Quote Of The Day

"The more you move away from time as the steward of the sport, the better. If it becomes a time chase, there's no personality. You're taking a personality and matching him or her against a clock. How exciting can that really be?"

- Mary Wittenberg, talking in a great WSJ article on why the ING NYC marathon has eschewed pacemakers.

It includes a quote from WC meadllist Viktor Röthlin, who adds, "There's nothing wrong with going for world records, but if I had the choice of watching a marathon that's designed to chase a world record or one where maybe 10 athletes are challenging each other and the stories are being written on the road, I'd choose the second option." Discuss: Great WSJ Article Praising NYC For Ditching Pacemakers - A Runner and His…Entourage?

Take That, Nike (Let's Hope They Don't Hold This Against Him When He's Going Pro In 5 Years): Edward Cheserek Picks Foot Locker Over NXN *MB: Cheserek chooses Footlocker over NXN

Set Your DVRs - "Marathon Boy" Debuts On HBO On Thursday At 8 PM ET

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Cryotherapy Gets Examined In LA Times Only in LA (a red light district?) would people look forward to spending $70 for a 2.5 minute session.

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Marathon News

The Near Miss in Frankfurt: Wilson Kipsang's 2:03:42 Near World Record Leaves Athletics Kenya With A Headache For Selecting Olympic Team
*A Look At Kipsang's Rise To The Top His career took off when he started focusing on longer distances.

Halloween Action In Ireland: Geoffrey Ndungu Overcomes Rain & Wind To Sets New CR (2:08:33) Former Iona runner Sean Connolly gave up on the "A" standard of 2:15:00 after four miles as he felt flat but he did get the Irish title in 2:18.52 and the first sub-2:20 by an Irishman since 1999. *IAAF Recap Helalia Johannes of Nambia won the women's title in 2:30:35. *Linda Byrne Runs 2:36 To Win Irish Title, Qualify For Olympics

ING NYC Marathon Is Sunday: It's not too late if you want to come to the Puma LetsRun.com bash on Friday night.

Alvina Begay Being Coached By Alberto Salazar For Olympic Marathon Trials

NCAA XC *More Conference Coverage Here *College Forum Here

SEC: Arkansas Men, Vanderbilt Women Win SECs Easily Eric Fernandez and Kristen Gillespie of Arkansas got the individual crowns.

Big 10s: Ignore The Rankings, We Have A Favorite For NCAAs Wisconsin Men Win 13th-Straight Big 10 Title In Dominant Fashion The Badgers made a mockery of the rest of the Big 10 by scoring 17 points vs. a talented Indiana team. *Results *MB: Big 10 Talk
*Michigan State Women Repeat In 3rd Closest Big 10 Meet In History 55 to 61 over Michigan. *Women's Results

Wetmore Works His Magic As Colorado Sweeps *Results The PAC-12 is the new super XC conference. The CU men edged Stanford, and the women, who were only picked 4th coming in in the latest LRC polls (and 6th in the national coaches polls), pulled the upset.
*Colorado AD Is Particularly Thrilled As Colorado Had Won One Game In All Sports In PAC-12 Until The XC Titles "Just what the doctor ordered," according to the AD.
*Wetmore Gives His Teams A Grades For Their Showing - Refuses To Give Out A+ Since Colorado Isn't In The Ivy League & Doesn't Practice Grade Inflation "I would give it an A and an A and that's as high as I get. This isn't Harvard," Wetmore said.
Katie Flood Surprise Winner At PAC-12s
Stanford's Jason Dunn Disappointed A 5th Man Didn't Step Up
Lananna On His Young Squad: "I thought the guys did a pretty good job."
On The Boards: PAC-12 Update Thread
*Craig Lutz > Lukas Verzbicas *Bad day for Hasay?

Big 12s: German Fernandez And Oklahoma State Win Men's Crowns
Iowa State Wins Womens
On The Boards:

Heps: Princeton Men, Cornell Women Win In The Snow!
Congrats to friend of LRC Artie Smith for his first conference title. And if you want to see what can be done in terms of conference coverage with almost no budget, check out this link. *Heps XC On The Boards

Big East:
Villanova Men Win Convincingly, Women Edge Providence (Results)
Marcus O'Sullivan Impressed By Men's Win: "We had an unbeatable effort today."

Florida State Women Dominate, NC State Men Edge FSU Kendra Schaaf dominated on the women's side as Ryan Hill won on the men's. *ACCs On The Boards *Kendra Schaaf is back!

West Coast Conference:
Portland Pilots Amazing 32-Year Conference Win Streak Is Snapped In Year 1 Of Legit Competition - BYU 25, Portland 32 More NCAA On The Boards: BYU vs. Portland Portland's 32-year conference XC streak came to an end.

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For The Distance Junkies

Three People On The Comeback Trail Make News - Two Very Famous People & One Not (Yet?)

Kara Goucher To Be Coached By Jerry Schumacher At OTC Elite And Train With Shalane Flanagan And Lisa Koll
*MB: Kara Goucher Joins Schumacher's Group The rumors of the Skecher's deal appear to have been incorrect.

2011 Mayor's Cup At Boston's Franklin Park *Results *Video

Matt Centrowitz's Sister Lauren Centrowitz Wins Mayor's Cup www.baa.org Princeton alum David Nightingale won the men's race for New York Athletic Club in 23:46.

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43 Years Ago From Tuesday, Bob Beamon Broke The Long Jump World Record By More Than 2 Feet Interesting to note that he reveals he was initially excited not because he knew it was a monster jump, but rather simply because he hadn't fouled.

