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This is worse than in the GDR and more brutal than the BALCO scandal"

-German Scientist Werner Franke on the Repoxygen (gene therapy EPO boosting drug) scandal in Germany, a drug that was being talked about on LetsRun.com as early as 2002. And of course the drug testing authorities have no way of detecting it. Here's another thread from 2003 saying Repoxygen was the reason behind the fast times in track and field.

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Book Review: Running Within
Want to improve your mental outlook on running? Then Running Within is the book for you. Read our review of this excellent book.
Recommended Reads
Looking for a good running book ? Read our mini-reviews and suggestions

We interview one of our own:
LetsRun.com's Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

We Didn't Even Know this Existed:
Video Of Roger Bannister's 4 Minute Mile

Millrose Games on Friday in NY:
(TV is Sunday 6:30-8:30 on ESPN2 (we'll be watching the superbowl))
Bekele Wants to Run 3:50 at Millrose, Which Would be a Meet Record
New York Times
*Millrose Preview IAAF

*Carmen Douma-Hussar Back to Defend Her Millrose Title With 2 Other Canadians in Race as Well

*Shawn Crawford Back Competing at Millrose after Injuries Derailed His Promising 2005 Season

Previous Millrose:

*Bekele vs Lagat, Men's Shot, and Gail Devers Highlight Millrose Games
*2006 Millrose Games Start Lists The highlight is the men's mile where Kenenisa Bekele will race Bernard Lagat.
*Lagat Set for Millrose after Birth of His Son USATF Lagat became a father earlier in the month. The baby and mother had a few problems but thankfully everything is ok now.
Richard Kiplagat Talks About the Mile

"Last year there was a lot of hype at what I was going to do at the world cross and I tanked it. Besides the Olympics, it was one of the worst experiences in my running career. There was a lot of talk of me medalling so I have been very cautious about saying anything. But I think I have the capability of being up there with the best runners."
-Dathan Ritzenhein

Sonia O'Sullivan Gets Go Ahead to Compete for Australia at Commonwealth Games BBC

Torri Edwards Case Helped Reduce Penalties for Some Over the Counter Substances

IAAF Auctions of Track Memorabilia Raised over $30k for Charity IAAF

Colleen De Reuck Going for US Cross Country Three Peat Later in Month in Van Cortlandt Park  She could be the mother of most of the girls she'll beat as she's still winning at age 41. Unfortunately, she won't be doing it on the famed back hills for some reason, possibly the weather.
*Amy Yoder Begley to Lead US Team at Yokohama International Women's Ekiden on February 26th
Even a few 16:20 5kesr are getting the great opportunity to compete abroad. www.usatf.org

Emilie Mondor Forced to Take Leave From Sport, Possibly Retire Due to Osteoperosis

Reebok Boston Games:
Craig Mottram got an impressive win in the 2 mile, and Tirunesh Dibaba and Meseret Defar came close to world records in the 3k and 5k

LetsRun.com Men's Distance Recap
Race by Race recaps of the great distance action plus quotes from Craig Mottram, Krummenacker, Jason Lunn, Adam Goucher and a few more.
*LetsRun.com Women's Recap
*IAAF Recap

*Craig Mottram Wins 2 Mile over Ethiopians at Reebok Boston Games Boston Herald
*Tirunesh Dibaba Comes Up Short of World Record
*Mottram a Rarity at the Top
Race Results Weekly Recap: Mottram Victory in 2 Mile Highlights Reebok Boston Games

IAAF Loophole Will Let Sonia O'Sullivan Compete at Commonwealth Games for Australia, Then for Ireland at European Champs She says she'd never compete against Ireland.

LetsRun.com Analysis:
The World Marathon Majors Are Born
Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London and New York announced they were becoming the World Marathon Majors, along with the Olympic Games and World Champs, and would form a winner take all, World Marathon Major Series. We analyze (yes we actually wrote something original for the site) what this means for the sport and express a few concerns. Find out all the details.
More on the Majors:
Paula Likes New Major Marathon Series Daily Telegraph

Shhh the Secrets Out of the Bag:
Free Funpacked Guide to Marathon Training "If you can get into position to run regularly round the hills for an hour without stopping and then do it just at reasonable pace for two hours, the flat streets and adrenalin lift of London will get you through close to four hours on the day."

