Proof Passing A Drug Test Doesn't Mean Everything

– Three-time USA 200m champion Wallace Spearmon talking in the wake of his 3-month drug ban after he tested positive for Methylprednisolone (a corticosteroid). The drug is only banned in competition, so he passed his out-of-competition drug test. Then he passed his in-competition test at USAs (June 29th) before failing one on July 6th.

Wallace Spearmon Gets 3-Month Doping Ban For Testing Positive For A Steroid Spearmon’s ban was only 3 months because USADA accepted his explanation that he was taking it in a therapeutic dose under the care of a doctor, but he never got a TUE.
*USADA Statement
*MB Discussion

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US Marathon News: Shalane Completely Focused On 2:19:36

Be An Expert / Let Your Voice Be Heard – National Top 10 And Conference Voting

The Georgetown women surprised two years ago.

LRC It’s Time To Vote: NCAA XC Fans Super Polls Are Back The pro track season is over and that means it’s time to turn your attention to NCAA XC. Our LRC Fans Super Polls are back where you tell us the top 10 teams in the country and the top teams in each conference.

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Week That Was

LRC New York Vs. Chicago, Your Worst Race Ever, Eugene 2018, $$$, PEDs In The Military, And Talent Does Not Go Away The Continental Cup brought to an end the 2014 track season and that means we turn our attention to marathoning – Chicago and New York.  Plus a defense of Katie Mackey and Andrew Bumbalough, a look at $$$ – prize money & appearance fees –  Kevin Durant vs. the IAAF and USATF, and Eugene 2019 2018?

Philly Half & Providence 5k Are This Weekend *Full 5k Field *Free 5k Streaming (Live 11:15am ET Sunday)

5k: Bernard Lagat Comes Up Short in 5k American Record Attempt – Lawi Lalang Runs 13:29, Lagat 13:31 in Phiily

Philly: LRC Rock ‘N’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon Preview: Bedan Karoki Vs. Gebremeskel, The Return Of Kara Goucher, And A World Record Attempt For Deena Kastor The men’s field is still strong even after Geoffrey MutaiStanley Biwott and Dathan Ritzenhein withdrew. Goucher is running this race in preparation for NYC but probably won’t be a factor. The real question for American fans may be, “Will Deena Kastor be the top American and will she get the master WR?” Plus, Bernard Lagat goes for the American 5k road record on Saturday morning. *Discuss

RRW: Kara Goucher Sees Methodical Approach To Her Fall Racing Goucher says her goal in RNR Philly as well as the NYC Marathon will be to run a solid race at her own pace. She isn’t trying to run to win on Sunday.

Providence: 2014 USA 5k Champs – Eight Story Lines To Follow Molly Huddle will be in Providence trying to defend her crowns, but it won’t be easy as the NOP is showing up with Mary Cain and Jordan Hasay (and Centro). Emily Infeld will be there as well. Watch it live at 11:15 am ET for free.

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Intersex – A Big Issue Facing Women’s Sports – Guest Column

LRC A Brief History Of Intersex Athletes In Sport Caster Semenya was a big story in 2011. Dutee Chand is a big story this year, and maybe Margaret Wambui? Some people are under the misconception that these are isolated incidents. They are not. A guest column on the intersex issue facing women’s sports, by a former 2:23 men’s marathoner who is now a multi-time national champ as a woman.

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US Marathoning News

News From Canada: Canadian Record Holder Lanni Marchant Will Return To Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon On October 19th

And The Netherlands: Olympic Marathon Champion Tiki Gelana Will Headline This Weekend’s Dam tot Damloop 10 Miler In Netherlands She’ll face Linet Masai. On the men’s side, a lot of people are running, including defending champ and African 10,000m champ Nguse Amlosom and world junior 10,000 champ Joshua Cheptegei.

News From Asia


HSers Are So Fast Now – Sub-9 Guys Are Going DIII

LRC Q&A With Jack And Tim McGowan – The Sub-9 Twins Who Have Gone The DIII Route To Roger Williams University Someone stop the insanity. HS running is now so fast that sub-9 guys are going the DIII route. Meet identical twins Jack and Tim McGowan. *Discuss on the MB: Two sub-9 HSers go to the same college….. And it’s DIII…..

*NBC Nightly Did Feature On Their 4:07 Teammate With Autism, Mike Brannigan Together the three went sub-9 for two miles in the same race.

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