A MUST Read - One Of The Greatest Races Ever Run - The US Women's Version Of The Billy Mills 10,000 Win
RWorld Reintroduces The World To Debbie Heald, Who 40 Years Ago Incredibly Ran The US HS Indoor Mile Record Of 4:38.5 Steve Friedman's piece on Heald is moving to say the least. Heald, whose father had committed suicide,
who had been molested and who was always battling injury (13 different running-related surgeries), somehow
at the US vs. USSR meet at age 16 in 1972 beat the greatest runners in the world, including the indoor 1,500 record holder and that year's eventual Olympic 1,500 champion, by running an a 8.5-second PR of 4:38.5. She came from way back to win thanks to a ferocious kick and she was known for having no kick. Her life since then has been full of struggles with schizophrenia but her HS indoor record still stands.
MB: Debbie Heald article in RW
Heald's Incredible 1972 Race
More On Heald:
*2002 LA Times Feature
*1972 Sports Illustrated
*1967 Faces In The Crowd At Age 11
From The MB:
*16-year-old Debbie Heald takes down the Russians, sets AR in 1972
*No wikipedia entry for Debbie Heald ...
*1972 USA vs. USSR: 16-year-old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing)
*1972 Video Of Debbie Heald
Did You Know? Sunday's Marathon In Kenya Costs $3.32 To Enter & Features $2,322 1st Prize The 1st prize is 699 times the entry fee so it would be like the New York City marathon paying out $178,346 for 1st place ($255 fee), which is about right, as the winner of NY likely gets more than that if you factor in an appearance fee.
Not Very Good At Running? Maybe There Is Hope
NCAA Champ Kennedy Kithuka Says He Sucked As A Jr. In HS "When I was a junior in high school, running was not fun. It was hard for me. I was slow."
Of Course It Helps If You Run 8:47 In HS The IAAF Looks At Evan Jager's Meteoric Rise In The Steeple
Former Stanford Runners In The News
- USATF Catches Up With 2012 US Club XC Champ Jake Riley He led Hansons-Brooks to the team title in a race he was confident he would win (as he should have been as there weren't too many 13:32/28:08 guys in the field).
- RW Q&A With USATF Club XC Champ And Hansons Runner Jake Riley
- Chris Derrick Talks About His Decision To Join Jerry Schumacher (14 Min. Video) He lives in a super-fast house with Elliot Heath, Evan Jager and German Fernandez.
- More Hansons-Brooks News Neely Spence's Last Mile In Australia Was Sub-5:00
More Charity News
*"Bolt Gold" Nissan GT-R Sells For $187,100 At Charity Auction The price was twice what was expected and goes to the Usain Bolt Foundation. Besides the color, it includes his signature on the dash.
Oscar P Versus The Horse
International: Abel Kirui Wants A Three-Peat At World Champs
- Abel Kirui Says He'll Run London In April And Then Focus On Defending His World Championship Title "The World marathon title is important and I must defend it. I will shelve any other plans to focus on this one ... Rio in 2016 is still a possibility and I can not shut out myself saying I will not be able to make it then. But this is Kenya and four years in marathon running is a long time."
- Laureus: Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, Allyson Felix, Jessica Ennis, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Among Track Athletes Nominated For Laureus World Sports Award Non-track athletes include Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Lindsey Vonn and Serena Williams. *Full Nomination Lists
- Tirunesh Dibaba And Felix Sanchez Up For Laureus World Comeback Of The Year
- IAAF Profile On 2010 World Junior Heptathlon Champ Dafne Schippers, Who Finished 12th In The London Games She started doing all the events when she was only 9 years old.
- Valerie Adams Among Top Names Searched By New Zealanders On Google She was 6th on the overall people list (Usain Bolt was #4) and first on the list of New Zealanders (Nick Willis was 6th).
UK Financial News: Apparently British Lottery Funding Doesn't Help Athletes Too Much
- UK Triple Paralympic Judo Gold Medallist Convicted For Tax Fraud He is visually impaired and claimed $17,581 in his taxes for taking taxis to work when really his wife was driving him.
- BOA Urging UK Businesses To Hire 2012 Medalists Who Need Jobs The BOA is hosting a job fair with over 200 UK Olympians will have a chance to get hired.
- BBC Gain Broadcasting Rights For 2013 Moscow World Championships BBC already had 2015 and 2017 and now Channel 4 is giving it 2013 as Channel 4 is focusing on horse racing.
- Jessica Ennis Says Long Delay To Get Back Into The Olympic Stadium Is A "Shame"
- Former US Coach Rana Reider Says His Focus Is Keeping His New Batch Of Injury-Prone Brits Healthy
- British Poll: Vote For Sports Moment Of The Year Since it is a British Poll, of course "Super Saturday" is winning.
The Running Event Is In The Books *Photos
LRC The 2012 Running Event Is In The Books: Five Takeaways On The Industry Shark Tank's Daymond John Speaks The trade show for specialty running shops was last week in Austin, Texas and LRC's Wejo was there plus Ryan Hall,
Meb Keflezighi, and most of Saucony's top athletes. The running industry should be renamed the "how to not get injured" industry. Some take-aways from the convention.
