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Is it cynical to feel those new USOC ethical standards are situational, because one of the male runners who stood to lose his 2000 medal was superstar Michael Johnson, and there was no runner of Johnson's stature (other than Jones) on the women's relays?"

-Philip Hersh writing on how precedent supports Marion Jones' relay teammates in 2000 keeping their medals if they appeal the decision to strip them of their medals. And we don't think Mr. Hersh is being cynical at all. Everyone loves to pretend they are doing everything possible to stop doping when in reality they are not (the IOC and USOC)

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LetsRun.com's Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

James Li Named 2007 USATF Nike Coach of the Year

Asafa Powell to Base His Winter Training (and Racing) in Australia Supposedly he'll race for free.

Paula Radcliffe Undecided on Whether She'll Run London, Identifies Noguchi as a Main Rival in Beijing In a just world her and Paul Tergat would win Olympic marathon gold in 2008. BBC

New NCAA Outdoor Track Qualifying System Proposed The Regionals would basically become a one site mini nationals and the athletes would stay there at the same site and have nationals a week later. Not sure what we think of this, but it is on the table because the NCAA did not accept the coaches proposal to fix Regionals.
*Message board thread on new proposal.

LetsRun.com Paradise: Detailed, Detailed Splits of Olympic Marathon Trials Kudos to the timing team and course measurer David Katz for giving us 54 splits from the marathon.

This Weekend: Canadian XC Champs: Canadian XC Course Preview (It Should be Muddy)
*Message board prediction thread

Paula Radcliffe May Skip Training at UK Athletics Site and Train in Albuquerque She's done great training by herself so far in her career, so we don't see why she should change things up.

Victor Conte Wants to Keep Sealed Balco Documents

Tyson Gay, Meseret Defar Named IAAF Athletes of the Year
*Article Says American Public Cost Allyson Felix as World Athlete of the Year
We doubt it.

Samuel Wanjiru Sets 12.5 Km Ekiden Record as He Prepares for Next Week's Fukuoka Marathon Showdown with Paul Tergat The Fukuoka marathon should be a great one this weekend.

A New Star: Pan Arab Games Recap: After 1:43.90 800, Sudan’s Abubakr Kaki Wins 1500 IAAF

Former Boston Champ Rita Jeptoo Wins Nigerian Obudu Ranch Mountain Road Race and $50,000 For comparison the Berlin marathon only pays 50,000 Euros for first place.

Julia Mombi of Kenya Wins Kobe Women's Half Marathon in 1:09:45 IAAF

Imagine If They Did The Same In The NFL/MLB - They'd Have Zero Results for 15 Years
All Marion Jones Results Since 2000 Annulled
The IAAF also wants her to give back $700,000 in prize money. *Read The Official IAAF Statement On Marion Jones
*Drug Cheats Unlikely To Get Any Medals Vacated By Jones

Prized Heifer Worth $1,500 To Be Given Away At Kenyan University XC Race

British Column: Bonds Indictment Best Thing To Happen To Baseball In 20 Years

Andrew Letherby, Amy Yoder Begley Win Manchester Road Race Nice recap from Hartford Courant plus video.

Francis Kibiwott (59:26 Half Marathoner) After $50,000 First Prize at Obudu Ranch Mountain Road Race in Nigeria on Saturday Usually mountain running doesn't attract the studs, but for $50,000 the top guys will race anywhere. IAAF

After 4th Place Finish in NY, Stefano Baldini Is Re Energized to Defend His Olympic Marathon Title IAAF

Want to Win NCAAs? Quit Reading the Message Boards It worked for Josh McDougal. WARNING the link above takes you to the message boards to explain this.

NCAA Articles You May Have Missed:
The Oregonian Talks About Oregon's National Title (Lananna Says You Can't Win NCAAs from the Back, Plus Daniel Mercado Fell 3k into the Race) Lananna's strategy worked and we gave him big props for picking his top 7, but coming from behind does work as Colorado has shown. It works best when the opening pace is fast.
Eugene Register Guard Recap of Oregon's First NCAA Crown in 30 Years Times are changing in Eugene. The Ducks did not get a front page story (they did get a nice front page banner above the title of the newspaper). The top story of the entire paper was on injured Ducks' QB Dennis Dixon. Image of Front page here
*Oregon Women Have Best Meet Since 1988 Nationals Registerguard.com They went from not making the meet last year to finishing 2nd.
Article on McDougal's NCAA XC Win from Lynchburg Newspaper
More NCAA News:
Lopez Lomong Turns Pro
He can turn his attention to making Beijing.
2007 NCAA Cross Country All Americans Named We're still trying to figure out on the boards who the 30 Americans are.

LetsRun.com Men's Recap: OREGON and McDougal
McDougal Triumphs in Great Stretch Battle over Rupp on Live TV

Josh McDougal
had won everything in collegiate cross country except for the NCAA championships. That changed on Monday thanks to a thrilling victory over Galen Rupp. Rupp however got some redemption as he put a #1 on the board in team scoring, as Vin Lananna's Oregon Ducks got the NCAA team title, restoring Oregon's XC tradition much quicker than anticipated. Don't underestimate the gutsy performance of Oregon's Mercado twins. Plus we tell you who bombed at nationals, and how some big time streaks in collegiate XC could be coming to an end next year. Article edited to reflect Iona was within 20 poionts at 8k. Photo of McDougal at Finish.

