100th Millrose This Weekend:
*Millrose Turns 100: "I remember when New York had nine newspapers, and every paper had a track
writer. Every paper had a guy writing track every day of the week from
mid-January to early March" -meet director emeritus Howard Schmertz. It's hard to believe IMG nearly let this thing go under. USA Today
*Bernard Lagat Talks About Taking on Webb, and Mottram for His 5th Wanamaker Mile Title He's the favorite for Friday but it should be a great race.
*NY Times Looks at Turnech Dibaba and Women Runners in Ethiopia Somehow they became world class without access letsrun.com. In addition to not understanding English, there is no interenet where the Dibabas come from. And the author did not mention the rivalry between Dibaba and Defar.
*NY Daily News Looks at History of Millrose Michael Johnson and Jim Ryun skipped the meet in their prime.
*Alan Webb Profile from Earlier in Week New York Times
*Craig Mottram Gets Standing Ovations Throughout the World, but is Overlooked in Australia After he defeated Bekele last year, he got a standing "O" on the atheltes bus.
*Gail Devers and Mo Greene Giving it a Go at Millrose
*Danielle Tauro Ready to Defend Her Millrose Girls Mile Title
*Alan Webb Ready to Challenge Lagat, Mottram at Millrose, Still Has Eyes on 1500m World Record nypost.com
*Russian Immigrants Flocking to Millrose to Watch Isinbayeva Did you know there is a Russian radio station in the city? And the college guys coming up for Saturday's New Balance Games are wanting to know the best places to go party Saturday night. (Just don't put the photos on facebook.)
*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.
Serious Training for Nick Willis to Begin in April
Ryan Hall Podcast He talks about London a little and running a 10k at Stanford before London. It dawned on us, that maybe all is the US version of Paula Radcliffe (although not as good at shorter distances)
Leonard Mucheru's Fate Not Settled, He May be Banned from Representing Bahrain for 2 Years
Japan to Send Full Squad to World XCs
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
*LetsRun.com Photo Gallery
*On the boards: If You Watched the Reebok Boston Indoor Games on TV Posts Your Comments
*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
*LetsRun.com 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
*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.
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.
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.
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
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)
Kenny B to Have 2 Week Indoor Season: 1500 Next Week in Spain, 2000m Week After That in Birmingham IAAF
Yelena Romanova, the 3,000-meter gold
medalist from 1992 Dies of Heart Condition at Age 43
Boulder in Battle
2 Weeks Away, The Races You've All Been Waiting For:
Shalane Flanagan's Focus All Along was on XC This Winter, But Her American Record Has Made Her Re-evaulate Her Career Flanagan feels like she is finally training like a pro and calls her record run in Boston her professional debut. She talks about possibly beating Defar except for a tacitcal mistake. Plus it sounds like she can't stand Regina Jacobs. Join the club. LetsRun.com
Tomorrow: Dathan Ritzenhein Interview Yes Rojo actually did something for the website for once.
*Goucher Not Out to Prove Anything, But He's "Going to Be Tough to Beat" Denver Post
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/LetsRun.com 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"
Ex Rugy Exec, De Vos, Takes Over UK Athletics, He Had Talked of Having This Job Years Ago He says he knew almost nothing about rugby when he took over a rugby club in the UK and turned it around, so he seems like a good choice as he actually knows something about running. He acts like he was a hack, but he ran 1:57 in high school in the UK. Kids in America run those times, and expect a college coach to pay attention. Then again kids in America choose which college they're going to because of how many tshirts they'r going to get. Guardian
Austria: Ceplak Goes Sub 2, Jason Gardener Wins 60 in Vienna IAAF
Arkansas Reports Violations to NCAA Regarding Brauman, Tyson Gay
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.
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
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 MeetIAAF
*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
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.
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.
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.