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

$100,000 LetsRun.com Marathon Trials Prediction Contest Get your picks in. Who will come out on top: Meb, Abdi, Hall, Ritz, Alan, or Sell? Want to win $100,000? Just predict the top 10 perfectly and be the only one to do so.
*Runnersworld Says Ryan Hall is the Favorite for the Trials

Russians Aleksey Sokolov and Alina Ivanova Repeat at Dublin Marathon in 2:09 and 2:29 The last Monday in October is a holiday in Ireland.

Chariots of Fire Record at Cambridge Broken The only 2 other guys to do it under the allowed time are Olympic gold medallists including Seb Coe.

World 400m Champ Christine Ohuruogu Gets Private Hearing at Her Request to be Allowed to Compete at Beijing Olympics Guardian

Weekend Road Action:
Frankfurt: Wilfred Kigen Threepeats at Frankfurt Marathon (Gets $64,000)
Olympic steeple champ Wilson Boit Kipketer runs 2:13 PR, Dieter Baumann runs 2:30 IAAF
DC: Former Footlocker Champ Kristen Henehan (Gordon) Wins Marine Corps Marathon

*Ruben Garcia Fails to Threepeat at Marine Corps Marathon as Tamrat Ayalew Wins

*Former Brooks Hansons Runner Carl Rundell Gave Up Opportunity to Run Olympic Trials to Run Marine Corps Marathon

The Washington Post now has streaming video of the finish by time at the Marine Corps Marathon.
Nairobi: Rose Chesire Jepkosgei and John Njoroge Win Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon and $20,000+
The Nairobi Marathon often is a true rags to riches story. Jepkosgei had trouble coming up with the $20 bus fare to the race.

Britain: World Champ Luke Kibet, Rose Cheruiyot Wins Great South 10 Miler

New Delhi:
Ethiopia's Derebe Alemu , Rwanda's Dieudonne Disi Win New Delhi Half Marahton and $20,000 Each IAAF
Venice:
Jonathan Kipkorir Kosgei and Lenah Cheruiyot Do Something That is Very Hard, Get Repeat Victories at Venice Maratohn (2:12 and 2:27) IAAF

Drugs:WADA Head Dick Pound Defends Elka Graham She's the swimmer who said she was offered drugs by another swimmer but has refused to give the name.
*Some Fellow Swimmers Defending Elka Graham for Not Naming Names

Ridiculous: Roy Martin, Arrested, Sent to Jail for Buying a $1 Xanax and Attempting to Stop Drug Problem at His School Article and brief video. For those of us from Dallas, Martin is a legend. He ran 20.13 for 200 in high school.
*Roy Martin Podcast We haven't had time to listen to it but the finalsprint tracked him down.

Ben Johnson Talks to Al Jazeera About Marion Jones: "I believe that everone on the international level is using performance enhancing drugs..."

Olympic Trials:
US Olympic Team Trials- Men's Marathon
*Peter Gilmore, Josh Rohatinsky, Ryan Shay Talk About Being Darkhorses at the 2008 Olympic Trials
These guys are pretty good but they'll have to improve a lot/little (2+ minutes/5 seconds a mile) or have some in front of them have an off day to make the team.
* New York Road Runners' Central Park Loop: State by State Look at the Trials
New York and Florida should be embarrassed. 1 2 qualifiers between them.

*Previous:
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Khannouchi Dealing with Racing in Orthotics for First Time, Training During Ramadan In the article he says he still could represent Morocco in the 2008 Olympics. If that's the case, he should lose all of his American records. But don't count Special K out from wearing the U-S-A in Beijing. If anyone can make the team after a 1:05 half marathon it is him.
NY Times Starting to Pay Attention:
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Ny
Times Looks at Elite Runners And Their Marriages to Other Elites (They'll be 7 Couples in NY Next Weekend) Ryan Shay says, "In college, a lot of distance runners are obsessive-compulsive, and I didnít want to deal with that"
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The Brooks Hanson Guys Give You Advice for Running Your Own Marathon New York Times

US Women Get Some Love: Terrence Mahon Outlines Deena's 4 Year Training Plan Leading Up to 2008 Olympics Interesting look at her goals.
*Kara Goucher Came a Long Way to Her World Championship Bronze in 10k

Ambulance With Dying Runner in It Got Lost on Way to Hospital So many people were going down to the heat that ambulances from the suburbs had to be brought in.

