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2015 LRC Year-End Rankings – We Pause For Christmas

LRC Steeplechase: Jairus Birech & Evan Jager Are Your World And U.S. Number Ones Birech failed to medal at Worlds but the rest of his season was so good he earns the #1 ranking.

Jager fans might be celebrating on WednesdayLRC Evan Jager Is “Extremely” Disappointed He Didn’t Break 8:00 Or Medal This Year But Realizes He Made Big Strides Jager: “I feel like I made a huge jump in fitness from years prior. I took myself to a new level of athlete and really proved to myself that I was one of the best steeplechasers in the world and not just hoping I was one of the best.”

Coburn won her fourth U.S. title in 2015 and shows no signs of slowingLRC Women’s Steeplechase: Hyvin Kiyeng, Emma Coburn Top World, U.S. Lists Two Americans crack the top 10.
*LRC Coburn: “In general, [I was happy with 2015]. I wish I could have run a PR; that was a goal that I really wanted.”

 

Houston 2015

Loaded Houston Full And Half Marathon Fields Released For January 17th race World marathon champ Mare Dibaba will race for the first time since Bejing in the half, which features Lelisa Desisa and Diego Estrada. In the full, 2:05 man Bazu Worku will look for his third win in Houston.

Doping/Scandal News

Get Pumped For 2016

Solid Road Action In Japan

Distance Odds ‘N’ Ends

From Tragedy To Triumph

LRC Feature The Miracle In The Black Hills: A Coach, A Fallen Teammate And A Season For The Ages In July, Black Hills State’s Gage McSpadden was struck by lightning and tragically killed at the age of 21. The team’s dream of a first-ever NCAA appearance, one that McSpadden had guaranteed, appeared to be shot. No one will ever forget how they responded.

NCAA Photos Galore *D1 Men’s Race (514 Photos) *D1 Women’s Race (486 Photos) *D1 Banquet *D1 Post-Race *DIII Men (257 Photos) *DIII Women (185 Photos)

Sprint / Field News

Doping Updates

The Rich Get Richer

MB: Makena Morley, Who Was 3rd At FL And Won Big Sky As A True Frosh, Is Transferring To Colorado She was a 4-time FL finalist in HS and starts at CU in January after not enjoying her time at Montana, where she was 97th at NCAAs as a true frosh this year.

Heat On Eugene 2021?

NY Times Columnist Calls On Eugene To Re-Open 2021 Worlds Bid “In sports, as in life, there is what you must do and then there is what you should do.”
*MB: NY Times thinks Eugene should re-open up 2021 Worlds bid – Will they?

Year In Review

News From Eugene

Previous 2015 LRC Year-End Rankings

Genzebe Dibaba Runs 3:50.07 for 1500mLRC Women’s 1,500: Genzebe Dibaba Reigns Supreme; Rowbury Nips Simpson For US #1 There was no doubt who was the world #1 this year as Genzebe Dibaba had the greatest season ever for a women’s 1,500 runner. The battle for US #1 was more interesting as both Shannon Rowbury and Jenny Simpson had strong years.

Simpson, shown here winning at Pre in May, will look to keep her hot streak at 1500 goingLRC Jenny Simpson Says Her Rivalry With Shannon Rowbury Is Good For Both Them And The Sport, Is Disappointed Lost Shoe Cost Her Opportunity For Medal At Worlds Simpson: “I was in the shape of my life [at Worlds] … Ultimately, the run in Beijing was a heartbreaker for me. I put other priorities aside and put them all lower down the priority list for the sake of doing well in Beijing, so it was a real disappointment to not be able to race to my fitness there.”

Kiprop-Wins-2015-WorldsLRC Men’s 1,500/Mile: Asbel Kiprop Claims #1 Spot After A Year For The Ages; Centro Is Tops Among US Men The men’s 1,500 may be the best event in all of track and field and yet Asbel Kiprop continues to find at way to get the job done. Is he now the GOAT? It also was a good year for Nick Willis, Matthew Centrowitz and Ben Blankenship.

IAAF Scandal Updates

More Year-In-Review

LRC Thanks Its Best Partners In 2015

Meter Magazine: The Perfect Holiday Gift If you’re looking for a holiday gift, what about a subscription to Meter, a running magazine you actually want to read. The founders of Tracksmith (makers of premium performance running apparel) wondered what happened to the inspirational stories of our sport and its heroes and Meter was born. Meter is something you’ll want to read and keep. Get a subscription today.

Recommended Read

LRC Book Review"Two Hours" By Ed Caesar - A Wonderful Book Worthy Of 5 Stars And One We Consider "The Definitive Book On The Modern Elite Marathon"

Looking for a great Christmas present? We have a suggestion. Ed Caesar's new book Two Hours covers everything you would want to know about the marathon, from its roots in ancient Greek lore all the way up to the establishment of big-money major-city marathons in the late 20th century. It includes incredible behind-the-scenes access of Geoffrey Mutai in 2011 when he destroyed the course records in both Boston and New York. 5 out 5 stars.

 Banquet Photos (Click For Gallery) 


What Did Elites Do Yesterday?

Christmas On The Boards

Administrative News

Previous 2015 LRC Year-End Rankings

LRC Men’s 800: David Rudisha Reclaims His Crown; Boris Berian Tops U.S. List David Rudisha lost the most races of his pro career this year but he’s our #1. We tell you why. How could we possibly rank Boris Berian as the US #1 when he didn’t even make the final at USAs? Because Nick Symmonds told us to.

Symmonds put on a show to win his sixth U.S. title in JuneLRC Nick Symmonds Has No Regrets, Says His Season Played Out “Absolutely Perfectly” Symmonds: “Realistically could I have beaten Rudisha? I’m not totally sure. … I absolutely believe I could have been in there for a silver or a bronze.”

LRC Women’s 800: Eunice Sum Is #1 Again; Alysia Montaño Returns To Top Of U.S. Rankings Eunice Sum nabs the top spot as the only race she lost all year was Worlds. Our US #1 Alysia Montaño cracks the world top 10.

Track And Star Wars

Say It Ain’t So

LRCDid Mike Rossi - The Viral Marathon Dad - Try To Cheat LetsRun.com Out Of $10,000 On Saturday?

Has Mike Rossi cut yet another course, this time in an attempt to win $10,000 from LetsRun.com?
*MB: Did Mike Rossi (viral marathon dad) cheat his way into Boston?

Book Review – The Animal Keepers Is Certainly A Keeper

LRC Book Review"The Animal Keepers" By Donn Behnke - A Terrific Tale Of What It Means To Be A Team

We highly recommend this book - hell, we call it "a triumph" - by Chris Solinsky's high school coach, Donn Behnke. Purchase here5 out 5 stars.