Gate River Run: 6 for 6 for Meb, One for the Thumb for Deena There is a reason these two got Olympic medals in Athens, they are damn good. Deena Kastor put on an exhibition in winning her fifth Gate River Run in 47:20 just missing her American Record. And just as everyone predicted (ha ha right), Meb Keflezighi defeated Ryan Hall in a relatively modest 43:39 with Hall about 15 seconds behind.
*15k Play by Play
Australian Champs Day 1 Recap IAAF
Gate River Run
LetsRun.com Preview Ryan Hall Returns to Racing, Hall Vs Meb Round II It should be a barn burner down in Jacksonville as many expect Todd Williams venerable 15k American record to fall. Meb's string of 5 victories in Jacksonville is on the line. Deena Kastor has set American records in 2 of her 4 Gate victories and is heavily favored for her fifth title but could be challenged by Jen Rhines. Plus for the first time ever, JK gives his prediction and Rojo admits to a man crush on Ryan Hall.
*Women Now Make up 48% of Gate River Runners The only bastion left for men is the NFL.
*Meb Keflezighi Inducted into Gate River Hall of Fame (Ignore the part of the article saying Dathan Ritzenhein is racing)
*Goucher Out of Next Week 8k Champs With Pneumonia
Depth on Show at Australian Champs Mottram won the 5k title last week and is not running this weekend.
*John Steffensen Pulls out of Australian Champs
And We Save You $4.95: Runnersworld Profile of Dathan Ritzenhein Kenny Moore article. It's the one good piece they have in the magazine every month. Seriously, they have one long profile a month it seems which is good. You can subscribe for only $15 here.
*Lengthy Josh McDougal Profile His mom was a runner.Plus he talks about facing Joe Walsh at nationals.
*Michael Spence No Longer a Surprise While you guys are bitching about not having a shoe contract he went out and made a World Cross Country team.
*A Look at Cosimo Caliandro Surprise Winner of 3000 at Europeans
This Weekend: It's a great weekend with Ryan Hall squaring off versus Meb at the Gate River Run and the NCAA indoor meet.
Samuel Wanjiru, World Record Holder in Half, to Run Pier to Pier Half in Netherlands This Weekend IAAF
Ana Guevara Runs 50.68 on Her 30th Bday
*Ian Stewart Wants to Set Up Nicola Sanders in Her Run Up to Osaka
Dave Collins Pleased with Progress of British Squad, But There Still is Work to Go telegraph.co.uk
*Steve Cram Says There are 4 Medal Prospects for Britain
*Jason Gardener Looking to Outdoors After 60m European Title BBC
Dr. Bill Stegemoller, Former Souther Indiana Coach, Dies
*Live Results *Event by Event Updates
*Jason Gardener Gets his 4th European Title at 60m as Craig Pickering Finishes 2nd
*Chojecka Completes 1500-3k Double, Spanish Men Sweep 1500m, Final Day Distance Recap
*Roman Sebrle Captures another Heptathlon Title
*Final Day Women's Recap: European Indoors
*Final Day Men's Recap
*Foul in 4*400 Puts Britain Atop Medal Count
*Dave Collins, UK Performance Director, Impressed with British Attitude after Record Haul at European Indoors BBC
*David Powell Looks at Britain's Realistic Medal Chances for Osaka & Times of London
*Steve Cram Impressed with British Performance at Europeans BBC
*Drug Cheat Thanou Denies Hearing Boos and Finishes 6th at Europeans Guardian
*Nicola Sanders Britain's New Star
Saturday: Nicola Sanders Runs 50.02 to Set British Record and Get Gold at Europeans in 400
*Britain Led by Idowu Goes 1-2 in Triple Jump at Europeans
*Day 2 European Women's Recap
*Day 2 European Indoor Men's Recap
*Ireland's Anna Boyle and Gareth Turnbull Don't Make Finals at Europeans BBC
*Drug Cheat Thanou Booed in Britain
*Carolina Kluft Runs 800m PB to Edge Kelly Sotherton in Penathlon by 17 Points at European Champs
*Dutch Men Go 1-2 in 60m Hurdles at European Indoors IAAF
*Andy Turner 4th in 60m Hurldes at Europeans BBC
*Karen Harewood Breaks Heg Leg in 800, Mo Farah Falls and Runs Wrong Way but Makes Final in 3k Guardian
*Mo Farah Falls, Runs Wrong Way, But Makes 3k Final
*Andy Turner 4th in 60m Hurldes at Europeans BBC
*European Indoor Champs Preview from IAAF IAAF
*Stefan Holm Confident for European High Jump Defense IAAF
*Jason Gardener Intends to Rush Back for His Baby's Birth If His Wife Goes into Labor at European Champs Times of London
