The Bowerman Award

Former Arkansas Star Jarrion Lawson Wins The Men’s Bowerman Award Lawson had an extremely impressive 2016, competing in four events at NCAAs (winning three¬†of them), finishing runner-up at USAs in the LJ and 4th at the Olympic Games.

Courtney Okolo Wins Women’s Bowerman Award¬†The former Texas star won four NCAA titles last year and set the NCAA 400m record, becoming the first collegiate woman in history to go sub-50 as she ran 49.71.¬†The low point of her season unfortunately came at the Olympic Trials, where she ran very sub-par and missed making Rio.

Sorry To Bum You Out Around The Holidays

Upcoming Action

Morgan Uceny Retires *LRC Morgan Uceny Archives

uceny-do-not-use-except-facebookLRC Column¬†Morgan Uceny Was No Quitter – The Former World #1 Calls It A Career¬†It’s fair to say that Uceny never won a medal at a global championship but it’s not fair to call her a quitter simply because she didn’t finish the 2012 Olympics. Uceny was a fighter.
*MB: Morgan Uceny Retires
*Press Release: US Olympian Morgan Uceny Announces Her Retirement From The Sport
*LRC Archives: Disaster Strikes Twice As Morgan Uceny Gets Tripped Again And A Former Doper Wins Gold

More Distance News

Can Nike Buy A Sub-2 Hour Marathon? *LRC Sub-2 Hour Archives

Speedy Early Season Indoor Action

Honolulu Marathon And More Sunday Action *Top 25 Honolulu Results

Lawrence Cherono winning the 2016 Honolulu Marathon in a course record 2:09:39. Photo By Eugene Tanner/Honolulu MarathonRRW¬†Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono Smashes Honolulu Marathon Course Record With 2:09:39 Win – Brigid Kosgei (2:31:11) Wins Women’s Race Over Lindsey Scherf Cherono had to beat his “best friend” and training partner Wilson Chebet, who also was under old CR of 2:11:12. Buzenesh Deba was third for the women and Feyisa Lilesa was 4th for the men.

RRW¬†In Surprise Run, New Zealand Olympic Miler Hamish Carson Turns Marathoner in Honolulu¬†Carson started just to get in his 35K long run, but motivated by the “finisher T-shirt,” he decided mid-race¬†to turn it into his debut.

*MB: 2:09:39 New Course Record @ Honolulu Marathon
*MB: Olympic miler Hamish Carson runs marathon on a lark, instead of doing a long run Рguess his time

PHOTO: Edwin Kiptoo, Nicole Sifuentes (center) and Shannon Osika after receiving their top-3 awards at the inaugural Kalakaua Merrie Mile in Honolulu on 10 December, 2016 (Photo by Jane Monti for RaceResults Weekly)RRW Edwin Kiptoo Wins Battle Of Sexes And Inaugural Kalakaua Merrie Mile By Five Seconds Women were given a 27-second advantage. Nicole Sifuentes was the top woman in 4:29. NCAA XC runner-up Erin Finn was last in 4:54. Mason Ferlic, Will Leer, Dominique Scott and others also raced.

More Sunday Action: Jackline Adodonyang Dominates AK XC Series Meet In Eldoret As Florence Kiplagat Finishes 3rd In the men’s race, unheralded¬†Noah Kipkemboi got the surprise win over sub-60 minute half marathoner Abraham Kiptum.
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Morocco‚Äôs Salah-Eddine Bounasr (2:11:09) and Ethiopia’s Aynalem Kassahun (2:31:52) Win Guangzhou Marathon, Past champ and CR holder¬†Mulu Seboka had to settle for runner-up honors.
*AW Rundown Of UK Weekend XC/Road Racing

USATF 2016

Vin Lananna Campaign Pins

LRC Everything You Need To Know From The 2016 USATF Convention Wejo attended his first USATF convention that saw the coronation of Vin Lananna and reports everything you need to know.

Assorted US Distance News

Emma Coburn Talks About Her Surprising Coaching Change

Emma Coburn Bronze MedalLRC¬†Q&A¬†Emma Coburn Discusses Her Big 2016 Season, Leaving Mark Wetmore & Heather Burroughs, & the Future Of The Women’s Steeple¬†Coburn had an incredible and hectic 2016 – she set two American records, won an Olympic bronze medal and got engaged to longtime boyfriend (and now coach)¬†Joe Bosshard. After the dream year, she surprisingly announced¬†she was¬†splitting from coaches Mark Wetmore and Heather Burroughs. LRC caught up with her on Wednesday to talk about all of that as well as the biggest thing she’s learned from¬†training with¬†Jenny Simpson.

