Non Marathon Weekend Action

BUPA 10-Miler: World XC Champ Joseph Ebuya Beats Benson Masya's 15-Year-Old UK Record To Win BUPA Great South Run Benson Masya was one of our favorite runners and used to be featured on the monthly television show Running and Racing.
*Steve Jones-Coached Freya Murray Surprises With 52:27 10-Miler At Bupa Great South Run She's now the 2nd-fastest Scot of all time. She beat the pre-race hyped Stephanie Twell.

Mayor's Cup XC:
Jon Phillips And Kate Dicamillo Win 2010 Mayors Cup Cross-Country Races

Rock N Roll LA: 49-Year-Old Linda Somers Smith Wins Inaugural 2010 Dodge Rock 'N' Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon 12,000 runners and a 49-year-old doing a training run for NY got the win by 3 minutes.

Sprint News


Now Married & Settled Into New Home, Galen Rupp Hoping Focus On Strength, Not Speed, Will Pay Off Big Time In 2011 LRC visitors should write this sentence down and use it as their only training mantra: "Looking back, I wasn't doing as much (strength work) as I should have been. I did lots of speed stuff, but without strength it's useless." That being said, many LRC vistiors may be horrified to learn that for Rupp, strength doesn't just mean mileage - it also means weights - and Rupp has gained several pounds of muscle in his upper body.

Update Ryan Hall To Be Self-Coached, Will Train In Various Locations (link fixed) Ryan says over the years he has "developed a keen body awareness, which I will use on a daily basis, as well as advice from various experts, and prayer to ultimately shape my training." Ex-coach Terrence Mahon would not comment publicly at this time but may later. *Joe Battaglia: What The Heck Is Hall Thinking?

Results Of Kenyan XC Race 2:29 marathon runner Magdeline Chemjor, who will run in NYC, was 2nd.

Random/Interesting Non-Running But Running-Related Sports News

Ryan Hall Leaves Terrence Mahon & Mammoth Track Club The world's third fastest non-African-born athlete in history hasn't come close to the form that saw him run 2:06:17 in 2008 and is looking for a change in coaches. Hall hasn't spoken yet but his agent told the New York Times, "A change of location may be good for his career. Sometimes runners need a little change in scenery. There's not any ill-feeling with the club or the coach."
*NY Times Article On Hall's Departure *Runner's World On Hall *Universal Sports On Hall

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All The News That Is Barely Fit To Print

British Barmaid Spills Beans On Year-Long Affair With Usain Bolt Apparently Bolt doesn't suffer from the same problems as LaShawn Merritt, as the heartbroken lady says Mr. Bolt was the best lover she ever had.

Ridiculous Read Of The Day
One Of The Most Popular Stories On Kenya's Daily Nation Site Is A Story Entitled "The Secret To Our Happy Marriage" About A Man Who Has A Totally Sexist Constitution For His Marriage
The rules insist his wife stick to the traditional roles of "preparing food, washing clothes and dishes as well as farming," that she worship the religion of his choosing and that she not travel without his permission.

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Train Smarter

Recommended Read Fantastic Profile Of Josphat Menjo - The Man Who Soloed 12:55 And 26:56 This Summer Some old schoolers may be horrified to realize their hero credits much of his breakthrough to a weight and stretching regimen.

Detailed Look At Chilean Miner Who Ran Up To 8k A Day To Improve his fitness, he pulled a cart behind him.

Trackfocus: Don't Underestimate Portland - They May Be Nearly As Good As Oregon And Stanford They didn't race one of their studs at Pre-NCAAs.

A Record 12,500 Will Compete In Marathon That Traces Pheidippides' Steps On 2,500th Anniversary Of Battle Of Marathon

Thank Goodness
Court Rules Triathlon Wasn't Responsible For Athlete's Death A guy tragically died in the swim portion of the race and in typical American fashion, his family sued.

