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-USOC Chairman Peter Ueberroth, saying what we've been saying for a long time, the amount spent on drug testing research is a joke.

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This Weekend:
Penn Relays: *
Results 2007 *New Penn Relays Blog Race by Race Recaps*Flocast Video
Texas Two Peats at Penn, Michigan Women Set Collegiate Record in 4*1500
Leo Manzano delivered the goods as everyone expected him to do on he anchor leg of the men's DMR. Providence's Max Smith split a 3:55 anchor. (splits here) In the women's 4*1500, Michigan set an American collegiate record thanks to the 4:13 split of the newest distance sensation, Anna Willard (who has run 2:03 and 15:53 this year as well). Matt Centrowitz junior won the mile in a Penn record of 4:08 and Craig Forys ran 4:04 on the DMR.
*American Pros Still Expected to Dominate at Penn
Flocast is taping every single race but can not put up the men's DMR and a few others until after Saturday's TV broadcast.
Tennessee Women Win DMR at Penn, JJ Clarke Now Has 5 Penn Titles in 5 Years as a Coach Sarah Bowman and JJ Clark's team got the job done. It's JJ's 2nd DMR title at Penn.
*Thursday Day 1 Recap of Penn IAAF
New Penn Relays Blog They have quick race by race recaps and some highlight videos and photos. A very nice addition to coverage by a race showing what can be done.
Flocast has every single race minus the ones that will be on tv.

*V Tech Getting a Lot Of Attention at Penn, Tennessee Wins Women's DMR for 2nd Straight Year
*22,000 Athletes Competing at Penn This Weekend USA Today

*Villanova's Drew Eckman Making a Name for Himself at Penn Like His Father www.philly.com
*Florida State Men Looking for First Title at Penn
Penn Inducts Wall of Fame www.philly.com
*Tyson Gay, Shawn Crawford, Lauren Williams, Allyson Felix, Derrick Brew, Darold Williamson, Dee Dee Trotter and Monique Henderson Running Pro Relays
e by Race Preview of Penn Relays
*Look at Professional Relays at Penn IAAF
*Penn Relays Have Become an International Event Marcus O'Sullivan talks about Penn now versus back in the day.
*Cornell Getting Ready for Penn
Drake Relays: *
Drake Relays Thursday Recap: Decathlon, Pentathlon, Amy Acuff Wins Special High Jump
*Jeremy Wariner, Alan Webb, Lolo Jones, Amy Acuff and Christian Cantwell Competing at Drake This Weekend

Country Music:
Elite Fields and Prize Money for This Weekend's Country Music Marathon A Sub 2:10 is worth $37,500

6 Austrian Skiers Get Banned for Life for Doping in Torino These guys were doping yet passed every drug test with flying colors. What does that tell you about the state of drug testing?

Flora London Marathon Aftermath:

Geb to Retire?:
"I have had a dust allergy for about four years, and my father suffers badly from asthma. But I don't want to talk about not finishing. Maybe you have not seen the last Haile v Paul Tergat marathon - maybe at the Olympics in Beijing. Who knows? I may even be back here in 2012, to race in the Olympics."- Haile Gebrselassie after revealing he suffers from asthma and his coach Jos Hermens said Geb has discussed retirement. (the Geb quote is at the bottom of the article on Zhou)
*Zhou Chunxiu Trains 187 Miles A Week, Only Gets to Keep 25% of Her Winnings Communism isn't it great?