*Craig Pickering Wants to Pull Upset over Gardener at Europeans BBC
*Jason Gardener Given New Lexus to Try and Get Home for the Birth of His Baby BBC
*Long Jumper Andrew Howe is Back at Europeans and He's the Favorite But Only Competing Because He's 'Bored'
*Stefan Holm Confident for European High Jump Defense IAAF
*Jason Gardener May Consider Running Beijing Olympics Guardian
USATF World XC Team Announced, US Not Sending a Full Men's Team to Worlds For the first time that we can remember the US is not sending a full team to a World Championship. As expected the top 4 guys turned down their spots. A bit more surprising was that James Carney turned down the chance to represent the US for the first time. Hate for it to be his only chance. (Ed Torres represented the US in 2003, earlier we had said he was skipping his 1st team as well)
*Message board thread
Ethiopian Squad for World XC Named, Spot Left for Bekele
Kenyan News: Chinese Marathoners Being Secretly Trained by Dr. Rosa in Kenya
*Japanese Based Kenyans Underperformed at Kenyan XC Trials
More Outdoor Action:
*S. Africa Dude With No Legs Run 46.87 for 400
*Ana Guevara Opens Up in 51.01 IAAF
*Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson British Paralympian Retires
European Indoor This Weekend:
*Drug Cheat Thanou Back with No Remorse Guardian
*Jessica Ennis, Britain's New Multi Event Star telegraph.co.uk
*Amy Harris, British Long Jumper, Making Her Senior Debut This Weekend at Europeans
Previous European Indoor News:
*Eurosport European Indoors Men's Preview
*European Indoors Ten to Watch
*Christian Olsson and Kajsa Bergqvist Out of European Indoors BBC
*Andy Turner Out for Gold in Hurdles at European Indoors Guardian
*Kelly Sotherton Says Carolina Kluft Could Lose Pentathlon at European Indoors
Running Times Founder Phil Stewart Talks About Merger with Runners World
Less Than a Month to World XCs: Kenyan Team Arriving at Training Camp for Worlds
*Kenyan Coach More Worried With Eritrean Men at Worlds Than Ethiopia
*$280,000 Will be Given Away at World XCs
WCSN Coming to Some Cable Companies
Mark Curp Audio and Video Interview He had the American half marathon record for 21 years until Ryan Hall's amazing run.
American Vaulters Brad Walker and Toby Stevenson Now Training in Australia With World No.1 Steve Hooker and No. 2 Paul Burgess
USATF Indoors: Results
Sunday: Alan Webb, Nick Symmonds Get Their First Indoor Titles Looks like Webb is tryiing to learn how to race tactically for the first time in his life which is good.
*Scott Raczko's DC Elite Gets 2 Wins at Indoor Nationals
*Day 2 Recap from USATF
*Day 2 USATF Indoor Quotes
Boston Globe Coverage: Carl Lewis Worried About State of Track and Field but Wants to Help Promote it More
*Boston Globe Takes a Lengthy Look at Indoor Circuit
*Culpepper Wins Mile at Nationals (Boston Globe)
*Matt Tegenkamp Wins His First US Seniot Title With 3k at 2007 USATF Indoor Track and Field Champs
*Flanagan and Tegenkamp Win 3k Titles, Culpepper Gets Mile at USATF Indoors
*USATF Day 1 Indoor Recap
*USATF Day 1 Indoor 2007 Quotes
Nicola Sanders Hoping for 400m Gold at European Indoors
*Britain's Jenny Meadows Has Gone Sub 2 Now in 800 and Says She Has Faster Times In Her Legs Guardian
*British Sprinting Rivalry Developing
Geb Was Crushed by His London Run Last Year, but Is Totally Focused on Redeeming Himself This Year IAAF
Gail Devers, Isinbayeva Competing in Paris on Friday IAAF She may skip USA Indoors.
More on Ritz Skipping Worlds: It Wasn't an Easy Decision We know that but he was the one guy most of us really wanted to see in Kenya. Cross country is his best event and he's skipping the world champs. Boulder Daily Camera
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.
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.
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
NCAA Indoor Live on internet here *Schedule
Start Lists:*Men *Women *Results
Day1: Arizona State in Good Shape Despite Amy Hastings Only Finishing 4th in 5k Sally Kipyego dominated the 5k
Day 1 Recap:*UNC Led by Brie Felnagle's Strong Anchor Gets Title and American Record 4:32 for Felnagle as UNC gets another crown. Stanford's Russell Brown had a great day, easily qualifying in the mile, then anchoring the winning DMR.
