Quote Of The Day

"It's not like the 4-minute mile.

I don't think we'll be seeing 2 hours on the men's side any time soon.''

- Boston Bill Rodgers giving some sanity to the sub 2 hour marathon "debate". Bill also said last year's times were "flukey."

Rotterdam Marathon Starts 8 Days of Marathon Madness Sunday *Live Stream (4:30 am Eastern) *Full Rotterdam Elite Field

Boston Marathon Monday *Live Stream @ 9:30am ET Monday *Full Boston Elite Fields *Latest weather forecast *Plus Don't Miss Live Post Race Show Following Race on LRC

Latest Boston News: Due to Weather Boston is Letting You Not Run This Year and Run Next Year Instead LRCers you'd better be running this year.
*People in Boston Still Want Their Course to Count for World Record Purposes Boston Globe

LRC Women's Preview: Can Kilel Defend Against NYC Champ Dado? The last four Boston marathons have been decided by two seconds, three seconds, one second, and two seconds. We're waiting for the first photo finish. We break down the women's field led by defending champ Caroline Kilel. Correction: Buzunesh Deba not Firehiwot Dado had a slight injury last week.

LRC Men's Preview: 2012 Boston Marathon Men's Preview: Can Anyone Possibly Stop Geoffrey Mutai? The fastest Boston Marathon field ever assembled is ready to take on the current World's Greatest Distance Runner Geoffrey Mutai. Former NYC champ Gebre Gebremariam, 2:05 men Levy Matebo, Tadese Tola and Wilson Chebet want to give him a run for his money along with David Barmasai, Peter Kamais and our Budweiser long shot, a 2:10 guy we think could challenge.

A Look Back At Boston 2011 And A Look Ahead To Monday's 116th Running Boston 2011 "changed the history of the marathon" as we nearly witnessed the first 2:02 marathon. What does that mean for 2012? Employee #1 is back from Kenya for the 2nd report in our series "8 Days for Glory" on the 6 Kenyan marathoners going for 3 Olympics spots over 8 days.

Sunday's BAA 5K: 
Quest for $100,000 Begins at BAA 5k Believe it or not Sam Chalenga has a good shot at winning not this race but $100,000 and is up against Ethiopia's Ali Abdosh and defending champ Ben True.

Friday's Press
 Conference Highlights:
LRC Mutai Set To Defend, Wesley Korir Ready To Challenge, Americans Arciniaga And Hartmann Ready

Women: LRC Defending Champ Caroline Kilel And NYC Champ Dado Try To Recreate Drama Of Last 4 Years
2, 3, 1, and 2 seconds are how close the race has been the last 4 years.
*Top Athletes Shrug Off Heat Worries At Boston Marathon
*Americans Nick Arciniaga, Jason Hartmann Hope For Boston Marathon Success

LRC 8 Days For Glory - A Kenyan Flavored Preview Of The Upcoming Men's Marathon World Record Assault Over 8 days starting this Sunday, six Kenyan men - the four fastest marathoners of all time (Geoffrey Mutai, Moses Mosop, Patrick Makau and Wilson Kipsang), plus double World Champion Abel Kirui and Virgin London Champion Emmanuel Mutai - will fight for three Kenyan Olympic spots on the streets of Rotterdam, Boston, and London.

Miscellaneous News

Previous News: Paris, NYC, Kenenisa Bekele 10km In Ireland, Paula And Haile G In Vienna

Recommended Read

Recommended Read: Meet 2:19:44 Marathoner Florence Kiplagat, Who Is Focused On Winning London The former World Cross and World Half star was a soccer player in school who picked up running after being told do so by her uncle - 2:06:50 marathoner William Kiplagat. Her goal was to come to school in the US, but that didn't work out and the rest is history. A year ago, we wondered prior to Boston if she'd be the world's new marathon star. The answer seems to be yes. Her 66:38 half from February proves she is fit.

Weekend US Track Action *Stanford Results *Florida Results

Jeremy Wariner Runs 1st 400 Of Year - 45.64 - Leaves "a little disappointed." Last week, he split 44.58, so we understand why he's upset. He did say, "My strength is where I want to be at."

