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-Amby Burfoot,
winner of the1968 Boston Marathon, stressing the unbelievable odds an American faces if he is to win a major marathon in this day and age. The quote comes from a great profile of Ryan Hall which updates us on his Boston training, tells us what went wrong in Beijing and much more.

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-American Ryan Hall giving Americans hope for the first American winner of Boston since 1983.

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

RAK Half-Marathon: World Half Record Survives As 5 Break 60:00 (But World's Best at 20km Falls), Dire Tune Runs 67:18 *Photos Of Race Via PhotoRun.net *Splits/Results For Top Competitors
*IAAF Recap: Patrick Makau Gets 2nd Fastest Time Ever As Tune Sets National Record
*AP Recap of Race
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MBoard:Patrick Makau and Deriba Meriba Go Out Very Fast, Maybe Too Fast (13:40), Give World Record A Scare But Fade To 58:52 an 59:18
The $100,000 world record bonus had them going for it but the pace was a tad too hot too early as the last 1.1 k was barely run a 3:00 per km pace. Meriba, who had the lead at 15km, ended up third. Amazingly Makau may end up getting the 20km world's best as he split 55:38 there.  *Interesting/Detailed Explanation of Prize Money (You had to break 1:00 to get full money for a top 5 finish) *Women's Results
*Race Preview of "White Kenyan" Viktor Rothlin Rothlin, "At The Olympics in Beijing, I was the first white runner." Rothlin's race in Dubai was terrible as he went out slow and then DNFd.

More From Wednesday's 20th GE Galan
*IAAF Recap of Meet/Defar's World Record
*Sub 25 Last 200 Gives Yuriy Borzakovskiy Sweet Revenge Over Beijing Gold & Silver Winners in Stockholm When you go sub 25 in the last 200 of an 800, you deserve to win.

1 Hr. Drug Rule Gets More Reaction
*Ohuruogu Say Footballers Will Have Trouble With Rule - Feels Vindicated By Athletes Uproar
*Christine Ohuruogu Pleased Tennis Now Subject To Same Doping Controls As Track - Warns Athletes To Avoid Her Mistake

Kenyan XC Trials Are Saturday
*IAAF Preview Of Meet: Kenyans Are Pumped As Rumors Are Spreading That Defending Champs Dibaba and Bekele Are Likely Out With Injuries
*A Look At The Top Kenyans Men Who Are Looking For 1st Male World XC Champion Since 1999
*3:30, 7:28, 12:48 Guy Isaac Songok Hoping To Make Team Despite Injury

Olympic Medal Mania For Administrators Travels To South Africa
*New Head of South African Olympics Says "12 by 2012"

Lornah Kiplagat Says She'll Feed The Poor With Lagos Half Marathon Prize Money

*Big Names (Bolt, Fraser) Set For Jamaican UWI-Gatorade Invitational Track Meet On Saturday
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Masai Looks To Lead Kenyan Women In Amman

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Grace Momanyi Hopes To Defend Kenyan XC Title After Being Kicked Off Beijing Team
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Women's Shot Put Battle To Be Waged In New Zealand

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Great Fields Set For Glo-Lagos International Half In Nigeria

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Rwanda's Sylvain Rukundo Adds To Already Stacked RAK Half Field In UAE Friday

*Lake Biwa Marathon Invited Athletes

Move Over Dibaba ...
Defar: 14:24.37 WR!!!

Boards: DEFAR SMASHES WORLD 5000M RECORD IN STOCKHOLM
Ethiopian Meseret Defar closed in 30.3 (last 200) and 2:46 (last 1,000) to break countrywoman and rival Tirunesh Dibaba's old mark of 14:27.42 and win by over 1 minute! Also: Paul Koech (sub 8:00 steeplechaser) goes 7:32.80 for world lead.
*Stockholm Preview: Defar Going For 5k, Kaki For 1,000m, Hooker For Vault Record In GE Galan

Olympic & World Championship News
*The Line Is Set: Chicago Getting 8/11 Favorite Odds On Winning 2016 Olympics Bid
*Golf Wants In On Olympic Action
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Willis Gets Free Entry Into Berlin 2009 From NZ Federation

