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-Ashley Couper Estwanik and Chris Estwanik writing about the incredibly succesful Ryan Shay Memorial Run in the tiny territory of Bermuda.  The article has photos and is a good read.

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LetsRun.com's Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

Running USA Looking for New CEO
According to its IRS documents (2006 here, 05 here) the job pays around $60k a year. Better yet to get a consulting job with them as they paid out around $120k in consulting fees the last two years. We're not sure what those were for or exactly what this group does, but it has some heavyweights on its Board of Directors.

Man Running Around the Perimeter of the US

Barry Bonds Still Trying to Finalize his Legal Team

Local Runners Shined at Canadian Cross Nationals in Snow

Seb Coe Denies Conflict Of Interest Between His Role as London 2012 Head and His Business Concerns Coe also will serve on the jury of appeals at the World Cross Champs in Scotland.

LRC The Week That Was In what we hope will be a weekly take on the week that was in distance running action, LRC takes a look back at the last two weeks of action (hey it was Thanksgiving). We give big props to young upstart Sammy Wanjiru who could become the man who overcomes Kenya's failure in the Olympic marathon (Kenya has 2 medals ever in the Olympic marathon, all from Japanese based Kenyans. Guess where Wanjiru trains?) We totally break down the NCAA meet and tell you who had the best and worse days and seasons. We give out a slew of Thumbs Ups to everyone from the last-place Stony Brook women to the 3rd-place Oklahoma State men as well as a many Thumbs Downs including one to the entire Northeast Region. Josh McDougal gets official Old School Status andSammy Wanjiru is labelled a Sensation. Wanna guess how many people watched the NCAA XC meet live on the Internet? We tell you the answer. We even tell you how Rojo got a UVA runner All-American honors.
Editor's Note:Updated 9am eastern with story on Devine Racing

Galen Rupp Has Knee Surgery But it Shouldn't Affect Him Very Much His 2 week break after XC should be enough for him to recover.

Ryan Hall Honored by Big Bear City Council

IAAF Wall Calendar Available IAAF

Reigning World champions Jana Rawlinson and Nathan Deakes 2007 Telstra Athletes of the Year The day a race walker gets athlete of the year in the US is the day the sport is dead for good. IAAF

Fukuoka Marathon: Sammy Wanjiru Runs 2:06:39 for Win in Fukuoka in His Marathon Debut World half marathon record holder Wanjiru pulled away from Deriba Merga over the final 2k to get the win in the most competitive marathon ever in Japan (2 sub 2:07s, 3 sub 2:07:15). Wanjiru is barely 21 and his marathon future is bright (the marathon debut record is 2:05:50 by Evans Rutto)
*More on Race from Japan Running News Blog
*Fukouka Photos
*200+ Thread With Live Race updates and Impressions

More Weekend Action: Gebrselassie Runs 42:36 for 15k in Netherlands
Milan Marathon: Drug Cheat Pamela Chepchumba Wins Milan Marathon in 2:25, Evans Kiprop Cheruiyot Wins Men's in 2:09
Charles Kamathi, former world 10k champ, ran 2:11:25 in his debut and suffered from cramps according to the race website.
Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon
: "Never Trust A Pacemaker"
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Packmaker Elijah Mbogo Holds On For Narrow 2 Second Win Over Amos Matui Who Was Going For 3 Peat In the womens action, Edith Masai couldn't keep up with Alem Ashebier of Ethiopia.

US Marathons: Cal International: Laban Moiben Wins Men's 2:14:31, Violetta Kryza of Polan Wins Women's in 2:39:20 Moiben also won the Montreal marathon in September. He picked up $10,000 here for the win.
*Message board thread on CIM
*Nine Women Qualify for Olympic Trials at Cal International in Sacramento

*PreRace Article on Olympic Trials Qualifiers

*Helen Klein Going Strong at 85

Las Vegas: Christopher Cheboiboch Wins $20,000 (Assuming he gets paid)
Devine Racing Screw Up again as Half Marathon Runners Go Off Course
Devine racing puts on this race and the Los AngelesMarathon and has a history of not paying its champions in a timely fashion. Cheboiboch is a former NY and Boston star and his win shows a fading star will still go look for easier money. Talks of boycotts by agents are shallow as someone will always show up assuming they will get paid. Cheboiboch, a Kimbia athlete, had run Chicago as well. This year, the half marathon runners ran of course. If you ran Vegas share your thoughts here.
Editorial in Vegas Paper Points Out the Obvious: Devine Racing Should Pay the Bills on Time

Spanish XC Meet Joseph Ebuya Wins Convincingly Again As Eunice Jepkorir Edges Vivian Cheruiyot The win was the 3rd straight for the 20 year old Ebuya. The women's race was a total photo finish between the two world championship medallists

Kenyan XC Meet Recap From Sunday

Josh McDougal Runs 13:46 5k The NCAA XC champ got his NCAA indoor 5k qualifier out of the way.

