40th World XC Is Sunday (8:15/9:10am ET For Sr. Races) *Schedule/Streaming/Start Lists/Results *LRC Course Photos *Mini LRC Arrival Day Photo Gallery *Entry Lists *LRC Course Video Tour *LRC 1 Min. Aerial Video Of Course
LRC We Hope To Post Live Coverage From The Course Here
LRC Wejo's Thoughts On Men's Race
LRC New Photo Album Of US Team, Pre-Race Press Conference And Firmer Course Day Before Race
LRC LetsRun.com Gives You A Tour Of The Bad-*** Course
The official course tour isn't until Saturday but we didn't travel all the way to Poland just to stay in our hotel room. (Assuming no one gets hurt), we loved the course and think Sunday is going to be full of drama, and think cross-country should replace the 10,000 at the Olympics. One thing is certain - this course wouldn't be certified by uptight NCAA coaches. A turn within the first 100 meters, jumps, a big-*** hill, several near 180 degree turns. Learn all about
*LRC Course Photos
*LRC Update: Video Tour Of 2013 World XC Course
LRC Will Cold Weather Really Help People From Cold Climates?
Previous World XC
Two Guys Who, Like Us, Wish World XC Was Bigger: Competitor.com's Peter Vigneron: "If I were in charge, there would be only two events in competitive distance running: the mile and cross country, and everything else would be for fun."
US XC Champs Director Ben Rosario: The Future Of World XC - Put It The Day Before A Major Marathon
LRC 6 Thoughts From The World's Greatest Foot Race LRC is now in Poland for the World XC Championships in Bydgoszcz. We'll have extensive coverage starting later on Friday, but first we've got a little world XC history and ponder a few things, including whether it's going to be a long day on Sunday for the Kenyan men and if Galen Rupp (or Mo Farah) could win the junior boys race. Along the way, we remember when their coach Alberto Salazar was a total stud in 1982.
IAAF Men's Preview: Defending Champ Imane Merga The Man To Beat Can he be challenged by surprise Kenyan Trials winner Philemon Rono or 2010 silver and bronze medalists Teklemariam Medhin (Eritrea) or Moses Kipsiro (Uganda). Ethiopian Trials champ and star marathoner Feyisa Lilesa is also in the field.
Women's Preview: Ethiopian Trials Champ Hiwot Ayalew And Kenyan Trials Champ Margaret Muriuki Top List Of Gold Medal Contenders Ayalew was 11th in 2011 and was 5th in the Olympic steeplechase. Muriuki was 6th in 2010 World XC. Also in the field are 2010 champ Emily Chebet and Ireland's Euro champ Fionnuala Britton.
USA: US #1 Chris Derrick Knows It Won't Be Easy: "It's not going to be in my comfort zone ... 3 years ago, Mo Farah was 21st and he was a 12:57 guy [at the time]."
USATF: Meet Team USA - Nice USATF Media Guide For Entire Team
Snow Is The Big Story
LRC What's The Craziest Weather You've Ever Raced In? LRC's Wejo and Rojo have both touched down in Bydgoszcz, Poland to cover this Sunday's World XC Championships and the weather is going to be the story. There is a ton of a snow in Poland and the forecast is for negative to 0 degress Celsius on Sunday. We've got a mini-LRC Poland photo gallery and hope to have much more from Poland on Friday after touring the course and talking to the US teams. In the meantime, we're wondering what's the craziest weather you've raced in?
- Related: What's The Craziest Weather You've Raced In?
- World XC 0 Degrees And Snow On the Ground: What's The Craziest Weather Ever For World XC?
- XC Champs 2013... so much snow.
- LRC Pre World XC Siteseeing Photos
- LRC Flashback: World XC 2007: Controlled Chaos: Runners Passing Out In The Heat, People Hanging In The Trees
Previous World XC News
- LRC Kim Conley Talks Prior To The 2013 World Cross-Country Championships Get the lowdown on the woman who has improved by more than a minute in the last 4 years in the 5k.
- LRC Chris Derrick Talks Prior To The 2013 World Cross-Country Championships Get the lowdown on how the guy who some call "the greatest runner never to win an NCAA Championship," who went on to win a US Championship in his very first race as a pro. How has his training changed, what does he think of life as a pro, what are his goals for World XC, and does he sleep in an altitude tent? Derrick tells all in this exclusive LetsRun.com interview.
- RW Q&A With Ben True Ahead Of World XC Talking about racing World XC 2 year ago he said, "You're in an all-out sprint from the start, and guys are slowly pulling away from you. You expect that the pace will settle at some point, but it never really does. ... you have to be prepared to go hard, and just to suffer the rest of the way."
- IAAF Junior Women's Preview: Kenya's Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon Will Try To Defend Her Title
- IAAF Junior Men's Preview: Ethiopia's Hagos Gebrhiwet, Who Beat Rupp This Indoor Season, Set The World Jr 3k Record (7:32.87) & Won Ethiopian Trials Is Slight Favorite Other favorites include Kenya's World Junior steeple champ Conseslus Kipruto and Ethiopia's World Jr. 5,000 champ Muktar Edris.
- Interview With Kenyan World XC Junior Team Member Moses Mukono Ahead Of World XC He trains under the famous Brother Colm, who also coaches David Rudisha.
- DyeStat Does Short Profiles/Recent Highlights For The 12 Men And Women Representing The US At World XC
- Athletics Weekly World XC Preview
- Recommended Read: RW Q&A With Jason Hartmann
PostPre-NYC On Thoughts Going Into Next Month's Boston Marathon (Correction: This interview was pre-Jason's big PR in NYC and LRC has video of it here if you'd like to watch it.) Jason said, "I've done more mileage this time around. I've added some cross-training, two times a week on the Alter-G for 30 minutes ... I'm varying between 130 and 135 miles a week." LRC has a briefer post-race video with Jason after his huge half PR here.
- Janet Cherebon-Bawcom, Jen Rhines And Colleen De Reuck Lead Field For Women's US 10 Mile Championships At Cherry Blossom Ten Mile On April 7th The men's field is led by last year's winner Allan Kiprono and 2012 runner-up Lani Kiplagat.
- Clip From HBO Sports Interview With Lolo Jones Talking About Her Role In Bobsledding The way she describes it, she does 6 seconds of work at the start and then sits back and enjoys the ride.
