Doping News: IAAF To Drop “Bombshell” This Week

Need Some Weekend Reading?

LRC Book Review: “How To Race The Mile” By Jeff Hollobaugh – “A terrific resource for younger runners” And “also a great read for even the expert fan.” We recommend the book which is a  a comprehensive look at the mile from the 19th century to the present and is full of rich race histories.

Sprint Stuff

Truth Is Indeed Stranger Than Fiction

LRCThe 5 Most Unbelievable (Negative) Stories From The 2015 Track Season (So Far)

Before we start our World Championships previews, we thought it would be a good idea to take a step back and look big picture at what has transpired so far this year in the world of track and field. There have been a lot of amazing developments so far in 2015. We list five events that if we’d predicted them at the beginning of the year, you’d have said we were TOTALLY crazy.

Pro Distance News

Sports Journalism At Its Finest – Nearly 9,000 Words

Recommended / Must Read  ESPN/Mike Wise: Once Lauded By Nelson Mandela, 1996 Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist Josia Thugwane Has Been Forgotten By South Africa Thugwane grew up extremely poor and illiterate. Just 5 months before the Games, he was shot in the face. In Atlanta, he won gold in marathon #19 despite having only a 2:11 PR. As for Apartheid, he understood it as follows: “The white people have money. The black people are to work [for] the white people. I don’t know whether this is wrong thing.” We are calling this a must read for anyone under 30 as they may have never heard of Thugwane.

A Look At How Steve Cram Ran 3:46 For The Mile 30 Years Ago

A Look At The Training Of Steve Cram Which Enabled Him To Run 3:46.32 For The Mile – A British Record That Turned 30 Last Week The former 400m runner went for a “single peak periodization.”

The IAAF Fires Back At ARD And The Sunday Times With A Vehement Defense

Must Read: IAAF Issues Statement And Strongly Rejects Anti-Doping Allegations Of A Cover-Up – “(Both) ARD and The Sunday Times both admit that their evaluation of the data did not prove doping.” The IAAF says there is nothing close to a cover-up. The Sunday Times claims six athletes tests were covered up when in fact the IAAF says they targeted all six for most testing and banned them. Additionally, the IAAF says the data in the report isn’t a “scoop” as they themselves turned it over to scientists who used it for a study in a peer reviewed journal. Also most of the data was before 2009 when athletes couldn’t be banned as there was no Biological Passport.
*BBC On IAAF Response *Athletics Weekly Recap Of IAAF Rebuttal

Pro Distance News

2015 Pan Am Junior Champs Are In The Books *Results

Kenyan Trials Recap *Full Results

LRC5 Highlights And Thoughts From Kenyan Trials + Video Of Kiprop Showboating With A Salute In The 1,500

5 thoughts and highlights from the Kenyan Trials as Asbel Kiprop gets in some showboating practice + some really fast times by  Geoffrey Kamworor and Faith Kipyegon and a loss by David Rudisha.

2015 Kenyan World Trials *Full Results

Saturday In Portland *Full Results

Flotrack Throwdown: Peter Callahan Upsets Mile Field In 3:58.43 As Galen Rupp Finishes Way Back In 4th (4:00.45) Canada’s Fiona Benson dominated the women’s mile in 4:25.79, finishing almost 5 seconds in front of Gabe Grunewald (4:30.43). The 800s went to Duane Solomon (1:46.84) and Maggie Vessey (2:00.30). Deon Lendore won the 400 in 45.77 as Nick Symmonds was last in 48.53.
*MB: Stick a fork in RUPP! *Peter Callahan 3:37 1500 FTW Earlier This Week

Sunday: Peachtree Runner-Up Ben Payne And Team Run Eugene’s Soh Rui Yong Lead Fields For Portland 10,000

NACAC Championships Are This Weekend In Costa Rica *Live Results / Start Lists *Live Streaming *Schedule *Team USA Roster


Good Read: OC Register: Nike Promotes – And Undermines – US Track And Field What would Bill Bowerman or Steve Prefontaine think of Nike today? What was once “the rebel company that shook the powers that be” is now the one that takes away athletes’ rights rather than fighting for them.

USATF Vs. Nick Symmonds

LRC Nick Symmonds Explains Why He Won’t Sign USATF’s Contract And How He Was “Bullied And Threatened” At World Indoors For Not Wearing USA Gear According to Symmonds, USATF wants to control what athletes wear to coffee.

