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LetsRun.com's Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

Gebrselassie's Legend Grows With One Hour Record in Ostrava

Former NCAA Star Julis Achon Trying to Qualify for NCAA Champs in 5k  2 time NCAA indoor champ, plus NCAA record holder in the 800.
*Olympic Steele Chamvp Ezekiel Kemboi Now in Training Camp for All Africa Games

3rd Annual Wirefly National Marathon Announces Holiday Sale: $60 for Full Marathon We dread the days we have to start paying to run marathons. Especially when we'll be registering months in advance, getting injured, and watching our money go down the drain.

Hayward Field A Special Place for Track and Field in America And it seems to be the only place in America where people will actually turn out to watch a meet unless they personally know someone competing.

Ostrava: Geb Gets 1 Hour and 20k World Records The great one got his 23rd and 24th world records as Craig Mottram won the men's 5k in 13:04 with a 53 second last lap. Defar won a very competitive women's 5k.

Britain's #1 Craig Pickering Winning 100m in 10.16
Despite Win, Pickering Is Realistic About Where He Stands On World Stage (scroll down). Pickering: "There are loads of Americans who have run quicker than me — so I have a lot of catching up to do." Pickering also says he's hoping to make the semis of the Olympics and that Tyson Gay can easily run 9.70.
South Africa's LJ van Zyl Wins 400m Hurdles World champion Bershawn Jackson looked like a sure winner until he fell on the last hurdle.
Distance Preview of 2007 Ostrava Meet

2 South Carolina Sprinters Go Pro It wasn't a surprise that NCAA record holder Natasha Hastings left after she ran a 49.84 last week. Shalonda Solomon, the 2006 NCAA 200m winner who has been hurt, is gone as well. Our question: Is Leonel Manzano next?

AT&T USA Nationals: *Results
Post Nationals:
*Jenny 'Puddles' Barringer Has to Decide Whether She Will Go to Osaka

*Triple Jump Champ Aarik Wilson is Upset New IU Coach Ron Helmer is Not Retaining Wayne Pate

*JJ Clark's Athletes Do Well at USAs

*Webb Still Has Soft Spot for Maize and Blue

*Third Placer in Steeple Tom Brooks Was a Scrub at IU

Tyson Gay Is The Man, Alan Webb Impresses
Khadevis Robinson Still the King

Gay ran 19.61 (2nd fastest time ever) into the wind and showed he is the top sprinter in the world as the Xman went out with an injury. Alan Webb blew away the field the last 50m of the 1500 to win a thrilling race as Webb, Lagat, Manzano and Lukezic were all together with 100 to go despite the quick pace. Webb also broke Steve Scott's meet record. Watching the men's steeple was like watching a train wreck as the 3 favorites including American record holder Dan Linocoln and Anthony Famiglietti all failed to qualify for the World Champs. Cal star Alysia Johnson edged Hazel Clark in the 800m as high schooler, yes high schooler, Chanelle Price led the first 400m.
LetsRun.com recap here.
*Allen Johnson Fails to Qualify for Worlds For First Time Since 1993 Even if he wasn't our cousin, Johnson would be our favorite hurdler on the circuit.
*Xavier Carter Tumbles to Track With Injury at Nationals with Injury

*Ritz Says He Will Run the 10k Not the Marathon at the Olympics
*Day 4 Distance Recap from Race Results Weekly: Fast Times Take Webb, Robinson, Johnson to 2007 USATF Titles

Video: *Video of Webb's 1500
*Nice 2 minute highlight video from NBC
*Video of all Sunday's Races
Post Race Interviews
Photos: Here and Here
On the boards:
A LetsRun.com First: NBC Covrage Almost Perfect
*Is Webb's Hair Giving Him Confidence?
*Khadevis Vs Nick Symmonds
KD is the king.
Sanya Richards fails to Qualify for Worlds *Video
*Tim Layden of SI on the Rise and Fall of Sanya Richards and Angelo Taylor
Clement Three Peats

The poster child for AT&T and women's track and field in America, the 2006 IAAF athlete of the year, Sanya Richards, failed to qualify for Worlds in a shocking performance. The underrated Treniere Clement got the three peat in the 1500m, Jenny Barringer won a tight women's steeple, Angelo Taylor won a tight men's 400m, and James Carter got the win and a world leader in the 400m hurdles. Plus, Jordan Hasay showed she is one of the best high school runners ever in America and she's only a sophomore and AJ Nation and Matt Centrowitz put on a nice duel. Don't miss Sunday's action which is all finals including the men's 800, 1500, and steeple.