Some Are Crying Racism over Nigeria Getting Snubbed for 2014 Commonwealth Games but Kip Keino Backed Glasgow Call us racist because we felt Abuja had no chance. Nigeria is viewed as a very unsafe place in the US.

Bobby Curtis Overcame Sleep Issues to Star at NCAA XCs

Asafa Powell to Base His Winter Training (and Racing) in Australia Supposedly he'll race for free.

Paula Radcliffe Undecided on Whether She'll Run London, Identifies Noguchi as a Main Rival in Beijing In a just world her and Paul Tergat would win Olympic marathon gold in 2008. BBC

New NCAA Outdoor Track Qualifying System Proposed The Regionals would basically become a one site mini nationals and the athletes would stay there at the same site and have nationals a week later. Not sure what we think of this, but it is on the table because the NCAA did not accept the coaches proposal to fix Regionals.
*Message board thread on new proposal.

LetsRun.com Paradise: Detailed, Detailed Splits of Olympic Marathon Trials Kudos to the timing team and course measurer David Katz for giving us 54 splits from the marathon.

This Weekend: Canadian XC Champs: Canadian XC Course Preview (It Should be Muddy)
*Message board prediction thread

Paula Radcliffe May Skip Training at UK Athletics Site and Train in Albuquerque She's done great training by herself so far in her career, so we don't see why she should change things up.

Victor Conte Wants to Keep Sealed Balco Documents

Tyson Gay, Meseret Defar Named IAAF Athletes of the Year
*Article Says American Public Cost Allyson Felix as World Athlete of the Year
We doubt it.

Samuel Wanjiru Sets 12.5 Km Ekiden Record as He Prepares for Next Week's Fukuoka Marathon Showdown with Paul Tergat The Fukuoka marathon should be a great one this weekend.

A New Star: Pan Arab Games Recap: After 1:43.90 800, Sudanís Abubakr Kaki Wins 1500 IAAF

Former Boston Champ Rita Jeptoo Wins Nigerian Obudu Ranch Mountain Road Race and $50,000 For comparison the Berlin marathon only pays 50,000 Euros for first place.

Julia Mombi of Kenya Wins Kobe Women's Half Marathon in 1:09:45 IAAF

Imagine If They Did The Same In The NFL/MLB - They'd Have Zero Results for 15 Years
All Marion Jones Results Since 2000 Annulled
The IAAF also wants her to give back $700,000 in prize money. *Read The Official IAAF Statement On Marion Jones
*Drug Cheats Unlikely To Get Any Medals Vacated By Jones

Prized Heifer Worth $1,500 To Be Given Away At Kenyan University XC Race

British Column: Bonds Indictment Best Thing To Happen To Baseball In 20 Years

Andrew Letherby, Amy Yoder Begley Win Manchester Road Race Nice recap from Hartford Courant plus video.

Francis Kibiwott (59:26 Half Marathoner) After $50,000 First Prize at Obudu Ranch Mountain Road Race in Nigeria on Saturday Usually mountain running doesn't attract the studs, but for $50,000 the top guys will race anywhere. IAAF

After 4th Place Finish in NY, Stefano Baldini Is Re Energized to Defend His Olympic Marathon Title IAAF

Want to Win NCAAs? Quit Reading the Message Boards It worked for Josh McDougal. WARNING the link above takes you to the message boards to explain this.

NCAA Articles You May Have Missed:
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The Oregonian Talks About Oregon's National Title (Lananna Says You Can't Win NCAAs from the Back, Plus Daniel Mercado Fell 3k into the Race) Lananna's strategy worked and we gave him big props for picking his top 7, but coming from behind does work as Colorado has shown. It works best when the opening pace is fast.
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Eugene Register Guard Recap of Oregon's First NCAA Crown in 30 Years Times are changing in Eugene. The Ducks did not get a front page story (they did get a nice front page banner above the title of the newspaper). The top story of the entire paper was on injured Ducks' QB Dennis Dixon. Image of Front page here
*Oregon Women Have Best Meet Since 1988 Nationals Registerguard.com They went from not making the meet last year to finishing 2nd.
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Article on McDougal's NCAA XC Win from Lynchburg Newspaper
More NCAA News:
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Lopez Lomong Turns Pro
He can turn his attention to making Beijing.
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2007 NCAA Cross Country All Americans Named We're still trying to figure out on the boards who the 30 Americans are.