Drug News: Unnamed Australian Track and Field Athlete Tests Positive
*China's Sun Yingjie's 2 Year Drug Ban is Over She was the 4th woman under the 2:20 barrier.

*Australian Swimmer Refuses to Give Name of Swimmer Who Offered Her Drugs If she wanted to write an article about the athlete she should turn over the name to anti-doping authorities. We turned over the name of a marathoner who was supposedly using EPO when a video was presented to us (the athlete is still competing).

On the boards: How Great Can the Detroit Marathon Become?
*Time to Boycott Marathons
For some reason we're supposed to boycott marathons because there are too many people running slow.

More Weekend Action: Great Recap of Gyeongju International Marathon In Korea Where Kimbia's Charles Kibiwott Lost by 1 Second in 2:09:45 A nice detailed recap by Matt Taylor
*Former CU Start Payton Batliner Wins 2007 Amica Insurance Breakers Marathon 2:27 was his time.

Trials News:
*Great Read on Ryan Hall's Early Training
Ryan told his dad he wanted to go on a 15 miler with him in the 8th grade. His dad said sure, but no whining. The rest is history.
*Great Brian Sell Video Link fixed.
*NYC's Own Anthony Famiglietti Gives Video Tour of Olympic Marathon Trials Course
Nice video.
*Hanson's Runner Mike Reneau Has Only Been Running 3 Years Since a Layoff and He Could Surprise at Trials
*Meb Keflezighi Audio Interview

A Look at Steve Jones, Alan Culpepper, and Pete Julian's Tempo Sports Training Club in Boulder

Kenyan News: Athletics Kenya Trying to Get Its Books in Order After IAAF Freezes $100,000 Payment over Concerns About Accounting Associated with World XCs
*Athletics Kenya Trying to Monitor Training Camps, Road Races in Country

California High Schooler Katie Dunn is Setting Course Records for #1 Ranked Team in California

Anticipation Building for Paula Radcliffe's Run at 2007 ING NYC Marathon The race features a great matchup of Radcliffe versus Ndereba. Only 18 men in the Olympic Trials the day before have a faster pr than Radcliffe.

LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Men
Unvelievable:
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.

NYC/Trials News:
*Amby Burfoot Wants Brooks Hansons Guys to Rabbit Brian Sell It seems like a lot of people are rooting for Sell to break up the running royalty atop the US rankings. But people don't need to be too fearful. We've never heard of a sit and kick marathon. Someone will make a move at some point.
*"He told me, you have a gift and you should not waste it."
-Catherine Ndereba, who is expected to battle with Paula Radcliffe at Sunday's ING NYC Marathon, on why she became a runner instead of a teacher.
*Steve Cram Writes on Paula Radcliffe Running In NYC
The women's race is going to be a great one with Ndereba and Radcliffe.
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Catherine Ndereba's Schoolmates Thought She was Crazy She Ran so Much EA Standard
*New York Times Profile on Lost Boy from Sudan Olympic Trials Marathon Runner Macharia Yuot New York Times

*Jack Daniels Talks About Pete Gilmore and Abdi's Chances at the Trials

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Silicon Alley Blog Critical of Having to Pay $4.99 to Watch NYC Marathon Not sure what he is complaining about as he can just watch the local NBC broadcast. He should have sympathy for his brethren in Silicon Valley who will have to pay the $4.99 and may get the Trials for free, but will have to wake up at 4:30 am to watch it.

Conference Cross Country Action
Sunday: More Conference Results here

*Wisconsin Men Get Record Breaking 9th Big 10 XC Title
Matt Withrow got the individual crown. Withrow has had some injury problems the last few years but this win reminds us what a phenom he is at XC. Rupp and McDougal remember. Michigan's Mike Woods dropped out and Michigan finished 5th in a very subpar performance.
*Minnesota Women Win First Ever Big 10 XC Title The Wolverine women had won 5 straight.
*Big 10 Results (Matt Withrow and Diane Nukuri Get Individual Titles)