*Results: Men's Team Results
Men's Individual Results
*LetsRun.com 2007 NCAA Cross
Country Men's Photo Gallery
*Video Archive of Race
(Once you log in you can skip to any point in the CSTV coverage)
*Photo of the Day: Rupp Celebrates
Earlier we thought it was Salazar as well but not any more.
More: Nice Recap from Terre Haute Paper
: "I think we probably ran right around 14 minutes for that last 5K … that was into the wind and that’s not fast conditions. It was just flat out in the last mile-and-a-half almost. That last 50 meters I almost fell over my legs were so heavy" -Josh McDougal
*Post Race Recap and Quotes from GODucks.com
*CSTV Post Race Recap
*Post Race Interviews

PreRace: Oregon, Iona Men the NCAA Favorite Ok call us, but we think we made the point Oregon wasn't a shoe in favorite but the Ducks ran great to take home the title. More soon.
The Race is Being Reaired on CSTV at 11pm Tonight
This Guy May Even Be Smarter Than Us: Excellent Analysis on the Message Boards From Terminator X He looks at Oregon's spread, gives Rupp 1st place, Kiptoo 10th, and still has the Ducks coming up short.
*updated NCAA XC Prediction Polls Lopez Lomong now has more first place votes than Galen Rupp
Good Read:
Lengthy Lengthy Article on Galen Rupp and Alberto Salazar in Eugene Register Guard Plus more background on how Rupp ended up at Oregon.
NCAA Preview from Terre Haute Newspaper
*NCAA Men's Preview from CSTV Lananna Expects High Scoring Meet, Lomong Says Rupp Better Run Away from Him Early
*NCAA Women's Preview: Stanford and Sally Kipyego Expected to Dominate
LetsRun.com World Famous Prediciton Contest: Who Will Win NCAAs?
Give us your top 10 individuals and/or teams as part of our prediction contest. Winners get RoadrunnerSports gift certificates. (scoring system here).

Pre NCAA Photos from Terre Haute:

*Men's Blue Race Photos
Men's White Race Photos
*Women's Blue Race Photos
Women's White Race Photos
*Iowa's Diane Nukuri Survived Death Squads in Burundi, Made the Olympics as a Teenager in 2000, And Now is One of the Favorites at Nationals An inspiring story. Probably a quote of the day in here somewhere but she got bumped because of Bonds.

More Drugs, Drugs, Drugs
British Doping Expert Says New HGH Test Is A Joke and HGH Will Be Used With 'Impunity' In Beijing Perhaps even more alarming is a new stat that estimates between 38 and 63% of German track athletes are dopers. Even more bad news, "The estimates are that most athletes think at least half their colleagues are doping."
Dick Pound Asks For Marion Jones Tests To Be Audited Former WADA head Dick Pound had a great quote "It is not much fun to find that someone who has been tested 160 times admits to doping,"

More NCAAs
Wisconsin's Streak of 5 Straight Years of 1st or 2nd at Nationals is On the Line This Year Super, super impressive (but also full of heart break as they only got 1 title out of 5) So impressive we didn't even believe it at first. So we looked up the 2003 results. And everyone take a moment to remember this: the 2003 Stanford men scored 24 Points at Nationals!! Sick.
*West Region Champ Teresa McWalters Riding High as Stanford Goes for 3peat at Nationals
Former High School Star Mel Lawrence Has Adapted Well to NCAA Ranks Her Freshman Year at Washington
Colorado Men Ran Controlled but Got Regional Win The women had to get an at large bid.
*Paul Ereng Pleased With UTEP's Performance at Regionals
Eric Heins Talks About His First Year as NAU Coach
LetsRun.com's Rojo Pleased With His Senior Class at Cornell He'll have Sage Canaday who also made the Olympic Marathon Trials at nationals.
e Scott Analyzes the Women's NCAA XC Nationals
Message board thread on women's predictions here.
*Final NCAA Rankings Announced
The rankings are meaningless as everyone starts with a clean slate on Monday.

RYAN HALL 2:09:02 Ryan Hall put on one of the most impressive performances ever in American marathoning history, as he destroyed the field and coasted to victory in an incredible 2:09:04 (after a 1:06:17 1st half, yes that's a 1:02:47 2nd half on the hills of Central Park) on the very difficult NYC course. Dathan Ritzenhein ran a very impressive 2:11:07 to get 2nd while Brian Sell got the 3rd Olympic spot in 2:11:40. Former World Record holder Khalid Khannouchi ran a very gutsy race to finish 4th.
Ryan Hall is the real deal in case you didn't know. Here are his 5k splits on the very difficult NY course to prove how incredible he is at the marathon: 16:44, 15:41, 15:27, 15:12, 15:05, 14:48, 14:28. Yes that's right a 14:28 from 30 to 35k. Hall pumped his fist, pointed to the heavens, and waved to the crowd the final mile savoring the incredible run and still ran a 15 minute 5k pace for the final 7.2k (14.56 from 35 to 40k)
Race Recap From RunnersWorld's Amby Burfoot Amby did an excellent job covering the lead up to the Trials so it is fitting we link to his race article.
*NBCOlympics Recap of 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials: Triumph and Tragedy
*Video: Watch the on Demand (For Free, Skip to Any Crucial Point Instantaneously. Thank you NBC)
*Post Race Press Conference Videos Top 3, Meb, Culpepper, Khannouchi, Lehmkuhle
*Dathan Ritz Quotes
*Brian Sell Quotes

