Weekend Half Marathon Action We Haven't Reported:
*Kenya's Mogusu Blitz's Runs Half in 59:48, Japan's Fukushi Wins Women's in 1:08:00 at Marugame Half Marathon If Mogusu were white you'd have heard of his run before now. Regardless he is an up and coming talent at age 20.
*Khalid Khannouchi Back Racing Again at San Blas Half Marathon
Alan Webb to Move up to 3k at This Week's Tyson Invite, Tegenkamp, Cragg in Field as Well We now guarantee Nick Symmonds will win the mile.
S. Africa Marathon Champs in Port Elizabeth This Weekend on Course Where Mark Plaatjes Ran Sub 2:10 (Roughly $15,000 for 1st) Plaatjes would go on to win gold for the US at the World Champs in the marathon 1993.
38 Year Kenyan XC Star John Kibowen May Hang up the Spikes
IAAF Magazine Features Many Top Athletes IAAF
More Weekend Action: Japan: Atsushi Fujita Wins in 2:10:23, But Misses World Champs Qualifying Time for Japan IAAF
*Hanson Brooks Runners, Peter Gilmore Compete in 30k in Japan The Boston Marathon sent them over there.
Uganda: Boniface Kiprop and Moses Kipsiro Go 1-2 at Ugandan XC Champs Checkout the finishing photo.
Belgium: Britain's Clitheroe Runs 4:09 1500 in Ghent IAAF
New UK Athletics Head Says Expect Change
SI's Tim Layden Looks Back at Millrose
100th Millrose *Photo Gallery *Results
*Lagat Over Mottram for 5th Millrose Title, Webb Falters in Wanamaker LRC brief distance recap
*Lagat Mile is High Five www.nydailynews.com
*Lagat Masters Mile www.nypost.com
*Gail Devers Defies Mother Nature, Bernard Lagat Wins Studly Wanamaker Mile, and Isinbayeva Vaults High Washington Post
Many thought Gail Devers was just at Millrose to sell tickets. Not only did she do that but she stunned the field to win the women's 60m hurdles at the age of 40. Mo Greene didn't hold up to his end of the bargain, as he stumbled in the men's 60, but he had a great start in the first 60 which was called back due to a false start. In the event most people came to watch, the Wanamaker Mile, Bernard Lagat outkicked Craig Mottram for his fifth title, while Alan Webb stunned us all with a very subpar performances.
*Millrose Games Recap from IAAF IAAF
*Gail Devers Wins Millrose at 40
*Dibaba Wins 3k at Millrose
*Video of Lagat/Mottram Press Conferences
*100th Millrose Preview from IAAF Lagat vs Mottram vs Webb in the Wanamaker mile. Dibaba in the 3k, Steve Hooker and Isinbayeva in the pole vault. Mo Greene and Gail Devers trying to prove they still belong. And of course, Cornell in the 4 x 800.
*Lagat, Webb Ready for Wanamaker Showdown newsday.com
*Webb, Ready for Mottram at Millrose www.nj.com
*100th Straight Millrose is Here We figured there had been a break during the World Wars but we guess not.
*Craig Mottram Says Don't Count Him out on Small Millrose Track in Great Wanamaker Mile Matchup
*Isinvabayeva Ready for Her First Millrose in the Pole Vault New York Times
*Maurice Greene at 32, Gail Devers at 40 Ready for Millrose nypost.com
*Steve Hooker Still Doesn't Have His Poles But He's the Favorite at Millrose
*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 T Dibaba and Women Runners in Ethiopia Somehow they became world class without access letsrun.com. In addition to not understanding English, there is no internet 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)
A Week of LetsRun.com Battle in Boulder XC Coverage
Deena Kastor Excited to Return to Her Roots Before she was America's greatest marathoner, she was America's greatest cross country runner and she's returning to her XC roots this weekend. In an depth LetsRun.com profile of America's greatest female runner, Deena explains why she was 'disappointed' with 2006 despite being #1 in the world in the marathon, and how she is training harder than ever. Plus she talks about the Boston Marathon, Shalane Flanagan, Ryan Hall and even letsrun.com.
*Deena Kastor Profile in Ventura Newspaper Racing more is the plan in 2007.
*Gouchers Ready for Happy Return to Boulder for XC Champs It's hard to believe, but Adam says he didn't really become a pro until moving to Oregon and training under Alberto, "One of the main changes for us was becoming professional athletes". Boulder Daily Camera
*Pete Julian, The Man Behind Boulder 2007 If everyone in the world was like Pete Julian it would be a much better place.
If somehow you're not excited about this weekend's race watch this: Trailer for Showdown Race DVD Released (click on trailer)
Yesterday: LRC Ritzenhein Ready to Battle in Boulder One of the greatest American XC hopes ever is ready to take on all comers in Boulder at the US championships. He talks about the race in Boulder, his 2006 season, his marathon debut, running more mileage, his relationship with Mark Wetmore, Ryan Hall, his plans for 2007 and whether he intends to run the Olympic Marathon trials.
Upcoming: Interviews with the Culpeppers, the Gouchers, Sara Slattery (who is now officially out of the race with a hot spot on her foot.
*Meet website here.
*The snow is melting (photos of the course from Brad Hudson's Boulder Performance Trainng website) and the forecast is for warmer temps for the middle part of the week but possibly more snow on the weekend.
*Other LetsRun.com Boulder Profiles: Abdi Abdirahman and Shalane Flanagan
Stuttgart: Meseret Defar Edges Meselech Melkamu as Both Smash Old Indoor Record at 3k If you read the article or watch the video, you barely know that Defar only won by .02. There is something wrong with our sport when the the competition between 2 athletes becomes an afterthought (or when we mix up Defar and Dibaba)
*Video of Defar's World Record
*Nathan Douglas Triple Jumps 17.14 PR in Stuttgart
*Craig Pickering Continues Strong 2007 With Third Place in Stuttgart
Greece: Thanou Returns from Drug Suspension and Wins 60 at Greek Champs in 7.28 BBC
*2007 Greek Indoor Results
Outdoor Action: 2 S. Africans Qualify for WorldsIAAF
BUSA XC: Frank Tickner and Kate Reed Win BUSA World XC Trials We're clearly not experts about HTML but the Ukathletics site doesn't work if you use Firefox.
LetsRun.com Exclusive Abdi, Ritz, Torres, Meb, Slatteries, Culpepper Give Their Superbowl Picks Who cares how they train. See who they're pulling for in the big game. Plus a little trash talking aimed at the Torri. A must read especially if you want to lose some money on the game. Updated: Meb's pick now added and new picture of Cruz Culpepper.
Christine Ohuruogu's Appeal Not to Be Decided Until End of Month BBC
Mo Greene Wants Gold in Beijing and Then That is It BBC
Clemson Track Team Remembers Coach Jarrett Foster Who Was Killed in a Jet Ski Accident link fixed
Ecker and Otto clear 5.82 in Cottbus IAAF
Drunk Who Killed 8 Wyoming Cross Country Team Members Being Moved to Minimum Security Facility
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
Battle in Boulder
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
Monday: 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.