Good News Berlin Marathon Is Now The BMW Berlin Marathon

Honoring Some Legends Of The Sport

More On Some Of This Past Weekend's Marathons

Weekend Marathons

Largely Unknown Ethiopian Getu Feleke Runs 2:05:44 In Amsterdam In ideal conditions, Feleke lowered his PR from 2:08:04 to 2:05:44. Wilson Chebet, who was the runner-up at Falmouth in August, was the runner-up on Sunday with the 2nd-fastest debut in history at 2:06:12. Finishing 4th in his debut at 2:07:29 was Abreham Cherkos Feleke, who ran 12:54 at age 16.
*Bib #3294 Pulls Stunner In Baltimore Declined travel expenses by the race organizers, David Rutoh stunned himself by winning first and $23,000 with a 2:13 win.
*2:10/2:27 Wins In Istanbul
*2:09:13/2:32:09 Wins In Korea
*Michael Aish Wins In Denver In 2:30

Congrats To Alan And Julia

Alan Webb Ties The Knot

NCAA XC Pre-Nats

Pre-NCAAs Pre-NCAAs is all about one thing: at-large points for teams and with its 4 races, it is super-confusing for XC fans out there. The one thing we're taking away this year is that the top 3 on the Stanford men are very, very good. If you want to know how things stand in NCAA XC after Pre-Nats try this thread or this one. Results below. More Pre-Nats coverage here.
Men Blue Team: #1 Stanford Crushes Iona, FSU, Depleted NAU Team
Stanford's Top 3 Finish Together 1-2-3 Faster Than Anyone Else On The Day

Men White Team: Martin Smith's #16 Oklahoma Chocks #4 Colorado, #8 Portland
Individual: Sam Chelanga Cruises As Expected

Women Blue Team: #3 Florida State Over #6 Arizona
Risper Kimaiyo Of UTEP Wins By 5 Seconds Over Alex Banfich Of Princeton

Women White Team: #5 Georgetown Over #9 Colorado
Lucy Van Dalen Of Stony Brook Over Laura Tremblay Of Colorado

Oregon Bill Dellinger *
Results And Message Board Thread The Oregon women dominated. The men beat Wisconsin but Wisconsin sat their #1 runner.
*Oregonian Recap

Chile Pepper

LRC Message Board: OSU wins Chile Pepper Invite with first 4 going 1-4! Arkansas and Indiana, both in the top 10, were present.

Penn State: #1 Villanova Women Win *Men's Results

NYC Is 3 Weeks Away

WSJ: It's Time For Women To Run Faster The article looks at how the Boston qualifying times are way softer for women than men.

Have An Extra $3,215 Lying Around? Then Maybe You Should Consider Buying The Best Seat To The Opening Ceremonies At The 2012 Games Ticket prices came out yesterday.
*AP Article: 25% Of Tickets Go To Bigwig Sponsors

Better Late Than Never

Sammy Wanjiru LRC Week In Review: Geb Vs. Wanjiru This week saw one of the greatest marathons we've ever witnessed with Sammy Wanjiru battling mano-a-mano with Tsegaye Kebede at Chicago for not only the Chicago title but also the $500,000 prize for the World Marathon Majors title. Wanjiru is the best marathoner in the world in our book and we compare his performances to Haile Gebrselassie's. Plus a look at the Commonwealth Games and more.

New York City Marathon News (Or No News)

RIP Antonio

Antonio Pettigrew's Death Ruled A Suicide He reportedly took a bottle of sleeping pills. He also reportedly told his wife to pray for him the day before his body was found. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

NYC News

Can USATF Be Trusted To Get It Right?

Distance News

Weekend Marathon Action

Korea: Bejamin Kiptoo Throws Down Hammer From 35k To 40k To Win Chuncheon Marathon In Record 2:07:54 Deriba Merga apparently dropped out.

Venice: Fall In Final 400m Determines Outcome Of Venice Marathon The marathon finished with the runners crossing 13 bridges to get in the center of Venice. Wonder if the fatigure from the turns caused the fall.

Beijing: Gena Siraj Pulls Away From Gert Thys In Final Km To Win Rain-Soaked Beijing Marathon In Slow 2:15

Drugs, Drugs, Drugs

NY Times Explores How Can Runners Learn To Age Gracefully It's hard for some warriors to realize a day off actually might do you some good.

