Quote Of The Day

"I have been called a cheat and disqualified from a race I never claimed to have won,"

- 69 year old Anthony Gaskell who was DQ'd from the London Marathon after his record-breaking 3:05 was wiped from the record books after it was revealed he cut more than 10 miles off the course. Gaskell claims he was simply dropping out while others aren't so sure.

Today Is National Running Day - So Get Off Your Butt and Go On A Run


Laura Roesler Ends Prep Career With Record 20 State Titles And Now She's Off To ......... Oregon This probably should have been our quote of the day, "On Friday in the 100 preliminaries, Milbrath became the first North Dakota competitor to beat Roesler in any event since Roesler was in seventh grade." Yes that's right, Roesler failed in her bid to win 5 state titles for 4 straight years as she was finally beaten in the 100 where she said she is 'vulnerable' but mega props to her for her amazing run.

News From Britain
*Dwain Chambers Runs 10.02 (Sort of)/As American Lashauntea Moore Joins The Sub 11.00 Club in Brazil Chambers really ran a 10.19 but into a stiff headwind that converts to a 10.02 according to this website. Moore is now the 3rd fastest at 100m this year in the world.
*Jessica Ennis Asks For Olympic Schedule To Be Changed So She Can Do Hep/Hurdles Double
*British Team In Crisis Mode For European Champs Due To Injuries British 100m champ Simeon Williamson is out of action all summer long as is a number of other athletes.  

Big Injury, Verzbicas 3:56, Bolder Boulder, UK 10k Record ...

LRC Photos - Lukas Verzbicas 3:56 Road Mile The winner ran 3:53 but the debate is on - how much did the 400m of downhill improve the time?
*Results, Discussion *Local Recap

Usain Bolt Out Of adidas NYC With Achilles Stiffness Track's Sprint King apologizes to the fans but Dr. recommends 2-3 weeks off to prevent further damage.

Race Video Of The Week - Gregson Races King Of The Hill Sprint In Australia

Bolder Boulder: Ethiopian Teams Sweep, Team Colorado Beats Team USA The Ethiopian men had a perfect score of 6 and the women took 2 of the top 3 places.
*Results Colorado men Vaughn, Braun and Carney of Team Colorado took it to Team USA and Team Kenya.
*Race Video Guy fully decked out as Moses sprints out to the lead.

New UK 10k Road Record as Mo Farah Beats Olympic Bronze Medallist Micah Kogo A big road win for Mo Farah as he beat recent UK 10k track record holder Chris Thompson as well. Farah will go on the track and try and get the UK 10k track record next week. Mary Keitany won the women's race easily in just over 31 minutes.

More New York City Running News

Get Under The Big Tent - Mary Wittenberg Writes Unofficial USA Running CEO Mary Wittenberg wants to see more events working together to promote the sport in a fan-friendly format.

*Haile Gebrselassie Coming To NYC For Wednesday's National Running Day Somehow we hope the unverified report of Geb running Berlin this year is wrong. Him being in NY can't be a bad thing.

*Shalane Flanagan To Announce Fall Marathon While In New York As the folks at Track Focus point out, it's pretty unlikely the choice will be Berlin or Chicago though ING NYC has not been confirmed.

Comrades Marathon *Top 10 Results *Full Recap

Comrades Excitement: Muzhingi Repeats, Cox Struggles Get the full story of the 2010 Comrades, including the suicidal opening pace, Muzhingi's patient, tough comeback, 1-2 domination by the Nurgalieva twins and even a little video of the finish and post-race comments.
*Boards: Cox 6:51:29
Josh Cox
apparently struggled with stomach issues and crossed the line 20 minutes behind US woman Kami Semick, who was 4th in the women's race.
*More Boards: Josh Cox (the human hype machine) gets destroyed
*Profile: Zimbabwe's Stephen Muzhingi, Reigning Comrades Champion

Hengelo Meet - Bad Weather Doesn't Stop Defar - 14:38

*Event-by-event Hengelo Recap Christin Wurth-Thomas 2nd to Nancy Lagat in a fast 4:04 for 1,500m. Abubaker Kaki is back with 1:45 win - will match up with David Rudisha in a few days in Bislett Games. In 7:41 3,000, Saif Saeed Shaheen of Qatar was only 9th (7:46.82)
*FBK Games Video From our friend in the Netherlands.
*Video: Dayron Robles Not Amused After Crashing Out Of Wet Hengelo Hurdles

More From Europe: Bryan Clay And Jessica Ennis Win Goztis Combined Events Challenge
*Thorkildsen Launches 90m Javelin

Oregon Elite Scene

*OTC Elite Help Out At Oregon's HS State Meet - Run Elite 1,500 Nick Symmonds was the surprise, finishing only 7th in 3:45. Flanagan was 2nd in the women's 1,500 as the pros mixed in with the HS kids in Eugene.

