Quote Of The Day

"We will continue to do everything necessary to insure that Caster receives the dignity and respect to which she is entitled, and that she is treated fairly in the same manner as all other athletes."

- Jeffrey Kessler, Chairman of Dewey & LeBoeuf's Global Litigation Department, the people representing Caster Semenya, as they hold the IAAF hostage negotiate with IAAF. We wonder if these lawyers for Semenya have the sport's best interests in mind as the pressure the IAAF for a "settlement" to a problem mostly created by greedy (sorry, but that editorializing is completely warranted) South African sporting and political officials. Any rulings saying the IAAF owes an "entitled" Semenya large amounts of money or guaranteed eligibility to compete as a woman despite highly contradictory (if not 100% unanimous) medical evidence should, in our opinion be seen as a farce and a failing of law and justice. Fair and moral treatment, yes. Tens of millions of dollars, no. 

This Weekend's Elite Racing

Coming Up Later In The Season In New York City

Because We Love The Sport

LRC Exclusive Athletics Kenya Embarrasses Itself Again - Linet Masai And More Follow-Up From Zayed
You won't find these photos and stories anywhere else unless maybe you're in a secret IAAF meeting. Our suspicions were confirmed - and then some - from Linet Masai's ridiculous treatment in Zayed at the world's richest race.

*LRC Exclusive
Photos Of The Best Race Nobody Saw

Recap Of Tilahun Regassa And Mary Keitany Winning $300k In Record Time One quote after the race from a manager said the HM world records would have gone down if it wasn't 80 degrees and windy.

LetsRun.com - World's 2nd-Biggest Running Website In 2009
Alexa rankings are b.s. (but okay for order of magnitude), but we thank our readers for making us the biggest independent running website in the world. Our goal has never been to be the biggest but the best.

Read About Usain Bolt's New TV Commercials For Jamaica
What do you think? We think the third idea sounds good. The first two ... we'll have to wait and see.

Ricky Simms Tells LetsRun.com ESPN's Reports Of Usain Bolt Challenge Race Are Completely False
NFL record-setting RB Chris Johnson has been challenging Usain Bolt to a sprint foot race through the media. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier this week that sources told him negotiations were on between the Johnson and Bolt camp. The problem is, Bolt and his management have no idea what Schefter's sources are talking about.

Larry Rawson Will No Longer Be On Track Meet Broadcasts
Most LetsRun message board posters are seeing this as a change in the right direction.

Domestic Race News

NYC Half Becomes Richest American Half Marathon For Prize Purse
And it's not just a fraction of what the big oil boys are paying. NYC's total prize purse of $200,000 is one tenth that of the recent Zayed Half Marathon's $2,000,000.

Grandma's Marathon Registration Starts Thursday

NCAA HJ Record Holder Destinee Hooker Signs Pro Volleyball Contract
On the boards: What does a pro volleyball contract pay?

Brief Chat With Sanya Richards
For all the attention Usain Bolt gets, Richards probably deserves her due as the soon-to-be 25-y/o was the dominant track and field athlete of 2009.

Top Headlines

Need A Coach? Gags Running One Of Few East Coast Pro Groups
Long Profile Of Coach Frank Gagliano - Looking For A Couple More Athletes

Back To The West Coast
Brief Chat With USA 800m Olympian Alice Schmidt

Edinburgh XC - Bekele's First XC Loss In 2 Years

Recommended Read The Story Of Edinburgh Winner Joseph Ebuya

Bekele (4th) Smashed By 30+ Seconds In Snowy Scotland

Through his various pre-race interviews, it was clear that Kenenisa Bekele took a long time off from training in '09 and wasn't too motivated yet in 2010. Remember 2009 where he dropped out of a mile race in Stockholm and looked vulnerable at 5,000m at some early Golden League races before crushing it at Worlds?

Week's 10 Most Interesting Stories

Our Favorite Track And Field Magazine:
Australia's "Inside Athletics"
Most people don't come to LetsRun.com for the fancy graphics or the polished mainstream approach. You visit the site because we know the sport and we try to tell it how it is. And if we try to sell you something, it's at a super cheap price and it's something that will benefit you (like our industry-leading running shoe deals). Well, going with that theme, we want to recommend our favorite magazine (sorry, Runner's World). The mag looks great in print and amazingly for free online and deals with important issues in the sport without dumbing things down. [Note: our only relationship with "Inside Athletics" is that we really like their product.]