Stanford Invite:
Nice IAAF Recap Of Stanford: Areson Makes Up 35m Gap And Catches Lisa Uhl & Gets World Lead; Ritz Wins And More Dathan Ritzenhein won the 10,000m in 28:21 in his first track race in 2.5 years, Jackie Areson got an Olympic "A" qualifier in the 5,000 (15:18.31) as Lisa Uhl just missed (15:21). Chris Derrick won his slower section of the 1,500 in 3:41.17 to beat Evan Jager and Lawi Lalang, and Kevin Castille ran 28:57 10k at age 40!

Florida Relays
Marvin Bracy False Starts, 7th Grader Daesha Rogers Runs 2:09.44 Orlando Sentinel
Results Alan Webb's 2012 struggles continued as he ran 1:54.17 for 800m and then 40 minutes later 3:54.08 for 1,500m.
On The Boards:
3:54 Webb? Really?, 7th Grade Girl Wins Florida Relays 800

A Racewalker That Would Make Jimmy Wyner Proud

Kiwi Olympic Racewalker Was DQed For Doing Forward Somersault At Finish Line Of 1st National Champs "Some people might get upset about [the disqualification], but I did what I set out to do and I wasn't too concerned whether they gave me a medal or not."

High School Big News

17-Year-Old High Schooler Cayla Hatton Runs 33:17 10,000m Olympic Trials "B" Qualifier The prodigy only started running full-time this year. Now she's putting up a time that would make her 5th in the NCAAs last year. Truly ridiculous. The time is so fast some were wondering if it was a lap short, but this video proves it's legit and shows she ran every lap (16:30-16:46).
*A Q&A With HS Prodigy Cayla Hatton Two years ago, she was in awe of Kara Goucher and asking for her autograph. Now she'll be racing against people like her at USAs in the 10k.

Super-Fast Road Races In The US *Elite Results

Carslbad 5,000: Dejen Gebremeskel Repeats At Carlsbad 5,000 In 13:11 Gebremeskel let the Olympic 5,000 medallist Eliud Kipchoge do all of the work in the wind before kicking home to a 2nd straight win in 13:11. Alistair Cragg (pictured left) set a new European road record of 13:26 as Ryan Gregson ran 13:39. Anthony Famiglietti struggled with a 14:21. Kevin Castille, who ran 14:01 this winter, won the Masters race easily in 14:57.

Tirunesh Dibaba Remains Undefeated On Year With An Easy 15:01 Win Dibaba: "I'm happy about the race but I didn’t run a fast time because of the wind. ... I'm going to be ready for the Olympics."

DC: Allan Kiprono Sets Course Record (45:15) As Julliah Tinega Repeats At 40th Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run

World Indoors *Results *Video Highlights For US Visitors *UK Visitors *Yahoo Photos

LRC Men's 3,000m Final Lives Up To The Hype World 5,000m champion Mo Farah squared off with two-time world indoor champion Bernard Lagat and 2012 World leaders Augustine Choge and Edwin Soi of Kenya. Once again, Bernard Lagat was too good. They were all in contention on the final lap. There was some contact, two guys running on the infield, a DQ and a resintatement, but none of that stopped Bernard Lagat from showing he's the best 3,000m runner in the world.

LRC 800s: Pamela Jelimo Is Back As USA's Erica Moore Gets Bronze, 18-Year-Old* Mohamed Aman Gets Gold The last time Pamela Jelimo was any good, Erica Moore wasn't an 800m runner. They both left World Indoors pleased, as Moore made her first sub-2:00 clocking count with a bronze medal. In the men's race, 18-year-old* favorite Mohamed Aman got gold. On The Boards: Erica Moore 800m at Worlds

Hellen Obiri Stuns Four-Time World Champ Defar link fixed Obiri Closes In 4:06.6 For Gold Get used to the name Hellen Obiri. Last year, she ran internationally for the first time and won the Kenyan 1,500m championships. This year, in the fourth 3,000m of her life, she came from behind to stop Meseret Defar from getting her 5th world title.

IAAF Final Day Recap: Brittney Reese Is Incredible, Aries Meritt Upsets Liu Xiang, Will Claye Wins Brittney Reese had her back to the wall in the long jump, so what did she do? Unleash a jump that made her #3 all-time to win.

Non Rotterdam/Boston Weekend Action

George Mason: LRC Alan Webb Redeems Himself With a 3:43 1500m/ 14:15 000m Double, Robby Andrews Opens With 1:49 Win Alan didn't win the 1500m, but his performance was so much better than last weekend's 1:54/3:54 debacle that all Alan Webb fans like this guy can breathe a sigh of relief. And the message boards went nuts with Webb: here, here, here, here.

