Christine Ohuruogu Gets 12 Month Doping Ban for Missing 3 Drug Tests as Her Appeal Fails She should be banned too. If athletes can just skip tests and not expect consequences then drug testing is useless. BBC
Felix Sanchez Hoping for a 3rd 400m Hurdle World Title IAAF
Preview of Men's Sprints for 2007 Worlds
*Preview of Women's Sprints for 2007 Worlds
Rojo's in love
IAAF Profile of European Silver Medallist and Lydiard Disciple Susanne Wigene A great read as the 29-year old runs to and from her job every day - to the tune of over 125 mpw (210 km). She describes her training with the Norwegian word rovdrift – which means ruthless exploitation of a natural resource.
Kenya's Gideon Ngatuny Still Dreaming (and Talking) Very Big After 4th At World XC Ngatuny says he's going for gold in Osaka in the 10k and claims he might have won world xc if he hadn't been spiked 8km in. "I led for the most of the race until I was spiked in the eighth kilometre. I had taken good command of the race. I feared nobody."
Katerine Swtizer Autobiography Coming Out At Boston Marathon
Two Oceans 50k Is This Weekend
*Race Preview From South Africa Former Olympic marathon champ Josiah Thugwane is in the title hunt once again. Last year, he went out at an insane pace for the first 25k before the wheels came off.
*Another Good Preview From Riel Haumann
Lots of Kenyans Led By World's 2nd Fastest Ever Sammy Korir To Run Rotterdam Next Weekend
Ian Thorpe Update
*Ian Thorpe Receives "Please Explain" Letter From Doping Officials One problem, how is he supposed to remember what he was doing last May?
*Austrialian Endocrinologist Ken Ho Says Nothing Irregular About Thorpes's Test Ho says that Thorpe's T/E ratio of less than 6/1 is within the normal range and says a single elevated LH test is "uninterpretable" as the body releases it in pulses so you'd need to have a series of tests
You'll be hearing a lot about this for years
Great Australian Swimmer Ian Thorpe's Possible Positive Test Leaks It's pretty complicated but French sports daily L'Equipe reported that Thorpe showed an elevated T-E ratio and high levels of LH. Australia (sound like the old USATF?) said the test was inconclusive and threw it out but the world governing body for swimming (FINA) asked that it be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The case reminds us very much of the Mary Slaney case
in the US as Thorpe was a child prodigy at 14 who tested positive at the end of his career.
*During His Career Thorpe Led Anti-Doping Fight And Asked For EPO/HGH Testing
*WADA Rips Leaking Of Thorpe's Test As By No Means Is He Officially Positive
*Australian Press is all over the fact that Irish runner Gareth Turnbull (whom the tabloids are calling "the drunk Irishman") also had a high LH and TE ratio and was cleared Evidently the science on LH is very spotty.
*Mike Colman Column - A great read on how all athletes whether they test positive or not are often associated with drugs (Carl Lewis, Lance Armstrong)
*Fina To Hire PI To Look for Source of Thorpe Leak
Mombasa Course Will Never Be Forgotten By World's Runners "While tourists visiting Mombasa always promise to
return, athletes who took part in 35th IAAF World Cross Country
Championships last weekend have different views. They will forever be haunted by the memories of the Coastal town."
Peter Njenga: Hats of To XC Heroes Kenyan writers are still recapping the historic event which drew the largest xc crowd in history - 30,000
Recap of Athletics Kenya Track Meet in Kisii - Former Iona runnner and NCAA XC Runner-up Richard Kiplagat was 2nd in the 800. *Recap of 10ks at Kisii
Lots of Great Weekend Road Action - From America
*Carlsbad 5000: Meseret Defar Is 1st Women To Defend Her Crown Defar won but the return of former World Record holder Henry Rono to racing stole the show. Rono, who has been chronicling his comeback on our world famous message board, ran 17:48 for 2nd in his age group. The article has lots of nice photos from Victah Sailor
*Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Miler Ethiopians Tola and Erkesso Capture Titles Both races were blistering fast. The 19-year old Tadesse Tola, who was the surprise winner of Ethiopian XC nationals this year, ran a blistering 46:01 a week
after running world xcs. John Korir who was hoping to join Bill Rodgers as the 2nd 4-time champion was 3rd in 46:11 - his fastest time in 6 races in DC - but had this to say: "I was struggling, I am not in good shape now. I haven't been doing speed work. Next year I'll be better prepared." Message board thread here.