Video: NBC Gets it and Now Is Putting Up Internet Video of Its TV Coverage Men's, Women's 400, 400m Hurdles, Women's 1500 etc
*Nice Little 3 Minute Recap of Saturday's Action from NBC
*Plus Flocast Post Race Interviews and Even Dyestat Jr Videos You can Downlaod

*Saturday Quotes
*Nice AP Recap of Saturday's Action

*Grace Upshaw Goes from 5th to First in Long Jump on Final Jump
Shalane Dominates, Lagat Outsprints Tegenkamp Again in a Thriller
Bernard Lagat
won a thrilling men's 5000m with an unbelievable kick the final 200m to push Matt Tegenkamp into the runner up spot for the 2nd stragiht year. Shalane Flangan dominated the women's 5000m and NCAA champ Michelle Sikes continued to impress by making the World Champs team. Tyson Gay ran a sizzling 9.84 into a .5 mps wind, the 2nd fastest time ever into a headwind.
*Race Results Weekly Friday Distance Recap: Lagat Completes First Half of Double Title Defense
Torri Edwards Back on Top (Friday Recap) Washington Post
*Tyson Gay's Run May Have Been One of the Best 100m Performances Ever indystar.com
*AP Recap of Friday
*Bryan Clay Withdraws from Decathlon But Still Will be Able to do Worlds
Video: Bob Kennedy, Tegenkamp and Solinsky Talk abou the Great Men's 5k
*Men's and Women's 5k Highlights
From the Kimbia perspective but you see Lagat's great finish.
Audio Download or Listen to the Letsrun.com Post Race Audio Recap Podcast
(30 minutes) from Friday featuring Matt Tegenkamp and Bob Kennedy (they start 2/3 of the way through)
Thursday: Abdi Abdi Abdi
Deena Wins Women's Crown

Abdi Abdirahman had the best credentials in the field (top time in the US in 2006 and 2007, 10th place in 2000 Olympics) and he showed he is the top 10,000m runner in America by winning his 3rd US title versus an incredibly strong field as he pulled away from Dathan Ritzenhein over the final half mile. Ritz faded badly the final lap in the heat and Galen Rupp had a very impressive run to finish 2nd. On the women's side, Deena Kastor blew away the women's field for the win and just dipped under the "B" standard to book her ticket to Osaka. The inaugural Letsrun.com audio broadcast of the 10ks was as success as we try and work out the kinks and featured guest commentator Toni Reavis (the best announcer in the business), plus interviews with Abdi, Ryan Hall, John Meyer (Denver Post writer), and Brad Hudson (you can listen to it or download it here). In other action, things went according to form, and Nick Symmonds passed nearly the entire field the final 100m to run 1:46 in round 1 of the 800, Tyson Gay went sub 10 in the first round, and Breaux Greer set another American record.
*Recap of 10ks from Denver Post
*Breaux Greet Gets 8th Straight US Title USA Today

*Youngster Galen Rupp Finishes 2nd at USATF cstv.com

*Tyson Gay Plays it Safe in 100m Qualifying wit 9.98

*McDougal Drops Out of USATF 10k

*Masback Says USADA Doing a Good Job in Drug Fight, US Will Not Bid to Host Worlds

*Brian Clay Still Hurting in Terms of Sponsorships

*Galen Rupp/Alberto Video from CSTV Watch Alberto pump his fist.
*Thursday Races Up on Flotrack
Yep the entire men's 10k. Beautiful. Plus Post race interviews.
*2 Hour Letsrun.com podcast of 10k action With guest commentator Toni Reavis (the best announcer in the business), plus interviews with Abdi, Ryan Hall, John Meyer, and Brad Hudson

