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Monday's Result:
*Monday's Action: John Mutai Wins Belfast Marathon
More Weekend Action:
*Recap of Final Day of Ethiopian Champs: Gelete Burka Romps in 1500
Results of Ethiopian Champs
Canada: Stephen Koech Runs 27:47 Downhill 10k in Canada
Ohio: Rob Myers Runs 3:59 at Jesse Owens Invite
Kenya: Stars Fail to Shine at Kenyan AK Meet
*Willy Korir Wins Eldoret Half Marathon in 1:03

Ivan Basso Admits to Attempted Doping Earlier we said he admitted to doping. We were wrong. He only has admitted to attempting to dope and says all of his wins were clean.

Pro Action: Anwar Moore Runs World Leading 13.12 at Modesto Relays, Khadevis Robinson Holds off Gabe Jennings in 800
*Modesto Relays Results
Mexico: Gary Kikaya Wins 400 in 44.60, Hartwig 5.83 in Vault Before 20,000 in Veracruz Mexico
Veracruz Mexico Results
Jamaica: Veronica Campbell Runs 11.07, Tyson Gay 19.97 in Jamaica

Jamaica Invitation Results

California: Gerd Kanter Throws Discus 72.02 World Leader in Salina, California
Nigeria: Olusoji Fasuba Runs 10.16 in Nigeria

Osaka Recap: Jeremy Wariner Runs 44.02, Liu Xiang Hurdles 13.14 Nick Symmonds won the 800 as well but it is not like the Japanese are known for their 800m prowess.
*Osaka Results

Heptathlete Jessica Ennis Equals British High Jump Record BBC

Day 1 Recap of Ethiopian Champs Tola Defeats Gebremariam IAAF

Penn Relays:
Michigan Women Get 2nd Collegiate Record in 2 Days, Texas and Manzano Win Again, Columbia Surprises
*Results 2007 *New Penn Relays Blog with quick race by race recaps, interviews *Flocast Video of Nearly Every Race impressive
The Michigan women who broke a 17 year old collegiate record in the 4*1500 on Friday came back to break a 23 year old collegiate record in the 4*800 on Saturday. (video here). Texas' Leonel Manzano stopped a challenge from Chris Solinksy in the 4*mile, to capture the Horns 2nd title in two days. Columbia showed what an Ivy League school with no scholarships can do as they won the 4*800, the first Ivy League victory in 46 years. The Americans dominated the pro races as usual, and a Jamaican high school went sub 40 in the 4*100. And Florida State deserves some love. 2 Penn titles (should have had 3) and 4 ACC titles in 5 years.

*Allyson Felix Gets 2 Relay Wins
*Final Day Penn Photos from Philly Paper
Penn Blog from Local Paper
Shawn Crawford on Penn:
"I can be a team player and say, 'yes it's very important to me,' but I don't look at it as important. I run because I work for Nike. It's a requirement for me. They're probably going to kill me for saying that. But it's honest and I try to be honest with everybody. ... But I'm happy to be out here and help the guys who want to be here and help the team win." His comments are honest and true. They sound a little bit better for the PR crew at Nike here in the NY Times
Friday: Texas Two Peats at Penn, Michigan Women Set Collegiate Record in 4*1500
Leo Manzano delivered the goods as everyone expected him to do on he anchor leg of the men's DMR. Providence's Max Smith split a 3:55 anchor. (splits here) In the women's 4*1500, Michigan set an American collegiate record thanks to the 4:13 split of the newest distance sensation, Anna Willard (who has run 2:03 and 15:53 this year as well).
*American Pros Still Expected to Dominate at Penn
Flocast is taping every single race but can not put up the men's DMR and a few others until after Saturday's TV broadcast.
Tennessee Women Win DMR at Penn, JJ Clarke Now Has 5 Penn Titles in 5 Years as a Coach Sarah Bowman and JJ Clark's team got the job done. It's JJ's 2nd DMR title at Penn.
*Thursday Day 1 Recap of Penn IAAF
New Penn Relays Blog They have quick race by race recaps and some highlight videos and photos. A very nice addition to coverage by a race showing what can be done.
Flocast has every single race minus the ones that will be on tv.

*V Tech Getting a Lot Of Attention at Penn, Tennessee Wins Women's DMR for 2nd Straight Year
*22,000 Athletes Competing at Penn This Weekend USA Today

*Villanova's Drew Eckman Making a Name for Himself at Penn Like His Father www.philly.com
*Florida State Men Looking for First Title at Penn
Penn Inducts Wall of Fame www.philly.com
*Tyson Gay, Shawn Crawford, Lauren Williams, Allyson Felix, Derrick Brew, Darold Williamson, Dee Dee Trotter and Monique Henderson Running Pro Relays

Martin Lel and Chunxiu Zhou Triumph

Ryan Hall 2:08:24 Debut!!
*London 2007 Photos updated 4/23
*Article on Hall's Debut
*Recap from Reuters
The stellar London men's field delivered an incredible finish as it came down to six guys going head to head over the final half mile: 2006 champ Felix Limo, 2005 champ Martin Lel, world record holder Paul Tergat, 2 time world champ Jaouad Gharib, NYC champ Hendrick Ramaala, and Abderrahim Goumri in his debut. In the end , Lel, Gharbi, Limo and Goumri sprinted for the win over the final 200. Lel came out in top in 2:07:41,after losing out last year in a sprint finish. And the future of American marathoning looks bright as Ryan Hall showed he is the real deal and nearly stole the show. He caught the leaders and was leading the race at 35k, and went on to run 2:08:24 an American debut record and an American born record. Only Khalid Khannouchi has run faster. So Hall is the fastest American ever except for a guy who already held the world record when he became an American citizen.
*Gebrselassie Drops Out in London

