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"Having watched that race (Nick Willis' 1500m win at the adidas Track Classic) I need to work even harder now. It's not only the Kenyans, not only guys like Alan(Webb) or (Chris) Lukezic who are going to give me a threat in the summer. Nick is going to step up and be tough in the 1500."

-Bernard Lagat on the great men's mile field assembled next weekend at the Reebok Grand Prix in the Big Apple. Lagat, Webb, Willis, Mottram, and
Suleiman.  (Video of Willis' 1500m adidas race is now up here),

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We interview one of our own:
LetsRun.com's Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

Haile G Racing Sileshi Sihine and Sammy Kipketer in Hengelo 10k Today  The meet will be on live the internet on WCSN at 2 pm eastern.

Sanya Richards Making 2007 Debut at Road to Eugene Meet on Sunday IAAF
Distance Preview:
Ritzenhein Making 2007 Track Debut in 5k, Robinston, Reed, and Symmonds Squaring off at 800m at Road to Eugene Meet

30,000 Expected for 2007 Toyota Great Ethiopian Run Which Will Be Held on Held on Ethiopian Millenium on September 9th  If you're thinking of going to Ethiopia this might be the time to do it.

Tim Benjamin Ready for His First Race Next Weekend after Switching to Train under Colin Jackson BBC

Great Mile on Tap Next Weekend in NYC
LRC:
Lagat versus Webb versus Willis versus Mottram versus Suleiman Rojo is so excited about the mile at the Reebok Grand Prix he wrote an editorial encouraging you to get your butts in the seats. Plus don't miss his recap below of Mottram and Lagat's teleconference 
LRC:
Lagat and Mottram Talk About Showdown With Willis and Webb in the Mile Next Weekend in the Big Apple at the Reebok Grand Prix Lagat talks about fitness, Steve Scott's American record in the mile, Bob Kennedy's 5k record, and strategy: "Outdoors you just follow the pacemakers. Get in line behind the rabbit and run fast "
*Lagat, Mottram Teleconference Excerpts
*Fam To Run 5k At Reebok Grand Priz in NYC Next Weekend

Belgian Runner Ridouane Es-Saadi Banned for Life

Looking For A Meet This Weekend? There's One In The Congo It's actually a meet we'd love to be at as  40,000 spectators showed up last year. Hicham El Guerrouj is going this year to support the meet which will have auto timing for the first time.

Proof That Politicians Can Screw Everything Up Comrades Entries Down Nearly 20% As Govt Forced Race To Switch Date To Sunday
*2nd Article On Comrades Entries

South African Brian Zondi Thinks He Can Win Comrades Zondi was a surprise 2nd during last year's uphill race and is a much better downhill racer

Big Weekend In Eugene Track Town, USA will host the NCAAWestern Regional Friday and Saturday and then the $150,000 Road To Eugene Meet on Sunday. The Road To Eugene meet will feature top fields including K. Robinson and Nick Symmonds in the 800 and a tight 2 hr schedule.

Some Crazy Good Non-Distance American Highschoolers Get Our Attention 
Nebraska High Schooler Goes 7'4 (approx 2.24m)  In HJ Then Announces He's Not Going To College Next Year  Randal Carter will train with his HS coach and try  to make the Olympic team.

Cameron Kroll Vaults 17 Feet (approx. 5.18m)  in Nevada

adidas Track Classic - Full Results
*Meseret Defar Sets World Record in Women's 2 Mile as Jenn Stuczynski and Breaux Greer Set US Records (LA Times)

*photos
The professional US circuit got underway in impressive fashion as the meet lived up to its billing as there was amazing action all around (except in the television production) besides the three records above. Other action saw Nick Willis follow up his win in the Kip Keino mile with a 3:35 win that looked so effortless, that in hindsight, one knew the race was over less than a lap into it. "Fam" destroyed the field over the final 200 to win the 3k and Tyson Gay ran a 9.79 in the 100 and Wallace Spearmon ran a 19.91 in the 200. In the women's 1500, Treniere Clement was upset by Kenia Sinclair as Shayne Culpepper broke 4:06 for the first time to grab 2nd.
Jeremy Wariner and Allyson Felix also won easily.
*Athlete Quotes
*Felix Stuck in Cycle of Success LA Daily Breeze

Alekna Gets His 27th Straight Discus Victory in Halle, Germany IAAF
*Zhor El Kamch Wins Women's Race in Casablanca Morocco With 30,000 Runners IAAF

Over 400,000 Ran Marathons in the US Last Year

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IAAF Preview of Meet - Jeremy Wariner Looking For First Sub 44 Clocking On US Soil
The meet is going to be fantastic as there are loaded fields all over the place. For example, in addition to the great distance races described below, the men's 200 features last year's sensation the "X Man", Xavier Carter, versus 2004 Olympic champ Shawn Crawford and 2005 World champ silver medallist Wallace Spearmon.