One Big Road Race In Africa
Asselefech Mergia Beats 8,000 To Win Confidence Women First 5k The race is the only female only race in Ethiopia. Great to see 8,000 women competing.
Pre-Race Article On Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Miler *DC Mayor Adrian Fenty who ran a marathon last week, and an 8k on St. Patricks
day is running as well.
Big Half Marathon Weekend in Europe - Live Race Coverage Can Be Found Here at 10:45 AM Sunday Central European time
Loaded Vattenfall Berlin Half Marathon Is Sunday Patrick Makau Musyoki, who recently ran 59:13, leads the Kenyan contingent and wants to run 58. In the women's race, Australia's Benita Johnson will be in a dual with defending champ and course record holder Edith Masai. Johnson will be aiming for the one Australian distance record she doesn't have.*Johnson says she's in best shape of her life but focus in on London
*Race press release with good quotes from Musyoki on wanting 58 mins and Johnson wanting the national record.
Stefano Baldini To Square Off Against Stiff African Competition in Stramilano Half On Sunday In Final Race Prior to London London is 3 weeks away and Baldini is playiing catchup after missing a crucial week of training in February with the flu.
Lets's hope they don't start training the troops in the same fashion Jeff Galloway Training Program Is Official Training Program For Army 10 Miler Once Again
Bekele wasn't the only African to drop out. Uganda's Boniface Kiprop Dropped Out With 400m Left and Cost Team Potential Silver No surprise to learn that the Ugandan coach is pretty upset
Henry Rono Running Carlsbad 5k Rono's inspirational comeback has hit the mainstream press as the LA Times has a piece on him. It talks about how he was so down on his luck he was forced to beg for a job as a janitor at Nike but was turned down.
USATF Club Championships To Offer $65,000 in Prize Money Money will go to club track, club xc and club relay champs.
And we thought it only happed with obnoxious American parents Ukranian Parent Banned From Having Any Contact With His Daughter For His Behavior at World Swimming Championships
Weekend Road Action We Didn't Put Up Til Today So It Wouldn't Be Overshadowed by World XC
*Azalea Trail Run: Samuel Ndereba Becomes First Champion To Repeat Since Bill Rodgers Michael Aish (5th, 28:52) was the highest non-Kenyan finisher. Ethiopia's Rehima Kedir won the women's race.
*Around The Bay 30k Simon Njoroge breaks course record on the men's side. In the women's race, the only confusion was about the name of the winner, Magdalene Makunzi, as
she was entered under two different names by two different agents
*Hervis Prague Half-Marathon: Liliya Shobukhova wins in a classic photo finish. On the men's side, Patrick Ivuti set a course record. Click on link to see great photo!!
*Shamrock Shuffle 8k Looks like the race may not have had prize money but a slew of Americans showed up. Former ND star Luke Watson won the men's race beating a slew of Hanson-Brooks guys. Tara Moody won the women's. *Men's results and Women's Results
Thank God For Beer
*Kenyan XC Team To Reap Financial Awards for Men's Team Title East African Breweries has pledged more than $7,000 and others are expected to donate as well
Guess He's Not From Philadelphia
Steve Cram Upset By Lack of Sportsmanship as World XC: Cram was horrified that the Kenyans went nuts when Bekele dropped out
Britain's Liz Yelling Runs 69:28 in Last Race Before London
Exclusive LetsRun.com World XC Coverage As Wejo Was On-site
*Wejo's Post-Race Recap of the action
*Race Day Photos
*Videos from Race Day
*An Unusual Sight of Bekele in 2nd
*Video of Crowd Going Nuts When Bekele Drops Out
*Ethiopian Junior Staggers Home and Is Yanked From Course Meters From The Finish Line
*Celebration after Kenyan Men's Team Victory *Crowd Control at the World XC Champs
*The Crowd During the Junior Girls Race Going Crazy
*Pre-Race Photos From Kenya
*Wejo's 2nd Report From Kenya
*Wejo's 1st Report From Kenya
New News Emerges Day After Spectacular World XC
*Ethiopian Men's Team Almost Didn't Run After Near Mutiny The team members said they'd boycott when it was announced that Mestawet Tufa (2nd in Ethiopian trials) wasn't running. The federation backed down but the whole scandal may have affected their performance as they didn't
register a team score.