Top 10 News Reads Of The Day
1. Article Describing Bolt's 400m Struggle 400m was a stretch for the big man.
2. Jelimo Scraps Indoor Season Injury leaves dominant Kenyan unfit for indoors.
3.
Preview Of Top-Notch GE Galan Meet Wednesday In Stockholm
Steve Hooker, Abubaker Kaki and others to put on a show for packed Stockholm indoor stadium.
4. WADA Head Claims Athletes Haven't Had Everything Explained About 1-Hour Rule
Christine Ohuruogu missed 3 tests without excuse but she's a celebrated Olympic gold medalist so everyone should relax.
5. Jamaican Junior 100m Record Holder Signs Big Deal With Adidas
6. Interview With Rising Aussie Star Jeff Riseley
7.
Mottram To Eye Marathon After 2012

8. Rupp Deservedly Named USATF Athlete Of The Week Even though he wasn't named the athlete of the meet at Tyson.
9.
Brief Chat With Shayne Culpepper
10. Not Clear Yet Whether New Plasma Replacement Therapy Will Be Banned For Olympic Athletes

Results
*Kebede Primes For London With Domestic 15k Win
*Here's A Way To Improve Relays: Run Them In February Like Jamaica!
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Simon Sawe Wins One For Mom - Joan Benoit Samuelson 2nd In 1:23 Half Marathon

The only must read in the industry
LRC:
The Week That Was Another great week indeed. We cover it all, from Galen Rupp's American record to 23 guys breaking 8:00. Along the way, we answer the question, "Where is Alan Webb's Speed?," give a thumbs up to Doug Logan and give you a shocking photo of Usain Bolt on the dance floor courtesy of a British tabloid. You'll definitely want to read all the way to page 2 as the photo and caption are quite entertaining.

Bolt Named Jamaica's Sportsman Of The Year For 2008 Calls award his most cherished yet.

Runner's Tribe Writes New Rules For USATF This is a pretty funny and witty read.

Chicago's 2016 Olympic Bid Delivered By Jesse Owens' Grandson

NCAA: Centro Jr. Is 319th American To Break 4 In The Mile T&F News has updated their chronological list of every sub-4:00 clocking in American history.
*Cornell's Jeomi Maduka Improves To 6.70m In LJ, 3rd In The World
We thought maybe 21'9" was a fluke, but 21'11.75" at the Armory set us straight.

Drugs And Sport: Is There An Untarnished Sport Right Now?
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Swimmer Jessica Hardy And Supplement Co. Battle On After Positive At Trials
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Paul Kimmage's Article That Set Off Lance Armstrong
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Athletes Set To Air 1-Hour Rule Concerns To WADA
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Do Anabolic Steroids Make You A Better Athlete?

*Russian Biathletes Were Using New Substance, Not EPO
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Phelps To Escape Criminal Charges Due To Lack Of Evidence
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Blood Plasma Therapy Helping Athletes Get Back To Health More Quickly

The Great Coaching Of Centro Sr. Proven Yet Again
Wash Times Article On Lindsay Gallo And Julie Culley Working With Centro

More NCAA News
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Centro Jr. And Wheating Set UO Mile/800 Records *MBoard: Centrowitz: Best American running family ever?
*Baylor Men Win 33rd Consecutive 4x400m Race
*UW's Jordan Boase Sets 400m World Lead In 46.15

NCAA Action Gets Real Hot - Particularly In Washington
Husky Invite:
Unreal fast performances all over the place on the oversized track. *Results The results were so fast across the board that message boarders have declared: "It's official to make NCAAs, you have to run in Washington."
Jenny Barringer Shatters Collegiate Record By Running 15:01
*Video Of Barringer's Record Run
OSU:
Fernandez Runs 7:47 Message Board:
Fastest Time Ever For Amercan Jr But It Won't Count As Oversized Track He was pushed to the limit by Michael Coe, who ran 7:48. *Video: Coe-Fernandez Final 3 Laps All together 12 guys broke 8:00.
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Wheating Runs 1:47.03
*Video: Wheating Makes It Look Easy
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Centro Jr. Runs 3:57
BU Valentine: 2 Providence Guys Go 3:57 As 7 Break 8:00 *Providence On Fire At BU As Dominic Channon Also Sets New Zealand Jr. Record Of 7:58 *Women's Results
UVA Duals: Wyner Breaks 8:00
To make it 20 23 guys this weekend that broke 8:00 - UNREAL!

