Lots Of Weekend Action - Marathons in Rotterdam, Paris and Berlin (half), relays in Florida and Texas (Texas Relays Live Results) and road races in Carlsbad, Ireland and D.C.
Rotterdam Marathon Sunday: Patrick Makau in His Debut Vs James Kwambai The race features the debut of half-marathon star Patrick Makau (8 times under 1 hour) as he takes on James Kwambai (who ran 2:05:36 challenging
Gebrselassie in Berlin last fall). The race will be live on the net (4 am) and on TV (Universal Sports 8am eastern and 4pm eastern) in most of the US (check availability here) . *Fortis Rotterdam Marathon Press Conference Video (Kwambai, Kibet, Limo, Cheromei And Pitrea)
*58:52 Runner Patrick Makau Ready For His Highly Anticipated Marathon Debut Against Top Competition In Rotterdam
*David Monti Handicaps Fortis Rotterdam Marathon
*Past Rotterdam Winners
IAAF Preview Of Carlsbad 5k *Carlsbad Thread Scott Bauhs in his first race
Adidas, Anthony Famiglietti coming off big win at Gate River 15km, 13:16 guy Collis Birmingham from Australia, Alistair Cragg, plus returning champ Terefe Zewdie and Abreham Cherkos leading Ethiopian entrants. On the women's side, American star miler Shannon Rowbury faces off with Christin Wurth-Thomas and Katie MacGregor plus a strong Ethiopian contingent.
Martin Fagan vs. Paul Tergat, Mary Cullen vs. Jelena Prokopcuka In Ireland Sunday *Tergat On Fagan: "A Very Strong Young Man" Andrew Carlson is also running.
Cherry Blossom Ten Miler In D.C.
The Berlin Half Marathon Is Also This Weekend
Florida Relays Feature Top Collegiate, Pro And HS Talent
Recommended Read: X-Man Working With Brooks Johnson To Get His Career Back On Track
Cool Piece On Private School Setup For Elite Distance Runners Remember this piece came out on April 1, 2009.
Biggest Jamaican Track Meet Taking Place Now
- Results From First Day Of Boys' And Girls' Jamaican Champs
- Big Money At Jamaica's Boys' And Girls' Champs
LRC April Fools Homepage Reactions Yesterday was our annual April Fools homepage and a lot of people fell for it including an FBI agent, a running agent, a journalist, a first time visitor to the site, a p***** off conservative, and some regulars. We didn't get any threats of lawsuits like in 2004, but the emails and anonymous phone calls were pretty funny.
We recap them all.
In Case you Missed It: 2009 LetsRun.com April Fools Homepage
Track Never Takes A Break: Weekend Action:
*Fam And Other Olympians To Race Carlsbad 5k On April 5
*Check Out the Lineups For Sunday's Paris Marathon
*Texas Relays Preview
*Martin Fagan Returning Home For Great Ireland Run vs. Paul Tergat
The Week That Was/ World XC Recap We break down World XC and wonder whether any American could have won the junior boys race, give props to Moses Kipsiro, tell you why the Kenyan system is broken, try to save World XC for the future, tell you why Dathan Ritzenhein's big XC win from 2005 may not have in reality been a big win, analyze how steep the course was and give you exclusive post-race interviews with Kim Smith, Ryan Gregson and Julie Culley. Plus we give you the scoop on the post-race party thrown by the Prince and the challenge Ryan Gregson issued German Fernandez.
*Recommended Read: The Observer Magazine Spends 4 Days With "The Dwain Event" In Turin It might be the best piece we've seen on Chambers and has some great quotes, including his thoughts on running for another country in 2012.
*Rating The Aussie Performances At Worlds
*France's World Junior Champ Teddy Tamgho Will Compete In Paris Golden League
*We Heart Throwers Too - Kiwi Valerie Vili's Online Journal
*Big Doping Scandal Going Down In Austria
*Read Up On The History Of the London Marathon Virgin is taking over for Flora next year as the sponsor of the biggest fundraising event in the world.
Interviews and Insight
*Geb Talks About His Hero Nelson Mandela
*Flotrack Kwik-E With UM's 3:58 Miler Justin Switzer This is a pretty entertaining interview with the avid Nascar fan.
