Quote Of The Day

"We can say with some confidence that the world champion is back!!!!"

- Tim Hutchings talking on ESPN after Jenny Simpson's SENSATIONAL first race back under the tutelage of college coach of Mark Wetmore. 15 mph winds didn't stop Simpson from running a world lead and dominating the US's best.

2013 Drake Relays (ESPN2 Saturday 8-9:30PM) *Schedule/Results/Live Stream Info *Friday's Complete Results

Friday: LRC Wow: Jenny Simpson Impresses With Drake Relays Record And World Lead in 1,500 They say the sequel rarely lives up to the original. Well, that wasn't true Friday night in Des Moines as Jenny Simpson's first race since her reunion with Mark Wetmore was simply SENSATIONAL. Mary Cain was way back but got a new HS record.
*MB: Tim Hutchens (sic) on Jenny Simpson "The World Champion is Back."
*MB: Morgan Uceny adidas 4:17.71
*MB: Official 2013 Drake 1500 Thread

Rest Of Friday's Pro Action: A Stunner In the 110 Hurdles, Jenn Suhr Loses, Jeremy Wariner Loses, Brittney Reese Wins All 3 of the Olympic 110 hurdlers were running for $25,000. None of them won as Andrew Riley pulled a stunner. Brittney Reese was very clutch.
*IAAF Recap: Simpson and Cuba's Yarisley Silva Shine
*Quotes from Friday's stars. Simpson was pumped as her grandpa was a Drake grad.

More: Des Moines Register Coverage:
*1,500: Iowa native Simpson sets stadium record
*Huge 110h Upset
Recap of Friday's highlights

Pre-Meet: LRC 2013 Drake Relays Preview: $500,000+ In Prize Money & Simpson Vs. Uceny Vs. Rowbury Vs. Cain @1,500 For $25,000 Did you know that a Diamond League meeting pays $10,000 for first and that Drake is paying $25,000 this year? Major props to supermarket chain Hy-Vee for injecting Drake with some major cash. As a result, they have created a number of races they are calling the "London Games Rematch." *AP Preview

What's Next For Shalane Flanagan And Kara Goucher? Schumacher Doesn't Know (But They Want To Do Some Sort Of Track Season)

Register Guard Looks At 3 Ducks Who Are Juggling 4 X 100 Duty And Football

News From Europe

After Boston Attacks, Russians Say They'll Have Metal Detectors For Entire Moscow Marathon Course

Nissan Named As First Major Sponsor Of The British Olympic Association (BOA) Since The London 2012 Olympics

IAAF Confident It Can Find New Diamond League Sponsor

Mo Farah Will Be Part Of The Great Britain And Northern Ireland Team At The European Athletics Team Championships In Gateshead In June

Preview Of Sunday's Dusseldorf Marathon - 7 Sub-2:10s To Compete

2008 Olympic Race Walk Champion And EPO Cheat Alex Schwazer Gets 3½ Years Ban

News From Kenya

Two-Time Olympic Steeple Champ Ezekiel Kemboi Will Open 2013 Season At 10km Road Race In Kenya This Weekend

Recap Of Sixth National Bank Of Kenya/Athletics Kenya Track & Field Meet - John Chepkwony Beats Joseph Ebuya At 10k

Kenyan Olympic Champs Getting Their Seasons Started

The BBC Looks Back At The Horrific Systematic Doping Of East Germany

Countries Start To Name Their Marathon Squads For 2013 World Champs

Boston Charity Updates *One Fund Boston Site

US Road Mile Championships Were Yesterday *Results/Full Race Videos

Garrett Heath And Kate Grace Win US Road Mile Championships As 1,500 Medallists Manzano And Rowbury Struggle Heath won with 4:02.79 over Jeff See (4:02.91), Leo Manzano (4:03.59) and Craig Miller (4:03.60); Miles Batty was 6th (4:04.53). Grace won with 4:43.02, outkicking Sara Hall (4:43.61) and defending champ Heather Kampf (4:43.69). Shannon Rowbury was back in 6th (4:45.39).
*Post-Race Video Interviews

We Celebrate The 2013 Boston Marathon's Pro Race A Week After The Fact *Top 25 Results *Boston Photos *Boston Pre-Race Photos

Women's Race Recap & Analysis
The Seven-Year Itch Is Met: Rita Jeptoo Closes Hard To Win Her Second Title Hometown favorite Shalane Flanagan closed hard but not fast enough to give the US its first win since 1985.