Tyson Gay Not Happy Arkansas Lost NCAA Titles, but is Glad They are Appealing

Previous Conference News:
SEC:
John McDonnell and Arkansas Get Their 34th Straight Conference XC Title McDonnell was dead on when he said prior to the race: "Alabama has four really good runners. They will match our top four, so it will come down to the fifth runner" Arkansas' 5th crushed Alabamas.
*SEC Results

*SEC Photos

Pac 10s: Pac 10 Results (Stanford Women (Arianna Lambie), Oregon Men (Shadrak Kiptoo) Get Titles)

*Pac 10 Photos

Big East: Louisville Men, West Virginia Women Win Big East Titles
Ron Mann has quicky imported his NAU magic to Louisville.
*Men's Results (Bobby Curtis Wins 2nd Big East Crown)

*Women's Results (Melissa Grelli Wins)

Friday:
Big 12s
For 9th Straight Year Colorado Sweeps Big 12 Titles Mark Wetmore's streak is pretty incredible and it must suck to be a coach at another Big 12 school because basically every year you know you're fighting for 2nd.
Men:Men's Team Results (Oklahoma State 2nd)

*Individual Results (Cu's Brent Vaughan and Kenyon Neuman go 1-2)

Women: Big 12 Women's Team Results

* Individual Results (Sally Kipyego Defeats Jenny Barringer)

*More Big 12 Results

Heps: Heps Men's Results (Princeton Men, Leg by Michael Maag Dominate, Rojo's Cornell Squad 2nd)
*Heps Men's Recap

Heps Women: *Heps Women's Results (Princeton Women Score 25 Points And Liz Costello Gets Win)

*Heps Women's Recap

Previous:

*Nice Profile on Wesley Korir, Louisville's Hope for the Big East Crown

Previous XC News:
LetsRun.com NCAA Polls Oregon and Stanford #1 Heading into Crucial Conference Action
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Pac 10 XC Preview pac-10.org
*Jerry Schumacher Addresses the Media

Arkansas Gets Stripped of 2 NCAA Titles Tyson Gay may have gotten them a lot of positive attention this summer, but his association with Lance Brauman has now cost them big time. The good news for the Razorbacks is that they get the scholarships thye voluntarily gave up back.
*Message Board thread
*Story from Arkansas Paper

More NY News:
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G
eti Wami After $500,000 World Marathon Majors Prize on Streets of NY Wami was super excited to get $14 when she first started running.
*Amputee World Record Holder in Marathon and Triathlon: Amy Palmiero-Winters Wins Runners World Heroes of Running Award She'll be honored in NY next week.

Stricter Drug Policy Adopted by PRRO Circuit Events: Athletes Who Have Tested Positive Won't Be Invited, But Can Register On Their Own

Spira CEO Writes an Open Letter to Letsrun.com Readers You know the company that is dependent on USATF "banning" it's shoes.
*LetsRun.com Readers Respond With an Open Letter to the Spira CEO

Gebrselassie Talks About Running First 10 Miles of Detroit Free Press Marathon into Canada "This one, one day, I believe can become big like Chicago, New York and Boston"

Scott Bauh, DII Star, Turning Heads With his 1:03:04 Half Marathon Clearly he looks like the real deal.

Let the Hoopla Begin: LetsRun.com
Thousands of Spectators, The Greatest American Field Ever Assembled, and Much More: America's Top Coaches Brad Hudson, Keith Hanson, and Terrence Mahon Talk About the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials

Hudson's Athletes Doing "Much, Much, Much Harder" Training
Teleconferences are usually pretty boring but since the greatest American field ever is assembling in New York in two weeks we've broken down for you the highlights of what America's top coaches are saying about the Olympic Marathon Trials and their athletes' preparations. Learn how Brad Hudson's athletes have done "much, much, much harder" training for this marathon than anything else, learn about Brian Sell's 150+ mile weeks, predictions of hundreds of thousands of spectators, how USATF was "inept" at developing marathoners, and much more including Jason Lehmkuhle no longer being a darkhorse candidate at the Trials.
*Audio Highlights and Full Teleconference If You're Into That
O
n the boards: Is this the greatest collection of American distance talent ever in one race?
More Marathon News:
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Meb Keflezighi Celebrating 20 Years in America
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Dathan Ritzenhein Interview
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Ryan Hall Interview

LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Women
Unbelievable
Adriana Pirtea Blows It

Just watch the video above. Shorter video here if you're impatient

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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.