*Chris Solinsky Gets Another Track Title After watching Friday's race it's apparent he's just better than everyone else.
*Walter Dix Wins 200
*Day 1 Photos
DII, DIII Coverage at Trackshark
It seemed to good to be true. The meet on live on the internet. But here it is on ESPN360. So once again we give you a way to be unproductive at work. Arizona State is a slight favorite on the women's side while a 3 way battle is expected between Wisconsin, Fl. State, and Texas on the men's side (rankings here). Much could depend on the abilities of Leo Manzano to double in the Mile and DMR and Wisconsin's Chris Solinsky to double in the 3k and 5k.
*Calvin Smith, Son of Former World Record Holder at 100m, is Going for 200m and 400m Double at NCAAs for Florida www.sptimes.com
*Arizona State Strong Favorite on Women's Side, Florida State, Texas, and Wisconsin expected to Be Tight on Men's Side www.trackwire.com
*Married Louisville Throws Stars Can't Room Together on the Road More proof that not getting sues is the #1 priority of most ADs instead of common sense.
*For Once Arkansas is Not a Favorite at NCAA Indoors AP
*Destinee Hooker Hoping to Jump 6' 6" and Set NCAA High Jump Record mysanantonio.com
Northern Arizona's Lopez Lomong Ready to Shine 6 years ago he didn't know how to turn on a light switch. Now he's adapted to life in America and embraces his new found fortune, having escaped the horrors of Sudan. Seeing him you'd never guess he was in a refugee camp at the turn of the century (he was the sharpest dressed guy in the Minneapolis airport when we saw him).
World XC News: Kenyan Minister Upset with US Terror Warning
*Editorial: New U.S. Terror Alert Smacks of Malice
*Bekele Was Just Trying to Hoodwink Kenyans by Saying he was Skipping World XCs
*Kenyans to Shut Down Road to World XC Course for a Week, They're Arresting Muslims
It's Official: Marion Jones and Obadele Thompson Got Married
Head of USADA, Terry Madden, to Step Down
Thrilling climax to Greatest Race on Earth series as winners of US$1.5million prize pool are decided The Standard Chartered Marathon Series has a ton of cash with some truly life changing money based solely on performance and your teammates. The winner got $13,000 for the win but his 4 man team won $400,000.
Stephen Koech, Who Came to US on Athletic Scholarship, Dies Homeless in the Cold in the Streets in Mass
U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Indoor Awards Cornell and Texas both with 4 awards each.
*ASU Hoping to Win NCAA Title on Women's Side: The School Has Been 9 Years Without a Title in Any sport
Great Recap of World's Best 10k Usually we try and keep the news new but this is the richest (non marathon) road race in the US (Puerto Rico) but doesn't get much coverage.
We've Received 5 Emails on This:
US Embassy Issues Warning on Terrorism Threat to World Champs The world champs "may be the target of an unspecified terrorist attack."
*IAAF Statement on US Embassy Terror Warning in Kenya Says it has been assured the champs will be safe.
*Kenenisa Bekele to Run World Cross Bekele has won 10 straight world XC titles and has made each one look so easy. But this year he talked about not running, and that caused one or two athletics fans to appreciate his accomplishments a bit more. Don't forget he's only 24.
*Jo Pavey Unsure of World XCs, Mo Farah is Running BBC
Japan: Tanzania's Samson Ramadhani Outkicks William Kiplagat of Kenya to Win Lake Biwa Marathon in 2:10 None of the Japanese hit the World Champs selection time for Japan.
LA: Fred Mogaka Only Runs 2:17 but Wins $120,000 at LA Marathon Yes ladies and gentleman 2:17 was worth $120,000 in LA. That's what happens when you get hot weather, don't pay your bills on time from the year before, and have most of the money given away in a gimmick. Mogaka's agent only got him to run the race this week when the Equalizer Bonus was bumped to $100,000. Mogaka told his agent he was not in shape to win the race an in reality he was right. They were running 6 minute miles at the end. The Equalizer races may raise interest in the sport but there is no reason that the prize ($100,000) has to be 5 times the 1st place prize in the race ($20,000). Hopefully Mogaka will get paid. We still can't believe all the LA papers have skirted the issue of the race not paying its prize money from last year until just a few weeks before this year's race. Instead they write articles like this.