NCAA Men:
LetsRun.com Men's Recap: OREGON and McDougal
McDougal Triumphs in Great Stretch Battle over Rupp on Live TV

Josh McDougal
had won everything in collegiate cross country except for the NCAA championships. That changed on Monday thanks to a thrilling victory over Galen Rupp. Rupp however got some redemption as he put a #1 on the board in team scoring, as Vin Lananna's Oregon Ducks got the NCAA team title, restoring Oregon's XC tradition much quicker than anticipated. Don't underestimate the gutsy performance of Oregon's Mercado twins. Plus we tell you who bombed at nationals, and how some big time streaks in collegiate XC could be coming to an end next year. Article edited to reflect Iona was within 20 poionts at 8k. Photo of McDougal at Finish.

*Results: Men's Team Results
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Men's Individual Results
*LetsRun.com 2007 NCAA Cross
Country Men's Photo Gallery
*Video Archive of Race
(Once you log in you can skip to any point in the CSTV coverage)
*Photo of the Day: Rupp Celebrates
Earlier we thought it was Salazar as well but not any more.
More: Nice Recap from Terre Haute Paper
: "I think we probably ran right around 14 minutes for that last 5K Ö that was into the wind and thatís not fast conditions. It was just flat out in the last mile-and-a-half almost. That last 50 meters I almost fell over my legs were so heavy" -Josh McDougal
*Post Race Recap and Quotes from GODucks.com
*CSTV Post Race Recap
*Post Race Interviews

PreRace: Oregon, Iona Men the NCAA Favorite Ok call us, but we think we made the point Oregon wasn't a shoe in favorite but the Ducks ran great to take home the title. More soon.
The Race is Being Reaired on CSTV at 11pm Tonight
This Guy May Even Be Smarter Than Us: Excellent Analysis on the Message Boards From Terminator X He looks at Oregon's spread, gives Rupp 1st place, Kiptoo 10th, and still has the Ducks coming up short.
*updated NCAA XC Prediction Polls Lopez Lomong now has more first place votes than Galen Rupp
Good Read:
Lengthy Lengthy Article on Galen Rupp and Alberto Salazar in Eugene Register Guard Plus more background on how Rupp ended up at Oregon.
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NCAA Preview from Terre Haute Newspaper
*NCAA Men's Preview from CSTV Lananna Expects High Scoring Meet, Lomong Says Rupp Better Run Away from Him Early
*NCAA Women's Preview: Stanford and Sally Kipyego Expected to Dominate
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LetsRun.com World Famous Prediciton Contest: Who Will Win NCAAs?
Give us your top 10 individuals and/or teams as part of our prediction contest. Winners get RoadrunnerSports gift certificates. (scoring system here).

Pre NCAA Photos from Terre Haute:

*Men's Blue Race Photos
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Men's White Race Photos
*Women's Blue Race Photos
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Women's White Race Photos
*Iowa's Diane Nukuri Survived Death Squads in Burundi, Made the Olympics as a Teenager in 2000, And Now is One of the Favorites at Nationals An inspiring story. Probably a quote of the day in here somewhere but she got bumped because of Bonds.

More Drugs, Drugs, Drugs
British Doping Expert Says New HGH Test Is A Joke and HGH Will Be Used With 'Impunity' In Beijing Perhaps even more alarming is a new stat that estimates between 38 and 63% of German track athletes are dopers. Even more bad news, "The estimates are that most athletes think at least half their colleagues are doping."
Dick Pound Asks For Marion Jones Tests To Be Audited Former WADA head Dick Pound had a great quote "It is not much fun to find that someone who has been tested 160 times admits to doping,"

More NCAAs
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Wisconsin's Streak of 5 Straight Years of 1st or 2nd at Nationals is On the Line This Year Super, super impressive (but also full of heart break as they only got 1 title out of 5) So impressive we didn't even believe it at first. So we looked up the 2003 results. And everyone take a moment to remember this: the 2003 Stanford men scored 24 Points at Nationals!! Sick.
*West Region Champ Teresa McWalters Riding High as Stanford Goes for 3peat at Nationals
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Former High School Star Mel Lawrence Has Adapted Well to NCAA Ranks Her Freshman Year at Washington
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Colorado Men Ran Controlled but Got Regional Win The women had to get an at large bid.
*Paul Ereng Pleased With UTEP's Performance at Regionals
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Eric Heins Talks About His First Year as NAU Coach
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LetsRun.com's Rojo Pleased With His Senior Class at Cornell He'll have Sage Canaday who also made the Olympic Marathon Trials at nationals.
Previous:
Mik
e Scott Analyzes the Women's NCAA XC Nationals
Message board thread on women's predictions here.
*Final NCAA Rankings Announced
The rankings are meaningless as everyone starts with a clean slate on Monday.

