A Good Day For A Nice Race!

"When I woke up today early I was feeling OK, and my mind was back again, and I said, 'OK, this is a good day for a nice race.' I could not tell how my body was going to be today after a long travel here, but I am happy because I did what I didn't expect."

- Lineth Chepkurui after running the #6 all-time 10km time in the world Saturday at the Crescent City Classic. Less than a week ago she finished 5th at World XC behind Tirunesh Dibaba in Poland, but got enough rest to run 30:45 and finish only a few seconds behind some of the elite men on the streets of New Orleans.  

College Action

17-Year-Old Alabma Freshman Kirani James Runs 45.02 To Break 32-Year-Old School Record At CARIFTA Games It's going to be an unbelievable year in the 400 in the SEC.
UF 4 x 400 3:00.31!!!!!

Arkansas Razorbacks v Florida Gators Florida Relays:
*Jeff Demps Runs 10.11 At Pepsi Florida Relays Christian Taylor, best known as a long and triple jumper, showed what an unbelievable athlete he is by running 45.55 to win the open 400. Francena McCorory and Shana Cox set world leads in the 200 and 400. In distance races, Julius Bor nipped Ryan Foster in the 1,500, both running 3:41.
*Penn State 4 x 800 Runs 7:18 More amazing is that it's only the 7th-best time in school history.

Texas Relays:
*Boards: Will Chelsey Sveinsson be a bigger phenom than Jordan Hasay?
*Texas A&M Dominates Texas Relays AP article
*Ashton Eaton Misses NCAA Record In Decathlon At Texas Relays
*Chelsey Sveinsson Runs 10:07 3,200m To Break State Record At Texas Relays
*UTEP Olympic Medalist Blessing Okagbare Wins Texas Relays LJ In Record 22'7"

World XC - A Story Almost Too Good To Be True

LRC Training Talk 7: Joseph Ebuya's Coach And Manager Talk With LetsRun.com

Women's 800m - Most Dramatic Event In Track

*Pamela Jelimo Returns And Records 2:06-Flat On Muddy Nairobi Track Unbeatable in 2008, Jelimo couldn't find top gear in '09.
*Maggie Vessey Makes Debut Running 400, 800, 200 Vessey hopes to follow her remarkable 2009 with a more consistent 2010. Last year hardly anyone even knew her name and she had no sponsor. Vessey: "I literally won Prefontaine in like a surfer tank top that I've had since I was 16."
*Caster Semenya Told She Must Wait Until June For IAAF Test Verdict

Wilfred Bungei Tells Is Like It Is

*Wilfred Bungei Says Kenyan Defections Will Kill Athletics If Kenyans keep defecting, Bungei says, there will be 12 Kenyan-borns in every distance final at the major events. 3 Kenyan males who didn't even make their team have run 27:22 or faster on the roads this year.
*Bungei Says David Rudisha Can Break WR And Cautions Media In Dealing With Athletes

Caster Semenya's Comeback Compared To Tiger Woods'

Employee #1 Saves Your Time And Gives His Friday Top 5

1. Old LetsRun.com Favorite - He even trains in Flagstaff.
German Jan Fitschen - 2006 Version Of Billy Mills - Hopes To Relive 2006 10,000m European Champs Magic
*LetsRun Page From Kitschen's 2006 Win: "This morning I was hoping to be top 10. Now I'm the top of the top 10."

2. Recommended Read: Why Jamaica's Champs Is One Of The Best Track Meets In The World We keep a list of "meets to see before we die." This one is in about the top 3.

3. Decathlon News: The Old And The New
*Roman Sebrle Approaching Ripken-Esque 100th Multi-Event Appearance
*Eaton's Windy Season-Opening Decathlon Falls Just Short Of NCAA Record One of these days you'll hit it big, kid. Oh, my bad ...

4. Lisa Koll - With the World XC madness, some of you might not know she ran an NCAA record on Friday night.
Lisa Koll Wins USATF Athlete Of The Week

5. IAAF Nightmare Scenario Continues
*Semenya Barred From Running As Unexpected Announcement Causes Stir
*Semenya May Race Next Week If "She Talks To The Right People"
*Clever Headline: Semenya's Lawyers Planning Legal Action What else do lawyers plan besides a $300/hour bill?
*Suspended South African Athletics Officials Won't Face Hearing For Few More Months Anything the IAAF can do, the South African legal system can do better.

Bonus: Kenya swept all 8 World XC golds. They easily won the men's senior team title. And look at guys not even on the team. Micah Kogo, Moses Masai and Martin Mathathi (see video, right) have all run road 10ks in 27:22 or faster in the past few weeks.

Cross Country: IAAF World Cross Country ChampionshipsLRC The Week That Was
In breaking down the greatest distance race on the planet for you, we try to put the US women's bronze medal in perspective, we wonder if we have another Asbel Kiprop in the making and we scour the results for the first non-African-born finisher. Along the way, we remember the last US men's team to medal at World XC and then we move on to talk about Lisa Koll's amazing run and then talk about Usain Bolt's future rival at 400 meters.

Interview With Bernard Lagat Where He Says He Wants To Run 12:50 And Shares Training And Mental Advice Lagat says he's going to Flagstaff to train himself to get ready to break the American record in the 5k. He also discusses why he's so good at 35 and his A sample EPO positive from 2003.

