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-Canadian (and Texan by birth) 800m World Champs silver medallist runner Gary Reed in an excellent profile in the Toronto Star. Reed grew up without any financial resources but his mother instilled in him the confidence he could accomplish anything and Reed has always been focused on winning Olympic gold for Canada. The Canadian Olympic School website
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African Champs Underway:
Ethiopian Men Sweep 10k at Day 1 of African Champs The meet is at  8,000 feet of altitude in Addis Ababa and the Ethiopians dominated on their home track.
*Results 1500m sensation Asbel Kiprop is running the 800 and made it to the 2nd round.
*Olusoji Fasuba Makes 100m Finals at African Champs

*Tanzania Team Not at African Champs

Gebrselassie, Frankie Fredericks,Maria Mutola, Tirunesh Dibaba and Meseret Defar Inducted in African Athletics Hall of Fame

Scandal in Washington? Rep. Bart Gordon's Team Wins ACLI Capital Challenge Without a Single Staffer From His Own Office On It
*Results: Stanford ex Laura Turner Wins the Race

On the boards: *Runnersworld for Sale?
*Malmo Scored Over a Million at PacMan in 1982

LRC The Week That Was Once again we go behind the scenes and give you the scoop on last weekend's action. We break down the action at Penn, praise Leo Manzano, Nick Symmonds, Gags/Centro, Sean O'Brien, and Alicia Follmar, and we criticize all the other anchors not named Leo Manzano (or Russell Brown). Plus we give you some amazing stats on John McDonnell, wonder when Lashawn Merritt will beat Jeremy Wariner, and officially get the Boaz Lalang bandwagon rolling.

Watch Out For Asian Steroid Cheats
Some People Have Genes That Allow Them To Take Steroids With Impunity The genes are very common in Asian men and result in one not testing positive. Dr. Don Catlin: “It’s disturbing..Basically, you have a license to cheat.” All we can say is  - wow.

All Africa Games Start Today
IAAF Preview: Expect Host Ethiopians To Dominate Middle and Long Distance  Haile G
“There are very few chances for the rest of the Africans because the Ethiopians are running in front of their own people in the stadium they do their training in every day.”

Preview of Distance Action From Kenyan Paper

Brigette Schutzman Festival of Miles: 4:07 for the winner Neville Miller Nice recap in St. Louis Paper. They were hoping for the first outdoor sub 4 in Missouri in order to raise money for a good cause, but bad weather got in the way. Which reminds us of the greatest mile field ever assembled not to break 4.
*Message board thread on race

More on Andrew Wheating: We said we'd never heard of this guy before he ran 3:58.16 over the weekend. Now we don't feel as bad as Wheating didn't run but one year of high school track. But he's got great credentials and was coached by one of the best, Jeff Johnson (Nike's first employee and one of the backers of the original Farm Team). Apparently Oregon's Sports Information Department is the only group that does not believe Bruce Hyde's 3:55 mile (we witnessed people congratulating Bruce at the Puma party on it) as they claim it was Vermont's first sub 4.
*Andrew Wheating Only Ran 1 Season of High School Track, Was Coached by Jeff Johnson
Message board thread
*Andy Wheating Bio on U of O Website

One Day We Can Hope for This: A Track Meet With 10,000m Races on TV in Japan
*We reported on the results yesterday but didn't realize the meet was broadcast on tv in Japan. You can see that when the 5th placer at Worlds Josphat Ndambiri runs 27:15, it is not an all-out effort as he blew away the field the last 100m. Or check out the women's race, where Ongori and Shibui both supposedly ran 31:19.73 but someone should look at the photo again. The highlights were worth our time just to hear the Japanese announcers. More here.
*Japan Running Blog Recap

Kenyans Ready for African Track Champs in Ethiopia

2 Time World 400m Hurdles champion Nezha Bidouane Gets 17,000 Women for Her Race in Morocco IAAF

Marius Bakken Has New Marathon Website

Non Penn Weekend Track Action:
Derrick Atkins Runs 10.07 for 100m in Berkeley IAAF

Oregon Relays: Results Kara Goucher 15:33, Gabe Jennings 3:41. And some guy named Andrew Wheating who Wejo has never heard of ran a 3:58.16. Wonder child Galen Rupp ran 4:03.13 as he still is short of the sub 4 barrier.
More coverage here