RYAN HALL 2:09:02 Ryan Hall put on one of the most impressive performances ever in American marathoning history, as he destroyed the field and coasted to victory in an incredible 2:09:04 (after a 1:06:17 1st half, yes that's a 1:02:47 2nd half on the hills of Central Park) on the very difficult NYC course. Dathan Ritzenhein ran a very impressive 2:11:07 to get 2nd while Brian Sell got the 3rd Olympic spot in 2:11:40. Former World Record holder Khalid Khannouchi ran a very gutsy race to finish 4th.
Ryan Hall is the real deal in case you didn't know. Here are his 5k splits on the very difficult NY course to prove how incredible he is at the marathon: 16:44, 15:41, 15:27, 15:12, 15:05, 14:48, 14:28. Yes that's right a 14:28 from 30 to 35k. Hall pumped his fist, pointed to the heavens, and waved to the crowd the final mile savoring the incredible run and still ran a 15 minute 5k pace for the final 7.2k (14.56 from 35 to 40k)
*Results
Race Recap From RunnersWorld's Amby Burfoot Amby did an excellent job covering the lead up to the Trials so it is fitting we link to his race article.
*NBCOlympics Recap of 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials: Triumph and Tragedy
*Quotes
*Video: Watch the on Demand (For Free, Skip to Any Crucial Point Instantaneously. Thank you NBC)
*Post Race Press Conference Videos Top 3, Meb, Culpepper, Khannouchi, Lehmkuhle
*Dathan Ritz Quotes
*Brian Sell Quotes

*Khalid Khannouchi 4th at Trials A great great run for Special K. He got 4th hobbling around the park.
*Photos
Excellent ones from letsrun.com message boarders skylon

2007 ING NYC Marathon: Paula Radcliffe and Martin Lel Win With Big Finishing Kicks For the second straight day, there was thrilling action in New York's Central Park. Paula Radcliffe led for nearly 26 miles before Gete Wami took her first lead with less than a half mile to go. That move sparked an amazing finishing kick by Radcliffe who got her second NY title in her first marathon in two years. Wami gota nice consolation prize - the $500,000 world marathon majors title. In the men's race, Martin Lel outsprinted Abderrahim Goumri just as he did in London.
Video:
Highlight Video from NBC Sports (3:47) NBC did a great job on its coverage this weekend. You can watch for free the entire men's trials here on demand (skipping to any point you want). If you paid $3.99 using code RUN2007 you can watch the full NYC marathon on demand.

Non NY News:
Seoul:
Joshua Chelenga Wins in Seoul in 2:08, Women's Course Record Set of 2:29 IAAF
Athens: Athens Marathon Course Records Finally Broken
IAAF
Soweto: Soweto Marathon Recap

More New York:
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Text of All Official Olympic Trials Post Race Interviews
*Text of All NYC Post Race Press Conferences

*Video of Press Conferences Here (Trials) and Here for NYC
Lance Armstrong even speaks.

Woman with MS, Zoe Koplowitz, Finishes NYC Marathon Nearly 29 Hours After She Started

Previous NYC News:
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Radcliffe Shrugs Off Pregnant Pause & Wins NYC Paula showed tha
t post-pregnancy she is still the world's finest marathoner as she unleased an amazing finishing sprint to beat her old track rival Wami . Wami had taken the lead from Radcliffe after Paula led for theentire race up to that point. Paula put 23 seconds on Wami over the final 600 or so. Paula: "My legs got tired and when she came alongside me I thought this was not happening to me again. I've had years and years of her outsprinting me on the track and I thought she's not going to do it in a marathon."
*Paua Rembered World XC Win in Ostend During Finishing Sprint. In Ostend, Wami kicked a bit prematurely.
*Wami's 2nd Marathon In 35 Days Results In Big $500,000 Payday 2nd was good enough to giver her the world marathon majors title.

NYTimes Recap of Women's Race: On Familiar Turf, Radcliffe Shakes Off Old Rival
NYTimes Recap of Men's Race: London Sequel Has Same Ending For Lel

*Ramaala Settles For 3rd As Wheelchair Athlete van Dyk Is Forced To Withdraw After South African Air Loses His Wheelchair (For The 2nd Time)

Katie Holmes Completes NY Marathon 5.5 hours.

Details on Paula Radcliffe Training Extensively During Her Pregnancy New York Times
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Jelena Prokopcuka Going for 3 Peat New York Times

LetsRun.com 2008 Men's Marathon Trials Preview Radio Podcast-Relive the glory of Wejo picking the top 3 in the Trials perfectly. Now available on demand to listen or download. We give you our genius opinions and break down the incredible field. And until talking to Toni and Matt we didn't realize the blowout profiles/stories/video on Chasingglory.com this week.

