Quote Of The Day:

"I don't think there's going to be anyone missing from the race, so it's exciting. Every race you go to, you've got to be ready and you've got to respect the other guys. I'm really looking forward to it."

- Double Olympic champ Mo Farah talking about this weekend's stacked 10,000 at the Pre Classic where he'll clash with the great Kenenisa Bekele. Full field here.

LRC Mark Wetmore Is Going To Be A Very Happy Man: Ben Saarel Is A Special Talent LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson goes all out in his praise of the Saarel, who closed in 55 to win the boys HS mile in NY in 4:02, as despite that speed, he's a 5k/10k guy. Unreal. Can you say sub-13:00 for 5,000 down the road?

2013 Pre Classic Is Friday/Saturday

10,000 Legends Kenenisa Bekele And Mo Farah To Clash At Pre Classic On Friday The race could be special. That being said, after a spat between Nike and adidas, the meet will NOT serve as the Ethiopian Moscow Trials.

World's Fastest Teenager Racing At 2013 Pre Classic Women's 1,500 And Her Name Isn't Mary Cain

Al Sal's Nike Oregon Project Runners Are "Resting" Not "Tapering" For This Weekend's Prefontaine Clash
"We're not tapering for it like we would the U.S. Championships, but we're resting a week for it."

Mo Gets Ready By Winning In London: Mo Farah Wins 5th Straight BUPA London 10k Ahead Of "1st Big Test" In Eugene Next Week Farah won by about a minute in 29:13. Simon Hart called the race nothing more than "a crowd-pleasing exhibition." Farah says he's doing more weights and more mileage than last year. *Results For 10k *AW Recap Of Farah's 10k

Brit Mag Athletics Weekly Is Worried Hagos Gebrhiwet Is Going To Beat Mo Farah At 5k

More UK News: Day After Getting Third In Road Mile, Steph Twell Is 2nd In Women's 10k As Katrina Wooton Wins
*19-Year-Old Charlie Grice Wins British Athletics One Mile Road Championships After a 2:04 first half, he won in 4:01.9.
*Westminister Mile Video And Results Hannah England won the women's mile.

adidas GP Men's Distance Recap (Rest Of Meet In Middle Column) *Results *LRC Winners Photo Gallery *LRC Post-Race Video Interviews

LRC Men's 800 Even Rain Can't Stop David Rudisha; A Fall Robs Erik Sowinski Of Another Great Finish David Rudisha won as expected and Erik Sowsinki's good form continued as Robby Andrews still is searching for the breakthrough.
Recommended Read:
NY Times Writes Feature On Colm O'Connell And David Rudisha: Improbably, Missionary's Work Is To Mentor Kenyan Stars
*MB: Rudisha's SECRET revealed: time operates differently for him!
*Brit Andrew Osagie Wins Race For 2nd Behind Rudisha In 800m

Men's 5k
Hagos Gebrhiwet Establishes Himself As Mo Farah's Biggest Rival, Ben True Runs Well American Ben True's fine 2013 continued with a 4th place finish ahead of Dejen Gebremeskel.
*RRW Distance Recap: Rudisha Cruises Despite Conditions, Gebrhiwet, Aregawi, Frazier and Saarel Win

Dream Mile/100: DyeStat Dream Race Coverage: Ben Saarel Closes Last Lap In 56 To Win In 4:02.72; Edward Cheserk Was 3rd In 4:05.36, Andres Arroyo 8th (4:08.41) In the girl's dream mile, Wesley Frazier won in 4:39.17. Cameron Burrell won the boy's Dream 100 (10.40) and Ky Westbrook won the girl's race in 11.52.
*Duke Recruits Go 1-2-3 In New York DL HS Girls' Mile
*On The Boards: BEN SAAREL 4:02.78!!! *Andres Arroyo O U C H *Boy's Mile Race Video *Girl's Mile Race Video

LRC Post-Race Interviews: Men: *David Rudisha *Leo Manzano (talks about no Nike deal) *Ben True *Robby Andrews (might run 800 at USAs) *Erik Sowinski After Fall *Ibrahim Jeilan
HS: *Ben Saarel Dream Mile Winner *Bernie Montoya *Andres Arroyo

For Those Who Don't Think Genes Matter:
HSer Cameron Burrell Wins adidas Dream 100 On The Same Track His Dad Leroy Set The WR At 9.91, Beating Carl Lewis In 1991 Burrell's father is a former WR holder and a 4 x 100 gold medalist from the 1992 Olympics. His mom also won a gold medal in the '92 Games running the heats of the 4 x 100. Yeah, good genetics matter.

