Quote Of The Day

"Charlie (Francis) said over a few conversations that you only cheat if you're the only one doing it. This means if the other guys are doing it, and you start doing the same thing, it's not cheating. It took me a while to follow his advice. I took it home and I didn't share it with my mother ..."

"I said to myself, 'Why should I do this clean when everybody else is cheating? That's unfair.' I chewed it over in my mind for about three weeks and then I said, 'Charlie, I'm OK with it. Let's go.'"

- Ben Johnson, talking about how he was persuaded to use performance-enhancing drugs way back in 1981. Johnson's likely to be talking a lot in the next few weeks as his autobiography Seoul To Soul is coming out next month and is going to drop some major bombshells, including the fact that he thinks a rival shoe company paid someone to spike his Seoul drug sample.

It's Official Olympic Marathon Loop Course Will NOT Finish In Olympic Stadium The course isn't following tradition, as organizers want a spectator-friendly loop course in the famous part of London.

Chicago Marathon Is Coming 10-10-10
In Anticipation Of Hopefully A Great Chicago Finish, The Science Of Sport Bolg Looks At Fantastic Marathon Fnishes Of Late

Someone Call Phil Knight Oregon Athletic Department Facing Budget Crunch

Peter Kamais Gets Ready for Marathon Debut In New York With Comfortable 1:01:55 Win Overseas

Sunday's Action

San Jose: Meb Tunes Up For New York With 1:01:45 Win In San Jose This was a glorified training run for Meb, as he had training partner Patrick Smyth with him for 10k and then was all alone. Up next for Meb - defending his ING NYC Marathon crown. Blake Russell won the women's crown and 49-year-old Linda Somers-Smith ran 1:13:31 for 2nd.
On The Boards: 1 Meb Keflezighi 1:01:45

Europe: Gilbert Chepkwony Runs 2:08:33 To Win Kosice Marathon, The Oldest In Europe At 87 Years

It's All About The Name: Coolboy Ngamole Wins S. African Marathon Champs In 2:16:19

Commonwealths Open Successfully *Track Starts Wed. *Photos

Past Champs Martin Lel, Dos Santos, Tulu Seek More Glory In NY Before missing his last three marathons due to injury, Lel might have been the best marathoner on the planet. This is big, big news (which we forgot to put up yesterday).

Latest Commonwealths News

The New Head Of USATF?

Bill Schmidt, Former VP Of Gatorade, Javelin Bronze Medallist In 1972, Would Accept USATF Job The board wants someone who knows something about the sport and has sports marketing experience. Schmidt meets the criteria.

3 Recommended Reads

Is Meb In Shape? We'll Start To Find Out Sunday As He Defends His San Jose Title

Financial/TV News

Fifth Avenue Mile Behind The Scenes

Story Of The Week!!! 4 college cross-country teammates from UMBC went up to NY to watch the 5th Avenue Mile. Before the day was over, they were holding the finishing tape and hanging out with some of their heroes. How did it happen? A GREAT read.

More Post-5th Avenue News:
*US Olympic Committee Profiles Shannon Rowbury
Bernard Lagat Looking Forward To Big Marathon Payday In 2013

Say It Ain't So

Ryan Hall Pulls Out Of Chicago Marathon Philip Hersh of the Chicago Tribune broke this story. Hall isn't injuried; he's just had some subpar training and is out after his subpar race in Philly. We're surprised.

Pat Butcher: Patrick Makau Is Now The Man To Beat In The Marathon He's certainly the #1 in the world in our minds so far for 2010.

LetsRun.com's Endorses This Guy As Doug Logan's Replacement
South African Olympic Head Says He's Willing To Personally Clean Toilets To Insure India's Commonwealth Games Go On This guy clearly isn't afraid of getting his hands dirty and doing the grunt work. Certainly much better than what could be said of the old AAU guys.
*USOC Might Intervene If USATF Appoints Board Member CEO

Berlin Marathon *Live Thread *Splits

In Case You Don't Want To Know The Results
The Last Minute Of The 2010 Berlin Marathon:

Patrick Makau ***** **** Wins Berlin Marathon In Sprint Finish In 2:05:06 (Warning: We're about to reveal the winner's name) Despite rain, Patrick Makau won the race in a sprint finish in 2:05:06 over Geoffrey Mutai as Bazu Worku was close behind. The rain prevented a world record attempt, but Makau has established himself as a marathon star. Aberu Kebede won the women's race by over a minute in a slow 2.23.58.

