Quote Of The Day

- Leo Manzano on Andrew Wheating in Monaco, where Wheating ran his PR and Manzano finished last. After that race, Manzano went on a tear, giving Asbel Kiprop a scare twice and running his 3:32.37 PR. The quote is from an excellent NY Times profile on Manzano. Watch Manzano take on Bernard Lagat, Alan Webb, Nick Willis and Amine Laalou live Sunday on LetsRun.com at 12:50 pm Eastern.


USATF Board Gave Logan $140,000-A-Year Pay Raise 9 Days Before Starting Termination Process If you're thinking of terminating someone, it's probably not a good idea to bump their base pay which their severance is calculated off of. The AP article above is excellent and has the 3 criteria the board wanted to see more from Logan on.
"The only amateurs left in the Olympic movement are the people running it." That's what Philip Hersh, the pre-eminent Olympic writer in the US, commented after hearing about the Logan raise.

Berlin Marathon Is This Sunday

Patrick Makau And Geoffrey Mutai Lead Charge In Berlin Marathon, Could The WR Fall? Makau was a half marathon phenom who seems to have quickly figured out the marathon (running 2:04:48 in his 3rd marathon). Berlin has 3 sub-2:05 guys in the field.
*Athletics Weekly Preview Of Berlin Marathon
*Germany's Sabrina Mockenhaupt Looking For Podium Finish In Berlin Marathon

From Bored With Running As A Child To Berlin Marathon Contender This IAAF piece has an interesting look at Germany's top contender for Sunday's Berlin Marathon, Sabrina Mockenhaupt.
*Patrick Makau And Geoffery Mutai Hope To Take Up Where Haile G Left Off The two 2:04 guys certainly should like Berlin's super-fast course.
*Joe Battaglia Preview
*Mzungo.org Has Lots Of Berlin Info

Also This Weekend: Toronto $2 Million Budget For This Weekend's Toronto Marathon
Lisbon: Mary Keitany Headlines This Weekend's Lisbon Half Marathon

Commonwealth Games Start Next Sunday

We Mentioned These In The Week That Was

Doug Logan Doesn't Go Quietly

Week In Review

LRC Week That Was: Haile G, Ryan Hall, Dathan Ritzenhein, Shalane Flanagan, Andrew Wheating, Bernard Lagat's Brother And 79-Year-Old Chris Chataway It was a busy week on the roads and the board rooms (Doug Logan's sacking) and we give you our insight. Is something wrong with Ryan Hall? How amazing is Haile G?

The Son Of Teachers, World Record Holder David Rudisha Once Thought He'd Be A Geography Teacher

More Weekend Action

Great North Run And CityGames *Mile-By-Mile Splits For Leaders *Elite Photos

Haile G Remains Undefeated As Adere Repeats! *LRC Thread On Race Haile G still has got the goods as he put on a great show and crushed the field in poor conditions in England. He remained undefeated in 2010 and won by almost 2 minutes in 59:33 as American Dathan Ritzenhein was 4th in 62:34.
Everyone In Britain Would Love To See Haile Win Olympic Marathon In 2012
More From Britain:
Craig Mottram & Hannah England Win Distance Races At Great North CityGames Craig Mottram won the 2-mile by 1 second in 8:31. *LRC MB: Mottram wins 2 mile over Birms...Bads...Thompson...and No Farah
*In Commonwealths Tune-Up, England Beats Australia 5-4 At Great North CityGames
*Special Portable Track Makes CityGames Possible

Former NAIA Star Aaron Rono (3:58.18) & Carmen Douma-Hussar (4:35.60) Win Grandma's Minnesota Mile *Minnesota native Garrett Heath and Amy Mortimer were the runners-up.

Commonwealth Games-Related News

Recommended Read 10 Years After Speeding To Olympic 100-Meter Glory, Marion Jones Is Now Teaching Others (And Herself) To Slow Down Before Making Big Decisions Australia's Daily Telegraph has written a very long piece on Jones, who is busy giving speeches to schools and writing a book due out Oct. 24th.

Inspiring Read Former World Jr. Champion (And Galen Rupp's Workout Partner) Julius Achon Is Helping Children One At A Time In War-Savaged Uganda

Minnesota Native Garrett Heath Hoping To Win Grandma's Minnesota Mile *Race Website

Commonwealths Are Approaching

Recommended Reads About 1,500 Men

We Guess A Dane Having The WR Was The Equivalent Of Stolen Livestock
*Thousands Greet David Rudisha As The Warrior Returns Home "Whenever a moran goes to war, the way Rudisha did, he is given such a reception on his return, especially if he successfully seized back the stolen livestock."
*Rudisha's Prized Gift Is A Framed Photo Of His Father Being Celebrated For Returning With Olympic Silver In 1968

Doug Logan In The News

LRC: Why Doug Logan Is Out At USATF And Where It Goes From Here LetsRun.com co-founder Weldon Johnson offers his analysis of the Logan dismissal. The outsider likely had zero built-in allies in USATF, which even USATF admits is an organization that is inherently "dysfunctional" in its setup. And when an outsider, not an insider, over-promises and possibly under-delivers, he's immediately thrown to the curb as no one's got his back. Regardless, the key thing to focus on is not why he's gone but what type of person does USATF hire to replace him and how do we prevent history from repeating itself as it appears the initial search process was poorly done.
More Logan:
Phil Hersh: How The Logan-Hightower Relationship Went From Kiss-Kiss To Kiss-Off In The Last Year
Logan Replacement Likely To Come From Within Sport
*SI Claims Logan Secured $10 Million-A-Year Deal With Nike If that's the case, they couldn't be too far off their $12 million goal for sponsorship for 2010.