*Bekele Says Conditions Became Too Much To Handle: "Suddenly I felt that my coordination was not good and that my mind was dizzy. I even started to doubt about how many laps I still had to run...."I was slowing down and felt that I was losing control over my body as well as my mind. This is why I decided to stop the race."
*Sr Men: Bekele Is Defeated As Zersenay Tadesse Wins Eritrea First Gold Just as it looked as if Bekele would cruise it on in for his record 6th long course title, his lead instantly vanished and soon he was on the sidelines - a beaten man just some 800 meters from the finish. The Kenyan men dominated the team standings.
*Sr. Women: Lornah Kiplagat Wins Ind. Title As Ethiopia Spoils Kenyan Party
*Juniors: Kenyans Have Perfecct 1-2-3-4 Showing In Both Races
Bekele Is Defeated. Wejo has called to say that Bekele's quest for a record 6th long course title didn't happen, as on the last lap just after he took a lead that Wejo was certain enough was big enough to get the win, Bekele suddenly lost it, dropped back and quickly dropped out as the Kenyan crowd went wild. Olympic 10k bronze medallist Zersenay Tadesse won Eritrea's first individual title. Wejo said the Kenyan crowd
was unreal as people were watching from the trees. The atmosphere was way, way crazier than Boulder apparently. He said the Kenyan crowd only seemed to care about two things - having a Kenyan in front in each race and seeing Bekele lose. He said they didn't really acknowledged ex-Kenyan Lornah Kiplagat who won the women's race. *Results here.
*News Flash From IAAF on Race: Bekele's dropout unexplained.
*BBC Article on Race as Mo Farah Gets 11th
*AP Preview of Race
Nice Pre-Race Work By The IAAF
*Preview of Sr. Men's Race
*Preview of Jr Men's Race
*Preview of Sr. Women's Race
*Preview of Jr. Women's Race
*World XC Has History of Repeat Individual Champions
*Profile of Kenyan Legend Paul Tergat
*Profile of Kenyan Legend Ismael Kirui
*Profile of Kenyan Legend John Kibowen
*8 Page History Of Kenyan Cross Country (PDF)
*An Interesting Explanation of Kenyan Names
Other Pre-Race News (Non-IAAF):
*Mo Farah Ready To Take On Africans For Britain
*Kenyan Team Arrives In Mombasa as Last-Minute Course Work Is Finished
*Heat-Wave Greets Ugandan Athletes The race is going to be hot hot hot. Click here for up to date weather predictions. Looks like a high of 87 fahrenhei (31 celcius).t
*Kenyan Born Stephen Mayaka Guiding Japanese Team As Well As Potential Kenyan Star Gideon Ngatuny Who Is Based in Japan Mayaka is now a Japanese citizen and there has been talk that Ngatuny could win gold
*Profile of 20 Yr Old Gideon Ngatuny
*Young Kenyan Team Arrives In Mombassa On Thursday The men's team is young and as a result some in the Kenyan press think that bodes well for 2007
*US Ambassador Happy With Kenya's Secuirty Arrangements Too bad too many US athletest wimped out
*Kenyan Great John Ngugi Confident Kenyans Can Dominate
Kenyan B Team Qatari Team Ready For Worlds
*Preview of World XCs from Kenyan Paper: Ethiopians Still Favored for Individual Crowns The Kenyans may still win the majority of
the team titles but it's a matter of national pride that they have not been able to win the top individual spot. And the president of Kenya will be at the race this year.
*Cross Country Comes Home
Head Lamine Diack in Mombasa
*Course Work to be 24 Hours A Day to Get World XC Stands Ready for Saturday's Race
*Teams Being Met with a Ton of Security in Mombasa
Tergat Says XC Should be in the Olympics
Previous:Kenya to Have to Get Passed Ethiopians if It Wants to Win an Individual Title at Worlds
Arrive at Worlds
*Kenyan Team Now Training Twice a Day Down from Three Times
*LetsRun.com's Wejo Is Going to Worlds
US 8k: Anthony Famiglietti Wins US 8k Title In case you haven't noticed Fam is getting pretty damn good at the longer distances. He got the win in his hometown of NYC.
*Andrew Carlson Out of World XC With Broken Rib
*Britain's Jo Pavey Out of Worlds BBC
*Foreign Athletes Training
In Kenya Ready for Worlds
President Lamine Diack to Be In Kenya on Monday
Edith Masai up against Benita Johnson at Vattenfall Berlin Half Marathon Next Month
Blake Boldon Interview 4th at USATF 3k and then a 3:59 mile.