Women: Stanford Stuns #1 Duke, Johanna Nilsson Gets Individual Crown

Duke was a huge favorite coming in, but Peter Tegen's Stanford squad pulled the upset. Defending champ Colorado was a surprising 2nd and Duke only 3rd as Tegen captured his 3rd national title (he won 2 at Wisconsin in the 1980s). On the individual side, Johanna Nilsson (who trains in Flagstaff) blew away the field for the win.
*Women's Team Results
*Women's Individual Results
*Stanford Women Get 2nd Title in 3 Years

*Clara Horowitz, Duke's Top Runner, Leaves Terre Haute Sad www.goduke.com
*CU Buffs Leave Nationals Without a National Title for the First Time Since 1999 But their women surprised with a strong 2nd palce finish. www.cubuffs.com
Men's Photos from 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championships www.trackandfieldphoto.com
Women's Photos from 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championships www.trackandfieldphoto.com


The world record holder, Paul Tergat, and the defending champ, Hendrick Ramaala, battled it out during the final straight separated by inches. In final 10 meters, Tergat got a half foot ahead and Ramaala dove for the finish but it was a futile dive and Tergat triumphed by the smallest amount. On the women's side Jelena Prokopcuka got a narrow win over Susan Chepkemei. Chepkemei has a narrow lead until she started vomiting her fluids while running. American Meb Keflezighi was with Tergat and Ramaala until the final mile and finished 3rd while fellow American Abdi Abdirahman was 5th.

Top Results *Full Results

"I left a piece of me on that race course that day. If I had to leave part of myself on any race course, that was a good place."-Dick Beardsley on his famed battle with Alberto Salazar in the 1982 Boston Marathon. Beardsley according to this article still knocks out 70 to 90 miles a week.

Drugs Drugs Drugs

Recommended Read:A Great Look at The East German Doping Program

World Half Marathon Champs
LetsRun.com Coverage:
LRC Exclusive!!!!! 3.5 MB Quicktime Video of Crazy Men's finish.

A Legend Passes: "I don't train never have. I don't think of running as training. I just go out and run each day, and let the racing take care of itself"- Jack Foster of New Zealand, who ran a 2:11:17 marathon at the age of 41 to win silver at the Commonwealth Games in 1974. He died in a bike accident yesterday at the age of 72.

A Look Back at a Truly Great Run: Todd Williams American Record at 15k Williams was on fire in 1995, and his 15k is one of the best American records. He finished 9th at World XCs that year when all the best in the world raced in one race. Nice read by Amby Burfoot

More isn't always better:
"I had over-trained. I put too much pressure on myself because I wanted that gold medal too much. If I had trained 15 per cent less, I would have won. I was training like a crazy person. There was a lack of self-confidence and a lack of maturity. An athlete does not only train with his body. He trains with his mind."

-Hicham El Guerrouj on why he didn't win Olympic gold in 2000

Sileshi Sihine Wins 5k in 13:06 in Sweden
*Swedish Results

This Weekend:
*Stuttgart Preview: Kipchoge and Defar in 3k

Qualifying Standards for USA Outdoor Nationals Announced www.usatf.org

"Everybody in Kenya is trying to come to America. I had no dream about coming because I knew this was impossible. It was a miracle," Kiplagat said. "That is why I take advantage of every opportunity. I came here, graduated in three years, and count myself blessed"- Richard Kiplagat who graduated from Iona in 3 years and had a 3.75 GPA

Commonwealth Games Trials This Weekend:

