The Week That Was

WTW If Only Track And Field Were Run Like The UFC, Come On Usain Don’t Be A Chicken, We Take Away A British Record, Could The Russians Do It Clean And The Greatest Gaffe In Track Announcing History This week in addition to praising Cas Loxsom and Serena Burla, we come up with the dream final race for Usain Bolt, which easily could be reality if Bolt wanted it.

Olympics / Politics News

From The Boston Marathon To The Empire State Building

IAAF Corruption: What Did Seb Coe Know And When?

“If Matt Centrowitz writes a book, you buy it and read it.”

centro-jr-tatLRC Exclusive LetsRun.com Exclusive: Read Chapter Two of Matt Centrowitz’s New Book “Like Father, Like Son” LetsRun.com doesn’t beat around the bush. Neither does Matt Centrowitz. He’s so confident you’ll like his book, he’s letting you read a whole chapter for free. Purchase the book now and come back at the end of February and participate in the first ever LetsRun.com Virtual Book Club.

centrowitz-book-father-sonLRC Legendary Athlete, Father And Coach Matt Centrowitz Just Published An Autobiography – We Suggest You Read It An autobiography by a man who failed every single class in middle school and was in trouble with the law but went on to set an American record in the 5k, make two Olympic teams and raise a son who broke America’s 108-year Olympic drought in the men’s 1,500 has a lot of potential. Add in the fact that he roomed with Bruce Jenner and skipped school to hang out with Steve Prefontaine on the day he died and you’ve got a must read. Purchase Like Father, Like Son: My Story on Running, Coaching and Parenting now and be a part of the 1st-ever LetsRun.com Virtual Book Tour in one month.

Sports And Politics Collide

Whistleblower Stepanova Returns To Competition

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

Super Bowl Saturday Will Be Full Of Action with Camel City Elite (Schedule /Streaming), Armory Track (ScheduleStreaming), USA Cross-Country (Schedule / Streaming) And Nitro Athletics (Streaming)

LRC Armory Track Invite, Camel City, Karlsruhe & Nitro Athletics Down Under: Your Guide To One Of 2017’s Busiest Running Weekends There will be A TON of action across the globe on Saturday, from the West Coast of the US to the East Coast to Germany to Usain Bolt in Australia. There’s no way you can watch the entirety of all five meets, so we preview the best matchups in chronological order and suggest you enjoy the best races from the each meet a la carte, including Hellen Obiri vs. Laura Muir over 3,000, Leo Manzano vs. Paul Chelimo in a mile and a Robby Andrews-led squad going for the 4 x 800 WR.

Manzano at USAs in 2015Camel City LRC Q&A: Leo Manzano On How He Went from Unable to Walk to 4th at the Olympic Trials in 9 Weeks, Why He Excels in Championship Races, Breaking 1:44 in the 800 & Much More Manzano reveals that last year he came back from pneumonia not one, not two, not three but four times to take fourth at the Olympic Trials. This year, fortunately the 32-year old says things are going great and he’s expecting a big year and next few years as he wants to compete as long as he can like Meb K and Bernard L.

screenshot-2017-02-01-at-2-31-34-pmUSA XC LRC Men’s Preview: Chris Derrick Looks for His 4th Title Against Red-Hot Leonard Korir and 2016 Olympian Shadrack Kipchirchir You’d better be tough (and talented) if you want to make the 2017 World XC team as the conditions are going to be difficult and the field is stacked with 8 of the top 9 from the Olympic 10,000 Trials. Derrick — and almost everyone else — missed out on last year’s race, but he’s back after three-peating from 2013 through 2015 but he’ll have his hands full with the Kenyan-born talent in Scott Simmons group that is taking America by storm.

Derrick winning his third straight USA XC title in 2015LRC Chris Derrick Is Back, Baby! After Struggling With Injuries, Derrick Hopes To Win USA XC Title #4 This Weekend Derrick battled a series of injuries during the last Olympic cycle, but he ran 27:38 on the track in November and has been logging 100+ “Badger” miles in Flagstaff this winter. Healthy once again, he’s hoping to regain his title at Saturday’s USA XC Champs, a race he won three times from 2013 to 2015. The bad news is he me may not do World XC.
*MB: Who will win 2017 USA Cross Country Championship in Bend Oregon this Saturday afternoon?

