London Is Stacked As Ever

This will be the first marathon ever to include two men with PBs under 2:02 and four who have run sub-2:03. Kenenisa Bekele lines up against Geoffrey Kamworor, debutant record holder Kelvin Kiptum (2:01:53), Birhanu Legese (2:02:48) and Mosinet Geremew (2:02:55). Plus defending champ Amos Kipruto and world champ Tamirat Tola. *Discuss

Week That Was

Move over Woody and Yared, it is time to break down some of the other amazing action from this weekend including a great run by Keely Hodgkinson and some amazing runs from collegians including Katelyn Tuohy.

Track Talk Podcast

The LetsRun crew breaks down an amazing weekend of track and field action.

Ritz Speaks

On Athletics Club head coach Dathan Ritzenhein talked to LetsRun.com about a great weekend for his club and how they are exceeding his wildest expectations.

2023 London Marathon

Farah said it will be his last London, but not sure if it'll be his last race before he retires. He said, "I am very proud of what I have achieved and I just want to give myself one more shot and see what I can do. But I have nothing to prove. I'm not going to go to the Olympics and I think 2023 will probably be my last year."

International Indoor Results
Video of Week - THE Woody Kincaid Interview
Photo of the Week
Thread of Week
Road / XC
American Record Madness in Boston / Super Fast Times in USA on Friday
American Record Madness in Boston / Super Fast Times in USA on Friday
BU = Super fast

Kincaid used a 26.27 final 200 to come from behind and blow Joe Klecker's doors off and obliterate Grant Fisher's 12:53.73 American record in the process in his first race since taking a break from Bowerman TC. NAU's Drew Bosley (7:36) broke Nuguse's NCAA record in the 3k. Plus Sam Atkin broke Mo Farah's British 3000 record. 
*3k race video *5k race video 
*LRC Post-race interview with Nuguse *Kincaid

      Dr. Sander Invite

      Ajee' Wilson won the biggest race of the day over Sage Hurta-Klecker with a big kick on the final lap. In the mile, Katelyn Tuohy got the NCAA record while finishing 3rd.

      UW = The Mile

      What a race and what a way to cap a very fast night of track and field as Joe Waskom led the way in 3:51, the #3 mile time in NCAA history. *Video

      Razorback And Other US Indoor Action
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      Dina Asher-Smith set a British record of 7.04 to take the 60 as 23-year old George Mills dominated the 1500 in 3:35. World indoor champ Lemlem Hailu won a stacked women's 3k that featured 5 global medallists in 8:37.55 and a 17-year-old Ethiopian won the men's 3k in 7:40.35. Brit George Mills dominated the 1500 in 3:35. *Results 

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      The LRC Rankings

      Some picks were easy (Eliud Kipchoge in the marathon), others were impossible. Here's where we ranked the world's best distance runners in 2022.

      Some choices for World #1 were easy (Athing Mu in the 800, Faith Kipyegon in the 1500), others much tougher. Find out where we ranked all your favorites in 2022.

      None of the top six finishers in the women's race had made a Worlds team before. 3rd through 7th in the men's race were separated by 0.8 of a second.

      Leo Young got sweet redemption after blowing up at NXN and Irene Riggs continued her dominant XC form.

      Leo Pumped for Team USA
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      A super Boston field just got even more super. Tanzania's Gabriel Geay (2:03:00), Brazil's Daniel Do Nascimento (2:04:51) and others including two top Americans join a field that already included Eliud KipchogeEvans Chebet, and Benson Kipruto.

      The 2024 Olympic Schedule Looks Fantastic

      Sydney McLaughlin-LevroneAthing Mu, and Jakob Ingebrigtsen could all be interested in doubling up in Paris. We run the numbers to see how feasible each double/triple is. We've got good news - almost any double/triple you want to see is very doable.

      Jonathan Gault's latest feature

      25 Kenyan athletes were sanctioned by the Athletics Integrity Unit or ADAK in 2022. We spoke to agents and AIU head Brett Clothier to figure out what's going on. 

      A Look back at 2022

      From "Poopgate" to the Abbott World Marathon Majors screwing over Eliud Kipchoge to Devon Allen's DQ to Max Siegel's salary, 2022 was a wild year on and off the track.

      We Look Back At 2022s Highs Month By Month

      2022 was a year that saw Grant Fisher break out, Sydney McLaughlin explode, and Eliud Kipchoge break the WR (again). Here's what else stood out according to Jonathan Gault.