- The Rock 'N' Roll Series Makes Big Changes To Its Prize Structure For Both Elites And Age Group Runners For elites, runners will earn prize money based on time rather than place, with anyone going under 65 minutes for the half marathon getting $1,000. The overall series will end in a championship meet and give $240,000 total to elites ($75,000 to the male/female champs) every two years.
- Bridget Franek Named USATF Athlete Of The Week For Breaking US 2k Steeple Record However, as we noted in our Week That Was, Franek's time is actually at a slower pace than Jenny Simpson's US 3,000m steeple record.
- USATF Gives $1,500 Grants To 31 Elite Athletes
- Lauren Fleshman Blogs On Her Pregnancy
- HS: Senior Andres Arroyo Runs Solo 4:04.45 1,600 For 3rd All-Time In Florida
- NCAA: Rankings: Texas A&M Men, Kansas Women Named Preseason DI Outdoor Favorites
Usain Bolt News: Bolt Vs. Rudisha Over 400m?
- David Rudisha Says Talks Are Still On Between Him And Usain Bolt About A Showdown Over 400m This Year Rudisha: "Many people have been asking me if I can run with Bolt in the same race and I have informed him of what my fans want. He also told me that
he is under pressure
to compete with me and we have since been making jokes with him on this matter."
*MB: RUDISHA VS BOLT IN 400 METERS !!!
- Usain Bolt Will Run Brussels Diamond League Meet On September 6th He will decide later this year whether he'll do the 100 or 200. Probably whichever one Yohan Blake isn't doing.
- Bolt Will Be Exempt From Paying UK Income Tax At Next Year's Commonwealth Games And Olympic Anniversary Meet At The Olympic Stadium This July
Asafa Powell: How To Spot A Gold Digger "Men, be smart about your choices in women. There are some manipulative women out there who are only trying to get close to get what they can out of you, and once you can't fulfil that need, that person will be gone."
After Setting WR And Winning Gold, Ashton Eaton Admits He Suffered Post-Olympic Thoughts Of "What Do I Do Now?" - But He's Motivated Again Eaton may do LJ/Decathlon double in 2016 and just pole vault in 2020.
Good News: Cincinnati Men's Track/XC To Get Scholarships Back
Bolt Will Run 100m In Rome On June 6th
Despite Economic Crisis, Juan Antonio Samaranch Says Spain "Cannot Afford Not To Continue" 2020 Olympics Bid
Britain's European Silver 60m Man James Dasaolu (6.48) Says That His 60 Time Converts To Sub-10 For 100m He ran 10.09 back in 2009 as a 21-year-old but then tore "every muscle in my lower body in the last few years."
Calabar Celebrates Its 2nd-Straight Jamaican Champs Victory On Boys Side
More Post-NYC Half Results *LRC Analysis
Proof Sleep The Night Before The Race Doesn't Matter: Dathan Ritzenhein Says He Didn't Sleep The Night Before He Finished 3rd At The NYC Half Marathon "I didn't sleep at all last night. I've never had that happen before."
*NYC Half 3rd Placer Lisa Stublic Always Thought Of Herself As A Steeplechaser Before She Got Some Harsh/Good Advice From Her Coach In Croatia Coach Petrovic told the Columbia alum, "You're a horrible steeplechase runner, get it out of your head."
NYC Half *Results/Splits *Photo Gallery
*Race Recap *Video Highlights
LRC LetsRun.com Analyzes The 2013 NYC Half/ With Post-Race Athlete Reaction What's the takeaway from Wilson Kipsang's 61:02 win, Ritz's 61:10 3rd place showing, and Bernard Lagat's half marathon debut? What about Caroline Rotich's win on the women's side and former CT state champ and Columbia runner Lisa Stublic, who was a surprising third (and now runs for Croatia) ahead of top American Stephanie Rothstein Bruce, who had a big PR?
LRC Wilson Kipsang And Caroline Rotich Win NYC Half (results and splits only) After a slow start at the NYC Half, Dathan Ritzenhein heated things up and then Wilson Kipsang took over, running to victory in 1:01:02 over Italy's Daniel Meucci and Ritz. Bernard Lagat ran 1:02:33 in his debut as he beat his training partner Abdi2. On the women's side Caroline Rotich led at 5k, 10k, 15k, 20k, and the finish but it was far from easy. Early leader Kim Smith dropped out with a muscle strain and Rotich was caught by Diane Nukuri-Johnson and Lisa Stublic but held on for victory.
*Japan University Runner Kenta Murayama Does Well In NYC Half With A 10th Place Finish (1:02:02)
*NY Times: NYRR Stage Their First Major Road Race Since The Cancellation Of The NYC Marathon
*OTB: LAGAT 1:02:33 for 12th at NYC half!!! Ritz 1:01:10 for 3rd *Jason Hartmann
Weekend Track Action
- Oregon Preview: OTC's Bridget Franek Sets AR In The 2,000m Steeplechase (6:19.09) OTC's Ben Blankenship won the 1,500 (3:48.57), Hassan Mead the 3k (7:58.43) and Julia Lucas the women's 3k (9:21.91). Oregon's 400 star Mike Berry ran 2:01.65 in the 800. *Full Results
*Recommended Read: Julia Lucas Pre-Race: "I'd always rather fail being bold than fail being too meek or tentative."
*MB: Oregon Preview - Live Stream NOW - link *Mike Berry (44.75 400m) running the 800
- Cal Poly Invy: Ashton Easton Starts Off His Season Well With 3 Wins At The Cal Poly Invitational He won the javelin with a PR of 218-7.5, set the MR in the 110 hurdles (13.76 seconds) and ran for the winning 4 x 4 relay (which finished in 3:18.2). It was emailed to us that he split 47.xx in the 4x4 and actually DNF'd the first heat of the 110H after falling, but was given a spot in the 2nd heat instead. *Full
*Pre-Race Press Conference With Ashton Eaton
- MileSplit Weekend HS Coverage
*Alexa Elfraimson just ran a 4:19 1500 as a HS sophmore
- Christian Cushing-murray runs 3:55.09 for 1500 at age 45!
- Perth Classic: IAAF Perth Track Classic Recap: Greg Rutherford Wins LJ As Mitchell Watt Pulls Out With Cramping In His Calf Brit Steve Lewis won the PV over US's former World champ Brad Walker and Australia's former Olympic champ Steve Hooker.
