Quote Of The Day

"[I'm learning that] I need to take the edge off a little bit and just get back to the pure love of running ... In some ways, in order to best compete at the highest level I can, I have to be willing to open up my hands and let go of having to win the Boston Marathon."

- Ryan Hall during a teleconference Tuesday where he announced he will be running the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Hall is already looking forward to the flat course in Chicago while the hills of Boston are 2 weeks away. 

Caster Semenya - Press Conference LRC The Week That Was In Running
This week, we give props to Joseph Ebuya, pay homage to the man who invented running in Central Park, talk about how ridiculously stacked the SEC is, are inspired by the minds of two champions (Usain Bolt and Bernard Lagat), worry about Asbel Kiprop and talk about the women's 800 stars of 2008 (Pamela Jelimo) and 2009 (Caster Semenya).

Semenya And Lawyers Fail To Hurry IAAF, Set Return Date On June 24 This puts the pressure on the IAAF to actually deliver a verdict in June as promised.
*Previous Gender Cases Have Taken No More Than 6 Months - Legal Teams Make Process Impossibly Tricky

Washington Post Runs Story On Cherry Blossom Race Organizer Showing How Money Works At Big Races This Sunday's Cherry Blossom 10-miler in D.C. will take in $1.1 million in revenue with $42,000 going to prize money.

Keeping Up With The Ndikus

Results From Italy And South Africa

Kiprop Struggles Continue - Hammered In Nakuru

Nixon Chepsaina Beats Asbel Kiprop By 10 Seconds In Nakuru 1,500 A muddy track didn't stop Nixon Chepsaina from running 3:39 while Olympic Champion Asbel Kiprop was 4th in 3:49. From the stats available, 2008 Olympic Champion Kiprop has not won a race this year in at least half a dozen tries.

Maine And Montana State - 1,500m Powerhouses

LetsRun.com And Maine Favorite Riley Masters And Coach Lech Talk About His Training For Sub-4 Read about Masters' secret workout (a 4-minute mile in 5 minutes) that led him to 5th in the NCAA mile. The author is a LetsRun fan and a senior at Maine.

Montana State Freshman Pat Casey Finished 3rd At NCAAs And Now Redshirts Outdoors

Sport And Society

Chinese, Sri Lankan And Nepalese Athletes And Officials Denied Entry To Canada For World University XC A very interesting story as Canadian immigration officials are refusing to give Visas to athletes coming from squalid conditions as it's feared they will seek asylum in Canada.

*8 Months Later, Caster Semenya Case Is Unlike Any Other
*NY Times: Female Athletes Redefine Public's Image Of Beauty
Stanford Prof: "Brittney Griner is such an athlete, and so gifted, you almost don't notice that she is part of a slowly unfolding, civilized response in this country to the slightly androgynous female."

Weekend Sprints

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.
*Boards: Will Lagat run 12:50 outdoors

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

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"

Chicago Wins 2010 Race To Announce American Elite

Ryan Hall Commits To Chicago Marathon 2 Weeks Before Boston
Ryan Hall
and Bank of America Chicago Marathon race director Carey Pinkowski announced today that Hall will go for a fast time on 10.10.10 in Chicago this fall.

*Boards: Hall to run Chicago The next question appears to be: Meb or Geb or both for New York? Should find out within next 12 hours.
*Hall Eyes Khannouchi's US Mark In Chicago
Don't Forget New York
*Watch The 2010 NYC Marathon Lottery Live At 12 Noon EST Wednesday The NYRR video website is down and the sound is super slowmo, so clearly the NYRR or Flotrack screwed up. However, they are using Livestream.com a free streaming service so you can watch it here as the livestream.com site can handle the load (4000 people watching as of now 12:15 eastern). Note to anyone who wants to stream something these days: Livestream.com and Ustream.tv provide free streaming and can handle hundreds of thousands of simultaneous streams. Your own website may not be able to.

Good News In The Sport

Tyson Gay Visits Lexington School To Inspire Kids To Walk At Least 40 Minutes A Day

Kenya's Vice President Pays Tribute To Paul Tergat And His Example To Youth We certainly know what a great ambassador Tergat is, as he met Wejo in Kenya in 2007 for a Fanta in Nairobi (Wejo's Kenya Photos)

Angela Bizzarri Named AAU Sullivan Award Finalist 2 out of the 6 finalists are distance runners, proving that everyone should try to be like us.

LRC On This Day 4 Years Ago: Salazar and Lananna work well together with Rupp, Shaheen says Bekele is a liar and a trickster, LRC predicts Boston will get the 2008 men's Olympic Marathon trials, and Rotterdam Marathon hopes for a 2:06 (they got two 2:04:27s in 2009).


It's All Over - Cornell Basketball Coach Steve Donahue Leaves For B.C. We knew this day was coming.

Australia's Stowell Gift - Controversy Fuels Famous Handicapped Sprint Event

"Johnny Drama" Accused Of Sandbagging As He Wins $40k At Australia's Richest "Gift" $15,000 are going to his parents to pay for hip operations and $5,000 are going to race organizers who think Burbidge may have flopped in earlier races to help his handicap.
*Burbidge's "Entourage" Thrilled With His Win
*Burbidge Absorbs Largest Fine In 129-Year History Of Stawell Gift

Biggest Sports News Of The Day

Tiger Woods Apologizes Again In Anticipated Press Conference From Augusta National Media members had to get special tickets to see Woods speak.

*Adult Film Star And Her Lawyer Demand Apology In Press Conference
*Woods Cartoon
*Boards: Okay, what do you think of the press conference Tiger Woods had today ?

Queue It Up On Netflix Next Year

Bollywood Making Film On Life Of Milkha Singh, India's Most Famous Athlete Milkha Singh is 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.
*Pro Golfer Jeev Milkha Singh Explains Why Dad Finally Decided To Do A Biographical Movie

Road Racing Announcements

Mary Keitany To Attack Rarely Run 25k World Record In BIG 25 Berlin The world record is 1:22:13 set en route to the 2005 Berlin Marathon by Mizuki Noguchi. Keitany was the road racer of the year in '09.

World XC Champ Emily Chebet To Race Meseret Defar At Carlsbad 5k On April 11 There have been a number of records set at Carlsbad over the years and this sure looks like a record waiting to happen.

Astedou Tsefay Runs Course Record 27:30 To Win In Morocco If you can find stats on Tsefay, please contact us.

Nagano Marathon Announces Elite Field

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 Despite the IAAF apparently being close to financial disaster, it costs too much to have the best in the sport race each other more than once a year.

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

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