Regionals *NCAA D1 Regionals Results *DII Results *DIII Results *NCAA Confirms Final Entries For Nationals

Great CityGames In Manchester, England; Kenyan Police Champs

Police Investigation Into Oscar P Murder Trial Won't Be Completed Until August His June 4th court appearance is expected to only take 10 minutes and be nothing more than a postponement.

Other US News

2011 Javelin World Champion Matthias de Zordo Won't Defend His Title In Moscow Due To A Torn Achilles Tendon

Previous Regional News

World Champ Trying To Get Back, Olympic Champ Diversifying?

Distance News

UK News

Next Weekend's Pre Men's Mile Will Have It All

Better Than The Olympics: 2013 Bowerman Mile At Pre Classic Will Feature A Totally Incredible Field You can't get a mile field better than this as it features Makhloufi vs. Kiprop plus all of the other London finallists plus all of the world top 10 from 2012.
MB: Return of the Makh - Bowerman Mile startlist
MB: Makhloufi Running Bowerman Mile at Pre Classic

More News Of Note From Oregon:

Oregon's Elijah Greer Has Jettisoned The Self Doubt And Is Making A Statement

Al Sal Says He Wants Mary Cain To Get 5,000 "A" In Case She's Sick Or Gets Tripped In 1,500

Oregon's Chris Brewer Speaks For 1st Time About Crash That Nearly Killed Him & Molly Grabill
Brewer was on Oregon's 4 x 1 mile team at Penn. Grabill has missed the only season recovering from the horrific crash.

Kara Goucher's Next Race Will Be 10,000 At US Trials

Running Science

(In Case You Missed It Over the Weekend) Week #2 Of IAAF Season Is In The Books *Full Results *LRC Shanghai Photo Gallery (Videos In Race Recap Below) (Non-LRC Coverage Further Down Page)

LRC 2013 Shanghai Recap: Asbel Kiprop Pulls Off A Houdini Act, Do We Have A New King & Queen In The Men's Steeple And Women's 5,000? Asbel Kiprop amazed, a new phenom emerged in the men's steeple and perhaps as well in the women's 5,000 & Francine Niyonsaba dominated the women's 800. Plus lots of great sprint/field action with Kirani James, Shelly-Ann Fraser-PryceJason Richardson, and Chinese hero, jumper Jinzhe Li.
*IAAF Full Meet Recap
LRC Shanghai Photo Gallery
MB: Official 2013 Shanghai Diamond League Discussion Thread

Sunday Road Results: Ryan Hall 2nd At Bay To Breakers

News From Kenya (A Deceased Phenom In The News)

2nd Anniversary Of Sammy Wanjiru's Tragic Death Passes - Mausoleum In His Honour Was Unveiled As His Lawyer Claims Agent Federico Rosa Has Stolen Money

Patrick Makau (2931) Loses To Peter Kirui (2915) At Administration Police Championships

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 1988 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."

2013 Bolder Boulder *Results & Mile-By-Mile Splits

More Weekend Results

Dave Johnson's Updated 2013 USA Champs Form Chart He's got Derrick over Ritz for #3 at 10k.

Yohan Blake Wants To Be Known As The Alien, Not The Beast - Says He'll Win 3 Golds At Worlds

Road Action: Dibaba Dominates, Kisorio Over Kipsang And Haile G, Ryan Hall On The Comeback

NYC adidas Grand Prix *Results *LRC Winners Photo Gallery *LRC Post-Race Video Interviews

*Results *IAAF Recap *RRW Distance Recap

LRC Non-Distance Action:
Blanka Vlasic Returns With A Win, Tyson Gay Wins Again As Does Jenn Suhr, Favorites Christian Taylor And Brittney Reese Struggle Amantle Montsho somehow went sub-50 in terrible conditions.