2.04m 6'8.25" - Chaunte Lowe Breaks American High Jump Record
Howard Lowe of the U.S. reacts after winning the women's high jump at the IAAF World Challenge Zlata Tretra in Ostrava

Ottawa Race Weekend 10k *Results *LRC Photos

Dire Tune Wins Gender Challenge, Feyisa Lelisa Wins Men's Race In Ottawa Feyisa Lelisa, Deriba Merga and the men were 1 minute off WR pace, so Tune took the gender prize purse home.

Comrades - All 89km - Coming Sunday! *Wiki Page

Amazing Read: Zimbabwe's Stephen Muzhingi, Reigning Comrades Champion Muzhingi's story - to start, he's the first African not from South Africa to win Comrades - is simply incredible. Find out what his occupation is, how he got into running, why he needed someone from his country at the awards stand, why he wants to present the trophy to President Mugabe and more.

Unlike Soccer, American Runner Has A Prayer In South Africa
Josh Cox Ready To Roll Race, Then Check Progress Of Team World Vision Charity Work

A woman shops inside a Foot Locker store in New York Matt Fitzgerald: Doctors Reporting "Born To Run" Causing Epidemic Of Running Injuries It's best to remember that switching to Vibram or barefoot is not a magic bullet for health or running success.
*Latest Boards: Can minimalism help a beginning runner who is highly prone to shin splints?

LetsRun.com's The Week That Was In Running
The 2012 Olympic mascot Wenlock and Paralympic mascot Mandeville pose for photographers in the playground at St. Paul's primary school in LondonLast week was light in terms of domestic US action, but we've found plenty to talk about. In roving the globe from Shanghai to Daegu to California, we find time to rip the new 2012 Olympic mascots, wonder if long years are in store for top US pros Shalane Flanagan and Jacob Hernandez, catch up with Lukas Verzbicas, give out free coaching advice from Jerry Schumacher and bow down to the great Japanase sprinters with an introduction to Shota Iizuka.

Ostrava Golden Spike *Results/Recap *LRC Ostrava Photos

Usain Bolt is human after all as he could not break Michael Johnson's world 300m record. Bernard Lagat was third in the 3k.
Powell Breaks Charlie Green's 100yd World Best
Ben Johnson Talks To Media - Warns Usain Bolt Of Sabotage 22 years later, Ben Johnson is opening up to the media with appearances, new book.

Haile Gebrselassie To Make US Marathon Debut at ING New York City Marathon In 2010 The world record holder in the marathon will be taking to the streets on New York this October. We can't tell you how excited we are to see Haile actually race instead of time trial. The great Haile G made the announcement today at Icahn stadium in New York. *Message Board Thread Here

Getting Read For Friday's Diamond League Meet in Oslo *Tentative Entries

Will World Record #70 Fall In Men's 800 in Oslo? The David Rudisha-Abubaker Kaki battle is arguably the most anticipated matchup of the meet.
*Will Chris Solinsky or Bernard Lagat Get American Record in Stacked Men's 5,000? The race is certainly loaded as it includes
Eliud Kipchoge and Vincent Chepkok who have both run 12:51 already this year.
*Carmelita Jeter To Replace Sanya Richards at 200m
Sanya Richards Diary: “I am doing everything I can to get back as soon as possible."

Random Links
Linet Masai Won Monday's Police Champs 5k In Kenya
*5 Positive To Take Away From Usain Bolt's Absence
*Fastest Marathoner of 2010 in London Winner Liliya Shobukhova Will Race A Track 10,000 on June 26th The race will serve as a qualifier for the European champs.
*69 Year Old DQ'd For Cutting London Marathon Course He claims he was simply dropping out. Others aren't so sure and think he wanted a record. We say, "Show us his finishing photo."
*Asian Grand Prix Kicks Off The first of three events saw some good 800 times (1:47/2:02).

Photo Galleries And Banter *D1 West Regionals *Ottawa
Results: East Results --- West Results

West Regional Photo Galleries Courtesy Of LetsRun Reader Bert Richardson From Texas

If you were gone over the weekend, there weren't a ton of major surprises at regionals on the track, as (for the first time ever) everyone except multi-eventers had to qualify directly for NCAAs. Andrew Wheating did run a 3:37.52 PR and a 1:46.44 seasonal best, but some are wondering if Robby Andrews (who ran a 1:46.87 PR) will outkick him in the 800.