- Ethiopian Jr. Champs: Zewdu Mola Wins Men's Steeplechase In An Impressive 8:49.20 17-year-old Senbere Teferi won the women's 3,000 in 9:12.95 in her first time racing the distance.
- National Bank of Kenya/Athletics Kenya Meet Recap
- European Cup Winter Throwing Meet: IAAF Day 2 Recap: German World Discus Silver Medalist Nadine Muller Wins In 66.69m
*Complete Results *EA Day 2 Recap *EA U-23 D2 Recap
*IAAF Day 1: Spanish European Cup Winter Throwing Meet: Russia's Javelin World Champ Mariya Abakumov Wins In 69.34m
*EA D1 Recap *Under-23 D1 Recap
Jamaican Boys And Girls' Champs
- Could The Next Usain Bolt Be Running For GB In 2016? World Junior 200m Champ Delano Williams (From GB Overseas Territory Turks And Caicos) Runs Fast 100/200 The 19-year-old won the Jamaican Boys and Girls Champs 200 in 20.72 (.02 off Bolt's MR) and won the 100 in 10.28 (.07 away from Yohan Blake's MR). He'll be joining the Racers TC to train with Bolt and Blake.
*Update: According To This Article, Along With The Individual 100/200, Williams Also Anchored His Team's 4 X 1 From Last To 2nd Place & Anchored The 4 X 4 For The Win With A 44.xx Split
- Holmwood Technical High Comes From Way Behind To Beat Defending Girls Champs Edwin Allen By 5 Points
- Calabar High School Boys Dominate On The Final Day To Successfully Defend Their Jamaican Boys And Girls Champs Title
*Jamaica Gleaner Meet Recap
- LRC Scandal At NYC Half As Favorite Kim Smith Eats A Cupcake And Wilson Kipsang Drinks A Coke The favorites Kim Smith and Wilson Kipsang went before the media on Friday and it was full-out scandal in NYC. Kim Smith ate a cupcake, and Wilson Kipsang had a non-diet Coke. Mayor Bloomberg had no comment. In less important news, Kipsang and Smith talked about their preparations for the race.
- LRC Janet Bawcom And Jason Hartmann Both American Stars, Both Pondering Their Future In The Sport
- Lagat And The FULL: Bernard Lagat Says If NYC Half Goes Well, He May Do A Full Marathon In The Fall He said it's "Very likely, very likely."
- NYRR: NY Times: "NYRR Facing More Difficulty 4 Months After Marathon Uproar" According to this article, "Questions about the group's future persist, including whether its dominance has started to erode because of rival race organizers and disaffected runners."
Previous NYC Half News
LRC Bernard Lagat, Abdi Abdirahman and Dathan Ritzenhein are all running the 2013 NYC Half Marathon on Sunday with different objectives. For Lagat, it's his anticipated half marathon debut. Lagat sounds ready and has been training some with Abdi. For Abdi, the emphasis is on getting ready for the Boston Marathon next month. Abdi sounds off on that and the drug problem in the sport. For Ritz, there is no spring marathon or World XC. Can he regain his 1:00:00 form? Textual recaps coming. Interviews with all 3 below:
- LRC 8 Minutes With Lagat: Talks About His Half Debut And Taking On Farah And Rupp At Worlds In The 5,000m
- LRC Abdi Talks 4 Olympics, Training With Lagat And Sambu, Drugs In Marathoning, And Martin Fagan
- LRC Ritz Talks About The Half, No World XC, His Initial Success With Alberto, And Getting Back In Form In Chicago Last Year
- RRW: Wilson Kipsang Hoping To Celebrate 31st Birthday With NYC Half Win
- RRW: Family Ties Bring Americans Bernard Lagat, Abdi Abdirahman And Dathan Ritzenhein Together
*Bernard Lagat Confident For Sunday's NYC Half With Help From Abdirahman, Farah
*Young Japanese Stars Murayama And Otsu Take Advantage Of NYC Half Opportunity
- Good Read: Janet Bawcom Comes Into NYC Half Having Just Won The US 15k Champs Last Weekend She talks about her 15k win, her expectations ahead of NYC, and visiting her family in Kenya last year after the Olympics.
- Reigning World XC Champ Imane Merga Says He's Fit Ready To Defend His Title Next Weekend Despite Dropping Out Of The Ethiopian Trials Of his DNF he said, "There is no need to worry. I had been training really hard in February and even did a tough session the day before the race. I just felt tired."
*AK Head Isaiah Kiplagat Says He's Confident Kenya Will Retain Their Titles At World XC Champs
- An Extremely Deep Field Is Set For Rotterdam Marathon On April 14th Field includes proven stud marathoners in Berhanu Shiferaw (2:04:48 for 2nd in Dubai), Getu Feleke (last year's Rotterdam runner-up in 2:04:50), 2:05:25 man Bazu Worku, Tilahun Regassa (2:05:27 debut in Chicago), Wilson Chebet (2:05:27) and Sammy Kitwara (2:05:54). Also RAK half champ Geoffery Kipsang 58:54) and debutants Atsedu Tsegay (58:47) and John Nzau Mwangangi (59:45).
- Usain Bolt And Yohan Blake Will Compete Along With Racers Club Teammates In Ostrava Golden Spike Meet 4 X 100 Others named for Ostrava are Valerie Adams, Ivan Ukhov and Trinidad and Tobago's javelin Olympic champ Keshorn Walcott.
2013 NCAA Indoor Championships *NCAA Results *Saturday Photo Gallery *Friday Photo Gallery *Men's DMR Photo Gallery *Women's DMR Photo Gallery *LRC Banquet Photos *Friday Photos *LRC Friday Interviews *LRC Post-Race Video Interviews
The Coronation: Abbey D'Agostino Completes The Double
The NCAA has a new queen and American distance running may have its leading face for the next decade as D'Agostino became the first American 5,000 and 3,000 NCAA indoor champion ever, let alone at the same NCAA meet. Jordan Hasay finished second in what she called "probably the best race of my life." as she gave Oregon the points that gave them their 4th-straight team title. Emma Coburn won the mile and Natoya Goule the 800.
*Flash recaps - more later. In the meantime, check out:
*LRC Post-Race Video Interviews With Most Of Saturday's Major Players
LRC 5ks: Abbey D'Agostino And Kennedy Kithuka Dominate In Different Ways The women's 5,000 came down to the final mile between stars Abbey D'Agostino, Betsy Saina and Jordan Hasay - and it was no contest. D'Agostino was clearly best. On the men's side, Kennedy Kithuka put in an early surge and that was all it took despite a game effort by Diego Estrada to keep it honest throughout.