*Australia's Benita Johnson 7th in London

*London Marathon Video Highlights from BBC

*IAAF Recap of London Marathon IAAF

*Ryan Hall's Debut As Reported by Associated Press

*Liz McColgan Runs 2:50:39

*Gebrselassie is Vulnerable in London www.telegraph.co.uk

*Britain's Dan Robinson Making Name For Himself in the Marathon Independent

London Field Loaded as Usual telegraph.co.uk

*Meb Keflezighi London 2007 Update

*Americans Hope to Make Their Mark at London Marathon

*Current London Betting Odds

The race is less than a day away. Haile G versus Paul Tergat for maybe the final time. Pllus arguably the greatest marathoner ever, Khalid Khannouchi, defending champ Felix Limo (undefeated in his last 2 marathons Chicago 05, London 06), 2 time world champ Jaouad Gharib, Olympic champ Stefano Baldini, NYC champ Marilson Gomes dos Santos, Olympic silver medallist Meb Keflezighi, and fellow American Ryan Hall who will be making his much anticipated debut after his 59:43 half marathon. (Hendrick Ramaala and Martin Lel as well). One of the greatest marathon fields ever assembled.
*Jon Brown Takes a Look at London Field Independent 4th in the Olympics twice yet he's always been overlooked in Britain.

*Katherine Switzer Talks About Her Boyfriend Nearly Killing Boston Race Director in 1967 Times of London


Tergat and Geb Take Center Stage

The 2 greatest distance runners ever (of their generation for sure) have not raced each other in 5 years. But every time these 2 match up the battles are epic. As their careers wind down, this could be the final battle in their storied rivalry, although many think the last hurrah will be at the Beijing Olympics. Gebrselassie hinted he may try and run until the 2012 Olympics and said even a return to the track for this year's World Champs may be in store. But up first is one of the greatest marathon fields ever assembled in London. Unseasonably warm weather may prevent a world record attempt but the priority in London is always the win, a win Gebrselassie compares equal to a World Championship. Tergat says he's fit and points out his training partners have recently won Boston and Rotterdam.
*Trip to American in 1992 Showed Tergat What was Possible in Life He appreciates the opportunity in America: "I saw hope and opportunity. It was a huge shock to me. "

*Ryan Hall Believes London is Pressure Free Place for His Debut Washington Times
*9th Place Last year in London Was the Worst Finish for Geb Ever in His Life BBC

*Trip to American in 1992 Showed Tergat What was Possible in Life Guardian

*Benita Johnson Believes She can Go Sub 2:20 in London

Women: *Lornah Kiplagat Ready to Shine in the Marathon and Makes Some Cash for Her School The World XC champ is running better than ever. Can she finally put it together in the marathon?
*Lornah Kiplagat 10 Years Ago was a Pacer at London

*Benita Johnson Shooting for Win in London
She's a former world xc champ but has underperformed in the marathon until last time out in Chicago.
*China's Zhou Chunxiu Wants Win in London (She Ran 4 Sub 2:30s in 2005)

Men: Gebrselassie Trying to Come Out on Top in London guardian.co.uk

*Post Your Questions About Haile G with the Author of His Biography

*Haile Gebrselassie Audio Interview About London

*After Half Marathon Test in Korea Khannouchi Ready for London Special K ran 1:04:58 there. But if you know anything by now it should be to never evaluate him off of his shorter distance races before the marathon. He's the best marathoner ever for a reason.
Wednesday's London News:

*Meb Missed 2 Weeks of Training With Blister, Says London Field is Better than Olympics

*Khannouchi Says He's 90 to 95% Fit
*Defending Champ Felix Limo Says He's 95% Fit for London
*The Dreamer Ryan Hall Ready to Tackle the Worlds Best in London
Paul Tergat Wants to Finally Come Out on Top in London
*Meb to Visit Eritrea after Running London

Post Boston News: Cheruiyot Undecided on Fall Marathon He says its between Chicago and NY.
*A Look at 78 Year Old Bill Welsh Who Led 1955 Boston Marathon
*BAA Launches Boston 2008 Olympic Trials Website It's one of the better websites we've seen. Meanwhile, while everyone else's websites were crashing on Monday, the LetsRun .com juggernaut performed flawlessly.

Boston: Race results
Cheruyiot Triumphs Again, Lidiya Grigoryeva Surprise Winner
Robert Cheruyiot defended his Boston crown in the extreme weather conditions (heavy winds, rain) that made the race a real dog fight. Cheruyiot hit half way in 1:08:45 but dropped the hammer over the more difficult second half to pull away from James Kwambai over the final 2 miles to win in 2:14:13. Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia also threw down the hammer over the final 2 miles (5:10 mile) to defeat NYC champ and World Marathon Majors leader Jelena Prokopcuka. And hundreds of thousands in appearance fees, could not spare Deena Kastor from the fate that does in many a marathoner, an unscheduled bathroom break as her bid to become the first American winner in Boston came up short. Deena did come back to finish 5th in 2:35:09, and get the US title. *Race results
*Bathroom Break Cost Deena Big Time in Boston Boston Globe
*Boston Marathon Played Wrong Russian National Anthem

Men: Pete Gilmore is Top American at Boston in 8th
*Kimbia boys go 3, 4 6

*Kimbia Auction of 3rd place finisher (Stephen "Baba" Kiagora) singlet and number Stephen Kiagora.
*State trooper runs into spectator on course
*Flocast Post Race Press Conferences

*Astronaut Completes Boston in Space in 4:23

*Soldiers March Boston Marathon in Memory of Their Fallen Comrade

Blow by Blow Coverage:
*Former Boston Champs Amby Burfoot's Mile by Mile Coverage
*Or Live LetsRun.com Message Board thread

