This Weekend: The Big Boys and Girls Hit the Roads
The Richest Road Race in America: Meseret Defar to Move up to 10k This Weekend at World's Best 10k
Forget about Peachtree, this road race in Puerto Rico is the richest non marathon in America. $100k for men, $100k for women. $25k for 1st. The only Americans you'll see up front will be in the press truck.
US Women's All Star Team Takes on the World at Japanese Ekiden The US should have a shot at winning this thing. The scary thing is the winning time is usually just a minute or two ahead of Paula's WR in the marathon and this is the top international Ekiden in the world. Deena, Elva, Jen, Amy, and more.
1936 Olympic 800m Gold Medallist John Woodruff to Be Honored at SMU Thankfully, America has changed a lot in his lifetime. He broke the world record in the 800 by 2 seconds in our birthplace of Dallas at the Pan Am Games while having to stay in the Negro dorms. Then the track was deemed to be short. (Whether it was or not, he still would have smashed the record and hopefully the IAAF will recognize it in its history books). Links to 4 articles in the one above. Woodruff is a great guy who we've featured before. In a perfect world, SMU would honor him by reinstating men's track.
Athletics in Britain is Ranked Behind All Other Olympic Sports (34th in the World)
Ritz to Skip World XCs for NY 8k We'd be lying if we didn't say this one hurts. USATF needs to do a better job of scheduling its road championships (Gate River 15k and NY 8k are back to back weekends) and should prevent the NYRR from having the 8k one week before World XCs. Horrible planning by all parties involved, but USATF should not be giving any incentives for its athletes to skip World Championships.
On the boards:
*Ritz out of World Cross to Run US 8k Champs Instead
*Ritz does Texas Two-Step? (Skipping World XCs and a showdown with Hall and Meb in the 15k)
Meanwhile in Kenya: Kenyan Muslims Say They Will Protest on Day of World XCs if Muslims Aren't Released from Jail Hey Ritz didn't know this beforehand.
*Mombassa Where the Goats Run Wild
*John Korir Looking for 3rd Kenyan XC Trials This Weekend
*Japanese Coach of Kenyans Convinced 3 of Them Will Make It to Worlds
Jason Gardener Ready for Europeans, He Would Have Withdrawn If His Form Hadn't Improved
*Jason Gardener May Retire After Europeans
Bekele Breaks 2000m World Record, Bernard Lagat Gets American 3000m Record This may be the year Lagat smashes most of the American 3k-5k records. The indoor 3k record was soft (Ireland's Alistair Cragg ran faster while in college), but even Bob Kennedy's 12:58 has looked like low hanging fruit for Lagat for 2 years now. Lagat had a superb kick to get the win.
*Jo Pavey Fades Badly in World Record Attempt But Hangs On For Win and British Record in 2 Mile Independent
*Jason Gardener Shows He's Back After Winning 60 in Birmingham
*Xavier Carter DQd in 400 in Birmingham
More Indoors: Otto Improves to 5.90 - German Indoor Championships Day 1 RecapI AAF
Collegiate: Big East Day 1 Results
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
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)
*"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.
Bekele Rigs Up and Misses World Record by A Lot in Sweden, Runs Third Fastest Indoor 3k Komen's 7:20 (outdoor) record will be there a long time we think but so should his 7:24 indoors.
*Stockholm Indoor Results
Flanagan, Culpepper Lead U.S. Women's Distance Corps at AT&T USA Indoor Champs This Weekend in Boston
*Dude from Chris Solinsky's High School Successful Completes the Gabe Jennings and Bikes from Alaska to Argentina We think he only got robbed twice.
*3 Dudes Run Across the Sahara Check out the comments at the end of the article. We're sure you've heard similar things just running 70 miles a week.
Matt Tegenkamp Q&A Talks about his training. Good read.
Ron Mann Louisville's Track Team Turning Heads
Jo Pavey Wants to Move Up to 10k for Worlds This Year BBC
Gebrselassie Focused on London But He May Do World Champs Marathon Yahoo UK
More Weekend Action Filtering In:
*Recap of Final Day of French Indoors IAAF
*Italian Indoor Recap IAAF
*Spanish Indoor Champs IAAF
*Polish Indoor Champs Recap IAAF
Twin Coaches Resigning at New Mexico After this Year Rojo and Wejo to takeover and shut down this website.
