LetsRun.com 2007 Reebok Boston Indoor Preview Dibaba and Defar, Mottram, Webb, Gebregziabher Gebremariam, David Krummenacker, Reese Hoffa, Steve Hooker, and much more. The Visa Champoinship season and 2007 US indoor seeason gets underway in grand style Saturday in Boston.
TV reminder 3-5pm ESPN2 on Sunday
*Sarah Jamieson Out for Australian Indoor Mile Record at Reebok Boston Games
*Lagat Leads US Team in Scottish Meet
Slum Dwelllers in Kenya Were Charged Nearly 5 Times What They Make on a Good Day to Enter Conference Probably not a good idea when the whole idea was to have a road race to uplife these people living in total poverty ($1.50 a day)
It's London: Ryan Hall to Make Marathon Debut In London The hottest American star will have his hands full as he decided to challenge the world's best in his marathon debut. Tergat, Gebrselassie, Khannouchi, Limo, Lel, Ramaala, Gharib, Baldini, Keflezighi, NYC champ Gomes dos Santos. That's 10 stars of the sport (11 counting Ryan) in 1 race. Sick.
*Was Hall's choice a wise one? Some are applauding it saying its balsy, others are saying it is "mismanagement"
*Hall to Skip US XC Champs The US still should have an incredibly strong team at Worlds.
Slum Dwellers Race to Be Held Today in Kenya With Tergat and Tegla Laroupe
Doping News: NFL Agrees to Test for EPO (but still no independent testing, no test for HGH). Anti Doping expert Gary Wadler: "I donít think we should be in a position of incrementalism."
*Charges Against Fodil Dehiba's Husband for HGH Filed
*WADA Wants More Flexible Doping Sanctions in the FutureYahoo UK
1 Race, 1 Champ: Past 3 US Boulder Bolder Champs, Racing US Cross Country 2007 Deena, Elva, Sara- 2.5 Weeks. Get your tickets. Plus Dan Browne and Luke Watson confirmed for the men's race.
*Elva Dryer Interview: She's Joining the Fray in Boulder She won the US half champs in Houston.
World Cross: Boniface Kiprop Hoping Uganda Can Pull Upset at World Cross
*Kenyan Sports Minister Pleased with Progress in Mombasa for World XCs
*Breakthrough victories for Isaac Kiprop, Chelangat in Uganda
Popula Threads on the Boards:
*Ed Whitlock 1500m World Record
*Is Running Selfish?
*What Do Elite Athletes Contribute to Society: "I would say that the position an elite athlete
fills in our society probably contributes more to our well being than
most careers that people pursue. I would say that the world of
athletics contributes far more to our well being than microwaves,
dishwashers, cars, tv's, candy bars, pop, etc... athletics brings
people together, to rival in each others success and share in each
others happiness. It helps to offset the seperation between individuals
that busy careers, online shopping, stock trading, and materialism
tends to create in society. I remember watching a documentary on
tribalism that attempted to show how the invention of money/currency
has caused people to lose value for human relationships"
*Are 20 Somethings Young and Shallow?
Kenyan Sports Minister Pleased with Progress in Mombasa for World XCs
Good News: Weltklasse Meet Scraps Pace Makers We think this is a great thing. To many meets in Europe have become glorified time trials. The Weltklasse meet is regarded by some as the greatest one day meet in Europe, a one-day mini Olympics so the changes could have impact elsewhere. Other changes, include less events (but equal prize money per event), and 50% more prize money (and less appearance money which will upset the agent ranks).
*Message board thread on this here plus threads from 2002 and 2006 on it.
Serious Endurance Excerise May Damage Your Heart And not excercising can leave you fat and miserable.
Dwain Chambers Closer to NFL Europe BBC
Tatiana Grigorieva Retires
Alan Webb Returns 6 Years Later to Win 2007 New Balance Games Mile Photos and Recap 3:56 for Webb. This race marks the end of his preseason as he has 3 tough races the next week weekends. Mary Cullen won the women's race.