BU Valentines Day: Mary Cullen Runs 8:43 3k

Tyson Invite: *
Tyson Invite Results
American Record For Rupp


The wonder kid continued his incredible senior year by running 13:18 to break Doug Padilla's 27-year-old American record (although Rupp was beaten in the race). We should take a second to pause and realize how sick Doug Padilla's record was. Padilla ran 13:20 at Millrose 27 years ago. Sick. Really sick. (
Padilla's record before 18,000 didn't even get the lead in the Sports Illustrated recap). You can watch Padilla's run in its entirety here). In other action Shalonda Solomon set a US record at 300m. Terrence Trammell just ran the 60m sprint and he came out with a big win over a strong field, Nick Symmonds edged KD in the 800, and Anna Willard and Nick Willis won the miles. The men's mile was very tactical and featured a fall of Dorian Ulrey (video of fall here).
A
P Recap: Galen Rupp Gets American Record At Tyson Invite
*Oregonian Story On Rupp With Photo, Post Race Interview
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Ulrey Tripped Up On Way To Strong Finish
On the boards: Galen Rupp of the University of Oregon - Congratulations on your new American and Collegiate Indoor 5k Record
*Photo

Journals And Interviews
RR: T&F News Interview With LJ WR Holder Mike Powell
*Carrie Tollefson Journal Update
*Interview With Angelo Taylor After Visiting Troops In Iraq

LetsRun.com Reacts To Project 30 Report
Wejo: The Project 30 Report - Much Ado About Nothing
Rojo: The Whole Concept of Project 30 Is Flawed
The US actually won more medals and more golds in 2008 than they did in 1976 and the amount of competition is way, way up.
Alberto Salazar Agrees With Rojo & Wejo: Salazar Calls USATF Report "Overreaction to dropped batons," Disagrees With Shortening Trials
USATF Task Force Report On High Performance Issued *Full report

These Should Inspire You
Meet The Unbelievable Kelly Jaske *
Latest Jaske Thread She didn't run in high school, she didn't run in college. Now the 32-year-old Harvard law school grad is banging out 100+ mile weeks and just got 2nd in the US Half Championships while working a full-time job.
Plus: Poignant Brief Chat With 44-Year-Old Super Mom Colleen De Reuck She was amazingly 3rd behind Jaske in Houston. For someone who no longer considers herself elite, De Reuck can still perform with the best.

New LRC Usain Bolt Boston Celtics Photo Gallery
The world's fastest man was in Boston Friday night with front row seats at the Celtics game. LetsRun.com was on hand as the Celtics won their 17th straight, and Bolt got the lead in the associated press recap of the game: "After racing within a game of tying a team winning streak, the Boston Celtics were all abuzz -- with talk of a famous face in the front row. Olympic gold medalist sprinter Usain Bolt watched as the defending NBA champs won their 17th straight and improved to 25-2 with a 125-108 victory over Chicago on Friday night."

Foot Locker Nationals Turns 30 In Historic Fashion
*Girls' Results *Boys' Results
*New Foot Locker Photos
LRC Girls: Jordan Hasay Gets Bookends In Thrilling Race
The girls' race featured the last three defending champs for the first time ever and it did not disappoint. Unheralded Allie McLaughlin made the race, opening up a big lead and nearly pulling a Rudy. Last year's champ Ashley Brasovan led the chase and caught McLaughlin in the last quarter mile and appeared to be on her way to victory but Hasay, who won as a freshman, was not done yet. She stormed back the final 200m to get the win to go out just like she started her high school career - on top. Read the recap above and watch this video if you want to see the *Girls' Results. *Excellent Video (no chop) of the final part of the girls race. Well worth a watch.
LRC Boys: Solomon Sails Maryland's Solomon Haile crushed the field as expected and LetsRun.com fan favorite Trevor Dunbar (the guy who ran a ~ 9 minute 3,200m on a snow-covered track) was an impressive second. Plus one of the runners drops the word "repose" in his post-race interview. *AP Recap
*Boys' Results

*Video with no choppiness
On the boards:
A ton of threads on Solomon Haile's age. Maryland officials cleared him to compete after talking to officials in Ethiopia, but Wejo is curious about the excuse of having the Coptic calendar having him 21 years old (???)
LRC's World Famous Boards:
Has Nike's NXN Ruined Footlocker's Nationals? *Trevor Dunbar wins Foot Locker H.S. Division *More Impressive than Hasay's win is that she has a 4.83 GPA
How is this even possible?