Toronto Waterfront Marathon: Kenneth Mungara (2:07:57) And Sharon Cherop (2:22:42) Both Break Kenyan All-Comers Record At Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Canadian Reid Coolsaet ran 2:11:23 to make the Canadian Olympic standard by 6 seconds. Sharon Cherop got the women's winby 1 second over Tirfi Beyene with 2:22:43, which was faster than the winning time in Berlin.
*Message Board Discussion

Stop The Presses: Say it Ain't So: Menjo Loses At Lisbon Half Marathon, Mary Keitany Romps Races need to do a better job of promoting Menjo. We had no idea the LetsRun.com superhero was running. In case you have no idea what we're talking about, Menjo earlier this year soloed a 3:53 mile, a 12:55 5k, and the world-leading 10k.

Big Family News

Kara Goucher Gives Birth To Colton Mirko Goucher Congrats to Kara and Adam. Mom and baby are doing well after the baby was face up during delivery. The baby was 5 days early, which means Paula Radcliffe's second child is due in 5 days.

Galen Rupp Gets Married. Congrats to Galen and Keara.


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.
Update: USATF Communications Director Jill Geer Writes To Clarify Our Comments Above

Previous Berlin News: 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

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

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.

Recommended Read Ben Johnson's Autobiography Seoul To Soul Is Coming Out Next Month And It's Going To Drop Some Bombshells Johnson hints that he thinks a rival shoe company spiked his drink in Seoul and says the sport is still dirty.

Lopez Lomong Back In Flagstaff Working On College Degree & His Own Biopic Film That Is Coming Out In 2012

Much Is Being Made About Fact Usain Bolt Was Supposed To Start Training On Monday *Meanwhile, He Starred In A Cricket Match On Saturday

1991 World Championships Marathon Gold Medalist Hiromi Taniguchi Resigns As Coach Of Elite Japanese Team As He wants To Work With Amateurs

US Champs *Results/Prize Money *Live Thread

US Men's Marathon Champs: Sergio Reyes Runs 2:14:02 To Win Twin Cities And US Marathon Title Over Jeffrey Eggleston By 7 Seconds It was Reyes' first US crown and the 7 seconds for the win were worth at least an extra $10,000. Debra Buzenesh won the women's title in 2:27:23, winning by nearly 8 minutes as she got the win here to go with her win in Grandma's.
Minnesota Newspaper Recap

US Women's 10-Miler Also In Twin Cities:
Katie McGregor Wins 2010 US Title McGregor won $10,000. If she had run 1:20 slower, she would have received $9,750 less, as the first 9 women were all within 1:20 of each other. *Results

College XC Heating Up *More Results *College Forum

Beppu-Oita Marathon Officially Accepting Female Applicants Women only participated in the race by special invitation in the past.

Post Ryan Hall Dropout News

Other News

Congrats, Ladies!
Paula Radcliffe Has Her 2nd Baby
*Photos Of Kara Goucher's Baby

4:45 Marathons In The News

Random Distance News

It's Time To Start Paying Attention To NCAA D1 XC Action

3 Big Meets This Weekend: *Paul Short *Notre Dame *Wisconsin
*Oregon XC Teams Head To Notre Dame

Latest Commonwealth Games News

Caster Semenya Out Of Commonwealth Games With Back Injury, World Champ Mbulaeni Mulaudzi Likely Out As Well, As He's Battling Back Injury The games have lost a ton of high-profile athletes for various reasons, but these 2 appear to have legitimate injuries.
*Indian Government May Snub Prince Charles From Opening Games Because Queen Didn't Come For First Time Since 1966 The Queen is 84 and decided not to come and the Indians feel slighted.

