London Marathon Is Sunday - And It Should Be Another Great Race

*Wanjiru Ready For London Battle
Lel Going For #4, Leaders Will Be Paced Through 20 Miles At WR Pace Yikes.
Wanjiru Again Talking About a World Record - This Time In The Marathon
Lel Shows Crack: Says Hip Is Bothering Him Going In To London You can bet Zersenay Tadese will like that news.
Ritz Ready For London Dathan Ritzenhein spends about the first half of this interview fielding question and talking about Ryan Hall.
*London Marathon Set For Kenyan Domination Only 8 Brits broke 2:20 last year vs. 100 in 1981. Meanwhile, 65 of the top 100 marathoners in the world in 2008 were Kenyan.
*London Will Mark Yuri Kano's International Marathon Debut The Japanese are sending some really good runners on both the men's and women's side.
*Read About Japan's Atsushi Sato

*Wow, Too Bad She Isn't Going To Go For It Goucher Was Seriously Consdering Running London LRC Boards: Kara Goucher not running London Marathon *Ken Goe's Article On His Text Messages With Kara  *Kara Goucher is USATF Athlete Of The Week Kind of an interesting selection by USATF, given the choice of Hall and Goucher.

113th Boston Marathon - Three 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

USATF Gives Out 10 Developmental Grants Alice Schmidt gets 5k.

Sprint/Jump News
Usain Bolt To Run At The Aviva London Grand Prix On 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
*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

NCAA: Penn & Drake Are Coming

Penn Relays *Entries (Click on a team to see all their entries)
Penn Will Be Streamed Live
*UCLA's Ryan Krais, One Of The Best PA Athletes Of All Time, Returns To Penn
Sarah Bowman Also Returning To Site Of HS Greatness.
Penn Relays' 5 Most Memorable Moments From executive director Dave Johnson.

Penn Relays' 5 Most Disappointing Moments
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.
*10 Records That Could Fall At Drake
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.

Get Your Daily Fix Of Runners Chatting About Running

Hall Upbeat After First Boston Marathon Some great quotes from Ryan Hall and coach Terrence Mahon.

*EU Panel Says Several Components Of WADA's Whereabouts Rule Are "Problematic" - Rulings Could Come Soon
*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.

Doug Logan, Ian Stewart, Other Leaders Discuss Changes Track Needs To Make

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.

Steve Hooker Happy To Be Training In Perth: 3 Fitness Sessions Per Day + 2 Beach Sessions

European Indoor Multi Champs To Compete In Goztis Multi Event Not exactly the most pressing news but hey, we're trying to learn about other events.

Kip Keino Wants To See Rugby As An Olympic Sport

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

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, 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.

Boston Poll