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Ben and the LRC singlet at USAs last yearLRC Shadrack Kipchirchir Runs 7:42 In Boston As The LetsRun.com Singlet Breaks 8:00 For The First Time In his first 3k in 5 years, Kipchirchir, the third-fastest American ever at 10,000, ran the second-best 3,000 in the world since the start of 2017. Had the rabbiting been better, he might have run even faster.

ThursdayHellen Obiri’s 8:38 WL Win In 3k Was Highlight Of The 2018 Czech Indoor Gala In Ostrava
*Tomas Stanek Won Shot In Ostrava With 21.61m
*2018 Ostrava Full Results Bahrain’s Mohammed Tiouali won the men’s 3,000 in 7:44.

Weekend International Track Results

Mary Keitany Is Going Big In London

Mary Keitany Will Use Male Pacers To Try To Break Paula Radcliffe’s 2:15:25 World Record At The 2018 London Marathon When Keitany ran the 2:17:01 women’s-only WR last year, she was on pace to break 2:15:25 at halfway, but had to run the second half of the race solo when her pacer fell back.
*MB: Mary Keitany to use MALE pacemakers at London Marathon! Down goes WR?!
*Paula Radcliffe Admits She Doesn’t Want Keitany To Break Her Record But Has Always Thought Keitany Would Do It “I don’t want it to be broken but the nature of the sport is one day it will be done and I’ve always known that. I’m amazed it has lasted this long and I’ve always felt Mary would be the one to take it.”

Daniel Wanjiru To Defend His London Marathon Title Also announced was World champion Rose Chelimo.

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High School Coaching Legends

The coaches: Dan Iverson, Jonathan Dalby, Doug Soles, John O'Malley, Joan Hunter (l-r)LRC 10 Things I Learned From The Best High School Cross-Country And Track Coaches In America LetsRun.com’s Wejo flew to Boulder to hear from the high school top XC coaches in America Joan Hunter (#1 team), Dan Iverson (#2 team), Jonathan Dalby (#3 team) and John O’Malley (Foot Locker champ). What did he learn? A lot.
Discussion: “I attended a clinic with the top high school cross coaches in the country: ask me anything.”

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The World’s Biggest XC Fan

fanLRC Meet Mr. Cross-Country, The Sport’s Biggest Fan Cross-country’s biggest fan, Michael Mahon, resides in Massachusetts, where for the past 33 years he has traveled to over 1,747 career meets, bag of cans in tow. And he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
*Michael Mahon – Mr. Cross-Country – Share Your Favorite Story Here


A Historic Weekend Of Indoor Action *All US Results

History Was Made In Boston

Screenshot 2018-01-27 at 7.25.10 PMLRC The US Army’s Emmanuel Bor Becomes 500th American To Break 4:00 In The Mile As Shadrack Kipchirchir (3:55) Holds Off Justyn Knight For The Win In Boston Today, 60 years, seven months, and 26 days after Don Bowden first ran 3:58.7, Emmanuel Bor became the 500th American to break 4:00 with an eerily similar time – 3:58.77. Despite the sub-4:00 club’s expanding membership, it remains a rare feat. Five hundred people (actually 501; Western Oregon’s David Ribich joined the club three hours later) in a country of over 320 million represents an exceedingly small number. For comparison, there are more billionaires in the country (540 as of 2016) than sub-4:00 milers.

AlbuquerqueKing Cheserek Is Back! He Just Rocked A 3:54 Mile At 5,120 Feet Of Altitude, Beating Ben Blanenship By 6+ Seconds An astute message board poster points out this would be converted to 3:49 if he were still in the NCAA.