A Must Read Inspirational Profile of Boston Marathon Record Holder Robert Cheruiyot The life story of Cheruiyot, who is looking for his 3rd Boston title Monday, is truly remarkable. After being abandoned by his parents, he found a way to survive, first as an indentured servant and then on 30 cents a day helping out at a barbershop where he smoked every day. Thoughts of suicide entered his mind but now less than 10 years later he is running for history although last year's crazy fall at Chicago hasn't helped him as he had to go back to the hospital just 3 weeks ago.
*Extremely Confident Deena Kastor Looking Forward To Bad Weather And Hoping To Be 1st American Female Winner Since 1985 “It looks like a big cross-country race, and I love cross-country. I’m going out there and push the pace...“The last four months have been so flawless, so consistent.”

*Joan Benoit Samuelson's Advice: Be Tough The article reveals American Peter Gilmore had his best race of his life in similar conditions

*AP Preview of Race
*Race Official Brace For Crazy Bad Weather

Great Read: Great Ryan Hall Profile on NBCSports Nice article as the focus, with a short video to supplement it. Perfect. Read about how Ryan got started in running, his interesting family, and the reason Sara is not married to a Stanford football player.

Exclusive LetsRun.com World XC Coverage As Wejo Was On-site
*Wejo's Post-Race Recap of the action
*Race Day Photos
*Videos from Race Day
*An Unusual Sight of Bekele in 2nd
Video of Crowd Going Nuts When Bekele Drops Out
*Ethiopian Junior Staggers Home and Is Yanked From Course Meters From The Finish Line
Celebration after Kenyan Men's Team Victory *Crowd Control at the World XC Champs
*The Crowd During the Junior Girls Race Going Crazy
*Pre-Race Photos From Kenya
*Wejo's 2nd Report From Kenya
*Wejo's 1st Report From Kenya

Bekele Is Defeated.
Wejo has called to say that Bekele's quest for a record 6th long course title didn't happen, as on the last lap just after he took a lead that Wejo was certain enough was big enough to get the win, Bekele suddenly lost it, dropped back and quickly dropped out as the Kenyan crowd went wild. Olympic 10k bronze medallist Zersenay Tadesse won Eritrea's first individual title. Wejo said the Kenyan crowd was unreal as people were watching from the trees. The atmosphere was way, way crazier than Boulder apparently. He said the Kenyan crowd only seemed to care about two things - having a Kenyan in front in each race and seeing Bekele lose. He said they didn't really acknowledged ex-Kenyan Lornah Kiplagat who won the women's race. *Results here.
News Flash From IAAF on Race: Bekele's dropout unexplained.
*BBC Article on Race as Mo Farah Gets 11th
*AP Preview of Race

First Ever: Ask Wejo: High Mileage Training, Evil Stop Watches, the NCAA Season, and Ryan Hall Weldon answers your training questions on AT pace (whatever that is), 140 mile weeks, and the collegiate racing season. Plus confidence, overconfidence, Ryan Hall's race in Jacksonville, and runners choking at NCAAs. All just an attempt to be more self-marketed than Dean K.

59:43 for RYAN HALL
Yep, sub 1 hour in the half marathon for an American on American soil on a certified course. One of the
best American distance performances ever as Ryan Hall won the US Title, the Aramco Houston Half, picking up $21,000, to become the 9th fastest ever on a record certifiable course.
*Photo from Victah Sailer of PhotoRun.net
*Videos of the Race From the Flocast Guys Here

Photos Kip Keino Comes to Ithaca The legendary Kip Keino came to Ithaca, NY, the east coast home of letsrun.com. See photos of the event including Olympic champ Peter Rono, Keino's son, Ian, and LetsRun.com's Wejo, Rojo, and even JK.

Dean Karnazes Profile in the LA Times Quotes from LetsRun.com's Wejo, and message board poster, John Morelock.

Classic Emails #1
We share with you some of the classic emails from our site's visitors and give you valuable knowledge at the same time. You'll read conclusive proof Lance Armstrong dopes, learn AJ Acosta is not as much an a**hole as you thought, and much more. sense

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.

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.
I here, Part II here, Part III here
Also take a look at Amby Burfoot's look at Todd Williams' incredible American record at 15k in 1995, the same year he finished 9th at World Cross Country.

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

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.

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

"Paul Maurer, in The Gift, not only presents an interesting and captivating story, but he explores the deeper questions of why runners run, why we compete, and what makes such a simple sport, running, so rewarding to those of us who do it. The Gift is one of the best running books I have ever read. "
-LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson on a new Running novel,
The Gift
The Gift is now available from Amazon.com)

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

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.

"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

"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.

A Staff of One:
Perhaps the most valuable gift from Letsrun.com is a friendly willingness to share lessons learned by their editorial staff, which includes successful college coaches and highly competitive athletes. "

-Gary Droze, writing about letsrun.com in the
Tallahassee Democrat

World Record Holder Daniel Komen Spotted Running 16 Minute 5k in Michigan Claims he's training for the marathon.
More Kenyan News: Martin Keino Speaks Out About Kenyan Government Snubbing Marathon Runners
*Benjamin Limo and Ezekiel Kemboi Preparing for All-Africa Games and World Champs
*Body of Homeless Kenyan Runner Gets Sent Home for Funeral