*Photos Galen Rupp
a young gangster
*IAAF Preview of Meet (Ignores the 10ks)

*Nick Symmonds Says 800m is Weakest Event in America and He Wants to Change That

*Tyson Gay Wants PB in 100 to Make Teams in 100, 200

*Justin Gatlin Still Trying to Stay in Shape Despite Doping Ban

Previous Nationals News:
*Sanya Richards a Star in the Sport

Indianapolis Star Talks About Track's Tough Task of Marketing Itself To General Public

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Oklahoma's Martin Smith Gets Pay Raise to $140,000 a Year He deserves it, but it's not like he's hurting for cash as he got  $500,000 from Nike Oregon. Smith should be Coach of the Year as he took OU from 10th to the Big 10 title in 2 years. We can't believe we didn't make a bigger deal out of it earlier. Nice article on him here.

Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius to Compete in Sheffield Grand Prix Versus Jeremy Wariner Next Week Times of London Some of the article acts  like he's going to challenge Wariner for the win. The dude has no chance unless he gets some really fast legs made.

Japanese Champs a Dress Rehearsal for Worlds in Osaka IAAF

Centrowitz Jr, Sorensen Come Up Short in Sub 4 Attempts The highschooler and the 40 year old squared off against each other and the clock but the clock won. Dan Wilson won the race in 4:01. Centro ran 4:03, Sorensen 4:05.
Video of Centro/Sorensen's Mile Race
*Pre Race Feature o Centro/Jr

Usain Bolt "Hungry" For World Title - The happy go lucky partier who signed with Puma at age 17 is apparently a thing of the past. Well not totally as Bolt says he'd still party even if he was broke. At the very least, Bolt is much more focused and his 19.75 last weekend proves he's a real threat in Osaka.

Liu Xiang's Coach Says He May Go For World Record in Lausanne It seems like in the 110m hurdles, you could go for a record nearly every time out but in Paris, he may still be jetlagged.

Injury Updates: Groin Injury May Keep Asafa Powell Out of Golden League Meet on July 6th and Shot at $1 Million Jackpot BBC
Xavier Carter's Injury Not That Serious
Carter's agent Mark Block, who was the coach and agent of Zhanna Block of Balco fame, is quoted in the article. We're sure he knew nothing of what his wife was doing.

Accused Age Cheat Thomas Longosiwa Excited About All Africa Games The Kenyan proclaimed his innocence last year but was kept off the junior team. He's back in good form this year and is dreaming of Osaka.

African 10,000m Champion Moses Kipsiro Named To Ugandan Team To All Africa Games Kipsiro is in England training and is coming back from an injury but Uganda needs him if they are going to have any chance against the Kenyans/Ethriopians.

This Weekend: Former NYC Champ Hendrick Ramaala Running Nebank S. African Half Marathon Champs in S. Africa

Jamaican Champs:
*Usain Bolt Run 19.75 to Break Don Quarrie's 35 Year Old National Record
Asafa Powell Runs 10.04 at Jamaica Champs and is Injured

Jadel Gregório 17.90 at Brazilian Meet as NYC Champ Marílson Gomes dos Santos Gets 13:43.41/29:08.21 Double

European Cup:
*French Men, Russian Women (For 11th Straight Time) Win European Cup

*Marlon Devonish Wins 200 for Britain at European Cup Times of London

*European Cup 1st League Recap: Spanish Men, British Women Get Promoted

*Goldie Sayers Helps Push British Women into Superleague Telegraph.

Saturday: White Men Can Sprint:
Craig Pickering Destroys Field at European Cup to Get Win in 100m
*Recap of Day 1 of European Cup Super League
Recap of European Cup Day 1 in 1st League

Marion Jones Bankrupt?