Jamaica: Usain Bolt Blasts Asafa Powell in 4X100 to Open Season World 100m champ Yohan Blake ran a super impressive 9.90 to open the season as well and didn't even get mentioned in the Reuters article.
*Vid of Bolt's 4X100 Win over Powell *Video of Blake's Opener

S African Champs:
Oscar P Only Runs 47.28, LJ Van Zyl Only Runs 51.00, Semenya Runs 2:02.68 to Win, Mulaudzi Runs 1:45.68 to Win Sounds like Oscar didn't try very hard saying, "I felt like I was at the verge of pushing it into the red. I didn't see the point of really doing that"

Jeremy Wariner Runs 46.43 for 400m It was really, really windy.

Australian Champs: Melissa Breen Misses Olympic Qualification by .02 in 100, Tamsyn Manou Wins in 2:02.01
*Results *"B" Standard is Not Good Enough for Tamsyn Manou to Go to Olympics

High Schooler Haley Crouser Sets National Javelin Mark (Her Brother Set the Javelin Mark 2 Years Ago and Her Cousin Set the Discus Mark Last Year)

Also Sunday

Rotterdam Kicks Off 8 Days Of Marathon Madness Sunday *Full Rotterdam Elite Field

LRC Moses Mosop Goes For Glory: "Moses Has Speed That Has Never Been Seen" Moses Mosop ran 2:03:06 in his first marathon. In his second marathon, he set the Chicago course record while only being 80-85%. Now he's at full strength and trying to make the Kenyan Olympic Team. His coach Renato Canova knows the only way Mosop will make the team is with a World Record in Rotterdam on Sunday. Employee #1 spent 20 days in Kenya and looks at Mosop and Rotterdam, which also features half marathon stars Sammy Kitwara, Stephen Kibet or Peter Kirui.
*IAAF Preview: "'The Big Engine' Is Well Prepared"
Travel Visa Issues Almost Kept Moses Mosop From Arriving In Rotterdam Thankfully, his visa was renewed on special appeal and he arrived confident ahead of Sunday. He says he visited 5 weeks ago to preview the course and adjusted his training to prepare for it.

Beautiful Videos Of Top Stars In Rotterdam Training In Kenya And Talking About Training:

*Moses Mosop *Sammy Kitwara *Peter Kirui

RR: Sports Illustrated: The Mercurial Life And Mysterious Death Of Sammy Wanjiru David Epstein: "Expect Kenyans at the London Games to try to break the rest of the world from the gun. That will be Wanjiru's legacy."

South Africa National Champs

US News From A Retired Runner, Alan Webb, And The 2nd-Fastest HSer In The Country

Interesting Olympics News

US Track News

Alberto's Book On Sale Now, Buy It From Our Partner Amazon And Support LRC

Great Read If You Didn't Read It Yesterday: Alberto Salazar Unplugged - Part II This interview with Amby Burfoot is great. From Ritz's struggle in the marathon, to Ritz's form change, to Alberto's competitive relationship with Jerry Schumacher, to Galen Rupp's marathon future and, to Alberto's biggest regrets, Amby Burfoot leaves no question unasked and Alberto doesn't shy away from any of them and talks about Rupp running 12:45 and in the 26:20s.
*Part I: Alberto's Book & The "Duel In The Sun"
An Incredible Amby Burfoot Interview With Alberto Salazar

*The Wall Street Journal Positively Reviews Alberto Salazar's New Autobiography Pre-order the book today here (it's released tomorrow) and get Amazon price guarantee.

Ryan Hall Movie

LRC Ryan Hall Feature Film In The Works A full length film on Ryan Hall's quest for glory in London 2012 is in the works. Learn more about the film "41 Days," watch a trailer, and learn how you can help support the film and get some Ryan Hall memorabilia. Image below.
On The Boards: Ryan Hall's Big News

Khannouchi's Retirement

LRC Carey Pinkowski Reflects On Khalid Khannouchi's Career: "He Was The Absolute Best I've Ever Seen" The Chicago marathon director talks about the man who made his name in the Windy City. Plus quotes from London Marathon director Dave Bedford and a tweet from Ryan Hall.

