Kenenisa Bekele To Return To Cross Country On January 9th The greatest cross-country runner ever will return after missing last year's season with injury. 11 times world champion in short and long course cross country, Bekele will meet 2009 Amman World XC Champion Gebre Gebremariam in Edinburgh. Basically this will be a clash of the best two XC runners in the world.
NCAA 800m Champion Heather Dorniden Joins Team USA Minnesota Dorniden ran for the U of Minnesota. She has a pr of 2:01.
1. Foot Locker Cross-Country Championships *Boys Results *Girls Results *LRC Photos
2. European Cross-Country Championships
- European Cross-Country Results
- Hayley Yelling Pulls Off Shocker At 35 Yelling is a school teacher and retired a year ago after bombing at Euro Cross. She came back because she wanted to be back.
- Euro Men's Recaps All In One Place Sergey Lebid to us is the most interesting story as he took 3rd. In 16 years of Euro Cross, there have only been 6 different winners thanks to the Ukranian winning a remarkable 8 senior titles.
- Euro Women's Recaps Steph Twell, who the British press took to calling "the next Paula Radcliffe," fell apart in the U23 race.
3. Honoloulu Marathon Recap And Results
- Great Recap From David Monti: Patrick Ivuti Commits To Suicide Pace But It Works In Honolulu The women's pacemaker only made it 5k. 62% of the marathon field were Japanese.
- Race Results
4. USATF Club Nats
USATF Club National Cross-Country Results
Zap Fitness men, led by David Jankowski and David Nightingale, won the men's team race. Boulder Running Co./adidas won the women's race. Serena Burla took the open individual women's race.
Gillette Decides Tiger's Face Is No Longer The Best A Man Can Get
Gillette statement makes a "mach-ery" of Tiger: "As Tiger takes a break from the public eye, we will support his desire for privacy by limiting his role in our marketing programs."
*Employee #1's preferred Tiger coverage: Bill Simmons Writes
Listen Now - LetsRun.com Training Talk Webcast
1st Episode Featured Guest: Coach John Kellogg
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LRC Training Talk Article 1 - Is Your Training Repeatable?
In 2010, we at LetsRun.com hope to make a huge push to talk more about training.
Caster Semenya's Test Results Will Be Kept Secret, But IAAF Will Pay For A Surgery If She Wants It
Seems likely they're not going to allow Semenya to compete in female races unless she gets some sort of operation. The IAAF are willing to pay for the expense of a surgery.
Kiyoko Shimahara Returns To Honolulu Marathon As Favorite To Win Again Shimahara's 4th marathon of '09 doesn't mean her others have lacked quality. She ran 2:25 to win Hokkaido and 2:28 to beat Catherine Ndereba at Yokohama.
Japanese 27:41 10ker Announces Intent To Race Marathon In February Yu Mitsuya ran 27:41 as a 20-year-old.
Marion Jones News All In One Place
Bad Girls - Nobody Gets The Gold
IOC Makes Gutsy Decision And Refuses To Award Gold Medal In 2000 Sydney Games 100m
This is the first time in Olympic history a gold medal will not be awarded in an event.
Outta The Clink - Marion Jones Making WNBA Attempt
Victor Conte Tells It Like It Is, Says Women Getting Marion Jones' Medals Were Likely To Have Been On Drugs
"Back in 2000, there was no independent anti-doping federation in place for several of the countries which have female athletes that will now receive medal upgrades ... Back then, it was very easy to circumvent the drug testing procedures."
Victor Conte Talks With Track Journalist Duncan Mackay About Marion Jones Refusing To Come Clean Fellow Ex-Prisoner Victor Conte On Marion Jones: "Marion knowingly used drugs and I'm sure she knows it was a mistake. But, I believe Marion is continuing to make a mistake by not coming forward with the entire truth."
Tim Montgomery Talks Candidly About His And Marion's Marriage From His Prison
Another "Hard Luck" Story - Former Sydney 4 x 4 Gold Medalist Calvin Harrison
LRC The Week That Was Once again, we recap the action for you from across the globe, whether it's the high school nationals in Oregon of the Fukuoka Marathon in Japan. Along the way, we introduce you to a ten miler where 90 people broke 50 flat and give you the cure to stress fractures. And since we feel greatness comes in pairs, we talk about Usain Bolt & Tyson Gay, Alan Webb & Galen Rupp, Chris Derrick & Craig Virgin, Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson, plus Marion Jones, Gina Procaccio, Jenny Barringer and others.