Doping News: Athlete Power

The Running Community Reacts To Nike’s Sub-2¬†Hour Plans¬†*LRC Sub-2 Hour Archives

While Some Are Time Trialing A Farce This Spring, These Men And Women Will Run A Real Race In Boston

Six Former Boston Marathon Champions Will Head The 2017 Boston Marathon Elite Field Lemi Berhanu Hayle and Atsede Baysa return to defend their 2016 titles and are joined by Meb Keflezighi, Wesley Korir, Caroline Rotich and Buzunesh Deba. *Discuss

Starting The New Year Off Right At Great Edinburgh XC

Shameful Act

2003 World 400m Champion And Mexican Senator Ana Guevera Badly Beaten In Road Rage Incident She needed surgery from being beaten by four men after an accident involving her Harley Davidson motorcycle and a car. During the attack they insulted her for being a woman riding a motorcycle. *Discuss

(Mostly Russian) Doping News

Russia Is Exposed As A TOTAL Fraud

McLaren II Is Released – More Than 1,000 Russian Athletes Benefited¬†From The Biggest Doping Scandal In History¬†On Friday morning, Richard McLaren released his 2nd report on Russian doping and it’s as bad as one could possibly imagine. He provides 1,166 pieces of evidence exposing the elaborate state-sponsored doping scheme (which you can search yourself)¬†that reached its peak at 2014 Sochi. Seemingly every Russian athlete in Sochi was involved as 100% of the of the 100 samples they’ve looked at were tampered with.
*Full McLaren Report РPart II (PDF)
*Full McLaren Press Conference
*WADA Statement *IAAF Statement
*Search For Yourself The Evidentiary Disclosure Package (EDP) Website You can search through more than 1,000 documents yourself.
*MB: The McLaren Report Part 2 Will Come Out On Friday (Dec 9) РWhat To Expect?

The World Reacts To The McLaren Report


Still In Need Of A Christmas Gift Or Book For The Holidays? Here Are Two Fine Choices

Decker-BuddLRC¬†Book Review: “Collision Course” By Jason Henderson – A Terrific Summary Of The Events Before, During And After One Of The Most Memorable Races Of All Time Henderson, a lifelong track nerd and the editor of¬†Athletics Weekly, traces the paths of¬†American favorite¬†Mary Decker¬†and teen phenom Zola Budd¬†of South Africa (who wound up competing for Great Britain) to the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, where they tangled in the 3,000-meter final, resulting in Decker’s famous fall.

quicksilverfrontcover-1LRC¬†Book Review: Pat Butcher Travels To The Czech Republic For “Quicksilver: The Mercurial Emil Z√°topek”; How Does It Compare To The Other Z√°topek Biographies? And the verdict is in¬†…¬†which of the three biographies of Emil Zatopek – the man RW called the greatest of all-time – is the best?

NCAA News: Bowerman Award Presented Friday Live @ 7PM ET

Renato Canova Shares The Secrets He’s Learned From Africa – LRC Q &A

IAAF DIL Kenya 120204 Abel Kirui group with Renato Canova - NangaliniLRC¬†Canova Q&A, Part I: Why The Kenyans Struggled In Rio, Learn The Name Of The 2020 Olympic 5,000 Champ, And Why Isn’t China Better At Running? The famed coach reveals why he thinks¬†Geoffrey Kamworor,¬†Caleb Ndiku and¬†Bedan Karoki struggled at the Olympics and how Kenya couldn’t even put one man in the 5k final. He also discusses¬†Asbel Kiprop‘s tactical struggles, tells you who will be the 2020 Olympic 5,000 champ, and what he learned from his stint as a coach in the Chinese federation. Did you know that in 2014, not one Chinese man broke 14:00 for 5k or 29:30 for 10k?

Can Rupp go from marathon man to 3k stud in less than a month?LRC Canova Q&A, Part II: Is A Sub-2:00 Marathon Possible? Who Wins A Potential Kipchoge-Bekele Showdown? & How U.S. Stars Centro, Rupp & Jager Compare To The Africans In Part II, Canova praises Matthew Centrowitz, compares Evan Jager to Saif Saaeed Shaheen, tells you how good Galen Rupp can be in the marathon, shares what he learned from working with Kenenisa Bekele and gives his thoughts on Yannis Pitsiladis and the Sub 2Hr Project.

Random But Interesting

Foot Locker CC And USATF Club Nats *Club Nats Results *FL Results *FL Video Replay *Boys Preview *Girls Preview

screenshot-2016-12-10-at-13-16-03 Foot Locker: LRC¬†2016 Foot Locker Recap: Reed Brown (15:01) & Claudia Lane (17:04) Use Big Kicks To Win A Pair Of Thrilling Races¬†Lane’s win was exciting but not a surprise, but there was a big upset on the boys side as 4:04 miler Reed Brown, who was only 4th in the TX state meet, got the win.

Club Nats:¬†USATF Recap: Sam Chelanga And Colleen Quigley Win¬†Quigley won over Sarah Pagano, whose 2nd place finish helped the BAA win the team title. American Distance Project took the men’s team race with Chelanga and Stanley Kebenei going 1-2. OT¬†qualifier Kevin Castille dominated the men’s masters race. *Results
*MB: Official 2016 USATF Club Nat Live Discussion Thread
*USATF Junior Olympics Recap

European XC Champs *Results

Results: Turkey Dominates As Kenyan-Born Turks Go 1-2 In Men’s And Women’s Races Aris Kaya and¬†Polat Kemboi ArńĪkan went 1-2 on the men’s side and¬†Yasemin Can and Meryem Akda¬†in the women’s.
*MB:¬†Fair or Foul? Sonia O’Sullivan slams the fact that two Kenyan born Turks go 1-2 at 2016 Euro Cross

 

Yifter Is Alive – But Seriously Ill

Ethiopian Media Reported He Had Died, But 1980 Double Olympic Champ Miruts Yifter “The Shifter” Is Alive But Hospitalized In A¬†Toronto Hospital The frail 72-year-old, who was Ethiopia’s first-ever Olympic track gold medalist in 1980, has a collapsed lung and has been hospitalized for months.
*Pat Butcher On Yifter