*Press Release: The Running Event 2012 Attracts 2,100 To Austin
Runners Are Weird (But Wonderful)
- Ultra Runner Jez Bragg Running From The Top To Bottom Of New Zealand (1,863 Miles) In 50 Days Just For Fun "In training for the big trail races, I noticed that the parts where I had the most fun was when I was on long runs in remote places; I really enjoyed losing myself in the runs where the journey was more the point than the destination. This seemed like a true journey, the pinnacle of what I can do."
- 18-Year-Old, Who Used To Hate Running, Runs Across The US - Barefoot - So Others Can Have Shoes How you organize houses to stay in is beyond us. *Runner Rae Heim's Personal Website Here
Who Should Be Britain's BBC Sports Personality Of The Year?
- Mo Farah Says This Brit (Video)
- Jessica Ennis Says This Brit (Video)
- Twitter Says Mo Farah Is Favorite
- Scottish Writer Likes Mo Farah As Well And Compares Him To Zatopek
- Jessica Ennis May Skip Indoors As She's Trying To Enjoy Being Britain's Face Of
Home Games, As She Realizes It Will Never Happen Again
- Related: Usain Bolt And Serena Williams Named Sportsman And Sportswoman Of The Year By French Daily L'Equipe Bolt 2.0 is a bit of a boring pick for us compared to the original, but Serena did win Wimbledon, double Olympics and the US Open.
Asafal Powell Escorted New WBA Featherweight Champion Nicholas "Axeman" Walters Into The Ring For His Historic Title Fight "We are trying to take over the whole sporting world." The fight was the 1st title fight on Jamaican soil.
Upcoming Action: World's Fastest Road Mile Race Is Starting Up Again
- Olympic Gold Medalist John Walker Organizing The Return Of Auckland's Queen Street Mile This April, Which Is Owner Of The Fastest Mile Ever Recorded In 1983, Kenyan Mike Boit ran the downhill course in 3:28.3.
- After Missing Out On London 2012 Selection, Japan's Taiga Ito Is Looking To Prove He Can Run Olympic Class Times At Sunday's Hofu Yomiuri Marathon
- February Indoor German Meet Will Host Olympic PV Rematch With All Three Medalists From London, Led By Champ Renaud Lavillenie
- Coach Of Ireland's Euro XC Champ Fionnuala Britton Says He Expects Her To Eventually Be A Star Marathoner By 2016 He wants her to spend 2 more years on the track first, though.
- Italy's Andrea Lalli Credits Staying Healthy & Training In Iten, Kenya For The Past Two Years For His Success In Winning The European XC Championships
- Podcast Interview With Fionnuala Britton
- Rather Than All-Night Celebrations, Irish Women's Team In Bed Early And Up Before 9AM The Next Day After Winning Euro Cross
- Seb Coe Says The Olympics Should Be Spread Around And Have To Go To Africa
- Olympic Ticket Scam Leads To 100m Final Ticket Being Sold For £10,000 When It Was Originally Supposed To Cost Only £1,600
- Jessica Ennis Talks About Dealing With Pressure Of Being The Hometown Favorite In London & How She Never Expected To Gain That Kind Of Fame "I'd literally have to fall over in the 800 metres not to win it then. ... I'd trained so hard, done so many horrible 800m sessions ... If I'd just jogged round, what would have been the point of all that pain? And I really wanted to cross the line first. I really wanted to have that moment. I’ll never have it again."
- Mo Farah Says In 2013 He Wants Two World Championships Medals And A Baby Boy
- The Guardian Video: Why Mo Farah Should Win Sports Personality Of The Year Award
- This Will Not Help Them Be Taken Seriously: "Danceport" (aka Ballroom Dancing) To Be Included In 2015 European Games
- Video Interviews With Top Athletes From Sunday's Euro XC Championship
- French TJer Teddy Tamgho Says He Will Skip The Indoor Season To Focus On 2013 Moscow World Champs Tamgho has not competed for 18 months because of a fracture to his right ankle. He also has a court case in March about the altercation with a female athlete that happened back in October 2011.
- Over 500 Athletes Will Compete In Kisumu City Marathon In Kenya This Weekend AK chairman Isaiah Kiplagat emphasized that they will have anti-doping tests.
- Iten, Kenya: Shoe4Africa Women’s 5km Race Set For Christmas Eve Sylvia Kibet, Lornah Kiplagat, Florence Kiplagat, Edna Kiplagat and Mary Keitany have all run here in the past. The race also gives out hundreds of free pairs of second-hand running shoes each year.
- Comrades Marathon Association Political Disputes Have Been Resolved After Its Recent Elections Were Deemed Unethical And Against The Constitution
- New UKA Head Coach Peter Eriksson Is Happy To See Paula Radcliffe Try To Continue Her Career Talking about the new training hub in Loughborough, he said not all athletes have to live there, but can come and go.