*2007 Flora London Marathon Video/Audio 2 part Ryan Hall post race video/interview, a video sent from a letsruncom viewer of the men's finish, and a Meb Keflezighi podcast.
*A Look at Ryan Hall's Training for the Marathon
Since Hall was runner-up at the NCAA XC champs, Wejo has said he's the most graceful American runner he's ever seen, plus he's made for the marathon. He was doing 20 milers before his senior year in high school, and did 10 mile tempos in 50 minutes in high school if our memory serves us right.
Post Mortem:

Tergat Says Side Stitch at 40k Did Him In
Mara Yamauchi Says Watch Out for Heat in Osaka BBC
*Paula Radcliffe Watched London on WCSN Independent
Double Commentary from Steve Cram: Steve Cram Says Brits Need To Up Their Game in the Marathon
Steve Cram Gives his Comments On London The US is now seen as the shining city on the hill. 7 years ago everyone said we sucked. Meanwhile Steve Jones ran 2:07:13 22 years ago. Truly sick.
Martin Lel and Chunxiu Zhou Triumph

Ryan Hall 2:08:24 Debut!!
*London 2007 Photos updated 4/23
*Article on Hall's Debut
*Recap from Reuters
The stellar London men's field delivered an incredible finish as it came down to six guys going head to head over the final half mile: 2006 champ Felix Limo, 2005 champ Martin Lel, world record holder Paul Tergat, 2 time world champ Jaouad Gharib, NYC champ Hendrick Ramaala, and Abderrahim Goumri in his debut. In the end , Lel, Gharbi, Limo and Goumri sprinted for the win over the final 200. Lel came out in top in 2:07:41,after losing out last year in a sprint finish. And the future of American marathoning looks bright as Ryan Hall showed he is the real deal and nearly stole the show. He caught the leaders and was leading the race at 35k, and went on to run 2:08:24 an American debut record and an American born record. Only Khalid Khannouchi has run faster. So Hall is the fastest American ever except for a guy who already held the world record when he became an American citizen.
*Gebrselassie Drops Out in London

*Australia's Benita Johnson 7th in London

*London Marathon Video Highlights from BBC

*IAAF Recap of London Marathon IAAF

*Ryan Hall's Debut As Reported by Associated Press

*Liz McColgan Runs 2:50:39

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.

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

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

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.

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.
*Photo from Victah Sailer of PhotoRun.net
*Videos 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.

Dean Karnazes Profile in the LA Times Quotes from LetsRun.com's Wejo, and message board poster, John Morelock.

Classic Emails #1
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. sense

A 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 missed it:
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.
I here, Part II here, Part III here
Also 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.

More 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 the sport.

LetsRun.com Book Reviews 2 Good Reads on Milers 50 years apart:
Sub 4:00 and The Perfect Mile

"Paul 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 on a new Running novel,
The Gift
The Gift is now available from Amazon.com)

Paul Tergat
*"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."
-Marathon world record holder, Paul Tergat, speaking after founding a sports foundation that will help disadvantaged youths.
*Tergat's hamstring injury has healed and he says he's ready to go at NYC: "I expect good results as I am in good shape" but he's 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

And the winner is:
Best Running Movie of All-Time: Fire on the Track
After 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 Limits), 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.

"Everybody in 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 every opportunity. I came here, graduated in three years, and count myself blessed"- Richard Kiplagat who graduated from Iona in 3 years and had a 3.75 GPA

"This 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 and I 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 One:
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 Democrat

Minnesota Women Run 2007 World Best in 4*800 with 8:27


Drug News:
Former Mets Bat Boy Pleads Guilty to Helping Dope Dozens of Major Leaguers,
Human growth hormone; insulin growth factor clomiphene, Clenbuterol, and more. It's time for major league baseball to lose its anti-trust exemption unless it starts helping in the anti-drug fight with some serious cash. Same with the NFL.
Victor Conte Says Caribbean Countries Give "athletes on their own soil a green light to take as many drugs as they choose" We're not surprised. People with knowledge have told us drug testing in the Caribbean is a joke.
*Peter Ueberroth Says Drug Testers Need a Lot More Money for Research

Defar to Chase 2 Mile World Best at adidas Track Classic

Craig Mottram Gearing Up For World Champs in Osaka w

Stefano Baldini Unsure of Future Plans after London Marathon IAAF

Galen Rupp Having Fun Again and Running Well Again Al Sal says, "I got him to change his thinking the last couple months and he's having fun again. He was under a tremendous amount of pressure that we didn't realize."