*Khalid Khannouchi 4th at Trials A great great run for Special K. He got 4th hobbling around the park.
Excellent ones from letsrun.com message boarders skylon

2007 ING NYC Marathon: Paula Radcliffe and Martin Lel Win With Big Finishing Kicks For the second straight day, there was thrilling action in New York's Central Park. Paula Radcliffe led for nearly 26 miles before Gete Wami took her first lead with less than a half mile to go. That move sparked an amazing finishing kick by Radcliffe who got her second NY title in her first marathon in two years. Wami gota nice consolation prize - the $500,000 world marathon majors title. In the men's race, Martin Lel outsprinted Abderrahim Goumri just as he did in London.
Highlight Video from NBC Sports (3:47) NBC did a great job on its coverage this weekend. You can watch for free the entire men's trials here on demand (skipping to any point you want). If you paid $3.99 using code RUN2007 you can watch the full NYC marathon on demand.

Non NY News:
Joshua Chelenga Wins in Seoul in 2:08, Women's Course Record Set of 2:29 IAAF
Athens: Athens Marathon Course Records Finally Broken
Soweto: Soweto Marathon Recap

More New York:
Text of All Official Olympic Trials Post Race Interviews
*Text of All NYC Post Race Press Conferences

*Video of Press Conferences Here (Trials) and Here for NYC
Lance Armstrong even speaks.

Woman with MS, Zoe Koplowitz, Finishes NYC Marathon Nearly 29 Hours After She Started

Previous NYC News:
Radcliffe Shrugs Off Pregnant Pause & Wins NYC Paula showed tha
t post-pregnancy she is still the world's finest marathoner as she unleased an amazing finishing sprint to beat her old track rival Wami . Wami had taken the lead from Radcliffe after Paula led for theentire race up to that point. Paula put 23 seconds on Wami over the final 600 or so. Paula: "My legs got tired and when she came alongside me I thought this was not happening to me again. I've had years and years of her outsprinting me on the track and I thought she's not going to do it in a marathon."
*Paua Rembered World XC Win in Ostend During Finishing Sprint. In Ostend, Wami kicked a bit prematurely.
*Wami's 2nd Marathon In 35 Days Results In Big $500,000 Payday 2nd was good enough to giver her the world marathon majors title.

NYTimes Recap of Women's Race: On Familiar Turf, Radcliffe Shakes Off Old Rival
NYTimes Recap of Men's Race: London Sequel Has Same Ending For Lel

*Ramaala Settles For 3rd As Wheelchair Athlete van Dyk Is Forced To Withdraw After South African Air Loses His Wheelchair (For The 2nd Time)

Katie Holmes Completes NY Marathon 5.5 hours.

Details on Paula Radcliffe Training Extensively During Her Pregnancy New York Times
Jelena Prokopcuka Going for 3 Peat New York Times

LetsRun.com 2008 Men's Marathon Trials Preview Radio Podcast-Relive the glory of Wejo picking the top 3 in the Trials perfectly. Now available on demand to listen or download. We give you our genius opinions and break down the incredible field. And until talking to Toni and Matt we didn't realize the blowout profiles/stories/video on Chasingglory.com this week.

Ryan Hall Officially the Favorite
On the Trials preview radio podcast we first revealed the votes and Ryan Hall is the favorite followed by a close second in Abdi Abdirahman. 7 guys are clearly head and shoulders above everyone else in the voting.

More on Woodruff: 1936 800m Champ Olympian John Woodruff Dies New York Times
More on John Woodruff from NYTimes Last Year
*More on John Woodruff from ESPN

Even The New York Times Is Catching On To The Fact That Baseball's Drug Testing Program Is A Joke Baseball teams often are tipped off two days prior to the tests that a random, unannounced test is coming.

Chariots of Fire Record at Cambridge Broken The only 2 other guys to do it under the allowed time are Olympic gold medallists including Seb Coe.

World 400m Champ Christine Ohuruogu Gets Private Hearing at Her Request to be Allowed to Compete at Beijing Olympics Guardian

Ridiculous: Roy Martin, Arrested, Sent to Jail for Buying a $1 Xanax and Attempting to Stop Drug Problem at His School Article and brief video. For those of us from Dallas, Martin is a legend. He ran 20.13 for 200 in high school.
*Roy Martin Podcast We haven't had time to listen to it but the finalsprint tracked him down.

LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Men
Invuti Wins Unbelievable Finish in Chicago
Words don't do it justice just watch the video above.
*Chicago Tribune Recap of Ivuti's Narrow Win

It's hard for words to describe the greatest finish in (Chicago) marathon history. It came down to two time world champ
Jaouad Gharib and former track/xc star Patrick Ivuti, fresh off his 59:27 half marathon. Gharib surged ahead going up a slight incline down the finishing straight. Ivuti then battled back and took the lead on the downhill. Gharib dug back and retoook the lead as they barreled towards the finish and the two guys still standing there with the finish tape which is only about 5 feet wide. Ivuti surged back right at the finish and it was too close to tell but Ivuti got the win. Hot weather took its toll on everyone.
*Video: Patrick Ivuti Talks About His Narrow Win In Chicago

Lengthy Video Interview With Gebrselassie with Sean Hartnett After His World Record Hartnett knows his stuff so we're sure this is a great interview without even watching it. Hartnett knows virtually every top runner in Kenya and Tergat turned to Hartnett for advice prior to moving to the marathon.

Victah Sailer's Berlin Marathon Photos See Geb make history.

UK Athletics Cuts Staff by 1/3 It's probably a good idea to clean house. Rojo is on a trial suspension this week. You probably won't notice a difference.

Sara Hall Says Ryan Hall in August was Really Down on His Training Her post shows even the stars have doubts and a lot of doubts. "Back in August, Ryan went through a period where his training was going so poorly that he had started to give up hope on his dream and wonder if he should even show up on race day", she wrote. After seeing Ryan Hall run his 2 marathons after having periods of subpar training, Ryan should never doubt his ability in the marathon.

Dreams Become Reality
"Now, when I watch the final mile of the race part of me gets embarrassed at my enthusiasm as it is very uncharacteristic of my nature, but part of me remembers what I was feeling when I was out there. After years of struggle I was realizing my dream. It was overcoming all the hard times that made that moment so sweet and sharing it with my friends, family; and teammates made it even sweeter. I will never forget running through Central Park that fall morning, running through my sanctuary."

-Ryan Hall talking about his stunning run at the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials. To watch it again click here

Paul Tergat out of Fukuoka He was set to race World half marathon record holder Sammy Wanjiru this weekend but reportedly has an "Army" commitment he can't get out of. They must mean military because Tergat is in the Air Force.
*Preview of Men's Olympic Marathon Selection Process in Japan The process gets underway in Fukuoka this weekend.

Christine Ohuruogu Gets All Clear to Compete at 2008 Olympics as Her Drug Ban is Overturned BBC
UK Athletics, Ed Warner, Backs Ohuruogo's Return to Competition BBC
Ohuruogu Says Learn from Her Mistakes Guardian

Olympic medallist Katharine Merry Says Ohuruogo's Case Has Strengthened Doping Fight By Bringing Attention to It BBC

Ohuruogu Nearly Missed a 4th Test Independent

Jamaica Track Legend, Herb McKenley, First Man Under 46 in 400, Dies He was one of Jamaica's first great track runners and excelled at the 100, 200, and 400. Plus he ran a sub 45 relay split.
*McKenley Had Had 2 Strokes and a Heart Attack Recently

A Look Back at Tyson Gays and Meseret Defar's Seasons IAAF

Great Ethiopian Run:
Haile Gebrselassie Honored at Great Ethiopian Run NYC director Mary Wittenberg and London director Dave Bedford were on hand.
Unheralded Athletes Win Great Ethiopian Run

Drug News: Christine Ohuruogu Talks at Length About Her Missed TestsGuardian
Paula Radcliffe Says Christine Ohuruogu Should be Allowed to Compete at Olympics Next Year
*Carl Lewis Speaking Out Against Doping, Says He Can Tell Who is a Doper

Australian 400m Star John Steffensen Says He Will Skip Olympics If He Has to Run Australian Champs in February to Make Team

Stanford Coach Weir's Job in Jeopardy?

Footlocker Regionals Mania: 3 of 4 Are Complete
*Northeast: Steve Spence's Daughter Neely Wins For 2nd Straight Year As Donn Cabral Sets New FLNE Record
Claire Durkin Sets Course Record And Wins By Staggering 41 Seconds
In the boy's race, Mike Fout routed one of the favorites for nationals, Chris Derrick, but many are saying Derrick took it easy .
South: Defending National Champ Kathy Kroeger Gets Narrow Win as Texas's Colby Lowe Remained Undefeated And Qualifies For The 3rd Time
Message Board Thread:
Who Is Favorite on Men's Side?

