New Year's Eve / New Year's Action
Italy: Double World Champ Vivian Cheruiyot And Former Bronze Medallist Edwin Soi Win Bolzano Races In Italy
Madrid: Tirunesh Dibaba And Teenager Hagos Gebrehiwot Win In Madrid
Sao Paolo: Tariku Bekele And Priscah Jeptoo Triumph In Sao Paolo On New Year's Eve
Japan: Nissin Foods Wins Japanese New Year's Ekiden
NYC: Stephanie Pezzullo And Landon Peacock Win Emerald Nuts Run In Central Park
Frank Horwill 1927-2012 Horwill founded the British Milers Club and coached Tim Hutchings (most of you in the US know him as the the really good British announcer on track TV broadcasts; his real claim to fame was a 4th in the 1984 Olympic 5k). BMC Remembrances here.
The Trials Keep Generating Great Interviews
- Recommended Read: Desi Davila: How She Went From 3rd Runner On A PAC-10 Team To 3rd-Fastest American Marathoner Of All Time Great article starting with Davila in HS and working all the way through college, the Hansons, and Boston. Gives great insight into her training and the Hansons program with lots of good quotes.
- Q&A With US XC Champ Brent Vaughn On His Move From Boulder To Jerry Schumacher's Group And Gearing Up For The Marathon Trials He's another one who will be making his marathon debut at the Trials, getting in on a 1:02:04 half marathon.
- RW's 10 Women "To Watch" At The Trials
*11 Men To Watch
The Olympic Marathon Trials Are 2 Weeks Away: Good Interviews Worth A Read
- Q&A With Meb Keflezighi Talking About His Recovery After NYC And How His Training Has Been Going During a rough patch in November he said, "... for a couple of weeks my wife didn't want to talk to me because my mood wasn't so great," but since then things have been going well.
- Interview With 8:19 Steepler Brian Olinger, Who Will Try To Make The Olympic Team In His First-Ever Marathon (And First Race Over 7 Miles) "Some of the other marathoners would probably laugh at it. But 80 minutes used to be a long run for me."
- A Brief Chat With Magdalena Lewy Boulet On The Trials And Running PRs At Age 38 "I know there's a reality that eventually, OK, I won't be able to PR, and that's fine. As long as I can trick my body and my mind a little longer, I'm going to have fun with it."
- Video Workout/Interview With Former DIII All-American Chris Erichsen, Who's Training For The Olympic Marathon Trials He's only run 2:18:24 (in his 2nd marathon), but the emailer who sent this to us said, "I'm not saying Chris is going to make the Olympic team. I'm not even saying he'll be top 10. But ... I know he's on the verge of something special."
- Good News: Lee Evans Update: He's Doing Well And No Longer In Pain His surgery is still on hold and will take place a week from Monday, but at this point they say his tumor is benign.
- Good Job: 4 Hurdle Stars To Go Head-To-Head At U.S. Open At MSG Will include Olympic champ Dawn Harper, 2-time world indoor champ Lolo Jones, USA Indoor/Outdoor champ Kellie Wells and British NR holder Tiffany Ofili-Porter.
- PAC-12 And Big Ten Plan To Expand Without Expanding Instead of adding more members to the leagues, they will start to schedule regular competitions against one another.
- Ryan Bak Interview On Lifestyle Differences Since Coming Back To Running As A "Non-Professional" He now works full-time just trying to put good mileage in and is performing better than back when he was in an elite training group as a full-time runner (2:14 debut marathon).
- Jenny Spangler-Coached Runner Qualifies For Marathon OT Spangler was the 1996 US Marathon Trials Champ and Kate DeProsperis credits her coaching in enabling her to run a 2:45 at CIM.
- Interview With US 100k World Champs Team Member David Riddle
- Seb Coe Says Despite Large Numbers Of Troops/Weapons For Security, London Will Not Become A "Siege City"
- Ambitious Kid: UK's 20-Year-Old 400m Hurdler Jack Green Dreaming Of London 2012 He says he emulates John Akii-Bua, "the guy who came from nowhere to suddenly drop an amazing time, a world record, to win the Olympics."
Losing In Daegu Gives Jessica Ennis Perspective Heading Into 2012
- Police Arrest 90 In Early Strikes Against Olympic Ticket Fraud
- Maurice Greene Tired Of Bolt's Dominance; Hopes For A New 100m Star Video only available in UK.