Jeremy Wariner Knocking on Michael Johnson's WR Door w

Road Action:
Bloomsday: *
John Korir Wins 3rd Bloomsday in 3 Way Sprint, Kimbia's Edna Kiplagat Wins, Catherine Ndereba 4th
2007 Lilac Bloomsday Run Results
Jelena Prokopcuka Win
s 3rd Great Edinbrugh Run, Hosea Macharinyang Edges Boniface Kiprop IAAF
Berlin:Kenyans Musyoki and Chepchirchir win Berlin 25k As High Temps Prevent World Record Attempt IAAF
Philly:Patrick Cheruiyot Breaks Course Record at Broad Street 10 Mile Run in Philly ($2,000 for the Win and Coure Record)
*Broad Street Reults
*Rodgers Rop Gets Hero's Welcome After Winning Hampurg Marathon

US Distance Action Highlights:
Matt Tegenkamp Runs 3:40.13
*Oregon Twilight Results (Nicole Teter Wins 800 in 2:03, Goucher 2nd in Mile in 4:02)
*Carrie Messner Breaks US 2k Steeple Record

Ethiopian Champs:
*Ethiopian Champs Day 3 and 4: Werkitu Ayanu Wins Women's 5k

*Ethiopian Champs Day 2 Recap: Mestawot Tufa Wins 10k
Ethiopian Champs Day 2 Recap: Mestawot Tufa Wins 10k IAAF

Asafa Powell Out Indefinitely With Tendonitis

ING NYC Marathon Axes Rabbits
link fixed
It makes perfect sense to us. The only time you notice the rabbits in NYC is when they screw up or the runners don't go with them.
*Audio Press Conference: Mary Wittenburg, NYC Race Director, and Hendrick Ramaala take journalists questions about the dropping of rabbits (the mp3 file starts a minute into the teleconference)

Josh Rohatinsky Has Taken Away Ed Eyestone's (His Coach) 5k School Record He ran unattached at Cardinal because it was on the Sabbath which is against BYU's rules.

Legal News:
Charlie Wells, Marion Jones' Agent, Pled Guilty 6 Weeks Ago in Steve Riddick Fraud Case Somehow nobody noticed this. Tim Montgomery pled guilty as well and Riddick is still on trial. To see a list of Wells' athletes click here.
Steve Riddick Fraud Case to Be over Soon Times of London
Victor Conte Says He Does Not Know Mets Trainer in New Baseball Drug Scandal

Entry Lists for Next Weekend's USATFs 25k Champs

NZ LetsRun.com Interviews Adrian Blincoe Talks About His 5k at Cardinal Invite, Running Sub 13:20

Oregon Track Budget Up $1 Million a Year Since Lananna's Arrival He's making $600,000 a year assuming he stays for 5 years. But under Title IX accounting track field/XC counts as 6 sports. They should pay him more. And despite the big crowds, Oregon only brings in $100,000 a year from track in terms of direct revenue.

Sunday: *Results link below updated
Stanford: Rupp 27:33, Rhines 31:17 #3 American, Kipyego and Lindsey Anderson Collegiate Records
IAAF Recap
*Photos *Video (if the Flotrack link doesn't work, try here)
This is the best place to run fast in the world and Galen Rupp stole the show (and somehow they didn't even have a rabbit). He won the race, defeating a stellar field, running 27:33 for 10k, becoming the #7 American ever. David Galvan, Alistair Cragg, Jorge Torres, Alan Culpepper, and Simon Bairu all got left in his wake. James Carney or Josh Rohatinsky should consider moving to Michigan to pick up their $100,000 from their Hanson's as 15 guys broke 28:00 minutes. In other action, Jen Rhines became the #3 American with a 31:17 for 10k,
Lindsey Anderson ran a collegiate record 9:39 in the steeplechase, and Sally Kipyego ran a 31:56 collegiate record at 10k
*More on Rupp's Run from U Of O Website

*Comments on Rupp from Salazar

*Bay Areas Paper on Jen Rhines
*Thread on Rupp
*100 post thread on Meet as Results Came In

LetsRun.com Wejo's Kenya Photos: 546 Photos from His Post World XC Trip See how the Kenyans live and train in Eldoret and Iten. Plus photos of Kip Keino's center, St. Patrick's High School, Singore Girls School, Lornah Kiplagat's, and the Kimbia house. Not to mention photos of Tergat, Tanui, Kiplagat, and many more.

Nick Willis Vs Anthony Famiglietti at Inaugural Kip Keino Mile May 13th in Our Backyard
9 Sub 4 Minute Milers, 4 NCAA Champs, 3 Olympians
Commonwealth Games champ Nick Willis
will return to action to take on Anthony Famiglietti who has turned heads so far in 2007 with his USA 8k win and 13:11 5k. Plus Boaz Cheboiywo, Mark Carroll, Elliud Njubi, Jon Rankin (likely), Matt Kerr, and others. The women's race is headlined by Natalie Hughes and Megan Metcalfe, plus Carrie Tollefson (out of this meet and adidas with a slight injury )will be on hand to sign autographs. 1996 Olympian Mark Coogan headlines the Masters men's mile. Come to Ithaca to watch, run (space available in the open and masters miles, and community/club/open 4*400s) or to attend the VIP open to the public dinner with Kip Keino ($125).

Javelin Throw from Top of 2000 Foot Cliff Cancelled Due to Cloudy Weather The helicopter couldn't drop off the thrower.

Obituary for 2 Time Gold Medallist in Shot Parry O'Brien IAAF
*Parry O'Brien, Man Who Came up With Glide Technique for Shot Put, Dies at Swimming Race The guy had a heart attack while doing a flip turn at a swimming race.