Walter Dix Says He Will Run for FSU Next Year

Catherine Ndereba Wins Half Marathon in Kenya, Paul Teragt Runs as Well

Justin Gatlin Now Says Chris Whetstine Sabotaged Him and Made Him Flunk His Drug Test And don't f**** with Nike athletes. Nike's Llewellyn Starks reportedly beat Whetstine bad enough that he had to go to the hospital, and then reportedly said to Whetstine, "Stop (bleeping) with Nike athletes"

Oscar Pistorius Will be Able to Compete With Fake Legs Until IAAF Makes a Scientific Decision

Haile Gebrselassie's Addicted to Running: "I always have a goal to do something. That way I keep running. It's an addiction to winning. But it's also an addiction to run - it is like a drug. If I'm not sweating I don't feel good."

Non USATF News: Nigeria's Olusoji Fasuba Says He Needs More $ to Compete With the Best in the World
*Sherone Simpson, Fastest in World in 100, Will Miss Jamaican Champs with Injury
es from Kenyan Training Center Now Based in Europe for European Season
*Marlon Devonish Ready for European Cup

Men's 200m Gets Front Page Coverage on USAToday USA Today

David Greene Withdraws from 400m Hurldes British Team for European Cup BBC

Is Andy Baddeley the Next Great British Miler? Independent

Random Small European Action
*Cuban Prodigy Dayron Robles' Disappointing 12.26 Win Highlights Wet French Meet

*Carolina Klüft Jumps 6.71 at Home Stadium

*Great Hammer Action in Poland (Does anyone really care?)

BYU's Kyle Perry Gets Arrested for Getting in a Mop Fight With Some Guy

Nice Recap of Boys Mile From Nike Outdoor Nationals: A 58 1st lap and 30 meter lead turned into a thrilling finish as 12 broke 4:10

Uganda's Abraham Chepkirwok Just Missed Julius Achon's National Record in 800 at Exxon Mobil Bislett Games

Cornell's Sage Canaday Qualifies for Olympic Trials In Marathon

Profile of Matt Centrowitz Jr
The stud will be at Oregon next year where he will be roommates with US HS XC champ Chad Hall. A reality tv show of that pairing might get good ratings.

Kenyan Nationals World Jr. XC Champ Moses Kiprop Steals Spotlight And Wins 1500m Title Kiprop hasn't lost a track race all year and may be a future great. Olympic steeple champ
Ezekiel Kemboi won his specialty.
*40 Yr Old Edith Masai Wins Competitive Women's 10k In Sprint Finish and Books Ticket To Osaka Masai, a 3-time world xc champ, didn't start running competitively until age 34. Marathon great Catherine Ndereba finished 4th but was pleased.

Olympic Marathon Champ Mizuki Noguchi Runs 5km Pr of 15:30 Much of the race was run solo.

Unofficial US HS Nationals -
NON Coverage and Full Results Here
Matt Centrowitz Jr Runs 8:41 2 Mile 58 last lap ties him for #3 all time with Pre. The race live up to the advanced billing it got in USA Today.Video of Centro Jr's 8:41 2 Mile
Chanelle Price Runs 2:02.76 for 800m Win The scary thing is she still has a year left in HS. Is she the future of US mid-d running?
*Penn State Bound Sam Borchers Wins HS National Mile With Scorching 4:03 - 5th Fastest High School Only Time Ever Borchers is used to winning that's for sure. At the Ohio state meet when someone passed him in the 800, he claimed afterwards that he was "kind of insulted."

British HSchooler Is Damn Good As Well Profile of European Jr XC Champ Stephanie Twell She is very good (4:10/9:07) but the British press is once again overhyping things and asking already if sh'es the next Paula Radcliffe.

