NCAAs Underway: NCAA Schedule and Results
*Shadrack Songok Wins the 10k at Nationals Upsetting Galen Rupp
*Lap Splits It came down the final mile after aslow opening pace, and Songok ran 3:02 the final 1200m to pull the upset. But as a message boarder put it, "an east african beating a yank at 10K is never an upset". Songok
is coached by Shawn Flanagan who coached Wejo for one year at Texas. Rupp's plan was to push the pace th final 1200 but in th ened Songok was just a bit better.
*Sally Kipyego Wins 10k, Trying to Become First Women to Win 5 NCAA Titles in a Year
In other distance action, Lopez Lomong dominated his heat in the 1500 and it took 2:04.2 to make the 800m women's final.
*AP Recap of Day 2: Jake Arnold Wins His 2nd NCAA Decathlon Title
*Heptathlon Favorite Diana Pickler DQd after Running Out of Her Lane in 200
*Lananna Working His Magic at Oregon USA Today
*Virginia Tech Track Team Still Gettings Words of Support in Wake of School Shootings
*Rupp Finishes 2nd www.goducks.com
*Post Race Interviews
Day 1: *Distance Recap: Favorites Advance on In 800, Steeple, 5k (RRW)
*Florida State Gets Off to Strong Start at NCAAs (AP) LSU's Trindon Holliday ran a 10.02 in the prelims. If he was British he would now be an instant hero. We bet 90% of you have never heard of him. He ran 11.01 last year but was a phenom in high school. In distance action, it took 8:42 to get out the steeple prelims and not much
of note occurred. Today is the 10k with Rupp. *FSU's Good Day As Described By Sacbee.com
*Oregon Struggles in Day 1
*NAU's Lopez Lomong Hits Big Time - Featured On NPR (That's National Public Radio for the non-intellectual types) This year's men's 1500 is unreal but Lomong is LetsRun.com's pick to win it (Sorry Smith, Manzano, Rono).
*Wisconsin's Demi Omole Who Was Supposed to Finish 4th at NCAAs in 100 is Academically Ineligible Wisco won the NCAAs indoors but FSU should clean up on the men's side outdoors.
*Women's Team Predictions
*Men's Team Predictions
*Lopez Lomong an Amazing Story The smoothest dresser in the NCAAs appreciates the opportunity he has in America and is one of the favorites in the 1500. AP
*NCAAs Run in Sacramento Comes to an End, Lack of Attendance a Reason The Olympic Trials may have spoiled track fans in Sacramento
Bill Rodgers Sportswear Going out of Business
PreRace NCAA Coverage:
*Walter Dix Leads FSU at Nationals Even after his 19.69, he may return for his last year at FSU according to this article. link fixed
*A Ton of Kenyan Stars Including Robert Cheruiyot to Run Lewa Half Marathon on June 23 in Kenya
*800m Runner from Botswana Who Criticized Kenyan Training Center Last Month, Is Being Kicked out We think this is the Kip Keino training center but the article isn't clear.
More PreRace NCAA Coverage:
*Walter Dix Leads FSU at Nationals Even after his 19.69, he may return for his last year at FSU according ot this article. link fixed
State Men, ASU Women Favored at NCAAsThe meet is on live tv on CSTV on Friday and CBS on Saturday.
*Men's Start Lists *Women's
Assistant Coaches in D1 Named
*Bobby Curits Back on Top after a Few Tough Years
*Rupp a Force to Be Reckoned With registerguard.com
More Weekend Action:
California: Jim Sorensen Runs 3:44 Master's World Record in 1500
*Men's Results of Jim Bush Invite
*Women's Results of Jim
Bekele Back Training Strong for 10k at Worlds And he enjoyed reading Beckham's biography. IAAF
Reebok Grand Prix: *Results
Webb Wins Mile, Gay Just Misses 100m World Record, Jenn Stuczynski Goes over 16 Feet in Pole Vault
This Australian newspaper summed it up best:
"Alan Webb, a runner of sporadic brilliance, produced one of his
best performances to upstage Bernard Lagat and Craig Mottram in the
mile."In other action, Tyson Gay came close to breaking the 100m World Record, Jenn Stuczynski became the third woman over 16 feet in the pole vault (read the article to left as her story is a great one), and Liu Xiang went
sub 13 in the hurdles.
