LetsRun.com Weekend Preview: A full slate of XC action (Footlocker's, European's, Club Nationals), plus America's third largest marathon - Honolulu. We break down the action. Be sure to check out our full Footlocker previews to the right as the races are incredible this year.
Updated with Casey Combest's Comeback
*European XC Preview: Sergiy Lebid Going for 7th European Title
Casey Combest (aka the Great White Hope)'s Comeback Starts Today Back in 1999, Combest who happens to be white was smoking Tyson Gay and running 6.57 for 60m (a high school record). Then he vanished from the track and field world. Tomorrow, his comeback begins in earnest.
All is Well at Oregon Thanks to AD Patrick Kilkenny and $100 Million from Phil Knight www.registerguard.com
Jeremy Wariner and Asafa Powell Racing in Australia in February
Kenyan News: World 800m Champ Alfred Kirwa Yego to Get Married This Weekend
*Edith Masai's Run in Singapore Has Kenya Back in First Place in Greatest Race on Earth Series
XC This Weekend:
Europe: Britain's Stephanie Twell Trying to Be First Woman to Win Back to Back European Junior Titles Times of London
USA: ZapFitness and BAA to Defend Club National XC Titles This Weekend in Ohio
*On the boards: USATF XC Club Nationals This Weekend
Xavier Carter Arrested Earlier this year a warrant was put out for his arrest for allegedly stomping on the hood of a woman's car like it was a "trampoline". He definitely seems to hang out with the wrong crowd. This time he was arrested for running from the cops when they tried to arrest his buddies. Maybe Nike should sponsor the cop who caught him instead. His dad is concerned "about (the) choices that he's been making lately. But I know he's a good and he's going to be OK. He's growing up. He's made a few mistakes. It's difficult
being in the public eye sometimes and he hasn't handled it well so
*Carter's Dad Concerned and Other Charges Fromer Earlier Incident Are Supposedly Going Away After Xavier Paid for the Car Repaired
*Message board thread
LetsRun.com Contest Recap: Women Dominate 2008 LetsRun.com Men's Marathon Trials Contest
8th Grader Wins Contest and 4 from Her PE Class in the Top 30
Yes, ladies and gentleman an 8th grade girl who does not even do track won our contest. It's a great story. Read up on how a letsrun.com fan, got his PE class to follow the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trails.
British Drug News:
Britain's Mark Lewis Francis Has 2 Missed Tests, Must Avoid a Third for the Next 3 Years Guardian
*MLF Says Faulty Doorbell, Laziness Were Behind His 2 Missed Tests
*With Creation of Independent Drug Agency UK Sport Has Done a 180
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
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
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
*200+ Thread With Live Race updates and Impressions
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
*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
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)
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
*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.
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
*More on John Woodruff from NYTimes Last Year
*More on John Woodruff from ESPN
LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Men
Invuti Wins Unbelievable Finish in Chicago Words don't do it justice just watch the video above.
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 Saturday
*Live Webast here (12:15 eastern girls, 1pm eastern boys)
*2007 LetsRun.com Footlocker Girls' Cross Country Preview: A Battle for the Ages?
The last two champs Kathy Kroeger and Jordan Hasay are going head to head but the favorite is Ohio's Claire Durkin who has dominated this year. Durkin won the Midwesst Region by 42 seconds.
LetsRun.com Footlocker Poll Predictions You all are ignoring Durkin and all picking Hasay.
2007 LetsRun.com Footlocker Boys' Preview Can Chris Derrick stop the German Fernandez juggernaut? We break down the boys race.
*Lengthy Profile on German Fernandez Modesto Bee
*Claire Durkin Nervous Before Nationals
Great News: Footlocker's Not Going Anywhere
*Move Coverage Milesplit.us, Dyestat
Psycho Rich Con Artist College Student Captivating Philly Claimed She Was a 2004 Olympic Pole Vaulter
*More: More on Bonnie and Clyde Con Artists
Good Read: The Mind May Be Your Biggest Obstacle to Running Fast If you're interested in a book on the mental side of running, Wejo higly recommends Running Within. New York Times
British Olympic Trials to be July 11th in Birmingham They are behind the game as USATF has already announced the standards for the 2012 Olympic Men's Marathon Trials (without a lot of consulation we must ad)
Saif Saaeed Shaheen, Isinbayeva Have Some Impressive Undefeated Streaks Heading Into 2008 IAAF
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
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.
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
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.
*Women's Team Results
*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
*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.
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
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.
*Philip Hersh Profile in LA Times
*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
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.
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
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