LRC Women's 1,500:
Aregawi Wins Easily As Expected; The Americans Miss The "A" As Morgan Uceny Improves Step in the right direction for Uceny and Rowbury.

LRC Women's Steeple: Lidya Chepkurui Gets Her Second DL Victory, Bridget Franek Impresses (link now fixed)

Winners Photo Gallery

*Recommended Read: Blanka Vlasic Says "I Haven't Forgotten How To Jump" After Win And Talks About The Dark Places She Went To During Her 20 On her injury: "I've gone to some dark places before, but this was the worst because I was forced to live a life that wasn't used to."
*Vlasic: "I'm not a phantom. I''m here and I'm back." She jumped through a lot of pain, but said she is "just happy I'm not home watching on TV any more." Props to her for making her comeback in less than ideal conditions unlike some other pros who skipped out due to the rain/cold (see below).
*Phillips Idowu Will Now Make Comeback At Rome DL Meet June 6th After Withdrawing From adidas GP Because He Didn't Want To Jump In The Wet Conditions It's a good thing he lives in the UK where it never rains. But what happens if it rains at the World Championships?
Sanya Richards-Ross Doesn't Run - She Pulled Out Because Her "Foot Wasn't Feeling Strong"
*Blanka Vlasic Wins In First Competition In 20+ Months
*US Quotes From NYC adidas GP

LRC Post-Race Interviews:
Women: *Morgan Uceny *Bridget Franek *Kate Grace *Ashley Higginson

adidas GP On The Boards:
Official 2013 adidas Grand Prix New York Thread
BEN SAAREL 4:02.78!!!
*What really happened when Sowinsky fell
Wariner's Back Baby!!!
Just saw Leo Manzano in NY hotel lobby, he's been added to adidas GP 800 as has Brannen, Rutt and Lalang
How Good Does Leroy Burrell's Son Get?
The LetsRun.com Guarantee - No Sub-4 mile on Saturday. If there is a sub-4, we'll pay you $1,000.

adidas GP: Pre-Race

LRC Coach Brother Colm O'Connell Talks On David Rudisha's Past, Present & Future And Greatness The coach of David Rudisha is taking a rare trip abroad to watch Rudisha compete. LRC talked to him about Rudisha past, present and future (he's running a 1,000m this year).
Ben True Is Confident And Says He Thinks He Can Definitely Get Sub-13 Eventually "Going to USAs [the 2012 Olympic Trials], people kind of already had in their mind an idea of who's going to make the team. I think that got in my head a little bit too much/ This year, that's not there. I have the confidence to be able to run with anybody."
*Blanka Vlasic Is Psyched To Finally Be Competing Again "I just can't wait. I can't wait to feel that pre-competition nervousness, the positive excitement, to be the part of that circuit again. I don't want to expect anything. But I still have my hopes."David Rudisha's Agent Says They Turn Down A Lot Of Lucrative Offers And Chance To Make Some Quick Cash To Focus On Training Rudisha: "I just want to run. I want to run the perfect race."

The Year After An Olympic Year Is A Baby Boom Year In Track: Czech 2-Time Olympic Javelin Champ Barbora Spotakova Has A Baby Boy

International Rowing Federation Leader Denis Oswald Running For IOC President

What Are We Supposed To Do About It? Running Shoes Have Large Carbon Footprint - 100-Watt Lightbulb On For One Week

McQuaid "Very Sure" UCI Will Be Cleared By Independent Panel Of Being Involved In Armstrong Cover-Up

Not Your Everyday Track & Field Links

(In Case You Missed It Over the Weekend) Occidental *LRC Oxy Recap *LRC 2013 Oxy Photos *OXY HP Live Thread

