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"So I have this idea of what track and cross country should be. But during my competitive career, running in U.S. Championships where there were only 25 people in the stands, running USA Cross Country Championships where there were only a hundred or 200 people out watching, to me it was disappointing, and at some point you've got to quit complaining about it and actually do something...It's (XC Nation
anls) a big deal around here. But there's a lesson to be learned here. USA Track & Field, to some degree, has always tried to get the football fan, but our spectator base is different....there are a ton of fans out there, and they will pack your (venue)"
-Boulder 2007 Race Director Pete Julian on the vision of bringing the XC nationals to Boulder

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100th Millrose This Weekend:
Bernard Lagat, Eamonn Coghlan Talk About Wanamaker Mile Buy your tickets now because this could sell out soon. Mottram, Lagat, Webb all in the mile.

Leonard Mucheru's Fate Not Settled, He May be Banned from Representing Bahrain for 2 Years

Mark Lewis Francis is a Reminder Against Hyping Craig Pickering Too Much Mark Lewis Francis was once seen as having more talent than Justin Gatlin. Gatlin turned to Trevor Graham. MLF didn't. Oh wait, bad comparison. Guardian

Vivian Cheruiyot Running Well for Kenya, She Was Competing as a Junior in 1998

Reebok Boston Games:
Tirunesh Dibaba 14:27.4 5k WR, Shalane Flanagan 8:33.25 AR

story updated with photos
The Reebok Boston Games had it all once again. Tirunesh Dibaba may have gotten the world record but the biggest surprise was American Shalane Flanagan challenging one of the greatest distance runners in the world, Meseret Defar, over the final laps in the 3k, and setting an American record of 8:33.25. Nick Symmonds showed he is the real deal and that he runs to win, as did Alan Webb in the mile. Craig "Buster" Mottram, destroyed the 3k field, with a 55 last 400, in his first time on a track since September. Not to mention Australian records in the women's mile, and men's pole vault.

*Victah Sailer Reebok Boston Photo Gallery
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*On the boards:
If You Watched the Reebok Boston Indoor Games on TV Posts Your Comments
More Coverage
Boston Herald Recap of Reebok Boston Games (Much Better than the Globe's General Recap)
*Craig Mottram Turns Race into a Route Boston Globe
Boston Globe Recap of Reebok Boston Games The author calls an indoor 14:35 women's 5k "relatively slow".
Tirunesh Dibaba Smashes World 5k Recrod at Reebok Boston Games
*More Quotes from Reebok Boston Games * 2007 Reebok Boston Indoor Preview

Slum Dwellers 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 uplift 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 ballsy, others are saying it is "mismanagement"
*Hall to Skip US XC Champs The US still should have an incredibly strong team at Worlds.

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.

59:43 for RYAN HALL
Yep, sub 1 hour in the half marathon for an American 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.
*Photo from Victah Sailer of
*Videos 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.

Photos Kip Keino Comes to Ithaca The legendary Kip Keino came to Ithaca, NY, the east coast home of See photos of the event including Olympic champ Peter Rono, Keino's son, Ian, and's Wejo, Rojo, and even JK.

Dean Karnazes Profile in the LA Times Quotes from's Wejo, and message board poster, John Morelock.
Sally Kipyego Dominates, Stanford Survives
Recap: Sally Kipyego Dominates, Stanford Wins With Highest Point Total Ever
*Individual results
*Team Results
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 165th.
*Ivy League Women Have Top 3 Finisher for 5th Straight Year
*Women's Recap from Terre Haute Newspaper
Classic Emails #1 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.

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.

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 he
re, Part II here, Part III here
Also 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.

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

JK Speaks: Progressing To Peak Fitness coaching guru John Kellogg talks about progression runs and the art of the sport versus the science of the sport. Book Reviews 2 Good Reads on Milers 50 years apart:
Sub 4:00 and The Perfect Mile

"Paul 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. "'s Weldon Johnson on a new Running novel,
The Gift
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Executive of Sale Sharks Rugby Club, Niels de Vos, to Be Named Head of UK Athletics BBC

2 Weeks Away, The Races You've All Been Waiting For:
Interview with Pete Julian, The Man Behind Boulder XC
"I want this to sort of be the Woodstock of Running". They've embraced our business model: Free admission (or giving it away for free) And don't forget the Reebok/ afterparty.
Boulder Excited About Hosting USA XCs
Boulder Daily Camera Clearly there is something to this Woodstock thing. CU coach Mark Wetmore is skipping his team's meet to watch XC nationals and says: "Track and field is Carnegie Hall; indoor track is Las Vegas, and cross country is Woodstock."
Abdi Abdirahman Interview:
"If you make worlds, go to worlds"

Sad News: CK Yang, Former Decathlete World Record Holder and Rafer Johnson's Rival, Dies at Age of 74 We're too young to know much about Yang but used to hear out dad talk about Yang and Rafer Johnson. Clearly track and field used to be in the public consciousness, and its sad to see the former world's greatest athlete leave us.

Boston and Chicago Champ Robert Cheruiyot Back Running Well after Chicago Fall, but Evans Cheruiyot Wins Discovery XC Race in Kenya Robert Cheruiyot will put his 2 Marathon Major win streak on the line in Boston.