- Peter Eriksson Profile: Before He Ever Got Into Coaching, Eriksson Spent 12 Years Working As A Fireman In Stockholm
- The Guardian Video: "Why Jessica Ennis Should Win Sports Personality Of The Year Award"
Foot Locker Finals *Results *Boys Photo Gallery *Legends Pre-Race Photo Gallery
Boys: Edward Cheserek Repeats After Battle With Sean McGorty McGorty, the South champ, and Jake Leingang, the Midwest champ, didn't make it easy for Cheserek, but there is a reason Cheserek
doesn't lose - he's
the best in the US high school ranks. The four Regional winners went 1-2-3-4. *Results *Milesplit Recap *Edward Cheserek Interview
Girls: Anna Rohrer Overcomes Fall To Win Rohrer pulled away for the win after falling after the start. Her Midwest teammates dominated the race with 6 in the top 10. Catarina Rocha of the Northeast was the runner-up, with both runner-ups having a least one Foot Locker finalist parent. *Results *Steve U's Recap *Anna Rohrer Interview
*OTB: Sarah Baxter 2016 Olympics? *wow footlocker, get your cameras fixed. learn how to cover a national race *Has Foot Locker gone too far?
UK News: Paula Hasn't Given Up Yet
RR: Paula Radcliffe: "I'm kind of at that crossroads coming off a big surgery and I desperately don't want my career to be finished." The plan is to be back running by Christmas and then start racing next year with a 10k or half in the spring and a marathon in the fall.
*UKA Chairman Ed Warner Says Retractable Seating Is Key To The Success Of The Olympic Stadium And Says They Should Have Been Installed From The Start He said retractable seating "allows us to use the stadium for all the athletics we need each summer, big rock concerts, and for a full football season" and be used 52 weeks a year.
*Jessica Ennis Talks About How She Hated Weight Training When She Was Younger Because She Didn't Want To Get Bigger
- Hey, Athletics Kenya - Listen Up: Kenyan Journalist Writes Open Letter To AK President Explaining Why Holding Their 10k Trials In Eugene Was A Bad Idea Apparently AK is talking about outsourcing the Trials for the World Championship 5k/10k team as well. If they want to shoot themselves in the foot like last year, we're sure Mo Farah and Galen Rupp won't mind.
- Olympic 800 Bronze Medalist Timothy Kitum Says He's Focused On The Moscow World Champs Where He Wants To Take Rudisha's Title
NYC Marathon Cancellation "Updates"
- NYRR Still Working Out Post-Cancellation Details, But Release Very Small Detail They say the marathon will still count for 9+1 program, which gives NYRR members a means of guaranteed entry into the marathon.
- Would-Be NYC Marathon 2012 Runners Angered Over Lack Of Response As To Whether They'll Be Automatically Allowed To Run 2013
Ryan Hall To Be Coached By Renato Canova America's 2:04:58 man, who just turned 30 in Oct., blogged today that he'll
be coached by famed coach Renato Canova - the famed LRC poster who in the past has coached/advised many Kenyan stars. We wonder if the relationship will be a traditional coaching one or more of an advisor role.
*Canova: Hall is "such a great talent."
*MB Discussion On Ryan Hall's Decision
More On Canova From The MB:
MB: Part 1 Of Canova Profile *Part 2
*Summary Of Renato Canova Principles
Kenenisa Bekele Finishes His Track
Kenenisa Bekele Builds His Own Track/Runner's Paradise In Ethiopia And Hotel For Athletes Wishing To Use It It is in an area with 20 miles of forest trails in the mountains as well as flat woods right behind the hotel. He says he spent $1.5 million on the track, which currently has 6 lanes, but he plans on adding 2 more and adding seating so they can host elite track meets.
Lolo Jones Has Survived Her First Bobsled Crash And she even jokes about it: "God is real. I saw him today and he said come back later."
In Case You Were Gone Over The Weekend: IAAF Gala Awarding Athlete Of Year And Celebrating 100 Years Of IAAF
Usain Bolt, Allyson Felix: 2012 IAAF Athletes Of The Year Bolt won out over Aries Merritt and David Rudisha and of course Mo Farah (who was not a finalist, which means he didn't finish in the top 3). Jessica Ennis and Valerie Adams were the other women's finalists. LRC cast its ballot for Rudisha and Felix. The IAAF should release the vote tallies.
- Rudisha Says He Thought He Could Have Run 1:40.50 This Year
- No Long Jump, 400m For Bolt In 2013
- Tirunesh Dibaba Says She No Longer Thinks of Breaking 10k World Record
- Aries Merritt Has Changed His Pin Codes Hoping To Go Sub-12.80
- World Champs Stadium Seating In Moscow Will Be Diminished From 80,000 To 50,000
Thanksgiving Day Action
And To Think, Unlike Lance, He's Actually Clean
Unbelievable 4 Months After Nearly Dying In Bike Crash, Lukas V Runs 5:25 Pace For 2.5 Miles The phenom who went sub-4 in HS is truly thankful to be second in his age group. *MB Thread On Lukas V's Comeback
Chiba Ekiden: Galen Rupp Wins His Leg With 28:20 10k Split (28:46 Was 2nd) As Kenya Edges Japan The most impressive running by a male may have come from New Zealand's Zane Robertson, who ran 13:29 on leg #1. His twin Jake also won his leg. *MB: On Chiba Ekiden
Recommended Read: Update On Twin NZ Runners Jake And Zane Robertson, Who Moved To Kenya On Their Own At 17 Years Old To Pursue Their Running Dreams Zane: "Without Jake I wouldn't have survived. I would have given up. Having each other, when the other one was sick or down, you raise him up. In the concrete cell that kept us going. ... I'm so thankful we went through those hardships for one or two years, because going through them, the way Kenyans do, if you survive you can go through anything."
