2015 BOA Chicago Was Sunday *Results

florence_kiplagat_chicago_2015LRC: Dickson Chumba & Florence Kiplagat Win, Americans Luke Puskedra And Elkanah Kibet Impress, Deena Gets Masters Record (updated) A great day on the streets of Chicago as two-non rabbited races ended with exciting finishes. Dickson Chumba (2:09:25) and Florence Kiplagat (2:23:33) made it a Kenyan sweep as Americans Luke Puskedra, Elkanah Kibet, Deena Kastor and Sara Hall all cemented themselves as contenders for an Olympic spot come the Trials in February.

RRW Recap: Some Top Kenyan Men Not Thrilled With The Lack Of Pacers Puskedra: “With 10-K to go, just get on the pony and ride. I was all-out, I think. I imagined myself to be Usain Bolt, but probably looked like Luke Puskedra out there.”

Coverage From The Message Board:
MB CHICAGO MARATHON – It’s GO Time! – Official Live Discussion Thread

*MB: It’s official: Salazar can’t coach the marathon. Puskedra gets dumped by AlSal – runs 18 minute pb!!
*MB: Deena does it!!! Breaks Colleen De Reuck‘s U.S. masters record of 2:28:40 with a 2:27:47!!
*MB: Chicago better or worse without pacers?

Pre-Chicago News
Sara Hall, Blake Russell and Sarah Crouch (r)

LRC The Inside Scoop On The 2015 Chicago Marathon – Meet The LetsRun.com Longshot, Discover The Secrets To The Fountain Of Youth, And Have We Found The Solution To The Sport’s Doping Problems? (link live, updated with photos) The pre-race media day was full of interesting things and we recap 14 of the most interesting for you as we talk to Joanie, Deena, Fernando, Sammy, Lucas, Luke (new dad), Sara (new mom), Sarah, and many others.

Outside Coverage

More Road News

Mary Cain Returns Home

The Integrity Of Our Sport And The At-Large Process Is At Stake

Non-Chicago Weekend Action *Full NCAA Results

Random: Bolt Vs. Powell – Who’s Better Looking?

More Chicago News

Thursday
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What We Learned In Chicago On Thursday: Chicago Cares Deeply About What LetsRun Visitors Think, A Superstar Pulls Out, Joan Benoit’s 30th Anniversary Run May Not Happen, And The Secret To Running A Marathon Every Year For Nearly 40 Years Get the inside scoop from the Windy City.

Women’s Distance News

General Track Stuff

Ryan Hall Fans, Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

Brojos And LRC Get Some Praise

Weldon and Robert Johnson Runner's World Magazine - 50 Most Influential People In RunningLRC LetsRun.com Founders Robert And Weldon Johnson Named As Two Of “The 50 Most Influential People In Running” By Runner’s World LRC’s founders Robert Johnson and Weldon Johnson (Brojos) are among the 50 most influential people in running according to Runner’s World thanks to you. RW had high praise for the LRC audience, saying the Brojos are the “masterminds behind perhaps the most engaged online community of runners.”
*MB: The 50 Most Influential People in Running – wejo and rojo made the list!


Chicago Race Previews

joan benoit Samuelson and deena kastor in 2015LRC Women’s Preview: Who Wins & Will A 40+ Woman Be The Top American? HM WR holder Florence Kiplagat, Tokyo champ Birhane Dibaba and ’14 Dubai champ Mulu Seboka are the favorites. The battle for top American is wide open as 42-year-old Deena Kastor goes for the US masters record (2:28:40) against 40-year-old US marathon champ Blake Russell and Sara Hall. Then there is ageless wonder, 58-year-old Joan Benoit Samuelson, who will try to run within 30 minutes of her 2:21 winning time 30 years ago.
*MB: Liza Hunter-Galvan running Chicago Marathon
*Ireland’s Fionnuala McCormack (Britton) is also in field

Sammy Kitwara (l), Wesley Korir and Abera Kuma (r).LRC Men’s Preview: Will Sammy Kitwara Arrive As An Abbott World Marathon Major Winner? 2014 2nd and 3rd placers Sammy Kitwara and Dickson Chumba – both of whom set personal bests here a year ago – will be in the field to tackle Tokyo champ Endeshaw Negesse, Rotterdam champ Abera Kuma and ’12 Boston champ Wesley Korir. The U.S. pros are led by 2:11 man Fernando Cabada and former Oregon star Luke Puskedra (61:36 half PR) as the headliners.


USTFCCCA Podcast With Stanford’s Aisling Cuffe

This Weekend’s Other Action *Full NCAA Results (Hardly Any, As Most Teams Will Take Off To Get Ready For Pre-Nats/Wisco Weekend)

Upsets At 2015 World Military Games

Is Usain Bolt A Legend & Will He Compete In 2017?


Video Of The Week? Czech Hockey Goalie Celebrates Win With On-Ice Track And Field Display He attempted the javelin, shot put and hammer throw using his goalie equipment.


WADA Reports That Positive Tests “Down By 10%” Despite Increased Testing In 2014 Are fewer athletes cheating or just more getting away with it? WADA director general David Howman said even though only 1.36% of samples came back positive, more than 10% of athletes could be doping. *2nd Article


Rio 2016 Cuts Budget By 30 Percent Amid Brazilian Economic Crisis

Our Weekly Recap

LRCWTW: Mary Cain Races Against Men, Molly Huddle Continues To Roll, How Many Women Have A Realistic Shot At The Olympic Marathon Trials, A Runner Steals $1.5 Million, And More

This week, among other things, we talk about the return to action for Mary Cain, break down the 2016 US Olympic Marathon Trials for women, state that "rah-rah" speeches don't work in distance running, try to figure out how much money doper Liliya Shobukhova owes people.

International Sprint News

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

rossfinish 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?