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2008 NCAA D1 XC
Men Results: *
Team *Individual LRC: *Men's Photos
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LRC: RUPP And Oregon Are Golden
Galen Rupp put away the demons of the near misses and captured his first NCAA title by shadowing Liberty's Sam Chelenga for 9,600m and then outkicking him on the straight to lead Oregon to the team win. Oregon dominated the team title as Oklahoma State had a forgettable day. Super frosh German Fernendez dropped out with an achilles injury (photo of Fernandez in great pain here) while Oregon frosh Luke Puskedra was a very impressive fifth.
*USA Today Recap of Race
*On the boards: Eyewitness Account Of German Fernandez's Injury
Chelanga's Lack Of Experience Shined Through!
German Fernandez Has Achilles Injury
*Recap On NCAAs From Oregonian
*NCAA Post-Race Interviews: Flotrack
NCAA Post-Race Interviews: Trackshark

LRC: 2008 NCAA Men's XC Championship Preview Rupp vs. Chelanga And Oregon vs. Oklahoma State Headline A Championship For The Ages

*LRC: 2008 NCAA Women's XC Championship Preview Kipyego And Washington Chase History - Others Shoot For The Podium
Recommended Read: Rupp & Kiptoo-Biwott Friendship Fuels Oregon Success
The article for the most part is a profile on Kiptoo-Biwott, who is a father figure to the team and a new father himself.
Liberty's Preview of Race
*W. Virginia Women Hope To Respond To Bell Ringing With 1,500 Meters Left
*Terre Haute Tribune Star Preview
*Profile Of Indiana State's Scott Keeney

Matt Centrowitz Jr. Reportedly Will Race NCAAs For Oregon *Message Board Thread on Oregon 7
*Oklahoma State Ready For NCAAs - Shooting For Win
*Recommended Read: Dick Patrick's USA Today Sam Chelanga Interview
*Great For The Sport: NCAAs To Be Shown Live In Hayward Field
*Oregon Runner Alex Kosinski Profiled By Eugene Paper

*LRC: World Famous NCAA XC Prediction Contest

More NCAA XC News:

NCAA D2 & D3 XC Nationals
Scott Bauhs Gets Coveted Individual Win As Adams St. Wins Team Titles
*Men's Results *Women's Results
D3 Cortland St. Gets 1st Men's Title As Middlebury Wins Women's
32 Page Message Board Thread

*On The Boards: Runner Turns Down Rhodes Scholarship Interview To Run Nationals Kudos to Grinnell College's Henry Reich for putting his teammates first.

Worth A Read: Long Ryan Hall Journal Entry

This Puts 1983 Boston To Shame
408 Runners Break 70 In Japan's Ageo City Half Marathon! People talk about how amazing it was that 83 guys broke 2:19 in Boston in 1983, but 408 under 70 flat? Insane!!! *Message Board Discussion: Is This The Deepest Half Marathon In History?
Delaware Take Note: Group Battles To Bring Back Olympic Sports At JMU - Case Heading Towards Supreme Court

Gator Track Coach Claims He Could Win NCAAs If He Got Some More Of Urban Meyer's Football Guys To Run It's a shame that apparently 10.01 high schooler Jeff Demps doesn't consider himself a track guy (or at least his coach doesn't).

HGH Test Is More Of An IQ Test And Baseball May Not Implement It You'd have to be a fool to get caught by the HGH test ... but then again, baseball players aren't exactly known for their brains.

The Week That Was From Galen Rupp to Sam Chelanga, to Kenny B and his injury, to doping in Britain, to gene therapy at the University of Pennsylvania, to the end of XC/track at the Univ. of Delaware, and to the Brojos and Brian Sell moving back to Texas, we recap the action from last week in the running world. It includes the 1st-ever "LRC 2-minute drill," which we hope will be better than CliffsNotes ever were.

Lance Armstrong Gives A Lengthy Interview On His Comeback And Talks About Almost Everything
From politics to doping to fearing for his safety at this year's Tour, Armstrong tells all and the best part is The Guardian has published it all.