Track And Field's Male Fans Are Thankful For This
Fit Again & Recovered From Achilles Surgery & Bacterial Infection, Blanka Vlasic Is Ready To Compete Again
Weekend Results: Fukuoka Marathon: Results *Cal International: Flash Results
- Fukuoka: Joseph Gitau Is The Surprise Winner In Fukuoka In 2:06:58 Hiroyuki Horibata was the top Japanese runner in 2:08:24 as Poland's Henryk Szost was 3rd (2:08:42), Arata Fujiwara 4th and
the topsecond Japanese (2:09:31), and Yuki Kawauchi 6th (2:10:29). Mohamed Trafeh led for the US in 7th (2:11:41) over Ryan Vail (8th - 2:11:45) and Tim Nelson 12th (2:14:09). Haile Gebrselassie, Simon Bairu, Martin Mathathi and Brent Vaughn were all DNFs. *Full Results
- Haile G Tweets About His DNF At Fukuoka He says he had a leg cramp and couldn't lift it. But he'll be looking for another marathon to run because he feels he's in "good shape."
- IAAF Recap Gitau was a huge surprise winner has his PR before this race was 2:21:54. Geb dropped out at 32k while Mathathi made it to 38k.
- MB: Mo Trafeh, Ryan Vail 2:11:4x at Fukuoka *Official Fukuoka Marathon thread along with working link *Coach Jerry fails in Marathon again
CIM: Daniel Tapia And Alisha Williams Win CIM In Horrible Wet And Windy Conditions Tapia is the first American winner since 1993 and won with 2:16:30 over Tesfaye Alemayehu (2:17:07). 2:11 man Nick Arciniaga was 5th in 2:18:37. In the women's race Williams beat out Clara Peterson 2:34:58 to 2:35:36. *Full Results
- Video Interview With Danny Tapia *Interview With Alisha Williams She thanks the "awesome guys" who let her and Peterson sit behind them for large portions of the race.
- MB: **OFFICIAL CIM THREAD** *CIM - 35 mph headwind?
- Dutch 15k: Geoffrey Mutai Sets CR At Heereenberg 15k In The Netherlands With 42:25 (4:33/ Mile Pace) Mutai beat a deep field including Philip Langat (a close 2nd in 42:26), 2:04:50 man Getu Feleke (3rd) and 2:04:16 marathoner David Kimetto (6th). Ethiopian Atsede Baysa won the women's race in 49:15.
*Good Race Video Of Geoffrey Mutai Winning Netherlands 15k (Commentary In Dutch) Skip to 2:29 into video for race coverage.
Bored? Try To Watch This At 9:50 PM ET:
A Preview Of Saturday Night's National Corporate Women's Ekiden Championships The race may be watchable via the web and starts at 9:50 PM ET Sat night (Sunday morning in Japan).
2012 World's Fastest 1,500 Runner - The 3:56 Abeba Aregawi - Is Now Competing For Sweden And Is Eyeing European Indoor Gold She has lived there since 2009 and is married to a Swede but some would says was bullied into running for Ethiopia at the Olympics. We're not sure how she doesn't have to sit out. Under normal situations, rules for, say, Worlds would require a 3-year sit-out (see page 25).
- BALCO Figure - Tammy Thomas - Released From Probation Early So She Can Possibly Get Her Law License We try to not laugh, but a person convicted of perjury was inspired
by her trial to get a law license? And looking at that picture of the former cyclist on the right (click on it to see it larger), to think she even tried to lie about being on steroids!
*Nice Long Article On Thomas Here She shrieked at the prosecutors when they convicted her, but she does sound changed now.
- 2004 Olympic And 2005 World Hammer Champ Olga Kuzenkova Fails 2004 Olympic Drug Re-Test
- Maybe Racewalking Is A Sport: European Under-23 Women's 20km Racewalk Champ Banned For 2 Years For Blood Doping
- Christian Hesch Accepts 2-Year EPO Ban
- Comrades Winner Ludwick Mamabolo To Find Out In January If He'll Be Banned His lawyers have pointed out 10 irregularities in the testing process, including the fact he was left unattended for 10 minutes, which they may not realize is in place so people don't cheat the test. *Lawyers: "Botched System" Means He Should Go Free
Update: 9.88 Man Has Left MVP Club But Hasn't Joined Usain Bolt's Club He's focused on knee surgery rehab and will find a training group later.
For 4th Straight Year,
Nut-Job Man Breaks Record For Most Marathons In A Year 67-year-old Larry Macon has run at least 139 marathons this year after doing 113 last year. Pretty inspiring and crazy all at the same time.
Britain Gets Ready To Name Its BBC Sports Personality Of The Year
- Bookies Say Bradley Wiggins is Favorite For BBC Sports Personality of The Year - Track Fans Prefer Farah (49%) over Ennis (39%) And to think, Paul Kimmage isn't sure if Bradley Wiggins is clean. Of course, not everyone is sure the track athletes are clean either.