LRC Shalane Flanagan And Kara Goucher On The Beauty And Emotion Of The Boston Marathon Even before the bombings, emotions were running high for Goucher and Flanagan. We talk about their tears, the pro-American crowd and media, the incredile Joan Benoit Samuelson and even what Kara and Shalane do when there isn't time to go to the Porta Potty but a race you've trained a lifetime for is about to start.

The Virgin London Marathon - The World's Most Competitive - Was Sunday *Top Results LRC: Photo Gallery

Women's Race: LRC Priscah Jeptoo Finishes First In Women's London Marathon Marred By Wheelchair Collision Jeptoo was very special over the second half, but the race was marred by the fact that Olympic champ Tiki Gelana was wiped out from behind in a horrific collision with a wheelchair racer.
*Top Results LRC: Photo Gallery

More London: *
Video Of Wheelchair Collision
Good News:
Wheelchair Racers May Start Before Professional Women Next Year
Josh Cassidy (Wheelchair Racer Who Hit Gelana): "One of these years a woman is going to have a leg broken, a career ruined."
London Honors The Victims In Boston
Some Are Selling Boston Memorabilia On EBay And Giving Proceeds To Charity

Recommended Read: Paula Radcliffe And Her Husband Reflect On Her 2:15:25 Marathon WR, Which She Ran At London 10 Years Ago Her physio at the time, Gerard Hartmann, says she has the highest pain tolerance of anyone he'd ever worked with. "She would hurt me rather than me hurt her. She would actually break me down because I'd have to go so deep into the sinews, I would have to ice my thumbs afterwards I was in such pain."

Kansas Relays

Penn And Payton Jordan Are This Weekend *Schedule/Results/Live Stream Info
*TV Viewing Info (Penn On Live NBC 1-3 PM ET Sat. (3-5 PM Universal)) *Stanford Heat Sheets/Results

Experts: Don't Stretch Or Cool Down

2 Reviews & 1 Book Excerpt From John McDonnell: The Most Successful NCAA Coach In History

LRC Book Review By Former Hog Marlon Boykins: "Two Thumbs Up:" - "The book is full of insight into the hard-working, team-first ethos that made us such a successful." We had two people review the book, including the 1:47 man Boykins, who was at Arkansas at the pinnacle of its heyday. "It was a self-contained UBER-COMPETITIVE atmosphere ... the sprinters, jumpers and distance guys all trying to show which group reigned supreme ..."

Book Excerpt
The Legendary Story Of The 1989 Penn Relays DMR, Where 4 Kids From Arkansas, Texas And Missouri Beat 4 African Olympians And The Olympic 1,500m Champ The 1989 Mount St. Mary's Penn Relays DMR team featured 4 African Olympians, including Olympic 1,500m champ Peter Rono. John McDonnell's Arkansas squad featured 4 kids from Texas, Missouri and Arkansas. A legendary motivational speech by McDonnell and Joe Falcon on the anchor made for one of the great upsets in Penn Relays history. Read all about it in this excerpt from the new John McDonnell biography

LRC Review #2 John McDonnell D2 Coach Torrey Olson We had Olson, who has an MFA in creative writing, give his take. "It's got a lot to offer anyone interested in an incredibly sustained passion for the both the sport and the profession."

International News

Previous Penn/Drake News

Oregon News

We Celebrate The 2013 Boston Marathon's Pro Race A Week After The Fact *Top 25 Results *Boston Photos *Boston Pre-Race Photos

Men's Race Recap & Analysis
2013 Boston Marathon Men's Race: Lelisa Desisa Wins 3-Way Kick For Title And Remains Undefeated At The 26.2 Distance The race ended up being a fan and promoter's dream - a 3-way kick between 3 big names for the title. Since the local CBS station went to commercial, we hype up the finish for you and ask if marathoning has a new #1 in Desisa. John Kellogg explains to you why the times were slow (2:10:22 FTW) and we point out how the slowest guy won the kick and just how special our predictions were. Plus Jason Hartmann (4th), Daniel Tapia (9th)Craig Leon (10th) and Rob Watson (11th) meant four North Americans in the top 11.