Japan: World Leaders In Men's and Women's 10k: Women:
Philes Ongori and Yoko Shibui Both Run World Leading 31:19.73 but Ongori Gets Win Shibui is the Japanese national record holder.
Men: 5th Placer at 2007 Worlds Josphat Ndambiri Runs 27:15 for 2008 10k World Leader and Victory over Gedion Ngatuni in Japan

Jeremy Wariner Wants to Run 42. 400, Tyson Gay Wants on 4*400 Team at Olympics

Oscar Pistorius Challenging His Olympic Ban on Tuesday at Cout of Arbitration in Sport

2008 Penn Relays:
*Day 3 Results *Day 2 Results *
Day 1 Results
Saturday: Longhorns Sweep
The men's Texas Longhors won the 4*Mile and 4*800 (without Leo Manzano) to sweep the 3 distance relays at Penn. (On the women's side Tennessee was the bridesmaid in all 3 distance relays).
*USATF Recap of Penn
*US Stars Do Well in Relays at Penn Despite 4*100 Loss
Leroy Dixon got scratched in the eye on the leadoff and Tyson Gay's team only finished 4th
*Poked Eye Costs US in 4*100
AP Article On Friday at Penn: Texas Leonel Manzano Wins 3rd Straight Men's DMR (1st of 3?) as Michigan Women Add 4 x 1500 after Winning DMR Of Thursday Russell Brown is a damn good miler and he gave Manzano all he could handle but it seems like Manzano is basically unbeatable in the college ranks now that Lopez Lomong is gone. You know Texas has high expectations when Coach Vig apologizes for the slow time. "The time wasn't particularly fast, but we weren't trying to run fast today" With Manzano running, it's hard for Texas to lose. All they have to do is be anywhere close.
*Texassports.com Article On Horns Big Win in Men's DMR
Johnny Mac Gets His Due - NY Times Article On John McDonnell's Retirement
More On The Thursday's Women's DMR: N. Edwards Turned Table On S. Bowman Indoors Tennessee passed Michigan in the stretch to win. At Penn, revenge was sweet.
*More on Frances Koons Battle Back From Cancer
Nicole Edwards leads Michigan to Penn Relays win in DMR
- She outkicked Sarah Bowman of Tennessee as the teams ran blistering fast 10:49 and 10:50 (2nd fastest collegiate DMR). Brie Felnagle runs 430 anchor split for UNC.
*10 Months After Being Diagnosed With Cancer Villanova's Frances Koons Splits 4:34 at Penn
*Host Penn Sets Ivy League Record In Women's DMR With 11:08 - 6th Place Showing.
*Distance Carnival: Anthony Famiglietti Breaks Franklin Field Record By Running 8:22 For Win in Steeple
It was his third win in the steeple in three weeks. (Message board thread here) On the women's side, the Princeton women looked to be regaining their early season xc form as they had a great night and won the 3k, 5k and had a runner-up in the steeple.
*IAAF Preview of Penn:
World's Fastest Men Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell To Clash In 4 x 100
AP Preview Of Penn Relays -
nn Relays Preview - 6 Teams Might Win Men's 4 x 800. This article claims Texas/LSU are favorites. Sorry Columbia.
*Walt Murphy's Penn Relays Amazing Event By Event Preview
*As Penn Relays begin, track's magical allure returns

*People To Watch At Penn Relays
Penn Relays Agenda philly.com

Drugs: Trevor Graham's Lawyer Says Expect No Plea Bargain Trial to Start May 19 Hopefully it'll go to trial so the truth will come out. Everyone is starting to talk about this. Hell, perhaps Graham just wants to testify to get the Word out about other coaches being dirty.
*Ato Boldon Says He'll be Exonerated on May 19th
Steve Cram: Get Ready for Names To Be Named In Latest Sprint Doping Scandal Cram talks about Ato.
*Michael Johnson: Maurice Greene Has Some Serious Explaining To Do
*Editorial: I wish I had a friend like Maurice Greene
*Trinidad Editorial Warns Ato to Tread Carefully

LRC Robert Cheruiyot: The Best Marathoner in the World? No (It's Martin Lel) After thinking about it for 2 days, it's obvious to us that Cheruiyot can not be deemed the top marathoner in the World because four of his World Marathon Majors wins have come versus the weakened fields in Boston. Goumri would be undefeated in his marathon career if he raced the fields Cheuiyot has been up against. Plus we remember the time just 2 years ago when Meb Keflezighi was the favorite to win Boston.