LetsRun.com Rojo's Tour of China, Part 1 - Hanging Out With Usain Bolt
Rojo went to the Puma Party put on for Usain Bolt. Open bar, Chinese dancers putting on their best sorority girl imitations, and then Rojo going 1-on-1 with Bolt. Rojo actually asked Usain about moving up to the 800m. Bolt hinted the Jamaicans want him to run the 4 x 400m. More importantly, Bolt apologized for visiting Facebook instead of LetsRun.com.

2008 real,- BERLIN MARATHON - Watch Video Highlight or Race Replay *Results *Photos
Haile G. 2:03:59!!! Mititenko 4th Fastest Woman Ever Haile Gebrselassie
made more history Sunday on the streets of Berlin. After going through the halfway point in 1:02:04, Haile continued to flirt with world record pace but was stalked by Boston runner-up James Kwambai. Haile threw down the gauntlet the last 7km to dispatch Kwambai and just dip under the 2:04 barrier. On the women's side, German star Irina Mikitenko ran a brilliant race, running a negative split to smash the 2:20 barrier and become the fourth fastest woman ever.
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Geb: "I can go faster."
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The Science Of Sport Analyzed Geb's Splits As The Race Unfolded link fixed
*Geb's Record in Berlin Is His 24th World Record (or 26th depending on who is counting)
*Mikitenko Moves Into Tie in World Marathon Majors Standings Gete Wami must finish 2nd or higher in New York to move ahead. If she doesn't, they will be tied (and tied in the tie-breakers) so they might share the title. *Washington Post Article on WMM
*Falk Cierpinski, son of Waldemer Cierpinski, 2:13 in Berlin
On the boards:

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Wanjiru's Olympics > Geb's WR
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Haile's Splits from Berlin ... how far could you run with him??
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Live Message Board Thread

Great Interviews/Profiles:
An Absolute Must Read For All American Distance Fans -
Ryan Hall's Learning From Past & Getting Ready For Boston This article is full of great insight as it talks about how Hall didn't take enough time off after London last year and tried to force his workouts but is back now after an inspirational trip to Zambia. And the great news is Hall says his training is "way better than bfeore the Olympics."
*Interesting Profile Of British 3k Record Holder Mo Farah Inspired by Gebrselassie, Cram, and Arsenal, Farah is primed for a great 2009 after a winter training session in Africa where he found time to dance with Haile at Haile's house.
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American Miler Jon Rankin Talks About Getting Dropped By Nike & Getting Ready for Online Business School G"I Take My Hard Days Hard And My Easy Days Very Easy" 

Drunken High Jumper Staggers Back Better Than Ever The best HJ in the world is Ivan Ukhov who was infamously hammered last year at a meet. His coach said it best, "Strong people always go further after some life problems and even become stronger.".

Olympic Gold Medal Winner In Hammer Throw Collapses & Dies at Practice at Age 26 Kamila Skolimowska had won gold at age 17. *She passed out in the weight room

Peter Snell Institute Of Sport Falls Victim To Recession

An Interesting Look at How Records Are Ratified Many of the best marks by British athletes aren't technically the British record due to a lack of paperwork.

British Athletics Set to Unveil New City-Based Team Summer Series
The action-packed, two-hour contests will be modelled after Twenty20 cricket.

Chief Starter From 1956 Olymipcs Dies at 91

WADA Defiantly Defends 1-Hour Rule Every athlete on WADA's list must predict their whereabouts every day and be right there during a pre-determined hour. We can definitely understand how this would be very difficult for many top athletes to accept.

Carl Lewis Dismayed That Project 30's Doping Suggestions Have Been Overlooked We hope to comment on this soon.