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Bank Of America Chicago Marathon *Results *Yahoo Photos

LRC Moses Mosop A Superstar, Liliya Shobukhova Becomes Second-Fastest Woman Ever Updated Moses Mosop dominated the final miles in Chicago after Wesley Korir tried to make it interesting. Russian Liliya Shobukhova ran 2:18:20 to become the second-fastest woman ever. American Ryan Hall ran 2:08:04 for 5th. Great for any other American marathoner, so-so for him.

LRC: Wesley Korir Impresses With 2:06:15 Second Place In Chicago The former Louisville Cardinal broke the race up with a surge at 30km. Afterwards, he revealed what he was trying to do.

Ryan Hall Says He Needs More Time At Sea Level To Work On Turnover RW

LRC Non-Quotes Of The Day From 2011 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon Hall talks about what 2:08 means, Canova talks about the world record.

LRC Quick Recap With Men's Splits: Moses Mosop Breaks Course Record At 2011 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon, Shobukhova Runs 2:18:20

2011 ING NYC Marathon Is Coming *NYRR TV Live Each Day At 11 AM ET And 8 PM ET (And On Demand Whenever) (Highlights From Wed. On Right)

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News From Kenya

New NCAA XC Rankings

USTFCCCA Coaches Catch Up To LetsRun.com And Make Wisconsin #1, FSU Still #1 On Women's Side The LRC faithful made Wisconsin #1 last week before the Badgers' dominant Big 10 meet.

LRC National And Regional Polls Now Open Show once again you're smarter than the coaches. Voting now open.

Not Your Everyday Headlines

Gunshot At Adam Goucher's House May Have Helped Lead Him To Running Interesting read. Goucher has a new book he is promoting, which you can buy here.

Juan Manual Marquez Using Usain Bolt's Strength Coach To Bulk Up Before Manny Pacquiao Fight? We're not sure if they guy is serious or making a veiled drug accusation.

State Champion Goat Tests Positive For PEDs In Colorado
www.npr.org Of course the owners are claiming sabotage.

Sunday *Larger Image Of Kipsang At Finish

Frankfurt: Oh-So-Close: 2:03:42 - Wilson Kipsang's World Record Assault Comes Up Just Short IAAF The world of marathoning continues to be simply amazing on the men's side.
*AP Recap Levy Matebo was second (2:05:16) and Albert Matebor third (2:05:25) as the women's CR was broken by Mamitu Daska (2:21:59).
Pre-Race: Last Year's 2:04:57 Course Record Holder Wilson Kipsang Says World Record Can Fall At Sunday's BMW Frankfurt Marathon Kipsang may be getting a bit ahead of himself, but he's very good. More on Kipsang here.

Trying To Inspire The Next Generation

Monday's Quote Of The Day: "Who did I beat? I beat the demons within me." - Billy Mills in a Washington Post profile. Good read.

Gary Reed hopes to bring track back to life Vancouver Sun "I don't know that a lot of people want to admit that, but I know it's dying. The next generation is really struggling. The numbers from junior to senior are falling off like crazy and I, as someone who got my whole life from track, would love to leave the sport better off than what I found it."

More Weekend Action

UK: Leonard Komon Goes Out In 4:12 In 10-Mile World Record Attempt - Blows Up & Comes Up Short At Bupa Great South Run The man who missed Geb's WR (44:23) by just 4 seconds last month ended up winning in 46:18 as Alistair Cragg was third in 47:14. Asselefech Mergia won the women's race in 52:55.
Pre-Race: Leonard Komon Going For Gebrselassie's 10 Mile Record At This Weekend's Bupa Great Run

LA: 4 Weeks After Running 1:12:23, Deena Kastor Runs 1:11:48 But Was Hoping To Run A Minute Faster

Spain: Marta Dominguez Wins 1st Race Back Since Doping Arrest & Clearance

2:10:54 Wins Debutante $15,000 At Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon Meanwhile, 32-year-old Margaret Toroitich, who has an 18-year-old daughter, won the women's race in 2:30. *Video Highlights

Lieutenant Chad Ware Runs Wins In Fastest Time In 14 Years (2:19) - Just Misses Olympic Trials Time The former Butler runner is aiming for WCAP as well as a career as a chaplain in the military. *Video

Dublin (Monday): Former Iona Runner Sean Connolly Hoping To Be Beijing Bound If He Can Break 2:15:00 In Monday's Dublin Marathon He competes for Ireland.
In 2 Weeks: Get The Gorilla 5k XC Race (Central Park Track Club Vs. The Garden State Track Club) Looks like a cool road race in the Northeast from some LRCers.

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Pan Am Games *Schedule/Results *Free Live Video

Sunday: Pan-Am Games Conclude: Patrick Rizzo Runs Time He Wanted In Marathon (2:21) But Is 8th In Pan Am Games As 19-Year-Old Steals Show
*Jamaican Journalist Take #1: Were the Pan-Am Games really worth it?
*Jamaican Journalist Take #2: I leave with memories that will "remain with me for the rest of my life."
*Jamacian Track Coach Says Team Exceeded Expectations With 5 Medals

Dayron Robles Gets Pan Am Gold In 13.10

Sara Hall Gets Steeple Gold Tyler Mulder, Mark Wieczorek 4th and 5th in 800. On The Boards: Congrats to Sara Hall for Pan Am Gold in the Steeple

Omar Cisneros Runs 47.99 To Win Pan Am Gold Over Felix Sanchez Sanchez was emotional afterwards and broke down into tears. Marilson Dos Santos won the 10k easily and former Stanford runner Malindi Elmore got a bronze at 1,500m.

Wednesday: *
Costa Rica's Nery Brenes 44.65 Gold In 400m Is Only Costa Rica's 2nd Track Medal Ever At Pan Ams
*Olympic LJ Champ Druggie Maurren Maggi Jumps 6.94 To Become 3-Time Champ

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Skechers CEO Mentions Meb Keflezighi On Quarterly Conference Call

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