Quote Of The Day

“WADA has created this state of emergency through their continual poor decision making at the expense of athletes and clean sport. WADA is in a self-inflicted crisis that now requires swift reform to its governance. I know WADA was set up with good intentions, but I believe the WADA Crisis could have been easily avoided if the organization had decided to listen a little more, and criticize a little less. If WADA had decided not to lower its standards and carry out a backroom deal where it colluded with Russia to reinstate the nation despite the state-sponsored doping, this crisis could have been avoided. WADA invited a country that perpetrated systematic cheating back with open arms, rather than uphold their punishment, as the world demanded. This, despite Russia committing what many believe is the biggest doping scandal in the history of sport. This crisis could have been avoided if WADA had only shown leadership and listened to majority opinion, the voices of reason across the athlete community, and society calling for a firm stance. This crisis could have been avoided if the wishes of a few sports administrators around a Board table weren’t put above the interests of millions of athletes and billions of sports fans. It has been said before, and it’s important to say again: the reason, among others, that sports leaders wanted Russia reinstated, was money. The country is known to pay vast amounts to land leading sports events. When sport has an opportunity to make millions from reinstating a cheating country – thereby allowing it to host events again – they vote for money. This politics over principle approach further proves that figures from the IOC and other sports movement representatives should be nowhere near the World Anti-Doping Agency.”

– Emma Coburn speaking out against WADA on their reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency.

Week That Was

niiyaLRC Kellyn Taylor PRs, Ruth Chepngetich Makes History, Edward Cheserek Is Back, An Impressive Run In Japan, And Will Someone Die In Tokyo 2020? We span the globe and look back at a week where a 2:18 was run in Istanbul.

British News

IAAF News

Women’s Distance News

Olympic Champion News

Kenyan Marathon News

International Distance News

Non-LRC NYC Coverage

50 Years Ago – Bob Beamon Shocked The World

beamon-getty-only-use-twitterLRC Feature A Leap For The Ages: Bob Beamon’s 29-Foot Long Jump Turns 50 A half century later, there’s still only one way to describe the men’s long jump at the 1968 Olympics: Beamonesque. We take an in-depth look at one of the greatest singular accomplishments in sports history. Beamon improved the WR by 6.59% – that’s the equivalent of someone in 2018 lowering the marathon WR to 1:53:28 or the 100-meter record to 8.95.
*MB: 50 years ago, Bob Beamon made history. Where does his performance rank on list of greatest singular sports performances? 

Use FP only. From http://john-semlak.squarespace.com/semlaks-blog/2016/8/30/one-this-day-25-years-ago-lewis-and-powell-were-godsLRC Why Is The Long Jump World Record So Hard To Break? Mike Powell‘s WR has stood for 27 years and the #2 mark from Bob Beamon celebrates its 50th anniversary today. What explains their longevity? Are the best athletes in the NFL? Are the runways too soft? Is there a mental block?

NCAA XC Is Saturday

rw-hires-horizontal-dark-on-whiteLRC $200,018 LetsRun.com Running Warehouse NCAA D1 Cross-Country Prediction Contest Tell us who will win NCAAs and win some cool RunningWarehouse prizes. If you entered before noon eastern on Wednesday, we likely have your individual picks wrong. Click here to check.

ednah-kurgat-unmLRC Women’s Team Preview: New Mexico Goes For 3rd Title In 4 Years Against A Deep Field Of Contenders Mark Wetmore says that NCAA xc is “chaotic and unpredictable.” That certainly could be true this year as 5 teams have a legitimate shot at the title – UNM, Oregon, Colorado, Boise State, and Arkansas.
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MB: Who will win the women’s team title at 2018 NCAA XC – UNM, Oregon, Colorado, Boise State, or Arkansas?