Heat And Spills
*M/W 5,000
*M/W 1,500
*Sprints And Relays

College Talk On The Message Boards:
*Bucknam has excuses for being a s..t coach.... 3 highly seeded Razorbacks DNFed in the 10,000, but they werent the only program to struggle, as NCAA XC champs OK State only advanced 1 distance runner to NCAAs.
*Texas A&M coach RIPS NCAA regional system
*43.94 Split in the 4x4 at NCAA East Region

East Results --- West Results

Arata Fujiwara's Drive For Beer Propels Him To 2:09 Victory
LRC Ottawa Marathon And 10k Photos *LRC New 2010 Photo Gallery

Renegade Fujiwara Runs 2:09:33 Course Record In Ottawa Brett Larner, Japan Running News

Fujiwara: "When I drove the course earlier, I saw cafes and pubs and thought it would be nice to go in. Now that I've won, I'll have a few drinks." Ottawa Citizen

LRC Exclusive The 24/8 NCAA Qualifying Plan Explained - Day 4: Women's Field Events
This year in outdoor track, we have the Pure Regional system. Last year was regionals plus time qualifiers. The NCAA plan for next year may likely be a totally different version. As a way of looking ahead, we took the time to find out exactly who would make NCAAs this year if the proposed "Wilson Plan" or "24/8 Plan" was already in place.
Day 4: Women's Field Events
Day 3: Women's Running Events
Day 2:
Men's Field Events
Day 1: Introduction/Men's Running Events

Steamy NCAA D1 Regionals Conclude
East Results --- West Results

IAAF Notices: Strong Sprint Times Highlight NCAA Regionals We were blown away by the number of top sprint times. In terms of distance, a lot happened but the big highlight was Andrew Wheating dominating in 1:46, 3:37.

*Lananna Uses Puskedra To Rabbit McNamara To NCAAs Maybe regionals aren't all that bad.
*DEAR VIN LANANNA: Here are the reasons to have regionals
*Below: A&M's 4 x 1 Not Exactly Struggling To Advance ...

Apparently This Is Controversial

USATF Launches Coaches Registry Program In order to become a coach registered with USATF you must now undergo criminal, terrorist, sex offender and identity verification procedures and sign a code of conduct.

D2 And D3 Nationals This Weekend

*D2 Results
St. Augustine's
wins another men's title, Angelo State takes women's. Adams State got 8 in the 5k and 13 in the 1,500.

*D3 Results, Recap
*Boards: DIII Outdoor Nationals

North Central
men win XC/indoor/outdoor triple crown, Illinois Wesleyan takes women's championship.

Inspiration From Billy Mills

Believe, Believe, Believe - Billy Mills Continues To Inspire

Recommended Read: Sports Illustrated: Army 800m Runner Andy Ferrara Follows Brothers To Battle After Regionals

Scientists, Medicine, Testosterone Deodorant And Sport

Upcoming Events For The Sport That Never Sleeps

Thursday: Usain Bolt To Run Golden Spike Ostrava 300m David Rudisha will contest the 800m as well.

Friday And Saturday:
Preview Of NCAA Regional 800m Regionals will run from Thursday - Saturday to determine who makes NCAAs in Eugene.

Josh Cox And Team World Vision Head To South Africa For Sunday's Comrades Ultra We're fascinated by Josh Cox's attempt to win this race.

Boulder, CO Getting Excited For Memorial Day Bolder Boulder

More Weird Cheating News From China

Shandong Marathon Winner Banned After Ringer Revealed Video revealed that the supposed race winner actually hired a ringer to run for her.

Another Rising Star - Titus Mbishei

Cross Country: 37th IAAF World Championships-Junior Men Titus Mbishei Announces His Arrival With Big Win Over Kipsiro, Lelisa, Tola and Merga 19-year-old Titus Mbishei truly left his mark this weekend by defeating some big names by big margins in Bangalore, India.
*Young Kenyan Mbishei Will Use Prize Money To Help Teammates An amazing gesture from Mbishei, who won $21,000 and trains with 25 other guys in Kenya.
*Titus Mbishei Profile World junior XC and 10,000m silver medalist has run 27:31 for 10,000m. Stats courtesy of Pace Sports Management

Video Of The Week? Gregson In Bamoral Burn Uphill Run

Bolt Is Human - Misses MJ's 300m WR

Freshman Japanese Sprinter Runs Unbelievable 4 x 100 Anchor