Recommended Read Canadian Sports Medicine Guru Is Subject Of Doping Inquiry
Dr. Anthony Galea has worked with big time athletes in every sport and is referred to as "Miracle Man". The article gives a good look at his career, his supporters and critics, and his arrest crossing the US/Canada border with HGH and other controversial drugs.
*Media Latch On To Tiger's Association With Dr. Galea
The inquiry into Dr. Galea really has nothing to do with Tiger Woods. He is just one of hundreds of big-time athletes who seek out Dr. Galea. Tiger did send text messages to Dr. Galea so perhaps we and Elin need to look into that some more.
Like an eagle at Augusta...
*Nike's Phil Knight Says Tiger's Mistakes Are "Just A Blip"
Did Tiger do a yelling fist pump when he heard that or what?!
Katherina Thanou Brings Legal Action Against IOC
The IOC refused to give her Marion Jones' 100m medal from Sydney to mark the first time in Olympic history no gold medal was awarded in an event.
Berlino Meets His Match
World Indoor Championships (Doha, Qatar) Announce Mascot "Saham" Who Is A Caracal
Saham, an athletic but cute cat, is the first track mascot ruler in the post-Berlino epoch. His creators have made up an amazing story for him. It is a touching tale, as Saham, the eldest of three in his family, "learnt at an early age, from his grandfather and father, that sport is more than just performance. It is a calling and one that requires dedication, honesty to one's self, and an ingrained spirit of fair play. Saham is a proud Qatari and partakes in all its traditions - he plays the Nai with passion, loves sport of all kinds, likes going out on excursions with his friends, and even likes keeping fit by running on the Corniche at sunset." We were about to say ... he BETTER play the Nai and run on the Corniche or else he is no proud Qatari!
Training Advice From US Star
News From The UK
- Good Read: Fantastic Interview With Sir Chris Chataway - Roger Bannister's Rabbit Sir Chataway reminisces about races with legend Emil Zatopek and life in the amateur racing era.
- Charles van Commenee Raises Qualification Standards For British Athletes Now athletes hoping to go to the European Championships must meet World Championship qualification marks. No rest for the weary.
- Alert The Press - Seb Coe Has No Idea Where His Olympic Medals Are He gave one of them to his nephew for school show and tell.
- "Billions and Billions" - UK Athletics Head Complains Publicly About
Taxpayer RageRed Tape As He Tries To Upgrade Facilities 9 Billion British pounds are being spent on London 2012 but Charles van Commenee wants a new athletics centre with a bigger weightroom.
The End Of Kenyan Distance Dominance! Rugby Mania
Foot Locker Pre-Race (If Sveinsson Held On For 5 More Meters, We Had Both Winners)
Our Take: On the boys side, the typically senior-dominated race may come down to a rare battle between a junior in NXN champ Craig Lutz and sophomore '09 track sensation Lukas Verzbicas. After an amazing high school class in 2008 (German Fernandez, Chris Derrick, Luke Puskedra ...), it looks like 2011 will be the next year of top-end talent, as juniors went 1-5 at NXN. LRC Pick: Verzbicas over Lutz
*Craig Lutz Shooting To Be First To Win NXN And Foot Locker
*Lukas Verzbicas Profile Leading Up To Foot Locker Champs This Weekend That photo to the left comes from Verzbicas' freshman year in high school.
The girls race will bring 4 undefeated girls from 4 different regions together. Megan Goethals, Aisling Cuffe, Chelsea Sveinsson and Molly Grabill are the "Big 4." LetsRun.com voters like lightly-raced Sveinsson over course record smashing Cuffe (34%-30%), while Grabill is basically running on her home turf and Goethals is the top returner from 2008 AND is the only senior.