Also: *Congress Avenue Miles Being Streamed Live on Internet this Saturday
Track in NYC:
S
t. John's Night of Hammering at Icahn Stadium This Weekend

Big Race in UK: Threeway Matchup This Weekend Between Zersenay Tadesse, Micah Kogo, and Sammy Wanjiru is Off After Wanjiru is Denied UK Visa This was a dream matchup on the roads. Tadesse is the XC champ, Kogo the fastest 10k runner in 2006, and Wanjiru the half marathon record holder. Hard to believe he could not get a visa. BBC

Adidas Track Classic This Weekend:
Meseret Defar Who is Going for 2 Mile Record in LA This Weekend is a Big Fan of Chelsea Football Club
If you live in LA Get your tickets. The 1500/3k fields were announced. Willis vs Sullivan and Krummenacker and Lukezic in the 1500 and a Famiglietti and Barrios rematch at 3k (they went 1-2 at Mt. Sac in the 5k running world leading times)

June: Freihofer's Run Adds '07 Houston Marathon Winner Tune; Kenyans Jepkosgei and Chebet; and Americans Aish and McCabe
*Mercedes-Benz Up For Grabs at Mercedes-Benz Mile on June 16th in Ontario

Clyde Hart: White Athletes No Longer as Hungry as They Used to Be

More Weekend Action:
Japan: Olympic Champ in Marathon Mizuki Noguchi Wins Sendai International Half Marathon in 1:08:54
IAAF

Dominican:
Tiffany Ross Williams Runs World Leading 54.34 in Dominican, Geoffrey Rono Runs 3:39 1500, Felix Sanchez Runs 4*400
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Felix Sanchez Results
Brazil: Panama's Irving Saladino, World Leader in 2006, Jumps World Leading 8.53 in Rio

World Champs News: Japanese Coach I would not be surprised if the winning time in the men's race is over 2hr 15min and the winning time in the women's race is over 2:30"

NCAA Collegiate Action:
*Big 12 - Results
Men: Amazingly Oklahoma Wins 1st Ever Title In Martin Smith's 2nd Year
Love him or hate him, Martin Smith can coach. He won at Oregon - just not the right way - and was forced to leave and landed at OU where many thought he'd never be able to win. They were wrong as OU captured its first Big 12 Title and first conference title in 29 yrs. On the boards: Where are all the Smith haters now?
Women: Texas A&M Wins 1st Outdoor Title For Pat Henry
*Big 10 - Results -
Women: Anna Willard Shines And Leads Michigan To Tie With Illionois
Willard had a fantastic triple as she won the 1500 (4:15.93), steeple (9:57.90) and 5k (16:23.57). The newest NCAA star is here and has a very bright future.
Men -
Wisco Gets Unprecedented 4th Straight Triple Crown, Giving Coach Ed Nuttycome A Record-Tying 23rd Big 10 Title Demi Omole won his 4th straight 100m crown but C. Solinsky was unable to defend his 1500m title as J. Switzer of Michigan pulled it off. *A look at Wisco's amazing senior class that never lost at conference. Solinsky: "There are quite a few studs on our team that if they were comparable to the level of any other sport, they'd probably be pretty famous, but, unfortunately, we have a sport that's not very recognizable."
*SEC - Results
Tennessee Men/LSU Women Win
*PAC 10
- Results
Women Arizona State Wins-

Men Oregon Upsets Ariz St. and USC as Rupp Wins 5k and 10k
Near Perfect Saturday Put Oregon In Contention For Win The Ducks rose the occasion while favorite ASU suffered a huge blow when sprint star Domenik Peterson pulled out of the 200/400.
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Josh McDougal Completes Sick 5k/10k/1500 Triple To Lead Liberty To Men's Title
The 5k and 10k were less than 23 mins apart. Josh's weeked is the talk of the messageboards
. Also of note, 16 men hit the NCAA Regional mark of 1:50.40 in the prelims. Crazy!!
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Georgetown Wins

*Big Sky
Men:
Lopez Lomong Wins Events/Propels N. Arizona To 1st Title Since 2003
Women:
Idaho St. Wins 1st Title

Georgia Tech Last Chance Meet Lots of FSU distance people.