*USA Indoor Champ David Torrence Blogs On Being Contract-Less
We Know Why You're Looking Forward To The Weekend: Sweet Races
- Cherry Blossom Ten Miler Is This Weekend
- USA Minnesota Sending A Few Runners To Road Races
- Awesome Carlsbad 5k Fields Announced
- Sweet Road Races On Both Coasts This Weekend
- W&M's Colonial Relays Are Here
- Vienna Marathon Elite Entrants Announced
Random Stuff That's Sort Of Linked To Running
- Michael Jordan Now Publically Supporting Chicago 2016 Bid
- Spanish Steeplechaser Jose Luis Blanco And Buddy Catch Thieves On Foot
- Seb Coe Revisits New Zealand, His Past, And Nick Willis' Chances At Gold
- Athletics Kenya Wants To Protect Athletes Who Are Lured To Bahrain and Qatar
- NCAA Rule Barring Legal Representation For Athletes Is Struck Down
- 2 Years Later, Athletes Get Paid By Keino Sports Marketing
3 Recommended Reads
1. History Lesson: Belayneh Densamo Recalls His 1988 World Record In Rotterdam That Stood For 10 Years "No, I don’t think we’ll ever see that. Maybe 2:02, 2:01 something, but under 2:00, I just don’t think any man can do that."
2. Pat Butcher On World Cross-Country And Why It Used To Matter "The only thing that can revive the corpse [world xc] is for the rest of the world to recognise, like the Americans have done, that there are no easy options or short cuts. It's long, hard training. That’s all!
3. Edwin Moses Speaks Out On Drugs And Dwain Chambers
Not April Fools: Doug Logan And Mary Wittenberg Announce June 3rd As National Running Day
*USATF Press Release
*Interview With Virginia Brophy Achman - Twin Cities Marathon Race Director - About National Running Day
*USA vs. Jamaica Sprint Meets To Start In 2010
*USA And Jamaica Agree To Sprint Clash
*Jamaica's Boys' And Girls' Athletics Championships Being Held This Week
*Preview Of Boys' and Girls' Champs In Jamaica
*Jamaican High Schools Win Big Money For Event Wins!
Duncan Kibet Comes To Life Before Rotterdam
Race directors and agents need to do a better job of putting a human face on their Kenyan and Ethiopian stars so we're glad to see this video . Duncan Kibet talks about his technology (his 2 iphones, his Nokia touchscreen phone, and why he has a mac computer "It's virus free") plus sexism in Kenya, and even Sunday's race. More Rotterdam video here.
April Fools Archives:
Judging from the emails and phone calls, a lot of viewers fell for our 2009 April Fools homepage.
We were threatened with a lawsuit for our 2004 edition.
LRC World XC Coverage
LRC Post Race Coverage: We break down World XC, give props to Moses Kipsiro, tell you why the Kenyan system is broken, try to save World XC for the future, tell you why Dathan Ritzenhein's big XC win from 2005 may not have in reality been a big win, analyze how steep the course was and give you exclusive post-race interviews with Kim Smith, Ryan Gregson and Julie Culley. Plus the scoop on the post-race party thrown by the Prince and the challenge Ryan Gregson issued German Fernandez. You can watch the races online here, read recaps,/see results here, and see photos here.
Our Top 4 Running Events Of The Weekend
1. Fortis Rotterdam Marathon - Loaded field
2. Carlsbad 5k - Fam goes for 13:24 American record?
3. Great Ireland Run - Martin Fagan vs. Paul Tergat
4. Texas Relays
LRC: The Week That Was 2009
*Week 12: Training advice from Hall, Goucher wins in Lisbon and Port-a-Potties in Boston.
*Week 11: NCAAs, Gate River, what Eli Manning and Galen Rupp have in common.
*Week 10: Last chance, European Indoor, D. Chambers and Diamond League.
*Week 9: USAs, NCAA conferences, World's Best 10k.
History Lesson: Belayneh Densamo Recalls His 1988 World Record In Rotterdam That Stood For 10 Years
Edwin Moses Speaks Out On Drugs And Dwain Chambers
Ryan Hall Interview With Running Times "You gotta choose your battles. So for me, that battle is the marathon in Boston."
X-Man Working With Brooks Johnson To Get His Career Back On Track