Long-Time Track And Field Official Tommy Meagher Reacts Heroically To Boston Marathon Bombings Many of you certainly recognize Meagher - who in many ways is the "face" of running in New England. He passed the guts test with flying colors.

LetsRun.com Visitor Will Brown Talks About The 2013 Boston Marathon Terrorist Attacks The 60-year-old marathoner was just 2.5 blocks away and says "it was the biggest sound" he'd ever heard - so loud he "thought it was possibly a plane crash."

The Virgin London Marathon *Top Results

Men's Race LRC Marathon Gods 1, Distance Runners 0: World And Course Record Attempts Disintegrated As Everyone Bonked After A Crazy-Fast First Half The totally loaded men's field tried to live up to hype as they went out on WR pace, but in the end it proved to be a destructive pace. Course record holder Emmanuel Mutai had a 28-second lead at 40km but ended up losing by 29 seconds as three different people had the lead in the last 4 miles. In the end, Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede was the winner.
LRC: What Happened to World Record Patrick Makau? He Didn't Stay With Leaders for 10k
*Top Results
Imagine if a in-form Ryan Hall had run London this year...
LRC: Photo Gallery

More London Men: *Side Stitch May Have Helped Kebede Come From Behind To Victory Independent
Mo Farah Will Run Full London Marathon In 2014
*Editorial: Half A Mo Better Than No Mo Telegraph

Hamburg: 2003 5,000 World Champ Eliud Kipchoge Wins Debut In 2:05:30 The fastest marathon of the weekend.

The Horror In Boston *Video Of Explosion *CNN Photos (Warning: Some Intense Images) *Boston Race Photos

US Milers Getting Some Pub

Recommended Read Great Will Leer Profile: Move To Southern California Is Paying Off
*USATF Elite Athlete Spotlight - Garrett Heath He's getting his PhD from Stanford soon. One smart (and fast) dude.

The Week In Review

LRC No Boston Hat Unless It Has A Swoosh, The 2013 London Marathon, US 1,500 Stars Struggle, & How Do You Pronounce Tsegaye Kebede? This week we take a look at the struggles of the US 1,500 stars Manzano, Rowbury and Uceny, wonder if it's the year that Brenda Martinez and Will Leer break through, wonder if Abbey D will break 15:00, wonder what the name of the 2013 New York City marathon will be, explain to you why the men's times were so slow in London, tell you what Eliud Kipchoge, Paul Tergat and Haile G have in common, and lament the fact that Andrew Wheating can't wear a Boston cap unless it has a Nike swoosh on it. All of that and more including Usain Bolt the king and a HSer runs 8:46 in 15 mph winds.

Boston Marathon Bombers Were Going To Attack Times Square

US News

Upcoming Spring/Summer Action

Kenyan News

Recommended Read: IAAF Profile On Ethiopia's World Junior XC Champ Hagos Gebrhiwet, Who Is Being Referred To By Some As "The Next Kenenisa Bekele" The 12:47 5,000 man had a more difficult than usual East African "rags to riches" story as he had lost both this father and mother by the time he was 13 and actually quit running and school at one point to do farm work to provide for his 5 younger siblings.

Questions On The Boards

Blue Collar / Inspirational Runner Of The Week

LRC Meet Conner Paez: "Please don't cut off my leg. Please just don't amputate my leg. I can't lose my leg. I need to run." Two years ago, Conner Paez was on top of the world as a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania (8:16, 14:18). Then his life turned in a second as he was broadsided by a car while on his motor bike. The injuries were bad, very bad. He almost lost his leg, then some toes. Doctors told him he'd never compete again. What's he doing this weekend? Competing again.

Prince Harry And Richard Branson In London (Flash Gallery, More Coming)

MB Haile Gebrselassie: Happy 40th Birthday!

On 40th BDay - Haile Recaps His 5 Favorite Races And His Biggest Racing Regret Haile's favorite race? The Sydney 10k. His one regret? No Olympic gold in the marathon.
*10 Of Haile's Greatest Races

Boston Marathon Race Photos

2,000+ World Cross-Country Photos Now Up

Thank you, Mike Scott.

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.

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