USATF Announces Yokohama International Women's Ekiden Team

Inspired Mo Farah On The Comeback Trail


SAD: Kenyan Runners Jefferson Siekei And Training Partner Killed In Motorcycle Accident *Kenyan Runners' Deaths Spur Coaches To Preach Safety On The Roads

Liu Xiang Almost Back To Training


Russia Names Their European Championships Squad


USATF Announces New Board Of Directors

Athletics Weekly Recaps Weekend Action From Europe

Video Of Isinbayeva's 2 World Records: 4.97m And 5.00m

Interview With Jeremy Scott, World's Tallest-Ever Elite Pole Vaulter

Erik Heinonen Living In Moldova Working For Peace Corps

Jack Daniels Talks About Closing Of High Altitude Center

News From Kenya
*Kenyans In Big Push To Make Worlds XC Team
*Matthew Kisorio And Moses Mosop Among Favorites For Kenya's Men's Team
*Lornah Kiplagat Donating To Famine Victims

Drugs All Over The News
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A-Rod Video Talking To The Media About Drug Use *A-Rod's Excuses: I Was Stupid, Young 25-Year-Old
$25mil a year doesn't buy morals.
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Floyd Landis On The Road To Recover Career

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Gert Thys Doping Case Might Have Hit A Snag

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Judge Wants Bonds Trainer To Testify

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Pettite Meets With Authorities About Clemens

Lance In 4th In Tour Of California After 2 Stages

Pro News
*Hooker's World Pole Vault Tour Continues, But Again He Comes Up Short Of WR
*Lolo Jones Ends Lopes-Schliep's 7-Race Win Streak
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Video: Fam Talks With Jack Daniels After USATF XC Disappointment
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Tomoe Yokoyama Comes Back To Take Ome Marathon Win

Africa
*Haile G Pulls Out Of Glo Half Marathon
*Preview Of Kenya's Women's XC Trials
*Kiprop And Belete Take Belgium Eurocross Race
*3k World Record Holder Daniel Komen Says Athletics Kenya Needs To Change Racing Schedule
*Frank Fredericks Inducted Into African Hall Of Fame
*Kenyan Runners Trying Like Crazy To Qualify For World Selection Race

UK News
*Charles van Commenee Ready To Be Judged On Medal Count
*UK Athletics Just Want To Move On And Let Dwain Compete (Now That He's The World Leader)

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UK Athletics Won't Promote Dwain Chambers' Book On Their Website
We can't believe Chambers' people tried this angle.
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News And Quotes From After UK Championships

Tommie Smith/John Carlos Documentary In The News
*John Carlos Revisits Harlem And The 1968 Olympics
*Documentary Helps Smith, Carlos Mend Strained Relationship
*Reuters Blog: Tommie Smith and sport laid the groundwork for Obama’s rise
*Smith Got ESPN To Do 1 Hr Special Not Just Short Reenactment
We Agree: Documentary On Smith/Carlos Is "Must-See"

European Action
Baala 3:34 French Record, Lolo Runs World Leader, Vlasic Loses In 2.05m Effort

UK Champs & Euro Trials
*Results *Photos
*Mo Farah Gets 1,500 Win As 36-Yr-Old Donna Fraser Completes 200-400 Double
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Donn Fraser Running PR's At Age 36 In UK Champs
*Van Commenee: Chambers has paid "a high price for what he has done in the past"
*Jeannette Kwakye Leading New UK Sprint Charge
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Dwain Chambers Twice Runs PB And World Leading 6.51 Reigning Euro silver medallist Craig Pickering was DQd for a false start and may miss out on Euros. *More On Chambers
*IAAF Recap Of Day 1 Of British Champs
Pre-Race: Pickering Faces Trial Of Character

Pole Vault News
*Isinbayeva Debuts With World Record Of 5.00m! Jenn Stuczynski went 4.82 at Reebok.
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Hooker To Go For Bubka's Record At Bubka's Meet In Russia

Russian Indoor Champs
Day 3: Anna Alminova Runs 4:02 Week After Running 8:28
Day 2: Unheralded Krivoshapka Cruises World-Leading 50.55
Day 1:
Women's 400m And 800m World Leads In Moscow

Valencia
*Nuria Fernández Shatters Spanish Indoor Record And Runs 4:01.77 She almost broke it by 6 full seconds. In the men's action, Abraham Cherkos ran a world-leading 7:34.05 as Keitany won again at 1,500. *Cherkos Challenged By Choge To Line

Double European Indoor 400m Champion David Gillick Of Ireland Runs 46.18

Usain Bolt Starts Year With 46.35 Win In 400

Paris: Hooker Scares Bubka's World Record Once Again In the TJ, Teddy Tamgho went 17.58

