Flora London Marathon is Sunday:
Tergat and Geb Take Center Stage
The 2 greatest distance runners ever (of their generation for sure) have not raced each other in 5 years. But every time these 2 match up the battles are epic. As their careers wind down, this could be the final battle in their storied rivalry, although many think the last hurrah will be at the Beijing Olympics. Gebrselassie hinted he may try and run until the 2012 Olympics and said even a return to the track for this year's World Champs may be in store. But up first is one of the greatest marathon fields ever assembled in London. Unseasonably warm weather may prevent a world record attempt but the priority in London is always the win, a win Gebrselassie compares equal to a World Championship. Tergat says he's fit and points out his training partners have recently won Boston and Rotterdam.
*Trip to American in 1992 Showed Tergat What was Possible in Life He appreciates the opportunity in America: "I saw hope and opportunity. It was a huge shock to me. "
*Ryan Hall Believes London is Pressure Free Place for His Debut Washington Times
*9th Place Last year in London Was the Worst Finish for Geb Ever in His Life BBC
*Trip to American in 1992 Showed Tergat What was Possible in Life Guardian
*Benita Johnson Believes She can Go Sub 2:20 in London
Women: *Lornah Kiplagat Ready to Shine in the Marathon and Makes Some Cash for Her School The World XC champ is running better than ever. Can she finally put it together in the marathon?
*Lornah Kiplagat 10 Years Ago was a Pacer at London
*Benita Johnson Shooting for Win in London She's a former world xc champ but has underperformed in the marathon until last time out in Chicago.
*China's Zhou Chunxiu Wants Win in London (She Ran 4 Sub 2:30s in 2005)
Men: Gebrselassie Trying to Come Out on Top in London guardian.co.uk
*Post Your Questions About Haile G with the Author of His Biography
*Haile Gebrselassie Audio Interview About London
*After Half Marathon Test in Korea Khannouchi Ready for London Special K ran 1:04:58 there. But if you know anything by now it should be to never evaluate him off of his shorter distance races before the marathon. He's the best marathoner ever for a reason.
Wednesday's London News:
This marathon is the richest and most competitive in the world. Take a look at this years men's field: arguably the 2 greatest distance runners ever, Haile Gebrselassie and Paul Tergat, the greatest marathoner ever, Khalid Khannouchi, defending champ Felix Limo (undefeated in his last 2 marathons Chicago 05, London 06), 2 time world champ Jaouad Gharib, Olympic champ Stefano Baldini, NYC champ Marilson Gomes dos Santos, Olympic silver medallist Meb Keflezighi, and fellow American Ryan Hall who will be making his much anticipated debut after his 59:43 half marathon. (Hendrick Ramaala and Martin Lel as well)
*Meb Missed 2 Weeks of Training With Blister, Says London Field is Better than Olympics
*Khannouchi Says He's 90 to 95% Fit
*Defending Champ Felix Limo Says He's 95% Fit for London
*The Dreamer Ryan Hall Ready to Tackle the Worlds Best in London Independent
*Paul Tergat Wants to Finally Come Out on Top in London
*Meb to Visit Eritrea after Running London
Post Boston News: Cheruiyot Undecided on Fall Marathon He says its between Chicago and NY.
*A Look at 78 Year Old Bill Welsh Who Led 1955 Boston Marathon
*BAA Launches Boston 2008 Olympic Trials Website It's one of the better websites we've seen. Meanwhile, while everyone else's websites were crashing on Monday, the LetsRun .com juggernaut performed flawlessly.
Boston: Race results
Triumphs Again, Lidiya Grigoryeva Surprise Winner
Cheruyiot defended his Boston crown in the extreme weather
conditions (heavy winds, rain) that made the race a real dog fight.
Cheruyiot hit half way in 1:08:45 but dropped the hammer over the more
difficult second half to pull away from James Kwambai over
the final 2 miles to win in 2:14:13. Lidiya Grigoryeva of
Russia also threw down the hammer over the final 2 miles (5:10 mile)
to defeat NYC champ and World Marathon
Majors leader Jelena
Prokopcuka. And hundreds of thousands in appearance fees, could not spare Deena Kastor from the fate that does in many a marathoner, an unscheduled bathroom break as her bid to become the first American winner in Boston came up short. Deena did come back to finish 5th in 2:35:09,
and get the US title. *Race results
*Bathroom Break Cost Deena Big Time in Boston Boston Globe
*Boston Marathon Played Wrong Russian National Anthem
Men: Pete Gilmore is Top American at Boston in 8th
*Kimbia boys go 3, 4 6
*Kimbia Auction of 3rd place finisher (Stephen "Baba" Kiagora) singlet and number Stephen Kiagora.
Video:*State trooper runs into spectator on course
*Flocast Post Race Press Conferences
*Astronaut Completes Boston in Space in 4:23
*Soldiers March Boston Marathon in Memory of Their Fallen Comrade
Blow by Blow Coverage:
Boston Champs Amby Burfoot's Mile by Mile Coverage
Live LetsRun.com Message Board thread
Inspirational Profile of Boston Marathon Record
Holder Robert Cheruiyot The
life story of Cheruiyot, who is looking for his 3rd Boston title
Monday, is truly remarkable. After being abandoned by his
parents, he found a way to survive, first as an indentured
servant and then on 30 cents a day helping out at a barbershop
where he smoked every day. Thoughts of suicide entered his
mind but now less than 10 years later he is running for history
although last year's crazy fall
at Chicago hasn't helped him as
he had to go back to the hospital just 3 weeks ago.