Dr. Sander Invite In NYC

MB: Official 2018 Dr. Norb Sander Invite Live Discussion Thread 

*Men’s 800: Erik Sowinski (1:46.98) DOMINATES As Robby Andrews And Clayton Murphy Both Fail To Break 1:50
*MB: Clayton Murphy is DONE 
*engelsMen’s Mile:
Craig Engels Wins In 3:57 Engels wanted the World standard but no one went with the rabbit. HSer Brodey Hasty ran 4:03.26.
*Men’s 3k: Reid Buchanan Gets Worlds Standard By Narrowist Of Margins (7:51.97)
*Women’s 800: Ajee Wilson Ties Up But Wins In 2:00.90
*Women’s Mile: Kate van Buskirk Wins In 4:26 PR Karissa Schweizer moved up to #4 all-time on the collegiate list at 4:27.54.
*RRW: Armory Magic Continues For Canada’s Kate Van Buskirk Van Buskirk won in 4:26.92 to set a world lead and a Canadian indoor record.
*DMR: Oregon Men’s And Women’s DMR Teams Run NCAA Leads With 9:31.87 And 11:00.13
*4 X 200: USA 4 X 200 Women Break A 24-Year-Old American Record Kyra Jefferson, Deajah Stevens, Asha Ruth and Daina Harper ran 1:32.67 to break the 1:33.24 mark from 1994 and just miss the WR of 1:32.41 held by Russia.

UW: Sifan Hassan runs 8:34 and Shalane Flanagan 8:43 Flanagan is in the midst of a 110 mile week.

Texas Tech: Michael Saruni 1:45.19! #2 Time In Ccollegiate History And Leo Manzano had an encouraging 1:48 result as well.

Boston: 10k Man Shad Kipchirchir Just Ran 3:55.52 For The Mile, Beating Justyn Knight (3:55.82)

Arkansas: Aggie Men Win Razorback Invy Team Title By Half A Point Over Florida
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Arkansas Women Take Razorback Invite Team Title

Previewing This Weekend’s Action

Andrews, shown here at USA outdoors last year, would get a major confidence boost from a win in BostonLRC Weekend Preview: Clayton Murphy Vs. Robby Andrews; Ajee Wilson Vs. Charlene Lipsey; An AR Attempt In The 3K; & the Return Of The LetsRun.com Singlet Oh, baby. We hope you are ready. Indoor track is BACK in a BIG WAY with action all over the US. In Boston, American Shadrack Kipchirchir wants to run the low 7:30s in the same race where the LRC singlet will be looking for a big PR. In NY, Ajee Wilson and Charlene Lipsey go for the AR and Robby Andrews and Clayton Murphy clash over 800.  In Seattle, these big names will be racing – Galen Rupp, Yomif Kejelcha, Shalane Flanagan and Sifan Hassan. Plus marathoners Scott Smith & Aaron Braun chase sub-4:00.

Weekend Road Action

2018 Osaka Marathon Is This Weekend (10pm ET Saturday Night – Watch It Live) Yuko Ando – the fastest debutante in Japanese history (2:21:36) – runs marathon #3 here. *IAAF Preview Of 2018 Osaka

Will The 500th US Sub-4 Happen This Weekend?

494 Americans Have Broken 4:00 In The Mile – Predict Who Will Be #500 And Win Fee Saucony Gear Plus the athlete who is #500 will win $500 from BBTM.

2018 Dubai Marathon *Results

Mosinet Geremew Bayit wins Dubai in 2018 - Photo by Giancarlo Colombo/Standard Chartered Dubai MarathonLRC Final The Marathon Turns Into A Track Race: Mosinet Geremew & Roza Dereje Win Dubai Marathon – The Deepest Marathon In History As 7 Men Break 2:05 & 4 Women Break 2:20 Total insanity. What a race for the richest prize in the sport. A guy ran 2:04:15 and took home $12,000. Another guy ran 2:04:00 and took home $200,000.
*IAAF Recap: Earlier Start Pays Off In Two Course Records In Dubai The elite race started at 6 am – when Geb won it was 7 am.
*Men’s Winner Geremew Wasn’t Sure He Could Win Until Late “It was very fast, perhaps a little too fast. But then it settled down, and I felt good. Although I wasn’t sure I had a chance of winning until between 40 and 41 kilometres.”
*Paula Radcliffe Thinks Defending Champ Tola Would Have Won Had He Not Had A Collision At 35k

Dubai Discussion:

MB: The bar has been rasied: Ethiopia just had 7 men under 2:04:45 and 6 women 2:20:45 or better in one race
MB: Official 2018 Dubai Live Thread

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