Quote Of The Day

"Track meet? Track meet? How could you go to a track meet?"

- Quote from a Yale student in an article by HepsTrack.com's Brett Hoover on the highly unusual 1970 Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field  Championships. The Heps are this weekend and the article is very well-researched, a definite Recommended Read.

Conference Champs - The HEPS

HEPS *Results, Updates, Live Stream @ HepsTrack.com Hepstrack, the best meet website in the country, has it all, including for a link to a live stream of the Heps (set up thanks to a Princeton team member and free streaming service ustream.tv). Heading to Princeton, Cornell men ride 7 straight outdoor Heps wins. Princeton women broke Cornell women's streak last year. The rivalry continues ...
*Princetonian: Tiger Men Out For Revenge, Women For Triple Crown

PAC-10 (Decathlon/Heptathlon only) *Sat/Sun Results WR holder Ashton Eaton training through this event.
*Coach: Eaton And Thiesen Will Try To Win Easy At PAC-10 Multi Event

Recommended Read: HepsTrack.com Runs Multi-Part Series On 1970 Heps And War Protests, Kent State Killings 40 years ago, outdoor Heps was held at Yale. It was no ordinary event, as the League was divided. Divisions formed within teams and within schools as Americans learned of new bombing campaigns in Cambodia and students were shot and killed at Kent St. The multi-part series uses the Heps (a league of Ivy schools plus Army and Navy at the time), the competitors and coaches to relive an interesting time in American history.

European Road Races - BIG 25 Berlin And Prague Marathon

News From Oregon

Oregon Twilight Entries Trevor Dunbar races Oregon boys in the 1,500; OTC elites in 5,000

Galen Rupp Says Good Competition From Americans Is Important Rupp: "I've sat on other people before and then outkicked them. That's part of the game."

Eugene Register Guard Runs Piece On Angela Bizzarri NCAA outdoors are in Eugene this year and they're running some pieces on top competitors.

US 25km Champs And Other US Race News

LRC The Week That Was In Running - Chris Solinsky And The Epic Stanford 10k Normally we cover the wide world of running, but this week we focus almost exclusively on the Stanford 10k and Chris Solinsky's 26:59. Thanks to our hard-working research elves, we analyze Solinsky's unusual dimensions, debate whether an American will ever medal at Worlds in the 10,000, ask for a USA "Dream 10,000" and even predict when an American will break 26:00.

Solinsky.com Continues *LRC 10k Photos *More Photos *Stanford Results *Videos

LRC Chris Solinsky Is The Tallest And Heaviest Sub-27 Man In History The results are in as LetsRun.com has looked up the height and weight of every sub-27 man in history ... talk about busting a stereotype!

Solinsky The Forgotten Phenom - Beat Nelson, Rupp, Trafeh, Curtis In Foot Locker By Over 20 Seconds He also won 5 NCAA individual track titles.

Solinsky Almost Ran Steeple At Stanford, Thought About DNF With Side Stitch Youngsters, this race is a great lesson - so many things had to come together for 26:59 to happen (Rupp to Stanford, steeple/10k switch, side stitch going away, perfect weather ...). But the first thing was years and years of consistent work.

*Blogger: Solinsky/Rupp Was Like Keflezighi/Kennedy 9 Years Ago We hadn't thought about this comparison. Blogger talked to Meb, who says his best days are still ahead of hiim.

LRC Solinsky Teleconference And Live Chat Top 10 In a Tuesday live web chat, Solinsky answered 10 questions that many LetsRunners have been asking on the message boards, including some training talk and of course compression socks.

Solinsky Will Race Loaded Prefontaine 5,000 Field - Go For 1st American 12:xx On Home Soil He hasn't set a PR over 5,000 since NCAA senior year, 2007.

Alberto Salazar Talks About Disappointing Stanford 10k Salazar set it up perfectly.

Updated: LRC Full Men's 10,000 Photo Gallery
Bairu Canadian record, Rupp 27:10, Chelanga NCAA record 27:08, Solinsky photos, more.

Other Payton Jordan Top Winners
Vessey 400m win, Cas Loxsom 1:46 win, Rowbury over Shalane, Huddle 10,000 win, Barringer over Uceny.