Latest World XC News *Schedule/Streaming/Start Lists/Results (8:15/9:10am ET For Sr. Races) *LRC Course Photos *LRC Course Video Tour *LRC 1 Min. Aerial Video Of Course
- Pre-Race Day - Mid-Day Update:
LRC Pre-Race Buzz From The 2013 World Cross-Country Championships The races are less than 16 hours away. What's the buzz in Poland? We give you insight from US runners Deena Kastor and Ben True. Did you know that Dave Smith goes way back with Keith Hanson of the Hansons-Brooks team? Plus an unconfirmed sighting of a coach who is never photographed.
LRC Former XC Skier Ben True Talks To LetsRun (video) True, who now shares the same coach as Abbey D'Agostino (Mark Coogan), seems to be in excellent shape as he just won the US 15k.
LRC Deena Kastor Speaks To LetsRun (video) How do you run the world's toughest race just 7 days after running a marathon at age 40?
- Press Conference: LRC Coverage Coming Later Today
- IAAF President Lamine Diack Speaks “I also want to say that although we are in Europe, many European countries are not competing here, no one from the Balkan countries, no one from the Scandinavian area, many countries are not here ... I hope that is not because East Africa is winning a lot of the time,"
- WELL SAID: PaulTergat: "I think it is high time that cross country running is included in the Olympics, it’s a phenomenal event and it deserves it’s place on the Olympic stage."
- Athletics Weekly Recap Of Press Conference
- IAAF Press Conference Highlights
- $280,000 At Stake In Poland
- US: USATF Pre-World XC Captain Quotes Deena Kastor: "The entire course is a concern. There wasn't one spot on the course that I felt that we could sail through or surge without slipping, falling or having the mud suck up your shoe. It's a gnarly course. It will be an epic day tomorrow, and we'll be facing some pretty harsh elements."
- Ireland: Irish Examiner Predicts Irish Women And Fionnuala Britton To Finish 6th Britton's coach has told her to treat the race like it's a 5k (not the 8k it is).
*Fionnuala Britton Talks About How She Sets Up Her Spikes Based On Course Conditions
- SA: SA Men Hoping To Match Their 5th Place Finish From 2011 At World XC
- Kenya: Apparently Kenya Hasn't Caught On To The Lack Of Popularity For World XC: "Millions more will be watching on television, keeping up in the papers and surfing the internet..."
Random Non-World XC News
Salazar Having Mo Farah, Galen Rupp And Matt Centrowitz Work With Sprint Coach John Smith & Former Olympic Sprinter Ralph Mann On Mechanics/Sprinting Form
- Former GB Sports Minister Calls Deal To Lease Olympic Stadium To West Ham As "The Biggest Mistake Of The London Olympics"
- Worth A Click: Some Cool Sports Clips Including A Hilarious Pole Vault Fai
- Athletics South Africa Will Set Up Inquiry Commission To Investigate Disputes Among Governing Body And President
Studies Looking At Foot Strike
- Study Finds That Type Of Shoe Can Alter Form In Young Runners With cushioned shoes young runners heel struck nearly 70% of the time, compared to less than 35% of the time while in racing flats and less than 30% of the time when barefoot.
- Another Study Says Type Of Surface Will Also Affect Foot Strike, With Rearfoot Strike On Soft Surfaces And Forefoot Strike On Hard However, the study is hardly applicable to real world running as they had subjects run barefoot on a soft surface and then barefoot on a hard surface to compare. Obviously you're not going to run with a normal foot strike barefoot on a hard surface and you're probably not going to run barefoot on the road.
Previous Pre-World XC News
- GBR: Athletics Weekly: "Wouldn't it be great if he had returned to Bydgoszcz this year to cement his status as the world's No.1 distance runner?" We think there is little chance Farah, who was only 21st in 2010, would win if he did show as he's not a proven XC guy. He might not even win the junior race.
- GBR/But All Should Read This: 2:18 British Marathoner Talks About How He Got Frostbite In January XC Race Where He Ran Well And Finished 7th
- USA: Deena Drossin And Chris Derrick Selected As US Team Captains Stites and Nowak get the Jr. nods.
- USA: 1st-Year Pro Neely Spence Grace Is Enjoying Having Training Partners For 1st Time "I would rather run in negative 20-degree temperatures and 50 mile-per-hour winds if I had people there than bright, sunny 70-degree weather by myself."
- KEN: After Hotly-Contested Election, Kenyan Journalist Hoping World XC Can Re-Unite The Country
- Kenya: Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon Is Looking To Be 3rd To Ever Defend Junior Crown The 4:03 runner has some good odds.
- ETH: Ethiopian Women's Champ Hiwot Ayalew - 9:09 Steepler - Wants Her First Global Medal
- GBR: 6th Placer In Euro 3k, Lauren Howorth (8:52 3k), Is Excited For World XC
- GBR: World Jr. 3k Bronze Medallist Emily Gorecka Ready For "one of the toughest events on the planet."
- More Ethiopian News: Mo Farah Slayer Ibrahim Jeylan Is Healthy And Running Half Marathon This Weekend At Stacked Portugal Half Jeylan won 10,000 gold in 2011.
More Non-LRC World XC News:
- Canada: Canadians Pumped It's Gonna Be Cold Wiebe: "I believe race day will be a balmy -3 degrees, perfect."
- Kenya: Will Kenyan XC Team Cave Under Pressure To Perform Up To Their 2010 Level, Where They Won All 4 Individual And Team Titles? Article analyzes Kenyan team and shows how overall, it doesn't have nearly the depth that their 2010 squad did.
- Uganda: Uganda's 2010 5k/10k Commonwealth Games Champion Moses Kipsiro Says He's Fit After Coming Back From A Disappointing Olympics And Thinks He Can Medal
- UK: Terrence Mahon Thinks GB Senior Women Could Be A "Dark Horse" For A Medal "Our dark horse was our senior women's team. They may not have the firepower right up front but at the Euro Cross we had such a tight cluster that it was a pretty impressive team in terms of the team scoring."
- SA: South African Sport Confederation And Olympic Committee Has Bailed Out Broke Athletics South Africa By Paying Travel Costs To Send XC Team To Poland According to this article, they almost didn't get to go and only found out Tuesday that they would.