Ryan Hall Officially the Favorite
On the Trials preview radio podcast we first revealed the votes and Ryan Hall is the favorite followed by a close second in Abdi Abdirahman. 7 guys are clearly head and shoulders above everyone else in the voting.

More on Woodruff: 1936 800m Champ Olympian John Woodruff Dies New York Times
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More on John Woodruff from NYTimes Last Year
*More on John Woodruff from ESPN

Even The New York Times Is Catching On To The Fact That Baseball's Drug Testing Program Is A Joke Baseball teams often are tipped off two days prior to the tests that a random, unannounced test is coming.

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

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.

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

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.

Footlocker XC This Weekend
World Famous LetsRun.com $200,007 Prediction Contest
Get your picks in.

Ryan Shay Run in Bermuda a Huge Success
Organizers Ashley Couper Estwanik and Chris Estwanik were expecting a handful of people, but instead hundreds showed up.

UK Doping News: Paula a Bit Disappointed Christine Ohuruogu Didn't Do More to Get to Her 2nd Missed Test
*UK May Get an Independent Drug Agency

Cuban Hurdling Star Dayron Robles Only 21

Nike Trying to Buy Adidas (and Reebok)? That's the rumor, but that doesn' t seem to make sense as somehow Asics is in the talks as well and Asics has a market cap of $3 billion, 5 times smaller than Adidas (which owns Reebok) and 10 times smaller than Nike. Nike's purchase of Adidas would face a lot of antitrust scrutiny.

Head of UK Athletics Says Bad Press for Ohuruogu Was Her Own Fault

Brooks #1 in Specialty Running

Nike Team Nationals
Chris Derrick Wins & Leads Team To 2 Point Win - Fayetteville Manlius Repeats On Girls Side
The power of letsrun.com was on full display as letsrun.com fan Derrick got the individual and team title by handing Footlocker South champ Colby Lowe his first loss of the year. The FM girls, who are located less than an hour from LRC headquarters, repeated. Coincidence? We think not.
*Rewatch the Races on Dyestat
*Runnerspace.com the newest running social network site has a lot of Videos
*More Coverage from MileSplit.Us

Footlocker CC Road Race West Regionals
*German Fernandez Wins as Jordan Hasay 3-Peats Fernandez followed up his unreal performance from states last week to make a statement that he may will be tough to beat next week.. The race was run on a road course due to rain. Funny we thought that running in all conditions and all terrain was the definition of xc.

Linet Masai Wins Switzerland XC Race The world junior xc champ smoked world 1,500 champ Myriam Yussuf Jamal by 35 seconds in Switzerland.

20 Yr Old Sammy Kitwara Wins 3rd Kenyan XC Race Of Year Some are starting to wonder if the relatively unkown Kiwara might be yet another new sensation for Kenya? To call him unknown isn't totally fair as he was 3rd in their 10k nationals last year.

2008World Athletics Final to Be in Stuttgart, 2008 World Road Running Champs (Now the World Half Marathon Champs Again) to Be in Rio IAAF

2007 ING NYC Marathon Had Most Numbers of Starters and Finishers of Any Marathon Ever We think they should shoot for 50,000 just to see if logistically it can be done. The race also reportedly had 10,000 volunteers which means 1 volunteer for every 4 runners. Most road races even the richest ones are built on the backs of volunteers.

Amy Yoder Begley Running Well Now That She is Coached by Alberto

UK Athletics Cuts Staff by 1/3 It's probably a good idea to clean house. Rojo is on a trial suspension this week. You probably won't notice a difference.

Sara Hall Says Ryan Hall in August was Really Down on His Training Her post shows even the stars have doubts and a lot of doubts. "Back in August, Ryan went through a period where his training was going so poorly that he had started to give up hope on his dream and wonder if he should even show up on race day", she wrote. After seeing Ryan Hall run his 2 marathons after having periods of subpar training, Ryan should never doubt his ability in the marathon.

Dreams Become Reality
"Now, when I watch the final mile of the race part of me gets embarrassed at my enthusiasm as it is very uncharacteristic of my nature, but part of me remembers what I was feeling when I was out there. After years of struggle I was realizing my dream. It was overcoming all the hard times that made that moment so sweet and sharing it with my friends, family; and teammates made it even sweeter. I will never forget running through Central Park that fall morning, running through my sanctuary."