*Video of Alan Webb's 3:56 at New Balance Games
More Track action:
*Reese Hoffa Shots 21.31 in GermanyIAAF
*Jenn Stuczynski Vaults 4.70, Jeff Hartwig Gets 5th Win at Reno Vault Summit IAAF
Arkansas Results: Said Ahmed 3:59, Shaun Smith, Prince Mumba Sub 1:50
Tatiana Grigorieva Retires on Her Own Terms www.theaustralian
*Tatiana Grigorieva, Australian Pole Vaulter Hangs Them Up: "My personal ego is totally satisfied" Grigorieva's medal on home soil made her a celebrity in Australia. Her medal, good looks and willingness to poise nude made her even more coin: "They thought we were boring. Now there are hot chicks clearing 15 feet, they want us"
In Case You Missed It: "In the history of track and field, I can't think of anyone doing anything comparable to what he did"
-Walt Murphy on the incredible Delano Meriwether, who after becoming a doctor became a world class sprinter (and US Champ) at the age of 27, after not having been involved in track and field. Even more impressive is what the Meriwether has done off the track: from being the first black medical student at Duke, to providing medical care in apartheid S. Africa, to regarding material things as irrelevant. A must read.
Reebok Boston Games: Women's Mile Shaping up for 2007 Reebok Boston Indoor Games
*Mottram, Cragg set for 2007 Reebok Boston Indoor Games Next Weekend
British Team Named for Meet Next Week in Glasgow BBC
Link Fixed Great Matchup
in 2 Weeks: Alan Webb to Race Craig Mottram, Bernard Lagat at
Wanamaker Mile at
100th Millrose Plus Isibayeva in the
women's vault in her US debut, and a competitive men's vault. Get your
tickets now. Drop the Mary
Slaney boycott. If you really dislke her you can boo her.
Plus you can also boo Rojo
as a Cornell 4 x 800 squad is entered along with Oregon, Nova, Gtown,
Seton Hall and BC.
Matchup Next Month At USATF XC The USATF XC Nationals will
be full of excitement not seen in over a decade as the fields are
loaded and there will only be on male and female champion. Meb Keflezighi, Deena Kastor
and Ryan Hall
have all been confirmed as entrants.
Hall: Ryan Hall Makes Page
3 of USAToday with a Photo (He'll Choose a Spring Marathon Soon) "The thing I'm most pleased
about is that my preparation for the
marathon has been really enjoyable. I've never enjoyed running more
than the last couple of months.
I love the long runs; I love doing the hard tempos; I love the volume.
I think I'm made for the longer distances."
Larsen Says Everyone in the World Will Notice Hall's Run, Meb Hasn't
Been to Altitude Yet
Ryan Hall Mania:
Ryan Hall surprised all of us with one of the most impressive and
shocking performances in American distance running history by smashing
the American record and running 59:43 a the Aramco Houston Half
Marathon to pocket $21,000. He even shocked himself as even the best
splits on his hand came out to 1:00:01 for the half.
*Best Full-post race recap from
*Houston Chronicle Recap
*Ryan Hall Photo Gallery
Video Video:Click Here
In Case You
Made the Terrible Decision to Not Come Here Recently:
59:43 for RYAN HALL
Yep, sub 1 hour in the half marathon for an America on American soil on
a certified course. One of the best American distance performances ever
as Ryan Hall won the US Title, the Aramco Houston Half, picking up
$21,000, to become the 9th fastest ever on a record certifiable course.
from Victah Sailer of PhotoRun.net
of the Race From the Flocast Guys Here
The Legend of
Nick Symmonds: The
DIII Star You Had Never Heard Of Until 7 Months Ago Opens Up in 3:56 Maybe he'll go undefeated
this year. His time
dropped a second overnight without him running a step.
Marathon Does it Again: Tergat,
Gebrselassie, Limo, Gharib, Baldini, Ramaala, Khannouchi, Keflezighi
and More to Race in 2007 London
never seems to rest on its laurels and is the most competitive marathon
in the world for a reason.. Hopefully for once just as a goodwill
gesture they can put this race on tv in the States. American Meb
Keflezighi will test his skills against the worlds best on a
flat fast course.
