Houston Half & Full Is Sunday

fauble-only-use-featuredLRC Men’s Half Preview: Leonard Korir Takes On Olympic Silver Medalist Feyisa Lilesa & 59:48 Man Yigrem Demelash In addition to Korir, in our preview, we focus much of our attention on American hopefuls Scott Fauble and Luke Puskedra, both of whom took fourth at the Olympic Trials last year. *IAAF preview

LRC Women’s Half Preview: World Half Bronze Medalist Mary Wacera Takes On Fellow Sub-67:00 Woman Mamitu Daska Two-time World Half Champs medalist Mary Wacera headlines the field, which also includes Kellyn TaylorAliphine TuliamukSara Hall and Jordan Hasay.

becky-wadeLRC Preview of Marathon: Elkanah Kibet Chases a Spot on the 2017 World Championship Team As Becky Wade Runs At Home Ethiopians should get the win but there are several interesting American story lines. 27:54 man Jason Witt is also in the field.

Galen Rupp in his marathon debut at the Olympic TrialsSay It Ain’t So: LRC Galen Rupp Pulls Out Of Sunday’s Houston Half Marathon With Plantar Fasciitis Galen was slated to take on the two men who beat him in Rio by one spot, Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa and Yigrem Demelash. The Aramco Houston Half still has a great field.
Discuss: Galen Rupp OUT of Houston Half Marathon with plantar fasciitis 

Coming Up in May

Dathan Ritzenhein will make his long-awaited debut at River Bank Run 25K on May 13 MLive.com Ritz thinks the 25k distance will be in his wheelhouse as he sees himself as the greatest half-marathon in US history.
*MB: Ritz: “I’m probably the best American half marathoner ever,”

Sprint News / Field Events News

Former London Marathon Director Dave Beford Testifies Before Parliament

Dave Bedford Testifies Before Parliament Bedford said that on several occasions before December 2015, he told Coe about the Russian extortion scheme involving the IAAF. One MP said Bedford’s testimony undermined what Coe had told them, but Bedford said he thinks Coe realized he had to do whatever it took to get elected. Coe has issued a statement saying he’s got nothing further to say on the matter.
*IndependentCoe Rejects Request To Give More Evidence After Knowledge Of IAAF Extortion Racket Comes Under Question
*MPs want to see email exchange that Seb Coe had with Michael Beloff, head of the IAAF Ethics Committee They are mad as they don’t think Coe was honest in telling them when he learned of the Russian extortion scheme.
*Ed Warner – Head Of UK Athletics – Hopes Lord Coe Meets With MPs “In Private” He thinks he should meet with the MPS in private to stop their “showboating” hearings.
*RT: Sports Columnist Says It Was Hard For Coe To Do Anything As He Was Doing A Balancing Act “It was hard for him to do anything because at the time he was balancing two acts. He was balancing his business – he was an ambassador for Nike – and he was also balancing his progression within the IAAF to the top job. (He)“had to play politics (and) not sell anybody out,” said a Moscow-based columnist.
*MB: Coe to face new questions in British parliament

Other Doping News

This Weekend’s Other Action *NCAA Results

Next Weekend Do you want to say you raced Kenenisa Bekele? You can still enter the Dubai Marathon Entries are up since his announcement. “It’s not often that athletes get to share the stage with one of the greatest sportsmen of all time. There are few long distance runners with a pedigree like Kenenisa so it’s quite an honour to say you’ve competed on the same track beside the best in the business.”


RIP Friends and former teammates remember Maribel Sanchez Souther, 41, for her vivacious spirit “She could be very fierce and competitive when she had to be, but she also knew how to be light, very funny, and have a good time with the ordinary things. She thought that whatever had to be done, we might as well make it fun.”

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The King Really Appears To Be Back

Dubai Women’s Field Partially Released: Shure Demis (2:20:59 PR) And Meselech Melkamu (2:21:01) Lead 2017 Dubai Women’s Field

screenshot-2017-01-08-at-21-54-38LRC Kenenisa Bekele Going For Marathon World Record In Dubai In Less Than Two Weeks On January 20th It’s a big surprise Bekele is running Dubai, but it must mean he is fit and thinks he can get the world record. Bekele also said he wants to run Worlds in London.
Discuss: Kenenisa Bekele Going for the World Record in the Marathon…. in Dubai in Less Than 2 Weeks 

Is He A Machine Once Again? He’ll Try To Do London 12 Weeks Later: 2017 London Marathon Men’s Field Announced – Bekele Is Doing It As Well The field features four who have broken 2:05 and seven who have broken 2:06. LetsRun.com analysis coming later.

Virgin London MoneyLRC London Analysis 4 Thoughts On The 2017 London Marathon Men’s Field: London’s STACKED Once Again, Who’s Left To Face Galen Rupp Boston, Bedan Karoki’s Debut, And Can Kenenisa Bekele’s Body Hold Up? We analyze the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon men’s field.
*MB: London Marathon 2017 elite field 

Administrative News


Big NYRR News

NYRR Opens NYRR RUNCENTER On West 57th St. – NYRR RUNCENTER Is Home Away From Home For Runners The welcome center for area runners is also the primary bib number pick-up location for NYRR races and also a retail store featuring New Balance merchandise. Jenny Simpson and Brenda Martinez were on hand to promote it.

2016 Was A Record Year For Us In Terms Of Traffic – Thanks For Visiting

An Inside Look At How LRC Operates How a Ragtag Crew Of Almost Journalists Created Running’s Most Controversial Website Author Charles Bethea embedded himself with us during the US Olympic trials and got a behind-the-scenes look at how we operate. His article in Outside magazine includes some really nice quotes from Tim Layden, “… their best quality is that they don’t give a shit about offending people,” and Nick Willis, “It gave me a ton of inspiration. LetsRun is one of the primary reasons high-quality coaching and training have improved in ­America.”
*MB: Long Article on Letsrun… in Outside Magazine

Enjoyed The Article Above? Then Check This Article On LRC’s Founding From Marathon And Beyond In 2009 The LetsRun Phenomenon