Quote of the Day

"I'll be honest: of all the Olympics [and] World Championships I've ever run, post-collegiately, I've never felt the same way as the pressure when I've come here. The pressure I used to feel out here was just daunting."

- Marcus O'Sullivan, Villanova's coach, on the pressure he used to feel at the Penn Relays. Sullivan's got a very deep squad this year.

113th Boston Marathon - Two Days Later
*Top 100 Men *Top 100 Women
*LRC Analysis *LRC Week That Was (Non Boston)

Great Post-Race Piece On 2009 Boston Champ Deriba Merga He said when he woke up he knew he would win. He's apparently now going to turn down a huge payday and run the World Champs in Berlin. The guy likes to race!
*After Passing Out, Tune Came To & Had No Idea Who Won The Race

Marathon Tidbits:
Defending Champs Tune & Cheruiyot Both Out Of Hospital / Rodgers Calls Race Maybe Most Fantastic Boston He's Ever Run / USAirways Air Traffic Controller Runs In 2:40s The Celtics owner even ran.
Kara Goucher No Longer Fears The Marathon In NYC, she was surviving at the end; in Boston, she was racing. The only problem is now she's planning on starting a family. Maybe American fans desperate for victory should raise a ton and try to get them to consider adoption.
Kenyan Paper Reports Of Kosgei's Victory She was a little "scared" because the early pace was so slow.
Shalane Flanagan Might Run Marathon In Future

And The Ugandan Women's Marathon Mark Is Broken By Jane Suuto ... Guess What It Is? She ran the time to win in France.

London Paper: How Fast Can A Human Run A Marathon? One professor thinks a 90-minute marathon is possible for a bio-engineered freak (that's 3:45 mile pace).
Wounded Iraq Vet Hoping To Finish London Marathon Within Two Weeks He's only up to one mile per day in training.

Two-Time World Champion Jana Rawlinson Continues To Train Despite Splitting With Husband/Coach He joking called his wife "tempermantal" and  "little ****" at their wedding.

Even Sports Superstars Can Get Depressed

We Agree
Law Passed In Spain Allowing Athletes To Refuse Drug Tests We only agree as it's between the hours of 11 pm and 8 am.

USATF Gives Out 10 Developmental Grants Alice Schmidt gets 5k

Sprint/Jump News
Usain Bolt To Run At The Aviva London Grand Prix On LetsRun.com Founders Day (July 24th)
*After Mt. SAC, Dwain Chambers Embarks on "Project Bolt" His goal is the same as all sprinters - to somehow beat Bolt in Berlin.
Reigning European LJ Champ Andrew Howe Out For Season With Achilles Injury

Random Track Results
IAAF Dakar
*Full Results
*Hometown Hero Kaba Ndiss Badji Jumps 8.29

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 UniversalSports.com
*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 LetsRun.com 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

An Absolute Must Read!! An Inside Look At Lasse Viren Pat Butcher catches up with the only guy to ever twice do the 5k/10k double and finds that Viren is still in awesome shape and full of amazing wisdom.

Think Ryan Gregson Is Australia's Only Young Talent? Meet Richard Everest

NCAA: Penn & Drake Are Coming

Penn Relays *Penn Will Be Streamed Live
Notes From Monday's Press Conference: Marcus O'Sullivan "I love Penn, but I hate Penn." "I'll be honest: of all the Olympics [and] World Championships I've ever run, post-collegiately, I've never felt the same way as the pressure when I've come here. The pressure I used to feel out here was just daunting." Arkansas' Bucknam is getting ready for his first-ever Penn Relays.
Preview Of Men's Relays
Preview Of Men's Individual Events
Preview Of Women's Relays
Villanova's Marcus O'Sullivan Pleased With Depth - Ready For 4 x Mile, DMR
Navy's Al Cantello Inducted Into Hall Of Fame One of only two 3-time winners in jav.
Get Set For US-Jamaica Sprint Showdown
*Florida & Jeff Demps and Texas & Jacob Hernandez Mean Fields Will Be Strong Demps has gained 10 pounds of muscle.

Drake Relays
*Meet Website
AP: An Interesting Look At 100 Years Of Drake The relays started in a snowstorm and were created as the AD was looking for a way to save money.
Who Will Be The Next Jesse Owens At This Year's Drake Relays? We hope no one as we don't want WWIII.
A Look At Past Drake Stars Al Oerter & Jesse Owens
*Drake Relays To Feature World Leaders In 4 Events
Drake Expecting 44th Straight Sellout

Oregon Relays Are This Weekend

Accepted Entries For Oregon Relays Andrew Wheating & Jenny Barringer are in the 800 and 1,500 and Galen Rupp is in the 10k.

Something Interesting We Missed: 2007 World Champ Silver Medallist At 400m, Nicola Sanders, Made 800 Debut At Mt. SAC And Won In 2:03.41

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 LetsRun.com, 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 Was link fixed Prior 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

Boston Poll