Not Much Going On In The Running World Right Now, But The Trials And Indoors Are Coming
- Video: Desiree Davila And Hansons-Brooks Team Run Marathon Simulator Workout Mike Morgan finished the 26.2k (16.28 mile) workout at 2:10:50 pace and Desiree split a 33:51 10k (2:22:50 pace) at the start.
- A Brief Chat With US Road 20K/10-Mile/10K Champ Janet Cherobon-Bawcom She has a 2:37 PR, but never did marathon-specific training. Now she is coached by Jack Daniels and could be a threat at the Trials.
- Mo Farah Will Open His Season In A 1,500 In Glasgow On Jan. 28th So will 38-Year-Old Helen Clitheroe in a 3k, and Asafa Powell will be in the Feb. 18th Birmingham Grand Prix
- Sanya Richards-Ross To Run In TMFKAMG
The Running Story Of The Year
Japan Running News Recaps The Life And Career Of Sammy Wanjiru Barcelona Olympics marathon silver medalist Koichi Morishita: "The people who were supporting Sam were only motivated by the money flowing around him, not from the heart, and they didn't give him the kind of support he really needed. You hear a lot of disturbing things about his family too, his wife, and I can't help but think that he should have had more people around him who cared about his soul."
Did You Get Your Run In On Christmas?
More US Open And Millrose
LRC USATF Trying To Continue The 99-Year MSG Track Tradition Continues With The US Open USATF is attempting to put on a fan-friendly 2-3 hour meet (instead of 6 hours) with the promotional
muscle of MSG behind it with a focus on the pros and a few select high school races. Since MSG is helping promote the meet there is a chance for success. Will the meet make changes to entertain fans once they get in the door to bring them back for year 100? See below.
LRC Emails Track And Field: Entertain Or Continue A Slow Death An email from an LRC visitor: "The Millrose Games as you knew it no longer exists. So what? Why should any track athlete or fan care?" got Wejo to think about our sports slow decline and what needs to be done to change it. Entertaining meets with good matchups. An another emailer who co-authored books with both Bill Bowerman and Bill Dellinger says why not have a pro Millrose (at the Garden) and a separate amateur one (at the Armory)?
"The Armory is just the symptom. Boring track meets with unexciting matchups is the disease."
More: Track & Field Superfan Responds To LRC Piece On Death Of Millrose Games At MSG He basically says Millrose was already dead. "If Millrose died, then it was suffering from senility for years." We tend to agree but don't know why the name wasn't left at MSG. Take it up to the Armory only if a meet can't continue at MSG.
Yesterday: LRC How The Millrose Games As We Knew Them Died On October 2, 2009, steps were put into place to give the Armory the rights to the Millrose name. Considering the mission of the Armory and the declining attendance, it was only a matter of time before the meet moved.
Recommended Read Portland Tribune Writer Feels For Portland's Rob Conner As He Loses Trevor Dunbar To Supposedly Better Program (Oregon) The author points out that Portland has been better than Oregon at the West Regional 5 of the last 10 years and only two Ducks have run faster than the Pilots' best 5,000 man at 13:40 and concludes his piece by writing, "Doesn't seem right. That's life, I guess." Portland coach Rob Conner also says it doesn't seem fair to him and it's pointed out that Portland actually cares about the athletes' well-being and releases them, whereas Oregon doesn't return the favor.
LRC Galen Rupp Enters The 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials The American record holder at 10,000m has only run one race over 10,000m but he's now entered in next month's Trials. The question is will he run?
Our quick take on Rupp's entry.
On The Boards: Galen Rupp in Marathon Trials
Other OT News:
*Over 300 Have Entered USA Olympic Trials Marathon Overall, the USATF has collected $16,150 in entry fees ($50 each athlete). Those do not go to the Houston Marathon Committee even though they pay the athletes' travel, lodging, and meal expenses. Does that make sense?
Saturday XC Action: Foot Locker *Boys Results *Girls Results *Boys Photos *Girls Photos *Full Girls Race Video *Full Boys Race Video
LRC Boys: Cheserek Outkicks Futsum For The Win
This race lived up to its hype as the top 2 African-born stars went mano-a-mano until the final 100m. After a cat-and-mouse 9:50 opening 2 miles, their last 1.1 was run at a pretty quick pace (4:31 mile pace), but the winning time of 14:51.5 wasn't close to Reina's 14:36 CR.
