Quote Of The Day

"We need to reshuffle the deck. It is hard to win, to dominate anymore. Maybe we’ve been too flexible. We work very hard to take a ten-year approach with our six pro races at NYRR. Year after year we look at when a race might work within the arc of an athletes’ career. When it does, we are here for them. But what we haven’t done is say, 'If you want to be in the upper echelon of the sport, you need to run X number of races over this period of time.' We haven’t mandated continuity.”

" ... If we put out a vote asking runners which they would rather support, pro athletes or getting another tee shirt, see you later pro athletes. The question is how do we grow the pot and benefit all elements? Sponsors are hugely important, and they do recognize the spectacle that pro athletes bring. And we do ask our athletes to work with our kids’ program. And we want to know who the public wants to see. For us it’s Meb, Kara and Ryan (Keflezighi, Goucher, and Hall) along with Shalane and others. We require a media presence, because athletes need to provide something for us to build and focus around them. Pro athletes have to attract more media and excite runners and inspire kids. The number of kids Meb has cheered on here, or five-hour marathoners, it’s amazing. We need to tighten up the focus of athletes so they understand they have to connect. Our campaign at this year’s marathon is 26.2 miles makes it a race, but you make it the marathon. And by that we mean the athletes, the crowds, the participants, the sponsors, everyone together. Pros exist in that universe, are a constellation shining bright. But to keep up support and build around them the real need is for storytelling. Pro runners aren’t the entire raison d’etre anymore, but they can be a shining star in the midst of it helping connect with the fitness runners."

- NYRR President Mary Wittenberg talking in the wake of Competitor Group's decision to cut elite athlete funding, about what can be done to improve interest in the sport. Some other good quotes came from Toni Reavis as he said, "People watch foot races for the same reasons they watch other sports: to root for the home team, see how the drama plays out (especially if the stakes are high), and to be inspired by those who do it exceedingly well. ... Caring who wins matters.

2013 DL Season Ends Friday In Brussels *Start Lists And TV/Streaming Information For 2013 Belgacom Memorial Van Damme (2pm ET)

LRC Women's 1,500 Preview: Can Jenny Simpson Get The Best Of Abebe Aregawi? Will Simpson Break 4:00? Simpson has been getting closer to the unbeaten Aregawi all season. Will America's #1 finally get the best of the world's #1 in this Moscow rematch which has five of the top six from Moscow? The race also includes Shannon Rowbury, Gabriele Anderson and Mercy Cherono.

Women's Steeple Preview:
The Top Three From Moscow - Chemos, Chekpkurui And Assefa - Battle It Out For the 2013 Diamond League Title With her first world title, Chemos had won six straight but she lost on Tuesday and will she now lose again and lose the $40,000 DL title?

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Wednesday  Zagreb & Rovereto *Zagreb Full Results *Rovereto Results

Rovereto: Nick Symmonds Over Andrew Wheating, Bohdan Bondarenko Ends Season With Another Win (Results) That's four straight European wins for Symmonds. This one was in 1:44.75 as Wheating was in 1:46.63. Symmonds has a big test Friday versus Mo Aman on Brussels. *Discuss Symmonds/Wheating
*IAAF Full Meet Recap
*European-Athletics Recap
*Article On Bondarenko

Zagreb Mike Rodgers Wins 100 (9.97) As Justin Gatlin Is 3rd; David Oliver Ties Ryan Wilson With Dayron Robles 3rd In 110H, Dawn Harper Beats Sally Pearson In distance action, Caleb Mwangani won a fast 3,000 in 7:35 with Will Leer 7th (7:39), Andrew Bumbalough 8th (7:40), Nick Willis 10th (7:40), David Torrence 11th (7:40) and Andrew Bayer 13th (7:43). Russia's Ekaterina Poistogova won the 800 in 1:59.30 with Caster Semenya back in 5th (2:00.74) and Shannon Rowbury 8th (2:02.64), Hiwot Ayalew beat Milcah Chemos in the steeple.
*Nick Willis' 7:40 Was A 4-Second PR Willis said, "My body and mind were in shock once I passed the 1,200m mark. ... I hadn't done anything to prepare specifically for a race over a mile, so it felt like I was just hanging on for dear life."
*IAAF Full Meet Recap: Sandra Perkovic Had A Surprise Loss In The Discus In Front Of Her Hometown Crowd And Left Stadium In Tears After Her 15-Meet Winning Streak Came To An End
*Perkovic's Winning Streak Was Ended By US's Gia Lewis-Smallwood Who Moved To 4th All-Time In The US

Distance News

UK 20-Year-Old Heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson Excited About Future After 5th Place Finish In Moscow, But Downplays Comparisons To Jessica Ennis