Bob Beamon, Mike Powell Honored in Serbia as 40th Record of Beamon's Incredible Leap Nears IAAF

2 People Claiming to Be On Tegla Laroupes Foundation Suing Her

LetsRun.com Wejo's Kenya Photos: 546 Photos from His Post World XC Trip See how the Kenyans live and train in Eldoret and Iten. Plus photos of Kip Keino's center, St. Patrick's High School, Singore Girls School, Lornah Kiplagat's, and the Kimbia house. Not to mention photos of Tergat, Tanui, Kiplagat, and many more.

Nick Willis Vs Anthony Famiglietti at Inaugural Kip Keino Mile May 13th in Our Backyard
9 Sub 4 Minute Milers, 4 NCAA Champs, 3 Olympians
Commonwealth Games champ Nick Willis
will return to action to take on Anthony Famiglietti who has turned heads so far in 2007 with his USA 8k win and 13:11 5k. Plus Boaz Cheboiywo, Mark Carroll, Elliud Njubi, Jon Rankin (likely), Matt Kerr, and others. The women's race is headlined by Natalie Hughes and Megan Metcalfe, plus Carrie Tollefson (out of this meet and adidas with a slight injury )will be on hand to sign autographs. 1996 Olympian Mark Coogan headlines the Masters men's mile. Come to Ithaca to watch, run (space available in the open and masters miles, and community/club/open 4*400s) or to attend the VIP open to the public dinner with Kip Keino ($125).

Javelin Throw from Top of 2000 Foot Cliff Cancelled Due to Cloudy Weather The helicopter couldn't drop off the thrower.

Obituary for 2 Time Gold Medallist in Shot Parry O'Brien IAAF
*Parry O'Brien, Man Who Came up With Glide Technique for Shot Put, Dies at Swimming Race The guy had a heart attack while doing a flip turn at a swimming race.

Former Steeple World Record Holder Wilson Boit Kipketer to Run Dusseldorf Marathon on

Kenyan Running Is About Cash for Many: Kenyan Runners Are Bringing $7 million a Year Into Kenyan Economy, Sparking Boom in Eldoret and Other Areas Wejo's photos of his trip to Kenya go up tomorrow.
*Famed Kenyan Coaches Mike Kosgei, Colm O'Connell, Jimmy Beauttah Have Made Others Millionaires

With 2 American Records in 2007, Shalane Flanagan Becoming a Force IAAF

Paula Radcliffe Has Minor Injury Setback, She May Get $1 Million to Run London Next Year It truly is amazing how much money London has to throw around each year. IAAF

Asafa Powell Out of Penn Relays With Sore Knee

Recap of Latest Kenyan AK Meet

Joshua Chelanga Out of Paul Tergat's Shadow with Rotterdam Win

Oregon Invite: Rupp Edges Solinsky
*Blog Recap of Oregon Invite Galen Rupp
got the dramatic home win over Chris Solinsky thanks to a strong final 100m as they both ran 13:30. Matt Withrow's struggles continued as he ran 14:07 and Jon Riley ran 13:43. Nicole Teter (remember her?) won the 1500 in her return to action.
*Message board thread
*Nick Symmonds 4th in 1500 in Outdoor Debut in Oregon
Oregon Invite Results

"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 challenge?"
-Felix Limo talking about Haile G in the marathon

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.

Boston Commentary::
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

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
*LetsRun.com Gets Unsolicited Buyout offer

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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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

Married 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.