-Ryan Hall talking about his stunning run at the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials. To watch it again click here

Paul Tergat out of Fukuoka He was set to race World half marathon record holder Sammy Wanjiru this weekend but reportedly has an "Army" commitment he can't get out of. They must mean military because Tergat is in the Air Force.
*Preview of Men's Olympic Marathon Selection Process in Japan The process gets underway in Fukuoka this weekend.

Christine Ohuruogu Gets All Clear to Compete at 2008 Olympics as Her Drug Ban is Overturned BBC
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UK Athletics, Ed Warner, Backs Ohuruogo's Return to Competition BBC
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Ohuruogu Says Learn from Her Mistakes Guardian

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Olympic medallist Katharine Merry Says Ohuruogo's Case Has Strengthened Doping Fight By Bringing Attention to It BBC

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Ohuruogu Nearly Missed a 4th Test Independent

Jamaica Track Legend, Herb McKenley, First Man Under 46 in 400, Dies He was one of Jamaica's first great track runners and excelled at the 100, 200, and 400. Plus he ran a sub 45 relay split.
*McKenley Had Had 2 Strokes and a Heart Attack Recently

A Look Back at Tyson Gays and Meseret Defar's Seasons IAAF

Great Ethiopian Run:
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Haile Gebrselassie Honored at Great Ethiopian Run NYC director Mary Wittenberg and London director Dave Bedford were on hand.
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Unheralded Athletes Win Great Ethiopian Run

Drug News: Christine Ohuruogu Talks at Length About Her Missed TestsGuardian
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Paula Radcliffe Says Christine Ohuruogu Should be Allowed to Compete at Olympics Next Year
*Carl Lewis Speaking Out Against Doping, Says He Can Tell Who is a Doper

Australian 400m Star John Steffensen Says He Will Skip Olympics If He Has to Run Australian Champs in February to Make Team

Stanford Coach Weir's Job in Jeopardy?

Footlocker Regionals Mania: 3 of 4 Are Complete
*Northeast: Steve Spence's Daughter Neely Wins For 2nd Straight Year As Donn Cabral Sets New FLNE Record
*Midwest:
Claire Durkin Sets Course Record And Wins By Staggering 41 Seconds
In the boy's race, Mike Fout routed one of the favorites for nationals, Chris Derrick, but many are saying Derrick took it easy .
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South: Defending National Champ Kathy Kroeger Gets Narrow Win as Texas's Colby Lowe Remained Undefeated And Qualifies For The 3rd Time
Message Board Thread:
Who Is Favorite on Men's Side?

Business News: Liu Xiang Insures His Legs for $13 Million
*Doha Gets 2010 World Indoors, Istanbul 2012 World Indoors
IAAF

Japan Comes From Behind To Win Chiba Ekiden Japan's
Excellent Recap with Photos
Yukiko Akaba started the last leg 4 seconds down but smoked Kenya's Catherine Ndereba by over a minute to defeat the Kenyans who had led throughout. The mixed sex team from Japan ran 2:05:56 for the marathon. The US team was 4th - just ahead of the Japanese collegiate team, which beat GBR and AUS. US II star Scott Bauhs continued his fine form and ran the best time on his leg after the US team was dropped by the leaders. The great Todd Williams (remember him?) selected Bauhs for the team.
*A Good Pre-Race Look At Ekiden From A Kenyan Paper

IAAF XC
*2nd Meet Of Year Takes Place In Spain On Sunday
*1st Meet Recap From Last Week In Case You Missed It

Olympian and Former World Junior Record Holder Vaulter Yvonne Buschbaum to Get a Sex Change

Former 100m World Record Holder Calvin Smith, 4 Others Elected to USATF Hall of Fame
*USATF Hall of Fame Class of 2007 Interviews with Jane Frederick, Calvin Smith, Glenn Morris, George Woods and Elvin C. "Ducky" Drake

Mixed Race Ekiden on Tap for First Time Ever at Chiba Ekiden on Friday IAAF

Jolanda Ceplak Nearing Doping Ban for EPO

Thursday: Ian Dobson Trying to Defend Manchester Road Race Title vs Mayor's Cup XC Champ Girma Tola, Martin Fagan and Many More
Friday:
US Team Leaves for First Co Ed Chiba Ekiden

Paula Radcliffe Nominated for Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year

Weekend Action We Didn't Report: Jon Brown Breaks Course Record in 1st Race as a Canadian

Fasil Bizuneh Writes about the Olympic Trials and Ryan Shay's Death

Rock N Roll Arizona to Pay $500 to Each Olympic Trials "B" Qualifier

Drugs: White House Drug Czar Waits for Day When Pro Sports Join WADA CodeUSA Today
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Frank Shorter Proud of His Anti Doping Fight Hartford Courant
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New USADA Head Travis Tygart has a $12 Million Budget
*Victor Conte to Meet With WADA Head Dick PoundBBC