*LA Marathon Results
*Josh Cox: A Class Act Trying to Get Back into the Sport after the Death of His Father He DNF'd on Sunday but is focused again on running.
Napa Valley: Rabbit Steve Sundell Gets Win and OT Qualifier at Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon
Recap: Mottram, Lauren Fleshman 15:27.61, Christian Cantwell, Shawn
Crawford, Lashawn Merritt, Michelle Perry Gets Double IAAF Double wins for Perry
*Melbourne Telstra A Results
Olympic Champs Mizuki Noguchi Out of London
Steeplechase Qualifier in S. Africa
Baldini vs Lebid at 75th Edition of Famed Cinque Mulini XC Race in Italy One of the most famous XC race in the world. It's pretty cool. You run through some guys' kitchen. Read this historical perspective on the race.
Lake Biwa Marathon in Japan This Weekend: 10 Sub 2:10 Guys Running Lake Biwa
Deaths: Famed Penn Relays Clerk Herman Mancini Dies
*Mancini to be Buried in His Penn Relays Outfit
*Herman Brix, the Olympic Silver Medallist Who Played Tarzan, Dies at 100
IAAF Outdoor Season Gets Underway In Melbourne:
*Athletics Australia Preview
*Former World Pole Vault Champ Dmitri Markov Retiring After Friday's Meet in Melbourne
Interesting Read: John Steffensen Working Harder than Ever Under John Smith
Drugs, Drugs, Drugs:
Balco II is Here
In case you didn't know the drug testing in the major sports isn't too effective. Pharmacists and doctors all over America were arrested in a new huge steroid scandal. NFL, MLB players, and boxer Evander Holyfield are implicated along with the Pittsburgh Steelers' team doctor who ordered up $150,000 of HGH on his private credit card.
*Longer Recap from Albany Times Union
*Doctors Reap Tons of Money from Prescribing Drugs
*Unrelated but in the news: Barry Bonds' Camp Has Never Disputed Steroids Evidence in Game of Shadows Book
USA XC Prediction Contest Recap Common folk don't have a chance in our contests. US Steeplechase champ, Lisa Galaviz won our women's contest. An ex CU Buff, pregnant with the two future operators to this website, won the overall contest. All winners get a a Gift Pack
JoggersWorld buys Running Times Seriously we think Runnersworld magazine has improved recently. Usually 1 article worth reading plus Ed Eyestone.
*Message board thread
*LetsRun.com Gets Unsolicited Buyout offer
Kenyan News: Paul Tergat Believes Kenyan Team Can Sweep Medals at World XCs
*After Failing at Trials, Junior Star Veronica Nyaruai, Is Invited to Kenyan Camp for Worlds
Mucheru, Currently a Man Without a Passport, as Kenyans Have Seized his
Bahraini Passport Until he Gives Back His Kenyan One
World's Best 10k: This is the richest non marathon in America. Results only
*Lornah Kiplagat Wins Easily over Meseret Defar
*Gilbert Okari Does it again Okari is incredibly good and earns his money the hard way, by winning the top road races in N. America. In 2006, he won Cherry Blossom ($6,000) , Bay to Breakers ($37,000 thanks to the totally disproportionate equalizier bonus and $5000 for being 1st over a hill), Bloomsday ($7,000), Crescent City ($5,000), Vancouver Sun Run ($3,000), and Falmouth ($10,000). But in 2006, he only finished 2nd in the richest road race in Americam, the World's Best 10k ($15,000). He rectified that on Sunday by winning in Puerto Rico and picking up $25,000 to start the year. He was 8 seconds off of a $15,000 bonus. The guy might be the most overlooked runner in the world.
Russia Women Win Yokohama Women’s Ekiden over US The US women sent an all-star team of sorts but came up short versus a very strong Russian team.
USA Collegiate Conference Action:
SEC: Arkansas Men, Tennessee Women Win SEC
Big 10: *Minnesota Women Win Their First Big 10 Indoor Title
Wisconsin Men Win 7th Straight Big 10 Title
Heps: Princeton Men Win a Close One, Cornell Women Dominate at 2007 Indoor Heps Michael Maag's with a 3 pointer at the buzzer. Can someone from Alaska, Nevada and Wyoming please click here
*Heps Indoor Results
*Women's 800 *Men's 800 link fixed
*Dave Pell in High Jump *Men's DMR
Saturday: Big 12 Texas & Nebraska Men Tie, Yes Tie, Sub 4 for Manzano, 3:04 for Baylor
*ACC Fl. State Men, Va Tech Women Win
*Fake Pac 10s
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
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.