LetsRun.com (Finally) Goes To Ethiopia

IMG_20181115_233657553Day 1 LRC LetsRun.com Goes To Ethiopia, Day 1: Arrival In Addis Ababa, Meeting Haile G, & A Run-In With The Ethiopian Military We waited 18 years to set foot in Ethiopia but once we were here it was only a matter of hours before we got to talk to the great Haile Gebrselassie. He held court with some studly friends from Eritrea – Stephen Kiprotich and Zersenay Tadesse. Thankfully, we didn’t anger the Ethiopian military too much after a classic American tourist gaffe.
*MBLetsRun.com Is Making Its First Trip to Ethiopia. … What Should We Know and What Do You Want to Hear!?!!

NCAA XC Team News

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?

Take A Trip Down Memory Lane: LRC Complete NCAA Cross-Country Coverage Including Amazing Photo Galleries Since 2000

Haile G Resigns

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 *Start times (11:45 am ET, 12:45 pm ET) *Results & Streaming

LRC Pre-Race Audio Show at 10:00 am local/11:00 am ET We’ll givd out our final thoughts and make our official predictions.

MB: Official 2018 NCAA XC Discussion Thread

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 Running Warehouse prizes. If you entered before noon Eastern on Wednesday, we likely have your individual picks wrong. Click here to check.

LRC Women’s Predictions: LRC LetsRun Fans Expect Weini Kelati and UNM To Win NCAA Titles on Saturday We’ve compiled the early votes from our prediction contest.

LRC Men’s Predictions: LRC The LetsRun Nation Votes: NAU Is HEAVILY Favored Over BYU, Fans Are Split Between McDonald and Fisher Fans are picking NAU at a more than 20-1 clip over BYU.

IMG_4110LRC Final Pre 2018 NCAA XC News: Mike Smith Believes The ’18 NAU Team Would Beat The ’16 & ’17 NCAA Champs, Allie O Wants To Race 10K At NCAA XC, & More On The Eve Of 2018 NCAA XC We give you the inside scoop on 2018 NCAA XC from after today’s press event in Madison. How will 2-4 inches of snow impact the race?

Grant Fisher at NCAAs Last year

LRC Men’s Individual Preview: Grant Fisher & Morgan McDonald Look To End Droughts; Can They Hold Off The NAU Duo Of Baxter And Day? An American hasn’t won the individual title in 10 years. Similarly, a runner hasn’t won on his home course in 26. That could change on Saturday. *MB: Who is going to win the men’s individual title at NCAA XC – Fisher, McDonald, Baxter, Day, Kurgat or Sugira?

17-11-18 NCAA Cross Country 1668LRC Women’s Individual Preview: Weini Kelati & Alicia Monson Look To Derail Ednah Kurgat’s Repeat Bid Ednah Kurgat won NCAAs last year in a record time and she’s in better shape this year but we don’t think she’ll be the winner as her teammate Weini Kelati is in even better shape. Fascinating tidbit – we learned that Kurgat and Kelati (or any of the top UNM women) do not work out together.
*MB Ednah Kurgat won NCAAs last year in a championship record time ans is in better shape this year…..Here’s why she won’t win.

USATF Marathon Champs At California International Marathon

December 2: CIM Set To Host USATF Marathon Championships For The Second Year The men’s race is led by 7 sub-2:14 men including Nick Arciniaga (2:11:30), Matt Llano (2:12:28) and Daniel Tapia (2:12:28). The women’s race has former Olympian Janet Bawcom (2:29:45) and Stephanie Bruce (2:29:35).

European News

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


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.

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
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*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