Emily Sisson hasn't raced a fast marathon in years. Can she get the American record in her return to the 26.2 distance? "We’re hoping around 69:30 [for a halfway split]," Treacy said. "Get to 20 miles, see where you are, see how you’re feeling and then hang on or pick it up."

It's not very often that an American with multiple NCAA crowns and a 13:10 5000 pb makes his marathon debut in the prime of his career, but that's happening this week for Conner Mantz. Mantz's debut is the biggest for an American since Galen Rupp.

Olympic Marathon (and Mass Participation) Course is Here

If Eliud Kipchoge is going to win a third straight, he'll have to prove he can handle hills as the Olympic marathon course looks amazing as it goes from Paris to Versailles and back and has some hills. Plus there is a FREE mass participation marathon and 10k as well.

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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?

This Week's Podcast

London 2022 is in the book and Chicago is fast approaching. We recap it all in the best running podcast on the planet.

2022 Review
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Our Weekly Recap

In our weekly recap, we reveal how the women were the big $$$ winners in London while the non-binary runners made out like bandits in Flagstaff.

An Iconic Olympic Moment
More From London
Is Farah Done?
RIP To An Internet Running Legend

Josh Rowe writes, "Before there was Instagram, Snapchat or Tik Tok, there was DyeStat. Before there was RunnerSpace, LetsRun or MileSplit there was DyeStat."

Doping-Related News
London Update

Yalemzerf Yehualaw is incredibly good at the marathon but her record-breaking 4:43 split in London was mismeasured according to marathon expert Helmut Winter.

Kipruto won his first major in grand style, ripping apart the field with one of the fastest miles in marathon history.



That's not a typo people. Y2 recorded the fastest mile split in women's marathon history en route to becoming the youngest London women's winner ever. Updated with post-race analysis and interviews.


On The Roads
NCAA XC
Russia Updates
More Road Race News
London Race Previews
London Race Previews

With 7 women under 2:19, London is loaded with Joyciline Jepkosgei and Yalemzerf Yehualaw leading the way and the women's world record a real possibility.

A record six sub-2:04 men will battle in London on Sunday. Does Kenenisa Bekele have anything left? Will Sisay Lemma repeat? Can "Bronze Man" Bashir Abdi win his first major? We break down the men's field.

Assefa Rocked Berlin Last Week - Find Out How Here

Learn how Tigist Assefa went from an 800-meter also-ran to one of the world's greatest marathoners after almost giving up the sport to move to the US for a job.

Pre-London News
Pre-London News

In a one-on-one exclusive with LetsRun.com, Bekele reveals that even at 40 he's motivated by the marathon world record, but even he knows it won't come in Sunday's London Marathon.
*MB: Does Bekele break Kipchoge’s London record? Update: Bekele tells Letsrun he still wants the WR.

Tulu was the first Black African woman to win an individual gold, Meyer was a white woman winning South Africa's first Olympic medal post-apartheid. They embraced after the race and took a joint victory lap and 30 years later have reunited in Barcelona.

Guest Post

Long before Eliud Kipchoge was running 2:01:09 in the marathon he was running 10 minute miles with a former Boston Marathon champion.

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Kipchoge loving the LetsRun Shirt in Berlin
NCAA XC Predictions
NCAA XC Previews
NCAA XC Previews
Colin Sahlman Redshirt?
Why Female Sport Exists

We look at some of the gems of knowledge we got this week on the forums including why female sport exists (sorry Atlantic), a reminder many of you really don't like Shelby Houlihan, but love Jakob Ingebrigtsen and some very simple advice.

50 Years after 1972 Olympic Marathon Gold

Frank Shorter joined us for a fascinating talk about his 1972 Olympic gold, his training, the massacre at the 1972 Olympics, Steve Prefontaine's snow skiing abilities and a lot more.

Guest Post

Shorter was asleep on the balcony of his Olympic Village apartment when he heard the first gunshots. Why was sleeping out there? Ask Dave Wottle.

2024 Will Be Here Before You Know It

The Trials were supposed to be awarded by July 14. USATF's Adam Schmenk told us why that decision has been delayed.

Looking Ahead To Marathon Season

With the major marathon fields are (mostly) set, it's time to get excited for another busy fall of road racing.|

Worlds Post Mortem

From Max Siegel scheduling a press conference in the middle of the meet while it was going on to Galen Rupp only finishing 19th in the marathon, Rojo reveals what stunned him at Worlds.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen listens to the Letsrun podcast. Why don't you?

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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.

    Are The Marathon Trials In Trouble?

    As USATF searches for a bidder for the 2024 Trials, those in charge of recent Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston and Atlanta believe the Trials' financial model is unsustainable. Will anything change?

    The new and improved LetsRun.com forum is here. Read about the new features. Or just check them out yourself.

    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.

    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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    Take Your Love of LetsRun to the Next Level