Tuesday Was Malcolm Gladwell's 50th B-Day: MB: Malcolm Gladwell has read Epstein's book - wonders why dopers are condemned for trying to overcome genetic disadvantages - Do Genetic Advantages Make Sports Unfair?
*Podcast Where Gladwell Tries To Convince Nicholas Thompson Legalizing PEDs Is The Way To Go

Road News *2013 New Haven 20k Results

US 20k Champs: Matt Tegenkamp (1:00:09), Meghan Peyton (1:09:54) Win US Titles At Stratton Faxon New Haven Road Race (updated with RRW story)
*Tegenkamp Post-Race Interview
*Men's Race Highlights *Women's Race Highlights *Post-Race Videos Interviews
Pre-Race: LRC Teg Ready To Defend In New Haven, Eyeing 2:11 In Chicago, Abdi Ready To Challenge

Netherlands: Tirunesh Dibaba Runs 30:30 On The Roads In Netherlands, 4th-Fastest Ever She was after Paula Radcliffe's 30:21 WR but went out too slow in 15:21. *Twitter Blow-By-Blow Of Dibaba's Run *Discussion Thread

Kenenisa Bekele Wants To Run Marathon In Rio

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The Rich Get Richer LRC Eric Jenkins Has Transferred To Oregon The message board rumors are true. After Northeastern changed distance coaches for the second time in less than a year, the 13:18 phenom Jenkins has decided it's time for him to make a change as well. Are the Ducks, who didn't even make NCAAs in 2011 and were only 20th in 2012, now the NCAA favorites over Dave Smith's Oklahoma State Cowboys?
MB: Jenkins to OREGON!

2013 DL Season Ends Friday In Brussels *Start Lists And TV/Streaming Information For 2013 Belgacom Memorial Van Damme (2pm ET)

LRC Men's 800 Preview: Nick Vs. Mo Aman For All The Marbles In Brussels The DL finale is a great one with 7 of the 8 Moscow finalists squaring off, including World Champion Mo Aman, winner of 8 straight, taking on silver medallist Nick Symmonds, winner of 6 of 7. Duane Solomon, still the world leader, is also in the field fresh off of his 46.08 400m in Zagreb (video).

LRC Men's 5,000 Preview: A Dream Way To End The Season: Africa's Best Vs. America's Best Many fans may be sad that the 2013 DL season is coming to an end, but the last major distance race of the year is a REAL treat. The American record holders at 1,500/3,000/5,000 (Bernard Lagat), steeplechase (Evan Jager), and 10,000 (Galen Rupp) will clash for American supremacy as the six sub-13:00 men on the year from Africa will battle for world supremacy with the $40,000 DL title on the line. Everyone is there but Mo Farah and his absence shows why he's got a long way to go catch the likes of Haile Gebrselassie or Kenenisa Bekele for GOAT status. More previews coming later.
MB: Rupp Running Brussels!!!!
 Brussels Men's 5000M this Friday
MB: Stat geeks – help us out – when is the last time thw US 1500/5000, steeple, and 10,000 record holders raced in the same 5000?

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Berlin: 53,000 Spectators In Berlin As Women's Javelin, Men's Discus Highlight Berlin
*Valerie Adams Ends Season In Berlin With 42nd-Straight Win
*Berlin ISTAF Results World Champion Mo Aman won the 800 over Duane Solomon. Dayron Robles with a win.

Padua, Italy
Recap: Dylan Armstrong Throws Far, LaShawn And Aries Merritt Both Win Andrew Wheating was 4th in the 800m in 1:47.33, Erik Sowinski was 3rd in 1:47.31. Emily Infeld 2nd in 1,500.
On The Boards: Wheating Making Progress
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    Elite Field For Chicago Marathon Released: Moses Mosop Leads 3 Other Sub-2:05 Men As The Top 2 Women From Last Year Return Mosop faces Dennis Kimetto (2:04:16), Emmanuel Mutai (2:04:40), Ayele Abshero (2:04:23) as well as Dathan Ritzenhein, Matt Tegenkamp in his debut, Rotterdam champ Tilahun Regassa, World Half-Marathon champ Zersenay Tadese and 58:47 half runner Atsedu Tsegaye. On the women's side Atsede Baysa and Rita Jeptoo return after Baysa beat Jeptoo by only a second last year. They also face Roterdam champ Jemima Sumgong, Maria Konovalova (2:23:50) and Stephanie Pezzullo as the top American.

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    Veronica Campbell-Brown Doping Hearing Doesn't Start Well - Jamaica Athletics And Anti-Doping Agency Were Totally Unprepared Campbell-Brown's attorney is the former Prime Minister of Jamaica.
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