Reebok Grand Prix is Here:
*Anthony Famiglietti New York Times Profile
*Jenn Stuczynski A Recent Convert to the Pole Vault Already has the American RecordUSA Today
*Liu Xiang a Shining Yellow Star New York Times
*LetsRun.com: Fam Ready to Take on the World
Article and Video Interview. Fam talks about picking an event, medalling, possibly running the marathon this year instead of the track, and killing it in races.
This meet has a ton of buzz with Lagat, Webb, Willis and Mottram in the mile, plus a lot of other interesting match ups.
*IAAF Preview of Reebok Grand Prix
*Tyson Gay Hopes to Be Next US Sprint Star, He ran 9.79 at Adidas
*Usain Bolt Wants to Lower His Seasonal Best of 19.96
*Running at Home, Fam Wants Fast 5k
*Dibaba Wants to Break Defar's World 5000m Record at Reebok Grand Prix Don't miss this meet if you're in the NY area. An incredible men's mile (Lagat, Webb, Willis and Mottram), women's 5k (Dibaba WR attempt), and men's 5k (Fam trying to get close to the 13:00 mark), and that's just the distance races. If you want to see the meet live you have to go to the meet
Kenya: Catherine Ndereba, Edith Masai Running Prison Champs This Weekend
*NCAA D1 Entries Are Up - Men's Are Here and Women's Are Here
The Coaching Dominoes Start To Fall
*Olympic Medallist Chris Huffins Out as Cal Coach Message board thread here
*Ron Helmer Leaves Georgetown to Takeover at Indiana Message board thread here
NCAA Nationals Start Next Wed.
*Rupp to Run Only 10k at NCAAs
*McDougal To Double
*Andrew Ellerton Wants to Leave Michigan With an NCAA Title
*FSU's Tom Lancashire, NCAA Runnerup Last Year at 1500, Doesn't Get NCAA At Large Bid - World Champs Bid May Be His Solace "He’s got World Championships this summer and he’s got a bright future ahead of him,” FSU coach Bob Braman said.
Asafa Powell Sub 10 in 2007 100m Debut, Angeo Taylor Sub 45 in 400 It's Powell's 26th sub 10 100. Meanwhile Mark Lewis Francis, who was once considered the future of the 100m, ran 10.19 which was an encouraging run for him.
Usain Bolt runs 19.96 in Trinidad
Justin Gatlin's Arbitration Hearing July 30th-31st
Dayron Robles Hurdles 13.17 in Cuba
Sunday's Action: Eugene: Maria Mutola 1:58, Nicole Teter is Back With Sub 2, Gary Reed Wins Men's 800 at Road to Eugene IAAF
*Road to Eugene Results
Portugal: Jana Rawlinson Gets Double Victories in PortugalIAAF
Multis: Dwain Chambers Says Cheats Will Always Be one Step Ahead of Testers BBC
*Jana Rawlinson Gets Double Victories in Portugal IAAF
Unknown Peter Kemboi Wins Mombasa Marathon in 2:09:21
Hengelo Recap: Geb Goes Sub 27 for 8th Time but Finishes 5th, Bekele Wins 2 Mile, 5 World Bests This race and the 2003 Worlds explain why American do not try and run the 10k internationally anymore, although Abdi ran 27:31 for the US lead and to make 2007 the most prolific year in the history of US 10k running in terms of sub 28 minute runners. . IAAF
*Jeremy Wariner Wins 400 in Hengelo
*Marilyn Okoro Wins 800 in HengeloBBC
Road to Eugene Distance Results
Richard Matelong Upset 3,000m Steeplechase Olympic Champion Ezekiel Kemboi
World Record for Tatyana Lysenko in Hammer
Clay, Kluft lead at Hypo Meeting IAAF
Paula Radcliffe's Back Has Gotten Better She May Run Worlds Times of London
XMan Running in Europe Next Weekend
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)
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.
*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
*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: St. 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; Kenyan’s 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
*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.
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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Men: Lopez Lomong Wins Events/Propels N. Arizona To 1st Title Since 2003
Women: Idaho St. Wins 1st Title
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
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
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
Triumphs Again, Lidiya Grigoryeva Surprise Winner
Cheruyiot defended his Boston crown in the extreme weather
conditions (heavy winds, rain) that made the race a real dog fight.
