Really Cool: Siberian Man Runs Coldest Marathon In The World At -36 F (-38C), Vows To Try Another One At -76 F (-60)

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Nick Symmonds Signs With Brooks

The Oregonian On Symmonds’ Departure: Symmonds Doesn’t Rule Out Living In Eugene After His Career Is Over

LRC Nick Symmonds Is Thrilled To Have Say At Brooks – “Just sitting in Eugene twiddling my thumbs waiting for Nike to call me – that was not satisfying for me.” In an exclusive chat with LetsRun, Symmonds reveals the financial the deals offered to him by Nike and Brooks were similar, but at Brooks he’s got input. Symmonds also talks about training without Mark Rowland, how fortunate he is as compared to Leo Manzano, and the high quality of journalism one can find on each day.

Analysis: 4 Quick Thoughts About Symmonds’ Move The Brooks Beasts Track club has a high profile member now as Symmonds is leaving Nike, Oregon and coach Mark Rowland to move to Seattle and Brooks.

More: Press Release From Brooks With Video Announcement From Symmonds: Brooks Running Company Jumpstarts 100th Year with a Clear Focus on the Future of Run, Signing Olympian Nick Symmonds.

MB: *Nick Symmonds’ Free Agency Is Soon To Be Over – New Shoe Deal Coming At 1pm ET – – Update has signed with Brooks!!
*Who does Brooks cut to afford Symmonds?
*Who does Nick Symmonds think he is? LeBron?

Protect Your Weenie:

Toni Reavis On Running In The Cold And Dealing With Dreaded Penis Frostbite

The Key To Jamaican Sprint Success Unveiled?

Perfectly Symmetrical Legs Are Key To Jamaican Sprint Success “We found that Jamaican children have particularly symmetric legs, in comparison to Europeans. Furthermore, in children symmetry in the legs, particularly in the knees, predicted their willingness to sprint and their sprinting times when they were adults.”

Week In Review

WTWDistance Runners Can't Dance, Run Over The Summer, Don't Set Goals, The Joys Of Being Called A Steroid-Using Hermaphrodite And Words Of Wisdom From Janet Bawcom

In the final week of 2013, Janet Bawcom reflects on Christmas and how far she's come, Phoebe Wright gets cult status on after giving out some dating advice, Haile G can't dance, free goal setting advice, free healthy living advice, and a flash mob from India.

New WADA Head Says They May Start Doing Hair Testing To Identify Drug Cheats Cycling has been doing hair testing for a long time as Lance Armstrong complained about it via twitter in 2009.

The Latest Year-End News

Olympic Writer Alan Abrahamson Slams Dennis Rodman For Going To N. Korea Next Month “Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is not engaging in ‘sports diplomacy’ by going to North Korea and hanging out, or not, with the dictator Kim Jong Un. All he’s doing is creating publicity for Dennis Rodman.” Kim Jong Un is a bad, bad man. “On his birthday last year, Kim reportedly handed out copies of’ Mein Kampf‘ as gifts.”

Not Your Normal Races

Asbel Kiprop Allegation & Denial

Asbel Kiprop Denies Gun Assault/Alcohol Claims Kiprop has issued a vehement denial and says he was just looking for grub after watching a Premiere League match with his training mates.
MB: Kiprop denies all allegations: “At the moment, I am only armed with my spikes and training shoes. I  do not take alcohol.”

Previous: 1,500 Star Asbel Kiprop To Be Charged For Beating Up Security Guard That Wouldn’t Let Him Drink After Hours At Bar “Kiprop punched me several times on the mouth and kicked me on my private parts saying that he is a police inspector and cannot be questioned by anyone or taken anywhere.”
MB: Asbel Kiprop Might Be Going To Jail
*Assuming He’s Not In Jail In A Week, Asbel Kiprop Will Try To Defend Great Edinburgh Cross-Country Crown Next Saturday
*Blog From Kenya: Someone Please Advise Asbel Kiprop Before He Loses His Career

New Running Shoe Introduced

LRCMizuno Running 2014: The Launch Of The Wave Paradox

Mizuno used its "One Minute/One Product" pitch at the 2013 Running Event to talk about the new Mizuno Wave Paradox.

What A Difference A Decade Makes

Recommened Read 10 Years Ago, The US Sucked In The Mid-Distances, Now The US Is A World Power – Why? David Monti reminds us just how much things have changed from 2003 to 2013 as 10 years ago no one from the US made the final of Worlds in the 800 or 1,500 and only six men and women broke 3:40/4:10.

2013 IAAF End-Of-Year Review Of 800 And 1,500 Races 2013 was supposed to be the year of the 800 but some of the stars of the incredible 2012 Olympic final struggled in 2012, but not Nick Symmonds and Mo Aman.

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Athletes Of The Year

In Tightest Voting Ever, HJer Bohdan Bondarenko Wins Track & Field News Athlete Of Year Award The 23-year-old HJer, who went 7-10¾ this year, edged Usain Bolt by a single point as Mo Farah was third and Mo Aman fourth.

LaShawn Merritt & Brianna Rollins Are TFN’s US Athletes Of The Year Jenny Simpson (#5) and Brenda Martinez (#7) and Nick Symmonds (#5) and Galen Rupp (#10) were the only mid-d/distance women/men in the top 10.

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