LRC6 Quick Takeaways From The 2014 Pre Classic

Oh, baby! What an incredible 2.5 hours. The Bowerman Mile was historic, Jenny Simpson PRed for the first time in 5 years, David Rudisha and Mo Aman both lost. So much to talk about. We get started here. *IAAF Recap Part I *IAAF Recap Part II
*LRC: Tons Of Post-Race Video Interviews

LRCAyanleh Souleiman Runs 3:47; Manzano Returns To Winner's Circle - 9 Takes From 2 Great Miles At 2014 Pre Classic

A ridiculous 22 men broke 3:55 on Sunday in Eugene. We give you the scoop.

LRCGalen Rupp Runs 26:44.36 To Break His American Record

39 years to the day after Steve Prefontaine died, Galen Rupp came within .62 seconds of running Prefontaine’s 5,000m PR back-to-back. After the meet, it was also announced Galen’s wife, Keara, is expecting twins.
*LRC Rupp Post-Race Video Interview At the very end, Rupp responds to LRC question about whether gimmicks are “innovation” or “cheating.”
*IAAF: Records Fall To Rupp And Perkovic In Eugene
*Oregonian: Rupp Smashes Own American Record

2014 Pre Friday Night On The Boards:
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Where does Rupp come in your all-time greatest American distance runner list?
*HOW LONG UNTIL WE HATE GALEN AGAIN?
*26:44.37 For RUPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

*Rupp WILL not break 26:48
*Steven Sambu had the best race
*RUPPS 10k most boring race ever
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I AM CRYING TEARS OF JOY FOR GALEN RUPP’S NEW AR 

LRCDavid Rudisha Talks About His Return At Prefontaine Classic

King David is set to return to the circuit after a year+ absence. Is he in shape? Will he win? Plus, fantasy track guys and gals, guess what his agent says he can run a 5k in?

LRCNews And Notes: Highlights From The 2014 Pre Classic Press Conference

We caught up with Brittney Reese, Ashton EatonRenaud Lavillenie, Allyson Felix and Justin Gatlin, who says he wants to race both Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake and supports Dennis Mitchell.

RRW2:19 Marathoner Lucy Kabuu Wins 2014 Freihofer's Run For Women In 15:20

Megan Hogan was the top American. Melody Fairchild won the Masters race.

Former Nike Strength And Conditioning Coach Vern Gambetta Speaks About Drugs In The Sport “Very honestly, everybody in the sport knows the drug coaches. And it’s not those supported by just one shoe company. Everybody knows it, but nobody will speak out because of fear of libel. It’s going to take some balls, that’s for sure. And the federation [USATF] is complicit. …”
*MB: former NOP strength coach speaks on drugs!

More Distance News: Alexa Efraimson Breaks HS 1,600 Record

2 Recommended Reads And Other Top Distance News

Jill Greer Talks To Runner’s World About Oiselle Reprimand For Nike Logo Photo Shop She says it’s not a USATF rule, but a “professional business intellectual property issue” and declined to comment on the point that USATF reacted to this in less than 12 hours, but has still failed to address the DQ issues from USA Indoors back in February. *MB Thread

Memorial Day – 2013 Bolder Boulder *Results (link fixed)

Denver Post: Mamitu Daska Of Ethiopia Wins 4th Bolder Boulder Title In 6 Years, Shalane Flanagan 2nd, Kastor 4th – US Women 3rd
*A Wobbly Sara Hall Finished 16th, Secured 3rd Place Team Finish For USThat is the hardest race I’ve ever run, by far. I really wanted to make them (Shalane and Deena) proud.”
*Eritrea’s Afewerki Berhane Wins Men’s Race, Sean Quigley, Not Ryan Hall Or Bobby Curtis, Was Top American In 8th Quigley was on the US #3 team but was 8th and beat Hall, who was 9th. *MB: Hall 9th at Bolder Boulder
*Meyer: Bolder Boulder Is A Special Race On A Special Day Ryan Hall:Running into this stadium is as emotionally uplifting and energizing as going into the Olympic Stadium.”

Good Read: Recently-Adopted Ethiopian Orphan, Abreham Anderson, Invited To Bolder Boulder Elite Press Conference To Hang With Ethiopian Pros The kid is in Jr. high and started at 7:20 in the mile and ended the season at 5:03. 2024, here we come.

 Athletes On Trial 

 Prefontaine Day 1 Photo Gallery (Click On Image For Full Gallery) 

UK’s Holly Bleasdale Will Skip 2014 Outdoor Season To Focus On 2015 And 2016 She was injured a year ago and says she still hasn’t got back to her top fitness.

 NCAA Regionals Are This Weekend 

 Non-Distance Pro News 

More News From The World Relays


IAAF Preview Of Saturday/Sunday Hypo-Meeting Multi Event Meet In Gotzis Trey Hardee and Brianne Theisen-Eaton among the favorites.

#MissionAccomplished By Our LRC Dennis Mitchell Story

Dennis Mitchell Coaching Controversy Gets Picked Up By NY Times “It seems ridiculous that United States track officials would want him anywhere near their delegation, or that any athletes would want Mitchell to coach them, for fear that his doping background might cast a shadow on them. But this is track and field, a sport that has repeatedly failed Public Relations 101, so nothing seems to be too ridiculous to be true.”
*MB Thread
LRC Story That Kicked This Off: USATF Does It Again: Dennis Mitchell, Convicted Doper, Your Head Sprint Coach For World Relays

 World Relays-Related 

 A Year Later, Results From Kenyan Doping Investigation Are In 

When In Doubt, Blame The Foreigners: Kenyan Government-Appointed Commission Blames Foreign Agents For Recent Upsurge In Doping Positives Head of task force Professor Moni Wekesa: “We have left our athletes in the hands of foreigners. … Any drugs which we found to have been used by the athletes was only through the influence of the foreign agents.”

Some Good Distance Reads

Tyler Andrews Won Vermont City Marathon In 2:20:27 It was his second marathon as his first was in Boston, where he ran 2:21:30.

 Will We See Two More WRs From Dibaba? 

Genzebe Dibaba And Her Coach Jama Aden Talk About Her Summer Goals Of Breaking The 2,000 And 2-Mile Outdoor Records And Her Loss In The Doha DL 3,000 She was expecting between 8:14-8:18 in Doha (she was 8:26). She’s going for a 5,000 PR at Rome DL on June 5th and then will attack the 2,000 WR on June 17th in Ostrava.