Cheruyiot hit half way in 1:08:45 but dropped the hammer over the more
difficult second half to pull away from James Kwambai over
the final 2 miles to win in 2:14:13. Lidiya Grigoryeva of
Russia also threw down the hammer over the final 2 miles (5:10 mile)
to defeat NYC champ and World Marathon
Majors leader Jelena
Prokopcuka. And hundreds of thousands in appearance fees, could not spare Deena Kastor from the fate that does in many a marathoner, an unscheduled bathroom break as her bid to become the first American winner in Boston came up short. Deena did come back to finish 5th in 2:35:09,
and get the US title. *Race results
*Bathroom Break Cost Deena Big Time in Boston Boston Globe
*Boston Marathon Played Wrong Russian National Anthem
Gilmore is Top American at Boston in 8th
*Kimbia boys go 3, 4 6
*Kimbia Auction of 3rd place finisher (Stephen "Baba" Kiagora) singlet and number Stephen Kiagora.
Video:*State trooper runs into
spectator on course
*Flocast Post Race Press Conferences
*Astronaut Completes Boston in Space in 4:23
*Soldiers March Boston Marathon in Memory of Their Fallen
Blow by Blow Coverage:
Boston Champs Amby Burfoot's Mile by Mile Coverage
Live LetsRun.com Message Board thread
Inspirational Profile of Boston Marathon Record
Holder Robert Cheruiyot The
life story of Cheruiyot, who is looking for his 3rd Boston title
Monday, is truly remarkable. After being abandoned by his
parents, he found a way to survive, first as an indentured
servant and then on 30 cents a day helping out at a barbershop
where he smoked every day. Thoughts of suicide entered his
mind but now less than 10 years later he is running for history
although last year's crazy fall
at Chicago hasn't helped him as
he had to go back to the hospital just 3 weeks ago.
Confident Deena Kastor Looking Forward To Bad Weather And Hoping To Be
1st American Female Winner Since 1985 “It
looks like a big cross-country race, and I love cross-country.
I'm going out there and push the pace...“The last
four months have been so flawless, so consistent.”
Benoit Samuelson's Advice: Be Tough The article
reveals American Peter Gilmore had his best race of
his life in similar conditions
Preview of Race
Official Brace For Crazy Bad Weather
Great Read: Great Ryan Hall Profile on NBCSports Nice
article as the focus, with a short video to supplement it. Perfect.
Read about how Ryan got started in running, his interesting family, and
the reason Sara is not married to a Stanford football player.
LetsRun.com World XC Coverage As Wejo Was On-site
*Wejo's Post-Race Recap of the action
*Race Day Photos
from Race Day
Unusual Sight of Bekele in 2nd
*Video of Crowd Going Nuts When Bekele Drops Out size="2">
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
British Season to Get Underway Sunday at Norwich Union Glasgow Grand Prix IAAF
*Tim Benjamin Running in Glasgow Despite Being in Hospital Last Weekend
*Mark Lewis Francis Needs to Keep Momentum Going He ran 10.04 in 2002.
*A Year Ago Her Career Was Stalled, Now Nicola Sanders Wants to Take on Sanya Richards
Ed Warner, UK Athletics Head, Says UK Athletics Needs to Be Run as a Business
Coaching News: Chris Huffins Doesn't Plan on Being Idle for Long
*Colin Jackson Now Cracking the Whip as a Coach BBC
*Deena Kastor Wants to Run 10,000m at Worlds IAAF
*Stefano Baldini Pulls Out of Worlds to Focus on Beijing Olympic Champ IAAF
*UK Athletics Wants 14 Finalists at Worlds BBC
Asafa Powell Agrees with Dwain Chambers That Drug Cheats are More Likely to Win
Mark Lewis Francis Pleased with Upturn in Performances BBC
Reebok Grand Prix:
High Schooler Centrowitz Shooting for Sub 4? at Reebok Meet This Weekend The meet was already an incredible one with a sick men's mile (Lagat, Willis, Webb, Mottram) and now Centro Jr is in it and no doubt shooting for the family high school record and a possible sub 4. He ran a solo 4:04 1600m last week in the heat. (NY fans had better pack Icahn stadium.
Rock N Roll This Weekend:
Past Champions Tarus, Wolasha and Cheboiboch Highlight Professional Field at 10th Anniversary Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
*Commonwealth Silver Medallist Fred Mogaka Ready for Rock N Roll
Monday: Bolder Boulder: Edna Kiplagat Wins Boulder Bolder, Defending Champ Sara Slattery 13th
Men: Ridouane Harroufi Wins Bolder Boulder
Walter Dix Runs 19.69!
*Video of Dix An NCAA record to become the 6th fastest person all-time. Max Smith looked good in the 1500 and is one of the favorites for the NCAA 1500 titles. Bobby Curtis defeated NCAA leader Josh McDougal in the 5k with a 4:11 last 1600. Does that make Curtis an NCAA contender?
*More East Videos Here Feel free to download them or post them on your site.
*Day 1 Photos
*Anna Willard Runs 9:44 steeple She is the newest star in the NCAAs.
*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
West:Results Rupp won the 5k.
