2011 ING NYC Marathon *Men's Results *Women's Results *Viewing Info *Flash Yahoo Photos

LRC 2:05:06!!! Geoffrey Mutai Caps Year In Style An unbelievable year in men's marathoning had an appropriate finish, as the Kenyan man who had the most unbelievable of all years, Geoffrey Mutai, smashed the previous NYC Marathon record by a stunning 2:38 - that's two minutes and 38 seconds. If it wasn't the greatest 2nd-greatest men's marathon performance ever, you'll have to tell us what was. American Meb Keflezighi hung with the leaders for 20 miles after a blistering 63:16 1st half and ended up with a much-deserved PR. Mutai picked up $200,000 by winning, but the big financial winner was runner-up Emmanuel Mutai, who won $635,000 ($500,000 for the WMM title).

Mary Keitany Beats Herself The women's race was full of gut-wrenching drama, as Mary Keitany went out in a crazy 67:56. The problem was she came back in 74:42, as unheralded Firehiwot Dado (Rome Marathon champ) got the win.

LRC Post Race Interviews: Meb And His Coach Bob Larsen Talks About His PR Despite Throwing Up Plus the winners Geoffrey Mutai, Firehiwot Dado, men's and women's top 3, Ed Moran, Molly Pritz, Lauren Fleshman and Bobby Curtis.

NYC On The Boards:

NYRR Dash To The Finish Line 5k *Results

LRC Chris Thompson, Sara Hall Win, Ritz Is 3rd (link fixed) Hall continued her fine fall campaign with the win in this race that serves as a huge NYRR recruiting tool. Most importantly for US distance fans, Dathan Ritzenhein did well and emerged from the race healthy (link fixed to story with Hall interview).

LRC Healthy Ritz Talks About Marathon Trials, His Track Ambititions And More After double foot surgery in March, a healthy Ritz ran what was likely his only race before the Olympic Marathon Trials in 10 weeks. He talked about his preparations for the Marathon Trials, his desire to run faster on the track, and showed he stil has a lot of fire: "The talent's still there. I'm still young. I'm 28 so hopefully I just keep getting better."


LRC 2011 ING New York City Marathon Men's Preview: Expect The Course Record To Fall
This is one of the best men's fields ever in NYC. 6 guys could win it - and then you have Americans Bobby Curtis (making his debut with a faster 10k PR than when Ritz made his debut) and Meb.
On The Boards: Where Does This Men's NYC Field Rank?

LRC 2011 ING New York City Marathon Women's Preview: Can Anyone Challenge Mary Keitany? New marathon star Mary Keitany is the favorite, but Boston Champ Caroline Kilel, Russian Inga Abitova or Kim Smith or Werknesh Kidane could challenge.

LRC Flashback 2010: In Debut, Gebremariam Makes Marathon Look Easy Meb was 6th, Ritz 8th.

More Pre-Race:
Meb: "My training is going well, and if [the Kenyans] run 2:05, I can't do anything about it, but hopefully they'll drag me to get a PR."
*USATF Spotlight On Lauren Fleshman Talks about her energy bars "Pick Bars" and how she cross trains on an outdoor elliptical called an ElliptiGo.
*2,000 Pounds Of Pasta And 194 Gallons Of Marinara At NYC Pre-Race Dinner
*Meb Not Stressed Over NYC Or Olympic Trials; He's Satisfied With His Career
*Ethiopia's Buzunesh Deba Finds Chasing Personal Bests Brings Victories Too
*Mathew Kisorio Dreams Of Taking New York In his Marathon Debut "When I am in the race, I don't fear anybody. If my body is fit, I'll go."
*Olympic Spot On The Line At NYC For Russian's Inga Abitova & Galina Bogomolova
Elite Men Speak At Friday's Press Conference:

*Defending Champ Gebre Gebremariam Says His Training Has Gone "Very Well"
*Geoffrey Mutai Says He's Been Healthy Mr. 2:03:02 says he's been healthy during his buildup and is excited to realize a dream by running New York."I have watched the New York Marathon all the time. My target was to run this race all my life."
*Emmanuel Mutai Says His Training Has Been "Okay" Does okay mean good or not good? We have no idea.
*Jaouad Gharib Transcript

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

College XC News - 2 Great Articles

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.