*AP Recap of Interview: Armstrong Fears For His Safety
Column: Lance Armstrong should stay away from France
Lance Armstrong Claims British Cycling Success Helps Prove His Innocence

Olympic Decathlete Champ Bryan Clay In The News
*Great Article On Olympic Decathlon Champ Bryan Clay In LA Times Clay's 3-year-old son is pretty impressed by his dad being on the Wheaties box but he's even more impressed with Michael Phelps.
Olympic Champions Bryan Clay And Stephanie Brown Trafton Win Jesse Owens Award It's the highest award given by USATF.

IAAF: 2008 Is The Year Of Broken Win Streaks As Lots Of Big-Time Streaks Fell
Vlašic's streak-ending loss garnered the most attention, as she lost for the 1st time after 34 wins at the Olympics. But lots of other big streaks ended as well - Yelena Isinbayeva (19) and Irving Saladino (21). Streaks that continue are Melaine Walker (13) and Bekele (11).

A Look At Bekele's And Dibaba's Credentials For Athlete Of The Year Voting

Good News: Drug Cheat Dwain Chambers Giving Up On Legal Claims To 2012 Games

IOC Loses $100 Million Sponsor
Johnson & Johnson Out As Olympic Sponsor At some point the Olympics weren't about money. It's crazy that companies pay that much just to have their names attached to the Olympic Games - $100 million over 4 years not even including advertisements.

IAAF San Antonio Rock 'N' Roll Half Recap Our friend just reminded us that Sammy Wanjiru ran 1:02:34 for the first half of his Beijing Olympic marathon beatdown. Brian Sell ran his PR of 1:02:50 on Sunday, putting Wanjiru's greatness into proper perspective. Correction: Sell's PR is actually 1:02:38 from 2006. Still, ...

Luke Kibet And Edith Masai Running Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

World Athletics Gala To Be Held In Monaco In December

NCAA XC D1 Regionals
*It's Official: Men's And Women's D1 Qualifiers Announced
Post of the Week: Wanna Know How The At-Large Process Worked? "Lucky Kleinschmidt" on the message board nailed it perfectly on the men's side He describes the crazy system in great detail. In the end, Notre Dame was the last team in while Florida and New Mexico were left at home.
*LetsRun.com Official Results Thread *Indiana Men Disappointed
*Men's At Large *Women's At Large
*D3 National Teams Announced *D3 Regional Results
Great Lakes: Men: Wisconsin and Michigan Women: Michigan and Wisco
West: Men: Rupp, Oregon Cruise Women: Washington as Expected
Midwest: Men: Oklahoma State, Fernandez Tempo Runs Women: Minnesota and Illinois
Mountain: Men: Colorado Men Surprise (actually, you should never be surprised by Colorado peaking as the season progresses) Women: Texas Tech and Kipyego
Northeast: Men: Iona Dominates Women: Providence Cruises, Chris Fox's Syracuse Women Get In
South: Men: Alabama over Auburn Women: Florida State and Florida
South Central: Men: Texas A&M Aggies over Arkansas (somehow, it just doesn't sound right) Women: Arkansas over Baylor/Rice
Southeast: Men: Chelanga Cruises, William & Mary Edges Virginia Women: Vig's Virginia Cavaliers
Mid Atlantic: Men: Georgetown Dominates Women: Princeton and WVU Tie
NCAA Regional XC Central (a link to all regional rankings and results)
#1 UW To Rest Kendra Schaaf At Regionals
The Huskies are giving their star a rest but coach Metcalf is still confident. "We are not going to bomb. We're going to run well." *Message Board Thread On Schaaf's Resting Here
LetsRun.com: NCAA Cross-Country National And Regional Polls Released
See who will come out on top of this weekend's conference action
2008 Men's NCAA Division One Regional Cross-Country Previews LRC coaching guru John Kellogg breaks down the action for you in all 9 regions and gives you the top 25 individuals in each region as well the top teams. Disagree? Vote In The LetsRun.com 2008 XC Super Poll
LetsRun.com: 2008 Women's NCAA Division One Regional Cross-Country Previews
LRC: Vote In The LetsRun.com 2008 XC Regional Super Poll
OSU's German Fernandez Gets Over-The-Top Profile In Student Newspaper
"He's been called the greatest high school runner this country has ever seen."
A Brief Chat With NCAA XC Favorite Sam Chelanga If you want to understand talent, read this, as this guy used to play ping pong until less than 5 years ago.