Moses Kiptanui Says Kenyan Worlds Team Needs to Be Mentally Prepared
*USA's Katie McGregor Out of World XCs
8 Sub 2:08 Guys Running Rotterdam Marathon April 15th IAAF
World XCs Next Weekend:
*Russia, Australia, and New Zealand Arrive This Weekend for Worlds
*4 of 5 World Champs and 66 Nations at 2007 World XC ChampsIAAF
*Security Being Beefed Up in Mombasa for Worlds
First Ever: Ask Wejo: High Mileage Training, Evil Stop Watches, the NCAA Season, and Ryan Hall Weldon answers your training questions on AT pace (whatever that is), 140 mile weeks, and the collegiate racing season. Plus confidence, overconfidence, Ryan Hall's race in
Jacksonville, and runners choking at NCAAs. All just an attempt to be more self-marketed than Dean K.
on Devine Racing's Cash Crunch: Salt Lake City Marathon Cutting Back on
Prize Money as It Has Not Paid Its Bills From Last Year They still owe $50,000 to a charity that provided volunteers to last year's race. How about scrapping prize money entirely and not taking a salary, until you pay the bills. Perhaps it won't make a difference because this year's money is going to last year's race.
Japan Announces Marathon Squad for World Champs IAAF
Chris Solinsky, Wisconsin's Quarterback
Abebe Bikila's and Mamo Wolde's Tombs Desecrated Punks exists in all corners of the world.
NYC Reebok Grand Prix Becomes Part of IAAF Athletics Tour (It and Pre Classic are Only 2 Meets in US With This Status) IAAF
LetsRun.com NCAA Basketball Hoops Contest Win a cool million. Yeah right. link fixed. Find group LetsRun.com
Dathan Ritzenhein Out of US 8k Champs in NY With Injury
Is Football (Soccer) The Reason Britain is Not Good at Track and Field
Gate River Run:
*Ryan Hall Says He Wasn't That Excited During Jacksonville Run
*Message board thread here
for 6 for Meb, One for the Thumb for Deena
*Results *Video from Gate River Run 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
Moses Mosop, Kenya's Best Hope at Worlds
Frank Tickner Makes it a Clean Sweep at European Domestic Winter Titles With English Crown BBC
NY Times Profile on Karl Dusen Who Is Running NY 8k Econ grad with a job. Wejo, minus a decade, plus he was way better in college.
Charles Kamathi and Martin Mathathi Training at National Team Camp in Kenya But they're Not Running worlds BBC
Dwain Chambers Makes Hamburg NFL Europe Team BBC
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.
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
Gardener Looking to Outdoors After 60m European Title BBC
Dr. Bill Stegemoller, Former Souther Indiana Coach, Dies
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
Zersenay Tadesse and Micah Kogo to Go After Gebrselassie's 10k Record at Great Manchester Run in May Kogo is an amazing talent who ran 27:07 last week and Tadesse is the World XC champ.
IAAF Of 16 Yr Old American Wondergirl Jordan Hasay She won the HS XC nationals as a freshman and now has run 4:39 for 1,600 and 10:04 for 3200 s a sophomore. Pretty good times for a boy that age. At first we were a bit scared to see such a big profile on such a young athlete, but she seems to really have her head on straight. She is being compared to Mary Slaney, let's hope she creates the buzz (but then forgets to tarnish her naem with a drug conviction)
Meb Keflezighi Signs 2 Yr Deal W Powerbar The article is good as it talks about why he's running London - he wants a fast time. Meb: "I'm 31 and fit. I feel like I need a fast course."
Should All Pro Sports Just Be Shut Down?
*Jan Ullrich DNA Linked To Doped Blood
*German Media Says It Best: "Jan Ullrich the Liar. German sport definitely loses one of its heroes"
Torn between love of country and love of the dollar abroad
Leonard Mucheru Jawher Mushir Finally Gets To Leave Kenya For Bahrain He used to be Kenyan, was bought by Bahrain, but then Bahrain revoked his citizenship because he competed in Israel. The international community was outraged so apparently Bahrain has backed down but the Kenyans aren't acting a whole lot nicer. They are selectively being tough
on him and claiming he can't come back unless he pays Sh60,000 ($900 US) every two years. Mushir: "I feel like I am being persecuted in a country I was born, live with my family and invested all my track earnings"
World Jr XC Champ Asbel Kiprop Wins 3k in 8:02 Don't let the the time fool you into thinking this guy isn't a talent as he won by 11 seconds and "felt at ease" but said he lacked the track work to run faster. Plus we bet it was hot.
