Q & A With America’s Revelation For 2015

Q&AFrom Excavation Grunt To The U.S.'s Fastest Man At 1,500: Ben Blankenship Discusses His Journey And His Breakthrough 2015 Season

After he ran 3:35.48 for fourth in Shanghai on Sunday, we caught up with Blankenship, who discussed his race, the key to his 2015 success and his success and failure at hitchhiking.

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Mid-D News

Jumps And Multis

More From The Weekend


Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Likely To Appeal Over Death Sentence Over Location Of The Trial The judge refused to have the trial moved out of Boston. *Judge Expected To Set Date For Tsarnaev Sentencing Hearing The jury already gave their verdict, but now the judge has to “formally sentence him to death.”

Mostly US Road Action


Rojo And LetsRun Get Mention In WSJ Article On The Four-Minute High-School Mile They look back 50 years ago when Jim Ryun went sub-4 in an all high school race and contrast it to Matthew Maton doing it in a pro/college race now. *Discuss


Sunday In SF: Neighbors, City Brace For Bad Behavior At Bay To Breakers One local said, “I dread it. I know it’s just one day a year. But it’s just a bunch of drunks. One whole day of belligerent drunks. It’s like a big frat party now.”


RIP: Former 800 WR Holder Nina Otkalenko, 86 She set multiple records, the fastest of which was 2:05.0 in 1955.


Tickets Costing Just $3 Announced For Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

#OpeningDay – 2015 Diamond League Season Opened In Doha *Full Results *TV / Streaming

Hagos gets his first win over FarahLRC Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet Takes Down Mo Farah In Doha 3,000 (updated) Reigning world youth and junior champ Yomif Kejelcha dared to take the lead from Farah late, and while he faded, Farah was defeated.

Rest Of The Meet: LRC 2015 Doha Recap: Track And Field’s Opening Day Amazes – The Rabbit Wins The Steeple, Dawit Sayeum Wins Her First DL Race, Ayanleh Souleiman Dominates, Justin Gatlin PRs + Two Triple Jumpers Over 18.00m The action in Doha was fantastic. It had a little of everything. A rabbit won the steeple, an 18-year-old the women’s 1,500 and some amazing sprint/field action. Should we do our first-ever field event black page for the triple jump?

Wed. Track And Field – Beijing World Challenge *Full Results

Next Weekend: Justin Gatlin To Make Rare 200-Meter Start At 2015 Pre Classic It’s rare but Gatlin is quite good at 200 as shown by these dandys from the LRC archives:
*LRC Justin Gatlin Runs 9.77/19.71 To Pull Off Greatest Single-Day 100/200 Double In History
*MB: Gatlin ran 19.86 as a FRESHMAN at Tennessee

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Upcoming Action: Pre Is Next Weekend

College News


LRC If you missed it, our coverage for Doha DL (Farah gets beaten in 3000m, Justin Gatlin runs 9.74) and Hoka One One Mid-D Classic are farther down the page.

Assembled And Designed In America

Ryan Bolton (Wyoming) with at least three other Olympians (Kevin Sullivan (Michigan), Meb Keflezighi (UCLA), Adam Goucher (Colorado)) at the 1995 NCAA xc meet. Photo courtesy of Ryan Bolton.

LRC Exclusive The Inside Story Of How American Ryan Bolton Helped Caroline Rotich Conquer The 2015 Boston Marathon He may have made the Olympics in the triathlon, but Ryan Bolton is a runner. In HS, Bolton dreamed of Running for the Buffaloes before going to Wyoming and nearly beating Meb Keflezighi at NCAA XC. Now he’s found his calling as a coach who just guided the unheralded Caroline Rotich to a stunning victory at Boston Marathon last month.


The Week That Was – Our Weekly Recap

WTWNCAA Winners And Losers, The SEC Flexes Its Muscle, Lots Of Fabulous Freshmen, And Mary Cain Isn't The Only One Struggling

Last week was an incredible week for track and field fans. We break it all down for you. Along the way, we wonder if we've found Colorado and America's next women's steeple star (Erin Clark), tell someone to break up Dave Smith's mid-d squad at Oklahoma State, hand out bad news to Galen Rupp fans, marvel at America's yearly high hurdle sensations and wonder when the Hoka One One meet will be completed.

Sprinting Updates

Gatlin Making Waves

 Admin / Olympics 

Power 5 Conference Meets – Full Results: SEC, ACC, Big 12, Big 10, PAC-12 + IC4A/ECAC *All Results

US Track Action

Sunday In The UK

The Search For A Better Running Shoe

pegasus30LRC The Most Popular Running Shoe On LetsRun.com Is … Not Made Anymore … The Nike Pegasus+ 30 Thousands of you filled out our detailed running shoe survey in the fall and more of you ran in the Nike Pegasus+30 than any other shoe. Only problem is all of you need to find a new shoe, help us out below:

runningshoesurveyLRC The Improved LRC Running Shoe Survey Is Back – Three Minutes To A Better Running Shoe The running shoe buying process sucks and we want to improve it with data. We took your reviews from the fall, made a running shoe beta site, and have improved our survey to ask you what shoe your previously ran in. We now need more reviews from you on the latest shoes.

3 World XC Getty Images Photo Galleries:
1) Pro Photos From Getty Images
2) New Rojo’s Women’s Photos
3) New Rojo’s Men’s Race Photos