Kenyan XC
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World Jr 3k Champ Champion Mercy Cheron Dominates Jr XC Race In Kenya
*Little Known Peter Kosgei Wins For 2nd Week in Row At North Rift Valley Champs We're assuming this isn't the Peter Kosgei D3 champ.
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Soldiers Dominate Civilians In Nairobi Race

Pro Action: *Quick Summary Results from Duesseldorf Borzakovskiy behind Boaz Lalang and Ismail Ahmed Ismail in the 800.
*Full Duesseldorf PSD Bank Indoor Results

UK Champs: Start Lists And Results
*Dwain Chambers The Favorite At Today's UK Champs

Steve Hooker Talks About Being So Close To Bubka's World Records

Todd Williams: If you want your 15k American record to stand, start praying he won't run all-out!
Ryan Hall To Run Gasparilla 15k Feb 28 In Tampa

Lananna Reacts To Project 30 Suggestions
"Look at Lolo Jones. She's great, fantastic, but she stumbles over a hurdle. Did she underperform? I guess if you just did it by the medals, you could say that. But she's pretty darn good. I think there were some really fantastic overperformances, too. I'm always in defense of the athletes. It's difficult when we have a system which puts so much emphasis on a small number of athletes being able to perform every four years, and I think, some will superachieve, and some will not. I don't think the Olympic Trials has an enormous amount to do with that. Did the U.S. underperform? I don't know. How do you determine that. Just by medals? The discus was pretty good. (Shalane) Flanagan was pretty good. And who was going to beat Usain Bolt?" - Vin Lananna

Kwik-E With Shane Knoll, MSU Junior Who Ran 3:57 At Meyo World Famous LRC Boards: Most overlooked 3:57 of the year We shamefully ignored Knoll's studly mile.

LetsRun.com Boston 08 LetsRun.com Party Photos The party hosted by Puma was a smashing success. A packed house, as those passionate about running (from ages 5 to 65+) came to celebrate a great weekend in Boston. LetsRun.com fans celebrated with Rojo, Wejo, Matt Taylor, and a few legends in the sport, including former marathon world record holder Steve Jones and Olympic Silver Medallist Sonia O'Sullivan. The Harpoon beer was flowing, DJ Inkognito kept things going and contrary to popular opinion, there was a healthy mix of males and females. The reviews were excellent. "It's refreshing not to see the same 50 people (industry insiders) at a party." "Most favorable female-to-male ratio I've seen in a long time."

101 Years Old, Still Smoking, Running and Drinking: Buster Martin: "I'm not worried about the fags because I'll carry them with me. Everyone says smoking kills but it's taking a long time in my case." The 101-year-old legend plans on smoking while running Sunday's London Marathon.

LetsRun.com 2007 Worlds Coverage:
*Sunday's Homepage
Ndereba marathon
*Saturday's Homepage
*Friday's Homepage Tyson Gay
*Thursday's 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

LetsRun.com London Men: Lel Leads 3 Under 2:05:30!!!, Ryan Hall 2:06:17
Ryan Hall Goes Through Halfway on World Record Pace
The 2008 Flora London Marathon will be remembered for a long time. The lead pack of 9 went through 5k at 14:21 (2:01 pace). They continued together (yes, all 9) through halfway on world record pace (1:02:13). Ryan Hall then went to the front soon after and asked the pacemakers to go FASTER. Soon Hall was off the back, but he would catch the leaders briefly again and go on to run 2:06:17. Until Sunday, only 7 guys had ever run under 2:06:15, now 11 have. Up front, it came down to a 3-man battle over the final mile before Martin Lel got his 3rd straight World Marathon Major win over the final quarter mile as he led 6 guys under 2:07 and to $50,000 bonuses each. Recap, photos, video above

This Guy Has Totally Won Back Our Respect

Maasai Warriors Finish Marathon link fixed One of them went back to the course and finished the race a day after being forced to go the hospital after a ceremonial wrap cut off his circulation. He said, "It was very important for me to do this. This is what I came to England for."

