Quote Of The Day

"If there was a single most important phrase I could use to describe this man, I would say David Lelei was a perfect gentleman and a true blessing to the lives of so many he was able to touch."

- Bernard Lagat writing about his friend David Lelei, who died in a car accident this week in Kenya. Lelei was 38. Lelei helped pace Lagat and Hicham El Guerrouj in 2001 when Lagat ran the Kenyan record 1,500m of 3:26.34. 

Birmingham Indoor Saturday

RAK Half Marathon - Great Debut For Abeylegesse

*Boards: Elvan Abeylegesse Sets Course Record, Late-Blooming Geoffrey Mutai Gets Upset Win In RAK Half Marathon

*LRC Photos Of RAK Half

Race Recap Abeylegesse's win was the fastest-ever half marathon debut (67:07) and a new CR. She was disappointed the pacing wasn't faster, as she felt easy through 15km.

Results Another DNF for 2009 Boston Marathon champion Deriba Merga as he stepped off the road out of the lead pack with 3km to go. Late entrant Tadesse Tola ran under 1 hour but couldn't outkick Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai, who got the biggest win of his career, running equal to the American half marathon record of 59:43.

LetsRun.com Previews Friday's RAK Half Marathon
While the race's prize money may pale in comparison to the crazy neighboring Zayed Half ($300,000 to the first place winner), RAK is still one of the top half marathon in the world, drawing some top names to the UAE (although the recession has dropped the World Record bonus to $50k from $100k and first place from $28k to $20k).

LetsRun.com The Week That Was In Running This week, we praise and rip oversized 300-meter tracks, we praise and rip the Penn State men's 4 x 800 chances and we praise and rip those associated with Oregon State competing in men's track and field for the first time in 22 years. Along the way, we say forget Jordan Hasay and Steph Twell and urge you to remember the name Kalkedan Gezahegn, we take a look at the deepest 3k in indoor history and we give praise to our hero of the week, Riley Masters, the guy who last week fulfilled every miler's dream by going from 4:06 to 3:59 in the mile only to wake up on Monday morning and realize that his time probably won't send him to NCAAs.

Emerald Bowl - Maryland v Oregon State Recommended Read: Oregon State Football Players Ask School If They Can Do Track 22 years ago, Oregon State decided to scrap its men's track and field program. Some football players, missing track from their high school days, figured out a way to convince the school to allow them to compete with the Oregon State uniform. The women's track coach, the athletes and the head football coach are working together to make it happen. One of the athletes, Jordan Bishop, hit an NCAA provisional mark when he won the 1st section of the high jump at the UW meet with a 7' clearance.
*Jordan Bishop Wins 1st Flight HJ And Oregon St. Football Players Bring Back Track
*Bishop's Profile From OSU Football See a video of the guys in the right column.

USATF XC Championships From Spokane, WA *Meet Home
Results: *Men *Women *Jr B *Jr G


Favorites Flanagan And Ritzenhein Earn Big Wins At USA XC Champs Shalane Flanagan won by a massive margin leading from the gun, while Dathan Ritzenhein pulled away smoothly to get an expected win. See who else qualified to run the World Cross-Country Championships in Poland in March.

Alaskan Trevor Dunbar Cruises To National Junior Title Kodiak Daily Mirror

Reigning World XC Champ Florence Kiplagat Will Not Defend Title Flanagan's quest for a World XC medal will be tough, but she won't have to face the 2009 champion.

LRC Early Report: Ritz, Shalane Crush Fields

Flanagan really crushed the field, while Ritz just blew them away the final 2.5k. They both showed why they were the heavy favorites on Saturday. Trevor Dunbar and Shelby Greany won the junior races.

Training Talk Episode #4: Wejo Was The Featured Guest LetsRun.com co-founder Weldon Johnson shared insight on how he made the incredible transformation from a college walk-on to a World Championships team member and near-Olympian as someone who twice was 4th in the US in the 10,000 meters. How do you go from a 9:35 guy to 28:06 for 10k? How do you chop more than 2 minutes off your 10k time after college? Listen and find out.

Saturday: Kenyan XC Trials: A Star Is Discovered?

Big East Indoor Championships

Big Easts Are Saturday And Sunday At The Armory.
*Flash Results
*Live Video

Oregon State Petitioning NCAA To Allow Football Players To Compete At NCAAs If They Qualify There is a chance the Oregon State athletes could make the NCAA standards, as Jordan Bishop almost cleared 7'2.5" last weekend and has the "B" standard. OSU women's Coach Kelly Sullivan says the goal is to at least get to the USA Championships.
*Recommended Read: Oregon State Football Players Ask School If They Can Do Track

The Death Of Kenyan David Lelei

Moses Tanui Boston Marathon Champion Moses Tanui Tells The Story Of Escaping The Fatal Car Crash The first person he called was Paul Tergat.

Bernard Lagat Writes About Fallen Friend David Lelei

Sad News:
Kenyan David Lelei Dies In Car Crash, Moses Tanui Seriously Injured

Andrew Wheating May Race Nick Symmonds At USATFs Next Weekend In Albequerque

Tiger Woods Jogging Near Home In Orlando LRC Tiger Woods Returns To Public Life By Going For A Jog We've always said running was the purest sport.

Sprint Enthusiast Inspired By LetsRun.com Question, Says Bolt Could Run 18.99

US XC Runners - Domestic News

Brief Chat With US XC #2 Molly Huddle While every other runner in Spokane shied completely away from Shalane Flanagan, Huddle decided to run with the American record holder as long as she could and continued her string of excellent pro performances with a 2nd-place finish.

Shalane Flanagan Announces She Will Be Running XC Worlds

Goucher. Adam Goucher.

AT&T USA Outdoor Track And Field Championships - Day 2 Recommended Read: Adam Goucher On War Path For 2012 Olympic Marathon
Perhaps you are like us and have been wondering what is up with Adam Goucher. Most people assumed the practically crippled former American star wearing shirts saying "Mr. Kara Goucher" was done. Apparently, we were wrong. Now 35, Goucher has got his health and hunger for training back and he's targeting a marathon in 2010 ... and dropping f-bombs and throwing middle fingers along the way.

Craig Lake Resigns As Brown Head Coach There had been speculation on the message boards that Lake was fired.

Women's Shot Put Quals Party In The Polis
Shot Putter Breaks Oldest Greek National Record The oldest indoor Greek record on the books dated back to 485 B.C. 1986.

Japanese Legend Takaoka To Visit US To Study American Altitude Training And Coaching
Recent perceived failures at major competitions have the traditional marathon power Japanese looking to change their methods to produce more global medal winners. The Japanese are looking at shipping their best athletes all over the world for things like altitude training and warm weather training in the winter and easing them off the rigorous Ekiden schedule that has them in race shape much of the year. Sounds like they need to listen to Sammy Wanjiru and relax.

Fuzzy Math - A Free Lesson In Coaching From LetsRun.com

Coach Rob Conner Says Junior Champ Trevor Dunbar Was "About Halfway 100 Percent" At XC Nationals Portland Pilot coach Conner shows he's got what it takes to be a winning coach. Rather than say Dunbar was "about halfway 0 percent," he looked at the glass as half full. Aspiring coaches take note.

Sam Bair III Finally Joins Dad In Sub-4:00 Club After Several Near Misses