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We interview one of our own:
LetsRun.com's Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

Turkey Day Runs:
Bauhs Wins His Pro Debut At Synapetics 5k Bauhs is a stud with a bright future.
On the boards: Scott Bauhs Wins Elite 5k
Galen Rupp vs. Scott Bauhs

CT: Martin Fagan Wins Manchester Road Race


Canadian XC Nationals Today

On the boards:
*Alan Webb: Should he follow Mottram's idea to go solo?
Colt McCoy is dating a Baylor Runner ... sic em' horns The knockout young woman they showed about 10 times on ESPN during the Texas / Texas A&M game is her.
Shaheen parts company with Renato conova (sic)

Jelimo Talks About Meeting Kenya's President After Beijing It was quite a year for her, as in addition to Olympic gold, she took home the $1 million Golden League jackpot. EA Standard

Best Recap Of NCAA Women's Race From Mike Scott

2008 NCAA D1 XC
*LRC Prediction Scores Are In - Check Them Now
Arkansas XC Had Its Worst NCAA XC Meet Ever This year represented a lot of negative firsts for the Razorbacks. The first year without John McDonnell in a long, long time and the first conference XC loss in 34 years, and the first Regional loss after 18 years. It was the Razorbacks' worst NCAA performance ever, but they have made the meet every year since 1974 (the year McDonnell's conference streak started).
*For a great look at the history of the NCAA Champs click here for men, here for women.
Post NCAA News:
German Fernandez Possibly Facing Long Recovery From Injury
Metcalf: "We should be better next year" (scroll down in article)
*Oregon Gets Hero's Welcome At Hayward

Men Results: *Team *Individual LRC: *Men's Photos Almost 600 of them.
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 Fernandez 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

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 got the women's team title as expected.
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

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?

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

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?

Sunday Down Under: Geb vs Mottram: *Geb Wins In Windy Conditions As Mottram Is 4th After an opening 10k of 28:46, Geb hammered home a 13:55 to get the win.
*Haile Gebrselassie Focused On Time In Showdown Versus Mottram Over 15k On Sunday
Geb also talks about skipping the 2008 Olympic Marathon and running the Games in 2012. Geb, like Paula, seems to have the mental ability to focus on 2012: "2012 is very soon! It's not the age, actually. It's mental. If you are strong mentally, then there is no problem."
More: Geb: "I see this tall white guy who beats all the Ethiopians and the Kenyans sometimes and I'm surprised, I want to know his background."

Excellent Read On Benita Johnson The former World XC champ has had a very tough 2008 (her father died and her marriage fell apart). But now she's smiling again and ready to take on the world's best Sunday in Australia (Dita and Ndereba are on hand).

Also This Weekend: With $50,000 1st Prize, Nigeria's Obudu Ranch International Mountain Running Race Has Attracted Some Traditional Stars Like Mestawat Tufa IAAF

Stephanie Twell To Race Seniors To Prepare For Her European XC Defence

Flora London Men's Field Announced ...
It's Going To Be Sick Once Again

Today the Flora London Marathon announced a positively sensational field of men's runners for their 2009 race. The field will include 3-time winner Martin Lel, "The Future" Sam Wanjiru, half marathon phenom Zersenay Tadese making his marathon debut, US greats Khalid Khannouchi and Dathan RitzenheinFelix Limo, 2-time World champion Jaoud Gharib, "Mr. Runner-Up" Abderrahim Goumri and 5 other guys who have run under 2:08 in their careers. Ryan Hall's Boston debut certainly won't be an easy win, but with these guys all running London he'll have a great shot.
*Unbelievably Exciting Men's Field Announced For London!

*Video Highlights Of Martin Lel's 2008 London Record 2:05:15 Win

Turkey Day Racing: (Manchester Road Race still to come)
*Not Messing Around: Scott Bauhs To Run Turkey Trot 5k, Go For USA Road Record 13:24
*Why Berwick's Thanksgiving Race Is Special

Olympic And IOC News
*Nervous Holidays For Some: Olympic Drug Retests For CERA To Take 4 More Months

*IOC Head Rogge Glumly Speaks On Cheating By Athletes
*We Agree: "London Should Be London" In 2012 - Not Try To Outdo/Outspend Beijing

More Chiba Recaps:
*Great Recap With Video Of Ethiopian Course Record Performance At Chiba Ekiden
*US Individual Splits From Chiba; Ed Moran Runs Best With 13:47 5k, Good For 5th
*Chiba Ekiden Recap: Ethiopia Wins (Combined Men's And Women's Team)

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

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

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."

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
Photo Gallery

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.

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

HS Action:
Foot Locker Regionals

Kroeger Wins Foot Locker South
CA HS State Meet Excitement!

Bad Drug News: Dutch Federation Covered Up Doping Violation Of Simon Vroemen

Good Drug News: Greek Olympic Champ Fani Halkia Gets 2 Years For Drugs When she came out of nowhere to win the 2004 Games, our first thought was "drugs."
*IAAF Asks For Double Ban On Russians

More: *Cycling Anti-Doping Tax To Rise From 2 to 4% (It's Time To Add Such A Tax To US Pro Sports)

Cyclist Says 50% Of Tour May Have Been Using Blood Boosting Drug CERA grg51.typepad.com

*Major League Baseball Not Going To Announce Number Of Amphetamine Positives

Tuscon Newspaper Profile On Letsrunner, A Former College Golfer, Coached By Tinman, Hoping To Break 2:40

Not Sure We Put This Up: Adidas And IAAF Announce 11 Year Partnership Hopefully it will be beneficial for both sides. But then again Charlie Weiss and Notre Dame have a 10 year contract. IAAF

Former World Heptathlon Champ Eunice Barber Facing Possible Jail Time For Biting Police Officer

Haile G In Melbourne For Great Australia Run

A Great Move For Britain: Paula Opens Up Camp For Compatriots To Train With Her
More Paula: Paula Talks About The "Choker" Tag And Gary's 40th Birthday Bash

Is He Nuts?: Dwain Chambers: "I don't give a damn how fast Bolt ran, Powell should not have lost that medal ... He'll get the world record back again next year."

Paula Radcliffe Says Motherhood Has Made Her A Better Athlete And She Talks About Kid #2 Times of London

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
*IOC To Investigate Montgomery's Olympic Steroid Claims

Craig Mottram Now Coaching Himself, Representing Himself

German Fernandez Possibly Facing Long Recovery From Injury

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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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