Quote Of The Day

"I have a passion for running.

I don't have the same for triathlon."

- Lukas Verzbicas on June 18th. Yesterday he announced he was leaving the University of Oregon mid season (2 days before the Regional meet) to pursue triathlon full time. Facing some adversity might have been good for the kid, but he's out quicker than Kim Kardashian.

It's Official: Lukas V Leaving Oregon For Triathlon Hard to believe one of the best high school runners' college career lasted less time than Kim Kardashian's marriage. Lukas is leaving the Ducks 2 days before regionals. Hard to believe no adult told him to wait until after the season - wait a minute - it's hard to believe the adults are all gone and having teams jump from conference to conference with no loyalty whatsoever. In the year 2011, self interest rules.
*Oregon Release *
USA Triathlon Release
*Message Board:
It's Official Lukas Is Leaving

LRC NCAA Regional And National Fan Polls Released Wisconsin solidifies its spot as #1 while FSU stays on top on the women's side.

Bureaucratic News

LRC Exclusive LetsRun.com's (JK's) Official 2011 NCAA XC Regional XC Predictions
Discuss: MB: LetsRun.com's (JK's) Official 2011 NCAA XC Regional XC Predictions And you can always give us your predictions in the LRC NCAA Fan Polls.

Bureaucratic News - Radcliffe's Record Stands

Big Drug News

UK Stuff
*Humorous Piece:
Lord Coe Cancels The Olympics "In theory I suppose the Olympics could carry on without me, but it was my idea so I'm not really OK with that."
*UK 800m Runner Jemma Simpson May Get Her Funding Back After Being Cut And Losing Her Appeal
*You'll Have To Get Out When We Want To Use Olympics Stadium, Athletics Chiefs Warn West Ham

Liza Hunter-Galvan Won't Compete In NZ Trials Even After Ruling Letting Those With Previous Drug Bans Compete "In a nutshell how do you chase a spot that isn't there? Whether the ban was lifted or not I realise that the biggest hurdle I face is not my age, desire, commitment, injuries, qualifying standard, financial burden, or [the] poor choice I made. Rather it lies in being accepted. I have no interest in going through another legal battle, they take a toll on your soul.'

Veronica Campbell-Brown Breaks Ties With Coach

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."

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

Doping News

Post NYC News

Bryan Clay Has Been Named The 2011 Visa Humanitarian Of The Year By USA Track & Field In the six years since Clay established his foundation, he has raised more than $140,000 for schools and impacted the lives of thousands of children.

Craig Mottram Reflects On 2011 - Looks Ahead To 2012 People forget he was top 20 at World XC.

World Steeple Champ Ezekiel Kemboi To Run In Tegla Loroupe's Peace Race

He Will Be Missed Adam Goucher Retires Goucher is having knee surgery on Friday and says his competitive racing career is over.  We've always said that one way to judge whether a runner's career was a good one or not is simple: Were They Good Enough That They Could Retire Or Just Quit? Goucher certainly is retiring, as he had an INCREDIBLE career - Foot Locker champNCAA champ indoors, NCAA champ outdoors and NCAA champ in XC, USA champ in XC and track and an Olympian. Goucher is a runner at heart and we wouldn't rule out seeing him in the 2016 Marathon Trials.
*MB: Adam Goucher retires

Great News: Missing Alaska Anchorage Runner Found Alive 2.5 Days Later Marko Cheseto went missing at 7 pm on Sunday morning and was found at 3 am Wednesday with big time frostbite. No one is really sure what happened and he may lose his feet, but the great news is he's alive.
*MSBNC: Not Wearing Hat Or Gloves, Shoes Were Frozen To His Feet & All He Could Say Was "911" The report also says he was upset about his teammates' suicide but has near a 4.0 GPA.
*Student Newspaper *Coverage From Britain
Previous: Kenyan Athlete Feared Dead In Alaska

US Olympic Marathon Trials Are Approaching

Nick Willis Says Simple "Over-Hydration" Cost Him In Daegu

More Post-NYC

London Vs. Doha Battle To Be Decided Friday In Monaco

US News

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

*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

Non-New York News

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

Frankfurt *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 "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."

NYC Men's Photo Gallery

NYC Women's Photo Gallery