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"I am truely (sic) astonished that this race turned out the way it did. Often a hyped up battle between promising young americans such as webb and ritz ends with one dropping out, getting hurt or running like crap. These guys both put it all out on the track tonight and turned some heads doing it. I really hope someone taped this race and is able to share it online somehow. You don't get many opportunities to see a classic battle like this, could be a race that will be looked back on for a long time as a significant point in American distance running"

-message board poster on miler Alan Webb taking it to 10k/XC specialist Dathan Ritzenhein to win the 10k at the Payton Jordan Invite at Stanford. Webb won in 27:34, Ritz ran 27:35, and perhaps most impressively steeplechaser Anthony Famiglietti ran 27:37, showing that the 28 minute 10k isn't too difficult (sorry Wejo). Fam was way back with a mile to go but closed throughout the final mileand ran 59 on the last lap.

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Video Of Roger Bannister's 4 Minute Mile

Penn and Drake:*Penn Relays Results
Saturday: Penn:USA Wins 5 Events at Penn, But Kenya Sets World Record in Exciting DMR Alex Kipchirchir
and Bernard Lagat put on a show the final 200m, with Kipchirchir outkicking Lagat for the record.
*LSU Wins 4*100, 4*200 and 4*400
*Asafa Powell Wins 100m at Penn in 10.10 He coasted the final 35m.
*Boit Outkicks Kiplagat to Lead Arkansas to 4*Mile Victory at Penn

*Photo of Lagat and Kipchirchir at Penn

*The Crowd is Crazy at Penn

Drake: Christian Cantwell Wins Shot With World Leader, Jeremy Wariner Wins 200, Allyson Felix only 3rd in 100 at Drake

*Drake Relays Results

Friday:
*Texas Men Win DMR
It was a great battle with Arkansas, Texas, and Michigan as Arkansas got a 3:55 split from Boit but Manzano's 3:56 wins it.
*Texas Wins DMR to Make its Name in Distance Running at Penn www.philly.com

*Texas Gets its First Distance Win at Penn www.philly.com

*Villanova Goes Home Empty Handed in DMR

Penn: Villanova Women Win Their First Penn Title Sinc
e 1997 Today's collegians have no idea how good Nova used to be. They were in elementary school when Nova last won a title. The McDougal brothers went 1-2 in the 5k and Linus Maiyo ran 28:08 for 10k.
*Centrowitz Siblings Shine Matt Jr. won the boys 3k in 8:20 while sister Lauren helped Stanford break the women's american record in the 4 x 1500. Good genes certainly help. Everyone knows who Matt Sr. is but their mom Beverly wasn't too shabby herself.
Drake:
*Drake Relays Thursday Recap
*Drake Relays Photos
*Drake Relays Results
Pre Meet News:
Penn
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Penn Relays Are Here
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Jamaican H
igh Schoolers Ready to Dominate Penn
*Villanova Hoping to Restore Its Tradition at Penn
*S. Carolina Women Won't Dominate Penn Like Last Year But They Have a Good Team
Drake:
Chaunte Howard Defeats Amy Acuff in Street Vault at Drake

*Drake Has $17 Million Upgrade and Quite a Few Records Could Fall
desmoinesregister.com
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Beautiful Bulldog Contest Helps Kick Off Drake

5 Young British Athletes Get Their Lottery Funding Increased

Gert Thys Trying to Remain Upbeat Despite Drug Positive

Flora London Marathon:
*Paula Radcliffe Has Surgery for Neuroma Hopes to Be Training Again Soon
*Over 1m was Expected to bet Bet on London Marathon

S. African Marathon Star Gert Thys Tests Positive for Nandrolone

It's Logical to Us, Let the Track Athletes Train on Their Own as Well:
"It beats logic how marathoners can prepare on their own and still manage to fly Kenya's flag high while track athletes continue performing dismally. Foreign agents have taken charge of the marathon and things seem to be working yet with all the sponsorship at their disposal, Athletics Kenya (AK) is unable emulate the same."