Track And Field Legend Larry James Dies On His 61st Birthday
He was the first man to ever run under 44 seconds (440 yards, no less) on a relay and a fierce competitor. A pioneer on and off the track.
*Message Board Thread On The "Mighty Burner's" Death

Buy DVDs Honoring Larry James And Larry James Fund

66-Year-Old Blind Man With 1 Kidney Walked NYC Marathon In 9 Hours And Then Died From A Heart Attack Afterwards  Not a bad way to go. His son said "He had already told us he would probably be dead by the end of the year. But he wanted to show people you finish what you started." Last week a guy bowled a perfect 300, high fived his friends, then dropped dead, becoming an instant legend.

2008 ING New York City Marathon *Results *Searchable Results *Video: Men's Highlight Video *Photo Gallery
Post-NYC News
Paula Targeting London Gold In 2012 She can do it if she's healthy.
Daniel Rono Remarks On His 3rd At ING NYC A big difference between NYC and many other top-level marathons is the lack of rabbits, and Rono mentions this was a big experience for him to actually have to race the whole time. His 3rd was the top Kenyan finish in both the men's and women's races.
Radcliffe Wants Another Baby Before 2012
*Is A World Record Attempt In London Up Next?
Two Die At Marathon
Lots Of Info On Kara Goucher's Great Debut
Kara Goucher: Paula Radcliffe Is The Greatest Ever
*Queens Native Goucher Says 1st Marathon Was "Awesome"
*3rd Is A Win For Kara Goucher
Both Goucher and her coach Alberto Salazar were pleased by the result and it looks like she's a marathoner now.
Alberto Salazar's Pre-Race Advice For Goucher: "Have Faith."
News From New Zealand

*Athletics New Zealand May Review Whether Rod Dixon's 1983 Time Should Be Ratified As New Zealand Record
Dixon claims the course wasn't short.
*Illness / Sore Throat Ends Kim Smith's Run Between 30km And 35km
The article also talks about how 1983 champion Rod Dixon ran just over 3:30.
Women's Race: Paula Dominates Goucher Third
Paula Radcliffe
showed why she's the best marathoner in the world as she dominated the women's field in the second half of the ING NYC Marathon. Radcliffe took a different strategy this year in NY. She led every single step of the way, but she said with the high winds her plan this year was to save something for the end and run negative splits and it showed. She poured it on the final six miles, winning by nearly two minutes. Radcliffe never looked back and said when she turned for the final quarter mile at Columbus Circle, she wasn't even positive she had the race won. American Kara Goucher ran up front for most of the race and had a successful debut in third in 2:25.53 (American debut record). Olympic silver medallist Catherine NderebaDire TuneRita Jeptoo and Gete Wami were left in Radcliffe's wake, causing Wami to tie with Irina Mikitenko for the World Marathon title. The World Marathon Major race directors were then left to vote to break the tie. They voted for Mikitenko and just like that she got $500,000 and Wami got nothing.
*Radcliffe Doesn't Look Back En Route To 3rd Win
*Paula Destroys Top-Class Women's Field

*Mikitenko Awarded WMM Prize In Tie-Breaking Vote
*Women's Recap And Race Replays From UniversalSports.com
Paula Post-Race Press Comments
On the boards: Wami gets nothing of World Marathon Prize while tying for spot #1
Men's Race: Marilson Gomes Dos Santos Storms From Behind To Win Coming into the 2008 ING NYC Marathon, Abderrahim Goumri had the distinction of being the top marathoner in the world who had never won a marathon (2nd in London in 2007, 3rd in London in 2:05:30 this year, and 2nd in NY last year). On Sunday in NY, he was clear of the field and on his way to what seemed to be his first marathon victory. However, savvy 2006 NY champ Marilson Gomes Dos Santos saved his best for last and stormed from behind in the final mile to overtake Goumri and get the win (afterwards Goumri said a missed fluid bottle might have caused him to run out of steam). Dos Santos ran 1:02 for the second half for a big negative split. Veteran Paul Tergat said he twisted an ankle on the course but returned to action with a fourth place finish. American Abdi Abdirahman led the American charge in 6th place as four Americans were in spots 6, 7, 8 & 10.
*Men's Recap and Race Replays From UniversalSports.com

*Gomes dos Santos Is Going To Disney To Celebrate
*NYT: New York Brazilians Say "Gomes who?"
On the boards: Nate Jenkins at NYC marathon?