Business News: Liu Xiang Insures His Legs for $13 Million
*Doha Gets 2010 World Indoors, Istanbul 2012 World Indoors

Japan Comes From Behind To Win Chiba Ekiden Japan's
Excellent Recap with Photos
Yukiko Akaba started the last leg 4 seconds down but smoked Kenya's Catherine Ndereba by over a minute to defeat the Kenyans who had led throughout. The mixed sex team from Japan ran 2:05:56 for the marathon. The US team was 4th - just ahead of the Japanese collegiate team, which beat GBR and AUS. US II star Scott Bauhs continued his fine form and ran the best time on his leg after the US team was dropped by the leaders. The great Todd Williams (remember him?) selected Bauhs for the team.
*A Good Pre-Race Look At Ekiden From A Kenyan Paper

*2nd Meet Of Year Takes Place In Spain On Sunday
*1st Meet Recap From Last Week In Case You Missed It

Olympian and Former World Junior Record Holder Vaulter Yvonne Buschbaum to Get a Sex Change

Former 100m World Record Holder Calvin Smith, 4 Others Elected to USATF Hall of Fame
*USATF Hall of Fame Class of 2007 Interviews with Jane Frederick, Calvin Smith, Glenn Morris, George Woods and Elvin C. "Ducky" Drake

Mixed Race Ekiden on Tap for First Time Ever at Chiba Ekiden on Friday IAAF

Jolanda Ceplak Nearing Doping Ban for EPO

Thursday: Ian Dobson Trying to Defend Manchester Road Race Title vs Mayor's Cup XC Champ Girma Tola, Martin Fagan and Many More
US Team Leaves for First Co Ed Chiba Ekiden

Paula Radcliffe Nominated for Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year

Weekend Action We Didn't Report: Jon Brown Breaks Course Record in 1st Race as a Canadian

Fasil Bizuneh Writes about the Olympic Trials and Ryan Shay's Death

Rock N Roll Arizona to Pay $500 to Each Olympic Trials "B" Qualifier

Drugs: White House Drug Czar Waits for Day When Pro Sports Join WADA CodeUSA Today
Frank Shorter Proud of His Anti Doping Fight Hartford Courant
New USADA Head Travis Tygart has a $12 Million Budget
*Victor Conte to Meet With WADA Head Dick PoundBBC

NCAA Women:
LetsRun.com Women's Recap: Stanford Three peats, Kipyego Dominates Sally Kipyego showed she is still head and shoulders ahead of the competition and Stanford showed there was a reason they were #1 in the country all year. Plus we take a look at next year's NCAAs. The Pac10 is so tough Stanford could go from three peating at nationals to 4th in their conference.
Women's Team Results
Women's Individual Results
*LetsRun.com 2007 NCAA Cross Country Women's Photo Gallery
More: Sally Kipyego Cruises to Another NCAA XC Crown www.tribstar.com
The Oregon Women Hadn't Made NCAAs Since 2000 and They Leave the NCAA Runnerups www.oregonlive.com

Olympic Champ Noguchi Wins Tokyo Marathon in 2:21:37 She booked her ticket to Bejing with the win.

Sunday Action: Bizunesh Bekele Upsets Lornah Kiplagat, Sileshi Sihine Wins at Seven Hills 15k Run in Netherlands It's good to see Sihine get a win. He's one of the best runners ever on the planet but unknown because of Bekele. IAAF
*Barnabas Kosgei, Hellen Kiprop Win Eldoret XC Race IAAF

*Former Junior Star Joseph Ebuya and Meselech Melkamu Win Spanish EAA XC Meet

*Ethiopians Win Beirut Marathon

Drug News:
Cheat Sureyya Ayhan Fails Another Dope Test Could Get Lifetime Bans
WADA Convention:
WADA Code Change Says Athletes in Some Circumstances Will Get 4 Year Bans
*Australian John Fahey Elected New Head of WADA

*WADA Does Not Adapt 1 Hour Guideline for Unnanounced Testing
Britain wanted athletes to say where they will be 1 hour each day for unannounced testing. In other countries like the US, athletes tell the testers where they will be all day and the testers try and show up at any time unnanounced.
Dick Pound Wants an Audit to Be Done to Figure Out Why Admitted Doper Marion Jones Passed 160 Doping Tests It's pretty simple. The tests aren't very good at detecting what athletes actually use yet WADA wants to pretend its effective.
*Endocrinologist Says HGH Test is Ineffective

WADA Running Low on Cash Thanks to Strength of Canadian Dollar

On the boards: Who would be the National Champion if NCAA Coaches Raced?
Which coach would you want as your wingman Saturday night in Terre Haute

Just Wait Until The Drug Scandal Hits The NFL
American Baseball Star Barry Bonds Indicted The slugger has been accused of lying when he says he didn't know he took drugs. His trainer has been released from prison after 13 months behind bars for not cooperating. Indictment (PDF)
Jay Mariotti Column Bonds Busted: A Day To Celebrate

Haile G's Greatness About To Get A Bit Greater It appears that the GOA (greatest of all time) is going to be the first marathoner in 48 years to have run the fasetest marathon time in a given year for 3 straight years.

