Prefontaine is Saturday
Prefontaine is Saturday

Josh Kerr defeated Jakob Ingebrigtsen for the second straight time in a Bowerman Mile that lived up to the hype.

5000 WR holder Gudaf Tsegay wanted to add the 10,000 WR to her CV and she led for nearly 22 laps but then two-time World XC champ Beatrice Chebet took over and made history. In the men's race, Daniel Mateiko, the guy who hung with Kelvin Kiptum for 18 miles in Chicago last year, got the surprise win.

    On Friday, Joe Kovacs implied that he's been throwing 24m in practice and today at Pre he showed that may not be hyperbole as he had two throws over 23m. After looking poor in China, Sha'Carri looked great today in the US as did Keely Hodgkinson who ran smart and won big.
    *Full Women's 100 replay

    Prefontaine Race Videos
    Prefontaine Race Videos
    Bowerman Mile
    Women's 100
    Keely makes a statement
    Beatrice Chebet 28:54 WR!
    Strange Peter Bol Doping Case Update

    This fact came out in another case involving a footballer accused of EPO usage who is represented by Paul Greene, the same lawyer who represented Peter Bol and many others. In the footballers case, "WADA scientists insisted in the hearing that Bol’s case did not involve a false positive but that testing results were obscured as a result of the degradation of his sample in the three months between testing of his initial A sample, and the testing of his second B sample. His first sample was then also retested eight months after it was initially tested."

    Pre Pre Classic News

    If you turned into the broadcast portion of the pre-race conference expecting fireworks, you left disappointed but things got a bit spicy when LRC talked to them individually afterwards as Ingebrigtsen clearly was bothered by Kerr's podcast criticisms of him, calling them a "coward move."

    Workout Analysis

    Jakob's recent 12 x 400, 10 x 200 workout has generated a lot of buzz. What do the LRC coaches think about it? They are most impressed by something hardly anyone is talking about.

    10 Years With LRC

    This weekend's Prefontaine Classic marks 10 years since Jonathan Gault's first meet for LetsRun.com. He reflects on what he learned from his first trip to Eugene to cover David Rudisha and Galen Rupp in 2014.

    What/ Where to Watch

    The Pre Classic (4-6pm on NBC on Saturday) highlights the weekend but we also have NCAA regonals, and NAIA, NCAA D2 and D3 Nationals.

    Americans Yared NuguseCole Hocker, Hobbs Kessler, and Matthew Centrowitz have their hands full with a stacked field that also features World Indoor champ Geordie Beamish.

    More Pre-Pre News

    With just four weeks to go until the Olympic Trials, America and the world's best will descend on Eugene this weekend where an Ethiopian woman will look to make history and break the 29:00 barrier in the 10,000 in the midst fo the Kenyan Olympic Trials. *WA Pre Preview

        NCAA Regionals Have Begun
        Wed. Track & Field

        MB: Warholm falls just short of WR in season opener (33.28 in 300mh, WR is 33.26)

        In other action at the WA silver meer in Norway, Narve Nordas won the 3000 in 7:35. *Results

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          Our Week in Review

          Last week, Cole Hocker and Cooper Teare both broke 13:00 in LA but what does that mean in an era where 12:58 places you 11th in the race? And we explain how it was a good week for Paul Chelimo, Matthew Centrowitz, Jake Wightman, Hobbs Kessler, Hillary Bor, Matthew Wilkinson, Diribe Welteji, Elle St. Pierre, Madie Boreman, Kate Grace, Ceili McCabe, Rose Davies, Joselyn Daniely Brea, Prudence Sekgodiso, Fiona O'Keeffe, and Elly Henes and a tough week for Grant Fisher, Evan Jager, Clayton Murphy, Letsile Tebogo, Abel Kipsang, Josh Thompson, Ajee Wilson, Courtney Frerichs, and Raevyn Rogers. And it was good and bad for Jakob Ingebrigtsen who didn't even race.

          Olympic News
          Morocco DL
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          Soufiane El Bakkali got the win before the home crowd, Prudence Sekgodiso got a world leader in the 800, Emmanuel Wanyonyi kept winning and Shericka Jackson got the 200 win, but in a slow time, as Olympic champs Emmanuel Korir and Conseslus Kipruto were awful.

          Doping News
          LA Grand Prix
          LA Grand Prix

          SML doesn't race often but when she does it's almost always incredible. Bryce Hoppel appears to be at a new level in 2024 and is there still a little magic left in Centro?

          The runners from Africa ran in the back early but dominated late and went 1-2-3-4 as Grant Fisher was fifth (12:53.30). Teammates Cooper Teare (12:54.72, 9th) and Cole Hocker (12:58.92, 11th) broke 13:00 for the 1st time. In the women's 5000, Elle St. Pierre lowered her pb from 14:58.17 to 14:34.14 and won as Venezuela's Joselyn Brea set a South American record in 2nd (14:36.59).

          Controversty at Oregon HS State Meet

          (link fixed) A biological male won the 200 and nearly won the 400 at the Oregon state meet but the crowd booed the trans athlete and cheered wildly when "she" lost the 400. You can hear the boos at the end of the 200 in the video above.

          Night Of The 10,000m PBs

          Top American honors went to Paul Chelimo in 4th (27:34.04) and Fiona O'Keefe (31:03.46).

          Field Event News
          The King is Back at the Olympics

          Twenty years after his first Olympic gold and 12 years after his last Olympic appearance, Bekele will return to face Eliud Kipchoge on the sport's biggest stage in Paris.