LRC Girls: Molly Seidel Turns Back Tough Challenge From Erin Finn Seidel was the favorite, undefeated in 2011, but Finn was the top returner and Finn made it super-interesting as she opened up a big lead and even managed to regain the lead once Seidel caught her.
Recommended Read: Dyestat Recap: Cheserek, Zeinasellassie Forge Bond In San Diego
More Coverage: *Newark Star-Ledger Recap Note the paper incorrectly reports their last 800 as being a 1:54. No chance.
*San Diego Tribune Recap Cheserek says he just wanted win - might go for Reuben Reina's record next year.
MB: *Where would Cheserek have placed at NCAA XC? *Cheserek and Futsum's last 800 meters - 1:54? *Poll: How old are Cheserek and Futsum? *Will an American male ever win Foot Locker again? *Another FL Finalist Staying Home
2011 NCAAs Are History *Men's Results *Women's Results *Entire Race Video Replays
Men: LRC Wisconsin Badgers Take Control Early As Lawi Lalang Dominates Lawi Lalang waited until 5k before deciding it was time to crush the competition
once and for all, while #1 Wisconsin
showed no fear and put a stranglehold on the competition from the very beginning and held off a belated charge from Oklahoma State and a surprising Colorado team as the Cowboys tried to three-peat. American Chris Derrick took home individual runner-up honors to cap a brilliant career in style. *Discuss
More: Wisco #1: *Give 'em five: Badgers lay claim to program's fifth national title *Krause earns redemption as Badgers storm to fifth national title host.madison.com
OSU #2: *Dave Smith Calls Loss "Disappointing" - But Expected www.okstate.com
Colorado #3: *Wetmore Calls Medina Most Improved Runner In Country www.denverpost.com *CU Coach Mark Wetmore Pleased With Buffs 3rd Place Run
Individual: Coach Li - I Think Lalang Would Have Got Course Record If He Was Pushed www.arizonawildcats.com
Week That Was
LRC Geoffrey Mutai Amazes Again, Adam Goucher Retires, & Lukas Verzbicas Calls It Quits We go behind the scenes to take a look at the last two weeks in the running world, which included the NYC Marathon, Adam Goucher's retirement, and Lukas Verzbicas leaving Oregon mid-season. Plus we take a look at the Phil Hersh-Ryan Hall spat and compare Hall to Tim Tebow.
LetsRun.com Puma Marathon Trials Prediction Contest
LRC Puma Marathon Trials Prediction Contest The Trials in Houston are less than two weeks away and we're back with our world famous prediction contest. Shalane or Desi? What about Deena or Kara? Ryan or Meb? What will Dathan and/or Galen do? Pick the top 10 in the men's and women's races perfectly and you could win $250,000. Come out on top of the other LRC faithful and you could win some great Puma prizes as they celebrate the Feb. 1 launch of the first motional control shoe the in the Faas line, the Faas 800.
Got A Question For Puma? Now's Your Chance To Ask It
Got a Question On Running Shoes? Puma Wants To Hear It In part of Puma's effort to show its new Faas line is made for the LetsRun.com audience, Puma is making its designers and product managers of its new Faas line available for three days to the LetsRun.com audience starting January 10. They'll respond to your questions and educate you about the Faas line. They want to hear your questions now, however, so they'll know what you are most interested in in advance. So if you've got a question or comment about the Faas line, Puma, or running shoes in general, now is the time to ask it. Click here to submit your question.
Moscow's Lenin Stadium Holds Special Importance To Seb Coe It's where he won the 1980 Olympic 1,500 over Steve Ovett. Coincidentally we received an email informing us that Ovett's son, Freddy Ovett (1:52 800, 4:00 1,500) will be starting at Oregon next semester. *MB: Ovett's son off to Oregon
Goodbye, 2011: The Science Of Sport Story Of The Year: Fatigue And The Role Of The Brain In Regulation Of Performance/Pacing Strategy
*Prefontaine Classic Ranked 2nd-Best Invitational In 2011 Monaco was first.
