*Culpepper More Relaxed Heading into 2008 Trials The defending champ has a new training group, a new coach, and is ready to go for the Trials.
*Runnersworld Interview With Alan Culpepper
*Pete Gilmore Podcast
Pat Tyson Coaching High School Team in Eugene
Boulder, Boulder, Boulder:
*Frank Shorter, Mark Plaatjes Talk About Olympic Marathon Trials The article has a chart with the results of the 2004 Trials reminding us that Trent Briney ran a 2:12 at the Trials. Anything can happen 3 weeks in NYC. dailycamera.com
*Denver Post Article on New Training Group in Boulder: Tempo Sports Steve Jones is the coach, Alan Culpepper the headliner athlete, and Pete Julian is the founder.
*Chasing Glory Vide on the New Boulder
Kimbia's Dieter Hogan Gives His Thoughs on Chicago Performances
LetsRun.com NCAA XC Poll Voting Open
The PreNCAAs no doubt shook up the rankings a bit. Give us your top 10 in the country and tell us who will win each of next week's conference meets.
Dublin Will Host 2009 European XC Championships
More Irish News: Webb's Coach Raczko Giving Seminar on November 3rd in Dublin, Ireland
World Road Running Champs Sunday:
Zersenay Tadese Goes Sub 59 to Defend His World Title
Zersenay Tadese kicked away from a four man pack at 57 minutes to defend his World Road Running Ccrown. The title goes nicely with his World XC title from March. Showing a sub 1 hour half marathon is no longer what it once was, NYC champ Marison dos Santos ran 59:33 and was 7th.
More on Tadese: "It felt like the whole of Eritrea was running with me"
Women: Preview Kiplagat, Kastor, Kenyans to Battle for Crown IAAF
*Lornah Kiplagat Ready to Defend Her Title at World Road Running Champs
Men: Preview: Defending Champ Tadesse Has His Hans Full With WR Holder Wanjiru, Others Should be a great race as the half marathon depth has increased tremendously the last few years.
*Atsushi Sato, Who Seko Says Can Run a 2:05 Marathon, Leads Japanese Team at World Road Running Champs If Seko says he can run 2:05 look out.
*Press Conference Quotes from World Half Champs IAAF
On the boards:
*Josh Cox 2:22 Marathon in Training
*Big Ten Network Not Showing Cross Country
Itati, Asiba Win 2007 Under Armour Baltimore Marathon Each sex has nearly $40,000 in prize money yet only 1 man broke 2:20. $18k goes a long way in Kenya.
Houston Marathon Foundation Launched
LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Men
Invuti Wins Unbelievable Finish in Chicago Words don't do it justice just watch the video above.
*Chicago Tribune Recap of Ivuti's Narrow Win
It's hard for words to describe the greatest finish in (Chicago) marathon history. It came down to two time world champ Jaouad Gharib and former track/xc star Patrick Ivuti, fresh off his 59:27 half marathon. Gharib surged ahead going up a slight incline down the finishing straight. Ivuti then battled back and took the lead on the downhill. Gharib dug back and retoook the lead as they barreled towards the finish and the two guys still standing there with the finish tape which is only about 5 feet wide. Ivuti surged back right at the finish and it was too close to tell but Ivuti got the win. Hot weather took its toll on everyone.
*Video: Patrick Ivuti Talks About His Narrow Win In Chicago
London Champ Martin Lel, London Runner Up Goumri To Race at 2007 ING NYC Marathon Remember the days when NY was 2nd class to Chicago?
*Video: Watch the Incredible Sprint Finish in London this Year (Final Quarter Mile of arguably the greatest men's marathon ever)
Post of the Week on the Message Board A guy wrote in talking about possibly passing out at the Chicago Marathon because of low blood pressure in the heat and then the author of the scienceofsports blog came onboard and helped explain the situation. Interesting Read.
Lengthy Video Interview With Gebrselassie with Sean Hartnett After His World Record Hartnett knows his stuff so we're sure this is a great interview without even watching it. Hartnett knows virtually every top runner in Kenya and Tergat turned to Hartnett for advice prior to moving to the marathon.
Victah Sailer's Berlin Marathon Photos See Geb make history.
AL OERTER 1936-2007 The death of this legend basically is being ignored in the US but thankfully the NYTimes gave him the homage he was due in this tremendous article by Frank Litsky on Oerter. And we like Oerter's anti drug stance and honesty (admitting to trying roids in 1976). When he quit competitive throwing he said, "The drug culture had taken over."
*Daily Telegraph in Britain Remembers Al Oerter
*Kansas City Star Remembers Al Oerter
*More Oerter: *Message Board Thread
*More on Oerter from Florida Paper
on Oerter and His Painting: "I know this won't sound right but painting is the same dadgum thing I found in training for the Games"
LetsRun.com 2007 World's Coverage:
*Sunday Homepage Ndereba marathon
*Friday Homepage Tyson Gay
*Thursday Homepage Lagat
*Wednesday's Homepage Lagat
*Tuesday's Homepage Bekele 10k
*Monday's Homepage Tyson Gay
*Sunday's Homepage Dibaba/Goucher 10k
*Saturday's Homepage Kibet Marathon
USOC Considering Leaving Colorado Springs We doubt too many athletes will miss it.
Asian Champ Samuel Francis Wins World Military Games 100 in 10.10
News We Purposely Didn't Mention This Weekend: Spira at the Marketing Gimmick Again A "Defy the Ban" road race when the shoes aren't even banned yet. The race was run off a cliff.