          Universality Controversy
          NCAA News
          Diamond League News

          This is not the first time Kenya used Pre as their Olympic Trials. They also did it in 2012. Let's hope the runners have visa and were getting ready for the race.
          *MB: Kenyan Press: Kenya to Select 10,000m Teams at Pre Classic

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            Distance News
            Sprints / Jumps
            NCAA News
            Our Written Weekly Recap

            What a week. The NCAA conference action was HOT, particularly on the track at the SEC Champs and we break it down for you. Might a guy who didn't even make NCAAs indoors be the 1500 favorite? Plus meet the latest teen phenom and more.

              News That Passed Our Human Vetting Process
              Track Fest Was Saturday Night

              After a night that saw him win two races, Grijalva called out Mo Katir for his whereabouts violations. Plus Val Constien looked good in her return to the steeple (Evan Jager was 8th in the men's race) and Craig Engels talked big after finishing last in the 800. The women's 10k ended up being a huge letdown as anyone thinking of going for 30:40 was a DNS - D'Amato, Henes, Kurgat, Infeld, and even China's WuGa He even though some of them warmed up.

              Our Written Weekly Recap

              In track and field, did you know you can win when you lose and lose when you win? We explain. Plus Nico Young and Colin Sahlman remain on fire. And why are the men's 100 guys so slow?

              NCAA / High School News
              Coaching Advice Column

              LetsRun.com has launched a new coaching advice column. In column #3, John Kellogg and Robert Johnson share their favorite 800 workouts.

              Who Won't Make Paris 2024?

              History says 1 out of 2 people who made Team USA in 2023 WON'T make it in 2024. In our weekly bonus SC podcast, we tell our Supporter's Club members who will miss out on the Olympics.

              Noah Lyles and Lance Brauman Podcast

              Noah Lyles and his coach Lance Brauman have their eyes set on golds in Paris. They believe Lyles can possibly break Usain Bolt's world record in the 200m, but they know first comes the most brutal meet in the sport - the US Olympic Track and Field Trials. Article and podcast.

              Get Your Training Questions Answered By John Kellogg

              In the year 2024, there are all sorts of advice columns all over the Internet, but we’ve never seen one for distance running. There is one now as Robert Johnson and John Kellogg are here to answer your questions in our Dear Distance Gurus (DDG) column.

              The Best of LetsRun.com

              A doctor, nuclear engineer, and D1 runner won our Marathon Trails contest and one of the top online coaches triumphed in our NCAA XC contest to become the king of LRC contests.

              Rest In Peace: Henry Rono 1952-2024

              Rono achieved legendary status in 1978 when he set four world records in four different events in 81 days. Robert Johnson, who has an autographed poster of Rono on his office wall, pays his respects.

                Past MB Talk On Rono

                RIP Kelvin Kiptum
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                In just three races, Kiptum turned the marathon world upside down, setting a world record, and running the three fastest second halves ever in a marathon. Jonathan Gault recaps his life and career.

                Let the Anticipation Build - Only 178 Days until The Olympic 1500 Final

                Stavanger Aftenblad's Erlend Nesje went to Jakob's house to catch up with one of the sport's biggest stars who is on the comeback trail from injury. After finishing up an hour-long run, Jakob had some interesting comments to say about fame, Josh Kerr, and Jake Wightman.

                BetterRunningShoes.com Presents

                We present to you the LetsRun.com Shoe Awards for 2023. What is the best shoe of 2023, the supershoe of 2023, the newcomer of the year and more?

                Everyone's still looking for an edge

                Kelvin Kiptum, Faith Kipyegon, Keely Hodgkinson and everyone in the OAC are among the stars who experimented with Maurten Bicarb System in 2023 ($65 for 4 doses). The big question: does it work? (paywall lifted)

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                We think most of you could guess the #1 brand, but the #2 might be a surprise. We break down the most popular brands overall, and for road, trail, and racing.

                Sick of Shoes that Break Down Too Soon?

                Running shoe construction has changed a lot in the last decade. Runners are still looking for more durable running shoes, but we take a look at some of the most durable shoes and what makes them stand out.

                Get a Better Running Shoe

                Stack heights on shoes are getting bigger and bigger. Runners are liking these shoes more and more. We try and make sense of the cushioning revolution.

                Fill out the LetsRun.com shoe survey and we will enter you into a drawing a free pair of shoes.

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                The Latest JG Feature

                What links Jakob Ingebrigtsen, the NAU cross country team, and Sebastian Coe? Double threshold training, which is having a moment in 2023. Note, most of this article is behind our SC paywall for 72 hours (until Saturday).

                How do you explain the ridiculous indoor distance times?
                Kipchoge loving the LetsRun Shirt in Berlin


                Your latest American stars share their insights.

                Three legends of the sport.

                One of the greatest US runners ever.

                We chatted with Frank on the 50th anniversary of his Olympic Marathon gold

                American Record Holders
                American Record Holders

                Keira D'Amato, the new American record holder in the marathon, was joined by Deena Kastor, who held the record for 15 years.

                Sisson was the guest on the LetsRun.com Track Talk podcast after she became the first American to go sub 67 in the half marathon on a record-eligible course. Podcast highlights above. Full pod here.

                Woody Kincaid joined us after he broke the American record indoors at 5000. He talks above why he left the Bowerman Track Club. Podcast highlights and link to full podcast here.

                Coogan's New Balance Boston team had 3 Olympians in 2021 and 2022 could be the biggest year yet for the program with 2 new additions and the TRACK at New Balance coming on March 1st.

                Danny Mackey has taken the Brooks Beasts from an unproven club to the Olympic podium in its first decade.

                Dathan Ritzenhein is the first of the top pro coaches to sit down and talk about his club heading into the 2022 campaign.

                Best of Jon Gault
                Best of Jon Gault
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