Asafa Powell: Talks More About Gatlin's Positive
“There is some bitterness, knowing that he (Gatlin) was taking drugs. But there’s a part of me that is very sorry for him because there were some mixed reports about it and he said he didn’t knowingly take drugs... You don’t know what to believe, but I just can’t imagine how wrecked his life is now....Over the years, even before I started track and field, people always had bad things to say about Americans because over the years many of their athletes have tested positive"
Lots of Great Weekend Road Action - From Europe
*Vattenfall Berlin Half Marathon Patrick Makau Musyoki Runs 4th Fastest Ever Half (58:56) As 3 Break 1 Hr/Benita Johnson Sets Australian Half-Record (68:28) The men's race was sick as they ran the first 1k in 2:34 and 5k in 13:39. At 10k, there were 7 runners still in the lead group and the split was 27:27 - way faster than any road 10k has ever been run in Germany. The world record was in jeopardy but apparently it was very windy at the
end of the race. Musyoki wants to run the 5k at worlds.
*Stramilano Half-Marathon Aniko Kalovics Breaks 69 as Kisang Sets 60:55 PB In Getting Win
Olympic champ Stefano Baldini stayed with the leaders for 8k before fading to a 62:10 in his last race before London. Baldini: "I ran 1:02 which is the time I have to run if I want to stay with the
leading group in London in three weeks. Today’s race is an indication
that I worked well on long-distance runs but what I need before London
is quality”. *Photo of race winner Kisang
*Parelloop 10k (Netherlands) Micah Kogo Nearly Breaks Haile G's Road 10k World Record Kogo missed the mark by just 5 seconds but still clocked 27:07 to win. It doesn't say it in this article but his 9k split was 24:18 meaing he was on 27:00 pace but it was windy and he ran a 2:49 last km.
*Hope For 32 Yr Old Balding Men
Viktor Röthlin Improves on His Own National Record in Winning Zurich Marathon He improved his mark by 1:37 by winning in 2:08:19.
Good for him (We like to see athletes lead the anti-doping fight)
Asafa Powell Wants To Show World How Fast A Clean Athlete Can Sprint The world's fastest man says he was irate after Justin Gatlin got busted as everyone now assumes he's on drugs.
World XC Champion Tadesse Has Eyes Set on Half-Marathon WR on April 15 He'll be racing in Spain. His coach says he's in WR shape.
Profile of World Junior Girls XC Champ Linet Chepkwemoi Masai The 17 yr old is a talent as she didn't start training seriously until last February
Carlsbad 5k Is Sunday
IAAF Preview of Carlsbad Defar and Henry Rono are getting the press. Go Henry!!
Merset Defar Wants To Break Her Own Road World Record of 14:46 On the men's side, the expected world record bid (12:59) appears to be off as the three Ethiopians who were expected to team up and go for the record Abreham Cherkos Feleke, Tarkiu Bekele, and Ibrahim Gashu, dropped out after at least one of them was hospitalized after world xc. Former E. Michigan star Boaz Cheboiywo appears to be the favorite now.
Profile Of World Junior XC Champion Asbel Kiprop Unlike lots of American youngsters who think it's all about the celebration, this young man has his head screwed on right. He cancelled the party his parents wanted to have for him after World XC so he could focus on his track training. He's hoping to really do something this spring and drop his 1500 PR from 3:42
Astronaut Suni Williams To Run Boston Marathon In Space This is a great article. Another astronaut, Karen Nyberg, is also running the race in person.
Another one Rojo Missed:
Susan Loken 3 Peats At More Marathon In NYC The race is only for women over 40 and they had more than 6,000 women (there was a half-marathon relay). We think that's pretty cool. Gordon Bakoulis was 2nd. Her marriage story was pretty cool (hopefully she's not divorced as it was over a decade ago).
Deena Kastor Ready For Boston Marathon The article reveals what we assumed, Kastor turned down more money to run London to try to be the first American woman to win Boston since 1985.
Fortis Marathon Rotterdman To Feature Strongest Field In Years The race has 20 guys who have run 2:10 or better.
Nick Symmonds Podcast America's mid-d star talks about racing guys he used to worship like Webb/Hall. Well we think so as we didn't listen to it.