-Kenyan editorial on the success of the Kenyan marathoners in London despite the absence of
Paul Tergat

Previous London News:
*Paula Radcliffe is Not Running at All, Both She and Deena Are Looking Towards Future
www.telegraph.co.uk
*Deena Kastor Thinks She Can Do Better in the Future
*Kenyan Marathoners in London Make Country Proud
Race Recap:
*Limo Outsprints Lel, Kastor Goes Sub 2:20
Kastor 8th women under 2:20 barrier

Felix Limo
outsprinted Martin Lel to win an extremely exciting London Marathon as the racing turned tactical over the final miles as a pack formed with some of finest marathoners ever assembled. PreRace favorite Haile Gebrselassie faded to 9th. 3 men broke 2:07, and so did nearly a 4th, the greatest marathoner of all time, Khalid Khannouchi. Every time he is written off as done he comes back with an unbelievable race, as he finished 4th in 2:07:04.
Deena Kastor
ran away from the women's field for an American record in 2:19:36.
*Gebrselassie Disappointed with His London Run Independent
*Deena Kastor Throws Down Gauntlet to Paula Radcliffe
Guardian
*Hendrick Ramaala Sets PR in London to Finish 3rd
*Kkhannouchi's London Victory in 2002 is the Greatest Marathon of All Time
*Mens' Recap from BBC
*Women's Recap from BBC

On the boards: When was the last time Geb finished 9th?
Video/Photo:

*Race Highlight Video
(Plus interviews of Kastor and Limo)
*2006 London Marathon Photos
photorun.net
PreRace
Men: Khalid Khannouchi Being Overlooked Once Again and He Likes That
More London News:*

"This is the most frustrated I have been in my career. I was calling this the race of the century. It's very rare to find the quality of athletes you find here. I'd focused so much on this race. I was ready for the race. I had done everything possible to make sure I competed in a race like this. I tried everything to be able to compete here, but time was against me."
-Paul Tergat on pulling out the 'race of the century' this year's Flora London Marathon. The race still features Haile Gebrselassie; 2 time world champ, Jouad Gharib; the top marathoner in the world in 2003 -04, Evans Rutto; plus defending champ Martin Lel, who is on form winning the 2006 Lisbon Half Marathon in 59:30. Not to mention former world record holder Khalid Khannouchi
More London:

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Gebrselassie Targeting 62:45 Halfway at London and Possible World Record
Gebrselassie Ready for London:

"The marathon is not an easy thing. It's not like the 10,000m "-Haile G
*A Look at the Kenyan Way Versus the Ethiopian Way Guardian

*London Marathon Odds

Boston Marathon:
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Kenyans Pleased With Double Boston Wins
Previous:

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.
*Results

*American beauty: Men land 5 in top 10 Boston Herald
*Doomed from the start: Negussie runs dry Boston Herald
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Meb Surprised Cheruyiot came from behind to win NY Times
*Jeptoo finds her way with finishing kick Boston Globe
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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

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

"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

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

World Half Marathon Champs
LetsRun.com Coverage:
LRC Exclusive!!!!! 3.5 MB Quicktime Video of Crazy Men's finish.
*Results

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

Payton Jordan Invite
Webb Does It

(Race Recap Now Up)

Alan Webb
surprised many people by taking down Dathan Ritzenhein in the 10k at Stanford by outkicking him over the final 100m to win in 27:34. Steeplechaser Anthony Famiglietti closed on the leaders the final 5k and finished only 3 seconds back in the exciting Kim McDonald 10k.
Isabella Ochichi ran a 14:59 5k
*Results

More Road Results:
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Gabriel Leseketeti Wins Safaricom Half Marathon in Kenya
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Joseph Ngolepus Runs 2:11:30 To Set Course Record at Madrid Marathon
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1Hr Half Marathoner James Kwambai Wins Brescia Marathon in His Debut in 2:10:19

Legal News:
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Tim Montgomery, Steve Riddick Indicted on Bank Fraud Charges
2 months ago
we reported about Riddick's arrest but now more charges have been brought against Riddick and also against former world record holder Montgomery.
*Patrick Arnold Pleads Guilty to Illegally Distributing Steroids He supplied the 'cream' in the Balco case. USA Today

Dakar Grand Prix Recap: Adam Nelson Wins Shot It was the first Grand Prix meet in Africa.
*Dakar ResultsIAAF

Steeple Bronze Medallist Jeruto Kiptum Among Highlights at Kenyan Outdoor Meet

This Weekend:
Stanford: It's Official: Webb versus Ritz at 10k
Hard to believe Webb may be moving up to the 5k as his main event.
*Start Lists for Peyton Jordan Cardinal Invite
DC: Elite Field Set for 2006 Sallie Mae 10k
Big Sur: Big Sur Elite Field for This Weekend's Marathon
Nashville: Returning Champion Jomo Kororia Seeks Another Victory at 2006 Country Music Marathon

London Marathon Still Not Over: Man With MS Is Done With 4 of 6 Days for His London Marathon

Asafa Powell, Felix Sanchez, Joanna Hayes, Veronica Campbell, Sanya Richards, Usain Bolt, Tyson Gay Many More to Run Jamaica Invite on May 6