Not All Is Good on the Anti-Doping Fight:
"Leading anti-doping authorities are convinced that an investigation-oriented approach is more effective than drug tests" Washington Post How about actually spending money to develop better tests or at least trying to spend serious money on the tests. Professional sports in the US get billions in subsidies every year yet we toss a few million to anti doping research and act like we're combating the problem.
One We Missed from Last Month WADA Vice President: "WADA has taken a step backwards, we've gone back ten years."
*Athlete Passports May Be Best Anti Doping Tool USA Today
A Secret Push by Europeans May Be Held to Prevent Australian John Fahey From Becoming WADA Head

NCAA Regionals:All Regional Results Here
*Who Is Getting In At Large? Looks like it comes down to Syracuse or Indiana.
Colorado over NAU and UTEP (Lopez Lomong Wins Individual) Don't tell us you're surprised
*Colorado State Women Win, Colorado Only 4th That is surprising
Great Lakes:
Men's Results: Michigan Beats Wisconsin (Technically They Tied)
*Women: Michigan State Wins
Midwest Women Team Results: Minnesota Women Win
*Diane Nukuri Dominates Individuals
Mid Athlantic: Georgetown Men Win Mid Atlantic Nova gets the 2nd auto as Princeton suffers heartbreak again as for 2nd time in 3 years they are left out of big dance by less than 5 points.
*Princeton Women Win Mid Atlantic
NorthEast: StonyBrook Women Make It We're surprised. Not sure if we should be.
*Men: Iona and Providence Congrats to Rojo's Sage Canaday, the youngest runner at last weeks Olympic Marathon Tirals for qualifying for the Big Dance.
South Region: Men Alabama Rebounds As FSU Trounces Florida
Women FSU And Georgia Get Auto
South Cetnral: Men
Same Old Same Old This region is a good example of why there needs to be a superregional as all regions are by no means equal
Rice Women Win as Arkansas Edge Baylor
SouthEast Region: Duke Women Rise to Occasion To Nab 2nd Their season had been disappointing up until Saturday
Men: NCStated Edges Louisivlle By 1 As W&Mary and UVA Also Advance
Oregon Men Win Nation's Most Competitive Region Question is how many teams will get in?
Stanford Women Roll and Look To Be Team To Beat At NCAAs 33 points is fantastic

Glasgow Gets 2014 Commonealth Games They beat out Abuja Nigeria.

IAAF Top 50 Lists for 2007 Announced IAAF

Hayley Yelling Running Gateshead's Riverside Bowlon XC Saturday

Isinbayeva Honored by Zurich Golden League

Lornah Kiplagat to Run Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon Perhaps this race can replace Berlin as a World Marathon Major (although JasoninAsia points out Berlin has a beautiful course and tens of thousands of spectators). It already has the biggest prize purse in the marathoning world and Haile Gebrselassie.
*Amsterdam the Fastest Marathon in 2007
And while we think Berlin is the weakest of the majors it does have the fastest 10 times in the world all-time. (Plus we actually have the right Khannouchi video where he talks about Berlin and Geb's record)

Robert Cheruiyot and Gete Wami Honored With Inaugural World Marathon Majors Titles and Their $500,000 Checks in NYC Both athletes were very humble as they accepted their prizes and were already focused on the future instead of spending their paydays. Cheruiyot is the greatest rags to riches story in sport. Text, photos and video.
*NY Times Article on World Marathon Majors Awarding $500,000 to Cheruiyot and Wami
*London Director Dave Bedford Expects World Marathon Majors to Raise Purse

Post NYC News:
*Paula Radcliffe Turns Attention to Beijing and Will Do Some Things Differently This Time Times of London
*Radcliffe Hoping to Compete at London Olympics at Age 38 in 2012
Seb Coe Praises Paula Radcliffe BBC
Steve Cram Full of Praise for Paula
*Paula Radcliffe Interview With BBC

(Most of Our NY News is Above and to the Left)
Pre Race NYC/Trials News:

Her Mom Runs 2:15
and Her Dad 3:34

Paula Stronger Than Ever? Paula Radcliffe blew into the press area in advance of Hurricane Noel on Friday and she got the star treatment. Paula indicated that her pregnancy has left her stronger than in the past. That's a scary thought. LetsRun.com story above with photos/video of the press conference.
More Paula:

Philip Hersh Profile in LA Times
British Article on Comeback
*Brendan Foster:
Paula is Britain's Best Hope for Gold in 2008
Thursday: US Men Ready to Rumble
Abdi and Hall the Favorites

Thursday the majority of the favorites for the US Olympic Trials addressed the media (Brian Sell, Dathan Ritzenhein, Alan Culpepper, Ryan Hall, and Abdi Abdirahman).Sell and Hall looked nervous for sure but that all means nothing on Saturday. It is almost time to forget about the hype and let them lace them up and take to the streets of NYC in the most anticipated Olympic Marathon Trials in ages. The media was out in full force on Thursday and the US stars are getting a lot of press, although not much of note was said.

