Quote Of The Day

– Eliud Kipchoge talking about why he went out in a ridiculous 4:22 for the first mile and 13:48 for the first 5k at the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon. In the end, he still did what he always does – win an amazing 9th straight victory for him at the 26.2-mile distance.

London spends a TON to get the greatest fields but then they kill off a ton of excitement by getting the pace so wrong year in and year out. This is not an isolated incident. Last year, the race went out in 14:11. The year before, it was 14:16. WR pace is 14:41. All of the alpha males and females need to be reined in with rabbits that don’t go out ahead of WR pace.

2018 Virgin London Marathon *Results & Tracking *Post-Race Videos

LRC Post-Race Interviews From London

Screenshot 2018-04-22 at 11.15.35LRC Final Crazy 4:22 Opening Mile And 13:48 Opening 5k Can’t Stop Eliud Kipchoge From Winning London In 2:04:17 And Showing He’s Still The Greatest On The Planet A 4:22 opening mile and 13:48 first 5k were way too fast, but they couldn’t stop Eliud Kipchoge from winning London.

Screenshot 2018-04-22 at 11.10.20LRC Final Vivian Cheruiyot Does It Again, Pulls Off Huge Upset And Wins 2018 London Marathon In 2:18:31 Vivian Cheruiyot stunned the world and Almaz Ayana in Rio in 2016. Today she stunned Tirunesh Dibaba and Mary Keitany and won the 2018 Virgin Money Marathon thanks to a massive 5-minute PR.
LRC With A New Approach, Tactics And London Victory, Vivian Cheruiyot Is Now One Of The Greatest Marathoners In The World This article was pulled from our final women’s recap above.

Weekend Track Action *All NCAA Results

LRC New Mexico’s Josh Kerr Runs 3:35.01 To Break NCAA 1,500m Record As impressive as Josh’s run was, Jim Ryun ran 3:33.1 as a collegiate sophomore 51 years ago but it wasn’t during the collegiate season. In our minds, anything achieved before you go pro or up through the NCAAs of your senior year is the real collegiate record.
Discuss: *Josh Kerr breaks NCAA record 3:35.01!! @Clay Invite
*Why Isn’t Jim Ryun’s 3:33.1 in 1967 the American Collegiate Record?

Looking Ahead To Diamond League Season

LRC In London

IMG_3537LRC in London, Day 3: A Marathon For The Ages? Eliud Kipchoge Vs. Kenenisa Bekele Has The Potential To Be An All-Timer; Plus More From Men’s Media Day Distance fans, we’ve got some great news for you. The greatest marathoner in history (Eliud Kipchoge) and the greatest distance runner in history (Kenenisa Bekele) both said today they are in excellent shape. Who has the edge for Sunday’s epic showdown?
*MB: So Bekele claims he at last is totally healthy – Can he take down Kipchoge in London?

IMG_3523LRC In London, Day 2Breaking 2:15:25: Can The Women’s World Record Go Down At The London Marathon? An LRC Examination Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba, two of the greatest women’s distance runners in history, will chase the greatest women’s distance world record on Sunday. Can they possibly break Paula Radcliffe‘s 2:15:25?

LRC In London, Day 1: Mo Farah Wants The British Record – And Potentially A Lot More – As He Returns To The Marathon We asked Farah if he’ll go out with the leaders if they go out on WR pace. “If that’s what the guys are doing, why not?” Farah replied.
*MB: Move over Boston. It’s time for London. Mo Farah says he will go with WR pace. “If that’s what the guys are doing, why not?” 

Eliud Kipchoge Talks To LRC (Bekele Here, More London Video Here)

More Distance Stuff

The Boston Marathon *Top 100 Results *Tracking *TV / Streaming

LRC  Des Linden Wins The 2018 Boston Marathon, Ends The American Women’s 33-Year Winless Streak An American woman hadn’t won the Boston Marathon in the professional era but that all changed on Monday. Shalane Flanagan was 5th (2:46:31) and Molly Huddle 13th (2:50:11).

kawauchi-more-2LRC  The People’s Marathoner Yuki Kawauchi Wins The 2018 Boston Marathon It’s fitting that the guy who just races because he loves it and signed up for a January 1 marathon in 1 degree temps defeated all the big name pros and the elements to win Boston 2018.

*NY Times: Desi Linden And Yuki Kawauchi Pull Off Upsets In Rainy Boston
*Boston Globe: About 2,300 Boston Marathon Runners Received Medical Treatment

Pre-Race Boston News

JK Nailed It Yet Again LRC The Boston Marathon Weather Is Going To Be Horrific – Don’t Be Surprised If You See The Slowest Winning Time In 30 Years John Kellogg has analyzed the forecast and predicts a slow day. “I’m thinking it might be a 2:14-15 race and that’s assuming someone wants to run a pretty honest pace.”
*MB: John Kellogg is proven to be a genius yet again. He called it – 2:14-15 if the men ran hard from the gun

hasay-bostonLRC Jordan Hasay Withdraws From 2018 Boston Marathon After MRI Reveals Stress Reaction On Friday, Hasay said her she hadn’t missed any workouts since withdrawing from the World Half Marathon Championships on March 24 but her team wanted an MRI today to make sure she was OK.
*MB:
 Jordan Hasay officially OUT of 2018 Boston Marathon 

Screenshot 2018-04-14 at 12.09.00LRC Listen On Demand: Three Days Of Toni Reavis Runner’s Digest Show From Boston Featuring The LetsRun.com Crew Over the last three days, we’ve broken down the 2018 Boston Marathon in great detail live from Tracksmith’s Trackhouse on Newbury St. If you missed the shows, catch up now. Guests included Shalane Flanagan‘s mom, Ben Rosario, Scott DouglasBrendan Reilly, Bob Hodge and more.