Clinton Hill and John Steffenson Expected to Battle in 400 at Commonwealth Trials in Australia
Jana Pittman Wants to Be Friends Again With 'Bikini Babe' Tamsyn Lewis
Jana Pittmans Wants to Try Debbie Double at Commonwealths (400m Hurdles and 400)
Previous Commonwealth News:
Craig Mottra
m to Run 5k at Commonwealth Trials This Weekend, Then Decide If He'll Double in 1500 or 10k at Games
*Matt Shirvington Nervous Heading into Commonwealth Games Trials in Australia on Friday
*Embarrassment at Worlds Inspired Australian Sprinter Matt Shirvington This Year
Fox Sports AU

Former Hurdle Star Samuel Matete Critical of Zambia's Preparations in Athletics: "The only thing we hope for now is miracles to happen to the athletes and if there are no miracles it is embarrassment that we get...It is not about facilities that can make us champions but all we need is the foundation"

More Action from Last Weekend:
S. Africa:
Hendrick Ramaala Comes From Behind to Win Johannesburg 20k Next up for him is a defense of his title at the World's Best 10k in Puerto Rico, one of the richest road races in the world. IAAF
Ramaala Says Course in Johannesburg Was Super Tough www.int.iol.co.za

Miami: Hiromi Ominami Sets Course Record at ING Miami Marathon

Kenya: Moses Masai Wins 12k Discovery Cross Country Championships Which Was Started by Moses Tanui allafrica.com

Steve Cram Criticizes Fine Tuned Starting Systems, Human Error of Officials

Things are Going Well for Jason Gardner as He Gets Ready for Commonwealths

Catherine Ndereba Comes from Behind to Win Osaka Marathon in 2:25:05

European Action:
XC: Alan Webb 4th in Spanish XC
Everyone ended up running an extra 700m due to a course error, but Webb had already been dropped so the extra distance is not what cost him.
w Recap from IAAF (World Record in Women's 4*400, Maria Mutola Injured, Bergqvist over 2 meters in High Jump)
*Stars Upstaged at Glasgow Meetsports.espn.go.com
Daniel Caines and Jason Gardener Get Wins In Glasgow Guardian
Germany: Karlsruhe Recap from IAAF (7:33 3k for Kipchoge) I

*Jason Gardener Runs World Leader in Germany for His Second 60m Win in 2 Days

Impressive: 30 Year Old Karen Harewood Who Took up Track and Field 2 Years Ago, Gets Her Second 800m Win of the Weekend

WADA Confident it Can Detect Super EPO It shouldn't be. It can't detect HGH or regular EPO very well. Drug research funding is way too low.
German Coach Accused of Supplyihng Repoxygen

Catherine Ndereba Racing Lidia Simon in Sunday's Osaka Marathon

Susan Chepkemei Wins Prisons XC Easily in Kenya

Earlier Action:
Russia: Borzakovskiy Wins 800 at Russian Winter Meeting

Australia: Jana Pittman Wins Hurdles, Matt Shirvington Wins For First Time With Glandular Fever, Kym Howe Sets Commonwealth Record in Pole Vault at Canberra Meet www.smh.com.au
Chris Rawlinson 2nd in 400 Hurdles in Canberra

Australian Canberra Results

Non US Action This Weekend:
Glasgow Preview
Mutola Ready to Put Injuries Behind Her at Saturday's Glasgow Meet
New Zealand:
Nick W
illis Running New Zealand National Champs in 1500 This Weekend

Prize Money for USATF XCs Announced, Most of the Money in Form of a Bonus That Goes to Athletes Who Go to World XCs This was a good move by USATF. At least now, the athletes who run nationals because of their shoe contracts won't get much cash unless they go to Worlds.

Curt Schilling Impressed with Haile Gebrselassie

"This is not coming out of retirement, this is just me showing that if you just enjoy what you are doing and stay in there and set little goals. I do a lot of speaking, I've spoken to every group in Australia and I tell them back when I ran I set little goals and I think here I am telling these guys, but I've got to do it myself and tonight was really a chance to walk the walk"
-Steve Moneghetti, who at age 43, broke the world best for the 1 hour run for master's, averaging sub 5 minute pace the whole way as Ron Clarke, John Landy, and Robert De Castella watched him run.