Former Steeple World Record Holder Wilson Boit Kipketer to Run Dusseldorf Marathon on

Kenyan Running Is About Cash for Many: Kenyan Runners Are Bringing $7 million a Year Into Kenyan Economy, Sparking Boom in Eldoret and Other Areas Wejo's photos of his trip to Kenya go up tomorrow.
*Famed Kenyan Coaches Mike Kosgei, Colm O'Connell, Jimmy Beauttah Have Made Others Millionaires

With 2 American Records in 2007, Shalane Flanagan Becoming a Force IAAF

Paula Radcliffe Has Minor Injury Setback, She May Get $1 Million to Run London Next Year It truly is amazing how much money London has to throw around each year. IAAF

Asafa Powell Out of Penn Relays With Sore Knee

Recap of Latest Kenyan AK Meet

Joshua Chelanga Out of Paul Tergat's Shadow with Rotterdam Win

Oregon Invite: Rupp Edges Solinsky
*Blog Recap of Oregon Invite Galen Rupp
got the dramatic home win over Chris Solinsky thanks to a strong final 100m as they both ran 13:30. Matt Withrow's struggles continued as he ran 14:07 and Jon Riley ran 13:43. Nicole Teter (remember her?) won the 1500 in her return to action.
*Message board thread
*Nick Symmonds 4th in 1500 in Outdoor Debut in Oregon
Oregon Invite Results

"I respect him (Haile Gebrselassie) for what he has done; he is a great athlete. But I do not fear him... I never know why he has not won in London. Maybe it is because they are tough guys... In Berlin there was no challenge; in Fukuoka there was no challenge; in Amsterdam there was no challenge. You tell me who was in Berlin or Amsterdam or Fukuoka. He has proven he can run 2:05, but with the challenge?"
-Felix Limo talking about Haile G in the marathon

Athletics Australia Loses $1 Million a Year Sponsorship from Telstra

Man Runs Boston Marathon in a New York Yankees Jersey

Former World Record Holder in Steeple Bernard Barmasai Headlines Next Weekend's Vienna Marathon IAAF

Pictures of Desecrated Memorials to Abeba Bikila and Mamo Wolde

Alvina Begay and Brandon Leslie Trying to Go from Navajo Reservation to Beijing Olympics

WADA Says it Will Have to Go After Doping Manufacturers in Drug Fight USA Today

New Running Fiction: Into the Irish Night: Chapters 3-6 link fixed A letsrun.com viewer got very positive feedback on his first 2 chapters so he is now publishing for all to read chapters 3-5.
*Chapters 1-2 are here.

Lananna Does it Again: Signs Chad Hall Hall is the high school XC champ and brother of Ryan Hall. Lananna is the best recruiter in the country.

A Look at New Zealand's Top Milers Are the glory days returning for the Kiwis?

Kip Keino Mile Update: Masters Prize Money, Come Take Part in the Weekend May 13th, Special Dinner Open to Public with Kip on May 12th

Wall Street Journal Update on Leonard Mucheru (Subscribers Only) He has his Bahrain passport pack after saying what a privilege it was to compete in Israel, but he will not be allowed to compete for the Bahrain national team.

Boston Commentary::
Bob Ryan of Boston Globe: Kenyans Have Established a Tyranny "Dominance? Did I hear someone say "dominance"? That would be an improvement. What the Kenyans have done to the Boston Marathon, and a few other marathons, is establish a tyranny that certainly should be an embarrassment to the rest of the running world...Well, guess what? You think the outcome would have been much different if it had been 80 degrees and sunny?"
LetsRun.com Rojo Speaks: Inspired By a Kenyan Robert Cheruyiot Cheruyiot is a true star in the sport and a truly unbelievable rags to riches story.
*LetsRun.com Wejo Speaks: Spira Shoes Attempting to Make a Mockery of the Boston Marathon 2 guys wearing what we thought at the time were "illegal" (now USATF is saying they are not) shoes led the Boston marathon for the first half of the race in what if emailers are correct was just a publicity stunt.
*Update: USATF is Saying the Spira Shoes are Not Banned Just maybe they could have told us this 1, 2 years ago? If they're not banned and Spira knew this, Spira (and USATF) should be ashamed. If they are, Spira should be ashamed.
*Weather Better Than Expected in Boston Boston Globe

Sunday Marathons
*Rotterdam: Joshua Chelanga Crushes Field In Hot Conditions as Kiromia Ominami Joins Twin Sister In Winner's Circle Chelanga was the only one to break 2:10 as he ran 2:08:21 in weather that approached 80 (25 celsius) and swas so hot the race was called off after 3.5 hours. The field went out fast (29:58 at 10k) but the heat started to take its toll and a lot of people cratered. In the women's tace, Ominami won just as her twin (Takami) did in 2002.

*Paris:Qatar's Mubarak Hassan Shami Remains Unbeaten In Marathon Runs World Leading 2:07:19 In Warm Weather Fresh off an 8th place at world XC, Shami won his 5h straight marathon. Magarsa Tafa won the women's race in 2:25.

*Nagano : Nephat Kinyanjui Defends Title in Photo Finish Kinyanjui joins two-time Olympic medallist Eric Wainaina as the only two-time champs as he edged Georgiy Andreyev in the stadium finish. 2:06er Toshinari Takaoka ran 2:15:00 as a training run.
*Turin Marathon 2:29/2:10 Good Enough To Win in Hot Conditions

*Sonia O'Sullivan Falters In Farewell Road Race In Ireland She finished 11th in Sunday's Great Bupa Ireland Run won by Victoria Mitchell

End Is Near For Sonia O'Sullivan At 37, she admits its harder to train and Sunday's Great Ireland Run in Dublin may well be her last competitive road race of her career in her native Ireland. She still plans on racing a marathon in the next year before calling it quits.

