Neither Side Is Backing Down

– Excerpts from a 11,636-word spirited defense of the integrity of the Nike Oregon Project (NOP) put out Wednesday by Alberto Salazar. Salazar’s response came out just hours after the Associated Press reported that the US Anti Doping Agency has begun an investigation of the NOP. Less than 12 hours after Salazar’s defense, ProPublica responded to Salazar’s defense with fresh allegations against the NOP.

Big Nike Oregon Project Doping News

Alberto Responds To Doping Allegations With 12,000-Word Open Letter – “I will never permit doping.” Salazar’s epic response demands a retraction and among other things claims Steve Magness was fired and that Kara Goucher left after the group after Salazar called out her husband Adam for an “insulting rant.” Salazar does admit to having doped his own son with testosterone, but says it was done to make sure the group wouldn’t be sabotaged and showed evidence that he has a prescription for androgel as he has hypogonadism.
*MB: ALBERTO RELEASES STATEMENT 

ProPublica Responds To Salazar Within Hours With New Allegations After Salazar’s manifesto came out, another ex-Nike employee came forward and says he witnessed Salazar “going crazy” after he failed to get Galen Rupp an IV drip in 2010. Plus pro athlete Jackie Areson came forward on record and says Salazar “distributed prescription painkillers ‘like it was candy'” and that she “never let [Salazar] massage me because I knew he had the testosterone cream and didn’t trust him.”
*MB: ProPublica Responds to Alberto Salazar’s Response – “Alberto Salazar Disputes Allegations – Some of Which Were Never Made”

2 Hours Before Alberto’s Response Went Live: AP: The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Has Launched A Formal Investigation Of The Nike Oregon Project More than a dozen witnesses have already been interviewed.

 British Press Pans Alberto's Response 

 Salazar Finds Some US Support 

The Oregon Track Club Speaks On NOP Doping Allegations/ USAs

vin2LRC Vin Lananna: “… obviously saddened by all of this but in the end I feel confident it will be sorted out.” TrackTown USA – Vin Lananna discussed the Nike Oregon Project doping allegations for the first time and the successful run of events in Eugene in advance of the 2015 USA Championships.

Marra and EatonLRC World’s Greatest Athlete Ashton Eaton Doesn’t Even Take Flintstone Vitamins Because Of Doping Problems In Track And Field

otcLRC OTC’s Charles Jock, Ben Blankenship, Hassan Mead And Mark Rowland Talk USAs, Doping Controversy The Oregon Track Club’s Charles Jock (800), Ben Blankenship (1,500), Hassan Mead (5k/10k) and their coach Mark Rowland are focused on USAs and waiting to see what happens with the NOP doping investigation.
*Coaching Tip From Mark Rowland: “It’s not so much the 2 hours we see them but the 22 that we don’t.”

2015 USAs Start Thursday *Schedule, Entries & Results *TV & Streaming

MB: Official Day 1 2015 USA Outdoor Live Discussion Thread

LRC Justin Gatlin Still Doesn’t Want To Answer Our Or Any Drug Questions But Christian Taylor did and talked about what supplements he’s on.
A Day Earlier:  Convicted Doper Dennis Mitchell Is Now The Paid Head USA Relays Coach Hired By USATF National Office Without Input Of USATF High Performance Committee

LRC 2015 USA 10,000 Preview: Molly Huddle & Galen Rupp Are Heavily Favored, But Who Will Grab The Other Spots? If Huddle and Rupp come through as favorites, the drama will still be big as one of the following three on the women’s side – Shalane Flanagan, Emily Sisson and Emily Infeld – and one of the following three on the men’s side – Ben TrueHassan Mead and Diego Estrada (plus Chris Derrick) – will go home devastated.
*RRW: Tapered Shalane Flanagan Thinks She’s Ready To Contend Again For USA 10,000m Title – “I’m thriving on being more of an underdog in this circumstance … We’re confident but not overly confident.”
*Ben True Set To Make First U.S. Track Team

LRC Steeple Previews: Evan Jager & Emma Coburn Should Repeat; Can Collegians Colleen Quigley, Courtney Frerichs And Leah O’Connor Grab A Spot To Beijing? Emma Coburn and Evan Jager should win but the steeple is suddenly a very interesting event in the US. Stephanie GarciaAshley HigginsonColleen QuigleyCourtney Frerichs and Leah O’Connor all have realistic dreams of competing in Beijing as do Stanley Kebenei, Dan HulingDonn Cabral and Cory Leslie.
*RRW: *Ken Goe: Evan Jager Is Ready After Big 1,500 PR

More Previews: LRC 800s *LRC 1,500s *LRC 5,000s *LRC 10,000s *Sprint & Field Event Preview From RSpace: Shot Preview: Kovacs Looks To Repeat *Jumps / Vault Preview *Sprints / Hurdles Preview

Outside Coverage

Complete Coverage In Our 2015 USA Outdoor Special Section

#Cleansport #Transparency #Leadership

LRCConvicted Doper Dennis Mitchell Is Now The Paid Head USA Relays Coach Hired By USATF National Office Without Input Of USATF High Performance Committee

USATF has quietly hired convicted doper Dennis Mitchell to lead the USA Relays program. Sadly, they are afraid to take ownership of the decision and have Dennis and Max Siegel discuss why Dennis is the best man to lead Team USA or have Dennis publicly account for his doping past.

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LRC$200,015 LRC Running Warehouse USA Track Nationals Prediction Contest

The 2-year wait is over and national spots are on the line starting Thursday in Eugene. Make nationals way more interesting by playing in our $200,015 RunningWarehouse.com prediction contest with some great prizes, including a $250 RW gift certificate and the soon to be released New Balance Vazee. Plus perfect ballot bonuses of $2,015 to $200,015.

Employee 1.0 Is Back With An Excellent Guest Column

LRCWhat A Surreal Scene - The 2015 Portland Track Festival - Where (Most Of) The US Distance Stars Came Out To Play

Alberto and Galen were notably absent but the stars were out in full force at the Portland Track Festival with Shannon Rowbury, Steve Magness, the Gouchers, Alan Webb, Kevin Hanson, Desi Davila, Mark Wetmore, Shalane Flanagan, Evan JagerChris Solinsky, and many more in attendance. Employee 1.0 is back to recount the surreal scene in light of the Nike Oregon Project Doping investigation.

More Data=Better Shoes

runningshoesurveyLRC Real Reviews by Real Runners: A Better Running Shoe Site is Here Today the shoe buying process gets better with the beta release of the LetsRun.com Better Running Shoe site. See what shoes runners just like you are running in and which they like best. Want to see what shoes 6 foot 150 lb runners rate the best? You can do that. Want to see the top shoes for pronators training for a marathon? You can do that too. Click here to on the first step to a better running shoe

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:

LRC The Improved LRC Running Shoe Survey Is Back – Five 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.

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1) Pro Photos From Getty Images
2) New Rojo’s Women’s Photos
3) New Rojo’s Men’s Race Photos


LetsRun.com Sleuths Strike Again

LRCOuted By LetsRun.com Sleuths Yet Again - Abdelaati Iguider's Then-World-Leading 3:32.88 1,500 Was Run From The Wrong Start Line

History has shown that if you cheat in a marathon and don't run the full distance, you will be caught by the LetsRun.com nation. The same rule applies - even if you attempt the same feat in an internationally broadcast 1,500-meter race.