Week That Was

LRCNijel Amos Having Fun Or Spiraling Out Of Control, The Ultimate Runner's Funeral, Moving Back USAs, And A Great (Short) Running Movie

This week we catch up with the greatest teen sensation in 800 history, Nijel Amos, and wonder if he should be compared to Usain Bolt or Sammy Wanjiru, urge USATF to move back USAs,  talk about the greatest funeral for a runner in history, and introduce you to a great new running movie. Plus we continue to be amazed by the Japanese, and quips from Alan Webb, EPO drug cheat Christian Hesch, Wilson Kipsang, Alberto Salazar, Seb Coe and others.

One Week From Today: World-Class Fields Set For Silicon Valley Turkey Trot: Kim Conley Defends Her Title Against Sally Kipyego And Betsy Saina Other top females include Bridget Franek and Chelsea Reilly. The men’s field is led by Alan Webb, Leonard Korir, Diego Estrada, Shadrack Biwott and David Torrence.

Women Distance News

 A Big Recruit To Oregon 

Sarah BaxterTop-Ranked Prep Sarah Baxter Commits To Run For Oregon Baxter: “It’s just a feeling I got. I could see myself going there for the next four years … To be around such big names in the running community was amazing.”
*MB: Sarah Baxter to Oregon
*MB: Will Oregon be better for Sarah Baxter than it was for Jordan Hasay

Why Wouldn’t They? IOC Medical Commission Chairman Arne Ljungqvist Says They Haven’t Decided Yet Whether To Test Frozen 2008 Olympic Samples With New Steroid Test And if you haven’t heard yet, this article mentions how under the new WADA code the statute of limitations in doping cases will be increased to 10 years starting in 2015.

$100,000 .US Road Champs *Results 

LRCMolly Huddle Sets 12-K World Best - Wins Inaugural .US Road Running Championships

Molly Huddle and Shalane Flanagan put on a show as both women better the previous world’s best for 12k at the inaugural .US 12k Championships. In the end, Huddle was too good and took home $20,000 and the world’s best. *Video Interview With Molly After Her World’s Best
On The Boards: Huddle’s World Best! :Where Does it Rank?

LRCAaron Braun Wins First US Title

Braun earned a big payday as he pulled away late after Abdi suffered a bad mid-race fall. Shadrack Biwott was second and won the 2013 USARC series over Matt Tegenkamp. Chris Solinsky was a DNF.

NCAA XC Is Saturday *Schedule/Results *Live Stream – Men’s Race Starts @ 12PM ET

LRC2013 LRC NCAA Cross-Country Prediction Contest Powered By RunFanShop.com

Our world-famous prediction contest is back. Give us your top 10 teams and 10 individuals in the country and you could win $2013. Plus, our sponsor RunFanShop.com has great gift certificates for our winners. RunFanShop.com has recently released officially licensed NCAA licensed Track and XC Gear. If you want to just check out the shirts honoring Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma St., Oregon, Stanford or Wisconsin, click here.

Because we love you:2013 LetsRun.com NCAA Division II Cross-Country Prediction Contest

Thanks to an anonymous person for making this possible. If there is going to be a DIII contest, we need some help here.

LRCOklahoma State Coach Dave Smith: "We probably aren't the favorites or the best team out there."

Dave Smith's Cowboys return 4 of last year's top 5 and are looking to become a true dynasty but Smith says they are the underdogs.

LRC#1 Northern Arizona Coach Eric Heins: "I am confident in what my guys have done this year."

We caught up with Eric Heins from the birthplace of LRC, and asked him about the Saturday's clash with #2 Ok. State and #3 Colorado.

US Pro News

NCAA XC Is Saturday *Schedule/Results *Live Stream – Men’s Race Starts @ 12PM ET

LRCA Look At The Power Conferences In NCAA Cross-Country - The Ivy League Leads The Way?

In anticipation of Saturday's NCAA championships, we have crunched the numbers and the LRC super computer tells us the most powerful NCAA cross-country conference in the land is ... the Ivy League??? Say it ain't so. PAC-12 fans may disagree.

One Of The Year’s Biggest Questions Has Been Answered: Cain Goes Pro

LRCMary Cain Turns Pro

Cain will continue to run under Alberto Salazar and attend college while competing as a professional.

World Indoors Coming To America

Portland To Host 2016 World Indoor Championships

The World Indoor Championships are returning to the USA for the second time ever as Portland won the right to host World Indoors in 2016.

The Balanced Runner Does Running Form Comparison Between Kenenisa Bekele, Haile Gebrselassie, And Mo Farah In The 2013 Great North Run Very interesting comparison, especially in wake of Alberto Salazar‘s Quote of the Day yesterday, where he talks about changing Farah’s “bobbing” form for the marathon.

 Sprinters In The News 

US News: The UK Hoping Salazar Will Give Them Another Mo Farah

The Stars Of Track And Field Are Beautiful People … IAAF Awards Gallery Photo (Click Here For 200+ Photo Gallery)

Worldwide Study Finds Today’s Kids Are Way Less Fit And Running Way Slower Than Their Parents Study analyzing records going back to 1964 finds that on average kids are running 1:30 slower in a one mile run than children 30 years ago. The results are attributed to increased body fat and lack of cardiovascular fitness.

The New LRC

LRCWelcome To The Improved LetsRun.com

We’re proud to reveal today a new refined version of LRC. It’s still the same site you know and love, but with a cleaner design and lots of new features. Click here to read about the changes and give your feedback.

  • Erik Speaks: The mysterious man behind the cleaner LetsRun.com speaks. He also reveals his 5k PR here.
  • Athletics Illustrated Reviews LRC Renovation “It’s getting a makeover and it looks good, and familiar. Of all the changes that are being undertaken, remaining familiar is the smartest marketing stratagem they could make.”