Photos Kip Keino Comes to Ithaca The
legendary Kip Keino came to Ithaca, NY, the east coast home of
letsrun.com. See photos of the event including Olympic champ Peter
Rono, Keino's son, Ian, and
LetsRun.com's Wejo, Rojo, and even JK.
in the Mix at the 2007 Flora London Marathon
Out for Elusive London Marathon Title
London Marathon Preview from IAAFIAAF
*Boston Gets 2: Two-time
Boston Champion Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot and Two-time New York
Champion Jelena Prokopcuka (World Marathon Major Leaders) to Run Boston Cheruyiot won Boston last year and both runners
want to stay atop the World Marathon Majors.
Karnazes Profile in the LA Times Quotes from
LetsRun.com's Wejo, and message board poster, John
Women: Sally Kipyego Dominates, Stanford Survives
Kipyego Dominates, Stanford Wins With Highest Point Total Ever
Kipyego dominated the individual field and the Cardinal repeated, but
just narrowly over Colorado, as the Cardinal scored 195 points, the
highest ever for a winning team (that total on the men's side would
have been 2 points from 7th). Mark Wetmore almost
did the unthinkable again (with a squad that was only 6th at PreNCAAs),
leave Terre Haute with 2 titles, but the Buffaloes' 5th runner finished
League Women Have Top 3 Finisher for 5th Straight Year
Recap from Terre Haute Newspaper
Video of Women's Press Conference Post Race
Video Highlights of Women's Nationals
Pacer Runs 2:17:50 in Philly www.philly.com
We share with you some of the classic emails from our site's visitors
and give you valuable knowledge at the same time. You'll read conclusive
proof Lance Armstrong dopes, learn AJ Acosta is not
as much an a**hole as you thought, and much more.
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.
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 III
take a look at Amby Burfoot's look at Todd Williams' incredible American record
at 15k in 1995, the
same year he finished 9th
at World Cross Country.
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
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
Book Reviews 2 Good Reads on Milers 50 years apart:
Sub 4:00 and The Perfect Mile
Maurer, in The Gift, not
only presents an interesting and captivating story, but he explores the
deeper questions of why runners run, why we compete, and what makes
such a simple sport, running, so rewarding to those of us who do it. The
Gift is one of the best running books
I have ever read. "
-LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson
a new Running novel,
Gift is now available from Amazon.com)
1 Race, 1 Champion:
Boulder 2007 XC
LetsRun.com! Abdi Abdirahman Eyes American Record at 10k, Olympic Marathon Team in 2007 27:22, 1:01:07, 2:08:56. No American has run as fast in one year at the 10k, half marathon, and marathon as Abdirahman did last year. He's hoping for bigger things in 2007, including a trip to Mombasa, Kenya (where he lived for most of his childhood) and the World Cross Country champs. Abdi gives his views on why so many African runners are successful, poverty in Africa, the resurgence of American distance running, and even the conflict in his native Somalia.
Kenya Signs 15 Million Shilling ($213,000) Endorsement for World XCs, but May Still Be $498,000 in the Hole
Former S. African National Cross-Country Champion Jacques van Rensburg Engaged to Elana Meyer
Roman Sebrle Speared by Javelin, Lucky to be Alive
Nick Symmonds Ready for the Big Time at Reebok Boston Games The guy has never run on a banked track before. Unbelievable. He won 7 NCAA Outdoor DIII titles.
Mo Greene, Gail Devers Running 100th Millrose Next Weekend The veteran stars missed most of 2006 but its good to see them back in action. Plus Lagat, Webb,
New Zealand Outdoor Season Getting Underway Kim Smith is back in the States but she returned to action last week with a New Zealand 2k record in her first race back from injury. IAAF
Alan Webb Teleconference: Webb Eager to Kick Off Visa Championship Series at Reebok Boston Games
*Sara Hall Wants to Focus on the Mile in 2007
Deena Kastor to Run Boston
It is a strong women's field as she'll be up against defend champ Rita Jeptoo and two time NY champ Jelena Prokopcuka. And it'll be the only marathon you see live on tv this year if you live in America.