On the boards: My 11 year-old son wants to run a half-marathon: Good idea or not?
Longest sub five streak -

2008 Boston Marathon Post-Race News Watch The Replay Commercial Free on WCSN.com
Boston and New York Both Appear To Want Trials Back (With Changes) Mainly it looks like they (particularly the cash strapped Boston) don't want to pay $1 million to host them.
Another look at Cheruyiot's Win in Boston He described why he made his move early in the race instead of waiting for the hills. "For me, it was better to kill them before. When the lion wants meat, he has to kill."
*Runner-Up Abderrahime Bouramdane Had Trouble With His Sock That Gave Him Blisters A class act as he congratulated Cheruyiot for his win.
*Runner-Up Alevtina Biktimirova Pleased With Her Effort in Boston
*Alabama Athletes Run With Lance Armstrong

LetsRun.com Women's Recap
New Ethiopian Star Dire Tune Wins Epic Duel A day after the women's US Olympic marathon trials, it was only fitting that the women put on a remarkable show on Monday. In the end, after the fastest 2nd half ever (70:36), Dire Tune edged Alevtina Biktimirova by 2 seconds in the closest women's race in Boston's legendary history. However, to defeat the tough Russian she had to run the last mile faster than the men's winner.
2008 Boston Marathon Photos
2008 Boston Marathon Photos from Victor Sailer 75 more photos added including good race action photos
*Message Board Thread On Race
Robert Cheruiyot Wins 4th Boston
Tune wins women's race at Boston Marathon in thriller
Hanson's-Brooks Nicholas A. Arciniaga 1st American Male (10th - 2:16:13)
Former Drake Runner and Current Med Student Ashley Anklam Is Firs American Female Finisher in 2:48.
Lance Armstrong Lance Recaps His 2008 Boston Marathon (Video and text)
He had high praise for the Boston crowds: "Boston was a pleasant surprise. I expected the crowds to be great but they were about ten times what I expected"
*AP Article on Lance's Run
Lance talks about the Boston hills.

Olympic Trials:
Deena Triumphs in Boisterous Boston
It was an incredible day on the streets in Boston. The fans turned out in droves to cheer on America's finest and Magdalena Lewy Boulet made it interesting by opening up nearly a 2 minutes lead before Deena Kastor came from behind for the win. We give you all the analysis, talk about Deena's strategy (no miles over 5:25), and more (Joan Benoit's final competitive marathon)
LetsRun.com! Boston Women's Olympic Trials Photos
4 Minute Highlight Video of Post Race Comments (Deena, Magdalena, Blake Russell and Joan Benoit all give their take)

*Victor Sailor Photos link fixed. Photos rearragned. A few captions added.
More coverage:

*USAToday article by Dick Patrick
*Joan Benoit Article in NY Times
Olympic Trials Coverage *Splits for Every Mile Here
*LestRun.com Message Board Thread Here
*Watch on Demand Here

Non Boston News: Jeremy Wariner, Sanya Richards (44.56, 50.47) at Michael Johnson Invite

Tyson Gay Runs Fast 100m on 4*100 at Mt. Sac

Zurich Marathon Recap IAAF
*Mara Yamauchi Runs Half Marathon in Beijing, Says She May Wear a Face Mask to Prevent Pollution at Olympics

The Trials:
LetsRun.com Preview: Deena and ... Athletes spend years dreaming and striving for the Olympics and on Sunday 3 people will have their dreams answered by booking tickets to Beijing at the 2008 US Olympic Trials. In theory Deena Kastor could give the rest of the women a 2 mile head start and still win on Sunday. In 2004, she could have given them a 1.5 mile head start and she lost, so that is why they run the race. When they give out the USA jerseys for Beijing, they're all the same no matter what ones qualifying time was. We give our exclusive analysis and pick the team for Beijing.
eena and Kate O'Neill Have Trained Together for The Trials Boston Herald
*Elva Dryer: "For me, the experiences and the memories are what keep me motivated, and I loved wearing that USA on my sleeve"
IAAF Preview of Women's Olympic Marathon Trials
*Blind Susan Graham-Gray Competing in Olympic Marathon Trials
Marla Runyan Out of Trials Her Career May be Over

*2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Women’s Marathon New England Qualifier Press Conference Quotes