LetsRun.com Ryan Hall Reflects On His Incredible Run
We tell you (and let you watch) what Ryan, his dad, his granddad, his coach and even Martin Lel had to say about Ryan. Lel was full of praise for the American and shocked by Ryan's attempt to get the pacemakers to go even faster. If Hall didn't already have your respect, he does after reading this article, as he pays homage to a throwback type of guy - Steve Jones. Text and Video.
LetsRun.com Video: R
yan Hall Talks About His 2:06:17 at the 2008 Flora London Marathon
*More LRC London Videos Here
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Photo Gallery

2008 ING New York City Marathon *Results *Searchable Results *Video: Men's Highlight Video *Photo Gallery
Women's Race: Paula Dominates Goucher Third
Paula Radcliffe
showed why she's the best marathoner in the world as she dominated the women's field in the second half of the ING NYC Marathon. Radcliffe took a different strategy this year in NY. She led every single step of the way, but she said with the high winds her plan this year was to save something for the end and run negative splits and it showed. She poured it on the final six miles, winning by nearly two minutes. Radcliffe never looked back and said when she turned for the final quarter mile at Columbus Circle, she wasn't even positive she had the race won. American Kara Goucher ran up front for most of the race and had a successful debut in third in 2:25.53 (American debut record). Olympic silver medallist Catherine Ndereba, Dire Tune, Rita Jeptoo and Gete Wami were left in Radcliffe's wake, causing Wami to tie with Irina Mikitenko for the World Marathon title. The World Marathon Major race directors were then left to vote to break the tie. They voted for Mikitenko and just like that she got $500,000 and Wami got nothing.
*Radcliffe Doesn't Look Back En Route To 3rd Win
*Paula Destroys Top-Class Women's Field

*Mikitenko Awarded WMM Prize In Tie-Breaking Vote
*Women's Recap And Race Replays From UniversalSports.com
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Paula Post-Race Press Comments
On the boards: Wami gets nothing of World Marathon Prize while tying for spot #1
Men's Race: Marilson Gomes Dos Santos Storms From Behind To Win Coming into the 2008 ING NYC Marathon, Abderrahim Goumri had the distinction of being the top marathoner in the world who had never won a marathon (2nd in London in 2007, 3rd in London in 2:05:30 this year, and 2nd in NY last year). On Sunday in NY, he was clear of the field and on his way to what seemed to be his first marathon victory. However, savvy 2006 NY champ Marilson Gomes Dos Santos saved his best for last and stormed from behind in the final mile to overtake Goumri and get the win (afterwards Goumri said a missed fluid bottle might have caused him to run out of steam). Dos Santos ran 1:02 for the second half for a big negative split. Veteran Paul Tergat said he twisted an ankle on the course but returned to action with a fourth place finish. American Abdi Abdirahman led the American charge in 6th place as four Americans were in spots 6, 7, 8 & 10.
*Men's Recap and Race Replays From UniversalSports.com

*Gomes dos Santos Is Going To Disney To Celebrate
*NYT: New York Brazilians Say "Gomes who?"
On the boards: Nate Jenkins at NYC marathon?

After Not Running For Over A Year, A Sub-4 Minute Miler Runs.....??????

The NYTimes Looks At Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy The innovative therapy is what Matt Tegenkamp has tried recently.

Doug Logan Are You Reading This? Steve Cram: Predicting Sports Is Pointless As They Are Inherently Unpredictable and Full of Chance

Preview of Saturday's Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham Isinbayeva, Ohuruog, and Bernard Lagat are expected to star.

LRC:
Running In The Military (AKA How To Train While Fighting In Iraq)
An Iraq war veteran tells us how he was able to train in a war zone where it was hot as hell. LetsRun.com, while known as being a high mileage site, very much endorses this low-mileage training plan. Update: The WSJ did a piece on Major Stewart's running in Iraq.
*WSJ
MB Thread  *LRC MB Thread

LRC: NCAA Reverses Course - 3rd Appeal Successful - Rupp's Mark Will Now Count

Boards: Paul Tergat To Run Japanese Marathon Next Week *Elite Mile At Furman April 11 *Manzano And Rowbury Training Photos From Mexico

IAAF Releases Every 100m Split From Beijing!! *And 4x400 Splits

ING NYC Marathon Application Available February 19th

World Famous LRC Message Boards: The amazing GERMAN FERNANDEZ: how will he do at World Junior X Championships? *Armstrong’s drug-testing program scrapped *Galen Rupp does not have the guts to win a race. *Haile to Oklahoma St.??? *OMG What happened to Webb's speed?