Seb Coe Talks About Running as a Schoolboy: "Nothing Good in Track in Field Happens Quickly" www.telegraph.co.uk
Tokyo Marathon: Daniel Njenga Wins Tokyo Marathon in 2:09
*Brief Photos of the First Big Mass Marathon in a major city in Japan. (We've been told there are mass marathons but just not in major cities).
Big East: Notre Dame Men, Georgetown Women Win Ron Mann's Louisville program 2nd. The former NAU coach has built a strong team fast.
Patriot: Army Win, Bucknell Win
Down Under Outdoor Action: John Steffensen Takes it To LaShawn Merrit in 400 in Sydney Steffensen is coached by John Smith. IAAF
*Shawn Crawford Runs 10.16 to Win in Sydney
*Craig Mottram Trying to Make African Domination a Thing of the Past
S. Africa: Hardus Pienaar Books Ticket to World Champs in Javelin at S. African Meet
Jamaica: Sherone Simpson, Asafa Powell Get 400m PRs in JamaicaIAAF
Mbulaeni Mulaudzi Skips S. African Outdoor Meet With Flu
Sweden Has Become an Athletics Power after Bankruptcy of Hosting 2005 World Champs BBC
One of Lornah Kiplagat's Athletes Was Kidnapped Last Week in Kenya There is a state department advisory on travel to Kenya. Help LetsRun.com's Wejo decide if he should go.
*Kenyan Team Not Planning at Training at Low Altitude in Heat Before Worlds
*Lornah Kiplagat Says World's Course Favors Ethiopians
LetsRun.com Boulder XC Coverage
Kastor Dominates, Culpepper Upsets
A NewDay for US Cross Country
It was a momentous day in US cross country history as 10,000 spectators poured onto the Boulder golf course to witness the return of a single champion at the US championships. Alan Culpepper got the come from behind victory that could define a career, and Deena Kastor put on a clinic, showing she is still the best cross country runner in America by a longshot.
*Splits from all the races
*LetsRun.com Video of the Men's Finish nd Culpepper Pumping His Fist
Great Flocast Videos:
*Men's Race *Women's Race
Photos: Women's Race Photos
(Other races coming soon)
Denver Post Coverage:
*Culpepper, Kastor Get Titles
*Boulder Running Reputation Solid
*Incredible: 10,000 Fans Turned Out
*Support of Fans Touches Kara Goucher
Boulder Daily Camera Coverage:
*Boulder Does it Self Proud
*Culpepper Feels Right at Home
*Deena Kastor Dominates
*Race Results Weekly Recap of 2007 USATF XC Nationals
*LetsRun.com Boulder 2007 Preview No more hype, no more talking. It's time to lace them up and race so we've got our prerace preview and picks.
*Boulder 2007 LetsRun.com Fan Predictions
*Jordan Hasay Ready for Junior Race
Friday: Wejo in Boulder: The Buzz In Boulder? 'Who's Going to Win' That's what everyone wants to know and it's refreshing to be in a town where people actually care.
*Alan and Shayne Culpepper Balancing Family and Running
Thusrday: Gouchers Ready To Go
*Adam Goucher Profile: In an in-depth LRC profile, Adam Goucher talks about his current fitness level, his thoughts on 2006, his goals for 2007, the end of 4k xc, his relationship with Mark Wetmore and even what it's like to pass Cragg Mottram in a race. (Goucher is 31, not 32 as re originally said in the article)
*Kara Goucher Interview: The American set PRs at 1,500, 3k, 5k and 10k last. She has since upped her training by at least miles per week and is expecting big things in 2007.
*Meb Issues Statement on Pulling Out He got a cold and London is the focus.
*Ritz Ready to Rumble, Says the Course is In Great Shape
*Jorge Torres Ready for Battle in Boulder
*Meb Keflezighi is Out
Wednesday: Alan and Shayne Culpepper Speak
Alan talks about the showdown in Boulder, the most disappointing year of his professional career, returning to the track, the economics and professionalism of the marathon, Mary Wittenberg, and the good 'ole days of American distance running- which are now. Shayne talks about 10 minute miles, the 1500m, the advantages, (and disadvantages) of being forced to take time off from the sport, and the incredibly strong women's field assembled for the US champs this weekend.
*If somehow you're not excited about this weekend's race watch this: Trailer for Showdown Race DVD Released (click on trailer)
*AJ Acosta Running Junior XC Nationals This Weekend
Tuesday: LRC 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.
Monday: 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
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
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.