LRC Oxy Recap Mary Cain 4:04.62! Is Now Nearly 10 Seconds Faster Than Any Other American High Schooler High school junior Mary Cain ran 4:04.62 for 2nd place to Katie Mackay to smash the American high school record. Cain is now nearly 10 seconds faster than any other American high schooler ever, and would be the #2 collegian of all time. Will Leer won the stacked 1,500m, but not officially, no men hit the "A" standard in the 1,500 or 5k, and Jenny Simpson PRed and Treniere Mosier impressed. Plus Webb, Ritz, and Solinsky in the 5k. *2013 Oxy Photo Gallery
Post-Race Video Interview With Cain
*IAAF Recap: "Mo Farah Upstaged By US Prodigy Mary Cain"

Oxy On The Boards:

Non-Oxy/Shanghai Track Results: Asafa Powell Injured Again

Two Recommended Reads

Recommended Read: Religion Blog: What Truths Does Iconic Image Of Boston Marathon Truly Capture? "Just as Jews pray to celebrate Passover 'next year in Jerusalem' and Muslims pledge to visit Mecca, marathoners want to 'run Boston.'"
*More Boston: Runners Start An Online Petition To Grant A Spot In The 2014 Boston Marathon To The 5,700 Runners Who Were Stopped Before They Could Finish More than 21,000 have signed; the BAA say they haven't made a decision yet.

RR#2: John Mayer: Western State's Ian Butler On Remarkable Run In Life's Goal To Succeed The D2 All-American suffered two brain injuries as a kid and has had people tell him he's retarded and the memory of a goldfish. Hanging out with the wrong crowd in 9th grade, he's now of track to be a college grad.

Interesting Reads From Africa

The Virgin London Marathon - The World's Most Competitive *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

2013 NCAA are Next Week

2013 NCAA Outdoor Track And Field Competitors Released
*SEC Leads NCAA Entries By A Ton - 14.6 Per Sschool - Next Best Is Big 10 At 10.8
Interesting: Ivy League Had Most Distance Runners Per School At Regionals
*Stanford's Steve Solomon, Who Was An Olympic 400 Finalist Last Year In HS, Only Advances On Time

Updated: Now 160+ Photos 2013 adidas Grand Prix Winners Photo Gallery

Despite Recent Injury, 2-Time Defending World Marathon Champ Abel Kirui Included In Kenya's Provisional Team For Moscow World Champs We don't see why he wouldn't be included since he gets a free wild card spot as the defending champ. Women provisionally named include Edna Kiplagat, London Marathon winner Prisca Jeptoo and Lucy Kabuu.

Boston Marathon Champ Lelisa Desisa Gives Boston Marathon Medal Back To The City To Honor All Those Killed/Injured

Oscar Pistorius Audited And Fined For Unpaid Taxes The South African Revenue Service fined him "less than one million rand" (under $105,000).

These Are So Excellent: 2013 Bay To Breakers Photos

Updated 2013 Shanghai Diamond League Photos

The Week That Was

LRC Mary Cain Rewrites The Record Books, German Fernandez & Robby Andrews Struggle, Molly Huddle Impresses, WADA Testing Alert, And Is Alan Webb Done? We offer some extra insight into last week's action at Oxy, Shanghai, Bay to Breakers (aka Ryan Hall's comeback) and more.

International News: Oscar P Won't Be Racing In 2013

2013 Oxy High Performance Photos

LRC The #1 Recruit In The Land Signs With ... New Mexico? The #1 recruit in the land has decided where he'll be running next year and coach Joe Franklin is a very happy man as a result. Whom do we consider to be the top recruit???

Think The Sub-2-Hour Marathon Is On The Horizon? Think Again

LRC The Myth Of The Sub-2-Hour Marathon The mainstream media thinks it may be close but in reality most people reading this will be dead when it happens.
*Science of Sport's Ross Tucker agrees: Pacing, fatigue and the brain. Lessons from London.
*MB: Sub 2 Hour Marathon Discussion: My Thoughts and Yours

Stanford Payton Jordan Photo Gallery

Penn Relays Photo Gallery

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.

Boston Marathon Race Photos

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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