Baxter and Day dictated the race last yearLRC Men’s Team Preview: Can Anyone Dethrone Northern Arizona As The Lumberjacks Chase A Three-Peat? In the last 36 years, only one men’s program has three-peated at NCAAs – Arkansas. #1 NAU is undefeated since 2015 and hoping to join them. Can they do it or will they suffer an epic collapse like the great Henry Rono did the last time NCAAs were held in Madison in 1978 or like the 2004 Wisco team or Jenny Simpson in 2009?
*MB: Will NAU 3-peat or will they suffer an epic collapse like Henry Rono in 1978? Or The Wisco Dream Team in 04? Or Simpson 09?

Sunday Results

EOY Awards

The Half Marathon WR Holder Shares His Training With LRC

Abraham-Kiptum-valenciaLRC Q&A: Half Marathon WR Holder Abraham Kiptum Reveals His Workouts Before Running 58:18 The new half marathon record holder shares his workouts exclusively with the LetsRun.com nation.

GB News

2018 TCS New York City Marathon (Full Coverage Here) *Results *Post-Race Interviews

Screenshot 2018-11-04 at 12.02.10LRC Final A Run For The Ages: Mary Keitany Blasts 66:58 2nd Half To Win Fourth New York City Marathon Crown Mary Keitany earned her fourth NY win by running the second half 27 seconds faster than the American record for the half marathon. 4 American women finished in the top 10 as Shalane Flanagan (2:26:22) and Molly Huddle (2:26:44) ran the second- and third-fastest times ever by Americans in New York.

Screenshot 2018-11-04 at 12.01.32LRC Final Lelisa Desisa Holds Off Shura Kitata For NY Crown #1 Desisa dropped Kamworor on mile 26 and then held off a fast-closing Kitata. 4 Americans in the top 10, led by Jared Ward.

LRC Jared Ward Is Back, Overcomes Injury Struggles To Finish As Top American At 2018 NYC Marathon

*Men’s Preview *Women’s Preview


WADA / Doping News

NCAA XC Regionals Are This Weekend *All Results

Sunday Distance Action

More NYC Marathon

2018 NYC Marathon WeekendLRC 1-Hour New York City Marathon Recap Podcast: How Great Was Keitany? What About The American Women? American Men? Is Huddle The Favorite For The Olympic Trials? We break all of this down and much more, including “Was Bernard Lagat’s debut a success?” and “Scott Fauble knows he’s good, but is he telling the truth?”

Catherine Ndereba at the 2017 World ChampsWTW Were The American Men Any Good In New York? Keitany Vs. Radcliffe Vs. Ndereba For GOAT In our weekly recap, we take another look at the amazing Mary Keitany in New York and where that puts her in the all-time ranks along with Paula Radcliffe and Catherine Ndereba. Plus 4 American men were in the top 10 in New York. How good was that? And was this year’s NYC Marathon actually Geoffrey Kamworor‘s best marathon even though it was his worst finish?

The Best Of 2018

Abbott Dash To The Finish Line USATF 5k Champs *Post-Race Interviews

Breaking: LRC Matthew Centrowitz Has Left The Nike Oregon Project After running the 5k this morning, Centro revealed exclusively to LRC that he has left the NOP. Now both its Olympic gold medalists, Centrowitz and Farah, have left the program. *Discuss

paul-chelimo-salutes-2017-5kLRC Final Paul Chelimo Wins USATF 5k Champs In Sprint Over Kipchirchir, Emily Sisson Cruises We also caught up with marathoners Dathan Ritzenhein and Amy Cragg, who were bouncing back from injury. *Discuss
MB:
*Ritz talk lack of sub 2:10 US guys, Des Linden’s comments on him
*Guys who race better than they train: #1 Example: Paul Chelimo: “he’s a monster”

LRC Paul Chelimo Leaves Army WCAP Team, Signs With Total Sports & Nike Army athletes aren’t allowed to have endorsement contracts, so considering Chelimo is now one of the top runners in the world, this is not a huge surprise. *Discuss