2008 real,- BERLIN MARATHON - Watch Video Highlight or Race Replay *Results *Photos
Haile G. 2:03:59!!! Mititenko 4th Fastest Woman Ever Haile Gebrselassie
made more history Sunday on the streets of Berlin. After going through the halfway point in 1:02:04, Haile continued to flirt with world record pace but was stalked by Boston runner-up James Kwambai. Haile threw down the gauntlet the last 7km to dispatch Kwambai and just dip under the 2:04 barrier. On the women's side, German star Irina Mikitenko ran a brilliant race, running a negative split to smash the 2:20 barrier and become the fourth fastest woman ever.
Geb: "I can go faster."
The Science Of Sport Analyzed Geb's Splits As The Race Unfolded link fixed
*Geb's Record in Berlin Is His 24th World Record (or 26th depending on who is counting)
*Mikitenko Moves Into Tie in World Marathon Majors Standings Gete Wami must finish 2nd or higher in New York to move ahead. If she doesn't, they will be tied (and tied in the tie-breakers) so they might share the title. *Washington Post Article on WMM
*Falk Cierpinski, son of Waldemer Cierpinski, 2:13 in Berlin
On the boards:

Wanjiru's Olympics > Geb's WR
Haile's Splits from Berlin. ... how far could you run with him??
Live Message Board Thread

Women Results: *Team *Individual LRC: *Women's Photos
Kipyego Threepeats Susan Kuijken
tried to make it interesting, but in the end, Sally Kipyego was too good and she became the first woman to win 3 NCAA XC titles. The Washington women as expected got the women's team title.
Only On LetsRun : *Kipyego Is Lucky
*UW Coach Greg Metcalf Says Race Didn't Go According To Plan But Huskies Came Out On Top
*Metcalf: "We should be better next year" (Scroll Down in Article)
*NCAA Post-Race Interviews: Flotrack
NCAA Post-Race Interviews: Trackshark

Ian Stewart (Guy Who Beat Pre For Bronze) To Lead British Distance Buildup For 2012 Games

Chiba Ekiden Recap: Ethiopia Wins (Combined Men's And Women's Team)

Craig Mottram Now Coaching Himself, Representing Himself

Isinbayeva Is Better And Hotter Than Her Rival

World's Fa$$$$test Man
Bolt Fights For Right To Party And Rule The Sprinters' Roost He's going to stop partying now and start training, but he doesn't get why some are upset that he's been enjoying himself for the last few months.
*Bolt Will Be Cashing In In 2009 To The Tune Of $200,000 An Event 
Bolt And Isinbayeva Are 2008 IAAF Athletes Of The Year  800m star Pamela Jelimo was undefeated for the year but didn't win.

Paula Radcliffe Has Discovered Childbirth Has Made Her A Better Athlete

Drug News *Disgraced Cyclist Bernard Kohl To Reveal Sources Of CERA As He Agrees To Cooperate With Officials
Researchers Studying Potential Performance-Enhancing Benefits Of Viagra
*Survey: 20% Of Young Greeks Would Take PEDs To Improve Physique

Quotes From The Greats At World Athletics Gala

World Silver Winner Leonard Komon Wins IAAF Spanish XC

Myron Rolle Wins Rhodes Scholarship

Liz McColgan And Paula Radcliffe Call For Cycling-Style Centers For Running Where People "Can Eat, Sleep, Drink & Train"
*Radcliffe Still Dreaming Of Marathon Gold

Liu Xiang To Have Surgery In Houston In December - Unsure if He'll Race At All In 2008

Kenya Is Excited Jelimo Is Favored To Win Sh7.8 Million For Athlete Of Year

World Athletics Final Will Be Held Outside Europe For 1st Time In 2010 Morocco is the winner.

10,800 To Compete In 5th MTN Marathon In Uganda

Amby Burfoot Writes (Fantastic) Piece On Grinnell College's Henry Reich, Who Is Turning Down Rhodes Interview To Run D3 Nats

2nd IAAF XC Meet is Sunday in Spain
World Silver Medallist Leonard Komon Looking For Revenge

Paula Radcliffe Thinks UK Athletics Is Headed In Right Direction & Better Results May Happen By 2012 Radcliffe, who also talks about what she'll do when she retires, seems to be a fan of the new head Charles van Commenee as well as the old guy Dave Collins.

