our Favorite: Mt Sac: Mt. Sac Distance Races Start List
The 5ks feature stellar fields. Ed Moran, Martin Fagan, Robert Cheseret, Richard Kiplagat, and a slew of top Mexicans. Marie Davenport, Marie Cullen, DulceRodriguez and others.
Kansas Relays: Mo Greene, Justin Gatlin and 34 Other Olympians Competing at Kansas Relays This Week
Turkey: Elvan Abeylegesse Headlines European Cup 10k This Weekend
Two Oceans Ultra This Weekend:
*Two Oceans Race Director Continues to Innovate While Sticking to Traditions
*S. African Women Having Tough Time Winning Two Oceans Ultra
More Trash Talking: Ezekiel Kemboi Says He Will Break Saif Shaheen's World Record in the Steeplechase
Steve Riddick Getting Praise in Bahama Press (No Mention of Felony Charges)
This Weekend: Team XO High School Invite They've got a nice website.
More Weekend Action:
*Lance Armstrong Runs 18:20 5k
Message board thread on Lance here.
*Jon Rankin Runs 3:58.28 for Mile
Weekend Road Action:
Rotterdam: Sammy Korir Wins Close Rotterdam Marathon as 3 Break 2:07
Korir and Paul Tergat are the only people ever to have run under 2:05 in the marathon.
Carlsbad: Meseret Defar Breaks 5k World Road Record at Carlsbad, Wins $5000 and a Suzuki Car
Paris: Gashaw Melese (2:08:03), Irina Timofeyeva (2:27:22) Win Paris Marathon
Ireland: Craig Mottram Wins His 4th Straight BUPA Great Ireland Run Mark Carroll was 3rd.
Italy: Gashaw Melese (2:08:03), Irina Timofeyeva (2:27:22) Win Paris MarathonIAAF
World Cross Country: Say it Ain't So
Kenenisa Bekele Is Dominant Once Again. The Ethiopian completed his fifth straight double
at worlds and then shockingly said after the race that he's leaning
towards not running world xc ever again (which we think would
be a huge travesty). On day 1, American Adam Goucher
impressed as he was the highest non-African male finisher on
weekend as he finished sixth in the short course. In the women's
action, Gelete Burika and Tirunesh Dibaba
won the short and long course for Ethiopia respectively as Australian Benita
Johnson rebounded from a disappointing Commonwealth Games
and was outstanding as she was fourth in both women's races
and led Australia to a bronze in the women's short course.
got his 10th straight world xc title as he accelerated away from his
Sunday afternoon tempo run for the win. He's the best XC runner ever on
Short Course: Gelete
Leads Ethiopia to Win They beat Kenya by a point even though Tiunesh
Dibaba dropped out
Boys: Kimai Ndiwa Leads Kenyan Team to Title
Day 1: Bekele
Wins With Ease Once Again, Adam Goucher
6th in Short Course
Kenenisa Bekele was
out for another jog and accelerated away from the field the final
quarter miler to win with ease for his 9th straight world xc title.
Adam Goucher however had an incredible run and finished 6th,
seconds back of Bekele in the best finish ever by
in the short course race (which is being discontinued this year). If
you've never seen Bekele run world xc, he wins every year, every race
with ease. The US men were 5th in the short course. And
a miler, medalled for the first time ever in the short course
which is pretty ironic as the whole point of adding the short course
was to get the milers to run it. Thankfully, the abomination that is
the short course will no longer exist next year..
Long Course: Tirunesh Dibaba overtook Lornah
Kiplagat over the final 300m to defend her title.
Women: Kenyan Scores a Perfect 10
Ovett and Seb Coe Give Their First Joint Interview in 22 Years
probably got some nice cash at the corporate gig as well, but it
wouldn't have happened except Ovett's kid wanted Coe's autograph.
message boarder goes into detail about the Ovett and Coe breakfast.
Look at the 1980 Olympic 800m Final Daily
world has lost interest in distance races like 5,000
metres, 10,000 metres and even cross-country because they are
regarded as competition between Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes"
Thanks to LetsRun.com:
Kenya is trying to come to America. I had
no dream about coming because I knew this was impossible. It was a
miracle," Kiplagat said. "That is why I take advantage of
opportunity. I came here, graduated in three years, and count myself
blessed"- Richard Kiplagat who graduated from Iona in 3 years and had a
"I don't want to say it. It sounds crazy but it was a dream come true"
-John Stiner, on getting married to his
wife, Sarah, who he met on the LetsRun.com message
boards. Read about their incredible story.
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
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.
*"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."
world record holder, Paul Tergat, speaking after
founding a sports foundation that will help disadvantaged youths.
hamstring injury has healed and he
says he's ready to go at NYC: "I expect good results as I am in good shape"
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
Tells Why Ethiopians Beat Kenyans: According to Jos it has little to do with
"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,"
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
Sports Minister Richard Caborn Proposes Drug Companies Fund Anti Doping
Research to £12m Million a Year
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.
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