Bekele Will Try and Get Revenge on Zersenay Tadese at Edinburgh XC in January on Worlds Course
Marion, Marion, Marion: Lauryn Williams on Marion: "My favorite saying is it's not my mess, but I'm willing to clean it up"NY Daily News
*Lauryn Williams Writes About Media Focusing on Drugs We don't blame her for being upset after being ignored all year and then getting 7 interview requests when Marion tested positive. ESPN ignores track and then focuses on Marion.
*Sanya Richards Writes about Marion Jones She talks about preachers fondling children and corrupt politicians.
World Road Running Team Home Returns Home (The Article Says Kenya Got
14 of 16 Medals We Guess They Are Counting The Team Golds as 10 Medals)
*More in Depth Article on Kenya World Road Running Team Kudos to Patrick Makau who ran 59:02 for the silver. It was his 4th sub 1:00:00 half of the year.
Race Car Driver, Alex Zanardi, Who Lost Both Legs in Car Crash to Hand Cycle NYC Marathon
Kenyan Newspaper Has Editorial on Marion Jones "She wasn't the fastest and most graceful female athlete, after all but
just another cheat pumped up to the brim with performance-enhancing
drugs." Meanwhile American journalists are calling for the legalization of drugs.
IAAF Letting You Vote on Athlete of the Year IAAF
Clearly We're Bored as We're Putting Up Triathlon News:
Ironman: Chrissie Wellington Pulls Huge, Huge Upset to Win Ironman We know nothing about the sport so we'll take their word.
*Chris McCormack Finally Wins Hawaii Ironman
*Triathlete Wins $420,000 And this wasn't the Ironman.
Lornah Kiplagat 1:06:25 World Half Marathon Record at World Road Running Champs For the 2nd year in a row Kiplagat set a world record at the champs as she ran 1:06:25 in a dominating performance. American Deena Kastor ran 1:09:38 but was only 16th as the Kenyan women continue to raise their game.
*More: A confident Kiplagat absorbs her perfect day in Udine
LA Times Joins 'Legalize' Steroids Debate
*Kate Schmidt, Former Bronze Medallist in Javelin, Says Legalize Drugs But only in "acceptable" quantities. And we're not supposed to get on Marion Jones because everyone is cheating. And we're supposed to lay off of Ken Lay and Enron since a lot of people cheat on their taxes.
*Helene Elliott Points Out the Flaws in Schmidt's Arguments
Big Weekend of NCAA Action:
Women: Stanford Cruises, Princeton Pulls Shocker Two time defending national champion Stanford came in and delivered as expected winning the Women's "Blue" Race, but the story of the day were the Princeton women. 0 athletic scholarships, but a dominating performance to win the White Race, defeating Colorado.
*Women's Blue Race Team Results - Stanford Wins/FSU 2nd
*Women's Blue Race Individual Results - Susan Kuijken Wins As Her Team Gets
*Women's White Race Team Results - Princeton Women Shock The Field
*Women's White Race Individual Results - Jenny Barringer Wins
Men: McDougal, Lomong Win, Oregon Still Sitting Pretty No team emerged as a strong contender to #1 Oregon (Although if Iona's Matthew Kiplagat was still on the team, Iona could easily be #1 in the country as they would have had five in the top 20). The 2 favorites for the individual national crown, Josh McDougal and Lopez Lomong, both won their races. Lomong's range is truly incredible and the only thing left for him to do before turning pro is to win the NCAA title.
*Men's Blue Race Team Results - NAU Edges Iona
*Men's Blue Team Individuals - Lopez Lomong Leads NAU To Team Title
*Men's White Race Team Results - UTEP Edges Colorado
*Men's White Race Individual Results - Josh McDougal Wins, Sets Course Record The layout was as fast as it ever has ever been as the weather was perfect and the times superfast.
*Flotrack was on hand with some video coverage
*Chile Pepper XC Results Arkansas men, Texas Tech women dominate
*Penn State National Invitational
Alan Webb on Hand at DIII Meet Supposedly was on hand with his girlfriend. Webb's presence caused more than one letsrun.com to get star struck.
Interesting Article in NY Times on Running Economy (No registration required to view)
It explains why Alberto Salazar was faster than Joan Benoit in simple terms and has some nice quotes from Jack Daniels.
Roberto Madrazo Says He Never Intended to Finish Berlin Marathon (with Victor Sailer's Photo of Madrazo's Finish) Check out the photo of the dude finishing above. He's got on full sweats.
*Mexicans Not Surprised by Cheating Allegations Versus Madrazo New York Times
LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Women
Adriana Pirtea Blows It
Just watch the video above. Shorter video here if you're impatient
*Chicago Tribune Recap of Ivuti's Narrow Win
Adriana Pirtrea, a runner basically no one has heard of (including ourselves) (she did finish 2nd at an NCAA indoors once), was on her way to winning the Chicago Marathon. She had been clear of Berhane Adere for miles. Pirtrea, as she took the final turn, was high fiving the crowd. She had a 15 second lead with 58 seconds of runing left. Little did she know that Adere had overcome whatever problems she had had and was quickly making up ground. Pirtrea never looked back and was strolling into the finish thinking about her career changing win. Meanwhile, Adere was in an all out sprint on the other side of the road. She flew by Pirtrea and Pirtrea had no chance to respond. A truly incredible turn of events as Adere made up a 15 second deficent in 47 seconds. Watch it to believe it.
*Former Yalie Kate O'Neill 3rd in Her Debut
*Wheelchair Race Decided by 1 Second All the races in Chicago were close.
We're Not Joking: RunnersWorld with Extensive Olympic Marathon Trials Section The editor, Amby Burfoot, was a Boston Marathon champ back in the day, and has done a good job. You learn that Brian Sell looked good in the Olympic Trials simulator in Central Park, Khannouchi is fasting for Ramadan, Josh Cox is running 150 miles a week, and more.