Maybe Kara Or Ryan Will Win One Day

"What do Old John Kelley, Johnny Kelley, and Bill Rodgers all have in common? They were all dropouts in their first Boston Marathons."

- Bill Squires, speaking in a Boston Globe column by Bob Ryan where he says Kara Goucher has nothing to be upset about. We say her 3rd-place showing and particularly Ryan Hall's were inspiring.

113th Boston Marathon *Top 100 Men *Top 100 Women

Deriba Merga, Salina Kosgei Win In Boston As Americans Goucher/Hall Finish 3rd The women's race was a jog for much of the race but ultimately turned into an unheard-of 3-person sprint finish where Goucher came up short. The men's race featured both bold frontrunning early on and a savvy charge late by Ryan Hall, who ended up ahead of last year's Chicago champ as well as the 3-time defending champ (who ended up in the hospital).
*Watch The Races On Our Partner
*IAAF Recap Here
*Great Recap Of Amazing Pace Changes In Race From Our Friends At The Science Of Sport
*Bill Rodgers Returns

Semi-Live Blog As We Watch The Telecast The commentating is so poor we've decided to let you know what is really happening.
Message Board Thread

LRC: Boston Media Day: Can An American Win It? The stars in Boston addressed the media on Friday and was there to cover it all. Of course we've got Ryan, Kara, and Robert the Champ but much, much more, including Ryan Hall's confidence, Kara Goucher's ability to pull a Kempainen, Kara's demons, Brian Sell's possible retirement, and even a life-sized statue of Brian Sell made out of pasta. Story and videos. Boston Media Day: Can An American Win It?
*Classic: Hall Throws out first pitch for Red Sox, does his LAST training run, and - gulp - FORGETS HIS SINGLET IN CALIFORNIA!
*Experts Predictions For Boston
*Ryan Hall, Kara Goucher, Robert Cheruiyot, Evans Cheruiyot, Deriba Merga, Brian Sell Interviews

*IAAF: Tune, Cheruiyot Cautiously Optimistic About Repeating
The article reveals Cheruiyot has regularly been finishing way ahead of his training partner and the Chicago champ Evans Cheruiyot in practice.
*Bill Rodgers: "There's a serious, serious chance for Americans to win the race."
*AP Preview: Americans Lining Up For Chance At Boston Win
*Top Americans Starting To Rediscover Boston
*Q&A With Boston Marathon Director Dave McGillivray

PhotoRun's Boston Press Conference Photos
*Science Of Sport Boston Predictions: Goucher & Cheruiyot (Hall 3rd)
*Goucher Tells David Monti She Has A Chance To Win
*Goucher's Hometown Paper: Goucher Eager To Run Boston
*IAAF Preview Of Boston - Cheruiyot: "Boston is my second home."
*Legendary Coach Bill Squires Predicts Good Runs For Goucher And Hall
*Get Live Boston Updates On Your Cell Phone - Track The Elites All Morning
LRC Preview Of The Men's Field - Can Hall Win It? The short answer is yes but it won't be a walk in the park.
*LRC: Meet Neil Cusack: The 1974 Boston Marathon Winner & Ireland's Only Boston Champion PJ Browne
gives you insight into the only Irish champ in Boston. His article clearly reveals that Boston in 1974 was a totally different era. Famed television anchor Walter Cronkite interviewed the winner and the headline in the NY Daily News the day after the race was, "Irishman wins Boston, trains on beer." Cusack never reached his full athletic potential as he had to work several jobs.
LRC Preview Of The Boston Women's Field We tell you what we think of Kara's chances and introduce you to an elite field comprised of neophytes and veterans, with our take on just how strong the field really is. See below for a ton of good articles on Boston
Don't Forget: Hansons-Brooks Sending Team To Boston
*Brian Sell On Where He Sees Himself And His Teammates Finishing On Monday Hansons-Brooks brought a lot of excitement to Boston with their 2006 squad.
*Kevin Hanson On Hansons-Brooks And The Resurgence Of American Marathoning Hanson predicts 6 Hansons-Brooks runners in the top 15! "The six people, I think, will all finish in the top 15, 20th at the worst."
*Pre-Boston Interview With Central NY Runner Fred C. Joslyn
*Ryan Hall Gets Front-Page Sports Feature In USA Today What a pleasant surprise to see Hall featured in the paper yesterday morning.
*Kara Goucher Gets Some Love From USA Today Salazar says Goucher's much better prepared than for New York as she's had 9 100-mile weeks. Brian Sell also gets some love.
*Can A Tall Blonde Surfer Guy Runner Win The Boston Marathon?
*David Monti/Universal Sports Preview Boston They have a picture of the bibs some of the top runners will wear.
*Ryan Hall Q&A In Hometown Big Bear Grizzly
*Man To Run Boston Marathon 4 Times Consecutively Raising money for wounded soldiers.
*adidas Extends Boston Marathon Sponsorship Conspiracy theorists thinking Nike is buying Kara Goucher's victory should think again.