NCAA Women:
LetsRun.com Women's Recap: Stanford Three peats, Kipyego Dominates Sally Kipyego showed she is still head and shoulders ahead of the competition and Stanford showed there was a reason they were #1 in the country all year. Plus we take a look at next year's NCAAs. The Pac10 is so tough Stanford could go from three peating at nationals to 4th in their conference.
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Results:
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Women's Team Results
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Women's Individual Results
*LetsRun.com 2007 NCAA Cross Country Women's Photo Gallery
More: Sally Kipyego Cruises to Another NCAA XC Crown www.tribstar.com
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The Oregon Women Hadn't Made NCAAs Since 2000 and They Leave the NCAA Runnerups www.oregonlive.com

Olympic Champ Noguchi Wins Tokyo Marathon in 2:21:37 She booked her ticket to Bejing with the win.

Sunday Action: Bizunesh Bekele Upsets Lornah Kiplagat, Sileshi Sihine Wins at Seven Hills 15k Run in Netherlands It's good to see Sihine get a win. He's one of the best runners ever on the planet but unknown because of Bekele. IAAF
*Barnabas Kosgei, Hellen Kiprop Win Eldoret XC Race IAAF

*Former Junior Star Joseph Ebuya and Meselech Melkamu Win Spanish EAA XC Meet
IAAF

*Ethiopians Win Beirut Marathon

Drug News:
Drug
Cheat Sureyya Ayhan Fails Another Dope Test Could Get Lifetime Bans
WADA Convention:
WADA Code Change Says Athletes in Some Circumstances Will Get 4 Year Bans
*Australian John Fahey Elected New Head of WADA

*WADA Does Not Adapt 1 Hour Guideline for Unnanounced Testing
Britain wanted athletes to say where they will be 1 hour each day for unannounced testing. In other countries like the US, athletes tell the testers where they will be all day and the testers try and show up at any time unnanounced.
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Dick Pound Wants an Audit to Be Done to Figure Out Why Admitted Doper Marion Jones Passed 160 Doping Tests It's pretty simple. The tests aren't very good at detecting what athletes actually use yet WADA wants to pretend its effective.
*Endocrinologist Says HGH Test is Ineffective

WADA Running Low on Cash Thanks to Strength of Canadian Dollar

On the boards: Who would be the National Champion if NCAA Coaches Raced?
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Which coach would you want as your wingman Saturday night in Terre Haute

Just Wait Until The Drug Scandal Hits The NFL
American Baseball Star Barry Bonds Indicted The slugger has been accused of lying when he says he didn't know he took drugs. His trainer has been released from prison after 13 months behind bars for not cooperating. Indictment (PDF)
Jay Mariotti Column Bonds Busted: A Day To Celebrate

Haile G's Greatness About To Get A Bit Greater It appears that the GOA (greatest of all time) is going to be the first marathoner in 48 years to have run the fasetest marathon time in a given year for 3 straight years.

Not All Is Good on the Anti-Doping Fight:
"Leading anti-doping authorities are convinced that an investigation-oriented approach is more effective than drug tests" Washington Post How about actually spending money to develop better tests or at least trying to spend serious money on the tests. Professional sports in the US get billions in subsidies every year yet we toss a few million to anti doping research and act like we're combating the problem.
One We Missed from Last Month WADA Vice President: "WADA has taken a step backwards, we've gone back ten years."
*Athlete Passports May Be Best Anti Doping Tool USA Today
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A Secret Push by Europeans May Be Held to Prevent Australian John Fahey From Becoming WADA Head

NCAA Regionals:All Regional Results Here
*Who Is Getting In At Large? Looks like it comes down to Syracuse or Indiana.
Mountain:
Colorado over NAU and UTEP (Lopez Lomong Wins Individual) Don't tell us you're surprised
*Colorado State Women Win, Colorado Only 4th That is surprising
Great Lakes:
Men's Results: Michigan Beats Wisconsin (Technically They Tied)
*Women: Michigan State Wins
Midwest Women Team Results: Minnesota Women Win
*Diane Nukuri Dominates Individuals
Mid Athlantic: Georgetown Men Win Mid Atlantic Nova gets the 2nd auto as Princeton suffers heartbreak again as for 2nd time in 3 years they are left out of big dance by less than 5 points.
*Princeton Women Win Mid Atlantic
NorthEast: StonyBrook Women Make It We're surprised. Not sure if we should be.
*Men: Iona and Providence Congrats to Rojo's Sage Canaday, the youngest runner at last weeks Olympic Marathon Tirals for qualifying for the Big Dance.
South Region: Men Alabama Rebounds As FSU Trounces Florida
Women FSU And Georgia Get Auto
South Cetnral: Men
Same Old Same Old This region is a good example of why there needs to be a superregional as all regions are by no means equal
Women:
Rice Women Win as Arkansas Edge Baylor
SouthEast Region: Duke Women Rise to Occasion To Nab 2nd Their season had been disappointing up until Saturday
Men: NCStated Edges Louisivlle By 1 As W&Mary and UVA Also Advance
West:
Oregon Men Win Nation's Most Competitive Region Question is how many teams will get in?
Women:
Stanford Women Roll and Look To Be Team To Beat At NCAAs 33 points is fantastic