Haile G Going To Great Lengths To Get 15km World Record Next Weekend In Australia

Economic Downturn Causes Australia To Cut Bonuses For Olympic Coaches & 4th-Place Finishers

Toyoto Great Ethiopian Run Is Sunday
*IAAF Preview: Gebregziabher Gebremariam, Deriba Merga And Mo Farah Gunning For Title
Spikes Mag: Another Race To Do Before You Die: Great Ethiopian Run The race conceived by Geb and Brendan Foster is amazing. NYRR head Mary Wittenberg ran it and called it "the best race experience I have ever had."

Notes From IAAF Council Meeting A lot was discussed, including making XC part of the Olympics and making the World Champs shorter and more TV friendly. The Council also warned Russian high jumper Ivan Ukhov to not compete anymore while drunk.

Drugs: IAAF Meeting Agenda Includes Talk Of Confronting Russians On Their Decision To Backdate Cheats' Suspensions First they were systematically cheating the system, now the Russians are backdating the 24-month suspensions about 15 months. We encourage everyone to write to the IAAF and spur them to take on the Russians. To send suggestions to the IAAF, click here.

Chinese Government Mandates Every Child In China Must Run At Least 1km Per Day Until April Seems like a good plan to us. Meanwhile, in America ... kids don't play enough.

Another Race To Do Before You Die: Great Ethiopian Run Yesterday we highlighted Japan's Ageo City Half; today it's a race conceived by Geb and Brendan Foster.

Sunday's Milan Marathon Preview

Go, Barack, Go! Obama Pitches Chicago For 2016

Booth Overrule? It Looked Like He Lost, But We Guess He Won! Man vs. Dominos Champion: Cherundy Martina

Boaz Lalang Turns Pro  Lalang said last year that he loved Rend Lake but there is just no way a Kenyan 800m Olympian could afford not to go pro.

Distance Running Needs This: Swedish High-Jumping Greats And Fans Gather For High Jump Fest In Gothenburg

Fukuoka Fields Announced For December 7 ... Just Your Average Field With 10 Sub-2:10 Guys!

Recommended Read: In Depth Look At Dwain Chambers Past, Present and Future

Usain Bolt's Coach, Glen Mills, Offers Some Great Quotes On His Heroic Protege

Ryan Hall's first international marathon on US soil will come on Patriot's Day of '09.
John Hancock Financial Signs Ryan Hall To Run Boston Marathon!
*Message Board Thread Here *Hall quote: "To win [Boston] would mean as much to me as winning any marathon in the world, including the Olympic Games. To win in Boston would show the world that American distance running is indeed back to the days of Salazar, Beardsley, and Rodgers ... What is done in Boston lives on for all time."

Maybe Liu Xiang's Coach Reads LetsRun.com
Liu Xiang To Have Surgery And It Will Be In US
Liu Xiang's 1st Coach Offered $126,000 By Western Journalists To Tell Them He Was On Drugs We're not sure if we believe this one as Western journalists don't seem to care if Westerners are on drugs.

Rob de Castella Elected To Athletics Hall Of Fame The great marathoner came from an era that Toni Reavis would appreciate. "Don't get me wrong, marathoning is great these fine days; however, then it was about the athletes and not the times, though the times were still important, racing and beating your foe was the 'biggie'."

Galen Rupp Is USATF Athlete Of The Week

Elites Working Full Time Are More Rare Than They Used To Be We agree that for a lot of people, having a regular job helps them with their athletics. Some great quotes from the USA's Olympic discus champ Stephanie Brown Trafton about how working a real job balances her athletic career.

Goin' Pro In A Few Days
Scotty Bauhs Explains Regional Fiasco And Contemplates Last Collegiate Race

Britain's Germaine Mason Talks About Olympic Silver In High Jump If you don't think people were paying attention to Usain Bolt's celebration, Mason talks about how he stayed up all night the evening before he won silver thinking about how he could play the crowd like Bolt did.