WADA Has The IAAF’s Back On Doping Controversy

Nick Symmonds Fights USATF Overreach

Symmonds_NickFV1-USAout15Nick Symmonds-USATF Controversy Makes NY Times (link fixed) USATF has screwed up again and the NY Times is now on the story. USATF wants all World Championships team members not to bring branded non-Nike gear to Worlds to wear even casually in the hotel. Nick won’t sign the contract USATF wants him to sign that does not define what a team event is. If he does not sign it by Sunday, USATF’s Jill Geer says he “will not be on the team.” Imagine if USABasketball told Lebron that he couldn’t wear Nike gear in a hotel and had to wear adidas gear.  USATF is getting negative publicity once again.
*Discuss

General Doping Updates

More Pro News: Jamaica > GB & Canada

Week That Was

Latest Post-ARD Doping Report News

Sprints, Jumps And Throws

 The World Reacts To The Latest ARD Report 


 Sunday Morning Politics 

Friday Miling

LRC Flexing Robby Andrews (3:57.3) And Stephanie Garica (4:28.8) Win Sir Walter Milers Robby Andrews and Stephanie Garcia tuned up for Worlds with wins in the mile in North Carolina before a raucous crowd. *Discuss

LRC The Greatest Day In The History Of The Beer Mile As 2 Men Go Sub-5:00 And Set Possible World Records Thousands Of Miles Apart Two sub-5:00s and potential world records on the same day – halfway across the globe. *Discuss

Distance News From Kenya / Ireland

More On The IAAF’s Blood Database

It’s Almost Time For A New President

Other Stuff

 World Masters Have Already Begun 

Random But Interesting

Huge Doping / Corruption News

2015 TD Beach To Beacon *Results *LRC Preview

LRC Stephen Kosgei (28:28) & Wude Ayalew (31:55) Claim Titles At 2015 TD Beach To Beacon 10K; Former Oregon Standouts Eric Jenkins (28:50) & Alexi Pappas (32:56) Lead American Finishers Jenkins wasn’t content to end his season with a stroll as he was the only American man that tried to hang in the African lead pack. The battle in the women’s race was very tight for both the win and top American honors. Post-race interviews with Laura Thweatt, Alexi Pappas, Diane Nukuri, Stephen Kosgei, Moses Kipsiro, Eric Jenkins and Maksim Korolev. *Results
*RRW: Stephen Kibet, Wude Ayalew Win TB Beach To Beacon 10-K In Tactical Races
*MB: Chris Solinsky is back baby!

The Beginning Of The End For Women’s Sports?

LRC The End Of Women’s Sports As We Know It? Is Caster Semenya The Favorite For Gold For The 2016 Olympics? The Court Of Arbitration For Sport Suspends IAAF’s Hyperandrogenism Regulations Earlier this week, hyperandrogenic Indian sprinter Dutee Chand was cleared to compete despite having super-elevated testosterone levels. More importantly, the court totally suspended the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism regulations, meaning athletes with internal testicles are free to compete as women without treatment. We break down what it means. Is this the beginning of the end for women’s sports?

The Integrity Of The Sport Is At Stake – Mike Rossi Is A Marathon Cheat And Should Have Been DQed From The 2014 Lehigh Valley Marathon

LRC Investigates Lehigh Valley Got It Wrong: The Evidence Is Conclusive: Mike Rossi – The Viral Boston Marathon Dad – Is A Marathon Cheat And Should Never Have Been On The Starting Line In Boston In April, Mike Rossi gained international fame for his snarky response to a letter from his kids’ principal scolding him for taking them out of school for several days to watch Boston. A LetsRun.com investigation has revealed that Rossi’s principal was correct, the kids should never have been in Boston as the evidence is conclusive – their father didn’t legitimately qualify for the 2015 Boston Marathon. How confident are we that Rossi cut the course when he “ran” his 3:11:45 BQ qualifier at Lehigh Valley? Extremely. We’ll pay Mike Rossi $10,000 if he qualifies again in the next 12 months – and the qualifying time is 13+ minutes slower – 3:25.
*MB: Did Mike Rossi (viral marathon dad) cheat his way into Boston?