- Twelve Guardian Writers Makes Their Cases For 12 Different Candidates For BBC Award On Sunday People are trying to make this more dramatic than it really is. Farah or Ennis or that cyclist will win. Mark our words.
- Jessica Ennis: "Girls cry when they see me, like I was in a boyband." "I felt like I was [in] a boyband. I said: 'Why are you crying?' And they couldn't even talk. Then I felt like I was going to cry. I was like: 'Oh, you're not sad, are you?'"
- Irish News: Athletics Ireland's Post-Olympic Review Is Delayed Until January As They Are Talking To Every Coach & Athlete
Don't Let Racial Stereotypes Hold You Back: Jamaican Breaststroker Wins Country's 1st-Ever Medal At The FINA World Swimming Short Course Championships
Athletics Illustrated: Ryan Hall And Renato Canova Talk About Their New Coaching Partnership Canova: "I didn't speak about his career, that I knew very well, neither about his previous training. I was not interested in these particulars. I wanted to know something more about his motivation, his life, his relation with the faith, his objectives, his current physical conditions (not really good)."
Sammy W. Didn't Wait: Alberto Salazar Says Galen Rupp Won't Run A Marathon Until After 2016 Olympics Salazar: "You move up when you feel you've sort of plateaued at the lower distance and only when you feel you're not a medalist at the shorter distance." All we can say is - Sammy Wanjiru certainly didn't wait.
- Spikes Magazine Interviews Morgan Uceny From Her New Training Base In Loughborough, England She says that coach Terrence Mahon said she did nothing wrong in London, she thinks men are better at running tactically then women, and ends by saying, "I just need to get on the podium. I've had my goals for several years and I just need to make it happen."
Sports Science: Viagra Improves Performance In More Ways Than One
Athletics Illustrated Q&A With Steve Magness Apparently Viagra when combined with high altitude training has the potential to improve athletic performance.
- WSJ Continues Its Campaign To Discourage People From Exercising: Study Says Playing A Round Of Golf Is Just As Beneficial As A 100-Mile Bike Ride For Aiding Longevity We stopped reading after the second paragraph, when we saw the study is based on data taken from Olympian mortality records between 1896 and 1936.
- On The Other Hand ... Study Finds Olympic Medalists Live On Average 2.8 Years Longer Than Average Population This study looked at Olympic athletes between 1896 and 2010.
NYRR Announce Via Twitter That Registration For The 2013 Marathon, Which Was Set To Open Wednesday Has Been Delayed They're still trying to sort out all the issues with the 2012 cancellation.
We Couldn't Make This Up If We Tried
- Oscar P. Beats Famed Horse Maserati In Handicapped Race Those of you, like us, who think Oscar P benefits from his blades won't
be happy about this race. Oscar got a 15m head start and ran on a track, whereas the horse ran on sand.
*More: Post-Race Interview: Pistorius Outruns "Maserati" *Video
- Kenyan Who Taught Himself To Throw Javelin By Looking At YouTube Vidoes & Finished 12th In London Will Be Featured On CNN In January
- "Go Out There And Break A Leg": US 4 X 400 Runner Manteo Mitchell Did And Usain Bolt Got His Picture Taken With Him As A Result President Obama also noticed and mentioned him in a speech.
- Is There A Straight Olympics? London Bid For 2018 Gay Games Could Involve Olympic Park Venues
- Leo Manzano's 1st Racing Victory Came When He Beat His Grandfather, Who Was On Crutches, At Age 4 Manzano gave a speech in far West TX near the NM border.
- Reason #1 Why LetsRun.com Hasn't Relocated To Africa Even Though Rent Is Way Cheaper: Eritrea #4 And Ethiopia #8 In Terms Of Imprisoning Dissident Journalists
- Russian Weightlifting Bronze Medallist From 2004 Is Told To Return His Medal After "A Funny Substance" Is Found In His Re-Test
- All Drugs Aren't Bad: A Legal PED: Here's How To Boost Your Peformance With Caffeine
2013 Dubai Marathon Is Set For Record Registration, Iincluding One From Moses Mosop The 2:03:06 man hasn't been seen since "disappointing" with a 2:05:03 in Rotterdam in April.
Collegiate Distance Running In Japan Is SUPER DEEP
Defending Champs And Course Record Holders At Prestigious Hakone Ekiden
Cut Team Captain In Pursuit Of Hakone Title Defense The 29:14 guy, who apparently is in good shape and ran the fastest anchor leg of anyone last year, isn't one of the 16 guys named (10 runners and six alternates) to the provisional list.
More College News: After Bolting Stanford For Kentucky, Edrick Floreal Is Trying To Pump Up Sport In Bluegrass State But Says Only 60% Of Athletes Have Bought In "I would say about 50 or 60 percent are committed and have bought into the process. I think there's about another 40 percent that are maybe a little nervous about what's asked of them."
US News: Jenny Simpson Going Back To Boulder And Mark Wetmore
- Jenny Simpson Going To Be Coached By Mark Wetmore
- Bad News: Desiree Davila "Miserable" And Barely Running As She's Still Not Pain-Free From Her Femoral Stress Fracture That Ruined Her Olympic Marathon She's up to running 30-35 minutes a day.