You know you're doing something right when you break a Jenny Simpson recordLRC Women’s Preview: Who Will Win a Wide-Open Race? There’s no clear favorite in this one, which could lead to an exciting race on Saturday. Olympian Courtney Frerichs, 2015 champ Laura ThweattAliphine TuliamukSarah Pagano and Kellyn Taylor are the biggest names entered.

bishop-gettyCamel City LRC Q&A: Canadian 800 Star Melissa Bishop Opens Up About Her Olympic Heartbreak, What It’s Like Racing Caster Semenya And Why She Stayed In Canada For College In HS, Bishop was dropped by US colleges on the recruitment trail when she got injured. Now a decade later, she is the Canadian record holder at 1:57.02 and very well could be the Olympic champ had CAS ruled differently. Bishop, who was 2nd at Worlds in 2015 and 4th at the Olympics last year, is opening her 2017 season on Saturday at the Camel City Elite in North Carolina. We caught up with the 28-year-old over the phone on Sunday to about Camel City and her plans for 2017.

ATI Robby Andrews-Led 4×800 Going For 4×800 World Record At The Armory Track Invitational This Weekend Ajee Wilson is in the 600 while Drew Hunter will face Paralympic gold medalist Mikey Brannigan in the 3000.

Two Big Names Prepping Doping Ban Comebacks

Meet The Freshman Who Is Taking The NCAA By Storm

Korir after his shocking 1:14.97 600 in Albuquerque on January 20 LRC Who Is Emmanuel Korir – The Freshman The Set A World’s Best In The 600m? “I Think He Could Be A World Champion In The 800” UTEP coach Paul Ereng knows a thing or two about 800-meter phenoms – he used to be one himself, winning Olympic gold in 1988 as freshman at the University of Virginia. Now Ereng’s got one on his hands in the form of Korir, the freshman who set a world indoor best of 1:14.97 for 600m last weekend (since surpassed), and he thinks greatness lies in Korir’s future.

Today’s Drug News

Doping Updates

More On The US Travel Ban

The Harting Bros

US Indoor Action *All NCAA Results

This Will Please Many

mitchell-gettyLRC Dennis Mitchell Is No Longer USATF’s Head Relay Coach The controversial coach is out as USATF apparently always hires a new relays coach after the Olympics.
*MB: Confirmed: Dennis Mitchell Out As US Relays Coach!!

The Week That Was Is Back From Paternity Leave

Principe (right) at the Dartmouth Relays with another fast kid: Aidan Cox, WTW Meet HS Star DJ Principe, 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.


Bolt’s Nitro Athletics Series Kicks Off Saturday In Australia *Streaming *Event Home *Schedule

Looking Ahead

Mid-Week Action

Adam Kszczot Runs World-Leading 1:46.17 At PSD Bank Meeting In Dusseldorf He won over Kenya’s Nicholas Kipkoech (1:46.89) and Erik Sowinski (1:46.96). Other winners included Poland’s Joanna Jozwik, 2:00.91 world lead, Elijah Manangoi (3:37.62) over Bethwell Birgen and Silas Kiplagat, and Sandi Morris (PV – 4.72m). *Results

More On The US Travel Ban

Not Your Everyday Distance News

New Balance Indoor Grand Prix *Results

screenshot-74LRC Full Meet Recap: The Stars Deliver The Goods: DMR Women Shine With World Record*, Matt Centrowitz Wins Mile, Paul Chelimo Starts Off Undefeated, Hellen Obiri Outclasses And More The distance stars brought the goods as the New Balance women set a world best in the DMR, and Centrowitz, Chelimo and Obiri backed up their Olympic medals with wins in their events.

New World Record Distance Medley TeamLRC Jenny Simpson, Brenda Martinez, Sydney McLaughlin And Emma Coburn Set New DMR Indoor World Record* Of 10:40.31 The New Balance pros and the high schooler McLaughlin got the year started off with a bang. Plus Simpson and Coburn talk about Coburn’s coaching change.

Casimir Loxsom signs with BrooksPenn State: Cas Loxsom Breaks Indoor World Record* In 600m Loxsom ran 1:14.91 to break the mark of 1:14.97 set by UTEP freshman Emmanuel Korir last week. Technically a world’s best but we’re cool with calling it a WR.
*Results Penn State freshman Danae Rivers won the mile in 4:34.87. DMR wins went to the Stanford women (11:01.39) and the Georgetown men (9:33.59).

International Track Results

Today’s Dose Of Random

America Has A New Distance Star

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

More US Distance News