Virginia Intermont Coach Scott Simmons Canned He got canned for trying to help his athletes with this website. We were going to promote the fundraising site tomorrow. Simmons is one of the top up and coming coaches in America (check out American distance project) and coaches Fasil Biuzneh and Fernando Cabada.
*Message board thread here

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

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
Cheruyiot Triumphs Again, Lidiya Grigoryeva Surprise Winner
Robert 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
Women:
*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

*Other:
*Astronaut Completes Boston in Space in 4:23

*Soldiers March Boston Marathon in Memory of Their Fallen Comrade

Blow by Blow Coverage:
*Former Boston Champs Amby Burfoot's Mile by Mile Coverage
*Or Live LetsRun.com Message Board thread

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A Must Read 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.
*Extremely 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.

*Joan Benoit Samuelson's Advice: Be Tough The article reveals American Peter Gilmore had his best race of his life in similar conditions

*AP Preview of Race
*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.

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
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*Ethiopian Junior Staggers Home and Is Yanked From Course Meters From The Finish Line
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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.

LetsRun.com
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.
Part
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

NCAA Regionals:
Mideast: Live Video Yes live streaming video. Track events start at 5pm eastern Saturday.
*Live Results
*
Katie Erdman Ran 2:01.25 in the prelims and Jamaal James, the NCAA leader in the 800 and a freshman, did not make the top 12 and will not go to nationals.
*Flotrack has archived video
East: Live Results
Bobby Curtis
defeated NCAA leader Josh McDougal in the 5k with a 4:11 last 1600. Does that make Curtis an NCAA contender? In the women's 5k, Rhode's Scholar Michelle Sikes ran an amazing final 3k of 9:01-9:02 to break open a slow race and totally dominate.
*Trackshark Blog
West: Live Results Rupp won the 5k.
Midwest:
Live Results
*Recap of Midwest Meet, Destinee Hooker Jumps 6' 4"

USATF Fan Says No More to High Gas Prices and Shuts Off His Pumps

World Marathon Majors May Offer Mega Major Race at End of Year over Shorter Distance The sport of marathon running is unique because the best in the world rarely race each other all at once (although London each spring sure comes damn close).

This Weekend:
Hengelo is Saturday:
Hengelo Preview
This meet is Jos Hermens meet and he usually gets his guys (Bekele or Gebrselassie ) to put on a show. This year is a rare treat as they'll both be there racing with Bekele trying to return to form and Gebrselassie offering a  rare glimpse back to the glory days by racing on the track. IAAF
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Road to Eugene Continues This Weekend
Sunday: Spain's Jorge Martinez to Run Comrades
Kenya: Olympic Champ in Steeple Ezekiel Kemboi Running Police Track Champs in Kenya This Weekend

Monday: Sara Slattery to Defend Her Title at Bolder Boulder, Culpepper Running on Men's Side

Kenyan Marathon Team For Worlds Announced
The women's team is loaded and led by Catherine Ndereba and Rita Jeptoo and Edith Masai. The men's team is led by Daniel Njenga.

Floyd Landis Trial
*Floyd Landis Trial Ends - Don't worry a ruling won't happen
for over a month and then if Landis loses it will be appealed to CAS.
*Live Internet Coverage of Trial By Trust But Verify (Group admits they are a bit pro-Landis but want justice to be served)
*Floyd Landis Case Gets Interesting A scientist with a pinkie ring was flown in on a private jet and several scientists supported Landis. Said one, "I'm terribly sorry, but if someone's life depends on it, his career depends on it, you don't go on assumptions."
We don't know if he's guilty or innocent but we 100% agree.

Michael Johnson Column: British Face Huge Sprint Challenge The world record holder at 200/400 is correct in realizing the early season times are very, very fast.

Profile Of Pole Vaulter Track Agent Piotrek Buciarski The former Duck who speaks 4 languages has opened a new sports agency with Matt Lonergan and they represent 20 athletes.