- You Know You've Got Power When States Go Out Of The Way To Tax You Less: Oregon Legislature Holding Special Session To Assure Nike Their Taxes Won't Go Up Basically Nike creates so many jobs in Oregon, they want to make sure any expansion Nike does stays in-state and are willing to lose the estimated $20 million in taxes they could get, in order to keep them there.
More US News
- MB: Chris Solinsky Wins Holiday 5k In 15:25
- Good Day For Stanford: Foot Locker Runner-Up Sean McGorty Commits To Stanford So to did NXN champ Sam Wharton and FL 6th placer Sophie Chase.
- Toni Reavis Argues That When It Comes To The Marathon, We're Too Hung Up On Time "The sport has become so hung up on time that we have all but eliminated personality driven competition from the minds of a constantly dwindling fan base."
- 2:30 Marathoner Tera Moody Wins Rudolph Ramble 8k In Chicago In 27:54
- NY Times Writer Talks About How College Sports Have Become A Business And It's All About Money "Football games are routinely described as 'product,' television networks are 'distribution channels,' and rooting for State U. is an example of 'brand loyalty.'"
- Unacceptable: Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon The Wrong Distance For The Second Year In A Row
- Philip Hersh Asks The Question If The IOC Can Take Away Lance Armstrong's Medal After The 8-Year Statute Of Limitations, Why Not Do The Same For The Doped East Germans Hersh says "There actually is more documented evidence of East German doping than there is of Armstrong's" and considering USADA's billion-page report on Armstrong, that's saying something.
- Speaking Of Doped East German Medals/Records: Will We See A Female World Record In 2013? With the exception of the recently set 4 x 100 record (by the US in London), all women's track WRs from 100 to the 4 x 4 are over 20 years old (before sophisticated drug testing). However, this writer thinks we could see records go down in the 4 x 400m and the 400/100 hurdles.
- Better Late Than Never: Kenyan Government Launching Investigation Into The Dopping Allegations Made By German Journalists AK Chairman Isaiah Kiplagat says the delay in the investigation was not deliberate but because AK had handed over the matter to the government.
- We Need To Get One Of These In Kenya, Too: Qatar Opens Middle East's First Drug-Testing Lab
- Good Podcast With Adam Nelson Talking About Doping In The Sport And Being Elevated To Olympic Champ After 2004 Re-Tests
- Report Comes Out That Lance Armstrong Resisted Subpoena Requiring Turning Over US Postal Team Records And Tried To keep The Inquiry Out Of Public Eye
Interesting News Worth A Read
- Recommended Read: Good RT Q&A With NCAA Champ Betsy Saina, Who Talks About Her Training And Winning NCAAs You might think everyone in Kenya is into running, but when she calls her parents to tell them she won NCAAs they say, "Good job," but they have no idea what she's talking about.
- Betsy Saina Talks About Her Journey From Kenya To NCAA Champ And Both Her & Coach Corey Ihmels Describe The Kenyan Recruiting Process As A "Crapshoot" "When you are in Kenya and you go to [train] and you find a white person doing recruitment, it's kind of exciting. I ended up running a good race, and he started off saying: 'Do you want to come to Alabama?'"
- Jamaican Distance Runners (Yes, They Exist) Complain That The JAAA Focuses On On Sprinting To The Detriment Of Distance Runners Marathoner Rupert Green: "Everything in Jamaica is sprint, sprint, sprint. Results do not come overnight. It takes years of training and competing at the highest level. But it seems that the administrators in Jamaica have no patience for that philosophy ... Even if we make the qualifying
time for an international race, they say 'Boy, well, yuh know, you qualified but we were hoping for more.'"
*Green Won Jamaica's Reggae Marathon For The 3rd Straight Year In 2:35:05
*Shawn Pitter Wins Jamaican Local 10k Series Race In 29:56, But 6 Years Ago Was Getting Beaten By High School Girls
- RIP: Athletics Ireland Pays Tribute To The Passing Of Olympian John Kelly, A Man Who Did It All Kelly was a 1968 50k race walk Olympian, but also won the '65 Philadelphia Marathon (running 2:37 in several inches of snow), was 7th in the '64 US Olympic Marathon Trials and participated in the Australian OT in the hammer throw and heavyweight boxing. One LetsRun emailer described him as "one of the original badasses - a blue collar guy before there was a blue collar guy."
- Local Kentucky TV Station Streaming USATF Club Nationals Broadcast Monday-Friday This Week 9PM ET Includes race footage with commentary.
- USATF Statement On Tragic Death Of Club XC Nationals Competitor Lauren Roady
*MB: Sad News: Lauren Roady killed in accident with Fire Truck at Club Nats
- Michael Heald Publishes Collection Of Essays (Many Running-Related) In His Book "Goodbye To The Nervous Apprehension" Heald is the author of "It Should Be Mathematical," the three-part article on Ian Dobson and Julia Lucas at the Trials, which was the LetsRun QOD
in the summer.
That piece, as well as one on Galen Rupp, is included in the book.