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
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More on Oerter from Florida Paper
*Article 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
*Saturday Homepage
*Friday Homepage Tyson Gay
*Thursday Homepage Lagat
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Wednesday's Homepage Lagat
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Tuesday's Homepage Bekele 10k
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Monday's Homepage Tyson Gay
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Sunday's Homepage Dibaba/Goucher 10k
*Saturday's Homepage
Kibet Marathon

 

Rupp Reportedly Thought He and Kiptoo Were Going to Tie for First, at Pac10s, Kiptoo Apparently Thought Otherwise

Someone Will Have to Explain this to Us: Beijing's Smog Makes it More Important for Australia's Athletes to Wear Contact Lenses

PBS Airing Nova Marathon Challenge Show on 8pm Today If you live in Sacramento at 9 there will be a documentary on the Western States 100 afterwards as well.

NYC Marathon by MetroCard It Took a NYPost  writer nearly 5 hours to cover the course via public transit

Non Collegiate XC Action: Ethiopians Girma Tola and Aziza Ayilu, Win Titles at 18th Mayorís Cup Cross Country Races Jorge Torres was 2nd. The Mayors Cup and this Saturday's Bad Boy in NYC are some of the only options left for competitive XC in the US.

Olympic Trials Less Than a Week Away:
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Washington Post Previews Olympic Marathon Trials
*ING and NYC Marathon Have Both Seen Benefits with ING Sponsoring the NYC Marathon Mary Wittenberg and INGs cash have restored the glory of the NY Marathon which this year has a great female battle of Ndereba vs Radcliffe vs Wami.
*Brian Sell is Back at the Olympic Trials as a Favorite Sell was relatively unknown and led for much of the 2004 Trials before fading. He says he's learned from the experience. Detroit Free Press

A Conference You Usually Wouldn't Care About: Iona Dominates MAAC, But More Importantly Gets Matthew Kiplagat Back Kiplagat was suspended from the team for unspecified reasons but he's back. And if you put him in Iona's top 5 they would have crushed NAU at preNats.

Yoko Shibui Runs 40k PB in Preparation For Her Showdown With Mizuki Noguchi at Tokyo International Women's Marathon Next Month

World Marathon Majors Point Scenarios: Jelena Prokopcuka and Geti Wami Battling for $500,000 in NY That's a lot of cash.

Today's Sign of the Apocalypse: Haile Gebrselassie Runs with the Spira Shoe Guys Photo

2000 Olympic Champ Naoko Takahashi Has Her Back to the Wall in Attempt to Qualify for 2008 Olympics

Lornah Kiplagat Gets Prestigious UN Millennium Shoe Award IAAF She's a great humanitarian.

More on Cycling Blood Passport Program

Paula Radcliffe, Roger Banister, Kelly Holmes on List of Britain's 50 Greatest Sports Losers Times of London We'd love to be on that list. Perhaps someone can tell us who Britain's greatest winners are.

Drug News: Dick Pound Criticizes Former IOC Head Juan Antonio Samaranch for Not Doing Anything Against Drugs Memo to Dick, no one was doing anything about drugs then.
*Victor Conte Says Roids Don't Cause Teenage Suicide, Barry Bonds Won't Be Indicted

Blue Collar: 78 Year Old Woman, Jeannette Cyr, Got Hit by Car in a Marathon and She Wanted to Finish the Race

Ask Wejo:
Ask Wejo 3: Did You Ever Think "Why Am I Doing This?" A USATF qualifier wonders if Wejo wondered if he would ever be any good.
Ask Wejo 4: Questions From a High Schoooler Trying to Break Through and 5 Hour Marathoner Clearly Wejo must have been bored to write two columns in one day as LetsRun.com reaches out to the masses.

NY Times Looks at Sleep Requirements of Elite Runners Nice article with quotes from Meb, Deena, Steve Spence.
Today's Sign of the Apocalpyse:
Rojo Quoted in the NY Times
It's a separate but related article to the one above. And in it you find out that you that getting sleep 2 nights before the race is BS.