      The Year's Not Over: Japensese New Year's Corporate Ekiden Will Be Broadcast at 7pm ET New Year's Eve - Watch It Live/Race Preview

      Merry XMAS - Paywall lifted

      In a decade, Valencia has gone from afterthought to host of some of the world's fastest races. How did the third-largest city in Spain emerge as a global capital of running? Jonathan Gault journeyed to Spain's Mediterranean coast to find out how.

      Smarter than you and us

      A 17-year-old made an app that has a race calculator and uses AI to measure wear and tear on running shoes.

      Jon talks with Seb Coe

      Coe didn't share full details about the new event but said a focus will be on prize money and keeping the spotlight on the stars during the off year of 2026.

      Meet Teshome Mekonen

      Teshome Mekonen became a US citizen in August and beat Conner Mantz by a minute earlier this year at the NYC Half. Learn about his story from Tigray to Harlem.

      Rojo and Mara Yamauchi Editorial

      For nearly 40 years, the NYC Marathon has been known for being a trailblazer that paid its male and female athletes the same prize money. Sadly, that changed on Sunday. Guess what sex dominated the new non-binary gender division at Sunday's 2022 New York City Marathon? Olympian Mara Yamauchi joins Robert Johnson in this guest column.

      Trials Awarded

      What will the course be like? What type of weather can we expect? We break it down for you.

      Post NYC Updates

      The good news is the Brazilian star is recovering well after going to the hospital. His agent explains what he thinks happened.

      • Which Super Shoes Did The Best In NYC? While Nike shoes dominated in numbers, there were plenty of other shoe brands to finish in the top-10 men and women including a surprise win by Under Armour on the feet of Sharon Lokedi.
      • NYRR's Post-Race Release Specifically Omits Nonbinary Winner's Time They listed the winning times for the men's, women's, and wheelchair divisions, but not the nonbinary. Maybe they didn't want to highlight the fact that they gave thousands in prize money to biological men who ran significantly slower than many women who got nothing?
      Engels Speaks

      Engels says he enjoyed his time with UAC but needed to train in a place where he either had consistent training partners or a coach with him every day.

      How Would You Attack The Doping Problem?

      Instead of just complaining about anti-doping it's time to try and do something about. Submit your best anti-doping proposals.

          Has Kenya found a new super drug? What is going on?

          And have the Kenyans found a new super drug? Kipyokei is one of 10 athletes in the last two years to test positive for the same substance, triamcinolone acetonide, a drug once used by Lance Armstrong and Brad Wiggins. Why are they suddenly all testing positive for it now?

          Disturbing Stuff

          Allegations regarding the Huntington University track and field team where Nick Johnson used to coach and his wife Lauren Johnson now coaches continue to come out thanks to the great reporting by David Woods and continue to get more grim. Two national champions for Huntington claim their coach gave them unknown injections and have asked that their national titles be invalidated. One claims she was raped by Nick. Police reports show Nick, who had already pled guilty to a felony after admitting to impersonating a University of Oregon staffer so he could take a teen recruit on a trip where the teen told police many sexual acts took place, has admitted to having sex with two other athletes and his wife admitted she didn’t tell anyone at Huntington as she didn’t want them to lose their jobs. She’s now the head coach. If that’s not bad enough, there are now allegations of PED usage. Did PEDs cause the Johnsons to leave the Oregon Track Club?

          The series used the elites to build themselves up as the majors in our sport but now is forsaking the pros once the image is established. In the process, they just screwed Eliud Kipchoge out of $200,000 after the fact as the cut is effective immediately. Wow.

          Kipchoge loving the LetsRun Shirt in Berlin
          History was made 20 years ago

          And he ran his marathon PB to boot.

          Ross Tucker Speaks

          We paid one of the top sports scientists in the world to analyze the Shelby Houlihan doping case and CAS ruling. He has 2 pieces for us, the piece above is an opinion piece where he answers our questions. In a 2nd more technical piece, Ross goes through the CAS decision step by step and outlines in clear terms exactly what Houlihan argued and why he thinks CAS ultimately (correctly) ruled against her.

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            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.

            American Marathon Record
            American Marathon Record

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

            This morning Keira D'Amato, the 37-year old mother of two who spent 7 years away from the sport, became an American distance running legend.

            After walking and stuffing her face with gummy bears of the final miles, D'Amato had to sprint to outkick the 3:50 pace group in her debut at the 2013 Missoula Marathon. 

            Three legends of the sport.

            Ultra running cross-over star.

            One of the greatest US runners ever.

            Big thinker and huge running-nerd.

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            Best of Jon Gault
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