*Jenny Barringer Runs 9:44 Steeeple
*Recap of Day 1 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).
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
*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.
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
*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
*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.
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
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.
board thread on Lemond/Landis
*Recap of Day 3 of Floyd Landis Hearings
*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
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)
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
*Kip Keino Mile Start Times Don't miss the Anthony Famiglietti, Nick Willis showdown
*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:
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.
*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
Chelanga Crushes Field In Hot Conditions as Kiromia Ominami Joins Twin
Sister In Winner's Circle Chelanga was the
only one to break 2:10 as he ran 2:08:21 in weather that approached
80 (25 celsius) and swas so hot the race was called
off after 3.5 hours. The field went out fast (29:58 at 10k) but the
heat started to take its toll and a lot of people cratered. In the
women's tace, Ominami won just as her
twin (Takami) did in 2002.
Mubarak Hassan Shami Remains Unbeaten In Marathon Runs World
Leading 2:07:19 In Warm Weather Fresh
off an 8th place at world XC, Shami won his 5h straight marathon. Magarsa
Tafa won the women's race in 2:25.
Nephat Kinyanjui Defends Title in Photo Finish
Kinyanjui joins two-time Olympic medallist Eric Wainaina
as the only two-time champs as he edged Georgiy Andreyev
in the stadium finish. 2:06er Toshinari Takaoka
ran 2:15:00 as a training run.
*Turin Marathon 2:29/2:10
Good Enough To Win in Hot Conditions
O'Sullivan Falters In Farewell Road Race In Ireland
She finished 11th in Sunday's Great Bupa
Ireland Run won by Victoria Mitchell
End Is Near For Sonia O'Sullivan At 37, she admits its harder to train and Sunday's
Great Ireland Run in Dublin may well be her last competitive road race
of her career in her native Ireland. She still plans on racing a
marathon in the next year before calling it quits.
Oil Oil Oil
Dubai Marathon To Feature $1 Million Purse and $1
Million World Record Bonus
List of Elite London Entries Rojo didn't realize Khannouchi was running
Mt Sac Shalane Flanagan Sets American 5000m Record
(14:44.80) Shalane's fabulous 2007 season kicked off outdoors
like it did indoors, with an American record. This time she took down
drug cheat Regina Jacobs 5k record, (14:45.38) as Flanagan ran
14:44.80 thanks to a strong final k. And in the men's 5k, Juan Barrios
4 American hit the World Championship "A" standard, led by
Anthony Famiglietti who was 2nd in 13:11. (Ryan
Kirkpatrick, Ed Moran, and Josh McDougal
are the others) Fam's huge pr was less than a month after his American
8k win in NYC. Juan Barrios of Mexico won the men's 5k in a world
Recap of Mt. Sac Including Juan Barrios World Leading 13:11 5k
Has Recaps of All the Top Races (and
even the "B" races)and Interviews with Shalane and Fam.
Mt. Sac Meet Director is Calling it Quits as Meet Director God gave him another chance at
life and being a meet director no longer is in his plans.
O'Sullivan Running Great Bupa Ireland Run This Weekend As Her Final
Road Race BBC
Riddick Fraud Case Gets Underway, His lawyer Accuses Tim Montgomery of
Brokering Kilo Drug Transactions If
true, Montgomery's case is getting sadder by the minute.
Still Trying to Tarnish Whatever Little Reputation it Still Has Left The
way we read this article the checks have been in the mail for over a
month as Devine still has not paid last year's prize money for the Salt
Lake City Marathon (this year's race is next week). USATF also
is a joke for continuing to sanction such an event. We need to start a
section on here where you all can rate the
road races you run.
Deem and Pat Henry to Coach US Teams at 2007 Worlds
Landis Loses Arbitration Ruling over Procedures in His Doping Defense
In Depth Talk
With USATF CEO Craig Masback from FloCast: 65 minutes with
USATF's boss. At least watch it before you bitch . We haven't seen it
yet but Mark of Flocasts says its good and its 3am.
*Part 2 Hardest
Part of the Job
*Part 3: Poker (He'd better not knock
our favorite sport)
*Part 4: TV
5: Future Goals
6: Beer, Gambling and Women
Testing Guru Don Catlin to Step Down as Head of UCLA Lab to Dedicate
More Time to Research Washington
Post In case you haven't realized the real bottleneck in
drug testing is on the research side,
so it might be better to have Catlin doing research full time. And
until the pro sports or the Olympic movement get serious and pony up
some serious cash ,there will be no HGH test, etc.