*All-Athletics.com: US Ranked #1 Country In T&F For 2011 This obviously doesn't weigh the distance events, as Kenya (#2 overall) would easily take that.
*EAA 2011 Review: Women's Middle Distances/Steeple
*Best Hammer Throw Stories Of 2011
*Runner's Tribe Aussie Year Review
Junior College Cross-Country Champ Could Face Deportation Ayded Reyes is a top runner with a 3.5 GPA who has been offered scholarships to many universities (including an Ivy League school), but spent 5 days in prison when it was discovered that her parents brought her to the US from Mexico illegally when she was 2 years old.
Ciaran Ó Lionáird Talks Training Under Salazar And What Changes He's Made "Alberto is changing my arm carriage and posture and also I am spending a lot of work in the gym fixing the imbalances that caused all the injuries when I went to college."
Finishing Up 2011: Science Of The Sport Controversy Of The Year Award Goes To Oscar P With honorable mentions to Caster Semenya and Usain Bolt/the false start rule.
*IAAF End Of Year Reviews - Sprints
*Review Of Jamaican Sprint Performances In 2011 Makes a couple of points defending Asafa Powell and shot putter Dorian Scott for missing WCs.
2 Recommended Reads
- Running Times On Ireland's "Bullet With The Mullet," Ciarán O'Lionaird, And His Breakout 2011 In just one season he went from a 1,500 PR of 3:48.36 to 3:34.46 while also finishing 10th in the 1,500 final in Daegu.
- Bill Matthews Battles Epilepsy While Striving Towards His Olympic Dreams He has some decent performances under his belt, as he was the Southeast Foot Locker Regional champ in 2008 and ran 14:17 as a college freshman. However, currently he is not cleared to compete and will have to have surgery ito remove a brain tumor which has been causing seizures. We wish him all the best and ask you keep him in your prayers.
NCAA News: Neely Spence Goes Pro
- NCAA DII 5k/XC Champ Neely Spence Turns Pro She ran 15:27.72 for 5k last year, finishing 7th at US Champs and 8th at the Pan Am Games.
*College Press Release *FloTrack Interview *MB: Neely Spence Leaves College to attempt 2012 Olympic Dream
- Trevor Dunbar's Move Reminiscent Of LeBron James "Just as Dunbar cannot be blamed for seeking a better situation, Oregon cannot be faulted to seeking out the best talent for its teams."
- Increased Financial Aid In The Ivy League Has Had A Huge Positive Impact On Sports Programs New York Times Yale Volleyball Coach Erin Appleman: "I can tell the demographics of my team are changing because not everyone is going to Cancún for spring break. The middle-class kids are going home."
US Olympic Marathon Trials Are Approaching Quickly
- Galen Rupp Says Training Has Been Going Well But He's Not 100% Certain About Olympic Marathon Trials "I've been doing a lot of workouts with Dathan (Ritzenhein) and I've been hanging on really well on longer stuff. He's in great shape, and healthy, and doing a lot of strength work. So it makes me (think) 'Leave that option open.'" *Discuss
- Recommended Read USATF Profiles Former 8:19 Steepler And Now Marathon Hopeful Brian Olinger Olinger has never raced over 7 miles in his life.
- Ryan Hall's Following Of Tim Tebow Mania Generates An Article On Hall In USA Today Hall apparently has not been training for the Trials at altitude.
- A Brief Chat With Greg McMillan The McMillan Elite coach talks about all of his athletes as they get ready for 2012.
Zithulele Sinqe, Who Ran 2:08:04 And 1:00:11 Half Marathon In Apartheid S. Africa, Dies In Crash This guy sounds like a legend and sadly until his death today and a reader email we had never heard of him. Way back in the '80s, he ran 2:08:04 and 1:00:11 in S. Africa. Because of apartheid and/or apartheid boycotts, he could never compete abroad.
On The Boards: South African Icon Passes Away
BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Awards
Road Race Champion And Tour de France Green Jersey Winner Mark Cavendish Beats Mo Farah For BBC Sports Personality Of The Year British Open champ Darren Clarke was 2nd, Farah 3rd.
