2014 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon Is Sunday

Friday Press Conference: Kenenisa Bekele On The 2-Hour Marathon: “A human being can not go that (fast).” Kenenisa Bekele, the world’s most credentialed distance runner, says we’ll see a 2-hour marathon “if the scientists create different human beings.” His agent Jos Hermens is much more optimistic.

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 What Marathon Racing Shoes Are The Pros Wearing In Chicago? What shoes do the pros race in? We tried to find out. Kenenisa Bekele, the world’s greatest distance runner, said, “The yellow ones.”

landryTraining Article/Vid Of Week: Christo Landry With 150-Mile Week & 32-Mile Long Run Ready To Rock Chicago

LRC Hansons-Brooks Teammates Bobby Curtis And Jake Riley Ready For Chicago Curtis is hoping his 27:24 10k translates to a sub-2:10 marathon and Riley anticipates his debut.

 Start Your Weekend Off Right 

LRC Great New Running Film, Transcend, Debuts Today A new running documentary, Transcend, debuts today and is available for order or digital download. The film chronicles the amazing story of 2012 Boston Marathon Champ Wesley Korir, who is now a member of parliament in Kenya. This inspiring film not only tells a story, but it investigates why we runners do what we do. With cameos from Haile Gebrselassie, Ryan Hall, the Robertson twins, and author Malcolm Gladwell (whose favorite website is LRC), LRC’s Wejo gives it a huge Thumbs Up.

What’s Going On This Weekend Besides Chicago?

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 Who Was The Top American In 2014? 

Fan Voting Open For Jesse Owens And Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athletes Of The Year A lot of distance runners on the list. Jenny Simpson, Molly Huddle and Emma Coburn for women, Meb Keflezighi, Galen Rupp, Evan Jager and Christo Landry for the men.

Women’s Running News

Sport’s Gender Controversy Continues

 America's Blue Collar Pros 

llanovideoFirst Ever LRC Video Round Table With America’s Blue Collar Pros: Matt Llano, Pat Rizzo, Jameson Mora, Carlos Trujillo And Stephen Pifer  Come on, we know you can’t relate to the Mebs and Ryan Halls of the world but you can dream of being these guys who all have  jobs on the side. We discussed how they got to this point in their careers, about their training, and much, much more. Plus, they give their advice to debut marathoners. 21 minutes, with text highlights.

wrLRC Chicago 2014 USA Women Video Round Table: Whitney Bevins-Lazarra, Sara Cummings, Heidi Greenwood, Lindsey Scherf, Wendy Thomas Meet America’s Blue Collar female marathoners. All with jobs. None with a traditional shoe sponsorship. All hoping to kick ass in Chicago.

 Chicago: More News From Friday Presser 

LRC The Titans Speak: Kipchoge And Bekele Ready To Battle Sunday In Chicago We’ve got everything covered from Kipchoge and Bekele: Bekele’s best workouts ever, #firstworldproblems, who wins in a kick, whether Bekele gets nervous, and how far their longest runs are.

LRC It’s Official: There Are Men Besides Kenenisa Bekele And Eliud Kipchoge Racing The Chicago Marathon The two all-time greats will be challenged by a slew of other top Kenyans and Ethiopians with PRs in the 2:04-2:05 range and it would not take a huge upset for one of them to come out on top.

LRC Amy Hastings And Lisa Uhl Ready To Take On The 2014 Chicago Marathon The two US 2012 Olympic 10K teammates have very different goals on Sunday.

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LRC Men’s Preview: Kenenisa Bekele And Eliud Kipchoge Clash Again – Is It Time To Say Bye-Bye To World Record Holder Dennis Kimetto’s 2:03:45 Course Record? Last year’s Chicago race was truly special. What will happen when Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele clash on Sunday?  The American field features 13:18/27:24 man Bobby Curtis (2:13:24 PR) and the red-hot Christo Landry (U.S. 10k road champ), but the biggest talker of all has been Matt Llano, who is dreaming of a 2:08 in his debut.

LRC Women’s Preview: Rita Jeptoo Attempts To Win Fourth Straight World Marathon Major A win by Jeptoo would give her the best two-year run since Paula Radcliffe in 2002-2003, but it will be far from easy as half marathon world record holder Florence Kiplagat and 2:19:52 woman Mare Dibaba are in the field. The American contingent is led by Olympian Amy HastingsClara Santucci and Lisa Uhl.

Rahm Emanuel Shakes Carey Pinkowski's hand

Thursday In Chicago: The Pros Do Matter: Carey Pinkowski Honored For 25 Years As Race Director, Mayor Rahm Emanuel Talks Dennis Kimetto When the mayor talks about Dennis Kimetto, it’s a good day for LRCers. Marathon fever is officially in Chicago.

 

 T&F Controversy 

US Distance Runners’ Q&As

Week That Was

 Darwin Award Candidate 

LRCIdiot Runner Rescued Running Across Atlantic Ocean In A Bubble Claims His Rescue Transponder Went Off By Accident And Wants You To Donate To Get His Bubble Back

Perhaps you heard the story last week about Reza Baluchi trying to run across the Atlantic in a bubble and having to get rescued by the Coast Guard. Now he's claiming he didn't want to be rescued, his transponder went off by accident, and he wants his bubble back.

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NCAA XC Review

LRC Elise Cranny Debuts, Patrick Tiernan Dominates, Stanford Looks Great On Paper, The Greatest Colorado Team Ever? Seven Thoughts On The Weekend’s XC Action We break down the action from last week for you. It was a challenging week for the Stanford women, but a big week for the UCLA, Michigan and Navy men. Along the way we introduce you to the Yankees of Canadian cross-country and wonder if we’ve finally found a challenger for Edward Cheserek.

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Behind The Scenes At Colorado

LRC Feature The Wetmore Formula Those who know him best insist there aren’t any secrets to Mark Wetmore’s success as a distance coach. Yet few can match his accomplishments. How does he do it? We go back to his Bernard High roots in the 1970s and do our best to explain. Chris Lear has read this piece and loved it: “This is why I go to letsrun. Thanks for the read.”

Discuss On The MBoard: LetsRun.com Investigates: What Makes Mark Wetmore So Special?

LRC The Gunslingers Of Boulder Mitch Kastoff catches up with the defending champs, who return everyone from last year and then some, and finds a very confident group.