Glasgow Gets 2014 Commonealth Games They beat out Abuja Nigeria.

IAAF Top 50 Lists for 2007 Announced IAAF

Hayley Yelling Running Gateshead's Riverside Bowlon XC Saturday

Isinbayeva Honored by Zurich Golden League

Lornah Kiplagat to Run Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon Perhaps this race can replace Berlin as a World Marathon Major (although JasoninAsia points out Berlin has a beautiful course and tens of thousands of spectators). It already has the biggest prize purse in the marathoning world and Haile Gebrselassie.
*Amsterdam the Fastest Marathon in 2007
And while we think Berlin is the weakest of the majors it does have the fastest 10 times in the world all-time. (Plus we actually have the right Khannouchi video where he talks about Berlin and Geb's record)

Robert Cheruiyot and Gete Wami Honored With Inaugural World Marathon Majors Titles and Their $500,000 Checks in NYC Both athletes were very humble as they accepted their prizes and were already focused on the future instead of spending their paydays. Cheruiyot is the greatest rags to riches story in sport. Text, photos and video.
*NY Times Article on World Marathon Majors Awarding $500,000 to Cheruiyot and Wami
*London Director Dave Bedford Expects World Marathon Majors to Raise Purse

Post NYC News:
*Paula Radcliffe Turns Attention to Beijing and Will Do Some Things Differently This Time Times of London
*Radcliffe Hoping to Compete at London Olympics at Age 38 in 2012
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Seb Coe Praises Paula Radcliffe BBC
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Steve Cram Full of Praise for Paula
*Paula Radcliffe Interview With BBC
BBC

(Most of Our NY News is Above and to the Left)
Pre Race NYC/Trials News:


Her Mom Runs 2:15
and Her Dad 3:34

Friday:
Paula Stronger Than Ever? Paula Radcliffe blew into the press area in advance of Hurricane Noel on Friday and she got the star treatment. Paula indicated that her pregnancy has left her stronger than in the past. That's a scary thought. LetsRun.com story above with photos/video of the press conference.
More Paula:

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Philip Hersh Profile in LA Times
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British Article on Comeback
*Brendan Foster:
Paula is Britain's Best Hope for Gold in 2008
Thursday: US Men Ready to Rumble
Abdi and Hall the Favorites

Thursday the majority of the favorites for the US Olympic Trials addressed the media (Brian Sell, Dathan Ritzenhein, Alan Culpepper, Ryan Hall, and Abdi Abdirahman).Sell and Hall looked nervous for sure but that all means nothing on Saturday. It is almost time to forget about the hype and let them lace them up and take to the streets of NYC in the most anticipated Olympic Marathon Trials in ages. The media was out in full force on Thursday and the US stars are getting a lot of press, although not much of note was said.

Hall: Ryan Hall Profile in LA Times: "A silver medal trumps a 2:08" Latimes.com
*Full Video of Press Conference With Amerian Men and International Men
Wednesday:
2008 NYC Media Day 2 (Wednesday): Jelena Prokopcuka, Wami Battling for Half a Million $$$$
American Darkhorses: Jason Hartmann, Clint Verran and Ryan Shay Address the Media, Pete Gilmore Sick
LetsRun.com recaps Wednesday's Media news. Text, photos, video.
Tuesday at the Trials:
Khannouchi, Meb Ready to Go
A candid Khalid Khannouchi addressed the media along with Meb Keflezighi. Khannouchi took on a wide range of issues (the fall trials date, the 1 shot American system, and Haile Gebrselassie's new world record in the marathon) as arguably the greatest marathoner of all time tries to make the Olympics for the first time. Both Khalid and Meb say they're training has been good of late.
*Video of Press Conferences

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
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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

2007 Footlocker West Photos

Kenyan Team Got International Exposure at NTN

On the boards: USATF XC Club Nationals This Weekend
*Lananna, Wetmore, and McDonnell
*The Week That Was Receiving Good Reviews