LetsRun.com London Men: Lel Leads 3 Under 2:05:30!!!, Ryan Hall 2:06:17

Ryan Hall Goes Through Halfway on World Record Pace
The 2008 Flora London Marathon will be remembered for a long time. The lead pack of 9 went through 5k at 14:21 (2:01 pace). They continued together (yes, all 9) through halfway on world record pace (1:02:13). Ryan Hall then went to the front soon after and asked the pacemakers to go FASTER. Soon Hall was off the back, but he would catch the leaders briefly again and go on to run 2:06:17. (Until Sunday, only 7 guys had ever run under 2:06:15, now 11 have.). Up front, it came down to a 3-man battle over the final mile before Martin Lel got his 3rd straight World Marathon Major win over the final quarter mile as he led 6 guys under 2:07 and to $50,000 bonuses each. Recap, photos, video above

This Guy Has Totally Won Back Our Respect

Maasai Warriors Finish Marathon link fixed One of them went back to the course and finished the race a day after being forced to go the hospital after a ceremonial wrap cut off his circulation. He said, "It was very important for me to do this. This is what I came to England for."

LetsRun.com Ryan Hall Reflects On his Incredible Run
We tell you (and let you watch) what Ryan, his dad, his grand-dad, his coach and even Martin Lel had to say about Ryan. Lel was full of praise for the American and shocked by Ryan's attempt to get the pacemakers to go even faster. If Hall didn't already have your respect, he does after reading this article as he pays homage to a throwback type of guy - Steve Jones. Text and Video.
LetsRun.com Video: R
yan Hall Talks About His 2:06:17 at the 2008 Flora London Marathon
*More LRC London Videos Here
Photo Gallery

LetsRun.com Ryan Hall's Coach Terrence Mahon Assesses Ryan's Chances "I would not be surprised if he won the race on Sunday" We sat down and talked to Mahon about Ryan Hall's meteoric rise in the marathon, expectations for Sunday, the pressure Mahon feels in coaching Ryan and Deena, the mental side of coaching, the 1:02:30 half way pace, and much more. Text and video above.
Wejo Speaks: Friday in London (With Ryan Hall)
Wejo goes behind the scenes and tries to give you a little glimpse what's it's like marathon week in London. Ryan tried to keep himself entertained by watching a match race over 800m between his wife Sara and his coach, Terrence Mahon.
LetsRun.com! London Tidbits Bank of America Chicago Marathon inks with Nike, Paul Tergat's military commitment, Kenyan athletics taxes, Kenny B and of course Alan Webb.
Ryan Hall:"The Future"(And Present?)
Western Civilization's great hope received the compliment of a lifetime at Wednesday's press conference when reigning Olympic champ Stefano Baldini called him "the future" and said he could win "a lot of medals." Hall himself seemed full of optimism and certainly didn't try to downplay expectations for Sunday. "Last year I proved I can do it through 23 miles (37 kilometers). This year, my expectations have grown from that."
*Video Highlight of Press Conference at link above.
LetsRun.com Flora London Marathon Men's Press Conference The greatest marathon of the year is Sunday and we're there to bring you the action. Only in London is the field so loaded that the 2nd fastest marathoner from the year before (Emmanual Mutai) is not invited to the press conference. How can that be? Because London has Ryan Hall, Martin Lel, Luke Kibet, Stefano Baldini, Sammy Wanjiru, Abderrahim Goumri, Felix Limo, Hendrick Ramaala and others. The piece includes video from Lel and Wanjiru.
Photo Gallery from Wednesday

*Stefano Baldini's Marathon Show Rolls On
The 36-year-old doesn't think he can win in London but he's hoping to defend in Beijing.
*Paula Radcliffe Offers Training Tips and Gives Insight On Her Rebound From Injury Radcliffe missed 8 weeks due to her toe injury but has been back running for two weeks now and is feeling good.
*Nice IAAF Profile of America's Great Hope Ryan Hall The author points out that in less than a year, Hall has gone from a marathon virgin to being annointed as "the future" by the defending Olympic champ. Remarkable. Hall: "I certainly believe I can win."