Catlin Says Drug Testers Need More Money, Fortunately USADA is Loaning
Him a Key Piece of Equipment
Catlin Says Urine Test for HGH May Never
II is Here
In case you didn't know the drug testing in the major sports isn't too
effective. Pharmacists and doctors all over America were arrested in a
new huge steroid scandal. NFL, MLB players, and boxer Evander Holyfield
are implicated along
with the Pittsburgh Steelers' team doctor who ordered up $150,000 of
HGH on his private credit card.
*Longer Recap from Albany
Reap Tons of Money
from Prescribing Drugs
*Unrelated but in the news: Barry
Bonds' Camp Has Never Disputed Steroids Evidence in Game of Shadows Book
buys Running Times Seriously we think Runnersworld
magazine has improved recently. Usually 1 article worth reading plus Ed
Gets Unsolicited Buyout offer
Boulder XC Coverage
Kastor Dominates, Culpepper Upsets
A NewDay for US
It was a
momentous day in US
cross country history as 10,000 spectators
poured onto the Boulder golf course to witness
the return of a single champion at the US championships. Alan
Culpepper got the come from behind victory that could define
a career, and Deena Kastor put on a clinic,
showing she is still the best cross country runner in America by a
from all the races
Video of the Men's Finish nd Culpepper Pumping His Fist
Kastor Get Titles
Running Reputation Solid
10,000 Fans Turned Out
of Fans Touches Kara Goucher
Daily Camera Coverage:
Does it Self Proud
Feels Right at Home
Results Weekly Recap of 2007 USATF XC Nationals
*LetsRun.com Boulder 2007 Preview No
more hype, no more talking. It's time to lace them up and race so we've
got our prerace preview and picks.
2007 LetsRun.com Fan Predictions
Hasay Ready for Junior Race
in Boulder: The
Buzz In Boulder? 'Who's Going to Win' That's
what everyone wants to know and it's refreshing to be in a town where
people actually care.
and Shayne Culpepper Balancing Family and Running
Thusrday: Gouchers Ready To Go
*Adam Goucher Profile: In an in-depth LRC profile, Adam Goucher talks
about his current fitness level, his thoughts on 2006, his goals for
2007, the end of 4k xc, his relationship with Mark Wetmore
and even what it's like to pass Cragg Mottram in a
race. (Goucher is 31, not 32 as re originally said in the article)
*Kara Goucher Interview: The
American set PRs at 1,500, 3k, 5k and 10k last. She has since upped her
training by at least miles per week and is expecting big things in 2007.
Statement on Pulling Out He
got a cold and London is the focus.
Ready to Rumble, Says the Course is In Great Shape
Torres Ready for Battle in Boulder
Keflezighi is Out
talks about the showdown in Boulder, the most disappointing year of his
career, returning to the track, the economics and professionalism of
the marathon, Mary Wittenberg, and the good 'ole
days of American distance running- which are now. Shayne
talks about 10 minute miles, the 1500m, the advantages, (and
disadvantages) of being forced to take time off from the sport, and the
incredibly strong women's field assembled for the US champs this
Tuesday: LRC Deena Kastor Excited to Return to Her Roots Before she was America's greatest marathoner, she
was America's greatest cross country runner and she's returning to her
XC roots this weekend. In an depth LetsRun.com
profile of America's greatest female runner, Deena explains why
she was 'disappointed' with 2006 despite being #1 in the world in the
marathon, and how she is training harder than ever. Plus she talks
about the Boston Marathon, Shalane Flanagan, Ryan Hall and
Kastor Profile in Ventura Newspaper Racing more is the plan in 2007.
Ready for Happy Return to Boulder for XC Champs It's
hard to believe, but Adam says he didn't really become a pro until
moving to Oregon and training under Alberto, "One of the main changes
for us was becoming professional athletes". Boulder
Julian, The Man Behind Boulder 2007 If
everyone in the world was like Pete Julian it would be a much better
Monday: LRC Ritzenhein
Ready to Battle in Boulder
the greatest American XC hopes ever is ready to take on all comers in
Boulder at the US championships. He talks about the race in Boulder,
his 2006 season, his marathon debut, running more mileage, his
relationship with Mark Wetmore, Ryan Hall,
his plans for 2007 and whether he intends to run the Olympic Marathon
Upcoming: Interviews with the Culpeppers,
Sara Slattery (who is now officially
out of the race with a hot spot on her foot.
*Meet website here.
*The snow is melting (photos
of the course from Brad Hudson's Boulder Performance Trainng website)
forecast is for warmer temps for the middle part of the week
but possibly more snow on the weekend.
*Other LetsRun.com Boulder Profiles: Abdi Abdirahman and Shalane Flanagan
Thanks to LetsRun.com:
"I don't want to say it. It sounds crazy but it was a dream come true"
-John Stiner, on getting married to his
wife, Sarah, who he met on the LetsRun.com message
boards. Read about their incredible story.