The Most Accomplished Track/XC Distance Runner In History Makes His Marathon Debut Tmw! *Stay Up Late & Watch It Live (Race Starts 2:45am ET/11:45pm Sat. Night West Coast) *Elite Field *Results *Key Stats

Recommended Read: Kenenisa Bekele’s Marathon Debut Gets 1,264 Words Of Coverage In NY Times A great piece which also talks about Farah’s debut in London. Bekele’s agent Jos Hermens has some pointed words for Bekele: “He has to get his act together, and stay motivated and forget about business and run for five or six years.”

 London Is Next Week 

Week That Was

LRCWTW: Even Kenyan Teens Are Embarrassed To Run, Kenya Rules Ethiopia In Quantity But Not Quality, And Hope For Galen Rupp?

This week we give Galen Rupp fans reason to believe a victory over Bernard Lagat at 5,000 is possible, are amazed that even Kenyan phenoms are sometimes embarrassed to run, wonder why Kenya rules Ethiopia in quantity but not quality, and go crazy with our quotes of the week.

Weekend Road News

High Fitness Associated With High Brain Function Later In Life New study shows that cardio fitness has long-term effect on several key cognitive functions.

Road News

 This Weekend's Pro Track Action 

 More On Ostapchuk Doping Case 

NCAA Stuff: Outdoor Gets Going With First Stanford Meet This Weekend

Doping News

2014 Carlsbad: *Results *Full Video Race Replay *LRC Photo Gallery

LRC Dejen Gebremskel And Julia Bleasdale Win 2014 Carlsbad 5,000 – Bernard Lagat Sets New American Record Of 13:19 Gebremeskel turned the tables on Lagat from World Indoors but Lagat left with a nice consolation prize. In the women’s race, no one came close to Bleasdale, who became the first non-African born winner since 2002. Brenda Martinez was the top American – not Jordan Hasay or Gabriele Grunewald.
*MB: Official 2014 Carlsbad Live Discussion Thread: Bleasdale & Gebremeskel Win – Lagat Gets American Record
*MB: Oh crap! Grunewald vs Hasay rematch at the Carlsbad 5k, who’s gonna win?

LetsRun Goes To Jamaica

LRCJamaica Day 4: Rare Insider Access To A Racers Track Club Workout With Yohan Blake And Warren Weir, And Watching Track In The Bathroom At Usain Bolt's Sports Bar

Steve was given unprecedented access to a workout session of the famed Racers Track Club and learned the sprinters actually work their asses off. Afterwards, he celebrated in style at Usain Bolt‘s sports bar. Steve loved the establishment – the only problem is track was only being shown on the TV in the bathroom.

Meet Warren Weir – The Man Whom Glen Mills Calls The “Heart And Soul” Of His Racers Track Club He’s not as well known as Bolt and Blake but has a lot of respect within the club.
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LRC Goes To Jamaica Special Section

US News: USATF Too Big To Succeed?

UKA Performance Director Neil Black Says He’s Confident About Mo Farah’s Fitness Ahead Of London After Visiting Him In Kenya Black said, “Alberto’s very happy. The type of phrases being used are ‘best shape’ and ‘best athlete in the world.’ Everything is positive in terms of what Alberto is seeing and understanding. … [Farah is] in absolute peak physical shape to approach the marathon.”

 News From Scotland 

Interesting: You Think Breaking A WR Is Tough? It’s Even Harder For Horses Human WRs have dropped significantly in the last 50 years, but horse times haven’t got much faster. This article looks at some of the reasons why.

Sprints / Jumps

Oscar P’s Defense Lawyers Expected To Call Pathologist As First Witness Pistorius himself is expected to take the stand eventually.

Berlin Half

LRCLeonard Komon Runs Fastest Half Marathon Debut Ever - Wins In 59:14 In Sprint Finish In Berlin

Komon was pretty spectacular and wanted even more - the World Record - as he went out with the wind in 13:39 (57:36 pace). LetsRun.com wind genius John Kellogg estimates the wind might have cost Komon around 17 seconds. *Results
*Ken Nakamura: List Of Fastest Half Marathon Debuts In History *Chronological List Of All Sub-60 Half Marathons In History