Blue Collar Running: Camp Phoenix Marathon Kabul, Afghanistan

Video of Asafa Powell's 9.74 WR

On the boards: Have the Japanese Perfected Lydiard Training?

Video Race Highlights:
1500
: The Final lap of the men's 1500m
110 Hurdles: *Michelle Perry Storms from Way Behind to Win 100m Hurdles
High Jump: Winning Jump
Video: Men's 100m Final
Video:
Horrendous Fall in Men's Steeplechase Warning this is not for the faint of heart
Video: Video of Tyson Gay's 200m Win
*Video of Saladino's Clutch Winning Long Jump
*Video of Andrew Howe Taking Lead in Long Jump and Then Going Nuts
Yes nuts. Worth a watch.

*Should Lagat Run the 5k?

Training Advice:
Advice from the pros

Top 10 Training Tips

LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson gives his top 10 training tips in this letsrun.com classic when the site first launched.. They helped him knock 1:22 off his 10k pr in one race 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.

Wejo Speaks:
Why I Sucked in College
Perhaps Wejo's Most Popular Training Article Ever
"In running however, there are not bonus points for running 'hard.' The point is to run fast. There is a difference. Don't forget that."

-Letsrun.com's Wejo explaining "Why He Sucked in College" but went on to be 4th in the country in the 10k"

Rojo Speaks:
*In Case You Forgot JK is a genius: "John (JK)is the whole inspiration [for] why my brother and I are into running,His philosophy is what we use here at Cornell."- LetsRun.com's Rojo on the legendary JK

JK Speaks: 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.

Learn From a Legend
Arthur Lydiard Quotes:

"
Train Don't Strain"

-famed distance coach Arthur Lydiard
Lydiard Quote:
"Americans arrogantly want it all now, this is why they finish last. Speed must be used in proper proportions. Build and build like the Afrikans. This is the only way to realise your potential."
-famed distance coach Arthur Lydiard

Learn/ Be Inspired from the Stars:
Yet Again The LetsRun.com Training Philosophy Is Proven True:

"Everything has been part of a master plan. Of course we've had to re-focus and re-adjust along the way, like everyone does, but there has always been a plan. [Years] 2005 and 2006 were all about training for 2007 and 2008. The last couple of years, we were trying to build up the strength he needs to win championship medals in the 1,500.''
-Scott Raczko, coach of Alan Webb, talking about how their focus on strength the last two years is paying big dividends in a feature in America's top sports magazine, Sports Illustrated (although we are pretty sure the article appears only online).

Great Read/Advice: Such a Simple Sport:
"I train twice every day except on Sundays and on Christmas Day."

-the great Haile Gebrselassie, on his training over the holidays. He says his New Year's resolution is to win the gold medal at 10k and break the 10k world record. And Gebrselassie is still young as it is only 1996 in Ethiopia (we swear).

Geb:
More Great Advice for the Greatest Distance Runner Ever:

Haile Gebrselassie says work hard, be patient, and take your recovery days seriously.
Good Read.
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Haile Gebrselassie's Addicted to Running:
"I always have a goal to do something. That way I keep running. It's an addiction to winning. But it's also an addiction to run - it is like a drug. If I'm not sweating I don't feel good."

Cheruyiot
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
LetsRun.com
R
ojo Speaks: Inspired By a Kenyan Robert Cheruyiot Cheruyiot is a true star in the sport and a truly unbelievable rags to riches story.

Some of the Highlights From Our Archives:
You Know You're a Runner If...
(our reader's fill in the blanks with some hilarious responses on the message boards)

Kenya: LetsRun.com's Wejo went to Kenya for the World XC Championships and then he toured the country and explored the secreats of some of the Kenyan greats. See some of his insights on this incredibley country.
Controlled Chaos
Read about incredible one of kind 2007 World XC Championships in Mombasa, Kenya. Tens of thousands of people packed like sardines, hanging in trees, in opressive heat, all to see the Cross Country Championships for the first time in Kenya. There will never be a party like this one again.
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.
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.

Interviews With Today's Stars on Their High School Careers
A bit old, but we've got to remember our roots.

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.

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.
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Thumbs Up Showdown DVD: Wejo watched the Showdown DVD on the 2007 USA XC Champs in Boulder and was inspired.

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.

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

Inspirational Running Poem