*Full House Watches Webb Win Rbk Mile at Reebok Grand Prix Race Results Weekly
*Centro Jr Runs 4:03, James Carter Stuns 400m Hurdle Field Baltimore Sun
Stuczynski Goes over 16 Feet in Pole Vault, Comes Close to World Record New York Times
*Veronica Campbell Runs 10.93
*Post Race Press Conference
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
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
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.
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
Gebrselassie Hopes to Break 1 Hour World Record this Year, Run in 2012 Olympics
Mottram More Confident About Worlds With Bekele Opting for 10k
If only track would do the same with Regina and all its drug cheats. Tour de France No Longer Considers Admitted Epo User Riis To be 1996 Champ "From a disciplinary point of view, you cannot strip him of the title but it is possible not to mention it anymore. Because of what he admitted, he is not the winner of the Tour de France. Riis did
not win." We actually think it's great that past champions in cycling are coming clean and wish the many past running champions would do the same so the sport can be cleaned up for the future.
This Sunday: Pre: Start Lists
*Alan Webb Switches to 2 Mile at Pre With Bekele admitting to being off form, Webb may be the favorite. But the race is full of Americans Tegenkamp, Famiglietti, Ritz, Goucher, and the favorite Webb. Not to mention XC World champ Zersenay Tadesse and Craig Mottram.
*Yulia Chizhenko-Fomenko, Shooting for First Sub 4 at Pre Classic This Weekend IAAF
*Khadevis Robinson Ready for Great 800m Matchup at Pre Versus Yuriy Borzakovskiy, Gary Reed, David Krummenacker and Alfred Yego
*Bekele Not to Double at Worlds This Year
*Great Hurdles Race on Tap for PreClassic IAAF
Message Boards: Webb the Favorite for Osaka?
Also This Weekend: Lornah Kiplagat Headlines NY Mini 10k in NYC
Great Interview With John Treacy Olympic Silver Medallist, World XC Champ, Brother of Providence Coach Ray Treacy In just a couple minutes you'll learn a ton.
This Sunday: Pre: Start Lists for This Weekend's Pre Classic
*Yulia Chizhenko-Fomenko, Shooting for First Sub 4 at Pre Classic This Weekend IAAF
*Great Hurdles Race on Tap for PreClassic IAAF
Message Boards: Webb the Favorite for Osaka?
With Coach in Prison, Tyson Gay Still Rising to the Top The Arkansas track program is in hot water because of Brauman and Gay. USA Today
Angelo Taylor Running Better Than Ever He was the Olympic champ at 400m hurdles 7 years ago and is only 28 now. Since then, he's been in trouble with the law, but its good to see him turning his life back around on the track.
Upcoming: American Milers Club 2007 High Performance Series to Take Place after USA Nationals
*Megan Metcalfe Headlines 2007 Mercedes Benz Mile Field
Freihofer's to Try and Create American Only Prize Money Nexts Year It used to be a US championship. Most recently it has been most known for bungling how it handles drug testing.
Rock N Roll Marathon: Daniel Yego Goes Sub 2:10 at Rock N Roll San Diego defeats Christopher Cheboiboch Cheboiboch has been runner up at New York and Boston.
*Top Results, Prize Money, Photos *Full Results
Ndereba Finished 2nd in 10k at Kenyan Prisons Champ and Pulls Out of NY Mini 10k, Selina Kosgei Wins 1500 and 5k The prison pension must be incredible or perhaps Catherine's sense of loyalty as she double din the 5000ma nd 10000m at this meet. IAAF
* Day 1 of Kenyan Prisons Champs Selina Kosgei Wins 5k
Glasgow: Gary Kikaya Holds Off Xavier Carter in Glasgow in 400, Craig Pickering Wins 100 IAAF Recap
*Young Craig Pickering Wins 100m Easily in Glasgow, Likely Secures European Cup Spot Guardian
Goldie Sayers Impresses Again in Javelin, Maybe be Becoming a Medal Threat
Freihofer's: Benita Johnson Defeats Drug Cheat Leghzaoui at Freihofer's IAAF
Boston: Boston High Performance Meet Results
World Junior Champ Tatyana Chernova Now a Star in Heptathlon After Scoring 6768
Greece: Louis Tsatoumas Jump World Leader 8.66 in Greece in LJ IAAF
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
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.
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.