Daegu, South Korea and Moscow Will Host 2011 and 2013 World Championships In Track In 2007 and 2009 it's already Osaka and 2009 Berlin. Brisbane, Australia and Barcelona, Spain were in the running but lost out. *Statement from Daegu mayor who was Marketing Director at 1988 Olympics
Days After World XCs Health of Uganda's World Champion In The Steeple Is Still a Concern Dorcus Inzikuru has some serious allergy problems and she was forced to drop out of World xc and then she fainted on the bus-ride home.
IAAF Reacts To Athleticbet.com
IAAF says people involved with track can't own gambling websites. Agent Robert Wagner who started the site a few months ago says he'll just quit being an agent. IAAF Resolution On Betting
IAAF Reiterates Call For 4 Year Doping Bans We think this is HUGE and support it 100% (although we'd be for lifetime bans). Under exceptional circumstances, it could be reduced. In baseball, it's a few games. What a joke. IAAF Website On Call For 4 Yr Ban
IAAF Demands That Bahrain Federation Take Disciplinary Action For Cheating By Running Older Runners At Worl Youth and World Jr. Cross
More Reports On Rce From Kenyan Papers
*Carnival Atmosphere Reigns As Kenyans Enjoy Their 21st of 23 Sr. Men's Team Titles and Bekele's Failure To Win Record 6th Long Course Title
*Runners Fainted/Lost Memory Due to Heat
Nice Recap of Race From British Perspective (Athletics Weekly) : Mo Farah runs tactically brilliant race to move up and finish 10th
More XC Coverage
*Tergat's Pre-Race Comments Were Very Accurate: "I spoke with Bekele yesterday, and he is very confident. However he obviously can’t give a 100% commitment that he will win today’s race. The weather will play a major role and although all the teams have approached the question of the heat and humidity I am certain that many teams will not finish will all their runners.” Tergat was correct as the Ethiopian men didn't record a team score
(nor did US jr men).
*Bekele: I'm not here to humiliate the Kenyans
*Kenyan Columnist: Locals face tough task of winning
*Britain's Mo Farah Making No Excuses: He's focused on world cross this winter and says he's ready to race
*World XC Press Conference Quotes
It's gonna be a crazy free for all
Big Crowd Expected As Kenya Govt. Decides To Stop Charging For Tickets
*British Papers Say Security Effort Is One Of Biggest Ever Seen Save For Olympic Games Apparently there are boats offshore in case people need to be evacuated. In 2002, there was a terrorist bomb in Mombassa and terrorists also almost shot down an Israel plane.
*Security Is So Tight In Mombassa Its Irking The Special Programmes Minister Who Got Searched The article also reveals that houses on major streets were all painted to impress the foreigners
*Muslim Group Cancels Planner Protest At World XCs AP
*More on Protest Cancellation from Kenyan Paper
Irish Sports Council To Pay Garrett Thurnbull £100,000 He Spent Clearing His Name in Doping Case
Anthony Famiglietti and Carrie Tollefson To Headline Inaugural Kip Keino Mile The two US Olympians have committed to compete in the May 13th event in Ithaca, NY - the home of LetsRun.com. More big names to come later!!
Florida Gators Women's Coach Tom Jones Passes Away In an illustrious coaching career that spanned 35 plus years, Jones won 2 NCAA titles and was the head coach at NC State, Utep, ASU and Florida.
Famous UK Distance Coach David Farrow Banned for 5 Yrs By UK Athletics The British Milers Club's 2006 Coach of the Year was accused of rape but was banned for 'abusing his position of trust as a coach'.
US Worlds Team Lands in Mombasa, US Women's Team Only Has 4 Members, Men's 7 It's kind of sad we're two short on both the men's and women's side.
Ethiopian Athletics Budget Up 50%
Former British Milers Coach of the Year Gets 5 Year Suspened Coaching License in Britain
Germany Hires Frankie Fredericks to Work With Sprint Relay Teams
Kelly Strong Breaks American Record in 2k Steeplechase
LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle Hits 30,000 Entrants for This Weekend
*Reebok Signs on to Sponsor Peachtree Roadrace Clearly sponsoring the Reebok/ LetsRun.com afterparty in Boulder has rejuvenated the Reebok marketing machine. Peachtree is serving as the US road 10k
champs this year.
Dick Pound Wants to Be Head of Court of Arbitration in Sport He doesn't seem neutral enough.