NCAA Regional Heat Sheets Are Up Check them out as the regions are likely to change big time for next year as the imbalance in the regions is pretty staggering.

A Must Read
Keninisa Bekele Struggling Mightily
The world's greatest distance runner apparently is human after all as he can't find his form at all. A distraught Bekele summed it up by saying: "I have no power any more." Bekele will open his track season with a two mile on Saturday. After the race, the EAF will decide what the next step is.

From Last Thursday Tom Nyariki Runs 28:31 At Altitude To win Armed Forcese 10k In Kenya The former world champ bronze medallist said he won it for his team othewrise he's 'retired' from track. Next up is a series of US road races before the Las Vegas marathon for the one-eyed inspiration.

Arezzo 10k Stefano Baldini 3rd/Vincenza Sicari Wins Women's 5k Baldini said it was important to race after dropping out of London and that he'll decide on the world champs in the next few days. The men's race featured a mass sprint finish and was one by relatively unknown Kenyan Natashon Rugut Kipngetich.

ING Europe Marathon Uganda's Alex Malinga wins in 2:17

BUPA Great Manchester Run
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Micah Kogo Sets British All-Comers Record of 27:21 World XC champ Zersenay Tadesse of  Eritrea was 2nd in 27:24 and Britain's Mo Farah 3rd in 28:07
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Britain's Jo Pavey Wins Tight Wome's Race Pavey pr'd in 31:47 to edge Hungary's Aniko Kalovics by 1 second as former Boston champ Rita Jeptoo was 3rd in 31:50.

Ponce Grand Priz (Puerto Rico) Geoffrey Rono and David Freeman had a nice battle at 1500 as Rono won in 3:36 but Freeman's 3:38.90 broke Puerto Rico's 30 yr old national record.  Felix Sanchez's comeback continued as he ran 46.45 for 5th in the 400 as he prepares to run the 400m hurdles in 2 weeks in NYC.
*Ponce Results

Spanish Meet: Tsigu Derese Mekonnen & Roba Gari Impress in 1500 and 2k Steeple They aren't the biggest of names but both ran well at Ethiopian naitonals a few weeks ago and proved in Spain they may be names you'll know in the future. In the 1500, Meknonnen easily dispatched Rui Silva to win in a windy 3:36.

Healthy Kidney 10k in NYC:
Mottram vs Ritz vs. Khannouchi: Ritz Wins
*Ritz Wins in Course Record 28:08
He picked up a $20,000 bonus for the course record and donated his $7,500 in prize money to charity. The time in the article is incorrect. Mottram Gets "Kick In Ass"
*NYRR Recap Of Race
*Video Highlights of Race
*NYTimes Profile Of Khalid Khannouchi Pre-Race Khannouchi was 14th in 30:06.
*Mottram Was Going For 3rd Straight Win
*
Mottram Already Trying to Think of Strategy to Try to Win Worlds
*
Craig Mottram Has Been Training in Flagstaff
*Athlete Bios
(Only 1 Kenyan on the list)

New World 10k Record?
BUPA Great Manchester Run Is Sunday And World Record Assault Is Planned on Men's Side
The 10k road record is 27:02 and it really might fall.  Eritrea's Zersenay Tadesse, who ran 27:00 on a slightly downhill course on New Year's eve, and Kenya's Micah Kogo, who ran a solo 27:07 last month, are in the field as well as Kenyan Patrick Makau Musyoki. Additionally, Britain's Mo Farah insists he's shooting for the record and will be in the mix as well. IAAF Preview of Race

Arkansas'  Meeting Before NCAA Committee Of Infractions Postponed Thankfully so as some genius scheduled the hearing for the same day as the NCAA championships but famed Coach John McDonnell wanted to attend so it has been postponed. Many people may not realize Arkansas has self-imposed penalties and lopped 3 full scholarships for 2007, 2008 and 2009. AP Article on Arkansas: Arkansas Contests Failure To Monitor Charge

Daniel Kipchiri Komen Motivated For World Championship Success After Disaster 2 Years Ago In 2005, he went in as a favorite after a world leading 3:29 but didn't get out of the 1st round.