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

Asafa Powell's Chest Injury is More Serious, He's out 2 Months

British News: Mo Farah Running 10,000m at Stanford, He's Been Training With 26:35 10ker Micah Kogo and 12:55 5ker Boniface Songok in Flagstaff Ok, we're going to stop the Flagstaff parade we are partially responsible for. Paula Radcliffe went there one winter and left because of too much snow. Jim Ryun went there and look what happened to him at the 1968 Olympics. Dieter Baumann went there and then got busted for drugs. Gary Reed went there and got hit on the head by a lamp at Wejo's house.

He Too Trained in Flagstaff: Catching Up With Rising American Star Josh Simpson Josh lived with Wejo one summer. Wejo can relate to Josh in this article. Josh went to the US 10 Mile champs, beat a few stud name guys (who may not have been having their best day), and then had more confidence the next time out.

Interview of The US Women's Olympic Trials Biggest Surprise Tera Moody The 152nd seed finished 5th. In college, she didn't even get to go to conference as a senior. Remarkable.

Good News:
Dathan Ritzenhein Is Going To Try To Defend His Healthy Kidney 10k On May 17th In Central Park
The American admits his latest injury has taken a bit  longer to come back than he would have liked. Last year, Ritz shocked Craig Mottram.

32nd Lilac Bloomsday Is Sunday
Micah Kogo And Catherine Ndereba Headline Elite Fields The elite coordinator thinks John Korir is the favorite but Kogo with his 26:35 pr is a real talent. Over 47,000 will run in the Spokane.

Sprinting Needs Trash Talking And Since Tyson Gay Won't Do It - We'll Have To Let Michael Johnson Do It Michael Johnson Tyson Gay Is Better Than Asafa Powell. MJ: "Asafa Powell is a great talent but he can never get it done. He's failed time after time at the championships." *Pulled Pectoral Muscle To Keep Asafa Powell Out Until Late June

Michael Johnson and Saidy Ndure Kick Off Countdown To Oslo The article is full of Johnson's analysis of the 200m. He thinks a 19.5-6 is going to be needed to win gold this summer. The article reminds us also that Johnson actually lost a race in 1996 prior to the Olympics.

Australia's Fastest Man Josh Ross Is No Longer Depressed And Is Once Again Aiming For Olympics The 100m man said earlier in the year he wasn't going to Beijing but after being reunited with his old coach, his mood is elevated and he's going sub 10 in practice.

If you click on one thing today (besides the quote of the day) it should be this: Tough Chick at Penn Alicia Follmar of Stanford fell at Penn in the DMR and then got spiked in the head. With all the blood it looks like she got shot.
*Message board thread here

Boston Odds/Ends: *2008 Women's Olympic Trials Facts and Number Amazingly 13 of the top 15 set prs. The 2 who didn't? Deena Kastor and Blake Russell who both booked tickets to Beijing. 48,583 of you visited their website the day of the trials. The website is the best race website we've ever seen.
Even More Impressive:
1,363,982 Went to the Boston Marathon Website the Day of the Marathon  link fixed
*Boston Marathon Finisher's Medal Sells for $102 on Ebay

*Message Board Thread on Ebay Auction

Review of Run For Your Life: Fred Lebow Film
*Fred Lebow Film Showing This Weekend in NY

Tug of War, Lacrosse Were Among the Highlights of 1908 Olympics Maybe we shouldn't feel quite as bad about BMX or whatever they're trying to add now.

News We Missed: Country Music Marathon Recap $17,500 for the winners.
*Colleen De Reuck and Sean Wade Win US Masters 10k Titles

Weekend Road Action: Hamburg: 2 Sub 2:08s at Hamburg Marathon (David David Mandago Winner) and Irina Timofeyeva Runs 2:24

Vienna Marathon: Abel Kirui 2:07:38 Course Record, Luminita Talpos Defends Her Women's Crown IAAF
More: 2008 Vienna City Marathon Photos Vienna is a much bigger event than we thought. 30,000 in all the races.
More Photos: Vienna Marathon Champs Meet With President of Austria

Madrid Marathon: Chema Martinez Wins Madrid Marathon in 2:12:42 IAAF
Francis Kirwa Wins Hot Padua Marathon in 2:11:00

Drake Recap: Lolo Jones Wins Hurdles, Christian Cantwell Over Hoffa in Shot
*Drake Results (Allen Johnson Only 5th in Hurdles 13.40. Indoor sensation Steve Sherer only ran 4:09

The Times of London Picks Up on Ato Boldon, John Smith Letter The article takes an in depth look at whether the letter is legit and the possible implications of it. Good read. We had taken the letter down from letsrun but may now put it back up.