Devon Smith, Nation's Best Prep Short Sprinter, Comes Up Short Of National Record

Male Synchronized Swimming Anyone?
*Olympic Minister Wants Gender Equity In Olympic Events

Interesting Watch
Video Of Lance Chewing Out Reporter

US Team For Yokohama Women's Ekiden

African News
*Results Of Ugandan XC Champs
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16-Year-Old Fridah Kaimuri Misses Junior XC Race, Wins Senior Race Instead
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Kenyan XC Coach Talks About Next Week's Trials, Teams Chances At Worlds

Chiba Cross-Country Recap From Japan

2016 Olympic Bids Are In Chicago is the favorite (49% chance of winning).

Next Week: Deena And Tomescu Among Strong Fields At Final Yokohama Women's Ekiden Deena has pulled out.

Super Recommended Read: Great Read On Hurdle Legend Renaldo Nehemiah

ARod Admits To Taking Performance Enhancers Earlier we had respect for ARod but after watching his interview and hearing he said he didn't know what he was taking, we no longer believe him. If you have any drug info you want to talk about on or off the record, please email us. Silence only allows the problem to continue. We must come clean with the past before going forward.

What's not to love about the LRC Boards? Why does Webb keep running the mile? Last time we checked he is the American record holder in the event.

LRC Boards:
*Who Messed Up More - Phelps or ARod?

More Collegiate Action:
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Baylor Bear Tiffany Townsend Ran World-Leading 23.31 At The Armory

*Notre Dame Meyo Results
5 guys went sub-4, including Nick Willis' training partner Justin Switzer.
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Penn State Res
ults Rojo's Cornell squad with 4 guys sub-14:40 in the 5k.

On the boards: Mottram chooses new coach!
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Galen Rupp 7:44.69 for 3k
*Coach Cook shares his thoughts on what happened with Flannagan (sic) and Donohue

LRC Year In Review: 2008 Day By Day The archives are officially unveiled for the 1st time in a formal fashion. You can find the home page for every single day in 2008.

2008 Was Record Year For Fast Marathons (For Men)

LRC 2008 In Photos
*We've got all of our 2008 photos galleries in one place. Relive 2008 in pictures. Going through them, Wejo picked out some of his favorites and some things he totally forgot about:
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For Sure the Photos of the Year
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Tyson Gay 9.77
*The Fastest 100 of the Year: Tyson Gay's 9.68 (his adidas uniform and the photos are beautiful)
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Bolt 9.69!!!
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Bolt Lightning Bolt
*Bolt Gold Shoes
*Shalane Flanagan Getting 3rd but Not Being Sure
*Geb's 2:03:59
*For Those Of You Who Believe in Conspiracy Theories, the Clock Seems Stuck on 2:03:59
*Sam Chelanga Dominating Pre-NCAAs
*The World's Fastest Couple
*Paula Radcliffe is Back
*Rupp versus Chelanga
*Rupp over Chelanga
*Usain Bolt, Kevin Garnett and Crew
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Alan Webb Being a Fan at the Olympic Trials Marathon
*The Hordes of People in Boston for the Olympic Trials
*Lance Armstrong and Robert Cheruiyot
*Hanson Brothers at a Biker Bar Along the Boston Course
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Remember When Tyson Gay Was Considered A Better 100m Runner Than Usain Bolt?
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Kara Goucher Running 9:00 for 3k
*Hard to Believe This Bob Kennedy Shoe Still Has the 5000m 12:58 AR
*Tirunesh Dibaba 14:11.15
*Jacob Hernandez and Andrew Wheating's Epic Battle at NCAAs
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Jenny Barringer Celebrating at NCAAs
*Amy Yoder Begley's Gutsy Run at the Trials

Recommended Read NYTimes: Static Stretching Is A Waste Of Time And Actually Weakens You If you are looking for a new way to warm up before your next race, we recommend you read this.

Blog on LetsRun.com, Become Famous: LetsRun.com's Scott "Slicko" Anderson In the Modern Love Section of the NY Times

2007 World Champs Video Race Highlights:
1,500
: The Final lap of the men's 1,500m
Video:
Horrendous Fall in Men's Steeplechase Warning: this is not for the faint of heart.
Video: Video of Tyson Gay's 200m Win

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 principles 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 Africans. 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 from 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 readers 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 secrets of some of the Kenyan greats. See some of his insights on this incredible 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 oppressive 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