Paris And Rotterdam Kick Off Spring Season With Impressive Marks
LRC Rotterdam Recap - Makau Climbs The Mountain One year after a 2:06 debut, Kenyan Patrick Makau overcame wind and a tough field to become the 4th-fastest marathon man of all time with a 2:04:48 win. In the women's race, American Magdalena Lewy Boulet ran a runner-up 2:26:20 to become the 5th-fastest American woman.
*Official LetsRun.com Rotterdam Marathon Thread
*Video Highlights *Race Video Replay Good commentary from Tony Reavis and Josh Cox.
Tola Lowers Marathon PB By 9 Minutes In Paris
Tadesse Tola took his first marathon win with a 2:06:41 finish on the Champs Elysées. Atsede Bayisa repeated as women's champion in a Paris record 2:22:02, while Christelle Daunay finished 2nd in a French record 2:24:20.
*Video Of Finish
*Boards: Paris Marathon 2010 Updates
*Top 10 Results
2010 Rotterdam Marathon Early Sunday Morning
Kwambai Says He May Break The Marathon World Record In Rotterdam
Rotterdam May Only Be Shown On Tape Delay?
David Monti Writes Great Preview Of Rotterdam Marathon
LetsRun.com Previews The 2010 Fortis Rotterdam Marathon Our top 9 picks from the men's field include the 3rd-fastest man in marathoning history, the 2009 Boston runner-up, the 2009 Berlin runner-up, the 2009 4th-place finisher in Fukuoka, the 2010 RAK Half Marathon champion, the 2010 City-Pier-City Half Marathon champion, the 2009 World Half Marathon silver medal winner, an undefeated young marathoner and a man who ran 5 marathons and 5 half marathons in 2009.
*Look For Debut Marathon World Record To Go Down In Rotterdam Sunday Evans Rutto ran 2:05:50 in his first try at the marathon when he won Chicago. Can Bernard Kipyego or Jonathan Maiyo beat that mark?
Training Talk Returns With Bill Aris
LRC F-M And Stotan Racing Coach Bill Aris To Join LetsRun.com For 8th Edition Of Training Talk Tune in Monday at 8pm for what promises to be a fascinating talk with the coach of Manlius XC girls, who have won 4 straight national XC titles.
Top Running Stories
Recommended Read: Brief Chat With Ron Hill Hill has raced in 100 countries.
Photos Of Grinnell College Runners Caught Outside In Vicious Hail Storm This might be a runner's worst non-fatal nightmare.
Steve Holman Writes About Why He Is Only A Casual Track Fan Retired US mile great Steve Holman writes as part of the adidas Grand Prix Inside Track guest column series.
Josh Cox Will Race For Comrades Marathon Win Big charity push trying to save lives of thousands of impoverished African kids.
Nick Willis Says His Knee Injury Should Clear Soon Olympic medallist says Commonwealth Games are still in the picture.
Mike Hurst Opinion On Popular Athletics Australia CEO Stepping Down Athletics Australia has had some nice medal hauls lately but apparently have only $55,000 in sponsorship money for track and field in 2010 and their coaches have been leaving for countries where they can get paid.
adidas To Start Track Insider Column Series Steve Holman wrote the first of 6 pieces.
Mo Trafeh Gets A Sponsor After 2 Big Races Trafeh has become a big name in American distance running after winning the US 15k championships in Jacksonville by a minute and then running 61:40 in the NYC Half.
Sad Loss In The Running Community
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).
D.C.'s Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile *Results And Recap
Chepkurui And Tum Take Wins In Blazing Fast Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Lineth Chepkurui's 51:51 is one of the fastest-ever official 10-mile runs and follows her 30:45 road 10km from last week at the Crescent City Classic in New Orleans. Stephen Tum won the men's race, which was also very fast, in a tight finish in 45:43.
Good Recap: Kipchoge And Defar Win Windy Carlsbad 5k The first mile was run head-on into a headwind so stiff the men's rabbit couldn't even get to the mile in 4:05. Eliud Kipchoge won in 13:11 and Meseret Defar in 15:04. Also, Bill Walton was on one of the lead bicycles.