Move over Penn/Drake: Boaz Lalang Defeats Nate Brannen 3:37.6 to 3:38.4 at Hillsdale Meet
*Discussion of Hillsdale Meet

If you're not familiar with Lalang you might want to start here. We were sent the article on him this week.

Also This Weekend: *Preview of Sunday's Hamburg Marathon IAAF
Preview of Sunday's Vienna Marathon IAAF
Nicole Blood Ready for Oregon Relays

2008 Drake Relays: *Results/Quotes/Notes *Results Here *Meet Preview
Friday Recap: The story is the cold weather which is making for slow times. None the less there was a meet record in the javelin.
Great Idea: Drake Relays Pole Vault Competition is Held In Middle of Mall and Thousands of Spectators Watch Derek Miles and Mark Hollis Go 18'8. Not sure how they could stay focused with a Victoria's Secret store in the background. But more people need to try and present our sport to casual fans. *More on Fantastic Pole Vault Event
1 Recap: Chante Howard Wins Women's HJ With 6'4.75 - Lisa Koll Wins 5k 15:59 - Alan Webb Withdraws Maternity leave doesn't seem to have hurt the HJ star Howard who is the world leader.
*Allen Johnson Talks About Running Drake For 1st Time In his final year of competition, he wants to experience Drake.
*Top Results from Drake
Meet Preview

*Alan Webb Withdraws from Drake Relays
Smart Move Or Signs of Panic?
We say smart move as he simply can't afford to have another bad race.
He ran 3:51 there last year but isn't ready to go this year. Webb, "My training hasn't progressed to where I feel I can deliver the type of performance that I would like to for the Drake Relays." *Message Board Talk of Webb's Pullout

Looking for inspiration? Try this
1) Villanova Coach O'Sullivan just wants to see improvement at Penn Relays The article is full of a lot of inspiring quotes as it tells people how O'Sullivan went from being a walk-on (4:25 HS miler)to a world record holder. O'Sullivan: "I didn't get good until (my sophomore year of college). I could've quit. I just kept working hard and it paid off. That's what it's about. Talent is a very small part."
2) 10:48 HS Two Mile Dave Berdan wins Penn Relays Olympic Development 10k Our former training partner in Flagstaff takes it down.

Alan Wells - Scottish 100m Olympic Champ From Disillusioned By Drugs Cheats In Sprinting Hard to believe the 100m winning time in 1980 was 10.25. What makes him most suspicious is how sprinters maintain their form for months on end.

Seb Coe Privately Calls Chinese Guards For Olympic Torch 'Thugs' But It Gets Broadcast Internationally and Furor Erupts

Zimbabwe's Lone Olympic Male Marathoner Talks About His Disappointing 5th Place Showing In A Korean Marathon and His Olympic Preparations

LRC The Week that Was: April 24, 2008 We go behind the scenes and give you our exclusive take on this past weekend's action which was centered in Boston. We have some praise for the BAA and the fans in Boston, praise for the 152nd qualifier for the Olympic Marathon Trials (who went on to finish 5th), and praise for some 45+ year-old women. But don't worry we're still criticizing the BAA for being in the dark ages and are critical of the TV coverage in Boston. Plus, Mt. Sac, the ACC meet, and the big event of the week, the LetsRun.com Puma Party in Boston.

Gebrselassie Now Says He Won't Run Olympic Marathon in Beijing Because He Wants the World Record in Berlin Instead

More on Johnny Mac's Retirement
The Greatest Coach You've Never Heard Of (A tribute to Johnny Mac from the Illinois St. student newspaper)
*McDonnell's Retirement: At Least Somebody Gets It
*Daily Pennsylvania's Take On John McDonnell's Retirement: Some great anecdotes in here about McDonnell the man

Benita Johnson To Go For 3-Peat At Freihofers in Albany on May 31st

We normally mock racewalking but....

Race Walking World Cup Returns To Cheboksary Where In 2003 They Got 50 to 75,000 Spectators Just shows you what good marketing can do.

The first athlete to defeat USADA
WADA Drops Appeal - LaTasha Jenkins' Drug Ban Overturned
While we are probably the most anti-drug site out there, we do believe it's good her ban was overturned. Drug bans should be way harsher than they currently are but only if people are convicted 100% according to protocol. So despite the fact she was coached by Trevor Graham, we say let her compete.*2nd Article On Jenkins

LawShawn Merritt Profile Most people don't realize his stats at the same age are pretty comparable to Jeremy Wariner's . Age 20,:Wariner 44.00, Merritt 44.14. Age 21: Wariner 43.93, Merritt 43.96.