Commonwealth Games Day 6

London On The Message Board

There’s Always The Crazy At London
Screenshot 2018-04-22 at 11.57.22LRC Meet The Real Life Forrest Gump: Rob Pope (82nd Place In 2:36) Has Nearly Completed Gump’s Epic Quest Of Five Runs Across America
Discussion: LRC Sleuths- Fellow LetsRun Visitor Rob Pope Has Nearly Completed Forrest Gump’s Five Runs Across America And Wants Scrutiny

GOAT ContendersLRC 15 Years On, Paula Radcliffe Reflects On Her 2:15:25 Marathon World Record “The longer it’s gone on, obviously, the more attached I’ve become to it. And it’s started feel a little bit like part of the family. But it’s inevitable it’s going to get beaten at some point.”
*MB: Paula Radcliffe’s WR could go down this weekend, what questions would you like us to ask her this weekend?

Full London Coverage In Our Virgin Money London Marathon Special Section

Non-London Road Racing

Outside London Coverage

Previous London News

Previous London News

Upcoming Track Action

Hosting / Stadium Updates

Unbelievably Dramatic Footage *CG Results

hawkinsLRC Callum Hawkins Collapses From Heat Exhaustion In Commonwealth Games Marathon As Spectators And Officials Stand Idly By Hawkins had a big lead before finally going down in a heap after minutes of struggle where he ran off course and smashed into barriers and even a spectator who pushed him back on course. He is doing okay in a hospital now but did the spectators and medical personnel let Hawkins down? Warning, the video shown may be distressing to some.
*MB: Is Callum Hawkins going to win his first marathon at the CW games?
*MB: WTF Comm Games Marathon Madness 

Where Your Dreams Become Reality Podcast

Screenshot 2018-04-11 at 17.48.44LRC  Tyler Andrews: From 18 Minutes For 5k In High School To 50k World Record? Tyler Andrews couldn’t break 18 minutes for 5k in high school and was a “music nerd.” Friday he’ll attempt to break the 50k world record on the track. How did he get so much better? Our “Dreams Become Reality” podcast attempts to find out.

Week That Was

Screenshot 2018-04-10 at 15.32.09LRC 30 Years Ago, Belayneh Densamo Ran The First Sub-2:07 Marathon, Erick Kiptanui And Joan Melly Are Half Marathon Stars Ridiculous road action, including Betsy Saina getting it done in Paris.


Listen About London/Play In Our Contest

Bekele-KipchgeLRC LetsRun.com London Marathon Preview Podcast -Who Wins? Will The WR Fall + The Betting Odds – Listen On Demand link fixed The LRC crew with Jonathan in London broke down the fields.

rw-hires-horizontal-dark-on-whiteLRC LetsRun.com $200,018 Running Warehouse London Marathon Prediction Contest Takes 2 minutes to play. Give us your top 3 and winning time from our picker.

Some More Post-Boston Marathon News

Post-Boston Analysis

Yuki Kawauchi and Des LindenLRC Trying To Make Sense Of The Crazy 2018 Boston Marathon We’ve never seen a Boston like this one and we try to make sense of such a crazy race where 60% of the pros dropped out. One thing we know for certain is Yuki Kawauchi and Des Linden were fitting winners.

New Hayward Field

  • The Oregonian: “University Of Oregon Rolls Out A Space-Age Design For A New Hayward Field” The stadium will cost more than $200 million and have 12,000 to 13,000 permanent seats (Hayward currently has 8,500). Ken Goe writes, “When the project is finished, the stadium will look nothing like the current Hayward Field.” Construction is scheduled to start in June and be finished by April 1, 2020.

Doping News

US Track Action *All NCAA Coverage

Saturday’s Boston News

LRC 2018 BAA 5K: Hagos Gebrhiwet (13:42) & Buze Diriba (15:22) Pull Off Ethiopian Sweep Ben True and Tommy Curtin tried to take advantage of a missed turn by Gebrhiwet but were unable to pull off the victory. Plus Aidan Puffer of Manchester, Connecticut set a new age-13 world record of 15:47.

LRC Drew Hunter (4:08.2) & Nicole Sifuentes (4:37.2) Win 2018 BAA Miles Plus Drew talks about taking classes at CU Boulder.
*MB: Americans go home devastated: Hagos G (13:42) and Buze Diriba (15:22) win 2018 BAA 5k
*MB: Aidan Puffer of Manchester, Connecticut just set a new age-13 world record of 15:47, smashing his own record of 16:11.4

$200,018 Running Warehouse Indoor Prediction Contest Winners

profileLRC The Best Of LetsRun.com: We’re Giving Away 4 Pairs Of Shoes To Needy High Schoolers Thanks To The Winner Of Our Running Warehouse Prediction Contest The winner of our indoor prediction series is giving away his prizes.

2015 CCC ChampionshipLRC Meet The Winners Of Running Warehouse Indoor Prediction Contests – One Guy Has A Chance To Win The NCAA Triple Crown Of Prediction Contests Yes, the winner of our NCAA XC contest also won our NCAA indoor contest. Pretty amazing.