Bekele Beaten In 15k In Netherlands, Mestawat Tufa Just Misses World Record Bekele may have a stress fracture as well. His decision to run the race is generating a lot of discussion on the boards.
*Bekele Got 150,000 Euros To Start 15k In Netherlands
*Pre Race Interview With Bekele

Great Race In Last Running Of Tokyo International Women's Marathon!
*Extensive Recap And Even Video Footage Of Exciting Tokyo Women's Marathon
*Britain's Yamauchi Third In Narrow PB In Tokyo
*Fast Times In Tokyo As Yoshimi Ozaki Wins 2:23 gives Ozaki the win.

Brian Sell And Melissa White Win Inaugural San Antonio Rock 'n Roll Half
*On The Boards: Brian SellWins ...
*Big Paydays At San Antonio Rock 'N Roll Marathons Liza Hunter Galvan and Matt Downin both nab second in quality times to pick up nice $8,000 paychecks.
*San Antonio Rock 'N Roll Results
*Sell Takes Down SA Rock 'n Roll Half In 1:02:50 PR

Pro XC
Norway's Oystein Sylta Claims Norway's First Nordic Cross-Country Title This isn't XC skiing, but running.
Kenya's Titus Masai Dominates Portugal XC Meet As Rui Silva Finishes 2nd
Masai got a 20-second win as Portugal's Inês Monteiro got the women's win in her home country.
Olympic 5k Bronze Medallist Edwin Soi  Survives Terrible Conditions & "Penalty" To Win 2nd Kenyan XC Meet
Soi was penalized for ripping off his singlet and running bare-chested. World Junior 3,000m champion, Mercy Cherono, won the junior 6km title, as most of the athletes from last week's race didn't compete. *Message Board Thread On Edwin Soi's Penalty Here

Vincent Cheruiyot And Jackline Chemwo Win Tegla Loroupe Peace Race

Gene Doping Enters A New Era & Drug Cheats May Benefit From Animal Test Next year they are going to start working on a procedure that may make old, decrepit dogs run like puppies. *A Look At New Developments In Gene Doping

Hogs Punch Ticket & Make NCAAs

Haverford Coach Tom Donnelly Gets Great New York Times Profile
If you're a coach looking for a higher purpose other than just getting guys or girls to run faster in circles, this profile will inspire you. *Message Board Thread On Tom Donnelly Here

Don't Let Anorexics Read This
Post-Race Snack Will Hamper Weight Loss The advice that athletes are given of "fill the tank" right after excerise is apparently bad for the masses.

A LetsRun.com Thumbs Up
Children's Running Book Review
LRC reviews Kids Running and our guest reviewer says, "I can say with full confidence that it is perhaps the best children's running book of 2008."

Usain Bolt Answers Carl Lewis' Doping Questions In Interview

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 ratio I've seen in a long time."

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.

LetsRun.com 2007 Worlds Coverage:
*Sunday's Homepage
Ndereba marathon
*Saturday's Homepage
*Friday's Homepage Tyson Gay
*Thursday's 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

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 granddad, 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
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LetsRun.com Rojo's Tour of China, Part 1 - Hanging Out With Usain Bolt
Rojo went to the Puma Party put on for Usain Bolt. Open bar, Chinese dancers putting on their best sorority girl imitations, and then Rojo going 1-on-1 with Bolt. Rojo actually asked Usain about moving up to the 800m. Bolt hinted the Jamaicans want him to run the 4 x 400m. More importantly, Bolt apologized for visiting Facebook instead of LetsRun.com.

TV Reminder: Disgraced Sprinter Tim Montgomery To Be Profiled On Real Sports On HBO Tuesday At 10 PM ET/PT
*Tim Montgomery Admits To Doping While On 4*100 Team In 2000

Aron Rono Wins - Men's NAIA Recap And Results

Duncan Kibet Goes Sub-2:08 At Milan Marathon

: World Famous NCAA XC Prediction Contest
Get your picks in. Win $1000 if you pick the top ten teams perfectly.

"Why do newspapers relegate running to the agate page and 10 inches buried in the sports section every other Sunday?" Jim Hage asks the question since 90,000 finished Washington, DC's 5 biggest races in 1998.