Confident Deena Kastor Looking Forward To Bad Weather And Hoping To Be
1st American Female Winner Since 1985 “It
looks like a big cross-country race, and I love cross-country.
I’m going out there and push the pace...“The last
four months have been so flawless, so consistent.”
Benoit Samuelson's Advice: Be Tough The article
reveals American Peter Gilmore had his best race of
his life in similar conditions
Preview of Race
Official Brace For Crazy Bad Weather
Great Read: Great Ryan Hall Profile on NBCSports Nice
article as the focus, with a short video to supplement it. Perfect.
Read about how Ryan got started in running, his interesting family, and
the reason Sara is not married to a Stanford football player.
LetsRun.com World XC Coverage As Wejo Was On-site
*Wejo's Post-Race Recap of the action
*Race Day Photos
from Race Day
Unusual Sight of Bekele in 2nd
*Video of Crowd Going Nuts When Bekele Drops Out
Junior Staggers Home and Is Yanked From Course Meters From The Finish
*Celebration after Kenyan Men's Team Victory *Crowd
Control at the World XC Champs
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
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
Ever: Ask Wejo: High Mileage Training, Evil Stop Watches, the NCAA
Season, and Ryan Hall
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.
59:43 for RYAN HALL
Yep, sub 1 hour in the half marathon for an American on American soil
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
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
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
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
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
It Just Seems Like Lonon is the Only race This Weekend:
Oregon Invite: Start Lists for This Weekend's Oregon Invite: Nicole Teter, Nick Symmonds, Dan Browne Running Remember Teter? Just a few years ago she was America's mid d star.
*Nick Symmonds Making His Outdoor Debut This Weekend
Italy: Sunday's Padua Marathon Preview IAAF
Sunday's Padua Marathon Preview IAAF
A Look at Steve Meinelt the Youngest Qualifier for the Men's Olympic Marathon Trials
"I respect him (Haile Gebrselassie) for what he has done; he is a great athlete. But I
do not fear him... I never know why he has not won in London. Maybe it is because they are tough guys... In Berlin there was no challenge; in Fukuoka there was no challenge;
in Amsterdam there was no challenge. You tell me who was in Berlin or
Amsterdam or Fukuoka. He has proven he can run 2:05, but with the
-Felix Limo talking about Haile G in the marathon
Athletics Australia Loses $1 Million a Year Sponsorship from Telstra
Man Runs Boston Marathon in a New York Yankees Jersey
Former World Record Holder in Steeple Bernard Barmasai Headlines Next Weekend's Vienna Marathon IAAF
Pictures of Desecrated Memorials to Abeba Bikila and Mamo Wolde
Alvina Begay and Brandon Leslie Trying to Go from Navajo Reservation to Beijing Olympics
WADA Says it Will Have to Go After Doping Manufacturers in Drug Fight USA Today
New Running Fiction: Into the Irish Night: Chapters 3-6 link fixed A letsrun.com viewer got very positive feedback on his first 2 chapters so he is now publishing for all to read chapters 3-5.
*Chapters 1-2 are here.
News From the Weekend That We Missed: Hansons-Brooks Distance Project Offers $100,000 Income Guarantee The Hanson brothers have spent a ton of their own cash promoting American distance running.
*Abraham Chebii Defeated Mottram at BUPA Ireland Run IAAF
Lananna Does it Again: Signs Chad Hall Hall is the high school XC champ and brother of Ryan Hall. Lananna is the best recruiter in the country.
A Look at New Zealand's Top Milers Are the glory days returning for the Kiwis?
Kip Keino Mile Update: Masters Prize Money, Come Take Part in the Weekend May 13th, Special Dinner Open to Public with Kip on May 12th
Wall Street Journal Update on Leonard Mucheru (Subscribers Only) He has his Bahrain passport pack after saying what a privilege it was to compete in Israel, but he will not be allowed to compete for the Bahrain national team.
*Bob Ryan of Boston Globe: Kenyans Have Established a Tyranny "Dominance? Did I hear someone say "dominance"? That would be an
improvement. What the Kenyans have done to the Boston Marathon, and a
few other marathons, is establish a tyranny that certainly should be an
embarrassment to the rest of the running world...Well, guess what? You think the outcome would have been much different if it had been 80 degrees and sunny?"
*LetsRun.com Rojo Speaks: Inspired By
a Kenyan Robert Cheruyiot Cheruyiot is a true star in the sport and a truly unbelievable rags to riches story.
*LetsRun.com Wejo Speaks: Spira Shoes Attempting to Make a Mockery of the Boston Marathon 2 guys wearing what we thought at the time were "illegal" (now USATF is saying they are not) shoes led the Boston marathon for the first half of the race in what if emailers are correct was just a publicity stunt.