This Month:

Great Read:
The New "1 Strike And You're Out" False Start Rule
We've said all along: everyone will love this rule until Usain Bolt gets Dairy Queened at a big meet and 30,000 people who paid to see him for the only time in their life get really angry. Isn't it like kicking Michael Jordan out of the game after 1 personal foul or 1 technical?

*Wanjiru And Stefano Baldini Talk Sense About The 2-Hour Marathon
For the record, we give Wanjiru a < 1% chance at a sub-2:00 non-downhill marathon in his career despite whatever hype is out there.

Latest News From The World Of Track And Field

St. Augustine College Sprinter Barbara Pierre - Haitian National Record Holder - Worries For Her Grandmother
What an incredible tragedy in Haiti.

The Today Show Gallery Of Champions Unusual: Two British Shot Putters Banned After Refusing To Give Urine Test In Public Urinal
Who takes a urine sample from a public toilet? This situation needs to be explained, as it's the first ban under UK's controversial new anti-performance drug body.

Maurice Greene Endorses Lifetime Ban For First Time Drug Offenders
The above scenario makes fair rule-making difficult.

Bryan Clay Announces He's Back In Excellent Shape
"In all respect to Trey [Hardee], when I'm in this kind of shape, I really think I'm unbeatable." - Olympic champ Bryan Clay is feeling really good about his fitness coming back from a burnout year in 2009.

"If (college) sports have to match the pros dollar-for-dollar insalaries and facilities, then we'll have to find more money next year, and the year after that, and the year after that ... Someone has to put an end to this madness."
- Coach Bill Schnier, University of Cincinnati track and field head coach, in an article from USA Today about rising subsidies from students that go to support enormous athletic budgets while teachers are laid off, classes get bigger and sports like track lose funding.

Money And Sport

Amid Funding Crisis, Subsidies For College Sports Are On The Rise
More money is coming out of tuition-payers' pockets to fund football and basketball at power conference schools while teachers and staff are getting laid off and taking pay cuts.

USOC Contemplating Seeking Federal Government Funds To Support Continuation Of US Olympic Medal Hauls
USOC has prouded itself on autonomy from federal government, taking in corporate and public donations to fund our Olympic bureacracy athletes.

US Events This Sunday

Phoenix: Ryan Hall And Deena Kastor Running PF Chang's Half 2010 is a pivotal year for Deena Kastor after a subpar 2009. Kastor is targeting a comeback to top form at London 2010 while Hall is taking his 2nd crack at Boston in April.


Olympics Day 7 - Athletics
Chevron Houston Marathon And Aramco Houston Half Marathon USA Championship Elites Announced

4 Top Houston Stories
1. Shalane Flanagan debuts at Half Marathon
2. Josh Rohatinsky and Tim Nelson (debut) return to racing at Half Marathon
3. 2:24 course record holder Teyba Erkesso in women's Marathon
4. Brett Gotcher debuts at Marathon

Track Gets A Heisman Watch

Angela Bizzarri, Lacey Cramer And Brenda Martinez Listed On "Bowerman Watch"
This is the new award from the USTFCCCA going to the top female track and field athlete each year. We just listed the distance and mid-distance runners. Bizzarri (Illinois) is an NCAA 5,000m and XC champ. Cramer (BYU) won the NCAA indoor 800m. Martinez (UC Riverside) is a mystery to MOST, but not us. She's not just one of the best milers in the NCAA but also in the USA and finished second to Susan Kuijken last year in the NCAA 1,500 before a string of European victories.

February 6th Boston Indoor Games Announce Galen Rupp, Nick Willis, Anna Pierce (Willard), Tirunesh Dibaba
Olympics Day 9 - Athletics
Many LetsRun readers will be excited to see Galen Rupp (5,000) and Nick Willis (mile) back in action. In 2009, Willis ran 3:53 at Boston and Rupp ran 13:18 (AR) for 5,000.

Two Great Causes

Fundraiser For Former NCAA DIII Champ Johanna Olson As She Battles A Brain Tumor Olson is tough. She won an NCAA XC title after her first bout with cancer.

Fundraiser For Jenny Crain February 4th In Wisconsin
There are some great running items up for bid in a silent auction.  2.5 years after her accident, Jenny, a former Olympic hopeful hit by a car on her morning run, needs your help.