Paul Tergat
*"As the holy scriptures say, 'for whoever much is given, much is expected,' it is, therefore, my duty and privilege to help in any small way in giving back to society."
-Marathon world record holder, Paul Tergat, speaking after founding a sports foundation that will help disadvantaged youths.
*Tergat's hamstring injury has healed and he says he's ready to go at NYC: "I expect good results as I am in good shape" but he's out of next week's Half Marathon in Britain, but interestingly Gezahegne Abera (remember him, formerly the greatest marathoner in the world) is running. www.registerguard.com

Jos Hermans Tells Why Ethiopians Beat Kenyans: According to Jos it has little to do with training: "Ethiopians have more respect for their women, which explains why their women athletes perform better than their Kenyan counterparts, who excel in junior championships only to pander to cultural and domestic demands later in life" and "A mentally prepared athlete can easily beat a physically prepared one,"

JK Speaks: Progressing To Peak Fitness LetsRun.com coaching guru John Kellogg talks about progression runs and the art of the sport versus the science of the sport.

British Sports Minister Richard Caborn Proposes Drug Companies Fund Anti Doping Research to 12m Million a Year While the US Congress dances around one of the main issues (money), Caborn has proposed something that might make a difference. If the pro sports leagues would kick in their fair share as well, serious anti-doping research could be done. In other good news, it was announced that the HGH test now can be used on non-whites.

Vitamin C Can Help Marathon Runners Not Get Colds The surprising news is may not do much for the general population.

Drug News:
WADA Admits to Some Problems With Nandrolone Test

LetsRun.com Book Reviews 2 Good Reads on Milers 50 years apart:
Sub 4:00 and The Perfect Mile

Read the review of story on Alan Webb's (and Nate Brannen's) first brush with adversity. Plus, read about 3 great milers trying to be the first under 4 minutes 50 years ago.

And the winner is:
Best Running Movie of All-Time: Fire on the Track
After sitting on the results for months, we're proud to announce that the best running movie of all-time as selected by our viewers is a not an academy award winner, Chariots of Fire, or a highly publicized film produced by Tom Cruise (Without Limits), but rather a running documentary, Fire on the Track: The Steve Prefontaine Story. Read all about the voting and see the 10 best running movies of all-time as selected by our viewers.

In case you missed it:
Todd Williams Hangs them up

In our lengthy 3 part interview, Todd Williams, the premier 10,000m runner in the US, talks about his illustrious career and the sport of running in general.
Part I here, Part II here, Part III here

Training Advice:
Advice from the pros
.Top 10 Training Tips
LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson gives his top 10 training tips. They helped him run a 28:27 10k and will definitely help you too.
No Shortcuts
LetsRun.Com coaching consultant John Kellogg outlines his basic coaching approach and gives the four principals to correct training for elites. LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson translates Mr. Kellogg's approach so that it is beneficial for the masses.
Marathon Training Program
Do you want to run a successful marathon? Sign up for our marathon training program. Let our experts show you how.
High School Section
Turn Back the Clock:
Interviews With Today's Stars on Their High School Careers

Rod Dehaven: U.S. Marathon Champ
Juli Henner: U.S. Olympian
Todd Reeser: Top Road Racer Wrestled in High School
Many more
Training Advice
Learn how LetsRun.com running guru, John Kellogg, made a tiny private school in Texas one of the best teams in the state.

Day 1 (Thursday) of Australian Trials Completed:
*Benita Johnson Wins 10k, Jana Pittman Runs Slower than Expected in Open 400 Trial
*Jana Pittman Hoping to Stay Focussed after Opening Round of 400
*Jana Pittman Qualifies for 400 Final 1 Second Faster than Her Ex Friend Tamsyn Lewis

*Australian Pole Vaulter Tatiana Grigorieva on the Way Back
Fox Sports AU

*Day 1 Results

More Commonwealth News:
*Sub 10 Men Ghana's Aziz Zakari and Trinidad and Tobago Duo Marc Burns and Darrel Brown to Race Asafa Powell at Commonwealth Games
*Usain Bolt Confirms He'll Run 200 at Commonwealth Games