*Update: USATF is Saying the Spira Shoes are Not Banned Just maybe they could have told us this 1, 2 years ago? If they're not banned and Spira knew this, Spira (and USATF) should be ashamed. If they are, Spira should be ashamed.
*Weather Better Than Expected in Boston Boston Globe
Chelanga Crushes Field In Hot Conditions as Kiromia Ominami Joins Twin
Sister In Winner's Circle Chelanga was the
only one to break 2:10 as he ran 2:08:21 in weather that approached
80 (25 celsius) and swas so hot the race was called
off after 3.5 hours. The field went out fast (29:58 at 10k) but the
heat started to take its toll and a lot of people cratered. In the
women's tace, Ominami won just as her
twin (Takami) did in 2002.
Mubarak Hassan Shami Remains Unbeaten In Marathon Runs World
Leading 2:07:19 In Warm Weather Fresh
off an 8th place at world XC, Shami won his 5h straight marathon. Magarsa
Tafa won the women's race in 2:25.
Nephat Kinyanjui Defends Title in Photo Finish
Kinyanjui joins two-time Olympic medallist Eric Wainaina
as the only two-time champs as he edged Georgiy Andreyev
in the stadium finish. 2:06er Toshinari Takaoka
ran 2:15:00 as a training run.
*Turin Marathon 2:29/2:10
Good Enough To Win in Hot Conditions
O'Sullivan Falters In Farewell Road Race In Ireland
She finished 11th in Sunday's Great Bupa
Ireland Run won by Victoria Mitchell
End Is Near For Sonia O'Sullivan At 37, she admits its harder to train and Sunday's
Great Ireland Run in Dublin may well be her last competitive road race
of her career in her native Ireland. She still plans on racing a
marathon in the next year before calling it quits.
Oil Oil Oil
Dubai Marathon To Feature $1 Million Purse and $1
Million World Record Bonus
List of Elite London Entries Rojo didn't realize Khannouchi was running
Mt Sac Shalane Flanagan Sets American 5000m Record
(14:44.80) Shalane's fabulous 2007 season kicked off outdoors
like it did indoors, with an American record. This time she took down
drug cheat Regina Jacobs 5k record, (14:45.38) as Flanagan ran
14:44.80 thanks to a strong final k. And in the men's 5k, Juan Barrios
4 American hit the World Championship "A" standard, led by
Anthony Famiglietti who was 2nd in 13:11. (Ryan
Kirkpatrick, Ed Moran, and Josh McDougal
are the others) Fam's huge pr was less than a month after his American
8k win in NYC. Juan Barrios of Mexico won the men's 5k in a world
Recap of Mt. Sac Including Juan Barrios World Leading 13:11 5k
Has Recaps of All the Top Races (and
even the "B" races)and Interviews with Shalane and Fam.
Mt. Sac Meet Director is Calling it Quits as Meet Director God gave him another chance at
life and being a meet director no longer is in his plans.
O'Sullivan Running Great Bupa Ireland Run This Weekend As Her Final
Road Race BBC
Riddick Fraud Case Gets Underway, His lawyer Accuses Tim Montgomery of
Brokering Kilo Drug Transactions If
true, Montgomery's case is getting sadder by the minute.
Still Trying to Tarnish Whatever Little Reputation it Still Has Left The
way we read this article the checks have been in the mail for over a
month as Devine still has not paid last year's prize money for the Salt
Lake City Marathon (this year's race is next week). USATF also
is a joke for continuing to sanction such an event. We need to start a
section on here where you all can rate the
road races you run.
Deem and Pat Henry to Coach US Teams at 2007 Worlds
Landis Loses Arbitration Ruling over Procedures in His Doping Defense
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
5: Future Goals
6: Beer, Gambling and Women
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.
Catlin Says Drug Testers Need More Money, Fortunately USADA is Loaning
Him a Key Piece of Equipment
Catlin Says Urine Test for HGH May Never
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
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
buys Running Times Seriously we think Runnersworld
magazine has improved recently. Usually 1 article worth reading plus Ed
Gets Unsolicited Buyout offer
Boulder XC Coverage
Kastor Dominates, Culpepper Upsets
A NewDay for US
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
from all the races
Video of the Men's Finish nd Culpepper Pumping His Fist
Kastor Get Titles
Running Reputation Solid
10,000 Fans Turned Out
of Fans Touches Kara Goucher
Daily Camera Coverage:
Does it Self Proud
Feels Right at Home
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.
2007 LetsRun.com Fan Predictions
Hasay Ready for Junior Race
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.
Statement on Pulling Out He
got a cold and London is the focus.
Ready to Rumble, Says the Course is In Great Shape
Torres Ready for Battle in Boulder
Keflezighi is Out
talks about the showdown in Boulder, the most disappointing year of his
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
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
Kastor Profile in Ventura Newspaper Racing more is the plan in 2007.
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
Julian, The Man Behind Boulder 2007 If
everyone in the world was like Pete Julian it would be a much better
Monday: LRC Ritzenhein
Ready to Battle in Boulder
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
Upcoming: Interviews with the Culpeppers,
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)
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.