LRC Marathon Legend Khalid Khannouchi Officially Retires Khalid Khannouchi, one of the greatest marathoners of all time, has told LRC that he is officially retiring from competitive running. Khalid helped revolutionize the sport of marathon running, setting two world record in the span of three years, including his final one at the "Greatest Marathon Ever Run" - the 2002 London Marathon matchup that featured Khannouchi, Paul Tergat and Haile Gebrselassie.

Lisbon Action *LRC Updated Full Photo Gallery

Shalane Flanagan Wins Lisbon Half, Tadese Three-Peats Updated with IAAF story The American got the big upset win (just as we predicted) and Zersenay Tadese got the win but not the world record (just as we predicted - a broken clock is accurate twice a day). Flanagan ran 68:51 for the win.
Flanagan wins Lisbon. Lock for Olympic gold?
*Will there be an official Lisbon half-marathon thread?
*Letsrun...seriously your picking Shalane Flanagan to win the 2012 Lisbon Half Marathon?
*Full Photo Gallery
*LRC Lisbon Half Marathon Preview

US Women's Olympic Trials Marathon News *LRC Vote Totals *Men's Results *Women's Results *Yahoo Flash Photos

Flanagan Over Davila, Goucher Gets Third As Top 4 All Break Old OTrials Record Flanagan (2:25:38) pulled away from Davila (2:25:55) and Goucher was third in 2:26:06. Amy Hastings broke the old Trials record at 2:27:17 but didn't make the team. Deena Kastor was 6th in 2:30:40.

US Men's Olympic Trials Marathon News *LRC Vote Totals *Men's Results *Women's Results *Mile-By-Mile Splits *Yahoo Flash Photos

LRC Men's Marathon Trials Analysis And Reaction The 2012 Trials race was a classic. We throw some love to the top 3, ponder Ritz's future in the marathon, tell you who had the best debut, and tell you who that guy you never heard of was. Plus we talk about Meb's 74-year-old badass dad and look at the fortune of some old timers who didn't make the team, Josh Cox and Dan Browne, in addition to the ones who did (Meb and Abdi).

Race Recap:
Meb Keflezighi Captures 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon Title

Watch This Video for 2 Minutes You Could Save a Runners Life (New Studies Show the First Person to See a Runner Go Down Should do Chest Compressions, More on this Boston CPR Video here)

Lopez Lomong's Life Saga In 3 Minutes And 51 Seconds

Excellent Video Of Mosop Running In Kenya And Talking About Rotterdam (More Stunning Videos Of Peter Kirui Here And Sammy Kitwara Here Running In Kenya) - Our Favorite Is The Kirui One Because Of The Music

Week In Review (Updated With More Info On Jeremy Wariner Here)

LRC WTW: Is Jeremy Wariner Done? What About Alan Webb? Our Favorite Race Walker, Brie Felnagle, Chris Derrick, Running Movies and More We scan the world and wonder is Jeremy Wariner done? What about Alan Webb? Brie Felnagle definitely isn't and neither is David Adams. Chris Derrick has more speed than you thought. Plus we tell you about our favorite racewalker, talk about two running movies in the works, Bekoji Ethiopia, and we even give you some injury advice.

Interesting Read

Bekoji, Ethiopia: Town Of Runners By now many of you have heard of Iten, Kenya - the tiny town where many Kenyan stars train. The Ethiopian town of Bekoji may be even more impressive, as it is where Kenenisa Bekele (3 Olympic golds), Tirunesh Dibaba (2 Olympic golds), Derartu Tulu (2 Olympic golds), and Fatuma Roba (1 Olympic gold) were all born. Lengthy Guardian profile on the town and its unheralded coach Sentayehu Eshetu. A movie on the town - "Town of Runners" - comes out later this month.
*Bekoji Photo Gallery

Alberto Salazar's Book Released And Endurance Now On DVD

Week In Review

LRC WTW: America's Newest Female Running Prodigy, Galen Rupp's Medal Chances, A Kenyan Gets 7 Years Older In 2.5 Months, Bekele's World Records And The World's Winningest Marathoner Who Is Not A Big Fan Of The World We span the globe so you don't have to. Can Atsedu Tsegay knock Galen Rupp off the medal stand at 10,000m? How does someone get 7 years older in 2 months? Plus info on America's latest distance prodigy and the World's winningest marathoner seems to not be a big fan of the World. Much more, including a great profile on Edwin Moses.

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