Spring "Marathon Major" Updates

Easter Weekend Road Races - 30:45 For Lineth Chepkurui In New Orleans

Track Greats From India And Jamaica - 2 Good Reads

*Bollywood Making Film On Life Of Milkha Singh, India's Most Famous Athlete You may recognize Milkha Singh as the only Indian athlete to ever hold a world record (45.8 in the 400) and last Indian to win a Commonwealth Games gold (1958) heading into this year's games in New Delhi. You might also recognize the name Jeev Milkha Singh, a pro golfer and Singh's son.

*Esquire Runs Lengthy Feature On Usain Bolt Titled: Mutant Coach Glen Mills says the #1 thing he has done for Bolt is reduce his training load and tailor his exercises to help overcome his scoliosis.
*For Your Convenience: Usain Bolt Esquire Article 1-Page Version
*Bolt/Gay/Powell In Brussells Will Be Most Expensive 100m In History It costs too much to have the best in the sport race each other more than once a year.

So Amazing, It Almost Sounds Like An April Fools But It's The Actual Truth: World XC Champion Joseph Ebuya's Dad Didn't Watch World XC As He Was Up All Night Trying To Keep Elephants From Trampling The 2.5 Acres His Son Had Purchased For Him Even if he was able to watch, it would have been hard as he doesn't have a television. See the highlights or listen to the audio of our talk with Ebuya's coach and manager Ricky Simms joined by coach and 2000 Olympic champion Noah Ngeny.

New IAAF "Entourage Commission" Led By Sergey Bubka Will Examine Doctors, Physios And Coaches Accompanying Athletes According to one of our sources, the IAAF is trying to figure a way to hold coaches and doctors responsible if they have anything to do with athletes doping.

American Road Race Section

Meb Kefleighi wins the 2009 New York City Marathon in New York *Recommended Read: Ryan Hall Chats With Runner's World - Can He Win Boston In Try #2? From the sound of things, Hall has done everything right, though fans squirm at his only pre-marathon race where he got crushed by Simon Bairu in a half marathon.
*Meb K Talks To Running Times, Hopeful For American 1-2 Meb has the 16th-best PR in the strong field.
*Boston Elites

World XC Champ Emily Chebet To Race Meseret Defar At Carlsbad 5k On April 11 Race organizers deserve major credit for getting this matchup, though Defar (with a track 14:12 and road 14:46) has to still be a big favorite.

 Saturday AM: New Orleans Crescent City Classic Organizers Bring In Strong Fields

Japanese News From The Man In Japan

Marathoner Arata Fujiwara Quits Team In Unprecedented Move For Japanese Elite JRN's Brett Larner's take: This is big news. As far as we are aware, Fujiwara is the first Japanese man ever to make this kind of move at the peak of his marathoning career.

*Martin Mathathi Plans Half Marathon And Marathon Debuts After Outstanding 10k Success Mathathi's manager talks about his latest road 10km in a video to the right.

Running Greats Interviewed

Recommended Read: Kids, Read About Dave Wottle And How Track Used To Be Münich 800m champion Dave Wottle gives a long and interesting interview with Gary Cohen. Outside of running, he talks about water skiing naked with Steve Prefontaine.

*Extensive Interview With Irish Distance Great Sonia O'Sullivan

American Buzz

*Bernard Lagat Joins Usain Bolt In adidas Grand Prix Field Lagat will run the 1,500. It was also announced that the world's best all-around athlete, Jessica Ennis, will be in the US to compete with Hyleas Fountain. Get your tickets here for the Diamond League meet in New York City.
*Lagat To Open Outdoor Season With Mile At Drake Relays

*Brief Chat With American World Indoor 1,500 Finalist Garrett Heath He(ath) led the first few laps of one of the most entertaining professional races you will ever see.
*Vega And Lehmkuhle Announced To Run New Orleans' Crescent City 10k Classic US road race.
*Andy Baddeley And Erin Donohue Will Headline BAA Mile Also get some news and notes from RRW desk including amazing Rotterdam Marathon lineup.

Bryan Green Gives His Top 50 US Distance Runners In Terms Of Trade Values 5 out of the top-6 are women and German Fernandez is #7 with Alan Webb #16.

Sanya Richards-Ross To Compete On Special Track In Manchester City Games
*See The Richards-Ross Wedding Photos

ESPN April Fools Headline: Texas Runner Trains With Cheetah Was it the cheetah that Bolt adopted?

World XC - The Story Of Rags-To-Riches Joseph Ebuya

*LRC Training Talk 7: Joseph Ebuya's Coach And Manager Talk With LetsRun.com Hear the whole story as LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson talks with manager/coach Ricky Simms along with special guest Noah Ngeny.
*LRC Transcript Of Interview With Ricky Simms And Noah Ngeny
*LRC Photos From World Cross-Country 2010 Photos of the Kenyans and Americans jumping the logs on the course in Poland.

April Fools

April Fools Archives:
Judging from the texts, emails, posts, people upset with Obama, people wanting Obama to sue us for slander, a lot of viewers fell for our 2010 April Fools homepage. While our April Fools page was pretty good, the best April Fools Prank was on the Boston Marathon. A LetsRun.com visitor planned his prank weeks in advance as he created a fake a website mybaa.org (that looked nearly identical to the real Boston website) and said the Boston Marathon qualifying times changed 10 minutes for each age group. He then posted on LetsRun that the times changed and soon the news spread. People were up in arms and apparently the people at the Boston Marathon can't take a joke as they wasted who knows how much money having their lawyers send a letter threatening the guy. All we can say is - excellent job.
LRC April Fools Archives:
*2009    *2008
*2007    *2006

*2004    *2003
*2002    *2001
We were threatened with a lawsuit for our 2004 edition