Kenyan Paper: Ethiopians Plan To Continue Dominance Over Kenyans in Distance Running As 4 Training Camps Being Built By EAF  Interesting to note that apparently Adidas gives the EAF close to a milliion a year and then  the athletes give back 10% of all prize money.  "If anyone thought Ethiopian athletics died and was buried in the Mombasa heat in March after distance running legend Kenenisa Bekele threw in the towel in the final lap of the World Cross Championships' men's race, then there is bad news from Addis Ababa."

IAAF Profile On Uplifting Resurgence of Dominique Arnold He nearly walked awy from the sport, now he has the American record.

Kenyan Armed Force Championships End on High Note
The meet obviously featured some great mid-d and distance action.

Drug News: Landis:
Greg Lemond Bombshell at Floyd Landis Trial
Lemond revealed that he was sexually assaulted as a kid and that the Landis camp threatened to expose this. After today's news even if Landis is found not guilt, he like OJ, will probably be viewed as guilty by most.
*Message board thread on Lemond/Landis
Previous:
*Recap of Day 3 of Floyd Landis Hearings

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Day2: Day 2 at Floyd Landis Hearing: Very Little Gets Done as First French Translator Doesn't Do a Good Job
*Day 1 of Hearing Was Monday
*Detailed trial coverage on this blog

Other: Bass Fisherman Who Cheated in Tournament Gets Charged With a Felony It's time drug cheats started going to jail as well.

Great Wall Marathon in China Goes up and Down Great Wall of China s

Over $7 Million Up for Grabs in Prize Money at Worlds IAAF

A Look at Barnabas Kirui's Triple at SECs

US Team Announced for World Champs Marathon With the men's Olympic Trials being in NY in November, the top American men by and large are skipping the World Champs but Fernando Cabada is running.'

Email on the Attempted Firing of Williams Coach Ralph White The guy is NCAA coach of the year and Williams is trying to can him. Parents and alumni are outraged. Pettiness by AD's appears to exist in the DIII ranks.

Deena Kastor Has Skin Cancer

Notable From the Weekend: Barnabas Kirui Pulls Off 5k/10k, Steeple Triple

This Weekend:
adidas Track Classic: Stacy Dragila, 4 top hurdlers on tap for adidas Track Classic Jeremy Wariner
and Allyson Felix have already been announced.
Healthy Kidney 10k:
Khannouchi to Make Professional NYC Road Racing Debut The Road Runners do a great job putting on these races but they should let one of the top Kenyan road racers in the field to challenge Mottram.
*Ritz Running Healthy Kidney 10k This Weekend

UK: Jason Gardener, Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis Running in Loughborough This Weekend
BBC

Kip Keino Mile: Nick Willis, Megan Metcalfe Win Inaugural Kip Keino Miles
(link fixed) Neither Anthony Famiglietti, Anthony Famiglietti's incredible fan club, nor 20 mph winds could stop Nick Willis as he impressively dispatched the star studded Kip Keino mile field with ease. Megan Metcalfe and Natalie Hughes put on a great dual the final 200m as Metcalfe got the crown.
*Video (Full Race Video and Results)
*Another Video with Music from a LetsRun.com fan
*Photos
(See Fam captivate the crowd, Kip Keino receive dthe US flag that flew over the Capitol, and more)
More:
Willis Pleased With Top End Speed
*Sam Bair Enjoys Experience But Still Is Short of Sub 4 Goal
4:05.4 in that wind was pretty good if you ask us.
Pre Race:
Kip Keino Expo, Press Conference, Athlete Dinner Photos/Video Fam and Boaz hope to limit Nick Willis' kick.

*Photo Gallery Here
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Kip Keino Mile Start Times
Don't miss the Anthony Famiglietti, Nick Willis showdown
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Sam Bairs trying to Join Keinos in Sub 4 Father/Son Club

World Jr. XC Champ Asbel Kiprop Shines Wins 1500m in Kenya

Incoming WADA President Tested Positive Twice, Would Not Have Been Cleared Under Current Rules

Former 800m World Champ Andre Bucher Retires

Grand Prix Action: Qatar Recap
*Qatar Results (Allyson Felix Gets 100, 400 Sprint Double, Choge 3:31, 2 Sub 1:45s in 800)

First IAAF Super Grand Prix Is Friday In Doha, Qatar - Meet Preview The action will be hot in the men's 800, 1500 and 3k but one of the more interesting stories is that US long jumper Dwight Phillips has hooked up with Carl Lewis' old coach and claims he's gonna be a force in the 100m. Start Lists and Results Here.