Oil Oil Oil
Dubai Marathon To Feature $1 Million Purse and $1 Million World Record Bonus

List of Elite London Entries Rojo didn't realize Khannouchi was running

Mt Sac Shalane Flanagan Sets American 5000m Record (14:44.80) Shalane's fabulous 2007 season kicked off outdoors like it did indoors, with an American record. This time she took down drug cheat Regina Jacobs 5k record, (14:45.38) as Flanagan ran 14:44.80 thanks to a strong final k. And in the men's 5k, Juan Barrios won, but 4 American hit the World Championship "A" standard, led by Anthony Famiglietti who was 2nd in 13:11. (Ryan Kirkpatrick, Ed Moran, and Josh McDougal are the others) Fam's huge pr was less than a month after his American 8k win in NYC. Juan Barrios of Mexico won the men's 5k in a world leading 13:11.

*IAAF Recap of Mt. Sac Including Juan Barrios World Leading 13:11 5k
Flocast Has Recaps of All the Top Races (and even the "B" races)and Interviews with Shalane and Fam.
Scott Davis, Mt. Sac Meet Director is Calling it Quits as Meet Director God gave him another chance at life and being a meet director no longer is in his plans.

Sonia O'Sullivan Running Great Bupa Ireland Run This Weekend As Her Final Road Race BBC

Steve Riddick Fraud Case Gets Underway, His lawyer Accuses Tim Montgomery of Brokering Kilo Drug Transactions If true, Montgomery's case is getting sadder by the minute.

Devine Racing Still Trying to Tarnish Whatever Little Reputation it Still Has Left The way we read this article the checks have been in the mail for over a month as Devine still has not paid last year's prize money for the Salt Lake City Marathon (this year's race is next week). USATF also is a joke for continuing to sanction such an event. We need to start a section on here where you all can rate the road races you run.

Amy Deem and Pat Henry to Coach US Teams at 2007 Worlds

Floyd Landis Loses Arbitration Ruling over Procedures in His Doping Defense

In Depth Talk With USATF CEO Craig Masback from FloCast: 65 minutes with USATF's boss. At least watch it before you bitch . We haven't seen it yet but Mark of Flocasts says its good and its 3am.
*Part 2 Hardest Part of the Job
Part 3:
Poker (He'd better not knock our favorite sport)
Part 4: TV
*Part 5: Future Goals

*Part 6: Beer, Gambling and Women

Drug Testing Guru Don Catlin to Step Down as Head of UCLA Lab to Dedicate More Time to Research Washington Post In case you haven't realized the real bottleneck in drug testing is on the research side, so it might be better to have Catlin doing research full time. And until the pro sports or the Olympic movement get serious and pony up some serious cash ,there will be no HGH test, etc.
*Don Catlin Says Drug Testers Need More Money, Fortunately USADA is Loaning Him a Key Piece of Equipment
*Don Catlin Says Urine Test for HGH May Never Be Developed

Drugs, Drugs, Drugs:
Balco II is Here

In case you didn't know the drug testing in the major sports isn't too effective. Pharmacists and doctors all over America were arrested in a new huge steroid scandal. NFL, MLB players, and boxer Evander Holyfield are implicated along with the Pittsburgh Steelers' team doctor who ordered up $150,000 of HGH on his private credit card.
Longer Recap from Albany Times Union
*Doctors Reap Tons of Money from Prescribing Drugs
*Unrelated but in the news: Barry Bonds' Camp Has Never Disputed Steroids Evidence in Game of Shadows Book

JoggersWorld buys Running Times Seriously we think Runnersworld magazine has improved recently. Usually 1 article worth reading plus Ed Eyestone.
*Message board thread
*LetsRun.com Gets Unsolicited Buyout offer

LetsRun.com Boulder XC Coverage
Kastor Dominates, Culpepper Upsets
A NewDay for US Cross Country
It was a momentous day in US cross country history as 10,000 spectators poured onto the Boulder golf course to witness the return of a single champion at the US championships. Alan Culpepper got the come from behind victory that could define a career, and Deena Kastor put on a clinic, showing she is still the best cross country runner in America by a longshot.
*Splits from all the races
*LetsRun.com Video of the Men's Finish nd Culpepper Pumping His Fist
Great Flocast Videos:
*Men's Race *Women's Race
Photos: Women's Race Photos

