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Watch the Canadian's race above.

The Best of LetsRun.com

A doctor, nuclear engineer, and D1 runner won our Marathon Trails contest and one of the top online coaches triumphed in our NCAA XC contest to become the king of LRC contests.

Pole Vault World Leads Go Down In France
RAK Half-Marathon

Mateiko won a close race over John Korir (58:50) and Isaia Lasoi (58:55) while Gebreselama beat Ababel Yeshaneh by 30 seconds.

Speaking of Halfs, there will be a big on in a few weeks in the US
Rojo's Dreams Come True

We received an unsolicited piece of Gonzo journalism from LRC visitor, Tim O'Hearn, who attended Millrose. The author remembered Rojo on the podcast saying he wanted to see a subjective writing style applied to track and field. Even if you think you know what happened at Millrose, you need to read this piece to capture what really happened from the modern track fan.

Dreams Become Reality - Dakotah Impressed Des and Kara!

We released our talk with Dakotah Lindwurm early to Supporters Club members as part of our Friday 15 podcast. Join today or wait until Tuesday to here Dakotah's amazing story.

Deal of the Day (Affiliate)

Want a shoe for your faster runs? Want the #2 rated Brooks, the Brooks Hyperion Tempo on sale for $64.95.

World Indoors Is Next Weekend
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DNF vs DFL - Which Is Better - Dennis Young Investigates

This is a very interesting in-depth article by Dennis Young, who interviewed 16 of the DFL finishers from the US Olympic Marathon Trials including at least two Olympians, one athlete who was high on marijuana and one who cut off hef cast prior to the start. Do you agree that DFL is preferred to DNF? Talk about it on our forum:
*MB: True or false: For most, DNF (Did Not Finish) is preferable to DFL. Certainly that’s the case at the U.S. Olympic Trials

Speaking of not finishing a race, you can't finish if you don't start

MB: English XC Champs called off due to weather - I don't want to hear a peep from Brits saying US XC is soft P

17-yr old-Aussie takes down Wightman

The 17-year-old ran the fastest time by an Australian in Australia- 3:33.30 - as Wightman was third in 3:34.31 (outside of the Olympic standard of 3:33.50). Watch the race above.
*Post-race interview with Myers

Another interesting read

Original "God of the Mountain" Masato Imai to Retire After Sunday's National XC Championships in Japan at Age 39 According to Brett Larner, Imai, who ran 2:07:39 for the marathon, is one of the most popular of all the Japanese pros. Watch his epic 2007 Hakone uphill stage 5 run here.

NCAA conference action is this weekend & World Indoors is Next Weekend
A Highly Recommended Guest Column
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In a guest column, Andy Hardt describes what the fans and the sport of running have lost after Kelvin Kiptum's death at the age of 24.

Our Weekly Recap

Oh what a year 2024 is going to be. Josh Kerr vs Yared Nuguse is on! Noah Lyles looks like he's ready to make a statement but so does Letsile Tebogo. And how about those Australian teenagers and BYU alums.

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World Athletics Proposes Major Long Jump Change
  • Take-Off Zone Could Replace Wooden Board In Radical Long Jump Change In an effort to make the event more appealing to fans, World Athletics is considering measuring from where the athlete took-off within the "take-off zone" rather than measure all jumps from the board. This would virtually eliminate fouls and mean that the athlete who jumped furthest into the sand-pit, wouldn't necessarily be the winner. World Athletics is testing this at lower meets before they considering bringing it to elite competition in 2026.
    *MB: New long jump rule?
  • Carl Lewis Calls Proposed LJ Change An "April Fools Joke" Lewis said, “I guess it supports what I’ve been saying, that the long is the most difficult event in track and field. That would just eliminate the most difficult skill from the event. Just make the basket larger for free throws because so many people miss them.
One Small Step for the Sport!

The sport needs this! The world 1500m champion will be running the 3000 at the World Indoors before a home Scottish crowd taking on Yared Nuguse, and likely Lamecha Girma, Getnet Wale, and/or Selemon Barega!

World Athletics needs to devise a system that encourages everyone to run World Indoors. How about making the final at World Indoors = automatic Olympic qualification in the event of your choice (so Grant Fisher could run the 3k to get his 10k qualifier)? Instead, Fisher is incentivized to run 2 races no one cares about to make sure he has a 10,000m qualifier.

European National Championship Round-Up
Femke Bol does it again

MB: Femke Bol breaks own WR 49.24 @ 2024 Dutch Nationals

She took .02 off of her own indoor WR. *European Athletics Article

UK Indoor Champs
High School Action - A King Ches Record Goes Down
BU

Fisher missed the American record by .23 just five days after running an 8:03.62 AR in the 2-mile at Millrose. The UW, Providence, & BYU women all ran super fast DMRs.

*UW breaks American record in DMR at Arkansas (9:18.81) The fastest anchor split actually went to UVA's Gary Martin who ran 3:51.

Rest In Peace: Henry Rono 1952-2024

Rono achieved legendary status in 1978 when he set four world records in four different events in 81 days. Robert Johnson, who has an autographed poster of Rono on his office wall, pays his respects.

    Past MB Talk On Rono

    US & World Indoors Will Be Fascinating

    Nuguse is stepping up from the 1500 and will take on Cooper TeareCole Hocker, and Abdihamid Nur in the 3,000. The top two qualify for World Indoors in Glasgow.