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

NYC Coverage Continues *Video Highlights

Non-NYC News:

Non-LRC Coverage Of New York

*Recommended Read: NY Times Recap: Geoffrey Mutai Wins New York Marathon With Course Record 7 years ago and unable to afford surgery needed for an injury, Mutai went to work as a lumberjack.
*Recommended Read #2: SI's David Epstein (A LRC Fan) Writes A Great Piece On The Evolution Of The Marathon Mary Keitany's coach says the reason is $$$imple: "In Kenya, if you don't go to the marathon, you remain a farmer. So talented athletes are coming right to the marathon without spending time in track."
*Rookie American Ed Moran Admits His 2:11 (10th Place) Was "Better Than I Hoped For"
*The NYT Takes A Look At The Elite Athletes' Pre-Race Heated Tent & Pre-Race Rituals
*USA Today Recap Meb: "I proved myself with guys who run 2:03, 2:04, 2:05. I couldn't be happier."
*Reuters Recap *AP Recap Of NY *IAAF Recap Of NY
*NY Times' George Vecsey Rides In The Lead Men's Truck And Tells What That Experience Is Like A topless women and some fast men impressed the scribe.

Women: *
NY Times Women's Recap: For the Women's Winner, Steady Race Beats A Bold One
*Kim Smith Is Happy & Disappointed With Her 5th-Place 2:25:46 Performance She was happy to run well in NY but disappointed to not finish in the top 3. "It was a much better run than I did in London when I set my PB where it is a very flat course.''
*Lauren Fleshman (2:37:23) Calls The Marathon "The Hardest Thing I've Ever Done"
*Recommended Read: Jere Longman Looks At Why Women's Marathoning Is So Far Behind Men's Nice quotes from Deena Kastor & Mark Wetmore.
*Brit Jo Pavey Boosts Olympic Chances With 9th-Place Finish She ran 2:28:42.
Paula Radcliffe In New York To Cheer For Charity Is "Perversely Relaxed" As Olympics Near Radcliffe has just started training twice a day after having foot surgery.

Celebs: *
Chilean Miner Pena Drop Out Of NYC Marathon
*Recap Of Celebrities Runs, Including Grete Waitz's Husband, Who Ran 3 Hours, 50 Minutes, 41 Seconds

McGrory Of US Sets Wheelchair Course Record In NYC

Non New York News

Non-NYC Action/Upcoming

Golden Age Of Racing Or Pacing In The Marathon???

Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt, David Rudisha Finalists For Athlete Of The Year Valerie Adams, Vivian Cheruiyot, Sally Pearson are the women finalists.
*IAAF President Lamine Diack Still Under Investigation By IOC For Allegedly Taking Bribe Report release to come in December.

Updates From Paula: Q&A: Paula Radcliffe "Perversely Relaxed" As Olympics Near
*Paula Radcliffe: "A lot of it actually does come down to luck. Stressing over it doesn't do a whole lot of good."


US News

2017 World Champs

*Seb Coe Pushes Bid For 2017 World Champs "If you'd said to me five or six years ago that I would be involved in another bid, I would have responded I think you might need to put me in a white coat and sit me quietly in a corner of a room."
*London's 2017 Bid "in really good shape."
*European Athlete Of The Year Mariya Savinova And Two Other Russian World Champs Medalists Support London's 2017 Bid

Pan AM Games Get The "Short End Of The Scheduling Stick"

Running Times: Why Appearance Fees Are Necessary

Last Week*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

3 Recommended Reads From The Marine Corps Marathon

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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An Interesting Debate: Appearance Fees Vs. Prize Money David Powell: "There may be some Utopian merit in the idea of dispensing with appearance fees and moving all the cash into prize money, but it's a fantasy notion. It's never going to happen as a rule of law. That may be stating the obvious but it needs to be said as a precursor to discussing the benefits, or otherwise, of theoretically eliminating fees."