LRC Pick: '08 NXN Champ and 4:18 1,500m runner Chelsea Sveinsson
Recommended Read: Feature On 2004 Foot Locker Champ Ken Cormier
Arizona's Ken Cormier became the surprise 2004 FL Finals champ before going to Arkansas and becoming a XC All-American. But somewhere, things didn't feel right and Cormier went home and decided to enlist in the Marines. After serving the US in Afghanistan, Cormier is back and talked to Dye Stat ESPN RISE writer Dave Devine, who wrote a great piece about the guy who went from 73rd in his FL region to the National Champion.
Sunday: European Cross-Country Championships
- IAAF Preview Of European Cross Country Championships on Sunday Ukraine's 34-year-old Sergey Lebid has made his career as an excellent cross-country runner. He has won 8 European titles and will contend with Britain's Mo Farah and host Ireland's Martin Fagan and Alistair Cragg.
- British Selection Procedure For Euros Getting Hammered By Some Last week an LRC reader emailed us and we wrote an article about why the British fiasco is proof the US system of "first across the line" is the fairest despite flaws.
- Mo Farah Article Leading In To European Cross Nobody's questioning this guy being on the GBR team as he's almost certainly going to be top-3 in the race.
- 3-Time Junior Champion Steph Twell Moves Up To Under-23 Race At Euros Twell ran 4:03 this summer and is a sort of British child prodigy who gets to bear all the pressure of expectations.
- New British Coach Dan Pfaff (Hired Away From USA) Urges Top Athletes To Avoid Injuries He cites a laundry list of top British athletes who have missed big events in the past few years and urges coaches to mix up the training.
New Result From Australia - Zatopek:10 - Australia Track 10,000m Champs
Collis Birmingham Takes Narrow Win at the Zatopek:10, Aussie 10,000m Champs 5 women finished between 32:19 and 32:29. Last year's Zatopek champ and NCAA star David McNeill suffered from a side stitch and faded during the last 2k as Birmingham ran 28:04 ftw.
Shalane Flanagan Will Run Half Marathon In Houston
After earning an Olympic Bronze and snagging every American record she can on the track, Shalane Flanagan has said she is looking for a new challenge. The first step comes January at the Houston Half.
*Brief Chat With Shalane Enlightens Us To Her Plans
LRC Must-Read: The Power Of Positivity - Wesley Korir Feature In Louisville's Courier Journal
Korir's story is absolutely incredible. He finished 3rd in the Chicago Marathon in 2008 and then did the impossible by winning L.A. in 2:08, taking home $160,000 in the process. This story is about his life in Louisville working as a handyman fixing toilets and sinks and things and even has a picture of the new house he bought.
Top 4 Kenyans In St. Jude Memphis Marathon DQed But Still Paid After They Accidentally Chop 200m Off The Course
The prize money is pretty big in Memphis (5,000, 3,000, 2,000), so the race ended up paying out 10 grand extra to make up for a 200m mistake caused by misplaced traffic cones.
Lukas Verzbicas After Winning Foot Locker
Girls Finish At Foot Locker
Galen Rupp And Alan Webb In Nike Spoof Ad
Best Race Of The Year? Maggie Vessey At Pre
LRC: The NCAAs That Were The Week That Was focuses on one thing for the most part, as last week the world of US distance running was dominated by one thing: NCAA cross-country. We break it all down for you and tell you who flopped (a ton of teams/individuals), who excelled (very few), and what to expect in 2010. Along the way, we talk about mid-d runners Andrew Wheating and Dorian Ulrey, give major props to Gina Procaccio and to the one team that seemingly did well on Monday (Villanova) and tell you why close to 75% of women All-Americans and 60% of men All-Americans had better start getting nervous.
2009 NCAA D1 XC Championship Results
*Men's Team Results
*Men's Individual Results
*Women's Team Results
*Women's Individual Results
D2: *DII Men Complete Results
*DII Women Complete Results
D3: *WTeam *WIndiv
New LRC Readers' Book Reviews
From Last To First, A Race Like No Other, And See Dane Run From Last To First is the autobiography on English marathon record holder Charlie Spedding, A Race Like No Other is NY Times Writer Liz Robbins' take on the NYC Marathon, and See Dane Run recounts a guy who ran a marathon a week for a year.