Glasgow: *Glasgow 2007 Indoor Results
rnard Lagat Wins Representing America for the First Time in Glasgow and Says: "I'm very proud to be part of the American milers"
*Susanna Kallur Wins 60 and 60 Hurdles in Glasgow IAAF Recap
*Craig Pickering a Star? He Smashes Jason Gardener and Mark Lewis Francis in Glasgow Independent
*Swedish Team, Lagat vs Rotich Highlights Glasgow Meet

*Mark Lewis Francis, Jason Gardener, Kelly Sotherton Among British Athletes Competing in Glasgow Today

Weekend College Action:
Terrier Classic Women's Results
*Terrier Men's Results
3:59 for BU's David Proctor
*Notre Dame Invite Results

4:02 and 4:03 in the mile for two Notre Dame guys.
*Penn State Results:
*Women *Men

45 Year Old Ramilya Burangulova Wins ING Miami Marathon in 2:40, Teshome Gelana Wins Men's in 2:17, Both Pocket $5000

Tia Hellebaut Jumps 2.00m Before Homecrowd in Belgium IAAF

Asafa Powell Runs 47.46 400 in Jamaica to Win His Heat

Arkansas Reports Violations Regarding Lance Braumann They're giving up 3 scholarships and implementing some other sanctions.
*Lance Brauman Mail Fraud Charges Were Related to Tyson Gay Who Testified Against Him
*Former Arkansas Star Kyle White Has Replaced Lance Brauman

1 Race, 1 Champion:
Boulder 2007 XC! 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.

Footlocker XCs:
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
South Reigns Supreme, Kathy Kroeger Wins, Aurora Scott 2nd link fixed Defending champ Jordan Hasay was 10th and 3 time runner up Mel Lawrence was 5th.
Tebo and Forys Neck and Neck, Hasay Expected to Repeat Check out the predictions. We give rankings for all 38 runners getting votes.

A Staff of One:

Perhaps the most valuable gift from 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 in the
Tallahassee Democrat

Men: Mark Wetmore is the Man:

Colorado Stuns Wisconsin Again, Rohatinsky Wins

Team Recap: Colorado Does it Again: Men Come Out on Top, Women Finish 2nd
Josh Rohatinsky Just Wanted to Get to 8k Near Lead No he's not 30. He's 24 and a few days younger than Jess Baumgartner who came out of nowhere to finish 3rd.
*Individual results

*Team 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 title.
*Chris Solinsky Takes the Blame for Wisconsin's Loss
*Men's Recap from Terre Haute Newspaper
*Stanford Women Defend, Colorado Men Upset Wisconsin at 2006 NCAA XC Champs Race Results Weekly
Flocast Postrace Interviews of Mark Wetmore,Chris Solinsky and Josh McDougal 1 very happy guy and 2 very disappointed ones.
*Flocast Interviews With Men's Top 3 Post Race
*Flocast Video Highlights of Men's Nationals Watch them before CBS comes calling.

Bob Kennedy Interview
"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 faking it."
-Bob Kennedy, in a interview where he talks about drugs, success, shoes (the Kennedy XC) and Tegenkamp

Married Thanks to
"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 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.

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.

Training Advice:
Advice from the pros
.Top 10 Training Tips's Weldon Johnson gives his top 10 training tips. They helped him run a 28:27 10k and will definitely help you too.
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LetsRun.Com coaching consultant John Kellogg outlines his basic coaching approach and gives the four principals to correct training for elites. 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 running guru, John Kellogg, made a tiny private school in Texas one of the best teams in the state.

100th Millrose:

Doping News: 184 E. German Athletes to Get 30,000 Euros From German Olympic Committee, Pharmaceuticl Firm, and Insurance Companies
*Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou's Perjury Trial Postponed Until September
Ben Johnson Coaching Young Sprinter at German Meet

Chasing Kimbia Now in Kenya Until Worlds

Sammy Korir, Daniel Njenja, Vanderlei De Lima Headline This Month's Tokyo Marathon

Mercedes Benz to Be Given Away to Fastest Sub 4 or Sub 4:30 Women's Mile at Mercedes Benz Classic Mile in June in Canada

Osaka Marathon: Yumiko Hara's 2:23:48 Wins Osaka Marathon and Secures World Champs Spot IAAF

Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson Run Impressive 400s in Jamaica IAAF

More Weekend Action:
US Half Runner Up Fasil Bizuneh Tunes Up for Boulder XC With Win at Best Cross Country Race on the Planet in Boulder They've got snow removal companies coming in before nationals in 2 weeks but as this race shows, even if there is snow, the race will go on and the stars can perform.
*Women's Results: CU Frosh Aislinn Ryan Wins
*Men's Results
Roads:3m Half Austin: Alene Reta Gets Redemption, Kathy Butler Dominates at 3m Half Marathon in Ausin
*3m Half Marathon Results
Florida: Warm Weather Training Florida: Amy Rudolph Wins, Garreth Turnbull Back Running Strong After losing a Year Due to Overzealous Irish Drug Prosecution

"In the post-World War II environment, athletic pursuits generally and running in particular were considered frivolous and limited primarily to schoolchildren and male college athletes who crossed their last finish line and promptly quit the sport."-Jim Hage talking about Bill Bowerman and Men of Oregon

9 of 10 Convicted in Long Beach Beatings, Including World USA Junior Team Member It was an ugly crime and aftermath in LA. A horrific "hate crime" beating, newspapers not identifying the victims (over the age of 18) or witnesses because they feared for their safety, witnesses being intimidated, and protestations the wrong people were convicted. And to mix things up a bit, the assailants were black and female.
*More on Convictions and Protestations of Innocence from LA Times
*Tragedy for All Concerned in Long Beach
*Message Board Thread

You Decide: Who Were the Best Marathoners in 2006? Deena or Berhane? Geb or Cheruyiot? We let you vote at the link above.