Hall: Ryan Hall Profile in LA Times: "A silver medal trumps a 2:08" Latimes.com
*Full Video of Press Conference With Amerian Men and International Men
2008 NYC Media Day 2 (Wednesday): Jelena Prokopcuka, Wami Battling for Half a Million $$$$
American Darkhorses: Jason Hartmann, Clint Verran and Ryan Shay Address the Media, Pete Gilmore Sick
LetsRun.com recaps Wednesday's Media news. Text, photos, video.
Tuesday at the Trials:
Khannouchi, Meb Ready to Go
A candid Khalid Khannouchi addressed the media along with Meb Keflezighi. Khannouchi took on a wide range of issues (the fall trials date, the 1 shot American system, and Haile Gebrselassie's new world record in the marathon) as arguably the greatest marathoner of all time tries to make the Olympics for the first time. Both Khalid and Meb say they're training has been good of late.
*Video of Press Conferences

Spira CEO Writes an Open Letter to Letsrun.com Readers You know the company that is dependent on USATF "banning" it's shoes.
*LetsRun.com Readers Respond With an Open Letter to the Spira CEO

Gebrselassie Talks About Running First 10 Miles of Detroit Free Press Marathon into Canada "This one, one day, I believe can become big like Chicago, New York and Boston"

Scott Bauh, DII Star, Turning Heads With his 1:03:04 Half Marathon Clearly he looks like the real deal.

Let the Hoopla Begin: LetsRun.com
Thousands of Spectators, The Greatest American Field Ever Assembled, and Much More: America's Top Coaches Brad Hudson, Keith Hanson, and Terrence Mahon Talk About the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials

Hudson's Athletes Doing "Much, Much, Much Harder" Training
Teleconferences are usually pretty boring but since the greatest American field ever is assembling in New York in two weeks we've broken down for you the highlights of what America's top coaches are saying about the Olympic Marathon Trials and their athletes' preparations. Learn how Brad Hudson's athletes have done "much, much, much harder" training for this marathon than anything else, learn about Brian Sell's 150+ mile weeks, predictions of hundreds of thousands of spectators, how USATF was "inept" at developing marathoners, and much more including Jason Lehmkuhle no longer being a darkhorse candidate at the Trials.
*Audio Highlights and Full Teleconference If You're Into That
n the boards: Is this the greatest collection of American distance talent ever in one race?
More Marathon News:
Meb Keflezighi Celebrating 20 Years in America
Dathan Ritzenhein Interview
Ryan Hall Interview

LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Women
Adriana Pirtea Blows It

Just watch the video above. Shorter video here if you're impatient

Chicago Tribune Recap of Ivuti's Narrow Win
Adriana Pirtrea, a runner basically no one has heard of (including ourselves) (she did finish 2nd at an NCAA indoors once), was on her way to winning the Chicago Marathon. She had been clear of Berhane Adere for miles. Pirtrea, as she took the final turn, was high fiving the crowd. She had a 15 second lead with 58 seconds of runing left. Little did she know that Adere had overcome whatever problems she had had and was quickly making up ground. Pirtrea never looked back and was strolling into the finish thinking about her career changing win. Meanwhile, Adere was in an all out sprint on the other side of the road. She flew by Pirtrea and Pirtrea had no chance to respond. A truly incredible turn of events as Adere made up a 15 second deficent in 47 seconds. Watch it to believe it.
*Former Yalie Kate O'Neill 3rd in Her Debut

*Wheelchair Race Decided by 1 Second All the races in Chicago were close.

We're Not Joking: RunnersWorld with Extensive Olympic Marathon Trials Section The editor, Amby Burfoot, was a Boston Marathon champ back in the day, and has done a good job. You learn that Brian Sell looked good in the Olympic Trials simulator in Central Park, Khannouchi is fasting for Ramadan, Josh Cox is running 150 miles a week, and more.

AL OERTER 1936-2007 The death of this legend basically is being ignored in the US but thankfully the NYTimes gave him the homage he was due in this tremendous article by Frank Litsky on Oerter. And we like Oerter's anti drug stance and honesty (admitting to trying roids in 1976). When he quit competitive throwing he said, "The drug culture had taken over."
*Daily Telegraph in Britain Remembers Al Oerter

*Kansas City Star Remembers Al Oerter

*More Oerter: *
Message Board Thread
More on Oerter from Florida Paper
*Article on Oerter and His Painting: "I know this won't sound right but painting is the same dadgum thing I found in training for the Games"

LetsRun.com 2007 World's Coverage:
*Sunday Homepage
Ndereba marathon
*Saturday Homepage
*Friday Homepage Tyson Gay
*Thursday Homepage Lagat
Wednesday's Homepage Lagat
Tuesday's Homepage Bekele 10k
Monday's Homepage Tyson Gay
Sunday's Homepage Dibaba/Goucher 10k
*Saturday's Homepage
Kibet Marathon

2006 Las Vegas Marathon Champions are Paid Our apologies for waiting a few days to put this up. We're still about 300 days ahead of Devine Racing. Hopefully this race isn' t a disaster like last year.

Inventor of Gatorade Dies  The first  batch of the stuff he made made him vomit. Thankfully he got it right after that.
*Gatorade Trying to Increase Marketing as Sales Dropped Last Quarter

Former 10k World Record Holder William Sigei Says Mike Kosgei Needs to be Renamed National Coach if Kenya Wants to Beat Ethiopia

Dathan Ritzenhein Visa Humanitarian of Year for Giving $7,500 to Charity
USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Running Council Announces 2007 Award Recipients
*USATF Annual Convention Starts Today in Hawaii and Some Aren't Happy
Not sure why it had to be in the most expensive place in the US to get to. And we're not sure what goes on at these things. If there is something we should be aware of email us.