Mo Greene Doping Allegations Hit IAAF Just As It Should Be Ramping Up Olympic Preparations

Cathy Griffin and The Griffin Network To Lead USATF CEO Search

Moses Kipsiro Won't Run African Championships

2008 Boston Marathon Men
LRC Robert Cheruiyot Destroys Field And Joins Bill Rodgers As a 4-Time Winner
After a slow opening two miles, Robert Cheruiyot put on quite a show as he wheeled off 17 straight miles at 4:53 or better including a 4:36 19th mile that mile that fnished his only reamining challenger, Abderrahime Bouramdane. His performance in the middle miles was incredible. Recap, photos, post-race comments.
*LetsRun.com! 2008 Boston Marathon Photos
2008 Boston Marathon Photos from Victor Sailer 75 more photos added including good race action
*Message Board Thread On Race
Robert Cheruiyot Wins 4th Boston
Tune wins women's race at Boston Marathon in thriller
Hanson's-Brooks Nicholas A. Arciniaga 1st American Male (10th - 2:16:13)
Former Drake Runner and Current Med Student Ashley Anklam Is Firs American Female Finisher in 2:48.
Lance Armstrong Lance Recaps His 2008 Boston Marathon (Video and text)
He had high praise for the Boston crowds: "Boston was a pleasant surprise. I expected the crowds to be great but they were about ten times what I expected"
*AP Article on Lance's Run
Lance talks about the Boston hills.
Boston Video:
*Watch the Race on WCSN

*Post Race Press Conference:
Robert Cheruiyot, Abderrahime Bouramdane, Khalid El Boumlili Share Their Thoughts
*Lance Gives His Take

Kenyan Editorial: Pick Kenyan Olympic Marathon Team Now We agree. How about we do it for them with zero hesitation? Lel, Wanjiru an Cheruyiot. Don't even think about anyone else.
*Paul Tergat Steps Aside For Youth And Pulls Himself From Olympic Consideration

They should do this everywhere
Austria To Criminalize Posession of PED's

LetsRun.com Boston 08 LetsRun.com Party Photos The party hosted by Puma was a smashing success. A packed house as those passionate about running (from ages 5 to 65+) came to celebrate a great weekend in Boston. LetsRun.com fans celebrated with Rojo, Wejo, Matt Taylor, and a few legends in the sport, including former marathon world record holder Steve Jones and Olympic Silver Medallist Sonia O'Sullivan. The Harpoon beer was flowing, DJ Inkognito kept things going and contrary to popular opinion there was a healthy mix of males and females. The reviews were excellent. "It's refreshing not to see the same 50 people (industry insiders) at a party." "Most favorable female to male ration I've seen in a long time."

Sprint News
Tough Break: 'Devastated' Mark Lewis-Francis TearsAchilles Is Out of Beijing Olympics
The man who many thought 8 years ago would be the next great sprint champion won't compete in Beijing. He did anchor Britain to gold in 2000.*More on MLF - It's only a partial tear

Tyson Gay Runs 8.8 Relay Split At Mt. Sac Relays - Crazy to think he almost faced Asafa Powell considering European promoters can't get them to race.
*Asafa Powell Pulled Out of Mt. Sac With Injured Shoulder Nothing serious at all. Claims it would hurt to reach back for baton.

Kenyans Getting Ready for Africa Champs Which Start Wed.

Boston is Monday: *Chicago Champ Patrick Ivuti Out of Boston with Malaria The race is definitely Robert's Cheruiyots to lose. LetsRun.com Preview coming. Check back late today.
Boston Globe Looks At 20 Years of Kenyan Dominance At Boston
*Mile by Mile Guide for Spectators and Runners in Boston
Greg Meyer Throwing Out First Pitch at Red Sox Game
Jos Hermen's Trained William and Shadrack Kiplagat (Uncle and Nephew) Are Hoping to Do Well in Boston
*Greek Marathon Torch Comes to Boston

LetsRun.com Boston Party Update
The response to the LetsRun.com Party Hosted by Puma in Boston was overwhelming. We had hundreds of people apply for a very limited number of spots. We show you some of the lucky winners, lucky losers, and let you pick who is the most deserving person at the party and the person who got shafted the most. Plus details on the party, Harpoon beer, Sauza tequila, and models on hand to give out the gift bags.