- IAAF: Course Details And Scoring Rules
- Japan: Japan Running News Takes A Look At The Japan Team
- Australia: Ryan Gregson Blogs About His Housemates Collis Birmingham And Brett Robinson Heading To World XC
- WADA Sends Warning To Drug Cheats About Harmful Side Effects Of Banned Substance GW501516, Which Is Being Sold On The Black Market The report said: "The side effect of this chemical compound is so serious that WADA is taking the rare step of warning 'cheats' to ensure that there is complete awareness ..."
- With 5 Doping Bans In The Last Two Months, Kenya Admits They Have A Doping Problem
- IOC To Retest 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Samples
Haile Gebrselassie Will Try To Win His 6th Bupa Great Manchester Run 10k Title On May 26th He had a great race last year, setting a then world-leading 27:39 and beating Patrick Makau and Stephen Kiprotich.
- Dathan Ritzenhein Will Headline Shamrock Shuffle 8k In Chicago On April 7th
- 2 Top FSU Sprinters Arrested In Gunfire Incident Olympic 4 x 4 silver medalist Ronell J. Mance and ACC MVP Stephen Newbold were arrested; Newbold for "discharging a firearm" and resisting arrest and Mance for a fake ID resisting arrest.
- WSJ: Good Article On Iram Leon, The Man With Terminal Brain Cancer Who Won A Marathon Earlier This Month In 3:07 While Pushing His Daughter In A Stroller When he was first diagnosed and recommended for immediate surgery he had the doctor put it off a couple of weeks to run a marathon he had been training for.
- HS: Florida Senior Taylor Tubbs Beats Boys In Mixed Gender 1,600 With A US #4 Ranked 4:56
- "Biggest Loser" Winner Wants To Run In 2013 Chicago Marathon She won $250,000 for losing 121 pounds, going from 258 pounds to 137.
- Seattle Considering 2024 Olympic Bid
- MileSplit Q&A With Jim Ryun Talking About His HS Career And Tips For Younger Runners
Interesting: The Guardian Looks At The Asics Running Lab's New "Running Ability Measurement" Test, Which Looks At Multiple Factors To Predict Your Time "The assessment looks at everything from cardiorespiratory fitness to flexibility and strength, limb alignment, body composition and running form before estimating your marathon and half-marathon potential." Another test looks at your DNA to predict whether you're a high or low responder to aerobic training.
Random International News
- Caster Semenya: "I have no space at home for more silver medals."
- London Mayor Boris Johnson Will Confirm West Ham As Official Olympic Stadium Tenants Today Despite Threat Of Judicial Review From Leyton Orient Team
- Ireland's Top Hurdler Derval O’Rourke Has Her Funding Cut By $36,000 From $51,000 To $15,000 Despite Almost Medalling At European Indoors Article looks at Irish athlete funding announcements and some other unfavorable trends towards track.
- A Look At The 30 Meet Records That Went Down At Jamaican Boys And Girls Champs
More Kenyan News: Two More Kenyan Drug Busts
- Two Kenyan Female Marathoners Get 2-Year Doping Bans Last year's women's Stanchart Nairobi Marathon champ Salome Jerono Biwott and little-known Jynocel Basweti Onyancha. We love how the article refers to the banned list as the "doping list of shame."
- We Think He Has This Backwards: Olympic Silver Medalist Abel Kirui Says He Wants To Top Patrick Makau's WR At The Moscow World Championships This Summer He wants to use next month's London Marathon to "gauge his speed" and doesn't think the WR can go down then because it will be too "tactical."
- Asbel Kiprop Racing At Friday's Second National Bank Of Kenya/Athletics Kenya Track Meet
- RunBlogRun Writer Thinks Wilson Kipsang Could Eventually Break The 2-Hour Barrier In The Marathon We say no way.
Doctor In Operación Puerto Drug Scandal Says He May Name Names
He's Got Our Vote: Ato Boldon Gets Emmy Nomination For Event Analysis
Leyton Orient Soccer Club Chairman Says He Expects To Lose Judicial Review Case Against West Ham In Olympic Stadium Occupancy Dispute "But we will have to move for survival [if West Ham get sole occupancy of the Olympic Stadium]. If I stay, I get crushed."
Previous World XC News
- Kenya Women's XC Champ (And 2012 Falmouth Champ), Margaret Wangare Is Looking For 1st Individual World XC Medal After Two Previous Top-10 Showings
- This Ain't Happening Kenyan Team Leaves For Poland On Wed. Hoping For Repeat Of 2010 Showing In Poland, Where They Won All 4 Individual And Team Races
- Head Coach Of Kenya: "We are prepared to meet the best."
- Kenyan Trials Champ Philemon Rono Is Hoping To Break The Kenyan World XC Jinx Of Kenyan Champs Winners Who Failed To Go On And Win The World Title John Cheruiyot Korir (2001 and 2003), Richard Limo (2002), Eliud Kipchoge (2004 and 2005), Moses Masai (2006), Moses Mosop (2007 and 2009), Gideon Ngatuny (2008), Paul Tanui (2010) and Geoffrey Mutai (2011) all won the Kenyan XC Trials and went on to lose at World XC.
- Having Won 26 Overall Titles In It's 39-Year History At The World XC Championships, Kenya Is Looking To Add One More It might not bode well for them that Head coach Sammy Rono reported, "This is a team that has been in camp longer than any other."
- Ireland's Hopes For An Individual Medal At World XC Champs Rest On European XC Champ Fionnuala Britton
More Kenya News: Arthroscopy Can Now Be Done In Kenya - David Rudisha Attends Facility's Opening
Today's Top Headlines: Ethiopian 10k Trials At Pre, Caster Semenya Engaged?
- Pre Classic 10k Races Selected As Ethiopian Men And Women's World Champs Trials They hosted the Kenyan men's 10k Trials last year, but this year the race will be open to athletes from any nation.
- Semenya Engaged? SA Tabloids Report That Caster Semenya Is Engaged To Fellow Athlete Violet Raseboya Semenya was angry about the article, but at least in this article said nothing to deny it stating, "I really have nothing to say about that article."
- Today In South Africa: Botswana's 800 Olympic Silver Medalist Nijel Amos Racing SA's 400H Ace LJ van Zyl Over 400m SA Olympian Andre Olivier is also in the field, as 7:41 3k runner Elroy Gelant will run both the 1,500 and 3,000.