Unreal! HSer Trevor Dunbar Runs 9:01 In Snow

Wife Of Operation Puerta Doctor Threatens To Talk & Warns What She Knows "Could Bring Down Sport"
She herself was a member of the 4 x 400m.

The Rich Get Richer IAAF Athlete Of Year To Get $100,000
*Usain Bolt Is Getting Driving Lessons Puma gave him a fully loaded, custom made BMW M3 and he is attending the world famous BMW "M" driver school prior to going to pick up his $100,000 at the IAAF Gala.

Lord Coe Confident World-Wide Credit Crunch Won't Hurt London Being Ready for 2012

Philadelphia Marathon Going To Great Lengths To Track Runners It looks like you'll be able to see them every 5k on the Internet.

Good Audio Interview: Chris Lear With FSU Coach Karen Harvey

Help A LetsRun.com Fan Get Onto MTV's Real World Vote early, vote often.

Interview With America's Golden Discus Diva Stephanie Brown Trafton
Her mom died when she was five, she works full-time, and, oh yeah, she won the Olympic discus gold out of nowhere.

Pole-Bender Turned Gender-Bender: Former German Woman Pole Vaulter Credits Steroid Use For HIS Recent Sex Change

USATF Announces Chiba Ekiden Teams

Jenny Barringer A Semi-Finalist For NCAA's Wooden Award

Scott Bauhs Going Pro After NCAA XC
While we are opposed to collegians going pro early, we agree there is no reason for a 27:48 10ker to run D2 track. We also think it's great Chico St. held a press conference to announce it. *Video Of Scott Bauhs Announcing He's Going Pro


Reflecting On Rupp: Is His Sub-28:00 The Best-Ever NCAA XC Time? 27:41 on a course that was 85 meters short is still worth sub-28:00.
Rupp Mania On The Boards
does Rupp train with Oregon or Salazar?
Rupp poised to crush Chelanga
*Is Rupp the most hated runner in the NCAA?

On the boards: Quantum of Solace: NOT GOOD

Runner Dies In Tulsa Half Marathon, Event Record Set In Men's Marathon

First-Ever Pasadena Marathon Cancelled Due To Fires

US Was 94th Nation To Ratify UNESCO Doping Treaty

Constantina Dita Starts An Online Journal

College Commitments From The Message Board
Jordan Hasay To Stanford
Ashley Brasovan to Duke
Briana Jackucewicz going to Harvard

2008 Junior College National XC Results

A Sad/Uplifting Story We Missed

Prep Wins TN State Title Less Than Week After His Best Friend (And State Champ) Was Killed In A Drunk Driving Accident
Multi-time state champ Markie Voyles was killed after leaving a party that she left early because she didn't want to drink. Unfortunately, the driver was drunk. *Voyles remembered at state cross-country meet

On The Boards
The $700 Billion Bailout Package
*How hard is Organic Chemistry really?
*Compare Your Fastest Race PRs To Your Fastest Practice Bests

Moving HS News:
High Schooler Wins State Championship While His Home Burns Down
*Matthew Sonnenfeldt Wins Tennessee State Title for His Friend Who Died In A Car Crash

LRC The Week That Was Last week was certainly a week to remember. Thankfully, we've got it all covered for you. From the the election of Barack Obama to the mayhem at Divsion II West Regionals, we have everything in between covered, including info on Sally Kipyego training with the men, Johnny Gray joining the Hall of Fame and the Russians trying once again to make a mockery of women's track and field. We save our most praise appropriately for a black man who ripped a white man as the biggest thumbs-up of the week goes to Lamine Diack for ripping IOC head Jacques Rogge.

On The Boards

*German Fernandez vs. Kendra Schaaf

49 Pages And Counting
... The "Atlantic Region XC 2008" LRC Message Board Thread The thread that keeps getting bigger.
*Worst Choking Moments in Running
*Why do most college girls burn out by their soph year of college?

Obama Mania Continues: For Some Reason People Think His Election Will Boost Chicago's 2016 Olympic Bid

Jose Canseco Gets 10 Months Unsupervised Probation For Trying To Smuggle In Steroids
The $25 fine may be a big deal as he's broke.

Carolina Kluft May Miss Indoors With Stress Fracture

New XC Polls Released
Boards: Where's UVA?
Men's National XC Poll 
Women's National Poll
*Regional XC Polls here.