    RIP Kelvin Kiptum
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    In just three races, Kiptum turned the marathon world upside down, setting a world record, and running the three fastest second halves ever in a marathon. Jonathan Gault recaps his life and career.

    Millrose

    The 116th edition of the meet did not disappoint as Devynne Charlton (7.67) also broke the WR in the 60 hurdles as Grant Fisher, Elle St. Pierre, and Alicia Monson all ran American records.

    One Final Look at The Best Marathon In America

    Could Zach Panning run 2:06? How the heck did Dakotah Lindwurm make the team? Was this the last Olympic Trials? Jonathan Gault shares his thoughts.

    Let the Anticipation Build - Only 178 Days until The Olympic 1500 Final

    Stavanger Aftenblad's Erlend Nesje went to Jakob's house to catch up with one of the sport's biggest stars who is on the comeback trail from injury. After finishing up an hour-long run, Jakob had some interesting comments to say about fame, Josh Kerr, and Jake Wightman.

    An LRC Exclusive

    It was the third time Allen, the third-fastest 110h hurdler in history, has torn his ACL (two left, one right). Allen, who played in two NFL games for the Eagles this season, had surgery on January 5 and is hoping to return to racing at the Prefontaine Classic in May.

    BetterRunningShoes.com Presents

    We present to you the LetsRun.com Shoe Awards for 2023. What is the best shoe of 2023, the supershoe of 2023, the newcomer of the year and more?

    Wiley Goes Pro

    Her agent is Paul Doyle and she will be coached by former Huntington coach Lauren Johnson.

    Grant Fisher UPDATE

    Fisher spoke to LetsRun for more than an hour about his new training setup and the tweaks he hopes will carry him to the Olympic podium in 2024 and beyond.

    Grant joined the pod for over an hour but prior to that the LetsRun crew had a little Olympic Marathon Trials and Dubai talk.

    Courtney Frerichs Uncensored

    Frerichs said it was difficult to adjust to BTC's move to Eugene and is hoping for more input in her training and more time at altitude now that she is being coached by the Craggs. She also says she's finally healthy and has been hitting times in workouts she has not seen since 2021.

    Everyone's still looking for an edge

    Kelvin Kiptum, Faith Kipyegon, Keely Hodgkinson and everyone in the OAC are among the stars who experimented with Maurten Bicarb System in 2023 ($65 for 4 doses). The big question: does it work? (paywall lifted)

    BetterRunningShoes.com

    We think most of you could guess the #1 brand, but the #2 might be a surprise. We break down the most popular brands overall, and for road, trail, and racing.

    Sick of Shoes that Break Down Too Soon?

    Running shoe construction has changed a lot in the last decade. Runners are still looking for more durable running shoes, but we take a look at some of the most durable shoes and what makes them stand out.

    Get a Better Running Shoe

    Stack heights on shoes are getting bigger and bigger. Runners are liking these shoes more and more. We try and make sense of the cushioning revolution.

    Fill out the LetsRun.com shoe survey and we will enter you into a drawing a free pair of shoes.

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    Ross Tucker Speaks

    After Assefa's WR, sadly doping allegations swarmed the Internet, but could it simply be the shoes? "I hate these shoes, and I truly wish the authorities had acted to prevent this entirely foreseeable situation," writes Ross Tucker.

    Better Running Shoes a Click Away

    Want to know what running shoes real runners like best? We've got some answers for you as our Better Running Shoe review site is now open to the public. Real reviews, from real runners, with data science.

    A legend speaks

    Michael Johnson was the guest on the LetsRun.com Track Talk podcast on the anniversary of his 19.32 double gold world record to share his thoughts on the sport and its current crop of stars.

    Paywall lifted!
    Paywall lifted!
    The Latest JG Feature

    What links Jakob Ingebrigtsen, the NAU cross country team, and Sebastian Coe? Double threshold training, which is having a moment in 2023. Note, most of this article is behind our SC paywall for 72 hours (until Saturday).

    How do you explain the ridiculous indoor distance times?
    Kipchoge loving the LetsRun Shirt in Berlin

    Your latest American stars share their insights.

    Three legends of the sport.

    One of the greatest US runners ever.

    We chatted with Frank on the 50th anniversary of his Olympic Marathon gold

    American Record Holders
    American Record Holders

    Keira D'Amato, the new American record holder in the marathon, was joined by Deena Kastor, who held the record for 15 years.

    Sisson was the guest on the LetsRun.com Track Talk podcast after she became the first American to go sub 67 in the half marathon on a record-eligible course. Podcast highlights above. Full pod here.

    Woody Kincaid joined us after he broke the American record indoors at 5000. He talks above why he left the Bowerman Track Club. Podcast highlights and link to full podcast here.

    Coogan's New Balance Boston team had 3 Olympians in 2021 and 2022 could be the biggest year yet for the program with 2 new additions and the TRACK at New Balance coming on March 1st.

    Danny Mackey has taken the Brooks Beasts from an unproven club to the Olympic podium in its first decade.

    Dathan Ritzenhein is the first of the top pro coaches to sit down and talk about his club heading into the 2022 campaign.

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    Best of Jon Gault
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