(Other races coming soon)
Denver Post Coverage:
Culpepper, Kastor Get Titles
Boulder Running Reputation Solid
Incredible: 10,000 Fans Turned Out
Support of Fans Touches Kara Goucher
Boulder Daily Camera Coverage:
*Boulder Does it Self Proud
Culpepper Feels Right at Home
Deena Kastor Dominates
*Race Results Weekly Recap of 2007 USATF XC Nationals
Boulder 2007 Preview No more hype, no more talking. It's time to lace them up and race so we've got our prerace preview and picks.
*Boulder 2007 LetsRun.com Fan Predictions
*Jordan Hasay Ready for Junior Race
Wejo in Boulder: The Buzz In Boulder? 'Who's Going to Win' That's what everyone wants to know and it's refreshing to be in a town where people actually care.
*Alan and Shayne Culpepper Balancing Family and Running
Thusrday: Gouchers Ready To Go
*Adam Goucher Profile:
In an in-depth LRC profile, Adam Goucher talks about his current fitness level, his thoughts on 2006, his goals for 2007, the end of 4k xc, his relationship with Mark Wetmore and even what it's like to pass Cragg Mottram in a race. (Goucher is 31, not 32 as re originally said in the article)
*Kara Goucher Interview: The American set PRs at 1,500, 3k, 5k and 10k last. She has since upped her training by at least miles per week and is expecting big things in 2007.
*Meb Issues Statement on Pulling Out He got a cold and London is the focus.
*Ritz Ready to Rumble, Says the Course is In Great Shape
Jorge Torres Ready for Battle in Boulder
*Meb Keflezighi is Out
Alan and Shayne Culpepper Speak
Alan talks about the showdown in Boulder, the most disappointing year of his professional career, returning to the track, the economics and professionalism of the marathon, Mary Wittenberg, and the good 'ole days of American distance running- which are now. Shayne talks about 10 minute miles, the 1500m, the advantages, (and disadvantages) of being forced to take time off from the sport, and the incredibly strong women's field assembled for the US champs this weekend.
LRC Deena Kastor Excited to Return to Her Roots Before she was America's greatest marathoner, she was America's greatest cross country runner and she's returning to her XC roots this weekend. In an depth LetsRun.com profile of America's greatest female runner, Deena explains why she was 'disappointed' with 2006 despite being #1 in the world in the marathon, and how she is training harder than ever. Plus she talks about the Boston Marathon, Shalane Flanagan, Ryan Hall and even letsrun.com.
*Deena Kastor Profile in Ventura Newspaper
Racing more is the plan in 2007.
Gouchers Ready for Happy Return to Boulder for XC Champs It's hard to believe, but Adam says he didn't really become a pro until moving to Oregon and training under Alberto, "One of the main changes for us was becoming professional athletes". Boulder Daily Camera
Pete Julian, The Man Behind Boulder 2007 If everyone in the world was like Pete Julian it would be a much better place.
LRC Ritzenhein Ready to Battle in Boulder
One of the greatest American XC hopes ever is ready to take on all comers in Boulder at the US championships. He talks about the race in Boulder, his 2006 season, his marathon debut, running more mileage, his relationship with Mark Wetmore, Ryan Hall, his plans for 2007 and whether he intends to run the Olympic Marathon trials.
Interviews with the Culpeppers, the Gouchers, Sara Slattery (who is now officially out of the race with a hot spot on her foot.
*Meet website here.
*The snow is melting (photos of the course from Brad Hudson's Boulder Performance Trainng website) and the forecast is for warmer temps for the middle part of the week but possibly more snow on the weekend.
*Other LetsRun.com Boulder Profiles:
Abdi Abdirahman and Shalane Flanagan

Married Thanks to LetsRun.com:
"I don't want to say it. It sounds crazy but it was a dream come true"

-John Stiner, on getting married to his wife, Sarah, who he met on the LetsRun.com message boards. Read about their incredible story.

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.

Photos: 2007 Outdoor Heps Photos

Interesting Read: Track in Osaka for World Champs is Super Fast Times of London  Plus word that the track where Mike Powell set his world record didn't conform to IAAF standards.

*San Francisco Marathon Offers Free Training Program for Underprivileged Children

Conference Action:
Big East: Louisville Men, Notre Dame Women Win Big East for First Time
Ron Mann got the Cardinals to the top very fast after coming over from NAU.
*Big East Results

Cornell swept again quite easily as the men came through big despite being huge underdgos on paper.
*Patriot League Army men win remarkable 16th straight title since leaving Heps, Bucknell women win
*MAAC Results
*Atlantic 10 results
*Southland Conference Results
MEAC Results

Lengthy Interview With Paula Radcliffe and Her Husband, Gary Lough Apparently George Bush is fan. Guardian

On the boards: Why does no one care about distance running in America? Hardly anyone actually watched the Stanford 10k.
*Message boarder trying out for MTV real world. Vote for him.

A Look at Some of the Numbers Behind Ohio U Cutting it's Men's Program

New Women's Stars Anna Willard: 54 in the Quarter, 15:50 in the 5k, And You'd Never Heard of Her Until Last Week
Brief Chat: Lindsey Anderson, the New Collegiate Record Holder in the Steeple

Suzy Favor Hamilton Does Not Rule Out a Shot at 2008 Olympics at Age 39 She's working for the University now trying to make up for all the hundreds of thousands of dollars Regina Jacobs cheated her out of.
*Suzy Favor Hamilton Runs 37:11 for 8k
She was taking it easy.

Ethiopia's Meselech Melkamu May Be Able to Challenge Dibaba and Defar This Year (She Ran 8:23 Indoors for 3k) IAAF

This Weekend: Media Guide for this Weekend's Ethiopian Track Nationals (Has National Records and Last Year's Results)

*Laban Rotich Returns to Mercedes Benz Classic Mile in June

USC-UCLA Dual: USC Snaps UCLA's Streak of 5 Wins in USC-UCLA Dual Meet with Victory in Final Event, the 4*400
A mysterious DQ nearly derailed USC, but it seems there is a history of bad blood between these programs. The meet gets thousands of fans and local tv coverage and even a letsrun.com message board thread.
*USC-UCLA Results

Flora London Marathon Start Photos from Letsrun Finnish Visitor Jarno Maimonen
*Flora London Marathon Finish Photos from Letsrun Finnish Visitor Jarno Maimonen
If you have photos, a story or video you want to share email us

1996 Olympian Mark Coogan Tunes Up for Kip Keino Run With 16:08 5k Coogan says he likely won't do the Olympic Marathon Trials in NYC. Hint: You all are coming to run or watch or just hang out at the Keino mile, right? More info on the race next weekend featuring Nick Willis and Anthony Famiglietti in beautiful Ithaca, NY here

Drake: *Results
Alan Webb Runs 3:51 to Shatter Steve Scott's Record in the Mile

Elite Women Wanted for Survey

Barmasai, Kibet and Toroitich target course record in Sunday’s Vienna City Marathon

Chad Hall to Use an Altitude Tent at Oregon And some of you accuse Nike of buying him off. His brother runs for Asics and he is getting a $160,000 scholarship. We assume his parents bought it for him.