Stats Geek Ken Nakamura On Track 10,000 Debuts, All-Time:
1. Eliud Kipchoge 26:49
2. Kenenisa Bekele 26:53
3. Leonard Patrick Komon 26:57
4. Chris Solinsky 26:59

Sub-27 American Record For Chris Solinsky
The race was billed as a Galen Rupp American record attempt, but Chris Solinsky had something up his sleeve in his 10k debut. Solinsky went to the front with 900m to go and powered home the last 800 in 1:56 to smash the American record and break the magical 27-minute barrier. Rupp? He did get under the old record, running 27:10 for 4th. Sam Chelanga beat Rupp in 27:08 to get the collegiate record by 20 seconds.
Video Evidence
*Splits, Discussion, Play-By-Play:
Men's 10,000 Splits
*LRC 10k Photos *More Photos

2 Weeks Ago: Solinsky Running the 10K at Stanford Read what people were predicting for Solinsky 12 days ago when he announced his planned "glorified tempo" at Stanford that had more people interested in whether teammate Matt Tegenkamp would run.

*Chris Thompson Now #3 All Time On Great Britain List After 27:29 Debut
*Simon Bairu Sets Canadian Record Great night for Schumacher's men.
*More Stanford Photos

Recommended Read: Excellent Track Announcer, World Champion Sprinter Ato Boldon Continues adidas Grand Prix Series Boldon dishes candidly on what Bolt will run in the 100/200/400, why he thinks he's clean, and a reminder that Bolt's 200 time as a 17-year-old was fast enough to win Olympics.

Gebrselassie To Run Berlin Marathon Again That's what a national German daily is reporting (we hope it's wrong). If Geb runs Berlin again, it dashes hopes for a Geb v Kibet v Hall matchup in Chicago or Geb in the streets of NYC (ING NYC Marathon CEO Mary W and NYC Marathon guru Richard Finn both went to Ethiopia this past weekend for Geb's hotel opening and presumably to try to recruit him to NY). Maybe Geb just loves the German beer.

Diamond League Notes

Move Over Usain (?) 12-Year-Old Runs 11.90 In Jamaica

Bad News: Fortis Bank Gives Up On Rotterdam Half Marathon - Event Is Cancelled Rotterdam annually produces some of the fastest HM times.

Former NCAA Standouts Starting Marathoning Careers

Kenya News

Recommended Read: Stephen Mayaka - The First Kenyan HS Runner In Japan JapanRunningNews.com's Brett Larner has released an extensive interview with Kenyan Stephen Mayaka, the first Kenyan runner to come to Japan to train in the Japanese high school system. Now a mentor to Sammy Wanjiru and many other top Kenyans, the entire interview with Mayaka is available if you sign up to purchase the "jrnpremium" subscription.

Joseph Ebuya Will Return To Track In Ostrava 3k, Likely Facing Lagat

"Wanjiru's Track In Total Mess" Headline from The Standard.

Kenyan Athletics Leaders Burning Midnight Oil To Make African Champs Go Off Smoothly

Pro Moves

Random News

Oops National HS Sport Federation Considering XC National Champs ... In the Summer They miss the mark by 5 months.

Omega Inks $32 Million, 5-Year Deal With Diamond League As First Worldwide Sponsor

Big Names In The Sport

What Do Pros Think About Barefoot And Minimalist Running? Answers From Geb, Hall, Kara ... Article from Racing Weight author Matt Fitzgerald.

No Fun On Top: Isinbayeva Says She'll Return To Sport Next Year Not having any fun (aka losing), Isinbayeva is taking some time off not long after signing some huge sponsorship deals.

Asafa Powell Has Gay And Bolt In Sights Powell secretive when asked about why he didn't run Penn Relays.

Drug News Too Interesting To Ignore

Interesting Odds And Ends

24th Los Angeles Marathon 2009 French Athletics Federation Supports World Champ Eunice Barber As She Faces Court In 2006 Altercation With Police (article in French) Barber, 35,  is a 5-time Worlds medalist born in Sierra Leone. She had a physical altercation with French police in 2006.

Wesley Korir To Throw Out First Pitch At LA Dodgers Game In June 2-time L.A. Marathon Champion Korir follows in the footsteps of Pamela Anderson and Victoria Beckham.

British PM Gordon Brown Promises More Medals If Elected A big if.

Good Read:
London Marathon Digested - Dave Bedford Praised, Transportation Worrisome As 2012 Olympics Approach

American Distance Women Speak

*In-Depth Jenny Barringer Interview Pre-Boston interview with newly-situated Barringer.
*Lauren Fleshman Getting Back On Track