*Deena Kastor Unveils New Website Check it out. Deena runs for Asics. So does Ryan Hall. Yet you all race in Nikes.
USA Track & Field Announces "Record" Coverage of Sport for 2007 But somehow the highlight of the year, the men's Olympic Marathon Trials in the media capital of the world, NYC, only gets 30 minutes of tv. That is 30 minutes less than a race you've never heard of, the Runner's Classic (a 10k race won in 30:24), got on CBS last year.
*Message board thread on this here.
Nice read: Colin Jackson Talks About Coaching, Nearly Torching Linford Christie's Business He's coaching Tim Benjamin and Rhys Williams, for free. He couldn't believe how good they were for being so bad. Guardian
Thanou Says She Will Compete Next Month After Being Away for 2.5 Years
UK Man on Disability Was Caught Running Marathon www.thesun.co.uk
*Man Who Got £22,300 from UK Government in Disability Pay Goes to Jail after He Was Discovered Running Marathon BBC
XC Spain: Bekele over Bekele in Seville, Spain XC, Gelete Burka Wins Women's IAAF The Tergat and Geb "race" was just an exhibition.
Sad News: Olympic 1500m Medallist Maria Cioncan Dies in Car Crash
10 Years Later WADA May Finally Have an HGH Test
And the NFL Players' Union is against it. Sad. But the test still can only detect HGH use in the last 36 hours. The scientists remain behind the cheats although progress is slowly being made.
*Double Standard on Drug Tests?: NFL Players Seem to Escape Scrutiny Mark McGwire is ostracized NFL drug cheat Shawne Merriman goes to the Pro Bowl.
18 Year Old Yang Feng Xia, John Kelai Win Mumbai Standard Chartered Marathon IAAF
Brian Doyle Wants to Be Able to Compete for Scotland and Ireland Times of London Seems like he should only be able to compete for 1.
XC Action: Kenya:
*Catherine Ndereba Wins Kenyan Prisons Champs IAAF
*Unknown Private William Chebon Wins Kenyan Armed Forces Champs IAAF
Post of the Day.... A poster disects the pschology of letsrun.com well: Webb runs 3:53 - he is the second coming.
Webb has a rough period post-university - he's done.
Webb destroys the Olympic Trials - he's going to beat El Guerrouj
Webb doesn't make the final - he's shit
Webb runs a great 10,000 - he can win the 5K...
After Struggling in 2005, Micah Kigo Emerged as a Star in 2006
David Millar Cleared on French Doping Charges Even Though He Admitted to Doping Guardian
Matt Tegenkamp Talks About Ryan Hall's Run, His Winter Training He wants Hall to focus on the track.
Lengthy Look at Dueling D's Dibaba and Defar set women's running on fire in 2006.
Russian Andrey Silnov After World Record in High Jump IAAF
Hungarians Roland Varga, Sprinter Geza Pauer and Javelin Thrower Gergely Horvath Get Doping Suspensions
Radcliffe Has a Girl The
baby doesn't have a name yet. But it is the only baby's who's mom has
run 2:15 in the marathon. Just in case that's not enough, dad Gary has
3:34 1500m speed. Hopefully, mom and dad aren't too late that the baby
didn't realize worlds are in August as she
came out 10 days late.
Baby Won't Stop Paula
Birth Proves She's A Big Star In Britain As Exclusive Rights To First
Pics of Baby Have Been Sold To A Celebrity Magazine Just like
the big movie stars.
Banned Kenyan Lydia Cheromei
Blames Fertility Treatments For Positive Test An
interesting defense as Cheromei tested positive in Feb 2005 and she did
have a daughter in Feb of 2006. Or perhaps she got pregnant after
realizing she was banned?