Update: LetsRun.com Party Makes the Boston Herald Contrary to what it says the party is invitation only.

Non Boston News: For the First Time in His Career Wallace Spearmon Has a Plan

Worth the Wait (Wejo Was Impressed When he Read it): LetsRun.com Week That Was We give our exclusive analysis of the last week in the running world and the incredible Flora London Marathon. We put London in perspective, debate where Ryan Hall's run ranks in the history of American running, point out he was on 2:05:49 pace at the 25 mile mark, and rip into the LA Times. In non-London action, we praise Lopez Lomong (and wonder if Lopez had run the 1500 last year at the US champs, if Bernard Lagat would have even made the US team (he was 3rd at the US Champs),Chris Derrick, and others. Plus, we may finally end the American love affair with Gabe Jennings.

You'll Be Hearing About This For a Long, Long Time
Maurice Greene, HSI Linked to Steroids A few HSI athletes have been caught doping in the past (Larry Wade the most notable), but this NY Times article brings to print some of the rumors some of you may have heard. And it is a sad, sad day for American sprinting if true.*Times Of London Story on Maurice Greene Being Accused Of Doping
Maurice Greene Defends Himself He says he never used drugs but did pay for teammates bills without asking what it was for. Greene: "This is a bad situation for me. My name's come up in something and it's not true."

LetsRun.com London Women: Mikitenko Wins Crazy Women's Race The women's race went totally not according to form. German Irina Mikitenko was the surprise winner. The race went out slow, then picked up, then slowed back again. Then Gete Wami wiped out at a water stop, nearly knocking her own teeth out, fell back off the back, then battled back only to get dropped again as Mikitenko threw it down the final 5k. And a perfectly sunny day turned into a cold rainstorm at times. Text, Photos, and Video
Other London Coverage:
*Yelling Makes GB Team: A great moment when she looked rival Hayley Haining in the eye at 19 miles,. Amazingly both ended up happy as both PRd.
*British Men Could Run 25 Miles, Everyone Else 26.2 Miles And They'd Still Lose in London

*World Marathon Majors Point Standing - Lel has a huge lead. Wami's is narrowed by Mikitenko
*Dick Patrick of USAToday Writes About Ryan Hall
*American Ryan Hall mixes it with Kenyans
AP Story on Ryan Hall: Hall Confident About Beijing Chances
*Quotes From The Top 3 In London

*Gas Leak Causes London Marathon to be Diverted

*Paula Radcliffe Talks About Her Beijing Preparations

*Jon Brown Blasts UK Performance Director Dave Collins The 4th placer in the marathon at the last two Olympics absolutely rips Collins - a man who somehow managed not to show up at world cross country last month when it was in Scotland..

101 Years Old, Still Smoking, Running, and Drinking: Buster Martin: "I'm not worried about the fags because I'll carry them with me. Everyone says smoking kills but it's taking a long time in my case" The 101 year old legend plans on smoking while running Sunday's London Marathon.

US 100k is Saturday - Greg Crowther To Defend Title
*Nice Profile Of Greg Crowther
The microbiologist thinks of how to cure malaria while racing

Marion Jones' 8 Relay Teammates Told To Return Medals The IAAF told Jerome Young's teammates to do the same thing but lawyers stopped the IAAF from making them do it.

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

Oscar Pistorius Expecting Quick Decision on His Appeal to Compete in the Olympics

Interpol and the World Anti-Doping Agency to Start Working Together

In Case You Missed It: Ryan Shay, Alicia Shay Profile on ESPN E60 Full video of Tuesday's broadcast.

Yesterday's LetsRun

More Penn: LaShawn Merritt and Charles Clark Talk About Penn Lost in the mix of the Boston hoopla last weekend was the fact that LaShawn ran 19.80 for 200 (with a 3 mps wind last weekend).
LRC:Penn Relays Distance Photos Friday and Saturday Men's DMR, Men's 4*Mile, Women's Mile, HS DMR, HS Mile, USA vs World DMR and a few more.

Training in Flagstaff Gets Profile in Arizona Republic We only take about 90% of the credit for all the distance runners now being in Flagstaff.