Injury News:
*Tim Benjamin, 400m Star, Withdraws from Commonwealth Games With Groin Injury

*Scottish 400m hurdler Nick Stewart Pulls out of Commonwealth Games With Injury

More Kenyan News:
Former World Record Holder in Half Samuel Kamau Wanjiru One to Watch at Kenyan XC Nationals Next Weekend allafrica.com
Turin Marathon champion, Beatrice Omwanza, Leads Kenyan Team at E. African Half This Weekend

Alan Culpepper to Race Meb at 2006 Boston Marathon Meb got the silver at the Olympics but Culpepper came out at top at the 2004 Olympic Marathon Trials.
Oiata Marathon: Gert Thys Highlights Inivted Runners for Sunday's Oita Marathon in Japan

Reebok CEO Steps Down Adidas is in charge.

Gerry Lindgren Says He Was on 2 Hour Pace in the Marathon with 4 Miles to Go And we don't believe him and neither should you unless the courses really were short back in the day.

Me'Lisa Barber Interview

Texas Double: Nicodemus Malakwen Wins 3m Austin Half, (He Also Won Aramco Houston Half) We're impressed but not impressed the course was .1 miles short and there still is no notice of it on the race website. Races should have some sort of guarantee to have an accurate course and if there is an error should notify all participants of the race.

Jesse Strutzel In Taco Bell Commercials He used to be a top 800m runner

Doping News: Germany Needs Tougher Anti Doping Laws superathletics.co.za
Italy Lessens Some Doping Laws for Olympics Fox Sports AU

Random Action: Assafa Powell Third in 400 in 48.02 in Jamaica BBC
S. Africa:
Mbulaeni Mulaudzi Wins 1500m in S. Africa in 3:54
ke Kigen of Kenya Wins XC Race in Belgium IAAF
New Zealand:
Nick Willis Wins National Champs

Terrier Classic Results Max Smith 3:59, Richard Kiplagat 2:21, Steve Slattery Wins 3k
Washington: Galen Rupp 14:17 5k
New Zealand: Kim Smith Pulls Up Injured at End of 5k of New Zealand Champs but Wins
S. Africa: Janus Roberts Shatters S. African Shot Put Record
Hungary: Indoor Recap
Pole Vault: Brad Walker Wins Vault Summit
Penn State: Josh Simpson Wire to Wire Domination in 5k

Arkansas Coach Lance Brauman Pleads Innocent to Embezzlement Charges

"Marion Jones is not done. She is going to come back and run very well. It is going to be hard to keep her off US teams in the future."
-Steve Riddick, Marion Jones' coach.

Millrose News: Gail Devers is Back, Will Run at Millrose on February 3rd
*Eamonn Coghlan's Son Running Boys Mile

Blue Collar Runner: Jeremy Van Veen He's got a wife, 3 kids, school and 30 hours a week at a job.

Doping News: S. African Board Refers Hezekiel Sepeng's Case to IAAF, Citing Unsusual Circumstances, He May Have a Chance to Be Cleared

Bob Kennedy Retires Kennedy was the best long distance track runner in America in the last 30 years and maybe the best one ever. He lost the love to compete this past fall and has called it a career, but has left his mark on a generation of distance runners.
*Share your favorite Kennedy moment here.
*How do You Rank Kennedy's career?
*More on Bob Kennedy's Retirement www.runohio.com

Former Commonwealth 1500m Bronze Medallist Youcef Abdi Moving Up to Steeplechase at Age 27

With Takeover of Reebok Adidas Will Have More Muscle to Take on Nike Surprisingnly they've already over taken Nike in Japan.

Professional Field for This Weekend's 3m Half Marathon Announced

IAAF Medical Condition Meeting This Week

El Guerrouj Says He'll Skip Indoors But Will Compete Outdoors BBC

Rui Silva, Laban Rotich, Chris Lukezic added toMillrose Mile

High Jumpers Do Well in Moscow Despite Harsh Weather Outdoors IAAF

Gerry Lindgren Posts About The Feature on Him (and Him Leaving His Wife and Kids) on ESPN

"I think I can get back into shape, and if I qualify for the Olympic Trials the US Olympic Committee will pay my way to Oregon and I'll get to watch the second best track meet in the world for nothing,"
-Mike Durkin on why he started training in February 1976 for the upcoming Olympic Trials. Durkin would go on to make the 1976 and 1980 Olympic teams (despite taking a 2 year break from running) and now is a successful lawyer.

