The Week That Was Is Back From Paternity Leave

Principe (right) at the Dartmouth Relays with another fast kid: Aidan Cox, WTW DJ Principe Almost Breaks 4:00, Matthew Centrowitz Gets Disrespected, And A Statistical Reason As To Why Men’s Track Is More Popular Than Women’s This week we also take an in-depth look at how often the world #1 wins the Olympics and compare the depth of the three Spring world marathon majors.

News of Note

The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Is Saturday In Boston *Start Lists / Schedule *Meet Home

International Distance News

Doping News

Sub-2 Hour Marathon Season Is Here

  • Recommended Read: The Guardian: “Can Nike’s Two-Hour Marathon Quest Learn From Roger Bannister?” Michael Crawley explains how Bannister’s sub-4 actually has a lot in common with Nike’s sub-2 hour marathon project. Even if low tech by today’s standards, at the time there were actually concerns about the legitimacy of Bannister’s approach.
  • Sports Scientist Ross Tucker: The “2-Hour Marathon” Season Begins With Dubai Tucker is pretty critical of the 2-hour hype and doubts it can be done without doping anytime soon. He jokes that the “barrier is now ‘in sight,’ even if a telescope is required.”

Presidential Corner

Usain Bolt’s Triple Triple Technically No Longer Exists

Bolt already made the cover of Sports Illustrated this yearUsain Bolt stripped of 2008 4 x 100 after Nesta Carter tests positive for methylhexaneamine In case you are wondering, it’s a nasal decongestant that acts as a stimulant.

More Bolt News

America Has a New Distance Star

Sally Kipyego Wins 2014 NYC Half MarathonLRC America Has a New Distance Star: Olympic 10,000m Silver Medallist Sally Kipyego Now a Citizen The Olympic silver medallist at 10,000m in 2012, has a 5,000m pb faster than any American and was 2nd at the NYC Marathon this last year.

Women In The News

More Upcoming Action: Get Psyched For The Wanamaker Mile

Post Weekend Track Updates

Previous XC / Road Results

Tokyo – The 1st AWMM Of 2017 – Is Feb. 26

Betsy Saina Wins The 2012 Women's NCAA XC Title2017 Tokyo Elite Fields Released – Wilson Kipsang Headlines Men’s Field – Betsy Saina And Sara Hall In Women’s Field The men’s field features 10 guys who have broken 2:07 while the women’s field features 4 women who have broken 2:23 plus the debut of Saina. Andrew Bumbalough will also make his marathon debut.

2017 NYRR Millrose Games Are Feb. 11

Centrowitz_MattFV1-Millrose15LRC Olympic Champion Matthew Centrowitz To Race 2-Mile At 2017 NYRR Millrose Games – Will He Attack Galen Rupp’s 8:07.41 American Record? The 3-time Wanamaker mile champ will be seen for twice as long this year as he’ll clash with many of America’s best, including Ryan Hill, Ben Blankenship, Hassan Mead, Mo Ahmed, Donn Cabral and Ben True.

Winners, Losers And More From Houston

hasay_houston_half_2017_david_montiLRC Jordan Hasay Is Now One Of America’s Best Half Marathoners, Here’s Why She May Be An Even Better Marathoner Wejo claims he didn’t want to hype her up too much, but then drops a Paula Radcliffe comparison.

2017 Houston Marathon WeekendLRC The Winners, Losers And Most Confused From The Houston Marathon: Leonard Korir, Jordan Hasay, Kiya Dandena, Becky Wade, & The US Cross-Country Team We give you the winners (above), losers (those seeking a fast time) and most confused (TV fans) from the Chevron Houston Maraton and Aramco Half Marathon, plus an update on Galen Rupp‘s injury and Paul Chelimo.

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


Sprint / Throw / Jump News

Assorted Distance News

GB News

A New ARD Report, A New Russian Whistleblower

Latest ARD Doping Report: New Russian Whistleblower Provides Footage Of Banned Coaches Still Working With Athletes And Says “No Changes Really Took Place” (includes video and article) Russian 1,500 runner Andrey Dmitriev thinks 70-80% of Russian athletes are doping. *Discuss

Ryan Hall And Michael Wardian Have Started Their 7-7-7 World Marathon Challenge

2017 Sandard Chartered Dubai Marathon *Results

MB: Official 2017 Dubai Marathon Live Discussion Thread

screenshot-2017-01-20-at-00-59-42LRC Olympic 10K Bronze Medalist Tamirat Tola Runs 2:04:11 CR (#9 All-Time) As Kenenisa Bekele Drops Out And Everyone Else Blows Up A fall at the start doomed Bekele, and the suicidal pace (2:01:48 pace 1st 5k) and near 70-degree temps doomed everyone else except Tola.

c2lah0dukaa-w28LRC Unbelievable: Kenenisa Bekele Falls At Start, Gets Injured, And Later Drops Out Of The Dubai Marathon The world’s richest prize money marathon didn’t get the start right.

screenshot-2017-01-20-at-01-15-25LRC Worknesh Degefa’s Marathon Debut Is A Huge Success As She Runs 2:22:36 To Win $200,000 Degefa was already one of the world’s best half marathoners; being a marathoner pays a lot better.

LRC Listen To LetsRun.com’s 2017 Dubai Marathon Pre-Race Podcast We were joined by Sean Hartnett – The Marathon Professor – who has seen every WR live since 1988 (and wasn’t in Dubai).

*Statement From Kenenisa Bekele He says he was “ready for something special today” and adds “See you in London in April.”
*Pat Butcher’s Recap: Tola Triumphs, Bekele Blows Out!

2017 Dubai On the Message Board 

NB Games Pre Meet News