Training Advice:
Advice from the pros
.Top 10 Training Tips
LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson gives his top 10 training tips. They helped him run a 28:27 10k and will definitely help you too.
No Shortcuts
LetsRun.Com coaching consultant John Kellogg outlines his basic coaching approach and gives the four principals to correct training for elites. LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson translates Mr. Kellogg's approach so that it is beneficial for the masses.
Marathon Training Program
Do you want to run a successful marathon? Sign up for our marathon training program. Let our experts show you how.
High School Section
Turn Back the Clock:
Interviews With Today's Stars on Their High School Careers

Rod Dehaven: U.S. Marathon Champ
Juli Henner: U.S. Olympian
Todd Reeser: Top Road Racer Wrestled in High School
Many more
Training Advice
Learn how LetsRun.com running guru, John Kellogg, made a tiny private school in Texas one of the best teams in the state.

Reese Hoffa Dominates Shot Put in Senegal
*Preview of Today's Senegal Meet

*World Athletics Tour to Get Going in 2007 in Dakar on Saturday
WORLD Junior 800m Bronze Medallist Abraham Chepkirwok Racing in Senegal Today

Barmasai, Kibet and Toroitich target course record in Sunday’s Vienna City Marathon

Chad Hall to Use an Altitude Tent at Oregon And some of you accuse Nike of buying him off. His brother runs for Asics and he is getting a $160,000 scholarship. We assume his parents bought it for him.

37 Members of Congress Running Next Weekends ACLI Capital Challenge

Ritz Packing His Stuff for Eugene The trails in Boulder are too hard. We could have told you that. dailycamera.com

A Look at Steve Meinelt the Youngest Qualifier for the Men's Olympic Marathon Trials Update: The articles is actually wrong. Mike Sayenko who went to Washington is younger.

Berlin Golden League Meet Trying to Get 70,000 Fans on its 70th Anniversary

New Sunday Date for Comrades Ultra is Upsetting Some S. Africans

2008 News: Beijing Going Overboard in Olympic Preparations
*Beijing Olympic Torch Relay to Bypass Sydney for Canberra

"What a ridiculous way to spend 4½ hours of my life"- runner at the Flora London Marathon

Mottram and Ritzenhein To Face Off at Healthy Kidney 10k
Ritz and Hudson Moving to Eugene

The rumors on the message board are true. Ritz and Hudson are moving to Eugene. The Torri are staying behind. Ritz has had a stress reaction. Plus there is a baby Ritz on the way.
*Mottram to Race Tadesse in 5k in Ostrava on June 27 IAAF

Brooks Employee Liz Duncan Killed on a Run by Runaway Car
*Liz Duncan Sparkled
*Message board post on Liz here

IAAF Releases Statement on Nutrition and Supplements IAAF

Kerron Clemente Interview hellenicathletes.com

Joan Benoit Samuelson to Run 2008 Olympic Trials Marathon She'll be 50.

Steve Mullings Gets Sprint Double at Auburn Invite

Looking over His Shoulder Cost Solinsky as Rupp Beat Him in Oregon

More Floyd Landis Samples Come Back Positive, His Lawyers Claim They're Not Surprised USADA Barred Them from Lab USADA had better be careful about winning the battle but losing the war. latimes.com
Some Think Landis May Have Doped But They're Upset with USADA dailypelotonforums.com
Wired Looks at Floyd Landis Case

Huge Profile on Lopez Lomong in USAToday

More Weekend Action:
ACCs: Virginia Tech Women, Florida State Men Win ACCs
Congrats to the Hokies for excelling at such a difficult time for the school.
Indiana: Sam Bair Solos 3:42
Texas: Manzano 3:42
Martin Mathathi runs 27:09 at Hyogo Relays IAAF
Thomson Cherogony Wins the 2007 Enschede Marathon in 2:11
2007 Madrid Marathon Results

More Weekend Action:
Track: Kansas Relays:
*Kansas Relays Recap (Bershawn Jackson Opens with 48.75 World Leader in Hurdles)

*Christian Cantwell Throws 20.88 in Shot at Kansas Relays

*Kansas Relays Results

Baylor: Jeremy Wariner Runs World Leader in 400, Plus a 200 and a 4*400 to Get His Outdoor Season Underway in Full Swing
Arkansas: Wallace Spearmon Runs 19.87 in Arkansas