*Interview With Heald
- Q&A With 2004 Olympic Marathon Trials 4th Placer Trent Briney, Who's Made The Move To Ultra Running He was recently second to Max King in the JFK 50-Mile Run.
- Philadelphia Inquirer: Sports Psychologist Asks The Question Why Athletes Take Performance-Enhancing Drugs "Money and fame are the obvious short-term answers ... in our culture being #1 has never been more important and affords an athlete a great deal of prestige, status, and power."
- USOC Announce Warrior Games To Take Place In Colorado Springs In May To Support The Recovery Of Wounded Soldiers Includes five US teams representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force and Special Operations, as well as one international team from Britain.
Weekend Action *Full USATF Club XC Results *Zatopek Results *Euro XC Results
Honolulu Marathon: Wilson Kipsang Solidifies World #1 Ranking With Negative Split Win 2:04:54 man Markos Geneti was 37 seconds back in second. 2008 Olympic
decathlon champ Bryan Clay ran 4:46:31.
Women: Russia's Valentina Galimova Comes From Behind To Win In 2:31:23 American Stephanie Rothstein Bruce was third in 2:32:47.
*Bryan Clay Ran The Honolulu Marathon With His Wife Only 8 Weeks After Having Surgery For Five Hernias Clay: "It was a beast. The decathlon is a completely different animal."
On The Boards: Is Wilson Kipsang the #1 Marathoner in the world in 2012 regardless of what happens in Honolulu? *Honolulu Live Talk
USATF Club Nationals: Hansons-Brooks Distance Project's Jacob Riley And Boulder Running Company's Mattie Suver Win Club XC Titles Hansons-Brooks men and Team USA Minnesota women won the team titles. On the men's side, brothers Craig and Matthew Forys were second and fourth. US mile record holder Alan Webb was 7th.
*Team USA Minnesota Press Release
*USATF Club XC Recap
*More Results/Discussion In This Thread
Zatopek 10k: Neely Spence Runs 32:16 In 10,000 Debut As Ben St. Lawrence Tries To Run With Emmanuel Bett But Bett Wins By 36+ Seconds Difficult conditions made the times slow (27:59 for the men's win). *2012 Zatopek Results *IAAF Recap *Photos *Discuss
European XC Champs: Fionnuala Britton Defends Her Title While Leading Irish Women To First-Ever Team Victory; Italy's Andrea Lalli Wins Men's Race Men: Spain wins team title as OSU's Tom Farrell was 4th, Ukraine's 9-time champ Sergey Lebid 15th, and Belgium's defending champ Atewlaw Bekele back in 57th (for the best, since he's likely to be suspended after missing 3 drug tests). Women, Portugal's Dulce Felix was 2nd as Ireland won the team race by one point over France. *Full Results
Other Weekend Results: Jesse Squire At T&F Superfan Reviews Weekend College Marks North Carolina State's Ryan Hill led weekend performances, winning the 5,000 at Indiana's Hoosier Open in 13:43.52 over IU's Zachary Mayhew (13:51.79).
*World Half Marathon bronze Medallist John Mwangangi And Pauline Njeru Win 15Km race honours during Safaricom Imenti South Road Race 15k Patrick Makau was present and said he was preparing for London 2013, but decided to offer himself for team selection to the Kenyan Moscow 2013 team instead.
*Lawi Lalang Opens Indoor Season With A 3-Race Workout He won the 1,000m (2:30.16), 600m (1:22.18) and 3,000m (8:51.09).
*USATF: Junior Olympic Cross-Country Champions Crowned In Albuquerque
Recommended Read: Emil Zatopek - An Incredible Runner (4 Olympic Golds), But An Even Better Man You may know about his legendary workouts like 60 x 400 in army boots but may not know he was a very kind man.
3:37.23 Man Ben Blankenship Is On Comeback
Now As Part Of OTC Has a 3:37/3:54 collegiate miler ever gotten less pub than this guy? He was the 3k
runner-up to Heath in 2011.
Despite Gold & WR, David Rudisha Still Dreaming Big On & Off Track He wants another Olympic title in 4 years and hopes the youth are used to promote peace in Kenya, instead of being used as props by politicians. "One would say I have it all ... a World title, Olympic title and the world record but I always have something to motivate me."
LRC The Week That Was: November 26 - December 2, 2012 This week we start with praise for Bill Aris, who has built the greatest dynasty in US cross-country history. We then tell you why the 2012 Fukuoka Marathon will be remembered for what didn't happen rather than what did. Along the way we talk about 10 greatest half marathoners in history and wonder if anyone running more than 25 mpw or faster than 7:30 miles is killing themselves. Plus talk of Adam Nelson, Haile G, Paula Radcliffe and Martin Lel.
Some Of The Few Remaining Track & Field Journalists Weigh In On Adam Nelson
US News: Adam Nelson On His Way To Becoming An Olympic Champion
- Good News: 4 Throwers From 2004 Athens Olympics Officially Stripped Of Their Medals After Doping Retests *2nd Article
- Which Means ... Q&A With Adam Nelson, Who Stands To Be Upgraded To Gold After Official IOC Announcement Stripping Yuriy Bilonog Of His Medal "To be honest, it feels really strange and it's a weird feeling. I've heard the rumors before and have not given the rumors much credit until an official ruling. Now that it's happened I'm excited. It is all just sinking in. You know, I feel I excited as I did to not lose that event [in 2004]; I was second on a tie-breaker. I feel good that I will always be the person who threw farthest on that day."
