The Weekend To Be
By LetsRun.com - Just as we've started our weekly recap of the previous week's action ("The Week That Was" ), we here at LetsRun.com thought it might be good every Friday to give people an idea of what to look forward to in the upcoming weekend. Sometimes, there are so many events in a given weekend, it's hard for the casual fan to know what to focus on.
Given that we spent a lot of time this week on our previews of the 2007 Footlocker HS National Cross Country Championships (Boys Preview Here and Girls Preview Here), we'll be brief in outlining what to look for this weekend. Major highlights in addition to the Footlocker High School XC Champs are the European XC champs, the Honolulu Marathon and the US Club National XC Champs.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
2007 Footlocker Nationals
Casey Combest's (aka the Great White Hope's) Comeback
Tomorrow in Normal, Illinois Casey Combest will be running the 60m at the Red Bird Open Meet at Illinois State. Who the hell Casey Combest? He's the fastest American high schooler ever at 60m. And oh yeah, he's white.
Back in 1999, Wombest ran a 6.57 60m while in high school and was smoking Tyson Gay. Then he fell off the track and field map. But since white men can't sprint, Comebest's comeback gets its own story. More on the comeback here.
2007 USATF Club XC Nationals
we probably wouldn't even mention this meet. However, we're mildly
interested for a few reasons this year. 1) This year's race takes place
on the famed Rim Rock course in Kansas which hosted NCAAs in 1998. 2)
It snowed there so the race will feature some real, tough, old-school
Sunday December 9, 2007
In reading the women's preview, we do note that Ukranian Tetyana Holovchenko will seek to be the first women to ever defend her title and will be looking to join Paula Radcliffe as the only 2nd two-time champion.
Speaking of Radcliffe, the attention on Britain is on the junior women's race where Stephanie Twell is trying to be the first woman to go back to back in the junior race. Some are comparing Twell to Radcliffe, and Twell is already thinking of running the marathon, in 2020 (no joke, read this article)
The European athletics site also has up a U23 Men's Preview and an U23 Women's Preview. We imagine they will have a senior men's preview up on Friday. In the meantime, we found The Guardian's article on the race to be pretty informative.
2007 Honolulu Marathon
But Honolulu is also a very competitive race ($40,000 for 1st this year). Jimmy Muindi has made a career out of winning the Honolulu marathon. He's run the race an amazing 13 straight years (perhaps not as impressive as the 3 guys who have run all 34 Honolulus and are going for #35 this year) and he's won it 5 times including three straight until being stopped last year by Ambesse Tolosa. Tolosa and Muindi both are back in 2007 and it should be another great duel in Honolulus (which is also the world's world's slowest marathon with over 10,000 people who will finish in over 6 hours. One reason is becasue it is so hot in Hawaii)