The World is Turning into A $ad, $ad place
*Cleveland Browns Won't Let Wisconsin's Star Shot-Putter Joe Thomas Compete Thomas is Wisco's school record holder in the shot. He also was the 3rd pick in the NFL draft (for non USA visitors - the NFL is America's version of rugby). Since he's not signed, we think he ought to tell the Browns to go to hell.
*Steve Riddick Convicted In $5 Million Fraud Case The former Olympic gold medallist used to be Tim Montgomery's and Marion Jones coach. Riddick's lawyer tried to blame Montgomery, who has already pled guilty, for everything.
*Floyd Landis Claims USADA Offered Him Short Suspension (1 Month) If He Could Help Them Nail Lance Armstrong

Chairman Of UK Athletics: Don't Expect Any Golds In Osaka

Famed Iffley Road Track Rightly Renamed After Roger Bannister Both Sir Roger and Lord Coe were present for the ceremony.

Wejo's Kenya Trip: Kenyan Distance Running Part I: Kenya, the Land of Opportunity You've seen the highly praised photos, read the incredible race recap, now learn about the Kenyan distance phenomenon. In this article, Wejo looks at the motivations of Kenyan runners. "Running in Kenya is by and large about one thing: money opportunity.

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.

Boston Commentary::
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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?"
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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

Sunday Marathons
*Rotterdam: Joshua 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.

*Paris:Qatar's 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.

*Nagano : 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

*Sonia 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 won, but 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 leading 13:11.
*Results

*IAAF Recap of Mt. Sac Including Juan Barrios World Leading 13:11 5k
*VIDEO:
Flocast Has Recaps of All the Top Races (and even the "B" races)and Interviews with Shalane and Fam.
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Scott Davis, 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.

Sonia O'Sullivan Running Great Bupa Ireland Run This Weekend As Her Final Road Race BBC

Steve 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.

Devine Racing 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.

Amy Deem and Pat Henry to Coach US Teams at 2007 Worlds

Floyd 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.
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Part1:
*Part 2 Hardest Part of the Job
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Part 3:
Poker (He'd better not knock our favorite sport)
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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 Be Developed

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.
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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
*Results
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
Video:
*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:
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Culpepper, Kastor Get Titles
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Boulder Running Reputation Solid
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Incredible: 10,000 Fans Turned Out
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Support of Fans Touches Kara Goucher
Boulder Daily Camera Coverage:
*Boulder Does it Self Proud
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Culpepper Feels Right at Home
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Deena Kastor Dominates
*Race Results Weekly Recap of 2007 USATF XC Nationals
*LetsRun.com
Boulder 2007 Preview No more hype, no more talking. It's time to lace them up and race so we've got our prerace preview and picks.
*Boulder 2007 LetsRun.com Fan Predictions
*Jordan Hasay Ready for Junior Race
Friday:
Wejo in Boulder: The Buzz In Boulder? 'Who's Going to Win' That's what everyone wants to know and it's refreshing to be in a town where people actually care.
*Alan and Shayne Culpepper Balancing Family and Running
Thusrday: Gouchers Ready To Go
*Adam Goucher Profile:
In an in-depth LRC profile, Adam Goucher talks about his current fitness level, his thoughts on 2006, his goals for 2007, the end of 4k xc, his relationship with Mark Wetmore and even what it's like to pass Cragg Mottram in a race. (Goucher is 31, not 32 as re originally said in the article)
*Kara Goucher Interview: The American set PRs at 1,500, 3k, 5k and 10k last. She has since upped her training by at least miles per week and is expecting big things in 2007.
*Meb Issues Statement on Pulling Out He got a cold and London is the focus.
*Ritz Ready to Rumble, Says the Course is In Great Shape
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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.
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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
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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

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
Interviews
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.

NCAA Baby Nationals:
DII:  Results
An American Scott Bauhs defeated Nicodemus Naimadus who beat Ryan Hall earlier this year in the 10k
DIII: Results

Richard Matelong Chemwona Wins 10k in 28:18 at Kenyan Police Meet

Colfax Marathon in Colorado Was a Half Mile Long

Tim Don Will Not Have Lifetime Ban from Olympics for Missing 3 Drug Tests, Case Likely Helps Christine Ohuruogu