*British Press Says Jessica Ennis & Paula Radcliffe Stole Show With Stunning Outfits At BBC Awards
LRC Wejo Speaks October 2, 2009: The Day The Millrose Games As We Knew Them Died Our very own Wejo did a little research and tells you why they Millrose Games as we all knew them died not this past spring with their announced departure from Madison Square Garden, but on Oct. 2, 2009, when plans were quietly put in place to give the Millrose Games to the Armory Foundation. Then considering the mission of the Armory and the state of track and field in America, it was not surprising that in only two years, Dr. Norb Sander, the head of the Armory, would go from saying, "This (the Millrose Games) is the flagship event of indoor track and field and its presence at the Garden is crucial" to telling Wejo, "I'm not sure we left it (the Garden) reluctantly. It's (the Armory) a better place to have the Millrose Games than the Garden for track." Fortunately, 98 years of tradition have not been completely tossed aside, as USATF is hosting the US Open at the MSG this year, the 99th straight year track will be at MSG.
Mo Farah Making News
Mo Farah Back In UK To Launch His Foundation And For BBC Sports Person Of The Year Awards He's the third betting choice to win Thursday's award as the top sportsman in Britain. Then Friday, it's off to a training camp in
Kenya apparently without Galen Rupp or his family. Mo did the media rounds in Britain and said he still wants to do
the Olympic double, went to Somalia this fall with his family and "it was like Beatle-mania." His foundation website is here and wants to help people in need in Somalia.
More Mo: Mo Will Go On Friday To Kenya For A Training Camp Sponsored By Virgin London
Mo Writes In The Telegraph: "I'd lost in the final of the 10,000 metres to Ibrahim Jeilan. We didn't have a clue who he was." It was the distance race in the year in our minds. Final lap here. The announcer even says "It's over, I think" with 300 to go.
LRC's Blue-Collar Hero Makes News Again
- Unbelievable: 2 Weeks After Running 2:09 At Fukuoka, Amateur Hero Yuki Kawauchi Will Race Another Marathon This Weekend We had thought for sure this was a half marathon, as this is truly crazy - plus he's running Tokyo in February.
Week That Was
LRC Foot Lockers, Fukuoka Pulling People From The Course, Africans NOT Running To School, Chinese Dopers, And Sam Chelanga's YouTube Video It was the end of the US high school season, the beginning of the Australian pro season, and we take a look at it all, exactly one month before next month's Olympic Marathon Trials.
Week That Was
LRC Centro Goes Pro (Should German Have Too?), Kawauchi, NXN, And How Soft Are The Women's Olympic Marathon Trials Standards? We cover the big stories in the world of running in the last week, the ones above, plus the USATF convention and we take a look at the amazing depth of the Fukuoka marathon, where you can't compete unless you can run under 2:42.
2 Weeks And NCAAs In Review
LRC NCAAs Go According To Form, Chris Derrick's College Career Comes To An End, Tim Tebow = Don't Overtrain, Track Returns To The Garden, And Alan Webb Has Sex Now that we've got your attention with the Alan Webb headline, get your weekly read on the running world. After the Thanksgiving break, we're back with a good week in review if we must say so ourselves. Plus a little comedy if you haven't seen the Border Clash XC false-start video.
2011 NCAAs Are History *Men's Results *Women's Results *Entire Race Video Replays
Women: LRC Georgetown, Reid Win Tight Battles Six women kicked for home over the last 400m of the race but in
the end it turned into the duel
many expected and Sheila Reid of Villanova got the narrow win over Jordan Hasay.
The big surprise was in the team's race, where the Georgetown women, who were only third at Big East, won by eight over Washington as #1 Florida State faltered and finished 4th. *Discuss
More: *Georgetown Gets Its First National CC Title GUHoyas.com
*Washington Comes Up 8 Points Short GoHuskies.com
*#1 FSU Finishes 4th & Coach Karen Harvey Pulls No Punches"I felt like I was watching a nightmare. I really thought there was no way this is happening." www.seminoles.com
*Wetmore Says 11th-Placed Colorado Women Purposely Peaked For PAC-12s, Not NCAAs www.denverpost.com
*The FSU women finished fourth and the men 12th at NCAA Cross Country Championships www.seminoles.com
*Lananna Says Hasay's Runner-Up Finish Was A Big Step Forward As She Didn't Get Antsy & Kick Too Early www.oregonlive.com
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 champ, NCAA 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
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).
LRC 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.