Kenyan Trials: Can World XC Junior Champ Asbel Kiprop Upstage Seniors and Win 1500?
*Editorial: Athletics Kenya Needs To Make Kenyan Trials More Fan Friendly

Wednesday's Action:
Prague: Prague Recap IAAF

*Chris Tomlinson Jump 8.23 in Prague

*S. African Christiaan Krone Runs 10.25 PB in Prague


Olympic Shot Bronze Medallist Joachim Olsen Throws 21.61 Pb in Copenhagen IAAF
S. Africa's Franz Kruger Throws Discus 66.54 in Finland He's Hoping to Represent Finland at World Champs

Craig Pickering Gets Selected for European Cup 100m, He's the First British White 100m Man in 24 Years Times of London A white man has never run sub 10 in the 100 and no white man is in the top 50 all time.
*Dave Collins UK Athletics High Performance Director Believes in Protecting Young Athletes from Big Competitions Until they are Ready Tim Benjamin got named over a currently faster athlete.
*British Team for European Cup Named, Goal is Just to Remain in Top Division
*Becky Lyne Says: "Make progress, not excuses."

Wejo's Kenya Trip: Kenyan Distance Running Part I: Kenya, the Land of Opportunity You've seen the highly praised photos, read the incredible race recap, now learn about the Kenyan distance phenomenon. In this article, Wejo looks at the motivations of Kenyan runners. "Running in Kenya is by and large about one thing: money opportunity.

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.

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

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.

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.

Emma Greene Defeats Bergqvist in High Jump in Sweden IAAF
Ostrava: S. African Lj Van Zyl Beat Both Felix Sanchez and Bershawn Jackson in Ostrava in 400m Hurdles

Ryan Hall With Some Great Training Advice: "I make sure I have easy days, for one thing. In college, our 'easy days' were all at around six-minute pace. You know, when  Noureddine Morceli was at [California’s] Riverside Community College, he’d run 10-minute pace on his easy days sometimes! But we got into a kind of group-think in college."

Floyd Landis Trying to Drum up Support in NY  Landis also has a new book out.

On The Boards:
*Mottram: Sends Another Message to the Americans
Why Are So Many High School Girl Runners Completely Clueless About Their Sport??

Jonathan Edwards Unsure if There is a God "The only inner problem that I face now is a philosophical one. If there is no God, does that mean that life has no purpose? Does it mean that personal existence ends at death?" Edwards, before his world record, was perhaps most known for his faith and not competing on the Sabbath. Times of London

Video/Audio: Alan Webb Post Race 2007 USATF Interviews (16+ minutes) He talks about how last year's 10k is helping him now, Bernard Lagat, and his troubles at Michigan.
*Matt Tegenkamp Podcast We haven't had time to listen to it but it was done after nationals

Life Isn't Fair: 23 Year Old Richard Kiplagat (Not the One Who Went to Iona) Is Running 1:46 for 800m and He's Only Been Training 7 Months EA Standard

Weekend Road Action:
Rita Jeptoo, John Korir Win $11,000 at Jakarta 10k
Jakarta 10k Award Stand Image

ESPN Has Been a Joke for a While Now Dean Karnazes Up for an ESPY

Smart Decision: Craig Pickering to Run European Under 23s Instead of Getting Smoked by Tyson Gay Guardian

LetsRun.com $250,000 Prediction Contest Check your final scores Sanya Richards bombed in the 400 just so we wouldn't have to give away the $250,000. Thank you Sanya.

Overlooked Badass: Mississippi States Golden Coachman He's in the Army and served in Iraq and got 7th at USATFs after earlier in the year being pleased to just qualify for Regionals.

Ask Wejo Round 2: Should A 31 Minute 10k Runner Quit His Collegiate Coaching Job and Move to Flagstaff to Train Full Time?

Marathon Training for the Masses is Working New York Times "You can't fake marathon training, especially the long runs."- Gordon Bakoulis with the best marathon advice you'll ever read. And it looks like Jeff Galloway is no longer saying walking breaks are the fastest way to finish a marathon, just the easiest way (although when we have a training program for the masses, we'll be easier than Jeff and won't make our people run 26 miles before the actual marathon)

London 2012 Logo Causing Epilepsy Seriously this is not a joke.

One We Missed: 50 Years Ago on June 1st, Don Bowden Became the First American to go Sub 4 by Running 3:58.7

Sad News We Missed: Mizan Mehari Ethiopian Who Switched to Australia Commits Suicide He was a national XC champ in Australia.

Eastern Illinois Coach Runs 41 Miles to Raise Money for His Team

$800,000 on this?