Ugandan Road Race Attracting Top
Interesting as the article says the race has a budget of only $1,000
but it's attracting African 10,000 champion Moses Kipsiro and
Commonwealth chamipion Boniface
Good News: WADA
to Ammend Drug Code to Reduce Some Aspects of Strict Liability
People who cheat on purpose should be treated differently.
Bad News: German
Athletes Skip Doping Tests With No Repercussions
Hall Om the Boards::
One of the greatest American road performances
(non marathon) ever was Todd Williams 42:22 15k Gate River Run.
Ryan Hall split 42:21 Sunday and then ran nearly 4
more miles (although William's course was tougher)
*How Much Does Ryan Hall Make a Year?
Ryan Hall Win World XC?
*Did Your Local Paper Have Press Coverage of Hall? Not unless you lived in Texas.
*Renato Canova, Jason in, Wejo, Malmo
etc...input on Ryan Hall's 2007 10000m/marathoning potential?
Hall Shouldn't Run a Spring Marathon Some
want him to focus on the 10k instead. Some say he should run a marathon
now, so he gets the huge appearance fee he deserves for his debut
marathon. (Instead of the Olympic Trials marathon getting him for
"free." He could run a fall marathon besides the Trials instead of
course and the 10k at the Olympics)
Chad Hall Gets the Crown US star Ryan Hall is
Chad's brother, but Chad has something Ryan never can get- the high
school national championship.
*Footlocker XC Results
Girls: South Reigns Supreme, Kathy Kroeger Wins,
Aurora Scott 2nd link
fixed Defending champ
Jordan Hasay was
10th and 3 time runner up Mel Lawrence
Predictions: Tebo and Forys Neck and Neck, Hasay Expected to
Repeat Check out the letsrun.com predictions. We give
rankings for all 38 runners getting votes.
Johnson Implies Carl Lewis' Camp Spiked His Sample in 1988, Joe Douglas
Admits to Having Plant in Drug Testing Room The
biggest revelation to us is that Douglas admitted that Lewis' camp was
able to put people in the drug testing room with Johnson. Even if you
accept Douglas' reason for the plant (to make sure Douglas did not take
a masking agent), it shows what a joke drug testing was in 1980s. But
rival sprint camps perhaps sabotaging one another or ratting on one
another sadly is still a relevant topic today.
A Staff of
"Perhaps the most valuable gift from
Letsrun.com is a friendly
willingness to share lessons learned by their editorial staff, which
includes successful college coaches and highly competitive athletes. "
-Gary Droze, writing about
letsrun.com in the Tallahassee
Men: Mark Wetmore is the Man:
Colorado Stuns Wisconsin Again, Rohatinsky Wins
Does it Again: Men Come Out on Top, Women Finish 2nd
Rohatinsky Just Wanted to Get to 8k Near Lead No he's
He's 24 and a few days younger than Jess Baumgartner who came out of nowhere to finish 3rd.
Results The race was eerily similar to 2 years ago when
Colorado, a huge underdog, came from behind to upset the heavily
favored Badgers. Josh Rohatinsky won the individual
Solinsky Takes the Blame for Wisconsin's Loss www.madison.com
Recap from Terre Haute Newspaper
Defend, Colorado Men Upset Wisconsin at 2006 NCAA XC Champs
Race Results Weekly
Postrace Interviews of Mark Wetmore,Chris Solinsky and Josh McDougal
1 very happy guy and 2 very disappointed ones.
Interviews With Men's Top 3 Post Race
Video Highlights of Men's Nationals Watch
them before CBS comes calling.
"I think the question then becomes when, and at
what point are we, as
organizing bodies, USA Track and Field, IAAF, the other national
governing bodies from all over the world, going to really invest the
money that its necessary in testing to keep up and get ahead of, the
people who are using the system to cheat. And that will take money. It
takes money to develop the tests for the different variants of the
drugs that these people are coming up with, and only when you have that
kind of investment will you really stop it. Otherwise, they're just
-Bob Kennedy, in a LetsRun.com interview where he
talks about drugs, success, shoes (the Kennedy XC) and Tegenkamp
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.
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
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
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.