Great Dire Tune Article - She's The Reigning Boston Champion And Will Be In The Running In 2009
*Another Must-Read Dire Tune Article Universal Sports This article uncovers a tense drama that took place between Ethiopian teammates before Beijing. Bezunesh Bekele's husband pulled a gun on Deriba Merga, Tune's training partner at the time, all because there was sentiment that Tune didn't deserve her national team spot. Interestingly, Tune, Bekele and Merga will each be competing in Boston on Monday.
*Video Interview With Kara Goucher The best part is you get to watch her run on the Alter-G Treadmill ... it looks really strange.
*Science Of Sport Previews The Men's Field In Boston A great analysis of Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot's winning strategy last year and predictions for this year.
*Robert Cheruiyot The Betting Favorite In Boston, Ryan Hall The 3rd Choice
*Asics To Offer Special Ryan "Hall-elujah" Shirt

*Wow, Curb Your Enthusiasm - Great Article On Deriba Merga From his tough upbringing to his wont for pushing the pace in big races only to fade at the end, this article opened up the world of Merga to us. More introductions: This Article Introduces You To The 3 Male Cheruiyots In Boston
*Supercool Brooks Running Superfans Website

Bolt News

*British Column: Bolt's Apology Unnecessary "The 'news' that Usain Bolt recently admitted to knowing as a child how to roll a joint belongs in the same category as the fact that bears defecate in woods."
Usain Bolt Answers Readers Questions On Video In Britain He's #1 rule to being a champion, "Listen to my coach." He also takes a question at the end from a guy who claims to have walked him down in HS.
Brit Marlon Devonish To Face Bolt In Next Month's Street Race He ran a 10.11 last week. All we can say is that will look like an 11.00 next to Bolt.
Bolt, Isinbayeva And Dibaba Finalists For 2009 Laureus World Sports Award

Boston Photos *Video Highlights from our partner Universal Sports
*LRC'  Post-Race Comments/Interviews: We give you some our thoughts and extensive interviews with Goucher/Hall, etc. We upset a lot of old timers who come to, urge the BAA to pay Deriba Merga $10,000 to take English classes, and do the more traditioanl like give our take on the races.

LRC: The Week That WasPrior to Boston, a lot happened in the world of running and we try to make sense of it all - from Alan Webb's outdoor debut, to Mt. SAC, to debutante marathoners in Vienna, to dopers possibly going to jail.

Steve Cram On His Most Exciting London Entrant: Debutant Zersenay Tadese No time to catch your breath as a great FLORA London Marathon is 5 days away.

