Another College Coach Finds The Pro Lifestyle Better Than College

LRC Mark Coogan Talks About His Move To New Balance We caught up with the 1996 Olympian this afternoon to ask him about his move. Who’s coaching Abbey D and Dartmouth this spring? Is Abbey following him to New Balance? What happens to Ben True and Sam Chelanga? How hard was it to say goodbye?

Extensive Interview With Abbey D’Agostino By Gary Cohen She talks about this year’s XC Champs, plans for 2014 and decisions about pro running. The interview is from before the Mark Coogan-New Balance announcement, so she doesn’t comment on that.

*New Balance Press Release: Abbey D’Agostino’s Coach Mark Coogan Leaving Dartmouth To Lead Coaching For New Balance All of the shoe companies are seemingly starting their own groups.
*Dartmouth Press Release

Jamaican Doping Updates

Assorted International News

Hot XC Action

  • Albert Rop Wins Campaccio XC Race Over World XC Champ Japhet Korir And Imane Merga Rop won in 28:19 with Korir 28:22 and Merga 28:25. World steeple silver medalist Conseslus Kipruto was 5th and the US had some representation with Chris Barnicle in 8th. Ethiopian steepler Hiwot Ayalew won the women’s race with 2009 World 10K champ Linet Masai 3rd and World steeple champ Milcah Chemos 6th.
  • Tons Of Stars Running In This Saturday’s Kenyan Police XC Championships According to this article the men’s field will include Wilson Kipsang, Geoffrey Mutai, World junior XC champ Geoffrey Kipsang, World 5,000m bronze medallist Isaiah Kiplangat, Moses Masai and a slew of mid-d runners including Asbel Kiprop. On the women’s side, World junior champ Lucy Kabuu will face Edna Kiplagat, Linet Masai, Florence Kiplagat and  World 5,000m silver medalist Mercy Cherono.

UK Athletics CEO Niels de Vos Gets A 55% Pay Raise Worth $147,700 The pay raise bonus angered many UK athletes who pointed out how coaches and athletes are losing jobs due to lack of funds and many volunteer coaches are getting nothing.

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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.

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.”

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Pro-Con Debate – Should Every Big Track Meet In The US Be Held In Eugene? *Discuss On MB: Eugene: track ghetto or capital?

US NCAA / Distance News

End Of 2013 Stuff

Mid-D Updates

News From Africa

News From Europe

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More Action Of Note

Time To Guess …

Next Saturday

UK News

Week That Was: Welcome To 2014

LRCMeet Japan's Galen Rupp, Run Through The Finish Line, Is Cricket Bigger Than Track? And Who Drinks More? The Irish Or Aussies, Race Walkers Or 1,500 Runners?

Happy New Year. We hope you are excited about 2014 like we are. We were pleased to see the calendar turn because a New Year always ends the total lack of races that take place at the end of each year.

Marathon News: Ritz And Meb In Boston, No Farah Vs. Bekele In London

Sprint Stuff

Another Slow Saturday

 One We Missed 

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?

New Year’s Week Races