- Indian Sports Lawyer Says More Action Needs To Be Taken To Stop Widespread Doping In India India has the highest number of athletes (52) on the IAAF banned list. For comparison, Russia has 33 the US has 10 and GB 4.
- Former 1,500 WR Holder Sydney Maree Released From South African Prison Where He Spent 21 Months After Being Charged With Illegally Transferring Money Maree is SA born, but gained American citizenship and set the AR for 5k and was also a seven-time NCAA champion and still holds the recod for the Fifth Avenue Mile at 3:47.
More From Jamaican Boys And Girls Champs
- IAAF Recap
- Calabar Head Boys Coach Talks About How His Team Came Back From 3rd To Win On The Final Day
- Calabar's Jovan Swaby Came In 2nd In The HJ Despite Jumping With A Broken Wrist "I had to learn to bear the pain first of all. I had to learn a new swing as well because this is not my normal swing."
- Stunned Edwin Allen Girls Coach Blames Injuries For Losing By 5 Points To Holmwood Technical High
- With 27 Points Each, Michael O'Hara And Kimone Shaw Were The Overall Individual Points Champions
- IAAF World Youth And World Junior Discus Champ Fedrick Dacres Breaks Meet Shot Put Record
LA Marathon *Full Results
- Kenya's Erick Mose Wins LA Marathon In 2:09:44 As Belarus' Aleksandra Duliba Takes The Women's Race In Her Debut Setting A NR With 2:26:08 Deena Kastor was the top American woman in 3rd in 2:32:39, saying she had an upset stomach and a little tightness: "I gave a 100 percent effort on an 80 percent day." *MB: 2:32:39 for Deena
- 2:11 Man Nick Arciniaga Disappointed By His 2:17 7th Place Finish At The LA Marathon He was hoping to be under 2:10, but said, "I don't know why, my legs just weren't there. Some days, it just feels weird and you don't have it."
- LA Times Race Play-By-Play: Aleksandra Duliba Wins LA Marathon $50,000 Gender Bonus Finishing 2:09 Ahead Of The Top Men's Finisher Erick Mose
- The LA Times: "Does Los Angeles have a shot at hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics?" They have the fan base, sporting venues and favorable climate, but still face some obstacles such as cost, familiarity (they've already hosted twice) and any ill feelings left over from the USOC-IOC revenue sharing disagreement.
More Results On The Roads: Kawauchi PRs Again
- Seoul Marathon: Kenya's Franklin Chepkwony Wins In 2:06:59 Over Ethiopia's Leche Shumi Dechase (2:07:12) & Seboka Dibaba Tola (2:07:27) Kenyan Filomena Chepchirchir won the women's race in 2:25:43. Chepkwony won $80,000 for winning the race sub-2:10.
*Yuki Kawauchi Gets 4th At Seoul Marathon With A 1-Second PR Of 2:08:14 He set a new WR for the shortest time ever between sub-2:10 performances, 42 days. What's even crazier is he was disappointed, saying, "I was aiming for 2:07 in this race. It was an incredible waste."
- Lodi Mile In CA: Garrett Heath Wins Lodi Mile In 4:00.5 Over Peter Van Der Westhuizen And Miles Batty (results only) *Race Video
*Geena Gall Wins Lodi Mile In 4:54.6 Over Leah Rosenfeld (results only) *Race Video
- Japan Corporate Half Champs: Fumihiro Maruyama (1:01:15) And Yukiko Akaba (1:08:59) Win Individual Titles At All-Japan Corporate Team Half Marathon Championships Kenya's Johana Maina was 2nd in the men's race in 1:01:28.
*Japan Running News Article japanrunningnews.blogspot.com *Full Results: http://www.enjoy.ne.jp/~chujitsu/51kiroku/kiroku~013~3-17haif-new1.html
- Rome Marathon: Ethiopia's Getachew Negari Terfa (2:07:56) And Kenya's Helena Kirop Loshanyang (2:24:40) Take Rome Marathon Titles
- Barcelona: 47-Year-Old Dies Of Heart Attack After Running In The Barcelona Marathon The men's race was won by Ethiopian Gezahgne Abrera (2:10:17) as Lemelen Berha took the women's title (2:34:39).
- Race Walk: With The IAAF Writing Headlines Like This, Who Needs To Make Fun Of Race Walking: "Chinese Walkers Stroll Off With 2 Victories"
- Zimbabwean Rutendo Nyahora Wins Spar Women's Challenge 10k Road Race In Cape Town, SA
- Japan's Doricah Obare Wins Matsue Ladies Half Marathon In 1:11:11
- Athletics Weekly Recaps English Schools XC Champs
- John Chebii And Muchanetta Gwata Win Old Mutual Om Die Dam 50k Ultra Titles In South Africa
Lolo Jones' Passion For Bobsled: Lolo Jones: "If I won a freakin' medal - if I won any medal - I would not be a bobsledder. Absolutely not. Are you kidding me? No. No!" "I'm so desperate. Desperate. It absolutely doesn't matter (whether she wins in the Winter or Summer Games.)"
RE:RUN San-Diego Is A Cool Event Coming In May That Will Try And Promote The Sport By Combining A Local Road Race With An Elite Track Meet Participants will finish the local 5k/10k and be treated to a short-and-sweet elite track meet only 5 events. A long list of elites competing includes Duane Solomon, Ryan Gregson, David Torrence, Nate Brannen, Mark Wieczorek, AJ Acosta, Geena Gall, Brenda Martinez, Alysia Montano and Brie Felnagle.
World XC Is This Weekend
- Kenya's World XC Team Will Be Lead By Seniors Who Competed In Poland Back When The Champs Were There In 2010 2010 senior women title holder Emily Chebet leads the team.
- LRC Matt Tegenkamp Missed A Week Of Running And Will Not Be Running 2013 World Cross-Country
Learn From The Pros
LRC Ten Training Tips From Bernard Lagat, Dathan Ritzenhein And Abdi Abdirahman The American men took center stage at the NYC Half on Thursday. You can watch video interviews with the top American men (Lagat here, Ritz here and Abdi here) and we will have more on their race preparations on Friday, but in the meantime we compiled ten training tips from Bernard, Dathan, and Abdi that you can use in your own training.