The World Is A Corrupt Place - Doping/Corruption News
- A Must Read For Anti-Dopers: Paul Kimmage - The One Man Who Seemingly Has Always Tried To Clean Up Doping In Cyling - Gives An In-Depth Interview On Lance Armstrong, he says, "That would be my view - fantastic bike rider, but not a Tour winner. I would say no: He would not have won a Tour without doping." LetsRun tweeted that quote to Lance. He also reveals what it was like to discover his Irish heroes were dopers as well.
- Important News IAAF Wins 1st Case At Court Of Arbitration For Sport Involving Biological Passport Thanks to the biological passport, the IAAF was able to show repeated doping, which nets a 4-year ban.
*Reuters: Greek distance runner Irini Kokkinariou ban is doubled after IAAF appeal
Sad News: Two-Time Foot Locker Finalist Arrested For Murder Eric Kweder, who has popped up in a number of threads over the years, was 9th in 1995 as an 11th grader - one spot ahead of eventual Olympian Jonathan Riley.
Wetmore-Simpson Round II
LRC Jenny Simpson Coaching Switch Update Former CU Buff Stephen Kasica has some details on Simpson training in Boulder last week. Plus there is a cool multimedia timeline on Simpson's career and some perspective. Simpson won Worlds under Juli Benson, yet never ran within 3.5 seconds of her 1,500m PR. Fascinating.
More Post-European XC News
LRC Meet The 2012 European Cross-Country Champions LetsRun prides
itself on promoting the sport's stars as individuals and not just as a group. Normally our efforts are devoted to "the Africans" but today we do the same for "the Europeans." Meet the junior woman who destroyed Mary Cain, meet the "Viking version of Centro" and potentially Italy and
Ireland's next marathon stars.
*After A Silver And Bronze The Last Two Years, Serbia's Amela Terzic Finally Got Gold At Euro XC Champs The 1,500 runner was 5 meters down with 500 to go but unelased a sick kick that got her a 9-second win.
*Italian Who Dominated European XC, Andrea Lalli , Has Been Living In Kenya Training With Gianni Di Madonna's Group For Two Years
*Don't Give Up: Both Silver Medallists At European Cross Overcame Mid-Race Struggles Hassan Chahdi of France and Ana Dulce Félix of Portugal showed there is a reason why you run the whole race.
Down Goes Rohrer (Foot Locker Girls Photo Gallery)
The Week That Was
LRC The Week That Was In Running: December 3 - December 9, 2012 This week we tell you why Wilson Kipsang is the best marathoner in the world, show you how Foot Locker CC is still > NXN, tell you how to PR in 13 straight marathons, talk about how some say EPO doesn't help you and give you our opinion on Ryan Hall's new coach. All of that plus talk of Manny Pacquiao and the Tour de France.
2012 Foot Locker Boys Photo Gallery (Updated)
Ryan Hall Talks About Being Coached By Renato Canova
2012 Foot Locker Legends Pre-Race Photo Gallery
Sports That Are For People Who Can't Cut It In Track: 1) Bobsled 2) Triathlon
After Failing To Make 2012 Olympic Sprint Team, Craig Pickering Is Now Focusing On Boblsed Pickering is a European indoor 60 silver medallist, so he's
perfectly suited for the bobsled.
Pickering: Decision Is For The Long Term
Senior Men's European Preview
"Dewey Beats Truman" Providence Beats Oregon
LRC An Examination Of The Timing/Scoring Screw-Ups At The 2012 NCAA
At the NCAA D1 champs, the wrong national champion was official declared. What the heck happened,
could it have been prevented
and what needs to be done in the future? At the D3 champs, scores counting all seven runners were displayed. At the D1 South Regional, a wrong qualifying team was announced as well. Did you know the same timing company was involved in all 3 instances? An email from a coach who saw the chaos unfold first hand in Louisville is what motivated us to look into this:
*LRC An Insider Coach's Account Of The "Colossal" Scoring Screw-Up At The 2012 NCAA Cross-Country Champs
Good Read: RunBlogRun Asks What Lies Ahead For Jordan Hasay? "There is an unspoken uneasiness around the fact that Hasay's phenomenal record as a young high schooler is not being fully replicated at the collegiate level ... Hasay's impressive record while at Oregon is nonetheless viewed by some as falling somewhat short of what might have been expected from an athlete who totally dominated her events as a prep."
Our Weekly Analysis Returns At Last
LRC The 2012 NCAA Cross Country Champs That Were We bring back our weekly recap by looking back two weeks to the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships. We start by praising the UConn women, Jordan Hasay, Abbey D'Agostino and ourselves before telling who flopped (Iona/Stanford), comparing Vin Lananna and Martin Smith, and telling you who the favorite is for 2013. Along the way, we crush the dreams of all college runners by telling them they likely won't improve (much) after their sophomore year before ending with talk about unbreakable women's world records.