Only In Europe
Seb Coe: "It Is Illegal To Sell An Olympic Ticket And We Will Enforce This Rigorously"
*London 2012 Official Hedging On Promise To Pay For All Athletes And Officials Airfare Now they'll only pay a certain amount, which apparently is going to screw the poor countries.

LRC Exclusives Galore

LRC Exclusive: Doug Logan Sue$ USATF: The Details Of His Law$uit And Employment Contracts The lawsuit has already resulted in the release of Doug Logan's two employment contracts with USATF and we've got the dirty details for you. The caviar, the first class flights, the $500,000 offered severance - read all about it (the caviar and first class flights are a joke).

LRC Legal Correspondent Matt Lane:
"RULE 45": Is LaShawn Merritt Banned From The London 2012 Olympics? 11-time NCAA All-American and 4th place finisher at the 2000 Olympic Trials, Matt Lane,  has graciously shared his legal knowledge with us and takes on the IOC's attempt to ban LaShawn Merritt from the 2012 Olympics.

Recommended Read 25 Years Later, Steve Jones Still Has British Marathon Record The Welshman isn't happy to still have it as he says, "I'm sad that I've still got the British marathon record because you want to see the sport move on." The article is full of great quotes as Jones rips charity marathoners.

Performance Of The Month - Kara Goucher Already Has Lost 27 Pounds & Will Be Up To 50 Miles A Week Next Week Remarkable considering her baby was born less than a month ago (9/24).

 Mebrahtom Keflezighi/></a><script type=LRC Week That Was: Unspoiled Kenyans, High Mileage Success, Wilson Kiprop And Menjo And The Knights We go behind the scenes to cover the last week in the running world. We take a look at Stefano Baldini's lifetime mileage, our beloved Menjo, Wilson Kiprop and more.

Something We Missed From Last Weekend
9 Break 28:00 In Japan Seven of them were Kenyan, but it's impressive nonetheless.

David Torrence Talks About His 2010 Season Torrence is only moderately satisfied with the year as while he ran 3:34, he failed to run well at the indoor or outdoor USA finals.

Sponsorship News

Previous: Doug Logan Files Wrongful Termination Suit Against USATF The details are not out yet, but likely Logan had to file the suit to get his severance as USATF has claimed he was fired with cause. The legal bills are now running.
*USATF Statement On Suit
On The Boards: Doug Logan is suing USATF for wrongful termination

S. Africa: S. African Athletics Federation And Leonard Chuene Continue Legal Fight On His Dismissal
*Hendrick Ramaala Running Athletics S. Africa Office, Will Still Run NYC Marathon

He Said / She Said: Question Now Is Will Merritt Be Eligible In 2012?

LRC Legal Correspondent Matt Lane: "RULE 45": Is LaShawn Merritt Banned From The London 2012 Olympics? 11-time NCAA All-American and 4th place finisher at the 2000 Olympic Trials, Matt Lane,  has graciously shared his legal knowledge with us and takes on the IOC's attempt to ban LaShawn Merritt from the 2012 Olympics.

AP: Hold On - LaShawn Merritt May Be Eligible To Defend 2012 Crown The arbitrators in Merritt's case ruled the IOC banning cheats from the next Olympics goes against the WADA code and therefore is invalid.

Reuters: IOC Confirms Merritt Won't Be Eligible The IOC apparently thinks an American arbitrator's ruling doesn't matter.

More NYC News

VOTE NOW FOR IAAF AOY Christian Cantwell, Bernard Lagat, Tyson Gay and David Oliver are the Americans in the running on the men's side, while Allyson Felix is the only American woman. *Jessica Ennis On Short List For AOY

