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
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
State Men Looking for First Title at Penn
*Penn Inducts Wall of Fame www.philly.com
Gay, Shawn Crawford, Lauren Williams, Allyson Felix, Derrick Brew,
Darold Williamson, Dee Dee Trotter and Monique Henderson Running Pro
*Race by Race Preview of Penn Relays
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?
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.
*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
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
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.
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
*Minnesota Women Run 2007 World Best in 4*800 with 8:27
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.
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.
*Nick Symmonds 4th in 1500 in Outdoor Debut in Oregon statesmanjournal.com
*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
-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.
*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.
Better Than Expected in Boston Boston Globe
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.