Chinese Outdoor Season Underway IAAF

More Weekend Action:
Japan:
Martin Mathathi Runs 27:10, Lucy Wangui 31:39 at Hyogo Relays
Germany:
Julio Rey Runs 2:06:52 at Hamburg Marathon
Vancouver: Isabella Ochichi Sets Course Record at Vancouver Sun Run
*Gilbert Okarai Wins Vancouver Sun Run
*Over 50,000 Enter Vancouver Sun Run

Steve Cram: "The slowest of the group was out there for 6 hours and in years gone by I might have dismissed such a time as the product of an unprepared entrant. However, when you know where that person started from and what a monumental shift in lifestyle was required just to make it to the start line then the perspective changes and the admiration grows. So what is it that attracts such people to do something which most would never consider?"

John Capel Busted for Marijuana Again This time it might be a 2 yr suspension.

Doping News:
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WADA Asking Interested Parties for Comments on World Anti Doping Code link fixed
*IAAF to Host Anti Doping Symposium in Lausanne

Weekend Track Action:
Oregon: Oregon Invite Results
*Ritzenhein Blows Away Field in Oregon Invite 5k
*Marla Runyan Returns from Maternity Leave to Win 10k at Oregon Invite
Waco: Jeremy Wariner and Darold Williamson Run Sub 45 in Waco
Kansas Relays: Justin Gatlin's Team Beats Mo Greene's in Kansas 4*100
*Allyson Felix, Doucoure Win at Kansas Relays
ACC Champs:

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Florida State Men, Miami Women Repeat As ACC Outdoor Track & Field Champions
Big Meet: Cal Men, Stanford Women WIn Big Meet

"The one thing you can't buy is athletes with the right commitment. They've got to feel that themselves, and at the moment they don't...You have to commit your life. You can't be out nightclubbing or messing around with PlayStations. We used to train three times a day, 200 miles a week, and it's very clear that if you have that sort of commitment - and can stay clear of injury - then you will run very fast. But you have to be prepared to commit."
-Flora London Marathon director Dave Bedford on the subpar British male marathoners

World Cross Country: Say it Ain't So Kenny B!
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 the 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.
*Results
*Day 2 Recap
Day2: 10 for 10 Kenensa
Bekele 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 the planet.
*Women's Short Course: Gelete Burika Leads Ethiopia to Win They beat Kenya by a point even though Tiunesh Dibaba dropped out
*Junior 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, only 8 seconds back of Bekele in the best finish ever by an American 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..
*Women's Long Course: Tirunesh Dibaba
overtook Lornah Kiplagat over the final 300m to defend her title.
*Junior Women: Kenyan Scores a Perfect 10

Married Thanks to LetsRun.com:
"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.

"Everybody in 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 every opportunity. I came here, graduated in three years, and count myself blessed"- Richard Kiplagat who graduated from Iona in 3 years and had a 3.75 GPA

"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.

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

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.
Marathon Training Program
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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.

Marathon Running is Kenya's New Forte

Country Music Marathon
*Men's Recap Tusse
Wins in 2:15
*Women's Recap: Mironova
Wins in 2:36
*Half: Fernarndo Cabada sets Record

Mo Greene Running 2006 Adidas Track Classic LA is still his town.

Russian Michael Khmel Becomes Coach of British 4*100 Squad BBC

World Athletics Final to Be on a Green Track This may be the future as it blends in nicely with the soccer field.

Soon He'll Be a College Coach: High School Track Coach Fired for Submitting False Marks

On the boards:
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Which of the Oregon recruits will thrive, which will never be heard of again?
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Marathon Majors Prize Money

Cigna New Title Sponsor of Falmouth Road Race

Alan Culpepper Gives Some Training Advice for the Bolder Boulder and Talks a Little About His Training

Belgium Government Issues Stamps of Van Damme, Walker, Coe, Juantorena, Ovett in Honor of 30th Anniversary of Van Damme Meet IAAF

USATF Announces 2006 Outdoor Visa Championship Series

Financial Side of the Sport
Charity Runners Are What Help Fuel a lot of the $$$ for the London Marathon
The charities pay over $400 for each entrant to run the race.
*Debbie Ferguson Talks about the Tough Financial Situation for Pro Track Athletes

Ana Guevara, Veronica Campbell Added to Adidas Track Classic Little Mexico should descend upon the Home Depot Center.

Emlie Mondor Has Quick Recovery and Is Back Racing

Allegations of Improper Payments at Texas Tech

Japhet Kosgei Runs 2:10:54 for Belgrade Marathon Course Record IAAF

Asafa Powell to Run at Bislett Games