Quote Of The Day

– Former Foot Locker South champion Bill Matthews talking about fighting through seizures and brain surgeries to try and compete as a collegiate distance runner. Matthews would run 90-mile weeks, all the while having to stop on runs when he had “small seizures” and taking anemia-inducing medications. He was never able to salvage his collegiate career, but his determination to keep fighting and not to quit makes him a champion.

Marathon News: Bekele Out Of London

International Distance Comebacks

NCAA Day 1

5,000s A Night To Remember For American 5,000m As Emily Sisson And Eric Jenkins Capture First NCAA Titles The futures of American seniors Eric Jenkins and Emily Sisson look very bright as they both got their first NCAA titles in the 5,000m.
*MB: Props to Sisson for more than just winning
*Jenkins’ 5k, Historically

Screenshot (603)DMRs 2015 King Cheserek Is Magnificent And So Is Arkansas’ Dominique Scott Over Frosh Elise Cranny Elise Cranny made Dominique Scott run her best to beat her as Arkansas repeated as DMR champs. Edward Cheserek and the Oregon coaches were able to celebrate the final straight of this one.
*MB: DMR mile legs were scared of KING CHES!!!!

LRC Shawn Barber Goes 19’4″ In Pole Vault, Trayvon Bromell Becomes #3 Fastest Person (Counting Pros) Ever At 200m Indoors Video of the 19’4″ jump.
*AP Recap Of Day 1: Marquis Dendy Goes 27′-2, Michael Lihrman Produces WT Record Of 80’10.25″
*Dendy Won By .25 Over Arkansas’ Jarrion Lawson
*Barber Had “Good Looks” At 6.0m
*PV Record Progression The record hadn’t been broken since 1999, now Barber has broken it 4 times in 2 months.
*After Getting DQed In 60, Trayvon Bromell Runs 20.23 To Break MJ’s School Record

LRC Is It The Socks? Cristian Soratos Reveals He First Wore Sonic The Hedgehog Socks When He Ran His 3:56.87 Mile Equivalent

USATF Debate Continues

Nick Willis & Andrew Wheating Impress At NZ Champs *Results

Spice Up Your Winter – Photo Of The Year Contest

LRC The Story Behind The Alaskan Flip-Off: The 2013 LRC Photo Of The Year

Cropped version of 2013 Photo of the Year 2013 LetsRun.com Photo of the Year (Zack Johnson (flipper), Andrew Ritchie (flippee)) photo by Todd List of Todd List Photography. More here: http://www.letsrun.com/news/2015/02/the-story-behind-the-2013-running-photo-of-the-year-the-alaskan-flip-off/

LRC What’s Your 2014 Running Photo Of The Year? Have you taken a photo or seen a photo that could be the running photo of the year (2014 until now)*. Submit or tweet your entries to us. Winner and/or person who tells us of winner wins $100.

The Great Ones

2016 World Indoors And US Champs Will Be In Portland

NCAA-Related

Random Stuff

2015 NCAA Indoors *Results *Day 1 TV Replay *Day 2 TV Replay *Fan Poll Results *LRC Post-Race Interviews
*NCAA DII/DIII Results / Streams

M3,000 LRC Eric Jenkins Takes Down Edward Cheserek For NCAA Title #2 – Or Did Cheserek Let Him Win? Two hours after we wondered if Edward Cheserek would ever lose another NCAA race, Cheserek lost, but was it on purpose? This one will be debated forever.
MB: That was F***ing awesome – Oregon Civil War – Jenkins FTW!! Edward Cheserek is human!! (Wait: Ches says he let Jenkins win!)

MMile LRC Cristian Soratos Goes For It But Edward Cheserek Runs 2:19 Last 1k To Win Men’s Mile The reigning NCAA XC and 10,000 champ was unfazed by a mid-race 53 second 400 and got the win by running the 2nd fastest 1k in NCAA history. #unfair

WMile LRC Leah O’Connor Of Michigan State Sets NCAA Meet Record In Women’s Mile Shelby Houlihan broke the old NCAA mark as well but lost as O’Connor was spectacular.

W3,000: LRC What A Night: Arkansas’ Dominique Scott Wins NCAA Individual Title, Team Title And Gets Engaged

3k Race Recap Scott Pulls Away from Stud Frosh Elise Cranny To Close Out A Perfect Weekend Dominique Scott won her first individual NCAA title in convincing fashion over Elise Cranny.

800s Natoya Goule (2:01.64 MR) & Edward Kemboi (1:46.05) Win Fast 800s Goule broke the meet record and Kemboi ran faster than anyone else had at NCAAs in 14 years as the 800 action was fast.

Time to celebrateLRC Omar McLeod Of Arkansas Breaks 18-Year-Old NCAA Record In Men’s 60 Hurdles, Gets Jamaican Mark As Well

AP Recap Of NCAA Indoors In addition to all the action above Kendell Williams broke her NCAA record in the pentathlon.

Distance Runners Usher Oregon’s Dominant Ducks To The Men’s NCAA Indoor Title Ken Goe of the Oregonian recaps the Ducks win.

LRC In Defense Of Ryan Hall: The Moses Mosop Connection How Kenyan 2:03:06 man Moses Mosop proves Ryan Hall’s self-coaching wasn’t a mistake and why there is hope for the US’s fastest marathoner to get back on top.

Week That Was

WTWAndrew Wheating Your Kiwi 800 Champ, Great 1,500 Video From Euros, The Great Julia Lucas, Airbrushed Logos, Tweet Of The Week And More

The classy Julia Lucas hung them up in style, Nick Willis won the Kiwi champs and so did Andrew Wheating. We've got some great 1,500 action from Euros, a tweet of the week, a video of the week and airbrushed logos.

 Julia Lucas Retires 

Recommended Read: Julia Lucas Blogs About The 2012 Olympic Trials 5,000 And Her Retirement From Professional Track And Field “And so, as I emerge from a career that ended not as I would have liked, disappointed with what could have been and almost was, I still look to running. … A race is just a race, but running can be anything.”
*MB: Julia Lucas wrote an article about losing out in the 2012 Olympic Trials 5,000
*LRC Archives: The Women’s 5,000 Final – The Olympic Trials At Its Absolute Best
*“It Should Be Mathematical: One Couple, Two Dreams, .04 Seconds” Popular piece by Michael Heald.
*Official Julia Lucas Appreciation Thread!!!

LRC Remembering LRCer Van Townsend The running world lost one of its bright lights this week with the death of Van Townsend.
*MB: RIP Van Townsend: Share Your Respects Here


 Ultra News 

New Balance High School Indoor Nationals

Recap Of USATF Hershey Youth Indoor Championships

 Trial News 

World Cross And World Relays Are Fast Approaching

International Distance News

Runner Of The Month

LRCThe Nate Houle Story: "Trying to live life while you've still got it."

Nate Houle had it all: a beautiful wife, wonderful son, and his dream job coaching track at his alma mater Southern Utah University (Cam Levins' school, Nate was Cam's teammate). Then, in the span of five months, he lost his job, and was diagnosed with a rare cancer. Rather than make Nate bitter, the cancer has given Nate a new appreciation for life and God's plan for him. That makes him our Runner of the Month.