53-Year-Old Joan Benoit Samuelson Hoping To Qualify For Olympic Trials In Chicago 2:47 is going to be very hard for her and her #1 goal is to break 2:50 for the third time as a 50-year-old.

Catching Up With Four Top Milers

It's Official - European Marathon Champ Viktor Röthlin Is Running ING New York City Marathon We reported that Röthlin was running two weeks ago but it's official now. He leads the European charge, which also includes French national record holder Christelle Daunay.

3 Good Pre-Race 5th Avenue Mile Profiles:
*Alan Webb In The NY Times
*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).

New World Road 10k Record

Leonard Komon Runs 26:44 WR He smashed the old record but famed coach Renato Canova tried to put it in perspective, as the 10k on the track and roads has become much less of a priority recently.
*Message Board Thread On Record

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

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 Bairu, Alistair 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

Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony A Huge Success

Recommended Watch: How The Toronto Marathon Was Won

Week That Was

LRC Week That Was: Amine Laalou Vs. Bernard Lagat, Alan Webb Vs. Nick Willis, Sara Hall, Joan Benoit, Menjo And Makau We've got it all covered. Alan Webb gave himself a C+ for his performance this weekend. We're giving our Week That was an A-.

This Weekend (Or Next Year): Freedom Run: Great Historic Scenery, A Race Director Who Is A LetsRun Fan, 1+ Hour From DC (Sponsored Post)

Freedom Run 5k, 10k, Half And Marathon

Freedom Run 5k, 10k, Half And Marathon This race has been doing some local advertising with us and today we were checking out the race website. We knew race director Mark Cucuzzella was a LetsRun.com fan and the race is in some incredible beautiful and historic scenery (the marathon goes through 4 national parks: Harper's Ferry, C+O Canal, Antietam and Potomac Heritage Trail Park. LetsRun.com foreign visitors - think Civil War sites). We didn't know Mark has run at least a 2:35 for the marathon 22 of the last 24 years, including a 2:34 in Boston this year. Pretty damn impressive. As for the race, there is a kid's run, 5k, 10k, half marathon, and full marathon, but everything is sold out this year except the full marathon. And the prices are super reasonable. $25 for the 10k, $40 for the half, and $70 for the marathon. The marathon is $75 now and there are a few spots left, but you'd better be ready as the race is this Saturday, October 2nd. If you can't make it this year, it seems like a race to consider next year. Short youtube clip on the race to the left, more info here. Race director Mark is an MD, a Lt. Col in the Air Force, and also has a minimalist shoe store. We think that really is a first (the race didn't pay us for or approve this post, but they are one of our advertisers).

Finish Of Leonard Komon's 10k WR And Interview

The 30th Edition Fifth Avenue Mile *Top Results *Searchable Results *Photo Gallery *Video

LRC Recap: Shannon Rowbury Caps Season With Win In NY Many people expected Shannon Rowbury to repeat on Sunday on the streets of New York but she had a tough brawl with New Jersey's finest, Erin Donohue. Rowbury won last year and used her road skills to time her kick perfectly.

Amine Laalou Earns Some American Respect Amine Laalou had the top 800 and 1,500m times coming in, but everyone was focused on the strong American contingent. All the main contenders, including Bernard Lagat, were there with 100m remaining, but Laalou got the win.
*Photo Gallery *Race Videos

College XC Season Heating Up

Stanford: Recap
*Men's Results: Stanford Men Defeat Arkansas, NAU NCAA 5k champ David McNeill got the win as NAU sat 3 guys.
Stanford Women Defeat Cal
*Message Board Thread: Stanford Results

OSU: OSU Men And Women Win Cowboy Jamboree (German Fernandez 6th) The Cowboys ran as a team except for ringer transfer Girma Mecheso, who won the meet (Mecheso won the SEC as a freshman 2 years ago at Auburn before transferring last year).
*Message Board Thread: Girma

Roy Griak: Men: Duke Men Defeat NC State, New Mexico, BYU At Roy Griak New Mexico had 3 before Duke's 1st but could only finish 3rd.
Arizona Women Win Roy Griak

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