Britain Sprint Talent Emerging This Year

Kenya's "The Nation" Highlights Another Weekend Of Kenyan Marathon Dominance

USA News

Bolt To Race Crystal Palace

Jamaican Gold Medalists Lose At University Invitational In Jamaica

Jeremy Wariner ... He Won't Be Coached By Clyde Hart, But He Will Wear Different Color Shoes In Each Round In Berlin

Interesting: NHL Contract Has 5-Month Window (Playoffs And Off-Season) Where Players Know They Will Not Be Drug Tested

Gilbert Kipruto Kirwa Debuts In 2:08:21 Vienna Win Photo Gallery *Race Recap Austrian marathon record on the women's side as hometowner gets the win, great debuts on the men's side (4 under 2:10). Men's winner says, "After this debut I hope to run 2:04 one day." Rotterdam and Paris have everyone Kenyan thinking they can run 2:04. 2000 Olympic Steeple Champ Reuben Kosgei dropped out of his first marathon.
*2 More Kenyan Wins In Turin: 2:09:07 And 2:26

Recommended Watch BBC Goes To Jamaica And Looks At Usain Bolt's Upbringing See his elementary school, his dirt track, and his father wearing a Barack Obama hat.

Dwain Chambers At Mt. SAC
*Recommended Read: LA Times: Reformed drug cheat on a redemptive run
*San Diego Tribune: Chambers running for the sake of running. Chambers ran in anonymity in LA, as the announcer didn't even announce the fact he was on the B 4 x 100.
*Video Interview Of Chambers At Mt. SAC

NCAA/US Track News

Kansas Relays:
*Alan Webb Wins In 3:58.9 After Being Challenged By Peter Van Der Westhuizen
*AP: Webb, Who Opened His 2009 Outdoor Season With A 3:58.9 Win, Is Focused On Training Less In 2009
*Jim Ryun's 42-Year-Old 3:54.7 Record Survives
*Pre-Race Article On Webb

BAA Road Miles: Darren Brown Surprises, Anna Willard Confirms Again She's a Really Good Miler Darren Brown did something very unfamiliar on Sunday - win a race. He got used to being beaten in high school and college but got a very big win on Sunday. Anna Willard did something she is growing accustomed to - winning. She easily dispatched Olympic 10k bronze medallist Shalane Flanagan on the streets of Boston. Photos, video, and more.

Mt. SAC: *Results Here

Lee Emanuel Sizzles, Juan Barrios Over Fam And Solinsky
NCAA indoor mile champ Lee Emanuel showed he's the real deal by blowing away the field to run 3:37 in the 1,500. Juan Barrios outkicked Anthony Famiglietti and Chris Solinsky in the last 100m to win the 5k in 13:16 (video of last 100 here). David Torrence got the biggest applause, winning the Puma mile and a 1-year contract by going 2:05.4 - 1:55.7. *5k Video *1,500 Video *Mile Video
*Videos With Announcing
Videos With No Announcing The Mt. SAC PA announcers are some of the best in the business.
Dwain Chambers Running 200m & 4x100m At Mt. SAC Saturday
American Olympian Lindsay Anderson Wins Steeple In World Leading Time At Mt. SAC
*IAAF Preview: Olympic Medallists Allyson Felix, Sheena Tosta, Tasha Danvers (GBR), Kerron Clement And Shawn Crawford To Compete

ACC *Florida St. & UVA Tie For Men's Title As FSU Wins Women's
Oregon-UCLA Dual:
Rupp & Wheating Return To Hayward With Wins As Meet Comes Down To 4 x 400 (Oregon Wins) *MB Thread

1996 Olympic Marathon Champ Josiah Thugwane Wins Forever Resorts Loskop 50km Ultra

A Preview Of Sunday's Nagano Marathon

Just As Paul Tergat Predicted, Victor Kigen Wins Belgrade Marathon

Christian Cantwell Throws World-Leading 21.53 In Africa

Meet Mongolia's Olympic Marathoner Serod Batochir Who Is Training In The UK For The 2012 Games

Nigeria's Top 400 Guys To Compete In Dakar

Boston Poll