*Arkansas Results

Roads: Padua:
Paul Kogo Kipkemei Edges Di Cecco by 1 Second in 2:10:39 to Win Padua Marathon IAAF
Belgrade: John Maluni Runs 2:11 at Belgrade Marathon

Events You Might Be Interested In:
*Wine, Dine, Run and Learn With Deena Kastor: Running Clinic, Dinner and Race May 5th-6th in Isleton, California
The clinic's proceeds are helping support Dan Pfaff's new training group in California. Pfaff is one of the true geniuses in the sport.
*Title IX Conference at Stanford April 28th (Weekend of Cardinal Invite)

Heard On The Boards:Is Noakes Wrong? All of you wannabe exercise physiologists will love this one as it talks about the central governor model. Is it legitimate science or not?

Wacky News Item:
an Ran Half Marathon Barefoot in His Shorts Above Arctic Circle With it 35 Below (-31F) The guy is slightly tougher than Max King. He's going to climb Mt. Everest now with his shirt off.

On the Boards:
College Coaching Salaries Exposed If you're in it for the money get a job teaching high school. It pays better.

So True: "Eight years ago, Yesalis and UCLA labratory chief Don Catlin were asked independently how much money it would take for research to really fight doping, and both said the figure would be in excess of $50 million. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency spends roughly $2million a year on research."-New York Daily News writer T.J. Quinn, a man who understands the charade of the 'clean' Olympics.

Arthur Lydiard Quotes:
Train Don't Strain"

-famed distance coach Arthur Lydiard
Friday's Lydiard Quote:
"Americans arrogantly want it all now, this is why they finish last. Speed must be used in proper proportions. Build and build like the Afrikans. This is the only way to realise your potential."
-famed distance coach Arthur Lydiard

'Suddenly I got to the age of 36, and one day I realized I can't ever run any quicker than I'm running at this moment"
(Coe reportedly stopped midwork and never ran another competitive step)

2 time 1500m gold medallist and former 800m world record holder, according to Frank Deford in an audio essay on the doping scandal.

Great Advice:
"I am glad that because I chose to focus on a personal goal, pursued passionately and today I bear testimony of what it can yield, even beyond my wildest expectations. I hope that this will somehow encourage someone here today as well, to pursue his dream and vision...Usually, I get quite enriched whenever I have an opportunity to positively touch the life of someone. Such opportunities to show concern enable me, and indeed all of us, to share what God has placed into our hands."

-World Record Holder in the Marathon and Humanitarian Paul Tergat in his acceptance speech for his honary degree from Bloomfield College in New Jersey.

More Great Advice for the Greatest Distance Runner Ever:
Haile Gebrselassie says work hard, be patient, and take your recovery days seriously.
Good Read.

Great Read/Advice: Such a Simple Sport:
"I train twice every day except on Sundays and on Christmas Day."

-the great Haile Gebrselassie, on his training over the holidays. He says his New Year's resolution is to win the gold medal at 10k and break the 10k world record. And Gebrselassie is still young as it is only 1996 in Ethiopia (we swear).

Great Read: "...there would be days I would run 70 km (43 miles) and then there are days I would run 20 or so. I just mentioned that figure (70) to state that there are days I would actually run up to 70 or so. The fact that I can run that much gives me confidence and makes me believe I am doing a good job."
-former world record holder in the marathon Naoko Takahashi in Part I of a fascinating interview with Japan Times on her training

*Part II Here

Inspirational Running Poem

You know you're a runner if....... (our reader's fill in the blanks with some hilarious responses on the message boards)

Is it the VAAM?:
"I thought for a few minutes my legs would be sore. But my legs weren't heavy at all. I went jogging and felt as good as ever."
-Naoka Takahashi won won the Berlin marathon and reportedly went for a "long run" the day after. Takahashi credits some of her success to VAAM, the sports drink from made from stomach acid of killer hornets that she drinks.
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