The 30th Edition Of Fifth Avenue Mile Is This Sunday ... Watch Live On LetsRun.com (Pros At 12:50pm Eastern) *Men's Bios *Women's Bios *Preview

This is the best 5th Avenue Mile on the men's side we can remember (the tactician Bernard Lagat vs. the hot Leo Manzano vs. a fast-improving Alan Webb vs. Nick Willis rounding into form for Commonwealths, not to mention Amine Laalou). Pro races start at 12:50 pm Eastern with a live feed on LetsRun.com. We've got 2 great reads below to get you psyched for Sunday.
*Recommended: Great NY Times Profile On Leo Manzano Leo talks about turning around his 2010 season and growing up very poor (his parents didn't really understand what it meant to go to college).
*Lengthy Profile On Nick Willis, His Upbringing In New Zealand And This Sunday's 5th Avenue Mile Written by a Kiwi who saw Nick run a race at age 7 (the article talks about Nick's family and how his mother died when he was 5).

Pro Distance News

Previous 5th Avenue News

Newsweek: The Case Against College Athletic Recruiting We must admit we don't get why totally obscure sports get supported at the Ivy League level, but then again, some might say track is obscure. No mention though of how athletes might succeed better after college.

US Distance News

Doping News

International News

Most Read Running Story Of The Week

Front Page Of Wall Street Journal: Men Who Run Women's Only Races Technically, most of the races aren't women's only. Some even invite men, like the Nike Women's Half Marathon, but then when a dude won it he was heckled.

Some Runners Aren't Happy That Competitor Group/Corporate Entities Are Taking Over Running Events

Max King & Lauren Fleshman Win 2010 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship

Marathons For The Masses

British News

Philly Half & US 5k

Philly: LRC Matthew Kisorio Slays Gebre Gebremariam As Ryan Hall Struggles 5k man Matthew Kisorio showed that Gebremariam is beatable after all, but it takes a 4:24 3rd mile to do it. Ryan Hall was never a factor and struggled mightily (63:55) as Brett Gotcher (62:50) was the top American, but he was beaten by former NCAA runners Simon BairuAlistair Cragg, Wesley Korir and Shawn Forrest.
Hall Very Confident: "I wasn't totally in top-notch shape last year, but I think I'm in better shape this year."
Meseret Defar Wins As Shalane Flanagan Runs 68:36
2004 Olympic 5,000-meter champ Meseret Defar's move up to the half marathon was a successful one as she defeated the hottest road racer on the planet in a sprint finish to get the win, as Shalane Flanagan became the 4th-fastest American in history.
More: Defar Wins As Heat Bothers Flanagan
Pre-Race: *
defar VS flanagan....who ya got?

Providence/USA 5k: LRC Molly Huddle And Robert Cheseret Win 5k Titles
American record holder Molly Huddle got a comfortable win on the women's side but on the men's side, it was newly-naturalized US citizen Robert Cheseret who got a surprise win. Don't know Cheseret? He's Bernard Lagat's brother as well as the guy who was able to beat Dathan Ritzenhein for the NCAA title even though he fell down in the middle of the race.

A Brief Chat With Shannon Rowbury The 1,500 star will end her season in New York on Sunday.

Weird: Pro Meet In Kawasaki Japan Has No Distance Races You'd think given the Japanese love of distance running that would be the highlight. Instead, it was highlighted by Christophe Lemaitre in the 100m.

Sprint News

Villanova And The Ducks Go To Washington

Drug Cheats Rejoice

104 Baseball Cheats Can Breathe Easier Tonight As Court Rules Government Illegally Seized Records Of Their Positive Drug Tests

Underdogs Rejoice Man With 15th-Best PR Wins Japanese University 5,000 Title

Drug News

Former University Of Iowa NCAA Standout Racheal Marchand Tests Positive For EPO Marchand was fifth at the NCAA XC champs in 2008 and quit her job this past year to train full-time for the 2012 Olympics for Puerto Rico. We and everyone else are bit late on this story, but this message board thread is all over it.
*Racheal Marchand Wins XC Race, Refuses To Talk To Reporter, Her Mom Blasts Reporter In Comments Section
*Flashback: Racheal Marchand Quits Her Job As A Drug Rep To Train Full Time For 2012 Games
On The Boards:
Former NCAA standout EPO busted