On the boards:
Kip Keino's 3:34.9 in Mex-City maybe best 1500 Ever
Cries for a LetsRun.com Empire:

*LetsRun.com Post Collegiate Team
How Many of you Douchebags would buy a Letsrun Singlet?
*LetsRun Sponsored Road Race

Herb McKenley Obituary in NY Times Previous:
"I dreamt one night that I was running in a track meet and I was running like hell. I won the race with the officials announcing I had set a new world record of 46.2 for 440 yards. I woke up and could not believe it. I was in a sweat. The clothes were all wet from the race. I was sure I had been running..."

-Herb McKenley, a Jamaican legend, describing one of his dreams. He later went on to run 46.2 for the world record. McKenley, the first man to run under 46 seconds for 400m, died last night

SI Athlete of the Year:
*Vote on Paula Radcliffe for Athlete of the Year
*Alexander Wolff Says Make Alberto Salazar Sportsman of the Year

Vote for Tyson Gay on ESPN Magazine Cover

In case you were gone last week: LetsRun.com NCAA Prediction Contest Unofficial Scores See how you stacked up.

German Fernandez Smashes California High School State Record The dude went out in 4:22 at the mile. He ran 49 seconds faster than anyone else in California on Saturday. If he repeats the performance in 2 weeks he'll run away with the Footlocker Champs. This is one of the most impressive hig h school performances ever.
*Message board thread on Fernandez's Run
*Message Board Thread on Footlocker Nationals The big daddy of them all is 2 weeks away.
*More California State Meet Coverage LA Times
*California State Meet Results/Coverage from Dyestat

Videos (You have to download the videos to watch them as Dyestat did not host them on blip.tv)
*Finish and Post Race Interview
*More Video of Race Impressive to just watch him racing the clock.

Haile G Says Track Running is a "Jog" Compared to Marathoning, Tommie Smith Says: "I had 11 World records and couldn’t pay rent." IAAF

Cal International Marathon Next Week to Cap Field at 6000

On the boards: Turkey Sightings:
*Shalane Flanagan Runs 26:29 for 8k in Turkey Trot

*Matt Tegenkamp Runs a 10k
*Michael Stember in Sacramento

Pan Arab Games Day 2 Recap

Sad News:
Joi Smith, Univ of Michigan Track Athlete, Loses Her Battle With Cancer
*Joi Smith's Teammates Remember Her

Thankfully Dopers Sometimes Are Idiots: Süreyya Ayhan's Husband's Credit Card Usage to Buy Doping Products Did Her In

British News: Mo Farah Pulls Out of Chiba Ekiden, European XC Defense to Rest Groin InjuryBBC
*UK Athletics Chairman Ed Warner Admits Talent Pool for Beijing is Not Very Deep in Britain

*Athletics Boss in Britain Skeptical Rugby Coach Sir Clive Woodward's Program Can Help Track AthletesGuardian

In Case You Missed It: LetsRun.com Women's Recap: Stanford Three peats, Kipyego Dominates
Men's Recap:
OREGON and McDougal
*Tuesday's homepage
*Video Replay of Race
For the first time ever, NCAAs were seen on live tv. Usually they're on in a highlight show 2 weeks later that no one cares about.

Las Vegas Marathon Still Hasn't Paid It's Winners from 2006 Devine racing has shown itself to be totally classless and incompetent. These are the same jokers who had trouble paying the winners at the LA Marathon.

Author Malcolm Gladwell (and Alberto Salazar) Take a Look at The Kenyan Distance Running Success He talks about "a million" kids running to school everyday. We think it is one reason the Kenyans are great.
There Aren't Millions of Kids in Japan Running to School Everyday: The Amazing Depth of Japanese Long Distance Runners Exhibited
The Japanese are good because they run a ton. Wejo experienced it first hand.

Oscar Pistorius and His Legs Go Through Testing to See If He Should be Allowed to Run the Olympics Times of London

Lisa Hunter Galvan Qualified for New Zealand's Olympic Marathon Team for New Zealand after Dealing with Horrific Car Crash That Severely Hurt Her Daughter

High School Runner Breaks Leg Crawls Across Line

Rock N Roll Arizona to Pay $500 to Each Olympic Trials "B" Qualifier

We Really Hope They Don't Pay Their Marketing People Much:
USATF Announces Tyson Gay and Allyson Felix Are Athletes of the Year
Just Maybe you'd think they would try and not announce this on the day of NCAA XC.

While We're at It Three Cheers to the NCAA, CSTV and the USTFCCCA for Getting the NCAA XC Meet on Live TV It's the mark of what is considered serious sport in this country and the world. Live TV.

NCAA D2 and D3
NCAA D2 Champs: Nicodemus Naimadu Dominates and Leads Abilene Christian to Crown over Western Naimadu is the first male athlete to ever win 4 NCAA XC Titles.
NCAA D2 Champs: Adams State Women Dominate
DIII: Men: NYU Wins Julian Boggs, Guy Who Got Letsrun.com Quote of the Day 9th
*DIII Women: Amherst Wins