2004 Olympic 4th Placer In HJ, Jamie Nieto, Is Now A Big-Time Movie Star


(link fixed) Updated: LaShawn Merritt Gets 21-Month Drug Suspension, Panel Rules He Was Trying to Have Better Sex, Not Dope Panel Rules IOC Can't Ban Him From Olympics blog above goes beyond the BBC news story we had up earlier. And you might want to read the decision itself. A 7-11 clerk testified she would sell Merritt lottery tickets and jungle juice and later he would come back for condoms and ExtenZe (a male enhancement product). The arbitrators accepted that Merritt was not trying to dope and even said USADA believed it as well (USADA pointed to another product that had similar ingredients). Merritt gets a 21-month ban nonetheless. The news outlets are pointing out he will be eligible for Worlds next year, but that is not the big story and irrelevant as he will miss USATFs and not be able to qualify (unless his doping suspension is considered an injury and he gets exempted in as defending World Champ). The big story is the panel ruled the IOC can not ban athletes with more than a 6-month doping ban from the next Olympics. The IOC had implemented that rule but also is a signer of the WADA code and the panel ruled the banning from the Olympics is an extra penalty that is not allowed. The IOC will likely appeal this ruling.
*Arbitration Ruling: "He saw the commercials about the product and its claims that it helped you last longer and stay firmer. He wanted those qualities in dating his lady friend ... He alleges the product works ... His mind set when purchasing the product was thinking about having sex with a women (sic)."

*BBC Story

Different Type Of Running News

NYC Is Less Than 3 Weeks Away

WSJ: Meb Excited To Defend His NYC Title As An American *LRC MBoard Talk About Meb Article
*NY Times Looks At Mary Wittenberg's Busy Sunday Routine She - like Wejo - is a former Marine Corps marathon winner.
*Christelle Daunah Sets French National Record 68:34 In Reims As She Prepares For NYC Translated from French.
News You Might Have Missed:
NY Times Profile On Ritz And His Preparations For NYC A lot of detail on Alberto's fixation on changing Ritz's stride and the extent Nike goes to keep him healthy. Ritz also smartly downplays his fitness and chances, "I wouldn’t count myself out of winning, but I’m not going to think that I’m going to win and it’s a failure otherwise."
*Shalane Flanagan A Bit Scared By Marathon Distance Good to see the first marathon scares all the greats except for Rexing and Menjo. New York Times

Random News
*Photo Of The Year?: Story With Photo Of Washing Machine Being Thrown Off Very High Story At Commonwelath Games By Australian Athlete
*India Starts High Level Probe Into Possible Corruption/Mismanagement Of Commonwealth Games
*Carmen Douma-Hussar Wins Canadian 10k Road Title In 33:23

2010 World Half Marathon Championships *Results/Team Results

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11:  Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea celebrates with a
fan after winning
the Men's IAAF/EDF Energy World Half Marathon Championships 2009 on October 11, 2009 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images) Men's Race: Zersenay Tadese Is Human After All His drive for five straight world titles was upended by Kenya's Wilson Kiprop. The 59:33 PR guy defeated Tadese, who got the silver, by 4 seconds. Tadese walked across the finish line and was limping soon thereafter. He had to be helped up the awards stand. The US men, led by Sean Quigley (63:23), were 6th.
*Women's: Favorite Florence Kiplagat Takes Down Dire Tune In Last 800 The US women, led by Stephanie Rothstein (73:37), were 7th.
Kenyans Overcame 40-Hour Trip To Nanning, China Whoever planned the trip should be fired.
Men's Race Preview - Tadese Drives For Five
*Women's Race Preview Florence Kiplagat, the 2009, World XC champ, is the favorite.

Interesting: Wilson Kiprop Was Scared Before His World Half Marathon Championship Win

Interesting Distance News

Look Out, Kenya - Moses Kipsiro Says There Are Many People In Uganda Who Can Beat Him Kipsiro was the 5k and 10k champ at the Commonwealth Games and is trying to cultivate the talent in Uganda.

Jim Ryun Ran High School XC Races Barefoot Including the state meet in snow. Minimalism definitely the key to sub-4:00 miles in high school.

Commonwealth Games Wrap-Up

Recommended Read NY Times Looks At Why Tommie Smith Is Selling His Medal

Oregon-Related News

After Running So Well In Chicago, Joan Benoit May Try For 2:46:00 Trials Standard In our minds, like a past winner of the Masters, she deserves a lifetime entry into the Trials. *Samuelson USATF Athlete Of The Week

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