English Are Still Really Upset The Commonwealth Games Standards Are Stiffer Than The Olympics
- LRC 2014 Commonwealth Games A & B Standards For England The "A" standard for the 5k is 13:03 - a time two English men have ever run. And it's not like saving money is an issue as the meet is in Scotland.
- 2010 Commonwealth Heptathlon Champion Says New Standards For English Team Is "elitism gone mad."
- Kelly Sotherton On Men's 5k Quaifying Standard "The men's 5K qualifying standard is ridiculous.I can't understand why some standards are harder than the Olympics."
- Ron Hill Laughs At Standards (Video)
- Commonwealth Selection Standards Cause Furor
- English Athletes Stunned By Commonwealth Games Standards
NY Times: "After The Mile: The Tim Danielson Story"
- Recommended Read: NY Times Piece On The Life And Tragedy Of Tim Danielson, The Second US Prep To Go Sub-4 In The Mile Danielson is currently in jail facing charges from last year for the murder of his ex-wife.
*MB: Tim Danielson-New York Times extensive article *Tragic News: Tim Danielson (Sub-4 Runner in HS) Allegedly Kills Wife/Survives Suicide Attempt
2013 NCAAs *NCAA Results *Saturday Photo Gallery *Friday Photo Gallery *Men's DMR Photo Gallery *Women's DMR Photo Gallery *LRC Banquet Photos *Friday Photos *LRC Friday Interviews *LRC Post-Race Video Interviews
LRC M Mile/3k:
What A Double - The Great Lawi Lalang Is Back Lalang, who up until this time last year was viewed as unbeatable at the NCAA level, got his mojo back with some major style points thrown in as he had one of the greatest nights in NCAA history, as he won both the mile (3:54) and 3,000 (7:45) in meet records. The Arkansas Razororbacks won NCAA title #41.
LRC 800s/W Mile: Elijah Greer Outduels Cas Loxsom; Emma Coburn Adds The Mile Title To Her Résumé And Natoya Goule Wins NCAA Title #1 The men's 800 ended up being the mano vs. mano battle between the two American seniors that everyone wanted to see - Greer and PSU's Casimir Loxsom with Greer coming out on top.
AP Recap: Arkansas Gets Its 20th Indoor Title And 1st Under Coach Chris Bucknam It's NCAA title #41 for the program as legend John McDonnell won 40.
*LRC Coach Chris Bucknam And John McDonnell Talk About Bucknam's NCAA Title #1
*Oregonian: Oregon Wins Its 4th Straight Women's Indoor Title
- Oklahoma's Tia Brooks Sets Collegiate Shot Put Record
- Olympic Bronze Medallist Derek Drouin PRs And Wins Sensational Men's HJ Competition He went 7'8.5" to win an event where 7 guys went 7'5" or higher and three 7'6" or higher. *LRC Interview With Drouin Where He Explains Why He Came Back To Indiana
- Geogia Freshman Shaune Miller Wins Great Women's 400 In 50.88
- Coburn Is 1st Mile Champ Ever From Colorado -Male Or Female
- Greer On 800: "I feel so tired it's ridiculous."
- IAAF NCAA Recap: Lalang's 2 Meet records, Tia Brooks' NCAA SP Record, And Arkansas' 4 X 400 NCAA Record (3:03.50) Highlight
Doper #1 Suing Doper #2: Turkey's Former 1500 Euro Champ Süreyya Ayhan Kop Suing
Olympic 1500 Champ Aslı Çakır Alptekin For Part Of Her Winnings Claiming She Gave Her Doping Coaching Doping Advice The biggest joke is the last line of the article saying how both athletes (one serving a lifetime ban the other about to) "have been role models
for young Turkish sports people, particularly girls."
- Usain Bolt And Yohan Blake Run (And Lose) Another 400 Bolt ran 46.44at West Indies Invitational finishing 2nd to Nicholas Maithland (45.79) while Blake was in a different heat finishing 2nd with 46.33 (actually a new PR for Blake) behind Allodin Fothergill (46.24).
- Next Time You're In Jamaica: Usain Bolt Has His Own Club/Casino/Restaurant In Jamaica Called Tracks And Records
- UK14-Year Old Sprinter Ryan Gorman Runs 21.76 Second 200 To Set A European Age Record Which Is Faster Than Usain Bolt Ran At His Age (Bolt Ran 21.81) Even more impressive Gorman's time was ran on an indoor track and without starting blocks, compared to Bolt's outdoor mark.
Non-World XC Weekend Action
- Lisbon Half: Does Edna Kiplagat Have A Real Job? The World Marathon Champion Almost Didn't Get To Race Lisbon Half This Weekend Because She Needed To Get Off Work Kiplagat said she was grateful the National Police Service had permitted her to race: “I only got permission to take part in Lisbon Half Marathon late last week from my department.”
- OSU: Oregon State Hosts It's First Track Meet In 25 Years
*Video Interview With OSU Head Coach Kelle Sullivan
- High School: MileSplit Weekend HS Coverage: Grosse Pointe South Girls Run #3 All-Time DMR With 11:35.98
*Devin King Vaults US Leading 17-2 Pole Vault
- Aussie: IAAF Queensland Track Classic Recap: Australia's 2010 World Indoor LJ Champ Fabrice Lapierre Wins In 7.96m
- UK: World XC Is On, But Meanwhile In England They're Cancelling Some Of Their Road Relay Events
- NZ Champs Recap: Valerie Adams Wins 12th National SP Title With 20.37m Coming back from injury Jacko Gill retained his NZ junior shot put title with 20.53m (well short of his NR of 22.31m).
*Neither Adams Nor Gill Estactic With Their Results
*Joseph Millar Is NZ's 3rd Fastest 100m Man All-Time With 10.32
- USATF US Indoor Master Champs Recap: Former US Olympic Flag Bearer Ed Burke Sets WR For 70-74 Age Division In Superweight Throw
*Day 2 US Indoor Master Champs: 95-Year Old Orville Rogers Sets Age-Group Record In The 60m, 400m, Mile And 3k Talk about range.
Non-World XC News
- Turkey's Cakir Alptekin Reportedly Has Violated Biological Passport And Will Face Lifetime Ban - Will Silver Medallist Go By Wayside As Well? "Immediately after the London Olympic Games we discovered abnormalities. We have seen big abnormalities and it is not the only case from Turkey. More are coming." *MB: Alpetkin Tests Positive
- Patrick Makau Says He's In Best Shape Ever - Won't Be Surprised If He Or Another Kenyan Breaks WR In London "I am in a better shape. Obviously as the holder of the world record, I hope I will break the time I set in Berlin. But I wouldn't be surprised if any of us breaks the record as we have been running very good times recently."