"they sent guys like myself, Shorter, Rogers, and Salazar down to this lab in Georgia. They told us that we would get the same benefits and run the same times that we ran at only 80 miles. I personally never listened and went out and did 130-140 miles because that gave me the confidence I needed. At the end of my era, lots of these marathoners started listening to these scientists and lowered their mileage alot. US Marathoning began to turn into an all time low. But its rising now, and just like it slowly declined it will slowly increase. Don't expect an overnight change, but give it a few years."
-message boarder reportedly paraphrasing Dick Beardsley on why US marathoners in the 1980s were deeper than US marathoners in the 2000s

More on This Later: It's Not Just the US: Track and Field's Popularity Lagging in Europe

Arthur Lydiard Quotes:
Train Don't Strain"

-famed distance coach Arthur Lydiard
Friday's Lydiard Quote:
"Americans arrogantly want it all now, this is why they finish last. Speed must be used in proper proportions. Build and build like the Afrikans. This is the only way to realise your potential."
-famed distance coach Arthur Lydiard

'Suddenly I got to the age of 36, and one day I realized I can't ever run any quicker than I'm running at this moment"
(Coe reportedly stopped midwork and never ran another competitive step)

2 time 1500m gold medallist and former 800m world record holder, according to Frank Deford in an audio essay on the doping scandal.

Great Advice:
"I am glad that because I chose to focus on a personal goal, pursued passionately and today I bear testimony of what it can yield, even beyond my wildest expectations. I hope that this will somehow encourage someone here today as well, to pursue his dream and vision...Usually, I get quite enriched whenever I have an opportunity to positively touch the life of someone. Such opportunities to show concern enable me, and indeed all of us, to share what God has placed into our hands."

-World Record Holder in the Marathon and Humanitarian Paul Tergat in his acceptance speech for his honary degree from Bloomfield College in New Jersey.

A True Gentleman and a Paid Male Escort, Unbelievable:
"He's a true gentleman"
-Canadian marathoner, Peter Vail, on LetsRun.com's
Weldon Johnson in an Arizona Daily Sun profile on his "running" house, plus an update on steeplechaser Anthony Famiglietti
(and if you'd like to go back in the LetsRun.com archives and read about "Surivor Flagstaff", the attempt by 5 of the World's sexiest distance runners to live in a one bedroom apartment click here)

More Great Advice for the Greatest Distance Runner Ever:
Haile Gebrselassie says work hard, be patient, and take your recovery days seriously.
Good Read.

Great Read/Advice: Such a Simple Sport:
"I train twice every day except on Sundays and on Christmas Day."

-the great Haile Gebrselassie, on his training over the holidays. He says his New Year's resolution is to win the gold medal at 10k and break the 10k world record. And Gebrselassie is still young as it is only 1996 in Ethiopia (we swear).

Great Read: "...there would be days I would run 70 km (43 miles) and then there are days I would run 20 or so. I just mentioned that figure (70) to state that there are days I would actually run up to 70 or so. The fact that I can run that much gives me confidence and makes me believe I am doing a good job."
-former world record holder in the marathon Naoko Takahashi in Part I of a fascinating interview with Japan Times on her training

*Part II Here

Inspirational Running Poem

You know you're a runner if....... (our reader's fill in the blanks with some hilarious responses on the message boards)

Is it the VAAM?:
"I thought for a few minutes my legs would be sore. But my legs weren't heavy at all. I went jogging and felt as good as ever."
-Naoka Takahashi won won the Berlin marathon and reportedly went for a "long run" the day after. Takahashi credits some of her success to VAAM, the sports drink from made from stomach acid of killer hornets that she drinks.
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