Oregon Wins Pepsi Invite Over A&M
Recap Of Hasay's 5,000m Debut
*Oregon Takes It To Texas A&M In Team Battle
Boards: Jordan Hasay 5000m debut : what you expected or not? Some people expected Hasay to solo a 15:30 less than a week before Mt. SAC.
Russians Hire Former USOC Executive To Help Olympic Program Produce More Medals Huge move. Russians say they need to adopt American training methods.
Lineth Chepkurui Looks To Follow Crescent City With Cherry Blossom 10 Miler Win Chepkurui flew to a 30:45 10k win last weekend. Tilahun Regassa is the biggest men's name along with 2 former champs.
Paula Announces Baby #2 On The Way The world's fastest marathoner, Paula Radcliffe, and her 3:34 1,500m husband, Gary Lough, announced Paula is pregnant with baby #2. The plan is to take more time
from this pregnancy and be ready for London 2012.
On The Boards: Goodbye 2012? Radcliffe is pregnant...again! We don't agree with the headline, since Paula all along planned to get pregnant this year.
LRC Archives: Paula Talks About Training During Pregnancy #1 She trained twice a day through 7 months.
Ndereba Out Of Boston - 2:07 Ukranian Dmytro Baranovsky Added To Men's Field 4-time champion Catherine Ndereba has picked up an injury. Dmytro Baranovsky is a big-time marathoner who may add to the race quality.
Great Weekend Of Road Races
Monti Previews Fortis Rotterdam Marathon
There might be 6 guys who go 2:05 or faster in this race.
*Video Interview With 2:04 Man James Kwambai Kwambai has amazingly never won a big marathon despite running 2:04 and 2:05.
- Carlsbad 5k Men Preview - Eliud Kipchoge Will Run For 13:00 Road World Record Bolota Asmerom will go for the American road 5k record of 13:24. Meseret Defar makes a WR a possibility on the women's side.
- Paris Marathon Preview Expect a 2:06 from Paris but the big firepower will be in Rotterdam.
- Pyongyang Marathon Previewed Foreign athletes - be nice or your stay in North Korea might be longer and more arduous than any marathon could be!
- As Economy Crumbles, US Road Race Participation Increase Is Off The Charts
The Big Lead - Why Is Marion Jones Getting A Free Pass Without Admitting Guilt? Because she's going to the WNBA.
Team USA Minnesota Signs 3-Year Contract Good news.
Virgin London Marathon News
- London Marathon Furious With Channel 4's Investigation Into Charity Money London Marathon organizers express outrage over upcoming nationally-televised investigation calling it a "desperate attempt to undermine one of the world's finest sporting events." According to reports, London will pursue legal action.
- London Releases Statement Saying "We Have Nothing To Hide" Channel 4 was sued by London after a previous investigation, and forked over more than 1 million pounds in damages and fees.
- UK Athletics And London Marathon Announce Elite Training Funding Partnership The London Marathon will give over £200,000 to UK Athletics to support high altitude training bases in Kenya and France for British distance runners.
- Paula Radcliffe "Pulls Out Of London" The Guardian reports. The Virgin London site never announced Paula as a race entrant and the article has no quotes from Paula.
Rupp Opens At Cal, And Other Race News
- Galen Rupp And Amy Yoder Begley Will Open Up At Brutus Hamilton
- Elite Milers Announced - This Saturday's Furman Blue Shoes Elite Mile
- Paris Marathon Preview - Sunday April 11
- Martin Fagan Hoping To Become First Irishman To Win Spar Great Ireland Run
- Vienna Marathon Announces Elite Field For April 18
Windy City Steals Big Apple's Thunder
ING New York City Announces Meb And Deena
Defending champion Meb Keflezighi, 34, and Deena Kastor, 37, will be the core of New York's field 7 months from now.
*Boards: Meb and Kastor running NY
Interviews With The Mammoth Duo:
*Keflezighi To Defend New York Title First comes Boston in 11 days.
*Deena To Run New York This Fall She'll have to deal with Liliya Shobukhova in London first.
Finish Of Fortis Rotterdam Marathon
The Best Thread On LetsRun The Last 6 Months?
If Letsrun was around in the years before The American Revolution ...What Kind of Threads Would We See? Trust us - this thread is great. If you've seen a better one, email us.
Paula Talking About Pregnancy #1 (2:40) More Here
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 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:
We were threatened with a lawsuit for our 2004 edition.
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