We would need counseling, too: Liu Xiang Needs Psychological Help Says Coach Unexpectedly letting down a billion-plus people has to weigh on one's mind. Get his Achilles tendon fixed and he'll be fine.

Recommended Read NYTimes: Static Stretching Is A Waste Of Time And Actually Weakens You If you are looking for a new way to warm up before your next race, we recommend you read this.

Blog on LetsRun.com, Become Famous: LetsRun.com's Scott "Slicko" Anderson In the Modern Love Section of the NY Times

What Actor and Actress Would Ryan Hall Want To Portray Himself and His Wife In A Hollywood Film? Hall thinks Adam Sandler would fit the bill for him.

Video: (It will Expand) Usain Bolt Predicted His 9.69 Last Week While Playing His New Online Computer Game

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You can Race Bolt at www.chasingbolt.com

Last Year's World Champs Video Race Highlights:
: The Final lap of the men's 1,500m
Horrendous Fall in Men's Steeplechase Warning: this is not for the faint of heart.
Video: Video of Tyson Gay's 200m Win

Training Advice:
Advice from the pros

Top 10 Training Tips

LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson gives his top 10 training tips in this letsrun.com classic when the site first launched.. They helped him knock 1:22 off his 10k pr in one race and will definitely help you too.
No Shortcuts
LetsRun.Com coaching consultant John Kellogg outlines his basic coaching approach and gives the four principles to correct training for elites. LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson translates Mr. Kellogg's approach so that it is beneficial for the masses.

Wejo Speaks:
Why I Sucked in College
Perhaps Wejo's Most Popular Training Article Ever
"In running however, there are not bonus points for running 'hard.' The point is to run fast. There is a difference. Don't forget that."

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

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

JK Speaks: 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.

Learn From a Legend
Arthur Lydiard Quotes:

Train Don't Strain"

-famed distance coach Arthur Lydiard
Lydiard Quote:
"Americans arrogantly want it all now, this is why they finish last. Speed must be used in proper proportions. Build and build like the Africans. This is the only way to realise your potential."
-famed distance coach Arthur Lydiard

Learn/ Be Inspired from the Stars:
Yet Again The LetsRun.com Training Philosophy Is Proven True:

"Everything has been part of a master plan. Of course we've had to re-focus and re-adjust along the way, like everyone does, but there has always been a plan. [Years] 2005 and 2006 were all about training for 2007 and 2008. The last couple of years, we were trying to build up the strength he needs to win championship medals in the 1,500.''
-Scott Raczko, coach of Alan Webb, talking about how their focus on strength the last two years is paying big dividends in a feature in America's top sports magazine, Sports Illustrated (although we are pretty sure the article appears only online).

Great Read/Advice: Such a Simple Sport:
"I train twice every day except on Sundays and on Christmas Day."

-the great Haile Gebrselassie, on his training over the holidays. He says his New Year's resolution is to win the gold medal at 10k and break the 10k world record. And Gebrselassie is still young as it is only 1996 in Ethiopia (we swear).

More Great Advice from the Greatest Distance Runner Ever:

Haile Gebrselassie says work hard, be patient, and take your recovery days seriously.
Good Read.
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."

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
ojo Speaks: Inspired By a Kenyan Robert Cheruyiot Cheruyiot is a true star in the sport and a truly unbelievable rags-to-riches story.

Some of the Highlights From Our Archives:
You Know You're a Runner If...
(our readers fill in the blanks with some hilarious responses on the message boards)

Kenya: LetsRun.com's Wejo went to Kenya for the World XC Championships and then he toured the country and explored the secrets of some of the Kenyan greats. See some of his insights on this incredible country.
Controlled Chaos
Read about incredible one of kind 2007 World XC Championships in Mombasa, Kenya. Tens of thousands of people packed like sardines, hanging in trees, in oppressive heat, all to see the Cross Country Championships for the first time in Kenya. There will never be a party like this one again.
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.
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.

Interviews With Today's Stars on Their High School Careers
A bit old, but we've got to remember our roots.

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.

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.
Thumbs Up Showdown DVD: Wejo watched the Showdown DVD on the 2007 USA XC Champs in Boulder and was inspired.

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.

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

Inspirational Running Poem