37 Members of Congress Running Next Weekends ACLI Capital Challenge

Ritz Packing His Stuff for Eugene The trails in Boulder are too hard. We could have told you that. dailycamera.com

A Look at Steve Meinelt the Youngest Qualifier for the Men's Olympic Marathon Trials Update: The articles is actually wrong. Mike Sayenko who went to Washington is younger.

Berlin Golden League Meet Trying to Get 70,000 Fans on its 70th Anniversary

New Sunday Date for Comrades Ultra is Upsetting Some S. Africans

2008 News: Beijing Going Overboard in Olympic Preparations
*Beijing Olympic Torch Relay to Bypass Sydney for Canberra

"What a ridiculous way to spend 4½ hours of my life"- runner at the Flora London Marathon

Mottram and Ritzenhein To Face Off at Healthy Kidney 10k
Ritz and Hudson Moving to Eugene

The rumors on the message board are true. Ritz and Hudson are moving to Eugene. The Torri are staying behind. Ritz has had a stress reaction. Plus there is a baby Ritz on the way.
*Mottram to Race Tadesse in 5k in Ostrava on June 27 IAAF

Alan Webb Featured on Yahoo Sports: "I skipped so many steps that now it's like now there's nothing left to do but break a world record or an American record. I'm doing my best." -Alan Webb, who has had a pretty good post collegiate career, but one so far that has not met many people's expectations.
*Mo Greene Interviewed on Yahoo Sports
He seemed to get turned off by some of the drug stuff going on in the sport, but says he's not done.

Mt. Sac Weekend Recap from IAAF IAAF

Alan Webb Runs 1:47 at Mt. Sac

*Dorcus Inzikuru Begins Training To Defend World Steeple Title She won the first gold for women in the event.

Ato Boldon to Coach Saudi Olympic Sprint Team

WADA General Manager Wants Tougher Doping Penalties

Next Week: Paul Tergat Says He May Still Be Competing When He's 40
*London Elite Fields The men's field is ridiculously good. London is the top marathon in the world for those of you who don't know.

Wow! Apparently Someone Thought This Was Really True (About Sub 4 hour Maratoners Being 'Complete Dicks')

Klüft, Clay to Defend Grotzi Multi Titles in May IAAF

Ato Boldon to Leave Trinidad Senate, Hopefully Get Hired by ESPN He's a great track announcer. NBC should hire him to replace some of the old guard.

Adam Goucher Hints He May Skip Olympic Trials Marathon for a PayDay Somewhere Else Well, Goucher doesn't use the word payday, but considering Dathan Ritzenhein got from what we believe to be over $150,000 to run NY last year, we see his thinking. It's crazy that an unproven American would get more than the first place prize to run the race.

Jeff Laynes, Age 36, Has Never Broken 10 Seconds in the 100, but He Thinks He Can Make the Olympics in 2008

Events You Might Be Interested In:
*Wine, Dine, Run and Learn With Deena Kastor: Running Clinic, Dinner and Race May 5th-6th in Isleton, California
The clinic's proceeds are helping support Dan Pfaff's new training group in California. Pfaff is one of the true geniuses in the sport.
*Title IX Conference at Stanford April 28th (Weekend of Cardinal Invite)

Heard On The Boards:Is Noakes Wrong? All of you wannabe exercise physiologists will love this one as it talks about the central governor model. Is it legitimate science or not?

1st Ever Kip Keino Mile
May 13 Elite Athletes Wanted. Certified
Track Mile. Or Come to the Kip Keino Dinner Open to the Public

New Running Fiction: Irish Night First 2 Chapters Available Online from a Letsrun.com Viewer.

Wacky News Item:
an Ran Half Marathon Barefoot in His Shorts Above Arctic Circle With it 35 Below (-31F) The guy is slightly tougher than Max King. He's going to climb Mt. Everest now with his shirt off.

Great Listen If You've Got 30 Minutes: Billy Mills Interview Before LetsRun.com, Billy was making his dreams become reality. He talks about still not totally belonging in America, the Marines changing his life, and much more.

1 Race, 1 Champion, 1 Helluva After Party: LetsRun.com/ Reebok Afterparty Photos
The stars were out in full force for the LetsRun.com / Reebok Post-Race Party. Exclusive Photos.
Boulder 2007 Photos: Women's Race Watch Deena Kastor dominate. Watch a slide show if you want.
Mens Race: Witness Culpepper's Come From Behind Victory

Junior Races

Wejo Speaks:
"In running however, there are not bonus points for running 'hard.' The point is to run fast. There is a difference. Don't forget that."

-Letsrun.com's Wejo explaining "Why He Sucked in College" but went on to be 4th in the country in the 10k"

In Case You Forgot JK is a genius: "John (JK)is the whole inspiration [for] why my brother and I are into running,His philosophy is what we use here at Cornell."- LetsRun.com's Rojo on the legendary JK

Trails are the #1 Amenity Homeowners Would Like to See in a New Community New York Times

More on the Amazing John Woodruff from Arizona Republic: "I'm most proud that I was able to do what I did in track and field in order to bring a good name for the Woodruffs."- John Woodruff
-NY Times Article on Woodruff
There is a Race in Woodfuff's Name in PA

On the Boards:
College Coaching Salaries Exposed If you're in it for the money get a job teaching high school. It pays better.

So True: "Eight years ago, Yesalis and UCLA labratory chief Don Catlin were asked independently how much money it would take for research to really fight doping, and both said the figure would be in excess of $50 million. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency spends roughly $2million a year on research."-New York Daily News writer T.J. Quinn, a man who understands the charade of the 'clean' Olympics.

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.

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.
If you want order VAAM
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