This Weekend's Action:
Netherlands: Samuel Wanjiru Runs 58:35 World Record in Half The half mark is getting down there as it becomes a more commonly raced distsance.
Bong-Ju Runs 2:08 to Win Seoul Marathon at Age 37 Bong Ju was the 1996 silver medallist in the marathon and won Boston in 2001.
*Lee Bong Ju: "I know I am not so fast, but I believed in my endurance which really helped me win the race."
8Top Results from Seoul Marathon
S. Africa: *Myburgh’s 48.97 and double by Namibia’s Agnes Samaria highlight South African Champs, Day 2
*Sherwin Vries Gets Sprint Double at S. African Champs
Lisbon: Rita Jeptoo 67:05, Robert Kipchumba 60:31
at Lisbon HalfIAAF
Rome: Six Sub 2:10 Men, 4 Sub 2:30 Women at Rome MarathonIAAF
NZ:$1000 on the Line for a Sub 4 at Today's Mayoral Mile in New Zealand
USATF News: Texas' Bubba Thornton and UCLA's Jeanette Bolden to Coach 2008 US Olympic Teams
*Drug Cheat Sandra Farmer Patrick Inducted into Cal
State Hall of Fame (She's Also a USATF Board Member) If you cheat just make sure it really works and then you can get a lifetime gig in the sport, hence stories like this:
14 Year old Inline Skater Busted for Drugs by USADA
In Depth Talk With USATF CEO Craig Masback from FloCast: 65 minutes with USATF's boss. At least watch it before you bitch . We haven't seen it yet but Mark of Flocasts says its good and its 3am.
*Part 2 Hardest Part of the Job
*Part 3: Poker (He'd better not knock our favorite sport)
*Part 4: TV
*Part 5: Future Goals
*Part 6: Beer, Gambling and Women
Drug Testing Guru Don Catlin to Step Down as Head of UCLA Lab to Dedicate More Time to Research Washington Post In case you haven't realized the real bottleneck in drug testing is on the research side,
so it might be better to have Catlin doing research full time. And until the pro sports or the Olympic movement get serious and pony up some serious cash ,there will be no HGH test, etc.
*Don Catlin Says Drug Testers Need More Money, Fortunately USADA is Loaning Him a Key Piece of Equipment
*Don Catlin Says Urine Test for HGH May Never
Uproar in Kenya as World XC Team is Announced and Martin Mathathi is Named to Team Despite Doing Well at Trials Mathathi was taken off the team as a result.
*Kenyan Team Named for World XCs
*Japanese Team Named for World XCs
Paris Half Marathon Men's Results Joseph Maregu Wins in 1:00:22
On the boards: Where Does Dean Karnazes rank in the pantheon of distance runners?
Japan: Yasuko Hashimoto, 2003 Berlin Champ, Wins Nagoya Marathon in Relatively Modest 2:28:49
Final Day of Australian Outdoor Champs: Sally McLellan Breaks 35 Year
Old Australian Record in 100m Hurdles Apparently the Kiwis competing are upset they weren't honored at the awards cermony.
Asia: Bahrain Sweeps Women's Medal at Asian XC Champs
Trying to Get His Confidence Up: Alan Webb to Race a Dentist over the Mile We're just kidding.
Study on Olympic Marathon Trials Training is Published in International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance Apparently not too many of them are on this:
*FDA Issues Severe Warning on Heart Attack Risks
on EPO Drugs
NCAA Indoor *Results
Day 2: Arizona State Women, Wisconsin Men Win Titles A stumble by Walter Dix in the 60 may have cost FSU the title, as Chris Solinsky locked
things up by finishing 2nd to Lopez Lomong in the 3k. Leo Manzano got his firt indoor mile title to go with the outdoor title he had as a freshman, but the most dominating runner in the NCAAs is Sally Kipyego who won the 3k to go with her 5k title.
DII: St. Augustine's Sweeps Men's and Women's Titles at DII Indoor Nationals
*DII Indoor Results
Men, Williams Women Win DIII Titles
*DIII Indoor Results
Day1 DI: Arizona State in Good Shape Despite Amy Hastings Only Finishing 4th in 5k Sally Kipyego dominated the 5k
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.
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
DIII Coverage at Trackshark
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
JoggersWorld buys Running Times Seriously we think Runnersworld magazine has improved recently. Usually 1 article worth reading plus Ed Eyestone.
*Message board thread
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
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
*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
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
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
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.
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.
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
*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
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"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.