Death Threat At USAs Unveiled

LRC Police Report: Nike Global Director Of Athletics John Capriotti Threatened To Kill Brooks Beasts Head Coach And Former Nike Employee Danny Mackey At 2015 USAs At USAs, it was stated that people had been threatened at the meet but the details were missing – until now. LetsRun.com has obtained a police report stating that Nike’s John Capriotti threatened the life of the Brooks Beasts coach Danny Mackey. Witnesses interviewed by LetsRun.com support Mackey’s claim.
*MB: Nike’s Global Director of Athletics John Capriotti Threatened To Kill Brooks Beasts Head Coach Danny Mackey At 2015 USAs

More Big Thursday Headlines

The Latest In The USATF/Symmonds Fight

US Distance News

The US’s Biggest 800 Star Also Won’t Be At Worlds

LRC America’s Best Hope For A Mid-D Or Distance Gold, Ajee Wilson, Withdraws From 2015 IAAF World Championships It’s revealed that Wilson, who hasn’t raced since USAs, has been suffering from an injury since before USAs.

Today’s Doping Updates

More Pro Stuff

USATF Screws Up Again

11349180_517243288425464_468979628_nLRC Sad: USATF Kicks Nick Symmonds Off Team USA For Worlds Instead Of Defining What An “Official” Team Function Is Barring legal action, Team USA won’t have 800m silver medalist Nick Symmonds on it. Instead of clarifying when athletes need to wear Team USA gear at Worlds, USATF left Symmonds off the team when he didn’t sign a contract by yesterday’s deadline. Symmonds will consult an attorney on Monday and come out swinging, claiming to show how USATF “is stealing millions of dollars from the athletes.”
*Discuss
*PDF Of Contract USATF Wanted Nick To Sign Note it has the word “official” in “‘official’ team functions” in quotes. Something is official or it is not. Yet it doesn’t outline what an official team function is – bizarre.
*Darren Rovell ESPN Article
*MB Talk: BREAKING: Symmonds off World team
*MB Talk: What if Symmonds is just out of shape? 

Previous 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.

 On The Boards 

NY Times Looks At Trail, Ultra And “Sky” Running

More Weekend Action *FT 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

Poland Throws Meet Recap: World Champ Pawel Fajdek Sets Hammer NR With 83.93m In non-throws action, Adam Kszczot ran 1:44.67 to beat 800m rival Marcin Lewandowski.

 Sunday Morning Politics 

Distance News From Kenya / Ireland

General Doping Updates

Huge Doping / Corruption News

  • Screenshot 2015-08-02 05.09.55German ARD Report Round II: Leaked IAAF Doping Files Reveal “Extraordinary Extent Of Cheating” German journalist Hajo Seppelt reports that an IAAF database of blood values shows that a third of medals won at Olympics and Worlds between 2001 and 2012 came from athletes who have recorded “suspicious” blood values (800 of the 5,000 athletes on record were marked “suspicious”). The IAAF responded, and the reports admit that the blood values alone aren’t proof of doping.
  • Recommended Watch: View The Full ARD Documentary In English The report includes an extraordinary amount of damning evidence (hidden cameras and documents) against Russia and Kenya. Injections and doping talk caught on tape, federations taking bribes form athletes, and general corruption and apathy towards doping.

Thursday Miling

LRC Jack Bolas (3:58) And Rachel Schneider (4:31) Win Inaugural Boxcar Mile Bolas won over Ford Palmer (3:59.30) and Ashley Schneider beat out Heather Wilson (4:33.04) and Ashley Higginson (4:34.32).


Interesting To Say The Least: Q&A With Jamaican Sprinter Steve Mullings, Who 4 Years After His Lifetime Ban Is Still Shouting His Innocence Mullings contends that both times he tested positive he was sabotaged by the JAAA and JADCO and that he’s had threats on his life. He claims that JAAA/JADCO refused to do a DNA test and blocked him from a CAS hearing.

Worlds Are Coming: T-Minus 8 Days

Doping News: Major Drug Bust

Breaking: Japan Times Part III: Victor Conte Claims Flo-Jo And Jackie Joyner Kersee Tested Positive At 1988 Olympics And There Was A Huge Doping Cover-Up He names Flo-Jo, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and others as athletes whose failed drug tests were covered up. In terms of his six current athletes he thinks are doped, he names Galen Rupp, Mo Farah, Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Carmelita Jeter and Jason Richardson and says WADA purposely avoided re-testing samples from big names like Usain Bolt and Mo Farah. *Part I *Part II
*MB: Breaking: Victor Conte Claims Huge Doping Cover Up At The 1988 Olympics With Flo-Jo And Others; Corruption In WADA

MB: The IAAF Drops The Hammer – 28 Athletes Busted From Re-Test Of Samples From 2005 And 2007 World Champs! Track and field takes a lot of criticism for drugs but we don’t know of any other sport that goes after cheats 8-10 years after the fact. MLB (baseball) only started drug bans in 2004 and in 2005 a first ban resulted in a 10-day suspension.

Jumps And Sprints

Distance / Mid-D News

Doping News: IAAF To Drop “Bombshell” This Week


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.

Sprint Stuff

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? 


Doping News: Silver For Kara And Shalane?

Mid-Week Results / Upcoming

USATF And Others Respond To Nick Symmonds

USATF Statement And Data On Elite Athlete Spending: USATF Will Spend More Than 50% Of Its Budget And More Than $15 Million On Elite Athletes In 2015 USATF dismisses claims by Andrew Zimbalist and Nick Symmonds that it only spends 8% of its revenues on elites by showing you spreadsheets of where the $15 million goes. $5 million directly to the athletes, $7 million to high performance centers and $3 million for athlete costs.

Nick Symmonds / USATF Controversy Continues To Escalate

Book Reviews

LRC Book Review Of Once a Runner Prequel Racing the Rain By John L. Parker, Jr. – “It works and has the potential to draw a new audience into Once a Runner.” Racing the Rain isn’t about Quenton Cassidy‘s development as a runner, but rather his development into a runner. The novel opens by introducing a second-grade Cassidy and concludes with the miler moving into his familiar room in Southeastern University’s Doobey Hall. In between, Parker’s sharp prose richly describes what it was like to grow up a middle-class baby boomer on Florida’s Gold Coast.

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 comprehensive look at the mile from the 19th century to the present and is full of rich race histories.

USA Dominates NACAC Champs *Results

Coe Vs. Bubka

Previous Doping News: IAAF Responds

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

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.

Random But Interesting