- Ireland Cuts Funding For Sport 2.9% For 2013 But Bureaucrats Don't Take Much Of A Hit - Individual Athlete Grants Do To Tune Of 20%
- West Ham United Secures 99-Year Lease For Olympic Stadium
- World's Richest Man Carlos Slim Bids $4 Billion To Broadcast 2014 And 2016 Olympics In Latin America Outside Of Brazil
- Absurd! Missouri HS Freshman Competes In Pro-Life Charity Relay And Gets Banned A Year From HS Track As A Result
- Florida State's 4 X 100 Silver Medallist Josh Mance Is Disputing Arrest On Fake ID Charge On His 21st Birthday Why would he be using a fake on his 21st birthday?
- Texas High Schooler Hit On Hip By Discus - Dies A Week Later
A Good "What About The Sport?" The Four Olympic Gold Medallists In Alabama's History Will All Be Signing Autographs On Saturday For Free At 5pm
RIP Former 200m WR Holder Pietro Mennea
- Italy's Former 200m WR Holder And Olympic Champ Pietro Mennea Has Died At Age 60 Mennea broke the record in 1979 with 19.72 and held the record for 17 years until Michael Johnson ran 19.66 in 1996. His 19.72 is still the European record.
*Pietro Mennea Obituary
- IAAF Bio/Tribute On Mennea, Who Was The First Man To Compete In 4 Successive Olympic 200m Finals
- Video Clips Of Mennea Including A Shot Of His 200m WR
- Mennea Admitted Using HGH For The 1984 Season, Although He Used It Before It Was Banned Later on as an EU minister, Mennea actually campaigned for tougher sanctions against dopers in sport saying, "We need to remove the anti-doping responsibility from sports bodies such as the IOC and introduce a criminal law."
- EA Tribute: "In Less Than 20 Seconds, Mennea Created A Lightning Bolt Legacy Of His Own
LRC Yuki Kawauchi PRs (Again), Ryan Hall Withdraws (Again), Deena Doesn't Break 2:30 (Again) Ryan Hall's Boston DNS isn't all bad, as we try to give you some good training advice from him as a result. We also tell you why hammer throwers are the most entertaining people in the sport and repeat, "Free Jenkins." We also ponder if Deena will ever break 2:30 again and are pleased to see Julia Lucas back competing.
Despite The Cold Conditions, 5 National Records Went Down At The NYC Half Last Weekend They were all on the women's side and included the runner-up Diane Nukuri-Johnson's 1:09:12, which broke her own Burundi NR and 3rd placer/Columbia alum Lisa Stublic, whose 1:09:18 broke her own Croatia NR.
10-Year-Old Who's Trying To Become The Youngest To Run A Marathon On All 7 Continents Was Deterred By Bad Weather In Antarctica He was 18 miles in when the runners were stopped because of bad weather and forced to leave. He ended up completing the rest of the marathon when he landed back in Chile which, according to the rules of the "The Official 7 Continents Marathon Club," still counts.
NYC Photo Gallery (Updated On 3/20)
NYC Half Video Highlights
Common Trend: 4 Russian Swimmers Caught Doping; Russian Swimming Almost Gets A 24-Month Suspension From International Swimming Federation The rules say that "4 positives from one nation within a 12 month period results in the FINA member federation being suspended in its entirety for 24 months." However, Russia got out of it on a loophole. 3 of the 4 were suspended while the 4th, who is only 14 years old, was given a warning.
Tuesday In South Africa: SA 400H NR Holder LJ van Zyl Will Compete Against Botswana's Olympic 800 Silver Medalist Njel Amos Over 400m
NCAA Admin News
- Former Texas Head Coach Bev Kearney Files Race And Gender Discrimination Complaints Against The University After She Was Forced To Resign Kearney resigned as Texas prepared to fire her for an inappropriate relationship with one of her athletes in 2002.
- Penn State Suspends Contract With adidas Pending The Severance Payment Of Workers At One Of Its Closed Facilities Overseas They are the 4th to do so, joining Cornell, Rutgers and Oberlin College.
"Brilliant Video Interview" (Those Aren't Our Words): Lagat Making His Half Marathon Debut (More Here)
Ritz At The NYC Half (More Here)
Three Cheers For Abdi Sounding Off On Drug Cheats (Abdi Talks His Training Here)
Abbey D'Agostino: Double NCAA Champion
NCAA Photo Gallery
WWLD (What Would Lance Do?) In Wake Of Embarrassing Number Of Doping Offenses, Russia Offers To Donate An Extra $390,000 A Year To WADA
Interesting Read: Pat Butcher Looks At The History Of Sexism In The World Of Running Over The Years Muslim clerics not wanting women to run now is just the latest in a long line of insults thrown at women in athletics during the last 100+ years.
Week That Was
LRC WTW Forget About Jenn Suhr, Lopez And Mary Cain: The Best Closes In Track History, Meet Brannon Kidder, Erik Sowinski's HS Coach, Praise From Nick Willis, And An Apology To Kara Goucher On a week that saw Lopez Lomong's AR on Friday, Jenn Suhr's world record on Saturday and Mary Cain making history on Sunday, we cover everything else making news in the running world.
Jenn Suhr World Record *Photos
Jenn Suhr Breaks World Record Suhr was perfect all day until she broke the world record at 5.02 meters. She then attempted 3 times at 5.07 (the highest vault indoors or out).
*Video Of World Record Vault
*Reuters: "Gritty Suhr Happy To Finally Reach New Heights"
Jerry's Boys Take On The Big Apple
LRC Lopez Lomong Sets New American Indoor 5,000 Record - Runs 13:07.00!!! We recap the historic night in NYC that saw Lomong get the AR, Chris Derrick get the "A" at 13:12.00 and the rest of Jerry's boys struggle a bit at the end as the pace was super hot. Includes exclusive post-race interviews that include Teg, Lomong, and Derrick, who talks about German Fernandez and Alan Webb.
*Photo Gallery *Race Video *Post-Race Interviews *Race Results Weekly
*Great News From Another Schumacher Stud: Chris Solinsky's 1st Track Race In Nearly Two Years Is Successful - Dominant 8:05 Win At UW